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Track Roundup: 3/30

first_imgFor the boys, Milford finished fifth in the 4 x 100 relay (46.58 seconds). This team featured Dylan Ferguson, Russell Walker, Bryson Barnes and Brett Beebe. Also, Kanab’s “A team” finished 8th (47.37 seconds) as the Cowboys were represented by Jarom Johnson, Connor Chamberlain, Luke Browning and Karson Blomquist. March 30, 2019 /Sports News – Local Track Roundup: 3/30 For the boys, Coronado (Nev.) won the title with 84 points while Richfield was 21st with 13 points. In the girls’ 1600-meter run, Millard’s Audrey Camp (5:24.19) placed 11th and North Sanpete’s Isabelle Hightower finished 10th (13.14 seconds) in the girls’ 100-meter dash. Jaden Fails of Beaver finished fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (44.39 seconds). HURRICANE, Utah-Saturday, the Hurricane Invitational concluded as Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network schools and athletes had the chance to compete against several schools from larger classifications and hold their own. Mary Degraffenreid of Millard (1:02.23) finished 14th in the girls’ 400-meter dash. She also placed fifth in the girls’ high jump (5 feet). Hurricane Invitational Richfield’s girls finished sixth in the 4 x 400 relay (4:22.57) as this team featured Hadyn Black, Brianna Davis-Mitchell, Melissa Crane and Passion Reitz. In the boys’ long jump, Wyatt Van Orden of Wayne finished fourth (21 feet) to round out participation for Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network athetes and schools at the event. In the girls’ javelin, Wayne’s Brynnli Nelson (357-07.25) finished third. OREM, Utah-Saturday, numerous Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network athletes and schools competed at the UVU High School Invitational at the Hal Wing Track & Field Complex on the campus of Utah Valley University. The Wildcats were also paced Tyler Johnson (6:56.10), who placed 13th in the 2000-meter steeplechase and Kade Jensen who finished sixth in the booys’ 400-meter dash (51.33 seconds). Millard’s boys finished 9th in the medley relay (4:02.56) as this team featured Carson Brunson, Kasen Whitaker, Brayden Johnson and Shade Woodard. The Lone Peak girls (114.5 points) took the meet championship while Richfield placed 18th with 14 points. Millard checked in at 27th place, posting 9 points. Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailUVU High School Invitational In the girls’ javelin, Milford’s Jacelin Hardy placed sixth (100-11.25 feet) and the girls’ shot put saw Beaver’s Kaylee Hafen place third (31-04.00 feet). Also in this event, Kanab’s Haylie Hatch placed fourth (31-01 feet), Ayline Vega of Milford placed sixth (30-03 feet), Kaydee Marshall of Beaver placed seventh (30-01 feet) and Madysen Griffiths of Milford placed eighth (29-11 feet). Finally, in the boys’ high jump, Kanab’s Sam Orton placed fourth (6 feet) and his teammates, Cade Szymanski placed 7th (5 feet-8 inches) and Sean Gray finished 10th (5 feet-8 inches) respectively. In the boys’ 400-meter dash, Cameron Franklin of Valley placed second (52.45 seconds). He also finished third in the 200-meter dash (22.94 seconds). In the boys’ 800-meter run, Beaver’s Spencer Williams (2:06.80) finished 12th and Clay Shakespear of Kanab finishd 13th (2:07.75). In the girls’ long jump, Richfield’s Melissa Crane (17-04.25) placed second with Passion Reitz (16-3) finishing sixth for the Wildcats. In the girls’ long jump, Beaver’s Kaitlyn Hemond placed second (16-05.50 feet), Bryce Valley’s Brooklyn Syrett finished fourth (15-07 feet) and Kristen Stewart of Bryce Valley finished sixth (15-03 feet). For the boys, Richfield’s Hayden Harward won the 800-meter run title (1:55.25), beating second-place Joe Corbridge of Class 6-A American Fork by a full second. Millard’s girls also excelled in the medley relay, placing fourth (4:30.49). This team consisted of Kadence Koyle, Rylee Miller, Paige Cummings and Audrey Camp. The girls’ title was won by Cedar (104.5 points) while Beaver finished 12th with 16 points, Bryce Valley was 14th with 8 points and Milford and Kanb tied for 15th with 7 points apiece. In the boys’ 4 x 400 meter relay, Milford finished fifth (3:43.97) as the Tigers were represented by Calvin Holm, Bret Beebe, Russell Walker and Bryson Barnes. The Beaver “A team” placed 8th (3:51.37) in the event and were led by Jaden Fails, Ky Brown, Brock Edwards and Turner Williams. For the boys, Hurricane edged Desert Hills, 83.5-82.5 to take the meet championship. Beaver finished ninth with 31 points, Valley finished 12th with 18 points , Kanab finished 14th with 13 points and Milford finished 15th with 8 points. The Kanab girls placed 10th in the 4 x 400 relay in a time of 4.39.88. This team consisted of Macie Stewart, Bethany Nording, Allison Clarkson and Nellie Bowman. The boys’ long jump saw Beaver’s Porter Albrecht (19-09 feet) place fifth, while Jarom Johnson of Kanab finished seventh (19-08 feet). Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Green Week on climate change

