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Bawaslu recommends postponing elections in areas affected by COVID-19

first_imgThe Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) has recommended that the General Elections Commission (KPU) prepare for delays to the 2020 regional elections in areas where people have tested positive for COVID-19.Bawaslu head Abhan said Tuesday that the agency had sent a recommendation letter to the KPU on Monday, asking the commission to identify areas where “vote postponements” and “restaged votes” might take place.The terms pemilihan lanjutan (vote postponement) and pemilihan susulan (restaged vote), Abhan said, were stipulated in Law No. 10/2016 on regional elections. With a vote postponement, an ongoing election is scheduled for a later date after election organizers agree to halt it due to force majeure.With a restaged vote, the entire election process is redone from the start, also for reasons of force majeure.“The law doesn’t recognize a vote delay. Therefore, it’s important for the KPU to immediately map the areas where some election stages would still be feasible and the areas that would completely be unable to hold elections,” he said.Read also: Provinces, regencies holding elections in 2020 ‘highly vulnerable’ to disruption Areas the agency has identified as COVID-19 red zones are Bekasi, Depok, Cirebon and Purwakarta in West Java; Tangerang and South Tangerang in Banten; Surakarta in Central Java; Pontianak in West Kalimantan; Manado in North Sulawesi; Bali; and Yogyakarta.“The KPU should hold discussions with the relevant ministries on responding to the effects of the coronavirus, as well as issue a legal product as a guideline for us [Bawaslu] and the election participants,” Abhan said.He added that Bawaslu also recommended that the KPU implement a technical guideline for the mechanisms for each election stage with intensive communication between officials and voters.Bawaslu member M. Afifuddin said that Bawaslu, the KPU and the Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP) would hold a joint meeting with the coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister and home minister on Wednesday to discuss the matter.Arwani Thomafi, the deputy chairman of the House of Representatives Commission II overseeing home affairs, agreed with Bawaslu’s recommendation, saying the KPU should immediately identify areas affected by the disease by coordinating with the relevant authorities.“A decision for a vote postponement or restaged vote in some regions should be based on objective conditions in the field; in this case, the mapping of areas exposed to the coronavirus,” the United Development Party (PPP) politician said.Read also: COVID-19: House, watchdog call for delay of regional electionsHouse Commission II deputy chairman Arif Wibowo said the 2020 regional elections should not be postponed entirely in all regions but only in the areas that were seriously affected.“We must see it case by case and measure it with accountable reasons. For example, we can look at an area’s election vulnerability index to mitigate conflict. There’s no need to delay an election in areas with good indexes,” said Arif, an Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician.Commission II chairman Ahmad Doli Kurnia of the Golkar Party urged the KPU not to be quick to delay a vote: “For the time being, just continue the stages of the elections that have been taking place. However, the KPU should limit activities involving large groups of people.”As of Tuesday, Indonesia had 172 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including in regions slated to hold the 2020 regional elections in September, such as Surakarta and Semarang in Central Java and Denpasar in Bali. At least five have died from the disease, while nine have recovered.Topics :last_img read more

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Michael Owen makes Arsenal vs Chelsea FA Cup final prediction

