Miracle Sheets and Towels May Kill Up to 99.9% of Bacteria

first_imgGet $15 off all orders over $180 at Miracle Towels and Sheets for a limited time!As for the towels, if you were hoping for maximum absorbency, you’ve got it — whether you’re talking hand towels or bath towels! These Miracle towels claim to dry in half the time of any traditional towel, and shoppers say they “truly stay fresh longer.” Plus, they love having “no constant loads of towels to launder.” Preach!Both the sheets and towels are available in singles or sets and are available in different sizes. You can also check out bundles of both to save big. The Miracle Move-in Bundle is even 33% off! You have four colors to choose from in everything: Sand, Sky Blue, White and Stone. Get one shade for everything or mix it up. Each and every one works beautifully with the others!All Miracle products are totally risk-free, so it’s 100% worth it to test them out for yourself. Just one warning: You’re never going to want to go back to your old sheets and towels again! See it!Get $15 off all orders over $180 at Miracle Towels and Sheets for a limited time!Editor’s note: Article originally published on April 16, 2020.Check out more of our picks and deals here!Disclaimer: While we work to ensure that product information is correct, on occasion manufacturers may alter their ingredient lists. Actual product packaging and materials may contain more and/or different information than that shown on our website. We recommend that you do not solely rely on the information presented and that you always read labels, warnings and directions before using or consuming a product. For additional information about a product, please contact the manufacturer. Content on this site is for reference purposes and is not intended to substitute for advice given by a physician, pharmacist or other licensed health-care professional. You should not use this information as self-diagnosis or for treating a health problem or disease. 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This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at ShopWithUs@usmagazine.com. Happy shopping! Antibacterial sheets and towels? Yes, they’re officially a thing, and they’re incredible, to say the least. All variations of these Miracle products are made with natural silver that may kill 99.9% of bacteria through a process called ionization. Basically, the idea is that the silver ions collect bacteria like a magnet, destroying it from the inside out before it can reproduce. That means no more odors and way less laundry — up to three times fewer loads than you do with your regular sheets and towels!Let’s talk about the sheets, which are not only designed to stay clean, but also cool. Night-sweaters, rejoice! These breathable sheets will keep the air flowing, regardless of if you get the Signature 480 thread count version or the Extra Luxe sateen 620 thread count version. The benefits don’t stop there. While bacteria on regular sheets can apparently double every 20 minutes, causing acne and odors, these Miracle sheets may keep sheets fresh for weeks at a time!miracle-towelsMiracleSee it!- Advertisement – Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.We’ve been resolute with our new cleaning regimen. We wash our hands more often and for longer periods of time, and we’re always equipped with sanitizing wipes and disinfectant sprays for any new items we’re bringing into our home. We think we pretty much have it covered. Or, at least we thought we did until now!- Advertisement – It turns out we weren’t quite considering everything — most notably, our sheets and towels. Both get so much use every single day, so keeping them clean is more important than ever. But…the effort! Washing them that often would be such a pain! We know. No one said you had to take a daily trip to the washing machine though. You just need to set yourself up with some antibacterial sheets and towels instead!miracle-beddingMiracleSee it!Get $15 off all orders over $180 at Miracle Towels and Sheets for a limited time!- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Location is streets ahead

