Southland to Limit Attendance at Future Rounds of Basketball Tournaments Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

first_img— Southland Strong — The Katy Kids Dribble scheduled for Saturday morning at the Merrell Center will also be cancelled. “While this announcement creates considerable inconvenience for many fans, these measures are being taken with the health and well-being of the tournament’s participants in mind, including student-athletes and coaches,” Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett said. “This is of the utmost importance as we’re seeing similar issues across the country with other sporting events, including the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships in the coming weeks.  The Southland will continue monitor and to take necessary precautions through the weeks ahead as other competition and championship events are scheduled.” Beginning with Thursday’s women’s first round and men’s second round games, arena entry will be restricted to participating teams, game officials, tournament staff, spirit groups (at each institution’s discretion), credentialed media, other support personnel, and family members included on the team’s official pass list. There will be no entry allowed for ticket holders and no opportunity to purchase tickets at the Merrell Center.  In the near future, the Southland and its member institutions will provide a refund policy to fans who have purchased tickets.center_img All games of the Southland Tournament are being televised as scheduled, with all preliminary contests being shown live on ESPN+.  Saturday’s men’s championship game will be shown live on ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m. Central, while Sunday’s women’s title game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network at 1 p.m. Central. KATY, TX – The Southland Conference has announced it will limit attendance beginning Thursday morning at the 2020 Hercules Tires Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments at the Leonard E. Merrell Center, due to precautions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.last_img read more

Spurs miss out on Piatek as Milan agree £27m transfer fee with Hertha Berlin

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic’s return at the turn of the year signalled the end for Piatek, who will now be playing for his fourth club in just two years.However Mourinho has managed to bolster his attacking unit this week.Spurs splashed out £27m to bring 22-year-old winger Steven Bergwijn to the capital from PSV.Spurs have just £10MILLION to spend on Harry Kane stand-in with Mourinho set to miss out on Piatek and Willian Jose JOSE MOURINHO has missed out on signing Krzysztof Piatek with the striker set to join Hertha Berlin from AC Milan in a £23.5million move.The Poland international was wanted by the North London side to help cope with the loss of the injured Harry Kane.1 Spurs have lost out in the chase for Milan star Krzysztof PiatekCredit: AP:Associated PressSpurs have been keen on the 24-year-old since the transfer window opened – but Mourinho was only interested in a loan move.And that looks to have scuppered his hopes of securing the forward after Bundesliga outfit Hertha lodged an offer.Despite only signing him a year ago, Milan wanted to offload Piatek on a permanent basis and had resisted all Spurs’ advances.Ex-Genoa star Piatek jetted off to Germany on Wednesday to complete the formalities of the £23.5m deal, which includes a number of add-ons that could see that figure rise.Milan will be pleased to have recouped a large majority of the £30.4m they shelled out on the ace, who scored 15 goals in 37 Italian top-flight matches for the San Siro giants.Piatek has struggled for form over recent months after a bright start and has been shoved down the pecking order.last_img read more

Today’s schedule

first_img5:30 a.m. Men’s High Jump Final5:45 a.m. Women’s Javelin Throw Final6:15 a.m. Women’s 5000 Metres Final6:45 a.m. Men’s 1500 Metres Final7:05 a.m. Women’s 4×400 Metres Relay Final7:25 a.m. Men’s 4×400 Metres Relay Finallast_img

