US-South Korea joint exercises postponed

first_imgThe decision to delay the training wasmade after Seoul declared its highest “severe” alert level over thevirus, Combined Forces Command said, adding the postponement was “untilfurther notice”. SEOUL – The United States and SouthKorean militaries on Thursday postponed forthcoming joint exercises due to thecoronavirus outbreak, they said, as the Asian country reported 334 new cases,taking its total to 1,595. The United States has 28,500 troops inSouth Korea to protect it against the nuclear-armed North, many of them basedsouth of Seoul at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek — Washington’s biggest overseasmilitary facility. (AFP)center_img South Korea has declared its highest “severe” alert level over the new coronavirus outbreak. AFPlast_img read more

Broadcaster sorry for ‘disparaging’ remarks vs call center agents

first_imgFollowing Capulot’s apology, NUJP-Iloilo issued another statement. “Nagapangayo ako pasensya sa inyo kon natawag ko nga wala kamo brain cells, wala kamo gagamit brain cells niyo,” he said on the Saturday night edition of his program “Patrol 774.” NUJP-Iloilo also welcomed the engagement of the community with the media in ensuring that journalists and news organizations perform their work with the highest professional and ethical standards. “Sa mga call center agents, sa inyo tanan kon nasakit ko inyo balatyagon, pasensya gid. Indi ko ini gusto kag hungod. Nadala ako sa akon emosyon bangod sang sobra nga kabalaka sa akon kaupdanan kag sa inyo tanan,” Capulot added. Capulot said he was carried away by his emotions, pointing out that his radio station was being bullied online for reporting on the four COVID-positive BPO employees. “Gusto ko ipahibalo sa nag-bully diri sa amon nga naintindihan ko nga kamo gin-blind man sang inyo kompanya. Sa pagkamatuod, wala nag abot sa punto nga magdumot ako sa inyo,” said Capulot. The broadcaster also emphasized that his main intention was to protect the welfare of call center agents. “We agree that journalists as human beings make mistakes. Even the most seasoned among us do. We commit mistakes due to deadlines and other pressures of the work, incomplete or incorrect information and lapses in judgment. But because journalists can make mistakes, a mark of a sincere journalist is the readiness to own up to and apologize unconditionally and promptly for any error or mistake and taking the necessary corrective measures. Even as we are human beings who can be emotional and prone to make mistakes, journalists are expected to be more circumspect because we wield greater influence and impact,” it added. “We believe that self-regulation including policing our ranks is the best way we can continuously raise our adherence to professional and ethical standards. We owe this to the public that we are accountable to,” the group said. “Ginapangako ko sa inyo ang senseridad sang akon pagpangayo sang pasensya. Leksyon ini sa akon. Isa ini ka gamiton ko nga pagtulon-an…bisan pa sa pinaka-high nga paglapastangan niyo sa amon diri, himuon ko ang tanan-tanan nga indi ako madala sa akon emosyon. So I am very sorry,” said Capulot. No less than Mayor Jerry Treñas confirmed these BPO COVID cases Thursday last week. He also ordered the City Health Office to test call center personnel for the disease but this was initially met with reluctance by the management. ILOILO City – After drawing flak on social media, broadcaster Jun Capulot of Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) DYRI Iloilo apologized for his “disparaging” remarks on call center agents. “We believe he is sincere in his apology and in seeking amends…This issue is a learning experience for all journalists and the public as well. Credibility is essential if not fundamental for a journalist and for a news organization,” the group said. Capulot’s incendiary remark stemmed from a news report that four employees of a business process outsourcing (BPO) firm in Mandurriao district contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and that the management was slow to act on the health  problem. “Positive and negative reactions and comments on news reports and commentaries of journalists go with the job. But we do not condone personal attacks in whatever form against journalists and news organizations that are merely doing their jobs. RMN-Iloilo’s coverage and reporting on alleged health protocol violations of a BPO company are an exercise of its obligation to public interest. They should not be harassed or lambasted for doing so,” it emphasized./PN He admitted having gone overboard in his on-air commentary. Earlier, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) – Iloilo called on the management of RMN to investigate the matter and mete appropriate sanctions on what it deemed was a breach of professional ethical standards of broadcasters and journalists. The group also thanked station manager Ronel Sorbito for promptly taking action. “Ang akon tinutuyo indi kay pakahuy-an kag pakanuboon ang inyo mga trabaho.  Gin gamit ko ato nga mga tinaga bangod sang sobra-sobra na nga sakit sang akon balatyagon,” the veteran broadcaster explained. “Para man ato sa ila interes kag kaaraydan.” “Call center agents are already being tested. The call center management is booking its agents tested in hotel rooms so they can be properly quarantined while waiting for their test results…Let us not forget that there are other positive cases and areas we have to contact trace,” he said. For his part, Mayor Treñas urged everyone to move on from this issue.last_img read more

