BMF confirms staged restart of motor sport behind closed doors

first_imgTHE Barbados Motoring Federation (BMF) yesterday) confirmed that the green light has been given to restart motor sport, which has been on hold since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. With guidance from BMF, the island’s seven clubs are drawing up plans for a staged return to competition next month, while Bushy Park Circuit Inc. (BPCI) has announced a Track Day at the St Philip facility this Sunday (June 28).In line with government protocols on mass gatherings, however, no spectators will be allowed, while the BMF has prepared detailed guidance for organisers and competitors to mitigate any risk of spreading COVID-19.These procedures are based on six key principles: government guidelines, good hygiene, social distancing, restriction, monitoring and education, training and resources.BMF vice-president Mark Hamilton said: “We are very pleased to be able to confirm that we are back in business, although in a limited way at first. Motor sport plays an important role in island life and everyone is keen to restart.“But we must manage its resumption in a responsible and risk averse manner in the ongoing COVID-19 environment; so no spectators will be allowed for the foreseeable future and there will be limitations on the number of personnel allowed to accompany each competitor.“The BMF will be working with all stakeholders in the sport in the coming weeks to determine when a full return to spectator participation might be possible, given ongoing changes to protocols, as government reacts to local, regional and international developments. We will publish further dates once the fluid situation becomes clearer.”Motor sport ceased with confirmation of the first COVID-19 case in the island shortly after the opening round of the Radical Caribbean Cup at Bushy Park on March 15.Before that, only three events on the BMF calendar had been run – the Barbados Association of Dragsters & Drifters (BADD) co-promotion at Bourbon with the St Lucy We Gatherin’ committee and the opening rounds of Barbados Rally Club (BRC) Autocross and Barbados Karting Association (BKA) Championships, both at Bushy Park. The BMF’s revised calendar lists a further 27 events, although it is not certain that all will run.After Sunday’s Track Day, which BPCI management hopes will attract a healthy turn-out of competitors eager to shake the rust off their machinery – and themselves – the first four events on the revised BMF calendar are: Sunday, July 5 – BKA; Saturday, July 18 – BRC Autocross Championship; Saturday/Sunday, July 25/26 – BRC MudDogs Safari Championship; Sunday, July 26 – Bushy Park Motor Sports Inc (BPMSI) Race Meet.Hamilton added: “The BMF consulted widely with our member clubs and the Ministry of Health and drew on guidelines prepared by the world governing body, FIA, and the National authorities in Australia and the UK. We acknowledge that, subject to ongoing restrictions, some disciplines will suffer longer delays before restarting.“Beyond that, those events which involve Regional and International competitors will be at the mercy of travel restrictions not only in Barbados, but also in each participant’s home country.”The BMF’s Event Organiser Toolkit includes signage promoting social-distancing and hygiene requirements, guidelines for competitors and officials, emergency response plans and checklists detailing mechanisms for deployment of equipment and personnel.All paperwork will be dealt with online, organisers of larger events will be required to submit COVID-19 venue plans outlining the maximum number of people permitted in buildings, individual offices and spectator areas, while arrangements are also under discussion to facilitate the media to ensure social-distancing requirements can be met.Editor’s note: Affiliated to the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), which rules the sport worldwide, the Barbados Motoring Federation (BMF) is the island’s governing body for motor sport; it represents the interests of its seven member clubs in discussions with government departments which facilitate the sport in the island, in particular the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, which permits road closures for an agreed number of events each year.Away from motor sport, the BMF affiliate which answers the FIA Mobility remit is the Barbados Automobile Association (BAA), which is an executive committee member of the Government’s Barbados Road Safety Council.last_img read more

FACEIT partner with Epic Esports Events to launch Epic Pro League

first_imgEpic Esports Events, the company behind EPICENTER, has teamed up with FACEIT to launch the Epic Pro League. The competition will see players from Russia, the CIS and the Baltic states battle it out on Counter-Strike: Globel Offensive and Dota 2The goal of the competition is to draw talent from the regions and turn them into future esports stars. The player will be placed in one of three open divisions based upon their personal FACEIT level on either CS:GO or Dota2, players can be promoted to higher divisions based on their final standing at the end of each season. Pro players from the top teams in the region will get a direct invitation to the events top league.Players who compete in the league’s top division will be eligible to participate in the FACEIT Pro League qualifiers. Epic Esports Events will allow players who compete at the events the opportunity to “significantly shorten their FPL run, while previously players would need several months on average to get a chance to take part in the qualifiers.”The events will also be open to team competitions, as part of the Epic Pro League; winners will earn a spot at the Global Offensive: Champions League and Dota 2: Champions League, they will also receive an invitation to a closed regional qualifier for both EPICENTER and Adrenaline Cyber League.Players can compete in the CS:GO league for a monthly fee of 349 rubles (£4.17), with Russian servers being used for all players who compete. The Dota 2 league will be a free-to-participate league once it launches.Esports Insider says: The region is producing some great esports stars, so FACEIT and Epic Esports Events teaming up to add more grassroots events to both CS:GO and Dota 2 is only going to open the door to the next generation of star players.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

