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Australia says borders likely to stay closed until 2021

first_imgTopics : “We can simply work through the 14-day quarantine periods that have worked so well in terms of returning Australians to this country safely,” Birmingham said in a speech to the National Press Club.The return of international students will be a boost for universities facing big financial losses with the border closed as international education is Australia’s fourth-largest foreign exchange earner, worth A$38 billion ($26.14 billion) a year.Australia has had more than 7,300 cases of the coronavirus and 102 people have died from COVID-19, the disease it causes.It recorded its biggest daily rise in new infections in more than a month on Wednesday, with the most of them in Victoria, the second most populous state.Victoria reported 21 new cases overnight, of which 15 are returned travellers in quarantine, taking the total tally for the day to 22 cases, with some states yet to report their data. Australia is unlikely to reopen its border to international travellers until next year but will look to relax entry rules for students and other long-term visitors, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said on Wednesday.Australia has been largely successful in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus, which it attributes to curbs on international travel and tough social-distancing rules.Birmingham said a quarantine rule for returning citizens could be applied to international students and other visitors who plan to stay for a long period of time.last_img read more

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PM warns France ‘not to let down guard’ as virus cases surge

first_imgCastex, a right-wing technocrat, was named prime minister last month in a cabinet reshuffle by President Emmanuel Macron. Before his appointment, Castex masterminded the plan that took France out of lockdown.He faces a delicate August in the frontline of the health crisis, with Macron decamped for his annual holiday at the Fort de Bregancon presidential retreat in the south of France. The country has emerged relatively swiftly from a two-month lockdown imposed to combat the virus, but this has come with the risk of an increase in cases. France, which has registered over 30,000 deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic, recorded thousands of new confirmed infections last week, prompting some regions to reimpose local restrictions.”We are seeing an increase in the figures for the epidemic which should make us more attentive than ever,” Castex said.”I call on every French person to remain very vigilant. The fight against the virus depends of course on the state, local communities, institutions, but also on each of us,” he added. Topics : Prime Minister Jean Castex on Monday urged France “not to let down its guard” in the fight against the coronavirus in order to prevent a new national lockdown, as concern grows over a surge in cases.”The virus has not gone on holiday and neither have we,” the premier said on a visit to the northeastern city of Lille.”We need to protect ourselves against this virus, without putting a stop to our economic and social life, in other words avoiding the risk of a new generalized lockdown.” Outdoor masks obligatory The city of Lille, a bustling hub close to the Belgian border, has been the subject of particular concern with the prevalence of the virus doubling to 38 people per 100,000 in just two weeks.In parts of the city it is now obligatory to wear masks outside to limit contagion, a move that local authorities in France can decide themselves.Outdoor mask-wearing has also been made mandatory in parts of the northern region of Mayenne, as well as the popular coastal holiday destinations of Biarritz, Saint-Malo and Le Touquet.The mayor of the southern city of Nice, Christian Estrosi, announced Monday that masks would be obligatory on some streets, including the busiest ones by the Mediterranean Sea.Asked how long the measure would remain in force, he replied: “Until someone tells me that the virus is not circulating.”Police were already out on the streets of Nice to enforce the new rule, but fines for not wearing masks — which can go as high as 135 euros ($158) — will only be imposed from Wednesday.The French government has encouraged citizens to go on holiday this year, especially within the country, in the hope of giving some help to an economy that contracted by a whopping 13.8 percent in the second quarter.But officials are keenly aware that opening up brings risks, and the government has been troubled by scenes especially of young people partying at close quarters outdoors in holiday spots.last_img read more

