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Wales hoping to hold off Ireland as European Championship concludes

first_img Ireland coach Mark Aston, whose side were denied by a last-minute Welsh try in Wrexham last year, said: “Here we are again, in the same position as last year, needing to beat Wales by a big score to win the Championship. “We hope the Scots can do us a favour and keep the target low but at least we’ll know what we have to do by the time we kick off. “Wales are a tougher proposition than last year and we’ll need to be on our best form to pull it off but I’m confident the boys will dig in and go for it – it should be a great occasion.” Wales lost both fixtures in 2014 but are the favourites to pick up their first title since 2010 after gaining impressive wins over Scotland and France. “We believe we can do it,” Wales coach John Kear said. “There’s an air of confidence in the group.” Bradford forward Dale Ferguson will captain Scotland for the first time in the absence of the injured Danny Brough as coach Steve McCormack prepares to give a debut to second rower Gavin Grant, an Aberdonian who plays for Coventry Bears, in his youngest ever team for the game in Avignon. Press Association Wales need only a draw from their final match against Ireland in Bray to be crowned champions but defeat would pave the way for either the Irish or France to claim the title. Ireland will need to win by 25 points more than the French, who kick off against Scotland four hours before the game in Bray, and will be hoping to make up for their near miss 12 months ago. center_img Wales are 80 minutes away from going from wooden spoonists to title winners inside 12 months when the 2015 European Championship reaches a conclusion on Saturday.last_img read more

Solomon, Barnwell and Suknanan lead Georgetown fightback

first_img– .. Lower Corentyne beat Upper Corentyne by ten wickets; West Demerara also win by 30 runs over West Berbice.SECOND innings half-centuries from Dexter Solomon and skipper Christopher Barnwell along with a four-wicket haul from off-spinner Gajanan Suknanan, led Georgetown to a stunning fightback at the close of the second day of their Jaguars Franchise League three-day game over East Coast yesterday at the Lusignan cricket ground.The City side closed the day on 244-9, an overall lead of 299 runs.Solomon stroke an enterprising 84 while Barnwell made 62 in what was deemed a better batting performance from the city side.Earlier, resuming at 102-4, the hosts crumbled to the City team spinners, as they could only managed to add 35 runs to their first innings total, as the remaining six batsmen showed little responsibility at the crease.It was a period where they played some poor cricket shots that led to their own downfall. Overnight batsman Joshua Persaud (8), was the first to go, leg before wicket to off-spinner Suknanan who snared three of the six wickets during that crucial period of play.Fellow spinner Devon Lord then removed the other overnight batsman Kumar Bishundyal (1) before the guile and variations of the two spinners quickly wrapped up the innings, sharing the last four wickets equally.Suknanan finished with figures of 4-40 while Sankar claimed 3-8, Lord finished with 2-10, while medium-pacer Kellon Carmichael had the other wicket to fall.With a first innings lead of 55, Georgetown reached the lunch interval on 39-1, losing the wicket of Robin Bacchus, caught at the wicket off Cordel Mars for ten, at 16-1.Raymond Perez was on 20 while Sunil Singh on seven at the interval.Upon resumption, the City team lost both Perez (27) and Singh (10), along with Ramaal Lewis (13) during that session, but Barnwell and Solomon stood firm at the wicket.The duo added 70 for the fifth-wicket, a partnership which was well crafted before they lost Barnwell.Thereafter it was the Solomon show. The right-handed batsman mixed aggression with solid defence before being the last batsmen to be dismissed at the closing stages of the day’s play. He faced 159 balls, with six fours and two sixes.Sankar and Suknanan will resume today. Bhaskar Yadram (3-68), Rajendra Chandrika (2-18), Mars (2-49), and a wicket apiece for Rajendra Singh and Bishundyal, were the successful bowlers.Meanwhile, scores in the other matches on day two are:At Albion: Lower Corentyne whipped Upper Corentyne by ten wickets. Resumed at 166-3 replying to Upper Corentyne first innings 130 all out, Lower Corentyne were bowled out for 257. Opener Wahid Edwards made 89 while Seon Hetmyer contributed 49.Batting a second time, Upper Corentyne were bowled out for 157. Fast bowler Raun Johnson (4-49), and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (3-42), did the damage. Set 25 to win, Lower Corentyne were 27-0 when the victory target was achieved.At Everest: East Bank replying to Essequibo’s first innings of 280, were 303-9. Sherfane Rutherford made an adventurous 106 while Sachin Singh fell short of his century by one run.At Tuschen: West Demerara won by 30 runs. Scores in the game: West Demerara 110 and 126; West Berbice 106 and 101.last_img read more

