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UK lockdown a week earlier could have halved COVID-19 death toll, scientist says

first_imgBritain’s death toll from COVID-19 could have been halved if lockdown had been introduced a week earlier, a former member of the UK government’s scientific advisory group said on Wednesday.Britain has an official death toll from confirmed COVID-19 cases of over 40,000, rising to over 50,000 cases when deaths from suspected cases are included.Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed the lockdown on March 23. His comments echo those of another scientific adviser, John Edmunds, who said at the weekend that Britain should have gone into lockdown earlier.Johnson said it was too early to say what regrets he had or lessons he could learn over the handling of the pandemic.”We made the decisions at the time on the guidance of SAGE, including Professor Ferguson, that we thought were right for this country,” he told reporters.Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said the one issue he would choose to look at was how to speed up testing earlier.”Many of the problems that we had came because we were unable to work out exactly where we were ..,” he said. Topics :center_img Epidemiologist Neil Ferguson told lawmakers that Britain had taken the right measures but too late.”The epidemic was doubling every three to four days before lockdown interventions were introduced. So had we introduced lockdown measures a week earlier, we would have then reduced the final death toll by at least a half,” Ferguson said.”So whilst I think the measures … were warranted … certainly had we introduced them earlier, we would have seen many fewer deaths.”Ferguson, a professor at Imperial College in London, produced a model which influenced Britain’s response to the pandemic, but later stood down from Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) after he was accused of breaking lockdown rules.last_img read more

It’s war on the home front as Brisbane locals fight for suburbia – but big developers are winning

