CWI targeting September for SA tour but sweating on IPL

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC )– Cricket West Indies (CWI) are eyeing September as a possible window for the hosting of South Africa’s rescheduled tour of the Caribbean but said the staging of the Indian Premier League would be the final determinant of when the series will be played.South Africa were expected to play two Tests and five Twenty20 Internationals from July 23 to August 16 before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic forced a global cessation of cricket.With the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) expected to be staged from August 18 to September 10, CWI hope South Africa can follow immediately afterwards with the series to be staged in one territory in a bio-secure environment.However, with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) in the process of finalising dates for the rescheduled IPL, CWI chief executive Johnny Grave said any tour by South Africa would have to accommodate the lucrative T20 tournament, especially with several of their players involved.“The plan as we are working on now is that the players would come home [from England], they will have the weekend at home. Those that are in the Caribbean Premier League will head down to Trinidad on probably August 3rd so it’s a quick turnaround,” Grave told Starcom Radio’s Mason and Guests cricket show.“CPL finishes September 10. We hope very much that South Africa will follow immediately after that.“Whether we can get the full tour in or we’re going to have to look at a split tour between the Tests and the T20s, we don’t know. “We obviously hear and read that India are trying to get the IPL towards the back end of September either in India, which I know is their preferred choice or the UAE, which is their back up choice but there’s been no announcement on that yet.“We very much hope that South Africa will be able to come here in September for either a T20 only tour or a Test only tour at the very least.”He continued: “It will be dependent on the IPL. South Africa have a number of their Test players who have IPL contracts whereas this current Test team we don’t have any IPL players in.“We won’t be able to play Test cricket against South Africa during the IPL – Cricket South Africa have made that very clear to us. They’ve got a commitment to their players to allow them to go and play in the IPL.”Due to COVID-19, CWI have already been forced to postpone several home series. South Africa Women were scheduled to arrive for a One-Day International tour from May 30 to June 10 while South Africa A had been expected to tour from June 10 to July 9 for three four-day “Tests” and five one-dayers.And with the New Zealand limited overs tour carded for July 8-19 also put on hold, Grave said CWI remained hopeful over the South Africa series and were continuing their dialogue with Cricket South Africa.“At this stage, we hope that’s the case (South Africa will tour) but I can’t confirm at this stage,” the Englishman said.“With no flight flights between South Africa and the UK which is the obvious route for them to travel, at this moment it’s not something South Africa have been able to confirm to us. But we’re talking to them regularly and we hope for good news soon.”If the tour goes ahead, Grave said the template being utilised by the CPL where games will be played in a single jurisdiction, would be mirrored so as to limit movement of players and personnel in the ongoing COVID-19 environment.All CPL matches for the upcoming tournament will be played in Trinidad and while Grave said CWI were still in discussions over the venue for the South Africa series, he backed the Caribbean’s ability to successfully execute the various bio-secure protocols required.“I think very much like the Caribbean Premier League we would be looking to host South Africa in one country,” Grace explained.“I think moving does create challenges in terms of bio-security but also in terms of ensuring that all of the measures that we would want put in place can be adhered to, and then obviously changing countries involves different procedures and measures in terms of Ministries of Health and National Security.“So it’s a huge operational challenge if we have to have long tours that need multiple venues and therefore cannot be hosted in one country.”He continued: “Certainly, in terms of our medical panel, in terms of our sports science and medicine manager, I’ve got all the confidence that we’ve got the medical practitioners and the cricketing operations staff that are used to operating cricket and therefore I’m pretty confident that we’ll be able to adhere to any government protocols and do everything we can to ensure player safety which is always going to be our number one concern.”last_img read more

