Spurs’ DeRozan unhappy with NBA bubble rules

first_imgThe league included a 113-page health and safety handbook as part of its restart plan later this month in Orlando. It covers a wide array of topics such as social distancing outside of games and practices to prohibiting doubles in ping-pong.MORE: Damian Lillard doubts players will follow bubble rules”The ping-pong, this is ridiculous, to be honest,” Spurs guard DeRozan said on Thursday. “Guys can’t do this, but we can do this and battle over each other? That part just don’t make no sense to me.”I got through 10 lines of the handbook and just put it down because it became so frustrating and overwhelming at times, because you just never thought you’d be in a situation of something like this. So it’s hard to process.”Ready to make the most of it. Our guys are back in the gym starting today #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/yYEBBetQit— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) July 2, 2020Another area of concern for DeRozan specifically is the mental well-being of the players.DeRozan has been a vocal advocate for players’ mental health and the isolated nature of the bubble could be a challenge for players from a mental standpoint.”It’s tough. You’re taking guys that have been with their families every single day for the last few months and all of a sudden, separating everybody into this one confined space and taking away a lot of the joyful things we do outside of basketball that we won’t be able to do,” the four-time All-Star said. “It’ll be something for every single player when it comes to mental health.”DeRozan is not the first player to voice his feelings over the NBA’s restart plan.MORE: Key dates, schedule and everything to know about the NBA’s restart San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan expressed his displeasure with the rules the NBA has put in place for the resumption of the season following the coronavirus-enforced break.The NBA is set to resume via a 22-team format at Orlando’s Disney World complex on July 30 after the 2019-20 campaign was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis in March. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard jokingly said on Wednesday that some players will break rules in the league’s handbook, despite warnings or restrictions.Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal said during a videoconference call that living in the bubble will be challenging for players used to having few rules on the road.San Antonio head to Orlando in 12th place in the Western Conference, four games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff spot.last_img read more

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NASCAR All-Star Race format: Explaining the stages, choose cone rule & other changes for 2020

