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Football: Alvarez open to Friday night games next season

first_imgThe Big Ten conference and the commissioner of the league, Jim Delany, announced Wednesday morning that it will have six conference games slated for the 2017-18 season on Friday nights.University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, responded to the announcement later in the day stating that while he respects high school football around the Midwest and realizes the conflict Friday night games could cause, he understands the league’s decision. He said he hopes to pursue hosting weekday games in a limited manner.“There has been a lot of dialogue within our conference about the feasibility of playing a very limited number of Friday night games,” Alvarez said. “As a former high school and college coach, I have great respect for the tradition and importance of Friday night high school football in the state of Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest. As a conference, we felt it was the right time to explore additional opportunities for exposure on Friday nights on a limited basis.”Football: Wisconsin survives Halloween scare from Nebraska in 23-17 overtime winThe last two times Nebraska visited Camp Randall Stadium, the University of Wisconsin football team imposed its will in the Read…Despite the league’s decision, some schools and reporters around the conference have expressed their displeasure with the situation and are doing what they can to avoid hosting any of the proposed games. Most schools in the Big Ten, like Iowa University, Penn State University and Wisconsin have released statements venting issues they may face with hosting, but have been nonetheless.Citing parking and high school football issues, however, Michigan University, Ohio State University and Penn State released statements claiming that they will in no way host a Friday night game.The conference has not yet responded to those schools’ allegations, but will most likely have some issue with a few schools self-reporting their schedule.Penn State has informed the Big Ten that we will not host football games on a Friday night. pic.twitter.com/6SH1tcvrw4— Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) November 2, 2016“At Wisconsin, we are open to hosting games at Camp Randall on the Friday night prior to Labor Day weekend in selected years but have not committed to hosting Friday night games at any other time,” Alvarez said.As for the reason the league chose to pursue this action, Delany gave a limited response. While details regarding the actual schedule and logistics of TV deals are yet to be determined, the Big Ten and Delany believe it will give some of the less competitive teams more exposure that they wouldn’t otherwise get on a Saturday morning.The announcement most likely comes to the aid of schools like Rutgers University, University of Illinois and Purdue University, which sit dead last in conference standings and rarely get prime time games in conference play. More elite schools like Michigan and Ohio State will probably be able to escape without having to play Friday games as a result of their size and lack of need for prime time games.“All things considered, we thought it was worthwhile to dip our toe in the water,” Delany said.Alvarez also released a statement Wednesday regarding the inappropriate costume depicting President Barack Obama that made an appearance at Saturdays game against University of Nebraska.Football fan in President Obama mask exercising freedom of speech, chancellor saysA fan in a mask of President Barack Obama with a noose around their neck at the Badger’s football game Read…“I am deeply troubled by the incident from last Saturday’s game and I am sorry for the harm it caused,” Alvarez said. “I am determined that nothing like this will happen again. I appreciated the opportunity to meet with a number of community leaders and students this afternoon to discuss our stadium policies. Our plan, before our next home football game, is to have a revised policy in place. Our department is committed to working collaboratively to make our stadium a great and safe place for fans to watch a football game.”The plan will most likely revolve around the limited use of masks in the future and could dissuade the school from having games that might prompt fans to dress in costume.Regardless of what happens with either issue, it was a busy hump day for Alvarez and will most likely be followed by further statements later in the week as the stories develop.last_img read more

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CIF to decide location of D 5-AA championship game Wednesday

first_imgThe California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) — the governing body of high school sports throughout the state — will decide this afternoon whether or not it will allow Del Norte High to host the Division 5-AA state championship football game at home at Mike Whalen Field in Crescent City.Del Norte was awarded the right to host Saturday’s state title game after downing The Kings Academy on Friday in Sunnyvale in the NorCal Region Division 5-AA championship.However the CIF has yet to confirm …last_img

