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Pinkeye hurting cattle

first_imgBack to school means more potential outbreaks for pink eye, a bacterial disease also called conjunctivitis. Thanks to increased rainfall this summer, pinkeye is also affecting the cattle industry.There may not be an “epidemic” of pinkeye in area cattle but the bacterial disease still presents a major concern for cattlemen. It’s an issue that consumed Jacob Segers during his first month on the job as University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s new beef cattle specialist in Tifton. Segers joined UGA on July 1. Pinkeye is the redness and swelling of the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that lines the eyelid and eye surface. The lining of the eye is usually clear but if irritation or infection occurs, the lining becomes red and swollen. “It’s a condition that’s always prevalent in cattle. Every time that you have years that are really wet, you have issues with disease, in plants as well as in livestock,” Segers said. Pinkeye is an infection that is a function of irritation in the eye, he said. “Years like this when we have a lot of rain and grasses are growing really fast, (cows) stick their head down in the grass to eat and the stems and leaves irritate the eye. The next time they stick their head down to eat, they spread the infection and it can go through the entire herd,” Segers said.Like human pinkeye, cattle pinkeye is highly contagious to other cattle. However, it is not transmissible to humans and does not pose a threat to beef consumers, Segers said. Pinkeye is also spread through face flies that transmit the diseases on their legs from one animal to another.Pinkeye can be treated with antibiotics, which Segers urges cattle farmers to do after consulting their veterinarian.“If it goes untreated, it can cause the eyeball to rupture or cause actual blindness,” Segers said. “Usually a round of antibiotics will treat it. We have a vaccine for one strain, and there is another strain right now that we don’t have a commercial vaccine for.”Farmers and ranchers are also encouraged to trim their pasture, increase stocking rates and maintain a healthy forage stand to better reduce the risk of disease. For more information about how UGA Extension is helping farmers cope with Georgia’s wet summer, visit georgiafaces.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

Hillary Clinton’s Book Revue Signing in Huntington Draws Hundreds

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Some women had been waiting outside Huntington’s Book Revue from 11 p.m. the night before, others had been there since daybreak as the line wound around the block. Their goal was the same: get a signed copy of Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, and lug the 635-page memoir home with them. In all, the store sold out its supply of 1,200 books—and the staff lamented that they could’ve moved more product if they’d had the inventory.Across the street was a much smaller group of boisterous people who would never dream of reading anything written by New York’s former senator, ex-first lady and Secretary of State as they made clear by their shouts denouncing her. They stood on the corner of New York Avenue behind a police barricade, waving the yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flag that has become an emblem of the Tea Party, holding placards promoting Fox News and denouncing Clinton for “lying.” One young man proudly displayed a black T-shirt with white lettering that read, “Liberalism is a mental disorder.” A middle-aged guy wearing a tan cowboy hat yelled at Clinton’s booklovers that “You don’t even know who Benghazi is!” Not so, shouted a man in line outside the book store, “Yeah, he’s Will Benghazi’s brother!” That riposte drew a big laugh from his side of the street.The mood inside the Book Revue was ebullient as the line of people weaved between the stacks and up the stairs to a balcony and down. Each patron had been frisked by the Secret Service, and the store was closed to customers after 2 p.m. The bathroom was off limits after 5 o’clock. There were a few people in wheelchairs, an elderly woman in a walker who’d come from Hempstead, and an infant dressed in a red, white and blue jumper.Clinton sat down exactly at 6 o’clock, as promised, sparking applause and cheers, greeting the crowd with a big smile, “It’s good to see you! Thank you for coming!” Beaming beside her were Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone, Town Councilwoman Susan Berland, and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli—all Democrats and all big fans. They posed for the first pictures and took off. The store staff and volunteers, plus a handful of interns, kept people moving like a human conveyor belt. There was constant laughter and chatter.Pre-signed copies of Hillary Clinton’s new book “Hard Choices” lay on a table inside Huntington’s Book Revue. (Spencer Rumsey/Long Island Press)Many people were wearing red and blue stickers on their shirts that read “I’m ready for Hillary!” and some even had T-shirts proclaiming “Hillary in 2016!” She hasn’t come close to declaring whether she’s going to run for president, but these people on line had already made up their minds. She could count on them.“I wanted the chance to possibly look in the face of the future female leader of the free world,” said a young woman from Huntington, who said she was a registered Democrat but declined to give her name. She’d been waiting since 9:30 a.m. “with about 30 people” ahead of her. And more than a thousand people eventually lined up behind her.The last time Clinton had been at the Book Revue for a signing, J.K. Rowling had just released another Harry Potter book so the store was packed. “We had Hillary people and Harry Potter people,” said Loren Aliperti, the Book Revue’s event coordinator, with a smile. “That was the biggest business day we’ve ever had!”For 23-year-old Danielle Steinmetz of Wantagh, meeting Clinton was one more thing to cross off from her bucket list.“I am a huge Hillary fan! I just love her,” said Steinmetz. “She’s such an inspiration and a role model! It’s great to finally meet her—it’s a dream come true!”last_img read more

