Groups unite to feed vulnerable communities

first_img Mayor Dan Plato hands out food. 1 of 2 Shamiel Hoosain, of the District Six Working Committee, mayor Dan Plato; consultant Karen Breytenbach and Andre Viljoen of Woodstock Brewery. Mayor Dan Plato joined volunteers from the District Six Working Committee in Hanover Park on Wednesday April 22, to feed hundreds of children in the community. The children made a line around the block and each had their hands sanitised before receiving a hot cooked meal from Mr Plato and members of the committee.The mayor met with consultant Karen Breytenbach, District Six Working Committee chairperson, Shahied Ajam, and Andre Viljoen, owner of Woodstock Brewery, to discuss a plan to bring large volumes of food to poor communities around Cape Town daily. “The plan involves bridging the gap between our farmers, who are producing more than enough food, but are not able to supply to their regular restaurant buyers at present, and the hungry people in the city and the volunteers who are ready to serve them. It is all about getting to scale fast,” Ms Breytenbach said.Mr Ajam thanked all the donors and volunteers that made it possible to feed the children, and encouraged more people to donate towards the cause.“Despite the challenges, there is a sense of ubuntu — a sense of love and harmony among the people. After lockdown, there will be a new normal and we must make that paradigm shift,” Mr Ajam said.Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town announced that sub-councils are revisiting ward-allocation budgets, looking for savings and projects affected by lockdown, which might not be completed by June, so that this money can be re-prioritised to the Mayoral Fund for food security.“The City is committed to working in tandem with collective efforts of the national and Western Cape governments to ensure that residents have food on their tables,” said a City statement.“In actioning the City’s commitment, councillors are playing their part and making sure they can contribute and support their different communities. “This inevitable and necessary lockdown, is having devastating effects on the economy and household incomes — leaving a lot of families in dire need of food and insecure of their next meal. Many households have been pushed into hunger and starvation which is very concerning to the City. “The City’s food-relief programme will be rolled through all 24 sub-councils and recognised NGOs as soon as the budget re-prioritisation is completed.”center_img Shamiel Hoosain, of the District Six Working Committee, mayor Dan Plato; consultant Karen Breytenbach and Andre Viljoen of Woodstock Brewery.last_img read more

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TOC owning groups consider exit strategies as Shapps outlines reform thinking

