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Indonesia to receive first delivery of COVID-19 ventilators from US in June

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first_imgIndonesia is set to receive the first delivery of ventilators for COVID-19 patients donated by the United States in early June, the Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.Foreign Ministry official Achmad Rizal Purnama said in a press briefing that the ventilators were discussed by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a phone call earlier in the day.Rizal said that the ventilators might also arrive later this month.  The donation of the ventilators is the result of a previous call between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and President Donald Trump in April, during which the two leaders agreed to build cooperation to tackle the COVID-19 crisis in their respective countries, including finding ways to overcome shortages of medical equipment.According to a statement issued by the State Palace shortly after the talk, President Trump spoke about his country’s efforts to produce ventilators and said he would send equipment to Indonesia once it was ready.During Wednesday’s phone call between the two senior diplomats, Rizal said that Minister Retno also underlined the urgency of the procurement of affordable vaccines for COVID-19. “Ibu Retno asserted the importance of US’ leadership regarding the procurement of affordable vaccine, especially for the developing and less-developed countries,” Rizal said.During the phone call, Retno and Pompeo also talked about the latest development on the issue of Afghanistan, with Retno underlining the importance of the ceasefire between the Taliban and the Afghan government in order to respect the celebration of Idul Fitri a couple of days ago.“Ibu Retno said she believed that this development was crucial to accelerate the peace building process, particularly to push the Intra-Afghan dialogue,” Rizal said.Retno and Pompeo also discussed the issue of Palestine, with Retno asserting that Indonesia’s position was to always support the struggle of the Palestinian people.Topics :last_img read more

First homeowners are ignoring a golden opportunity

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first_imgA two-bedroom unit at 4/29 Montpelier St, Clayfield is listed for $349,000. Picture: realestate.com.auHow would you like your first property purchase to be within 8km of the CBD, close to cool cafes, near transport and priced under $400,000?1970s and 80s low-rise units are being ignored by many buyers scared of the reported apartment oversupply, but these homes were different to their new, high-rise cousins according to Daniel Lee, principal of Plum Property.“I would recommend complexes under 12 units, not right on the main road, with secure intercom entry, with body corporate fees of less than $2500, in a well maintained complex, relatively close to bus or train, and close to shopping centres.”Lee said there were options ranging from about $375,000 to $460,000 that tick all the boxes in Brisbane’s inner suburbs.“Many of them were built in really good quiet streets close to train stations but not so close that you’re right on it. A lot of them we sell in very premium locations,” he said“Very solid structures, well built. They have very, very few problems.”Lee said older units have a number of advantages over new apartments.A two-bedroom unit at 4/29 Montpelier St, Clayfield is listed for $349,000. Picture: realestate.com.au“Usually the body corporate fees will be less than $2000 per year or just over. They were built with much larger living spaces and bedrooms.”There’s a financial sweetener too which can be worth more than $10,000 in some cases.“There’s still a 100 per cent stamp duty concession for any first homebuyer that purchases under $500,000.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoLee said investors could benefit from the strong rental yield compared with houses too.He said if you followed the Warren Buffet approach of counter-cyclic investing, now was the time for a long-term purchase.“Right now there’s a downturn in (unit) prices and house values have gone up a lot. But there’ll eventually come a time when the houses will all of a sudden be at a (price) point where units look like really good value again. And when that happens they’ll spike in price.”First homebuyer Rachel Johnston bought her circa 1989 two-bedroom unit with garage, balcony and third floor view in Taringa for less than $360,000 in April this year, and couldn’t be happier.“It ticked all the boxes — location and size — it had been recently renovated,” she said.Johnston said the lack of buyer competition meant she could get exactly what she wanted at the right price.“I thought you got good bang for your buck. I took my time and went to as many open homes as I could. I was pretty determined.“You can make the decision and you can be sure about it without that pressure.”Johnston did consider buying something new, but thought the older stock offered more for the price.“I found generally their (new units) sizes were smaller, they’re not as soundproof and also the body corp (fees) in ones with lifts and such were ridiculous.”Johnston believed her unit would be a great investment to kick-off her portfolio when it came time to upgrade.last_img read more

