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The Latest: NFL plans telethon to aid virus relief efforts

first_imgThe Dutch soccer association says players on the men’s and women’s national teams are contributing to the fund to help amateur clubs that have been closed across the country.The country’s 3,000 soccer clubs have 1.2 million players but have seen income such as bar proceeds dry up amid the health crisis.___Celta Vigo forward Fedor Smolov has left his confinement in Spain to be closer to his family back home in Russia.Smolov says he informed the Spanish club of his plan and had its support. The club could not be immediately reached to confirm whether it had authorized the player’s departure. Gonzalez had worked at the club for 23 years.Reims remembered Gonzalez as a man with the “soul of an artist” who was in love with the six-time champions.___Two more golf events on the European Tour have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.That ensures there will be no play until the end of June at the earliest. The people tell The Associated Press that the league hopes its massive reach will raise awareness and funds in battling the pandemic. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the telethon has not been announced publicly.Details on conducting the telethon and charities that will benefit will be released soon.Since the NFL’s business year began on March 18, the league has conducted free agency even as team facilities have been shut down and travel has been barred. Its biggest offseason event is the draft, which was scheduled for Las Vegas but now will be done remotely, with ESPN and NFL Network televising the proceedings.— Reporting by AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner___ Associated Press All FA employees earning 50,000 pounds ($60,000) or more per year will take a temporary pay reduction of 7.5% and the British government’s furlough scheme is being looked at as a contingency plan.___World Cup champion France has sent support to hospital workers engaged in the fight against the coronavirus.Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba were among the stars in a video released by the French soccer federation expressing their gratitude to the country’s under-pressure health workers.France has been severely hit by the virus with more than 8,000 dead and about 100,000 known infections. Serie A says it has unanimously decided to reduce player salaries by a third if the season does not resume.The Italian soccer players’ association has not yet signed off on the deal.The league says in a statement that the guideline measure was agreed on by 19 of the 20 clubs. Juventus already reached a similar deal with its players.The league says the agreement is “a common line of action to contain” salaries for “players, coaches and members of first squads.”The reduction is equal to four months of salary but would be reduced to only two months if the current season is completed. The Trophée Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7 was postponed and the following week’s Scandinavian Mixed tournament in Stockholm was canceled and will now be played in 2021.Eleven tour events have been either postponed or canceled because of the virus outbreak.The next potential tournament is the BMW International Open in Germany from June 25-28.___Bayern Munich players have returned to training in small groups despite restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NFL is planning a telethon to aid coronavirus relief efforts during the draft from April 23-25, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. The federation last month formally admitted wrongdoing in a case where fake medical documents were used to give a Russian athlete an alibi for being unavailable for testing. It is facing a $10 million fine and a cap of 10 athletes for its track team at the next Olympics.___A doctor at French soccer club Reims has killed himself after getting infected with the coronavirus.Reims Mayor Arnaud Robinet told Le Parisien newspaper Bernard Gonzalez “is a collateral victim of COVID-19 because he had tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days. I know he had left a note to explain his decision.”Officials at the club say Gonzalez died Sunday. He was 60. ___England coach Gareth Southgate has agreed to a 30% pay cut during the coronavirus outbreak.Southgate has a reported salary of 3 million pounds ($3.6 million) per year.English Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham says the organization’s highest earners will take a temporary pay reduction of 30% and others in the senior management team have agreed to a 15% cut.Bullingham says the total financial impact on the FA is currently forecast to be around 100 million pounds ($120 million) because of the postponement of England internationals, FA Cup matches and other events at Wembley Stadium. He says the cost could rise to more than 150 million pounds ($180 million) depending on the length of the crisis. Spain is expected to remain in a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic until April 26. The country has more than 135,000 confirmed cases of the new virus with more than 13,000 deaths.Smolov wrote on Instagram that because of the closure of borders “I have found myself obligated to return to Russia to be closer to my family.”Smolov says he is “very