The President Versus Democracy – The New York Times

first_imgEasy cookingThis chicken Marsala is easy to make thanks to a quick sauce of mushrooms and shallots. Serve it over some linguine or with roast potatoes.A gripping new showThe latest hit Netflix series is about chess. Set in the 1950s and ’60s, “The Queen’s Gambit” follows a prodigy from an orphanage as she becomes an elite player. Adapted from a 1983 novel, the series depicts a world that’s both glamorous and wrenching, as Beth — played by Anya Taylor-Joy — excels in a male-dominated sport while struggling with addiction.“If you did it as a movie, it becomes a sports movie: ‘Is she going to beat the Russian guy?’” Scott Frank, the series co-creator, told The Times. “And that’s not what the book is about. For me, it’s about the pain and cost of being so gifted.” Subscribers make our reporting possible, so we can help you make sense of the moment. If you’re not a subscriber, please consider becoming one today.PLAY, WATCH, EAT, CHESS In the simplest terms, the president of the United States is attacking American democracy in an effort to remain in office.For more: Dahlia Lithwick, Slate: “We are as confounded today about the lies as we were in 2016. We ignore them at the peril of democracy; we engage with them at the peril of our sanity.”- Advertisement – A sitting president has spent months telling lies about non-existent voter fraud. Now that his re-election bid is in deep trouble — but with the outcome still uncertain — he has unleashed a new torrent of falsehoods claiming that the other side cheated. He has demanded the Supreme Court intervene to decide the election in his favor. His supporters are staging protests in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania meant to interfere with legitimate vote counting. In Phoenix, some have showed up at the State Capitol with guns (as you can see in this short video taken by my colleague Simon Romero).The worst democratic outcome — in which judges appointed by the president’s political party intervene to overrule the apparent will of voters — seems likely to be avoided. The Supreme Court has shown no signs of halting vote counts, and Joe Biden’s leads in the decisive states may end up being large enough to avoid the election hinging on the sort of ballot-counting minutiae (like hanging chads) that decided the 2000 result in Florida.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – This is a dark and dangerous moment for American democracy.- Advertisement – Want to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up.Good morning. Biden’s position remains strong, and Trump tries to stop vote counting.center_img Lives Lived: Three decades after becoming the first Black student body president at Penn State University, H. Jesse Arnelle helped start one of the first minority-owned corporate law firms in the United States. “It was an audacious plan,” Arnelle told The New Yorker in 1993. He died at 86. Morning Reads The pangrams from yesterday’s Spelling Bee were archival, archrival and chivalric. Today’s puzzle is above — or you can play online if you have a Games subscription.Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Snowman’s neckwear (five letters).Thanks for spending part of your morning with The Times. See you tomorrow. — DavidP.S. The word “reshook” — about Election Day’s twists and turns — appeared for the first time in The Times yesterday, as noted by the Twitter bot @NYT_first_said. Susan Glasser, The New Yorker: “There have been many times, over the past four years, that covering Trump’s Washington felt like a foreign assignment to me, never more so than while driving around the capital these past few days and seeing boarded-up storefronts and streets cordoned off for blocks around the White House, in anticipation of unprecedented post-election violence. I have seen such scenes before, in places like Azerbaijan and Russia. This is Trump’s America. It is not the America I have known.”Steve Vladeck, University of Texas law professor: “For anyone complaining about the ‘late’ shift in totals toward Democrats in MI, PA, and WI, most of those votes actually came in *first.*” But Republican-controlled state legislatures refused to allow the counting of mail ballots as they arrived.Nicholas Kristof, a Times Op-Ed columnist: “If Biden wins after this poisoning of the chalice, he will inherit a badly divided country after an election that many will deem illegitimate, and it will be harder to govern and more difficult for the United States to exert influence around the world.” But President Trump’s actions are still causing significant damage. They undermine his supporters’ faith in the country’s government. They also undermine the credibility of the United States around the world. And they force election officials, journalists and social-media platforms to choose between telling the truth and sounding nonpartisan; it is impossible to do both about Trump’s election claims.last_img read more

