Benchmark shrugs off value drop

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Indonesia pins hope on ASEAN role as virus affects Indo-Pacific dynamic

first_img“Indo-Pacific” is a term describing the region straddling the Indian and Pacific oceans, replacing the previously preferred “Asia-Pacific” that some experts argue takes the focus away from the rise of China, highlighting the US-China rivalry.Last year, at the initiative of Indonesia, ASEAN adopted the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific to reinforce its position on maintaining peace, security, stability and prosperity through dialogue and by building trust.Philips said the Indo-Pacific as a strategic concept was used by other countries in the region as a “geopolitical vehicle”, but ASEAN insisted that it must be used to forge functional cooperation, including on development and Sustainable Development Goals.Because of the pandemic, he said that foreign policy and development should become more entrenched with one another, with a particular emphasis on global health policy, global disaster risk reduction, economic policy and democratization. Other powers in the emerging Indo-Pacific regional order have already put their money where their mouths are.Last month, Australia announced a new development package policy for Indo-Pacific pandemic response and recovery. Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan said the package would divert programs and funds into specific areas of the COVID-19 response, including in health security, regional stability and economic recovery. “We face a more dramatically changing strategic situation and countries were starting to develop new partnerships with each other as a result in order to be able to reinforce each other with more resilience,” Quinlan said during the virtual discussion.Retno argued that in ASEAN’s perspective on the Indo-Pacific, the achievement of SDGs remains a priority, especially for least-developed and low-income countries who faced major setbacks in achieving the goals by 2030.“We are hoping that ASEAN remains an engine to maintain stability in the region and to be very honest, it is not an easy task for ASEAN to be able to play that role,” Retno said, acknowledging diverging interests among member states and the additional pressure from other players in the region.As a possible avenue of cooperation for a more robust COVID-19 response, Philips suggested that ASEAN could explore initiatives under the ASEAN Plus Three mechanism, particularly because the three partner countries involved — China, South Korea and Japan — are influential countries with relative success in handling the outbreak. “They are also engines of growth in our regions of Southeast Asia and East Asia. Today the Indo-Pacific can be relatively too broad in the sense that [countries] are all busy facing domestic problems, so the ASEAN Plus Three may become our engine to jumpstart the economy and future cooperation related COVID-19,” he said.Topics : “We are seeing that the rivalry between the US and China is […] actually polarizing and spilling into other spaces,” she said in a recent discussion on geopolitics hosted by the Golkar Party.“Uncertainty is increasingly inevitable.”Currently suffering from the highest number of infections in the world, the US under President Donald Trump has undermined the WHO by accusing it of siding with China. Both sides have also pointed fingers at each other on the source of the virus and pinned one another as being responsible for the damages.Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) executive director Philips J. Vermonte has called on Indonesia to continue utilizing ASEAN to maintain “dynamic equilibrium” in the Indo-Pacific, even though its member states are struggling with their own domestic problems. COVID-19 has made a profound and unprecedented impact on how countries interact with one another, especially in the Indo-Pacific region, but Indonesia reserves hope that ASEAN will play a role in maintaining regional stability.As a result of the pandemic, international relations will likely be driven by stronger right-wing politics going forward, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi has said, which is likely to weaken the multilateral system and reinforce transactional politics.Retno said geopolitical rivalries between the United States and China had gone beyond the usual ideological and trade tensions and had turned into questions about the origin of the virus and politicization at the World Health Organization.last_img read more

Coast community benefits from proximity to health hub

first_imgStockland senior development manager Matt Patullo said the Birtinya community’s proximity to these facilities would provide convenience for workers. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoStockland’s waterfront town house community at Birtinya on the Sunshine Coast Sway.“Stockland’s Birtinya community has been a sought-after neighbourhood for health professionals and those looking to upgrade to a prime location on the Sunshine Coast since the project first launched,” Mr Patullo said.“Sway’s quality designs and low-maintenance lifestyle within walking distance of two hospitals and Birtinya Town Centre is also a drawcard for healthcare workers.” Stockland’s Sway Birtinya is the latest development attracted to the area by the massive 17ha Sunshine Coast Health Precinct at Kawana, which has links to public transport, a hotel, aged care apartments and a greenfield “health hub” facility for specialists. Development capitalises on city views Stockland’s waterfront community at Birtinya will offer sixty town houses, that share a central park, barbecue facilities and pool.As the old saying goes, property is all about location, location, location.A new medium-density precinct on the Sunshine Coast is looking to leverage just that, combining waterfront and parkland living with convenience to local employment, healthcare and shopping facilities. Sway’s quality designs and low-maintenance lifestyle within walking distance of two hospitals and Birtinya Town Centre is also a drawcard for healthcare workers.Sway Birtinya will have 60 townhouses and a central park, barbecue facilities and a community swimming pool, with Mr Patullo promising affordability was key for the region.Sunshine Coast architecture firm O.G.E. Group designed each townhouse to be distinctive. MORE:center_img Noosa development short walk from river Developer ditches cookie-cutter design >>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<< RELATED: “We’ve focused very much on every home having a connection to the outdoors, and every residence having its own identity,” O.G.E. Group director John Robertson said.“Life’s busy so you want to come home and relax and enjoy the Coast, whether in your private space or in the communal areas.”last_img read more

