Classes Helps Child Care Providers Get into and Stay in the Business

first_imgThe Micro Business Development Program is offering a free8 week course for people interested in starting a childcare business orexpanding their existing business. The course begins on Wednesday, May17, 2004, at 6:30 pm at our office in The Maltex Building, 431 PineStreet, Burlington, VT.Childcare has proved a pivotal industry in Vermont over the last twodecades by providing a substantial income for households where bothparents want to work. Many providers go into the field because of theircare and skills with children. The class aims to assist those providersexcel in the field by enabling them to effectively deal with businessissues.The course is based on a curriculum developed by the Marion EwingKauffman Foundation, a reputable organization devoted toentrepreneurship and education. It addresses two key components of achildcare business: the business plan and the parent handbook. Thebusiness plan helps the provider develop strong business sense while theparent handbook presents tools to effectively communicate the business tothe parents receiving care.Anyone interested in learning more about the class, or the servicesoffered by Micro Business (a program in its fifteenth year of assistinglow to moderate income Vermonters in starting and running a businesseffectively) is invited to call Gillian Franks at 860 1417.last_img read more

1 Killed, 4 Injured in Lindenhurst Bar Fight

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 25-year-old New Jersey man was fatally shot and four others were injured during a fight outside of a bar in Lindenhurst early Saturday morning, Suffolk County police said.Herminio Torres, of Elizabeth, N.J., and a 26-year-old man were shot and three men were stabbed outside 105 Grados on Sunrise Highway at 3:20 a.m., police said.Torres was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead.The second shooting victim, 26, took himself to an area hospital and was subsequently transported to another hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.A 23-year-old man was stabbed and taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Two other men who were stabbed, ages 28 and 35, were transported to local hospitals where they were treated and released. Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information to call them at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.Update: Hector Gonzalez, 27, of Huntington Station was been arrested for the murder of Herminio Torres.last_img read more

Enemies at the Gateway

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Governor Wolf’s Address to Joint Session on Battling the Opioid Epidemic

