So It Turns Out The Person Behind The Meme #TrumpQueen Also Knows How To Jam

first_imgLive For Live Music: So, this has been a pretty crazy week for you right, with your meme blowing up? Michal Krauthamer: Yeah, it’s been crazy.L4LM: How did you come up with the idea for Trump Queen? And when did you first start producing these guys? Since then, can you walk us through the timeline from then up to now?MK: I started working on Trump Queen in March, one day while practicing my Photoshop skills. I’m not sure where the idea came from. But, I did one and it was just too funny, so I decided to make another one. And then another. And then another. Eventually, I had so many that I decided to post them on Facebook and Instagram to share with friends.L4LM: Evidently, you’ve been making these images for a while, and it seems like it was never your intention to share them widely with the world, as it was your friend who posted them to Imgur originally, which caused it to go viral. Can you talk about the motivation for making these guys before you started disseminating them widely?MK: I actually did want to share them, I’m just really bad at the internet. Luckily, my friend Avi Jacobs knew what he was doing and posted it on Imgur at the right time, and it just took off.L4LM: Before you publicly came forward, did you ever see headlines like the one from the Huffington Post, which read “Someone Keeps Face Swapping Donald Trump and the British Queen,” and if so, how weird is that to be the anonymous “someone” in the news? And building off that, how does it feel to be the person behind a viral sensation?MK: Definitely. These kind of things are all over the Internet. I can’t believe I’m one of them now. It’s just surreal. It hasn’t even sunk in yet.L4LM: So you’re the keyboardist for the up-and-coming jam band, PandaJAM, which is ultimately what brings us together today. Can you talk a little bit about that project?MK: We’re a five-piece band from northern New Jersey, and we’ve been playing together for about 3 years. We like to describe our sound as that of the jamtronifunk variety. Besides me, the band includes Dan Morrell (guitar), Willie Kunstadter (guitar), Alzie Sisco (drums), and Andy Stanish (bass).L4LM: I assume your bandmates know about Trump Queen; what do they think of it?MK: They love it! They’ve been really supportive. We are all involved in side projects and are all very supportive of one another. Our guitarist, Dan Morell, just recently released an awesome app called Lewd Q’s with the help of our bassist, Andrew Stanish, who did the developing. I’ve also been very fortunate that our amazing band manager, Catherine Sisco of Storm Sisco Entertainment, has been helping me handle all of the TrumpQueen social media and PR this past week.L4LM: For people who are unfamiliar with PandaJAM, can you talk a little bit about what you’re going for musically and maybe call out a few tracks that you feel epitomize your sound?MK: We really enjoy experimenting with different styles. “The Couch Approves” is an excellent example of a track that epitomizes our sound. However, we’ve been experimenting more with a fusion of dance and funk lately, so tracks like “Getaway Murphy,” “Phife and Ice,” and “Devil’s Lettuce” are good examples of what we’re moving towards in the future.Listen to out PandaJAM’s lay down some of these track during their show back in October of this year at American Beauty in New York, NY, courtesy of the band.L4LM: Maybe let’s also do this in face swap terms: what would you say are two bands that if they got jumbled up a bit would kinda describe PandaJAM’s sound?MK: Oh boy, that’s a tough one. But, I would have to say the Disco Biscuits and Umphrey’s.L4LM: You guys were born out of a weekly jam session. Since then and solidifying more as a formal band, can you talk about some of your favorite performances together?MK: We’ve really been lucky and shared the stage/bill with some great bands this past year. I’d have to say some of my favorite shows have been Magic Beans at Black Bear, Haley Jane & Tigerman at Mexicali, DiscJam, and the silent disco at Hulavom.L4LM: Speaking of shows, we heard you were keeping the late-night cabin jams raging at Catskill Chill. Can you discuss that a little?MK: Yeah, that’s the highlight of my summer! We took a page out of the book of our buddies Shwizz and Fikus and decided to set our equipment in the cabin and throw a party. The turnout was fantastic. This year was especially awesome because we teamed up with our good friends Tigerman (also an NNJ-based band) and had a blast playing all weekend late into the night. We were lucky to have some friends stop in and jam with us including members from Les Special, the Werks, Magic Beans, American Babies, Indobox, and others. We’re definitely looking forward to raging the cabins at Catskill Chill 2017!L4LM: Your Instagram account says ““It’s not about politics. It’s about the magic of Photoshop and making you laugh,” but your use of hashtags such as #donaldtrumpisanidiot, #antitrump, and #trumpsucks indicate a fairly political stance. Do you view Trump Queen as being political?MK: As I said, I’m terrible at the internet. When I first made the account, I used popular anti-trump hashtags to get a broader reach, but I had no idea what I was doing. Now, people from both sides of the aisle find it hilarious, and I want to keep it that way! I’m happy that Trump Queen is making everyone laugh, because, let’s face it, America has been in need of good laugh for quite some time.L4LM:Alright, last one. Can you list a few of your favorite musicians?MK: I have pretty eclectic taste in music, I’ll really listen to anything. Lately, I’ve been listening to Lindsey Sterling, and according to my bandmates, it shows. I’ve been really inspired by all the great live music in the scene. There’s so much talent out there, and it’s a really good time for live music.L4LM: So, what’s next for you? Both, in terms of PandaJAM and for Trump Queen?MK: I’m really hoping that TrumpQueen’s popularity will open some exciting new doors and offer new creative opportunities for me. The most exciting thing about all of this has been getting recognition for something that I really love to do. As far as PandaJAM goes, we’re working on new material, and you can definitely expect to see us on the road and at festivals this coming year.Make sure to keep an eye out for Michal, Trump Queen, and PandaJAM, as they’re all on the up-and-up. For more information about PandaJAM, peep the band’s website here. You can also catch on 12/27 at Mexicali Live (NJ) or on 1/14 at Arlene’s Grocery (NYC) supporting Annie In The Water. Recently, you may have seen #trumpqueen floating around your newsfeed paired with hilarious, bizarre, and sometimes disarming photos of the Queen of England’s body headed with the face of Donald Trump. The meme, which began to go viral this week, has had millions of shares across the world and continues to be picked up and spread by sites across the web. Response to the face swaps of our new president-elect and Queen Elizabeth II tends to oscillate between delight and slight horror, sometimes feeling both simultaneously, though people obviously want to keep coming back for more. At the beginning of the week, the Instagram account which first unleashed this Frankenstein of political leaders on the world, @ogtrumpqueen on Instagram, had about 50 followers, which is now up to 18.5k followers and counting.It turns out that the madwoman who created this sensation, Michal Krauthamer, a graphic designer residing in Bergen County, New Jersey, also throws it down on keys for the up-and-coming jam band PandaJAM. The five-piece ensemble self-describes itself as “an eclectic blend of rock, dance, funk, and improvisational craziness that peaks like the Himalayas,” and has supported acts like The Magic Beans, Hayley Jane & The Primates, and Flux Capacitor. So we decided to sit down with Michal to talk about the wild rise of #trumpqueen and what’s good with her band, which can be found below a few of our favorite photoshop creations of hers.last_img read more

