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September 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img The 28-year-old, the joint-leading scorer in the Barclays Premier League, requires surgery to repair a long-standing problem but he is only expected to miss one match. The procedure will rule Vardy out of the FA Cup clash at Tottenham on Sunday, a game he would have been rested for anyway with Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri set to make several changes to his starting line-up for the third-round tie. The 15-goal striker should be fit again when the Foxes return to White Hart Lane in the Premier League three days later. Vardy has not scored in his last three matches, coinciding with a three-game winless run without a goal for the Foxes. But despite the sequence of a defeat and back-to-back draws, Ranieri’s side remain second in the table. Press Associationcenter_img Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is set to undergo a minor groin operation, the club have confirmed.last_img read more

September 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img___Mary Roman, a world-class senior athlete who held numerous national age records in track and field, has died of complications from COVID-19, the mayor of Norwalk said. She was 83.Roman, who also served for 20 years as Norwalk’s city clerk in Connecticut, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital, Mayor Harry Rilling said.A childhood polio survivor, Roman began competing in senior track events in 1989 and won hundreds of medals, mostly in the throwing disciplines.At various times, she held the American record in the shot put in the women’s 65-69, 70-74 and 75-79 age groups. She also was once the nation’s top-ranked thrower and ranked eighth in the world in the weight throw in the 75-79 age group. The Bruins were the last team in the NHL to offer help to gameday employees who lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic — and then only if postponed games aren’t made up. The team is owned by Jeremy Jacobs, who is the chairman of the NHL board of governors and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. According to Forbes Magazine, the Jacobs family is worth $3.3 billion.___Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is teaming up with Dr. Anthony Fauci for a question-and-answer discussion about the coronavirus.Curry, a two-time NBA MVP, will host the chat on his Instagram account Thursday — (at)StephenCurry30. Fauci is Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.Curry posted his plans on his Twitter account with an invite to all to submit questions. Salita Promotions said it would monitor the situation and work to announce a new date at some point.“Unfortunately, the real fight is outside the ring right now,” promoter Dmitriy Salita said in a statement. “Once our invisible opponent is beaten, we can get back to watching two undefeated champions and the two best super welterweights in the world vie for the undisputed world title as Claressa Shields continues to build her incredible legacy in female boxing.”___Wrestling star Jordan Burroughs has no plans to retire, announcing he is going to compete for a spot in the Olympics in 2021.The 2012 gold medalist and four-time world champion said he was disappointed when he found out the Tokyo Games would be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. He considers it a setback, not a deal-breaker. The Latest: Shields’ fight against Dicaire postponed With the NHL season on pause since March 12, the postponement of these events did not come as a surprise. The league is still working on scenarios of what hockey would look like if it is able to resume this season.___Organizers of the European Championships in track and field still hope to stage the event in Paris in August despite France being locked down during the coronavirus pandemic.European Athletics says it asked officials in Paris for a feasibility study for the Aug. 25-30 championships. French officials reported their work has been “severely compromised by France’s national shutdown of non-essential activities” during the health crisis. NASCAR has suspended its season through May 9 and will race at least five more iRaces, televised on Fox, during the stoppage.___Now that the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for up to a year because of the coronavirus outbreak, world-class athletes have plenty of free time.American swimming star Ryan Murphy, who won three gold medals at the 2016 Rio Games, is planning to fly home to Jacksonville, Florida,from his training base at Cal-Berkeley.