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Mandate roundup: Cornwall, FRR, AP2, APUC

first_imgThe £1.3bn (€1.5bn) Cornwall Pension Fund has appointed two managers to a £60m global frontier-market equity mandate.The local authority fund launched the tender in May and saw interest from 17 applicants, reduced to a shortlist of 16 with the help of bfinance.HSBC Global Asset Mangement and Advance Emerging Capital have both been appointed, with the £60m funding split equally between the firms.In other news, France’s Fonds de réserve pour les retraites (FRR) is seeking a provider to evaluate the risks inherent in its €36.6bn portfolio. The reserve fund said the successful applicant would be appointed for four years, with the potential for a further one-year extension of the contract.Applicants have until 23 December to apply.The FRR has further concluded several other procurement exercises, reappointing Russell Investments to a panel of transition managers, alongside Goldman Sachs and BlackRock Advisors.The fund has also appointed two further asset managers to socially responsible equity mandates worth €150m, bringing to a close a nearly two-year process.BNP Paribas Asset Management and Kleinwort Benson Investors will be required to invest in thematic mutual funds, and the FRR said the approach would allow it to seek exposure to water, eco-technologies, waste management and renewable energy.Meanwhile, four of Sweden’s AP funds have appointed two companies to handle global voting services for the buffer funds.Institutional Shareholders Services (ISS) and Nordic Investment Services (NIS) were chosen for the high quality of their analysis, according to a statement by AP2.The joint tender by AP1-4 will see both companies working across all four funds’ portfolios.Finally, APUC, the body responsible for procurement of more than 50 of Scotland’s universities and colleges, is seeking to launch a defined contribution supplier framework for the higher education sector.According to the tender, the framework would accessible to higher education procurement services for London and other English regions, as well as Wales.Applicants, which are welcome to contact APUC until 9 January, must have an S&P credit rating of BBB or higher to qualify.last_img read more

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WADA ready to wipe out drug cheats, chief says

first_img Read Also: Australian Open: Sharapova says there’s still a lot of fire amid wildcard offer The significant extent of state-sponsored doping in Russia, notably between 2011 and 2015, was revealed in an independent report by sports lawyer Richard McLaren, released in 2016. The issue has dealt a colossal blow to the status of post-Soviet Russia as a major sports power after hosting events such as the 2013 World Athletics Championships, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 World Cup. The Sochi Games later became notorious for the number of doping violations by prominent Russian athletes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Outgoing WADA President Craig Reedie says the Russian doping scandal shows that clean sport is under attack, but the anti-doping organization now has the tools to better weed out drug cheats. Taking stock of his six years at the helm of the World Anti-Doping Agency, the 78-year-old Briton insists the group is “stronger” than ever as it faces the “unprecedented” challenge of the doping crisis in Russia. Outgoing WADA President Craig Reedie says the Russian doping crisis is the biggest challenge he has faced in his six years at the helm of the anti-doping agency “Considering the last six years in particular, I am especially pleased to see how WADA responded to the challenges it faced since 2014, in particular the Russian doping crisis,” he said in his end-of-term message. The crisis, he recalled, led to the creation within WADA of an “intelligence and investigations” service, which played “a decisive role” in the recent decision to exclude Russia from major world sports competitions for falsifying anti-doping data. The Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA announced Friday that it has challenged the exclusion. Ultimately, it will be up to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to rule on the matter, said Reedie, whose term officially ends Tuesday. “Throughout this process WADA has shown it has the will, the expertise and the legal tools to stand up effectively to this unprecedented level of cheating and corruption,” he said. WADA decided on December 9 to ban Russia from participating in major international events for four years, including the 2020 and 2022 Olympic Games and the 2022 World Cup. Loading… Promoted ContentCelebrities Showing Support For George Floyd ProtestsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksLittle Georgie Henley Has Grown Into A Beautiful Swan!14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowIs Cristiano Ronaldo Converting His Hotels To Hospitals? Only handpicked Russian athletes will be able to participate in the competitions, but under a neutral flag and without the national anthem being played. WADA estimated that Russia had “manipulated” the data of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory which were transmitted to it at the beginning of the year, an umpteenth rebound in a scandal which started with the revelation in 2015 of an institutional doping practiced since 2011 and involving senior officials, secret agents and trafficked urine vials.last_img read more