first_imgSuburban houses in the foreground are dwarfed by the Brisbane City skyline. Picture: Darren EnglandThe Slaughters aren’t the first family to be upset by a proposed development so close to home, and with state government regional planning revealing Brisbane has to accommodate 188,000 new dwellings by 2041, they won’t be the last.While some projects, depending on size, scale and zoning, require the ubiquitous white sign with the large black writing to alert residents to a major project planned for their area, it’s not always the case.Brisbane City Council, Planning Chairman Julian Simmonds says that requirement is heavily defined by state government legislation, but even without it, he argues it is easy to know what is happening in your neighbourhood as every development application is on the council website.“People can go onto that service at any time. They can search their street, they can sign up so … they can get an alert to say a development (whether it requires a sign or not under state government legislation) has been lodged in their street,’’ Simmonds says.But what if residents aren’t that proactive and only catch on late in the process?“We have instructed the assessing council officers to always consider community feedback, no matter where it is in the process,’’ Simmonds says.The new Greens state member for Maiwar in Brisbane’s west, Michael Berkman, says residents are not necessarily opposed to all development.“Their main concerns seem to be when a development that is proposed can be approved under the existing system, even though it is completely contradictory with the neighbourhood plan which they have had input into,’’ he says. “What is the point of having a heritage listing if you can do what you like around it? It’s a joke,” says Ed Slaughter. Picture: Annette Dew“It is a very broad brush but it is a really effective way to give communities more rights.”Dr Erin Evans, of Brisbane Residents United, says residents often feel that not all parties are abiding by the rules.“It is completely confounding when something like this happens because the system is not established to help level the playing field so the residents can have an equal say, or groups of residents or a whole community can have a say and can really put forward what they see to be the best for their community,’’ she says.“Of course, as a city, we need development. It’s the bad development, the development that is non-compliant, which constantly pushes and bends the rules, that’s what people are completely fed up with.’’When asked about the impact of the height of the development at the old Fancutt Tennis Centre, RetireAustralia chief executive Alison Quinn says higher-density apartment developments have already been built in the area, and this was no different.“Urban renewal is just as relevant for 75-year-olds as it is for 25-year-olds,” Quinn says, adding that developments like this will give elderly residents in the area an important option for aged care.Construction is expected to start this year.michelle.hele@news.com.auBCC RESIDENTIAL ZONES FAST FACTSLow-density residentialCovers a variety of low-density dwellings, including houses, and community uses and small-scale services, facilities, and infrastructure to support local residents. Mainly one or two storeys.Low-to-medium-density residentialA variety of dwellings, including houses and low-to-medium-density multiple dwellings, and community uses and small-scale services, facilities, and infrastructure to support local residents. Predominantly a two- to three-storey mix.Medium-density residentialMedium-density multiple dwellings and community uses and small-scale services, facilities and infrastructure to support residents. Up to five storeys.High-density residentialHigh-density multiple dwellings and community uses and small-scale services, facilities and infrastructure to support local residents. Can be up to eight storeys in some areas and 15 in others.Character residentialEnsures the character of a residential area is protected and enhanced. Provides for community uses and small-scale services, facilities and infrastructure to support local residents. Predominantly one to two storeys. Primarily houses built before 1946.Note: These are just guidelines.Check out the zoning for your area on the council’s website: brisbane.qld.gov.au Ed Slaughter is angry about a proposed eight-storey development next door to his heritage-listed Brisbane home built in 1863. Picture: Annette DewWHEN Scottish stonemason Kenneth McLennan built his home in Conon St, Lutwyche, in 1863, he would never have imagined just how much the area would change.The paddocks have been replaced with homes, and shopping centres and apartment buildings now rise high into the sky. But one thing was constant among all this change: the house, known as Conon, always remained a family home, unlike many of Brisbane’s other historical properties.It has only been owned by three families since it was built, most recently that of John and Susan Slaughter, who bought it in 1974.It has proudly withstood decades of family life, but its adoring owners aren’t confident they’ll be able to fight off the latest threat.Not that the house itself will be touched. It’s on the Queensland Heritage Register to protect it against development. But it transpires that there was nothing to stop neighbouring houses being turned into developments that would overshadow their property. And that is just what has happened.Last year, RetireAustralia received approval from Brisbane City Council to build two eight-storey towers on a number of neighbouring properties, including the Fancutts Tennis Centre, which for decades was a popular coaching site for tennis players until its closure in 2015.Run by the prominent Fancutt tennis family, it also played host to visiting tennis players and celebrities, including Rod Laver, Kenny Rogers and Margaret Court.The tennis courts will be built over as part of the project, but a pre-1911 home at the tennis centre will remain standing – just not in Lutwyche. Instead, it will be relocated in stages to a sports field operated by St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in Corinda, at an estimated cost of $700,000, subject to council approval.John and Susan Slaughter’s son, Ed, is disappointed to see such an important home moved from the area.“Once it has been removed from the place it’s been for 100 years, who gives a crap? I don’t see any difference in knocking it down,” he says.He also raised concerns over the impact that two eight-storey towers would have on the Conon property, and the minimal community consultation in the development process.“What is the point of having a heritage listing if you can do what you like around it? It’s a joke,” he says.“There certainly has not been significant respect to such an important aspect of Queensland’s history.”center_img A high-rise building going up in Toowong overshadows the old Queenslander home next door. Picture: Jodie RichterSo do residents ever win? Are their submissions and complaints about development applications taken on board? Do they effect change or are they filed away never to be looked at again?Brisbane City Council has received, on average, 4500 development applications a year since the end of the global financial crisis. It does not keep figures on how many are approved versus how many are rejected.But there have been knock-backs. Late last year, a three-tower project proposed for 52 Seven Oaks St at Taringa was refused after the developers would not reduce the height of the buildings, particularly the tallest tower, which was to be 16 storeys.Residents campaigned strongly against the project with 868 submissions lodged.Despite appearing to win the battle, Berkman says the community there is still concerned that the decision could be appealed in the Planning and Environment Court and get the go-ahead in some form or other.Simmonds says that case is an example of residents being involved in the planning process and being listened to.He says a new planning charter for the future, Plan Your Brisbane, was seeking community input for the growth that was coming.Previous planning exercises – most recently City Shape, which is now about a decade old – identified that residents wanted to see any major developments around existing infrastructure, transport hubs and principal regional centres.That’s why there appears to be plenty of proposals and growth for areas such as West End, Toowong and Indooroopilly.Simmonds says growth brings with it new lifestyle opportunities for Brisbane residents, and plenty of positives.“I would say that residents’ feedback is never wasted, and it is often that applications go through significant amendments because of community concerns,’’ he says.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by But Berkman is concerned that there generally seems to be enough “wiggle room’’ in planning schemes for applications to get through eventually, in one form or another.So while neighbourhood plans have height limits, they are not necessarily binding.He says there are a number of ways to give the local community a louder voice.“First and foremost is to give neighbourhood plans some real teeth, because they are one of the most fine-grained planning instruments that you can refer to within the system,’’ he says.“Ultimately, I think we need to swing the pendulum back the other way so there is more impact assessment development.“That is a very simple way to give communities more rights to be involved.“Then submissions made by community members are required to be taken into account, and also, if any given community member makes a submission on a project, they do have appeal rights.last_img read more

