CAF reel out guidelines for competitions restart

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The Confederation of African Football has released guidelines for return of football activities on the continent after it was brought to a halt following the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.The continental body said this in a statement on its website on Monday. It stated that series of meetings has been held regarding the future of competitions, stressing that the CAF Medical Committee in collaboration with the Technical and Development Department and a team of experts has put together a comprehensive plan to guide the Member Associations on the restart of football activities on the continent.The 27-page document, titled: “CAF Guidelines to Resume Football in Africa,” emphasized on the health of the major stakeholders (Players, Officials, Fans, Partners) as the essential element, which should constitute the basis of all decisions regarding the reintroduction of football activities across the continent supported by the authorisation of relevant State Authorities.The plan also highlighted on effective and continuous medical assessment (testing) of players and officials, guidelines for training sessions, disinfection of sporting facilities, as well as strict adherence to the global preventive protocols.CAF Acting General Secretary Abdelmounaim Bah said: “This comprehensive document is major step towards resuming football on the continent. Based on recent developments, it is important we have a plan in place to guide our stakeholders on the return of continental and domestic competitions, and the need for an all hands on deck approach.“Many considerations were factored into the putting together of the document by our team of experts notably the specificities of the continent. Together with strategies established by local authorities, it provides the MA’s with adequate information to resume operations upon receiving the green light.” Meanwhile, the Organising Committee for Interclubs Competitions and Management of Club Licensing, and the Organising Committee for Women’s Football held meetings via video-conference last week on the future on the various competitions.The CAF Executive Committee, scheduled to meet on June 30, 2020 via video-conference, will make pronouncements on the recommendations by the respective Standing Committees. Details of the Executive Committee meeting to be announced in due course.Some of the competitions that were suspended included Champions League, CAF Confederation Cup, Women Afcon 2020 qualifier, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Intercontinental qualifying match for Tokyo 202 Olympic Games and FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers.Tags: cafCAF Medical CommitteeCOVID-19last_img read more

CBA softball shut out by Marcellus, 2-0

first_imgThen Fraher sparked the decisive rally in the top of the fourth by drawing a leadoff walk. Caroline Trytek’s bunt single saw Fraher speed to third base, and she scored on Evelyn Webster’s single. Ellie Mahoney’s grounder brought Trytek home.Tallman shut out Marcellus the rest of the way and only allowed four hits, striking out six, which gave the Brothers plenty of time to try and solve Fraher.Abby Benware doubled in the fourth inning, but didn’t make it home. Hall doubled in the sixth and Julia DelPino walked, but on the first pitch she faced, Julia Griffith grounded out. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story A mid-season respite was supposed to do plenty of good for the Christian Brothers Academy softball team, and when it returned to action early last week, it had no trouble getting back in the win column, handling Hannibal 19-1.But when the Brothers hosted Marcellus last Thursday afternoon, it could not take advantage of a host of opportunities and took a 2-0 defeat to the Mustangs.Maddy Tallman retired the first nine Marcellus batters she faced, but it remained 0-0 as Marcellus freshman pitcher Aubrey Fraher matched those zeroes. Finally, in the seventh, Tallman  led off with a double, only to have a groundout turn into a double play when Elaine Grattan threw to Mahoney, who tagged out Tallman. Two batters later, Fraher coaxed Maura Clare Conan into a grounder for the final out.Two days earlier, CBA, playing just its second game in two weeks, unloaded on Hannibal 19-1 in a game shortened to four innings, Tallman only allowing one hit while getting a pair of RBIs at the plate.Benware went three-for-three, scoring three times and earning five RBIs. Emily Hall scored four runs, with Conan and Victoria Hall each joining Benware in scoring three runs. Griffith, DelPino and Olivia Zoeckler had one RBI apiece.Bishop Grimes broke out of its slump in last Monday’s game at Cato-Meridian, bashing the Blue Devils 13-5. From a 5-5 tie, the Cobras moved out in front with three runs in the sixth inning and added five runs in the top of the seventh.Sarah Falgiatano led the way, her pair of doubles producing five RBIs. McKenna Squier doubled, scored three times and drove in four runs, with Brianna Bowles and Becca Vinciquerra each scoring twice. Tags: Bishop GrimesCBASoftballlast_img read more

Dundalk in Europa League action this evening

first_imgThe Russian side need to take something from their trip to second-placed A-Z Alkmaar to offer hope to the Lilywhites. Both Group D games kick off at 6. Irish Independent football writer Dan Mc Donnell is with the Dundalk squad in Israel and says the Lillywhites are better prepared for this game than their previous match against A-Z Alkmaar.Manchester United must avoid defeat away to the Ukranians of Zorya if they’re to avoid an early exit from Europe. And Southampton just need to avoid a loss at home to Hapoel Beer Sheva if they’re to go through from Group K. Dundalk stand on the edge of another piece of history this evening. A win away to Maccabi Tel Aviv could see Stephen Kenny’s side reach the knockout phase of the Europa League. Dundalk also need a favour from runaway group leaders, Zenit. last_img read more

