Declaración WWP-PMOEl Departamento de Policía de Nueva York está utilizando instancias de acciones rebeldes justificadas como una excusa para organizar una redada racista al estilo de la de los Cinco de Central Park de todos/as y cada uno/a de los/as sospechosos/as, siempre que sean afroamericanos y pobres.A raíz de una ola mediática de indignación reaccionaria – increíblemente, en contra de las personas que se resisten a acosar a los policías – las noticias locales están ayudando a la policía de Nueva York publicando fotos en la televisión de 15 personas, todas afroamericanas, “buscadas” por la policía por rociar a los policías con agua en la sección de Brownsville de Brooklyn, Nueva York, y en Harlem, Nueva York, el 20 de julio. Al 31 de julio, tres jóvenes afroamericanos han sido arrestados.El sistema de encarcelamiento masivo está lanzando una serie de cargos: “obstrucción de la conducta gubernamental”, “travesuras criminales”, “hostigamiento”, “conducta desordenada”, por expresiones justas de oposición a la ocupación policial de los barrios oprimidos.Mientras tanto, ni siquiera se encontró ninguna base para acusar a un policía blanco, Daniel Pantaleo, por matar a Eric Garner, un hombre negro con un estrangulamiento ilegal: un asesinato que el mundo entero presenció con horror en video el 17 de julio de 2014.No sorprende que el alcalde “liberal” Bill De Blasio se haya unido al ultra-racista ex alcalde de Nueva York Rudolph Giuliani y Donald Trump en el coro hipócrita de indignación contra los manifestantes negros y latinos. Además de aumentar el racismo, este furor mediático por la “falta de respeto a la policía” empujó de manera oportunista la indignación y las protestas por la exoneración del policía asesino Pantaleo fuera de los titulares.¿Qué estaban haciendo los policías, a quienes las comunidades claramente quieren fuera, cuando estallaron mini rebeliones en medio del calor y la humedad el 20 de julio? Rompiendo multitudes de personas que habían abierto hidrantes de agua tratando de obtener alivio durante una ola de calor récord. Este fue el mismo fin de semana en que miles de personas tampoco tenían electricidad cuando Con Ed cortó el suministro eléctrico a miles de residentes de Brooklyn. No tener aire acondicionado solo intensificó la crisis.El índice de calor superó los 110 grados. Sin la ayuda de instituciones corruptas como la Autoridad de Vivienda de Nueva York, Con Ed o la Autoridad Metropolitana de Tránsito, cuyos trenes dejaron de funcionar durante la hora pico el viernes 19 de julio, los vecindarios afectados en Brooklyn, Harlem y el Bronx se encargaron de lidiar con esta situación peligrosa.Enfrentando golpes de calor y deshidratación, los residentes del vecindario deberían haber recibido ayuda. En cambio, fueron hostigados y aumentaron las detenciones y registros de la policía feroz de Nueva York.La sensacional serie de Netflix, “When They See Us” (Cuando nos ven), acerca de los cinco Central Park escenificó perfectamente la actitud de la policía que está jugando ahora con la intención declarada de la policía de Nueva York de arrestar a 15 personas más después de arrestar a tres. Treinta años después del complot orquestado contra los cinco de Central Park, hay otra red racista donde se planean arrestos de cualquier persona en particular afro-estadounidenses o latinxs.Cuando las personas trabajadoras y oprimidas sufren durante una emergencia climática que pone en peligro la vida, el gobierno de la ciudad y la policía de Nueva York deben hacer excepciones humanitarias: ¡abran los hidrantes y den a las personas una forma inmediata para refrescarse y salvar vidas! Pero ese tipo de compasión no se le ocurre a los funcionarios de la ciudad y al Departamento de Policía de Nueva York, cuyo trabajo es promover la ley y el orden capitalistas.Bajo el capitalismo, la policía es incapaz de aprender lecciones. Existen únicamente para proteger a los ricos fomentando el racismo y atacando a los trabajadores y a los pobres. Si las autoridades están preocupadas por la anarquía y el caos, deberían otorgar soluciones a las personas para la indigencia, el desempleo y la falta de atención médica que azotan a Nueva York.Por eso decimos:Detener la ocupación racista de los barrios negros, latinxs y todos los oprimidos, desde Brooklyn hasta Harlem y el Bronx¡Nuestras comunidades necesitan servicios, trabajos, atención médica, no policías racistas en las calles o en el metro!¡Desestimen todos los cargos! ¡No más arrestos!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
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ZimbabweAfrica ZimbabweAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more News July 30, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 In encouraging move, leading international broadcasters allowed to return to Zimbabwe Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail RSF_en Receive email alerts Organisation Reporters Without Borders welcomes the Zimbabwean government’s decision to allow the British Broadcasting Corporation and the US television news channel CNN to work in Zimbabwe again. The BBC has not had a presence in the country since its Harare correspondent, Joseph Winter, was expelled in 2001. CNN had to pull out of Zimbabwe in 2002.