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Lionel Messi looked back in his comfort zone during training with his Barcelona team mates on Wednesday in preparation for the new La Liga season as he continued to move on from his aborted attempt to leave the club last month.Barca’s all-time top scorer was seen smiling as he and his fellow players worked through persistent rain at the club’s Joan Gamper training complex under the orders of new coach Ronald Koeman.Messi, who remains captain despite publicly declaring he wished to leave the club and lashed out at president Josep Maria Bartomeu, resumed training with the team on Monday after refusing to report back eight days previously while he continued to seek a departure. But the Argentine announced last Friday that he would stay at Barca for this year as he did not want to challenge the club in court over a disputed clause in his contract which he argued allowed him to leave without a transfer fee.Barca are sitting out the first two weeks of the new Spanish top-flight campaign due to participating in last month’s Champions League ‘Final Eight’ tournament, where they were humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.Koeman’s side play Gimnastic de Tarragona on Saturday in a friendly and then Girona next Wednesday before their first competitive game against Villarreal on Sept. 27. Topics :
Tweet Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Following the star by: – January 9, 2012 22 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Photo credit: shutterstock.comFrom the word “magi” have derived words like “magic” and “magician,” but the primary association of the word as it informs the Gospel today was nothing like sleight of hand but people who studied and read the stars. Magi were magicians of the sky, astrologers, who providing people not with daily horoscopes but with guidance in a cosmic sense. Astrology was a respected discipline. For centuries, sailors, for instance, had guided their ships by watching and consulting the stars. Magi were (you may say) among the ordinary scientists of their time.That’s the general intellectual climate behind today’s gospel. From the historical angle, around the year 7BC, an unuusal interplay took place between the planets Jupiter and Saturn. For Israelites, Jupiter, the largest planet, was “the king of the heavens,” and Saturn “the protector of Israel.” Biblical commentary regarding this fact nted that this unusual interplay is said to occur every eight hundred years, and planetariums today can in fact duplicate the night sky on these famous dates to facilitate a glimpse not only into what the ancients saw but also what they ‘read’ from the occurrence.One historian of ancient Rome (Suetonius), for instance, wrote around his time that there was a prevailing rumour that the ruler of the world would come from Judaea. It is with the background that we must read this visit of “the wise mean/kings/astrologers.” “Astrologers” may be the best descriptive term of all.They followed the star from the East and consulted Herod about it. They presumed naturally that someone in Herod’s position would have information relevant to their search. Kings in those ways would have had astrologers at court, much as Presidents today have different teams of advisors.The child the wise men found was not the child destined to rule the world in the way children of kings ordinarily did. And the gifts they offered gave us a symbolic preview of this difference. Gold was there, of course, the most precious of metals, fit for royalty therefore; frankincense, a religious symbol of offerings ascending to heaven, and myrrh, a medicinal treatment for wounds and bleeding but also an embalming ointment. Not the usual set of gifts you bring when children, even children destined to be kings, are born.It’s the way the Bible has of foreshadowing Jesus’ later history. Clearly therefore written in a later time when what was foreshadowed had already occurred. We are not dealing with biography in the usual sense but with a more spiritual reading of the life of Jesus. We’re seeing hints and foreshadowings of future events in the very beginning.The gospel today can also bear another meaning, more poetic perhaps than the foregoing, but very spiritual in its own way. The star the wise men said they followed was “his” star. Behind the use of the possessive adjective lies the hint of a belief that at birth everyone has a particular star, or at everyone one’s birth a particular star rises. The pattern of one’s life’s journey lies in following that star.This is everyone’s vocation, and it means more than choosing or having a career, though the choice of a career may be a major index of one’s vocation. It means the entire configuration of one’s life, how one is meant to exist and conduct oneself in the world, where one is called to go and what one is called to do.Everyone’s star is thus unique. I have a vocation to discover and live quite unlike anyone else’s ever in history, either before or after. There has never been a vocational possibility like mine nor will there ever be. In being true to that possibility I will more likely than not find happiness even in this life. I will realize my true self in a way no other path or choice will ever make possible. My choice here in fact represents another dimension of my faith not simply as trust but as obedience.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.D Share Share
