Girl at nude bike ride angers

first_imgBay of Plenty Times 15 March 2012A mother’s choice to let her 8-year-old daughter take part in a naked beach bike ride has been labelled “tantamount to abuse” by an organisation that prevents the sexual exploitation of children. The 8-year-old girl, who wore bikini bottoms, was one of eight bikers who took part in Saturday’s New Zealand World Naked Bike Ride from Omanu to Papamoa. Her mother declined to speak on the issue despite the leaders of organisations lambasting her decision. ECPAT International’s New Zealand director Alan Bell said exposing a child to naked adults was “tantamount to abuse”. ECPAT’s name is drawn from “End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes”. “If people want to get in the nuddy and go for bike rides without offending too many people that’s their business … what I was concerned about was the 8-year-old girl,” Mr Bell said. “It’s exposure to unnecessary risk. Why would you put an 8-year-old girl in front of naked men?” Mr Bell said 8-year-olds were too young to know what was right and wrong. “Children don’t have the capacity to make an informed decision. It’s the responsibility of the adult to make sure they are in a safe environment.”Bob McCoskrie, Family First’s national director, was against the New Zealand World Naked Bike Ride taking place and concerned to hear an 8-year-old had been part of it. “When you’re getting 8-year-old kids being exposed to that stuff you have to think something’s wrong. Most people would agree with that,” Mr McCoskrie said. “Most people would be concerned to have young children being exposed to full frontal nudity.” When asked what he would tell the girl’s mother if given the opportunity, Mr McCoskrie said: “What adult wants to expose an 8-year-old girl to full front nudity?”http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/girl-at-nude-bike-ride-angers/1306624/last_img read more

Confirmed. Anti-smacking law has achieved…… NOTHING

first_imgFrom the Salvation Army State of the Nation 2014 ReportBetween 2008 and 2013, recorded offences of violence, sexual assaults and neglect of children rose 68%. Over this period, recorded assaults on children doubled from 1,328 to 2,667 offences, while recorded sexual offences against children rose 43% from 1,379 offences to 1,976. Recorded cases of child neglect rose by 42% during this period, rising from 401 offences in 2007/08 to 569 offences in 2012/13, although they peaked at 657 cases in the 2011/12 year.Over the five years to 30 June 2013, more serious child assaults have increased by 83%—from 612 recorded offences in 2007/08 to 1,032 offences in 2012/13. The number of recorded sexual assaults on children rose a further 3% during the year to 30 June 2013, to 1,976 offences. This number is 43% greater than the 1,379 child sex offences recorded in 2008.The resolution rate for recorded child assaults involving injury declined from 80% in the year to 30 June 2008 to 63% in the year to 30 June 2013. Over the same period, the prosecution rate for such offending declined from 66% to 45%.The amendment of section 59 of the Crimes Act in 2007 appears to have led to an increase in the numbers of recorded offences for non-injury assaults on children. Since June 2008, the numbers of such offences have risen by nearly 160%—from an average of almost 450 such offences recorded annually between 2002 and 2007, to an annual average of 1,150 recorded offences. The annual average number of prosecutions for non-injury assaults on children has risen by 200 per year as a consequence of this increase in the number of recorded offences.Notifications to Child Youth and Family during the year to 30 June 2013 totalled 148,659, 3% fewer than the 153,407 reported during the previous year. However, the 2013 figure is 66% or nearly 60,000 higher than the number of cases notified five years earlier during the year to 30 June 2008. This recent small decline appears to be due mainly to changes in the number of notifications made by the Police.Cases of substantiated child abuse or neglect rose 4% between 2011/12 and 2012/13 from 22,172 to 22,984 cases, and by 41% over the five years to 30 June 2013.last_img read more

Haiti election results on hold