Chris Trotter on Labour’s attitude towards parents

first_imgBowalleyRoad Blog 16 March 2018Family First Comment: “By adopting this impeccably “progressive” stance, Andrew Kirton and his comrades have forced Labour back into the same perilous political position it took up to defend the so-called “anti-smacking” legislation. … Politically-speaking, it was the height of folly. Far too many of its working-class voters interpreted Labour’s stance on smacking as an implied criticism of the way they’d raised their kids. On this issue, Labour seems to be saying: “We’re not going to tell you that some drunken creep has groped your daughter/son during an out-of-control party at one of our summer schools, because we don’t believe you have the right to be informed.”” Exactly!“What were they thinking!?” That’s the question which thousands of New Zealanders put to their families, friends, workmates and, of course, to themselves, when they learned what had happened at Labour’s 2018 summer school…… Should New Zealand parents be surprised that a political party which seriously considered allowing 16-year-olds to vote, decided to allow the four 16-year-old victims of the summer school incident to set the parameters within which the rest of the world would be granted access to their own, extremely personal, experiences?By adopting this impeccably “progressive” stance, Andrew Kirton and his comrades have forced Labour back into the same perilous political position it took up to defend the so-called “anti-smacking” legislation.Morally-speaking, that was unquestionably the right thing to do. Politically-speaking, it was the height of folly. Far too many of its working-class voters interpreted Labour’s stance on smacking as an implied criticism of the way they’d raised their kids.On this issue, Labour seems to be saying: “We’re not going to tell you that some drunken creep has groped your daughter/son during an out-of-control party at one of our summer schools, because we don’t believe you have the right to be informed.”In the words of the irrepressible editor of The Daily Blog, Martyn Bradbury: “That position is utterly untenable to every single voting parent in NZ. And that this is the best excuse Labour could come up with since the event is a terrible blunder and political miscalculation. As the enormity of [Labour’s] defence sinks-in to every voting parent in the country, the backlash will grow and grow and grow.”Jacinda Ardern simply cannot allow that to happen.READ MORE: http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.co.nz/2018/03/school-for-scandal.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Pellegrini hails winning mentality

first_img There was a feeling City lacked the mental toughness of their rivals last season as they meekly surrendered the Barclays Premier League title they won in 2012. Pellegrini does not share that view of the squad he inherited in the summer and is bullish of his side’s chances ahead of Sunday’s eagerly-anticipated Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has claimed his players have a stronger winning mentality than their Manchester United counterparts. The Chilean said: “I don’t know what happened in the past but I know that our mentality in this moment is very strong, so strong or more strong than Manchester United.” City finished 11 points behind champions United last season. The significance of this weekend’s derby in local terms and in the wider context of the title race is not lost on Pellegrini. The 60-year-old said: “I don’t need to be here to know how important the derby is, but working here and living here I know it is a special game. “It is a match of six points. It is very important to win (against) one of the most important teams. “It is more important to win than not to lose.” Pellegrini may be new to the Manchester derby but he is no stranger to big rivalries having previously managed at Real Madrid and River Plate. Pellegrini, who has been living in a Manchester hotel since his appointment, said: “Real Madrid-Barcelona is a very important derby and River-Boca (Juniors) also, but when you live in the city every day you feel how important this derby is for the city of Manchester, for both sides. “The last week all the people are talking about the derby, I know it is a very important derby and the most important match for this club.” United are also finding their feet under a new manager after David Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer. Sunday’s clash will be the first Manchester derby since 1986 in which Ferguson has not been in the United dugout. Pellegrini believes former Everton boss Moyes was a good choice of successor for the long-serving Ferguson but has reminded him of the pressures he faces. He said: “It was no surprise because he has had a very good career here in England. “Maybe he didn’t win a title because it is very difficult to win a title if you are not at four or five teams but he has all the merits to be the manager of Manchester United. “It is impossible not to be under a lot of pressure, not in replacing Alex Ferguson but in managing Manchester United, or big teams. “You are always under big pressure but that is a good way to work because you know what you have to do.” Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Real Madrid players, coaches reduce salaries

