Fans might return to stadiums in England in October

first_imgLondon, UK | XINHUA | Fans could return to stadiums in England in October if pilot events go well, announced the British government on Friday.All mass gatherings have been suspended here since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic before snooker, football, cricket and a few elite sport events resumed in June behind closed doors.“From October, we intend to bring back audiences in stadia and to allow conferences and other business events to recommence,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday, but emphasized that these changes must be done in a COVID-19 secure way and subject to the successful outcome of pilot events.A small number of sporting events will be used to pilot the safe return of spectators through late July and early August. They are expected to include two men’s county cricket friendly matches, the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre from July 31 and the Glorious Goodwood horse racing festival on August 1.“There are also likely to be further pilot events for other sports, in order to build up to and prepare for the full, socially distanced return of sporting events from 1 October 2020,” read a statement released by the British Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). “For months millions of us have felt the void of being unable to go to the match to support our team or attend a top-class sporting event. So I am pleased that we are now able to move forward with a plan to help venues safely reopen their doors to fans,” said Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston.“Although it will remain some time before venues are full to capacity, this is a major step in the right direction for the resumption of live spectator sport across the country.”Earlier this month, the British government has allowed some sporting events to exempt from quarantine in England, giving the green light for the return of F1, snooker, golf and international football competitions.******XINHUAShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Girls’ golf rocks at the Bridgestone Challenge

first_img This time it was the turn of the ambassadors to have fun and to show off their skills in the pro-am which preceded this week’s Challenge Tour event.  The 11-handicapper commented: “These big events give you a look at what really championships are like and you are treated more as a professional than an amateur.” Sophie, 15, gave a great demonstration of girl power when she won the long drive competition with her 232-yard tee shot on the first hole.  Imogen, 16, who was runner-up in the PING women’s fourball betterball Grand Final the day before, enjoyed the sense of occasion she experienced over the two days.  “I’ve always loved it,” said 16-year-old Ysobel, who wants to be a PE teacher and who has helped the project collect three awards and was individually Essex golfer of the year in 2016.  Girls’ golf has been rocking at the Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo where teams of ambassadors from Bedfordshire and Essex showed off their skills. Sophie, 15, gave a great demonstration of girl power when she won the long drive competition with her 232-yard tee shot on the first hole.  The Bedfordshire ambassadors made a similar impression on Richard Finch, a two-time winner on the European Tour. He commented: “They were very good. They hit some amazing shots and the way they behaved on the golf course was first class.”  Their professional, Jack Senior is well versed in women’s golf, thanks to his girlfriend Bethany Garton, who has been Lancashire champion. Afterwards he said of his team: “The girls all played good, they were impressive – and they enjoyed it. That’s the big thing, if you don’t enjoy it, there’s no point doing it.” 7 Sep 2017 Girls’ golf rocks at the Bridgestone Challenge Their professional, Jack Senior is well versed in women’s golf, thanks to his girlfriend Bethany Garton, who has been Lancashire champion. Afterwards he said of his team: “The girls all played good, they were impressive – and they enjoyed it.  That’s the big thing, if you don’t enjoy it, there’s no point doing it.” The five-handicapper is a past winner of the Abraham Trophy, for England’s most improved girl golfer, and, with Ysobel, was one of the first ambassadors when Girls Golf Rocks started in Essex three years ago.  Girls’ golf has been rocking at the Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo where teams of ambassadors from Bedfordshire and Essex showed off their skills. Girls’ golf rocks at the Bridgestone Challenge  Ysobel Lush, Sophie Wheeler and Charley Hatley from Essex teamed up with professional Jack Senior (pictured top) while Bedfordshire’s Chanel Fontaine-Geary, Imogen Morton-King and Estelle Klausner were partnered by Richard Finch (pictured below).  The 11-handicapper commented: “These big events give you a look at what really championships are like and you are treated more as a professional than an amateur.” Girls Golf Rocks is the successful project run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation which encourages girls to take up the sport. It’s supported by ambassadors from county girls’ sqauds who help the newcomers and show them it’s a fun, friendly game.  Charley, 17, an ambassador for two years, loved the pro-am experience. “It’s been really good to play this course, which I might never be able to play again, and to play with a Tour player. It’s pretty amazing!”  Images copyright Leaderboard Photography Charley, 17, an ambassador for two years, loved the pro-am experience. “It’s been really good to play this course, which I might never be able to play again, and to play with a Tour player. It’s pretty amazing!”  The girls picked up tips. Estelle, 14, was shown how to improve her putting stroke to reduce her 20 handicap, while ten-handicapper Chanel, 12, was advised not to rush her swing.  “I’ve always loved it,” said 16-year-old Ysobel, who wants to be a PE teacher and who has helped the project collect three awards and was individually Essex golfer of the year in 2016.  Ysobel Lush, Sophie Wheeler and Charley Hatley from Essex teamed up with professional Jack Senior, while Bedfordshire’s Chanel Fontaine-Geary, Imogen Morton-King and Estelle Klausner were partnered by Richard Finch.  Captions  Top, from left, Essex ambassadors Charley Hatley, Ysobel Lush and Sophie Wheel with Jack Senior.  Below, from left, Bedfordshire ambassadors Chanel Fontaine-Geary, Imogen Morton-King and Estelle Klausner with Richard Finch.  The Bedfordshire ambassadors made a similar impression on Richard Finch, a two-time winner on the European Tour. He commented: “They were very good. They hit some amazing shots and the way they behaved on the golf course was first class.”  This time it was the turn of the ambassadors to have fun and to show off their skills in the pro-am which preceded this week’s Challenge Tour event.  The girls picked up tips. Estelle, 14, was shown how to improve her putting stroke to reduce her 20 handicap, while ten-handicapper Chanel, 12, was advised not to rush her swing.  Tags: Bridgestone Challenge, Girls Golf Rocks, women and girls Girls Golf Rocks is the successful project run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation which encourages girls to take up the sport. It’s supported by ambassadors from county girls’ sqauds who help the newcomers and show them it’s a fun, friendly game.  Imogen, 16, who was runner-up in the PING women’s fourball betterball Grand Final the day before, enjoyed the sense of occasion she experienced over the two days.  The five-handicapper is a past winner of the Abraham Trophy, for England’s most improved girl golfer, and, with Ysobel, was one of the first ambassadors when Girls Golf Rocks started in Essex three years ago. last_img read more

