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Teen traffic summit

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaSomething is painfully sad about the number — 120 or more — ofteenagers who will gather at the Rock Eagle 4-H Camp nearEatonton, Ga., for the Teen Summit on Traffic Safety July 22-24.The teens won’t be sad. They’ll be having fun. The University ofGeorgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute has planned anexciting weekend for the young drivers who will be learningcritical principles of traffic safety.It’s just that number.It dogs you when you realize the number attending the summit ontraffic safety is smaller than the 200 or more teens who die eachyear in automobile crashes on Georgia roadways.It’s even worse if you compare it to the more than 6,000 teenswho die nationally each year in auto accidents. “It’s dangerousout there on the highways,” said Beth Bartlett, a GTIPIparent-youth outreach education assistant.But there’s hopeThe teens at the summit will be trained to teach traffic safety,Bartlett said, to elementary and middle school students in theircommunities.They’ll help adult instructors, too, with the two-hour “GeorgiaTeens Ride with PRIDE” (Parents Reducing Incidents of DriverError) class for parents and their teen drivers.There are still openings in the summit, Bartlett said. There’sstill time, too, to sign up for the remaining scholarships.The cost of the summit is only $100 for the three days. Butscholarships cover even that cost for 120 students from 60Georgia high schools.Scholarship applications must be turned in by July 1. They’re atUGA Extension Service county offices and on-line at www.ridesafegeorgia.org.Each must include a simple letter of recommendation from a county4-H agent, SADD leader, school administrator or teacher, GeorgiaTeens Ride with PRIDE instructor or law enforcement officer.Low costTeens who attend the summit on scholarships must agree to givetraffic safety presentations at local schools. But their onlyexpense will be getting to and from Rock Eagle.”Adult supervisors and leaders are also invited,” said GTIPIDirector Steve Davis. “Scholarships are available for 30 adults.”Fax completed applications to (678) 413-4293. Or mail them toGTIPI, 1070 Culpepper Drive, Suite 300, Conyers, GA 30094.Want to know more? Call Bartlett or Frankie Jones at1-800-342-9819 or (678) 413-4281 or Mindy Linton at (912)652-7992. Or go to the Web site (www.ridesafegeorgia.org).Increasing the number of teens at the Teen Summit on TrafficSafety can help decrease that other number. You know — one youdon’t want to think about.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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DIY Van Life

first_imgIn today’s world, the spectrum of how-to #vanlife is huge: you could go cheap, throw a mattress on a couple of milk crates, and call it a day, or drop a few grand and deck your rig out in all of the modern day comforts of home. Our van buildout fell somewhere in the middle, and at under $1,000, we managed to upgrade the milk crates to a savvy system of space-saving storage, wire-free lighting, and eco-friendly power without breaking the bank.Check out Adam’s step-by-step buildout below!DCIM102GOPROStrip the van completely. Tear out old insulation in the floor and remove all “utility van” accessories. Start with a clean slate!!!Address any problem areas.Insulate all cavities in the body of the van with fiberglass and foam insulation. (There are a lot of ways to do this, but this is how I did it).Wrap the entire inside of the vehicle with Tyvec. Tyvec is a moisture barrier, and will eliminate rust issues as a result of condensation.Insulate the floor and wheel wells. I used two layers of carpet backing material to provide cushion and R-Value.Add flooring material. Finish the floor by installing trim pieces by both the side and back doors.Now, with a starting point, lay out your floor plan.Build the bed platform. Leave a rough opening for a drawer and cut two holes in the back for storage you can access from the back doors. The underside of the bed is where a majority of our belongings are stored.Install the ceiling. I used ¼” plywood. It’s flexible, strong, light, and easy to install.Finish remaining insulation. I cut ½” foam insulation to fit each window cavity and then used spray adhesive to stick carpet backing material all over the walls to be used as sound deadener and added R-Value.Now, with the bed platform in place and all the insulation complete, your van build out will take a very custom spin. Your layout decisions will cater to the functionality and purpose of the space you are creating. For Jess and I, storage and functioning workspace is what we needed most. I build a tall closet that is wide enough and deep enough to access easily and capable of storing a good deal of miscellaneous stuff.VanBuildout-3Our cabinets, which there are only two of, serve as our food pantry, our kitchen, and our bathroom. In a separate location above the desk space there’s a small cubby that acts as our office supply space. Throughout this process, remember to be patient. Nothing in a van is square, level, or plumb. It’ll take some time to finagle and construct. Of course, no one can be sure that what you are building now will work for you later, but you have to start somewhere.With the bed, closet, and cabinets in place, we found there was still a need for extra storage and seating. By installing a small bench seat with a flip-up lid, opposite the wall with the cabinets, we were able to achieve both. A small slide-out table (designed around the width and height of our Crazy Creek Leisure chairs) provides us the luxury to dine in front of one another, while still cherishing the small amount of floor space we have when the table is retracted. To cover the insulation on the walls, I again, used ¼” plywood to custom fit panels that gave the van a more finished look. Collectively we painted and caulked. Jess began to give the van the essential “homey touches” before the paint could even dry.The final, perhaps most daunting, task was still ahead. To finish the walls, I needed to rummage some upholstery skills. Slowly, but surely, I spline rolled fabric behind the panels of plywood and used adhesive spray to ensure that overtime the fabric stayed. Dark gray fabric contrasted the white panels nicely. Finally, the ten-day project I had spent at least four months obsessing over, was finally finished!BRO-TV: How to Make a Van Home in 10 Days from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.Finishing the van was like turning a page in a book that leads you to a new chapter. There are still a lot of pages to go to complete the book, but it feels good to begin a new chapter. It’s exciting to think about the places our home on wheels will take us, the places we’ll get to go, and the folks we’ll get to meet. The van will serve as an epicenter for creativity, a spark of inspiration that will come and go with each new day on the road._MG_5576A big thanks to our boss, coworkers, friends, and family that helped us get rubber to pavement! A special shoutout to Pap for use of his shop, expertise, and humor, to the Daddio’s for the contribution of these awesome lights, and to Momma Ritter for her exceptional patience and sewing skills.VanBuildout-4Like what we’re wearing? Check out La Sportiva‘s awesome lineup of clothing and footwear.last_img read more

