The off-Broadway production of Churchill will play its final performance on July 12. The play, created by and starring Ronald Keaton, began performances at New World Stages on February 6. The production will return to Chicago’s Greenhouse Theater Center, where it premiered in 2014. Performances in the Windy City will begin on July 17.The play follows the British Prime Minister in 1946, after having led Britain and the Allies to victory in World War II and being defeated for re-election. Sitting in forced retirement with his wife Clementine at their Chartwell home, Winston Churchill receives an invitation from President Harry Truman to speak at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where he will deliver his legendary, emphatic “Iron Curtain” speech.Churchill is directed by Kurt Johns. It opened officially on February 18. View Comments Related Shows Churchill Show Closed This production ended its run on July 12, 2015
Lee Nunn of Madison, Georgia, planted his first wheat crop on 50 acres of his wife’s family farm when it became available to rent just over a dozen years ago. He quickly realized his passion for farming and began renting more land, now growing wheat, soybeans, field peas, corn and cotton on more than 1,500 acres.Nunn’s relatively quick success and community involvement have led to him being honored as the 2020 Georgia Farmer of the Year. He’s now in the running for the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition/Swisher Sweets Southeastern Farmer of the Year award. He was nominated by Lucy Ray, Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Morgan County.Nunn grew up visiting and helping at his grandfather’s row crop and dairy farm in his native Morgan County until the farm was sold. Although he has been around agriculture most of his life, it was not a given that he would go into farming, and he doesn’t farm any land his family owned.“I was very humbled and shocked, but I appreciate the honor — it shows the hard work we farmers do,” said Nunn, who owns related agribusinesses including custom farming services, agricultural construction and a trucking division. “I’ve been thrilled to be able to do it every day. I’m on the farm all day every day, doing what I love.”An avid believer in using the latest technologies available, Nunn is always open to field research, according to Ray, who has collaborated with him on projects including cover crops and thrips control in cotton. “He definitely will try something new, but he makes sure the research and data back up the decisions he makes,” she said.Although almost all of his crops are dryland, Nunn is collaborating on UGA Extension’s soil moisture sensor project to optimize irrigation for about 5% of his land. “Water is the limiting factor, so that’s why we have to be so efficient,” he said. “We have to micromanage every decision. It’s a totally different atmosphere up here than south Georgia.”Nunn started working with precision agriculture about eight years ago and has progressively increased its use on his land every year. All of his tractors, sprayers and combines are now auto-steer.“I’m a very big believer in precision guidance. It’s the only way to go. We do yield mapping on the combine. We save on fertilizer by having that system pay for itself,” he said. “It’s a good initial investment but pays in the long run. Even when I talk to some of my friends (who aren’t involved in agriculture) they’re amazed about what the technology can do.”Some of his notable production achievements include a 30% reduction in pesticide use, a 75% increase in conservation tillage with no-till or minimum-till cropland, and improved soil fertility using local poultry litter. “We test every batch of litter we buy so we know what we’re getting and we know exactly what we’re putting out,” he said.“He’s a good example that conservation practices are profitable in the long term and they make sense in today’s production system,” said Ray.Off the farm, Nunn and his wife Sally have two children, Claire and Mason, and he is very involved in the local agriculture community. He has served as president and treasurer of the Morgan County Farm Bureau and chairman of the local U. S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency board. He has also participated in the Conservation Stewardship Program offered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and serves on the county’s Extension advisory board.“He’s got a reputation as someone who can get things accomplished and a really good heart,” says Ray, who helped Nunn jump-start a Morgan County Row Crop Association in 2015. He sought her help in creating a place for quarterly updates similar to other commodity associations.“We never had something specifically for row crop farmers,” he said. “It’s been a good thing.”Nunn will compete against nine other state winners this August for the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award, which will be announced on October 20 at the Expo. To learn more about the award, visit sunbeltexpo.com/foty.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island Rail Road train engineering booths will soon be fitted with audio and video recording devices as a safety precaution after a recent fatal Metro-North Railroad derailment, MTA officials said.It’s too early to say how much it will cost to hire a company to design, manufacture and deliver outward- and inward-facing on-board video recording systems on all locomotives and 926 LIRR rail car cabs as well as 843 Metro-North cabs, according to a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the parent agency for the nation’s two largest commuter railroads.“The MTA is committed to safe operations at all its agencies,” MTA CEO Thomas Prendergast said Wednesday in a statement announcing the plan.The MTA is issuing a Request for Proposals for companies to bid on the contract that will both follow up on a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendation and is a part of the state transit agency’s safety upgrade plan after a Bronx train crash killed four in December.The cameras would both deter bad behavior on the part of train operators and provide evidence for train accident investigators when incidents occur on either rail system.The announcement came a day after U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer called on the Federal Railroad Authority (FRA) to review LIRR safety measures to ensure problems the FRA found with Metro-North haven’t spread.Before the crash, LIRR and Metro-North railroads had contacted a $428 million project to install trains with Positive Train Control technology that automatically applies the brakes ahead of curves in the event of human failure, among other things.
