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first_imgMr Hasto added: “The danger is seen in people who regularly use contraception and then stop. That will create drop-outs.”The absence of contraception, Mr Hasto noted, may cause unwanted pregnancies, which could take a psychological toll on women and have longer-term repercussions, such as stunted development in children of poor families that cannot afford proper nutrition.The pandemic is “bad timing” for women to get pregnant as many are unable to obtain proper healthcare services, said Mr Hasto, who added: “It’s better for couples to use contraceptive methods now.”This appears to be the sentiment among Italians, as over 80 per cent surveyed by University of Florence researchers said they did not plan to conceive during the pandemic, with a third of them abandoning previous plans to have a child.Indonesia is among a number of countries, however, anticipating a baby boom as a result of measures encouraging people to stay home to curb COVID-19 transmission.Dr Augustina Situmorang, a demography expert at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), predicts a jump in the number of pregnancies in Indonesia as people have limited access to contraception.She also underlined that the rise in pregnancies will likely occur among women from low-income families who largely depend on free contraception provided by the BKKBN, and young women who lost their jobs in cities, returned to home towns and were forced into marriage by social norms.”The family planning field officers must change the strategy now. They must reach out to people and deliver contraceptive tools at home and they can cooperate with health community centers to get the data,” said the researcher on family and health issues.Mr Hasto said that BKKBN is deploying its family field officers to give out free condoms and contraceptive pills while distributing food aids to poor families. It will also kick off a campaign to recruit one-million new family-planning acceptors in June. Topics : Indonesia, home to nearly 270 million inhabitants, annually welcomes 4.8 million births.The decrease in the contraceptive use occurred across all kinds of methods, including contraceptive implant, injection and vasectomy, the board’s chief, Mr Hasto Wardoyo, said. Implants were down by 40 per cent, for instance, while vasectomies plunged by 90 per cent.”With the pandemic, the access to contraception has shrunk. Many clinics have shut, while those that remain open have limited the number of people they serve,” he told The Straits Times.This also limits low-income earners’ access to contraceptive pills, which they can get free from BKKBN via clinics and midwives. center_img Stay home and make babies? As condoms and other forms of birth control are unavailable to a growing number of Indonesians during the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s fourth-most populous nation may see a baby boom.The National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN), the authority overseeing the country’s family planning programs, found that in March, about 10 percent more of its acceptors face difficulty in accessing birth control, based on reports it received from 34 provinces. BKKBN has 28 million acceptors of its family planning methods nationwide.The one-month decline in contraceptive use alone could push up pregnancies by 15 per cent, or around 420,000 pregnancies, within a month to three months, according to its estimate. A further drop within three months will increase pregnancies by up to 30 per cent, or above 800,000, within another few months.last_img read more

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first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Governor Tom Wolf BLOG: We Must Protect All Victims The Blog The need for greater protections against sexual assault — be it for children or young adults on college campuses — is urgent. As governor of Pennsylvania, I am committed to expanding the ability of victims to come forward without fear and hold their abusers accountable, including supporting the removal of criminal statutes of limitation for child sex abuse, which House Bill 1947 would do.I commend legislators in Harrisburg including Reps. Mark Rozzi, D, Berks County; Ron Marsico, R., Dauphin; Nick Miccarelli, R., Delaware; James R. Santora, R., Delaware; Joe Petrarca, D., Westmoreland; Tim Briggs, D., Montgomery; Martina White, R., Philadelphia; and Margo Davidson, D., Delaware; and Sen. John Sabatina, D., Phila., for showing courage in the face of misguided opposition, and for standing up for victims of sexual abuse.There is no dollar amount or time limit that can, or should, be placed on holding those accountable who prey on those who are vulnerable and defenseless.We must continue to look at the entire system to change what has become a true crisis for all Pennsylvanians, especially our children and young people.center_img June 13, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgFamily moving into new houseIN  LAST week’s column, “Ensuring buyers gain a clean slate”, I talked about sellers leaving the home in a clean and tidy condition and how buyers and sellers could avoid any disputes with a few simple steps. This week, it is timely to talk about where the legal responsibilities lie if furniture is left behind by the seller after settlement. We recently had a situation where a seller left two cupboards at a house after they moved out and prior to settlement. One was in the garage and one was in a bedroom. The seller thought they might leave them there for the buyer and claimed it was a gesture of goodwill. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020At the pre-settlement inspection the buyer discovered the cupboards and refused to settle until they were removed. We contacted the seller who promptly had the cupboards removed and the settlement proceeded.Although in cases such as this we recommend that you should always first confer with and obtain advice from a qualified legal practitioner, the relevant provisions in Clause 5.6 of the REIQ Contract for Houses and Residential Land (Contract) provides that a seller must remove “reserved items” from the property before settlement, and that any “reserved items” not removed before settlement will be considered abandoned and may be disposed of by the buyer in any way. Reserved items may include any chattels not being sold or fixtures not included in the sale of the property. If the buyer is required to remove any reserved items, they may be entitled to claim the costs of removing such items from the seller, and the cost to repair any damage done to the property as a result of removing those items (if any).You should always consult a solicitor when transacting property as they will make you aware of rights such as this making for a smooth and rewarding process to all parties.An accredited REIQ agent will always recommend using a qualified legal practitioner and can even provide a list of those who practise in the city if you do not have a preferred one.last_img read more

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first_img Press Association Edinburgh produced the best rugby of the game at the end of the first half, capped by a try from number eight Cornell Du Preez that Heathcote converted to help the hosts to a 13-6 interval lead. Leader pulled back three points midway through the second half before in typical Connacht fashion the visitors put in a late burst, and the winning try by Willie Faloon came from a driven line-out five minutes from time. On duty for his second PRO12 game, in the first match on the brand new Murrayfield pitch, referee Gary Conway awarded two penalties in the opening six minutes. The first was struck home by Edinburgh fly-half Heathcote, whereas Leader missed his from tight to the touchline. Heathcote stuck over a second in eight minutes and Leader missed his second kick nine minutes later. In between, Edinburgh had seized a grip on the game but the closest they came to capitalising was when left winger Nick McLennan could not quite reach a side-footed kick from full-back Jack Cuthbert before it rolled dead. Profiting from Connacht’s first notable spell of possession, Leader got his side on the board with a simple penalty in 23 minutes. Connacht were then handed a chance when McLennan and Cuthbert messed up a quickly-taken line-out, but from the scrum-five stand-off Jack Carty’s prodded kick was touched down by the home side. Following their opening success over Newport, this time they slugged it out to win 14-13 in a poor game that rarely came to life due to a large number of injury stoppages. Edinburgh took an early lead with a couple of penalties by number 10 Tom Heathcote, before Connacht full-back Darragh Leader levelled up with a pair of kicks of his own. Connacht left it late against Edinburgh at Murrayfield but Willie Faloon’s try made it two wins from two games in the Guinness PRO12. However the pressure pendulum had swung the Irish way and when a scrum collapsed after 36 minutes Leader struck the equalising penalty home. However there was time for Edinburgh to put in some ferocious pick-and-go before a long pass by Sam Beard found number eight Du Preez on the left wing, and he dived over in the corner. The conversion by Heathcote saw Edinburgh go in leading 13-6. Edinburgh’s scrum problems continued into the second half and 15 minutes after the restart, prop WP Nel, who had replaced John Andress at the break, was shown a yellow card at the set-piece and Leader kicked the penalty. Just as Nel’s time-out was ending, Connacht were reduced themselves, when television evidence saw flanker Faloon sin-binned for stamping. As the game stumbled towards its end, it came alive when Du Preez hoisted a loose ball upfield and isolated Niyi Adeolokun was forced to concede a scrum five. Du Preez was denied a try off the back of it by TV evidence. Connacht got upfield and put a penalty into the corner from where the pack mauled over with Faloon touching down. Stand-off Jack Carty failed to convert but Connacht had taken the lead, and they clung to it. last_img read more

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first_imgCOLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSPitino returning to college hoopsUNDATED (AP) — Rick Pitino is a college basketball coach once again.Pitino has accepted the head coaching position at Iona, three years after being forced to leave Louisville.Pitino was the first coach to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four, doing it with Louisville, Kentucky and Providence. He won national championships with the 2013 Cardinals and 1996 Wildcats, although his Louisville title was vacated over NCAA violations involving the team’s director of basketball operations. In other developments related to the virus:— Cleveland State women’s basketball coach Chris Kielsmeier has tested positive for the coronavirus. CSU has issued a statement saying Kielsmeier is the first confirmed case of the virus at the school, as confirmed by Cuyahoga County health officials.