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first_imgOct 19, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Scientists investigating why seasons drive annual influenza epidemics have charted how low humidity and cold temperatures contribute to the spread of the disease in laboratory animals.The research group, from Mt Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, published their findings yesterday in the October issue of Public Library of Science Pathogens (PLoS Pathogens).In the two-pronged study, the researchers first tested aerosol influenza A virus transmission at different relative humidities and temperatures among guinea pigs. Then they assessed whether cold temperatures influenced the immune response of infected animals by extracting RNA from their nasal tissues for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.The researchers used guinea pigs because they learned from a medical journal that guinea pigs kept for research purposes in 1919 at a New Mexico army base died during the 1918 flu pandemic, Peter Palese, a Mt. Sinai virologist and senior author of the study, said in a report today from New Scientist, a British science and technology magazine.”We didn’t know guinea pigs got the flu. They are no longer popular lab animals, and no one had tried them,” he told New Scientist.To tease out the effects of temperature and humidity on virus spread, the group performed 20 trials at different humidities and temperatures, each involving eight animals. For each trial, four guinea pigs were intranasally inoculated with influenza A virus. Then pairs of infected and uninfected animals were housed individually in adjoining cages. Nasal wash samples were collected from the animals about every other day, and serum samples were collected before infection and on day 17 after infection.Five different humidity levels were tested at 20°C: 20%, 35%, 50%, 65%, and 80%. The researchers found that transmission was most efficient at the two lowest humidity levels, at which three or four of the exposed guinea pigs became infected. At 50% relative humidity, only one of the four animals contracted influenza. More were infected in 65% humidity, but no disease transmission was noted at 80% humidity.In the temperature experiments, animals were exposed to 5°C, 20°C, and 30°C at different humidity levels. The investigators found that transmission was more efficient when guinea pigs were kept at 5°C than at 20°C, and at 30°C they detected no disease spread. In addition, the duration of peak viral shedding at 5°C was 40 hours longer than at 20°C.”Our data implicate low relative humidities produced by indoor heating and cold temperatures as features of winter that favor influenza virus spread,” they concluded.In assessing the effect of low temperatures on innate immune response, the authors found that housing animals at 5°C didn’t greatly impair their immune response when compared with that of animals housed at 20°C. This finding runs counter to the conventional wisdom, the authors asserted.Palese, quoted in a report yesterday from the LiveScience news Web site, said, “We’ve always thought the immune system wasn’t as active during the winter, but that doesn’t really seem to be the case.”The researchers said their findings on humidity effects raise several possibilities about influenza transmission mechanisms:Breathing dry air could desiccate the nasal mucosa and reduce ciliary clearance of the virus—though the guinea pigs weren’t exposed to dry air for very long before they became infected.The virus could be more stable at low humidity.At low humidity, water evaporates quickly from bioaerosols, leaving droplet nuclei that remain airborne and increase the opportunity for pathogen transmission.Low temperatures could affect hosts in ways that contribute to the infection mechanism, the report says. For example, cooling the nasal mucosa is thought to increase the viscosity of the mucous lining, which could reduce ciliary clearance of the virus. Also, cooling in the nasal passages may provide a more stable environment for flu viruses.The authors said their findings suggest that controlling indoor temperature and humidity—warmer than 68°F and 50% to 80% relative humidity—might slow influenza virus transmission.Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, said the seasonality of influenza outbreaks is clearly important. However, he said other factors besides just temperature and humidity must be involved.”Previous pandemic outbreaks were widespread in other seasons of the year,” he told CIDRAP News. For example, he said, the spread of flu in August and September during the 1918 pandemic was especially dramatic.Lowen AC, Mubareka S, Steel, et al. Influenza virus transmission is dependent on relative humidity and temperature. PLoS Pathogens 2007 Oct ;3(10):e151 [Full text]last_img read more