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Steven Davis indifferent to Northern Ireland’s controversial new home strip

first_img Press Association Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis insists getting to Euro 2016 is more important than the shirt players will wear once they are there. Many fans were left underwhelmed by the design of the country’s new home kit last week, with some unimpressed by the blue sleeves and two-tone horizontal blue stripe joining the traditional green and white colouring. A petition calling for the shirt to be scrapped has attracted more than 6,000 signatures but the Irish Football Association has reported record pre-sales, boosted by the side’s qualification for next summer’s finals. center_img A new away jersey followed on Thursday, predominantly white with a green stripe, and was welcomed with greater warmth. But Davis, who will don the new home shirt for the first time against Latvia on Friday, believes there are bigger concerns for the squad. “I don’t think it’s going to be top priority,” he said. “The kit is not really in the back of our minds to be honest. The main thing for the players is to make sure we’re on that plane when it takes off for France.” Only injury could prevent the skipper from lining up in France next summer, but with some squad regulars set to miss out on the final 23-man party, Davis sees a competitive edge in the camp. “These games are important in our preparation,” he said. “We’ve talked many times before about momentum in football and we want to keep hitting the standards we set. “One thing that’s definitely improved in the squad over the last campaign is the intensity in training, the competition for places getting stronger…that will continue to be the case because people are going to be desperate to go to the Euros.” last_img read more

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The Latest: World TeamTennis sends $1K each to its players

