NegOcc ASF task force boosts awareness drive

first_imgA robust partnership was furtherencouraged with the private sector in an effort to uphold Negros Occidental asan ASF-free province. Personnel of the Negros Occidental Provincial African Swine Fever Task Force puts up posters at the Bacolod-Silay Aiport as part of its intensified move against the highly-contagious pig disease. NEGROS OCCIDENTAL PROVINCIAL ASF TASK FORCE Through distribution of information,education and communication materials, disinfectants, and equipment to various quarantinestations, the task force aims to ward off breach of the dreaded pig disease. Negros Occidental is the number oneproducer of backyard swine in the Philippines. “This shows that all stakeholders inswine industry are united and strongly support the preventive measures implementedby the Provincial ASF Task Force against the entry of the disease,” theProvincial Veterinary Office said in a statement. The provincial government, on the otherhand, urged the public to remain calm, vigilant and cooperative with theauthorities amidst the threat of ASF. center_img Signs of illness among pigs include highfever, decreased appetite, and weakness. The skin may be reddened, blotchy, orhave blackened lesions, especially on the ears, tail, and lower legs./PN According to the Depart of Agriculture, ASFis a fatal animal disease affecting pigs and wild boars with up to 100 percentcase fatality rate. This viral disease only affects pigs and not humans. BACOLOD City – The Negros Occidental ProvincialAfrican Swine Fever (ASF) Task Force has intensified its information drive andprecautionary measures. There has been no report of suspectedASF cases in the province amid the heightened disease surveillance.last_img read more

Coronavirus cases spike in Florida

first_imgCoronavirus cases in Florida have spiked recently.According to the Florida Department of Health said that on Thursday, more than 1,700 new cases of COVID-19 popped up in the state.That makes more than 5,700 positive lab results over the previous 72 hours.“That has a lot to do with people… are more out and about,” said Orlando physician Dr. Jason Littleton.Littleton said Phase 2 of the state’s reopening was also leading to more cases being discovered.“There are more tests being done, too,” he said, “because there are some that are mandating their employees get tested before they go back.”Orange County’s Health Director Dr. Raul Pino said that with the virus still active across the region, it’s best to follow the CDC’s advice.“Observe the social distancing, masking, washing your hands,” Pino said. “That protects people who are most at risk for poor outcomes.”last_img read more