ILOILO – The Provincial CooperativeDevelopment Office (PCDO) is encouraging the public, most especially traders,to visit and join the cooperative trade fair and exhibit at the provincialcapitol lobby. It is hoped that the exhibitors wouldbe able to attract investors or secure supply contracts with interestedbusinessmen. * Miag-ao Producers Cooperative It is part of the month-longCooperative Month observance themed “Cooperativism: A countervailing forceagainst climate change and violent extremism through people empowerment totrailblaze shift in paradigm towards sustainability and social inclusion.” The eight cooperatives participatingare the following: * Pototan Farmers MultipurposeCooperative * San Julian Multipurpose Cooperativein Badiangan * Guintapagin Agrarian ReformCooperative in Bingawan “Kungsaan ang cooperatiba, maayos ang buhay ng tao,”he stressed. * Leon Multipurpose Cooperative * Oct. 22 to 23 – Iloilo TechnologyDevelopment Training for cooperative members; food festival The two-week fair has 25 exhibitors(eight cooperatives and 17 cooperative members). Mostly being showcased are farmproducts of farmers’ cooperatives, according to Atty. Arturo Cangrejo, PCDOchief. * Oct. 10 and 11 – Governance &Management of Cooperative – Northern Iloilo sa Batad. “The exhibit is a chance forcooperatives and members to promote their products,” said Cangrejo. * Pavia Multipurpose Cooperative * Alimodian Multipurpose Cooperative There has been a study by the AsianDevelopment Bank that people’s lives were getting better in areas wherecooperatives operate. Other activities lined up are thefollowing: The Cooperative Month celebrationkicked off on Oct. 9 in the municipality of Batad. * Calinog Farmers AgricultureCooperative * Oct. 18 – Coop Whiz Contest (forstudents and cooperative members) at the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic StateCollege in Batad The 17 other exhibitors arecooperative members. They are LB Bravio Salted Peanut, Hersie & JaniuayProducers, Vins Food Product, Bukss Ann Food Product, Medio Dia’s Delicacies,AAJ Dried Fish, Siena Herbal Soap, Lezeth Food Products, Brendan’s Pastries,Estancia Stall Owners Association, Kylen’s Food Products, J’wills FoodProducts, Emjas Souvenirs, Abby’s Chicharon, Jhan and Chin Food Products, OtonVendor’s Association, and Ligaya Herbal Products. Cooperatives have been instrumental inhelping the poor in the countryside, according to Vidal Villanueva III, Boardof Administrator for Visayas of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA)mduring the opening program. The Cooperative Month celebrationwraps up on Oct. 24 in Batad./PN
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RelatedPosts Sanwo-Olu celebrates Sen. Tinubu at 60 Breaking: Sanwo-Olu okays full reopening of churches, mosques, cinemas, gyms Tinubu greets Lagos Deputy Governor at 56 Youth and Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, and Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State have pumped up the spirit of the Super Eagles while charging the three-time African champions to defeat Brazil in Sunday’s prestige friendly in Singapore. Both top Nigerian officials spoke to the players and officials of the Super Eagles on telephone when the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, visited the team camp on Saturday evening. Pinnick was part of the team’s official training at the Singapore National Stadium and then joined the group for dinner, where he made calls to the Lagos State number one citizen and the Youth and Sports Minister. “I want to commend you all, that is the technical crew, backroom staff and players for the good job you are doing. The whole of Nigeria is behind you. We will be watching the game live here, fully supporting you as you go for a win against the Brazilians,” said Dare. Governor Sanwo-Olu was also on the telephone urging the team to do Nigeria proud by going all out against the five –time world champions. In their responses, Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr and stand-in captain William Troos-Ekong promised that the team will put up a good outing that will do the country proud. Rohr said: “We are having a great time in camp like the one big family that we are. We are hoping not only to do well in tomorrow’s match but also targeting a good start to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign against Benin Republic and Lesotho next month.”Tags: Babajide Sanwo-OluCoach Gernot RohrSunday DareSuper Eagles