first_imgOne of the family’s favourite places to relax Mr Reece said the home’s entry was the photographic backdrop for many important family events.The new owner will also benefit from the couple’s fastidious nature. What started as a lick of external paint in February evolved into a six-month project that included a full internal paint, floor polishing and a kitchen upgrade. While they’ll be sorry to bid the home farewell, there’s one thing Mr Reece said the new owners can rely on — friendly neighbours. 15 Craig St, Wishart, is being auctioned on site by Kosma Comino from LJ Hooker at 10.30am today.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or Facebook at Kieran Clair — journo Andrew and Tracy Reece are auctioning their home this weekend, but love the street so much they built just up the road. Photo: AAP image/John GassWhen Andrew Reece and his wife, Tracy, bought 15 Craig St, Wishart, more than a decade ago, the location convinced them to sign on the dotted line.Now it’s time for a change and they aren’t going to leave the street.“The best part of the house is the outdoor area that leads onto the park at the back — it’s very private,” Mr Reece said. “It runs straight down to the Bulimba Creek park area — it’s the reason we bought the property and hence why we’re only moving five doors away.”The five-bedroom, two-bathroom home on 774sq m has been the backdrop to the family’s formative years. Its expansive floor plan and outdoor areas have hosted several neighbourhood events.An upstairs retreat was a great escape for the family as well.“We had everything from Monopoly challenges up there, where a Monopoly game could go for a week, to the most amazing Lego Land you’ve ever seen,” Mr Reece said. “You could make a mess there and it wouldn’t affect the rest of the house.”There are high ceilings and ducted airconditioning, a media room, salt water swimming pool and gym zone.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoThe home combined a great high-end finish with a brilliant family locality.Mr Reece said the home continued to adapt as the family grew up.“As the kids got older, they had their end of the house and we had our end, and we’d sort of meet in the middle at the entertainment area,” he said.last_img read more

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Murder rap lands Miag-ao man in jail

first_imgPolice officers served the warrant issued by Judge Nelita Jesus Bacaling of the Regional Trial Court Branch 67. Resident Mark Anthony Napatolan was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 8:40 a.m. on July 22, a police report showed. The court recommended no bail bond for his temporary liberty./PN ILOILO City – A murder suspect was arrested in Barangay Quirayan, Miag-ao, Iloilo. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Miag-ao municipal police station.last_img

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Owen to retire at end of season

first_imgFormer England striker Michael Owen has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season. The striker will probably be best remembered for his exploits with England, for whom he burst onto the international scene as an 18-year-old and scored his most famous goal against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup. He ended up with 40 goals from 89 caps, behind only Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Jimmy Greaves on the all-time list. In the statement on his website, Owen continued: “Having progressed through the ranks at Liverpool to make my first-team debut at 17, before embarking upon spells at Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, not to mention representing my country on 89 occasions, I now feel it is the right time to bring the curtain down on my career. “I have been very fortunate in that my career has taken me on a journey that, like many young players starting out, I could only have dreamt of. “None of this would have been possible without the tremendous support I have received from managers, coaches, fellow players, back-room staff, the supporters and my own personal sponsors. I would like to thank each and every one for the huge role they have played in helping me reach the top of my profession.” Owen went on to thank his family, ending with a message to his father Terry, a former professional footballer with Everton and Chester. He said: “We did it my old mate! From those freezing local parks to terrorising the best defenders in the world on the biggest stages of all. I couldn’t have done it without you.” The 33-year-old made his name with Liverpool and went on to play for Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United before signing for Stoke at the start of this season. But Owen, who has been dogged by injury in the latter stages of his career, has found opportunities very difficult to come by at the Britannia Stadium and has made the decision to hang up his boots. The striker wrote on his personal website: “It is with an immense amount of pride that I am announcing my intention to retire from professional football at the end of this season.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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O’Shea excited by new-look Black Cats