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Relocated wolf walks over 15miles home over frozen Lake Superior

first_imgA gray wolf that was moved from Minnesota to Isle Royale National Park in an effort to restore the park’s wolf population has found her way home again. The female wolf walked more than 15 miles across frozen Lake Superior to reach her home turf, officials said Wednesday. In addition to boosting population numbers, wolves are needed to keep the park’s moose population in check. Officials did not say if the runaway wolf would be returned to Isle Royale. The wolf was one of four relocated from the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation in September and October. The National Park Service hopes to move between 20 and 30 wolves into Isle Royale in the coming years. center_img Minnesota Wolf relocated to Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park walks home over frozen Lake Superiorlast_img read more

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UK’s Johnson to announce lockdown easing plans on Tuesday

first_imgJohnson’s office said the prime minister would tell parliament on Tuesday which sectors would be allowed to reopen on July 4 under the government’s roadmap out of the lockdown. Detailed guidance would be provided to each sector so businesses were “Covid secure”.The Sunday Telegraph reported that Johnson would also announce a change to the social distancing guidelines so people would only need to remain one meter apart providing they took additional measures such as wearing a mask.Britain has one of the highest death tolls in the world from COVID-19, but the number of cases has been steadily falling in recent weeks. The death toll on Sunday of confirmed cases rose by 43 to 42,632, one of the lowest increases since the lockdown was imposed in March.”The disease is increasingly under control,” Johnson said on Sunday. “Of course as we make that progress, it will be possible for us to open up more. On social distancing, watch this space and you won’t have very much more to wait now.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson will unveil the latest easing of Britain’s coronavirus lockdown on Tuesday when he will also announce the conclusion of a review into whether a two-meter rule on social distancing should be relaxed, his office said.Britain’s economy has been hammered by the lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 and although non-essential retailers were allowed to reopen last Monday, many businesses, particularly in the hospitality and leisure sectors, have remained closed.Some lawmakers in Johnson’s party have been vocal in calling for him to drop the two-meter rule saying it was having a devastating impact on the economy which shrank by a quarter over March and April. But the government has been cautious, saying it did not want to risk a second spike in novel coronavirus cases. Topics :center_img Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there were possible mitigations that could allow people to be closer than two meters while limiting the risk of spreading the virus. He said he would not rule out people having to register their details before going to a pub or a restaurant.A spokeswoman for Johnson said it was important that people followed the social distancing rules as they were eased and they would “not hesitate” to put the handbrake on.last_img read more

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Arcadis scheme to join ASR’s general pension fund

first_imgThe €1.1bn pension fund of Dutch engineering firm Arcadis is to move its pension plan to Het Nederlandse Pensioenfonds, the general pension fund (APF) of insurer ASR.In a statement, ASR said that the pension arrangements of the Arcadis Pensioenfonds will be placed in an individual compartment at the APF.The Arcadis pension plan will get its own stakeholders body with representatives of the employer, its 2,100 staff, and 2,600 pensioners. The pension fund also has 3,200 deferred participants.Commenting on the transfer, Bram Mommers, chairman of the Arcadis Pensioenfonds, indicated it was increasingly difficult for a company to keep its own pension fund up and running. “Following increasingly complicated legal requirements, the employer must put in more energy, while risks and implementation costs keep on rising and the options for offering distinguishable pension arrangements are decreasing,” he saidGert Kroon, director of Arcadis Netherlands, said the decision to join the APF was the result of three years of intensive research, during which time all possible scenarios were investigated.“Besides the most matching offer in terms of service, fees and conditions, Het Nederlandse Pensioenfonds also shares our view of the most important values, including independency and individuality, for a pensions organisation,” Kroon said.Earlier this year, the pension fund said it expected “to benefit from the professionalism, lower costs and solidity of a larger organisation, while keeping sufficient say over our pensions”.It also said it preferred an APF of a commercial player to a general pension fund run with other schemes, “as the latter will take up much time and money”.The scheme argued that co-operation between pension funds “has seldom turned out to be successful”.last_img read more

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Former Speaker tells UWP get back into House of Assembly.

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Share LocalNews Former Speaker tells UWP get back into House of Assembly. by: – April 19, 2011center_img Tweet 16 Views   no discussions Audience at People’s Parliament in Salisbury.A past speaker of the House of Assembly has called out to the United Workers Party to rethink their decision to stay away from Parliament, and has described it as a “grave mistake.”“Unless they go in there and do what they have to do, they will never get what they deserve,” said Neva Edwards.Click here for full audio: The UWP, along with other opposition groups have been holding a “Peoples Parliament” since the last general election in 2009, as an alternative to the House of Assembly. The UWP has contended that the election was unjust and of “fraudulent” nature.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Hockey News Hockey India announces 48 players for Senior Women’s National Camp