Much Ado About Foreign Coach for Super Eagles

first_imgI have elected to avert my mind to the debate over whether the national football team should have an indigenous coach or an expatriate coach.Indeed, the government of the day preaches self –sustenance, looking inwards and making do mostly with Nigeria –made. Great policy. But what happens to those areas where we cannot find Nigerians who are highly qualified and able and capable of doing a great job?If we can do it all alone, why is President Muhammadu Buhari traveling all over the world seeking help from those nations? The latest I heard, we are asking for a huge loan from China to finance rail infrastructure.Having followed the game passionately for decades, I dare say that football is one area in which we cannot find highly qualified Nigerians capable of doing a good job of coaching the Super Eagles to world standards. Simple analysis would show us that we have gravitated around all the likely candidates and none has shown that he can lead us to elite footballing status. There’s being no foundation, moral or mental rigour required. Period.The only ever likely candidates, at all times, are Stephen Keshi, Samson Siasia, Austin Eguavoen, Sunday Oliseh… Any other name? I dunno. Keshi did well winning the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2013 and taking the team to the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup, and surely is the best of the pack that we have. But he had problems relating with his employers, whether they were the Aminu Maigari team that brought him on board or the Amaju Pinnick board that desired to retain him.Keshi did a wonderful job qualifying the team for the World Cup, but how come he failed to pick Nigeria’s best players for that World Cup? We had a number of injured average players, journeymen and schoolboy players in Brazil.Siasia replaced a very poor Oliseh, whose technical ability was not in question but was never able to manage relationships with either employers or players or assistants – key managerial quality. Siasia wanted so much to rewrite his story, having failed to qualify the Super Eagles for the 2012 Africa Cup. In truth, the damage was partly done before he was called upon, but he could have rescued things by picking players who could have won matches for him in Kaduna and Alexandria. Instead, he left creative actors like Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho on the bench and threw his lot with the likes of Aminu Umar.Can we bring back Eguavoen at this time? Certainly no, which brings me to the question of why even people who are supposed to know better are opposing the idea of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles.A week ago, on the internet I came across an article by a former captain of the Green Eagles (also a former NFA Board Member), Segun Odegbami. I shuddered going through the piece because it underscored the petty and envious attitude prevalent in Nigeria society and football administration.Even Odegbami is campaigning against foreign coach! That was the comment of a friend of mine. Sometime in the late 1990s, the same Odegbami was a key member of The Three Wise Men who were sent to Europe to interview and select a foreign coach for Nigeria. His illogical reasoning tainted by prejudices aren’t even valid in a global sport.Which brings me to the charge by the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, that the NFF must convince him about their ability to pay before he would approve the employment of a foreign coach!It sounded most ridiculous. A few colleagues have reasoned that the NFF board was now at a weak negotiating point because the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the Africa Cup on successive occasions. Even more ridiculous, if you consider the fact that Mr Dalung haven condoned Giwa’s divisive shenanigans if not surreptitiously encouraged it. Board could chose to resign following the poor outing of a team, however, if it does not, it continues to discharge its duties and function appropriately without any inferiority complex.I would lay some of the blame at the doorstep of the NFF board over this fiasco. The employment of Sunday Oliseh was a wrong move. They should have known that a leopard does not change its skin. They might have had good intention but they gave him too much latitude and he did collateral damage before they realised he was no good. But again hindsight is 20:20 as NFF Board members aren’t elected on clairvoyance resumes.Perhaps, we would still have been able to call on Vincent Enyeama for the Super Eagles. Last week, he was mentioned as sixth best goalkeeper in Europe, which is some great achievement. I would prefer that the NFF work assiduously to bring Enyeama back to the team, because goalkeepers get better with age. Gianluigi Buffon, and before him Lev Yashin, Sepp Maier, Dino Zoff, Peter Shilton, David Seaman and Rinat Dassaev proved that.Back to the issue at hand. The minister’s position is not only untenable, it is condemnable. Is Dalung not aware that his Sports Ministry pays a couple of expatriate High Performance Directors (Angelo Taylor and Eric Campbell, if my memory serves me right) in athletics? Is he unaware that basketball, which is, realistically, lower in ranking to football in Nigeria, has an expatriate coach in the person of American William Voigt? Is Dalung unaware that the Rugby Federation in Nigeria has a foreigner as coach?Political appointment as minister of sports should really be also based on a modicum of acceptable technical and moral competence.Why is Nigeria such a nation of political pretenders? Football is the nation’s biggest unifier. Nothing else brings together our peoples across various mental and physical divides than football. Yet, we treat the sport with so much levity. In other climes, national leaders understand the strategic role of football support and peace, national identity and cohesion. Mr Greg Dyke of the English FA and Prime Minister Cameron meet often to give more credence to the above