first_imgBoth Arteta and Lampard have their first shot at silverware (Picture: Getty Images)After replacing Maurizio Sarri last summer and having to contend with a two-window transfer ban, Lampard guided his former club to a fourth-placed finish.Meanwhile, Spaniard Arteta took over from Unai Emery in December, but couldn’t stop Arsenal finishing outside of the top six for the first time in 25 years.In his column for Bet Victor ahead of Saturday’s game, Owen predicted that the Blues will get revenge for the 2017 final and come out as winners.‘Looking at the game this time around, I believe Chelsea have the better squad and with the Premier League table and recent history both favouring Chelsea as well, I am going for a 2-1 win to the Blues which will hand Frank Lampard his first piece of silverware as a manager,’ the former England striker said.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal will be without Shkodran Mustafi at Wembley after the German defender suffered a hamstring injury in the semi-final victory over Manchester City.With speculation continuing to circle around Willian’s future at Chelsea – including a possible switch to the Gunners – Lampard is reportedly considering leaving the Brazilian winger out of his starting XI for the final.MORE: Chelsea star Willian could be left out of FA Cup final team over Arsenal transfer fearsMORE: William Saliba spotted in Arsenal first team training ahead of FA Cup final against ChelseaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Owen can see a different outcome to the 2017 final (Picture: Getty Images)Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has backed Chelsea to get the better of Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday and earn Frank Lampard his first major trophy as a manager.This weekend’s game at Wembley will be a repeat of the 2017 final, in which the Gunners put in a magnificent display to beat their London rivals 2-1.Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey – who are both no longer at the club – got on the scoresheet that day against a 10-man Blues side.Arsene Wenger claimed his record seventh FA Cup win and the Gunners’ 13th, as they overtook Manchester United to become the most successful side in the history of the competition.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTChelsea had already wrapped up the Premier League title in the 2016-17 season, while Arsenal finished fifth, however, this time around their situations are very different.Both Lampard and Mikel Arteta are aiming to secure their first pieces of silverware in their budding managerial careers. Comment Advertisement Advertisement Michael Owen makes Arsenal vs Chelsea FA Cup final prediction Metro Sport ReporterThursday 30 Jul 2020 2:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShareslast_img read more

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Arsenal ‘showing the most interest’ in Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez

first_imgJames Rodriguez appears to have played his last game for Real Madrid (Picture: Getty Images)James Rodriguez is available for transfer this summer and Arsenal are showing the most interest of any club in the Real Madrid outcast, according to reports in Spain.The 29-year-old is surplus to requirements under Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu, having made just 14 appearances in all competitions this season and scoring only once.Along with Gareth Bale, the Colombian was left out of the squad to take on Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Friday night, in a clear indication that he is no longer needed by Real.Super agent Jorge Mendes is trying to engineer a move for the former Porto, Monaco and Bayern Munich man, with Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid possible destinations, but it is Arsenal that has shown the most interest in signing him, according to AS.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal, and plenty of other clubs, were interested in James last summer but he was less willing to consider a move than he is now, while Real are very keen to get rid of him.The former World Cup Golden Boot winner is reportedly available for just £22.5m this summer, despite Real spending £63m on him back in 2014.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWith his contract expiring in the summer of 2021, the La Liga champions are desperate to cash in on him while they can rather than let him leave on a free next year, especially as he is unlikely to feature much at all over the next campaign.James has made just five La Liga starts this season with his only goal coming back in October.MORE: Arsenal planning £100m summer spending spree on three key transfer targetsMORE: Paul Merson explains why Willian would be an ‘unbelievable’ signing for ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Arsenal ‘showing the most interest’ in Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 8 Aug 2020 8:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.7kSharescenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Former celebrity island owners put riverfront mansion on the market

first_imgThe home is full of elegant featuresOn the first floor is a classic kitchen equipped with stone benchtops and a suite of stainless steel appliances. It is close to a number of casual dining and entertaining areas, and opens on to an alfresco courtyard.There is also a formal lounge room with the original fireplace cavity, powered by natural gas, which opens out on to a sprawling entertainment pavilion and infinity edge pool with city and river views.The home comes with not one but two master suites, both with spectacular views.Also on this level is another two bedrooms and a third bathroom.On the ground level, there is a rumpus, billiard or additional living room which includes a fireplace, mounted TV, surround sound and split system airconditioning. There is also a riverside patio, a spa and sauna with shower facilities, a gym, and a four vehicle underground garage. It is being marketed by Sarah Hackett from Place – Bulimba. Instagram image of Chris Hemsworth with wife Elsa Pataky at Orpheus Island.The couple later purchased the spectacular riverfront home at 90 Virginia Avenue at Hawthorne for $8.5 million in 2016, but are now selling.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThey declined to comment.The sprawling “masterpiece” sits on a 1619sq m block with river frontage on arguably Hawthorne’s premiere street. Entry to the stately residence is through a wrought iron and brick gateway and down a cobblestone driveway, which leads into landscaped gardens. The 90 Virginia Avenue, Hawthorne, house is surrounded by multimillion-dollar homesInside, high ceilings, polished timber flooring, leadlight windows and ornate fireplaces add to the elegance. Orpheus Island on the Great Barrier Reef is a popular destination for the rich and famous, having hosted everyone from Elton John and Phil Collins to Thor star Chris Hemsworth.center_img THE former owners of one of Queensland’s celebrity paradise islands are selling their Brisbane riverfront mansion at 90 Virginia Avenue, HawthorneTHE former owners of one of Queensland’s celebrity paradise islands are selling their Brisbane riverfront mansion.Agnes and James Wilson owned Orpheus Island, about 80km north of Townsville, for about seven years before selling it to Computershare founder Chris Morris in 2011. And the views are incredibleNeighbours include richlisters John and Wendy Thorse, Goodlife Healthclubs founders Leon and Michelle McNiece and former Arrow Energy CEO Shaun Scott and his wife Sarah.The Scott’s home this week sold for $11.128 million.last_img read more

