The America East will not allow spectators at competition through January 1. It will be reevaluated as the season gets underway. VESTAL (WBNG) — With basketball season approaching, Binghamton Athletics will offer fans the opportunity to purchase cardboard cutouts to be placed in the Events Center crowd during the season. Cutouts can be purchased at this link for $75. Binghamton’s home opener for conference play is December 19. If an order is made after that date, cutouts will be in place for the following game. Binghamton games will be broadcast on ESPN+ or ESPN 3. Cutouts will be placed in sections (101, 102, 103) that will be visible on TV.
Director of Operations for the Professional Golfers Association of Ghana (PGA) has urged the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) to consider professional golfers in its stimulus package for athletes.Ahmed Padori in an interview with Power FM Sports noted that “PGA members are not rich”, stressing that they have to play or train golfers to earn a living.The Youth Employment Agency (YEA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Sports Authority (NSA) to provide monthly stimulus packages for athletes for the next six months, following the outbreak of COVID-19 which has led to the halt of all sporting activities in the country.Per the agreement, GH¢500 monthly allowance would be offered by YEA to support 1,000 able and disabled athletes in the country.500 slots out of the module would go to the Ghana Football Association (GFA), with 400 and 100 going to the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) and the National Paralympic Committee (NPC), respectively, according to the CEO of YEA, Justin Kodua.But PGA has tabled its proposal to the YEA through National Sports Authority to extend the package to cover about 75 of its members who are mostly youth and unemployed and have also been hit by the impact of COVID-19.“People are of the view that golfers are rich but that isn’t the case of Professional Golfers. The amateur golfers may be well to do but PGA members have to play tournaments, not just playing but have to win, or sometimes train amateur golfers to earn income,” Padori told Power Sports Editor Nana Prempeh (British Man).He added, “We are yet to meet the Director General of NSA to explain issues to him to recognize our members.”Padori believes any help from the YEA will be judiciously utilized to support the professional golfers.“Although we have 75 members who need help at this moment, we would appreciate whatever help we receive from the government to support these unemployed youth,” Padori said in Akan.The PGA leadership is expected to meet the NSA Chief to put across their case why the PGA should be supported.
DiLuigi, who played JV football last year as Vereen enjoyed headlines as a star sophomore for a team that reached the section final, is perhaps out to prove he can outperform a proven All- Southern Section player. Vereen has the revenge factor: DiLuigi was the better player the first meeting, and – more important – DiLuigi’s team won that night. Both return for their senior seasons next year, so there are more head-to-head matchups coming. None probably will be more important than this one, so for those of us who like running backs, this should be a special evening. Fans are reminded to arrive early for the Canyon- Valencia game, which will begin at 7 p.m. The event probably will sell out because the other semifinal, between Hart and Mission Viejo, is Friday, so there will be a larger pool of potential ticket buyers Saturday. The Canyon-Valencia semifinal isn’t the only big-time football game of local interest Saturday. The Canyon Country 8-under Pee Wee team faces Camarillo in the Pacific Youth Football League Superbowl at Thousand Oaks High. Kickoff is 10 a.m. Canyon Country is the first PYFL from the Canyon Country Athletic Association to qualify for a Superbowl. The team is 11-0, with an 18-14 victory over Santa Clarita in last weekend’s semifinals. Myron McAfee scored two touchdowns, made a critical reception on the final drive and several tackles for losses in the semifinal victory. Alex McKenna scored the winning touchdown on a quarterback sneak. Other important players include running back/linebacker Kevin Summers, linemen Dylan Nelson, Travis Clarke, David Sweezer, Israel Cabrera, Miguel Sahagan Jr., Tyler Wiseman and Jordan Bollar, safety Scotty Davis, linebacker Liam Cabrera and defensive linemen Christopher Riddle, Marcus Adams, Noah Chandler, Ely Quijas and Elijah McCormick were outstanding for the Outlaws. Even before its first game, Hart’s girls’ basketball team has felt the graduation loss of four-year standout Ashlee Trebilcock, now a UCLA freshman. For the first time since Trebilcock’s sophomore year, Hart isn’t ranked among the Cal-Hi Sports preseason state top 25. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or [email protected] TWO OF THE BEST Canyon’s J.J. DiLuigi and Valencia’s Shane Vereen go head to head Saturday in a matchup of two of the top junior running backs in the Southern Section Div. II semifinals. A game-by-game account: J.J. DiLUIGI, Canyon Opp., Rush, Yds., Rec., Yds., TD Leuzinger 15 167 0 0 4 Burroughs (R) 26 114 1 -3 4 Simi Valley 21 99 2 44 2 S. Torrance 18 179 1 83 4 Crespi 21 87 3 35 3 Burbank 17 126 1 11 3 Saugus 13 184 2 91 6 Burroughs (B) 22 131 4 42 4 Valencia 21 213 2 32 5 Hart 24 143 5 66 2 Damien 20 159 1 6 2 San Clemente 22 105 5 17 0 Season 240 1,707 27 424 39 SHANE VEREEN, Valencia Opp., Rush, Yds., Rec., Yds., TD Bishop Amat 14 147 6 131 3 Birmingham 13 84 5 51 3 El Toro 5 149 2 16 4 St. John Bosco 18 139 6 67 0 Notre Dame 12 99 7 174 2 Burroughs (B) 24 196 5 69 3 Burbank 19 186 2 6 1 Hart 19 125 2 20 1 Canyon 11 98 2 49 3 Saugus 7 115 3 36 2 Trabuco Hills 15 206 2 42 6 Chino Hills 10 80 5 134 4 Season 167 1,624 47 795 33160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Vereen has fewer yards but a lot fewer carries, too, because he shares the football with record-setting quarterback Michael Herrick. Vereen also plays defense full-time – he’s a starting cornerback. DiLuigi has rushed for 100 or more yards in seven consecutive games, and Vereen was held to 80 against Chino Hills last week. Vereen rushed for 206 yards and scored six TDs in a first-round playoff victory at Trabuco Hills, and against Chino Hills he made five receptions for 134 yards in addition to his rushing yardage. Etc., etc., etc. One thing is certain: The player who performs better on Saturday probably will boost his team at a most critical juncture, and a berth in the Div. II championship at Home Depot Center is on the line. CANYON COUNTRY – Among the storylines involving the Canyon- Valencia Southern Section Div. II semifinal Saturday at 7 p.m. at Canyon is the head-to-head showdown between running backs J.J. DiLuigi and Shane Vereen, two of the nation’s most productive juniors. DiLuigi has rushed for a school single-season record 1,707 yards (7.1 yards per carry), caught 27 passes for 424 yards and scored 39 touchdowns, including one on a 99-yard kickoff return. Vereen has rushed for 1,624 yards – averaging 9.7 yards per carry – caught 47 passes for 795 yards and scored 33 touchdowns, one on a 96-yard kickoff return and another on a 55-yard punt return. Both are great players, and you can argue who’s better until you’re blue in face: DiLuigi has scored more touchdowns, and he came through with his best performance of the season – 271 yards total offense and five TDs – in a 49-21 victory over Valencia (and Vereen) on Nov. 4.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers with the administration of their farms consolidated at one FSA office may want to examine their 2014 and 2015 ARC-CO payment calculations. Original 2014 ARC-CO payments were calculated on the average yields for the administrative FSA office county, regardless of where the land was physically located. Recently FSA announced that farmers could elect to have the 2014 and/or the 2015 ARC-CO payments calculated on the county in which the land is physically located. For some farms this would be financially beneficial and needs to be requested by April 15, 2016. FSA has calculated the results for the 2014 payments and for the farms where this election is beneficial, farmers simply need to sign the forms at their local FSA office. This will only affect farmers with land in more than one county.I have created some visual maps for farmers to reference for the 2014 payments received in October of 2015. These maps give a quick visual for ARC-CO corn, soybean, and wheat payments by county with payments rounded to the nearest dollar. Farmers can quickly look to see if the land in a neighboring county, that is not their administrative county, had a significantly different payment. Based on this information, they can decide if they want to elect to be paid based on the farmland’s county. For 2014 this decision is very easy since payment rates are known (check with your local FSA office to determine exact payment changes). Here is an example.Example 1: Fisher Farms have land in Ross and Pike Counties. Their original 2014 ARC-CO payment which was received in October 2015 was based on Ross County payment rates. They can now elect to have the land in Pike County be based on Pike County payment rates. Examining the maps below, he would give up $2 per acre on the corn base but gain $32 per acre on the soybean base. There was no payment in either county for wheat base acres. Depending on the number of base acres of corn and soybeans, this could be a beneficial decision to make.The prices listed on the maps for both 2014 and 2015 are estimated for the actual payment rate per acre. However, if farmers want to estimate ARC-CO payments for their farm, they would need to make two adjustments. First the program pays on 85% of the base acres, one would need to multiply the amount by 85% to adjust for this reduction. Secondly there would need to be an adjustment for sequestration created by congress. In 2014 it sequestration equaled a 6.8% reduction