first_imgChelsea completed a deal for Timo Werner last month (Picture: Getty)‘Sometimes, he went too far but it was okay because he is a nice young guy. He had a good upbringing and he knows what respect is.‘Werner is a big, big talent. In Germany, he shocked everyone because he got so good so fast. Right now, it is a new day because the Premier League is a step up from the German Bundesliga.‘It will show what level he can reach for the rest of his career, especially in one of the biggest clubs at Chelsea.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘The expectation will be high because he cost a lot from Germany and he will have to pay back that money.‘The pressure will be on every day and it will be interesting to see if he can handle his pressure. I hope he can, I think he is a really good young player.‘He is able to help the German team and change history there too.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck rates Frank Lampard’s first season as managerMORE: Frank Lampard ‘likes’ Kai Havertz video amid Chelsea transfer links Comment Kai Havertz has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Chelsea transfer target Kai Havertz has been compared to Michael Ballack and Mesut Ozil by former Bayer Leverkusen team-mate Roberto Hilbert.The Blues have expressed interest in signing Germany international Havertz, who has scored 45 goals in 149 appearances for Leverkusen.Frank Lampard has already brought Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to Stamford Bridge this summer but wants to bolster his squad further and has identified Havertz as his next top target.Former Germany defender Hilbert spent two years with Havertz at Leverkusen and says his former team-mate can help Chelsea win the Premier League.ADVERTISEMENTAnd he has also likened Havertz to Chelsea and Germany legend Ballack and current Arsenal midfielder Ozil.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He is the next big, big player to come from Germany. I was there when he made his debut in our team at 17,’ Hilbert said, as quoted by Goal. Chelsea transfer target Kai Havertz compared to Michael Ballack and Mesut Ozil by former team-mate Bayern Munich v Chelsea: Frank Lampard press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 17:35FullscreenBayern Munich v Chelsea: Frank Lampard press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/bayern-munich-v-chelsea-frank-lampard-press-conference-2225874/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘In this generation, I think he will be a game-changer. He is a really smart player, quick and he is a nice person.‘He has some things Ballack had, some things Ozil had but he puts it into one package which is what makes him so dangerous.‘I think he has a level of talent that nobody else has. When Chelsea sign him for the next years then I think it will be a great chance to help them win titles in the Premier League.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘That’s how good he is. He worked hard, but he is a smart and humble person. That comes from his good family unit and he will continue to work hard and improve every day.’Hilbert has also paid tribute to new Chelsea striker Timo Werner, who completed a move from RB Leipzig last month.He added: ‘Timo is really fast! When I played against him I saw he was young and he wanted to earn respect against other players.center_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 10 Aug 2020 3:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.3kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Duterte may suspend POGO operations – Palace

September 25, 2020 | rkbamvjw | No Comments

first_img Sen. Richard Gordon has earlier said that Philippines’ close ties with China under the Duterte administration has paved the way for the entry of “dirty money” in the Philippines. He added that authorities, under Duterte’s leadership, has become “too soft” on China and its citizens’ misdemeanors. “That statement, I must say, is such as stupid statement. Basta pera pumasok, lahat na, all these things we can tolerate,” he said. “It is common knowledge that what we generate from Pagcor is nothing compared to the social problems that occur because of this.”/PN Meanwhile, opposition senator Franklin Drilon slammed the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) following its supposed remark that POGO should be allowed to continue to operate because of the income the country earns from the industry. “I am disappointed at the statement today of PAGCOR, saying that we are in favor of POGO continuing because of the income earned. That is a short range statement,” Drilon said. MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte might consider suspending operations of all Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) in light of crimes allegedly involving Chinese workers. “But I have yet to consult the President if it’s an option,” he added. “What is important is we respond to whatever allegations of corruption or practice, we prosecute them.”center_img During Thursday’s hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee on the alleged money laundering, crimes, and other nefarious activities associated with Pogos, the Ilonggo senator said that the remark as a “short range statement.” “The social problems that Pogo has brought to our country is not worth it. Let me tell you that to your face. For P8 billion from fees that you get, you are saying that they should be here?” he added. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that mounting allegations of corruption, money laundering, and sex trafficking, among other issues, may lead Duterte to order POGO operations to temporary halt. “The President, if you remember, suspended operations of lotteries when he received certain complaints of anomalies. Kung talagang grabe na ang complaints, may gagawin si Presidente diyan,” Panelo said in a press conference on Thursday.last_img read more

