Ex-Officers in George Floyd Case to Be Tried Together, With Cameras Rolling

first_img– Advertisement – The defendants, including Derek Chauvin, the white officer who pinned Mr. Floyd to the ground for more than nine minutes, had asked the court for a change of venue, arguing that they would not be able to receive a fair trial in Minneapolis because of pretrial publicity and the wide-scale protests against racial injustice Mr. Floyd’s death sparked in Minneapolis and around the country, as well the world. In an important win for the prosecution, a judge in Minneapolis on Thursday ruled that the four officers charged in the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who took some of his last breaths under the knee of a white officer on a Minneapolis street corner in May, will stand trial together.The judge also ruled that the news media can broadcast the trial, scheduled for next spring, an unusual move in Minneapolis, where courts are generally closed to cameras. The judge cited the coronavirus pandemic, which limits the number of people who can be in the courtroom at any time, and the immense national and international interest in the case.- Advertisement – Experts following the case in Minneapolis have said they believe Judge Cahill is determined to keep the case in the Twin Cities, understanding that moving the trial would likely provoke new protests, and fears of a less diverse jury. Such a move would have evoked the history of the Rodney King case in Los Angeles in 1992. The trial against the police officers who beat Mr. King was moved to a largely white suburb, resulting in acquittals on assault charges that led to riots.Judge Cahill also ordered that the jurors would remain anonymous, and said they would be partially sequestered during the trial and ordered to drive each morning to a secure location, from where they would be escorted to the courtroom.Attorney General Keith Ellison of Minnesota, whose office is overseeing the prosecution, said in a statement that he was satisfied with the court’s decision. – Advertisement – The two rookie officers, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Keung, were the first on the scene the evening of May 25, after a convenience store clerk called the police saying that Mr. Floyd had tried to pass off a counterfeit $20 bill to pay for cigarettes.From the start, Mr. Floyd, 46, was agitated, and resisted being put in the back of a squad car, saying he was claustrophobic. After Mr. Chauvin arrived, Mr. Floyd was placed face down on the street, where he repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe.As bystanders gathered, one of them captured the scene on a cellphone camera; in video that was viewed around the world and provoked weeks of unrest in American cities, Mr. Floyd continued to say he couldn’t breathe and called out for his mother. By the time paramedics arrived, Mr. Floyd went limp, and seemed to stop breathing. He was later declared dead at a hospital.center_img Earl C. Gray, the lawyer for Mr. Lane, and Eric Nelson, the lawyer for Mr. Chauvin, declined to comment on the judge’s rulings. Lawyers for the other two former officers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.All four of the former officers had asked for separate trials, and suggested in court filings that they each place blame for Mr. Floyd’s death onto one another. The prosecution, all along, has asked for one trial, arguing that multiple trials would traumatize Mr. Floyd’s family, eyewitnesses and the larger community, which faced weeks of unrest in the streets after Mr. Floyd’s death.In his ruling ordering one trial, Judge Cahill noted that the defense for all four defendants centers on similar arguments: that the use of force to subdue Mr. Floyd was justified; and that Mr. Floyd’s death was caused by drugs that were found in his system and underlying health conditions.The medical examiner has ruled Mr. Floyd’s death a homicide because of “cardiopulmonary arrest” from Mr. Chauvin’s knee, with other causes considered contributing factors. “Protests demanding justice for George Floyd continue,” the judge, Peter A. Cahill of Hennepin County, wrote in his ruling. “It is expected that, even with some overflow courtrooms, the demand by family members, the public, and the press to attend the joint trial will outstrip the court’s ability to provide meaningful access.”Judge Cahill also said the trial will remain — for now — in the Twin Cities, although he left open the possibility of moving it later if the court is unable to seat a jury untainted by the vast publicity the case has already generated. “The murder of George Floyd occurred in Minneapolis, and it is right that the defendants should be tried in Minneapolis,” he said. “It is also true that they acted in concert with each other, and the evidence against them is similar, so it is right to try them in one trial.”Mr. Chauvin, who had been a 19-year-veteran on the police force, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, and faces 40 years in prison if convicted.The other officers, including two rookies who had aided Mr. Chauvin in pinning Mr. Floyd to the pavement in front of a convenience store, are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. The former officer Tou Thao, who knelt to the side and kept at bay bystanders who were yelling that Mr. Floyd was having difficulty breathing, is also charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. All four former officers, who were fired after the incident, have been released on bail. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Arsenal vs Chelsea Europa League final time, odds, team news and head-to-head

