12 Jun
2021

RSF calls for cancellation of new press law and protests against review’s seizure

first_img to go further The same day parliament passed a much-criticised new press law, another publication was censored, apparently because it reported a call made last May by the king’s cousin, Prince Moulay Hisham (see photo), for the monarchy to be reformed. Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa May 7, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RSF calls for cancellation of new press law and protests against review’s seizure News News RSF_en Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 8, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) expressed concern today about a new seizure of a publication, the quarterly Arab-language journal Wijhat Nadhar, by Moroccan authorities and called for abolition of the country’s new press law.”This confiscation is part of a hostility towards the media marked by passage of a very disappointing new press law,” said RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard. “If the press law was as truly concerned with press freedom as the government claims it is, such seizures would not be happening.”So far this year in Morocco, one journalist has been arrested, six physically attacked, the editor of a weekly put on trial and three publications censored.Plainclothes police seized 8,000 copies of issue no.15 of Wijhat Nadhar from the Najah printing works in Casablanca on 6 May. The journal’s editor, Abdellatif Hosni, said no reason was given for the confiscation. However the issue contained the translation of a lecture given by Prince Moulay Hisham (see photo), King Mohammed VI’s brother, at the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI) in Paris in May 2001. The prince, who lives in the United States, said the Moroccan monarchy needed “to reform itself.”The country’s new press law was given final approval by parliament on 6 May without major changes, despite being shuttled between the two houses of the legislature and being greatly criticised by Moroccan civil society as well as local and international NGOs, including RSF.The law was passed by the Chamber of Deputies on 12 March and by the upper chamber, the House of Councillors, on 11 April, with a few minor changes. Despite some positive points (lighter penalties for journalists, smaller fines, easier procedures for launching a publication and the need to give reasons for confiscation), the law is still a tough one. Jail terms for insulting the king and the royal family remain, with offenders risking between three and five years in prison (compared with between five and 20 years previously). Article 29 retains the government’s right to ban Moroccan or foreign newspapers if they are deemed to “undermine Islam, the monarchy, national territorial integrity or public order.” April 28, 2021 Find out more April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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12 Jun
2021

RSF calls on the UN again to accredit Taiwanese journalists

first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the United Nations again to let Taiwanese journalists and media cover its events, particularly the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva which takes place this year between May 20 and 28, the 74th annual General Assembly from September 17 to 30 in New York and the 40th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly from September 24 to October 4 in Montreal. In recent years, the UN has been under pressure from China to turn down requests for press accreditation from Taiwanese nationals and media on the pretext that Taiwan and its passport are not recognised.“The current ban contradicts the fundamental right to free information stated in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,”  said Christophe Deloire, secretary-general of RSF. “Accrediting bona fide journalists and media is not a political move and should not depend on their nationality or the geographical origin of the outlet they represent,” he added.The island of Taiwan, over which the People’s Republic of China claims sovereignty, is the most populous state that is not a UN member with around 23 million people. Over the past years, China has been lobbying in every possible way to isolate Taiwan on the international stage, including preventing its journalists from doing their job. In May 2018, Taiwanese journalists were denied, for the second consecutive year, accreditation to cover the World Health Assembly hosted in Geneva. The same also happened during the 2016 trienal Assembly hosted by ICAO.Taiwan is currently ranked 42nd out of 180, the highest in Asia, in the 2018 RSF World Press Freedom Index. China falls at 176 with more than 65 journalists and citizen journalists in its prisons. TaiwanChinaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsInternational bodies United Nations Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP News April 7, 2019 RSF calls on the UN again to accredit Taiwanese journalists News TaiwanChinaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsInternational bodies United Nations June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalistscenter_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on Asia – Pacific News June 7, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls again on the United Nations to authorise Taiwanese journalists and media to cover its events, including the World Health Assembly in Geneva by the end of May. Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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25 May
2021

