COVID-19: Ombudsman slams govt for ‘focusing too much on economic recovery’

first_imgThe Indonesian Ombudsman has lambasted the government for prioritizing the economic recovery over public health in dealing with the double crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.“The government has restarted economic activities in this period. All the talk is about the economy, because everyone thinks that the vaccine [discovery] is near,” Ombudsman member Alamsyah Saragih said during an online discussion on Saturday, reported.“The question is, will the vaccines be effective enough or not?” he asked. Alamsyah noted that as the government had shifted its focus mainly to the economic recovery, as several regulations, especially those related to health protocol, were starting to be eased.“Jakarta in the first month of the COVID-19 pandemic was all out to curb the spread of the virus; unfortunately, that only lasted for three to four months. When economic activities were resumed, people went out to Jakarta […] and the cycle happened [again],” he added.Alamsyah cited recent official data that showed that Jakarta has reclaimed the status as the country’s epicenter of COVID-19 with a total tally of 39,037 cases. The capital city recorded its highest daily increase on Sunday with 1,114 new cases.Read also: Indonesia sees record high in COVID-19 cases for third day runningAlamsyah also pointed out that the government appeared to be scrambling to create effective regulations to deal with the pandemic, citing examples of the partial lockdown imposed under the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and the distribution of social aid that critics said was prone to misuse and mistargeting.He also criticized the government over the push for the so-called new normal while efforts to treat COVID-19 patients were still deemed lacking.“I see how the government funds were disbursed with improper timing, because our administrative system is complicated and our legal perspectives are old-fashioned,” he said. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Ørsted and Eversource Break Ground on Connecticut Office

first_imgØrsted U.S. and Eversource have broken ground on their new office in New London, Connecticut.The joint venture partners are opening the office in downtown New London to support their portfolio of projects across the U.S. Northeast and future work out of New London State Pier.To remind, Ørsted and Eversource recently submitted a bid to develop their Constitution Wind project in response to Connecticut’s Request for Proposals (RFP) for offshore wind energy.The RFP builds off of multi-resource solicitations in 2018 in which Connecticut bought 304MW of offshore wind from the Revolution Wind project, also being developed by Eversource and Ørsted.Constitution Wind, which has been in development since 2015, participated in that RFP round, as well.The two companies also committed to investing USD 57 million for upgrades to New London State Pier to accommodate the industry and create an offshore wind staging hub in Connecticut.last_img read more

Indiana Sunday alcohol sales days away

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — For the first time in more than 80 years, Hoosiers will be able to purchase alcohol on Sundays legally. By a vote of 38-10 the Indiana Senate approved the bill and sent it to the governor and he says he’ll sign it without delay.That means as soon as March 4 it could be the law of the land. “We won’t let too many Sundays pass. There is a pen on my desk. We are wanting the process to take it’s course. When it arrives you will be the first to know when we sign it. But we will sign it,” Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said.last_img

Six Flags St. Louis announces ‘Fright Fest 30-Hour Coffin Challenge’

first_imgSt. Louis, Mo. —  Six Flags St. Louis has challenged fans with the “Fright Fest 30-Hour Coffin Challenge.” For those that meet the challenge will be entered in a drawing for $300, if there are multiple winners they will receive a 2019 Gold Season Pass, a Fright Fest prize package, two VIP Haunted House passes and a ticket to ride the Freak Train for Freak Unleashed. If the winners want to take the coffin home they can do that too.Contestants are asked to complete a registration form and must bring their own pillows and blankets. The contest will be held on October 13.More information about the contest is here.last_img

