WHO declares Sri Lanka, Maldives measles-free

first_imgAn anti-vaxxer movement in the US and elsewhere has surged with the social media-fuelled rise of conspiracy theories.The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted healthcare systems in South Asia and Southeast Asia, the WHO added, including immunization and surveillance programs.It said it was committed to supporting member countries and partners “fully revive” such activities. Measles and rubella have been eradicated from Sri Lanka and the Maldives after decades of immunization programs, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.”Coming at a time when the entire world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, this success is encouraging and demonstrates the importance of joint efforts,” WHO regional director Khetrapal Singh said in a statement.The Maldives recorded its last endemic case of measles in 2009 and rubella in October 2015, the global health body said. Topics :center_img Sri Lanka’s last endemic cases of measles and rubella were reported in May 2016 and March 2017 respectively, it added.There has been no evidence of endemic transmission of the two viruses for over three years “in the presence of a well performing surveillance system,” the WHO said.Bhutan, North Korea and East Timor were also declared to be measles-free.The declarations came amid measles outbreaks in developed countries, including the United States.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces the Launch of “It’s On Us PA” Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces the Launch of “It’s On Us PA” Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative First Lady Frances Wolf,  It’s On Us PA,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today announced the launch of “It’s On Us PA” – the first statewide campaign to address the crisis of sexual assault in schools and on college campuses. Building on the national “It’s On Us” movement launched by President Obama and Vice President Biden in 2014, “It’s On Us PA” will engage education leaders from school superintendents to college presidents as well as students, teachers, families, and communities to make a personal and public pledge to play a role in preventing, addressing, and responding effectively to sexual violence.“Pennsylvania is home to some of the best schools in the country, and sexual assault should not be part of any student’s school or college experience. Ensuring our students’  safety and well-being is paramount not only to their success, but the success of Pennsylvania as a whole,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “I’m proud to be joined by over 40 college and university presidents and school superintendents from across the state – including those standing with me today – to make a commitment to recognize sexual assault as a serious problem in our schools and on our campuses and to take concrete steps to address this epidemic.”The specific goals of “It’s On Us PA” are to:Improve awareness, prevention, reporting, and response systems in schools, colleges and universities to better serve all students.Remove/reduce barriers that prevent survivors from reporting and/or accessing vital resources by creating a more consistent, empowering reporting process for student survivors of gender based violence.Demonstrate significant, proactive, and sustainable leadership to change campus culture by challenging Pennsylvania’s education leaders – including college and university presidents, superintendents – as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, families, and communities to pledge to improve their institutions’ climate.Governor Wolf was joined at the event, which took place at Elizabethtown College, by Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, Kristin Avery from the national “It’s On Us” Campaign, as well as Kristen Houser from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the following college presidents and school superintendents:Elizabethtown College President Carl StrikwerdaFranklin and Marshall College President Dan PorterfieldLebanon Valley College President Lewis ThayneYork College President Dr. Pamela Gunter-SmithEast Stroudsburg University President Dr. Marcia G. WelshButler County Community College President Nicholas NeupauerHoly Family University President Dr. Maureen McGarrityWest Chester University Interim President Dr. Christopher FiorentinoMoravian College President Bryon GrigsbyMansfield University President Francis L. HendricksWidener University Commonwealth Law School Dean Christian JohnsonWilliam Penn School District Superintendent Joseph BruniHarrisburg School District Superintendent Sybil Knight-BurneyElizabethtown Area School District Superintendent Michele BallietGettysburg College President Janet Morgan RiggsLancaster School Distric Superintendent Damaris RauSteelton Highspire School District Interim Superintendent Travis WatersState System of Higher Education Chancellor Frank Brogan“We are very pleased to have been selected as the host college for Pennsylvania’s “It’s On Us” launch,” Elizabethtown College President Carl Strikwerda. “I thank Governor Wolf for bringing increased awareness to the problem of sexual assault on college campuses and for bringing college and university presidents and administrators together for honest and open dialog. Sexual assault is a problem that has troubled higher education and the lives of young people for far too long.”This initiative builds on an important dialogue sparked by the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and PCAR in November, which brought together educators, advocates, students, and policymakers for a screening of The Hunting Ground documentary. “Today, Governor Wolf sends a strong message to parents and students that sexual violence will not be tolerated and the young women on Pennsylvania’s college campuses will be supported and cared for,” said PA Commission for Women Chair Randi Teplitz. “The Commission is proud to have had an active role in starting this discussion and looks forward to working with the Governor and other community leaders in spreading this message statewide.”Today’s launch kicks off a year of action, in which the Wolf Administration will work with community leaders and stakeholders from across the commonwealth to develop state-level policy recommendations to address the pressing issue of sexual assault in our schools and postsecondary institutions. The PA Department of Education will develop and share new resources, including webinars, data, and digital toolkits for secondary and postsecondary institutions that help inform policy, research, and practice.“We are thrilled to welcome Pennsylvania to this movement that is gaining traction at a critical time in our lives,” said It’s On Us national Campaign Manager Kristin Avery. “And we encourage everyone in Pennsylvania to join the leaders here today in spreading the message that it’s on us, all of us, to stop sexual assault.”# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img January 29, 2016last_img read more

