White sugar available for sale DEXIA confirms

first_img 31 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews White sugar available for sale DEXIA confirms by: – March 26, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Photo credit: correspondent32.wordpress.comThe Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA) has confirmed that after a short spell of shortage white sugar is available for sale.Manager of the Commercial Department at DEXIA, Norman Dorival explained to Dominica Vibes News that the company usually purchases brown sugar from Guyana while white sugar is sourced outside the region from Guatemala and Columbia.He noted that due to unavailability of brown sugar from Guyana, this depleted their stock of white sugar.“We receive brown sugar from the Guyana Corporation and they could not supply sugar to us due to a short fall; heavy rain falls and strike action. So in the absence of brown sugar, our white sugar stock sold out”.According to Dorival, under the CARICOM protocol, DEXIA must obtain approval from the Guyana Corporation to purchase brown sugar from another source market even during shortage.“Presently under the CARICOM protocol, we are obliged to buy sugar from Guyana. During a period of extended shortage, we would have to get the approval of Guyana Corporation so that the 35% tariff which the Customs charges on products purchased from outside source markets would be removed”.He also informed that the company is expecting a shipment of brown sugar from Guyana to arrive in Dominica hopefully by Thursday this week.Meanwhile, supermarkets can purchase white sugar from DEXIA’s wholesale department. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

China’s ex-PSG star freed from Wuhan coronavirus lockdown

first_imgChinese women’s football star Wang Shuang will finally reunite with the national team after two months stranded at the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan, state media said. Loading… Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistThe Best Cars Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planetcenter_img The 25-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder will bolster a squad due to play off against South Korea over two legs for Asia’s final qualifying place at the Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed for a year to 2021.In February, Wuhan native Wang was pictured kicking a ball on a rooftop while on lockdown in the city of 11 million people as she attempted to keep up her fitness.Wuhan, where the virus was first identified, led the world with an unprecedented total lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.On Wednesday, tens of thousands of people fled the city when a 76-day travel ban was lifted.Xinhua news agency said that Wang and two other players stranded in Wuhan, Yao Wei and Lu Yueyun, would join the squad in Suzhou to prepare for the playoff. The first leg has been tentatively scheduled in Korea on June 4.Chinese star Wang Shuang was on lockdown for more than two months in her home city of WuhanRead Also: Odion Ighalo opens up on career-best goalBut the trio will first undergo a further 14-day quarantine period on arrival in Suzhou, Sina Sports said.Wang, the undoubted star of the Chinese side, has won more than 100 caps. She spent a year in the French capital with PSG before returning to Chinese football in July last year.Wang scored eight goals and contributed seven assists in 27 matches for PSG.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

O’Sullivan too good for Lawler

first_img Liang Wenbo won the final two frames to seal a 4-3 win over Mark Allen. Neil Robertson and Matthew Selt enjoyed 4-0 routs in their wins over Luca Brecel and Barry Hawkins respectively, while there were also wins for Martin Gould and Stuart Bingham. Press Association Ronnie O’Sullivan saw off Rod Lawler 4-2 on the opening night of the inaugural 888.com World Grand Prix in Llandudno.center_img Lawlor had levelled the match at 1-1 with an impressive break of 115, but O’Sullivan proved too strong as he twice hit the half-century mark on his way to victory. Stephen Maguire had two century breaks, making 122 and 108, on his way to a 4-1 win over Xiao Guodong, while a 110 highlighted Mark Selby’s 4-1 win over Michael Holt. last_img read more

CAREBACO medal hunt begins today

first_imgTHE Guyana Badminton Association (GBA) four-member junior team will commence their quest for top honours today in the Caribbean Juniors Championships (CAREBACO) in Aruba.Guyana will be represented by SUNBURST and Junior Sportsman-of-the-Year Narayan Ramdhani, Jonathan Mangra, Priyanna Ramdhani and Ambika Ramraj.The championship, which runs until August 25, is divided into three tournaments namely, the CAREBACO Under-19 International (open for all international players), CAREBACO Under-19 team championships (open only to CAREBACO members) and the CAREBACO Under-15 and U-19 championships (open only to CAREBACO members).According to a release from the association, the team should medal again for the sixth year.Further the association expressed gratitude to Mohamed’s Enterprise, Republic Bank, National Sport Commission, BK International, Hand-in-Hand Insurance, Crown Mining, Gio Tech and Cosmopolitan Trading for their support in making the trip a reality.last_img read more

