Indonesia secures more than 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines

first_img #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap He added that there was an order of priority for the vaccination of different groups of people, as stated in Presidential Regulation No. 99/2020 on vaccine procurement and vaccination to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.According to the regulation, frontline workers, from health workers and contact-tracing paramedics to military and law enforcement personnel, would be prioritized for vaccination. They number some 3.5 million people. The second-priority group are religious and community leaders, local authorities at district, village, community and neighborhood units, who number more than 5 million individuals. The third priority group includes more than 4 million teachers at various levels of education. The fourth group is government officials and legislatives council members with more than 2 million individuals. The fifth group is members of the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) whose fees are paid by the government. Their number exceeds 86 million individuals. The last group of more than 57 million is the general public.Meanwhile, University of Indonesia epidemiologist Pandu Riono has questioned the effectiveness and safety of the vaccines to be distributed in Indonesia.According to him, all the candidate COVID-19 vaccines are still in the clinical trial stage and there is no scientific evidence yet on their effectiveness.”Are you sure that these vaccines are effective and safe? Where is the scientific evidence? That has never been discussed openly,” Pandu said. (iwa) The government says it has secured commitments for the delivery of 271.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Of that number, 30 million doses are expected to be ready by the end of this year.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, who also helms the national economic recovery and COVID-19 response team, said the ordered vaccines were produced by Chinese firms Cansino, Sinovac and Sinopharm.Airlangga also said that the government was in the process of securing 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine from Britain’s pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca. Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : “We will make a 50 percent down payment by the end of this month, or about US$250 million.” he said Monday as quoted by tribunnews.com.Currently, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir are abroad to secure 100 million doses of the vaccine,” Airlangga said.Apart from sourcing COVID-19 vaccines from abroad, the government and local pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma are also working on COVID-19 vaccines.“We need to secure the procurement of the vaccines, because 215 countries are all competing for the same thing,” Airlangga said.last_img read more

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Martin Keown rates Arsenal’s top-four chances ahead of Premier League restart

first_imgMikel Arteta’s side are currently ninth in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)‘Something affects this Arsenal group when they’re competing away from home, and I doubt they’ll make it into the Champions League because of that.’Former Premier League star Chris Sutton added: ‘Arsenal won’t finish inside the top four but because of Manchester City’s European ban, they can go for fifth and that feels a more realistic target.‘Mikel Arteta was appointed six months ago and before the break, we saw changes in their style. There was a bit of steel about them.‘But they will require a hell of a run to finish fifth or higher.’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 CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos drops hint over Real Madrid exitMORE: Arsenal transfer target Odsonne Edouard opens contract talks with Celtic Advertisement Advertisement Martin Keown has rated Arsenal’s Premier League top-four chances (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown has revealed why he does not expect Arsenal to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, with the campaign set to resume next week.The Gunners are currently ninth in the Premier League, eight points below fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand over most of their domestic rivals.First up for Arsenal is a trip to defending champions Manchester City – where Arteta used to work – on June 17.Asked whether he expects Arsenal to qualify for a Champions League place, Gunners legend Keown told MailSport: ‘Arsenal’s problem, for the last two and a half seasons, has been their away form. It’s their achilles heel.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘In 2019-20, they’ve won twice on the road in 13 attempts, and their next three games are all away from home — against Manchester City, Brighton and Southampton.‘Then later in the campaign, they face Wolves and Tottenham away, too, before travelling to Aston Villa.‘If you’re a Manchester United player looking at those Arsenal fixtures, you’d be saying: “Good luck with that.” United have a slight head start and a more favourable run-in. Martin Keown rates Arsenal’s top-four chances ahead of Premier League restart Metro Sport ReporterMonday 8 Jun 2020 10:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Commentlast_img read more