UAAP Starting 5: Week 10

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Guard: Juan Gomez de LiañoJuan Gomez de Liaño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDesiderio isn’t the only one who likes to score for the Fighting Maroons.Rookie Juan Gomez de Liaño does too.In the two games UP played this week, Gomez de Liaño breached 20 points twice and averaged 21.5 points with 9.5 rebounds.Honorable mentionsSteve Akomo (University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers)Steve Akomo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas won its lone game of Season 80 thanks in large part to its starting big man.Steve Akomo is the owner of this year’s highest single-game rebounding total of 20 boards, and he did that once more in UST’s 88-85 win over University of the East while also scoring 18 points and blocking six shots.And Akomo’s mark of six blocks is tied with Mbala and Issa Gaye’s record for most in one game. Ricci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers) Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In the two games Far Eastern University played this week, Tolentino was the unquestioned offensive focal point as he averaged 17.5 points and a respectable 7.5 rebounds.Forward: J-Jay Alejandro (National University Bulldogs)Jay Alejandro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJ-Jay Alejandro played his last two games in the UAAP, and walked off the collegiate league leaving stellar numbers.NU’s heart and soul did what he does best in his final week with the Bulldogs and that is by filling up the stat sheets. Alejandro averaged 16.5 points, five rebounds, three offensive rebounds, and 8.5 assists on his way out of NU.Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines) Paul Desiderio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Desiderio likes to score, and that statement is indisputable.And he did that in UP’s last week in Season 80.Desiderio matched his career-high of 30 points on Saturday when he lit NU up in the Fighting Maroons’ 106-81 win.And for his weekly average, Desiderio scored 23 points a game. Ateneo suffered its first defeat after going undefeated in its first 13 outings while University of Santo Tomas finally won a game after a 0-13 start.And with all that out of the way, here are the top players by position in the final week of eliminations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCenter: Ben Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers)Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBig Ben Mbala exacted revenge on Ateneo in the final game of the elimination and he did it the only way a Ben Mbala does and that was to dominate. The Final Four is complete with Ateneo, De La Salle, Adamson University, and Far Eastern University heading to the playoffs.That, however, wasn’t the only thing to happen at the end of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. ADVERTISEMENT With a second straight MVP in the bag, the La Salle center went crazy and dismantled Ateneo in every statistical category.Mbala registered 28 points, 19 rebounds, six steals, six blocks, and a big defensive stop down the stretch to preserve the Green Archers 79-76 win over the Blue Eagles.Forward: Arvin Tolentino (Far Eastern University Tamaraws)Arvin Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArvin Tolentino has often been an unassuming player, to the point of being lackadaisical that his head coach Olsen Racela repeatedly challenged him to give more effort. Well Tolentino may be lackadaisical, but his numbers aren’t.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Elite rookie Jose vows to work hard after signing 3-year max deal Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt seems La Salle has settled with Ricci Rivero as its secondary offensive option.And although Mbala’s 20 field goal attempts against Ateneo were almost 30 percent of La Salle’s total output, Rivero still had plenty for him as he put up 13 and making seven of those. Rivero also got to the line for his fair share of charities as he went 5-of-7 from the stripe. Overall, Rivero finished with 21 points, five rebounds, and two steals. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Internews’ Electoral Reform Reporting Training for Rural Journalists Gains Momentum

first_imgSome of the trainees brainstorm at one of the sessions.The Internews–Liberia electoral reporting training for journalists working at the various community radio stations is gaining momentum across the country as can be seen from the increased number of trained journalists working at various community radio stations around the country.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project, recently kicked off the training of community radio journalists across the country with focus on electoral reform reporting and other best journalistic practices.The training under the theme, “Citizens of Liberia Engagement to Advance Electoral Reform (CLEAR),” kicked off recently in the Southeastern part of Liberia, continued in Ganta, Nimba County where about 15 journalists, representing 15 community radio stations in Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties were trained.The training concentrated mainly on topics that included electoral reform; how to create a story angle in writing electoral reform issues, media and community engagements, regarding electoral reform.The journalists were also trained to differentiate between electoral reform reporting, and election reporting, while other best journalistic practices, regarding the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Code of Conduct was also highlighted.The reporters were trained in the use of a smart phone in writing and disseminating stories, and knowing the difference between fake and factual news.They were also trained in story development and understanding of the use of the social media.Internews-Liberia is an international organization involves in media development. It is a USAID-funded project designed to strengthen electoral activities and promote accurate media dialogue, which informs, educates and engages citizens in the reform agenda.A fortnight ago, Internews began training of local journalists in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County and brought together reporters representing Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Sinoe, Maryland and River Gee countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mashramani costume/float parade to “edutain”

