Pardew feared sack after butt

first_img The 52-year-old was this week handed a three-match stadium ban and a further four-match touchline suspension after admitting a Football Association misconduct charge. Pardew was also fined £60,000, some £40,000 less than the punishment imposed on him by his club within hours of the incident at the KC Stadium on March 1. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted he feared the sack after head-butting Hull midfielder David Meyler. However, owner Mike Ashley opted not to dismiss him and that was a source of huge relief. Asked if he had feared for his job, Pardew said: “You have to. When you are in the public eye, like I am, and an incident like that [happens], you have to fear for your future. “Of course it’s a relief because when you have made a mistake – and men make mistakes – my mistake was in front of millions of people, but you have to pay a price and there was a hefty price to pay. “Mike acted swiftly and I accepted that, and we go forward. I have to say that in this interim period since the incident, the backing I have had from the club in particular has been a really big help to me because obviously, it’s been difficult.” Pardew revealed he has written to Tigers boss Steve Bruce to reiterate the apology he offered immediately after the game, and to insist he bears no ill-feeling towards former Sunderland player Meyler. Asked if he was embarrassed by his behaviour, he said: “Yes, of course. “Everybody has had varying opinions, but what you can’t get away from is the fact that most of the opinions have been pretty much that it was a situation I can’t get involved in. “As the manager of Newcastle United, I need to make sure that never happens again. “At the time, I didn’t think it was as bad as it appeared on TV – and I must have watched it 2,000 times now. “But the bottom line is I should never have walked forward and got involved in that situation when he pushed me. “I sent a letter to Steve to say there was no animosity on my side towards David and to say sorry, basically, for the incident that happened. I deeply regret it.” Pardew, who requested a personal hearing, insisted he was always going to accept whatever penalty came his way and has already contacted the League Managers’ Association amid suggestions he could benefit from anger management training. He said: “It’s something I went to the board for because what I must do when I come out of this situation is become a better manager. “I have had something like 678 games, I have only had one touchline ban before this one, but that doesn’t mean to say what I did had any justification. “I spoke to the LMA about maybe some management consultant issues that I could look at that might help. “But the bottom line, for me, is quite obvious, which I said straight after the game, that if I am going to be on the edge of the technical area, I am putting myself in that situation I don’t need to be in, so I am going to sit down. “In the short term, I’m in the stand – and actually for three games, not even in the stadium – so that has been put in place already. “That will give me, actually, a period to get my head around it in terms of how I take the team forward because one thing you will never take out of me is my desire to win and my hunger to win. “Newcastle fans know that that is what drives me and drives this club, so that I have to keep. But I have to channel it in the right way.” The Magpies are yet to finalise the logistics of exactly how their manager will watch Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage, ahead of which he will deliver his pre-match address at the team hotel before handing control to number two John Carver. Pardew said: “He [Carver] knows what I expect and I don’t envisage, for three games, it being a massive problem, if I am honest.” Carver will have to deal with a double injury blow, however, with in-form striker Loic Remy and full-back Mathieu Debuchy each having been ruled out of the next three games with calf and groin injuries respectively. Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports — Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp said Wednesday that officials believe a 13-game college football schedule would be possible even if the start of the season was delayed until October because of the new coronavirus. Sharp added that there are many unknowns about football season because of the pandemic that has killed thousands and shut down sports across the globe.— The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, have been rescheduled for July 15-24, 2022. The event was pushed back a year because the Tokyo Olympics were delayed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The track worlds were originally scheduled for Aug. 6-15, 2021.