SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Whether college football players play a lot in the fall, a little in the spring or not all over the next 10 moths, some athletic administrators want to give them a mulligan on the 2020-21 season.The NCAA Division I Council meets Wednesday with two important issues on the agenda:— What will happen with the eligibility of fall sports athletes heading into an uncertain season already impacted by the pandemic?— Should the NCAA stage fall sports championship events in the spring now that most of Division I has punted on trying to play sports in the first portion of the school year?The Council’s job is to make a recommendation the NCAA Board of Governors can vote on when it meets Friday.“I think the most forgiving, flexible plan would be the best,” Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said of the first question.The council already made one recommendation last week. A year of eligibility and an additional season of competition would be granted to fall sport athletes who opt out of this coming season because of COVID-19 concerns or if they participate in 50% or less of the maximum number of competitions allowed by NCAA rules.For a football player that would be half or fewer of 12 regular-season games. Most of the Division I teams still hoping to play this fall have fewer than 12 games scheduled. Meanwhile, four FBS conferences and all of FCS have said they won’t play in the fall and instead try to have a spring football season.Not a single game is guaranteed because of the pandemic, and athletes are wondering what should they do?“For me and my parents one of the things we’re focusing on is eligibility,” said Stanford defensive back Joshua Drayden, who is part of the players’ rights group We Are United. “We’re just trying to weigh all of our options. Same for a lot of athletes around the Pac-12 and the nation.”Because of the uncertainty and so many variables, West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons, who is part of the DI Council, would like to allow athletes in all fall sports to get an extra year of eligibility and competition, regardless of how much they play and when.“We talk about the student-athlete experience and definitely the season’s going to be different. With crowd sizes, the number of competitions,” said Lyons, who is also head of the NCAA’s football oversight committee. “Why charge these student-athletes with a year of eligibility? That’s one thing they don’t have to worry about.”As Lyons and others in college sports describe it, the problem for athletes is not just weighing whether to opt out or in at the start of the season.There is concern a season filled with disruptions will have players who opted in reversing course before reaching the minimum number of games that would burn a year of eligibility. It also could tempt coaches to hold back players they normally would have played in order to gain that extra year.Lyons said protecting eligibility for all fall athletes “seems to be getting momentum” among athletic administrators.Ted Gumbart, commissioner of the Atlantic Sun — which does not sponsor football — said his conference is in favor of raising the percentage of games an athlete would be permitted to play and still get the year of eligibility back.“My understanding is there will be some discussion about 75%,” said Gumbart, who is also a member of the Council.“There is going to be a solid argument made in favor of saying, this should be a freebie,” he added.Calling 2020 a free year for fall sport athletes would mimic what the NCAA did after the spring sports season was canceled by COVID-19 in March. Athletes were guaranteed a make-good on the eligibility, but not guaranteed a scholarship. That would be left up to the school.The NCAA waived scholarship limits and roster size restrictions in spring sports where necessary to allow for the extra players, but only for this coming season.The same would have to be done for fall sports. Instead of setting a new cap for football scholarships (85 in FBS and 63 in FCS), the sixth-year seniors would not count against the cap next year.“How does everybody says it’s fair around the country when one team has 22 seniors that come back and one team has eight seniors that come back?” Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said. “I don’t know there’s going to be any one way that will be fair.”As for fall championships possibly being held in the spring, Lyons said fields are likely to be cut by as much as 75%, bringing 64-team brackets to 16.The limited space means conferences big and small could decide holding NCAA championships in sports such as soccer, women’s volleyball and FCS football might not be worth it.“Access to championships is really important,” Missouri Valley Football Conference Commissioner Patty Viverito said. “We’re going to continue to advocate for as robust an opportunity as we can get in the spring.”Image credits: AP First Published: 18th August, 2020 12:46 IST Written By Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 18th August, 2020 12:46 IST Mulligan: Extra Year Of NCAA Eligibility For Fall Athletes? 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After considering many side issues in consultation with the Osu traditional Council,Africa Box Office Sports Promotions have set a new date of Thursday May 15 for the bout at the Accra Sports Stadium.The overly publicized Bukom Banku vrs Ayitey Powers mega fight has been rescheduled from May 16 to May 15, due to the ban on drumming and dancing from 15 May to 12 June in the Osu traditional Area.The much awaited epic clash codenamed “Judgment Night” has had dates previously changed from April 25 to April 18 which was completely thrown overboard after Powers asked for a postponement upon, as he said, prophecy that he shouldn’t fight in the month of April.Later on Ayitey Powers had again asked for that period of time to make consultations before officially agreeing to fight on Friday May 16.The May 16 date was also not favourable to the Osu traditional Council so a meeting was held on Saturday to be changed to Thurday May 15.The Ghanaian public have been clamouring for the fight which has received rave reviews interlaced with endless verbal war between the two boxers. A record 3,000 tickets were sold on the first day of release with many experts tipping the fight when it does finally come off to record the highest ever attendance in Ghanaian boxing history.
