Chiefs too strong for Connacht

first_img After a 30-24 defeat at Bayonne last week, Rob Baxter’s side bounced back in style as tries from Will Chudley, Henry Slade, Damian Welch, D avid Ewers and Ben White secured victory, while Gareth Steenson added four conversions. The Aviva Premiership side now top Pool Two, which is finely poised with all four teams having won one and lost one, by a point. Exeter have a slight advantage over their opponents due to the two contrasting bonus points they have accrued from the opening games. They next face a trip to French side La Rochelle, who beat Bayonne 25-13 on Friday, when the competition resumes on December 4. Greig Laidlaw kicked 20 points as Gloucester marched on in Pool Five with a 25-15 win at Oyonnax. The Scottish scrum-half booted six penalties and converted Matt Kvesic’s second-half try as the Cherry and Whites followed their opening 55-0 triumph over Brive with another win to comfortably remain top of their section. Zebre are next up for Gloucester at Kingsholm and the Aviva Premiership side will already be hot favourites to ease through. In Pool Three, Stade Francais edged Bucharest Wolves 13-9 to get their first win in the competition, thanks to Digby Ioane grabbing the only try of the match and South African Morne Steyn adding eight points with his boot. Cardiff Blues maintained their 100 per cent start in Pool One with an impressive 33-18 win over Italian side Rovigo. The Blues pack was key as Kristian Dacey, Josh Turnbull, Gethin Jenkins, Manoa Vosawai and Macauley Cook all powered over to clinch Cardiff’s second try bonus point. Exeter Chiefs ran in five tries during an impressive 33-13 home victory over Connacht to put their European Challenge Cup campaign back on course.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Morocco formally complains of refereeing ‘injustice’

first_imgRabat, June 29: The Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) has formally complained to world football’s governing body FIFA over “serious referee errors” during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.In a letter sent to FIFA and posted on the FRMF website on Thursday, federation president Fouzi Lekjaa said the errors led to his country’s early exit and that the video assistant referee (VAR) had been used or not used in order to serve the interests of their opponents, reports Xinhua news agency.Morocco played in the World Cup in Group B along with Iran, Portugal and Spain.“We want to express our indignation at the injustice suffered by our national team, following serious refereeing errors that led to (the team’s) premature exit from the first round of the 2018 World Cup,” Lekjaa said in the letter.“The severity of these refereeing errors is all the more evident in the fact that in these two matches (against Portugal and against Spain), the use of VAR served only to preserve the interests of our competitors,” it said.The Moroccan federation listed what it said were wrong decisions and attached their videos from Morocco’s defeat 1-0 against Portugal and 2-2 draw against Spain.The north African side, who also lost their group opener to Iran, had strongly criticized the referees’ performance following their loss to the Portuguese, their second group game, that had killed off their chances of advancing.“With what has happened we can only express our serious concern at the persistence of these injustices and the negative impact on the image of FIFA and the future of football,” the letter said.The Moroccan federation urged FIFA president Gianni Infantino to “take the necessary measures and make the necessary adjustments in order to repair these injustices and guarantee the conditions of a competition with equal opportunities for all teams”. IANSlast_img read more

NFL free agency rumors: 49ers sign WR Jordan Matthews

first_img49ers signed former Eagles’ WR Jordan Matthews.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2019Matthews caught 20 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns with the Eagles last season. NFL free agency rumors: Teddy Bridgewater to re-sign with Saints Matthews was originally taken in the second round by the Eagles in 2014.The wide receiver has caught 270 passes for 3,255 yards and 22 touchdowns in his career. NFL free agency rumors: AJ McCarron released by Raiderscenter_img The 49ers have added a wideout to their receiving corps.San Francisco has signed wide receiver Jordan Matthews, according to ESPN. He has spent four of his five NFL seasons in Philadelphia. He missed all of 2017 when the Eagles won the Super Bowl. Related Newslast_img read more