first_imgGovernor Wolf’s Address to Joint Session on Battling the Opioid Epidemic September 28, 2016 Remarks,  Substance Use Disorder,  Videos Pennsylvania State CapitolHarrisburg, PATRANSCRIPT:Thank you for allowing me to address a joint session of the legislature. Working together, we have had great success in moving Pennsylvania forward, but we still have a lot more work to do.I am grateful to President Scarnati and Speaker Turzai, Leaders Corman, Costa, Reed and Dermody for your willingness to make the fight against opioid addiction a priority and for your work in the past to address this crisis.The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, chaired by Senator Gene Yaw, has worked on solutions to the opioid epidemic since 2014. The work the center has undertaken has positioned many pieces of legislation for passage that we can now finalize. Senator Wozniak and Representatives Kavulich and Everett have also been strong voices in this effort.I am also thankful to the Chairs of the HOPE Caucus – Representatives Ed Gainey and Aaron Kaufer as well as Senators Gene Yaw and Jay Costa – for their laser focus on fighting the opioid epidemic in communities throughout Pennsylvania.I would also like to acknowledge Representative Gene DiGirolamo for his passion and his work to fight addiction.Many members here today have provided thoughtful legislation and innovative ideas to fight opioid addiction.We are all aware of the opioid epidemic facing Pennsylvania – a public health crisis, the likes of which we have not before seen.Every day we lose ten Pennsylvanians to the disease of addiction.This disease does not have compassion, or show regard for status, gender, race, or borders.It affects each and every Pennsylvanian, and threatens entire communities throughout our commonwealth.The disease of addiction has taken thousands of our friends and family members. In the past year alone we lost over 3,500 Pennsylvanians – a thousand more lives taken than the year before.We are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control, prescription opioid overdose deaths in the United States have quadrupled since 1999.Families have identified loved ones. People have buried their childhood friends.It is a crisis that has been building for years, right here in Pennsylvania and all across the country.Addiction too often is an invisible problem.People with substance use disorders and their families fear the stigma of addiction, which keeps them isolated and unwilling to ask for help.The consequences fall to law enforcement, jails and prisons, and understaffed treatment centers.But in Pennsylvania the problem is visible — in the lives lost. The families broken. The communities shaken.It is visible because parents have come to us – every single one of us – asking for help.It is visible because the members of this building listened and made the fight against opioid addiction a priority right here in Harrisburg.And because you have brought the voices of your constituents here, it is now possible for us to fight with every tool we have.And that is what we are going to do.We are going to take a stand against the vicious disease of opioid addiction.This past year has moved from conflict to civility.We have achieved some very good things working together.And while achieving these things, we have made fighting the opioid epidemic a top priority.I have traveled the commonwealth with Republicans and Democrats. We have listened to our fellow Pennsylvanians. We’ve held parents’ hands as they cried and we’ve hugged those in recovery who’ve risen above this disease – and we’ve heard their stories.Parents and those suffering from the disease of addiction have broken down telling us about the difficulty of finding treatment options.We heard them, so together in this year’s budget we increased funding for treatment centers by more than $20 million. That will create 45 centers for treatment, allowing nearly 11,000 Pennsylvanians to receive care.These centers integrate behavioral health, primary care and, when appropriate, evidence-based medication assisted treatment.And by expanding Medicaid to provide nearly 700,000 Pennsylvanians with health care, we also provided treatment to 63,000 Pennsylvanians battling the disease of addiction who previously did not have access to care. We are doing more to treat this like the public health crisis it is.Doctors and other medical professionals have voiced frustration at the inability to find centralized prescribing information.We heard them, so together we redesigned the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – a database created by the legislature through a bill authored by Senator Pat Vance.The online database allows prescribers and pharmacists to monitor who is obtaining opioids, and where and how often they were prescribed.This critical tool will support medical professionals in identifying patients struggling with the disease of addiction and get them the help they need.Police and first responders asked us for more tools to save people. We heard them too, so together we have made an opioid overdose reversal antidote – naloxone – available to Pennsylvanians, including local police departments.Last year, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine signed an order enabling all Pennsylvanians to access naloxone without a prescription at their local pharmacy.And since November 2014, more than 1,500 opioid overdoses have been reversed by local and state police officers.As York District Attorney Tom Kearney said of law enforcement officials – this disease was not their public health issue, but many of them made it their fight and for that, we owe them a great debt of gratitude.Ordinary Pennsylvanians wanted to know how they could help.We heard them, so together we are helping communities properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescriptions through a drug take-back program.There are nearly 520 take-back boxes located at police stations across Pennsylvania, and we have collected and destroyed over 145 thousand pounds of prescription drugs including opioids.Together, we have taken important steps to stop this crisis in Pennsylvania.But we have more to do.Over the past six months, I’ve sat with many of you in roundtables with families, law enforcement and medical professionals to discuss the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.But in addition to the stories we have heard, every one of us likely has a personal story they can recount by heart. And so many of these stories are the same – no matter how different the storytellers are.Just a few weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend who asked me if he could give me a letter. I asked if he just wanted to talk, but he had trouble composing his words.When he gave me the letter, I was surprised to learn that his own child had recently passed away from the disease of addiction.He was heartbroken, but thanked all of us for the work we’ve done to help people suffering from the disease of addiction while imploring us to do more.This is one example of the far-reaching effects of the opioid crisis.This crisis reaches into every population, every age group, and every kind of family.It is our job to make sure no families have to write these letters or bear this pain ever again.We must address this epidemic, but how can we make the biggest difference in the short time we have left this year?We should not place limitations on what we can achieve in this session, we all have priorities, and we all want action.But I want to talk about several bills that have already been introduced and discussed – and in some cases even passed by a chamber. We need to get them to my desk so I can sign them and we can make progress in this fight.If we work together, we can continue to fight back against this epidemic. We must act now – many Pennsylvania families are counting on us.First, physicians should check the commonwealth’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program each time they prescribe opioids and other controlled substances.Our current law is not strong enough. It only requires doctors to check the system the first time they prescribe to a patient, or if they believe a patient is suffering from the disease of addiction.Pharmacists should enter data into the database within 24 hours of issuing a prescription, rather than the current standard of 72 hours.Strengthening program requirements is imperative in helping doctors and pharmacists identify whether patients are doctor shopping or other doctors are overprescribing patients.State officials also need the tools to identify inappropriate prescribing and dispensing practices among health care providers to better crack down on abuse.Second, let’s prepare doctors and physicians for prescribing opioids and pain management by improving medical school and continuing education curricula on opioids.This will give doctors the knowledge and best practices needed to tailor their clinical skills to identify signs of addiction and provide patients with information to avoid abuse or engage in meaningful treatment if they become addicted.​Third, let’s limit the amount of opioids a patient can receive at emergency rooms to a seven day supply with no refills.And we should put the same restriction in place for minors no matter where they get a prescription. We have heard too many horror stories about high school athletes whose futures are robbed by addiction that begins with prescription painkillers.Of course, those suffering from crippling pain need relief, and we must be careful to protect the ability of sufferers of long-term pain or victims of trauma to receive appropriate medication.Fourth, let’s require insurance companies to cover abuse deterrent opioids – similar to what they already have in Massachusetts. This will make it more difficult to abuse prescription drugs.While many people become addicted by simply swallowing pills, others crush pills to snort or smoke.Drug manufacturers are rapidly developing new technologies to prevent this kind of abuse.Some of these drugs are uncrushable, even with a hammer, while others are formulated with naloxone so the more an individual takes, the less effective it is in creating a high and limiting the potential for overdose.Others turn into a gel when they are crushed, making them impossible to put into a syringe to inject. These deterrent measures, if crafted properly, can be important tools against intentional or unintentional abuse or overdoses.Lastly, several new bills deserve our consideration.Two bills require schools to teach students about opioid misuse in existing drug and alcohol abuse curricula.Another bill would allow patients to establish a voluntary directive if they do not want to be prescribed opioids.The point is that the time for action is now.As many have noted and I said earlier, 3,500 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to addiction in 2015 alone.That means that each year we are losing the population of Parkesburg, Freeland, or Mifflinburg to the disease of addiction.And each year the numbers grow.The opioid epidemic did not start overnight and we will not fix it overnight, or even in this session.But by acting on these bills – and by putting other ideas on the table – we can continue to stem the tide of opioid abuse. We can make progress for the families we have met – the parents who have cried on our shoulders.Here in this building, we can make a difference. Right now. With bills that are close to passage.In my inaugural address, I acknowledged that some people feel indifference toward their government.In the past two years, we haven’t always helped improve that perception.But in the past several months we’ve solved some big problems. Many of these issues have vexed Pennsylvania’s elected leaders for generations.It’s a start, and we have more to do.But with the most Republican legislature in modern history and a Democratic Governor, we’ve balanced the budget, we’ve increased education funding, we’ve passed a fair funding formula, we’ve brought medical marijuana to suffering kids, and we’ve reformed the liquor system.The magnitude of the opioid crisis threatens to cast a shadow over all of these important accomplishments and everything else we work to achieve in this building.But it is also a calling to use our time and our energy to fix a problem touching too many Pennsylvanians.The crisis calls on us to cast aside partisanship once again.It calls on us to reject cynicism once again. It calls on us to take action once again.Families in Philadelphia, Brockway, Indiana, Allegheny County, State College, Mount Wolf, and all across Pennsylvania are calling on us to act.It is life or death.We have shown that we can work together to make Pennsylvania the great place we know it can be. It is now time to do so again and give the people of Pennsylvania a reason to believe in their leaders.It is up to us to tackle the opioid crisis and give Pennsylvania the prosperous, healthy, and safe future we know it deserves.I look forward to a productive session and real progress toward stopping the opioid epidemic. Let us, here in Pennsylvania, lead the nation in fighting this crisis. Let’s get this done.Thank you.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Grenada environment minister dismissed