first_imgNYRA says Zapata tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24 and was hospitalized two days later. He lived and worked at Belmont Park.___Sevilla has become the latest Spanish soccer club to put its players on furlough to reduce labor costs during the coronavirus pandemic.The club says the measure was needed because it was significantly affected financially by the stoppage of competitions in Spain and Europe.It says it reached an initial agreement with the first-team players and coaches regarding their salaries but no details were immediately released. The report concludes the jump indicates that entry levels of tennis “were deliberately targeted” as the sport moved toward suspension because of the outbreak of COVID-19.All pro tours are on hold until at least mid-July.___The players and coach on Switzerland’s national soccer team have declined to take more than 1 million Swiss francs ($1.03 million) of payments that were due from their federation in 2020.The team was scheduled to play in the now-postponed European Championship in June and had two games in Qatar canceled last month because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___Former French rugby player Christophe Pras has died after getting infected by the coronavirus.Several of his former clubs announced the death. He was 35.The former under-18 France international had a short-lived professional career before going into coaching.Pras is survived by his wife and two children. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Real Madrid’s players and coaches have agreed to voluntarily reduce their salaries by at least 10% to help offset lost revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The club says 360 employees in total will be affected. It says workers who can continue doing their jobs remotely will not go on furlough.The current contracts will remain valid after the furloughs end.Barcelona and Atlético Madrid had already requested government furloughs to reduce labor costs. They reached agreements with players to reduce their salaries by 70%.The league said Tuesday eight teams had already requested the furloughs. It expected nearly all clubs in Spain to eventually reach agreements for the reduction of salaries of their players.The Spanish league estimates $1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in losses if the competition can’t resume. Beset by injuries during his NBA career, Walton has found an outlet by cycling. His custom bike has a Grateful Dead paint job and the former UCLA great can often be seen riding around San Diego. He has often ridden in various stages of the Tour of California.“With the global health coronavirus crisis changing everything for everybody these days, we are doing something about and for the exacerbated challenges that so many of our communities now face, not the least of which are food and medical care,” Walton said.___The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals are teaming with State Farm to donate 1 million meals to local food banks to help families during the new coronavirus crisis.The team said on Wednesday that the number of people seeking help from local food banks has more than doubled while the number of donations has decreased dramatically. The club said the decision applied to its soccer and basketball teams. Some top club executives have agreed to take pay cuts that could reach 20% “depending on the circumstances that may affect” the rest of the season.Fellow Spanish league club Sevilla also said Wednesday it would put its players and other employees on government furloughs to reduce labor costs during the pandemic. Barcelona and Atlético Madrid had already requested the government furloughs, reaching agreements with players to reduce their salaries by 70%. The Spanish league has estimated that clubs will lose a combined $1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) if the competition can’t resume because of the pandemic.___Premier League players have united to raise funds for British health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic and distribute them “where they are needed most.” Sabia died in his hometown of Potenza in southern Italy shortly after his father also died from the virus.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 In New Jersey, Monmouth Park has pushed back the opening of its stable area until June 1. That’s a month later than the planned opening. Live racing is set to start the Fourth of July weekend.The centerpiece of Monmouth Park’s summer season is the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 18. The winner of the 1 1/8 mile race earns a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. It also will serve as a prep race for the Kentucky Derby, now slated for Sept. 5.___A groom who worked at Belmont Park has died from complications of coronavirus.The New York Racing Association says Martin Zapata died Tuesday. The 63-year-old native of Panama had spent the past two years working for trainer Tom Morley in New York, which has been hard-hit by the pandemic. ___The group charged with monitoring tennis gambling and punishing corruption found a near-doubling in the number of suspect matches in the first three months of 2020. That is an increase it ties to the coronavirus pandemic.The London-based Tennis Integrity Unit’s quarterly report says it received a total of 38 alerts from the regulated betting industry about matches on lower-level tours from the start of the year through March 22.That is up from 21 in the same period of 2019.The 38 match alerts in the year’s first quarter break down as six from the ATP Challenger Tour and 16 apiece from the men’s and women’s International Tennis Federation World Tennis Tours. ___A two-time Olympic finalist in the 800 meters has died after getting infected with the coronavirus.The Italian Olympic Committee says Donato Sabia has died. He was 56.CONI says he is the first Italian Olympian to die with the virus.Sabia finished fifth in the 800 at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and seventh at the 1988 Seoul Games. He also won the 800 at the 1984 European Indoor Championships. The CHA serves nutritious meals to Ohio’s at-risk children, helping day care providers, day care centers, local school districts, and after-school and summer programs.A 10-time Pro Bowler, Thomas played 11 seasons in Cleveland before retiring after the 2017 season. Hawkins, who played college ball at Toledo, spent three seasons with the Browns and three with the Cincinnati Bengals.___Bobblehead Hall of Fame CEO Phil Sklar will present a virtual $100,000 check Wednesday afternoon to the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy after the Milwaukee-based museum launched a fundraising campaign with a Dr. Anthony Fauci bobblehead that became its best-seller ever. More than 20,000 orders had come in as of Wednesday from 50 states and a dozen-plus countries to support the “100 Million Mask Challenge.” The Fauci bobblehead was unveiled April 1. The creation features Fauci wearing a suit as he makes a motion showing how the nation needs to “flatten the curve” in the coronavirus pandemic.The museum picked Fauci because many people see the plain-speaking expert on the coronavirus as a hero right now, Sklar said. ___TCU football coach Gary Patterson and his wife, Kelsey, made a $50,000 donation to support the school’s Frog Family Crisis Fund.Athletic director Jeremiah Donati announced the donation in a tweet. The fund supports TCU students and their families who are in need during times such as the current pandemic. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says 2022 will be a “bonanza for athletics fans around the world” with the Commonwealth Games beginning in Birmingham, England, only three days after the track worlds.The 2022 Commonwealth Games are scheduled for July 27-Aug. 7 and the multisport European Championship is currently slated for Aug. 11-21 in Munich.World Athletics has also postponed the bidding processes for 2023 World Athletics Series events. They will now open in November 2020.___Formula One says it will furlough half of its staff until the end of May and senior executives will take pay cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic.center_img He says he is dealing with 150 contracts that are games-related but adds “we have no plans to let any staff go at the moment.”___The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, have been rescheduled for July 15-24, 2022.The event was pushed back a year because the Tokyo Olympics were delayed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The track worlds were originally scheduled for Aug. 6-15, 2021. Dozens of players took to social media to post a statement with the hashtag #PlayersTogether saying they have created the initiative in partnership with charities for Britain’s public health service NHS.The statement said “this is a critical time for our country and for our NHS, and we are determined to help in any way that we can.”However, it did not specify how much money the players themselves would be contributing.With the Premier League suspended indefinitely, players in England’s top flight have come under public pressure to cut their salaries to help clubs pay staff without using a government fund set up for the pandemic.___ The Latest: Real Madrid players, coaches reduce salaries The Cardinals have already made a $1 million donation to the Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund and organized three blood drives at State Farm Stadium to help boost the area’s shrinking blood supply. Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury was among those who donated blood.___Former Cleveland Browns teammates Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins have donated at least $50,000 to feed Ohio children affected by the coronavirus pandemic.Thomas and Hawkins, who since retiring from the NFL have partnered on a popular weekly podcast, also plan to match every dollar in contributions up to $50,000 to the Children’s Hunger Alliance.Donations can be made at https://childrenshungeralliance.org/thomahawk/. Associated Press ___Basketball Hall of Famer and noted cyclist Bill Walton is teaming with community leaders to stage the Bill Walton and Friends Inter-Galactic Bike for Humanity ride from 9-11 a.m. PDT on April 25 to benefit victims of the coronavirus pandemic and health care workers.Participants are encouraged to ride their bikes for up to two hours that day, anywhere they can practice social distancing at a minimum of 6 feet, 11 inches, in honor of Walton’s height. Organizers stress it is not a group ride and riding clusters are prohibited.All net proceeds will benefit various charities nationally and in Walton’s hometown of San Diego.It’s free to sign up on bikeforhumanity.com. Participants who make a $25 contribution will be mailed a Bike for Humanity medal. Those who contribute $50 will receive a medal and T-shirt. Those making a $250 contribution will receive a medal, T-shirt and autographed photograph card from Walton, and be entered in a drawing for prizes, including an all-expenses-paid trip to San Diego to ride with Walton. Riders who donate $5,000 will receive a medal, T-shirt and an all-expenses paid trip to San Diego to ride with Walton. The president of the International Paralympic Committee says the body has “cash-flow” problems because of the Olympic and Paralympic postponement until 2021.Andrew Parsons says about 5% of spending is being cut from the IPC’s budget. A 2018 financial report showed a budget of 24 million euros ($25.7 million).Parsons says the problem was due partly to broadcast rights holders who want to delay their payments until the product is delivered.Parsons says it’s not a question of “losing money” but rather some temporary belt tightening.He says “like all businesses we are tremendously affected by the COVID-19 crisis.” The shutdown of games has cost the Swiss soccer body millions of dollars.Federation chairman Dominique Blanc says it’s a “magnificent gesture” from the players.Blanc tested positive for the virus three weeks ago.Team captain Stephan Lichtsteiner says “we wanted to set an example and show solidarity.”___ The NFL is turning the league’s 2020 draft into a three-day fundraiser to help six charities dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The “Draft-A-Thon” announced Wednesday will benefit COVID-19 relief efforts and pay tribute to healthcare workers and first responders. The fundraiser will be featured during the draft April 23-25 to raise money for non-profits selected by the NFL Foundation: the American Red Cross, CDC Foundation’s All of Us, Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund for member food banks, Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund, the Salvation Army, and United Way’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. “The Draft-A-Thon will deliver much-needed funding to many who are suffering as well as those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Conducting this event virtually, and taking all necessary precautions while doing so, underscores the importance of staying home and staying strong during this unprecedented moment in our history.” F1 has postponed eight races so far this season and the Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled.F1 says senior leadership figures will take “voluntary pay cuts while still continuing to work and not in furlough.”CEO Chase Carey will take a “much deeper” pay cut.The McLaren and Williams teams had already put some staff on furlough schemes. McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have also taken pay cuts.The season is currently scheduled to begin in France on June 28. F1 management has said it still hopes to hold between 15 and 18 races this year in place of the original 22. April 8, 2020 Patterson is the second-longest tenured FBS head coach, going into his 20th season next fall leading the Horned Frogs. He was their defensive coordinator three seasons before that.___The opening of the stable area and training track at Saratoga in upstate New York and barn area at Monmouth Park in New Jersey is being delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Oklahoma training track at Saratoga was set to open April 15. The New York Racing Association says it has yet to decide an appropriate date to safely open.The delay does not impact the start of the Saratoga racing season which is scheduled to begin on July 16 and run through Sept. 7. The meet will be highlighted by the Travers and Whitney.last_img read more

