Cycling hit hard by coronavirus as races cancelled and teams pull out

first_imgIneos, also citing the death of sports director Nicolas Portal as a reason, will not take part in any race until March 23, so defending champion Egan Bernal, last year’s Tour de France winner, will be absent from the Paris-Nice stage race starting on Sunday.Mitchelton-Scott will not race at all until March 22.The European Cycling Union (UEC) said on Thursday that the BMX European Cup rounds in Verona on March 28 and 29 would be postponed.Paris-Nice organizers ASO have invited two teams, B&B Vital Concept and Circus Wanty Gobert, to make up for the withdrawals, also allowing eight riders per team instead of seven.With a peloton forming a 180-rider pack, riders sharing rooms and team buses, drinking from bottles prepared by team staff and often being close to fans, cycling is considered to be a sport in which the virus can spread easily.Most of the top races in March are being held in Italy, where more than 3,000 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus and over 100 have died.  Topics : The coronavirus outbreak continued to take its toll on cycling as teams withdrew from racing and organizers started to cancel events on Thursday.Race organizers in Italy, the European country most affected by the outbreak, said on Thursday they were cancelling Saturday’s Strade Bianche one-day race after Rome decided to hold events without fans.”RCS Sport will request the UCI [International Cycling Union], via the Italian Cycling Federation, to allocate a new date on the international cycling calendar for Strade Bianche and Strade Bianche Women Elite,” RCS said in a statement.center_img RCS has not yet said whether the Milan-Sanremo major classic and the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race – both scheduled for this month – will go ahead but some teams have already pulled out.”We have chosen to protect the health of our riders and staff and to take our responsibility for the society in not further spreading the virus,” said Astana manager Alexandre Vinokourov, whose team has withdrawn from racing until March 20.Team UAE Emirates also said they would not take part in Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan Sanremo and Paris-Nice while French team AG2R-La Mondiale said they would not participate in Italian races in March.Australia’s Mitchelton-Scott, Dutch outfit Jumbo-Visma, France’s Groupama-FDJ and Britain’s Ineos had already pulled out of at least the Strade Bianche race in the Siena province.last_img read more

La Nina to cause heavy rainfall across Indonesia until February: Weather agency

first_imgRead also: Jakarta braces for flooding as rainy season approaches, La Nina loomsAmong the regions that will enter the rainy season in October are the east coast of Aceh, part of Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, Bangka Island, Lampung, Banten, part of West Java, part of Central Java, part of East Java, part of East Kalimantan, part of North Kalimantan, part of Sulawesi island, North Maluku and part of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).La Nina, the periodic cooling of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, tends to cause extreme weather in the archipelago. Herizal said heavy rainfall triggered by La Nina could result in floods and landslides. Therefore, the agency urged local governments and related agencies to optimize their integrated water management systems, from upstream to downstream, by, among other measures, optimizing the flow capacity of rivers and canals to handle excess runoff. (aly)Topics : The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned that the current La Nina weather phenomenon could increase accumulated precipitation in Indonesia by up to 40 percent, with heavy rainfall expected in several regions across the archipelago.“However, La Nina effects different regions in Indonesia differently,” BMKG’s climatology deputy head Herizal said in a written statement on Saturday.In October and November, increased rainfall may occur in all regions but Sumatra, while from December until February 2021, heavy rainfall could possibly continue in the eastern part of Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku, North Maluku and Papua, he continued.last_img read more

Eidur Gudjohnsen tears into ’embarrassing’ Mesut Ozil after Europa League final defeat

first_imgEidur Gudjohnsen tears into ’embarrassing’ Mesut Ozil after Europa League final defeat Ozil stayed on the bench after the game, failing to join his team-mates on the pitch (Picture: GettyAnd Gudjohnsen, who was working as a pundit on BT Sport, accused Ozil of wanting a ‘standing ovation’ as he walked slowly off the field.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The one thing is you tell me if you’re the manager of Arsenal… you’re 4-1 down in the final you take Ozil off and he’s walking at the slowest pace like he’s waiting for a standing ovation,’ said Gudjohnsen.‘I’m sorry if that’s me i’d feel embarrassed, head down and I sprint off the pitch.‘He’s a wonderful player, tremendous quality but as a manager I could never watch that in my team.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEmery had won his previous three finals in the competition but tasted defeat for the first time in his fourth effort with Arsenal.The defeat means Arsenal will play in the Europa League for the third consecutive season and the Spaniard’s budget is expected to be around just £45m this summer.MORE: Eden Hazard says ‘goodbye’ to Chelsea and says he is ‘waiting’ on Real Madrid transfer Comment Mesut Ozil walked slowly off the pitch after being taken off in the 76th minute (Picture: Getty)Chelsea legend Eidur Gudjohnsen tore into Mesut Ozil after Arsenal’s crushing 4-1 defeat in the Europa League final and says the midfielder should be ’embarrassed’ of himself.The German failed to impact the game in Baku as Chelsea romped to a comfortable win to hand Maurizio Sarri his first trophy as a manager.Ozil was taken off by Unai Emery with 15 minutes to go when the score was 4-1 and the playmaker was replaced by youngster Joe Willock.The German walked slowly off the pitch, showing no urgency to get off the field so that the game could restart and he was seen mouthing off on the bench behind Emery’s bench.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 May 2019 10:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Gary Neville reveals Sir Alex Ferguson’s special plan for stopping Arsenal and Thierry Henry