We have all the prerequisites for the development of health tourism, the whole mosaic of health tourism is at our disposal, we just need to connect the dots and start proactively dealing with market development. Synergy, market development and a complete tourism product – that is the winning formula. So, we have the most important, excellent healthcare institutions, which are not only competitive in the global market, but even as confirmed by the profession in Berlin and the best in the world. Also, the day before, the Bagatin Polyclinic was awarded two Temos International accreditations for excellence in medical tourism. This is definitely the best possible promotion of our health tourism, as well as the excellence of our experts. And this is great news for Croatian health tourism. In fact the most important one is the BREAKTHROUGH NEWS. We have everything and everything is up to us. Let’s wake up, show the market what we have because we have something to be ponsoons on. I hope that this award will awaken others, and especially that those who decide to pay attention, at least at this time, will turn to health tourism. And I hope that we will be able to use such bright examples and learn something from them. All of us together and on all levels. And that is why every success and recognition should be praised and supported, because being the best on the European or world scene (the nomination itself is already a huge success), and especially in health tourism where there is no playing with nominations, is for every praise and step closer to the success of our health. tourism. This is not the first time that our healthcare institutions have been nominated or received worldwide recognition. Various certificates, quality systems, and especially recognitions are extremely important because they provide “proof of concept” at the highest level. Here we gain the trust of clients from abroad, but we also position Croatia as a top destination for health tourism. Regardless of what we thought, Croatia is still not sufficiently positioned globally, especially in the context of health tourism, where it is extremely important to build patients’ trust in our health services. Photo: FB Ognjen Bagatin We are constantly talking about potentials, it is time to concretize or use those potentials. Right now and now, because when if not now when Croatian tourism is in trend and in the focus of global tourists and media. At the most important conference for health and medical tourism in Europe – the International Medical Travel Journal – IMTJ, held in Berlin, the Bagatin Polyclinic was named the best clinic for cosmetic surgery in the world, according to 16 experts from around the world. But the clinics themselves cannot do health tourism on their own, we need a complete tourism product.
Buyers must withhold GST even if a contract required full purchase price be paid.BUYERS of new properties will become tax collectors for the ATO in six months’ time — part of a plan to tackle a $3billion phoenixing problem.The move was designed to crack down on property developers who went “phoenixed” or went into liquidation before they could pay GST element of their transactions.The ATO move — where purchasers of new property will have withhold 1/11th of the purchase price to pass on to the Australian Taxation Office — has been panned by industry.GlobalX CEO Peter Maloney, said it would mean more red tape for buyers and their lawyers.“The settlement process can be a stressful time for many buyers and these changes will add further, unnecessary pressures that will only benefit the ATO,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“Instead of adding more red tape, we should be seeking ways to reduce the already cumbersome process consumers face when buying and transacting property.”The 2017 Budget measure comes into effect on July 1 next year.“What this will also mean is that, at least 14 days before the transaction occurs, developers must notify buyers of their requirement to withhold that amount. And, if they failed to advise buyers before that deadline, the ATO has said developers would face penalties.“These changes are the ATO’s attempt to reduce instances of ‘phoenixing’ — where property developers go into liquidation before paying the GST on the sale of new homes over to the ATO — but one-size-fits-all legislative reforms are inappropriate because they penalise the majority for the actions of a minority.”Gadens Partner Matthew Raven said buyers had to withhold the GST amount even when a contract required the full purchase price to be paid to the seller at settlement.“Unlike the Foreign Residents Capital Gains Withholding regime, which was introduced earlier this year, there is no ability for developers to obtain an ATO clearance, meaning all sales will be affected once the change is enacted.”He expected the measure to “ruffle a few feathers within the legal sector” who were trying to streamline the settlement process “not complicate it further”.
