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Enforce turn ban or why bother with it?

first_imgDrivers are completely ignoring signs banning left-hand turns onto I-890 from either direction on Michigan Avenue in Schenectady, and there is no enforcement of the signs.Why continue the charade?Rob BrownGuilderlandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesAlbany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Sporting events in UK to go ahead as Italy issues ban

first_imgThe British government stated that all sporting events in Britain will go ahead as planned despite the outbreak while from Italy, Premier Giuseppe Conte on Monday extended measures to tackle the new coronavirus across the whole country, telling people to “stay at home” and banning public gathering as well as Serie A soccer matchesCulture Secretary Oliver Dowden told the BBC on Monday that it would be “premature” to cancel fixtures as officials from a number of sports gathered in London to discuss the impact of the virus.”There’s no reason for people either not to attend such events or to cancel them at this stage, but we keep it under review,” he said. The global sporting calendar is being badly disrupted by the virus, which has infected more than 110,000 people worldwide, with over 3,800 deaths.France’s Six Nations match against Ireland in Paris on Saturday has been postponed — the third game of the tournament to be called off.The decision means that Saturday’s Wales v Scotland match in Cardiff is the only remaining match on the Six Nations program, leaving the tournament unfinished, with the identity of the champions uncertain.Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League home game against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday will be played behind closed doors. The ATP and WTA tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, has been cancelled and Japan’s baseball season has been postponed.The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said senior government officials had held a “constructive meeting with sports and broadcast partners” as part of contingency planning.”This included a discussion of how staging sporting events behind closed doors could work in practice, should the situation change and become necessary,” the DCMS said in a statement.Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney, who was at the meeting, said: The basic message coming out of today is ‘let’s not panic’. Let’s monitor the situation and carry on as normal.”Premier League executive director Bill Bush refused to speculate on the possibility of matches being played behind closed doors.Steve Elworthy, director of special projects at the England and Wales Cricket Board, was also at the meeting.”We are starting to think about contingency planning and it was a great meeting with all the sports around,” he said.From Rome, the unprecedented measures that would be taken by the government would cover the entire Mediterranean nation of more than 60 million people after Italy reported 97 more deaths that took its toll to 463.”I am going to sign a decree that can be summarized as follows: I stay at home,” Conte announced in a dramatic evening television address.”The whole of Italy will become a protected zone,” he said, as reported by AFP.At the same time, Italy’s top sports body also called for all sports events to be cancelled until April 3.After a meeting between representatives from all Italian team sports federations, the National Olympic Committee (CONI) said in a statement the government should intensify its measures against the virus.”Health protection is the top priority for everyone,” the statement said. Reuters reportedHowever, the statement noted international competitions, for both clubs and national teams, do not fall within CONI’s jurisdiction and so can’t be influenced by its decision.This includes UEFA soccer tournaments such as the Champions League, in which Italy’s Serie A leader Juventus is set to host France’s Lyon on March 17, and the Europa League, in which Inter Milan and AS Roma have home games scheduled against Spain’s Getafe and Sevilla on March 12 and 19 respectively.The government had already ordered that all sporting events, including Serie A matches, must be played behind closed doors to avoid crowds of people that could boost the contagion.The closed-doors games at the weekend caused chaos, with Italy’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora calling Serie A organizers “irresponsible” after they ignored a late call from the players’ union for the day’s matches to be suspended, which saw Parma’s clash with SPAL delayed by 75 minutes.The previous two rounds of fixtures were heavily disrupted by the spread of the virus as several games were suspended.The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) had also decided to suspend ticket sales for the Euro 2020 qualifying playoff semi-final between Bulgaria and Hungary on March 26 because of outbreak.Bulgaria reported on Sunday its first cases of the coronavirus and the BFU said that all Bulgarian league matches in the next two rounds will be played in empty stadiums.Topics :last_img read more