first_img– Director of CultureThe Social Cohesion Ministry plans to “edutain” Guyanese with this year’s Mashramani costume and float parade.Director of Culture, Tamika Boatswain said there was much that the public could be educated about through the various costumes that would be displayed.Among these, she said, are ways to embrace the Government’s drive for a green state, diversification of the sugar industry and the many advantageous offshoots of Guyana’s recent oil find.The Culture Director explained, “Mash, as we knew it in the old days, used to beDirector of Culture, Tamika Boatswainsomething where we celebrated our achievements; it used to be where we addressed topical issues through the costumes. You used to have subjects such as HIV/AIDS, you had even sugar.”According to Boatswain, over the years, the country has moved away from what the celebration of Mashramani is really about. Taking into consideration the theme for this year’s celebration “Let’s Cooperate and Celebrate Republic 48”, she said “the hope is that we can get back to that place where we focus on issues that relate to us as a country and not get carried away with the image of a skimpy carnival swim piece”.The concept behind the initiative, according to Boatswain, is not to limit the creativity of designers but rather to ensure that the younger generation is not only entertained but also educated. The Department of Public Information (DPI) said she also highlighted, during an interview, that the Ministry would soon be meeting with the various designers who would be informed about what was expected come February 23.“We do not want to restrict creativity in any way, but want to encourage them to create costumes that we will be proud of and that send a message to the young people looking on that says, this is important to us,” Boatswain noted.Social Cohesion Minister with responsibility for culture, youth and sport, Dr George Norton, has also endorsed this move. The Minister underscored that Guyanese must be cognisant that Mashramani was not a carnival. “Mashramani is Guyanese branded so to speak, and I think I like the idea of using the costume as a message medium for message sending. I remember the days when agriculture was emphasised a whole lot and we can do the same still.”Mashramani is a national event, therefore, the image that Guyana displays to the rest of the world is very important, according to Minister Norton.Mashramani 2018 marks 48 years since Guyana became a republic in 1970.last_img read more

Govt must stop “turning a blind eye” – trade union

first_imgSkyrocketing fuel prices…matter not yet discussed by Cabinet – Business MinisterIn light of spikes in gas prices mobbing from $215 per litre last week to prices ranging from $230 to $250 per litre this week, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) is urging Government to act swiftly on the matter. On Wednesday, the trade union said this sudden hike in fuel prices will burdened consumers. In a strongly worded statement to the media, the union said Government must stop “turning a blind eye to what is taking place” and proactively act in the interest of people.A Guyoil service stationThe union noted that the reduction of the taxes on fuel will bring some reprieve to the “overburdened” class of working people. Having highlighted newly implemented taxes, increase in extant taxes and higher food costs, FITUG contends that no person would be spared as the increased costs of fuel will be passed on to the consumer in one way or another.“We saw as recent as May 28, 2018, the State-owned Guyana Oil Company Limited (Guyoil) retailing gasoline for $230 per litre. Interestingly, the May 20, 2018, Guyana Times had reported that Guyoil, at the time it compiled its report, was retailing gas for $220 per litre. Thus, in the space of days, the price jumped by $10 per liter, that is a significant hike given the shortness of the period. Moreover, we are aware that, similarly, increases have been recorded in the prices of kerosene and cooking gas,” an excerpt from the statement added.The union noted that it is aware that the increased fuel prices have their origins in the rising price of oil globally but stressed that in any event, policies could be embraced to cushion the local impact, as was done in the past.Business Minister Dominic GaskinIt observed that when there was a reduction of the excise tax, it helped to soften, and in some cases, nullify, the increased prices due to increases at the global level. The Federation expressed “strong dismay” that Government has made “no attempt” to embrace similar policies.Meanwhile, the Private Sector Commission on Wednesday called for measures to be put in place to ensure the effects are not filtered to businesses and consumers.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin was quoted as saying that the matter has not been discussed by Cabinet.Only on Tuesday, Opposition Member of Parliament, Irfaan Ali urged the Government to give some serious consideration to reducing the high prices of fuel on the market.Ali recalled when his party, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was in Government, they had constantly adjusted the tax regime to cushion the effect of fluctuation in fuel prices on the international market.He said this was aimed at ensuring that all Guyanese were protected from increases in their expenditure. “However, it seems that the current A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) regime is deaf to the cries of the population and are bent of driving Guyana’s economy into the ground.”The former Minister argued that it is well established that any increases in the price for fuel, gasoline or diesel, would translate in increases in costs of production for manufacturers, increase in expenditure for transportation operators and drivers. Ultimately, this will impact the local economic situation.He pointed out too that these increases are passed on to the consumers who are already burdened with increases in more than 200 licence fees and taxes that the coalition Government introduced.Ali therefore called on the APNU/AFC Government to take immediate steps to reduce the cost of gasoline, diesel and kerosene so that Guyanese would not have to bear the brunt of the price increases.last_img read more