first_img Press Association He told the club’s official website, www.safc.com: “The quality of players that the manager has brought in is pleasing. (Former Juventus midfielder Emanuele) Giaccherini has not been here long, but already you can see from his first touch he’s got that bit of class – it’s very pleasing on the eye. “His link-up play with the strikers looks good and if we can get him fully fit and get Jozy Altidore banging in goals, alongside Sess (Stephane Sessegnon), who’s looking fantastic, it’s going to be exciting. “We have got a lot more attacking options than we have had before – the new players, (Steven) Fletcher when he comes back, (Connor) Wickham and Ji (Dong-won), who’s come back from Germany looking a lot sharper. “There’s going to be a lot of competition for places, which can only be a good thing and should see us push our way up the table.” Di Canio and his staff have worked the players hard during pre-season, which included a 10-day training camp in Italy before their trip to the Far East, and while that may have come as a culture shock to some of the newcomers, O’Shea is confident they will reap the rewards once the season gets underway. He said: “The new players are getting on fantastically well. They all seem to be good lads and they have taken to the atmosphere amongst us. “Some of the training sessions have been a bit of an eye-opener for them in terms of the intensity that’s demanded so early on, but I think they realise they are going to benefit from it.” The 45-year-old Italian has drafted nine new faces to date into his squad and saw his new-look team make the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong last week, where they lost narrowly to Manchester City. They will head for Denmark to complete their preparations for the new Barclays Premier League campaign next week, and Republic of Ireland defender O’Shea is excited about what lies ahead. center_img John O’Shea admits he cannot wait for the season to start after being hugely impressed by manager Paolo Di Canio’s summer signings.last_img read more

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WTC without Indo-Pak series doesn’t make sense: Waqar Younis

