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DR Congo reports fresh Ebola outbreak

first_imgThe eastern epidemic The Ebola epidemic in the country’s east has killed 2,280 people since August 2018, and officials had hoped to be able to proclaim it over on June 25.For it to be officially over, there have to be no new cases reported for 42 days — double the incubation period.The eastern epidemic was just three days away from being declared over on April 10 when a new case was reported. Seven new cases were then recorded, including four deaths, two recoveries and one patient who fled, and the clock was restarted on May 14.The WHO also extended its Public Health Emergency of International Concern designation for the epidemic, which has mainly affected the North Kivu province.Two experimental vaccines have been widely deployed to fight the outbreak, with more than 300,000 people vaccinated across the country.However efforts to contain Ebola in the east have been hindered by attacks on health workers and conflicts in the country’s volatile region, long riven by militia killings and ethnic violence.The eastern Ebola outbreak is the second worst in history, after an epidemic in 2014 killed about 11,000 people — mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Topics : Coronavirus, measles The newest Ebola outbreak is the 11th in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the highly contagious hemorrhagic fever was identified in 1976 in Equateur province in the country then known as Zaire.The virus is passed on by contact with the blood, body fluids, secretions or organs of an infected or recently deceased person.The death rate is typically high, ranging up to 90 percent in some outbreaks, according to the WHO.The country is also fighting its own coronavirus outbreak, recording 3,195 infections — 2,896 in the capital Kinshasa — and 72 deaths, according to official figures released Monday.”We are in an ascending period of the curve,” Longondo said, adding that it was still too “risky” to lift measures imposed on March 20 to stem the spread of COVID-19.Under the measures, travel is banned between Kinshasa and the rest of the country.No coronavirus cases have been reported in Equateur province. Mbandaka is 600 kilometers from Kinshasa, but the two cities are connected by the Congo river, with a trip down it taking about a week.DR Congo’s coronavirus front man, virologist Jean-Jacques Muyembe, first identified Ebola in 1976 along with Belgian Peter Piot.”I have devoted all my life and all my career to fighting Ebola,” Muyembe has said.The country is also facing a measles outbreak which has killed more than 6,000 people since early last year, as well as recurring flare-ups of cholera and malaria. “The National Institute of Biomedical Research [INRB] has confirmed to me that samples from Mbandaka tested positive for Ebola,” Longondo told a press conference on Monday.”We will send them the vaccine and medicine very quickly,” he said, adding that he planned to visit the site of the outbreak at the end of the week.The capital of Equateur province, Mbandaka is a transport hub on the Congo River with a population of more than a million.Equateur province was previously hit by an Ebola outbreak between May and July 2018, in which 33 people died and 21 recovered from the disease.center_img DR Congo reported a fresh Ebola outbreak in its northwest on Monday, the latest health emergency for a country already fighting an epidemic of the deadly fever in the east as well as a surging number of coronavirus infections.The 11th Ebola outbreak in the vast central African country’s history comes just weeks before it had hoped to declare the end of the 10th in the east.Health Minister Eteni Longondo said that “four people have already died” from Ebola in a district of the northwestern city of Mbandaka. “This is a province that has already experienced the disease. They know how to respond. They started the response at the local level yesterday (Sunday),” Longondo said.The World Health Organization said it would be sending a team to help support DR Congo response.”To reinforce local leadership, WHO plans to send a team to support scaling up the response,” Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, said in a statement.”Given the proximity of this new outbreak to busy transport routes and vulnerable neighboring countries we must act quickly.”last_img read more

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Why ‘shocked’ Edu called off Arsenal’s transfer pursuit of Everton Soares