Hogs take the spotlight at the Alpena County Fair, 4-H Club celebrates first ever reunion

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — It was the night of hogs and reunions at the Alpena County Fair on Monday.Students showed off their prized pigs to the judge in order find out which swine would come out on top. Over 40 pigs were shown in four different classes. Morgan Burr was crowned Novice Grand Champion and Kiera Werth won reserve or second overall. The pigs weren’t the only stars of the show.For the first time ever, the 4-H Club held a reunion for all members of 4-H from Northeast Michigan and the United States. 4-H is an organization that teaches responsible treatment of animals and the importance of livestock to communities. The club also promotes volunteering and helping out in local communities. The organization has played a big role for Alpena County Fair Director Lynn Borke.“4-H gets in your heart and it doesn’t leave,” said Borke. “It’s why I’m still here after all this time that it’s an incredible program and people that have been in 4-H… there’s just something special about it for them.”A number of livestock shows will continue throughout the rest of the week. Along with the showings, folks can watch racing derbies, enjoy stand-up comedy, ride carnival rides, and have good old fashion fun. You can catch the whole list of events at the Alpena County Fair website Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 4-H Club, Alpena County Fair, Hogs, Kiera Werth, Livestock, Lynn Borke, Morgan Burr, northeast michigan, Pigs, ReunionContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for August 6Next What’s in your water? A PFAS special reportlast_img read more

David Youens: inspiring more disabled golfers

first_img David Youens, 53, from Oxfordshire has played professional rugby and golf, enjoying the competitive nature of top-level of sport. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005, David struggled with his health, becoming reliant on a wheelchair to support daily activity for a year. During this time David also sought grief counselling to help come to terms with a life-changing condition and the realisation that he would not be able to play elite sport again. During bouts of poor health David was also unable to work for long periods, eventually becoming homeless for a short time. David tried his hand at several different disability sports in an effort to try and rediscover the competitive edge he enjoyed in sport earlier in his life. After stints playing wheelchair tennis, basketball and rowing, David tried out for the Paralympics GB shooting team in 2012, ultimately just missing out on selection. In 2015, after 10 years away from the game, David was encouraged to get back into golf by his family. Despite initially finding it difficult not to be able to play to the same standard as earlier in his life, David quickly picked up where he had left off before his illness. He has regained his form and is aiming to get his handicap into single figures. David said; “I have always taken my sport very seriously, so learning about my diagnosis was a massive shock to the system. It took a long time for me to be confident in my health and ability to get back out on the golf course.” “I’m really pleased that I have got back involved in the game. Although I’m not playing to the same level as before, I’m enjoying my golf and my handicap is improving all the time. I can play with family and friends and have really competitive games again.” “It is so important that people with conditions like mine can stay involved in active, and golf is a brilliant way to do that. You can go out and play sport at your own pace without it being to physically demanding if you aren’t feeling well.” Dr David Schley from the MS Society said: “MS is an unpredictable condition but research suggests that exercise can help manage symptoms, such as fatigue, as well as improve the overall health of people with MS. It’s really important to find an exercise that works for you and you’re more likely to stick with it if it’s something you enjoy and find worthwhile. There’s plenty of information and support out there on exercising with MS, including on the MS Society’s website.” Visit to find out about beginner courses, taster lessons and special events at clubs and ranges nationwide. Image © Leaderboard Photography. 17 Oct 2016 David Youens: inspiring more disabled golfers last_img read more

One champion pumpkin could fill 600 pie shells

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A retired Washington firefighter won the annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Monday, presenting a gigantic pumpkin that weighed 1,229 pounds. Joel Holland said the pumpkin could make roughly 600 pumpkin pies but instead will be displayed in a parade in Half Moon Bay this coming weekend, then carved into a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween. “Maybe we’ll set a record for the size of a pumpkin pie next,” said Holland, who has won the competition five years in a row. He won last year with another pumpkin that weighed exactly 1,229 pounds. Holland’s pumpkin had to be removed from the back of a pickup truck with a crane. Hand-pollinated, the Atlantic Giant grew from July to October. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Holland, 56, said he worried when the contest began because another pumpkin was bigger dimensionally than his entry, but it weighed less. He attributed his success to two decades of pumpkin-growing experience and the favorable climate at his Puyallup, Wash., home. Contenders beware: Holland plans to use the seeds from this year’s giant to spawn another behemoth.last_img read more