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Hockey News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Hockey India on Saturday named 48 players for the senior women national camp to be held from May 28 to June 9 at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru ahead of the Women hockey team’s Spain Tour and FIH Women’s World Cup.After ending their 5th women’s Asian Champions Trophy campaign with a silver medal, the Indian team will meet for the training camp under Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne on Monday.The team will make use of this short preparatory camp that concludes on June 9 to assess their performance and work on the tactics ahead of the Spain Tour that begins on June 10. “We will use this camp to further improve our fitness and evaluate the Asian Champions Trophy performance. We will also continue to work closely with the psychologist to improve the mental skills both individually and the team,” said Marijne in a press conference in New Delhi  The present national campers list includes goalkeepers Savita, Rajani Etimarpu, Swati, Chanchal, Sonal Minj and Jaspreet Kaur.“The girls have played quite a lot of matches over the past two months and we need to be careful with their workload to ensure they are fresh mentally and physically,” stated Marijne.National Campers List:Goalkeepers: Savita, Rajani Etimarpu, Swati, Chanchal, Sonal Minj, Jaspreet Kaur.Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Sushila Chanu Phukhrambam, Gurjit Kaur, Rashmita Minz, Suman Devi Thoudam, Deepika, Neelu Dadiya, Mahima Choudhary, Kanika Raj, Manmeet Kaur, S.P. Kruthika, Nisha.Midfielders: Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo, Neha Goyal, Udita, Manpreet Kaur, Jyoti, Ramwala Maitri, Anuja Singh, Anajali HR, Shyama Tidgam, Sonika, Puja Yadav, Karishma Yadav.Forwards: Rani, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Vandana Katariya, Anupa Barla, Priyanka Wankhede, Preeti Dubey, Reena Khokhar, Siddhi Singh, Leelavathy Mallamada, Soundarya Yendela, Birajani Ekka. last_img read more

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Other Sports Simone Biles Wins Fifth Gold, Creates World Record With 25 Medals In World Gymnastics Championships

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Stuttgart: US gymnastics star Simone Biles won her fifth gold  medal in the women’s floor final Sunday to conclude her “best ever” world championships and extend her all-time record to 25 medals at the competition. Biles, who won the beam title earlier in the day, claimed an unrivalled 19th world gold following her previous successes in the team, all-around and vault events in Stuttgart. “This is really the best worlds performance I have ever put out,” Biles said proudly after finishing her fifth world championships with five titles. The 22-year-old Biles plans to celebrate when she gets back home to Texas, where “my mom usually likes to throw a worlds party – whether I want one or not,” she joked. Biles was crowned world floor champion for the fifth time in her career after winning the final by a full point from team-mate Sunisa Lee, who earned silver with Russia’s Angelina Melnikova taking bronze. “I just couldn’t move at the end, I was so tired,” Biles confessed after her sixth and final event in Stuttgart. Her double gold success came within a two-hour spell after earlier winning the beam final with China’s Liu Tingting, 19, taking silver with 16-year-old team-mate Li Shijia in bronze. “It meant a lot,” said Biles of her gold on the beam.She had to settle for bronze in the event at the 2016 Olympics and last year’s world championships in Doha. “I’m thrilled with that performance, it was probably the highlight” of the week.For the US gymnastics queen, it’s about keeping calm and staying focused. Under a year out from the Tokyo Olympics, the 22-year-old is the undisputed star of the Stuttgart championships and receives huge cheers whenever she performs. Biles won the women’s all-around title on Thursday, the fifth time she has won the event, leaving her on 22 worlds medals, one short of male gymnast Vitaly Scherbo’s all-time record of 23. Having also won team gold in Stuttgart, Biles feels “more confident than I did in Rio”, where she won four Olympic golds in 2016, and could potentially finish this weekend with six world golds from her six events.  However, she refuses to put herself under pressure for this weekend’s vault, beam, uneven bars and floor finals, saying simply “we just have to see”. Biles has repeatedly refused to regard herself as the greatest gymnast of all time. “Everyone puts that on me, I don’t really put it on myself,” she told reporters. Her coach Laurent Landi urged Biles to “calm down” as she closed in on Thursday’s all-around gold and the Frenchman says he is proud of the consistency she has shown in Stuttgart. Biles worked hard on the beam to rebuild her confidence in the discipline. “To go out there and nail the routine felt really good,” she said. Her victories on the beam and floor made Biles the most decorated gymnast in history, surpassing the previous all-time record of 23 world medals won by men’s star Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus in the 1990s. This is the first time Biles has finished a world championships with five golds, but she has said she is “99 percent” sure Stuttgart will be her last. The only blot on Biles’ near-perfect record in south-west Germany came in Saturday’s uneven bars final when she finished fifth, but both Biles and her coach Laurent Landi were delighted with her week.Also Read | Simone Biles Eyes Gold Medal Sweep, Aims To Break Tally Of Most World Championships MedalsLess than 10 months before the Tokyo Games, Biles is on course to retain the Olympic team, floor, vault and all-around titles she won in Rio. “She’s incredible, she was here to do a job and she did exactly what she trained for,” said Frenchman Landi. “She has shown to herself and everybody else that she is consistent, not only in training, but when it counts. If she does this for 12 more months, she will be very, very successful,” he added.last_img read more

