Driver Dead in Oakdale Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 68-year-old man who may have suffered a medical emergency died in a car crash in his hometown of Oakdale on Tuesday evening, Suffolk County police said.Matthew Traub was driving his Prius eastbound on Montauk Highway when it crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and struck an unoccupied parked vehicle in a strip mall parking lot at 6:45 p.m., police said. The first parked vehicle flipped over and struck a second parked vehicle that had two people inside.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine his cause of death.A woman struck in the third vehicle refused medical attention, and her passenger was not hurt.Fifth Squad detectives impounded the victim’s vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8552.last_img read more

Feds: Ed Mangano & John Venditto Charged In Bribery, Kickback & Extortion Scheme

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Timothy Bolger, Rashed Mian & Christopher TwarowskiNassau County Executive Ed Mangano, his wife Linda, and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were indicted on federal corruption charges for an alleged bribery scheme, fraud, extortion and lying to investigators.Prosecutors unsealed the 13-count indictment shortly before the trio was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at Central Islip federal court. Authorities allege Ed Mangano and Venditto conspired between 2010 and last year to use their power to back loans for and award contracts to a businessman, who in turn gave them kickbacks and a $450,000 no-show job for Linda. All three have pleaded not guilty.“Sady, we’re again confronted with public officials who have allegedly abused their positions of trust, in this case, the highest-ranking elected official in Nassau County, and in the Town of Oyster Bay, for their own corrupt benefit,” Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, told reporters during a news conference.Prosecutors did not identify the businessman—described in court documents as a co-conspirator—whose bribes were allegedly solicited, but he was widely reported to be Harendra Singh, the Syosset-based restaurateur charged last year with fraud and bribing an Oyster Bay official.The county executive and town supervisor helped the co-conspirator have Oyster Bay back four loans worth a combined $20 million used to perform capital improvements to his restaurants—money used to renovate both eateries that the co-conspirator was contracted to run in town parks and his own private businesses, Capers said. The co-conspirator defaulted on the last two loans, prosecutors said.In a separate alleged scheme, the county executive awarded the co-conspirator a $200,000 contract to provide food for the Office of Emergency Management in the two months after Sandy, authorities said.In exchange for the loans and contract, the co-conspirator gave Linda a “no-show” job from ’10 to ’14 at one of his restaurants, paid for various hotel and travel expenses as well as a new wood floor in his bedroom, and gave him free meal, a massage chair and a Panerai Luminor watch worth $7,304, prosecutors said. The co-conspirator also gave Venditto free limousine rides, discounted catering service for campaign fundraisers and use of a conference room at one of his restaurants, authorities said.Later, the Manganos and Venditto all made false statements to investigators looking into the scheme, prosecutors said. All three face up to 20 years in prison, if convicted. Earlier Thursday, Long Island Republican state Senators Jack Martins, Carl Marcellino and Kemp Hannon, outside the Nassau County Legislature in Mineola, called for Mangano and Venditto’s resignation, urging legislators and the Oyster Bay Town Board to immediately begin the process to replace them. Martins, who’s currently running for U.S. Congress, said he didn’t speak with local GOP leadership prior to the senators’ impromptu press conference, stressing that it was important government work continue “undistracted.” Nassau Republican Party boss Joe Mondello did not return a request for comment as of press time. His counterpart, Democratic Committee Chair Jay Jacobs, issued a statement characterizing Thursday as “a sad day for Nassau County and a sad day for Ed Mangano, John Venditto and their families,” adding that if true, the allegations “represent a great widespread betrayal of the voters’ trust. Regardless of the legal outcome, there can no longer be any doubt that ‘business as usual’ in Nassau County politics and government must come to an end. The public’s demand for honest, credible and effective government requires it.”Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas, whose office began investigating the county’s contract awarding system after disgraced ex-State Sen. Dean Skelos, a Republican, was arrested on corruption charges, said in a statement that reform throughout the current county administration has been a long time coming.“More than a year ago, I said that Nassau’s archaic financial and oversight practices were a recipe for corruption and I proposed comprehensive reforms that the Legislature and County Executive have stonewalled,” she said. “Today’s charges and our investigations underscore the importance of passing strict ethics and oversight reforms to protect taxpayers, and I renew my call for immediate action to drain this cesspool of corruption and restore confidence in the integrity of our government.” Nassau Presiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves, a Republican, in a statement, said she and the legislature were “alarmed by the allegations, but must allow the legal process to play out. In the meantime, it is our mission to ensure that the operations of County government are unaffected and that we continue to provide the services our residents expect and deserve.” Main Art: Not Smiling Anymore: Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto (L), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (R), and his wife Linda (Not Pictured) were arrested Thursday, October 20, 2016 and indicted on federal corrupution charges including a bribery scheme, obstruction of justice and extortion. (Long Island Press / Christopher Twarowski)last_img read more

