Governor Wolf Announces LGBT-Owned and Disabled-Owned Businesses to be Recognized as Small Diverse Businesses

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces LGBT-Owned and Disabled-Owned Businesses to be Recognized as Small Diverse Businesses July 22, 2016 Economy,  Equality,  Jobs That Pay,  Non-discrimination,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Citing a pressing need to improve opportunities in state contracting for small diverse businesses (SDBs) and small businesses (SBs), Governor Tom Wolf and State General Services Secretary Curt Topper today announced that the administration will formally recognize LGBT-owned and Disabled-owned businesses as SDBs as part of a larger initiative to make significant policy and procedural changes in the commonwealth’s approach to awarding competitive contracts for goods and services.“These changes are both overdue and necessary,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Everyone agrees that state government contracting should be competitive, inclusive and fair for every small business looking to do business with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Yet, as a percentage of real dollars spent, the value of state contracts with small and small diverse businesses has declined over the last five years. We needed to change our approach.”The major changes rolled out include:Formally recognizing LGBT-owned and Disabled-owned businesses as SDBs.Simplifying the proposal scoring process for Requests for Proposals, to make it easier for prime contractors and subcontractors to understand the requirements.Promoting and tracking the participation of registered small businesses as subcontractors. Prime contractors who propose to subcontract with registered small businesses will receive credit for doing so in addition to the credit they receive for subcontracting with DGS verified small diverse businesses.Requiring that prime contractors execute formal subcontracts with their SB/SDB partners to help ensure that commitments are met.Implementing stronger penalties for prime contractors who fail to meet their contractual obligations either to SBs/SDBs, or to the Commonwealth.“With this initiative, we intend to make it clear that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania desires to do more of its business with small and small diverse businesses, not less,” Secretary Topper noted. “The dollars we spend with these firms, whether directly and through subcontracts, all help to build capacity, sustain economic growth and ultimately produce ‘Jobs that Pay’ in Pennsylvania’s disadvantaged communities.“These changes are just the beginning. As we move forward we will continue to work with the Governor’s Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities Advisory Council to identify other areas where we can improve state contracting and provide assistance to our small diverse businesses and small business.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Criticism-hit France sends aid to Libya opposition

first_img Share 165 Views   no discussions News Criticism-hit France sends aid to Libya opposition by: – February 28, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share BBC News France has come under fire for its apparent links to authoritarian leadersFrance is to send two planes of aid to opposition territory in Libya, Prime Minister Francois Fillon has said.The announcement came hours after Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie quit amid controversy over her contacts with the former Tunisian regime.Her decision to stand down was “political not moral”, Mr Fillon said.Paris has been stung by accusations that it was too cosy with the authoritarian regimes overthrown in recent weeks, say analysts.Ms Alliot-Marie was heavily criticised for initially offering French help to quell the uprising in Tunisia.Subsequent revelations about her and her family’s links to the regime of former President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, and the fact that she had taken a Christmas holiday in Tunisia during the uprising made her position increasingly untenable.‘Massive operation’“In a few hours two French planes will leave for Benghazi on behalf of the French government with doctors, nurses, medical equipment and medicine,” Prime Minister Fillon said in an interview with France’s RTL radio – referring to the eastern Libyan town that has been at the centre of the Libyan uprising and is now in opposition hands.“This will be the start of a massive humanitarian aid operation to the populations of liberated areas,” he declared.He said France had not ruled out backing a Nato-enforced “no-fly zone” over Libya – one way it has been suggested that foreign governments could help defend Libyan rebels against the remaining air power of Col Muammar Gaddafi.Mr Fillon insisted Ms Alliot-Marie had done nothing wrong.“She was not at fault,” Mr Fillon said.“This was not a moral decision, but a political one.“The voice of France was no longer audible, because Michele Alliot-Marie had become the object of an unjust campaign.”Ms Alliot-Marie had defended her conduct in her resignation letter to President Nicolas Sarkozy, a copy of which was seen by the AFP news agency, saying she had been “the target of political attacks”.She will be replaced by Defence Minister Alain Juppe, 65, who previously served as foreign minister and prime minister in the 1990s. In 2004, he was convicted of mishandling public funds.Mr Juppe will be replaced by Gerard Longuet, leader of Mr Sarkozy’s UMP party in the Senate and the president’s long-time collaborator.Mr Sarkozy’s chief of staff, Claude Gueant, will become interior minister in place of controversy-hit Brice Hortefeux.Mr Gueant will be in charge of restoring the government’s reputation as tough on crime with a view to his Mr Sarkozy’s expected 2012 re-election bid, observers say.Collateral damageMs Alliot-Marie’s political career has become collateral damage from the wave of popular protest movements across the Arab world, says the BBC’s Hugh Schofield in Paris. Back at the end of December, as the pro-democracy uprising in Tunisia got under way, but before its significance was apparent, Ms Alliot-Marie visited the country on holiday, and, it emerged later, twice flew on a private jet belonging to businessman Aziz Miled.It also transpired that on the same trip, her parents signed a property deal with Mr Miled, a man with close links to the former Tunisian leader.Then in a series of ill-advised semi-denials and retractions about the affair, she only managed to make a bad situation worse, our correspondent adds.Mr Sarkozy was gravely embarrassed by the affair, which came to symbolise in some eyes an unhealthy personal proximity between French politicians and autocratic leaders in the Middle East and elsewhere, he adds.By sending aid to rebels in Libya, Paris now appears to be taking steps to ensure it is seen as supporting democratic change in the region, say analysts.last_img read more

