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Coronavirus: No timeline for fans’ return to football stadiums | Football News

first_imgHowever, the former chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Damian Collins MP, said that the Government “did not ask Netflix to bail out the arts”.Huddleston said: “(Julian Knight, MP for Solihull) said he believed it would be absurd for taxpayers money to be used to bail out or support elite football. I have to say I largely agree with him,” said Huddleston.“It is absolutely vital, and I have said this from the beginning, that football should look after itself – we mean at the elite levels.“The honourable member said there is enough money in football but it is poorly distributed. I’m afraid we are seeing that at this moment in time.“The idea that we should be using public money, our constituents’ money, to bail them out is just not acceptable. I appeal to them to come to a compromise as soon as possible.“I appeal to the EFL and Premier League to continue the very important conversations they are having.” Minister for Sport Nigel Huddleston has stated that it is the Government’s intention to see fans return to football stadiums “as soon as possible”.However, at a debate attended by ministers at Westminster Hall on Monday, Huddleston laid out no timeline for pilot events to resume or a date for a lifting of restrictions.- Advertisement – Jonathan Gullis, the Conservative MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, called the debate and stated: “As of December 2 I will be expecting to see an announcement that fans are coming back into football stadiums.”- Advertisement – Pressure is growing on the Government to allow supporters to return to football stadiums after coronavirus lockdown restrictions lift on December 2.Ministers debated the issue of supporters returning to grounds at all levels – which was intended to happen in October before Covid-19 cases began to rise once more – after a petition backed by the Premier League and Football League garnered nearly 200,000 signatures. “The Government does understand the financial implications of not allowing fans back into stadia from October 1 and we have worked tirelessly to get sports back up and running over the past few months, albeit behind closed doors. Premier League matches are being played in empty stadiumsImage:Premier League matches are being played in empty stadiums 2,500 fans watched Brighton's pre-season friendly against Chelsea on August 29Image:2,500 fans watched Brighton’s pre-season friendly against Chelsea on August 29 “Pilots were pivotal and have been very successful, they have been excellent learning points and learning opportunities. And that work has not been wasted as it is helping inform the decision-making process and we want to get pilots back and get fans back in stadia as soon as possible.“We have had a plan from very, very early on in the first lockdown and it has been explicitly stated and is out there, but what we have had to do on a couple of occasions, unfortunately, is press the pause button. But we want to get back to the plan as quickly as we can.“A big challenge we are facing, however, is how spectators travel to and from venues and how that might impact on transmission rates.“But we are committed to getting spectators back as soon as possible and we are working with the STIG (Sports Technology Innovation Group) group to analyse new technologies which might support the return of spectators.”Huddleston added that, when it came to financial support at the elite level, “football should be expected to look after itself”. – Advertisement – Huddleston replied that the Government are working “tirelessly” to try to achieve that but while conceding that transmission rates were low inside grounds due to them being open air, he said there remained issues around fans arriving at and gathering around stadia.“I am fully aware of the importance of getting fans back in stadia, not just for football but for all elite sports,” said Huddleston.“The point made by several members today that a one-size-fits-all approach may not be appropriate, and we are paying attention to what is happening in other countries.- Advertisement – Nigel Huddleston believes the Premier League can offer help to EFL clubs, amid the coronavirus pandemicImage:Minister for Sport Nigel Huddleston didn’t provide a timeline for the return of fanslast_img read more

