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Athletes battle anxiety as coronavirus turns life upside down

first_imgWith the coronavirus pandemic turning daily life upside down and confining people indoors, 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams shared an increasingly common sentiment on social media – “Every little thing makes me really crazy”.With global sport at a virtual standstill due to the virus, which has claimed more than 10,000 lives globally, many professional athletes have been left anxious as they struggle to cope with all the uncertainty that lies ahead.“It started out with me feeling like ‘oh it can’t really affect me’,” said Williams in a series of TikTok videos, in which she described practising social distancing for two weeks since the cancellation of the Indian Wells tennis tournament.“That one cancellation led to another and another and then led to all this anxiety that I’m feeling.“I’m just on edge any time anyone sneezes around me or coughs.”While billions of people around the world are suffering the same fears as Williams due to the rapid spread of the virus, the situation has also rattled those hoping to compete at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.Thousands of Olympic hopefuls have been left in limbo with many qualifying events around the world postponed or cancelled.U.S. Olympic committee (USOPC) CEO Sarah Hirshland told reporters on Friday that the organisation “doubled down our mental health resources” for its athletes, with the Tokyo Olympics set to be held as scheduled in from July 24 to Aug. 9.“We’ve expanded the accessibility of those resources to a broader group of athletes, and are really working to communicate with them to ensure that we destigmatise any concerns they have about reaching out for mental health support,” said Hirshland.The pandemic is also preventing many athletes from continuing their usual training regime as several countries are advising people to practise social isolation in a bid to stem the spread of the virus.U.S. weightlifter Katherine Nye had already secured her ticket to Tokyo, despite her sport’s qualifying period being cut short by a month, and told Reuters she was continuing to train out of her garage.“Some people still had to compete again to qualify, and they have lost that opportunity entirely,” said Nye. “I’m definitely experiencing a lot of anxiety because of the pandemic, just like lots of people around the world.“It’s not easy to ignore all the horrible things going on.”Olympic organisers faced increased pressure to postpone the Games on Friday, after USA Swimming called for a delay, citing concern for athletes, a sentiment that many had expressed.“How on earth are we meant to carry on preparing (as) best we can?” Jess Judd, a British middle-distance runner wrote on Twitter.“Will someone share with me what races we can do to get times and whether trials will go ahead and when training can return to normal?”last_img read more

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Suspect in Police custody

first_imgBelle West murderOne suspect has been held for the murder of a mechanic from Belle West, West Bank Demerara, who succumbed to his injuries six days after allegedly being beaten by a group of drunken neighbours.The house where Yogeshwar Shivcharran lived with his familyOn Tuesday, Guyana Times learnt that after Police investigations into the death of 31-year old Yogeshwar Shivcharran, a male suspect has been taken in Police custody. This follows reports that three women connected to several male suspects were also questioned but released on Monday.According to information reaching this publication, the file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice and charges are expected to be laid against the suspect, after a post mortem examination is performed on Shivcharran’s body. This newspaper was also informed that this examination will be conducted sometime today.The dead auto mechanic’s relatives explained on Monday that the man suffered from regular seizures which became worse over the past two weeks. Reports stated that Shivcharran in a mental episode on the evening of Monday, July 4, removed his clothing and approached his neighbours who were consuming alcohol next door.Guyana Times was told that the men in a drunken state became annoyed by Shivcharran’s behaviour and reportedly pelted him with beer bottles before allegedly beating him to his head and about the body. The injured man was treated at the West Demerara Regional Hospital before succumbing to his injuries late Sunday evening.His common-law wife Aresa Persaud had explained that at the time of the alleged beating, she and her daughter had locked themselves in the house as they were afraid of the now dead mechanic’s behaviour. Persaud further stated that her husband then went downstairs and it was a little while later that she heard what sounded like the beating.Persaud added that relatives made several reports to the La Grange Police Station last Tuesday and onwards, but no suspects were held at that time. Shivcharran was a father of two.last_img read more

