China reports almost all new infections outside Wuhan originated abroad

first_imgFor the second day in a row, there were no new infections in Hubei outside of the provincial capital of Wuhan, where new cases fell to the lowest level since Jan. 25.Special institutions like prisons, detention centers and nursing homes in Wuhan, which have seen nearly 1,800 confirmed cases as of March 5, still have potential risks in virus control and prevention, the Communist Party’s Politics and Law Commission said on Saturday.The total number of confirmed cases in mainland China so far is 80,651.The death toll from the outbreak in mainland China was 3,070 as of the end of Friday, up by 28 from the previous day.The central province of Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak, reported 28 new deaths. In the provincial capital of Wuhan, 21 people died.  About a quarter of China’s new confirmed cases and almost all of those outside the epidemic’s epicenter in Wuhan originated outside the country on Friday, according to official data.Most of these cases, which include infections of Chinese nationals who caught the virus abroad, were in China’s northwestern Gansu province, among quarantined passengers who entered the provincial capital of Lanzhou on commercial flights from Iran between March 2 and March 5.Mainland China had 99 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Friday, the country’s National Health Commission (NHC) said on Saturday, down from 143 cases a day earlier and marking the lowest number since Jan. 20, when the NHC started to publish nationwide figures. Topics :center_img Outside of central China’s Hubei province, there were 25 new confirmed cases reported on March 6, of which 24 came from outside China.The capital Beijing reported four new cases on Friday, of which three came from Italy, according to a notice from the Beijing health commission posted on its official Weibo account on Saturday.There were also three cases in Shanghai that originated abroad, and one in Guangdong province on Friday, according to the National Health Commission.The total nationwide number of cases that originated outside China reached 60 as of the end of Friday.last_img read more

This is Australia’s most popular capital city to move to: ABS

first_imgBrisbane saw its highest net internal migration numbers in a decade.BRISBANE is Australia’s hottest capital city destination for internal migration, netting its highest numbers in a decade as housing affordability begins to bite in the south.Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures saw Brisbane notch the highest internal migration net gain of all capital cities (10,149 people) last financial year, at a time when Sydney lost double that number (-23,176).Brisbane’s north also delivered the strongest net gain of all local government areas in the country off Moreton Bay LGA (6,264), followed by Gold Coast council (6,247) and the Sunshine Coast (6,200). North Lakes saw the strong net gains of Queensland suburbs, followed by Upper Coomera, Pimpama and Dakabin. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoLifestyle factors saw suburbs in the Gold Coast log strong gains of all Queensland suburbs, though North Lakes in Brisbane’s north did lead the charge. Picture: Queensland TourismBrisbane’s net gains were higher than that of Melbourne (8,300) and Hobart (400), while other capitals joined Sydney to log net losses including Adelaide (-6,100), Perth (-3,300), Darwin (-1,200) and the Australian Capital Territory (-180).Melbourne had biggest net gains came from the 25 to 44-year-old age group (6,200) with its biggest arrivals coming from the Rest of Victoria (24,200) and Sydney (13,700). BIGGEST GAINS: North Lakes – Mango HillUpper Coomera – Willow ValePimpamaDakabin – KallangurDeeragunCoomeraOrmeau – YatalaSpringfield LakesCaloundra – WestMurrumba Downs – Griffin (Source: ABS net internal migration estimates) Popular windsurfing location, Moreton Bay, had the strongest gains of LGAs in the country.The capital city breakdown showed that Brisbane’s largest interstate migrants came from Sydney (9,900) in the 2015-16 financial year, as well as 9,200 people from the rest of New South Wales. The Queensland capital’s biggest source of internal arrivals was the Rest of Queensland which saw a whopping 42,100 people move into the city.Young people led the charge to Brisbane, according to ABS, with the largest age group net gain coming from 15 to 24-year-olds (4,200 people), followed by 25 to 44-year-olds (2,700) and 0 to 14-year-olds (2,600).last_img read more

