UK appoints government’s head of private pensions

first_imgThe UK Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has finally appointed a permanent director of private pensions after more than six months with an interim director.Charlotte Clark has moved over from HM Treasury to take up the role, which she began in late July this year.The DWP confirmed Clark would replace Bridget Micklem, who was appointed interim director from her deputy director role after the sudden departure of Sarah Healey at the end of 2013, who left after only seven months.The DWP role is the key policy director for overseeing government plans for second-pillar pensions, including auto-enrolment, the end of contracting out and the charge cap coming into place in 2015. Clark will also be responsible for overseeing the Pensions Regulator (TPR), which acts as an executive body enforcing the regulations and rules set down by her department.It is understood Clark will be heavily involved in the search for a permanent chief executive at TPR, which has seen Stephen Soper acting as interim chief executive since August 2013, when Bill Galvin departed to take over at the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).Clark will also represent the government in a Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) review into legacy workplace pension schemes, some of which have significantly higher charges than schemes set up after 2001.Prior to taking up the DWP role, Clark had been heavily involved in shaping UK pensions policy from previous government positions.She moved over from a head of pensions and savings role at HM Treasury and was responsible for leading the team behind the reforms to defined contribution schemes announced in this year’s Budget.Clark was also head of workplace pension reform between 2005 and 2009.She led the policy team responsible for implementing auto-enrolment legislation and oversaw the creation of the National Employment Savings Trust.last_img read more

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Why I live in … MKR winners on why they love living in Hervey Bay

first_img What would you change about your home? My Kitchen Rules 2013 winners Dan and Steph Mulheron love living in Hervey Bay. Today they own EAT @ Dan & Steph’s on The Esplanade, Hervey Bay. It’s simple and homey. What was the best piece of property advice you were given? The location.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoSome more land would be lovely. A large, modern home with wrap around verandas, water views, country views and a large entertaining area with an outdoor kitchen, pizza oven a large amount of land in a quiet neighbourhood, perhaps Sunshine Coast or southern New South Wales coast. Dan and Steph Mulheron when they bought their Hervey Bay home in 2014. What is the best thing about your suburb?center_img Where do you live and why? If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? Hervey Bay Queensland.It’s where we grew up and we love the lifestyle. It’s great for young families. What do you love about your home? Don’t go in over your heads for your first home.It’s not going to be your dream home, but you can work on it and towards it.Love something that is affordable for your lifestyle. It’s close to everything, centrally located in Hervey Bay.last_img read more

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BREAKING: Postponed Tokyo Olympics to open July 23 next year

first_img – ‘Mankind’s victory’ – The postponement affects every aspect of the organisation – hotels, ticketing, venues and transport being among the major headaches. Hotels have had to cancel bookings, dealing them a bitter blow at a time when tourism is already being hammered by the coronavirus. Some venues that had booked events years in advance will potentially have to scrap them to make way for the rescheduled Olympics and there is still uncertainty about whether ticket-holders will get refunded. Another thorny issue is the athletes’ village, which was due to be converted into luxury apartments after the Games, some of which have already found buyers. The Japanese government had touted the Games as the “Recovery Olympics”, designed to show how the country had bounced back from the 2011 triple disaster of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in the northeastern Fukushima region. A man wearing a face mask (background C) walks past an installation of the Olympic rings in Tokyo on February 28, 2020. Read Also: Tokyo organisers eye July 2021 for delayed Olympics: reports The Games are now being billed as the expression of humanity’s triumph over the coronavirus. “We are embarking on an unprecedented challenge,” said Mori earlier Monday. “But I believe it is the mission of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee to hold the Olympics and Paralympics next year as a proof of mankind’s victory” against the virus. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23 next year, organisers said on Monday, after the coronavirus forced the historic decision to postpone the Games until 2021. Yoshiro Mori, President of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organising Committee, faces an unprecedented challenge “The Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The Paralympics will be held from August 24 to September 5,” Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori told reporters at a hastily arranged news conference. Only hours earlier, Mori had said he expected a decision from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the course of the week. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were due to open on July 24 this year and run for 16 days, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the first peace-time postponement of the Games. The IOC and Japan had for weeks insisted the show could go on but the rapid spread of COVID-19 prompted growing disquiet among athletes and sporting federations. The Olympics was the highest-profile sporting casualty of the coronavirus that has wiped out fixtures worldwide and all but halted professional sport. There was some speculation that Japanese organisers could take advantage of the blank canvas to shift the Games to spring, avoiding the heat of the Tokyo summer that had been their main concern before coronavirus struck. Due to the heat, the marathon has been moved to Sapporo, a city some 800 kilometres (500 miles) to the north of Tokyo where the weather is cooler even at the height of summer. The postponement has handed organisers the “unprecedented” task of rearranging an event seven years in the making, and Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto has admitted the additional costs will be “massive”. According to the latest budget, the Games were due to cost $12.6 billion, shared between the organising committee, the government of Japan and Tokyo city. However, that number is hotly contested with a much-publicised government audit suggesting the central government was spending several times that amount – on items organisers claim are only tangentially related to the Olympics. Loading… center_img Promoted Content7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Mind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedIncredible Underwater Objects Surrounded By MysteryBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone8 Amazing Movies You Need To Watch On Amazon Prime10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more