Quinnipiac looks to sweep Rider

first_img Associated Press Quinnipiac looks to sweep Rider .OFFENSIVE THREAT: Rich Kelly has either made or assisted on 43 percent of all Quinnipiac field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has accounted for 10 field goals and 16 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 75: Quinnipiac is 0-5 when it allows at least 75 points and 11-6 when it holds opponents to less than 75.PERFECT WHEN: The Broncs are 11-0 when holding opponents to 41.9 percent or worse from the field, and 3-9 when opponents shoot better than that. The Bobcats are 8-0 when they make 12 or more 3-pointers and 3-11 when the team hits fewer than 12 from long range.DID YOU KNOW: Quinnipiac as a team has made 10.3 3-pointers per game this season, which is sixth-most among Division I teams. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img February 14, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditQuinnipiac (11-11, 6-6) vs. Rider (14-9, 8-5)Alumni Gymnasium, Lawrenceville, New Jersey; Sunday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Rider seeks revenge on Quinnipiac after dropping the first matchup in Hamden. The teams last played on Jan. 7, when the Bobcats outshot Rider from the field 48.1 percent to 39 percent and made eight more 3-pointers en route to the 80-61 victory.last_img read more

The Latest: NCAA suspends infraction hearings, arguments

first_imgThe Carolina Hurricanes are putting more than half of full-time staff on furlough through June 7 while taking steps they said would ensure affected employees don’t lose income amid the coronavirus pandemic that has led to the suspension of the NHL season.The team announced the plan Friday with the team and PNC Arena having shut down operations last month to ensure social-distancing practices.The team says the furlough applies to about 55% of full-time employees, who would be directed to access unemployment benefits through the government’s $2.2 trillion economic rescue package.Furloughed employees ineligible to collect full base salaries through unemployment would receive a bonus from the organization when the furlough ends “to be made whole.”Additionally, furloughed employees will keep healthcare benefits, with the team covering premium payments during that time. April 3, 2020 The organizations say in a joint statement finding a new date for the Preakness “will take into consideration all of the recommended best practices from local and governmental health authorities to protect our community.” The Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. No decision has yet been made on the Belmont Stakes, which is scheduled for June 6 at Belmont Park in New York.___The Lawn Tennis Association is giving up to 20 million pounds ($24 million) through grants and interest-free loans to help venues, coaches, officials, and players in Britain during the coronavirus pandemic.Singles players world ranked from 101 to 750 and doubles players ranked from 101 to 250 — who are not already receiving funding — are eligible for grants, and there will be increased prize money for British tour events if the tours resume. This week, Wimbledon was canceled and the tours suspended the British grass-court season.Most of the focus of the LTA package is on protecting the grassroots, including continued funding for development centers and the two national academies, and supporting full-time coaches. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:The NCAA says hearings and oral arguments in infractions cases have been suspended through May 31 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The NCAA announced the move in a statement on its website Friday. It applies to cases before the infractions committee, appeals and the new Independent Accountability Resolution Process created to handle complex cases in the wake of the federal corruption investigation into college basketball. Ross Berlin, the tour’s senior vice president of player affairs, says he was self-isolating after The Players Championship was canceled when he complained of losing his sense of taste and smell. His doctor put him through a coronavirus hotline interview and told him he wasn’t a high-risk candidate without a fever or breathing difficulties.Berlin says a few days later, on March 27, he had a fever. He at first was told he had pneumonia, but a test came back positive for the virus.He says he called everyone with whom he has been in contact — including his barber — and is feeling better. He says doctors told him players he might have seen on March 13 shouldn’t be concerned because he’s beyond the 14-day incubation period.Berlin has been in various positions with the tour since 1998, with a brief spell as Michelle Wie’s first agent. He says his wife is awaiting her test results, though she has not shown any symptoms.___ But there is “the possibility” that germs could be transferred among people via sharing and touching of tennis balls, net posts, court surfaces, benches or gate handles.So the USTA wants players “to be patient in our return to the courts.”In the meantime, the group encouraged people to create what it termed “tennis-at-home” variations.The U.S. Open is still scheduled to start Aug. 31 in New York.The All England Club announced this week that it had canceled this year’s edition of Wimbledon. The French Open was postponed from May to September. The U.S. had been scheduled to play Honduras on June 4 in Houston, with Mexico meeting Costa Rica in the other semifinal. The winners were to play three days later at Arlington, Texas.The Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Football said Friday it made the decision due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It is not yet known when the matches will be rescheduled.___The Ottawa Senators have offered use of the Canadian Tire Centre, the building’s nine adjacent parking lots and three other community arenas affiliated with the team to the Ontario government for temporary use during the coronavirus pandemic.The NHL team said Friday that owner Eugene Melnyk approached the province this week and is awaiting a reply. The offer comes with the potential use of 17 unleased private suites inside Ottawa’s NHL rink — including Melnyk’s — and amounts to roughly 200,000 square feet of adaptable space. Deadlines for schools in pending cases to file briefs and other documentation remain in effect, including the release of rulings.___The U.S. Tennis Association says its best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic.In a posting on its website on Friday, the USTA called it “in the best interest of society to take a collective pause” from tennis.The statement from the organization that runs the U.S. Open Grand Slam tournament said there have not been specific studies about tennis and the COVID-19 illness. The announcement by the Professional Cricketers’ Association followed talks over how England’s leading players would respond to the crisis after a request from the ECB for 20% pay cuts.