grateful to Celta for its support and I want to emphasize that I informed the club about every step.”Spanish media reported that the 30-year-old Smolov flew home on a private jet for the 18th birthday of Maria Yumasheva. She is the granddaughter of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Smolov published photos on Instagram in January showing him and Yumasheva together on vacation.Smolov says he is abiding by an “obligatory” quarantine and remains in constant contact with Celta’s coaching staff to follow team protocol. He says he will return “as soon as the club requires.” The Latest: NFL plans telethon to aid virus relief efforts The mother of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has died after contracting the coronavirus.The Premier League club says Dolors Sala Carrió died near Barcelona in the city of Manresa. She was 82.City says “everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends.”Guardiola has coached City since 2016. He previously coached Barcelona and Bayern Munich.___ ___The Russian track federation says it will no longer give national team places to some athletes with past doping bans.The federation said Sunday it won’t select athletes who were given bans since November 2015 for a range of doping and doping-related offenses, or who work with a coach who was banned since that date.The move could be subject to a legal challenge. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has struck down similar national selection rules before if it deems they impose extra punishments on athletes who have served their doping bans. CAS overturned a British Olympic Association rule in 2012 that athletes previously banned for doping could not be selected for the Olympic team.The rules come as the Russian federation’s new management tries to mend its relationship with World Athletics. Russia has been suspended from international track competitions since 2015 for widespread doping. The league adds “it remains understood that the clubs will define the agreements directly with their members.”Serie A has been suspended since the government ordered a nationwide lockdown nearly a month ago. Twelve rounds remain along with four games that were postponed from the weekend of Feb. 22. The Italian Cup semifinals also were interrupted after the first leg.At least 15 players have tested positive for COVID-19.___FIFA is providing global coordination with competition organizers to provide flexibility to ensure coronavirus-derailed seasons can be completed with as little financial turmoil as possible. The decision by the German champions came after some rival clubs made similar moves. Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg have had players train in pairs or small groups.Bayern said Sunday that the training session would “be done in coordination with government policy and the relevant authorities.” The club added that “it goes without saying that all hygiene regulations will be strictly observed.”German league games have been suspended until at least April 30. Clubs and the league have discussed resuming the league without fans and with regular virus tests for players and staff.No German league games have been played since March 8.___ April 6, 2020 Mbappe says “we sing and clap for you.”___Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has launched a fundraising campaign to support local charitable groups addressing critical needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.Beane is donating $20,000 to the community’s United Way chapter and providing incentives for Bills fans to get involved.Fans who make a donation to the Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund between Monday and April 17 will be eligible to win seven Bills-themed experiences or prizes. FIFA does not set the dates of domestic or continental club competitions but does oversee the implementation of two transfer windows during the year.A FIFA task force has been exploring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and has backed flexibility in shifting the transfer windows and extending player contracts to allow seasons to be completed.A final decision will be made by the FIFA Bureau. That body includes the presidents of the six regional confederations.UEFA has already determined that competitions in Europe can run beyond the June 30 cut-off for player contracts.Cost-cutting is underway at many clubs and federations to deal with the financial impact of games not being played. The prizes include joining Beane on the phone when the GM submits Buffalo’s first draft pick. Other prizes include a one-on-one Zoom interview with Beane, lunch with the GM, four tickets to Buffalo’s home opener, and a jersey autographed by quarterback Josh Allen.Proceeds will go to the community response fund. The fund aids area food banks and provides resources to health care providers and front-line responders.Beane praised the work being done by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, grocery-store workers and others for putting their health at risk to serve the community.___Dutch national team players, the country’s national soccer association and the sport’s main sponsor will contribute to an 11 million euro ($12 million) fund to support clubs in the Netherlands during the coronavirus pandemic. 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 6last_img read more