first_imgOUSU is organizing a ‘Green Week’ in line with World Environment Day on 5 June. The day itself will be marked by ‘Climate Change Oxford: What you can do now?’, a day of sessions in the Town Hall addressing practical action that can be taken to tackle climate change. The keynote speaker will be the President of the Royal Society, Lord May. OUSU Environment officer Niel Bowerman, said, “Oxford is a hub of green innovation, so I’m looking forward to what the people behind the advances have to say.”Jack Browninglast_img

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Student government, administration groups help first years get involved

first_imgWhen Notre Dame’s newest class arrives on campus during Welcome Weekend, they will not only be greeted by hall representatives waiting to unload packed cars, but also several student government and administrative groups ready to help them get involved in on-campus activities.The First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership program, or FUEL, is student government’s only department made up entirely of first years, sophomore FUEL co-director Clark Bowden said in an email.“I would say that the main purpose of FUEL would be to mentor and guide the leaders of the first-year class, in this case, the class of 2022,” Bowden said. “In doing so, [sophomore co-director Rachel Ingal] and I will select 20 or so students from the incoming first-year class to join our team. From there, these 20 FUELers will learn more about the executive branch of the student government while developing leadership and collaboration skills.”Because the student government team is chosen in the spring, getting involved can sometimes be difficult for first years. FUEL seeks to rectify that issue by having members pick a department in which to serve outside of FUEL, Bowden said.“This way, all the departments have a first-year opinion, as well as giving the FUELers an idea of how the rest of the Student Government operates,” he said.Bowden said FUEL members make all of the group’s decisions themselves, while he and Ingal are there to “guide collaboration and increase cohesiveness.” One of his and Ingal’s main goals for the year, Bowden said, is to have the committee plan and organize its own event, an exercise that has taken place in the past but did not occur last year.At a more localized level, Freshman Class Council (FCC) is another option for first years wanting to serve their classmates. Generally the largest of the class councils, the FCC is composed of representatives elected by the first years in each residence hall, Ryan Willerton, associate vice president for career and professional development and advisor to the FCC, said in an email. Charged with forging “class unity,” FCC uses a variety of tools to accomplish this, Willerton said.“Unity can come in many different ways — social events such as dances and outdoor events, food giveaways, etc. FCC also coordinates ordering official apparel for the class and raises funds through organizing one of the football gameday concession stands,” he said.Willerton said the FCC’s work evolves over the course of the school year, as in the beginning the focus is on building relationships amongst council members who do not know each other particularly well.“At the first few meetings much of the time is spent learning each other’s names and halls and backgrounds,” he said. “Once the spring semester starts, the council has already slated many of their events and initiatives and they become more comfortable to coordinate events.”For Willerton, watching what past council members achieve on campus after their time on the council is a highlight of his job.“Community is the core of the Notre Dame undergraduate experience,” he said. “I enjoy re-connecting with former FCC members as they move on to serve in other student clubs, organizations and initiatives on campus. For those I do not get to see as often after their freshman year, seeing them and meeting their families at [Junior Parents Weekend] and now graduation weekends is a highlight.”Though it is responsible for a wider range than just the freshman class, the Student Activity Office (SAO) is another resource for first years who want to get involved, director of student centers, activities and events Karen Kennedy said in an email. She said SAO’s Student Activities Night is a great opportunity to become familiar with all of the activities and clubs the University has to offer.“I encourage all first year students to attend Student Activities Night on Tuesday, Aug. 28 in the [Notre Dame Stadium] concourse,” Kennedy said. “Every recognized club and organization is able to have a table at this event, and students can learn about and engage with as many groups as they wish. Student Activities Night is a tremendous resource for new students to learn about the many involvement and leadership opportunities available on campus.”Beyond that, SAO also has an open-door policy for students seeking guidance about getting involved, Kennedy said. She also noted the important advice and mentorship upperclassmen can offer in this regard.Kennedy said she would like students to be able find a sense of belonging at Notre Dame through involvement with campus activities.“I hope students take advantage of the wide variety of resources and support available to them and find communities and activities that help make Notre Dame not only a tremendous educational experience, but also a home,” she said.Tags: first years, freshman class council, FUEL, SAO, Student Activities Night, Student government, Welcome Weekendlast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Extra Info on The Hamilton Mixtape: Volume 2 & More

