Brazil’s Military Prepares to Fight Biological, Chemical, Nuclear Attacks during 2016 Rio Olympics

first_imgArmed Forces authorities are engaged in detailed planning that will help the Military conduct reconnaissance, gather intelligence, identify threats, prevent attacks, and reduce damages from any assaults, according to Major Luiz Carlos Lott Guimarães, chief of the CBRND Section of the Army’s Land Operations Command (Coter), headquartered in Brasília. In the event of an attack or an accident, victims would initially be treated in the contaminated area. By Dialogo January 27, 2015 Like its country’s best athletes, Brazil’s Armed Forces are busy preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5-21. As part of the preventive effort, the Brazilian Army will use three mobile laboratories, which will house samples of dangerous substances and their antidotes. The Army already has one of the labs, which was used during the 2014 World Cup. Brazil’s CBRND preparations began following a four-day conference in early December in Brasília, where members of the Brazilian Military met with Armed Forces officials from the United Kingdom. British Military authorities shared their experiences providing security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In the event of an attack or an accident, victims would initially be treated in the contaminated area. Six CBRND physicians, two nurses, and 11 nursing assistants are assigned to the IMAE. By the end of 2015, their ranks will be buttressed by an additional 30 medical personnel. “With the arrival of these large events, the Ministry of Defense has identified a need for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) to be prepared as well,” explained First Lieutenant, Paulo Pires Jr., medical doctor and assistant chief of the IMAE Operational Health Subdivision. “In the event of an accident or an attack, time is of the essence to minimize collateral damage,” Maj. Guimarães said. Recent terrorist attacks, such as the assault by two gunmen against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7, have raised the Brazilian Military’s alert level, even though the Rio Olympics are more than a year away. As part of the preventive effort, the Brazilian Army will use three mobile laboratories, which will house samples of dangerous substances and their antidotes. The Army already has one of the labs, which was used during the 2014 World Cup. Brazil’s CBRND preparations began following a four-day conference in early December in Brasília, where members of the Brazilian Military met with Armed Forces officials from the United Kingdom. British Military authorities shared their experiences providing security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The Army plans on training civilians in the Identification of Terrorist Threats Protocol. During the 2014 World Cup, officials and support teams from the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) received this training, as were employees of federal government agencies. Great! Great! Great! My sister went missing in 2012. I want to find her more than anything. I think it’s great to give all possible support. The Armed Forces are held in high esteem by the Brazilian people. I am so proud to love and admire them. I’d like to keep getting news about Paulo Lopes. I hope they teach Paraguayan peers that in Paraguay speaking about biological or chemical weapons is taboo. My goodness, that is something else. I liked it. It was very practical. Great I look forward to a military intervention authorized by the Constitution! What’s being done to Brazil and the Holy Scripture is very disrespectful to the Armed Forces and the nation. I request with the utmost respect that you take an oath to die for your country. I have always been proud of the Armed Forces and still am. I would like the Brazilian Army to free Brazil of the corrupt officials destroying our homeland. I hope the comments don’t get censured. I sincerely admire and am very proud of my country’s armed forces. The greatest enemies of Brazil are the corrupt politicians. I think it’s best to fight them. I will never get information from this network again. Great. The government has to invest more in the Armed Forces of Brazil. “The exercises will involve the entire chain of action, from contact from the incident site to the final mission, which is the transportation of the victim after decontamination,” according to 1st. Lt. Pires Jr. “We are going to train exhaustively to mitigate the risk.” The different branches of the Armed Forces – the Army, Air Force, and Navy – are working together in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (CBRND) system during the Olympics. “The team responsible for taking the injured from the hot zone (where the incident occurred) to the hospital is the Ministry of Health team,” Maj. Guimarães said. “Air transport will be handled by the Air Force.” Surveillance will focus on Rio “The environment is one of reducing violence,” Maj. Guimarães said. “We did have a terrorist attack during the Munich Olympics in 1972.” He was referring to the terrorist attack by the Palestinian group Black September which killed 11 Israeli athletes and one German police officer. German police killed five of the eight Black September attackers and captured the three survivors. While Military personnel are preparing to respond to any location, Rio de Janeiro will be the primary focus of CBRND surveillance. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has divided the locations for the sports competitions into four clusters: Barra, Deodoro, Copacabana, and Maracanã. While Military personnel are preparing to respond to any location, Rio de Janeiro will be the primary focus of CBRND surveillance. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has divided the locations for the sports competitions into four clusters: Barra, Deodoro, Copacabana, and Maracanã. The task of guarding against unconventional attacks involving biological, chemical, radiological, or nuclear weapons during the Olympic Games is a bigger challenge than any the Armed Faces have previously faced. The Air Force prepares for the Rio Olympics However, the Army’s CBRND section, which has a training center is located in Rio’s Realengo neighborhood, consists of two Military units: one Battalion with 409 Troops, located in Rio, and one Company with 100 Soldiers, located in GoiâniaThe Center is used to train Brazilian Military members, as well as Armed Forces officers from other countries. The importance of technology Under the Military’s plan, doctors, nurses, radiologists, and support personnel will work in shifts during the duration of the Olympics. The first step would be to isolate the area. Next, specialized CBRND teams would conduct reconnaissance in the contaminated area, which would help Military medical officials determine what they need to do to minimize the harm. “In the event of an accident or an attack, time is of the essence to minimize collateral damage,” Maj. Guimarães said. While the Army will oversee the use of the mobile labs, the Air Force is preparing to transport victims of unconventional attacks or accidents at event locations. The Air Force is creating specialized teams, under the direction of the Aerospace Medical Institute (IMAE), which is located in Rio de Janeiro, on the Air Force University (Unifa) campus. In addition to training for athletic competitions, the Military is getting ready to deal with any biological, chemical, radiological, or nuclear attack or accident that might occur during the competition. “People think the Olympics are like another World Cup, but they aren’t. The Olympics are several World Cups,” Maj. Guimarães added. “Brazil traditionally has not been a focal