COVID-19: My mental health at risk — Man City’s Walker

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 Manchester City defender Kyle Walker on Friday said he felt he was being harassed and his mental health was at risk because of the attention he was receiving after reportedly breaking COVID-19 social distancing rules.The England full back said he went to Sheffield to see his sister on Wednesday to give her a birthday present and hugged her, before going to his parents’ house to pick up some home-cooked meals. Walker breached lockdown rules in April when, according to media reports, he hosted a party involving two sex workers.In a statement on Twitter, Walker said he understood he was a role model but revealed the attention was affecting his entire family.He tweeted: “I have recently gone through one of the toughest periods of my life, which I take full responsibility for.“However, I now feel as though I am being harassed. This is no longer solely affecting me, but affecting the health of my family and my young children too.“I don’t even feel safe in the confines of my home. Why should they have to feel like that too? Who deserves that?” dpa/NAN.Tags: COVID-19Kyle WalkerManchester Citylast_img read more

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The Latest: Dolphins TE Gesicki goes viral with catch video

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki says the recent pass-and-catch video he posted that went viral was inspired by boredom during the coronavirus lockdown. May 28, 2020 No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules. But at a bone-jarring collision between burly rugby players was broadcast across Australia to signal the return of contact teams sports in the country.Players and all staff and officials had to undergo heat checks before entering the stadium and strict health protocols were put in place on the field.___The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race to be canceled this season.Organizers of the first Dutch GP in 35 years preferred to wait until next year in hope fans will be able to attend, rather than hold the race without them this time. Athletes will not be required to wear masks but the guidelines encourage them to be worn on the sidelines. The order does not address college sports events.___Major League Soccer teams can begin voluntary outdoor small group training sessions.Holding the small group sessions must not conflict with local public health or government restrictions, but is the next step in the league’s hopes of returning to action. A maximum of six players may be assigned to a single group. Serbia’s top soccer league has decided that no teams will be relegated this season as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, four teams will still be promoted from the second tier, making for an expanded 20-team league next season. The league says the Serbian soccer federation accepted its proposal to adapt to the shutdown forced by the pandemic.Games are set to resume Friday to complete the final four rounds of the regular season and decide a champion and qualifying places for UEFA competitions. Red Star Belgrade has an 11-point lead ahead of Partizan.However, the league’s normal eight-team groups that were to decide the postseason championship and relegation spots have been scrapped. ___The Premier League’s official broadcasters say the competition will restart on June 17.The BBC and Sky Sports say there will be a doubleheader on that day with Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United.Playing those make-up games on a Wednesday will ensure the 30th round can be contested the following weekend.The last match was played on March 9 before the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Dolphins TE Gesicki goes viral with catch video Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus.Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday.Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms.Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name them.The positive cases at the second-division clubs came after tests on 1,030 players and staff from Monday to Wednesday. The Maryland Jockey Club says it has received approval from the Maryland Racing Commission to launch its Summer 2020 meet with live racing on Saturday, but fans are forbidden from entering the track until clearance is received from the state.All races on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be streamed live on the Laurel Park website.___Italy’s top soccer league will resume on June 20.Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora gave Serie A the green light to resume after a meeting with Italian soccer authorities on Thursday. Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but their numbers will be strictly limited.Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans starting in June as part of the states’ move to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.Abbott’s new order allows outdoor stadiums to host fans up to 25 percent of their normal capacity. Leagues will have to apply to state health officials to be allowed to have fans. Indoor events will still be without spectators.The PGA Tour plans to restart its season at Colonial in Texas on June 11-14 but has said it would not include fans.The state has set up several guidelines for leagues to follow, including a recommendation that spectators and employees keep at least 6 feet apart from anyone not from their household. If that is not feasible, other measures such as face coverings and sanitation protocols should be followed. Associated Press Jenkins starred for the Eagles for the last six seasons and the safety won an NFL championship in 2017. He also has been a leader of several off-field initiatives, and his foundation has a mission to promote positive change in the lives of underserved youth in New Jersey, where he grew up; Ohio, where he went to college at Ohio State; Pennsylvania and Louisiana, homes of his pro teams.“Malcolm was selected not for his greatness on the field and his two Super Bowl rings, but because of his compassion and advocacy around social justice,” said Donna Frisby-Greenwood, CEO of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia and co-chair of the commencement planning committee. “Malcolm’s foundation focuses on youth leadership development and skill building, and we think that that makes him a perfect speaker for us.”The hour-long graduation will be streamed on several platforms, including the school district’s website. Frisby-Greenwood said that several companies and organizations are involved with planning and serving as sponsors. The Philadelphia Orchestra has recorded “Pomp and Circumstance” for the ceremony. And the city’s Free Library will host the live stream of the event on its platform.Individual high schools will be distributing caps and gowns to the students to wear during the festivities.