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Official: Coronavirus postpones three Serie A matches

first_imgThe coronavirus leaves two dead (Adriano Trevisan, 78, and a 75-year-old woman from Casalpusterlengo), 76 infected and the fear that the number may grow a lot in the next few hours. The focus was born from a 38-year-old man from Codogno, near Lodi, due to contacts he had with a co-worker from a trip to China (returned on January 21), the ‘patient 0’, who did not develop the disease and was negative for the virus. At this time, the ‘patient 1’ is in serious condition and his sporting life (he participated in football matches and two popular races) makes fear that the infected continue to increase. To reduce risks, the Lombardy region arranged for trains not to stop at the towns of Codogno, Maleo and Casalpusterlengo and urged citizens to stay at home, closing schools and canceling dozens of cultural and sporting events. ANDl match of Series C between Piacenza and Sambenedettese It was scheduled for 3 pm on Saturday, but an hour and a half after the kick-off came the decision of the authorities, which Massimo Pulcinelli did not think was right. “We live in an absurd, ridiculous country, managed by irresponsible people,” wrote the owner of the Ascoli on social networks, “the stadium is the least dangerous place in the world. Now we close all public establishments out of fear.” It is already official: the coronavirus for all sports in the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto, Serie A included. The first Minister Giuseppe Conte ad, on Saturday night, the intention to suspend all sports activities this Sunday and the Minister of Sports Vincenzo Spadafora sent a letter to the president of the Olympic Committee, asking “communicate to all sports organizations the request of the government”. The clashes will not be played, then Atalanta-Sassuolo, Verona-Cagliari and neither Inter-Sampdoria, all scheduled for this Sunday and postponed, for now, without date. This Saturday they had already suspended more than 80 amateur football matches in Lombardy and the Ascoli-Cremonese Serie B. At the moment, in Italy there are 76 infected (56 in Lombardy, 17 in Veneto, one in Turin and two in Rome) and two dead. You will not be allowed to enter or leave the focus areas of the epidemic, where “the suspension of work activities” and “all manifestations” have already been arranged, while the government is also assessing the possibility of blocking travel School abroad.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgPepsi, Colts finals at C’Spring Kingston College will be seeking a unique schoolboy football double today at Constant Spring Oval as the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) competitions will conclude with the Pepsi Under-14 and ‘Colts’ Under-16 competitions. Kingston College will first play Camperdown High in the Under-14 final at 1:30 p.m., before their Under-16 players take on Bridgeport High at 3:15 p.m. Defending champions in the Pepsi Under-14 competition, Kingston College, will be seeking to make it three titles in a row and will start favourites to do so after another perfect season so far where they scored over 50 goals while conceding none. Former head of Peruvian football arrested LIMA, Peru (AP): The former head of the Peruvian football federation, Manuel Burga, has been arrested in the growing FIFA bribery probe. Local television aired images of Burga’s home surrounded by at least four police cars during his Friday-night arrest. Police spokeswoman Veronica Marquez said Saturday that Burga, who headed the Peruvian federation from 2002-2014, was taken to judicial police headquarters in Lima.last_img read more