Lambert backs Keane over book

September 20, 2020 | rkbamvjw | No Comments

first_img Keane pulled no punches about Mourinho’s alleged lack of respect by trying to shake hands with he and Lambert before the end of Chelsea’s recent 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge. And Lambert agrees completely with his colleague. “Yeah I do (think it was disrespectful), yeah,” he said. “My thoughts are exactly the same as Roy’s on them. The game has not even finished. I don’t think it was right. “No, I didn’t speak to (Mourinho) about it. “I just thought it was wrong. It’s not the way I was brought up. I just think it was wrong.” Lambert revealed England midfielder Fabian Delph is doubtful for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Everton with a shoulder injury. Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has given assistant manager Roy Keane his full backing over his controversial book and recent comments which cast some doubt over his future at the midlands club. The former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland captain has been in the headlines for the past week following the release of his second autobiography. The notoriously forthright Keane covered a range of controversial topics both in the book and in interviews promoting it, ranging from his old manager Sir Alex Ferguson to Jose Mourinho’s recent conduct when Villa played Chelsea. Press Association Villa fans will be more interested in Keane’s promise that he would quit the club if he felt it affected his ‘primary’ role as Martin O’Neill’s number two with Ireland, saying he would leave if the Republic lost three games in a row. Lambert has downplayed those comments, however. “I think that’s been blown well out of proportion,” he said. “I don’t see Ireland losing three games anyway, so I don’t think I need to worry about that. “It made me laugh when I saw what some people were saying about his comments. I knew a lot of what was going in the book so there’s no problem. None whatsoever.” The Scot has yet to read the book but has enjoyed conversations with his assistant about the content. “He did tell me some stuff that was going in the book,” Lambert said. “It made me laugh. Listen, the two of us had a right good laugh about it, along with the other staff members. We still do. There’s no issue with me at all. But that comment (about Ireland) has been blown well out of proportion. “As I said, Ireland have just taken a point from the world champions so I don’t see them losing three in a row anyway.” last_img read more

