The pandemic doesn’t care about your politics

first_imgx Trumpism expanded the GOP tent. Don’t expect Republicans to abandon it now.The politics of blaming someone else appeals to more than White AmericaTrump’s followers may thrill to the promise of trade wars and border walls, but what excites them even more is his gleeful transgression. They do not embrace him in spite of the schoolyard insults, Twitter tantrums and conspiracy nonsense, but because of these things, which represent weapons in a fight to liberate public life from the straitjacket of respectability as defined by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, the dean of students and the human resources department. xBiden managed the debates over China, trade, and international supply lines, by seizing on the openings provided by Trump’s epic failures on all those fronts. The Covid debate, in a surprise that still hasn’t been fully appreciated, created those openings. 2/— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) November 14, 2020WaPo:After a summer of protest, Americans voted for policing and criminal justice reform xHere’s a thing I want everyone to understand. There is a roughly 12-day lag between rising cases rising hospitalizations. So the 1.5 million (!!!) confirmed cases from the last 2 weeks have not yet factored into stories about packed emergency rooms. https://t.co/JID98tWjbt pic.twitter.com/3DNeiX2esb— Ed Yong (@edyong209) November 15, 2020Ed Yong/Atlantic:‘No One Is Listening to Us’More people than ever are hospitalized with COVID-19. Health-care workers can’t go on like this.Emergency rooms are starting to fill again with COVID-19 patients. Utah, where Nathan Hatton is a pulmonary specialist at the University of Utah Hospital, is currently reporting 2,500 confirmed cases a day, roughly four times its summer peak. Hatton says that his intensive-care unit is housing twice as many patients as it normally does. His shifts usually last 12 to 24 hours, but can stretch to 36. “There are times I’ll come in in the morning, see patients, work that night, work all the next day, and then go home,” he told me. I asked him how many such shifts he has had to do. “Too many,” he said.Emergency rooms are starting to fill again with COVID-19 patients. Utah, where Nathan Hatton is a pulmonary specialist at the University of Utah Hospital, is currently reporting 2,500 confirmed cases a day, roughly four times its summer peak. Hatton says that his intensive-care unit is housing twice as many patients as it normally does. His shifts usually last 12 to 24 hours, but can stretch to 36. “There are times I’ll come in in the morning, see patients, work that night, work all the next day, and then go home,” he told me. I asked him how many such shifts he has had to do. “Too many,” he said. This Coronavirus Surge Does Not Have to Be So HorrificAmerica is entering a difficult period. But the outcome is not foregone.In the spring, when the coronavirus was spreading across the planet, Americans took steps — slow and uneven as they might have been — to bring the first U.S. outbreaks under control. Houses of worship and nonessential businesses closed. People resigned themselves to wearing masks in public. They worked from home if they could, to reduce the risk to those who could not.The federal government deployed resources to help people stay home. Major league sports suspended games. Broadway suspended plays. Families suspended vacations. Schools closed. Nursing homes and hospitals banned visitors. It was painful, and in some cases devastating — and it was still not enough to stamp out the virus in America.Still, those steps mattered a great deal.Case counts came down in places where they had been up, like New York City and Seattle. Surges that followed in early summer were beaten back, if not wholly quelled. In time, even nursing homes saw some decline in cases. While the economy tumbled grievously, the bottom did not fall out. Newly expanded unemployment benefits, combined with some $500 billion in federal aid, enabled small businesses to close or reduce their payrolls without setting off a surge in poverty rates. Easy credit for big businesses and stimulus checks for nearly everyone else also helped.Much more could and should have been done. An egregious lack of national leadership gave the virus too consistent an edge, and far too many lives and livelihoods were still lost as a result. But for all those avoidable losses, we also gained crucial understanding of how this virus works, and of how it might be defeated. Moderna announces its vaccine works and joins Pfizer a ready to launch:2 doses, but doesn’t need the special cooled refrigeration. – Advertisement – Will Bunch/Philly.com:A less-racist brand of Trump populism could bring a GOP dynasty unless Dems do something | Will Bunch With a wave of votes across the country, Americans backed a string of measures increasing police