Johnson to answer bail in two weeks

first_img Press Association The Sunderland player was questioned by police yesterday following the allegation involving a girl who is believed to be 15 years old. He has been suspended by the club, pending the outcome of the police investigation. England footballer Adam Johnson has been bailed until the middle of the month after police arrested him on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.center_img Durham Constabulary said last night that a 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16 years had been released on bail “pending ongoing investigations”. The force has since said he will answer bail on March 18. There was no answer at his gated modern mansion which is screened by trees in the pleasant County Durham village of Castle Eden. Johnson, who was questioned at Peterlee police station in County Durham, had been due to travel with the Sunderland squad to East Yorkshire yesterday ahead of tonight’s Barclays Premier League fixture at Hull. The winger, born in Sunderland, has represented his country 12 times and also played for Middlesbrough and Manchester City. He cost the Wearside club £10 million when they purchased him in 2012 and he has gone on to score 17 goals for them. Meanwhile, Durham Police have reminded the public that identifying someone who may or may not be a victim of a sexual offence is against the law. A spokesman said: “Victims of sexual assault are guaranteed the legal right to lifetime anonymity and publishing any details, including on social media, which may lead to their identification, is contrary to the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992. “Durham Constabulary wishes to remind social media users, and anyone else, who breaks the law that they will be dealt with robustly.” last_img read more