Wisconsin holds annual pro day

first_imgWhile there weren’t 80,000 fans looking on or NFL experts analyzing a player’s every move, Wednesday’s Pro Timing Day offered NFL Draft hopefuls a chance to strut their stuff in a less stressful environment. More than a dozen scouts were on hand — representing teams such as Indianapolis, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Miami, New England, Detroit, Washington and New Orleans — at the McClain Center to watch 10 or so graduates, including former Badgers Roderick Rogers, John Stocco, Joe Thomas and Mark Zalewski.For Stocco and Thomas, who already participated at the NFL Combine, Wednesday was just another opportunity to showcase their talents.”Just another chance for coaches to come out here and get a little more hands on with you and do the exact drills they want to see,” Thomas said. “I just wanted to go out and take the opportunity to show what kind of football player I am, and it’s just another way to do that.””It’s more exposure,” Stocco said. “I think for me, the more workouts help — the more, the better. Unless you’re a guy like JaMarcus Russell or Brady Quinn, the rest of us have to go through the Pro Day and the Combine to give teams as much as they can see of you. It only helps us.”But for the other guys who weren’t invited to Indianapolis, Wednesday was their first chance to show the NFL what they can do in ability, strength and skills tests.Zalewski wasn’t in top form for his 40-yard dash time, finishing in the upper 4.6-second range. Since he wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine, Zalewski felt like he had something to prove. He felt that carrying that mindset into his sprint affected his time.”Mentally, I was so amped up, I think it kind of hurt me,” Zalewski said. “My first 40, I think I was coming out, and with my chip on that shoulder a little stiff, and maybe trying a little bit too hard.”While the 40-yard dash didn’t go according to plan, the former Wisconsin middle linebacker was pleased with his performances in the broad jump (9-foot-9), high jump (33 inches) and skills tests.”I think a lot of people don’t really know how well I move,” Zalewski said. “Side-to-side, I heard there was some questions, but I think I did pretty well in the shuttles and agility today. I think the jumps went well … and drills I thought went well too.”On the bench, Zalewski finished inches shy of 20, a number that would have looked impressive to scouts for a 232-pound linebacker. In fact, it would have been the second best performance among all participants, bettering Joe Ainslie, an offensive lineman from Minnesota. Instead, on his 20th rep, Zalewski froze with his arms about nine-tenths extended before giving in. He settled for 19, tying Ainslie and two others for second.”I really wanted 20,” Zalewski said. “I was still breathing and stuff. It was so close.”Overall, however, Zalewski doesn’t believe these tryouts tap into the utmost potential of the athletes participating.”It really doesn’t determine how good you are, have been or are going to be. It tests how fast you can run around three little cones,” Zalewski said. “I think I’m a better player than I can show through these drills. I have a lot of toughness. You can’t really test something like that here.”Injuries hampered Rogers and former UW-Whitewater receiver Derek Stanley. Rogers, who hurt his knee in the Capital One Bowl, didn’t do as well as he would have liked, but he remains confident in his abilities as a player.”[I have] no doubts about what I can do in the NFL,” Rogers said. “I just want to go in there and show what I can do. I got 4.45 on the 40 and 36 (inches) on the vertical. I wanted better, but I’m proud of what I did today.”At 5-foot-10, 175 pounds and coming from a Division-III school, Stanley already was facing two imposing obstacles.”It’s definitely more difficult for me,” Stanley said. “People automatically look at you and say, ‘Hey you went to Whitewater, you’re not playing with the guys you’re trying out with,’ which is true and on top of that I got my size; I’m not the biggest guy in the world. It is an uphill battle, but guys have done it before.”Stanley said he needed an impressive time to perhaps put him in the minds of some of the scouts, but a lingering pain in his hamstring prevented him from recording in his usual 4.3-range. His average time didn’t fare well with the Miami scout.Still, he showcased his route running and ball catching abilities.Outside of Thomas, who is almost a lock for a top five pick in April’s draft, these other athletes hope for the best.”I’ll be happy if any teams take me,” Zalewski said.Stocco understands that it’s not for him to decide what happens. It’s more about performing well and leaving the rest up to the scouts to decide.”I just wanted to come out here and throw the ball as best as I could and show teams what I got, and whatever happens with [the draft] happens,” Stocco said. “I keep an open mind, and I’ve heard a lot of different things so we’ll see. … I just came out and wanted to throw well. Other than that, there’s not much else you can do.”last_img read more

