Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo will make her 300 meters debut at the Golden Spike, an IAAF World Challenge Meeting, on June 20.The 24-year-old Bahamian will be making her outdoor debut over the rarely-run distance and has been installed as one of the favorites for the race.Miller-Uibo equaled the World indoor best over the 300 last year in New York, clocking 35.45 seconds to add to a long list of achievements at standard distances which include 2016 Olympic 400 gold, 2017 world bronze and 2018 Commonwealth gold at 200m, among many others.Her performance over the 300 trails only the outdoor world best of 35.30 secs, set by Ana Guevara of Mexico 16 years ago on home soil.The meet in the eastern Czech city is building a reputation for hosting fast 300 races – Usain Bolt made his only appearance over the distance, clocking 30.97 in 2010 and Wayde van Niekerk set the current world best of 30.81 at the 2017 edition.This year will mark the first time women will run the event with Miller-Uibo set to face Justyna Swiety-Ersetic, the European 400 champion, who is from the nearby Polish city of Raciborz.
Afghanistan’s Janat Buries Windies to Leave series Level
LUCKNOW, India, CMC – West Indies were floored by an exceptional spell from seamer Karim Janat and crashed to a 41-run defeat to Afghanistan in the second Twenty20 International on Saturday, turning today’s final match into the critical series decider.Chasing a straightforward target of 148 at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium, West Indies found themselves pegged back early and limped to a disappointing 106 for eight from their allotted overs.Only wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, who laboured 27 balls over an unbeaten 24, managed to pass 20 as West Indies never recovered after finding themselves meandering on 45 for four at the half-way stage.Janat, in his first game of the series, proved sensational with a spell of five for 11 from his four-over quota.The 21-year-old entered the attack in the eighth over and accounted for the key wickets of Shimron Hetmyer (11), opener Evin Lewis (14) and captain Kieron Pollard (7) in a terrific display of fast bowling.Seamer Kesrick Williams had earlier maintained his excellent form, snaring three for 23 from four overs as Afghanistan, choosing to bat first, stumbled their way to 147 for seven off their 20 overs.Hazratullah Zazai and Janat both struck 26 while Gulbadin Naib chipped in with 24 but Williams and fellow pacer Jason Holder (2-23) combined to hurt the innings.West Indies were on the backfoot early as Zazai blasted three fours and a six in a 15-ball cameo, posting 42 off 26 balls for the first wicket with Rahmanullah Gurbaz (15) to put his side on top. But Williams intervened, removing both off successive deliveries in the fifth over – Gurbaz caught on the second attempt in the deep by Pollard and Zazai carving a slower ball to Brandon King at point.Holder, whose first over leaked 16 runs, followed up with key strikes as Afghanistan slumped to 97 for six in the 15th over. However, Naib struck two fours and a six in an 18-ball knock, pairing with Najibullah Zadran (20 not out) in a 44-run, seventh-wicket partnership to get their side to a competitive total.In reply, the warning signs were there when West Indies crawled to 17 from the first 23 deliveries and then lost King (12), bowled on the backfoot by an inswinging slower ball from seamer Naveen-ul-Haq.The left-handed Hetmyer lasted 14 balls before being adjudged lbw to Janat in the eighth over and Janat then struck twice in the 10th over to turn the game on its head. First, he claimed Lewis skying to Ibrahim Zadran at long-on after the left-hander counted two fours in a 22-ball inning, and then found Sherfane Rutherford’s (6) edge for wicketkeeper Gurbaz to complete a straightforward catch.With 103 runs required from the last 10 overs, a special innings was required from Pollard (7) but Janat brought one back sharply to hit the right-hander in front in the 12th over, and increase the Windies turmoil.Jason Holder arrived as West Indies’ last genuine hope of staging a late comeback but struck two fours in 13 before missing a charge at leg-spinning captain Rashid Khan, and going stumped in the 15th over.
