Local Nike shoe factory scrutinized for mass layoffs amid COVID-19

first_imgPT Victory Ching Luh finally responded in a letter on Aug. 31 stating that it had “taken a difficult decision and undergone organization restructuring and working-days adjustment to ensure the company’s business sustainability”, and that the steps taken “were carried out carefully with thoughtful consideration”.“We coordinated […] with all the company’s trade unions and consulted with relevant government agencies […] to ensure compliance with Indonesian labor regulation and the company’s Collective Bargain Agreement set by the bipartite committee,” the company said in a statement issued by its strategy and communication department.“We responded openly to all aspirations from employees conveyed through official and relevant platforms.”Among the points the company raised in its bipartite agreement with the unions is that it would “indicate in employees’ reference letters that the termination was due to the impact of COVID-19”.Yet even with COVID-19 as the reason for its decisions, Emelia said the company had yet to assert that its losses were caused by order payment cancellations from Nike, which would constitute a violation of its past commitments to pay in full both completed orders and those in production.“Don’t put the burden of COVID-19’s impact solely on the shoulders of workers,” Emelia said.The pandemic, which is still spreading like wildfire in Indonesia, has taken not just lives but also the earnings of millions of workers.In Tangerang, local unions attempted to get workers to sign a petition to protest salary cuts, but they were met with legal intimidation and signatories were threatened with termination warning notices (SP3), the GSBI official said.The Tangerang factory’s head of the labor union coalition, Suwandi, confirmed that intimidation had taken place.“The [factory’s] industrial employee relations staffer would sit in the union’s secretariat offices from morning until afternoon, and would hand out SP3s whenever [union] leaders tried to get their members to sign the petition,” he told The Jakarta Post last weekend.Suwandi said that Victory Ching Luh has not been transparent about the condition of its orders, even as the company recruits new employees, procures new machines and purchases land in Cirebon, West Java.He claimed that the firm did not consult with the unions when it laid off workers and had merely informed them of the decision. Victory Ching Luh insists it had reached an agreement with one of the five unions on the basis that it employed the majority of workers.The latest union report has put a spotlight on the treatment of Nike suppliers toward its workers.The brand came under heavy criticism in the early 2000s for its use of overseas “sweatshops” and child labor, which prompted it to take steps to improve conditions in its thousands of overseas factories.Nike Global Communications wrote to the Post last Wednesday saying it was working with its suppliers to support their efforts to respond to the COVID-19 situation. It said it expected them to consider their employees’ health and livelihoods while complying with legal requirements and Nike’s code of conduct as they navigated the current circumstances.“The evolving and challenging marketplace dynamics mean that Nike and our suppliers must make some difficult decisions in the short term, as we work together to mitigate longer-term impacts and develop sustained viability for their businesses and employees,” the global company wrote.Nike added that it would continue to place orders while taking into account the impacts of market dynamics. It would also continue to pay in full for finished products from all its suppliers globally, while honoring previously agreed payment terms for products in production.“In the case of canceled orders, our policies and agreements with suppliers are, and have always been, that Nike will pay the appropriate amount of the order, depending on the stage of production as communicated by our supplier, to enable the supplier to recover costs associated with the canceled order,” it wrote.Nike also mentioned that it was working with industry and other global stakeholders to develop “broad-based approaches” to help address the current situation.Responding to the issue of layoffs, Indonesian Footwear Association (Aprisindo) executive director Firman Bakri said on Aug. 14 that past layoffs affected only some of the workers in the factory.“There are many others that are still being kept [as employees]. Hopefully [Victory Chingluh] can recover soon and recruit their [former] employees again,” he said.Editor’s Note: Article updated to include response from PT Victory Ching Luh and some minor corrections.Topics : “The off-days are not what workers want, but that’s the company’s decision. So [money lost from] salary cuts due to the off-days should be given back to workers,” she said recently, noting that Nike had yet to respond to a letter the union sent to it questioning the matter.She also condemned the lack of the union’s involvement in the layoffs; the company told unions in early April that it would let go 564 workers who were still under probation.It then told them again that it would lay off some 4,988 workers on April 21 who worked for less than a year, which made up less than a quarter of Victory Ching Luh’s 23,000 workers at the time, Emelia said.Now, the management had threatened to lay off a further 7,000 workers if the labor unions still refuse the pay cut. The reputation that sports giant Nike has gained from taking a labor-friendly stance in navigating the pandemic hangs in the balance, as a labor union complains of mass layoffs, salary cuts and underhanded politicking in one of the world-famous brand’s manufacturing partners in Indonesia.Indonesian Labor Association Movement (GSBI) secretary-general Emelia Yanti Siahaan criticized PT Victory Ching Luh for reducing workdays and slashing the salaries of over 17,000 workers since July despite opposition from the unions.PT Victory Ching Luh is a Taiwan-based shoe factory in Tangerang, Banten, that has solely produced footwear for Nike since 2018. GSBI and four other labor unions had rejected the company’s recent pay cuts, Emelia said.last_img read more