“After many years of government mistrust of international news media, the return of these two leading international broadcasters is a decisive step in the restoration of press freedom in Zimbabwe,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We encourage Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s government to move ahead with plans to amend the 2002 press law, in order to eliminate draconian articles that were used to suppress independent media,” the press freedom organisation added. “The promised Zimbabwe Media Council must be quickly created and its members must be guaranteed complete independence.”The government gave the BBC and CNN permission to resume working in Zimbabwe today. The two news organisations have not yet announced when they will reopen their bureaux or be officially represented in the country again.The decision was a result of a meeting on 19 July between information minister Webster Shamu, the BBC’s world news editor, Jon Williams, and its Africa bureau editor, Sarah Halfpenny. Shamu met CNN’s Johannesburg bureau chief, Kim Norgaard, a few days later.Reporters Without Borders has been told that the Zimbabwe Media Council’s installation is imminent. Promised since early 2008, this new independent entity will be tasked with issuing licences to newspapers and will hopefully pave the way for the independent press’s reemergence in Zimbabwe. The parliament is due to begin a series of meetings on 3 August with a view to choosing the council’s commissioners.Reporters Without Borders has long been campaigning for the reform of the 2002 Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the 2007 Interception of Communications Act, which together gave the government almost total control over the Zimbabwe’s media. Reports Follow the news on Zimbabwe News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News to go further November 12, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell September 1, 2020 Find out more
Related posts:No related photos. Staff cannot face sack for legal strike, Act decidesOn 11 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Rights to protect striking employees from losing their jobs are to takeeffect from 24 April, the Government has announced.From that date any employer who dismisses a member of staff for taking partin legal industrial action lasting less than eight weeks will be actingunfairly.If the action goes on longer dismissal will be unfair unless the employercan prove that “reasonable steps” were taken to resolve the dispute.This is the first of a series of measures coming in over the next few monthsdesigned to strengthen the position of unions.The rights are being brought in under the Employment Relations Act whichreached the statute books in August last year.Announcing the measure last week, DTI minister Alan Johnson said it will bea “powerful incentive” to both sides to resolve disputes throughnegotiation.But David Yeandle, deputy director of employment policy at the EngineeringEmployers Federation, said it will lead to more strikes, especially as allballot papers will carry the message that strikers are protected by law.”If staff know they cannot be dismissed they will be more likely tovote in favour. This is providing a right to strike by the back door,” hesaid.Don Cuthbert, head of employee relations at Towers Perrin, said few HRdepartments are geared up to deal with the new right. In August half of 120 companies questioned by Towers Perrin had not madeplans, he said.”Collective employee relations has not been on the agenda for 20 years.There are not many HR directors in this country who have the skills to dealwith it. “Even those who were around in the 1970s have not handled it as alitigation issue,” Cuthbert said.www.dti.gov.uk/er/ Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article
× 1 / 8 Local North Hudson students participated in the Formula 1 in School competition held at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan and came away with first and third place awards for a car the team designed. 2 / 8 Local North Hudson students participated in the Formula 1 in School competition held at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan and came away with first and third place awards for a car the team designed. 3 / 8 Local North Hudson students participated in the Formula 1 in School competition held at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan and came away with first and third place awards for a car the team designed. 4 / 8 Local North Hudson students participated in the Formula 1 in School competition held at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan and came away with first and third place awards for a car the team designed. 5 / 8 Local North Hudson students participated in the Formula 1 in School competition held at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan and came away with first and third place awards for a car the team designed. 6 / 8 The four students met in day care in Guttenberg and remain friends today, even though they live in different towns. 7 / 8 Local North Hudson students participated in the Formula 1 in School competition held at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan and came away with first and third place awards for a car the team designed. 8 / 8 Local North Hudson students participated in the Formula 1 in School competition held at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan and came away with first and third place awards for a car the team designed. ❮ ❯ 1 / 8 Local North Hudson students participated in the Formula 1 in School competition held at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan and came away with first and third place awards for a car the team designed. 2 / 8 Local North Hudson students participated in the Formula 1 in School competition held at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan and came away with first and third place awards for a car the team designed. 3 / 8 Local North Hudson students participated in the Formula 1 in School competition held at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan and came away with first and third place awards for a car the team designed. 4 / 8 Local North Hudson students participated in the Formula 1 in School competition held at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan and came away with first and third place awards for a car the team designed. 5 / 8 Local North Hudson students participated in the Formula 1 in School competition held at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan and came away with first and third place awards for a car the team designed. 6 / 8 The four students met in day care in Guttenberg and remain friends today, even though they live in different towns. 7 / 8 Local North Hudson students participated in the Formula 1 in School competition held at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan and came away with first and third place awards for a car the team designed. 