first_imgThe International World Games Association and Birmingham Organizing Committee announced Thursday that the 11th edition of the World Games will now be held on July 7-17, 2022.The World Games began in 1981 and are held every four years to showcase disciplines that are not on the Olympic program, such as sumo, floorball, billiards, lifesaving, orienteering, dance sport and tug of war.Birmingham won the right to stage the 2021 competition, beating out Lima, Peru, and Ufa, Russia, to become the first U.S. host since Santa Clara, California, for the inaugural World Games.Birmingham had expected some 3,600 athletes from more than 100 nations to participate.___ The Wall Street Journal reports that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker secured the N95 masks but had no way of getting them to the U.S.Team owner Robert Kraft stepped in and offered to help. The plane, a Boeing 767 painted in the team’s colors and logo, is usually used to carry the team to and from NFL games. It is expected back in Boston on Thursday.___The World Games that were more than a year away have been delayed to 2022 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Olympic-style event for sports that are not on the Summer Games program had been scheduled for July 15-25, 2021, in Birmingham, Alabama. But those dates now overlap with the Tokyo Olympics, which were delayed for a full year while the world deals with the pandemic. Brescia is in last place in the league standings. The president of Lazio recently accused Cellino of trying to avoid relegation.Cellino says “I don’t care at all about relegation. So far we have deserved it and I have my blame in that, too.”___Potential hosts of soccer’s 2027 Asian Cup have been given more time to enter the contest by the Asian Football Confederation.The AFC says the March deadline to show interest was extended by three months to June because many of its member federations have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Belgian soccer league has become the first major European competition to recommend ending its season with the current standings declared final because of the coronavirus outbreak.The league says Club Brugge would be awarded the title if the advice is confirmed at a general assembly meeting on April 15. Brugge would also qualify for next season’s Champions League.Brugge is currently 15 points ahead of second-place Gent with one game to go before the season-ending playoffs.The league management board has agreed it is unclear when team training could resume and says it is “very unlikely” any games with fans attending could be played before June 30.The league says even games in empty stadiums would put stress on public health and security services dealing with the pandemic. It agreed the risk of infecting players would also damage the competition’s integrity. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The CEO of World TeamTennis says the league has sent $1,000 each to about 60 players and coaches as a “gift” to help them deal with the financial hardships presented by the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: World TeamTennis sends $1K each to its players April 2, 2020 ___The Senior PGA Championship in Michigan has been canceled.The PGA of America says it based its decision on Michigan’s stay-at-home order that was enacted March 23.The Senior PGA in Benton Harbor, Michigan, was to be played May 21-24. It will be held next year at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will return to Benton Harbor the following year.___ Iowa State coaches and other athletic department staff members are getting pay cuts for one year to help offset lost revenue from the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Jaime Pollard wrote on the Cyclones’ website that his department faces a $5 million shortfall this year because of the cancellation of the NCAA and Big 12 men’s basketball tournaments.The payroll cut will save more than $3 million. There also will be a temporary suspension of bonuses for coaches totaling another $1 million.Previously announced increases in Cyclone Club annual giving levels have been delayed, prices for season and individual game ticket prices have been frozen for all sports and the deadline for booster club donations and football season ticket renewals has been extended to May 29.___ ___Brescia president Massimo Cellino says he will forfeit his team’s remaining Serie A matches if the Italian soccer league resumes.Brescia is the third-worst hit province in Italy with more than 8,500 coronavirus cases and more than 1,300 deaths.In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Cellino says “this season doesn’t make sense anymore.”He says “returning to activity is pure craziness. If they force us to I am ready to not put out the team and lose the matches 3-0 by default out of respect for the citizens of Brescia and their loved ones who aren’t here anymore.”center_img ___The French Grand Prix scheduled for May 17 in Le Mans has been postponed, becoming the sixth MotoGP race to be called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.The motorcycling series has yet to start its season.The season-opener in Qatar was canceled, the Thailand, Americas and Argentina races were postponed to October-November, and the Spanish MotoGP has yet to find new dates.The next race at risk is the Italian MotoGP on May 31. World Athletics says it won’t clear any Russian athletes to compete internationally amid the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body of track requires Russians to apply for “authorized neutral athlete” status each year to compete outside their home country. Russia has been suspended from World Athletics since 2015 for widespread doping.World Athletics spokeswoman Nicole Jeffery says in e-mailed comments that “the ANA system only applies to international competition, so until there is competition there is no need for any athlete to apply.”She adds that “for the next two months, at least, there is no competition, so the system does not need to be active until we know when the competition schedule can resume.”World Athletics hasn’t decided how far in advance to open applications once competitions resume. High jump world champion Mariya Lasitskene and pole vault world champion Anzhelika Sidorova are among those who need their status renewed from last year. ___World Sailing has canceled the World Cup Series Final in Enoshima, Japan, in June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The regatta was to give valuable competition for the Olympic classes just over a month before the start of the Tokyo Games.The Olympics have been postponed to 2021.World Sailing and Japanese officials were in talks to return to Enoshima in 2021 before the rescheduled Olympics. ___British Open organizers say postponement is an option for this year’s tournament at Royal St. George’s because of the coronavirus outbreak.The R&A released a short statement in response to media speculation about the staging of the event in July. Chief executive Martin Slumbers says the “process is taking some time to resolve” because of a range of external factors.Slumbers says “we are well aware of the importance of being able to give clear guidance to fans, players and everyone involved and are working to resolve this as soon as we can.”The 149th edition of the Open Championship is scheduled to take place July 16-19. The last time the Open wasn’t played was in 1945 because of World War II. Carlos Silva said in a telephone interview Thursday that the payments were not an advance of salary for the nine-team league, which was founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s.Explained Silva: “It wasn’t so much about the money, but a way to say, ‘Thank you,’ and just so they could use it for some rent or some groceries or anything they might need.”All professional tennis events have been postponed or canceled until early July because of the COVID-19 outbreak.There will be some tennis to watch on TV this weekend, though: A WTT all-star event featuring 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys and other players will air Saturday on CBS. It was filmed March 1.Silva said WTT is still planning to launch its three-week season on July 12, but will continue to monitor the situation and offer periodic updates. Associated Press Matches are slated to be held that day in Washington, Orlando, San Diego and Springfield, Missouri.That date also was supposed to be when the men’s final was played at Wimbledon.But the All England Club announced Wednesday that its Grand Slam tournament would not be played this year.___The New England Patriots’ private team plane is returning to Boston from China carrying more than 1 million masks critical to health care providers fighting to control the spread of the new coronavirus. The Saudi Arabian soccer body said in February it wanted to host the 24-team tournament.China will host the 2023 edition. A return to western Asia is possible after the United Arab Emirates staged the 2019 tournament.The AFC is planning for a 2027 tournament but a FIFA task force drafting a future calendar of matches and tournaments will likely be asked to align continental championships. The European Championship and South America’s Copa America are on track to kick off in June 2028.___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 6last_img read more