Dengue fever expanding its foothold in Texas

first_img Since many dengue infections are asymptomatic or do not prompt the person to seek medical care, health investigators also conducted serologic surveys in Brownsville and Matamoros, the report says. No deaths were reported, but 16 of the 25 Cameron County cases and 34 of the 104 Matamoros cases met the WHO criteria for DHF. (More thorough lab testing of the US cases may have accounted for the higher proportion of DHF found there, the report notes.) Eleven of the 50 DHF cases were classified as WHO grade III, or dengue shock syndrome, with “early or mild evidence of hypotension or shock,” and the rest were listed as grade II. A dengue outbreak in the Brownsville, Tex., area in 2005 involved 25 hospital cases, 16 of which were classified as DHF, the CDC reports in the Aug 10 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Health officials on both sides of the border subsequently increased their surveillance for dengue cases, the report says. In December, officials reviewed the medical records of 129 patients who had been hospitalized with evidence of dengue fever, including 25 patients in Cameron County, Tex., and 104 treated in Matamoros, Mexico. Aug 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Dengue fever is gaining a firmer foothold in southern Texas, putting residents at risk for the most dangerous form of the disease, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. About 2 months after the Brownsville woman’s case, in late August of 2005, Mexican health officials in Tamaulipas state, across the border from Brownsville, told their Texas counterparts that a dengue fever outbreak in the state had grown to 1,251 cases. Those included 223 cases (17.8%) classified as DHF. In the previous 5 years, 541 dengue cases, including just 20 DHF cases, had been reported in the state. The CDC says the woman’s illness marked the first DHF case in a Texas resident native to the Texas-Mexico border area. A locally acquired DHF case in the area was reported in 2004, but the patient was originally from Southeast Asia and probably had acquired her first dengue infection there, the report says. The 2005 outbreak in the Brownsville area was heralded by a DHF case in a Brownsville woman who fell ill in late June. When she was hospitalized there, doctors missed the dengue diagnosis, even though her clinical characteristics met World Health Organization (WHO) criteria for DHF. Eventually the diagnosis was made through serum testing by the Texas Border Infectious Disease Surveillance project.center_img In Matamoros, 101 of 131 people tested had IgG antibodies to dengue, signaling a weighted prevalence of 76.6%. In Brownsville the investigators found IgG antibodies in 47 of 141 people tested, for a weighted prevalence of 38.2%. The report adds, “The finding that 38% of surveyed Brownsville residents have IgG antibodies to dengue indicates that a substantial proportion of the city population has been infected with the dengue virus and might be more susceptible to DHF if they receive a second infection” with a different serotype. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease found in most tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The virus occurs in four serotypes, and infection with any one of these induces immunity only to that serotype, according to the CDC. A second infection with a different serotype increases a person’s risk for DHF, which involves bleeding and the possibility of life-threatening shock. “Entomologic, serologic and virologic conditions are now such that locally acquired DHF can occur in south Texas,” the CDC asserts. Two mosquito species that spread the virus, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopticus, are well established there. Clinicians and the public in southern Texas should be aware of the risk of dengue and DHF, the CDC advises. “Early recognition and diagnosis of DHF and careful fluid management can reduce the case-fatality rate in cases with shock to less than 1%,” the report states. CDC. Dengue hemorrhagic fever—U.S.-Mexico border, 2005. MMWR 2007 Aug 10;56(31):785-9 [Full text]last_img read more