How will MLB Draft picks work in 2020? Explaining the format changes for shortened baseball draft

first_imgSlot values for the draft are still in place from 2019, with the 3.5 percent increase tabled between MLB and the MLBPA, reflecting on the increase in MLB revenue. Now, with just five rounds, players originally slotted for six figures getting a potential $20,000 payday instead.Here’s what you need to know about this year’s draft:MORE: What to know about the 2020 MLB DraftHow will the MLB Draft work in 2020?The coronavirus has drastically altered the way the 2020 MLB Draft will work. While the format remains largely unchanged, the amount of rounds has been cut from 40 to just five.Because there are just five rounds to this year’s draft, teams will be able to sign an unlimited amount of free agents at a maximum of $20,000 per player. Players who were originally slated to make six figures between rounds six through 10 will be getting significantly less up front, with other potential draft picks slipping through the cracks.Dates: Wednesday, June 10 (Round 1, Competitive Balance Round A) and Thursday, June 11 (remainder of draft)Start times: 7 p.m. ET (Wednesday), 5 p.m. ET (Thursday)TV channels: ESPN, MLB Network (Round 1) | ESPN2, MLB Network (Remainder of draft)The first round of the draft features just 29 picks, with the Astros penalized a pick as punishment for their 2017 sign-stealing scandal. The second round features 23 picks, with the Red Sox and Astros forfeiting picks as part of sign-stealing punishments and the Yankees, Braves, Diamondbacks, Phillies and Angels docked picks for signing qualified free agents.There are still assigned slot values through the five-round draft, with a team able to sign an unlimited amount of undrafted free agents to a maximum of $20,000 per player. For full slot values for all five rounds’ worth of picks, click here.Per usual, the draft order is determined by reverse regular-season standings from the previous year. The Tigers have the No. 1 overall pick, the second time in three years they have that selection.Where will the 2020 MLB Draft be held?As part of the draft’s big changes in 2020, the draft was originally moved from MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J. to Omaha, Neb., the site of the College World Series. Participating CWS were invited to the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha.Unfortunately, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the plans have changed, with MLB holding a virtual draft similar to what the NFL did with the 2020 NFL Draft. Akin to the NFL Draft, all MLB GMs and club officials will be shown from wherever they’re working with live camera cut-ins. Select players will also be attending virtually for the draft, most of which are expected to go in the first round.If the NFL draft was any indication, should things go as expected, there will be minimal glitches with the procedures. Typically, the picks during the MLB Draft were made during a conference call including executives from all 30 teams, so teams should be able to adapt easily. From Omaha to living rooms, the MLB Draft is going on as planned.There are many changes coming to the 2020 MLB Draft, most of those changes due to the coronavirus pandemic that has stopped the sport globally. The most forward-facing change to the draft is the amount of rounds dwindled from 40 to five. What are Competitive Balance Picks?At the end of the first round and the second round, teams who are either a recipient of revenue sharing or one of the 10 smallest revenue pools receive an extra pick. Certain formulas that include winning percentage and revenue determine who receives a Competitive Balance Round A pick while the remainder receive picks between the second and third rounds.How will players attend the 2020 MLB Draft?In years past, minimal players have typically attended the MLB Draft, but that was expected to change with the scenery shift to Nebraska, a more centralized location, the week before the College World Series was originally supposed to be scheduled.As of now, there are 23 announced potential first-round picks virtually attending the draft, with 26 confirmed attendees in total.PlayerPositionSchoolMick AbelRHPJesuit High School (Oregon)Patrick BaileyCNC StateTanner BurnsRHPAuburnCade CavalliRHPOklahomaSlade CecconiRHPUniversity of MiamiPete Crow-ArmstrongOFHarvard-Westlake High School (California)Reid DetmersLHPLouisvilleNick GonzalesSS/2BNew Mexico StateRobert HassellOFIndependence High School (Tennessee)Austin HendrickOFWest Allegheny High School (Pennsylvania)Ed HowardSSMount Carmel High School (Illinois)Jared KelleyRHPRefugio High School (Texas)Heston KjerstadOFArkansasAsa LacyLHPTexas A&MNick LoftinSSBaylorAustin MartinOF/3BVanderbiltMax MeyerRHPMinnesotaGarrett MitchellOFUCLACarmen MlodzinskiRHPSouth CarolinaTyler SoderstromCTurlock High School (California)Spencer Torkelson1BArizona StateZac VeenOFSpruce Creek High School (Florida)Austin WellsCArizonalast_img read more