Murphy Gives Green Light to Non-Essential Construction, Retail

first_imgAnd while Murphy says the state is “confident” that it can maintain its social distancing standards through these next steps, New Jersey is “still not in the endzone” in defeating the virus. To help get there, the state outlined a contact tracing program on Tuesday to reach out to individuals who may have been exposed to the virus. By Allison Perrine “All safety protocols mustbe clearly posted at the jobsite so workers will knowthat their health and safetyis priority number one,” saidMurphy. The announcements come as trends show that since the peak of the virus, from April 10 through 15, new hospitalizations are down 65 percent, from 409 cases April 10 to 301 cases May 12. The total number of hospitalizations are down 48 percent, from 6,391 April 15 to 4,250 May 12. And patients in intensive care units and on ventilators are both down “significantly,” said Murphy, dropping 37 percent and 42 percent, respectively. On Wednesday, Murphy announced that he will allow the restart of nonessential construction and the opening of nonessential retail stores for curbside pickup only, effective Monday at 6 a.m. He is also permitting drive-thru and drive-in events to take place under social distancing guidelines, effective immediately. This permits drive-in movie screenings or religious services as long as individuals remain in their vehicles. The concept of the program is not new to the state, the governor added, as it has been utilized during “other efforts” to battle communicable diseases. The only thing that differs, he said, is the scope and the scale of the program. “In other words, we’re going to have to use contact tracing unlike its ever been deployed before.” “We’re moving slowly and deliberately because any misstep risks further outbreaks,” said the governor. “If we transpose public health and economic health, or if we jump the gun, it is quite clear experts from all persuasions in New Jersey… and in the United States and in the world will tell you that you risk reigniting this fire.” NEW JERSEY – Gov. Phil Murphy has preached that “public health creates economic health” and that “data determines dates” on when he will reopen the state. Now, as public health and data continue to improve showing fewer COVID-19 infections, the governor is easing some social distancing restrictions and executive orders. On April 6 when the state first shared its worst projections, officials were preparing for more than 36,000 hospitalizations, 9,000 ICU patients and 7,500 patients on ventilators. But thanks to social distancing efforts of New Jersey residents, that “never really came close,” said Murphy. As of Wednesday, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases statewide is 141,560, with 9,702 total deaths. Additionally, Murphy said that April revenue collections for the state are down nearly 60 percent compared to last April, an unprecedented $3.5 billion, due to the virus shut-downs. ALLISON PERRINE Sandy Hook reopened to the public Saturday, May 9, and locals are now encouraged to enjoy the nice weather while adhering to social distancing mandates. “We are beginning thecareful process of restartingour economy and getting ourstate on the road back,” saidMurphy. Once construction sites reopen Monday, workers will be required to wear face coverings and employers must prevent overcrowding on the site and prohibit nonessential visitors. Employers will also be required to stagger work hours and breaks and ensure proper sanitation protocols are being adhered to. Looking ahead to potential next steps for reopening the state, Murphy said he and state Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli are working with doctors and hospitals throughout the state to develop a responsible plan to reopen facilities for elective surgeries. He hopes to announce the plan in the coming days. “Testing on its own is notenough. We also have to havethe infrastructure in place tofully follow up on those tests,and to reach out to those whomay have been exposed toCOVID-19 by someone whotests positive in the future,”said Murphy. The article originally appeared in the May 14 – 20, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — June starting out with a bang

