The Latest: Abe says Japan to host 2020 Olympics as planned

first_imgTeams from Australia, Japan, South Africa and Argentina also compete in the competition, which runs from January through to June. ___12:45 p.m.The Edinburgh Marathon has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The race was due to take place on May 24, but organizers have announced it will be postponed. March 14, 2020 More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press The Latest: Abe says Japan to host 2020 Olympics as planned 1:40 p.m.Super Rugby organizers have decided to suspend the competition indefinitely after the weekend’s games because of the coronavirus pandemic.SANZAAR, the southern hemisphere rugby body that runs Super Rugby, says Saturday the tournament will be off for the “foreseeable future.” The decision was prompted by the New Zealand government’s directive that people entering from trips overseas, including returning New Zealand citizens, would have to self-isolate for 14 days from Monday.That would make Super Rugby untenable, with the tournament featuring teams from five nations, including five from New Zealand, and involving regular travel between countries. center_img Race director Neil Kilgour said a new date for the marathon in the Scottish capital is expected to be announced on Monday, ___10:45 a.m.Two more Fiorentina players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club physiotherapist.The top-tier Italian league soccer team tweets that defender and club captain Germán Pezzella, forward Patrick Cutrone and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli “are in good health at their homes in Florence.” They were tested after “showing some symptoms.” The club had already announced on Friday that 20-year-old striker Dušan Vlahović tested positive.With Cutrone and Pezzella added to the list with Vlahović, there are now nine Serie A players who have tested positive. The others are Daniele Rugani of Juventus plus five Sampdoria players: Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby.Serie A is suspended until at least April 3 as part of a nationwide lockdown in Italy intended to contain the virus.Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___ Abe says there were no discussions about postponing or canceling the games during talks with U.S. President Donald Trump, who suggested this week that Japan should consider postponing the Olympics because of the spread of the coronavirus. Abe says Japan is continuing to “coordinate well” with the International Olympic Committee, adding: “We have to overcome the spread of the infection and want to hold the Olympics and Paralympics as planned.”The Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 24-Aug. 9, and the Paralympics Aug. 25-Sept. 6.Abe says the virus outbreak has not reached a point in Japan that requires him to declare a national emergency like the United States and parts of Europe.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times UK):3 p.m.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his country still intends to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo as planned.last_img read more

Aussie players to boycott ‘A’ tour of SA if MOU isn’t signed

first_img(REUTERS)-Australia’s players will boycott an “A” team tour of South Africa later this month unless a new pay deal is struck with Cricket Australia beforehand, the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) said on Sunday.An emergency meeting of players in a Sydney hotel decided that those selected for the Australia “A” tour of South Africa would gather in Brisbane on Monday but only travel if a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was agreed.The previous MoU expired at midnight on Friday, leaving around 230 leading cricketers without contracts and the fate of future tours in limbo.“They don’t intend to tour but the reality is they don’t fly out of the country until Friday,” ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson told a news conference after the meeting.“So the players are going to go into camp as planned and hopefully we can make some progress with regards to the MoU. There would need to be a significant breakthrough on the key issue of the revenue sharing model.”Batsman Usman Khawaja, who was named as captain of the “A” squad that also included test veterans Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Agar and Jackson Bird, said boycotting the tour would not be a decision taken lightly.“Hopefully something can be resolved, but if it’s not, it’s a tough decision that sort of has to be made,” he told reporters. “Not to go is a sacrifice in some respects but we see the broader picture.”At the heart of the acrimonious dispute is Cricket Australia’s insistence that the two-decade-old model, under which players get a fixed percentage of revenue, should be jettisoned.CA believes the revenue-share model is unfit for modern times and is starving grass-roots cricket of funding, while players say it has underpinned the game’s growth and prosperity over the past 20 years.The governing body later released a statement “noting” the ACA’s decision.“Australia A is a development tour which gives players an opportunity to perform at a high level,” it read.“It is therefore surprising that players would elect not to tour, however CA has never, and would never attempt to force anyone to play for an Australian team who is unwilling to do so.“CA remains ready to negotiate a new MoU and has again called on the ACA to show genuine flexibility and commence negotiations in the best interests of the players and the game.”Australia “A” are scheduled to play two four-day matches and a 50-over tri-series against India and South Africa on the tour.The senior team next play a two-Test series in Bangladesh in August and September before a one-day series in India and the Ashes against England.last_img read more