Martin Keown says ‘outstanding’ Danny Ings could replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown says ‘outstanding’ Southampton striker Danny Ings could replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal.The Gunners are still working hard to get Aubameyang, 31, to sign a new contract at the Emirates, with his current deal set to expire next summer.Aubameyang has thrived in north London since joining the club from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and Keown hopes he puts pen to paper on a new deal.But the Arsenal legend says his former club must be prepared for Aubameyang’s departure and says Ings could emerge as his potential replacement.ADVERTISEMENTIngs, 27, has enjoyed a brilliant season at St Mary’s, scoring 23 goals in 40 appearances to help Southampton challenge for a top-half finish.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Danny Ings has been outstanding,’ Keown told talkSPORT.‘He presses really well, he’s hard working, Southampton are lucky to have him.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think while Ralph Hasenhuttl is there they’ll keep him, because the two together are a little bit special. Ings is rewarding Southampton for the way they stood by him and gave him another chance and now he can’t stop scoring.‘He could slot in anywhere, there would be a lot of clubs that would be interested in this fella if he became available. He’s doing it now at the highest level.‘If Aubamyeng left would Arsenal be an option? When you’ve got 20 goals to your name then everybody is interested in you, especially if suddenly you need a striker. Arteta reacts to Arsenal beating champions Liverpool 2-1To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:36FullscreenArteta reacts to Arsenal beating champions Liverpool 2-1https://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-reacts-arsenal-beating-champions-liverpool-2-1-2211612/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘There’s no doubt the top clubs will be really interested in what he does and he’s still young enough to get better and develop.‘I would rather have Aubameyang, but if Aubameyang is gone you need goals, you’ve got to have players in your team that give you belief you will win games, and Ings is one of those.‘So yeah, I don’t think I’d be turning him away. I’d be definitely looking at him as a player Arsenal should be interested in.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Paul Merson tells Arsenal to sign three players – including Man City aceMORE: Juventus begin talks to sign Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jul 2020 11:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link341Shares Advertisement Martin Keown says ‘outstanding’ Danny Ings could replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenallast_img read more

