The Latest: New Jersey bars NFL fans until further notice The International Skating Union has canceled the Junior Figure Skating Grand Prix for the upcoming season.Citing increased travel and entry restrictions, the international governing body for the sport said Monday it could not sanction the series. The ISU also said the potential extensive sanitary and medical care measures, including possible quarantine, “would put an unsustainable burden on the organizers.”The ISU has not made a decision yet on the senior series that features the top skaters, including current world champion Nathan Chen and two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu.Potential international junior events could be held if “the pandemic developments and situation change and allow for the safe organization” of them. The ISU said it would provide financial assistance for such events, with preference given to venues that were a part of the canceled series.The ISU Council will meet online on Aug. 3 to further evaluate events for the 2020-21 season. ___The University of Louisville says it suspended men’s and women’s voluntary swimming activities for two weeks on Saturday after three members of the program tested positive for COVID-19.A university news release issued Monday did not specify whether those impacted are student-athletes or staffers. It says all three have been quarantined, with procedures and protocols being followed.Fifteen athletes returned to campus late last month under a phased training approach.___ The NHL reported it had 33 players test positive during the period after the league paused its season in March to the start of camps.___The Pac-12 has postponed its football media days.The league said Monday the move is the result of the Pac-12’s decision to schedule league-only games this season and to delay mandatory athletic activities.The event, originally set for July 29-31 in Los Angeles, will be held at a later date to be decided. The teams, who play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and have separate training facilities in the state, released a joint statement Monday after Gov. Phil Murphy announced an executive order limiting outdoor public gatherings to 500 people.The Jets and Giants say the decision to not have fans – at least for now – was reached after discussions with Murphy, with the health and safety of fans, players and staff being considered.The teams also announced that “out of an abundance of caution,” fans will not be able to attend training camp practices this summer.In the statement, the NFL clubs said they will continue to work with Murphy’s office as the situation is reviewed and evaluated, but “until circumstances change, both the Jets and Giants will play our games without the benefit of fans in attendance.”Rutgers University, in Piscataway, announced that all of its athletic venues will operate with 500 or fewer in attendance and safety precautions will be in place for those fans who come to sporting events there. ___The NHL says only two players tested positive for COVID-19 during the first five days of training camp last week.The league, in consultation with its players, is not revealing the identity of players who test positive, or their teams. The two players who tested positive are self-isolating per national and local health protocols.A total of 2,618 tests of more than 800 players from July 13-17 were done by the league. Training camps opened July 13, with 24 teams preparing to compete in an expanded playoff format in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, starting on Aug. 1.Teams are scheduled to travel to both hub cities on Sunday. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports July 20, 2020 One University of Oklahoma women’s basketball player has tested positive for COVID-19, and a second player has been deemed a close contact.Oklahoma made the announcement in a news release on Monday. Both players are in quarantine off campus.The result comes from 100 tests performed Friday on Oklahoma athletes and staff members. The women’s basketball player was the only person with a positive test in a group that included 14 men’s basketball players and 15 women’s basketball players.Oklahoma re-opens its facilities to members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams on Monday.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world:___The New York Jets and Giants announced they will not have fans at home games this season “until further notice” because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press
It took nearly five years, but opponents are finally noticing Maggie Morrison.“She’s doing her job. She’s making her name known,” Syracuse guard Brittney Sykes said. “People know on scout, OK, Maggie Morrison. She’s a shooter. You got to guard her.”With a breakout 25-point game against then-No. 12 Duke on Jan. 3, Morrison put four and half years of irrelevancy behind her. She’s playing the best she ever has, leading SU in scoring off the bench and averaging more points per minute in conference games than anyone on the team.For the first time in her career, she’s playing big minutes in big games, and will look to continue her hot streak when Syracuse (14-4, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) takes on No. 3 Notre Dame (17-1, 5-0) at 7 p.m. in South Bend, Indiana on Thursday.