Istra Outdoor Experience is an example of how tourism is strategically developed. The magic word is synergy

first_imgIstra Outdoor Experience is an informal association of companies in the municipality of Barban that offer active holidays and bring together over 10 partners. A miracle, but it also exists in Lijepa naša and in our tourism. The thing is very simple. Together, small entrepreneurs have done great miracles and contributed to the development of a quality offer for active tourism in the interior of Istria.They offer various activities such as horseback riding, adrenaline park, kayaking, cycling, cycling, quads, and as this year’s novelty attraction and novelty will offer a gyrocopter (a combination of airplane and helicopter) and much more. “Everyone is in tourism they are in favor of unification, but we in our small Municipality of Barban have succeeded in that – and now everyone is wondering and asking how we are succeeding in that. The answer is simple. First of all because we want to extend the season. We want it to last from mid-March until mid-November because we know that Istria has these opportunities. Istria can offer guests a lot all 12 months of the year. demand is growing higher and higher from year to year, and so every year we grow about 30 percent. Every year, more and more partners join us, which makes us happy, because the more of us, the better our offer, and it is the tourists who are looking for quality content. ” points out Mladen Draguzet, the initiator of the “cluster” Istra Outdoor experience, and otherwise the owner of the travel agency Istra Adventure.This is unfortunately one of the few positive examples of synergy, such as seeing an endemic Velebit degenia or Mediterranean bear, where entrepreneurs come together rather than look at themselves as a competition, which is so logical, normal and desperately needed in tourism. Together they are stronger so everyone can grow and develop well. Unfortunately, everyone in Croatia looks at themselves, they are happy with the failure of the competition, and they do not understand how they all make a tourist destination, and if one grows, the other will grow, and vice versa. Synergy and joint appearance on the market is the only right solution, because the destinations are all, not one individual.The most important thing is the final experience of touristsNo one can develop a tourist destination on their own, no matter how big and financially strong it is. The tourist destination consists of everyone, whether directly or indirectly engaged in tourism, from citizens and the culture of living, landscaping, offering content to mowed and green grass. The quality of service of the entire destination is extremely important, from the hosts, citizens, hairdressers to employees at the gas station, which must be at the level, and the imperative is above expectations to delight guests.The motive for the arrival is quality, diverse and primarily authentic content of the tourist destination. If we offer only the sun and the sea, ie we live from the rent of accommodation and the beach, which is no longer enough or productive today, the guest is bored and not satisfied with the holiday, and the overall impression will be bad and will not return. Also, because we chronically lack content in destinations, we have low tourist consumption. Ultimately, we all know that it is harder and more expensive to bring a dissatisfied guest back three times, if not more. That is why the overall impression is important, the impression that everyone influences, and the goal is for the guest to be satisfied, recommend us and come back again in 7 to 14 days of staying in our tourist destination.”Through all the years of our cooperation, we have concluded that together we are” stronger “and we have managed to raise tourism in the Barban region to a higher level and influence the extension of the tourist season, because in the pre-season and post-season it is not enough to offer only” sun and sea “. but in combination with all our activities, these seasons are ideal for such activities because Istria has an ideal climate because the winters are not too cold, so we can work practically all year round, which is a rarity in other parts. I must admit that such a performance brought us a number of positive results. One of them is that we are more interesting to agencies because they see that they can get a complete service in one place and that they are all partners who work perfectly as if it were one and that then they have no problems coordinating programs, activities and timing. ” Draguzet points out and emphasizes that they set a fair and correct agreement at the start, and their cooperation is quality.Invitation to cooperate with agencies and hosts in family accommodation But this great story does not end there, in fact, it grows and develops, and Istra Outdoor Experience organizes a fair in Glavana Park to present to everyone its offer and great content for an active vacation. They invite all tourist workers, travel agencies, and especially the hosts in family accommodation to cooperate in mutual interest.I keep emphasizing that hotels and hosts in family accommodation must sell the destination, not their accommodation. Also, everyone must care about the overall experience, and this is where the quality of the destination and the content it offers come to the fore. The motive for coming is not accommodation, but a tourist destination. Thus, guests will have quality content, and thus will be satisfied with the destination. And in the end, everyone benefits here, especially the hosts, because the guests, if they are satisfied with their vacation in the destination, will thus return to your accommodation facility. But not because of you, but because of the destination (I have to repeat this several times). Also, guests who return each year are the cheapest because you have no cost of commission or marketing.The fair will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 in Glavani Park (address: Barban, Glavani 10) at 10 am. Come and experience for yourself all the charms of active tourism, so that you can recommend quality content to your guests. Win-win for everyone. See more information hereWe offer guests unforgettable moments in a tourist destination, we provide them with a unique and authentic experience that will forever remain in their memory. This is an example of how a tourist destination develops. Even if the people responsible for our tourism would see it and hear it, I mean the Ministry of Tourism, the CNTB and the tourist board, then we could talk about year-round tourism. Precisely such stories should be declared strategic projects, not investments in hotel construction, because if we build only hotels, and we do not have content or developed destinations, then we have what we have today: a chronic problem of seasonality, low added value, low tourist consumption and most importantly low dispersion. spending on the local economy as much of tourism spending spills over to imports.Synergy, not dispersion. All, not one. These are the real ambassadors of Croatian tourism. Well done to Istra Outdoor Experience, who showed that the only right direction is strategic and sustainable development.last_img read more