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Brazil’s Amazon chief Raoni hospitalized

first_imgBrazil’s indigenous chief Raoni Metuktire speaks with journalists after meeting with the parliamentary front in defense of the rights of indigenous peoples at the chamber of deputies in Brasilia, Brazil Feb. 18, 2020. REUTERS/ADRIANO MACHADO SAO PAULO – Brazil’s top indigenous chief Raoni Metuktire has been hospitalized with digestive bleeding, according to a post on the Facebook page of Raoni’s institute. The Kayapo chief has become the symbol of the fight to stop deforestation in the Amazon. (Reuters) The 90-year-old Amazon icon is in a hospital in the city of Sinop, in Brazil’s central state of Mato Grosso. Raoni started showing symptoms of dehydration eight days ago and was initially taken from his tribe to a hospital nearby, the post said.last_img read more

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Indiana AG: Politicians Should Follow Phone Laws

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – As Election Day nears, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller reminds political candidates to refrain from using illegal “robocalling” to reach potential voters.Indiana’s Auto Dialer Law restricts the use of technology that automatically dials residential phone numbers and plays prerecorded messages – an activity known as robocalling.“Indiana’s telephone privacy laws are strict but clear: Robocalling is illegal and will not be tolerated,” Zoeller said. “There are appropriate ways to reach voters by phone, and I will take swift action against candidates who disregard our laws in an attempt to solicit votes.”Campaigns and political groups are allowed to make robocalls to households only if a live operator first obtains the consumer’s permission or if the recipient opts in to receiving such calls.Disregarding the law can result in the Attorney General filing a lawsuit seeking civil penalties up to $5,000 per violation against those responsible.While Indiana law protects against robocalls, traditional “live” calls from campaigns are allowed, even to numbers registered on the Do Not Call list. Indiana’s Do Not Call law only applies to sales calls and certain charitable solicitations, not political messages.He said if someone receives an unwanted campaign call, simply ask to be removed from the caller’s list.To block general telemarketing calls, sign up for the Do Not Call list at www.IndianaConsumer.com or by calling 1.888.834.9969.Hoosiers who believe they have been robocalled can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division online at www.IndianaConsumer.com or by calling 1.888.834.9969.last_img read more

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Ronaldo scores 100th goal for Portugal

first_imgRelatedPosts Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 UEFA Nations Cup: France fight back to sink battling Croatia Why Man United Captain Maguire fought in Greece Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 100th goal for Portugal in their Nations League clash away to Sweden on Tuesday, joining Iran’s Ali Daei as the only male players to score 100 goals or more in international soccer.Having been denied on a number of occasions by Sweden keeper Robin Olsen, the 35-year-old attacker made no mistake when presented with a free kick just before halftime. He took a short run-up and unleashed a powerful dipping effort that flew in just under the crossbar and beyond Olsen’s despairing fingertips.Ronaldo’s first senior goal for Portugal came in a 2-1 loss to Greece at Euro 2004, and he will need to score nine more to equal Daei’s record of 109 international goals.Tags: Cristiano RonaldoEuro 2004greeceinternational soccer.Robin Olsenlast_img read more