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A Showdown Year for Reproductive Rights

first_imgBy Nina Martin, ProPublicaFor advocates of women’s reproductive rights, 2015 was the definition of “annus horribilis:” marked by tough new limits on abortion, a debilitating Planned Parenthood scandal, and a shooting at a Colorado clinic that left three people dead. For abortion opponents, it was the year when decades of incremental political and legal gains merged into something much bigger. Now 2016 is shaping up to be even more turbulent — perhaps the most momentous year for reproductive issues in a generation.At the Supreme Court, justices will decide two cases that could dramatically reshape abortion law and gut what remains of the landmark contraception-coverage mandate in President Obama’s health care reform law. In Congress and state legislatures, lawmakers are preparing a torrent of bills inspired by videos purporting to show an unsavory trade in fetal body parts for research. Looming over it all is a presidential race filled with GOP anti-abortion hard-liners and a female Democratic frontrunner who’s made defending reproductive rights a cornerstone of her campaign.“I don’t think we’ve seen a more critical election cycle,” said Daniel Becker, executive director of the national Personhood Alliance, whose Georgia-based group supports Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, among the most outspoken abortion opponents in the GOP field. “Everything is coming to a head.”The political and legal pressures have been building since the 2010 elections, which gave Republicans control of the House of Representatives and many legislatures across the country, emboldening abortion opponents. According to a new Guttmacher Institute analysis, states enacted 288 new abortion restrictions from 2011 through 2015 — nearly as many as were passed in the previous 15 years. “Momentum is on the side of life,” a jubilant Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, the organization behind many of the legislative gains of the last few years, told the National Catholic Register this week.But Andrea Miller, president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, pointed to 1992, when the battle over Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court and worries about what conservative justices might do to abortion rights ushered in “The Year of the Woman” — and swept Bill Clinton into the White House. “The parallels are fascinating,” Miller said. If abortion rights supporters can capitalize on anger over the current threats to Roe v. Wade, she said, 2016 could be “a tremendous moment of opportunity.”Here are four issues to watch in the year ahead.1. The Texas abortion caseThe coming Supreme Court showdown in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole has seemed inevitable since Texas lawmakers pushed through the package of measures known as H.B. 2 in 2013. Among other things, the law requires abortion clinics to adhere to surgical-level building requirements and abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Lawmakers say the measures are needed to protect women from dangerous providers like Philadelphia’s notorious Kermit Gosnell, convicted in 2013 of the murder of three babies during botched late-term abortions. Abortion rights supporters insist the Texas rules are a sham designed to force providers out of business and make it impossible for women to exercise their abortion rights.Twenty-three other states have adopted similar laws. But Texas is huge, and its restrictions have had an outsize impact: More than half of the state’s 41 clinics have already shut down. The state has slashed other women’s health services as well, creating “a perfect storm of barriers” to reproductive care, Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, said at a media briefing this week. In some areas, women must travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic, and reports of so-called “flea market” abortions have become common.The Texas case raises a host of important issues: How far can states go to regulate abortion before the rights laid out in Roe v. Wade and the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey become all but meaningless? Is it enough for lawmakers to claim that tough clinic regulations have a rational basis, or must they prove that the rules are medically necessary? This second question reaches beyond abortion, said Stephanie Toti, an attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights who is representing Texas clinics: “If the courts were to hold that the states can trample on a fundamental right for pretextual reasons, that could have implications across many areas of the Constitution and many areas of core civil rights.”So far, abortion rights groups have submitted at least 45 friend-of-the-court briefs; abortion opponents are busy churning out their counter-arguments. The rhetoric is aimed directly at Justice Anthony Kennedy, who in 2007 wrote the court’s last major abortion decision, affirming the federal ban on partial-birth abortion, but who also voted to uphold Roe in 1992 and gay marriage last year. No one seems to expect Kennedy to overturn Roe, though eviscerating it is a distinct possibility. Oral arguments have been set for March 2, with a decision expected in late June.