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Dominicans continue to mourn the death of Jeff Joseph

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Dominicans continue to mourn the death of Jeff Joseph by: – November 24, 2011center_img 76 Views   no discussions Share Jeff Joseph during his performance at the 15th WCMF in Dominica last monthPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Parliamentary Representative Kelver Darroux and the present and former Executive Directors of the Dominica Festivals Committee are among officials who are sympathizing with family and friends of Dominica’s Goodwill Ambassador and musical icon Jeff Joseph who died at the Le Maynard hospital in Martinique on Wednesday.Jeff Joe who is in his late fifties was confirmed dead on Wednesday after he underwent back to back surgeries in Martinique earlier this week for cardiovascular problems. Joseph is reported to have been on life support since he had been unconscious from Tuesday was taken off life support about 2 p.m. on Wednesday and died around 2:30 pm.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who spoke to local media moments after the news broke, said Dominica has lost a true Ambassador. “I want to, on behalf of the people and government of Dominica and myself to extend condolences to the family, friends and well wishers of Jeff Joe who was really a true Dominican icon and someone who loved his country dearly and who always had a positive statement about Dominica. He was no doubt synonymous with Dominica in the French countries; he was no doubt a true ambassador promoting our art form, promoting our country on a whole and encouraged people to visit our island. I believe that the entire country is in shock as a result of his death, he is someone that we will miss dearly, and he spent his entire lifetime entertaining people and making people happy, “he said. The prime minister also noted that while this is indeed sad news we have to accept it as it is “appointed unto man to die”.“It is sad that he passed away so suddenly but we have to be reminded that we are only pilgrims on earth and it appointed unto man to die and therefore we have to accept death as it is. We will continue to pray for his family and children that the good Lord will continue to give them strength and courage.”Meantime, Parliamentary Representative for St Joseph and a personal friend of Legendary Jeff Joe, Kelver Darroux, says he has made a significant contribution to the community. Darroux says Jeff Joe will be remembered for the impact he created on Dominica’s culture. “The community of St Joseph is saddened by the death of Jeff Joseph and he will always be remembered for his music. It is a sad day. He was a goodwill ambassador promoting Dominica. The Dominican public will remember him at the 15th edition of the World Creole Music Festival when he had a splendid performance,” Darroux said.The Events Director of the Dominica Festivals Committee Nathalie Clark Meade said her memories of Jeff Joe will be lasting ones.She says the entire organization is saddened by the news.“I have known him for a short space of time, but in that short space of time, I know that what I am feeling is a mere reflection of what Dominica is feeling at this time, having lost a unique original icon from Dominica,” she said.Former Executive Director of the Dominica Festivals Committee Val “Young Bull” Cuffy also reacted to the sad news by saying that Dominica has lost a great icon. And a founding member of Grammacks Clement Kato Ferreira says he is shocked and saddened by the news.He says Grammacks will never be the same again without Jeff Joe.The entire Dominican public and fans have also reacted to his death, saying that it came as a surprise.Jeff Joe’s body is expected to return home this week. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Pauline A. Billman