Venue ends ban on same-sex weddings despite beliefs of founder

first_imgLuxury venue Stoneridge Estate ends ban on same-sex weddings in on-site chapelStuff co.nz 20 May 2017Family First Comment: You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that this venue was starting to be put under pressure…“We have never not supported same-sex weddings at the property. However, my mother of 80 years old, has held the historic Christian understanding of marriage as the loving, faithful union of a man and a woman … She believes her wedding chapel has been a gift from God and remains true to her convictions in terms of her Christian faith.” However, after Stuff contacted him on Friday, Gore said his mother conceded her views were “not harmonious with the operating [of] a wedding venue”. “As of now, we will amend our venue contracts, which at this time state that due to my mother’s position she prefers the chapel not be used for same sex weddings. He said no one had ever complained about the policy, but “maybe one couple who have enquired [last] weekend were ‘put out’ by my mother’s position”. (our emphasis added) A perfect example of why the politicians should have allowed for conscientious exemption by venues and celebrants and service providers – which was supported by NZers A luxury Queenstown wedding venue is dropping its ban on gay couples marrying in its on-site chapel, with its owner conceding the policy – based on his mum’s religious views – is out of touch.Stoneridge Estate has hosted nearly 100 same-sex wedding ceremonies and receptions – including one which featured on TV show Married at First Sight – but until now, it’s blocked them from taking place in its chapel.Same-sex ceremonies have instead taken place in the gardens and lodge.Owner Wayne Gore says the policy is based on the views of his mother, Da Vella Gore, who holds a lifetime lease over the chapel, which was built in 2004“We have never not supported same-sex weddings at the property,” he says.”However, my mother of 80 years old, has held the historic Christian understanding of marriage as the loving, faithful union of a man and a woman … She believes her wedding chapel has been a gift from God and remains true to her convictions in terms of her Christian faith.”However, after Stuff contacted him on Friday, Gore said his mother conceded her views were “not harmonious with the operating [of] a wedding venue”.“As of now, we will amend our venue contracts, which at this time state that due to my mother’s position she prefers the chapel not be used for same sex weddings.“She has reconsidered her position … on same-sex weddings in her chapel. She has accepted that Stoneridge Estate has developed a wedding business around the use of the chapel and that it cannot be separated now due to her personal beliefs.”He said no one had ever complained about the policy, but “maybe one couple who have enquired [last] weekend were ‘put out’ by my mother’s position”.Stoneridge is a choice destination for Kiwi VIPs, having hosted the wedding of former All Black Ali Williams to Casey Green in 2011, as well as Richie and Gemma McCaw’s honeymoon earlier this year.In 2016, Lyttelton’s Living Springs venue lifted its ban on gay weddings after a complaint to the Human Rights Commission.Under the Human Rights Act, discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is prohibited. That includes service providers, like those hiring out a venue.A wedding celebrant, who asked to remain anonymous, said policies against same-sex couples were “an issue in wedding venues across the country”.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/weddings/92779010/Luxury-venue-Stoneridge-Estate-ends-ban-on-same-sex-weddings-in-on-site-chapel?cid=app-iPhoneKeep up with family issues in NZ.last_img read more

Boxing: Joshua ready to fight behind closed doors

first_img Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One Role10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… “Anything can happen because people have to deliver more value. “Joshua wants to fight Fury but he wants the WBC belt — the only one he is missing — more. “He could fight Tyson Fury for it, he could fight Dillian Whyte for it. But that is now the belt he wants.” I would put him on behind closed doors now, yes. The numbers wouldn’t be as good — but he is prepared to do it. For a decade, Matchroom chief Hearn and Queensberry boss Warren have avoided each other at all costs. But Warren and his BT broadcasters sent a public challenge to the competition last month in a bid to set up some mouth-watering cross- stable clashes. A lunch date is in the diaries — yet Hearn remains suspicious and will refuse to hand his nemesis a slice of the pie he has worked so hard to bake. Hearn said: “I don’t want to sound arrogant but we have been competitors for ten years and they have written us probably two dozen legal letters, complained about us to the Board and slagged us off. “And now we are No 1 and they are struggling, so they want us to work together. “I won’t be arrogant enough to say ‘f*** off’, so if it works for our broadcasters and fighters I will look at it. But personally I am happy with what we are doing. read also:Ekundayo ‘enjoys’ training with Anthony Joshua “I don’t think Sky has any desire to partner with BT on boxing — and Matchroom has no desire to partner with Frank Warren. But we do have a desire to make good fights. “It’s been a strange relationship, I have just been in my own lane and they have always tried to run me off the road. “So I have no desire to just say, ‘Let’s hold hands and help each other,’ because they haven’t tried to help me for the last ten years.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Anthony Joshua is ready to take a whack in the pocket by fighting behind closed doors. Watford’s heavyweight king rakes in around £5million from ticket sales for his sold-out UK showdowns — so a fan-free 2020 bout was originally ruled out by promoter Eddie Hearn. But with Covid-19 refusing to go away and the one-year anniversary of his last fight approaching, WBA, IBF and WBO champ AJ is eyeing up a very different return to the ring. WBC holder Tyson Fury informed his matchmaker Frank Warren he wants a December fight, whatever the restrictions in place. And Joshua has told Hearn a similar thing. Hearn revealed to SunSport: “AJ wants to fight this year — and he will fight. “Hopefully by December we will be in a situation where we can have a full, or close-to-full, O2. “Because when you talk about no crowds causing a hole in budgets, his is around £5m. “To counter that, we either have to find a site fee from someone or a way to bring crowds back. “But he will fight, he has to, otherwise it will be a year out of the ring. We have to get him back in 2020. “I would put him on behind closed doors now, yes. The numbers wouldn’t be as good — but he is prepared to do it.” Joshua, 30, had booked a June 20 IBF mandatory defence against Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, before the coronavirus struck. And Hearn admits that the ongoing uncertainty the pandemic has caused means there are now more options on the table. He said: “Right now, the plan is still to fight Pulev, as he is the mandatory challenger. “But this situation has put everything up in the air and there are a lot of moving parts.last_img read more

