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August 14, 2018 Governor Wolf Thanks Emergency Personnel, Provides Update on Flash Flooding, Road Closures Press Release, Public Safety, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – As several counties in Pennsylvania continue to address the effects of heavy rains this week, Governor Tom Wolf thanked emergency personnel and first responders for serving their community. Severe rain storms that moved across Pennsylvania on Sunday and Monday caused multiple flash floods, evacuations, water rescues and road closures.“Our state and local emergency responders are continuing to coordinate to help those impacted by flash flooding from this latest round of storms,” said Governor Wolf. “On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, I thank them for their dedication to serving their communities and our state as we deal with the effects of severe rain.”At Governor Wolf’s request, representatives of his administration, including PEMA Director Rick Flinn and officials from PennDOT, will personally visit areas affected by recent flooding. The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) at PEMA was demobilized Monday evening after being activated earlier in the day. The emergency operations centers in Columbia, Lackawanna and Wyoming counties remained activated. Most temporary emergency shelters are now closed.PennDOT advised motorists that numerous roads and bridges are impacted due to flooding.The following roads are closed in north central Pennsylvania as of 10:00 a.m.:Bradford County• Route 6 between Route 14 in Troy Township and Saco Road in North Towanda Township.• Route 187 between Coyle Road in Wilmot Township and Wyalusing/New Albany Road in Terry Township.• (New) Route 187 between Route 6 in Wysox Township and Wyalusing/New Albany Road in Terry Township.• Route 220 between Harney Road in Albany township and Route 414 West.• Route 2010 (Wyalusing/New Albany Road) between Route 220 in New Albany and Rienze Road in Terry Township.• (New) Route 2024 (Liberty Corners Road) between Route 2027 and Kingsley Hill Road in Towanda Township.• Route 409 between Route 6 and the end of Route 409 at Camptown in Wyalusing Township.• (New) Route 1049 (Leraysville Road) between Route 187 in Windham Township and Gulf Road in Warren Township.• Route 4011 (Rolling Hills Road/Church Street) between Berwick Turnpike Road and Main Street in Smithfield Township.• (Open) Route 4013 Berwick Turnpike Road between Bucks Creek Road and Centerville Road in Ridgebury Township.• Route 4017 (Leona Road) between Route 6 in Troy Township and Kingsley Road in Springfield Township.Columbia County• Route 339 between Dog Town Road and Shadow Mountain Lane in Beaver Township.• Route 487 between the two intersection of Route 239 in Benton Township and Benton Borough.• Route 1020 (Winding Road) between Route 487 and Ridge Road in Fishing Creek Township.• Route 1022 (Zaners Bridge Road) between Route 254 in Greenwood Township and the Luzerne County line in Fishing Creek Township.• Route 4004 (Ridge Road/Quarry Road) between Interchange Road in Hemlock Township and Route 11 in Montour Township.• Route 4008 (Back Branch Road) between Millerton Road and Whites Church Road in Mt. Pleasant Township.• Route 4009 (Millville Road) between Route 42 in Hemlock Township and Route 11 in the Town of Bloomsburg.• (Open) Route 4016 (Black Run Road) between Route 42 and Route 44 in Madison Township.• Route 4019 (Derrs Road) between Route 44 and Nichols Road in Madison Township.• Route 4025 (Ants Hill Road) between the Montour County line and Liuzza Road in Madison Township.• (New) Route 4026 (Perry Avenue) in Montour and Hemlock townships.• Route 4049 (Central Road/Elk Grove Road) between Route 118 and the Sullivan County line in Sugarloaf Township.Lycoming County• Route 42 between Route 118 in Jordan Township and Route 220 in Davidson Township, Sullivan County.• Route 405 between Main Street and Chestnut Street in Muncy Borough.• Route 1005 (Lower Barbours Road) between Route 87 and Dunwoody Road in Plunketts Creek Township.• Route 2009 (Muncy Exchange Road) between Clarkstown Road and Fogelman Road in Muncy Creek Township.• Route 2014 (John Brady Drive) between the intersection of East Lime Bluff and Industrial Park Road in Muncy Creek Township and Route 405 in Muncy Borough.• Route 2044 (Penn Street) between Williams Street in Muncy Creek Township and South Main Street in Muncy Borough.• Route 2055 (Chippewa Road) between Route 405 in Muncy Creek Township and Beacon Light Road in Muncy Township.• (New) Route 2067 (Wallis Road) between Route 442 in and Dairy Farm Road in Moreland Township.Montour County• Route 44 between Sportsmans Road and Gearhart Road in Anthony Township.• Route 54 between Shed Road in Derry Township and Front Street in Washingtonville.• Route 54 between Route 44 in Limestone Township and Valley Road in Valley Township.• (New) Route 254 between Route 54 and PP and L Road in Derry Township.• Route 1003 (PP and L Road) between Strawberry Ridge Road in Derry Township and Betz Road in Anthony Township.• Route 1003 (PP and L Road/Muncy Exchange Road) between Route 44 and County Line Road in Anthony Township.• Route 1004 (Arrowhead Road) between Route 54 and PP and L Road in Anthony Township.• (Open) Route 1009 (Greenleaf Road) between Strawberry Ridge Road and Stamm Road in Derry Township.