8 / 8 Local North Hudson students participated in the Formula 1 in School competition held at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan and came away with first and third place awards for a car the team designed. ❮ ❯ On Saturday, April 1, a team of boys and girls from North Bergen, Weehawken, and Teaneck who have known each other since their day care days participated in the “Formula 1 in School” competition held at the Classic Car Club in Manhattan – and came away with first and third place awards. Now they hope to advance to the nationals.F1 in Schools is a STEM program involving students from all over the world, built with the idea that learning is fun. The first regional competition in the New York/Tri-State area was held this month, and the 13th National Finals will be held in Austin, Texas from June 8 to 11. Teams will vie to head to the World Finals in Abu Dhabi.Against some high schools students, the Dream Racers – the local quartet of local 11 to 13 year olds – took home first place for Research and Development and also won third place for a car design they collaborated on, advancing the team to the nationals in Texas.Team members included Jordan Chamberlain, a12 year-old attending Weehawken High School who likes to play basketball, football, and baseball. He also participates in a robotics club and his school’s peer leadership program, which he says he does to help the community. He also plays the xylophone four days a week.Jehnoi Walcott, 12, hails from North Bergen and attends the Academy of Our Lady of Grace. A seventh grader, she says she loves to read, is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and her school’s drama club, and is a reporter for her school’s newspaper.Their fellow team members are from Teaneck and attend St. Peter Academy. They are Julian Fontenot, 11 years old, and his sister Kelsey Fontenot, 13.The long history of friendship among the team members began when they met at Sweet Dream day care in Guttenberg.“We are a group of four young men and women who have known each other since we were in diapers,” Jordan said. “We came together to compete in this year’s ‘F1 in Schools’ engineering competition, which is being held for the first time in the New York/Tri-State region this year.We no longer go to the same schools and live far away from each other, but that doesn’t discourage us from trying hard and meeting often to work together in this competition. We are lucky to have the Classic Car Club of Manhattan as our major sponsor.”The team’s goal, he said, is to win nationals in Austin, TX and get to the World Finals in Abu Dhabi. You can visit their website www.f1dreamracers.com .
Moyes had to self-isolate after that because he had come into close contact with Arteta days earlier.___It’s still not clear when baseball or soccer will resume in Japan but it will likely be without fans when it does.That was the decision when the heads of Japanese professional baseball and soccer met in online meetings.Japanese baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito says “my feelings that I want to start the season without spectators haven’t changed.” April 23, 2020 Fleck’s 2020 salary is $4.6 million.___Colorado athletic director Rick George said he and 11 head coaches will take pay cuts for the upcoming fiscal year in light of the budget impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The salaries for George along with football coach Karl Dorrell, men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle and women’s basketball coach JR Payne will be reduced by 10%. The other eight varsity head coaches will have their salaries reduced by 5%.“It’s the right thing for all of us to do,” George said Thursday in a statement. “There are a lot of unknowns ahead of us, and while we don’t exactly know yet the financial impacts for the upcoming year, for them to agree and voluntarily take pay cuts is important at this time for our student-athletes and the overall direction of all our sports programs and support areas.” ___UEFA is sharing almost 70 million euros ($75.5 million) among 676 clubs that released players for European Championship qualifiers and Nations League games in the past two years.UEFA says it’s releasing the money early to help “in light of the current crisis and the financial difficulties many clubs are facing” during the coronavirus pandemic.A long-standing agreement between UEFA and the European Club Association guarantees clubs at least 200 million euros (216 million) from Euro 2020 revenues to compensate for releasing players to national duty in the 2018-20 cycle.Payments were due after Euro 2020 but are now sending much-needed cash to clubs after the coronavirus outbreak forced the tournament to be postponed by one year. NADA spokeswoman Eva Bunthoff tells The Associated Press the agency has “developed concepts” for urine and blood tests at games.The German league hopes to resume next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.Bunthoff adds the agency is talking with the German soccer federation and the men’s league. She says “most important are the security measures to make sure there is a proper prevention system in place to prevent infections with the virus.“___Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party, highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief. German clubs are being urged not to bank on ticket sales for much of next season.League CEO Christian Seifert says “we don’t know if there will be games without fans in February or March still. We asked the club to plan without spectator income for the first part of next season.”German clubs are hoping to resume games next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic and to finish in time for many players’ contracts to end June 30. But a restart needs agreement from regional governments.Seifert says most of the league’s broadcast partners have agreed to pay up front to help clubs continue operating until the end of June. Some of that money may have to be paid back if the 2019-20 season can’t be finished.