SeaPlanner Tackles Weather Downtime with ForeCoast Marine

first_imgSeaRoc Group has announced the integration of metocean risk management software – ForeCoast® Marine – with its SeaPlanner™ marine management tool.Through the integration of ForeCoast Marine, the SeaPlanner system will provide a metocean risk management feature for accessing and viewing metocean data from various sources. It will optimise the timing and sequencing of operations to minimise weather downtime, for quantifying the knock-on effects of metocean delays, and for generating simple and informative reports that can be shared with the supply chain in just a few clicks, SeaRoc said.“The integration of ForeCoast® Marine enables a completely new function to the existing planning features of the SeaPlanner system,” said Steve Pears, Managing Director at SeaRoc Group.“Not only can clients effectively manage their transfer plans with vessel availability, records of tasks to be carried out and availability of trained personnel, but with the ForeCoast® Marine integration it is now possible to include availability of weather and metocean windows for the transits to take place – potentially saving thousands and ensuring operational optimisation at all times. This additional functionality allows SeaPlanner clients to plan all types of vessel activity, taking into consideration, weather and metocean forecasts.”SeaPlanner provides personnel and operational planning tools for large-scale projects. The software features a range of tools including inductions, certification management, personnel and asset tracking, manifesting and access control. New for 2018 are RAMS and Permit to Work functionality which provide a complete audit trail of the contractor’s journey throughout the project.‘‘Weather downtime costs many millions of pounds during the construction of a windfarm, and during the life of its operations. ForeCoast® Marine helps to reduce these costs through more efficient and informed planning and through a direct reduction in vessel downtime costs,” Dr Mark Lawless, JBA Director said.last_img read more

SolGen asks for gag order on quo warranto case vs ABS-CBN

first_img Calida said that continuous discussion of the quo warranto petition violates the sub judice rule, which prohibits anyone from publicly assessing an ongoing case to avoid pre-judgment. Also last week, the Supreme Court has gave the network 10 days to reply to the petition filed by the Office of Solicitor General./PN “These would tend to influence public opinion and unfairly encourage the pre-judgment of the instant case,” Calida said. MANILA – Solicitor General Jose Calida has asked the Supreme Court to issue a gag order to stop ABS-CBN and its representatives from further discussing the quo warranto petition he filed last week. Calida filed a “very urgent motion” on Tuesday, asking the high court to issue the order that bans “parties and persons acting on their behalf” from releasing statements discussing the merits of his plea to forfeit ABS-CBN’s existing franchise. Calida also pointed out in his motion two other videos and a series of commentaries published on ABS-CBN’s website, as well as articles quoting showbiz personalities throwing support behind the Lopez-owned network. The SC, in response to Calida’s urgent motion, has given the ABS-CBN five days to comment on the gag order.center_img “Verily, in as much as ABS-CBN unquestionably directed its statements on the merits of the quo warranto case to influence the public and members of this Honorable Court, this Honorable Court must issue an order prohibiting the parties and persons acting on their behalf from releasing any statements discussing the merits of the subject petition,” the Solicitor General said. Calida has filed a quo warranto petition before the high court on February 10 requesting to cancel ABS-CBN’s legislative franchise weeks due to “highly abusive practices” in violation of terms set by Congress when it approved ABS-CBN’s franchise in 1995. Solicitor General Jose Calida. CNN Calida also accused that the network “engaged in propaganda” after the case was filed last week. He cited a video entitled “Quo warranto petition laban sa ABS-CBN, ano ang ibig sabihin? which aired February 14.last_img read more

EPL clubs lose £700m to COVID-19

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has revealed that the coronavirus crisis has already cost the Premier League around £700 million.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed plans for fans to return to sports stadiums from October 1 are to be reviewed. The announcement came during the Prime Minister’s press briefing on Wednesday, at which he confirmed gatherings of more than six people will be illegal from Monday – a rule that does not apply to competitive sports teams.A pilot scheme to have spectators for horse racing at Doncaster this week was cancelled by the local council on Wednesday, with plans to have 6,000 fans in attendance for Saturday’s meeting shelved.A limited number of spectators were allowed to see the World Snooker Championships in August and the test events, which remain in place, including the West Ham v Arsenal Women’s Super League fixture on September 12 and the FA Vase and FA Trophy finals day on September 27, will be limited to 1,000 spectators.“We will have to revise plans and review our intention to have fans return to stadiums – that doesn’t mean we are abandoning it completely, we just need to review it,” said the Prime Minister.Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, posted a statement on Twitter following the Prime Minister’s press conference, maintaining the government were continuing to “plan for the best”. “Further to the PM’s announcement we are reviewing the list of proposed sports pilots ahead of 1 Oct, in light of the increased number of cases. Details of changes will be announced shortly,” Dowden said.“We are keeping under review further easements proposed from 1 October but no changes have been announced today – and we continue to plan for the best.“As I said on Sunday and the PM confirmed today, work continues round the clock on the moonshot project with the ambition of having audiences back much closer to normal by Christmas.”Tags: Boris JohnsonCoronavirusPremier LeagueRichard Masterslast_img read more

