Virus sets off new school closures in Australia

first_imgMELBOURNE – Australia’s Victoria state has recorded 17 new cases of COVID-19, resulting in the closing of two primary schools in Melbourne. State Premier Daniel Andrews said there would be “significant community transmission” among the new cases. Andrews said one of the new cases was from a person in hotel quarantine, two were from known outbreaks, three were from routine testing and 11 were under investigation. The two schools have been closed for thorough cleaning after students from both schools tested positive for the coronavirus. Victorian State Premier Daniel Andrews addresses a press conference in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. AP The suburbs where the schools are located are two of six local government hot spots in recent weeks. (AP)last_img read more

Modified rookie awards are new in KSE’s 20th season as IMCA sponsor

first_imgWHITE HOUSE, Tenn. – Modified rookie of the year awards are new to KSE Racing Products’ 20th year in marketing partnership with IMCA.The high-performance parts manufacturer out of White House, Tenn., completes a second decade of sponsorship in 2016. They will be awarding their new fast ratio 700 Series steering boxes to the top rookie drivers in each of the five Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified regions.KSE has also renewed the product awards and product certificates based on national standings and results of special events for Modifieds, IMCA Late Models and IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars.The national Modified champion earns a new KSE TandemX Pump (power steering/fuel). Second through fifth place finishers in the national standings each get $200 product certificates while sixth through 10th place drivers re­ceive $100 product certificates.A Gen2 power steering gear will be awarded to the National Sprint Car champion. Second through 10th place drivers in national standings for that division receive $100 product certificates.Additionally, designated place finishers at 50 special events for Modifieds, Late Models and Sprint Cars earn product certificates of the same value.Certificates will be mailed from the IMCA home office or presented during the national awards banquet.“The steering boxes are a new product for KSE and we wanted to target new drivers to the division and offer them a great incentive for a rookie of the year award,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Hopefully we’ll be able to renew the program year after year and continually inspire new Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified drivers to achieve their highest goals.”For additional product information, visit KSE’s website at, call 615 672-5117 or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.“KSE is proud to be onboard again as a marketing partner with IMCA for our 20th season and we’re excited about the new rookie of the year awards. KSE originally started in Northwest Iowa so IMCA Modifieds have always been a major focus of our product development,” said KSE Vice President and Product Engineer Daniel Korrect.“With the latest introduction of our new steering box, KSE now offers all major products for a complete, high quality power steering system dedicated to open wheel Modifieds,” he continued.”We’re definitely looking forward to the coming season and we’ve got several additional new products in development so please make sure to watch out for new product releases from KSE.”last_img read more

BMV to open for walk-in customers Monday

first_imgStatewide— The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will soon allow walk-in customers starting June 15.  The branches will be able to assist with all transactions except driving tests.  The expiration date for Hoosiers holding a driver’s license, permit, state identification card, or vehicle registration card that has expired during the public health emergency is effectively extended through June 30. Individuals need to complete their renewal transactions prior to July 1 to avoid paying an administrative penalty fee. Title transactions and new vehicle registration must also be complete prior to July 1.last_img read more

