Sick, stranded and broke: Crisis hits Gulf’s migrant workers

first_imgWhen all nine men in his dormitory caught coronavirus, 27-year-old Nurudhin was bused to a remote quarantine camp — becoming one of many migrant workers Gulf states are struggling to accommodate adequately.The oil-rich Gulf is reliant on the cheap labor of millions of foreigners — mostly from India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka — many of whom live in squalid camps far from the region’s showy skyscrapers and malls.But the spread of coronavirus, alongside shrinking oil-driven economies, has left many workers sick and countless others unemployed, unpaid and at the mercy of unscrupulous employers. ‘Worried about our brothers’ The UAE has been the most vocal among Gulf countries in demanding governments repatriate workers, many of whom have been laid off or gone unpaid as business halts and oil prices plummet.As of April 20, some 22,900 foreigners had been repatriated on 127 flights from otherwise closed airports, officials said.But India, which has 3.2 million citizens in the UAE alone, has refused to cooperate, saying that repatriating and quarantining millions of returning citizens would be a logistical and safety nightmare.Bangladesh has reluctantly agreed to take back thousands of its citizens to avoid punishment from Gulf states in the future, its Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen said.”If we don’t bring them home… they won’t recruit people from us once their situation improves,” he told AFP, adding that thousands of undocumented workers and hundreds of prisoners are being flown back, including a planeload from Saudi Arabia last week.Pakistan has allowed repatriations to proceed but warned it is hindered by the lack of testing and quarantine facilities at its airports. Its diplomats in Dubai appealed to Pakistanis not to go to the consulate, after a large number — desperate to return home — gathered to demand seats on limited special flights.”We are worried about our brothers in the Gulf. The lockdown and closure of daily business in the Gulf have rendered many overseas Pakistanis without a livelihood,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said last week.A UAE spokesman said it owed migrant workers a “debt of gratitude” and that it was providing healthcare, food and accommodation, and relaxing immigration rules for those with expiring visas.  “There is nothing in my room except a small bed. I have to share a bathroom with 20 to 30 people,” said Nurudhin, a draftsman from India who was hospitalized before being taken to a remote isolation facility for blue-collar workers in the United Arab Emirates.”There is no WiFi. Not even a television. But the situation in my room was even worse,” he said of his crowded quarters in Abu Dhabi, which proved a fertile ground for the disease.Despite strict curfews in force for weeks, the Gulf states with the biggest populations of foreign workers — Saudi, UAE, Kuwait and Qatar — are still reporting rising numbers of coronavirus cases.Riyadh says foreigners account for 70 to 80 percent of recently discovered cases. Topics :center_img To try to reduce transmission, Gulf authorities have moved workers from camps into temporary lodgings, while establishing mass screening centers and using drones in some neighborhoods to warn people against congregating. Hungry and isolated The pandemic has highlighted the problem of migrant workers living and working in conditions that leave them vulnerable to disease, said Rothna Begum, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch.Attempts by Gulf states to curb the virus were inflicting more hardship, with lockdowns that left workers short of food and water, she told AFP, adding that charities stepping in were overwhelmed.”Workers who are still required to work are being put on buses where they cannot socially distance, and sent to sites where social distancing is not being practiced or protective equipment and sanitation is not adequately provided,” she said.Millions of migrant workers face future uncertainty as the now unwanted workforce is haggled over by their governments and host countries.”I want to go back to my country… I don’t have any money and I don’t want to spend more time here,” said an Egyptian man in Kuwait City who is being held at a camp for immigration offences.Javed Paresh, a construction worker in the emirate of Sharjah, is among the tens of thousands of Pakistanis who have registered to fly home.”I have not been paid for the last six months. I just want to go home and see my family. My family will die of hunger as I am unable to send them money for many months,” he said.last_img read more

Understand why today’s consumers demand more from convenience

first_imgConvenience, a growing sector predicted to be worth £47.1 billion by 2022, used to mean an acceptance of higher prices with limited choice, but that isn’t the case today. There’s a huge opportunity for brands and retailers to tap into the growing demand for quality, service, innovation and value, when and how consumers want it. In this whitepaper we highlight nine key trends around the changes in consumer behaviour and provide recommendations on how to leverage their future demands. Featuring opinion from retailers and Sun Branding experts, it will provide interesting insight into how forward-thinking international retailers and brand owners are responding to this growing sector.Fill out the form to download the pdf. The Grocer may use your contact data to keep you informed of its products and services by email. You can withdraw your marketing consent at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in such email or by sending an email to dataprivacy@wrbm.com . More information on our processing can be found in our Privacy Notice . By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Notice . Company: Sun Branding Format: PDFLength: 25 pagesType: White Paperlast_img read more