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Suraj Persaud looks to put Guyana on MMA world stage

first_img… hopes to achieve UFC dreamBy Daniel HaynesFIGHTING out of Kai’s Next Level MMA Gym in Queens, New York, one man is looking to put Guyana on the world stage by kicking and punching his way into the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). That man is 35-year-old Suraj Persaud, who to this date has fought two registered amateur fights, won one and lost one.Suraj Persaud registers a punch during the bout. Suraj Persaud registers a punch during the bout.Persaud was initially a Shotokan Karate student who dreamed of following in the footsteps of his uncle and cousin, to become a black belt. However, the Guyanese born-and-bred Persaud migrated to the United States and upon not being able to find a Shotokan school, picked up Brazilian JuJitsu.From there the transition to Muay thai (another style of fighting) was almost automatic and quite quickly, Persaud was in the gym, training to be a Mixed Martial Artist.According to the fighter, the difference between Traditional Karate and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) was huge.“With traditional karate, the focus is on scoring points through single hits, while with MMA, it is more of a controlled street fight and wherever the fight goes we have to go as well,” stated Persuad.“I’m now 35, and I’ve only been practising Muay thai for 1 year, and some of the guys out here have been training for the ‘UFC all their lives.”When asked about the level of commitment required in addition to balancing the life and requirements of the sport, he was quick to answer.“Once my personal life is taken care of before 6 pm I’m good. I usually spend the minimum of three hours in the gym six days a week,” he stated. “On Fridays I try to spend 6 hours training,” he added.Despite the challenges he is facing especially with the daunting reality of his age, Persaud is still optimistic about getting to the UFC.“The process to get to the UFC isn’t an easy one. You have to be discovered through fighting at your local gym, and it is there your record comes into play. The better your record, the more UFC scouts notice you and you get your opportunity.”Having a 1-1 record on the amateur circuit is the beginning of the process for Persaud who cited overconfidence as the reason for his loss.“The fight I lost was a paid fight, meaning persons paid to see it, and I knocked down my opponent three times, and I got cocky and when I rushed in for the kill he took advantage.”He added that the referee put a stop to the fight due to the fact of not taking unnecessary risks at the amateur level. His next fight, however, will be in December, where he will be required to get to 145 pounds.He is hoping that at this bout, he can show what he is capable of doing.last_img read more

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Cricket News Bangladesh reaches ODI final after cruising past West Indies again

first_imgDublin: Bangladesh qualified for the tri-nations cricket final in Ireland after another cruisy win over the West Indies on Monday.The West Indies reached Friday’s final after beating the tournament host on Saturday for a second time. But it lost for a second straight time to Bangladesh, when 247-9 was easily chased down by Bangladesh, which made 248-5 with 16 balls to spare.The match was won tamely on a wide delivery by Sheldon Cottrell, but it was an all-round effort by Bangladesh.Without haste, opener Soumya Sarkar scored 54 and Mushfiqur Rahim 63, and they were well supported by Tamim Iqbal (21), Shakib Al Hasan (29), Mohammad Mithun (43), and Mahmudullah (30 not out).Offspinner Ashley Nurse was the pick of the bowlers with 3-53.Bangladesh’s own bowlers set up the easy chase after restricting the West Indies to another sub-par total.Opener Shai Hope made 87 from 108 balls and was on track to a third century in four games until he tried to pull Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and ended up being caught behind.Hope’s stand of 100 with captain Jason Holder, who racked 62 from 76, was the only partnership of substance by the West Indies. Both batsmen were out within two overs of each other.Pacers Mashrafe and Mustafizur Rahman shared seven wickets, but the West Indies was tied down by the spinners, especially Shakib, who finished with figures of 10-1-27-1.Bangladesh finishes the round-robin against Ireland on Wednesday, followed by the final on Friday, all on the same Malahide ground. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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The Latest: NHL consulting with experts about season