first_imgA much loved “Mamaw,” Pauline A. Billman, 89 of Osgood, passed away Thursday afternoon, February 11, 2016 at University Hospital in Cincinnati with her family by her side. She was born April 11, 1926 in Osgood, the daughter of the late Price, Sr. and Inez (Aikins) Thomas. She was married to Silas Meisberger, who preceded her in death on March 23, 1968. To this union were born four daughters and one son. On September 7, 1973, Pauline married Lawrence H. Billman, who survives and still lives at the home place.Pauline worked as a bookkeeper for the Ripley County Highway Garage from the early 1970’s through the 1980’s and previously worked at the Osgood Quarry. She was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church in Osgood and a very proud member of the Ripley County Democratic Party.Family may be a simple word to say; however, to Pauline, family was her life. The sound of a slamming storm door and the sight of seeing a grandchild on the bank catch a fish were just two of her favorite joys. She looked forward to Saturdays for years because they were family days, and special meals were always prepared. She didn’t know if four or thirty people would show, but she didn’t care. There were plenty of chairs, and she could always prepare more food. She loved walking and talking along Laughery Creek, and she never turned down a game of Yahtzee. Pauline enjoyed rooting on the Cincinnati Reds and following the IU basketball. Maintaining the homestead was vital to her. Through her canning, gardening, and simply watching birds, the farmstead was her kingdom.Pauline was never one to miss sending a birthday card to her children, grandchildren, and every great-grandchild. She instilled tremendous pride and values in her family, not just by words but by the way she lived her life.Pauline is survived by daughters Gloria (Tom) Borgman of Osgood; Marcia (Jerry) Volz of Milan; Maria (Mike) Gribben of Brookville; 11 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son in infancy, Edward Lee Meisberger, and one daughter Inez R. Meisberger. Also preceding her in death were her three brothers, Price Thomas, Jr., Robert Thomas, Bill Thomas, and her sister Elizabeth Thomas.Private family services will be held. Memorials may be given to the Osgood Kiwanis. Neal’s Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

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South Ripley teacher wins Lilly Fellowship Grant

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. — Mr. Max Howard, a teacher at South Ripley High School, recently won a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship.Mr. Howard, who teaches Biomedical Science at the high school, will use the grant money to experience ecosystems and biodiversity in the Ohio River Valley, waters of Lake Erie, and New Zealand.2017 marks the program’s 30th year, and the program gives teachers, principals, guidance counselors, and school media specialists and librarians the financial support and encouragement to renew their commitment to the education profession.There were over 100 educators selected from across the state, and each fellow will receive a $12,000 grant.last_img