Leraas leads last half for Shenandoah Sprint win

first_imgMike Leraas was the Saturday Virginia Sprint Series feature winner at Shenandoah Speedway. (Photo by Jim Haines)SHENANDOAH, Va. (June 23) – Mike Leraas made the most of his trip north to lead the last half of the race for his second Virginia Sprint Series feature win of the season Saturday at Shenan­doah Speedway.Bill Rice and Chris Ware paced the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car field to green. Rice jumped out front with Ware in tow while Leraas and Tony Harris worked on Ware for second.Rice tried to get away as Leraas gained second and Harris took over third.Leraas went low and to the front, leaving Rice to race with Harris, which took five laps until he went to second. Leraas was out front as Harris was trying to chase him down. Glenn Worrell went to third as Rice faded with steering trouble.Harris was trying to close in but it was not to be as Leraas hit the finish line first. Worrell was third.Next it’s the second annual visit to Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., on Saturday June 30.Feature results – 1. Mike Leraas; 2. Tony Harris; 3. Glenn Worrell; 4. Bill Rice; 5. Ben McCall; 6. Chris Ware; 7. Josh Perreault; 8. Ron Moyers.last_img read more

Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 34,201 after 144 new cases

first_imgThe youngest to contract the disease is a seven-year-old while the oldest is 84.At the same time, 205 patient have recovered from the disease, 122 from the Home- Based Care Programme and 83 have been discharged from various hospitals bringing the total recoveries now stand at 19,893.Also Read  Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challengesThree patients have succumbed to the disease, bringing the total fatality in the country to 577.The distribution of the cases by Counties ; Nairobi 77, Mombasa 18, Kiambu 9,Kisumu 6, Kajiado 6, Machakos 5, Narok 5, Turkana 5, Nakuru 4, Nandi 2,  Laikipia 1, Meru 1, Siaya 1, Isiolo 1, Kilifi 1, Homabay 1 and Tranzoia 1.In terms of Sub County distribution, the 77 cases in Nairobi, are in, Westlands (14), Embakasi East and Langata (8) cases each, Dagoretti Norh (7), Roysambu (5), Embakasi Central, Embakasi South, Kamukunji, Kibra and Ruaraka (4) cases each, Embakasi North, Embakasi West and Makadara (3) cases each, Kasarani and Starehe (2) cases each, and Dagoretti South and Mathare (1) case each.Also Read  President Kenyatta hails peace progress in S.SudanIn Mombasa, the 18 cases are in Changamwe and Mvita (5) cases each, NyaJi (3), Kisauni and Likoni (2) cases each and Jomvu (1) case.In Kiambu, the 9 cases are in Kiambu Town, Kikuyu, Lari and Thika (2) cases each, and Kiambaa (1) case.In Kisumu, the 6 cases are in Kisumu West (5) and Kisumu Central (1), while the 6 cases in Kajiado, are in Kajiado North (4) and Kajiado Central (2).In Machakos, the 5 cases are in Athi River and Kangundo (2) cases each, and Nachakos Town (1). The 5 cases in Narok, are in Narok East and Narok North (2) cases each, while the 5 cases in Turkana, are all in Turkana Central.Also Read  Cardinal Njue condemns conduct of leaders in the countryIn Nakuru, the 4 cases are in Nakuru East (3) and Nakuru West (1), while the 2 cases in Nandi are all in Chesumei.The case in Laikipia is in Laikipia West, the case in Meru is in Imenti North, the case in Siaya is in Alego Usonga, the case in Isiolo is in the town, the case in Kilifi is in Kilifi South, the case in Homa bay is in Rachuonyo South and the case in Trans Nzoia is in Kiminini. Kenya has Monday announced 144 new cases raising the countries COVID-19 figures to bringing to 34,201. This is in consonance with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s announcement that the COVID-19 curve is beginning to flatten.In a statement Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, says the new cases come from a sample size of 4,260 tested in the last 24 hours.Total cumulative tests in the Country now stands at 454, 406. From the cases, 133 are Kenyans while 11 are foreigners and in terms of gender, 88 are males and 56 are females.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

