Philippines becomes first country to shut financial markets thanks to virus

first_imgThe Philippines halted stock, bond and currency trading until further notice, becoming the first country to shut financial markets in response to the widening coronavirus pandemic.The closures take effect Tuesday, according to statements from the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Bankers Association of the Philippines. The moves follow President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision on Monday to widen a month-long lockdown of the capital region to cover the country’s main Luzon island, home to at least 57 million people. The virus has infected at least 140 people in the Philippines and killed a dozen.Philippine equities have tumbled more than 30 percent this year, among the biggest declines in Asia, as stocks around the world plunged on fears of a global recession. A US-listed exchange-traded fund that tracks the Philippine market fell by a record 19.5 percent on Monday after the bourse announced it was shutting. Topics : “This restricts exit the mechanism so it won’t be taken kindly by investors who don’t like their flow of funds constrained,” said Manny Cruz, strategist at Papa Securities. “What the market would do when trading resumes depends on the state of global markets. We will see a sharp selloff if the global weakness continues and a sharp rebound should there be a recovery worldwide.”Shutting markets during times of crisis is extremely rare but not without precedent. America’s stock market closed for almost a week after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, while Hong Kong halted trading in the wake of the Black Monday crash in 1987. Greece shut its stock market for about five weeks in 2015.A survey of international investors conducted by the Hong Kong stock exchange in December 1987 found unanimously that the closure had negatively affected the exchange’s international reputation and had eroded confidence in the Hong Kong market, at least in the short term.While some commentators have argued that countries including the US should consider temporary market closures, exchanges and regulators have mostly downplayed or rejected the idea. Bourses in Korea and Indonesia said they have no plans to shut trading, while Australia’s exchange said it and market regulators “have a range of measures, some of which have already been taken, to maintain the market’s orderliness and resilience.”center_img US Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton said in an interview on CNBC Monday that stock markets should continue to operate. Nasdaq Inc. CEO Adena Friedman told Bloomberg TV that “it’s much better” to keep the markets open, citing companies’ capital-raising needs and saying “pent-up issues” can occur with closures. The New York Stock Exchange sent a note after-hours Monday saying all NYSE Group markets including trading floors would “continue to operate normally tomorrow.”Here is what market participants are saying about the exchange halt:Tomo Kinoshita, global market strategist at Invesco Asset Management.“As fewer people are able to participate in the markets, it does expose the market to more volatility. It’s a tough situation, and of course it’s not desirable. But as a short-term measure it may make sense.”Jingyi Pan, a market strategist at IG Asia Pte in Singapore“Given that sentiment is a strong driver for equities at present, one can look at the Chinese market and the extended Lunar New Year holidays as a comparison. The latest shutdown comes in tandem with the lockdown of the capital region and could aid in containment efforts in the short term.If the situation improves, this could work out positively for the market and reduce the volatility in the short term as it did China even if the market returns to some adjustments initially. The drawback would be if the situation continues to worsen, that could see to further panic selling when the market reopens, though current trends does suggest increased social distancing does help with the coronavirus situation.”Justin Tang, head of Asian research at United First Partners in Singapore“Think of it as a circuit breaker on steroids. There is rampant fear at the moment as evidenced by the unprecedented volatility. The enemy is ourselves in that we are really reacting to a loss of control over the situation given that no one really knows how far this can go – just as it was on 9/11.The suspension will hurt those who rely on trading for an income but will provide time for participants to calm down and evaluate the situation rationally. A weekend is hardly sufficient for that.”Jonathan Ravelas, strategist at BDO Unibank Inc.“I think it is smart move because the market is already in hysteria. Sometime taking a step back allows investors to rethink their position and digest the flood of information out there. This is a health crisis we are facing and it seems the market reaction has been too exaggerated.”last_img read more

Governor Wolf Awards $8.5 Million from Volkswagen Settlement to Reduce Transportation Pollution