first_imgThe Latest: Sharks’ part-time arena employee tests positive ___4:30 p.m.The NCAA has canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus. The decision came one day after the NCAA announced games that were scheduled to start next week would be played in mostly empty arenas.That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league, beginning with the NBA, put the brakes on their seasons due to concerns about the pandemic.The NCAA also canceled all of its championships in every winter and spring sport, including hockey, baseball, lacrosse and several others. Two boxing cards at Madison Square Garden have been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.A few hours after announcing the fights would proceed without crowds, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday they are off because there was no way to test the fighters themselves for the virus. Arum’s Top Rank company had planned to show off two of its young cards, with Shakur Stevenson defending his featherweight title on Saturday in an ESPN fight and Ireland’s Michael Conlan fighting on St. Patrick’s Day on the ESPN+ streaming service.“We thought we had solved the problem by saying no audience, but then the question became whether any of the fighters had the virus,’’ Arum said. “There was no way to get testing for them so we agreed with the New York Athletic Commission that the fights would be called off.’’Unlike most sports organizations, the UFC is still planning to proceed with its full slate of upcoming events, albeit with some serious modifications. ___1:45 p.m.The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the pause of the season amid concerns about the new coronavirus. The NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending play, after a player tested positive for COVID-19.Several NBA and NHL teams share arenas. ___9:35 p.m.Horse racing is continuing to operate in North America and abroad without fans in the stands.Races at Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields in California, Aqueduct in New York, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, Laurel Park in Maryland and Turfway Park in Kentucky will go on without spectators. The upcoming Dubai World Cup will be held at an empty Meydan Racecourse on March 28. Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, says when it opens for racing again in April there will not be fans allowed in.Churchill Downs said preparations to hold the Kentucky Derby on May 2 are up in the air. According to a statement from track officials: “With the event still seven weeks away, a decision will be made closer to that date with respect to postponing the event until later in the year, using the most recent information while working with and seeking guidance from public health experts and authorities.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):11:35 p.m.The San Jose Sharks say a part-time employee at their arena has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Two California events on the developmental Symetra Tour also were postponed, the IOA Championship in Beaumont from March 27-29 and the Windsor Golf Classic in Windsor from April 2-4.___5:40 p.m.Horse racing is continuing to operate in North America and abroad without fans in the stands.Races at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Aqueduct in New York, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Laurel Park in Maryland and Turfway Park in Kentucky will go on without spectators. The upcoming Dubai World Cup will be held at an empty Meydan Racecourse on March 28. Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, says when it opens for racing again in April there will not be fans allowed in. Associated Press The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league is halting play with 189 games left in the regular season, sparking uncertainty about how many more, if any, could be played before the playoffs.Bettman said the NHL has tried to follow mandates of health experts and local authorities without taking premature or unnecessary measures.” Bettman’s statement said the NBA’s news made it “no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”___1:05 p.m.The Big East Conference basketball tournament has been canceled at halftime of Thursday’s first game because of the coronavirus outbreak. USA Cycling is recalling its athletes, coaches and support staff from locations abroad and curtailing all international travel for teams and staff members as the national governing body responds to the coronavirus pandemic.Many of the country’s elite cyclists train in Europe, where the track cycling world championships were recently conducted.The organization also said that the collegiate BMX national championships April 4-5 have been postponed, but that the remainder of its national championship schedule will continue as planned. The biggest events on the upcoming schedule are the road, time trial and criterium national championships scheduled for June 18-21 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and mountain bike nationals July 7-12 in Winter Park, Colorado. Both are crucial races for determining the U.S. team for the Tokyo Olympics.___ ___6:09 p.m.The Colonial Athletic Association says an official who worked a game during its men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus.The league says the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference says it has made the institution involved and tournament personnel aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures.___ The team announced plans to financially help staff during the interruption.Earlier, arena CEO Len Komorwski said despite the cancellation of the Mid-American Conference tournament that employees will be paid as if the event was held.