“I haven’t been home in a year and half,” the 24-year-old Murphy told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “It’s been forever. That’s the silver lining to all the madness. My parents are home and I suddenly get to spend a lot more time with them. I’m looking forward to it.” ___Churchill Downs has suspended the final three racing dates at Turfway Park following Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s “Healthy at Home” executive order out of concern for the COVID-19 pandemic.The Florence, Kentucky track’s winter meet was scheduled to end Saturday. Turfway’s backside area will remain open because it falls under the “life-sustaining business” category by providing “food, shelter and other necessities of life for animals.”___The National Hockey League has postponed its scouting combine, awards ceremony and draft that were scheduled for June. It did not provide new dates for the events. The league also says it’s too early to decide when matches can resume.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:Claressa Shields’ fight against Marie-Eve Dicaire has been postponed.Shields and Dicaire were supposed to have a 154-pound unification bout May 9 in Flint, Michigan. Salita Promotions announced the postponement, citing the coronavirus pandemic. Playing without fans has been ruled out. Wimbledon hasn’t been canceled since World War II.___NASCAR says in a memo to teams that one of its employees at track at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee was not identified and NASCAR said the individual has been receiving medical care and all potentially exposed have been told to self-quarantine. NASCAR was at Atlanta scheduled to race March 15 without spectators. But two days prior to the race, NASCAR postponed Atlanta and last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which instead was converted into a virtual iRacing event broadcast on Fox Sports 1 with 35 drivers. ___Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward and his wife Erin, a trauma nurse, have recorded a message thanking first responders and health care workers.The message was sent to the Texas Hospital Association and Medical City of Arlington and Dallas.“We’re just trying to say thank you to all of these people on the front lines,” Woodward said Wednesday. “The first responders are first on the scene to a lot of these things. … The doctors, nurses, everybody, they’re putting themselves at risk for all of us.”Woodward said his wife isn’t currently working in a hospital. She finished a nursing contract at the end of February in Arizona, where they live, and is going back to school for another license. Dr. Winne Meeuwisse says the virus “really just entering the rapid acceleration phase” in North America. That makes it unclear when hockey might resume.He says the league is thankful only two players have tested positive for COVID-19 so far and its hopeful weeks of isolation will prevent more from contracting the virus. Players and staff have been told to self-quarantine until at least April 4.There is no timeline for when players might be able to start working out in small groups or report to team training facilities. Meeuwisse says the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and Canada will determine when that might be possible.Varying recommendations and lockdown regulations across the league’s 31 markets could impact how the NHL proceeds. Meeuwisse and deputy commissioner Bill Daly are still unsure whether fans would be allowed in for potential games when they resume.___ He turns 32 in July. “When I walked away from Rio medal-less in 2016, I contemplated retirement,” he tweeted. “Not because I couldn’t do it anymore, but because I knew that it would require another four years of tremendous work to get back. I was unsure if I was willing to dedicate another four years of my life to reach that stage.“Yet, here we are, and there it goes. The race that I was once afraid to embark on because of its length just moved its finish line a little further. But I’m still in the race.”Burroughs’ aggressive wrestling style and success has earned him a worldwide following.He won his first world title in 2011 and took gold in his Olympics debut in London the next year. He was favored to repeat as champion at 74 kilograms in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro but finished ninth. He won the world title in 2017 and was third the last two years. Brazil has more than 2,400 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, and 57 people have died.___The Boston Bruins say they are putting 68 full-time employees on temporary leave and cutting the pay of 82 others who work for the team or Delaware North, which owns the TD Garden.The moves — which the Bruins called “temporary business stabilization measures” — are effective April 1.The companies say they intend to restore jobs and compensation “once our business resumes to its normal state from this unprecedented stoppage.” March 25, 2020 The pandemic has affected other prep races for the Kentucky Derby, which itself was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Sunland Derby in New Mexico and Blue Grass and Lexington stakes in Kentucky have been canceled, along with the UAE Derby. The Arkansas Derby was pushed back from April 11 to May 2. For now, the Florida Derby on March 28 and Santa Anita Derby on April 4 are still scheduled.___NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday. In a memo to the teams, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8. Then the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel. However, European Athletics says “many athletes are keen” to see the championships go ahead as planned. It shapes up as the main medal target for European track and field athletes in 2020 after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year.The European track body’s ruling council next meets May 7-8 by video conference.___The owners of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and NHL’s Buffalo Sabres are committing $1.2 million to supporting local charities and health officials dealing with the new coronavirus pandemic.Kim Pegula says she and her husband Terry wanted to provide immediate assistance to “those in need and fighting on the front lines.” ___The All England Club says it is still evaluating whether to postpone or cancel Wimbledon because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to make a decision next week.That’s when the club’s main board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting.Main-draw play at Wimbledon is slated to start June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April.The club’s statement Wednesday says that postponing the two-week grass-court tournament would not come “without significant risk and difficulty” because of the surface. ___Argentine cyclist Max Richeze has been released from a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, where the UAE Team Emirates rider spent 18 days after testing positive for the coronavirus following the cancellation of the UAE Tour.Richeze wrote on Instagram that two tests for COVID-19 had come back negative and he was discharged Wednesday.That status of Richeze’s teammate, Fernando Gaviria, remains unknown after he also tested positive for the virus. Two staff members for UAE Team Emirates also tested positive, and the entire team remains in voluntary quarantine.The second edition of the UAE Tour, a major early season stage race, was canceled with two stages left. Riders and support staff for all 22 teams were isolated, though nearly all of them now have been cleared to leave the country. Mary Roman, a world-class senior athlete who held numerous national age records in track and field, has died of complications from COVID-19. She was 83.Mayor Harry Rilling of Norwalk, Connecticut, made the announcement. Roman, who also served for 20 years as Norwalk’s city clerk, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital. A childhood polio survivor, Roman began competing in senior track events in 1989 and won hundreds of medals, mostly in the throwing disciplines. At various times, she held the American record in the shotput in the women’s 65-69, 70-74 and 75-79 age groups. She was once the nation’s top-ranked thrower and ranked eighth in the world in the weight throw in the 75-79 age group. In 2016, she was named Connecticut Masters Games Athlete of the Year. ___Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is open to the NCAA allowing more football practices after spring ball was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Tigers got in nine sessions after starting practice Feb. 26 before all spring activities, including their Orange and White scrimmage, were canceled.Swinney is not in favor of extending fall camp, instead suggesting a sort of NFL-style mini-camp depending on how many spring workouts the team got before spring activities were canceled.“Maybe if they said everybody could have 12 on-field sessions,” Swinney said. “So that means we would get only three just to make it equitable. But some of these schools who got none, they could get 12.” Former Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia told Hearst Connecticut Media that he didn’t think he ever met a person who didn’t like Mary Roman.”___Aqueduct has extended the suspension of live horse racing through at least April 5 because of the impact of the new coronavirus in New York.As a result, the $750,000 Wood Memorial has been postponed. No make-up date has been determined yet for the major Kentucky Derby prep that was to be run on April 4.Last Thursday, the New York Racing Association suspended racing at Aqueduct after confirmation that a backstretch worker who lived and worked at Belmont Park tested positive for COVID-19. The Belmont backstretch is home to 585 workers who tend to the daily care of more than 1,300 horses stabled on the property. Associated Press The Woodwards are also joining Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and his wife, Robyn, to provide meals to health care workers at Medical City of Arlington and Dallas.