Benefits would be retroactive to August 1 of this year.Eligible individuals would include those receiving:-State Reemployment Assistance, including Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) and Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members (UCX);-Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC);-Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA);-Extended Benefits (EB);-Short-Time Compensation (STC);-Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA); and-Payments under the Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) program.The new federal program is being provided from FEMA disaster relief funds. Residents of Florida could soon join those of many other states across the country that are getting a new boost in their unemployment benefits.That’s because Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that the state is about to apply to for the federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program.It covers people who are already eligible for Reemployment Assistance on or after August 1. The benefit would be $300 per week, in addition to other benefits claimants may already be receiving.The previous federal assistance program, which provided $600 per week to unemployed individuals who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, expired July 31 and was not renewed or extended by Congress.“On behalf of Floridians who are continuing to face challenges finding employment, I would like to thank President Trump for providing additional funding while they get back on their feet,” according to Gov. DeSantis. “We appreciate the opportunity to provide this temporary assistance through the Lost Wages Assistance program.”In order to be eligible for the new benefit when the state obtains federal approval, claimants must be receiving at least $100 each week from an approved Reemployment Assistance program. They will also be required to provide full or partial unemployment due to the pandemic.COVID-19 Gov. DeSantis Announces Florida’s Participation in the Federal Lost Wages Assistance Program. Pending federal approval, this will allow Florida to offer an additional $300 per week to eligible Reemployment Assistance claimants. pic.twitter.com/xjXVNVIRKJ— Linda Stewart (@LindaStewartFL) August 26, 2020
National Male U15 and Female U17 teams begin encampment…Caribbean Women’s qualifiers begin August 9THE National Male U15 and Female U17 teams preparing for respective CONCACAF tournaments began their final encampment yesterday on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD).The National Male U15 team is getting reading for the CONCACAF U15 Boys Championship from the 13th – 19th August in Florida, U.S.A, while the females are preparing for the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s U17 Qualifiers from the 9th – 13th August at the National Track and Field Facility, Leonora.The 18-man male squad consists of two goalkeepers, six defenders, five midfielders and five forwards from seven GFF-Scotiabank Academy Training Centres (ATC) and one player from Region One (Barima-Waini).Male U15 squadMeanwhile, the female squad has three goalkeepers, six defenders, seven midfielders and four forwards from six GFF-Scotiabank ATCs with one player from Canada.In an invited comment, GFF’s Technical Director, Ian Greenwood shared the focus of the female team encampment: “The Women’s U17 will be focusing on defensive shape, composure in possession, regains of possession and set pieces in the upcoming camp.“We know we still have a long way to go with our Women’s programme as we are currently a long way behind in terms of technical skills and tactical understanding at this level.“However, the tournament will give us much needed exposure as we will build this newly-established squad over the next few years.” Due to unforeseen circumstances, only one international player has joined the squad but Greenwood is looking forward to the tournament.“We are excited to see Nalaih Rowe, in a Guyana shirt, who recently excelled in our GFF Talent ID Camp conducted in Toronto. We are calling on Guyana to come out and support the girls on their tentative early steps into international football.”Guyana will begin their campaign in the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s U17 Qualifiers on Wednesday, 9th August against the Barbados national team.This will be followed by a Barbados – Cuba clash on Friday, 11th August and a Guyana – Cuba match on Sunday, 13th August to wrap up the Group D stage. Thursday and Saturday have been assigned rest days.Admission for the Women’s tournament is free and games will begin at 17:00hrs.The team will be headed by Akilah Castello and assisted by Tricia Munroe while the Goalkeeping coach will be Hope Clarke, an overseas-based coach.The competition will be hosted in two phases: the Qualifying Group Phase and the Qualifying Final Phase. According to the regulations, the Qualifying Phase of the Caribbean Competition shall be played separately within the Caribbean, thus providing the agreed representation for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship.Three teams from the Caribbean zone will qualify automatically to the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship, the two finalists and the third place winner in the qualifying final stage.”The female encampment will conclude on the 8th August while the male encampment will conclude on the 5th August.