“I’ve kind of established myself as another threat on this team,” Morrison said. “… It’s kind of like finally, you know? It took long enough, but I’m happy about it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs a child, Morrison dreamed of being an impact player at the college level. As her career unwound, the results weren’t materializing.Morrison’s freshman season at Vanderbilt ended just 10 games after it began due to a knee injury. When she came back the following year, she saw limited action and totaled two points the whole season.The next year was lost as Morrison sat out because of her transfer to Syracuse.Sykes saw flashes of potential during Morrison’s redshirt junior year. She saw a player that could hit shots and make the hustle plays. All Morrison had to do was put the pieces together.Her production was limited again, though, as she averaged less than three points a game. And the first 10 games of the 2015-16 season were spent the same way — in the background.But then Morrison erupted with seven 3-pointers against Duke to lead her team in scoring for the first time in her career and jumpstart her own season.“I wasn’t surprised because that’s what Maggie does,” Sykes said.Since then, Morrison’s minutes have nearly doubled, her points have nearly tripled and she’s scored in double figures in each of the last two games.Her four games scoring double-digit points in the last seven contests are more than she’s had in the rest of her career.“Who would’ve known that I would come in and be playing all these minutes — granted my last four years?” Morrison said.Head coach Quentin Hillsman has let her play more freely and shoot the ball more, he said. A player that used to be forgotten about is now being chased off the line.Morrison stepping into a bigger role has taken the pressure off the Orange’s playmakers, Hillsman said. As teams key in on Morrison more, it leaves SU’s most notable shooters like Brianna Butler open more often.“She’s a spacer,” Hillsman said. “Anytime you can get floor spacers that can get out there and make shots and shoot the ball your offense is going to flow a little better.”Morrison has finally put the pieces together, Sykes said, and the results are in the stats. Though Morrison is playing the best basketball of her career, Sykes thinks she can still do more.“Is she playing her best?” Sykes said, “ah, not yet … But she’s playing really well for us right now and that’s what we need.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 20, 2016 at 11:06 pm Contact Jon: email@example.com | @jmettus
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 6, 2019 at 11:28 pm Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Comments NIAGARA FALLS — Olivia Luciani climbed the staircase of her two-story apartment and smiled at the boxes of sneakers. On her second-floor landing, a mini mountain of more boxes piles up all of the way near the ceiling. Loose papers were scattered.Luciani strolled into a small room on the second floor and surveyed her computer screen, a table and another pile of shoeboxes. A sign on her desk said, “Work hard.” She sighed.“I do a lot in here,” she said.Here, Luciani replicated Batman on a pair of Kyries for Syracuse men’s basketball’s best player, Tyus Battle. Here, she designed a pair of custom shoes for 2018 WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart, with “#MeToo” as the design, a reference to the #MeToo Movement. Here, she designed custom shoes for Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson, former SU star Brandon Triche and cleats for Syracuse running back Dontae Strickland, who helped lead the SU football team to a 10-3 season and first bowl victory in five years.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCourtesy of Olivia Luciani A Syracuse native, Luciani, 25, started her own shoe company out of her apartment a few minutes’ drive from Niagara Falls State Park. With “Laced by Liv,” youth, college and professional athletes mail her their shoes and then she ships them back with customization. It takes about three days to do a design like Battle’s, from initial sketches to finalized design to photoshop and airbrush.The process differs with every shoe, but Luciani generally does a variation of the same tactic: Apply acetone, clean the outside, sand, smoothen, tape areas not to be painted or altered, and paint. She’s utilized dozens of colors and designs, based on what the client wants.As a women’s basketball player at SUNY Buffalo State, Luciani broke the school’s all-time record for 3-point shots made (175) and the single-season record (57). As a student, she cleaned students’ shoes on campus. She started painting sneakers for fun, then got a job at a Nike Factory Store. She runs her own shop and wants to kept growing.Battle, Syracuse’s junior shooting guard and leading scorer, has worn his special shoes four times. Big games warrant Batman: Georgetown, St. Bonaventure, Duke and most recently, against Virginia Tech two weeks ago.Wearing Batman, Battle hit the game-winner against Georgetown, went 8-of-8 from the field against St. Bonaventure and dropped 31 at then-No. 1 Duke in a 95-91 overtime win. He and Luciani have a running joke: “It must be the shoes.” Battle said he loves Batman, and his father sports a Batman tattoo. Syracuse players don’t have to buy their own shoes — shoe costs are built into the team’s budget — but Battle spent his own cash for the custom design. Players said a custom shoe signals individuality and it’s the most important piece of “equipment” in the game.Matthew Gutierrez | Senior Staff Writer “Good shoes really help,” said Battle, who sustained a foot injury in 11th grade and has worn Nike Kyries ever since. “You want to be comfortable. I don’t change it up too much.”Because SU head coach Jim Boeheim doesn’t have any shoe rules — many coaches require players wear a certain color — Battle splurged on his favorite hero. Luciani charges a $100 minimum for a custom job, $80 for a deep cleaning and $70 for a shoe restoration, according to her website.Luciani is moving back to Syracuse, and she hopes to do custom cleats for several SU men’s lacrosse players. She’s designed hundreds of pairs of shoes, and clients include the Seattle Storm’s Natasha Howard, a teammate of Stewart. There are no limits on which sports she can do.“This,” she said, “has been a lot of fun.”