(Find ProPublica’s reading list on the Texas case here.)2. Contraception and conscienceThe other important reproductive rights case this Supreme Court term hasn’t generated nearly as much attention, but the stakes are high. Zubik v. Burwell is a group of seven cases that, like Hobby Lobby before them, challenge the contraception-coverage mandate under the Affordable Care Act. In Hobby Lobby, the issue was whether the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act gave for-profit companies whose owners objected to birth control on religious grounds the right to deny contraception benefits to their employees; by a 5–4 vote, the court ruled yes.In Zubik, the plaintiffs are hospitals, universities, nursing homes, and other religiously affiliated nonprofits. These entities are already exempt from the contraception mandate on religious grounds. But the Obama administration obliges them to submit a one-page “opt-out” form. The nonprofits argue that even this bureaucratic requirement goes too far. Simply by filling out the form, they contend, they are setting in motion a process that allows their employees to get contraception coverage elsewhere. The organizations say this makes them complicit in an immoral act — supporting birth control — and violates their rights under the religious freedom law. “The issue here is whether the court is going to allow the government to second-guess” the beliefs of religious claimants, said Greg Baylor, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, the conservative legal powerhouse. “The question is: Did the [justices] mean what they said in Hobby Lobby?”Lawyers for the nonprofits point out that women would still be able to obtain birth control, though they may face more hurdles and higher costs. Yet Zubik‘s reasoning could broaden the religious rights of organizations in ways that Guttmacher analyst Adam Sonfield called “really sweeping” and “potentially much more dangerous than Hobby Lobby.”Other contraception cases are moving through the courts, raising similar questions about where to draw the line when it comes to claims of religious freedom: Should pharmacists be forced to fill prescriptions for forms of birth control that they find objectionable? Should a nurse who opposes the pill be able to sue a family planning clinic that declines to hire her? Should hospitals be able to deny tubal ligations, the second most common form of birth control in the U.S., to women after childbirth, the safest time to perform them? The number of cases is sure to increase as states — inspired by Hobby Lobby and last year’s Obergefell gay marriage ruling — move to pass their own versions of RFRA. “The messaging by the supporters of these measures is they’re really about carving out a space for those who object to same-sex marriage,” said Katherine Franke, director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia University and author of the new book, “Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality.” “But what they’re creating is a really broad license not to be governed by laws that govern anyone else.”3. The Planned Parenthood effectThe sensational — and heavily doctored — Planned Parenthood videos released last summer “caused a watershed moment that we weren’t expecting,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which focuses on electing anti-abortion candidates to state and national office, wrote in a fundraising email in December. “We saw our opening — and we jumped all in.” On the legislative front, attempts to cut funding for the organization have gotten most of the attention. Now, the legal strategists at Americans United for Life plan to use the scandal to advance the personhood rights of the unborn in hopes of further undermining Roe.AUL’s new Infants Protection Project consists of eight pieces of model legislation likely to pop up in statehouses over the coming months and years. Some ideas have been around for a while — bans on the partial-birth abortion procedure, on abortions after 20 weeks, and on abortions for sex selection or disabilities such as Down syndrome. The “Unborn Infants Dignity Act” would bar the sale or donation of fetal tissue and “ensure a deceased unborn infant’s right to a dignified treatment, including a respectful burial”; the “Unborn Wrongful Death Act” goes beyond abortion to permit a civil cause of action for the death of a fetus at any stage of development.The draft bills don’t use the phrase “fetal personhood.” But the implications for the concept of personhood are clear. The initiative is a companion to AUL’s extremely effective Women’s Protection Project, whose legislative framework includes bills like the Texas clinic regulations and limits on abortions that use medication instead of surgery (another category likely to be hot this year).4. The California counteroffensiveIn the recent battles over reproductive rights, California has been a major outlier. Since 2013, the state has passed laws that allow women to obtain birth control directly from pharmacists; ban some deceptive practices common at crisis pregnancy centers that masquerade as abortion clinics; and permit trained people other than doctors to perform first-trimester abortions, the largest expansion of abortion access in the U.S. in more than a decade.This year, much of the action could shift from the Legislature to the courts. Abortion opponents have filed a federal lawsuit against the California Department of Managed Health Care for forcing religious organizations to offer abortion coverage in their health insurance plans, as required by state law. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Dignity Health, the state’s largest hospital chain, for refusing to perform tubal ligations at its Catholic facilities. The National Abortion Federation is continuing its battle against the Center for Medical Progress, the secretive California-based group behind the Planned Parenthood videos. All of those cases are likely to have national repercussions.Reproductive justice advocates have been active in other states as well, resulting in some significant wins beyond abortion: New Oregon laws easing access to birth control and protecting patient privacy, a New York law that lets women sign up for health insurance at any time during pregnancy, measures expanding paid maternity/paternity leave and protecting against pregnancy-related job discrimination. Andrea Miller, of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, expects to see an explosion in these types of measures, which appeal to people along the ideological spectrum and have garnered support even in conservative areas. Even amid the pitched abortion battles of 2015, some state legislatures saw significant action, moving or passing 143 pro-reproductive rights bills, she said. “That’s what gives us such extraordinary hope for the future.”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

