The Latest: Olympic flame handed over to Japanese delegation

first_imgThe Latest: Olympic flame handed over to Japanese delegation The Olympic flame has been handed over, by proxy, to Tokyo organizers in Athens.The coronavirus outbreak forced a bare-bones version of the usual elaborate ceremony in the stadium where the first modern Olympics were staged in 1896.The 80,000-seat marble stadium was empty apart from a handful of officials and participants. The Japanese delegation was absent because of travel restrictions and Tokyo organizing committee head Yoshiro Mori delivered a speech by video from Japan. But his message was upbeat.Mori says “I hereby pledge that on 24 July this flame will be lit at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.”Greek Olympic committee president Spyros Kapralos handed over the flame to a Japanese Unicef official in Athens and former Olympic swimmer Naoko Imoto. It was then headed for the airport to board the flight for Japan. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___10:30 a.m. March 19, 2020center_img ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,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 last_img read more

Everest Masters overpower UK Guyana team in T20 clash

first_imgLAST Sunday at the Everest cricket ground, hosts Everest Masters convincingly outplayed the visiting Guyana UK team to win by six wickets.Despite soggy and overcast weather conditions, UK Guyana team won the toss and batted first. While most of their batsmen struggled in the conditions, a fine half-century by Navin Persaud contributed towards his team’s total of 109-8 from their allotted 20 overs.His 65 was laced with 3 fours and 2 sixes, with Raj Nanan, 16, being the only other batsman to reach double figures. Former national opening batsman Rohan Sarjoo was clinical with the ball instead, by capturing 3-18 from 4 overs while off-spinner Johnny Azeez claimed 2-21 from his 4 overs.In reply, Everest Masters treated their hosts roughly by racing to 111-4 from 16 overs. Essequibian Sahadeo Hardaiow top-scored with 37 (3×4, 1×6) while Troy Gonsalves made 36 including 1 four and 2 sixes.Navin Persaud had a good all-round game by returning with the ball to take 2-23 from his 4 overs. He was later named man-of-the-match and was presented with a trophy, compliments of Trophy Stall. Everest Masters were also presented with the winning trophy compliments of the UK Guyana team.The visitors took the opportunity to donate a set of cricket gear to the club including balls and a clock. The hosts in return presented the UK Guyana Team with a plaque which was also sponsored by Trophy Stall.More T20 matches are set to be played by the Everest Masters against visiting teams from the USA, UK and the Caribbean.last_img read more

Ludden boys hoops moves to 16-2; girls complete sweep of Grimes

first_imgBack on Monday night, Ludden’s boys nearly got tripped up at Syracuse Academy of Science, needing a furious late comeback to edge the Atoms 65-63.After a solid start, the Gaelic Knights were oustcored 36-24 by SAS in the second and third periods, and trailed 45-40 before turning things around again in the fourth quarter.Closing fast, Ludden needed 27 points from Johnson to survive, helped by Kaigler’s 19 points and 11 points from Nazier Kinsey. Zaccheaus Smith led the Atoms with 21 points and 11 rebounds.Ludden’s girls team would see its initial attempt for a regular-season sweep of Bishop Grimes thwarted by the same snowstorm that pushed back the boys contest.That game was made up on Sunday afternoon, though, and it was the Gaelic Knights again getting the best of the Cobras, prevailing by a score of 54-43.Moving in front 15-7 through one period, Ludden maintained that margin through the game’s middle stages and then pulled further away late as Amarah Streiff led the way with 24 points.Kaitlyn Kibling stepped up, earning 13 points, with Ke’aira Odume adding 10 points. Grimes lost despite Jenna Sloan getting 17 points and Lora Marial adding 11 points.This came after Ludden lost a 69-67 thriller to Syracuse Academy of Science last Tuesday despite Streiff putting up 30 points and Lauren Petrie earning 22 points, with Odume adding 12 points.All this helped the Gaelic Knights inch in front 51-47 through three quarters, but the Atoms regained the lead in the fourth quarter and held on from there.SAS got 23 points from Xyel Bradford as Alexius Pierce (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Erykah Pasha (14 points, 10 rebounds) helped her. Freey Pleasants had 11 points and 10 assists.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story All through the last two weeks of the regular season, each of the Bishop Ludden basketball teams would find themselves in the spotlight with high-profiled games against their private-school rivals.Ludden’s boys team entered last week no. 17 in the state Class AA rankings. Whether it stayed there hinged on how it navigated a tough homestretch.And it was made more difficult when a winter snowstorm postponed last Friday’s game against Bishop Grimes, and moved it to Monday night. This meant that, when Ludden faced LaSalle Institute on Sunday, it would begin a stretch of three games in as many days, with Grimes in the middle and the “Holy War” renewal with Christian Brothers Academy on Tuesday night.Ludden would win that game, 73-57, overcoming an early deficit by outscoring LaSalle 28-16 in the second quarter, then continuing to build on that margin the rest of the way.Mykell Kaigler was difficult to contain, his 27 points featuring four 3-pointers. Monte Johnson earned 20 points, with Jarin Beauford contributing 12 points.center_img Tags: basketballBishop Luddenlast_img read more