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Eversendai to buy liftboat operator Vahana

first_imgVahana Arjun is currently under construction and is targeted to be completed by the end of June 2021. Currently, Vahana owns two liftboats, Vahana Aryan and Vahana Arjun. The RCPS will have a tenure of 10 years with a cumulative preferential dividend of 3 per cent per annum, payable only upon Vahana achieving a consolidated net profit after tax for the relevant financial year. Eversendai said on Wednesday that the price would be fully satisfied via the issuance of 770,491,803 new redeemable convertible preference shares (RCPS) in Eversendai at an issue price of RM0.305 after Eversendai had entered into a conditional share sale agreement with Vahana Offshore on 30 June 2020. The proposed acquisition will also resolve the existing cross borrowings and related party transactions involving Vahana and Eversendai. Vahana and its subsidiaries are principally involved in ownership, operations, chartering and management of self-propelled jack-up barges/liftboats. Vahana has secured a long-term time charter contract for Vahana Aryan with Zamil Offshore for Saudi Aramco and has also secured a similar contract with Zamil Offshore for Vahana Arjun. center_img The liftboats are used for maintenance, workover, well-service activities, hook-up, commissioning and decommissioning of offshore platforms in the oil and gas industry. The RCPS is convertible into Eversendai ordinary shares at a conversion ratio of 2 RCPS to 1 ordinary share equivalent to an implied conversion price of RM0.61. The RCPS will not be listed, quoted and traded on Bursa Securities or any other stock exchange. Malaysia’s engineering company Eversendai has decided to acquire a 100 per cent equity interest in service provider Vahana Offshore and its subsidiaries for a purchase consideration price of RM235 million ($54.8 million). Tan Sri Dato’ A K Nathan, Executive Chairman and Group Managing Director of Eversendai Corporation Berhad, believes that the proposed acquisition will provide Eversendai with the opportunity to own and operate Vahana Aryan and Vahana Arjun providing the enlarged Eversendai group with an additional source of consistent recurring income to enhance its revenue and profits. The liftboats could also be used for the installation and maintenance in the offshore wind renewable energy sector.last_img read more

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Vendors could face penalty for not providing garbage bins for customers

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Vendors could face penalty for not providing garbage bins for customers by: – February 3, 2012 27 Views   2 comments Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Mayor Cecil Joseph: Don’t purchase food from vendors without Food Handler’s Permits.Persons who will be vending during the Carnival season could face penalty if they do not provide garbage bins to their customers for the proper disposal of litter.That’s according to the Mayor of Roseau, His Worship Cecil Joseph, during an interview with Dominica Vibes News.The Roseau City Council is responsible for authorizing vending permits within the City of Roseau, while the Dominica Festivals Committee is responsible for issuing permits at Carnival City grounds.The mayor said the permit which the Council gives to vendors makes it mandatory for them to provide a garbage bin for proper disposal of litter, in keeping with the Environmental Health Regulations.“In giving permission to vend, the City Council would have to adhere to the regulations under the environmental health where it has indicated that whenever you are vending you must have some form of litter bin for person to dispose of their litter. If you don’t, it means that the Roseau city council itself didn’t do enough monitoring and I would say to people too that they should also assist us in monitoring these things because our men cannot be everywhere at the same time. We would really need all the necessary assistance from the consumers to monitor. If you don’t have a litter bin it means that this person is violating the regulations because when we give you permission we put for you in writing the necessary rules”. Mr. Joseph made it clear that all vendors who will be operating bars and snackettes during the carnival season must also be issued a food handler’s permit by the Health Department, before they are allowed to vend. He urged the general public to refrain from purchasing any food items from persons who do not have a food handler’s permit.“Whenever someone comes to the City Council to apply for permission to vend, a number of steps have to be taken. For food vending, they must first have a food handler’s permit from Environmental Health to certify that they have done some form of medical check from a health practitioner. So anyone you see vending in the City of Roseau and they don’t have a food handler’s permit, you shouldn’t purchase food from them, I will say that clearly, you shouldn’t purchase from them. If you wish to purchase anything you should ask them for their food handler’s permit. If anything happens to you as an individual you have nobody to blame but yourself”.The Mayor said that the Council has always made provisions to have officers monitor the vendors, to ensure that they adhere to the regulations. According to him, purchasing food from unlicensed vendors can be unhealthy for the consumer. Not only police officers, but councilors are also given the authority to report and charge persons who break the law as it relates to vending regulations.“The law makes provisions for police officers to enforce the law and ensure that the regulations are being kept, maybe by making arrests. The minister through his power can determine who else he would wish to have as officers to be responsible for persons who are breaking the laws as it relates to littering. The Mayor, the councilors and chairmen of other Councils are individuals who are given that authority by the minister”, Joseph explained.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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N. Ireland prepares for abortion law ‘changes’