There has been some speculation about MLB being forced to suspend or cancel the 2020 season, but commissioner Rob Manfred has given no indication that he will be taking any drastic steps.”The difficult circumstances of one club reinforce the vital need to be diligent with the protocols in all ways, both on and off the field,” the league said in its statement. “We will continue to bolster our protocols and make any necessary adjustments. The realities of the virus still loom large, and we must operate with that in mind every day.”We are confident that clubs and players will act appropriately, for themselves and for others, and the data provides reason to believe that the protocols can work effectively.” MORE: Dr. Anthony Fauci talks Marlins outbreak, potential MLB shutdownHow will this sudden surge in cases alter the Marlins’ schedule? Here’s what we know about the team’s situation.Postponed Marlins gamesA total of seven Marlins games have been postponed so far, including Miami’s home opener against the Orioles. DateGameMonday, July 27vs. OriolesTuesday, July 28vs. OriolesWednesday, July 29at OriolesThursday, July 30at OriolesFriday, July 31vs. NationalsSaturday, Aug. 1vs. NationalsSunday, Aug. 2vs. NationalsWhen will the Marlins play again?It is unclear when MLB will allow the Marlins to resume play. After the postponed games, Miami is scheduled to face the Phillies, Mets and Blue Jays in early August.”Given the current circumstances, MLB believes that it is most prudent to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and planning their baseball operations for a resumption early next week,” the league said in a statement.DateGameTuesday, Aug. 4vs. PhilliesWednesday, Aug. 5vs. PhilliesThursday, Aug. 6vs. PhilliesFriday, Aug. 7at MetsSaturday, Aug. 8at MetsSunday, Aug. 9at MetsTuesday, Aug. 11at Blue JaysWednesday, Aug. 12at Blue JaysWhat does this mean for the rest of MLB?In addition to the postponed Marlins games, the home-and-home series between the Phillies and Yankees (July 27-30) has been postponed “out of an abundance of caution.” Miami kicked off its 2020 season with a three-game series in Philadelphia (July 24-26). The Yankees will now play the Orioles on July 29 and July 30 in Baltimore.MLB will share additional schedule changes later this week. Less than a week after MLB’s Opening Day, the league is already facing a coronavirus-related crisis.All Marlins games through Aug. 2 have been postponed after the team’s recent COVID-19 outbreak, MLB announced Tuesday. Miami is up to 17 coronavirus cases, according to multiple reports, but the league says there have been “no new positives of on-field personnel from any of the other 29 clubs.”