Levels of consciousness in the boardroom: From complacent to framing

first_imgMy work with boards is stimulating and invigorating because of the variety of thinking patterns, perspectives, and energetic engagement. Each person is there to contribute in a way he or she believes is important to adding value. Sometimes, there are boards with one or two verbally expressive board members carrying the dialogue. Other times, each board member is highly engaged in strategic dialogue with a robust exchange across the table. Once in awhile, there are multiple mindsets and consciousness levels that produce at least seven varieties of simultaneous conversation. When multiple conversation types are happening, it takes some effort to find the discussion thread and the desired outcome or result. One way the thread is found is to help people in the room determine their mindset—or perspective—regarding the conversation. What often happens is people behave in their own familiar embodied way and, many times, they do not realize that they may be moving too fast or shutting down strategic dialogue with too many detailed questions.I like to read, study theories, observe, and apply new supporting practices. Recently, the following framework is helping board members create awareness of their own perspective in—or not in—alignment with other board members. Which of the following consciousness levels is embodied in your boardroom conversations? Are there multiple levels in your boardroom? Which are the most prevalent? Which support your board in performing the highest?1. Complacent: What will be, will be. This perspective can look like partial or total inertia, as in napping while awake. We wake for socializing and connecting, and once in a while, we add immaterial comments such as “good idea,” “sounds good,” or “yes.”2. Social Loafing: This perspective lets others carry the conversation and makes decisions; they do it so well that we don’t need to add value. Our engagement and conversation style is mainly silent watching.3. Oversight/Micro Detail: This is deliberate or unconscious directing and micro checking. It is just our nature to be in charge. Oversight is needed at certain times, so be intentional in an oversight conversation, such as managing a breakdown that causes enterprise risk versus governance misuse.4. Questions/Inquiry/Curiosity: This perspective includes managing assumptions, fact- and data-checking, validating, or just showing curiosity that can take the conversation down a rabbit hole. The insatiable board member will often say, “I have just one more question,” about a budget or expense line item.5. Action Planning: In this perspective, people take an idea into action steps that may or may not align with the overall strategic vision, available resources, and other already approved initiatives.6. Strategic: Participants decide what business they are in and whom they serve in what way that aligns with their vision and mission.7. Framing: This is when participants ask the question beyond the first question, followed by a question beyond that question, just like a Babushka Doll, to get to the highest order question that needs dialogue. Contextualizing the issue, challenge, or opportunity for creative dialogue and moving the conversation to a higher consciousness level is where innovation is sparked and new possibilities emerge.Action Research in the BoardroomMany boards either aspire to or are moving toward a continual practice of higher-level performance. Start with a baseline that surfaces the embodied consciousness level in your boardroom. Assign one or two people to be observers and note the statements made, questions asked, and actions during meetings. Break down the statements into one of the above seven categories. Note that complacency and social loafing are forms of actions, and any word spoken is an action through speech. Some actions (or spoken words) produce compelling outcomes while others entrench or stagnate the progress. Your observers can be trained staff or external resources with objectivity and discernment. Another option is to record your meeting and send it via media file to a trained resource that listens and categorizes the consciousness and conversation. The observer does not need to know who is speaking; he or she just listens, observes, and categories.Why does observing and noticing consciousness and conversation patterns matter? Maybe you are more strategic than you think. Perhaps you are ready to start framing practice, or you might be one of the boards where 67% of the time, board members are bored. You might learn that the board jumps between oversight, inquiry, and complacency, and the CEO is asking you to be strategic.Get a baseline. Decide what consciousness level is needed in your boardroom. Put up the bumper guards so you stay in that lane. Have fun with learning and practicing this technique! 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Deedee Myers Deedee Myers is founder and CEO of DDJ Myers, Ltd. and co-founder of the Advancing Leadership Institute. For the past 20 years, she has been passionate about establishing and developing … Web: www.ddjmyers.com Detailslast_img read more