Chelsea have announced the signing of French defender Malang Sarr.The 21-year-old left Ligue 1 club, OG Nice, this summer following the end of his contract there, and has now signed a five-year deal with the Blues.Sarr will however spend the 2020/21 season out on loan.On signing Sarr, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “The opportunity to sign Malang was one we could not miss.”He is a tremendous prospect and we will be monitoring him closely during his loan period, hoping he will soon be back at Chelsea. We are very happy to welcome him to the club today.”Sarr has played for his local side Nice since he was five years old and became a regular in their first team at the age of 17.He had a dream start when he scored the only goal of the game on his debut in a Ligue 1 match against Rennes in August 2016.Sarr becomes Chelsea’s fourth signing of the window after the arrivals of Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech. Source: Chelsea FC
LaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of February 13, 2020 José María Gutiérrez is on the tightrope despite the fact that his team is in second position and in the thirteen days that Madrid has been leading the red and whites, they have promotion numbers. The technician does not shy away from speaking when asked about a possible removal. “I am not worried that names of substitutes will come out or that they can dismiss me. I came knowing that it was a good project where the owner had things clear and that could happen at any moment. The result of Saturday will not influence my future”, answer back.The Indian coach is aware that El Alcoraz is not an encounter. “It is not just the three points, but the fact of facing a good opponent with the same goal and coming from not doing things as we would like. Cheerfully, if the team is capable of winning, it will come in handy. “, recognizes without pulling topics, aware that the Oscense team is the best place in the category. “It is a complicated game for both of us because Huesca at home is very solid and good. We come from three bad results and what better place to continue above than a field where the opponent also wants to ascend,” he says. Gutierrez seeks an improvement at the defensive level, while being the protagonist with the ball. “I would like to control defensively and offensively be vertical, we will see how the game takes place. We are two teams that want to have the ball, play and go against it with an attractive football. We will see that, “he says, before talking about the requirement and the numbers of Pedro Emanuel (he would overcome them only if he beat El Alcoraz. “The requirement is maximum, I do not know if it is too much or too little, but from the first days the team is up and it is normal to go up when there are fewer games left. Overcoming the numbers of Pedro Emanuel is not the important thing, but other types of things, those do not worry me, “he says.Finally, he talks about the agape celebrated yesterday and the youth of his staff. “It was a meal of players who have come new to integrate into the group and the truth was that it was quite good. Everything about being together in bad times and being able to chat and be together is always good. “, affirms about the first. “Youth can be an advantage and an inconvenience. In the case of the game against Racing it was an inconvenience and in other senses of life it is an advantage for things that when you mature you see differently,” he concludes.
