About 350,000 people in Hong Kong currently hold British National (Overseas) passports, which allow visa-free access to Britain for up to six months, Johnson wrote. A pro-democracy demonstrator raises his British National Overseas (BNO) passports during a protest against new national security legislation in Hong Kong, China June 1, 2020. TYRONE SIU/REUTERS/FILE Another 2.5 million people would be eligible to apply for one. (AP) “Many people in Hong Kong fear their way of life – which China pledged to uphold – is under threat,” he wrote in an article for The Times newspaper and the South China Morning Post. LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday he would offer millions of Hong Kongers visas and a possible route to UK citizenship if China persists with its national security law.
By Clifton RossGUYANA Cricket Board (GCB) Territorial Developmental Officer (TDO), Colin Stuart, says domestic action could return by September as lockdown rules are lifted. The ex-West Indies pacer told Chronicle Sport that the Jaguars Franchise League domestic season which consists of the 3-Day and 50-Over tournaments could get underway in September.After the recent pandemic forced the shutdown of live sports locally, cricketers have been forced indoors with no specific time when they can get out in the field.Stuart however pointed out that once the government gives any green light and safety rules are outlined for the reintegration of the players; the League will bowl off.The World Health Organisation (WHO) cited a minimum of 3 months and when players return they must continue to practise social distancing while following Cricket West Indies (CWI) issued guidelines, Stuart outlined. Apart from the senior league, the Kiddies school cricket as well as Secondary Schools competition are usually played during specific phases annually.The former speeder pointed out that measures will be put in place in order to properly educate not only the senior players but the younger crop of cricketers on how to stay healthy whenever play resumes.The GCB executive further pointed out that virtual training might become a norm of the future should the pandemic’s aftermath still affect sporting events. “We cannot go back out playing without educating all of our players. Looking at virtual sessions, it is in the coaching structure we are monitoring it but it is challenging”.“Regarding the virtual sessions, we will have players upload their personal sessions within their particular areas, which will help us monitor what type of work our players are able to do on their own,” the TDO said.The former Guyana pacer was, however, adamant that everything revolves around the safety guidelines – if they are lifted and if athletes as well as associations continue to practise the necessary mandates needed to stem the spread of the virus. He said the respective sports associations have the onus on them to ensure their players are tested and monitored ahead of future proposed plans.“I don’t expect any negative impact; if anything, it pushes knowledge and awareness. Although they might have remedies in the future the learning process was positive”.“We’re hoping the situation changes for the better or will this be the new norm! I believe that guidelines should be general and institutions should ensure that guidelines are suited to their needs. “Associations, if they need to test players, will need to ensure their process caters to and satisfies the national body and their regulations,” he ended.
Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Asegun Comprehensive Secondary School, Ibadan, the Oyo State representative, has emerged national champions of the season three of the Etisalat U-15 School Cup.The school defeated FOSLA Academy, Abuja 4-3 via penalty shoot-out after both sides ended two goals apiece in open play in the final match decided at the Campos Mini-Stadium, Lagos on Saturday.The sides, arguably the best teams on parade at the National Finals, had started the first half cautiously, but it was the Oyo boys that looked a better side with some efforts at goal though FOSLA grew into the game as the match dragged down.FOSLA Academy continued from where it had left off in the first half, but was soon pegged back by the Oyo school team which broke the deadlock through Rasheed Qudus who had escaped from the eyes of the opposition defence to nod into the net from a free kick.The goal seemed to have stirred up the Abuja boys and their efforts paid off when Gabriel Adejoh levelled scores with a curling free kick that evaded the wall of the Oyo team. The goal brought the stadium to life as many clapped for the brilliance of the goal.The joy was however short-lived as Rauf Jubril put his side ahead from a free kick. As the time wore on towards the closing five minutes, there was visible apprehension in the camp of the Abuja boys and the thousands of fans they have wooed with their brand of football. FOSLA captain and danger man, Prosper Ojukwu, however had other plans as he drew level with less than two minutes to go to send the match into penalty shoot-out.For winning the tournament, Asegun Comprehensive Secondary School went home with a cash reward of N2 Million and the Champions Trophy as well as N50,000 each for the players, while FOSLA went home with N1 Million with each of the players pocketing N30,000. Third-place winner, Kwara, got a cash prize of N750,000 for its efforts with its players receiving N20,000.00 each.In the individual awards category, goal keeper of the Oyo team, Abram Femi picked the Golden Gloves Award for conceding just two goals at the National Finals. Prosper Ojukwu won the Golden Boot with five open play goals and also the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.Dignitaries who watched the final match include the Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher; immediate Past President, Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Sani Lulu Abdullahi; President, Nigerian School Sports Federation (NSSF), Mallam Ibrahim Muhammad; Director General, Lagos State Sports Commission, Adewunmi Ogunsanya; Vice President, Marketing, Etisalat Nigeria, Adebisi Idowu; Ex-Nigerian Internationals and former Super Eagles Players, Mutiu Adepoju and Victor Agali; Director, Brand and Experience, Etisalat Nigeria, Elvis Ogiemwonye and Director, Co-Curricular Activities, Lagos State, Babs Akinyeye.