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The Latest: Burroughs planning for next year’s Olympics

first_imgThe 2012 gold medalist and four-time world champion said he was disappointed when he found out the Tokyo Games would be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. He considers it a setback, not a deal-breaker.He turns 32 in July. “When I walked away from Rio medal-less in 2016, I contemplated retirement,” he tweeted. “Not because I couldn’t do it anymore, but because I knew that it would require another four years of tremendous work to get back. I was unsure if I was willing to dedicate another four years of my life to reach that stage.“Yet, here we are, and there it goes. The race that I was once afraid to embark on because of its length just moved its finish line a little further. But I’m still in the race.”Burroughs’ aggressive wrestling style and success has earned him a worldwide following. March 25, 2020 “Maybe if they said everybody could have 12 on-field sessions,” Swinney said. “So that means we would get only three just to make it equitable. But some of these schools who got none, they could get 12.”___Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward and his wife Erin, a trauma nurse, have recorded a message thanking first responders and health care workers.The message was sent to the Texas Hospital Association and Medical City of Arlington and Dallas.“We’re just trying to say thank you to all of these people on the front lines,” Woodward said Wednesday. “The first responders are first on the scene to a lot of these things. … The doctors, nurses, everybody, they’re putting themselves at risk for all of us.” Kim Pegula says she and her husband Terry wanted to provide immediate assistance to “those in need and fighting on the front lines.”Money from the teams’ charitable foundations will got to the newly formed Western New York COVID-19 community response fund supporting the region’s non-profit agencies.Money also is going to several local food banks and assistance for health officials in purchasing protective gear and medical equipment.___Rio de Janeiro’s soccer body has extended its prohibition on professional matches in the state to the end of April. The initial suspension is valid until the end of March. “I haven’t been home in a year and half,” the 24-year-old Murphy told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “It’s been forever. That’s the silver lining to all the madness. My parents are home and I suddenly get to spend a lot more time with them. I’m looking forward to it.”Murphy’s coach Dave Durden, one of the head coaches for the U.S. team in Tokyo, essentially wrapped up the season after Tuesday’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee. He met with his each of his swimmers and told them to take a few weeks off.“That’s closure for now,” Murphy said. “We’re taking a step back and trying to create a plan and refocusing toward 2021.”Murphy says he’s got a mask, gloves and wipes for his cross-country flight, which comes at a time when much of the world is locked down.___ The league says exceptions can be made only “for urgent economic reasons.”The league also says it’s too early to decide when matches can resume.___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 6 The companies say they intend to restore jobs and compensation “once our business resumes to its normal state from this unprecedented stoppage.”The Bruins were the last team in the NHL to offer help to gameday employees who lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic — and then only if postponed games aren’t made up. The team is owned by Jeremy Jacobs, who is the chairman of the NHL board of governors and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. According to Forbes Magazine, the Jacobs family is worth $3.3 billion.___Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is teaming up with Dr. Anthony Fauci for a question-and-answer discussion about the coronavirus.Curry, a two-time NBA MVP, will host the chat on his Instagram account Thursday — (at)StephenCurry30. Fauci is Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The National Hockey League has postponed its scouting combine, awards ceremony and draft that were scheduled for June. It did not provide new dates for the events.With the NHL season on pause since March 12, the postponement of these events did not come as a surprise. The league is still working on scenarios of what hockey would look like if it is able to resume this season.___Organizers of the European Championships in track and field still hope to stage the event in Paris in August despite France being locked down during the coronavirus pandemic.European Athletics says it asked officials in Paris for a feasibility study for the Aug. 25-30 championships. French officials reported their work has been “severely compromised by France’s national shutdown of non-essential activities” during the health crisis. However, European Athletics says “many athletes are keen” to see the championships go ahead as planned. It shapes up as the main medal target for European track and field athletes in 2020 after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year.The European track body’s ruling council next meets May 7-8 by video conference.