first_imgThe Latest: NHL consulting with experts about season So far, the NHL has not made any declarations about even holding games without fans in the stands. The Columbus Blue Jackets became the first team to announce that, beginning with their game Thursday night against Pittsburgh. The San Jose Sharks said they would hold their three home games in March in an empty arena.—Stephen Whyno reporting.___9:17 P.M.The Southeastern Conference has joined the rest of the Power Five leagues in closing off its men’s basketball tournament to fans. March 11, 2020 Two college athletic conferences in the northeastern United States have canceled the bulk of their athletic events for the remainder of the academic year.The Ivy League says all athletic practices and events have been canceled, while the Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference says it’s canceling conference play for all spring sports.The decisions come as colleges and universities place increasing restrictions on student gatherings in hopes of limiting the spread of the coronavirus.“Given this situation, it is not feasible for practice and competition to continue,” the Ivy League said in a statement.The Princeton, New Jersey-based league says the decision by member university presidents to scrap all practices and competitions was unanimous. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced a ban on all large gatherings in the three counties of the Seattle metro area through at least the end of March.That decision affects the Seattle Mariners’ first seven games of the season, when they host the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins. It also applies to home games for the MLS Seattle Sounders, XFL Seattle Dragons and a pair of junior hockey teams in the area.The restrictions do not include Spokane, where NCAA Tournament games are scheduled to take place next week. The men’s first and second rounds are being played at the Spokane Arena, while early rounds of the women’s tournament could end up being played on campus at Gonzaga.___1:35 p.m. The SEC opened its tourney in Nashville on Wednesday night after the NCAA announced that only family and essential personnel would attend its men’s and women’s tournament games that begin around the country next week. The league said then it was evaluating plans for the remainder of its tournament.About 15 minutes after Georgia beat Ole Miss to open the tournament, the SEC announced it was joining the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 in keeping the general public out of the final four days of its tournament.“We regret the inconvenience and disappointment this decision has caused our fans, especially those who have already traveled to Nashville for the tournament,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement.The SEC also says fans will be kept out of all regular-season events on its campuses and other league championships through at least March 30.—Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee. Italian soccer, along with all other sports in the country, has been suspended until April 3.___6:15 p.m.The Columbus Blue Jackets are the first National Hockey League team to say they’ll hold home games without fans in the stands.The Blue Jackets announced their game Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins would be limited “to home and visiting club personnel, credentialed media and broadcast partners, essential club and arena staff and NHL officials. The games will be closed to the public.” Drew and some players spoke after No. 5 Baylor practiced Wednesday in preparation for the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, where teams learned of NCAA President Mark Emmert’s decision to restrict attendance of the NCAA postseason events. Emmert says only essential staff and limited family members will be permitted to attend the games. The decision applies to more than just men’s and women’s basketball. All NCAA-sponsored championships including hockey’s Frozen Four will be affected.Baylor guard Devonte Bandoo says it’s “shocking” and “really unfortunate” that fans will be barred from the NCAA Tournament. He calls it a “reality check.”Drew says he suspects playing in an empty arena will adequately address public health concerns and that he’s not concerned at this point about the possibility of games being canceled.— Reporting by Dave Skretta——- Mayor London Breed announced the ban Wednesday. She says she understands the order “is disruptive, but it is an important step to support public health.” She says the Warriors are in support of the efforts, and the team announced it would host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night with no fans, making it the first NBA game set to be played in an empty arena.The Warriors’ next home game after that is March 25 against Atlanta.Golden State also said all events through March 21 would be canceled or postponed. The G League Santa Cruz Warriors were set to host the Austin Spurs on Saturday, but that will be moved to Santa Cruz.Fans will receive refunds, the team said.