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that 34 cleaner energy transportation projects will receive $8,489,844 in Driving PA Forward grants and rebates. Funded by Pennsylvania’s share of the settlement with Volkswagen Group of America for cheating on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions tests, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)is committing funding for an extensive range of clean energy transportation projects on our roads, at schools, and at marine ports and airports.“The funding awarded from the VW emission cheating scandal is helping Pennsylvania reduce transportation pollution statewide and will help continue our efforts to improve air quality throughout the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf.By replacing older, polluting engines with new technologies, the projects over their lifetimes are expected to prevent emission of 503 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), 130 tons of carbon monoxide, 238 tons of carbon dioxide, 59 tons of hydrocarbons, 30 tons of fine particulate matter, and a half-ton of coarse particulate matter.“This comprehensive approach to reducing emissions will help improve Pennsylvanians’ health and advance Governor Wolf’s goal of protecting the state from further climate change impacts,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.These emissions contribute to climate change and ground-level ozone, or smog, which the EPA has shown can have negative health impacts, including asthma attacks and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.Driving PA Forward launched in 2018 with the goal of permanently reducing NOx emissions in Pennsylvania by 27,700 tons by supporting clean transportation projects with funding from the commonwealth’s $118.5 million settlement with Volkswagen. Six projects received $580,000 in the first set of awards, announced last year. In this second set of awards, the following recipients will receive grants and rebates:Statewide• SYSCO Leasing LLC: A $432,320 grant to replace 24 diesel Class 8 trucks with new diesel trucks used in food and food-related products distribution.Multi-county• Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission: A $2,093,042 grant for a joint project with the City of Philadelphia to replace five diesel trash trucks with five compressed natural gas (CNG) trash trucks and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to replace five older diesel service vehicles with new ones to operate in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.• Advanced Disposal Services: A $778,035 grant to replace 13 older diesel trash trucks with one new CNG truck and 12 new diesel trucks in State College (Centre County), Shippenville (Clarion County), Pittsfield (Warren County), Somerset (Somerset County), and Norristown (Montgomery County).• First Student: A $363,537 grant to replace 18 older diesel school buses with 18 new diesel school buses in Plymouth Meeting and Colmar (Montgomery County), Middletown (Dauphin County), and Allentown (Lehigh County).Allegheny County• Port Authority of Allegheny County: A $1,104,000 grant to replace two diesel transit buses with two new battery electric buses and install two charging stations. The buses will operate on the 88 Penn route, linking downtown with East End neighborhoods.• City of Pittsburgh: A $245,650 grant to install two direct current (DC) fast chargers and four Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in a parking lot at 6117 Kirkwood Street that’s owned and operated by the City and the Pittsburgh Parking Authority.• Giant Eagle, Inc.: A $240,000 grant to purchase and install two DC fast chargers at the Giant Eagle at 4010 Monroeville Boulevard, Monroeville, and a $240,000 grant to purchase and install two DC fast chargers at the Giant Eagle at 100 Settlers Ridge Center Drive, Pittsburgh.• Executive Office Associates: An $8,000 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Beaver County• Valley Waste Service, Inc.: A $217,340 grant to replace four older diesel trash trucks with four new CNG trash trucks at its facility in Beaver Falls.Bedford County• Garry L. Pepple (Pepple Busing): A $91,955 rebate to replace two diesel school buses with two new propane school buses for use in Everett Area School District.Bucks County• Chargepoint, Inc.: A $254,191 grant to purchase, install, and maintain two DC fast chargers at a Burger King at 4100 New Falls Road, Bristol.Butler County• Seneca Landfill, Inc.: A $694,283 grant to replace two older diesel trash compactor vehicles and one older diesel bulldozer with two new diesel trash compactor vehicles and a new diesel bulldozer at its facility in Evans City.