20,000 worshippers quarantined in Pakistan after major search

first_imgTopics : In northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, authorities have so far quarantined 5,300 Tablighis or Islamic preachers who attended the Lahore meeting.”Health officials are conducting tests for coronavirus and some of them have tested positive,” Ajmal Wazir, a spokesperson for the region, told AFP on Sunday.Wazir said thousands of Tablighis from his province were stranded in other regions because of the closure of major highways across the country.About 7,000 have been quarantined in the central Punjab city Lahore, while in southern Sindh province up to 8,000 Tablighis have been quarantined, government officials said. Dozens more have been forced to self-isolate in southwestern Balochistan province.The Tablighi mosques and the movement’s other places of worship were shut down or marked as quarantine centers at the end of March.At least 154 worshippers who went to last month’s Jamaat had tested positive for coronavirus, with two fatalities, authorities told AFP.Coronavirus has killed at least 45 people in Pakistan but with only limited testing available, observers worry the number is far higher. Tablighi Jamaat is considered one of the world’s largest faith-based movements, with millions of followers, particularly in South Asia, and sends preachers to countries to spread Islam’s ideas.Numerous foreign nationals attended this year from countries including China, Indonesia, Nigeria and Afghanistan, organizers said.About 1,500 foreigners are now quarantined in Pakistan, but others left the country without being tested.Gaza’s health ministry confirmed last month its first two cases of coronavirus were Palestinians who had attended the gathering.Pakistan’s science minister Fawad Chaudhry earlier expressed exasperation that the event had gone ahead, blaming the “stubbornness of the clergy”.Organizers said they cut the gathering short following advice from the authorities, however at the time they said it was due to rainy weather. Similar Tablighi Jamaat congregations held in Malaysia and India during the coronavirus pandemic have been blamed for spreading the virus to other nations. center_img Pakistan has quarantined 20,000 worshippers and is still searching for tens of thousands more who attended an Islamic gathering in Lahore last month despite the worsening coronavirus pandemic, officials said Sunday.Authorities said they want to test or quarantine those who congregated at the event held by the Tablighi Jamaat — an Islamic missionary movement —  between March 10-12 over fears they are now spreading COVID-19 across Pakistan and overseas.More than 100,000 people went to the meeting, organizers said, undeterred by government requests for it to be cancelled as the virus hit the country.last_img read more

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Barcelona may bench Suarez if he fails to depart

first_imgLuis Suarez could spend a whole season on the sidelines if he fails to negotiate an exit from Barcelona. The 33-year-old is surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou and has been told to find a new club. However, ESPN report the Uruguayan still has a year remaining on his deal and he wants the Catalan giants to pay the remainder should he leave this summer. Barcelona have also told sources they are willing to let Suarez sit in the stands until his contract expires next summer. A move to Juventus could be on the cards as new boss Andrea Pirlo looks for a backup to Cristiano Ronaldo. Terms have reportedly been agreed but a number of obstacles are still preventing a transfer. Many had assumed Suarez’s departure was down to new manager Ronald Koeman but the Dutchman has insisted it was the club’s call. Suarez is Barcelona’s third all-time top goalscorer and has been one of their key players since joining in 2014.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do His friendship with Lionel Messi has seen them flourish on the pitch and they formed two thirds of the lethal ‘MSN’ partnership with Neymar until 2017. Last season saw his influence diminish and he scored 16 goals in 28 La Liga appearances. He has admitted he would take a reduced role with the Blaugrana – but wants clarity on his future. “There has been talk of some names that the president suggested, changes that could be made, but nobody has told me that they want to get rid of me,” Suarez told AS. “If that is what the club wants it would be nice if the director responsible for these decisions spoke directly with me. It’s better than leaking if I’m one of the players they want to leave. We’ll see what happens. read also: Suarez agrees Juventus terms “I want what’s best for the club as well and right now my intention is to stay on but if the club decide I’m no longer wanted, I have no problem talking to those that decide.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

