‘We train for so long’: Former Temple fencer reacts to Summer Olympic Games postponement

first_imgAs of Tuesday, the U.S. has more than 360,000 cases of coronavirus and 11,000 deaths and Japan has seen more than 4,600 cases and 80 deaths, the Times reported. In Tokyo, there are more than 1,000 cases, according to Nippon.com. “I was not fortunate enough to be smart enough to get a home gym before all this happened,” Thompson said. “So I’m getting really creative about different exercises I can do. It’s a little frustrating because I feel like I’m downgrading my training but with the situation, you can only do what you have.” “I think a year definitely helps to change the momentum of what’s going on,” Thompson said. “With the Olympic trials, a year also gives me more time to work on my weaknesses, work on my strengths and get some more experience.” Thompson was supposed to compete in three Olympic qualifiers to determine if she would have made the U.S. national team. When President Donald Trump announced a travel ban for 26 European countries on March 11, all the qualifiers were postponed.  Because she is unable to fence, Thompson has to stay at home and work on exercises that are not directly related to fencing. As a result, Thompson is preparing for the games by working on her cardio and exercises like squats and lunges that help her fence better. When all of the qualifiers were postponed, Thompson was not surprised about the Olympics being postponed. Kamali Thompson, a 2012 biology alumna, competes at the 2017 New York Women’s Sabre World Cup. Thompson fenced for Temple from 2008-12. | DEVIN MANKY / COURTESY Thompson, a former Temple sabre and 2012 biology alumna, had been training for a spot on the United States fencing team for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, but the games were postponed until 2021 due to the pandemic. Thompson fenced for Temple from 2008-12 and finished her career with a record of 175-48. Thompson held the program record for most career victories by a sabre until this year. Seniors Kerry Plunkett and Malia Hee finished their careers with 235 wins each. Thompson usually trains at the Peter Westbrook Foundation in New York City. However, due to COVID-19, the gym has been closed indefinitely. Even though COVID-19 is a global pandemic, Thompson believes the Olympics will be the first event that brings the whole world together after the Coronavirus is contained. Globally, there are currently more than 1 million cases of coronavirus and more than 75,000 people have died from the virus as of Tuesday afternoon, the New York Times reported. Thompson’s first competition was supposed to take place in Belgium at the end of March; the other two were scheduled in St. Louis, Missouri, and Seoul, South Korea. The Olympics were originally scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan, from July 24 to August 9. They will now take place July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. “It was a little upsetting to say the least just because we train for so long, or I’ve been doing it for so long to compete in the summer hopefully,” Thompson said. “But in the end, it’s better postponed than canceled so I’m still pretty happy.” Thompson believes having an extra year to train will be beneficial, depending on how much the virus is contained so gyms can be opened up again, she said. The top four fencers from each of the three weapons qualify for the Olympics. Thompson is currently ranked fourth in sabre, she said. With dozens of sports leagues postponing their seasons amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Kamali Thompson expected the Olympics would be postponed too. “First and foremost, the Olympics are about bringing everyone together,” Thompson said. “I think that when the Olympics do happen because we are experiencing a pandemic right now, this will be the first time that the world will be able to come together, everyone will be healthy and it will be a really exciting moment.”last_img read more

