Olympic sevens rugby set to continue into the 2024 Games

first_imgAll smiles: World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont“We now await the decision of the IOC Session and continue to be fully committed to the Olympic Charter and the highest standards of anti-doping as we look to what promises to be a spectacular Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and, hopefully, beyond.”The IOC are expected to announce where the 2024 Olympic Games will be held in an extraordinary IOC session in Lausanne over 11 and 12 July. They will decide which city out of Paris and Los Angeles will hold the games in 2024 – with the city losing out to be slated as the hosts for 2028. In a significant statement from the International Olympic Committee, their executive board have announced that they will retain all 28 sports that featured at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the 2024 Olympic Games programme. The move means that Olympic sevens will go on beyond the 2020 Games in Tokyo.As they said in their statement today: “In another decision regarding the Olympic programme, the Executive Board approved the overall composition of the sports programme for the Olympic Games 2024 to include all 28 sports on the programme of the Olympic Games Rio 2016.”FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERETalking of the announcement, World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “While the IOC Session will ultimately consider this recommendation, World Rugby, like the entire global rugby family, is very excited by today’s Executive Board’s recommendation. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Jumping for joy: Ellia Green scores for women’s Olympic sevens champions, Australia “I would like to thank the IOC President Thomas Bach and the IOC Executive Board for placing their continued trust in rugby, and our national member unions, players and passionate fans for making sevens the best it can possibly be.last_img read more

BLOG: Happy Hunting! Let Your Voice Be Heard

first_imgBLOG: Happy Hunting! Let Your Voice Be Heard Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Robb Miller, Governor’s Advisor for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img The Blog Last week, Governor Wolf announced that he had signed Executive Order 2015-13 to formally re-establish both the Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation and the Governor’s Youth Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation. As we head into deer season, reestablishing the Advisory Council will ensure the Governor is getting good feedback from the sportsmen community.Here in Pennsylvania, we’re blessed with abundant natural resources that create widespread recreational opportunities for all outdoor recreationalists.  About 6.4 million people in Pennsylvania enjoy hunting and fishing, or some other form of outdoor recreation like birdwatching, nature photography, hiking, camping, and boating. These healthy, family-based activities not only improve our quality of life, they enhance our economic well-being.Outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania accounts for $21.5 billion in consumer spending and supports 219,000 direct jobs.  Our hunters and anglers spend about $1.5 billion annually, creating a ripple effect on our economy valued at $2.5 billion; they support roughly the same number of jobs as are provided by our third largest employer, Penn State University.Because these activities are such a rich part of our heritage and because we need to move carefully and deliberately as we make important decisions regarding our natural resources, Governor Wolf’s executive order re-established two volunteer advisory councils, to give our hunters and anglers a voice in the way we protect the resources they care so much about.First formed in 1985, the Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation will be comprised of twenty Pennsylvania residents who will offer recommendations and advice on a range of outdoor-related issues, including pending legislation.  Among the council’s specific duties will be to recruit, screen and recommend nominees for the boards of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.Our two wildlife agencies are sustained primarily from the license fees hunters and anglers pay and from various federal excise taxes they’re charged when they purchase things like firearms, ammunition, fishing tackle, trolling motors and watercraft.Since 1938 when the Pittman-Robertson Act first went into effect, hunters and target shooters across America have provided more than $9 Billion to purchase land for wildlife habitat, preserving open space for all citizens, not just those who hunt and fish.  And the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act collects about $1 Billion annually at the national level, providing the Fish and Boat Commission with about $13 million annually to help it fulfill its mission.The Governor’s Youth Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation will be made up of twenty youth from around the Commonwealth, ages 14-18, and will be asked to provide the Governor with innovative ideas about how best to engage today’s youth, and future generations, in the conservation of our natural resources and the enhancement our outdoor heritageIndividuals interested in volunteering for either council should send a resume and detailed cover letter explaining their desire to serve to Robb Miller, Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation, 400 Market St., 7th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2301.  Individuals can also email their information to me at [email protected] The selection process is expected to be competitive and the deadline for applications is January 1, 2016. November 30, 2015last_img read more