IRFU hoping to persuade Schmidt to extend contract

first_imgThe IRFU have confirmed they’ve opened talks with Ireland coach Joe Schmidt about an extension to his current contract.Cheif Executive Philip Browne says they’re in discussions and they will come to “some sort of conclusion” in the next few months.Schmidt has won two Six Nations titles in row with Ireland.last_img

No pussyfooting around when it comes to change

first_imgIn recent days, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has made two stellar moves. The first one was living up to his campaign promise to terminate Guerdon Stuckey, the controversial general manager of the city’s Animal Services Department. Stuckey failed to attend major conferences on how to reduce euthanasia; he failed to investigate documented animal-abuse cases; and he consistently failed to implement the life-enhancing recommendations provided by the department’s civilian commissioners. While Villaraigosa took 161 days to make the move that most people, including many city leaders, feel he should have made on Day 1 of his administration, he ultimately did what he promised, and that’s what counts. Villaraigosa made another great move in appointing Ed Boks, a noted humane leader from New York, to step in as Interim GM, and quite likely as Stuckey’s permanent successor. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Boks is considered to be the best available person from a very small pool of qualified candidates, and brings three qualities that Stuckey comprehensively lacked: major city shelter experience, a passion for the “no kill” philosophy and – possibly most importantly – an understanding of how to rid shelter systems of employees who lack the passion to work there. Let’s hope that Villaraigosa now makes a third great move, by heeding three key lessons of Stuckey’s tumultuous tenure as Villaraigosa’s GM: 1. A great idea is a great idea, regardless of who supports it. Villaraigosa hesitated to terminate Stuckey because it was an idea supported by the Animal Liberation Front, a group that allegedly set off a smoke bomb in Stuckey’s apartment complex. But Stuckey’s termination was an idea that the vast majority of L.A.’s humane community demanded, including Stuckey’s early supporters. This was a case of the mayor allowing fringe groups to prevent him from doing what was widely agreed to be the right thing. 2. Being an animal-lover doesn’t mean you’re a terrorist. Prior to Villaraigosa’s election, Mayor James Hahn’s administration ignorantly labeled the city’s humane community as “crazy animal people” and “terrorists” simply because they want to do good things for animals living lives of torture, abuse and neglect. Passion to help the underprivileged should never again be labeled so unfairly. 3. Stop wasting taxpayer dollars on can’t-be-won prosecutions of the Animal Defense League. The mayor should tell City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo to knock it off. Doing this will show the mayor to be a leader and a thinker, and not one who tolerates vindictive, politically motivated prosecutors to run roughshod over those making the world better. What appears to be the turning point in the tumultuous history of L.A. Animal Services can serve as a template for all other major cities that say “our city is too big to find homes for all of the animals, so we just have to kill the extras.” If Boks can succeed in drastically reducing the euthanasia rate in Los Angeles while increasing the number of high-quality adoptions, Los Angeles will be the template that other cities can follow. The key is to fund the spay or neuter surgery for dogs and cats, so the city won’t have to kill countless of their puppies or kittens in the future. In addition to striking down the euthanasia rate, the mayor must also remember that the shelters should not be the last resort for animals; they should be elevated as the people’s first choice when they’re seeking to adopt a dog or cat, rather than going to a breeder or pet store, which are relics of ignorance. Doing so will prove that Los Angeles will be a city where a dog doesn’t have to be an underdog, just because it’s in the shelter. — Daniel Guss is a Sherman Oaks-based writer who founded Stop Torture Abuse & Neglect of Dogs, www.STANDFoundation.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN TO HOST ANNUAL CAR WASH