Workers in hazmat suits collect prayers from “God’s mailbox” in Jerusalem

first_imgTwice a year, cleaning teams using long sticks gouge out tens of thousands of written prayers that visitors traditionally cram into the crevices of Judaism’s Western Wall in Jerusalem.It was spring cleaning again at the wall on Tuesday. But this time, the rite was held with precautions against coronavirus infection in place.Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks sprayed sanitizer on the wall’s ancient stones while others held onto their sticks with gloves as they extracted the paper notes left in “God’s mailbox”. Religious authorities also operate a service in which people can email their prayers for placement between the stones.One would-be worshipper, who stepped up to the wall and kissed it, was removed by police, a day after Israel tightened public prayer restrictions.The Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, who oversees the collection of the notes to ensure there’s always room for more, offered a prayer for salvation “from this difficult virus that has attacked the world”.The papers were placed into bags for ritual burial on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives. A short distance away from the Western Wall, al-Aqsa mosque was also being sanitized.The Western Wall is a remnant of the compound of the Second Temple that was destroyed in 70 AD. It stands today beneath a religious plaza revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount.  Topics :last_img read more

Third metro programme approved

first_imgSEOUL Metropolitan Government has approved plans for a third phase of metro construction in the South Korean capital, adding a further 120 route-km by the end of 2005. Hong Jong-min, Head of the city’s Office of Subway Construction, announced on March 12 that work on Lines 9 to 12 should get under way towards the end of next year.However he admitted that ’how to raise the huge amount of funds necessary is still at issue’; the programme is costed at 9100bn won. Negotiations are under way with central government, which has been asked to pay 50%, compared to the 21% it is contributing to Phase II. First to be built will be a 3 km extension of Line 3, and the 18 km western section of Line 9. This will start from Kimpo International Airport and run eastwards along the south bank of the Han river to Yoido, interchanging with Line 11 at Mok-2-dong, Line 2 at Tengsan and Line 5 at Yoido. Line 9 would later be extended east by 20 km to Hanam, via Kangnam and Olympic Stadium, with interchanges to Lines 2, 3, 5, 7 , 8 and 11.Line 10 would run for 35 km from Sihung to Myonmokdong, via Toksan-dong, Yoido, Seoul Station and Chongnyangri. Line 11 will also be 35 km long, serving Yangjae-dong, Kangnam, City Hall, Namkajwa-dong, Mongdong and Sinwol-dong. The 9 km Line 12 would form an extension of the existing Pundang line through central and northern parts of the city, serving Wangshimni, Chongam-dong, Mia-dong, Wolgye-dong and Songbuk. Completion of the programme will bring the network to over 400 km. olast_img read more