Antigua in Talks With United States to Increase Airlifts Between Countries

first_imgST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Tourism Minister, Charles Fernandez, remained buoyed at the prospect of increased airlift from the United States to Antigua following a week of meeting and negotiations with representatives of US-based airlines.“We had a very hectic road trip to meet with executives of four major US carriers to present Antigua and Barbuda’s growth and hotel rooms. We are looking towards another record-breaking year of arrivals to Antigua and Barbuda,” said Fernandez, adding “our aim is to convince them that Antigua and Barbuda is not only expanding but also improving its product.“This has been one of the most successful months in airlift for us this year!  The overall feedback from our airline partners, this year, is that they have seen strong demand for our product, particularly during the summer months, largely as a result of the over 500 rooms that we have added within the last few months; and our robust summer campaign #WhatCoolLooksLike”, he said.Fernandez said that it was encouraging news for Antigua and Barbuda coming on the recent announcement by Virgin Atlantic to also add an additional daily flight to the destination this winter from the United Kingdom; and British Airways offering daily service year-round starting summer 2020.“This is a ringing endorsement and clear confidence in Antigua and Barbuda, as a preferred destination of choice by our airline partners” said Fernandez.Tourism officials said a series of successful presentations were made to the airline partners, with a detailed update given on the improved airport infrastructure, recent growth within the destination’s room stock, in addition to more planned development with over 2,000 new hotel rooms on schedule to be ready in the next two years.Meetings were also held with United Airlines and Southwest to explore all opportunities for the destination, in particular, the new US gateways of Houston, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, and Chicago.Chief executive officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James said he was pleased with the feedback from the airline partners who welcomed the face-to-face meetings.“The two new additional Jet Blue flights, each 150 seats per flight, will have the airline flying to Antigua on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  The increase in this carrier’s capacity will be a welcome boost for our weddings and honeymoon market.“It will ensure that adequate airlift is available to support the marketing efforts of both the Tourism Authority and our hotels ahead of the busy Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, which signals the start of the winter season,” said James.The meeting with American Airlines also resulted with agreement on the resumption of the second daily flight from Miami on December 18th.last_img read more

CDC Confirms Person-to-Person Spread of New Coronavirus in the United States

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has spread between two people in the United States, representing the first instance of person-to-person spread with this new virus here.Previously, all confirmed U.S. cases had been associated with travel to Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by this novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December 2019. However, this latest 2019-nCoV patient has no history of travel to Wuhan, but shared a household with the patient diagnosed with 2019-nCoV infection on January 21, 2020.Recognizing early on that the 2019-nCoV could potentially spread between people, CDC has been working closely with state and local partners to identify close contacts of confirmed 2019-nCoV cases. Public health officials identified this Illinois resident through contact tracing. Both patients are in stable condition.“Given what we’ve seen in China and other countries with the novel coronavirus, CDC experts have expected some person-to-person spread in the US,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D.  “We understand that this may be concerning, but based on what we know now, we still believe the immediate risk to the American public is low.”Limited person-to-person spread with 2019-nCoV has been seen among close contacts of infected travelers in other countries where imported cases from China have been detected. The full picture of how easily and sustainably the 2019-nCoV spreads is still unclear. Person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum, with some viruses being highly contagious (like measles) and other viruses being less so.MERS and SARS, the other two coronaviruses that have emerged to cause serious illness in people, have been known to cause some person-to-person spread. With both those viruses, person-to-person spread most often occurred between close contacts, such as healthcare workers and those caring for or living with an infected person. CDC has been proactively preparing for the introduction of 2019-nCoV in the U.S. for weeks, including:First alerting clinicians on January 8 to be on the look-out for patients with respiratory symptoms and a history of travel to Wuhan, China.Developing guidance for preventing 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from spreading to others in homes and communities.Developing guidance for clinicians for testing and management of 2019-nCoV, as well as guidance for infection control of patients hospitalized or being evaluated by a health care provider.CDC is working closely with Illinois health officials and other local partners. A CDC team has been on the ground since the first 2019-nCoV-positive case was identified and is supporting an ongoing investigation to determine whether further spread with this virus has occurred.It is likely there will be more cases of 2019-nCoV reported in the U.S. in the coming days and weeks, including more person-to-person spread. CDC will continue to update the public as we learn more about this coronavirus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Right now, 2019-nCoV has not been found to be spreading widely in the United States, so CDC deems the immediate risk from this virus to the general public to be low. However, risk is dependent on exposure, and people who are in contact with people with 2019-nCoV are likely to be at greater risk of infection and should take the precautions outlined in CDC’s guidance for preventing spread in homes and communities.For the general public, no additional precautions are recommended at this time beyond the simple daily precautions that everyone should always take. It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed. Right now, CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China.last_img read more

