The Latest: Switzerland soccer players decline payments

first_imgThe season is currently scheduled to begin in France on June 28. F1 management has said it still hopes to hold between 15 and 18 races this year in place of the original 22.___A two-time Olympic finalist in the 800 meters has died after getting infected with the coronavirus.The Italian Olympic Committee says Donato Sabia has died. He was 56.CONI says he is the first Italian Olympian to die with the virus. Associated Press ___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says the body has “cash-flow” problems because of the Olympic and Paralympic postponement until 2021.Andrew Parsons says about 5% of spending is being cut from the IPC’s budget. A 2018 financial report showed a budget of 24 million euros ($25.7 million).Parsons says the problem was due partly to broadcast rights holders who want to delay their payments until the product is delivered.Parsons says it’s not a question of “losing money” but rather some temporary belt tightening. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The players and coach on Switzerland’s national soccer team have declined to take more than 1 million Swiss francs ($1.03 million) of payments that were due from their federation in 2020. The track worlds were originally scheduled for Aug. 6-15, 2021.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says 2022 will be a “bonanza for athletics fans around the world” with the Commonwealth Games beginning in Birmingham, England, only three days after the track worlds.The 2022 Commonwealth Games are scheduled for July 27-Aug. 7 and the multisport European Championship is currently slated for Aug. 11-21 in Munich.World Athletics has also postponed the bidding processes for 2023 World Athletics Series events. They will now open in November 2020.___ April 8, 2020 Formula One says it will furlough half of its staff until the end of May and senior executives will take pay cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic.F1 has postponed eight races so far this season and the Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled.F1 says senior leadership figures will take “voluntary pay cuts while still continuing to work and not in furlough.”CEO Chase Carey will take a “much deeper” pay cut.The McLaren and Williams teams had already put some staff on furlough schemes. McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have also taken pay cuts. He says “like all businesses we are tremendously affected by the COVID-19 crisis.”He says he is dealing with 150 contracts that are games-related but adds “we have no plans to let any staff go at the moment.”___The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, have been rescheduled for July 15-24, 2022.The event was pushed back a year because the Tokyo Olympics were delayed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The team was scheduled to play in the now-postponed European Championship in June and had two games in Qatar canceled last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The shutdown of games has cost the Swiss soccer body millions of dollars.Federation chairman Dominique Blanc says it’s a “magnificent gesture” from the players.Blanc tested positive for the virus three weeks ago.Team captain Stephan Lichtsteiner says “we wanted to set an example and show solidarity.” Sabia finished fifth in the 800 at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and seventh at the 1988 Seoul Games. He also won the 800 at the 1984 European Indoor Championships.Sabia died in his hometown of Potenza in southern Italy shortly after his father also died from the virus.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Switzerland soccer players decline paymentslast_img read more

Wimbledon: Can Serena Take the Final Step Past Halep for Her…

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sometimes it doesn’t pay to beat Serena Williams too badly on a big stage. Maria Sharapova did it in the Wimbledon final in 2004, and Serena has been making her pay for it ever since. Simona Halep beat Serena by the still-stunning scores of 6-0, 6-2 at the 2014 WTA Finals in Singapore, and Serena has been making her pay for it ever since. She has won her last six matches against Halep, including two at Grand Slam events.On Thursday Serena gave a different reason for her ability to turn the tables and not let them turn back: She never lets her guard down again.“I think the biggest key with our matches is the loss that I had in Singapore,” Serena said when she was asked about facing Halep. “I never forgot it. She played unbelievable. That makes me know that level she played at, she can get there again. So I have to be better than that.” Judging by the way Halep played her semifinal against Elina Svitolina, Serena would be right to bring an abundance of caution to this match. Halep, who says she is moving and hitting with more confidence than she ever has on grass, put on a furiously focused performance, playing circles around an opponent who had won three of their last four meetings. Halep served well, returned well, created openings with her ground strokes and maintained that often-precarious balance between calmness and aggression all the way through.And that was exactly what Serena did in her own semifinal.“I was calm today,” Serena said. “It’s a day-to-day basis with me. You all know that. I’m far from perfect.”Against Barbora Strycova, she was as close to perfect as she’s been since her return to the tour last year. She won 24 of 27 first-serve points and 13 of 16 points at net, and was four of five on break points. She won more than half of Strycova’s service points, so we know her return was sharp.Grand Slam finals are different from Grand Slam semifinals, of course. Serena has lost her last two, while Halep lost her first three before winning at Roland Garros last spring. The last two matches between Serena and Halep went to a third set, and this could be an even closer and more entertaining contest.As always on grass, a lot will be decided by the first two shots in any rally. How dominant will Serena’s serve be? She made 60 percent of her first serves against Strycova; she’ll want a higher percentage in the final. How will Halep’s own serve hold up, and how sharp will Serena be on her return? Given the chance, Serena will likely be able to tee off on Halep’s second deliveries. And who will hold up better mentally if they build a lead? Each has dealt with nerves while trying to cross Grand Slam finish lines in the past.Coming back to what Serena said about how she approaches her encounters with Halep: “I have to be better than that.” If anyone can take a player’s best and surpass it, it’s her.center_img Serena Williamslast_img read more