Casey Woken stayed with striking distance for much of the feature before settling for second behind Nichols. By Kelly Ninas Nichols, meanwhile, hustled to the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers, equaling the all-time IMCA career wins record with his 557th victory. The Harlan Hustler later joined David Murray Jr., owner of 557 IMCA Modified wins, Schrader and promoter Chad Dolan for a post-race photo; the four own more than 1,200 combined IMCA wins. Ty Rogers was in the right place at the right time as he earned runner-up honors after starting in the seventh row. Taking advantage of the opportunity that presented itself, Luke Wassom grabbed the lead and held on to win the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Wassom was close behind when brothers Jacob Olmstead and Zach Olmstead made contact and lost momentum. LEXINGTON, Neb. (Aug. 30) – Ken Schrader raced his way onto the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot while Mike Nichols raced into another chapter in the IMCA record book at Dawson County Raceway’s Connie Jewett Memorial Championship Night. When the smoke cleared, Blaine Walt was declared the victor in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. Walt was able to earn the victory despite being involved in a last-lap incident that took out the leaders in the yellow-flag marred event. Schrader topped Sunday’s $1,000 to win, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying main event for IMCA Modifieds, holding off Daniel Gottschalk as the 20-lapper wound down while hard charger Clay Money raced from the seventh row to finish third. Ken Schrader earned $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth by winning the IMCA Modified feature at Dawson County Raceway’s Connie Jewett Memorial Championship Night. (Photo by Eldon Holmes) Brianna Maughlin was a force to be reckoned with as she set a blistering pace and finished strong in winning the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature. The victory came in her first visit to Dawson County. Wassom rocketed past. Jason Fusselman and Zach Olmstead made it close at the finish as the trio nearly passed the finish line side-by-side.
Batesville,IN— At the end of March, New Horizons had to make the decision to suspend operations to protect the lives of our clients and staff. While we were able to continue services with our residential care and provide limited services in Community Connections and our Pre-ETS programs, we did so with the utmost care. Thankfully, to date, there have been no cases of COVID-19 in any of our programs.Though New Horizons is anxious to reopen, it needs to make sure all necessary precautions are in place to protect the health and well-being of everyone. While it has been hard to find the necessary supplies, we are very thankful for the organizations and individuals in our community that has stepped up to assist us in our time of need.They are very grateful for the generous donations from Proximo, MGPI, Franklin County 4-H, the Ripley County Community Foundation, and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.While New Horizons has received some donations, it still has a major need. The additional expenses for supplies were not planned in our budgets. With this being said, I am reaching out to each of you for any contribution you are willing to provide to help as we move forward in reopening. Purchases will need to be made of large amounts of laser thermometers, gloves, disinfectant, face masks, Clorox wipes to keep all of the clients and staff safe. Plus, in the event, there is a potential case in our residential program, the gowns & face shields will be needed immediately. Donations can be made on our website under the “Give” tab on the far right side of the page, through PayPal or by mailing a check to New Horizons, 237 Six Pine Ranch Rd, Batesville, IN 47006. If you would prefer to donate cleaning supplies, paper towels & disinfectant wipes can be dropped off on the bench in front of our Batesville location. Thick Papers towels will be especially useful as we are going to make our own disinfectant wipes; if we cannot find ones to purchase.
Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo said the furloughs were necessary because it doesn’t appear the NHL will resume play in the immediate future.Meruelo and Gila River Arena will continue to support the team’s arena’s part-time and hourly employees who were scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. Similar support for the Tucson Roadrunners, the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate, will also continue.___The Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League has loaned two sanitation machines to a local hospital to see if they could help clean personal protective equipment worn by hospital staff.The Crunch uses one of the machines in its locker room and the other to clean equipment but doesn’t need them right now with sports on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Turns out they’re a good fit at Upstate University Hospital. Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he had the coronavirus and detailed some of what his famous father went through in his own fight against COVID-19.The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli says in a first-person account he wrote for Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days.The Seminoles’ lineman wrote that he wants “everyone to know just how hard it was. I spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.”Tony Boselli is now back home and Andrew Boselli says he and his family are recovering from the massive scare. He says his brother and mother also dealt with the virus.Andrew Boselli says he’s looking forward to being around fellow students and teammates again but added a word of caution by writing “the only way for that to happen is listen to the experts and follow their guidance.” ___Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says one team employee — not a player — tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.”Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested.He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member.According to Rizzo, the employee who got the illness was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home and his quarantine has ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free. Dalglish’s family says “prior to his admission to hospital, Sir Kenny had chosen to voluntarily self isolate for longer than the advised period together with his family. He would urge everyone to follow the relevant government and expert guidance in the days and weeks ahead.”The family statement concluded by saying Dalglish “looks forward to being home soon.”___The nationwide lockdown in Italy has been extended through May 3 but Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora is urging the country’s sports federations to develop health protocols in order to resume activity on May 4.Spadafora urges sports authorities “not to let these weeks be lost” and to urgently make plans for when the lockdown expires. April 10, 2020 Previously, the lockdown was set to expire on Monday.The extension came as the number of people in Italian hospitals and intensive care wards eases and the growth in the number of new cases and deaths is narrowing. Experts have said it will take a decrease in the number of cases to enter a so-called Phase II, allowing more freedom of movement to individuals but with precautions to guard against any new outbreaks. Italy has suffered the most deaths of any nation, nearly 19,000, and is nearing 150,000 cases, hitting 147,577 on Friday.___ The Indiana Pacers guard says he has committed to hosting a Friday night Instagram Live concert series called BASE:LINE LIVE. Each week, three independent artists will be featured on the NBA’s Instagram account for the show.It speaks to one of Oladipo’s passions; he’s an accomplished musician.“It lets the NBA world kind of see another side of me as far as music goes and being able to host and help independent artists get some exposure,” Oladipo said Friday, before this week’s show. “It’ll bridge the gap between music and sports and show how they kind of coexist.”Oladipo says he’s committed to the show for the entirety of the NBA hiatus. The first show was last week, and he says seeing new artists will help his own musical path.“I think I have real talent, and I’m just trying to improve,” Oladipo said. “Basketball, obviously, is the love of my life and I want to be the best in the world at that. But who says I can’t do both?” “Cristiano did solely a few minutes of exercize and from that comes no harm to the world,” regional health authority Carlos Ramos said.“All citizens can go out and do some physical exercize as long as they do not gather in big groups and keep their distance from other people they may encounter while exercizing,” Ramos said. “So I think that Cristiano did only what we have seen.”Portugal has been under a state of emergency for three weeks. People are confined to their homes, but they can leave to exercize individually. The country has more than 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 435 deaths. ___Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic. Premier League clubs as a collective had hoped squads would all cut wages by 30% but the players’ union rejected the proposal.___The family of Kenny Dalglish says the former Liverpool player and manager has tested positive for the coronavirus but “remains asymptomatic.”The 69-year-old Dalglish was hospitalized on Wednesday as an infection required intravenous antibiotics.A COVID-19 test unexpectedly showed he had the disease despite previously displaying no symptoms. Chief executive officer Dr. Robert Corona thought of the idea. He says after careful analysis of tests performed by the hospital’s infection control team, infectious disease specialists, microbiology team and other clinical experts, the hospital has developed a process for collecting used shields, decontaminating them with the Sani Sport sanitation machines, and re-using the shields.Crunch chief operation officer Jim Sarosy says the AHL has been in touch with the other teams in the league, and he says a firehouse in Boston and the State University of New York at Cortland also have reached out to the team.According to the website of the Quebec-based company, its customers include 28 NHL clubs, 16 in the NFL, and six in MLB.