first_imgThe board announced the cancellation in a post on the Hometown 4th Festival Facebook page. The organizers of the event said that they are hoping to plan a smaller festival in the future when it is safer, in honor of essential workers who have risked their lives during the pandemic. The event was supposed to be held in Neahwa Park but was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns and the inability to acquire a permit from the New York State Health department needed to hold a mass gathering in a park. They also mentioned that they will still be holding their Great Otsego Outdoor Challenge as well as their Super Smash Brothers Play at Home Video Game Tournament.center_img Additionally, they are trying to collaborate with the City of Oneonta to provide entertainment on Main Street during the reopening of local businesses. ONEONTA, N.Y. (WBNG) — The board of First Night Oneonta announced that the annual Hometown 4th of July Festival has been canceled on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgThe board concluded that an asset transfer to another pension fund was the best way to keep pace with inflation compensation.Jaarbeurs said joining Horeca, the pension fund for the Dutch hotel and catering industry, was not an option, as the difference in funding levels would have required Jaarbeurs to make an additional payment.At October-end, the coverage ratios at Horeca and Jaarbeurs was 120% and 103.5%, respectively.The pension fund PNO Media was also dropped, as its pension plan’s contribution was too high compared with the premium charged by Pensioenfonds Jaarbeurs.In the end, PGB was selected because “it could almost entirely adopt the current pension arrangements of Jaarbeurs”.“There was no significant difference in funding, the contribution level was right, and the investment policy of both schemes was almost the same,” Jaarbeurs’ board said.The transfer to PGB – scheduled for 31 December – is still subject to regulatory approval.In other news, Koopvaardij, the €3.2bn pension fund for the Dutch merchant navy, has said it will grant its 54,000 participants 50% indexation.The scheme’s board said it could now afford inflation compensation, on the back of a coverage ratio of 112.3% at October-end and “good investment results” this year.It has decided to grant its pensioners and deferred members an indexation of 0.29%, equating to 50% of the consumer index.Active participants will see an increase in their pension rights of 0.49%, which is 50% of the salary increase in the sector, it said.The board said indexation would be unlikely next year due to the stricter rules put in place by the new financial assessment framework (FTK), which will come into force on 1 January.The scheme has not granted inflation compensation since 2010, but neither has it cut pension rights over the period.The board said an analysis of the development of its long-term financial position suggested its options for indexation would be limited for the next 15 years.Lastly, the €17.2bn Philips Pensioenfonds has claimed that new FTK rules for “sustainable indexation” could prevent the scheme from granting full inflation compensation for the next 5-6 years. The company scheme has failed to grant indexation since 2011, and saw its indexation in arrears increase to 6.5%.It said the new FTK would only allow a compensation for this arrears in small steps and only after the pension fund’s funding – currently 110% – exceeded 125%. The board of the €110m pension fund for exhibition venue Jaarbeurs has decided to join the €18bn pension fund for the printing industry PGB. In a statement to participants, Jaarbeurs’ board said increased legal requirements for trustees had forced their hand on whether to liquidate the company scheme.Explaining its preference for PGB, it said it asked for a quote from three insurers, and that only Delta Lloyd and Aegon had made interesting offers on price.However, the pension scheme lacked additional funding to secure indexation, it said.last_img read more

first_imgSharjah: A big daddy Virat Kohli hundred or a Rohit Sharma special laced with humongous sixes to take India past the 300-plus run mark is a common sight in today’s day and age. But it was not the case in the late 90s’ when the par scorewas around 250.On this day, in 1996 it changed as India scored 300 or more in an ODI match for the first time, at Sharjah against Pakistan. The Mohammad Azharuddin-led side won by 28 runs with Little Master Sachin Tendulkar (118) and Navjot Singh Sidhu (101) forging a record 231-run stand for the second wicket.Azhar took India past the 300-run mark with a quickfire 10-ball 29 as they posted 305/5. India’s innings was all about the class of Tendulkar who hit eight fours and two sixes while Sidhu was all about running between the wickets and keeping the scoreboard ticking.India went on to win the game by 28 runs. This match is also known for Sidhu losing his temper in an exchange of words with Waqar Younis and skipper Aamir Sohail. Tendulkar tried to calm things down and worked with Sidhu as they built record stand which took India to a famous win.In reply, Pakistan rode fifties from Sohail and wicketkeeper batsman Rashid Latif with Ijaz Ahmed and Saleem Malik both scoring 42. They were all out for 277 with pace spearhead Javagal Srinath returning best figures of 3/65.Tendulkar did well with the ball too, taking two wickets — Basit Ali and Saqlain Mushtaq. (IANS)Also Read: Sachin Tendulkar gritty knock in year 1998 is how to fight COVID-19: Ian ChappellAlso Watch: Hagrama Mohilary organizes a press-meet on Coronavirus situation and distribution of Rationslast_img read more

