Armed police called to The Oval after arrow fired onto outfield

first_imgARMED police were called to the final day of Surrey versus Middlesex in the County Championship after a crossbow bolt was fired onto the field, abandoning play on the afternoon of the fourth day.Police believe the 12-inch long metal-tipped bolt travelled around 800 metres before coming to ground about ten yards from the pitch. The incident took place at 16.20hrs, during the 69th over of Middlesex’s second innings.The players alerted the umpires, Michael Gough and Paul Baldwin, who acted quickly to take the players off the field – a number of them sprinting towards the changing room.Fifteen minutes later, the Metropolitan police had been made aware of the incident, at which point officers, including firearm officers, made their way to the Kia Oval.It was at this point that an announcement was made across the PA system at the ground for spectators and those in the open to “find cover”. Another announcement followed, urging people to move inside.A full search of the ground was carried out by police and around 30 security staff. The game was abandoned at 17:05hrs by which time around 1000 spectators had been informed that they could leave.The Metropolitan Police believe the bolt was fired from outside the ground, though they are unsure as to whether the bolt was fired deliberately or whether it was targeted at The Oval. They have, at this stage, stated that the incident is not being treated as terrorism-related.Richard Gould, Surrey’s chief executive, speaking after play was officially called off, said: “It had a pointed end and stuck in the turf when it crossed the outfield and landed.“We are investigating reports that there was a noise on the roof of the OCS Stand but we haven’t been able to get up there to investigate whether it was the projectile ricocheting off the roof or a separate projectile. It is the sort of thing that could easily have been fired some distance from outside the ground if it came from a crossbow. It could very easily have killed someone.“We may never find out if it was a deliberate act, but in these heightened times these sorts of acts are wholly irresponsible.“People should not feel threatened in this way. If it is more than mischief-making then we need to find the perpetrators. We will review our security arrangements but threats can be so wide-ranging.“There is probably no way of securing against this type of incident if it was fired from outside. We always try and provide the safest type of environment but it can be very difficult to stop this kind of act.”Surrey captain Gareth Batty, who was fielding 25 yards away from where the arrow landed, said: “It was a pretty tasty arrow with a proper metal end. I did archery as a kid and that was not a normal archery arrow. The umpires dealt with it very well. There were no questions asked – we went off very quickly.“Someone saw it in flight, there was a noise when it landed but it happened so quickly. It is a deadly weapon for sure. If it had hit someone it would have caused some serious damage. It just shows the world we live in.last_img read more

USG looks to accomodate disabled students

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government has submitted a proposal to USC administration in hopes of improving on-campus accessibility for students with disabilities.A task force comprised of USG members and the student body at large identified a series of concerns regarding current infrastructure for students with disabilities. The group then consolidated these suggestions into a proposal, which was sent to President C. L. Max Nikias, Vice Provost of Student Affairs Dr. Ainsley Carry and Assistant Provosts for Student Affairs Dr. Monique Allard and Dr. Lynette Merriman.“Just having student input is a success in itself … We need to keep moving and keep identifying spaces on campus that need to be reformed so that the Trojan experience can be as comfortable as it can be for all members,” said Rini Sampath, USG president-elect and current vice president, who led the proposal efforts.In addition to Sampath, the proposal was authored by USG Diversity Affairs delegates Rhea LaFleur, Ariana Aboulafia and Andy Su, as well as Jordan Fowler, student body vice president-elect.“I am really happy that [Nikias] was so receptive to hearing the proposal himself and also that he acknowledges that disability access is a campus-wide issue,” Sampath said.Last semester, Sampath began to assemble a task force after meeting with freshman Zack Wentz at a Delta Omicron Zeta meeting.Sampath, along with the USG Diversity Affairs delegates reached out to different campus stakeholders, such as Housing and the Office of Disability Services and Programs, as well as the student body to consolidate different concerns related to accessibility.The group was able to make a number of recommendations to the University with the help of Dr. Eddie Roth, director of Disability Services & Programs. Roth helped identify which recommendations would be feasible and which ones would not. Roth suggested that USC hire universal design architects. According to the assembled disability task force, USC currently employs architects who adhere to the minimum requirements of the American Disabiliites Act.While ADA serves as a nationwide standard, Sampath said USC has not done enough to support students with disabilities on campus. For example, students in wheelchairs have trouble accessing the new Wallis Annenberg Hall because the building does not have a wheelchair accessibility button at each door. For buildings where accessibility buttons are available, the buttons are only located on one side of the building.“It is vital that architects keep students with disability in mind when constructing the building so that we don’t run into these problems. Although the building is beautiful, it is not functional for all students,” Sampath said.Academic buildings identified by the task forces as being inaccessible to students with disabilities included the University Religious Center, Raubenheimer Music Faculty Building, Leventhal School of Accounting and the College Academic Services Building. Housing buildings included Regal Trojan, Century Apartments, Parkside Apartments, International Residential College at Parkside and New North Residential College.The task forces also identified that the Disability Office lacks confidential conversation spaces for students to meet with staff members.Additionally, students with chronic illness such as Crohn’s disease expressed desire for a  policy protects them from being unfairly penalized by their professors.USG is now waiting to hear back from the administration, then follow up and arrange another meeting“A lot of time, people think of diversity as just different races, but there is also physical diversity and diversity in ability. Some people are not as physically able as other people, and others are not as mentally able as other people,” said USG Diversity Affairs delegate Andy Su. “Being able to put this proposal out there and let the administration know that this is a priority for students … When they are making decisions, like building the new University Village, it is critical that they think about all students.”last_img read more