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 Apr 2020 10:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Ferguson didn’t want Vieira refereeing the games (Picture: Getty)‘He’d say things like, “I don’t want [Patrick] Vieira refereeing this game today. I don’t want [Tony] Adams refereeing this game, I don’t want [Martin] Keown refereeing this game today”. Little things like that in the dressing room. ‘He would never say, “I want you to intimidate the referee”. People think that happened, that would never happen. But he would say things like, “Don’t let these little things happen. They’re differences in matches.”‘Henry was singled out for special treatment, with Ferguson realising the French World Cup winner couldn’t be stoped by just one defender.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Against Arsenal, certainly for two or three years, Darren [Fletcher] would come into the team, my brother would go into midfield, I would be at right-back with John O’Shea at left-back… we really would go with a far more solid unit and make sure,’ Neville added. ‘He [Sir Alex] used to say, “You can’t mark Henry with one person. First one goes in and then the second one comes in and then the third one”. ‘We used to have three or four players around them on that left-hand side, it would be me, Wes Brown, Darren Fletcher, Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] or Becks [David Beckham] or whoever it was and the first person used to sprint and tackle, the second one had to get behind him and close and eventually you’d stop them. Advertisement Henry was singled out for special treatment (Picture: Getty)‘We had a very good record against them in that period when we started to adapt more. We couldn’t take them on punch for punch. Sir Alex’s view was, “Find a way”. He always used to say, “Find a way to win. It doesn’t matter how, just find a way.” ‘We’d have centre-halves up front for the last 10 minutes, four strikers, playing nobody at the back, goalkeepers going for corners… there was an element of madness to us in the last 10 minutes at times. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But he always took risks to win matches. Sometimes those risks were attacking risks, sometimes they were defensive where we actually forgot a lot of our footballing principles. He would definitely look at those types of things before matches, especially big matches.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementcenter_img Gary Neville reveals Sir Alex Ferguson’s special plan for stopping Arsenal and Thierry Henry Comment Sir Alex Ferguson had special plans for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson would deploy special tactics to ‘stop Arsenal playing’, while targeting the likes of Thierry Henry. Manchester United’s rivalry with Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal dominated the Premier League for several years at the start of this century, with the two teams going toe-to-toe to win the title. Ferguson was known to be a master of mind games and Neville admitted he looked for every possible advantage by riling up his players ahead of big matches. And he would send his team out with special messages ahead of clashes with the Gunners, to ensure they approached the game in the right mindset.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘There was probably two or three years against Arsenal, where we had a really good record against them, where purely the main tactic of the game was to stop them playing,’ Neville told Sky Sports. ‘He always had this feeling, Sir Alex, he felt like they couldn’t be tackled. He said, “Henry, [Robert] Pires… I see no other players tackling them. I see no other players getting around them. They’re all too busy thinking about trying to swap shirts with them”. ‘He used to say things like that. He said, “Forget about that nonsense!” and stuff like that before matches that would psychologically get into our heads about how we deal with these. last_img read more

Klaipedos Nafta to Operate LNG Terminal in Brazil

first_imgLithuanian company AB Klaipedos Nafta (KN) has been appointed as the operator of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Brazilian Port of Açu.KN, KN Açu Serviços de Terminal de GNL Ltda. (Brazilian SPV) and Gas Natural Açu (GNA), which is a joint venture among Prumo Logistica, BP and Siemens, signed an operation and maintenance services agreement for the provision of the relevant services.As informed, the agreement will become effective once GNA receives remaining corporate and lenders approvals. The initial term of the agreement is for a 13-year operational period following the completion of the LNG terminal and can be extended upon mutual agreement.The new terminal in the Port of Açu is due to start operations in 2020 for the commissioning of GNA’s thermal power plant, UTE GNA I.KN through its subsidiaries has established a special purpose company — the Brazilian SPV — which will be responsible for the provision of services. The services will include maintenance of the jetty and its installations, gas pipeline and gas metering stations as well as supporting the commissioning of the LNG terminal.“I am excited that today KN brings its expertise to a key project in the expanding Brazilian energy market and I believe that by choosing an independent operator GNA has established the most effective setup for the operations at the Port of Açu LNG terminal,” Darius Šilenskis, CEO of KN, commented.The LNG-to-power project, developed by GNA at the Port of Açu, is the largest of its kind in South America. Currently, the project includes the development of two natural gas-fired thermoelectric plants (GNA I and GNA II) with a combined capacity of 3 GW and the LNG terminal with a regasification capacity of 21mm m3/day.The newly built floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) BW Magna of 170,000 cubic meter storage capacity is delivered and operated by BW, while the liquefied natural gas will be supplied by BP, also a shareholder of GNA.last_img read more