___ The first nine scheduled events of the 15-meet season have all now either been postponed, rescheduled or downgraded. The Anniversary Games in London on July 4 are now the earliest scheduled competition of the season.There is a larger window to reschedule meets in the second half of the year because the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021.Organizers said the meet in Oslo would still offer prize money from a $50,000 contribution by World Athletics. It will feature 400-meter hurdles world champion Karsten Warholm attempting a world record in the rarely raced 300 hurdles.___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 “I’m really concerned about whether we’re going to be playing football in the fall,” he said. “My sense right now, I just don’t see that happening.”Connecticut President Tom Katsouleas made a similar comment while speaking to journalism students during a teleconference earlier this week.The pandemic wiped out the NCAA Tournament and put major sports across the world on hold. Numerous scenarios have been proposed, but no one is sure what’s going to happen with sports until there’s a better handle on the virus.“What I’ve been hearing more of is that maybe doing something combining both basketball and football for the spring, so January-February 2021, and try to play both of them,” Robbins said. “There will be all kind of implications for television viewing and confusion. I don’t know. We just don’t have any answers right now.”___ The European track and field championships in Paris this summer have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.Local organizers and the French track federation say the biennial event scheduled for Aug. 25-30 could not be postponed for one year. They cited uncertainty about the sport’s 2021 calendar and the French economy.The decision came hours after the Paris Diamond League event — at the same Charléty Stadium on June 13 — was postponed with no alternative date set.France was due to host track’s European championships for the first time since 1938.The 2022 edition is being held in Munich, Germany. ___Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck is taking an unpaid week, along with about 200 other leaders in the university system in response to the budget crunch caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joan Gabel announced the furloughs earlier this month.Fleck confirmed Thursday on a video conference call with reporters he’s taking part, saying he and his wife, Heather, “immediately jumped on it.”“Anything we can do to continue to help,” Fleck said. ___German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan.The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said May 9 would be acceptable but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May.League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.”Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area. “Step one is we need an environment that’s safe for everyone to congregate in,” Stearns said. “We need our public health officials, our governmental officials to tell us that it’s safe. Once it’s safe, we can turn this thing on pretty quickly. Players are motivated to play. Teams are very motivated to get players back on the field.“So once it is safe, and whether that’s congregating in Arizona, congregating at your home ballpark here in Milwaukee, we can turn this on pretty quickly. We can get guys going. We can do a spring training 2.0. I wish I could tell you when that’s going to be… but obviously we don’t know. The only thing we can do is be prepared when it comes.”___Count University of Arizona President Dr. Robert Robbins among those who don’t expect the college football season to start this fall.Speaking to KVOI-AM in Tucson, Robbins said the university plans to bring back students and faculty during the fall semester, but cast a doubt on the ability to start the football season due to the coronavirus pandemic. UEFA says it will allow leagues to determine the final places for Champions League and Europa League qualification on “sporting merit” if they can’t resume during the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body of European soccer says qualification from a “prematurely terminated domestic competition” can be rejected if “there is a public perception of unfairness in the qualification of the club.”UEFA says it is ideal for countries to complete seasons but acknowledges that might not be possible because of government orders banning sporting events.UEFA also accepts “insurmountable economic problems” could make finishing seasons “impossible because it would put at risk the long-term financial stability of the domestic competition and/or clubs.”UEFA’s own club competitions remain incomplete. The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945. The computer-generated Derby created by Inspired Entertainment will feature past Triple Crown champions using data algorithms, including historical handicapping information for each horse to determine the probability of potential finishing positions.“Our fans will be captivated by the realistic view of the virtual race,” Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a release, “and we can debate, as we do each year, our favorite to win.”Fans can choose their horse on www.KentuckyDerby.com starting April 30 and donate to COVID-19 relief efforts. Churchill Downs will match donations up to $1 million for the Team Kentucky Fund and Direct Relief.Participants who choose the winner will have the chance to win a Kentucky Derby VIP Experience. The virtual Derby will be shown May 2 on NBC during a special broadcast featuring the 2015 Kentucky Derby, when American Pharoah began his Triple Crown run.___ Baseball and soccer officials both agreed nothing could begin until a state of emergency was lifted in Japan. The earliest that can happen is May 6. They are expected to wait until that date before moving forward.The J-League’s top two soccer divisions were suspended in February. Japanese baseball played some preseason games without fans before all play was stopped.___Three more Diamond League meetings will not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 and the meet in Paris on June 13 have both postponed with no new dates set. The Bislett Games in Oslo on June 11 will be rebranded as the Impossible Games and turned into an exhibition event. A $5,000 grand prize will go to the SUNY campus with the best overall score.