Fans shut out as coronavirus fears grip US sport

first_imgRead Also: Coronavirus: F1 continuing is shocking – HamiltonESPN reported on Wednesday that the NBA was studying a range of measures to mitigate the spread of the virus, including moving games to neutral venues or cities without outbreaks.The NBA has already eliminated media from locker rooms, a staple of US team sport post-game interaction, in what the league vows will be a temporary measure.According to US health officials, more than 1,000 people in the United States have contracted the coronavirus and at least 31 deaths have been attributed to it.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, believes NBA games should be played without fans to limit risk of exposure to the new coronavirus Sport across the United States and Canada was gripped by coronavirus fears on Wednesday, with basketball, baseball, soccer and ice hockey all hit as local authorities ordered bans on spectators at sporting events. The Golden State Warriors will play the Brooklyn Nets at San Francisco’s Chase Center on Thursday behind closed doors to combat the spread of the new coronavirus Days after the Indian Wells tennis tournament in California became the highest profile casualty of the crisis, mounting concern over the possible spread of COVID-19 prompted Canadian authorities to cancel the World Figure Skating Championships, which were due to take place in Montreal from March 16-22. The decision came after escalating anxiety about the potential for unchecked transmission of the virus amongst fans attending sporting events. In the western states of Washington and California – two regions battling significant outbreaks – local authorities issued bans on large gatherings of spectators. In San Francisco, officials announced a two-week ban on all gatherings of crowds larger than 1,000 people. The Golden State Warriors NBA team immediately confirmed it would play Thursday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets at San Francisco’s Chase Center behind closed doors. “Due to escalating concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, and in consultation with the City and County of San Francisco, tomorrow night’s game vs. the Nets at Chase Center will be played without fans,” the Warriors said. All other events at the venue scheduled through March 21 would be postponed or cancelled, the team said. The San Francisco Giants baseball team said a planned pre-season game against the Oakland Athletics on March 24 would be rescheduled. So far, the major professional sports leagues in North America have not followed suit, stopping short of blanket edicts restricting spectator access.However, earlier Wednesday, a senior US public health official urged the NBA to stage games behind closed doors to fight the spread of the disease.Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told a US Congressional panel in Washington that the agency believed any large gatherings of people represented a risk of COVID-19 spreading.“We would recommend that there not be large crowds. If that means not having any people in the audience, as the NBA plays, so be it,” Fauci said. “Anything that has large crowd is something that would give the risk to spread.”Fauci is the most senior official to publicly advocate for sports to be played in fan-free arenas as the United States battles the coronavirus outbreak. Loading… A similar directive in neighboring Santa Clara County forced the postponement of a March 21 Major League Soccer game between the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City. In Washington state, authorities announced a ban on all gatherings of more than 250 people in three counties until at least the end of March, including the area which covers Seattle. – ‘More aggressive position’ – “It is clear that our state needs a more vigorous and more comprehensive and more aggressive position if we are going to slow the spread of this epidemic,” Washington governor Jay Inslee said. The MLS’s Seattle Sounders later said a game against FC Dallas on March 21 had been postponed. The Seattle Mariners baseball said they would seek to reschedule the club’s opening home games of the 2020 season, which had been set for late March. In Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine said he would make a formal order to prevent teams, including the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, from allowing fans into venues. Meanwhile, the wildly popular climax to the US college basketball season – “March Madness” – will be played in virtually fan-free arenas after the NCAA said only relatives and essential personnel would be allowed at games. “I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance,” National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) president Mark Emmert said. The NCAA took the unprecedented move after consulting public health officials. 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Mall denies employees, tenants have COVID-19

first_img“As part of SM Supermalls’ commitment to create a safe and healthy environment for everyone, we have conducted a voluntary COVID-19 antibody rapid testing for all employees and agency frontliners in a venue outside our mall premises,” it said. The management of the mall issued an official statement on Sunday, June 14, to debunk the online rumor. “We would like to remind the public that only DOH or LGU can release any official reports on positive or negative Covid-19 cases,” the statement added. “This information circulating online is false. Same man ini nga news nga nagalibot last week sa Baguio, Iloilo,” SM City-Bacolod media and public relations manager May Castro said. The management also encouraged the public to refrain from spreading fake and unverified information related to the coronavirus crisis./PN Castro said they have not received any reports from the Department of Health (DOH) nor the local government unit (LGU) on any positive cases for COVID-19 related to mall employees or its tenants. BACOLOD City – SM City Bacolod has rejected circulating online messages claiming that some of its employees and tenants were infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).last_img read more

