The poor air quality which left players fighting for breath at Melbourne Park last week, and the extreme heat which disrupted the tournament in the past, will become the new norm if sports do not do more to address climate change, a report released on Monday said.The Australian Open, the season’s first Grand Slam, starts later on Monday but the lead-up was blighted by smoke from bushfires that have raged across Australia for months.Slovenian Daria Jakupovic said she was “scared” after a coughing fit forced her out of qualifying on Tuesday while Canadian Denis Shapovalov said he would refuse to play this week if forced to compete when the air quality was poor.The Monash University report, titled ‘Love 40, degrees’, said extreme heat and weather events would have a growing impact on sport in Australia.“This is not something that has happened,” James Goldie, the report’s co-author, told Reuters. “This is something that is happening. And it’s going to get worse.”Goldie and co-author Stephanie Hall examined the effects of climate change on three high-profile sports events held in the Australian summer — the Boxing Day cricket test in Melbourne, cycling’s Tour Down Under in South Australia, and the Australian Open tennis Grand Slam.The reports all indicated that sports organisations should consider shifting their events to either November or March, or modifying their times to start earlier in the morning or compete later at night.“It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing, there are multiple tracks of evidence that summer sports across the board are going to be impacted by climate change and extreme heat,” Hall said.Sports organisations have adopted extreme heat policies but in recent years Tennis Australia has been criticised for not postponing play when players were showing signs of distress.Novak Djokovic retired from his quarter-final in 2009 due to heat stress while defending the title as the temperature hit 45 Celsius (113 Fahrenheit).In 2018, France’s Alize Cornet collapsed when court surface temperatures reached 69 Celsius, while her compatriot Gael Monfils said he felt like he was “dying”.The bushfire crisis has put pressure on Prime Minister Scott Morrison as critics say he has not done enough to address the impact of climate change, which meteorologists have said was extending the length of the fire weather season.Bushfires are common in Australia but the fire season has begun much earlier than usual, with temperatures soaring above 40 Celsius well ahead of the start of the southern summer and high winds hitting the drought-parched landscape.Morrison on Friday again rejected any links between the fires and his conservative government’s policies, including support for the coal industry.Gavan McFadzean, the Climate Change Programme Manager at the Australian Conservation Foundation, which commissioned the research, said it should serve as a wake-up call for sports organisations to do more to address climate change.“They’re not doing enough,” he said. “They’re not … pushing for stronger ambition from our political and business leaders on climate change.“Sport is a critical institution and plays an important role in bringing people together and shifting community attitudes.“There has never been a more important role that sport can play.”
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dons the team’s alternative sleeved uniform. APThe sleeved jersey trend in the NBA has received mixed reviews from players and fans alike, ever since it first came to the league in 2013.With Nike taking over the reigns from its rival Adidas as the official uniform manufacturer for the league next season, several reports are now claiming that the sleeved-jersey era might soon be coming to an end.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely As per reports from Paul Lucas of Uni-Watch, the sporting giant is heavily considering getting rid of the often-criticized uniforms which was strongly pushed by Adidas during its 11-year NBA partnership.“Nike, meanwhile, is expected to present its initial NBA jersey designs to retailers beginning this week,” the report revealed. “The company said it doesn’t plan to produce sleeved jerseys, a style debuted by Adidas in 2013 that received mixed reviews from players and fans.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSeveral high-profile players have voiced out their annoyance over the constrictive apparel in the past, perhaps none bigger than LeBron James who famously ripped out his sleeves in-game, after claiming it hindered his shooting form. Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES via GIPHYAlso, the sleeved jerseys, which can be likened to warmers worn by players before their actual games, do not appear to be popular among fans and were not selling as well as Adidas and the league had hoped they would.Three years after its initial release, more than half of NBA teams currently have at least one sleeved alternate jersey in their repertoire.Even the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers donned the unorthodox looking basketball gear during last year’s NBA finals. Khristian IbarrolaADVERTISEMENT Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos NCAA Volleyball: Arellano downs Lyceum, remains at second MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite
McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Federer, Djokovic march on at Wimbledon Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet And it didn’t take long for the Filipino boxing legend to share his wealth.In a video on his Facebook account, Pacquiao is shown giving money to kids just days after arriving in his hometown General Santos City from Brisbane, Australia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Pacquiao could even be heard saying, “this is why I still fight” as he hands out stacks of money.The 38-year-old Pacquiao suffered a controversial loss to Horn, who came away with a highly-disputed unanimous decision win. LSU title parade draws massive crowds Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation View comments Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Manny Pacquiao reportedly earned $10 million in prize money alone from his fight against Jeff Horn.ADVERTISEMENT Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos
Madam Mary T. Broh, Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA), has vowed to expose and shame all those involved in the constant abuse of government assets.Speaking yesterday at the Ministry of Information’s regular press briefing in Monrovia, Madam Broh said there are people constantly involved in abusing government assets, particularly vehicles and motorcycles.“I will in subsequent days introduce a program in the print and electronic media with wider coverage to expose, name and shame those abusers. “We want the people to stop misusing government assets and this will help reduce government’s expenditures,” she declared.Madam Broh stated that she is currently working along with the Liberia National Police to identify people who abuse and misuse government vehicles, especially during rush hours. She explained, “The misuse and abuse of vehicles and other mobile equipment have increased to an unacceptable level at significant cost to tax-payers. “Empirical data available to us at the GSA show that the misuse of government vehicles and other mobile equipment is completely out of control and support cost is significantly more than the benefit received by the government.”As the result of such abuse in the past, the GSA boss further disclosed, an initial fleet policy was developed in 2009 to provide guidance to government institutions on the procurement, registration, use, maintenance and management of vehicles for all Ministries, Agencies and Commissions.She emphasized that the fundamental objective of the fleet policy is to provide a strategic framework to reduce capital, maintenance and running costs of the government fleet and mobile equipment while ensuring mobility and operational efficiency to government’s employees.The GSA boss indicated that the fleet policy will help “to create a fleet management structure and allocate responsibilities for the effective monitoring and implementation of various aspects of the policy for the benefit of government.“It will also establish uniform practices for the use of GOL vehicles, project, rental, leased and motor pool vehicles for GOL business and GOL vehicle procurement and disposal.”Vehicle standards will be established that will provide safe, reliable and cost effective vehicles that meet the needs of all Ministries, Agencies and Commissions (MACs). The GSA will optimize fleet utilization practices to right-size the government fleet and ensure proper allocation and use of GOL resources,” Madam Broh announced.The essential component of the fleet management policy currently being implemented by the GSA, alongside several others, encourages vehicle ownership by civil and public servants, she stated.“This component of the fleet management policy allows functionaries of government to purchase vehicles entrusted to their care in line with the depreciation schedule and approved revenue code of Liberia. Once the vehicle devolves to its user, the government ceases to bear responsibility for its maintenance,” she said.Director Broh explained that the aspect of the fleet management, which allows for private ownership of government vehicles, was implemented by successive administrations with ease, until she recently distributed letters to all MACs.Director Broh indicated that in her communication to MACs, she noted that the GSA finds the practice of double dipping unacceptable and must be discontinued for the good of the government.