Members of the Essequibo Naujawan along with the families that benefited from the back-to-school driveThe youth arm of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha Essequibo Coast branch, Dharmic Naujawan, and the Guyana Sevashram Sangha, commonly called the Cove and John Ashram, located on the East Coast of Demerara, distributed school supplies to children in various communities on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).On Wednesday and Thursday, school items, including stationery and clothing, were handed out to children at two different locations by Swami Shiva Shankarnanadaji of the Ashram.He underscored the importance of an education and the need for parents to send their children to school. The Swami further posited that it was the Ashram’s hope that the items distributed would in some way contribute in assisting parents to send their children back to school. Copies of Hindu scriptures were also given to the beneficiaries.Several parents expressed their gratitude to the Ashram for the timely contribution. The back-to-school drive was one of the many charity works done by the Ashram under Shiva Shankaranandaji’s stewardship.Meanwhile, at a simple handing-over ceremony on Saturday, held at Airy Hall Mandir, Chairman of the Essequibo Coast Dharmic Naujawan, Nandram Prabhu, told parents that the back-to-school drive was held with the aim of assisting parents to send their children off in the new school term all prepared for the academic year ahead.He also called on parents to send their children to school regularly and punctually. Prabhu noted that the back-to-school drive was one of the many charitable works undertaken by the youths in the religious organisation to assist the less fortunate.Among the items distributed to the about 15 children were bag packs, stationery, and footwear.Parents expressed their gratitude towards the youths of the organisation for the timely intervention. Most of the families that benefited from the assistance were headed by single parents. Several other executive members of the Essequibo Naujawan were also present at the handing-over ceremony.
Liberia’s education sector faces lots of challenges ranging from lack of competent classroom teachers to basic educational tools such as books, libraries and laboratories. But a new ‘mobile reading revolution’ technology era has been inaugurated in the country that would provide students with the opportunity to access all needed books to foster their education using their mobile phone. This program is called ‘worldreader’ and is now a major program installed in the Cellcom tablet sold for only US$129.00. The ‘mobile reading revolution’ was launched on Friday, June 6, in the presence of Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh and Montserrado County Senator Madam Geraldine Doe-Sheriff. Also present at the Royal Grand Hotel for the ceremony was the president of the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU) Mr. Varney A. Jarsey and Federation of Liberian Youths (FLY) president Augustine S.M. Tamba as well as the presidents of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU), AME Zion University Student Union (AMEZUSU), AME University Student Union (AMEU) and Smythe Institute. Speaking at the ceremony, Education Minister Etmonia Tarpeh thanked Cellcom for “this initiative. This is a result of the company’s creativity,” she said. Minister Tarpeh added: “I know that we don’t have libraries and laboratories at our schools, but what we have here is important.” Madam Tarpeh encouraged the youths and students community to take advantage of the Cellcom product/tablet as it is the new beginning for a much longer future in enhancing their capacity. For her part, Montserrado County Senator Madam Geraldine Doe-Sheriff said she is excited that Cellcom is giving back to the Liberian people through education. “This is unbeatable,” she said. Sen. Doe-Sheriff added “having this type of technology where we go beyond normal classrooms brings competition among young people.” According to the Senator, empowering a student raises that student out of poverty. A Few months ago, Cellcom launched its tablet without the worldreader. Though the tablet is already sold out; Cellcom Telecommunications Inc. Liberia said it has put in for a new order that is loaded with the worldreader program for its subscribers. The ‘empowering Liberia’ worldreader is a complete library equipped with ‘all’ types of books including mathematics, chemistry, readers, physics, biology and so on— for all levels. The GSM service provider says it is duty to increase the literacy rate in Liberia through cutting-edge technology, since in fact; more people in Liberia have mobile phones.The mobile service provider says by installing the worldreader on the tablet, Liberia has now joined other countries which citizens have the advantage of holding a whole library in their hands everywhere they go. Cellcom’s Corporate Communications Strategist Dr. Kimmie Weeks told the gathering that Cellcom has subsidized the tablet to ensure that it is accessible by vast majority of Liberians mainly youth and students. According to Dr. Weeks, the actual cost of the tablet in other countries is US$600.00. “It is sold outside Liberia