UEFA ‘confident’ coronavirus outbreak will not derail Euro 2020 plans

first_imgTopics : UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said Tuesday he was confident European football’s governing body could deal with any worst-case scenario in relation to the upcoming Euro 2020 as the continent battles to contain the spread of the coronavirus.COVID-19 has been detected in 76 countries worldwide, killing over 3,000 people with Italy the worst-hit nation in Europe.The Italian capital Rome is one of 12 venues across the continent set to host matches at the European Championship in June and July. His comments came after FIFA president Gianni Infantino, addressing the Congress, urged authorities “not to panic”.UEFA General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis said European football’s governing body “do not want to overreact” and was dealing with the situation “case by case”. However, Champions League fixtures are a more pressing concern.Mascot Skillzy poses on March 3, 2020 in front of the lettering for the upcoming UEFA EURO 2020 in the Olympia Park in Munich, southern Germany, 100 days ahead of its start. (AFP/Christof STACHE) ‘Prepared for every eventuality’ On Tuesday evening Spain’s health minister, Salvador Illa, said Valencia’s Champions League last 16, second leg at home to Italian side Atalanta next Tuesday, March 10, should be played behind closed doors.In Italy, Juventus had their Serie A game called off at the weekend, while Inter Milan played a Europa League home game behind closed doors last Thursday with the north of the country particularly badly hit by the outbreak.Juventus are due to host Lyon in Turin in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on March 17 and that game could also be played behind closed doors, chiefly because there is little room in a crowded calendar to allow for postponements.Inter are also due to host Spanish side Getafe on March 12 in the Europa League.Theodoridis said: “Inter already have two matches postponed, and they still play in the Italian Cup and the Europa League, so this makes it almost impossible to find dates if we don’t coordinate between the European leagues.”Concerns about the outbreak impacted on the draw for the next UEFA Nations League tournament in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening.Scotland manager Steve Clarke was not present at the draw, with the Scottish FA telling the BBC that decision was made in order to avoid an “unnecessary risk” before his team play Israel in a key Euro 2020 qualifying play-off later this month.Meanwhile, Spain coach Luis Enrique did not travel to Amsterdam due to illness, the Spanish Football Federation said.Asked about the possibility of his team’s scheduled friendly against Italy in London on March 27 being cancelled, England manager Gareth Southgate said it was not the time to speculate.”I think we have to be adaptable and have to make sure that we are prepared for every eventuality, but as we stand we are trying not to get too worried by all the hype, make sensible decisions on hygiene and go from there,” he said.”I don’t want to make light of it, but equally there are dangers everywhere in life that you are aware of and conscious of.”center_img A long list of sports events around the world have been cancelled or postponed in recent days to avoid spreading the virus, including games in Italy’s Serie A. The top two divisions of Swiss football have been postponed until the end of March.”You don’t know how many concerns we have when we organize a big competition,” Ceferin said at a press conference after the UEFA Congress in Amsterdam.”We have security concerns, we have political instability concerns, and one of the concerns is also the virus, and we are dealing with it and we are confident we can deal with it.”This week marks 100 days until the start of the 24-team European Championship, and Ceferin called on organizers to “not just think about dark scenarios, there will be time for that later.”last_img read more

Funding Secured for Turkey Creek Basin Projects

first_imgCongressman Emanuel Cleaver II announced yesterday that funding has been provided by the U.S. Army Corps’ Fiscal Year 2017 work plan to complete the Blue River Basin/Dodson Levee and the Turkey Creek Basin projects in the Kansas City area.“This was a long standing effort and I’m pleased to help with funding to see these projects reach the finish line,” said Congressman Cleaver.These two projects were included as target areas in Kansas City for significant improvements. Last year, Congress passed the 2016 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) which authorized water development projects to be carried out by the Corps and it also authorized funding to address the Flint, Michigan water crisis.Congressman Cleaver along with Congressman Sam Graves and Kansas City’s Mayor, Sly James advocated for the inclusion of these projects in the WRDA bill.USACE announced that $17,030,000 would be used to complete the Blue River Basin/Dodson Industrial District Project. Phases 1-4 of the project are complete and this funding amount will complete the final phase.The project includes a 6,800 ft. levee floodwall along the north bank of the Blue River, protecting the 1,500 people who work in the area and over $380 million in property investment.The Turkey Creek Basin Flood Project, in Missouri and Kansas, will receive $21,529,000 to complete the project. This project widened the channel, relocated bridges and included tunnel modifications.last_img read more