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Electronic-monitoring program to free jail space

first_imgThe Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday directed officials to start a new electronic-monitoring program that Sheriff Lee Baca has said will help him keep more dangerous offenders behind bars for up to 70 percent of their sentences. The move comes after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation last week that will shift thousands of inmates sentenced for minor, nonviolent crimes out of overcrowded county jails and into electronic monitoring at home. Currently, county jails are so overcrowded that some inmates are released after only serving 10 percent of their sentences. Ultimately, about 2,000 inmates in the jails are expected to be placed on electronic-monitoring programs under supervision of the Probation Department. “This new state legislation will mean that all county inmates will move towards serving 100 percent of their court-imposed sentence, as opposed to 50 percent or less of their time,” Knabe said. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said the new electronic monitoring program is a step forward. “For misdemeanor infractions, if they can be served with electronic monitoring, that would be cost-effective and still a punitive means of addressing those infractions as well,” Antonovich said. troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The benefit of having electronic monitoring is that our county will be able to keep prisoners in jail longer – those that are the more serious offenders – and we can get this percent up to 70 percent for those who remain,” Baca said. “We also believe that 100 percent sentencing will be afforded to those who deserve 100 percent sentencing.” Low-risk prisoners would be eligible for the home electronic-monitoring program at a cost to the county of $7 to $20 a day. Last year, Supervisor Don Knabe introduced a motion seeking to end Baca’s early-release program by increasing the use of electronic monitoring by making it mandatory. The legislation, carried by state Sen. Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, now gives counties the option of creating electronic home-monitoring for inmates convicted of misdemeanors. last_img read more

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Samba Diakite set for Montpellier move after QPR release

first_img Samba Diakite in action for Mali 1 Mali midfielder Samba Diakite is set to join Montpellier following his departure from QPR.Diakite spent four-and-a-half years at Loftus Road after his arrival from Nancy, initially on loan, back in 2012.But he leaves having made just 23 league appearances for the west London club as he was shipped out on loan to Watford and then Al Ittihad over the past two years.So it was not surprising when Rangers decided against offering the 27-year-old a fresh deal this summer with his initial four-year contract up.But it does not look as though Diakite has had to wait long for fresh employment, with L’Equipe reporting that he is set to sign a two-year deal with Montpellier after impressing on trial.last_img read more

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DDTV: Jason Quigley wants to go ‘to the next level’ against Melendez

first_imgJASON QUIGLEY says he is ready pack a ‘sensational performance’ on Saturday week against Jorge Melendez.The Ballybofey man (11-0) takes on the experienced Puerto Rican Melendez (30-7-1) on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins’ farewell bout against Joe Smith Junior at The Forum in Inglewood, Los Angeles.Quigley hasn’t fought since a decision win against James De La Rosa in May, having beaten Freddy Lopez inside the opening round in March. A planned bout in September was cancelled after Quigley sprained a wrist, but the Golden Boy Promotions prospect says he’s set to shine at the 17,000-capacity Forum next weekend.“We’ve had a great training camp,” Quigley says.“We’re meant to work hard; we’re meant to grind. No-one grinds as hard as me and my coaches here. That’s why I’m so hungry and determined for a sensational performance.“It’s time to step it up and take it to another level on December 17.” Quigley has been hard at work at The Rock Gym in Carson under the guidance of his coaches Manny Robles and Edgar Jasso.His fight with De La Rosa went ten rounds – the first time Quigley was taken that distance in his professional career.Quigley says: “I’m delighted to be coming in off the back of a great win in my last fight against a top-ranked opponent in James De La Rosa.“It was my first time going ten rounds; my first time going beyond five rounds. I was relaxed, very controlled and very comfortable.“I gained a lot of confidence from going the distance. I controlled the pace and I controlled the tempo against an experienced guy.” Robles, who has also been working with Michael Conlan recently, was impressed by Quigley’s performance agianst De La Rosa.The Mexican says: “It was his first time doing ten rounds and it went to the decision. He won every round and he won by unanimous decision so I was happy.“He’s worked very hard for this fight. He’s focussed and he’s ready to go.”DDTV: Jason Quigley wants to go ‘to the next level’ against Melendez was last modified: December 9th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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CCTV cameras for park after ‘disgusting’ incident at children’s playground