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Syracuse zone proves unbeatable again as Marquette suffers miserable shooting night in Elite Eight

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ WASHINGTON – Marquette passed the ball around the outside of Syracuse’s zone, desperately trying to find an opening to break through the middle. With each opening, one of the Orange’s long arms quickly closed it. With each open space on the arc, one of Syracuse’s quick-moving defenders hustled to fill it. The Golden Eagles had nothing to work with.“Obviously, today, they were clicking really well,” Marquette guard Junior Cadougan said. “They did a great job from start to finish.”And from start to finish, the Golden Eagles looked bewildered and befuddled. The fact that they beat Syracuse’s zone once this season had no bearing on this game with the way the Orange was playing. Marquette shot only 22.6 percent from the field and a pathetic 12.5 percent from the arc in its 55-39 loss to Syracuse in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament at the Verizon Center.The Golden Eagles also committed 14 turnovers, which led to 19 points for the Orange.Syracuse’s zone has swallowed up four teams so far in the NCAA Tournament, with Marquette being the latest. At the top of the zone, 6-foot-4 Brandon Triche and 6-foot-6 Michael Carter-Williams made life miserable for the Golden Eagles’ shooters.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMarquette took 24 3-pointers, but drained only three of them.“We’re sticking together and we’re not breaking down,” Carter-Williams said. “We have active hands and we’re getting deflections and steals and the zone has been great and we’re just playing real hard. We’ve just got to keep focusing on every play.”That meant stealing the ball at every opportunity. Syracuse finished with 10 of them Saturday. Early in the game, Cadougan worked his way into the paint but quickly lost control of the ball as the Orange’s zone collapsed on him. SU forward Jerami Grant, a lanky 6-foot-8 body ideal for coach Jim Boeheim’s defense, dove on the loose ball and secured the steal.It set up a transition layup for Triche to make the score 18-7 Syracuse.Every time the Golden Eagles tried to shoot, there was a Syracuse body in their way. At one point in the first half, Marquette forward Jamil Wilson had a brief opportunity to take a 3, but couldn’t get the shot off before Orange guard Trevor Cooney raced to the top of the key to get in his way.Syracuse center Baye Moussa Keita said the Orange has been more talkative at the defensive end of the floor. Keita, a junior center who’s helped key the Orange’s postseason defensive dominance, stood at the middle of the zone shouting directions.“I think the difference was that we were talking a lot,” Keita said. “The zone, when you’re talking, it’s just a whole different defense when you’re talking, communicating.”In the locker room after the game, Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins said it isn’t just that opposing teams are missing shots, it’s that the Orange is forcing them to miss shots. Syracuse is making sure shooters who need time to shoot don’t have any. The Orange is forcing shooters into spots on the floor where they’re too deep to hit 3s.Syracuse’s zone has taken center stage at the NCAA Tournament. Teams like No. 1-seed Indiana, the third best scoring team in the nation, couldn’t beat it. Marquette, led by Buzz Williams, who’s seen the zone, broken down the zone and beat the zone, had no answer for the zone on Saturday.Hopkins said it’s just a zone defense, but it’s a zone defense that’s exceptionally long and exceptionally fast. It has players who can instinctually break across the arc to close out on shooters in an eye-blink. Hopkins compared it to a baseball player hitting a 100-mph fastball. Few can do it effectively.But the few who can all seem to play for Syracuse. It makes Boeheim’s version of the zone almost unbeatable.“Coach is – he’s revolutionized it,” Hopkins said. “He’s changed the rotations. He sees it differently. It’s not normal.”Carter-Williams said every player has bought into the zone and now focuses on every single play an opposing offense might throw at them. Teams usually drain the shot clock trying to look for good shots, but Syracuse stays active for that entire period.Marquette took 53 shots on Saturday, but hit a measly 12 of them.“We put our hearts into it, and we’re competing on every single possession, every play,” Carter-Williams said. “I think that’s why we’re so effective.” Comments Related Stories UN-FOUR-GETTABLE: Syracuse returns to Final Four for first time in 10 years with 55-39 victory over MarquetteCarter-Williams propels Syracuse past Marquette, into Final Four with all-around performanceGallery: Syracuse defeats Marquette to advance to Final Four in AtlantaFans at Chuck’s go wild; Seniors reflect on Orange’s advance to the Final FourFans gather at Varsity Pizza to watch Syracuse wincenter_img Published on March 30, 2013 at 11:44 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