Legal profession loses another member

first_imgJustice Albert Matthew. Photo credit: Chronicle NewspaperThe legal profession has lost another of its prominent members. Retired Appeals Court judge Albert Matthew died on Thursday at the age of seventy-eight (78) after a short illness which rapidly deteriorated. His wife, Margaret Matthew described him as one who did his best to uphold the principles and ethics of the justice system.Matthew served as a judge in St. Lucia for fifteen years (15).“He always ensured that what he did was up to standard regardless of race or creed. He always looked for the interest of the people to promote justice and so and I think he has done a lot he has tried his best and I think he will be remembered throughout the Caribbean especially in St. Lucia where he did a lot of work. He has never been known as a person who took sides he always did what he believed to be right; he always stood up for his principles, his legal ethics and so on and I think that is what he will mostly be remembered for”. According to his wife, aside from his career he was a dedicated husband and loving father.“He cared for his family very much; he was always very kind to his children, he loved his children very much all of them. He always looked forward to their best interest. He was an academic person, he liked intelligent people and he always wanted his children to aim for the best. It will be a great loss to the children all the love him and me”. Justice Matthew serving as a High Court Judge in Dominica, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and St. Kitts and Nevis.From 1974 to 1980 he served as assistant legal counsel as well as acting legal counsel of the Caribbean Community CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana.He retired as Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in 2001.The funeral service is scheduled for Friday 1st June, 2012 at the Roseau Methodist Church from 3:00 pm and the burial will be at his home on Saturday morning in Fond Canie.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 37 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Legal profession loses another member by: – May 25, 2012last_img read more

DOH orders tighter check on travelers amid ‘mysterious disease’ from China

first_img“It’s like a regular feeling ofheaviness, cough, cold, maybe a headache and a fever. It’s very similar to anykind of flu. However, this one there’s a clustering in this province in Chinaand all of the people who had it, they did not test positive for any regularflu virus,” Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo told ANC. Chinese state media earlier said Beijingwas investigating an outbreak of viral pneumonia following online speculationthat it might be linked to SARS, the flu-like virus that killed hundreds ofpeople a decade ago. Beijing has yet to record any fatalityfrom the illness and any human-to-human transmission, Domingo said. A flu shot would not help as the virusstrain is still undiscovered and only proper hygiene could prevent a personfrom getting the disease, he added. “So it’s something new and there’sthis exposure to a certain market in China that they are nowinvestigating.” The illness – similar to “viralpneumonia of unknown origin” – has so far affected 44 persons in China,according to the DOH. “I urge the public, especially thosewith history of travel from China, to seek immediate medical consult ifexperiencing any flu-like symptoms,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque said,urging the public to embrace healthy lifestyles, practice proper hand hygiene andobserve cough etiquette to prevent transmission of respiratory infections.center_img MANILA –The Department of Health (DOH)ordered tighter screening of incoming travelers following reports of a “mysteriousdisease” from China. The Bureau of Quarantine is on alert andis monitoring all ports for travelers manifesting fever or signs of respiratoryinfection, the DOH said. Health Secretary Francisco Duque urge the public, especially those with history of travel from China, to seek immediate medical consult if experiencing any flu-like symptoms travelers following reports of a “mysterious disease.” CONTRIBUTED PHOTO The virus, which infected more than8,000 people around the world, is expected to have originated in the southernChinese province of Guangdong, according to the World Health Organization. It had criticized China forunder-reporting the number of SARS cases following the outbreak in 2003. (ABS-CBN News/PN)last_img read more

Napoleon State Bank expansion underway in Greensburg

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Napoleon State Bank CEO/President Mark Comer says the first steps toward the improved Greensburg branch are underway. “The demolition of the old Burger Chef building is the first visual sign the beginning of this project. Our decision to open a second location in the Greensburg market is an important step towards meeting the needs of our growing customer base in that area,” Mark Comer, CEO/President said. “The new Lincoln Street location will offer more convenience to customers in a different part of town and will provide opportunities for growth for our locally owned community bank.”Pending regulatory approval, construction operations for the fifth location are set to begin in mid-2018. Officials say a sixth location in Westport is planned for early 2019.The bank has been locally owned since 1903 and serves Ripley and Decatur Counties.last_img read more

