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Statutory guidance: The Exercise of Commissioning Functions by the NHS Commissioning Board (Coronavirus) (No 2) Directions 2020

first_imgThese directions replace those published on 20 April and set out the exercise of functions for NHSE England to support the provision of services by the NHS to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.The power will last until 31 March 2021.last_img

Joshua Retains Heavyweight Titles, Stops Takam in 10th Round

first_imgBritish Nigerian world heavyweight champion, Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua, stopped resilient French-Cameroonian Carlos Takam in the 10th round to successfully defend his IBF and WBA heavyweight world titles in Cardiff. The Briton made it 20 victories from as many bouts in front of an estimated 78,000 at the Principality Stadium.Joshua’s nose was cut in the second round by the head of Takam, 36, who replaced Kubrat Pulev 12 days before the bout. Joshua, 28, then cut Takam’s eye in the fourth, but it took until round 10 for the Cameroon-born boxer to be stopped.Takam got the fight at the last minute, a replacement for the injured mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev, and he made the most of his opportunity. In the months ahead, Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, will do their best to get Deontay Wilder to put his WBC belt up against the WBA and IBF versions owned by the British champion. It is inevitable, even if the date is uncertain.Takam, who fought without fear against the likes of Alexander Povetkin and Joseph Parker, trusting the strength of his left hook and right cross, was respectful to the point of near absence in a quiet opening but warmed to the task.A pair of careless headbutts drew blood from the champion’s nose in round two, which sparked Joshua into life, and the punches started to flow. He said beforehand he expected a physical confrontation; he probably envisaged something more conventional.Having tasted the best that Wladimir Klitschko had to offer, Joshua seemed unnecessarily cautious, perhaps restrained by thoughts of shipping a shock finisher from the rank underdog. Takam, cut near the right eye after a heavy exchange in the fourth, went over briefly but he showed his fighting heart in a doomed exercise from that point on.Joshua set about cutting down his wounded prey in the fifth, and the referee, Phil Edwards, asked the ringside doctor to inspect Takam’s blinking right eye before allowing them to resume. The blood was pouring freely but he soldiered on.Takam, cut on the left eye now, landed a couple of minor bombs in the seventh, but Joshua was in cruise mode. The crowd had grown restless, though, and craved a knockout. Joshua had delivered 19 of them since turning professional and, jabbing to the body to bring down his opponent’s guard, he wanted another to keep his perfect stoppage record.The doctor took another look at Takam’s eyes before the start of the ninth round and allowed the battle to continue. He swung with even more urgency now, suspecting the cuts would end his challenge.Joshua staggered him with a succession of head shots that rocked him to his boots in the 10th, and, even though he would not go down, the referee moved between them. He had seen enough – although it was not entirely clear that the crowd had.The referee’s decision was booed by the crowd in Wales, who clearly felt it was premature, but Joshua said he has “no interest” in what the officials do.“I come to fight, I don’t sit on the edge and make decisions,” he said. “It was a good fight until the ref stopped it, so I have the utmost respect for Takam.“I have no interest in what is going on with the officials, that’s not my job. I think people want to see Takam unconscious on the floor, and that’s what I was trying to get to.”Watford fighter Joshua confirmed his nose had been broken by Takam when the pair clashed heads in the second round. “I had to keep my cool,” added Joshua. “I’ve got a few months to heal it up. I’ll go and see some good doctors to crack it back in place.“If I showed any signs of weakness, the ref could have jumped in. That’s what he (Takam) tried to do, but the ref stopped it.”Takam said: “I want a rematch, I made my preparations with 12 days to fight Anthony. I want to box him again. I want him, he is a great championShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Avram Grant will be unveiled on Thursday- Ghana FA

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association(GFA has confirmed it will officially unveil newly appointed Black Stars coach Avram Grant on Thursday.Grant who was confirmed as new Ghana coach last week will arrive in Accra on Tuesday night to begin his new role ahead of the AFCON next year in Equatorial Guinea.The former Chelsea and West Ham manager will hold meetings with Sports minister, Hon. Mahama Ayariga, the Black Stars technical team and the management committee on Wednesday.He will then be officially presented at a press conference to be held at the GFA secretariat on Thursday.last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers clinch NL West Title

