Traffic Alert: N.M. 502 Closed Near Eastern Entrance To Los Alamos For Gas Line Installation 7 A.M. To 4 P.M. Tuesday

first_imgTRAFFIC ALERT:N.M. 502 will be closed near the eastern entrance to Los Alamos 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 28.The closure is needed as part of the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s N.M. 502 road reconstruction and roundabout project. Crews from Star Paving will be installing a gas line across N.M. 502. Residents living on Arroyo Lane and Verde Ridge Road are advised to enter and exit to the east only while the closure is in place. East and west bound traffic on N.M. 502 will be detoured Tuesday onto both 4th Street and Canyon Road.last_img read more

Two militants killed in northern Somalia clashes

first_imgAl Shabaab soldiers sit outside a building during patrol along the streets of Dayniile district in Southern Mogadishu, March 5, 2012. REUTERS/Feisal Omar FILE PHOTO: Al Shabaab soldiers sit outside a building during patrol along the streets of Dayniile district in southern Mogadishu. REUTERS/Feisal OmarAt least two militants were killed and another one injured in clashes between Somali forces and militants in Bosaso town in Somalia’s northern region of Beri on Saturday, a military officer confirmed.Hussein Ali Mohamed, commander of Somali forces in Beri region, told journalists that members of Islamic States (ISIS) launched an attack on police forces in the town.“As the police patrolling in the town, militants ambushed them, prompting an exchange of fire between the army and the militants, we killed two of the militants and injured another one,” Mohamed said.He noted that one of their soldiers was killed while another one sustained injury during the confrontation.The so-called ISIS wing in Somalia has its main base in the Puntland region and has occasionally clashed with Puntland forces and Al-Shabaab.Related 8 militants killed in southern Somalia Over 100 al-Shabaab militants killed in northern Somalia ambushcenter_img Senior airport police chief killed in northern Somalialast_img read more

Other Sports Japan’s Media And Athletes Disappointed After Coronavirus Forces Tokyo 2020 Olympics Postponement

first_imgTokyo: Japan’s media and athletes reacted with disappointment to the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but expressed relief the Games had not been cancelled altogether over the coronavirus pandemic. The postponement, unprecedented in peacetime, came after heavy pressure from athletes around the world and followed an admission from Japan’s prime minister that a delay was now “inevitable”. But there was still shock and disappointment in Japan, where the Games have been promoted as the “Recovery Olympics”, intended to showcase reconstruction after the devastating 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.The Nikkei business daily said Japan had avoided the worst-case scenario of a cancellation, but “it is like all the efforts of the last seven years are now back to square one”. “It is inevitable that huge additional costs will emerge,” it added. The Tokyo Shimbun headlined its coverage “surprise and embarrassment”, but conceded in an article that the situation left organisers and Olympic officials with few options.”Choosing a one-year postponement was a decision taken by a process of elimination,” the paper said, with an Olympics this year seen as too risky and a longer delay to 2022 likely to be too expensive. The newspaper expressed disappointment with the way the IOC handled the decision, clinging for weeks to the line that the Games could still open as scheduled on July 24, before reversing course. “We didn’t see the strong leadership that had been hoped for,” the paper said.Athletes in Japan said they were disappointed, but committed to training towards the rescheduled Games. “Honestly speaking, my mind is still spinning,” sports climber Akiyo Noguchi wrote in a post on her Instagram page. “But I’m taking it positively since I’ll be able to spend more time doing the sport I love,” added Noguchi, who plans to make the Tokyo Games her last Olympics. “I will spend the time I have been given to be stronger both physically and mentally,” she added. “For now, I hope the world will overcome this situation as soon as possible, and that the Olympics will be held in Tokyo.”‘Best scenario’Jun Mizutani, the 30-year-old Japanese table tennis player who competed at the Beijing, London and Rio Games, reacted lightheartedly to the news, tweeting a digitally aged photo of himself with the message: “I can do it”. Athletes and sports associations around the world had pushed for the move given the effects the virus has had on everything from qualifiers to training, so the final decision was far from a shock.Athletes in Japan said they were disappointed, but committed to training towards the rescheduled Games. (Image credit: Getty Images)”We were ready as the mood for postponement was growing,” Toshihisa Tsuchihashi of the Japan Tennis Association told the Nikkan sports daily. “I think it’s a wise decision. I guess players will have mixed feelings, but I believe they will reset and do their best. I’ll support them.” And Ichiro Hoshino, a senior director of the Japan Table Tennis Association, told the daily it had become clear that holding the Games this summer was impossible.Also Read | ‘Life First, Sports Later’ – India Athletes Support Tokyo 2020 Olympics Postponment Due To Coronavirus”But I also feel that it was good that it was not cancelled amid this serious situation,” he said. “I’d say it will be good for athletes as (the situation) has become a little more predictable.” Both the IOC and Japanese organisers and officials have insisted that cancellation is not on the table, with the goal now to hold the rescheduled Games by summer 2021 at the latest. Under the circumstances, wrote the conservative Sankei Shimbun daily, the decision of a one-year postponement was “the best scenario”. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Blair, Summerhays, Finau finish strong at Barclays, move up in FedEx standings

