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Swarbrick addresses students

first_imgNotre Dame Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick stopped into both campus dining halls during lunch Wednesday to challenge and caution students. “We have a really important football game the Saturday you return from fall break,” Swarbrick said to a full dining room in South Dining Hall, referring to the Oct. 22 game against USC. “I need two things from you to make that night successful.” Swarbrick acknowledged a hotly contested sentiment among Irish fans, commented on the energetic atmosphere, or lack thereof, of Notre Dame Stadium and encouraged the Irish student body to take matters into its own hands. “I need your passion,” he said. “I travel around with our team, and our stadium is the quietest place we play. I want you guys on that Saturday night at least once to make USC have a false start penalty.” To close his two-minute cameo and let students return to their meals, Swarbrick reminded them that though it may be a night game, usual behavior would be expected. “We haven’t had a night game here in a long time because people are concerned about having a game that late and the consequences it will have on our conduct,” he said. “You can solve that problem. So help us on that Saturday night to make the loudest, most raucous, but safe environment in college football.”last_img read more

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Event Security: a Relevant and Multifaceted Matter

first_imgBy Dialogo July 17, 2013 There are many types of events, each with its own characteristics and needs, and military participation in the process has many facets. I have participated in the security of many large events and with different focuses since the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), held in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I was a lieutenant back then, commander of a special operations troop. Our task was directed toward the planning and execution of activities related to counterterrorism, with special focus on VIP protection, such as for the president of the United States, and the prime minister of the United Kingdom or Israel, for instance. Assessments and studies were performed on intelligence data and generated extremely detailed plans. We were assigned activities that most people cannot imagine may occur, such as an autonomous dive to inspect all pillars of the bridges that connect to Ilha do Governador island, as well as screening routes and inspecting Riocentro, among others. In 1993, the Ibero-American Conference took place in Salvador, Bahia state. The biggest concern at the time was Fidel Castro. As a member of the Counter-Terrorism Deployment, we screened hotels, and assessed convention centers, performed the coordination and acknowledgment of itineraries. The helicopters transported the counterterrorism teams and flew over the dignitaries’ airplanes. Other events took place ahead of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Brazil in 1997. At that time, I coordinated the safety of the Pope Mobile, along with Army aircraft, Air Force, Civil and Federal Police in the many locations visited by the Pope in the city. The focus and participation already had a different perspective. My goal is not to list all of the events I participated in, but to clarify to the reader that there are different ways for the military to participate. In 2011, as the commander of the Sampaio Regiment, I was assigned to ensure the security of adjacent areas to all sports arenas of the Military Village and the Athletes Village in the 5th Military World Games. I was assigned to join the Peacekeeping Force during the occupation of the slums of Alemão and Penha, the Sampaio Regiment was then the Sampaio Task Force Base, that occupied the Complexo do Alemão in 2011, and the Complexo da Penha in 2012. Each of the complexes had approximately 200,000 people for which we had to handle security, stability and the morale of several events during the weekends to guarantee the entertainment of such highly populated areas with available resources. Funk music parties, religious celebrations, music concerts, street carnivals, the visit of Prince Harry, the visit of the president, among other events, were part of the activities linked to security and managed by the Army Peacekeeping Force. Within that universe, the priority was to stop drug trafficking and consumption, to control fights/disruptions, ensuring law and order. The troops in the territory and the Military Police were under our operational control. I was recently invited by security specialist Igor Pípolo to participate in the security coordination and planning of a local public event in Brazil called Skol Sensation, along with security company Núcleo, Inc. I was very impressed by the methodology used, the coordination capability and the control required by such an event (40,000 people). With the use of military methodology (probably assimilated throughout the seven years as an Army lieutenant), Igor Pípolo organized a staff that acted as a Joint Staff, managing different operational systems such as intelligence and communications, in addition to controlling the “maneuver” of specialized security agents with the heads of the security companies and the fire brigade. A relevant fact was the integrated participation that united the Command and Control Center of Civil and Federal Police, Municipal Guards, members of the firefighter teams and the civil and military police with the staff. This symbiosis resulted in the capture of four members of a Colombian gang who went to the city of Sao Paulo strictly to steal cell phones, resulting in the recovery of 50 units, out of the 200 that were stolen during the event. When Pípolo introduced his book, Events Security – New Perspectives and Challenges for the Production, to me, I found that he really does what he writes in the book, and I consider this as mandatory literature for every member of the private sector promoting many types of events. I recommend it highly to the military members and government members who participate directly or indirectly in given events, as well. The planning of the activities that I participated in could have been improved if I would have had access to this material previously. No wonder the author was invited to give speeches on the subject in New Jersey. Igor de Mesquita Pípolo is the founder of Núcleo Inteligência, a Núcleo, Inc. company, and security advisor for the vice-president of the federation of industries of Sao Paulo (FIESP). He develops risk management projects and executive security for large companies and institutions, and is a guest teacher at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain.last_img read more