first_img from $149.00 Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Extra Info on The Hamilton Mixtape: Volume 2Will we ever be satisfied? Only a few days after the release of The Hamilton Mixtape, Hamilfans are already eagerly anticipating the second volume and fortunately for us, Lin-Manuel Miranda has been dropping more clues. We can expect “Right Hand Man” and “The Reynolds Pamphlet,” in addition to his previous hints that “The Schuyler Sisters,” “The Room Where It Happens” and “One Last Time” would make the cut. In the meantime, here’s the certified genius’ “We Know The Way” from Moana and below Kelly Clarkson performing “It’s Quiet Uptown” from Volume 1 on Today. Maxwell Caulfield Set for Death Takes a HolidayBroadway alum Maxwell Caulfield, Zoë Doano and Chris Peluso will lead the cast of the previously reported European premiere of Death Takes A Holiday at London’s Charing Cross Theatre. Featuring a score by Tony winner Maury Yeston (Titanic, Nine) and a book by Tony winners Thomas Meehan (Hairspray) and Peter Stone (Titanic), it is based on the 1928 Italian play of the same name, which also inspired the Brad Pitt movie, Meet Joe Black. Directed by Thom Southerland, the production is scheduled to play a limited engagement January 16, 2017 through March 4 and officially open on January 23.Norm Lewis Tapped for Kiss Me, KateTony nominee Norm Lewis will complete the cast as Harrison Howell in Roundabout’s upcoming one-night only benefit concert reading of Kiss Me, Kate on December 12 at Studio 54. Also starring Kelli O’Hara, Will Chase, Robert Fairchild, Heléne Yorke and more, the Cole Porter classic is set to be helmed by Scott Ellis, with choreography by Warren Carlyle. Oh, how we wish we could be a fly on that wall!Cynthia Erivo’s Impossible DreamTony winner Cynthia Erivo sang “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha at the 39th annual Kennedy Center honors over the weekend, which were awarded to Tony and Oscar winner Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, Martha Argerich and James Taylor. Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell performed the Star Spangled Banner, while Tony nominees Bobby Cannavale and Lily Rabe were also enlisted for the lineup. You’ll be able to watch the event on CBS on December 27.Tarell Alvin McCraney Tapped by YaleTarell Alvin McCraney, whose play Head of Passes ran at the Public off-Broadway earlier this year, has been announced as Yale School of Drama’s new chairman. According to the New York Times, the three-year appointment will officially begin on July 1 and McCraney is also set to take over for Paula Vogel (Indecent) as Yale Repertory Theater’s playwright in residence.P.S. As we all know by now, Hairspray Live! will air on NBC on December 7; check out the latest promo! Hamilton View Comments ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ Related Showslast_img read more