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Haiti election results on hold by: – March 31, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Share PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Wednesday March 30, 2011 –Haitians will have to wait until next Monday to hear the preliminary results of the final round of presidential elections, after the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced yesterday that it won’t be ready by tomorrow as initially planned.The CEP issued a statement, signed by President Gaillot Dorsinvil, explaining that stringent verification measures to reduce fraud and irregularities in vote tabulation are responsible for the four-day delay in telling the population whether 50-year-old popular musician Michel Martelly or 70-year-old former first lady Mirlande Manigat came out on top.This time around, more than half the tally sheets have been sent to be inspected for fraud, much more than the 10 percent inspected in the first round.The CEP said that these and other provisions “which have proved to be necessary for the reliability of the results, unfortunately affected the pace of the Tabulation Center which is no longer able to produce its report on the date originally scheduled”.“The Provisional Electoral Council thanks the population for its understanding and reiterates its commitment to conduct the electoral process to a successful conclusion,” it added.The CEP gave no indication whether this delay would affect the announcement of the final results which, according to its timetable, is set for April 16.Meantime, the Joint Organisation of American States (OAS)/Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Electoral Observation Mission (JEOM) has indicated it will maintain its presence in Haiti’s 11 electoral departments until the final results are announced.The JEOM said its observers have been present in the Vote Tabulation Centre round-the-clock since the tabulation phase began on March 21, a day after voters cast their ballots in the second round of presidential and legislative elections. “The observers are monitoring the new procedures put in place for the processing of the result sheets and the application of criteria for verification to ensure the integrity and transparency of the tabulation process,” it said in a statement yesterday.“The JEOM notes the strengthening of the capacity of the Legal Control Unit (UCL), which has now 16 lawyers whose task is to determine the validity of the result sheets brought to their attention. The Mission has noted that compared to the first round, a greater amount of result sheets were sent to the UCL.”The Mission cautioned that premature announcements of victory are harmful to public order and the smooth unfolding of the electoral process by creating expectations among their supporters that might not be founded, and therefore urged both presidential and legislative candidates and their campaign teams and allies to avoid making any such pronouncements.“The Mission understands the candidates’ eagerness to know the results. However, it wishes to point out to the two presidential candidates in particular that one of them will be elected President of the Republic and, as such, will be responsible for the proper functioning of institutions and the maintenance of public order,” the JEOM said.“They should therefore demonstrate as of now the sense of responsibility they will have to display when taking the helm of the affairs of the Republic by appealing to their teams and supporters to await the publication of the preliminary results to avoid creating false expectations and to respect the verdict of the ballot box.”The Mission further called on all political leaders, political groups and their supporters to contribute to the maintenance of a calm and peaceful atmosphere as they await the publication of the preliminary results.Source: Caribbean 360 News 40 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Industry leaders push for Cleanergy

first_imgSan Carlos Sun Power Inc.’s 59-megawatt peak utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plant in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, forms part of AboitizPower’s renewable energy portfolio, which also includes geothermal, run-of-river hydro and large hydropower facilities all over the country. THE Philippine energy sector has come along way in the last 10 years, ushering in an era of landmark policies andinitiatives geared towards industry competitiveness and environmentalsustainability. “We are truly honored to have been chosenas a partner of all these successful businesses and organizations. It is ourcommitment to continue providing ample, reliable and power produced reasonably toour customers by maximizing renewable energy for as long as feasible, while atthe same time using the reliability and cost-efficiency of fossil-fired powerplants,” AboitizPower chief operating officer Emmanuel Rubio said. In 2013, renewable energy contributedaround 26 percent of the country’s total power consumption. This has sinceincreased to over 30 percent by the end of 2018 mainly due to the nationalgovernment’s campaign as well as the growing appetite of consumers for moresustainable sources of power. Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa inCebu, one of the country’s top resort destinations, also chose AboitizPower’sCleanergy to power their operations and support their environmentalsustainability initiatives. Shangri-La’s other facilities in the countrypowered by Cleanergy are Shangri-La at The Fort, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort& Spa, and Hotel Jen Manila by Shangri-La, to which AboitizPower supplies atotal of 10.4 MW. AboitizPower also supplies a total of 15.7MW of Cleanergy to Asian Development Bank, Draka Philippines, Eton Properties,and Unionbank, among others. “We want to give our customers an overall‘green’ experience, from the design and architecture of our buildings, up tothe power supply we use,” NEO chief executive officer Raymond Rufino earliersaid. Ten municipalities of Nueva Ecija now alsopower their homes and businesses with clean and renewable energy after NuevaEcija II Electric Cooperative, Inc. signed a 33-MW power supply deal withAboitizPower earlier this year. The 17-MW aggregated energy demand of theNestlé facilities comes from AboitizPower’s MakBan geothermal power plantin the provinces of Laguna and Batangas. In January 2019, NEO renewed itspartnership with AboitizPower for the supply of 13.5 megawatts (MW) to itsfacilities in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The push for Cleanergy is not only drivenby large industry players. For local cooperatives and private distributionutilities, the value of AboitizPower’s renewable energy brand is ever moreapparent. Long before the trend on “green” andsustainable practices took shape, green office developer and operator NEOProperty Management, Inc. (NEO) had already been at the forefront of clean andrenewable energy. In 2013, NEO partnered with AboitizPower for Cleanergy, thelatter’s brand for clean and renewable energy. In the last two years, electriccooperatives in Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Bukidnon, and MisamisOccidental have shifted to a more balanced energy mix as well. AboitizPower remains committed to helpingaddress the country’s energy trilemma of energy security, energy equity andenvironmental sustainability through its balanced mix portfolio./PNcenter_img “Siargao is one of the top touristdestinations. While we welcome more guests, local and foreign alike, we wantedto ensure that we continue to do our part in taking care of our island,”Siarelco general manager Sergio Dagooc has said. MORE Electric and Power Corp., IloiloCity’s power distributor, signed an interim power supply agreement in May withAboitizPower for 10 MW of Cleanergy from its Tiwi and MakBan geothermal plantsin the provinces of Albay, Laguna and Batangas, respectively. Power of choice Food and beverage industry leader NestléPhilippines made the switch to Cleanergy in 2017, partnering with AboitizPowerfor the supply of clean and renewable energy to its manufacturing facility inLipa, Batangas. Following this switch, more Nestle facilities have been poweredby Cleanergy – factories in Cabuyao, Laguna and Tanuan, Batangas, as well asits corporate administrative office in Makati City. Siargao Island’s power distributor,Siargao Electric Cooperative, sources at least one MW of power fromAboitizPower’s Manolo Fortich hydropower plant in Bukidnon. The government has committed to makingsure that renewables contribute at least 50 percent of the country’s totalenergy consumption by 2030. This is an optimistic goal given the growingawareness of companies towards the impact of renewable energy on theiroperations as well as the communities they serve. The use of renewableresources like geothermal reduces 90 percent of carbon emissions from powergeneration.  Sustainable, reliable and cost-effectivepower AboitizPower has a total of 32 Cleanergycustomers in Luzon and Visayas, which accounts for a total of 203 MW ofrenewable supply. Through its Cleanergy portfolio,AboitizPower and its partners generate a total of 1,254 MW, which is about 27percent of the company’s net sellable capacity. Its renewable energy portfolioincludes solar, geothermal, run-of-river hydro, and large hydropower facilitiesall over the country. Over the past decade, the power sector hasshifted from being highly dependent on fossil fuel to employing a more balancedenergy mix with various companies taking a more active role in utilizing cleanand renewable energy. Under the Retail Competition and OpenAccess (RCOA), bulk electricity consumers or contestable customers areempowered to choose their own electricity supplier, giving them the opportunityto save on their electricity costs and choose from diverse sources of powersupply.last_img read more

‘Learn from Ilonggo-Chinese example’