— In Los Angeles, the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Staples Center, have joined together to set up a fund to provide financial help to all hourly arena workers impacted by the stoppage of games. The fund will help compensate for lost wages through the end of the NBA and NHL regular seasons. Payments will go to over 2,800 workers.— The United Center ownership and the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks say they will pay day-of-game employees through the end of their scheduled seasons. The NBA and NHL seasons have been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement attributed to Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, the teams say their employees “are family, and we will navigate this unprecedented situation together.”— Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh AH’-bay) says his country still intends to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo as planned. He says the virus outbreak hasn’t reached a point in Japan that requires him to declare a national emergency like the United States and parts of Europe. Abe says Japan is continuing to “coordinate well” with the International Olympic Committee. President Donald Trump suggested this week that Japan should consider postponing the Olympics, which are scheduled to open July 24. The Nationals also dropped David Hernandez, who surrendered five earned runs over 2 1/3 innings over four appearances this spring.IDITARODIditarod mushes on; fans being urged to skip finish in NomeANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — As Iditarod mushers drove their dog teams across Alaska on Saturday, race officials scrambled to make last minute changes prompted by concerns over the new coronavirus, including asking fans not to fly to Nome for the finish.Officials late Friday night urged race fans, especially those from out of state, to skip the finish this week. City officials in Nome followed most other Alaska cities in closing or limiting access to most public buildings in wake of the state’s first positive test, that of a man from outside the United States. The man was tested Thursday at an Anchorage hospital after earlier arriving in the city on a private cargo plane. — The Pac-12 Conference has canceled all spring sports and championships following a meeting of conference executives and athletic directors. The conference also announced that all organized team activities are not allowed until at least March 29, when that decision will be revisited. The smaller Southland Conference also announced a similar move.— The ECHL board of governors approved the cancellation of the remainder of the season. The professional hockey league has 26 teams in the United States and Canada.— The XFL says a player with the Seattle Dragons has tested positive for coronavirus. The fledgling football league says the unidentified player reported his symptoms to team medical staff on Tuesday and has been in quarantine ever since. He was tested for COVID-19 and received the result Friday.— The Italian soccer players’ association says it is “saddened and outraged” that clubs are still calling on their players to attend training sessions. In a statement, the players’ association notes that “some clubs” are bringing in players to train in small groups, “or, even worse, for daily checks of their temperature.” Italy is the European country hit worst by the virus, where the number of virus cases climbed to over nearly 20,000, with more than 1,000 deaths.— A leading executive at a relegation-threatened Premier League team has called for the English soccer season to be abandoned, saying officials were in “dreamland” if they thought play could resume early next month after games were suspended amid the coronavirus outbreak. In a column in The Sun newspaper, West Ham vice-chair Karren Brady wrote that “The only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void.” West Ham is in 16th place in the 20-team division. The Premier League said it hopes to be back up and running, if possible, by the weekend of April 3-4 – meaning two rounds will have been missed – but Brady sees that prospect as unlikely. March 14, 2020 — The Chinese soccer team that was originally stuck in Spain because of the outbreak is going back home to try to avoid its rapid spread in Europe. Wuhan Zall was expected to return to China on Saturday, nearly 1 1/2 months after it arrived in Spain for preseason training. The team had not been able to leave because of the restrictions in China but expedited its departure because of the worsening situation in Spain. Confirmed coronavirus infections have reached nearly 6,000 people in Spain and the government has declared a two-week state of emergency.— The International Triathlon Union has suspended all competitions and activities from Monday to the end of April. Major events postponed include the second world series event in Bermuda on April 18-19, and four World Cups in the United States, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico.— The Edinburgh Marathon that was to take place on May 24 has been postponed. Race director Neil Kilgour said a new date for the marathon in the Scottish capital is expected to be announced on Monday.— The men’s curling world championships in Scotland have been canceled, along with the mixed and senior events in Canada.— German cyclist Maximilian Schachmann has won the Paris-Nice race in a rare case of a sporting event still going ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic.  UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Redskins have placed the franchise tag on three-time Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff as they attempt to keep him in the fold next season.The team didn’t designate the exclusive, franchise tag on Scherff, meaning he can still talk to other teams. Washington would have the right to match another offer or receive two first-round picks as compensation.The 28-year-old Scherff was the fifth overall pick in the 2015 draft and has been a force for Washington when healthy.In other NFL news:— Falcons fullback Keith Smith has agreed to a three-year contract extension rather than test the free agent market that opens Wednesday. Smith started five games and led the team with eight special teams tackles last season after playing all 16 games for the 2018 Raiders. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPistons’ Wood tests positive for coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — Another NBA player has tested positive for the coronavirus.center_img The Iditarod had previously postponed post-race events in Nome, including the musher’s banquet and an annual meet-and-greet with mushers.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The 67-year-old Pitino has a 770-271 overall record in college. He replaces Tim Cluess, who resigned Friday for health reasons after 10 seasons and six NCAA Tournament appearances.In other college basketball news:— Freshman Brycen Goodine is transferring from Syracuse after averaging just nine minutes and 1.9 points this past season. He appeared in 23 of the Orange’s 32 games and hit just three of his 23 3-point attempts.NFL-NEWSRedskins give franchise tag to Scherff Update on the latest in sports: — The Lions have re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach, giving him a chance to play in his 17th NFL season. He is second on Detroit’s career list with 244 games played.MLB-NEWSNats release StricklandWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have released relief pitcher Hunter Strickland in a series of moves by the reigning World Series champs.Strickland was expected to stabilize Washington’s bullpen after being acquired from Seattle at the July 31 trade deadline last season, but he recorded a 5.14 ERA in 21 innings over 24 appearances for the Nationals. He didn’t pitch for the Nats during the postseason. Associated Press A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Pistons forward Christian Wood has contracted the virus and is feeling fine. The team confirmed it had a player who tested positive without revealing his name.Wood’s diagnosis was revealed one week after he played against the Utah Jazz, spending much of that night matched up with Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’). The NBA opted to suspend its season Wednesday, immediately after Gobert became the first league player to test positive.Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell also has tested positive.Wood was enjoying a breakout season, averaging career highs of 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds while starting 12 of 62 games. He’s been exception over his last 10 games, providing 24.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest.Meanwhile, Gobert has donated $500,000 to support health services in the U.S. and France and employees of the team impacted by the coronavirus. His donation was announced by the Jazz, who said some of the money will go to COVID 19-related social services relief in Utah, Oklahoma City and within the French health care system.last_img read more

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first_img— Fans will be allowed in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month. Spectators will be allowed to attend matches if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity. The Russian league previously announced it would resume games on June 21. There’s no word on what regulations would apply to the fans allowed into Russian stadiums or how the limited number of tickets would be allocated.NFL-NEWSHyde signs with Seahawks, Apple goes to PanthersUNDATED (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have added another option at running back by signing veteran Carlos Hyde to a one-year.Hyde is coming off the best season of his career after rushing for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns with Houston. It was his first 1,000-yard NFL campaign. Williams has struggled in recent years. It finished in last place in the constructors’ standings in 2018 and ’19.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Also approved was the competition committee’s recommendation to expand defenseless player protection to a kickoff or punt returner who is in possession of the ball but has not had time to avoid or ward off contact of an opponent.Another approved recommendation stops teams from manipulating the game clock by committing multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running. That’s an issue that came up several times in 2019, including during the postseason.Using video replay for pass interference calls was dropped after a one-year experiment that led to more uncertainty than clarity.A proposal to have a booth judge serve as an eighth official on each crew was tabled.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS — Italy’s top soccer league will resume on June 20. Italy’s sports minister gave Serie A the green light to resume after a meeting with Italian soccer authorities on Thursday. A medical protocol for matches was approved by a technical scientific committee earlier.— The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums. The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option. Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another.— Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 as the Parramatta Eels beat the Brisbane Broncos 34-6 in the National Rugby League Thursday. No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules but the game was broadcast across Australia.— The European Tour is planning to resume its season close to home. The tour says it has targeted the British Masters in England on July 22 as the restart. That would be followed by five new tournaments in England and Wales that will be called the “U.K. Swing.” The new events will have a prize fund of 1 million euros. European Tour chief Keith Pelley says the plans depend on the U.K. lifting quarantine restrictions, but he’s confident that will happen.— The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the pandemic. Organizers of the first Dutch GP since 1985 chose not to host it without spectators. F1 wants to start the season in July with no spectators at races. F1-WILLIAMS-FOR SALEWilliams considers full sale of struggling Formula 1 teamOXFORD, England (AP) —Williams is considering selling its storied Formula One team.The Williams Grand Prix Holdings group says it is looking at a range of options as part of a “new strategic direction.” That includes selling a minority or majority stake and even “a potential sale of the whole company.”The group is in preliminary discussions with some parties regarding a potential investment in the company. Williams was founded in 1966 and is the third most successful team in the sport with nine constructors’ titles and seven drivers’ titles. May 29, 2020 Coach Chris Beard said McClung had officially signed with the Red Raiders.The junior had put his name in the transfer portal after removing it from consideration from the NBA draft. McClung led the Hoyas with 15.7 points a game last season, while also averaging 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists.NBA-WILLIAMSON-SUITWilliamson attorneys looking to block suitMIAMI (AP) — Attorneys for NBA rookie Zion Williamson are seeking to block his former marketing agent’s effort to have the ex-Duke star answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-CHARLOTTEElliott gets first Cup win of seasonCONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott was able to celebrate a victory that capped a very busy stretch for NASCAR. Hyde’s addition is a significant move after leading rusher Chris Carson suffered a significant hip injury late last season. Coach Pete Carroll has indicated Carson should be healthy for the season.In other NFL news:— The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Eli Apple after losing free agent James Bradberry to the Giants. Apple has started 48 games during four NFL seasons but has never lived up to the billing of being the 10th overall selection in the 2016 draft out of Ohio State. He recorded 58 tackles and one forced fumble while starting 15 games for the Saints last season.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-GEORGIA-DANIELSGeorgia gets USC transfer Daniels NFL owners table onside kick alternative proposalUNDATED (AP) — NFL owners approved several rules on Thursday without accepting an alternative to the onside kick.Owners have tabled a proposal that would have offered a fourth-and-15 play as an alternative to the onside kick. Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay said there were more clubs receptive to the onside kick alternative than in the past and it will be further explored and likely brought up again.Owners approved testing expanded use of video replay in the preseason to aid in officiating, and they also increased the number of players who may be designated for return from the injured list during a season from two to three.The owners voted to make permanent the expansion of automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful extra points.center_img In a Florida court filing last week, Williamson’s attorneys say those questions are “nothing more than a fishing expedition aimed at tarnishing Williamson’s reputation.” They added the accusations are designed to “maximize potential embarrassment and media coverage in an attempt to improperly gain settlement leverage.”TRANSGENDER ATHLETES-HIGH SCHOOLConnecticut transgender policy found to violate Title NineHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has found a Connecticut policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports is illegal. The office says the policy violates Title IX, the federal civil rights law guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics.The ruling comes in response to a complaint filed last year by several female track athletes, who argued that two transgender runners who were identified as male at birth had an unfair physical advantage. The dispute also is the subject of a federal lawsuit. Update on the latest sports — Live horse racing is slated to resume in Maryland this weekend with a three-day session at Laurel Park, which will remain closed to the general public. The Maryland Jockey Club says it has received approval from the Maryland Racing Commission to launch its Summer 2020 meet with live racing on Saturday, but fans are forbidden from entering the track until clearance is received from the state. All races on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be streamed live on the Laurel Park website.— Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but their numbers will be strictly limited. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans starting in June as part of the states’ move to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Abbott’s new order allows outdoor stadiums to host fans up to 25 percent of their normal capacity. Leagues will have to apply to state health officials to be allowed to have fans. Indoor events will still be without spectators.— Major League Soccer gave its teams the go-ahead to begin small voluntary group training sessions outdoors, the next step in the league’s effort to return to action. The group sessions must comply with local public health and government restrictions. Teams must submit club-specific plans to the league for the sessions. A maximum of six players may be assigned to a single group. All other health and safety measures required when MLS teams began individual training must still be maintained. A league-wide moratorium on full team training remains in effect through next Monday.— The English Premier League plans to restart on June 17 after a 100-day shutdown with new staggered kickoffs to maximize broadcast slots as fans are prevented from attending games. The clubs agreed Thursday that the competition should resume with a Wednesday night doubleheader featuring Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United. After those makeup games are played, the 30th round will start on Friday, June 19 provided authorities approve safety plans.— Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus. Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday. Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms. Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name them Elliott reeled in Kevin Harvick with 27 laps remaining and closed out the win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott was charging hard on Harvick with about 35 laps remaining when he asked if he had enough fuel to make it to the finish. He stayed on the track and came away with his first Cup win of the season.Elliott shook off a pair of tough losses to finish about 2.2 seconds ahead of runner-up Denny Hamlin. Ryan Blaney was third, followed by Ricky Stenhouse and Kurt Busch.The rain-delayed event closed a frantic 12-day stretch that featured four Cup races, two each in North and South Carolina.Elliott’s victory was the first for a Chevrolet driver in NASCAR’s return to Cup racing since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sport.NFL-RULE CHANGES Associated Press — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell also said during today’s owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. NFL executive vice president of communications, public affairs and policy Jeff Miller said the league’s first consideration is of course the health and safety of the public and the players and the employees and the people who will be participating.— Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says racing will be allowed to resume in the state without spectators. The governor says NASCAR will race at Martinsville Speedway on June 10, and that other forms of auto racing and horse racing also are cleared to resume. NASCAR was originally scheduled to make its first of two stops at Martinsville in early May, but the event was postponed because of the outbreak.— The John Deere Classic is canceling what would have been its 50th straight anniversary as a PGA Tour event. Tournament director Clair Peterson says there were too many hurdles to overcome from the pandemic. The John Deere would have been the fifth PGA Tour event on the revised schedule. The tour had said the first month would be played without fans, leaving it possible for the Deere to have them.— Sports agent Scott Boras is recommending that his clients refuse Major League Baseball’s attempt to cut salaries during negotiations with the players’ association. He is claiming that team financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic have their origin in management debt financing. Boras wrote in an email obtained by The Associated Press that players should not alter terms of the March 26 agreement between MLB and the union that called for players to reduce their salaries to a prorated rate based on a shortened season. MLB on Tuesday proposed a series of tiered reductions that would cause top stars to receive the biggest cuts.— At least 10 major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they’ll continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guaranteeing those players $400 per week. The San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners are promising payments through August. The Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles have pledged to do so through at least June. The White Sox are even providing those stipends to 25 minor league players recently released. Boston marathon canceledUNDATED (AP) — Organizers have canceled the Boston Marathon for the first time in its 124-year history due to social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak.The race had endured through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and a previous pandemic. The race draws a field of 30,000 and already had been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14. It will be replaced by a virtual event in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher’s medal.The Boston Marathon began in 1897 and has been the longest-running annual marathon in the world.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has picked up another high-profile transfer to compete for its starting quarterback job, landing former Southern California starter JT Daniels.Daniels started for the Trojans in 2018 but lost his job to Kedon Slovis last season after going down with a knee injury. Daniels will battle for playing time with graduate transfer Jamie Newman, who left Wake Forest to play his final college season with a program that has been a consistent national contender under coach Kirby Smart.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS TECH-McCLUNGMcClung transferring to Texas TechLUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Former Georgetown guard Mac McClung will play at Texas Tech after Davide Moretti’s departure from the Red Raiders to play professionally at home in Italy.last_img read more