first_imgVery little about Wednesday night’s NASCAR Cup Series event will resemble what fans have come to know as a traditional All-Star Race. Yes, NASCAR likes to use the annual non-points race as an opportunity to experiment with new formats, rules and procedures, but never has the NASCAR All-Star Race experienced so much change for a given year.Arguably the most significant change for the 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race is the location, as Bristol Motor Speedway is hosting the event for the first time in its 36-year history. Only one NASCAR All-Star Race (Atlanta in 1986) has been held somewhere other than Charlotte Motor Speedway. All of the cars that are locked into the NASCAR All-Star Race will have underglow lights at Bristol. Here is a look at Kurt Busch with them during the burnouts in Nashville: #nascar ⁦@NASCARONFOX⁩ pic.twitter.com/8YxldXcglU— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) July 9, 2020According to a report from automotive writer Bozi Tatarevic, Fords will feature blue underbody glow. Toyota underbody glow will be red, and Chevy underbody glow will be amber. The report also noted “LED strips will be mounted in a rectangular fashion around the fuel cell area and will illuminate the underside of the rear of the car.”These strips are fairly thin and light and will not impact the performance of the cars in any fashion,” Tatarevic wrote. “The complete light assembly is set to weigh less than 6 ounces and pull a small amount of current.”Similar underglow lights were used by Chip Ganassi Racing on its cars during the Burnouts on Broadway event in Nashville as part of 2019 Champion’s week. In line with the qualifying format NASCAR has used for the All-Star Race in all but its first year, the main event, scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1, technically is one of two races Wednesday night. The Open, a qualifying race for the drivers who are not guaranteed starting spots for the All-Star Race, is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET and set three of the last four positions for the main event. The winner of a fan vote will be given the 20th and final position in the All-Star Race lineup.That procedure is nothing new, though. What is new for the 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race, beyond the modified date and location because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is a choose cone rule and a new look for the Cup Series cars in the field.Below is a breakdown of the format and rules for the 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol, including the new procedures and paint schemes.MORE: Starting lineup for the 2020 All-Star RaceNASCAR All-Star Race formatPer usual, the NASCAR All-Star Race field is made up of recent points race winners, former All-Star Race winners and full-time drivers who have won Cup Series champions. Below is the official language on who is eligible to compete in the All-Star Race.Drivers who won a points event in either 2019 or 2020Drivers who won a NASCAR All-Star Race and compete full-timeDrivers who won a NASCAR Cup Series championship and compete full timeDrivers who don’t meet any of the above criteria must race their way into the All-Star Race via the Open, a three-stage sprint that at Bristol consists of two 35-lap segments and a 15-lap shootout at the end. The winner of each stage in the Open advances to the rear of the All-Star Race field.In addition, the winner of a fan vote will get the 20th and final starting spot in the All-Star Race. If the fan vote winner earns a spot in the main event via the Open, the driver with the second-most fan votes will get the last All-Star Race spot, and so on.The NASCAR All-Star Race payout is $1 million, and no championship points are awarded. From a technical aspect, the Cup cars will run the same short track package used at Bristol and Martinsville earlier this season.NASCAR All-Star Race stage lengthsRaceStage lengthsThe Open35 laps | 35 laps | 15 lapsAll-Star Race55 laps | 35 laps | 35 laps | 15 lapsBecause Bristol Motor Speedway is a half-mile oval as opposed to the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway, the stage lengths for the 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race are longer than usual.Last year’s All-Star Race at Charlotte, for example, featured stage lengths of 30 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps and 15 laps for a total of 85. This year’s event at Bristol will run a total of 140 laps but is still split into four stages.Both green flag and yellow flag laps will count in Stages 1-3, with only green flag laps counting in the last stage. In the final stage, if the race is restarted with two or fewer laps remaining, there will be unlimited attempts at a green-white-checkered finish under green flag conditions.Choose cone ruleDrivers and fans for years have pushed for a choose cone rule in NASCAR. They finally get it for the All-Star Race at Bristol, as if restarts Wednesday night were not going to be interesting enough.Commonly implemented at non-NASCAR short track races around the country, the choose cone rule — NASCAR is simply calling it the “choose rule” since there won’t be a literal cone on the track — is simple. Rather than just the leader, all drivers are able to choose their lanes for all restarts.As drivers approach a designated spot on the track, they will have to commit to the inside or outside lane for the restart. One they pick a lane, they have to stick with it, or they will lose their position.The choose cone rule should eliminate some shenanigans on pit road where drivers try to jostle for position based on the lane in which they want to restart.“There has already been an incredible amount of buzz around this year’s NASCAR All-Star Race with the move to Bristol Motor Speedway,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “The choose rule is going to add another dynamic to the race. Drivers and fans have been asking for this change, and I can’t think of a better time to try it than the All-Star Race.”Said driver Austin Dillon in May when he was advocating for a choose cone rule in NASCAR: “Dirt track, asphalt, you name it. You see it on a weekly basis at places that, heck, when I was Legends car racing at 14 with no radios, you could figure out how to make the choose cone work.”You just chose and that was your line you had to make. This puts it in the driver’s hands. It kind of allows us to decide our fate when it comes down to restarts.”Paint schemes, number placementThis one’s pretty simple. Because race teams have requested the chance to “use newfound prime real estate for sponsorship integrations,” as NASCAR put it, a new paint scheme concept is being used for the All-Star Race as a (for now) one-time only experiment.The car numbers on the side panels of the cars are simply pushed back toward the rear wheels to make room for the additional ad space. Below are some examples of the new paint schemes being used for the 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race.We can’t wait for a Wednesday race under the lights at @BMSupdates! 🏁#NASCAR pic.twitter.com/LhCNoTJXVd— Team Penske (@Team_Penske) July 13, 2020NASCAR IS HEATING UP! Catch Chase Elliott behind the wheel of an all-new No. 9 UniFirst Chevrolet, with a hot new paint scheme created just for the All-Star race at Bristol. Wednesday, July 15 at 8:30 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1 (FS1). @TeamHendrick @Hendrick9Team @chaseelliott pic.twitter.com/YjaxweR5bG— UniFirst (@UniFirst_Corp) July 14, 2020The @allyracing machine is getting geared up for Wednesday’s #AllStarRace. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/3UwkEBteQb— Hendrick Motorsports (@TeamHendrick) July 14, 2020🎶 Hey now, you’re an All-Star! 🎶 Two are in. Two are hoping to secure a spot. What are your predictions for the #AllStarRace at @BMSupdates?Show your support for @ClintBowyer and @Aric_Almirola in the fan vote today!https://t.co/hFzM13HTyC pic.twitter.com/6oiPi9HMyH— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) July 14, 2020To the right, To the right… Check out our paint schemes for Wednesday night’s #NASCAR All-Race @BMSupdates! @FedEx | @BassProShops | @mmschocolate | @craftsman pic.twitter.com/nfW9pij5JJ— Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) July 13, 2020The @mmschocolate #Camry is ready for the #NASCAR All-Star race @BMSupdates !Can @KyleBusch take his No. 18 machine to victory lane? #TeamToyota pic.twitter.com/TIsImuDZlR— Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) July 14, 2020NASCAR says it will accept feedback from teams sponsors and fans after the All-Star Race before it weighs potential changes for the future.Underbody glow lightsAlso simple but just as aesthetically interesting as the new paint schemes, the 16 cars that automatically qualified for the 2020 All-Star Race will feature glow lights under their cars. (The teams that qualify for the All-Star Race via the Open and the fan vote won’t have enough time to install the lights under their cars.)last_img read more