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Offshore WIND Conference Welcomes Startup Circular Energy

first_imgOffshore WIND Conference is proud to announce Founder and General Manager of Circular Energy, Arnold Groot, will be speaking at the session ‘Oil, gas, wind: friend or foe’. In this session the changing landscape of cooperation between oil, gas and wind will be discussed and what is in it for wind. Arnold will share his views on how Circular Energy’s power from gas can balance the North Sea offshore grid.Arnold Groot founded Circular Energy in 2016. In July this year, the startup successfully patented its concept to produce CO2 free power from North Sea gas. The company aims to build an offshore installation that is both a gas production facility and a zero emission gas fired power plant. The CO2 that is emitted during power generation will be captured and injected in the producing gas field. The power will be transmitted to shore, making use of the existing and planned offshore power grid where possible.Groot: “We are introducing an exciting innovative chain integration approach which can play a key role in the transition to a low carbon economy. By integrating our company to include a power station we develop gas fields – creating value from the recoverable natural gas in the North Sea – and we generate CO2 free power – enabling a steady flow of electricity to shore.” If the power cable would tie into an offshore wind farm rather than directly to shore, Circular Energy could balance the offshore grid, for example, during low wind spells. The startup from Delft is currently doing research into this with a subsidy under the System Integration North Sea program of TKI Offshore Wind (TKI Wind op Zee).Arnold has a background in oil & gas exploration and production in various roles including facilities engineering, asset management, corporate planning and strategy, and economics with Shell (UK, The Netherlands, Brunei, Nigeria), PetroCanada (UK, The Netherlands) and E.ON (Germany). Arnold has an MSc in Electrical & Electronics Engineering of Twente University and an MBA of Henley Management College. In 2016 he founded Circular Energy, a startup that aims to produce CO2-free power from North Sea gas.Joining Groot will be Rene Peters, Director Gas Technology at TNO and Ernst van Zuijlen, Director at GROW (Growing through RD&D in Offshore Wind). For more information of the Offshore WIND Conference and to secure your seat, head to www.offshorewindconference.biz.last_img read more

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Agribusiness: Growing Industry Attracts More Students

first_img(File Photo)BATESVILLE – Indiana is one of the leading agricultural exporting states in the nation, and jobs in the industry now include much more than farming.We spoke with Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) President and CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz, who says the industry offers opportunities for people with degrees ranging from a high school diploma to a doctorate.“Agribusiness is a huge business in the state of Indiana,” Stanczykiewicz notes. “As many as 300 different career opportunities are available, and we are not just talking about farmers and ranchers, who are the front line producers.”According to Norman Borlaug, a Noble laureate who has been labeled as “agriculture’s greatest spokesman”, the U.S. will need to produce more food in the next 40 years than in the past 10,000 years combined to keep up with population growth.Stanczykiewicz vows that while there are a number of jobs now, it is a promising industry moving forward.“We need to make sure kids our aware of these opportunities so they can prepare themselves academically and take advantage of those job possibilities,” the IYI president said.Agribusiness requires a variety of career fields, such as public relations to communicate about the products; lawyers to patent new products; financial services to keep track of records; and researchers and scientists to study and further the understanding of crops.“Computer technology is also huge on the farm, certainly on the tractors and implements themselves,” Stanczykiewicz acknowledges. “The technology that is involved in drying bins now, are all computerized, so computer programmers are needed on the farm more than ever before”“That’s an example of the wide variety within these 300 career possibilities that are available.”Beck’s Hybrids, a family-owned and operated seed company out of Atlanta, Indiana, has increased hiring by 400 percent in the past five years, Stanczykiewicz notes.“That’s just one employer out of countless numbers of agribusiness employers in Indiana. It shows you jobs are available now and will be available in the future.”High schools throughout Southeast Indiana offer educational courses for students interested in studying agriculture. Children can also pursue hands-on learning through 4-H programs.Whether someone wants to work in a city or rural area, Stanczykiewicz says, “Agribusiness needs good communication people, the [company] may have that in-house or from a firm in the city. That is the same for legal, financial and computer jobs.”“There are so many jobs, doing so many things, based in so many areas that kids can take advantage of, anywhere in Indiana.”last_img read more