24th Annual Empowerment Congress held at USC

first_imgGovernment officials, organization leaders and community members convened at USC Saturday for the 24th Annual Empowerment Congress Summit to tackle the issues faced by the Los Angeles community in the new year.The conference was organized by the Empowerment Congress, a coalition of business, community and government leaders who meet throughout the year to tackle important issues. The Empowerment Congress was created in 1992 by then-Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, who presented at Saturday’s summit and is now a Los Angeles County supervisor.Event moderator Chris Schauble, a KTLA news anchor, described the purpose of the summit as a way for attendees to “acquire the necessary resources to fortify the neighborhoods where you live.” Ridley-Thomas called the congress an “experiment in participatory democracy.”Undergraduate Student Government President Rini Sampath gave introductory and welcome remarks at the main session in Bovard Auditorium, saying, “Politics is more than just catchy slogans or flashy posters. Politics is an opportunity to create social change. The Empowerment Congress has undeniably strengthened our community’s bond.”The summit speakers focused primarily on the issue of homelessness in Los Angeles. According to Kevin de León, president pro tempore of the State Senate, California is “the nation’s homelessness capital” and Los Angeles is “the epicenter of homelessness in the entire nation.”“Homelessness is the defining civic issue in the county of Los Angeles, and we need to confront it,” Ridley-Thomas said. “Some of you may think it’s tough to deal with this on a Saturday morning, but think of those who have to deal with this 24/7.”De León said Los Angeles County contains 40 percent of the state’s homeless population. His office announced last Monday the No Place Like Home initiative, which includes $2 billion toward tackling homelessness across the state. During his summit presentation, de León argued that all levels of government must work together to achieve results.“We have to do everything in our power to tackle this problem once and for all,” de León said.Dora Gallo, CEO of an affordable housing nonprofit called A Community of Friends, said she hopes increased awareness of the homeless will lead to action.“Homelessness has always been a serious problem, but … in the last couple of years, encampments increased 85 percent,” Gallo said. “That’s huge, and that’s why you’re seeing it more. The numbers have gone up slightly—they’re still pretty high—but the visibility is what people are caught off-guard by and what everyone is now reacting to. Which is good, because it’s bringing publicity to the issue and maybe it means that this time they’re going to do something about it and put the money where we need to put it so we can actually make it end.”Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson took the stage to inform the audience of a proposal put forth by the city’s Homelessness and Empowerment Committee last week. The proposal includes “no less than” $100 million in funding to fight homelessness,” and Harris-Dawson said he expects the city to adopt the proposal in February.“The only way we get this right is pulling together,” Harris-Dawson said. “We can see a Los Angeles where everybody has a place to lay their head at night, everybody has a bright future, and everybody can live up to the best of their potential.”Supervisor Ridley-Thomas described a strategy to fight homelessness in L.A. County that includes enhanced crisis response systems, increased affordable housing resources, increased wages and expanded access to living-wage jobs. He said that county workers from across a variety of departments are teaming up against the issue.Pauley Perrette, an actress from the television series NCIS, was attacked on the street in Hollywood by a homeless man she described as mentally ill. She recounted her experience during the summit and described how her empathy pushed her toward action to end homelessness.“Anyone can become homeless in a second, from a divorce or the loss of a job or an illness,” Perrette said. “My heart breaks for that man, and for the eyes I was staring into and the soul, and the loss of him.”Overarching the entire summit was the concept of a strong community, something that presenters felt was especially pertinent during the weekend of MLK Day.“We can’t waste any time,” Ridley-Thomas said. “No more dilly-dallying. No more bureaucratic games. We have to step up. Don’t celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday if you’re not ready to carry out his dream. We’ve got to explore every single avenue to make sure we stand in our time and do the best we can do.”last_img read more