first_imgCCTV cameras are to be installed at the Bernard McGlinchey Town Park in Letterkenny.It follows a horrific incident recently in which a gang left excrement on slides in the park’s playground.Donegal County Council has today confirmed the imminent installation of cameras in the park to prevent any more such incidents. Letterkenny Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Mc Monagle has welcomed the move.He said “I brought in a motion to the February meeting for cameras to be installed after the latest act of anti-social behaviour at the park seen one of the children’s slides in the park being smeared with human excrement.“Parents who regularly bring their children to the park were horrified to find the slides had been smeared with human excrement and raised their concerns with me which led to the motion.”January’s attack on the popular Park was just the latest in a long list of anti-social acts at the Park. Cllr McGonagle added “I have to commend the council for their swift response to my motion for cameras and extra lights to be installed in the Park and look forward to them being in operation by next week.“Hopefully the installation of the cameras will help to eradicate anti-social behaviour at the Park and help in the apprehension of those who persist in anti-social behaviour.”CCTV cameras for park after ‘disgusting’ incident at children’s playground was last modified: April 5th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CCTVletterkennyparkplaygroundlast_img read more

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Basketball Fixtures March 8-14

first_imgSaturday 10th March 2018Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   Griffith College Swords Thunder v Black Amber Templeogue, ALSAA-Dublin, 17:00;Eanna BC v Maree, Colaiste Eanna, 19:00;DCU Saints v Pyrobel Killester, DCU Complex, 19:00;Moycullen v UCD Marian, NUIG, 19:00;Garvey’s Tralee Warriors v Belfast Star, Tralee, 20:00;KUBS BC v UCC Demons, Greendale, 20:00; Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:Meteors v MC Hawks, Colaiste Iosagain, 20:00 Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:   Meteors v Fr Mathews, Colaiste Iosagain, 15.00FabPlus North West v Marble City Hawks, Ballyshannon, 17:00 – Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   Singleton SuperValu Brunell v Pyrobel Killester, Parochial Hall, 14:45;DCU Mercy v NUIG Mystics, DCU Complex, 15:30;IT Carlow Basketball v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 15:30; Basketball Ireland Men’s Division OneBallincollig v Neptune, Ballincollig CS, 16.00LIT Celtics v EJ Sligo All Stars, St Munchin’s, 18.00Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney v Paris Texas Kilkenny, Killarney Sports Centre, 19.30LYIT Donegal v Dublin Lions, LYIT, 17:00Fr Mathews v Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 19:30 Sunday 11th March 2018Basketball Ireland Men’s Super LeagueMaree v KUBS, Calasanctius College, Oranmore, 14.00Pyrobel Killester v Eanna BC, IWA Clontarf, 18:00UCC Demons v DCU Saints, Parochial Hall, 12:00 Basketball Ireland Fixtures: March 8th-14thThursday 8th March 2018Basketball Ireland Men’s Super LeagueBlack Amber Templeogue v Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, Oblate Hall, 20:30 Friday 9th March 2018Basketball Ireland Women’s Super LeagueMaxol WIT Wildcats v DCU Mercy, Mercy Gym, 19.30center_img Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   Maxol WIT Wildcats v Ambassador UCC Glanmire, Mercy Gym, 19:00; Basketball Ireland WNLC Champions Trophy semi-finalUL Huskies v Ulster University Elks, Pess Gym, 15:00; Basketball Ireland Men’s Division OneIT Carlow Basketball v Portlaoise Panthers, Barrow Centre – IT Carlow, 12.30Paris Texas Kilkenny v Gamefoortage.net Titans, O’Loughlins GAA, 13:00 Monday 12th March 2018Basketball Ireland Women’s Super LeagueSingleton SuperValu Brunell v IT Carlow Basketball, Gael Cholaiste Mhuire AG, Cork, 19:45 Wednesday 14th March 2018Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   Singleton SuperValu Brunell v Ambassador UCC Glanmire, Parochial Hall, 20:00;Courtyard Liffey Celtics v Pyrobel Killester, Leixlip Amenities, 20:40; Basketball Ireland Women’s Division OneUlster University Elks v Fr. Mathews, Coláiste Bride Clondalkin, 10:30;Griffith College Swords Thunder v UL Huskies, ALSAA-Dublin, 19:00;last_img read more