___ The season has been suspended since March 8. It will resume with the British Masters in northern England from July 22-25 before five further events in the “UK Swing” across England and Wales.Four Rolex Series events have been rescheduled for October to December. They are the Scottish Open, the BMW PGA Championship, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and then the season-ending World Tour Championship from Dec. 10-13.The tour says details of other tournaments from September to November will be announced later.European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says the Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin pending more discussions with the PGA Tour.___ The video shows Gesicki lobbing a football over a multi-story beach house, running through the garage and making the catch on the other side on the run as he heads into the street.“I was honestly just super bored, and I was at my girlfriend’s beach house, pretty close to where I live, and we were just kind of hanging out,” Gesicki says . “We saw something similar to that on the internet and we were like, ‘Hey, I might try that,’ and ended up taking a couple tries. It was fun.”Gesicki had a breakout 2019 in his second NFL season. He capped it by making the winning touchdown catch in the finale at New England.___Live horse racing is slated to resume in Maryland this weekend with a three-day session at Laurel Park, which will remain closed to the general public. Teams must submit club-specific plans for the small group sessions to the league. The league said teams may split full fields into two equal halves and teams may define up to six zones per half field, spaced at least 10 feet apart. Only one player may be in each zone at any time to maintain physical distancing. Players may switch zones but two players cannot occupy the same zone.Players may pass and shoot on goal, but all training exercises must allow for 10 feet of distance.The league said all other health and safety measures required when teams began individual training must still be maintained.___Darlington Raceway is switching gears for its next event. Two weeks after hosting NASCAR’s return to racing, the track will hold graduation ceremonies for the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics. There will be 120 graduating seniors at Saturday’s event from the school in Hartsville, a few miles from NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway.Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said the track was honored to help the high school seniors be recognized in a proper way.Traditional high school graduation ceremonies have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony will take place at a parking lot on track property. Afterward, the graduates and their parents will have the chance to drive their vehicles for a lap around the 1.366-mile track and get their pictures taken on the start-finish line.___Malcolm Jenkins, who this offseason left the Eagles to sign with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent, will be the keynote speaker at Philadelphia’s virtual graduation on June 9. Squads were only allowed to restart practice sessions in small groups last week but contact and tackling is now allowed between players.___The head of English cricket says “unorthodox” measures could be explored to ensure at least part of the domestic season is played this year.The England and Wales Cricket Board says there will be no professional domestic cricket before Aug. 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body says its ambition remains to stage domestic competitions some time over the upcoming summer and that talks will continue with the government and health experts. The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed.Race director Jan Lammers says “we would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands.”The other races canceled were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.Another six remain postponed.F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15-18 races this season, starting with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP in July. The three players will have to self-isolate for seven days before returning to training ahead of a potential resumption of the competition.___The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums.The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option amid the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another. Players and essential personnel on or near the field during matches must recently have tested negative for the coronavirus. The federation says clubs can decide on their own whether they want to play in front or fans again.Tickets for next Wednesday’s Hungarian Cup final between Budapest Honved and Mezokovesd-Zsory at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest will soon be sold online.___Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 with the Brisbane Broncos hosting Parramatta in the National Rugby League.Two rounds of matches were played in the NRL in March before Australia and New Zealand went into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. A medical protocol for matches was approved by a technical scientific committee earlier.Spadafora says Serie A will restart on June 20 but the Italian Cup semifinals and the final could be played on June 13 and 17.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.There are 12 rounds remaining in Serie A, plus four matches that were postponed from the 25th round.___ The ECB has outlined a slew of proposals for play in both red ball and limited-overs cricket. They include opening up all grounds or using regional grouping for matches. Matches could yet be played before a limited number of supporters.England is looking to play international cricket from July.___The European Tour plans to resume its season in July starting with a six-week stretch of golf tournaments in Britain and running through to the World Tour Championship in Dubai in December.The tour says its events initially will be held without spectators and will be subject to strict testing protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,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