first_imgLahore: Former Pakistan captain and fast bowling great Waqar Younis said that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should play a more proactive role in getting India and Pakistan to play a Test series under the ambit of the World Test Championship.”I know it is a difficult situation between Pakistan and India even at the government to government level but I think the ICC needed to play a more proactive role in this championship,” Waqar said in an interview to the YouTube channel Cricket Baaz.According to the rules of the championship, each team is scheduled to play only six of the eight teams and which enables two countries do not face each other in the nearly two-year-long competition. The championship started on August 1, 2019, and the final is scheduled to be played from June 10 to 14, 2021 at Lord’s.”The ICC should have intervened and done something because to me having a test championship without Pakistan and India Test matches make no sense,” said Waqar.The two countries have not played a bilateral Test series since 2007. Waqar said the fact that he made his Test debut against India is something he will never forget. “It’s always been like this that is why making my Test debut against India is something I don’t forget,” he said. IANS Also Read: Waqar Younis invites Bowlers for Special camp ahead of Australia TourAlso Watch: Cruise ship tourists in quarantine at Nimati Ghat in Jorhat were released todaylast_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — A Florida appeals court has granted Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson’s motion to block his former marketing agent’s effort to have the ex-Duke star answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils.Wednesday’s order shifts the focus to a separate but related case in federal court in North Carolina. The Florida lawsuit was filed last summer by Prime Sports Marketing and company president Gina Ford.They accuse Williamson of breach of contract and want $100 million in damages.That came after Williamson sued in North Carolina to void his Prime Sports contract.NCAA-PRE-SEASON In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— NHL players won’t be expected to wear full face shields if games resume this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic. Negotiations between league and NHL Players’ Association have focused on testing and other off-ice safety precautions. Because players are expected to be tested daily, there isn’t expected to be additional on-ice equipment required for practices and games.— The Southern Heritage Classic has canceled the Sept. 12 game scheduled between Tennessee State and Jackson State in the first known Division I cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic. This is the second cancellation in three years for the Southern Heritage Classic, which is played at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis. The 2018 game was called due to weather.— Major league players have committed $1 million to support minor leaguers whose leagues appear unlikely to start this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. MLB and the union are trying to reach an agreement to start the big-league season in empty ballparks, but minor leagues don’t have large broadcast contracts and have not announced any plans to take the field.— Manchester City has beaten Arsenal 3-0 as the Premier League’s 100-day shutdown ended. The 55,000 seats that would usually be filled for the visit of Arsenal were instead empty. The only supporters seen celebrating goals were streamed onto big screens. There was a minute’s silence before the game to remember coronavirus victims. And a display of solidarity remembered George Floyd, with both sets of players taking a knee around the center circle. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion said in a video shown during the U.S. Tennis Association’s tournament presentation Wednesday that she “cannot wait to return” to New York for the major championship she has won six times.The 38-year-old American was the runner-up in Flushing Meadows each of the past two years.Meanwhile, two-time major champion and former No. 1 Simona Halep (HAL’-ehp) says she does not “currently plan to play” at the 2020 U.S. Open. Halep adds in a statement emailed by her representative to the AP on Wednesday that her stance “is not set in stone.” The 28-year-old Romanian is currently ranked No. 2 and is the reigning champion at Wimbledon. She also won the French Open in 2018.The U.S. Open will be held without spectators from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. It’s normally the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of each season, but it will be the second major of 2020, following the Australian Open, which concluded in early February.The French Open was postponed from May because of the coronavirus pandemic and currently is scheduled to start a week after the U.S. Open ends. Wimbledon was canceled altogether for the first time since World War II in 1945. TOKYO-KOIKECall to cancel Tokyo Olympics enters race for Tokyo governorTOKYO (AP) — The contentious issue of the billions being spent on the postponed Tokyo Olympics has entered the debate in the race for governor of Japan’s capital.Incumbent Yuriko Koike is a strong favorite to be reelected — and a strong supporter of the Olympics — in a field of more than a dozen candidates.In the field is Taro Yamamoto. He is a popular actor turned politician. He said in a debate this week that the Olympics should be called off and the billions redirected to help people struggling with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.  June 18, 2020 DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The fastest man in the world has been sidelined for a string of missed doping tests.Christian Coleman, an American sprinter who won the 100-meter title at last year’s world championships and had been the early favorite for the Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo Games, was temporarily banned from competition by the Athletics Integrity Unit on Wednesday.The suspension will last until a final decision is reached at a hearing conducted under World Athletics Anti-Doping rules or the Integrity Code of Conduct.Coleman had a previous whereabouts charge dropped last year ahead of the world championships. But his current charge could lead to a two-year ban, ruling him out of next year’s postponed Olympics.Coleman wrote on Twitter that drug testers were unable to find him Dec. 9 when he was at a mall shopping for Christmas presents. That was his third infraction in a 12-month period. Coach Anthony Lynn says Kaepernick is on the team’s workout list because he fits the style the Chargers are looking for. Lynn added that he hasn’t spoken to Kaepernick.Los Angeles was 5-11 last season and has moved on at quarterback after 14 seasons with Philip Rivers under center.REDSKINS-NAMEDebate on racism renews calls for Redskins to change nameUNDATED (AP) — The recent national debate over racism has renewed calls for the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their name. Mayor Muriel Bowser believes a change is overdue and called the name an “obstacle” to the team building its next stadium and headquarters inside the District of Columbia. A recent study found that 49% of respondents considered the name Redskins offensive. The team had no comment about a possible name change.Owner Dan Snyder over the years has shown no indication that he’d change the name.Advocates call the name a dictionary-defined racial slur and hope this is the movement that finally invokes change.NBA-CAVALIERS-LOVE AWARDCavs’ Love honored with Arthur Ashe Courage Award — The University of St. Thomas has NCAA support for the Minnesota school’s bid to move its athletic programs directly from Division III to Division I. The NCAA’s Division I council announced St. Thomas can make a formal request to waive reclassification rules. Currently, a 12-year process with a stop in Division II is required. The NCAA will vote by April on a proposal to alter those rules to allow any Division III school to move directly to Division I. St. Thomas will be ejected from its Division III league after the 2020-21 school year for competitive reasons.