___The SailGP global league has suspended its season through the end of June due to the coronavirus pandemic, wiping out a regatta scheduled for New York on June 12-13. Ticket purchasers will be automatically refunded by the end of June.SailGP already canceled its San Francisco regatta that had been set for May 2-3.Two more regattas are on the schedule for 2020, at Cowes, England, Aug. 14-15 and at Copenhagen Sept. 11-12. RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pakhnotskaya tells The Associated Press that her agency is looking for possible exemptions to instructions from President Vladimir Putin for all Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home through April 30.Pakhnotskaya says in a text message that she “will check on Monday the possibility to receive special permission” from government bodies for staff to collect samples from athletes. There will be no testing this month if that isn’t granted.Testing has been suspended since March 27 under a previous round of measures.Isolation measures around the world have led to a sharp drop in anti-doping tests. That’s led to warnings that some athletes could take advantage of the situation. The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is trying to track gaps in testing.___ Those same experts will also be on hand at the Tokyo Games, which have been postponed a year.The USOPC also disclosed the 13 members of a new external mental health task force created to support American athletes and coaches. It includes Olympians, doctors and the head of The Speedy Foundation, a mental-health organization named after the late Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, an Olympic silver medalist in aerials. That group is working with an internal group at the USOC being led by chief medical officer Jonathan Finnoff. ___The world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev on June 20 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___One of the major summer baseball leagues for college players has canceled its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Commissioner Bruce Alger of the Valley Baseball League in Virginia said the executive committee unanimously agreed the risk to players’ health would be too great.The 11-team Valley League has been sanctioned by the NCAA since 1961 and began using wooden bats in 1993. It’s among dozens of leagues where college players spend their summers.The Cape Cod League, generally considered the top summer league, said it had not decided whether to cancel its season. Play is scheduled to begin June 13. The opening regatta of SailGP’s second season, held in Sydney in late February, was won by British sailing star Sir Ben Ainslie, who also is leading an America’s Cup campaign. SailGP was co-founded by former America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts of New Zealand and tech billionaire Larry Ellison.___FIFA has extended the age limit for the men’s soccer tournament at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic.FIFA says it also postponed two women’s age-group World Cups due this year, and no international games will be played in the early June dates protected for national team call-ups.The amended Olympic rule retains the “players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997” standard for the Tokyo Games. The Latest: NCAA suspends infraction hearings, arguments Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper is donating $500,000 to help coronavirus relief efforts in his hometown of Las Vegas and in Philadelphia. Harper and his wife, Kayla, are giving money to Direct Relief and Three Square in Las Vegas and Philabundance in Philadelphia.“Now is the time to come together and adhere to the guidelines of medical professionals! We are wishing the best to all with our prayers during this time,” the couple said in a statement. ___The Sacramento Kings’ former arena and practice facility is being converted into a surge field hospital for COVID-19 and trauma care patients. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The NHL paused its season March 12. Six members of the Senators’ organization, including at least two players, tested positive for COVID-19, as did the radio color commentator.England’s contracted men’s players are donating 500,000 pounds ($610,000) to the England and Wales Cricket Board and selected good causes, and the England’s women’s squad is taking a pay cut for April, May and June because of the coronavirus pandemic.___The players are all making 20% pay cuts for the next three months to fund the voluntary gesture.They plan to detail the charitable donations next week. Associated Press The move comes after an influx of suspected coronavirus cases put existing facilities in the city of Dortmund under strain.The center will open on Saturday.___The Tour de Suisse has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, removing one of the few cycling events left on the calendar before the Tour de France is due to start.The nine-day Swiss race was scheduled to run from June 6-14 and is designed to give riders a chance to prepare for the three-week Tour de France. The French race is still scheduled to start on June 27. World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “the suspension of all activities doesn’t mean at all that we stop working” on finding alternative dates.___The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17.Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. “While the league continues to use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats, our guiding principle will continue to be the health and safety of the players, fans and employees.” A gaming site is donating $20,000 for pandemic relief in New Jersey and giving out another $20,000 to fans who can predict the results of the NBA 2K tournament among NBA players.The 16-player tournament begins Friday night and will air on ESPN. Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant is the overall No. 1 seed and opens play against No. 16 Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat in the first round.The winner of the week-long tournament will receive a $100,00 donation to a coronavirus-related relief effort of their choice.BetMGM has a free bracket game available on its website to all verified New Jersey players. All competitors with a perfect bracket will split $20,000 in prizes.If there are no perfect brackets, the prize will be split among the highest scorers. No date has been set for the season to begin. The league says it will be guided by CDC recommendations.