oversight, elected reform-minded prosecutors, loosened drug laws and passed other proposals rethinking key elements of law enforcement and justice in their communities. When the first election returns started coming in from Texas’ Zapata County — a hot, dusty corner of the Rio Grande Valley with oil rigs and a large Latine population — some online voting-fraud sleuths thought there’d been a voting machine glitch, or worse. How could a county that had voted nearly 2-1 for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton show President Trump narrowly ahead? These votes, taken together, signal that after a summer of protest brought renewed scrutiny to the justice system, many Americans were open to rethinking how it functions — particularly on the state and local level, where policies have a stark impact on how people interact with the justice system. Infection vs disease prevention? Still questions amidst the great news. By the way you can stop Biden from meeting with Anthony Fauci, but not the manufacturers:xcenter_img xGoing to ruin the USA. All while gasping for breath on 100% Vapotherm. They tell you there must be another reason they are sick. They call you names and ask why you have to wear all that “stuff” because they don’t have COViD because it’s not real. Yes. This really happens. And— Jodi Doering (@JodiDoering) November 15, 2020 NBC:‘Joe’s a blue-collar guy’: After years of declining power, union leaders look to BidenOrganized labor believes it has a friend coming to the White House. Here’s what’s on the agenda.After a strained relationship with Barack Obama’s White House and a sometimes downright hostile one with President Donald Trump’s, organized labor turned out to help elect Biden and is now pinning their hopes on his incoming administration to help them fight the long-running decline in union membership and influence.Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, the massive federation of unions that represent more than 14 million workers, said Biden’s resurrection of the blue wall in the industrial Midwest was “union made.”“We delivered,” Trumka told NBC News. “He said he’s going to be the most pro-worker president we’ve ever seen, and I absolutely believe him.”And union leaders like Trumka, many of whom have known Biden for decades, view him as one of their own. – Advertisement – Kevin D Williamson/WaPo: “It was a pretty good day for meaningful change in criminal justice reform,” said Ronald Wright, a law professor at Wake Forest University and a criminal justice expert. “The priorities I was watching didn’t win everywhere, but they won a lot more than they lost.” x The reality is that baffled, faraway Twitter posters and their assumptions about Texas’ Hispanic vote hadn’t encountered actual voters like 72-year-old retired social worker and teacher Maria Elia Ramos of Rio Grande City, who shrugged off Trump’s xenophobic and sometimes racist rhetoric as well as hectoring family members on Facebook to vote for the GOP. “We have a right to decide,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “Our family values are more in line with Republicans.”Zapata County’s centrist Democratic longtime congressman, Henry Cuellar, told the Texas Tribune that the heavily Latine region is “homogenous, deeply religious, pensively patriotic, socially conservative, and it’s hurting economically.” Indeed, for these mostly working-class voters it was arguably “the economy, stupid.” They feared some of the national Democratic rhetoric on the oil industry and the U.S. Border Patrol — two big sources of jobs — while many took special notice of Trump’s name on this summer’s $1,200 federal stimulus check. The idea (justice reform) is a winner. The slogan (defund the police) is a loser.xAgain: by far the main influence was massive GOP turnout vs. 2018. Wins in reddish districts then hard to repeat. Also many indies (and some GOPers) wanted to vote against Trump but still reject Dems. https://t.co/DEJz67MrWA— Greg Mitchell (@GregMitch) November 14, 2020Dana Milbank/WaPo:Trump’s racist appeals powered a White evangelical tsunamiWhite evangelicals are only 15 percent of the population, but their share of the electorate was 28 percent, according to Edison Research exit polling, and 23 percent, according to the Associated Press version. Though exit polls are imprecise, it seems clear that White evangelicals maintained the roughly 26 percent proportion of the electorate they’ve occupied since 2008, even though their proportion of the population has steadily shrunk from 21 percent in 2008.WaPo editorial: In non vaccine news:- Advertisement – – Advertisement – xWhich is what I will do for the next three nights. But tonight. It’s me and Cliff and Oreo ice cream. And how ironic I have on my “home”Hoodie. The South Dakota I love seems far away right now. pic.twitter.com/3e5Qg4yAuS— Jodi Doering (@JodiDoering) November 15, 2020last_img read more