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GACHUtah guard Gach transfers to home state team, MinnesotaMINNEAPOLIS — Utah guard Both Gach has decided to transfer to Minnesota to play his last two seasons of college in his home state. The 6-foot-6 native of Austin, Minnesota, was second on the Utes in scoring as a sophomore last season with an average of 10.7 points per game.He became the third player in Utah program history to post a triple-double, with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 8. ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — It wasn’t quite the post position trainer Barclay Tagg wanted for Tiz the Law. Still, it wasn’t far off for the colt who on Wednesday was made the early 6-5 favorite for the Belmont Stakes.Tagg was hoping the Florida Derby winner would land anywhere between spots 5 to 7 in the starting gate for Saturday’s beginning of the reconfigured Triple Crown series. Tiz the Law drew the No. 8 post in the 10-horse field and will be ridden by Manny Franco.Instead of concluding the Triple Crown, the Belmont is kicking off the series. It will be run at 1 1/8 miles — shorter than its usual grueling 1 1/2 miles — without spectators or owners at Belmont Park in New York.TRACK-COLEMAN SUSPENDEDWorld’s fastest man suspended for missing doping tests NCAA approves plan for basketball players to access coachesUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA Division I Council approved a plan to allow college basketball players to start working with their coaches for the first time since the pandemic wiped out March Madness.The summer access period for men’s and women’s players will begin July 20.The NCAA also announced the expected approval by the council of an extended preseason model for football teams. And the council introduced a legislative proposal to create a path for schools to transition straight from Division III to Division I, paving the way for St. Thomas (Minn.) to make that jump as soon as next year.In other NCAA news: — Brazilian soccer will make its return on Thursday after a three-month suspension. The governing body of soccer in Rio de Janeiro says Flamengo and Bangu will play in an empty Stadium in the local league. More than 45,000 people have died with the virus in the South American country and health specialists say the peak of the crisis is yet to come.— The women’s and men’s professional tennis tours have issued what they are calling “provisional” calendars that would resume sanctioned competition in August. Tour play has been suspended since early March because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The WTA said its first event would be the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy the week of Aug. 3. The ATP said its players would return to action at the Citi Open in Washington beginning Aug. 14 where Women will also compete.TENNIS-US OPEN23-time major champ Serena Williams says she’ll play US OpenUNDATED (AP) — Serena Williams is planning to play in the 2020 U.S. Open.center_img Gach is one of three transfers who’ve chosen the Gophers this offseason, joining center Liam Robbins (Drake) and forward Brandon Johnson (Western Michigan).VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA hoping positive trend in Orlando won’t affect their plansUNDATED (AP) — The rate of positive coronavirus tests in the Orlando, Florida, area has been soaring in recent days.The NBA hopes that doesn’t matter. After spending weeks putting together an elaborate series of health and safety protocols, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association believe they have done what is necessary to keep the 22 teams and others who will be part of the season restart at the Disney campus near Orlando next month safe and healthy. The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that Ara Zobayan’s last transmission said he was climbing to 4,000 feet to get above clouds. But he actually was in a rapid descent into a hillside northwest of Los Angeles. The report confirms initial findings that the helicopter was functioning.The report said he may have “misperceived” the pitch of the aircraft, which can happen when a pilot becomes disoriented in low visibility. Experts have said the path of the flight indicated he was disoriented.The 1,700 pages of the report do not offer a conclusion of what caused the crash but compile factual reports. A final report on the cause is due later.Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and six of their friends were killed, along with the pilot.MLB-SCHEDULE Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditKOBE-BRYANT-CRASHReport: Kobe Bryant pilot may have been disoriented in fogLOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal investigators say the pilot of the helicopter that crashed in thick fog, killing Kobe Bryant and seven other passengers, reported he was climbing when he was actually descending. CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his efforts in raising awareness about mental health.Love, whose openness about his life-long battles with anxiety triggered a nationwide discussion and helped spur the NBA to do more to help players deal with emotional issues, will receive the award at Sunday’s ESPYs in Los Angeles.Love said it was an absolute honor to receive the award and that he was humbled by it. Love added that if telling his story can help just one child then he’ll know his efforts were worth it and that he hopes on day that are able to erase the stigma around mental illness.ARTHUR ASHE STATUEStatue vandalized 2022 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS4 sports join 2022 European Championships; still no swimmingMUNICH, Germany (AP) — Organizers of the 2022 European Championships have added four sports to the program for the games in Munich.The nine-sport line-up now includes the Olympic events of beach volleyball, canoe sprint, sport climbing and table tennis. Swimming remains absent from what organizers say is a finalized program.The European aquatics body will hold its own championships in Rome at the same time as Munich also hosts track and field, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon. RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A statue of African American tennis legend Arthur Ashe on Richmond, Virginia’s, Monument Avenue has been vandalized with the words “White Lives Matter.” Photos show the monument base tagged with white spray paint and the words “white lives matter” as well as the initials “WLM.”Those initials were then later painted over with “BLM.” Police said they have information on possible suspects.The Arthur Ashe monument was dedicated in 1996 to memorialize the Richmond native and counterbalance the string of statues on Memorial Avenue dedicated to Confederate leaders.HORSE RACING-BELMONT-DRAWTiz the Law draws No. 8 post as early 6-5 Belmont favorite Manfred, Clark meet, develop basis for possible agreementUNDATED (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark reached a framework that could lead to an agreement that would start the pandemic-delayed season on July 19 or July 20. Manfred flew to meet with Clark and worked out the framework at a Scottsdale hotel.Each team would play 60 games, and players would get full prorated pay, about 37% of their salary. The wild-card round would expand from two games to eight best-of-three series this year. The designated hitter would be used in all games for the first time.WILLIAMSON-LAWSUITZion Williamson gets favorable ruling in lawsuit by ex-agent Associated Press In other Open news:— Electronic line-calling will be used instead of line judges for U.S. Open tennis matches at all courts except the two largest arenas. Singles qualifying, mixed doubles, junior and wheelchair competition are being eliminated entirely. There also will be three ball people instead of six at courts other than Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium. Those are among the changes announced by the U.S. Tennis Association as it outlined plans for running its Grand Slam tournament in New York City amid the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament received the go-ahead from the New York state government to be held in its usual Flushing Meadows location from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 but without spectators.NFL-CHARGERS-KAEPERNICKLynn: Kaepernick fits Chargers style but no workouts plannedCOSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers could explore bringing in Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nihk) for a workout depending on what happens during the preseason, but right now nothing is scheduled. Update on the latest in sports:last_img read more