first_imgFor three former Utah State Amateur champions, it was a great way to start the PGA Tour’s season-ending FedEx Playoffs. Among them, Zac Blair, Daniel Summerhays and Tony Finau earned just under $750,000 and each made significant jumps in the FedEx standings.Blair and Summerhays each fired a final-round 66 Sunday at Plainfield CC in Edison, New Jersey, which put Blair in a tie for fourth place with British Open champion Zach Johnson, while Summerhays finished in a tie for sixth place. Finau, who was tied for the lead after the first round, shot a final-round 70 to finish in a tie for 16th place.The high finishes put each of the Utah golfers into this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston, where the top 100 golfers in the FedEx standings after this week advance and are in great position for the following week’s tournament at the BMW Championship near Chicago where the top 70 advance.Blair’s fine finish vaulted him from 106th place to 45th in the standings while Summerhays went from No. 66 to No. 40. Finau was already in great shape before The Barclays, in 39th place, and he improved to 32nd. Now each of them has sights set on making the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta, which features the top 30 golfers after the BMW tournament.Blair, an Ogden native who played for BYU, got better each day of the tournament, starting with a 69 Thursday and followed that up with a 68 on Friday, a 67 on Saturday and a 66 on Sunday. In his final round, he made four birdies and two bogeys on the front nine, before coming back with two birdies on the back nine. He earned the largest paycheck of his career — $363,000.Summerhays, who lives in Fruit Heights and also played at BYU, started slow with a bogey on the front nine to go with eight pars, but he sank birdies at 11 and 12, and made eagle at 16 before finishing with a birdie at No. 18. Summerhays went home with $276,375.Finau played well, except for the two par-5s on the back nine, where he made a double-bogey 7 and a bogey 6. He earned $127,875.Summerhays won the State Amateur in 2000 and 2001. Finau won in 2006 and Blair won in 2009.last_img read more

