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DW Brooks 2013

first_imgOn Oct. 1, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recognized its staff and faculty who have demonstrated excellence in the college’s teaching, research and Extension missions with the annual D.W. Brooks awards. Georgi Austin, Classified Staff Award for Excellence, administrative or professional category During her seven years as business manager for the department of crop and soil sciences, Austin has overseen grant awards, payroll, purchasing and accounting compliance for the department’s 48 faculty members. She first began working in the department as an administrative specialist and was promoted to business manager. She previously worked in UGA’s Feed and Environmental Water Laboratory as an accounting assistant. College administrators established the D.W. Brooks Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching in 1981 to recognize faculty members who made outstanding contributions to the college’s teaching mission. In 1983, administrators expanded the awards to include research, Extension and county Extension programs. An award for international agriculture was added in 1988. “Some think world-changing innovators like Norman Borlaug, Glen Burton and D.W. Brooks are a rarity that may never again be seen in our high-tech world,” said J. Scott Angle, the college’s dean and director. “But we know differently. If you look down the list of those we honor today, and dozens of others among our faculty ranks, you will see great potential, innovation and success that will matter in this world and in agriculture for generations to come.” Steve Stice, D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor Award Stice is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in the college and director of the UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center. His current research activities range from working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to developing disease resistant livestock in sub-Saharan Africa and stem cell therapies for stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Sammy Aggrey, D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. Aggrey’s research interests include mapping poultry genes for growth and development, microRNA predictions and nutrigenomics—an emerging field that researches the interaction between genomes and nutrient use. Aggrey co-edited the definitive text “Poultry Genetics, Breeding and Biotechnology” and regularly writes and speaks globally on the molecular basis of nutrient and feed use. Clint Waltz, D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension. Waltz joined the UGA Turfgrass Team in 2001 as a turfgrass Extension specialist. He conducts research projects in many areas of turfgrass management, especially evaluating how various turfgrass species respond to the environmental stresses of the Southeast. He has published in scientific journals and trade magazines, regularly presents to turfgrass professionals and homeowners, and manages the UGA turfgrass website www.GeorgiaTurf.com. This year’s award winners were honored at a ceremony at the UGA Center for Continuing Education. William Graves, D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Teaching Graves has been on the faculty of the UGA department of animal and dairy science since 2001. He teaches four classes and three labs and serves as a graduate and undergraduate student adviser, Dairy Science Club adviser, Dairy Judging Team coach and departmental Extension coordinator. When not on campus, he works with dairy producers and organizations across Georgia and coordinates the Georgia 4-H Dairy Youth Program. center_img This year’s D.W. Brooks Award winners are listed below. John Rema, Classified Staff Award for Excellence, technical category Rema has served as a research technician with Miguel Cabrera in the department of crop and soil sciences for 19 years and has worked in the department for more than two decades. He is responsible for field and lab work related to the application of animal manures to crop and pasture land. His area of work focuses on poultry litter and a mixture of poultry litter and bedding material. James Jacobs, D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service Extension. Jacobs is the agriculture and natural resources agent for the UGA Extension offices in Pierce and Ware counties. He began his Extension career in 1995 and has since gained recognition for his research and educational efforts on a variety of crops. He is also recognized as an Extension leader, serving as a mentor for new county coordinators and promotion candidates. Since 1998, Jacobs has been involved in 15 research trials evaluating suppression methods for tomato spotted wilt virus. He also has assisted a local olive producer since 2007 on the first, commercial olive planting in Georgia. Chris McKenzie, Classified Staff Award for Excellence, skilled trades category. McKenzie has served as the feed mill supervisor at the UGA Poultry Research Center since 2007. He blends custom formulations of corn, soy and nutrients, allowing poultry researchers to test the effect of different ratios on growth and other variables. McKenzie’s role is critical to faculty researching livestock nutrition. The mill, which produces specialty feed for poultry and swine research projects, turns out 8 to 10 tons of feed a week. The annual awards are named after D.W. Brooks, who graduated from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1922. Brooks founded the agricultural firm Gold Kist Inc. while serving as a professor of agronomy at the college. He also founded Cotton States Insurance Co. Yao-wen Huang, D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Diversity. Huang is a professor in the department of food science and technology and an adjunct professor in the department of marine sciences. His research areas include food safety and microbiology, seafood technology and product development. He currently is focusing on the application of nanotechnology in rapid detection techniques for foodborne pathogens and toxins. Huang teaches several classes on new product development and the science behind flavors and serves as program director for the CAES China study abroad program. Terry Centner, UGA Outstanding Academic Adviser As a professor in the department of agricultural economics, Centner developed the college’s pre-law program, environmental law minor and agribusiness certificate. He currently serves as director of those programs and teaches environmental, public health and agribusiness law courses. His research program involves the policy analysis of current issues confronting agriculture and the environment, including the application of findings that enhance agricultural performance. He has delivered lectures, seminars and papers in 30 countries.last_img read more