Rodgers gives Suarez full backing

first_img The Uruguay international took the armband for Sunday’s 5-0 win at Tottenham in the absence of the injured Steven Gerrard and with vice-captain Daniel Agger on the bench. Some questioned whether a player who in nearly three years at the club has had lengthy suspensions for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra (seven games) and biting Branislav Ivanovic (10 games), and had tried to force a move away in the summer was deserving of such an honour, especially at a club which had such proud traditions and some exemplary leaders. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes even Luis Suarez, with his controversial history at the club, deserves a shot at redemption and he had no qualms about naming him as stand-in captain. “I know him well enough and speak with him enough to think he is a great player, a good man and in Stevie’s absence and with Daniel not being in the team I couldn’t think of anyone better to lead the team than Luis Suarez.” Rodgers added: “I think it is part of nature that you mature and the ban hit him really hard last time. “I’ve got to know him as a human being and I know a lot of things written and said about him couldn’t be further from the truth. “He is a really humble man, he just has this unique desire to win games. If you judge him on his football he is up there with the world’s best. “As a human being he’s had his difficult moments and we’ve had our difficult moments with him, but he is a great guy and is really coming to the fore in this period. “He is not only a top player he is one of the pillars of the group. He is maturing, accepting the role and responsibility I’ve given him here. “We are a young side with an average age probably the lowest for a number of years and he has taken on that mantle in order to help and support those young players while having that X-factor to his game.” Suarez is set to lead out Liverpool at Anfield against Cardiff on Saturday. It is a ground where he has scored 12 times in his five appearances this season, goals which have propelled Liverpool not only into the running for Champions League qualification but also title contention as they sit just two points behind Arsenal. Returning to Europe’s elite club competition is likely to be the minimum requirement to keep Suarez at the club. Liverpool have opened preliminary talks over a new, lucrative deal but there is no chance anything would be signed before the club’s fate next season is confirmed. “Contractually with any players it is private so at the minute he is just focusing on his football and there is nothing to report on that (a new contract),” said the Reds boss. “We are just very much focused on improving our performance level and improving players and I think that will all take care of itself, I don’t think there is any rush at this moment in time. “Of course he is a player we want to keep here and build the team around in the coming years.” Gerrard, sidelined until next month with a hamstring injury, is making good progress in his recovery. “Steven is coming along very well, he is outside working and running,” said Rodgers. Bur Rodgers believes the 26-year-old has matured significantly since his most recent ban earlier this year and is keen to give Suarez a chance to make amends. His 17 goals in 11 games to be the leading Premier League goalscorer, firing the Reds into second place, has gone some way to doing that. And with the club desperate to keep the striker – managing director Ian Ayre flew to Barcelona this week to open talks over a new contract – Rodgers will hope any vote of confidence he can give will be reciprocated. “You have seen his performances and conduct,” he said. “Whenever you choose the captain for a team or a club you always analyse lots of things that happen on and off the field. “We all make mistakes and you would hate to think he would be punished for a lifetime because of that. “This is a guy who has made a mistake and what he has shown is he is a learner in response to that. “The award from the supporters (Suarez was voted player of the year by the Football Supporters’ Federation on Sunday), not just those here at Liverpool but throughout the nation who picked him as a top player, in itself, is great redemption for what has happened in the past. Press Associationlast_img read more