— Formula One says it will furlough half of its staff until the end of May and senior executives will take pay cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. F1 says senior leadership figures will take “voluntary pay cuts while still continuing to work and not in furlough,” and CEO Chase Carey will take a “much deeper” pay cut. F1 has postponed eight races so far this season and the Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled. The season is currently scheduled to begin in France on June 28. More postponements are likely to turn into cancellations, but F1 has said it is still hoping to stage between 15 and 18 races out of the original 22.— The president of the International Paralympic Committee says the body has “cash-flow” problems because of the Olympic and Paralympic postponement until 2021. Andrew Parsons says about 5% of spending is being cut from the IPC’s budget. Parsons says the problem is due partly to broadcast rights holders who want to delay their payments until the product is delivered. Parsons says it’s not a question of “losing money” but rather some temporary belt tightening.— The players and coach on Switzerland’s national soccer team have declined to take more than $1 million of payments that were due from their federation in 2020. The team was scheduled to play in the now-postponed European Championship in June and had two games in Qatar canceled last month because of the coronavirus pandemic. The shutdown of games has cost the Swiss soccer body millions of dollars. Federation chairman Dominique Blanc says it’s a “magnificent gesture” from the players. Blanc tested positive for the virus three weeks ago. Team captain Stephan Lichtsteiner says, “we wanted to set an example and show solidarity.” NHL-DRAFTLafrenière tops list of NHL draft-eligible prospectsUNDATED (AP) — Forward Alexis Lafrenière remained No. 1 when the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s released its final ranking of draft-eligible prospects Wednesday, while German forward Tim Stuetzle was ranked as the top European prospect.Lafrenière was leading the Quebec Major Junior League with 112 points on 35 goals and 77 assists in 52 games when play was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.Sudbury Wolves center Quinton Byfield and Erie Otters defenseman Jamie Drysdale are ranked second and third among North American prospects. April 8, 2020 — A two-time Olympic finalist in the 800 meters has died after getting infected with the coronavirus. The Italian Olympic Committee announced the death of Donato Sabia at 56. Sabia finished fifth in the 800 at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and seventh at the 1988 Seoul Games.— A groom who worked at Belmont Park has died of coronavirus complications. The New York Racing Association says Martin Zapata died Tuesday. The 63-year-old native of Panama had spent the past two years working for trainer Tom Morley in New York, which has been hard-hit by the pandemic. NYRA says Zapata tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24 and was hospitalized two days later. He lived and worked at Belmont Park.— The opening of the stable area and training track at Saratoga in upstate New York is being delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The training track was set to open April 15. The New York Racing Association says it has yet to decide an appropriate date to safely open. Saratoga’s racing season is still scheduled to begin on July 16 and run through Sept. 7.— The Tokyo Olympic flame has been taken off public display in Japan. And it’s not clear when it will reappear again, or where — or under what conditions. After the Tokyo Olympics and the torch relay were postponed until next year, the flame was put on display in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima. It was supposed to remain on display through the end of April, but it was removed to an undisclosed location after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH’-bay) declared a state of emergency yesterday that includes limiting large crowds.MLB-HAMILTON-INDICTMENT NFL draft to become charity endeavorUNDATED (AP) — The NFL is turning the league’s 2020 draft into a three-day fundraiser to help six charities dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.The “Draft-A-Thon” will be featured during the draft April 23-25 to raise money for non-profits selected by the NFL Foundation. Among the charities are the American Red Cross, CDC Foundation’s All of Us, Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund, the Salvation Army, and United Way’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that the Draft-A-Thon will deliver much-needed funding to many who are suffering as well as those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.In other developments related to the coronavirus: The school agreed to go through the Independent Accountability Resolution Process, the new independent investigation process for complex cases. The NCAA created the IARP following reform