The Latest: Manchester City match vs. Real Madrid postponed

first_img___10 a.m.The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease.Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian. The men’s and women’s semifinals and finals scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, home of the NBA’s Pelicans and site of the women’s Final Four in April, will be played with only essential staff, some media and limited immediate family members of players and coaches allowed in the arena.___11:30 a.m.The Belgian soccer league has backpedaled on its decision to keep stadiums open to fans despite the coronavirus outbreak.The league says that the last round of regular-season matches in the top league scheduled this weekend will be played in empty stadiums. The Belgian Cup final between Brugge and Antwerp scheduled on March 22 was postponed to a date yet to be announced. The league was scheduled to hold regular-season games in Moscow, Istanbul, Madrid and Tel Aviv on Thursday.___10:30 a.m.The International Basketball Federation says it is suspending all competitions indefinitely from Friday.FIBA says the decision was made “in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans.” The Belgian federation added that all youth and amateur soccer have been canceled until March 31, and the Belgian national team’s trip to Qatar scheduled this month also has been canceled. Belgium, Portugal, Croatia and Switzerland had planned to play friendly games ahead of the European Championship at a mini tournament in the Gulf emirate.___11:15 a.m.A person with direct knowledge of the discussions tells The Associated Press that a recommendation has been made to the International Ice Hockey Federation to cancel the men’s world championships in Switzerland.The recommendation will be taken up for a vote by IIHF members on Thursday, according to the person who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because a decision has not yet been reached. The recommendation comes days after the IIHF canceled the women’s worlds set to begin in late March in Nova Scotia. The Pakistan Cricket Board said “it was important for us to act quickly to ensure that the wellbeing of all concerned is better protected” from the coronavirus outbreak but the Karachi Kings’ home game on Thursday against Lahore Qalanders went ahead with spectators.Spectators are barred from league games on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and a playoff on Tuesday.One other league match and three playoff matches, including the final on March 22, are in Lahore. The board said it was in contact with the Punjab provincial government about any health advice for the Lahore matches.___2:20 p.m. March 12, 2020 Sampdoria says 28-year-old forward Manolo Gabbiadini “has a fever but he’s doing well.” The Serie A club and adds that it is “activating all the isolation procedures provided for by law.”That is likely to include self-isolation for all players and staff.Gabbiadini, who also plays for Italy’s national team, wrote on Twitter “I too tested positive for Coronavirus. I want to thank all those who wrote to me, I’ve already received so very many messages. But I still want to reassure you that I’m fine, so don’t worry. Follow the rules, stay home and everything will sort itself out.”On Wednesday, Juventus announced that defender Daniele Rugani had tested positive.The outbreak of the virus has led to a nationwide lockdown in Italy, where soccer and all other sports have been suspended until April 3. Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy.The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins.A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation.“The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday.Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault. Associated Press 2:05 p.m.The Washington Wizards say players, coaches and basketball operations personnel are going to self-quarantine for the next three to four days.The Wizards played at the Utah Jazz — who have a player, Rudy Gobert, that tested positive for COVID-19 — on Feb. 29. Washington also played Tuesday against the New York Knicks, another recent opponent of the Jazz.The Wizards say players, coaches and basketball operations staff who have flu-like symptoms will be tested for coronavirus.___ Swofford held a news conference Thursday morning, a few hours before the first of four quarterfinal games. The league had announced Wednesday that it wouldn’t allow the general public into tournament games amid concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus that has become a global pandemic.Swofford called it “a very fluid situation” that “changes daily now, and may well be changing hourly.”Swofford said: “We want to provide an opportunity to continue to compete in this tournament for our players. Our understanding and belief is that that is what they would want.”Swofford’s comments came at the start of the third day of the five-day event, after fans had attended six games at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.Thursday’s games includes No. 4 Florida State, No. 10 Duke, No. 15 Louisville and No. 17 Virginia. The games will be held with only essential personnel, teams, player guests and credentialed media in attendance. Indian sports minister Kiren Rijuju told all national sports federations to ban spectators at all events, but events can go on if they “can’t be avoided.”The decision impacts the hugely popular IPL, due to start on March 29 and last seven weeks.It’s not yet been determined how it will affect the one-day international series between India and South Africa which began on Thursday in Dharamsala. The second ODI is in Lucknow on Sunday, and the third ODI in Kolkata next Wednesday.Foreign players are expected to face difficulties in traveling to India as the government on Wednesday suspended all visas, barring categories such as diplomatic and employment-related, until April 15 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Unless the government makes an exception, foreign cricketers will not be given business visas with which they travel to play the IPL. The suspension includes games in the Basketball Champions League, which is a rival competition to the better known Euroleague, and the second-tier FIBA Europe Cup. The Champions League is part-way through its playoffs.Men’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympics is expected to resume in June with a series of qualifying tournaments overseen by FIBA. Women’s qualifying has already concluded.___10:25 a.m.The hockey-like game of bandy has postponed its world championships in Russia because of the spreading coronavirus. The person said U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday to ban travel from Europe led to the recommendation to cancel the world championships. The monthlong travel ban leads to uncertainty over whether NHL players, who traditionally make up many of the competing nations’ rosters, will be able to travel from North America.The 16-nation tournament is scheduled to open on May 8.In other hockey developments, the National Women’s Hockey League postponed its Isobel Cup final scheduled for Friday night in Boston. It did not provide a new date.And the NHL announced the cancellation of morning skates and practices.– Reporting by AP Hockey Writers John Wawrow and Stephen Whyno ___11:50 a.m.Dutch soccer authorities have canceled all matches until the end of the month, including friendly internationals against the United States and Spain, because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Dutch team was scheduled to play the United States on March 26 in the southern city of Eindhoven and face Spain three days later in Amsterdam.The Netherlands has 614 confirmed cases of the virus and five deaths. The government has announced sweeping new measures in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus, including ordering cancellation of any events that will draw more than 100 people. Four World Cups in saber and epee next week were also called off.“Full details regarding the rescheduling of competitions will be announced at a later date,” the FIE said. “Information regarding Olympic selection criteria will be made as schedules for the remainder of the season are finalized.”___11:40 a.m.The Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament could be staged without spectators after a government decree related to the coronavirus outbreak. The affected events are the Miami Open, the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston, the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, the Monte Carlo Masters, the Barcelona Open and the Hungarian Open.The next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, is still scheduled to be held in Paris beginning May 24.___2:30 p.m.Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says “a few” of his players have symptoms of coronavirus and are being kept away from the squad. ___11:45 a.m.The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, has postponed its first fanfest scheduled for March 21-22.The decision was based on a statewide recommendation and advice from state and local health care officials to limit large gatherings as a safeguard against the new coronavirus.A new date will be announced, but fans who bought tickets to the event will receive a full refund and will have the first option to purchase tickets when the event is rescheduled. ___11:05 a.m.The Players Championship will not have spectators for the final three days at the TPC Sawgrass in Florida.A person involved in the discussions over the new coronavirus says the policy is expected to be in place for the next several weeks, starting with The Players and extending to next week at the Valspar Championship in the Tampa Bay area. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because it has not been announced.The only time a PGA Tour event has kept fans off the course were safety issues related to weather. ___2:45 p.m.The ATP has suspended all men’s professional tennis tournaments for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.No ATP Tour or ATP Challenger Tour events will take place through the week of April 20.The tournament at Indian Wells, California, scheduled to begin main-draw play Wednesday already had been called off. He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.”The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.