ESL Shipping’s Crane Issues on New Vessels Mainly Fixed

first_imgSerious technical problems with cranes aboard ESL Shipping’s new LNG-fueled bulkers have been mainly fixed, according to the company’s parent, Aspo Group.Aki Ojanen, CEO of Aspo Group, said that the new ships “were disappointments” as their cranes remained inoperable throughout the first quarter, and they were unable to operate as planned.At the end of the period, crane manufacturer Cargotec MacGregor informed that it had mainly returned the cranes operational.The installation and testing of the autonomous crane system were postponed to the second quarter of the year due to warranty repairs.The extensive and serious problems in the conventional mechanics of all the cranes aboard the ships have affected the company’s profitability in the first quarter of 2019. The issues resulted in significant loss of income and additional costs for the shipping company as ESL Shipping had to identify other transportation options with a lower profitability during the repairs.ESL Shipping however ended the quarter with an increase in its operating profit, driven by higher transportation volumes and the earnings of the acquired Swedish shipping company [email protected] profit for the quarter was up at EUR 3.2 million, compared to 2.6 million reported in the same period in 2018. The operating profit rate for the period was 7.3%, which is low considering the long-term target, the company explained.Net sales increased by 113% from the comparative period and stood at EUR 43.7 million, up from EUR 20.5 million, as a result of the vessel capacity brought by the [email protected] acquisition, the deployment of the two new LNG-fueled vessels and higher transportation volumes.The cargo volume carried by ESL Shipping during the first quarter amounted to 3.6 million tons, rising from 2.5 million tons handled a year earlier.Looking forward, ESL Shipping expects the financial performance of the new LNG-fueled vessels to reach the targeted level starting from the second quarter.Uncertainties associated with the development of the cargo markets are expected to have the most significant impact on the performance of the shipping company’s largest Supramax vessels in 2019.Most of the use of the shipping company’s transportation capacity has been secured in the Baltic Sea and Northern Europe through long-term agreements. The current forecasts of general transportation volumes of contractual partners are satisfactory in the key customer segments, even though there are uncertainties in demand due to the political situation and increased economic uncertainty.last_img read more

Guwahati India Open International Rating Chess Tournament Begins

first_imgSports ReporterGUWAHATI: The 3rd Guwahati India Open International Rating chess tournament was inaugurated by Minister for Water Resources, Science and Technology & IT of Assam Keshab Mahanta in presence of several former chess players. A total of 356 players including GM Vasquez Schroeder Rodrigo, from Chile, Belgium, Thailand, Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal and host India are participating in this 6-day International event which carries prize money of Rs 10 lakh. Also Read: Assam Chess Club Hosting Chess Coaching Camp in GuwahatiAlso Watch: Road Accident in Demow, One dieslast_img

Ex-N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried accused of paying Dennis Smith Jr.’s family through assistant, report says

first_imgAn attorney claimed in a court document last month that former North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried used an assistant to give the family of Dennis Smith Jr. thousands of dollars while Smith was being recruited, ESPN.com reported Friday.ESPN’s sources said that an attorney for former Gottfried assistant Orlando Early claimed Feb. 12 that Gottfried twice handed Early envelopes that Early was to give to Smith’s personal trainer, Shawn Farmer. From there, Farmer was to deliver the envelopes to Smith’s father, former NBA player Dennis Smith Sr. Early, according to the attorney, believed the envelopes contained cash. N.C. State spokesman Fred Demarest told ESPN and the (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer on Friday that the university was not aware of the claims being made against Gottfried.”If such information exists, it has not been shared with the university,” Demarest wrote in an email, according to ESPN and the N&O.ESPN reported that Gottfried is the first head coach to be directly associated with the improper payments made by Adidas. The attorney’s claims were included in a sentencing memorandum related to the corruption case of James Gatto, a former executive for Adidas. Gatto was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in federal prison after he and two other men were found guilty last October of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. The men used Adidas money to entice top recruits to attend schools that had contracts with the apparel company.Gatto’s co-defendants, Merl Code and Christian Dawkins, were each sentenced to six months for their roles in the fraud and conspiracy. The three were arrested as part of a sprawling federal investigation into corruption in college basketball.MORE: LSU suspends coach after report of conversation with DawkinsGottfried’s attorney, Scott Tompsett, disputed the claims made by Early’s attorney.”The statement being reported on is false and conflicts with the sworn testimony of the government’s lead witness in the trial last fall,” Tompsett told ESPN in a statement. Tompsett was referring to T.J. Gassnola, a former Adidas consultant who Tompsett said testified at trial that he “did not discuss the payment to Dennis Smith with anyone at N.C. State other than one assistant coach.”Gassnola testified that he gave Early $40,000 to give to Smith’s family. Early’s attorney claimed in the February document that his client believed Smith’s family was seeking $100,000 or more for Smith’s commitment, ESPN reported.No allegations were made against Gottfried during the trial, ESPN reported.Smith played one season for N.C. State before leaving for the NBA in 2017. He now plays for the Knicks.Early is now a scout for the NBA’s Grizzlies. ESPN reported he did not respond to requests for comment. Gottfried is now the head coach at Cal State Northridge.last_img read more