___The owners of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and NHL’s Buffalo Sabres are committing $1.2 million to supporting local charities and health officials dealing with the new coronavirus pandemic. ___Mary Roman, a world-class senior athlete who held numerous national age records in track and field, has died of complications from COVID-19. She was 83.Mayor Harry Rilling of Norwalk, Connecticut, made the announcement. Roman, who also served for 20 years as Norwalk’s city clerk, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital. A childhood polio survivor, Roman began competing in senior track events in 1989 and won hundreds of medals, mostly in the throwing disciplines. At various times, she held the American record in the shotput in the women’s 65-69, 70-74 and 75-79 age groups. Curry posted his plans on his Twitter account with an invite to all to submit questions. ___Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is open to the NCAA allowing more football practices after spring ball was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Tigers got in nine sessions after starting practice Feb. 26 before all spring activities, including their Orange and White scrimmage, were canceled.Swinney is not in favor of extending fall camp, instead suggesting a sort of NFL-style mini-camp depending on how many spring workouts the team got before spring activities were canceled. Woodward said his wife isn’t currently working in a hospital. She finished a nursing contract at the end of February in Arizona, where they live, and is going back to school for another license.The Woodwards are also joining Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and his wife, Robyn, to provide meals to health care workers at Medical City of Arlington and Dallas.___The United Center is going to be turned into a logistics hub to help with Illinois’ response to the novel coronavirus.The United Center and the surrounding area will be used for front-line food distribution, first responder staging and collecting medical supplies. At various times, she held the American record in the shot put in the women’s 65-69, 70-74 and 75-79 age groups. She also was once the nation’s top-ranked thrower and ranked eighth in the world in the weight throw in the 75-79 age group.___Argentine cyclist Max Richeze has been released from a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, where the UAE Team Emirates rider spent 18 days after testing positive for the coronavirus following the cancellation of the UAE Tour.Richeze wrote on Instagram that two tests for COVID-19 had come back negative and he was discharged Wednesday.That status of Richeze’s teammate, Fernando Gaviria, remains unknown after he also tested positive for the virus. Two staff members for UAE Team Emirates also tested positive, and the entire team remains in voluntary quarantine. She was once the nation’s top-ranked thrower and ranked eighth in the world in the weight throw in the 75-79 age group. In 2016, she was named Connecticut Masters Games Athlete of the Year. Former Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia told Hearst Connecticut Media that he didn’t think he ever met a person who didn’t like Mary Roman.”___Aqueduct has extended the suspension of live horse racing through at least April 5 because of the impact of the new coronavirus in New York.As a result, the $750,000 Wood Memorial has been postponed. No make-up date has been determined yet for the major Kentucky Derby prep that was to be run on April 4.center_img The club’s statement Wednesday says that postponing the two-week grass-court tournament would not come “without significant risk and difficulty” because of the surface.Playing without fans has been ruled out. Wimbledon hasn’t been canceled since World War II.___NASCAR says in a memo to teams that one of its employees at track at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee was not identified and NASCAR said the individual has been receiving medical care and all potentially exposed have been told to self-quarantine. “On behalf of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, our athletes, our front offices and our dedicated United Center personnel, our thoughts and support are with the people of this great city and state,” a spokesman for the United Center said in a release. “Together, we will get through this.”___Mary Roman, a world-class senior athlete who held numerous national age records in track and field, has died of complications from COVID-19, the mayor of Norwalk said. She was 83.Roman, who also served for 20 years as Norwalk’s city clerk in Connecticut, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital, Mayor Harry Rilling said.A childhood polio survivor, Roman began competing in senior track events in 1989 and won hundreds of medals, mostly in the throwing disciplines. Rio is home to defending Copa Libertadores winners Flamengo.Brazil has more than 2,400 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, and 57 people have died.