VA puts latest estimate of veteran suicides at 20 per day

first_imgWASHINGTON | On average, 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014, a slight decrease from the previous government estimate, but federal health officials are cautious about concluding the suicide problem is getting better.Rather, they say the Department of Veterans Affairs is relying on a more comprehensive database than ever before, making comparisons to prior studies difficult and possibly offering a truer snapshot than what was captured in the past.Veterans Suicides_PerrIn 2013, the VA projected that 22 veterans a day were committing suicide. The number became a fixture in media stories and in comments from politicians and advocacy groups highlighting the prevalence of the problem. But the number was also based on data submitted from fewer than half of the states. Some states with many veterans were not part of that study, including California and Texas. Veterans groups urged the department to expand its database and incorporate Department of Defense records to identify veterans who had not enrolled in the VA’s numerous programs. And that’s what it has done.Dr. David Shulkin, undersecretary for health at the Department of Veterans Affairs, told The Associated Press that the data used for the latest suicide projections came from every state and U.S. territory and was the largest analysis of veteran records ever undertaken by the department. He said the data gives the VA more information about where to direct resources and which veterans are most at-risk of suicide, but he’s hesitant to make any firm determinations about the overall trend and whether it’s getting better.“Twenty a day is not that different from 22,” Shulkin said. “It is far too high.”The attention on veteran suicide comes at a time when the VA has reported a huge upswing in veterans seeking medical care as they have returned from conflicts in the Middle East. Yet, the VA data continues to show that older veterans make up most suicides. About two-thirds of all veterans who died by suicide were age 50 and over.The rate of suicides for non-veterans has also been increasing in recent years, but the rate has increased at a greater pace for veterans. That’s particularly the case for female veterans. The risk for suicide is 2.4 times higher for female veterans than it is for female civilians.In 2014, the rate of suicide among veteran females was 18.9 per 100,000. The rate of suicide for females in the civilian population was 7.2 per 100,000, the VA said.Shulkin called preventing suicide the VA’s top priority. He said the department added 446 new psychologists last year and 80 new psychiatrists. It’s also adding 60 employees to the Veterans Crisis Line and making it easier for veterans calling their local VA medical facilities to connect directly to the suicide hotline.He said the VA data also shows that those who receive mental health care from the VA are less likely to commit suicide than those who don’t get care. He said it’s critical to destigmatize getting counseling so that people feel comfortable reaching out. He said the VA is intent on partnering with advocacy groups and U.S. companies to ensure veterans get help.last_img read more

Carla Williams becomes first Black woman to lead athletic department at Power Five school

first_imgCarla Williams speaks at a news conference announcing her appointment as the Athletic Director for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. (Zack Wajsgras/The Daily Progress via AP)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Carla Williams said she has had other chances to leave Georgia and realize her dream of becoming an athletic director. She was just looking for the right fit.She believes she has found it, saying it wasn’t until Virginia offered her the opportunity that she was willing to make the move and become the first African-American woman to lead an athletic department at a Power Five school.“I knew the quality of the university here at Virginia,” the 49-year-old Williams said Monday when introduced as the successor to Craig Littlepage. “So I think an elite, world class university that has proven that you can win championships — there aren’t many of those.”Carla Williams, center, speaks with university officials before a news conference announcing her appointment as the Athletic Director for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. Williams is the first African-American female Athletic Director at a Power 5 school. (Zack Wajsgras/The Daily Progress via AP)Virginia has won 23 national championships, 13 in Littlepage’s 16 seasons as athletic director.“Winning championships and getting a great education, those things aren’t mutually exclusive,” Williams said. “You can do both. You should do both. This is one of those places in the country where the foundation is there.”Williams, whose husband teaches at Georgia and whose two daughters go to school there, said she likely won’t start until December or January. She received a five-year contract that will pay her $550,000 per year, plus incentives.She comes to Virginia after 13 years in athletics administration at Georgia, where she started as a scholarship basketball player in 1986, became an assistant coach and then moved into athletics administration. Williams has also worked in athletic administration at Vanderbilt and Florida State.“I knew when I went into coaching that I did not want to be a head coach. I went into coaching to become a better administrator, and so I coached for five years and had great success,” she said, noting two appearances in the Final Four and one in the national championship game.She said the FBI national investigation into college basketball, which has led to Louisville firing Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich and could eventually expose corruption at other programs, made Virginia an attractive destination.“That’s critical. That’s critical because … there’s no way that I want to work at a situation where there’s a lack of integrity, and Mark Fox, our men’s basketball coach and I have a great relationship, and I think the world of him,” Williams said. “He is high character, high integrity and he talked to me about Tony Bennett, and he has the utmost respect for Tony Bennett and I trust Mark.“I already knew of the great integrity here at Virginia, so no worries whatsoever. And then when I met him, man, just quality, quality person.”Williams, a deputy director of athletics at Georgia, has been responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department and its $127 million budget. She served as administrator for Georgia football and women’s basketball programs. She also had supervisory responsibility in a number of other areas, including academic support services, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, student services and ticketing.She earned her Ph.D. in sports administration from Florida State in 1991.“She’s committed to the success of every varsity sport, and this is a perfect fit for UVA, where we’re committed to broad success across sports programs,” said school President Teresa Sullivan, who is retiring at the end of the school year. “She also has experience with one of the nation’s top football programs.”Besides Bennett, Williams also met with Bronco Mendenhall, the football coach in his second season.“I think the core principles in which she operates from, and the successes that she’s had, I’m really encouraged,” Mendenhall said, adding that Williams encouraged him to reach out to Miami coach Mark Richt, who was at Georgia until he was fired after the 2015 season. Richt, Mendenhall said, “was just really very favorable about the kind of person, but also the kind of professional and the insight and vision and results she’s able to get.”___Follow Hank on Twitter: read more