“This communication is part of our effort to support austerity measures aimed at saving the government desperately needed resources that should be channeled into other priority areas of our overall national development agenda,” added Madam Broh.She threatened to prosecute anyone who unduly burdens the government with the pressure of funding the cost of servicing vehicles already possessed by government officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The National Port Authority (NPA) is currently undertaking several port infrastructural developments which will see major projects being implemented in the port systems of the country, according to the Acting Managing Director of NPA, David Williams.In Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, the NPA is carrying out the extension of the port marginal wharf, building open and closed storage facilities as well as procuring land space for its expansion. The port impact projects are expected to lead to job creation and increase NPA’s Corporate Social Responsibility to the county, he noted.The NPA management is now undertaking a project to pave the road network within the vicinity of the Freeport of Monrovia and also concluding negotiations for navigational aids to begin 24-hour operations at the Freeport. Navigational aids are special structures such as lighthouses, lightships, beacons, buoys, etc. that are used to determine the position of or guide a moving ship, aircraft, or other vehicle from one place to another.The NPA will also maintain dredging of the entrance channel to the harbor basin, which will bring the port up to standard with the rest of the world, Mr. Williams further disclosed.“In Greenville, a key project for the management is the rehabilitation of the main four-kilometer road leading to the port extending from Sinoe Street to the courtyard of the Port of Greenville,” Williams disclosed.The project is being implemented as part of NPA’s corporate social responsibility as it will provide temporary employment for residents and community dwellers living along the route, Williams, who is also the Deputy Managing Director for Operations, pointed out.The NPA has also begun delivering materials intended for the electrification of the port of Harper and the procurement of marine equipment to enhance port operations, adding, “We are fully engaged to improve services at all of our ports.”The Acting NPA MD told his staff that improvements within the NPA operations are critical to the Government of Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation and Vision 2030, because these operations are expected to positively impact the development of trade and commerce in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LATEST STORIES It also featured the first game in a Thunder uniform but not the first on the home team in Oklahoma City for Paul, who was traded from Houston in the deal that sent Russell Westbrook to the Rockets.Paul spent his first two seasons in the city, winning Rookie of the Year in 2006, while the New Orleans Hornets played home games in Oklahoma City as their home recovered from Hurricane Katrina.Paul had six points and four assists in 17 minutes of the Thunder’s 119-104 victory over Dallas, which rested Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.Portland and Denver began their preseason schedules in the Trail Blazers’ original home. The game at Memorial Coliseum, where they spent 25 years, was part of the team’s celebration of its 50th anniversary.RAPTORS 134, ROCKETS 129ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Simmons’ shot just before halftime was celebrated wildly in Philadelphia, where 76ers fans know they could have a championship contender if their All-Star point guard develops a reliable perimeter shot to complement all his other skills.“I didn’t hear the crowd,” Simmons said. “I work every day and to me, it shows. I’m in the gym every day and I feel like it is paying off.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4He finished with 21 points in the 76ers’ 144-86 victory over Chinese opponent Guangzhou.A seven-game schedule began in Japan, where the Toronto Raptors beat the Houston Rockets 134-129. They are playing two games this week at the Saitama Super Arena. View comments Corey Webster had 19 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, four steals and three blocks for New Zealand.THUNDER 119, MAVERICKS 104Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points, with four 3-pointers, in his debut and Steven Adams added 17 points for the Thunder. Paul had six points in 17 minutes.Former Tar Heel Justin Jackson and German Maxi Kleber scored 14 points apiece for the Mavericks.SUNS 111, TIMBERWOLVES 106DeAndre Ayton had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Devin Booker added 15 points and five assists for the Suns. Ayton, who had 54 double-doubles last season, secured the feat in the first half as Phoenix led 56-54.Karl-Anthony Towns paced Minnesota with 19 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, center right, celebrates with Ben Simmons, center left, after he shot a 3-pointer to end the second quarter as Guangzhou Loong-Lions’ CJ Harris, right, looks on during the first half of an NBA exhibition basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)From Chris Paul in Oklahoma City to the Portland Trail Blazers back at Memorial Coliseum, the NBA schedule had the feel of something old on Tuesday.And it had something new, with Ben Simmons