Amid all the bad news, signs of hope

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Bad news: Hannaford rewards are only for people who have e-mails and smart phones. I don’t. Bad news: When your husband dies, Spectrum turns off your e-mails until you bring in a death certificate and puts the account in your name. Your TV still works as long as you pay your bill and get their new all-digital box.Good news: I work as a home health aide, and my lady forgot her doctor’s address on Route 9. I stopped at the Ripe Tomato in hopes of finding a phone book. They not only looked it up — no easy task, as he had moved — but found the address on a map and told me just how to get there, all the while with a smile.There is hope for our world.Peggy HohensteinScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Governor Wolf: 200 Schools Receive First-ever School Breakfast Grants to Improve Learning

first_imgGovernor Wolf: 200 Schools Receive First-ever School Breakfast Grants to Improve Learning Education,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – As part of his School Breakfast Initiative to help more children start their day with a healthy meal, Governor Tom Wolf today announced $900,000 from the inaugural round of grants to help 200 schools make breakfast available to all students and expand options for the children.“A healthy breakfast helps students begin the school day ready to learn and succeed,” said Governor Wolf. “These school breakfast grants are an investment in the lives of thousands of children. When kids start the day with the nutrition they need, they grow up smarter, healthier, and stronger – and that means a smarter, healthier, stronger Pennsylvania.”First Lady Frances Wolf will join Education Department Executive Deputy Secretary Dr. David Volkman and school advocates at Lawnton Elementary School in Harrisburg this morning to celebrate the announcement. Improving education from preschool through higher education has been a priority for the governor and First Lady since day one.“Ask any teacher and they’ll tell you that food is a basic school supply, just like textbooks and pencils. When kids struggle with hunger, it’s harder for them to learn,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “This important funding will go to the schools and the students who need it most to ensure they have a healthy, consistent start to their day.”Governor Wolf proposed the School Breakfast Initiative as part of his 2017-18 state budget. Schools will use the grants to increase and sustain breakfast participation by 20 percent by implementing or expanding alternative breakfast options, such as grab-n-go breakfast, breakfast in the classroom, and second chance breakfast during study halls.“These grants will help schools initiate a new breakfast program, or bolster an existing one using innovative delivery systems,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “Whether it is an elementary school that implements Breakfast in the Classroom for younger students, or a middle school that opts for grab-and-go, all students benefit from schoolwide breakfast programs.”Today, one in five Pennsylvania children struggle with hunger. To address the problem, the Wolf administration in 2016 set a goal of ensuring that 60 percent of students who benefit from free and reduced priced school meals also participate in school breakfast by 2020.Currently, over 3,000 Pennsylvania schools report that they offer breakfast, however fewer than half of those schools offer alternative serving methods. Only 50 percent of students who receive free or reduced lunch also receive breakfast.“If it is our job as educators and anti-hunger advocates to do what’s best for children, that means ensuring students get a nutritious breakfast every morning,” said Bill Simonson, School Breakfast Outreach Coordinator for Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “These grants will equip schools with the necessary funds to start alternative models and ensure more students get a healthy meal at school when they need it most. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is proud to partner with the Governor’s Office and Pennsylvania Department of Education on this initiative.”A list of this year’s grant recipients is available here. May 16, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

The danger of assisted suicide laws

first_imgCNN 14 October 2014My heart goes out to Brittany Maynard, who is dying of brain cancer and who wrote last week about her desire for what is often referred to as “death with dignity.”Yet while I have every sympathy for her situation, it is important to remember that for every case such as this, there are hundreds — or thousands — more people who could be significantly harmed if assisted suicide is legal.The legalization of assisted suicide always appears acceptable when the focus is solely on an individual. But it is important to remember that doing so would have repercussions across all of society, and would put many people at risk of immense harm. After all, not every terminal prognosis is correct, and not everyone has a loving husband, family or support system.As an advocate working on behalf of disability rights for 37 years, and as someone who uses a wheelchair, I am all too familiar with the explicit and implicit pressures faced