Dutch roundup: PGB, Shell Netherlands, APF

first_imgOver the last five years, PGB – initially the industry-wide pension fund for the printing sector – has taken in more than 10 schemes from other sectors, including the cardboard industry, the wholesale sector for flowers and plants and the maritime fishing industry.The scheme for the rubber and plastics sector also recently joined.PGB reported a return on investments of 4% but saw its net return drop to 1.4% after losses on its currency hedge.It had covered 81% of its currency risk through forward contracts.PGB reported asset management and transaction costs of 0.24% and 0.06%, respectively, and said it had spent €158 per participant on administration.Its coverage ratio stood at 97.5% at the end of June.In other news, Shell’s new individual defined contribution scheme (SNPS) said in its annual report that its sponsor was exploring its options for setting up a general pension fund (APF) for its two company schemes.In 2013, Shell Netherlands closed its €25bn defined benefit scheme SSPF and started SNPS for new workers, which now manages €56m in assets.With its plan, Shell becomes the second company to place its company schemes in an APF.At the moment, Unilever is waiting for a license to operate a general pension funds for its closed DB scheme Progress and its new DC pension fund Forward.Recently, Rob Kragten, director of both Unilever schemes, claimed APF legislation was not geared to transforming company pension funds into general pension funds, which had caused delay in the licensing process. PGB, a €23.5bn ‘multi-sector’ pension fund in the Netherlands, has said it will continue to focus on achieving “controlled growth to benefit participants” despite the lack of clarity on the new pension system.In its 2015 annual report, chairman Ruud Degenhardt said increasing PGB’s scale would allow it to reduce costs and negotiate better contracts with asset managers.Added scale would also increase the scheme’s options for diversifying its investment portfolio.Degenhardt said PGB would not need the new general pension fund (APF) to achieve its goal.last_img read more

Fresh proposals for USS funding fail to satisfy university staff

first_imgOxford UniversityHow We Run Our Money: USS Bill Galvin and Guy Coughlan of the UK’s Universities Superannuation Scheme outline their measured approach to valuation to Joseph Mariathasan UK’s biggest scheme ‘could take more risk to cut deficit’ – expert panel A panel of experts scrutinising the valuation of USS has recommended a series of changes that could reduce its reported deficit significantly and cut planned contribution increasesUSS: Further delay to funding agreement risks regulatory action USS has said it will not incorporate revised risk appetite information from sponsoring employers into its latest funding agreement in part because of concerns a further delay could bring a regulatory penalty Credit: Warwick University UCU branchUCU members striking at Warwick University over USS proposals in 2018The first two options put forward last week included the same contribution rates that USS consulted on with employer organisation Universities UK (UUK) earlier this year: a fixed rate of 33.7% in the first proposal, or 29.7% with sufficiently strong contingent contribution arrangements for the second.A new third option of 30.7% was also offered by USS, subject to a 2020 valuation.According to USS, any of the three options would see a “significant reduction” in the contributions required from 1 April 2020, using data and assumptions from the scheme’s 2017 valuation.The current contribution rates of 10.4% from members and 22.5% from employers are set to rise in October 2019 to 11.4% and 24.2%, respectively.The UCU and UUK will consider the options at future formal JNC meetings.However, UCU head of higher education Paul Bridge confirmed the union would push its policy of “no detriment”, which states that members’ benefits should not be reduced and their contributions should not rise.He said: “We have come a long way from the start of this dispute when we faced the end of the guaranteed pension at a cost to members of around £200,000 over the course of their retirement.”While the union had made substantial progress in avoiding the “very large increases originally proposed by USS”, Bridge said, none of the three options would satisfy the union’s “no detriment” policy position.Bridge added: “Once there is a clear proposal, it will need to be considered by UCU and UUK within the JNC where we will press our policy of no detriment. It will then be for our members to decide what happens after proposals emerge from the JNC negotiations.” Staff across the UK went on strike last year after the scheme’s Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) proposed closing the DB section, having reported a £7.5bn funding shortfall in 2017. Further reading A range of new options put forward by the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) to solve an impasse with staff organisations last week have been criticised by the University and College Union (UCU).The £64.4bn (€74.4bn) USS – the UK’s largest defined benefit (DB) pension scheme – last week published a third option for employee and employer contributions in an attempt to break a deadlock in discussions over the future of the fund.In response to the three options for finalising the 2018 valuation, the UCU said its members would ultimately decide the next steps over the future of the scheme. However, it noted that none of the proposals satisfied the union’s “no detriment” policy.The row is the latest between the USS, its supporting employers and the higher-education staff that make up the majority of its members. Over the past few years, the two sides have clashed over potential cuts to benefits or increased contributions that could fill the fund’s significant deficit.last_img read more