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McGinley unsure of form

first_imgVictorious Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley admits he has no idea how he will perform when he returns to action in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this week. McGinley’s golf game has been on the back burner since he was made captain in January 2013, the 47-year-old’s incredible attention to detail in the role meaning he even ensured the fish occupying the tank in the team room were in European colours. A shoulder injury has also contributed to the Dubliner playing just once on the European Tour since July, but he is set to compete in the pro-am event played over the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. ” I’m not tired and I don’t feel like I want to pull away,” McGinley said after Europe’s five-point win over the United States on Sunday. “I think it’s been great. I’ve really enjoyed the ride the last 18 months. It’s been an absolute thrill and privilege and an honour. “The Dunhill is a tournament I’ve always enjoyed playing, I love playing on those golf courses. God knows where my golf game is. I feel like there’s been no work gone into my golf game the last six months. “Everything the previous captains have told me about your golf game struggling has been proved correct. The first year was not so bad. I played quite well last year to be honest. This year it’s really tailed off. “When I’ve been on the golf course and on the practice ground, my mind has been drifting. It’s not been there and I’ve not had the intensity and concentration you need to practice and play.” Four of McGinley’s team are also in the field this week, world number one Rory McIlroy, US Open champion and 2010 winner Martin Kaymer, France’s Victor Dubuisson and 2004 winner Stephen Gallacher. Vice-captain Padraig Harrington, who won the event in 2002 is also competing, as is last year’s winner David Howell, who beat American Peter Uihlein on the second hole of a play-off. “It will be lovely to come back as defending champion. It’s a real privilege and I shall enjoy every moment of it,” Howell said. “The win last year was a long time coming, seven years after my previous win and I could not have wished for a better place to do it than St Andrews.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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FA charges QPR director Ferdinand

first_imgQPR director of football Les Ferdinand has been charged with misconduct after allegedly insulting a match official, the Football Association has announced. Press Association The charge relates to Ferdinand’s behaviour “in or around the tunnel” after QPR’s 2-1 defeat at home to Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. Ferdinand has until 6pm on Friday to respond to the charge. center_img An FA statement read: “It is alleged that Ferdinand, director of football at QPR, used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a Match Official in or around the tunnel area after the end of the fixture. “He has until 6pm on 13 March 2015 to respond to the charge.” QPR were denied two penalties against Tottenham, as Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris brought down Mauricio Isla, and Nabil Bentaleb appeared to block Charlie Austin’s shot with his hands late on. The defeat leaves Rangers 18th in the table and three points adrift of safety with 10 matches remaining. last_img read more

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The Latest: Outlaws run in front of limited fans in Missouri