Tickets available for ‘2nd Annual When Life Gives You Lemons’ fundraiser

first_imgBatesville, In. —The annual “When Life Gives you Lemons” fundraiser for Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children will be held Tuesday, September 25 in the Party Place at Romweber.Cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner and auction begin at 6:30 p.m.The night includes: Cocktail hour with live string music, delicious catered dinner by The Sherman, highly coveted silent and live auction items, and honorary awards given to large and small business leaders in the community for effecting change in the lives of abused children — Hillenbrand, Muddy Fork Antiques, and Tapatio’s Mexican Restaurant.Tickets are $40 a person or a table of 8 for $290. Click here for ticket ordering information.last_img read more

IMCA drivers in four divisions, Deery Series earn product awards from Hyperco in 2016

first_imgPONTOTOC, Miss. – Hyperco gives product awards to drivers in four divisions and the Deery Brothers Summer Series, in its 19th season as a marketing partner with IMCA.Located in Pontotoc, Miss., the high performance suspension components manufacturer has designated 2016 awards to be based on regional Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car standings, and on national standings for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.“Hyperco looks forward to another great season with IMCA and its racers … the high level of competition is well suited to Hyperco’s product lines and racers looking for the highest levels of performance,” said Kelly Falls, vice president of motorsport – performance aftermarket products. “A great sanctioning body and a great group of racers … the perfect combination for a manufacturer like us!”The top three eligible drivers in each of the five Modified regions, in both Stock Car regions and in national standings for Northern SportMods and Southern SportMods competing with at least one Hyperco spring receive two Hyperco SNS Conventional springs.The highest finishing driver in each Modified region who competes with leaf springs earns a pair of Hyperco Conven­tional leaf springs.Hyperco also gives two Conventional SNS springs to the top eligible driver in IMCA Late Model tour stand­ings. Second and third-place eligible drivers each receive one Conventional SNS spring.Drivers in all five divisions are required to display two Hyperco decals on their race car and compete with at least one Hyperco spring. Modified, Stock Car and SportMod drivers must also fill out and return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1.“We don’t have a lot of competitors on leaf springs anymore but make sure if you are one of the select few you let me know,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Hyperco makes the best leafs in the business and hasn’t forgotten about the evolution of the spring industry.”Information about Hyperco products is available at the www.hypercoils.com website, on Facebook or by call­ing 800 365-2645 or 662 488-4567.last_img read more

Premier League, clubs ‘scared’ to publicly back restart — Ex-Manchester United player

first_imgThe Premier League in England and its clubs are “frightened to death” about publicly backing the resumption of the season, television pundit Gary Neville said on Sunday.Neville said this was because they do not want to be held liable if someone dies because of the coronavirus. Professional football has been suspended since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected over 182,000 people in the United Kingdom, killing more than 28,000.The 20 Premier League clubs held a conference call on Friday in which they looked at plans for a resumption of training this month.But they deferred making a decision on resuming the season until the government gave the go-ahead.The government had originally set May 7 as the day it would review lockdown restrictions.“The PL are having a CV nightmare. They keep spouting health first but then brief constantly ‘We have to re-start’,” Neville wrote on Twitter. “I’d respect them more if they said, ‘We accept the increase in health risk, but it’s one we are willing to take’. They won’t, as they are frightened to death!”When a Twitter user asked him what would happen if they restarted the season and someone died, Neville said: “That’s why we haven’t heard one single prominent CEO, Chairman, owner or executive open his mouth to back the re-start.“Scared to death of the liability and blame.”The clubs have reviewed plans for resuming training, which will initially be restricted to small groups of players with no use of indoor facilities.Some clubs started individual sessions for players at their training grounds last week. Neville said although he understands the complexities of a return to action, it was “depressing” to see the league and clubs not communicating their plans.“It would be good for them (the Premier League) to speak at least once. Any of them! Clubs included,” the former Manchester United and England defender added when it was suggested to him that the league has press briefings.“They are bottling this virus on comms (communications). Very happy to tell us when they are delivering food parcels though.”Reuters/NAN.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Tags: COVID-19Gary NevilleManchester UnitedPremier Leaguelast_img read more