People roundup: DWS names heads of research and strategy for alternatives

first_imgDWS Group, B&CE, The People’s Pension, Legal and General Group, Nest Sammelstiftung, PTL, River and Mercantile, SUSI Partners, RobecoSAMDWS Group – Kevin White and Simon Wallace have been named global co-heads of alternatives research and strategy, reporting to Pierre Cherki, head of alternatives and co-head of the investment group. Both have been with DWS for several years – White since 2015 and Wallace since 2011. White, who is based in New York, has worked closely with the alternatives team in his role as head of Americas strategy in alternatives, while Wallace has been head of research for Europe for alternatives.“Kevin and Simon have been working closely with the team on key global initiatives on behalf of our clients in their regional leadership positions for several years and are well-positioned to step into their new roles,” said Cherki.B&CE – The provider of £8bn authorised master trust, The People’s Pension, has appointed Sue Hunter as chief finance officer. Hunter will join B&CE on 12 November after a long period working at Legal and General Group in a variety of finance director roles.  Nest Sammelstiftung – Thorsten Buchert is the new managing director of the CHF2.7bn (€2.4bn) Swiss collective foundation, succeeding Peter Beriger. Felix Pfeifer has been succeeded as president of the trustee board by Jeanette Leuch, who is a partner at invalue, one of the employers signed up to Nest for occupational pension provison.PTL – The UK professional trustee and governance services firm has hired River and Mercantile’s former head of defined contribution pensions as head of proposition development, a new role. Britt Hoffmann-Jones has re-joined the pension industry after taking a career break to start a family.SUSI Partners – As of January next year, chief executive officer duties at the Swiss infrastructure manager will be shared between Marco van Daele and Marius Dorfmeister. This is due to current ceo and founder Tobias Reichmuth stepping down from the management of the company to become chairman of the board of directors.Van Daele is currently chief investment officer and will keep this role in addition to becoming co-CEO. Dorfmeister joined SUSI Partners recently from sustainability investment specialist RobecoSAM, which he left earlier this year alongside then fellow co-CEO Daniel Wild. At SUSI Partners, Dorfmeister has been global head of clients and member of the executive management since 1 October.Björn Bajan, currently chairman of the board of directors, will become deputy to Reichmuth from the beginning of January.River and Mercantile Group – Kevin Hayes, the group’s chief financial officer, has confirmed his intention to retire in the next six months. He joined the firm prior to its IPO in February 2014 and alongside his CFO role has been the global head of solutions over the last 12 months.Hayes will be returning to the US where his family reside and will take up a new role outside asset management. He will remain on River and Mercantile’s board until its AGM on 9 December. He will not, however, stand for re-election as a director at the AGM.Ilmarinen – Mikko Helander is resigning from his role as chairman of Ilmarinen’s board of directors, having been in the job since 2016, Finland’s largest pensions insurance company reported. He is being replaced by Matti Harjuniemi, currently chairman of the company’s supervisory board, who will take over as chairman of the board of directors on 1 January 2020. At the same time, Harjuniemi will step down as head of the supervisory board. Helander is president and chief executive oficer of Finnish retail group Kesko, and Harjuniemi is senior adviser at Finnish industrial machinery firm Metso.The executive management of Finland’s pensions insurers is overseen by two layers of oversight – the board of directors and the supervisory board. Helander’s departure and Harjuniemi’s appointment are part of several changes being made to the composition of Ilmarinen’s two non-executive boards, as a result of the company’s new articles of association, which made certain changes including new rules on length of tenure.last_img read more