Position players: Will Smith, David Freese, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, A.J. Pollock, Russell Martin, Chris Taylor, Kiké Hernandez– Crazy as this sounds, I worry that Ryu is one bad start away from not being a “lock.” More than that, I worry the Ryu-Smith battery is questionable enough to make Martin his personal catcher in October. There’s too much in that sentence to unpack in this space, but I wouldn’t write it without cause. FanGraphs broke down his recent struggles.– I don’t know where Urías, Stripling and Maeda fit best. They’ll get in because they are postseason veterans who are flexible enough to make the best of whatever role they’re handed. They’ll probably wind up in middle-relief, but I can see any of them starting or opening or even closing.– Quibble with my choices of position players if you must, but at least look at their second-half batting stats first.In if they’re healthy (3): Rich Hill, Max Muncy, Alex Verdugo Editor’s note: This is the Sept. 5 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.I’ve been holding off on writing this newsletter until Gavin Lux’s September fate was sealed. Now that he’s here, this is a good time to take a deep look at what a 25-man postseason roster might look like for the Dodgers. You figure they’ll take 12 pitchers and 13 position players. While the position-player jobs are more clearly delineated than they were this time last year, the pitching staff is a jumble of youth and experience and swingmen. Wish me luck.Locks (18)Pitchers: Walker Buehler, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Clayton Kershaw, Ross Stripling, Kenta Maeda, Julio Urías, Pedro Baez, Joe Kelly Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error – I’m not too worried about Hill. He’s probably the Game 4 starter if he is healthy, and maybe the Game 3 starter if Ryu doesn’t recover from his mini-slump. He can also relieve in a pinch.– I’m not too worried about Muncy either. A strong September finish once he returns from his wrist injury would help his cause to be in the everyday lineup. A fractured wrist can seriously hamper a man’s swing.– Verdugo is the one I’m worried about. Oblique injuries are always tricky. Even if Verdugo is healthy come Oct. 1, what happens to his roster spot if Gavin Lux and Matt Beaty continue to hit in September? Both are comparable hitters to Verdugo (they all bat left-handed, wielding picturesque line-drive strokes) and I’m not certain how all three fit on a 25-man roster.They can’t all make it (5): Kenley Jansen, Caleb Ferguson, Adam Kolarek, Dylan Floro, Casey Sadler– There’s an inflection point coming for Jansen at which he either 1, pitches like a reliable closer again; 2, doesn’t look like the team’s best ninth-inning option but is deemed trustworthy in a lesser role; 3, can’t regain his mechanics and doesn’t make the roster. This could go down to the wire.– I’m tempted to think of Ferguson/Kolarek and Floro/Sadler as dyads. Pick one of the two. If versatility is the determining factor, Kolarek has enjoyed more success against righties than Ferguson. Floro’s pitched a tad better against lefties than Sadler, but it’s close.The kids (4): Gavin Lux, Matt Beaty, Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May– It’s too soon to pass judgment on Lux, beyond the fact that he hasn’t shrunk from any big moments yet. ESPN.com wrote about how Lux “knocked down the door” to earn his audition. Remember, he’s playing with house money now.– It seems risky to leave a guy slashing .288/.338/.491 in half a season’s worth of games off your October roster. Yet all of Beaty’s damage has come against righties, and unfortunately for him, I can’t think of a team that has as many left-handers (Bellinger, Seager, Pederson, maybe Verdugo and Lux) capable of doing what he does in a batter’s box. That makes him slightly less than a lock for me.– Between May’s four-seamer and Gonsolin’s two-seamer, I imagine the two right-handers would be devastating piggybacking off each other in the bullpen. You figure the Dodgers would commit to trying that in September to see if it would work in October. They haven’t done that, however, and I’m not sure how this experiment plays out.Thanks for playing (5): Yimi Garcia, Jedd Gyorko, Kristopher Negron, Josh Sborz, Austin Barnes– There’s a compelling case for up to 30 different players to make this team’s 25-man roster. These five guys aren’t among the 30. Barnes has the best chance to sneak in; an injury to Smith or Martin gets him a roster spot. Negron has been a pleasant surprise. His best contribution was pushing Hernandez and Taylor to perform to their potential at the plate in the second half. Garcia isn’t playoff material in a good year, but his career as a Dodger is probably longer and better than you realize. I hear Gyorko shoots a mean 3-pointer. And why is it that when I see the name “Josh Sborz” I think “Jacob Rhame”?-J.P.Editor’s note: Thanks for reading the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More Dodgers readingJoc down this wall – The Dodgers broke the single-season National League record for home runs.Slow start – Four Dodgers minor league affiliates began playoff series Wednesday, and only one won.Down to the wire – Cody Bellinger enters the final weeks as the National League MVP frontrunner, writes MLB.com’s Richard Justice.Left with no choice – A.J. Pollock’s groin injury depressed his range in center field. Now he’s been moved to the corner.Russell Martin, ace reliever – Position players pitching has reached its peak.