Egypt, Vietnam report new H5N1 cases

first_imgFeb 9, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Egypt’s health ministry reported that an 18-month-old Egyptian boy has been hospitalized with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, following news reports yesterday that a 23-year-old Vietnamese woman is also battling the virus.The boy, from Menia governorate, got sick on Feb 6 and was hospitalized the next day at Maghagha Fever Hospital, where he is in stable condition, according to the WHO. His illness boosts Egypt’s H5N1 case count to 55, of which 23 have been fatal.The boy received oseltamivir (Tamiflu) treatment, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today.Egypt’s Central Public Health Laboratory confirmed the boy’s infection. Menia governorate is about 100 miles south of Cairo.An investigation into the source of the boy’s illness found that he had close contact with dead poultry before he got sick, the WHO report said.So far this year Egypt has had four H5N1 cases, and all were in children age 2 or younger who had contact with sick or dead poultry. None of the children have died, and all received prompt hospital care after they got sick, according to WHO reports.In Vietnam, a hospital official from Quang Ninh province said a 23-year-old woman has an H5N1 infection, according to a report today from Agence France-Presse (AFP). If the woman’s case is confirmed by the WHO, she will become Vietnam’s 108th case, of which 52 have been fatal.A doctor from the provincial hospital told AFP yesterday that the woman has been hospitalized for 5 days and is “not doing very good.” She is Vietnam’s first official H5N1 case of the year. The country’s last case, an 8-year-old girl from Thanh Hoa province, got sick on Dec 27, so the WHO counted her infection as a 2008 case. She has since recovered.The woman got sick on Jan 28 after eating chicken, AFP reported. Sick and dead poultry had been reported in her neighborhood. Quang Ninh is on Vietnam’s northeastern coast.If the WHO confirms the Vietnamese patient, the two new cases would push the global H5N1 case count to 407 cases, 254 of them fatal.See also:Feb 9 WHO statementlast_img read more

Chart of the Week: ECB to end QE-fuelled balance sheet expansion

first_imgHowever, while the central bank will stop growing its balance sheet through asset purchases, it will not stop buying assets entirely. The European Central Bank (ECB) yesterday confirmed its decision to halt its asset purchasing programme – better known as quantitative easing (QE) – as of 19 December 2018.Starting in 2009 with covered bond purchases, the ECB has since bought trillions of euros worth of assets in an effort to maintain liquidity in financial markets, buying up public sector, corporate and asset-backed securities.The purchases totalled more than €2.5trn, according to Mirabaud Asset Management, more than doubling the ECB’s balance sheet to €4.7trn – equal to roughly 40% of euro-zone GDP.The policy was maintained through Europe’s sovereign debt crisis but has been scaled back gradually since 2016. At the start of this year the ECB’s monthly purchases halved from €60bn to €30bn. They were reduced again to €15bn a month from September. Source: ECBAt yesterday’s press conference, ECB president Mario Draghi said: “We intend to continue reinvesting, in full, the principal payments from maturing securities purchased under [QE] for an extended period of time past the date when we start raising the key ECB interest rates, and in any case for as long as necessary to maintain favourable liquidity conditions and an ample degree of monetary accommodation.”In a note issued yesterday after Draghi’s press conference, Mirabaud’s strategy team said: “Both this stock and signalling effects will help keep sovereign yields in the euro-zone low during this normalisation phase.“Hence, the ECB follows the path drawn at the time by the Federal Reserve by strengthening its forward guidance and by guaranteeing a very accommodative monetary policy until at least 2020.”The ECB’s asset purchases since 2015center_img Source: ECBKey: PSPP – public sector purchase programme; CSPP – corporate sector purchase programme; CBPP3 – third covered bond purchase programme; ABSPP – asset-backed securities purchase programmeInterest rates remain at all-time lows. The rate on the bank’s main refinancing operations is zero and has been since March 2016, while the rate on its marginal lending facility has been 0.25% since then. The deposit facility rate turned negative in June 2014 and reached -0.4% in March 2016.ECB’s interest rate 2008-18(main refinancing operations)Chart MakerDraghi said yesterday: “We continue to expect [interest rates] to remain at their present levels at least through the summer of 2019, and in any case for as long as necessary to ensure the continued sustained convergence of inflation to levels that are below, but close to, 2% over the medium term.”last_img read more