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Borgen is spectacular at Buffalo River Fargo Tractor special

first_imgGLYNDON, Minn. (Sept. 13-14) – A driver who is no stranger to victory lane at Buffalo River Race Park found his way to that hallowed ground again Sunday night.Bryce Borgen topped the $1,000 to win IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event in the 2014 season finale. The two-time BRRP track champion earned a spot on the ballot for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational along with the Fargo Tractor IMCA Spectacular checkers. Deveryn Malmlov, Saturday winner Justin Jones, Michael Greseth and Cody Erickson completed the top five. Borgen had started fourth and was most of a straightaway behind Jones before starting his drive to the front. “All of a sudden my car just came alive,” Borgen said following his third sanctioned win of the season. “I’d run second on Saturday night. It felt good to be able to work my way by him (Jones) and pass him on the top side.” The final caution came with three circuits left in the 30-lapper. Borgen’s margin of victory was two car lengths. Jones earned $750 for his Saturday victory. Rick Pavlicek swept the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features, earning $300 on opening night and $500 on Sunday. Sept. 13 Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Justin Jones; 2. Bryce Borgen; 3. Michael Greseth; 4. Bob Sagen; 5. Michael Tiani; 6. Shane Bruns; 7. Tyler Hall; 8. Jeff Odden; 9. Brent Pulskamp; 10. David Goulet; 11. Tyler Peterson; 12. Dusty Peterson; 13. Larry Niemi; 14. Tim Perkins; 15. Brennan Borg; 16. Josh Beaulieu; 17. Deveryn Malmlov; 18. Matt Aukland; 19. Ross Romdalvik; 20. Billy Vogel; 21. Tom Cummings; 22. Dan Dowling.Northern SportMods – 1. Rich Pavlicek; 2. Tim Kanten; 3. Scott Zimmerman; 4. Scott Jacobson; 5. Tailin Tommerdahl; 6. Tom Andring; 7. Patrick Brejcha; 8. Michael Ernst; 9. Charlie Jensen; 10. Jesse Skalicky; 11. Lucas Rodin; 12. Levi Babcock; 13. Jeff Nelson; 14. Nick Curtis; 15. Cody Peterson; 16. Robert Plath; 17. Luke Lick; 18. Danny Hazemann; 19. Andrew Maxwell; 20. Jackson Moffett. Sept. 14 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Borgen; 2. Malmlov; 3. Jones; 4. Greseth; 5. Cody Erickson; 6. Pulskamp; 7. Sagen; 8. Tyler Peterson; 9. Hall; 10. Beaulieu; 11. Goulet; 12. Tiana; 13. Niemi; 14. Borg; 15. Dowling; 16. Dusty Peterson; 17. Odden; 18. Bruns; 19. Vogel; 20. John Schuelke.Northern SportMods – 1. Pavlicek; 2. Ernst; 3. Kanten; 4. Tommerdah; 5. Chris Vanmil; 6. Jensen; 7. Jacobson; 8. Lick; 9. Peterson; 10. Rodin; 11. Brady Petermann; 12. Maxwell; 13. Andring; 14. Curtis; 15. Plath; 17. Donny Marquardt; 18. Nelson; 19. Brejcha; 20. Hazemann.last_img read more

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England snatches Abraham, Tomori from Nigeria

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Solskjaer criticises England over handling of youngster Greenwood Rennes want Fikayo Tomori, £25m for Mendy England manager Gareth Southgate has called up Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori to the national squad for the first time for the upcoming European Qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.The Chelsea pair have impressed under Frank Lampard in the Premier League, and were rewarded with places in Southgate’s England squad.Southgate admitted that it was an easy decision to name Abraham in the latest squad, as he’s scored more goals in the Premier League than any other English striker.Gareth Southgate on Tammy Abraham: “We put him into the squad very young, when we were changing the complexion of what we were doing. That was a bit early for him but because of the opportunity given to him by Frank Lampard at Chelsea, we’ve brought him back in.“This is now a great chance for Tammy. He’s always scored goals for our junior teams, he’s done that in the Championships and now he’s grasped his opportunity at the beginning of this season.”Tyrone Mings was also called up for the second time, but he’s yet to make his first appearance for the team.James Maddison was also included in Southgate’s plans for a second successive squad, but he too is yet to claim his first cap.Meanwhile, Everton midfielder Fabian Delph is recalled to the squad after a decent start to the season.Harry Winks was also named in Southgate’s team, as he looks to add to his three previous appearances; the latest in October 2017.Southgate will likely stick with Jordan Pickford in goal, but both Tom Heaton and Nick Pope are keeping the Everton star looking over his shoulder.In defence, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Tripper were selected as right-backs, while Ben Chilwell and Danny Rose are the team’s left-backs.Southgate will then have Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Mings and Tomori to choose from for his defensive partnership.Elsewhere, Callum Wilson, Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford continue as England’s strike force, with the latest addition of Abraham.After the squad was named, Southgate admitted that it was a particularly tough decision to narrow his choices down to just 23 players.“There have been some difficult decisions to make,” he said. “It’s an exciting squad, with players very much in form.“There’s still an emphasis on the development of younger players but surrounded by good experience.”There’s no place in the squad for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who’s recovering from illness, while Kyle Walker also misses out.Tottenham’s Dele Alli failed to make the cut, as Mason Mount was named ahead of him.Jesse Lingard has also been left out of the squad, despite being one of Southgate’s preferred selections.The United midfielder has struggled for form in the opening weeks of the season after coming back from injury.England squad:Goalkeepers: Tom Heaton, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Danny Rose, Fikayo Tomori, Kieran Trippier.Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Fabian Delph, Jordan Henderson, James Maddison, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Harry Winks.Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Callum Wilson. Tags: Fikayo TomoriGareth SouthgateTammy Abrahamlast_img read more