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The Latest: Sharks to provide grants to part-time workers

first_img___FIFA wants to let soccer teams use five substitutes to cope with expected schedule congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic.FIFA says the temporary plan could help prevent more injuries due to “potential player overload” as soccer competitions catch up with a backlog.The proposal gives competition organizers the option of letting teams use five substitutes in 90 minutes and a sixth in knockout games that go to extra time.Teams would still be limited to three stoppages of play to make the changes. The men’s and women’s professional tours are currently suspended until July because of the coronavirus pandemic.Brown is from Germany and his father is Jamaican. He upset Rafal Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon in 2015.Brown says on the event’s website he is “happy to have the chance to compete again. … I am looking forward to going out there doing what I love.”The shortened matches will be best of three with four games to win a set. Tiebreakers will be played at 3-3.___ ___The title sponsor of New Orleans’ canceled PGA Tour event is donating $1.5 million to the tournament’s primary charitable foundation.The donation matches the amount raised during the 2019 Zurich Classic, which was played in a team format and won by the tandem of Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm.Before the PGA began canceling events due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Zurich Classic had been scheduled to take place last week at TPC Louisiana, which recently completed $1.9 million in course renovations that entailed digging up and re-sodding fairways, as well as restoring greens and bunkers, and improving drainage.For more than six decades, the New Orleans-area PGA Tour event’s primary charity has been The Fore!Kids Foundation, which raises money through golf events and distributes funds to area children’s service organizations. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The San Jose Sharks have announced a plan to provide grants to 1,800 part-time workers at the team’s arena and practice facility who are unable to work because of the new coronavirus pandemic. ___Clemson has canceled all its in-person, on-campus athletic and academic camps due to the coronavirus pandemic. That includes two weeks of coach Dabo Swinney’s football camps where the Tigers coaches have the chance to meet and watch prep athletes work out each summer. The university announced its decision on Monday. It said the school will remain closed until May 8. Late spring and summer camps are popular stops for young people eager to gain instruction and contacts with Clemson coaches in all sports. Swinney and his staff have done well in attracting some of the nation’s top players, in part because they came to work out at the school’s facilities. Clemson finished with the No. 1 recruiting class for this upcoming football season, according to ESPN.com. The company made its decision after watching the progression of the coronavirus pandemic over the last several weeks.Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning says the 2-year-old sales season needs to end before yearling sales begin, which makes the usual July sale unfeasible. With details for Saratoga’s summer racing season yet to be finalized, Browning says the auction house needed to give sellers a definitive schedule so they can make plans for their yearlings.The sales will return to their traditional dates in 2021.___A person with direct knowledge of discussions tells The Associated Press it’s “quite likely” the American Hockey League will cancel the remainder of its season because of the new coronavirus pandemic. ___There won’t be any sun or sand for beach volleyball pros amid the coronavirus pandemic.The AVP tour has created a public service announcement to urge its fans to stay home to help fight the spread of the disease. Olympic medalists April Ross and Todd Rogers and a handful of the tour’s other stars recorded videos at home that were assembled for the spot that debuted on Monday.The U.S. tour for the quintessentially outdoors sport has postponed all of its events at least until the Hermosa Beach Open in late July. The international beach volleyball tour has also come to a halt, along with qualifying for the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics.“Together, we can overcome this opponent,” says Ross, who won a silver medal in London and a bronze in Rio de Janiero. Organizers say they want “to celebrate a 100th edition with the maximum guarantees and with the best world cyclists.”They say the race will be held next year in the last week of March.___A group of professional tennis players led by Dustin Brown will meet in a series of exhibition tournaments in Germany starting Friday.The live-streamed event will take place at an academy near the small town of Höhr-Grenzhausen. The person spoke to The AP on Monday on the condition of anonymity because the person is not authorized to discuss the plans of the NHL’s top minor league.The AHL responded by saying there was “nothing imminent” in terms of calling off the remainder of the season.Last week, AHL President and CEO David Andrews said the league was “pivoting” to the 2020-21 season, while adding nothing was official regarding the status of this season.The 31-team AHL joined the NHL in suspending its season on March 12.— AP Hockey Writers John Wawrow and Stephen Whyno reporting. Associated Press The Sharks say that ownership, players, coaches, front office staff and corporate partners have already pledged more than $200,000 to launch the fund. They are asking fans with available resources to make donations at the team’s website to help the workers at the SAP Center and Sharks Ice facilities in San Jose, Fremont and Oakland, California.Sharks ownership will match any funds from the online campaign that starts Monday and runs through July 25.The Sharks are paying all full-time workers who aren’t able to work during the shelter-in-place rules. They have also paid part-time workers for missed shifts for games that weren’t played.