Schott, Grabouski ace Friday Modified Duel qualifying features

first_img1st heat ­– 1. Jeremy Payne, Nixa, Mo.; 2. Darrell Hughes II, Manteca, Calif.; 3. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 4. Eddie Kirchoff, Gillette, Wyo.; 5. Bryan Burnes, Lemoore, Calif.; 6. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 7. Mitchell Niemi, Lakeside, Calif.; 8. Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas; 9. Donavon Sorenson, Laurel, Mont.; 10. Kenny Irwin, Bakersfield, Calif.; 11. Peyton Taylor, Batesville, Ark.; 12. Bland Bohannon, Williston, N.D.2nd heat – 1. David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan.; 2. Jared Hoefelman, Columbus Neb.; 3. Randy Brown, Chowchilla, Calif.; 4. Bret Bennett, Bakersfield, Calif.; 5. Collen Winebarger, Corbett, Ore.; 6. Chad Reichenbach, Bakersfield, Calif.; 7. Kyle Wilson, Salinas, Calif.; 8. Jason Strand, Portland, N.D.; 9. Joe German, Aberdeen, Wash.; 10. Michael Paul, San Anselmo, Calif.; 11. Dusty Safley, Price, Utah; 12. Doug Rivera, Yuma, Ariz.3rd heat – 1. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 2. Andy Obertello, Hollister, Calif.; 3. Jesse Williamson, Coburg, Ore.; 4. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 5. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 6. Chett Reeves, Bakersfield, Calif.; 7. Wade Taylor, Spring Creek; 8. Jacob Murray, Hartford, Iowa; 9. Jeff Olschowka, Quincy, Calif.; 10. Darren Schatz, Williston, N.D.; 11. Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif.; Ryan Cotrell, Las Vegas.4th heat – 1. John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; 2. Eddie Belec, Lakewood, Colo.; 3. Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.; 4. Greg Gustus, Brighton, Colo.; 5. Mark Wauge, Medford, Ore.; 6. Jason Hilliard, Cache, Okla.; 7. Cale Carder, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; 8. Mickey Stubbings, Helper, Utah; 9. John Piker, Bakersfield, Calif.; 10. Matt Micheli, Live Oak, Calif.; 11. William Heath, Kaiser, Mo.; 12. Ryan Roath, Phoenix, Ariz.5th heat – 1. Rob Sanders, Bakersfield, Calif.; 2. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa; 3. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa; 4. Robby Sawyer, Bakersfield, Calif. 5. Josh Vogt, Santa Maria, Calif.; 6. Duane Cleveland, Plumas Lake, Calif.; 7. Brian Poppa, Medford, Ore.; 8. Raymond Ketelsen Jr., Aromas, Calif.; 9. David Brown, Kellogg, Iowa; 10. Tony Kinkade Jr., Pahrump; 11. Gordy Beaumont, Charlie Lake, B.C.; 12. Joey Price, Great Falls, Mont.6th heat ­– 1. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa; 2. Nick Roberts, Des Moines, Iowa; 3. Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; 4. Nicholas O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz.; 5. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 6. Ryan Daves, Bakersfield, Calif.; 7. William McGuire, Belton, Texas; 8. Mike Villanueva, Atwater, Calif.; 9. Chris Cole, Cache, Okla.; 10. Logan Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; 11. Robert Higgins, Beckwourth, Calif.; 12. Rick Durica, Las Vegas.7th heat – 1, Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 2. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; 3. Clay Daly, Watsonville, Calif.; 4. Shane Hiatt, Rising City, Neb.; 5. Mike Mullen, Suamico, Wis.; 6. Bob Moore, Sioux City, Iowa; 7. Billy Vogel, Fargo, N.D.; 8. Mike Tanner, Smithville, Mo.; 9. P.J. Dyke, Jamul, Calif.; 10. Dale Neitzel, Shepherd, Mont.; 11. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 12. Kenny Wallace, Concord, N.C.8th heat – 1. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; 2. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont, Wis.; 3. Ryan Porter, Atwater, Calif.; 4. Joey Moriarty, Glendale, Ariz.; 5. Joel Myers, Santa Rosa, Calif.; 6. Joe Frock, Reno; 7. Chad Melton, Mineral Wells, Texas; 8. Lawrence O’Connor, Port Hardy, B.C.; 9. Richard Anderson, Shelly, Idaho; 10. Rex Merritt, Billings, Mo.; 11. Nick Herrera, Ruidoso Downs, N.M.; 12. Delos Haugen, Burlington, N.D.9th heat – 1. Chad Andersen, Fort Calhoun, Neb.; 2. Rob VanMil, Barnesville, Minn.; 3. William Miller, Yuma, Ariz.; 4. Paris Archie, Sparks; 5. David Day, Sherwood, Ore.; 6. Rick Spangler, Grand Junction, Colo.; 7. Jeff Stafford Sr., New River, Ariz.; 8. Tim Balding, Prunedale, Calif.; 9. Jerry Frydrych, Austin, Texas; 10. Clayton Christensen, Spencer, Iowa; 11. Tyson Groves, Brush, Colo.; 12. Mike Meazell, Gilroy, Calif.10th heat – 1. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 2. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 3. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 4. Steve Noland, Terra Bella, Calif.; 5. Mike Hagen, Williston, N.D.; 6. Johnny Sheets, Gatesville, Texas; 7. Bricen James, Albany, Ore.; 8. Cory Sample, Winnemucca; 9. Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas; 10. Freddie Plourde, Santa Rosa, Calif.; 11. Rich Horibe, Pahrump; 12. David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas.11th heat – 1. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; 2. Dylan Sherfick, WaKeeney, Kan.; 3. Jay Foster, Peoria, Ariz.; 4. Todd Shute, Des Moines, Iowa; 5. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz.; 6. Albert Gill, Central Point, Ore.; 7. Nolan Olmstead, Devil’s Lake, N.D.; 8. William Kinden, Williston, N.D.; 9. Alan Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas; 10. Robert Hellebust, Minot, N.D.; 11. Chester Kniss, Antioch, Calif.; 12. Kris Asche, Shelton, Wash.12th heat ­– 1. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 2. Mike Densberger, Lincoln, Neb.; 3. Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo.; 4. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 5. Jett Big Eagle, Manor, Sask.; 6. Kyle Heckman, Bakersfield, Calif.; 7. Brandon Blochlinger, Concordia, Kan.; 8. Jeff Stafford Jr., New River, Ariz.; 9. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz.; 10. Reed Payne, Idaho Falls, Idaho; 11. Cody Grabbe, Yuma, Ariz.; 12. Justen Yeager, Green River, Wyo.13th heat – 1. Travis Hagen, Williston, N.D.; 2. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 3. Tanner Black, Albert, Kan.; 4. Bo Partain, Casa Grande, Ariz.; 5. Jerry Schram, Vancouver, Wash.; 6. Garrett Funk, Phoenix, Ariz.; 7. Richard Papenhausen, Chico, Calif.; 8. Ryan Cousins, Darlingford, Man.; 9. Stephen Streeter, Madera, Calif.; 10. Roger Bonneville, Calgary, Alb.; 11. Andy Freeman, Central Point, Ore.; 12. Don Hagan, Carefree, Ariz.14th heat – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 2. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 3. Joey Galloway, Manor, Sask.; 4. Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas; 5. Roger Holder, Bakersfield, Calif.; 6. Sean Stewart, Bullhead City, Ariz.; 7. Kenny Kirkpatrick, Nipomo, Calif.; 8. Matt Murphy, Susanville, Calif.; 9. Steve Stultz, Peoria, Ariz.; 10. Yancy Shepard, Smithville, Mo.; 11. Spencer Wilson, Minot, N.D.; 12. Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.15th heat – 1. R.C. Whitwell, Bakersfield, Calif.; 2. Kyle Brown, State Center, Iowa; 3. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; 4. Dustin Andersen, Omaha, Neb.; 5. Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask.; 6. Troy Morris Jr., Bakersfield, Calif.; 7. Alexander Wilson, Salinas, Calif.; 8. Sean Fox, St. Helen’s, Ore.; 9. Bryan Wulfenstein, Pahrump; 10. James Ness, Minot, N.D.; 11. Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.; 12. Kevin Fitzgerald, Brentwood, Calif. 16th heat – 1. Steve Boles, Bakersfield, Calif.; 2. Brad Pounds, Bakersfield, Calif.; 3. Zachary Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz.; 4. Casey Delp, Rock Springs, Wyo.; 5. Nick Nelson, Farmington, N.M.; 6. Troy Foulger, Martinez, Calif.; 7. Mitch Dickinson, Monroe, Utah; 8. Billy Wormsbecker, Big Bear Lake, Calif.; 9. Steve Simpson, Kingman, Ariz.; 10. Joe Carr, Petaluma, Calif.; 11. Mark Abouzeid, Chico, Calif.; 12. Bill Egleston, Atwater, Calif.1st “B” feature – 1. Dylan Smith; 2. Bret Bennett; 3. Eddie Kirchoff; 4. Bryan Burnes; 5. Peyton Taylor; 6. Ethan Dotson; 7. Collen Winebarger; 8. Chad Reichenbach; 9. Kyle Wilson; 10. Jason Strand; 11. Mitchell Niemi; 12. Kevin Irwin; 13. Joe German; 14. Donavon Sorenson; 15. Sherman Barnett; 16. Bland Bohannon; 17. Doug Rivera; 18. Michael Paul; 19. Randy Brown; 20. Dusty Safley.2nd “B” feature – 1. Dominic Ursetta; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 3. Benji LaCrosse; 4. Mark Wauge; 5. Jacob Murray; 6. Greg Gustus; 7. Wade Taylor; 8. Chett Reeves; 9. Jason Hilliard; 10. Jeff Streeter; 11. John Piker; 12. Jeff Olschowka; 13. Jesse Williamson; 14. Matt Micheli; 15. Cale Carder; 16. William Heath; 17. Darren Schatz; 18. Mickey Stubbings; 19. Ryan Cotrell; 20. Ryan Roath.3rd “B” feature – 1. Jason Beaulieu; 2. Robby Sawyer; 3. Justin Kay; 4. Paul Stone; 5. Nicholas O’Neil; 6. Duane Cleveland; 7. Mike Villanueva; 8. Brian Poppa; 9. David Brown; 10. William McGuire; 11. Robert Higgins; 12. Gordy Beaumont; 13. Tony Kinkade Jr.; 14. Rick Durica; 15. Raymond Keldsen Jr.; 16. Chris Cole; 17. Joey Price; 18. Josh Vogt; 19. Ryan Daves; 20. Logan Drake.4th “B” feature – 1. Shane Hiatt; 2. Clay Daly; 3. Joey Moriarty; 4. Mike Mullen; 5. Bob Moore; 6. Chad Melton; 7. Jason Wolla; 8. Kenny Wallace; 9. Billy Vogel; 10. Rex Merritt; 11. Lawrence O’Connor; 12. Joel Myers; 13. Richard Anderson; 14. Dale Neitzel; 15. Nick Herrera; 16. Delos Haugen; 17. Ryan Porter; 18. Mike Tanner; 19. P.J. Dyke; 20. Joe Frock.5th “B” feature – 1. Cody Laney; 2. Mike Hagen; 3. Steve Noland; 4. Johnny Sheets; 5. Bricen James; 6. Christy Barnett; 7. Paris Archie; 8. David Goode Jr.; 9. Tim Balding; 10. Rick Spangler; 11. David Day; 12. William Miller; 13. Rich Horibe; 14. Freddie Plourde; 15. Tyson Groves; 16. Mike Meazell; 17. Jeff Stafford Sr.; 18. Cory Sample; 19. Jerry Frydrych; 20. Clayton Christensen.6th “B” feature – 1. Johnny Saathoff; 2. Todd Shute; 3. Jason Noll; 4. Jett Big Eagle; 5. Jay Foster; 6. Brandon Blochlinger; 7. Brian Schultz; 8. Alan Sharpensteen; 9. Nolan Olmstead; 10. Jeff Stafford Jr.; 11. Reed Payne; 12. Chester Kniss; 13. Kris Asche; 14. Cody Grabbe; 15. Jeremy Frenier; 16. Albert Gill; 17. William Kinden; 18. Kyle Heckman; 19. Robert Hellebust; 20. Justen Yeager.7th “B” feature – 1. Joey Galloway; 2. Tanner Black; 3. Roger Holder; 4. Garrett Funk; 5. Yancy Shepard; 5. Kenny Kirkpatrick; 6. Matt Murphy; 7. Steve Stultz; 8. Roger Bonneville; 9. Chris Clark; 10. Stephen Streeter; 11. Andy Freeman; 12. Don Hagan; 13. Bo Partain; 14. Tommy Fain; 15. Jerry Schram; 16. Richard Papenhausen; 17. Ryan Cousins; 18. Sean Stewart; 19. Spencer Wilson.8th “B” feature – 1. Zachary