• Route 1011 (Fox Hollow Road) between Route 44 and the Lycoming County line in Anthony Township.• Route 3003 (Narehood Road) between Steckermill Road and Mexico Road in Liberty Township.• Route 3010 (Steckermill Road) between Route 54 in Derry Township and Narehood Road in Liberty Township.• Route 3010 (Steckermill Road) between Route 54 in Derry Township and Narehood Road in Liberty Township.Northumberland County• Route 1025 (Shakespeare Road/Shakespeare Avenue) between Route 45 and Hobbes Road in East Chillisquaque Township.Sullivan County• Route 87 between Route 154 in Forksville and Route 220 in Cherry Township.• Route 2002 (Main Street) between Route 220 in Davidson Township and Nordmont Road in Laporte Township.• Route 3005 (Ogdonia Road) between the Lycoming County line in Shrewsbury Township and Route 87 in Hillsgrove Township.• Route 4001 (Elk Creek Road) between Route 87 in Hillsgrove Township and Route 154 in Elkland Township.• Route 4009 between Campbellville Road and Millview Mountain Road in Elkland Township.• Route 4014 (Estella Spur) between Route 154 in Elkland Township and Millview Mountain Road in Forks Township.• Route 4016 (Campbellville Road) between Route 4009 in Elkland Township and Warburton Hill Road in Forks Township.• Route 4018 (Dushore Overton Road/Main Street) between Kelly Hill Road in Forks Township and Churchill Street in Dushore Borough.The following roads are closed in east central Pennsylvania as of 8:30 a.m.:Berks County• PA 625 between Philadelphia and Mt. View roads in Cumru Township.• Leesport Avenue between Snyder Road and Huller Lane in Ontelaunee Township.Lehigh County• Haasadahl Road between Becker Street and Hickory Lane in Upper Macungie Township.• Vera Cruz Road between Limeport Pike and Pam Road in Lower Milford Township.• Limeport Pike between Bell Gate Road and Chestnut Hill Church Road in Lower Milford Township.• Indian Creek Road between Macungie Road in Lower Macungie Township and Cedar Crest Boulevard in Upper Milford Township.• Spring Creek Road between Trexlertown and Mill Creek roads in Lower Macungie Township.• (New) East Texas Road between John Fries Drive and Willow Spur Road in Lower Macungie Road.• Cetronia Road Between Grange Road and Trexlertown Road in Upper Macungie Township.Monroe County• Locust Ridge Road between Cherry Blossom Lane and Lackawanna County Line in Coolbaugh Township.Northampton County• Raubsville Road between Hexenkoph and Morgan Hill roads in Williams Township;• Durham Road between Coffeetown and Raubsville roads in Williams Township;• Lehigh Drive between South 25th Street and Adamson Street in the City of Easton.Schuylkill County• Fountain Road between PA 125 in Frailey Township and PA 25 Hegins Township (closed since previous storm);• Helfenstein Road between Hunter Road in Eldred Township and High Road in Butler Township (closed since previous storm);• PA 125 between Scenic and Creek roads in Eldred Township (closed since previous storm);• Dutchtown Road between Barry and Tiley roads in Eldred Township;• US 209 between Coal and Wood streets in Port Carbon Borough;• Market Street between US 209 in Port Carbon Borough and 7th Street in East Norwegian Township;• Pottsville Street between East Norwegian Street in Mechanicsville Borough and Market Street in Port Carbon Borough;• Main Street between PA 924 and Borough Line in Gilberton Borough;• PA 924 between Eagle Rock Lodge in East Union Township and Chestnut Hill Drive in Hazel Township, Luzerne County;• PA 61 North at Schuylkill Mall Road in Blythe Township is lane restricted;• Main Street between Canal Street and Gaydos Lane in Landingville Borough.The following roads are closed in southeast Pennsylvania as of 9:00 a.m.:Bucks County• Limeport Road between Allentown Road and the Lehigh County lineDelaware County• Darby Paoli Road between Roberts Road and Goshen Road in Radnor Township, Delaware CountyMontgomery County• Route 320 (South Gulph Road) between Upper Gulph Road/Old Gulph Road and Arden Road in Upper Merion TownshipRoads that have reopened in southeastern Pennsylvania:Bucks County• Route 113 in both directions between the intersection with Souderton Square and Mall Road and Bethlehem Pike in Hilltown Township; and• Limeport Road between Allentown Road and the Lehigh County line.Chester County• Lower Pine Creek Road between Route 401 (Conestoga Road) and Yellow Springs Road in West Pikeland Township;• Wagontown Road/Cedar Knoll Road/Reeceville Road/Caln Road between Hibernia Road and Wagontown-Martins Road in West Brandywine Township;• Clover Mill Road/Pikeland Road between Kimberton Road and Merlin Road in Charlestown Township;• Route 345 (Bulltown Road) at Route 23 (Ridge Road) in East Nantmeal Township;• Route 724 (Schuylkill Road) between Scholl Road and Catfish Lane in North Coventry Township;• Pottstown Pike/Chadds Ford Road/Creek Road/High Street between Street Road and Creek Road in Birmingham Township; and• Swan Road/Upper Valley Road/Main Street between Green Street and Swan Road in Atglen Borough.Delaware County• Crum Creek Road between Farnum Road and State Road in Upper Providence Township;• Eagle Road/Glendale Road between Warrior Road and Burmont Road in Haverford Township; and• Lansdowne Avenue/Darby Road/Main Street between U.S. 13 (Chester Pike), MacDade Boulevard and 11th Street in Darby Township.Montgomery County• Conshohocken Road/Fairfield Road/Elm Street at Diamond Avenue in Plymouth Township;• Croton Road/Radnor Road between the Chester County line and Gulph Road in Upper Merion Township;• Water Street Road/Mill Road between Grange Avenue and Skippack Creek Road in Skippack Township;• Henderson Road/Beidler Road/Abrams Road at Beidler Road in Upper Merion Township;• Trinity Lane between Holstein Road and Swedeland Road in Upper Merion Township; and• Butler Pike/Matsonford Road/Fayette Street between Hillside Avenue and the Interstate 476 Interchange in Lower Merion Township.Motorists should be alert and watch for standing water on roadways throughout the area. They should never attempt to drive through flooded roadways.