Gbinije contributes off bench in 1st game at former school Duke

first_img Published on February 23, 2014 at 5:31 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 DURHAM, N.C. — The Cameron Crazies are notoriously harsh and on Saturday, Michael Gbinije learned that homecomings at Cameron Indoor Stadium can be brutal.From the moment he stepped on Coach K Court, Gbinije was showered with taunts from the unappreciative Crazies.“Gbi-ni-je! Still doesn’t play!” they chanted as he shot around during warm-ups.Through the first half, though, he played plenty — 12 minutes to be exact — and was one of the best players on the floor. No. 1 Syracuse lost to No. 5 Duke 66-60, but Gbinije scored eight points in the opening frame.He didn’t wait long to draw the ire of the 9,314-person crowd for his actions on the court, either. Just 6:28 into the game, Gbinije intercepted Jabari Parker’s pass and took it the other way for what should have been an easy layup. Andre Dawkins grabbed his jersey and was whistled for an intentional foul.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Cameron Crazies were livid. Gbinije calmly sunk both free throws and the Orange kept the ball.Two minutes later, Tyler Ennis grabbed a steal and hit Gbinije for a trailing 3 in transition.“I thought Mike did a great job coming in,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.Boeheim plays with a small rotation, so the contributions of Gbinije and backup center Baye Moussa Keita were critical.“Both guys played tremendous,” he said.He added another 3 from the corner late in the first half, but saw his role shrink in the second frame. That reopened the door for derisive cheers from the Cameron crowd.When he inbounded the ball across from Syracuse’s bench and in front of a horde of Duke students, Gbinije was met with angry heckling. When he fouled Amile Jefferson on nearly the same spot on the court, the Blue Devil faithful chanted, “We don’t miss you!”Gbinije left the locker room before media was able to enter, but in a familiar gym he delivered one of the most admirable performances of his college career.“Mike coming in really is a good thing for us moving forward,” Boeheim said. “It’s tough to come back down here and play. He played his best game of the year.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Fifty-one more patients file suits against Tyndall and USC, motivated to change ‘a culture of secrecy and silence’