proposals from the commission led by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the wake of a federal corruption investigation into college basketball.North Carolina State was charged last summer with four violations.In other college basketball news:— DePaul guard Jalen Coleman-Lands has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. Coleman-Lands was limited to nine games as a junior transfer in 2018-19 after breaking his left hand. He played in all 32 games this past season and led the Blue Demons with 63 3-pointers while averaging 11 points.GOLF-WOODS-LAWSUIT Ex-Rangers star indictedFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton has been indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after his teenage daughter accused him of beating her.A Tarrant County grand jury indicted the 38-year-old Hamilton on Monday. He remains free on $30,000 bond after he turned himself in to authorities on Oct. 30. If convicted, he faces a prison sentence of two to 10 years in prison.Hamilton’s attorneys say the Rangers Hall of Famer is innocent of the charge. His 14-year-old daughter told her mother, Hamilton’s ex-wife, that her father struck her after he became enraged by a comment from her.According to an affidavit by a Keller Police Department detective, Hamilton’s daughter told police that he went on a rampage Sept. 30.center_img Associated Press The draft can’t feasibly be held until the playoffs are completed or the entire season canceled. The draft had been scheduled for Montreal in late June.NHL-OILERS-CAVEOilers’ Cave out of emergency surgery, remains in comaUNDATED (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers say forward Colby Cave has undergone emergency surgery after suffering a brain bleed.The team posted on Twitter that doctors removed a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on Cave’s brain Tuesday. He remains in a medically induced coma at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Brady appeared on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show” for about two hours Wednesday and discussed a myriad of topics, including his decision to leave the New England Patriots. The six-time Super Bowl winner said he was ready for a new challenge when he elected to become a free agent and signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month.Brady reiterated he has no hard feelings about coach Bill Belichick (BEHL’-ih-chik) not making him a Patriot for life. He added that so many wrong assumptions were made about his relationship with Belichick, or about how Belichick felt about him.In other NFL news:— The Falcons are moving to black pants with black jerseys for their home uniforms in 2020. Those changes are part of a redesign the team says respects past fashion choices with updates “to match the modern progression of Atlanta.” The team’s first redesign in 17 years also include white jerseys and white pants for road uniforms. The Falcons will continue to use black helmets.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Cave’s wife, Emily, said earlier on Instagram that doctors were “fighting to keep him alive” in surgery.The 25-year-old Cave scored one goal in 11 games with Edmonton this season. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSNC State accepts NCAA case referral for independent processRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State has accepted a recommendation for its NCAA case involving recruiting violations tied to former one-and-done star Dennis Smith Jr. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSBrady says time was right to change teamsUNDATED (AP) — Quarterback Tom Brady says it was time for a change. Woods, caddie suedUNDATED (AP) — A Florida man has filed a lawsuit against Tiger Woods and his caddie, claiming he suffered injuries from the caddie pushing him out of the way during a tournament two years ago.The civil complaint was filed Tuesday in Pinellas County and alleges Brian Borruso tried to take a selfie as Woods approached his tee shot left of the 13th green in the third round of the Valspar Championship. Borruso maintains caddie Joe LaCava “intentionally shoved” him and caused him to stumble and fall into the crowd before being treated for injuries at a hospital.,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

Conference mulls injury report policy