Conservative leader supports referendum on gay marriage

first_imgTVNZ 10 June 2012Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says he will support a referendum to allow same-sex couples to marry if New Zealanders decide they “are ready for a change”. Labour MP Louisa Wall has submitted a bill to make gay marriage legal, and Green MP Kevin Hague is working on a Marriage (Equality) Amendment Bill to put into the next members’ bill ballot. Craig told TVNZ’s Q+A programme today that he is opposed to gay marriage, but would “absolutely” back a referendum on the issue if Kiwi’s support it. “If all New Zealanders decide `hey yeah we’re ready for a change’, fair enough, but I don’t think that’s where New Zealanders are at,” he said.http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/conservative-leader-supports-gay-marriage-referendum-4921990last_img

Male picked for NZ women’s weightlifting team

first_imgTransgender woman makes NZ weightlifting teamNZ Herald 4 March 2017Family First Comment: “(The head of the Olympics weightlifting team) acknowledged Hubbard’s selection had created some issues among other female lifters “Ya think? Perhaps that because women want to compete against women!#askmefirst New Zealand weightlifting has selected a transgender athlete for this month’s Australian International, believed to be a first in New Zealand sport.Weightlifting officials told the Herald that Laurel Hubbard will be competing in the 90kg+ female category at the event. The tournament goes some way to determining Commonwealth Games selection so Hubbard is in prime position to compete for New Zealand at next year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.The selection of Hubbard, the daughter of cereal magnate and former Auckland mayor Dick Hubbard, is a pioneering moment in sport for the LBGT community.Marshall acknowledged Hubbard’s selection had created some issues among other female lifters but said the position of OWNZ was simple.“We have to follow the policy of the International Olympic Committee and the International Weightlifting Federation. They do not acknowledge in any way the gender identity of an athlete other than male or female; they’re not described as transgender.”The New Zealand Olympic Committee, who administer the Commonwealth Games team, said they would be dictated to by OWNZ.“Eligibility criteria for Commonwealth and Olympic events is set by the respective international federation, not a National Olympic Committee or Commonwealth Games Association,” spokeswoman Ashley Abbott said.“It certainly is a sensitive matter and is about creating a balance between human rights and fair competition.”Marshall said he didn’t believe New Zealand was the first country to have a weightlifter transition from male to female.“I’ve spotted a few in the past,” he said.The world weightlifting body has followed the guidelines from the IOC’s consensus meeting on sex reassignment and hyperandrogenism, issued in November 2015.Among the recommendations it states that those who transition from male to female “must demonstrate that her total testosterone level in serum has been below 10 [nanomoles per litre] for at least 12 months prior to her first competition”.Marshall said Hubbard had been supplying the results of her monthly tests for more than two years.Even the relatively mundane act of drugs testing has to be given careful consideration. It is something that has been discussed recently at Drug-Free Sport New Zealand.“DFSNZ is aware of the need to provide clarity regarding the potential testing of transgender athletes – for the athletes themselves as well as for our sample collection personnel,” said Jude Ellis, programme manager for testing and investigations. “We have already consulted with other national anti-doping organisations, many of whom are also grappling with this issue.“While we have yet to develop any firm policy or protocol on this, it is generally accepted that when testing transgender athletes, the witness to the sample collection would be the same gender as the gender in which that athlete has registered to compete.”If that is a functionary consideration, the idea of fair play is more vexed.Marshall believed that Hubbard competed with “huge advantages”.“She competed for a long time as a man and her efforts were very strong.“That strength has remained with her despite reduced testosterone. That point is not recognised by the science and some of our competitors would say that’s not fair.“But there is no concrete evidence that there are advantages to Laurel. If there was we would act on them.”Pilkington said the team will be sat down and appraised of the situation at a pre-tournament meeting.“We have a good culture,” she said. “We will go as one team, not individuals.”Pilkington said while they haven’t made the situation public, a lot of people from within the weightlifting community already knew.“Everything has been transparent,” she said.Vice-president of OWNZ Richard Patterson, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist who still competes on the international stage, said everybody was very respectful of Hubbard.“From a personal point of view, she is a lovely person,” he said.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11811451last_img read more

Court of Appeal reserves judgment in former NDB manager’s case

first_imgMichel Williams. Photo credit: Facebook profileThe Court of Appeal on Tuesday reserved judgment in a trial involving a former manager of the National Bank of Dominica Michel Williams and the Bank.Williams filed a lawsuit against the Bank citing wrongful dismissal however the Bank won the case at the High Court therefore he appealed the decision. However, he will have to wait a while longer to know the Court of Appeal’s decision against Justice Brian Cottle’s decision at a later date.Guyanese attorney Stephen Fraser who represents Williams argued that the bank wrongfully dismissed his client, noting that the termination letter dated 31st March, 2009 was in breach of his client’s contract which he signed in December of 2008.Fraser asked the court to consider all seven grounds of his appeal which includes damages for loss of future employment.Fraser told the Court that the actions of the board in terminating the services of his client were wrong as it was without cause and cannot stand. He said the parties entered into a bargain and termination without cause is a serious breach of contract, “the board had no power to dismiss without cause,” Fraser told the Court. Alick Lawrence who represents the National Bank of Dominica denied allegations that former managing director Gregory de Gannes victimized Williams. Lawrence asked the Court not to believe suggestions that de Gannes dismissed Williams because he refused to act on a loan application for him in the amount of $2.5 million. Lawrence argued in Court that the delay in signing a previous contract for Williams had nothing to do with victimization and was the decision of the board and not that of de Gannes.Dominica Vibes News 43 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Court of Appeal reserves judgment in former NDB manager’s case by: – May 2, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more