Nick Meyer

first_imgNick MeyerTo borrow from the intro to Wide World of Sports, Nick Meyer’s season has ranged from the ag­ony of two wrecked race cars to the thrill of qualifying for the Super Nationals Modified main event.In just his 16th night in the car he bought midway through the year, Meyer ran second to veteran RickyNick MeyerStephan in Wednesday’s first qualifying feature at Boone Speedway.“We met and exceeded all our goals and it was only he first day of qualifying,” said the Whitte­more driver, now hoping to raise the bar again for the big show on Saturday. “I never expected to qualify into the ‘A’ feature, especially on the first night.”“The way this car sets up, it does what we always tried to get the SportMod to do,” he added. “I feel more confident driving this car than I ever did driving a SportMod.”Meyer cut a swath through his Northern SportMod competition but two wrecks over the course of just four days forced him to decide between buying another SportMod or making the jump to the Modified.He opted to take the step up, purchasing a 2012 Victory Chassis with the idea of getting in seat time the rest of 2017. Meyer never expected that some of that seat time would come in the champion­ship feature at Super Nationals.“I learned to be more patient early on,” said Meyer, previously a qualifier for Hobby Stock and North­ern SportMod championship events at Super Nationals. “I don’t have any butterflies now but I’m sure they’ll come.”*Ricky Stephan won big again at Boone Speedway, topping Chris Abelson 2-0 in a best of three game of Rochambeau Thursday afternoon in the fan zone.Along with a wealth of contingency awards, Stephan won the pole start in Saturday’s main event.The rest of rock, paper, scissors results for the front eight spots on the inside row put Nick Meyer third, Nick Roberts fourth, Darin Duffy fifth, Randy McDaniel sixth, Drew Christianson seventh and Cay­den Carter eighth.*last_img read more

Guyana’s sole female FIFA referee nominated again for CONCACAF award

first_imgSERGEANT Maurees Skeete of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF),and the country’s only female FIFA referee, has been nominated for the 2nd consecutive year by the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) for the Female Referee of The Year Award.This is the second CONCACAF award nomination for Skeete in this category, having been nominated last year. She is among nine other female referees who have been nominated for this award, which is in its fourth year and is one of the two Caribbean referees nominated this year.In an invited comment, Skeete expressed her pleasure at the nomination, “Since being appointed as a FIFA referee in 2014, I’ve trained and worked very hard to deliver my best on the pitch at every tournament at which I was appointed to officiate. It is a distinct honour for me to have been nominated for CONCACAF Female Referee of the Year. This is a good feeling and I’m grateful for this recognition. I could not have done it without the creator, my family and my organization, the Guyana Defence Force which has supported me throughout this (journey).”The two-time Guyana Football Referees Council ‘Female Referee of Year’ recipient is a consistent performer at local, regional and hemispheric tournaments.Other nominees for the Female Referee of the Year are: Carol Ann Chenard (Canada), Kimberly Moreira (Costa Rica), Marie Soleil Beaudoin (Canada), Melissa Borjas Pastrana (Honduras), Mirian Leon ( EL Salvador), Ekaterina Koroleva ( USA), Princess Brown (Jamaica), Quetzalli Alvarado( Mexico) and Shirley Perello ( El Salvador).The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) urges local football supporters to vote for Ms. Skeete via read more