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Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2019: Greta Thunberg

first_imgClimate activist Greta Thunberg is Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist has become the face of the climate change movement and she’s the youngest person to ever receive the distinction. Time magazine has given its Person of the Year award every year since 1927, to the person or persons who “most influenced the news and the world” in the past year.Thunberg beat out President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Hong Kong protesters, and “The Whistleblower” – the anonymous CIA officer who triggered the Trump impeachment inquiry.last_img read more

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The Latest: Funeral for Canadiens’ Richard to be private

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):5:15 p.m.The funeral for former Montreal Canadiens captain Henri Richard on Monday in Montreal will be closed to the public because of the COVID-19 outbreak. March 13, 2020 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.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 Latest: Funeral for Canadiens’ Richard to be private 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.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. 5:10 p.m.The London Marathon scheduled for April 26 has been postponed to Oct. 4.“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. 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.___12:30 p.m.The last remaining Six Nations rugby match was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. 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.___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. 2:50 p.m.Sliding season in the U.S. is over.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.” 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 group hopes to eventually reschedule events where possible.___6:35 p.m. ___11:50 a.m.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. ___ “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___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. The Canadiens announced the decision was made in response to measures put in place by the Quebec government to prevent the spread of the virus.The club says it is an “exceptional situation” that left the family with no other choice but to hold a private funeral, involving only immediate family members.Richard died on March 6. He was 84.The Montreal native won a record 11 Stanley Cups as a player.___ 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 World Synchronized Skating Championships had been held every year since 2000, including four times previously in the United States.___6:20 p.m. 11:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season.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.___ 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.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. ___ ___2:45 p.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.”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. 11:20 a.m.The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums.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.___ 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.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.center_img “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.___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. ___12:50 p.m.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. 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.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. 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 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.___ 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.___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 Associated Press 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.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. 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.___1:45 p.m.The World Synchronized Skating Championships have been canceled because of the coronavirus outreak. 12:25 p.m.The Real Madrid basketball player who tested positive for the coronavirus was American forward Trey Thompkins.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. 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.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.”___ 2:30 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 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 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 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.___ 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 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. 2:10 p.m.The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.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. 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.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.___ 2:50 p.m.The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.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.”___ 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.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.”___ 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.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.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img September 7, 2020 Djokovic defaulted for hitting line judge with ballNEW YORK (AP) — A fit of anger has cost Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) a chance to win a fourth U.S. Open title.The top-ranked player and prohibitive favorite was defaulted from his fourth-round match after he accidentally hit a line judge with a tennis ball.Djokovic had just lost a game to his opponent, Pablo Carreno Busta, to fall behind 6-5 in the first set.As he walked to the sideline for the changeover, Djokovic smacked a ball behind him. The ball hit a female line judge, who dropped to her knees at the back of the court and reached for her neck. MLB-BROCK-OBITHOFer Brock diesNEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer and former stolen base king Lou Brock has died at 81.His longtime agent and friend confirmed Brock’s death on Sunday, but he said he couldn’t provide any details. Brock became a Cardinal in one of the most lopsided trades in major league history. He went on to win two World Series and three NL pennants with St. Louis. Brock stole 938 bases in his career, including 118 in 1974. Both were records later broken by Rickey Henderson. — Edwin Encarnación (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) belted a three-run homer and Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) threw five scoreless innings as the White Sox whipped the Royals, 8-2 to complete a four-game sweep. Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) singled in a five-run seventh to extend his hitting streak to 20 games.— Shane Bieber is 7-0 after striking out 10 over five innings of the Indians’ 4-1 decision over the Brewers. Carlos Santana hit an RBI double and a run-scoring single to support Bieber, who allowed a run and five singles.— Grayson Greiner launched a tiebreaking, solo homer in a three-run eighth that sent the Tigers to a 10-8 triumph over the Twins. Willi Castro hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs as Detroit ended Minnesota’s five-game winning streak.— The Blue Jays also posted a 10-8 win over the Red Sox as Cavan Biggio, Joe Panik, Caleb Joseph and Derek Fisher drove in two runs apiece. Joseph and Rowdy Tellez (TEH’-lehz) furnished solo homers in Toronto’s first win in three games.— Kyle Seager smacked a two-run home run and rookie Kyle Lewis added a solo shot in the Mariners’ fifth straight, 4-3 versus the Rangers. Seattle has won 10 of 13 after an 8-19 start. Harvick gets eighth win of 2020DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has opened NASCAR’s playoffs by earning his circuit-leading eighth win overall this season and second at Darlington.Harvick had a bit of luck in this one. Martin Truex Jr. led for a race-high 196 laps until he bumped with Chase Elliott, causing them to brush the way. Truex had to pit for repairs, putting Harvick in control of the race for the final 14 laps.Austin Dillon finished second, followed by Joey Logano, Eric Jones and William Byron.NFL-NEWS Davis added 34 points and 10 boards for the Lakers, who had to regroup after blowing a 21-point, first-half lead.Eric Gordon furnished six of the Rockets’ 22 3-pointers and finished with 24 points, while James Harden had a team-high 27 points. Westbrook shot only 4 for 15 while scoring 10 points and grabbing 13 rebounds for the Rockets.Game 3 is Tuesday.TENNIS-US OPEN — The Titans have agreed to terms with three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jadeveon Clowney on a one-year contract. The Titans did not announce the terms Sunday, but ESPN.com reported the deal could be worth up to $15 million. The No. 1 overall pick of 2014 went into free agency looking for a mega-contract that never materialized. — 49ers general manager John Lynch says starting receiver Deebo Samuel “has a shot” to play in the season opener after being sidelined all summer by a broken foot. Samuel broke his foot in June during informal workouts with teammates in Tennessee and hasn’t been able to practice since. — The Cowboys appear on the verge of having players kneel during the national anthem for the first time. Quarterback Dak Prescott says teammates should be able to decide for themselves how they wish to protest racial inequality. The national reckoning over race has led owner Jerry Jones to soften his hard-line stance requiring players to stand during the anthem. PGA-TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPJohnson leads by 5 MONZA, Italy (AP) — AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly has claimed an unlikely victory at the Italian Grand Prix. A thrilling race saw world champion Lewis Hamilton receive a 10-second stop-go penalty and both Ferraris fail to finish at their home circuit on Sunday. Hamilton had appeared on course for a comfortable victory from the pole position before he was given the penalty for entering the pit lane when closed.It’s Gasly’s first win in Formula One. The 24-year-old Frenchman finished 0.415 seconds ahead of McLaren driver Carlos Sainz. In the women’s bracket, Naomi Osaka returned to the quarterfinals by taking advantage of some early jitters for Anett Kontaveit and showing no ill effects from a recent left hamstring problem. The fourth-seeded Osaka never faced a break point in a 6-3, 6-4 victory.Jennifer Brady has extended her dominant showing at the U.S. Open and reached the quarterfinals for the first time. The hard-hitting 25-year-old knocked off 17th seed Angelique Kerber, 6-1, 6-4 in Sunday’s opening match. Brady has yet to drop a set and has lost only 19 games in her four matches.Brady wasn’t the only American to pull off an upset on Sunday. Unseeded Shelby Rogers pulled off a 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 stunner against No. 6 Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIH’-toh-vah).Another upset had eighth seed Petra Martic losing to No. 23 Yulia Putintseva.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ATLANTA (AP) — Dustin Johnson matched the low round at the Tour Championship with a 6-under 64 that puts him one round away from capturing the FedEx Cup and its $15 million prize.Johnson missed only three fairways and putted for birdie on all but three holes. It led to a five-shot lead over Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele (SHOW’-flee) going into the Labor Day finish at East Lake. Johnson was at 19-under par, his fourth consecutive event holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead.F1-ITALIAN GPGasly surprise Italian GP winner as Hamilton given penalty Update on the latest sports Brock had over 3,000 hits while compiling a .293 average over 19 seasons. He lost a leg from diabetes in recent years and was diagnosed with cancer in 2017.MLB-SCHEDULEBirds make it 3 straight over YanksUNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles suddenly can’t lose to the New York Yankees after dropping 19 straight meetings to the defending AL East champs.The Orioles made it three straight wins over the Yanks as Dean Kremer allowed one hit over six innings in his major league debut to lead Baltimore’s 5-1 victory. DJ Stewart put the Birds ahead to stay with a two-run homer off Masahiro Tanaka in the first inning. New York committed two errors, allowed three unearned runs and finished with only four hits. The Yankees have dropped 13 of 18 since a 16-6 start to the season.Elsewhere in the majors:— Jared Walsh and Justin Upton delivered key singles during a four-run eighth that sent the Angels past the Astros, 9-5. Walsh singled home the tiebreaking run and Upton capped the rally with a two-run single in the Angels’ season-high fifth straight win.