O’Neill likely to experiment with team tonight

first_imgThe Derby and Ireland playmaker will sign subject to passing his medical.Hendrick has also been linked to Hull in recent days. Ireland start their World Cup qualification campaign next Monday in Belgrade against Serbia.Kick off this evening is at 7.45Meanwhile, Jeff Hendrick could become a Burnley player today.last_img

Joy Sports EPL: How the Africans fared on opening weekend

first_imgThe world’s most watched league is back, meaning that the African brothers are having their say, as ever.Countries from across the length and breadth were represented in the opening weekend. Goals, assists, flops and tops were seen over the grounds, as Gary Al-Smith reports.–Algeria midfielder Riyad Mahrez (pictured below) led the African scorers with a brace for Leicester City who spanked visiting Sunderland 4-2. His first goal came via a header in the 18th minute to give the club a 2-0 lead, before making it 3-0 seven minutes later after he had been fouled in the box.Ghana defender Jeffery Schlupp featured for the whole game and was in sparkling form. Senegal internationals Cheikhou Kouyate and Papiss Cisse were on target for their English Premier League clubs West Ham and Newcastle United in their opening games.Kouyate scored the opening goal for the Hammers as they shocked hosts and title favourites Arsenal 0-2 on Sunday. The midfielder beat Arsenal’s goalkeeper Petr Cech to a free kick, heading home on 43 minutes. Argentine forward Mauro Zarate capped the win just before the hour mark.Playing alongside Kouyate for much of the game was fellow Senegal international Diafra Sakho, before the latter was replaced by Mali star Modibo Maiga in the 90th minute.Meanwhile two Teranga Lions were also involved in another Sunday game, with Papiss Cisse’s Newcastle United (pictured below) hosting Sadio Mane’s Southampton in a game that finished 2-2. The visitors, for whom Mane played all 90 minutes, scored first in the 24th minute and Cisse headed home on 43 minutes to make it 1-1. Both clubs were to add a goal apiece in the second period.Nigeria international Odion Ighalo came off the bench to score for his club Watford as they drew 2-2. Ighalo (pictured below) who netted 20 goals to help Watford gain promotion to the top-flight last season, joined the fray in the 74th minute and scored a fine solo goal from the edge of the box to make it 1-2 in the 83rd minute. However Cote d’Ivoire striker Arouna Kone (main story picture) denied him the winner when he equalised for Everton three minutes later. Elsewhere, Ghana star Andre Ayew scored a brilliant goal on his debut as his club Swansea City drew 2-2 at the home of champions Chelsea. The 25-year-old needed two takes to score, but left Chelsea and England defender John Terry sprawling with a stupendous drag-back, before firing home from close range.Wing-back Pape Souare from Senegal featured all 90 minutes for Crystal Palace as they won 1-3 at newly-promoted Norwich City.Benin international Rudy Gestede (below, right) headed home the only goal of the match for Aston Villa as they edged EPL new boys AFC Bournemouth 0-1.  The 26-year-old joined the action in the 59th minute in place of another African debutant in the league, Ghana star Jordan Ayew, and scored the goal in the 72nd minute. Midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Senegal also made his debut for Aston Villa following his move from French side Lille. The 25-year-old played all 90 minutes. Cote d’Ivoire winger Max Gradel made his debut for Bournemouth as a second half substitute, but could not save his side.There’s one more game to play on Monday between Manchester City, who have Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure and West Brom, who are likely to start Nigeria’s Brown Ideye and Victor Anichebe as well as Benin’s Stephane Sessegnon.–CLICK TO READ: Dede Ayew admits EPL ‘is different’ –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