The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors today approved a bid for a new facility for the county’s Engineer Department. The new facility will be placed on county property near the Law Enforcement Center. County Engineer Brandon Billings says the facility will replace three others that are aging. “At this point, I’m looking at some major renovations and repairs to make them functional in the form that they are, and if I need to improve them so that we have more options, it’s going to end up costing an enormous amount of money, similar to the cost of building a new facility. When we build a new facility, everything is new, everything fits the way we need to fit, and we’ll be able to be more efficient with our operations and have less overhead with the older buildings that we currently have.”The main building currently is located on Mason City’s south side in an old National Guard armory. Billings says being just outside the city limits on the west side will help in the winter-time. “The advantage of moving us outside of town is our response time shouldn’t be affected majorly, if at all, and we should be able to get to what we need to, and have more options with storing materials on site. Efficiencies is really the biggest gain that we get from this.” Henkel Construction of Mason City had the winning bid of $3.348 million out of the eight bids submitted for the project. “We were only hoping to get four or five bids, and eight is an unheard of number, so there was quite a bit of interest in the project. I think it was because we had a good architect and a good board making it a clear project and a pretty easy thing to follow.” Billings is hoping the project will be completed prior to December 1st, in time for the winter driving season.
Pitt: Played its first game without Sidy N’Dir, who will miss four to six weeks with a right leg injury. Khameron Davis saw increased playing time in his absence. Davis finished with seven points in 15 minutes. PITTSBURGH (AP) — When Jeff Capel took over the Pittsburgh basketball program, the strength of his first recruiting class was a sign that he might be able to get the Panthers back on the right track.Guards Xavier Johnson, Trey McGowens and AuDiese Toney have been an integral part of Pitt’s 9-3 start to the season 9-3, and they still seem to have untapped potential.Thursday night they gave a sneak peek at what the future may hold, as the three combined for a school-record 65 points in a 99-57 drubbing of New Orleans. McGowens set a career high with 24 points, Johnson had 21 points and Toney set a career high with 20 points. They also combined for 11 rebounds and 10 assists.“They’ve all played well, but they’re freshmen,” Capel said. “They’ve been up and down. They’ve had moments where they looked really good. They’ve had other moments when they’ve looked like freshmen. Tonight was a night where they all looked pretty good.”The Panthers took a 26-point lead into the half and then built upon it in the second period. An 11-0 run just past the halfway point of the second period pushed the Pitt advantage to 38 points.The Privateers entered the game fourth in the nation in turnovers forced and steals per game, but it was the Panthers that did the pilfering. Pitt forced 22 turnovers and got 32 points off turnovers, compared to just six for New Orleans as the young Panthers thrived off turning defense into offense.“Defense and confidence,” Johnson said. “Our confidence is high as freshmen. This if our first time playing together. We’re getting better and better.”Guard Bryson Robinson had 11 points to lead New Orleans.The game was the 300th played at Pitt’s Petersen Events Center. The Panthers own 247-53 record in the building, which opened in 2002.BIG PICTURENew Orleans: The Privateers have struggled away from home all season and are 0-4 with a minus-95 point differential on the road and are 5-1 with a plus-126 point differential at home. The change in venue has coincided with a change in level of competition. New Orleans has played at Northwestern, Tulsa and UAB while hosting mostly lower-level opponents.“For us to get this program back to where we were in the 80s and 90s, we have to play a national schedule,” head coach Mark Slessinger said. “As a one-bid conference right now, we have to be really, really good in the tournament and prepare ourselves.” Xavier Johnson (AP Photo/File) “His energy, when he got in the game, was contagious,” Capel said.ADDING ONPitt’s 42-point margin of victory was the most for the team in over three years and Pitt’s third win of 30 or more points this season. The Panthers didn’t have any such wins in the last two seasons.“That’s something we talked about at halftime,” Capel said. “We don’t want to play the score. We’re trying to build these habits. Every minute for us is important.”UP NEXTNew Orleans: Will play its third and final major-conference opponent of the season at Baylor on Dec. 29.Pitt: Will wrap up its non-conference schedule by hosting Colgate on Dec. 29.