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.The risk of flash flooding continues today with additional rainfall, which may be heavy at times, still possible. A break in the rain comes Wednesday into part of Thursday, but more unsettled weather possible later Thursday through early Saturday. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Crisis Magazine 10 Oct 2013Christian Wedding Vendors Under Attack In 2006, a noted advocate for traditional marriage, Maggie Gallagher, warned that the legalization of same-sex marriage would lead to constraints on religious freedom. Writing in the Weekly Standard, Gallagher saw the end of adoptions services by Boston Catholic Charities as a foreshadowing of things to come. (To retain its license, Gallagher explained, the agency would have to abide by the state’s anti-discrimination law, which had been extended to married same-sex couples.) She couched her warning in the form of a question:This March, then, unexpectedly, a mere two years after the introduction of gay marriage in America, a number of latent concerns about the impact of this innovation on religious freedom ceased to be theoretical. How could Adam and Steve’s marriage possibly hurt anyone else? When religious-right leaders prophesy negative consequences from gay marriage, they are often seen as overwrought. The First Amendment, we are told, will protect religious groups from persecution for their views about marriage. So who is right? Is the fate of Catholic Charities of Boston an aberration or a sign of things to come?Seven years later, we have the answer: as of this writing, there have been at least 11 instances of wedding vendors and venues facing some form of recrimination—threats, boycotts, protests, and the intervention of state or judicial authorities—because they denied services for gay nuptials because of their faith. Besides Sweet Cakes by Melissa, they are:■ Masterpiece Cakeshop, Colorado: Owner Jack Phillips refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple in July. The Lakewood bakery has faced at least two protests, a Facebook-driven boycott, and a discrimination complaint from the state Attorney General that was scheduled for a hearing in September. Phillips has said he would rather close his bakeshop than compromise his Christian beliefs. (Sources: news reports including Washington Times and Huffington Post.)■ Victoria’s Cake Cottage, Iowa: Baker Victoria Childress denied service to a lesbian couple hoping to get married in 2011. The Des Moines baker was called a “bigot” and faced a protest and Facebook boycott but refused to budge, citing her Christian faith. (Sources: news reports including Washington Times and Huffington Post.)■ Fleur Cakes, Oregon: Pam Regentin, the owner of the Mount Hood-area cake shop, refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple earlier this year, sparking another Facebook boycott in May. (Sources: news reports including local television.)■ Liberty Ridge Farm, New York: The family-owned farm in mid-state New York is facing a human rights complaint after refusing to host a lesbian wedding in 2012. (Sources: local news sources here and here and the Huffington Post.)■ All Occasion Party Place, Texas: In February, the Fort Worth-based wedding venue declined to host a wedding reception for a gay couple. An online boycott has now been launched against the business. (Sources: local news and the Huffington Post.)■ Gortz Haus, Iowa: After refusing to host a gay wedding (reported in August), Betty Odgaard, the owner of the business, received threatening calls and e-mails and now must contend with a complaint the couple has filed with the state civil rights commission. (Sources: local news sources here and here and the Huffington Post.)■ Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, New Jersey: In 2012, a state judge ruled that a Methodist-owned events venue in Ocean Grove violated state law when it refused to host a gay wedding in 2007. Also, while the discrimination case was still pending, the facility lost its state tax exemption because it was deemed “no longer met the requirements as a place open to all members of the public,” the New York Times reported. (Sources: The New York Times here and here, Philadelphia Inquirer, and LifeSiteNews.)■ Elane Photography, New Mexico: The state Supreme Court ruled in August that a New Mexico photography business owned by Elaine Huguenin and her husband Jon could not legally deny services to same-sex couples. The photographer had refused service for a lesbian commitment ceremony in 2006. One of the women had filed a complaint with the state Human Rights Commission, which ruled against the photographers in 2008, prompting an appeals process that led to the high court decision. It’s now unclear what will happen to the business. (Sources: press releases and news reports including the Catholic News Agency and the Santa Fe New Mexican. The case is discussed further below.)