first_imgMaurizio Sarri and Unai Emery may not be so jovial in Baku (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arsenal and Chelsea meet in the Europa League final on Wednesday night in Baku, Azerbaijan and both will be looking to put off-field controversy behind them and concentrate on the football.The Gunners have had to deal with the fact that Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be traveling due to his safety concerns in Azerbaijan, which has disrupted their preparation.Meanwhile, the Blues have problems more of their own making with manager Maurizio Sarri reportedly set to move to Juventus, star player Eden Hazard likely to be leaving for Real Madrid and a number of key injuries going into the contest.AdvertisementAdvertisementChelsea remain favourites with the bookmakers to lift the trophy, but they will have plenty to overcome, not least their opponents, if they are to do so.ADVERTISEMENT Eden Hazard could be playing his last game for Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)What time is kick-off in the Europa League final?The match kicks-off at 8pm on Wednesday 29 May at the Olympic Stadium in Baku.What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)To win match13/10 Chelsea23/10 Draw23/10 ArsenalTo lift trophy7/10 Chelsea23/20 ArsenalMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTeam newsMkhitaryan is obviously out for Arsenal for political reasons, while they are missing Aaron Ramsey, Denis Suarez, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck through injury.Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is 50-50 to make it for the clash and certainly will not be fully fit if he is risked while struggling with a knee injury.Sarri is definitely without Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Antonio Rudiger and Gary Cahill through injury. Arsenal vs Chelsea Europa League final time, odds, team news and head-to-head Head-to-head in last five meetings 19 Jan 2019 Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea – Premier League18 Aug 2018 Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal – Premier League24 Jan 2018 Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea – League Cup10 Jan 2018 Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal – League Cup03 Jan 2018 Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea – Premier League MORE: Eden Hazard admits Europa League final win would be ‘perfect’ way to end Chelsea careerMORE: Michael Owen’s Europa League final prediction for Chelsea v Arsenalcenter_img Phil HaighWednesday 29 May 2019 7:52 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Teen use of cannabis has dropped in New Zealand, but legalisation could make access easier