• Vogel Disposal Service: A $217,340 grant to replace four older diesel trash trucks with four new CNG trash trucks at its facility in Mars.Cambria County• McIlwain Charters, Inc.: A $32,500 rebate to replace an older diesel commercial shuttle bus with a new diesel commercial shuttle bus.Centre County• College Township: A $3,739 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers at the municipal building.Cumberland County• Kauffman Bus Service, Inc.: An $80,000 rebate to replace two older diesel school buses with two new diesel school buses for use in Cumberland Valley School District and Northern York County School District.• Autobahn Indoor Speedway Harrisburg LLC: A $4,309 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Dauphin County• City of Harrisburg: A $352,500 grant to purchase two new diesel bulk collection trucks to replace two older similar diesel trucks for services including large item pick-up, clean-up of blight and illegal dumping, removal of downed trees, and transfer of tree and yard waste to a local compost facility.• Camp Hebron, Inc.: A $16,400 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Lackawanna and Fulton Counties• Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: A $20,000 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers at Lackawanna State Park and two Level 2 EV chargers at Cowans Gap State Park.Lancaster County• Sam’s Auto: A $9,967 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Lehigh County• Allentown Parking Authority: An $89,754 rebate to purchase and install 10 Level 2 EV chargers at parking garages (two at each of the five locations) in Allentown.Luzerne County• Charles Esposito (Yatesville Bus Company): A $40,000 rebate to replace an older diesel school bus with a new diesel school bus for use in Pittston Area School District.Luzerne and Lycoming Counties• STA of Pennsylvania: A $185,832 grant to replace 10 older diesel school buses with 10 new diesel school buses for use in Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport.Mercer County• Tri-County Industries, Inc.: A $213,582 grant to replace six older diesel trash trucks with six new CNG trash trucks at its facility in Grove City.Mifflin County• Happy Holiday LLC: A $6,744 rebate to purchase and install four Level 2 EV chargers at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Reedsville.Montgomery County• Whitemarsh Township: A $28,000 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers at the municipal building, two Level 2 EV chargers at Miles Park, and two Level 2 EV chargers at the Department of Public Works building (six total).• Penn Mutual Life Insurance: An $8,000 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Perry County• Shutt Buses LLC: An $80,000 rebate to replace two older diesel school buses with two new diesel school buses for use in the Newport School District.Philadelphia County• ChargePoint, Inc.: A $264,475 grant to purchase, install, and maintain two DC fast chargers and two Level 2 EV chargers at a retail center at 4000 Monument Road, Philadelphia.• Murano Condominium Association: A $16,000 rebate to purchase and install four Level 2 EV chargers.• 10 Rittenhouse Square Condominium Association: A $16,000 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Wayne County• Joseph Ewain (Joe Ewain Busing): A $40,000 rebate to replace one older diesel school bus with a new diesel school bus for use in Forest City Regional School District.The two newest Driving PA Forward programs opened this summer and are available for businesses, non-profits, and government agencies in Pennsylvania. In total, $6 million is available through the new programs for the purchase and installation of ocean-going vessel shore power systems and for repowering or replacing older diesel large forklifts and various cargo handling equipment with electric upgrades. Application deadlines are in October and November.Funding remains available in three programs that opened last year: $2.4 million for Class 8 trucks and transit buses, $1 million for Level 2 EV charging, and $1.5 million for DC fast charging and hydrogen fueling. Application deadlines are in September and October.Funding programs for clean diesel engines and class 4-7 trucks, port drayage trucks, school buses, and shuttle buses are closed but expected to reopen in early 2020. A new grant program for marine and rail freight movers is anticipated to open this fall.Find more information on Driving PA Forward program eligibility and applications. August 01, 2019 Governor Wolf Awards $8.5 Million from Volkswagen Settlement to Reduce Transportation Pollutioncenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