point [for terrorist attacks], but we cannot eliminate any risk.” Under the Military’s plan, doctors, nurses, radiologists, and support personnel will work in shifts during the duration of the Olympics. The other two labs are being purchased from a private company in the United States, at a total cost of $1.8 million. These labs will be transported to Brazil and also deployed in Rio. “The environment is one of reducing violence,” Maj. Guimarães said. “We did have a terrorist attack during the Munich Olympics in 1972.” He was referring to the terrorist attack by the Palestinian group Black September which killed 11 Israeli athletes and one German police officer. German police killed five of the eight Black September attackers and captured the three survivors. “We use detectors that function with ions and can access a vast library to identify chemical, radiological, and nuclear agents. The substances are identified at the mobile laboratory,” Maj. Guimarães said. In addition to training for athletic competitions, the Military is getting ready to deal with any biological, chemical, radiological, or nuclear attack or accident that might occur during the competition. Military authorities have conducted two training courses for doctors, nurses, and nurses assistants since 2013, and are planning to provide two more by the end of 2015. “The team responsible for taking the injured from the hot zone (where the incident occurred) to the hospital is the Ministry of Health team,” Maj. Guimarães said. “Air transport will be handled by the Air Force.” The Brazilian Military activated the joint CBRND system to provide security during the World Military Games in 2011, and again for the World Cup in 2014. However, the Army’s CBRND section, which has a training center is located in Rio’s Realengo neighborhood, consists of two Military units: one Battalion with 409 Troops, located in Rio, and one Company with 100 Soldiers, located in GoiâniaThe Center is used to train Brazilian Military members, as well as Armed Forces officers from other countries. Brazilian Military prepares for an unprecedented challenge Using devices which detect chemical, biological, and nuclear material, the Army will monitor three areas and the Navy one, Copacabana. For the soccer stadiums located outside these areas, the Army’s CBRND section will monitor São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Brasília from a distance, while the Navy will do the same for Salvador. The Air Force prepares for the Rio Olympics Surveillance will focus on Rio The Brazilian Military activated the joint CBRND system to provide security during the World Military Games in 2011, and again for the World Cup in 2014. “The exercises will involve the entire chain of action, from contact from the incident site to the final mission, which is the transportation of the victim after decontamination,” according to 1st. Lt. Pires Jr. “We are going to train exhaustively to mitigate the risk.” Technology is a crucial part of the effort to prevent a dirty bomb attack, other types of unconventional assaults, and damaging accidents involving the release of dangerous substances into the environment. The importance of technology “We use detectors that function with ions and can access a vast library to identify chemical, radiological, and nuclear agents. The substances are identified at the mobile laboratory,” Maj. Guimarães said. The different branches of the Armed Forces – the Army, Air Force, and Navy – are working together in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (CBRND) system during the Olympics. Like its country’s best athletes, Brazil’s Armed Forces are busy preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5-21. The task of guarding against unconventional attacks involving biological, chemical, radiological, or nuclear weapons during the Olympic Games is a bigger challenge than any the Armed Faces have previously faced. Using devices which detect chemical, biological, and nuclear material, the Army will monitor three areas and the Navy one, Copacabana. For the soccer stadiums located outside these areas, the Army’s CBRND section will monitor São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Brasília from a distance, while the Navy will do the same for Salvador. The Army plans on training civilians in the Identification of Terrorist Threats Protocol. During the 2014 World Cup, officials and support teams from the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) received this training, as were employees of federal government agencies. The other two labs are being purchased from a private company in the United States, at a total cost of $1.8 million. These labs will be transported to Brazil and also deployed in Rio. Each training session lasts five days, with lessons conducted eight hours a day. About 30 medical personnel will participate in each training session, during which they will wear special protective clothing as they go through drills on how to detect chemical and biological agents and decontaminate people who have been exposed to harmful substances. Technology is a crucial part of the effort to prevent a dirty bomb attack, other types of unconventional assaults, and damaging accidents involving the release of dangerous substances into the environment. “With the arrival of these large events, the Ministry of Defense has identified a need for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) to be prepared as well,” explained First Lieutenant, Paulo Pires Jr., medical doctor and assistant chief of the IMAE Operational Health Subdivision. While the Army will oversee the use of the mobile labs, the Air Force is preparing to transport victims of unconventional attacks or accidents at event locations. The Air Force is creating specialized teams, under the direction of the Aerospace Medical Institute (IMAE), which is located in Rio de Janeiro, on the Air Force University (Unifa) campus. Recent terrorist attacks, such as the assault by two gunmen against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7, have raised the Brazilian Military’s alert level, even though the Rio Olympics are more than a year away. “People think the Olympics are like another World Cup, but they aren’t. The Olympics are several World Cups,” Maj. Guimarães added. “Brazil traditionally has not been a focal point [for terrorist attacks], but we cannot eliminate any risk.” The first step would be to isolate the area. Next, specialized CBRND teams would conduct reconnaissance in the contaminated area, which would help Military medical officials determine what they need to do to minimize the harm. Armed Forces authorities are engaged in detailed planning that will help the Military conduct reconnaissance, gather intelligence, identify threats, prevent attacks, and reduce damages from any assaults, according to Major Luiz Carlos Lott Guimarães, chief of the CBRND Section of the Army’s Land Operations Command (Coter), headquartered in Brasília. Six CBRND physicians, two nurses, and 11 nursing assistants are assigned to the IMAE. By the end of 2015, their ranks will be buttressed by an additional 30 medical personnel. Brazilian Military prepares for an unprecedented challenge Military authorities have conducted two training courses for doctors, nurses, and nurses assistants since 2013, and are planning to provide two more by the end of 2015. Each training session lasts five days, with lessons conducted eight hours a day. About 30 medical personnel will participate in each training session, during which they will wear special protective clothing as they go through drills on how to detect chemical and biological agents and decontaminate people who have been exposed to harmful substances. last_img read more