Mensur Peljto is teaching boxing free of charge

first_imgBoxing school ”Peljto”, every day has more and more students, and so far more than hundred young men attended it, and their teacher is former boxing champion Mensur Peljto.Trainings are being held in Skenderija, and they are free for everyone, and all beginners will receive gloves and other equipment.Mensur Peljto said that he hopes that some of those young men will achieve results in boxing, and added that trainings are being held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He noted that he’s convinced that among them there are Olympic hopes, and said that once a week he talks about nourishment, discipline, and way of life of a boxer.last_img

Iowa Supreme Court hears arguments in case of Medicaid payment for sex-change surgery

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday in the Department of Human Services appeal of a district court ruling that said the state Medicaid program has to pay for sex-change surgery for two transgender individuals.The lower court ruling says the state violated the Iowa Civil Rights Act and the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution by refusing payment, but lawyer Matthew Gillespie argued that is not the case.”This case is not about whether transgender Iowans have suffered and continue to suffer from pernicious discrimination. This case is not about whether transgender Iowans have legitimate medical needs related to gender dysphoria,” Gillespie says. ” In fact, this case is not about transgender Iowans at all.”He says the case centers on the rules followed by the state. “This case is about whether Iowa Medicaid appropriately denied coverage for surgeries performed primarily for psychological For the reasons outlined in our brief, and I will discuss here today, the answer should be ‘yes’,” according to Gillespie.Gillespie says the rules were not specifically written to discriminate against transgender Iowans.”The petitioners have argued that transgender Iowans seeking coverage for procedures to treat gender dysphoria are similarly situated to non-transgender Iowans seeking treatment for the same procedures to address nonphysiological conditions,” according to Gillespie. “And in doing so, it reveals the true nature of the crux of the issue is not gender identity — but is instead focused on psychological versus non-psychological health.”Gillespie also disputes the idea that the issue violates the Iowa Civil Rights Act. “Had the Iowa Civil Rights Act been intended to apply in circumstances such as this, there would have been a more clear indication that it was meant to. Again, the application of that act to policy decisions of the executive is a massive expansion unprecedented in the state and contrary to both federal and other state law,” Gillespie argued.The attorney for the other side, John Knight, says the state has tried to move the target. “The state in challenging the district court’s ruling has in a sense taken on the role of medical expert. And they’ve proposed a different set of facts with respect to the regulation,” Knight says. He says the state is wrong about the need for the surgery.“In a sense they have recharacterized the nature of this surgery here as cosmetic by their use of the language psychological services. The record evidence however shows that this surgery is medically necessary, and that it is really life-saving treatment for a number of individuals — including my clients,” Knight says.Knight was asked about how big an impact this would have. “Everyone with gender dysphoria does not need surgery. My clients do, and so there would certainly be medical people involved — both a surgeon and a mental health professional, at least one and sometimes two who are assessing the necessity of the coverage,” according to Knight. “And the reality is, this is a very small population, so we are not talking about a about significant number of people.”Knight says the state also has it wrong when it comes to the denial of payment violating the Iowa Civil Rights Act.“Section B of the public accommodations definition talks about units of government and it talks about services provided by a unit of government. There’s nothing that limits those services to on-site services. So I think you’d have to be basically writing an exception in that isn’t there,” according to Knight.The Supreme Court will issue a ruling on the case at a later date.last_img read more