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Brathwaite tipped to become the next Test

first_imgCMC – Well-travelled Barbadian umpire, Gregory Brathwaite, has been tipped to become the next Test umpire from the region.West Indies Cricket Umpires Association secretary, Vivian Johnson, said the 50-year-old Brathwaite was currently among a group of officials on an “emerging panel” of international umpires soon expected to graduate to the longest format.“Based on reports, Gregory is in what we would call the ‘emerging panel’ of the international panel of umpires,” Johnson said.“We have four members on that panel – the international panel – and he is integrated into the emerging panel. That means he is being earmarked for Test cricket in the future. That’s where they move from; it is on that level.“The ICC competitions that are held internationally like the women’s tournaments and T20 tournaments, some of our umpires are asked to go to those tournaments, and Gregory has been going to them and getting a lot of finals and semi-finals.”Brathwaite has already stood in 44 One-Day Internationals, the last coming on England’s high profile tour of South Africa last February, and has also officiated in 28 T20 Internationals.Recently, he was third television umpire for the final of the Women’s T20 World Cup in Melbourne last March, and was also good enough to stand in the final of the women’s 50-overs World Cup three years ago in England.Brathwaite is one of four Caribbean umpires on the ICC International Panel, alongside fellow countryman Leslie Reifer, Guyanese Nigel Duguid and Jamaican Patrick Gustard.Currently, Trinidadian Joel Wilson is the only regional official on the ICC’s Elite Panel, having already stood in 19 Tests, including two of the five high profile Ashes Tests last summer.Johnson said Gustard, Duguid and Reifer were also making strides, along with woman umpire Jacqueline Williams – a 44-year-old Jamaican who made her international debut last year and had already stood in five ODIs involving associate nations.“Jacqueline Williams has been doing exceedingly well so she’d been recognised worldwide,” Johnson pointed out.“Cricket umpiring is a long game – it takes time. Since 2010 when we formed a [new] regional panel, it took nine years for one of those to be elevated to the Elite Panel which we are grateful for, so it’s a long game.“There are countries who don’t have representatives there so we’re hoping that over time we’ll get two, we’ll get three but we have to continue the training and we have to make sure the umpires remain sharp, are doing the games that will get them to that level and keep them at that level.”Johnson said WICUA, in association with Cricket West Indies, had been collaborating to ensure the region produced high quality officials.“We’re working hard. The board (CWI) has been putting in a lot of training and a lot of programmes for the umpires to succeed at the highest level and it is paying off,” said Johnson.“As a matter of fact, I will go back as far as 2010 when we had a meeting at the board level in Antigua and we decided we were going to be fast-forwarding and using a lot of young umpires to give them the requisite training and experience so that within a requisite number of years, they would be advancing to that [international] level.“For many years we’ve had exchange programmes with Bangladesh and England so many of these umpires we’re speaking about, they went on these training programmes to sharpen their skills, to see what other cultures were all about.”Jamaican Steve Bucknor remains the most successful umpire to emerge from the region, having stood in 128 Tests and 181 ODIs before quitting in 2009.last_img read more