first_imgThe Conversation 21 February 2020Family First Comment: Cannabis use has been declining in many Western nations where cannabis use remains illegal, including New Zealand. This appears to be part of a broader shift in adolescent behaviour, not a response to policy changes.#saynopetodope#VoteNOAdult use of cannabis has risen sharply over the last few years, reflecting softening attitudes towards the drug. But our study, published today, shows cannabis use in adolescents has been decreasing since 2001.It is important to understand what drives these trends to predict how legalisation could affect teen cannabis use.Cannabis follows drop in teen drinking and smokingOur research shows the proportion of 14 to 15-year-olds reporting they had ever used cannabis fell from 19% in 2012 to 14% in 2018. Those who reported using in the past month fell from 10% to 8% over the same period. The recent changes are modest, but they follow substantial declines in cannabis use among high school students between 2001 and 2012.My earlier research showed young New Zealanders are also less likely to smoke, drink or be sexually active than their 1990s counterparts. And New Zealand isn’t the only country to observe a drop in adolescent substance use over the past two decades.Teen smoking and alcohol use declined in almost all OECD countries, and teen cannabis use has fallen since the early 2000s in many countries, including Australia, England, Canada (pre-legalisation), and several European countries.Although US researchers have seen a marked shift in high school students’ attitudes towards cannabis, with fewer teens thinking of it as a harmful drug, they have found no rise in cannabis use.Separate studies reached the same conclusion that lower cannabis use is linked to falling rates of drinking and smoking among teens.European research helps to explain the US findings. According to a Norwegian study young people expressed greater willingness to try cannabis in recent years but had fewer opportunities to do so. This seems to be because young people are spending less face to face time with their friends in the evenings – the situation when cannabis use typically occurs.Another explanation for lower cannabis use in 14 to 15 year olds is that people are starting older than in the past. Research shows the average age when young people first try smoking, drinking and cannabis has gone up in recent years in New Zealand, Australia and the US. Closer supervision by parents and [changing attitudes to smoking and drinking] among young people themselves appear to play a role.…. Firstly, cannabis use has been declining in many Western nations where cannabis use remains illegal, including New Zealand. This appears to be part of a broader shift in adolescent behaviour, not a response to policy changes.Declining teen cannabis use in states that have decriminalised recreational cannabis does not prove that cannabis age restrictions work. Rather, teen cannabis use has likely fallen in those states for the same reason it has fallen elsewhere: young people are spending [less time with their friends] and have fewer opportunities for substance use in general.Secondly, it is well known that adolescents access alcohol and tobacco primarily through friends and family, not from retailers. Why would cannabis be any different? Given the draft law allows cannabis growing for personal use, it is highly likely that legalisation will result in increased access through young people’s social networks.https://theconversation.com/teen-use-of-cannabis-has-dropped-in-new-zealand-but-legalisation-could-make-access-easier-132165last_img read more

Dengue Health Alert

first_imgHealthLifestyleLocalNews Dengue Health Alert by: – September 13, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Share 25 Views   no discussions Photo credit: talakayanatkalusugan.comThe Ministry of Health would like to inform the public that there is an outbreak of Dengue which is transmitted by the, the Aedes aegypti mosquito.There were 15 confirmed (15) cases of Dengue Fever for the last month.The majority of cases are within the Roseau Health District which includes the Roseau South, Roseau Valley, Roseau North, and Roseau Central up to the Mahaut area. We are also awaiting confirmation of nine (9) other suspected casesThe Ministry of Health wishes to inform the population that vigilance should be maintained to avoid the increase of cases.Symptoms of Dengue Fever include High fever, rash, severe headaches, back pain, eye pain, muscles and joint pain.The time between the bite of a mosquito carrying dengue virus and the start of the symptoms averages 4 to 6 days, with a range of 3 to 14 days.An infected person cannot spread the infection to other persons but can be a source of the dengue virus for mosquitoes for about 6 daysPersons with symptoms should report to their Health Center, doctor or to the Princess Margaret Hospital.The Environmental Health Department and the Health Promotion Resource Center with support from National Pest and Termite Control Ltd. and other stakeholders continue to reactivate the National Dengue Emergency Plan including :• Continued mosquito surveillance• Fogging operations• Provision of chemical to eliminate breeding sites• Investigation and surveillance of both suspected and confirmed dengue cases• Investigation of dengue related complaintsThe Ministry of Health will continue to:• Conduct health educations sessions to the general public especially at the Health Care facilities throughout the island and to fisherman and community groups• To Distribute educational materialssuch as leaflets, flyers and posters• The airing of Public Service Announcements via radio, television and big screen • Conduct Radio and Television discussionsThe Ministry of Health continues to urge the general public to practice safety measures such as keeping drums covered, disposing of tires appropriately and keeping your environment clean to ensure the prevention and spread of dengue fever Press ReleaseHealth Promotionlast_img read more