Kiwi man sentenced for assisted suicides of three disabled people in South Africa

first_imgDavison was accused in court documents of engaging in euthanasia – not only assisted suicide – since he took the final actions that caused death. “These facts demonstrate that it’s not necessary for a doctor to perform euthanasia or assisted suicide, which is one of the points made in the Doctors Say No open letter,” she said.READ MORE: The 58-year-old, who initially faced three charges of premedited murder at the Western Cape High Court, will serve another five years on probation following the house arrest. However, a conviction of a similar crime during that period could put him behind bars for the full eight years. Renée Joubert, executive officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ, a group which opposes euthanasia and assisted dying in New Zealand, applauded the decision today. TVNZ One News 20 June 2019Family First Comment: This is perfect evidence of how far proponents of euthanasia will go. Don’t even open the door to them….The first charge against Davison was that he administered a lethal dose of medication in 2013 to a quadriplegic after a motor vehicle accident. The second charge related to causing death by asphyxiation in 2015 to Justin Varian, who wasn’t in physical pain but that loneliness and a sense of isolation contributed to his desire to dieAuckland-born euthanasia advocate Sean Davison has been ordered by a South African court to serve three years under house arrest after pleading guilty to assisted suicide.last_img read more

DABA 2011 LIME National Basketball League Results

first_img Share Tweet Share Share 37 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! NewsSports DABA 2011 LIME National Basketball League Results by: – June 14, 2012 It was yet another exicited evening of basketball on Wednesday 13th June 2012 in Massacre.The Massacre Basketball Court, was the venue and the teams which were tasked with the responsibility of drawing the fans to the venue were the Police Sports Club versus Laplaine Avengers in the Vita Malt Division 2 and the national champions, Gatorade Blazers versus United Insurance Sharks in the Premier Division. Game 1The Police Sports Club and the Laplaine Avengers were two teams in need of a victory to begin their push for the playoffs. Avengers having lost their first two matches, were keen on turning around a poor start to their 2012 campaign. They opened the game looking like the more determined team. The coach of the Police team was forced to call a time out withing three minutes of the first quarter, due to the lawmen lackluster performance. Avengers build on the police inability to execute easy layups, which led to them holding a first quarter lead of four points. The teams stepped up their performance in the second quarter and demonstrated a much more fluent offensive showing. At the end of the first half, Avengers led by two points (36-34). In the third quarter, none of the teams were able to take the initiative and seize the opportunity to build on a lead, which would prove to be a low scoring quarter. Both teams combining for nineteen points. Entering the fourth quarter, Avengers were clinging onto the smallest of advantage. The lawmen led by their guard Floyd Theodore, played very aggresive leading to three of the Avengers players fouling out. It was a spirited effort by Floyd Theodore, who scored ten of the fifteen points scored by his team. With under twenty seconds to go Avengers had the ball and were down by two points. The lawmen displayed great defence, forcing a turnover and hung on for the two points victory (59-57). Avengers has now drop to (0-3), while the Police improved the record to (1-1).Game 2This was the matchup that the huge crowd came to see, however the Sharks team wasn’t detered by the crowd support for the Blazers team. The defending champion were playing their second match of the season and were without the 2011 MVP, Felix Thomas. Sharks took full advantage of the oportunity presented to them and With the few fans who travelled to support them, they amazed the huge crowd with the offensive execution. At the end of the first period, Sharks held a seven points lead (29-22). The second period proved to be a better period for the champions, with under one minute to go in the half, Blazers took their first lead, however the lead only lasted for twenty seconds and Sharks ended the half with four unanswered points.At the end of the first half, thou been outscored in the second quarter, Shark had a three points lead at the end of the first half. The third period started with Blazers feeding off their home support, drawing the scores even at (53-53). However this would be the closest the defending champions came. Royce Ceasar took the initiative and the defending champions could not contain or find answers for his dominating display of ball handling skills and scoring. It was Ceasar versus Blazers, he scored seventeen of the twenty seven points scored by Sharks in the third quarter. Ceasar’s performance left Blazers facing a ten point deficit entering the forth period. In the forth period the defending champions showed why they are regarded as a basketball power house, came storming back, led by a spirited effort from their bench players. Their sperited effort came crushing down, by untimely turnovers which deflated their fight back. Sharks were unfazed, and took crucial rebounds and extended their lead for good, winning the game (97-86). Sharks dominating effort was a signal to the rest of the teams. The huge crowd was left with mix feelings, they were astounded by Sharks performance and shocked at what was a surprising defeat on their home court. they however appreciated the level of basketball played by the Sharks team.Lester Langlaise scored ten points in the first quarter and went scoreless for the rest of the game. while the duo of Neverson Jno Baptist and Royce Cesar combined for forty two points, twenty six of which came in the second half. Sharks have remained undefeated and improved their record to (3-0), Blazers have fallen to (1-1).Matches will continue of Friday 15th June 2012 at Goodwill.By: Gary Benjaminlast_img read more

