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Indonesian couples hold off wedding plans for better days … after COVID-19

Indonesian couples hold off wedding plans for better days … after COVID-19

first_imgApril 11 was supposed to be the happiest day of her life so far for Anifa Ludfiani and Firdausyah Bela, and the couple had looked forward to their families watch them as they tied the knot on that date in Sidoarjo, East Java.The venue has been booked and all expenses paid, from the caterer to the wedding organizer. The couple had also printed invitations for 300 guests to attend their wedding reception.But the growing spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia has forced Anifa and her 29-year-old fiance to rethink their plans. In the end, they decided to postpone the reception.The couple also wondered whether they should continue with their wedding on April 5, as they did not want the occasion to pose a greater risk of infection.”I am really dejected about the whole situation right now,” the 25-year-old bride-to-be told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.”Yet, it will be sad if only a few people show up at my wedding,” Anifa said, wistfully. Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia suspends visa-free policy, expands ban for people from worst-hit countriesIt was the same for Mochammad Dimar Zankar, 33, and his fiancée, Winda Marienda, 27. The Jakartan couple were forced to cancel their wedding reception and pre-nuptial ceremonies scheduled for April after a handful of close relatives declined their invitation.”Friends of my father and father-in-law have said they cannot come due to a fear of COVID-19, so we had to cancel the wedding party,” said Dimar.But Dimar said he and Winda were standing firm about holding their wedding on April 18, with only close family in attendance.These couples are only two among many hundreds, even thousands of couples in the country – and likely around the world – who have seen the coronavirus pandemic laying waste to their best-laid plans, leaving them with no choice but to cancel what was supposed to be one of the happiest days of their lives.The local outbreak has infected 227 Indonesians to date, and comes during the height of the wedding season in the country, which usually falls just before and after the Ramadan-Idul Fitri holiday.The central government has responded by calling on the public to practice “social distancing” – maintaining a minimum distance of 1 meter – to stem the spread of the virus. Authorities have also advised against large gatherings to reduce the risk of wider transmission.Brand manager Safina Loebis of RefnaWedding in South Jakarta, said that the wedding organizer’s clients had all decided to postpone their wedding plans due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.Read also: Wedding bell blues: Coronavirus crashes party for couples, planners”The clients of four weddings scheduled on March 22, March 29, April 4 and April 18 have all asked to postpone,” Safina told the Post.Safina said the wedding industry fully understood the unprecedented situation and were not charging extra for postponements. She added that the ensuing costs to organizers remained to be seen, since all clients had postponed indefinitely, without setting a later date, time or venue.Things were different for Eky Triwulan Kusumaningrum and Demas Setyo Wahyudi, who had just celebrated their wedding last Sunday with around 300 invited guests at the Omah Ndoro hall in Cibubur, East Jakarta.A week before their wedding, Eky said she had heard the news on Indonesia’s first two confirmed cases – traced to Depok, West Java, which is close to her wedding venue.Despite their concerns about the outbreak, the couple thought it impossible for them to postpone their wedding ceremony, as everything had been prepared and set to proceed.”We prepared hand sanitizers and put up posters encouraging people to greet each other using the “Namaste” and the “Vulcan salute” instead of shaking hands at the wedding,” she said, referring respectively to the Indian Hindu greeting and the greeting popularized in Star Trek films. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Brisbane apartment rents rise despite inner city oversupply

Brisbane apartment rents rise despite inner city oversupply

first_imgGeneric photo of West End apartments development – Picture: Richard WalkerBRISBANE apartment rents rose sharply in July, despite an oversupply of stock in the inner city.Rent.com.au has released its latest report based on last month’s property leasing data and it shows a shift in median rental property prices, rental affordability and the price of house and apartment living by Walk Score®.Brisbane was among five capitals to record an increase in apartment rents, with the river city’s median unit rent jumping from $380 to $395/week — just below Melbourne’s at $400/week.But Brisbane house rents stagnated in July — dropping 1.2 per cent to $410/week. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoBrisbane house rents dropped 1.2 per cent in July, according to rent.com.au. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The only capital city to record a bigger drop during the month was Canberra, which saw median house rents fall 2 per cent to $490/week. Brisbane also has the cheapest houses for rent in the most walkable suburbs, according to a new report. Furnished flat less than $40,000 Buyer pays millions in cash for this house Queensland’s fastest growing areas The report compared its Walk Score® data to price-per-room data across all leased properties in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth during the month, aiming to identify price trends in areas with varying levels of walkability. It found Brisbane had the most affordable houses for rent in suburbs where daily errands don’t require a car, at $186.70 a week.last_img read more