Ivy Tech Chancellor Helms Announces Retirement

first_imgHelms announced his retirement after 51 years in education. (Image: Ivy Tech)Ivy Tech Community College Southeast Chancellor James F. Helms announced he will retire from the college effective January 15, 2014. Helms will officially become Chancellor Emeritus at that time and stay involved with the College. He will become a member of the Ivy Tech Community College State Foundation Board. In addition, he will also continue as a liaison with some special initiatives in the Southeast Region in coordination with the President’s Office in Indianapolis.Helms will be completing his 51st year in education in 2014 having been in secondary education for 35 years and with Ivy Tech for 16 years. Helms led the Southeast Region since 1998, which includes a five county service area of Dearborn, Ripley, Jefferson, Ohio, and Switzerland Counties. He was also involved with Ivy Tech prior to his role as Chancellor and had served on the Southeast Regional Board of Trustees from 1976 to 1998, as well as served as Chairman of the board from 1986 to 1998. Thus, he has been associated with Ivy Tech for a total of 37 years of his 51 year career. Helms had retired from his 35 year secondary career as a high school principal in 1998. During his first 12 years in secondary education he served as an English/Communications teacher, was a head basketball coach, baseball coach, athletic director, and soon became Guidance Director/Counselor.“I have been fortunate and had an enjoyable, wonderful, productive 51 year career and made many friends in all walks of life”, said Helms. He further stated that he has been fortunate to have had great faculty and staff with whom to work over the years. “My career has been one of being able to create and build educational opportunities and curriculum for students over the years. My secondary career was one of being involved with establishing a new school, adding facilities, and dealing with growth leading to additional positive opportunities for students,” said Helms.During Helms’ 16 year tenure, Ivy Tech Community College has had a massive and unprecedented growth period of enrollment, curriculum and programs. In addition, Helms managed the construction of 3 entirely new campus facilities at its locations in Batesville, Lawrenceburg and Madison. Enrollment in the region has grown from around 500 students to now serving some approximately 4,000 students per year. “We have been fortunate to achieve facilities second to none and far better than many and we are very proud of the campuses which now serve our communities and students,” said Helms.Ivy Tech provides more dual credit in high schools than any other college in the state and is also the only college that does not charge for dual credit. This program alone is a tremendous money saver for students and parents. Recent commission reports show that the Southeast region’s Ivy Tech campuses have become the college-of-choice for high school graduates with more beginning as college freshman at Ivy Tech than any other State college or university.Chancellor Helms also noted that he certainly expresses maximum appreciation to the Cities of Madison, Lawrenceburg, and Batesville for their cooperation and partnerships over the years. “The community college development is a total community movement, of which none in the State have excelled any more than those in this region,” said Helms. He stated that Ivy Tech Community College is not just in a community, it is truly part of the community to help every entity in every way possible. This tenure of expansion and growth has involved an accumulation of grants, donations, and such various support of approximately $20 million to Ivy Tech Community College and further community development. Helms also pointed out that Ivy Tech is also an economic-engine in each of its communities because the College also employs a large workforce in addition to serving students of all ages and career interests. The college has in excess of 90 percent of its graduates remain in Indiana after achieving a degree, workforce certification, or professional qualification.Chancellor Helms has also received countless awards and has been recognized for creating and launching new programs. He was instrumental in working to bring the addition of transfer programs to the Lawrenceburg campus in 2004. He noted that when Ivy Tech expanded their Associate Degree programs that there was still a large geographical area void of being available for students to further earn a bachelor’s degree. Thus, Indiana University joined Ivy Tech to form the Ivy Tech/Indiana University East Bachelor’s Degree Completion Partnership. The program became successful immediately and has now expanded to some 7 bachelor’s degree programs available. Helms noted that prior to establishing these programs, students had to previously drive long distances to take such programs; and further, had to spend a lot more money in such ways as out-of-state tuition, higher tuition costs and transportation costs. The Ivy Tech/IU East Partnership has also been launched at the new Batesville Ivy Tech Campus. Helms received an invitation to attend an Indiana University State Board meeting in 2008 where he was recognized by Indiana University President Michael McRobbie for launching this Bachelor’s Degree Partnership Program.Helms has received many other notable recognitions including being named by Cincy Magazine in 2008 to The Power 100 List as being one of the Tri-States top 100 influential people. Helms received Indiana’s highest award, The Sagamore on the Wabash, from Governor Frank O’Bannon, which was also presented to him by Senator Johnny Nugent at the time for career educational achievement. Further, he has also been recognized on Book of Lists in the Cincinnati Business Courier magazine and received a plaque on behalf of Ivy Tech for the College becoming the 6th largest college or university in the Tri-State area. And the magazine has also featured Helms in the “Executive Spotlight.”Another special program launched within the last two years was pursued by Chancellor Helms when he approached Superintendent Jim Roberts in Batesville to discuss a new, advanced Ivy Tech/Batesville High School Curriculum Partnership project to coincide with the opening of the new Batesville Ivy Tech. Committees were formed and the program is now underway and progressing nicely. The program has had a personal visit from the Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers who has highly endorsed the partnership as a statewide model for other schools. Governor Mike Pence has also noted the partnership and recognized it when visiting Batesville recently, as well as when speaking at other locations. He expressed appreciation to Chancellor Helms for the program. More recently, Governor Pence addressed the State Chamber of Commerce noting the Batesville High School/Ivy Tech Partnership as a model for others. Helms and his staff continue to talk with other area high schools about the new opportunities of success.Additional area Ivy Tech