NHL Draft big board: Updated rankings of top 31 prospects in 2019 class

first_imgGiving a concise and well-thought summary of the top players for an upcoming draft is an undertaking that requires more than just picking the prospects with the best stats. Hours of both video and live coverage turn into days; days into weeks; and weeks into months. The time was used to evaluate puck skills like shot accuracy and traits like hockey sense, which NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau considers to be made up of playmaking, discipline, anticipation and play under pressure.None of these can be found simply by combing through box scores, no matter how reliable or resourceful tools like advanced statistics and historical data can be. You’d be amazed at what else one can discover simply by isolating a prospect for the duration of a game or two.   MOCK DRAFT 1.0: Avs thank Sens for Jack Hughes; Flyers, Kings take wingsSince last August, hundreds upon hundreds of eligible teenagers for the 2019 NHL Draft have been assessed, evaluated, compared, scrutinized and red-penned. The accompanying rankings are the result of the work that goes into giving even the most casual fan a general idea of which players have the best chance on becoming impact players at the NHL level. It is not meant to be a definitive resource, nor is it set up to predict how the NHL Draft will unfold.Below you’ll find a listing of 31 prospects who have impressed the most under a variety of standard and nonstandard conditions. But first, let’s take a big-picture glimpse at the composition of the 2019 class and its areas of strength and weaknesses.Centers galoreThis draft is incredibly deep at center ice. It differs from the 2018 group that was heavy on both defensemen and wingers. In fact, only eight centers were chosen in that first round, a sharp decrease from the 16 pivots drafted in 2017.Leading this year’s talented group of centers is Jack Hughes, a speedy playmaker from the U.S. National Team Development Program. Born and raised in a hockey family with deep roots in the game, Hughes is the favorite to become the seventh American-born player to go first overall at the draft.What’s interesting about Hughes is that he likely won’t be the only center on his team who gets drafted in the top 10. This year’s NTDP arguably is the best in the program’s 22-year history, and teammates Alex Turcotte and Trevor Zegras are two reasons why.THE HYPE ABOUT JACK HUGHESU.S. NTDP’s latest star product has the NHL’s attentionWhile Hughes has been non-committal about his plans after the program, both Turcotte (Wisconsin) and Zegras (Boston University) are considered two of the best collegiate recruits in the nation. Turcotte missed nearly two months with an injury but has been on a roll since returning in mid-December, recording 11 points in eight games against both USHL and ranked NCAA competition.It also should be a rebound draft year for Canada’s Western Hockey League, which last year didn’t see its first center taken until the third round. That certainly changes in 2019, as a trio of WHL centers have been excellent on both the international stage and during regular season play.Lethbridge power forward Dylan Cozens had strong showings at the under-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament and the U20 CHL-Russia Super Series, but he’s been a real workhorse and leader for the Hurricanes. Cozens currently sits eighth in WHL scoring with 56 points in 40 games, including 32 in his last 18 contests.Not far behind Cozens are fellow WHL centers Peyton Krebs and Saskatoon’s Kirby Dach. Krebs is a sturdy, three-zone playmaker with leadership traits who plays a similar style to the Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews. Dach is a big-bodied passing aficionado with the vision of Joe Thornton and the ability to maintain control of the puck in the tightest of spaces.MORE: Biggest draft risers, fallers after 2019 World JuniorsA variety in the wingAs electrifying and dynamic as the aforementioned centers have been, focusing on the draft’s top-heavy group of elite wingers isn’t such a bad idea.Strong arguments can be made for Finland’s Kaapo Kakko to not only be the first winger selected, but some feel he is the better choice for the top overall spot. Scoring a gold medal-winning tally at the World Juniors certainly helped him in the exposure department. But it’s been Kakko’s adult-level production as a teenager in the Finnish SM-Liiga that is reinforcing just how special a talent he already is. Big, strong, deceptively quick and blessed with exceptional vision and stickhandling, Kakko would be a rewarding consolation prize if a team picking second or third misses out on Hughes.As great as Kakko has been, however, there is no draft prospect in the pool who offers what volatile yet cerebral winger Vasili Podkolzin brings. The young Russian was the best player at both the Ivan Hlinka and December’s World Jr. A Challenge, and his heady 200-foot play at the World Juniors revealed to the hockey world that he can impact a game every shift, regardless of whether he’s scoring.MORE: SN’s top 50 NHL prospects | 2018-19 farm system rankingsPodkolzin’s combination of nastiness and skill makes him the unicorn of the 2019 draft, and his admitted desire to stay in Russia until he decides he’s NHL ready may not be enough to dissuade an NHL GM from making him the first Russian league prospect picked in the top five since Evgeni Malkin in 2004.Not to be forgotten is U.S. NTDP’er Matthew Boldy, who one day may wind up as the best winger taken. Blessed with incredible hockey sense and one of the softest set of hands you’ll see on a big flanker, Boldy