first_imgMay was a busy month for us on the water, and June has started out with a bang.  Still lots of inconsistent weather, but we’ve managed to fish through it all.  Here’s the latest reports from Kerry Reed at Reel Adventures Sportfishing. Kootenay Lake:The month of May was a good month on Kootenay for fish numbers. We had lots of days with 10 – 20 fish coming to the boat.  There was even some nice weather to enjoy for a while.  And while the hot weather was happening, we also witnessed the annual flying ant hatch.  And that is usually the beginning of good fishing.  All the fish in the lake are now into a regular feeding pattern.  In fact, the ant hatch creates a frenzy.  It was an exciting couple weeks while the ants were floating on the surface.  And hopefully the fishing remains steady from here on.Rainbows between 2 – 5 Lbs have been coming in daily and I heard about a couple bigger fish caught over 12 Lbs as well, so there’s still some bigger fish around.  Bull trout have been getting more aggressive lately as well.  Bulls up to 12 Lbs have been caught, with the average being between 3 – 7 Lbs.And last week we had our limited Kokanee fishery for the month of June.  It proved to be a great couple of days.  The Kokanee have been packing on the weight since last month.  These fish were averaging 15 – 20 inches, with some up and over 2 Lbs.  That will make a meal.  On day 1, we had our limit within the first half hour.  Thats some great fishing!  And on the next day it took a bit longer, but still managed 3 peoples limits within an hour.  Got to love it when the fish cooperate.  Looking forward to the next opening in July.  Fish should be even bigger.  Stay tuned……. Arrow Lake:We headed over to Arrow Lake for a few trips last week also, and it was a nice change of scenery.  The fishing was pretty good as well.  Rainbows up to 12 Lbs and Bull Trout up to 12 Lbs were caught recently.  I marked a lot of schools of kokanee over there also, which is a good sign that there is some food for our bigger fish.  Arrow Lake could be on an upward trend.  We’ll see.On our last trip there, we managed to land 1 big Rainbow, 1 big Bull Trout, and about 8 more smaller Rainbows.  So, it was definitely worth the trip.  Looking forward to some more trips over there this year. Columbia River:The river has been producing well lately.  Even with the high water, the fish are still feeding and the fishing has been fun.  Although, when the foul weather was passing through, the fish seemed to shut down a bit.  But, on the good days we were averaging 15 – 20 fish all between 16 – 20 inches.  Quality fishing on the river for sure.  Both techniques of flyfishing or spin casting were working.Looking forward to some consistent weather and some consistent water levels to help make the fishing even better.  This next couple of months should be a blast on the river. What are they biting on ???? On Kootenay Lake, we have been catching most of our Rainbows on the surface.  Bucktail flies in my favourite colors have been working best.  Lucky numbers:  210, 214, 215, 222, & 226 have been producing the best for me.  Also a mix of spoons and hockey sticks have been producing some good Rainbows.  Gibbs Delta hockey sticks in black/grey,  Blue s/Uv, and even the orange TKO’s have caught a few.  Also still catching a few on the Skinny G in the ‘No Bananas’ pattern.Bull trout have been coming in on the usual Highliner flasher in the Lemon lime color with g-force spoons or green spatter back hoochies.  The Bulls have been getting closer to the surface lately and we have been catching more and more above the 50ft mark.On the Arrow Lake it was similar.  Most of our Rainbows were caught on the same color bucktails, but our Bulls were more attracted to our 4″ and 5″ plugs.  Same as Kootenay, the fish were mostly on the surface and down to about 50ft.And finally on the Columbia, our favourite technique has been fly fishing.  Floating lines with indicators has worked well in the eddies.  And sinking lines with wooly buggers has  been producing in the tail outs.  Also still catching on the spinning gear as well.  The usual 3-way set-up on the bottom has produced some nice fish lately.That should cover it for now.We will be dividing our fleet of boats up in the next couple of weeks to cover all the aspects.  We will have 1 boat heading to Ucluelet for Salmon and Halibut as of July 1, and we will still have a couple boats on Kootenay for the summer months, as well as our jet boat on the Columbia for some fast paced fly fishing.Drop us a line if you’d like us to help plan your next adventure.Tight lines……………….Kerry ReedReel Adventures SportfishingNelson B.C250-505-4963www.reeladventuresfishing.comlast_img read more