Gor to face Espérance in Champions League first round

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia players jostle for space with Leones Vegetarianos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 21 – Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia will take on Espérance de Tunis in the first round of the CAF Champions League after eliminating Equatorial Guinea side Leones Vegetarianos 3-1 on aggregate in the preliminary stage.This is after K’Ogalo rallied a goal down to hold Vegetarianos 1-1 in the return leg played away in Malabo on Wednesday. The first leg staged in Machakos’ Kenyatta Stadium 10 days ago, ended 2-0 in favour of the Kenyan champions. Gor now has a mountain task in handling Espérance who have been a hard nut to crack with the last time the two sides met seeing the North Africans thrashing the record 16 time KPL champions 8-2 on aggregate.Esperance de TunisEsperance had earlier dumped out ASAC Concorde of Mauritius with an emphatic 6-1 aggregate win.K’Ogalo will host the first leg between March 6-7 before travelling to Tunis for the return leg a week later.The winner between Gor and Esperance will grace the lucrative group stages – with the draw set for March 21.-Gor too sweet for Vegetarios-Gor Mahia defender Wellington Ochieng in action against Vegetarinos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor coach Dylan Kerr made eight changes from the team that beat Zoo Kericho 4-2 in a Kenyan Premier League match on Thursday last week with Boniface Oluoch returning to man the post as captain Harun Shakava partnered Joash Onyango in central defence.Wesley Onguso, Meddie Kagere and Shakava were the only faces that featured against Zoo while Ernest Wendo and Humphrey Mieno resumed their midfield roles.Godfrey Walusimbi started on the flanks alongside Francis Kahata with Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi – who scored in the 2-0 first leg win in Machakos – playing behind lead striker Kagere.Gor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi in action against Leones Vegetarianos’ Jesus Tomasosngong during the first leg of the 2018 CAF Champions League played at the Machakos Stadium on 10th February 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAfter a cagey start, Gor settled in the match towards the end of the first half which ended goalless.Leones took the lead in the 55th minute and pushed for another goal which would have taken the match to penalties.But Gor levelled after Francis Kahata’s corner was redirected into the net by a Vegetarianos player, making matters harder for the hosts as they now required to score three unanswered goal to progress.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Euro 2016: Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin named in Spain squad