notion.What is the big deal about employing an expatriate coach with the right expertise and management ability to steer the Super Eagles to new levels of excellence? Despite their fervent nationalism, the US signed on German Jurgen Klinsmann. Not too long ago, Italian Fabio Capello was in charge of England’s Three Lions. Capello went from coaching England to coaching Russia.Dutchman Guus Hiddink has also coached Russia. French-Pole Henryk Kasperczak spent so many years in Africa coaching Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia. Frenchman Roger Lemerre coached Tunisia. Brazilian Carlos Perreira coached South Africa not too long ago. Frenchman Claude LeRoy has coached for decades in Africa and won the Africa Cup with Cameroun.Egypt, which sent us packing from the 2017 AFCON race, has an Argentine, Hector Cuper, in charge. In the soccer world, there are so many individuals from other climes who are thriving whether in charge of national teams or clubs. Neither of the two teams looking likely to reach the final of the UEFA Champions League (Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid) is coached by Spaniards.The present debate makes me to reflect, and with regret, the lack of action by the NFF Board of 2010, which had discussions with Frenchman Herve Renard at the Africa Cup in Angola, but chose to sign Swede Lars Lagerback to take the Super Eagles to the World Cup in South Africa. Since then, Renard has won the Africa Cup with Zambia (2012) and Cote d’Ivoire (2015), and has now qualified Morocco for the 2017 finals.In Africa, I am aware that in Ghana, the government pays the salary of Coach Avram Grant. The same thing happens in Egypt, and in most African countries. Why should Nigeria be different? How would we expect a federation that is always broke (because the Government gives it pittance, in line with its very low ranking of sports) to pay for a foreign coach?The job of Mr. Dalung includes taking important memos to the Federal Executive Council. A memo in respect of the government paying for the employment of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles would be in order, much more useful than Dalung’s pastime of exhuming ‘dead’ bodies.Incredibly, Dalung has spent more time, energy and resources on resurrecting the long –forgotten case of Chris Giwa, who continues to delude himself that he ‘won’ an election into office as NFF president. Giwa lost everywhere, including at the Court of Arbitration for Sports, a full six months before Dalung came into office.Dalung’s friend added comic relief to the whole sordid drama when, in one of his ‘actions in charge’, appointed a deceased referee for a Nigeria league match involving his own club!The sports minister is daily lampooning the NFF or simulating one crisis after the other. At a recent contract signing with Spanish Premier League, Dalung inelegantly and unnecessarily made references to “squabbles among stakeholders in Nigeria football.” Some minister of the Federal Republic!If as it claims, the government does not have enough money to give to football and still be able to take care of other critical sectors, it can enable legislation that will help the cause of sports. The tax holiday that is so much talked –about is not working because most of the big companies in Nigeria would rather not talk about sports sponsorship, after taking care of extra too many expenses along the way.Rather, multinationals should and can contribute a percentage of their earnings to an escrow football, nay sports account, for coaching hire and training, and build the capacity of administrators to function optimally.I only became interested in the persons holding office at the NFF a few months ago when, on a trip to Nigeria, I was invited by a friend to a charity football tournament organised by Seyi Akinwunmi of Lagos FA. At the event, I got to meet Akinwunmi and realised that he is the son of Sylvanus Akinwunmi, who logged remarkable feats as Chairman of the National Sports Commission in the early 1990s. I remember the elder Akinwunmi was in office when we qualified for our first FIFA World Cup, won the Africa Cup in 1994 and also did well at the World Cup in America.Seyi Akinwunmi has scored respectably on the football and youth development. He is first vice president of NFF. Amaju Pinnick, NFF President brings his accomplishments with Delta State FA and grooming athletes for the national, continental and global laurels to the table. Shehu Dikko (second vice president) is also chairman of the League Company that is being praised for revival and innovations to the local football league.This balanced triumvirate of accomplished young Nigerians have all it takes between them to stem the rot in Nigeria football. The system of indolence and nepotistic corruption as always in all sectors fights back, enlisting gullible power mongers in reactionary gerrymandering. Amaju, Seyi and Shehu can clean the Aegean stable of the football house so Nigeria can rebuild with strategic determination.Support, that is what is lacking for the NFF board and management. If they desire a foreign coach, it is the minister’s duty to go the extra mile to convince Mr. President and the FEC. Football is a big issue with Nigerians, and the sooner the sports minister and his team realises that, the better for them and for the Nigeria game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Obi OgbuI sit in my study this morning reflecting, not for the first time this week, why my dear country, Nigeria is one that is never able to get the simplest things right.Today, I am not thinking about the state of the economy, or the price of oil in the international market, or advancement in technology in other spheres, or the pathetic state of infrastructure back home, or poor funding for education, health and agriculture, or the treacherous state of the roads, or even the unacceptable truism that 16 years into a new Millennium, rail transportation is not available in Nigeria (the world’s fifth biggest producer of oil)!last_img read more