___Fasig-Tipton will consolidate its July, Saratoga, and New York Bred yearling sales into one auction showcase on Sept. 9-10 at its Lexington, Kentucky, facility. A tentative national schedule has been released, leading up to the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, in June 2021.The first meet of the TYR Pro Swim Series is set for Richmond from Nov. 5-8, followed by Knoxville, Tennessee (Jan. 13-16, 2021), San Antonio (March 3-6), Mission Viejo, California (April 8-11, 2021), and Indianapolis (May 12-15).Other meets on the tentative national schedule include the Toyota U.S. Open in Atlanta from Dec. 2-5, as well as the Speedo Juniors East and West short-course meets from Dec. 9-12, which will be held in Atlanta and Austin, Texas, respectively.___UEFA is paying 236.5 million euros ($255 million) in advance to its national federations and easing requirements on how they spend it during the pandemic.center_img April 27, 2020 The program is worth more than 11 million euros ($12 million) in the current 4-year cycle compared to $6 million in basic funding from FIFA for 2019-22.___Organizers of the Catalonia Vuelta cycling race say this year’s edition will take place next year.The 100th edition of the race had already been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was originally scheduled for March 23-29.Organizers say the cycling calendar has been significantly reduced because of the pandemic and they didn’t want the Catalonia Vuelta competing with other major events. They also did not want to change the race’s format. UEFA says each of its 55 members is getting up to 4.3 million euros ($4.7 million) they are due in central funding through next season.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the money “can be used as our members see fit to rebuild the football community.”Ceferin says “this is a responsible decision to help as much as we can.”European officials are usually required to spend certain amounts in areas such as youth and women’s soccer, referee training, and operating costs. They are not subject to mandatory UEFA audits.UEFA’s funding program, called Hat-Trick, is worth twice as much to European federations as they get from FIFA. Carey says “we are now increasingly confident with the progress of our plans to begin our season this summer” and that 15-18 races can take place.F1 plans to start racing in Europe “through July, August and beginning of September, with the first race taking place in Austria.”The plan is then to race in “Eurasia, Asia and the Americas, finishing the season in the Gulf in December with Bahrain before the traditional finale in Abu Dhabi.”Carey expects the early races to be without fans but hopes they “will be part of our events as we move further into the schedule.”___ Zurich became the event’s title sponsor in 2005 and since has helped raise more than $21 million for community charities, tournament officials said. Those charities’ missions include providing food, housing and holiday gift cards, as well as educational and recreational opportunities, for children. Beneficiaries also include organizations that assist patients with cancer or other serious ailments and disabilities.___USA Swimming has announced its plans for a return to competition, beginning with a series of regional events in August before the national schedule begins in early November at Richmond, Virginia.The governing body is canceling all national events in July and early August because of the coronavirus pandemic. The regional events will be held in August, with an eye toward limiting the need for travel and promoting a safer environment for athletes, coaches, officials and families.USA Swimming said it will announce further scheduling details in the coming weeks, subject to local health guidelines. The Latest: Sharks to provide grants to part-time workers FIFA says the rule could be used by all competitions finishing this year and next and all national team games through 2021.FIFA’s proposal must be formally approved by rule-making panel IFAB.___Formula One chairman Chase Carey says he is “increasingly confident” the season can start in July despite the first 10 races being canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The French Grand Prix decided to call off its race on June 28 rather than postponing it. That means the earliest start date is now the Austrian GP on July 5. The Russian soccer league says it is hoping to resume play in late June and wants to complete its season by Aug. 2.The league says it is discussing June 21 and 28 with clubs as possible dates to resume the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Each club has eight more league games to play.The league says it would keep promotion and relegation if the season can be completed.The league could expand from 16 to 18 teams for next season with the addition of the two best-placed teams from the second division if the season can’t be finished. It would then shrink back to its current size for the 2021-22 season. The Russian Cup could also be removed from the calendar for next season only.Players in Russia are currently training on their own at home during a nationwide lockdown and some foreign players have left the country. The league says it has discussed a return to training but didn’t announce any dates for that. The French Grand Prix has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision further pushes back the start of the Formula One season.The race was scheduled for June 28 on the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet in southern France. The French government has banned public gatherings until mid-July and race organizers decided not to try to postpone the race or try holding it without fans.French GP managing director Eric Boullier says their plans are “already turning towards the summer of 2021 in order to offer our spectators an even more original event.”F1 chairman Chase Carey says “while it is disappointing for our fans and the F1 community that the French Grand Prix will not take place we fully support the decision.” The first 10 races this season have either been rescheduled or canceled.The Austrian Grand Prix on July 5 is now the earliest potential date to start the season.___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 6last_img read more