Quade Green to Gerry McNamara: ‘I broke his heart today. Had to do what I had to do’

first_imgUPDATED: Nov. 21 at 4:15 p.m.PHILADELPHIA — Midway through a team scrimmage Saturday night at Neumann-Goretti (Pennsylvania) High School, Quade Green walked off the court. His mother handed him a backpack as he headed into the locker room. About 15 minutes later, he came out in a navy USA sweatshirt, sweatpants and sneakers, with a white towel wrapped around his neck to shield anybody from seeing the color — blue or orange — of his undershirt.In his backpack lay a Kentucky hat, which Green pulled out from underneath a table in the gym at Neumann-Goretti. That’s how Green, swarmed by a few hundred friends, family and community members, announced where he had decided to commit. His shirt underneath the towel was blue, too.The lure of Kentucky, college basketball’s most successful program in terms of both all-time wins and winning percentage, quashed Syracuse’s months-long hunt for one of the top high school players in the country. Every other weekend for the past few months, Green said, Gerry McNamara visited him. Syracuse wanted the high school senior. McNamara wanted him. And in a way, SU needed the floor general, as the Orange has only one commit from the 2017 class.But ESPN’s No. 2 rated player in Pennsylvania chose UK, a team that’s made four Final Four appearances since 2011. Green, who also had offers from Duke, Louisville and Villanova, had finalized his options to include UK and SU in the spring, referring to Saturday’s outcome as the result of a seven-month decision.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was really tough,” he said, shaking his head. “Shout out to G-Mac. I broke his heart today. Had to do what I had to do. Syracuse has been fighting hard for two years … The last week was probably the most stressful I’ve ever had in my life.”Green’s reason for choosing Kentucky was simple: head coach John Calipari told him he would be the starting point guard as a freshman. “That was the only pitch to me,” Green said, adding that it beckoned him enough to choose UK over a program that was among the first to offer him. Published on November 20, 2016 at 11:06 am Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img When SU offered Green in the summer of 2015, following his sophomore year, he was rated No. 43 by ESPN. Now, he’s No. 22. He would have joined Rick Jackson, Scoop Jardine, Dion Waiters and Rakeem Christmas as Philadelphia-area Syracuse players.The five-star guard signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, but did not make a formal announcement until Saturday night.There was a 39 percent chance he’d pick SU and 52 percent chance he’d pick UK, 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predicted. Yet Green swayed back and forth over the last few months, weeks and even days. Over the last couple of weeks, he spoke daily about the decision with his high school coach, Carl Arrigale. Two weeks ago, he watched Syracuse beat Colgate on opening night. On Tuesday, he sat courtside at Madison Square Garden to watch Kentucky beat Michigan State.“This kid had a hard, hard time this week,” Arrigale said. “He had a lot of love for Syracuse’s coaching staff. If he could have put himself in two places, he would have.“He feels a little bit like he was letting Gerry down.”At practice on Saturday afternoon, Green walked with a different pace, possessing a different way about him, his coach said. The Saints’ three-year starter was looser and more relaxed than he was the rest of the week. Green had spoken with Syracuse football junior wide receiver Jamal Custis, whom Green played basketball with as a freshman at Neumann-Goretti. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Green would have joined forward Oshae Brissett as Syracuse’s second commit from the 2017 class.Green would have been Syracuse’s 22nd ESPN Top 100 commit since 2010. In that time, Kentucky has landed the most ESPN Top 100 recruits. With Green’s commitment, it now has the nation’s best recruiting class coming to its campus next fall, per ESPN.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, Quade Green’s signing status as of Saturday night was misstated. Green signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, but did not make a formal announcement until Saturday night. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Commentslast_img read more