first_imgFifty-one women filed lawsuits on Monday against USC, alleging the University mishandled and ignored accusations that former health center gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall sexually abused his patients. This is the largest group of women to collectively sue USC and Tyndall, more than doubling the number of cases already filed. Andy Rubenstein, the head of litigation at Houston-based law firm D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, will represent the 51 women in seven separate lawsuits. Out of the 51, six have come forward with their names, with the remaining 45 women as Jane Does.“The USC cover-up of Dr. Tyndall’s abuses is just another example of how colleges and universities protect predators, not students,” Rubenstein said in a press release. “A blind eye was turned toward these women’s pleas for help … USC’s inexcusable inaction gave Dr. Tyndall the opportunity to abuse countless more patients over many years.”On Monday, Rubenstein and several of his clients held a press conference at The London West Hollywood hotel. Rubenstein said Tyndall performed unnecessary pelvic exams and “invented diagnoses” to ensure follow-up appointments with his patients.“After The Los Angeles Times report came out in mid-May … people were reaching out to us, and initially we weren’t sure how many clients we would end up representing,” Rubenstein said. “Even from the first client, we were talking amongst ourselves at the firm and with the client and realized that this was going to be a different kind of case because we were really fighting for change at the University, which is not generally what most lawsuits can accomplish.”One of Rubenstein’s clients, Dana Loewy, said that when news regarding Tyndall’s sexual misconduct allegations broke out, Loewy was upset that she was “just one of potentially hundreds — if not thousands — of other women, and that made [her] angry that [her] own alma mater would allow such a thing to go on for 27 years.”Loewy attended USC from 1988 to 1995 and graduated with a doctorate in English. While she calls herself a “proud Woman of Troy,” her appointment with Tyndall — a routine, annual pelvic exam — felt “really creepy and strangely intimate” from the beginning and casted a shadow on her college experience.“Something was off,” Loewy said. “But at USC, he was the only full-time doctor at the time. It didn’t occur to me that I was not in good hands, so you kind of even questioned your own judgment.”As Loewy prepared for the examination, she claimed Tyndall made a remark about a small tattoo on her inner thigh. “It was not so much what he said, but how he said it, the way he spoke and his very casual manner that made the entire office visit awful,” she said.For Loewy, the pelvic exam was highly inappropriate.“He thrust his fingers inside me and I remember that he caused me excruciating pain, and I squirmed and protested and he told me not to make such a fuss,” she said. “And then, it was like a light switch was turned on and he changed his demeanor and he said that I must be in so much pain because I was still a virgin.”After her appointment with Tyndall, Loewy avoided male gynecologists. Loewy said that she and a friend of hers had a moniker for the doctor: “The Butcher.”“We called him ‘The Butcher’ because of his menacing demeanor,” Loewy said. “But also, I seem to remember that he had very thick hands — less like a surgeon and more like a butcher.”Another one of Rubenstein’s clients, Amanda Davis, also said that her appointment with Tyndall has been ingrained in her brain for the past 17 years. A single mother who attended USC from 1999 to 2002, Davis claimed Tyndall took nude photos of her during their appointment for research purposes.“He started talking about how women’s bodies change when they’re pregnant and then give birth, and how they can get their bodies back to how they were before,” Davis said. “He said he was doing research on that topic and would I mind if he take a picture. At that time, I [was] from a very small country town. I was raised to trust especially authority figures like doctors.”When The Los Angeles Times published its investigation on Tyndall, Davis, like Loewy, found information about D. Miller & Associates and has been involved as a plaintiff ever since. “In order to help other women, I needed to deal with [my] feelings and emotions, and that needed to be through coming forward,” Davis said. “In this whole experience already I have definitely had some healing just hearing the other stories. There have been so many similarities … Definitely sad and angry that people went through the same thing that I did, but it also gives me validation that I wasn’t the only one. It’s definitely been like a sisterhood, very empowering.”Now that lawsuits have been filed, Davis said that “the ball is really in USC’s court.”“We’d like them to make a decision to not just stuff this under the rug but to be an example and create a USC standard to not just implement this on campus but with other colleges and institutions as well,” Davis said. “Because it’s not just USC. There is stuff going on, a culture of cover-up.”The University’s mishandling of this situation prompted former President C. L. Max Nikias’ resignation in late May, a few weeks after the Tyndall investigation was brought to light. This case comes during the time of the #MeToo movement, which has highlighted the issue of consent in sexual harassment encounters perpetrated by those in authority. A more recent case includes the Ohio State University wrestling team’s allegations that its former assistant coach Jim Jordan — a current Congressman — ignored alleged sexual misconduct by a former physician on the team’s players. Jordan has denied knowledge of any abuse.Loewy said that in the next few weeks or months, she would like to be involved in a task force that addresses “what we believe to be a systemic problem at USC.”“The old boys’ network, which worked so much for many alumni, has engendered a culture of secrecy and silence,” Loewy said.According to The Los Angeles Times, Rick Caruso, elected chairman of the Board of Trustees, said he wants the litigation to be settled “as quickly as possible” without trials and depositions that would require former patients to delve into explicit detail regarding their experiences with Tyndall.“We are going to be fair, we are going to be dignified and we are going to have a process that does not put them through hardship in coming to a resolution,” Caruso said to The Los Angeles Times.As of Monday, more than 225 women — both current students and alumnae — are suing Tyndall and the University.last_img read more