New Public Space to Open at Deep Cut Gardens

first_img“The Deep Cut Gardens Master Plan was updated in 2014 and consensus on the parking lot expansion location, maintenance area location and conversion of the Gardener’s Cottage to public use was achieved as a result,” said Ostrowski. The park, a former estate, is located on Red Hill Road and is filled with beautiful flowers, trees, ponds and wildlife. The scenic views at Deep Cut Gardens attract people from inside and outside of the local area. “I like the park. It’s good for exercise, it’s good to destress,” said William. The couple said they also love to walk the trails and sit by the pond. A patio may be installedin front of the cottage aswell, but Ostrowski said thecottage and its new designwill be the next project afterthe maintenance building iscompleted. Future plans for the cottage have not yet been finalized. However, ideas for the three-story building include office spaces on the third floor, with the first floor used as a welcome area or program area, said Robin Ostrowski, principal landscape architect for the Monmouth County Park System. Current staff operations are conducted in the white and green Gardener’s Cottage at the front entrance of the park. Once staff operations move to the new maintenance building, outside the public area of the park, the cottage will open for public use. MIDDLETOWN — Deep Cut Gardens will see renovations in the coming weeks as part of a sequence of upgrades outlined in the park’s master plan. The new building will be located east of the pole barn, according to the Monmouth County Park System states, screening it from Red Hill Road. It will have a tan exterior with a brown roof, matching the storage pole barn already at the site. On a warm Friday afternoon Aug. 30, William and Anabel Arzola traveled to Middletown from their home in Perth Amboy to enjoy the park, as they do at least once a week. By Allison Perrine Any stormwater from theroof will collect and divert toa dry well where it will filterinto the ground. Gravel willalso be used to minimizestormwater runoff. Keyport residents Kelly Rosman and her 6-year-old niece Emma Matarese were also walking through the park that Friday afternoon. Emma said she likes seeing the flowers and hummingbirds when she visits Deep Cut Gardens. Work is set to begin thisfall and will conclude inspring 2020. A $1 million contract was approved in August by the county recreation commissioners for a new maintenance building as well as employee facilities and staff parking. “We enjoy the fish pond, the big koi, and the big trees that you can actually go under and relax,” said Rosman.last_img read more

Around the future of Kubo

first_imgThe Take in Mallorca is his private mili, living a football that I would have rarely known. Before the last classified, the Balearic Islands are condemned to fight to save themselves and, despite this, Kubo (3 goals and 3 assists) has taken its most competitive side: it occupies 9 places in attempted dribbles (74), 10 in fouls received (46), 18 in dribbles (34), 27 in entries won (16), 29 in passes with danger (20), 30 in intercepted passes (16), 31 in good centers (7) or 33 in auctions (28). The records show a footballer who has not abandoned his bold style and is being applied in defensive work. With that baggage, at the moment, knocks on the door of Madrid, but Being an extra-community (needs ten years in a row in Spain to achieve nationality) complicates the mission. Convinced of its potential and that the final stretch of each season is the most influential The next market, especially having to visit the Bernabéu in April, does not even throw in the towel.The Games, on the horizonAnother important issue to be resolved about Kubo is that of the Games. He is in the prelist and Japan awaits him in Tokyo 2020 because it is an icon in his country and there the tournament is seen as historic. Madrid and the coronavirus crisis will have the last word, but Take wants to be an Olympic and only Zidane’s request would take away the idea. If the club requires you for the tour, a showcase for the Japanese to win its place, would not go to the Games. If it were given, at their destination they would have to accept the situation. But now, with the decisive section of the course ahead, the planning at the Bernabéu to be determined and the coronavirus issue, Kubo’s future is in the air. 26center_img The coming months will mark the future of Takefusa Kubo (18 years old). As AS may know, there is nothing decided yet and it all depends on what Modric does, the return of Odegaard, the assignments and the possible signings. The most logical option, against which the Japanese will fight, is that in the 2020-21 loan to a Primera team with a style that matches their conditions and, preferably, dispute European competition.Last summer there was little room for maneuver in this regard. Kubo made the preseason with the first team and had some incursion with Castilla, but the quota of non-EU members left him with almost no options of remaining in the subsidiary since he had hardly had the option to debut in the League. That and the proposals of First clubs like Mallorca, Valladolid and Leganés They made him take a break by seeking an assignment to tan.last_img read more