first_imgPro-choice demonstrators take part in a march in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Sept. 7. REUTERS/JOHN SIBLEY Abortion rights were long opposed inNorthern Ireland by religious conservatives in both the Protestant communitythat supports continued British rule and the Catholic community that favorsunion with the traditionally Catholic Irish Republic.(Reuters) BELFAST – Campaigners, who fought fordecades to end Northern Ireland’s same sex-marriage ban and restrictions onabortion, have prepared for a change to the laws on both.      Advocacy groups planned a number ofevents on Monday to usher in the changes. Northern Ireland is the only part ofthe United Kingdom that does not allow same-sex marriage. Unlike England,Scotland and Wales, laws in Northern Ireland forbid abortion except where a mother’slife is at risk, bans that have been upheld by the region’s block ofconservative politicians.last_img read more

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Bucksport, Ellsworth wrestlers claim glory at Class B championships

first_imgELLSWORTH — The wait was no more than a minute, but for David Gross, it was the longest of his life.Two minutes remained in the Bucksport freshman’s 285-pound title bout against Erskine Academy’s Jakob Peavey, but there was some confusion on the mat. As the previous period had ended, both coaches were unsure of what the score should have been. Unfortunately for Gross, who just wanted to get on with it, the result of the dispute put him down 6-3.It was a controversial decision that temporarily stalled the match, but the freshman’s head coach, Dan Ormsby, wasn’t fazed.“Go get him,” Ormsby said. “You’ve been training for this your whole life. Give it everything you’ve got.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textNeither wrestler had much energy left after a long day and a hard-fought first two periods, but Gross had just enough to make it count. Less than 45 seconds into the final round, he took control of his opponent and didn’t let go to make the home fans proud and become Bucksport’s first state champion in almost 20 years.“It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” Gross said. “To fight back and get that win with everyone watching and become a state champion, you can’t get better than that.”Gross’s 10-7 victory over Peavey on Saturday capped off a wild day of wrestling at the Class B state championships in Bucksport. It was a day on which he and Ellsworth’s Peyton Cole and Trent Goodman won individual state titles.“This was one of the best days ever for Bucksport wrestling,” Ormsby said. “It’s really special to be able to host such an amazing tournament. Plus, we got to see one of our own become a champ, and he did it as a freshman heavyweight.”Wrestlers came from as far north as Fort Kent and as far south as Wells, which won the tournament. Fans from Bucksport, Ellsworth, Dexter, Maine Central Institute, Mountain Valley and elsewhere throughout the state lined the gymnasium ceiling with posters of their favorite wrestlers, and most fans stayed for the entirety of the event.Both Bucksport and Ellsworth had to wait a while to take their turns on the mat once the tournament started, but the Eagles came firing out of the gate once they did. Each of the five wrestlers Ellsworth sent to the tournament won at least one bout.Of those five, Logan Lord, Josh Wright, Peyton Cole and Trent Goodman reached the finals. Lord and Wright lost, but Cole and Goodman finished off undefeated seasons for the Eagles with by becoming champions at 152 and 170 pounds, respectively. Cole beat Dirigo’s Hunter White 6-0, and Goodman pinned Wells’ Michael Wrigley.Cole and Goodman have been two of Ellsworth’s most dominant wrestlers for quite some time. Their respective title wins were the third in a row for each, and the duo finished the year undefeated despite wrestling at several different weight classes. Goodman was so dominant that he finished the season without giving up a single point in any of his matches.“We’ve got so many guys on our team who can go deep into tournaments like this,” Goodman said. “You can’t take something like that for granted. I wouldn’t want to have spent my wrestling career with anybody other than these guys.”Bucksport, on the other hand, struggled more than usual early in the day. The Golden Bucks were not about to have their top wrestlers be outdone, though; as Gross was on his way to ending his day with a win, Brody Boynton was, too. Boynton lost to Dirigo’s Bryce Whittemore in the 160-pound semis but bounced back to win the consolation bracket.As the referee slammed the mat to signal Boynton’s consolation title win over Winslow’s Patrick Hopkins, the senior pumped his right fist and hugged Ormsby as his parents cheered from a few feet away. For the Golden Bucks’ most experienced wrestler, it was a great way to end his last match at Bucksport High School.“If there’s anyone who’s been the rock for our program the past few years, I’d say it’s been Brody,” Ormsby said. “He was here with Bucksport wrestling when we only had several kids on the team, and he’s stuck through the good times and the bad with us.”From there, Bucksport had a long wait until Gross was able to compete for his title. As the lights dimmed for the championship round, the senior sat on a balcony overlooking the gym with his Bucksport teammates. Of all the wrestlers competing for a state title, he would have to wait until last.That wait — and the additional one that came between the second and third periods — was worth it in the end. Minutes after the crowd roared, the lights flipped back on and Gross stood atop the podium, his family members and others in purple-and-gold clad gear had tears in their eyes.Everybody in attendance seemed to have a message for the champ, but there was one who was speechless. It was Gross’s father, Dave, an assistant coach who won a heavyweight championship for Bucksport in 1996. The win meant as much to him as anyone, but he couldn’t find quite the words to describe it.Then, a few minutes into a post-tournament interview, he finally found them.“Unbelievable,” he said. “It doesn’t get better than this.” Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