Businesses in the North-West have voiced their concerns over the slow pace of progress with significant capital projects and called for accelerated delivery of the National Development Plan.The groups voiced their concerns at a meeting with local public representatives.The meeting was held at the Pramerica Offices in Letterkenny. Businesses say they need to support balanced growth and job creation across the entire country.In particular, they are calling for the recent corporate tax windfall to be directed towards much-needed infrastructure to position the regional economy to grow.Ibec North West Regional President Cormac Kearns said: “Businesses are anxious to see progress in the delivery of Project Ireland 2040 as challenges around peripherality and connectivity intensify. The delivery of strategic road infrastructure will help improve inter-urban and inter-regional connectivity and offer greater accessibility that will drive growth.“Investment in education and skills should also be viewed as a key infrastructure priority that will help support continued business growth in the region. “The country is currently enjoying windfall corporate tax revenue and there is an opportunity to invest in much-needed infrastructure, improve overall quality of life and position the regional economy to grow. Delays on infrastructure have significant costs and pose a real threat to economic growth and damage competitiveness. Unless we deliver the infrastructure, the region will continue to develop at a slower pace.”Mr Kearns added: “With a disorderly Brexit looking increasingly likely and with regions being most vulnerable in this scenario, fast-tracking infrastructure investment is more vital than ever. We must invest ambitiously and deliver on committed projects as urgently as possible.”Donegal businesses voice concerns over Capital Plan for 2040 was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 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)
* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * * It’s 2019 and the concerns at center for the Golden State Warriors are still looming. Mark Medina and Logan Murdock share their thoughts on DeMarcus Cousins, and if he really is the solution to the team’s troubles. Is Robin Lopez an option for the Dubs? all this and more on this week’s episode of the Warriors HQ podcast.0:20 – Is DeMarcus Cousins the solution …
The Public Protector was set up in terms of South Africa’s Constitution to investigate complaints against government agencies or officials.The office of the The Public Protector is one of six Chapter 9 institutions, identified in the Constitution as “state institutions supporting constitutional democracy”. (Image: Corruption Watch)Brand South Africa reporterFind out all about South Africa’s Public Protector.What is the Public Protector?Public Protector was set up in terms of Chapter 9 of South Africa’s Constitution to investigate complaints against state agencies or officials. It is one of six Chapter 9 institutions, identified in the Constitution as “state institutions supporting constitutional democracy”.What are the functions of the Public Protector?According to Chapter 9 of the Constitution, the Public Protector has the power, as regulated by national legislation:to investigate any conduct in state affairs, or in the public administration in any sphere of government, that is alleged or suspected to be improper or to result in any impropriety or prejudiceto report on that conductto take appropriate remedial actionWhat are the other Chapter 9 institutions?The five other state institutions supporting constitutional democracy are:The Human Rights CommissionThe Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic CommunitiesThe Commission for Gender EqualityThe Auditor-GeneralThe Independent Electoral CommissionWhat does the Public Protector investigate?The Public Protector investigates alleged misconduct involving the state. This includes public officials at all levels, from central and provincial government to state departments, local authorities and state-owned enterprises.Do other countries have a Public Protector?Countries across the world have offices similar to the Public Protector, institutions that investigate and provide a check on improper government activity, in the interest of the citizenry. These are variously called the “ombudsman” or “people’s defender”.Is the Public Protector independent?Yes. According to the Constitution, the Public Protector and all other Chapter 9 institutions “are independent, and subject only to the Constitution and the law, and they must be impartial and must exercise their powers and perform their functions without fear, favour or prejudice”.The Constitution goes on to say: “Other organs of state, through legislative and other measures, must assist and protect these institutions to ensure the independence, impartiality, dignity and effectiveness of these institutions. No person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of these institutions.”Who can complain to the Public Protector?Anyone can complain to the Public Protector. The Constitution says: “The Public Protector must be accessible to all persons and communities.”How many complaints does the Public Protector receive?According to a parliamentary report released on 5 November 2013, the Public Protector received 37 770 complaints in the previous year — up more than 10 000 on the number of complaints registered in 2011-12. It takes from a couple hours to three months to resolve a single case, depending on its nature; the parliamentary report stated that 37% of cases were resolved in three