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Golf Croquet Lessons Offered at Woodlawn

first_img Latest Posts House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Bio ELLSWORTH —Golf croquet is open to the public every Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Woodlawn Croquet Lawn, with instruction offered to those interested.Persons not members of the Woodlawn Croquet Club are asked to make a contribution of $5 to help cover the cost of court maintenance.A free beginners’ course will be offered on Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Woodlawn croquet members will provide instruction in the basics of the six-wicket game, covering the layout of the court, equipment used, an introduction to the game, shot-making skills and basic strategy.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textA second-follow-up lesson — at a cost of $10 — will be offered on Saturday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for those who have taken the basic course.Soft-soled shoes or sneakers must be worn on the croquet lawn.To sign up for lessons, call Woodlawn Museum at 667-8671. For more information, call Perry Mattson at 667-9335.center_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) adminlast_img read more

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Cricket News Happy Birthday Shoaib Malik – The only men’s international cricketer active from the 90s

first_img New Delhi: Shoaib Malik should be considered the father time of cricket. He is the only men’s cricketer to still be playing active international cricket from the 90s, having made his debut in 1999 in an ODI against West Indies in Sharjah. He has batted at the top and he has also batted as a tail-ender, having batted at No.10 on his debut and moving up the ranks to become a dependable batsman for Pakistan. He has been part of several epic moments in Pakistan history, winning the 2009 World T20 and also the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy both held in England. Malik is only India’s son-in-law, marrying tennis sensation Sania Mirza.As is the case with majority of Pakistan’s players, they reserved their best for India and Malik was no exception. In 41 games, he smashed 1782 runs at an average of 48, smashing 11 fifties and four centuries. Even with the ball, Malik reserved his best for India as he took 22 wickets against them. His first century came in 2004 at Colombo when he smashed 143 to give Pakistan a big win but it was his 128 in the 2009 Champions Trophy which played a big part in India getting knocked out in the league stages. As captain, Malik gave Pakistan some stability but he had to endure heartbreak when his side lost the 2007 World T20 final by five runs against India.However, with the passage of time, Malik’s consistency and form dipped. In 2014, Malik was reluctant to make himself available for national selection for the World Cup due to his bowling action and the prevailing environment in the team. The all-rounder’s reluctance reportedly stemmed primarily over the treatment he had received from the board and selectors in recent times and secondly over apprehensions of his bowling action being reported. The year 2014 was a tough time for offspinners with the ICC cracking down hard on the likes of Sunil Narine and Saeed Ajmal. Shoaib Malik made his debut in Sharjah against West Indies in 1999.Shoaib was captain when Pakistan lost the 2007 World T20 against India in South Africa.Shoaib Malik became the third player overall to play 100 T20Is in the world. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. After a gap in 2014, Malik returned to action in 2015 and slammed 607 runs in 15 ODIs at a brilliant average of 67.4. His form continued in when he hit 516 runs at an average of 57.33. His wonderful ODI form resulted in a call-up to the Test level for the first time in five years during the 2015 series against England. In the first Test in Abu Dhabi, Malik stunned the cricketing world with a fabulous 245 and in the Test against Sharjah, he picked up 4/33 in 9.5 overs as Pakistan secured a 2-0 series win. However, his retirement after the end of the match surprised many players.On September 2017, Malik became the highest run–scorer in T20I for Pakistan. On 1 July 2018, Malik also became the first Asian batsman to score 2,000 runs in T20Is. Malik became the third player to play 100 T20Is in the world. On April 12, 2010, Malik married tennis sensation Sania Mirza which was held in Hyderabad.Malik has achieved plenty of highs in his career followed by some lows. However, as he enters his 20th year as an international cricketer and one from the 90s, Malik represents the symbol of longevity. Here is wishing Shoaib Malik a happy 37th birthday. highlightslast_img read more