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Martin County Student Invents Bracelet to Track Hand Washing

first_imgA Martin County sixth-grade student has invented an item that can track whether or not people wash their hands, specifically after using the bathroom.Varun Singh, who attends Anderson Middle School, says he was searching for ways to make people wash their hands even before the COVID-19 pandemic.“It was by chance COVID-19 came up and that made this project super important,” he adds.He entered into the Martin County School District’s science fair with a bracelet that tracks hand washing habits.“My mom was very helpful in helping me come up with that,” Singh explains.The student’s mother works in the medical field. He learned from her that not washing one’s hands can pose serious risks.“It struck an idea in my head that if we somehow came up with a way to track our hand washing then maybe this would fix the problem,” Singh states.The bracelet he designed uses RFID technology or Radio Frequency Identification. “It’s often used in credit cards when you use an ATM, or maybe a pass when you scan it on the bus,” according to Singh.Help prevent the spread of #COVID19. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, and practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others. https://t.co/0D99fLmeyc pic.twitter.com/O8gY8EGcss— CDC (@CDCgov) March 29, 2020 He places a scanner near a toilet’s flush handle and another one near a bathroom’s soap dispenser.The bracelet automatically scans when someone flushes, and then it scans again when someone washes their hands and records the information into a database. If they do not wash their hands after flushing, that information is also documented in a database.“With COVID-19 being the biggest pandemic the world has seen in decades, it was really important that we had to design a way for us to track our hand washing because that’s one of the main reasons that this pandemic is spreading across the world,” Singh says.He hopes his invention makes a difference in public health.last_img read more

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Local Colleges Receive Hundreds of Millions in COVID-19 Relief Aid

first_imgArthur Keiser, chancellor and CEO of Fort Lauderdale-based Keiser University, says, “We’re trying to make sure all students are covered.”Keiser must allocate at least $10.6 million of its funding to student aid, which “sounds like a lot, but it doesn’t go very far. We have almost 20,000 students,” adds the chancellor.While several other South Florida’s universities, including FAU and NSU, are still developing their plans for distributing money, FIU began accepting applications April 24. The university has received more than 3,200 applications and funded $2.5 million in requests, according to FIU spokeswoman Maydel Santana.Additionally, about half of the federal money can be used to offset expenses or losses for the institutions. FIU has calculated its losses at $6.2 million for spring, including refunds for housing and meals, protective equipment, cleaning and sanitizing, and new software. The expenses and losses are expected to be about $11 million for the summer term. “The longer this goes on, of course, the larger the shortfall,” Santana explains.Keiser said there could be new expenses if students return in the fall, as schools determine how to keep students and faculty safe. That could involve having fewer students in each classroom where everyone must wear masks and gloves. Each residential student could also be placed in a private dorm room, rather than sharing with a roommate.“Our plan is to be back to school in the fall, following whatever rules we’re given,” Arthur Keiser notes. Local college students who have been struggling to pay their bills and keep up their studies during the pandemic are getting some help from the federal government.The coronavirus relief act, or CARES Act, passed by Congress is providing hundreds of millions of dollars to local institutions, including public and private universities, community colleges and for-profit institutions.Among the local schools receiving money: Miami Dade College ($49 million), Florida International University ($38 million), Broward College ($27 million), Florida Atlantic University ($22 million), Keiser University ($21.2 million), Palm Beach State College ($18.9 million), University of Miami ($8 million) and Nova Southeastern University ($7.2 million).At least half of each school’s money is required to go toward emergency cash grants for students.The law requires recipients to already be receiving some form of federal aid, such as a Pell Grant, which goes to low-income students, or federally backed student loans, which have no income restrictions.Officials from several institutions say they are still working on exact eligibility requirements for the new money.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Whitewater Ski Team