African Development Bank will not fund proposed Kenya coal plant

first_imgAfrican Development Bank will not fund proposed Kenya coal plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters: The African Development Bank (AfDB) will not fund a coal-fired power plant project in Kenya and has no plans to finance new coal plants in future, senior AfDB officials told Reuters.The Abidjan-based lender published an environmental and social impact assessment in May for the Lamu project, which was planned near a UNESCO World Heritage Site but which was halted by a local environmental tribunal.The project to build a 1,050 megawatt plant in eastern Kenya was backed by Kenyan and Chinese investors. Construction was originally planned to start in 2015.Dozens of top banks, insurers and development finance institutions are restricting coal investments, as climate activists and investors voice growing concerns about the impact of burning fossil fuels, particularly coal.AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina told Reuters at a conference in South Africa the bank took environmental concerns seriously and was focusing on renewable energy, adding that coal projects risked becoming “stranded assets” on the AfDB’s balance sheet. The AfDB president had told U.N. climate talks in September that the bank was “getting out of coal,” but he did not give a timeframe or specify whether the Lamu project would be affected.The AfDB’s retreat from coal will make it harder for the Lamu project to progress.More: African Development Bank decides not to fund Kenya coal projectlast_img read more

Skiing in a Pandemic

first_imgIn other parts of the East Coast, where skiing is a major economic driver, like Vermont, which is home to more than 25 ski resorts—Virginia has four; North Carolina, six—such discussions are well underway.   Uncertainty loomed over full-time employees too. Mandatory stay-at-home orders were issued to last through early June on March 24. Was there going to be a mountain biking season? Would the waterpark, pool, and lake be able to open? “Everything was so up in the air,” says Hess. Trying to plan ahead felt futile.  “They won’t survive the pandemic unless we give them some resources to do things differently,” Brady told the Vermont House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. For instance, establishing heated winter tents for restaurants and day-lodge operations, as well as adapting new ticketing platforms and socially distanced line systems.  “Most locals and day-trippers buy passes for half-days or night skiing,” says Kimberley Jochl, vice president of Sugar Mountain Resort in North Carolina. Season passholders typically visit for a few hours at a time. Dividing the day into sections could provide a much-needed boost in sales. “Suddenly I’m going around telling people they don’t have jobs,” says Hess. Some were counting on extra paychecks to pay bills. Others had to grapple with travel bans and restrictions.  These are the types of issues that Isaac, the National Ski Areas Association spokesperson, is trying to solve. To do it, she’s working to connect resort managers to one another as well as state officials. “We do not want to be caught off guard, or find ourselves needing to make reactive changes,” Katz said. “Consistency and predictability for guests will be extremely important.” Kenny Hess sat in a conference room at Massanutten Resort surrounded by top-level staffers watching a television showing Virginia governor Ralph Northam’s live March 13 press conference. The mood went from grim to alarmed as schools and nonessential businesses were ordered to shut down for at least two weeks.   “Ski season is going to be very different this year,” says National Ski Areas Association spokesperson Adrienne Isaac. Her organization works with 470 U.S. ski areas across 37 states. She’s been helping them share ideas, pandemic-related best practices, and safety plans.  To survive the COVID-19 downturn, “we must have detailed new safety precautions that can be in effect throughout the entire winter,” said Rob Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts, in a September statement. The company manages 34 ski areas in North America and has lost more $200 million in revenue since the pandemic began.  Cover Photo: New safety measures will be in place for skiers and snowboarders at Virginia’s Massanutten Resort (pictured above). Photo courtesy of Massanutten Just how different is the 2020-2021 ski season going to look? One of them is pivoting to online-only ticket sales and eliminating walkup and open-date lift ticket purchases. The move will help resorts keep better track of visitors, maintain social distancing, and comply with capacity limits. “Some resorts may require season passholders to check in as well,” says Isaac. While Snowshoe Resort in West Virginia has no such plans, tighter rules in neighboring Virginia may force Massanutten to do so.  “Getting there required a ton of patience and constant adaptation,” says Hess. Ensuring visitor safety and complying with state regulations posed significant challenges. A lack of specificity in state guidelines meant constant communication with public health officials, other resorts, and industry trade associations. And finding workers was tough.  “It’s hard to tell,” says Isaac. That’s because, with no unified federal pandemic strategy, states have responded individually. Compliance and safety measures can vary significantly from place to place. For instance, New York currently imposes a 14-day quarantine for out-of-state visitors. Most Southeastern states, including Virginia and North Carolina, have lifted travel restrictions. Other states, including Maryland and Pennsylvania, urge travelers to observe a period of isolation. “Usually, passholders can walk up and hit the slopes right away,” says Hess. Depending on restrictions, “we might ask them to make advance reservations online, or through a new app. Alternatively, it could just be having someone scan passes at entry points.” “Is that per day, at any given moment, or what?” says Hess. How that question gets answered has major economic ramifications. Like most Southeast resorts, Massanutten’s success depends on busy weekends. A good Saturday features about 5,000 people on the slopes at any given moment. Cutting attendance by 80 percent would be hard to stomach, especially when you consider the operational realities of ski areas. center_img Luckily, Hess says the effort brought a silver lining. It was a trial run for what will invariably be the oddest ski season in modern history. Facing concerns about a winter resurgence of COVID-19, having some experience is a plus.  “This ski season is going to be unlike any we’ve ever experienced, and we’re asking visitors for their understanding and patience,” says Kimberley Jochl, the Sugar Mountain Resort vice president. “In return, you can count on us to do everything in our power to help keep you safe and make skiing and snowboarding a reality throughout the winter.”  COVID-19 blindsided regional snowsports resorts last spring. Here’s how they’re preparing for winter.  Additional safety measures will likely include cashless transactions, expanded takeout and delivery options at restaurants, scheduled temperature checks for employees, sanitation regimens, and more. In 2018, the industry was the state’s second largest economic driver, generating more than $1 billion in wages and $391 million in tax revenue. According to Vermont deputy commerce director Ted Brady, the state has prioritized the creation of specific guidelines for social distancing and capacity restrictions, allowing ski areas to prepare for the upcoming season. Next comes a funding package to help smaller resorts adapt. More certainties are masks and hand sanitizing. The former will be mandatory indoors, as well as in high-traffic areas like outdoor dining spaces and lift lines (luckily, a balaclava or raised neck-scarf will work for the latter). Sanitizing stations will be situated at entrances and exits to lodges, hotels, eateries, shops, bathrooms, and lifts. Most resorts will allocate additional sites for rentals and use computerized technology for contactless fittings. Lift lines will feature spacing markers and added attendants to ensure skiers and snowboarders maintain proper social distance while waiting. Lift rides pairing strangers won’t be optional.  Looking ahead, that worries resort managers like Hess. What if a state experiences an uptick in COVID-19 cases and reimposes travel constraints? “Keeping track of who’s coming from where and how we’re supposed to treat them would be very complicated,” he says.  Yes, pivoting to online-only systems for lift ticket purchases brings the ability to filter sales by geographic area. But should resorts ban homeowners from affected states too? Meanwhile, ambiguity in regulatory mandates adds further complication. The biggest of these gray areas is capacity limits for slopes. “It was so unprecedented,” says Hess, Massanutten’s director of sports and business operations, who has worked at the Harrisonburg-area resort since the early 1980s. Dealing with finicky weather and warm spells was par for the course. But this was different: The closure’s abruptness was blindsiding. In Virginia, attendance for outdoor entertainment venues has been capped at 1,000 people. But how should that number be interpreted when it comes to skiing? Trying to swiftly shutter operations proved a logistical and emotional nightmare. Though the end of the season was near, a run of cold weather had inspired plans to keep slopes open into early April. The resort relies on seasonal employees to clean lodges, operate lifts, and staff restaurants, gift shops, and rental facilities. Located in a college town, most were locals. But around 20 percent were workers from foreign countries using temporary H-2B visas.   But time went on and the picture got clearer. State officials released safety guidelines for sporting facilities, restaurants, hotels, and retailers. Phased re-openings began in mid-May. Massanutten’s mountain bike park opened a month later.  State governments in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic have yet to offer specific guidance for ski resorts, says Isaac. Interpreting blanket regulations leaves too much margin for error. “Which is why we’re working closely with public health officials to target gray areas and try to eliminate as much uncertainty as possible.”    “There’s definitely going to be a degree of inconvenience,” says Isaac. But if resorts implement proper practices, she’s confident they can keep slopes open through the winter and ensure the safety of skiers and snowboarders. Despite the ambiguities, some changes are certain.   last_img read more