Savings plan to be able to sign

first_img“Before getting in, allow to exit”. It is the slogan that they launch from the Bernabéu every time the option of possible reinforcements for next season is considered. The club expects at least five players to come out of those who are currently part of the squad. Four are on the market: James, Bale, Lucas Vázquez and Mariano. Furthermore, they will release Modric and Marcelo to decide their future and they would listen to offers for Nacho if he wants to look for minutes outside. To this we must add the possible transfers of Brahim and Reinier.Only if the ‘exit operation’ leaves the expected results in the box and free chips in the squad, Madrid will go to the market. If not, there is complete peace of mind thanks to the level of transfers: Achraf and Odegaard will return to stay and some like Ceballos, Reguilón or Kubo may have room depending on the departures. That places Madrid in a privileged position in the face of the crisis. The numbers are scary.The white entity has budgeted total income for this season of 822 million euros. They are broken down into four main games: 161 million for membership and subscriber fees and ticket sales, 109 million for friendlies and international competitions (only 10 for friendlies), 180 million for television rights and 371 million for marketing. All of these games are seriously threatened. If Madrid lost only 20% of that income, in the best case, it would stop entering 165 million euros. A problem, because the expenses will always be the same (741 million). All in all, in the sporty aspect you stay calm. The situation of the club is unbeatable with respect to other entities, but it is evident that you have to lighten the salary mass and sell to some player if you want to buy others.More particularly, Madrid obtains an income of 54 million euros just for membership fees and subscriptions: If you play half of the season that comes behind closed doors, you can only receive half of that money. Having the museum closed is another drama: three million people visit it per year and the entrance (joint to the museum and the tour) costs an average of 20 euros. As to the stores generate 25 million per season and are also closed … Everything, according to official accounts. The setback may be important, but there would be a technical KO without the television money.Salary reduction.With the agreed salary drop of 10% (if the competition resumes) 45 million are saved this season. But what about the future? It is counted that of those who must leave there are those who have a very high tab, especially Bale (30 million euros gross) and James (18). Mariano charges 8 (always gross), Brahim and Odriozola 7, Ceballos 6, Vallejo 4 … Madrid aspires to cut at least 80 million euros from the 283 that represent the salary mass of the staff. As of today, there are only estimates at the club of how much revenue will fall this season. No one is sure what the final figure will be. If the competition were to resume, it would be a great relief because, at least, the money from the television would come in. But the box office and much of the marketing has already been lost, especially considering that it will be played behind closed doors “until there is an effective vaccine or treatment for the disease,” said Irene Lozano.last_img read more

‘Hit Man’ Russell back in the ring on March 14

first_imgJamaican middleweight hopeful, Kemahl ‘Hit Man’ Russell, will be taking on another dangerous prospect, Ukranian Sergiy Derevyanchenko, in one of the feature bouts on a card at the Fitzgerald’s Casino and Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi, on Friday, March 14. It will be a clash of unbeaten middleweights, as Russell is now 10-0 and his opponent is 9-0. Russell should have fought last week, but that bout fell through at the last moment. His manager, Leiza-May Keane, told The Gleaner yesterday that “we are so happy that this bout became possible and we signed the contracts today. Kemahl is anxious to get back into the ring and he is a happy man today”. An interesting statistic is that both fighters have superb knockout records. Russell has won eight of his fights inside the distance, while Derevyanchenko has won seven of his nine bouts by the knockout or technical knockout route. Russell told The Gleaner yesterda, that he was very happy to get back into the ring, having not fought since October, and is ready for the dangerous opponent that he will be fighting. “His record is similar to mine and I can see from his knockouts that he is a great puncher. I am ready to rumble, however, and may the best man win,” he said. Russell’s last win was against Henry Mercer in Macon, Georgia, USA, on October 23 last year, where he knocked him out in two rounds. This fight is scheduled for 10 rounds.last_img read more

Pumaren stands by move to rest ailing stars in no-bearing game vs FEU

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University head coach Franz Pumaren doesn’t care about what outsiders think of his basketball decisions in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.The Soaring Falcons were already assured of the second seed, and a twice-to-beat advantage, even before their 82-56 loss to Far Eastern University and Pumaren decided to rest star players Sean Manganti and Jerrick Ahanmisi against the Tamaraws.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Still, Pumaren wasn’t the one to be concerned with statements from outside his circle and the UAAP.Pumaren added his team’s position as second seed spot and 10-4 record are the product of their hard work.“This was the reward for all our hard work and I don’t think anyone can take this away from us,” said Pumaren. “It’s nothing personal and for the longest time I’ve been coaching, I don’t rely on other teams because we write our own destiny.”“People can be critical but they have to look at the whole landscape.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Manganti was suffering from fever and a sore throat while Manganti was nursing a sprained left ankle and Pumaren elected to have his two best players take the game off so as not to aggravate any health issues the wingmen may have.“Given the scenario I don’t think any coach will force the issue,” said Pumaren Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Any school won’t push their injured players because they might aggravate the injury.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPumaren was the target of a social media outcry, the platform itself being as nonsensical as the rant itself, for electing to rest Manganti and Ahanmisi as this led, what many believe, to a lackluster performance by the Falcons.The Tamaraws’ victory allowed them to tie De La Salle at 8-6 paving way for a Final Four playoff between the two teams. FEU slams depleted Adamson, forces Final Four playoff vs La Salle Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