PHOTO: COSCO Development in Savannah

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first_imgImage source: USACEHundreds of workers and tourists gathered along the Savannah riverfront to observe the arrival of the COSCO Development, the largest ship to ever call on Savannah, Georgia, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. The ship, capable of carrying up to 13,092 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) passed by Savannah City Hall about 9:45 a.m. on May 11, 2017, on its way to berth at the Georgia Ports Authority Garden City Port just upstream of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge.The Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is deepening the harbor and shipping channel to accommodate more of these massive vessels.The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) will deepen the harbor from its current 42-foot depth to 47 feet over the next few years.Image source: USACElast_img read more

Lady Chargers Battle Lady Patriots In Volleyball

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first_imgNorth Decatur JV defeated Union County in 3 Sets. 12-25, 25-23, 15-8.Brittany Krieger and Anna Burkhart both contributed 11 digs a piece while Abby Hartman and Erin Schwering added 3 kills each. Overall, improvement working as a team and communication.North Decatur Varsity lost to Union County in 5 sets. 20-25, 25-12, 25-21, 23-25, 15-7.Erica Gauck totaled 9 digs, 5 kills and 2 aces for the night. Maddy Day added 7 kills and 6 digs. Erika Kramer contributed 10 kills and Olivia Bohman added 11 kills. Olivia O’dell 15 digs. Kara Muckerheide set an impressive 92/95 with 27 Assists.‘It was nice to see the girls battle back in the 4th set. There were a lot of high points throughout tonight’s match but ultimately, we need to minimize unforced errors. Will be good to get a practice in before Thursday’s match to work on things.’ Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck.last_img read more

Lambert responds to Bent claim

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first_imgAston Villa manager Paul Lambert has hit back at claims from record signing Darren Bent, insisting his decision to let the striker leave on loan was “nothing personal”. Earlier this month Bent was quoted as saying that Lambert’s decision to leave him out of his plans was “personal” but the Villa boss said in several national newspapers: “I think Darren has got to be honest with himself. If you ask anyone here, or any of his team-mates, they would tell you, it’s nothing personal. “I never stood in his way to go to any other club. “The only clubs that came in for him were Championship clubs – not one Premier League club. That says a lot, so it was never personal. “He went to Brighton for a month and [they] never wanted to renew it. He’s gone to Derby and never started a game. “At Fulham, he never played a lot of games towards the tail end. Was it personal with me when he was at Fulham? It is what it is, but it was never personal.” Press Associationcenter_img The 30-year-old former England international was out of favour at Villa Park this season four years after arriving from Sunderland in a club- record £24million deal, making only eight appearances for the Premier League side – seven of them as a substitute. Bent was regularly overlooked by Lambert and spent last season on loan at Fulham before he was loaned out to Brighton earlier this term. He then joined up with Championship high-flyers Derby on a season-long loan deal on January 2, theoretically putting an end to his Villa career with his contract due to expire this summer. last_img read more