Probing and prosecuting Trump’s transgressions is vital to preserving our democracy for generations

first_img– Advertisement – But Biden has also signaled that he intends to reestablish the wall that existed between the White House and the Justice Department before Trump came in and decided the department was there to serve his every whim—be it defending him and his friends, threatening his political enemies, or fabricating investigations of his political rivals. In some ways, it makes perfect sense that Biden doesn’t want his entire presidency consumed by probes into Trump, his minions, and an inevitable cycle of recriminations. But Donald Trump so misused and abused the federal government that his entire tenure represents an assault on American democracy itself, not to mention a series of crimes against humanity, ranging from literally ripping children away from their parents and caging them to intentionally slaughtering hundreds of thousands of Americans through coronavirus denialism and weaponization of disinformation.For those reasons, Trump and those who did his bidding must be held to account through both criminal inquiries and uncovering information that could mar the reputations of certain individuals for life. This is absolutely critical to preserving the integrity of our republic moving forward. Using the U.S. government to commit crimes against humanity cannot be tolerated at any level. – Advertisement – Biden can preach unity all he wants, but it is incumbent upon the incoming administration to make it glaringly clear that efforts to subvert our democracy and use the federal government for malign political purposes carry with them a steep cost for everyone involved. This is a fundamental part of safeguarding our democracy. Otherwise, the next autocrat—who will surely be far more competent than Trump—won’t think twice before trodding the same paths Trump did, but with greater efficacy and fervor. Biden clearly wants to make his presidency about healing our nation. Part of that healing includes inoculating it against the fascist impulses that are pulsing through the conservative movement right now. If House Democrats want to limit their number of inquiries by focusing on several key areas or specific transgressions, that’s a reasonable approach. But don’t pull any punches in those investigations—they must be thorough, relentless, and unsparing.As for the Justice Department, Biden should simply pick good people and get out of their way—as most American presidents have done for centuries. Both the criminal and civil divisions of the department must be allowed to follow the trail of Trump-era transgressions unfettered by Biden’s political agenda. Just like Trump was wrong to so explicitly give his Justice Department marching orders, the same will be true for Biden even if his guidance is in the service of restraint. – Advertisement – But no matter what happens, the ongoing investigations of Trump and his family business at the state level by the Manhattan DA and New York attorney general will continue. Biden’s wishes should and must have zero impact there.  Biden could potentially affect how rigorously Trump is investigated on several levels, including by seeking to set the tone for the Democratic House majority and his own Justice Department. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will also take part in shaping how much energy is devoted to reviewing Trump’s tenure with a scaled down Democratic majority and competing factions within her caucus. Whether Democrats manage to regain a majority in the Senate could also play a role in shaping House Democrats’ overall agenda. Having a functional Democratically controlled Senate that might actually pass much of Biden’s agenda rather than simply leaving bills to die in the upper chamber would surely motivate the House caucus to focus more heavily on passing critical legislation that can actually help the country dig out of Trump’s COVID-19 recession hole.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Greater Jakarta braces for ‘local’ exodus ahead of Idul Fitri