Double celebration for Cleverley

first_img Mason’s injury, which is not believed to be serious enough to affect his pre-season preparations, while training with the squad at St George’s Park this week meant he had to return to Spurs for treatment and therefore will miss the upcoming double-header against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia. That opened a way back for Cleverley, who has not played for his country since November 2013. He featured in the first nine matches under Hodgson after Euro 2012 but lost his place following a dip in form for United. Cleverley was named on the standby list for the World Cup last year but did not make the final 23 even though Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sustained a knee injury in the penultimate warm-up match against Ecuador in Miami. A deadline-day move to Everton last summer collapsed but he was able to sign on loan for Aston Villa, where he enjoyed something of a renaissance under the management of Tim Sherwood, scoring three goals in the club’s final three league games to help them avoid relegation. Just last week Hodgson was enthusing about Cleverley’s form at Villa and said he would be the first person to be called up should any injuries occur. “Cleverley was very unlucky to miss out on this selection,” Hodgson said a week after leaving the midfielder out of his squad for the games in Dublin and Ljubljana. “He was someone we discussed a lot. We like him, trust him, we can call him up like that if we want. If someone else went down we have Tom up our sleeves.” Late on Friday evening the 25-year-old was drafted in by Roy Hodgson to replace Ryan Mason, who withdrew with a knee injury, and within half-an-hour his summer move to Goodison Park was confirmed. Cleverley’s contract with Manchester United expires at the end of June and while he would have expected to have spent the month sorting out finding another club, the England call came out of the blue – somewhat appropriate considering his next choice of employer. Press Association Having now been called up to the 23-man squad, Cleverley stands a chance of earning his 14th cap in Sunday’s friendly against the Republic or the Euro 2016 qualifier in Slovenia seven days later. New manager Roberto Martinez will hope, if he does feature in either of those games, he comes through unscathed so he is ready to join them for pre-season in early July. “We are extremely delighted to be welcoming Tom to Everton and I can think of many reasons as to why our fans will enjoy Tom representing our football club,” said Martinez, who had the midfielder on loan for a season while Wigan boss in 2010-11. “The most important one is that he is a perfect fit for what we are trying to build here as he has so much experience of playing in the Premier League and he still has his best years just ahead of him. “At the age of 25 and a player who is representing his country, Tom has experienced winning trophies and having big roles in demanding teams. “Having worked with him previously, I know the type of character he is and I know that, with the Everton fans’ support, we will get a very special footballer joining our already exciting team. “It says a lot also, when someone like Tom is available on a free transfer and he can pick his next club out of many options home and abroad, that he has chosen to play for our football club. That’s the perfect start to his career here at Everton.” Tom Cleverley had two reasons to celebrate as he agreed a five-year contract with Everton just moments after being called up to the England squad. last_img read more