first_imgHARPS LEAVE THEIR SIX SHOOTERS AT HOMEDisaster. Absolute disaster. Jim McGuinness goes and announces that he’s quitting the Donegal job just as Finn Harps were preparing to give St. Pat’s the push from this year’s F.A.I. Cup and thus stealing all the media limelight from Ollie Horgan’s Paddy Walsh Harps won’t get their hands on the FAI Cup this year.There might have been some of us a bit peeved had Harps actually done the impossible on Sunday and the McGuinness story dominated the weekend coverage. Poor timing, Jim, but as it happens, not much harm done given the end result from Richmond Park.Apart from a fifteen or twenty minute period – most of those minutes coming immediately after Packie Mailey rose into the Inchicore sky to head Harps level – there was no doubt who was going to come out on top. Some of the football by the home side was as polished as the trophy they were playing towards and there was little the Donegal side could do to stem the tide apart from surrendering possession so easily at times.And making a series of errors and misjudgements to hand Pat’s their 6-1 pathway to the Cup Final where, after last night’s replay, our old sparring partners, Derry City, await them.There were several nervy individual displays in the blue camp – the occasion and the live television coverage no doubt contributing to the below par performances. But I thought there were a few over-the-top claims regarding Harps supposedly physical approach to the game. St Pat’s midfielder, Conan Byrne and ‘Irish Independent’ reporter, Jamie Moore, were both insisting that Horgan’s team had been “very physical” throughout.But while Sean McCarron’s dreadful lunge near the end would have merited the red card it didn’t get, the only other incident of note involved Gareth Harkin – probably Harps best performer on the day – receiving a red card he shouldn’t have for a challenge on the edge of the Pat’s area on James Chambers.And there was little mention in most of the post match coverage of the punishing tackle by home defender Kenny Browne that floored Pat McCann inside the penalty area when neither a spot-kick or a card was awarded. A goal then would have put Harps 2-1 up but you’d have to be the ultimate optimist to believe that they would have gone on to win it even then.So not the finest moments on the field of play but, off it, there was much to be proud of – particularly concerning those blue and white clad supporters to the rear of one of the goals who sang from start to finish and showed what true support means.While the victim of McCarron’s x-rated tackle was being treated with time almost up, I watched Packie Mailey stand looking at those singing fans with quiet amazement and probably wondering like the rest of us in the visiting stand, how they would have been reacting were Harps actually leading at that stage. ANOTHER JIM ON THE WAY?Former Mayo manager James Horan has ruled himself out of the contention for the Donegal job.Immediately after the McGuinness announcement, I thought of one potential candidate away from the Declan Bonners, Rory Gallaghers and Martin McHughs that have been spoken about. And I see that former Mayo manager, James Horan is now apparently in the frame.There may, however, be too many questions demanding if he’s the finished article given that he never quite managed reaching the Holy Grail despite going so close in recent times.All this speculation, however, is still being overshadowed by the surprise (shock?) decision of the Glenties man to down tools and walk away from another construction job with the Donegal team. Was his demanding role with Glasgow Celtic the sole reason for his departure or was there something more? His family will no doubt be delighted to see more of him now that the commitments to managing the county team have been scribbled away into the history books (and what a book that would be if he ever gets around to penning it). But there’s surely another chapter in the sporting career of the remarkable Jim McGuinness waiting around some future corner.Meanwhile, here’s another name to throw into the ring. A Kilcar man with the G.A.A. inscribed in his heart.Only problem is someone will have to appoint John McNulty to the board of the Croke Park Museum before he can be even considered…FROM CLAIRE TO DUNFANAGHYNice tribute to Dunfanaghy Golf Club and some of its better known names in the ‘North-West Telegraph’ last week.The paper’s columnist, Claire Harrison, recalled 1989 when a young man named McGinley was being talked about as a serious star of the future after taking the honours in the Irish Amateur Close Championships. She had, back then, been doing practice rounds on the course with a bunch of fellow youngsters who were all dreaming of emulating the man in question.