Tottenham’s stadium opened last year and can hold more than 60,000 people. It is unclear when spectators will be allowed into events again.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says “it is imperative that we now all work together … to find a safe way to bring spectators back to sport and entertainment venues.”___Badminton tournaments in Australia, India and South Korea have been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.The suspended Australian Open can’t find new dates. The Hyderabad Open in August and Korea Masters in November were part of the revamped calendar announced last month but have now been put off. June 4, 2020 The NCAA announced Thursday that it would give players until 10 days after the NBA scouting combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes earlier. This comes three weeks after the NCAA postponed its deadline, which was originally scheduled to fall on Wednesday.That June 3 deadline was set to come 10 days after the completion of the combine, but the NBA postponed the combine amid the coronavirus pandemic and has yet to announce a new date.In a statement, the NCAA said the Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee worked with the National Association of Basketball Coaches on the new timeline and “believes this is the most equitable alternative available in these unprecedented circumstances.”“This provides the utmost flexibility to student-athletes testing the waters to make the most informed decision about their future during this uncertain time,” NCAA Senior Vice President for Basketball Dan Gavitt said in the statement.___ ___Seven Arkansas State athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating for 14 days.Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said the seven athletes are from three sports, and all were asymptomatic Thursday. They learned of the positive results Wednesday night.The athletes who tested positive and are living off campus will self-isolate there or at home for 14 days. Those living on campus will self-isolate in their residence hall or at home for 14 days.Damphousse said contact tracing has begun, and anyone who has been exposed to any of the seven athletes will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Associated Press There are also experiences such as training sessions and dinners with various athletes.Francis says “the true values of sport are particularly important to face this period of pandemic and especially the difficult restart.”The auctions will take place on the site Charitystars.com starting Monday for two months. There will be a new one every week and each auction will last 10 days.All funds raised will go to the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo and Fondazione Poliambulanza in Brescia.___ NASCAR has revamped its schedule in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and announced even more changes on Thursday.NASCAR will keep its scheduled twinbill weekend later this month at Pocono Raceway. The track is still scheduled to hold a Truck Series and Cup Series race on June 27 and an Xfinity Series and Cup Series race on June 28. The compressed schedule because of the pandemic has forced NASCAR to run races from all three national series multiple days a week. NASCAR crammed five Cup races on the schedule from May 17 to May 31.The rest of the Cup schedule includes a July 5 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 12 at Kentucky Speedway, the All-Star race on July 15 at Charlotte, July 19 at Texas Motor Speedway and July 23 at Kansas Speedway. The new schedule wraps Aug. 2 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.The All-Star race is usually held in May and New Hampshire was bumped from its July date. Pocono, Indy and Kentucky stayed the same.NASCAR also scheduled five Truck races and six second-tier Xfinity races. The Cup Series races again Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. German soccer club Schalke has apologized to fans for asking them to justify their refunds for games played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.Schalke had asked for evidence of financial hardship if fans wanted tickets refunded this year rather than waiting until 2022.Schalke says it used “impersonal formulations lacking empathy” and fans will no longer be asked to submit documentary evidence of their personal finances. But the club says the approach was legal under German law.The Bundesliga was suspended in March because of the coronavirus outbreak and spectators have not been allowed to attend any of the games since the league restarted on May 16.Schalke has been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Executive board member Alexander Jobst said in March the club faced an existential threat. Testing for antibodies will take place every three months. Testing providers must be authorized by the FDA or Health Canada.Training rooms and gyms will be restricted to a maximum five people, and lockers should be spaced a minimum 10 feet apart. Doors should be left open.Food is restricted to individual, prepackaged meals and individually wrapped utensils, and 10 feet of distancing is necessary while eating.Staff is to use appropriate personal protective equipment.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NCAA has set a new schedule for early entrants to the NBA draft to withdraw and return to school. Michigan State athletes can begin returning to campus June 15 in preparation for voluntary workouts. Football, basketball and volleyball players will be the first to undergo testing.After testing, athletes will be instructed to self-isolate for a week, and those testing positive will be quarantined for 10 days. On June 22, athletes who initially tested negative will be given a second round of testing. Athletes who receive a second negative test will be cleared to begin voluntary workouts. They will be split into small workout groups based on people they live with.