DANZING CANDY, MOR SPIRIT & EXAGGERATOR HEAD SOLID FIELD OF 10 IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY AT 1 1/8 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 6, 2016)–Danzing Candy, Mor Spirit and Exaggerator, one, two, three finishers in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes, head an impressive field of 10 sophomores in Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby–a race that has produced 17 Kentucky Derby winners.With 170 Kentucky Derby qualifying points at stake, the winner of the 79th Santa Anita Derby will garner 100 points, with the second, third and fourth place finishers receiving 40, 20 and 10 points. MOR SPIRIT: Trained by Bob Baffert, who won last year’s Santa Anita Derby with Dortmund and who seeks a record eighth win in Santa Anita’s marquee race for 3-year-olds, this Pennsylvania-bred colt by Eskendereya had a two-race winning streak snapped when second in the San Felipe as the 8-5 favorite, but left many observers thinking that he’s capable of much better. Ridden to victories in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity and in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes by Gary Stevens, Mor Spirit appeared to have plenty left in the tank following the San Felipe and, according to Stevens, who seeks his record 10th Santa Anita Derby win, “He galloped out full of run. He’ll be all business here in the Santa Anita Derby.” Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Mor Spirit has three wins and three seconds from six lifetime starts. 79TH RUNNING OF PREMIER RACE FOR 3-YEAR-OLDS HAS PRODUCED 17 KENTUCKY DERBY WINNERS DANZING CANDY: Trained by Clifford Sise, this Kentucky-bred colt by Twirling Candy was an emphatic two length winner of the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Felipe Stakes on March 12, which was his first stakes engagement and third consecutive win. Blessed with an abundance of natural speed, Danzing Candy followed up a 5 ¾ length allowance score here on Feb. 4 in equally impressive gate to wire fashion at even money. Lightly raced, he has three wins from four starts and the Derby on Saturday will be his third time going a route of ground. Ridden to all three wins by Mike Smith, Danzing Candy was bred by Ted Aroney’s Halo Farms and is owned by Halo Farms, Bashor or Bashor.center_img Denman’s Call–Rafael Bejarano–124–15-1Exaggerator–Kent Desormeaux–124–4-1Danzing Candy–Mike Smith–124–9-5Mor Spirit–Gary Stevens–124–8-5Smokey Image–Victor Espinoza–124–15-1Iron Rob–Stewart Elliot–124–12-1Dressed in Hermes–Flavien Prat–124–15-1Rare Candy–Joe Talamo–124–30-1Diplodocus–Tyler Baze–124–30-1Uncle Lino–Fernando Perez–124–20-1Special early first post time on Saturday, Santa Anita Derby Day, is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. EXAGGERATOR: Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden regularly by his younger brother, Kent, this Kentucky-bred colt by Curlin was third, beaten 2 ¾ lengths by Danzing Candy in the March 12 San Felipe Stakes, leaving the elder Desormeaux perplexed at his effort as the second wagering choice at 2-1. “The horse is very talented, yet I still can’t explain why he didn’t finish better,” said Keith Desormeaux. “Even if there’s more speed in the Santa Anita Derby, it doesn’t matter to me. The way my horse ran last time, I hope he does the same thing, except for the finish. I can’t explain why he didn’t finish (better).” Owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Rocker O Ranch and Keith Desormeaux, Exaggerator is 8-3-2-1 overall with earnings of $1,071,120.THE GR. I SANTA ANITA DERBY IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS, WEIGHTS & MORNING LINERace 8 (of 12)                                                                     Approximate post time, 3:30 p.m. PDTlast_img read more

