Police nab 709 drug-drivers

first_imgOtago Daily Times 15 Oct 2012More than 700 drivers have been caught for drug-driving since a new law came into effect. Figures released to the Otago Daily Times under the Official Information Act showed 575 motorists had been charged with drug-driving between the introduction of new legislation on November 1, 2009 and July this year. During the same period, a further 134 motorists were charged under older legislation. National Manager Road Policing Superintendent Carey Griffiths said numbers charged with drug-driving were far lower than for drink-driving. Police lacked a quick and accurate roadside test for drugs as was available for alcohol. Supt Griffiths said the intention of current legislation was to remove impaired drivers from the country’s roads, and police did not also test for drugs if a driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol. “The vast majority of impaired drivers are impaired by alcohol.” In November 2009 amendments to legislation allowed police to require a compulsory impairment test to be completed, and to take blood samples for drug analysis.http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/230415/police-nab-709-drug-driverslast_img read more

I will not leave you orphans

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet By: Father Henry CharlesPhoto credit: flickr.comSeveral years ago, I was in the middle of a sermon dealing with relationships and freedom, and I was emphasizing the fact that people are not possessions, that nobody can belong to anybody else, and so on. A husband in the congregation turned to his wife, to whom he was exceptionally devoted, and said (as she told me herself later): “He could say what he want, but you belong to me.”I have often recalled the effect the occasion had on me. It made me laugh, but it has never left my memory.  What the husband was giving voice to is not something uniquely proper to husbands. Few human needs are as great as the need to have someone who ‘belongs’ to us and to whom we ourselves ‘belong.’  Our orphanages are full of children who belong to nobody, and there’s little doubt that that awareness has a powerful effect on how they see themselves and how they grow up.But an orphanage is not the only place or situation where we experience the reality of being un-anchored, for that it what being orphaned is all about. The person has so security in any one anywhere. It’s the feeling of abandonment, and it affects people other than those who are literally orphans.It happens all the time. Divorce leaves children – and spouses – abandoned. Lovers walk out on lovers. Companies downsize and employees are put on the breadline.  Even situations that begin with friends and well-wishers crowding around to support and befriend, the funeral of someone widely loved, for instance. Soon the crowds become thin, and life goes on, as it must. But that offers no consolation to the bereaved. They can’t blame anybody, but they feel abandoned all the same, and the reason is obvious: no one in this world wants to go it alone.      The disciples of Jesus felt much the same thing with his leaving them. They were not simply men who had ‘followed’ him. The years they had spent together had made them more than a community; they were a family. And the head of the family was now taking off. He is saying good-bye. To go where? As Thomas said: “Lord we do not know where you are going,” so how could you expect us to have any idea where you’ll be…They had other preoccupations of course: what about the plans we had ourselves? The hopes we had of sharing in your ascendancy? What about all of that?  With you gone, where does that leave us?  They felt abandoned, suddenly unanchored, as I said, and the feeling was hard.The feelings of the disciples were of course proper to them, but they are not unique feelings. Many of us know feelings like theirs ourselves. The bottom suddenly falls out with something unexpected; suddenly the ground beneath us has shifted, leaving on the bank of nowhere.Jesus does not tell them: don’t worry, friends, tomorrow will be a brighter day. He offers them no such breezy optimism. What he promises is his powerful presence. That will accompany them through all the terrors of abandonment. Trust me, he says. You will never be alone.That promised presence, St. John tells us, is the Holy Spirit, our advocate, comforter, and friend. We never lose, though we often do not feel, the radical nearness of this comfort, just as Jesus himself was never deprived of in Gethsemane and on the Cross.  That’s the reason that our hearts should not be troubled, why trust should not leave us, in the midst of fears about the future in any experience of abandonment.center_img FaithLifestyleLocalNews I will not leave you orphans by: – May 30, 2011 Share 1020 Views   one commentlast_img read more