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The Latest: Cash, Korver guests on NBA weekly roundtable

first_imgThe Latest: Cash, Korver guests on NBA weekly roundtable ___Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who have lost income because competitions are suspended.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says the fund will try “to help as many athletes as possible.”It’s unclear when or if the track season can begin. Diamond League meets and the Olympics have been postponed. The roundtable will be shown on the NBA’s Twitter page. Former NBA player Caron Butler will host.The roundtable coincides with several teams and players directing efforts to help meet the needs of those neighborhoods.Cash was a three-time WNBA champion player and now is the vice president of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans.She says players “have really just tried to focus in on saying, ‘Look, we want to help the people that are losing their jobs, but we also know that there is a serious crisis dealing with the African-American and minority community.’”___ Coe says the fund was the idea of 1,500-meter world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj. The Moroccan runner will be part of the team examining applications from athletes.___The end of the Argentine league soccer season is expected to be ratified by the national association executive committee.AFA president Claudio Tapia says there will be no relegation until 2022 to ease club finances burdened by the coronavirus pandemic.The end of player contracts on June 30 will be honored. Associated Press Boca Juniors won the title shortly before the AFA suspended all soccer on March 15.How teams qualify for the 2021 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana is also to be resolved.Tapia tells TNT Sports “everyone wants to play again when we can, and if we have to play in January because we couldn’t do it earlier in the year, we will.”___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 6center_img April 28, 2020 The French Rugby Federation has announced a support package worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help ease the financial concerns of its amateur clubs during the coronavirus pandemic.Amateur rugby competitions in France were canceled for the season on March 27 after strict social measures were put in place to deal with the outbreak.The FFR has now arranged a package that will see 14 million euros ($15 million) go to clubs to cover losses and fees for this season and a further 21 million euros ($22.5 million) for the 2020-21 season.It means they will not have to pay for such things as insurance costs and license fees.Rugby officials are waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible in the country’s top league. The French government says the rest of the soccer and rugby seasons won’t be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says “the 2019-20 season of professional sport … won’t be able to resume.”The top two divisions in French soccer both had 10 league games left to play. Rugby’s Top 14 league had reached the semifinal stage.France is expected to end its lockdown on May 11.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Swin Cash and Kyle Korver are among the guests on the debut of a new NBA weekly roundtable series that will discuss how minority communities are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

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Saints emails, lawsuits could be buried in church bankruptcy