“Sports are a great unifier, be it on or off the field,” Extreme Networks Chief Operating Officer Norman Rice said in a statement. “In times where we aren’t able to come together in stadiums, fields, and arenas to cheer our favorite athletes, esports competition is an ideal way to keep students engaged with each other.”___Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, and 2019 Australian Open semifinalist Stefanos Tsitsipas are starting an auction to raise money for tennis players ranked outside the top 100 and in need of financial help during the coronavirus pandemic.Mouratoglou and Tsitsipas tweeted about Beyond 100 Support on Thursday. They say the funds will go to professionals in both men’s and women’s tennis.Most tennis players only make money when they are able to enter tournaments. But all tennis events are suspended at least until mid-July because of the COVID-19 outbreak.___The New York Jets and team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson and his family are making an additional $2 million donation to support the COVID-19 relief response in New York and New Jersey.The Johnson family and the Jets last month made a joint $1 million donation to multiple local United Way agencies to help combat the pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinReddit The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The governor of North Carolina is still considering a request to allow NASCAR to race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday extended the state’s stay-at-home order because of the coronavirus through May 8 and said he would gradually open the state in three phases. Cooper says teams can go back to work under the state’s executive order and are permitted to work in their race shops if they maintain social distancing guidelines. NASCAR has been hoping to hold the Coca-Cola 600 as scheduled on May 24 without spectators and has made its request to Cooper. The governors of both Florida and Texas have already said NASCAR is welcome to race in their states without spectators, and South Carolina and Georgia are gradually easing restrictions. ___ Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff says he has continued to work out during the coronavirus-imposed pandemic and wouldn’t need much time to get ready for the start of the season, whenever it begins.Woodruff was speaking at a “virtual happy hour” the Brewers conducted with their fans Thursday via Zoom. The event also featured general manager David Stearns, Hall of Famer Robin Yount and broadcaster Brian Anderson.Woodruff said he has continued pitching at his Mississippi home.“I think if they said today, ‘Hey, we’re going to have a short spring training two to three weeks,’ I’d be ready to go,” Woodruff said. “I feel pretty good.”Stearns agreed that a second preseason probably wouldn’t need to take much time once it’s decided that it’s safe enough for baseball to resume. ___New York’s public university system announced plans Thursday for an esports tournament that will have students competing for $20,000 in prize money for their schools’ student emergency funds. State University of New York Chancellor Kristina Johnson said the three-week tournament beginning Monday will help students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The health crisis has forced SUNY’s 64 campuses and universities to shift to remote instruction for the remainder of the academic year and forced many students out of jobs.The SUNY Chancellor Esports Challenge was organized by SUNY Canton, the site of SUNY’s first varsity esports program, and co-sponsored by Extreme Networks. Each college can enter two teams of students to compete in “Fortnite” by Epic Games, “Super Smash Bros Ultimate” by Nintendo, or “Rocket League” by Psyonix. The top prize for each game is $2,000, to go to the winning team’s student emergency fund. The highest-earning club will get 630,000 euros ($680,000) calculated pro rata per player named on a national team’s match sheet. That club was not identified.UEFA says 2.7 million euros ($2.9 million) of the money will go to clubs after the 16-nation Euro 2020 playoffs later this year.Players selected for the Euro 2020 tournament will earn at least 130 million euros ($140 million) more for their clubs from UEFA.___West Ham manager David Moyes has been delivering fruit and vegetables to elderly residents in his village during soccer’s lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Latest: North Carolina considering allowing NASCAR race Associated Press The former Manchester United coach says he saw a sign in the window of a local shop asking for volunteers to be delivery drivers.Moyes answered the call and says “all I was doing was dropping (the packages) at the door, knocking and then going away. It was beautiful big boxes of fruit and veg.”He also had to ask some residents for payment if they hadn’t done so online.Moyes says one incident “with this particular older lady, I think it was 16.80 pounds ($20.70) for one box of fruit and veg. She gave me a 20-pound note and said, ‘Here son, just keep the change.’”The Premier League has been suspended since March 13. That was the day after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus. The latest contribution, announced by the Jets on Thursday, will provide funding to organizations that are focused primarily on food insecurity, first responders and regional relief.“No region in the country has been affected by COVID-19 more than ours and because of that, our resolve has only grown,” Johnson said in a statement. “These organizations continue to nourish the vulnerable and target the needs of those on our front lines. At no time has being a good teammate ever mattered more.”The $1 million contribution from the Johnsons and the Jets last month supported the United Way of New York City’s COVID-19 Community Fund, the United Way of Northern New Jersey’s ALICE Recovery Fund and the United Way of Long Island’s United Together: A Response Fund for COVID-19.___The German anti-doping agency says it plans to test soccer players if the season resumes in empty stadiums.