Slay suspect killed after resisting arrest

first_imgThe 29-year-old Fritz Deosanta died of a gunshot wound on the head, police said.  Deosanta attempted to escape, firing at the lawmen six times during a brief chase. This left the officers with no other option but shoot the fugitive. Recovered from the crime scene was a black purse containing an empty plastic sachet, an improvise tooter and a used aluminum foil. Officers of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office were still investigating the incident as of this writing./PN Armed with a warrant issued by a local court, personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group swooped down on the suspect’s house around 3:30 p.m. on May 12. BACOLOD City –A murder suspect in Barangay Banago in this city was killed by policemen who were tasked to serve his arrest warrant for murder.last_img read more

Swans seal Amat deal

first_img Press Association Amat, who spent last season on loan at Rayo Vallecano, has agreed a four-year contract. Swansea have made offers for a number of players over the past couple of weeks, with Amat the first among them to join the club. The Swans have tabled potential club-record offers for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis and Vitesse Arnhem’s Wilfried Bony, with the fee for the latter understood to be around the £10million mark. Bony’s agent, Francis Kacou, had told Arnhem newspaper De Gelderlander a £10.2m deal had been done for the Ivory Coast international. But Vitesse posted a statement on their website which read: “Various media have reported that Wilfried Bony is to transfer to Premier League club Swansea City. This message is incorrect. “There is admittedly much interest in the striker, the top scorer in the Eredivisie last season, and Swansea City are one of the interested clubs. However, a transfer is not the case.” Despite Vitesse’s statement, Press Association Sport understands a deal is likely to be completed in the coming days for Bony to become Swansea’s record signing, as Laudrup looks to ease the goalscoring burden on Michu. The fee would almost double the £5.55million paid for Pablo Hernandez last summer. Real Betis midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo is also set to join his former team-mate Canas in south Wales, while Swansea are looking to bring Jonathan de Guzman back to the Liberty Stadium on a second season-long loan. Bids have also been lodged for Birmingham winger Nathan Redmond, and Standard Liege forward Michy Batshuayi. The 21-year-old has long been on manager Michael Laudrup’s radar, and he becomes the second summer arrival at the Liberty Stadium, with the services of Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas already secured. A statement on the Swansea website said: “Swansea City have completed the £2.5m signing of central defender Jordi Amat from Espanyol, subject to a medical and international clearance.” center_img Swansea have completed the signing of Jordi Amat from Espanyol for a £2.5million fee, subject to the defender completing his medical.last_img read more

