Three presumptive positive cases of Covid-19 in Iowa (AUDIO)

first_imgDES MOINES — State officials have announced the first three presumptive positive cases of Covid-19 — the novel coronavirus — in Iowa.According to a news release from the governor’s office, all three are from Johnson County and had recently been on a cruise to Egypt. None require hospital care and they are in self-isolation at home. Governor Kim Reynolds held a news conference Sunday evening to make the announcement.“While this news is concerning, it’s not cause for alarm. The most important thing that we can do right now is remain calm, understand the situation and stay informed in the days and weeks ahead,” Reynolds said at the start. “We are committed to transparency and keeping the public informed.”Public health officials say the three tests are considered presumptive positive until confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control. State officials say two of the individuals are older adults, between the ages of 61 and 80. The other is described as middle aged. The governor says it’s not known if other Iowans were on the same cruise or who the three Iowans currently in isolation may have had contact with after they returned to Iowa on March 3rd.“As we are here with you now, many more people are hard at work gathering the information that we need about the current cases to develop the best strategy moving forward,” Reynolds said. “We don’t have all the answers, but I can tell you that we are committed to keeping you updated as more information is available.”Dr. Caitlin Pedati, the state medical director, said Covid-19 has demonstrated person-to-person spread.“We think that this virus is spread through droplets which means an infected person who might cough or sneeze and then liquid droplets would land in the eyes, mouth or nose or even be inhaled by somebody nearby,” Pedati said. “And so that’s why we give a lot of the public health advice that we continue to offer when we talk about things like washing hands and staying home when you’re sick.”AUDIO of Reynolds’ news conference, 26:00Last Wednesday, Governor Reynolds ordered the state emergency operations center be opened, for face-to-face meetings among key state officials. Iowa National Guard Adjutant General Benjamin Corell said he’s talked with Guard units in other states which have been dealing with multiple Covid-19 cases.“They have shared with me their best practices,” Corell said. “They have learned over the past weeks and I have now provided those to other departments across the state of Iowa as we move forward to take on this virus.”Some Iowa churches discouraged hand-shaking during the passing of the peace at services Sunday. Governor Reynolds said her church discontinued the practice of “intinction” — dipping the bread in wine — and used individual communion cups. The governor said those are reasonable steps to take and there’s no reason to let fear take over.“We need to be reasonable. We need to do the right thing,” Reynolds said. “And we just need to be conscientious not only of our own health, but different things that we’re participating in.”The first cases of this new strain of the coronavirus were identified in China in December. The outbreak has infected more than 100-thousand worldwide. Iowa public health officials say they have more than 450 test kits at the State Hygienic Lab in Iowa City and health care providers have been given the protocol for when to recommend a patient be tested.last_img read more

England quintet in St Andrews Trophy squad

first_img28 Aug 2012 England quintet in St Andrews Trophy squad A combined total of 11 England internationals have been selected for the St Andrews Trophy and Jacques Leglise Trophy teams to face the Continent of Europe at Portmarnock in Ireland on 31st August – 1st September. England supply five players to the St Andrews Trophy team. They are: Craig Hinton (The Oxfordshire, BB&O), Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland), Neil Raymond (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI), and Ben Taylor (Walton Heath, Surrey). Hinton made his England debut in last year’s Home Internationals and is the Welsh Open Stroke Play champion, while Kimsey debuted in the recent Home Internationals when he won all six of his games, the first time that has been achieved by an England player for 15 years. He was also a semi-finalist in the English Amateur. Porteous, (image © Tom Ward) also made his full England debut in the 2011 Home Internationals and finished third individual as England won the European Men’s Challenge Trophy in Iceland last month. Raymond has won the Brabazon Trophy for the past two years, reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur and has been an England cap for the past two years, while Taylor, who also reached the English Amateur last eight, was another to make his England debut in last year’s Home Internationals. The full St Andrews Trophy squad is: Alan Dunbar (Ireland), Craig Hinton (England), Nathan Kimsey (England), Kevin Phelan (Ireland), Garrick Porteous (England), Rhys Pugh (Wales), Neil Raymond (England), Graeme Robertson (Scotland), and Ben Taylor (England). New English champion Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire, IoW & CI), and British Boys champion Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) are two of six England players in the Jacques Leglise team. The others are: Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire), Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent), Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire). Ellis, 16, became the youngest ever winner of the English title when he won at Silloth-on-Solway earlier this month, while Fitzpatrick, 17, won the British Boys Championship by 10 and 8 last weekend at Notts (Hollinwell), the largest winning margin since 1974. Kelly is the English under 18 champion following his triumph in the Carris Trophy at Royal Cinque Ports last month, while Orrin, 18, finished equal third in the Carris Trophy and dropped just half a point from his six games in helping England win the recent Boys Home Internationals. Tree, 18, a former English under 14 and under 16 champion, became a full England international against France in May and reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur, while Turner, 16, the Lincolnshire boys champion, scored five points from his six games in the Boys Home Internationals. The full Jacques Leglise squad is: Harry Ellis (England), Matthew Fitzpatrick (England), Alex Gleeson (Ireland), Patrick Kelly (England), Gavin Moynihan (Ireland), Bradley Neil (Scotland), Max Orrin (England), Toby Tree (England) and Ashton Turner (England).last_img read more