___Company-wide layoffs by NASCAR on Friday were part of previously planned restructuring. NASCAR did not reveal the number of employees affected. NASCAR “centralized” Iowa Speedway by dismissing most of its staff to instead use the employees from Kansas Speedway. That track is roughly four hours away from Iowa Speedway. The personnel changes were planned as part of restructuring from last years’ merger of NASCAR and track operator sister company International Speedway Corp.NASCAR already has issued pay-cuts to its entire organization. It last week cut executives’ salary 25%, and 20% for other employees as stock car’s sanctioning body adapts to the new coronavirus pandemic. The 38-race NASCAR schedule is the longest in sports spanning nearly 11 months and the season was suspended four races into the year. The next publicly scheduled race is May 9 at Martinsville Speedway, but Virginia is under a state-at-home order into June. NASCAR has privately floated to teams revised 2020 schedules but not announced anything about rescheduling its races.___ ___Major League Lacrosse has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus outbreak.The six-team league was scheduled to begin its 20th season on May 30.In a statement, the league says “this decision was made to safeguard the health of our players, fans and staff, as well as those within our MLL communities as a result of the global pandemic.”MLL has teams in Boston, Denver, Philadelphia, Long Island, New York, Annapolis, Maryland, and Fairfield, Connescticut. The fight was scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London and will be Joshua’s first defense of his IBF, WBA, WBO belts since he regained them from Andy Ruiz Jr.Joshua’s promoter, Matchroom Boxing, says a new date for the fight is being worked on.___More than a dozen U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes received reassurance this week when Toyota North America announced it would extend their endorsement contracts through the rescheduled Tokyo Games in 2021.The auto company and major Olympic sponsor has 17 U.S. athletes under contract. They include swimmer David Boudia, gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Paralympian Oksana Masters and sprinter Michael Norman. The arena, in suburban Natomas, was the Kings’ home from 1988 until 2016, when they moved into a downtown facility.The Kings and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services say the hospital will have approximately 360 beds along with additional hospital services.The Kings are also donating 100,000 medical masks and $250,000 to community service organizations.___The PGA Tour executive who oversees player activity is the first PGA Tour employee to have tested positive for COVID-19. It means players eligible for the intended under-23 tournament in 2020 can still play in Japan at age 24 next year. Men’s soccer kicks off ahead of the July 23, 2021 opening ceremony in Tokyo. The 16 teams at the Tokyo Olympics next year can also select three over-age players in their rosters. A stellar lineup includes Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Spain.The decision was made on Friday by a FIFA panel of soccer officials worldwide created to address the soccer shutdown.Two women’s World Cup tournaments — the Under-20s hosted by Panama and Costa Rica in August and September, and the Under-17s in India in November — are postponed.___ Calgary, Alberta’s ban on public events until June 30 includes National Hockey League and Canadian Football League games should those leagues resume before then.Mayor Naheed Nenshi made the announcement Friday. Leagues, games and tournaments around the world have been suspended, canceled or postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. The NHL suspended operations March 12 with 189 regular-season games remaining. The Calgary Flames were in playoff position sitting third in the Pacific Division. All CFL training camps have been postponed.___Wyoming says football coach Craig Bohl and wife Leia have made a $100,000 gift to fund the scholarships of spring-sport senior athletes who plan to return to school next year after having their seasons canceled by the coronavirus outbreak. The league also says it has consulted players over a pay deduction or deferral of 30%.It also voted to advance funds of 125 million pounds ($150 million) to clubs in the English Football League and fifth-tier National League.___German soccer club Borussia Dortmund is converting part of its stadium into a treatment center amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Bundesliga club says a space inside Germany’s largest soccer stadium has been made available for medical staff to examine people with virus symptoms. Colombian rider Egan Bernal won in Switzerland last year ahead of his first Tour de France title.Organizers in Switzerland say its “the first time since the Second World War that the traditional event will not take place.”They say “the risk of additional strain on the Swiss health system due to possible crashes during racing is high.”___The Russian anti-doping agency is preparing to freeze all testing until May to comply with new government measures shutting down work deemed non-essential. “Everyone that has been tested, the symptoms they had or reported, they do feel better,” Pierce said. He said he has “become a master of this Zoom app” while having video conferencing with players, assistants and other NBA coaches.___The NFL’s Indianapolis Colts are giving season-ticket holders the option to defer April’s payment until June 15.On Friday, team officials emailed letters to those with payment plans, giving them a Wednesday deadline to accept the offer.The final two installments were initially due April 15 and May 15. The Colts have not announced any changes about the May payment. BetMGM is also donating the same amount to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.___The Serie A says it will consider resuming only “when health conditions permit it.”The Italian league has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.A new government decree issued this week prevents clubs from training — even in small groups — for at least another 10 days. ___Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is contributing $1 million to Penn Medicine to establish the COVID-19 Immunology Defense Fund.Funds will support research program to test frontline health care workers for potential immunity to COVID-19 and for Penn Medicine’s researchers to develop real-time research protocols to battle the disease.“We have reached a critical point in our fight against COVID-19 in which testing for antibodies is absolutely essential both to protect our front-line workers in the short term and to develop treatments and vaccines that will save lives and help defeat the virus,” Lurie said in a release.