first_img“Clearly this is a focused effort to conceal the documents,” he said.Manley said attempts to keep the lawsuits alive are longshots because bankruptcy courts generally don’t want debtors to continue with legal action that may force them to spend more money.But Mike Finnegan, an attorney with Minnesota-based Jeff Anderson & Associates, said the bankruptcy filing pushes the fight to air the church records into the bankruptcy court, where the documents could be released after a lengthy process, possibly as a condition of a bankruptcy settlement.“There are so many people involved, and this is so important for the public and survivors, that the fight will continue,” he said. “I believe those documents will see the light of day, but it will be delayed by the bankruptcy process.”New Orleans’ bankruptcy reflects a strategy the church has pursued in other jurisdictions to simply “come up with a settlement and move on,” said Kevin T. Stocker, an attorney who sued the church in Buffalo, New York, before it recently declared bankruptcy. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditA bankruptcy filing by New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese freezes sexual abuse lawsuits and could help bury the details of alleged coverups of predator priests and thousands of internal emails documenting a behind-the-scenes alliance with the New Orleans Saints. Attorneys for those suing the church attacked last week’s Chapter 11 filing as a veiled attempt to keep church records secret, scrap a long-awaited legal deposition by Archbishop Gregory Aymond and deny victims a public reckoning that had been years in the making.“Those victims were on the path to the truth,” attorney Soren Gisleson wrote in court papers. “The rape of children is a thief that keeps on stealing.” In previous court filings, they drew a direct parallel to the successful effort by The Boston Globe nearly 20 years ago to overturn a confidentiality order protecting documents produced during lawsuits filed by victims of Geoghan.That led to the resignation of the late Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who covered up for Geoghan’s abuses with the knowledge of five auxiliary bishops, including Alfred C. Hughes, who preceded Aymond as archbishop of New Orleans.“The public, media and law enforcement have no idea of the depth of Hecker’s disgusting crimes against children or the Archdiocese’s equally disgusting suppression of those crimes,” the filing alleges.But whether any of the dozens of clergy abuse lawsuits against the archdiocese will see the light of day is an open question.John C. Manly, an attorney who has represented clergy abuse victims through more than a dozen bankruptcy filings, said “it’s highly unlikely” the men suing the archdiocese will succeed in airing internal church records. May 5, 2020 Associated Press The New Orleans archdiocese is the latest of more than 20 dioceses nationwide to declare bankruptcy, an action Aymond attributed to a “resurgence of the clergy abuse crisis” and liabilities of $100 million to $500 million deepened by the coronavirus pandemic. He said the filing would allow victims to be compensated directly through a “court-supervised process.”“There is not one single event or issue that prompted this filing,” the archbishop said in a video to parishioners. Attorneys for the men suing the church have already accused the archdiocese of understating the value of its total assets at also between $100 and $500 million. They cited an insurance declaration covering $2.1 billion in damages, adding the archdiocese “makes no attempt to explain this discrepancy” in court filings. An archdiocese spokeswoman declined to comment Tuesday. Aymond had been scheduled to give a deposition later this month in the Hecker case. Lawyers for Hecker’s alleged victims say they uncovered hundreds of incriminating records in discovery and still want a judge to make them public regardless of the bankruptcy. Saints emails, lawsuits could be buried in church bankruptcy “They don’t want this story out,” Stocker said. “It’s so ugly that they knew what was going on. They’re trying to control their brand and image.” ____Mustian and Rezendes reported from New York.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Among the most explosive legal fights now in disarray is a lawsuit alleging Aymond and his three predecessors systematically concealed the crimes of the Rev. Lawrence Hecker, an 88-year-old priest removed from active ministry in 2002 after accusations that he abused “countless children.”A recent court motion drew direct parallels between the church’s handling of Hecker and John Geoghan, a serial pedophile who molested scores of children during his 30-year career as a Massachusetts clergyman.The bankruptcy also freezes a court battle over a cache of confidential emails describing the behind-the-scenes public relations work New Orleans Saints executives did for the archdiocese in 2018 and 2019 to contain fallout from clergy abuse scandals. While the Saints say they only assisted in messaging, attorneys for the men suing the church allege Saints officials joined in the church’s “pattern and practice of concealing its crimes.” The attorneys contend that included taking an active role in helping to shape the archdiocese’s list of 57 credibly accused clergy, a roster an Associated Press analysis found was undercounted by at least 20 names.AP, which has sought the release of the emails as a matter of public interest, said in court papers last week that it remains unclear why secrecy is warranted for “two high-profile and quasi-public institutions like the Saints and the Archdiocese.”last_img read more

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Cool under fire: UW’s Stave no stranger to spotlight