Midcourt Dictates Terms And Takes Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes By 3 ½ Lengths Under Espinoza; Trained By Shirreffs, He Gets 1 1/8 Miles In 1:48.49 And Is Headed To Grade I Santa Anita Handicap

first_imgMidcourt Dictates Terms And Takes Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes By 3 ½ Lengths Under Espinoza; Trained By Shirreffs, He Gets 1 1/8 Miles In 1:48.49 And Is Headed To Grade I Santa Anita Handicap ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2020)–In a performance that perhaps stamps him as an “A-Lister” in the handicap division, C R K Stables’ Midcourt was in command throughout as he powered to an emphatic 3 ½ length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes, an important prep for the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7. Trained by John Shirreffs and ridden by Victor Espinoza, Midcourt got a mile and one eighth in 1:48.49.“Victor wasn’t sure if he was going to go to the lead or sit off the pace, but the horse put himself in the race and if he wanted to run that way, he didn’t want to take him out of it,” said Shirreffs. “Yes, it is gratifying to see him make the lead, relax and finish like he did. He’s been a project, but a good project. We’ll stay home and run in the Santa Anita Handicap (at a mile and one quarter).”Slow from the gate and carried wide into the first turn in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes Dec. 28, Midcourt broke alertly today and for those who backed him at 2-1, it appeared he was going to be extremely tough the way the race unfolded heading into the Club House turn, as Midcourt enjoyed a roughly two length advantage while in-hand.A well beaten third in the San Antonio, Midcourt was the second choice among a field of nine older horses and paid $6.40, $3.60 and $3.00.“With him, you never know how he is gonna perform coming out of the gate,” said Espinoza, who has ridden the 5-year-old gelded son of Midnight Lute in his last five races, winning four of them. “Today, he wanted to run. He broke not very quick, but when I encouraged him to go, he wanted to do his own thing. I wasn’t going to take him out of his race, so I just let him run and cruise around…“He’s a really talented horse in his own way. I have confidence in him because John Shirreffs has done an amazing job with him and it makes my job easier to know that John is going to have him ready to go into the race.”In garnering his second graded stakes win, Midcourt is now 9-5-1-1 and with the winner’s share of $120,000, he now has earnings of $342,695.Longshot Two Thirty five, ridden by Ruben Fuentes, was attentive to the pace and was second best on the day, finishing 2 ¼ lengths clear of Combatant. Off at 22-1, Two Thirty Five paid $14.20 and $8.20.With Drayden Van Dyke up, Combatant was off at 18-1 and paid $6.20 to show.Last year’s Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster, the 9-5 favorite with Joel Rosario up, was never a factor and finished seventh.Fractions on the race were 23.50, 47.31, 1:11.26 and 1:36.22.last_img read more