first_imgPalace of Westminster clock tower.zoom inzoom outRevenue allocationOne insider explained to Rail Business UK that the government ‘has already nationalised revenue, which gives a lot more scope to change stuff without worrying so much’. As all income would initially go to DfT, one likely change could be the ending of the ORCATS system for revenue allocation. Observers note that this ‘encourages operators to run lots of little trains very often’, resulting in congestion on key routes. Running fewer but longer trains would improve performance and boost passenger confidence while retaining the same number of seats per hour.Asking ‘why are three operators all fighting for passengers between York and Edinburgh?’, one insider suggested that TPE might be vulnerable to any decisions to reduce excess capacity from May 2022. The operator only has contingent paths against the firm track access rights held by LNER and CrossCountry.Industry insiders also confirm that despite the Covid-19 situation the Transport Secretary is keen to bring in reforms quickly, and that there is support for this position within the industry. Noting that ‘the Secretary of State is very enthusiastic to reform commercial structures’, one warned that ‘if in six months’ time we’re still sitting with an industry that is bleeding revenue and a message saying “don’t use it” then we’re in deep trouble.’ #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outUK: Several owning groups holding passenger franchises are understood to be considering their future in the light of emerging government thinking about future industry structures and concession models.With the six month Emergency Measures Agreements set to end on September 20, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps explained to the Transport Select Committee on June 24 that the current situation, where DfT is taking all revenue and paying the operators to run the services, had made it easier to implement changes. ‘There is now the opportunity to move things along a little bit faster than might otherwise have been the case’, he told MPs.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outShapps had been indicating for some time that a concession model could replace the current franchising structure; this is understood to be a recommendation from the unpublished Williams Review. ‘Without revealing too much we are already moving to a different type of railway and different types of contracts’, he explained. ‘We’ve got these emergency measure agreements and we need to put in place what will replace them or what will continue from September 20. Although I can’t tell you exactly what will be happening right at this moment, there is a changed future that is coming.’Some insiders have suggested that the Williams review findings might never be released in full. Shapps told the committee that ‘circumstances have ended up superseding a lot of what Keith was doing’. Adding that ‘had it not been for coronavirus we would have released the white paper already’, he explained that ‘coronavirus has changed the picture because we’ve now ended up holding the entire network in our hands. We think that means we can do things more quickly overall, but we will need more time to put these plans in place. Before the end of the year we will have more to say about the way forward.’Contract variationsAccording to industry sources, the Department for Transport has put forward several contract variations for consideration, including an Emergency Recovery Management Agreement, a Direct Award Operating Contract, a Passenger Train Operating Contract, or a Passenger Service Contract. One industry insider described them all as ‘different ways of stumbling towards a concession model’.A senior insider told Rail Business UK ‘we know the default position in September [reinstating the pre-coronavirus franchise agreements] isn’t sustainable’. Early indications suggest that DfT wants to progress from EMA to ERMA contracts from September 20, starting a gradual transition of revenue risk back to the train operating companies. Reaching agreement with the owning groups may prove challenging, as there is little consensus over how quickly passenger numbers and revenue will ramp up again. There is a strong view that recovery will take between 12 and 18 months from September and any transfer of risk back to the TOCs may be too early.One observer commented ‘quite how you get an owning group to sign up to a glide path back to revenue risk, I really don’t know. The outlook is that one or two TOCs may fall over in the next six months; the ones that were weak before Covid are still weak. Then there might be one or two where the owning group won’t sign up to an ERMA, in which case they may transfer to the Operator of Last Resort.’#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#zoom inzoom outPreparations for this eventuality are reportedly in hand, following establishment of additional OLR companies. Prior to the move to EMAs, the most vulnerable franchises were widely understood to be TransPennine Express and South Western Railway, while Rail Business UK also understands that there are concerns over the future of KeolisAmey’s agreement to run Transport for Wales Rail Services.Complex structuresIt is also clear that Shapps wants to remove some of the complex contractual structures to give what he described as ‘a railway that is brought back together a lot more, which has a central guiding mind’, avoiding ‘a situation that the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing’. He told MPs that he envisages a system similar to the way Transport for London appoints a concessionaire to operate London Overground ‘on the basis of the fare being collected centrally, and investment cases being made by the central organisation’.While the government insists that it has no plans for re-nationalisation, industry insiders suggest that whichever model is chosen for the long term, it will facilitate wide ranging changes to ticketing and the fares structure, timetable planning and industrial relations issues. The Treasury is reportedly concerned over the rising costs of running a near-empty railway.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

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Arum confirms Pacquiao-Horn clash in April

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Arum confirms Pacquiao-Horn clash in April’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Saturday, January 21, 2017[/av_textblock][/av_one_full][av_three_fifth first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”] [av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]MANILA – Newly-crowned World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will reportedly next face Australian boxer Jeff Horn in his next fight.Top Rank Promotions head Bob Arum said a deal is in place to hold the Pacquiao-Horn fight on April 23. The venue, however, is yet to be finalized as they are looking at Australia and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.“We have an agreement in place with Duco Promotions, a boxing promotions based in Australia and New Zealand, for the Pacquiao-Horn fight on April 23, during Pacquiao’s Senate break,” Arum said in a statement.“Horn’s a great looking kid, speaks very well. He’s undefeated. He’s a tough guy. He has a great back-story being a school teacher, so it makes a lot of sense pitting him against Manny,” he added.Horn’s manager Dean Lonergan, in an interview with an Australian based media, confirmed that Arum has contacted them for a possible match with Pacquiao and said that they are willing to give in to the Filipino boxer’s asking price.“Bob has given us a figure for Pacquiao’s fee to fight Jeff Horn,” Lonergan said. “While it’s a substantial amount of money, we believe that with the right sponsorships we can make Pacquaio-Horn happen.”The 28-year-old Horn, who currently holds the WBO and IBF Inter-Continental welterweight championship, has an unblemished 16-0-1 win-loss-draw ring record, including 11 stoppage victories.The 38-year-old Pacquiao, on the other hand, has a 59-6-2 win-loss-draw ring record including 38 stoppage wins after his unanimous decision win over Jessie Vargas on November, 2015./PN[/av_textblock][/av_three_fifth][av_two_fifth min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/sports-Pacquiao.jpg’ attachment=’93657′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/sports-Pacquiao_Horn.jpg’ attachment=’93658′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image][/av_two_fifth]last_img read more