Indiana looks for home win vs No. 9 Penn State

first_img Associated Press TEAM LEADERSHIP: Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis has averaged 14.1 points and eight rebounds while Justin Smith has put up 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds. For the Nittany Lions, Lamar Stevens has averaged 17.5 points and 6.8 rebounds while Mike Watkins has put up 9.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.LIKEABLE LAMAR: Stevens has connected on 27.6 percent of the 76 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 17 over his last five games. He’s also made 73.9 percent of his foul shots this season.STREAK STATS: Penn State has won its last four road games, scoring 77.8 points, while allowing 68.3 per game.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Nittany Lions have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Hoosiers. Indiana has 38 assists on 80 field goals (47.5 percent) across its previous three contests while Penn State has assists on 50 of 77 field goals (64.9 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Indiana attempts more free throws per game than any other Big Ten team. The Hoosiers have averaged 23.3 free throws per game this season.___ Indiana looks for home win vs No. 9 Penn State For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 9 Penn State (20-6, 10-5) vs. Indiana (17-9, 7-8)Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana; Sunday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Indiana looks for its fourth straight win over No. 9 Penn State at Assembly Hall. The last victory for the Nittany Lions at Indiana was a 66-65 win on Feb. 12, 2014. February 21, 2020last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img May 11, 2020 Incoming president and CEO Scott Howson, who will take over for David Andrews this summer, said the AHL is still planning for a full 2020-21 regular season running from Oct. 9-April 18. But it also is working on schedules that start in November, December or January.VIRUS OUTBREAK-CANADA TENNISAid for Canadian tennis prosOTTAWA (AP) —Canada’s National Bank is offering cash grants to each of 23 tennis players from the country who are facing financial issues because of the coronavirus pandemic. — Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung says he’s appealing a decision that denied a claim he brought against the National Football League Players Association alleging unfair labor practices. The National Labor Relations Board last week dismissed Okung’s claim against the NFLPA. Okung has been outspoken against the new collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA that was ratified in March by players. He says union voting procedures were not handled correctly and that the union tried to silence his right to speak on the matter.AHL-VIRUS OUTBREAK-AHL CANCELEDAmerican Hockey League cancels rest of season, playoffsThe American Hockey League canceled the rest of its season Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic, shifting its focus toward an uncertain future.While the Calder Cup will not be handed out for the first time since 1936, the 31-team AHL hopes to return next season. That remains uncertain; one possibility is that no fans would be allowed in arenas. Tennis Canada announced the grants of $10,000 to $20,000 in Canadian dollars, or about $7,000 to $14,000 in U.S. dollars, from National Bank on Monday, saying the amounts will depend on a player’s ranking.The money will help professionals ranked from 100 to 750 in singles or between 25 and 100 in doubles, members of the top 100 in the ITF junior rankings who are transitioning to the pros, and players in the top 50 of the ITF wheelchair rankings.Among the recipients: Sharon Fichman, who is No. 48 in women’s doubles; Leylah Annie Fernandez, who is No. 118 in women’s singles; Brayden Schnur, who is No. 177 in men’s singles; Peter Polansky, who is No. 192 in men’s singles; and Rebecca Marino, who is No. 300 in women’s singles.All sanctioned tennis events have been called off since March because of the outbreak, and all tennis events in Canada are called off until the end of August, except for the Rogers Cup men’s tournament in Toronto. The WTA and ATP are suspended until at least mid-July everywhere.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The All-Star Game, scheduled for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 14, likely would be called off.In other MLB news:— Under 1% of Major League Baseball employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Results were based on 5,603 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. The total testing positive was 0.7%. Samples were obtained on April 14 and 15. Stanford University, the University of Southern California and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Salt Lake City led the study. Data for players was not broken out. The study was not representative of the overall population, given 95% of the participants were under 65 and few reported comorbidities.NFL-RAVENS-FLUKERRavens sign Fluker, who will seek to replace Yanda at guard Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLAP source: MLB owners approve plan to start season in JulyNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020. OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) —The Baltimore Ravens have signed free agent guard D.J. Fluker, who is expected to compete for the opening on the offensive line created by the retirement of Marshal Yanda.Fluker has 92 games of NFL experience over seven years with three teams, most recently the Seattle Seahawks. He has played primarily at right guard, the position Yanda manned for the majority of his 13 seasons before retiring in March.Fluker signed a one-year contract, the Ravens announced Monday. He has 88 career starts, the last 57 of them at guard. The 6-foot-5, 342-pound Fluker started in 14 regular-season games and had two playoff starts for Seattle at right guard last season.NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-DUGANNCAA leading scorer Dugan agrees to join Golden Knights A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Spring training would start in early to mid-June.MLB officials are slated to make a presentation to the union on Tuesday. An agreement with the players’ association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult — especially over a proposal for a revenue split that would be unprecedented for baseball.Each team would play about 82 regular-season games: against opponents in its own division plus interleague matchups limited to AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling wild cards in each league to four.Teams would prefer to play at their regular-season ballparks but would switch to spring training stadiums or neutral sites if medical and government approvals can’t be obtained for games at home. Toronto might have to play home games in Dunedin, Florida. Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — NCAA leading scorer Jack Dugan agreed Monday to turn pro and join the Vegas Golden Knights.Dugan was a fifth-round pick of the Golden Knights during their first draft in 2017. Because of his age, his NHL entry-level contract beginning next season would be for two years.The 6-foot-2, 185-pound forward from Pittsburgh had 10 goals and 42 assists for 52 points during his sophomore season at Providence College. Dugan was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the nation’s top college player.Dugan, 21, led the NCAA this season with 1.53 points a game, 1.24 assists a game, 22 power-play points and 30 even-strength points.In other NFL news:last_img read more