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Susquehanna SPCA making progress on new shelter

first_imgCOOPERSTOWN (WBNG) — After months of hard work, the new Susquehanna SPCA site is making noticeable construction progress. The brand new shelter will be right up the road from its current one in Cooperstown. To donate to the $5 million project, click here. While the shelter hopes to be finished with the project in about a year, they say the animals still need your help. Courtesy: Stacie Haynes The shelter says the new site will feature sound proofing for dog kennels, more privacy for high energy dogs and a specialized air ventilation system to enable even better care. This new facility will move the shelter, which cares for countless animals, out of the floodplain they’re currently in.last_img read more

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Crz Yoga Joggers Are a Huge Hit With Amazon Shoppers

first_imgGet the CRZ YOGA Women’s Lightweight Joggers Pants with Pockets for just $28, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 11, 2020, but are subject to change.Before we forget, there’s one thing we need to flag: Numerous shoppers have reported that it’s crucial to consult the size guide while purchasing these lounge pants. Scoring an optimal fit isn’t easy, so do your research before you smash that “add to cart” button. In the end, it will all be worth it — not only are you going to stoked you scored these joggers, you will likely end up scooping up more pairs! In fact, they come in so many colors, you can wear a different shade every day for two weeks. Major!See it: Get the CRZ YOGA Women’s Lightweight Joggers Pants with Pockets for just $28, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 11, 2020, but are subject to change.Not what you’re looking for? Check out more styles from CRZ YOGA and shop all of the exercise and fitness gear available at Amazon! Don’t forget to check out all of Amazon’s Daily Deals here!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at ShopWithUs@usmagazine.com. Happy shopping! So, we set out on a mission to find some new lounge pants that are just as plush and covetable as our current stash. Many options tend to look the same, especially in the joggers department. That’s why we like to see what shoppers have to say — and according to one proud owner, we should all be buying multiple pairs of these CRZ YOGA joggers!CRZ YOGA Women's Lightweight Joggers Pants with PocketsAmazonCRZ YOGA Women’s Lightweight Joggers Pants with Pockets See it!- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Get the CRZ YOGA Women’s Lightweight Joggers Pants with Pockets for just $28, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 11, 2020, but are subject to change.What exactly makes these joggers so special? For starters, reviewers are raving about the material they’re made from and their flattering fit. After one glance, it’s immediately apparent that these are lightweight and look far more expensive than their current cost. Many top products from CRZ YOGA have been compared to Lululemon in the past, and it looks like these joggers fall into the same category of quality.CRZ YOGA Women's Lightweight Joggers Pants with PocketsCRZ YOGA Women’s Lightweight Joggers Pants with Pockets AmazonSee it!- Advertisement – Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.After a brief respite during the summer season, we’re back to staying in more often. Of course, the best part about that is there’s less dressing up and increased time spent chilling in our most comfortable clothing. We’re rocking sweats 24/7 right now — and we’re honestly starting to wear them out!- Advertisement –last_img read more