DONEGAL TO PLAY LAOIS IN CARRICK-ON-SHANNON

first_imgDonegal’s Leo Mc Loone breaks with the ball during the Ulster Senior Football Championship Final against Monaghan. Pic.: Gary FoyDONEGAL will play Laois in the Round 4 All-Ireland Qualifier in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim.Throw-in for the game is at 5pm this Saturday.With a double header set for Croke Park, RTE has decided to broadcast from there. It’s not known yet if TV3 will cover the Donegal game. Laois overcame Wexford in the last round away from home with many pundits tipping them to now overcome Donegal.But Jim McGuinness will rally his troops and bid to overcome overwhelming odds to make the quarter-finals at Croke Park.Just two teams have turned around six days later to win a qualifier in these circumstances.But only a fool would write off the All-Ireland Champions. Mark McHugh however will struggle to return to action after spending last evening in hospital being treated for concussion.McGuinness has vowed to learn the lessons of Sunday’s defeat to the new Ulster Champions Monaghan.And he has vowed to lift his players ahead of Saturday’s match.All the other qualifiers will take place at Croke Park.London v Cavan, Croke Park, 3pmDonegal v Laois, Carrick-on-Shannon, 5pmCork v Galway, Croke Park, 5pmMeath v Tyrone, Croke Park, 7pm (Live on RTÉ) DONEGAL TO PLAY LAOIS IN CARRICK-ON-SHANNON was last modified: July 22nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:carrick on shannondonegalLaoislast_img read more

USDA will issue second MFP payments before Thanksgiving

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The payments will begin the week before Thanksgiving. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will now be eligible to receive 25% of the total payment expected, in addition to the 50% they have already received from the 2019 MFP.“This second tranche of 2019 MFP payments, along with already provided disaster assistance, will give farmers, who have had a tough year due to unfair trade retaliation and natural disasters, much needed funds in time for Thanksgiving,” said Secretary Perdue. “President Trump has shown time and again that he is fighting for America’s farmers and ranchers. While we continue to have confidence in the President’s negotiations with China, this money shows President Trump following through on his promise to help and support farmers as he continues to fight for fair market access.”MFP signup at local FSA offices will run through Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Payments will be made by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) under the authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act to producers of alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dried beans, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, millet, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, rye, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, triticale, upland cotton, and wheat. MFP assistance for these non-specialty crops is based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings of MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per-acre payments are not dependent on which of these crops are planted in 2019. A producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings. County payment rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact of unjustified trade retaliation in that county.Dairy producers who were in business as of June 1, 2019, will receive a per hundredweight payment on Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) production history, and hog producers will receive a payment based on the number of live hogs owned on a day selected by the producer between April 1 and May 15, 2019.MFP payments will also be made to producers of almonds, cranberries, cultivated ginseng, fresh grapes, fresh sweet cherries, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts. Each specialty crop will receive a payment based on 2019 acres of fruit or nut bearing plants, or in the case of ginseng, based on harvested acres in 2019.Acreage of non-specialty crops and cover crops had to be planted by Aug. 1, 2019 to be considered eligible for MFP payments. Per-acre non-specialty crop county payment rates, specialty crop payment rates, and livestock payment rates are all currently available on farmers.gov.This is the second of up to three tranches of MFP payments. The third tranche will be evaluated as market conditions and trade opportunities dictate. If conditions warrant, the third tranche will be made in January 2020. The first tranche was comprised of the higher of either 50 percent of a producer’s calculated payment or $15 per acre, which may reduce potential payments to be made in tranche three.MFP payments are limited to a combined $250,000 for non-specialty crops per person or legal entity. MFP payments are also limited to a combined $250,000 for dairy and hog producers and a combined $250,000 for specialty crop producers. However, no applicant can receive more than $500,000. Eligible applicants must also have an average adjusted gross income (AGI) for tax years 2015, 2016, and 2017 of less than $900,000 unless at least 75 percent of the person’s or legal entity’s AGI is derived from farming, ranching, or forestry related activities. Applicants must also comply with the provisions of the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation regulations.Many producers were affected by natural disasters this spring, such as flooding, that kept them out of the field for extended periods of time. Producers who filed a prevented planting claim and planted an FSA-certified cover crop, with the potential to be harvested qualify for a $15 per acre payment. Acres that were never planted in 2019 are not eligible for an MFP payment.In June, H.R. 2157, the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019, was signed into law by President Trump, requiring a change to the first round of MFP assistance provided in 2018. Producers previously deemed ineligible for MFP in 2018 because they had an average AGI level higher than $900,000 may now be eligible for 2018 MFP benefits. Those producers must be able to verify 75% or more of their average AGI was derived from farming and ranching to qualify. This supplemental MFP signup period will run parallel to the 2019 MFP signup, from July 29 through Dec. 6, 2019.For more information on the MFP, visit www.farmers.gov/mfp or contact the local FSA office, which can be found at www.farmers.gov.last_img read more