Broward Summer Youth Program Teaches Environmental Appreciation

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Broward Municipal Services District Broward County Parks’ Summer Recreation program now includes a NatureScape Broward Butterfly and Herb Garden Summer Program for the 50 children. The children include Caribbean-Americans, ages 6-10 attending Boulevard Gardens Community Center in the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD). Broward County’s NatureScape staff, Habitat Steward volunteers from the National Wildlife Federation and University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Master Gardeners will educate youth on various environmental topics.Children will experience planting a butterfly garden in grow bags. They’ll also learn about the lifecycle of different species of butterflies, principles of environmental stewardship, caring for plants, holistic benefits of natural herbs and more. Upon completion, the youth will participate in a graduation ceremony.The educational program is a collaborative effort between Broward County’s Environmental Protection, Growth Management Department and Broward Parks and Recreation Division. The collaboration is in support of the BMSD Health Community Zone. The County and its partners, Boulevard Gardens Community Group, Inc., Broward Regional Health Planning Council, and TOUCH Broward have made this special program possible.Recently, members of Boulevard Gardens Home Owners Association attended a NatureScape presentation to learn about the Butterfly and Herb Garden Summer Program. Residents were given native plants to start their own backyard wildlife habitats. Health Foundation of South Florida is instrumental in providing opportunities for youth in the BMSD Healthy Community Zone to learn about the benefits of gardening and protecting natural habitat.NatureScape Broward promotes Florida-friendly landscapes that conserve water, protect water quality, and create wildlife habitat. It encourages the use of native plants that provide quality and sustainable food sources for resident and migrating wildlife. The NatureScape vision includes all Broward County residents and all types of properties – from backyards to public parks.The BMSD HCZ NatureScape Butterfly & Herb Garden Summer Program is a collaboration between BMSD Internal Committee members, Broward County Planning and Development Management Division, Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division, and Parks and Recreation.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

Why not me? The grace to grass story of Mario Balotelli

first_imgA year and a half after leaving, Mario was back to the Premier League, this time with Liverpool.Fully aware of his demons, Liverpool contracted Balotelli to do one job – continue from where Suarez left off.Unfortunately, Super Mario has not lived up to expectations managing to score only four goals in 28 games. He’s now Simmer Mario. At Liverpool, Balotelli just could not find form or favour from coach Brendan Rogers who publicly criticized him a number of times. Some analysts have attributed Mario’s decline to Sturridge’s injury.In the games that he played alongside the English man, his performances have been out of the world. Notable among these was Liverpool’s 3-0 away thumping of Tottenham Hotspur. For many others, Balottelli’s very indisciplined and disrespectful nature has gravely contributed to his descent.  Proving to be a non-asset, the Reds have looked to Belgian striker Christian Benteke this summer for salvation.  In the season of big shots being head hunted with interesting offers from various clubs, Balottelli appears to be asking; “Why not me?” Liverpool would gladly dispose him off but nobody wants a trouble head on their hands. Sampodria have come around but are willing to take him for a very cheap price. It is as if they are doing Italy’s prodigal son a favour by bringing him on. It appears Roberto Mancini’s prophecy may have come to pass as the 23-year old’s luster is gradually dulling. Could this be the end of Balottelli?Maybe not. Balottelli has consistently proven to be the epitome of sheer maverick-ness and he may just pull that up in the upcoming season.  –Kwasi Gyamfi is interning with the #JoySports team. Get more from the team on Twitter @Joy997FM Balotelli’s story is at once enigmatic, humbling and bizarre. Kwasi Gyamfi assesses how the Italian has become such a forlorn figure at AnfieldThe GraceA few years ago, Mario Balotelli was one of the world’s most sought after forwards. Clubs lined up to get him on their side.The son of poor Ghanaian migrants, placed under foster care, he had risen to become a somewhat poster boy of the classic rags to riches story.  In November 2008, Balotelli became the youngest player to score in the Champions league. From winning the Serie A with Inter Milan, he went to Manchester City to join his former manager Roberto Mancini. At City, he won the FA Cup in his first season and then the Premier League the next season providing the all-important assist that won the league for the Citizens. It was City’s first league title in 44 years. He scored 30 goals in 49 games in total. Ballotelli won the Golden Boy Award and emerged as the best under 21 player in Europe. He celebrated the award by scoring his first hat trick against Aston Villa. He went back to Milan – the red side, this time.At AC Milan, he scored an impressive 12 goals out of 13 games in his first season and helped the team qualify for the Champions League. In total, he bagged 28 goals in 43 games.But he has been on the receiving end of numerous racist abuse least not from his home country. Despite the monkey chants, he chose to play for Italy and not Ghana after he got citizenship. Perhaps, Balottelli’s true worth was realized at the Euro 2012 football tournament co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland when he became the first black player for the Azzurri’s in any major tournament.Mario was instrumental in sending the oldies of southern Europe to the final of Euro 2012 after scoring twice in the first half against Germany – one unstoppable scorcher – to set up a challenge against Spain.Although Italy did not win the tourney, it was Balottelli who proved to be a star and was named in the team of the tournament. He was part of the tournament’s six joint high scorers. It was his goal against Czech Republic that ensured that Italy qualified for the World Cup in Brazil. His two goals at the Confederations Cup also ensured that Italy qualified to the semi-finals for the first time ever.  Balottelli had checked all the boxes. The GrassStrikers are not notorious for getting booked in games but Balottelli defies the odds.Yellow and red cards seem not to be too far away when it comes to the temparemental striker. He has also served so many suspensions and game bans imposed on him by his club and the football association. His squabbles with colleagues and managers are infamous. Even tough head Mourinho has described him as “unmanageable.” In 2012, it was his altercations both on and off field, coupled with a militant British press’ coverage of a disturbed, black Italian boy that edged him out of City. When celebrating a goal in the Manchester derby, he unveiled a shirt that had a message for the press: “Why always me?” Mancini could no longer contain Balotelli and he authorized his sale to Milan. After receiving a red card in a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in 2012, the coach said: “I’ve finished my words for him. I’ve finished. He’s not a bad guy and is a fantastic player. But, at this moment, I’m very sorry for him because he continues to lose his talent, his quality. I hope he can understand that he’s in a bad way for his future. And he can change his behaviour in the future. But I’m finished. With Mario, it’s always a big risk. Every time, we risk one [man] being sent off …”last_img read more