■ Arlene’s Flowers, Washington: A florist refused to provide flowers to a gay wedding last March and now owner Baronelle Stutzman is facing a lawsuit from the state Attorney General. (Sources: news reports including local television and the Associated Press.)■ Wildflower Inn, Vermont: A lesbian couple sued the Wildflower Inn under the state public accommodations law in 2011 after being told they could not have their wedding reception there. The owners were reportedly open to holding same-sex ceremonies as long as customers were notified that the events personally violated their Catholic faith. It wasn’t enough. The inn had to settle the case in 2012, paying a $10,000 fine and putting double that amount in a charitable trust. Also, the inn is no longer hosting weddings, although the decision reportedly was made before the settlement. (Sources: The New York Times and Huffington Post.)
A young synthetic drug addict’s final hoursStuff co.nz 12 October 2018Family First Comment: And here’s the link – as is also evidenced in US “Lu’s addiction to synthetic drugs started more than a year ago, after several years of smoking marijuana with friends.” #PeopleBeforeProfits www.VoteNo.nz About 45 people are believed to have died in New Zealand as a result of synthetic drugs since June 1, 2017. SAM SHERWOOD talks to a mother whose son’s addiction killed him.The last 48 hours of Roger Lu’s life was spent in a hospital bed in China.He could not sleep. The hallucinations of demons, the continual screaming and agitation were too much. Eventually the blood vessels in his eyes would burst.The 24-year-old’s mother had tried desperately to get him off synthetic drugs. She took him to various agencies including the Christchurch City Mission and Community Alcohol and Drug Services. She sent text messages to drug dealers to leave her son alone. It was to no avail.Lu’s addiction to synthetic drugs started more than a year ago, after several years of smoking marijuana with friends.His mother, Amy Zhou, said the change in her son, who attended high school in Christchurch, was almost immediate. He went from an intelligent, active young man who played badminton to “lazy” and uninterested in anything other than his drug of choice: synthetics.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/107741349/a-young-synthetic-drug-addicts-final-hours?cid=app-iPhoneKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Cardinal Pell ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges by: – May 1, 2018 Tweet 159 Views no discussions (BBC) Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell will stand trial on historical sexual assault charges, a court has ruled.Cardinal Pell formally pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing.An Australian magistrate ruled on Tuesday that there was enough evidence for the case to proceed to a trial on some charges, but not on others.Cardinal Pell, 76, is Australia’s most senior Catholic and one of the most powerful officials in the Vatican.He was given a large police guard as he entered the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in front of dozens of media representatives and members of the public.Cardinal Pell, who is considered the Church’s third-ranked official, took a leave of absence from the Vatican last year to fight the charges in his home country.Most of the evidence given remains confidential.But following the hearing on Tuesday, his lawyer, Robert Richter QC, argued that the most “vile” allegations against his client had been dismissed.Last June, police in the state of Victoria charged the senior cleric with what they described as historical charges involving “multiple complainants”.More than 30 witnesses testified during a preliminary court hearing, known as a committal, that ran for four weeks from March. Many sessions were closed to the public, which is standard practice in Victoria in sexual offence cases.In open hearings, the court heard that an alleged incident took place at a Melbourne cathedral in the 1990s when the cleric was archbishop of Melbourne.Another allegation related to a swimming pool in the city of Ballarat in the 1970s, when Cardinal Pell was a local priest, the court heard.The cleric has consistently denied all accusations, saying last year: “I am innocent of these charges, they are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me.”Cardinal Pell’s lawyer, Robert Richter QC, told a previous hearing that the allegations were “impossible”, describing the complainants as “unreliable”.He argued that Cardinal Pell had been targeted by accusers because of his role as Australia’s most senior Catholic figure, and that his client had fully co-operated with police.Magistrate Belinda Wallington said about half of the charges had sufficient evidence to be put to a trial.An allegation that Cardinal Pell committed a sexual assault in a Ballarat cinema during a screening of Close Encounters of The Third Kind was among the charges that were dismissed.In explaining that decision, Magistrate Wallington cited inconsistencies between the evidence of the accused and other witnesses, as well as timelines of when the film was screening.