Agriculture plays important role in country’s development says PM Skerrit

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 15 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Agriculture plays important role in country’s development says PM Skerrit by: – October 17, 2011 Share Prime Minister Skerrit awarding the National Farmer of Excellence Plaque to Mr Deles Warrington at last week’s ceremonyPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit while addressing farmers at the World Food Day and Farmers’ of Excellence Awards Ceremony on Friday, highlighted the role which agriculture plays in the development of the island.Mr Skerrit said, “We recognize in Dominica that agriculture has played and continue to play a very important role in our country’s development,” however “we also want to ensure that the standards are maintained and the best farming practices are practiced on the farm.”The Prime Minister also addressed the issue of food security by explaining to the farmers that they have to change their practices as new standards and guidelines are implemented.“I believe that we in Dominica have to recognize that the world is changing and we cannot remain stagnant. We have to respect the new standards that have been set upon us by the international community and we are a part of that community. Gone are the days when we do things in the old way because people want to ensure that what they eat comes from a very well regarded environment and that the practices on the farm is not something which will impose any danger to their health,” he said.Another issue which Mr Skerrit addressed was the topical issue of farm access roads which several farmers have been complaining about.He says through his visits across the island several far access roads which have been damaged are as a result of blocked drains which causes the water to destroy the main surface of the roads.“I see places where we have spent a lot of money of farm access roads and farmers allow the drains to get blocked and they see the coconuts, coconut branches, the leaves in the drains and they do not stop to unblock them. What happens is the water now goes on the main surface and we see the ravines now in the roads damaging the surface and I challenge you to go to most of the farm access roads and you will see most of them that have been affected are as a result of the water not flowing properly.”The Prime Minister further stated that some farmers only attend to their farms and make them presentable but ignore the road leading to their farms, but that if they do not engage in cleaning the drains and roads to their farms “the government cannot make monies available to come and fix it after you have caused it to get damaged,” Mr Skerrit said.The farmers were also admonished to pay attention to the manner in which they supply produce to the sellers on the market. He said that they must ensure that they are able to “consistently supply produce to the market” including vendors and hucksters.Mr Skerrit highlighted that the general public also have a national obligation to purchase what is locally grown and produced in an effort to support the farmers and the local economy.“If we want any supermarket to sell our produce in Dominica we have to be able to buy them and whether they are ten cents more than what comes from overseas, we have a national obligation to purchase what is grown locally so that we can help the economy in Dominica. You cannot go and buy the stuff from somebody else and when our farmers cannot sell it you go on the radio and blast Skerrit or you blast Matthew Walter. You have to ask yourself what am I doing to help the farmers of Dominica to sell their produce so they can meet the obligation to their families and the country can see a better return,” he said.The Prime Minister reassured the farmers that they are very important to Dominica and while his government is advancing towards tourism he also assured them that “this government will never place agriculture second to anything. We believe agriculture has to be the centre piece of the country’s economy and the country’s survival”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Domestic Violence Expert Speaks On Rice Controversy

first_imgRay and Janay Rice.BATESVILLE – The domestic violence scandal involving professional football player Ray Rice has been in the national spotlight all week.A video was released showing Rice striking his then-fiance, Janay, in an elevator in New Jersey.Since the video became public, the player was cut by the Baltimore Ravens, lost endorsements and suffered major backlash across the country.WRBI spoke with Safe Passage Executive Director Jane Yorn about the incident and how the unfolding saga also shines light on a problem in Southeastern Indiana.Safe Passage has provided domestic violence victim services throughout Southeastern Indiana since 1997. In the past year, the non-profit agency has served 176 clients, a 26 percent increase over the past two years.“Even more astonishing is the 74 percent increase in number of outreach clients –those individuals who don’t need shelter but still need advocacy, case management and counseling,” Yorn noted.The incident involving Ray Rice happened in February and the couple wed a month later. We asked Yorn why someone would marry, or even stay with their significant other after they were physically abused:“Relationships often start like a fairy tale and early signs of abuse such as control, dominance, and jealousy are sometimes seen as love and flattery.  Many individuals, especially young people, don’t know what healthy relationships and boundaries look like. Popular culture often portrays violence as very mainstream and for an individual who has been living in a psychologically or emotionally negative situation, the lines about what is acceptable treatment in a relationship become blurred.”“Abusive behavior often becomes more frequent and more intense over time.  The victim is often controlled by fear – fear of serious injury to themselves or other family members – fear of what might happen with their job or other relationships if anyone finds out – fear of losing financial security or their children (because the abuser will often make threats about what will happen if anyone finds out) – fear that there is really no one that can help them and if they reach out, the situation might get even worse.”The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services conducted the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey in 2011. Among its findings, data revealed 22 percent of women experienced at least one act of severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetimes.With respect to individual severe physical violence behaviors, the report went on to note being slammed against something was experienced by an estimated 15.4% of women, and being hit with a fist or something hard was experienced by 13.2% of women.The disturbing elevator surveillance video released by TMZ this week certainly garnered attention at the offices Yorn oversees daily.“Our first conversation at Safe Passage was around the concern for his wife, knowing that a common reaction for an abuser would be to blame the victim and be violent again,” the executive director recalled.”“The other side though is that the NFL’s strong stand against this behavior and the opportunity for the public acknowledgement that this action was very wrong validates all those who have been living with abuse and believing they don’t deserve that kind of treatment either As one of our clients said, ‘It helped me to see that this is not my fault’.”Safe Passage provides services for residents across Southeastern Indiana and also offers assistance to anyone who contacts the 24-hour toll-free HelpLine. Yorn said they have received 347 calls this year on the HelpLine which can be reached by dialing 1-877-733-1990.There are multiple forms of domestic violence including physical, psychological and controlling behavior. Yorn advises anyone who would like more information to contact the group at (812) 933-1990.last_img read more