making a 3-pointer for the first time as a pro.ADVERTISEMENT Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Rookie Tyler Herro, the 13th selection in June’s draft, scored 18 points, and Jimmy Butler added 10 in his preseason debut with Miami.Miami closed the third quarter on a 13-0 run and used a 22-5 spurt in the fourth for a 90-69 lead.Rudy Gay (12) and DeMar DeRozan (10) were the only two Spurs in double figures.NUGGETS 105, TRAIL BLAZERS 94Paul Millsap scored 14 points for Denver, and Jamal Murray added 10 in a rematch of the Western Conference semifinals.Portland topped Denver in Game 7 last season, before getting swept by the Golden State Warriors in the conference finals. The Trail Blazers and Nuggets will face off again to start the regular season on Oct. 23.Zach Collins was the only Portland starter in double figures with 10 points.GRIZZLIES 108, NEW ZEALAND 94Grayson Allen and Jaren Jackson Jr., the fourth overall pick by Memphis in 2018, each scored 18 points. The Grizzlies’ top selection in June, Ja Morant, had four points, five rebounds and 10 assists.Jae Crowder added 15 points and former Gonzaga star Brandon Clarke grabbed 12 rebounds. Jackson also had nine rebounds and three blocks. Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Federer, Medvedev reach 3rd round in Shanghai; Murray out Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pascal Siakam scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and the Raptors — in their first game since winning the NBA Finals — rallied from a 17-point deficit.James Harden put on yet another dazzling offensive show, making his first six shots and finishing 11 for 14 from the field and scoring 34 points in 27 minutes.His final points were a pair of free throws with 3:40 left in the third quarter that put Houston up 104-87. He checked out shortly afterward, and Toronto outscored Houston 47-25 the rest of the way.Westbrook played for Houston for the first time, scoring 13 points in 21 minutes.Serge Ibaka scored 18 points and Fred VanVleet scored 16 for the Raptors, who played without Marc Gasol and Kyle Lowry.76ERS 144, GUANGZHOU 86Simmons led seven Philadelphia players in double-digit scoring. He also had eight rebounds and seven assists.Joel Embiid added 17 points, all in the first half, and Simmons had 19 points, five rebounds and seven assists at the break. Simmons’ last 3-pointer was on Nov. 30, 2015, while at LSU.Andrew Nicholson, picked 19th overall in the 2012 draft by Orlando, led Guangzhou with 36 points on 15-of-32 shooting.HEAT 107, SPURS 89
WASHINGTON – Loosen the belt buckle another notch: Obesity rates continued to climb in 31 states last year, and no state showed a decline. Mississippi became the first state to crack the 30 percent barrier for adults considered to be obese. West Virginia and Alabama were just behind, according to the Trust for America’s Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention. Colorado continued its reign as the leanest state in the nation with an obesity rate projected at 17.6 percent. This year’s report, for the first time, looked at rates of overweight children ages 10 to 17. The District of Columbia had the highest percentage – 22.8 percent. Utah had the lowest – 8.5 percent. Health officials say the latest state rankings provide evidence that the nation has a public health crisis on its hands. “Unfortunately, we’re treating it like a mere inconvenience instead of the emergency that it is,” said Dr. James Marks, senior vice president at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropy devoted to improving health care. Officials at the Trust for America’s Health want the government to play a larger role in preventing obesity. People who are overweight are at an increased risk for diabetes, heart problems and other chronic diseases that contribute to greater health care costs. “It’s one of those issues where everyone believes this is an epidemic, but it’s not getting the level of political and policy attention that it ought to,” said Jeffrey Levi, the organization’s executive director. “As every candidate for president talks about health care reform and controlling health care costs, if we don’t home in on this issue, none of their proposals are going to be affordable.” At the same time, many believe weight is a personal choice and responsibility. Levi doesn’t dispute that notion, but he said society can help people make good choices. “If we want kids to eat healthier food, we have to invest the money for school nutrition programs so that school lunches are healthier,” he said. “If we want people to be more physically active, then there have to be safe places to be active. That’s not just a class issue. We’ve designed suburban communities where there are no sidewalks for anybody to go out and take a walk.” To measure obesity rates, Trust for America’s Health compares data from 2003-2005 with 2004-2006. It combines information from three years to improve the accuracy of projections. The data come from a survey of height and weight taken over the telephone. Because the information comes from a personal estimate, some believe it is conservative. Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study last year noting a national obesity rate of about 32 percent – a higher rate than was cited for any of the states in the Trust for America’s Health report. The CDC’s estimate came from weighing people rather than relying on telephone interviews, officials explained. Generally, anyone with a body mass index greater than 30 is considered obese. The index is a ratio that takes into account height and weight. The overweight range is 25 to 29.9. Normal is 18.5 to 24.9. People with a large amount of lean muscle mass, such as athletes, can show a large body mass index without having an unhealthy level of fat.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Antonio Conte is considered one of the best managers in world football, and many consider Chelsea as big title contenders for the coming Premier League season.However, for all his brilliance, he may still have a few unorthodox training methods.But judging by the above clip, it is a way to keep his players happy as well as fit.In a recovery session, Conte has his players sitting on big bouncy blue balls, and doing the activity they were built for – bouncing.You can see Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic clearly enjoying themselves, and Bertrand Traore almost falling off the ball onto the floor.Watch the rather comical video above…
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to appoint a new Manchester United captain this summer with previous skipper Antonio Valencia departing Old Trafford at the end of the season.Valencia rarely featured for United in his final campaign with the club, meaning the armband was instead worn by vice-captain Ashley Young who spent the majority of the season on the pitch. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The France midfielder is now as far out as 5/1 to become the new permanent skipper, with David de Gea and Chris Smalling behind him at 8/1 long-shots.Victor Lindelof, the Sweden defender, rounds out the top five at a more distant 12/1. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Getty Images – Getty REVEALED Getty Young wore the armband more often than not in 2018/19 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice And fans are going to be angered when they learn Young is favourite to be handed the Man United captaincy on a permanent basis.Bookmakers AmericanGambler.com have cut the odds of Young being handed the armband to just 1/4, despite various reports claiming Paul Pogba could be named captain in a bid to keep him at Old Trafford amid interest from Real Madrid. England Women vs Denmark Women (Saturday, 1pm) – talkSPORTNewport County vs Tranmere (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Sunderland (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REPLY 2 ADVICE deals LIVE ON talkSPORT LATEST Pogba could instead become vice-captain if he is to stay at Man United next season Young was a trusted servant of Jose Mourinho, and Solskjaer kept faith in the 33-year-old when appointed caretaker manager back in December.He played all but three of United’s Premier League matches under the Norwegian, and was handed a one-year contract extension earlier this year to keep him at Old Trafford until June 2020.Supporters were not overly pleased with the new deal, and many are frustrated a club of United’s stature continue to play an ageing converted winger at full-back – something an elite club should not be doing. tense gameday cracker Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ A spokesman for AmericanGambler said: ‘We have seen a flurry of betting activity on Ashley Young to be named the captain of United overnight, with over 90 per cent of bets being placed on Ashley Young being announced as the player to succeed Antonio Valencia as captain.“With uncertainty around Paul Pogba’s future, United hope that offering him the position of Vice Captain with a view to taking over from Young after this season will be enough of a lure for Pogba to want to remain at the club”Manchester United next captain odds, provided by AmericanGambler.comAshley Young – 1/4Paul Pogba – 5/1David De Gea – 8/1Chris Smalling – 8/1Victor Lindelof – 12/1 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT shining 2 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January
Kenneth W. Carter Jr., age 77, of Borden passed away on December 3, 2015 at his residence. Born on February 23, 1938 inWaukesha, Wisconsin, he was the son of the late Kenneth Carter Sr. and Loretta Helsper Carter. Kenneth was retired from Commonwealth Edison of Chicago, Illinois. He was in the Air National Guard in Illinois. He was amember of St.John the Baptist, Starlight, Indiana.Survivors include: wife, Nancy Theodori Carter; 2 sons, David Carter (Janice), and Timothy Carter (Laura); Mary SusanFolkerts (Roger); 6 grandchildren, Nikki Carter, Dan Carter, T.J. Carter, Patrick Folkerts, Jessica Carter Emmons, and MeganFolkerts.Preceded in death by: parents.There will be no services.