The Latest: NHL could reopen training facilities next week

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first_imgThe Latest: NHL could reopen training facilities next week The group hopes to eventually reschedule events where possible.___6:35 p.m.The International Table Tennis Federation is suspending all activities — events, development and foundation — from Monday to the end of April.The ITTF executive committee will hold an emergency meeting on Monday. USA Bobsled and Skeleton said Friday that it is canceling its national championships, which were to take place later this month in Lake Placid, New York. New USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Aron McGuire says “we must exercise caution when it comes to the safety of the athletes” amid the coronavirus pandemic.Also Friday, USA Luge said all of its remaining on-ice programs for the season in Lake Placid — including training sessions, youth screening camps, fantasy camps and the Masters championships — are off as well. USA Luge also is delaying its open house for the team’s new indoor refrigerated training center. It was to have been unveiled April 4.USA Luge CEO Jim Leahy says “out of an abundance of caution … we felt it necessary to terminate the season at this point.”___2:45 p.m. ___1:45 p.m.The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5.The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed. The sport’s governing body is also recommending all sanctioned activities be suspended for the same amount of time. Its board of directors will meet Sunday to discuss plans for international competitions.___2:55 p.m.Florida Gulf Coast’s women’s basketball team was to play host to the ASUN Conference championship game at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Florida on Sunday, before the tournament was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Eagles got a celebration in anyway. Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___9:55 a.m.Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus. According to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says “we absolutely could expand the tournament program.”He adds that “Russia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.”___2:50 p.m.The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. 5:45 p.m.The Badminton World Federation has suspended all tournaments from Monday to April 12.The tournaments affected include the Swiss Open, India Open, Orléans Masters, Malaysia Open, and Singapore Open.The suspension of the circuit comes into effect following the completion of the All England Open on Sunday in Birmingham.The decision severely impacts Olympic qualifying, which closes on April 30. The BWF previously said it will not change the qualifying window, but said on Friday it “will make a further announcement on regulations related to Olympic qualification points” later. ___10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket.England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27. Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled.The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium.Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak.The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present. Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___1:20 p.m.German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus.The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus. The positive result prompted Madrid’s basketball and soccer teams to enter quarantine because they share some facilities at the club’s training center.Thompkins wrote on Twitter he was “feeling great and just waiting for the virus to pass.”Spain has declared a state of emergency for two weeks to try to contain the virus.___11:50 a.m. The team gathered Friday at its home gym, with no fans present, to cut down the nets in celebration of winning the league title. FGCU was the league’s regular-season champion but did not have any elaborate on-court celebration when that title was clinched because it wanted to save the real party for an NCAA Tournament berth.FGCU associate head coach Chelsea Lyles tweeted Friday that the team didn’t celebrate the regular-season championship when it happened “because we knew we had bigger goals we wanted to accomplish. So today we danced, cried, cut down our net and celebrated our Regular Season Championship. A celebration of a fantastic year.”___2:50 p.m.Sliding season in the U.S. is over. Associated Press The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___11 a.m.The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak. The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August.___11:15 a.m. Sampdoria says they are all in good condition in their own homes in Genoa. The same applies for club doctor Amedeo Baldari.The rest of the team, as well as the staff and directors, are also in self-isolation at home. The club’s offices and training facilities have been closed and all sporting activity has been suspended. ___5:10 p.m.The London Marathon scheduled for April 26 has been postponed to Oct. 4. ___3:59 p.m.Major League Baseball is encouraging players to go home a day after canceling spring training and postponing opening day by at least two weeks amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.Ballparks in Florida and Arizona were locked down Friday as the sport considered how to proceed following an outbreak that has brought the U.S. sports schedule to a standstill. Teams speculated the season might not start until sometime in May, necessitating a reduced schedule.The league and players’ association were discussing options Friday. Many teams said in the morning they planned to close for the weekend and re-open camps Monday. But a decision was made to encourage players to leave camp in the afternoon. Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.___1:55 p.m.The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The second ODI was scheduled to be played in Lucknow on Sunday and the third game in Kolkata on Wednesday. The first game was washed out by rain in Dharmsala earlier this week.___10:30 a.m.The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed until a later date. Augusta National did not indicate when the Masters would be played. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. The Masters began in 1934 and only World War II has kept it from being played. This was the biggest shoe to drop for golf. The PGA Tour already canceled the next three events leading up to the Masters. Tiger Woods was to be going after his sixth green jacket.