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US based crypto-currency exchange to launch new trading platform for Caribbean…

first_imgThe US based cryptocurrency exchange agency Bittrex, has announced a partnership with Cryptofacil, a new cryptocurrency trading platform designed to accommodate citizens in the Caribbean and Latin America.According to Bittrex, headquartered in the US state of Washington, the new exchange will allow Latin American and Caribbean residents the ability to trade over 200 cryptocurrencies. “At the moment the companies are offering a pre-registration period for interested traders,” said Cryptofacil’s co-founder, Andres Szafran who added that the team plans to leverage the Bittrex trading platform’s experience and token review process.“We developed Cryptofacil to focus on basic customer requirements: a simple and easy to use cryptocurrency platform with superior customer support and value-added services in a safe and secure environment,” explains Szafran. “Our goal is to become the crypto exchange of record and the most reputable platform in Latin America and the Caribbean.”Bittrex CEO Bill Shihara says the Cryptofacil team based in Uruguay, has a deep knowledge of the Latin American and Caribbean markets. “The partnership provides Bittrex with the opportunity to offer these residents access to a broad selection of cryptocurrency assets and the company believes it’s reputation will help bolster the goal. The partnership with Cryptofacil “will further drive worldwide adoption,” Shihara said in making the recent announcement.last_img read more

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How I Lost Consciousness :Rufai

first_imgEx-Super Eagles goalkeeper Peter Rufai has opened up for the first time on what might have led to losing consciousness last Monday.The 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner in Tunisia, who conducted this year’s 3rd Nestle Milo Football Clinic in Ibadan, which ended on Saturday, was rushed to Toki Hospital in Surulere, Lagos, after it was reported that he slumped in his office.Speaking with Complete Sports, Rufai said: “Concerning my losing consciousness, I didn’t know what happened. I was in the office in the evening and having a chat with my younger brother and some of my staff. Before I realized what was happening I found myself at the clinic the following day.But now I’m focused on this project and right now the only thing I see are these children. Seeing these children always gives me the opportunity to say thank you to Nigerians.”He described the death of his mother as devastating and hinted that it might have affected his health.“Actually the passing on of my mum was a kind of devastating blow to me because I remember her saying to me ‘my son I want you to come and see me, if you don’t come, I’m going to come to your office, sit down in your office so that you can see me.’ “I told her ‘Okay mummy I’m coming’, but I had a strategy to go and see her. So it remained just one day for me to go and see her before I got the news of her death. It was like a blow to me but never-the-less, I try to move on, to put together this project and the joy of seeing these children today (Saturday) and also say thank you to Nigerians.”However, the younger brother to the former Deportivo La Coruna of Spain goal tender Bruce, who was also part of the Nestle Milo Football Clinic, stated that what led to his elder brother’s slump may not be unconnected with the demise of their mother.“As the eldest son he has a lot of responsibilities. He used to be mummy’s pet because he was so close to my mum, while I was close to my dad. So I believe it affected him a little. Even I try to be on my feet and I hope we will come over it soon,” he said.Speaking also at the event was Paulo Cardozo who was the expatriate coach for the for the clinic.“It’s good that he is back on his feet after what happened to him. I hope he stays fit because he is a fantastic person, very good professional and a model to all and also he is a very good friend of mine. I wish him all the best.”last_img read more