first_imgAfter the Badgers last played an outdoor game in 2006 at Lambeau field. Many UW players are excited to get back outside for a game.[/media-credit]You might think that the last thing on Ryan McDonagh’s mind over winter break would be hockey. With classes over and a mid-season break free of school and athletics, the junior tri-captain of the Wisconsin men’s hockey team finally got some time off. You might think the idea of going home and lacing up the skates for some backyard hockey would have no appeal.You would be wrong.“Just over Christmas break when I went home, I just was looking forward to it so much because the [previous] Christmas I was at World Juniors, so I didn’t get to go home,” McDonagh said. “So this year I was excited to get home for a week or so and play outside with all my buddies and high school teammates. It was awesome.”Pond hockey is a game that doesn’t quite have the appeal of backyard football or street basketball. All you need for the latter two is some pavement or a field and a ball. Ice hockey necessitates everyone have skates, sticks and pucks.But for many of those in the northern part of the continent, winter meant outdoor hockey. And despite the abundance of indoor rinks with controlled climates and Zambonis to fix the ice, many Badgers hold a fondness for the outdoor game.“Growing up, I always played outdoors. My best buddy had a rink and I remember nights we’d stay out there until 3 a.m.,” sophomore center Derek Stepan, a native of Hastings, Minn. said.“My first house, I lived there until I was about four or five. My dad built a rink in the backyard every year, and we’d go out all the time as a little kid and just scoot around and stuff,” McDonagh, another Minnesota native said. “But it was still fun, I still remember it now.”Family is a common theme in many UW players’ love for hockey. Many players on the women’s team mentioned that hockey is really a family affair, whether it was fathers or siblings. From learning the game from older brothers to having a sister as a teammate next year, the game is surrounded by families.For Kyla Sanders, even a lack of ice wasn’t enough to deter her from hockey. The forward from warm, sunny Fort Myers, Fla., started playing because of her brothers.“I actually watched my brothers play first, and I wanted to be just like them so I started playing. We started playing roller hockey first and transferred over to ice hockey,” Sanders said.Defenseman Geena Prough shared a similar story about following in her brothers’ footsteps at a young age. As a kid, Prough, a native of Farmington, Mich., felt she “had to do everything they did,” so she started playing hockey as well. Even forward Brianna Decker noted learning hockey from her brothers.“I started playing hockey because my brothers played and they basically taught me how to play on the pond outside,” Decker said. “Also there was this outdoor rink near our house so in the winter we skated out there.”With the Camp Randall Hockey Classic coming up this Saturday, what better time to wax poetic about the appeal of outdoor hockey?Baseball fans often claim the game was meant to be played outside — resulting in an outdoor stadium in Minnesota where there might still be snow on the ground come April. Football teams that play in domes continue to have an advantage over teams that play outdoors, mainly due to the noise factor.But something different happens when hockey is played outside.According to, the average NHL arena has a capacity of 18,443 fans and according to the NHL, average attendance last season was 17,460 fans per game. The UW men’s team led the NCAA in average home attendance last season, with an average of 13,785. Most Division I programs averaged somewhere between 2,000-5,000 fans per game.But they say “if you build it, they will come,” and when given the opportunity to offer more seats, hockey teams have taken full advantage.In a game dubbed, “The Cold War,” 74,554 people jammed into Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. for the first modern outdoor NCAA hockey game, back in 2001. Michigan State and rival Michigan would skate to a 3-3 tie in what is still the NCAA attendance record for a men’s hockey game.When the NHL decided to start a Winter Classic outdoor game to be played New Year’s Day, it helped foster interest in a sport hurt by its 2005-2006 lockout. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres set a new NHL attendance record on Jan. 1, 2008, at 71,217. Almost 41,000 people packed into Chicago’s Wrigley Field for the 2009 Winter Classic and 38,112 fans attended this year’s edition of the game at Boston’s Fenway Park.So what makes outdoor hockey so much more interesting?“It’s old-time hockey. The best way to say it is, people in the old days remember how they used to play outdoors and it’s fun to watch,” Stepan said. “It’s fun to go outside and be all bundled up and watch a hockey game with some of your closest friends. Pretty much it’s an excuse to have a good time.”“It brings you back to your childhood, when we’d go to the backdoor rinks and just play around, just scrimmage,” Ontario, Canada native Brendan Smith said.That nostalgia isn’t lost on UW men’s head coach Mike Eaves. In his press conference Monday, he mentioned the innocence and fun associated with outdoor hockey.“There was a commercial done by Neal Broten on TV in Minnesota, and he was trying to describe this… and he’s looking on out into the distance,” Eaves said. “He says, if I could go back to 8 years old, I’d go back in a heartbeat. And he meant it because of what it brings back, the joy, the pure joy of being outside and playing the game.”The more playful nature of pickup games also gives players an opportunity to do things they wouldn’t do in league play. For Smith, normally a defenseman, one of his best outdoor hockey memories wasn’t even close to one of his best moments.