has been consistently productive and impactful despite a carousel of changing centers and linemates. Much like Kakko and Podkolzin, the Boston College-bound Bay Stater is a favorite to go in the top 10.Defense not as deep as 2018You won’t find as many skilled two-way defensemen in this year’s first round as in 2018, but the upper tier of 2019-eligible rearguards has a few with franchise-changing potential.Bowen Byram, a physical puck mover for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants, is starting to pile up the points while serving as the anchor to their defense corps. He competes hard and will fight tooth and nail before conceding territory. But it is the calmness and poise Byram displays while controlling or carrying the puck that what makes him the best defender available.The next few blueliners after Byram also possess solid puck skills, but Germany’s Moritz Seider comes the closest to matching his complete arsenal. He is a steady contributor in the German elite league, where he logs top-four minutes and sees power-play time. It was at the recent Division 1A U20 championship where Seider as team captain was dominant in all three zones from wire to wire to help the Germans win the tournament and earn a berth in next year’s WJC in the Czech Republic.MORE: What went wrong for Canada at the 2019 World Juniors?Swedish defenseman Victor Soderstrom shook off an early-season injury bug and has been an effective two-way defenseman for Brynas in the SHL — the same program which last year produced Blackhawks top pick Adam Boqvist. Soderstrom’s defensive-zone play and decision making is well ahead of where Boqvist was a year ago, but he too skates extremely well in all directions and passes the puck with precision.The remaining puck movers to keep tabs on are Finland’s Anttoni Honka, Kingston’s Billy Constantinou and Team USA’s Cam York, who runs the NTDP power play due to his outstanding shot and quick-strike mentality.Depth in the netYou have to go all the back to Carey Price in 2005 to find the last goalie picked in the top 10. Although that streak likely continues after 2019, this year’s draft is loaded with goaltenders who are distinguishing themselves while logging major minutes.Opinions vary on which netminder is the prize within this extremely talented group, but the NTDP’s Spencer Knight is a safe bet to be the first one off the board. Big, cool, calm and technically sound, Knight’s size, advanced net awareness and willingness to correct deficiencies should lighten the workload for his eventual goalie coach.Much like its center depth, “The Dub” will provide the draft with an assortment of quality goaltenders.One candidate for the first round is Denmark’s 6-7 goalie Mads Sogaard, who needs to shake off a nightmarish showing at the recent World Junior Championship and get back to the dominant play he displayed before the tournament for the Medicine Hat Tigers. Dustin Wolf is a native Californian who has proven to be a worthy replacement in Everett for stud Flyers prospect Carter Hart. The WHL also has additional early-round candidates in Vancouver’s Trent Miner, Saskatoon’s Nolan Maier and Prince George’s Taylor Gauthier.  (Rena Laverty/NTDP) Marshall Warren, D, U.S. NTDP: Tremendous wheels and a threat in the offensive zoneTravis Treloar, C/W, Chicago (USHL): Swedish import is versatile and smart. He paced the offense while big names were awaySteve Kournianos is the founder of, a blog dedicated to the NHL Draft. He is a former prospects writer for and worked briefly for the Associated Press and McKeen’s Hockey. He also covered the Boston Bruins, the AHL and Hockey East for SportsTicker, and was a minor league baseball editor for Howe SportsData. NHL Draft 2019: Big board, player rankings1. Jack Hughes, C, U.S. NTDPNot enough superlatives to describe just how exciting a phenom he is to watch. Hughes makes something happen every shift and competes hard to become the best player on the ice.2. Vasili Podkolzin, LW, SKA-Neva (VHL)Abrasive and creative, Podkolzin has the potential to be a present-day Doug Gilmour. His list of enemies already spans two continents and grows by the game.3. Kaapo Kakko, RW, TPS Turku (SM-Liiga)Graceful yet powerful, Kaako’s golden goal at the world juniors is just a small part of an impressive pre-draft resume that includes close to point-per-game production as a teenager in Finland’s SM-Liiga.4. Alex Turcotte, C, U.S. NTDPDominant play in Jack Hughes’s absence solidified his standing as the draft’s best two-way center. He should be near the top on every team’s draft board.5. Trevor Zegras, C, U.S. NTDP Superior playmaking and vision has kept Zegras on the NTDP’s top line, even if it means playing on Hughes’s wing where he excels as both a finisher and set-up man.6. Bowen Byram, D, Vancouver (WHL)Top draft-eligible defender can log big minutes and dictate the flow of a game with physicality or his puck-moving skills.7. Matt Boldy, LW, U.S. NTDPSmart winger with size can play a dual role as finisher or playmaker. Develops instant chemistry with linemates.8. Dylan Cozens, C/W, Lethbridge (WHL)Cozens is all hustle and plays with a team-first attitude, but it’s his shot and physicality that makes him a lethal option close to the goal.9. Alex Newhook, C, Victoria (BCHL)Boston College-bound playmaker is leading the BCHL in scoring and can finish in a variety of ways.10. Peyton Krebs, C, Kootenay (WHL)Not enough love being given to this coach’s dream, who can solve any problem in any zone. Krebs is carrying a weak team on his back but handles the pressure like a pro.11. Kirby Dach, C, Saskatoon (WHL) A recent scoring slump followed by a lower-body injury has cooled talk