Black & Gold: Dominant LAFC will beat rival LA Galaxy

first_imgThis LAFC team has the ability to beat the Galaxy for the first time. It is important to note that the Galaxy’s only two wins against LAFC came at its home stadium, while Thursday night’s playoff matchup will be at LAFC’s Banc of California Stadium.  Not only did the team’s star forward Carlos Vela surpass the previous record for scores in a season with his 34-goal effort, but LAFC also set a new league record for most points in a season with 72. Beyond that, the club tied for the fewest losses in a season, matched the LA Galaxy’s record for most goals scored and achieved the best goal differential of all time. LAFC has drawn a lot of buzz entering its second playoff run, with many fans curious to see how far its recent success on the field can take the club this time around. Last season (LAFC’s inaugural year), it was knocked out at home in the first round. The first matchup between the two teams warned all of us how unpredictable and exciting this rivalry could be. On March 31, 2018, LAFC gave up a 3-0 lead to lose 4-3 to the Galaxy — its first loss as a franchise. Since that first matchup, LAFC’s record against the Galaxy is 0-1-3. For Los Angeles Football Club, this season has been one for the books, literally. It would also be naive to dismiss the passionate and undying support of LAFC’s fans. Given the stakes of Thursday’s game, playing at the Banc will be more important than ever. With the audible support of the 3252 and the rest of the stadium, LAFC will want the MLS Cup just as much as they do. I am confident the Galaxy will not stop LAFC’s pursuit of the MLS Cup. The team’s home advantage, coupled with a healthy Vela, will help LAFC claim its first El Tráfico victory at the perfect time to bring it one step closer to a championship. This game is not just a matchup of two Los Angeles teams but of the biggest stars in the MLS. Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is second in the league to Vela in scoring with 30 goals. center_img Both Ibrahimovic and Vela are captains of their respective teams. Vela seems to have embraced this role more fully and to have used it more effectively as a true team player. Looking at their numbers, Vela has 15 assists while Ibrahimovic has 7. Beyond the pitch, Vela clearly understands the team aspect of the sport more than Ibrahimovic, who seems to put himself and his play on a high pedestal. LAFC’s conference-best record earned the team a first-round bye and a bid in Thursday’s semifinal game against the crosstown rival LA Galaxy. Johannah Suegay is a sophomore writing about LAFC. Her column, “Black & Gold,” runs every other Thursday. As in any sport, the playoffs are a whole different ball game. Rivalries, regular season records and past matchups can be forgotten. Every player knows that a loss means bidding farewell to the chance of hoisting the MLS Cup, and with the success LAFC has had this year, anything short of a championship would be disappointing to its fans and all those who watched the team dominate throughout the season. The rivalry between the Galaxy and LAFC is called “El Tráfico” — a name that refers to L.A.’s infamous traffic congestion. The excitement surrounding the game — especially given that it’s a semifinal — is only heightened due to the team’s short but intense rivalry. While these past results favor the Galaxy, El Tráfico’s sixth iteration will be unlike any previous matchup between the two rivals. last_img read more

Venue decided for County Football Final

first_imgSouth Tipp teams Moyle Rovers and Clonmel Commercials will face off in the decider which will throw in at 4.30. Commercials defeated the Aherlow Gaels by four points in the semi final last weekend, while an intense finish saw Moyle Rovers come out on top against Arravale Rovers in their encounter. The match will be broadcast live here on Tipp FM.last_img