___11:35 p.m.The Sun Belt became the latest Division I conference to announce it will restrict fan access to its basketball tournament games. 2:15 p.m.The Toronto Raptors say they will go into self-quarantine because they recently played against the Utah Jazz and Rudy Gobert.Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus.“Out of an abundance of caution, members of the Raptors traveling party have been tested for the virus. We await those results. Our players, coaches and traveling staff have all been advised to go into self-isolation for 14 days, which means minimizing contact in accordance with public health guidelines. Our team doctors remain in communication with infection control specialists and public health authorities, and we will continue to abide by their advice,” the Raptors said.___ ___11:05 a.m.German broadcaster Sky says it will show some Bundesliga soccer games on a free channel after spectators were barred from the stadiums.Sky will show four league games simultaneously on Saturday on its non-subscription news channel in a “conference” format, with the broadcast switching between each game to show the key action.That includes Borussia Dortmund’s game against Schalke, which is one of Germany’s most heated rivalries. ___NoonThe International Fencing Federation has postponed all international events for the next five weeks, including four Olympic qualifying tournaments.The FIE made the decision after the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, and the U.S. banned travelers from 26 European countries starting on Friday.The events postponed included the Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas qualifiers next month. Also off is the Anaheim Grand Prix in California starting on Friday, and the junior world championships in Salt Lake City next month. Several college basketball conference tournaments have been canceled moments before tipoff, putting the NCAA Tournament at risk.Officials with the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC conferences announced their tournaments were off, and other conferences were expected to follow suit. In New York City, the Big East Tournament began as scheduled.In Indianapolis, Big Ten officials scrapped the tournament less than 30 minutes before Michigan and Rutgers were scheduled to play in the first game of the day.The abrupt announcement came shortly after a handful of Michigan players ran onto the floor in a mostly empty Bankers Life Fieldhouse, waving their arms and begging for cheers from the nonexistent crowd. Big Ten officials, like those in many other conferences, announced Thursday they would prohibit most fans, cheerleaders and school bands from attending games beginning Friday.The men’s NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast. The Champions League match between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been postponed after the Spanish team puts its players in quarantine amid the coronavirus outbreak.Madrid has ordered its soccer and basketball teams to remain in isolation after one of the basketball players tested positive for the virus.No new date for the second-leg match in the last 16 was announced. City leads 2-1 from the first leg in Madrid.___12:05 p.m. 1:40 p.m.UEFA has called European soccer stakeholders to a meeting by video conference on Tuesday to deal with the effect on competitions of the coronavirus outbreak.UEFA says they will discuss “all domestic and European competitions.” That includes this year’s European Championship.The meetings will involve UEFA member federations and representatives of clubs, national leagues and player unions.There is no blanket suspension of soccer across the continent, but national leagues have been shut down by public authorities in some countries, including Italy and Spain. Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550.Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead.Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason.___More AP sports: and Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):___12:10 p.m. The 12 Hours of Sebring scheduled to run in Florida next weekend has been rescheduled because of the ban on travel from Europe. Many teams that compete in IMSA’s sports car events use European drivers and team members.The race was rescheduled as the IMSA season finale to be held Nov. 11-14 at Sebring International Raceway.IndyCar and NASCAR are still mulling options. IndyCar has been told by the Mayor of St. Petersburg that fans cannot attend Sunday’s season-opening race. NASCAR received the same message for next week’s racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.___11:55 a.m. The Latest: Manchester City match vs. Real Madrid postponed Swofford said he spoke with the commissioners of the other Power Five conferences, all of which are set to play basketball games today with few fans in the arenas.The NCAA announced Wednesday it planned to conduct its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments next week with only essential staff and some family members of teams in the building.___2:50 p.m.A second player from Italy’s top soccer division has tested positive for coronavirus. Denmark’s top soccer leagues are shutting down for at least two weeks because of the spreading coronavirus.The Danish league made the move a day after the national government announced a lockdown. The small Scandinavian country has 514 cases of people testing positive.“We will look at exactly what this will mean for the running of the tournaments for the weeks to come,” said Danish league director Claus Thomsen, adding more information on what will happen with the postponed matches and the rest of the season will be announced later.___10:10 a.m. There will be a similar procedure for some second-division games.___11 a.m.South Korea’s professional baseball league says it will postpone the start of its season to mid-April because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Korea Baseball Organization says it still hopes to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but will consider banning spectators from some games when risks of infections are high. The KBO had already canceled its preseason.___10:55 a.m.The Euroleague says it is suspending all games indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Europe’s main club basketball competition says it made the decision because of “the increased risks for participants in games, the vast amount of traveling disruptions causing the impossibility to reach certain destinations, and the different recommendations by the health authorities.” The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus.The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne.The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday.The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt.___ The Swedish Bandy Association says the tournament, scheduled to be played from March 29-April 5 in Irkutsk, has been postponed until October.International Bandy Association president Boris Skrynnik says “we know that there are concerns in other countries when it comes to travel and spending time with larger groups.”The under-15 world championships in Arkhangelsk, Russia, at the end of the month will also be played at a later date.___10:15 a.m. The Players began Thursday with fans. The only stipulation was they not ask for autographs. Still to be determined was who would be allowed in. The source said media and key personnel would be allowed.– Reporting by AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson___10:55 a.m.Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says the league men’s basketball tournament is ready to hold games as scheduled Thursday without fans in Greensboro, North Carolina. Qualifying was scheduled to start Friday.___11:15 a.m.Real Madrid says its soccer and basketball teams have been put in quarantine after a basketball play for the club tested positive for the coronavirus.The Spanish club says the soccer team was also affected because it shares training facilities with the basketball team. Rodgers was speaking two days before Leicester plays Watford in the Premier League. He didn’t say whether there had been any positive tests for the virus.Only one Premier League game has been affected so far amid the outbreak, with Manchester City’s home match against Arsenal on Wednesday called off. That decision was taken after members of Arsenal’s playing squad went into self-isolation in a precautionary move.___2:25 p.m.The Pakistan Super League is closing Twenty20 cricket games in Karachi to spectators from Friday after advice from the Sindh provincial government. “You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote.Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus.___9:55 a.m.The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title. ___11:30 a.m.McLaren says it has withdrawn from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne after a team member tested positive for the coronavirus.The British-based team says the person was self-isolated as soon as they started to show symptoms and “will now enter a period of quarantine.”Team officials have taken the decision to pull out of Sunday’s race “based on a duty of care” for McLaren employees and the wider Formula One family. The Hall of Fame Museum is remaining open during its regular operating hours, with extra cleaning procedures. Hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the museum.___11:40 a.m.Major League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas.Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days. 10:05 a.m.After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same.The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding.“Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said.The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.” The Miami Open tennis tournament that was scheduled to start later this month has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament had been scheduled for March 23-April 5 in Miami Gardens. The tournament moved there last year from its former home on Key Biscayne.Virtually all of the world’s top players had been scheduled to participate except Roger Federer, who is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.It’s the second postponement of a top tennis tournament in five days. The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, was postponed Sunday, less than 24 hours before qualifying matches were scheduled to begin.___last_img read more