___6:58 p.m.The Grand Prix of Long Beach scheduled for April 19 has been canceled because of a ban on large scale gatherings in the California city. ___9:50 p.m.UFC President Dana White said Thursday that the promotion will hold its show Saturday in Brasilia, Brazil, with no fans in Nilson Nelson Gymnasium. The UFC’s show at London’s O2 Arena next Saturday, March 21, is scheduled to proceed as planned, with fans in attendance.The UFC then will move its next two shows to its new UFC Apex complex in Las Vegas, where the promotion has a small arena used for filming television shows and online content. The two fight cards initially were scheduled for March 28 in Columbus, Ohio, and April 11 in Portland, Oregon.The UFC’s next pay-per-view show is scheduled for April 18 at Madison Square Garden featuring lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov against longtime challenger Tony Ferguson. The duo has been scheduled to fight four previous times, but the fight was scrapped each time for various reasons. ___7 p.m.Cavaliers star forward Kevin Love is committing $100,000 toward helping arena workers in Cleveland who were impacted by the shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.Love announced his intentions to make the donation through the Kevin Love Fund on Instagram.Love, who has been very open about his struggles with anxiety, said he appreciates how the outbreak can be “extremely overwhelming” to people and that the suspension of the NBA season has caused a “sudden life shift” for workers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — home of the Cavs. 9:45 p.m.While Baylor coach Scott Drew understands the decision to cancel the NCAA Tournament, he said Thursday night that he is “overwhelmingly disappointed” that the No. 5 Bears won’t have the opportunity to finish “arguably the best season in program history.”The Bears (26-4) were the Big 12 runner-ups in the regular season behind No. 1 Kansas, and spent five consecutive weeks as the nation’s top-ranked team before a home loss to the Jayhawks last month. Baylor was likely going to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, something Drew said his team had worked for all season.“To have that opportunity abruptly taken away by something out of our control is devastating for our team, coaches and fans,” Drew said. “At the same time, we will keep perspective on life’s greater challenges, continue to focus on using our platform to honor God, and we’ll keep everyone affected by this situation in our thoughts and prayers.” Major football issues, including playing rules, bylaws and resolutions, as well as other business matters on the agenda for the March meetings will instead be handled at the May 19-20 spring meeting in Marina del Rey, California.___2:30 p.m.Football season is months away, but spring practice for college teams was in full swing around the country. That is being put on hold in many places, too. USC and Notre Dame both announced they would suspended practice as their campuses shut down. The SEC’s suspension of sport through March will also take football teams off the practice fields. The NCAA later canceled its men’s and women’s tournaments, where both Baylor teams were likely going to be No. 1 seeds. The Lady Bears were set to host first- and second-round games.“These are unprecedented circumstances, and it’s just much bigger than athletics,” Rhoades said. “I think the right decisions have been made.”Rhoades said he felt for all of the players whose seasons suddenly ended, and had spoken to both coach Scott Drew and Mulkey.“I think the first (thing) was I’m sorry. I’m sorry because both both had such great seasons,” Rhoades said, when asked what he told them. “The decision is much bigger than me, or certainly any one person, but you just feel bad.”___ 7:58 p.m.Little League International has recommended that its leagues “exercise an abundance of caution and implement a temporary suspension of all league activities until no earlier than April 6.”Little League International operates more than 6,500 programs in more than 84 countries.___7:35 p.m. Arsenal was due to play at Brighton on Saturday, with the Premier League pushing ahead with a full fixture list and stadiums with fans — unlike most other major sports.However, Arsenal said “it is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates.” The club issued a statement quoting Arteta as saying: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.” Arsenal’s game at Manchester City was called off on Wednesday after players came into contact with a rival team owner who announced Tuesday that he had contracted COVID-19. They met Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis after the Greek team won at Arsenal in the Europa League on Feb. 27.___ 6:17 p.m.NASCAR has put strict regulations in place for this weekend’s race at Atlanta, which will be held without spectators. Photographers will not be permitted at the event beyond a pool photographer, and media will not have access to the garage area or pit road. All driver availability will take place via teleconference, fed into the media center. The NASCAR Cup Series race winning team and second- and third-place finishers will be available via teleconference. In short, there will be no in-person competitor availability this weekend outside of live broadcast partners and NASCAR Productions. Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days.He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.”The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.___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 5:55 p.m.The LPGA Tour has postponed golf’s first major championship of the season and two other events because of the coronavirus.The tour called off the Volvik Founders Cup in Phoenix on March 19-22, the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, on March 26-29 and the major ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, on April 2-5. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement he’s “fully committed to rescheduling these important events on our 2020 schedule,” especially the ANA Inspiration.Earlier, the tour called off events in Thailand, Singapore and China. The team said Thursday that the person last worked a game March 3. That is two days before the Santa Clara County public health department recommended moratorium on public gatherings of more than 1,000 people.The Sharks say the person is under self-quarantine and receiving care from medical professionals. The employee is recovering and feeling better.The Sharks say the health department says that risk to the public from that exposure is low and that no additional precautions are necessary.___10 p.m. ___8:10 p.m.Defending women’s national champion Baylor was on a plane on the tarmac in Waco, Texas, preparing to leave Thursday for the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, when coach Kim Mulkey got a call from athletic director Mack Rhoades.The No. 3 Lady Bears went into a holding pattern for about a half-hour and never got off the ground after the Big 12 men’s and women’s tournaments were canceled. The No. 5 Baylor men, who spent five weeks at No. 1 this season and set a Big 12 record with 23 consecutive wins, were already in Kansas City, where they had been scheduled to play Thursday. ___3 p.m.The NFL has canceled its main owners meeting scheduled for later this month in Palm Beach, Florida.Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the 32 teams “after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts,” according to a league statement. Goodell said the decision was made out of “concern to protect the health of club and league employees and the public while enabling the league to continue with its essential business operations.”Further changes could be coming for the draft, scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from April 23-25. ___3:15 p.m.IndyCar will open its season on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, without spectators.The three-day event typically draws more than 130,000 fans. Local officials said earlier Thursday that no general admission would be permitted. Only essential personnel will be permitted inside the fencing that surrounds the course.The event will also be shortened to two days, with Friday used for driver health screenings and determining who is considered essential. March 12, 2020 US Sailing has advised all American Olympic-class sailors who are training in Europe to return home and resume training domestically. The move came after the 470 World Championships in Spain were postponed until officials can re-evaluate the situation in April.“We strategically kept training boats stateside, so we will go home to train efficiently on our own,” Olympic head coach Luther Carpenter said.The postponement of the 470 World Championships and possible changes to the 2020 Finn Gold Cup in May will impact the U.S. Olympic Trials. US Sailing said it will re-evaluate the selection procedures for the Olympic team.___7:25 p.m. Race organizers said they are in conversation with the city of Long Beach and the Convention Center about potentially rescheduling the street race. Long Beach is the second most popular event on the IndyCar schedule behind the Indianapolis 500.Organizers said if a later date this year is not possible, the race will return on April 18, 2021. ___6:27 p.m.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the club to close its training complex and put the entire first-team in self isolation. Churchill Downs said preparations to hold the Kentucky Derby on May 2 are up in the air. According to a statement from track officials: “With the event still seven weeks away, a decision will be made closer to that date with respect to postponing the event until later in the year, using the most recent information while working with and seeking guidance from public health experts and authorities.”___5:30 p.m.USA Gymnastics has canceled all sanctioned events through the end of March, which includes local meets scheduled at hundreds of USA Gymnastics-sanctioned clubs throughout the United States. The cancellations also extend to USA Gymnastics-sponsored workshops and clinics as well as any national team camps. The organization had already limited travel for USA Gymnastics staff and national team athletes. 7:10 p.m.Formula One organizers canceled the season-opening Australian Grand Prix hours ahead of the first official practice sessions because of concern over the spreading coronavirus.The sport’s governing body, FIA, issued a joint statement with F1 and the Australian Grand Prix to confirm the cancellation of the race. It followed McLaren’s decision to withdraw after one of its team members tested positive for the virus.The statement says discussions between F1 and the other nine team principals “concluded with a majority view of the teams that the race should not go ahead.”There had been two practice sessions scheduled Friday, with qualifying Saturday for Sunday’s GP. No fans had been allowed into the Albert Park circuit on Friday morning. As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It started its second-round game between top-seeded Creighton and St. John’s at Madison Square Garden and not until halftime was the tournament called off with St. John’s leading 38-35.As the Bluejays and Red Storm were playing, a few subway stops away at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Atlantic 10 Conference was holding a news conference to called off its tournament.___11:40 a.m.Major League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas. ___3:30 p.m.The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic-related activities. That includes all games, practices, recruiting — and participation in NCAA championships until further notice.The NCAA has not — at this point — postponed the men’s basketball tournament that’s scheduled for next week, but several individual schools have announced they’re taking a break from sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement that “this is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority.”last_img read more