Local author’s debut book recounts harrowing path to being heard

first_imgThis was written for the Ithaca Voice by contributor Sara Belcher.ITHACA, N.Y.—Eliza VanCort has always had an intimate relationship with communication. As a speaker, communications and career consultant, and author, she has spent a lot of time studying the way we communicate and knows what works and what doesn’t. Her debut book, A Woman’s Guide to Claiming Space: Stand Tall. Raise Your Voice. Be Heard. has just released, offering women an easy-to-follow guide on claiming the space they deserve in a variety of aspects—many of them through effective communication. While VanCort could be considered an expert communicator now, she admits it was a long journey to learn the skills she has today, and she credits her local community with helping her build much of those skills.From a young age, growing up in and around Ithaca, VanCort says she learned that being invisible was synonymous with safety, and she made herself smaller to cope with the traumas in her childhood.“My mother was an absolutely fantastic mother by all accounts (…) then she became paranoid schizophrenic and she ended up kidnapping me three times,” she says. “When you live in a world where little girls are taught to be small and then you combine that with that level of trauma and a fear of the world, it is very, very difficult to claim space.”Thankfully, VanCort had her local community supporting her from a young age. She says her father put her in therapy early while local women offered their direct support to her as she began to redefine and reclaim her space. In her local Big Brothers Big Sisters community, former Assistant Dean of Students at Cornell Alice Green would spend hours with her on the weekends, while her kindergarten teacher Roberta Wallitt would take her home on weekdays when her father was working “as if I were her own.” Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: Tagged: a woman’s guide to claiming space, actor’s workshop, book, debut book, eliza vancort, katie spallone “People have talked about me as if I have some sort of super power, and I think it’s really important to understand that nobody does this alone. Nobody,” she says. “I had all these women, who are extraordinary women in their own right, taking care of me. Pulling me into their orbit. Loving me. Nurturing me. And I think my story is not a story that proves you can overcome anything alone, if you’re strong enough — my story is a story that proves that a child can go through tremendous trauma, and if their community rallies around them, they can do great things despite how their life started.”In 2014, VanCort’s communication skills were once again put to the test after she was involved in an accident; while out for a bike ride, she was hit head-on by a driver who was texting and driving and suffered a bilateral brain injury and a subdural hematoma. She says that her injury forced her to rewire her brain and relearn the communications skills she had spent much of her life building.“After seeing a Facebook post, where I typed with my eyes closed — because I couldn’t look at the screen because it hurt — [Katie Spallone] said to me, ‘I think you really need to keep writing Eliza. Just write every day and send it to me.’” Spallone is the co-director, along with VanCort, at The Actor’s Workshop of Ithaca Theater Training Studio and one of the first people to sign up for VanCort’s acting workshop, she says. “So I would write every single day. And I would send her my gobbledygook (…) and she would decipher what I was saying and edit it and send it back to me and say, ‘Keep writing, keep writing, keep writing.’” “And that was the beginning of my recovery and the beginning of my love of writing,” VanCort said. “So after that, I became fascinated with communication because my condition was so compromised after my accident, and I had to rebuild it brick by brick.”A Woman’s Guide to Claiming Space (available on Amazon and elsewhere) details all of the lessons VanCort has learned over the years, breaking it down into step-by-step instructions for women of all ages to follow. The book offers intersectional advice for women to claim (and retain) physical and authoritative space in the workplace, your local community, and in personal relationships. Her book tour opens with a local event at the The Cornell Store on May 12 at 5 p.m., where VanCort will be answering questions and signing copies of her book.“I think that it’s really important for us all to remember, there’s no lost causes—that no matter how hard the beginning has been,” VanCort says. “If your community rallies around you, there’s a good chance that you can turn out OK (…) It only takes one adult to change a life.” center_img last_img read more

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18 Dec
2020

Let’s hope the regulation is worth it

first_imgI’m sure that “the regulation” needs little, if any, further definition. Just as “the drive” in Super Bowl annals will always be associated with John Elway and the Denver Broncos, “the regulation” is a good candidate to forever be associated with the Department of Labor and its fiduciary definition package of final regulations and exemptions.  This guidance has been that big.Big, of course, can mean a couple of things.  In terms of length in its Federal Register-published version – or any version, for that matter – the guidance is certainly big.  It fills more printed pages than any other in my 31 years in the retirement industry.  In terms of its potential impact on the way advisors do business with retirement investors, it is certainly big.  While notably improved over the proposed regulations, the final regulations are likely to be just as demanding in terms of the analysis required to comprehend what it all means, and configure operations and administration in order to comply.These DOL regulations contain a Regulatory Impact Analysis that attempts to quantify in dollars-and-cents terms the effort – translated into cost – that will be required to comply.  Notably, the costs being accounted for – whether or not they are reasonably accurate – measure chiefly those costs incurred by individuals and organizations involved in the advising relationship.  The brokerage, the mutual fund company, insurance company, street corner bank or credit union, and their employees or affiliates, are theoretically taken into account in this assessment of effort and cost. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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18 Sep
2020