​Including ESG in fixed income ‘boosts market efficiency’, says Norway’s GPFN

​Including ESG in fixed income ‘boosts market efficiency’, says Norway’s GPFN

first_imgTwo leaders of Norway’s domestically focused sovereign wealth fund have called for more work into the effects of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors in fixed income management.Jørgen Krog Sæbø, CIO for fixed income at Folketrygdfondet, and Lars Tronsgaard, deputy CEO, wrote in an article for Norwegian financial newspaper Finansavisen: “Responsible fixed-income management has developed over the last few years to become increasingly central in the management of bond portfolios.“Our experience with responsible management is that it provides a more holistic understanding and deeper knowledge of the companies. This contributes in turn to better investment decisions and better functioning capital markets.”Folketrygdfondet oversees the Government Pension Fund Norway (GPFN), the smaller, Nordic-investment counterpart to the huge Government Pension Fund Global. It had total assets of NOK252.3bn (€25.3bn) at the end of March. Its strategic asset allocation is 60% equities and 40% bonds. Krog Sæbø and Tronsgaard said that working with ESG led to improved results for companies’ bottom lines – for investors as well as for the environment.“In equity management, this effort has yielded results,” they said. “Now the time has come for fixed-income management.”Responsible management involved mapping risk factors associated with ESG to improve returns, as well as working to improve the efficiency and transparency of capital markets, the pair wrote.“Responsible management is not about ethics, but about creating returns based on good risk assessments where ESG is also taken into account,” they added.Folketrygdfondet was dependent on companies managing to service their debt, Krog Sæbø and Tronsgaard said, meaning it also had to assess whether the businesses had control over their ESG challenges.A report published earlier this month by JP Morgan Asset Management found that ESG scores could enhance fixed income portfolio outcomes via lower drawdowns, reduced portfolio volatility and, in some cases, marginally increased risk-adjusted returns.Further readingGuest Viewpoint: Fiona Stewart & Georg Inderst How can environmental, social and governance criteria be incorporated into fixed-income portfolios?AXA IM calls for ‘transition bonds’ to help companies go green The French asset manager said the new form of bond could help carbon-intensive companies move away from fossil fuelslast_img read more

Ighalo not an odd signing, Ole affirms

Ighalo not an odd signing, Ole affirms

first_img And Solskjaer hopes the 30-year-old can have the same instant impact he himself had when arriving from Molde in 1996. The Norwegian said: “Well, it didn’t take me too long… I didn’t have a training session to come on. Read Also:Man Utd legend not expecting many starts from Ighalo “As a striker you get thrown on out there and it might be he’ll have to come off the bench and get us a goal and he does whatever he’s done.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United boss Solskjaer said of the Shanghai Shenhua star: “The injury to Marcus Rashford, it has to be said, we needed another forward and when we got the chance to get Odion on a loan that was for us a goalscorer, top scorer African Cup of Nations last year. “Yeah, he can help the club. He is a very professional player, a good lad and will give something to the group.”Advertisement Loading…center_img Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended his left-field signing of ex-Watford frontman Odion Ighalo.last_img read more

Covid-19: UAEFA members to brainstorm March 7 over impact

Covid-19: UAEFA members to brainstorm March 7 over impact

first_img The AFC has also been working with Fifa to assess the potential impact on the World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers matches scheduled to take place in this month. 2020 Olympics in Tokyo equally being threatened by the rampaging virus The virus which originated in the Wahun province of China in December has so far spread to over 60 countries across the globe with predictions of further spread. Already various sporting activities scheduled across the world including the 2020 Read Also Coronavirus: Tokyo Olympics may hold without fans Olympics Games in Tokyo, Japan are being given a second look with ongoing debates among stakeholders over whether to downside the scope of the Games or go for outright cancelation should the efforts being made across the globe by researchers and medical personnel fail to arrest the situation before the start of the Games. As the world continues to battle against rampaging Coronavirus, the UAE Football Association (UAEFA) has scheduled an emergency meeting of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on March 7 to discuss the impact of the virus As a result of the outbreak, several AFC Champions League matches will be postponed, including the first leg between Korea and China, which is now scheduled for April 9 with the return leg on April 14. In a statement, the AFC said it will call emergency meetings with the representatives of member associations and its leagues in both the east and west regions to discuss impact of the coronavirus epidemic on football in Asia. Windsor John, AFC general secretary, said: “These are unprecedented and challenging times, but the AFC is working tirelessly to monitor the situation, including the various travel restrictions while being in constant contact with our member associations, leagues and clubs.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeThis 1982 Movie Is Better Than Any Other Blockbuster Up Today12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One Movie Loading… last_img read more