You asked us tons of questions about the coronavirus. We’re answering them.

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, hundreds of our readers across the nation have asked us questions about COVID-19.To answer many of your concerns – What are the symptoms? How should you prepare? How is it spread? – we’ve put together an explainer on the virus. We’ve also debunked some of those viral coronavirus myths you’re seeing on social media. (No, it’s not related to Corona beer. And no, it didn’t escape from a Chinese lab.)But you’re curious, so we wanted to address more of the important questions you submitted via our newsletter, Coronavirus Watch.What else would you like to know? Ask us by filling out the form here.What is involved in testing for the coronavirus? Is it the same as when they do a nasal swab for influenza?last_img read more

Planning: Bath pours cold water on coffee shops

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

Is Wolves vs Arsenal on TV? Channel, live stream, time, odds, team news and head-to-head

first_img Head-to-head in last five meetings 11 Nov 2018 – Arsenal 1-1 Wolves – Premier League11 Apr 2012 – Wolves 0-3 Arsenal – Premier League27 Dec 2011 – Arsenal 1-1 Wolves – Premier League12 Feb 2011 – Arsenal 2-0 Wolves – Premier League10 Nov 2010 – Wolves 0-2 Arsenal – Premier League MORE: Jurgen Klopp happy to sell £34.7m Liverpool outcast Marko Grujic to Atletico Madrid this summerMORE: Manchester United identify PSG right-back Thomas Meunier as potential summer signing Is Wolves vs Arsenal on TV? Channel, live stream, time, odds, team news and head-to-head Advertisement Shkodran Mustafi has had a difficult time (Picture: Sportimage)When is Wolves vs Arsenal?The match is on Wednesday 24 April with kick-off at 7.45pm at Molineux.AdvertisementAdvertisementIs Wolves vs Arsenal on TV and is there a live stream?Unfortunately not, Sky Sports are showing the Manchester derby at 8pm, while there are not matches being shown on BT Sport.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTeam newsWolves have no injury problems to deal with at this point of the season.Arsenal are without Aaron Ramsey and Denis Suarez, while Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck all remain out.Granit Xhaka is not fully fit but could be available, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos returns from suspension.What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)19/10 Wolves5/2 Draw31/20 Arsenal Wolves have not beaten Arsenal since 1979 (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal are looking to bounce back into the top four of the Premier League when they travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night.The Gunners are currently fifth in the table after their shock defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday but can leapfrog Chelsea into fourth with victory at Molineux.However, Wolves have European ambitions of their own as victory will take them to seventh in the table, which will likely be a Europa League spot for next season.Wolves have not beaten Arsenal since 1979, going 20 games without a victory against the Gunners.ADVERTISEMENT Phil HaighWednesday 24 Apr 2019 8:14 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Four-fifths of DC members in UK opt for default funds