Pardew focused on Potters points

first_img “In particular in the striking department, we’ve had a lift. We’ve looked okay in the majority of games and have deserved more points than we have, but at the same time we’ve looked like we’re not going to score too many goals. “The lift from the three strikers has helped the squad and will settle us.” It was Papiss Cisse who started the ball rolling when, after five months on the sidelines nursing a fractured kneecap, he climbed from the bench and, with Pardew freely admitting he should not even have been in the squad, scored twice to salvage a point against Hull. Summer signing Emmanuel Riviere took up the baton at Palace when he ended his wait for a first competitive goal for the club at the seventh attempt as he also claimed a double. Asked how hard it has been for the Frenchman, Pardew said: “He hasn’t really carried it as hard. His confidence has been strong in training. “I have spoken to him on a number of occasions on things I thought would help him get the goal and he always seemed very assured – strikers are made like that. “But you don’t want to go too long without a goal, particularly at this football club and particularly when he got the competition he has at the moment, so they were very important goals for him.” Cisse, keeper Tim Krul and midfielder Yoan Gouffran could all be available after missing the trip to Selhurst Park through illness, and Pardew is hoping the outbreak has been contained. He said: “I haven’t heard anything from the doctor that makes me worry.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes has laughed off Manchester City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini’s “small team” comments. Pellegrini was left annoyed by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s tactics in last Sunday’s 1-1 draw between the sides at the Etihad Stadium. Having been beaten at home by Stoke three weeks previously, the 61-year-old Chilean held up Chelsea and the Potters for comparison, seemingly belittling both clubs. Describing the match with Chelsea, Pellegrini said: “It was very similar to the Stoke team, with a big team playing against a small team with very good players, trying to defend, trying to keep the score (0-0).” Asked for his thoughts on Stoke being described as “small”, Hughes said: “I think everybody understood what he meant. “He was possibly disappointed with the way Chelsea approached the game. “Having seen us play exceptionally well a few weeks previously, why wouldn’t Chelsea follow what we did? “We didn’t take any umbrage with it, as criticism of ourselves. “It was more the Manchester City manager’s take on how he thought one of the top teams went up against his side. “On the day they were gracious in defeat, which sometimes doesn’t happen with big clubs. “But I felt we fully deserved the victory and they said so.” It was at Manchester City where Hughes was given his first taste of big-time management, and the pressure and expectation that comes in running a club of that ilk, lasting just over 18 months before being sacked. In that respect Hughes appreciates the circumstances currently being faced by Newcastle boss Pardew, whose side face the Potters on Monday. From his time at City, Hughes claims the expectation and focus that comes with managing a big club is “unfair”. The Welshman added: “It’s circumstantial as a lot of people don’t know the reason why certain things have occurred or why there hasn’t been a good performance. “There are always other things people outside the immediate group don’t know about and you know yourself you can’t go out and say, ‘well, these are the reasons’. “So you have to protect yourself, your position and your club sometimes from situations, and sometimes that’s to the detriment of yourself. “It’s not easy because there is more focus on you as a club and you, as the figurehead, in terms of football. It goes with the territory and you have to deal with it. “The focus on big clubs is always there and the only way you can deal with it, to take that focus off you as a manager, is by winning football matches and if you don’t there is a negative focus.” Hughes has no fresh injury concerns, with only midfielder Jonathan Walters a doubt with a calf problem. He said: “I think he was trying to be supportive in his own kind of way. They [the comments] are what they are and unfortunately we have had those sort of headlines for two or three weeks. “The focus for me really can only be Monday night.” Pardew and his players have steadied the ship somewhat in the last week with a determined fightback from 2-0 down to claim a 2-2 draw with Hull with the manager’s critics in full voice at St James’ Park last Saturday, and then a 3-2 midweek victory at Crystal Palace which ensured the club’s continued participation in the Capital One Cup. However, they will head for the Britannia Stadium sitting at the foot of the Barclays Premier League table and still awaiting their first three-point haul of the campaign. Pardew said: “We are very conscious that we haven’t had the win. We have got to try to get the balance right because it’s not a boxing match, we can’t fight our way to a win. “We have got to get a balance between having enough fight and playing, and I think we got that right at Palace. We had enough determination to win the game, but also were relaxed enough to play.” Pardew admits the pressure he has been under, and in many ways remains under, has been far from enjoyable but a better week has salved some of the wounds. He said: “You’re going to carry some scars as the week progresses. You can get an injury, the team doesn’t function in training or the press are giving you a hard time, so it does change your mood when you get lifts like we’ve had this week. Press Association Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is treating owner Mike Ashley’s joke threat to sack him as a back-handed vote of confidence. The 53-year-old woke on Saturday morning to read claims that he is “Dead. Finished. Over.” if the Magpies lose at Stoke on Monday evening. Club officials immediately dismissed Ashley’s comments to a reporter in a Soho bar as a joke, and Pardew, who has come under intense pressure from dissenting fans in recent weeks, is viewing the sports magnate’s remarks as a positive. last_img read more