first_imgShe was told, she narrated, that thisis because the import should be in bulk. She told them that under herleadership in tandem with Treñas, they will help businessmen against “redtape”. The first congresswoman of Iloilo Citysaid the local Chinese New Year celebration is proof that Ilonggos of Chineseancestry are a driving force in the Ilonggo community as they have helped pushthe local economy to where it is today, and they want to help bring forth avibrant, peaceful and prosperous city. She asked the Ilonggos with Chineseblood to participate in the affairs of the city, in helping the Ilonggosparticularly the poor, and in cultivating the economy of Iloilo City reach itsfullest potential. In the interview with Panay News, Baronda said Iloilo City islucky because there are Chinese schools nurturing Ilonggo-Chinese leadersfor decades now. There are Ilonggo-Chinese organizations and associations, too,which have been doing charity work, like donating school-buildings, at theirown volition all this time benefitting thousands of Ilonggos. “We have peacefully co-existed forcenturies and it is time that we break any barrier left and unite stronger andbring forth a greater, leveled up City of Iloilo – a city where there is noChinese, there is no Ilonggo, but only Ilonggos with Chinese genes! The‘friendship arc’ on Iznart Street is a reminder of the vibrant, happy andmeaningful relationship between the Chinese and the Ilonggos. Let it be furthernurtured for everyone to benefit from,” she added.  She cited the Iloilo celebration as“the most elaborate, most organized and most successful Chinese celebration Ihave ever attended. I have attended Manila but hands off, panalo ang Iloilo in its Chinese New Year celebration.”/PN “We know some Filipinos dislike theChinese nowadays. They are displeased with China because of the West PhilippineSea issue. But I guess it would help if they look into the experience we,Ilonggos, have with the Chinese people and how our relationship has beenfostered through centuries,” said Baronda yesterday as the Ilonggo-Chinesecommunity celebrated Chinese New Year. “If there is anything they need, likea piece of legislation, or programs and projects that I can help facilitate, Iam always ready to help and assist our Ilonggo Chinese friends,” Baronda added. Iloilo City officials and dignitaries join the Chinese New Year grand parade on Jan. 29, 2020. Photo shows, among others, Cong. Julienne Baronda, Mayor Jerry Treñas, Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon, Councilor Love Baronda, and Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. chief, Judgee Lopez Peña. Mayor Jerry Treñas, in his speech,told the audience that Ilonggos are one no matter the ancestry is. He urgedthem to unite and work together “kay konmaga-uswag ang ciudad, tanan kita maga-uswag man.”center_img ILOILO City – In the wake of growingSinophobia among Filipinos largely wrought by geopolitical tensions in the WestPhilippine Sea, Rep. Julienne “Jam-jam” Baronda called on Filipinos to learnfrom the relationship forged between the Ilonggos and the Chinese who startedmigrating to Iloilo by peddling porcelain and silk during the pre-Hispanic era,and how it has become today. A member of the House ForeignAffairs Committee, Baronda told PanayNews, “There are bad Chinese but there are many good ones just as there aremany good Filipinos and there are bad ones.” “Let us make sure that as Iloilo developsand moves ahead, no one is left behind,” he told the crowd after recalling howthey started the Chinese New Year celebration in 2003. The theme of the celebration,“Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges Towards a United Iloilo Community”, isapt, said Baronda, “because the prevailing sentiments on the national and evenglobal sphere against China are not that positive. This is a good way topresent the other side, the good side of the Chinese people.” Baronda further underscored that someof the things Iloilo City is known for have Chinese influence like the La Pazbatchoy and pancit Molo, which are incidentally loved by her fellowlegislators. “It is helpful for us to know people –their culture, their worldview – before we judge them. So the organizers mustbe congratulated not only for the celebration but also for the theme which issocially relevant,” she added. Teresita Ang See, the guest of honoryesterday, said the Chinese New Year celebration symbolized “the friendship,brotherhood of Chinoys and fellow Filipinos.” Baronda, meanwhile, shared with theaudience that she met with Bureau of Customs commissioner Rey Guerrero onTuesday and brought up the complaint of local businessmen against higher taxeson imports when goods are brought straight here from abroad than when thesepass through the Manila port. last_img read more