As coronavirus grows in severity, USC cancels trips abroad

first_imgSchools including the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the Marshall School of Business and the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences have canceled several international programs to limit travel and ensure student safety.  “It would have been helpful if [USC] has been updating us specifically, since we are in Italy and we are technically also a USC program,” Yu said. “I feel like they should have had more responsibility. [I am] checking the news, but some people might not be, and so I think it’s really important if they do continue to reach out to us and send these important updates.”  The University made the announcement in a campus-wide email Friday, acknowledging the new information released from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating that community spread of coronavirus will most likely occur in the United States. A case in Solano County, Calif. was confirmed Thursday with no clear indication of the origin of the contraction. However, the University said California’s risk remains low. As a result, campus-wide activities will continue as usual. Annenberg students received an email Friday night announcing the cancellation of spring break immersion trips. Annie Nguyen, who planned to travel through the program to Mexico City, said she was frustrated to learn the program was canceled two weeks before they were set to leave without any prior indication of the possibility that that would happen.  “With the exception of selected international travel, we are continuing all our normal activities, including in-person classes and events,” the email read. “Our focus is on campus-wide preparedness. We are closely following the conditions internationally where our students and employees are studying and working and, when necessary, assisting those individuals to return to campus and/or the [United] States.” Nearly all spring break study abroad programs, including those to countries that have a limited number of cases such as Mexico, have been canceled, with a few exceptions. USC did not indicate which programs would not be affected. USC did not comment on how the University plans to handle financial and academic logistics for students required to return to the United States. Following amplified concern over the threat of coronavirus, USC has canceled several spring study abroad programs and University-sponsored spring break trips to areas of Europe and Asia.  “I think it would have been beneficial for the University to [update students] as they were making decisions,” said Nguyen, a sophomore majoring in journalism. “They’ve been pretty on top of not worrying on coronavirus, but I think I would have appreciated [an update] of ‘We might cancel your program’ just to put that out there before ‘Hey, it’s canceled.’” “We do not condone any type of discrimination or harassment at USC, and we value every member of the Trojan family,” a University email to the Daily Trojan read. “We are a community that is working together to support each other, identify solutions and provide outstanding care and compassion to all in the midst of this rapidly evolving situation.” Cameron Keel, a junior majoring in communication who is studying abroad in Rome, said she doesn’t believe the situation abroad is severe enough to warrant canceling study abroad programs and has considered staying in Europe through her own financial means even if the University decides to cancel the program.  “Our counselors are really hopeful that classes will resume as scheduled in maybe two or three weeks, but they don’t know what’s going to happen if our midterms … or our final exam will be delayed,” Yu said. “Nothing is guaranteed, and everything is contingent upon the development of this virus.” On Thursday, Marshall canceled all of its international trips through May, citing the rapid spread of the coronavirus in several regions worldwide. Several students from the World Bachelor in Business have returned home.  “One of my friends, he was trying to catch a taxi, and three different people refused service because he was Asian and they thought he was [carrying] the virus,” Yu said. “On the bus [my friends would] hear people next to them saying ‘Cinese, Cinese,’ which means Chinese in Italian, and pointing and covering their mouths. I think it is really important to stay cautious but also … to be educated and not take your judgments so far.”  “If you look outside, people are walking or having fun, but then at the same time, a lot of people are also staying inside and taking precautions — going to the grocery store and stocking up on stuff,” Yu said. “We’re being fed with so many different conflicting news sources … It’s just really hard for us to even judge how we should feel about this whole situation.” Yu also said the only communication that WBB students have received is University-wide emails from the provost updating the general student body and that she is frustrated by the lack of information provided to the students in affected areas.  “There have been talks in our program if [USC] cancels it that we’re just going to get an Airbnb here and stay because the threat is really no greater here than anywhere else in the world,” Keel said. “Besides the issue of the grocery stores running out of food from panic — that’s really the only issue that we see.” Grace Yu, a junior majoring in business administration who was studying in Milan with Marshall’s WBB program, said in-person class meetings in Milan were suspended Feb. 23, but some professors elected to shift to an online format. Yu traveled back to the United States this weekend after learning the number of reported coronavirus cases had increased by 50% in Italy as of that weekend. (Daily Trojan file photo) Sean O’Connell, the Marshall undergraduate international program manager, said that although he anticipates mixed reactions to the cancellation of spring break programs like the International Experiential Corporate Learning Program in South Korea, student safety remains a top priority.  “After having already cancelled many trips, and rearranging or rescheduling others, we have decided that it is best to curtail the ongoing uncertainties and potential disruptions associated with the international trips this semester,” the email read.  Yu said several of her friends have experienced racism and xenophobic slurs and actions from locals while abroad because of their Asian background. Some semester-long programs, such as those in Spain and the Netherlands, have not been canceled. USC has not indicated whether these programs will be affected in the following months. Spain has around 45 confirmed cases while the Netherlands has seven. The University plans to support international students who are unable to return home by keeping dining halls and student housing open during spring break, according to the University statement. Typically, student housing and dining halls operate with modified hours over spring break, but the University has not indicated whether these hours will be extended to accommodate students who cannot return home.  “We have numerous support systems in place for international students who are unable to return home during spring break due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions or general travel concerns,” the statement read.  “After that notification, a lot of people booked flights for the next day and immediately went home,” Yu said. “A lot of the fear is ‘I don’t want to be stuck in Italy, I don’t want the city to shut down and not be able to leave’ … I think the scariest thing right now is we don’t know how long this is going to be.” USC said it is canceling the spring break programs involving international travel due to the evolving nature of the coronavirus epidemic, which has led to flight cancellations, quarantines and border closures in affected countries. Yu, who paid out of pocket for her flight, said that WBB students did not receive updates from University officials or the program on whether classes will resume.  Yu said she and other students have been confused by reports from media outlets about coronavirus because news sources have been approaching its severity in varying degrees. She’s also noticed that locals and tourists in Milan have been reacting to the situation paradoxically.  Study abroad trips in South Korea and Italy were also canceled last week once the travel advisory level reached Level III. A Level IV “do not travel” advisory has been issued for the Lombardy and Veneto regions in Italy, with more than 1,000 cases reported in the country, according to the World Health Organization. South Korea — which has more than 3,700 cases of the virus according to the WHO — has also issued a Level III travel advisory.  Programs in China were canceled in early February. The country faces nearly 80,000 cases.  However, the four-year-long program, in which students register at partnered universities in Hong Kong and Milan, has not been canceled because the students are also enrolled at those institutions. The University has expressed concerns about harassment related to the virus occurring abroad and on campus through an email to the Daily Trojan. It has advised students to express their concerns by contacting Trojans Care 4 Trojans and Campus Support and Intervention. In early February, Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, International Student Assembly and Undergraduate Student Government, condemned discrimination against the Asian and Asian American communities on campus in a schoolwide letter. The letter came in response to online xenophobic comments about the coronavirus, which were amplified after false information rapidly spread about a potential case at the Lorenzo Apartments in late January. “We understand that they’re going to be disappointed, we understand maybe some of them will be angry with us,” O’Connell said. “But I’d rather live with that than live with the fact that we may be bringing students into an area that could change overnight, and then suddenly they’re stuck there.”  Maria Eberhart, Natalie Oganesyan and Kate Sequeira contributed to this report.last_img read more