Ronaldo reacts to Sarri’s sack by Juventus

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has stressed on the importance of “critical thinking” in the wake of Juventus’ Champions League exit and the sacking of Maurizio Sarri. Ronaldo netted a brace on Friday night to give Juve a 2-1 win over Lyon in Turin, but it was not enough to prevent them crashing out in the last-16 stage on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw.Advertisement Sarri guided Juve to a ninth Serie A title in a row, but defeat to Napoli in the Coppa Italia final and a failure to instill his playing style on the squad led to doubts about his suitability for the job.Interestngly, Andrea Pirlo, who was only appointed coach of the Juventus under-23 team last month, has since been appointed to take charge at the Allianz Stadium.Ronaldo urged everyone at Juve to use the short off-season for “critical thinking” so that they can return to satisfy fans’ expectations.Although he did not mention Sarri or Pirlo specifically, the Portugese star hammered on the now need to get things right at Juventus.“The 2019-20 season is over for us, much later than usual but yet sooner than we expected,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram.“Now it’s time for reflection, time to analyse the ups and downs because critical thinking is the only way to improve.“A huge club such as Juventus must always think like the best in the world, work like the best in the world, so that we can call ourselves one of the best and biggest clubs in the world.“Winning the Serie A once again in such a difficult year is something that we are very proud of. Personally, scoring 37 goals for Juventus and 11 for the Portuguese national team is something that makes me face the future with renewed ambition and desire to keep doing better and better each year. On Saturday, the Bianconeri sent head coach Sarri packing barely a year after he was appointed after his exit from Chelsea. Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole LifeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Most Beautiful Chinese WomenWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Bettercenter_img Loading… Read Also: Lampard: Chelsea still a work in progress, but we’ll be back“But the fans demand more from us. They expect more from us. And we have to deliver, we must live up to the highest expectations.“May this short vacation break allow us all to make the best decisions for the future and come back stronger and more committed than ever. See you soon!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe facility’s most valuable trophies and artifacts were moved to a secure facility in case additional trouble breaks out amid nationwide unrest over the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd. The handcuffed black man died Monday after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes.Hall chief executive director Kimberly Beaudin said that the extensive glass facade of the nearly 95,000-square-foot building was shattered Friday night. She said rioters also broke into the street-level gift shop, stole merchandise and left it “pretty trashed.” But other than some broken glass that fell into a large exhibition area shaped like a football field, the interior of the hall wasn’t breached by the protesters.In other related developments:— New York Mets star Pete Alonso is the latest high-profile athlete to speak out against racial injustice in the wake of the Floyd’s death. Alonso posted on Instagram that his ‘heart has been broken’ and says he won’t remain silent on the subject. Alonso says he will stand with those who have discriminated against based on the color of their skin. The NL Rookie of the Year says there needs to be change made for the better of humanity.— NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says an urgent need for action remains following Floyd’s death and the ensuing the protests around the country. In a statement Saturday, Goodell said, “As current events dramatically underscore, there remains much more to do as a country and as a league.” Goodell added that the protesters’ reactions “reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel.” Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-SUPERMARKET HEROES 500Keselowski wins at BristolBRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Brad Keselowski inherited his second win of the season when Chase Elliott and Joey Logano collided as they raced for the victory at Bristol Motor Speedway. — Thabo Sefolosha (TAH’-boh sehf-ah-LOH’-shuh) says watching video of Floyd’s death awakened painful memories of what happened to him five years ago in New York City. The NBA veteran suffered a broken leg and other injuries while being arrested outside a Manhattan nightclub. He later settled a case alleging his civil rights were violated. Sefolosha tells The Associated Press that his leg has healed, but the emotional wounds have not. He says his treatment by police left lasting feelings of anger, frustration and a distrust of law enforcement.— Several German soccer players have joined in protests over Floyd’s death. A Borussia Dortmund player lifted his jersey to reveal a T-shirt with the handwritten message “Justice for George Floyd” on the front. In another game Sunday, a player took a knee. On Saturday a player wore an armband with the handwritten message “Justice for George.