Banten extends PSBB until Aug. 8

first_img He called for stricter enforcement of health protocols to ensure public safety during the course of the extension.“Don’t let leniency breed violations,” Wahidin added.Banten Deputy Governor Andika Hazrumy said the administration had recently recorded a decline in confirmed cases.“Banten province now ranks 13th after previously ranking 12th a week ago on the national [COVID-19] transmission ranking,” he said.According to the official government count, Banten had 1,719 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 85 deaths as of Saturday. (rfa)Topics : The Banten provincial administration has, once again, extended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infection in the region.Banten Governor Wahidin Halim said PSBB would be extended until Aug. 8 and that the policy would allow businesses to remain open, albeit with renewed emphasis on physical distancing and personal hygiene.“[The administration] has coordinated with other regions that have imposed PSBB because a number of cases in Banten came from outside the province,” Wahidin said after a meeting of administration officials on Saturday, as quoted by read more

AFC moves all East Asia Champions League games to Qatar

first_img“We are extremely grateful for the outstanding support of the QFA (Qatar Football Association),” AFC secretary general Dato Windsor John said in a statement, which did not detail reasons for the change in venue.”We can now build on the success of the AFC Champions League (West) while looking forward to the remaining exciting matches in Asia’s premier club competition.”Steve Corica, head coach of Sydney FC, one of three Australian teams in the competition, said that with the details set in stone, his side could now look forward to the challenge ahead.”It’s pleasing to now know where we’ll be playing and when, and we’re looking forward to the trip providing we get the right bio-security clearances and approvals,” he said. “We have unfinished business in Group H and the boys are really looking forward to getting stuck back in against the best in Asia.”The Asian Champions League was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. West zone games were moved to Qatar where they resumed last month.Despite stringent bio-security measures, several teams were affected by the novel coronavirus, with last year’s winners Al Hilal axed from the competition after they reached the knockout phase with a game to spare.The Saudi side had 30 players and staff infected by COVID-19 and so were unable to field the minimum number of players required for their final group match.Topics : The Asian Football Confederation on Friday said it has moved all remaining Asian Champions League games for East zone sides to Qatar from Malaysia.The games, including remaining group matches, will now take place from Nov. 18 to Dec. 13 in Doha, which earlier this week saw the conclusion of West zone matches where Iran’s Persepolis advanced to the Dec. 19 final at an as yet undecided venue.East zone sides hail from China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Australia and Thailand.last_img read more

Hundreds Of Would Be Migrants Rescued En-route To Europe

first_imgLibyan coast guards have rescued about 150 migrants, including women and children, off the country’s coast, as they attempted to reach Europe. This comes at a time when European members of the United Nations Security Council are drafting a resolution to authorise interventions to seize vessels on the high seas, and in Libyan territorial waters, in a bid to combat migrant smuggling across the Mediterranean Sea.last_img

Hadan nominated for national RPM promoter award

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Eagle Raceway promoter Roger Hadan is one of six nomi­nees for the prestigious Auto Racing Promoter of the Year award given by Racing Promotion Monthly.The ARPY winner will be announced Feb. 17 during the Speedweek national workshop in Daytona Beach, Fla.“This is a big deal for us, knowing that Eagle Raceway has earned this kind of reputation and that we have to do everything we can to uphold it,” said Hadan, previously nominated from RPM’s Great Plains Region in 2011. “We want Eagle Raceway to continue to be a great track that drivers and fans want to go to.”The eastern Nebraska venue continues to boast some of, if not the highest weekly average car counts in the nation for the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact divi­sions.IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars were added with equal success to Saturday race programs last season and more than 50 drivers from nine states competed at the inaugural Sprint Car Super Nationals“We continue trying to come up with new ideas to keep fans coming to the track, such as events like the Sprint Car Super Nationals,” Hadan said. “The drivers like them and they’re affordable for us because we don’t have to pay sanction fees to big-name organizations.”A former driver, Hadan co-promoted a handful of successful specials before purchasing Eagle from Craig Cormack. He and wife Michelle have operated the track since 2006.Daughter Racine is now part of the management team and her duties include social media.“I’d venture to say that no one does more with social media than we do,” Hadan said. “We probably do 90 percent on the social media end of it where it used to be 10 percent. We are really raising the bar on social media.”“From car count and grandstand perspectives to a general promotional standpoint, Roger, Michelle and their staff surpass any means of measuring success for a race track,” said IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root. “The nomination along is well deserved. We expect Roger to be a very serious contender for the national award.”last_img read more