Cameron embraces groundbreaking role with Sporting KC

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Cameron’s new job with Sporting — she started last month — comes as women are taking on greater roles in pro soccer in the United States and abroad. And not just with women’s teams.Two women — Kathy Carter and former national team goalkeeper Hope Solo — are among the eight candidates running for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation. Only four countries — Liberia, Turks and Caicos, Burundi, and Sierra Leone — have ever elected a woman to head their soccer federation.Chan Yuen-ting became the first female coach to lead a men’s team to a title in a top-flight league in 2016 when she guided Eastern Sports Club to the Hong Kong Premier League championship.Corinne Diacre served as manager (coach) of a second-division French men’s team, Clermont Foot, for several years until becoming head coach of the French women’s national team in the run-up to the 2019 Women’s World Cup.And last year the Bundesliga’s Bibiana Steinhaus became the first female referee in a top-flight European league. There were a record seven female officials at the men’s under-17 World Cup in India last year.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Towns’ near triple-double pushes Wolves past Knicks Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carter, who is on leave from her position as president of Major League Soccer’s marketing subsidiary, Soccer United Marketing, had high praise for Cameron. Carter noted that there aren’t all that many women in the sport’s boardrooms, but they’re even rarer on the technical side of the sport.“I think Meghan is going to get out there and build on uncharted territory, but I think she’s up to the task,” Carter said.Cameron’s current job has been the culmination of a life in soccer. Cameron was a standout at Rutgers — Vermes is also an alum — and was on the 2002 Scarlet Knights team that reached the Sweet 16.“I played soccer since I was 3, so it’s always been a passion of mine. It’s been kind of a piece of who I am. I played soccer at Rutgers but unfortunately my career was cut short and I only got to play three seasons because of injury,” she said. “So at that time I kind of reevaluated and thought, there’s a different way for the sport to be a part of me, and that was working in the front office.”She worked for eight years as senior manager in player relations in the MLS league offices. Her job was to help teams manage rosters and budgets, while also approving player acquisitions and trades. But she also had a hand in non-financial duties, like youth coaching initiatives and the league’s Rookie Symposium.“For a long time I’ve been the only female in the room. And it has never been an issue for me. I’ve had the respect of everyone around me, and I respect them. I think as long as you can handle yourself, and it doesn’t matter that you’re female, you’ll get the respect that you deserve,” she said. “As more women move through the ranks and into positions like coaches, it won’t be, ‘Oh, they’ve got a female coach,’ it will be, ‘Oh, they’ve got a new coach.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Her role will move into another uncharted area for a woman in MLS: She’ll evaluate prospective players for Vermes, as well as for the Swope Park Rangers and the organization’s academy.“Peter Vermes just called me,” the longtime MLS front office executive said about her new job’s genesis. “Obviously it’s humbling to be the first. But for me it doesn’t matter if I’m the first or the last or the 101st. Peter called me to do a job, it wasn’t because I’m a female. He knew what I could bring to the table. I do hope this opens the doors for others moving on, but I don’t consider myself a trailblazer. I’m just doing a job.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLike all coaches, Cameron said Vermes has specific ideas about player characteristics and qualities. Cameron will be working with Director of Player Personnel Brian Bliss.“The plan is that I’ll be learning what it is in each position that they’re looking for in players so that I can assist in the scouting side as well,” she said. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense In this Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 photo, Meghan Cameron, Sporting Kansas City’s assistant director of player personnel, poses for a photograph at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. Cameron is settling into her job at Sporting, the first woman to manage player contracts, salary budget, and acquisitions for a Major League Soccer team. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)Meghan Cameron didn’t go out looking to break barriers. Instead, Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes came to her.Cameron is settling into her job as assistant director of player personnel with Sporting, the first woman to manage player contracts, salary budget, and acquisitions for a Major League Soccer team.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View commentslast_img read more