first_imgTeam Whitewater did not look out of place at the 19th annual Whistler Cup held recently in the picturesque B.C. Ski City. The event has grown to become the largest and most important ski race in North America, and internationally, for athletes aged 11 – 14 years. It is held under the auspice of FIS, the international governing body for alpine skiing. With hundreds of young athletes from 25 countries, the Whistler Cup brings together children from many different cultures around the world. Whitewater coach Dylan Henderson was very pleased with the results of the local team saying, “we went there wanting to finish higher than our start number and we did.” Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to salute the squad with Team of the Week. Henderson (far right) is pictured with Linnea Sharelove (far left), Reece Walsh and Harper Henderson.last_img read more

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Bombers book ticket to medal round of AA Girl’s Soccer Championship

first_imgMichalchuk completed the scoring, finding the back of the net for the third goal on a breakaway.Bomber keeper Hanna Quinn was called upon to make a few saves for her third clean sheet of the tournament.In three games LVR has outscored the opposition by a 11-0 count.St. Thomas Moore advanced to the playoff round by winning Pool B in the 16-team tournament.The Knights defeated Little Flower Academy of Vancouver 2-1 Friday morning to finish the round robin with a 3-0 record.The other semi-final matchup has Arch Bishop Carney, winner of Pool C plays Okanagan Mission of Kelowna at 4 p.m.The Bombers meet St. Thomas Moore at 6 p.m.Both medal-round games are at Lakeside Pitch.The other Kootenay team entered in the tournament, J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail, finished tied for third in Pool D and meets St. Thomas Aquinas of North Vancouver in Consolation Round action at 2 p.m.LVR is searching for the school’s fourth BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer title.The Bombers won last year, as well as back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998. The L.V. Rogers booked its ticket into the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships medal round Friday morning at the Lakeside Pitch in Nelson.Grace Dehnel scored from the penalty spot and assisted on another goal to lead the Bombers past DW Poppy of Langley 3-0 in A-Pool round robin action.LVR, defending BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer champs, now advance to the semi-final round later today against St. Thomas Moore of Burnaby.The game is a rematch of the 2016 AA Final, won in shootout by LVR over the Knights.Friday, LVR opened the scoring in the first half when Dehnel selfishly sent a pass through to Shianne Michalchuk who quickly deposited the ball into the back of the net.The Bombers made it 2-0 early in the second half when a Poppy defender was called for a late tackle in the penalty area.Dehnel calmly stepped up to the spot before drilling a low shot into the far-right corner.last_img read more

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Liberia Hosts 18th Regional Universities Forum

first_imgThe Executive Board of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity-building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), will host its meetings in Monrovia bringing together 25 ranked African university presidents, Liberian business people and farmers, University of Liberia (UL) President, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, has said.RUFORUM Executive Board meetings will bring together about 17 Presidents/Vice-Chancellors, Principals and Deans, from highly ranked African universities that are offering academic programs in agriculture, engineering, science and technology.The delegates will come from Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.“This year’s meetings in Liberia will allow presidents of various universities in Liberia to discuss on mutual benefits, as many of the universities are much more resourceful in facilities and progress. This will give our people the opportunities to network with other universities in various areas of focus during the meetings,” Dr. Weeks said.She made the disclosure on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at a news conference in Monrovia.Dr. Weeks said that the meetings will host highly ranked African universities that are offering programs in agriculture, science, engineering and technology.The meeting, which is hosted by the UL Administration in collaboration with authorities at the ministries of Education and Agriculture, is the 18th Executive Board gathering. The RUFORUM forum will be combined with national symposium on higher education.Dr. Weeks said Liberia was fortunate in 2018 when it received eight slots for UL’s faculty members to do their PhD in agriculture in East Africa, adding, “there are more opportunities for being a member of the organization.”She said the organization has decided to transition from just agriculture to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.According to Dr. Weeks, the program will give Liberia and the UL Administration more PhDs who will, in return, help to offer master degrees in agriculture, engineering, while saving the money used to send people out for foreign studies.She said that government cannot do all, therefore, it was necessary to partner with the private sector and individuals with potential to bring change to the country’s education system.Dr. Weeks currently serves the deputy board chair for the meeting. She said Liberia is delighted to host this year’s meeting, which allows business people and presidents of Liberia’s universities to seek outside opportunities.“We have also invited private businesses to bring samples of their products to serve as networking opportunities. This will also expose our universities presidents to the works of their colleagues from universities in different countries,” she said.Dr. Moses Zinnah, Dean of the UL Agriculture College, said this year’s engagement provides special opportunities for presidents of Liberia’s universities to host a one-day forum, which will take place on April 26 to discuss the way forward in improving higher education.“If we miss this component, it will be difficult for Liberia to complete regionally and globally, because this will provide opportunities for universities presidents, farmers and business people to network and begin thinking critically to improve higher education,” Dr. Zinnah said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Public debt overtakes budget projections