Arsenal injury concerns for Wenger

first_imgManager Arsene Wenger is hoping Arsenal will not be short on numbers ahead of the Barclays Premier League opener against Aston Villa – with midfielders Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta joining England forward Theo Walcott as fitness concerns. Walcott limped out of Wednesday night’s 3-2 win over Scotland at Wembley, where he scored England’s first equaliser, with a knee problem but initially reported no serious concerns. Midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has endured a string of fitness problems, played only the first half by agreement, and with Arteta already carrying a knock, Wenger will be keen for any news on the returning Cazorla, who scored in Spain’s friendly in Ecuador. “We have positive news from the players on international duty. All the texts we had have back are okay. The games were quite intense, but we hope everyone comes back in good shape,” Wenger said on the club’s official website. “Cazorla played almost a full game. He only lands in London tonight [Thursday], so we will see how he is tomorrow. “Mikel has a slight thigh problem. We have to check that. I don’t know if he will be out for the weekend. He has a scan today.” Like most Premier League clubs, the midweek internationals played havoc with preparations for the new campaign. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who had impressed during the pre-season tour of Asia, pulled out of the Wales squad with an ankle injury, while reports suggest full-back Bacary Sagna also suffered a similar problem while playing for France against Belgium. Wenger, though, was already counting to be without defensive pair Nacho Monreal and Thomas Vermaelen, who both have back problems. While full-back Monreal is within a couple of weeks of a return, Belgian centre-half Vermaelen looks set for a continued frustrating spell on the sidelines. “It is a while longer for him,” Wenger added. “It is difficult to put a timescale on it, but it will be a bit longer. He is progressing okay.” Arsenal have as yet only brought in French under-21 striker Yaya Sanogo, on a free transfer from Auxerre, as their pursuit of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez continues. Wolfsburg, meanwhile, have moved to denied reports a £17million deal for Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo has been agreed. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Tigers Struggle Against Eagles

first_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 admin Latest Posts Bio State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Dana Austin of the Ellsworth Eagles is tagged out at the plate by Sumner’s Joe Simmons.—MIKE OLESSULLIVAN — Ellsworth pitchers John Carlin, Andrew Hodge and Pat Kelley combined to strike out 10 and allow just one hit in pitching the Eagles to an 11-1 season-opening win over the Sumner Tigers on Friday at Sullivan.Kelley drove in two runs with two doubles and a single, Hodge drove in a pair with a double and a single and Mickey Manning had a two-run double for the Eagles.Mike Crowley doubled home a run in the third inning for Sumner’s only hit. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest posts by admin (see all)last_img read more

7 Syracuse runners named All-Americans, most in over 40 years

first_img Related Stories Syracuse sends 8 athletes to NCAA Outdoor Track and Field ChampionshipsSyracuse men’s track and field garners 1st-ever national ranking Published on June 14, 2015 at 2:24 pm Contact Matt: mralex01@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Seven Syracuse runners were named All-Americans at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, the most for the program in over 40 years.In the women’s 10,000-meters, Margo Malone (33:39.50) raced to a seventh-place finish and garnered first-team All-American honors, concluding an accolade-filled season in which Malone also won gold in the event at the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championship.Justyn Knight and Colin Bennie also garnered high honors, as Knight, who won gold in the 1,500 meters at the ACC Outdoor Championships, took sixth in the men’s 5,000-meter run with a time of 13:50.96 and earned first-team All-American honors. Bennie clocked in at 14:12.88, good for 14th place and second-team All-American.Donald Pollitt and Freddie Crittenden were each named second-team All-Americans in the 110-meter hurdles. Crittenden missed the final cut by .02 seconds.He ran a personal best 13.63 seconds in the first heat, finishing fifth and ninth overall. Only the top-eight advanced.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPollitt ran a 13.68 in the third heat, finishing third and just narrowly missing the final cut as well. He was also named a first-team All-American in 2013.The Orange had the most participants of any school in the men’s 10,000-meter run, where Martin Hehir (29:47.29) snagged 13th and was named a second-team All-American.Dan Lennon took 15th in the event, timing at 29:55.69 and also earning second-team All-American honors, while Max Straneva’s 18th place finish of 30:06.94 earned him an honorable mention.The eight runners that qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships were the most for Syracuse in over 30 years.The meet concludes a historic season that also saw the Orange crack the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll’s top 20 for the first time in school history. Commentslast_img read more