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Liverpool clinched its first league title since 1990 on Thursday, ending an agonizing title drought without the players even having to take the field. Instead, the Premier League crown was secured when Chelsea beat second-place Manchester City 2-1, a result that means City can no longer catch Liverpool with seven games remaining. For the city of Liverpool, this has been a party three decades in the making, but the ongoing restrictions caused by the coronavirus meant fans were unable to celebrate in large crowds. Only a few dozen fans were outside Anfield as the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge, setting off fireworks and chanting. PARAPLEGIC ROWER DIES Red Wings have shot to win NHL lottery to draft LafreniereThe once-proud Detroit Red Wings hope to win the NHL draft lottery, giving them a shot to select Canadian Alexis Lafreniere.Detroit desperately needs a boost after easily being the worst team in the league during the pandemic-shortened season that was put on ice in March.Lafreniere, an 18-year-old winger, is the consensus top prospect available and appears to be talented enough to potentially help next season and for years to come.The Red Wings and the rest the league will find out Friday night which team will be fortunate enough to have an opportunity to take him. Detroit has an 18.5% chance of having the No. 1 pick overall in the draft, on a day to be determined, after trailing every NHL team by at least 23 points and finishing 61 points behind the league-leading Boston Bruins.SOCCER-CHAMPION-LIVERPOOL Mackenzie Hughes shoots 60 to take early lead at TravelersCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Mackenzie Hughes shot a career-low 60 to take the early lead at the Travelers Championship. The 29-year-old Canadian flirted with 59 Thursday as the PGA Tour tried to switch its focus back to golf amid growing concerns about the coronavirus. TPC River Highlands is no stranger to low scores — Jim Furyk (FYOOR’-ihk) shot a tour-record 58 there four years ago. Hughes was bogey-free and made a 30-foot putt on his second-to-last hole to get to 10 under. But he left his 40-foot birdie try short on the last hole. It was good enough for a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy among the early starters.FIFA-2023 WOMEN’S WORLD CUPAustralia, New Zealand to co-host 2023 Women’s World Cup FIFA-2023 WOMEN’S WORLD CUPAustralia, New Zealand to co-host 2023 Women’s World CupGENEVA (AP) — Australia and New Zealand will co-host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.The island neighbors beat Colombia 22-13 in a vote Thursday by FIFA’s (FEE’-fuhz) ruling council, which judged them as having the best commercial prospects for women’s soccer. The vote was split along continental lines, with Europe joining South America in voting for Colombia. A third candidate, Japan, withdrew on Monday.The expanded 32-team tournament — eight more than the 2019 edition in France — is expected to open in July 2023. The winning bid proposed 12 cities, with seven in Australia and five in New Zealand. It includes the main stadium used for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNFL cancels Hall of Fame game, delays inductions for a yearUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners signed three of their draft picks Thursday, including first-round selection Emerson Hancock. Along with Hancock, the Mariners signed second-round pick Zach DeLoach and fifth-rounder Taylor Dollard. Hancock, who was taken with the No. 6 overall pick, was one of the top collegiate pitchers in the country at Georgia. He was 8-3 with a 1.99 ERA during his sophomore season with the Bulldogs and made four starts during his abbreviated junior season. DeLoach, an outfielder from Texas A&M, led the Cape Cod League in hitting last summer with a .353 batting average. Dollard, a right-handed pitcher from Cal Poly, was 1-0 in four starts this season. As a sophomore last year, Dollard was 5-0 with a 2.89 ERA. Dollard never suffered a loss in 42 career appearance at Cal Poly. NHL-DRAFT LOTTERY The Aug. 6 exhibition game in Canton, Ohio, between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers is the first on-field event the league has canceled during the pandemic. It will now be played on Aug. 5, 2021. Enshrinements for 20 men scheduled for this year now will occur on Aug. 7, 2021. The 2021 inductees will go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame the next day. NFL owners are conducting a virtual meeting Thursday in which the preseason schedule will be discussed. It’s possible the league will reduce the number of exhibition games to two per team from the usual four. Dallas and Pittsburgh would have played five, including the game in Canton.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott says he is feeling “normal” after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this month. Speaking on a Twitch chat this week, Elliott said he had shortness of breath and a cough for a couple of days. He said he now feels good but hasn’t resumed working out yet. He said he could have been re-tested this week, but decided that it wouldn’t hurt to wait and get more rest first. Elliott’s mother has said the running back had been around someone who had no symptoms, but then tested positive for the coronavirus three days later. — A person with knowledge of the situation says Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus, a result that came in shortly after the Heat and other NBA teams began mandatory testing in preparation for next month’s resumption of the season. Jones, the reigning NBA slam dunk contest champion, still plans to play when the Heat get back on the floor at the Disney complex near Orlando next month.— Some people in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins organizations have tested positive for COVID-19. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said on a video conference call that it’s “a delicate subject” and he declined to identify those with positive tests.Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said Minnesota had “a few” players in the organization recently test positive. He said each player is “doing well” in self-isolation at home. Paraplegic rower found dead during California-Hawaii voyageHONOLULU (AP) — The body of a paraplegic woman rowing from California to Hawaii was headed to Tahiti after she was found lifeless in the water over the weekend,The Coast Guard said a friend of Angela Madsen, 60, contacted the Coast Guard Sunday after not hearing from her for more than 24 hours. Madsen, who had been at sea for 59 days, was about 1,145 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, when she was last heard from. The Coast Guard reached out to commercial vessels in the area of Madsen’s last known location and asked an Air National Guard flight crew headed from California to Hawaii to fly over the area. An air crew found her tethered to her vessel. The Polynesia, a ship in the area, retrieved her body. Liverpool clinches league title, ends 30-year droughtLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — The 30-year wait is over. Liverpool is champion of England again. Liverpool clinched its first league title since 1990 on Thursday, ending an agonizing title drought without the players even having to take the field. Instead, the Premier League crown was secured when Chelsea beat second-place Manchester City 2-1, a result that means City can no longer catch Liverpool with seven games remaining. For the city of Liverpool, this has been a party three decades in the making, but the ongoing restrictions caused by the coronavirus meant fans were unable to celebrate in large crowds. TWEET FALLOUTPro softball team suffers fallout after GM’s anthem tweetUNDATED (AP) — One of America’s top pro women’s softball teams is in an uproar after a tweet by their general manager regarding the national anthem.The now-deleted tweet by Connie May, general manager of the Houston-based Scrap Yard Dawgs, included the Twitter handle for President Donald Trump as it noted the team’s players were standing for the anthem and respecting the flag. Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other athletes have kneeled during the anthem to protest racial injustice, angering Trump.The fallout has been swift. All 18 Scrap Yard players, including some members of the US national team, have walked out and say they won’t play for the team. The USSSA Pride, another independent team, said its games will be postponed until further notice in support of the Dawgs’ players. ALABAMA FOOTBALL-ANTIRACISM VIDEOAlabama players, Saban appear in anti-racism videoTUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama football team released an emotional video on Thursday speaking out against racism and ending with the message that “all lives can’t matter until Black lives matter.” Head Coach Nick Saban (SAY’-bihn) and many prominent players, both Black and white, appear in the video that was written by Alabama left tackle Alex Leatherwood. The video begins with the players saying, “We are a team, Black, white, brown. Together, we are a family. We are brothers who represent ourselves, our families, our hometowns, our university and our country.”The video ends with the message, “all lives can’t matter until Black lives matter.”’ Some commenters offered to “happily take” season tickets from anyone who was offended by the video. ACC-SWOFFORD RETIRINGACC Commissioner Swofford to retire in JuneUNDATED (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford is retiring after the 2020-21 academic year, ending his tenure after 24 years.The 71-year-old Swofford has been commissioner of the ACC since 1997, the longest run in that position in the history of the 67-year-old conference. The former North Carolina athletic director took over as commissioner of a nine-team league. In the years that followed, Swofford directed the league through multiple waves of expansion that first turned the ACC into a 12-team league by 2005 and ultimately reach 15 teams by 2013. The conference also launched its own network last August.NFL-TITANS-MOVES Birch spent the past 24 years with the NFL with his last role senior vice president for labor policy and league affairs. He had been involved with labor negotiations, managing the NFL’s drug testing program, government relations, sports betting and the league’s critical response team. His late father was the first Black on the Tennessee Supreme Court, and Birch earned his law degree at Vanderbilt.The Titans also hired Surf Melendez for a new position as creative director, and Dan Werly is their new general counsel. Melendez has worked for the Miami Dolphins and Adidas. Werly had been general counsel for Nashville Soccer Club the past year.MLB-MARINERS-DRAFT PICKSMariners sign 3 draft picks, including top selection HancockSEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners signed three of their draft picks Thursday, including first-round selection Emerson Hancock. Along with Hancock, the Mariners signed second-round pick Zach DeLoach and fifth-rounder Taylor Dollard. Hancock, who was taken with the No. 6 overall pick, was one of the top collegiate pitchers in the country at Georgia. He was 8-3 with a 1.99 ERA during his sophomore season with the Bulldogs and made four starts during his abbreviated junior season. GENEVA (AP) — Australia and New Zealand will co-host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.The island neighbors beat Colombia 22-13 in a vote Thursday by FIFA’s (FEE’-fuhz) ruling council, which judged them as having the best commercial prospects for women’s soccer. The vote was split along continental lines, with Europe joining South America in voting for Colombia. A third candidate, Japan, withdrew on Monday.The expanded 32-team tournament — eight more than the 2019 edition in France — is expected to open in July 2023. The winning bid proposed 12 cities, with seven in Australia and five in New Zealand. It includes the main stadium used for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.The 