IMCA One Night Stand on Aug. 6 card at LaSalle Speedway

first_imgLaSALLE, Ill. – More money is on the line when three IMCA divisions return to LaSalle Speedway for the second annual One Night Stand special on Saturday, Aug. 6.IMCA Late Models race for $3,000 to win, Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods both for $2,000.The Modified feature is a qualifying event for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance Illinois State points will be awarded in all three divisions. Modifieds also vie for BMS North Central Region points.Minimum start money is $300 for the Late Models, $200 for the Modifieds and $125 for the SportMods. Tow money in all three divisions is $75 and there are no entry fees.Spectator admission is $25 for adults and free for kids 11 and under. Pit passes are $35.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with time trials to follow.The track website is More information is available on Facebook and Twitter, or by calling the track at 815 223-6900 or Brad Hines at 309 716-0024.last_img read more

Players ‘using loans to fund bets’

first_img Players are so desperate to bet they are taking out short-term loans before turning to the charity for help, chief executive Colin Bland told BBC Radio Five Live. The charity, which helps sportsmen and women deal with addiction, has dealt with one footballer who has lost an estimated £7million in three years of gambling. Footballers are resorting to payday loans to fund their gambling habits, according to charity Sporting Chance. Etherington revealed he had started gambling as a young player at Tottenham when he would bet £20 a time on greyhound races but his addiction escalated when he moved to West Ham. “That’s when it became a problem. I started going to the bookies during the day,” he added. “It just snowballed to where I was frequently spending my month’s wages and then lending money off loan sharks and towards the end it got very, very bad. “It never got to the point where I was threatened physically or anything like that but I couldn’t always pay it back because I was gambling it away. There were a few heated conversations.” Etherington finally got help when he moved to Stoke and his family gave him an ultimatum in September 2009. But he claims a general ignorance of what he calls an illness does not help, particularly among people who criticise footballers who become gambling addicts because of the large sums of money they earn. “They just think I’m stupid which I think is quite naive. There is such ignorance about addiction,” he added” Press Association “It’s not uncommon for us to have a footballer who has turned up that’s in a circle of payday loans and gambling,” said Bland. “One of the (footballers) I was talking to sort of said ‘actually one of the problems is I can afford to place these bets’. “We’ve worked with players who have lost up to £7million in three years in gambling. But the particular young man I’m talking about said ‘it’s the quantity of bets I’m placing. “I’m placing 50 bets a day. All I’m thinking about is my next bet or my last bet. It’s affecting my life, it’s affecting my performance, it’s affecting my marriage. It’s affecting what sort of father I can be’.” Bland added: “We’ve had sportsmen who have got caught in the scenario of taking out payday loans to place those bets. We’ve had several of those over the last couple of years. The vicious circle continues.” Sporting Chance works over a whole range of sports but is best known for helping former football players, such as former England international Paul Gascoigne, deal with addiction. Stoke winger Matthew Etherington admitted he would have turned to payday lenders when he was gambling but because they were not an option he instead went to loan sharks. Etherington, who has reportedly lost £1.5million in gambling on greyhounds, horse racing and poker, told Five Live: “I don’t think the payday loans were about when I was gambling otherwise I would probably be one of (the players using payday loans) myself.” last_img read more