Sarri: Juve board can’t sack me because of one game

Sarri: Juve board can’t sack me because of one game

first_img Loading… read also:Tardelli: ‘Juve stupid to sack Sarri’ “They are going to evaluate the whole season. “I find this kind of question offensive, but not towards me, it’s offensive towards the directors. I have a contract, I’ll respect it and I don’t expect anything.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Juventus coach, Maurizio Sarri, has fired back on the board’s decision, saying they can’t sack him because he lost a match. The result saw Juve tumble out of the Champions League at the round of 16 stage. Sarri said, “My words were not difficult to interpret. I don’t think directors of a top-level will make a decision based on one match.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time12 Marvel Superheroes When They Were Kids6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith9 Heroes Of Popular Memes Then And Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes9 Most Disturbing Movie DystopiasCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more

Nigerian star, Indian win Lagos Open Tennis 2019

Nigerian star, Indian win Lagos Open Tennis 2019

first_imgRelatedPosts Kidnappers kill man after N4m ransom, abduct Police Inspector, NSCDC official Gang killed my friend, not police — Lagos clash suspect COVID-19: Lagos discharges 10 more patients The 2019 Lagos Open Tennis Championship ended on Monday with France-born Nigerian player, Calvin Hemery, and Indian, Riya Bhatia, winning the men and women’s singles respectively.The finals, which was shifted by 24 hours because of a downpour in the Lagos metropolis on Sunday, was the climax of the second leg of the ITF World Tennis Tour at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.Frenchman Hemery won the tournament back to back as he was the winner of the first leg. Interestingly, his opponent in Monday’s final was the same Bosnia Herzegovina opponent, Aldin Setkic, who he defeated in the first leg.The final was an easy one for Hemery as Setkic retired when the game result was 4-2.To Hemery, whose father is from Edo State, winning the ITF World Tour was a thing of joy for him, adding that he felt elated with the support he received from Nigerian fans, who he described as one of the rallying forces that propelled the victory.The women’s singles final was a tough match for the winner, Indian Riya Bhatia, who was stretched in the three sets thriller by opponent from Slovenia, Nastja Kolar.  The crucial match ended 7-5,1-6,6-3.Bhatia described her opponent as a good player, adding that it took her determined effort to win the match.The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu-Olu, was represented by Dr. Kweku Tandoh, the Executive Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, and the Director General, Oluwatoyin Gafar at the finals.Tandoh gave kudos to the finalists, most especially the winners. He praised, on behalf of the State Government, the Local Organising Committee, headed by Chief Pius Akinyelure, for putting up a good show. He wished all the players safe journey to their respective destinations. Tags: Onikanlast_img read more

Eagle ready to soar at Ascot

Eagle ready to soar at Ascot

first_imgDermot Weld’s hugely exciting colt Free Eagle remains on target for the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot later this month. The son of High Chaparral returned from over a year on the sidelines with a spectacular victory in the Enterprise Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown and is primed to step up to the highest level on October 18. “He’s in good form, I’m pleased with him and the Champion Stakes looks the logical way to go with him,” Weld told At The Races. “He’s a very talented colt and please god we’ll keep him right for his next race.” Asked whether Free Eagle was likely to stay in training next season, the trainer said: “If everything goes well and he comes out of his next race okay, that would be the plan.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