PSC pushes for health centres to remain open in sugar belt

first_img…to collaborate on hosting job fair in communitiesWhile remaining firm on its position to oppose the closure of the sugar industry, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) says it will now push to have health centres serving the sugar belt remained open.PSC President Eddie Boyer urged the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) not to close the health centres that serve sugar workers and their families in various communities.A section of the gathering at the forum on MondayThis call was made at the opening of a Business, Financial and Investment Forum and Clinic held at the Enmore Community Centre on Monday for ex-sugar workers.The PSC Head said that his organisation was deeply concerned about the developments taking place and would lend support wherever necessary to allow sugar workers the opportunity to get new jobs.“We are not supportive of closure. We fought that to the end and we are still fighting it. Now, I am going to ask that the health centres remain open for a long period, even when workers get their severance,” he said.Boyer added that he hoped issues pertaining to the National Insurance Scheme were also being ironed out in the transitioning process, so that workers do not lose out on their entitled benefits.In addition to that, the PSC Head stated that while there were opportunities, GuySuCo would have to assist in the process of getting some of these workers new jobs, as many of them are unskilled.“The Private Sector needs people and if we can pluck them out of here, fine. We are here because anything to do with sugar workers and GuySuCo, we will continue to be on board,” he said.PSC President Eddie BoyerMeanwhile, GuySuCo Corporate Communications Manager Audreyanna Thomas said the forum and clinic would expand to other areas in the sugar belt providing them with some support.Thomas said the event was mainly focused on helping the ex-sugar workers to decide on how they would spend or invest their severance to form meaningful small businesses and development.She said the institutions would help the workers and guide them on how best they could reinvest this “capital” (severance) they received after being fired. She said opportunities to take new and old loans would also be encouraged. This, she said, is part of GuySuCo’s Economic and Resilience programme.Several companies, including all the major banking institutions, were on the ground to assist.At the same event, Chairman of the Trade and Investments Committee of the PSC, Ramesh Dookhoo announced that his organisation would be hosting a job fair for displaced sugar workers.The first event would be hosted on Wednesday, January 31 at the Patentia Tarmac, West Bank Demerara in collaboration with the Region Three Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Dookhoo said while the fair would be primarily for these workers, it would also be opened to other persons who were generally having a tough time finding employment.He encouraged persons attending the event to walk with evidence of their academic qualifications, recommendations, NIS card, TIN certificate and police clearance.If this spin-off event proves successful, the PSC plans to host similar exercises in communities that will be impacted by the closures of sugar estates across the country.Some 20 local manufacturing and services companies are already onboard to participate in the fair. They include: National Hardware, Banks DIH, and Gafoors.In November, GuySuCo announced plans to dismiss thousands of workers. So far, some 4000-plus workers have been sent home. The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) claims that the downsizing and subsequent closure of sugar estates would lead to the loss of more than 15,000 jobs, and the potential threat of poverty for 50,000 to 100,000 people.The Special Purpose Unit (SPU), which forms part of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), has been mandated to conduct evaluations, surveys and inventory assessments before any steps were taken to actually sell the estates.The SPU has since solicited the assistance of an international financial company to undertake these assessments as part of the plans to downsize the industry. While one local company has expressed an interest, there have been no other reports that other companies here may want to buy the estates.However, Minister Cathy Hughes has been quoted in the media as saying that several international oil companies have expressed an interest in buying some of the closed estates.last_img read more