WVMC LAB VOWS FASTER TESTING

first_img“We procured another automated RNA extraction machine so that mapadamo ta ang capacity sa pag-test up to 1,000 specimens per day,” said Dr. Stephanie Abello, chief pathologist of WVMC. The RNA extraction machine would be delivered this week. * individuals at high-risk of infection such as pregnant women, senior citizens with co-morbidities and persons with disability The 11 technical staff receive the specimen, assist the two medical technologists, and type the results, said Abello. From March 23 to May 8, WVMC analyzed 6,002 specimens. These came from 5,288 persons. c. RNA extraction At one point recently it tested 533, said Abello, but it proved too exhausting for the two medical technologists doing the tests and their 11 technical staff. The discrepancy in figures was due to the fact that some persons were extracted with specimens several times for repeat tests, Abello explained. * those with close contact to symptomatic COVID-19 individuals According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ramping up testing is the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 as shown in China, South Korea and Singapore. ILOILO City – The Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) sub-national laboratory in Mandurriao district aims to hasten its testing of specimens for the possible presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), beginning this week. For his part, Dr. Glen Alonsabe, head of DOH Region 6’s Epidemiology Surveillance Unit, said the following are being prioritized for COVID-19 testing: Thus, said Abello, local government units, hospitals and the DOH receive the test results in 24 to 48 hours from the submission of the specimens. Without testing, cases cannot be isolated and the chain of infection will not be broken, said WHO secretary general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. d. testing using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine According to Abello, the WVMC laboratory tests an average of 200 to 300 specimens daily and this takes about 18 to 24 hours. As of May 8, WVMC was able to release 5,153 test results. That day, the total number of COVID-19 positive persons in the region stood at 92, data from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 showed. a. receiving the specimen (documentation involved) “Naga-delay lang kita sa pag-type sang results, especially kon 500 samples ang gina-run,” said Abello. * symptomatic individuals with history of travel to areas with COVID-19 cases There are four processes involved: Fully covered with personal protective equipment, these healthcare personnel of the Iloilo City government are tasked to extract specimens from clients for analysis at the Western Visayas Medical Center laboratory. The city government is ramping up mass testing for coronavirus disease. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * repatriates/PN WVMC’s laboratory can test as many as 500 specimens a day, said Abello. b. taking the specimen to the negative pressure room (for disinfection)last_img read more

Balotelli caught smoking

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Mario Balotelli has caused a stir after he was apparently filmed smoking in the changing rooms minutes ahead of his debut for hometown club Brescia against Juventus.The former Manchester City star made an innocuous start to his Brescia career, playing 90 minutes but failing to score in his side’s 2-1 home defeat to Serie A champions Juventus.However, a video has now emerged apparently showing Balotelli smoking in the Brescia changing room as he was preparing for the match.In the short video, Balotelli can be seen topless with his hands up to his mouth seemingly holding a cigarette.The video was reportedly recorded minutes before the match against Juventus.Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport reports “the camera then turns but the mystery remains”.Balotelli was pictured smoking a cigarette during his unsuccessful stint at Liverpool and has courted controversy his whole career.During his time at Manchester City, he reportedly threw a dart at a youth team player as a training ground ‘prank’.The striker is yet to comment on this latest alleged incident.Balotelli returned to his homeland this summer on a free transfer after Marseille in the summer having scored eight goals in 15 Ligue 1 matches.The 29-year-old initially made a name for himself after progressing through the youth ranks at Inter Milan, before joining Man City in the summer of 2010.After three years at the Etihad Stadium, the Italy international returned to Serie A with AC Milan, but spent just one season with the Italian giants before signing for Liverpool.Things did not work out at Anfield for Balotelli, who later returned to Milan on loan before departing the Reds for good in the summer of 2016.The 29-year-old then joined French club Nice that summer, before a switch to Marseille in January.Tags: JuventusMario Balotellilast_img read more

M’Vila available for Norwich match

first_imgSunderland midfielder Yann M’Vila will be available to make a Barclays Premier League debut against Norwich despite being sent off at the weekend. The 25-year-old France international, who joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Rubin Kazan last week, was dismissed for headbutting striker Jamar Loza during the Under-21s’ 3-1 win over Norwich on Sunday. However, the Black Cats have confirmed that any sanction – an offence of violent conduct carries a mandatory three-game ban – will apply only to Under-21s fixtures. A statement said: “Yann M’Vila will be available to make his debut against Norwich City this weekend. “M’Vila made a loan move to the Stadium of Light last week and will be in contention to make his senior bow against the Canaries. “The midfielder received a red card whilst playing for the Under-21 side on Sunday. However, any sanction applies to the U21 competition only.” Head coach Dick Advocaat could well shuffle his pack after a disappointing opening day of the campaign, which saw his side lose 4-2 at Leicester having conceded three times inside 14 first-half minutes. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Budlapara Tea Garden Clinch Title in Adivasi Abba Justin Lakra Memorial Football Tournament