___The United Center is going to be turned into a logistics hub to help with Illinois’ response to the novel coronavirus.The United Center and the surrounding area will be used for front-line food distribution, first responder staging and collecting medical supplies. “On behalf of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, our athletes, our front offices and our dedicated United Center personnel, our thoughts and support are with the people of this great city and state,” a spokesman for the United Center said in a release. “Together, we will get through this.” Money from the teams’ charitable foundations will got to the newly formed Western New York COVID-19 community response fund supporting the region’s non-profit agencies.Money also is going to several local food banks and assistance for health officials in purchasing protective gear and medical equipment.___Rio de Janeiro’s soccer body has extended its prohibition on professional matches in the state to the end of April. The initial suspension is valid until the end of March.Rio is home to defending Copa Libertadores winners Flamengo. The NFL has gotten some pushback for not postponing the draft scheduled for April 23-25 while the rest of the sports world is largely shut down. The league is developing a new format because it has scrapped the public events set for Las Vegas. ___The Belgian soccer league says clubs should not apply for temporary layoffs for their players despite matches remaining suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.The league asked clubs not to burden the government’s temporary unemployment scheme for employees forced out of work because of the lockdown measures implemented in Belgium.The league says exceptions can be made only “for urgent economic reasons.” Murphy’s coach Dave Durden, one of the head coaches for the U.S. team in Tokyo, essentially wrapped up the season after Tuesday’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee. He met with his each of his swimmers and told them to take a few weeks off.“That’s closure for now,” Murphy said. “We’re taking a step back and trying to create a plan and refocusing toward 2021.”Murphy says he’s got a mask, gloves and wipes for his cross-country flight, which comes at a time when much of the world is locked down.___The NHL’s chief medical officer expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better.last_img read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgFreshman starting quarterback JT Daniels cleared concussion protocol and is expected to play on Saturday at Oregon State, head coach Clay Helton announced. Daniels suffered a concussion against Utah on Oct. 20. “We’ll be preparing him and [redshirt freshman quarterback Jack Sears],” Helton said. “But things are looking good [for Daniels]. We’ll keep him out of contact and monitor him but have all anticipation of him being ready for the game.”The offense has 12 total touchdowns and an average of 243.25 yards per game in eight games, attesting to their subpar performance and Helton’s decision to take over play-calling and fire offensive line coach Neil Callaway.Daniels praised Sears for filling in against Arizona State on Saturday. He went 20 of 28 with two touchdown passes. “[Sears] was phenomenal,” Daniels said. “You go from not taking reps in practice, to being the starter in a week. He threw some great ones. I think [Sears] did more than his part to help the team win.” Daniels has had an up-and-down season, with an 8:7 touchdown-to-interception ratio in seven games. Regardless, Helton is eager to have him back, as the Trojans seemingly are looking ahead to next season and beyond.“I’m confident in [Daniels] and what he’s done for our football team,” Helton said.Daniels did take a majority of the first string reps in practice as he gets accustomed to Helton’s play-calling style. Playing a 2-6 Oregon State team that has given up at least 25 points in every game this year should be the perfect opportunity for the two to build chemistry.“He only does what he thinks is right for the team,” Daniels said. “To be honest, the play-calling doesn’t really affect my job too much. I can’t blame the play-caller unless every player is executing, and we aren’t scoring, which isn’t the problem. Players [have to] execute. That’s the first thing.” Injury updateFreshman safety Talanoa Hufanga, who leads the team in tackles, is out for the season with a broken clavicle suffered against ASU. Senior right tackle Chuma Edoga is day-to-day with a hyperextended knee. Sophomore linebacker Levi Jones suffered a hip injury and is still recovering.last_img read more