Lakers sign veteran Andre Ingram to 10-day contract

first_imgAndre Ingram will get another chance with the Lakers.The veteran guard has signed a 10-day contract with Los Angeles, the team announced Monday, giving the Lakers extra depth through a five-game road stretch.  In July 2018, Ingram was hoping he would get invited to the Lakers training camp after the addition of LeBron James.”There is always the next thing, the next goal,” Ingram said, via The Undefeated. “Training camp is the next thing, then playing well and doing well for your team, then the next thing and the next thing. That is how it always is.” In October 2018, Ingram was added to the training camp roster of the South Bay Lakers. Later in January, he appeared in his 402nd career game in the G League to become the league’s all-time leader in games played.Ingram will be another veteran presence alongside James as the Lakers (30-36) fight for the eighth seed, which is currently held by the city-rival Clippers (38-29).The first stop will be in Chicago against the Bulls on Tuesday. Lonzo Ball injury update: Lakers guard will miss rest of season, report sayscenter_img BREAKING: The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard Andre Ingram to a 10-day contract.https://t.co/Q9CC27H7KA— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 11, 2019Ingram played in just two games with the Lakers last season, scoring a total of 24 points. He stole the show in the team’s loss to the Rockets on April 10 when he scored 19 points and recorded three blocks in his NBA debut. Ingram even drew “MVP” chants with eventual MVP winner James Harden on the floor.Ingram, 33, spent 10 years in the NBA G League (formerly the D League) before getting his big break in Los Angeles.  Related News Brandon Ingram injury update: Lakers forward expected to miss remainder of seasonlast_img read more

Labor Day Blog pt. 3: At Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio, it isn’t just about the dance

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — At Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio, it is about keeping the dance simple. It is about age appropriate music and costumes. It is about affordable pricing and a budget friendly year end recital.And it is about life.If you act now, you can start a whole new season of dance for your child and see what Wellington’s now most established dance studio is all about.This will mark Michelle Crittenden’s fifth season at the studio, located at 205 S. Washington. When people come to register there will be a full lineup of classes starting from the Itty Bitty to Combo Level 1 and II, to ballet, jazz, tap, pom, and hip hop. There is something for everyone Monday through Thursday.Here are the dancers who started Tuesday at Michelle’s Encore Dance.Classes started this week, but there is still plenty of time to register. Only you might want to act fast. These classes are filling up. Sumner County children are discovering that classes at Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio are a lot of fun. Parents are discovering just how affordable dance classes can be. Crittenden opened her doors in January, 2010, and it has been full steam ahead ever since.Her story is a good one. She grew up in a small town in White City, Kans. with a population of 500 which didn’t have a dance studio. So she didn’t grow up dancing but was a cheerleader.It wasn’t until she went to Butler Community College that she fell in love with the sport. She would transfer to Kansas State and become a member of the Classy Cats.In 1998 with a degree in journalism and mass communications, Crittenden graduated and married Danny Crittenden. They had a bright-eyed little girl named Adelynn Brynn.“After college, I coached and worked with many high school and college dance teams and continued taking dance classes,” Crittenden said. “I cheered for semi-pro teams and couldn’t shake the ‘dance bug.’”In 2007, the Crittendens moved to Wellington and danced and coached the Wichita Wild dance team.“After that with support from friends and family, I decided to go for it and open a studio,” she said. “I wanted to make dance affordable, so that all kids have a chance to try dancing.“Dance has opened so many doors for me in my life.”Crittenden said a lot of people don’t realize that junior colleges in Kansas give books and tuition scholarships to members of the dance team.“Without that – I’m not sure how I would have gone to college,” she said.Michelle chose the name Encore for the studio because for her it was the end of her show – performing the dances – to now coming back as a teacher – to share her passion for dance with others.“I wanted to use dance to bring something positive to the community,” she said. “We have been able to raise money and awareness for local charities like the Michael Day Benefit, Wellington Food Bank, and Relay for Life and hope to do even more in the future.”This year’s dance schedule is a good one (see full schedule here).As one can tell, at Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio it is more about dance. It’s about building a positive foundation and being a good citizen.Click on the website here for more information. Also, click on the colorful ad on the left for news updates and dance specials throughout the year.last_img read more