Comments Tiana Mangakahia crashed to the floor, sliding past the baseline before coming to a stop near the basket stanchion. Gabrielle Cooper and Miranda Drummond rushed to her side, offering to help her up, but Mangakahia waived them off.She was in the middle of her 38th minute in the game and just picked off a pass before getting fouled to shoot the potential game-tying free throws. They’d have to wait though. She needed a break.“I was tired,” Mangakahia said. “When the whistle blows, you can take a breath and breathe.”Poor play by No. 16 Syracuse’s (18-6, 7-4 Atlantic Coast) reserves forced SU head coach Quentin Hillsman to play his starters more minutes, including a season-high 38 by his starting point guard. While Syracuse’s bench produces more than 40 percent of its points this season, the Orange’s bench on Wednesday scored just 18 points on 27 percent shooting in their 77-73 loss to No. 12 North Carolina State (22-2, 9-2).Syracuse’s depth, which for most of the season had been one of its greatest strengths, let them down against the Wolfpack. In a game in which NC State played just two bench players and neither of them scored a point, SU’s bench rotation failed to make any significant impact on either end of the floor. In turn, players like Mangakahia and Strautmane played more minutes than usual, and their play suffered down the stretch.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Missing shots, we’re fouling them in the paint, we missed some layups, missed some free throws down the stretch,” Hillsman said. “…When you play that way, it’s gonna bite you.”All season long, Syracuse has had consistent strong play from its bench players. After redshirting last season, Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi has been Syracuse’s best post scorer this year and the first big off the bench. Against NC State, her struggles from the field (3-of-9 shooting) limited her playing time to just 15 minutes. Kiara Lewis, a transfer from Ohio State, also failed to find her shot against the Wolfpack. The point guard came into Wednesday’s game averaging 8.1 points, fifth-best on the team, but made just one of her seven shots and none of her three 3-pointers.Eventually, the struggles and sluggishness prompted Hillsman to insert Raven Fox into the game to serve as a spark. Fox had played just 76 minutes this season but was inserted to inject life into a Syracuse team that desperately needed it. “Just (needed) some energy,” Hillsman said. “She came in, she got a really good crash down when they had a dump down…You put your players in the game, put them in position to where they could be successful, and do the best they can do.”But Fox’s energy did little to aid Syracuse’s offensive deficiency that transpired late in the game. She missed her first two shots before hitting a third, but she was taken out after just two minutes and never reentered the game. The absence of Kadiatou Sissoko also hurt SU’s bench against the Wolfpack. The France native, who was in of the better stretches of her freshman season, missed Wednesday’s game after her surgically-repaired knee swelled up after Sunday’s game against Boston College. Against an NC State team that out-rebounded the Orange by 16, Hillsman could’ve used another presence in the paint.“(Sissoko’s absence) definitely matters,” Hillsman said. “Anytime you can matchup with some size and athleticism in the paint, you have to try to do that.”The second quarter saw the Orange shoot a game-high 53.3 percent from the field, and a Mangakahia 3-pointer with eight seconds left gave them a two-point lead at the break. But as the second half drew on, Hillsman increasingly lacked options when he looked down his bench. Oftentimes, he glared down the sideline at his players as if he was about to make a substitution, but instead would turn away, back to the court, without making a change. That forced Mangakahia to take on much of the scoring load herself. She scored 10 of Syracuse’s 16 fourth-quarter points, including a steal and layup that cut SU’s lead to two. But that was the closest the Orange got the rest of the game as the Wolfpack pulled away. After catching her breath on the ground, Mangakahia missed the first of two free throws that could’ve tied the game. On the following possession, she dribbled past a defender and looked open for a layup but was caught by a NC State defender who blocked her shot. Her scoring burst, and Syracuse’s chances at its first home victory against a ranked team, were gone. “When we get a bit more of a rest throughout the game, it helps us in the end,” Mangakahia said. “Coach obviously has trust in us … we just couldn’t get the win.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 13, 2019 at 10:46 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34
The 2019 season has already offered a ton of intrigue. The Mariners were good, until they weren’t. The Yankees were broken, then they kept winning. The defending World Series champs answered some questions, but still haven’t looked great. We’ve seen the arrival of new players such as Pete Alonso, Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Eloy Jimenez.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNWhile the wait for baseball to restart following the All-Star break is just a few days, it certainly feels like months — especially when there are so many questions to be answered and stories that need resolutions.So as you gear up for “MLB 2019: Part 2,” here are some storylines to keep your eyes on entering the second half of the season.National League fatigued?It’s a bit of a surprise to see so many devastatingly average teams in the Senior Circuit. The Dodgers own the NL’s best record at 60-32, with the Braves in second at 54-37. After that, here are the best records in the NL:Nationals: 47-42Cubs: 47-43Phillies: 47-43Brewers: 47-44Diamondbacks: 46-45So only two teams in the NL have 50 wins or more, while the rest are hovering at or around .500. That’s wild. Not to mention, some sub-.500 teams like the Pirates, Rockies, Reds and Giants are worth keeping your eye on. While none of those squads might be competing for a title, they’re definitely going to be able to throw monkey wrenches in the race the rest of the way.The NL East has drastically underperformed — though the Nationals seem to be waking up and the Braves have taken control of the East — while the