first_imgAdvertisement Why ‘shocked’ Edu called off Arsenal’s transfer pursuit of Everton Soares Advertisement Everton impressed for Brazil during this summer’s Copa America (Picture: Getty)Frustrated in their efforts to sign one Ivory Coast international, Arsenal turned their attention to Zaha’s compatriot Nicolas Pepe and broke their transfer record to recruit the 24-year-old from Lille for £72million, beating the likes of Napoli to his services.Before signing Pepe, Arsenal made enquiries, led by newly appointed technical director Edu, for Everton who starred during Brazil’s successful summer Copa America campaign.According to Globo Esporte, however, Gremio value Everton at around €40m and, given they owned the 23-year-old’s image rights, ultimately he could have ended up costing double that amount.Edu is expected to make use of his South American contacts in his new role and is understood to have played a key part in identifying and helping smooth the pathway ahead of Grabriel Martinelli’s move to Arsenal earlier this summer.The 18-year-old winger, who joined from Ituano, has impressed during pre-season and is likely to be included in Emery’s first team squad, especially in light of reports confirming Arsenal’s decision to loan out Eddie Nketiah.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 Arsenal Comment Edu began his role as Arsenal’s director of football last month (Picture: Getty)Arsenal called a halt to their pursuit of Brazil international Everton after they were left stunned by Gremio’s valuation.A pursuit of Champions League qualification last season was undermined by a shambolic defence which conceded 51 goals in the Premier League and capitulated in the Europa League final.Despite the need for defensive reinforcement, Unai Emery identified the need for a direct, ball-carrying winger to reinvigorate his attack.Arsenal pursued Wilfried Zaha aggressively at the start of the summer, failing with an opening £40million bid and were unable to tempt Crystal Palace with the offer of a potential part exchange deal which would have included the likes of Mohamed Elneny and Carl Jenkinson.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 City Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Aug 2019 10:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShareslast_img read more

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Reggae Reggae Sauce in hot court battle

first_imgNewsRegional Reggae Reggae Sauce in hot court battle by: – November 11, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img 231 Views   one comment Share Roots is back in London being sued for more than £300,000 by a former friend.KINGSTON, Jamaica, -– One week after his triumphant return to Jamaica as a self-made multi-millionaire, Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Levi Roots is back in London being sued for more than £300,000 by a former friend who claims he is the real inventor of the famous Reggae Reggae Sauce.A London court heard yesterday (November 9) claims from Jamaican-born Tony Bailey, 52, that it was his jerk chicken recipe Mr Roots took on Dragons’ Den in 2007, winning a £50,000 investment from Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh.Mr Roots told the Dragons on the show the jerk sauce recipe was his grandmother’s and had been handed down to him.But Mr Bailey claims this is untrue, and now wants a share of the profits made from the sales.Following the show in 2007, Sainsbury’s immediately pledged to sell the sauce in its 600 stores, and it is now on the shelves of supermarkets across the country.Mr Roots, 53, whose real name is Keith Valentine Graham, has since become a millionaire after his popularity soared following his pitch on the hit show.Levi Roots launched the Reggae Reggae Sauce in 2007 after winning an investment on Dragons’ Den.But he is now facing a High Court battle after his former friend filed a lawsuit in March 2010, claiming the sauce was his and he had given it to Mr Roots a year before he took it on Dragons’ Den.Mr Roots and Mr Bailey ran a food stall together for 17 years and both sold jerk chicken sauces at the Notting Hill carnival.Mr Bailey also used to sell jerk sauce in Kingston, Jamaica before he moved to London in 1986.Giving evidence at the High Court today, Mr Bailey, said: ‘I showed him how to make it. Levi took the recipe. I gave it to him in 2006.‘I gave it to him. Levi knows the truth.’He said to Mr Bailey: ‘Levi Roots is doing his own thing with Reggae Reggae Sauce, isn’t he?’Mr Bailey replied: ‘With my sauce. With my Reggae Reggae Sauce. With what I showed him.’He claims he was supposed to go into business with father-of-seven Mr Roots, who lives in Brixton, south London, and a third man, financial adviser Sylvester Williams, but this never happened.He is suing for a third of the profits made from Reggae Reggae Sauce.Mr Bailey added: ‘He [Levi] told me he changed it up [the sauce]. He said to me it’s not my one anymore.’Mr Vanhegan added: ‘Every proud Jamaican believes he has his own special method of how to make jerk chicken.‘Everyone has their own special way of making it, but the general basic ingredients are the same, aren’t they?’Mr Bailey replied: ‘Many people make it differently.’Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