Fantasy Updates: Antonio Brown helmet issues, Tony Pollard’s sleeper status, DK Metcalf’s injury shaking up rankings

first_imgIn the dog days of summer, the NFL and fantasy football are making sure to keep our lives interesting. Antonio Brown is mad about his helmet again; Ezekiel Elliott still isn’t in Cowboys camp, but Tony Pollard is standing out as a sleeper handcuff; DK Metcalf and Andrew Luck have injury issues; and there’s an unexpected QB competition in Tennessee between Marcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill. What does this all mean for your draft cheat sheets? Let’s dig in.For more updates and the latest fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.  DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Cheat SheetAntonio Brown updateJust when it seemed like Brown was in the clear in Oakland, his helmet issues popped up again. He sat out practice because the most recent helmet he hoped to have approved wasn’t. The Raiders’ team Twitter yesterday released footage of Mike Mayock telling reporters that Brown needs to be “all in or all out.”It says a lot that the team social media released Mayock’s comments. Oakland is obviously unhappy with Brown. We’ve gone over what Brown’s absence could mean for fantasy owners here. This new development certainly makes the feeling of drafting Brown a bit adventuresome, if nothing else. As it stands, Brown remains a third- or fourth-round pick, but depending on your risk-aversion, but we all know he has the talent to produce like the No. 1 wide receiver if he’s on the field and giving effort for 16 games.2019 STANDARD RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200Cowboys Depth Chart: Tony Pollard stands out as Ezekiel Elliott’s handcuffElliott is no longer training in Mexico, which probably means nothing. While he’s away from the team, though, someone gets the chance to step up and win a job behind the No. 1 offensive line in football. Tony Pollard earned the start in Dallas’ second preseason game and rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown on five carries. He also caught his lone target for nine yards.If ‘Zeke keeps holding out, remember the name Tony Pollard. #Cowboys #DALvsLAR— Sporting News Fantasy (@sn_fantasy) August 18, 2019Pollard is a rookie out of Memphis who backed up standout Darrell Henderson last year, so there’s not necessarily evidence that he can carry a full workload. The Cowboys have been talking Pollard up all preseason (even comments from owner Jerry Jones), although those could just be negotiating tactics. Regardless, if Pollard wins the Dallas RB job and ‘Zeke doesn’t show up, Pollard’s a borderline RB2 for as long as the job is his.2019 PPR RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Top 200DK Metcalf injury newsAfter Sunday’s preseason game that Metcalf sat out, Pete Carroll told reporters that Metcalf would have minor knee surgery. Speculation is that it’s a knee scope, although there hasn’t been official word on that. Carroll doesn’t expect Metcalf to be out long, per NFL Network. Until the full extent of Metcalf’s injury is revealed, it’s hard to make a huge judgment here. For whatever it’s worth, Metcalf battled injury issues in college. He’d be in contention for the No. 2 WR job in Seattle with David Moore. We’ve been higher on Moore in the preseason as a big-play threat, so Metcalf’s absence could create room for Moore to take the job.DRAFT STRATEGY AND RANKINGS TIERS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/STAndrew Luck injury updateA video posted on Instagram showed Luck warming up ahead of the Colts’ second preseason game. The high-stepping he’s doing through some obstacles suggests his calf/ankle injury isn’t too bad, but obviously only Luck and the Colts know for sure. Late last week, Chris Mortenson reported that Indianapolis has “guarded optimism” about Luck being ready for Week 1.Andrew Luck was out warming up before the Browns/Colts game. 