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Canada mauls Batang Gilas 102-62 in FIBA U-17 World Cup

first_imgCanada’s Shemar Rathan-Mayes is clobbered by the defense of Batang Gilas’ Kai Sotto and Carl Tamayo. FIBA MANILA – Batang Gilas bowed out of the 2018 FIBA U-17 World Cup after a 62-102 loss to Canada in the round-of-16 on Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila) at the Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario, France.Matthew Alexander Moncrieffe led Canada with double-double 22 points and 11 rebounds. Benjamin Nathaniel Krikke and Luka Sakota had 13 and 10 points, respectively.Ilonggo Gerry Abadiano finished with 19 points for the Philippines. Kai Sotto added 16 points and eight rebounds while Raven Cortez contributed 10 points.Canada waxed hot early with a 14-0 start courtesy of inside hits by Moncrieffe. Abadiano finally put Batang Gilas on the board with three free throws but Canada pulled away anew with 12-4 run for a 26-7 lead. The Canadians were not threatened – Moncrieffe, Krikke and Sakota found a way around the defense of Batang Gilas for Canada to lead by as much as 40 points in the second half.With the defeat, the Philippine U-17 basketball squad of head coach Michael Oliver was relegated to the classification round where it will try to salvage at least a ninth place.“It was tough but I am proud of how my players responded,” Oliver said. “We will try to salvage at least a ninth place here in the World Cup.”/PNlast_img read more

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Iran tramples on Gilas 78-70 in FIBA World Cup Qualifier

first_imgChristian Standhardinger of Gilas Pilipinas goes up for a shot against Iran during their 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifier game at the Mall of Asia Arena on Monday, Dec. 3. The Philippines seemed headed to victory until Iran made succeeding points within the last minutes to seal the win 78-70. FIBA MANILA – Gilas Pilipinas struggled against the huge fourth-quarter run of Iran to suffer a 70-78 defeat in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifier on Monday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.Gilas was up 60-52 midway in the fourth quarter after a 3-pointer by Beau Belga before surrendering to Iran’s 8-0 scoring run behind Mohammad Jamshidijafarabadi for the scores to tie at 60-all.Iran further surged to a 67-62 advantage after 5 straight points from Jamshidijafarabadi but Gilas took the lead anew 70-69 on a triple by Jayson Castro and an inside hit by June Mar Fajardo.But that was the last stand of the Philippines as the Iranians went on a 9-0 run on back-to-back hits by Behnam Yakhchalidehkordi and Jamshidijafarabadi and free throws by Yakhchalidehkordi to seal the win. Jamshidijafarabadi, who previously played for Meralco Bolts in the PBA, finished with 26 points, while Yakhchalidehkordi added 21 markers for Iran, which eked out the victory despite missing four veterans led by the 7-foot-2 center Hamed Haddadi.Gilas had a strong start with early conversions from Marcio Lassiter and Christian Standhardinger but Iran kept the gap small until it came to within 35-39 at the half.Scoring went slow in the third period, with Castro carrying the fight for the Philippines toward a 49-46 lead. Iran rallied to within a basket but conversions from Fajardo and Standhardinger allowed Gilas to snag a 54-50 lead.Castro, who just returned from a three-game FIBA suspension, led the way with 19 points while Standhardinger and Lassiter added 17 and 12 points, respectively, for the Philippine side.The defeat relegated Gilas to the fourth spot in their group with a 5-5 win-loss slate as Japan surged to the third (6-4) by virtue of its 86-70 victory over Kazakhstan on the same day.Gilas Pilipinas must win its two next on-the-road matches – against Qatar on Feb. 21 and Kazakhstan on Feb. 24 – to stay alive in the World Cup race./PNlast_img read more