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‘Stop live coverage!’: Neighbors of Indonesia’s COVID-19 patients lambast broadcast media

first_imgAnis went on to defend the resident who had tested positive for COVID-19, whom she described as a respectable lecturer and a professional Javanese dancer with international achievements.”[She is] humble, friendly to her neighbors and cares about them,” Anis wrote.”Stop judging the patients. Stop spreading pictures of the patients.”President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced Indonesia’s first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Case 1 is a 31-year-old woman who had been in contact with a Japanese citizen who tested positive in Malaysia on Feb. 27 after visiting Indonesia in early February. Case 2 is her 64-year-old mother.Their personal details were spread across social media and news platforms as soon as the news broke out, prompting criticism from activist groups and the patients themselves, one of whom had described the whole ordeal as “mentally draining”. (ars)Topics : The neighbors of Indonesia’s first two COVID-19 patients have urged broadcast media to stop the live coverage of their housing complex in Depok, West Java.Anis Hidayah, a resident and activist with Migrant Care, took to Facebook to voice her frustrations about local broadcasting station TV One’s coverage of her neighbor. The Jakarta Post has obtained her permission to quote her Facebook post, in which she and her neighbors threatened to report media outlets to the Press Council.”Please stop the constant live coverage of our housing complex. Enough!” she wrote.last_img read more

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Hong Kong to offer free coronavirus testing for all residents

first_img“The situation in Hong Kong is still critical, with the number of cases remaining high,” Lam told reporters as she sat in front of a largescreen digital backdrop which read ‘Fight the virus with the central government’s full support’.Lam said she had asked Beijing in late July to help increase Hong Kong’s virus testing capabilities and facilities.The Chinese territory saw a surge in locally transmitted coronavirus cases at the start of July and introduced a raft of tightening measures including restricting gatherings to two people and making wearing masks mandatory in all outdoor public spaces.Since January around 3,900 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 46 of whom have died. Hong Kong will offer free voluntary coronavirus testing for residents, leader Carrie Lam said on Friday, as the global financial hub races to contain a resurgence of the virus over the past month.The plan, which will enable citywide testing for the first time, is likely to be implemented in two weeks at the earliest, Chief Executive Lam said.The announcement comes less than a week after China sent a team of health officials to Hong Kong to carry out widespread testing for COVID-19. It is the first time mainland health officials have assisted Hong Kong in its battle to control the coronavirus. Topics :last_img read more