The Latest: Earliest AHL could resume is May, AP is told

first_imgMcLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday.Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution.With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest. ___9:55 a.m.The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice. 1:30 p.m.The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April.The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):4:45 p.m.A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press that the American Hockey League is allowing its players to return home while determining it won’t be able to resume its season until May at the earliest. ___2:05 p.m.British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.” Associated Press More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week.No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. ___1:55 p.m.The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions. 12:20 p.m.NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.___ Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too.Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___11:10 a.m. Also, The Jockey Club will close its offices in New York and Kentucky to outside visitors as of Tuesday while contiuning to provide services. All business-related travel has been suspended and some employees are working remotely. The Jockey Club is the breed registry for thoroughbred horses in North America.___4 p.m.Keeneland race track in Kentucky has canceled its spring meet because of COVID-19. The meet was scheduled for April 2-24, with the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby, the highlight of the opening weekend. On Sunday the historic track announced it would be closed to non-essential guests and set up screening checkpoints for those seeking access.The track says no horses will be allowed at Keeneland and it recommended that horsemen not at the track remain where they are. The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak.John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.” League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.”Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors.Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games.The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19. “Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe. The cancellation also hurts USA Water Polo’s effort to growing the sport in the Midwest. The event was scheduled for April 28 to May 3.USA Water Polo also announced the cancellation of the inaugural Division III Women’s National Championship. It was scheduled for May 8-10 in Southern California.___7:10 p.m.The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby quarterfinals scheduled for April 3-5 were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league says the decision was taken following the British government’s updated advice on limiting social contact and mass gatherings.In a joint statement, Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone and Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the suspension presents “significant financial and commercial implications for rugby league, which will be further considered during the period of suspension.”The Super League includes teams from France and Canada. ___1:35 p.m. Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing.___12:45 p.m.The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners. One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2.The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break. The Arizona Coyotes will pay all part-time arena and team employees through the end of the previously scheduled NHL season.Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and his family have partnered with Gila River Arena to pay part-time and hourly arena employees scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. All part-time and hourly team employees will be paid through April 4.The Coyotes also will pay part-time Tucson Roadrunners employees affected by the suspension of the American Hockey League.The NHL announced last week it would pause the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Coyotes defenseman Aaron Ness became the NHL’s first known player to be tested for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms last week. His agent, Neil Sheehy, said Monday that Ness tested negative for the virus. Magic CEO Alex Martins says: “The DeVos Family has a history of stepping up during challenging times. Today is no different. If someone is losing a paycheck because we are not playing, they will be fairly compensated.”The Magic say the part-time employees will receive paychecks for missed games through what would have been the end of the regular season.___6:40 p.m.The Super League — Europe’s top division in rugby league — has been suspended, initially until April. The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.”“We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said.Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___12:30 p.m. 2:35 p.m.The Baseball Hall of Fame has canceled Hall of Fame Classic weekend because of the spread of the new coronavirus.The Hall of Fame said advance purchases for the May 22-24 event in Cooperstown, New York, will be refunded.The Hall of Fame is closed to the public indefinitely.___ ___1:50 p.m.The DeVos family that owns the Orlando Magic has unveiled plans for a $2 million fund to pay hourly workers who will miss time because of sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The $2 million will be earmarked to help about 1,800 workers who are employed at Magic games, Lakeland Magic G League games, Orlando Solar Bears minor-league hockey games and other Amway Center events.In addition, Magic players have told the organization that they want to provide even more money for those workers. March 16, 2020 The Latest: Earliest AHL could resume is May, AP is told 4:10 p.m.Live horse racing without fans will continue at Aqueduct during New York’s ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people.Fans were banned as of last Thursday. Racing resumes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The winter meet ends March 29.The New York Racing Association said horse owners are not allowed access to Aqueduct.Belmont Park’s backstretch and its facilities remain open to horsemen and training is allowed. Owners won’t be allowed in the stable area until further notice. ___11 a.m.Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time. All eight matches and thus the European club season were suspended by governing body European Professional Club Rugby.The English Premiership was also suspended for five weeks, following government advice against mass gatherings.The same advice prompted the English Rugby Football Union to suspend all activities until April 14.The activities were at professional and community level, “including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses,” the RFU said.___ Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home.Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.”The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all.___ There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday. 3:30 p.m.The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg.The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later.The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday. Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason calls the decision to cancel “agonizing” and adds that the track had exhausted all avenues for safely conducting the meet.___1 p.m.USA Water Polo has canceled a key tournament set to begin in late April in Indianapolis because of the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. men and women have already qualified for the Olympics. But the the 2020 FINA Men’s and Women’s Intercontinental Tournament would have been been one of their biggest warmups for the Tokyo Games. The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944.___12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19.Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. 2:30 p.m.Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks. The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6.The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments.The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled.___ ___1:20 p.m.The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston.An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced.“We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.” The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the league has not announced the decisions reached by the AHL’s executive committee during a conference call.The move follows last week’s decision by the 31-team AHL to suspend its season until further notice. The decision coincides with the NHL placing a roster freeze on player movement, as well as pushing back the possibility of resuming its season for several weeks, if not more than a month.Previously, players were encouraged to remain with their teams.— Reporting by AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow___ The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___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 6last_img read more