___West Ham has become the latest Premier League club to announce its players will defer some wages as the competition is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The percentage of the wages being held back was not disclosed by the London club on Friday.West Ham did say manager David Moyes, vice chair Karren Brady and finance director Andy Mollett are taking a 30% pay reduction.Co-owners David Sullivan, David Gold and fellow shareholders are also injecting 30 million pounds into the club.West Ham says “the savings created by the measures above will support the entire infrastructure of the club and enable us to retain jobs and continue to pay 100% of staff salaries.”Southampton said Thursday that its players would defer three months’ wages. ___The Orlando Magic’s home arena will become a distribution center for medical equipment and supplies as part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic.Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the plan Friday, along with the Magic. The Amway Center, which includes the AdventHealth Practice Facility that serves as the Magic’s training home, will be used as a staging space for as long as is required. There are contingencies to continue if the need is still there when NBA play resumes.Dyer says the arena will be a hub for equipment and supplies that will go to 50 hospitals in Central Florida as well as facilities in seven other states.Magic CEO Alex Martins says conversations with AdventHealth and the city alerted the team to the need for such a space. “It is our honor to partner with the city of Orlando to provide assistance in the use of the Amway Center to meet AdventHealth’s and our community’s needs,” Martins said. Rizzo did not identify the person who was sick other than to say it is not someone who plays for the Nationals — “and we’re going to keep it at that.” The GM said the person tested positive “well after” the Nationals already had shut down their facilities in Florida and Washington.Rizzo also said Friday on a conference call with reporters that the Nationals are partnering with chef José Andrés to distribute tens of thousands of meals per day to people in need in parts of Washington.__Portuguese officials have defended Cristiano Ronaldo after he left home and was seen training with other people at a soccer pitch amid a national lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak.The incident occurred on the island of Madeira, his birthplace. He was observed shooting a ball at a goal with someone playing goalkeeper, along with two other people. They all appeared to be several meters apart. The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training.King says it’s about “bringing together our community of prominent women athletes and leaders to empower, support and inspire young girls — and each other — during this unprecedented time.”Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on YahooSports.com.___On what would have been the final day of the Masters, ESPN will show some masterful spellers. The Milwaukee Bucks have established an emergency relief fund for part-time employees of Fiserv Forum, the team’s home arena.The Bucks Emergency Relief Fund will provide financial relief for part-time employees of the arena’s food and beverage provider, housekeeping employer and parking partners.The relief fund also will assist part-time employees at the Menominee Nation Arena. That’s the home arena for the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks’ NBA G League affiliate.So far, the Bucks have provided $500,000 in financial assistance to the part-time employees, and an additional $500,000 is on the way through the relief fund.NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and All-Star forward Khris Middleton have contributed $100,000 each. All their Bucks teammates have committed to donate to the cause. Bucks ownership is matching all player donations. ___Brewers stars Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun have teamed up with Milwaukee’s 3rd Street Market Hall to provide meals to local health care workers and their families.The 3rd Street Market Hall announced that “thousands” of meals would be prepared. The meals are going to health-care workers at four hospital networks in southeastern Wisconsin.Various vendors at the 3rd Street Market Hall will be preparing and delivering the meals.The first donation will take place Sunday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Victor Oladipo is going to be busy on the next few Friday nights. The Latest: Pacers’ Oladipo hosts Instagram show on artists Matytsin says sanctioning Russia would damage the Olympic movement and says the country is prepared to host more international sports events once the virus outbreak recedes.___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 6 The network says it will broadcast a seven-hour marathon of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Sunday.This year’s spelling bee has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for late May at its usual location, a convention center outside Washington. Scripps hopes to reschedule the bee at an undetermined time this year.ESPN has televised the bee since 1994. On Sunday, it will first show the 1997 bee, which was memorably won by Rebecca Sealfon of Brooklyn, New York. Sealfon’s excitement when she was given her winning word of “euonym” — a name well suited to the person, place or thing named — became a classic spelling bee moment when she yelled out each letter.ESPN will also show the 2004 bee won by David Tidmarsh of South Bend, Indiana, and the 2008 bee won by Sameer Mishra of Lafayette, Indiana. ___ ___Turkmenistan is set to restart its suspended soccer league amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Central Asian nation will become part of a small group of countries around the world where professional soccer is being played despite the virus outbreak. That includes the former Soviet nations of Belarus and Tajikistan, as well as Burundi and Nicaragua.The eight-team Turkmenistan league was suspended on March 24. The national soccer federation says it will resume on April 19. Fans will be allowed to attend games.Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the coronavirus. The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help professional players facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis.The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed.The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been canceled because of the deadly virus while the start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September.