A weird night at Oracle, where the Warriors got every break

first_imgThe opener of this Cleveland-Golden State series should have been memorable for other reasons — LeBron James scoring a playoff career-high 51 points, the Warriors having three players score at least 24 and Draymond Green nearly getting a triple-double. Instead, this game’s legacy is an overturned charge call late in regulation, Smith’s gaffes, contradictory explanations from Cleveland and hot tempers in the final seconds.Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s assessment? “Lucky.”Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue’s assessment? “Robbed.”Warriors 124, Cavaliers 114, overtime. That’s what the box score says and will forever say, and the defending champions are now one step closer to winning their third title in four years. Golden State left Oracle Arena relieved. Cleveland left angered. Those emotions will likely remain in place all the way until Game 2 tips off on Sunday night.James wants the Cavs to put it behind them.“We’ve got to move on,” James said. “This game is over and done with.”Easier said than done, particularly with two full off days to now deal with, two full off days to replay everything over and over and over and over and over again.Let’s be clear: The Warriors aren’t here because of luck. They have a coach who has won 80 percent of his career games. They have four All-Stars in the same lineup. They have two NBA MVPs.But they got every break in Game 1. Every break.Start in the beginning, when Smith slipped and stumbled into Thompson’s knee. It had all the makings of some sort of knee structural disaster — the hit came from the side, Thompson twisted awkwardly, went down in a heap and was obviously in immediate, intense pain. Thompson limped away to the Warriors’ locker room for evaluation.He was back in a few minutes. Big break No. 1.“I’m happy it’s just a muscle that got strained,” Thompson said. Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, top, yells at Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, bottom, during overtime of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. The Warriors won 124-114. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Then came the final seconds of the first half, Cleveland having a foul to give. Smith would have been best served hugging Curry to make sure no shot got off. Instead, Smith went for a steal — he didn’t get it — and Curry turned and coolly buried a 30-footer and sent the teams into intermission tied. Big break No. 2.“The Finals, man, anything is liable to happen,” Curry said.From his perspective, good things.From Cleveland’s perspective, bad things.Cleveland led by two in the final minute, poised to steal Game 1, when James stepped up and tried to take a charge against Kevin Durant. Referee Ken Mauer called an offensive foul, but it was overturned after replay review.“We had doubt as to whether or not James was in the restricted area,” Mauer said.James was well outside the area, and the Cavs didn’t buy the explanation.“I read that play just as well as I’ve read any play in my career, maybe in my life,” James said.Durant tied the game with a couple of free throws awarded on the call reversal. Big break No. 3.And with about 4 seconds left in the fourth, George Hill went to the line with Cleveland down by one for two shots. Made the first. Missed the second. Smith got the rebound, and ran away from the basket. Overtime. Big break No. 4.“He thought we were up one,” Lue said.“I knew it was tied,” Smith insisted.The extra session was all Golden State. The home team left happy. The fans that packed Oracle Arena went home happy. James went back to his hotel to deal with blurred vision (courtesy of what appeared to be an unintentional first-half eye poke by Green), and the Cavaliers were further angered by Shaun Livingston following Golden State policy by taking a shot in the final seconds of a decided game instead of just getting charged with a shot-clock turnover.“Tonight we played as well as we’ve played all postseason, and we gave ourselves a chance possession after possession after possession,” James said. “There were just some plays that were kind of taken away from us. Simple as that.”Many onlookers thought this series would be a rout, a Golden State coronation.If the Warriors keep getting every break, they’ll certainly be right.___Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The ending was weird. The postgame was weird.At least Game 1 of what was supposed to be a lopsided NBA Finals was anything but boring. It had a little of everything: A player stumbled and buckled Klay Thompson’s knee to send the Warriors’ sharp-shooter limping to the locker room in the opening minutes; let Stephen Curry get loose for a 30-footer at the halftime buzzer; grabbed a rebound in the final seconds of regulation with the score tied and inexplicably ran toward midcourt as if he thought the game was over.And all that was just J.R. Smith.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kootenay Martial Arts Jeremiah Richichi