first_imgNewsRegional Grenada environment minister dismissed by: – January 21, 2012 Share Tweet Share 21 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Joseph GilbertST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, whose National Democratic Congress won 11 of 15 seats in the last general election, has fired a second minister in fewer than four years in office.Informed sources said Joseph Gilbert, MP for St Patrick West, was told of his dismissal in a telephone call from the prime minister on Thursday morning. Gilbert, who was appointed Minister for the Environment, Foreign Trade and Export Development last October, was awaiting confirmation of his dismissal in an official letter from Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean.In 2010, Thomas dismissed his former Environment Minister Michael Church, MP for St John. Church subsequently resigned from cabinet after being offered a junior minister’s position by the prime minister.The wheels were put in motion for Gilbert’s dismissal when Thomas, who is also MP for St Patrick East, summoned an emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning.A report out of St George’s quoted “an informed source close to the Office of the Prime Minister” as saying that Thomas told his cabinet colleagues that he had advised the governor general to revoke the appointment of Gilbert as a minister of government.But a Wednesday evening written statement issued by the prime minister’s press secretary, Richard Simon, seemed to dismiss the idea that Thomas had actually fired Gilbert earlier in the day.The statement said the Grenadian leader had “certain troubling information before him pertaining to what appears to be a serious breach of cabinet principles” involving Gilbert.“The prime minister anticipates that he would come to a decision on this matter very shortly, whereupon he will duly inform his cabinet and the general public,” the statement said.Thomas, in a brief nationally televised address on Thursday evening, confirmed the sacking of Gilbert. The prime ministers said he had “irrefutable, documented evidence” of misconduct on Gilbert’s part.He revealed that in August 2011, while serving as Minister of Works, Public Utilities and Physical Development, Gilbert wrote a letter giving certain assurances to a foreign company that was interested in establishing a casino in Grenada.Thomas said Gilbert did not seek cabinet’s approval in writing the letter, and accused the former minister of “irresponsible” behaviour.The Grenadian leader promised to continue combating wrongdoing, adding that what was at stake was not the survival of his government but the preservation of “core values” relating to good governance.However, the letter written by Gilbert and his firing are now being hotly debated by Grenadians, including legal experts. One veteran St George’s attorney, who read the so-called letter, said he was “bemused” at the fuss that was being made. “The letter has no binding effect, no legal consequences, on the government,” he said. “In my view, it is simply trying to keep the developer interested in Grenada and not bolting from the country at a time when jobs are so badly needed.”When contacted, Gilbert declined to comment on the specifics of the issue, only saying that “I did no wrong; I breached nothing; I committed the government to nothing. I did my utmost as a minister, first in the Ministry of Works, and then in the Ministry of Environment. A priority for me is meeting the needs of the Grenadian people, and they have told me that one of their most urgent needs is jobs.”Casino gambling, and possibly issuing a gaming licence, has been an ongoing debate in cabinet, and the matter is said to be still under review. Although Thomas has repeatedly stated his opposition to casino, cabinet has never taken a position on the matter.On call-in radio talkshows and among internet bloggers, people have been commenting on the latest developments. Many have expressed surprise at the prime minister’s response to Gilbert, comparing Thomas’ inaction to the move last year by Ministry of Finance officials who – without the knowledge and approval of cabinet – engaged representatives of Sewang One World in trying to get investment and development projects for Grenada.As part of the Sewang discussions, the prime minister signed a memorandum of understanding that Finance Minister Nazim Burke later admitted should not have been signed by the Grenadian leader. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Bundesliga: Hazard inspires Dortmund to win over former side Gladbach