first_imgThe majority of UK defined contribution (DC) fund members are investing assets in the scheme’s default option, despite the average number of investment options exceeding a dozen, according to a survey by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF).The industry association’s latest annual survey, which covered nearly 1m DC members with £11bn (€13.2bn) in assets, found that 94% of schemes offered members a default option – with 80% of members opting for the fund.Joanne Segars, chief executive at the NAPF, said: “With 80% of DC members remaining in a default fund, the fund’s design and investment strategy are crucial.”“But charges also affect member outcomes – it is important that charges are both transparent and reasonable, and, while the average charge was 0.46%, the range in this year’s survey was wide.” The survey found that more than one-third of DC schemes chose a passive tracker fund as a means of investing, while the number of schemes’ multi-asset funds rose by 7 percentage points to 30% over the previous year.It also found that nearly four-fifths, 79%, levied an annual management charge, although, as noted by Segars, the cost varied significantly between schemes – from 0.004% to 1.2%.Examining the investment strategy employed by the nearly £700bn in defined benefit (DB) assets covered by the survey, the NAPF also found that the sector had continued to diversify, lowering UK equity exposure by 1.1 percentage points to 8.8%.More than one-third of DB funds moved into commercial real estate, and 23% explored infrastructure investments for the first time.Funds also showed an increasing interest in index-linked Gilts, increasing exposure while keeping overall fixed income exposure stable.“In an economic climate of long-term low interest rates, funds are considering how to broaden their investments,” said Segars.“The NAPF has argued strongly for some time that it should be easier for institutional investors to invest in infrastructure as an asset class, and our survey shows growing member interest in this form of investment.”last_img read more

Irish consultant seeks multi-asset manager for €30m mandate

first_imgTracking error should be between 5% and 10%.Managers should have at least €500m already in the strategy and at least a three-year track record. Respondents should state performance to 30 June 2018, net of fees.The deadline for responses is 16 August at 5pm UK time. The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com. An Irish consultancy has tendered for a €30m multi-asset, absolute return mandate via IPE Quest.According to search QN-2466, the unnamed consultant is searching for a global multi-asset manager running money on an active basis.Managers bidding for the mandate should run their portfolios with consideration for environmental, social, and corporate governance factors.The mandate will be monitored against a ‘cash plus 5%’ benchmark.last_img read more

Man hangs self

first_imgHe was 42-year-old Roque Postolero, a policereport showed. Police ruled out foul play in the incident./PN Postolero was found hanging inside his uncle’shouse around 1:55 p.m. on Sept. 13, the report added. center_img ILOILO City – A man who was believed to havecommitted suicide was found dead in Barangay Lanit, Jaro district.last_img

Bulldogs JV Football Team Wraps Up Season With Victory

first_imgThe JV Bulldogs beat Connersville 28-0.Josh Mobley started the scoring for Batesville with TD runs of 17 and 6 yards.  Evan Williamson then ran 1 yard for a TD right before halftime.  Trenton Kincaide scored the 2 point conversion to make it 20-0 at halftime.  The lone touchdown in the second half came on a 45-yard pass from Bryson Bonelli to Gabe Gunter.  Jacob Meer caught the 2 point conversion from Bonelli to finish the scoring. The offensive line led by Blake Hon, Quinn Steinkamp, Peyton Hornberger, Ryan Thayer, and Henry Dirkhising had an excellent game.Trent Roell had an interception and played an excellent all-around game on defense.  Nate Deputy, Williamson, Alex Siefert also played well for the defense while Kincaide had the tackle of the year.The Bulldogs finished their season with a 5-4 record.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.last_img read more

Chip seal preservation begins next week on S.R. 46, U.S. 421 in Ripley, Dearborn and Decatur Counties

first_imgDearborn, Decatur, and Ripley Counties— Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews will begin chip seal operations as early as Monday, June 8, on S.R. 46 in Ripley and Dearborn Counties. Work will take place between S.R. 101 at Penntown and S.R. 1 near St. Leon. Crews plan to start work on U.S. 421 mid-week in Ripley and Decatur Counties from just north of S.R. 229 in Napoleon to the Sand Creek Bridge in Greensburg.Chip seal operations typically last around three to four days per location depending upon weather. Work is completed under lane closures with flagging to prevent damage to both vehicles and the roadway. During operations, existing pavement is coated with liquid asphalt, which seals cracks and provides waterproof protection. This extends the service life of the roadway and lowers maintenance costs. Once the seal coat is complete, loose aggregate is applied and then swept from the road. After a curing period, crews will return to fog seal the new driving surface.Chip seal is a cost-effective pavement preservation technique that is utilized across the state of Indiana, saving an estimated six to 14 dollars in taxpayer expenditures for every dollar invested in extending the life of a roadway.Motorists should slow down, watch for stopped traffic and drive distraction-free through all work zones. All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.last_img read more