CARICOM SG meets with FIFA President in Guyana

September 19, 2020 | rkbamvjw | No Comments

first_img– says sports a valuable investment in Youth(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)  – Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and President of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Mr Giovanni Infantino agreed on the importance of sport to youth development and to society as a whole.Mr Infantino paid a courtesy call on the Secretary-General on Tuesday at the Georgetown, Guyana Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat.Ambassador LaRocque informed the FIFA President that sports persons were among the original categories under the free movement of skills regime of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The Secretary-General said that sports was valuable as a social investment which could assist in channeling the youth towards positive endeavours and as a means of instilling discipline. It could also provide a career path, the Secretary-General added.Ambassador LaRocque mentioned that the Community was in the midst of preparing a Human Resource Development Strategy and sport was an important element given the holistic nature of the development process.Both CARICOM and FIFA are undergoing reforms and Mr Infantino emphasised his focus on transparency and good governance. He said the primary responsibility of FIFA was the development of football all over the world. He noted that of the $1.4 billion (US) invested in projects worldwide by his organization, the Caribbean benefitted from approximately $60 million in the past year.Mr Infantino has met with the Heads of Government of Grenada, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago during this visit and left for Suriname later on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgThe 24-year-old Bay Area native’s new single premiered Wednesday morning on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show and is her first of 2020. The release of the track follows her 2019 debut EP,  “You’re A Dog!” and sold-out tours with Cautious Clay and Still Woozy.  Her musical style evokes the grooviness of the Jackson 5 and the whimsicality of the Tom Tom Club, but even then, Remi’s brand of modern pop remains unique and innovative.  Remi Wolf’s new single is a successful addition to a movement seeking to reinvent pop music; “Woo!” makes a bold musical statement without sacrificing any of the artist’s authenticity. The engineering feels simple, but as the melody builds, it becomes clear that there is a vision behind “Woo!” –– one more chaotic and vibrant than originally anticipated, one that screams “Neo-Pop.” Wolf, a Thornton School of Music alumna, had a brief stint on American Idol in 2014 before gaining recognition in the Los Angeles music scene, where she has garnered praise from notable publications including NPR, Billboard, Lyrical Lemonade and Paper Magazine.  The words that come to mind upon a first listen of “Woo!,” a playful, flighty track about love, were “chill,” “techno-inspired,” “funky” and “bright.” It seems that Wolf is painting a picture of what it is like to be young and in love —  in love with both a significant other and with all the life there is left to live. Her disjointed yet emotionally charged lyrics are emblematic of the passion and chaos that characterize being in your twenties: “And I don’t know what I really wanted / And fuck, I think I lost my wallet.” The music video of “Woo!” takes place in a kaleidoscopic, psychedelic candyland and features a handful of Remi Wolf clones. The colors and visuals feel oddly reminiscent of Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” music video but messier and more relatable, as if the director said, “think early 2000s pop, but more girl-next-door-who-drops-acid-on-the-weekends.” In fact, it seems that Wolf’s specific brand delves into influences and inspirations from all things pop culture but as viewed through the lens of a generation brought up on internet subcultures.center_img That is not to say that the single is void of overarching themes or a cohesive narrative. “Woo!” tells a story about the fickleness and brazen fun of young love in all its forms: “Love: It’s not the answer, it’s the mindset / The question is not about who, it’s how you find it.” Lines like these are bound to resonate with young adults trying to figure out how to navigate the world and relationships, trying to understand what to feel and when to feel it. Without ever explicitly saying it, “Woo!” is about growing up and learning about yourself and others as you go. “Woo!” lends itself to a number of interpretations, but above all, it is Remi Wolf’s claim to changing the pop game. The pop landscape is redefining itself as we speak, and the emerging pop artists of 2020 have a stake in that rebrand. Lady Gaga did it in her day and artists such as Dua Lipa are having a go at it now. With “Woo!,” Remi Wolf is marking her territory as a pop music innovator, and she has set the bar high for future tracks. A balance between premeditated, profound lyricism and the curation of a specific vibe is delicately struck. What really brings the track home are the sudden yet somehow smooth transitions between the relaxed, percussion-backed verses and the Lana Del Rey-esque chorus that gives Wolf a chance to show off her range. The song kicks off with an understated keyboard sequence and a steady percussion base, complementing one another perfectly on the track.  (Photo courtesy of Remi Wolf)last_img read more