first_imgArsenal defender Hector Bellerin has been included in Spain’s final 23-man squad for the defence of their European Championship title.Bellerin, the 21-year-old right-back who featured in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year, only made his international debut in a 3-1 victory over Bosnia on Sunday.But after Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal was ruled out of this summer’s tournament with a hip injury sustained in the Champions League final, Bellerin was named in a provisional 19-man group by head coach Vicente del Bosque.The Spain boss revealed his final four players later on Tuesday, with Sergio Ramos, Juanfran, Lucas Vazquez and Koke all making the cut, while the likes of Isco and Saul Niguez missed out.“We have tried to select a balanced squad and I think every position is well covered in this 23,” Del Bosque said at a press conference.“I’ve not spoken personally to any of the players who’ve been left behind. Everyone wanted to be here, but we only had 23 spots.”Bellerin featured 44 times for Arsenal in all competitions this season. He had been placed on standby for Spain, but will now make the trip to France following Carvajal’s injury.Carvajal left the field in tears in the 52nd minute of Real’s penalty shoot-out win over city rivals Atletico Madrid in Milan on Saturday and scans have subsequently revealed a grade-two tear of hip flexor muscles.Spain open the defence of their title against the Czech Republic in Toulouse on June 13. They will also play Turkey and Croatia in Group D.Spain squad for Euro 2016:Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David De Gea (Man United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla).Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Marc Bartra (all Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Hector Bellerin (Arsenal), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid).Midfielders: Bruno (Villarreal), Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta (both Barcelona), Thiago (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Pedro, Cesc Fabregas (both Chelsea), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid).Forwards: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Alvaro Morata (Juventus). 1 Bellerin was named in the PFA Team of the Year after his impressive performances for Arsenal this season last_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

Uttar Pradesh govt fails to complete sweater distribution in schools for second year in a row

first_imgWinters have started but lakhs of students studying in schools under the basic education department are forced to attend classes without wearing sweaters because the state government has once again failed to complete the distribution on time.The figures released by the government show that more than 50 lakh students have still been left out in the cold due to the delay.The UP government promised it would complete distributing sweaters in more than 1.6 lakh schools by October 31. Out of more than 1.57 crore children studying in schools falling under the basic education department, around 38 per cent are still waiting to get sweaters and continue to shiver because of the state government’s unpreparedness and mismanagement.India Today did a reality check at a primary school in Madiyaon area of Lucknow where the distribution of sweaters hasn’t even started.Speaking to India Today, Mohit a student of Class 5 said, “We come in the morning at 8:30 am to school. We haven’t been given sweaters as promised. We are feeling the cold. The school management has also not given any assurance on the distribution so far.”Another student Chandni who studies in Class 4 said, “The winters have already started and we are waiting to get sweaters from the government. No one in the school has got a sweater. We are forced to shiver.”In another school in Madiyaon area, some children have been given sweaters but many still await theirs.Speaking to India Today, Arun a student of Class 8 said, “I was given a sweater four days ago. The distribution of sweaters started in our school on November 16.”advertisementIn Etawah district, only 50 per cent of all students have received sweaters from school authorities.A student studying at a primary school in Luhanna area said, “I am not wearing a sweater because the school authorities have not distributed them. We feel cold and winters have already started.”Kavita Rajput, the primary school’s principal said, “Out of 180 students studying in the school, 80 have got sweaters. We will commence the distribution after receiving the remaining amount from the government.”In Fatehpur district, distribution of sweaters has only been completed among 45 per cent of the beneficiaries.Sonali, a student at a primary school in the district said, “When we come to school in the morning we shiver because of the cold. The teachers have assured us that the distribution will take place soon.”Basic education officer of Fatehpur district Shivendra Pratap Singh said, “Around 45 per cent of the distribution is complete. The progress is being monitored on a daily basis and hopefully the distribution will finish soon.”In Bijnor district, a majority of students have not been given sweaters by the school management. They are wearing old sweaters to protect themselves from the cold.Aman, a student at a primary school said, “The school have not provided us with sweaters yet. Winters have started and we are forced to wear old sweaters to protect ourselves from the chilly air.”Meanwhile the morning scene at Pilibhit district in Uttar Pradesh clearly exposes the insensitivity of the district administration. At Beesalpur block, a sports tournament was organised in which hundreds of students participated without sweaters while the district officers attending the event were seen in their woollens.A student who participated in the event said, “We have come here to participate but winter has started. We are facing problems but the school has not provided us sweaters.”Last year, the state government only managed to complete the distribution by February leaving lakhs of students shiver in the extreme cold conditions.Targeting the state government, Samajwadi Party spokesperson Juhi Singh said, “Last year also the students were shivering and the minister in-charge had put the onus on district magistrates. This year also there has already been a lot of delay. UP CM Yogi Adityanath should focus more on governance because people are ready to teach BJP a lesson in upcoming elections.”Responding to the delay, UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said, “I want to ask why is it the previous government never thought about shivering school children? Last year there was a delay, this year the majority of distribution of sweaters has been done and 100 percent target will be achieved soon. The Yogi Adityanath government is highly sensitive towards improving the quality of education.”Funds not transferred a major reason for delay in sweater distributionAfter failing to get a suitable dealer and negotiating on price, the Uttar Pradesh government decentralised the process to procure and distribute sweaters. The school management committee was assigned the responsibility to purchase and distribute sweaters.advertisementIn most of the schools, the teachers said they have still not received funds to distribute sweaters but due to pressure from the department, they have purchased sweaters from the market out of their own pockets. The teachers in most of the schools have accepted that the delay in the transfer of funds by the government is the biggest obstacle in distributing sweaters. According to the government, the price per sweater should not exceed Rs 200.Not even half of total sweaters distributedAccording to the figures released by the director of the state’s basic education department Sarvendra Vikram Singh, 17 districts have failed to distribute even 50 per cent sweaters till November 19. The lowest distribution has taken place in Siddharth Nagar district where only 19.38 per cent sweaters have been distributed.This is followed by Mathura, Aligarh, Sonbhadra, Lalitpur, Shahjahanpur and Sitapur district where nly 30-35 per cent students have received sweaters till date.The figures given by UP government claims that 63.33 percent students across the state have been given sweaters so far.Also read: UP government considering renaming Allahabad State University: Deputy CMAlso read: Sadhus miffed with PM Modi over delay in Ram temple, serve ultimatumWatch: So Shayari: So this is why CM Yogi is changing city nameslast_img read more