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SEC penalizes MSU baseball for organizing charitable event

first_imgMississippi State baseball was penalized by the SEC for organizing a charitable event.Mississippi State baseball was penalized by the SEC for organizing a charitable event.STARKVILLE — The Southeastern Conference docked Mississippi State baseball two fall practices for organizing a charitable event in October 2014.It was one of 16 secondary violations the school reported to the league and the NCAA during the 2014-2015 academic year the Clarion-Ledger learned through an open records request on Monday.Mississippi State’s football team was responsible for 11 of the violations. Baseball, men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s volleyball and women’s soccer accounted for the other five.The most bizarre penalty was handed to the baseball team for publicizing an intrasquad scrimmage in advance.On Oct. 18, 2014, Mississippi State traveled to Jackson for a promotional activity to visit Blair Batson Children’s Hospital. While in Jackson, MSU practiced and conducted a free intrasquad scrimmage to allow the hospital’s staff to collect donations for their fundraising efforts. The event was approved and publicized in an effort to generate interest in the local community for Blair Batson Children’s Hospital.The event raised nearly $1,900.It also raised red flags within the NCAA rule book. Mississippi State committed two secondary violations during the event.NCAA Bylaw 17.1.7.6.4, states, “Preseason off-campus intrasquad games shall be prohibited in all sports.”Bylaw 17.1.7.6.5 continues, “An institution may publicize off-campus preseason practice activities that are conducted at a single designated site, provided the institution normally conducts preseason practice activities at that particular site.”Due to the nature of the violations, MSU approached the situation with a no-harm, no-foul mentality. The school imposed a penalty of a “thorough review of all pertinent legislation,” according to the case report.The SEC wasn’t satisfied. The conference added additional penalties which included a reduction of Mississippi State’s practice days by two for the fall of 2015.The SEC accepted 14 of Mississippi State’s 16 self-imposed penalties. The only other violation in which the league demanded more action involved a football coach calling a prospect twice in a week after the limit had been reached by another coach. The SEC prohibited the entire coaching staff from having telephone contact with the prospect for 14 days.It was one of 11 secondary violations committed by the football team involving illegal telephone calls.The NCAA and SEC had no issue with another Mississippi State athlete contributing to charity.A volleyball player (name redacted) attended five meals during a prospect’s recruiting visit during the weekend of Feb. 6-8. The student-athlete was not serving as the host student but still received five meals totaling $65.97.In breaking NCAA Bylaw 11.1.1.1., the athlete was deemed ineligible until she repaid the $65.97 to a charity of her choice.All 16 violations are listed below.Submitted: 8/19/14Sport: Women’s SoccerViolation type: Athletically related activitiesSummary: Women’s soccer players participated in an institutional camp while enrolled in summer school on aid as incoming freshmen.Additional facts: A total of nine student-athletes participated illegally. The coach thought it was permissible since they had not started classes for the regular academic year.Institutional Action: The student-athletes were assessed a 2-for-1 penalty by reducing their countable hours of activities. Three coaches were sent a letter of admonishment.Submitted: 9/26/14Sport: FootballViolation type: Telephone callsSummary: Two phone calls were placed to a perspective student-athlete (PSA) on June 23 and 24.Additional facts: Call on June 23 lasted three minutes. Call on June 24 lasted a minute. The violator (name redacted) said he did not call and thought his sons may have accidentally called the number.Institutional Action: The coach was reminded of his obligation by NCAA bylaw 11.1.1.Submitted: 9/26/14Sport: FootballViolation type: Telephone callsSummary: A football coach placed a call to a junior prospective student-athlete on Feb. 13, 2014.Additional facts: The prospective student-athlete called the coach on Feb. 13. The coach later called the player accidentally while scrolling through his recent calls. Once he realized the number had been dialed, he hung up. The athlete tried to call