Sevilla wrecks United’s Europa dream

first_img(BBC) – Sevilla wrecked Manchester United’s hopes of ending the season with silverware as they edged a hard-fought Europa League semi-final in Cologne.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost their third semi-final this season despite taking the lead when Bruno Fernandes scored their 22nd penalty of the season after Marcus Rashford was fouled by Diego Carlos.Sevilla, Europa League specialists, equalised before the interval when former Liverpool forward Suso swept a finish past David de Gea at the far post.United’s fate was sealed when they missed a succession of chances early in the second half as Sevilla keeper Yassine Bounou emerged as the hero, denying Anthony Martial several times.And Sevilla, who saw off Wolves in the quarter-final, secured their place in the final when Luuk de Jong swept home a cross from Jesus Navas with 12 minutes left, United punished for poor defending which led to recriminations as Fernandes confronted Victor Lindelof in the aftermath.Profligate Man Utd pay the priceManchester United’s long season came to a bitterly disappointing conclusion as they missed out on the chance to lift their first trophy since they won this tournament under Jose Mourinho more than three years ago.And they have only themselves to blame for a lack of killer instinct in front of goal, especially in that opening phase of the second half when Bounou denied them, especially Martial, but United simply had to take one of those chances.It left Sevilla in the game and, as this talented side have proved before, they are experts at finding a way to win in the Europa League.And so it proved with De Jong’s late goal, helped by awful United defending as they switched off from Navas’ cross, with Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka culpable.United could not respond as they looked heavy legged, Solskjaer waiting until late on before introducing a raft of chances more in hope than expectation.last_img read more