Chukwueze names Chelsea as favourite team amid EPL interest

first_img Loading… Still quite raw, the winger is maturing season by season and it won’t be long before someone decides to take the plunge and pay the Yellow Submarine what they want for the Nigeria international. Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe New Lara Croft Will Really Surprise You8 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt His clause is set at €65m, which reduces the number of teams who can even consider buying him, and of those sides Chelsea have to be considered favourites after his latest quotes as featured on Goal.com:“My favourite team in England is Chelsea,” the 20 year old said in an Instagram Live filmed in isolation.“I was supporting Chelsea when I was young. When Chelsea lost that Champions League final against Manchester United, I was crying all through the night,” he continued.center_img Super Eagles winger Samuel Chukwueze is one of the rising stars of La Liga outside the top 3 teams, and his development at Villareal has been attracting attention from abroad for some time now.Advertisement Read Also: UEFA urges leagues to complete suspended football seasonsThat surely puts the Blues in the hot-seat, if indeed they want Chukwueze, and if they can agree a deal with his club. Liverpool were also reportedly interested way back in January, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see their smart transfer team try and wrap up a deal before anyone else has a chance to make their move.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Chelsea winger Pedro: I am open to offers

first_img Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much20+ Albino Animals That Are Very Rare And Unique10 Irresistibly Beautiful Asian Actresses13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got Better Chelsea winger, Pedro Rodriguez, admits he’s prepared to listen to offers. The former Barcelona star comes off contract at the end of this season and is expected to leave Chelsea. Pedro told El Larguero: “I have to speak to the club, I have a contract until June 30. I am open to listening to other offers.Advertisement “Betis? I don’t know, a meeting with Chelsea is pending.” read also:AS Roma target Chelsea winger Pedro Real Betis are active in the Premier League transfer market as they’re also interested in Manchester City captain David Silva. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Rooney shines in Chelsea draw

first_img The reason why was obvious from Mourinho’s team selection. Evidently he does not believe Fernando Torres is good enough, preferring instead the ‘false nine’ concept he came up against when he faced Barcelona during his time at Real Madrid. Amazingly, this did not include Juan Mata, who most United fans would happily exchange for Rooney, who made his first start since April. As it turned out, the banter was better than the first half action. The chances Chelsea created came courtesy of Oscar, who schemed intelligently in front of United’s four-man defence and twice brought good saves out of David de Gea. United threatened more but with Terry producing a towering performance after shaking Rio Ferdinand’s hand prior to kick-off sights of Cech’s goal were equally rare. Van Persie should have had a corner when his shot flicked off Branislav Ivanovic, then sent a header over before Tom Cleverley’s rising drive was watched on its way by Cech. It all rather brought the focus back to Mourinho, who gave Moyes a hug prior to kick off but was soon prowling his technical area, often in animated discussion with fourth official Mike Dean. Only once did he look like erupting though as he strode out, waving his arms furiously after Kevin de Bruyne had been booked for a challenge on Van Persie that left the Chelsea man with a cut lip. The second period began in much the same unsatisfactory manner. Terry made an important intervention as United pressed, then Danny Welbeck curled an ambitious effort over before lifting a more delicate attempt just wide from Rooney’s short pass. Amid that flurry of activity around the visitors’ goal, Eden Hazard fired goalwards from 30 yards but De Gea barely had to move to make the save. Both sides had desperate penalty appeals, United when Cleverley’s shot struck Frank Lampard on the arm, Chelsea after Ashley Cole hit the deck under pressure from Phil Jones. In the first instance, Lampard was far too close to Cleverley for Martin Atkinson to award United anything. In the second, Cole was lucky not to get booked for diving, such was the minimal contact which preceded his fall. The introduction of Torres failed to change much, so Rooney’s lung-bursting run back to a corner flag to rob Ramires brought a standing ovation. It took Rooney some time to get forward after that but when he did, he brought a full length save out of Cech, before delivering the corner that Welbeck should have threatened with rather than screwing a header back where it had come from. Van Persie had one last shot before an unsatisfactory game was brought to its conclusion. Manchester United and Chelsea ground out a goalless draw at Old Trafford that exposed both side’s shortcomings a week before the transfer window closes. Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to sign Wayne Rooney at some point in the next seven days. Playing in a deeper role than Mourinho would use him for Chelsea, the England forward did well on his first start since April, and tested Petr Cech with one late strike. If anyone looked likely to break the deadlock it was Rooney, who was cheered by both sets of supporters. It did not happen though as both sides were forced to settle for a point which, under the circumstances, neither will be too unhappy with. When United last played a Premier League game at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson told the club’s supporters they had a duty to get behind his replacement. They heeded that clarion call, chanting Moyes’ name at regular intervals and baiting Mourinho for “wanting his job”. It was part of an amusing exchange of crowd banter, that included Wayne Rooney being cheered by both sets of supporters, Chelsea’s adding a cheeky: “We’ll see you next week” after a run at Gary Cahill. Chelsea have already had two bids for the 27-year-old turned down, with a third expected later this week. Although United had the better of David Moyes’ first home Premier League game in charge, they lacked the authority to exert the kind of sustained pressure which might have shaken John Terry out of his defensive superiority. Last season’s Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie barely had a chance of note, his best opportunity coming three minutes from time when his goalbound volley deflected to safety off Gary Cahill and John Obi Mikel. Press Associationlast_img read more