first_imgThe Latest: Outlaws run in front of limited fans in Missouri Badminton is aiming to begin its revamped schedule in mid-August at the Hyderabad Open in India.The world tour would resume at the Taipei Open from Sept. 1-6 in an updated calendar released by the Badminton World Federation.The Thomas & Uber Cup Finals in Denmark are confirmed on the new dates of Oct. 3-11 and the World Tour Finals have been pushed back a week to Dec. 16-20.The season-ending Finals in Guangzhou is one of five tournaments in China at the end of the year. That is not including the Hong Kong Open in November.The Asia championships scheduled for April in Wuhan have been canceled and the European championships remain without a new date after being suspended since April. Associated Press The University of Texas announced this week it would open campus to students for the regularly scheduled Aug. 26 start of the fall semester. But officials have not detailed social distancing plans or how the school will handle residence halls and athletics.___A group of Power Five coaches led by Michigan’s Erik Bakich is proposing a later start to the 2022 college baseball season.Under the proposal, there would be nine weeks of preseason practice instead of five, the regular season would run from the third week of March to the third week of June and the College World Series would wrap up the last week of July. Currently, regular season begins the third week of February and the CWS ends the last week of June. ___ The governing body for Texas public high school sports says it will allow on-campus summer strength and conditioning programs as the state gradually eases rules put in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus.The University Interscholastic League canceled its spring sports championships, which were interrupted just as the boys’ basketball tournament was getting started in March. Schools have been closed for about two months.Rules for summer conditioning programs require workouts be voluntary and students should be allowed to participate virtually from home if they want to. No showers or locker rooms can be used and there should be at least one staff member per 20 students to ensure proper social distancing, hygiene and safety measures.Schools must provide hand sanitizer or hand-washing stations. All equipment must be disinfected throughout the day. Individual single game tickets went on sale Friday. Team spokesman Burt Lauten says the club withheld 50% of the allotment as a “proactive” measure should the NFL use social distancing guidelines.The NFL released its 2020 schedule last month. The Steelers will play 10 games at Heinz Field, beginning with a preseason meeting with Tampa Bay on Aug. 14. The Steelers will make full refunds available “if the NFL or the team cancels a game and it cannot be replayed, or if it is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending.” If games are postponed or rescheduled, the tickets will be valid for the new date.___The Southeastern Conference is allowing voluntary athletic activities to occur on each of its campuses starting June 8, at the discretion of each university. Past efforts to move back the season were rooted in cold-weather schools’ concerns about competitive equity because they had to travel to the South or West to play games the first month of the season.The impetus this time is finances. In the last two weeks, Bowling Green and Furman have dropped baseball to trim costs. Moving the bulk of the season into warmer months would reduce travel costs for northern teams, help increase attendance and revenue from concessions and merchandise for most schools and allow players to miss less class time.Bakich says Division I coaches have given widespread approval to the proposal. He says the next step is to recruit athletic directors who will take up the cause, bring it to faculty athletic representatives and presidents and get it entered into the NCAA legislative process.___The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding back a portion of their ticket inventory for the 2020 season to be ready in case social distancing measures are required in stadiums this fall. May 22, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The World of Outlaws raced in front of live fans — through attendance was greatly capped because of the coronavirus pandemic — for the first time in months at a Sprint Car event in Peavley, Missouri. The BWF says it is still working on how to unfreeze the rankings and make necessary changes to Olympic qualifying.___Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is starting the “202 Assist” program to help with paying rent for people in the nation’s capital affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The John Wall Family Foundation set a goal of raising $300,000 over the next month.The program is named for Washington’s area code and will work with the city to find those in need and disperse funds. Wall is a five-time NBA All-Star who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Wizards in the 2010 draft. He sat out all of the 2019-20 season after tearing his left Achilles tendon.His foundation donated 2,300 masks and hundreds of meals to front-line workers in Washington and in his home state of North Carolina in April.___Novak Djokovic is planning to set up a series of tennis tournaments in the Balkan region while the sport is suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.The top-ranked player’s media team says the Adria Tour will start in Belgrade on June 13 and end on July 5 with Djokovic’s exhibition match against Bosnian player Damir Dzumhur in Sarajevo. The other events are scheduled for the Croatian Adriatic resort of Zadar, Montenegro and Banja Luka in northern Bosnia. College football national champion LSU announced it will resume voluntary workouts for players on June 8 in accordance with a decision Friday by the Southeastern Conference.“We believe our student-athletes can and will receive the best possible care under the daily and strict supervision of our medical personnel and athletic trainers and in a facility designed to accommodate the unique needs of elite-level athletes,” LSU athletic director Scott Woodward said Friday.The SEC’s decision Friday left the reopening of athletic facilities on or after June 8 to the discretion of individual institutions as they seek to minimize exposure of athletes and staff to the coronavirus. Woodward said earlier this month that LSU was preparing to reopen its football training center as early as June 1, if the SEC decided not to extend an earlier closure order that was set to expire May 31. That order was extended by a week on Friday.The Tigers, who went 15-0 last season, have not lost since falling in seven overtimes at Texas A&M on Nov. 24, 2018.“Our administration has worked very hard to make sure that all of the necessary safety procedures and protocols are in place to keep our team safe and healthy,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “This is a great first step to take in order for us to get back to playing the great game of college football in the fall.”center_img Schools are also encouraged to pre-screen any students or staff prior to workouts for any signs of illness.___Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton raised over $200,000 for COVID-19 relief during an 11-hour radiothon.Connaughton was on the air on 94.5 ESPN Milwaukee and 100.5 ESPN Madison throughout the day Thursday. He was joined on air at various times by Bucks teammates Giannis Antetokounmpo, Donte DiVincenzo and Kyle Korver as well as coach Mike Budenholzer, general manager Jon Horst and co-owner Marc Lasry.His guests on the radio show included Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Packers coach Matt LaFleur, Milwaukee Brewers players Christian Yelich and Josh Hader, Brewers manager Craig Counsell, and Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard. Connaughton’s show raised $205,859 for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, and Connaughton’s With Us Foundation. The $205,859 total included a match of all donations by Herb Kohl Philanthropies.___Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he thinks college football will return on schedule with some level of fans in the stands.Abbott has already issued new rules to allow youth sports leagues to resume in June and for some professional leagues to hold events without spectators. But the state rules have so far not touched college sports.“Once we get to college football season, our goal right now is to have college football season start as planned, with fans in stands,” the Republican governor told Austin television station KXAN. “What we don’t know is what the capacity level would be.” Football Bowl Subdivision members of the Council also have decided FBS schools can’t host football camps and clinics this summer. FBS coaches, including graduate assistants, are prohibited from working at football camps and clinics being held at other four-year NCAA schools.___The Arizona Diamondbacks have started individual workouts as baseball begins a measured return to play from the coronavirus pandemic.A small number of players worked out at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix and Salt River Fields, their spring training facility about 20 miles away in Scottsdale. The players were separated as much as possible to follow league-mandated guidelines, and the workouts were cleared by Major League Baseball.The baseball season was put on hold in early March due to COVID-19, two weeks before Opening Day. The Outlaws returned last week in Iowa at Knoxville Raceway for a race run without fans.On Friday night at Federated Auto Parts I-55 Raceway, Brad Sweet edged brother-in-law Kyle Larson — back in his beloved dirt cars after losing his NASCAR Cup ride for using a racial slur during an online race — by 0.189 seconds in the 30-lap feature. Sweet, from Grass Valley, California, is the defending series champion for Kasey Kahne Racing.In qualifying, Larson became the first Sprint Car driver to break the 10-second barrier at the one-third mile, high-banked oval, turning a lap in 9.995 seconds.The series will complete the doubleheader Saturday night.___ ___The Big Sky Conference will reduce conference schedules in men’s and women’s basketball to 16 games.The decision by the conference’s President’s Council will be a one-year adjustment to help members cut expenses during the coronavirus pandemic and have more flexibility in nonconference scheduling.Schedules will be released at a later date, with geographic proximity as part of the criteria.The Big Sky previously had a 20-game, double round-robin schedule that began with two games in early December. SEC officials noted the workouts would take place “under strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety guidelines developed by each institution.”The SEC had suspended all athletic activities through May 31 due to the pandemic. SEC officials consider June 8 the start of a transition period allowing student-athletes to adapt gradually to full training.The SEC decided to resume athletic activities June 8 with the guidance of the league’s task force on medical guidance and return to activity. That task force includes public health, infectious disease and sports medicine professionals from each of the league’s 14 member schools. The task force prepared a series of best practices for screening, testing, monitoring, tracing, social distancing and maintaining clean environments to serve as a guide for each school.Permitted actions are limited by the NCAA to voluntary activities supervised by strength and conditioning personnel.___ The conference tournament will return to Boise, Idaho for the third straight year next March.___Alabama-Huntsville is dropping men’s hockey and men’s and women’s tennis as part of budget cuts in response to the coronavirus pandemic.School officials said athletes in those sports who want to join another team’s roster will be released without penalty and free to transfer immediately. If they choose to stay, their current scholarships will be honored for the duration of their academic careers.Alabama-Huntsville was one of the only southern schools to have a men’s hockey varsity program. The Chargers won Division II national titles in 1996 and 1998 and were Division II runners-up in 1994 and 1997 before making the move to the Division I level for the 1998-99 season. Men’s hockey had been the lone Division I sport for Alabama-Huntsville. It competes at the Division II level in all other sports.___The NCAA is permitting athletes in all sports to participate in voluntary athletic activities on campus beginning June 1.NCAA’s Division I Council announced Wednesday that it was lifting its moratorium on voluntary workouts in football and men’s and women’s basketball at the end of the month. The NCAA applied it to all sports Friday.The current waiver allowing teams to require eight hours of virtual non-physical activities in all sports also has been extended. LSU said it will follow a series of “enhanced protocols” that entail strict, daily health screenings for athletes and staff. Submitting to temperature checks and answering a Centers for Disease Control questionnaire will be required for entry to the training center. Physical distancing rules are in place as well as required education about COVID-19 for athletes and staff which also will be provided to players’ parents and guardians. LSU will have the ability to test for the presence of the virus as well as antibodies, and staff have been certified in contact tracing.___Georgetown coach and former Hoyas and Knicks star Patrick Ewing says he has tested positive for COVID-19.A statement issued by the university Friday said Ewing is at a local hospital. The school said the 57-year-old coach is the only member of his team to have tested positive for the coronavirus.As a player, Ewing helped Georgetown win the 1984 NCAA championship and reach two other title games. He was taken by New York with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1985 NBA draft. Djokovic will play in all of the round robin tournaments. The other participants are to include Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov.Organizers left open the possibility that the “humanitarian” tour could be played in front of spectators.No professional tennis tournaments have been played since March. The French Open has been postponed and Wimbledon has been canceled because of the coronavirus.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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UW set for Nielsen match