2023 tournament will be the first time a World Cup for men or women will be shared across two continental bodies, and the first co-hosted women’s edition. Both Australia, the No. 7-ranked team in women’s soccer, and No. 23 New Zealand will qualify automatically for the tournament. NBA-HAWKS-CARTER RETIRES Associated Press — The Phillie Phanatic, Mr. Met and Mariner Moose mascots are getting a reprieve. Major League Baseball has reversed a policy it issued last month that banned mascots from ballparks while trying to restrict access and limit contact exposure. MLB now says mascots are welcome, but they’re not permitted on the field. — Soccer’s governing body FIFA (FEE’-fuh) is using almost $900 million of its cash reserves to help member federations get through the coronavirus pandemic. All of FIFA’s 211 national members will each get a $1-million payment and $500,000 more to spend specifically on women’s soccer. Each of the six continental governing bodies gets $2 million from FIFA’s reserve fund, which held $2.7 billion after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. FIFA says a further $565 million is available for interest-free loans to federations of between $500,000 and $5 million, depending on their audited annual revenue. Continental confederations can access $4 million. MLB-DOMINICAN-TWINS-SANO’SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic are opening an investigation into allegations Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sanó participated in the kidnapping and assault of a man. The Twins, however, said they were told Sanó was cleared of the accusations.Sanó, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Twins in January, denies the allegations and has said he is being blackmailed. The player appeared Thursday at a hearing in the Prosecutor’s Office in his hometown of San Pedro de Macorís. The hearing was called so the sides could present their versions of events and seek a conciliation, but none was reached. — Churchill Downs says the rescheduled Kentucky Derby and Oaks will run this fall with spectators under strict guidelines to limit crowd density for the race that annually attracts more than 100,000. The 146th runnings of the Oaks for fillies and the Derby were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It marked the first time since 1945 that horse racing’s marquee event was not run on the first Saturday in May. Churchill Downs has run its delayed spring meet without spectators. — New Hampshire Motor Speedway will allow fans in the grandstands and suites for the Aug. 2 NASCAR Cup Series race. Fans will be subject to social distancing requirements and additional health and safety protocols. The race was originally scheduled for July 19.— The USGA has announced its exemption categories for a U.S. Open that won’t have open qualifying for the first time in nearly a century. That includes taking the top 70 in the world ranking from March 15, the last one before the ranking was frozen because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Open usually takes the top 60. The exemption categories announced Thursday include a spot for Phil Mickelson, who was at No. 61 in March. The U.S. Open is the only major Mickelson hasn’t won. The U.S. Open is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot, just north of New York City, the scene of Mickelson’s toughest loss in 2006.— World Team Tennis says Venus Williams has committed to play in its three-week season that starts July 12. Williams will be a member of the Washington Kastles. That is one of nine teams that will gather at a resort in West Virginia. Matches normally are played at various sites around the country. Up to 500 spectators will be allowed for each match at a 2,500-seat outdoor court.— Third-ranked tennis player Dominic Thiem (teem) has apologized for taking part in an exhibition series hosted by Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) where four players have tested positive for the coronavirus. Thiem says “our behaviour was a mistake” and adds he is “extremely sorry.” Thiem is an Austrian who lost to the top-ranked Djokovic in this year’s Australian Open final. Only a few dozen fans were outside Anfield as the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge, setting off fireworks and chanting. PARAPLEGIC ROWER DIESParaplegic rower found dead during California-Hawaii voyageHONOLULU (AP) — The body of a paraplegic woman rowing from California to Hawaii was headed to Tahiti after she was found lifeless in the water over the weekend,The Coast Guard said a friend of Angela Madsen, 60, contacted the Coast Guard Sunday after not hearing from her for more than 24 hours. Madsen, who had been at sea for 59 days, was about 1,145 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, when she was last heard from. The Coast Guard reached out to commercial vessels in the area of Madsen’s last known location and asked an Air National Guard flight crew headed from California to Hawaii to fly over the area. An air crew found her tethered to her vessel. The Polynesia, a ship in the area, retrieved her body. “Now they’re continuing on their scheduled course and they’re going to take the body to Tahiti, where the family will do whatever they need to do to get her home to California,” Muir said. — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott says he is feeling “normal” after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this month. Speaking on a Twitch chat this week, Elliott said he had shortness of breath and a cough for a couple of days. He said he now feels good but hasn’t resumed working out yet. He said he could have been re-tested this week, but decided that it wouldn’t hurt to wait and get more rest first. Elliott’s mother has said the running back had been around someone who had no symptoms, but then tested positive for the coronavirus three days later. — A person with knowledge of the situation says Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus, a result that came in shortly after the Heat and other NBA teams began mandatory testing in preparation for next month’s resumption of the season. Jones, the reigning NBA slam dunk contest champion, still plans to play when the Heat get back on the floor at the Disney complex near Orlando next month.