Formula One: Sauber F1 team changes name to Alfa Romeo Racing

first_imgThe Sauber name will disappear from the Formula One grid this season after the Swiss-based team announced on Friday it had been renamed Alfa Romeo Racing as part of an extended sponsorship deal.The team, who finished eighth out of 10 in the constructors’ championship last year, will remain under the same independent ownership and management with Frenchman Frederic Vasseur as principal.Sauber made their Formula One debut as a privately-owned team in 1993, taking their sole victory at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix while racing as BMW’s factory team.They have been partnered by Fiat Chrysler brand Alfa Romeo since last year.New name, same game! We’re excited to announce Sauber and Alfa Romeo to keep fighting for ambitious results in 2019 @F1 World Championship as Alfa Romeo Racing. + info: https://t.co/1RUddkPMpj #AlfaRomeoRacing #SauberMotorsport #Bwoah pic.twitter.com/0gzgwgpl66Alfa Romeo Racing (@SauberF1Team) February 1, 2019The team use the same engines as Ferrari, with whom they have close ties, and have Finland’s 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and Italian Antonio Giovinazzi in an all-new driver lineup for 2019.Alfa Romeo has a strong heritage in Formula One with the first two world championships in 1950 and 1951 won by Italian Giuseppe “Nino” Farina and Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio in cars carrying the four-leaf clover emblem.Ferrari’s late founder Enzo also started out racing and managing a team for Alfa Romeo, before setting up on his own in the late 1930s.Founded in 1910, Alfa Romeo supplied Formula One engines in the 1960s and 1970s and returned as a constructor in 1979 before again withdrawing at the end of 1985.advertisementAlso Read | Mick Schumacher follows in father Michael’s footsteps, joins Ferrari Driver AcademyAlso Read | Force India renamed to Racing Point F1, Lance Stroll comes on board for 2019 seasonlast_img read more

Mackenzie Valley pipeline dream refuses to die

first_imgAPTN National NewsPeople from the Mackenzie Valley in the Northwest Territories have been counting on the development of a natural gas pipeline.But now the project is in doubt and the federal government isn’t interested in giving it any more funding.But proponents of the pipeline aren’t ready to give up just yet.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers has this story.last_img