As Nigerian Ends Tour of Duty, Liberians to Take Charge of AFL’s Top Posts

first_imgThe Commander-In-Chief (C-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has declared that by February, Liberians would fully take charge of the nation’s armed forces.They will, accordingly, serve in the echelons (levels in a hierarchy) of the AFL’s command structure.President Sirleaf described as ‘tough’ the times when a Nigerian officer had to be in charge of the AFL. A turn of events that took place in keeping with the crafting of 2003 Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The President was pleased to announce this situation was now something of the past.According to C-I-C Sirleaf, with the support of the international community, especially the United States and United Nations’ peacekeeping and peace-building efforts, Liberia has rebuilt a new, ethnically balanced and professional army.The President maintained that her government has embarked upon a process to enhance the professional capacity of other security apparatuses, including the Liberian National Police (LNP), immigration and intelligence agencies in line with their responsibility to man the country’s borders.However, she admitted that much work remains to be done. As such, government welcomes the recent United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 2116 extending the mandate of UN peacekeepers to September.President Sirleaf’s statement was contained in her Annual Message to the third Session of the 53rd National Legislature on the theme: “Consolidating the Processes of Transformation.”Referencing the role of the Ministry of National Defense (MOD), the C-I-C said the 1,980-person-strong AFL continues to position itself to support a democratic environment through tactical and technical proficiencies and the development of a robust capacity to defend Liberia’s territorial integrity.She explained, “The Armed Forces Training Command now headquartered at the newly renovated Todee Camp, Upper Montserrado County, assumed responsibility for tactical and proficiency training locally and is presently training 140 new army recruits.”“The number,” C-I-C Sirleaf noted, “would be increased by some 400 recruits who have already been vetted and endorsed by the Joint Personnel Board.”“The AFL is also expanding its engineering and medical units to assist in reconstruction projects and social service delivery. Similarly, the Coast Guard of 82 persons, is expanding and strengthening its capabilities to patrol and protect the country maritime domain, as evidenced by the recent arrests of several illegal fishing vessels in the country’s territorial waters,” explained President Sirleaf.The President also disclosed that the United Nations Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) transition plan to transfer security management of the state to the government has entered its second phase.The exercise follows the completion of phase one in strategic locations, such as Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County; Foya District, Lofa County; and the Loguatou Border in Nimba County, respectively. According to C-I-C Sirleaf, plans are well under way for trained security units to fill security personnel gaps created by the UNMIL drawdown.In her last year’s Annual Message, President Sirleaf indicated that government would, at this year’s Armed Forces Day—February 11— celebration, install a Liberian army Chief of Staff, among other top military brass.The process is the result of close consultation with relevant committees, particularly the security sector.Based on the consultation, “We have officially nominated, for confirmation by the Senate, the Chief of Staff, the deputy Chief of Staff and the Brigade Commander, all of whom, if confirmed, would be installed in these positions on February 11; Liberia’s Armed Forces Day.”Afterwards, the government would then bid farewell to General Suraj Abdurrahman of Nigeria, who the President said “served so well as the Command Officer-in-Charge of the AFL.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt proposes draft agreement to company

first_imgNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has disclosed that following months of negotiations with Barama Company Limited on renewing its investment agreement, Government has submitted a draft proposal to the Malaysian-owned company.Talks are still ongoing for renewal of Barama’s agreementTrotman told reporters during a press conference on Friday that over the past 10 months, talks have been ongoing between the logging company and Government to renew its 25-year-old Investment Development Agreement, which expires this month; however, he noted that these talks have not yet concluded.“We have shared with the company our latest draft and the company is to respond, but we expect, of course, that some more negotiations may come with their counterproposals, but the expectation is before the end of the year, the Government and Barama will be renewing their relationship – one with the other,” the Natural Resources Minister posited.Barama is one of Guyana’s biggest foreign investors with operations at Buck Hall, Essequibo River, and at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara. Back in 1991, the company was allocated some 1.6 million hectares of State production forest, the biggest forest concession for any one company in the country.In September last year, Minister Trotman had visited the company’s Buck Hall operations to get a first-hand look at the operations and working conditions there. He had noted that the Government would like to see more value-added production from investors in Guyana and he would ensure that this component was included in any agreement.During that tour, the company’s General Manager Mohindra Chand had stated that the company was determined to continue its operations in Guyana, stating that while it was faced with many challenges, it never considered closing its operations here. Barama’s operations consist of forest management, timber harvesting and manufacturing of various wood-based products such as plywood, sawn timber, and flooring products.While its plywood operations was said to be its largest, there have been reports that it scaled down that operation and was moving into other areas, such as gold mining. When asked about this, the Natural Resources Minister told reporters at Friday’s press conference that he was not aware that the company was going into mining activities, but noted that within its concession miners are mining, which the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) has permitted.“Because of the slowdown in Asian markets, there has been a pulling back, but they have been doing plywood and specialised timbers for decks, decking and other applications like that. So they have been doing value added, we’d like to see them do more value added and as I said, given the slowdown in China and in Asia generally, we have seen a scale-back in some operations,” Trotman pointed out. With its $43 billion investment into local operations, the Barama Company was said to be one of Guyana’s biggest employers, employing approximately 1000 Guyanese.The company contributes about $400 million in taxes, royalties and other fees annually, with some $1.6 billion paid out for local services and goods.last_img read more