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Land conservation

first_imgThe Conserve Research Program helps landowners protect their land – a precious natural resource. But landowners can’t participate if they don’t know about the program. To educate conservation professionals, a free two-day workshop has been set for April 3-4 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Ga.The program gives farmers and landowners technical assistance and a financial incentive to reduce soil erosion and runoff, leading to improved water quality and wildlife habitat. After being accepted into the program, landowners typically develop a conservation plan with the help of a professional trained to work with CRP after being accepted into.Conservation professionals help landowners assess their unique parcel of land, covering topics like land slope, cropping history, soil type, cultivation methods and water quality. Upon completion of an assessment, the landowner and the conservation professional work together to create CRP conservation plan. The training is one of 20 being held across the United States in an effort to help Natural Resources Conservation Service workers manage CRP enrollments, develop new conservation plans and help landowners manage existing conservation plans. A national team of Cooperative Extension specialists, NRCS and Farm Service Agency staff and representatives from other partnering agencies developed the multi-faced training program.The workshops began the first week of March and will conclude at the end of May. Participants will learn how to create, implement and maintain CRP plans based on national and state conservation practices. Following the workshop, attendees will be assigned a program mentor to guide them in developing and implementing their first CRP plan.The Georgia workshop will be taught by UGA Cooperative Extension engineers Mark Risse and Gary Hawkins and retired NRCS consultant David Ferrell. Lead by the University of Wisconsin, teams from UGA, Penn State, University of Minnesota and Montana State University created the training curriculum.To register for the Tifton training, go to http://conservation-training.uwex.edu/crpworkshops. The registration deadline is March 26.last_img read more

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Researchers report new species of deadly Ebola virus