— Reporting by Janie McCauley The Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament joined the Big 12 and Big Ten in playing without fans starting with Thursday’s quarterfinal round.The league announced the decision in a statement Wednesday evening. That came late on the second day of the five-day event, after fans had attended four full games and half of the Boston College-Notre Dame game at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.The league cited the “rapidly changing landscape regarding COVID-19,” saying games would be played only with teams, player guests, limited school administrators and credentialed media present.Thursday’s games are the first to feature the top seeds in No. 4 Florida State, No. 10 Duke, No. 15 Louisville and No. 17 Virginia.The NCAA announced that only family and essential personnel would attend the “March Madness” tournament games that begin next week around the country, including in Greensboro. After the NCAA’s announcement, the Big 12 and Big Ten — which were opening play in their league tournaments Wednesday — made similar calls to keep out fans with Thursday’s games. Stanford is still willing to host the NCAA women’s basketball tournament with a strict limit on spectators if selected to do so next week.The school in Northern California said Wednesday that all sporting events on campus will be closed to the public through May 15 or until further notice in response to the spread of the new coronavirus.Only participants, coaches, working staff, officials, credentialed media and a very limited number of family members, friends and guests of the competing teams will be allowed to attend. Santa Clara County announced a ban earlier this week of gatherings of more than 1,000 people.The seventh-ranked Cardinal were expected to be picked as a host for the tournament that starts March 20. The top 16 teams are picked as hosts of the opening two rounds.The NCAA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. ITF President David Haggerty said “we are extremely disappointed to have to make this decision, but we will not risk the safety and welfare of players, captains, event staff or spectators.” The Fed Cup finals features a new format this year with 12 teams competing in four groups before a knockout phase. The United States is set to play Spain and Slovakia in Group C.——2:35 p.m.An exhibition baseball game in San Francisco between the Giants and Oakland Athletics has been canceled because of the virus outbreak. ——3:20 p.m.Skiing officials have called off the last races of the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup because of public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus.The decision to call off the three-day event in Are, Sweden, hands Federica Brignone of Italy the overall title and denies Mikaela Shiffrin a return to racing this season.Brignone becomes the first Italian women’s overall champion in the 53-year history of the World Cup. The league’s players come from countries around the globe. OWL says it is “considering the various options available to esports.”Blizzard Entertainment, which operates the Overwatch and Call of Duty Leagues, said scheduling considerations also are being addressed for the latter.——4:10 p.m.The World Figure Skating Championships set for next week in Montreal have been canceled due to public health concerns related to the spread of the new coronavirus. ——2:05 p.m.The Mariners will move home games from Seattle through end of March following the state of Washington’s decision to ban large group events in response to the coronavirus outbreak.Seattle had been scheduled to open the season at Safeco Field with a four-game series against Texas from March 26-29, then host Minnesota in a three-game series from March 30 through April 1.The Mariners say they are working with the commissioner’s office on alternative plans. Oakland is scheduled to host the Minnesota Twins for a four-game series beginning March 26, and then the Houston Astros are set to play their first road series following the club’s sign-stealing scandal on March 30-31 at the Coliseum.The Giants earlier in the day announced they wouldn’t play a scheduled exhibition game against the A’s at Oracle Park on March 24.—Reporting by Janie McCauley.___8 p.m. —Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City.___8:47 p.m.The Oakland Athletics are working with Major League Baseball to figure out alternate plans for their season-opening series at the Coliseum after the City of Oakland imposed a ban on gatherings of 1,000 or more people through the end of March.The team hasn’t said whether it was considering a different location for the games or the idea of playing in an empty ballpark the way the Golden State Warriors plan to do across the bay in San Francisco on Thursday night. – Reporting by Jenna Fryer——4:25 p.m.A global esports league with teams in North America, Europe and Asia is canceling all matches through March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Overwatch League launched an ambitious home-and-away schedule for its 20 franchises in February but already had postponed all events in China and South Korea due to the outbreak. The league announced the latest cancellations in a statement Wednesday. 