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Former National striker Winston ‘Pat’ Britton passes on

first_imgTHE local football fraternity has once again plunged into mourning, following the passing of former national forward Winston ‘Pat’ Britton, who died yesterday at the Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.The former National player who is well known for being part of one of the most destructive teams ever assembled in Guyana, Sandbach Parker, is survived by his two children – Wayne and Abigail Britton – as well as grandchildren.In fact, Britton’s grandchildren (Wynton and Jada Britton) from his eldest child Wayne are football players.Britton, who was 75 years old at the time of his death, was known for his silky-smooth moves ‘upfront’, while having his way with the country’s top defenders at the time.More popularly known as Pat, Britton graced the football pitch with the likes of Winston Callender, Ovid Henry, George Green, Bruce Cadogan, Monty Hope, George Niles, Alvin Braithwaite, Gerald ‘Beef’ Francisco and Ken Gibbs just to name a few.“I know a lot about him as a player because we always have this discussion about who was better,” said Britton’s eldest son Wayne, who was also a football player.However, the attorney-at-law said while he was good on the field, “My Dad noted he wanted me to study. He wanted me to get more out of life than what he got from soccer. So as a schoolboy I played without my parents’ knowledge and made Pele and once I graduated I played with Beacon (under Gordon ‘Ultimate’ Braithwaite).”Wayne said his father was ‘big’ on his children having a good education, highlighting that his sister Abigail, is a doctor in the U.S.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img— Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans will skip the Florida-based resumption of the NBA season. He is the first known example of a healthy, eligible player sitting out. Bertans can become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and is expected to command a big contract as one of the league’s top 3-point shooters. The Wizards are allowed to sign a replacement player for Bertans as early as Tuesday.KOBE BRYANT-HIGH SCHOOLKobe Bryant high school footage to be auctioned on July 23LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s time in high school will be showcased when about 22 hours of footage of the late basketball star playing games and giving interviews will be sold on July 23 by the auction house Profiles in History. The footage is from the media library of Stu Ross, who produced “High School Sports Show,” a syndicated weekly television series seen in 35 cities. About 60% of the Bryant footage is of games involving the Lower Merion Aces from the Philadelphia suburbs. Ross’ library includes 130 hours and more than 700 athletes, including LeBron James, Tom Brady, Michael Phelps, Ryan Braun, Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal. Six days after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark negotiated to expand the playoffs from 10 teams to 16, widen use of the designated hitter to National League games and introduce an experiment to start extra innings with a runner on second base, the deal was rejected by the union. MLB asked the union to respond by 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday as to whether players can report to training by July 1 and whether the players’ association will agree on the operating manual of health and safety protocols. The schedule would be the shortest since the National League’s third season.Given the need for three days of virus testing and 21 days of workouts, opening day would likely be during the final week of July. MLB already has started to investigate charter flights that could bring players back from Latin America, another person told the AP, also on condition of anonymity because no announcements were made.MLB-CHICAGO-CROCHETWhite Sox announce deal with 1st-round draft pick Crochet Associated Press — Ravens coach John Harbaugh is confident his team’s training camp will begin as scheduled next month despite the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking on a video conference on Monday, Harbaugh said he expected the NFL would have a plan in place that would enable teams to start practicing in late July. Harbaugh said they’ll just have to be very adaptable, and flexible and smart about what they’re going to do and that testing was the main thing. The Ravens have replaced 13 scheduled on-field practice sessions with virtual classes so far this offseason. — When Brooks Koepka goes for a historic three-peat in the PGA Championship, there won’t be anyone at Harding Park to cheer him on. The PGA of America confirms the first major of this unusual year won’t have spectators. The PGA Championship is scheduled for Aug. 6-9 in San Francisco. It’s the first major of a golf calendar reconfigured because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Open is scheduled for September and the Masters is in November. The British Open was canceled. No one has ever won the PGA Championship three straight times in stroke play.