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> And so — here they are again.But this time it was a rookie manager leading them through record use of the disabled list — including the 75-day loss of their ace to a back injury — and leaning as heavily on the products of baseball’s top-ranked farm system as baseball’s highest payroll. The Dodgers finished atop the National League West again Sunday afternoon when Charlie Culberson’s game-winning home run in the 10th inning gave them a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.The win came just moments before the San Francisco Giants’ latest loss (their 41st in 66 games since the All-Star break) became final, which also would have sent the Dodgers to the postseason.But the Culberson homer was a much more appropriate ending for a team that boasted of its depth leading into the season, started rookie pitchers a major-league high 65 times and had every man on their 40-man roster active for Sunday’s clincher. Dave Roberts used 19 of them against the Rockies, just a typical September afternoon for him. “My first year managing, to see this whole big machine come together and to realize one part of a goal — it’s really tough to put into words,” Roberts said.“You get your best player (Corey Seager) hitting that game-tying home run off (Adam) Ottavino (with two outs in the bottom of the ninth) and then you get Charlie Culberson, who was a non-roster invitee, who was up and down all year long, who did everything we asked — for him to get that big hit … I embraced him and he said outside of him having his baby that was the greatest moment of his life.”The Dodgers will head to the postseason for the seventh time in the past 11 seasons still looking for it to end with greatness for the first time since 1988.Nonetheless, they are the first team to win the NL West in four consecutive seasons, the first NL team to win their division four consecutive times since the Philadelphia Phillies won the NL East five consecutive times from 2007-11.They will meet the Washington Nationals in the first round with only the travel arrangements to be finalized. The Nationals (91-64) hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Dodgers (90-66) for homefield in a best-of-5 Division Series. The Nats’ magic number to clinch that advantage is six as the regular season enters its final week. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “I mean, if we only had to use 25 guys and had no injuries — that would have been fine too,” GM Farhan Zaidi said of watching the depth assembled by the Dodgers’ front office pay off on the field. “But I wouldn’t say it’s validation because you go through injuries every year and this year was no different. And if it wasn’t for these guys stepping up and performing, what does depth mean?“I’ve seen it over the years and I know how hard it is for guys to come up and hit the ground running in the big leagues. For guys like Grant Dayton and Andrew Toles to come up and make such a big impact right away and sustain it — you just don’t see it that often with this volume of players so it’s been really tremendous.”For most of the day Sunday, however, it was all about Vin Scully — whether he liked it or not.The first time through the lineup, Dodgers batters stopped near home plate and raised their helmets in his direction, saluting the Hall of Fame broadcaster as he called his final game at Dodger Stadium.“Me and JT were texting last night and said we should do something. That’s what we came up with,” Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. “We have a hitters meeting every day and we talked about it and everybody thought it was a good idea. We went with it to honor Vin and give him the respect he deserves.“He deserves way more than that. I think it’s a little token of our appreciation for him.”Scully was moved, exclaiming on air, “Are they waving up here? Oh, that’s terrific. Holy Mackerel.”It was almost the only time all afternoon the Dodgers managed to get to a left-hander.Rockies starter Tyler Anderson held the Dodgers to one run over the first six innings despite scattering eight hits. The Dodgers went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position against Anderson, their latest frustration against a left-handed pitcher.But in the seventh, the Dodgers tied the game on an RBI triple by Corey Seager. The Rockies regained the lead in the top of the ninth when Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up a two-out home run to David Dahl.Down to their last out in the bottom of the ninth, Seager came through again, re-tying the game with a drive into the seats down the right-field line.Culberson’s clinching home run came an inning later with two outs off Rockies reliever Boone Logan. He dropped the bat and stood at home plate, admiring the drive with more gusto than a player with six career home runs can usually muster.“I don’t hit too many home runs,” he said sheepishly in the afterglow. “I knew that was gone.”That put a punctuation mark on an emotional weekend during which the Dodgers embraced both their Hall of Fame broadcaster and a “team mentality, really,” as Clayton Kershaw put it.“This year has been a little different for me personally, being out for so long,” he said. “It’s good to see these guys do what they needed to do. It just shows this team isn’t about one guy. Any guy can step up, any guy can win a game and you just saw that today.“One guy goes down, another guy steps up. A testament to our team, the depth that we have, the guys that we could bring in, the young guys that stepped up.”last_img read more