first_imgThe match was tense throughout and featured a Bundesliga season-high 10 yellow cards, with players from both teams needing to be pulled away from each other by Dortmund coach Lucien Favre at full-time.“It was a difficult game. Gladbach are efficient and our first half wasn’t great,” said Favre. “But after it was 1-1, we played well – and that was good, very good.”Dortmund took the lead inside 10 minutes when ex-Gladbach midfielder Hazard took a pass from Erling Braut Haaland and shrugged off three defenders to curl a floating shot into the top left-hand corner of the net.Gladbach equalised in the 50th minute when Lars Stindl tapped in a shot from Alassane Plea to score his fifth goal from his past four games.The turning point for Dortmund came in the 66th minute when Jadon Sancho -– who started on the bench ahead of Dortmund’s crucial trip to Paris Saint-German in midweek -– was introduced.Sancho’s assist, his 15th of the season, put Achraf Hakimi in acres of space on the right wing, with the Real Madrid loanee beating Yann Sommer through his legs.The win saw Dortmund leapfrog Leipzig into second place, trailing leaders Bayern Munich by a point.After the match, Hazard praised Haaland’s efforts in letting other Dortmund players get on the scoresheet.“I think he needs to give more assists, because he scores too much. I gave him one last time and now he’s given me one – we’re 1-1 – but next time it’s my turn to give him an assist again,” said Hazard.Dortmund captain Mats Hummels said the recent additions of Haaland and Emre Can had helped them find the right balance.“Right now we’ve got the perfect mix between artists and workers – or folks that can do both,” said Hummels.– Leipzig draw blank –RB Leipzig dropped points for the second weekend running after labouring to a 0-0 draw at Wolfsburg.Timo Werner was limited to 30 minutes off the bench for RB Leipzig due to injury An inspired performance by Thorgan Hazard against his former club helped Borussia Dortmund claim a crucial three points in the title race with a 2-1 win away at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.Advertisement Leipzig missed the goal threat of Timo Werner, who started the game on the bench after overcoming a muscular problem during the week.Despite being subbed on in the 60th minute, Werner –- who has 21 goals in the Bundesliga this season -– failed to make an impact in a dour encounter with few chances for either side, marking just the third time this season that Leipzig have failed to get on the scoresheet.Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann said the performance did not bode well ahead of Tottenham’s visit to Germany on Tuesday.“A draw was the right result as we weren’t good enough to win. We were laboured and slow in our build-up,” he said.“We didn’t create any space. We need to become dangerous again in front of goal before the Tottenham game.”At the BayArena, Bayer Leverkusen dominated Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 to jump up to fourth in the table.German football’s golden boy Kai Havertz opened the scoring in the fourth minute with his sixth of the season, tapping in a cross from Moussa Diaby. Karim Bellarabi scored the home side’s second just 10 minutes later when chipping in from close range.Leverkusen’s teenage Brazilian forward Paulinho added two more in a five-minute period midway through the second half.Schalke and Hoffenheim fought out a 1-1 draw at the Veltins Arena. American midfielder Weston McKennie scored just his second goal from 67 Bundesliga appearances when his left-footed drive put his side 1-0 up in the 20th minute. Read Also: Messi named La Liga Player of the Month for FebruaryHoffenheim levelled in the 69th minute through Christoph Baumgartner.Elsewhere, relegation-threatened Werder Bremen held on for a 2-2 draw away at Hertha Berlin after blowing a two-goal lead.Freiburg kept their hopes for European football alive with a dominant 3-1 home win over Union Berlin.On Sunday, Bayern have a chance to restore their four-point lead at the top of the table when they welcome Bavarian neighbours Augsburg to the Allianz Arena.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone12 Actors Who Can Only Play Bad Guys5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The EndCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind Loading… last_img read more