6 YEARS AFTER SUPER TYPHOON: SAFETY ISSUES BUG ‘YOLANDA’ HOUSES

first_imgEach housing unit costs P290,000. “In my view, these won’t last. They have to be replaced,” saidEngr. Victor Diomo of DPWH Region 6’s Maintenance Division after inspecting thehousing project. NHA started constructing the P290-million mass housing project inBarangay Bacjawan Sur, Concepcion in 2016, three years after the disaster. Thecontractor was Hercar Construction Corp. Given the sufficient budgetary support from the nationalgovernment, she said there should be no substandard and delayed implementationof housing projects in different calamity-hit areas and relocation sites. “I cannot allow my people to live in them. The 542 units areallegedly ready for turnover but we will not accept them,” he stressed. During the May 22, 2018 Senate hearing conducted by the Senatecommittee on urban planning, housing and resettlement on the allegedirregularities on resettlement and relocation programs undertaken by thegovernment for disaster-affected areas, then senator Loren Legarda (nowcongresswoman of Antique) said all those involved in the government housingprograms have to be accountable. “NHA-Iloilo told me they recommended the same to their centraloffice but I wonder what happened. I am writing them again. They have to act onthe problem or I will complain of inaction. They have to comply with the ARTALaw,” said Banias. “All these issues are not new to us, or to the NHA, and they needto be addressed because this is an example of wasting the people’s money. Wastage and inefficiency in government programs undermine the confidenceof the people in the institution,” said Legarda./PN The standard mix is one sack of cement, two sacks sand and threesacks of gravel, Diomo told SP members led by Vice Gov. Christine Garin andEngr. Romeo Andig of the Provincial Engineering Office. “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”)was one of the most powerful typhoons recorded andthe deadliest in the Philippines. It plowed the Visayas on Nov. 8, 2013 – exactlysix years ago today – killing at least 6,300 people. Last month, said Banias, he wrote NHA-Iloilo recommending thetermination of the contract with the housing contractor. The houses were supposed to be sturdy and capable of withstanding“Yolanda-grade” typhoon, Banias told PanayNews. According to Diomo, the standard mixing proportion of cement, sandand gravel may not have been followed. The local government of Concepcion would accept the 542 housingunits only after their quality has been assured, said Banias.center_img Hercar Construction Corp.’s Herminio Carreon who was presentduring the DPWH ocular inspection denied the housing units were substandard.Construction workers followed the standard mixing proportion of cement, sandand gravel, he insisted. Photo by IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO – Of the 1,000 mass housing units that the National HousingAuthority (NHA) constructed in the municipality of Concepcion for survivors ofNovember 2013’s super typhoon “Yolanda”, 542 units still have to be turned overto the local government. “The houses are not safe. Kon tandugon mo ang walls, nagaka-pudpod,”said Mayor Raul Banias. As early as 2017, beneficiaries were already complaining of thefollowing: cracks on floors, scaling of concrete walls, leaky roofing, unevenpaint application, no water supply, and sloppy construction of toilets. ARTA is the Anti-Red Tape Law that guarantees speedy governmentaction to transactions. According to the contractor, he would never do anything that wouldruin his reputation or that of his construction company. “Kon may ara deperensya, liwaton ko. Kon kulang dugangan ko,” saidCarreon. Carreon, however, vowed to fix the defects. In June last year, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan asked theDepartment of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to conduct an inspection. “These housing programs are being funded by taxpayers’ money,allocated through General Appropriations Act. So why does this regularlyhappen? Somebody has to be liable for the irresponsible use of inferior,substandard and even inappropriate construction materials,” said Legarda. The senator underscored the need for the judicious use of fundsallocated for housing programs to strengthen the accountability of thegovernment and provide the people with the assistance that they deserve. “I think we have recovered from the disaster already except forthe housing resettlement area,” said Banias.last_img read more

2nd missing teen found dead

first_imgGio told authorities he managed to survive after his sibling, Carl, pushed him to the riverbank. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA The four were swimming in the river when the strong current brought by a heavy downpour carried them downstream. The third victim, Jharen Pahilagao, meanwhile, remained missing. Authorities said the body of the second victim Carl Gabriel Cabrillo was recovered by local residents Friday morning in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Arlyn added she last spotted her son alive on Wednesday around 11 a.m., a few hours before she went to work. The first fatality was 18-year-old Janet Rodriguez, whose body was found Thursday in Talisay City’s Barangay Zone 15. Personnel of Bacolod and Talisay Disaster Risk Reduction Management offices believed Pahilagao’s remains may have been trapped in a hole in the river. BACOLOD City – Authorities already retrieved the body of two of the three teenagers who went missing after they were swept away by rampaging waters in the river in Barangay Mandalagan here. Meanwhile, Pahilagao’s mother, Arlyn, stated she had been warning her son about taking a swim in the river, but her son ignored it. Searching for his body also proved difficult as rescuers had to walk at least two kilometers towards the Matab-ang River, as well as the river’s shape which they described as a “zigzag.” Cabrillo and Rodriguez were positively identified by their family and relatives. Joemarie Vargas, head of the Bacolod City DRRMO, said the fourth victim, Gio Paulo Cabrillos, managed to survive the incident. Authorities since suspended their search and retrieval operation./PN Personnel of Bacolod and Talisay Disaster Risk Reduction Management offices bring the body of Carl Gabriel Cabrillo ashore in Talisay City, Negros Occidental on July 17. TALISAY CITY POLICE STATIONlast_img read more