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Dodgers notes: Carl Crawford miffed by All-Star ballot snub

first_imgCrawford was not only an All-Star in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010, he was the All-Star game’s Most Valuable Player in 2009.The Dodgers on the All-Star ballot were chosen by general manager Ned Colletti along with representatives from Major League Baseball, a Dodgers official confirmed.The team will promote Crawford as a write-in candidate.Puig is technically on his first ballot, but was nearly voted in by the fans last season courtesy of the NL All-Star final vote. Puig received more votes than anybody in Final Vote history except Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who beat him out with 19.7 million.The rest of the Dodgers’ All-Star ballot representatives were predictable: Adrian Gonzalez (first base), Dee Gordon (second base), Hanley Ramirez (shortstop), Juan Uribe (third base) and A.J. Ellis (catcher). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The three outfielders on the ballot aren’t exactly attractive All-Star candidates at the moment. Neither is Crawford for that matter.Puig is hitting .254 with a .338 on-base percentage and a .437 slugging percentage. Kemp’s slash line is 211/.297/.456, Ethier’s is. 194/.247/.284, and Crawford’s is .222/.231/.317. New set-up for Wilson?The Dodgers are considering a removal of reliever Brian Wilson from his current set-up role, according to manager Don Mattingly.Wilson surrendered four runs in the ninth inning of Thursday’s 7-3 loss to the Phillies, giving him two losses in just six appearances this season.After spending 17 days on the disabled list with elbow irritation earlier this month — and not allowing a run in 24 outings last season — one can’t help but wonder if Wilson is healthy.“I think he’s healthy. If he’s not, he’s not telling us,” Mattingly said. “I feel like it’s just execution. He says possibly getting him regular work will get him back in a groove.”Wilson faced six batters Thursday, gave up three hits, hit one batter and intentionally walked another before he was relieved.He only hit 94 mph on the radar gun with two of the nine fastballs he threw Thursday. One was fouled off by Tony Gwynn Jr. and the other hit Ryan Howard. Last year, Wilson’s fastball was averaging between 93 and 94 with a high of 96 mph. Puig to the big screen?Just as the waters were calming after a Los Angeles Magazine story chronicling Puig’s defection from Cuba was published, it made another wave.The film rights to Jesse Katz’s story have been sold to “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner’s production company, RatPac Entertainment, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The magazine story details Puig’s attempts to escape Cuba and eventually his successful defection courtesy of smugglers working for a Mexican drug cartel. Puig was then held captive by the smugglers for three weeks when the man who sponsored his defection didn’t pay them before he eventually crossed the U.S. border and was signed by the Dodgers to a seven-year, $43 million deal. center_img The irony of being left off the All-Star ballot wasn’t lost on Carl Crawford.The Dodgers outfielder’s four All-Star selections are tied with Adrian Gonzalez for the most of the team, but he was passed over in favor of Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig when the ballot was released Friday.“To not even have a chance, I mean, I’ve got the most All-Stars of anybody on the team,” Crawford said. “Now there’s not even a chance. I don’t know how I’m supposed to take that.”Only three outfielders per team are allowed on the ballot. The Dodgers’ request to add a fourth was denied, according to a Dodgers official.last_img read more