Kwasi Appiah: It’s time for Black Stars to write their names in history books

first_imgGhana Coach Kwasi Appiah has charged his boys to go all out and win Wednesday’s crucial semifinal clash with their Burkinabe counterparts.The Black Stars secured their place in the semifinal match with the Stallions after defeating Cape Verde in a rather unconvincing 2:0 win in their quarterfinal duel last Saturday.Addressing the media Tuesday ahead of the tomorrow’s game, Kwasi Appiah said that the players are ready to battle Burkina Faso and have their names written in the history books.“I am lucky to have my name as a Nations’ Cup winner. I’ve told the players it’s time for them to write their names too.”On Monday, heavy rains prevent Ghana from practicing on the sandy pitch at Nelspruit, whose unusual terrain several teams have complained about. There are already fears that the nature of the pitch might affect the Black Stars, who are new to that pitch. The Stallions, on the other hand, have played all their four previous matches on that pitch and see that as an advantage over Ghana.But Kwasi Appiah does not appear too worried. “We can’t train on the main pitch but we won’t play there alone. Burkina have played there already, but we have no choice but to compete. We would have preferred one training session on it but it’s not possible so the pitch is no longer an issue,” he told journalists. Nonetheless, the Black Stars Coach said his side is fully prepared and training very well for a tough game against Burkina tomorrow.last_img read more

CDC Releases Edited Documents on COVID-19 Reopening Guidance

first_imgU.S. health officials on Thursday released guidance for schools, businesses and other organizations to use, as states begin to reopen from coronavirus shutdowns.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued several “decision tool” documents that use traffic signs and other graphics advise organizations on what to consider before reopening.The tools are geared toward schools, workplaces, camps, childcare centers, mass transit systems, and bars and restaurants. Places of worship are not addressed in any of the final version, as a Trump administration official speaking on condition of anonymity reports there were concerns about the propriety of the government dictating the activities and schedules of places of worship.A lengthier CDC document, which the Associated Press obtained, would give different organizations more specific on reopening while limiting spread of the virus, such as by spacing workers or students six feet apart, along with closing break rooms and cafeterias to limit gatherings.Health experts and politicians have been asking the CDC to release as much guidance as possible to help businesses and organizations determine their next steps.“They want to be able to tell their own employees the guidance of the federal government,” Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University, said during a congressional hearing Wednesday. “They want to be able to tell their customers, ‘We’ve done everything that’s been asked of us.’” New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer adds, “America needs and must have the candid guidance of our best scientists unfiltered, unedited, uncensored by president Trump or his political minions. The CDC report on reopening the country is an important piece of that guidance.”The decision tools are still undergoing review by federal officials, and have been edited from earlier versions.For example, language has been removed that asked if an organization is located in a community that still requires significant measures to avoid spreading the virus. If the answer was yes, the original document advised the organization not to reopen.Meanwhile, the original version of the document for operators of child care centers stated that CDC recommended “checking for signs and symptoms of children and staff.” The new version adds “as feasible” to the end of that statement.Similar new language regarding feasibility also appears in sections that promote healthy hygiene such as hand washing and employees wearing cloth masks.last_img read more