Ohio minimum wage workers get a boost in 2018

first_imgColumbus, Oh. — Minimum wage workers in Ohio get a pay raise as 2018 begins.The rate increases to $8.30 from $8.15 as of January 1, 2018. The increase for workers who receive tips will increase to $4.15 from $4.08.A report from Policy Matters Ohio says as many as 150,000 workers will benefit from the increase.Ohio is one of 18 states in the nation increasing the minimum wage in 2018.last_img

Intense atmosphere with Hamilton- Rosberg

first_img(BBC)_ Nico Rosberg says the atmosphere between himself and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton is “intense” as the title battle comes to a climax.The German can clinch the championship in Mexico this weekend if he wins and Hamilton finishes 10th or lower.On his personal battle with Hamilton, who he has known since they were teenagers, he said: “It’s not something I think about too much.“Of course it’s intense, but at the same time there is an easy-going side.”Rosberg is continuing to insist he is concentrating only on each race as it comes and not thinking about the championship, a mantra he has been using since very early in the season.He says he is “well aware” of the fact that he could win the title on Sunday.But he added: “It has been a great season so far which has put me in this position. It is exciting to be in the championship battle with Lewis towards the end of the season.“We’ve been there before but it is very cool.“But I have said before my way of achieving the best performance is to focus on the things within my control and that here in Mexico is to try to win the race.”Asked what winning the title would mean to him, Rosberg said: “It’s a childhood dream but that’s where it ends because what’s important this weekend is winning the Mexican Grand Prix and then we see what happens.“It just feels right to focus on the things I can influence, keep it simple, be in the moment and it’s been working,so just stick with it.”Rosberg has won nine races to Hamilton’s seven this season and leads the Briton by 26 points with a maximum of 75 available in the three remaining races.Such is his advantage that he can afford to finish second twice and third once and still clinch the title,even if Hamilton wins all three races in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.last_img read more

The Latest: Osaka headed to 3rd set against Doi at US Open

first_img9:30 p.m.Top-seeded Novak Djokovic breezed past Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 at the U.S. Open.Djokovic is the overwhelming favorite to win his fourth men’s championship and he cruised in his first-round matchup at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Djokovic pounded his chest and raised his racket in the air, keeping his celebratory routine intact even without fans in the stadium.Djokovic is 24-0 in 2020 and has won 18 of his last 19 matches overall in Grand Slam tournaments. ___ Gauff had 13 double-faults. ___3:45 p.m.No. 9 seed Diego Schwartzman blew a two-set lead and was knocked out of the U.S. Open in the first round.He led 2-0 but appeared to have problems with cramps as he lost to Cameron Norrie 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 in a match that took nearly 4 hours. ___12:15 p.m.Marketa Vondrousova is the first winner of a match at the 2020 U.S. Open — and of any Grand Slam match since early February.The 2019 French Open runner-up, who is seeded 12th in New York, beat Greet Minnen 6-1, 6-4.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):11:25 p.m.Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is headed to a third set against Misaki Doi in the first round of the U.S. Open. Osaka took the first set in Arthur Ashe Stadium by a 6-2 score, but Doi evened things by grabbing the second 7-5.Osaka is seeded No. 4 at Flushing Meadows, where she won the title in 2018. She also won the 2019 Australian Open. But she is coming off a left hamstring injury that forced her to withdraw from the final of the Western & Southern Open on Saturday.Doi is ranked 81st, never has been past the fourth round at any Grand Slam tournament and came into Monday night with a 1-7 career record at the U.S. Open. She also entered with an 0-17 mark against opponents ranked in the top 10.—-10:50 p.m. ___1:30 p.m.Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova has advanced in straight sets at the U.S. Open.Pliskova surged ahead of Anhelina Kalinina 4-1 in the opening set, lost three games in a row, then took the last eight for a 6-4, 6-0 victory. She had a 26-7 edge in winners.Pliskova is ranked third in the world but has the top seed in New York. 9:55 p.m.Naomi Osaka wore a black mask with the name of Breonna Taylor emblazoned across the front before the start of her U.S. Open match.Osaka tweeted during the Western & Southern Open that she was exhausted and “sick” over the many Black people killed by police. She had decided to withdraw from the tournament as a statement in support of racial justice, joining athletes in other sports. Other tennis players expressed support and the tournament was halted for one day,Osaka, the 2018 U.S. Open champion, wore the mask for Taylor, a Black woman killed by police this spring.___ The Latest: Osaka headed to 3rd set against Doi at US Open Associated Press 6:30 p.m.Coco Gauff is out of the U.S. Open on Day 1.Anastasija Sevastova knocked off the 16-year-old Gauff in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.It was Gauff’s earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in four appearances. A year ago, Gauff made it to the third round at Flushing Meadows before losing to 2018 champion Naomi Osaka in a match that ended in tears for the teen and a hug from the winner.Sevastova had been just 1-8 in singles in 2020 and got the breakthrough win she needed again in New York. Sevastova was a semifinalist at the U.S. Open two years ago. Steve Johnson knocked off 16th-seeded John Isner 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (3) to advance to the second round of the U.S. Open in a match that stretched 3 hours, 50 minutes.Seventh-seeded David Goffin held on to beat Reilly Opelka 7-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 and 19th-seeded Taylor Fritz topped Dominik Koepfer 6-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.The 6-foot-11 Opelka is tied as the tallest Top-50 player in ATP rankings history. Fritz, the second highest-ranked American, was the 2015 U.S. Open boys’ singles champion.Just 15 years old, Robin Montgomery lost on Day 1. The youngest player in the field, she lost as a wild-card entry. The 23rd-seeded Yulia Putintseva beat Montgomery 6-1, 6-3 in 64 minutes.___ ___12:50 p.m.Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber is sticking around longer at Flushing Meadows than she did a year ago.Kerber eliminated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-4 in a nearly empty Louis Armstrong Stadium.Kerber won the 2016 U.S. Open but lost in the first round a year ago. She used to be ranked No. 1 and is seeded 17th in New York. Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are scheduled to play at night.The professional tennis tours were on hiatus from March until August because of the COVID-19 outbreak.The last Grand Slam matches were at the Australian Open, which ended in early February. The French Open was postponed from May to late September, and Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II.___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports 11:20 a.m.Grand Slam tennis is back in action for the first time in nearly seven full months as the U.S. Open gets started without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic.Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion at Flushing Meadows, is facing Ajla Tomljanovic in the first match in Louis Armstrong Stadium.There are about 15 people, including reporters, scattered in the stands of an arena that holds about 14,000.The No. 1-seeded woman, Karolina Pliskova, will face Anhelina Kalinina later Monday in the first match in Arthur Ashe Stadium. August 31, 2020last_img read more