Butland shines as Stoke draw

first_img After both Cameron Jerome and Wes Hoolahan spurned good chances, Butland produced saves out of the top drawer to thwart Nathan Redmond and then Graham Dorrans twice as Stoke held out for a point. The Potters had won just once from the last 10 visits to Carrow Road, but went into the match having recovered from 2-0 down to draw at Tottenham last weekend. Stoke were in front after just nine minutes when Diouf got goalside of marker Alex Tettey to guide a left-wing free-kick from Shaqiri into the far corner with a fine diving header. Norwich – linked with a transfer move for Stoke winger Jonathan Walters – looked for a quick response but lacked ideas in the final third. With temperatures rising, referee Mike Dean allowed the players a brief drinks break at 25 minutes. When play resumed, Norwich, who won at Sunderland last weekend, got themselves level in the 28th minute. Butland pulled off a brilliant reaction save to deny Martin at point-blank range. However, the ball was not cleared and when Redmond knocked it back into the penalty area, the Norwich skipper this time swept a low shot past the keeper and into the bottom corner for his second goal in as many games. Stoke thought they had regained the lead when Ibrahim Afellay robbed Tettey following John Ruddy’s scuffed clearance and played in Diouf to slot home, but the forward was well offside. Press Association England goalkeeper Jack Butland produced a man-of-the-match display to earn Stoke a 1-1 draw at Norwich. The 22-year-old pulled off a string of impressive saves to deny the Canaries during a second-half onslaught. Stoke had taken an early lead through Mame Diouf, heading in a fine free-kick from debutant Xherdan Shaqiri, only for Norwich captain Russell Martin to level following a drinks break in the sweltering Norfolk temperatures. Norwich full-back Robbie Brady, signed from relegated Hull, whipped a 25-yard free-kick over the wall and just wide. The Canaries should have taken the lead at the start of the second half. First, former Stoke forward Jerome stabbed the ball wide after being picked out by Jonny Howson in the penalty area. Brady then floated over another pin-point delivery, which was headed wide from six yards by Hoolahan. Dorrans then charged into the right side of the penalty area, driving in a low shot which Butland pushed behind at full stretch. On 62 minutes, Redmond got behind the Stoke defence but his low shot across goal was tipped away by in-form Stoke keeper Butland. Another drinks break followed with 20 minutes left and Norwich then pressed for a late winner, but Butland saved Stoke again as he pushed away a fierce, low 20-yard effort from Dorrans. From the corner, Jerome’s acrobatic effort at the far post deflected into the chest of the brave Stoke keeper. In stoppage-time, substitute Bradley Johnson fired over from two yards after arriving to a free-kick at the back post, which just about summed up Norwich’s afternoon. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Brilliant 2nd half performance and only an inspired goalkeeping performance stood in the way of 3pts” – Norwich’s Elliott Bennett PLAYER RATINGS Norwich John Ruddy: 6 (out of 10) Steven Whittaker: 6 Russell Martin: 6 Sebastien Bassong: 6 Robbie Brady: 6 Alex Tettey: 5 Graham Dorrans: 7 Jonny Howson: 6 Wes Hoolahan: 5 Nathan Redmond: 7 Cameron Jerome: 5 Subs Bradley Johnson: 5 Gary O’Neil: 5 Stoke Jack Butland: 9 (out of 10) Glen Johnson: 6 Geoff Cameron: 6 Marc Muniesa: 6 Erik Pieters: 6 Marco van Ginkel: 6 Glenn Whelan: 6 Marko Arnautovic: 6 Xherdan Shaqiri: 7 Ibrahim Afellay: 6 Mame Diouf: 7 Subs Stephen Ireland: 6 Joselu: 6 Charlie Adam: 6 STAR PLAYER Jack Butland. England goalkeeper underlined his qualities with a string of fine saves as Norwich pressed in the second half. Could have done with more protection, but remained composed and showed good delivery to help slow things down. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Xherdan Shaqiri. The £12million Swiss international did not take long to showcase his talents, whipping in a superb free-kick for Stoke’s opening goal. Although he tired as the match went on, there is no doubt the former Inter Milan player will prove a fine addition to the Premier League. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Stoke boss Mark Hughes opted to start with Shaqiri, which proved a sound call as the Swiss midfielder set up the opener. The visitors, though, were forced to defend deep for large parts of the second half, and rely on the counter-attack. Canaries manager Alex Neil had kept faith with the XI which won at Sunderland, but would not have been impressed with poor marking for the Stoke goal or the chances wasted. The Scot later failed to make any telling substitutions and needs some attacking reinforcements. MOAN OF THE MATCH Cameron Jerome. The one-time Stoke striker had a great chance to put Norwich ahead at the start of the second half, but could only stab the ball wide with only the keeper to beat. So influential in helping the Canaries win promotion, but the jury remains out on his Premier League credentials. WHO’S UP NEXT? Rotherham v Norwich (Capital One Cup, Tuesday August 25) Luton v Stoke (Capital One Cup, Tuesday August 25) last_img read more