PCL 4-Day Tournament….. Jaguars lose late wickets after restricting Prides

first_imgTHE Guyana Jaguars led Barbados Pride by 55 runs with eight second innings wickets in hand at the end of the penultimate day of the Day/Night fourth round Regional Four-Day Championship fixture.Batting a second time,the hosts reached 32-2, when bails were lifted at 22:20hrs last evening at the Guyana National Stadium.Opener,Shimron Hetymer,and night watchman Gudakesh Motie will resume today on 14 and one respectively.After bowling the visitors out for 288, the hosts struggled in their second innings, and in the closing stages, Rajendra Chandrika (0) and Leon Johnson (13) squandered their wickets to hand the Barbadians the advantage.Earlier, Test batsman Shai Hope (70) and Royston Chase (57) stroked contrasting half-centuries but the Jaguars’ bowlers fought back to secure a slim 23-run first innings lead.Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul was the main wicket-taker in the hosts’ bowling attack with 4-48. He received support from fellow left-arm spinner Motie (2-55) and pacer Keon Joseph (2-70). Medium pacers Raymon Reifer and Christopher Barnwell were the other successful bowlers.AT the start of the day, Hope and Shamarh Brooks continued from their overnight score of 48-2, and maintained their intent of frustrating the Guyanese, taking their third-wicket partnership to 83.They succeeded for 58 minutes into the day’s play, and built on their solid platform with relative ease, facing little pressure either from the Guyanese bowlers or from the pink ball that did not do much in the air.Veerasmmy PermaulWhile Shivnarine Chanderpaul was guilty of a dropped catch when he gave Hope a life on 30, at first slip off the lively Joseph, Reifer bowled a terrible spell in which he struggled for line and length, and bowled a number of no-balls.Both batsmen were allowed to score freely until Motie ended the partnership when he had the 28-year-old Brooks caught at the wicket for 41. His innings lasted for 79 balls, 119 minutes, and he reached the boundary on seven occasions.Royston Chase joined Hope and greeted Joseph with three fours:two off of edges and one was an authoritative cover drive,all in one over.He then lofted Motie over the long on boundary before Hope registered his seventh fifty at this level by lifting Motie for a six over the long-on boundary. His fifty came up off 126 balls, 165 minutes, with eight fours and a six.The West Indies pair continued in solid fashion, with Chase, who earlier in the year became the fourth West indies player to score a century and take five wickets in a Test (137 not out and 5-121 against India), in particular quick to pounce on anything that was short or wide.The 24-year-old glided his way to a half-century that seemed to come far too easily, off just 74 balls, with seven fours and two sixes.However, Permaul broke the 77-run stand on the stroke of dinner when Chase played forward, and in the process overbalanced, allowing Anthony Bramble to pull off a neat stumping. He batted for 91 minutes and faced 93 balls.After the break, the 23-year-old Hope and Shane Dowrich made the most of ideal batting conditions and frustrated the Guyanese attack for 70 minutes before the hosts broke through, when Permaul removed Hope, through a top-edged sweep. His innings spanned 288 minutes, 231 balls, inclusive of 10 fours and a six.Jonathan Carter was then dismissed, bowled by Motie without scoring, after which the second new ball was taken at the 89th over, and although it was a tough slog for the pacers, Joseph was impressive in his diligence. His eye-catching pace accounted for the removal of Dowrich (44), with the final ball of the second session.Justin Greaves was then greeted with a vicious bouncer from Joseph, who was unlucky not to add to his wicket tally, after regulation catches offered by Stoute were put down by Barnwell and Leon Johnson respectively in the slip corridor.However, Greaves (20) and Stoute (26), were both removed in quick succession by Permaul before Barnwell trapped last man, Kemar Roach leg before wicket.The hosts were in immediate trouble when discarded West Indies opener Chandrika was trapped leg before wicket by the first ball of the innings from Roach.Hetymer, who survived a chance on three, and together with Johnson took the score to 28 before Johnson was taken at extra cover off Chase.However, the former West Indies Under-19 captain and Motie survived to the end.BARBADOS Pride 1st innings (O/N 38-2)K Brathwaite c wk Bramble b Joseph 6A Alleyne c Chandrika b Reifer 8S Hope c Johnson b Permaul 70S Brooks c wk Bramble b Motie 41R Chase st Bramble b Permaul 57S Dowrich c Hetymer b Joseph 44J Carter b Motie 0K Stoute lbw b Permaul 26J Greaves b