Adapting to a changing membership: A few suggestions for credit union board members

first_imgAlbert Einstein described insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” While that quote isn’t new to any of us, most of us are guilty of putting forth old ideas and expecting new outcomes  …  not a successful recipe for adapting to the changing needs of members.To fully understand adapting to change, we need to accept (please note: I didn’t say “embrace”) and understand that change is inevitable. Likewise, change is manageable. Wikipedia presents this succinct explanation: change management is an approach to shifting/transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations from a current state to a desired future state. I added the emphasis on the last three words … “desired future state.”Now we’re getting somewhere: focusing on the future is the starting point for adapting to change, including changes that come as a result of a shifting membership. And, adopting a forward-thinking attitude fits perfectly within the role of a volunteer board member since setting clear direction for management, including a strategic vision, is one of the most important jobs of a credit union board (if not the most important).So we’ve established that “change happens,” and that the starting point for effectively managing change is to focus on your desired endpoint … now what? Well, now is the time to make some adjustments to your board’s routines to ensure that you can adapt to meet your changing membership’s needs. Here are four steps that can make a huge difference in the way you look at your credit union and the world.1. Review Your Strategic Plan At Every Board MeetingYes, you read that correctly! Include the strategic plan as a part of your board agenda. Ask questions of your CEO to ensure that they are moving the credit union in the direction that you intended and be willing to make mid-year adjustments to your plan. Let’s be realistic, often what seems to be a really great idea during the strategic planning process may not pan out … determine that quickly and move on.2. Become A Life-Long Learner Don’t just be satisfied with the “same-old, same-old” approach to things. Actively search out new approaches and different perspectives. Take advantage of the resources you have at hand.Engage community leaders at your board meetings—encourage them to join yourconversations so you can learn what’s going on in your field of membership.Invite students to your board meetings and ask them what’s trending in their population. Be willing to listen and include their ideas in your decision-making.Attend conferences and chapter meetings to network with other credit union board members and learn what’s going on in their shop.Visit websites dedicated to board education.3. Find And Follow Good Examples         Incorporate the best practices that you learn from community leaders, students, other CU board members, and conferences into your board’s culture.4. Adopt A Consent Agenda The purpose of a consent agenda is to free discussion from administrative details and repetitious discussions with intent toward better governance byallowing more time for strategic discussion.Adapting to a changing membership requires a governance structure that encourages forward-thinking. By simply shifting your focus from the past to the future, you will alter your inputs and likely move away from the cycle of insanity so aptly described by one of the brightest minds in the history of mankind. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tracie Kenyon Tracie Kenyon is President/CEO of the Montana’s Credit Unions, the trade association for Montana’s credit unions and credit union organizations. She is currently the chair of the … Web: https://www.mcun.coop Detailslast_img read more