— Fernando Tatís Jr. matched Angels slugger Mike Trout for the majors’ home run lead with his 15th, a two-run drive in the seventh inning of the Padres’ 5-3 win over the Athletics. Garrett Richards struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter over seven sharp innings to end a four-start winless stretch.— Brandon Lowe (low) hit a sacrifice fly to complete a two-run 10th inning that pushed the Rays past the Marlins, 5-4. Randy Arozarena homered twice and Hunter Renfroe also went deep for Tampa Bay. Associated Press Stars blank Knights in Game 1EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Anton Khodobin (hoo-DOH’-bihn) and the Dallas Stars have taken Game 1 of the NHL’s Western Conference finals in stifling fashion.The Stars allowed just 25 shots on goal to allow Khudobin to get his first career playoff shutout in a 1-0 win over the top-seeded Vegas Golden Knights.Neither team scored after John Klingberg beat Marc-Andre Fleury 2:36 into the contest. That was enough offense for Dallas to get within three wins of their first Stanley Cup final appearance in 20 years.Fleury stopped 24 shots for the Knights who will try to pull even in Game 2 on Tuesday. — The Braves crushed the Nationals, 10-3 as Freddie Freeman hit his second career grand slam, both coming in this series. Marcell Ozuna drove in four runs with three hits, including a homer and a three-run triple to help the NL East leaders gain a four-game split.— Jacob deGrom struck out 12 while holding the Phillies to three hits over seven innings of the Mets’ 14-1 laugher. Dominic Smith had four hits and Pete Alonso homered twice for New York, which also received round-trippers from Jeff McNeil, Brandon Nimmo and Wilson Ramos. — Former Dodger Matt Kemp drilled a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning to send the Rockies to a 7-6 win at Los Angeles. Corey Seager homered twice for the Dodgers, who have dropped two straight since a six-game winning streak.— Donovan Solano ripped a two-run, go-ahead homer in the sixth inning of the Giants’ 4-2 verdict over the Diamondbacks. Brandon Belt and Chadwick Tromp also went deep for San Francisco, which has won seven of nine against Arizona this season.— Paul Goldschmidt cracked a three-run homer off Jon Lester in the third inning to put the Cardinals ahead to stay in a 7-3 win against the Cubs. Tommy Edman also went deep to help St. Louis overcome home runs by Anthony Rizzo and Jason Kipnis. The chair umpire announced the default following a minutes-long conversation with officials on court. It seemed clear Djokovic did not intend to hit the line judge; there was concern written on his face as soon as he realized what happened. But players who hit a ball out of anger and make contact with an on-court official have been defaulted in the past.It was a stunning end to Djokovic’s bid for an 18th Grand Slam title and his 26-0 start to this season. It also means the men’s winner will become a first-time Grand Slam champion.Men’s fifth seed Alexander Zverev racked up 18 aces and dropped just five games in advancing to the quarterfinals. He is the first German in 13 years to reach the U.S. Open quarters.Denis Shapovalov is the first Canadian male to reach the quarters in tournament history. Shapovalov has reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal by beating No. 7 David Goffin, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. AP source: Peterson agrees to 1-year deal with DetroitUNDATED (AP) — Adrian Peterson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.ESPN and the NFL Network also reported the deal.The 35-year-old Peterson was released by Washington on Friday after spending the past two seasons there. He has rushed for 14,216 yards in 13 seasons, mostly with the Minnesota Vikings.In other NFL news: — The Reds overcame a two-run homer by Nick Castellanos (kas-tee-AH’-nohs), scoring twice in the ninth to beat the Pirates, 3-2. Cole Tucker’s single tied it before Erik Gonzalez lifted a sacrifice fly. MLB-NEWSPhils put Bruce, Quinn in shelf UNDATED (AP) — The Phillies have put outfielders Jay Bruce and Roman Quinn on the injured list. Bruce reaggravated a left quadriceps injury Saturday during a 5-1 loss to the Mets. Quinn was placed on the seven-day concussion injured list after slamming into the center field wall chasing a flyball Saturday. NASCAR-DARLINGTON With Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) out with an ankle injury, Khris Middleton took over the offense for the Bucks in a 118-115 overtime win against the Heat. Middleton scored 21 of his 36 points in the third quarter, then made a huge 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in overtime. He also had eight rebounds and eight assists as the top-seeded Bucks avoided a four-game sweep.Antetokounmpo aggravated his sprained right ankle with 10:18 left in the second quarter. He scored 18 of Milwaukee’s first 26 points and finished with 19 in 11 minutes.Bam Adebayo (ad-eh-BY’-oh) had 26 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Heat, who will try again to oust the Bucks on Tuesday.Also in the NBA bubble, LeBron James and Anthony Davis have led the Lakers to a 117-109 win over the Rockets to even the Western Conference semifinal series at a game apiece.James had 28 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists after taking just 15 shots in Game 1. He had eight points in the fourth quarter, when he also provided a powerful blocked shot on Russell Westbrook that flew far out of bounds. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSBucks stay alive without Giannis; Lakers reboundLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have managed to stay alive in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals, doing it without their top player.last_img read more