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Young, Patrick help Windies Under-19s halt losing slide

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Nyeem Young struck a half-century in a strong all-round performance while Matthew Patrick chipped in with another fifty, as West Indies Under-19s halted their worrying slide with a seven-run win over Sri Lanka Under-19s in their final outing in the Tri-Nations Series.Playing at Coolidge on Tuesday, the hosts gathered 207 for nine off their 50 overs with Patrick hitting 57 off 102 balls and Young stroking 55 off 76 deliveries.Unfortunately, no other batsman passed 20 as new-ball seamer Amshi de Silva (5-44) snatched a five-wicket haul and leg-spinner Kavindu Nadeeshan supported with two for 40.In reply, Sri Lanka looked to be in control at 107 for three in the 33rd over but declined at the back end to finish on 200 for eight off their allotted 50 overs.Captain Nipun Dhananjaya top-scored with 74 off 129 deliveries while wicketkeeper and opener Kamil Mishara hit exactly 50 and Sonal Dinusha, a breezy 40-ball 45 batting at number seven.Young made his presence felt with the ball, claiming three for 48 with his pace while new-ball seamer Matthew Forde ended with three for 29.The victory was only the Windies Under-19s’ second in the competition and ended a wretched run of four defeats, ahead of next month’s campaign in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa.Sent in, West Indies lost both openers Kimani Melius (11) and Mbeki Joseph (5) to de Silva as they slid to 47 for four in the eighth over.However, Patrick then anchored two key partnerships, putting on 37 for the fifth wicket with Kevlon Anderson (17) and a further 85 for the six with Young, to rescue the innings.Patrick struck four fours while Young counter-attacked with a brace of fours and sixes before falling in the 47th over.In reply, Sri Lanka were slumping at eight for three in the fifth over after Forde struck twice but two partnerships then dug the visitors out of their hole.Dhananjaya, who counted two fours, first put on 99 for the fourth wicket with Mishara before anchoring a 63-run sixth-wicket partnership with Dinusha.But left-hander Dhanajaya perished in the penultimate over, caught at wide long on off Forde, and the 15 runs required from the final over proved out of Sri Lanka’s reach.last_img read more

