19 Oct

Travel quarantine rules relaxed for top sports events in England

first_imgParticipants in major upcoming sports events in England will be exempt from travel quarantine rules, Britain’s Culture Secretary has said.The British government announced on Friday that it would end the 14-day coronavirus quarantine for people arriving in England from more than 50 countries, including Germany, France, Spain and Italy – but not the United States.Yet Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said new rules will allow exemptions for people involved in sport as well as film and television production. “Sporting authorities, event organizers and the screen industry will need to follow Government COVID secure guidance and put in place stringent protocols to ensure that they have a minimal impact on public health,” the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said in a statement.”Exempted individuals will live and work in controlled “bubbled” environments behind closed doors.”The steps will help events such as the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, with the track staging two Formula One races this year on Aug. 2 and 9.The exemptions, along with the creation of ‘corridors’ for a number of countries, will also ease the way for cricket and golf and should allow Manchester City to host their Champions League last-16 home leg against Real Madrid in August.The World Snooker Championships, major darts, horse racing and other sporting events should also be positively impacted.Dowden said: “I’m very pleased that we’ve agreed exemptions from border health measures for a limited number of athletes and events staff, which means the British summer of sport is back on.”  Topics :last_img read more

18 Oct

Unai Emery gave no hint of Arsenal sacking in message to players after Eintracht Frankfurt defeat

first_imgUnai Emery told his players to ‘forget’ about their defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt (Getty)But according to The Athletic, Emery was seemingly confident of keeping his job despite the club being on their worst run of form since February 1992.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe report claims that in the dressing room after the defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, Emery urged his players to ‘forget’ about the loss because the Premier League fixture away to Norwich City on Sunday has ‘greater importance’.Arsenal remain top of Group F despite their defeat in the Europa League and beating Standard Liege in their final match on December 12 will ensure that they will progress as group winners.But in the Premier League, Arsenal have gone five games without a win and are eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Nov 2019 10:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Unai Emery gave no hint of Arsenal sacking in message to players after Eintracht Frankfurt defeat Freddie Ljungberg is being lined up to replace Emery (Getty)Speaking after his side’s latest defeat on Thursday evening, Emery acknowledged the criticism of Arsenal’s recent performances but remained focused on preparing for the game against Norwich on Sunday.‘I am thinking about the next match and analysing that match and the Europa League, and thinking about Sunday and how we can improve and achieve that confidence with the players,’ said the Spaniard.‘The players now are a little down in their feelings, but if we continue and can achieve a performance like the first half, I think that is the way.‘I am thinking first about analysing the game over 90 minutes. Today we improved some things, but it wasn’t enough.‘Yes, I can understand the criticism about the team, about me. We are not in a good moment and also as a coach, I had that moment also in my career.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Comment Unai Emery is on the brink of being sacked by Arsenal (Getty Images)Unai Emery gave no indication to Arsenal’s players that he was on the verge of being sacked following his side’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday evening.Arsenal’s hierarchy have taken the decision to dismiss Emery after the 2-1 loss at home to Frankfurt made it seven games without a victory for the Gunners.In a statement released on Friday morning, Arsenal said: ‘The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.’Freddie Ljungberg, who was already part of Arsenal’s first-team coaching staff, has been named Emery’s replacement on an interim basis.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

31 May

Sadler Wins Record Third Consecutive Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap As His ‘Avis Choice’ Combatant, Wins By A Neck

first_imgSadler Wins Record Third Consecutive Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap As His ‘Avis Choice’ Combatant, Wins By A Neck; Ridden By Rosario, He Gets 1 ¼ Miles In 2:02.32 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 7, 2020)–With his defending champion Gift Box scratched late this morning due to concerns over a filling in an ankle, it appeared trainer John Sadler’s quest for a record third consecutive win in the storied Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap was a longshot at best.  However, Hronis Racing’s second entrant, Combatant, proved equal to the challenge, winning the 83rd running of the Big ‘Cap by a neck while getting a mile and one quarter under Joel Rosario, who was originally scheduled to ride Gift Box, in 2:02.32.Taken in hand out of the gate, Combatant was a joint third, about two lengths off the lead set by longshot Brown Storm heading into the Club House turn.  Fourth by a similar margin past the half mile pole, Combatant was on the move around the far turn and was about a half length off the lead a quarter mile from home as Rosario wheeled four-wide en route to a gutsy win, outrunning longshot Multiplier and heavily favored Midcourt late.Originally trained by Steve Asmussen, Combatant was making his second start for Sadler today, following a non-threatening third place finish behind Midcourt in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes at a mile and one eighth Feb. 1.  Beaten some 42 ¾ lengths in his only other start at a mile and one quarter, 18 races back in the 2018 Kentucky Derby, Combatant was off at 9-1 in a field of seven older horses and he paid $21.20, $10.20 and $4.00.Owned by Hronis Racing, who along with Sadler, got their third consecutive Big ‘Cap today, following wins with Accelerate in 2018 and Gift Box last year and had originally engaged Umberto Rispoli to ride Combatant, who picked up $360,000 for the win, boosting his earnings to $1,032,498.  (Sadler confirmed that Rispoli would be paid a double-jock mount in the amount of $36,000).A 5-year-old ridgling by Scat Daddy, Combatant is out of Border Dispute, who is by Boundary.Ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, Multiplier, who was most recently a close fifth in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes at a mile and one quarter on grass Feb. 1, battled gamey at the rail the length of the stretch, outrunning Midcourt by a half length.  Off at 33-1, Multiplier paid $28.00 and $6.40.Midcourt, a smashing 3 ½ length winner of the San Pasqual, seemed to regress off that effort, returning $2.20 to show while off at 3-5 under Victor Espinoza.Fractions on the race were 23.66, 47.87, 1:12.37 and 1:36.99.last_img read more