Ye ‘Olde World’ pub with no beer up for grabs near Brisbane

first_imgGuests can easily find their way from the main house to the replica pub for a pre-booked dinner or Devonshire tea. Daly Cherry-Evans’ second shot at selling “Well, firstly, I’m English and we’d been looking for somewhere to do a bed and breakfast for years, and I always wanted to do it with my parents in England. It was a day out and we just found it — (we were) astonished,” Mrs Franklin said. The substantially-sized replica pub is unlicensed, but the cosy snug, complete with fireplace and Chesterfiled lounges, is perfect for a spot of tea and a scone. The Mount Mee Country Inn and pub is owned by the Franklin’s, who bought it in 2015. The Mount Mee Country Inn Bed & Breakfast comes complete with a Tudor style manor and a replica Ye Olde World English pub.The four bedroom house comes with a fully certified kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a butler’s pantry, airconditioning, a 5kw solar system, pool and about 90,000 litres of water storage.The four bedroom house comes with a fully certified kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a butler’s pantry, airconditioning, a 5kw solar system, pool and about 90,000 litres of water storage.The property at 239 Robinson Rd, Mount Mee is listed for sale at offers above $685,000 with Kirst Hopkins of Craig Doyle Real Estate. A bed and breakfast that comes with its own replica British pub is up for grabs, and while it may have no beer, it has so much charm it could put a smile on Basil Fawlty. Inside the deserted city of Disney castles RELATED:center_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe main bar is quite authentic — although there is no beer on tap as the venue is not licensed.She said the pub, which was built by the previous owners in about 2010, was a true replica, with everything from a bar, to a kitchen, snooker room and even a “snug” with fireplace and chesterfield lounges. Pool anyone? Guests can relax to play a game of snooker, or watch a movie on the projector screen.If it wasn’t for changes in the family’s circumstances, Mrs Franklin would not be selling, describing the home and Mount Mee as the perfect place to live.“The neighbours are perfect, the weather is perfect, we just love it, absolutely love it, and it’s only due to family circumstances that we are moving,” she said. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Film industry couple sell Wynnum home In the distance you can see the ‘snug’, more traditionally known as the ‘ladies room’.Although she said the snug was traditionally the “ladies room” — where the women used to drink separately to the men.Tiffany’s tea room, named after one of Mrs Franklin’s daughters, is where guests can enjoy breakfast as well as Devonshire and afternoon teas. MORE:last_img read more

Ports of LA, Long Beach to Fund Clean Air Technologies

first_imgThe US ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are offering new funding in an effort to boost the development of goods-movement technologies that improve air quality.This year’s 2018 call for projects requests concept papers for a variety of projects that have the potential to reduce emissions, including diesel particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and greenhouse gases.Projects for vessels, trucks, trains, terminal equipment and harbor craft that warrant further consideration would be invited later to submit a full proposal, the ports said, adding that concept papers are due on May 22.Since 2007, the ports distributed over USD 21 million in funds to advance the commercial availability of technology that will help lower health risks posed by air pollution from ships, trucks, harbor craft, cargo handling equipment and rail locomotives.The funding is a part of the ports’ Technology Advancement Program (TAP), which was created by the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), adopted in 2006. The CAAP was updated last November, calling for even more aggressive strategies to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases and to ultimately transition to zero emissions operations over the next 20 years.Compared to 2005 levels, port-related air pollution emissions in San Pedro Bay dropped 87 percent for diesel particulate matter, 56 percent for nitrogen oxides, and 97 percent for sulfur oxides.Targets for reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) from port-related sources were introduced as part of the 2017 CAAP Update. The document calls for the ports to reduce GHGs 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.last_img read more

SCF takes delivery of Shell-chartered LNG newbuild

first_imgCommenting on the delivery Igor Tonkovidov said, “With the delivery of SCF Barents, we now have 15 gas carriers in operation, with another 16 under construction. Thus, two-thirds of all vessels currently ordered by SCF Group are destined to expand our gas fleet.” SCF Barents is the second vessel in a series of three 174,000-cbm new-generation Atlanticmax LNG carriers ordered by SCF Group in 2018. The first vessel of the series, SCF La Perouse, was delivered in February 2020. The vessel named SCF Barents is capable of transporting 174,000 cubic meters of LNG. Following the delivery on September 14, SCF Barents embarked on its maiden voyage under long-term time charter with Shell. In addition, all vessels of the series are among the first globally to feature a boil-off gas partial re-liquefaction system, which significantly reduces cargo losses while on long voyages or awaiting cargo operations. Each LNG carrier is equipped with an advanced Mark III Flex cargo containment system, slow-speed dual-fuel X-DF engine, and a system that reduces nitrogen oxide emissions while the vessel sails in liquid fuel mode. center_img Russian shipping major Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has taken delivery of a newly built LNG carrier from the South Korean Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard. SCF Barents (Courtesy of SCF Group) The vessel’s naming ceremony took place on September 10. The LNG carrier was named after Willem Barents, a Dutch navigator and explorer, SCF said in its statement.last_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through May 14