Bigfoot statue stolen from Boynton Beach store

first_imgBigfoot is at large!Boynton Beach Police say someone made off with an 8-foot, 300-pound statue of Sasquatch.It used to stand in front of “Mattress Monsterz” on East Boynton Beach Boulevard.The store owner said he did not discover the theft immediately becauseBigfoot stood among multiple decorations on display for Halloween.There is no surveillance video of the theft, which is believed to have taken place during the week of Oct. 6-13.But the store hopes someone spots Bigfoot and calls the police.The statue is worth about $3,000.“If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.” “You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.”last_img read more

Fishermen are Pulling Deformed Fish out of Lake O

first_imgFisherman Jason Blair believes the FWC’s aquatic spraying program is destroying Lake Okeechobee’s vegetation and grotesquely deforming fish.This comes after anglers from across the region have documented fish after fish with what they say are tumors, large lesions, and deformities that are stomach-churning.“Week after week, day after day, we’re pulling out damage fish with tumors and burn marks on their sides and it’s just a terrible thing,” said Blair. “Tumors on a fish is definitely unusual and something I have not seen before until the last couple of months in these heavily sprayed areas.”But FWC officials say herbicide spraying is needed to control the spread of non-native invasive plants that block navigation channels and crowd out native plants.Herbicides registered for use in aquatic environments undergo years of rigorous evaluation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, before an herbicide may be used in Florida waters, it must be registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. During this process, state health and environmental agencies comment on new herbicides. In order for an aquatic herbicide to pass the registration process, it must not pose a reasonable threat to human health and safety.Meanwhile, on the Treasure Coast, Representative Brian Mast said many times before, if we wouldn’t put it in the bathtub with our children or grandchildren, then it doesn’t belong in our waterways. That standard extends to spraying as well.last_img read more

40 Employees Treated for Scabies at Jupiter Medical Center

first_imgAbout 40 employees at Jupiter Medical Center received treatment for scabies in recent days, the facility announced Thursday.According to a hospital spokesperson, a critical care cancer patient was admitted to the facility last month and was identified as having scabies while being treated.The hospital says it is now past the peak of the outbreak, and the original patient is no longer at the hospital.The case was also reported to the Florida Department of Health on Thursday. It was apparently isolated to that one patient and one unit of the center, which has since been decontaminated, the hospital says.Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by a microscopic mite. Symptoms may include itching, a rash and sores.“Jupiter Medical Center is closely working with the Department of Health and is following recommended scabies treatments outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” a statement reads. It continues, “Jupiter Medical Center is proud of our patient safety record and overall five-star national quality rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.”last_img read more

Reports of Active Shooter at Naval Air Station Pensacola

first_imgEscambia County Sheriffs Office as of 7:15 a.m. there is an active shooter at NAS Pensacola. There are reports of injuries. We are working to gather more information and will bring it to you as soon as it is available.Baptist Hospital confirms that five currently patients are in their care.A resident who lives in the neighborhood says she learned about the incident after receiving an all-call. She says the all-call advised everyone to get somewhere safe and that the base is under lockdown.last_img read more

Pensacola Suffers Cyber Attack on the Heels of NAS Terror Attack

first_imgThe city of Pensacola, Florida is the victim of a cyber attack one day after a terror attack at the Naval Air Station.Mayor Grover Robinson announced yesterday the attack started over the weekend, and the FBI, Homeland Security and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating.Robinson says it’s too early to know if any personal information was compromised.The attack did not affect public safety agencies such as 911 call, and there’s no word on when the city will be fully back online.Pensacola City spokesperson Kaycee Lagarde saying they aren’t sure if the cyber attack is linked to the naval air base shooting and as a precaution officials reported it to the FBI.For now Pensacola’s government’s doing business old school with pen and paper.last_img read more

Pope slaps woman’s hand to free himself from her grip

first_imgDuring Pope Francis’s greeting in St. Peter’s Square on Tuesday a woman grabbed his hand and tugged him toward her causing Pope Francis to slap the woman’s hand to free himself from her.The video shows the woman shouting at the Pope but it is not clear what she was telling him.The pope continued greeting people, but kept his distance as he was making his way to the Nativity scene at the center of Vatican City.last_img

2 killed in Central Florida during New Year’s party shooting

first_imgOrange County Sheriff’s responded to a scene at a club in a shopping plaza north of Orlando after a shooting occurred that left two men dead.According to reports, over 250 people fled the scene after the shots were fired.Security was at the event but appeared to be outside when the shooting broke out.“We are told some security guards were outside at the time of the shooting, but investigators say they don’t believe they screened or searched any of the party-goers before entering,” Jamie Hoffman of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.Officials say they are still looking for a suspect.last_img read more