___ The status of endorsement contracts is a major concern to athletes because most signed deals that were set to expire after this year’s scheduled Olympics. They have been rescheduled for 2021 and that has forced corporations to reset and rethink the structure of their deals.Visa is another major sponsor and has also told its global roster of nearly 100 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls that it will extend sponsorships through 2021.___World Triathlon has extended its suspension of all events from the end of April to the end of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The latest events to be called off include the Yokohama leg of the world series, three African Cups, three American events, four Asian Cups, one event in Oceania and eight in Europe. The WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women’s sports league.___The Premier League has pushed back its restart date and says play will not resume at the beginning of May.The league had given a return date of April 30 amid the coronavirus outbreak but now says the season “will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”It says there remained a “combined objective” for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played to maintain the integrity of each competition. The school said the estimated cost of the scholarships will be $70,000. The NCAA announced earlier this week that spring-sport athletes would be granted an extra year of eligibility and seniors could return next year without being counted against scholarship limits. But those athletes would not be guaranteed scholarship funds. How much athletes received would be up to each individual school.Wyoming announced the remainder of the Bohls’ donation would go to supporting the athletic training table and nutritional needs.Earlier this week, Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman announced he was taking a 10% salary cut through Dec. 31.___The CONCACAF Nations League semifinals and final in June have been called off. “In light of the unique circumstances right now, we have decided to modify the payment options for members of our season ticket family on payment plans,” the letter reads in part.The move comes one day after the Indiana High School Athletic Association canceled the entire spring sports season. State officials had previously announced all schools would remain closed for the rest of the academic year.___Mental health experts who were supposed to be available to help American athletes at the Tokyo Olympics are being asked to start working now. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee says the experts are leading discussions about mental health and wellness for athletes and staff in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, team president and general manager Don Waddell says the organization “remains committed to taking care of our staff as well as possible given these unprecedented circumstances.” Waddell said the plan “protects our employees from financial hardship while also mitigating the losses suffered by the company during this shutdown.”___Philadelphia 76ers owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, as well as All-Star center Joel Embiid made a combined contribution of $1.3 million to Penn Medicine.The money established a funding campaign for COVID-19 antibody testing of front line health care workers. The pledge from Embiid, Harris and Blitzer was expected to help boost efforts to quickly identify health care workers who may have immunity to the virus.Embiid says “we need to do everything possible to help those heroes who are putting their lives at risk to help us.” The gifts will support new experimental serology tests that detect antibodies to determine if a person has ever been infected with the virus-identifying staff and providers that might have immunity. The Southeastern Conference is extending its ban on practices and organized gatherings through the end of May.The ban includes team and individual practices, meetings and other gatherings — whether voluntary or required — as well as camps and coaches clinics.The powerhouse league had previously announced that in-person athletics activities were suspended through April 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic.Also Friday, the conference said virtual film review that does not include physical activity is permissible. Effective April 6, activity of this nature will be expanded to four hours a week consistent with an NCAA rule waiver and NCAA legislation, an increase from the previously permissible maximum of two hours a week.___ Chief executive Scott Lloyd and the executive team will take temporary pay cuts of 20%, while some staff will be furloughed next week but will be paid 80% of their salary.___Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce says team employees have been tested after exhibiting symptoms for the new coronavirus. He says no players or members of the coaching staff have shown any symptoms or been tested. Pierce said Friday he doesn’t know the identity of those who were tested. He said at least 18 or 19 days have passed since any members of the team would have had contact with the employees. Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train. They were in breach of a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. The group included a local politician.Kipsang, who is also a police officer, was provisionally suspended this year from track and field and charged with doping offenses that include tampering with doping samples. He has also won the New York, London and Berlin marathons.Twelve athletes were arrested in Iten earlier this week for breaching Kenyan government regulations on social gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. The runners were arrested for training in a group, which has been banned in Kenya. Training camps have been shut down and athletes must train alone.___ Twelve rounds of Serie A remain, plus four games that were postponed from the weekend of Feb. 22. Also, the Italian Cup semifinals were interrupted after the first leg.Following a video conference meeting of all 20 Serie A clubs on Friday, the league said “it will await the decrees from the government and place in primary consideration taking care of the athletes’ health and all people involved.”___Officials say they’re working to find a new date for the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown.The Maryland Jockey Club and Stronach Group announced Friday that whenever the Preakness is run in 2020, it will go on without infield activities that had been one of the race’s biggest traditions. The Preakness was scheduled for May 16 in Baltimore.last_img read more