first_imgIMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds – 1. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 794; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 787; 3. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz., 706; 4. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 683; 5. Kyle Brown, State Center, Iowa, 620; 6. Jeffry Sheppard Jr., Golden Valley, Ariz., 619; 7. Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif., 541; 8. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 538; 9. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 532; 10. Tyler Mecl, Queen Creek, Ariz., 530; 11. Scott Hogan, Vinton, Iowa, 514; 12. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 503; 13. Alexander Wilson, Salinas, Calif., 489; 14. John P. Gober, Poolville, Texas, 478; 15. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 472; 16. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 464; 17. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 461; 18. Johnny Morris Jr., Queen Creek, Ariz., 456; 19. Josh Vogt, Santa Maria, Calif., 453; 20. Don Earven, Globe, Ariz., 442.IMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 155; 2. Jason Hahne, Webster City, Iowa, 151; 3. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 147; 4. Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, and Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., both 146; 6. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill., 143; 7. Paul Nagle, Nevada, Iowa, 141; 8. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, Iowa, and Ben Nading, Ankeny, Iowa, both 135; 10. Brian Harris, Davenport, Iowa, and Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, both 132; 12. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 128; 13. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, 125; 14. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine, Iowa, 116; 15. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 112; 16. Chris Snyder, Raymond, Iowa, 110; 17. Becky Roth, Kieler, Wis., 108; 18. Jason Rauen, Farley, Iowa, 105; 19. Mike Garland, Morrison, Ill., 104; 20. Colby Springsteen, Wapello, Iowa, 102.IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 447; 2. Logan Scherb, Paradise, Texas, 440; 3. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 413; 4. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 328; 5. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 298; 6. Tucker Doughty, Heath, Texas, 283; 7. Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas, 269; 8. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, 258; 9. Dustin Gates, Haughton, La., 239; 10. Dustin Woods, Forney, Texas, 235; 11. Josh Hawkins, Whitehouse, Texas, 234; 12. Regan Hawkins, Troup, Texas, 228; 13. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 227; 14. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 217; 15. Tony Dowd, Mansfield, Texas, 212; 16. Chris Kelly, Oklahoma City, Okla., 200; 17. Bryson Oeschger, Amarillo, Texas, 199; 18. Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, 198; 19. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 178; 20. Brandon Long, Wichita Falls, Texas, 177.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 598; 2. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 597; 3. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 567; 4. Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa, 545; 5. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 524; 6. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 494; 7. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 472; 8. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 467; 9. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 466; 10. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 444; 11. Randy Killen, Des Moines, Iowa, 442; 12. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm, Iowa, 436; 13. Joe O’Bryan, Round Rock, Texas, 435; 14. Cary White, Lamesa, Texas, 423; 15. Dustin White, Lamesa, Texas, 420; 16. Casey Woken, Ogallala, Neb., 410; 17. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 401; 18. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 391; 19. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 389; 20. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., 386.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 573; 2. Jamie Songer, Ankeny, Iowa, 532; 3. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, 530; 4. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 485; 5. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 469; 6. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 449; 7. Tyrel Smith, Goodland, Kan., 447; 8. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, and Leonard Jones, Yuma, Ariz., both 397; 10. Dustin Griffiths, Ottumwa, Iowa, 395; 11. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., and Jeremy Wegner, Graettinger, Iowa, both 392; 13. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 389; 14. Derek Hodges, Des Moines, Iowa, 385; 15. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 384; 16. Shay Simoneau, Damar, Kan., 381; 17. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 380; 18. Justin Lichty, Waterloo, Iowa, 376; 19. Leonard Manos, Yuma, Ariz., and Hayden Wade, Waco, Texas, both 374.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif., 881; 2. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 620; 3. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif., 590; 4. Clinton Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 586; 5. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 549; 6. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 531; 7. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, 528; 8. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 520; 9. Lucas James Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 482; 10. Colby Heishman, Brooklyn, Iowa, 476; 11. Josh Hensley, Atwater, Calif., 466; 12. Sam Robert Wieben, Dysart, Iowa, 453; 13. Jenae Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, 445; 14. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 429; 15. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 422; 16. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 414; 17. Austin Carter, Jamestown, Kan., 413; 18. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 412; 19. Kevin Bethke, Neenah, Wis., 411; 20. Ryan King, Montour, Iowa, 388.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 572; 2. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 552; 3. Michael Maraschick, Midland, Texas, 504; 4. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 495; 5. Chad Hertel, Abilene, Texas, 459; 6. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 433; 7. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 415; 8. Justin Shaw, Sweetwater, Texas, 390; 9. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 375; 10. Robert Scrivner, Woodway, Texas, 338; 11. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, and Shane Priddy, Merkel, Texas, both 333; 13. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 323; 14. Steve Wade, Waco, Texas, 319; 15. Tanner Houston, Odessa, Texas, 318; 16. Levy Galmor, Elk City, Okla., 312; 17. David Sanford, Abilene, Texas, 301; 18. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 293; 19. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 279; 20. Lodi Mitchell, Abilene, Texas, 278.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Dalton Kron, Algona, Iowa, 523; 2. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 479; 3. Kaitlyn DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 472; 4. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 469; 5. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 464; 6. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 463; 7. Trent Orwig, Wayland, Iowa, 438; 8. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa, 416; 9. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 401; 10. Drew Johnson, Sioux City, Iowa, 375; 11. John Girdley, Wayland, Iowa, 355; 12. Danny Sassman Jr., Fort Dodge, Iowa, 313; 13. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Ill., 306; 14. Devin Jones, Clear Lake, Iowa, 304; 15. Art Herzog, Hays, Kan., 297; 16. John Whalen, Ainsworth, Iowa, 287; 17. Bill Whalen Jr., Riverside, Iowa, and Colby Kaspar, Norfolk, Neb., both 282; 19. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 281; 20. Randy Murphy, Ellis, Kan., 280.last_img read more