Batting under spotlight as Windies target England take-down

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, (CMC) – Captain Jason Holder said here Thursday West Indies were fully aware of the stakes involved and were resolved to produce an improved performance, as they prepared for today’s start of the do-or-die final Test at Old Trafford.Stressing the side had remained upbeat despite their 113-run defeat in the second Test also here last Monday, Holder said they were _alvani on improving their execution in every department, especially the batting which had proven to be their undoing recently.The three-match series is tied 1-1 after West Indies won the opening Test at Southampton by four wickets nearly two weeks ago.“The spirits in the dressing room are still very, very high. We still have a really good opportunity here to win this series and everybody is just upbeat for the occasion and we know what’s at stake,” Holder told reporters via Zoom.“Having the Test matches with the short turnaround has been tough and no doubt both teams will be feeling it but we’ve got enough motivation to keep pushing. We’ve got a chance to win this series.“We’ve been playing some decent cricket so it’s just a matter of righting the wrongs you had in the last game and just make sure we hit the ground running and start this Test match really well.”He continued: “You need 20 wickets to win a Test match and we need to get some solid persons to set the game up well. I think once you get these two things happening, more or less the game kind of goes in the direction you want it to go in.“We will pay special attention to starting well and putting some runs on the board in our first innings and our bowlers just need to get 20 wickets.”Following the second Test defeat, the Windies batting yet again came under heavy scrutiny, especially after collapses in both innings, with the spotlight failing squarely on Shai Hope and opener John Campbell.Hope has managed 57 runs from four innings while Campbell has gathered 52, and are the only two of the specialist batsmen not to register a half-century in the series.While Campbell has played only eight Tests and is at the start of his career, Hope has found himself in a protracted slump, averaging a mere 19 over the last two years.But even with speculation swirling over Hope’s place in the side, Holder came to the defence of the embattled right-hander.“All of my players have got my full backing. They know how I personally feel. Yes, some of them haven’t been getting the runs that they would like but more or less it is just giving them that full support,” Holder stressed.“I’m 100 per cent behind Shai. We all know what Shai can produce – he’s done it before at this level in Test cricket. He’s arguably one of the best one-day batsmen in the world and we know the _alvani of player he can be so I’ve got full confidence in Shai to get some runs.“He’s gotten starts so far in this series, he’s not far off from converting the starts and doing something special for us so he’s got my full support.”Still, Holder maintains that a _alvanized effort in the field and with the bat will be critical if West Indies were to win their first series on English soil in 32 years.“I don’t think we fielded well in the last game so that’s definitely a cause for us to really lift it and put in a much better effort in the field,” said Holder.“That is just the main issue that I had in the last game. I think we were pretty competitive on the other two fronts.“Yes, we would love our batters to convert a few more starts. We’re yet to a get hundred so far on this tour so again, it’s a perfect opportunity for a batter to step up and get a hundred.”Play bowls off at 11 am (6 am Eastern Caribbean time).SQUADS:ENGLAND – Joe Root (captain) James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich, Nkrumah Bonner, Raymon Reifer, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Chemar Holder, Rahkeem Cornwall.last_img read more