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Local music festivals rock in South Africa

first_imgThe featured artist at the 2012 Splashy Fen festival is Zulu guitarist Madala Kunene. (Image: Deon Maritz) For sheer scenic attraction, Splashy Fen is unrivalled.(Image: C-Weed) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mandy Carlo  C-Weed Entertainment Promotions  for Splashy Fen  +27 31 564 9074 • Tess Manders  Hilltop Live  +27 12 326 0560 • Dawid Fourie  RAMfest  +27 21 883 3607 or +27 76 416 7230 RELATED ARTICLES • Rocking the nation, and the world • Hot SA musicians head to Cannes • SA’s ‘zef’ trio thrash music scene • Jazz festival brings stars to Cape TownEmily van RijswijckSouth African music lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to music festivals, from the internationally acclaimed Oppikoppi, to a family affair like Splashy Fen and the award-winning eco-friendly Rocking the Daisies.The mix of eclectic music and under-the-stars camping in Woodstock style which is characteristic of all these festivals is proving to be a winner in the country, with attendance numbers growing each year.Locals and overseas visitors alike turn up in droves to enjoy the vibe.While some, like the RAMfest, are still in their infancy, Oppikoppi turns 18 this year and Splashy Fen came of age in 2011.Festival goers delight in much more than the music though, because each event has its own unique character and attractions. These range from the Oppikoppi bushveld to the majestic Drakensberg vistas of Splashy Fen and the unrivalled Cape Town beauty at Rocking the Daisies.Oppikoppi 18From its small beginnings in 1994 as an Afrikaans music festival, this event has grown into one of South Africa’s most popular and has also caught the attention of the international market.Voted as the fourth-best music festival held outside the UK by British newspaper the Daily Mirror in 2008, over the years the festival has established itself as a ‘must-do’ event in the eyes of its zealous followers.Like its name, which is a variant of the Afrikaans “op die koppie”, meaning “on top of the hill”, the Oppikoppi experience is as diverse as its loyal supporters.Each year offers a different theme such as the 2011 Unknown Brothers, 2010’s Smoor verlief (completely infatuated) and sexy.crooked.teeth of 2009, hinting at the off-the-wall Oppikoppi experiences one can expect.This year Oppikoppi 18 celebrates its new-found maturity.And expect to hear and to respond to the Opppikoppi festival cry regularly. It is simple yet effective: anyone shouting “oppi” will get a raucous and enthusiastic “koppi” reply from all within earshot.A firm favourite is the Couch competition which takes place throughout the three days and involves a couch makeover, the more creative the better. Judges select the best couch of the day and give the winners some time on stage with the performing artists.If you have never been to Oppikoppi, chances are you will be told by most of the regular attendees that “you have not yet lived”. Indeed, for the faithful the festival has become “a near religious experience”, notes the Oppikoppi Facebook page.This year, Oppikoppi will be even bigger with Hilltop Live organisers planning to expand the festival to accommodate 18 000 people.Affectionately referred to as “Mordor” because of the dust and thorns attendees have to contend with, in a way these inconveniences have just added to its popularity.And while most opt for the do-it-yourself experience of putting up their own camp sites, the Kreef Hotel has become an institution in its own right, over the years providing excellent temporary accommodation at Oppikoppi, Splashy Fen, Rocking the Daisies and recently the RAMfest.The word ‘hotel’ is a misnomer; festival goers stay in prepitched tents, albeit with a choice of accommodation, from the luxurious Caviar option which includes a camping bed, bedside table and table light, to the Threesome option, a tent with three mattresses.An initiative started by Chris Kreef in 2001, the hotel is referred to by its founder as a “zero point five star tent hotel for the cream of the scum”.At the least, patrons can expect hot showers, security, an excellent buffet breakfast and pristine portable toilets as part of the package.The Kreef Hotel also offers a “play and stay” option to artists which allows customers to rub shoulders with some of South Africa’s top performers around the fire.Oppikoppi 18 takes place from 9 to 11 August at its regular venue, Oppikoppi Farm in Northam, Limpopo province.Splashy fenSouth Africa’s longest-running music festival is Splashy Fen, established in 1990 by Peter Ferraz and his wife Almary after they attended the Festival of the Flower Children at Woburn Abbey in the UK back in 1967.Bowled over by this experience, Ferraz dreamed about creating a similar experience here South Africa.Some time later he bought a farm outside the dairy community of Underberg in the Mzimkulu River Valley