Paul & Sons 15-over final| Mercenary edge Rems in thriller, Carr Tec whip Enmore

first_imgBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – After their disappointment of not reaching the 10/10 final, Mercenary rebounded in emphatic fashion to capture the Paul & Sons-sponsored Division One 15-over final, inflicting a three-wicket loss on Rems when the curtain came down on the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) tournament at the Ashtonbee playing field last Saturday.While Mercenary were basking in glory on pitch number two, Carr Tec were also being crowned Division Two champions after recording a convincing 17-run win over Enmore on pitch number one, thereby reversing the 10/10 result when the latter had emerged victorious.In what was certainly one of the best knockout finals in recent times, the result of the Mercenary/Rems encounter was in doubt until the final delivery of the pulsating game.Needing to get 13 off the final over, bowled by Anil Mahadeo, the odds were in favour of Rems to add the 15-over title to their collection after their triumph over the GT Bannas in the 10-over final.However, two fielding mishaps, the first by Krishna Deosaran and the other by Yoodhanlall ‘Squashie’ Sukhlall proved extremely costly, both resulting in boundaries, one coming off the final delivery of the innings with four needed for victory and Andy Persaud being the hero as his flick sped past a helpless Sukhlall at deep backward square-leg.Carr Tec players and supporters celebrate their victory in Division Two.Consisting mostly of the players who represented Softball Cricket Canada in the recently-concluded Toronto Cup, Mercenary were kept in tight reins for the greater part of their reply to Rems’ 104 for five in their allotted 15 overs, needing 35 in the last three overs.Aftab Shamsudeen, who was later named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the winning team however made a vital 18 (1×4, 1×6) towards the backend of the innings following a strategic move by Mercenary to let opener Munniram Karran retire out on a painstaking, yet useful 25.Important knocks also came from Avinash ‘Shines’ Sookdeo 19 (1×6) and Jeetendra Beharry 18 (1×4, 1×6) as Sukhlall ended with two for 17.Earlier, the consistent Chien Gittens, who was later named Rems MVP, with an unbeaten 28 (2×4, 1×6) led Rems to a competitive 104 for five in their 15 overs with supporting knocks of 16 each coming from Khemraj Harrinarine and Ian ‘Russian’ Baldeo and 15 from skipper Richard Dias.Satrohan ‘Blade’ Balkarran, who sent ripples through the Rems players and fans with a first ball dismissal of Surujpaul Deosaran, claimed one for 19 while there was also one wicket each for Rabindra Diaram, Amit Rukhram, Shamsudeen and Avinash Sookdeo.Seeking revenge, after their loss in the 10/10 final, Carr Tec were given a rollicking start of 59 from openers Anil Veerasammy (32) and Avinash Singh (21) with the ultra-aggressive Veerasammy clearing the ropes on four occasions while Singh’s knock contained two fours. Former Guyana youth player Rovendra Mandolall spanked two fours and a six in 30 as Carr Tec reached a challenging 131 for four in their allotted 15 overs.Bowling for Enmore, another former Guyana youth player Steve Ramdas took two for 15, Abdool Azeez one for 17 and Zakir Mohamed one for 27.Enmore also started well with skipper Shiv Persaud and Imtiaz Badshaw sharing an opening stand of 48. They were, however, behind the required rate throughout the innings,MVP Persaud hit a defiant 58 with two fours and four sixes but his effort proved in vain after being dismissed in the final over with his team on 114 for six, still 18 runs away from achieving the knockout ‘double;.Avinash Singh (2-14), Shazam Baksh (2-14), MVP Mandolall (1-19) and Rakesh Dyal (1-21) were the main wicket-takers,At the presentation ceremony, OSCL president Albert Ramcharran expressed sincere thanks to Paul & Sons for the sponsorship of the tournament while congratulating all the participating teams. Sponsor Dharam Paul Singh was on hand to present the trophies.Veteran softball player Terry Mathura, who plays for Carr Tec, has already been a part of three winning championship teams in 2019. Mathura is a member of the Toronto Blizzards who captured the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) Over-50 crown. Toronto Blizzards also came out victorious in the same category in the Toronto Cup.last_img read more

FIBA preparing ‘return to play’ guidelines for affiliated federations

first_imgFIBA has established a special Medical Advisory Group (MAG) to review latest scientific knowledge regarding COVID-19 and to advise on the return of international basketball competitions.The MAG includes the Chair and Deputy Chair of the FIBA Medical Commission; the NBA Director of Sports Medicine; the Senior Advisor to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Executive Director; a University of Melbourne Professor, of Medicine specialised in immunology and vaccine research; and, as observer, the IOC Medical Director.Considering the number of requests for information and consultation that they have received, FIBA said the MAG met for a second time on Monday and is currently preparing a set of FIBA Guidelines to National Federations on return to play as well as a basketball-specific Risk Assessment Tool which will be issued following the extraordinary Medical Commission meeting next week.The FIBA Americas Zone Board conducted a meeting last Friday via video conference to address the impact of the current pandemic and the recent adjustments of the Global Competitions in the FIBA Americas Competition Calendar.Coming out of the meeting, it was approved by the Zone Board that the FIBA Men’s AmeriCup 2021 has been rescheduled to be played between September 2 and September 11 2022, while the Women’s AmeriCup will be set for June 20-27, 2021.FIBA’s Zone Board approved the implementation of the New Competition System for the Sub Zone of The Central American and Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CONCENCABA) starting in 2021.The new competition systems simplifies the qualification process for the Centrobasket by unifying the Sub-Sub-Zones Youth Competitions, based on last results and current rankings, two National Federations from each Sub-Sub-Zone (CBC & COCABA) will be qualified directly for the Centrobaskets for the four-year cycle.For the current cycle, the National Federations of Mexico (if in compliance, currently suspended) and Panama (from COCABA), and, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico (from CBC) will qualify directly to the Centrobasket.The rest of the National Federations will participate in the newly created Centrobasket Qualifying Tournament for four spots in the respective Centrobasket (U-15/U-17).All youth Centrobaskets will continue to qualify three national teams to the respective FIBA Americas Championships (U-16/U-18).The Americas Regional Office, along with the Sub Zones (North America, CONCENCABA and CONSUBASQUET) are monitoring the conditions in each of the participating countries, including hosts, and will assess the competitions of the second semester by end June.Meanwhile, during this suspension period due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FIBA has initiated several virtual programmes to keep the basketball communities active and together.The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has current men’s National coach Junior Hercules and former head coach Lugard Mohan participating in FIBA’s Virtual Coaching Sessions, while Sileena Arjune will be part of the Adelante – Women in Basketball Forum.last_img read more