Lancaster expecting strong Ireland

first_img Heaslip could miss the rest of Ireland’s quest to defend their Six Nations crown, after suffering three fractured vertebrae in his back during Saturday’s 18-11 victory over France. The 31-year-old has been sidelined for at least the next month, so will miss the tournament-defining Dublin battle against England on March 1. Press Association Stuart Lancaster has denied that the loss of “very intelligent player” Jamie Heaslip will hand England an edge in the pivotal RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland. Lancaster revealed that on video reviews of England’s 47-17 Italy victory, the most common voice was that of 24-year-old Kruis. The former Leeds coach revealed England’s rearguard cry as “hammer the defence” – Kruis’ most common refrain against the Azzurri. “George Kruis’ strengths are his athleticism and fitness, his ability to go 80 minutes,” said Lancaster. “What’s really impressive is the energy he brings to the team and his ability to communicate on the field. “When we review the game, you hear it through the ref-mic and the one voice you can hear above all the others is George Kruis’. “We call it ‘hammer the defence’, and the only voice you can hear is George shouting ‘hammer, hammer, hammer’. “He really does talk well and bring a lot of energy to the team. “Now he understands what international rugby is about I think he’s adapted really well.” France lock Pascal Pape is expected to face a hefty ban for the knee to the back that caused Heaslip’s injury, but Lancaster does not expect his side to profit from the Leinster man’s absence. “He’s a very intelligent player, very high quality,” said England head coach Lancaster of Ireland number eight Heaslip. “The guys who have worked with him in the Lions – Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree – regard him highly. “But in the same way we miss one or two players as well. I still think it’ll be a very competitive Ireland pack. “With Cian Healy back in, their starting front row and their bench front row will be equally strong.” Ireland and England are now the only two unbeaten teams left in this year’s Six Nations, so will meet for a potential title decider at the Aviva Stadium in less than two weeks. England boss Lancaster fully expects to face a host of specifically-engineered plays from Ireland chief Joe Schmidt in Dublin, but can also reasonably predict a brutal battle in the pack. Northampton lock Courtney Lawes could yet be fit to compete for selection to face Ireland, but Lancaster has hailed the growing Test influence of Saracens’ fast-improving George Kruis. last_img read more

Women of Troy brace for formidable road challenge

first_imgComing off a humbling week that included losses to No. 10 California and No. 2 Stanford, the USC women’s tennis team embarks on its first Pac-10 road trip this weekend, making stops at Oregon and Washington State.Coming on strong · The play of freshman Kaitlyn Christian has been instrumental as of late despite losses to California and Stanford. – Murugappan Aroonachalam | Daily Trojan The past week’s competition proved too much for USC coach Richard Gallien’s squad, as evidenced by senior Maria Sanchez’s first loss in 24 games (to Cal’s Jana Juricova).Though back-to-back losses to two top-10 teams isn’t always cause for concern, the defeats taste even more bitter because they came at the hands of in-conference rivals.One of the bright spots for USC (11-5, 1-2) during its recent slump has been the development of freshman Kaitlyn Christian.Although she only split her two games last week, Christian notched USC’s only singles win against the Golden Bears taking down No. 57 Annie Goransson in straight sets and taking No. 11 Nicole Gibbs of Stanford into a second-set tiebreaker before falling 6-3, 7-6 (6-3).In doubles, she and Sanchez have risen from No. 80 to No. 5 in the most recent polls. Last week, the pair took down both Cal and Stanford’s top-three ranked doubles squads in succession.For sophomore Danielle Lao, the upcoming road trip will give her time to regroup as she tries to regain her health. Lao hasn’t been in good form since she started to have elbow trouble.“This is a great opportunity to get a couple of tough wins and see if we can regain a little momentum before we head to the desert next weekend,” Gallien said. “I am really optimistic that we will play well.”As Oregon (7-9, 1-4) and Washington State (10-8, 0-5) feature just one ranked potential matchup among them (Oregon’s No. 116 Pavlina Smatova), USC hopes it will be able to bounce back and return to its winning ways.last_img read more