Well-Centric secures North Sea contract with Chrysaor

first_imgWell-Centric, a specialist operating in the well integrity and production technology sectors of the oil and gas industry, has secured a contract with independent exploration and production company, Chrysaor.The contract is worth up to £300,000 ($397,800) per year, Well-Centric said on Monday.The one-year contract, which has two, one-year extension options, will see Well-Centric provide offshore services across three North Sea platforms; Lomond, Everest and Armada. Services include surface wellhead and xmas tree repair, testing and maintenance. Annulus top-up operations will also be carried out using Well-Centric’s innovative Annulus Lubrication Filling (ALF) Valve. The company will also be providing workshop testing, refurbishment and storage of equipment.Well-Centric CEO, Gary Smart, said: “Securing this contract was a direct result of work we previously carried out on all three North Sea assets, and demonstrates Chrysaor’s confidence in our ability to successfully deliver efficient and cost-effective services.“Our services are of special benefit to assets operating in the mature phase, such as the Lomond, Everest and Armada platforms. This contract award demonstrates Well-Centric’s capabilities as a multi-disciplined well integrity organisation, and enables us to continue strengthening and optimising our portfolio.Well-Centric, alongside Well-SENSE Technology and ClearWELL Oilfield Solutions, is part of FrontRow Energy Technology Group – a group of complementary upstream oil and gas technology focused businesses.This is yet another in line of contracts awarded by Chrysaor since its takeover of a package of Shell’s North Sea assets. Namely, Chrysaor previously awarded contracts to Stork, Sparrows Group, Return To Scene Limited, and DNV GL.last_img read more

Seymour man charged with child solicitation in Switzerland County

first_imgVevay, IN—Henry, Cornett Jr., age 29,  of Seymour, was extradited from Louisville, Ky to Switzerland County after being arrested on a warrant issued by the Switzerland County Court. The warrant was issued after an investigation into Cornett’s social media use.  Cornett appeared in Court to plead on charges of allegations of child solicitation and dissemination of matter harmful to a minor.last_img

Mavrias in Sunderland medical

first_imgGreek teenage winger Charis Mavrias has arrived in Sunderland for a medical ahead of a £2.5million move from Panathinaikos. The 19-year-old Greece international, who has two caps to his name, has begun talks at the Stadium of Light. Mavrias is the second youngest player to play in the Champions League – at the age of 16 years and eight months – and has since made more than 60 appearances for Panathinaikos, scoring six goals. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: 3 players on Brazilian soccer team test positive