This proposal for fighting bank robberies is flawed

first_imgDear Editor,I recently read in the print media of the Force’s crime fighting strategy of placing plainclothes Policemen around commercial banks to stem the tide of bank robberies and immediately I gave a deep sigh of disbelief.My alarm flares went off because here we have a security force that has openly given the criminals notice of their intent way upfront which I would say is tantamount to arming the criminal with the vital tools of information. This is poor crime-fighting strategy when you can so easily give away information to the very same persons you hope to capture. Keeping the bandits informed is bad in form and content.Now the Guyana Police Force is either delusional or openly stupid to ever think that this strategy would work, I here say it will not, because in the first place the wily criminal out there thrives on information; that is why they are so successful at their evil craft.Therefore, to so openly share that information strategy – with so much details – the end result would be that the criminal is bound to come out on top of the game. By now the criminals would have already changed their modus operandi in not robbing their victims soon after they have left the bank, but trailing them to their homes and businesses where they are most vulnerable.Or, they would have gone into hibernation at the information furnished in the print media. So, the question remains, what do they hope to achieve in all of this? And there is an immediate echo, very little if anything at all.Now, if we should take that “plainclothes Police around banks” idea in stride, I believe there might very well be headed into a bungled situation of mistaking Cop for criminal. Both individuals might be mistaken as one and the same.The reason for me saying this is the information should only be a well set operational stratagem hammered out between the higher echelons of the bank and the Police, no more no less. The general public should not be privy to this seeing the criminal is eagerly waiting in the wings to intercept the idea and change his move. In any case it all comes back to the age old tried and proven tactic of stop and search that I have repeatedly mentioned in previous letters.I have mooted the idea of the “stop and search” which will bring handsome results if actively pursued, but this does not seem to be a preferred method of this cluelessForce. You must have regular patrols in all the hot spots, stop them, search them, go into their dens and hideaways and I guarantee you will see success in getting those guns off the streets.Criminals do not operate in the air – they do not come in helicopters to commit their crimes – they traverse our streets, then meet them there! As an alert and responsible Force, you go in search of criminals, you cannot wait for criminals to come to you, you have to take the fight to them. The present strategy of waiting for the criminal to strike then make a frantic rush thereafter to catch them will not work. Being a reactionary Force would take us nowhere, our lawmen have to be proactive in this crime-fighting business.Here again I highlight the fact that the Force was equipped with a number of vehicles gifted to them by The People’s Republic of China. Whatever became of those vehicles? Aren’t they to be used in crime-fighting?What is the Police Force doing with those vehicles? There is no excuse in not having the mobile means to track down and arrest a criminal, so why aren’t we getting results? I am talking about getting the multitude of firearms out of the hands of criminals which is a sure way in bringing this present mayhem to a screeching halt. Criminals and persons of that persuasion must be ferreted out and dealt with, with the utmost urgency.Finally, is there a real serious approach to gun crimes? I say a real concerted and determined effort on the part of our Police Force to tackle gun crimes? Or are we getting the subtle response that there are counter related information or instructions that really tie the hands of our lawmen? These are questions I would put forward to the Police Force and our “learned” National Security Minister.Respectfullysubmitted,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Granger is seeking to…