Mr. George Edward “Eddie” Ramsey

first_imgMr. George Edward “Eddie” Ramsey, age 55, of Madison, Indiana, formerly of Center Square, Indiana, entered this life on January 28, 1964 in Anderson, Indiana. He was the son of the late George Dewey Ramsey, Jr. and Mary Carolyn (Marshall) Ramsey. He was raised in Center Square, Indiana and was a 1982 graduate of Switzerland County High School. Eddie graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in 2017 with an associate’s degree in general studies. He was currently studying psychology at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana to obtain his bachelor’s degree, which was to be completed in December 2019. Eddie was currently employed as a Direct Support Professional for ResCare in Madison, Indiana since May 2019. He was a former General Manager for Subway for the past four years. Eddie was a former cook for Key West Shrimp House, The Downtowner and The Red Pepper in Madison, Indiana for several years. He was a former CNA for Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana for several years and a former Restaurant Manager for Pilot Flying J for several years. Eddie enjoyed all sports, especially University of Kentucky Basketball, Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds. Eddie will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Eddie passed away at 3:30 a.m., Thursday, November 28, 2019, at his residence in Madison, Indiana.Eddie will be missed by his sisters, Kim Fornash of Hanover, IN and Tanya Pike & her husband: Billy of Bennington, IN; his nieces, Krystal Baringhaus, Stacey Earl, Amanda Krall and Sydney Sefton; his nephews, Matt Earl, Will Pike, Eric Fornash and Aaron Fornash; his great-nieces, Cassidy, Lily, Shea, Ramsey, Bexlee and Angel and his great-nephews, Anthony, Draven, Jace, Maverick, Locklan and Caleb.He was preceded in death by parents, George Dewey Ramsey, Jr. and Mary Carolyn (Marshall) Ramsey; his sister, Terri Wright; his nephew, Brett Lee Fornash; his paternal-grandparents, George Dewey Ramsey, Sr. and Mary B. (Covington) Ramsey and his maternal-grandparents, Lester C. Marshall, Sr. and Jessie J. (Sharp) Marshall.A Celebration of Eddie’s Life will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Friends may call 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 6, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the George Edward “Eddie” Ramsey Memorial Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

DWD hosting reemployment session Thursday

first_imgStatewide— The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is hosting a virtual reemployment and benefits orientation session this Thursday for displaced workers across the state. The digital event will discuss reemployment services, community resources, employee benefits, and unemployment insurance.The orientation is scheduled for this Thursday, May 7, from 2 to 3 p.m. Click here for the link to register.last_img

Mata eyes Premier League success

first_img Press Association The 25-year-old playmaker has won the World Cup and European Championships with Spain and has now added the Europa League to the Champions League Chelsea won in 2012. Following the 2-1 victory over Benfica in Amsterdam, Mata hopes to realise his ambition of winning the Premier League in his third season at Stamford Bridge next term, and he said: “I feel very proud of what I have done, but I want to do more. I want to win more trophies, for example the Premier League. It would be very special for me.” Juan Mata is targeting winning the Barclays Premier League with Chelsea after adding the Europa League to his already impressive haul of silverware.center_img He added: “It’s the first time for a club to win the Champions League one season and the Europa League the following season. It’s very difficult to do it in two consecutive seasons and I think we feel really proud of this team.” Brazil defender or midfielder David Luiz shares Mata’s desire for a Premier League title. “We need to win titles,” Luiz said. “This is a big club. Always you have the opportunity to play big games, play important competitions, so next year Chelsea want more European titles, want the Premier League, want everything. “The team has a lot of quality that’s why we won two big trophies in two years. “The Premier League this season was a little bit bad [but] I think this team has a lot of quality for the Premier League next year.” last_img read more