Dessie Hughes Dies

September 16, 2020 | rkbamvjw | No Comments

first_imgDuring a successful career as a jockey, Hughes rode Davy Lad to victory in the 1977 Cheltenham Gold Cup, and came back two years later to claim the Champion Hurdle aboard Monksfield. Hughes’ biggest successes as a trainer came with Hardy Eustace who won back-to-back Champion Hurdles in 2004 and 2005. He is survived by his wife Eileen, daughter Sandra and son and three-time champion jockey Richard.last_img

first_img37-year-old Venus Williams has ended Johanna Konta’s fairytale run, to make her 9th Wimbledon final at the All England Cub.It will be Williams first Wimbledon singles final appearance since 2009, the 37-year-old defeated Konta, in straight set, 6-4 6-2 and will now face 14th seed, Garbiñe Muguruza, in Saturday’s final.“The crowd were very nice to me. The crowd were so fair, I know they love Jo.”“I think Jo handled the pressure.”“No point was easy. I tried to climb on top and get another point.”“I’ve played a lot of finals here, one more win will be amazing. It won’t be a given but I’ll give it my all.” Venus Explained. “I missed Serena terribly before the match. I wish she was here.”In the other semi-final clash, Garbiñe Muguruza dispatched Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-1 in just 65 minutes. The Spaniard have been in devasting form all tournament, dropping just one set en route the final, will now battle veteran American, Venus Williams, in the final.Muguruza, who lost to Venus’s sister, Serena Williams in the 2015 Wimbledon final, will look to make amends against yet another Williams on Saturday.– 22 winners hit– 6-1, 6-1 scoreline– 64 minutes played@GarbiMuguruza returns to the #Wimbledon final – in some style… pic.twitter.com/S7EkzB3YAj— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 2017“I played very well, for sure. It was a tricky match – she’s a very tricky player and was playing very well throughout the tournament. ”“I’m going to enjoy being in another grand slam final, and want to win whoever I play. Think it will be a great final whoever I play.” She said.Related2017 Wimbledon Open : Good Old Wine Venus Into A 10th Semi FinalJuly 12, 2017In “Sports”Wimbledon Roundup: Johanna Konta Makes Wimbledon History To Set Up Semi Final Clash With Veteran Venus WilliamsJuly 11, 2017In “Sports”Muguruza Beats Venus To Win First Wimbledon TitleJuly 15, 2017In “Sports” Asked about Saturday’s final, she continued: “Both Garbine and I play so well on grass. I’ll have to ask Serena for advice.last_img read more

first_imgPier Luigi Cherubino faces his second year in the highest Spanish category. The Argentine saved last year the Passion fruit after Toni Ayala’s health problems. He saved Tenerife and in Christmas Betis called him to replace Antonio Contreras in front of the team, which he has already removed from the descent. Pier spent 17 years in Spain passing through Tenerife, Betis, Sporting or Zaragoza. He is the veteran of the bench. The great revelation has been Gerardo García. In front of the Logroño, where he finished his career as a footballer, has La Riojans rubbing shoulders with best in category. He was 25 years after leaving the Real Madrid youth academy and playing in Vilarreal, Malaga or Real Sociedad.Dani González He became Atlético’s third coach, the team with which he debuted in Primera. He did not have a long career in the elite, but he went through Mallorca, Tenerife or Algeciras. The last to arrive has been Jordi Ferrón, after training the Seagull in Second. He Lightning ex, Albacete or Zaragoza, with which he won a Cup, he has a very difficult time save an Espanyol who has not yet won. EI Women’s Football every day has more followers and there are not a few former professional footballers who now see in the feminine an opportunity to do something big. The most famous is Phil Neville, the legendary Manchester player who, after failing on the bench Valencia, leads the English selection which was fourth in the last World Cup. In First Iberdrola There are four former soccer players who reached the elite and now run women’s teams: Pier, Gerardo, Dani González and Jordi Ferrón.last_img read more