first_imgUSC might be in the BCS national title hunt at 3-1, but quite a bit of attention surrounding the school in recent weeks has centered on injuries.Hush hush · Senior center Khaled Holmes sustained an injury against Syracuse on Sept. 8 and was carted off the field again during last Saturday’s game. His status, though, remains unknown. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanThe school instituted new policies in August prohibiting media members from reporting injuries that players sustain over the course of in-season practices. And last Wednesday, USC coach Lane Kiffin stormed out of his post-practice press conference when a reporter asked about the return of an injured player, reigniting the hot topic.Along with Oregon, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State, USC is one of a handful of Pac-12 schools to have adopted policies related to the prevention of reporting injuries, in order to maintain a competitive edge.“I know it is not exactly the best thing for you,” Kiffin said earlier this month, when speaking with reporters, “but we are also trying to protect our team.”Following his abbreviated 29-second press conference, Kiffin called Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott last Friday to explain his recent actions, as well as to express his views on the subject, Scott said Saturday while speaking at halftime of USC’s game against California.The walk-out had come on the heels of news that the third-year coach had banned Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News for two weeks after the beat writer had reported sophomore kicker Andre Heidari was scheduled to undergo knee surgery. Though insisting it violated the school’s injury policy, USC reinstated Wolf about two days later.“[Kiffin] knew I was concerned about what I was seeing and hearing, and there was some tension and frustration between the press and some of our coaches,” Scott said. “He called to make sure I was aware. So he wanted me to hear his point of view.”In the wake of the controversy, Scott reiterated that the Pac-12’s next athletic directors’ meeting will discuss the possibility of adopting a conference-wide injury policy, similar to the ones used in the NFL. The meeting is scheduled to take place Oct. 8-9 in Berkeley.“I don’t have a position yet,” Scott said. “Except that, given what I’ve seen, the conference should have a serious conversation about it and decide if there is a conference-wide policy or is there something better left for the schools … There’s divergent opinion on this.”Over the past month, Scott has spoken with commissioners from the ACC, the Big East and the SEC about the NFL-style reporting system. The ACC is the only one to have enacted a policy current in place, but both the Big East and SEC have explored the option.Should the conference pass a similar policy, Kiffin said he would be OK with the change.“The whole thing is not being at a competitive disadvantage,” he said. “We play a number of teams that don’t talk about their injuries. For us to tell them who’s going to play and who’s not, I don’t know how that could make sense to anybody. So yeah, that would solve these issues.”Players, though, insist they’re largely indifferent on the issue.“That stuff doesn’t get to us,” said senior safety and team captain T.J. McDonald. “They make a bigger deal in the media than us. We don’t worry about any of that. We just try to stick to the gameplan and do what we’ve got going.”last_img read more

Baseball drops last games of Fullerton series

first_imgThe Trojans can’t seem to catch a break. Just as the pieces seem to be falling into place, something gets derailed and the baseball team finds itself in the same situation. The series against Cal State Fullerton ended the same way as the series against Stanford a few weeks ago, with USC losing the series after claiming the first game.Game 1 on Thursday at Dedeaux was filled with highlights. Every time the Titans scored, the Trojans answered with just as many or more runs. The lead continued to switch until the Trojans broke out in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring six runs and winning 13-9.The Titans got out to an early lead in the first inning, but the Trojans responded in the bottom of the third inning after freshman designated hitter Blake Sabol scored on junior third baseman Adalberto Carrillo’s triple. The Titans scored on a two-run double in the top of the fourth, but the Trojans answered with an RBI single by Rios,  and a sacrifice fly by senior outfielder Corey Dempster. Senior catcher Cris Perez and Sabol hit back-to-back doubles to put the Trojans ahead by one. “It’s been a work in progress,” Sabol said. “Having [head coach Dan] Hubbs give me some confidence going into this weekend was big.”After freshman Chris Clarke allowed a three-run double in the top of the fifth, the Trojans scored six runs, as many as they did in the remaining two games.The scoring spree started with redshirt senior left fielder David Edson and sophomore Brandon Perez’s back-to-back singles. Rios singled in another run after sophomore center fielder Lars Nootbaar’s sacrifice bunt and Dempster tied the game with another sacrifice fly.