___The Boston Bruins say they are putting 68 full-time employees on temporary leave and cutting the pay of 82 others who work for the team or Delaware North, which owns the TD Garden.The moves — which the Bruins called “temporary business stabilization measures” — are effective April 1. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Wrestling star Jordan Burroughs has no plans to retire, announcing he is going to compete for a spot in the Olympics in 2021. NASCAR was at Atlanta scheduled to race March 15 without spectators. But two days prior to the race, NASCAR postponed Atlanta and last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which instead was converted into a virtual iRacing event broadcast on Fox Sports 1 with 35 drivers. NASCAR has suspended its season through May 9 and will race at least five more iRaces, televised on Fox, during the stoppage.___Now that the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for up to a year because of the coronavirus outbreak, world-class athletes have plenty of free time.American swimming star Ryan Murphy, who won three gold medals at the 2016 Rio Games, is planning to fly home to Jacksonville, Florida,from his training base at Cal-Berkeley. The Latest: Burroughs planning for next year’s Olympics In a memo to the teams, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8. Then the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel.The NFL has gotten some pushback for not postponing the draft scheduled for April 23-25 while the rest of the sports world is largely shut down. The league is developing a new format because it has scrapped the public events set for Las Vegas. ___The Belgian soccer league says clubs should not apply for temporary layoffs for their players despite matches remaining suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.The league asked clubs not to burden the government’s temporary unemployment scheme for employees forced out of work because of the lockdown measures implemented in Belgium. He won his first world title in 2011 and took gold in his Olympics debut in London the next year. He was favored to repeat as champion at 74 kilograms in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro but finished ninth. He won the world title in 2017 and was third the last two years.___Churchill Downs has suspended the final three racing dates at Turfway Park following Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s “Healthy at Home” executive order out of concern for the COVID-19 pandemic.The Florence, Kentucky track’s winter meet was scheduled to end Saturday. Turfway’s backside area will remain open because it falls under the “life-sustaining business” category by providing “food, shelter and other necessities of life for animals.”___ Associated Press Last Thursday, the New York Racing Association suspended racing at Aqueduct after confirmation that a backstretch worker who lived and worked at Belmont Park tested positive for COVID-19. The Belmont backstretch is home to 585 workers who tend to the daily care of more than 1,300 horses stabled on the property.The pandemic has affected other prep races for the Kentucky Derby, which itself was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Sunland Derby in New Mexico and Blue Grass and Lexington stakes in Kentucky have been canceled, along with the UAE Derby. The Arkansas Derby was pushed back from April 11 to May 2. For now, the Florida Derby on March 28 and Santa Anita Derby on April 4 are still scheduled.___NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday. The NHL’s chief medical officer expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better.Dr. Winne Meeuwisse says the virus “really just entering the rapid acceleration phase” in North America. That makes it unclear when hockey might resume.He says the league is thankful only two players have tested positive for COVID-19 so far and its hopeful weeks of isolation will prevent more from contracting the virus. Players and staff have been told to self-quarantine until at least April 4.There is no timeline for when players might be able to start working out in small groups or report to team training facilities. Meeuwisse says the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and Canada will determine when that might be possible.Varying recommendations and lockdown regulations across the league’s 31 markets could impact how the NHL proceeds. Meeuwisse and deputy commissioner Bill Daly are still unsure whether fans would be allowed in for potential games when they resume. The second edition of the UAE Tour, a major early season stage race, was canceled with two stages left. Riders and support staff for all 22 teams were isolated, though nearly all of them now have been cleared to leave the country.___The All England Club says it is still evaluating whether to postpone or cancel Wimbledon because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to make a decision next week.That’s when the club’s main board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting.Main-draw play at Wimbledon is slated to start June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April.last_img read more