first_imgA CorrespondentTANGLA: Budlapara Tea Garden clinched the 1st Adivasi Abba Justin Lakra Memorial Football Tournament title by defeating Mazbat Massal Club 4-2 in the final here at Hatigarh Tea Garden playground in Udalguri today.The event organized by Udalguri district committee of All Adivasi Students Association of Assam (AASAA). State Cabinet Minister Rihon Daimari attended as chief guest. Speaking on occasion Daimari reiterated the supreme sacrifice of Justin Lakra for the welfare of the Adivasi community.He exhorted the young generation to hone their skills and outshine in sports activities. The inaugural ceremony was attended by Rajya Sabha MP Santiuse Kujur, BTC Speaker Tridip Daimary, Dy. Speaker Nerswn Boro.last_img read more

The Latest: NBA reminding teams players overseas can return

first_imgAdded Ellis Park general manager Jeffrey Inman, “We are all in this together, and Ellis Park is pleased to work with Keeneland on a plan that benefits our horsemen and Kentucky racing.”Keeneland plans to run at least nine races each day and will feature 10 graded stakes events.___The Kontinental Hockey League says it plans to return on Sept. 2 to open the 2020-21 season.The last KHL game was played on March 12. The season was then suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. “We prolonged enacting measures that impact our people as long as we could,” Long said in the email, “but it has become clear that the across-the-board reductions were necessary for the short and long-term financial needs of this department.”___ Professional sports can resume but without spectators in parts of Pennsylvania where the governor’s stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus is no longer in force.Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said Wednesday that teams and competitors will be allowed to practice or play in counties where the Democratic governor’s yellow or green designation applies in his stoplight-colored, three-phase reopening plan.To resume, a team or a league must develop a coronavirus safety plan that has been approved by the state Department of Health. It must include testing or screening and monitoring of all “on-venue” players and personnel.Wolf is allowing overnight camps and organized youth sports to begin or resume in areas where the green phase is in effect. Associated Press The NHL on Tuesday unveiled a 24-team playoff format if it can return this summer but said camps aren’t expected to begin before July 1.___Some assistant coaches and sports department support staff will lose their jobs as Youngstown State University eliminates 22 positions as part of budget cuts related to the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Ron Stollo said about half of the 22 are coaching positions. The school has 21 intercollegiate sports, and none are being eliminated.Strollo said as an enrollment-boosting measure the school had added men’s swimming and women’s lacrosse and doubled the size of the men’s and women’s cross-country teams before the pandemic and uncertainty about the future adversely affected revenue. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf signed an order last week providing the exemption for professional athletes from rules put in place during the pandemic that would have otherwise barred their entry into the U.S.Wolf says sports “provide much needed economic benefits, but equally important, they provide community pride and national unity. In today’s environment, Americans need their sports.”A small number of NBA players from foreign countries left for home during the pandemic. Teams are expecting guidance, perhaps as soon as later this week, as to when they will be allowed to resume full-scale practicing in advance of a possible resumption of the NBA season later this summer.___The NBA has been sued by the owners of the building that houses the NBA Store, who say the league owes more than $1.2 million after not paying rent in April or May. The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL. It ended its 2019-20 season part-way through the playoffs without declaring a champion.The league says Sept. 2 is a preliminary date which could be subject to “necessary corrections” depending on how the coronavirus situation develops.International travel restrictions became a problem for KHL teams. The league has teams in six countries but most are in Russia.The projected Sept. 2 start date is broadly in line with other recent KHL seasons.___ The event will work with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to ensure safety and health protocols are adhered to. To minimize people necessary on site, players will call their own lines and get assistance from only one ball person and one official on court.___Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has announced a multimillion-dollar commitment through the team’s foundation to provide jobs and food during the coronavirus pandemic.Starting Monday at the Dolphins’ stadium, the initiative will give out a minimum of 1,000 meals each weekday for up to 12 months. On Sundays, the Dolphins will work with churches and community groups to purchase food from restaurants to provide a minimum of 1,000 meals.The team said Ross will invest at least $2 million, and with matching donations the goal is a $4 million total impact. The program will generate jobs and revenue for the restaurant industry, and employ guest services and security staff at the stadium, the Dolphins said. The Latest: NBA reminding teams players overseas can return May 27, 2020 ___The NHL has advised its teams to prepare for a roster of 28 players and an unlimited amount of goaltenders for training camp and the playoffs if it can return this summer.Several general managers on Wednesday said they were told that would be the anticipated roster limit. Each team is limited to 50 personnel of any kind in one of the two cities that would host games.The league says training camp isn’t expected to begin before early July. If the NHL goes ahead with its 24-team playoff format, games could begin in late July or early August.___ Houston Texans superstar J.J. Watt hopes there are fans in the stands when the NFL season kicks off this fall.“We love our fans and (having their) energy, the excitement, the adrenaline, it makes it what it is,” Watt said Wednesday.But if fans aren’t allowed in stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic, it won’t change anything about how the defensive end plays.“As an athlete, as a competitor you can play in front of no fans,” Watt said. “We want to go out there and compete. It doesn’t matter if it’s a practice against another team, it doesn’t matter if it’s a practice against our own team, it doesn’t matter if it’s in the weight room against yourself, you’re always looking to compete.”The NFL season is scheduled to open Sept. 10 when the Texans travel to face the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. Watt said he doesn’t have any inside information as to whether the season will begin as planned amid the pandemic, but he’s working on the assumption that it will. In the 24-team playoff plan announced by the NHL on Tuesday, the Blue Jackets will play the Toronto Maple Leafs in a best-of-five qualifying series.