— Some people in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins organizations have tested positive for COVID-19. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said on a video conference call that it’s “a delicate subject” and he declined to identify those with positive tests.Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said Minnesota had “a few” players in the organization recently test positive. He said each player is “doing well” in self-isolation at home. — Churchill Downs says the rescheduled Kentucky Derby and Oaks will run this fall with spectators under strict guidelines to limit crowd density for the race that annually attracts more than 100,000. The 146th runnings of the Oaks for fillies and the Derby were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It marked the first time since 1945 that horse racing’s marquee event was not run on the first Saturday in May. Churchill Downs has run its delayed spring meet without spectators. — New Hampshire Motor Speedway will allow fans in the grandstands and suites for the Aug. 2 NASCAR Cup Series race. Fans will be subject to social distancing requirements and additional health and safety protocols. The race was originally scheduled for July 19. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNFL cancels Hall of Fame game, delays inductions for a yearUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Aug. 6 exhibition game in Canton, Ohio, between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers is the first on-field event the league has canceled during the pandemic. It will now be played on Aug. 5, 2021. Enshrinements for 20 men scheduled for this year now will occur on Aug. 7, 2021. The 2021 inductees will go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame the next day. NFL owners are conducting a virtual meeting Thursday in which the preseason schedule will be discussed. It’s possible the league will reduce the number of exhibition games to two per team from the usual four. Dallas and Pittsburgh would have played five, including the game in Canton.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: — The USGA has announced its exemption categories for a U.S. Open that won’t have open qualifying for the first time in nearly a century. That includes taking the top 70 in the world ranking from March 15, the last one before the ranking was frozen because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Open usually takes the top 60. The exemption categories announced Thursday include a spot for Phil Mickelson, who was at No. 61 in March. The U.S. Open is the only major Mickelson hasn’t won. The U.S. Open is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot, just north of New York City, the scene of Mickelson’s toughest loss in 2006.— World Team Tennis says Venus Williams has committed to play in its three-week season that starts July 12. Williams will be a member of the Washington Kastles. That is one of nine teams that will gather at a resort in West Virginia. Matches normally are played at various sites around the country. Up to 500 spectators will be allowed for each match at a 2,500-seat outdoor court.— Third-ranked tennis player Dominic Thiem (teem) has apologized for taking part in an exhibition series hosted by Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) where four players have tested positive for the coronavirus. Thiem says “our behaviour was a mistake” and adds he is “extremely sorry.” Thiem is an Austrian who lost to the top-ranked Djokovic in this year’s Australian Open final. — The Phillie Phanatic, Mr. Met and Mariner Moose mascots are getting a reprieve. Major League Baseball has reversed a policy it issued last month that banned mascots from ballparks while trying to restrict access and limit contact exposure. MLB now says mascots are welcome, but they’re not permitted on the field. — Soccer’s governing body FIFA (FEE’-fuh) is using almost $900 million of its cash reserves to help member federations get through the coronavirus pandemic. All of FIFA’s 211 national members will each get a $1-million payment and $500,000 more to spend specifically on women’s soccer. Each of the six continental governing bodies gets $2 million from FIFA’s reserve fund, which held $2.7 billion after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. FIFA says a further $565 million is available for interest-free loans to federations of between $500,000 and $5 million, depending on their audited annual revenue. Continental confederations can access $4 million. June 25, 2020 MLB-DOMINICAN-TWINS-SANO’SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic are opening an investigation into allegations Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sanó participated in the kidnapping and assault of a man. The Twins, however, said they were told Sanó was cleared of the accusations.Sanó, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Twins in January, denies the allegations and has said he is being blackmailed. The player appeared Thursday at a hearing in the Prosecutor’s Office in his hometown of San Pedro de Macorís. The hearing was called so the sides could present their versions of events and seek a conciliation, but none was reached. No charges have been filed against Sanó. PGA-TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP Vince Carter, 43, retires after record 22 NBA seasonsUNDATED (AP) — Vince Carter made his retirement official by announcing on his podcast Thursday that his 22-year NBA career has come to an end. The announcement was largely a formality because the 43-year-old Carter had said many times over the course of the season that this would be his last in the NBA. His 22 seasons are the most in league history. He became the first NBA player to appear in four different