How practice adjustments have benefited Syracuse heading into conference play

first_imgYounes Limam is listening to his players and it’s working. At 6-0, Syracuse is off to its best start since 2009, when it began the year with seven straight wins. As a team, the Orange is 28-6 in singles play. Three of its players — Dina Hegab, Gabriela Knutson and Nicole Mitchell — are still undefeated in singles play. Another trio — Valeria Salazar, Anna Shkudun and Maria Tritou — has only lost a combined three singles matches. Last season, SU began 5-1 before a 3-11 mark in conference play. And with league play beginning on Saturday, Limam has taken into account his players’ fatigue and in turn altered the practice routine.“Every year is different,” Limam, SU’s head coach said, “and honestly, we kind of forgot what happened last year. We just take it one day at a time. We’ve got a big weekend coming up. We’re just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing, keep preparing and yeah, control what we can control.”In an extra focus on recovery, Limam has shortened practices before weekends with multiple matches. Last weekend, SU played Friday and Sunday, and this weekend, SU will play on back-to-back days. On five separate weekends after that, the Orange will play on Friday and then again on Sunday. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast year, the Orange struggled when ACC play began, dropping its first three conference games and 12 of its last 15 to finish the year 8-13. This year, though, Limam has an almost entirely new roster for conference play.Limam has started to listen to his players at practice. When he feels their feedback will be beneficial, he’ll intensify practices but cut their lengths. “We’re just adjusting to how they are feeling, so we try to get feedback from them,” he said. “Our main goal is to have them 100 percent on game day.“A lot of it has to do with all the work being done behind the scenes,” he said. Valeria Salazar, a junior with a 4-2 doubles record this year, said she’s been working on more “specific stuff,” such as drills with her doubles partners. A member of the 2015 team, she acknowledged that SU folded, but that nobody has brought it up this year. Anna Shkudun, a graduate student with a 5-1 singles record, said she too has been able to start working on more specific drills, particularly her serve, which played a large role in her — and SU’s — win over St. John’s on Sunday. At times, players have been given the freedom to practice what they want. It’s one of the alterations Limam is making in hopes of Syracuse sustaining conference play.“If it works for us,” Shkudun said, “it’s better.” Comments Published on February 16, 2016 at 11:44 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Spain’s 2019 budget seeks to implement tough betting advertising code