“It’s definitely a big momentum swing, especially because their team was hitting the ball well, too,” Sabol said. “Whenever they scored, we found a way to score, too. We had a lot of fun out there.”Cris Perez followed with an RBI single and Sabol brought a run home on an error by Cal State Fullerton shortstop Timmy Richards. Carrillo cleared the bases with a two-run double to cap the scoring for that inning. Clarke finished his night going five innings with a strikeout and six runs allowed, five earned. He was succeeded by junior pitcher Brad Wegman, who gave up three runs. Then came one of the highlights of the series in the final inning — Rios came up to bat against his brother, Josh, a reliever for the Titans. Frankie won the battle, doubling off of his younger brother and bringing in another insurance run for the Trojans. Dempster doubled Rios in to finish off the Trojans’ high scoring start to the series at 13 runs. He also ended the game with a diving catch in right field to secure the win. The 13 runs that the Trojans scored on 17 hits was the most that they had scored since their win over Wake Forest in February. Edson continued the Trojans’ call and response with the Titans, bringing home two runs on a single in the top of the third inning of Game 2 after two early Fullerton runs. The Titans had the upper hand in the fifth inning, scoring five runs off of sophomore starter CJ Stubbs.The Trojans scored three runs in the top of the ninth on RBI doubles by Sabol, freshman outfielder Matthew Acosta and freshman outfielder Christian Moya; however, they could not overcome Fullerton’s 13 runs in a 13-5 loss.In Game 3, sophomore pitcher Marrick Crouse went six innings, striking out two and giving up two runs. Fullerton’s starter John Gavin went seven innings, giving up one run. USC’s only run came on a solo home run by Cris Perez as the Trojans fell 2-1.Though there were fewer moments for the highlight reel in the games at Fullerton, the Trojans had a good number of positive takeaways. Dempster hit safely in all three games, and Rios extended his hitting streak to eight games. Gates debuted and Crouse had the best Trojan start of the weekend. “I think our team is better than that showing,” Sabol said. “It can be scary for other teams because they might fall asleep seeing that record, but I think we’re a really strong team.”last_img read more

Whicker: Angels trying to follow LMU’s example in finding belief during bereavement

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone That was also the night of perhaps the bravest pitch ever thrown from that mound, when Debbie Skaggs loosened up her softball arm and honored her son with a strike. One can only imagine how she did that, but then Mike Trout has exceeded his own standards in these weeks, and the Angels also won Saturday and Sunday and they’re a live wire in the wild-card race.You rarely get a chance to play above death.Jeff Fryer runs a basketball academy in Newport Beach. In the spring of 1990 he was part of Loyola Marymount’s futuristic crew that was preparing to win the West Coast Conference tournament when Gathers, a raging power forward who referred to himself as “the strongest man alive,” collapsed and died at Gersten Pavilion. Fryer was not the only Lion who cried, and said he didn’t care if he played anymore.The next week, LMU played in the NCAA sub-regional in Long Beach. It beat New Mexico State. It ripped Michigan, the defending national champs, by the incongruous score of 149-115.Fryer hit 11 of 15 three-pointers and scored 41. Bo Kimble, Gathers’ buddy from Philly who shot free-throws lefthanded in Hank’s honor, scored 37. The Lions had become America’s sweethearts, crusaders so driven that not even the teams they beat could complain. The games aren’t supposed to be as important when a teammate is lost.That is what they all say, whether you’ve lost Tyler Skaggs, Thurman Munson, Hank Gathers, Darryl Kile, Pelle Lindbergh or Jose Fernandez.It would take a sports psychologist like Dr. Ken Ravizza to explain how this really works, and last year Ravizza had a heart attack and passed away, and who do you see about that?In the two weeks since July 1, the Angels have played well. One might have anticipated an emotional relapse after Friday night, their first home game without Skaggs, when Taylor Cole and Felix Pena threw a no-hitter against Seattle and the players decorated the mound with  Skaggs 45 shirts.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter They went to Oakland for the regionals and survived an Alabama slowdown, 62-60. Then UNLV kept them out of the Final Four with a 131-101 reality check.Along the way Fryer was quoted as saying the Lions had become “an emotional hurricane.”