first_imgEnd-of-year report shows…hike attributed to disbursements from multilateral banksGuyana’s public debt is on the rise, with the 2017 end-of-year outcome report detailing that for the year 2017 the stock of public debt and the public debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio have increased.Bank of Guyana, GeorgetownAccording to the report, total public debt was recorded at US$1.6 billion, exceeding the projected amount by US$8.4 million. The public debt-t- GDP ratio actually increased by 0.9 per cent to be recorded at 46.1 per cent.According to the report, higher disbursements of money from the Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank); the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Caricom Development Fund (CDF), as well as delayed debt service payments, are to be blamed.The report notes that debt service payments to Venezuela were delayed “due to sanctions imposed by the United States on debt and securities transactions related to that country. As a result, Guyana’s international correspondent banks have been unwilling to transfer payments to Venezuela”. It adds, however, that “in early 2018, Government opened an account with Bank of Guyana into which payments are being posted”.Meanwhile, external public debt was US$1.2 billion, accounting for 74.3 per cent of the total debt stock, as of 2017 year-end. In terms of the domestic side, the domestic public debt stock was US$430.1 million, exceeding the budget projections by US$2.3 million.“This was primarily due to the issuance of a new 91-day treasury bill. The share of domestic public debt accounted for 25.7 per cent of the total public debt stock as at December 31, 2017,” the report explained.Servicing debtsWhen it comes to servicing these debts, the report states that total public debt service amounted to US$71.7 million for 2017. This was, in fact, lower by 2.5 per cent than the projected 2017 sum of US$73.5 million.“External public debt service for 2017 amounted to US$60.8 million, US$1.9 million less than projected at the time of Budget 2018,” the report notes, adding that for 2017, 6.8 per cent of total revenue earned went towards servicing the external debt.According to the report, this is a marginal increase from the 6.7 per cent projected at the time of the 2018 Budget. Domestic debt service payments of US$10.9 million, however, remained in line with projections.At least one of the reasons behind the increase in the debt profile can be laid at the feet of the East Coast Road expansion project. In January of last year, the Guyana Government had received a US$45.3 million concessional loan from the China Exim Bank to complete the expansion project.This concessional loan was inked less than two months after the formation of the Framework Agreement between the Governments of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the People’s Republic of China that took place on November 23, 2016. Works have since commenced.The ECD Road expansion project entails a four-lane extension from Better Hope to Annandale, and a two-lane upgrade from Annandale to Belfield, with a total length of 16,998 kilometres of roads and 33,996 kilometres of drains to be built.Apart from the road expansion, residents were also going to benefit from the project, which included improved drainage since the East Coast is usually susceptible to floods. Initially, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government had tried to finance the road expansion project, but the funding was not readily available; hence, the Administration decided to use local funds for preliminary works and use the funds from the Chinese to complete the works.The preliminary works for the four-lane upgrade were completed at the end of 2014. This included the widening of the roads and installation of drainage facilities. The project was divided into seven lots which were awarded to different contractors.With the China Exim Bank putting up most of the finances for the road expansion, Guyana had awarded the contract to China Railway First Group for some US$42.7 million. The Chinese construction company reportedly put in the lowest bid of US$46.994 million.last_img read more

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Coral Daily Download – Henderson backed to replace Gerrard as Liverpool captain

first_imgNicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting oddsThe Coral spokesperson told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show Jordan Henderson is strong favourite to replace Steven Gerrard as Liverpool captain.The Reds skipper is swapping Anfield for MLS side LA Galaxy in the summer, and has backed the former Sunderland midfielder to take the armband.There’s also a look ahead to all the Premier League football this weekend, along with a Cheltenham Festival preview.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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