Update on the latest sports

first_imgMike Hoffman scored his Florida-leading third goal and fifth point of the series but the 10th-seeded Panthers wound up one-and-done for their fifth consecutive postseason appearance.In other NHL action:Brad Richardson scored on a rebound in overtime, Darcy Kuemper stopped 49 shots and the Arizona Coyotes advanced in the postseason for the first time in eight years with a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. The Western Conference’s No. 11 seed took a 2-0 lead early in the second period but allowed Nashville to tie it and went ahead 3-2 on Jordan Oesterle’s goal early in the third. Nashville pulled goalie Juuse Saros late in the third period and Filip Forsberg tied it with 32 seconds left on a one-timer after Roman Josi kept the puck in Arizona’s zone. Richardson won it after he redirected Vinnie Hinostroza’s shot and punched the rebound in past Saros.NBA-SCHEDULE White, Poeltl lead Spurs past short-handed Jazz 119-111 — The NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference is postponing its fall sports schedule until the spring of 2021. The league said its impacted sports are men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball. The league is made up of 13 schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.— The Southeastern Conference will require football players and others in direct contact with the program to be tested at least twice weekly during the season. The league on Friday released its initial COVID-19 requirements for fall sports, including football. In football, the testing will typically come six days and three days before competition. Coaches, staff and other personnel will be required to wear face coverings on the sidelines at sporting events this fall. The initial guidelines include testing requirements, procedures for infections and contact tracing and protocols for quarantine and isolation. The rules, which also apply to volleyball and soccer, were recommended by the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force.— Maryland senior quarterback Josh Jackson has opted out of the upcoming football season, leaving the Terrapins with very little depth and experience at the pivotal position. Jackson is the most prominent of six Maryland players who have decided not to play in 2020 for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He played in 10 games last year for Maryland after transferring from Virginia Tech. He went 98 for 207 for 1,274 yards and 12 touchdowns with six interceptions. His backup was Tyrrell Pigrome, who transferred to Western Kentucky during the offseason.— North Carolina defensive backs D.J. Ford, Javon Terry and Bryce Watts have opted out of playing this season due to concerns about the coronavirus. The team had previously announced that offensive lineman Triston Miller would not play due to “family reasons.”— Duke coach David Cutcliffe says long snapper Ben Wyatt and offensive tackle Jacob Rimmer have opted out of playing this season because of concerns about the virus. Last week the school announced that 25 athletes had tested positive over the previous three weeks as they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts, with nine in mandatory isolation. The school said all cases involved no or mild symptoms. Update on the latest sports August 7, 2020 Another positive test, another postponement for CardinalsUNDATED (AP) — Friday night’s game in St. Louis between the Cardinals and the Cubs has been postponed after another St. Louis player tested positive for COVID-19. Major League Baseball said the game was called off to allow more time for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process. The Cardinals have been off since last Friday, when two players returned positive coronavirus tests. Eight players in total have tested positive, including star catcher Yadier Molina.The Cardinals spent five days in quarantine in a Milwaukee hotel before finally being cleared to travel back to St. Louis late Tuesday, when they returned negative tests for the second straight day. They got workouts in at home and had been prepared to return to the field Friday. In other MLB news: Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — New Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is a week into the latest step in his career. He says he isn’t as much concerned with replacing Tom Brady or silencing his doubters as with proving to himself that he’s still capable of performing at his highest level. The 2011 No. 1 overall draft pick says he’s full go after back-to-back injury-plagued seasons in Carolina. He also says there’s no ill will toward the Panthers after they released him in March with one year remaining on a five-year, $103.8 million contract. In other NFL news:— Coaches will have their own category for being voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at least for the next four years. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees has approved a change in the selection process. Effective with the class of 2021, there will be 15 modern-era players as finalists with a maximum of five ultimately elected. There also will be one coach finalist, one senior finalist and one contributor finalist through the selection of the class of 2024. Coaches were previously considered along with players and that lessened their chances of being elected to the Canton, Ohio, shrine. — New York Giants long snapper and Pro Bowler Zak DeOssie has retired. DeOssie, who spent all 13 of his seasons with the Giants, announced his retirement on Friday in a statement released by the team. The decision was known to many months ago, but DeOssie did not confirm it until now. A 2007 fourth-round draft pick out of Brown, he won Super Bowls with the Giants in his rookie year and again in the 2011 season. He earned Pro Bowl berths in 2008 and ’10. The team designated Friday a rest day for the NBA’s top overall draft choice after he scored 24 points in 22 minutes in the Pelicans’ 140-125 loss to Sacramento on Thursday.The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Williamson has seen his playing time limited after missing nearly two weeks of practice in July to attend to a family medical matter. The former Duke star has played as few as 14 minutes and not more than 25 minutes in a game since the Pelicans resumed their season July 30. Williamson has averaged nearly 17 points and about 19 minutes in the Pelicans’ four games in the Disney complex. He has averaged 22.4 points in 23 total games this season after missing the first 44 games of his rookie campaign while recovering from right knee surgery.The Pelicans’ playoff hopes have faded with three losses in their past four games. They might need to win all of their final four regular-season games to have a chance to qualify.PGA CHAMPIONSHIP — Major League Baseball has announced changes to the regular-season schedule to account for 21 games postponed in the first two weeks by coronavirus issues, and a few clubs are looking at unusual finishes. The Phillies and Marlins are set to play seven times in five days next month. Miami will finish the season playing 27 games in 23 days, a stretch featuring no days off and four doubleheaders in a 10-day span. Philadelphia is slated for six doubleheaders in 60 games, meaning 20% of their games this season will be just seven innings long. Miami was already scheduled to host Philadelphia for four games Sept. 10-13. The series has been extended to include a game on Monday, Sept. 14, and doubleheaders have been scheduled for that Friday and Sunday. The St. Louis Cardinals, who have been out of action since July 31 because of an outbreak, have added three doubleheaders against the Brewers to a previously scheduled series to make up their three games postponed last weekend. — World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his season debut for the Washington Nationals on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. He has been sidelined in 2020 by a nerve issue in his pitching hand. Nationals manager Dave Martinez says the tingling in Strasburg’s right thumb is gone and nothing in the pitcher’s mechanics has changed. — Federal prosecutors say a former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Prosecutors in Texas say Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court. Kay was communications director for the Angels. Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. Prosecutors are accusing Kay of giving the fentanyl to Skaggs.NFL-NEWSNewton says he’s ready to go in New Englandcenter_img Li at his best and holds club housey lead at PGA ChampionshipSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — There’s no telling what to expect from Li Haotong. The 25-year-old from China was at his best in the PGA Championship with a bogey-free round of 65. That gave Li an early two-shot lead over Tommy Fleetwood among the morning starters Friday at Harding Park. Li was at 8-under 132. Li is one of only six players with a 63 in the final round of a major. He also had a tough debut in the Presidents Cup.Jason Day has since reached 8-under to tie.Rickie Fowler shot a 69 on Friday in the PGA Championship to finish two rounds at 2-over 142. That probably will be right on the cut line for whether he makes it to the weekend at the Harding Park. And if he doesn’t, it will be hard to forget about the sixth hole. Fowler missed an 8-foot par putt, and as he stepped over to tap it in, his putter scuffed the green and nudged his ball about an inch. He then tapped in for a double bogey.MLB-NEWS LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Derrick White scored 24 points, Jakob Poeltl added 19 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs got a much-needed win over the short-handed Utah Jazz 119-111. Lonnie Walker and Rudy Gay each added 14 points for the Spurs. San Antonio moved into 10th place in the Western Conference and is a half-game ahead of the surging Phoenix Suns. The Suns are 4-0 since the NBA restart but were idle Friday. Gay scored 10 points during one stretch in the third quarter to help open a 16-point lead. NBA-WILLIAMSON OUTPelicans resting Zion Williamson against WizardsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have scratched rookie Zion Williamson from the lineup for Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFSIslanders advance with 5-1 win over PanthersTORONTO (AP) — Anthony Beauvillier scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 5-1 to clinch an NHL best-of-five preliminary round playoff series in four games. Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal had a goal and assist each in a game the Islanders never trailed. Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots, Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored an empty-netter and the Eastern Conference’s seventh-seeded Islanders bounced back from a 3-2 loss in Game 3 on Wednesday. SERBIA-BASKETBALL PLAYER DIESBasketball player dies during training in SerbiaBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Former Florida State University center Michael Ojo died on Friday after collapsing during training in Serbia, according to his former team, Red Star Belgrade. He was 27.The Nigerian-born basketball player was taken to a hospital in the Serbian capital, but doctors failed to resuscitate him, Belgrade media reported. Local media reported that he died of a heart attack.Ojo was reported to have tested positive for the coronavirus but recovered. — New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker has been formally charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm in connection with a fight at a cookout in May. Broward County state attorney Mike Satz says Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who also was arrested, won’t be prosecuted because of insufficient evidence. Baker is accused of stealing cash and watches from four men. The punishment in event of a conviction is a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in state prison. Baker surrendered to jail on May 16 and was released on bond. His next court date hasn’t been announced.— The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive lineman Dion Jordan to a one-year contract. The deal adds another former first-round pick to San Francisco’s talented line. Jordan was the No. 3 overall pick by Miami in 2013 but has never lived up to his billing because of injuries and substance abuse problems. He has been suspended 32 games over his career for violating NFL rules on substance abuse and performance-enhancing drugs and has also had two operations on his knee. — Linebacker Vic Beasley reported to the Tennessee Titans on Friday, and he has been activated off the Reserve/DidNot Report list. The Titans also put defensive lineman Jack Crawford on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning he had either tested positive for COVID-19 or has been quarantined after coming in close contact with someone who’s infected. — The Detroit Lions are preparing to host fans at all eight regular-season home games, although it’s uncertain how many will be allowed to attend. The NFL club said Friday that season-ticket holders can opt out of purchasing tickets for the 2020 season if they want. The team also is offering various incentives for fans who defer payments to the 2021 season instead of asking for refunds. Fans and employees at Ford Field would be required to wear face coverings. Designated gates and entry times would be assigned to fans. The team says the ability to host fans at a reduced capacity depends on local and state approval.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS Big Sky joins Pioneer League in dropping fall footballUNDATED (AP) — The Big Sky Conference has postponed its football season until spring and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester as well. The Big Sky’s decision Friday all but officially ends any chance of the FCS playoffs being held in the fall. The FCS playoffs are an NCAA-sponsored event unlike the College Football Playoff which crowns a champion at the highest level of Division I. The NCAA announced earlier this week each of its three divisions would determine whether national championship events should be held in fall sports.The Big Sky, traditionally one of the strongest FCS conferences with Montana, Eastern Washington and Montana State, said it will attempt to play an eight-game conference schedule in the spring.In other pandemic-related developments:— The Pioneer League says it won’t play a fall football schedule but would consider playing a football season at another point in the school year if feasible. The 11-team Pioneer League spans from the Midwest to the West Coast. The conference said in a statement the challenges related to team travel, meeting state, local and institutional health requirements and COVID-19 mitigation strategies led to the decision. After going undrafted in 2017, Ojo moved to Europe where he started his professional basketball career with FMP Belgrade. In 2018, he signed with the regional Adriatic League champions, Red Star Belgrade, where he was hugely popular among the club’s fans.last_img read more