NPSS Senior Boys Basketball team places 15th at Provincials

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School’s Senior Boys Basketball team returned home from Provincials in Langley over the weekend.The team lost all three games they played starting off with a 90-83 defeat to St. George’s School, that was followed by a 77-69 loss to Rutland. Finally, they fell 78-59 to Mount Baker and as a result finished the tournament in fifteenth place.Meanwhile, the Badminton season is right around the corner and the team is looking for players while practice resumes today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Alfred Leku’s second half strike enough to keep Express FC in the Uganda Premier League

first_imgExpress FC fans celebrating after the final whistle (Photos by Shaban Lubega)Azam Uganda Premier LeagueMasavu FC 0-1 Express FCFisheries Institute, BugongaFriday, 25-05-2018Express defeated Masavu 1-0 at the Fisheries Institute in Bugonga to retain their Uganda Premier League status for the upcoming season.On a day that the Red Eagles required a hero, it was Vipers loanee, Alfred Leku who had not found the back I the net all season that scored the priceless goal.Alfred Leku (left) heads a ball during the 1-0 win over Masavu on Friday (Photo by Shaban Lubega)Express showed their intentions right from the on set as Michael Birungi crossed in from the left but the ball was intercepted out for a corner as early as the opening minute.Masavu who had relegation written all over them showed signs of being a hard nut to crack for Express with cagy football coupled by hard tackling which resulted into right back Moses Kigundu being booked for a foul on Birungi after nine minutes.12 minutes into the game, Express fans started throwing stones at the lines man after he called for an offside on Alfred Leku and the game was halted for close to five minutes.Moments after the re-start, Masavu goalkeeper Salim Wakiya want down holding his shoulder, much to the frustration of the Express faithful.With 17 minutes on the clock, Express midfielder Davis Mayanja unleashed a fierce shot from outside the penalty area which was tipped over by Wakiya for a corner.Six minutes later, Mayanja unleashed another shot into a forest of legs in the area and despite hesitation from the Masavu defenders initially, the ball finally found its way out for a throw in.The first real opportunity can on 25 minutes when Birungi made a brilliant ran down the left but Ayub Kisalita who had found himself in acres of space could only blast over from 12 yards.At the stroke of half time, Express got on final chance to go into the break with the lead after Leku was brought down outside the penalty area, the striker picked him self and blasted the resulting free kick into the Masavu wall.Two minutes after the re-start, Jalilu Janjali crossed in from the right but Mayanja headed Straight at Wakiya.Moments later, Mayanja was at it again but headed wide of the target from a Mubarak Nsubga free kick.Masavu finally created an opportunity for them selves on 53 minutes when captain Abraham Ndugwa turned inside before blasted over from just outside the box.On the 55th minute mark, Express finally got the all elusive goal. Edgar Bwogi sent in a low cross from the left which was controlled from just inside the area by Leku and the striker turned sharply to unleash a low shot past Wakiya and as a result, sent all Express fans in attendance into jubilation.Some of the Express fans run to congratulate Leku after the game.For the next five minutes or so, Massavu exerted relentless pressure onto Express but could not create any clear goal scoring opportunities.Alfred Leku got a chance to make it 2-0 but could not put the ball in the back of the net after he was played in through on goal by Ayub Kisalita.Express was asking all the questions but could not get the all elusive second goal and could only watch in agony as Michael Birungi blasted wide their best chance of the closing stages.Despite a spirited onslaught from Masavu, they failed to get a goal and the result confirmed their relegation back to the Big league, one season after they gained promotion.For Express, their 2018/19 Uganda Premier League status was confirmed after both UPDF and Proline lost to Vipers and URA respectively on the same day.Express finished the season on 31 points, two above the relegation zone.The three relegated teams:14. UPDF 29pts15. Proline 28pts16. Masavu 26ptsThe other results from games played on Match-Day 30.-Vipers SC 4-1 UPDF FC-Police FC 2-2 KCCA-Proline FC 1-2 URA FC-Onduparaka FC 2-0 Bright Star-SC Villa 0-1 Bul FC-Mbarara City 0-2 Kirinya-Soana 0-0 Maroons.Comments Tags: Alfred LekuAzam UPLExpress FCmasavu FCtoplast_img read more

Live updates: Seahawks beat 49ers 27-24 in overtime thriller

first_imgFollow along Monday night for in-game insights and analysis when the 8-0 49ers take on the Seattle Seahawks in an NFC West showdown. GAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (8-0) vs. Seahawks (7-2) at Levi’s Stadium on Monday at 5:15 p.m. (PT).TV: ESPN and ABC-TV (Ch. 7), Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Booger McFarland (analyst), Lisa Salters (reporter).ODDS: 49ers -6 (opened at 49ers -5.5). OVER/UNDER: 47 (opened at 44). SERIES: Seahawks lead all-time series 25-16-0. LAST MEETING: 49ers …last_img