Happy birthday youngster; Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri lead wishes for MS Dhoni

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Indian cricket fraternity took to social media to extend birthday wishes for former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who turned 39 on Tuesday.Regarded as one of the most successful Indian captains of all time, Dhoni has been on a sabbatical ever since the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup where India lost to New Zealand. It’s been almost an year that he has been away from the cricket field, yet conversations about his return or future retirement have never died out in the time since and he still remains one of the most talked about cricketers in the present era. Several members of the Indian cricket fraternity took to Twitter to wish Dhoni on his special day. “Happy b’day Mahi bhai. Wish you good health and happiness always. God bless you,” tweeted Indian captain Virat Kohli. Indian limited overs vice captain Rohit Sharma tweeted a photo of him and Dhoni having an energy drink with the caption, “Cooling off with Mr Cool. Happy birthday MS Dhoni.” “Happy Birthday Youngster! Have an absolute blast Legend mahendrasinghdhoni #MSDhonibirthday #HBDDhoni #Dhoni,” Indian coach Ravi Shastri tweeted. “Wish you a very happy birthday Dhoni bhai. Have a good one! MS Dhoni,” tweeted Test vice captain Ajinkya Rahane. “Happy bday to a legend, an inspiration to me and many more. Have a good one Mahi bhai,” tweeted spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. “Happy birthday Mahi bhai. I hope you have a wonderful and a fantastic day. Thank you for being such an amazing human being. God bless you,” said Kuldeep Yadav. “Happy birthday to my Bittu from your Chittu. My friend who has taught me to be a better human being and stood by me in bad times MS Dhoni,” India all-rounder Hardik Pandya wrote on Twitter. “Happy birthday to MS Dhoni…a true leader who led from front, a true brother who stands for his real brothers. A true fighter till the last ball in play. Thanks a lot brother for such great moments with me…loved every advise given to me and team,” S Sreesanth said. “Many more happy returns of the day to a man whose composure and patience continues to be an inspiration,” wrote VVS Laxman. Virender Sehwag tweeted: “Once in a generation, a player comes and a nation connects with him, think of him as a member of their family, kuch bahut apna sa lagta hai. Happy Birthday to a man who is the world (Dhoni-ya) for his many admirers.” “Here’s wishing a very Happy Birthday MS Dhoni to one of my favorite human, brother & a leader I could ever ask for! The man who has always played with his mind and heart. Thank you for all the inspiration Dhoni Bhai,” tweeted Suresh Raina. “Wishing one of India’s greatest captain and my inspiration MS Dhoni, a very happy birthday!” tweeted Indian all rounder Deepti Sharma. “Anhoni ko honi kar de, honi ko anhoni Ek jagah jab jama hon teeno Mahendra Singh Dhoni May God bless you and have a wonderful year ahead @msdhoni #HappyBirthdayDhoni,” tweeted former India batsman Vinod Kambli. BCCI also paid a tribute to the former Indian captain by sharing a montage of the monstrous sixes which he smashed throughout his career. Dhoni, who made his debut in 2004 against Bangladesh, has been a remarkable servant of the Indian cricket. The 39-year-old has been a vital cog for Indian cricket ever since he made his entry into international cricket. Be it his brilliant glove work or his skillful batting, Dhoni has contributed in every way possible for taking the Men in Blue to the pinnacle of the sport. He has so far played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is for India, amassing over 17,000 international runs. IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Discourse on Saving Dehing-Patkailast_img read more