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Coronavirus: Richarlison imitates Ronaldo’s haircut during self-isolation

first_img Alongside his controversial cut, Richarlison wrote: “In quarantine, we are like….”Advertisement Ronaldo, now 43, had the last laugh on his crop critics back in 2002 as he and Brazil lifted the World Cup for the second time in eight years. And Richarlison tagged the ex-Real Madrid and Barcelona icon in his post. And if his career proves as half as successful as his fellow countryman then he will surely become an all-time Everton great – or command a huge transfer fee. Ex-Watford striker Richarlison has found a novel way to entertain himself while in self-isolation, by mimicking his hero Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledge He already has six goals in 19 internationals, whereas Ronaldo finished with 62 in 98. And aside from spells with Spain’s biggest two clubs, Ronaldo also shone for PSV, Inter and AC Milan. Richarlison looks as if he’s cut out to be a hairo, too… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The World Richarlison must be top of the flop crops – after copying Ronaldo’s infamous 2002 World Cup haircut. The comb-alone striker and team-mates are self-isolating after Everton locked down to combat coronavirus fears. Everton striker Richarlison shows off his tribute to Brazii legend Ronaldo (right) But Richarlison offered some light relief to the more serious matters to worry about by being up front about his admiration for Brazil legend Ronaldo. The 22-year-old showed off his new “style” in an Instagram story – with the back half of his hair shaved off. And although Richarlison was wearing a LeBron James LA Lakers vest, he was sporting a hoop-less hair-do… judging by the reaction Ronaldo got to the same snip 18 years ago. Loading… last_img read more

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Arsenal beat Napoli to Gabriel

first_img Sky Sport Italia are reporting this evening that Gabriel will accept the Arsenal offer. That is partly because Napoli see him as a replacement for Koulibaly, so won’t make the move until he has been sold. The Senegal international is targeted by Manchester City, but the bid is at most €65m, nowhere near the €80m asking price. With the situation as it is, Koulibaly is increasingly likely to remain at the Stadio San Paolo. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney Movies Loading… center_img Arsenal will sign Lille defender Gabriel because Napoli cannot move for him unless Kalidou Koulibaly is sold first. The Brazilian is available for €28m and Lille President Gerard Lopez confirmed this week he will be leaving, although the destination has not yet been chosen. That is because Arsenal have matched Napoli’s offer, with the same personal terms too, so the decision is up to the centre-back. read also:Lille president Lopez confirms Gabriel is leavingAdvertisementlast_img read more

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South Africa Pacer Dale Steyn Ruled Out of World Cup

first_imgSouthampton: In a major blow, South Africa pacer Dale Steyn been ruled out of the 2019 World Cup after failing to recover from the shoulder injury he sustained during the Indian Premier League. Steyn had already missed the first two games of the showpiece event against England and Bangladesh and skipper Faf du Plessis was hopeful that he would be fit in time for the game against India.Dale Steyn will be replaced in the South Africa squad by left-arm pacer Beuran Hendricks. He made his ODI debut in January against Pakistan. The Proteas will also miss the services of Lungi Ngidi in the game against India after he injured himself during the game against Bangladesh.The pacer had limped off the field with hamstring trouble after the end of the seventh over against Bangladesh in the match which saw Proteas lose by 21 runs. It was later confirmed that he would not take the ball again for the rest of the game and had been ruled out of the match.Team manager Mohammed Moosajee had also confirmed that Ngidi would be forced to miss South Africa’s clash against India. “He was assessed and clinically we felt that he had a left hamstring strain,” the ICC website quoted Moosajee as saying. “We decided not to let him go out there and bowl any further in this match.“So currently, it probably means that he’ll be out for about a week to 10 days, but we’ll have scans done tomorrow. The plan will be probably to get him ready for the West Indies match.” IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

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Nadal, Raonic, Dimitrov and Goffin into last eight