in KwaZulu-Natal. Surrounded by the magnificent Drakensberg mountains, Ferraz realised that this was the perfect venue and he and his wife set about making their dream a reality.He recalls on the website: “We realised immediately that the farm was perfect for a music festival with its natural amphitheatre, great acoustics, breathtaking mountain vistas, winding river and lots of fields for camping. No one could ask for a more ideal setting.”From its early beginnings as a folksy festival for the family, Splashy Fen has grown into one of South Africa’s premier outdoor festivals. While the organisers promise that the basic recipe has not changed, what has changed is the spectrum of music genres on offer, not just folk and rock, but pop, dance and other contemporary styles to appeal to the broadest possible audience.The festival is not just about music. Viewed as a total outdoor experience for the family, it offers craft stalls, children’s entertainment and a number of adventure activities including a drive up the Sani Pass, the notoriously difficult road linking between South Africa and Lesotho. Sani Pass is also famous for having the highest pub in Africa at its summit.This year’s featured act is Zulu guitarist Madala Kunene. No stranger to the Splashy crowd, he’s played 11 festivals so far. Joining him are Van Coke Kartel, Lark, Arno Carstens and Albert Frost, Tidal Waves and a host of other groups and artists.Splashy Fen takes place from 5 to 9 April in Underberg at the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal.The RAMfest A rock and alternative music festival which started in the Cape, RAMfest will be taking the vibe to five cities this year.Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth will host a variety of local groups, while four international acts have been signed up for Cape Town and Johannesburg: AWOLNATION from the US joins Swedish group In Flames, Infected Mushroom from Israel and drum and bass master NETSKY from Belgium.This is the first time the Swedish metalheads visit South Africa. “Get ready to hear some delicious metal brewed and matured in Sweden,” says vocalist Anders FridenRAMfest kicks off on 2 March at Hume Park in Port Elizabeth, then moves on to the Mystic Boer on 3 March in Bloemfontein, before heading out to Durban on 9 March.Following that, Gauteng residents can catch the line-up at Riversands Farm on 10 March and for those in the Western Cape, Ostrich Ranch in Cape Town on 11 March is the place to be.Festival goers can camp at the venues in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.Rocking the DaisiesRocking the Daisies is a Cape Town music and lifestyle festival which has made a name for itself as one of the greener events on the calendar. In 2011, Rocking the Daisies won a Climate Change Leadership Award for the second year in a row. A first in South Africa, the programme recognises and reward those who voluntarily implement activities to combat climate change.Besides its recycling efforts during the festival, Rocking the Daisies buys all its electricity from the Darling Wind Farm, South Africa’s very first farm of this nature.Rocking the Daisies is not just a music event, but offers a diverse line-up from stand-up comedy to gumboot dancing.Rocking the Daisies is preceded by a curtain raiser, Sowing the Seeds, which took place in February. The main event is set to take place in October 2012.Alternative festivalsEarthdanceThe annual Earthdance is a little different, and coincides with the international version. This event is aimed at bringing about peace and unity through group consciousness.Since its inception, Earthdance has been held annually in over 500 locations in 80 countries and is a regular event on the South African calendar.While some of the Earthdance festivals are more esoteric than others, Earthdance Johannesburg will this year be more commercial in nature, but the essential message of peace and sustainable living remains, the organisers confirm.“We want to create an event for all people and for all ages with all kinds of music to listen to.”Earthdance will take place on 22 September at venues still to be confirmed in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.AfricaBurnIn similar vein, an alternative festival called AfricaBurn, entirely set up and run by volunteers, takes place in the town of Tankwa in the Karoo every year.The AfricaBurn experience is unique in that it focuses strongly on self-expression, whether in the form of art, music or performance. Expect to be surprised as attendees are encouraged to “go ahead and do it”, with few limitations on creativity other than respecting others and adhering to safety rules.As forum member Travis puts it: “We do not determine what is going to be played – you do! And no one genre of music dominates this festival. We also don’t determine how it is going to be played.”AfricaBurn’s theme for 2012 is Mirage. It takes place from 25 to 30 April.last_img read more