by people living with chronic or serious disability or disease. But the reality is that legalizing assisted suicide is a deadly mix with the broken, profit-driven health care system we have in the United States.At less than $300, assisted suicide is, to put it bluntly, the cheapest treatment for a terminal illness. This means that in places where assisted suicide is legal, coercion is not even necessary. If life-sustaining expensive treatment is denied or even merely delayed, patients will be steered toward assisted suicide, where it is legal.This problem applies to government-funded health care as well.In 2008, came the story that Barbara Wagner, a Springfield, Oregon, woman diagnosed with lung cancer and prescribed a chemotherapy drug by her personal physician, had reportedly received a letter from the Oregon Health Plan stating that her chemotherapy treatment would not be covered. She said she was told that instead, they would pay for, among other things, her assisted suicide.“To say to someone: “We’ll pay for you to die, but not for you to live” — it’s cruel,” she said.Another Oregon resident, 53-year-old Randy Stroup, was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Like Wagner, Stroup was reportedly denied approval of his prescribed chemotherapy treatment and instead offered coverage for assisted suicide.Meanwhile, where assisted suicide is legal, an heir or abusive caregiver may steer someone towards assisted suicide, witness the request, pick up the lethal dose, and even give the drug — no witnesses are required at the death, so who would know? This can occur despite the fact that diagnoses of terminal illness are often wrong, leading people to give up on treatment and lose good years of their lives.True, “safeguards” have been put in place where assisted suicide is legal. But in practical terms, they provide no protection. For example, people with a history of depression and suicide attempts have received the lethal drugs. Michael Freeland of Oregon reportedly had a 40-year history of significant depression, yet he received lethal drugs in Oregon.These risks are simply not worth the price of assisted suicide.Available data suggests that pain is rarely the reason why people choose assisted suicide. Instead, most people do so because they fear burdening their families or becoming disabled or dependent.Anyone dying in discomfort that is not otherwise relievable, may legally today, in all 50 states, receive palliative sedation, wherein the patient is sedated to the point at which the discomfort is relieved while the dying process takes place peacefully. This means that today there is a legal solution to painful and uncomfortable deaths, one that does not raise the very serious problems of legalizing assisted suicide.The debate about assisted suicide is not new, but voters and elected officials grow very wary of it when they learn the facts. Just this year alone, assisted suicide bills were rejected in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, and stalled in New Jersey, due to bipartisan, grassroots opposition from a broad coalition of groups spanning the political spectrum from left to right, including disability rights organizations, medical professionals and associations, palliative care specialists, hospice workers and faith-based organizations.Assisted suicide is a unique issue that breaks down ideological boundaries and requires us to consider those potentially most vulnerable in our society.All this means that we should, as a society, strive for better options to address the fear and uncertainty articulated by Brittany Maynard. But if assisted suicide is legal, some people’s lives will be ended without their consent, through mistakes and abuse. No safeguards have ever been enacted or proposed that can properly prevent this outcome, one that can never be undone.Ultimately, when looking at the bigger picture, and not just individual cases, one thing becomes clear: Any benefits from assisted suicide are simply not worth the real and significant risks of this dangerous public policy.Editor’s note: Marilyn Golden is a senior policy analyst with the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund. The views expressed are her own.http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/13/opinion/golden-assisted-suicide/index.htmllast_img read more

Thursday to be observed as White Ribbon Day in Dominica

first_imgLocalNews Thursday to be observed as White Ribbon Day in Dominica by: – December 21, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img 104 Views   no discussions Share Pastor Marcus Francis. (file photo)Dominicans are being called upon to wear white or white ribbons in observance of “White Ribbon Day” and Peace Week on Thursday.This week is being observed as a week of peace by the Interdenominational Committee Against Crime and Violence (IDCCV) with a view to increasing public awareness on the necessity of peace, particularly as there has been an increase in robbery incidents on the island.Pastor of the Roseau Christian Union Mission and member of the IDCCV told a press conference last week that they are encouraging persons to wear white as “a sign of their commitment to building a peaceful land”.