Former Champions Clash in S’finals at Asoju Oba T’tennis Cup

Former Champions Clash in S’finals at Asoju Oba T’tennis Cup

first_imgIt will be a battle Royale today at the 51st Asoju Oba Molade Okoya-Thomas Cup as current and former champions clash in the semifinal of the women’s singles at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.Defending champion, Bose Odusanya and 2013 champion, Tolu Durosimi-Etti will be the cynosure of all eyes as both players battle for a place in the final scheduled for tomorrow Friday November 29.Already, both players have started talking tough with Odusanya reiterating her resolve to hold on to the title. “I think I played against her when I won my first title in 2015 and this year will not be an exception as I hope to take her down again. I am in good shape and I don’t see anybody stopping me from retaining the title again. She can only try but she can stop me,” a confident Odusanya said. For Durosimi-Etti, the tie promises to be explosive. But she admitted that her opponent is in good shape having watched her matches so far. “It is a 50-50 match but I am sure I can still win the title. She is in good form but she is beatable in the competition. I don’t think I am here to just give her the chance to walk over everybody as I am ready to dethrone her and reclaim the title I surrendered in 2014,” Durosimi-Etti boasted.As a prelude to what she is capable of doing, Odusanya partnership with David Fayele conquered Durosimi-Etti and Samson Agbaje 11-4, 11-4, 11-9 to emerge winners of the mixed doubles event.Also in the men’s singles, former national junior star, Joseph Osendukwu is aiming to end the reign of Fayele as both players battle in the quarterfinal.A determined Osendukwu said: “I don’t see him reigning for long and I think I am fully ready to stop him from parading himself as champion. He is going down and I am fully in top shape to ensure I stop him from retaining the title,” he said.The longest running sports tournament in Nigeria has been bankrolled by the family of late Chief Dr Molade Okoya-Thomas since the demise of the initiator 2014 and it is organized by the Lagos State Table Tennis Association (LSSTA).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more