Madrid; 2. Dustin Andersen; 3. Masen Big Eagle; 4. Casey Delp; 5.Troy Foulger; 6. Nick Nelson; 7. John Parmeley; 8. Jesse Richter; 9. Alexander Wilson; 10. Troy Morris Jr.; 11. Mitch Dickinson; 12. Joe Carr; 13. Sean Fox; 14. Billy Wormsbecker; 15. Mark Abouzeid; 16. Bryan Wulfenstein; 17. Steve Simpson; 18. James Ness; 19. Kevin Fitzgerald; 20. Bill Egleston. LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 13) – Night two at the Duel In the Desert saw Lucas Schott and Jordan Grabouski ace Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified qualifiers at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.Schott won Friday night’s first feature ahead of Ryan Ruter, Dylan Smith and John Hansen. Joining Grabouski in the top four for the nightcap were R.C. Whitwell, Hunter Marriott and Travis Hagen.All eight drivers advance to Saturday’s $7,777 to win main event. Both qualifying features paid $777 to win.Schott led the first qualifier from the drop of the green and pulled out to nearly a half straightaway lead before fifth-running Jeremy Payne, a four-time Duel winner, slowed in turn two.The race was for second following the ensuing restart as Hansen had his hands full holding off Ruter for second while David Murray Jr. motored behind in fourth.Ruter had caught Hansen for the runner-up spot before 2008 race winner Murray spun on unlucky lap 13. Twenty-sixth starting Benji LaCrosse drove by Eddie Belec and Dylan Smith to crack the top four shortly after the race resumed.Schott kept to the lower line while Ruter ran up high. The distance between the two was down to a car length but Schott kept the front spot until the 25th and final lap was scored.Smith, who’d started 17th, and Hansen both shuffled LaCrosse out of a qualifying spot before the checkers flew.It took Grabouski seven circuits to find his way to the front after starting inside row three in the nightcap, first passing Tim Ward for second and then Ricky Alvarado for the point.Alvarado exited with mechanical issues and shortly afterwards Grabouski was pulling away from Whitwell, his closet pursuit, and entering lapped traffic by midway.While Grabouski negotiated traffic and Whitwell ran a distant second, Marriott and Jeff Taylor both tried to reel in Ward for third.Taylor broke on the backstretch with five laps left. Marriott used a great restart to steal second from Ward and challenge Whitwell. Ward exited the top four with a flat before Grabouski checked out for the victory.Last-chance qualifying fills the starting grid for the main event. If not already vote eligible, the winner becomes a candidate for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.1st qualifier – 1. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 2. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa; 3. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 4. John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; 5. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 6. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa; 7. Eddie Belec, Lakewood, Colo.; 8. Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.; 9. Eddie Kirchoff, Gillette, Wyo.; 10. Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; 11. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 12. Bret Bennett, Bakersfield, Calif.; 13. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont, Wis.; 14. Clay Daly, Watsonville, Calif.; 15. Shane Hiatt, Rising City, Neb.; 16. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; 17. Robby Sawyer, Bakersfield, Calif.; 18. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; 19. Joey Moriarty, Glendale, Ariz.; 20. Darrell Hughes II, Manteca, Calif.; 21. Nick Roberts, Des Moines, Iowa; 22. Rob Sanders, Bakersfield, Calif.; 23. David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan.; 24. Jared Hoefelman, Columbus, Neb.; 25. Jeremy Payne, Nixa, Mo.; 26. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 27. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa; 28. Andy Obertello, Hollister, Calif.2nd qualifier – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 2. R.C. Whitwell, Bakersfield, Calif.; 3. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 4. Travis Hagen, Williston, N.D.; 5. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 6. Chad Andersen, Fort Calhoun, Neb.; 7. Rob VanMil, Barnesville, Minn.; 8. Brad Pounds, Bakersfield, Calif.; 9. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 10. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 11. Dylan Sherfick, WaKeeney, Kan.; 12. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; 13. Joey Galloway, Manor, Sask.; 14. Tanner Black, Albert, Kan.; 15. Steve Boles, Bakersfield, Calif.; 16. Roger Holder, Bakersfield, Calif.; 17. Dustin Andersen, Omaha, Neb.; 18. Mike Densberger, Lincoln, Neb.; 19. Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask.; 20. Mike Hagen, Williston, N.D.; 21. Zachary Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz.; 22. Steve Noland, Terra Bella, Calif.; 23. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 24. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 25. Todd Shute, Des Moines, Iowa; 26. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 27. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz.; 28. Kyle Brown, State Center, Iowa.last_img read more