first_imgSpeaking at a COVID-19 media briefing Wednesday, Horgan said he has written a letter to both NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players’ Association head Donald Fehr to let them know B.C. is “a place to potentially restart the NHL assuming the games would be played without audiences, but instead played for television.”The NHL suspended its season March 12 with 189 regular-season games left.Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia’s provincial health officer, was asked Monday about Vancouver hosting NHL games with no fans and said: “These are the types of things that we need to think about.”Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday the Maple Leafs’ parent company, MLSE, has been in contact with the province about the possibility of Toronto serving as a “hockey pod” for teams as well. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Bettman spoke last month about Edmonton as another potential hub city.___ Football coach Kevin Sumlin, men’s basketball coach Sean Miller, and baseball coach Jay Johnson will all take cuts for the 2020-21 school year. Women’s basketball coach Adia Barnes and softball coach Mike Candrea also agreed to salary reductions.Other Arizona coaches will take smaller salary cuts as part of a university plan to reduce projected losses of $250 million through the 2020-21 fiscal year.Heeke last month said the athletic department faces a roughly $7.5 million revenue shortfall in 2019-20 after the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and all spring sports were canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.___The International Olympic Committee will hold an annual meeting through video conferencing on July 17. The owners of the team previously donated money and medical supplies to the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund. Josh Harris and David Blitzer are the managing partners of the Devils.___Two more international golf tournaments for amateurs have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The International Golf Federation says the World Amateur Team Championships for men and women — scheduled over two weeks in October in Singapore — have been scratched. The tournament dates to 1958. It was moved in February from Hong Kong because of social unrest.The World Amateur Team is held every other year. The IGF decided not to postpone it until 2021 because of the effect it would create with scheduling problems. It next will be played in France in 2022. May 7, 2020 Four American-based MLS teams took the first small step toward returning to play Wednesday by allowing players to use team training fields for individual workouts.The Whitecaps said they are in close discussions with the public health officer, local health authorities, and infectious disease experts and hope to confirm “plans for individual player workouts in the coming days.”___The Big 12 has become the first Power Five conference to say it will hold its football media days virtually.Big 12 coaches and athletic directors made the decision Wednesday during a virtual spring meeting that replaced their annual gathering in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ambrosie is part of a panel on arts, culture, sports and charitable organizations.The CFL’s proposal to the federal government involves $30 million now to manage the current impact the novel coronavirus outbreak has had on league business, and up to another $120 million if the 2020 season is canceled.___The Indiana High School Athletic Association has announced the resumption of prep sports around the state can tentatively begin July 1.All school-sponsored athletic activities were put on hold in March and later canceled because of school closures due to the new coronavirus. Those policies will remain in place through June. Rowing Australia says some of its coronavirus-idled athletes will take on those from Canada, Britain and New Zealand in the One Minute Challenge. It will start Friday and end next Tuesday and include anyone with a rowing machine at home to see how far they can row in one minute. Members of the public will compete along with rowers from each nation’s Olympic and Paralympic teams for individual awards in various age, weight and adaptive rowing categories, with international bragging rights also at stake for the country that records the furthest combined distance.Participants will be asked to log their scores on a live, real-time web platform, then share their results and nominate friends on social media using (hashtag) minutechallenge.British Rowing chief executive Andy Parkinson says: “In these uncertain times, we’re delighted to be able to join together in friendly competition and motivate indoor rowers across our four nations. This couldn’t have happened without fantastic collaboration between each of our governing bodies.”___ ___Juventus has announced that forward Paulo Dybala has recovered from the new coronavirus.Juventus issued a brief statement Wednesday saying that Dybala’s two latest tests came back negative for COVID-19. The club says Dybala has “therefore recovered and will no longer be subjected to the home isolation regime.”It was reported last week that Dybala was still positive for the disease after several weeks of tests.Juventus and most of the other Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18. Vancouver Whitecaps forward Yordy Reyna has started a 14-day quarantine after breaking physical distancing protocols.The Whitecaps made the announcement Wednesday, adding that the club has made Major League Soccer aware of the incident and will remain in contact with the league office.Vancouver says Reyna’s quarantine was “ordered by club officials, in consultation with the team’s medical staff, after contravening club and league orders to abide by provincial physical distancing guidelines.”The 26-year-old from Peru, who joined the Whitecaps in January 2017, has apologized to his teammates, coaches and community for his actions.MLS suspended the season on March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic, closing all team facilities but asking players to remain in market with their teams. A league-wide moratorium on group and team training remains in effect through May 15 and it’s unclear when the season might resume. ___The New Jersey Devils are donating 10,000 tickets for next season to health care workers with RWJBarnabas.The Devils also promised to donate two extra tickets for every season ticket member and plan holder who use credits they earned this year for next year.The NHL team plans to use social media to honor front-line workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey and across the country. The tribute is called “Stick Taps at 7” and will be broadcast at 7 p.m. It will include videos of players, alumni, coaches, management, front office staff and others saluting doctors, nurses and health care workers.RJWBarnabas Health is a sponsor of the Devils. Associated Press The meeting of around 100 members, known as the IOC Session, had originally been scheduled to be held in Tokyo before the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics.The one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games because of the new coronavirus, and global restrictions on travel and large gatherings of people, have left video conferencing as the best option.The IOC says its executive board will discuss the Session agenda and a secure voting protocol. The board is due to meet remotely next week, on May 14.___North Carolina says it’s launching a crowdfunding campaign to allow fans to help provide financial assistance to school athletes facing “extreme hardships” amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Phoenix Open, have partnered with NextMed to purchase and distribute 100,000 PPE masks to the Phoenix community to combat the coronavirus pandemic.Part of the NextMed Cares “Million Mask Project,” the masks will be distributed to Phoenix-area first responders, health care workers and charities with help from Innovation Care Partners.More than 17,000 masks have already been distributed, including to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House of Phoenix on Wednesday. The remaining masks will be delivered this week to other health care workers and charities across the Valley of the Sun.