EPL: Newcastle face Hammer’s test

first_imgNewcastle vs. West Ham Venue: St. James’ Park Kick off 2:15PMWest Ham United will be attempting to build on their much-needed victory over Chelsea when they visit Newcastle United at St James’ Park this afternoon. The Hammers eased their relegation fears with the surprise derby triumph, but they remain in the mix at the bottom of the table whereas Newcastle have now surpassed the 40-point mark.Certain matches and results can often prove to be turning points in a club’s season, and West Ham will certainly be hoping that action-packed 3-2 win against an in-form Chelsea side is one of those.The Hammers went into the game on the back of three successive defeats without even scoring, yet they overcame a widely-criticised VAR decision to come from behind and pick up what could be a priceless three points at an empty London Stadium.Quite how important they are remains to be seen, but at the very least it gives them some breathing space with those three points now separating them from the relegation zone.Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Watford are all in poor form too, whereas David Moyes’s side are entering a run of fixtures that they will consider winnable – Newcastle, Burnley, Norwich City and Watford in succession. That said, they have not won back-to-back league games since August, have not kept a clean sheet in 12 outings since New Year’s Day and their away form is truly abysmal – seven successive away defeats in what is their worst run since 2006.The Hammers have also thrown away a league-high 22 points from winning positions this season, and if you were to add those to their tally then they would be in Champions League contention, level on points with Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, rather than battling against relegation.Many parallels can be drawn between West Ham and Newcastle in terms of the demands from passionate fan bases, often of underperforming teams, but this season Newcastle have been better than most fans expected under Steve Bruce.Even so, the Magpies now seem to be playing with a freedom which was lacking when fans were in the stadium; before lockdown they had averaged just 0.9 goals per game in the Premier League, whereas since the return they have netted eight league goals at an average of 2.7 per match.Half of those goals came in Wednesday’s 4-1 win at relegation-threatened Bournemouth – a result which lifted Newcastle past the 40-point mark with six games to spare this season. Bruce’s side now need only one more win to equal their points tally from last season under Rafael Benitez, and with matches against three of the bottom six to come they will be confident of surpassing that.Newcastle head into Sunday’s match unbeaten in their last five Premier League games – their best run since 2015-16 – while they have not been beaten at home in the top flight since New Year’s Day.Indeed, they have only conceded once in their last five home league outings, and only Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have conceded fewer on their own patch throughout the entire season.Newcastle possible XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Rose, Shelvey, Hayden, Saint-Maximin, Almiron, Ritchie, Gayle. West Ham possible XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Antonio.RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Tags: Newcastle UnitedPremier LeagueSt james’ ParkWest Ham Unitedlast_img read more

Petrov continuing his recovery

first_img The 33-year-old also paid tribute to his family and supporters on a visit to the West Midland club’s Bodymoor Heath Training Ground. The club’s captain was diagnosed with the disease in March last year and has undergone intensive bouts of chemotherapy treatment. A year later and he is now in remission and is positive about “getting back to my life” and said: “It was a very, very long year but now, after all this treatment, I can go back to a normal life.” He added: “I have finished all of the high intensity treatment and from now on I’ll be on the softer treatment, which is two years on tablets. “I can start doing things that I couldn’t do in the last year. I can take the kids to school, I can come here (to the training ground), I can start doing a bit of work and losing a little bit of weight. “It’s been a long year for me and the support from all the fans, from the club, from the players, has been amazing. I’ve been saying that every time I have had the chance to say a few words but I’m glad that this hard year is behind me now and I can concentrate on getting back to my life.” Petrov admitted he did not know much about the treatment for the disease before it started but he now realises he has made an amazing recovery. He said: “I didn’t know how long it would go on for, what would happen and things like that. “While the treatment was going on I was surprised how long things were dragging on, it kept dragging and I kept thinking: ‘When is this going to finish?’ but with a lot of patience and a lot of support from family and friends and everybody I managed to pull through. “I had my hard moments but I had good moments as well. I can say I’m lucky because some people with this disease will die very quickly and I managed to keep battling and still be here, still standing. It’s really good, that’s a great thing.” Aston Villa’s Stilian Petrov feels he is lucky to be alive as he continues his brave battle with leukaemia.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