Heisler: New Year’s resolutions from our Big Ballers to yours

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error  Magic: Don’t give up on us. I’ve got another unselfish guy in mind who’ll help us.Bron: Who?Magic: Me!Walton: Hey, we’re not out of it if I can get Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Brook Lopez, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Andrew Bogut and Corey Brewer to pull together in their last one, two or three months here.Luol Deng: Can’t I leave, too?Magic: I wish.Jim Buss: I told you, this stuff is harder than it looks.Former 76er GM Sam Hinkie: Don’t worry, be happy. It only took me two seasons of tanking to accumulate all those assets. I was working on my third season but they got impatient and fired me. Now it’s four years later and the Sixers are all the way up to No. 10 in the East! How are all my assets doing anyway?Sixers coach Brett Brown: We’ve still got two of your lottery picks, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.Dallas coach Rick Carlisle: They dumped Nerlens Noel on us but we’re not playing him.New Jersey coach Kenny Atkinson: They dumped Jahlil Okafor on us but we’re not playing him.Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd: They dumped Michael Carter-Williams on us but we dumped him on Charlotte. Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert: That sniveling self-styled King James is talking about leaving again — oh, now they say he might stay next season? Never mind. Paul George: My goal used to be winning a title until I got to Oklahoma City. Now it’s just to get out of Oklahoma City.  Carmelo Anthony: I hear you. Russell Westbrook: Ingrates. Oh well, what’s the Warriors’ phone number?  Kevin Durant: That’s (510) 986-2200. You can never get enough good help.DeMarcus Cousins: Everyone says I want to come to the Lakers but with all the technical fouls I get for nothing, I better not comment. I might be the first NBA player ever found guilty of tampering with himself.Steve Ballmer: I paid $2 billion for this? Another $1-2 billion and I might have gotten the Warriors.  Doc Rivers: Hey, we’re not out of the running with Blake and Milos back. Ballmer: I’d still rather have the Warriors. Maybe I’ll see if I can get Steve Kerr.  Doc: Good luck. I’m sure Steve will be enchanted at seeing how the other half lives.Chris Paul: I told you I had to get out of here. Houston’s great and I’ve only played 17 games. If we get one of my pals, Bron or Melo, next summer, I might just play postseasons.Phil Jackson: Dumping Melo worked, just like I said. Too bad the Knicks axed me first. Is that gig running the Lakers still open?Jeanie Buss: Hi, you’ve reached Jeanie’s voicemail. Leave me a message and I’ll get back to you. LiAngelo Ball: Dad, I just Googled Prienai, Lithuania where Vytautas plays. It’s a village of 9,867.  LaVar: When have I steered you boys wrong? The GM told me that people there call it “the French Riviera of Lithuania.” LaMelo Ball: Google says there are seven hours of daylight in January. The arena seats 1,500, the town is “non-English speaking” and the coach doesn’t speak much either. LaVar: I speak English and you know who’s really coaching you. They say I can have the run of the place. You know, just like at Chino but colder!Worse comes to worse, we’ll see if we can go back to UCLA. They’ll just have to get waivers of several dozen NCAA regulations but I’m sure the Bruins would be up for it.In the meantime we now have Gelo and Melo Vytautas Prienai jerseys for sale… just $495 each!Dennis Rodman: From the original Big Baller, it’s true: There’s always somewhere in the world where they’ll appreciate you.Kim Jong Un: Absolutely, bro! We asked the usual suspects for their New Year’s resolutions, along with some ballyhooed newcomers!LaVar Ball: Resolutions? You mean asking people what they resolve to do for the Ball family?I’ve got a long list…Let’s start with the Lakers. Magic Johnson asked me to stop zinging Luke Walton. Of course, they’re still losing and I’ve got to be me but being a team guy, I said I’d come to Magic first.center_img Of course, between you and me and however many readers there are out there, the Lakers are still losing and there’s only one man who can coach Lonzo without babying him while giving him the ball enough and playing him all the fourth quarters and still make the playoffs and you’re looking at him.Not to criticize Luke but he’s not in Golden State any more, Toto.Lonzo Ball: Gee, Dad, I like it here. Can’t we stay? Melo, Gelo and I are tired of this one year here, one year there stuff.LaVar: Just be happy you’re not in Lithuania, son. You keep hooping, I’ll take care of the game plan. Whatever you do, don’t let anyone change that shooting stroke I taught you. Soon everyone will shoot that way.LeBron James: Like I told everybody, Lonzo’s the type of unselfish player everyone wants to play alongside—except me, of course. At my age I’ve got better things to do than try to put a young team on my back and see if we can make the playoffs.last_img read more

April 22, 2020 — Governor Reynolds on Radio Iowa

first_imgRadio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson had an opportunity to ask questions to Governor Reynolds during a 20-minute program on Wednesday, April 22nd. Listen back to the program via the audio player below:last_img

An Easy Morning for American Pharoah and Beholder

first_imgWith Wednesday bringing better weather to The Great Race Place, two of the superstar Thoroughbreds on the Santa Anita backside used the opportunity for an easy morning’s workout.Beholder proved an early riser, getting her workout in at 6:30 this AM, while the Triple Crown Champion, American Pharoah, enjoyed a bath after his easy jog.Did you know? You can see Horsemen listings like workouts, standings and more under our Horsemen section? Click here to check it out now!BeholderAmerican Pharoahlast_img