O’Neal: Gun used in self-defense

first_img“I got a little nervous at that point and fled to my room … and I got my gun,” he said. O’Neal said his son began to come up the stairs with the poker. “So I just fired it into the banister, and that scared him and he fled,” he said. The father and son have clashed before. In 1983, police were called to their home after a fight in which O’Neal knocked out two of Griffin’s teeth, the Los Angeles Times reported. No charges were filed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ryan O’Neal says his weekend arrest came after he fired a gun in self-defense to prevent his son from whacking him with a fireplace poker. According to a published report, the actor said that he arrived at his Malibu home Saturday night after celebrating with a group of friends, including his former girlfriend Farrah Fawcett. They had been celebrating Fawcett’s 60th birthday and that she is cancer-free after four months of treatment. O’Neal’s son Griffin, 42, who has a history of alcohol and drug problems, was visiting the Malibu house. O’Neal said Griffin grabbed a fireplace poker and started swinging it, grazing him four or five times. He “aimed at my head, I ducked, he hit his own girlfriend in the head,” O’Neal, 65, told the newspaper. last_img read more

Anti-gang plans need state funds

first_imgConnie Rice, a civil-rights attorney who studied the city’s existing gang programs, said she wants to see more details of the mayor’s plan. “CLEAR is an excellent suppression program, but the question is, Are we just building on that? If it’s just a CLEAR-plus program, it will not work,” she said. Rice said she had recommended the city look at existing programs to see which are working, and assess the needs of every neighborhood where gangs are a problem. “As with everything, the devil will be in the details,” Rice said. As part of his effort, Villaraigosa has said City Controller Laura Chick will audit the city’s gang programs. He also plans to hire an anti-gang coordinator to work out of the Mayor’s Office. Villaraigosa said candidates are being interviewed and he hopes to announce an appointment within two weeks. “Whoever is named will have some tricky political issues to deal with,” said Police Chief William Bratton. “Every gang initiative out there has a sponsor, whether it’s a council member, a member of the state Assembly or someone else. “The new director will have to evaluate the existing programs and develop new ones. It will not be easy.” Rice agreed with Bratton and noted a range of challenges. “It has to be someone who has the independence and the power to command respect and freedom and power. It will need to be someone who can call up the DWP (Department of Water and Power) and get lighting for a midnight soccer game. Who can call the schools superintendent and get a meeting immediately. “Someone who can make the calls without having to go through two ad hoc committees and four deputy mayors before he calls the police chief.” Councilman Tony Cardenas, who chairs the council’s ad hoc Committee on Gangs, said he plans to extensively review the mayor’s plan but believes it complements the work his panel has done. “I know people are impatient to see something done immediately, but I would rather have us take our time and do it right,” Cardenas said. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Gang violence is the most important challenge facing the city and the state,” Villaraigosa said Thursday in releasing his proposed spending plan along with some details of the anti-gang program. “We need to take an aggressive path with the Police Department on the one hand, and the programs on the other, to solve this problem.” Much of the funding would be spread across 19 city departments for a variety of programs, most focused on creating jobs. “This is the most significant investment the city has ever made in fighting gangs,” Villaraigosa said. “I wish it could be more, but we have other issues we have to deal with, as well.” To go beyond that, however, Villaraigosa has called for the state to inject $30 million into Los Angeles’ efforts. A wide-ranging anti-gang strategy envisioned by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa relies heavily on the promise of state and local funding as it seeks to build on many established programs. As part of the city budget proposed for 2007-08, Villaraigosa has allocated $168 million for programs aimed at gang prevention, intervention and enforcement, up about 10 percent from last year. His focus is reducing gang “hot spots,” including four – in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill, Northeast, Newton and South L.A. divisions – where a Community Law Enforcement and Recovery program already is operating. Officials expect to identify four more zones where suppression efforts will be joined with prevention and intervention programs involving schools, parks, libraries and police. last_img read more