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Sig Ep faces ban for up to five years

first_imgThe National Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity officially banned the Sigma Phi Epsilon California Beta Chapter on Thursday afternoon after reports that the chapter violated the university’s sexual misconduct policies in its house on The Row.The fraternity received an email from the Sigma Phi Epsilon National Board of Directors grand president Bert J. Harris III informing them of the decision. According to the president of Sigma Phi Epsilon California Beta Chapter Peter Hess, the chapter will be allowed to return to The Row after a minimum of five years.Ousted · Fraternities are currently bidding on Sigma Phi Epsilon California Beta Chapter’s house, which is located on 700 West 28th Street. — Lauren Wong | Daily TrojanAccording to the Vice President of Student Affairs Michael Jackson, the suspension of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity went into effect Jan. 31.“This action was taken based on a review of reports that the university’s sexual misconduct policies had been violated,” Jackson said in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “The university takes any report of sexual misconduct extremely seriously.”The names of the students involved were not released because of privacy laws and both the university and the fraternity chapter refused to comment on the specific nature of the violation.The Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards committee began the trial against SigEp in November after an individual reported that a crime occurred on Nov. 17 in one of the rooms of the fraternity.Hess said that once notified by SJACS, the fraternity conducted an internal investigation. The investigation resulted in a member being expelled from the house.“We felt like the member was withholding information,” Hess said. “We also expelled the member to show SJACS that we were not trying to hide anything. But they didn’t see it that way.”Hess believes the alleged incident is not a reflection on the fraternity.“What occurred in the room was an isolated incident,” Hess said. “It was the fault of the person in the room and not the chapter as a whole.”The trial against the fraternity has been ongoing since November and the final decision from SJACS came on Thursday. Because the Cal Beta chapter is no longer officially recognized as a student organization, the members of the fraternity are unable to appeal the decision.Hess informed members of the ban through email and in meetings on Thursday.The house on The Row is owned by the national organization. Jackson said in a statement to the Daily Trojan that the fraternity letters on the front of the chapter house will be removed and it will function as a boarding house for the current residents until the end of the academic year.Currently other fraternities on The Row are putting up bids for the house. The highest bidder will receive the rights to move into the house. After the ban, the new group of SigEp members will be able to reenter the house.The decision to ban the fraternity will have effects on the other fraternities and sororities on The Row.“The loss of USC and national recognition means no other recognized fraternities or sororities may socialize or interact with this former USC fraternity,” Jackson said in a statement to the Daily Trojan.last_img read more

