Italy mulls psychological tests to gauge lockdown impact

first_imgItalian scientists want the government to conduct psychological tests on a sample of the population to determine how long people can stay confined to their homes, a report said Monday.The Corriere della Sera newspaper said scientists want to understand how long Italians “are able to endure a lockdown” in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will announce a new set of social guidelines this week that could include the tests, the report said. The virus has officially killed 23,660 in Italy — second only to the United States — and probably many more because most care home deaths are not counted.Conte is expected to let people out of their homes for more reasons when the current lockdown rules expire on May 4. Italy entered into a progressively more restrictive lockdown over the first half of March that has since been replicated by most European nations.The Mediterranean country’s 60 million citizens have been barred from walking more than 200 meters from their homes without a significant reason.Reports of domestic abuse have surged and scientists worry about the impact of such isolation on the elderly and the more vulnerable.Conte’s government is now debating how it can lift the stay-at-home order and reopen businesses while there is still no coronavirus cure or vaccine.center_img Topics :last_img read more

James tops IMCA Modified opener at Cottage Grove

first_imgBricen James won the season-opening IMCA Modified feature Saturday at Cottage Grove Speed­way. (Photo by Tina Gargurevich, Wings Off Photography)By Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (March 31) – Six months ago, Bricen James’ future in racing was an unknown.Saturday night, he stood in victory lane after winning the season-opening IMCA Modified feature at Cottage Grove Speedway.Craig Hanson was quick out of the gate and stayed in the lead until Collen Winebarger got past on lap four. Winebarger remained out in front for some time before he bicycled in turns one and two, allowing James to pass him via the inside line.James kept hold of first place but had to master restarts due to several cautions.  James kept all challengers in check and went on to collect the checkered flag.  It was an emotional triumph be­cause six months ago he nearly had a career-ending injury in a Sprint Car last September.John Campos got second, followed by Dustin Cady in third.last_img read more

Jaguars in training at indoor facility at LBI

first_imgWITH the adverse weather affecting all outdoor activities, Cricket Guyana Inc. has decided to utilise the board’s indoor cricket facility at LBI in preparation for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Super50 competition scheduled to start later this month in Barbados and Antigua.According to a release from the board, the decision to use the indoor facility is due to the persistent rainfall which left the Guyana National Stadium in Providence in a condition not conducive for play.The two trial matches scheduled for January 6 and 7 have been rescheduled for a later date.Currently, the 28 players for the two trial matches along with the Academy players are in training.The 28 players invited are: Shimron Hetmyer, Leon Johnson, Assad Fudadin, Raymon Reifer, Devendra Bishoo, Veerasammy Permaul, Keon Joseph, Paul Wintz, Christopher Barnwell, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Taignarine Chanderpaul, Romario Shepherd, Tevin Imlach, Anthony Adams, Gudakesh Motie, Robin Bacchus, Anthony Bramble, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ronsford Beaton, Rajendra Chandrika, Vishaul Singh, Jonathan Foo, Sherfane Rutherford, Royston Crandon, Clinton Pestano, Steven Jacobs, Eon Hooper and Kevon Boodie.last_img read more

Fixtures for WICB Super50 2017 Tournament released

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) yesterday announced the match schedule for the upcoming 2017 WICB Regional Super50 tournament, which runs from Tuesday, January 24 to Saturday, February 18.The renovated Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG)will stage all the day/night matches in Group A, in addition to the semi-finals and the Grand Final on Saturday, February 18 – and will be the prime ground from which televised matches will be shown on ESPN.The CCG, formerly known as Stanford Cricket Ground, will be one of five match venues used during the three-week event which also features matches in Barbados.The others are: the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua, along with Kensington Oval, Windward Cricket Club and the 3Ws Oval in Barbados.Zone A comprises Leeward Islands Hurricanes, defending champions Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, as well as Windward Islands Volcanoes, West Indies Under-19s and English county side, Kent Spitfires.Zone B consists of last year’s runners-up Barbados Pride, along with Jamaica Scorpions, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners and a composite ICC Americas team.The West Indies Under-19s, Spitfires, Marooners and Americas are all specially invited teams which will join the six WICB Professional Cricket League franchises for the tournament.The West Indies Under-19s, the 2016 International Cricket Council Under-19 World Cup champions, are using the tournament as part of their preparations for the next ICC Under-19 World Cup to be played in January, 2018 in New Zealand.The Americas are also a development side, drawing players from non-WICB territories, North, Central and South America.The winners of the RS50 will be awarded the Clive Lloyd Trophy.MATCH SCHEDULETuesday, January 24Scorpions vs Marooners – 3Ws Oval, BarbadosPride vs Jaguars – Kensington Oval, BarbadosWednesday, January 25Volcanoes vs West Indies Under-19s – Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua (9 am)Hurricanes vs Spitfire – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua (1:30 pm)Thursday, January 26Marooners vs ICC Americas – Windward, BarbadosJaguars vs Scorpions – Kensington OvalFriday, January 27Hurricanes vs West Indies Under-19s – SVRCGRed Force vs Volcanoes – CCGSaturday, January 28Pride vs ICC Americas – 3Ws OvalMarooners vs Jaguars – Kensington OvalSunday, January 29Red Force vs Spitfire – SVRCGHurricanes vs Volcanoes – CCGMonday, January 30Jaguars vs ICC Americas – WindwardPride vs Scorpions – Kensington OvalTuesday, January 31Red Force vs West Indies Under-19 – SVRCGVolcanoes vs Spitfire – CCGWednesday, February 1ICC Americas vs Scorpions – 3Ws OvalPride vs Marooners – Kensington OvalThursday, February 2West Indies Under-19s vs Spitfire – SVRCGHurricanes vs Red Force – CCGFriday, February 3Pride vs ICC Americas – WindwardMarooners vs Jaguars – Kensington OvalSaturday, February 4Volcanoes vs West Indies Under-19s – SVRCGHurricanes vs Spitfire – CCGSunday, February 5Pride vs Jaguars – 3Ws OvalMarooners vs Scorpions – Kensington OvalMonday, February 6Hurricanes vs West Indies Under-19s – SVRCGRed Force vs Volcanoes – CCGTuesday, February 7Marooners vs ICC Americas – WindwardJaguars vs Scorpions – Kensington OvalWednesday, February 8Red Force vs Spitfire – SVRCGHurricane vs Volcanoes – CCGThursday, February 9Jaguars vs ICC Americas – 3Ws OvalPride vs Scorpions – Kensington OvalFriday, February 10Red Force vs West Indies Under-19s – SVRCGVolcanoes vs Spitfire – CCGSaturday, February 11Scorpions vs ICC Americas – WindwardPride vs Marooners – Kensington OvalSunday, February 12Spitfire vs West Indies Under-19s – SVRCGHurricanes vs Red Force – CCGFINAL FOURSemi-finalsWednesday, February 15Zone A winners vs Zone B runners-up – CCGThursday, February 16Zone B winners vs Zone A runners-up – CCGGRAND FINALSaturday, February 18Semi-final 1 winners vs Semi-final 2 winners – CCGlast_img read more