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Kindred launches US specific affiliate marketing program with Income Access

first_img StumbleUpon Ryan Henderson – Kindred Group PlcStockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc will launch a US-specific affiliate marketing programme powered by Paysafe Group’s Income Access software.Working in partnership with Income Access, Kindred is accelerating its US market prospects having launched flagship Unibet brand in the state of New Jersey this June.Fulfilling a key corporate goal, Kindred has successfully secured a ‘Casino Service Industry Enterprise License’, allowing the Stockholm enterprise to service igaming provisions for the regulated state of New Jersey in partnership with Hard Rock International’s Atlantic City Casino property.Ryan Henderson, Head of Affiliates at Kindred Group, said: “Income Access has a strong presence in the US gaming space and understands the intricacies of navigating this complex market. Partnering with the company will allow Kindred Group to leverage those benefits as well as tap into its network of affiliates to help expand our business in the US.”Tara Wilson – Income AccessIncome Access confirms that it will service Kindred Group with its entire affiliate marketing suite, optimising player acquisition campaigns as Kindred management monitors new US market opportunities.Tara Wilson, General Manager at Paysafe’s Income Access, added: “We are delighted to partner with a firm that possesses the industry experience and reputation of Kindred Group, further strengthening our position in the US online gaming and sports-betting market. The launch of Unibet in the US also offers affiliates an exciting brand with which to partner and bolster their presence in an expanding market.” How sports betting is influencing the tools of success in affiliate marketing September 16, 2019 Submit Share Kindred warns of 2019 closing disruptions January 14, 2020 EU betting market grows as punters switch to mobile betting December 11, 2019 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

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