BH Basketball Players Defeated Sweden

first_imgThe best basketball players of representation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the hall “Arena” in Zenica, won a Swedish national team with the result of 89:74.The game was played as part of the qualification for the European Championship2015. In addition the match had a humanitarian character, because the revenue from the tickets will be donated to help the people of BiH whose household were devastated by floods.In the third quarters, the national team of BiH played better and had a result of 10 points difference (72:62).The most efficient in BiH team was Mirza Teletović with 18 points, Elmedin Kikanović added 15, and Jusuf Nurkić 14.In the team of Sweden, Alexander Lidnqvist and Martin Pahlmblad were the most efficient with 16 points. (Source: Fena)last_img read more

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts Celebrates Arts Walk

first_imgFacebook52Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsJoin the Washington Center for the Performing Arts as we celebrate Olympia Arts Walk and Procession of the Species Celebration Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28! The Center has a full schedule of events accompanying the variety of art and performances happening throughout downtown Olympia.Center hours for this Spring’s Arts Walk are:Friday, April 27, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.Saturday, April 28, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Schedule of eventsBe sure to check out the Show of Hearts Gallery. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing artsFriday, April 27, 2018 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: Lisa Geertsen, Show of Hearts7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: The Tuned In Academy – Musical Showcase (WCPA Orchestra Lobby)7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Studio West Dance Academy (Out front of the Center – In Street)Saturday, April 28, 2018 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Lisa Geertsen, Show of Hearts (Lisa will not be on site)2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Student Orchestra of Greater Olympia’s “Pet the Instruments” (with Hand’s On Children’s Museum activity in the Black Box)The Instrument Petting Zoo is just one of the many fun things to do at Arts Walk. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing artsWe will have light concessions available both days in our concessions area. The public is also encouraged to attend the dedication of the City of Olympia’s Music Out Loud mosaic honoring Verne Eke Saturday, designed by local artist Jennifer Kuhns. The mosaic honoring Eke is one of three mosaics in downtown that will be dedicated from noon to 2:00 p.m. on a walking tour beginning at the intersection of 4th Ave and Chestnut St, leading to 5th Ave and Capitol Way.The Washington Center is thrilled to be the home of the Verne Eke mosaic. Eke founded the Capital Area Association for the Performing Arts (CAAPA) in 1973, committed to creating a center for the arts in Olympia. CAAPA, together with the help of the Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team and the Patrons of South Sound Cultural Activities, fundraised and selected the site of the existing Washington Center.Art is everywhere, even on the sidewalk (mosiac by Verne Eke) Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing artslast_img read more

SBW fan makes ABs hijab

first_imgThe Aucklander captured attention on Saturday night wearing her special homemade All Blacks hijab at the test match against South Africa.The idea of a “rugby hijab” was suggested to her by her sons during the 2011 Rugby World Cup and Ali said she always wears it on game day.”My boys decided I am a big fan but there was one thing missing to my All Blacks outfit and thought it was a great idea to have my All Blacks hijab made up for me to wear on game days,” said Ali, who was spotted on camera celebrating a New Zealand try in the 57-0 rout of the Springboks last Saturday night.Originally, Ali took her hijab to a printing outlet who turned her away because of copyright. Not being one to let obstacles get in the way, the finance worker turned her art to sewing, which she had never attempted before. She cut the logo out of a beanie she owned and sewed it to the original hijab.Ali said it was important for the Muslim community to come forward and share their identity as it should be commonplace in such a multi-cultural country as New Zealand.”I have a social life as well and being a Muslim shouldn’t make any difference. I am an individual just like you.”Her message to other Muslims, whether they are rugby fans or not, was “don’t be shy to show your identity and wear your religion proudly”.”We should all respect one another’s religion.”Ali was originally from Fiji, but moved to Auckland in 1988 and has since called Manukau home. She has alway supported the All Blacks even against Fiji, which she is not sorry about.The massive All Blacks supporter attends every match she can in Auckland.While she loves the entire team, her favourite player is fellow Muslim Sonny Bill Williams.”I admire them all, but I admire the way he plays and he is a great role model for all Muslims.”While she would rather be an “original”, she is happy for her All Blacks scarf to go viral and be sold on the shelves.But she will always continue wearing her own “Ali Special”. Photo caption: Rehana Ali and her husban Azam Ali supporting the All Blacks in her uniquely designed All Blacks hijab.last_img read more