the coach back. The coach didn’t answer. There was no communication beyond that point.Institutional action: None.Submitted: 9/26/14Sport: FootballViolation type: Telephone callsSummary: Multiple calls placed to a junior prospective student-athlete during the 2014 Spring Evaluation period.Additional facts: A coach called and spoke with a junior PSA for five minutes. He didn’t log the call immediately after. Twenty minutes later another coach called the athlete without the knowledge of the first call.Institutional action: No phone calls to the PSA for 14 days beginning Sept. 1, 2014. Coaches were reminded of their obligation under NCAA bylaw 11.1.1.1. Three coaches were also given letters of admonishment.Submitted: 9/26/14Sport: FootballViolation type: Telephone callsSummary: Multiple calls placed in a one-week period.Additional facts: A coach placed calls two PSAs after countable calls had been made to each of those prospects earlier in the week by a different coach.Institutional action: The coach was given a letter of admonishment and was prohibited from calling any PSA for 14 days beginning on Sept. 2, 2014.Additional action: The SEC prohibited the entire coaching staff from having telephone contact with the PSA for 14 days.Submitted: 9/30/14Sport: FootballViolation type: Telephone callsSummary: Phone calls were made prior to the permissible time period to a PSA by a coach.Additional facts: A coach accidentally made two calls to a PSA on Sept. 27. The PSA attempted to call back, but the coach did not answer.Institutional action: Prohibited entire coaching staff from placing any phone calls to the PSA for 60 days beginning Sept. 2, 2014. One coach was given a reminder of his obligation under NCAA bylaw 11.1.1.1. Another received a letter of admonishment.Submitted: 9/30/14Sport: FootballViolation type: Telephone callsSummary: A coach placed a phone call to junior PSA on Sept. 9, 2013Additional facts: A coach took part in two calls to a junior PSA. The first lasted a minute. He then received an incoming call that lasted approximately seven minutes.Institutional action: The entire coaching staff was prohibited from placing any calls to the PSA for 60 days beginning on Sept. 1, 2014. The coach was given a reminder of his obligation under NCAA bylaw 11.1.1.1.Submitted: 9/30/14Sport: FootballViolation type: Telephone callsSummary: An accidental phone call was made to a junior PSA.Additional facts: A coach placed an accidental call on March 31, 2014. The call was disconnected before it was connected and there were no other calls associated with the prospect.Institutional action: The entire coaching staff was prohibited from placing any calls to the PSA for 60 days beginning on Sept. 1, 2014. The coach was given a reminder of his obligation under NCAA bylaw 11.1.1.1 and a letter of admonishment.Submitted: 9/30/14Sport: FootballViolation type: Telephone callsSummary: Coach placed a phone call to a junior PSA in July 2014. Additional facts: A coach placed a one-minute phone call to a number connected to a junior at Starkville High School on July 28, 2014. The following day the coach logged a nine minute incoming call from the same number. The coach states he did not know who the number belonged to at the time. He said he had several missed calls from the number. He noticed the number shared the same area code as all the athletic department numbers so he dialed it. When he realized it wasn’t an institutional staff member he immediately hung up. The PSA called back the next day. The coach informed him of the phone call rules and gave him the coach’s number that would be recruiting him.Institutional actions: Prohibited the entire coaching staff from placing calls to the PSA for 60 days beginning on April 15, 2015 with Spring 2015 evaluation period and concluding after Sept. 16, 2015. The coach was given a reminder of his obligation under NCAA bylaw 11.1.1.1 and a letter of admonishment.Submitted: 9/30/14Sport: FootballViolation type: Telephone callsSummary: Coach placed a phone call to junior prospect in July 2014Additional facts: Part II of violation listed above. On July 29 a coach logged a one-minute outgoing call to a number connected with a junior PSA at Starkville High School. There as an incoming call immediately after that was logged as a two-minute call from the same number. The coach stated he didn’t know at the time who the number belong to. He didn’t intentionally place the call and at no time spoke with anyone. He said he had several missed calls from the number. Since it contained a local area