first_imgThe latest black belt recipient at at Kootenay Martial Arts is now the youngest in North America.Jeremiah Richichi tested for his black belt in Tae Kwon Do recently, and after achieving his goal, became the youngest Tae Kwon Do black belt in North America at the age of eight years of age. The achievement shows Richichi’s dedication and perseverance in all areas of life.Mallard’s Source for sports is pleased to show some love for Jeremiah Richichi with Team of the Week honours. Pictured is Grand Master Brenda Sell of Florida, who led the testing, presenting Richichi, under the direct leadership of Master Dean Siminoff at Kootenay Martial Arts, with his belt.Sell is the second highest ranked female in the world.last_img read more

Leafs host Heat, Border Bruins at NDCC Arena

first_imgSaturday, struggling Grand Forks is back for another date in Nelson. The Bruins enter the weekend winless in four games and sit fourth in the Murdoch Division with an 8-10-0-0-2 record, three points in front of Castlegar Rebels.After the two-game home stand, Nelson takes to the road for four straight games in the East Kootenay and Castlegar.Former Leaf Curt Doyle earns Three Star recognitionAll is well in the South Okanagan for former Nelson Leafs goalie Curt Doyle, who was one of the KIJHL’s Three Stars this past week.Doyle is joined by Brock Palmer of the Kimberley Dynamiters and Cole Haberlack of the North Okanagan Knights.Doyle, a Nelson Minor Hockey grad, earns the first start after he helped the Coyotes snap a 17-game winless skid with a 3-1 win in Kamloops against the Storm on Nov. 8. Doyle turned aside 33 of 34 shots. The next night at home hosting the 100 Mile House Wranglers, Doyle was named the game star as he stopped 41 of 43 shots in a 2-2 tie. In two games, Doyle turned aside 74 of 77 shots.“The victory felt great, we have a very hard working group of guys and it was nice to help reward them with the win,” says Doyle, who picked up his first victory of the season after being dealt to Osoyoos from Nelson.“I thought I had a really solid game. I loved my time in Kamloops and I haven’t really been back much since, so it was a game I was looking forward to.” Nelson Leafs, 3-1 in November following a perfect October record, play host to a pair of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League home games Friday and Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Friday, Nelson welcomes the second-place Chase Heat of the Doug Birks Division before tangling with Murdoch rival Grand Forks Border Bruins Saturday.The Heat, 11-6-0-0-2, trail defending KIJHL Champion Revelstoke Grizzlies by three points and are 7-2-0-1-0 in their last 10 games.The Heat are led by forwards Breckin Erichuk and Gavin Mattey, who lead the team in scoring with 25 and 23 points, respectively. Mattey leads Chase in goals with 13 in 19 games.last_img read more