Moyes delighted by battling United

first_img Disappointed Stoke boss Hughes believes his side deserved to hang on for at least a point after an heroic effort to end a winless run at Old Trafford stretching back to 1976. Hughes said: “I do think it was unjust, in terms of what we produced, the effort we put in and the chances we created. “I certainly felt in the first half we could have been three or 4-1 to the good in terms of chances created. I didn’t think United created much apart from the key moments that took the game away from us. “We’re really disappointed given the level of performance we produced. We had a game plan which needed commitment, it needed people to be brave and do the hard yards that affected the game, and that’s what we did. “I thought my players were excellent, they took the game to United and really shook them.” David Moyes hailed the fighting spirit of his Manchester United side as they twice hit back from behind to beat Stoke 3-2 in an Old Trafford thriller. But Moyes’ substitutions paid off with Hernandez providing the inspiration for United when he headed home Patrice Evra’s cross just two minutes after Rooney had flicked his side back level. Moyes said: “I thought with 15 to 20 minutes to go the supporters were terrific – they drove the team on and they played a big part in getting the result. “I thought in the end we had to go for it. I thought we did a lot of good things but an awful lot of really poor things that put us in the situation we were in. “We got ourselves back in the game just before half-time only to concede from a poor, poor free-kick. “That got us going in at half-time on a downer but I said at half-time your job is to win the game and you’re more than capable of doing it. We needed the substitutes and they made a big difference.” Moyes’ relief was evident after a tumultuous first period in which the visitors attacked with strength and purpose and ought to have extended their lead, Crouch spooning over the bar and Jonathan Walters bringing a brilliant save out of David De Gea. Moyes added: “We needed our goalkeeper to make an extraordinary save again in the first half but that’s what he’s in the team for. “At times our play was good but we just couldn’t find the final ball. But the three centre forwards we had on the pitch scored a goal and that was pleasing.” Late goals from Wayne Rooney and substitute Javier Hernandez ensured Moyes’ men narrowly avoided more disappointment after recent home setbacks against West Brom and Southampton. Mark Hughes’ visitors had made a mockery of their paltry goalscoring record so far this season by taking a third-minute lead through Peter Crouch and going straight back in front through a Marko Arnautovic free-kick after Robin van Persie had equalised for the home side. Press Associationlast_img read more

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola skips press as Manchester City rumours swirl

first_img Press Association Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated on Thursday that an announcement would be made regarding Guardiola’s future before the end of the year. “We will have a talk after the Hannover game (on December 19) and we will announce the result afterwards,” Rummenigge said. “There is no intention to put back this date. Like we have already said, there will be a decision in 2015.” Rummenigge added that his club would not fall apart even if Guardiola were to leave next summer. “Things always move on,” Rummenigge said. “There is no person in the world who becomes irreplaceable at some stage. “Players come, players go. The same goes for the coach – they come and they go too sooner or later.” Ahead of the inevitable questions over his future, which Guardiola has been avoiding for months, and which have seemingly been irking him, he chose not to meet the media on Friday ahead of Saturday’s Bundesliga clash with Hertha Berlin. Bayern stated private reasons were behind his decision not to attend the press conference, with Jerome Boateng fielding reporters’ questions instead. Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola pulled out of his pre-match press conference on Friday as speculation escalated that he has decided to leave the club at the end of the season. The current Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, has heard the Guardiola link many times before. City have repeatedly been linked with the former Barcelona boss, and with several former senior Nou Camp officials having moved to the Etihad Stadium it is to be expected that Guardiola should have admirers at the club. Former Barcelona general manager Ferran Soriano is City’s chief executive, and Txiki Begiristain is director of football having held an equivalent position with the Catalan club. But Pellegrini vowed to carry on unperturbed, saying on Friday: “I don’t talk about rumours. It is a rumour that we have had for the last two-and-a-half seasons here. There is not a problem about that.” Reports in Spain – including in Catalonian newspaper ARA and El Mundo Deportivo – have claimed Guardiola has agreed to take over at Manchester City. Both reports claim the former Spain midfielder will inform the record Bundesliga champions before Christmas of his decision to leave. last_img read more