___ 10:25 a.m. ___1:45 p.m.The World Synchronized Skating Championships have been canceled because of the coronavirus outreak.U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union made the announcement Friday, citing concerns over the spread of the virus and the United States’ ban on travel from Europe.The event had been scheduled for April 3-4 at Lake Placid, New York. The league made the decision after canceling the season because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will be the first time since 1940 that no team will be declared champion.Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events.___10:45 a.m.India and South Africa have called off the two remaining one-day cricket internationals and decided to reschedule the series. The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.”It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee.The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.___ The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___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 ___4:25 p.m.Brazil’s health ministry has recommended that that all sporting events be canceled or postponed due to the spread of the new coronavirus.Officials also suggested in a statement Friday that attendance be limited when there’s not enough time to stop ticket sales.Following the recommendations of the ministry, Brazil’s soccer confederation decided that matches of regional tournament in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro would be played without fans in the stands. The two cities have detected cases of local transmission of the virus. Though there is no definitive timeline, Fehr says the potential of teams opening their training facilities to players will be included in a joint memo the league and union plan to issue on Friday. The memo will provide players with guidelines on what to expect after the league on Thursday elected to suspend the final month of its regular season.In the meantime, Fehr says players have been asked to spend the weekend at home to avoid risk of being infected by the new coronavirus.The additional time off over the weekend would also provide teams to cleanse their facilities.“I think we’re in the ‘Let’s relax and take stock of where we are first,’” Fehr said by phone from the NHLPA offices in Toronto. “I think the initial phase is a few days, whether it turns out to be two or three or five or six, we’re not going to know yet. And we’ll be constantly in touch with the NHL and constantly re-evaluating.”— Reporting by AP Hockey Writers Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs.Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus. Bundesliga club Paderborn said its coach tested negative, hours before his team was due to play Fortuna Düsseldorf, and that it was waiting for test results from an unspecified number of players.___11:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season.center_img Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.___ The Six Nations says “we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the U.K. and global sports industries.”It’s the first time the championship hasn’t been completed on schedule since 2001, when Ireland was hit by an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.___12:25 p.m.The Real Madrid basketball player who tested positive for the coronavirus was American forward Trey Thompkins. March 13, 2020 The dispersal is not mandatory. In particular, many minor league players — especially from other countries — have been hoping to remain in camps, where they have usually access to housing, food and training facilities.____3:02 p.m.USA Diving is immediately suspending all of its activities for 30 days because of the coronavirus outbreak.That includes camps, conferences and any travel to gatherings. NASCAR and IndyCar have each called off their races this weekend. NASCAR was scheduled to run Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway without spectators but said Friday it is calling off this weekend and next week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.IndyCar was scheduled to open its season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, but suspended it’s season through the end of April. Four races are affected. ___11:20 a.m.The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums. Baylor University says it has told its entire baseball team and staff to self-quarantine after learning that three TSA agents in San Jose, California who tested positive for COVID-19 had “indirect contact” with the school’s travel party earlier this week. Baylor said the team will self-quarantine in Waco, Texas, or at their permanent residence. The school said no players, coaches or staff are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus. ___4:55 p.m.Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, could hold more than its scheduled three group games and one quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg. Brazil is one of the last countries in South America to take precautionary measures regarding sporting events. As of Friday, Brazil had 98 confirmed cases of COVID-19.___4:15 p.m.The Southeastern Conference has suspended all athletic activities at least through April 15 due to continuing developments related to the coronavirus.The events called off include competitions, team and individual practices, meetings and other organized gatherings. The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates.RCS Sport says “all parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.”___2:10 p.m.The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak. The decision comes after the NCAA announced Thursday that its winter and spring championships would be canceled as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus. Some but not all conferences have announced that their spring sports teams would not continue their regular seasons.An athletics official at an East Coast school told The Associated Press that the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee sent an email notifying schools of the eligibility decision. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release the information.The official read the content of the email but declined to forward a copy because the official’s university monitors outgoing emails.“The Council Coordination Committee agreed that it will be appropriate to grant relief for the use of a season of competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports. The committee recognizes that several issues need to be addressed related to providing the additional season of competition, including financial aid implications. The committee will also discuss issues related to seasons of competition for winter student-athletes,” the email read.