“The intention is to wear something white as an indication of your support for a peaceful nation and moving towards peace in Dominica as your commitment as an individual towards the process and as a show of unity by all of us in the Christian community, that as Christian leaders, spiritual leaders we are moving towards peace and we are seeking to lead by example in that regard.”Although there will not be any specially designed ribbons for sale as they were limited by time, Pastor Francis outlines a few suggestions of how the public can wear white in support of moving towards a nation of peace.“We want to see on that day all media persons in white, our students, our business people wearing white, just the ordinary person on the street who is not entitled ad required to wear a uniform, or even if you wear a uniform you can wear a white band, you can tie a piece of cloth on the antenna on your vehicle just to show that yes I stand in solidarity with the Christian community on moving towards a nation of peace.” Pastor Randy Rodney.Meantime Pastor Randy Rodney of the Trinity Baptist Church, another member of the IDCCV, suggests that during the week of peace and in the future, that members of the public learn to dialogue with each other without rancor or fighting.He was responding to a suggestion that the radio talk show hosts who have been promoting their political preferences daily cease during the week of peace in order for the Week of Peace to be successful. “We are not just thinking for them to cease for that week of peace, we are believing that the rhetoric can change, that the conversation must begin to change, must be elevated from personal attacks to economic discussion, social discussion and people can have civil discourse without rancor. They can have civil discourse without fighting and I believe our intention is to have people to understand that we can disagree on subjects without fighting with each other.”Pastor Randy is hopeful that peace week will start a different discourse on the island which will continue beyond December 25th. Other activities for Peace Week include panel discussion on Marpin 2K4’s “From All Angels” program on Wednesday evening from 8:30pm with host Atherton Martin, days of prayer on Wednesday and Thursday and a radio program on Q95FM on Friday morning hosted by Pastor Randy Rodney.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Tottenham reach Capoue agreement

The 25-year-old had been linked with a move to White Hart Lane for some time and will now link up with Andre Villas-Boas’ squad with the new Barclays Premier League season just two days away. Capoue, who has seven full caps for France, made his Toulouse debut in 2007 and went on to become one of their most important players. He was also named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year in 2012 alongside new Spurs team-mate Hugo Lloris. Tottenham have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Toulouse to sign France midfielder Etienne Capoue. Press Association A tweet from Tottenham’s official Twitter account read: “We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Toulouse for the transfer of Etienne Capoue. “A France international, Etienne has made 174 appearances, scoring 13 times in Ligue 1 for Toulouse.” Spurs start their new campaign away at newly promoted Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, but it is unclear whether Capoue will be available for selection. Despite being primarily a midfielder, Capoue can also operate as a centre-back which could prove useful for Villas-Boas as he is short in that area of the pitch. The Frenchman becomes Tottenham’s fourth major acquisition of the summer following moves for Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Roberto Soldado as Villas-Boas looks to build a squad capable of securing a top-four finish this season. A number of Premier League clubs were believed to be interested in signing Capoue with Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool all linked to the player in recent weeks. Atletico Madrid were also thought to have made a bid but it was Premier League newcomers Cardiff who came the closest to scuppering Tottenham’s move, with Bluebirds’ manager Malky Mackay confirming the big-spending Welsh side had seen a bid of around £9million accepted by Toulouse. Mackay described discussions over personal terms with the player as ‘delicate’ but was unable to add the midfielder to his list of expensive summer signings ahead of Cardiff’s first top-flight season in 51 years. Whilst a move to the Cardiff City Stadium would have seen Capoue become a near-guaranteed starter, the prospect of Europa League football and a push for Champions League qualification at Spurs seems to have been a more tempting proposition. read more

Jonathan Walters wants Stoke to show they value him with new deal