partnerships developed during Helms tenure include: Curriculum and Activity Articulation developed with Hanover College, for which Helms expresses sincere appreciation to Hanover College President Dr. Sue Dewine for her cooperation; numerous other area articulation agreements with colleges and universities; Hospital partnerships developed and expanded with King’s Daughters in Madison, Dearborn County Hospital, and Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville concerning shared training and RN nursing program; Ivy Tech has expanded and taken over several area community EMT training programs; establishment of Advanced Manufacturing Training Labs in Madison, Lawrenceburg, and Batesville; and coordination with area Economic Development Directors to be at the table for special training for new and existing businesses and industries and all phases of improving workforce development.Other activities and boards during Helms careers are too numerous to mention all, but some include: College Administrator Association; National Association of Secondary School Principals; National Counseling and Guidance Association; North Central Association of Schools and Colleges Evaluation Team Member; Chamber of Commerce Boards/Officer/Member in Lawrenceburg, Batesville, Madison; Tri-Township Water Board; Cincinnati Musicians Association; Dearborn County Redevelopment Commission; Economic Development Board; Dearborn County Community Foundation Board and past President; Indiana Retired Teacher Association; National Speakers Bureau Affiliation; Small Business Development Center Advisory Board; Broadcasting Association; and American Technical Education Association.While Helms has been in education his entire career, he is also known widely as a public speaker for various groups and organizations including commencements, awards banquets, churches, faculty groups, student groups, civic clubs, and guest lectures at colleges; and has served as a Master of Ceremonies for many events. He has worked in broadcasting over the years as a radio announcer and once worked with WLW television, as well as radio in Hamilton, Ohio. He has introduced pre-game and half time shows for the Cincinnati Bengals and also worked directly with Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott with parade coordination and pre-game opening day arrangements. For many years he was the house organist and announcer at Beef N’ Boards Dinner Theatre in Cincinnati, played numerous nights at Glenn Schmidt’s Supper Club (now the Syndicate) in Newport, Kentucky and quite often at the famed Beverly Hills in Southgate, Kentucky which hosted national acts constantly too. All of this led to meeting, spending time with, and introducing many national acts, and Hollywood people such as: Brenda Lee, Pat Paulsen, Little Jimmy Dickens, Myrna, Wally and the Beaver, John Caradine, Tammy Wynette, Ray Charles, Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford.Further, Helms played the warm-up portion for the Ray Charles show several times and Ray Charles always borrowed Helms’ organ equipment when at Beef N’ Boards. He has played organ, guitar and bass in bands and entertainment agents. Further, he has had the opportunity to spend time on the road with some Nashville country stars. And along the way he has also officiated basketball for over 25 doing numerous regular season and IHSAA tournament games in many locations around the State. A couple of additional highlights included the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals. They had off-season basketball teams that played around the area to stay in shape. Helms officiated many of their games and stated that it was great fun too. It was the Big Red Machine era and the team included Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Lee May, Bobby Tolan and several others. Bengal wise he most remembers Dave Lapham, Max Montoya, Issac Curtis, and Jim Breech. He said it was amazing how good both the Reds and the Bengals were as basketball players.Helms also stated that one of the greatest satisfactions of his 16 years with Ivy Tech is the over-all progress achieved. “Ivy Tech was still struggling to grow 10 to 15 years ago and was not held in very high esteem then because of being in old, leased buildings, struggling to get started, get programs, curriculum, and get financially in a situation to enable progressing in every way. But I am pleased to say the that Ivy Tech Community College and has arrived and is providing quality facilities, equipment, curriculum, programs and instruction; and most of all serving each local community with their needs.” Helms further stated that Ivy Tech now serves a niche long needed in the State which enables a large number of people to pursue post-secondary education to people of all ages and interests to improve their skills and workforce ability. I say all of this with the utmost respect for all colleges and universities in Indiana because Indiana has a wonderful range of educational opportunities with many great State and Private schools. The point is that now Ivy Tech Community College adds greatly to the State’s total value of education and now fills that void of having classes and programs available for everyone without having to go off and live someplace else as well as Ivy Tech providing quality at low cost. Other great progress includes the number of high schools Ivy Tech partners with to enable them to expand and utilize curriculum by their students while in high school that the high school could not offer otherwise; and Ivy offers more dual credit than any others in the State and is the only college or university that does not charge for dual credit. This saves high school parents and students multi thousands of dollars annually. Our Ivy Tech Southeast location here is now in a tremendous expansion to work with every high school to enhance their curriculum, coordinate master schedules, and be able to greatly utilize release time now allowed for their seniors and some juniors while in high school. Further, Ivy Tech is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of Colleges and Schools of the North Central Association; and all State college and universities now have a statewide transfer crosswalk enabling transfer of credits. A recent Indiana Commission report shows that Ivy Tech has become the first-choice for the majority of high school seniors.Helms and his wife Charlotte have 3 children, Jeff (Jennifer) of Marinette, Wisconsin, Kristan (Ben) of Carmel, Indiana, and Doug (Kendra) of Harrison, Ohio, as well as 11 grandchildren. Helms said they intend to do considerable travelling, continuing many of his community volunteer activities, and of course remain active with Ivy Tech as Chancellor Emeritus and doing some Special Initiatives for the President’s office. He further said that he will miss seeing a lot of colleagues as often but also noted that there is always great satisfaction in often seeing many of the thousands of graduates encountered during his career, as well as those with whom he has worked.Ivy Techlast_img read more