FL man impersonating officer pulls-over undercover cop

first_imgA Florida man was put behind bars after he impersonated a police officer and pulled over a real one, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Tuesday evening, 26-year-old Matthew Joseph Erris was arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.Deputies say Erris activated red and blue lights that he had on the grill of his car and pulled behind an undercover detective.The detective called 911 to report an unusual traffic stop and real deputies pulled Erris over, shortly after.Police found a “realistic looking” airsoft pistol when searching the suspect’s vehicle.Erris also had a law enforcement light bar installed on top of the SUV, deputies said.He was arrested and later released on bond.Deputies say it is at this time unclear whether Erris has committed similar offenses in the past.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgIn a letter to Brown President Christina Paxson, attorney Jeffrey Kessler said the school made a “purposeful choice to conceal critical information” that cost the athletes the chance to enroll at or transfer to a different school.Brown announced last month that as part of a plan to redirect resources to its more successful programs it would eliminate 11 varsity sports and promote coed and women’s sailing to varsity status, bringing the school’s total from 38 teams to 29. After a backlash over the disparate effect the cuts would have on minority students, the school backed down and agreed to keep men’s track and cross-country.MICHIGAN-TRANSFERSMichigan announces Smith, Brown joining basketball programANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officially announced that Mike Smith and Chaundee Brown are joining the basketball program as transfers. — The New York City Marathon scheduled for Nov. 1 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. New York Road Runners announced the cancellation of the world’s largest marathon Wednesday after coordinating with the mayor’s office and deciding the race posed too many health and safety concerns for runners, volunteers, spectators and others. Last year’s marathon included a world record 53,640 finishers. Entrants for the 2020 race will be offered a full refund of their entry fee or a guaranteed entry to either the 2021, 2022 or 2023 marathon. The 2021 New York City Marathon is scheduled for Nov. 7.— The caddies for Graeme McDowell and Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) have tested positive for the coronavirus, and both major champions have decided to withdraw from the Travelers Championship. Both say they are withdrawing to protect the rest of the field. McDowell says it feels like the snowball is getting bigger. This is the PGA Tour’s third week back after being shut down for three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first week came off without a hitch. Nick Watney last week became the first player to test positive.— A person with knowledge of the situation says All-Star forward Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) of the Denver Nuggets has tested positive for the coronavirus and is quarantining in his native Serbia. Jokic is expected to be back in Denver long before the team leaves for the Disney complex for the restart of the NBA season next month. — The return of Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon has been delayed after he tested positive for the coronavirus. Brogdon issued a statement through the team, saying he was in quarantine, feeling well and expects to rejoin his teammates in Orlando for the resumption of the season next month. Brogdon used the March stoppage of play to recover from a leg and hip muscle injury that kept him out of games and recently told reporters he was ready to play. — Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore will open Thursday for wagering on simulcast horse races. Fans will be required to wear masks, maintain social distancing and follow safety protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Pimlico is scheduled to host the Preakness on Oct. 3. Iginla will be the fourth Black player inducted after Grant Fuhr, women’s hockey pioneer Angela James and Willie O’Ree. Iginla and Fuhr are the only Black NHL players enshrined for their on-ice accomplishments, while O’Ree was chosen in the builder category in 2018 for breaking the league’s color barrier 60 years earlier.The longtime Calgary Flames captain was the first Black player to lead the NHL in goals and points and was the first Black athlete in any sport to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics. A first-generation Canadian whose father is Nigerian and mother is American, Iginla owns arguably the biggest assist in Canada’s history of international hockey. He passed the puck to Sidney Crosby for Crosby’s “golden goal” at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.BROWN-DROPPING SPORTSBrown U. students claim fraud, want cut sports restoredLawyers for a group of Brown University athletes whose sports have been targeted for elimination are accusing the Ivy League school of fraud for working secretly on a plan to cut the programs without telling the players their varsity careers were in jeopardy. The school says both players have been admitted. Smith has immediate eligibility, and Michigan is assessing the potential for an NCAA waiver for Brown. The 5-foot-11 Smith comes to Michigan from Columbia, where he averaged 22.8 points a game last season. The 6-foot-5 Brown averaged 12.1 points for Wake Forest. Brown said in April he was entering his name into the NBA draft as well as the NCAA transfer portal.,Update on the latest sports In a letter to Brown President Christina Paxson, attorney Jeffrey Kessler said the school made a “purposeful choice to conceal critical information” that cost the athletes the chance to enroll at or transfer to a different school.Brown announced last month that as part of a plan to redirect resources to its more successful programs it would eliminate 11 varsity sports and promote coed and women’s sailing to varsity status, bringing the school’s total from 38 teams to 29. After a backlash over the disparate effect the cuts would have on minority students, the school backed down and agreed to keep men’s track and cross-country.MICHIGAN-TRANSFERSMichigan announces Smith, Brown joining basketball programANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officially announced that Mike Smith and Chaundee Brown are joining the basketball program as transfers. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMore positive tests in baseballUNDATED (AP) — All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies has become the first Major League Baseball player identified as having tested positive for the coronavirus. A person familiar with Blackmon’s situation confirmed the test result to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. June 24, 2020 It’s the latest move to cut ties with the legacy of the team’s racist founder, a segregationist who refused to integrate by signing Black players until “forced to do so” in 1962, more than a decade after much of the rest of the NFL. Marshall owned the franchise from its inception in 1932 and moved the team from Boston to Washington several years later. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963 and died in 1969.Current owner Dan Snyder has faced renewed calls to change the name of the team.PGA-TRAVELERS-KOEPKASBrooks Koepka felt like he was doing everything by the book. NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association said Wednesday that dealing with racial matters will be a shared goal during the resumed season.The league and union announced they will “take collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice” when the season restarts at the Disney complex near Orlando, Florida next month. Specific plans have not been finalized.NFL-REDSKINS-MARSHALLRedskins removing ex-owner Marshall from Ring of FameUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Redskins are removing former owner George Preston Marshall from their Ring of Fame and striking all references to him on their website. It’s the latest move to cut ties with the legacy of the team’s racist founder, a segregationist who refused to integrate by signing Black players until “forced to do so” in 1962, more than a decade after much of the rest of the NFL. Marshall owned the franchise from its inception in 1932 and moved the team from Boston to Washington several years later. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963 and died in 1969.Current owner Dan Snyder has faced renewed calls to change the name of the team.PGA-TRAVELERS-KOEPKASBrooks Koepka felt like he was doing everything by the book. UNDATED (AP) — He took his COVID-19 test when he arrived in Connecticut for the Travelers Championship and waited until he received the result (negative) before going to watch his brother, Chase, earn a spot in the field through Monday qualifying.Both withdrew before the tournament even began after Koepka’s caddie tested positive for the coronavirus, even though subsequent tests on the players came back negative. Each cited the need to be safe, not only for themselves but the other players and caddies at the TPC River Highland.NHL-HALL OF FAMEIginla headlines 2020 Hall class as 4th Black player electedUNDATED (AP) — Jarome Iginla (juh-ROHM’ ih-GIHN’-luh) headlines the Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2020 after being elected Wednesday in his first year of eligibility. UNDATED (AP) — He took his COVID-19 test when he arrived in Connecticut for the Travelers Championship and waited until he received the result (negative) before going to watch his brother, Chase, earn a spot in the field through Monday qualifying.Both withdrew before the tournament even began after Koepka’s caddie tested positive for the coronavirus, even though subsequent tests on the players came back negative. Each cited the need to be safe, not only for themselves but the other players and caddies at the TPC River Highland.NHL-HALL OF FAMEIginla headlines 2020 Hall class as 4th Black player electedUNDATED (AP) — Jarome Iginla (juh-ROHM’ ih-GIHN’-luh) headlines the Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2020 after being elected Wednesday in his first year of eligibility. Update on the latest sports — The Berlin Marathon has been canceled following months of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers say “after extensive examination and various discussions” they were not able to find a later date. Authorities in Germany have blocked the hosting of major events through October.