Immigration reform starts anew

first_img“If we don’t succeed now, there won’t be another effort until after the presidential campaign,” said California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Senators met behind closed doors Tuesday afternoon to hammer out a compromise and were not expected to emerge until late in the evening. As the day wore on, several lawmakers said prospects for an agreement were looking increasingly dim. Reid, meanwhile, continued to threaten to kick off debate today regardless of the outcome, and could push forward a Democrat-backed bill that passed last year granting citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants. “I’ve heard the compromise isn’t looking good, and I’ve heard that it is,” said Steven Camarota, research director for the Center for Immigration Studies think tank. “I don’t know that there’s anybody that does know, because they may be working feverishly for quite some time,” he said. The curtain is rising on the second act of Congress’ attempt to reform America’s immigration laws. And no one knows how the story will end. For with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insisting that lawmakers embark swiftly on their second attempt to revamp U.S. immigration policy, there is still no agreement over what to do with the country’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants or how to address the future flow of foreign workers. Lawmakers and activists alike said time is running out. Meanwhile, Feinstein and Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, made an impassioned plea to include in any immigration reform a provision enabling millions of illegal farm workers to obtain legal status. The measure, originally crafted by Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, also reforms and speeds up the nation’s agricultural guest worker program. Growers from across the country barnstormed the Senate on Tuesday pushing for the measure and painting pictures of barren farms empty of apples, asparagus and bell peppers without it. Many complained they have been unable to find workers, despite offering wages of up to $15 per hour. “We simply can not survive on the promise that more workers will show up, or if we pay more the problem will be solved,” said Ella Vasquez, a Watsonville farm owner. lisa.friedman@langnews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tiger lurks behind Baddeley and Byrd

first_imgFrom news services Aaron Baddeley and Jonathan Byrd were well on their way to the top of the leaderboard Friday at the BMW Championship when Tiger Woods figured he better get going if he didn’t want to be left behind. That’s about the time he started losing his swing and finding his putter, which wasn’t a bad combination at Cog Hill in Lemont, Ill. Baddeley returned from a three-hour rain delay by making three straight birdies and finished strong for a 6-under-par 65, giving him a share of the lead with Byrd (69) going into the weekend of the third tournament in these PGA Tour Playoffs. But it was difficult to ignore Woods, whose second straight 67 put him one shot behind along with Barclays winner Steve Stricker (66), Justin Rose (69) and Camilo Villegas (69). Woods is a three-time winner on this public course outside Chicago, and it was not unusual to see him make birdie on all the par 5s and wind up in the thick of contention. How he got there was not so typical. He birdied the par-5 ninth by slicing his tee shot into the woods, pulling his second shot behind more trees and then hooking an 8-iron out of the rough to 15 feet and making the putt. “It’s all about the angles,” he said leaving the green, as if that was the strategy all along. He sliced another tee shot into the right rough on the par-5 11th, left a wedge woefully short of the hole and then made a 40-foot birdie putt, shrugging his shoulders when he slipped the putter into the bag. And on the par-5 15th, he sent his second shot over the green into the bunker, took forever to play the shot because a butterfly kept floating in front of him, then knocked it out to 10 feet and made the putt. “I started out hitting it great, and I felt so bad over the putts,” Woods said. “Then I lost my swing and felt great over the putts. It’s just one of those weird things about golf.” Baddeley and Byrd, both of whom have won on the PGA Tour this year, were at 9-under 133. NW Arkansas Championship Rookie Kristy McPherson shot a 6-under 66 to share the early clubhouse lead at the rain-soaked LPGA event in Rogers, Ark. McPherson, Teresa Lu and Katherine Hull were all a stroke ahead of Sherri Turner. Those four were among the few who finished the first round by the early evening. Heavy rain fell during the morning at Pinnacle Country Club, delaying the start of the 54-hole event by 4 hours. U.S. Women’s Open champion Cristie Kerr was in contention after a 69, but several of the tournament’s top draws started so late they had little hope of finishing. European Masters Oliver Wilson completed a 6-under 65 in a delayed first round, then added a second-round 66 to take the halfway lead in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland. Wilson, a former student at Augusta State University, was at 11-under 131. Bradley Dredge, the defending champion who led overnight, was a stroke behind at 132 after a second 66. Brett Rumford also had a 66 and was third at 134.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

PICTURES SHOW WHY DONEGAL IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTY IN IRELAND

first_imgThese stunning snaps were sent in to us yesterday, by Adam-Rory Porter and Brendan Rodgers, which show why Donegal is regarded by many as one of the most stunningly beautiful counties in the Ireland. The good weather is expected to continue over the Bank Holiday weekend, so if you’re out and about enjoying the beauty our wonderful county has to offer, then please send your snaps in to info@donegaldaily.comPICTURES SHOW WHY DONEGAL IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTY IN IRELAND was last modified: May 29th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BeautydonegalFeaturesnewsPhotographspicture specialweatherlast_img read more