first_img“I never go to crowded places. I will also not visit other places before heading to my mother’s house,” she told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.“If something happens to me or my mother, we would know how we became infected.”In Jakarta, the national epicenter of the viral outbreak, which has recorded 6,400 confirmed cases and 500 deaths as of Friday, authorities have ramped up efforts to prevent people from traveling to visit their relatives during Idul Fitri.The central government has officially banned mudik (Idul Fitri exodus) in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, but people have still felt compelled to test the limits of the ban.Residents of Greater Jakarta insist that mudik lokal – visiting relatives within the agglomeration area of 30 million inhabitants – should still be allowed.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan recently issued an order banning people from entering or leaving Jakarta without prior approval. And while exceptions to the rule seem to apply, he insisted that even local visits were not permitted.“The virus knows no holidays; it doesn’t care if it is Lebaran [Idul Fitri]. Let’s not exacerbate the situation in Greater Jakarta […] and render our efforts over the past two months useless,” Anies said. “Everyone needs to stay at home.”Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo said that on Friday, the city administration would begin to deploy officers from the Jakarta Transportation Agency, the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) and the Jakarta Police to 13 checkpoints throughout the city to enforce the regulation.Police officers will also be patrolling the streets for violators.Those who need to travel to and from the capital must be able to produce the necessary permits, which can be downloaded from the corona.jakarta.go.id website. These include, among other requirements, a reference letter from the applicant’s company or institution and a health clearance letter.“Hopefully, people will obey the rules. We don’t want to be in the PSBB situation forever,” Syafrin said.Jakarta imposed the PSBB on April 10. It has twice extended the restrictions, with the current run ending on June 4.Authorities have observed a low level of compliance among the general public from the outset of the curbs, with packed roads and crowds of more than five persons being seen everywhere.Anies himself acknowledged that people were spending more time outside during the afternoon and evenings during the fasting month of Ramadan, which ultimately leads to a rise in the number of new cases.And yet, people find all sorts of reasons to observe the annual tradition.The call to worship at home is particularly dilemmatic for Jakarta resident Lia Nindya, who plans to visit her father in South Tangerang on the first day of Idul Fitri.“Lebaran seems the right moment for my father to see his granddaughter, three months after her birth. She is his first grandchild,” she told the Post.“I would probably not go if I did not have a baby.”Only recently becoming aware of the restrictions that are in force, Lia said she would not get into an argument with the authorities if she was asked to turn back during the trip to her father’s place.The government, with backing from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and a number of clerics, has called on Muslim worshipers to celebrate takbiran (eve of Lebaran) and perform the Idul Fitri prayers at home and through virtual gatherings.“We can do video calls with our relatives. Silaturahmi is judged by the closeness of our hearts and not our physical proximity,” Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said at a press conference on Thursday.The government has pushed back the Idul Fitri mandatory leave of absence to the end of December this year to prevent people from joining the exodus, during which 18.3 million travelers to and from urban centers across the country were recorded in the seven days before and after last year’s celebrations.However, a good portion of Greater Jakarta residents have already left for their hometowns earlier than usual, owing to the impact that COVID-19 restrictions has had on their livelihoods.Topics : Indonesia faces the risk of even more COVID-19 infections after the Idul Fitri holiday this year, as family gatherings and homecoming journeys make up a large part of the yearly tradition for millions of the country’s Muslims.Many people find it difficult to forego the centuries-old practice of extending silaturahmi (communal bonds) during the holiday, even as the government imposes large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to curb the spread of the deadly disease.The urge is even harder to resist in Greater Jakarta, where the urban sprawl spills across provincial boundaries. Zoraya, who asked not to reveal her family name, currently lives in South Tangerang, Banten, with her husband and in-laws. She is fully aware of the COVID-19 situation, including the government’s call to stay at home.This did not prevent her from visiting her 60-year-old mother in East Jakarta on Thursday, which she felt was the right thing to do before Idul Fitri.The 29-year-old consultant was confident because she had taken all the necessary precautions for coming into contact with the elderly, the most at-risk group for COVID-19.This included buying groceries only at the one particular retailer.last_img read more

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could replace Maurizio Sarri with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, says Paul Merson

first_imgChelsea owner Roman Abramovich could replace Maurizio Sarri with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, says Paul Merson Advertisement Advertisement Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has impressed Paul Merson (Picture: Getty) Maurizio Sarri reacts as Chelsea reach Europa League semi-finalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:18FullscreenMaurizio Sarri reacts as Chelsea reach Europa League semi-finalhttps://metro.co.uk/video/maurizio-sarri-reacts-chelsea-reach-europa-league-semi-final-1908682/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘It was never going to happen but Howe plays that way. He opens the game up a lot better than Chelsea do.’Howe’s Bournemouth are currently 12th in the Premier League and suffered a 1-0 defeat to already-relegated Fulham on Saturday.But Merson said: ‘I have been down to Bournemouth and I like the way he works and how he gets his message across. He can manage at the top level.‘I think days like last week keep him at Bournemouth for a little big longer. That is the way he wants to play.’Chelsea welcome Burnley to Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson believes Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could replace Maurizio Sarri with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe next season.Sarri has endured a mixed first season at Stamford Bridge and the Blues, currently fifth, face an uphill battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League.Chelsea could still qualify for next year’s Champions League by winning the Europa League, however, and progressed to the semi-finals last week with two victories over Slavia Prague.Sarri was heavily linked with a departure from Chelsea earlier in the year and Arsenal legend Merson reckons he could still be sacked by Abramovich.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe told Sky Sports: ‘If Roman Abramovich is still there next year and he hasn’t sold the club, Eddie Howe could be the next manager of Chelsea.’Asked whether Howe would be a good appointment by the west London club, Merson added: ‘I think great.‘He plays an expansive game of football. Chelsea fans want to see action and I know the owner doesn’t go as much now but he also wants to see action.‘Sarri was brought in to play the Napoli way. Score lots of goals and play gung-ho football. Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Apr 2019 11:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link446Shareslast_img read more