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Amunike Admits Coaching Tanzania is Challenging

first_img“Being the head coach of the Tanzania senior team is a challenging job,” he told BBC Sport.“Hopefully, we do our best and I believe that hard work is a non-negotiable term in whatever we do in life. You just have to do what you know best.”The Taifa Stars are Amunike’s first role as coach of a senior national team and he began with a goalless draw in neighbouring Uganda in a 2019 Nations Cup qualifier.“We achieved our objective. We were clear with what we want to do and we worked towards it.“I am proud of the players – I had only spent 10 days with the team and we could see the character in the team.“I told them that we were coming here to fight and that is exactly what we saw.”While the 47-year-old, who won the Nations Cup as a player in 1994 with Nigeria, was happy with his first result he knows there is more work to be done.“What we actually want to do is to continue to look at our teams and the areas we can continue to grow,” he continued.“The four teams in that group all have one ambition and the objective is to make it to the Nations Cup.“Every game is totally different. Every game comes with different challenges and a different approach.“What we are doing is to be realistic and be truthful to ourselves as a team, look at the areas we want to improve and look at the areas we have been doing good and continue to improve on that.”Ahead of their back-to-back games against Cape Verde the Taifa Stars are on two points from their two Nations Cup qualifiers after a 1-1 draw with visiting Lesotho last year.Amunike, who also played for Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon and Zamalek in Egypt, made a name at youth level with Nigeria.He was an assistant when Nigeria won the 2013 Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and was head coach when they retained their title two years later in Chile.With Tanzania set to host the 2019 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations and havingalready organised a regional qualifier for the tournament Amunike is already putting his past experiences to good use.Tanzania’s under-17 side competed in the qualifying event, despite having qualified for the finals as hosts, and finished third after losing to eventual champions Uganda 3-1 in the semi-final.“I was not involved directly (with the U-17 qualifiers) but I was using the avenue to see the level of the team and to see what can be injected, how we can improve,” he explained.“The most important thing is that we shall be one of the teams that will be at the finals. The U-17 journey is a very, very long journey.”The next step on Amunike’s journey is a trip to face Cape Verde in mid-October.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amunike admits leading the Taifa Stars is a challenge but his team is ready to build.The former Nigerian international is now preparing to face Cape Verde in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers next month.The 1994 CAF African Footballer of the Year is confident he has the strategy to lead Tanzania to a first Nations Cup finals since 1980.last_img read more

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WTA Finals: Pliskova Beats Wozniacki in White Group

first_imgAustralian Open champion Wozniacki, from Denmark, failed to win any of the 10 break points she created.Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina beat Czech Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-3 in the same group earlier on Sunday.The event features the leading eight players this year, split into two groups of four.The top two players from each round-robin group will progress to the semi-finals, with the final on 28 October.In the Red Group on Monday, Japan’s US Open champion plays American Sloane Stephens, while top seed Angelique Kerber, from Germany meets the Netherlands’ Kiki Bertens.The Finals are being held in Singapore for the fifth and final time before moving to Shenzhen in China.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram yesterday defeated defending champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 6-4 on the opening day of the WTA Finals in Singapore.Czech world number eight Pliskova, 26, broke early in both sets to win in one hour 32 minutes in the White Group.last_img read more

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