Mysterious plane damage while in flight rattles Oklahoma Thunder

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES “What possibly could we have hit in the SKY at this time of night? Everyone is safe, though,” Anthony wrote.The Thunder were travelling to Chicago to face the Bulls later Saturday following a 119-116 loss to Minnesota on Friday. /cbb John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Several players demanded an explanation for the damage.“We had a rough flight to say the least,” New Zealand star Steven Adams said in a Tweet addressed to NASA, prominent astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson and scientist Bill Nye.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“30,000 feet in the air. Flying to Chicago. What caused this?” Adams wrote above an image of the damaged plane.Carmelo Anthony was similarly concerned, posting the same image of the plane’s badly dented nose. Oklahoma Thunder Steven Adams is boggled about what caused this huge dent on the nose of the jet they traveled on from Minnesota to Chicago. STEVEN ADAMS TWITTER PAGECHICAGO, United States — Spooked Oklahoma City Thunder players took to Twitter on Saturday after a plane carrying them to Chicago suffered mysterious damage mid-flight.Dramatic images posted by Thunder players on social media showed the nose of their jet travelling from Minnesota caved in.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Here comes the reign again Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

1911 Bagan captains descendant to get first ticket of U-17 WC

first_imgNew Delhi, May 12 (PTI) In a symbolic gesture to remember Mohun Bagans historic win over an English team in 1911 IFA Shield, the first ticket of FIFA U-17 World Cup will be handed to the grand daughter-in-law of the Kolkata giants then captain Shibdas Bhaduri at a ceremony here on May 15. Spanish World Cup winner Carles Puyol and Sports Minister Vijay Goel will hand over the ticket to Gouri Bhaduri. The official ticket sales will start at exactly 19:11 hrs on May 16, paying tribute to the year in which Indian football made history. It was the first time that an Indian football team, Mohun Bagan, defeated an English side — East Yorkshire Regiment — to win the IFA Shield., “It is apt therefore, that the Local Organising Committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 decide to have someone with connection to the path-breaking team receive the first ticket of the first FIFA event India will host,” a release from the Local Organising Committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup said. “On 15th May, Gouri Bhaduri, grand daughter-in-law of Shibdas Bhaduri, captain of the historic 1911 team will be handed over the first ticket by Carles Puyol and Honble Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Vijay Goel. The ceremonial ticket would allow her family to attend any of the matches that take place across the six host cities,” it said. Project Director of the LOC for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, Joy Bhattacharjya said, “On the most significant moment in Indian football, it is amazing to remember where the journey started – with Mohun Bagans historic win in 1911. This is the start of what we would like to believe ? the second revolution in Indian Football.” The FIFA U-17 World Cup will he held in six Indian cities from October 6-28. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