Edith M. Reed

first_imgEdith M. Reed of Sunman was born on February 26, 1948 in Batesville, the daughter of Edward John and Helen Marie Bowman Reed.  She worked at Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville and later, Woodland Hills Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg.  Edith loved attending church festivals and playing bingo.  On May 24, 2016, at the age of 68, she passed away at the Waters of Batesville. Those surviving who will cherish Edith’s memory include her sisters, Karen Reed, Sharon Campbell and Rosemary Reed, all of Sunman, and Janice (Jack) Kosidlo of Cambria, PA; brother, Richard Reed of Weisburg, and several nieces, nephews and great nieces.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Edward John Reed, Jr., and sister-in-law, Della Reed. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.  Funeral services will begin at 12 p.m. and burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery-New Alsace Campus.center_img Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to assist with expenses.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home and its staff are honored to care for the family of Edith M. Reed.last_img read more

The Latest: Cycling world championships still on for Sept.

first_imgThe Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.”The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no play until April 30 at the earliest.___A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The governing body for cycling says its world championships will remain as scheduled the final week of September, drawing the ire of some pro teams hoping the calendar would be adjusted to accommodate marquee races that have been postponed. Associated Press April 1, 2020 The Latest: Cycling world championships still on for Sept. The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial.The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. The Curtis Cup captains, Sarah Ingram of the U.S. and Elaine Ratcliffe for GB&I, will remain for the 2021 matches. The teams had not been decided. Players were to have been selected later this month.___Soccer fans from two clubs in Belarus say they will stop going to games because of the coronavirus.A leading fan group at Neman Grodno says its members will stop attending games and they have urged supporters for other teams to do the same.The fans have called on the national soccer federation to “draw on some courage and stop the Belarusian championship, as the rest of the world has done.” ___The R&A is postponing three amateur golf championships scheduled for June, including the Curtis Cup.The Curtis Cup was to be played June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. The R&A and USGA say the matches for female amateurs from the U.S. against a team from Britain and Ireland will move to 2021. The dates were not decided.The R&A says the British Amateur and the British Women’s Amateur will move from June to August, but that depends on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.K.The British Amateur had been scheduled for June 15-20 at Royal Birkdale. The British Women’s Amateur was to be played June 23-27 at Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland. Third-division club Uerdingen hopes to virtually sell out its 34,500-capacity Grotenburg Stadium in Krefeld with the offer of souvenir tickets for fans.Tickets start at 5 euros ($5.46) and go all the way to 19.05 euros ($20.80) for VIP tickets. The club says “panic buying for friends and family is definitely allowed.”It’s the only time that Uerdingen will sell tickets for the Grotenburg Stadium this season. Its home arena is being rebuilt so the club has been playing home matches at the ground of nearby Fortuna Düsseldorf.Uerdingen was one of the powerhouses of German soccer in the 1980s with a best finish of third place in the Bundesliga and a run to the semifinals of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1986. More recently it has dropped as low as the sixth division.The club hasn’t played a game since March 8 because of the virus outbreak. Officials from the UCI confirmed that its weeklong championships will begin Sept. 20 in Switzerland. It begins with the men’s and women’s time trial, and a midweek mixed team relay would keep riders busy ahead of the road championships the following weekend. That means the entire week is out of the picture for rescheduling other events.Almost the entire spring classics season has been scrapped. That includes races such as Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold Race and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The first of the Grand Tours, the Giro d’Italia, has been postponed while the Tour de France hopes to remain in July.___A German soccer club is raising funds amid the coronavirus pandemic by selling tickets for a fictional game. Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___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 Fans of Shakhter Soligorsk have also said they will stop going to games “until the epidemiological situation allows us to return to the stands.” But they stopped short of calling for the season to be suspended.Belarus is the only nation in Europe still hosting professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.International players’ union FIFPro says players in Belarus have reached out with concerns about playing during the coronavirus pandemic.___English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak. The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund.Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts.All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended.___last_img read more

Time right for Gayle to walk away, insists Roberts

first_imgWEST Indies fast-bowling great Andy Roberts has hailed star batsman Chris Gayle as one of the game’s ‘great players’ but is convinced the time is right to walk away.The 39-year-old Gayle had initially revealed plans to retire from international cricket following the ICC World Cup but seemed to have a change of heart just ahead of the tournament. The batsman instead targetted the regional team’s home series against India as possibly his final matches for the West Indies.The batsman did not, however, have an outstanding World Cup, scoring a total of 242 runs in nine matches as the team limped to a ninth-place finish. Roberts, however, does not believe the player’s form merits immediate selection to the squad for the series.“I watched Chris in the One Day series in the Caribbean (against England), I watched Chris in the World Cup and I am yet to see Chris Gayle play a cover drive on the ground in any of the innings he has played, off the front foot.“He takes his time early and I don’t know the reason because I’ve seen in the early stage he gets a lot of balls to hit, but he’s just playing himself in and then after that he just tries to hit everything out of the ground and I don’t think youngsters can learn from that,” Roberts told the Antigua Observer.“Chris has been one of our great players and I make no bones in saying that, but the time has come that we have to let the greatness speak for itself instead of trying to go on to achieve what he didn’t do, because most West Indians were hoping that he would do.”last_img read more