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first_imgBadger sophomore Morgan Paige will see a familiar face in Iowa’s Jaime Printy Thursday night. The pair both hail from Marion, IA and played against each other in high school.[/media-credit]As Wisconsin and Iowa prepare to take to the Kohl Center hardwood Thursday night, they find themselves in surprisingly similar spots.With identical 4-5 conference records – placing them in a tie for seventh – it’s a critical opportunity not only to clamber up the Big Ten ranks but also to continue riding their respective hot streaks before heading into the approaching conference tournament. Winners of three in a row – their longest such streak of the season – the Badgers have a chance at redemption after falling to the Hawkeyes two weeks ago.Although Wisconsin is playing its best ball of the year, Iowa is surely not searching for confidence after handing conference-leader and 15th-ranked Purdue its first loss in Big Ten play.While talk of the conference standings dominates conversation among fans, head coach Bobbie Kelsey is focusing on her own team’s improvement rather than constantly checking on the bigger picture.“I looked at the [Big Ten] standings probably for the first time last night,” Kelsey said. “I just want to win the game in front of us … You want some people to help you, but you’ve got to handle your own business. You can’t be worried about what other folks are doing.”The primary concern facing UW will be limiting the open shots for the Hawkeyes’ hot-handed guards. Powering the offense is junior guard Jaime Printy, who averages a team-high 17.3 points per contest and 35.8 percent from the field.Complementing Printy and helping the Hawkeyes put up an average of 70 points per game is senior guard Kamille Wahlin, who also averages double figures and sinks 42 percent of her shots from the floor.“Iowa’s a really good three-point shooting team,” sophomore guard Morgan Paige said. “Obviously Jaime Printy does the majority of their scoring, and Wahlin, those two on the perimeter. Then you have Morgan Johnson on the inside, so we really got to be able to play one-on-one containment and really guard the three-line, because they shoot it pretty well.”As Paige pointed out, the Hawkeyes’ offensive production doesn’t end with their guards. At 6-foot-5, Johnson, a center who is second on the team with 14.1 points per game, will be one of the biggest post challenges of the year for Badger forwards Anya Covington, Ashley Thomas and Cassie Rochel to defend.Currently leading the Big Ten with a 54.6 shooting percentage, Johnson will keep UW from focusing all its defensive attention solely on the perimeter.To contain an Iowa team that isn’t afraid to fire the ball off from deep and quickly bury opponents when it finds a rhythm, Kelsey believes strong one-on-one defense is key to a home victory.“Last time [against Iowa] we didn’t do a very good job of one-on-one defense,” Kelsey said. “You can’t help a lot off of this team because they have great three-point shooters. We didn’t do a very good job of keeping ourselves in front of the ball.”After putting together a string of victories that included an upset Monday night over Michigan, the Badgers believe they are earning greater respect around the league.Scoring 73 points per game (up from 59.1 on the year) over the recent streak and burying 42.5 percent of their shots from beyond the arc (up from 34.2), UW is proving it can win when its new, fast-paced offense operates as planned.“We’re not somebody to be just looked over like ‘Oh, that’s Wisconsin, that’s an easy game that we can win,’” Paige said. “Teams are starting to say ‘Hey, we really need to look out for this team … they’re going to catch you on your toes and they’re going to make you work for that win.’ I think we’re really starting to adjust and I see it more not as excitement but now our expectations are being raised.”Although Kelsey & Co. aren’t surrendering their never-satisfied attitude, players and coaches alike are pleased with the notable progress Wisconsin has displayed in its most recent games. Stopping a veteran Iowa squad, even in an increasingly loud home environment, will be no simple task, but there’s a renewed sense of confidence around the program.If the Badgers, who will also host student night during Thursday’s game, want to continue their late climb up the Big Ten standings, a home matchup with Iowa presents the perfect opportunity to do so before entering a brutal stretch that includes three top 25 opponents on the road over UW’s next four games.“It’s just encouraging, going into the Big Ten tournament we know that we have that potential to play with everyone, and I [believe] that’s what these last few wins have given us the confidence of,” Thomas said.last_img read more