first_img Nov 21 PLoS press releasehttp://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-11/plos-sdn111908.php During the midst of the 2007 outbreak the World Health Organization announced Nov 30 that a new subtype of the virus was sickening people in Bundibugyo district. Researchers published a detailed account today on the discovery and an analysis of genetic findings of the new subtype in the Public Library of Science Pathogens (PLoS Pathogens). Nov 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers from the United States and Uganda today released the first full scientific report on a new Ebola species that struck western Uganda late last year and was linked to 149 suspected cases and 37 deaths, at least 4 of them healthcare providers. Unknown drug susceptibilityThe group concluded that researchers who are developing vaccines against the Zaire and Sudan Ebola viruses will probably want to do cross-protection studies to determine of the vaccines can be designed to protect against the Bundibugyo subtype. Using a less sensitive but more broadly reactive filovirus RT-PCR assay on one of the specimens, the scientists found more evidence of infection, which suggested the genetic sequence was distinct from the four known Ebola subtypes. In all, 9 of the 29 blood samples were positive for Ebola virus infection, the group reported. Before comparing the new subtype with other known filoviruses, the research team had to complete the entire genome of the new Ebola subtype as well as that of the Cote D’Ivoire Ebola virus. When comparing all of the species, they found that the newly discovered subtype—which they proposed naming the Bundibugyo Ebola virus—differed from the four existing types. Unusual symptoms point to new speciesDuring the 2007 outbreak, officials were puzzled because patients had unusual initial symptoms such as vomiting and others that resembled malaria, according to previous reports. Officials didn’t suspect Ebola right away, because some of the early case patients didn’t have external bleeding. See also: Using a new metagenomics pyrosequencing method developed by 454 Life Sciences, a Roche company based in Branford, Conn., the researchers were able to rapidly sequence 70% of the virus genome to develop a draft sequence that allowed them to quickly develop real-time PCR assays specific to the new virus subtype, according to the report. Towner JS, Sealy TK, Khristova ML, et al. Newly discovered Ebola virus associated with hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Uganda. PLoS Pathog 2008 Nov;4(11) (published online Nov 21)[Full text]center_img The investigators reported that the closest relative to the new species is the Cote d’Ivoire subtype, which shows a 32% nucleotide difference. The new assays were quickly sent to the Uganda Virus Research Institute to assist with diagnosis of Ebola patients during the rest of the outbreak. They said more studies are needed to determine the pathogenicity of the new virus and if antivirals are effective against it. According to initial findings from the outbreak, the case-fatality rate for Bundibugyo Ebola was about 36%, lower than that of the Zaire (80% to 90%) or Sudan (50% to 55%) subtypes. Dec 6, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Suspected cases rise as new Ebola strain strikes Uganda” Initial symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some patients have both internal and external bleeding. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the disease. In late November, health officials in Uganda sent 29 blood samples from suspect patients to the CDC. Using a broadly reactive Ebola virus antigen capture assay, the lab determined that eight specimens showed evidence of Ebola infection. However, earlier real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assays for all known Zaire and Sudan Ebola viruses and Marburg viruses had shown that the specimens were negative. Four Ebola subtypes have previously been identified—Zaire, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, and Reston—but only the Zaire and Sudan subtypes have been associated with large hemorrhagic fever outbreaks in people in Africa. The Ebola virus is highly contagious and is lethal in about 50% to 90% of cases. Identification of the new virus highlights how quickly powerful molecular detection and characterization tools can identify new pathogens, the group wrote. However, they cautioned against solely relying on molecular techniques such as real-time PCR assays for detecting novel biodefense pathogens or conducting surveillance for emerging diseases.last_img read more

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Ferragosto and the Italian stampede are approaching our coast