___Virtual racing — at least the timed variety — is coming to international rowing. The Rio de Janeiro-based club said in a statement 293 employees were tested, including all players, their families and people working at home. The club said 38 tests came back positive, but did not identify any of those infected.A staffer who spent 40 years with Flamengo died Monday of COVID-19.Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has insisted soccer resume during the pandemic. More than 8,500 people have died because of the new coronavirus in Brazil.___British Columbia Premier John Horgan has offered the NHL a place to play if the league can find a way to resume the season. Tiley is the Australian Open’s tournament director. He says organizers have “modeled everything” and tells AAP “our best-case scenario at this point is having an AO with players that we can get in here with quarantining techniques and Australian-only fans.”More than 30 sanctioned tennis tournaments have been postponed or canceled so far because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The French Open was moved from May to September and Wimbledon was called off entirely for the first time in 75 years.A decision on this year’s U.S. Open is expected in June.___German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Bundesliga can resume this month amid the coronavirus pandemic.center_img The school announced the creation of the Helping Heels Fund on Wednesday. It is designed to receive gifts to directly aid athletes and their families with expenses as permitted by NCAA rules. Those expenses could include groceries, medical bills and technology needs for online classes or remote learning.The fund is designed to supplement the school’s existing Student-Athlete Assistance Fund for the same issues. UNC has more than 800 student-athletes in 28 varsity sports.Athletics director Bubba Cunningham says many people have reached out seeking to help school athletes amid the pandemic that has shut down college sports while displacing athletes from campuses and team facilities. He says the new fund “is an opportunity to offer resources beyond what our department is currently able to provide.”The school’s compliance office will vet any funds provided and no money will go directly from a donor to an athlete.___ The resumption of prep sports remains contingent on the state’s ability to gradually reopen for business under the plan outlined last week by Gov. Eric Holcomb.If the the guidelines are met, athletes would be able to work out with teammates and coaches through at least Aug. 1.The decision comes after Jennifer McCormick, Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction, clarified that June 30 will be the end of the traditionally defined school year. ___Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke and the school’s five highest-paid coaches will take voluntary 20% pay cuts as the athletic department deals with a projected $7.5 million revenue shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic. — Reporting by David Ginsburg in Baltimore___Cleveland Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the NBA team is going ahead with plans to open its training facility on Friday so players can individually work out.Bickerstaff said the team has been in contact with local and Ohio health officials to make sure it is following safety guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team’s year-round facility in Independence, Ohio has been closed since mid-March.Bickerstaff, who took over the Cavs when John Beilein stepped down in February midway through his first season, said the league has advised that any player and coach remain 12 feet apart while on the floor together. No teams will be relegated but the top two from the second division will be promoted.There will be no relegation in the third and fourth divisions but the promoted clubs will come from the winners of playoff matches played without fans.___The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are being considered for the Grand Slam tournament scheduled for January 2021. They include scrapping it altogether because of the coronavirus pandemic or allowing just spectators from the host country.Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley tells the Australian Associated Press that the “worst-case scenario” is no tournament at all next year. About 500 media members are usually credentialed to attend Big 12 media days, which were scheduled to be held July 21-22 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and the site of the league’s championship game.The online media days will likely be held those same dates, though that was tentative.___Canadian Football League Commissioner Randy Ambrosie will testify at a House of Commons standing committee on finance Thursday.The appearance on a videoconference will come nine days after news broke that the CFL asked the Canadian government for up to $150 million Canadian in financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Latest: 3 players on Brazilian soccer team test positive Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Copa Libertadores champions Flamengo of Brazil say three players have tested positive for COVID-19 but are asymptomatic. Also, the R&A says it has postponed until next year the inaugural Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship. It was scheduled for Sept. 3-6 in Buenos Aires. It now is scheduled for Sept. 2-5 in 2021.___The Spanish soccer federation is proposing an end to this season’s women’s league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The proposal is expected to be approved by the federation’s board on Thursday.Barcelona was leading the competition at the time it was suspended in March and will be declared champion. The teams have been allowed to do so under a strict set of guidelines, including testing players and staff.___The Green Bay Packers are teaming with American Family Insurance to provide $20,000 worth of ready-made meals to northeast Wisconsin’s front-line workers in the fight against the new coronavirus. Packers officials said the meals will be delivered to hospitals May 6-12 for Nurse Appreciation Week and will go to police and fire stations May 10-16 as part of Police Appreciation Week.The Packers also have provided $1.5 million in grants through the Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. He said coaches will be required to wear masks and gloves. Bickerstaff said the workouts are voluntary and “no one is being pressured to do anything.”___Torino has announced that a player has tested positive for COVID-19 after the first run of medical tests were carried out on the team as it begins the return to training.The club has not named the player but says he is asymptomatic and has been placed in quarantine.Most Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18. Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. is eager to get back on the baseball diamond, though not until he can be sure it’s in a safe environment.Speaking Wednesday on a teleconference call from his home in Peachtree City, Georgia, Smith said he doesn’t want to return until there’s no threat of contracting the new coronavirus.“There’s a definitely a concern about that,” Smith said. “We want to make sure it’s 100 percent safe. When they give us the go — if they do — to start back up again, we don’t want to contract that virus and then pass it around to others amongst ourselves and get other people sick and just continue that pandemic.“Whenever they give us the go, when it’s like a really safe time to go back, I think that would be the best opportunity.”Smith has been passing the time during the quarantine with his family, but he made time to participate in a video game challenge with other big leaguers. Playing MLB The Show 19, Smith went 19-10, finished fifth and was named Players League Best Manager. Merkel announced a loosening of a range of containment measures after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped.Soccer in the country’s top two divisions will be able to resume without spectators and with a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak. Players will be tested and teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart.The earliest the league can resume is May 16. The German soccer league is to hold a general meeting with the country’s 36 professional clubs in the top two divisions via video link on Thursday.The Bundesliga was suspended with nine rounds remaining on March 13. The clubs had committed to finishing the season by the end of June.___ More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Cazenovia football drops sectional playoff classic to Solvay