6:40 p.m.Italian soccer club Juventus says one of its players, defender Daniele Rugani, has tested positive for COVID-19.Rugani, who also plays for the Italian national team, is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive.Juventus, which has won the last eight Serie A titles, announced the result on its website and social media channels.The club says Rugani and those known to have had contact with him are being isolated. Associated Press center_img NASCAR and IndyCar plan to race as scheduled this weekend, with IndyCar continuing to move ahead with its season-opening race through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.The three-day downtown street festival draws about 130,000 people. There will be additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations.NASCAR will race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but said officials Wednesday all driver interviews will be done with the drivers either on risers or with 6-foot buffers around them. The pre-race driver meeting will be held in open-air locations and attendance will be restricted to drivers, crew chiefs, team owners and select officials and dignitaries.The promoters of the Long Beach Grand Prix, scheduled for April outside of Los Angeles, said Wednesday the race is still planned.Roger Penske, readying for his first Indianapolis 500 as owner of the race, told The Associated Press by text message he’s approaching the scheduled May 24 race “day by day” while noting the 500 is nearly 90 days away. —Reporting by Aaron Beard.___7:10 p.m.The Big 12 and Big Ten basketball tournaments will proceed without fans beginning with Thursday’s games, following the lead of the NCAA Tournament in barring anybody but family and essential personnel. Each conference started Wednesday’s tournament games with fans in attendance.Going forward, Big 12 teams will be allowed 125 tickets on a game-by-game basis beginning with Thursday’s quarterfinals at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The arena will be cleared after each game. The tickets will go to guests of student-athletes and staff members, but pep bands, cheerleaders and dance teams won’t be allowed. Quebec Province Health Minister Danielle McCann made the announcement Wednesday.The event was scheduled to bring nearly 200 skaters from more than 50 countries to Montreal. It is the premier competition of the skating season in non-Olympic years. It is scheduled for Stockholm next year.On Saturday, the Women’s World Hockey Championships in Nova Scotia were called off.——4 p.m. The tournament is played at campus sites for teams that aren’t invited to the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.The statement issued Wednesday says officials look forward to bringing back the CBI in 2021.___1 p.m.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told a congressional committee Wednesday that he would recommend the NBA not allow fans at games in response to the coronavirus. The decision comes in response to Ohio Gov. DeWine’s announcement that he is issuing an order regarding “mass gatherings,” include a ban on spectators at sports events.The Blue Jackets said the new restrictions for home games will be in effect for as long as the state of Ohio’s mandate on large gatherings.— Reporting by Mitch Stacy.___6:05 p.m. Nebraska is the latest state to limit attendance or cancel a state high school championship tournament.The Nebraska boys’ basketball tournament will be played as scheduled Thursday through Saturday, but the only fans allowed into the venues will be participants’ immediate families.The Lincoln and Lancaster County Health Department recommended limiting spectators because of concern about the spread of coronavirus. Health officials announced this week that a Crofton High School student who attended the girls’ tournament in Lincoln last week was diagnosed with COVID-19.Ohio announced that only participants’ families and media will be allowed to attend winter sports postseason tournaments.Connecticut has canceled the remainder of its winter sports seasons as well as state tournaments. The Bay Area teams were set to play at Oracle Park on March 24. That was two days before the start of the regular season in Major League Baseball. The announcement came Wednesday after the San Francisco mayor banned gatherings of 1,000 or more people.___2:30 p.m.San Francisco is banning all large gatherings of more than 1,000 people for the next two weeks and the Golden State Warriors intend to play at least one home game without fans. DeWine says the order will include banning spectators from games and that he’ll be asking people to make “informed decisions.”During a news conference Wednesday, DeWine said he will issue an order in the next 24 to 36 hours. Dayton will host the NCAA’s First Four next week at Dayton Arena, and first- and second-round games will be held in Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.“The order will be that there cannot be spectators there,” DeWine said. “There certainly will be people — there will be TV people, there can be radio people there, there can be sports writers, certainly can be the media there. But we’re not going to have the large crowd.”DeWine applauded the Mid-American Conference for closing its tournament games to the general public this week.— Reporting by Tom Withers The Ivy League says individual institutions may still decide whether winter sports teams or athletes who’ve qualified for postseason play may continue to participate.