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USC’s season begins for real

first_imgIt may not have happened exactly how Clay Helton would have liked, but through two games, USC is exactly where everyone anticipated it would be after a deflating loss to top-ranked Alabama to start the year followed by a blowout home win against Utah State in week two.Now, the season can really begin for the Trojans — and not just because Saturday’s tilt at No. 7 Stanford is the first conference game on the docket.This was perhaps the worst possible year that USC could have scheduled Alabama to kick off the season. With a rookie head coach and a new quarterback, the Trojans needed two Utah State-like matchups — instead of just one — to give them enough reps and build chemistry before Pac-12 play without the threat of an early-season loss.Instead, Helton and redshirt junior and first-year starting quarterback Max Browne were thrown into the fire in Arlington, and it was clear that they did not belong on the same field as Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s team. As a result, before the second week of the season, the Trojans were already discouraged and searching for answers, dropping out of the rankings so far that even a convincing win the following week didn’t earn them a single vote in either the AP Top 25 or the Coaches Poll.In fact, no team in the Pac-12 South Division is ranked, but every other team except Arizona received votes in the AP Top 25 this week. Utah, which played Southern Utah its first week and barely scraped by BYU last Saturday, received 62 votes, tied for the most among teams not in the top 25. UCLA has an identical record to USC — the Bruins lost to Texas A&M to open the season before defeating UNLV in week two — but somehow received 47 votes. And just because Colorado and Arizona State took advantage of far inferior opponents to start the campaign, they were each rewarded with at least one vote. If any of those teams had Alabama on its schedule the first week, I’m sure they would not have received a single vote (I’m looking specifically at UCLA, which 47 voters thought was deserving of being one of the top 25 teams in the country, despite losing a game the first week that it should’ve won, while no one felt the same for USC despite the Trojans expectedly falling to a better opponent).To be clear, this is not a pity party for the Trojans. They were ranked No. 20 in the preseason, and they had an opportunity that no other Pac-12 team did — to upset the No. 1-ranked team and probably leapfrog into the top 10 by week two. But they didn’t. They lost, and they lost big, and the voters are making them pay for it.Still, record-wise, with the Trojans exactly where we’d thought they’d be after two games, the real evaluation begins now. Which team shows up in Palo Alto on Saturday — the team that looked lost against Alabama or the one that confidently took care of business against Utah State — may be a harbinger of how the remainder of the season plays out.It will also be smack in the middle of a brutal start to the season for USC, which has a quick turnaround with a Friday night game the following week at Utah. From there, the schedule clears up, with four of the following five games held at the Coliseum. The only road game in that stretch is against Arizona, a beatable opponent. In fact, their next five opponents after Utah — Arizona State, Colorado, Arizona, Cal and Oregon — are all games USC should be favored in (For what it’s worth, ESPN projects that USC has a 60 percent chance or more of winning each of its next six games after Stanford). The “glass half full” view is that the Trojans win one out of two games against Stanford and Utah, live up to expectations for the next month, and head into a tilt against No. 8 Washington on the road on Nov. 12 with a 7-2 record. But that is looking too far ahead, especially for a team that has already taken fans on a roller coaster ride lasting two weeks. And in today’s world of overreactions to everything, a poor performance on Saturday will have people kicking and screaming that USC will never get back to its glory days.So, with the direction of the season still undecided, we’ll wait and see if Helton can notch his first “signature win,” if Browne takes advantage of his second appearance in primetime and whether L.A.’s football team (sorry, Rams. I’ll consider recognizing your existence once you score a point) is on the path back to prominence or still getting run over by Christian McCaffrey.About a year ago, an unranked team came into the Coliseum and shocked a conference opponent ranked in the top 10. That team was Stanford, and on Saturday, USC has a chance to return the favor and jump-start its season. Eric He is a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Wednesdays.last_img read more

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