for US$600.00, but Cellcom has subsidized it to ensure that it is accessible to young people. It helps them [young people] to do their academic works including research and assignments, etc,” he said. Mr. Weeks emphasized that the worldreader is a global library and is making great impact in Tanzania. He disclosed that once you purchase the phone from Cellcom, all of the books in the phone’s library are free and that they will be constantly updated. “All you need to do is buy your tablet and data from Cellcom and you will have the library in your hands,” he said. Dr. Weeks disclosed plans by Cellcom to make a breakthrough with this product by ensuring that ‘all phones,’ not only smart phones, have access to a worldreader platform. “We are starting with smart phone, but we are finding a way to make this service to work on any phone including the least bonanza phone,” he said. In brief remarks, Cellcom chief executive officer (CEO) Mr. John Vasikaran urged the leadership of the youths and students community to help the company with the marketing aspect of the product and to ensure that it is promoted among students.He assured that Cellcom will not levy extra service charge on the new program, noting that the company will rather ensure that the library on the phone is regularly updated. In his remarks, FLY president Augustine Tamba observed that Cellcom’s initiative is not only welcoming and timely, but is putting the country’s educational system on fast growth speed. “I urge Cellcom to ensure that such information and training be taken to various universities.For his part, LINSU president Varney Jarsey saluted Cellcom for making a major contribution to Liberia’s education sector. “When you read and make research, you make informed decisions,” Jarsey said as he called on Cellcom to work with LINSU to launch the platform at various school campuses nationwide.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has assured fourteen Liberian girls who were taken to Lebanon by Lebanese businessmen and were brought back home by her government that they will receive justice.President Sirleaf gave the assurance on Monday at her Foreign Ministry office, saying that her administration will do everything possible to ensure that justice prevails and those responsible for the women’s ordeal face the full weight of the law.The girls, according to the Executive Mansion, had gone to the President’s office to express appreciation for government’s efforts that paved the way for their return home.The President informed the young women that they did not deserve the kinds of treatment meted out to them, especially in light of the circumstances under which they were lured out of the country in search of uncertain greener pastures.She said the government through the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection will work with them to identify areas of interest aimed at self-empowerment.President Sirleaf called on the young women to exercise patience in view of the usually long drawn out judicial process. She was quick to add that in respect of the independence of that Branch of Government it would be wise to follow the process in order for justice to be served.The President’s assurance comes against the backdrop of many calls, especially from professional women’s groups such as the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia [AFELL] and the Female Journalists’ Association of Liberia [FeJAL] for the Judicial Branch of government to ensure that the case goes to court soon. The groups have expressed disappointment over the delay in prosecuting those accused of subjecting the girls to ill-treatment.The president of the AFELL, who has been one of the most vocal in this case said more needs to be done to ensure that justice is delivered as soon as possible, although it has become totally embarrassing to hear that the young women, who were returned home over five months ago are yet to have their day in court.“We are calling on the government of Liberia and the judiciary to take full responsibility to send those girls to court. Let us hear their side and the side of the accused. We want to know both sides of the story. As a women’s organization this is a case of interest to us. We want to know who were involved and how those girls were taken (to Lebanon)” Cllr. Esther Seton-Cee of AFELL told reporters in Monrovia.While looking at the legal side of the issue, she was also apprehensive about the well-being and safety of the rest of the girls in Lebanon who are yet to be brought home.The Government of Liberia, since the emergence of the report, had said that it is concerned about the welfare of the Liberian girls and that efforts are being made to get the rest of the girls from Lebanon soon. The Foreign and Justice ministries said that the government is investigating the matter and would ensure that justice is done in the end.Some of the girls, including Rema Nyepan, Ayres M. Jasper, Bernice Gbar, Muffitte N. Panma, Grace K. David, Emma T. Swaber and Patience King, have claimed that they were lured to Lebanon through deception.