— Jonquel Jones, the star center for the Connecticut Sun, has decided not to play in the WNBA this season because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Jones led the Sun to the WNBA Finals last year, averaging almost 18 points and more than 10 rebounds in the postseason. She becomes the first WNBA player to cite the virus in opting out of the upcoming season. Renee Montgomery, the former UConn guard now with the Atlanta Dream, had previously announced she will skip the season to focus on social justice issues. — Atlanta United president Darren Eales says the team remains on pace to begin full team training on Tuesday, assuming there are no more positive tests for COVID-19. Eales says the two players who have tested positive are in isolation but are expected to be with the team for the MLS Is Back Tournament in July at Walt Disney World. He says the tests of asymptomatic players are evidence the protocols set up by MLS “are working.” The players who tested positive last week have not been identified.— Iowa’s athletic department says nine athletes, coaches or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week. That accounts for nearly one-quarter of the 40 tests conducted in that time frame. Since the beginning of the return-to-campus protocol May 29, there have been 12 positives among 386 tests. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-CONTRACTPlayer’s association rejects MLB scheduleNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players’ association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative and possibly unhappy return to the field amid the coronavirus pandemic. WNBA-MYSTIC PLAYERSMystics’ Natasha Cloud, LaToya Sanders to skip WNBA seasonWASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Mystics players Natasha Cloud and LaToya Sanders are opting out of participating in the 2020 WNBA season for the league’s reigning champions. Cloud says she wants to “fight on the front lines for social reform.” Sanders says taking the season off “is what’s best for my health and family.” Their announcements follow those of other WNBA players who have said they won’t be a part of plans for a 22-game schedule that would begin in late July. Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones is going to sit out because of concerns about COVID-19. June 22, 2020 CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have signed first-round draft pick Garrett Crochet to a minor league contract that includes a signing bonus worth $4,547,500. Crochet went No. 11 overall in the June 10 amateur draft. The 20-year-old left-hander made one start before his junior season at Tennessee was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, striking out six in 3 2/3 scoreless innings. The 6-foot-6 Crochet is known for his blazing fastball. He went 5-3 with a 4.02 ERA in 18 appearances with the Volunteers during his sophomore season, averaging 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings.NASCAR-TALLADEGA-NOOSEBlaney wins, race starts with show of solidarity Update on the latest sports TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) —Ricky Stenhouse Jr. edged Ryan Blaney to win the second stage of a rain-delayed race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The day began with a show of support for driver Bubba Wallace. Fellow drivers lined up and pushed his car to the front of pit road in a show of solidarity. The entire 40-driver field and all their crew members followed. After the car came to a stop, Wallace climbed out, sat on the window ledge and sobbed. Richard Petty, his Hall of Fame team owner, gently placed a hand on Wallace’s shoulder. The move came one day after a crew member found a noose in his garage stall. Wallace is the only fulltime Black driver in the top NASCAR series. Two weeks ago, he successfully pushed NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its facilities. The move came one day after a crew member found a noose in his garage stall. Wallace is the only fulltime Black driver in the top NASCAR series. Two weeks ago, he successfully pushed NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its facilities.The FBI is investigating the discovery of a noose found in the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall of Bubba Wallace. President Steve Phelps says security has been stepped up for Wallace since the noose was found on Sunday. NBA-RAPTERS ARRIVE IN FLORIDA Atlanta’s Renee Montgomery is missing the season to focus on social justice issues.NHL-THORBURN RETIRESVeteran NHL forward Chris Thorburn announces retirementUNDATED (AP) — Veteran forward Chris Thorburn has announced his retirement after playing more than 800 NHL games since 2005. Thorburn spent his last time on the ice celebrating the St. Louis Blues winning the Stanley Cup last season. Despite playing just one game for the Blues in 2018-19, he was the fourth player handed the Cup. Thorburn played 801 regular-season games for the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets and Blues. He skated in four playoff games with Winnipeg in 2015. The 37-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, finishes his NHL career with 53 goals, 81 assists and 968 penalty minutes.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Raptors to bring preps for restart of NBA seasonMIAMI (AP) — The Toronto Raptors arrived in southwest Florida on Monday, set to begin their preparations for next month’s restart of the NBA season. If the Raptors return to the NBA Finals, they could be in Florida for nearly four full months. The reigning NBA champions will start training for the season restart later this week at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, making that school their home base until they head north to the Disney complex near Orlando, Florida, around July 7. What awaits the Raptors is a different setup than what will be the case for the other 21 NBA teams that will be participating in the restart at Disney. Other teams will be working out at their home facilities, but as the NBA’s lone team from outside the U.S., the Raptors would have had some logistical difficulties in having players gather in Toronto to prepare for the trip to Disney.Elsewhere in the NBA: 2 virus cases following Djokovic’s charity event ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Two tennis players have now tested positive for the coronavirus after participating in Novak Djokovic’s charity tennis exhibition in Croatia. Borna Coric, ranked 33rd in the world, tweeted that he feels well and has no symptoms, but is urging anyone who has had close contact with him to be tested for COVID-19. Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov also has said that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Djokovic will now be tested as well. His media team says he has no symptoms but “he needs to do the test and then we will see what’s going on.”Elsewhere in sports news affected by COVID-19: — Wisconsin officials say that two Badgers’ athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating. Those positive results came from the 117 athletes who participated in the school’s initial campus screening.— Two Rutgers football players have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Coach Greg Schiano discussed the test results Monday during a conference call. It was his first media availability since the team was allowed to return to campus last week for voluntary workouts.— Atlanta United president Darren Eales says the team remains on pace to begin full team training on Tuesday, assuming there are no more positive tests for COVID-19. Eales said Monday the two players who have tested positive are in isolation but are expected to be with the team for the MLS Is Back Tournament in July at Walt Disney World.— The National Hockey League has begun winnowing its possible locations to resume the season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Blue Jackets were informed Monday that Columbus will not be one of the NHL’s hub cities. Columbus was one of 10 finalists, including seven in the U.S.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-CUNNINGHAM Oklahoma State’s Cunningham staying despite postseason banUNDATED (AP) — Cade Cunningham, one of the nation’s top basketball recruits, has chosen to remain at Oklahoma State despite the program being banned from the 2021 postseason. Cunningham won the Naismith High School Trophy given to the nation’s best player. The 6-foot-7 point guard was a key piece of Oklahoma State’s highly ranked recruiting class. Many wondered what the one-and-done prospect would do. Cunningham announced in a video he posted to social media that he would stay.Earlier this month, an NCAA infractions committee panel handed down numerous penalties related to findings that former assistant coach Lamont Evans accepted up to $22,000 in bribes intended to help steer athletes to certain financial advisers. Oklahoma State is appealing.last_img read more