Ebola Survivor Groups to Merge

first_imgThe President of the Ebola Survivors Association of Liberia, Korlia Bonarwolo, has said the proposed plan to merge with the Ebola Survivors Network will bring unity among survivors across the country, instead of causing a division.At long last, the dream of Ebola survivors to unite under a single umbrella organization is now in the pipeline, which means that they will be speaking with one voice causing their plights to be addressed in a timely manner, Mr. Bonarwolo said during a mass meeting of Ebola Survivors at the University of Liberia auditorium.He added that the reason enough attention on the wellbeing of survivors has not been properly tackled is because of too many organizations seeking the welfare of survivors.“I strongly believe that if this planned merger actually works out, things would get better for us. As for the organization I’m representing, we give our unflinching support to ensure that this plan becomes a success.“It is about time that we uphold the dream and vision of survivors calling for a single organization that will advocate for their welfare, which at the end of the day will yield results. If we are serious about seeking the welfare of every survivor in Liberia, then we should do everything possible to make this merger happen.“Politicians have used their strategies to divide us; therefore, it is now time that we come together under one umbrella in order to remain united,” he said.In her remarks, the National Secretary General of the Ebola Survivors Network, Tee Love Lorpseh, said, “For too long disunity has been in our midst making us lack a strong voice, but coming together will strengthen us as a group. Coming together will avoid the preaching of dissimilar agenda by different Ebola survivor associations concerning the wellbeing of survivors.“Let us take the lead for other survivors in the country; let us work together to make sure that whatever has been discussed is fully achieved,” she said.At the end of the meeting, it was agreed upon to disband the other Ebola survivor associations and form a workout plan for the merger and joining of the Ebola survivors’ network. It was also agreed that the new committee will take on the responsibility to draft the Constitution and thereafter present the draft to the survivor community for consultation.However, it was not made clear when the merger will official happen, which will fully disband all existing Ebola survivor associations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arsenal and Liverpool target to wait until the end of the season to decide future

first_img Jackson Martinez 1 Arsenal and Liverpool target Jackson Martinez says he will wait until the end of the season before deciding his future.Martinez has been continually linked with a move away from Porto in the past six months, despite signing a contract extension until 2017 last summer.Arsene Wenger is reportedly a long-term admirer of the striker, who has 76 goals in 102 appearances for Porto.And with speculation surrounding his future growing, the 28-year-old says he will let his agent sort out matters at the end of the season.“My agent is in charge of the negotiations. I prefer to stay out of it,” said Martinez.“At the end of the season I hope to receive some interesting proposals.”last_img read more

4,500 acre Malibu fire is 80 percent contained

first_imgMALIBU – Headed into Day Four, the 4,500-acre Malibu fire was about 80 percent contained today, with no active flames reported. Six homes, including a landmark castle and at least three oceanfront homes, the Malibu Presbyterian Church and five businesses in the Malibu Colony shopping center were destroyed in the early hours of the blaze, which roared out of Malibu Canyon before dawn on Sunday. All together, 22 structures were damaged or destroyed. The fire, which was burning east from Malibu Canyon, was halted before reaching Las Flores Canyon. How the fire started has not been determined, but it is believed to have been sparked near Malibu Canyon and Piuma roads by power lines blown down by Santa Ana winds that were clocked at hurricane force in the area. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Some canyon roads were reopened today, and some of the roughly 1,500 evacuees were being allowed to go home. No serious injuries were reported in connection with the fire. last_img read more