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL plans to test players for COVID-19 daily if games resumeUNDATED (AP) — The first major North American professional sports league to announce a format for its potential return to competition also has a comprehensive COVID-19 testing strategy. Keselowski was in third with a lap and a turn remaining when he lucked into his second victory in three Cup races. Logano had cleared Elliott for the lead with three laps remaining but Elliott was stalking him while seeking his second win in three days. They made contact in the fourth turn and drifted into the wall. Keselowski slid past for the win.Clint Bowyer gave Ford a 1-2 finish with his best performance in a year. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson was third in a Chevrolet and once again showed he’s close to snapping his 104-race losing streak. Kyle Busch and Erik Jones rounded out the top-five.MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEATH-SPORTSCollege Football Hall of Fame damaged in Atlanta protestsUNDATED (AP) — The College Football Hall of Fame is boarded up and assessing damage from a destructive night of protests in downtown Atlanta. DALLAS (AP) — Hall of Fame welterweight Curtis Cokes has died at 82.Cokes took the World Boxing Association welterweight title in a 1966 belt with a unanimous decision over Manny Gonzalez. He added the World Boxing Council crown three months later with a unanimous decision over Jean Josselin in Dallas.Cokes lost the titles to Jose Napoles in 1969. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003, the 5-foot-8 Cokes fought 80 times from 1958 to 1972, finishing 62-14-4 with 30 knockouts.Erwin “Sparky” Sparks, Cokes’ partner at the Home of Champions gym, told The Dallas Morning News that Cokes died Friday after a week in hospice.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — The Major League Soccer Players Association has voted to approve economic concessions for this season, including across-the-board salary cuts. Players also agreed to play in a proposed summer tournament in Orlando, Florida. The proposal was made public by the union Sunday night and will now be sent to back to the league for approval by team owners.— Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp (YUR’-gehn klahp) says having the squad back together is a “massive, massive lift” as his team prepares to wrap up a first league title in 30 years. English soccer has been on hold since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Premier League is set resume June 17. Liverpool has a massive 25-point lead and stepped up preparations by resuming contact training in recent days.— The coach of Italian soccer club Atalanta says he had COVID-19 and was concerned for his life mid-March. Gian Piero Gasperini told the Gazzetta dello Sport that he started feeling sick on March 9, a day before Atalanta played at Valencia in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16. He says that when he returned to Bergamo, which was quickly becoming the epicenter of the pandemic, he didn’t have a fever but “felt destroyed.” The 62-year-old coach quickly recovered and only recently confirmed that he had the virus when the entire team was tested 10 days ago.COLLEGE BASEBALL-OBIT-BENNETTFresno coach Bob Bennett dies The NHL has screening protocols in place for voluntary workouts and training camp in the hands of individual teams. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says if play resumes, players would be tested for COVID-19 daily while games are going on. That could require 25,000 to 30,000 tests at a cost of millions of dollars. The league doesn’t expect that amount of testing to interfere with the needs of the general public.Daly said one person testing positive for the coronavirus would not necessarily mean another pause for the NHL. Leaguewide testing done daily would allow the isolation of an infected player, coach or staff member before the start of an outbreak.While players vary on their general concern about contracting the virus by resuming the season, many seem to be on board with frequent testing.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Major League Baseball’s players have proposed a 114-game regular season, up from 82 in management’s offer. That’s according to a person familiar with the plan who told The Associated Press that the proposal includes no additional pay cuts beyond the one they agreed to in March. Opening day in the coronavirus-delayed season would be June 30 and the regular season would end Oct. 31, nearly five weeks after the Sept. 27 conclusion that MLB’s proposal stuck to from the season’s original schedule. The union offered scheduling flexibility to include more doubleheaders. Update on the latest sports May 31, 2020 FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Former Fresno State coach and College Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Bennett has died at 86, according to the school.Bennett won 1,302 games with 21 NCAA Tournament appearances with the Bulldogs, including two College World Series appearances. He spent 34 years at the school before retiring after the 2002 season. He was the seventh coach in NCAA history to win at least 1,300 games and ended his career with 26 straight winning seasons.The Fresno Bee reported Bennett had been in the hospital since May 18 following a heart procedure.BOXING-OBIT-CURTIS COKESCurtis Cokes, Hall of Fame welterweight champion, dies at 82last_img read more