House building in Jakarta on lockdown as dozens test positive for coronavirus

first_imgThose who contracted the disease had gone into self isolation, he added.Previously, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan had also asked that the House of Representatives complex be closed after dozens tested positive for the coronavirus.“If a positive [COVID-19] case is found somewhere, then activities there must be stopped for three days,” Anies said, “However, the entire complex does not need to be closed, only buildings in which positive cases were found.”The Health Ministry announced 3,267 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 336,716.As of Monday, 41 people working at the House complex were reported to have been infected by the coronavirus, 19 of whom were House members, though the list of names had yet to be publicly disclosed. (ami)Topics : A building within the House of Representatives compound in Central Jakarta has been on lockdown since Monday after at least 41 House lawmakers and staff members tested positive for COVID-19.The Nusantara 1 building, which houses both personal offices and meeting rooms of House members from all party factions, would be closed until the end of the recess period on Nov. 8, House of Representatives secretary-general Indra Iskandar said.“After the sitting period ended, we closed [the building] starting Monday. Every Monday we will also spray [disinfectant] to sterilize [the complex],” said Indra recently as quoted by Kompas TV.last_img read more

Fincantieri Cuts First Steel for Seven Seas Splendor

first_imgItalian shipbuilder Fincantieri has launched construction works on Seven Seas Splendor, the second cruise ship to be built for Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC), a brand of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.The steel cutting ceremony took place at the shipyard in Ancona on March 15.Seven Seas Splendor was ordered for EUR 422 million (USD 520.8 million) in March 2016.The newbuilding is scheduled for delivery in early 2020, according to Fincantieri.With its 55,500 gross tons, Seven Seas Splendor will be 224 meters long and will be able to accommodate 754 passengers on board.The new ship, which will follow Seven Seas Explorer delivered by the shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Genoa, in June 2016, will be built using the latest in environmental protection technologies, the shipbuilder said.last_img