“I wish I hadn’t said that,” Fryer said on Sunday. “Somebody else said that and I picked it up and then it got into the media. Honestly it was just a matter of us focusing better. We knew we had lost a great player so we all tried to do a little bit more. I can’t explain it. As a team we just took it up a notch.”The Angels talk about Skaggs the way the Lions talked about Gathers. Hank was the power source in that locker room, an agitator to coaches and players alike, so comfortable around the media that he used to warn sportscasters he was after their jobs. He called the beachy Fryer “Spicoli” and critiqued his ultra-casual wear.Gathers’ death was not quite as stunning as Skaggs’. In December he had collapsed on the court and was taking heart medication. But it was still devastating, as was the timing. With Gathers, the Lions legitimately felt their bewildering style could capture the whole tournament.They were at least 25 years ahead of their time. Michigan players were dumbstruck when Fryer pulled up from the faraway line in the midst of a 3-on-2. The Lions averaged 123 points, and Fryer put up 11 3-pointers per game.“Coach (Paul) Westhead told us not to win for Hank,” Fryer said. “He said just play hard for him and for ourselves. I know I thought about Hank and tried to be tougher, mentally and physically, like he was. It was harder to deal with when it was all over, a few weeks later. I still think about him.”The Yankees and Cardinals didn’t start winning after Munson and Kile were taken. Lindbergh, the Philadelphia Flyers’ goaltender, died in an auto accident in November, 1985. The Flyers won their next game by scoring three goals in the third period. Replacement goalie Bob Froese went 31-10-3. But the Flyers, Eastern Conference champs in ‘85, lost in the first round of the playoffs.Only a psychologist could explain why you play better when the outcome no longer surrounds everything. Maybe it’s more urgent because that fellow on third base, the one waiting for your sacrifice fly, is someone different now. He has shared your hell.In the end, it’s simple. The games had to be important, existentially, because they always were to Skaggs. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Westinghouse girls on top of the pack

first_imgThe Westinghouse girls’ basketball team has been projected by most to win the City League title once again. They currently have a 4-1 overall record and are the only team remaining in the league with an undefeated 2-0 conference record. Their only defeat was suffered at the hands of Rochester in the first game of the season. Schenley (3-4, 2-1) is in second place. Unlike the other City League teams that have two conference wins, they were able to get past Seneca Valley in a 39-37 thriller in the Gateway Tournament. Carrick and Perry are tied with Schenley with matching 2-1 conference records but have suffered losing records thus far by losing to non conference teams. Each team got their two wins within the City League.Carrick beat Peabody and Oliver, by the score of 55-25 on Dec. 12 and 15. Perry defeated Brashear 55-33 on Dec. 16 and then nearly a week later on the 22nd, they topped Langley in a 47-30 thrashing.Allderdice has an overall record of 2-2 and 1-1 in the conference which puts them behind Carrick and Perry with their multiple conference wins.Aside from the top five teams in the City League on the girls’ side, each team only has one win or less going into the fourth week of the season. GIRLS SCHEDULEJANUARY 8Allderdice at CarrickWestinghouse and Langley Schenley at Oliver Perry at Peabody, 7:30 p.m.STANDINGS Schools         City    OverallWestinghouse    2-0    4-1Schenley    2-1    3-4Carrick    2-1    2-4Perry    2-1    2-6Allderdice    1-1    2-2Langley    1-1    1-1Brashear    1-2    1-5Oliver    1-2    1-6Peabody    0-3    0-7last_img read more

Counties Receive $3 Million in Red Cross Sandy Grants

first_imgTINTON FALLS – The American Red Cross has awarded two grants totaling $2.95 million to the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group and the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group to support unmet needs following Super Storm Sandy.The Red Cross grants will be used to repair and rebuild approximately 370 disaster-affected homes to make them safe and secure with sanitary conditions and provide disaster case-management services to help residents achieve long-term, sustainable recovery goals.“Towns in Ocean and Monmouth County were among the hardest hit by Sandy, and the Red Cross is committed to helping these impacted communities come back stronger and more resilient against future storms,” said Nancy Orlando, regional CEO, American Red Cross South Jersey Region. “By partnering with the Long Term Recovery Groups here, we will continue to support Sandy survivors until all affected residents recover.”The Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group (MCLTRG) will prioritize and address the needs of Monmouth County residents who have exhausted all other available resources but still have unmet needs as a direct result of Super Storm Sandy. With its $1.1 million Red Cross grant, the MCLTRG will address the greatest of these needs, home repair and rebuilding assistance.