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Motlanthe pep-talk as schools reopen

first_img9 January 2013 As thousands of schools in South Africa’s inland provinces opened their gates on Wednesday, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe shared a few valuable lessons with learners. “You are the most privileged generation; we don’t want to burden you with any [undue] responsibilities. The only responsibility for you is to learn,” Motlanthe told learners at Pholosho Secondary School in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Motlanthe was accompanied by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to check the school’s readiness for the start of the new academic year. He also handed over school uniforms to 200 learners who are beneficiaries of the Department of Social Development.‘You must be at your desk learning’ Motlanthe, who was once a learner at the same school, encouraged learners to get to school on time. He reminded them that life was a long journey and that only they could decide what they wanted to be in the future. “As government, we are determined to create an environment where learning and teaching will be conducive and nothing should disrupt the learning process … You must be at your desk learning, that should be your priority. If anything interferes with your learning, raise it with your principal, SGB – even the President,” Motlanthe said. Motshekga said the department had done its part and the main focus was now on learners to pass with flying colours. She urged members of the school governing body (SGB) to include on their agenda the item of learning and teaching in their monthly meetings, and parents to check their children’s school work to see if there was enough work and progress in class. “We are not laughing this year, you’ll only succeed through learning and teaching in the classroom … that’s the focus for 2013. “I hope we will have a different ANA [Annual National Assessment] result this year. For our kids to learn maths, they must do maths over and over again until they master it, and literature through reading,” said Motshekga. Regarding the state of readiness for the new academic year, an optimistic Motshekga said the department was ready to deliver quality education.One-million new learners “We are ready for Day 1. We are ready to welcome about one-million learners into the education system,” she said. A cheque of R10 000, donated by the office of Archbishop Thabo Makgoba – who was also a learner at Pholosho – was handed over to the school for bursaries to assist three learners. School principal Margaret Tsakge said it was an honour for the school to be visited by the Deputy President and Basic Education Minister. “It doesn’t happen every [year] that you get to share the first day of schools reopening with them. It’s really an honour,” said Tsakge. Grade 7 learner Nhlanhla Mnguni was just happy to see Motlanthe standing few metres away from where she was. “I only see them on TV. This has given me courage to study hard so that I don’t disappoint them, as they took their time to come and speak to us,” said Nhlanhla. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Ohio Nexus Guidance Updated

first_imgOhio has updated the income tax information release discussing nexus standards and filing safe harbors for individuals. Specifically, it contains updated law citations and links to Ohio websites.Nexus Guidance CoverageThe information release covers:nexus;safe harbor provisions; andthe voluntary disclosure program for nonresidents.Income Tax – Information Release IT 2001-01 – Nexus Standards & Filing Safe Harbors for Individuals, Ohio Department of Taxation, February 15, 2018, ¶404-700Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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Provisioning: Hopefully more answers than questions