first_imgDRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTESDrumkeen Community ChildcareWe will be holding our annual Cake Sale & Coffee morning in the service on Sunday 17th May from 11.30am to 1pm. Lovely homemade goodies on the day. Everyone welcome.  Community 6th Annual Car WashWe will have our 6th annual community car wash on Sun 31st May from 10am-2pm. The 5 previous years have been a fantastic success with almost €4,000 raised in total for various local charities and community projects. As in previous years we give the community the chance to decide where the proceeds should go, so if your organisation or group would like to benefit from the car wash, please contact any committee member or phone/text Aidan on 086 4083625 or Harry on 087 7741054 or email: [email protected] with your suggestion.  Community Group Clean-UpThe local Community Group would like to thank the residents of Trentabuoy, Stralongford and Corravaddy who helped to clean up their areas last Sunday. Over 3 tonne of rubbish was collected. Thanks also to Cllr Liam Doherty who organised the rubbish bags, high-viz jackets and also the removal of the rubbish.It’s through working together as a community that our local areas can look their best. If you would like your own area to avail of a clean-up, just text your name and townland to 086 4083625 or email [email protected] Drumkeen Band ReunionThe band reunion will be held on Sat 6th June. It will commence with a thanksgiving mass at 2 pm in St. Patrick’s church, followed by light refreshments in the parish hall.The gala reunion will then take place at 8 pm in The Finn valley Centre, Stranorlar. Tickets still available and can be purchased by contacting Josephine on 089 4385005 or any committee member. Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: [email protected] or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm)DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN TO HOST ANNUAL CAR WASH was last modified: May 10th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDrumkeen noteslast_img read more

Capsized kayak prompts rescue mission off Donegal coast

first_imgRescue volunteers with the Bundoran RNLI were called to action this afternoon after a capsized kayak was spotted off the shore at Nuns Pool.The alarm was raised shortly before 3pm when concerned crew member Fergal Muller saw an empty kayak from the cliffs on Bundoran’s West End.The lifeboat was launched within five minutes, with helm Brian Gillespie and three crew members onboard. Once on scene, the crew recovered the kayak and began a 25-minute search for any occupants.Fortunately, during the search, word came to Bundoran Lifeboat Station that the occupant had been brought to shore by fellow kayakers while the kayak had been carried out to sea in a rip current. The lifeboat was subsequently stood down.Speaking following the call out, Captain Tony McGowan, Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: “We are delighted that no one was in any immediate danger this afternoon and that the group of kayakers had made their way safely to shore. I would like to commend Fergal for his quick thinking in raising the alarm when he observed the capsized kayak and praise the crew for what was a swift response. “We would remind anyone planning a trip to sea regardless of their activity, to always respect the water. Always wear a lifejacket, always carry a means of communication and should you get into difficulty call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard. “We would also appeal to everyone to remember that should you for any reason need to leave or abandon your vessel, to please report it as missing to the Coast Guard once you have safely made it to shore.”Capsized kayak prompts rescue mission off Donegal coast was last modified: November 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

HTC One Officially Gets A Google Nexus Version

first_imgTags:#Android#Google#HTC#now The HTC One will be getting the Nexus treatment, according to Google’s Android head Sundar Pichai. Speaking at AllThingsD’s executive conference today, Pichai said that the HTC will get a stripped down version of Android that replaces HTC’s Sense skin with the classic unadulterated Android Nexus skin from Google.Samsung had already announced a Nexus version of its Galaxy S4 at the Google I/O developer conference earlier this month. The Nexus HTC One will be available on June 26 for $599 through the Google Play store. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img

TFA OFFICIAL RECOGNISED AT AUSPORT AWARDS

first_imgHot on the heels of the Australian Mens 30’s Touch team being nominated at the Australian Sports Awards, one of TFA’s leading officials was nominated for an award at the Australian Sports Commission 2006 Ausport Awards.The Ausport Awards recognise coaches, officials, management and other programs that have played pivotal roles in developing sport Australia-wide. TFA took the opportunity to nominate a member of our National Referees Panel (NRP) who has served the sport and its officials tirelessly for many years.Ian Matthew, who is also the Director of Referees in NSW, was nominated for the ‘Officials Development Award’ and we were delighted when he was short-listed to the final three nominees. Unfortunately Ian was unable to attend the Awards breakfast in Melbourne, due to his commitments in Coffs Harbour for the NTL, but Miles Davine, Touch Football Victoria Manager, kindly stepped in and attended on Ian’s behalf.The eventual winner of the award was Sharon Arnold from Basketball Australia, while Ian Matthew and Neil Poulton from Baseball were both highly commended at the breakfast.Ian can be credited for many of the strategies and techniques in place in Touch Football today to develop referees from grass roots level to the elite level. He has influenced an enormous number of referees through his work at local, state, national and international level. Thank you Ian for all of your hard work!last_img read more