“The intent is that if we keep our volume, our number of athletes together in a small set, and their strength coach works with just that group when they work out, and somebody in that group is positive, then we can isolate that individual group as opposed to the whole team,” Kovan said.Common areas like locker rooms and lounges will remain closed. Athletes will be given masks and required to wear them while in facilities, except during workouts.___ A member of the Pittsburgh Penguins has tested positive for COVID-19.The team announced Thursday that an unidentified player has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The team says the player was not in Pittsburgh at the time of test and has been at his home since first experiencing symptoms. The club said the player is “recovering and feeling well” and those who have been in close contact with him have been notified.The NHL’s season remains “on pause,” but the Penguins will participate in the approved playoff format whenever the season resumes.___Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini says the reaction from Champions League opponent Valencia after he acknowledged testing positive for the coronavirus is “really very offensive.” The Korea Open in September is still on.The world tour is scheduled to resume at the end of August in Lingshui, China.___The International Olympic Committee is in talks with insurers over compensation for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games.Olympic operations director Pierre Ducrey says there is “an open discussion” between the IOC and insurance brokers “to try and find the right level of compensation to help us bear the cost of having to wait another year.” All referees in Italy’s top soccer league have tested negative for the coronavirus.The Serie A referees and some from the second division were tested at the Italian federation’s training headquarters on the outskirts of Florence.They will remain there until June 10 to have further tests and continue training and preparing for the resumption of Serie A on June 20.___Premier League clubs have agreed to allow five substitutions in soccer matches. NBA G League has canceled the rest of its season.“While canceling the remainder of our season weighs heavily on us, we recognize that it is the most appropriate action to take for our league,” NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim said.The league suspended play March 12.___NASCAR is set to run its All-Star race on a Wednesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and added one more weeknight Cup Series race as part of its latest revised schedule through July. NCAA sets new schedule for early draft entrants to withdraw The IOC pays for insurance against the cancellation of an Olympics but it is unclear if its policy covers a one-year postponement.Cancellation policies detailed in IOC accounts cost $14.4 million for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and $12.8 million for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.The IOC said last month it set aside $650 million to cover potential extra costs for the postponement.Costs for organizers in Japan are expected to run to billions of dollars.___ ___The European gymnastics championships have been moved to December after being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The men’s event will run from Dec. 9-13 and the women’s championships from Dec. 17-20 in Baku, Azerbaijan.Baku was originally supposed to host only the men’s championships but France couldn’t reschedule the women’s event after missing its planned dates in Paris in April and May.European Gymnastics president Farid Gayibov says the body will review the coronavirus situation and react accordingly “should the situation at a later date not be considered safe enough any more.” The team has also struggled on the field and hasn’t won a league game since January.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 They will adopt the temporary law change when the league resumes on June 17 amid the coronavirus pandemic.There can still only be three pauses to bring on substitutes.Premier League clubs have also agreed to temporarily increase the number of substitute players from seven to nine.___The Italian soccer federation is launching a fund of nearly $25 million to help clubs and their members following the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Michigan State says a student-athlete’s father died of COVID-19 and the athlete tested positive but remained asymptomatic.Athletic director Bill Beekman was part of a video conference with reporters Thursday to discuss the school’s plans to have athletes back on campus. When asked if any athlete or athletic department personnel had tested positive in the past three months, Beekman said nobody that he was aware of — but that he might not necessarily have all the information.Dr. Jeffrey Kovan, the school’s director of sports medicine, was also part of the video conference. He quickly said that one student-athlete had tested positive, his father died, and his mother and sister also tested positive. Kovan said the athlete was asymptomatic and retested negative a few weeks later.The school did not disclose the athlete’s identity or his sport.“We’ve had a couple others that have had symptoms, without testing positive that we know of,” Kovan said. “This is a day that we knew would come, not just at A-State, but for colleges and universities across America,” Damphousse said.An Arkansas State spokesman said he didn’t know how many athletes have been tested since they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts.Oklahoma State and Marshall have announced they’ve each had three athletes test positive.