Governor of Puerto Rico Announces Resignation

first_imgPuerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello is going to step down after a popular uprising derailed his career.The announcement came soon after the Speaker of the House in Puerto Rico called for an emergency session to start impeachment proceedings.He said the resignation goes into effect at 5:00 p.m. on August 2nd and that Secretary of Justice Wanda Vázquez would succeed him.Thousands of protesters have been demonstrating for more than a week, and on Saturday, hundreds of thousands turned out to call for Rossello to step down.The move comes after a leak of about 900 pages of his private texts and chats went public.The texts revealed him and his lieutenants disparaging a political opponent as a “whore,” mocking an obese man and joking about feeding a corpse from a morgue to a critic.Before the scandal, the governor faced severe criticism for his handling of 2017 hurricanes Maria and Irma in which the island has not fully recovered from the devastation caused by hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports TENNIS-US OPEN-NISHIKORINishikori withdraws from US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR’-ee) said he tested negative for COVID-19 after having two positive tests but still decided to withdraw from the Grand Slam tournament that begins next week. Nishikori wrote Wednesday on his mobile app that he is ready to “slowly” return to practice but added he isn’t not prepared to compete in best-of-five-set matches. August 26, 2020 MLB SCHEDULEAnderson outduels Cole in big league debutUNDATED (AP) — Ian Anderson had quite a major league debut on Wednesday, helping the Atlanta Braves put an end to Gerrit Cole’s lengthy winning streak.Anderson allowed just one hit over six innings of the Braves’ 5-1 win over the New York Yankees. Anderson had a no-hitter going until Luke Voit homered with one out in the sixth. The third overall pick in the 2016 draft struck out six and walked two.Cole had won 20 straight regular-season decisions dating to May 2019, one off the American League record set by Roger Clemens. Ronald Acuña (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. celebrated his return to the lineup by leading off with a 473-foot drive against Cole. — The Giants secondary has taken a big hit with second-round draft pick Xavier McKinney scheduled for surgery after breaking his left foot. The club also said linebacker David Mayo will need knee surgery. The team didn’t say when the injuries happened but the players were at practice Tuesday.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSMickelson gets wire-to-wire win in PGA Tour Champions debutRIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Phil Mickelson closed with a 5-under 66 to reach 22 under, leaving him three shots clear of Tim Petrovic and giving him a wire-to-wire win in his debut on the PGA Tour Champions.Mickelson became the 20th player to win on the 50-and-over tour in his first start. He also earned some much-needed confidence after a missed cut at The Northern Trust knocked him from the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Mickelson is trying to fine-tune his game for the U.S. Open. Pacers fire McMillan following 2nd straight 1st-round sweepINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have fired coach Nate McMillan, two weeks after announcing he would keep the job for two more years. Team officials made the announcement less than 48 hours after the Pacers suffered their second straight sweep in the first round of the playoffs.McMillan went 183-136 in four seasons with the Pacers, going to the playoffs each season. NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSFlyers top Isles in OT Associated Press — Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko will undergo surgery on his left shoulder once again and won’t be evaluated for another five months. It will be Tarasenko’s third operation on that shoulder in the past two and a half years. RACIAL INJUSTICE-MLBTwo MLB games postponed UNDATED (AP) — A pair of Major League Baseball games were postponed Wednesday as players across the sports landscape reacted in the wake of the weekend shooting by police of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Wisconsin.Games between the Reds and Brewers in Milwaukee and the Mariners and Padres in San Diego were called off hours before they were set to begin.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-RACIAL INJUSTICENBA playoff games called off amid player protestLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Three NBA games were expected to be played tonight. The players thought otherwise. TORONTO (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have evened their Stanley Cup second-round series at a game apiece.The Flyers blew an early 3-0 lead before Phil Myers scored 2:40 into overtime to give Philadelphia a 4-3 win over the Islanders. Third-period goals by Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (PA’-zhoh) allowed the Isles to force overtime before Myers ended the game.Kevin Hayes provided the game’s first two goals after scoring just once in the Flyers’ first 10 playoff games. Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) scored 15:09 into the first period to make it 3-0 and chase Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv), who had just set an Islanders record for longest playoff shutout streak.Carter Hart made 31 saves for the Flyers. Thomas Greiss (grys) stopped 20 shots and was perfect until Myers scored.NHL-NEWS NHL strips Coyotes of 2 picks for violating combine policyUNDATED (AP) — The NHL has stripped the Arizona Coyotes of their 2020 second-round pick and 2021 first-round pick for violating the scouting combine policy by conducting physical tests of draft-eligible players.Commissioner Gary Bettman determined the organization broke the rules by physically testing prospects outside of the combine. Bettman decided to use his powers to take away draft picks rather than impose a fine of $250,000 or more “given the specific circumstances of this case.”The league opted not to discipline any individual members of the organization involved in the situation because Bettman believes it was gross negligence rather than intentional wrongdoing.In other NHL news: The games have been postponed, with players around the league choosing to boycott in their strongest statement yet against racial injustice.The dramatic series of moves began when the Milwaukee Bucks declined to take the court against Orlando in the early game. The state of Wisconsin has been rocked in recent days by the shooting by police officers of Jacob Blake, a Black man. Players had been discussing boycotting games in the bubble after the shooting of Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Rockets and Thunder were slated to play tonight, as were the Lakers against the Trail Blazers. The NBA said all three games would be rescheduled, yet did not say when.The WNBA followed suit by postponing its Wednesday schedule.NBA-PACERS-MCMILLAN FIRED FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander was jailed Wednesday on a charge of misdemeanor battery. Deputies say he beat up a man shortly after returning to Florida to help search for his missing father. Alexander and another man were arrested by Collier County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday night. Bail for the men was set at $2,000 each and they have been released. A lawyer for Alexander says the player’s only concern is the well-being of his father.Alexander had left Bengals training camp earlier Tuesday to assist the search for his 65-year-old father, Jean Alexandre, a Haitian immigrant who uses a French spelling of the family’s surname. The man he allegedly assaulted had been picking berries with his father. In other NFL news:— Bears running back David Montgomery limped off the field at practice Wednesday after injuring his groin when making a cut on a running play. Montgomery went down in a non-contact drill. Coach Matt Nagy (NAYG’-ee) said it was uncertain how severe the injury is. Dansby Swanson and Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) also homered off Cole, who had won his first four starts as a Yankee. In other major league action:— Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) homered for the seventh time in five games to support Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) in the White Sox’s 10th win in 11 games, 10-3 over Pittsburgh. Keuchel allowed two runs on four hits and struck out seven over six innings for his third straight victory. Eloy (ee-LOY’) Jiménez slugged a three-run homer, Danny Mendick lined a two-run drive and Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) added a solo shot for Chicago.NFL-NEWSBengals player arrested while searching for missing fatherlast_img read more