Cardinals Golf Results

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinal Golf team traveled to Cricket Ridge, Monday night, to face off in a 4-way meet against Batesville, Madison, and Shelbyville. The finals scores were Madison 181, Batesville 188, Shelbyville 200, and St Louis 227.Scoring for the Cardinals were Jackson Wanstrath, Eli Vogelsang, Rhea Miller, and Eli Weiler.The next match is Monday, May 6th, at North Branch.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Randy Streator.last_img

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSWarning from NFL medical officerUNDATED (AP) — Days after the NFL revealed its hopes of conducting a normal regular season and playoffs, its chief medical officer is warning that nothing is a certainty during the coronavirus pandemic. Bryant, Duncan and Garnett, with a combined 11 championships and 48 All-Star seasons between them, are all first-time finalists and locks to be in this class. There are five additional finalists alongside Bryant, Duncan and Garnett: Tamika Catchings, Rudy Tomjanovich (tahm-JAHN’-oh-vich), Eddie Sutton, Barbara Stevens and Kim Mulkey.NFL-LIONS-ROBERTSLions agree to deal with CB Darryl RobertsALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Darryl Roberts. Roberts spent the past four seasons with the New York Jets.Roberts has started 10 games in each of the past two seasons. The Lions also acquired cornerback Desmond Trufant this offseason. — Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train.COLLEGE CORRUPTION-NC STATERALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State’s NCAA case involving recruiting violations tied to former Wolfpack one-and-done star Dennis Smith Jr. has been recommended to go through an independent investigation process created for complex cases.The process includes independent investigators and decision-makers with no direct ties to NCAA member schools, and rulings cannot be appealed.The NCAA has alleged ex-assistant Orlando Early provided Smith and his associates approximately $46,700 in impermissible benefits – including $40,000 that a government witness testified he delivered to Early intended for Smith’s family in 2015. April 4, 2020 Hacker posts racial slur on fan chat with black NHL playerNEW YORK (AP) — A hacker posted a racial slur 45 times in an online fan video chat Friday with a black New York Rangers prospect.The NHL team scrambled to disable the hacker it called “a vile individual” on the Zoom chat with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old former Wisconsin defenseman drafted No. 22 overall in 2018. Miller recently signed with the Rangers after completing his sophomore season at Wisconsin. The 6-foot-5 defender is from St. Paul, Minnesota.MLB-ASTROS FAN-LAWSUITFederal judge tosses fan lawsuit vs. MLB, Astros, Red Sox In other NFL news:—The lawyer representing retired NFL players alleges the players’ union stonewalled his clients when confronted with questions whether their Social Security disability payments would be affected before the labor agreement was narrowly ratified last month. Attorney Ben Meiselas told the AP that email exchanges between his clients and the NFLPA show the union refusing to provide responses to direct questions regarding the status of their disability benefits before and after the CBA was presented to its players for a vote on March 5. —The NFC champion San Francisco 49ers have signed two ninth-year pros to one-year deals in free agency. One of them is Travis Benjamin. He’s a wide receiver and punt returner who played the last four seasons with the Chargers. The Niners also signed offensive lineman Tom Compton, who was with the Jets last season. The Chicago Bears declared the quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and newcomer Nick Foles. General manager Ryan Pace says both players are “embracing” the battle that will play out whenever offseason workouts begin.NHL-RANGERS-RACIST HACKER Associated Press center_img Dr. Allen Sills, a neurosurgeon who has been with the NFL since 2017, says he and other league and team medical personnel have been in constant communication with health officials throughout the country, looking at the same data they are using to make public recommendations. The NFL also has consulted with the other major sports leagues and the players’ union.In other developments related to the pandemic:— The Preakness is looking for a new date for the Triple Crown race normally held on the third Saturday in May. The owners of Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland Jockey Club have also decided to cancel the infield party on race day. The Preakness usually draws more than 100,000 fans, most of whom gather on the infield. The Kentucky Derby was previously postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5.