Van Gaal won’t rush Falcao decision

first_img Press Association Louis van Gaal will not make a call on Radamel Falcao’s future until the striker has an extended run in the Manchester United first team. Despite a difficult, injury-hit start to life at Old Trafford, Falcao this week spelled out his desire to stay at the club beyond the end of the season. The Colombian, who is on a season-long loan from Monaco, says he is settled in Manchester and happy at the club despite scoring just once in eight appearances. Van Gaal also endured a difficult start to life in England, but his team have turned a corner of late. The win over Liverpool kept United in third position, eight points shy of leaders Chelsea. United may have won six successive games, but so far their performances have not been up to scratch, Van Gaal admits. Sir Alex Ferguson made a habit of winning titles on the back of occasionally scrappy displays, but Van Gaal, ever the perfectionist, wants to see performances as well as results. “I am not only focused on results,” said the Dutchman, who has won leagues in Holland, Spain and Germany. “When I speak with Sir Alex (about playing badly and still winning), he says, ‘It’s not any problem, you have won’, but for me it’s also the performances that are very important because when you perform you shall win more and that’s what I want to show to the fans. “When you win six times in a row then the confidence is rising, but I am still looking for a game that is closer to the perfect game than we have given until now.” Liverpool managed to breach the United defence on several occasions last weekend, but they could not find a way past David de Gea, who put in yet another outstanding display in goal. The 24-year-old won the man of the match award against the Reds after saving superbly from Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli. Just like he did post-match on Sunday, Van Gaal snapped when asked about the progress of negotiations with the Spaniard over an extension to his current contract, which expires in 18 months. “No,” was his terse reply when questioned on the subject. Van Gaal also bristled when pressed about Victor Valdes, the former Barcelona goalkeeper has been training at United for two months. Valdes is currently recovering from a serious knee injury and is free to sign for any club. Liverpool have been linked with the 32-year-old after Brendan Rodgers dropped Simon Mignolet last weekend. When asked about the reports linking Valdes with Anfield, Van Gaal said: “Ok, then he goes to Liverpool… You are suggesting and it’s a big mistake to do that as the media. “That’s why I am always angry because you are inventing stories. There are no stories. He is training here. I give him the possibility and then we shall see.” Van Gaal said British record signing Angel di Maria could return from a hamstring injury for the Saturday’s game. “Maybe I shall select him on the bench or in the team. There’s one training session to go,” Van Gaal said of the £59.7million signing, who has missed the last three games. Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out through illness. Van Gaal will not be rushed into making a decision on whether to exercise his right to sign the player in a £43.5million deal though. The United manager wants the former Porto and Atletico Madrid striker to prove his fitness and form first. “He hasn’t played so much,” Van Gaal said when asked about the possibility of signing Falcao. “You cannot see too much of a player if he doesn’t train so much. “He has been injured a lot of time. First you have to be fit. “Now he shows fitness in the training sessions so maybe I shall select him (for Saturday’s game at Aston Villa), maybe for the bench or the line up. Let’s wait and see.” Falcao’s last start came on October 5 when he scored his one and only goal for the club against Everton. Van Gaal fielded teenage striker James Wilson ahead of the two-time Ballon d’Or nominee for last week’s 3-0 win over Liverpool. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports-UPDATED