USC alumnus starts marijuana business

first_imgBlunt business · Alumnus Dylan Osborn created his medical marijuana growing business after suffering from chronic knee pain – Jessica Magaña | Daily TrojanAfter the legalization of marijuana in California in November, its legal market is estimated to grow to $6.7 billion, according to CNBC. As a result, many entrepreneurs are now getting involved with businesses that promote the harvest of medical marijuana at home. One such business, GreenBox Grown was created by Dylan Osborn, a USC alumnus who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2014.Osborn suffered a serious sports-related knee injury that made him undergo several surgeries, leaving him with chronic pain. This made sitting through long business lectures difficult. He would end up having severe pain by the end of the lecture, which then made it tough for him to walk.Osborn turned to medical marijuana to relieve the pain and regain mobility in his knee. However, marijuana proved to be an expensive medication, so Osborn decided to start growing it on his own to save money.“It was a passion project at first because I just enjoyed being outdoors and working with the plants,” Osborn said. “From there, it grew because my father suffers from chronic migraines as well as back pain. Once I saw how helpful the medicinal side of cannabis was, I introduced that to my father and that ended up helping reduce his migraine.”Seeing the positive effect of medical marijuana on his father, Osborn realized there were a lot of people with similar injuries that were being treated with very strong medication, which had negative side effects that medical marijuana did not. As a result of Osborn’s positive personal experiences with medical marijuana, he founded GreenBox Grown in August 2016 and launched its website launch in January.According to Osborn, one of the biggest challenges he faced while setting up his business was understanding the legalities.“Figuring out a system for growing the plants from start to finish where it was affordable but still an easy-to-manage process was another challenge for somebody who isn’t experienced with growing marijuana,” Osborn said. “Our system can now be set up for your personal growing at home for less than $500. Once you are set up, a complete beginner would only have to spend 10 minutes at most per day maintaining the plants.”Since growing marijuana in a greenhouse outside the home is a cheaper alternative than growing it indoors, and some of Osborn’s greenhouses are shaped like a box, he decided to name his venture GreenBox Grown. Osborn was guided throughout the setup of his venture by his father and his uncle, Charley Beals, who is a business owner at Beals Insurance Agency.“Dylan told me about [this] business, and I was all excited,” Beals said. “We have coaching calls about every Friday, and we just work on ideas. Everybody needs a coach, and that’s the role I play.”Beals said that GreenBox Grown was a great idea because of the potential of the emerging medical marijuana market. According to Beals, as the market  blooms, Osborn’s business will naturally be lifted.Osborn’s brother, Cody Osborn, is helping him with growing plants, filming instructional videos for the website and business promotion.“The way I view it is that [he] is really trying to seek an educational approach to this business,” said Cody Osborn, who graduated from USC in 2016 with a degree in biology. “The goal is to take marijuana and make it a home-grown product, so you know where it’s coming from, and it saves people money.”According to Osborn, watering is the most common issue with growing marijuana, even for professional growers.“The biggest tip for a first-time grower is to just be very careful with watering the plants,” Dylan Osborn said. “These plants only need to be watered once every three or four days.”Osborn’s future plans include launching a series for indoor marijuana for those who do not wish to grow marijuana outside.last_img read more