McIlroy back on top of the world

first_img McIlroy turned a three-shot deficit into a two-shot lead within the space of five holes in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, before Garcia battled back to leave the pair tied heading into the back nine at Firestone Country Club. Garcia had played the same back nine in just 27 shots in his second round of 61, but it was McIlroy who came out on top two days later in a tense duel, the 25-year-old carding a closing 66 to finish 15 under par. A fortnight after holding off Sergio Garcia to win the Open Championship, Rory McIlroy overhauled his Ryder Cup team-mate to claim his first World Golf Championship event on Sunday – and with it reclaimed top spot in the world rankings. With Adam Scott finishing outside the top five, that meant McIlroy reclaimed the world number one spot he last held in March 2013, just in time for the final major of the year, next week’s US PGA Championship at Valhalla. After 16 birdies in the first three rounds Garcia could only manage one in a disappointing closing 71 to finish 13 under, meaning the 34-year-old has now won just three times after holding the 54-hole lead on 16 occasions. “What I am really proud of this week is following on from the Open with a performance like this,” McIlroy, only the second European winner of the title after Darren Clarke in 2003, told CBS. “I said straight after I did not want any let down, I wanted to keep going and performing until the end of the season. “It’s great to come to one of my favourite tournaments of the year and to perform like this I am pretty satisfied.” McIlroy pulled his opening drive into the rough but had a gap through the trees and hit a superb low pitch to three feet, while Garcia had to settle for a par by two-putting from long range. Three-time major winner McIlroy then two-putted from long range on the par-five second for another birdie and also birdied the third to take over the lead as Garcia bogeyed, but that did not tell half the story of an amazing hole. Garcia’s errant drive into the crowd somehow knocked the diamond out of a female spectator’s engagement ring and after giving her a signed ball, the Spaniard asked for her contact information after hitting his second shot over the green. Thankfully, the precious stone was quickly recovered but Garcia was unable to get up and down to save par and McIlroy holed from eight feet for a third straight birdie. Press Association When McIlroy also birdied the fifth from five feet it meant a five-shot swing had taken place in the space of five holes and gave the world number two a two-shot lead. Garcia desperately needed something to go in his favour and it happened on the eighth, McIlroy driving into the rough and finding a greenside bunker with his approach, from where he failed to get up and down. Garcia then got back on level terms with a birdie from 15 feet on the ninth, McIlroy missing from just six feet. That meant the pair went into the back nine tied on 14 under par but it was McIlroy who edged back in front with a birdie on the 11th from eight feet, Garcia then missing from a few inches closer. The decisive moment then came on the par-three 15th, where Garcia’s tee-shot left of the green left him with a near-impossible pitch over a bunker and led to a bogey four. That gave McIlroy a two-shot lead with three to play and when Garcia failed to convert a birdie chance from 10 feet on the 17th his chance had gone. Low scoring had been the order of the day on the rain-softened course, five-time major winner Phil Mickelson charging through the field with an eight-under-par 62 which featured 10 birdies and two bogeys. “I don’t know what to say, it kind of came out of nowhere,” Mickelson said after finishing five under for the tournament. “The first two rounds really threw me for a loop. I have been struggling getting my short irons close and today they were right on. “I made a lot of birdies and it was nice. Today was a big day to give me a lot of confidence and momentum heading into the US PGA next week.” England’s Lee Westwood had also found some welcome form after four consecutive missed cuts, the 41-year-old carding a flawless 63 that did not go unnoticed by watching Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. “If you look at the one pillar that has been consistent throughout the Ryder Cup success we have had since the 90s it has been Lee Westwood but you want to see Lee in form,” said McGinley on Sky Sports 4, well aware that Westwood is outside the automatic qualifying places. “He is not going to get in on his reputation alone. He needs some form, he knows that and it’s good to see him playing well today.” last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— France’s former sports minister says the government was too hasty in calling off soccer leagues this season. The French leagues were canceled after Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said in late April they could not resume because of the coronavirus pandemic. Patrick Kanner, sports minister from 2014-17, thinks the leagues were pressured into canceling. In a French radio interview Saturday, Kanner said “they were not given any choice” and that “maybe we could have resumed playing in June.” France is the only one of Europe’s five major soccer leagues to cancel its season.