___ 10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside. On Thursday, the men’s tennis tour suspended all ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour tournaments for six weeks, through April 26.Women’s events have been called off one by one through April 12.The next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, is still scheduled to begin May 24 in Paris.Also Friday, the U.S. Tennis Association said it is suspending all of its sanctioned events through April 20.That includes USTA Pro Circuit tournaments, along with adult, junior and wheelchair tournaments. The World Synchronized Skating Championships had been held every year since 2000, including four times previously in the United States.___6:20 p.m.Sampdoria has announced that four more of its players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club doctor.The club says after forward Manolo Gabbiadini tested positive on Thursday, it carried out tests on defender Omar Colley, midfielder Albin Ekdal, forward Antonino La Gumina, and midfielder Morten Thorsby, who all had light symptoms, and they also tested positive. National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman says players and staff have been told to stay away from the rink and self-isolate while the league is on a hiatus of uncertain length.Bettman said in a phone interview Friday with the Associated Press and the league’s website that, to his knowledge, no players or league employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus. But he added that he isn’t certain there isn’t someone who might not be feeling well and is awaiting test results.He told owners the first positive test result by any player would be a game-changer and that the decision to pause the season came after that happened in the NBA.Unlike NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who said his league’s season would be suspended at least 30 days, Bettman would not put a timeframe on the NHL’s break. Bettman said several contingencies are being worked on about resuming the season and still awarding the Stanley Cup, but he would not give a definitive date on when that would have to happen or how long into the summer things could go.Bettman also said it is not the NHL’s independent call when to return to games and did not rule out the possibility of playing in empty arenas. He said games would only resume when the situation is safe. With Italy at the epicenter of Europe’s outbreak, the Italian group that represents the three challenging teams postponed a warmup regatta set for April 23-26 in Cagliari. The group said it would ask the America’s Cup arbitration panel to set a new date. That would seem nearly impossible due to the logistical challenge of shipping the 75-foot foiling monohulls.The second America’s Cup World Series regatta is set for June 4-7 in Portsmouth, England, and will be organized by the defender, Emirates Team New Zealand.Part of the INEOS Team UK crew flew back to England on Thursday night, a team spokeswoman said. Team New Zealand’s race yacht is on a freighter in the middle of the Indian Ocean and a spokesman said the team is looking at transferring it to another ship to get it to England.Skipper Terry Hutchinson of the New York Yacht Club’s American Magic, which recently finished winter training in Pensacola, Florida, thanked the Italian organizers “for making an incredibly difficult decision that prioritized the safety of teams, race officials and all organizing authorities. We know it was not easy and taking a leadership position was critical.”SailGP, co-founded by former America’s Cup champion Russell Coutts and tech tycoon Larry Ellison, canceled its regatta in San Francisco set for May 2-3. UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship.___3:35 p.m. 12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane.___11:10 a.m. A spokeswoman for the women’s professional tennis tour says the WTA is going to wait “a bit more time” to make decisions on whether any additional scheduling changes might be needed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Amy Binder writes in an email to The Associated Press on Friday that the WTA “has an obligation” to players and tournaments “to provide playing opportunities.”She adds that the WTA is communicating with upcoming European clay-court and grass-court tournaments.Binder says it is important to move quickly but also not to “simply react.”She says the WTA expects to make a decision “in the week ahead.” ___12:30 p.m.The last remaining Six Nations rugby match was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Welsh Rugby Union had earlier insisted its match against Scotland on Saturday in Cardiff would go ahead, but changed its mind by mid-afternoon.It’s the fourth match in the championship to be postponed and means the entire final round, scheduled for Saturday, is off. The Japan Open next month had already been postponed, but Friday’s decision also affects Olympic qualifiers for Asia, Europe and Oceania next month.An announcement will be made next week regarding the Hong Kong Open and China Open, both in May, the ITTF said.___2:30 p.m.The NCAA will extend the eligibility of athletes on spring sports teams one year to make up for the season lost to the new coronavirus. The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating.Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution. No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.___1:25 p.m.The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary.Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):4:38 p.m.NHL Players’ Association chief Don Fehr tells The Associated Press that he expects teams will be cleared to open their training facilities to allow player workouts as early as next week. The SEC had previously announced that all competition was suspended until March 30. That suspension of competition has been extended through April 15 and now includes all organized team activities.SEC athletics programs will cease practices, individual and team workouts effective the end of the day Friday. Team meetings will conclude no later than 5 p.m. local time Monday.___4:10 p.m.Two major regattas, including one on the Italian island of Sardinia that would have debuted the radical new boats that will be used in the 2021 America’s Cup, were called off Friday due to the coronavirus pandemic. 11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.”Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic.___ “We know how disappointing this news will be for so many — the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds, and the millions who watch the race every year,” event director Hugh Brasher said.Previously, coronavirus fears have forced the Barcelona Marathon originally scheduled this Sunday, to be postponed to Oct. 25, and the Paris Marathon on April 5 to be shifted to Oct. 18.The Rome Marathon set for March 29 was canceled earlier.___12:50 p.m.last_img read more