Mom Launches Prom Dress Drive To Honor Daughter Who Passed

first_imgJamaican Elaine Stewart, who currently lives in Pembroke Pines, lost her 24-year-old daughter, Brianne Ashley Stewart, tragically in a car accident on December 4, 2018. To honor her daughter’s life, the family has begun a movement – a Prom Dress Drive – to positively impact the lives of girls in the community.“My family founded the Brianne Ashley Stewart Foundation, with a mission to inspire, serve, and empower young ladies who have the greatest need for assistance, as they are poised to enter the next phases of their lives,” Stewart told CNW.Read More: 64 dead from road accidents in Jamaica in 2018“Under the auspices of the Foundation and consistent with its mission, we partnered with our church to create a program entitled Bri’s Glam Day. On that day, we will give away prom dresses, shoes, related accessories, and gift cards from major department stores – all at no cost to the participating young ladies.”The empowerment event will take place on Saturday, April 27, at Hope United Church in  Pembroke Pines at 1pm.About BriannaBrianne was a Pre-Med student at Florida International University, and was also the Chief Scribe and Head Trainer at Memorial Regional Hospital. On April 30 her family will receive her degree from FIU.Stewart says her daughter was an avid volunteer and had amassed close to 1,000 volunteer hours during her short time.“Brianne did not attend her own prom, but throughout high school she collected and donated prom dresses to those who were not able to afford them. Her passion for helping young girls is what led us to our foundation’s kickoff event, the 2019 Prom Dress Drive.”“The goal is to clothe a selected group of young ladies with a dress for prom. The dresses will be acquired through donations, and it is our goal to eliminate the burden of buying a dress for the young ladies who would have been unable to attend because of that obstacle,” Stewart explained.The Prom Dress DriveYoung women in attendance will participate in makeup and hair demonstrations, and will shop in a pop up shop where they will choose from a wide array of dresses, shoes, and accessories, at no cost. “We have partnered with some major department stores who will be giving away gift certificates for makeup, hair, corsages and a limo ride on the day of the prom,” says Stewart.So far, the organization has over 200 prom dresses to be donated to girls, but only has 70 girls registered. Their next goal is get enough girls on board to fill each dress.Stewart is requesting assistance in selecting girls in need, who can be identified through their teachers, guidance counselors or youth ministers. The foundation is accepting nominations via email by Sunday, April 21, with information on the nominee’s name, height, dress size, and the reason why she should receive the prom dress. Awardees will be determined by the foundation’s board of directors, and the final confirmation to the awardee will be announced by Wednesday, April 24.Nominations should be sent to the brianneashleystewartfoundation@gmail.com.last_img read more