first_imgIngles, Jazz keep Grizzlies winless in bubble, 124-115LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Utah Jazz kept the Memphis Grizzlies winless in the NBA bubble with a 124-115 victory. Joe Ingles scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and Mike Conley had 23 points and seven assists against his former team as the Jazz improved to 2-2 in the seeding round and nudged ahead of Houston for the fourth spot in the Western Conference standings. Dillon Brooks scored 23 points, while Grayson Allen had a career-high 20 points and six 3-pointers as the Grizzlies dropped to 0-4 in the seeding round.Elsewhere in hoop action:— Fred VanVleet had 21 points and 10 assists, and the Toronto Raptors held on to beat the Orlando Magic 109-99. Pascal Siakam added 15 points and Kyle Lowry finished with eight points, nine rebounds and 10 assists. Toronto has won its last seven dating back to before the hiatus and three straight games since the restart. The Magic missed an opportunity to clinch a playoff spot following Washington’s loss to Philadelphia earlier Wednesday. But they maintained their 7 1/2-game lead over the Wizards for the East’s eighth seed with four seeding games to play. — Joel Embiid had 30 points and 11 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers held on to beat the Washington Wizards 107-98 on Wednesday despite losing two-time All-Star Ben Simmons to a knee injury in the third quarter. Elsewhere in the playoffs:— Mike Hoffman and Brian Boyle scored 2:07 apart in the opening minutes of the third period, and the Florida Panthers avoided elimination with a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders Wednesday in Game 3 of their preliminary round playoff series. Erik Haula also scored and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 20 shots. The 10th-seeded Panthers trail the best-of-five series 2-1 with Game 4 at the NHL’s Eastern Conference hub city of Toronto on Friday. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders, the East’s seventh seed. Semyon Varlamov stopped 19 shots and made a costly error leading to Hoffman’s go-ahead goal 41 seconds into the third period.— Tyler Johnson scored the tiebreaking goal with 87 seconds left to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over Boston. The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins fell to their second straight loss in the NHL’s playoff seeding round. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 25 shots for the Lightning, who improved to 2-0 in the three-game round-robin. Tampa Bay would earn the top seed in the East with a victory over Philadelphia on Saturday. Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for the Bruins. They led the NHL with 100 points in the pandemic-shortened regular season but can now finish no higher than No. 3. — High-scoring rookie defenseman Cale Makar connected on an early power-play goal, 30-year-old Pavel Francouz recorded a shutout in his postseason debut and the Colorado Avalanche cruised to a 4-0 round-robin win over the Dallas Stars. Joonas Donskoi, Vladislav Namestnikov and Andre Burakovsky also scored as the Avalanche improved to 2-0 in the three-game round that will determine playoff seeding for the top four teams in the Western Conference. The Stars have lost both of their games and are likely to finish where they started as the fourth seed.NBA-SCHEDULE Visiting Phils beat Yankees 11-7 at home to open twin bill, Yanks top in nightcap 3-1PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Tauchman’s tiebreaking double in the seventh inning sent the New York Yankees to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and a split of their seven-inning doubleheader Wednesday. Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto homered to back Zack Wheeler and lead the “visiting” Phillies to an 11-7 win in the opener, snapping New York’s seven-game winning streak. Due to a late schedule change, the Yankees were the “home” team for the first game — even in Philadelphia. Phillies ace Aaron Nola tied a career high with 12 strikeouts in the nightcap, allowing one run on Luke Voit’s homer and three hits in six innings. Elsewhere in the majors: St. Louis also put pitcher Carlos Martinez on the injured list and activated reliever Brad Miller from the injured list. The St. Louis Cardinals have returned to the field for light workouts nearly a week after an outbreak of COVID-19 forced the club and its staff members to quarantine in Milwaukee. In other MLB news: —Shohei Ohtani still wants to be a two-way player for the Los Angeles Angels despite having another season cut short on the mound due to arm troubles. Ohtani won’t pitch again this year after being shut down with a strained right forearm after an abbreviated outing Sunday. It was the second start of the season for the Japanese star since having Tommy John surgery in 2018. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFSGarland, Hall each score in 3rd as Coyotes beat Preds 4-1EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Conor Garland and Taylor Hall each scored in the third period and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 Wednesday. Now the Coyotes can eliminate the sixth-seeded Predators in Game 4 on Friday in this best-of-five qualifying series. Christian Dvorak scored on Arizona’s first shot, and the Coyotes scored three in the third for the victory capped by Carl Soderberg’s empty-netter. The Predators thought they had a 2-1 lead 1:13 into the third period on a goal by Kyle Turris, but the Coyotes won their challenge of offside with Nashville center Matt Duchene found over the blue line on review. August 5, 2020 Update on the latest sports-UPDATED Signs ominous and hopeful as college sports hangs in balanceUNDATED (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert tells The Associated Press that whether college sports — and more specifically major college football — can play through the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be determined not by the association or even conferences but on school-by-school basis. Another hectic day in college sports news started with UConn canceling its football season before the Big Ten released its revised schedule for the coming season. Games are just a month away. The NCAA Board of Governors handed off any decision on whether to hold championships for fall sports such as soccer and lower-level football to each division. Divisions II and III quickly pulled the plug. As for Division I, plans for a season are methodically falling into place but with tempered optimism. In other college sports news: — Texas Tech women’s basketball players have accused coach Marlene Stollings and her staff of fostering a culture of abuse that led to an exodus from the program, according to a report published Wednesday. Players dreaded a heart monitoring system they said was misused in punitive ways, had to endure demeaning and threatening comments and were subject to sexually suggestive behavior from a strength coach who has since resigned, according to the report. Players said the coaching staff demanded that they maintain a heart rate of at least 90% of capacity during games and that they faced loss of playing time or more conditioning work if they didn’t. A pediatric sports medicine director said maintaining a heart rate that high would be “very difficult” to do. NFL-NEWSNFLPA president, Browns center Tretter wants daily COVID testingUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA President JC Tretter will push for daily COVID-19 testing during training camp as the NFL moves toward the start of the season. He says testing players every day would eliminate some of the lag time in waiting for results that has led to problems during Major League’s Baseball’s start to its season. Currently the agreement is testing would be done on a daily basis for the first two weeks of camp and revert to every other day so long as teams kept their positive rates low. Tretter weighed the risks and elected to play in 2020 as his wife expects their first child. center_img —Martín Pérez pitched out of trouble all night, and Alex Verdugo and Michael Chavis homered to help the Boston Red Sox stop a four-game skid Wednesday with a 5-0 victory over the slumping Tampa Bay Rays. Pérez allowed four hits and three walks, wiggling out of jams for five innings. He struck out four. The left-hander held Tampa Bay to 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and induced two double-play grounders. Colten Brewer, Austin Brice, Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman completed a four-hitter. The Rays have trailed in 11 of 12 games this season, including their last 10.