Niger, Bayelsa Win 20th Milo Basketball Championship

first_imgNiger, Bayelsa Win 20th Milo Basketball Championship Father O’Connell Science College Minna, Niger State and St. Jude Girls Secondary School, Amarata, Bayelsa State, have emerged champions of the 20th edition of the Milo Secondary School, Basketball Championships in the male and female categories respectively after the grand finale which held at the indoor sports hall of the National Stadium in Lagos, penultimate week.Last year, Government Secondary School, Minna won the 19th edition of the championship for the male category. The school returned to the 20th edition as defending champions and carted away with the first prize position but with a new name of Father O’ Connell Science College Minna.The boys from Niger state defeated their counterparts from Gen. Muritala Muhammed College, Adamawa state, 60 – 59 to lift the trophy. The fiercely contested match had spectators on the edge of their seats as the game went down to the wire with just a point between the two teams. The game was tied in the second and third quarter with 28 – 28 and 41 – 41 respectively.Unlike the male category, St. Jude Girls Secondary School, Amarata, Bayelsa state outclassed the girls from Yejide Girls Grammar School, Ibadan Oyo 47 – 31 to retain the title in the female category. The Bayelsa girls have won the trophy back to back for the past 5 years, taking the trophy home in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018.Speaking at the event, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nestle Nigeria, Mauricio Alarcon, expressed his delight to be part of the 20th edition of the Nestle Milo Basketball Championship. He stated that Nestle believes in helping to improve livelihoods of individuals in the communities where the company operates.“As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of Nestle Milo Basketball Championship, we celebrate the alumni who today play in the Nigerian National Team, in European Leagues, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Some of them are here today and we celebrate them,” Mr. Alarcon said.He further applauded the passion and professionalism of the participants as part of what inspires Nestle to invest in grassroots sports development in line with the company’s purpose.“We will continue to work alongside our partners, the Ministries of Sports, Youth Development and Education in various states, the Nigerian Schools Sports Federation, the National Collegiate Sports Foundation and the Nigeria Basketball Federation to promote youth participation in sports,” Mr. Alarcon inforShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Badgers host Huskies to open postseason

first_imgMEGHAN CONLIN/Herald photoIt’s been another wild, yet unsuccessful year for Michigan Tech’s men’s hockey program. Yes, the Huskies were able to pull off just six conference victories, but one of those was over the Badgers. And with the addition of six ties to their record, they took at least one point in seven of their last eight series to end the year.Tech triumphed over UW back in December, snapping a 14-game win-streak that saw Wisconsin outscore its opponents 22-9.Now, the No. 8-seeded Huskies will venture back to Madison to once again challenge the No. 3-seeded Badgers in the first round of the WCHA playoffs this weekend.”[We] are looking at it as revenge,” goaltender Brian Elliott said. “They took some points from us that were key at the beginning of the season. We just want to bury them as much as we can.”With redemption on their mind, the Badgers will be fully prepared against the devious Huskies.”You can’t take them lightly,” Elliott explained. “We know what we can do against them, and we also know what they can do to us … [You] can’t take anything for granted.””They play hard. They’re dirty,” senior Adam Burish added. “When the ref is not looking, they are going to whack you in the back of the legs. They are going to try and get you in the game where they are slugging in front of the nets and make you sit in the book the whole game by them playing a tricky style.”Michigan Tech will be entering postseason play riding a winless wave. Despite their aforementioned point steak, the last Tech victory came over a month ago against Minnesota State.Wisconsin, on the other hand, is coming off a successful finish to their roller coaster second-half of the season by sweeping St. Cloud State in its final season series.The St. Cloud sweep gave Wisconsin 17 victories on the season, the most under fourth-year head coach Mike Eaves.Now, the Badgers are prepared and excited to maintain the momentum in front of a home crowd.”Playing at the Kohl Center we feel is the best atmosphere in college hockey,” Elliott said. “If one of our guys makes a big hit, the crowd goes nuts, and we feed off that energy. You can’t replace that.””Every time we come out on the ice and see the student section acting crazy, it is always exciting for our guys,” Burish added. “You can feel it on the bench, and you can feel it when the student section gets going and the fans are standing and clapping after a good shift or power play. It is something the guys get excited about, and obviously, being at home is a huge advantage.”With Badger faithful behind their home team, Wisconsin will be at the advantage. However, UW will be missing a pair of players, as sophomore Joe Piskula and Andrew Jourdey are out with injuries and are not expected to play.last_img read more

Linebacker Franklin commits to Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ La Salle College High School linebacker Zaire Franklin has verbally committed to Syracuse, according to Scout.com.The 6-foot, 215-pound three-star recruit from Wyndmoor, Pa., is the third verbal commit in the class of 2014, joining quarterback A.J. Long and local running back Naesean Howard.He spurned offers from Arizona, Boston College, Pittsburgh and Temple among others to join the Orange, according to Scout.com.center_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more