👀Good sign heading towards Week 1? – via Dan Graziano/ESPN (Instagram)— Indy SportsOne (@IndySportsOne) August 17, 2019We’ve been hesitating about moving Luck out of our No. 2 QB spot because we truly believe that’s where he belongs if he’s healthy. Pretty soon, it will get dicey to even consider drafting him as a top-five QB. The Colts hoped to make a decision around the third preseason game, so this next week will be the most crucial to really knowing Luck’s fantasy value.  FANTASY SLEEPERS: 8 QBs | 14 RBs | 11 WRs | 11 TEs | 6 D/STs | One from each teamTitans Depth Chart: Marcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill in QB competition?No one expected to have to worry about a quarterback competition in Tennessee, but per reports from the Boston Globe, that’s what we have. Former Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is closer to getting starts than expected, meaning Marcus Mariota’s job is at risk. In a low-volume passing offense, this might not matter. It could have more effect on the players around them. Mariota has shown good chemistry with Corey Davis and Delanie Walker in the past. It’s not as certain what Tannehill’s relationship with those players would be.last_img read more

Thirteen Wellington students make WSU Dean’s Honor Roll for fall semester

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down Ruby · 336 weeks ago WOW didn’t know there were that many from Wellington. Congratulations. Keep up the gooooood work. Maybe my granddaughter will go there too. Report Reply 0 replies · active 336 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down WBTB · 336 weeks ago Congrats to all of you and keep it up. Wish everybody was recognized for their academic accomplishments, besides just the students going to WSU. Report Reply 1 reply · active 336 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 336 weeks ago WBTB….perhaps you should provide what school’s honor roll your wanting recognized and email it to and maybe they will include it. That’s how this was story was accomplished. Report Reply +10 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 336 weeks ago Now this is your Mt. Rushmore. Report Reply 0 replies · active 336 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Taylormade · 336 weeks ago that’s my boy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 336 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — There were 13 Wellington residents who made the Dean’s Honor Roll at Wichita State University.They are as follows:Kaitlin BuckMegan CampbellAlberto ChandlerCarlo ChandlerUrsula GoffJaci HallDrew HodsonKiersten HowellJarret KruegerMichael QueryAllie ThompsonSadie TroutmanApril Wright.last_img read more

Abused Dog Found in Cardboard Box in Boynton Beach Dies of Injuries

first_imgInvestigators believe the spayed French bulldog was approximately two years old.It did not have a collar or microchip.Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Animal Cruelty investigator Liz Roehrich at (561)742-6210, or to make an anonymous call to CrimeStoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.You could receive a reward if your tip leads to an arrest. Officials with the Boynton Beach Police Department say they have launched an animal cruelty investigation, after finding an abused dog in a cardboard box outside an elementary school earlier this week.The animal later died from its injuries.Police said an officer responded to a call about a dog in the parking lot of Rolling Green Elementary on Northeast 26th Avenue on Wednesday. The French bulldog could barely walk and foamed at the mouth.The officer took the dog to a vet, where the staff discovered that the dog had a large wound in her chest near her front leg and also showed obvious signs of neglect.In addition, the dog suffered from seizures and brain swelling and died during the night, according to police.last_img read more