that Dach could challenge for the top spot. He’s an excellent playmaker who lacks a quick first step.12. Victor Soderstrom, D, Brynas (SHL)An injury-plagued start to his draft year is now a distant memory, as Soderstrom is playing like the top teenage defenseman in Sweden. All facets of his skating are outstanding.13. Raphael Lavoie, RW, Halifax (QMJHL) Few bigger forwards in the 2019 group can motor and handle the puck as well as Lavoie, who plays with confidence while controlling the puck. He’s a sound decision maker and can score goals from just about anywhere in the offensive zone.14. Nils Hoglander, RW, Rogle (SHL)Hoglander is a pesky waterbug who knows how to instantly turn opposing turnovers into quality chances. He’s established himself as an everyday contributor.15. Ryan Suzuki, C, Barrie (OHL)A focal point on Barrie’s thinning attack, Suzuki has been able to hold it together as the Colts started gutting the roster. His excellent vision and playmaking abilities will be put to the test in the second half, but you’d also like to see him use his underrated shot a lot more.16. Anttoni Honka, D, JyP (SM-Liiga)A subpar WJC should not erase all the qualities he’s displayed while consistently managing pressure against older competition. Honka is very smart, and his skating and vision make him ideal to quarterback a power play.17. Moritz Seider, D, Adler Mannheim (DEL)This big-bodied puck mover with unlimited potential plays a clean, mature game in Germany’s top league. His dominance at the Division I world juniors reinforced the belief that he truly was too good for junior hockey.18. Matthew Robertson, D, Edmonton (WHL)Another stud prospect who like Byram can lead by setting the right example in all three zones. It’s not often you see veteran forwards defer to a draft-eligible defender as often as they do with Robertson, who can execute a clean breakout in several ways.19. Cam York, D, U.S. NTDPSlick offensive defenseman with NHL bloodlines and a sick shot is the go-to option to jumpstart the attack and quarterback the NTDP power play.20. Cole Caufield, RW, U.S. NTDPMore than just a finisher, this Wisconsin-bound sniper has acute hockey sense and exploits opposing mistakes with impunity.21. Yegor Spiridonov, C, Stalnye Lisy (MHL)Two-way center with a nice touch around the net who has been carrying a talent-rich line while logging minutes in every conceivable situation.22. Connor McMichael, C, London (OHL)Offensive dynamo who can wire the puck as well as he can dish it. McMichael’s found a way to stand out on a deep London squad and force head coach Dale Hunter to play him as often as possible.23. Pavel Dorofeyev, LW, Stalnye Lisy (MHL)Sturdy winger with soft hands and excellent vision is similar to Boldy in that he can execute an odd-man rush with precision. His chemistry with Spiridonov was instant and the duo in open ice makes short work of opponents.24. John Beecher, C, U.S. NTDP Buried behind the NTDP’s ridiculous center depth is this powerful two-way center in the mold of David Backes. Beecher is impossible to knock off the puck, and his shot is so heavy it can knock a goalie off his skates.25. Vojtech Strondala, RW, Trebic (Chance Liga)One of the more underrated prospects in terms of production validating the skill set, Strondala is an undersized finesse forward with a lightning-quick change of pace and elusiveness that draws opponents out of position.26. Arthur Kaliyev, LW, Hamilton (OHL)Owner of one of the deadliest shots you’ll find in this draft class, the Staten Island-born Kaliyev has developed into a well-rounded scorer and is starting to use his thick frame to his advantage. He’d be a top-five pick if he played with more intensity.27. Billy Constantinou, D, Kingston (OHL)A graceful puck rusher with phenomenal edgework and agility, Constantinou’s been thrown to the wolves after his trade to the bottom-dwelling Frontenacs. Although every game of his feels like a roller coaster ride, his potential for stardom remains.28. Philip Broberg, D, AIK (Allsvenskan)A wonderful skater with size and sharp instincts, Broberg at this stage of his development remains a huge swing for the fences if he goes high in the first round. He checks all the block on offense, but his defense leaves a lot to be desired.29. Michal Teply, LW, Liberec (Extraliga)One of the better two-way forwards in the draft, Teply is a student of the game who gives you a consistent effort in all three zones and is an excellent on-ice communicator. 30. Drew Helleson, D, U.S. NTDP)Another NTDP’er whose significant contributions are masked by the dynamic forwards he accurately feeds the puck to. Helleson erases issues in coverage and has a quick stick to turn a puck battle into an immediate counterattack. 31. Ryder Donovan, C/W, Duluth-East (HS-Minn.)A dual-threat forward with size who can play center or wing, Donovan plays a similar style to Rangers’ forward Kevin Hayes. Honorable mentionJakob Pelletier, LW, Moncton (QMJHL): Smaller winger makes a big impact thanks to his nonstop motor and ferocity on the puckJamieson Rees, C, Sarnia (OHL): In-your-face playmaker with speed is an intense competitorJordan Spence, D, Moncton (QMJHL): Offensive defender is a having an excellent rookie season Robert Mastrosimone, LW, Chicago (USHL): One of the draft’s purest goal scorersLeevi Aaltonen, LW, Kalpa (SM-Liiga): Blazing speed and a deadly wrister to match itRyan Johnson, D, Sioux Falls (USHL): Craig’s son is a lockdown defender with excellent footworkAntti Saarela, C, Lukko (SM-Liiga): Hard-nosed pivot is the complete package and producing against adultsIsaiah Saville, G, Tri-City (USHL): Native Alaskan has frozen opposing offenseslast_img read more