Monk backs De Guzman for World Cup

first_img Press Association But with attacking midfielders of the calibre of Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Rafael Van der Vaart regular fixtures in Louis van Gaal’s selections, it could prove tricky for the 26-year-old to force his way into the reckoning for Brazil. Monk declared the Villarreal loanee man of the match at the Liberty Stadium, and said the versatile player, who has recently moved from central to a wide position, was the kind the Swans should sign on a permanent deal if they can. “He was our best player today,” Monk said. “He typified everything that I asked of the team for this week – not just on the ball, but off the ball. “The two goals that he got were special and very good finishes and he showed another string to his bow – that he can be asked to play in other positions. “I think if he continues to play like that he’ll give himself a very good chance of getting in the World Cup squad.” Monk said goalkeeper Michel Vorm often talks of the culture in the Dutch squad when he returns from international duty. “They talk about how the competition in that squad’s so high, the ruthlessness of the manager and what he wants, what he demands,” he added. “It’s going to be hard, but you (De Guzman) keep putting in performances like that and you’ll be giving yourself a very good shout.” If De Guzman does figure prominently in the Dutch World Cup campaign his value could soar, something interim boss Monk is well aware of. After the win over Norwich, he added: “I think after performances like that it’s something for the club to think about, but obviously that’s a conversation I have to have with the chairman, the player’s agent and the player himself. “At the end of the day, the player has to want to be here. I’m sure that conversation will happen very soon.” The on-loan midfielder has bagged five goals in his last nine games in all competitions, including a top-quality double during the 3-0 win against Norwich on Saturday. Canada-born de Guzman has eight caps for his adopted country Holland and played a minor role in their near-perfect World Cup qualifying campaign, making two starts and an appearance from the bench. Jonathan de Guzman could force his way into Holland’s World Cup plans if he keeps up his sparkling form, reckons Swansea boss Garry Monk. last_img read more

Bernardo Silva’s Tweet to be Investigated for Alleged Racism

first_imgManchester: Bernardo Silva’s tweet to his Manchester City teammate Benjamin Mendy will now be investigated by the Football Association (FA) for alleged racism. According to a BBC report, Portugal’s Silva compared Mendy to the character on the packet of Conguitos – a brand of sweet available in Spain and Portugal.The post was published on Sunday but was taken down later. “Can’t even joke with a friend these days,” Mendy tweeted subsequently.The tweet faced backlash from fans across the globe, with many saying Bernardo Silva had racially abused Mendy. France international Mendy and Silva have played together before at Monaco and both joined Manchester City in 2017. While Manchester City refused to comment on the matter, Mendy responded to the tweet and did not appear to take offence. There will now be a review conducted by FA of the post and the context in which it was made public. IANSAlso Read: Manchester City Top Manchester United 2-0, Gain Edge In Title RaceAlso Watch: Dr Deben Dutta Murder Incident: Police submits 602-page charge sheet before courtlast_img read more

Persaud in eighth position heading into final day of Jamaica Open

first_imgGUYANA’S best golfer Avinash Persaud was in eighth position at the end of day two in the 2019 Alacran Jamaica Open Golf Championships which is scheduled to conclude today at the Tryall Golf Resort in Montego Bay.The 28-year-old shot 10 over par yesterday to finish with a score of 82. He had shot 80 on the opening day but struggled on the greens yesterday.The Lusignan resident told Chronicle Sport that the greens are difficult to read. “The course is good, but the greens are totally different. A lot more breaks and a lot more speed.”The dominant local golfer said that he three-putted on many of the holes and even four-putted on one, which undermined his game.Despite the struggles on the green, Persaud was still able to finish with eight pars and a birdie.Some 96 golfers from the USA, Canada, Antigua, Guyana (only Persaud), T&T and home team Jamaica are battling in the three-day competition.last_img read more

Adigun, Omeoga Make History as First Africans to Compete on Ice

first_imgWINTER OLYMPIC GAMESThe Nigerian pair of Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga may have been the slowest of 20 sleds after Tuesday’s first two heats, but they became the first women to represent an African nation in the sport.Speaking shortly after the race, Adigun was unfazed by the result. “It was every bit as special as we hoped it would be,” Adigun told BBC Sport. “With more time and more preparation and funding I think we’re proving that we can be as competitive as everyone else,” stressed the former Nigerain hurdler.No African nation has won a winter medal and after the first two heats the pair were last, 3.5sec behind the German leaders in a sport that measures success and defeat in hundredths of a second.But that was not the victory they were looking for. “I don’t think it’s hit us how impactful this whole process will be in the long run,” Adigun, the pilot, said after the race. “You don’t have to quantify things by just the result of first place, second place or any time. You can actually quantify it by your ability to be selfless, your ability to drive and your ability to be innovative. This was just meant to be.”That does not mean they were giving up and Adigun noted they had shaved a second off their training times. “That goes to show how dedicated and how resilient we’ve been on this whole journey,” she said.After the first two heats Germany and the US were jockeying for the medal podium. Great Britain, piloted by Mica McNeill, were sixth and within striking distance of a medal. The winner is determined by the lowest cumulative time over four runs.The Nigerians were not the only women making history. In the Cool Runnings Redux that almost did not happen, the Jamaica women’s bobsled team came in third from last. Their time was an improvement from their training runs but still left them 1.53sec behind the leading Germans.The Jamaica pair’s debut was thrown into chaos last week when a coach unexpectedly quit and said she was taking the sled with her. That led to an offer from the brewers Red Stripe to buy a new ride. In the end there was no new sled. The team purchased the same one they had rented from a club in Winterberg, Germany after the beer company provided £35,000, according to Jamaica bobsleigh team spokeswoman Kathleen Pulito.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Howe, Brandvold bring home individual Big Ten championships