Central is equal parts mediocrity, injuries and beating up on itself inside the division. Will both divisions heat up, or will they continue to be middle-of-the-road the rest of the way?Plenty of these teams will be looking for additions at the trade deadline, which makes the NL even more intriguing to watch unfold over the coming weeks and months. Arms raceThere will be no shortage of impact starting pitching on the market this season: Marcus Stroman, Matthew Boyd, Mike Minor, Madison Bumgarner could all be on the move. If you’re a starting pitcher and your name starts with “M,” just consider yourself a trade target.That logic leads us to Max Scherzer; Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that Scherzer is not on the block. That said, lots of things can change between now and the July 31 trade deadline — just one deadline this year, by the way — but at this point, it doesn’t look like Mad Max is going to be heading anywhere beyond the Thunderdome this season.Something to note on Scherzer: He’s pitching at Cy Young levels yet again this year. Lest we forget, Scherzer will have 10-and-five rights next season, making it harder for Washington to trade him for a legitimate package. The Nats certainly don’t have impetus to trade Scherzer, especially through this resurgence, but it would do Rizzo well to at least answer the phone, should teams call.There are plenty of teams that could use starting pitching this year. The Yankees, Cubs, Phillies, Brewers, Twins are all still in division races and in need of starting pitching help. There will be movement. There will be angry fans. There will be trades. And it will be awesome.MLB ALL-STAR GAME: Actual baseball takes back seat as Cleveland celebrates sportStargazingOne thing was clear about the All-Star break: MLB is going all-in on supporting its stars. Finally, a concerted effort to make the sports stars more recognizable, something the sport has desperately needed for a long time.The trio of commercials that MLB put out — one for Mike Trout (below), one for Javy Baez and one featuring Christian Yelich and Cody Bellinger — were all excellently done and placed a premium on making their faces and personalities were front and center. Not only were the promos great, but the in-game commentary featuring mic’d up players during the All-Star Game was excellent. Francisco Lindor hyping up Cleveland and talking about the wonders of Matt Chapman was great TV. Charlie Blackmon talking about his wife never having seen him without his beard was funny commentary, as well.Players have personalities: They’re more than just numbers, and the relatability of players is part of what makes baseball a unique sport. It’s high time baseball start showcasing that. And to MLB’s credit, it is.But aside from the marketing part of baseball, there’s no shortage of stars who are going to make an impact in divisional races the rest of the season. All across baseball, young talent will be placed centerstage with opportunities to make highlights on a nightly basis. After the good work MLB did during the All-Star break, we’ll see how well it’ll be able to capitalize on that momentum moving forward.Belli vs. YeliOne of the coolest things to come out of the 2019 All-Star Game was watching Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich share an outfield — and a microphone. The two friendly rivals sang each others’ praises during the telecast, but the race for the NL MVP will be much more intense.Earlier in the season, it looked like Bellinger was going to moonwalk to another Hollywood star on his resume. But Christian Yelich was not to be outdone. Yelich now leads Bellinger in home runs (by one), OPS and stolen bases. Bellinger leads in walks, runs scored and is the better defender overall.While Baseball Reference has Bellinger solidly ahead by bWAR (6.6 to 4.9), Fangraphs’ formula has the race a bit more snug, but still in favor of Bellinger (5.7 to 5.0). Needless to say, this one might go down to the wire.We’ve seen how races and chases can captivate fans; indirect one-upmanship can fuel some of baseball’s biggest narratives and most exciting rivalries. #BelliVsYeli is no different, and it’s going to be dazzling to watch the rest of the season.MORE: Takeaways from AL’s seventh-straight All-Star Game winBullpen is terrible?Bullpens across baseball haven’t been as good as they have been in years past. Are they on pace for a course correction the second half of this season? Don’t bet on it.In the first half of the 2018 season, 14 teams were pitching to a bullpen ERA of 4.00 or higher. In 2019, that mark is at 23 teams. Strikeouts are up, but so is offense. Altogether, there are myriad reasons behind this.1. Have bullpens been overused in recent years, causing guys to tire? Maybe. But walk rate isn’t really up, while K/BB rate is. More strikeouts = more pitches, after all. So fatigue could be playing a big factor.2. Have hitters adjusted? Well, when everyone’s coming out of the pen throwing 99 with wipeout breaking stuff, guys are more used to seeing it on a regular basis. That’s just speculation.3. Do the baseballs play into it? Well…Juicy Juiced ballsJustin Verlander made his thoughts known about the state of baseballs today, and, well, he paid a small price for it.The profanity-laden tirade Verlander let loose pretty much (presumably) echoed the thoughts of pitchers across baseball. With offense on the rise once again, it’s not unfair to ask why, especially if you’re a pitcher. Is contact baseball on the rise again? Is the launch-angle revolution still in full swing? Home runs are up across the sport once again. Midseason finales stink, don’t they?All of your favorite shows do it now; having to wait months for the next episode to resume is like waiting to get a cavity filled at the dentist. The wait is unsatisfying, even if the end result is. Nine players in the majors have 25 or more home runs, three of whom (Bellinger, Yelich and Mets rookie sensation Pete Alonso) have 30-plus. Last year at the season’s official midway point, there were no 30-home run hitters and just five with 25 long balls or more.Something’s going on. Who knows what that something is, but it’s something. Are the baseballs juiced? Does launch angle reign supreme? Are pitchers just worse in 2019?Who knows? But it’s going to make for some fireworks heading into the dog days of the 2019 MLB season.