— The University of Connecticut has decided to eliminate four athletic teams as it deals with an expected budget deficit driven by issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. UConn’s president told the Board of Trustees today the school will reduce the number of sports it supports from 24 to 20, eliminating its men’s cross country, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s rowing teams after the 2020-21 academic year. — The University of Northern Colorado will discontinue the men’s and women’s tennis programs as part of a cost-saving effort due to budget shortfalls created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The school located in Greeley, Colorado, will now sponsor 17 intercollegiate athletic programs, including nine women’s sports. NBA RESTART-SOCIAL ISSUESNBA, NBPA say sparking social change will be goal of restart Associated Press Iginla will be the fourth Black player inducted after Grant Fuhr, women’s hockey pioneer Angela James and Willie O’Ree. Iginla and Fuhr are the only Black NHL players enshrined for their on-ice accomplishments, while O’Ree was chosen in the builder category in 2018 for breaking the league’s color barrier 60 years earlier.The longtime Calgary Flames captain was the first Black player to lead the NHL in goals and points and was the first Black athlete in any sport to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics. A first-generation Canadian whose father is Nigerian and mother is American, Iginla owns arguably the biggest assist in Canada’s history of international hockey. He passed the puck to Sidney Crosby for Crosby’s “golden goal” at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.BROWN-DROPPING SPORTSBrown U. students claim fraud, want cut sports restoredLawyers for a group of Brown University athletes whose sports have been targeted for elimination are accusing the Ivy League school of fraud for working secretly on a plan to cut the programs without telling the players their varsity careers were in jeopardy. NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association said Wednesday that dealing with racial matters will be a shared goal during the resumed season.The league and union announced they will “take collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice” when the season restarts at the Disney complex near Orlando, Florida next month. Specific plans have not been finalized.NFL-REDSKINS-MARSHALLRedskins removing ex-owner Marshall from Ring of FameUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Redskins are removing former owner George Preston Marshall from their Ring of Fame and striking all references to him on their website. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMore positive tests in baseballUNDATED (AP) — All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies has become the first Major League Baseball player identified as having tested positive for the coronavirus. A person familiar with Blackmon’s situation confirmed the test result to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. The Denver Post first reported Blackmon’s condition, saying Tuesday that three Rockies players had tested positive. The Post reported Blackmon tested positive last week after workouts at Coors Field in Denver. The newspaper said the Rockies then closed the ballpark, following MLB protocol.The Philadelphia Phillies have said seven players have tested positive for the virus without identifying any of them. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that several players and staff members of the Toronto Blue Jays have tested positive. Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said a few players have tested positive for COVID-19. Dipoto said they have all been asymptomatic. And Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila says one player and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has imposed a 60-game season that will begin either July 23 or 24. It remains unclear where the Blue Jays plan to hold their training camp and play home games this summer.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:—The return of Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon has been delayed after he tested positive for the coronavirus. And Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker announced he has been dealing with the virus as well. Both say they expect to be with their teams when the season resumes in Central Florida next month. All 22 NBA teams that will be part of the resumed season began mandated testing Tuesday. — The New York City Marathon scheduled for Nov. 1 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. New York Road Runners announced the cancellation of the world’s largest marathon Wednesday after coordinating with the mayor’s office and deciding the race posed too many health and safety concerns for runners, volunteers, spectators and others. Last year’s marathon included a world record 53,640 finishers. Entrants for the 2020 race will be offered a full refund of their entry fee or a guaranteed entry to either the 2021, 2022 or 2023 marathon. The 2021 New York City Marathon is scheduled for Nov. 7.— The caddies for Graeme McDowell and Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) have tested positive for the coronavirus, and both major champions have decided to withdraw from the Travelers Championship. Both say they are withdrawing to protect the rest of the field. McDowell says it feels like the snowball is getting bigger. This is the PGA Tour’s third week back after being shut down for three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first week came off without a hitch. Nick Watney last week became the first player to test positive.— A person with knowledge of the situation says All-Star forward Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) of the Denver Nuggets has tested positive for the coronavirus and is quarantining in his native Serbia. Jokic is expected to be back in Denver long before the team leaves for the Disney complex for the restart of the NBA season next month. — The return of Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon has been delayed after he tested positive for the coronavirus. Brogdon issued a statement through the team, saying he was in quarantine, feeling well and expects to rejoin his teammates in Orlando for the resumption of the season next month. Brogdon used the March stoppage of play to recover from a leg and hip muscle injury that kept him out of games and recently told reporters he was ready to play. — Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore will open Thursday for wagering on simulcast horse races. Fans will be required to wear masks, maintain social distancing and follow safety protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Pimlico is scheduled to host the Preakness on Oct. 3. June 24, 2020 — The Berlin Marathon has been canceled following months of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers say “after extensive examination and various discussions” they were not able to find a later date. Authorities in Germany have blocked the hosting of major events through October.— The University of Connecticut has decided to eliminate four athletic teams as it deals with an expected budget deficit driven by issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. UConn’s president told the Board of Trustees today the school will reduce the number of sports it supports from 24 to 20, eliminating its men’s cross country, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s rowing teams after the 2020-21 academic year. — The University of Northern Colorado will discontinue the men’s and women’s tennis programs as part of a cost-saving effort due to budget shortfalls created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The school located in Greeley, Colorado, will now sponsor 17 intercollegiate athletic programs, including nine women’s sports. NBA RESTART-SOCIAL ISSUESNBA, NBPA say sparking social change will be goal of restart The Denver Post first reported Blackmon’s condition, saying Tuesday that three Rockies players had tested positive. The Post reported Blackmon tested positive last week after workouts at Coors Field in Denver. The newspaper said the Rockies then closed the ballpark, following MLB protocol.The Philadelphia Phillies have said seven players have tested positive for the virus without identifying any of them. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that several players and staff members of the Toronto Blue Jays have tested positive. Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said a few players have tested positive for COVID-19. Dipoto said they have all been asymptomatic. And Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila says one player and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has imposed a 60-game season that will begin either July 23 or 24. It remains unclear where the Blue Jays plan to hold their training camp and play home games this summer.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:—The return of Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon has been delayed after he tested positive for the coronavirus. And Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker announced he has been dealing with the virus as well. Both say they expect to be with their teams when the season resumes in Central Florida next month. All 22 NBA teams that will be part of the resumed season began mandated testing Tuesday. The school says both players have been admitted. Smith has immediate eligibility, and Michigan is assessing the potential for an NCAA waiver for Brown. The 5-foot-11 Smith comes to Michigan from Columbia, where he averaged 22.8 points a game last season. The 6-foot-5 Brown averaged 12.1 points for Wake Forest. 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Home crowd sees intense series