The day after: Pyeongchang breathes, bids Olympics farewell

first_imgMOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer PSG’s Neymar has broken right foot and sprained ankle “Farewell! Bye bye! Gamsahamnida!” volunteers using the Korean word for “thank you” shouted to departing buses in Gangneung, the coastal city near Pyeongchang where many events were held.Workers yanked down paper signs by the hundreds and busloads of Olympians, journalists and support workers rolled toward train stations and highways Monday in the aftermath of a Winter Games that was as political as it was athletic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkInternational Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach echoed that sentiment in the closing ceremony Sunday night, saying that the centerpiece political event of the games — a joint Koreas team marching together and, in some cases, competing together was a beacon for a troubled world.“With your joint march you have shared your faith in a peaceful future with all of us,” Bach said. “You have shown our sport brings people together in our very fragile world. You have shown how sport builds bridges.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Korean women’s hockey team did that for sure.Thrown together a just few weeks before the games, players from North and South were thrust together to make a go of it. With the help of their Canadian coach, they came together as a competent, if not particularly effective, team that captured the attention of many Olympics watchers.Along the way, they developed what they uniformly say was camaraderie, and even great affection. On Monday morning, at the athletes’ village, they said their goodbyes with tears and extended hands.“I feel really strange,” said South Korean hockey player Choi Ji-yeon. “I told them to take care and not get sick and meet again later.”She added: “If they were people whom we can continue to keep in touch and meet again, then I would feel better, but I might never be able to meet them again.”ADVERTISEMENT Their governmental counterparts were showing signs of communication as well. The detente achieved through the Olympic connections between North and South Korea fits the longtime goals of the South’s president, Moon Jae-in, who has advocated engagement with Kim Jong Un’s Pyongyang regime.That happened at the opening and closing ceremonies, both with U.S. representatives looking on from nearby — Vice President Mike Pence for the opening, first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump for the closing Sunday night.U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, a patron of South Korea and a loud opponent of the North’s nuclear program, is watching the contacts closely, particularly after South Korea’s presidential office said during the closing ceremony that the North was willing to hold talks with the United States.Washington viewed that development warily. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, with Ivanka Trump on her South Korea Olympic trip, issued a written statement to that effect after the closing ceremony.“We will see if Pyongyang’s message today, that it is willing to hold talks, represents the first steps along the path to denuclearization,” she said. “In the meantime, the United States and the world must continue to make clear that North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs are a dead end.”North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, known for its invective toward the United States and the Seoul government, has been playing it low key when it comes to these Olympics. On Monday, it issued a synopsis of the games that was notable for its anodyne tone.“When the players of the north and south of Korea participating in the 23rd Winter Olympics and other players and agents of different countries and region from across the world entered the stadium, the spectators welcomed them with applause,” it practically whispered.Contrast that with this dispatch hours earlier about the United States: “We will never have face-to-face talks with them even after 100 years or 200 years. This is neither an empty talk nor any threat. The U.S. will have to pay dearly for stupid and wild vituperation.”Twelve hours later, news of its willingness to talk emerged from Seoul.North Korea’s delegation to the games, including more than 200 cheerleaders whose perfect synchronicity made for some of the Olympics’ most popular visuals, returned over land in buses to the North on Monday. A North Korean women’s hockey team player hugs her South Korean teammates, wearing white coats, before returning to North Korea, at Olympic Village in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Yun Dong-jin/Yonhap via AP)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — From volunteers to support staff to the joint Korea women’s hockey team, people from many cultures bid farewell to each other and to the 2018 Winter Olympics on Monday as a swath of the eastern Korean Peninsula readied itself for something novel: relative normalcy.Seven years after a successful Olympic bid that changed its people and its landscape forever, Pyeongchang exhaled.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedcenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The group — whose members experienced more of the world this month than many of their fellow North Koreans do in a lifetime — also included 45 athletes, four Olympic officials and 21 journalists.As for the Olympics and the attention and people they bring to this relatively remote plateau of northeastern South Korea, it’s not quite finished yet. The Paralympic Games, held immediately after the Olympics using the same facilities, will be staged from March 9 to 18, albeit with a lower profile and attendance.But for a few days, at least, with traffic cones down and most Olympic checkpoints removed, Pyeongchang can take a breather as the eyes of the world shift somewhere else.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