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Attend the World’s Mega-Event

first_imgJoin Us for the Geocaching Block Party Mega-EventIt’s a “Will Attend” that will fuel memories for years to come. We’re inviting the entire worldwide geocaching community to join us at the 2013 Geocaching Block Party on August 17 in Seattle. It’s a Mega-Event not to miss. This year’s Block Party weekend lasts longer, promises more geocaching fun and has plenty of events for everyone. You’ll even be able to grab a cozy spot in front of a giant outdoor movie screen for the first annual Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF). GIFF will showcase the best videos from geocachers around the world. You and the rest of the audience will choose one lucky video to receive the “Audience Award.”The Thursday and Friday before the Block Party, you can reserve your spot on a behind-the-scenes tour of Geocaching HQ. You’ll get to find the Geocaching HQ geocache, meet some of the folks at Geocaching HQ and see where all the geocaching magic happens.Saturday from 11AM to 6PM, you can soak up the fun at the Geocaching Block Party. Activities include a new GeoTour near Geocaching HQ and meeting the Geocaching HQ staff and many of the volunteers that assist the worldwide geocaching community. Sound like a lot? Don’t worry. You’ll be able to refuel at the onsite food trucks. Log your “Will Attend” now, then share this new Block Party Invite video with your friends. We’ll see you there.Still want more? Wrap up your weekend in Seattle on Sunday with the Going APE Mega-Event. The journey through a long mountain tunnel delivers geocachers to a majestic and legendary location.Get more details on events, times, dates, vendors and more at the Geocaching Block Party website.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Block Party Video and GIFF Winners RevealedAugust 30, 2013In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – June 6, 2012June 6, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”August Goes to the Mega-EventsAugust 12, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

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MLA’s imitation of NTR’s attire leads to fisticuffs on floor of the house

first_imgThe Andhra Pradesh Assembly seems to be having a ball – a fancy dress ball. Last fortnight, an independent MLA’s imitation of the chief minister’s distinctive attire led to an unseemly bout of bickering – and fisticuffs – on the floor of the house.It started when the MLA Baggidi Gopal,The Andhra Pradesh Assembly seems to be having a ball – a fancy dress ball. Last fortnight, an independent MLA’s imitation of the chief minister’s distinctive attire led to an unseemly bout of bickering – and fisticuffs – on the floor of the house.It started when the MLA Baggidi Gopal made a colourful appearance in the house decked in flowing ochre robes and a string of beads. Next day a band of eunuchs beat him and stole his cash in a suite of the legislators’ hostel. The matter came up in the house during zero hour on August 18 amid tension, which soon gave way to violence and ended in abrupt adjournment.The issue reached flashpoint when the Speaker, T. Satyanarayana, did not allow Gopal and S. Jaipal Reddy (Janata), who backed him, from referring to earlier attacks on Gopal in May. He had been expelled from the Telugu Desam on June 6 after he accused Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao’s son-in-law, N. Chandrababu Naidu, of pressurising him to vacate the Punganur seat for him. Gopal also arraigned Rama Rao for failing to honour an election promise to open a college in his constituency.Not allowing discussion of these matters, the speaker, instead, asked the chief minister to reply. Incensed, Gopal, followed by some Congress(I) members advanced towards the speaker and threw an angavastram (shawl) at him.A saffron-clad Gopal apeing Rama Rao’s dress: Red ragTelugu Desam members responded by jumping into the melee and some members were hurt in the fracas. The issue was papered over at a meeting of leaders of all parties next day and when the house reassembled, the speaker remarked: “The unfortunate incident was a bad dream. I hope we will forget it.”But the Opposition had their reservations. The leader of the Opposition, A. Madan Mohan (Congress-I) said: “We certainly will extend our co-operation to the speaker provided he conducts himself in an objective manner and not as a member of the party.”Petty Bickering: The issue had its repercussions in the legislative council. Members protested against the attitude of the speaker and the ruling party by sitting in the well of the house to stall proceedings. Alluri Bapineedu, a bald-pated Congress(I) legislator, sported a turban in the house, describing it as “protection” for his head.During the budget debate in the legislative council a few days later. S. Basavapunnaiah demanded: “Is the chief minister dead?” He cited religious texts according to which those who took sanyas were regarded as dead. A former minister, K. Keshava Rao, alleged that Rama Rao was of “instable mind and therefore disqualified from being a legislator”.Rama Rao rode the storm unruffled: “I was guided by my own philosophy of life when I took to wearing saffron robes. I will not feel insulted if anyone else comes dressed in a similar manner.” He now wears a glittering gem-studded ornament in his left ear.Commented Telugu poet Boyi Bheemanna in the legislative council: “Rama Rao is like the Hindu deity Ardhanareeswara (half-female) representing the three crore women in the six crore Telugu speaking people. For a politician to sport these things is to ridicule the religious sentiments of the Hindus.”advertisementRama Rao with his controversial earring: UnruffledThe chief minister moved office and house on August 14. He vacated the building that was built five years ago to house the chief minister’s office into an older building, the move involving over Rs 1 lakh.The chief minister’s office is, meanwhile, sealed – in case Rama Rao changes his mind. His ‘ashram’ home – a tiled roof bungalow with teak panelling, brass fittings and a 25-ft high central hall – is nearing completion. Meanwhile, the antics in Andhra Pradesh are rapidly degenerating into a farce.Chortled lawyer and civil rights campaigner K.G. Kannabiran: “All these are travails not of democratic politics but obscurantism and a one-man fancy dress competition.”last_img read more