F-M girls soccer run ends in first-ever state Class AA final

first_imgTears mixed with smiles, sadness blended in with gladness – those were the mixed emotions everyone associated with the Fayetteville-Manlius girls soccer program felt on Sunday afternoon at the end of an historic season.True, the Hornets had lost, 1-0, to Monroe-Woodbury in the state Class AA championship game at SUNY-Cortland, and there was plenty of disappointment in not capturing the last and most important prize.But there was also plenty of good feelings, too. Never before had an F-M girls soccer team made it this far, and the mere fact that it did was something to celebrate, now and in the future. Once in Cortland, F-M’s character revealed itself again in a tense, competitive state semifinal Saturday against Long Island powerhouse Massapequa, where it took the best shot of the Chiefs and answered well, claiming a 2-1 victory.Having won six previous state championships, Massapequa had far more good history at this level, but F-M didn’t blink, getting on the board less than six minutes into the game thanks to an impressive goal by eighth-grader Morgan Goodman, who took a pass from Lauren Clark and drilled a left-footed shot into the net.The Chiefs tied it 1-1 in the 16th minute on Gianna Savella’s goal, and would possess the ball for long stretches, testing F-M’s defense. Laura Bonomo, Haley Ingram, Alora MIller, Ryann Dauksza and the rest of the back line held up well, and Ingram even made a save in goal early in the second half when Sydney Mahr briefly let the game.With the issue still in doubt in the 59th minute, F-M pulled off a decisive play with some great footwork from Hannah Knych, who took the ball off the end line and crossed to the middle, where Clark, whose four goals had carried the Hornets past Bethlehem, put home the go-ahead goal.To hang on from there, F-M needed a big save from Mahr with 10:20 left and more strong defense, and now found itself in new territory for the championship game, a place that Monroe-Woodbury knew well, having won it all in 2018.The Crusaders, off its own 2-1 state semifinal win over Clarence, were technically sound and, throughout the first half of the state final, had the majority of the possession. M-W nearly scored late in the first half, but had a chance off a corner kick careen off the crossbar.Despite a counterattacking approach, F-M still earned a fair share of corner kicks and free kicks, yet could not do much with them against the Crusaders, Anna Hartzheim having a free kick in the waning seconds of the first half go right to goalie Angela Fini.Ultimately, the game turned on a sequence of events that began in the 51st minute when Goodman found herself wide-open with a point-blank chance to put F-M in front, only to have Fini save it.Seconds later, Goodman left the game with an injury on a play F-M thought was a foul that merited a penalty kick. Nothing was called, and on the other end a turnover gave M-W the ball, Katherine Mullins passing it to the middle, where Josephine Sorce pushed a shot past Mahr.In the remaining 25-plus minutes, F-M had plenty of runs, yet kept getting turned back, and as time wound down it played the same possession game it had earlier, locking up back-to-back state titles.Having finished its best season in program history 19-2, F-M will perhaps rue the missed chances in the final game, but not forget just how much was accomplished.“Looking at the whole picture, it was a phenomenal season,” said Ostrander. “These girls made history.”Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story “I couldn’t ask for a better group of young women,” said head coach Brent Ostrander. “They’re so competitive and so dedicated to this program, and right to the end we gave it our all.”Indeed, without that heart and spirit, there was no way the Hornets could have made it anywhere near this point. It had shown itself through a tough regular-season slate where F-M went 15-1, and continued to grow through a run to a second consecutive Section III title.And that resolve had allowed the Hornets to rally from an overtime deficit to edge Bethlehem in the AA regional final, avenging a 2018 defeat to the Eagles in this same round and bringing F-M to the state final four.center_img Tags: F-Mgirls soccerlast_img read more