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Catherine A. Billman

first_imgCatherine A. Billman, age 70 of Batesville, died Monday, April 13, 2020 at her home. Born July 11, 1949 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Johanna (Nee: Nobbe) and Wilbert Billman. She worked 34 years as an import/export manager for the South Carolina State Port Authority and after moving back to Batesville, 11 years in housekeeping at the YMCA. A member of St. Anthony’s Church, she had been serving as sacristant for the last five years. Cathy didn’t slow down after retiring. In addition to taking care of her mother, she volunteered her time and talents throughout community. She was an avid reader, with her family estimating her collection of books numbering well over a thousand. Cathy also took great pride in keeping her home looking its best and thoroughly enjoyed working in her yard. Something you may not have known about her, she was a huge NASCAR fan.Cathy is survived by her sister Jeanette (Michael Sr.) Cuellar of Harrison, Ohio; nephews Michael Cuellar Jr. of San Marcos, California, Jonathan Cuellar of Covington, Kentucky; great niece Emma Cuellar and great nephew Ethan Cuellar. She is preceded in death by her parents.Due to the Governor’s mandate of gatherings being limited to 10 people, a private graveside service will be held Thursday at St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Cemetery Fund or the American Heart Association. You are encouraged to go to www.weigelfh.com and on Cathy’s obituary page leave a message for the family or use the link on our home page to send a “Hugs from Home.”last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — A unique Hall of Fame class will be announced Saturday in a unique way.Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as part of the 2020 class of enshrinees by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.The selections are typically revealed at college basketball’s Final Four. But with sports shut down because of the global coronavirus pandemic, the announcement will be televised from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut.Bryant, Duncan and Garnett, with a combined 11 championships and 48 All-Star seasons between them, are all first-time finalists and locks to be in this class. There are five additional finalists alongside Bryant, Duncan and Garnett: Tamika Catchings, Rudy Tomjanovich (tahm-JAHN’-oh-vich), Eddie Sutton, Barbara Stevens and Kim Mulkey.NFL-LIONS-ROBERTS April 3, 2020 Lions agree to deal with CB Darryl RobertsALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Darryl Roberts. Roberts spent the past four seasons with the New York Jets.Roberts has started 10 games in each of the past two seasons. The Lions also acquired cornerback Desmond Trufant this offseason.In other NFL news:—The lawyer representing retired NFL players alleges the players’ union stonewalled his clients when confronted with questions whether their Social Security disability payments would be affected before the labor agreement was narrowly ratified last month. Attorney Ben Meiselas told the AP that email exchanges between his clients and the NFLPA show the union refusing to provide responses to direct questions regarding the status of their disability benefits before and after the CBA was presented to its players for a vote on March 5.  — Major League Soccer has extended its training moratorium through April 24 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Team facilities are closed to players and staff — except for players requiring treatment that cannot be administered at their homes. Players are expected to remain in market with their teams during the moratorium to avoid the spread of the virus.— The under-construction Athletes Village for the Tokyo Olympics could be used as a temporary hospital for coronavirus patients. Tokyo’s governor has been talking about the possibility of occupying the massive development on Tokyo Bay, which is to house up to 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes and staff during the games.— Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train.— NBC’s Mike Tirico is returning to hosting a daily talk show, which will focus on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the sports world. The hour-long “Lunch Talk Live” will air weekdays beginning at noon EDT on NBCSN. Tirico will host the show remotely from his home in Michigan.COLLEGE CORRUPTION-NC STATE Update on the latest sports — The U.S. Women’s Open is moving from the end of spring to the middle of December. The USGA says the Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston is moving from June 4-7 to Dec. 10-13. The LPGA has also postponed or canceled the next five events on its schedule. All but the Pure Silk Championship are getting new dates later in the year.— The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17. Two WNBA cities are major hot spots for the virus: New York and Seattle. The WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women’s sports league.— The International Swimming League will fund its athletes through next year’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, starting with payments in September. The league says every athlete who has signed or will sign a contract with an ISL club will receive an equal amount of money per month.— The Ottawa Senators are making temporary layoffs and salary reductions because of COVID-19. The team’s parent company says the full-time workforce will be reduced starting Sunday, when the NHL club’s season was originally scheduled to end. Those not laid off could be placed on furlough. Others could have their salaries reduced. Health benefits will continue uninterrupted.— Anaheim Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli say they will pay their 2,100 part-time employees across all of their sports and event management companies through June 30 for work that was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. The Samuelis’ Anaheim Arena Management company operates Honda Center, the Ducks’ home rink. They also own two lice hockey complexes in Orange County. NEW YORK (AP) — A hacker posted a racial slur 45 times in an online fan video chat Friday with a black New York Rangers prospect.The NHL team scrambled to disable the hacker it called “a vile individual” on the Zoom chat with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old former Wisconsin defenseman drafted No. 22 overall in 2018. Miller recently signed with the Rangers after completing his sophomore season at Wisconsin. The 6-foot-5 defender is from St. Paul, Minnesota.MLB-ASTROS FAN-LAWSUITFederal judge tosses fan lawsuit vs. MLB, Astros, Red SoxNEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by fantasy sports contestants who claimed they were damaged by sign stealing in Major League Baseball. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPreakness looks for a new dateUNDATED (AP) — Days after the NFL revealed its hopes of conducting a normal regular season and playoffs, its chief medical officer is warning that nothing is a certainty during the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press Dr. Allen Sills, a neurosurgeon who has been with the NFL since 2017, says he and other league and team medical personnel have been in constant communication with health officials throughout the country, looking at the same data they are using to make public recommendations. The NFL also has consulted with the other major sports leagues and the players’ union.In other developments related to the pandemic:—The NCAA says hearings and oral arguments in infractions cases have been suspended through May 31 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The suspension applies to cases before the infractions committee, appeals and the new Independent Accountability Resolution Process created to handle complex cases in the wake of the federal corruption investigation into college basketball. Deadlines for schools in pending cases to file briefs and other documentation remain in effect, including the release of rulings.—The U.S. Tennis Association says its best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. The USTA called it “in the best interest of society to take a collective pause” from tennis. The statement from the organization that runs the U.S. Open Grand Slam tournament said there is “the possibility” that the virus could be transferred among people via sharing and touching of tennis balls, net posts, court surfaces, benches or gate handles.— The Preakness is looking for a new date for the Triple Crown race normally held on the third Saturday in May. The owners of Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland Jockey Club have also decided to cancel the infield party on race day. The Preakness usually draws more than 100,000 fans, most of whom gather on the infield. The Kentucky Derby was previously postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. Five men had sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, violation of consumer-protection laws, negligence, unjust enrichment and deceptive trade practices by teams that violated MLB’s rules against the use of electronics to steal catchers’ signs. The five participated in fantasy contests hosted by DraftKings from 2017-19.Judge Jed S. Rakoff wrote that the lawsuit had no legal basis.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State’s NCAA case involving recruiting violations tied to former Wolfpack one-and-done star Dennis Smith Jr. has been recommended to go through an independent investigation process created for complex cases.The process includes independent investigators and decision-makers with no direct ties to NCAA member schools, and rulings cannot be appealed.The NCAA has alleged ex-assistant Orlando Early provided Smith and his associates approximately $46,700 in impermissible benefits – including $40,000 that a government witness testified he delivered to Early intended for Smith’s family in 2015.BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMEBasketball Hall of Fame set to announce 2020 class —The NFC champion San Francisco 49ers have signed two ninth-year pros to one-year deals in free agency. One of them is Travis Benjamin. He’s a wide receiver and punt returner who played the last four seasons with the Chargers. The Niners also signed offensive lineman Tom Compton, who was with the Jets last season. The Chicago Bears declared the quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and newcomer Nick Foles. General manager Ryan Pace says both players are “embracing” the battle that will play out whenever offseason workouts begin.—Cleveland Browns linebacker and Ohio State two-way star Jim Houston has been diagnosed with Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Donna Houston says her husband donated his brain to Boston University to be studied. Houston led the Buckeyes to a Rose Bowl victory and was a member of the Cleveland Browns team that won the NFL title in 1964.NHL-RANGERS-RACIST HACKERHacker posts racial slur on fan chat with black NHL playerlast_img read more

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UEFA president backs Russia to be good host for Euro 2020

first_imgMOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) – Russia will do a good job hosting European Championship soccer matches next year, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said yesterday, days after a WADA committee recommended the country be banned from hosting major events.Ceferin was speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to the country and praised the way Russia organised last year’s World Cup.“The World Cup was organised perfectly,” Ceferin told Putin, referring to the month-long tournament.“It was organised perfectly and I’m sure you are capable of organising top events.”The World Anti-Doping Agency’s Compliance Review Committee said on Monday that Russia should not be allowed to host or bid for any major sporting event.The WADA recommendations are part of a sanctions package to punish Moscow for having provided the agency with doctored laboratory data.WADA’s executive committee will rule on the recommendations, which also include a four-year ban from the Olympics, on December 9 in Paris.WADA officials have said Russia’s hosting of four Euro 2020 matches, including a quarter-final, as well as the Champions League final in 2021, would not be affected by the recommendations.The recommendations include having the signatories of the World Anti-Doping Code withdraw Russia’s right to host their events for a four-year period and re-assign them to another country “unless it is legally or practically impossible to do so”.UEFA, European soccer’s governing soccer, is not a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code. But the organisation is a continental confederation under FIFA, the global soccer body, which has signed the code.last_img read more

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