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Champagne stuff from a true great

first_imgIt is turning out to be an extremely profitable summer for the Indian sporting stars in Great Britain. Just a few days after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Young Turks emerged as the lords at Lord’s, the motley mix at the Commonwealth Games has launched India’s medal campaign in right earnest at Glasgow.Abhinav Bindra won the mens 10m air rifle gold on Friday.First things first, this cricket team was not given a ghost of a chance at the start of the series to win a Test in England. Both history and geography were not on India’s side said the cricket pundits.At least, most of us were made to believe that before the commoners grabbed the chances which came their way at Lord’s. Be it centurion Ajinkya Rahane, who batted with elegance at the world’s most famous cricket venue, or tried and tested fast bowler Ishant Sharma, their exploits were scintillating.For long, Ishant has promised more and delivered less. His devastating spell which won India the Test will be remembered for long as the lanky Delhi man showed he could bounce out the opposition even on a worn out browntinged track on the fifth day.Dhoni and his team have their tails up and as the battle resumes in Southampton on Sunday against beleaguered Alastair Cook’s side, another bunch of Indians are on fire in Glasgow.Just as there was pessimism before the cricket series, not many were giving the multidiscipline stars from India the thumbs up to win medals in Glasgow. But one man who has been an integral part of India’s sporting glory for now over 16 years raised the bar once again with his air rifle as he gunned down gold.advertisementAt two months short of his 32nd birthday, Abhinav Bindra won his maiden Commonwealth Games individual gold medal very forcefully. It seems just like yesterday Bindra won India its maiden individual gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.Two years later, when the Commonwealth Games were held in New Delhi, Bindra was a superstar who wanted a few extra ‘favours’. He was against the National Rifle Association of India’s policy of constant trials to check for consistency and thought an Olympic gold medalist needed a separate weightage. Matters came to a boiling point before the federation, the Sports Authority of India and the Games Organising Committee boss Suresh Kalmadi had to call Bindra for a cool-down meeting!Looking at Bindra today, it’s tough to believe this seasoned pro actually fussed over something so small four years ago. Then again, as someone so mature with a no-nonsense approach in life, Bindra’s tweets a day before his pet event were uncharacteristic as he asked people for their best wishes and prayers.Frankly speaking, someone like Abhinav does not rely on luck and prayers. He lets his beautiful air rifle do the talking. Taking aim at the target situated 10 metres away, freezing his body before pulling the trigger gently, Bindra has been perfecting the art for over 16 years now.In one of his first interviews to me in Sydney, 2000, Bindra had mentioned how he took to shooting. He had gone with his family to the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and fell in love with shooting. Four year later, Bindra was amongst the best in Sydney before he came out tops in Beijing.Unlike Jaspal Rana, who started as a prodigy, competed in a clutch of different pistol events and then faded away after the Doha Asian Games, Abhinav Bindra has slogged day in and day out. He has battled back pain, complained of boredom and how doing the same thing day in and day out is not very exciting.Yet, for the champion to continue like this after achieving the biggest goal on the world stage is an example of how much he motivates himself and how his support team works with him.Age is on Bindra’s side, which is why his Twitter announcement that this will be his last Commonwealth Games is a bit surprising. In shooting, one can continue beyond the age of 45. Ask Mansher Singh and Baba Bedi, they are still shooting and part of the Indian squad in Glasgow!In Bindra’s case, he alone will decide when he wants to quit. Motivation for a shooter comes from within and how hard he or she wants to push himself or herself is decided very easily.Bindra will want to continue hard till the 2016 Rio Olympics. Unlike a Leander Paes, who wants to keep pushing simply for the sake of competing in the maximum number of Olympics, each time Bindra shoots, he is a serious medal contender.advertisementThe global shooting community fears him for his hard work and skills and in India, he is a huge role model. Knowing the champion, when he comes home for a short break, he will have a short celebration and then start training for the World Championships and the Incheon Asian Games this September.At a macro level, it is heartening to see new Indian champions crowning themselves in glory in Glasgow, be it in shooting or weightlifting. And I do hope the Narendra Modi government will show a large heart in releasing more funds for athletes’ training. We need to celebrate just as the athletes do.last_img read more