“We were told by the Lebanese that we would work in Lebanon as clerks in grocery stores and boutiques or waitresses in restaurants, with opportunities to go to school once a day’s work was done,” some of them said.As troubling as their situation is, they are lucky to be alive, as some of their colleagues lost their lives during the struggle in Lebanon. One case in point is one Patricia Joe, who lost her life to injuries she sustained, according to one of her colleagues.“She was just 26 years-old when she died. They raped her too much. She died from all those things they did to her. If we do not get justice her soul will never rest in peace. She is the driving force for our fight,” Panma told a news outlet in Monrovia.Since their return from Lebanon, the women’s parents have not been able to see them because government has kept them in seclusion in Margibi County for their protection.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The head of the Incident Management System (IMS) and Deputy Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, said that two of the three persons that were confirmed to be infected with the Ebola virus disease will be discharged on Thursday, December 3. Minister Nyenswah made the disclosure yesterday at the Emergency Operation Center for Liberia, in Monrovia, and was delighted over Liberia’s capacity to properly treat people with the virus. The first victim was 10 year old boy, identified as Nathan Gbotee, whose case was reported by Dr. Francis Kateh, Deputy Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia. Nathan Jr., however, succumbed to the virus.Minister Nyenswah said one hundred and sixty five persons (165) have so far been placed under surveillance as a means of controlling the new Ebola outbreak.“As we speak, there is no new outbreak of EVD. After Thursday, there will be no confirmed cases in any ETUs in Liberia. But we will continue the surveillance. It has been 12 days with no new cases and contacts are being followed up. Some of the contacts will be completing their 21 days,” he said. Nyenswah said that this is Liberia’s third outbreak since the virus was first reported in March 2014, and noted the progress that has been made “with how the third outbreak was effectively handled.” He said the IMS and its partners are currently investigating the source of the recent outbreak, and will this weekend release the outcome of their investigations. “There are three things we are concerned about now. And doing sequencing, we want to know whether this new virus is coming from an animal source and reintroduced into the country; investigating to know whether there is some link with the virus in Guinea or Sierra Leone; and also whether this person has any link to a survivor,” he said. Minister Nyenswah called on the business community not to panic or reduce their workforce as the situation has been brought under control. The Gbotee family, who lives in the Cowfield (Du-port Road) Community, outside Monrovia, is the only family that has so far been affected during the current outbreak. The family sought treatment at the ELWA ll Ebola Treatment Unit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A father of one was on Friday evening crushed to death by an alleged drunk driver along the Good Intent Public Road, West Bank Demerara.Dead: Patraj “Sookra” BasdeoDead is Patraj Basdeo, 46, of Sister’s Village, West Bank Demerara.According to information, the dead man, under the influence of alcohol was heading home and may have fallen on the roadway where he was run over by the car heading in the direction of Demerara Harbour Bridge.The man commonly called “Sookra” died on the spot while the car fled the scene. A brother of the dead man who is a Police gave chase and intercepted the vehicle at Belle Vue, WBD.The driver was taken to Wales Police Station where a Breathalyzer test proved he was above the legal limit of driving under the influence of alcohol.At the home of the dead man on Saturday morning his sister Pam Murray told Guyana Times she was sitting in front of her house on Friday evening and saw her brother walking towards her house.She noted that he suddenly fell due to his drunken state. The aggrieved woman recalled instructing her son to go pick him up and bring him home. However as the young man was heading to collect his uncle, a speeding car ran over the intoxicated man.After running over the man, the driver drove off the scene: “My brother who saw what happened jumped into his car and went in pursuit of the driver… my brother said that he met up with him at Bell Vue as he was checking his motorcar for damage… After my brother cornered him, he claimed that he was under the impression that it was a dog.”They are of the belief that the driver who is in his 30s knew exactly what had occurred and he was trying to escape.Dead: Patraj “Sookra” BasdeoAccording to information, the insurance and the road license for the car had expired. On this matter, the driver told investigators that he works in the interior and that he only came out a few days ago and did not have the time to renew the documents.She described her brother as a heavy drinker while noting that he never really got into trouble with anyone. “He would drink and come home and that’s it… he doesn’t argue or anything.”The man leaves to mourn his only child and five siblings.The driver remains in police custody as they continue their investigations.