Kai Sotto shrugs off hype, vows to work harder in Fiba Asia U18

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sotto, however, proved that he’s more than a ballyhooed player producing the numbers that backed up his notoriety, as he became the center of the Mythical Team for the Fiba U16 Asian Championship in Foshan.Batang Gilas’ then 15-year-old centerpiece put up 16.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks, all of which were the highest marks for centers, during the competition but those numbers were against players who have yet to become 16-year-olds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Sotto, who turned 16 on May 11, will now be playing on a new age group come the Fiba U18 Championship in Nonthaburi, Thailand but he knows it will still be business as usual for him come game time.“I already felt the hype since I started playing basketball but what I do is just perform and do my job properly,” said Sotto in Filipino during the team’s send-off press conference Thursday at Crowne Plaza. “I just do what I need to do so I won’t think too much of the hype.” View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms The moment Kai Sotto’s lanky 7-foot-2 frame entered the international stage, Philippine basketball circles knew an immeasurable hype machine was born.ADVERTISEMENT 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “I became part of the team not to be known or to be famous, I did this to help the team succeed.”And although Sotto is one of the younger players in the tournament, his stint in the Fiba U17 Basketball World Cup in Argentina was a valuable teacher.Sotto was the second-best scoring center in Argentina putting up 16.4 points with 10.6 rebounds, and a tournament-leading 3.2 blocks.“My experience in the past Fiba World Cup really helped me because the competition was at its highest and that is where you will really gauge yourself on where you’re at as a basketball player,” said Sotto.“Of course for this U18 I’ll work harder and increase my efforts because I will be playing against older players and I’ll do my best to help my team win.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Dodgeball, Quidditch, mini golf go pro In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

To beard or not to beard

first_imgCarpio 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Manny Pacquiao’s camp is pointing out an issue with Adrien Broner’s beard. —AFPLAS VEGAS—Is Adrien Broner’s weight going to be an issue when he and Manny Pacquiao step on the scales on Friday for their WBA title bout?The challenger’s current crankiness certainly seems like it, insiders say.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Broner’s camp said they would oblige if and when the commission decided that he must get rid of it.Meantime, an unaffected Pacquiao ran around the UNLV track oval just one day before the official weigh in.He cut it short to pose for Filipinos who braved the cold desert weather just to see him in person.“I’m very happy with the way the fans receive me; they are the reason why I’m still fighting—I want to prove to them that I still got it at age 40,” Pacquiao said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerscenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Broner has missed weight a couple of times before.In 2012, he was a full three pounds over the 130-lb limit when he faced Vicente Escobedo. Four years later, Broner had to pay Ashley Theophane $50,000 after he weighed in 140.4 lb, four-tenths of a pound over the limit of the lightweight title clash.“Hey, I only failed to make the weight twice, but I did it on purpose,” said Broner, who on both occasions moved up one division heavier.Pacquiao isn’t expected to have troubles on the scales.Since he started fighting at welterweight 10 years ago, Pacquiao, whose natural weight is 140 lb, has had little problem making weight. He is known, in fact, to load up on meals during training camp.Pacquiao said he would like to climb the ring against Broner weighing at least 145 lb because “I would need the necessary weight on fight night.”Broner didn’t sport any facial hair during his previous outings against Jessie Vargas and Mikey Garcia.Boxing expert and orthodontist Ed dela Vega said having facial hair as thick as that of Broner could be problematic for both fighters.It could affect Pacquiao during close-range exchanges especially if Broner uses too much grease on it.But it could also be a concern for Broner if he sustains a cut in the chin area. It would be difficult fixing a cut in the area where the hair is thick, Dela Vega said. Azkals boss to make sure PH will return to continental tournament Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The NSAC didn’t have a specific ruling on beards and instead let its representatives decide whether they give undue advantage to a fighter.Judging by its thickness and volume, maybe Broner will benefit from chopping the beard off—it could help lower his weight, which continues to be an issue here.And there’s a general consensus that Broner’s weight woes is the reason why he has been cranky, throwing tantrums all week long.His camp has refused to say how close the 29-year-old Broner is to meeting the 147-pound weight limit for the WBA welterweight clash on Saturday at MGM Grand.But talk has continued to resurface with both fighters tipping the scales on Friday afternoon at the hotel’s Garden Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Maybe trimming off that thick beard will do the trick.Broner’s rich facial hair caused quite a ruckus during a press conference for undercard fighters at MGM Grand on Thursday, but not as much as whispers that the challenger may still be facing weight issues going into the official weigh-in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPacquiao’s top aide, Joe Ramos, revealed that the Filipino champion’s corner will seek an opinion from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on whether or not Broner should shave off his beard for the fight.But, Ramos pointed out it was not much of an issue: “Manny will fight [Broner] with or without the beard.”last_img read more