first_imgMr Granger went on to speak about the NICIL $30B bond for the industry which, he said, is aimed at re-balancing the industry. On this matter, he should be the last to speak. The President, in June this year, during his visit to Albion Estate, said: “We are going to ensure that that money comes in a timely manner and in sufficient amounts.” It is now December and the money has stopped coming altogether according to GuySuCo. Mr Marks indicated to the President that the bond proceeds were not intended for wages and salaries. Again, President Granger averted the question and spoke about the Management of the industry which our Union has some concerns about.Mr Granger is seeking to avoid, like the plague, the sugar industry and the situation of the sugar workers. Prior to the election as President, in an interview, he said: “…we want to save the sugar industry, we want to save the livelihoods of sugar workers…” Today, he is in the driver’s seat and his actions are much louder and clearer than his words. Indeed, his deeds speak a mouthful.Today, while he refuses to even answer whether his Government could assist the sugar workers, his response is unequivocal. He has not a care for the sugar workers, their families and their communities. This year, while he and his big wigs will have a happy and jolly time, the workers and their families and their communities will once again be darkened. Their hopes of a bright season dashed as the Grinch, Mr Granger, has once again stolen Christmas from them.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

Global warming has Japanese anticipating early cherry blossoms this year

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PHOTO GALLERY: Local Blooms TOKYO – When the cherry trees come alive in their explosion of pink, millions of Japanese hit the parks for one of this country’s biggest outpourings of merrymaking. So, Japanese are impatiently asking, when will it all start? Very soon, officials say – thanks to global warming, the Tokyo area is having one of its earliest cherry seasons ever. According to predictions released by Japan’s Meteorological Agency, the trees are expected to bloom as early as this weekend in the capital area, where about a quarter of all Japanese live. That would be 10 days earlier than average and the second earliest since the agency started compiling data in 1953. The earliest on record for Tokyo is March 16, 2002. “Cherry blossoms bloom earlier in relation to a rise in temperature, and this temperature increase is related to global warming. So there is an indirect connection,” Hiroko Morooka, a Meteorological Agency official, said Tuesday. With countless parties to be planned, including a bash hosted by the prime minister with 10,000 invited guests, predicting when the brief cherry blossom season will occur is a major concern. Newspapers and television networks track the blossoms’ march – called the “sakura zensen” or cherry blossom front line – from the hotter southwest of the country through chilly Hokkaido in the north. When the blossoms open, offices clear out, friends gather, families picnic. Because of unusually warm weather in recent months, this year’s blossoms have been watched particularly closely. Park officials, who have to be ready for the crowds, are worried. “It’s difficult to predict this year since it’s been warm all winter,” said Toshiharu Kobayashi of the Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association. “Usually, the temperature drops and then hikes up for the cherry blossoms to bloom, but this year, it’s been warm all along.” The biggest draw is Ueno Park, where 2.3 million people are expected during the blossom season. Even in the best of years, cherry blossoms are notoriously short-lived. Temperature changes and even a day of rain can considerably cut their longevity, which is usually only about a week. To hedge his bets, the prime minister’s party is held at a Tokyo park with a hardier variety of cherry that blooms later and lasts longer. The party, attended by celebrities, business leaders and the political elite, is scheduled for April 14. The early blooms underscore a significant change in Tokyo’s climate. The average temperature during winter months in Tokyo from 1971 through 2000 was 44 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Meteorological Agency. From December 2006 to February 2007, the average temperature was more than 3 degrees higher – 47.5 Fahrenheit. Residents say they have noticed the change. “Global warming has become more of a personal reality for me,” said Tomoko Yokoyama, a 37-year-old Tokyo housewife. “It seems like everything is happening earlier. I haven’t seen any snow, and the hay fever situation is worse for my daughter.”last_img read more

Blow for Man United! Top defensive target set to stay with Champions League side

first_img1 Marquinhos in action for PSG Manchester United target Marquinhos is on the verge of agreeing a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain.The centre back has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months, with manager Louis van Gaal keen to strengthen his defence in the summer.The Brazilian is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in European after arriving at PSG from Roma for over £20m in 2013.Since then the 20-year-old has gone on to make 60 appearances for the French champions, winning Ligue 1 last season.Manchester United have been hot on Marquinhos’s trail but PSG are now acting swiftly to end their interest.According to Telefoot, the French club have offered Marquinhos an extended contract with a pay rise and they are hopefully he will sign this week.last_img read more