“The evidence as a whole is not a sufficient weight for a jury to convict,” she said.Surrounded by supporters in the front row, he didn’t react when the magistrate announced that half of the charges were to be dismissed.When he entered his plea, Cardinal Pell remained seated but spoke in a loud, defiant voice with two words: “Not guilty.”And with that, it was clear that the cardinal will now face a trial before a jury.His appearances so far have seen dozens of cameras trail his every move in and out of court. When a trial does finally take place, the scrutiny is likely to be even more intense.Cardinal Pell’s trial will be held before a judge and a 12-person jury in the County Court of Victoria.The court will hold an administrative hearing on Wednesday, but the trial is not expected to begin for several months.On Tuesday, the Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, said he had “confidence in the judicial system in Australia and said that justice must now take its course”. Sharing is caring! Share Share Share
By Tony SteelePEORIA, Ariz. (Jan 21) – As if we are reliving the 2016 Winter Challenge, Hunter Marriott evened the score on Sunday with opening night IMCA Modified winner Ricky Thornton Jr.Marriott snagged the lead early in the $1,000 to win IMCA Modified main event at Canyon Speedway Park and never relinquished it as Jason Noll and Thornton battled for the runner-up position.Marriott utilized a front row starting spot to establish an early lead in the 25-lap feature event. Once he gained control, Marriott – already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts Allstar Invitational –never looked back while Thornton and Noll tussled for second.Utilizing the middle to the high side of the track, Thornton and Noll swapped the spot numerous times before Thornton eventually took it over with Noll holding onto third. Brian Schultz charged from the 12th starting spot to fourth with defending national champion Jason Wolla rounding out the top five from his 11th starting spot.Speedy Madrid brought home his first win of the year in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Joe Bellm knocked George Fronsman off the throne in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Joe Vlasity dominated en route to a sweep in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Madrid rolled from his third starting spot to the win ahead of Jason George, who mirrored his luck on day one as he spun early in the feature and went to the rear of the field.Much like Saturday, he worked his way all the way back to the front and sat in the cat bird seat while the field lined up for a green, white, checkered restart. As the field raced the checkers, Madrid was simply too strong as he stuck his car on the bottom and drove away to the win.Bellm who traveled from Colorado, bested Cody Center in the battle for the lead early in the Stock Car event, then held the front spot to the checkers.Vlasity dominated en route to another Hobby Stock victory. After winning six races in nine events during the 2017 campaign, Vlasity is now two for two to start the new season.All four divisions return to Winter Challenge Series action Jan. 27 and 28 at Peoria.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Hunter Marriott; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 3. Jason Noll; 4. Brian Schultz; 5. Jason Wolla; 6. Shawn Strand; 7. Spencer Wilson; 8. Zachary Madrid; 9. Garth Dushanek; 10. Brent Schlafmann; 11. Kenny Gill; 12. Duane Rogers; 13. Roy Poeling Sr.; 14. Steve Streeter; 15. Ross Statham; 16. Kelsie Foley; 17. Marlyn Seidler; 18. Bubba Stafford Jr.; 19. Jeff Stafford Sr.; 20. Robby Stancliff; 21. Chaz Baca.Stock Cars – 1. Joe Bellm; 2. Cody Center; 3. Vance Honea; 4. Thomas Daffern; 5. Dennis Losing; 6. Mike Shea; 7. Larry Brigner; 8. George Fronsman; 9. Gene Henrie.Hobby Stocks – 1. Joe Vlasity; 2. Bradley Stafford; 3. Justin Thornton; 4. Merle Zachrison; 5. Max Zachrison; 6. Shane Raines; 7. Jimmy Stephans; 8. Bill Cole; 9. Allen Hakes; 10. Jeremy Alday.Northern SportMods – 1. Speedy Madrid; 2. Jason George; 3. Chase Alves; 4. Roy Poeling Jr.; 5. Bill Miller; 6. Steve Duffy; 7. Chris Anderson; 8. T.J. Wyman; 9. Mike Goodwin; 10. Rene Madrid.
He acquitted himself well, holding on to a clean sheet at Anfield in a 0-0 draw, and is expected to keep the gloves for the next two games at least. The November international break should allow McGregor or Harper enough time to recover, but Jakupovic hopes to leave manager Steve Bruce with a tough call. “I very much enjoyed Saturday and I’m very happy about the clean sheet, but even more happy with the point,” he told the club’s official website. “I was a little bit nervous with it being Liverpool away at Anfield, I wasn’t very relaxed, but after the first save from (Mario) Balotelli, everything went away. “I could enjoy the clean sheet on Saturday, but now my focus is on next weekend. “I will try my best to stay in the team and I want to try and give the manager a difficult decision, but ultimately it is up to him. I just want to show people what I can do. “I work hard every day with Gary Walsh, our goalkeeping coach, and I know I need to prove myself with every game to be a part of this team.” The Swiss stopper was sent on loan to Leyton Orient last season – during a campaign when he made just one Barclays Premier League appearance – and was again well behind Allan McGregor and Steve Harper in the Tigers pecking order this term. But a shoulder injury to the Scot and a bicep problem for his understudy saw Jakupovic start against Liverpool on Saturday. Hull’s third-choice goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic is determined to make the most of his unexpected opportunity. Press Association