French challenge beckons England players

first_img Two teams will represent England Golf in the Vilmorin Cup at the French U21 ladies’ championship at St Cloud, from 2-6 April. Team A is India Clyburn of Lincolnshire, Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire and Inci Mehmet of Surrey. Team B is Sammie Giles of Cornwall, Sophie Lamb of Lancashire and Bethan Popel of Gloucestershire. The players will be joined by Gemma Clews of Cheshire for a match against France at St Cloud on the day before the championship, Wednesday, 1 April. The Vilmorin Cup is played alongside the two rounds of stroke play qualifying at the championship and the best two scores from each team count each day.   After 36 holes the leading 32 players go forward to the matchplay stages of the championship for the Esmond Trophy; and the next best 16 players aged under 18 contest the Cartier Trophy.   The players: India Clyburn, 18, (Woodhall Spa) won the 2014 England Golf Girls’ Order of Merit, sponsored by Ascot Golf, in her last season as a junior. Her individual successes included winning the English girls’ championship, the Scottish junior open, the girls’ title at the Daily Telegraph junior championship and the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy. She was in England’s winning teams at the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals – winning all six of her matches at the girls’ event. Sammie Giles, 20, (St Mellion) is the English women’s mid-amateur champion and the winner of the 2014 Liphook Scratch Cup. Last season she enjoyed consistently good form with a top ten finish at the St Rule Trophy and top 15s at the Helen Holm, the English amateur and the British stroke play. Alice Hewson, 17, (Berkhamsted) was a member of England’s winning team at the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. She won the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale and the U18 prize at the St Rule Trophy where she also helped England win the Nations Cup and was fourth overall. She was sixth in the English girls’ championship and ninth in the English women’s amateur. This season she was a quarter finalist in the Spanish women’s amateur. Sophie Lamb, 17, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) successfully defended the girls’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies in 2014. She has been in England’s winning teams at the Girls’ Home Internationals for the last two years and has represented GB&I in the junior Vagliano Trophy. She reached the last 16 in this year’s Spanish women’s amateur. Inci Mehmet, 18, (Royal Mid Surrey, Image © Leaderboard Photography) was also a member of the team which won the girls’ Home Internationals for the seventh successive year. She was runner-up at the 2014 English women’s amateur championship and has amassed a series of other good results last season, including fourth place in the Portuguese championship, fifth in the Irish open stroke play and fourth in the Critchley Salver. She reached the matchplay stages of the 2015 Spanish women’s amateur. Bethan Popel, 19, (Long Ashton) was also in the winning team at the women’s Home Internationals and helped England win the Nations Cup at the St Rule Trophy. Her other good results last season included fifth place in the English amateur, seventh place in the women’s Welsh stroke play, 12th place in the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play and 11th in the Portuguese amateur. Gemma Clews, 20, (Delamere Forest) was in England’s winning team at the ladies’ Home Internationals and won two scratch events last season: the Pleasington Putter and the inaugural Delamere Comboy Trophy. She was also third in the Welsh open stroke play, sixth in the English amateur and 12th in the British stroke play. 13 Mar 2015 French challenge beckons England players last_img read more

Are yinz ready for October? Pirates star McCutchen on cover of this week’s SI

first_imgPirates second baseman Neil Walker, who grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of Gibsonia, is part of what locals call the Lost Generation – anyone born in Pittsburgh after 1984.“It was the Steelers, the Penguins, Pitt, Penn State—and then the Pirates,” he says. “Going to the ballpark was never an activity for a group of friends. It was lost.”Jenkins takes the pulse of the rejuvenated Pirate fan base, including former foe Sid Bream, who scored the winning run for the Braves against the Pirates in Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS.“I want more than anyone for them to break the Bream Curse,” says Bream, who lives outside the [email protected] Cover Tweet:  This Week’s National Cover: @Pirates fans finally have a September to remember http://on.si.com/1fz38rvTweet-friendly cover story notes:In this week’s @SInow @SI_LeeJenkins says Pirates fans are ready for October after 20 years of losing | http://bit.ly/14Yt66wIn this week’s @SInow: Sid Bream says: “I want more than anyone for them to break the Bream Curse.” | http://bit.ly/[email protected] in this week’s @SInow: “It was the Steelers, the Penguins, Pitt, Penn State—and then the Pirates.”| http://bit.ly/14Yt66wIn this week’s @SInow Steelers CB Ike Taylor: “Now I go home at night & I watch the Pirates. I’m on the bandwagon.”| http://bit.ly/14Yt66w (NEW YORK – To a generation of Pittsburgh fans, September has always been about school, football and the irrelevance of the Pirates. But with the franchise’s 20-season losing streak ending last night, senior writer Lee Jenkins says in this week’s Sports Illustrated, on newsstands now, that a reawakened baseball town is asking: Are yinz ready for October?Pirates’ All-Star centerfielder and MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen is featured on a regional cover of this week’s SI. Hi first SI cover appearance marks the second time this season the Pirates have been featured on the cover.last_img read more

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