WATCH: Cinematic Highlights of OSU’s Win Over Texas Tech

first_imgThe Cowboys won their eighth-straight meeting against the Red Raiders, the longest current streak against another Big 12 opponent.But most of those were not without a little drama. This year was no different. Check out all the big plays per Orange Power Studios.Cinematic Highlights from Oklahoma State’s victory over Texas Tech! #GoPokes #okstate pic.twitter.com/nZIDBwjJGj— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) November 14, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Where Oklahoma State’s 2017 recruiting class stands nationally

first_imgThe 2017 recruiting class is nearing an end, with signing day just around the corner in February. It’s time to check in on where OSU ranks nationally, and how they may finish out the class over the coming months.National rankOklahoma State’s class ranks 32nd nationally, but that mark is good for second in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma. They are one spot behind Rutgers (!!), but notably ahead of Texas, UCLA, and Houston. Factor in the transfer addition of former five-star receiver Tyron Johnson, and the class ranking moves all the way up to No. 22.Here is the Big 12 standings.screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-10-31-45-pmHeadline recruitsThe 2017 recruiting class may be one of the best Gundy has put together in recent memory, with strength from top to bottom that should meet the Pokes needs right away. Tylan Wallace, a wide receiver from Fort Worth South Hills, is the highest rated recruit (a four-star, top 100 talent), and is the highest rated receiver since Dez Bryant to commit to OSU. The biggest need for this class is at running back, however. OSU loses Chris Carson, Barry J. Sanders, and Rennie Childs — but they’re bringing in two studs to supplement the losses. The first: Canadian speedster Chuba Hubbard. The second: Georgia tailback J.D. King, who has a powerful, downhill style of running. I think both will play as true freshmen.The Cowboys are also bringing in a 6-foot-7 quarterback from Ellenwood, Georgia, named Jelani Woods. He picked OSU over Michigan, South Carolina, and many others. He will be an early enrollee.Prospects to watchWith 19 commits in the class, Oklahoma State’s biggest needs are mostly addressed: namely at safety and running back. I think they could and maybe should look at adding a cornerback in this class, as well, but as it stands there are several prospects still being pursued.Evan Fields — safetyAnother running back — From what I understand, OSU won’t take another on top of Hubbard and King unless it’s an elite back a la Eno Benjamin or Travis Etienne Jr.Another offensive linemanDavid Anenih — defensive endOutside of those spots, the class is all but filled out, as far as I can tell.Where they will finishThis class only has one true “four-star” prospect with Tylan Wallace, so there’s only so high a class can rise with a bevvy of three-star recruits. If you’re taking into consideration the addition of Tyron Johnson, I think OSU will finish in the top 25. But not counting him, they should hover right around where they are now — anywhere from 30 to 35 nationally. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Report: J.W. Walsh Hired by Abilene Christian as RB Coach

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Walsh is now shifting from under Gary Patterson to joining Adam Dorrell’s coaching staff — a guy who has had success at every level of his coaching career.Walsh’s dad, John Walsh, is the head coach at Denton Guyer. So coaching runs in his veins. This move is likely the first of many as he will likely move up the chain as young, promising coaches do. Even Marcus Arroyo thinks the hire was a no-brainer.NoBrainer … stud!— Coach Arroyo?OREGON® (@coacharroyoTheO) December 22, 2016 It’s been less than a year since J.W. Walsh took a graduate assistant coaching job at TCU. He’s already moving up the coaching ladder, as Adam Boedeker reports he will now take over the running backs coach job at Abilene Christian.Vacay tweet: Confirmed w/John Walsh that GA @coachwalshtcu has accepted RB coach gig at Abilene Christian. Will coach TCU bowl game. #txhsfb— Adam Boedeker (@aboedeker) December 22, 2016last_img read more

Social Media Reax: Players Show Excitement After Alamo Bowl Win

first_imgFootball season is officially over. After the final game of the 2016 season, Oklahoma State players took to twitter to express their excitement after the bowl win. Here’s what they had to say:Great year! Couldn’t have ask for better teammates! I love you guys ? https://t.co/fLzZt6cTt7— Justice Hill (@jhill21_) December 30, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. There he go!! #ValeroAlamoBowl #weneedsomebigrings pic.twitter.com/cb1rt2SxIb— AJ Green (@AjGofor6) December 30, 2016 Easy W ? #GoPokes #Big12— Tyler Patmon (@Lion_hearted_26) December 30, 2016 So glad to be on this team. Alamo Bowl Champs. #SinorForHeisman— Zach The Punter (@ZachSinor29) December 30, 2016 Blessed! ??— Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) December 30, 2016 Ramon Richards (@chief_vii), The #OKState King of Hype pic.twitter.com/h8oq3MdVzP— Dekota Gregory (@dekotagregory) December 30, 2016 POKES BY A MILLION!!! Blessed for this and it was a bonus sending the seniors out right! #onemoreyear #AlamoBowlChamps— Chad Whitener (@MountChad) December 30, 2016 All love for the man @DezBryant pic.twitter.com/3xys7Ny0yz— Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) December 30, 2016last_img read more