“After this first big title, it wasn’t long before a framed picture of McGinley, holding his impressive new silverware, was hung prominently in the clubhouse where he and his family have been members for many years. “ The immense pride in that achievement was followed by many more in the subsequent twenty-seven years – a pride, the writer said, that only intensified when Paul went on to a top-flight career as a professional including a key role in many Ryder Cup victories.Nobody, said Harrison who apparently watched the recent European triumph at Dunfanaghy Golf Club, was “surprised to see McGinley pull off a captainship that set the blueprint for all future Ryder Cup captains to follow.”A regular visitor to the resort, he had brought home the 2002 trophy to his home club after his ten foot putt had clinched the Cup. “And everyone’s certain he’ll be home again soon to show it off once more.”Added the Telegraph columnist: “The golfer’s parents, Mick and Julia, are very active members of the club, and nifty golfers themselves. They’ve both been very helpful to me at various times since I was a dreaming young golfer. Mick bent over backwards to help me with an article I wrote about McGinley after he won the Welsh Open in 2001 (not to mention making my dad’s day by giving him a golf jumper brought back from the Ryder Cup at Medinah) and I always came away with a gem of advice when I played with Julia in competitions.”Paul McGinley himself wasn’t just a great golfer but a “thoroughly decent man and leader.” A sentiment I can certainly vouch for after having interviewed him of couple of years ago at Letterkenny Golf Club.KEANE AND KERRLESSRoy KeaneHeaded into Tesco in Letterkenny yesterday to get hold of Keano’s autobiography but they must have sold out.You’ll be reading and hearing a lot more about it over the coming days and it’ll all make for some juicy footballing tales told in Roy’s – or Roddy Doyle’s – inimitable style (as in there’ll be a lot of expletives bandied about to make his point).Confessing to head-butting the Great Dane, Peter Schmeichel, and elaborating on his well documented fall-out with his former boss at Old Trafford, Alex Ferguson, and being strongly critical of the latter’s own face-off with J.P.McManus and John Magnier in a legal wrangle over the stud rights for The Rock of Gibraltar’ – just a couple of the revelations raised.Not having delved through it yet, I can’t say if it’s worth the buying – how many autobiographies do sports people think they can get away with in one lifetime? – but there was one particular point Keane made that I fully endorsed when he voiced criticism of the F.A.I. for sacking former manager, Brian Kerr, nine years ago.I never believed the Dubliner was given enough time in the job and I’m also convinced that John Delaney and Co. responded meekly then to the harsh verbals lashed on Kerr by the likes of the terrible twins, Dunphy and Giles, who appeared to harbour some snobbish attitude to the fact that the former St Patrick’s Athletic (oops, didn’t mean to mention them again here) boss was only of League of Ireland standard and therefore not suitable for the role.ROCK ON IRELANDAnd while on the subject of Gibraltar, they’re coming to the Aviva this Saturday but unless they’re bring The Rock with them expect a potential record breaking Irish win.Seamus Coleman, unfortunately, won’t be available for this or, it seems, the subsequent fixture against the Germans on Tuesday night, while the other Donegalman in the squad, Shay Given, also looks likely to miss out. A great servant to his country over the years but I’m not sure if he was right in returning to the fold. And surely, David Forde has done more than enough to keep his place.Meanwhile, if the Boys in Green can finish up with four points from these two qualifiers it will have been a job well executed.GAELS FORCEBit windy down our neck of the woods the other night but the Gaels are blowing to the delight of their supporters. Blowing into Division Three after completing their season by defeating rivals, St Mary’s of Convoy, it has been a long, long road (and you can add another few longs to that) for the Letterkenny side who finally clinched the Division Four title to claim the coveted trophy and the climb into upper ranks.They had already achieved it prior to the match against the Convoy men but the celebrations could only begin officially after the final whistle. And I hear they’re still going on.KEN YOU HEAR THE LIVERPOOL SING?Brendan Rodgers was a big fan of Ken Dodd – we think!Ken Dodd. Remember him? Big Liverpool F.C. fan though I’m not suggesting for one second that you have to be a comedian to follow them though it probably helps this season.Only reason I mention it is because of a piece I read in a paper a few days ago. Doddy was being interviewed on Granada Television some years back after appearing in the London Palladium when the programme presenter, Bob Greaves, asked him if he had been apprehensive about his reception in the English capital.“Yes, a little. I mean, you can tell a joke in Liverpool that’s guaranteed to get a laugh, but they wouldn’t laugh at it in London.”“And why do you think that is,” asked Greaves.Replied Dodd: “Well, they can’t hear it.”Priceless.WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY – THE DONEGAL DAILY SPORTS COLUMN was last modified: October 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Paddy Walshsports columnlast_img read more