first_imgItaly is one of the most important emitting markets for the Croatian tourism sector, from which we made more than a million arrivals last year alone.Ferragosto (from lat. Feriae Augusti = Feast of Augustus) is the name for the Feast of the Assumption, which is celebrated every August 15 in Italy, and is considered one of the most important religious and family holidays. At that time, many Italians go on vacation, and most take advantage of the entire vacation. It is already traditional, in return Ferragostu Croatia is the focus of most Italian media, which emphasize that our country has preserved its authenticity, ambience and traditional way of life and that it abounds in quality eno-gastronomy, but also a very attractive festival offer suitable for young Italian guests.So far this year, over 450 arrivals and more than 1.7 million overnight stays have been made from the Italian market, and the CNTB points out that the improving transport connections between Italy and Croatia are a stimulating factor for the growth of tourist traffic from this market.   The popularity of Croatia among Italians is proven by numerous publications in the most popular Italian mediaThe tourist magazine “Marco Polo” dedicated its cover to Primošten and Šibenik-Knin and Zadar counties, while “Caravan e Camper” published the cover and the text “Return to Dubrovnik” which describes the tourist offer of the city. “La stampa” points out that Croatia is not alone sun and sea and that in addition to the rich natural and cultural heritage, it offers popular music festivals, and he also wrote about his favorite Italian “Vogue” about Croatia and Vis. “Cosmopolitan “explored our beaches, or ten places where you can find paradise in Croatia. The famous tourist magazine “Bel Europa” published a special article about Croatia, and the cover is adorned with the island of Vis. The magazine, which has more than 450.000 readers, especially emphasized the importance of Croatian tradition and culture. The Croatian lighthouse Porer appeared on the cover of “DOVE”, as part of which a report on Lošinj, Brač, Hvar, Korčula and Mljet, as well as the lighthouses Porer and Veli Rat, was published.”Italian media are great fans and friends of Croatia and are very happy to write about our destinations and tourist offer. We are especially pleased with the significant growth in the interest of key Italian bloggers and influencers who have a large number of followers and who want to visit Croatia. This type of cooperation will be in an even stronger focus when planning activities for 2019. “, emphasized Viviana Vukelic, director of the CNTB Representation in Italy.   Also, the Italian state television company RAI 2 visited Croatia with the aim of exploring the Plitvice Lakes and Kornati National Parks. The show “Natural Beauties of Croatia” will be broadcast in the autumn program scheme with the aim of attracting Italian guests outside the peak of the tourist year. On the RETE 4 channel, the show “Parola di pollice verde” was broadcast, dedicated only to Croatia, the islands of Pašman, Pag and Lošinj, and Zadar and Split. Good cooperation with RETE 4 continues in September when the representatives of the show “Donna avventura” will visit Biograd na Moru and Trogir and discover new and still undiscovered Croatian destinations for their viewers. Istria and Kvarner are the most interesting for tourists from ItalyAccording to the shares in the total traffic so far, when it comes to the Italian market, Istria dominated with 47% of Italian overnight stays, followed by Kvarner with a share of 26% and Zadar County with a share of 6%.Favorite Italian destinations are Rovinj, Medulin, Porec, Mali Losinj, Novalja, Umag, Pula and Cres. Most Italians, 74% of our destination visited in an individual organization. Italians are above average prone to travel to Croatia during the peak of the tourist year, as many as 61% of arrivals and 73% of Italians’ overnight stays are recorded during July and August.CROATIAN WINNER OF THE “WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP” IN SKYSCANNER SEARCH TRAVELInterestingly, the Italian travel search engine Skyscanner.it in the week of the World Cup finals analyzed the search results for flights from Italy to the countries that played in the finals of this year’s championship, Croatia, France, Belgium and England. The goal of the statistics, which also took into account Russia, the host country of the World Cup, was to find out the “winner” in the selection of Italian passengers. The cities that had a large increase in search are Zagreb, Pula, Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik.With a total of five out of ten cities in the search table, Croatia is, in the opinion of users of the Italian portal Skyscanner, the “winner” of the World Cup. By the way, Skyscanner is the world’s leading search engine that offers a free search and comparison service for flights, hotels and car rentals. Founded in 2003, it is available in 30 languages, and every month, through it, more than 70 million people plan their trip.See more about the emitting market in the attachment.PROFILE: Issuing market profile – Italylast_img read more

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Bolt launches a new delivery service in 6 cities – Bolt Delivery

first_imgAs we know, every crisis is also an opportunity. Many companies were created at the time of the previous and thus the last financial crisis. This is how Bolt, the leading European platform for providing on-demand transport services, saw its opportunity and introduced a new service – Bolt Delivery. Using Bolt’s existing app, the delivery option offers the opportunity for private and business users to send what they need to their friends, family or business colleagues and associates during a period of limited mobility. The Bolt Delivery service is ideal for shipments that need to be delivered the same day, and even within just one hour such as clothes, books, household items, game consoles, documents and everything you need to send.  As of today, Bolt is launching a new service in Croatia, Bolt Delivery, ie a delivery service in Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Osijek, Zadar and Dubrovnik.  “We will use, on the one hand, the existing technology and a large network of partner drivers throughout Croatia and enable users to be safe inside their home, at a time when the majority of the population is forced to do so. On the other hand, we launched the Bolt Delivery service in order to provide our partners with the best support, secure business and revenue opportunity with our experience and efficiency in business and logistics. In addition to this service, we plan to soon introduce new delivery services that will help business customers”Said Tomislav Lukačević, Operations Manager at Bolt, Croatia. Shipments should be lighter than 20 kg and within the specified dimensions up to a maximum of 65x55x40 cm, and for security, the service will be available only to those who have a valid bank card entered in their application because cash payment will not be possible. The minimum delivery price is 20 kuna for all cities. Photo: Bolt, Illustration: HrTurizam.hrlast_img read more