August 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgGhana ended their training camp in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday night ahead of their participation in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.The Black Stars had been camping in the United Arab Emirates in preparation for Africa’s flagship competition to be held in South Africa from Saturday.Ghana stayed in Abu Dhabi for 11 days for full concentration ahead of the tournament.They played two matches against Egypt and Tunisia and won 3-0 and 4-2 respectively putting them in good shape for the start of the competition.The Black Stars will leave Abu Dhabi on Wednesday to travel to South Africa where the competition will be held.Ghana will start its participation in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on 20 January when they take on DR Congo in Port Elizabeth. They will also play Mali and Niger in their Group B matches.last_img read more

August 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgAgainst an opponent handpicked to make him look spectacular, Manny Pacquiao appeared just that.The Filipino overwhelmed Brandon Rios on Sunday morning before a sell out crowd of 13,101 at the CotaiArena at the Venetian Macao, winning a unanimous decision and turning back rumblings of his demise. With a punishing display of speed, footwork, power and ring generalship, Pacquiao showed glimpses of the fighter who captured world titles in a record eight weight-classes (from 112 to 154lbs), catapulting from fringe curiosity to global brand.Even the wide margins of the official scores – 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110 – understated the case: Rios didn’t win a single minute, let alone a whole round.Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) had been coming off consecutive defeats – the former a controversial points loss to Timothy Bradley, the latter a seismic knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez – but his slump extended back even further. He’d underwhelmed in four straight outings, showing indications of physical decline and fading in the later rounds. The Filipino congressman, who turns 35 next month, needed to deliver an impressive performance to thrust his name back among boxing’s elite.Mission accomplished.“My time is not over yet,” said Pacquiao who dedicated the victory to his countrymen affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Rios (31-2-1, 22 KOs), a former lightweight titleholder, had promised to send Pacquiao into retirement, to expose the eight-division champion as slow and past his prime. The 27-year-old said he’d prepared for the best Manny Pacquiao, even if he made it clear he wasn’t expecting it.Only his granite chin lived up to advertising.From the opening bell, Pacquiao found a home for the straight left, sending a crowd that included David Beckham and Paris Hilton into rollicking cheers with every punch that landed. Rios, while tentative early, managed to score with a series of thudding body shots, but Pacquiao boxed from range beautifully and connected with punches from all angles.By the fourth, the fight had settled into a familiar pattern: Rios moved straight in, unable to keep up with his opponent’s slick lateral movement. Pacquiao would fire crisp combinations before pirouetting down and to his right, safely out of range of Rios’ TNT-packed right hand. It was a step he’d rehearsed ad infinitum with his trainer, Freddie Roach, during training camp and it worked to perfection, leaving Rios reaching at thin air. School was in session.It seemed Rios’s strategy was to absorb Pacquiao’s worst punishment and hope his opponent faded in the later rounds. Clearly frustrated at the elusive target before him, Rios received the first of several warnings for holding and hitting from the referee Genaro Rodriguez. When the bell rang to end the seventh, the look of discouragement on Rios’s face as he retreated to his corner spoke volumes. It only went downhill from there.  Pacquiao landed 281 of 790 punches (35.6%), compared to just 138 of 502 (27.5%) for Rios.“All I can say is many Manny punches,” quipped Roach. “He fought the perfect fight. Body shots killed him. Manny let him off the hook, I wanted him to knock him out.”Rios, who suffered a cut above his left eye, insisted he never felt Pacquiao’s power. “I never got hurt,” said Rios, who suffered a second consecutive loss after going unbeaten in his first 32 pro fights. “I never got stunned. I think the quickness just threw me off guard. I feel good. I could go five more rounds.”The victory propels Pacquiao right back into the mix at welterweight, boxing’s glamour division, where lucrative rematches with Bradley and Marquez could happen in the next year. Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, said his next fight will take place on 14 April, most likely in Las Vegas. One potential opponent Arum didn’t mention – but the only name that’s mattered for years – was Floyd Mayweather Jr. Seldom do a generation’s two finest boxers come from the same weight class – and rarer still are they both roughly the same age. Mayweather-Pacquiao is a fight the public made years ago and its failure to materialise remains the tragicomic nadir of boxing’s institutional dysfunction. Yet Pacquiao insisted he wants to make it happen.”Anybody who will fight with me, I will fight,” he said. “I’m willing to fight Floyd, but it’s up to him.”He had no answer when asked what obstacles have prevented the fight from being made. “That question is for Floyd Mayweather’s camp,” he said.Pacquiao, fighting on his home continent for the first time since 2006, earned a guaranteed $18m for Saturday’s outing, a figure nearly certain to swell to more than $30m based on the pay-per-view receipts. The tax-friendly structure of Macau will allow him to take home the entirety of the earnings. Had the fight happened in the US, anywhere from 36 to 40% would have been forfeited in taxes (Rios will take home a career-high $4m).The fight took place on Sunday morning to accommodate the prime-time viewing audience on Saturday in the United States. So obsessed was the network with limiting potential confusion that marketing material for the pay-per-view made no mention of the location. The scene was predictably surreal, offering the typical after-hours atmosphere of a Las Vegas blockbuster – complete with well-lubricated fans and impossibly proportioned women in gravity-defying eveningwear – at an hour typically reserved for breakfast. The first fight started at8am local time. The media buffet opened at 5am. The production call time for HBO, which broadcast the fight, was 2am.Yet the main event itself, which started at 12:41pm local time, went just as expected. Rios, a conventional pressure fighter, had been regarded as an opponent made to order for Pacquiao.Indeed he was. Roach, when asked to assess Rios this week, was as succinct as he was prescient.”He is a tough guy, and tough guys don’t win fights; good boxers win fights,” Roach said.last_img read more

August 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBarcelona coach Luis Enrique believes there are no injury concerns over star man Lionel Messi ahead of his side’s trip to Celta Vigo on Sunday.Messi travelled to the United States with Argentina during the international break, but missed both their friendly wins over El Salvador and Ecuador due to a foot injury picked up in Barca’s crucial 2-1 victory over eternal rivals Real Madrid a fortnight ago.”Messi has trained without any problem with the rest of his teammates,” Luis Enrique said on Saturday.”We know he had a knock, but since he has arrived he is in good condition.”Messi suffers a lot of knocks in every game. I am not going to talk about it again. He is in perfect condition to play.”Victory over Madrid last time out handed Barca a comfortable four-point lead at the top of La Liga with 10 games remaining. However, Luis Enrique insisted that champions Atletico Madrid and Valencia also remain in the hunt for the title and that last season’s example, when all three of the title challengers stumbled in the final few weeks of the campaign, should serve as a warning to his players.”I think that none of the four teams that can aspire to the title will win every game from here until the end of the season. I hope I am wrong and that it is us, but I don’t think so.”All the games are important. In these final stages of the season there are no easy opponents.”The teams at the bottom need to win and what happened last season ought to be an example to us of what can happen.”–last_img read more

August 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgEnglish football clubs West Ham and Crystal Palace want to bring the best BiH goalkeeper and player of Chelsea Asmir Begović.Begović could not impose himself as the first goalkeeper in Chelsea. Thibaut Courtois was playing mostly, after recovering from the injury.Among the clubs which follow the development of situation with goalkeepers in Chelsea is Everton, but West Ham and Crystal Palace are currently in a tight fight for bringing Begović.According to the British media, the first goalkeeper of Crystal Palace Wayne Hennesey had a bad season and showed a lack of self-confidence in certain matches, which is why the club management wants to bring Begović.On the other side, coach of West Ham Slaven Bilić is satisfied with performances of the Spanish goalkeeper Adrian, but wants to strengthen the competition on the goal by bringing Begović-Begović transferred from Stoke to Chelsea in the last season for 11 million EUR, and his value now is estimated to 12 million EUR.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