“I guess one time, I played goalie and it was really difficult, so I’ll say the one time I strapped on the pads over at Sam Gagner’s,” he said. “That would be one of the biggest memories — I made a few big saves, but was ultimately terrible.”For a sport that often requires dedication and enough money to afford sticks, pads and other equipment, stripping it down to the basics seems to give it an allure that young and old alike can enjoy. Why else would the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships attract 253 teams, including divisions for people 50+, a women’s division and a youth bracket?For McDonagh, getting away from the strict organization that accompanies practices inside arenas is beneficial. So long as it’s winter, the ice is always open and you’re free to do whatever.“You can go outside seven days a week, the lights are until 11, sometimes later,” he said. “There’s more opportunity to get away from the systems… that you do in practice. You get outside, you can do puck skills and learn little moves and work on your shot and stuff like that. All that stuff’s really valuable.”What began on a pond or backyard rink translated into not only success for these athletes, but a way of life. Playing one sport for the almost their entire lives, the squad has experienced a lot through hockey — things they might not had the chance to if they did not survive the blood and sweat.“It’s really taught me a lot of life lessons — how to compete, how to be a good sport,” Prough said. “I’ve gone through a lot of adversity with hockey and you have to learn how to work through the tough times. I think that all assimilates to real life. I’ve learned a lot from hockey.”“It’s been an unbelievable experience,” sophomore Brooke Ammerman said. “It’s taken me places I probably would have never gone. I’ve played in some pretty special games like the national championship game and even the U18 world championships. It’s just been great.”Of course, not all of the U.S. gets to enjoy the joys of outdoor hockey. Even fewer people actually end up playing competitively, due to the large time commitment and cost of equipment — as Stepan said, “it’s a rich man’s game.” But if it got a little colder a little further south, Smith thinks the opportunity to play outside for fun would convince more kids to make the sacrifice.“Oh for sure, those are the best times, those are what gets everybody into hockey. You always just [pretend] you’re playing the Stanley Cup game, and it’s tied in overtime,” Smith said. “If more people down south got to get that experience of playing in an outdoor rink and… three-on-three or two-on-two even, I think there would be a lot more of an attraction.”The immensity of Saturday’s event — attendance should be around 50,000, as ticket sales are currently just over 48,000 — should do nothing but help the sport. For Prough, it’s certainly a step up from playing in the backyard with her brothers.“This will be the first real game outside,” she said. “I’ve definitely played a lot of pond hockey growing up, but I don’t think anything is going to top this.”last_img read more

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers One of the role players from a previous Lakers title team could be making his way back to Los Angeles if the front office gets its way.An ESPN report Sunday indicated that the Lakers are looking to acquire veteran forward Trevor Ariza from the Phoenix Suns, and could include guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as part of the deal.The report indicates that the Lakers, who would not be able to deal for Ariza until Dec. 15, when players on one-year deals are eligible to be moved. Both Ariza ($15 million) and Caldwell-Pope ($12 million) signed one-year deals this summer with their respective teams.For the Lakers, Ariza, 33, would bring size as a 6-foot-8 wing and defensive stopping prowess. It would represent a push to build a title-contender this year as opposed to the patient approach the franchise has pushed for the last few months. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Caldwell-Pope, 25, quickly dropped out of the starting lineup this season, and his production overall has dropped coming off the bench. He’s averaging 8.5 points per game and 2.3 rebounds per game.A potential deal with Ariza and Caldwell-Pope has entangled power brokers at play: Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka was Ariza’s agent before assuming his post in the front office. Phoenix general manager James Jones is a long time friend and teammate of LeBron James, and bought out Chandler just 10 games into the season for the Lakers to scoop up in November. Caldwell-Pope’s agent Rich Paul is also James’ agent, and he could have a large say in whether Caldwell-Pope exercises his veto power on a trade.ESPN reported that Caldwell-Pope and Paul would be open to a deal that could increase Caldwell-Pope’s role and aid him in getting signed this summer in free agency. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAriza, from Westchester High and UCLA, was a key piece of last year’s Houston Rockets as a three-and-D specialist, and he could bring needed length on the wings. The Lakers often play Caldwell-Pope and Josh Hart together in undersized lineups. He’s also a veteran of a championship-winning team on the Lakers in 2009, and is of the same generation as veterans LeBron James and Tyson Chandler (who was his Suns teammate at the start of the season).With the last-place Suns dropping off in the West, Ariza is averaging 9.