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Asian football body extends virus shutdown indefinitely

first_imgTopics : Football was one of the first sports affected by travel restrictions prompted by the coronavirus, which has now forced the blanket stoppage of professional sporting events worldwide. The Asian Football Confederation announced Tuesday the indefinite postponement because of the coronavirus of all matches scheduled for May and June, plunging the AFC Champions League into further disarray.The region’s premier club competition was put on hold in March as the pandemic spread, and the latest reshuffle means the 32-team group stage will have to be completed in July before the already-postponed knock-out rounds start a month later.”Following the continued preventive measures and travel restrictions put in place by several governments, the Asian Football Confederation has decided today to postpone all matches and competitions scheduled to take place in May and June until further notice,” an AFC statement said.center_img “As one of the first confederations in world football to undertake precautionary measures in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the latest decision reinforces the AFC’s commitment to ensure the safety and wellbeing of players, participating teams, officials, fans and all stakeholders.”Less than two of the six rounds of group-stage matches have been completed so far, meaning the competition will face severe congestion even if it returns in July.The extended shutdown also affects the two-legged women’s Olympic qualifying play-off between China and South Korea, which had already been moved to June 1 and 9. June qualifiers for the men’s 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup had already been postponed.last_img read more

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Nearly one billion people scared of losing homes or land, poll finds

first_imgTopics : Almost one billion people around the world fear losing their homes or land within five years, with owners and tenants in Burkina Faso and the Philippines the most concerned, a survey of 140 nations showed on Wednesday.About one in five adults (19%) worry that their housing, fields or other land could be taken away from them in the near future, hampering their ability to invest or plan, according to the Prindex global property rights index.”Land and housing insecurity is a huge issue hiding in plain sight,” said Malcolm Childress, executive director of the Global Land Alliance, a Washington-based think tank that compiles the index with the British Overseas Development Institute. “It’s not surprising, given the unrest in both Burkina and the Philippines, that expressed levels of insecurity are rising,” said Karol Boudreaux, chief program officer at land rights charity Landesa.”Violent conflict displaces many people, and those left as well as powerful actors take advantage to seize properties,” she said in emailed comments.The survey, conducted by US polling firm Gallup and launched on Wednesday, is the largest-ever effort documenting how secure people feel about their homes and land at a global level.Although data collection was completed before the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, housing insecurity could further increase as the easing of lockdowns in cities may lead to a rise in evictions, Childress said.”We already have a lot of insecurity globally and the pandemic has thrown a huge shock on top of that,” he said. “The United States for example is facing a massive eviction crisis.”Improving land and housing security will require training and awareness campaigns for people to exercise their rights and prove property ownership, and protecting renters from evictions, the report said.For example, authorities from Colombia to Nepal are using digital evidence such as photographs to establish property claims, in particular for the estimated 70 million people who have been forced from their homes by wars, natural disasters and other events.Nearly 170,000 people in 140 countries were questioned about ownership or tenure for the index.Prindex is an initiative of PlaceFund – a venture fund with which the Thomson Reuters Foundation has a partnership on property rights coverage – and the UK’s Department for International Development. center_img “Tenure security is important for individual decision making and has knock-on effects on what people do with their assets, whether they send their kids to school, or invest in better crops,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.A lack of formal documentation and poor implementation of land laws threaten tenure in many countries, experts say, with more than 5 billion people lacking proof of ownership, according to the Lima-based Institute for Liberty and Democracy.People in the Philippines and Burkina Faso reported the highest levels of concern, with nearly half of respondents (48% and 44%) fearing their homes could be taken away.That compared with Singapore and Rwanda, which had the lowest rates of concern in the same two regions, with 4% and 8% respectively.last_img read more

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