——5:25 p.m.Baylor men’s basketball coach Scott Drew says it’s “sad” that college coaches and players in the NCAA Tournament won’t get to experience the excitement that a fan presence adds to the games.Drew says it also will be an adjustment for coaches who now have to prepare for an environment similar to the scrimmages they conduct during the preseason. He notes that players won’t have the excuse that they can’t hear coaches’ instructions. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):10:15 p.m.The National Hockey League says it is aware of the NBA’s decision to suspend its season and is continuing to consult with medical experts and evaluate options. The NHL says it expects to provide another update Thursday. ___8:57 p.m.The crowd late in the Big 12 first-round game between Iowa State and Oklahoma State booed loudly when the public address announcer read a prepared statement on the tournament being played without fans beginning with the quarterfinal round Thursday.The league made the decision shortly before tip-off of Wednesday night’s game. It had considered barring fans from the first-round games, including a nightcap between TCU and Kansas State, before deciding that such a decision made so close to the start of the games would have caused more harm than help.The quartet of games Thursday will be played with only university staff members, 125 friends and family from each team, credentialed media and essential arena employees. Pep bands, cheerleaders and dance teams will not be allowed. — Reporting by Josh Dubow___1:20 p.m.One of college basketball’s postseason invitational tournaments has been canceled.Organizers of the College Basketball Invitational, widely known as the CBI, say they’ve decided to cancel this year’s event because of the “uncertainty about the coronavirus and the impact it is having on college campuses across the country.” 4:40 p.m.NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will be played without fans in the arenas because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.Emmert said in a statement Wednesday he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments, which begin next week, with only essential staff and limited family in attendance.___4:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.The Fed Cup finals have been postponed indefinitely in response to concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus. The 12-team women’s tennis tournament was set to be played April 14-19 in Budapest, Hungary. The International Tennis Federation said it still hopes to stage the event in 2020, but did not announce a date. The Fed Cup serves as a qualifying event for the Olympics and the ITF said it “is working closely with the IOC to address any impact this may have on athlete eligibility” for the Tokyo Games. All playoff matches between lower-ranked teams, which were set to be played in eight locations around the world, were also postponed. At the Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis, attendance starting Thursday will be limited to student-athletes, coaches, event staff, essential team and conference staff, TV network partners, credentialed media and immediate family members of the participating teams.The Big 12 policy also will be in place for its women’s tournament, which begins Thursday night in Kansas City.“The attempt is to absolutely minimize the number of people here but still find a way to conduct events and actually get the opportunity to play games,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsy said.—Reporting by Dave Skretta___ Boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments in New York and Pennsylvania have been disrupted because several schools have declined to host games, forcing them to be rescheduled.– Reporting by Eric Olson——3:45 p.m.Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he will be issuing an order regarding “mass gatherings” due to the coronavirus that will affect NCAA Tournament games in Cleveland and Dayton. Shiffrin, the defending overall champion, had announced earlier Wednesday that she would compete at the event after taking a six-week break from the sport following the death of her father.During her absence, Shiffrin lost her lead in the overall standings to Brignone, who is 153 points ahead of the American. There would have been a total of 300 points up for grabs in the last three races.The International Ski Federation announced the cancellation less than 24 hours before the first race, Thursday’s parallel giant slalom.Next week’s World Cup finals for both women and men in Cortina d’Ampezzo already had been canceled because of the virus outbreak in northern Italy.—— That answer by Dr. Anthony Fauci came hours before NBA owners are scheduled to meet to discuss the next steps in responding to the growing concern about the virus.Fauci was responding to a question from Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin Republican, during a meeting of the House Oversight Committee. Grothman asked, “Is the NBA underreacting or is the Ivy League overreacting?” He was referencing how the Ivy League recently canceled its basketball tournaments, instead of having them played without fans in attendance or keeping the status quo.“We would recommend that there not be large crowds,” Fauci said. “If that means not having any people in the audience when the NBA plays, so be it. But as a public health official, anything that has crowds is something that would give a risk to spread.”last_img read more