and is anticipated to be a 7.3% reduction for 2015. Example: Farm payment, based on the maps, would be $1,000 and 85% of this would be $850. Subtracting the sequestration amount of 6.8% would leave an estimated payment of $792. I would exercise caution in using the calculated amount as a guarantee income for 2016, but it would provide a close estimation if all the assumptions hold true in this example.The decision for the 2015 crop year is a little more challenging since all the data is currently not available. I have estimated the payments for the three main Ohio crops based on National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) yield data from 2015. This will be a close estimation; however, historically FSA yields run a few bushels per acre less. In reality, using a slightly higher yield will overestimate the 2015 crop revenue, and underestimate the potential ARC-CO payments. The other piece of information that is necessary to properly calculate the 2015 ARC-CO payments in the 2015 Market Year Average (MYA) price for each crop. Farm Services Agency releases an estimation of the MYA prices each month and the Feb. 9 release has $3.60 corn, $8.80 soybeans, and $5 wheat. At the current estimated corn and soybean MYA, most counties will come close to reaching maximum ARC-CO payments, so I also included (in parentheses) estimated payments for $3.80 MYA corn and $9.20 MYA soybean prices.With the higher MYA prices, actual farm revenue increased, lowering the ARC-CO payments in several counties. ARC-CO estimated payments for counties with only one number listed were unaffected by the change in MYA prices. Here are couple examples using the maps below.Example 2: Estadt Farms have land in both Ross and Pickaway Counties and they have Ross County FSA office as their administrative county. If they elect to have the ARC-CO payments for land in Pickaway County based on the Pickaway County’s revenue guarantee, crop yields, etc. for 2015, they would gain $12 per corn base acre, $58 per soybean base acre, and $29 per wheat base acre. However, if Pickaway was their administrative county, they would not want to elect to have their Ross County land ARC-CO payments based on Ross County.Example 3: Londo farms have land in both Marion and Union Counties and have Marion County FSA as their administrative office. They need to determine if electing to have the Union County land ARC-CO payments based on Union County data would be beneficial. Looking at the maps and using the current MYA price estimates, they would lose $5 per corn base acre, lose $20 per soybean base acre, and gain $23 per wheat base acre (assuming all three crops were enrolled in ARC-CO). In this example, there would need to be significant wheat base acres to even consider making the change. If the farm was administered in Union County, having the Marion County land ARC-CO payments based on Marion County data would be quite advantageous.Farmers with land in more than one county have until April 15th to make the independent decisions for 2014 and 2015’s ARC-CO payments. This does not affect farms enrolled in ARC-Individual or the PLC program. The 2015 estimates are based on current best information provided by Farm Services Agency and the National Agricultural Statistics Service. These numbers can change in the coming months and these are provided as a guide. Please use your own judgment and assumptions when making the determination for the 2015 ARC-CO payment county decision.For the remaining years of this Farm Program (2016-2018), farmers will need to separate land in different counties into their own farm number if they want to capture the different payment calculations. The deadline to make that change will be later this fall. Additional information regarding that selection will be released later in the summer.For the associated maps, click here: Farm Program Payments Revisited1
Two new interactive training courses are now available online to help create safer, fairer and more inclusive environments for all people involved in sport. The Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) course and Complaint Handling course have been developed through the Play by the Rules partnership and complement the existing ‘Child Protection’ and ‘Discrimination and Harassment’ modules which are also available online.“Member Protection Information Officers are an important resource in sport,” Australian Sports Commission Chief Executive Officer, Simon Hollingsworth said.“They are responsible for providing information and support in regards to a person’s rights, responsibilities and options when a complaint or concern is raised in any sports environment.