Pinnick Restates NFF Commitment to Improving Refereeing

first_img“I want to appreciate the instructors sent by FIFA (Felix Tangawarima and Tracey Lovell) and I believe our referees stand to gain so much knowledge from this year’s programme.”Tangawarima, a former FIFA referee from Zimbabwe, now a referees’ instructor, praised the leadership of NFF for the presence of most of its Executive Committee members at the ceremony, saying that in his years of working on referee development programmes, he has never seen such robust top-echelon support for a refereeing course. “The words of the NFF President, who also has foothold in CAF and FIFA, are also very reassuring, and I challenge you all to justify the confidence the NFF leadership has reposed in you by committing to integrity and excellence.”Also present at the opening ceremony, inside the Kalem Suites, Abuja were NFF vice presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, Executive Committee members Ahmed Yusuf Fresh (Chairman, NFF Referees Committee), Sharif Rabiu Inuwa (vice chairman, Referees Committee), Ibrahim Musa Gusau, Suleiman Yahaya Kwande, Aisha Falode, Mohammed Alkali and Babagana Kalli, NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, NFF Director of Technical Bitrus Bewarang, NRA President Tade Azeez, former NRA President Ahmed Maude, other members of the NFF Referees Committee and some members of the NFF Congress.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr.Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has again re-affirmed total commitment of the present NFF administration to the improvement of refereeing in Nigeria.The NFF supremo, who is also Member of the CAF Executive Committee and Member of the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, restated his administration’s resolve to tackling one of the big issues of Nigerian football at the opening ceremony of this year’s FIFA Member Association (MA) Elite Programme for Nigerian referees, assessors and physical fitness trainers in Abuja yesterday.“Refereeing is a critical aspect of the game of football. In fact, it is a major issue in the game. You would recall that at the advent of our administration, referees were the first set of people we sent on capacity building programme. Since then, our determination to improve refereeing in Nigerian Football has never waned, and going forward, we are fully committed to ensuring that we achieve wholesale improvement in all aspects of officiating.last_img read more