code, like all institutional staff members, he tried the number. When he realized it wasn’t a number belonging to a staff member, he hung up.Institutional actions: Prohibited the entire coaching staff from placing calls to the PSA for 60 days beginning on April 15, 2015 with Spring 2015 evaluation period and concluding after Sept. 16, 2015. The coach was given a reminder of his obligation under NCAA bylaw 11.1.1.1 and a letter of admonishment.Submitted: 11/12/14Sport: Men’s basketballViolation type: Athletically related activitiesSummary: A returning player withdrew from summer classes on June 20, 2014 but continued to participate in required activities from June 23-July1 without meeting a summer access exemption.Additional facts: The total participation hours were 10.25 hours.Institutional action: The player’s activity hours were reduced by two for the following 10 weeks and half of the 11th week beginning on July 7, 2014. MSU instituted a notification system where the registrar’s office and the compliance staff will be notified via email once a student-athlete initiates the online withdrawal process.Submitted: 12/15/14Sport: BaseballViolation type: Athletically related activitiesSummary: The baseball team held an off-campus intrasquad scrimmage that was publicized in advance.Additional facts: On Oct. 18, 2014, Mississippi State traveled to Jackson for a promotional activity to visit Blair Batson Children’s Hospital. While in Jackson, MSU practiced and conducted a free intrasquad scrimmage to allow the hospital’s staff to collect donations for their fundraising efforts. They raised nearly $1,900. The event was approved and publicized in an effort to generate interest in the local community for Blair Batson Children’s Hospital. MSU misapplied the legislation by allowing the scrimmage to occur.Institutional action: A thorough review of all pertinent legislation will be conducted.Conference action: The SEC required MSU to reduce the number of practice days for the fall of 2015 by two.Submitted: 12/15/14Sport: FootballViolation type: Telephone callsSummary: Multiple calls in a week to a PSA.Additional facts: One coach missed a called from a PSA. He called back without checking that another coach had called the PSA earlier in the week.Institutional action: The entire coaching staff was prohibited from placing any phone calls to the PSA for two weeks beginning on Nov. 10, 2014. The coach was given a reminder of his obligation under NCAA bylaw 11.1.1.1 and a letter of admonishment.Submitted: 2/25/15Sport: Men’s GolfViolation type: Skill instruction athletically related activitiesSummary: The men’s golf team was required to practice on an institutional holiday and participated in 12 hours of skill related instruction during the same week, outside the playing season.Additional facts: MSU’s golf team practiced four hours on Jan. 19 – Martin Luther King Day. They practiced eight additional hours, resulting in 12 total hours – two over the maximum.Institutional action: The men’s golf team was required to take two days off of all countable activities for two consecutive weeks beginning Feb. 15, 2015. They will were also required to reduce their countable hours by two for 10 straight weeks, starting on Feb. 15. The coach was given a reminder of his obligation under NCAA bylaw 11.1.1.2 and a letter of admonishment.Submitted: 2/25/15Sport: FootballViolation type: Telephone callsSummary: Two calls were placed to a PSA during Dec. 15-20, 2014.Additional facts: Due to the departure of an assistant coach who was a lead recruiting for a PSA, two coaches called a PSA to check up on him.Institutional action: The entire coaching staff was prohibited from placing any phone calls to the PSA for two weeks beginning Dec. 21, 2014. The coach was given a reminder of his obligation under NCAA bylaw 11.1.1.1 and a letter of admonishment.Submitted: 3/30/15Sport: Women’s VolleyballViolation type: Benefits, gifts and servicesSummary: A current student-athlete was allowed to eat five meals during an official visit weekend while not serving as the student host.Additional facts: During the weekend of Feb. 6-8, the volleyball staff hosted a PSA on an official visit. The five meals amounted to $65.97.Institutional action: The student-athlete was declared ineligible until she repaid the $65.97 to a charity of her choice. The coach was given a reminder of his obligation under NCAA bylaw 11.1.1.1 and a letter of admonishment. The new volleyball staff received a review of the NCAA rules pertaining to official visits.last_img read more