2016 NBA Mock Draft: First Round 2.0

first_imgNBA DraftTwitter/@NBADraft NBA DraftTwitter/@NBADraftWe’re only one week away from the 2016 NBA Draft. The draft order has long been set, and the Philadelphia 76ers have been on the clock deciding who they will take with the No. 1 pick. As the date gets closer, all of the potential picks begin to crystallize and the draft starts to take shape. Last month, we brought you our first NBA Mock Draft, but now we decided to take an updated crack at prognosticating how the draft will play out. Note, there are no draft-day trades in our scenario. We predicted what every team would do if it stood pat and picked in its designated slot.Without further ado, let’s kick things off.   Get Started: Picks 1-5Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img

Education Ministry to Re-Introduce the Truancy Officer Programme in Schools

first_imgMinister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid says his Ministry will be working with the police to re-introduce the truancy officer programme in schools.This, he said, is to ensure that all children are accounted for at all times which will lessen the likelihood of them being recruited by gangs or become involved in criminal activities.“No child should be left behind, because if we fail to do that, all we are doing is leaving them to be taken over by the gangsters,” he said.The Minister was addressing the first in a series of anti-gang workshops at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on May 18.Mr. Reid said the programme “is something that we have to put back in place” to ensure that once students are at the age for school, they must be attending school regularly.The Education Minister stressed that students found to be out of school must be able to account for why they are not attending school regularly.In the meantime, Mr. Reid noted that the education system must be the avenue through which troubled youth can lead a more purposeful life and transition out of a life of crime.“We are saying that those who themselves are involved in organized crime, there is now an opportunity for you to come out, be trained, be skilled, be empowered, put down the guns, put down the crime, and let Jamaica be a crime free country,” he stressed.For his part, Acting Commander of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch, Superintendent of Police Anthony McLaughlin, said the police is serious about dismantling gangs and welcomes working with the Education Ministry to achieve this feat.He noted that the partnership with the Education Ministry is important, as the Ministry is seeking to go beyond what the police does in addressing the symptoms of criminal gang activities, to tackle the root causes.“In dismantling the gangs, if we do not try to attack the root cause of the problem, then we will always be trying to dismantle gangs,” he said.Noting that there are over 250 active gangs which account for between 60 to 70 per cent of homicides yearly, SSP McLaughlin said he was pleased that the workshop participants will be given the tools and knowledge to help steer students away from gangs and gang activities.“We are not saying that gangs are in schools, but a large number of the students are impacted by gang activities and the gangs are out there recruiting these youngsters and we have to know what we are dealing with in terms of these children coming into school when we see the anti-social behaviours, we must know the signs we are to look for,” he said.Research has shown that gangs recruit children as young as age eight.The six anti-gang workshops scheduled, are being staged by the Safety and Security Unit of the Education Ministry. They are geared towards providing school personnel with the necessary skills to reduce the vulnerability of stakeholders to a range of potential threats.One key issue the workshops will address is the formation of gangs and the effect on home, school, the community and by extension Jamaica.last_img read more

Ontario Natural Resources minister speaks to APTN about Grassy Narrows decision

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Ontario government is responding to their recent court victory over the Grassy Narrows First Nation.The long legal battle had to do with logging permits and who had the right to the approve them.The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled the province does overturning a previous court decision.Natural Resources David Orazietti spoke with APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo.last_img