The Latest: Fauci bobblehead a hit, raises cash for masks

first_imgSabia finished fifth in the 800 at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and seventh at the 1988 Seoul Games. He also won the 800 at the 1984 European Indoor Championships.Sabia died in his hometown of Potenza in southern Italy shortly after his father also died from the virus.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The track worlds were originally scheduled for Aug. 6-15, 2021.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says 2022 will be a “bonanza for athletics fans around the world” with the Commonwealth Games beginning in Birmingham, England, only three days after the track worlds.The 2022 Commonwealth Games are scheduled for July 27-Aug. 7 and the multisport European Championship is currently slated for Aug. 11-21 in Munich.World Athletics has also postponed the bidding processes for 2023 World Athletics Series events. They will now open in November 2020.___ The Spanish league estimates $1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in losses if the competition can’t resume.___Former French rugby player Christophe Pras has died after getting infected by the coronavirus.Several of his former clubs announced the death. He was 35.The former under-18 France international had a short-lived professional career before going into coaching. The 38 match alerts in the year’s first quarter break down as six from the ATP Challenger Tour and 16 apiece from the men’s and women’s International Tennis Federation World Tennis Tours.The report concludes the jump indicates that entry levels of tennis “were deliberately targeted” as the sport moved toward suspension because of the outbreak of COVID-19.All pro tours are on hold until at least mid-July.___The players and coach on Switzerland’s national soccer team have declined to take more than 1 million Swiss francs ($1.03 million) of payments that were due from their federation in 2020. The Latest: Fauci bobblehead a hit, raises cash for masks The delay does not impact the start of the Saratoga racing season which is scheduled to begin on July 16 and run through Sept. 7. The meet will be highlighted by the Travers and Whitney.In New Jersey, Monmouth Park has pushed back the opening of its stable area until June 1. That’s a month later than the planned opening. Live racing is set to start the Fourth of July weekend.The centerpiece of Monmouth Park’s summer season is the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 18. The winner of the 1 1/8 mile race earns a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. It also will serve as a prep race for the Kentucky Derby, now slated for Sept. 5.___A groom who worked at Belmont Park has died from complications of coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Bobblehead Hall of Fame CEO Phil Sklar will present a virtual $100,000 check Wednesday afternoon to the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy after the Milwaukee-based museum launched a fundraising campaign with a Dr. Anthony Fauci bobblehead that became its best-seller ever. April 8, 2020 ___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says the body has “cash-flow” problems because of the Olympic and Paralympic postponement until 2021.Andrew Parsons says about 5% of spending is being cut from the IPC’s budget. A 2018 financial report showed a budget of 24 million euros ($25.7 million).Parsons says the problem was due partly to broadcast rights holders who want to delay their payments until the product is delivered.Parsons says it’s not a question of “losing money” but rather some temporary belt tightening. The New York Racing Association says Martin Zapata died Tuesday. The 63-year-old native of Panama had spent the past two years working for trainer Tom Morley in New York, which has been hard-hit by the pandemic.NYRA says Zapata tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24 and was hospitalized two days later. He lived and worked at Belmont Park.___Sevilla has become the latest Spanish soccer club to put its players on furlough to reduce labor costs during the coronavirus pandemic.The club says the measure was needed because it was significantly affected financially by the stoppage of competitions in Spain and Europe. Pras is survived by his wife and two children.