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)You could feel the intensity brewing all weekend.The series between No. 1 Denver and No. 3 Wisconsin was more than a typical regular season matchup. The coaches knew it, the players knew it and the fans knew it as they packed the Kohl Center Saturday night for the first official sell-out of the season.There are a number of reasons why the intensity over the weekend reached such a high level: Denver’s dominance over UW in Madison (13-2-2 record at the Kohl Center heading into the series) was talked about all week leading up to Friday night’s contest, and senior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion certainly showed some intensity following the series’ opening game that ended in a 3-3 tie.“We are all sick and tired of hearing about how they come in here and do well,” Geoffrion said. “It doesn’t matter; it’s a new game, new year.”Aside from the frustration building because of the media’s assertion that Denver has UW’s number, Geoffrion and his teammates were bothered by the opportunity they let slip away in game one.With the sour taste of a tie in their mouths, the intensity continued to build for a pivotal game two on Saturday.“We have got to be ready to battle,” junior forward Michael Davies said after Friday night’s game. “It’s going to be a war.”Saturday night’s contest lived up to the billing as two of the nation’s top teams endured a hard fought three periods. The game was decided by Davies’ game-winning goal scored with six and a half minutes remaining in the final period.The crowd erupted following the game-winner and they remained standing throughout the game’s final minutes. At the conclusion, the Badgers saluted the effort of their fans as they skated off the ice. Freshman forward Craig Smith knew the atmosphere the fans created added to his team’s level of play.“Coming into a packed building like this and knowing the rivalry between the two teams, it was really fun,” Smith said. “The environment brought the game to a higher level and we matched that.”Junior goaltender Brett Bennett was thrown into the pressure-packed atmosphere Saturday night, playing his first significant game in weeks. But he was proud of the way he, along with his teammates, responded to the challenge.“It’s been a long time since actually playing a meaningful game. And with this type of atmosphere with what was on the line, it was definitely huge,” Bennett said. “But I think it will make me better as a player and games like this make us better as teams.”With Saturday’s win, the Badgers finally claimed a victory over the Pioneers at the Kohl Center, which they had not done since the building opened in 1998.But more importantly, they took three out of a possible four points from the top-ranked team in the country, a team they are also chasing in the WCHA standings. Senior tri-captain Ben Street was well aware of Denver’s high ranking, and he spoke about the role it played in the extra energy witnessed throughout the series.“It just kind of elevated everything, when you know the rankings are so high. There is a little bit more on the line with those rankings and with the PairWise [Rankings],” Street said. “It was definitely a more important weekend with the teams being ranked so high than if they were unranked.”After two thrilling games between two of the nation’s top programs, these teams certainly expect to play deep into the postseason.Will these teams meet again down the road?The answer to that is not clear, but after a competitive series like this, head coach Mike Eaves knows full well his team will be prepared for whatever challenges laylie ahead.“The best thing about this weekend is the fact when you play at that level, that’s championship-level, in terms of college hockey,” he said. “The intensity, the battle of two teams that have skill, that have strong will, have a strong work ethic, good goaltending.“What better way to prepare yourself for the end of the year than by playing in these types of games?”last_img read more