German Club Explain Why Aruna Quadri was Signed

first_imgThe management of German Club, TTC RhönSprudel Maberzell Fulda has said that they signed up Aruna Quadri following his exploits across the globe particular with his performance against German sports hero – Timo Boll at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.In a related development on Tuesday, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has hailed Quadri’s movement to Germany.“We celebrate Aruna Quadri, Africa’s number one tennis player on the signing with German Bundesliga Table Tennis league from next season. We congratulate him. All the Way,” declared Dare on his twitter handle. Writing on its website on Wednesday February 5, after the unveiling of the Nigerian, the club said: “When looking for a suitable candidate to compensate for the departure of service provider Croatia’s Tomislav Pucar, the TTC has now found what it is looking for: Quadri Aruna (born August 9, 1988 in Oyo, Nigeria) will strengthen the TTC from next season!.“ The 31-year-old Nigerian has repeatedly caused a sensation in the table tennis world in recent years that at the 2016 Olympic Games, he threw the world rankings seventh Chuang Chih-Yuan and Timo Boll out of the competition. Last year he beat top Japanese player Jun Mizutani at the Bulgarian Open. Aruna Quadri, who is currently playing for the Portuguese first division club “Sporting Lisbon”, also knows the Bundesliga players well.“He recently won against top Bundesliga players Kirill Gerassimenko (Bremen), Ricardo Walther (Düsseldorf) and Darko Jorgic (Saarbrücken) and scored in 2018 twice in the Champions League match against Borussia Düsseldorf. In future, the TTC will be ideally equipped to survive in the Bundesliga.With an option of extending the contract, the club said: “Aruna Quadri receives a one-year contract with an option for the TTC to add another year. Incidentally, Aruna’s most important sporting goal is this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.”Quadri will team up with German international, Ruwen Filus, who is one of the best defender in the world, as the German has extended his contract by two years with the Central Germany-based club.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Shafer’s familiarity with 3-4 helps against spread offenses

first_img Comments There have been times in the past when Syracuse used a 3-4 as its base defense. Against West Virginia and Louisville — two fast teams that spread the field out — it was an obvious solution for then-defensive coordinator Scott Shafer and the Orange.“Our Okie package is what you media people called it in the past, but it’s out of the 3-4 look,” the Syracuse head coach said during his weekly teleconference Tuesday. “When we beat West Virginia the last couple years and Louisville last year and so many of the games, we actually ran that as our base, so it’s really not a new leaf being turned over. It’s what we’ve done. We’ve always been multiple.”Shafer said that the Orange still bases out of the 4-3, but 3-4 looks give him a chance to get more athletes on the field. SU was able to start linebacker Marqez Hodge in Saturday’s 13-0 win after he led Syracuse in tackles against Georgia Tech the week before.The Orange first implemented its 3-4 against the Yellow Jackets to counteract GT’s speedy triple option. It made sense to use it again Saturday to match up with the Demon Deacons’ spread attack.In the Atlantic Coast Conference, spread offenses are more common — Maryland uses one, too — which has meant the 3-4 has been a more common scheme for SU to run.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It just depends on who you’re looking at and who you’re playing,” Shafer said. “There’s just more teams running that type of scheme, so their personnel is obviously going to fit that style.” Published on November 5, 2013 at 1:47 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Softball: Wisconsin falls twice in three-game series on the road to Illinois

first_imgIt was a repeat of Iowa for Wisconsin’s softball team this weekend, after the Badgers lost two of the three game road series at Illinois.The team started off hot this time around, however, winning the first game Friday, but were unable to extend their momentum in the Saturday doubleheader, dropping two to the Illini on the road.Wisconsin (19-25, 4-12 Big Ten) and Illinois (21-22, 10-5 Big Ten) seemed to feel at home right away at the Friday night game.Wisconsin’s bats came alive, as the Badgers outslugged Illinois in an 11-7 victory.Freshman Kelsey Jenkins continued her hot hitting, going 3-of-5 at the plate with three RBIs, including an RBI double in the top of the first inning that put the Badgers on the board first. From that point on, Wisconsin never trailed.Junior Stefanni LaJeunesse also came up big for Wisconsin on Friday, driving in three runs in the top of the third inning that put the Badgers up three runs and in control of the game.Wisconsin was also happy to have their top starting pitcher, Taylor-Paige Stewart whom was rested in their previous series against Green Bay, back on the mound. Stewart pitched a complete game for the Badgers, giving up five earned runs on 14 hits to pick up the win.After scoring 11 runs Friday, Wisconsin’s bats cooled off in the first game of their doubleheader Saturday against the Illini. The Badgers allowed Illinois to bounce back and even the series with a 5-3 win.Despite the loss, the Badgers enjoyed a solid outing from freshman pitcher Mariah Watts, who held the Illini to five runs, three of them earned, and six hits in six innings of work.Jenkins remained red hot in game two going 3-of-3 with a solo home run in the final inning that brought Wisconsin within two runs before eventually losing the game 5-3.Following the loss in game one of the doubleheader Saturday, Wisconsin hit the ball well once again in game three, but it would not be enough to prevent Illinois from closing out the series with a 12-8 win.Stewart started once again for the Badgers, but ultimately struggled in her second start of the series. The Wisconsin ace surrendered 12 runs on 15 hits and walked five in six innings.However, the Badgers were able to pick up their pitcher with their hitting. After being down 5-1 after two innings, Wisconsin erupted for seven runs in the third to put them up 8-5.Unfortunately for Wisconsin, Illinois continued to tack on runs after surrendering seven in the third while the Badgers seemed to be out of juice.The Badgers were unable to score the rest of the game on their way to a 12-8 loss.In the loss, Jenkins continued her tear, homering for the second straight day. Sophomore Chloe Miller helped keep Wisconsin in the game as well, going 2-of-3 with two RBI on the day.With the two losses to Illinois this weekend, Wisconsin has now lost six of its last nine Big Ten games.The Badgers will look to bounce back at home Tuesday when they welcome Western Illinois for a non-conference doubleheader at Goodman Diamond. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 3 p.m.last_img read more