first_imgStoke forward Jonathan Walters is keen to stay at the club but feels they are yet to show they truly value him in recent contract negotiations. Walters’ current deal runs out next summer and he was the subject of a bid from Norwich last week, understood to be around £1.5million. It was rejected by Stoke and, after Saturday’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with the Canaries at Carrow Road, Potters boss Mark Hughes confirmed he would like to retain the 31-year-old Republic of Ireland international. Hughes said Norwich’s bid was “nowhere near” Stoke’s valuation and added: ”Jonathan wants a little bit more in terms of the lengths of a new contract, but we are hopeful we can come to an agreement. ”But if we don’t, then we will probably keep him and let his contract run down.” Since then, Walters – who did not feature against Norwich due to illness but did play and score in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup victory at Luton – has had his say on the matter. “I want to stay. I’ve been here five years, this is my sixth season and it’s the longest I’ve been at any club,” he said, quoted by The Sentinel. “When you’ve been here so long you get to know not just the players, even though there’s been a huge turnaround, but the whole club and everyone involved. “I’ve got a lot of friends here.” Walters joined Stoke in 2010 from Ipswich and has made over 200 appearances for the Staffordshire club in all competitions, scoring 51 goals. Regarding talks over a new deal, he said: “There’s a contract there but (not one for me to consider). “People behind the scenes know why and I’ll leave it with my agents and lawyer. I can’t really go too much into it. “In my eyes if they valued me it would be there and it’s not there so … talk’s cheap when it comes to things like these and I’ll leave it for the men behind the scenes to sort out. “Of course I’d be disappointed if I had to leave the club. “We’ve improved every year and I can give you every stat for those years and I’m probably in the top two for everything.” Press Associationlast_img read more

FDOH: Three More COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Florida, Two in Broward

first_imgFlorida Department of Health confirmed that 3 new cases of COVID-19 have been discovered in Florida.According to FDOH the there are two new cases in Broward and one new case in Lee County.New Positive Cases A 57-year old male in Lee County has tested positive for COVID-19. He is isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. It is currently unclear whether this was a travel-related case; the epidemiological investigation is ongoing. A 65-year old male in Broward County has tested positive for COVID-19. He is isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. It is currently unclear whether this was a travel-related case; the epidemiological investigation is ongoing. A 61-year old male in Broward County tested positive for COVID-19. He is isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. This is a travel related case and is associated with Port Everglades.Port Everglades AdvisoryThe Department, through an extensive epidemiological investigation, has identified fourpositive COVID-19 cases associated with Port Everglades in Broward County, Florida.All three cases are connected to or employed by Metro Cruise Services – a companythat operates at Port Everglades. The Department recommends all individuals experiencing symptoms who have recently traveled through Port Everglades to immediately contact their CHD or health care provider and self-isolate for 14 Days. The Department also recommends employees of Metro Cruise Services at Port Everglades with any association to these cases self-isolate at home. The Department is working to connect with all employees at Metro Cruise Services who may have come into contact with the three individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 to provide the employees with the appropriate guidance and monitoring. The Department is working in close consultation with the CDC on this investigation. CDC recommends that individuals with recent travel history on a cruise monitor their health for 14 days and, if they develop symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact their CHD or health care provider.See the latest number on the Florida Department of Health website.IF YOU FEEL SICK:The Florida Department of Health has opened a 24-hour COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Questions may also be emailed to covid-19@flhealth.gov. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.FDOH website.last_img read more

The Latest: Masters rewind a hit for CBS Sports

first_imgThe Latest: Masters rewind a hit for CBS Sports April 15, 2020 Parma has become the second club in Italy’s top soccer division to announce cost-cutting measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The club says its first-team players, coaching staff and the sporting director have unanimously agreed to take a salary cut amounting to a month’s wages.Juventus players and coach Maurizio Sarri agreed in March to forgo four months worth of salary.___With no NBA games to watch during the sports shutdown, the Dream Team’s historic romp through Barcelona will be rebroadcast in its entirety. The Olympic Channel will begin weekly streaming of the U.S. basketball team’s victories in the 1992 Olympics, when Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird headlined the team.The 1992 Olympics were the first that featured NBA players, and the Americans stormed to the gold medal. They won by an average of 44 points per game and were credited with jump-starting basketball’s global growth. The team was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.Full game replays will stream at Olympicchannel.com and its apps for mobile, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and the Roku platform. First up is the Americans’ victory over Angola on Thursday night at 7 p.m. EDT.