first_imgFirst, lets cover the different types of provisioning and a brief overview how each of them work. PSK provisioning uses a Pre Shared Key to encrypt the provisioning process. In order for an AMT client to use a Pre Shared Key, however, the MEBx must first be programed with the correct key. This can be done in either one of two ways, manual entry or via a setup.bin file located on a USB thumb drive. Manual entry is just that, a user must access the MEBx and manually type in the characters for the PID and PPS and any other settings that are required in order to get provisioning to work (system name, password change, etc). Once the user saves the changes to the MEBx, AMT starts sending out ‘hello’ packets to the provisioning server to start the provisioning process. This method is the most straight forward but is also the most time consuming, especially when attempting to deploy many systems at the same time. USB thumb drive provisioning shortens the PSK entry process by using a formatted setup.bin file located on a USB thumb drive that can hold many PID/PPS pairs as well as password change information for MEBx. This key is then used on each system as it boots up to load the PSK information into MEBx. When the system boots, ME detects that a setup.bin file is located on the USB key and, if AMT isn’t provisioned already, will prompt the user if they would like to load the provisioning information from the USB key. If the user confirms the request, then ME loads the first available PID/PPS entry into the PSK settings as well as changes the password for MEBx to the password set in the file. ME then marks that entry in the setup.bin file as used and reboots the system. Once rebooted, AMT starts sending out ‘hello’ packets using the PID/PPS pair. This method is better than manual entry, but only barely. This still requires a user to be at the system and to interact with the process. PKI provisioning is split into two different types of provisioning as well, Bare Metal and Agent Based/Delayed provisioning. Bare metal provisioning is where the factory settings in AMT are set at the OEM/System Integrator so that as soon as power and a network connection are applied to the system, then AMT will send out ‘hello’ packets and provisioning starts. If provisioning doesn’t happen right away the provisioning period will continue for 24 hours, sending out ‘hello’ packets at a decreasing rate, after which AMT goes into delayed provisioning mode. This method of provisioning greatly improves the time savings from a deployment aspect by enabling many systems to be provisioned with minimal interaction from deployment personnel. This method works well when using a 3rd party trusted certificate that is natively supported in AMT (Verisign, GoDaddy, etc). Agent based/delayed provisoining is where either the 24 hour provisioning period has expired without a successful provisioning transaction or, due to the AMT version, AMT requires an in-band agent or tool to start the PKI provisioning process. In order to start agent based/delayed provisioning the agent or tool sends a command down through the HECI driver in the host OS and tells AMT to start sending out ‘hello’ packets to the provisioning server. In addition, some basic configuration settings can also be sent to AMT in order to get it ready for provisioning (enable AMT, set PKI provisoining, etc). This method of provisioning tends to be the most reliable. Again this works best when using a 3rd party trusted certificate that is natively supported in AMT but in addition you gain the benefits of having an in-band agent that is able to assist the provisioning process by providing the provision server in-band information that helps keep the out of band aspects of AMT synced with the in-band host OS. Configured correctly, provisioning AMT with the assistance of an in-band agent can make the entire provisioning process hands free for deployment personnel. Lastly, I want to touch on how each of these provisioning processes relates to the different AMT versions. Different versions of AMT support different types of provisioning. AMT 2.0, 2.1, 2.5 only support PSK provisioning. AMT 2.2 and 2.6 support PKI provisioning (as well as PSK) but only agent based PKI provisioning. AMT 3.0 and higher versions of AMT support bare metal PKI provisioning (as well as agent based/delayed PKI and PSK provisioning). A common utility used to accomplish agent based provisioning is the RCT (Remote Configuration Tool).Provisioning is a very complex topic and what I’ve touched on here is really just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to understanding the intricacies involved. I hope I’ve provided more answers than questions, but if there is something you still don’t understand, feel free to comment and I’ll try to clear it up! Thanks,Matt Primrose I’ve been getting quite a few questions recenly regarding provisioning. Many folks are confused when it comes to what type of provisioning works with which versions of AMT and I’m hoping that this post will help to clear up some of that confusion.Currently, there are two types of provisioning, PKI (Protected Key Infrastructure) and PSK (Pre Shared Key). For those who are not familiar with what is involved with these two types of provisioning, PKI involves using a formatted provisioning certificate in order to establish a trust relationship between the AMT client and provisioning server where PSK uses a PID/PPS key pair to establish the trust for provisioning. There is quite a bit of documentation regarding how to setup PKI and PSK provisioning in the deployment documents for AMT, so I won’t go into that detail here. What I’d like to cover here is what are the differences between these types of provisioning and which versions of AMT use which types of provisioning. last_img read more

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