Robben robs Flames with walk-off double

first_imgTuesday night’s duel between Wisconsin and the University of Illinois-Chicago had all the makings of a potential extra-inning marathon, but Ricci Robben made sure the Badgers’ grueling three-day stretch wouldn’t drag on any longer than it had to. Robben’s walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the seventh sent UW (24-13, 5-5) home with a 4-3 victory, much to the relief of a weary Badger pitching staff.Letty Olivarez was on the hill for the Badgers after tossing a three-hit complete game victory over Indiana just one day earlier, but the pinpoint control Olivarez demonstrated Monday afternoon wasn’t on display Tuesday night, as she surrendered a walk to Sarah Clynes to lead off the game. Olivarez got out of the first without any trouble, but the Flames got to her in the second.With two on and two outs, Olivarez gave up an RBI single to Flames leftfielder Brittany Dixon, and UIC took a 1-0 lead.Theresa Boruta led off the Badger half of the second with a double to left and moved to third on an Olivarez sacrifice bunt. Lynn Anderson followed with a flawlessly executed suicide squeeze to score Boruta from third and even the score. Senior centerfielder Sam Polito also singled in the inning to extend her hitting streak to a team-high 12 games.The third inning saw a free pass come back to bite UW, as Olivarez issued a one-out walk to IUC catcher Elizabeth Jacoby. Olivarez would get the next hitter to ground to second base for the second out of the inning, but couldn’t escape the frame without damage. Jacoby would come around to score from first when shortstop Nicole Robinson hit a double to the gap in right-center to give the Flames a 2-1 advantage.The seesaw game would continue in the fourth, as Wisconsin catcher Joey Daniels cranked a one-out double off the rightfield fence. Polito followed with a single to center, and advanced to second when centerfielder Ashlee Ackerman’s throw wasn’t in time to catch Daniels at the plate.After a Katie Hnatyk walk and an Athena Vasquez strikeout, Robben connected on an RBI single to left. Polito scored easily on the play, increasing her all-time runs record, which now stands at 130.Olivarez returned to the circle for the fifth with a 3-2 lead. And after getting ahead with two quick strikes to pitcher Sarah Clynes, Olivarez delivered a seemingly good pitch high and outside to the Flames’ leadoff hitter. But Clynes just went with it and poked a double to left-center field.Clynes later moved to third on an Ashlee Ackerman sacrifice bunt, and scored the tying run on a single to left by designated hitter Brooke Frydendall.Five innings would be all for Olivarez on the day, as head coach Chandelle Schulte called on her senior ace, drop-baller Eden Brock, to get the Badgers through the final two frames.”I thought they had [Letty’s] number today,” Schulte said of her freshman hurler. “She gave up too many walks, and you can’t give up free bases in this game.”Brock entered the game and proved to be the stabilizing force UW had been in need of all day. She looked in total control of Flames hitters from her first pitch, striking out the side in the sixth inning, later getting two groundouts and another strikeout for a 1-2-3 seventh.With the score knotted at three apiece, Badger third baseman Athena Vasquez strode to the plate to lead off the bottom of the inning. After taking a few moments to shake off the pain from fouling a pitch off her shin for the second time on the night, Vasquez lined a double to left field in what might be one of the grittier at-bats for any Badger this season.”She was really tired,” Schulte said of Vasquez. “But you just saw the determination in her. I didn’t know if she was going to get on, but I knew she was going to hit it hard. She’s a determined kid, and when you’re determined, a lot of things can happen.”Vasquez’s workman-like approach provided designated hitter Ricci Robben the opportunity to be a hero, but Schulte wasn’t about to give her a completely green light.”When Ricci got up there with a runner at second, the debate is do you bunt [Vasquez] to third, or do you let her swing away?” Schulte said. “Well, she had two hits, so I said ‘If you get one strike, you have to bunt.'”Robben took the ultimatum to heart, and drilled the first pitch she saw to the wall in left, scoring Vasquez from second and giving Wisconsin the win. “She got me out the first time on an inside pitch so I figured they were going to pitch to me,” Robben said. “I was just looking for a pitch I could hit hard somewhere for a base hit.”last_img read more