THE Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) has apparently convinced the West Indies Cricket Board to turn down a request from the Pakistan Cricket Board for a tour to be hosted in the south Asian country.According to reports, the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) asked the FICA to look into Pakistan’s security plans, and were given feedback that was less than favourable.FICA’s response came from its latest security advisory that, in turn, comes from security consultants Eastern Star International.The risk level in Pakistan, according to Eastern Star, who provides security for various cricket boards, including the International Cricket Council, was “at an extremely elevated state”.The Pakistan Super League final is scheduled for Lahore in the country, and FICA has already advised players in that final, not to go.The WICB doesn’t seem to be expecting too much fall-out with the PCB after the refusal, as the Caribbean board announced the region would be hosting Pakistan in two T20Is, three ODIs and three Tests across five venues.The West Indies’ rejection marks the third after Ireland and Sri Lanka rejected travelling to the country over the last two years.In 2009, a bus with Sri Lankan players was attacked in Lahore and since then, the International Cricket Council has refused to sanction games in Pakistan. (Sportsmax.com)
Roush Fenway Racing released a photo of Newman leaving a Daytona Beach hospital Wednesday holding the hands of his two young daughters. The announcement came just a few hours after the team said he was fully alert and walking around the hospital.The 42-year-old Indiana native was taken by ambulance directly from the track in serious condition following the crash Monday night. Doctors said two hours after the accident that Newman’s injuries were not life-threatening, but no details have been released.Roush Fenway said Ross Chastain will pilot the No. 6 Ford beginning this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and that a timetable for Newman’s return has yet to be determined.TENNIS-DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPTop-seeded Simona Halep advances at Dubai Championships — The Baltimore Orioles have claimed infielder Andrew Velazquez on waivers from the Cleveland Indians. The 25-year-old Velazquez joins a crowded competition for infield spots with Baltimore. The Orioles designated infielder Richard Urena for assignment.— Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros’ scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives. No players were punished by MLB, and opponents from other teams have expressed dismay over that fact since spring training opened last week. Many have also called for Houston to be of its 2017 World Series title.— The Tampa Bay Rays are offering fans a win-win-win-win proposition.Trying to draw bigger crowds to barren Tropicana Field, the Rays came up with a crowd-pleasing ticket plan Wednesday. The “Win Pack’’ lets a fan pick any four regular-season Rays game to attend for a total of $99. If the Rays win all four, the fan gets a voucher redeemable for a free ticket to another game.LITTLE LEAGUE-ASTROS BANAstros name barred by Little Leagues near Williamsport UNDATED (AP) — Just 60 miles east of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, one Little League director is sending a clear message to his 4,000 players that the Houston Astros and their sign-stealing scam aren’t to be emulated. He is recommending that no teams in the 23 leagues he oversees use the Astros as a team name this season after it was discovered Houston used a live camera feed to steal signs en route to a 2017 World Series title. Little League International, the Williamsport-based governing body for youth leagues around the world, said in a statement it won’t restrict districts or leagues from banning the Astros name.NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-KINGS TRADELA Kings trade Cup-winning goal scorer Martinez to VegasLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have traded Stanley Cup-winning goal scorer Alec Martinez to the Vegas Golden Knights for two second-round draft picks. Martinez has spent his entire career with the Kings, who drafted him in 2007. Although he has never scored more than 11 goals in a regular season, he earned a permanent place in franchise lore by scoring the series-winning overtime goals in both the Western Conference finals and the Stanley Cup Final six years ago. Martinez also was a member of the Kings’ first championship team in 2012. He has 62 goals and 136 assists in 597 career games, and he has six goals and 10 assists in 64 career postseason games.In other NHL news: — Mike Fiers is scheduled to start a split-squad game for Oakland on Sunday in his first game action since revealing the Houston Astros’ cheating scheme. It has not been determined whether Fiers’ spring training debut will come in the home game versus San Francisco or against Arizona on the road. In a story published by The Athletic in November, Fiers said the Astros had stolen signs using a camera in center field during their run to the 2017 World Series championship. Fiers played on that team.— Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi expects catcher J.T. Realmuto to be back in spring training in Clearwater, Florida this week and does not believe there will be any fallout from his arbitration hearing in Arizona. Realmuto is seeking a salary of $12.4 million for 2020 after making $6.05 million last year. The Phillies have offered $10 million. Girardi said he expects Realmuto’s focus to be on baseball when he returns from the hearing in Phoenix— Houston infielder Aledmys Díaz, Miami first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin all won their salary arbitration cases, cutting the teams’ advantage to 6-4 in decisions this year with three cases remaining. Díaz was awarded $2.6 million rather than $2 million, Aguilar $2,575,000 instead of $2,325,000 and Goodwin $2.2 million rather than $1.85 million. A decision is pending for Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley, whose case was argued Tuesday. Two players remain scheduled for hearings this week: Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) and reliever Héctor Neris.— Max Scherzer is scheduled to start the Washington Nationals’ exhibition opener Saturday against the Houston Astros in a rematch of last year’s World Series. Scherzer’s last start came in Game 7 of the Fall Classic at Houston. The Nationals won that one for the first championship in franchise history. Since then, the Astros have become embroiled in a sign-stealing scandal dating to their 2017 title. Scherzer threw his first live batting practice of spring training Wednesday and declared that his shoulder felt tired — which the three-time Cy Young Award winner said is a good thing.— Ultilityman Brock Holt and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a one-year contract. The deal includes a team option for 2021. The 31-year-old left-handed batter had spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015. He hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs in 295 plate appearances while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMEN’S T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLSeton Hall beats ButlerNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — No. 16 Seton Hall eked out a win after over-coming a halftime deficit to beat No. 21 ranked Butler 74-72. — The Washington Capitals hope a trade for defenseman Brenden Dillon plus a few adjustments will shake them out of some midseason doldrums. They’ve lost six of their past nine games. Defensive lapses and a lack of structure have contributed to their struggles and Dillon brings some of the things Washington has been lacking. General manager Brian MacLellan doesn’t think the Capitals are playing the right way and understands that needs to change quickly. Washington is not in first place for the first time since October.NBA-CAVALIERS-BEILEINReports: Cavaliers, Beilein splitting after just 54 gamesCLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein is out as Cleveland’s coach after just 54 games. The 67-year-old resigned before the struggling team returned from the All-Star break. The Cavs have the NBA’s second-worst record at 14-40. Beilein had a difficult time transitioning to the pro game after 12 successful seasons at Michigan and decided to move on. He signed a five-year contract in May. The Cavs have had seven coaches since 2013. He’s being reassigned to a different role in the organization. Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff will take Beilein’s spot on an interim basis. Bickerstaff previously coached in Memphis and Houston.In other NBA news: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep’s (HAL’-ehp) first match since losing to Garbine Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh) in the Australian Open semifinals was a tough three-set win over Ons Jabeur at the Dubai Championships. Halep saved a match point in the two-hour match against Jabeur, who lost to eventual champion Sofia Kenin at the Australian Open. Halep will meet Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals after Sabalenka beat Elise Mertens in straight sets. Anett Kontaveit beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and will play Petra Martic, who defeated Barbora Strycova in straight sets. Jennifer Brady will play Muguruza in the quarterfinal after Brady beat Marketa Vondrousova and Muguruza defeated Veronika Kudermetova, both in three sets.UNIVERSITY-OF-MICHIGAN-DOCTOR-INVESTIGATIONUniversity of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claimsANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An investigation has found several former patients who allege that a deceased University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams going back decades.The Ann Arbor school said Wednesday that it’s set up a hotline for others to come forward with information about Robert E. Anderson, the former director of University Health Service and athletic team physician, who worked at the school from 1968 to 2003. He died in 2008. A former student contacted the university’s athletic director in 2018 alleging misconduct during medical exams. Several others have since alleged similar abuse from the 1970s to the 1990s. Update on the latest sports MLB-NEWSPirates’ Pablo Reyes banned 80 games for positive drug testUNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone. He became the second player in three days suspended for Boldenone, which is sold under the brand name Equipose and is commonly used on horses. Houston pitcher