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Serena Williams withdraws, No. 1 Naomi Osaka loses, Roger Federer wins at Miami

first_imgWintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag While attendance in the stadium continued to be spotty, outer courts were jammed, and the day session drew a tournament record 32,831 spectators.Seeded losers on the men’s side included No. 10 Karen Khachanov, No. 21 Diego Schwartzman, No. 26 Guido Pella, No. 30 Stan Wawrinka and No. 31 Steve Johnson. In a game of inches, the 5-foot-6 Schwartzman lost to 6-foot-11 Reilly Opelka 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.Williams was next scheduled to play No. 18-seeded Qiang Wang, who advanced to the fourth round.Also reaching the women’s round of 16 was the 33-year-old Hsieh, who turned pro in 2001 but has achieved the two biggest victories of her career in the past nine months. Her only other win over a No. 1 player came against Simona Halep at Wimbledon last year.With two-handed groundstrokes from both sides, Hsieh was the steadier player from the baseline against Osaka. When Hsieh closed out match point with a forehand volley winner, she began to cry as the crowd applauded her performance.Osaka smiled when reminded it was the first time in 64 matches she lost after winning the first set.“I know — it’s depressing,” she said. “I was thinking about it right after I lost.”Osaka, 21, has won the past two Grand Slam tournaments. Williams, 37, still hasn’t won a tournament since the 2017 Australian Open, before she took a break of more than a year to become a mom. She has played only eight matches this year.Williams’ stay at the Miami Open was also brief last year, when she lost in the first round to Osaka. Friday’s match was Williams’ first since she retired from Indian Wells two weeks ago because of a viral illness. Osaka’s departure matched the earliest ever in the tournament by a top-seeded woman and jeopardized her No. 1 ranking, depending on results next week.“I feel like I’ve dealt with the stress of people asking me do I have pressure because I have the No. 1 next to my name,” Osaka said. “I thought I was doing fine with that, but I guess I’m not.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRoger Federer briefly seemed headed for the exit but instead advanced to the third round by rallying past qualifier Radu Albot 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.“Radu put me through the ringer,” Federer said. Williams’ withdrawal was unexpected because she showed no signs of injury a day earlier while winning her opening match against Rebecca Peterson, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1. Williams didn’t mention any health issues during a news conference after the match, and the WTA had no information regarding when she was hurt.Williams’ victory Friday was her first at Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Dolphins’ home and the Miami Open’s new center court. The tournament moved this year from Key Biscayne, where Williams won eight titles.“I am disappointed to withdraw,” she said in a statement. “It was an amazing experience to play at Hard Rock Stadium this year, and I would like to thank the Miami Open for putting on an amazing event. I hope to be back next year to play at this one-of-a-kind tournament in front of the incredible fans here in Miami.”Federer, a three-time champion, lost serve only once — in the first game — but was on the ropes until he swept the final three games, to the relief of an enthusiastic stadium crowd.“It was a great atmosphere,” Federer said. “It was electric. I think that’s why I played so well at the end.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Tremont Waters’ drive beats Maryland, sends LSU to Sweet 16 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Naomi Osaka, of Japan, kneels on the court during her match against Hsieh Su-Wei, of Taiwan, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The new site for the Miami Open suddenly is missing a lot of star power.Serena Williams withdrew Saturday, blaming a previously undisclosed left knee injury. Less than two hours later, top-ranked Naomi Osaka lost in the third round to tour veteran Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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Additional Space for Accident and Emergency Unit at Cornwall Regional Hospital