—The U.S. Tennis Association says it’s best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. The USTA called it “in the best interest of society to take a collective pause” from tennis. The statement from the organization that runs the U.S. Open Grand Slam tournament said there is “the possibility” that the virus could be transferred among people via sharing and touching of tennis balls, net posts, court surfaces, benches or gate handles.— The U.S. Women’s Open is moving from the end of spring to the middle of December. The USGA says the Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston is moving from June 4-7 to Dec. 10-13. The LPGA has also postponed or canceled the next five events on its schedule. All but the Pure Silk Championship are getting new dates later in the year. BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMEBasketball Hall of Fame set to announce 2020 classUNDATED (AP) — A unique Hall of Fame class will be announced Saturday in a unique way.Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as part of the 2020 class of enshrinees by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.The selections are typically revealed at college basketball’s Final Four. But with sports shut down because of the global coronavirus pandemic, the announcement will be televised from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut. — The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17. Two WNBA cities are major hot spots for the virus: New York and Seattle. The WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women’s sports league.— The Ottawa Senators are making temporary layoffs and salary reductions because of COVID-19. The team’s parent company says the full-time workforce will be reduced starting Sunday, when the NHL club’s season was originally scheduled to end. Those not laid off could be placed on furlough. Others could have their salaries reduced. Health benefits will continue uninterrupted.— Anaheim Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli say they will pay their 2,100 part-time employees across all of their sports and event management companies through June 30 for work that was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. The Samuelis’ Anaheim Arena Management company operates Honda Center, the Ducks’ home rink. They also own two lice hockey complexes in Orange County.— Major League Soccer has extended its training moratorium through April 24 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Team facilities are closed to players and staff — except for players requiring treatment that cannot be administered at their homes. Players are expected to remain in market with their teams during the moratorium to avoid the spread of the virus.— The under-construction Athletes Village for the Tokyo Olympics could be used as a temporary hospital for coronavirus patients. Tokyo’s governor has been talking about the possibility of occupying the massive development on Tokyo Bay, which is to house up to 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes and staff during the games. Update on the latest sports NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by fantasy sports contestants who claimed they were damaged by sign stealing in Major League Baseball.Five men had sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, violation of consumer-protection laws, negligence, unjust enrichment and deceptive trade practices by teams that violated MLB’s rules against the use of electronics to steal catchers’ signs. The five participated in fantasy contests hosted by DraftKings from 2017-19.Judge Jed S. Rakoff wrote that the lawsuit had no legal basis.,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