___Italian soccer will likely resume with the Serie A before the two lower divisions. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Reliving last year at Augusta National turned out to be a big hit for CBS Sports. The women’s league was due to start its 2020 season on Thursday, but the Belarus soccer federation says it is now “suspended until further notice.”The federation says “several” players had contact with “possible carriers” of the coronavirus.Belarus is the only country in Europe still playing professional men’s soccer games with spectators in the stands. However, attendance has plummeted in recent weeks as many fans chose to stay away.Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has opposed strict lockdown measures and even played in an ice hockey game in front of spectators last month.___ 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 Major League Eating is launching a bracket-style elimination tournament starting Friday that will air on MLE’s YouTube channel.Among the eight contestants are Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo, the top-ranked men’s and women’s eaters in the world. They’ll face off via video from their homes in four first-to-finish rounds.In the qualifying round, contestants will need to consume two pounds of sliced bologna. The quarterfinals require one family pack of Oreo cookies and a half-gallon of milk, the semifinals involve 10 pounds of baked beans, and the finals will be 10 individual ramen noodle cups.The winner earns $5,000.MLE and event sponsor BetOnline will donate $10,000 to Feeding America, which has a COVID-19 response fund. Associated Press The network says its “2019 Masters Rewind” on Sunday — the final round of Tiger Woods winning a fifth green jacket, along with commentary from Woods — earned a 1.4 rating and a 4 share with an average of 2.2 million viewers.CBS said the re-airing of the 2004 Masters on Saturday — Phil Mickelson adding commentary of his first major — had a 0.7 rating with a 2 share and an average of 1 million viewers.CBS said Sunday’s broadcast was the most-watched and highest-rated weekend sports telecast since live sports was suspended just over a month ago.___The start of the new women’s soccer season in Belarus has been delayed by fears that players have been exposed to the new coronavirus. This year’s Tour de France will start on Aug. 29 and finish on Sept. 20 and will be followed by cycling’s two other major races.The International Cycling Union announced the new dates after consulting with race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation. The Tour could not start as scheduled on June 27 because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.The UCI also says the world championships will go ahead as planned from Sept. 20-27 and will be followed by the Giro d’Italia and the Spanish Vuelta. No official dates were given for those two major races.The UCI says prestigious one-day road classics such as Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be maintained at dates still to be defined.___ The Italian soccer federation met with its medical commission and says it could consider a staggered start “with priority to Serie A.”The medical commission has also recommended that when clubs resume training they do so in training camps with limited access and with strict screening protocols.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “we are working without rushing, but without stopping so we will be ready when the relevant institutions give us the go-ahead.”___Speedway Motorsports, owner and operator of eight tracks that host NASCAR’s top Cup Series, has laid off 180 employees and furloughed 100 as part of a company restructuring during the sports shutdown. Speedway Motorsports owns the Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte, Kentucky, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Sonoma and Texas tracks. The coronavirus pandemic caused NASCAR to suspend the season just four events into a 36-race schedule. To date, Speedway Motorsports has had its races at Atlanta, Texas and Bristol postponed.Tracks receive a significant financial payout from NASCAR’s television contract, but that revenue has stopped without racing.Both NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports are hoping to restart the season May 24 with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. ___Novak Djokovic has been praised by the director general of the local health authority in Bergamo for his donation to help control the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. ___The Chicago Blackhawks have canceled their fan convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The annual event was scheduled for July 24-26 at the Hilton Chicago. It gives fans autograph opportunities as well as an audience with management, coaches and players. The team says refunds for convention passes and hotel rooms will be processed automatically.___ Peter Assembergs says “we never expected to see on our bank account a donation from such a prestigious person.”Assembergs says “reading among the donators the name of the best tennis player in the world … made me emotional.”The money will be used to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment.Djokovic, his wife and their foundation recently donated 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) to help hospitals in Serbia.