first_imgRedshirt freshman Joel Stave was impressive in his first start against UTEP Saturday, completing 12 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown.[/media-credit]Joel Stave knows about being in pressure-filled situations.Last April, the Badgers’ redshirt freshman took the stage in front of a large audience at the 2012 “Buckinghams,” a formal event that showcases student-athletes’ talents off the field and honors success academically and athletically.Playing and singing a rousing rendition of Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” on the piano, Stave showed the cool and collectedness any student who was ever forced into taking piano lessons by their parents knows is necessary to succeed at a recital.In fact, it’s that same confidence Stave has transitioned to the huddle that has impressed center Travis Frederick.“He’s the same player no matter what the atmosphere or what the tension,” Frederick said. “If it’s third and long or first and ten or you’re losing by three or you need a touchdown, they just scored, he’s the same guy. He always just comes to the huddle, he’s very calm, he calls the play and goes and plays.”Offensive coordinator Matt Canada has taken note as well.“He’s been pretty steady to be honest,” Canada said. “He’s a guy that has some pretty good poise about him. If you want to play you got to be that guy.”So maybe it comes as no surprise Stave has already eased his way into the starting role at quarterback for the Badgers. Replacing embattled redshirt junior Danny O’Brien in the second half against Utah State less than two weeks ago, Stave has been a sound game-manager under center so far for a Wisconsin team in desperate need of consistency on offense.Stave is quick to point out he’s benefited from Frederick’s experience in the trenches, as the redshirt junior center helps point out blitz pickups and looks the quarterback doesn’t initially recognize.“That helps out a ton, him making calls and stuff,” Stave said. “If it’s something that I’m not completely sure on, if he makes the call, I can trust in what he’s doing and once he makes it I can see what he’s thinking. He’s really smart, knows what he’s doing and I have a lot of faith in him.”And although Badger fans may have found renewed faith in Stave in the starting role after his performance against UTEP – 12-of-17 for 210 yards passing and a touchdown – the golden-haired quarterback will face his first true test this Saturday night on the road at Nebraska.But Stave gained experience last season traveling with the team and watching former UW quarterback Russell Wilson play in the tough environments of East Lansing, Mich., and Columbus, Ohio, in primetime matchups and how he kept composed under such straining conditions.“That really helped, just seeing how Russell responded and stay[ed] composed,” Stave said. “Seeing him out there, it looks like a lot of fun. Obviously it doesn’t look easy with all the crowd noise and everything, but you just have to block that out and stay focused.”One way Wisconsin prepares itself for road tests is by practicing with the Camp Randall speakers blaring crowd noise, deafening the players to stimulate hostile environments. The noise was already audible Tuesday, as the college football mecca echoed loud cheers and screams. Stave knows as a quarterback he’ll have to be louder and make an emphasis on communication.Yet Stave has never played a game at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium, where a fanbase packs the seats that finds football more a religion than a sport.The last time Stave was the starting quarterback in a road game? Try 2010, as a high school senior in Wisconsin leading Whitnall High School in a playoff game against top-seeded Franklin High School.“I wouldn’t guess it’s going to be as tough (to play at) as where we’re going this week, but it was really windy so it wasn’t an easy place to play,” Stave joked. “None of [the high school road games] were super tough. No place with 90,000 people right on top of you. I don’t know, Greendale was kind of tough to play.”The looseness Stave exhibits is contagious. And while he appears eager and thrilled to have the chance to perform on national television, including a chance for a friend who lives in Florida to watch him, Stave attributes a part of his ability to block out nerve and anxiety to his performance under the spotlight as a musician.“It does kind of make you try to block out everybody else and just focus on what you’re doing, regardless of if you’re playing football or if you’re singing in front of people because that’s obviously something that is not super comfortable for me,” Stave said. “I mean, I feel a lot more comfortable playing football than I do singing to a group.”So the quarterback really feels more nervous about performing than he would, say, starting on the road in Nebraska?“I’d say so,” Stave said.Somebody mentions that there isn’t much of a chance of getting hit while playing the piano.“That’s true,” Stave laughed. “But I mean, a voice crack or something in front of a lot of people would be pretty bad.”Follow Nick on Twitterlast_img read more

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Kumasi to host 2013 Unity Games:Otumfour Elated

first_imgThe Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II has commended the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the National Sports Authority (NSA) for choosing Kumasi as the venue for the UNITY GAMES 2013.He expressed his gratitude to the organisers, NSA, and further appealed to the Government to increase its budget allocation for sports development in the country.Otumfour made the observations when the Minister for Youth & Sports, Hon Ankrah paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace, in Kumasi, ahead of this year’s National Sports Festival, dubbed Unity Games 2013.He finally appealed to corporate organisations, especially those within the Ashanti Region to get on board to support this worthy course.The Minister was accompanied by the Kumasi Mayor, Mr. Kojo Bonsu, the Acting Director General of NSA, Madam Alice Attipoe, the Public Affairs Manager, Hamah Hamid Issakah, among others.At the launch of the Games at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumais, Hon Afriyie Ankrah has reiterated the need to help build social, cultural and political bridges of unity and harmonious relationship in the country. Launching this year’s National Sports Festival dubbed ‘National Unity Games 2013’ at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, the Minister said the games will also serve as a platform for the identification and discovery of budding talents.This year’s Games will be under the theme, ‘Sports For Unity, Peace and Development’ would be held from August 11-18, 2013, at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) will be the Games Village, while the KNUST Swimming Pool will host the swimming championships.The Minister announced that the region will play host to over 4,000 Athletes, Coaches, Technical and Sports Administrators from across the country.He said the talents identified will be nurtured and trained so as to get a formidable contingent capable of winning laurels for Ghana at the Commonwealth Games 2014 slated for Glasgow, Scotland. The Minister assured the Regional Sports Directors of the National Sports Authority of the Ministry’s unflinching commitment to providing equal opportunities to all the sporting disciplines whilst working to provide the requisite infrastructure and facilities to enable national athletes compete to the desired international levels.last_img read more

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