“The generous funding of the Red Cross will help 150 Monmouth County residents repair or rebuild their homes that were damaged or de­stroy­ed in the storm,” said Tim Hearne, treasurer of the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group.  “To­gether, we are enabling our local families to rebuild their homes and their lives.”Donations to the Red Cross after Super Storm Sandy have led to clear signs of progress and hope throughout New Jersey nearly a year after the storm.The Red Cross has partnered with numerous organizations to support the recovery of New Jersey families and communities affected by Sandy, including the National Voluntary Organizations Ac­tive in Disaster (VOAD), Operation Hope, the Points of Light Foundation, Habitat for Humanity International, the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church, Rebuild­ing Together, Lutheran Dis­aster Response, Catholic Charities USA, Southern Bap­tist Disaster Relief, World Renew and NECHAMA Jew­ish Response to Disaster.Sandy recovery efforts include housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination and construction services.Additional New Jersey community grants will be announced in the weeks ahead.As of Aug. 31, the Red Cross has received $308 million in donations for its Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts, and has spent or committed $272 million, nearly 90 percent of the donated funds.More information on the Red Cross Sandy relief and recovery efforts can be found at read more

Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée asks the Premier to stop buying Newcastle

first_imgThe letter appeals to the Premier League to stop those looking to “use English football as a way to improve their image and hide their transgressions.”Khashoggi was assassinated on October 2, 2018 inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he went to collect documents to marry Cengiz. His remains were never found. Turkish and Western intelligence agencies said the order to kill him could only come from the highest levels of the Saudi government.“The proposed acquisition is not just ‘business’ for the crown prince and the Saudi authorities, but an attempt to evade justice and international scrutiny for an unconscionable act,” the letter from Cengiz.International Amnesty warned that the Premier League he risked becoming a “scapegoat” for the “sports laundering” of Saudi Arabia, which he accuses of organizing sports events to launder the image of the dictatorship. Hatice Cengiz, fiancée of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, murdered and dismembered last October at his country’s consulate in Istanbul, has asked this Tuesday to the Premier League to stop the acquisition of Newcastle United by a Saudi fund.The letter sent by the attorneys for Hatice Cengiz to the executive president of the Premier League, Richard MastersHe assures that English football “would be clouded by its connection with those who commit the most heinous crimes and then seek to launder them.”According to reports, the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia will invest 300 million pounds -more than 344 million euros- to achieve an 80 percent participation of the English club. The Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the de facto leader of the kingdom, is the president of PIF.last_img read more

J-Palm CEO among 10 Finalists for Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative

first_imgAmong the 10 finalists is multiple award-winning Liberian entrepreneur, Mahmud Johnson (top, far right), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of J-Palm.The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) has identified the top 10 finalists for its grand finale event taking place in Accra, Ghana on 16 November 2019. According to an ANPI release, the finalists were chosen from nearly 10,000 applicants from 50 African countries. During the grand finale, the ten finalists will compete in a pitch competition to win a share of $1 million USD in grant money.Among the 10 finalists is multiple award-winning Liberian entrepreneur, Mahmud Johnson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of J-Palm.J-Palm Liberia (JPL) was founded with the goal of making premium consumer goods while creating income-earning and employment opportunities through sustainable palm-oil production. When JPL was first founded, palm oil kernels had been going to waste in Liberia, but founder and CEO Mahmud Johnson found a way to innovate productive uses for this overlooked natural resource. Today, JPL has created a range of beauty and clean-energy products, built a robust network of partnerships across the country, and helped to create jobs for hundreds of Liberians. Mahmud holds a degree in economics from Dartmouth College and is a 2017 recipient of the Order of the Star of Africa conferred by the President of Liberia.After months of judging and deliberation, the finalists were shortlisted and will now go on to pitch their