— Minnesota’s Randy Dobnak dominated in his homecoming, allowing three hits in six innings as the streaking Twins topped the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2. Pittsburgh managed just four balls out of the infield against Dobnak, who dropped his ERA to 0.60. Marwin Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the Twins. Max Kepler gave Minnesota some breathing room in the ninth with a three-run home run off Pirates’ reliever Dovydas Neverauskas.MLB-NEWSCOVID-stricken Cards shuffle rosterUNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus-ridden Cardinals are expected to make more transactions after placing six players on the injured list, including confirmed COVID-19 cases Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa, Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley. — Five pitchers combined on a four-hitter for the undermanned, gritty and first-place Miami Marlins, who beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Wednesday night for a doubleheader sweep. Brian Anderson homered in the opener, and Miami won 1-0 despite getting only two hits. The sweep kept the Marlins atop the NL East and earned Don Mattingly his 281st win as Miami’s manager, tying Jack McKeon’s club record. In a baseball season complete with new rules and an ever-changing, abbreviated schedule, this doubleheader raised the bar on strange. Not only were both games seven innings apiece, but the Orioles were the home team in the opener and the Marlins served as hosts in the nightcap.— Nationals starter Max Scherzer exited because of a hamstring problem after laboring through just one inning, overshadowing Juan Soto’s eventful 2020 debut for the World Series champs, and Rick Porcello collected his 150th career win in the New York Mets’ 3-1 victory over Washington. Porcello went seven innings, allowing one run and five hits. Seth Lugo got the last six outs for his second save. Scherzer’s replacement, Erick Fedde, took the loss after giving up a tiebreaking run in his three innings. Soto had an RBI double, a single and a highlight-reel catch in his first game after coming off the COVID-19 list.— Hyun-Jin Ryu combined with four relievers on a three-hitter and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Sean Newcomb and the shorthanded Atlanta Braves 2-1. Ryu lasted only five innings but was dominant as he gave up only one hit, an infield single by Adam Duvall in the second inning. Duvall homered in the seventh off Thomas Hatch. Ryu struck out eight. The Braves were forced to recast their lineup after placing Ozzie Albies and Matt Adams on the injured list and giving Freddie Freeman a day off. The new-look lineup didn’t resemble the unit which had 13 hits in a 10-1 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.— Brian Anderson hit a fourth-inning homer off Alex Cobb and the Miami Marlins won their second straight since returning, beating the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 in the opener of a doubleheader. Miami improved to 4-1 with its second successive shutout win over the Orioles. -Mike Clevinger didn’t have his best stuff but did enough to pitch into the sixth inning and lead the Cleveland Indians to a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. The Indians were again without manager Terry Francona. He missed his fourth straight game with a gastrointestinal issue. César Hernández hit an RBI single and Óscar Mercado scored with some daring baserunning in the fifth when the Indians finally scored after being blanked by Reds rookie Tejay Antone in his first major league start. The Indians have won two of three against their in-state rivals. — Chris Paul had 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 105-86 victory over the poor-shooting Los Angeles Lakers. Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points and Steven Adams had 18 for the Thunder, who never trailed in their first win over the Lakers in four meetings this season. LeBron James had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who had another possibly concerning offensive performance while dropping to 2-2 in the bubble. The Lakers never held a lead for the first time all season.— Michael Porter Jr. scored 30 points and had 15 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 132-126. Nikola Jokic added 25 points and 11 assists. Jerami Grant finished with 22 points. San Antonio, which started the day two games behind Memphis for the final playoff spot in the West, dropped to 2-2 since the restart. Derrick White had 23 points and seven assists.NBA-NEWSNo players confirmed positiveLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA’s bubble is still working. Associated Press The league released its latest results Wednesday for coronavirus tests performed on players participating in the restarted season at Walt Disney World and the numbers are still perfect.Of the 343 players tested since results were last announced July 29, none has been confirmed positive. That means no player has tested positive since entering the so-called bubble last month. In other hoop news:— The NBA board of governors and the National Basketball Players Association have finalized plans to create the first-ever NBA Foundation that will work to spur economic growth in the Black community, announcing Wednesday that the initial contribution will be $300 million over the next decade. Each team will donate $1 million annually, or $30 million collectively, over those 10 years. MLB-SCHEDULE In other NFL news:— The NFL is beginning a second phase of reopening its Midtown Manhattan offices and is requiring all employees returning to league headquarters to take a saliva COVID-19 test every two weeks. The NFL says any employees who have health concerns or child-care issues will be allowed to continue working remotely.— Cleveland Browns guard Colby Gossett has opted out of the 2020 season, becoming the fourth player on the team — and third offensive lineman — to decide not to play because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gossett qualifies for the high-risk opt-out agreed to by the NFLPA and will receive a $350,000 stipend for not playing. He was due to make $675,00 this season. The deadline for players opting out is Thursday at 4 p.m.— The Arizona Cardinals have signed safety Kentrell Brice and receiver Andre Patton. The 25-year-old Brice was recently released by the Chicago Bears. Patton played in 13 games last season, including five starts, for the Los Angeles Chargers. — As the Chiefs wait to hear whether cornerback Bashaud Breeland will be suspended to start the season following his arrested in South Carolina in April, the Chiefs signed have special teams ace Antonio Hamilton and used a pair of draft picks on cornerbacks. L’Jarius Sneed was picked in the fourth round and Bopete Keyes was chosen in the seventh. — Training camp is underway, and the Dolphins believe veteran newcomers Jordan Howard and Matt Breida represent a significant upgrade at running back. They’re expected to provide more punch and versatility for an offense that last year averaged 72 yards rushing per game, worst in the NFL since 2006. — Titans coach Mike Vrabel wants to start coaching Vic Beasley Jr. A week after rookies and other players got started, Tennessee still is waiting for Beasley to report. The Titans put Beasley on the Reserve/Did Not Report list on July 28, and the general manager said last week that Beasley’s absence was unexcused with the linebacker planning to report to Tennessee.last_img read more