first_imgRAFAEL Nadal reached the Australian Open tennis quarter-finals yesterday with a hard-fought four-set victory over Gael Monfils.The 30-year-old Spaniard, who is seeded ninth and won the tournament in 2009, beat the Frenchman 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.Nadal will face third seed Milos Raonic – who beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut – in the last eight on Wednesday.Canadian Raonic, the highest seed left in the men’s singles, came through 7-6(8-6), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.Grigor Dimitrov beat injury-hit Denis Istomin to progress, and will face David Goffin, who overcame eighth seed Dominic Thiem.Nadal, who has struggled with injuries, is seeking his first major since claiming his 14th Grand Slam at the 2014 French Open.He had difficulty converting break points – six of 17 – but clinched victory over Monfils with his second match point, on the sixth seed’s serve.The Spaniard had cruised through the first two sets, but lost the third and was a break down in the fourth before sealing victory in two hours and 56 minutes.“Now I feel a little bit tired. But probably tomorrow (Tuesday) a bit better and hopefully after tomorrow perfect,” said Nadal, who is in his 30th major quarter-final, but first since Paris in 2015.Wimbledon finalist Raonic, 26, has reached the quarter-finals in Melbourne for the third consecutive year.Playing with a high fever, he rallied from 5-1 down in the first-set tie-breaker to win the opening set, but was then broken twice in the second.The 13th seed Bautista Agut then began to falter in the third set, when the roof at Hisense Arena was closed because of rain, and he later had to call for a trainer for a leg problem.Raonic duly took the third set and needed only 26 minutes to see out the fourth to win the match.“I was very fortunate to get through,” said Raonic, who hit 75 winners but also 55 unforced errors, including nine double faults.“There were moments when it wasn’t looking so good.”Bulgarian 15th seed Dimitrov, 25, came from behind to win 2-6, 7-6(7-2), 6-2, 6-1 as Novak Djokovic’s conqueror Istomin struggled with a leg problem.Istomin, the bespectacled world number 117 from Uzbekistan, showed the effects of a demanding tournament.“Denis deserves all the credit for an unbelievable tournament. He has been on fire and he was striking the ball so well early in the match,” said Dimitrov.Goffin had earlier become the first Belgian man to reach the Melbourne last eight by beating Austrian Thiem.The 26-year-old 11th seed won 5-7, 7-6(7-4), 6-2, 6-2 in soaring temperatures. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

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The Latest: Seyboth Wild says he is recovering from virus