MLS post job ad looking for an esports and gaming manager

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first_imgBased on a recent job ad, it appears the MLS (Major League Soccer) is attempting to move in to the esports and gaming sector.The role, titled “Manager, esports and gaming” and based in New York, seeks someone with “5-8+ years of experience in sports and/or eSports/gaming marketing” to facilitate the launch of MLS esports and gaming initiatives.In the job overview, it is detailed that: “MLS and SUM [Soccer United Marketing] are continually looking for new channels to serve and grow our fan base.  eSports and gaming are an exciting avenue for MLS and SUM to achieve these goals.  Candidates applying for this position should have an understanding of the gaming space and a passion to grow the sport of soccer through this rich engagement channel.”Other key responsibilities of note include:Manage execution of MLS esports and gaming programming components, including live events, content, sponsorships, etc.Advise and assist Clubs in developing and executing esports and gaming strategiesIntegrate gaming into additional MLS and SUM programming prioritiesSupport the development of MLS Big EventsIt is particularly interesting to see MLS talking about programming and live events, as well as ‘MLS Big Events’ – an as-yet unspecified product.With so many North American sports teams and figureheads involved in esports, it seemed only a matter of time before MLS got involved too. It would be interesting to see if it followed a similar route to that of the NBA and NFL, where franchises within each league are selecting players to represent them in NBA 2K18 and Madden NFL 18 respectively. Alternatively, with ideas such as ‘Big Events’ and a focus on programming and live events, it could be that MLS simply wants to host esport events – maybe even as a stop on the Road to the FIFA 18 eWorld Cup. With  New York City FC already claiming a representative FIFA player, it appears they were one step ahead of MLS – or maybe it was an MLS-recommended test run.With the MLS now getting involved in the space, it adds yet more validity to the topic of our ESI Super Forum event in London on March 22nd. This one day conference, with six panel sessions and 30 speakers, an esports exhibition zone for companies, tournaments and plenty of networking, will focus on the crossover of sports and esports. Anyone interested can find out more here, and message sam@esportsinsider for more information. Esports Insider says: As mentioned, it was only a matter of time before MLS followed its American brethren into esports. We’ve been wanting to see the Premier League follow a similar path to what the NBA and NFL are doing with their main respective games, but it looks like MLS could be getting there first. We’ll have to wait and see where MLS is going with this – but it looks exciting.last_img read more

Formula E driver Daniel Abt uses professional gamer to compete for him in esports race

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first_imgFormula E driver Daniel Abt was disqualified and ordered to pay £8,900 to charity for getting a professional gamer to compete under his name in an official esports race.Organisers also took away all points won to date by the 27-year-old German in the Race at Home Challenge series.Lorenz Horzing, who competed for Abt, finished third in Saturday’s race behind Britain’s Oliver Rowland and Belgian ex-F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne.Abt later apologised.“I did not take it as seriously as I should have,” he said.“I am especially sorry about this because I know how much work has gone into this project on the part of the Formula E organisation. I am aware that my offence has a bitter aftertaste but it was never meant with any bad intention.” Vandoorne suspected Abt was not driving and French racer Jean-Eric Vergne asked the German to turn his video on in the next race so they could confirm it was him.last_img read more

Suns owner interested in bringing former Pistons, Pelicans GM Jeff Bower to front office, report says

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first_imgNevertheless, Bower is well-respected in NBA circles.The Suns (19-61) have one of the worst records in the NBA and are in the running for the top pick in the 2019 draft.Phoenix is hopeful Bower can work alongside interim GM James Jones and other staff to turn the franchise around. Rob Sarver is eyeing some new personnel for Phoenix’s front office.The Suns owner is interested in former Pistons and Pelicans general manager Jeff Bower, according to an ESPN report, which cites unidentified league sources. 2019 NBA Draft lottery: Knicks, Suns, Cavs close in on best odds for top pick The report claims Sarver wants Bower to assume a “high ranking” front-office role for Phoenix.Sarver is reportedly backing off “serious candidates” who are up for consideration, informing them he’ll likely move in a different direction as early as next week. Related News Bower, 57, was the general manager of the then-New Orleans Hornets during their earlier years. One of his more notable achievements was selecting Chris Paul with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 draft.He became Detroit’s general manager in 2014 and helped lead it to the playoffs in just his second season there. But he was fired last May.last_img read more

Red Bank Man Charged In Fatal Stabbing

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first_imgFREEHOLD – A Red Bank man has been arrested in connection with the homicide of a 26-year old male in the same town, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni Sunday.Early Sunday morning, Demar S. Reevey, 23, of Red Bank, was charged in connection with the death of Andrew Hill, 26, also of Red Bank. Reevey is charged by police with first degree murder and third degree possession of a weapon (knife) for an unlawful purpose.According to the prosecutor’s office, at approximately 12:43 on Sunday morning, police received a 911 call reporting a stabbing victim in the area of Tilton Avenue and Bank Street in Red Bank. Police found the victim Hill at the scene. Hill was transported to Riverview Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m. Reevey was apprehended a short time later.The incident remains under investigation.Anyone who may have information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Kevin Condon of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 800-533-7443 or Detective Paul Perez of the Red Bank Police Department at 732-530-2700.Individuals who feel the need to remain anonymous, but who may have information relevant to this investigation can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.  Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest or conviction of criminals and fugitives.This information in this report was distrbuted by the Prosecutor’s Office on May 27, 2018last_img read more