business directly to four finale judges – Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group and the Jack Ma Foundation; Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Group; Ibukun Awosika, Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and Founder/CEO of The Chair Centre Group; and Joe Tsai, Executive Vice Chairman of Alibaba Group – during a televised finale event called “Africa’s Business Heroes”. The winners will receive a share of the $1 million USD grant prize pool.The ANPI is a philanthropic initiative spearheaded by the Jack Ma Foundation aimed at supporting and inspiring the next generation of African entrepreneurs across all sectors, who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future of the continent. For the next ten years, the ANPI will host the “Africa Business Heroes” show where ten finalists will compete in a pitch competition to win a share of $1 million USD in grant money.The Jack Ma Foundation will host a full-day Africa Netpreneur Summit, an invitation-only conference where African and global entrepreneurs, investors, educators, and leaders will convene to discuss how best to enable entrepreneurship and the digital economy across the continent. Guest speakers at the conference will include Ban Ki-moon, Former UN Secretary General and Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. The conference will be followed by the “Africa’s Business Heroes” event in the evening.“We launched the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative to identify top entrepreneurs from across the continent, not only to reward them but to inspire a whole new generation of potential gamechangers for Africa. I have been inspired by the entrepreneurs I met in Africa, many of whom are dealing with the same challenges we faced when we started Alibaba years ago. I truly believe the potential of Africa’s business heroes is limitless,” said Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group and the Jack Ma Foundation.“Africa’s Business Heroes” will air on November 29. More details of how to tune in to the program will be released in the coming weeks. Highlights from the Africa Netpreneur Summit will also be shared via ANPI social media handles. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.The diverse group of 10 finalists represent a range of industries and experience.Waleed Abd El Rahman is CEO of Mumm (Egypt), a virtual cafeteria for businesses, harnessing the power of shared economy through technology, cloud kitchens and an online marketplace for home-based entrepreneurial cooks. Waleed is a seasoned entrepreneur with 12+ years in food tech. He is also the former founding managing director of MIT Technology Review-Middle East and a member of the Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.Ayodeji Arikawe is co-founder of Thrive Agric (Nigeria) an agricultural technology-enabled company that works with smallholder farmers to enable them with greater access to finance, as well as improve their income and harvest distribution. Today, Thrive Agric works with 22,000 farmers in Nigeria, but the company is aiming to build the largest network of farmers in Africa. They are on a mission to “build an Africa that feeds the world and Itself.” Ayodeji is an accomplished software engineer and serves as both co-founder and CTO for Thrive Agric.Temie Giwa-Tubosun is the founder and CEO of LifeBank (Nigeria), a medical distribution company that uses data and technology to help health workers discover critical medical products. The company has saved over 5,300 lives in Nigeria. Founder Temie has over 10 years of health-management experience with Department for International Development, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme and Lagos State. In 2014, BBC listed her as one of the 100 women changing the world. She was also recognized by Quartz and the World Economic Forum.Kevine Kagirimpundu is co-founder and CEO of UZURI K&Y (Rwanda) an African-inspired ecofriendly shoe brand established in Rwanda. Kevine is the co-founder and CEO of UZURI K&Y, and she is passionate about ending global waste while also leveraging her creativity to create employment opportunities for her community. UZURI has made a direct impact on more than 750 people through employment and skills training. In addition to obtaining her degree in creative design, she has participated in numerous entrepreneurship programs to enhance her skills in business development. In 2017, she was recognized as the winner of the Made in Rwanda Enterprise of the Year.Other finalists include Christelle Kwizera, founder, Water Access Rwanda (Rwanda); Dr. Tosan J. Mogbeyiteren, founder, Black Swan (Nigeria); Chibuzo Opara, co-founder, DrugStoc (Nigeria); Dr. Omar Sakr, founder and CEO, Nawah-Scientific (Egypt) and Moulaye Taboure, co-founder and CEO, Afrikrea (Cote D’Ivoire).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more