months.What happens after the Public Protector has investigated a complaint?The Public Protector has been described as a referee, tasked with looking at all sides of a problem. If the complaint is justified, a solution is put forward, which may include recommending changes to the system.The Public Protector can also report a matter to Parliament, which will then debate the matter and see to it that the recommendations are followed.Are the Public Protector’s reports always released to the public?According to the Constitution, “Any report issued by the Public Protector must be open to the public unless exceptional circumstances, to be determined in terms of national legislation, require that a report be kept confidential.”Who appoints the Public Protector?The Public Protector is appointed by the president on the recommendation of the National Assembly in terms of the Constitution for a non-renewable period of seven years.Who is South Africa’s Public Protector?Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane became South Africa’s fourth Public Protector in October 2016. She was appointed by President Jacob Zuma, after being recommended by a special parliamentary committee.Mkhwebane is an advocate of the high court and a specialist in refugee and immigration law. She has held positions in the Department of Home Affairs and the South African embassy in the Republic of China. She previously also worked in the Office of the Public Protector as a senior investigator and an acting provincial director for Gauteng. Mkhwebane was also a senior researcher at the South African Human Rights Commission.Mkhwebane replaced Advocate Thulisile Madonsela, who completed her term in October 2016. Madonsela replaced Advocate Lawrence Mushwana, who completed his seven-year term as Public Protector on 16 October 2009. South Africa’s first Public Protector, Advocate Selby Baqwa, served from 1995 to 2002.What investigations and recommendations has the Public Protector made in the past?Some notable decisions by South Africa’s Public Protector include:Bheki Cele was fired as South Africa’s police chief in 2011 after an inquiry into allegations of misconduct in relation to the procurement of office headquarters for the South African Police Service. The Public Protector’s report found that the lease agreements were unlawful, invalid and “fatally flawed”.In 2006, the Public Protector cleared then Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka after she used an air force plane to fly with her family and friends to the United Arab Emirates for a holiday. “It cannot be found that the deputy president acted improperly or that she failed to act in good faith,” the Public Protector said in a report at the time. “She was entitled, as anyone else in her similar position and status, to take her family, a friend and the children of her private secretary with her to the UAE and no one therefore benefited improperly from the trip.”Following an investigation in 2004, 40 Members of Parliament from a number of different political parties were found to have illegally used parliamentary travel vouchers worth R18-million for their personal use.Also in 2004, an investigation into claims that Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride was unsuitable for his post found that the appointment was proper, given that then national police commissioner Jackie Selebi had “waived the requirements that McBride had to be a member of the Metro police, and in respect of training”.Reviewed 17 May 2016Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brazilian farmers had planted 58 percent of their 2019/20 soybean area by Nov 7, according to a weekly survey conducted by AgRural. That represents a progress of 12 percentage points in one week and keeps the new crop planting pace slightly ahead of the five-year average. There is still a delay, however, in comparison to last year.Favorable weather conditions seen last week took the area already planted to 94 percent in top-producer Mato Grosso, where the soybean crop develops well so far. The only issue, for now, is that the state will not have new soybeans entering the market as early as in the 2018/19 season, when some farmers were already harvesting in late December.Mato Grosso grows about 65% of Brazil’s second corn crop, which will be planted right after the soybean harvest, in January and February 2020. That means that a good chunk of the Brazilian corn crop will not be behind schedule or have any significant problem caused by delays in the soybean planting. Corn planting might face some disruptions if it rains too much in early 2020, but that is another story and belongs to the future.In number-two producer Paraná, much-needed rains hit the state last week and farmers were finally able to catch up, after a dry, hot, nervous October. But, since part of the soybean crop was planted after the normal dates, part of the second corn crop will be sown in March, and that is not exactly good for corn yields. The same will happen in parts of Mato Grosso do Sul. Is that a big threat to the corn crop that Brazil will harvest in the second half of 2020? Not exactly. Not yet.In the rest of the country, irregular rains have kept the soybean planting slower than normal, but forecasts look good for the remainder of November. Potential production is seen by AgRural at 121 million metric tons, a new record. Right now, and despite the problems faced since September, there is no reason to believe that that number will not be met. But, of course, the blooming stage is just beginning in areas planted earlier and the best – or the worst – is yet to come.