first_imgWhen the UW men’s tennis team takes the court this Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium to face Butler, they will do so as one of the best tennis teams the school has seen in a long time. The Badgers are currently 6-3 overall, and 2-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1993. In addition, they are ranked 65th in the country — the first time they have been ranked in several years. Contributing to their success have been three key members of the team: first-year head coach Greg Van Emburgh, sophomore captain Jeremy Sonkin, and junior captain Lachezar Kasarov.Van Emburgh is a former ATP player whose doubles career includes victories over the likes of Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors, and Boris Becker. Perhaps more impressive is his head coaching career at the University of Kentucky (his alma mater) where his teams ranked no lower than 15th in his four seasons there.While Van Emburgh is quick to credit the players for the team’s great start, the players insist it is Van Emburgh who may have sparked this turnaround.”Obviously, we are way better than we were last year, and it speaks for itself,” Kasarov said. “If people want to question something he does, they just have to look at the results and see that we’re doing way better than in the past.”Kasarov, the No. 4 singles player on the team, has also garnered praise from both his coaches and teammates.”His progress on and off the court has been tremendous,” Van Emburgh said. “He’s done an unbelievable job of building up his confidence, projecting that confidence, winning on the court, and getting behind his teammates. He’s really a great kid.”Co-captain Sonkin had similar extol for Kasarov.”He’s a big reason why this team keeps winning,” Sonkin said. “His fire that he brings to the court, his positivity, and his overall will to win is great and truly inspiring to me and everyone on the team.”Don’t excuse his positivity, however, for satisfaction.”My teammates and I have always believed that we could be 6-3 and 2-0, but we know we can achieve much better results,” Kasarov said. “We are looking forward to winning every single match; it’s a lot of fun.”As the lone junior on a team consisting of five sophomores, one freshman, and himself, Kasarov has had to embrace his role as captain. “Day in and day out with (Sonkin), we’re trying to lead the team by example and build confidence in our teammates,” Kasarov said. “We’re trying to show that we’re good enough to compete with anyone in the country.”While Kasarov’s impact on the team cannot be stressed enough, it may be Sonkin who is most responsible for the team’s success thus far.Sonkin is coming off two consecutive Big Ten Athlete of the Week awards and has yet to lose in Big Ten play. His dramatic singles victory over Northwestern’s Christian Tempke after losing the first set and falling behind 5-0 in the second set clinched the first team victory for the Badgers over Northwestern since 1991, and provided a spark that has not gone out yet.”[Sonkin] has done an unbelievable job this year, not just in his playing and improvement, but also in his leadership and his ability to unite this team,” Van Emburgh said. “For him to do what he did (against Northwestern) to not only win his match but win the match for the team shows his heart and dedication.”Van Emburgh also credits Sonkin’s “never give up” attitude, which his co-captain reiterated.”He’s just a great guy, a great teammate to have, and a fierce competitor,” Kasarov said. “He refuses to lose and it’s awesome to have him on the team.Despite the team’s success, they refuse to overlook anyone.”Every match is going to be tough. It would be a big mistake to take any match for granted,” Sonkin said. “We have to prepare the same way for (6-7) Butler as we would for (No. 3-ranked) Illinois.”last_img read more

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