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as well as 1.3 steals.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Sofapaka bench led by head coach John Baraza (center) during a past Kenyan Premier League clash. Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7- With Gor Mahia losing for the first time this season after going down 2-1 away to Bandari FC in Mombasa on Tuesday afternoon, chasing teams have revived hopes of doing the gigantic task of bridging the gap and shocking K’Ogalo for the 2018 Kenyan Premier League title.Sofapaka, the 2009 champions, are 13 points behind the leaders while Bandari are now 11 points close to the record 16-time champions who nonetheless have a two-game deficit. Batoto ba Mungu head coach John Baraza says his side will not give up on the chase for the crown and will wait to make the most of any slip ups by Gor.“We have nine matches remaining this season and that is 27 points to fight for. Definitely, fate is not on our hands, but this is football you never know. Gor will drop points along the way and if they do, we have to make sure we are in a position to benefit. We have to ensure we try win all the remaining games and see what happens,” Baraza told Capital Sport.Baraza though has bemoaned two losses they picked before last weekend’s 1-0 win against Ulinzi Stars, saying those were six vital points dropped. Sofapaka lost 2-0 to Kariobangi Sharks and 2-1 to Tusker, slowing down their march to catch up with Gor.“They were very unfortunate losses and I think if we picked those two wins, we would have a very good chance. Against Sony we didn’t play very well. They outplayed us. Against Tusker, we were the best team and played a brilliant game but lost. However, that is behind our backs and we focus ahead,” the tactician added.Sofapaka strikers Umaru Kassumba, Piston Mutamba and Stephen Waruru celebrate one of the goals in their 3-0 win over Baba Dogo United in the FKF Shield Round of 32 match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on June 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn their quest, Sofapaka can hand themselves a huge favor if they BEAT k’Ogalo when the two sides lock horn on the 22nd of this month, the tie tentatively set for the Kinoru Stadium in Meru.They came inches close to beating the league leaders when they met in the first leg having come from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 but conceded a last minute goal.The other side with a probably realistic chance of catching up with Gor is AFC Leopards who are fourth with 42 points. Ingwe were 1-0 winners over Mathare United over the weekend, a result that injected some hope of fighting for the title.Mathare started the season as one of the title prospects, but have since slumped after a brilliant start and have gone eight matches without enjoying victory. They are now placed seventh in the standings with 35 points.Meanwhile, while the battle for the league looks more of a chance battle, the one at the extreme end of the table promises to shape down to a battle down to the wire.Wazito are bottom of the pile with 20 points, same as Thika United but with an inferior goal difference. Vihiga United occupy the play-off slot with 23 points, four behind the safe zone occupied by Chemelil Sugar.Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna quenches his thirst during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluLeague debutants Wazito have not won a league game since their 1-0 victory over Sofapaka on April 29 and have lost nine of their last 12 outings. They played to a 0-0 draw with Nzoia Sugar over the weekend, but they look far from convincing especially after massive exits in mid-seasonThika United survived the chop last season after winning 1—against Ushuru in the promotion and relegation play-off, but if their form this season is anything to go by, it looks like a tall order.Just like Wazito, Thika have been forced to do some serious rebuilding after most of the first team players left in mid-season and have lost four of their last five games. Losses against Nakumatt and Sony Sugar have had massive blows on their survival bid.Vihiga have lost three matches on the trot and new boss Mike Mururi has a tall order to rescue the side from the snare of relegation. Their closest rivals to safety, Chemelil, beat them 1-0 last weekend to move three points clear.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgHis predictions have given Donegal a rub of the green!And now former Donegal star Martin McHugh has done it again!This time the RTE pundit and Daily Star columnist has opted for Cork to win Sunday’s crunch All Ireland semi-final. Last time out the Kilcar man, and father of current Donegal star Mark McHugh, sided with Kerry to beat Jim McGuinness’ side in the quarter final.We all know what happened there but McHugh has still decided to go with Donegal’s opponents yet again.Nobody is quite sure if this is a rouse by McHugh to give the Rebels a false sense of superiority!McHugh says “I watched eight teams play in the All Ireland quarter finals on the August bank Holiday weekend and I left Croke Park on the Sunday evening thinking that Cork wouldn’t be stopped.” He adds that Donegal must produce their best-ever performance ever to give themselves a fighting chance.Sunday will tell a tell! GAA STAR MCHUGH GOES FOR CORK (SO THAT’S A DONEGAL VICTORY THEN!) was last modified: August 23rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CorkdonegalMartin McHughThe Starlast_img read more