GFF, Denmark FA ink historic ‘MoU’

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF), through president Wayne Forde, inked what is being seen as the cornerstone for their plans, heading into 2026 FIFA World Cup, with the Denmark Football Federation and its president Jesper Moller, at the Pegasus Hotel, in Kingston, Georgetown.Witnessed by CONCACAF’s Senior Project officer, Howard McIntosh and Union of European Football Associations’ (UEFA) Head of International Relationship, Eva Pasquier, the Memorandum of Understand (MoU) is tailored to see the two Federations focus on several key areas in the sport, both on and off the pitch.The football love-story between the two nations, according to Forde, dates back to 2017, and was birthed in Lagos, Nigeria, when they were guests at a FIFA Summit.“By the simple act of affixing our mark to sheets of paper, today we have sowed the seeds of friendship that in time, can produce a harvest of new and exciting opportunities for the long-term development of Guyana’s football,” Forde said.The terms established for the two Federations’ collaborative efforts for the next six years, state that there will be implementation of some key strategic objectives and programmes.Apart from coaching exchanges, infrastructure development will be one of the most important areas, with Forde pointing out that Guyana will benefit from Denmark’s engineering and architectural services for the technical centre and construction of the D’Urban Park football complex.Competition Management and Professional Football League Development is also on the table, since, according to the GFF, capacity-building for clubs, officials, administrators and oversight of establishment of a professional league are vital to Guyana.The area of Women’s Football development is also listed in their MoU as a comprehensive women’s football strategy.Perhaps one of the most important of them all, Grassroots Football and Youth Development, will see the GFF and Denmark Federation facilitating youth training camps in preparation for international competition.As it relates to Governance and Administration, the Denmark ‘FA’ will facilitate a Management exchange programme for the General Secretary, Finance Manager and other key Management Staff of the two entities.“No one should pretend as though genuine, meaningful and sustainable football development in a small nation is easy. It is not and I would also assure you that good intentions are simply not enough. For football to grow in any country, big or small, genuine partnerships that endure all seasons are essential,” Forde compounded.Meanwhile, Moller told reporters that he was interested in the GFF’s regional academies, stating, “We don’t have an academy or a training side in Denmark yet and perhaps we can get some knowledge about doing that. You have a big country but not so much infrastructure and it is quite the same in Denmark,”last_img read more