“This new training package will ensure that the knowledge and expertise required for this role is fully supported and maintained.”The MPIO course features seven online modules: MPIO Introduction, The MPIO Role, Complaint Resolution Procedures, Member Protection and the Law, Child Protection, Harassment and Discrimination and Ethical and Practical Considerations.The course also includes a three-hour face-to-face workshop, which will be delivered through state/territory departments of sport and recreation. The online and face-to-face components of the course are free.The Complaint Handling course features more specific information about the complaints process, including how to mediate and investigate complaints.Play by the Rules Co-chairs, Craig Martin and Helen Szoke, said: “These courses will not only assist sport to manage and resolve member issues and concerns, its greatest value will be in the development of expertise that can promote and create a positive club/sport culture for current and future members.”All of the courses have been developed in consultation with sports experts who work in these areas. They are succinct, user-friendly and feature case studies, practical scenarios and incorporate the latest interactive technology.For more information, please click on the following link to be directed to the Integrity in Sport section of the Australia Sports Commission’s website:http://www.ausport.gov.au/supporting/integrity_in_sport Related LinksNew Online Courses
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-West Ham defender Collins rips up Aston Villa dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer West Ham defender James Collins has ripped up his contract at Aston Villa.The Mirror says Collins has ripped up a £50,000 contract at Aston Villa after injuring himself just an hour after signing it.Unattached former Welsh international defender Collins has been training with Championship Villa this term after leaving West Ham.Dean Smith tabled a short-term deal worth around £10,000-a-week until the end of January to secure experience and cover at the back.But Collins went out to train later that morning and promptly injured his calf.The star, frustrated with himself, then trooped back inside Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground and tore up the paperwork.
AC Milan coach Giampaolo admits ‘much to improve’ after beating Veronaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Marco Giampaolo refused to get carried away after their 1-0 defeat of Hellas Verona.Mariusz Stepinski saw red in the first-half, but Milan only edged the game thanks to a Krzysztof Piatek penalty.“The team is working well, is finding its balance and I know there are some strengths and weaknesses, but I work to improve the individuals and the teams,” Giampaolo told Sky Sport Italia.“Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, there is no perfect side. I like the effort and passion we put into the game, then errors can happen.“The team played well in the second half, with the right approach and precision. A team that defends with 10 men in their final third are difficult to break down. Verona played their honest defensive game and we were constantly pushing forward. We didn’t do it perfectly and of course there is plenty to work on and improve, but the victory helps us to work.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
VICTORIA – Pot and liquor sales won’t mix in British Columbia, but adults will be allowed to toke in some public spaces once marijuana is legalized later this year.The province announced new details of its regulatory regime on Monday, including that cannabis will be sold online and through private and government-run stores. Retailers will not be permitted to sell weed in stores that sell liquor or tobacco.B.C. will also allow people to smoke pot in public places where tobacco smoking and vaping are permitted, although it will be banned in vehicles and in areas frequented by children, including beaches, parks and playgrounds.Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said there are many decisions left to be made and the province is waiting for federal regulations on cultivator licensing, seed-to-sale tracking and packaging.“Some may think that this work will end in July when non-medical cannabis is legalized by the federal government,” he said. “But the truth is our government will be dealing with this significant change in policy for years to come.”Adults in B.C. will be allowed to grow up to four plants per household, but landlords and strata councils can restrict or prohibit cultivation and smoking in properties.The province will create a 90-day ban for those caught driving while drug-impaired and it will increase training for law enforcement officers to recognize impairment.The B.C. government announced in December that 19 would be the minimum age to possess, purchase and consume non-medical cannabis. It also said B.C.’s liquor distribution branch would be the wholesale distributor of non-medical marijuana.Farnworth said the province will launch an online application process this spring for people who are interested in applying for a retail licence, but licences won’t be approved without the support of local governments.Vancouver and Victoria have already set up regimes for marijuana dispensaries, but Farnworth said B.C. respects the wishes of other municipalities, such as Richmond, to reject pot shops altogether.