Kilfeacle in All Ireland Junior Cup semi final

first_img© IRFU In a repeat of last weekend’s tie in Cashel – they make the trip to Armagh to take on City of Armagh at 2.30At the same time Nenagh Ormond play Blackrock College in New Ormond Park. The big game in the county this afternoon sees Kilfeacle Rugby Club feature in the All Ireland junior Cup semi final.They take on Newcastlewest at home at 2.In the Ulster Bank Leaguelast_img

FIFA blames GFA for Frimpong nationality switch delay

first_imgFifa has blamed the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for the delay of the nationality switch of Arsenal midfielder, Emmanuel Frimpong.The world’s football governing body told the GNA in a communique that the process has been held up due to the unavailability of documentation from the GFA required to decide the status of the 20-year-old Ghanaian-born midfielder.The revelation by the games governing body absolve it of any form of blame, leaving the matter at the doorsteps of the GFA to answer for the delay in the process which has lasted almost 12 months.Fifa catalogued the progressions reached on the issue, which has become a subject of discussion in local football circles. Frimpong is eligible to play for Ghana, despite representing England at the youth level.“On 13 December, 2011, FIFA received a formal request dated 21 November, 2011 from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for the change of association of the player Emmanuel Frimpong. FIFA thereupon requested the GFA the standard documentation needed to process such a request,” the Fifa correspondence to the newswire said.According to Fifa, “to date the GFA has not yet provided Fifa with a complete and updated file reflecting the current situation of the player, although Fifa has always immediately answered to all correspondence of the GFA and informed the latter of the necessary documents still needed.” “Moreover, on November 1, 2012; FIFA confirmed to the GFA that once in possession of the respective documents, it would immediately proceed to submit the matter to the deciding body,” Fifa stated.Frimpong played for the England Under-16 and U17 between 2007 and 2009, but pledged his future with the Black Stars on September 6, 2011 after a meeting with GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi in London.last_img read more

Black Stars players to appear before World Cup Commission

first_imgChairman of the 2014 World Cup Presidential Commission of Inquiry has said the Black Stars players are not exempted from appearing before it and that players will be invited to appear once it is deemed necessary.The three-member commission were sworn in by Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga on Monday to begin their work of probing into issues leading to Ghana’s disastrous campaign at the 2014 World Cup.The commission constituted by President John Mahama, has amongst its terms of reference, investigating “the preparations of the Ghana Black Stars for the tournament and lapses which might have caused the early exit of the team from the tournament and the management of the Black Stars team and events in their camp during the tournament.”Many suggested that players be included in the gathering of vital information in the commission’s work despite the fact that most of them are foreign-based. The Chairman of the Commission, Justice Senyo Dzamfe, has now confirmed that players will be called upon to provide evidence once the need for their appearance becomes necessary. Other members of the commission are lawyer Moses Foh-Amoaning and Kofi Anokye Owusu Darko.The commission is expected to conclude its work and make recommendations within 30-days.last_img read more