“Now it’s time to put what we learned this year to good use and make sure it’s not wasted,” Columbus captain Nick Foligno said. “If we’re going to get healthier, then the bar gets raised.”___The NHL’s Vancouver Canucks are considering moving training camp to the United States because of Canada’s 14-day mandatory quarantine requirement for those arriving in the country.Canucks general manager Jim Benning says the team is still in the early stages of that possibility. He said he has talked to colleagues with other Canadian teams about the quarantine regulation and how it might put them at a competitive disadvantage. English soccer was suspended in March and hopes to restart next month.___A 16-player team tennis event featuring Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin and U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu will take part at the LTP Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina, next month. The Credit One Bank Invitation will also include Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys. It will be played from June 23-28.Organizers say the event will be conducted without fans. The facility had been scheduled to host the Volvo Car Open this past April, but the tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league responded by saying it doesn’t believe the suit has merit, because it was forced to close the New York store due to the coronavirus pandemic. NBA Media Ventures, LLC is required to pay $625,000 of its $7.5 million annual fee on the first day of each month under teams of its lease with 535-545 FEE LLC, according to the suit filed Tuesday in New York.The NBA entered into the lease agreement for the property at 545 Fifth Ave. in November 2014.Counting other fees such as water, the owners of the building are seeking more than $1.25 million.“Like other retail stores on Fifth Avenue in New York City, the NBA Store was required to close as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Under those circumstances, we don’t believe these claims have any merit,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said. “We have attempted, and will continue to attempt, to work directly with our landlord to resolve this matter in a manner that is fair to all parties.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NBA reminded its teams Wednesday that players who are currently outside the U.S. have been cleared to return, though quarantine rules may apply in some areas. ___The pause in the NHL season has allowed the hard-luck Columbus Blue Jackets to get healthy again.The Blue Jackets had a group of veterans sidelined and were patching together lines with rookies when the season was halted in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.Now with plans for the playoffs moving forward for this summer, Columbus is expected to be at near full strength, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a conference call Wednesday with reporters.That includes star defenseman Seth Jones and the team’s leading scorer, Oliver Bjorkstrand, both of whom had broken a foot. And goalies Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins will be healthy simultaneously for the time since late December. The NBA suspended play on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic and faces hundreds of millions of dollars in losses this season, even as it works toward trying to resume play in July.___Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones says it would be “very strange” to play in stadiums with no fans or a limited number of spectators this season if that becomes necessary for safety reasons.“It would bring back kind of like a Little League feel when there’s nobody at the games except for your parents and things like that,” Jones said Wednesday during a Zoom session with reporters.Jones said that “the fans are what make the game’’ and added that “they are what gets the players going.’’ ___The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved Keeneland’s request for a five-day, spectator-free meet July 8-12 that will allow the running of marquee prep races for the rescheduled Kentucky Derby and Oaks.Keeneland canceled its 16-day spring meet in March amid public health concerns because of the coronavirus outbreak. That initially eliminated the $600,000 Grade 2 Blue Grass and $400,000 Grade 1 Ashland, which award points toward the Derby and its sister race for fillies, Oaks. The track last week requested the special meet, which the KHRC granted after Ellis Park made the dates available.The Ashland and Blue Grass are now back in play for the Oaks and Derby, which are set for Sept. 4-5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.“Keeneland appreciates the quick response of the Commission to our request, and we applaud all their work on behalf of Kentucky racing during these unprecedented times,” said Keeneland President/CEO Bill Thomason, who also thanked Ellis Park in a news release. The personnel cuts and other moves in the sports department are expected to save $2 million, said Strollo, who along with coaches took pay cuts ranging from 6% to 10%.New football coach Doug Phillips was in the process of hiring his coaching staff when the school was forced to shut down. Four positions in the football program will be eliminated, Strollo said, but they don’t include any on-field coaching personnel.___The Premier League says four people from three clubs have tested positive for the coronavirus in the third round of testing in the last 10 days as teams return to training.The league did not identify whether the people infected with COVID-19 are players or club staff. There were tests on 1,008 people. Packers safety Adrian Amos said players would just have to get accustomed to performing at the same level without the energy that fans bring to a game.___The athletic department at the University of Kansas has told donors it will make across-the-board pay cuts and furloughs as it faces a budget shortfall of up to 20%, even if full football and basketball seasons are played.Jayhawks athletic director Jeff Long said in an email that employees making less than $50,000 will face a three-week furlough this summer; those making up to $149,000 can choose between a 10-day furlough or a pay cut of either 3.5% or 5% depending on their salary; those making up to $299,000 can choose a 10-day furlough or cut of either 7.5% and 10%; and those making $300,000 or more will take a 10% pay cut.Long joined football coach Les Miles and basketball coach Bill Self in taking pay cuts in April. When those are combined with the latest cuts, Long said the athletic department would save about $1.15 million. 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 6last_img read more