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US visit ‘important for SA economy’

first_img27 June 2013United States President Barack Obama’s visit to South Africa will not only help strengthen ties between the two countries but will also serve as an important showcase for the economy, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Briefing journalists in Pretoria on Wednesday, Davies said South Africa would use the opportunity to showcase to external trade partners that the country, and the rest of Africa, had growth prospects that could rope in investments, especially in infrastructure, trade and development.“The reality is that Africa is turning around … We are looking at partnerships that will strengthen our economy,” Davies said, adding that for this to happen, South Africa had to focus on integrating African countries into the global economy through infrastructure development on the continent.Obama arrives in South Africa for an official working visit on Friday evening. The visit forms part of a three-country African tour, consisting of South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania.President Jacob Zuma will hold talks with Obama in Pretoria on Saturday.US, African relationsThe White House said Obama would use his visits to reinforce the importance that the US places on growing ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and would “underscore the President’s commitment to broadening and deepening cooperation between the United States and the people of sub-Saharan Africa to advance regional and global peace and prosperity”.Davies said the US was a major player from whom South Africa could benefit. The two countries enjoy good trade relations, which Davies acknowledged could be improved upon.“Our trade has been characterised by a proportion of value-added products coming from South Africa, which makes it of strategic significance to us.”The United States continues to feature high on the list of South Africa’s trade and investment partners. It is a major export market for South African products and an important source of foreign direct investment.There are currently about 600 US companies trading in SA, which provide more than 120 000 local jobs while contributing about 30 percent of their profits to local corporate social projects.South Africa’s total trade with the US was in excess of R130-billion in 2011, with SA enjoying a trade surplus of approximately R18-billion, a 14.4% increase over 2010. South Africa is also the US’s biggest market in Africa, accounting for $7.3-billion of American exports.African Growth and Opportunity ActDavies said South Africa would also use the visit to highlight the importance of the extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa).Agoa, which allows southern African countries to ship certain products to the United States tariff-free, expires in 2015, but African countries are pushing for its extension.“Our message is that we would like to see a rollover, an extension of the Agoa for a reasonable period of time, along more or less the architecture of Agoa at the moment,” Davies said.Some in the US congress are questioning whether South Africa should be allowed to continue to be included in Agoa because they think the country is developed. Davies said it would be detrimental for the American market if SA were excluded.“South Africa has been a beneficiary of Agoa, but we also think that Agoa is a very significant instrument to benefit the US, not least because it is a widely appreciated measure by the US, which builds the US a high degree of goodwill in its relations with other countries on the African continent.”Around 43% of SA exports, totalling to about $4.6-billion, have entered the US under the Agoa programme and this, according to Davies, has helped support the development of the economy, notably in manufacturing.Sasol aims to go big in LouisianaAlso speaking at Wednesday’s briefing was Sasol group executive Maurice Radebe, who agreed that Agoa had played a major role in stimulating exports to the US, consolidating the high-tech industry in South Africa and creating local supply chains.Sasol announced in December that was beginning the front-end engineering and design phase for a gas-to-liquids plant it is planning to build in Lake Charles, southwest Louisiana in the United States.The project would allow for the beneficiation of US gas reserves by leveraging Sasol’s gas-to-liquids (GTL) experience and technology.The facility would be the first of its kind in the US, producing four-million tons annually or 96 000 barrels per day of high-quality transportation fuel, including GTL diesel and other chemical products.Radebe emphasised the positive impact that the project – the largest single manufacturing investment in the history of Louisiana – would have on both countries.“The benefits of these projects also extend back at home. It is a game-changing partnership and it is a compelling example of how bilateral trade can yield substantial foreign direct investment – which represents a win-win for both the USA and SA economies.”CEO of the Ford Motor Company and president of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Nemeth, told Wednesday’s briefing that Obama’s visit would highlight the fact that the US has been a major investor in South Africa over the years.“The visit shows that the USA sees SA as a major trading partner … The fact that he is travelling here during his tour shows the strategic importance of South Africa,” Nemeth said.Nemeth also highlighted the importance of Agoa and the benefits it has on South African companies gaining access to American markets.Given the current economic climate, Nemeth said the African continent was the best place to invest in, as evidenced by the high returns it had given foreign direct investors over the last three years. Taking that into consideration, and the fact that the US was looking for a place to invest money in, Obama’s visit was highly significant, Nemeth said.Obama’s itineraryObama will meet Zuma on Saturday and later hold a “town hall” event with young African leaders at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus. He will also hold talks with Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission.US First Lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, will have tea with Zuma’s wife, Thobeka Zuma. The Obamas will then attend an official dinner hosted by Zuma.On Sunday, they will fly to Cape Town to visit the prison museum on Robben Island. Obama will then join retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu for a stop at a community centre focused on healthcare. He will go on to give a speech at the University of Cape Town.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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