— The South African government says it’s maintaining a ban on all contact sports because of the coronavirus, meaning the country’s professional rugby teams and its world champion Springboks will remain out of action. The sports minister’s announcement Saturday came as South Africa prepares to further ease lockdown on Monday and open up most of its economy as part of a phased relaxation of restrictions. Professional non-contact sports competitions will be allowed in some regions. Rugby teams can resume training if protocols are in place, including mandatory screening. All teams have 14 days to submit detailed plans on their protocols for approval before they can train.— The Austrian Health Ministry has approved safety conditions for Austria to host two Formula One Grand Prix races in July. The first 10 races of the season have either been postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but F1 could finally return with back-to-back races at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on July 5 and 12. The double-header would have no spectators and only a limited number of people involved.— Major League Baseball wants to ban mascots if the sport resumes this season. But mascot guru Dave Raymond thinks that’s a bad idea. He says “every mascot should be essential because of its ability to connect and distract with fun.” Raymond was the first Phillie Phanatic and has since become a mascot consultant. He has helped create, brand and train the next generation of hundreds of stadium characters. Mascots were lumped in with other baseball traditions that would be weeded out under a 2020 proposal. The traditional exchange of lineup cards would be eliminated, along with high-fives, fist bumps and bat boys and girls.— The Pawtucket Red Sox have found something to do with McCoy Stadium while the minor league baseball season is on hold. Starting next weekend, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox will be serving ballpark fare on picnic tables that are spread out across the infield dirt. To follow Rhode Island state guidelines on dining, “Dining on the Diamond” is limited to 20 tables, with two seatings per night. The first four seatings sold out in 88 minutes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNo agreement yet on resumption of NBA seasonUNDATED (AP) — The NBA Board of Governors continues to ponder various scenarios as the league prepares to resume a season still on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.Three people familiar with Friday’s meeting have told The Associated Press that the board hasn’t developed a consensus opinion on how many teams should be back on the floor for the planned late-July resumption. The people say Commissioner Adam Silver is still collecting information on multiple options ranging from 16 to all 30 teams returning to action when the season begins again near Orlando, Florida.One person said 20 of more teams would be brought back to finish the season near Orlando, while a second person said the league would bring back any team within six games of a playoff berth. May 30, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-OBIT-ROOSEVELT TAYLORRoosevelt Taylor, 82, safety on Bears’ 1963 title team, diesUNDATED (AP) — Roosevelt Taylor, a star safety on the Chicago Bears’ 1963 NFL championship team, has died. He was 82. Update on the latest sports The team said he died Friday but did not provide details.An All-Pro in 1963 when the Bears won the title, Taylor played his first nine NFL seasons with Chicago, 1961-69, appearing in every game. A ballhawk, he led the league in interceptions in 1963 with nine, also making the Pro Bowl.Chicago was 11-1-2 in that championship season, winning all eight games in which Taylor made an interception.He also made the Pro Bowl in 1968. The next year, he was dealt to San Francisco for guard Howard Mudd and spent 2 1/2 seasons with the 49ers, then was Washington’s free safety in 1972. The Redskins lost to Miami in the Super Bowl that season, with the Dolphins finishing off their perfect record.In all, Taylor had 32 interceptions, 23 with the Bears. He ran back three for touchdowns and also scored on a fumble return.center_img The league suspended play following the conclusion of its March 11 games.