NBA, LA Clippers vs LA Lakers 2019-20: Match preview and team news

first_imgAlso read | Dream11: LAC Vs LAL Team News, Predictions Ahead Of NBA Season OpenerTeam news and Pre-season form: Clippers vs LakersLA Clippers:The pre-season saw the Clippers lose thrice as coach Doc Rivers continued to tinker with his starting five.The Clippers added Kawhi Leonard to their roster from last season’s champions Toronto Raptors and Paul George into their squad. Suddenly, they have become the team to beat this season. The team also extended Patrick Beverley’s contract in a solid decision by both sides. Also, an underrated acquisition made by the Clippers saw Maurice Harkless join the side to add more to their bench strength.Also read | NBA: LA Clippers Team Profile And News Ahead Of The New CampaignKey arrivals: Paul George (trade), Kawhi Leonard (free agent), Maurice Harkless (trade), Patrick Patterson (free agent), Mfiondu Kabengele (draft)Key departures: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Garrett Temple, Wilson Chandler, Danilo GallinariAmir Coffey, Rodney McGruder and Paul George are currently out with injuries for the Clippers. 10 months ago Lakers, Clippers set to star in wide-open NBA season SUBSCRIBE TO US Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers are set to lock horns on the opening day of the NBA 2019/20 season, which is set to take their rivalry to another level. Clippers, who have made a major acquisition in Kawhi Leonard, are the early title favourites heading into the new season. On the other hand, the LeBron James-led Lakers are themselves looking for a major statement after missing out on the playoffs last season. We look at the team news, match preview ahead of the game. 10 months ago LeBron James: NBA vs China heats up, as James distances himself 10 months ago Dream11: DAL vs LAC NBA pre-season predictions, squad updates & news 🏀🔜👏 #KiaTipOff19 on TNT, ESPN & NBA TV begins October 22… & IT’S ANYONE’S GAME! pic.twitter.com/R7ZgI6CbLv— NBA (@NBA) October 19, 2019 10 months ago Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng retires from the NBA after 15 years Written By COMMENT First Published: 21st October, 2019 19:53 ISTcenter_img WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW US Last Updated: 21st October, 2019 19:53 IST NBA, LA Clippers Vs LA Lakers 2019-20: Match Preview And Team News NBA 2019/20: Clippers take on Lakers on October 23. We look at the team & news for the sides and a detailed match preview ahead of the game on NBA opening day. WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago NBA: Lakers beat Warriors 126-93 to secure a dominating pre-season win Burnin’ the weekend oil. 🧰 pic.twitter.com/IEgEvulw4r— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) October 21, 2019 LA LakersThe Lakers had a mixed pre-season, suffering three losses while winning two. James, who was majorly distracted due to the ongoing rift between the NBA and China, would be hoping to move past the scenario and focus on the upcoming season.Frank Vogel replaced Walton as a coach and brings the experience that the latter lacked. The Lakers addressed their shooting needs, signing Danny Green and Jared Dudley. Also, new signing Anthony Davis has the unique skills to complement LeBron James and restore the winning atmosphere at Staples CenterAlso read | NBA: A Look At What To Expect From The Western Conference This SeasonKey arrivals: Anthony Davis (trade), DeMarcus Cousins (free agency), Avery Bradley (free agency), Danny Green (free agency), Jared Dudley (free agency), Dwight Howard (free agency), Frank Vogel (coach)Key departures: Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Luke Walton, Magic JohnsonDeMarcus Cousins is out for the season as he is suffering from a knee injury. He is joined by Alex Caruso and Dwight Howard on the treatment table. Kyle Kuzma is also out for the opener with a foot injury.STARTING 5: LA ClippersPatrick Beverley, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, JaMychal Green, Ivica Zubac Key ReservesLou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Landry Shamet LA LakersLeBron James, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo, Kyle Kuzma Key ReservesDwight Howard, Danny Green, Jared Dudley Also read | NBA Pre-season Games: Houston Rockets Vs San Antonio Spurs ReportWhen and where to watchWhen: October 23, 2019, 8:00 AM ISTWhere: SONY SIX, SONY LIV Sujay Chakraborty last_img read more

WATCH PHOTOS: Arsene Wenger falls after Liverpool defeat

first_imgArsenal coach Arsene Wenger, slipped on his way into Liverpool Lime Street Station after the 5-1 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.last_img