___English soccer club Tottenham says it is expecting to lose more than $250 million in revenue with Premier League matches being played without fans and its stadium no longer being used for two NFL games this year. Valencia expressed “surprise” and a top health official in the Spanish region said Gasperini “lacked responsibility” for traveling to Spain with symptoms of the virus. He recently told Italian media he felt sick the day before the March 10 match in Valencia.Gasperini tells Sky Italia, “I know that I respected the protocols. I was in quarantine like everyone else until training resumed. I never had a test. It was only in May when (the entire team) had blood tests that I realized that I had had the virus.”Valencia said after the March 10 game that about 35% of its team had the virus.Gasperini adds, “Looking back, I think that was the period when I didn’t feel well. But I never had a fever or any sort of respiratory problems. When I left from Bergamo I felt fine. I had some problems that evening and the day after (the match).”Experts say the first leg on Feb. 19 in Milan was one of the biggest reasons why the virus was so deadly in Atalanta’s home city of Bergamo. The match has been dubbed “Game Zero” by Italian media. Borussia Dortmund has defended a group of players who were accused of breaking Bundesliga hygiene rules while getting haircuts.German newspaper Bild reports that some of the players were pictured without face masks during appointments at home with a celebrity barber. Forward Jadon Sancho was among the players.League rules during the coronavirus pandemic say players should minimize contact with people from outside their household. They have to wear masks for large parts of game days unless actually on the field.Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says he spoke with the players about their behavior and adds that they only removed their face masks to pose briefly for pictures. Zorc adds that the 20-year-old Sancho is still “very young.”___ The European championships for rhythmic gymnastics will stay in Kyiv, Ukraine, but are now set for Nov. 26-29. That is six months later than originally planned.All three championships were supposed to be tune-ups for the Tokyo Olympics but that event has been postponed to 2021.___Pope Francis is promoting a charity auction of sports items and experiences in support of two of the hospitals hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Italy.The “We Run Together” auction includes a personalized bicycle given to Francis by world champion Peter Sagan, a team jersey and captain’s armband signed by former Roma forward Francesco Totti and a swim suit and hat from Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini. The Save Soccer Foundation will need definitive approval at a federation meeting on Monday.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “it’s an initiative which doesn’t have precedents and represents a great assumption of responsibility which the (federation) is taking in favor of the whole soccer system.”The fund consists of 21,700,000 euros ($24,500,000). It will give up to 5 million euros ($5.6 million) to each of the two divisions below Serie A as well as the same amount to support clubs from the amateur soccer league.It will also give up to 3 million euros ($3.4 million) to soccer players and the same amount to coaches and their staff.The fund will also provide 700,000 euros ($800,000) to help women’s soccer clubs that are set to complete the season. The schedule for the rest of the season will be released at a later date.___A day after announcing a deal with its players’ association to resume the season with a tournament in Florida, Major League Soccer says teams may resume training.MLS says each player and staff member must complete two tests for the coronavirus 24 hours apart, 72 hours ahead of the start of training. Every player also must have a test for antibodies and a physical.Once training starts, players, coaches and some staff must be tested for the virus every other day. An individual who tests positive would be isolated, tested again at least 24 houts later, and all close contacts would be tested. High-risk individuals must be cleared to participate by the team’s chief medical officer in consultation with the MLS medical staff.
“Those identified athletes will be further groomed through our regular camping programme we are planning for weekends and vacation period.”The Gymnastics Open Day involved students in Education District 3 that comprises secondary schools from Lagos Island, Eti-Osa, Ikoyi and its environs and District 4 that include schools from Surulere, Yaba, Somolu among others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram About 300 students drawn from public secondary schools in Lagos State took part in the Gymnastics Open Day at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex, Rowe Park, Yaba, last weekend.The training programme, facilitated by the Lagos State Sports Commission, was an opportunity for technical officers of Lagos State Gymnastics Association to expose the students to the rudiments of the game.Â During the two-day event, the participants were taught various gymnastics basics which include floor exercise, vaulting nut, balance bim, parallel bar, pummel horse and bouncing on the tarpaulin.Chief Coach of the association, John Abiodun Oyewuwo, said the beauty of the “Open Day” was that it was coming once again after 22 years a programme like this was held in Lagos. “The students were young and they responded to what we taught them.Â We have about 300 students.Â We were able to carefully select 107 who distinguished themselves. These 107 would form the bulk of young gymnasts that will be further groomed. Lagos State has the best equipment for gymnastics in Nigeria,Â and I’m happy that we are catching them young now,” Oyewuwo said.For the Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh noted, “The Open Day was one of the talent identification platforms approved by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, for us to develop schools sports and to introduce sports to all schools in the state. It’s stepping stone to groom future stars for the country. The plan is to make Lagos State a production ground for the grooming of young and talented athletes for Nigeria.