Pandemic drives expectant moms in US to embrace home births

first_imgZoom appointments”We usually have between four and six [births] per month… and now we are maxed out at eight per month, and we actually have 10 in July,” said certified nurse midwife Mairi Breen Rothman.Her practice — M.A.M.A.S., just outside Washington — has hired a third midwife, its schedule is booked solid through August, and it has had to turn away potential clients.Midwives are being forced to change the way they work in order to prevent the spread of the virus — cutting down on house calls, seeing patients via online tools like Zoom and wearing face masks.Rothman makes patients wait in their car rather than in the waiting room, and asks them to leave behind their personal possessions before going in for the examination.”The clients come to the house and they text us from their car. When the person before them is gone, we tell them that they can come in. They come to the door via the separate entrance,” she said.After the check-up, when the patient leaves, staff wipe down every surface that might have been touched, as well as door knobs, light switches, clinical equipment and so on. “We clean the bathroom. And then we call the next person to come in,” Rothman says with a nervous laugh.Esposito, who plans to give birth while watching part of the “Lord of the Rings” saga, said she will take no risks once her child is born into a world that has changed almost overnight.”I’m just going to stay in my bubble for the most part,” she said. “I don’t think we’re going to have much interaction with people other than, like, Skype.” Like many expectant mothers, Gina Conley is nervous. But there is a lot more to worry about these days, with a virulent outbreak overwhelming hospitals and convincing pregnant women to opt for the relative safety of a home birth.”I won’t have to go to a hospital where there are potentially a lot of sick people and staff that have been exposed to the coronavirus,” says the 32-year-old from North Carolina.The pandemic has torn through one country after another, laying waste to economies, roiling public institutions and notching around 400,000 infections in the United States — more than 12,000 of them fatal. As hospital wards become battlefields in the war against this looming threat, choosing where to give birth is a quandary many expectant mothers did not expect to have to face.Fear of infection, staff and drug shortages, and increasingly strict rules on visitors are leading more and more women to consider shunning hospitals.But soon-to-be moms must weigh fears for their newborns and worries over their own health with the prohibitive cost of having a baby at home.Conley, who is seven months pregnant, said she will pay more than $4,000 to cover the services associated with a home birth, the largest of which is typically the midwife.  ‘Not an option’ Ashley Esposito, a 35-year-old data specialist from the East Coast port city of Baltimore, expects to fork out up to $8,000 up front.”Paying all that chunk of money, especially given the financial situation, you know — there are people from my husband’s job who were laid off,” Esposito told AFP.”Nothing is, like, 100 percent guaranteed.”Esposito has added her name to a list of 1,300 people who have signed a petition urging health insurers in the state of Maryland to provide better coverage of home births.Like many soon-to-be moms, she worries about new anti-infection rules adopted by some hospitals that limit the number of people who can be in the delivery room.”This is our first healthy baby so my husband not being there is not an option for me,” said Esposito, who used in vitro fertilization after two miscarriages.In New York, hospitals had barred husbands or partners from delivery rooms until Governor Andrew Cuomo stepped in last month and signed a decree stating no women had to give birth alone.Jordan Perez, 30, will soon reach full term in Homer, Alaska, where she decided to have her baby at home. “I’ve always wanted to have a home birth but before the virus happened, my midwife team didn’t offer home birth,” said Perez, who sells cosmetic products.”I think about a week ago, they said, ‘OK, let’s go for it. With the virus that’s happening, we can make it happen,'” she added.With health services bracing for worse to come in a crisis of historic proportions, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says hospitals remain safe places to give birth.Nevertheless, midwives are struggling to cope with the sudden boom in demand for their expertise in home births.Of roughly 12,000 certified nurse midwives and midwives in America, an estimated 3,000 practice outside hospitals.center_img “It’s definitely not cheap but having the birth experience that we want, with a lot less anxiety — we felt like it was worth it,” the fitness coach told AFP.Home births are considered “out of network” under many plans in the byzantine US health insurance ecosphere, and couples are rarely lucky enough to be fully covered.  Topics :last_img read more

Liberia Releases last known Ebola Patient from Care

first_imgLiberia’s last Ebola patient left hospital on Thursday to cheers of delight from friends and family, a year after the west African country reported its first case. The capital Monrovia was once at the heart of an epidemic that has killed nearly 10,000 people across west Africa. The country will be deemed officially Ebola-free once 42 days have passed with no new cases. CCTV’s Maria Galang reports.last_img