___last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— The PGA Tour has outlined a health plan for its return that includes testing players for the new coronavirus both at home and when they arrive at tournaments. The tour’s chief of operations says they won’t play if it’s not safe for everyone involved, and if testing takes away from resources in the host city. The return to golf will not include spectators or pro-ams. Key personnel will have to answer health questionnaires and have their temperatures taken every day. The tour says if a player tests positive, he will have to withdraw.— Santa Anita has received approval from Los Angeles County health officials to resume live racing Friday. The track stopped live racing on March 27 by order of the county health department because of concern over the spread of the coronavirus. The track raced without spectators for two weeks before it was shut down.— The South Korean women’s golf tour is starting up again. The KLPGA Championship opens on Thursday, without fans on the course. Organizers say social distancing will be practiced by players and tournament officials. Women’s golf joins South Korea’s professional baseball and soccer leagues, which have already restarted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.— Golf courses in England are reopening as part of some modest socially distanced easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. People in England can exercise more than once a day and with one person from outside their household, provided the rule to remain more than six feet apart is adhered to. In addition, outdoor tennis and basketball courts can be used, and people will also be able to swim in lakes and the sea.— Ferrari says it has developed a ventilator for hospitals dealing with the pandemic. The Formula One team says it created a device that is easy to use and assemble in conjunction with the Italian Institute of Technology. Ferrari says it was designed in only five weeks and can be produced using easily available materials at a lower cost than normal ventilators. May 13, 2020 — The Japan Sumo Association says a 28-year-old wrestler has died from the coronavirus. The association identified the wrestler as Shoubushi and said he died of multiple-organ failure. He is reported to have been the first sumo wrestler to die from the virus, and among the youngest to die in Japan.— Beach volleyball teams will have an extra year to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. The system will otherwise remain the same. Most teams qualify by earning points on the international tour. The deadline for Tokyo had been this June but now it will be June 13, 2021. Additional spots in the Olympic tournament will be decided at continental tournaments that will be held until June 27 of next year.— Oaklawn plans to reopen its casino next to the racetrack in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on Monday. General manager Wayne Smith says state and health officials have given the go-ahead to do so with new health and hygiene protocols in place. The casino will operate at 33% capacity, staff and visitors will have their temperatures checked upon entry and must wear masks, and guests must show ID in case contact tracing is needed.— Rutgers is doing away with paper tickets to sports events in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The State University of New Jersey announced Wednesday that mobile-only ticketing to sports events will start this fall with the football season.— IndyCar plans to crown its champion on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The original opener is being rescheduled for Oct. 25 as the finale. IndyCar was supposed to start its season March 15 on the temporary street course. Teams were already in place to compete before sports shut down 48 hours before the race because of the coronavirus pandemic. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GEORGETOWN-McCLUNGHoyas star guard transferringWASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown guard Mac McClung plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal after taking his name out of consideration for the NBA draft.McClung averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 21 games as a sophomore this past season, missing time with a right foot injury.His departure follows the transfers of four other Georgetown men’s basketball players during last season. Update on the latest sports DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN STATENassar-related case dismissed against ex-university chiefDETROIT (AP) — A judge has dismissed criminal charges against former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon.She was accused of lying to investigators in 2018 as they tried to learn what she knew years earlier about sexual assault complaints involving campus doctor Larry Nassar. Simon last year was ordered to trial in Eaton County, near Lansing. But Circuit Judge John Maurer tossed the case, saying a lower court judge had abused her discretion in finding enough evidence to keep the case going.Nassar is serving decades in prison after hundreds of women and girls came forward to say he molested them