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first_img StumbleUpon The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has made the decision to halt all horse racing across British racecourses on 7 February following the outbreak of Equine Influenza, casting worries about this year’s Cheltenham Festival.The shut down follows the Animal Health Trust confirming three positive cases of the virus in vaccinated horses at an active race yard. Horses from the infected yard have since raced at Ayr and Ludlow following the discovery, which poses a potential exposure risk to a significant number of horses from yards across the UK and Ireland.However with Cheltenham just next month, there are worries that a long term halt to horseracing might be necessary.The Cheltenham Festival in 2001 was cancelled amid a Foot and Mouth Outbreak that stopped horseracing for months.Veterinarians are concerned that the influenza virus has been discovered in vaccinated horses which casts doubts over the welfare and ability to contain the illness. The action to cancel racing as been welcomed as a necessary decision to restrict, as much as possible, the further spread of equine influenza.Officials from the BHA have conducted investigations into which yards may have been exposed and to identify the necessary further actions. The horseracing body is currently in discussions with the yards that may have been exposed to ensure that measures are put in place to ensure appropriate quarantine and biosecurity.The BHA stated: “The full extent of potential exposure is unknown and we are working quickly to understand as much as we can to assist our decision making. The BHA is working closely with the Animal Health Trust and will issue a further update tomorrow. “We recommend that any trainer who has concerns about the health status of any of their horses should contact their veterinarian.”An outbreak of the virus rocked the Australian racing industry in 2007 when a nationwide ban was issued to restrict the movement of horses for 72 hours. As a result, Sydney’s spring racing carnival was cancelled, with horse-related activities not resuming fully for months later.Since the announcement, Wolverhampton has cancelled its race meeting for Saturday 9 February. Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Submit Share Share Related Articles ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020last_img read more

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — This weekend, a new art exhibit is coming to Alpena’s Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan.It features 55 years of artistic experience and excellence from two men who call the Sunrise Side home. Erv Lewandowski and Mark Beins will share some of the most impressive creations that Michigan has ever seen. Their exhibit is called “Two Artists Sharing Space.”“When you walk in and you’re hit with the white, these pieces are gorgeous,” said Beins about his first look at the completed gallery.What makes this gallery unique is the layout and sizes of the pieces. Lewandowski usually creates smaller pieces, crafted from his colored pencils. Beins gravitates towards larger artwork.“I thought we’d be a nice compliment to one another,” said Lewandowski. “People could roll in and look at his work and then back up and look at mine, look at his, and I thought the small-large combination, walking through the gallery would be just an absolute inviting fit.”The two have a unique bond. Both are Sunrise Side artists. They both focus on capturing the smaller details of nature that are easily overlooked.“What we see in life, whether it be water or land or a speck, a lot of the subjects that I work with, particularly in recent years, are fragments of things in nature,” said Lewandowski. “When you take fragments, those are things people likely will pass over as they walk through woods or look at a stream.”For Erv and Mark, this is an opportunity to inspire curiosity in those that explore their work.“When someone walks out of a gallery and wants to look, wants to observe, and wants to understand more, whether it’s our subject matter or not, that’s my goal,” said Beins.The exhibit opens this Saturday at the Besser Museum. A reception will take place from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Guests can register to win a Lewandowski print. The exhibit runs until April 15th. For more information, visit the Besser Museum’s website at www.bessermuseum.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Art, Besser Museum, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, Erv Lewandowski, Mark Beins, northeast michigan, Sunrise Side, Two Artists Sharing SpaceContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Thursday, January 24Next Michigan DHHS updates the status as assistance during the government shutdownlast_img read more

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first_imgBlack Stars goalkeeper Fatau Dauda has admitted that playing at this year’s World Cup can turn his professional career around. The 29 year old goalie despite his lack of regular game time at club level managed to make coach Kwasi Appiah’s 26 man squad.Fatau who was the first choice goalie for the Black Stars at the Nations Cup in South Africa is now facing stiff competition from goalkeepers Adam Kwaresey and Stephen Adams for the number one spot. The former Ashanti Gold player says the World Cup can change his career.“This is a big platform, if you want to play outside Ghana, big clubs this is the platform, you need to be happy as a player who knows it may be once in a lifetime,’ said Dauda“This can change my life totally in my career so I’m well prepared and I’m just praying to get the chance to start games at the World Cup and then I will show what I can do at the tournament.”last_img read more

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