first_imgMessi’s donation will be split between Barcelona’s Hospital Clinic and efforts in his native Argentina, according to Spanish newspaper AS.The Hospital Clinic said the donation will go toward treating patients as well as research seeking a cure for COVID-19.Spain is among the countries worst hit by the pandemic, with more than 2,600 deaths attributed to the virus.___The NHL is extending its recommendation for players and staff to self-isolate and stay away from team practice facilities until at least April 6. March 24, 2020 “When you do something on a grand scale, you want to do it right,” she told The Associated Press. “Give time for the world to heal. I can’t imagine the enthusiasm that’s going to be coming next year, with the whole world coming together to watch this. I know the Japanese people are going to make the best of this.”A three-time beach volleyball gold medalist, Walsh Jennings was in position to make the 2020 Games with new partner Brooke Sweat. They’re treating the coronavirus shutdown like an offseason, staying home with their families and working out on their own.California authorities have taken down the nets all along the Los Angeles-area beaches to discourage people from gathering. Walsh Jennings and her husband, beach volleyball pro Casey Jennings, put up a mini-net in their yard.Walsh Jennings says she understands why the IOC wanted to wait to make the decision.“Can you imagine making this decision after how many years and how much blood and sweat on a global level? People are having a problem calling off weddings, and calling off little tournaments, so imagine with all the billions of dollars that’s gone into this,” she said. “They have a grieving process to go through. They have so many moving parts to think about.” ___Churchill Downs has delayed reopening stables at its track and training center until April 14 because of public health concerns related to the coronavirus. A decision on postponing the scheduled April 25 spring meet opening will be made closer to that date.The storied track last week postponed the 146th Kentucky Derby from May 2 to Sept. 5, the first time the event won’t be run on the first Saturday in May since 1945. Churchill Downs’ stables have been closed since Dec. 31 for winter renovations, and many of the horses that would be there are at tracks including Fair Grounds in New Orleans and Gulfstream Park in Florida.“We understand how trying the impact of this decision is on our horsemen,” Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a statement.___ Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame officials have announced their scheduled June 13 induction ceremony has been postponed to June 12, 2021, at Knoxville, Tennessee, because of the pandemic.The induction class features Debbie Brock, Carol Callan, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Sue Donohoe, Lauren Jackson and Carol Stiff. The 1980 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team is to be honored as trailblazers of the game.___The U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, will be rescheduled in the wake of the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games because of the spread of the coronavirus.TrackTown USA, the local organizing body, announced Tuesday that is working with USA Track & Field and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee on rescheduling the event, which was originally set to start on June 19. The Paralympics are governed by the same contract as the Tokyo Olympics.IPC president Andrew Parsons says “by taking this decision now, everyone involved in the Paralympic Movement, including all Para athletes, can fully focus on their own health and well-being and staying safe during this unprecedented and difficult time.”___USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini tells The Associated Press that athletes were surveyed over the weekend by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and that the consensus was that postponing the Tokyo Games was the correct call.DeMartini says “training disruption and qualification challenges are too big to overcome even if the environment returns to a degree of normal by late summer.” The Latest: Seyboth Wild says he is recovering from virus Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment CEO Scott O’Neil announced the move in a letter posted on the Devils’ website.The cuts are scheduled to last for three months and will amount to roughly 6% of the employees’ yearly salary if the pandemic subsides.The Devils of the NHL and the Sixers of the NBA are owned by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of HBSE.___Modern pentathlon has canceled the remainder of its World Cup season and postponed the world championships from May to September or October. Co-owner Josh Harris says after listening to his staff and players, it’s clear that the pay cuts was the wrong decision.“This is an extraordinary time in our world — unlike any most of us have ever lived through before — and ordinary business decisions are not enough to meet the moment. To our staff and fans, I apologize for getting this wrong.”The teams did not say whether they plan to maintain a four-day work week, which was part of the cuts. Employees benefits were never changed and the teams plan on keeping their 1,500 hourly workers paid throughout the regular season. The NHL’s Devils and the NBA’s Sixers are owned by Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment.___Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings says it was the “responsible choice” to postpone the Olympics. The 20-year-old Seyboth Wild, ranked No. 114, said on Twitter that he has been taking care of himself and following doctor’s instructions.Seyboth Wild recently won his first title at the Santiago Open earlier this month, defeating second-seeded Casper Ruud 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.Seyboth Wild last played in Brazil’s Davis Cup tie against Australia on March 7 in Adelaide. He lost to John Millman, 4-6, 7-6(0), 6-2.___North Carolina star freshman point guard Cole Anthony says he’s delaying any announcements about whether he’ll enter the NBA draft amid the spread of the coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Brazilian tennis player Thiago Seyboth Wild said Tuesday he has the coronavirus and is recovering. The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.___ Bach says the exact dates is a question for the Tokyo organizing committee and an International Olympic Committee panel overseeing the preparations.Swimming and track have their biennial world championships scheduled to start in July or August 2021.___IOC president Thomas Bach says “alarming figures” in the past few days about the coronavirus were key to deciding the Tokyo Olympics must be postponed.Bach cites the World Health Organization “saying in the last couple of hours that Africa has to prepare for the worst.” In a social media post Tuesday, Anthony said his family knows people in his hometown of New York who have been hospitalized and one who has died. Anthony says he is “trying to figure out how I can help during this crisis.”Considered a likely one-and-done prospect, Anthony averaged 18.5 points for the Tar Heels, though he missed 11 games due to knee surgery and UNC went just 14-19.___Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola have donated 1 million euros ($1 million) each to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.Guardiola made his donation to the Barcelona Medical College, which said on Twitter the money would be used to buy medical supplies to treat coronavirus patients in the Spanish city. Guardiola is a Catalan native, and the former Barcelona coach. World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.World Athletics adds that it is looking at a new qualification system to account for the postponement and for the havoc wreaked on the 2020 schedule by the coronavirus outbreak.___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says postponing the Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 was “the only logical option.” The Cardinals are working with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to launch an initiative that will help fund protective equipment for medical personnel, support nonprofits like food banks and homeless shelters, and provide disadvantaged students with technology to help with online learning.Cardinals President Michael Bidwell said in a statement that “this unprecedented crisis has us asking what we can do to help and what might have the greatest impact. We are grateful for the creation of this relief fund, are proud to support its critically important mission and hope that others throughout the community can join this effort in whatever way that they are able.”___Jacksonville’s Shad Khan is the latest NFL owner to donate money to help during the coronavirus pandemic.Khan committed $1 million to northeast Florida’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Associated Press If an exact one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics is agreed upon, it would take place July 23-Aug. 8.FINA says talks with Japanese officials will “determine flexibility around the dates of the competition, if necessary and in agreement with the IOC.”The governing body cites priorities including “athlete wellbeing and maximizing opportunities for aquatics stars to compete at the highest level.”___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have cut salaries for employees making more than $100,000 and put them on a four-day work week as the franchises deal with the impact of the coronavirus.center_img In a statement, the group said that while it commended the IOC for its decision, it also pressed the committee to engage with athletes while deciding on a new date for the Olympics.The statement said, “As shown over the past several weeks, no athletes, no Games.”___World swimming body FINA says it will talk to the Japanese organizers of the 2021 world championships about a possible schedule clash with the Tokyo Olympics.The championships are planned for July 16-Aug. 1 in Fukuoka. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes are funding three intensive care units for coronavirus patients at hospitals in Portugal.A hospital in Porto said the contribution from the Juventus forward and his agent will pay for 15 intensive care beds fully equipped with ventilators and other necessary equipment. Another two units with 10 beds each will be set up in Lisbon.Media reports said Ronaldo and Mendes are contributing more than 1 million euros (dollars) for the three units.The Centro Hospitalar Universitario do Porto says the unit will be named after Ronaldo and Mendes and will be of “great use at a time when the country needs it the most.”___ Steffens says the program’s team-first approach made it easier for her to handle the announcement.“We are just a very, very small part of not just the water polo community, but of Team USA and then the greater team that’s being affected by all this, which is the world,” she told the AP. “So at the end of the day the health and safety of our world is the No. 1 priority and so because of that, I completely respect and understand this decision.”The U.S. women hold every major title in the sport right now. They are going for their third consecutive Olympic gold medal.But, like so many other Olympic athletes, their training had been disrupted by the new coronavirus. Gilchrist has been swimming in the bay near her house in Southern California to help keep up her fitness.“It’s been stressful, but with the postponement I hope we can all take a big sigh of relief and focus on staying healthy and then getting after it once the team gets back together,” she said in an email to the AP. He is giving Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund $400,000. He is giving $75,000 to Feeding Northeast Florida. He is giving $75,000 to The Clara White Mission to provide food and care for the city’s homeless. He is giving the Jacksonville Public Education Fund $50,000 to provide needed supplies and technology to students and teachers as they make the transition to digital home learning.He also is giving the local chapter of the American Red Cross $50,000 in support of Anheuser-Busch’s initiative to support the continuation of blood drives throughout the country.Additional allocations will be made as the pandemic evolves and its effects on Jacksonville and northeast Florida residents continue to be realized.___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have done an about-face on cutting salaries for employees making more than $100,000. A day after announcing the temporary 20% pay cuts because of the economics effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the teams’ co-owners rescinded them. The four remaining World Cups — two in Sofia, Bulgaria, another in Budapest, Hungary, and the final in Seoul — had already been pushed to May and June but have now been officially canceled.The worlds, relocated from Xiamen, China, to Cancun, Mexico, and set for May 25-31, were rescheduled. The new dates were to be determined.Governing body UIPM says it welcomed the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and will finalize plans to revise qualification.___The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed. Two U.S. senators are pressing for transparency after the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Games over concerns about the coronavirus.Senators Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, and Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, are part of a subcommittee that handles issues related to the Olympics. In a joint statement, Moran, who’s the chairman, and Blumenthal, the ranking member, pushed for more clarity as the IOC decides when the games in Tokyo will be held in 2021.“Athletes deserve clear answers to when the games will be held and how their health will remain protected — not just at the Olympics themselves, but during the trials and training beforehand,” the statement read. “Clarity and transparency are vital steps to ensure the best possible outcome for the Tokyo Olympic Games.”Moran and Blumenthal sent a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach on March 11 to ask about the committee’s plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the Tokyo Games. They also talked with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee over health and safety of the athletes.___ Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day.The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League’s season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The CPBL’s website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves.Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April.___ Road race world champion Mads Pedersen of Denmark says he is happy the International Olympic Committee made the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games on Tuesday rather than wait weeks or even two months.Pedersen would have been among the favorites to win cycling gold this summer. He says he’s sorry for the athletes who had planned their seasons around the Olympics. But he ultimately calls it the right decision, saying that “it shows that we are thinking above the sport and making everyone’s health the priority.”The world cycling calendar has been suspended since the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Officials have not decided whether the Tour de France will carry on this July, but most of the events leading up to the Grand Tour race have been canceled or postponed.___The Montreal Canadiens are temporarily laying off 60% of employees while the National Hockey League season is suspended. NASCAR has ordered staff pay cuts across its entire company until the series returns to racing.NASCAR President Steve Phelps sent a memo to employees Tuesday saying all officers will have a 25% reduction in salary, while all other employees will have their salary reduced by 20%. Budget expenses also have been frozen, and employees are being encouraged to use vacation.NASCAR currently is suspended until May 9, a span costing the series seven of its elite Cup races. Phelps has vowed all will be rescheduled. NASCAR was four races into the season — the longest in sports at almost 11 months — when the coronavirus brought the series to a halt.___The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s newest class won’t get inducted until next year. Groupe CH, which owns hockey’s most storied club, says the layoffs go into effect March 30. Groupe CH also is establishing a $6 million assistance fund that will enhance employment insurance to make sure employees receive 80% of their salary for the following eight weeks and be available for loans to employees.Owner Geoff Molson says: “We are working extremely hard to limit the impact this situation will have on our employees.”___One of the key worldwide athlete groups that called for postponement of the Tokyo Games termed the IOC’s announcement a “bittersweet victory.”The group Global Athlete says it was appropriate for the International Olympic Committee to make the call Tuesday, instead of on a four-week timeline that it had suggested over the weekend. DeMartini says that he is a fan of a “soonest possible” reschedule but not until the situation is a bit more predictable. That could mean early in 2021 or an Olympics that is pushed into the fall of next year.DeMartini says “we just need to be sure everything is being done to protect their safety.”___IOC president Thomas Bach says he did not discuss new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.One option would be July 23-Aug. 8. That is exactly one year from the now-postponed July 24-Aug. 9 dates. “Although it is not yet clear how long it may take to finalize a new date for the event, our Local Organizing Committee stands ready to welcome the best athletes in the country to the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field once a decision is reached,” TrackTown USA CEO Michael Reilly said in a statement.TrackTown USA is working on procedures for fans who already have purchased tickets to either retain them or apply for refunds.The Olympic trials were among the marquee events set to showcase the newly reconstructed Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Hayward Field has been expanded in anticipation of the 2021 world track and field championships.___The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals have made a $1 million donation to help those in the state affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The IOC has been advised by the WHO, which said Monday the pandemic is accelerating.Bach says the original health issue for hosting the Tokyo Olympics was “could Japan offer a safe welcome” and the IOC was confident it could.___The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021.The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___Organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics say the IOC and the Japanese government have ”chosen the best possible scenario” in postponing the Tokyo Games until next year.The Paris organizers said in a statement Tuesday that “postponing the world’s biggest sporting event is not an easy decision,” but that the IOC did the right thing in listening to “the concerns of the sports world.”The statement added that the ”postponement of the Tokyo Games will make it possible to offer the athletes optimal conditions for preparation and competition.”___ Multiple people with knowledge of the update say the NHL has recommended players and staff extend their self-quarantine 10 days beyond the original March 27 timeline, further pushing back the earliest date team facilities can reopen. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the NHL hadn’t formally announced the change in protocol.The league over the past two days has held conference calls with its Board of Governors and general managers to update them and take questions about the current situation. There is still no clarity on when the NHL might resume its season. Commissioner Gary Bettman said recently it would be a decision made in accordance with health officials and that the league is working on various scenarios about what a potential return to play could look like.— Reporting by Hockey Writers Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow___For U.S. women’s water polo players Maggie Steffens and Kaleigh Gilchrist, the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics made perfect sense. 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Update on the latest sports