Bahamas to restrict travel from the US

first_imgAuthorities in the Bahamas are restricting US travel to the Islands in an effort to curve the rising cases of COVID-19.The announcement was made by Prime Minister and acting Health Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis who plans to have the order go into effect on Wednesday.According to the Bahamas Ministry of Health, they have had 153 cases of the virus and 11 deaths as of Sunday.Those traveling from Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom are still welcomed to the islands, while travel from the US has been restricted to emergencies and essential travel.Those traveling to the islands must also be tested for the virus by an accredited lab and have a negative test 10 days or less before traveling or they will be required to quarantine for 14 days.The order will be a huge blow to the Bahamian economy which relies heavily on American tourism and who is still working to recover from Hurricane Dorian.Under the new order, beaches and parks have also been closed and indoor dining, weddings, funerals, religious services, and sporting events have also been banned in Grand Bahama.last_img read more

Real Madrid will present Reinier on Tuesday, according to LaSexta

first_imgReal Madrid wants to give Reinier as much visibility as possible, for which he has paid 30 million euros. The figure was that of his Flamengo termination clause. The confidence of the board in its future is very great and its objective is to demonstrate it with gestures as a presentation in the Santiago Bernabéu. Reinier will land with his family this Saturday in Spain. The player will have just a couple of days to go to Madrid along with his own and to complete the move. Starting Monday, your new routine will really begin. Reinier Jesus will be presented as a new Real Madrid player next Tuesday 18th, as reported by the program Jugglers this Friday. AS already informed three days ago that the carioca would have a presentation and that the club was studying a date, with Monday as the first possibility shuffled.As explained by LaSexta’s sports, the Brazilian soccer player will have his start on Tuesday. It will also be at the beginning of next week when the midfielder starts training with his new teammates, Castilla players, where he will be number 19. 19last_img read more