Games without spectators only a short-term solution, Wenger says

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Staging football matches without spectators must only be a short-term fix during the COVID-19 pandemic as the prolonged absence of fans could damage the game, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says.The German Bundesliga became the first major football league to resume since the novel coronavirus outbreak shut down sports earlier this year. The Bundesliga return behind closed doors is now being closely watched by other leagues.“Will it survive long term? Will it damage the show long term without supporters? I am convinced of that,” FIFA’s head of global development Wenger said.“You cannot imagine a whole season without any spectators. That’s why I believe it a short-term solution.“It is still the best possible way to get a verdict for the end of the season. It’s better than any other decision.”England’s Premier League is hopeful “Project Restart”, which envisages a return to action in June, can gain momentum after clubs hold a conference call on Monday. The meeting is to vote on a return to group training with matches to be played in empty stadiums.The Frenchman added that health concerns should take priority in any decision to restart play.“We can’t be guided too much by financial reasons and take such a big gamble,” he added.“We have to first make sure this is medically safe,” Wenger said.Reuters/NAN. Tags: Arsene WengerCoronavirusCOVID-19FOOTBALLSpectatorslast_img read more

TDCA Super 9 winners still to be decided after more than a week

first_imgBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – History is in the making, or as a matter of fact it has been created. The final of the Toronto District Cricket Association (TDCA) Super 9 (the highest level within the league) took place at the Maple Leaf ground on Sunday, October 1, 2017. More than one week after, there hasn’t been an official winner.When the umpires pulled the bails at 19.03hrs because of bad light, based on the Duckworth Lewis (DL) system, Vikings should have been declared winners but after Centurion players and officials intervened, confusion reigned.The umpires thereafter retired to the clubhouse and after what seemed liked a mountainous task, allegedly told both teams that they will meet again the following day to further sort out the result. They apparently met but seemed incapable of arriving at a “verdict”.Reports indicated that the umpires were asked to submit a written report to the TDCA officials for them to rule on the matter and from all indications this report was submitted last Wednesday. In the meantime, Vikings skipper Royston Crandon, his Guyanese teammate Raj Nannan and Trinidadian Kamil Pooran had all departed for their respective destinations the day after the game.According to a reliable source, the TDCA officials have acknowledged receipt of the umpires’ report which shows that Vikings are the winners by four runs via the DL system. As the drama continues, the board officials are reportedly now asking for reports from the captains and have disclosed that they have already received one from Centurions skipper.Among the issues, the board officials reportedly are looking at, include why the game went past the 18:30hrs cut-off time, start time, delays and penalties although these were fully spelt out in the umpires’ report.A look at the TDCA website will reveal that the last posting on the game read: Centurions are chasing 264. Currently 191-5 after 41 overs. For whatever reason or reasons there were no further postings to date.However, the final scores in the 50-over affair were: Vikings 264 for seven in their allotted 50 overs, Centurions 233 for five in 47 overs.One is left to wonder why the umpires, who were solely in charge of the game, didn’t declare Vikings as winners and if Centurions weren’t happy with their rulings, they had the opportunity of protesting the decision but lo and behold, this wasn’t done.In the meantime, allegations abound about the behavioural patterns of Centurion players and supporters and many are of the view that this may have prompted the umpires from ruling against them. From all appearances, the TDCA board officials seem to be facing the same dilemma since they are still to make a decision.It should be noted that this game was replayed from the previous weekend when an incident involving a spectator from Centurions was accused of using pepper spray in the vicinity of two Vikings fielders, causing a stoppage and eventual end to the game. Police were summoned prompting an evacuation of the ground.Meanwhile, Vikings were indebted to a fine innings of 97 from Pooran and 44 from Crandon, who shared a brilliant sixth-wicket stand of 116 to ensure their team reached the respectable score. S. Kamal was undefeated on 102 when Centurions innings was halted.last_img read more