Chelsea Plot First Premier League Home Win against Liverpool

first_imgBoth Chelsea and Liverpool Champion League campaign was dented a big blow on Tuesday. While the Blues lost 1-0 at home to Valencia, the defending champions suffered a 2-0 loss to Napoli in Naples and both teams will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways in the Premier League. The huge task before the young Chelsea side is winning their first Premier League game on home soil against Liverpool when both teams clash on Sunday. They can however draw inspiration from their last weekend’s 5-2 win against Wolves away from homeFrank Lampard’s young Chelsea side face a major test of their progress when they face Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday.Last week’s impressive 5-2 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers showed Chelsea’s potential with striker Tammy Abraham grabbing a hat-trick and two other academy products in Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori also on target. However, it has been a mixed start to the season for Lampard’s side and they have been particularly patchy at home – giving up a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with promoted Sheffield United and losing 1-0 in the Champions League to Spanish club, Valencia.Liverpool also tasted defeat in Europe with a 2-0 loss to Napoli in Italy but Klopp’s men lead the Premier League with five wins from five.The match is Chelsea’s biggest test since their opening day 4-0 loss at Manchester United and Abraham believes they would be fired up.“Sunday is a test of character. We can take our anger out against Liverpool after the European disappointment. It’s a massive game and both teams will be going to win. We’ll look forward to putting the Valencia loss right. “We are going to have a lot of ups and downs in a season. We’ve got to move on and not dwell on it,” he said.Chelsea are currently sixth in the Premier League table with eight points, although the capital side are yet to win on home soil this term.Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, who made a rare error for Napoli’s second goal, brushed off the notion that the loss was a wake-up call for the European champions.“It shouldn’t be a wake-up call – we have been performing outstanding since the start of the season and so there is no reason to panic.“Everyone knows how tough it is to come here and beat them first of all, but also to play well against them and I think we, especially in the beginning at times, put them under a lot of pressure trying to win the ball high up the pitch and try to break on them.“But at the end of the day it’s all about the result and we are unlucky we didn’t get any result.“It felt like it was going to be a draw. There were some moments from us on the break where we could have done a bit better but the penalty changed it and we come home with no points,” the No.4 told Liverpoolfc.com of the Napoli gameOn whether the Reds’ status as reigning European champions makes them a ‘target’ for opposing teams, Van Dijk stated: “Yes, but I think everyone wants to beat us no matter what competition. That’s something we have to deal with but it’s not going to be a problem at all. “We have to enjoy that as well and I think for them to win their first game is obviously big. For us to lose our first game is obviously not what we wanted but the only thing we can do is try to win all the other games and now focus on Chelsea.”Liverpool were held to a draw at Stamford Bridge last season, needing a late equaliser from Daniel Sturridge to take a point. The previous season Chelsea won 1-0 with a goal from Olivier Giroud.Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount could be available for the clash with Liverpool despite picking up an ankle injury against Valencia on Tuesday night.The 20-year-old was forced off in the 20th minute after picking up the problem in a challenge with Valencia’s Francis Coquelin.Mount immediately emerged as a huge doubt for Chelsea’s league fixture against table-topping Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.However, according to The Sun, the Blues are hopeful that the issue is not as bad as first feared, and the England international could yet be involved in the clash with  Klopp’s side.Mount has scored three times in seven appearances for Frank Lampard’s side this season having returned to the club over the summer following an impressive loan spell at Derby County.Champions Manchester City, beaten at promoted Norwich City last weekend will expect to get back to winning ways when they host Watford at the Etihad today.Pep Guardiola is without his two first-choice central defenders after John Stones joined Aymeric Laporte on the injury list.Brazilian Fernandinho partnered Nicolas Otamendi in the 3-0 Champions League win at Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine on Wednesday but 18-year-old Spanish defender Eric Garcia could be in contention for a start against the Hornets.The City boss said: “I think already about Watford as we don’t have much time, but to start away in the Champions League with a good result is positive and I know we played really good.“We created incredible chances and all the guys were fantastic. It’s a good result to start – better than last season.”Midfielder Fernandinho filled in impressively against Shakhtar but Guardiola admits other options would also need to be explored.Youngster Garcia, who was on the bench in Ukraine, is an alternative but Guardiola may try switching some other senior players around first.He said: “I didn’t have doubts he (Fernandinho) could do it and he’s going to do it again. But Nico is 31, Fernandinho is 34, and next alternative is 18. For three or four months I don’t know what will happen.”Fourth-placed Manchester United travel to West Ham United on Sunday while Tottenham Hotspur, who are third, face a tricky trip to Leicester City.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Frank Lampard last_img read more