The Latest: Dortmund players fined for breaking restrictions

first_imgThe league says Sancho and Akanji “apparently violated general hygiene and infection protection standards” to have a barber visit them at home. There were no facemasks visible in photos posted on social media.There were similar photos of Dortmund teammates Dan-Axel Zagadou and Raphäel Guerreiro with Düsseldorf-based barber Winnie Nana Karkari but they were not mentioned in the league’s statement. The Bild tabloid reported that Karkari also visited Dortmund players Axel Witsel and Thorgan Hazard last Thursday.The league says “it goes without question that professional soccer players also need their hair cut” but “this must be done in accordance with the medical-organizational concept at the moment.”___The Asian qualifying tournament for the World Cup is set to resume in October after the coronavirus pandemic forced games in March and June to be postponed. The Latest: Dortmund players fined for breaking restrictions June 5, 2020 The Asian Football Confederation says it agreed with FIFA to schedule two dates in October and two in November to complete the current groups.The AFC says the planned schedule must comply with “government travel and medical restrictions” in the 40 countries taking part.Twelve teams will advance to a further group stage next year.Four Asian teams will advance directly to the World Cup in Qatar. A fifth team will enter an intercontinental playoff round.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Borussia Dortmund players Jadon Sancho and Manuel Akanji have been fined by the German soccer league for breaking coronavirus-related restrictions to get haircuts. Liverpool could win the Premier League title at home after all.Police originally indicated they wanted Liverpool’s second game after the restart against Crystal Palace to be staged at a neutral venue because of concerns that supporters could congregate outside Anfield.But the league now says the game on June 24 is scheduled to be at Liverpool’s home stadium.The Merseyside derby against Everton could still be played away from Goodison Park on June 21. The league says the venue is still to be confirmed.Liverpool leads Manchester City by two points and is two wins from ending its 30-year title drought. But Liverpool could clinch the trophy in its first game back against Everton if City loses to Arsenal on June 17. ___Chelsea has been declared Women’s Super League champion after the season was stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic.The English Football Association’s board decided to determine the final standings on a points-per-game basis. Manchester City was a point ahead of Chelsea but had played an extra game when the season was suspended in March.Chelsea had seven games remaining.City will still qualify for the Champions League with Chelsea. Liverpool has been relegated. Associated Press ___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 6last_img read more