Missed Chances hurt Windies as Sibley, Stokes Hit Fifties
Choosing to bat first at Old Trafford after rain delayed the start by 1-½ hours, England battled to 207 for three on an attritional day under mostly overcast skies, denying the Caribbean side any major reward for their persistence. Together, the pair put on 126 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand to bolster an innings on rocky ground on 81 for three when they lost the prized wicket of captain Joe Root for 23 in the first over following the first drinks break after lunch. Almost unnoticed, Sibley had earlier raised his second fifty in as many innings nearly half-hour after tea, with a single to square leg off Chase. While West Indies’ bowlers remained largely disciplined and kept a lid on England’s scoring, they were let down by their fielding, grassing two chances off Sibley England fought their way through the one-hour opening session and appeared poised to reach lunch safely when Chase struck with the second ball of the final over before the interval, getting left-hander Burns to play down the wrong line and be adjudged plumb lbw. All told, Sibley faced 253 deliveries in over five hours at the crease and struck four boundaries while the left-handed Stokes, severe on anything loose, punched four fours and a six off 159 deliveries. Sibley’s second chance came on 68, two overs after the final drinks break when captain Jason Holder put down a straightforward catch at second slip off speedster Shannon Gabriel, in the bowler’s second spell of the session. And with the third ball of the over and the first after lunch, Chase prised out Crawley, Holder taking a smart low catch at leg slip to leave England 29 for two. Sibley, a dogged right-hander with little attacking intent, stroked an unbeaten 86 while Stokes, in contrast, hit an enterprising 59 not out, powering an England side needing to win the contest to level the three-match series following defeat in the Ageas Bowl Test last weekend. Sibley then took responsibility for the innings, first in a 52-run, third wicket stand with Root and then in key alliance with Stokes. Stokes made a quiet start to his innings but cleared the straight boundary with Chase in the last over tea taken at 112 for three. Chase has been the best West Indies bowler with two for 53, his wickets coming one delivery on either side of lunch when he removed opener Rory Burns (15) and Zak Crawley (0). Afterwards, the England vice-captain remained positive, taking boundaries off Chase and Gabriel before bringing up his half-century in the final hour with three runs through backward point off Joseph. MANCHESTER, England – Vital missed chances cost West Indies dearly as England resisted stoutly through unbeaten half-centuries from Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes to take honours on the day one of the pivotal Test on Thursday. Root, who missed the first Test at Southampton due to the birth of his second child, hit two fours in a 49-ball knock before driving at a wide, full-length delivery from seamer Alzarri Joseph and edging to Holder at second slip about 55 minutes before tea. Shamarh Brooks was the culprit on the first occasion with Sibley on 44, spilling a sharp chance at short leg in the third over before tea off part-time off-spinner Roston Chase. CMC
Jamaican Appointed to Top Post at ITC
Ms Coke-Hamilton, who is currently the director of the Division on International Trade and Commodities at UNCTAD, “brings a breadth of experience and expertise in trade-related capacity-building and sustainable development, having served with the Jamaican government, the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) member states in trade negotiations and multilateral institutions, including the Organization of American States and Inter-American Development Bank”. She holds a Juris Doctor in Law from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of the West Indies. UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres Friday announced the appointment of Jamaican Pamela Coke-Hamilton as the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC). “She has worked extensively with the private sector across the African Caribbean and Pacific countries as well as with universities and academia to build trade-related institutional strength within member states. As a strong proponent of gender equality and mainstreaming in trade, she established the Women Empowered through Export (WeXport) platform to address the disadvantages women owned firms experience in accessing markets.,” the UN said in announcing the appointment. She succeeds Arancha González Laya of Spain. CMC The ITC is the joint agency of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), for trade and international business development. It said Coke-Hamilton will be leading the organization at a pivotal moment given the catastrophic impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has unleashed on the global trading system, particularly on MSMEs in developing countries, with ITC required to play a vital role in assisting in building stronger and more resilient businesses and countries. She previously served as executive director of the Barbados-based Caribbean Export Development Agency, strengthening the capacity of private sector and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through investment promotion. “She brings a deep understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable economies such as the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) having designed tailored interventions.
Opposition Says Guyana’s Ruling Coalition has Defied Instructions from Regional Organizations
The coalition said that the recount process which ended on June 8 after 33 days ‘revealed massive irregularities and extensive fraud which cannot be foisted on the Guyanese people to contrive an outcome that betrays the will of the electorate”. According to Jagdeo – who was a former President, the PPP/C must now work to ensure “that we have a declaration that is reflective of the will of the people and only one that is derived from the figures generated by the national recount can generate such an outcome.” In a release on Thursday, Jagdeo refereed to a statement issued by the coalition on Wednesday in which it was said that any declaration based on figures derived from a national recount will not be accepted. “This is in clear defiance …and also in contrast to earlier statement by President Granger that he will accept any declaration made by GECOM. “No one should be surprised as the PNC, which Granger leads and which is essentially the APNU+AFC, has a history of not accepting the results of every election that they have lost since 1992.” Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C), Bharrat Jagdeo says that the coalition – A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC), has defied the international community, the country’s Chief Justice, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), concerning the results of the March 2 election. “If Granger and his band of riggers believe that they can continue to hang onto office after the declaration has been made, then they are living in a fool’s world. If the international community was prepared to consume and levy sanctions against people who are trying to undermine a democracy, even before the declaration, just imagine the consequences the riggers will face if they refuse to leave office after the declaration. Needless to say, the move will be met by fierce resistance by the PPP and other forces fighting for democracy,” he stated. In a statement, the coalition said that 20 weeks after the polls were held, no official results have been declared and that while the delay in part has been as a result of the various legal challenges, it is “committed to a lawful and credible declaration of results based on valid votes. It said in the national interest “and with a view to maintaining stability and peace” the coalition ‘remains open to dialogue with other political parties and stakeholders on the way forward for our country”. The coalition said that it “is prepared to act responsibly to bring a resolution to the ongoing political situation” and urged “all Guyanese to remain calm and peaceful as we await a credible and legitimate outcome”. CMC Jagdeo, has called on citizens not to be “too concerned about whether they will accept the declaration or not, as we will cross that bridge when we get there. The consequences for Granger and the APNU+ANC, at that time will be as alluded to by Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro – Democracy or Abyss.” In a statement on Wednesday, the ruling coalition, said it remains open to dialogue with other political parties and stakeholders “on the way forward” as Guyana still awaits the results of the disputed March 2 regional and general election.