August 4, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – On a recent spring evening, the three-piece Art Deco combo softly played jazz in the woodsy foyer of the Strauss Mansion Museum.Quietly listening to guitarist Doug Clarke, Joe Accurso on electric piano and Gary Mazzaroppi playing stand-up bass were a sparse group of about a dozen people.Then, Audra Mariel, a wisp of a woman stepped up. Girlishly twirling her hair with her left hand, holding microphone in her right hand, she begins singing George Gershwin’s “But Not For Me” in an unexpected sultry, smoky voice.“The house sort of glows at night,” said Lynn Fylak, president of the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society, which owns the 1893 21-room, wooden mansion on Prospect Circle. “It’s dimly lit. There’s just an energy buzzing in here. It’s pretty cool.”Cool is the society’s “Music at the Mansion” series, a combination of music, food and beverage (brought by guests) and fundraising.“Hopping,” said Chris DuBarton, a member of the society’s board of directors, describing the scene at Music at the Mansion nights. “Everybody has a good time. “They wind up playing till they have to go home.”Over the years, the mansion, once owned by New York City businessman-philanthropist Adolph Strauss, has hosted small music events.“The house has to be used,” Fylak said. “My focus was to get more activities and programs.”So, it was a natural progression after Fylak and Mariel met to begin a music series last summer. Mariel voluntarily hosts the events, where she often performs.“She was very enthusiastic about being in the house,” Fylak said. “It’s a vibe.”Music at the Mansion serves various purposes, getting people acquainted with the society and area musicians, along with raising funds for the society. The $15 admission fee is split between the musicians and the society – normally the splitting of about $400 taken at the door, Fylak said.The concerts will continue at least until November, Fylak said.“I think it’s fabulous,” said Harry Moorhouse, 68, of Monroe between sets on this recent night. “I think the vocalist is amazing, to put it in the least. I really enjoy it.”“I listened to a lot of different vocalists growing up,” said Marial, 31, a Middletown resident whose creative side is actress, teaching theater workshops at Manasquan’s Algonquin Arts Theatre and singing. “I don’t want to sound like anybody else, but I imagine I’ve been influenced by people.”Mariel said she generally performs jazz standards. So, on the recent night, she sang such selections as “Summertime,” “Always” and “Blue Skies.”“I love this kind of stuff, especially the Great American Songbook,” said Thomas Wiedmann, 21, of Howell. “I grew up on that at my grandma’s house – Frank Sinatra, Irving Berlin, Harry James.Wiedmann was familiar with Mariel and Art Deco from a performance they did at Brookdale Community College, where he attends school and where Accurso of Atlantic Highlands, Clarke of Asbury Park and Mazzaroppi of Rumson are music professors.The performance at the mansion “has the whole aesthetic to it,” Wiedmann said.“The atmosphere can’t be beat, evocative of the turn of the (19th-to-20th) century,” said Craig McKeown, 65, who attended with his wife, Cynthia.“We enjoy this kind of music,” said Cynthia McKeown, 62. “My daughter thought we would enjoy the atmosphere. The band was great.”“The ensemble was absolutely charming,” Craig McKeown said.Craig McKeown said those attending the concert were “very congenial.”“Eating, drinking and listening to music, what could be better?” Mariel said. “An opportunity for the community to go out and have a fun night and be a community. And a local venue for musicians to play.”Scheduled concerts in the “Music at the Mansion” series:Thursday, May 26, hosted by Audra Mariel, performing Joe Francis and friends.Thursday, June 30, hosted by Audra Mariel, performing Jazz Gypsies.Thursday, July 28, hosted by Audra Mariel, performing Arturo, Denner and Avidon.$15 admission, bring beverage or food to share.All start at 7 p.m. and run to about 10 p.m. at the society’s Strauss Mansion Museum, 27 Prospect Circle, Atlantic Highlands. Sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society  www.ahhistory.org.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgRecognising that the levels of abuse are exceedingly high in hinterland areas, the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) recently conducted a training exercise with parents to prevent child abuse.Director of CC&PA, Ann GreeneThe Agency said sessions were conducted in two communities within Region One (Barima-Waini) in collaboration with the Schools’ Welfare Department and other stakeholders.On the other hand, another session was facilitated in Agricola, Greater Georgetown. That training was conducted with support from Sol Guyana.CC&PA Director Ann Greene had previously said that there remained a gap between what the law required and the innate culture of some communities as she was speaking on the attempts of the Agency to address child sexual abuse in communities within the interior regions.