Permaul 20K Roach lbw b Barnwell 1J Warrican not out 1Extras: (nb-9, b-5) 14Total: (all out; 104.1 overs) 288Fall of Wickets: 1-15, 2-17, 3-100, 4-177, 5-210, 6-210, 7-243, 8-277, 9-286, 10-288Bowlers: Joseph 20-2-70-2, Reifer 17-44-59-1, Barnwell 9.1-1-31-1, Permaul 34-16-68-4, Motie 24-10-55-2GUYANA JAGUARS 2nd inningsR Chandrika lbw b Roach 0S Hetymer not out 14L Johnson c Brooks b Chase 13G Motie not out 1Extras: (nb-4) 4Total: (for the loss of two wickets; 10 overs) 32Fall of Wickets: 1-0, 2-28Bowlers: Roach 5-1-14-1, Chase 5-1-18-1last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning won a matchup of hot teams to inch closer to the NHL’s Atlantic Division lead.The Lightning won for the 18th time in their last 21 games as Andre Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) made 29 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Penguins. Vasilevskiy improved to 15-0-2 in his past 17 starts to set a franchise record for consecutive games without a regulation loss.Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov each netted their 25th goals of the season to help Tampa Bay pick up its eighth straight home win.Anthony Cirelli provided the eventual game-winner as the Bolts handed Pittsburgh just its third loss in 11 games.The Lightning are within five points of the division-leading Bruins. The Pens remain six points behind the Metropolitan-leading Capitals. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEBucks down SixersUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks improved to an NBA-best 44-7 by avenging their blowout loss in Philadelphia on Christmas Day. — The Canadiens pulled out a 3-2 win over the Ducks on Jeff Petry’s (PEE’-treez) goal 25 seconds into overtime. Nick Suzuki and Brendan Gallagher also scored and Carey Price made 35 saves in Montreal’s sixth victory in eight games.— Detroit ended a nine-game losing streak by getting shootout goals from Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou (ath-an-ah-SEE’-oo) in a 4-3 victory at Buffalo. Larkin also scored twice in the opening period, but the Wings coughed up a two-goal lead in the third period before winning for just the sixth time since Nov. 12.MLB-NEWSMax Muncy, Dodgers work out 3-year pactUNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy has avoided salary arbitration by accepting a three-year, $26 million contract. Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Kieffer Bellows scored his first two NHL goals in his second career game, including the tiebreaker in the third period of the Islanders’ 5-3 victory over the Kings. New York’s third line of Bellows, Derrick Brassard and Michael Dal Colle (kohl) combined for three goals and two assists as the Isles improved to 3-0-2 in their last five games.— Cale Makar (mah-KAHR’) provided a goal and an assist as the Avalanche won for the fifth time in six games, 4-1 at Ottawa. Valeri Nichushkin (nih-CHOOSH’-kihn), Matt Nieto (nee-EH’-toh) and J.T. Compher (KAHM’-fur) also scored and Philipp Grubauer made 25 saves in Colorado’s first victory in the Canadian capital since Feb. 11, 2016.— Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 46 shots in his second shutout of the season as the Devils hammered the Flyers, 5-0. Miles Wood scored twice for New Jersey, which chased Brian Elliott during a three-goal third period.— The Golden Knights rolled to a 7-2 win over the Panthers as Mark Stone collected two goals and three assists. Max Pacioretty scored two goals and had an assist to help Marc-Andre Fleury nail down his 460th career victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-the-toh-KOON’-poh) poured in 36 and hauled down 20 rebounds as the Bucks dumped the 76ers, 112-101 in Milwaukee. Khris Middleton finished with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Eric Bledsoe contributed 14 points, eight boards and six assists.Tobias Harris was high scorer for the Sixers with 25 points, while Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) had 19 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.Checking out Thursday’s other NBA action:— Pelicans were 125-119 winners at Chicago behind Zion Williamson’s team-high 21 points. JJ dropped in 18 points and Derrick Favors grabbed 15 rebounds as New Orleans improved to 4-4 since Williamson made his NBA debut on Jan. 22.