Mikel Arteta explains why he axed Mesut Ozil from Arsenal squad vs Man City

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 17 Jun 2020 11:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link534Shares Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari both suffered injuries against Man City (Picture: Getty)In a subsequent interview, he added: ‘I’m going to select the players for the day that we believe as staff that are the best for the day and that’s it.’Goals from Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne and substitute Phil Foden ensured Liverpool’s wait to be crowned champions will continue and guaranteed there was no happy return for Arteta to his old place of employment.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arteta speaks out after Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to Man CityTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 3:04FullscreenArteta speaks out after Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to Man Cityhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-speaks-arsenals-3-0-loss-man-city-2194078/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The plans of Pep Guardiola’s assistant were severely disrupted when injuries to Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari forced him into making two early changes.‘Everything went wrong from the first minute,’ Arteta said. ‘Every possible accident that could have happened hopefully happened today.’On whether the injuries were a consequence of the three-month lay-off, he added: ‘If they were muscular injuries, maybe yes. But these ones I don’t think so.’MORE: Mikel Arteta explains why he axed Mesut Ozil from Arsenal squad vs Man CityMORE: Pep Guardiola’s reaction to horrific Eric Garcia injury against ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta explains why he axed Mesut Ozil from Arsenal squad vs Man City Advertisement Mesut Ozil was left out of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal’s matchday squad for the game against Man City (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta insists Mesut Ozil was left out of the Arsenal squad which travelled to Manchester City purely for tactical reasons. The former Germany international had been a central part of Arsenal’s impressive form under their new manager prior to the season being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.Ozil had featured in all of Arsenal’s Premier League fixtures since Arteta’s appointment and played in last week’s friendlies against Championship sides Charlton and Brentford at the Emirates stadium.The club’s highest earner, however, was omitted from the 22-man squad which Arteta selected for the trip to the Etihad. The decision hardly yielded any dividends as Arsenal were comprehensively outclassed and slumped to a 3-0 defeat without registering a single shot on target.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked why Ozil wasn’t selected by Sky Sports, Arteta said: ‘It was a tactical reason.’last_img read more

Annual Track Conference

first_imgThe Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country coaches held their annual track conference at Indianapolis this past weekend.  Well over 700 coaches from around Indiana were present.  As the weather continues to be snowy and cold, the indoor track season is upon us.  Before we know it, we will be heading outside for spring sports.I look forward to this every year because you are able to meet with old friends that you only see on this occasion.  It is amazing how technical track has become.  Since the advent of technology, you not only can visually see what your athlete’s are doing but we have devices that tell you what is taking place inside their bodies.  It is yet to be proven just how helpful all this data is going to be in improving the sport.I am looking forward to the beginning of another outdoor season in a month or so.last_img read more

Area Girls Basketball Scores (11-29)

first_imgArea Girls Basketball ScoresThursday  (11-29)Oldenburg  56     North Decatur  38Milan  52     Seton Catholic  29East Central  60     Harrison  34Crothersville  72     South Decatur  61Hauser  36     Indy Lutheran  30South Dearborn  51     Taylor  13Trinity Lutheran  57     Edinburgh  50The Batesville Bulldogs C-Team extended their record to 5-0 last night with a 31-7 victory over the Greensburg Pirates.  Leading scorer for the Dogs was Paige Oldham with 9. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night 20: TClassic to perform with Zlatan, Mayorkun, Malaika, Oritsefemi