first_img Spanish news sources report that the upcoming 2019 budget will likely carry severe advertising restrictions for licensed gambling/betting incumbents, as the PSOE minority government seeks to revamp Spain’s advertising code.Last week, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (PSOE – Socialist Workers Party) struck a budget proposal deal with socialist Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias.Branded as Spain’s ‘socially progressive budget’, PSOE moves towards its first legislative victory since taking leadership of Spain’s government last June, following the resignation of Partido Popular’s Mariano Rajoy attached to multiple corruption charges.Striking a budget agreement with Podemos, Sanchez and the minority PSOE seek to stave off opposition calls for a snap general election in 2019.The agreed budget is reported to have a mandate seeking to restrict/limit the advertising of ‘predatory industries’ (betting, pay-day loans, credit lending) targeting Spanish consumers, a governance directive pursued by Podemos since 2015.All Spanish news sources report that PSOE and Podemos will seek to toughen Spain’s advertising standards with regards to betting advertising/marketing practices. However, it remains unclear what exact restrictions the government will choose to implement.Spanish regulator DGOJ is currently undertaking its third licensing window, which is due to close on 17 December 2018, expanding Spain’s online gambling marketplace. Newspaper El Pais reports that PSOE will treat ‘betting like tobacco’, implementing tougher restrictions aimed at protecting minors and vulnerable consumers.Meanwhile, details that PSOE and Podemos, will move to significantly reduce betting related adverts aired during TV sports broadcasts, and throughout Radio verticals.Furthermore, a new advertising code would ban Spanish licensed operators from utilising celebrities or athletes to promote gambling products/services.The 2019 budget agreement will have caught the eye of Spanish football clubs, who have previously been criticised by Pablo Iglesias and Podemos for their ‘indifference to betting advertising and sponsorships’.PSOE will present its budget to the EU on 15 October, seeking to gain approval on its spending plans and fiscal policies. The budget will then be forwarded to Spain’s Congress for final voting, in which PSOE and Podemos require 176 votes for its approval. Related Articles Share Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Submit Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020last_img read more

Detroit Red Wings’ early woes serve as wake-up call: ‘We need to find an answer . . . quick’