— Julius Randle furnished 22 points and Taj Gibson had 19 as the Knicks picked up their third straight win, 105-103 over the Magic. Elfrid Payton had 15 points and nine assists for New York, which rallied from 10 down in the fourth quarter to match its longest winning streak of the season. The Cavaliers have agreed to acquire two-time All-Star center Andre Drummond from the Pistons, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person told The Associated Press the Cavs will send forward John Henson, guard Brandon Knight and one of their two second-round picks in 2023 to the Pistons.The 6-foot-11 Drummond leads the league with 15.8 rebounds per game and is averaging 17.8 points and 1.7 blocks.In other NBA news:— The Memphis Grizzlies have dealt Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah), Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill to the Miami Heat for three players who’ve combined to score a mere 254 points this season. The trade ends the Grizzlies’ impasse with Iguodala, who refused to play for them and asked to be traded or have his contract bought out. The Grizzlies get Justise Winslow, James Johnson and Dion Waiters.— The Knicks were part of a three-team swap that sends Marcus Morris from New York to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers also get Isaiah Thomas from the Wizards, who come away with Jerome Robinson. The Knicks received Maurice Harkless, Issuf Sanon, the Clippers’ first-round pick this year, a protected first-round swap option in 2021 and a second-rounder in 2021. NBA-NEWSRussell to Wolves, Drummond to CavaliersUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers have little hope of making the NBA playoffs this spring. That didn’t stop either team from landing a major talent before Thursday’s trade deadline.The Timberwolves have acquired D’Angelo Russell in a deal that sends Andrew Wiggins to the Warriors. The Wolves also received guard Jacob Evans and forward Omari Spellman for a pair of draft picks, including a first-rounder either in 2021 or 2022.Russell was averaging a career-high 23.6 points for the injury-wrecked Warriors, while Wiggins was scoring 22.4 points a game. NFL-NEWSWeddle hanging ‘em upUNDATED (AP) — Six-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle says he is leaving the NFL after 13 seasons.Weddle made his long-expected retirement announcement on Twitter, although the hard-hitting safety with the big beard didn’t use the specific word.Weddle played nine seasons for the San Diego Chargers and three more for the Baltimore Ravens before spending last season with the Los Angeles Rams. He said in December that he didn’t expect to return for the second season of his contract with the club. Associated Press February 6, 2020 The package includes a $13 million team option for 2023, with a $1.5 million buyout. Muncy made $575,000 while batting .251 with 35 home runs and 98 RBIs in 141 games for Los Angeles last season, missing a large chunk of the final month with a broken wrist.In other baseball news:— MLB owners are 2-0 in arbitration this winter after the Minnesota Twins beat pitcher José Berríos (beh-REE’-ohs). The 25-year-old right-hander will be paid just over $4 million rather than his request for $4.4 million. Berríos made $620,000 last year while going 14-8 with a 3.68 ERA in 32 starts for the AL Central champions last season, striking out 195 and walking 51.— Commissioner Rob Manfred says talks have ended over the proposed sale of a controlling share of the Mets from the families of Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz to hedge fund manager Steven Cohen. The Mets said in December that the contemplated deal between Sterling Partners and Cohen would allow 83-year-old Fred Wilpon to remain as controlling owner and chief executive officer for five years.— Former pitcher Chris Young will replace Joe Torre as the person who decides suspensions and fines for on-field matters. Young’s jurisdiction includes intentionally hitting batters, charging the mound and fights. Torre is shifting to a role as special assistant to the commissioner. Update on the latest sports — Dewayne Dedmon is returning to the Hawks in a trade that sends center Alex Len and forward Jabari Parker to the Kings. Atlanta also requested waivers on center Nenê (neh-NAY’), one day after he was acquired from Houston as part of a four-team trade.— The 76ers have snared Glenn Robinson and Alec Burks from the Warriors in exchange for one second-round pick in each of the next three drafts. The Sixers made room at the deadline when they traded James Ennis III to the Orlando Magic for a future second-round pick.