Paddy Power splits regular tipsters on the latest leaderboard

first_img Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Paddy Power came between Timeform and bettingexpert on the latest Tipster Challenge table after collecting 3.00 points from the returning Tara Mist at Ludlow.Timeform was the only double winner of the day after finishing with a flourish by backing Tara Mist and then the impressive Castafiore (5/4F) in the final race of the day.Stephen Harris of bettingexpert dropped a place to 13th behind Paddy Power, despite a 5/2 victory on Un Prophete. His average remained the same at 2.56 after 15 weeks of action.Race Winners at Ludlow:Brave Eagle – 11/2Ultimatum Du Roy – 8/1Just Joelliot – 10/1Un Prophete – 5/2Tara Mist – 3/1Castafiore – 4/5Tipster Challenge 2016/17 Leaderboard Sharecenter_img Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share 1Alan Alger – Betway311.41 2Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 3Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 4Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 5John Hill – Coral24.25 6Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 7Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 8Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 9Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 10Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 11Timeform1.813.23 12Paddy Power13.00 13bettingexpert1.252.56 14Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 15Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 16John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 17Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 18Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 bettingexpert, Timeform and a rotation of guests will be providing expert tips for a specific Wednesday race meet.We will keep record of points won each week and the number of race wins for each.The guests will compete individually, with their points going up against the average totals for bettingexpert and Timeform.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.For example, if bettingexpert backs a winning horse at 8/1, they will get 8 points.last_img read more

Breaking the Alabama-Clemson monopoly: Sizing up Oklahoma’s chances

first_imgMORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL:Top 20 college football programs since 2010Oklahoma is ranked No. 4 in SN’s post-spring top 25. The Sooners have a new quarterback in Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts, and coach Lincoln Riley has led the Sooners to two of their four straight Big 12 championships. Texas is getting preseason playoff buzz — we’re guilty as charged — but the Sooners remain the kings of the conference until further notice.Can the Sooners take the title from the Tigers or the Tide?Three reasons why1. The offenseThe Sooners are the only team in the FBS that averaged more than 40 points per game each of the last four seasons. The offense should be good around Hurts, too. Kennedy Brooks (1,056 yards, 12 TDs) averaged 8.9 yards per carry as a freshman, and CeeDee Lamb (1,158 yards, 11 TDs) averaged 17.8 yards per catch.Riley is one of the most innovative offensive minds in the game, so this should continue to be one of the most explosive offenses in college football — one capable of scoring with Clemson and Alabama.2. Jalen HurtsHurts was the biggest name to enter the transfer portal this offseason and has a record of 25-2 as a starter. He thrived in a backup role for the Crimson Tide last season and improved his completion percentage to 72.9 with a smaller sample.Hurts does not have Baker Mayfield’s arm and is not the same explosive playmaker Kyler Murray is, but he is good enough to lead a College Football Playoff run in Riley’s offense. He averaged 10.9 yards per pass attempt last season. Murray (11.6) and Mayfield (11.5) were better, but if Hurts can produce around 11 yards in that category, then the Sooners’ offense will be fine.3. Grinch helps defenseYou know the knock on the Sooners by now. The defense allowed 33.3 points per game last season, which ranked 101st in the FBS. That was exposed in the Orange Bowl loss to Alabama, and the solution arrives in new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.He helped turn around Washington State’s defense before spending a year at Ohio State. That impact translated with the Cougars. Washington State allowed 38.6 points per game the season before he arrived and were at 25.8 when he left three years later. If Oklahoma can have that kind of defensive makeover, then they will win a national title.MORE: Hurts among best transfer QBs for 2019So, why not?Oklahoma lost four offensive linemen to the NFL. Four redshirt sophomores and a redshirt freshman are expected to start this year, and they will be expected to grow with a transfer quarterback. The Texas threat is real, too. The Longhorns split with the Sooners last season, return an experienced quarterback in Sam Ehlinger and are a projected playoff team by SN.Oklahoma also will have hurdles before Big 12 play with a tricky opener against Houston and a road trip to UCLA. This unit will need to grow up fast.Coach factorRiley is 24-4 in two seasons as Oklahoma’s coach. He has shooed away NFL offers along the way, and the accomplishments of Mayfield and Murray will make it easy to recruit quarterbacks for years to come. The Sooners will always be in position to win the Big 12 championships.Oklahoma is 6-1 against ranked teams in the regular season over the last two years, and that includes huge road wins at Ohio State, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. That reputation will be tested this year in November at Baylor and Oklahoma State.Stat that mattersA look at the numbers in Oklahoma’s three playoff games reveals just how much they need the defense to improve. In those losses to Clemson, Georgia and Alabama — the top three teams in our preseason top 25 — the Sooners were out-gained by an average of 531.7-460 and out-rushed by an average of 276.3-157.3.That defense still needs to get a few stops, especially against the run. Alabama rushed for 200 yards. Clemson and Georgia each topped 300 yards. That must be better in the playoff semifinal games.Can they break up Alabama-Clemson?It’s about lessons learned in the big games. Oklahoma was too conservative in overtime in a 54-48 loss to the Georgia in the Rose Bowl two years ago. Last year, Alabama jumped out to a 28-0 lead before the Sooners settled in. The Grinch hire shows that Oklahoma recognized the problem on defense, and the Hurts transfer shows Riley’s confidence in the veteran quarterback. The pieces are there to make another run, and Hurts could get his chance opposite future first-round picks Trevor Lawrence and Tua Tagovailoa.A possible Alabama rematch would get the most attention of any possible playoff matchup, and Oklahoma is good enough to get back there.We still need to see what changes if they do. We released our 2019 College Football Playoff predictions last week week, and it came as no surprise that Sporting News picked another Alabama-Clemson matchup in the CFP championship game on Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.Can anybody break up the Alabama-Clemson monopoly at the top of college football? SN is taking closer looks at some of the top-10 programs with the best chances to do just that. We already broke down those chances for Georgia and Ohio State. Here we take a closer look at a team that has made the College Football Playoff three times.last_img read more