first_img August 6, 2020 Update on the latest sports Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals expect to have another workout at Busch Stadium while getting ready to resume their virus-interrupted season. They had been quarantined in Milwaukee after 13 members of their traveling party tested positive for COVID-19, including All-Stars Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’). The team returned to St. Louis late Wednesday after a second straight day of negative tests and held a light workout. Their next game is scheduled for Friday night at home against the Cubs.In other MLB news: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals will see how Max Scherzer is feeling, a day after the three-time Cy Young Award winner exited a start after just one inning because of trouble with his right hamstring. Scherzer threw 27 pitches against the Mets and labored, with his fastball in the low 90s mph. He said his hamstring problem first showed up a week ago, went away, then showed up again Tuesday when he was sprinting. The Nationals already are missing World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg, who has a nerve issue in his pitching hand.— Kenta Maeda will try to remain unbeaten since being traded from the Dodgers to Minnesota in the offseason. The 32-year-old right-hander has helped the Twins open up quick this year. He pitches at PNC Park Thursday against Pirates rookie JT Brubaker, making his first major league start. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA Championship underwaySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The PGA Championship is underway in San Francisco, and it was never more quiet. Brian Harman hit the opening tee shot at TPC Harding Park. There was no applause when he was announced. He looked down a fairway that was lined by trees, but no people. It’s the first major without fans, typical of golf during the COVID-19 pandemic. The previous two months on the PGA Tour haven’t had fans. This is the first major of the year. The Masters was moved to November, the U.S. Open to September, and the British Open was canceled.This is the first time Harding Park has hosted a major and the second straight year the PGA Championship is held at a municipal golf course. Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) is the two-time defending champion. Tiger Woods goes for a record-tying fifth PGA Championship title. Jordan Spieth (speeth) needs this major to complete the career Grand Slam. MLB-NEWSCardinals can work out at home — Cuts are coming for players around the majors as teams trim their active rosters from 30 players to 28, under plans agreed to by Major League Baseball and the union before the start of this virus-shortened 60-game season. The sides decided Tuesday that rosters will remain at 28 through the World Series, instead of dropping to 26 on Aug. 20 as initially planned.last_img read more