DeMarcus Cousins will likely miss the entirety of the 2019-20 season after tearing his ACL during a recent workout in Las Vegas. It’s yet another brutal injury for Cousins, who has torn his Achilles, quad and ACL in a span of about 18 months.After signing a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Lakers in July, Cousins was preparing to play a major role in Los Angeles’ frontcourt alongside former Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis. Now with Cousins heading toward knee surgery, the Lakers will have to quickly adjust their strategy at center. Davis will find himself at center in key moments. The Lakers’ small-ball lineups should be extremely effective with him rolling to the rim on one end and protecting the paint on the other. We all saw how dominant Davis could be as part of that kind of unit when the Pelicans swept the Trail Blazers out of the 2018 playoffs. Davis finished the series averaging 33.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 1.8 steals per game. That matters for a franchise with championship aspirations.The Lakers are looking at the rigors of the regular season, though. They are banking on a platoon of McGee plus another veteran center to bang inside on a nightly basis and keep Davis happy and productive at power forward.The easiest solution isn’t always the right one — at least, that’s what the Lakers are telling us. MORE: Three big questions for Lakers following Cousins injuryThe easiest solution: Slide Davis to center and fill out the lineup from there. If he wants to start LeBron James at point guard, coach Frank Vogel could go with James, Avery Bradley, Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma and Davis. That group has a nice balance of playmaking, size and shooting.However, Lakers fans shouldn’t expect to see Davis log too many minutes at center this season. “I like playing the four,” Davis said at his introductory news conference. “I’m not even going to sugarcoat it. I like playing the four. I don’t really like playing the five.”Davis did tell Vogel that, if he needs to play at center, then that’s exactly what he’ll do. But it’s clear Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka is on the same page as Davis.”We want a decade of dominance out of him here, right?” Pelinka said at that news conference. “So we’ve got to do what’s best for his body, and having him bang against the biggest centers in the West every night is not what’s best for his body or for our team and the franchise.”How will Cousins’ absence impact the Lakers’ plans? Based on early reports, they’re not changing anything.In the wake of the DeMarcus Cousins news a high ranking member of the Lakers tells me that they do not expect nor do they want Anthony Davis to play “big minutes” at center this season @NBATV— Jared Greenberg (@JaredSGreenberg) August 16, 2019Los Angeles has expressed interest in Grizzlies big man Dwight Howard and free agent Joakim Noah, so the Lakers appear committed to the idea of splitting most of the center minutes between JaVale McGee and another offseason acquisition. Names like Howard, Noah, Marcin Gortat and Mo Speights aren’t exciting, but the market is extremely limited.That’s why Cousins is such a significant loss. A lesser version of Cousins is still an upgrade over the remaining options. He also had chemistry with Davis in New Orleans and allowed him to split time at power forward and center. Without Cousins on the roster last year, Davis played nearly all of his minutes at center, per Basketball-Reference position estimates.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace (11) shakes hands with Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin before an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Miami won 34-28. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)After being eliminated from any chance of making the playoffs with a loss to the Miami Dolphins, 34-28 last weekend, the Steelers, 5-8, will now play the role of spoilers for the remainder of the season having to play the AFC North division leading Cincinnati Bengals, 9-4, this weekend.After the big game against the Bengals they will close out against the Green Bay Packers, 6-6-1 and the Cleveland Browns, 3-9. If they win out they could still break even with an 8-8 record, but it’s not likely they will defeat both the Bengals and Packers.The Bengals are still looking to move up into the number two slot if the New England Patriots continue to play the way they have been playing in the first half and finally slip up and lose to someone. The Packers are still in the NFC North race especially if the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, 7-6 continue to be inconsistent.Right now the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins are tied for the final AFC playoff spot with three games to go, with several teams at 6-7. The Ravens have a monster schedule facing three division leaders in their final three games. They play the Detroit Lions, 7-6; the Patriots, 10-3 and the Bengals, 9-4. While the Dolphins play the Pats, then the Buffalo Bills,4-9 and the New York Jets, 6-7.