Baseball loses two of three to start season

first_imgUSC baseball fans who packed Dedeaux Field all weekend long to enjoy their first tastes of hot dogs, peanuts, and this highly anticipated team – ranked No. 12 in the nation – witnessed the Trojans’ first win of season on Sunday in walk-off fashion after the team lost its first two in a three-game series against North Dakota.USC players rushed to home plate to celebrate after a ninth inning single by senior designated hitter Timmy Robinson drove in the game-winning run for his first hit of the season. The Trojans recorded their first win of the season behind a strong five inning performance from junior pitcher Barnardo Flores. Flores allowed seven hits and 4 runs, 3 in the fifth.“That was nice,” said Robinson, who missed all regional practice games and saw his first live at-bats this series due to an injury. “That was relieving. I need to just keep that in my mind. I just need to keep going back to that and remember how that felt and take that in with every at bat with a positive attitude.”After struggling from the plate in their first two games, the Men of Troy responded with their most hits of the season with 11 Sunday.To contrast, USC struggled from the plate Friday, collecting three hits in its opening game that featured a matchup between both clubs’ strongest pitchers, and four hits on Saturday. Head coach Dan Hubbs credited North Dakota pitcher Zach Muckenhirn – who allowed 3 hits and remained in the game all nine innings Friday – for his ability to throw the ball high in the strike zone, causing his players to constantly get contact but fly out.  The Trojans, who lost 1-0, remained largely competitive as a result of senior starting pitcher Kyle Davis, who threw eight innings, allowing five hits.“You are going to win some and you are going to lose some in close games and when a guy is on a roll, he can shut you down,” Hubbs said, “Whether he was doing a great job of heightening the ball or whether we were having trouble deciphering whether the ball was up or down, the whole focus was to get a ball down in the zone to hit and we did not execute that.”In addition to losing 30 pounds in preparation for the season, Davis said that he has worked tirelessly with Coach Hubbs on his two-seamer pitch since the fall. Though Davis is known for his curveball and four-seamer, he noted that his strong eight-inning performance was a testament to the new pitch that allows him to accumulate easy outs from fly rather than ground balls. Davis struck out 10 North Dakota hitters who Coach Hubbs described as “really aggressive” and “swinging a ton,” but admitted that the Hawks were able to capitalize on one of his few mistakes in the game when North Dakota’s Miles Lewis scored a runner off a two-seamer which he left high.Davis, who was pleased with his performance in the season’s first game because he kept his team competitive, is confident that his teammates will create hits and learn to play in the framework of the team in order to accomplish their individual goals.“Personally, I want to be Pac-12 pitcher of the year,” Davis said. “I want to be an All-American. I want to do everything I possibly can, so I am pretty excited for the season.”On Saturday, the Trojans fell 5-4, failing to tie the game late despite a rally in the bottom of the ninth.Hubbs, Robinson, and junior catcher Jeremy Martinez all mentioned that the Trojan team plays its best when they are relaxed and having fun. Each said that the team might have had jitters in their opening games but hope that this first win will allow players to exhale and better prepare for their highly anticipated season.“As long as we play our game we are going to do fine,” Martinez said. “We know there are going to be close ball games that you can win or lose, so you can never be too happy to take a win. But every win we take this year we are going to be happy, whether they are the one-run games or the 10-run games. We just need to keep improving and hopefully we can take it into the playoffs at the end of the year.”last_img read more

Arsenal move to second in the Premier League

first_imgManchester United are just a point behind the Gunners, after a 3-1 defeat of Aston Villa at Old Trafford. Leicester secured a vital three points in their battle against the drop – Andy King netted the winner four minutes from time as they beat West Ham 2-1. QPR too have dragged themselves three points closer to safety with a 4-1 win against West Brom. Hull have been sucked back into trouble – they had David Meyler sent off in a 3-1 defeat at Swansea. Everton dented Southampton’s European ambitions with a 1-0 win at Goodison.last_img read more

See the goal that helped Asante Kotoko humble rivals Hearts of Oak in President’s Cup [VIDEO]

first_imgWhen Naby Keita’s 64th-minute header for Asante Kotoko hit the back of Accra Hearts of Oak’s net in the President’s Cup, it gave the Porcupine Warriors a 2-1 lead that their opponents could not recover from.Hearts of Oak had taken a first-half lead after Kofi Kordzi found the net but were pegged back right before the break, through an own goal.Asante Kotoko scored the next goal, which turned out to be the game’s last when Naby Keita met a cross from the left and powered home a header.Hearts were unable to find a response, with Kotoko picking up their third straight President’s Cup.The win over their fiercest rivals is a  huge statement from Kotoko who will be pleased to have started the tenure of new boss Maxwell Konadu with a massive victory.Here’s the goal that gave Kotoko the win:last_img read more