InCrowd continues to elevate fan engagement in football

first_img OurLeague Predictor player closes in on £20,000 jackpot prize October 5, 2018 StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles Share InCrowd: Our League – Delivering on Rugby League’s ‘Tribal Demands’ December 6, 2018 Our League exceeds first year expectations for InCrowd and RFL November 2, 2018 InCrowd are continuing to enrich fan engagement for supporters of Leeds United, with the launch of a new mobile app available to download on the Apple Store and the Google Play Store.LUFC fans have access to a new two-way channel between themselves and the club. The Official LUTV mobile app enables fans to engage with a host of different features no matter where they are. Features include: Full LUTV including highlights, all the latest news supported by the InCrowd push notification system, a full 2017/18 campaign fixtures and results list, official player and club Twitter feeds and access to ticket purchasing and merchandise.Commenting on the deal, Aidan Cooney, CEO of InCrowd stated: “We are extremely proud to be in partnership with one of the most prestigious football clubs in the UK. This new venture with LUFC means InCrowd now work with over 20 rights holders across four sports.”Emanuele Montoneri, Head of Media at Leeds United FC added: “From a media perspective, providing content to our fans was one of our biggest challenges. However, this has been a smooth process as a result of the perfect cooperation between Leeds United FC and InCrowd. The LUTV app currently holds a 4.5/5 rating across both the Apple and Google Play app stores.“Furthermore, the app has over 170 five-star reviews. From the point of view of the club, Leeds United will now be able to: Segment, target and send personalised messages to fans, utilise rich behavioural and location-based fan data, as well as widening sponsorship opportunities and showcasing official club content on a much improved digital platform.”last_img read more