first_img“We have a choice. We can feel sorry for ourselves, we can mope, we can be frustrated, we can do all those things and it’ll just keep up, or we can decide we’re going to go against Boston and play a good game,” Blashill said. “You hope you get a result, then eventually you’re going to get results. I know it’s hard, it is hard, it’s not supposed to be easy.”While the 2019-20 campaign is still in its infancy, Detroit is ready to play with urgency to snap out of its skid and return to form — especially, if they want to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.”It’s going [the wrong way] right now,” added Larkin. “We got to find a way to stop it, and we got to find a way to stop it now. We need to find an answer, and we need to find it quick.” NEW YORK — Dylan Larkin stood before the scrum in front of him at a loss for words, trying to reflect on the Detroit Red Wings’ 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday night that marked their fourth-straight loss.”I don’t know,” he finally says when asked what makes this stretch harder than ones in the past. “That’s a tough question. It really is.” Going 4-12-1 through their first 17 games of the season, Detroit currently sits last in the league at nine points, tied with the Ottawa Senators.MORE: Red Wings acquire Robby Fabbri from Blues for Jacob de la RoseAs Larkin put it, the team’s woes manifest into “a different story every night,” and on this night, the dagger was special teams.The Red Wings gave up two goals on the penalty kill and then, down 3-1 with a third-period power-play opportunity, surrendered a shorthanded goal to Greg McKegg, which put one of the final nails in the coffin.Overall, Detroit’s penalty kill percentage (66.7) is the worst in the league and their power play (12.7) falls among the bottom-6.”Our special teams have been killing us,” Justin Abdelkader said, adding, “We continue to lose, especially [the special teams] battle, you’re not going to win a lot of games when you’re minus-3 in the special teams department it’ll be tough to win any games.”Greg McKegg scores a short-handed goal and the Rangers lead 4-1 #NYR— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) November 7, 2019Beyond that, there’s quite a bit contributing to Detroit’s rough start to the season, and in turn, a lot that needs to be cleaned up. The Red Wings surrender the most goals on average per game (4.00) league-wide (tied with Los Angeles), and their 2.06 goals per game ranks dead-last.”Call it what you want, it’s frustrating right now,” Larkin said. “It’s tough to try and find an answer when it’s night after night when you try different things, try different lineups. . . . We can’t really seem to generate a full 60 minutes, a full complete game. You find the same three themes coming up after nights like these and it’s tough.”However, looking at their play, the effort is there; Detroit is confident in their ability to stick together. The Wings average just over 30 shots on net per game and move the puck well but during certain stretches, the team will take a step back and fall behind.”I don’t believe in flukes,” head coach Jeff Blashill said. “We got to step up and we just got to be better. . . we got to dig in.”Athanasiou with a chance on Lundqvist.— Tom Mitsos (@tom_mitsos) November 7, 2019In the dressing room, every player said that improvement is a necessity at this point and it falls on everyone’s shoulders, from the forward lines to the d-corps to the goaltending.Jimmy Howard, who’s off to one of the worst starts of his career with a 2-8-0 record, 3.99 goals-against-average and .887 save percentage, mentioned that the Wings’ turnaround will come when they stop falling prey to their old habits.“Just got to break out of it,” he said prior to the game. “It seems like we play a couple [games] really well then go right back to our old habits. It’s just about going out there and taking care of the details of the game and you know we’re one of those teams that has to outwork everyone.”Today’s a new day. You have a chance to go out there and prove yourself once again. We have to go out there and start proving on a consistent basis that we’re a good hockey team.”When asked about his mindset — given that he’s off to one of the worst starts of his career with a 2-8-0 record, 3.99 goals-against-average and .877 save percentage — staying optimistic isn’t easy, but it’s imperative, especially as a goalie.”Just keep moving forward. This game can be cruel at times and chew you up and spit you out, and you just got to keep chugging along,” Howard said.SN Mailbag: Hall, Carlson and the 2020 draftLooking ahead, Detroit’s schedule doesn’t get easier. They face the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, then play the Vegas Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks.Even with more challenges ahead, it’s still early for the Red Wings and Blashill said it’s not time — nor is it ever time — to give up.last_img read more

Biden says Putin ‘actively working to tear apart our democracy’

first_imgMARSHALLTOWN — Former Vice President Joe Biden is accusing President Trump of failing to defend democratic values in the face of challenges from autocrats like Russian President Vladimir Putin.“Donald Trump, I believe, is incapable of celebrating what makes America great because I don’t think he gets it,” Biden said on Thursday.Biden spoke to a crowd in Marshalltown on Independence Day, largely focusing on what Biden called the “American experiment.”“Ours is a community of values and it stands in opposition to all who seek to profit from the oppression of other people,” Biden said. “That’s why Putin wants to destroy it. That’s what he’s about. That’s why he’s actively working to tear apart our democracy.”As Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris campaigned through Iowa over the past two days, they continued a back-and-forth about federal policies to desegregate schools. During his remarks in Marshalltown, Biden drew cheers when he said it’s time to overcome the “status quo of division” in the country.“I know some of my Democrats say: ‘No, no, no. No compromise,’” Biden said. “Look folks, we can compromise without compromising our principles. Marshalltown knows that better than anyone else…The way in which you dealt with this God-awful disaster when the tornado hit here, you came together. And there’s much more has to be done, but working together with the city council and local businesses, you’re well on your way.”Biden added that the federal government “much more deeply engaged” in Marshalltown’s recovery.last_img read more