Women of Troy come away from Washington empty-handed

first_imgThe No. 4 Washington Huskies rallied late Saturday for a Pac-10 victory over the No. 16 USC women’s volleyball team, 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 24-26, 25-20, 15-10), as the Women of Troy suffered their fourth consecutive loss.Bianca Rowland led for the Huskies with 15 kills and no errors for a .625 evening (15-0-24) as the Huskies avoided their first home loss of the season limiting USC to .071 and .077 hitting in the final two sets.“We played a real nice match but just didn’t finish,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “To take Washington to five in their own building is a good thing. We played four of the five games really well.”Rowland broke a 7-7 fifth-set tie with a kill that sparked Washington to three straight points and a victory. Kindra Carlson posted a team-high 18 kills with three aces and 15 digs, while Jill Collymore had 16 kills and 17 digs for Washington (17-1, 7-1). Jenna Hagglund recorded 57 assists and 12 digs while Tamari Miyashiro had 30 digs.USC sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter led all players with 25 kills to go with 13 digs. Senior outside hitter Jessica Gysin (14 kills, 15 digs) and junior opposite hitter Kimmee Roleder (13 kills, 16 digs) also recorded double-doubles for the Women of Troy (13-6, 2-5), while Kendall Bateman chipped in 53 assists and nine digs. Senior libero Alli Hillgren matched Miyashiro with 29 digs in the match.Although the Women of Troy dropped another road match, Haley was proud of the way his team played.“I’m hoping this is a turn around and a focus forward by this group,” he said. “They seem to have gotten out of their trance and now need to stay focused and stay forward.”Saturday’s defeat followed an upset loss against unranked Washington State Friday night, where the Women of Troy played out of sync the entire match as the Cougars swept the USC (25-17, 28-26, 25-23).“We started off bad in the first set,” Haley said. “We had a couple of good performances by specific players, but we couldn’t get it together until it was too late.”Jupiter continued her strong play with 21 kills and nine digs, and a career-high four serving aces Roleder recorded 15 kills and hit .414 and Bateman had 42 assists and eight digs.Haley admits his team has not played well away from the Galen Center this season, which is why he is looking forward to this weekend’s matches against Oregon and Oregon State at USC.“We have to have those wins if we have to get back into this,” Haley said. “But Oregon beat Stanford this weekend, and we went five with Washington, so it’s up in the air.”USC hosts Oregon State Friday evening and Oregon Saturday afternoon, as the Women of Troy try to get back on track.“I felt like this weekend we played better volleyball and we were more productive,” said Haley of his team’s recent slide. “If the blocking improves now, the defense in the back row will too, and we’ll be better off.”last_img read more