Josh Shaw ruled eligible to play in 2012

first_imgRedshirt sophomore safety Josh Shaw announced to reporters following Thursday’s practice that his hardship waiver had been granted a few hours earlier, and he would be eligible to play this season.“It got approved. I’m good to go,” Shaw said.He said that the anticipation was tough.“We were optimistic the whole time, but [since] it took so long … we were like, ‘Man, why is it taking so long?’ But I’m just happy that it’s gotten approved and I’ll be able to play this year,” Shaw said.Shaw, who recorded 21 tackles while appearing in seven games for the Florida Gators, transferred to USC in early January and had been waiting on news about his playing status since his arrival on campus. He is expected to have an immediate impact on the Trojans’ secondary and possibly compete for a starting job.“[I want to] come out here and contribute to the team however I can,” Shaw said. “My goal is to be a starter here for the Trojans. This offseason, that’s what I’ll be focusing on.”Shaw said he will try to adapt to his new surroundings with the help of one of a fellow safety, who he’s getting to know very quickly.“Honestly, the biggest advantage for me is I’m T.J. McDonald’s roommate,” Shaw said. “So every day I’m asking him questions and he knows football. We were up last night until about 1 a.m. just going over football stuff. He really knows his stuff, so I’ll pick his brain as much as I can. I know it’s going to help me when I get out there.”USC coach Lane Kiffin said he was happy to see a positive resolution in Shaw’s case, which allowed him to forgo sitting out next season.“That was great,” Kiffin said. “It’s good for the team obviously, but [also] because he’s such a neat kid and he really does a lot outside of here. Just really happy for him.”As for the new safety’s potential role with the team, Kiffin believes Shaw has a chance to compete for a starting spot right away.“Sure, he could [start],” Kiffin said. “Somebody who has already played down in the [Southeastern Conference], played for [Florida]. He has all the right tools.”Kiffin was also quick to compliment his secondary as a whole, one that he says has made major strides over the spring.“Our defensive backs are extremely improved,” Kiffin said. “I think they’re playing far better than they’ve ever played since we were here. It’d be pretty neat to see what it’s like to play some pass defense and have some three-and-outs and get some interceptions.”Meanwhile, the Trojans remain banged up on both sides of the ball, as redshirt freshman cornerback Ryan Henderson, senior linebacker Dallas Kelley, junior linebacker Marquis Simmons, redshirt sophomore tight end Randall Telfer and freshman wide receiver Victor Blackwell were unable to participate Thursday. Kiffin hopes to have Henderson and Blackwell back on Saturday, which will be the final spring practice for the Trojans.Saturday’s practice will not have tackling, but Kiffin said he still has some objectives for his team to accomplish.“Stay healthy, number one, and really just play some down the line guys, get them some snaps,” Kiffin said.last_img read more

Syracuse cycling club a mix of SU and ESF, new and experienced riders

first_imgExperience doesn’t matter to cycling club president John Paul Donahue.“Nobody should be turned away from this club,” Donahue said. “We welcome people of all skill levels, and (we) ride at the pace of the slowest member when doing group bikes.”There are no tryouts or cuts, and the cycling club mixes students between Syracuse and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Of the 12 members currently in the club, Donahue said it’s almost an even split. There are four officers in the club, two from each University.“It’s really cool that SU allows ESF students to take part in their clubs,” said Donahue, an ESF student. “It definitely creates more opportunities to have friendships with students at SU.”The club takes part in about six race weekends a year, which senior club member Stephen Nemy called the best part of the club. The team travels to away races together and, before the events, it holds team dinners to talk strategy. At the end of the weekend, the racers eat out and recap the trip.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen biking throughout campus, Nemy knows others don’t necessarily think he’s training for competitive racing.“I guess people think I’m the Jimmy John’s guy,” Nemy said, “so that’s made me a lot of friends.”Nemy likes race weekends because he enjoys the four- to- five-hour car rides packed in with teammates. Then, the races start, each member supports one another, Nemy said.Sierra Jech, a club officer from Wyoming, added she finds it a great way to experience central New York’s landscape. The club allowed her to significantly improve as a cycler, Jech said, which made her more competitive for triathlons she competed in this fall.Cycling in upstate New York, Donahue said, has helped him de-stress.“This is a social club more than anything,” Donahue said. “The family environment is what matters most, rather than the cycling.”The members of the cycling club enjoy what they do, even if it means being mistaken for the Jimmy John’s guy once in awhile. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 24, 2017 at 12:18 am Contact Jake: last_img read more