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Major league teams have released hundreds of young players with the minor league season in doubt due. Transactions posted at MiLB.com say over 200 players were cut Friday and more than 400 have been released over the past month. The start of the minor league season was postponed in March and players were mostly sent home from spring training. While Major League Baseball and the players’ association are negotiating terms to play big league ball this summer, it’s unlikely there will be minor league games. Minor league players not on 40-man rosters were promised $400 per week through May 31 by a policy drafted by MLB.— The Arizona Diamondbacks have laid off or furloughed about one-quarter of the team’s employees because of lost revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. The organization made the moves on Friday. Remaining staff will take pay cuts that average less than 15%, with the team’s highest earners losing a bigger percentage of their income.— The NCAA has released a long and detailed plan to help schools bring athletes back to campus. The move comes as schools across the country prepare for the return of athletes as early as June 8. The NCAA last week lifted a moratorium on athletic activities starting Monday. That cleared the way for voluntary workouts and training to begin at team facilities. Schools have already started putting plans in place to test athletes, coaches and staff for the coronavirus and implement social distancing. The NCAA says its plan is offered as guidance, consistent with federal and local public health guidelines. Associated Press — Four-year colleges facing budget shortfalls because of the coronavirus outbreak have eliminated nearly 100 sports programs. Critics say some of those sports might have survived if decision-makers had considered the benefits those sports brought to the schools as a whole. Former University of Idaho president Chuck Staben argues athletes in sports that award partial scholarships often pay more than the value of their scholarships for tuition. He says that’s especially important at a time when enrollment declines are accelerating because of the pandemic.— The Ukrainian Premier League restarted Saturday but one game was called off when an unspecified number of soccer players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus. The league said players and staff from last-placed Karpaty Lviv had tested positive ahead of tomorrow’s match against Mariupol. The league is playing its first games since March 15, with Kolos and Desna kicking off the opening match. There are nine rounds left. The league is due to finish July 19 with a European qualification playoff following 10 days later.— The Spanish league says full team training sessions will resume Monday, ahead of the first match to be played following the coronavirus stoppage. La Liga said the government gave authorization on Saturday for squads to practice together. Until now, players had been limited to individual training before progressing to small groups. The league, which has been on hold since March 12, will restart on June 11 when Sevilla faces Real Betis without fans. The 11 rounds remaining are due to be played until July 19, according to the government. Barcelona leads Real Madrid by two points at the top of the table.— The English Premier League was given government approval on Saturday to press ahead with its June 17 restart, although players will have to stay apart during goal celebrations and disputes to maintain social distancing. Further details of the league’s plans for dealing with coronavirus cases have been disclosed with clubs likely to have to play even if they only have 15 fit squad members.— Sporting events will be allowed to resume in England without spectators starting Monday, as long as they comply with the government’s coronavirus protocols. The new guidance for elite sports bodies paves the way for the planned June 17 return of the Premier League, the world’s richest soccer competition. The guidance includes a request that social distancing must be maintained in matches “during any disputes between players and referees or scoring celebrations.” Horse racing and snooker have already lined up events for Monday in anticipation of the end of an 11-week shutdown of sports. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FLORIDA-NEMBHARD LEAVINGFlorida G Nembhard withdraws from NBA draft, transfersGAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida point guard Andrew Nembhard is removing his name from the NBA draft and returning to school — just not in Gainesville. A team spokesman said Saturday that Nembhard plans to transfer and will have two years of college eligibility remaining. Stadium first reported Nembhard’s intentions.Nembhard entered the NBA draft last month. He hired NCAA-certified agent Jaafar Choufani so he could retain his college eligibility. He took a similar approach after his freshman year and eventually returned to Florida after not getting invited to the NBA scouting combine.As a sophomore, he averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds. With 173 assists and 80 turnovers in 2019-20, his assist-to-turnover ratio ranked 49th in the country.last_img read more