UEFA Leagues Have Up Till May 25 to Decide on Seasons

first_imgArsenal, Tottenham, Brighton and West Ham have opened their training grounds to players for individual work.The Premier League league is hopeful of a potential 8 June restart and finishing at the end of July to fit in with Uefa’s European competition plans. This would require full training to begin by 18 May.Top-flight clubs will meet on Friday to discuss options for the restart.Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said he had been in contact with clubs about restarting the Premier League “as soon as possible”.Professional Footballers’ Association deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes said: “We have been assured of the intentions of all that there would be no resumption unless guarantees of safety could be given to the players.“The overriding principle for all parties is the health and safety of all participants on and off the field, and of course the wider public.”The Scottish Premiership is suspended indefinitely and the season could yet be declared over, a move already taken with the second, third and fourth tiers north of the border.On Tuesday, the French government banned all sporting events, even without spectators, until September, signalling the end of the season for the top two divisions in the country, Ligue 1 and Ligue 2.The Dutch top flight was abandonedon Friday with no promotion or relegation and no champions, while on Monday Belgian clubs postponed a vote on confirming the cancellation of their top flight until next week.The deadline set by Uefa is referred to in a set of guidelines on ‘eligibility principles’ for European competitions that the governing body’s president and general secretary have sent out to football bodies.“Given the unforeseen and unprecedented situation […] national associations and leagues are facing a situation whereby the completion of their domestic competitions may be at risk,” they write.Stakeholders are told they “should be in a position to communicate to Uefa by 25 May the planned restart of their domestic competitions, including the date of restart and the relevant competition format”.It adds: “In the event that a domestic competition is to be prematurely terminated for legitimate reasons […] Uefa would require the national association to explain by 25 May.”Uefa is understood to have set the date because of its next executive committee meeting two days later, when decisions on the restarting of the Champions League and Europa League may be reached. It is viewed as flexible guidance, rather than a rigid deadline.Last week, after a video call meeting of all 55 national associations, Uefa made clear it wants on-field performanceto determine which clubs make up next season’s European club competitions, despite the current shutdown.Uefa urged clubs to “explore all possible options” to finish their seasons.It accepted that in “special cases” some could be cancelled, but asked authorities to use “a different format” if needed in order for teams to qualify for European competitions.If league seasons cannot be finished, it said national associations would need to select clubs to qualify for Europe.Uefa said it could “refuse or evaluate” selected teams if necessary.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram European leagues have until 25th May to tell UEFA whether they want to complete or cancel their seasons.Football is suspended in all European countries apart from Belarus because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Premier League has this week stepped up its plans to resume the season in what has been labelled ‘Project Restart’.last_img read more

Florida defensive end Brown verbally commits to Syracuse

first_img Published on December 19, 2012 at 10:31 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+ Malik Brown, a defensive end from William T. Dwyer High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., tweeted Wednesday that he verbally committed to Syracuse.center_img I so blessed to say that tonight I officially committed to Syracuse University— Malik Brown (@brownmalik99) December 20, 2012 AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrown is the 14th member of the Class of 2013 to commit to Doug Marrone and the Orange. Scout.com rated his as a two-star prospect, while Rivals gave him three stars. He was a high school teammate of SU freshman cornerback Julian Whigham.The 6-foot-3, 215-lb. Brown had a host of offers from schools around the country, including Cincinnati, Illinois, Mississippi State, Purdue and South Florida, according to Scout.com.Brown, an end who gives Syracuse another formidable pass rusher, helped lead Dwyer to a 9-3 record this past season before the Panthers lost to Boyd Anderson in the Class 7A regional semifinals.Brown will have to fight for a starting spot next season since Syracuse has a group of quality defensive ends coming back in 2013. The only defensive end the Orange will lose to graduation is Brandon Sharpe. Commentslast_img read more