Mason charged for stealing friend’s phone

first_imgA 21-year-old mason of Second Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, who is accused of stealing his friend’s phone was released on bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Isiah Daniels denied that on December 6, 2018, at King Street, Georgetown, he stole a Samsung cellphone valued $48,000; property of Jamal Barker.The prosecution is contending that Daniels asked to Virtual Complainant to borrow his phone to make a call but when he was given the device, he allegedly ran away with it.After the Chief Magistrate read the charge to the defendant she told him “you’re a young man and you should not be stealing anybody’s phone, I do not want to jail you.”Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield made no objections to bail, adding that although the phone was not recovered, the defendant has until the next court date to either fully reimburse the Virtual Complainant or pay at least half of the phone’s value; that is, $48,000.The Chief Magistrate while granting Daniels bail told him “don’t let this happen again”. He was released on $2000 bail. The case will continue later this month.last_img read more

Hunt intensifies for bandits as more Police flown to scene

first_imgCuyuni River murder/robbery As investigations continue into the murder of a Dominican Republic national and the subsequent robbery at a mining camp at Black Water, Cuyuni River, the Police have intensified their efforts to apprehend the three perpetrators.The Guyana Police Force confirmed that the owner of the mining camp has provided the much-needed aerial support and as such, members of the Tactical Service Unit (TSU) and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) were flown into the area.Commander, Senior Superintendent Kevin Adonis when contacted on Saturday, told Guyana Times that as of late Saturday afternoon, none of the masked and armed men were arrested but the Police ranks were combing the area. He is optimistic that the men will be apprehended and brought to justice.Fifty-five-year-old Pedro Pablo Rosario was shot and killed on Friday morning after a group of armed, masked bandits invaded the mining camp.According to information received, Rosario was at a location while four other workers, who were on duty. were some distance away. Rosario was reportedly relaxing in a hammock when one of the bandits confronted him and discharged a round fatally shooting him.The three suspects then went to the dredge area where they held the other workers at gunpoint and relieved them of two gold mats containing 100 ounces of gold from the sluice box after which they made good their escape.The body of the dead man was air-lifted to Georgetown and is presently at the Lyken’s Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination. The man’s relatives are expected to arrive in Guyana today.last_img read more

Canal No.2 still under flood waters

first_img…farmers incur millions in lossesBy Rupadai SeenaraineMore than one week after the Canal Number Two area was completely inundated by heavy rainfall, residents are complaining that the water has not receded and they are facing significant losses.Speaking with Guyana Times on Monday, residents voiced their plight, noting the impact the floodwaters have had on their livelihoods.One of the affected residents, Mark Itwaru, recalled that he noticed the rising water level last Monday after hours of continuous rainfall. However, after one week, residents’ premises and farmlands are still inundated.“Last week Monday, we had some terrible rainfall in the afternoon period and theOne of the farms that are currently under waterplace was flooded. Within one o’clock to five o’clock, the place was flooded and from then to now, water is still on the land.”He noted the water within the housing communities was receding very slowly, and the farms were facing tremendous losses since all of the produce was destroyed. Additionally, there was also damage to household items and appliances.“By the housing area, the water receding very, very slow. Like every two day, then the water move one inch, but in the farmland everything is destroyed, because the water is not moving at all. Everybody is counting losses, even myself at present. I have over 800 pine plant that was about to bear and all is under water. Now they can’t bear, because the water is not running off the land,” Itwaru said. Meanwhile, another resident who identified himself as Ishmael (only name given), indicated that he rears livestock for a living and has faced over $200,000 in losses so far. That figure continues to grow as the days progress. “I don’t have anywhere to put them (the livestock) so I had to left them in the water and they dead out,” he related.“I had three-acre banana and they look like they mightn’t make it ‘cause the water affecting roots and they falling down,” said another resident.Some also say that the trenches are overflowing, which is adding to the slow drainage of the water. They are also blasting the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) of the Canal Polder for failure to address their concerns and turning a blind eye to their calls.“The Canal Number Two trench full to its max and the RDC and not even the NDC is not budging. Nobody is coming forward to say anything about the flooding.”While the main cause of the flooding was the heavy rainfall, the residents said that they were unable to say whether or not there was another underlying cause for the inundation.“I don’t know if there’s any breach anywhere or by the conservancy, but I know that the rainfall was very heavy on last week Monday that can contribute to the flooding, but I don’t know if it was anything else,” said another resident.Persons from the community are asking for the trenches to be dug so that the water can drain off the land. So far, they are still counting their losses and are expecting to do so until the water retreats.last_img read more