Sergio Ramos, countdown

first_imgOn the other hand, there is one factor that plays in favor of the enlargement: the postponement of the Euro Cup to 2021. That summer, the end of Ramos’ contract, was free of national team competitions. Now, if he does not renew, Madrid would risk seeing a legend of his club wearing the bracelet of Spain in a Euro Cup and having signed for another club. Something that seems hard to imagine …ConversationAlthough the renewal is not being negotiated, the captain did speak to the club to agree on the salary reduction during the health crisis. Specifically with José Ángel Sánchez, the general director. The first call to address the issue by JAS took place on Friday, April 5, and the deal, which became official on Wednesday, April 8, closed the day before in the afternoon. The squad understood the situation and an agreement was reached very quickly, something that the club appreciated and that leaves the relationship with Ramos in a good point to renew. Ramos’ renovation is frozen. Madrid, as AS reported on February 20, has not yet called the footballer or his agent (René, his brother). Before the coronavirus crisis, the club did not consider this issue as a priority. The captain ends in June 2021, at the age of 35, and in the directive they think that it will be during the next season when they should raise the issue. In case the negotiation started, the positions would have to be closer: Madrid would offer one year (until 2022) and the central would like two. Although the captain, in a statement made in February, was more receptive to the club’s policy: “I understand that at a certain age they do it from year to year.”The economic crisis that is going to hit football can play against Ramos, who is the best paid of the squad after Bale. Madrid’s offer, if it occurs, could be downward.last_img read more

Stephen Curry becomes 5th Warrior with 15,000 regular-season points

first_imgCURRY’S SCORINGCurry’s 3-pointer at the 7:37 mark of the second quarter put him in the 15,000 club.Kerr knows the number is hardly important to his star point guard, saying: “He’ll probably be at 16,000 before too long, and won’t be aware of that either.”Curry is thrilled to join such elite company.“Just a pretty humbling experience in terms of how long I’ve been here and all the success that we’ve had in recent years, and individual accolades and milestones come out of that,” he said.Chamberlain leads the way with 17,783, followed by Barry (16,447), Arizin (16,266) and Mullin (16,235).“It’s a lot of points and the thing to me what’s most impressive is how he creates them. They’re not just wide-open, catch-and-shoot 3s, his creativity with the ball in his hands,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “The shot-making from all three levels, the left hand, the floaters, the three off the bounce, the walk across that half court line and shoot a three. He has a variety of ways he puts the ball in the basket. You can probably count on one hand how many guys that we’ve seen with the shot-making creatively and the ability that he has.”TIP-INSGrizzlies: G Mike Conley missed the game with left hamstring soreness. F Kyle Anderson returned after missing one game with a sprained left ankle. … Memphis shot 2 for 11 on 3s in the first half and 7 of 25 in all. … The Grizzlies have been limited to fewer than 100 points in eight of nine December games. … Memphis has dropped five straight at Oracle Arena, also losing on Golden State’s home floor 117-101 on Nov. 5. … A top priority for Bickerstaff was improving rebounding, and the Grizzlies were edged 42-41 on the boards.Warriors: F Andre Iguodala returned from a three-game absence with a sore right hip to score 10 points. G Shaun Livingston was back after bruising his pelvis and sitting out Friday at Sacramento. … Curry did a 19-minute Skype call this weekend with astronaut Scott Kelly and made sure Kelly and others knew he meant no harm with joke about not believing in the moon landing, according to the Warriors. … Baron Davis drew big cheers when shown on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Marc Gasol had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Grizzlies, who lost their third straight and fifth in six. This marked Memphis’ final visit to Oracle Arena before the Warriors move to new Chase Center in San Francisco next season. Omri Casspi added a season-high 20 points against his former team.Gasol said the Grizzlies must talk as a team about ways to be better.“There’s a few things that we need to do more of that we are doing well, and things that we’re not doing so well, do a little less,” he said.Jonas Jerebko made Golden State’s only two 3s in the opening quarter and finished 16 points off the bench.The Warriors were 17 of 18 from the free-throw line in the first half to 8 for 10 by Memphis, which trailed 61-38 at the break.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Curry became just the fifth player in Warriors history to score 15,000 points during the regular season — joining the company of Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Paul Arizin and Chris Mullin.“It was a pretty cool moment, again just reflecting on the entire 9½ years and more to come,” Curry said. “Definitely appreciative of the opportunity, the milestone, hopefully a lot more to come.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissKevin Durant scored 23 points to go with five assists and passed Larry Bird (21,791) for 33rd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Klay Thompson contributed 16 points with five rebounds.Golden State led by as many as 25 points in the second quarter in quickly turning the game into a rout. That allowed coach Steve Kerr to rest many of his regulars as the Warriors began a busy stretch with eight games before the end of the year, including Christmas night at home against LeBron James and the Lakers. View comments LATEST STORIES Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry celebrates a score against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. 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I Humbly Salute Them in their Graves