decades. Carter started his career with Toronto, then played for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and spent his final two seasons with Atlanta. Carter appeared in 1,541 NBA games, behind only Robert Parish (1,611) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,560) on the league’s all-time list. He started his career with Toronto, then played for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and spent his final two seasons with Atlanta.ACC-SWOFFORD RETIRINGACC Commissioner Swofford to retire in June DeLoach, an outfielder from Texas A&M, led the Cape Cod League in hitting last summer with a .353 batting average. Dollard, a right-handed pitcher from Cal Poly, was 1-0 in four starts this season. As a sophomore last year, Dollard was 5-0 with a 2.89 ERA. Dollard never suffered a loss in 42 career appearance at Cal Poly. NHL-DRAFT LOTTERYRed Wings have shot to win NHL lottery to draft LafreniereThe once-proud Detroit Red Wings hope to win the NHL draft lottery, giving them a shot to select Canadian Alexis Lafreniere. UNDATED (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford is retiring after the 2020-21 academic year, ending his tenure after 24 years.The 71-year-old Swofford has been commissioner of the ACC since 1997, the longest run in that position in the history of the 67-year-old conference. The former North Carolina athletic director took over as commissioner of a nine-team league. In the years that followed, Swofford directed the league through multiple waves of expansion that first turned the ACC into a 12-team league by 2005 and ultimately reach 15 teams by 2013. The conference also launched its own network last August.NFL-TITANS-MOVESTitans lure Birch from NFL office, add 2 other executivesNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have lured Adolpho Birch away from the NFL office to join their front office and hired two other new executives. The Titans announced Thursday that Birch is their new senior vice president for business affairs and chief legal officer. The 2023 tournament will be the first time a World Cup for men or women will be shared across two continental bodies, and the first co-hosted women’s edition. Both Australia, the No. 7-ranked team in women’s soccer, and No. 23 New Zealand will qualify automatically for the tournament. NBA-HAWKS-CARTER RETIRESVince Carter, 43, retires after record 22 NBA seasonsUNDATED (AP) — Vince Carter made his retirement official by announcing on his podcast Thursday that his 22-year NBA career has come to an end. The announcement was largely a formality because the 43-year-old Carter had said many times over the course of the season that this would be his last in the NBA. His 22 seasons are the most in league history. He became the first NBA player to appear in four different decades. Carter started his career with Toronto, then played for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and spent his final two seasons with Atlanta. Carter appeared in 1,541 NBA games, behind only Robert Parish (1,611) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,560) on the league’s all-time list. He started his career with Toronto, then played for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and spent his final two seasons with Atlanta. Detroit desperately needs a boost after easily being the worst team in the league during the pandemic-shortened season that was put on ice in March.Lafreniere, an 18-year-old winger, is the consensus top prospect available and appears to be talented enough to potentially help next season and for years to come.The Red Wings and the rest the league will find out Friday night which team will be fortunate enough to have an opportunity to take him. Detroit has an 18.5% chance of having the No. 1 pick overall in the draft, on a day to be determined, after trailing every NHL team by at least 23 points and finishing 61 points behind the league-leading Boston Bruins.SOCCER-CHAMPION-LIVERPOOLLiverpool clinches league title, ends 30-year droughtLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — The 30-year wait is over. Liverpool is champion of England again. Titans lure Birch from NFL office, add 2 other executivesNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have lured Adolpho Birch away from the NFL office to join their front office and hired two other new executives. The Titans announced Thursday that Birch is their new senior vice president for business affairs and chief legal officer.Birch spent the past 24 years with the NFL with his last role senior vice president for labor policy and league affairs. He had been involved with labor negotiations, managing the NFL’s drug testing program, government relations, sports betting and the league’s critical response team. His late father was the first Black on the Tennessee Supreme Court, and Birch earned his law degree at Vanderbilt.The Titans also hired Surf Melendez for a new position as creative director, and Dan Werly is their new general counsel. Melendez has worked for the Miami Dolphins and Adidas. Werly had been general counsel for Nashville Soccer Club the past year.MLB-MARINERS-DRAFT PICKSMariners sign 3 draft picks, including top selection Hancock No charges have been filed against Sanó. PGA-TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIPMackenzie Hughes shoots 60 to take early lead at TravelersCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Mackenzie Hughes shot a career-low 60 to take the early lead at the Travelers Championship. The 29-year-old Canadian flirted with 59 Thursday as the PGA Tour tried to switch its focus back to golf amid growing concerns about the coronavirus. TPC River Highlands is no stranger to low scores — Jim Furyk (FYOOR’-ihk) shot a tour-record 58 there four years ago. Hughes was bogey-free and made a 30-foot putt on his second-to-last hole to get to 10 under. But he left his 40-foot birdie try short on the last hole. It was good enough for a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy among the early starters.last_img read more