“We have found that Region One [Barima-Waini] and Region Seven [Cuyuni-Mazaruni] would stand out in cases of sexual abuse against children. If we look at the particular regions, we have a gap between the law and the culture in those areas. That means that there’s the law that says sexual activity at age 16, but in some culture groups, there’s a younger age,” Greene told this newspaper in an invited comment.She said the law works for all children and that is what the Agency has been doing over time.In a similar instance, the CC&PA was able to rescue three young children from the home of their biological father in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo). And while the issue of the law versus culture speaks specifically to the abuse of children who may not be related to their abuser, Greene said the CC&PA has been receiving numerous reports of incestuous child sexual abuse cases.In that particular case, three children were rescued from an allegedly abusive home in Region Nine.They were subsequently brought to Georgetown. Medical examinations proved that the two girls have been sexually molested, but their male sibling was not. Additionally, a 14-year-old female sibling who had relocated earlier in the year was also examined and found to have been sexually abused.The children’s father was also brought to Georgetown to further assist with investigations. The four children remain in the State’s custody while their 49-year-old father is in Police custody.Acting on reports made by village leaders, including school teachers in Quarrie, a satellite community of St Ignatius Village in Region Nine, CC&PA officials on Monday took the children from the home in which they resided with their father and carried them to the Lethem Police Station in an effort to have that entity assist with investigations.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img– cites lack of spaceEfforts by the Coalition Government to address the heavy rush-hour traffic situation on the East Bank of Demerara have been thwarted, forcing them to cancel the construction of a vehicular overpass at Diamond.In January, it was revealed that tenders for the construction of the overhead road structure were opened, while tenders for supervisory services were opened since in December 2016, and at time were being evaluated. However, Head of the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Work Services Group, Geoffrey Vaughn, told Guyana Times on Friday that the process had to be aborted after the Group ran into a stumbling block about five months ago.He explained that the area which had been earmarked for the start of the overpass in the Diamond/Grove Housing Scheme was sold to the owner of a local fastfood chain, M&M – which had recently relocated further in the scheme (opposite G3 Building).“Space was a constraint at that time because M&M now takes up that land that we had proposed to use to carry the vehicle overpass from Diamond straight onto the East Bank Road. And we weren’t aware of that, because that was reserve all the time, and apparently it was sold,” he stated.WSG Head, Geoffrey VaughnVaughn added, too, that the Group hit further obstacles when they realised that the East Bank Public Road end of the overpass would have landed into the compound of the mandir which is located opposite the entrance of the scheme.According to the WSG Head, the Group was considering the viability of several other sites, but those options were not found to be feasible. Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson was quoted in an online media outlet – Newsroom – as saying that they are looking to build a second road into the scheme, with a proposed location in the vicinity of the Guyoil Gas Station.Nevertheless, Vaughn indicated to this newspaper they are also considering other locations along the East Bank that are maybe in need of a vehicle overpass.“We are looking to see if we get other areas which are in need of (an overpass). It may not be the same area. It’s not just doing it, we got to find areas that it is going to bring relief to people,” he pointed out.However, the WSG Head reminded of the bypass road, funded by the Indian Government and seeking to link the East Bank and East Coast of Demerara, noting that this second link will alleviate traffic congestion on the East Bank.“You will now be able to either use the existing East Bank road; or, if you going to the East Coast, you can use the new link – which will pass through Great Diamond going all the way through South (Ruimveldt) and getting us straight to Ogle, coming out at the Railway Embankment or main highway,” he said, while mentioning that consideration is also being given to extend the bypass road from Diamond to Timehri. “So you can actually come from Timehri and head all the way to the East Coast,” he noted.Vaughn further added that, with the bypass road, they are looking at strategic locations that may be in need of vehicle overpasses.However, he was quick to point out that these are all mere considerations, and not concrete proposals. The WSG Head explained that they were hoping that the vehicle overpass at the entrance of Diamond/Grove Housing Scheme would have been the model structure to determine whether other similar structures were viable on the country’s roadways.last_img read more