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Eastman takes Star Party Rentals Cycle meet 2018 with ease

first_imgBy Michelangelo JacobusIT was a case of ‘different day, same result’ for Team Coco’s Hamzah Eastman yesterday as he eased to victory in the feature Schoolboys and Invitational 35-lap race of the fifth Star Party Rentals cycling programme.In the cyclist’s own words; it was a lazy ride for him, as he eased over the finish line ahead of PSL Trojan’s Romello Crawford in a time of one hour 17 minutes 20.34 seconds to claim top honours on a bright sunny morning.Eastman’s teammate Jamual John extended his wait for a victory, as he came in third while Paul DeNobrega, Curtis ‘Chappy’ Dey and Walter Grant-Stuart came in fourth, fifth and sixth in that order.Out of the 24 cyclists who started the race, the top five soon separated themselves from the others after just six laps, with Hamzah and John taking the early lead. However, in the closing stages of the race, John seemed to ease off and left no doubt as to who would be the victor.Young Crawford did well in the final sprint to bridge a sizeable gap and finish second within half of a bike’s length.Among the sprint prize winners were Dey and John, who claimed three apiece while Stephano Husbands and DeNobrega settled for one each.Over in the Juvenile events Adealie Hodge was first with David Hicks and Briton John settling for second and third respectively. Hodge claimed both of the sprint prizes up for grabs in that category.In the BMX Boys 9 to 12-year-old category, John Niles was the winner. Usual suspect Junior Niles once again was first in the Veterans U-50 with Wilbert Benjamin and Lear Nunes second and third.Ian Jackson claimed top spot in the Veterans Over-50 event ahead of Kennard Lovell and Andrew Blackman.On hand to present the prizes and trophies was Lennox Cush of Star Party Rentals.last_img read more

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New chairman faces challenge in speeding up commission meetings

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitter JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Johnny Bruce has built a career as an educator, coach, administrator and county commissioner, but now faces one of his stiffest challenges as the new chairman of the commission – how to make the meetings and workshops move more quickly and efficiently.   WATCH HERE.Aided by a short public comment list, the workshop last week ended in slightly less than two hours, giving the new chairman reason for optimism. At the end of this week’s regular meeting, however, Bruce felt it necessary to admonish commissioners to deal with details on many topics at committee meetings, pointing out that the group spent “over 20 minutes on sanitation issues that should have been handled in committee.”Sanitation and building and grounds issues actually dominated much of Monday’s meeting, as Ralph Davis, who chairs both committees, had a long grocery list of motions along with a lengthy report on the numerous improvements that have been made in the sanitation department since new director Bill Rutherford was hired in January.The commission unanimously approved one Davis motion to seek bids to replace doors in the upstairs part of the courthouse and another to authorize Davis to meet with Jellico and state officials in an effort to secure grant money to help pay for a new building in Jellico that would house both county field offices and Jellico Utilities offices.Davis then made a motion to approve a sanitation committee decision to seek a $500,000 grant to purchase and install compactors at the county’s convenience centers and another to declare surplus 17 used wheel hubs and exchange those hubs to the tire distributor for $75 each in credit toward future tire purchases. Both motions were approved unanimously.Davis then renewed his ongoing feud with Mayor E. L. Morton, presenting a letter that he had prepared that, he explained, would clarify the role of the commission liaison to the sanitation and maintenance departments.The letter stated that the purpose of the commissioner serving as liason for both departments “is for communication between the department director/supervisor and the commission, as well as a representative for employees of such departments should they not feel comfortable” going to their department supervisor.The letter continues to dictate that inquiries made to Morton’s office regarding matters of either department would be directed to the director of the department “and/or the chairman of the committee, not the department liaison.”This letter would bypass Charles Baird, the liaison elected by the commission and instead direct public inquiries or complaints to Davis, who chairs both committees. At the workshop last week, Davis had complained that some calls concerning sanitation issues had gone to  Morton’s office, although Morton had been removed from control of the department.At the meeting, Davis asked if Morton would sign the letter, which was basically a memorandum of understanding.“You don’t need my signature,” Morton replied.Davis then made a motion, seconded by Scott Stanfield, for the commission to request the mayor’s signature on the memorandum. This motion passed, but not by the usual unanimous vote. First term commissioners Zachary Marlow, Dewayne Baird and Tyler King all voted “no” as the motion passed 9-3.  (CORRECTION:  Commissioners Dewayne Baird, Tyler King and Scott Kitts voted “no”)Morton only had one item to add to the agenda, the possibility of partnering with Highland Telephone to seek a $472,000 grant to expand broadband service into rural Campbell County. His request met with resistance, after Finance Director Jeff Marlow and attorney Joe Coker both brought up potential problems.The county failed to secure a 100 percent grant last year and the amount needed to complete the project is more than the $472,000 available this year. There are legal problems with the county partnering with a non-governmental entity.After several minutes of discussion with no motion offered, Bruce directed that the details should be worked out in committee before the matter is brought up before the full commission.Dewayne Baird and Scott Kitts both brought to the commission’s attention a letter each had received from Property Assessor Brandon Partin, responding to inquiries they made after the workshop when some taxpayers were complaining that their tax bills went up despite the commission’s vote to lower the tax rate.In his letter, Partin conducted a short seminar on how tax assessment works, explaining that the state certified tax rate in a reappraisal year is an average of total property values in the county, but some property could be expected to have been increased in value, through improvements or other factors.Partin, responding to criticism from some commissioners, added in his letter that, “However, had the commission approved the tax rate of $2.25, like was intended, each individual would no doubt have seen a large increase.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/22/2019-6AM)last_img read more