___The group charged with monitoring tennis gambling and punishing corruption found a near-doubling in the number of suspect matches in the first three months of 2020. That is an increase it ties to the coronavirus pandemic.The London-based Tennis Integrity Unit’s quarterly report says it received a total of 38 alerts from the regulated betting industry about matches on lower-level tours from the start of the year through March 22.That is up from 21 in the same period of 2019. More than 20,000 orders had come in as of Wednesday from 50 states and a dozen-plus countries to support the “100 Million Mask Challenge.” The Fauci bobblehead was unveiled April 1.The creation features Fauci wearing a suit as he makes a motion showing how the nation needs to “flatten the curve” in the coronavirus pandemic.The museum picked Fauci because many people see the plain-speaking expert on the coronavirus as a hero right now, Sklar said. ___TCU football coach Gary Patterson and his wife, Kelsey, made a $50,000 donation to support the school’s Frog Family Crisis Fund. The team was scheduled to play in the now-postponed European Championship in June and had two games in Qatar canceled last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The shutdown of games has cost the Swiss soccer body millions of dollars.Federation chairman Dominique Blanc says it’s a “magnificent gesture” from the players.Blanc tested positive for the virus three weeks ago.Team captain Stephan Lichtsteiner says “we wanted to set an example and show solidarity.” Athletic director Jeremiah Donati announced the donation in a tweet. The fund supports TCU students and their families who are in need during times such as the current pandemic.Patterson is the second-longest tenured FBS head coach, going into his 20th season next fall leading the Horned Frogs. He was their defensive coordinator three seasons before that.___The opening of the stable area and training track at Saratoga in upstate New York and barn area at Monmouth Park in New Jersey is being delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Oklahoma training track at Saratoga was set to open April 15. The New York Racing Association says it has yet to decide an appropriate date to safely open. He says “like all businesses we are tremendously affected by the COVID-19 crisis.”He says he is dealing with 150 contracts that are games-related but adds “we have no plans to let any staff go at the moment.”___The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, have been rescheduled for July 15-24, 2022.The event was pushed back a year because the Tokyo Olympics were delayed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Formula One says it will furlough half of its staff until the end of May and senior executives will take pay cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic.F1 has postponed eight races so far this season and the Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled.F1 says senior leadership figures will take “voluntary pay cuts while still continuing to work and not in furlough.”CEO Chase Carey will take a “much deeper” pay cut.The McLaren and Williams teams had already put some staff on furlough schemes. McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have also taken pay cuts. It says it reached an initial agreement with the first-team players and coaches regarding their salaries but no details were immediately released.The club says 360 employees in total will be affected. It says workers who can continue doing their jobs remotely will not go on furlough.The current contracts will remain valid after the furloughs end.Barcelona and Atlético Madrid had already requested government furloughs to reduce labor costs. They reached agreements with players to reduce their salaries by 70%.The league said Tuesday eight teams had already requested the furloughs. It expected nearly all clubs in Spain to eventually reach agreements for the reduction of salaries of their players. The season is currently scheduled to begin in France on June 28. F1 management has said it still hopes to hold between 15 and 18 races this year in place of the original 22.___A two-time Olympic finalist in the 800 meters has died after getting infected with the coronavirus.The Italian Olympic Committee says Donato Sabia has died. He was 56.CONI says he is the first Italian Olympian to die with the virus. Associated Press last_img read more