— A person with knowledge of the details says a public memorial service for Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others killed in a helicopter crash is planned for Feb. 24 at Staples Center. The date corresponds with the jersey numbers he and 13-year-old daughter Gianna wore — 24 for him and 2 for her. The Staples Center has played host to other memorials, including for Michael Jackson.NHL-SCHEDULEBolts double up Pens The 35-year-old Weddle became one of the NFL’s toughest and most durable safeties after San Diego drafted him out of Utah in the second round in 2007. Weddle was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011, 2013 and 2014 for the Chargers. He joined Baltimore in 2016 and earned three straight Pro Bowl selections.NHL-BLACKHAWKS-SEABROOKBlackhawks’ Seabrook undergoes right hip surgeryCHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook is expected to be ready for the start of next season after he had right hip surgery. The 34-year-old Seabrook also had right shoulder surgery in December and left hip surgery last month. Team physician Michael Terry said Seabrook will be ready to return in five to six months. Seabrook is under contract through the 2023-24 season at an average annual value of $6,875,000.PGA-PEBBLE BEACH Taylor leads Pebble Beach Pro-AmPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Nick Taylor opened with an eagle and closed with two birdies in an 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula, giving him the first-round lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Taylor is two shots ahead of Patrick Cantlay and Chase Seiffert, each of whom fired 66s on par-72 courses. Cantlay played Spyglass Hill and Seiffert was at Pebble Beach.Most of the interest over three courses in the rotation was at Spyglass Hill, which featured Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, along with five NFL quarterbacks that included Peyton Manning and his recently retired brother, Eli.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Salwa suspended provisionally

first_img(BBC) – World 400m champion Salwa Eid Naser has been given a provisional suspension for failing to make herself available for anti-doping tests.The Bahraini, 22, ran 48.14 seconds – the third-fastest time in history – to claim the world title in Doha in 2019.Naser, who was born in Nigeria but switched allegiance to Bahrain in 2014, is the first Asian woman to be world champion in the discipline.She could face a ban of up to two years for the whereabouts violation.World Athletics anti-doping rules say a whereabouts violation consists of any combination of three missed tests or filing failures in a 12-month period.last_img

French Open: Djokovic Becomes First Man to Reach 10th Consecutive Q’finals

first_img“I’m really pleased with every aspect of my game,” he added.“So everything is coming together beautifully.“I reached the quarter-finals and played as closest to my best tennis on clay as I think I can be at the moment.”Djokovic will face fifth seed Alexander Zverev in the last eight after the German beat Italian ninth seed Fabio Fognini in four sets.Zverev, 22, lost the opening set but recovered to win 3-6 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-5) and make the quarter-finals for the second year running in Paris – the only place he has reached the last eight of a Grand Slam.After winning the Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open titles, Djokovic is aiming to hold all four majors at the same time by claiming the French Open for a second time.The 15-time major winner previously achieved the feat when he claimed his maiden Roland Garros title in 2016, which saw him become only the eighth man to complete a career Grand Slam.But 12 months ago, after form and fitness problems, the possibility of Djokovic putting himself in this position again seemed unlikely.Despite his recent dominance, the world number one has insisted 11-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal must again be considered the favourite.However, it is hard to separate the two top seeds judging by Djokovic’s ruthless performances – he has strolled to the last eight, albeit against opponents with an average ranking of 85.Against Struff, Djokovic took his second break point of the match at 4-3, ending the world number 45’s resistance by putting away an overhead after he left the German scrambling in a baseline rally.From there it was one-way traffic as Djokovic outclassed his opponent, winning 11 of the next 13 games to move two sets ahead and with a double break in the third.Djokovic’s power and placement was simply too much for Struff, who could not convert a break point in what proved to be final game as the Serb upped the tempo again to seal victory.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Novak-Djokovic Top seed Novak Djokovic created a piece of French Open history by becoming the first man to reach a 10th consecutive quarter-final after a routine win over Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.The 32-year-old Serb, aiming to hold all four Grand Slams at the same time won 6-3 6-2 6-2 in one hour 33 minutes.Djokovic, who has not dropped a set at this year’s Roland Garros, said he was happy to be “cruising along”.last_img read more