Baca earns redemption, takes IMCA Modified title at Desert Classic

first_imgChaz Baca Jr. topped Canyon Speedway Park’s $3,000 to win IMCA Modified Desert Classic main event. (Photo by Taylor Brook Photography)By Tony SteelePEORIA, Ariz. (Feb. 24-25) – The 29th annual IMCA Desert Classic at Canyon Speedway Park is in the record book and Chaz Baca Jr. wrote his own chapter with the win in the 40-lap headliner for IMCA Modifieds.Baca powered his way from dead last in his heat race early in the night to victory lane in the $3,000 to win main event.“I’ve won at Canyon multiple times in a mod-lite but this is the first time in Modified,” Baca said following the top paying checkers of his career in the sanctioned class. “We had a caution with four to go and I was nervous because I knew Cody Laney was right behind me and Hunter Marriott was coming up quick.”After a post race tech violation had gotten Baca disqualified from his second finishing position in Friday qualifying, he started last in his heat race and 13th in the feature field. Picking off cars one by one, Baca set his sights on pole starter Brian Schultz.Schultz was strong early on, before the frontrunners caught up with the back of the field. The leader’s setup seemed to fade after halfway point as Schultz passed the lead off to Baca in the late stages of the race.Baca was not seriously challenged the remainder of the way and made his way to the winner’s circle. Laney finished in the runner-up spot while Schultz took home third after leading the majority of the race. Marriott had restarted at the back after getting sideways to miss a spinning car and charged all the way back to fourth while Marlyn Seidler rounded out the top five.Baca, piloting a Mark Stewart-owned ride, was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. The win was also his first of 2017.“With 40 laps, I thought a top five finish would be great. Winning was feasible depending on the track,” he said. “As it became multi-laned I became more confident. It was nerve wracking there at the end because I didn’t know for sure where anybody else was but as it turned out I was able to win by about half a straightaway.”Jason George rebounded to take the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod race while George Fronsman dominated en route to sweeping the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Joe Vlasity checked in for night two and checked out on the field in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.  Feature Results  Modifieds – 1. Chaz Baca Jr.; 2. Cody Laney; 3. Brian Schultz; 4. Hunter Marriott; 5. Marlyn Seidler; 6. Spencer Wilson; 7. Grey Ferrando; 8. Austin Kuehl; 9. Bryson Curry; 10. Steve Johnson; 11. Eric Center; 12. Garth Dushanek; 13. Bubba Stafford; 14. Michael Dotson; 15. Don Hagen; 16. Kenny Gill; 17. Jeff Stafford Sr.; 18. Kelsie Foley; 19. John Parmeley; 20. David Ven­nard; 21. Guy Norton; 22. Ryan Roath; 23. Cory Sauerman.  Northern SportMods – 1. Jason George; 2. Dale Irby; 3. Mark Madrid; 4. Chris Caldwell; 5. Jim MacNeil; 6. David Harrington; 7. Dale Kunz; 8. Dennis Gates; 9. Nick Langer; 10. J.C. Parmeley; 11. Brandyn Johnson; 12. Billy Ayers Jr.; 13. Steve Duffy; 14. Ron Poe.  Stock Cars – 1. George Fronsman; 2. Cody Center; 3. Tate Johnson; 4. Brent Hartmann; 5. Jason Suchta; 6. Glen Hatlestad; 7. Matt Short. Hobby Stocks – 1. Joe Vlasity; 2. Merle Zachrison; 3. Dean Zachrison; 4. Joe Peterson; 5. Paul O’Connor; 6. Kyle Cardinal; 7. David Kendall; 8. John Barron; 9. Ashley Stafford; 10. Bradley Stafford.last_img read more

Rory must just be himself – Poulter

first_img Press Association Ian Poulter believes Rory McIlroy needs to go his own way to rediscover the form which brought him two major titles by the age of 23. McIlroy missed the cut in last week’s Open Championship at Muirfield, labelling his own play “brain dead” following an opening round of 79. The 24-year-old Northern Irishman won five times last year, including his second major by eight shots in the USPGA Championship, to finish top of the money list on both sides of the Atlantic. center_img But he has yet to record a win in 2013 since a controversial multi-million pound switch to Nike in January, also damaging his reputation by walking off the course during his defence of the Honda Classic and bending a club out of shape during the final round of the US Open last month. Asked if he had any advice for his Ryder Cup team-mate, Poulter said: “Stop reading the newspapers, stop listening to other people, go out there and do your stuff. “There is a reason he was sought after by a new manufacturer and why they pay the big bucks because he is that good. He’s just going to have to settle into the equipment, settle into himself being in a different environment now. “The expectations after winning both money titles, there is some comedown after that. He just has to go out there and be himself.” Speaking at Woburn during his junior invitational event, Poulter added on Sky Sports News: “He knows how good he really is and the second he gets comfortable again you are going to see him winning golf tournaments. “You don’t win two majors by the age of 23 and disappear. Rory is here for a long time and he is going to be back at the top very soon.” last_img read more