Florida Reports Highest COVID-19 Death Toll: 173
The new fatalities bring Florida’s total to 5,518 resident deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health. The state also reported 10,250 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total number of people infected in the state to 389,868. Healthcare workers work at a walk-up COVID-19 testing site during the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, July 17, 2020, in Miami Beach, Florida. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) The new deaths reported Thursday include 12 in Miami-Dade County, seven in Broward and 18 in Palm Beach County. While state cases and death continue to rise rapidly, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been criticized for refusing to issue a statewide order requiring masks in public places. Florida’s previous record for deaths announced in a day was 156 on July 16. The state had announced 134 new deaths Tuesday and 139 on Wednesday, which was then second-most for a day. Florida reported 173 new coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday, breaking the state’s record for the highest single-day death toll. He says that should be left to local officials because some counties, such as Miami-Dade, are more hard-hit than more rural, less-populated counties, which have few cases. Several counties and cities now require masks.
Hang On to that Sense of Community
People who have unfortunately contracted the virus and are isolated in recovery need members of the community to reach out to them and offer moral and material support—from something as simple as a phone call to arranging with other community members to provide any assistance they may need. Although here in America some are resisting mask-wearing, one of the more difficult impacts of the COVID-19 preventative measures is the effect that social distancing is having on the traditional community. It’s this proximity and the personal interaction it offers, that helps to build communities and through which specific community behavioral patterns emerge and prevail. But as there is no stark evidence, at least not in the USA, that the spread of the coronavirus is abating, there’s little possibility of the community returning to the normal personal crowded interactions that existed before the pandemic broke. The world has drastically changed since it became embroiled in the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A variety of measures have been introduced and implemented in almost every country to protect citizens from the persistent spread of the virus. At the core of these measures is social distancing—the need to keep people safe distances from each other, to mitigate against the spread of the virus. Ironically, social or community distancing has created situations in which members of the community need more community support than ever. Unfortunately, the necessity for physical distancing is threatening the core of what had come to be accepted as the community. Traditional community groupings like church, the workplace, and schools are important not only as places to worship, earn an income, and be educated, but also present places where people can build friendships, partnerships, share and develop concepts, offer support for each other. There are individuals and families who have experienced job loss, or reduced income, and cannot adequately afford food, child care, or even shelter. These unfortunate circumstances are opportunities for members of the community to plan and assist in providing food, child care and shelter to the less fortunate, even with social distancing being necessary. “We are all in this together” isn’t just a slogan. It’s a real description of the new community experience. The need for continued social or community distancing makes it necessary for the community to interact in other ways. For example, people are fulfilling academic pursuits, meeting job requirements, and worshiping virtually on myriad platforms on the internet and through teleconferencing. It’s hard to imagine what the community would be like if the pandemic had broken out prior to the advent of the internet and related communication devices like the smartphone. What the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic are showing is that communities can exist, can still be strong, even with people forced to keep several feet from each other. The pandemic has created unusual and urgent needs in the community which must not be ignored. Social distancing does not preclude members of the community from finding less-personal ways to reach out to and support each other. According to a psychiatrist appearing recently on a nationalized television program, one of the more serious effects of restricting people to stay at home, is to deprive them of the needed relief and support they get from interacting in-person with other members of the community. This deprivation for some people is similar to the Christmas season phenomenon when most of the community share in joyful community activities, and others grow increasingly lonely, depressed, and sometimes suicidal. It’s against human nature and societal norms for people to live apart from each other, and not interact in crowded situations. People throughout history have been clustered close to each other. Schools, churches, offices, factories, shops, shopping malls, sports arenas, places of entertainments, parks, gyms, city streets, modes of public transportation, airports, train stations, and so on, all have one common element—lots of people in extremely close proximity to each other. It’s important for the community to not allow itself to become crippled by the pandemic. The community must use the modern tools now at its disposal to thrive, interact and develop. We cannot allow COVID-19 to damage the sense and spirit of community, even with the unique challenges it has presented.