Prime suspect in murder of Linden businessman nabbed

first_imgThe prime suspect in the murder of Linden businessman, Romel Gomes, which occurred on March 12, 2018, was on Wednesday arrested while in the vicinity of Carmichael Street, Georgetown.Dead businessman, Romel GomesThe suspect, 35-year-old John Caesar, a chef of East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, Georgetown, was positively identified by a neighbour of the now dead man after his arrest.Guyana Times understands that after the Police received information about the whereabouts of the suspect, detectives have been monitoring his moves.On the day of Gomes’ murder, Caesar was reportedly one of two persons seen at the home of the dead man. In fact, the 32-year-old businessman was heard arguing with Caesar and another man prior to his death.It was reported that during the argument, a loud explosion was heard and the suspects fled the scene in Gomes’ motor car – PVV 2057 – which was parked in front of his shop.Gomes was discovered in a pool of blood with his hands bound in front of him and a bandana tied around his mouth.He was found with a suspected gunshot injury to his right temple, a small laceration on top of his head and another lacerated wound to the neck. A post-mortem examination later gave his cause of death as gunshot wound to the head.His car was recovered intact at One Mile, Wismar, Linden the day after the murder was committed. Ever since, the Police have been calling on persons in the neighbourhood to come forward and provide information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects.In light of the arrest, detectives praised those who were instrumental in the arrest of the man.last_img read more

Don Lugo hangs on, tops Nogales, 56-54

first_imgLA PUENTE – It truly was a tale of two halves for the Nogales High School girls basketball team on Thursday. After a first half plagued with turnovers and poor shot selection, the Nobles attacked the basket in the second half and flashed the skills that got them into the postseason. But a full-court press and clutch free-throw shooting by visiting Don Lugo proved too much in the fourth quarter as the Conquistadores held on for a 56-54 victory in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III-A playoffs. The Conquistadores made eight free throws in the last 1:44 of the game, including six by sophomore forward Melanie Fagaly, and held a 56-54 lead with seven seconds to play. They took advantage of their fouls to give by committing three fouls in the last three seconds to keep the Nobles from getting a good last shot, a wild attempt that hit the backboard as the buzzer sounded. “They gave it their best,” Nogales coach Yas Oda said of his squad. “The second half they came out hard, fast, did the little things. But the first half they didn’t come to play and that’s what killed us.” The Nobles started out with a lackluster first half but came out looking like a different team after trailing at the break, 27-17. With a more intense defensive effort, the hot shooting of junior guard Crystal Maclas and the tough inside play of senior center Melissa Reyes, Nogales scored the first 12 points of the third quarter and took a 29-27 lead with 3:20 left. Reyes, who averaged only 1.5 points per game during the regular season, finished with a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds. center_img “Melissa Reyes played the best game of her life,” Oda said. Don Lugo junior guard Samantha Bowles kept the Conquistadores on top, 39-38, heading into the final quarter with six of her team-high 16 points late in the third. Nogales (15-12) built a 49-42 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Don Lugo’s full-court press and possible fatigue caused by a lack of depth appeared to be the Nobles’ undoing. “It’s a big win, especially having only two seniors on the team,” Don Lugo coach Eric Highstreet said. “(In the third quarter) things looked dim for us, but our guards came through, we calmed down a little bit and played good defense.” darren.spoon@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Picture special: St Brigid’s Cross making at Lurgybrack NS

first_imgChildren, parents and grandparents were all busy making St Brigid’s Crosses in Lurgybrack NS this morning.Grandparents and parents were invited to the school to help the children make their crosses to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Picture special: St Brigid’s Cross making at Lurgybrack NS was last modified: February 1st, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img