Lies Lagerweij could provide the offensive spark Syracuse needs heading into ACC tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In 2015, Syracuse field hockey scored 3.82 goals per game en route to the national championship. The year before, SU tallied 3.25, and in 2016 the Orange put up 3.53 scores each game.This season, SU only averages 2.63 goals per game, almost a full goal down from a season ago. The fix to this offensive downtick may be on SU’s back line in the form of center back Lies Lagerweij.While SU’s back line has locked down opponents, placing second the nation in shutouts (10) and goals against average (.80), No. 12 Syracuse’s (11-5, 2-4 ACC) offense has often left the back line exposed. With one game left before the ACC tournament, against No. 24 Pacific (8-7, 4-2 America East) on Saturday at noon, the Orange needs to find an extra offensive push.The team may have discovered that against Drexel on Oct. 15, when Lagerweij, the All-American back, started at forward. However, Lagerweij’s role in Syracuse’s final regular season game is unclear, as the senior missed the Orange’s last game, a 3-2 road loss Sunday to Penn, due to injury. SU head coach Ange Bradley said Wednesday that she had not been updated on Lagerweij’s status.“She’s so talented,” Bradley said after the 4-0 win against the Dragons. “She reads the game, she has great hands. It doesn’t matter what position she’s in, she’s good.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMoving Lagerweij back to center forward for the game against Drexel opened up Syracuse’s offense, which scored four goals for just the fourth time all season. Lagerweij contributed a goal and two assists in the win, with her goal making it on SportsCenter’s Top 10. Published on October 25, 2017 at 11:36 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamcenter_img Halfway through her freshman year, Lagerweij tore her PCL and subsequently moved to back. A year later, she started 21 games on the back line, helping anchor a defense that allowed only nine goals in six postseason games.Though Lagerweij was moved to defense, it didn’t mean she stopped doing what she came to Syracuse to do: score goals. In her sophomore season, she scored three goals and picked up four assists, and last year, Lagerweij led the Orange with 13 goals.When Lagerweij moved up to forward against the Dragons, she deftly fed passes into the arc for awaiting forwards and almost scored a goal by flicking the ball up and over Drexel’s goalie.“She can do both,” forward Elaine Carey said. “So if we just throw her in there after starting at the center back position, it won’t be a big deal.”The week leading into the Penn game, Lagerweij was noncommittal on where she might be playing.“We’re just going to see what’s best for the team at this point,” Lagerweij said. “… And how the backfield’s going to function when I’m in the front and how I’m even going to fit in in the front with the movement and the fluidity up there.”To fill the hole on the back line left by Lagerweij against Drexel, fellow All-American back Roos Weers slid to the center, flanked by usual starter Jamie Martin on one side and senior Annalena Ulbrich, making a spot start, on the other. Sophomore Claire Webb didn’t slide to the back line, a place she’s familiar playing, and instead remained in a center defensive midfield role.The outcome from the game against Drexel was positive for a defense playing without one of its key players. The Orange shut down the Dragons’ attack, limiting Drexel to one shot and no penalty corners.When Weers was subbed out though, Lagerweij shifted back to the center back position. With Lagerweij unavailable in Syracuse’s loss Sunday, SU was forced to either play Weers the entire game or go periods without either of its All-American backs on the field.“We’re just going to do what Ange thinks is best for the team at this point,” Lagerweij said.SU’s defense has proven to be one of the best in the nation, so long as either Lagerweij or Weers facilitates from the center back position. Now, perhaps, Lagerweij can help the offense play catch up. Commentslast_img read more

Arsenal held by Hull in FA Cup, Everton win, Reading beat West Brom

first_imgArsenal were left frustrated as Championship side Hull City forced an FA Cup fifth-round replay after a 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal, who beat Hull in the 2014 FA Cup final, had much the better of the game but were repeatedly denied by Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic.Although Hull enjoyed occasional chances on the counter, Arsene Wenger’s men dominated the first half at the Emirates Stadium, with Mohamed Elneny, Danny Welbeck — making his first start since April — and Theo Walcott all going close.The pattern continued in the second half, with Walcott and Alex Iwobi both threatening before Joel Campbell saw a free kick tipped onto the post, while Jakupovic then produced another excellent save to keep out a deflected Welbeck strike.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain flashed a shot wide in the 87th minute and Alexis Sanchez saw a free kick saved in injury time as Hull held on to secure a replay at the KC Stadium. Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku struck for Everton in a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth to book their place in the FA Cup quarterfinals.Bournemouth had the chance to take the lead in the first half after winning a penalty following a James McCarthy handball, however, Charlie Daniels’ spot kick was saved by Joel Robles.Everton made the hosts pay for that miss shortly after the restart as Barkley fired them into the lead with a deflected effort that looped over Adam Federici.And Lukaku made sure of the win for the Toffees 14 minutes from time, converting from close-range after Gareth Barry had flicked on a Bryan Oviedo corner. Championship side Reading eliminated West Bromwich Albion with a 3-1 win to reach the quarterfinals of the competition.West Brom took the lead through Darren Fletcher nine minutes into the second half, with the midfielder finding the corner of the net with a low strike.However, the home side were level just a few minutes later when Paul McShane powered a header past Ben Foster following Oliver Norwood’s delivery.And Reading then turned the game around in the 72nd minute, with Michael Hector guiding home another ball into the box from Norwood.West Brom piled on the pressure in the closing stages as they went in search of an equaliser, with Saido Berahino seeing an effort cleared off the line, only for Reading substitute Lucas Piazon to kill the game off with a strike in injury time. Watford booked their place in the last eight of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Leeds United thanks to a Scott Wootton own goal.Wootton turned into his own net eight minutes after the break, diverting Ben Watson’s cross past Marco Silvestri at the far post.Watford pushed for a second late on, with Jose Holebas and Etienne Capoue both going close, but the hosts were unable to find another.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more