Glass Animals ignites crowd at Springfest

first_imgEDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to include comment and an updated attendance count from USC Concerts Committee. The typically humdrum McCarthy Quad was transformed on Saturday into a musical hub, replete with vendor booths, food trucks and an outdoor concert stage for the annual Springfest organized by USC Concerts Committee. With a USC Concerts Committee estimate of 5,700 people in attendance, indie rock band Glass Animals headlined the event. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanDJ Skyler Ren kicked off the evening with remixes of popular songs such as Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” and “m.A.A.D City.” Alongside Ren, rapper Sheck Wes performed songs like DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts.” After Wes, electronic artist Medasin took the stage. His set included remixes of “The Office” theme song, Skrillex’s “Purple Lamborghini” and Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow,” all of which energized the eager crowd. Before rapper Playboi Carti hit the stage, the crowd booed as movie trailers played on the big screen. Attendees started chanting Playboi Carti’s name and yelling at the stage crew,. “I didn’t really understand why we had to watch movie trailers before Playboi Carti came out,” said Emily Fuesler, a freshman majoring in art. “Playboi Carti was really cool [and] he got people really crazy and excited.”Once on stage, Carti performed hits like “Let It Go” and “Magnolia” from his self-titled 2017 album. Throughout his set, he encouraged a “mosh pit.” Students were happy to oblige and formed a large ring in front of the stage. At 9:43 p.m., Carti’s set was unexpectedly shut down, and he was escorted off the stage.According to campus security, a fight broke out among students toward the end of his performance. Guards had to escort the fighting students out of the venue and cut Carti’s set short.However, Concerts Committee said that there were no reports of any fights during the event and that Carti’s set was not cut short.Subsequently, Oxford-based Glass Animals took the stage to rampant cheers from the audience. The band played popular hits “Gooey,” “The Other Side of Paradise” and “Life Itself.” During the set, lead singer Dave Bayley dove off the stage in true rockstar fashion and surfed through the crowd. The band also launched balloons into the crowd for audience members to lob around while it covered Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.” With ebullience and lively stage presence, Glass Animals proved to be a refreshing alternative to Springfest’s usual lineup of solo and hip-hop performers to students.“I was hyped for Glass Animals,” said Jack Wilson, a sophomore majoring in communication. “I think it was an unexpected yet surprisingly delightful pick.”Springfest also featured vendor booths, including a Tinder Lounge, virtual golf range, UberEats stall and promotions for the upcoming movies Avengers: Infinity War and Rampage. Food trucks were also parked along Pardee Lawn.After last year’s Springfest shut down early since crowds exceeded maximum capacity, USC implemented new restrictions to ensure safety for this year’s event. Regulations included a requirement for students to pre-register for the event online, but access to the concert was granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. USC added DPS officers and LAPD to secure the event this year. They also closed off the campus at 8 p.m., instead of at 9 p.m., to control the oncampus traffic.Students began to line up at McCarthy Quad for the event at 5 p.m., but entry was delayed due to issues with ID card scanners and technical difficulties with the stage audio.last_img read more

Syracuse football stock watch: Brisly Estime up, Julian Whigham down

first_img Published on September 27, 2015 at 11:21 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) lost 34-24 to No. 8 Louisiana State (3-0, 2-0 Southeastern) on Saturday. The Orange cut LSU’s lead to seven twice in the third quarter, but the Tigers eventually pulled away. Here’s a look at which direction some SU players are trending.Stock UpBrisly Estime, junior wide receiverEstime was Syracuse’s most dynamic player on Saturday, accounting for 261 all-purpose yards. His 40-yard touchdown reception from Zack Mahoney was twice as long as any other Syracuse offensive play the entire game and brought the Orange within seven points in the third quarter.His first four returns, two kickoffs and two punts, in the first half totaled 106 yards and gave the Orange an average starting field position at SU’s own 39-yard line after those returns. At halftime, Syracuse had more return yards than offensive yards (93).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAntwan Cordy, sophomore safetyOn the first play of the Tigers’ third drive, Cordy sacked quarterback Brandon Harris for a loss of 11 yards. Two plays later, he broke up a pass to Malachi Dupre on third-and-15, forcing LSU to go three-and-out for the first time.With Syracuse trailing 24-17 in the fourth quarter, Cordy made three straight tackles, including a take down of running back Leonard Fournette 6 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Cordy led the team with eight tackles and two and a half tackles for loss.Stock DownJulian Whigham, senior cornerbackAfter Cordy’s three straight tackles, SU had the Tigers on the ropes facing a third-and-9 from their own 38-yard line. But Harris threw a 51-yard bomb to Travin Dural, who burned Whigham over the top.On the next play, from the Orange’s 11-yard line, Harris hit Dupre in the right corner of the end zone on a fade route that floated right over Whigham. The back-to-back plays put LSU in the driver’s seat for the remainder of the game and highlighted Whigham’s deficiencies.Seamus Shanley, senior offensive guardAfter starting the first three games at right guard, the walk-on was relegated to a backup role against LSU. Center Rob Trudo, who missed last week against Central Michigan, returned to action at right guard. Jason Emerich, who subbed in last week for Trudo, remained at center and Trudo’s position change forced Shanley out of the lineup. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more