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UW readies for homestand against ranked rivals

first_imgUW Athletic CommunicationsThe University of Wisconsin softball team (12-13, 3-1 Big Ten) will attempt to continue its hot conference start this weekend when it hosts Michigan and Northwestern at Goodman Diamond. Wisconsin will have its work cut out for it against the two conference powers. Michigan is ranked No. 1 in the country, and Northwestern is No. 20.The weekend will begin Friday night against the Wolverines, with the first game of a series that will conclude Saturday afternoon.Michigan (36-3, 3-1 Big Ten) brings in one of the nation’s top offenses, a unit that averages just a shade fewer than six runs a game. The Wolverines are hitting a gaudy .322 and have accumulated 50 more hits than the next Big Ten squad. However, the most impressive aspect of the Wolverine offense is their power — Michigan has swatted 55 home runs this season, far and away the most in the conference (Iowa is second with 40).Michigan has hit home runs in 35 of its 39 games this season, including 17 of its last 18. The most dangerous hitters in the line-up of sluggers are Jessica Merchant and Samantha Findlay, the top two RBI leaders in the Big Ten. Merchant is hitting .402 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI, all among the conference leaders, while Findlay is not far behind with a .320 batting average, 11 home runs and a team-high 37 RBI.Michigan’s pitchers have held up their end of the bargain as well, toting a conference-best 0.84 ERA. The tandem of Jennie Ritter and Lorilyn Wilson has been lights out for Michigan. Ritter is 16-0 with a 0.98 ERA and has pitched complete games in an astounding 15 of her 16 starts this year, eight of which were shutouts. Wilson is 15-2 with a 0.68 ERA and opponents have batted just .124 against her, good for best in the Big Ten.The Wolverines hold the all-time series edge between the two teams, winning 17 of 21 games against the Badgers.“[Michigan] can hit, they can run, they have the pitching, and they play great defense,” Wisconsin head coach Karen Gallagher said. “You mix that together, and you have a team that can compete for a national championship, and they deserve that No. 1 ranking. They have something like 50 or 60 home runs, and that is amazing. You better hope that your pitchers are on that day. You can’t make mistakes.”Wisconsin will then play a doubleheader against Northwestern Sunday. The Wildcats (22-9, 4-0 Big Ten), like Michigan, are a very complete team.Northwestern is hitting .284 as a team this season, fourth in the Big Ten. The trio of Garland Cooper, Jamie Dotson and Stephani Churchwell key the Wildcat offensive attack. Cooper is hitting a team-high .425 with six home runs and 25 RBI. Dotson is the Big Ten’s second-best run producer with 36 RBI, and is batting .363 with six homers, while Churchwell is hitting .361 in her own right. Junior Kristen Amegin has provided additional power for the Wildcats, blasting a team high nine home runs on the year.Northwestern also shines in the field, second to only Michigan in the conference in team ERA (1.27). Eileen Canney and Courtney Foster share the pitching load and have both enjoyed successful starts to the season. Canney is 12-4 with a 1.08 ERA and three shutouts, while Foster is 10-4 with a 1.25 ERA.The Wildcats are also the best fielding team in the conference with a .972 fielding percentage, and have only committed 24 errors in 31 games this season.“Strong defense, strong pitching and strong hitting,” Gallagher said. “Those are the keys to success. [Northwestern has] some fine hitters, but they are beatable, and we have had some success against them in the past. We have to play our best ball though.”Wisconsin will look to remain near the top of the conference, and wins against two of the top teams in the conference would go a long way toward improving on last season’s 10th-place Big Ten finish.“We have to compete with the mindset that we can stay with these guys and even more know we can beat them,” Gallagher said. “We are capable of beating these teams, but we can’t have breakdowns.”last_img read more

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Rock, paper, scissors: Which is best choice?