___ The Magic have been very active in responding to the pandemic, with several players donating money to various causes and the DeVos family — which owns the team — pledging up to $2 million to assist Amway Center hourly workers for lost games.___The Arizona Coyotes will furlough half of the organization’s employees with the NHL season on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak.The furloughs began Friday and will last through June 30.The Coyotes said all furloughed employees will continue to receive 100% of health benefits. ___The Russian sports minister says it’s time for international authorities to “turn a new page” and forget the country’s Olympic doping ban because of the coronavirus pandemic.The World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from the Olympics for four years after ruling last year that doping data from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to rule on whether the ban is valid but hearings have been delayed because of the health crisis.Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin says the virus outbreak means the parties in the legal proceedings should avoid a ruling against Russia because it would fracture the Olympic movement.He adds that “when you see that everyone is isolated and everyone is at home … people understand that now there are priorities and there are issues which go on the backburner. The priority is the future of the Olympic movement.” Associated Press
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Olympic double sprint champion Elaine Thompson will be the headline act for the Jamaica International Invitational tomorrow when she lines up for the women’s 200 metres, the final event on the schedule.Thompson, winner of gold medals in the 100m and 200m at last year’s Olympics in Rio, has continued to stamp her authority on the sport this year.She won the 200m in a time of 22.19 seconds at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Doha, Qatar, and followed up with a 100m victory in 10.78 at the DL meet in Shanghai, China.Shericka Jackson, the 400m World and Olympic bronze medallist, has lowered her personal bests in the short sprints and could push her MVP clubmate, along with American challengers Shalonda Solomon and Candyce McGrone, as well as Bahamian Tynia Gaither.A ding-dong battle is expected when Olympic silver medallist Andre De Grasse of Canada faces La Shawn Merritt of the United States in the men’s 200m.De Grasse finished behind Usain Bolt last year in Rio and has had a cold start to the season, but he can expect to be pushed by Merritt, as well as local challengers Warren Weir, Nickel Ashmeade and reigning Commonwealth Games champion Rasheed Dwyer.Veteran sprinters Allyson Felix of the United States and Asafa Powell of Jamaica are the notable names carded for the women’s and men’s 100m dash.Felix’s biggest challengers look to be Rio 100m finalists Michelle-Lee Ahye and Christania Williams, as well as IAAF World Indoor tour 60 champion Gayon Evans.Resurgent local hero Yohan Blake, American Mike Rodgers, fresh from his win in Guadeloupe last weekend, and compatriot Ronnie Baker, the only man in the field under 10 seconds this season, look to be potential spoilers to Powell.The women’s 400m features a clash between Novelene Williams-Mills, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Christine Day and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby of Jamaica and Americans Natasha Hastings, Ashley Spencer, Courtney Okolo and Phyllis Francis.Jamaica 400m champion Javon Francis will be under pressure to defend home turf in the men’s race with Tony McQuay of the United States looking to show his mettle.Other big names looking to leave their mark on the meet include reigning women’s world 100 hurdles champions Danielle Williams and her sister Shermaine of the United States, compatriot Bershawn Jackson in the men’s 400m hurdles, and two-time world and Rio Olympic triple-jump champion Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia who will make her season debut.
All signs point to the Badgers’ season coming to a close this weekend, but that hasn’t stopped UW men’s tennis coach Greg Van Emburgh from showing optimism in his program.”It’s been a fun first year for me, getting these guys kind of in a different direction, a different mindset,” Van Emburgh said at a press conference Monday. “The main thing you want is when they’re out there to really lay it on the line for you, and they’ve done that, whether we’ve won or lost.”Wisconsin (10-11, 3-7) finished the year with a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Ohio State, but Nolan Polley earned the Badgers’ sole point in impressive fashion, knocking off No. 38 Bryan Koniecko while surrendering just five games.Polley finished the conference season at 8-2 and, along with No. 1 player Jeremy Sonkin, earned the praise of his head coach for a season well done.”Those guys have really tried their butts off to get wins and competed hard,” Van Emburgh said. “That’s the important thing, and I think in the long term, that’s going to pay off for us. If it’s not right now this year, it’s in the years to come.”According to Van Emburgh, Polley and Sonkin won’t be alone in trying to restore UW’s program to one of success.”We’ve also added some new players for next year, signed some top recruits,” Van Emburgh said. “So we’re excited about it, and I feel like the program’s headed in the right direction and [is] on the rise.”Wisconsin finished 3-7, which is more wins than it’s earned in any of the past four seasons. But Van Emburgh, in the offseason, was hired to turn the Badgers around, and he felt that his squad could have come up with an even better record, what with matches like the narrow 4-3 loss to Illinois.”It came down to really one set. If we win one of those sets, we get a big upset with them, which would have obviously been nice, since they’ve been in the top tier at the national level,” Van Emburgh said.If the Badgers want to continue on to the NCAA tournament — one of Van Emburgh’s preseason goals — they’ll have to win out at the Big Ten Championships this weekend in Minneapolis, Van Emburgh says. But doing so would require Wisconsin to take out the Buckeyes (provided UW defeats Purdue in the first round), an undeniably tall task for such a young team.”They’re really good. They’re just really strong throughout their lineup,” Van Emburgh said. “They won the conference outright. They went 10-0. Their lineup is just really, really strong and really deep, so they’ve done a great job there. So hopefully we can get through Purdue again and give them another shot.”