USC student arranges May Day Festival

first_imgThis weekend marks a holiday celebrated throughout much of the world as International Workers’ Day, and one USC student has played a leading role in organizing an event in honor of the occasion.International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, is not officially observed in the United States, unlike much of the world, although many people use it as a day to protest in support of workers’ rights.Tiffany Scalia, a senior majoring in Spanish and international relations, planned and organized a free music and arts festival, that will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hoover Recreation Center on the corner of Hoover Street and Adams Boulevard. Scalia hopes the event will to unite the community in celebration of May Day.Keeping with the spirit of May Day, Scalia said the festival will be aimed at increasing awareness of the struggles still faced by laborers. She is hoping for a large turnout from USC students as well as community members.“Students should be concerned about these things because they are the future,” Scalia said. “If we hope to see the world progress in a positive way, the exploitation on a global scale has to stop.”Scalia planned the festival as a lead-in to Sunday’s annual May Day March and Rally for Immigrant and Workers’ Rights in Downtown Los  Angeles.Meetings regarding the festival started in February, after Scalia approached friends about putting her ideas into action. She was inspired after talking to a producer of the Sunset Strip Music Festival, who said the event was originally organized to decrease racial tension and xenophobia in the community.Scalia initially approached several friends, including USC students and alumni, for help in organizing the festival, and recruited volunteers from her network and from community-focused organizations like USC Creating Just Communities.After she graduates this year, Scalia plans to continue the festival as an annual event organized by a council of students from local high schools in conjunction with a group of USC students. She hopes this will promote community involvement and unity.Each year, Scalia said, the festival will focus on a specific labor rights issue.This year’s festival will ask the Dole Corporation to provide fair compensation for the hundreds of banana workers suffering from the pesticides used in the company’s Nicaraguan plantations. According to the Los Angeles Times, more than $2 billion have been given to Dole banana farmers workers who claimed to be unable to have children because of pesticide poisoning.There will be flyers and other informational material about the Nicaraguan banana workers at the festival, as well as letters attendees can sign and send to the Dole Corporation demanding action.“The festival isn’t trying to shove social issues down peoples’ throats, although it will be trying to raise awareness,” said May Day Festival volunteer Quyen Le, a freshman majoring in writing for screen and television.In addition to promoting labor rights, Scalia hopes the festival will develop into a meaningful connection between USC and the community.“I had the idea to create a festival in the USC area to increase meaningful interaction between community members and USC because I hate that that divide exists,” Scalia said. “We are all members of this community and that dichotomy shouldn’t be there. I’m trying to alleviate that through this festival.”The North Area Neighborhood Development Council, an organization dedicated to the well-being of the communities around USC, is co-sponsoring the event. NANDC members see the event as a significant advancement in the development of relations between USC students and the community.“NANDC is currently working with the local parks in the community to be sure that homegrown festivals like this have community support and are for the betterment of the community,” said Shawn Simons, president of NANDC. “We’re very impressed that this is something they wanted to take on and put together on their own because it’s something that is important for the development of this community.”The festival will include a full lineup of live music and entertainment from local artists, a kids’ zone with activities and crafts, an art gallery and live painting across the park. There will also be food, book and clothing drives set up in collaboration with Food Not Bombs, Books For People and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles.last_img read more

Super clash: Togbe Afede charges team

first_imgBoard Chairman Togbe Afede XIV has charged both the playing body and the Technical team not to relent in their efforts to win this season’s league title adding that winning trophies this season should be the concern of all.The Board Chairman mentioned that it is a taboo for a big club like Hearts of Oak to go four seasons without winning the league trophy adding that ” this must be the year we win it again to end that league drought,” “For me it’s unacceptable for us to go four seasons without the league trophy. Indeed we managed to win the Presidents Cup, but what the Board needs is the league and the FA Cup respectively which is believer is very much achievable. Winning the title is certainly not beyond us,” the Board Chairman mentioned.He praised the team for their wonderful performance last season, especially the second round.“Hearts can only get better from what we did last season especially during the second round, anything short of that will only mean that it was a fluke. Apart from the defeat to Ash gold in the second round, no team was able to defeat us and I believe that if the league would have been based on only the performance of the second round, then we might as well call ourselves the league champions because we played better than every team in the second round. “Our poor start to the league was also a factor which affected us dearly. I entreat you all to play this season’s games better than you did last term so that we will avoid the catch up scenario we found ourselves last season.”The Board Chairman also wished the entire team God’s blessings and pleaded with players of the team to continue to work hard with better focus to make good names for themselves and the club.last_img read more