Mickelson surges into Travelers Championship lead, McIlroy four back

first_imgThe five-time major champion was almost flawless at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut, where he holed eight birdies and just one bogey for the outright lead at 13 under.After dropping his second hole of the day, Mickelson was blemish-free with birdies at the fifth, seventh and ninth before a bogey-free back nine yielded another five gains.Strong finish for Phil.A 7-under 63 gives @PhilMickelson the lead by 1 @TravelersChamp.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/n4DG7n6OAr— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 26, 2020Mickelson – who won the tournament in 2001 and 2002 when the event was known as the Hartford Open – sits ahead of fellow American Will Gordon and Canadian Mackenzie Hughes.Gordon dazzled with a second-round 62, while overnight leader Hughes saw his three-stroke advantage evaporate following a two-under-par 68.On a day which saw Denny McCarthy test positive for coronavirus and playing partner Bud Cauley also withdraw as a precaution, world number one Rory McIlroy dropped down two spots.McIlroy started the day three shots off the pace but heads into round three four strokes back following his two-under-par 68, which included four birdies and two bogeys. Last 3 holes for @PhilMickelson:BirdieBirdieBirdiePhil is rolling it on the back nine @TravelersChamp.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/J97YXQG5Wh— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 26, 2020Xander Schauffele (68), Brendan Steele (62), Brendon Todd (65) and Marc Leishman (65) are also nine under through 36 holes.Former world number one Dustin Johnson posted a 64 to be six shots behind Mickelson, while Jordan Spieth (69) plummeted into a tie for 53rd.Meanwhile, Justin Thomas (71), Justin Rose (73) and Bubba Watson (68) all missed the cut. Phil Mickelson is on course for his 45th PGA Tour title after surging into the lead following the second round of the Travelers Championship.Mickelson – who celebrated his 50th birthday earlier this month – carded a seven-under-par 63 to top the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the tournament on Friday.last_img read more