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Aussies name huge 26-player group with eye on UK tour

first_imgUNCAPPED trio Daniel Sams, Riley Meredith and Josh Philippe are among a preliminary list of 26 players named yesterday by national selectors as Australia’s men’s team looks towards a return to on-field action.Australia’s next assignment is yet to be confirmed, although Cricket Australia and the England & Wales Cricket Board are in discussions about a limited-overs series in the UK in September.With that in mind, selectors have identified 26 players of interest, a large group that will help cover a range of contingencies for a possible England tour, which will likely be played in a bio-secure ‘bubble’, meaning replacement players won’t be able to be drafted in.A final squad will be named if and when the tour is confirmed.Other notable names on the list of 26 are Glenn Maxwell, who hasn’t played for Australia since October, as well as batsmen Travis Head and Usman Khawaja, who have recently been out of favour in white-ball cricket.Paceman Andrew Tye has also been named despite not being offered a state contract by Western Australia for this season.Victoria’s Peter Handscomb and veterans Shaun Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who were all part of Australia’s World Cup campaign last year, were all overlooked while WA pace duo Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff were not considered due to injury.Other players of note to have not been named are Test quick James Pattinson, recent ODI and T20 squad member Ashton Turner and domestic stars like Cameron Green, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Ellis and Jono Wells.Ben Oliver, CA’s Executive General Manager of National Teams, said while officials are still working through the logistics of touring England, the announcement of a 26-man group of players gives everyone some much-needed clarity.“The ECB are a long-standing and valued international cricket partner and we are doing all we can to give the tour the best possible chance of taking place,” he said.“We continue to work with the ECB and government agencies and a decision on the tour will be made in due course.“In the meantime, the identification of a preliminary list will enable us to work with players and states more directly on the preparation for the tour in the hope it can proceed.“The health and wellbeing of players and staff, along with our commitment to public health within our communities, remain our utmost priority.”A short tour consisting of three ODIs and three T20s was originally scheduled for this month but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.If the tour goes ahead, it would likely require players and coaches to be quarantined in hubs during the series – like the England and West Indies players are currently – while members of the touring party may also need to quarantine when they return to Australia.“This preliminary list covers the contingencies of playing One-Day Internationals and T20 Internationals in bio-secure hubs with the likely prospect of not being able to bring in replacements should the tour proceed,” selector Trevor Hohns said.“The preliminary list includes several exciting young players who have recently excelled at state level and in the BBL. These emerging players are those we would like to develop further as we believe they have a bright future in Australian cricket.“The preliminary list also has a view towards the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup and in the longer term the 2023 ICC World Cup.”Australia’s preliminary squad: Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Michael Neser, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, D’Arcy Short, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.(Cricket.comau)last_img read more

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