Adepoju: We Had a Great Time at Shooting Stars with Babalade

first_imgAfrica Cup of Nations (AFCON’92) bronze medal winner with the Super Eagles, Ajibade ‘Kunde’ Babalade, 48, died of cardiac arrest last Friday in Ibadan. Ex-international, Mutiu Adepoju, who elevated Babalade to the position of Team Manager at Shooting Stars, here recalls their time together at the senior national team as well as the Oluyole Warriors. Headmaster, as Adepoju is fondly called, spoke with DURO IKHAZUAGBE…It first started as a rumour that early Friday morning that Ajibade ‘Kunde’ Babalade had passed on. Calls to several contacts in Ibadan could not authenticate the ‘hot news’ that the former hard-as-nail defence strongman had actually died. It was not until midday that confirmation came from another ex-international, Ike Shorunmu, that ‘Kunde’ died of cardiac arrest on the way to the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan.Babalade joined the growing list of Nigerian footballers (current and retired) who died of cardiac arrest. The list include: Samuel Okwaraji, Amir Angwe, John Ikoroma, BobSam Elejiko, Endurance Idahor, Orobosa Adun and the most recent in the domestic league, Chineme Martins of Nasarawa United. There are several that cannot readily come to mind now before this painful exit of this ex-Shooting Stars, ex-Stationery Stores, ex-Iwuanyanwu Nationale’s Babalade. With professional stints in Korea with Anyang LG Cheetahs and SK Stum Graz in Austria, Babalade did not come as someone not fit or having underlying ailments.Speaking with THISDAY at the weekend, ex-international Mutiu Adepoju described the exit of Babalade as very painful.“Ajibade’s death is very painful to everybody. It is painful as colleague, a friend and a footballer. We are going to miss him,” began the former Super Eagles midfielder who elevated Babalade to the position of Team Manager at Shooting Stars of Ibadan.Though Babalade was not Adepoju’s contemporary at Shooting Stars during their playing time at the Oluyole Warriors, their paths however crossed as administrators.“Actually we didn’t play together in Shooting. I played earlier before travelling to play professional football in Spain.“It was at Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal in 1992 that we played together in the Super Eagles,” observed Adepoju who played seven seasons in the Spanish topflight with Junior Real Madrid, Racing de Santander and Real Sociedad.“I played against him when I was in Julius Berger and he was playing for Stationery Stores at that time. As a player, Ajibade was a very strong and rugged defender.”It was when Adepoju returned from his sojourn in Spain that they met at Shooting Stars.“We met again at Shooting Stars when I returned and was appointed as the General Manager. I was the one that made him the Team Manager of Shooting Stars. He was the Camp Commandant then when I came but elevated him because I knew his worth and value he was going to add to Shooting Stars as Team Manager.“We had a great time running the club. We had great moments at Shooting Stars,” he noted further.On the rise of cardiac arrest cases amongst footballers in the country, Adepoju urged past and present sportsmen and women to intensify constant health check ups as a way to prevent dying from unexplained situations like cardiac arrest.“Yes, cardiac arrest is becoming a recurring decimal in Nigerian football. What we need to do to stem it whether as current or ex-footballer is that we need to take extra look at how we manage our health situations.“We need regular medical check ups to ascertain there are no hidden health issues that may result in deaths like we are witnessing in our football now.“Secondly, once we are sure of our health conditions, regular work-outs are necessary to prevent being obese and adding unnecessary flesh. We don’t need to ignore our health after we retire from active sport,” Adepoju warned.He however remains optimistic that Shooting Stars will return to reckoning in the country’s club football.“Shooting Stars will return big time because the present Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is giving the right attention to sports matters in the state. “This is consequently rubbing on Shooting Stars.“It was just unfortunate that the last NNL season was truncated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Shooting Stars was already picking up by the time the season was stopped in December. Perhaps, Shooting Stars would have made it back to the topflight NPFL. It is just a matter of time, Shooting Stars will be back to where they rightly belong in the country’s club football,” concludes Adepoju, who is LaLiga ambassador in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more