12 Jan

Education Ministry shuts down Brickdam Secondary

first_imgBy Ramona LuthiChief Education Officer Olato Sam shut down Brickdam Secondary School on Tuesday, in response to a sit-in by the teachers at the school last week. On Tuesday, Sam asked students to return home while requesting that teachers vacate the premises after submitting all school records.However, according to the teachers of the Secondary School, the decision to sit in was made after their numerous demands for better work and educational facilities fell on deaf ear. They highlighted that over the years, there have been scores of complaints pertaining to the hazardous and unsanitary conditions students as well as teachers are forced to dwell in on a daily basis, but nothing except emptyChief Education Officer Olato Sam at the PTA meetingpromises came from the Education Ministry.“The decision to close the school down came after the teachers took a stand for better working conditions and generally an environment that is conducive for learning. Teachers asked for these things. We’ve been asking for these things for years and it has reached to the point where it is overbearing. The students and the teachers have decided that we’ve had enough and we would like the Ministry to do something about it,” one teacher said.Meanwhile, a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting was held at St Stanislaus College on Tuesday with the Chief Education Officer, Assistant Chief Education Officer Leslyn Charles, the Principal Education Officer responsible for schools in Georgetown, the District Education Officer in Georgetown, other representatives of the Ministry, the PTA Board Chairman, scores of parents and students of the Brickdam Secondary.At the meeting, Sam highlighted that after being informed that the teachers of the Brickdam Secondary School were on strike, he, along with members of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) and other officers of the Education Ministry, met with them on Friday last to resolve the issues. The Chief Education Officer said that it was his understanding that a compromise was made between him and the teachers whereby emergency repairs would be conducted over the weekend, and teachers would resume working for the remaining three weeks of the school’s semester, giving the Ministry time to implement permanent restoration measures at the school for the new term in September.However, on Monday, he found that this was not the situation as he was informed that the teachers still refused to work. Sam asserted that it was this that resulted in his decision to have the school closed, students relocated to other schools in order to continue their secondary education, and teachers to different educational facilities.“As a result of the teachers not working, we had to devise the best plan of action in the best interest of our students so that they get an education, complete the end-of-term assessment and everything else. And that would give us an opportunity to satisfy our teacher’s demands. We cannot allow teachers to sit in at the school for the remainder of the term when our students aren’t learning anything. It’s totally unacceptable and so our teachers have all been reassigned to other schools.”According to the Chief Education Officer, the students would be admitted to Grade “A” schools such as North Georgetown Secondary, Christ Church Secondary, Central High School and North Ruimveldt Multilateral High School for the rest of the term while the Ministry assesses its options to provide a permanent solution.However, this announcement resulted in a massive disruption within the crowd of parents as they chanted “No!” to the list of schools provided by Sam.Parents and teachers angrily expressed their frustrations towards Sam, who voiced that since the teachers refused to take the option of resuming work at Brickdam Secondary for the next three weeks and be given a permanent resolution next term, it was now “off the table”.He left the meeting shortly after declaring this, since the commotion created by parents did not quiet down.Teachers of the Secondary School told Guyana Times that they were prepared to work and would have readily accepted the condition put forward by the Chief Education Officer, had he mentioned it prior to the meeting.They voiced that their only concern revolved around better facilities for the children that they teach. The teachers asserted that the decision to have students and teachers relocated was done out of spite: “The Ministry wants to make us an example because we stood up for our rights.”It was also relayed that the Headmistress of the school refused to stand up with the teachers in their fight for better facilities.While some parents agreed with the decision to have the children relocated on a temporary basis, many refused to accept it. These parents voiced their belief that their children were being subjected to unfair treatment having been transferred to schools that were considered below the educational standard.“We have no choice. This is being shoved down our throats. We have no choice. My child has been disenfranchised because they wanna send her down to a lower school. We don’t have a choice. What is this? Is this communism? Is this the change I voted for? No. No way,” asserted a parent, Tracy Martin.last_img read more