during visits for hip, back and leg injuries. Authorities alleged that Simon knew in 2014 that Nassar had been accused of molesting a patient at a campus clinic, and that she knew of the nature of the complaint. WOMEN’S HOCKEY-FUTUREPro women’s hockey association unveils 5-city regional planUNDATED (AP) — The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association enters its second season with plans to regionalize its structure by basing players in five hub cities.Groups of 25 players will practice in rinks in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. The league says players will have access to dedicated dressing rooms, strength and conditioning facilities as well as support staff and coaches.The PWHPA was established a year ago following the collapse of the six-team Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSAP Source: NFL extends virtual offseason work through MayUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has updated its Organized Team Activities schedule as the league hopes to begin the upcoming season on time. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ALABAMA ST-MO WILLIAMSWilliams takes over Alabama State programMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former NBA point guard Mo Williams is Alabama State’s new head coach.Williams played 14 seasons in the NBA, winning a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant for California State University at Northridge, under coach Mark Gottfried.NBA-OBIT-JOHN MCCARTHY Former Celtics, Canisius guard Johnny McCarthy diesBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Former NBA guard John McCarthy has died at 86.McCarthy was the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double in his first career playoff game, a feat that has been matched just three other times. He played six seasons in the league and closed his career by helping the Boston Celtics win the 1964 championship.McCarthy also helped Canisius earn a pair of NCAA appearances in 1955 and ’56.Canisius announced that McCarthy died Saturday of natural causes in the Buffalo suburbs, where he grew up and lived most of his life. — Major League Soccer is looking at the possibility of resuming the season this summer with all teams playing in Orlando, Florida. A person with knowledge of the plan says the league’s 26 teams and limited staff would likely be sheltered in a resort with games played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World. Details of the plan are still under consideration. Teams could head to Florida as early as June 1 for training camps.— A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Marlins will temporarily furlough 90 to 100 baseball operations employees beginning June 1 because of the pandemic. The person told The Associated Press that about 40 percent of the baseball operations staff will be affected, with the status of those furloughed to be evaluated monthly. Their health benefits will continue through the end of October.— The Italian soccer league is hoping to resume competition on June 13. The date was agreed to during a video conference with all 20 Serie A clubs. It is subject to approval by the Italian government. Full team training will restart on May 18 after a revised medical protocol was approved. The clubs have already resumed training on an individual basis.— The Portuguese soccer league says it will delay its restart until June 4. The league was expected to resume at the end of May but will wait another week so there is time to “rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved” in the matches.— Players from the Spanish soccer club Elche did not return to practice on Wednesday as a protest against reduced salaries. The players for the second-division club were supposed to practice at the team’s stadium. Instead, they decided to keep training at home to show their discontentment with the team’s decision not to lift the furloughs that had been put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. Players had their salaries reduced by 70%. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFT DEADLINEDraft deadline pushed backINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA is pushing back its deadline for early entrants to the NBA draft to withdraw and return to school.The deadline had been June 3, 10 days after the completion of the NBA scouting combine. But the combine was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt said in a statement that college sports’ governing body won’t set a new deadline until the NBA has determined its revised timeline for the predraft process. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORU. of Michigan seeks to remove law firm in sex abuse suitsANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has announced that it is seeking to remove a law firm it hired to handle lawsuits following hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse by Dr. Robert Anderson, a sports doctor who worked at the school for decades.It’s the second time the university has sought to remove a firm helping handle the allegations, and just two months after the firm was hired.The school said in April that it hoped to settle the lawsuits. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the NFL has extended its virtual offseason workouts through the end of May.NFL teams normally would be holding OTAs during May, followed by June minicamps. Those activities are being done remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Coaching and training staffs have worked with the players by conducting classroom instruction and on-field activities through digital applications.All 32 teams must submit plans for reopening their facilities to the league by Friday, though no dates for such re-openings are set. Offseason workouts must end by June 26, a week or so later than usual.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Florida is willing to be a restart site for professional sports leagues when play resumes following shutdowns caused by the new coronavirus. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said today that he is welcoming all pro sports for practicing and playing, although he couldn’t guarantee that fans would be permitted. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced yesterday that his state is open to games without spectators for all the major sports starting Saturday. The league says it will continue its Dream Gap Tour series of barnstorming stops across North America.XFL-LUCK LAWSUITMcMahon fights back in battle with LuckSTAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawyers for XFL owner Vince McMahon have argued in court filings that he was justified in firing league CEO Oliver Luck last month just before the football operation shut down.Luck filed a federal lawsuit last month over his April 9 termination, alleging the wrestling magnate breached their contract. The father of former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and a long-time football executive is seeking monetary damages. Attorneys for McMahon argued Wednesday that Luck was fired for cause, in part because he failed to devote his business time to his XFL duties. They claimed Luck abandoned his responsibilities after the schedule was halted by the coronavirus.The league suspended operations and laid off all of its employees on April 10, three days before filing for bankruptcy protection.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Oh, so close!: Daily Orange scribes undone by mouth-breathing fanboy oppugners, inebriated officiator in Daryl’s Dome duel

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Oh, the inimicalness between nationals oozed onto the ligneous timbers of the right-angle polygon. A year of detestation — of one side’s covetousness — gurgled inside Daryl’s Dome, climaxing in the 12-monthly tussle amid polysyllable pros and inscription-incapable Joes.But after the final flings of the orb were flung, the cerise liquescent of Jon Harris’ knuckles irreversibly desiccated, the scribes of The Daily Orange perished at the penny loafers of the raconteurs from WAER. The wielders of ballpoints and broadsheet were a spattering of points to the fore, but the lead was renounced as rebounds caromed catawampus and blasts from beyond the 3-pence parabolic dehydrated. It fastened a 64-58 conquest for the airwavers, the troupe whose carroty and azure tunics mirrored the fanaticism inadequately masqueraded in their handicraft.Commanded by a twosome of sporting correctors and hailed by a womanly assemblage that preponderated the number of X chromosomes acclaiming its adversary, The D.O. mustered an impressive tally tornado through the opening third of an hour. It galloped to the foreground riding Harris’ hardiness and Ryne Gery’s soundlessness — the former a converted news flash and the latter a taciturn, twinning assassin.“It’s tough to go out as a senior losing such a close game,” said Mark Cooper, chief of the ink-slingers. “We really thought we had the team to bring the trophy back where it belongs, and we did, for a half. But I’m proud of this staff and will miss playing in this game next year.”Evidently unhampered sans electronic fedoras, WAER besieged the transparent glass backstop on which an achromatic rectangle is sketched. Chris Lewis, a bouncy and blundering post player, fueled a revival with an inexorable quest of the rawhide pumpkin. He coalesced with Andrew Kanell, a promenading, disputatious temper tantrum, to commandeer the higher score in the waning jiffies.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAiding the gabbers’ late-game gallivant was an admittedly boozed-up zebra. He gesticulated faux pas that were merely phantoms, swallowed his sound device amid muggings and cognized none of the parameters of James Arthur’s quadrangle.“He was lit up like the assistant sports copy editors at Battle 2010,” said Michael Cohen, a prowling lecturer on The D.O. sideline.That wasted whistleblower ultimately doomed the scribbling scribes, as WAER bivouacked itself at the 15-foot ribbon. Free toss after free toss glissaded through the snowy bobbinet en route to an unlawful guerdon.The everyday Oranges brooded in the wake of their vanquishing, only to ruminate on the pearly perimeter shortly thereafter. For they cavorted in knowing that every WAER hack plucks up a paper with the jovial tune of every aubade, while nay a single intelligencer in The D.O. platoon even retains a shortwave.W.F. Whence is a germanificated staff sculptor for The Daily Orange, where he re-germanificated to sculpt this glistening prose. Comments Published on February 18, 2013 at 1:21 amlast_img read more