Francis Martes also was suspended. Reyes is a 26-year-old outfielder and infielder who made his major league debut in September 2018 and hit .293 with three homers and seven RBIs. He hit .203 with two homers and 19 RBIs for the Pirates last year.Three players have been suspended this year under the big-league program. Colorado pitcher Justin Lawrence was suspended for 80 games following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT). Lawrence has yet to make his big-league debut.In other baseball news: February 19, 2020 — The Washington Redskins have exercised their 2020 option on running back Adrian Peterson. This will be Peterson’s 14th NFL season. Washington’s leading rusher last season turns 35 in March. Peterson ran for 898 yards and five touchdowns on 211 carries in 2019. He currently ranks fifth on the NFL’s career rushing list and is less than 1,100 yards from catching Barry Sanders for fourth. Peterson returns to Washington for a third season and first under new coach Ron Rivera.— Tight end Michael Roberts has signed with the Miami Dolphins, his fourth NFL team since he entered the league in 2017 as a fourth-round draft pick. Roberts caught 13 passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons with the Detroit Lions. He was out of the league last year.NASCAR-DAYTONA-NEWMANNewman released from hospital; Chastain to race Las VegasCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman has been released from a Florida hospital, about 42 hours after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500. — A federal judge has dismissed Charles Oakley’s lawsuit against executive chairman James Dolan and Madison Square Garden. The suit stemmed from the former forward for the New York Knicks ejection from a game and ensuing arrest three years ago. The judge ruled today that the case “had the feel of a public relations campaign” and Oakley had not alleged a plausible legal claim under federal pleading standards. Oakley was sitting near Dolan at a game in February 2017. He was approached by security soon after arriving and began to scuffle with them before he was removed from his seat and arrested. Oakley had alleged assault, battery and false imprisonment, along with defamation after Dolan and the Knicks implied he had a problem with alcohol.NFL-NEWSNFL free agent Greg Robinson jailed in Texas on pot chargeUNDATED (AP) — NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson have been jailed in West Texas after federal officials said they found 157 pounds of marijuana in a car in which he and another man were riding. El Paso County jail records show that the 27-year-old was booked Tuesday. The complaint says the pair were driving from Los Angeles to Louisiana when the Border Patrol stopped them Monday night and found several large duffel bags of marijuana in their sport utility vehicle. Robinson was a standout at Auburn University and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2018. The Browns recently informed Robinson’s representatives they did not intend to re-sign him as a free agent.Elsewhere in the NFL: Associated Press A Washington, D.C.-based law firm is investigating.TOKYO OLYMPICS-CHINA OUTBREAKVirologist: Tokyo Olympics probably couldn’t be held nowTOKYO (AP) — A respected Japanese virologist said Wednesday that if the Tokyo Olympics were tomorrow, the games probably couldn’t be held because of the fast-spreading virus from Wuhan, China.Dr. Hitoshi Oshitani said the right now they don’t have an effective strategy but by the end of July it may be a different situation. The local Tokyo Olympic organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee have repeatedly said over the last few weeks that they are following the advice of the World Health Organization and that the games will go on.The modern Olympics dating from 1896 have only been canceled during wartime.GOLF-PREMIER LEAGUERory McIlroy delivers strong rejection to proposed new tourMEXICO CITY (AP) — Rory McIlroy is the first player to publicly reject the idea of the Premier Golf League. The proposed new world tour is promising big money to players. It also would force them to choose which tour to play. McIlroy says he wants to be on the right side of history. He says he doesn’t see it working, and that right now players are split on whether to join. The proposed tour has been talked about for some six years but only recently picked up momentum with an influx of new money. McIlroy says players would lose independence by joining.
THE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) deemed its Extraordinary Congress a success, according to a press release. The Extraordinary Congress was hosted on Saturday last at the National Sports Resource Centre, Woolford Avenue.The Congress, GFF said, saw the circulation and approval of an unqualified or clean, audited financial report in accordance with the Constitutional timeline. “The GFF’s Executive Committee is committed to transparency and good governance and thus, in keeping with the Constitution, each member of the GFF was given the opportunity to honour their constitutional responsibility and obligation to scrutinise the Audited financial report and raise their concerns at the Congress,” said GFF president Wayne Forde, in an invited comment.The audited financial report will be published on the GFF’s website and will be shared with sponsors, partners, Government of Guyana and other key stakeholders.