NFPL: Victory in Six-goal Thriller Excites Coach Udi

first_img“ABS FC are fantastic and tactically good side with a fantastic coach in the person of Henry Makinwa.“I must confess that this is the best match I have played since I took over at Sunshine Stars with due respect to other teams.“I must say kudos to my players, too to score four goals in an away match, I think this is the first time a team will score four goals in an away match in the on-going top-flight.“Of course, you must give it to my players the bragging right as the best side on matchday.“This is the first time, too we are witnessing six-goal thriller in the on-going top-flight with the away team scoring four while the homers scored two so we are quite excited with the outcome of the match.“Of course, the away win is quite crucial in our on-going campaign as I have never thought of relegation upon assumption at Sunshine Stars.“Right now we have 30 points to fight for in the remainder of the league and those points are my interest.“Of course, it’s possible we earn for ourselves the entire 30 points at stake to finish third on the league log and head to the continent.“Right now we do not have a home so I tell the players to psyche themselves to win anywhere and I think it paid off well in today’s victory.“We will continue to fight till the last match on the season’s calendar,” said the former Nigerian international and Osun United coach to this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sunshine Stars Head Coach, Duke Udi is quite excited winning the six-goal thriller clash at top-flight newcomers, Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC.The Owena Waves defeated the Saraki Boys 4-2 in Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match-day 28 clash at the Kwara State Stadium in IIorin.Udi however spoke glowingly of the IIorin side and their Head Coach, Henry Makinwa despite ending the clash on a losing note.last_img read more

Wrestling Bees finish fifth at Corning meet

first_imgTo wrap it up against Corning, Clark and Deyo (this time at 132 pounds) earned pins, with Kral making it three wins in a row by routing Damien Vanetten 12-2.B’ville would practice and rest through much of the next two weeks, and will resume its season on Jan. 4 when it goes to Canastota for the Fallen Heroes Tournament.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Even with its Dec. 18 showdown against Liverpool postponed by a winter snowstorm, the Baldwinsville wrestling team still had mat action prior to the holiday break.The Bees traveled to Corning last Saturday for the Greg Partridge Memorial Duals, where it finished fifth in a 10-team field with a record of 3-2.B’ville started wiith a 55-27 loss to Bainbridge-Guilford-Afton-Harpursville and fell again 57-21 to Canisteo-Greenwood, the eventual tournament champions. Tags: Baldwinsvillewrestlingcenter_img Against BGAH, Keagan Hayes earned his team’s lone mat win at 106 pounds, beating Kenyon Pickens 5-3 in overtime. The match with CG included pins for Kaylob Deyo (138 pounds) and Fred Pickard (195 pounds) along with Naseim Perez (285 pounds) topping Jacob Mullen 5-2.Bouncing back, the Bees won 54-34 over Dryden, nearly got a shutout against Maspeth in a 72-3 decision and closed out the tournament with a 63-18 romp over the host Corning Hawks.Though mostly helped by forfeits against Dryden, Mike Kral (195 pounds) did pin Nate Hollenbeck in 3:29 and got another pin against Maspeth, joining Hayes, Jacob Mitts (220 pounds) and Mason Clark (120 pounds) in earning falls. Max Naples added a 7-1 decision over Kalo Shuke at 126 pounds.last_img read more