Suriname Government Extends National Curfew to Curb COVID-19 Spike
The authorities have said the Wanica Regional Hospital, for example, is becoming full, quarantine places are becoming fewer and extra beds have even been reserved in other hospitals. A field hospital has also been set up on the site of the Wanica Regional Hospital. Among the other measures outlined by the government include the mandatory wearing of mouth/nose covering outside of the home and especially when entering public spaces, reducing the operating practices for restaurants and other eateries as much as possible to take away service and prohibiting gathering of more than five persons except for work, education, religious gatherings and funerals. “But that is not possible without conditions. We must adhere to the mandatory measures. The virus continues to spread and continues to spread because we do not adhere to the measures optimally.” Santokhi said that his new coalition administration had no alternative but to extend the existing curfew and the lockdown of the country for another two weeks. “The figures paint a gloomy picture. We are noticing an accelerated increase in the number of infections. It is an almost untenable situation”, President Santokhi said, adding that the “critical point” has not yet been reached. The new curfew, which went into effect on Monday, is from 8.00 pm to 5.00 AM (local time) is valid until August 23. Suriname has also closed its international borders, including ferry services to Guyana, until at least August 14. However, exceptions are made for medical emergencies, freight operations, and repatriation. The government said that all gyms and centers are closed until further notice. Contact sports are also not allowed and that all private facilities – casinos, gambling and entertainment venues, including Suribet, bars, clubs, dance halls and brothels – are closed. PARAMARIBO, Suriname– President Chan Santokhi has announced a series of new measures, including a nine-hour curfew as the Dutch-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country moves to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Because there are still parties and gatherings that are known to promote COVID-19. We don’t treat ourselves and each other with care,” President Santokhi said, acknowledging that the society wants to go back “to the life we knew and normalization. Suriname has 2,489 positive cases of the virus including 785 active cases, of which 98 were recorded in the past 24 hours. “But we are not going to wait for that. We do not want a situation that we cannot cope with,” he said, noting among the factors, an increased pressure on health care. “Otherwise, we foresee further escalation with negative personal, social and economic consequences,” he told the nation on Monday night. CMC
Jamaica Surpasses 1,000 COVID-19 Cases
This latest update follows a call from Prime Minister Andrew Holness for Jamaicans to be more responsible in adhering to the infection prevention and control measures put in place to reduce the spread of the virus. He also appealed to Jamaicans, to observe the protocols outlined under the Disaster Risk Management Act. So Jamaica more than any other country, must learn very quickly how to live with COVID- 19, that is the reality,” the Prime Minister added. “Jamaica is a country that has a diaspora that is larger than the population on the island and that means our economy is inextricably linked to the countries in which those members of the diaspora resides. We are an economy where more than 40 per cent of our foreign exchange is dependent on tourism… the economy cannot survive long without it unless we diversify into other areas and that takes time,” he said. Meanwhile, recoveries are at 745, while there are 190 active cases, including six moderately ill patients. Some 55 patients have returned to their countries of origin, while 13 have died. According to the Ministry of Health, 10 of the 16 new cases are females and six are males, with ages ranging from 12 to 42 years. “Our success can easily become our failure. If we believe that because we have had such low death rates and relatively low rates in terms of infection and that the worst has passed, then we are only fooling ourselves and lulling ourselves into a state of complacency, which will bring on a second wave which could potentially be more dangerous than the first. We have seen this happen in many countries before.” “The prospect of closing our borders for an extended period is not one that is feasible. We would be cutting off our nose to spite our face. He also stressed that the protocols that are in place will work to eliminate the virus, as the Government cannot resort to closing the country’s borders at this time. The Prime Minister was speaking at a ceremony in the western parish of St. James on Friday. “There are measures which we call infection prevention and control methods that we should utilize. Chief among them, if you are ill with respiratory type symptoms or difficulty breathing, if you are ill with flu like symptoms… what should you do, stay at home. We have seen people breaching this,” he urged. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica has become the second CARICOM country, behind Haiti, to surpass the 1,000- COVID-19 case mark, after recording 16 new cases to bring the total to 1,003. Following a sharp increase in the COVID-19 cases, Holness warned that complacency could erode the success gained in controlling the virus, which will result in a second and more dangerous outbreak across the island. Two are contacts of confirmed cases, one with a Clarendon address and the other a St James address. CMC Five are under investigation. Nine are imported cases with addresses in St James, Kingston and St Andrew, St Ann and St Mary. “The other infection prevention and control method is if you are going out in public wear a mask, yes it is an imposition… it is important to wear the mask… wearing a mask reduces the probability of the spread.”
Squads for Hero CPL 2020 confirmed
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