first_imgRelatedPosts Flykite announces postponement of GOtv Boxing Night 21 Real One, Baby Face, Esepo to headline GOtv Boxing Night 21 GOtv Boxing Night 20 holds today The number of artistes billed to perform live at GOtv Boxing Night 20 has been swelled by fast-growing singer, TClassic. He will be performing alongside Zlatan Ibile, Mayorkun, Sule Alao Malaika and Oritsefemi among others at the event, which holds on Saturday at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. GOtv Boxing Night 20 will feature nine bouts, including the World Boxing Federation Intercontinental heavyweight title bout between Nigeria’s Onoriode “Godzilla” Ehwarieme and Argentina’s Antonio Baracamonte, who arrived the country on Monday night. The show will also feature top domestic boxers like Rilwan Oladosu, Rilwan Babatunde, Taiwo Agbeje, Adewale Masebinu and female ring artists,   Cynthia Ogunsemilore and Aminat Yekini.Tags: GodzillaGOtv Boxing NightOnoriode EhwariemeRilwan OladosuTafawa Balewa SquareTClassiclast_img read more

King compensation agreed

first_imgBlackburn have agreed compensation with Bournemouth over the sale of Josh King, avoiding the need for a tribunal. Press Association King signed for the Cherries on a three-year contract back in May but as he was under 24 compensation had to be paid to Rovers. The Norway international was offered a deal to stay at Blackburn but King cited his lack of first-team football as the reason he wanted to depart. center_img A statement on Blackburn’s website read: “Blackburn Rovers have reached an agreement with AFC Bournemouth in respect of compensation for former player Joshua King. “Reaching this agreement means that a compensation fee will not now need to be set by the Professional Football Compensation Committee.” Bournemouth confirmed the same agreement via a short statement on their website, adding that the fee would remain undisclosed. King spent three seasons at Blackburn after moving from Manchester United, and last season hit the headlines for an FA Cup hat-trick against Stoke. last_img read more

Dominant serving carries Syracuse to 7-0 home victory against Army

first_img Related Stories Strong doubles performances continue to launch Syracuse wins After dropping the second game of the second set — her first lost game of the match — Maddie Kobelt unleashed a serve her opponent could only stare at as it whisked by. Kobelt calmly whispered, “C’mon” under her breath as she walked to the other end of the baseline.It was that kind of day for Kobelt and Syracuse on serve. The Orange (8-7, 4-1 Big East) picked up its third consecutive 7-0 win, this time in a Wednesday matinee against Army (13-4, 3-0 Patriot). After sweeping in doubles, the Orange had four players, including Kobelt, who didn’t drop a single service game.“I think that learning where to place the ball, finding where your opponent’s weakness is and not really having the same patterns really helps a lot,” Kobelt said.Syracuse has so much confidence in its serving abilities, it has a policy that if given the opportunity on the coin flip, the Orange will always choose to serve first in order to get out to an early lead.Syracuse head coach Luke Jensen said that method especially rings true against a resilient team like the Black Knights.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They’re not going to give up. They’re going to keep coming after you,” Jensen said. “I felt today, compared to all of the rest of the whole season, we really took charge. Get after them, don’t let them back into it, and we just came from the first ball to the last ball.”Kobelt, who wrapped up her match first in two sets, led the Orange on the day. Freshman Brittany Lashway was the next off of the court, winning 6-1, 6-0 while also not dropping a service game.Junior Aleah Marrow and sophomore Amanda Rodgers didn’t blink on serves, either — both took the offensive en route to straight sets wins. Syracuse won every set, with no player dropping more than three games in any set.Jensen said the much-improved serving stems from an emphasis during practice. He said he tries to make the exercise fun.“We have a competition. It’s like a game of Horse. You and your teammates are serving to targets and whoever hits five targets in a row first wins and they move up and loser moves down,“ Jensen said. “It’s not just serving for a serve, its serving with a purpose.”Kobelt said that while good serving is usually a huge emphasis in men’s tennis — where one break of serve could put you out of a match — she believes SU’s ability to go on the offensive gives her team a huge leg up.“You see on the men’s side that you have to hold serve. If you don’t hold serve, you’re going to lose,” Kobelt said. “For girls, it’s a little different with breaks and stuff, but it’s still just as important to emphasize holding your serve.” Comments Published on March 28, 2013 at 2:02 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more