Guyana take silver in girls U-15, bronze for boys’ U-15

first_imgGUYANA was still in the running for the boys’ under-18 title up to late last night when they face off against the Dominica Republic in the semifinals.However,the Guyana girls under-15 team had already picked up the silver when competition commenced in the Caribbean Cadet and Junior Table Tennis Championships being played here in Guyana at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.The local boys under-15 finished with bronze, while the girls under-18 team shared a joint third with the Jamaican team. It was only in the boys under-18 where our fate remains uncertain when Guyana come up against the Dominican Republic side.But things were not looking bright for the Guyana side as the night advanced. Both Kyle Eghill and Elisha Johnson had suffered losses in the team’s first two semifinal matches.Edghill went under 3 – 0 against Mariano Lockward, and Johnson followed with 3 – 2 lost to Carlos Guzman. It was all down to Miguel Wong to keep the team in the game.The boys’ semifinal matches followed the team’s afternoon quarter final win against Aruba.Johnson came out really big picking up two matches, and Nickolus Romain took one, to avenge an opening lost for Kyle Eghill against Jeandry Mathilda. Edghill lost 10 – 12, 8 – 11, 7 – 11.But Johnson quickly equalized for Guyana by overwhelming Jean Claude Hoek 11 -9, 11 -7, 11 – 2. Romain then took Guyana one up by beating Donald Yarzagaray 11 – 5, 11 – 9, 9 – 11, 11 – 6Johnson returned this time to deal Mathilda a whipping. He finished him off 13 – 11, 11 – 8, 11 – 6.In the girls under-15 it was the team of Abigail Martin, Neveah Clarkston and Selenas Jackman that lead Guyana to the silver after succeeding 3 – 1 against Jamaica, despite a 0 – 3 lost against Dominican Republic.last_img read more

RUSSIA 2018: NFF Secures Eagles’ $2.8m World Cup Funds

first_imgBy Duro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles campaign at the FIFA World Cup starting in barely 25 days from today in Russia will be devoid of all the trappings that make Nigeria to be in the news for the wrong reasons.THISDAY checks revealed at the weekend that the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has finally secured the $2.8million it budgeted for a successful outing at the Mundial this summer. In addition to the $2million from FIFA for all the Russia-bound teams, the NFF has also been able to raise the balance $800,000 to complete the World Cup budget.The funds cover the entire agreement the federation reached with Super Eagles players shortly before Nigeria’s friendly against Argentina in Russia last November.As Eagles begin to troop into the Ibom Resort in Uyo today for the planned friendly with DR Congo on May 28 in Port Harcourt, handlers of the three-time African champions sole responsibility is purely technical without going grey over players allowances and bonuses.President of the NFF, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, confirmed to THISDAY yesterday that money was not going to be the problem of Eagles in Russia.“We are glad that our efforts and relationship with FIFA has always paid off. We were also able to raise  $800,000 in addition which has given us at the NFF the exact money we need to prosecute the World Cup and the remaining pre-World Cup matches,” observed the NFF chief on telephone last night.Pinnick is particularly happy that there will be no repeat of the ugly scenario that degenerated into Super Eagles abandoning training in Brazil due to unpaid bonuses shortly before Nigeria played crucial second round game against France.“We are confident now that there will be no any form of distraction for the players in Russia. This will allow the players and officials concentrate on the business of the World Cup,” stressed Pinnick who also doubles as CAF executive committee member.The current NFF board led by Pinnick has in the last three years worked assiduously at eliminating all forms of disagreements and distractions with the players.All the 30 players selected in Gernot Rohr’s provincial 30-man list are expected to troop into the Uyo camp beginning today.After the friendly with DR Congo, the final list of 23 players is expected to be released on June 1 before taking on England’s Three Lions 24 hours later at the Wembley Stadium.However, according to Rohr, there will be two extra players on standby with the team in London in case of injury.The team will then proceed to the third and final phase of camping in Austria with the final 23 players to take on Czech Republic in the last friendly game on June 6 before flying to their World Cup base camp in Yessentuki in Russia.Eagles will open their World Cup campaign on June 16 against Croatia in Kaliningrad before playing debutants Iceland on June 22 at the Volgograd Arena. Their final group game is against two-time champions Argentina on June 26 in St. PetersburgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more