first_imgMinister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the new addition to the Accident and Emergency Unit at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, in Montego Bay, will facilitate efficient administration of care at the health facility.Dr. Tufton was speaking at the ground breaking ceremony for a Diagnostic Centre – Radiology Department – as well as the handing over of the additional space designated for the Accident and Emergency Unit, on Thursday (September 13).“The Ministry took the deliberate decision [to expand the department], recognizing the need for accident and emergency as a critical part of any hospital operation. This will provide an opportunity for a more efficient administration of accident and emergency, because a Type A hospital needs a proper accident and emergency facility,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton  noted that the diagnostic centre, when completed, will offset costs, as the Ministry will no longer have to outsource diagnostic services.“Because of the challenges that we face, we have had to spend a lot of money on outsourcing diagnostic services.   For example,  X-rays in 2017 cost us $21 million and if you look at CT Scans at private facilities, $37.5 million, so we have had to spend this money,” explained Dr. Tufton.For his part, Chief Executive Officer of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, Alwyn Miller,  lauded the staff of the hospital, particularly those in the Accident and Emergency Unit, for their  “yeoman service on the front lines of the hospital.” “They have worked very hard under difficult conditions and we must recognize them, as their tasks have been significant,” he said.last_img read more

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Port of Virginia Keeps Up the Momentum

first_imgzoom With peak season nearing its close, the US Port of Virginia in November handled 236,155 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), making it the second-busiest month in the port’s history after the record-breaking October 2016.In comparison with last November, TEU volumes are up 16 percent; rail units up 35 percent; truck volume up 8 percent; Virginia Inland Port volume up 3 percent; and Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT) volume up 20 percent, the port authority said.“November was a strong month and we experienced solid growth in import and export volumes, which were up 17 percent and 15 percent (respectively); our peak-season volumes will begin tapering off in December, which is normal,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.“Combine our performance in November and the volume we handled in October – our single-best effort on record – and we moved 475,000 TEUs.”November marks the tenth consecutive month in 2016 of TEU volumes exceeding 210,000 units.Year-to-date, the port’s TEU volume is up 3 percent; rail units up 14 percent; VIP volume up 3 percent; and RMT volume up 30 percent. The import volume has grown by 5 percent and exports are up 2 percent.Reinhart said the focus “will be maintaining momentum” as the port gets underway with the expansion of Virginia International Gateway later this month and late next spring at Norfolk International Terminals. Combined, these expansion projects will boost annual throughput capacity by 40 percent when complete, the port authority said.last_img read more