first_imgBy F. Shelton GonkerwonOn tomorrow March 13, 2019 which is declared National Decoration Day tears and fresh memories of sorrow will certainly be ushering thousands of Liberian mourners and residents alike to grave sites in various locations of the country to decorate the respective graves housing their deceased. This event is constitutionally set aside every Second Wednesday in March each year to demonstrate national respect to those who have departed the surface of the earth one way or the other.Obviously, it often alerts the conscious mind that the grave is an assured and unavoidable home of all mankind simply because death is the imminent instrument that has and continues to sever human beings from the earth surface at the appointed time. Accordingly, every day that turns or every time that leaps on the clock where mankind dwells has its assigned death rate likewise birth rate on a proportionally alarming basis.Indeed, it’s evidently clear that every day is accompanied by its assigned joy as it is with sorrow. Certainly, every day has its share of wise people who think positively and act accordingly, while at the same time, the fools remain blind and insensitive to the calling of reality in favor of triviality.Every day has its own patriotic chiefs who are reserved and guided in line with the tradition of defined leadership aimed at stabilizing society, while at the same time there are thieves who would creep under the cover of darkness to rob innocent people of their hard-earned properties. That’s the nature of life-a platform of certainties and uncertainties, truth and falsehood, poverty and prosperity, among other things, consistent with the doctrine of life.Hence, one can safely conclude that no one has permanent resident status here on earth, not even members of the noble kingdom, not even those who have wealth and would feel that their financial vestments can prevent them from death. Like the sun that struggles to pass through the domain of the dark cloud as it performs its daily duty, the human beings are challenged by the countless odds of life from the day of birth to the day of death.From where I sit on the floor of the jammed packed city of Monrovia, a city that is struggling to get used to a novel administration and being unable to form part of the queue that will be marching to the grave sites to decorate the graves of their deceased in line with the calling of the day, the floor of my mind is already playing host to the fresh memories of my fallen parents — Barpaye Zeagbea, Lawo Zaguah, Daylee Kregbein and Gonkerwon Karnleahfehn — my grandparents and parents, respectively.It is all too obvious that my ears (like the ears of others), are being refreshed by those sugary words of wisdom my parents offered me during my prime by which, I was nurtured along the way in life, thereby keeping me enhanced and stimulated in time like these when wisdom has become the core requirement to pierce through the world where temptation has become more like the hostile wind.I am grateful to these fallen heroes and heroines for making me who I am today, though physically poor, yet rich in dignity and honesty supplemented by spiritual guidance. Their places in my mind can be likened to the thrones of the kings simply because the blessings they endowed me in reciprocation of my obedience has and continue to make me defined rangers in the face of assorted dangers, especially at a time when love is at the battlefront with hatred, truth is being dared by falsehood, while the culture of deception has become awesome. Hence they will forever remain honorably seated in my mind that houses their indelible graves, which will continue to shine even more than the face of the evening star.I humbly salute them and all other departed souls hoping that they are comfortably resting in the bosom of Abraham, and listed as prospective qualified candidates for eternity. It’s my hope also that as the graves are decorated, the people of the land will equally decorate their minds in terms of generating the sense of patriotism and nationalism to harvest the necessary vision to give the nation a look that resembles or represents the face of civilization.A nation is decorated when its citizens rise above the culture of greed and selfishness; discover the secret of defined national life with the vow to graduate from the ugly past.A nation is decorated whose citizens will submit to the doctrine of national love as opposed to letting hatred sever them apart.About the author: F. Shelton Gonkerwon, a practicing Liberian Journalist and a Poet, holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Liberia. He authored “Dark Freedom: a Gloomy Tale of Once a War Divided Liberia.” He is one of Liberia’s progressing writers whose works are steadily surfacing to the notice of the outside world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more