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Sheyi Ojo: Nigeria on His Mind

first_imgOjo, who was born to Nigerian parents in Hertfordshire, has revealed that he would ‘never turn down’ the three-time African champions but rather think about the call before making his decision.“To be honest, I don’t know much about it (Nigeria interest), but if they call me I’d be honoured to go to Nigeria,” Ojo told BBC Sport.“It’s obviously a massive nation. I’m just really focused on club football at the moment, but I’m excited about the future, both club and country.“My parents are originally from Nigeria as well, so they know a lot about it. They’ve always been keen on the idea (to represent Nigeria) but so far I’ve mainly been focusing on club football.“It’s starting to get to the time where I have to start thinking about my future. And of course, if Nigeria were to call me now it would be anhonour.“Of course, if I was to get selected I’d definitely think about it, I’d never turn down Nigeria.“I’m from Nigeria originally so it’d be an honour, likewise with England as well. If I keep doing well, opportunities will come by for club and country.“It’s not really something I’m thinking about at the moment but you never know what could happen in the future.”NFF boss, Amaju Pinnick had reiterated severally that youngsters of Nigerian origin who are doing well in England and other leagues will wear the Nigerian colours at the appropriate time.He said it had been in the plans of the present NFF board to build a young Super Eagles team ahead of the 2022 World Cup, adding that the federation is monitoring several Nigerian players that are making waves in the various leagues.“The initial plan was to take our players in the various clubs, but now, what we are trying to do is what we call VIP scouting – talking to these young players that are playing abroad to play for their fatherland. No Nigerian, even if they have four or five passports, they are always excited about being Nigerians. I can assure you that we shall get them to play for us at the appropriate time,” Pinnick said.The Liverpool loanee who moved to the French Ligue 1 on a season-long loan this summer could also join the growing list of England-born players in Gernot Rohr’s set-up.Ojo joined Liverpool as a 14-year-old and came through their academy. He spent time on loan with championship clubs Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers before making his competitive debut for Liverpool in January 2016.He joined MK Dons’ academy when he was 10 years old. By the age of 13, he had played for the Dons’ U-18 side and was training with the first team squad. During his time at the club, Ojo became the first MK Dons, trainee, to receive an international cap at youth level.On 11 November 2011, Liverpool beat off competition from a host of Europe’s top clubs including a multimillion-pound offer from Chelsea to sign Ojo, then 14, for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £2 million. In April 2014, Ojo was joint top scorer alongside fellow Liverpool player Harry Wilson in the prestigious U-17 Future Cup.Having made a number of appearances on Liverpool’s bench over the festive period, Ojo joined Wigan Athletic on loan in February 2015. Five days later, he made his professional debut coming on as a 59th-minute substitute for Wigan in a championship match against AFC Bournemouth, with Wigan naming Ojo as their Man of the Match after he had a positive impact on the game. In August 2015, he scored the winning goal for Liverpool in a friendly against Swindon Town, after which Liverpool announced that Ojo had signed a new long-term contract with the club and confirmed that he would join Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan. He made his Wolves debut on the opening day of the 2015–16 championship season as a substitute, coming on in the 84th minute and picking up a yellow card as his side went on to beat Blackburn Rovers. Three days later, he made his first start for Wolves in a 2–1 League Cup win over Newport County.He was recalled by Liverpool in 2016 and the next day, Ojo made his competitive first-team debut for Liverpool, as a substitute in the FA Cup Third Round tie against Exeter City that ended in a 2–2 draw. He scored his first competitive goal for Liverpool in the replay against Exeter on 20 January; his goal was the second in a 3–0 victory.Ojo made his Premier League debut on 20 March 2016, replacing Joe Allen in the 87th minute in a 3–2 loss away to Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium. Three weeks later, he made his first start for Liverpool in the Premier League against Stoke City at Anfield, where he assisted Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool’s second goal in a 4–1 win, before being replaced.Ahead of the 2016-17 Season, Ojo sustained a fracture in his back and did not return to first-team training until mid-November.On 16 August 2017, Ojo joined Fulham on a season-long loan and scored a brace in a 5–4 win over Sheffield United, he scored the winning goal in a 1–0 win over Birmingham City in December.On 30 August 2018, Ojo signed a new contract with Liverpool and joined Stade de Reims on a season-long loan.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram When the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick said there is no Nigerian, even if they have four or five passports, are always excited being Nigerians, he seems to know what he was saying as another British-born Nigerian-Sheyi Ojo had declared his intention to don the green-white-green colours of the Super Eagles as against the Union Flag of the Three LionsEngland youth international, Sheyi Ojo has decided to go the way of players like Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina Sone Aluko – all ex-England youth internationals with Nigeria descent but chose to play for Nigeria at the senior level after stating readiness to ditch England and accept the request to feature for the Super Eagles at the expense of England.The 21-year-old has represented England at all youth levels from the U-16, under-17, U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-21 levels and was a key member of the squad that won the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup in South Korea.last_img read more

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