Long future looks uncertain

first_img “But as it stands I’m happy where I am, as a family we’re happy where we are and I am enjoying life. I like playing for the manager (Steve Clarke) and I am just concentrating on my football and hoping the rest takes care of itself.” Long had been set to join Barclays Premier League rivals Hull on transfer deadline day but the Baggies pulled the plug on the move at the last minute. And Long insists he has no regrets over his failure to land a move to the KC Stadium despite his current impasse at The Hawthorns. Long added: “I am not disappointed that I didn’t go. I’m happy here, the lads are great and I’m enjoying playing football here. “But at the same time what Hull were offering was promising and they’re a team on the up. Either way I was coming out a winner.” The Republic of Ireland international has nine months left on his current deal plus a one-year option in the club’s favour, but negotiations over an extension have stalled. Long told the Wolverhampton Express & Star: “I don’t want to go anywhere but time is running out on my contract and if an opportunity comes along that is right for me and my family, I will have to take a look at it. Press Associationcenter_img West Brom striker Shane Long has admitted his future is in doubt as he struggles to seal a new contract at The Hawthorns.last_img read more

Ellsworth’s Cole, Bucksport’s Gross earn wins at All-State wrestling tournament

first_imgELLSWORTH — All season long, Ellsworth’s Peyton Cole and Bucksport’s David Gross have dominated opponents on a weekly basis. Even against wrestlers from the biggest schools in the state, the two still couldn’t be beat.Cole and Gross added more hardware to their collections when they won their respective weight classes at Maine’s All-State wrestling tournament Saturday in Marshwood. Ellsworth and Bucksport brought a combined six wrestlers to the tournament, which pitted the top-four wrestlers from Class B against their Class A counterparts.Cole led Ellsworth with a hard-fought victory over Quinton Richards of Nokomis. The Ellsworth junior trailed for much of the 152-pound title bout but came back to win 15-13. Ellsworth’s Trent Goodman lost his first match of the season against Mount Ararat’s Robert Hetherman at 170 pounds, but his second-place finish was still good enough to earn a spot in the New England regional tournament.Gross won the heavyweight division by beating Cheverus junior Zeb Leavitt. Unlike his title-winning bout at the Class B championships one week prior, this one ended in the first period when Gross pinned Leavitt in just over a minute.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textCole, Goodman and Gross will now head to the regional tournament. That event begins Friday, March 3, and will continue through Saturday, March 4. It will be held in Providence, R.I.Correction: A caption in an earlier version of this story listed the incorrect weight class for Ellsworth’s Logan Lord. Lord wrestled in the 138-pound division.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: The team agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract extension with McCaffrey on Monday, a person familiar with the contract negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Panthers have not announced the extension. Details on how much of the contract is fully guaranteed were unavailable.The $16-million-a-year deal eclipses Ezekiel Elliott’s contract with the Dallas Cowboys that is worth $15 million per season.The extension keeps McCaffrey, 23, tied to the Panthers through the 2025 season. The coming season would be the final year of his rookie contract, and Carolina had the option to pick up a fifth year in 2021.It appeared to a matter of when, not if, the extension was coming after Panthers coach Matt Rhule made it clear last week that he viewed McCaffrey as a vital part of the franchise moving forward. —Washington State athletic director Pat Chun, head football coach Nick Rolovich and men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith are taking voluntary 5% pay cuts through the end of the 2020-21 academic year due to revenue reductions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chun says all Washington State coaches will voluntarily forgo all bonuses or incentives through the end of the next academic year.— New York Post sports photographer Anthony Causi has died from the coronavirus at age 48. Causi was an exceedingly popular sports photographer who covered the city’s teams for 25 years. He was married with two young children. Many of New York’s professional teams and several players posted messages on Twitter expressing sadness, condolences and paying tribute to him.— The Cleveland Browns will donate net proceeds from sales of their new jerseys to a fund aiding health care professionals, first responders and others who have selflessly served during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team launched the Hats Off to Our Heroes Fund on Monday, two days before it will reveal the new uniforms. The Browns said the team will commit 100 percent of the proceeds “for a significant period of time” to the fund.— Spanish soccer club Real Sociedad (ray-AL’ soh-see-ay-DAHD’) is going back on its plan to resume practicing at the team’s training center during the coronavirus pandemic. The club says it made the decision after discussions with the Spanish government. Spain is starting to loosen some of its lockdown measures this week by allowing non-essential workers to return to their activities while observing social-distancing guidelines.— IOC President Thomas Bach tells a German newspaper that the Olympic body will face “several hundred million dollars” of added costs because of the postponement of the Tokyo Games. Estimates in Japan place the overall cost of the postponement at between $2 billion-$6 billion. All of those costs will be borne by the Japanese side except for the IOC portion. Bach says he is confident the Olympics could be held in 2021 despite the current pandemic caused by the coronavirus. April 14, 2020 —The Los Angeles Rams have signed kickers Lirim Hajrullahu and Austin MacGinnis as potential replacements for longtime incumbent Greg Zuerlein. Hajrullahu has spent the past six seasons playing for three Canadian Football League teams. MacGinnis kicked in the defunct Alliance of American Football and in the defunct XFL over the past 14 months.XFL-BANKRUPTCYXFL files for bankruptcy, cites COVID-19 crisisUNDATED (AP) — The XFL has filed for bankruptcy, likely spelling the end of the second iteration of the league.The filing Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware estimates the organization has between $10 million and $50 million in both assets and liabilities. Former coaches Bob Stoops and Marc Trestman are among the creditors with the largest unsecured claims. In other NFL news:—Former NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has died in a one-car crash outside Montgomery, Alabama. He was 36. The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro that Jackson was driving went off the road, struck a tree and overturned at 8:50 p.m. Sunday. Jackson was hired as quarterbacks coach for Tennessee State last season after a 10-year NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills.—The NFL and its players union have agreed to conduct “virtual” offseason workout programs until every team is permitted to open its facilities. Teams can hold classroom instruction, workouts and non-football educational programs using online platforms. The three-week virtual offseason starts on April 20 and runs through May 15. Teams with a new head coach have the option to also hold a fourth week for a voluntary veterans minicamp.