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18 Sep
2020

Dorado swimmers in T&T for ASATT Invitational

first_imgSIXTEEN swimmers from Dorado Speed Swim Club left Guyana this week to compete in the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) Invitational, which is scheduled to run from yesterday afternoon until Sunday, at the National Aquatics Centre in Couva, Trinidad. The swimmers, most of whom are dominant national swimmers, are looking to use the invitational meet to accumulate FINA points.According to information from the club, a team of two coaches, two managers, 16 swimmers and eight parents are currently in Trinidad for the meet.Nicholas Fraser (head coach) and Shyka Gonsalves are the coaches, while Mrs Colleen Roberts and Mrs Marcel David Watson travelled as manager and assistant manager respectively. The swimmers are: Tyler Allicock, Ethan Gonsalves, Elliott Gonsalves, Athalcy Hunte, Brittany Quamina, Safiya Foster, Raekwon Noel, Monique Watson, Maiya Ifill, Vladimir Woodroffe, Alex Bentham (Jr), Kyra Soares, Daniel Scott, Stephon Ramkhelawan, Stephen Ramkhelawan and Delia George.The supporting parents are Dr Mellissa Ifill, Mr Alex Bentham, Ms Donna Vieira, Mrs Rhonda Allicock, Mrs Sharda Ramkhelawan, Mrs Gail Niles, Mrs Sharon Woodroffe and Mr Christopher Woodroffe.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

NANF Demands $10m Compensation for Late Nigerian Footballers

first_imgHarrison Jalla “We demand that the Nigeria police within 21 days of the receipt of this letter, pay to the next of kin and immediate family of Tiamiyu Kazzem the sum of $5 million as compensation for his brutal killing by the police,” the letter read in part.In the case of Martins, NANF also asked the NFF, the League Management Company (LMC) and Nasarawa United to also pay $5 million as compensation to the family of the defender.The players’ union blamed the tragic death of Martins to “gross negligence” by the LMC in ensuring adequate medical facilities and personnel in every NPFL match venue.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF) has demanded a total of $10 million from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as well as the Nigeria Police for the death of two players, Chineme Martins and Tiamiyu Kazeem.Nasarawa United defender Martins died during an NPFL match against Katsina United, while Kazeem of Remo Stars was hit by a fast moving car as he allegedly stepped down from a police van on the Abeokuta-Sagamu highway.According to scorenigeria.ng, in a letter dated March 16 and addressed to the Inspector General of Police, NANF President Harrison Jalla, demanded that the next of kin of late Kazeem be paid $5 million as compensation for his brutal murder.last_img read more

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28 Aug
2020

NEMROC breaks ground on-site to improve lumbering productivity

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — An Alpena lumbering facility will spend the next month laying the foundation down for several kilns. It’s a $1.2 million dollar project designed to insulate and dry–out moisture from wood.The Northeast Michigan Rehabilitation and Opportunity Center lifted dirt with their community partners for the groundbreaking event. NEMROC has been drying wood with kilns since the early 90’s, but now the structure is getting too old.CEO Dave Szydlowski says he won’t destroy the rusted kilns. NEMROC will use them as pre–dryers.He says, “Envision 300 semi-trucks rolling out of here in the course of a year. That’s the volume of wood we’ll produce, and a lot of people don’t realize how much moisture is in wood. When we’re dying a 50,000 board foot kiln of oak, we’re probably going to remove a little over 11,000 gallons of water.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Plan sweet recipes for summer pie baking contestNext Photo of the Day for Monday, May 6last_img read more

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26 Aug
2020

NHL playoffs 2019: Blue Jackets stun Lightning in Game 1; Seth Jones nets game-winner

first_imgJones’ goal capped off the first comeback of three or more goals against Tampa Bay all season that included goals by Nick Foligno, David Savard and Josh Anderson. The game kicked off with Alex Killorn’s shorthanded breakaway goal and the Lightning were up 3-0 just 17 minutes and 50 seconds into the game.Three goals and 17 saves from netminder Sergei Bobrovsky later, the Blue Jackets had the all-important road win and a 1-0 series lead on the Presidents’ Trophy winners. Torts on Bobrovsky: “We don’t have a chance unless he plays the way he played the last 40.”— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 11, 2019Game 2 from Tampa Bay gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, April 12. Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs first-round matchup between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets seemed to be over at the first intermission.However, Columbus clawed its way back and Seth Jones fired the wrist shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy with the man advantage to seal the 4-3 comeback win. The defenseman now has two postseason goals in his career to go along with 10 assists in 18 career games.last_img read more

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