DPP to determine blame in Kingston Seawall shooting

first_img– as probe launchedAs there continues to be uncertainty over what transpired during the shooting incident at the Kingston Seawall earlier this month, President David Granger has ordered that an investigation be launched into the deaths of Dextroy Cordis, Kwame Assanah, and Errol Adams, who were shot dead by Police.The Head of State said that the decision was made at the level of the National Security Committee. It was also decided that the findings of the probe would be sent for legal advice to determine whether there was any culpability for the shooting incident.“We have ordered an investigation into the circumstances under which the menDirector of Public Prosecutions Shalimar Ali Hackcame to be killed, and I believe some actions will be taken to have the files sent to the DDP (Director of Public Prosecutions) to determine whether there was any blameworthiness in the death of the persons,” Granger told reporters Wednesday morning, describing the response as “decisive and effective”.According to the President, while he is yet to receive a report on the shooting incident, it might already be with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.Nevertheless, President Granger went on to reiterate the need for such a probe when citizens die under abnormal or irregular circumstances.“…On any occasion where there is a death of a person by unnatural means, then that death should be investigated, particularly in the defence of the Police Force… The law – the Coroner’s Act – requires that the district magistrate conduct an inquest, I don’t have to order an inquest. I expect it, it’s under the law,” he asserted.The Head of State has long been an advocate for inquiries into extrajudicial killings, particularly during what he described as the 2002- 2008 “troubled era”. InDextroy Cordis Kwame Assanahfact, he has since established a Commission of Inquiry into the 2008 Lindo Creek Massacre which is said to be the first of a series of inquiries to be held in order to determine the intellectual authors of those extrajudicial killings.On March 15, the Police shot and killed the three men, who they claimed had trailed a bank customer and were about to rob him on the Kingston Seawall.At the time, the undercover cops were monitoring several banks in the city as part of a sting operation aimed at arresting the increase in cases of persons being trailed and robbed after visiting commercial banks.The Police claimed that they came under fire when they confronted the suspects and it was in self-defence that they returned fire, killing Cordis, Assanah, and Adams.But on Monday, an eyewitness who was reportedly working nearby refuted the Police’s version of what transpired and accused the lawmen of executing the trio.Devon Lyte, a construction worker of Mc Doom, Greater Georgetown, who was working on the roof of the Guyana Softball Association on Carifesta Avenue on the day of the shooting, said he noticed a black car being pursued by a silver motor car.Soon after, the black car came to a halt and a man exited. Similarly, the silver vehicle stopped and a man exited; he then walked towards the parked black car. “In fact, the driver of the black car was on the ground being physically assaulted for more than 10 minutes before the gunfire erupted and three occupants, as you all know, were all dead…there were no motorcycle which disappeared with any pillion rider or any mysterious rider,” Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes, who was retained by Lyte, told media operatives. He was reading from a statement obtained from his client.According to Lyte in his statement, all the roads leading to the Seawall were all blocked off to vehicular traffic prior to the shooting, as he suggested there was some coordination beforehand. In addition, the eyewitness said there was no exchange of gunfire.Following Monday’s press conference, Lyte visited the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, in the company of Attorney Hughes, and submitted a statement to Crime Chief Paul Williams. He was asked to return on Tuesday to be interviewed by senior detectives. But the Police said that the eyewitness never showed up and his Attorney had indicated that his client needed another 24 hours to sort out some issues.Hours after the shooting deaths of the three men, the Police, in a statement, related that the men were followed by an unmarked Police vehicle after they were seen trailing a customer who had left Scotiabank on Robb Street, Georgetown.While the families of the men have been calling for justice, saying that they were murdered by the Police, acting Top Cop David Ramnarine has since thrown his support behind his ranks, claiming that the killings were justified.last_img read more