—ESPN and NFL Network will join forces for this year’s NFL draft. They will produce a broadcast that will air on both networks over all three days. The April 23-25 draft was originally scheduled to be in Las Vegas but has been moved due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will now originate from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.—The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed cornerbacks Dontae Johnson and Jason Verrett to one-year contracts. Johnson and Verrett played sparingly for San Francisco last season but were brought back for depth in the secondary. —The mother of Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has died due to complications from COVID-19. Jacqueline Cruz-Towns had been fighting the virus for more than a month. The native of the Dominican Republic was a fixture at Timberwolves games from the start of her son’s NBA career in 2015. Karl Towns Sr., the father of the two-time All-Star, was also hospitalized with the virus but has since recovered.—The NBA has been sending evaluations to players considering leaving college early and entering the draft. The league will do so for all underclassmen who ask before Thursday’s deadline. The task falls to the league’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee, which understands that what it says in these uncertain times may carry even more weight than usual. No date has been set for the draft.—Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook has donated 650 computers to children in need so they can continue learning with schools shut down because of the new coronavirus. Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation teamed with Comp-U-Dopt and Houston mayor Sylvester Turner’s office of education to provide computers to underprivileged children across the city.In NBA draft news:— Kansas guard Devon Dotson is entering the NBA draft after leading the Big 12 Conference in scoring his sophomore season. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.1 steals while helping Kansas go 28-3 and win its final 16 games. The WWE-backed XFL canceled the rest of its return season last month because of the coronavirus pandemic. It suspended operations and laid off its employees Friday.The XFL had eight franchises this season and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule. It drew decent TV ratings early on and had deals with ESPN and Fox.NBA-BULLS-FRONT OFFICEBulls fire Forman, announce Karnisovas hire, reassign PaxsonCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls fired general manager Gar Forman on Monday, while officially hiring Denver Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas as their executive vice president of basketball operations and moving John Paxson into an advisory role. The Bulls handed the keys to the 48-year-old Karnisovas last week, hoping he can spark a struggling franchise.Paxson is moving into a background role after nearly two decades as the top basketball decision-maker. He took over as general manager for Jerry Krause in 2003 and was promoted to vice president of basketball operations in May 2009 with Forman — who joined the Bulls as a scout in 1998 — becoming GM.But now, Forman is out. And the future of coach Jim Boylen remains unclear.The Bulls thought they were ready to contend for a playoff spot after combining for just 49 wins the past two seasons. Instead, they were 11th in the Eastern Conference at 22-43 when the NBA suspended play because of the COVID-19 pandemic.In other NBA news: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPANTHERS-MCCAFFREYAP source: Panthers make McCaffrey highest-paid running backCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have rewarded Christian McCaffrey for his production and versatility, making him the highest-paid running in the NFL. Without funding from McDonald’s and Credit One Bank, Ganassi seemingly will be forced to dump Larson in favor of a different driver.McDonald’s has partnered with CGR for nearly a decade and sponsors the team’s No. 42 Chevrolet in the Cup Series. Ending its relationship with Larson would make it next to impossible for Ganassi to stick with Larson behind the wheel. NASCAR ordered Larson, who is half Japanese, to complete a sensitivity training course before he can be eligible for reinstatement.Larson apologized in a video posted on his social media accounts.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSGet ready for the Madrid Virtual Open UNDATED (AP) — Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are among 12 players confirmed to play in the virtual Madrid Open tennis tournament, April 27-30.The online competition will be played from players’ homes and is expected to be broadcast live on TV and social media channels.There will be 150,000 euros ($164,000) distributed in prize money for each of the men’s and women’s events. The winners then decide how much they want to donate to tennis players who are having a hard time financially without any tournaments to play.Another 50,000 euros ($55,000) will be donated to reduce the social impact of the pandemic.In other virus-related developments: — Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley will enter the NBA draft and sign with an agent, leaving school after a breakout season in which he was an honorable mention All-America selection by The Associated Press. Southeastern Conference coaches voted the 6-foot-3 sophomore Player of the Year after he wasn’t picked for any preseason all-conference teams. Quickley averaged a team-high 16.1 points per game last season with double-figure efforts in his final 20 contests.NASCAR-LARSON SLURKyle Larson suspended for racial slur in virtual raceCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson’s racial slur cost him his two primary NASCAR supporters. It likely will cost him his job soon.McDonald’s and Credit One Bank ended their sponsorship of Larson on Monday, a day after he used the N-word during a live stream of a virtual race. The decision came hours after NASCAR and Chip Ganassi Racing suspended Larson indefinitely, his team doing so without pay. Associated Press — Athletes completing doping bans over the next year will be eligible to compete in the postponed Tokyo Olympics. It’s an unintended effect of the coronavirus pandemic that has some crying foul. Irish race walker Brendan Boyce says, “It doesn’t seem like a fair punishment.” The 2020 Olympics were officially postponed last month for one year, with the opening ceremony now set for July 23, 2021.— Premier League soccer club Tottenham has reversed a decision to use government money to fund some staff salaries during the coronavirus pandemic. Staff put on furlough during the pandemic receive 80% of their salaries up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds ($3,000) per month from the government. And Tottenham had said non-playing staff not being furloughed would have their pay cut 20%.— A lower-level German soccer team has sold more than 125,000 tickets to a fictional game. Fourth-division club Lokomotive Leipzig says it has set an “attendance record” by selling so many tickets for a “virtual game against an invisible opponent on May 8.” The former East German league club has been selling symbolic tickets for 1 euro ($1.10).— Despite having no ice on which to perform, more than 40 figure skaters from nine countries will take part in a fundraiser Friday to help healthcare workers on the front lines battling the new coronavirus. Such Olympic and world champions as Scott Hamilton, Michelle Kwan, Brian Boitano, Kurt Browning, Ekaterina Gordeeva and Evgeni Plushenko have compiled videos as part of the one-hour event “Blades for the Brave.” It will be streamed on Bladesforthebrave.org as well as Americares’ Facebook and Twitter feeds and its YouTube channel.,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