Vikings finally record first win

first_imgCuesta 7, Cypress 6 AJ Smith and Bryan Resnick had two RBI each in a sixth-run fourth inning, but the Chargers (4-2) couldn’t put any more runs on the scoreboard in a nonconfernce loss. Daniel Prieto had two RBI and three pitchers combined for a shutout as the Long Beach City College baseball team won its first game of the season, defeating visiting College of the Desert, 3-0, in a nonconference game Tuesday afternoon. The defending state champion Vikings (1-6) got their best pitching performance of the season, a strong starting effort from Keith Chipman, who scattered five hits over seven innings, and two innings of solid relief from Shane Day and Adam McNaught. JC SOFTBALL Riverside CC 8, LBCC 0 Brittini Rodriguez was roughed up for seven runs in the second inning, and the Vikings (2-2) managed just three hits off Diana Torrez. JC MEN’S TENNIS Cerritos 5, Grossmont 4 center_img Brothers Jeffrey and Jackie Vachirajongkol teamed up to win the final match as the Falcons rallied by sweeping in doubles. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DONEGAL MANAGER WANTS GAA CHIEFS TO ADOPT SOCCER RULE TO ALLEVIATE PERSISTENT FOULING

first_imgDonegal manager Rory Gallagher.Donegal manager Rory Gallagher believes GAA chiefs should adopt some soccer principles to alleviate the problem of persistent fouling currently blighting the game.GAA executives adopted the ‘Black Card’ rule to try and tackle the problem of cynical fouling in the GAA.However, the inconsistency of referees in issuing ‘Black Cards’ to players the issue of persistent fouling in general still exists. Donegal Senior team boss Gallagher reckons an approach similar to what is used in soccer could curb the problem.Gallagher was speaking on Newstalk’s ‘Off The Ball’ programme made he made the admission.As an 18-year-old player, Gallagher once suggested that cumulative card counts like in soccer should be brought into Gaelic football to cut down on fouls, and he told us that his stance on that issue has not changed.Gallagher said, “For all the talk of black cards, a policy similar to soccer where you pick up x amount of bookings, you’re suspended for the next game would be one way of stopping persistent fouling.” “At the moment with the Black Card rule you can be replaced by another player, while players who could book up a booking in every single game they play will receive no punishment for consistent fouling, and that’s not right.DONEGAL MANAGER WANTS GAA CHIEFS TO ADOPT SOCCER RULE TO ALLEVIATE PERSISTENT FOULING was last modified: February 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAHome-page SportnewsRory GallagherRule changesoccerlast_img read more

Proud moments as Donegal woman is named Paramedic of the Year

first_imgDonegal woman Caroline French has been honoured as Paramedic of the Year by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.The Lifford native, who is a Community Paramedic in Castlederg, received the title at the first ever NIAS Staff Recognition Awards Ceremony.Caroline’s colleagues had nominated her for her outstanding service to the community, and, according to the NIAS, all staff faced stiff competition as the standards were so high. Paramedic of the Year – Caroline French (Community Paramedic, Castlederg), receiving her NIAS award from Hazel Winning, AHP Lead DOHSome 150 guests attended the awards ceremony in Templepatrick last Thursday, which was a roaring success as nominees joined with staff who were to receive their Long Service Medals for service of 20 years or more.Caroline was among the thirty eight staff who were celebrated for their dedication to providing the highest standards of patient care to those who need the services.The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael McBride, in his address praised their work and commitment to patient care. He assured them that their value and worth is recognised across the HSC family.The night was full of proud moments, while Lord Lieutenant for Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie, was effusive in her praise for crew members and, as she made clear, she was doing so from the perspective of someone who has used the services. Proud moments as Donegal woman is named Paramedic of the Year was last modified: April 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ambulance servicecaroline frenchparamediclast_img read more

What we learned Thursday at 49ers HQ

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Sitting inside Kwon Alexander’s locker is a football with the Cincinnati Bengals logo on it. It came Sunday via his first interception as the 49ers’ new play-making linebacker, and that ball has barely left his grasp since then.“I’ve got to have a ball in my hand every second of the day,” Alexander said Thursday.SANTA CLARA, CA – JUNE 11: San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander participates in a practice on June 11, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News …last_img read more