ERC to launch harmony campaign, unity play

first_imgThe Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) is set to launch the first part of its 2019 harmony campaign on Friday at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown in its bid to foster cohesion in society.The activities are scheduled to commence from 18:00h with a national unity song performed by prominent Guyanese artistes Mark Ferdinand and Tshanna Cort. Adding to the excitement, there will be five harmony-themed public service announcements, four posters, a harmony “passport”, and designs for two billboards and the Commission’s new website, which will also be presented as the night unfolds.Meanwhile, a stage play, “I AM US”, which speaks to “unity and which examines some societal factors that impact on social cohesion”, will also be presented to the public for the first time.The theatrical presentation will feature prominent Guyanese actors and actresses, and will be staged on March 2 after the gala opening ceremony and on March 3, at the National Cultural Centre. Both performances are slated to begin at 19:00h and admission is free of cost.According to the Commission, this campaign seeks to promote its constitutional mandate of establishing good relations and a sense of togetherness among the people of Guyana.“The Commission firmly believes this campaign, which is in keeping with its constitutional mandate to promote harmony and good relations, is vital in helping to enhance the environment to foster unity among all Guyanese. It remains optimistic that Guyanese will find useful the materials which will be made available and will be conduits to aid distribution countrywide.”All are requested to attend and the invitation is extended to all stakeholders.last_img read more

Legal action to be taken for sale of fake products – GA-FDD warns

first_imgA picture of the “fake” milk at the centre of the issueThe Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) will be moving to take legal actions against persons/businesses who are selling fake products on the local market.GA-FDD head Marlon Cole, gave the warning on Tuesday after reports surfaced that a Bourda, Georgetown grocery store had sold a woman fake powered milk.Reports are the customer returned the milk to a store and informed the employees that the milk was not authentic and that she could not risk feeding it to her children.A picture of the “fake” milk at the centre of the issueThe customer examined the product; it was dented and had a label printed in a foreign language.Speaking with this publication, Cole said besides the regular inspections his department conducts, the GA-FDD has to act based upon complaints. He said once a formal complaint is lodged, an investigation will be launched.Speaking directly about the fake milk, Cole said, “We would have to make a determination, particularly as to the source of such milk…There are legal repercussions in terms of someone selling milk (or any consumable) that is fake… That is knowingly or deliberately selling a product not up to standard.”“Currently,” he continued, “The period between January and March we make stops and visit (business places) for licensing purposes by our officers, public health officers and sanitary inspectors.”He affirmed that customers have the right to seek refunds on their purchases if it does not reach the legal standard. That being said, Cole noted that such matters must be thoroughly examined because of instances where claims made have no merit.Part II, section 6 of the Food and Drugs Act states “Any person who labels, packages, treats, processes, sells or advertises any food in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its character, value, quantity, composition, merit or safety is guilty of an offence.”Part seven also reinforces this message, stating that “Where a standard has been prescribed for a food, any person who labels, packages, sells or advertises any article in such a manner that it is likely to be mistaken for such food, is, unless the article complies with the prescribed standard, guilty of an offence.”The GA-FDD is the regulatory body enforcing these laws and ensuring that consumable goods including drugs, food and beverages meet international standards and requirements. It also bears the responsibility for ensuring that goods are healthy for human consumption.The Department also ensures that when these items are imported they are screened, and pass the mark set for local standards before being released to the market for sale. It is not the first time the agency would have encountered fake milk or other fake products.It was only last year that the Department had cause to refuse entry to these shores some 2000 cases of tuna.According to reports, the containers were labelled “BUIWICK” instead of “BRUNSWICK” and the exact address of the manufacturer in the country of origin was not stated.The actions were taken by the Department after they were informed by an inspector’s report of the issue.The Department refused the cartons on the basis of the section six of the Food and Drugs Act previously quoted.At the time, it was reported that the Department would be notifying the regulatory agency of the People’s Republic of China on their findings and action, because official documentation with attestation were used to facilitate the shipment of the falsely labelled tuna to Guyana.Consumers were also being warned to always take a second look at labels, to ensure the ‘country of origin’ and the exact name and address of manufacturers are clearly stated.last_img read more

Longtime journalist George Kenney dies

first_imgBefore embarking on his journalism career, Kenney played trombone in various big bands including those of Henry Busse, Frankie Carle, Charlie Barnett and Billy May. After his retirement, he co-founded Big Band Alumni, made up of former members of big bands. He also served in the Navy during World War II. Kenney is survived by daughters Erin Kenney White and Kristine Kenney. He was preceded in death by his eldest daughter, Karen Marie, and a sister, Marie Kenney. A wake will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Glendale Moose Lodge, 357 W. Arden Ave. Memorial contributions may be made to the USC/Norris Cancer Research Center, 1441 Eastlake Ave., Los Angeles 90033. A private service will be held today in Lompoc for former sports writer George F. Kenney Jr., who died Feb. 28 in South Pasadena. He was 82. Kenney had worked as a sports writer and cartoonist during the early 1970s for the Valley News and Green Sheet, the forerunner of the Los Angeles Daily News. He went to work in the mid-’70s as sports editor for the Las Vegas Sun and retired as editor of the South Pasadena Review in the early 1990s. Kenney was born on Nov. 23, 1924, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to George and Anne Marie Theusen Kenney. He attended the University of Arizona and University of Southern California and graduated from the Westlake College of Music. (818) 713-3705160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MacArthur Park melee end to LAPD’s redemption bid?