Dover praises Guyana’s U-20 men’s team for showing at CONCACAF qualifiers

first_imgHEAD coach Wayne Dover, reflecting on Guyana’s campaign at the just-concluded CONCACAF U-20 Championship Qualifiers in Nicaragua, believes that there’s much to build on going forward for the country’s football programme, while showering his praise for their astounding performance. “To me, it was a good campaign. It went down to the last game in the group to determine the winners and it was very competitive,” Dover shared upon his return from the Central American country.Guyana had a exciting run in the qualifiers – whipping Montserrat 6-0 in their opening game, then they returned to out-play St Vincent and the Grenadines 3-0, and then played to an impressive 2-0 win against the US Virgin Islands, before going down hard to Nicaragua in their final game, 0-1. “A game that started at a very high tempo with both teams battling for supremacy,” Dover said, while being nostalgic about his game against Nicaragua.“It was Guyana who created the first opening when Osafa Simpson was fed a rich pass into the penalty box. He turned and was about to shoot to goal when he was kicked from the side straight to ankle and went down to the ground, with the referee totally ignoring the incident and waved play on,” Dover recalled.Dover pointed out that Guyana won the early tactical battle with the game plan employed – to be compact and squeeze the Nicaraguans in the midfield to prevent them time and space on the ball to play a long diagonal pass out to the wings, “which they mastered throughout the earlier group games to score eight of their 14 goals before the encounter with us.” mentorThe National U-20 coach said his side was able neutralise the Nicaraguans from making the play they were most comfortable with, adding, “We took their game away. Our play in the transition was effective where we made penetration to get behind them.“It was at a moment of defending in midfield in the first half, approximately 20 minutes in, that Jemar Harrigan blocked a pass low down with his thigh and subsequently got red-carded. Guyana played 25+ minutes with 10 men. That moment swung the game in Nicaragua’s favour giving them the upper hand in numbers.”Dover said that despite the numerical disadvantage “we continued to work hard and defended stoutly to deny them space.  Eventually, the half ended 0-0”.Recalling the game’s second-half action, Dover revealed that Nicaragua came out and pushed forward relentlessly to try to break Guyana down, and the extra man provided the opportunity that the Spanish-speaking country took to score the only goal of the game.Guyana continued to fight, Dover said, “pushing higher up the field in search of a goal and during that period, we created two chances that we didn’t capitalise on to pull a draw or record a famous comeback win.”Dover thanked the GFF for affording him the opportunity to work with the talented group, while also thanking Technical Director Ian Greenwood for his support throughout the campaign.“I want to thank coach Márcio Máximo for his advice and support to merge many sessions with the seniors, which helped greatly. I want to thank all the technical staff members who worked with the team.“We were good team behind a great young team. I want to thank the players for the heart showed in all the battle they fought in this campaign,” Dover said.last_img read more