NFL scores: Week 13 live updates, highlights

first_imgWeek 13 began with a surprising result on Thursday when the Cowboys snuck past the Saints, 13-10, flexing their defensive muscle to prevent New Orleans from clinching the NFC South. Two other teams can punch their tickets to the playoffs this week. The Rams can clinch the NFC West with a win or a loss by the Seahawks, and the Chiefs will need a few things to go their way, starting with a victory of their own. They will also need — keep up here — a Dolphins loss or tie, Colts loss, Texans loss and Titans loss or tie, OR a loss by the Dolphins, Colts and Texans and either a Ravens and Bengals loss or a Ravens and Chargers loss. Short version: a lot has to happen for Kansas City to earn a playoff berth. But it’s not out of the realm of possibility. With that as the backdrop, below are Week 13 NFL scores, highlights and injury updates from Sunday’s action around the league.NFL scores: Week 13NFLPre Season – Week 1Pre Season – Week 2Pre Season – Week 3Pre Season – Week 4Regular Season – Week 1Regular Season – Week 2Regular Season – Week 3Regular Season – Week 4Regular Season – Week 5Regular Season – Week 6Regular Season – Week 7Regular Season – Week 8Regular Season – Week 9Regular Season – Week 10Regular Season – Week 11Regular Season – Week 12Regular Season – Week 13Regular Season – Week 14Regular Season – Week 15Regular Season – Week 16Regular Season – Week 17AFC Wild CardNFC Wild CardAFC Divisional playoffsNFC Divisional playoffsNFC ChampionshipAFC ChampionshipPro BowlSuper BowlFebruary 3rd, 2019 Final1234Tot►New England Patriots0301013Los Angeles Rams00303Match page NFL Week 13: Highlights, injury updates🚨 98-YARD PICK-6! 🚨 @Bwagz will NOT be stopped!📺: FOX #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/nGEhPS5X7x— NFL (@NFL) December 3, 2018Marcus Mariota. @TheCDavis84 .Touchdown, @TITANS📺: CBS #TitanUp pic.twitter.com/YqZODnsGpZ— NFL (@NFL) December 3, 2018Dante Pettis just went 75 yards in Seattle 👀👀📺: FOX #GoNiners pic.twitter.com/Jc1r9YrZuy— NFL (@NFL) December 2, 2018THIS THROW! @patrickmahomes5 . @TKelce .Wow.📺: CBS #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/kcuIdLUGWj— NFL (@NFL) December 2, 2018. @derekcarrqb to @JaredCook89 for the 24-yard @raiders TOUCHDOWN!📺: CBS #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/LDWT6woiHN— NFL (@NFL) December 2, 2018. @DangeRussWilson goes DEEEEEP to @TDLockett12 for the 52-yard TD!📺: FOX #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/47AjS4ZVB0— NFL (@NFL) December 2, 2018Ruptured plantar fascia poised to end Greg Olsen’s season. He battled all the way through. https://t.co/ds3jpCXYAm— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 2, 2018THE CHICAGO SPECIAL.We’re all tied up.📺: FOX #DaBears pic.twitter.com/yzbZhN19Lh— NFL (@NFL) December 2, 2018😱😱😱 @god_son80📺: CBS #Browns pic.twitter.com/PbWkf4EDJz— NFL (@NFL) December 2, 2018QB @Lj_era8 is back in the game. pic.twitter.com/rTUEJAls1K— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 2, 2018New week.Same result. @I_CU_boy really is unstoppable.65 yards to the HOUSE!📺: CBS #BroncosCountry pic.twitter.com/oX9qSr4yCe— NFL (@NFL) December 2, 2018Lamar Jackson is in concussion protocol.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) December 2, 2018Stefon Diggs and Xavier Rhodes are active.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 2, 2018. @OBJ JUST THREW HIS 2ND TD PASS OF THE YEAR!📺: FOX #GiantsPride pic.twitter.com/M7lxUIA4Az— NFL (@NFL) December 2, 2018. @allenrobinson out here making MAGIC happen.Unreal grab.📺: FOX #DaBears pic.twitter.com/JTlKw1D53L— NFL (@NFL) December 2, 2018Panthers have ruled out TE Greg Olsen for rest of game with a foot injury.Bengals’ WR AJ Green being carted off.Broncos’ CB Chris Harris has a fractured fibula, per @MikeKlis .— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 2, 2018A.J. Green is down after the play and holding his right foot.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 2, 2018josh allen put kiko alonso in a blender pic.twitter.com/pX9Uqqnz7F— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) December 2, 2018INJURY UPDATE:QB Cody Kessler was evaluated for a concussion, but has been cleared to return.— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) December 2, 2018CMC on the go! pic.twitter.com/7E7rMdWCgq— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 2, 2018. @DeAndreHopkins fighting for every catch 😤 pic.twitter.com/nO4Efebn53— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 2, 2018Action Jackson. @Lj_era8 pic.twitter.com/J2SSeN0Woz— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 2, 2018WHAT A PLAY! @MROGLETREE52 with the early PICK-6!📺: FOX #GiantsPride pic.twitter.com/DGXo2kNF90— NFL (@NFL) December 2, 2018Stefon Diggs injury update: Vikings WR (knee) to play vs. Patriots, report says https://t.co/9VICzxjylC pic.twitter.com/pC3Rh0YZBA— Sporting News NFL (@sn_nfl) December 2, 2018Sam Darnold injury update: Jets QB (foot) likely won’t play vs. Titans, report says https://t.co/s7lLljrzLa pic.twitter.com/aXpdpFIxSp— Sporting News NFL (@sn_nfl) December 2, 2018last_img read more