first_imgCity leaders had hoped to convince U.S. District Judge Gary Allen Feess that the LAPD had changed and no longer needs court oversight. Now it will be much more difficult to make that case, especially if the judge has been reading newspapers or watching what has become a national story on TV. The decision by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to cut short his trip to Mexico to return to Los Angeles on Friday was not unexpected. But most observers had expected it to come sooner than it did. Villaraigosa, who left last Monday, was to be gone for 10 days on a Latin America trade and tourism trip. Late Thursday, however, aides said he decided to return after reviewing new videos of the incident in MacArthur Park. It was a sharp reversal from earlier in the week when the mayor rejected suggestions that he would return early. Ultimately, many political observers said Villaraigosa’s decision was a mistake. They recalled how former Mayor James Hahn was politically damaged when he was caught in Washington, D.C., after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and made no effort to return immediately to the city. As for Police Chief William Bratton, the confrontation could not have come at a worse time. Bratton, who is seeking a second five-year term as chief, experienced a near love-fest last Monday night when the Police Commission held a public hearing on his reappointment. With little criticism, it appeared Bratton was headed toward an easy reappointment. Now, however, the Police Commission is expected to be urged to hold a new round of hearings to more fully review whether Bratton has reformed the LAPD. To his credit, Bratton has done all the right things since the May Day protests. He has been out front in calling for an investigation and has conceded mistakes were made. He also is reaching out to media organizations to try to rebuild relations. “I consider myself media friendly,” Bratton said last week. “This shouldn’t have happened where our officers are attacking reporters and camera people. I consider a lot of you my friends.” On a lighter note, the Los Angeles Public Library has launched a six-month pilot project offering electronic cards that allow access to all of its data. City workers are participating in the program and head librarian Fontayne Holmes said she hopes to make the program available to the public within six months after any problems are worked out. “We have material that is available only in our libraries and is not available on the Internet,” Holmes said. “We think that this will prove popular, but we want to see how it works now.” Among the resources available are more than 100 databases with access to magazine, newspaper and encyclopedia articles as well as best-selling audio books, videos and classical music selections. (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s the same anxiety experienced by anyone leaving town for a while: Did I turn off the lights and the coffeemaker? Do I have my passport and tickets? What time do I need to get to the airport? And if you’re L.A.’s mayor, you have to add another item to the checklist: Did I remind the LAPD not to beat up protesters and reporters while I’m away? The May Day melee at MacArthur Park came as the Los Angeles Police Department was on the path to regaining public confidence, shedding an image of being bully boys and showing it had been transformed. But in one sweeping moment, that all has been called into question. Leaders find themselves voicing new frustrations and raising new concerns over the department’s future: Can it ever be truly reformed, and will the latest mess keep it under the constraints of a federal consent decree even longer? last_img read more

Is Burnley vs Watford on TV? Start-time & team news for Premier League clash

first_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures smart causal Dyche has seen his side progress to the Europa League playoffs highlights What is the team news?Gerard Deulofeu is a doubt for Sunday’s game due to a groin injury, despite returning to training last week.Anders Lindegaarf, Robert Brady, Nick Pope and Steven Defour are all missing for the Clarets.New goalkeeper Joe Hart has kept three clean-sheets on the bounce and is all set to feature again in net. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday Burnley are back in action as they welcome Watford to fortress Turf Moor.Legs are already weary in the Clarets camp after another extra-time Europa League win on Thursday, whilst Watford began their Premier League campaign with a solid three points against Brighton. ALTERED Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes NEW ERA Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more FOOTBALL LATEST 1 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? What time is kick-off?This Premier League clash takes place on Sunday, August 19.It will be held at Turf Moor where kick-off is at 1.30pm.Burnley won both the meetings between the sides last season, with Scott Arfield netting the winner here in December.Which channel is the game on?Unfortunately, this game is not being shown live in the UK.Burnley have an early kick-off on Sunday because of their Europa League exploits, which gives them extra time to recover. possible standings Getty last_img read more