WBB : Hemingway’s monster game leads SU to win in WNIT’s 3rd round

first_imgFor Iasia Hemingway, it got to a point in the second half where it didn’t matter how Eastern Michigan tried to defend her.Tasha Harris and Troya Berry had already told their Syracuse teammate that every time she got the ball, she needed to go to the basket.Hemingway took that message to heart. The Eagles could send whomever they wanted and however many they wanted at the junior forward. It wouldn’t change anything.‘It didn’t matter,’ Hemingway said. ‘I was actually trying to go before they got there. I just kept attacking the rim. And hopefully, they were going in.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA lot of them went in Thursday for Hemingway as she powered the Orange (25-9) to a 72-63 win over Eastern Michigan (24-13) in the third round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The transfer finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in front of 286 fans in the Carrier Dome. And nearly all of those points came on drives from the high post. EMU did manage to hang around until the last five minutes, but fittingly, Hemingway led the Orange on an 12-2 run to close out the game.Hemingway and SU will face Toledo on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Savage Arena in the quarterfinals of the WNIT.‘It was the best scoring game I’ve seen her have,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘I think that what she did all around was one of the best performances I’ve seen in the high post in a long time.’In the first half, Eastern Michigan’s goal was to take sophomore center Kayla Alexander out of SU’s offense. When Hemingway caught the ball at the free-throw line, the Eagles gave her space and doubled Alexander on the block.But EMU soon realized that strategy would not work.‘Hemingway figured that out quickly and started driving to the basket,’ EMU head coach AnnMarie Gilbert said. ‘… Instead of us being there on the catch, we allowed her to catch it and then she would just give a jab step either way and was able to get to the basket.’Hemingway finished with 12 points in the first half, but Syracuse allowed the Eagles hang around by committing 13 turnovers before halftime. That led to just a 34-32 lead for the Orange at the break.EMU used a 22-point performance from junior forward Paige Redditt mixed with some timely 3-point shooting to stay close throughout the second half. The Eagles never trailed by more than six points, and even took a 61-60 lead with 5:16 left.But Hemingway willed the Orange to the victory late.Gilbert adjusted her team’s defense to account for Hemingway’s drives from the high post. The Eagles doubled Hemingway whenever she got the ball in the high post and left Alexander underneath.But nothing worked. Syracuse scored 15 points in the last 7:18 of the second half. Hemingway scored 10 of them. And she assisted on the other two buckets.‘She was really in the zone,’ Gilbert said. ‘And there aren’t a lot of players that get in a zone on us.’In that final decisive stretch after the Eagles took a one-point lead, Hemingway took over. The forward went 1-of-2 at the free-throw line coming out of a timeout but chased down her own rebound on the second shot. She drove straight to the hoop and laid the ball in off the glass to put SU up 63-61.Two more free throws by Hemingway extended the lead to four. EMU finally started cutting off her drives on SU’s next two possessions, but she adjusted. First, she kicked the ball out to sophomore Elashier Hall for a corner 3-pointer. On the next possession, she squeezed a pass in between two defenders to Alexander for an easy finish underneath.That series turned a one-point SU deficit into a 70-61 lead with 1:28 left. EMU scored once more, but Hemingway fittingly closed out the scoring with yet another free-throw line drive for an easy layup.‘I really don’t look,’ Hemingway said. ‘I just attack the rim. … I just play hard every possession and when I go to the basket, I look to score.’ Comments Published on March 23, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more