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YBG begins mask distribution campaign across seven regions in Guyana

first_imgSOME 60 000 masks will be distributed to youngsters over the next few weeks as Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) continues to play its part in helping to quell the COVID-19 pandemic. The leading basketball development body is targeting a whopping 30 groups, spanning seven regions across the country.Co-founder of YBG, Chris Bowman, noted that the body is willing to facilitate the movement of masks to Regions One, Two and Eight, but are yet to identify local partnering groups.The distribution, which started this week will target schools, NGOs and sports organisations.Amongst the beneficiaries will be the basketball fraternity, the National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF) participating schools, and some other community partners.The 3-ply face masks were received as a gift from California to the Guyana Basketball Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in the United States.YGB, which has the most structured schools’ basketball programmes in Guyana, noted through a release that public preventative guidelines should be followed.“…With this donation, we are able to contribute to the efforts to combat this deadly virus in a meaningful way, as we remind all of our student-athletes of the necessity to wear a face mask, whenever in public or among other people, and to adhere to the public preventative guidelines as a vital new habit.”In terms of basketball, the 2020 season of the NSBF was postponed indefinitely. Bowman is however cautiously optimistic of running off the event in March of 2021.At the time, however, the objective of YBG is to assist in getting COVID-19 under control in Guyana.“YBG is grateful for the opportunity to assist in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic that has to date taken over 40 precious lives and infected over 1 300 of our citizens.”last_img read more

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Syracuse suffers 10-9 defeat to Cornell in overtime

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Logan Reidsma | Senior Staff Photographer For every punch Syracuse had, Cornell hit right back.Mariano’s first of four goals on the night gave SU the 3-1 advantage, but a score as time expired in the first and another early in the second tied the game for Cornell.Syracuse had two leads by two goals in the third quarter alone, but watched both of them dissipate in a matter of minutes.The Orange pounded shots at the Cornell goal, but goalie Brennan Donville countered with 13 saves, including four in the fourth quarter. Molloy made six stops for Syracuse in his second career start.After each Cornell goal, Molloy and the defenders around him shouted at one another and pointed their hands and sticks in different directions to say where another person should have been.“I didn’t look at it as Evan had a bad game,” Desko said of the redshirt junior goalie that he started over previous starter Warren Hill after three straight losses. “They just played well.”Syracuse’s faceoff specialist Ben Williams had struggled in the Orange’s previous overtime games this season, but won 18-of-22 against Cornell. In his previous two chances, he lost overtime’s opening faceoff, but on Tuesday, SU’s Austin Fusco came out of the scrum with the ball.Syracuse, however, did nothing with the opportunity as a Derek DeJoe shot from close sailed wide and out of bounds. Cornell took the ball the other way and scored on a difficult shot.“They went down and they had a nice goal,” Mariano said. “Those are things that we can’t control sometimes.“It is what it is.”The reality is that the Orange has had control in each of the three overtime losses. It’s given up fourth quarter leads every time and never put Johns Hopkins, Duke and Cornell away when it did have the chance.“I can’t blame anybody,” Desko said. “… We got to put this one behind us.” Comments Related Stories Nick Mariano shines, but not bright enough for Syracuse in loss to CornellGallery: Syracuse lacrosse falls to Cornell in overtime after never trailing during the gamecenter_img ITHACA, N.Y. — Ryan Matthews sprinted from the goal to the 25-yard line before a mob of his teammates finally chased him down and tackled him to the ground. One Cornell player launched his stick 30 feet into the air and another ripped off his helmet and gloves before tossing them in various directions as he spun in a circle.Matthews had just charged toward the Syracuse goal and dunked in a point-blank shot in overtime to upset No. 9 Syracuse (6-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast), 10-9, at Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca, New York on Tuesday night. The Big Red (5-5, 1-3 Ivy) celebrated in a massive dog pile while the Orange’s players remained on the bench.For the third time this season, SU blew a lead and fell in overtime. Syracuse has now lost four of its last five games. And for the just the second time in the last nine years, the Orange has suffered four losses in a regular season — with three games still to go.“We’re fine,” goalie Evan Molloy said. “I don’t think anyone would argue that was Cornell’s best game of the season.“I think we lost to a great Hopkins team and a great Duke team and it’s by one goal so that’s not a knock on us at all. We just got to finish here.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFinishing has been the problem.Against Johns Hopkins on March 19, the Orange was ahead by two with two and a half minutes to go in the game. Against Duke on March 26, SU was up four heading into the final quarter. Syracuse couldn’t put its opponent away either time.On Tuesday, the Orange held a two goal lead three separate times, but could never get ahead by more. Twice Nick Mariano put SU up by one in the fourth, but it was the Big Red that came away with the final goal.“It’s definitely frustrating,” Mariano said, “but it’s on us. We got to go back to work.” Published on April 12, 2016 at 9:02 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

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