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‘Immensely proud’ Lampard is confirmed as Chelsea boss

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images Chelsea have confirmed club legend Frank Lampard as their new head coach on a three-year deal.The Blues’ all-time leading goalscorer replaces Maurizio Sarri, who left to take over as Juventus boss after one season in charge at Stamford Bridge.The 41-year-old guided Derby County to the Championship play-off final in his first season as a manager.AdChoices广告Chelsea paid about £4m to release the former England midfielder from the final two years of his contract with the Rams.Jody Morris, who made 124 league appearances for Chelsea as a player, is returning as assistant boss.The Hammersmith-born Morris left his coaching role at Chelsea last year to become Lampard’s assistant.Lampard scored 213 goals for the Blues during 13 years as a player, winning 11 major trophies.He captained the side in John Terry’s absence when Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012 and also won a Europa League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups.“I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach,” said Lampard.“Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared. However, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead.“I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer See also:Morris and Newton to have key roles under LampardMusonda rejoins Vitesse on loan from ChelseaYoungsters included in Chelsea’s squad for Dublin triplast_img read more

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Azharuddin raised Ganguly as captain; Former Pakistan captain says |…

first_imgIslamabad: Former Pakistan cricket captain Rashid Latif has praised former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin.Rashid said Azharuddin was credited with developing leadership qualities, including that of Sourav Ganguly. Rashid later added that it was the culture that Azharuddin started that helped Team India get the best captains, including Dhoni.He pointed out that Dhoni and now Kohli are following the culture started by Azharuddin.Rashid Latif was talking about Azharuddin on a YouTube show about MS Dhoni, who recently retired from international cricket.“I have a lot of respect for Muhammad Azharuddin. He has served Indian cricket for a long time. Azharuddin was instrumental in making Ganguly captain. Legends like Tendulkar and Dravid have played under Ganguly, ”said Rashid.Ganguly made his Test and ODI debut for India under Azharuddin. Under Azharuddin, Ganguly has played 65 matches, including 12 Tests and 53 ODIs.Commenting on Azharuddin as the captain who brought about great changes in Indian cricket, Rashid added that his name would have been included in the list of India’s legendary players if his career had not ended due to allegations of match-fixing.He said that while Ganguly followed in the footsteps of Azharuddin, Dhoni had brought the style of the two into his own style in line with modern cricket.Content Highlights: Mohammad Azharuddin made Sourav Ganguly as leader Rashid Latiflast_img read more

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