first_imgThe battle was heated. Adrenaline was flowing. You could cut through the tension with a chainsaw.Wisconsin hoopsters Brian Butch and Kammron Taylor were locked in a game of rock, paper, scissors to decide who would have to answer the dreadfully longwinded and pointless question posed at a recent postgame press conference.The melee was almost as dramatic as an M. Night Shymalan flick, as the two UW starters were engaged in a struggle so epic, it could only be decided by the tiebreaker of the gods: rock, paper, scissors …This was the scene two weekends ago in the Kohl Center media room, following the Badgers’ 74-62 win over Iowa and was just the latest incident of life-changing decisions being determined through a game of hand symbols.This phenomenon — how a stone, a thin sheet of pulverized pine and an elementary cutting utensil came to stand as the weapons of choice when crucial scores need to be settled — is one that is embraced all across America. Probably in Finland, too, if it is half as heavenly as Madison mayoral candidate Will Sandstrom says it is.But the critical question is what is superior: rock, paper or scissors?When your Bret Boone sock collection is on the line against your bud’s prize-winning mural of Harold Minor winning the 1995 — not the ’93 — slam dunk contest, what are you going to throw?Let’s break down the contestants:Rock: Often noted for its all-around toughness and durability, rock’s versatility has often been underrated, much like the urinal cake, being used for everything from sidewalks to Michaelagelo’s David. Detractors are often quick to point out the overall power and dominance of any object that is used as a symbol by the Hoosier football team must be questioned.Paper: Surprisingly enough, the first paper outdates toilet paper by more than 4,000 years, but its overall diversity in use is unmatched. Along with eggs, it’s often considered the deadliest of high school house-defacing materials.Scissors: Since kindergarten, these blades of havoc have been taboo, even the one’s made with Big Bird or Snuffleupagus-designed handles. These suckers have been the downfall of many a third-grade girl’s pigtail, courtesy of the boy sitting one row back…As you can see, this battle royale is about as even as they come, with none of the weaponized hand motions getting an early advantage. Thankfully, last weekend at the local Madison watering hole The Plaza, there was a rock, paper, scissors tournament — the most action you will see this side of the 74th through 86th minutes of “Commando.”To help solve the mystery of which was in fact the Arnold of hand emblems, I approached the combatants to see if there was any general consensus. Sadly, the opinion was more split than “Mr. Rogers: friendly face or sweatered scallywag?”Early on, scissors seemed to be a popular choice, though the throwing technique apparently could be the difference-maker.”Scissors off the knee, that’s the way to be,” said a scruffled beer sipper. “It catches everybody off guard, coming from below.”One patron who would only be identified as “Dickie Joe” even claimed that scissors was an escape from life’s problems, like Colt .45 40s or cutting off your hair — if you are the Ex-Mrs. Federline.”Scissors is the best because it cuts out all the problems of life,” Mr. Joe said.However, as time went on, it was increasingly more obvious that paper had a cult following comparable to that of “Trekkies.””Paper is the best. It’s the most complete,” explained a bright-orange-sporting Packer fan who somehow managed to throw an interception in paper, rock, scissors … imagine that.”People don’t expect that. They think ‘Oh man, I’m gonna throw rock and kill that guy,’ but paper will come out of nowhere every time and win.”Another proclaimed it was paper’s cockroach-like adaptability that gives it the edge.”Paper is the best. You can write on it, you can mail it,” the Mohawked Man said. “Try mailing a rock. You’ll be arrested for mailing scissors I bet or just piss off the mailman.”A 6-foot-5 ruffian summed up paper in very sporting terms.”Paper is the sleeper. It’s like Wichita State.”And before you think rock is the Sandstrom of this election/popularity contest, let it be known that the stone was the overwhelming favorite.”In real life, what is paper going to do against rock? It would just be a target to aim at,” a young lady in a Mick Jagger shirt said.With this survey being done so close to the UW campus, I knew I was bound to hear some solid scientific reasoning, articulately disclosed.”Rock rocks, man. The name says it all. It just rocks.”Not all were keen to be in on my survey, however.”Scissors is best because I can cut you with it,” one upset interviewee said.Still, that was a Christmas gift when compared to my final subject of the evening.”Rock is the best because you can bash someone’s face in … take a hint, sucker.”Oh, my.After a long, hard night, slaving away at my work, I was still no closer to an answer… That is when I remembered Killa Kam and the Polar Bear’s throw down.… Paper, rock, scissors, SHOOT! Taylor and Butch were at a draw, as both threw … SCISSORS. Very interesting. The anxiety doubled, as the teammates-turned-foes once again threw their weapons. Rock, paper, scissors SHOOT!Game! Taylor was the latest mauling by the Polar Bear, falling SCISSORS to paper.”You gotta take a chance sometimes, so I decided to go twice on scissors, and it worked for me,” Butch said afterward. “Kam’s ‘The Magician’ so you never know what he’s going to pull out, so I was trying to keep it nice and even — do the same thing every time and let him change.”It all made sense. From day one, they have always been telling us not to run with scissors. Why? Because of their potential for destruction. Not even a mage like Kam Taylor could fight the power of the twin blades.Did anyone ever say not to run with rocks? No more than “don’t run with pillows.”Dump trucks and bulldozers drive around with rocks all the time. Try doing that with scissors, and it’s off to the pokey for you, for sure.Dave McGrath is a senior majoring in English and journalism. If you’d like to make a case for rotten rocks or pathetic paper, GO AWAY. But if you’d like to talk about stupendous scissors, write him at dmcgrath@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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