first_imgANN ARBOR, Mich. — For the first time since 1997, the Wisconsin wrestling team has a pair of Big Ten champs.Sophomore Andrew Howe and junior Trevor Brandvold each won Big Ten individual titles on Sunday afternoon at the 2010 Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.Howe won at 165 lbs. and Brandvold accomplished the feat at 197 lbs., becoming the first UW pair of Big Ten champs since Eric Jetton (126 lbs.) and Kevin Wilmot (167 lbs.), who did so 13 years ago.Wisconsin finished third in the team race with 109 points, its best finish since taking second in 2007. It was also the Badgers’ second-highest point total ever, trailing only the 121.5 points scored in 1987.Top-ranked and undefeated Iowa won the team portion with 156.5 points, while Minnesota placed second with 119.5 points.All told, two Badgers finished third, another placed fourth and two finished fifth.The Badgers automatically qualified six wrestlers and will potentially have another at the NCAA tournament if redshirt freshman Cole Schmitt receives an at-large bid.Howe faced Ohio State’s Colt Sponseller in the championship match at 165 lbs. The bout was tied 1-1 with 1:02 left in the third period when Howe scored a takedown and held on to win the Big Ten title by a 4-2 decision.Howe qualifies for his second-straight NCAA Championship and becomes the first Badger to repeat as Big Ten champion since current UW associate head coach Donny Pritzlaff won three in a row from 1999-2001.Brandvold faced Sonny Yohn of Minnesota in the 197 lbs. championship. Brandvold scored the first points of the match with a reversal in the second period. After securing riding time, Brandvold allowed Yohn to escape.With a 3-1 decision, Brandvold joined Howe as Big Ten Champion and NCAA qualifier.Senior Kyle Ruschell defeated Penn State’s Frank Molinaro by pin at 4:27 to win the third place title, his best career finish at the event. Earlier in the day, he took on Michigan State’s Dave Cheza in his first match of the day at 149 lbs.Ruschell advanced to the third-place match with an 8-1 decision, scoring three takedowns, an escape and riding time.At heavyweight, junior Eric Bugenhagen took on Ben Berhow for third place. The match was tied 1-1 with 24 seconds left in the third period when Berhow scored a takedown and won by a 3-1 decision. Bugenhagen took fourth place and automatically qualifies for the NCAAs.Bugenhagen defeated Penn State’s Cameron Wade to advance to the third place match. He won the bout by a 2-1 decision, scoring a takedown right before time expired at the end of the second period.The first Badger to wrestle Sunday was redshirt freshman Tyler Graff against Ohio State’s Ian Paddock at 133 lbs. Graff jumped out to an early lead with two takedowns in the first period, adding a reversal and another takedown in the second period to win the bout by an 8-4 decision.Graff then took on Michigan State’s Franklin Gomez for third place at 133 lbs. Graff scored four escapes, losing the bout by a 10-4 decision, but still earned a fourth-place finish and NCAA Championship bid.Sophomore Travis Rutt took on Nick Palmieri of Michigan State in the fifth-place match at 165 lbs. Rutt needed a victory to earn an automatic bid to the NCAAs. He took matters into his own hands and pinned Palmieri at 1:42.In the consolation semifinals, Rutt lost to Dave Erwin of Penn State by a 6-2 decision. He scored two escapes in the matchup.Schmitt faced Montell Marion of Iowa in a 141 lbs. consolation bout. Schmitt needed to win the match to grab an automatic bid for the NCAA Championships.Schmitt scored the first takedown of the match, followed by a four-point Marion run to enter the third period down 4-2. After scoring seven additional points in the third, Marion won the bout by an 11-6 decision. Schmitt then battled Adam Lynch for fifth place at 141 lbs.He won that match with an 18-3 tech fall win, five takedowns, a reversal and six near fall points.At 157 lbs., junior Greg Burke faced Clinton Arlis of Illinois for seventh place. Arlis defeated Burke by a 7-3 decision. Burke scored a takedown and an escape in the bout to finish in eighth place.–UWBadgers.comlast_img read more