Grassley disappointed House didn’t pass disaster relief before holiday break

first_imgNEW HARTFORD — Members of the U.S. House headed home for the holiday late last week before voting on a $19 billion disaster relief package.The measure did pass the Senate last Thursday and it included an amendment from Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. He says that provision would provide coverage for farmers who lost millions of dollars worth of grain in storage bins during the record flooding.  “Of course, that wasn’t covered by any disaster relief. Why, I don’t know. Maybe this was the first time anything like this happened,” Grassley says. “This should be particularly helpful in southwest Iowa where people have been impacted there as a result of the grain storage disaster.”The disaster bill has been the subject of debate for weeks, due to arguments over Puerto Rico’s recovery from 2017 hurricanes, in addition to the Trump administration initially demanding money for anti-immigration elements to be included. Grassley, a Republican, says he’s pleased with the final bill that passed the Senate.“The package also includes a provision to fund programs that will assist Iowans impacted by the flood,” Grassley says. The legislation includes funding for emergency watershed protection, rural community facilities, highways, and economic development, as well as more than three-billion dollars to the U.S.D.A. for expenses related to crop losses.“This package is a pretty good start in addressing our flooding needs here in the Midwest, but it was long overdue,” Grassley says. “Politics should never be put before Americans who need help to recover (from) the disasters.” Grassley says it’ll likely be early June before the disaster relief package gains full Congressional approval.“I’m disappointed that Speaker Pelosi sent the House of Representatives home before voting on this bill,” Grassley says. “It doesn’t seem right that people impacted by these disasters should have to wait now another week because politicians want to leave early for a Congressional recess.”The package contains $575 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to address emergency situations, and to rehabilitate and repair damage to Corps projects, like levees.last_img read more

Schalke will lower wages at Mascarell’s proposal

first_img“We play soccer, that’s our business. If we can’t do that, then we have no income. And if a company has no income, that’s bad. “ Jochen Schneider, Schalke’s sports director, recently assured.Schalke, after having performed poorly last season (fourteenth in the Bundesliga), has returned this year to the positions it usually occupies, which give access to European competitions. He is currently sixth and, although he has far the Champions League positions, The goal is to return to Europe next year to begin to recover from the sports crisis that it went through. The serious situation in Europe due to the coronavirus is affecting football. With the competitions suspended, the clubs have difficulties to assume the enormous amount of expenses that suppose the chips of the soccer players. Without income, the accounts don’t add up. For this reason, the Schalke footballers have taken a step forward: They have proposed to the directive to lower their wages by 30% during the time this situation lasts. The leaders had asked for an effort and it has been Omar Mascarell, the team captain since January, who has transferred the decision of the staff to the leaders. The Spanish proposed this option to the rest of the team captains, who also viewed it with good eyes. After consulting with the other colleagues, they communicated their decision.Mascarell is in Tenerife these days, because all this serious situation caught him on his land recovering from an injury he suffered in the abductors. Despite being far away, his status as captain has put him at the forefront of the squad to speak with those responsible for the club. The final decision, led by the Spanish, has been to lower wages to help the team in this delicate situation.last_img read more

US$256.7M Grant Passed Through Capitol Hill

first_imgThe House of Representatives has concurred with the Senate to ratify the agreement on the US$256.7 million grant agreement, which aimed to provide more reliable and affordable electricity and improve routine and periodic road maintenance.Members of the House of Representatives unanimously made the crucial decision yesterday to mark the ‘successful’ passing of the US$256.7 million Grant, which now awaits the approval of President Ellen Johnson to be printed into handball as a law.The House’s action was prompted by a communication from the Senate – forwarding for concurrence Senate’s engrossed Bills No: 9, 10 and 11.The bills included an “Act to ratify the Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC) between the Republic of Liberia acting through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, and the United States of America acting through the Millennium Challenge Corporation;”“Act to ratify the Program Implementation Agreement between Liberia acting through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the United States of America acting through the Millennium Challenge Corporation;” and “An Act to establish the Millennium Challenge Account Liberia.”Grand Kru County Representative Numennie Bartekwai, who made the motion, said the grant agreement and the bills needed passage by the Joint Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning have had a thorough public hearing.The hearing brought to the fore Samuel D. Tweah, Senior Economist – MCC Compact team; Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo; Public Works Minister Gyude Moore, and the Acting Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Dr. James Kollie, amongst others.All of the panelists recommended that the bill, if passed, would be an advantage to Liberians and the country.They also said MCC Account will manage the administrative, technical and financial operations of the agreement between the two countries.The concurrence of the “acts” is in line with Article 29 of the Constitution, which states: “The legislative power of the Republic shall be vested in the Legislature of Liberia which shall consist of two separate houses: A Senate and a House of Representatives, both of which must pass on all legislation. The enacting style shall be: “It is enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of Liberia in Legislature assembled.”Liberia qualified for the Compact after it improved performance on its score card in 2015.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more