“We’re not forcing anything down any community’s throats,” he said.Kerry Jang, a Vancouver councillor and co-chairman of a committee providing input on B.C.’s cannabis regulations, said the licensing rules are very similar to those in place for liquor stores.“Both sides have to agree before a licence is given for alcohol, and it’s no different now with cannabis,” he said. “I think that is an ideal situation.”Jang said the aim of the regulation allowing landlords to ban cannabis use and cultivation was to put an end to illegal grow operations inside rental properties.“The main goal of that approach is to really stop the abuse that has gone on for many, many years that landlords and other tenants have complained about,” he said.Operators of illegal dispensaries will not be barred from consideration for a licence, nor will those with a record of low-risk criminal activity, the government said. However, involvement with organized crime will exclude applicants from becoming a licensee.Kirk Tousaw, a lawyer focused on cannabis policy reform, said the province should have also considered direct-to-consumer sales at cultivation sites, as is permitted for craft breweries and vineyards.“It’s also, I think, unfortunate that renters are going to find themselves with less legal rights than people who own property, particularly when it comes to consumption,” he said.The Responsible Marijuana Retail Alliance of BC, an initiative of the union representing public liquor store workers and an association of private liquor outlets, said it was disappointed the government rejected its proposal to sell cannabis.But it said liquor stores were still “well positioned” to provide safe and reliable access to cannabis because the province will allow marijuana stores to be located adjacent to alcohol-selling establishments.Most provinces have decided against allowing liquor and pot to be sold together, though the Northwest Territories and Nova Scotia have permitted it. As for public consumption, Ontario has banned it outright but some provinces have allowed it.B.C.’s policy changes are expected to be introduced at the legislative session this spring, and the government plans a public education campaign to create awareness of the rules before they come into force.Mike Morris, the public safety critic for the provincial Liberal party, said the NDP government is dithering in making actual decisions and has only released part of its plan.“The B.C. Liberal focus has always been public safety, ensuring children aren’t exposed to cannabis and not allowing criminals to benefit from legalization. The NDP has failed with these weak regulations and British Columbians deserve better.”— By Laura Kane in Vancouver. Follow @ellekane on Twitter.
APTN National NewsProtesters in British Columbia have a camp set up on Burnaby Mountain.They’re trying to stop Kinder Morgan from drilling a hole in the mountain to expand a pipeline.APTN’s Tina House reports the company was in court Wednesday trying to get an injunction to have the protesters removed.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER, B.C. – Trans Mountain has filed a six-month construction schedule with the National Energy Board for the expansion of the pipeline.The company says work has been underway since last fall at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C., and will continue, along with additional work in the province’s Lower Mainland.In July, it says it will begin developing the Westridge Marine Terminal tunnel portal at Burnaby Mountain and relocate existing infrastructure to expand the Burnaby Terminal. It also says work on a 290-kilometre stretch of pipeline between Edmonton and Jasper National Park will begin in August and include surveying, staking and flagging the right-of-way.Banners unfurled and flying under the Ironworkers Memorial bridge, where demonstrators opposed to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are suspended. They say their intent is to block tanker traffic from passing through. @CTVVancouver pic.twitter.com/15T79AIkJR— Maria Weisgarber (@ctv_mariaw) July 3, 2018It says it will clear trees and vegetation in the area while taking measures to protect the environment, such as weed control, the relocation of rare plants and wildlife surveys.In September, surveying, staking and flagging the right-of-way will begin in North Thompson, B.C., on a 120-kilometre stretch between Mt. Robson Provincial Park and Blue River.On Tuesday, activists with Greenpeace rappelled off a bridge in Vancouver to protest the pipeline expansion, which is being purchased by the Canadian government for $4.5 billion.Breaking news: anti-Kinder Morgan Transmountain Pipeline banners unfurled off Ironworkers 2nd Narrows Bridge by @GreenpeaceCA. They say they are low enough to block tanker from exiting KM terminal. There are climbers hanging off the banners. Details coming up on @CTVMorningLive pic.twitter.com/zlOKpr0LSn— Nafeesa Karim (@nafeesakarim) July 3, 2018