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La route jusquà Ottawa sannonce difficile pour lexprésidente de lAFAC

first_imgNouvelles nationales de l’APTNMichèle Audette aura eu l’occasion de se présenter deux fois sous la bannière libérale au cours des présentes élections. Elle le fera dans la circonscription de Terrebonne, en banlieue de Montréal. Ses rivaux sont le bloquiste Michel Boudrias, le conservateur Michel Surprenant et la députée NPD sortante Charmaine Borg, qui n’avait que 20 ans lorsque la vague orange néo-démocrate a déferlé sur le Québec en 2011.Mme Audette est née dans la communauté innue de Mani-Utenam, près de Sept-Îles, au Québec. Elle n’était cependant pas considérée comme une Indienne de plein droit, sa mère s’étant mariée avec un non autochtone. Ce n’est qu’en 2010 qu’elle a obtenu le statut d’Indienne. Selon une biographie (en anglais), c’est cette injustice qui l’a poussée vers l’activisme. Âgée d’à peine 16 ans, Mme Audette s’est impliquée comme bénévole au Centre d’amitié autochtone de Montréal pour défendre la cause des femmes des Premières Nations du Canada. Michèle Audette n’est certainement pas une étrangère pour le public du réseau APTN. Les auditoires d’APTN National News et de Nation to Nation ont pu se familiariser avec elle alors qu’elle était présidente à la fois de l’Association des femmes autochtones du Québec et de l’Association des femmes autochtones du Canada (AFAC).  Mme Audette est bien connue pour sa défense de longue date de la cause des femmes autochtones assassinées et disparues. Dans le cadre du programme Sœurs par l’esprit–et son successeur, De la preuve à l’action, l’AFAC a commencé à dénombrer le nombre de cas de femmes disparues et assassinées au Canada. Mme Audette s’est démenée auprès de la GRC pour amener cette dernière à reconnaître les chiffres compilés et auprès du gouvernement conservateur pour faire financer leurs efforts. Cette lutte est racontée en détail dans ce long article de Ken Jackson, d’APTN National News. C’est le refus de Stephen Harper de tenir une enquête nationale sur les femmes assassinées et disparues qui a convaincu Mme Audette de se lancer sur la scène politique fédérale. « Je me plaignais », a‑t-elle confié au Globe and Mail il y a plus d’un an. « Alors, je me suis dit, pourquoi ne pas me faire entendre à l’intérieur du système? »Sa première tentative fut dans la circonscription de Manicouagan, où se trouve sa communauté natale. Toutefois, à l’assemblée de mise en candidature en mars, elle a perdu lors d’un vote très serré remporté par Mario Tremblay. Cela aurait pu donner lieu à une course captivante puisque le candidat néo-démocrate sortant là-bas est Jonathan‑Genest‑Jourdain, également innu. Après avoir perdu de justesse, elle avait à l’époque dit à APTN que la météo défavorable et les bulletins de vote postaux perdus ou retardés avaient joué en sa défaveur.En mai, elle a laissé entendre au Soleil qu’elle envisageait un retour en politique et qu’elle avait reçu l’offre de briguer les suffrages ailleurs au Québec. Par conséquent, ce ne fut pas une grande surprise quand le Parti libéral a annoncé le mois dernier la candidature de Michèle Audette à Terrebonne. Bien qu’il s’agisse d’une nouvelle circonscription, Terrebonne est constitué d’autres territoires qui, jusqu’à la vague orange néo-démocrate de 2011, élisaient régulièrement des députés bloquistes. Michèle Audette correspond à la définition d’une candidate parachutée, et bien qu’elle souhaite représenter les citoyens de la banlieue de Montréal, elle a avoué à Ici Radio-Canada que Manicouagan reste dans son cœur. Elle devra surmonter le fait qu’elle vient de l’extérieur et tirer parti de la grande jeunesse de Mme Borg si elle veut avoir une chance de livrer personnellement son message sur les femmes assassinées et disparues à Ottawa.last_img read more