Caregivers, Keck Hospital reach a tentative agreement

first_imgThe Keck Hospital of USC and the National Union of Healthcare Workers reached a tentative agreement Tuesday for a three-year contract that, if ratified, will remain in effect until April 2015. NUHW members will vote to ratify the deal next week.Settled · Caregivers at the Keck Hospital of USC (above) reached a tentative agreement Tuesday that will increase caregivers’ benefits. – Photo courtesy of USCThe tentative agreement includes salary raises between 9.75 and 33 percent over the course of the contract, full employer-based health care insurance and paid time off, according to an NUHW press release.“This agreement features a generous compensation and benefits package that includes salary increases upon contract ratification and again in 2013 and 2014,” said Scott Evans, interim hospital CEO and COO, in a press release. “It serves the best interests of all Keck Hospital of USC employees while maintaining our competitive position in the increasingly competitive health care marketplace.”In an effort to secure a suitable contract, hospital employees participated in an informational picket and a 24-hour strike in October 2011. Additionally, caregivers signed off on the authorization of a second strike, if necessary.The caregivers, who were formally represented by another union, have been negotiating a first contract with NUHW since August 2010.During the negotiation process, the hospital sought concessions, such as repealing a ban on subcontracting and replacing seniority-based pay with merit-based pay, according to an NUHW press release.“This agreement is proof positive that when workers stay united and stand up for ourselves, we can win a fair contract with raises and no takeaways,” said Julio Estrada, a respiratory therapist at USC, in the press release. “We don’t have to give up our benefits just because the employer says so. NUHW is a fighting union, and that’s why we won.”last_img read more

Sampath delivers State of the Student Body

first_imgState of the student union · Sampath reflected upon the accomplishments of the student government over the course of last semester and how they reflect her future goals for the University. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanStudent advocacy and activism was the focus of Undergraduate Student Government President Rini Sampath’s first-ever State of the Student Body address delivered Tuesday evening in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.Sampath began the speech by recapping last year’s accomplishments.“The year 2015 was so significant for our student government and our campus,” Sampath said. “Our advocacy work saw results.”Sampath thanked student leaders for their work in launching the Campus Climate Resolution, a campaign to resolve diversity and inclusion issues on campus. The resolution was in-step with similar movements at universities across the U.S., spurred on by incidents of discrimination at the University of Missouri.The address recalled the huge shifts in student engagement, which culminated in several impassioned Senate meetings toward the end of the semester.“With some of the highest attended Senate meetings in USC history, we saw a tremendous increase in campus engagement on hot-button topics,” Sampath said.Sampath also thanked senior administrators Provost Michael Quick and Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry, who held an impromptu meeting with students leaders in November of last year after protests outside of Bovard Auditorium.“There are students whose voices aren’t heard due to the disconnect that has existed between our student body and our senior administration,” Sampath said. “In this past year, I believe we were generally able to begin to bridge this gap by elevating the voice of those that have been left in the shadows.” Sampath said.Sampath returned to the concept of the “invisible Trojan” to highlight disparities in the student experience at USC.“The invisible Trojan — sexual assault survivors, students living with mental illnesses, transfer students, students from low-income communities, students from the queer community and more are left on the fringes,” Sampath said. “Firmly incorporating these individuals into the forefront of the USC community will bring us closer to the idea of a perfect USC.”After the address, Senator Giuseppe Robalino asked Sampath about the national attention brought to the university by the advocacy work.Sampath responded by highlighting the strength of an outspoken student body.“If we turn a blind eye to [these issues], we are doing an injustice as student leaders,” Sampath said.Sampath linked the advocacy work at USC to efforts by students across the country to address issues of diversity and inclusion.“We need people to participate,” Sampath said. “I’m so glad we played our role in a nationwide movement.”last_img read more