first_img Tags: Cazenoviafootball Cazenovia and Solvay, two Central New York football programs with grand legacies, battled it out Friday night on the turf at Al Merola Field in the opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs, with one side answering the other through a flurry of big plays and momentum shifts.But the last push belonged to the Bearcats, who overcame four different deficits and scored 21 unanswered points in the latter stages to defeat the Lakers 42-28.Absent from the sectional playoffs for a full decade, state no. 6-ranked Solvay had gone 7-0 in the regular season, a clean sweep of the B West division where it scored 40 or more points in every game. That unit now tested a Cazenovia defense that five times had allowed fewer than 10 points. Romagnoli found Bailey again on a three-yard TD pass after his own 50-yard kick return set it up. Solvay responded this time with a 71-yard drive, all on the ground, with Blaine Franklin accounting for most of the yards until Elijah Wright scored on fourth and goal with 1:21 left in the half.Intermission arrived with the Lakers and Bearcats level at 21-21, but they were far from done exchanging momentum.Bailey’s spectacular one-handed interception midway through the third quarter was followed, seconds later, by him catching a 26-yard screen pass from Romagnoli and Ty Freyer finding the end zone one play later.Solvay absorbed this and, trailing for the fourth time at 28-21, had Bagozzi throw 41 yards to Bowen to launch another drive that, on fourth-and-goal, ended with Bagozzi throwing four yards to Scott in the end zone.When A.J. Rothfeld blocked Ethan Bigelow’s extra point to preserve a 28-27 Cazenovia lead, the Lakers appeared poised, with one more drive, to put a halt to Solvay’s dream season.But as it had done throughout the season when tested, the Bearcats came up with big plays, none more important than defensive end Brad Lando’s interception of a Freyer screen pass inside the Cazenovia 15 that led to Wright’s go-ahead two-yard TD run in the first minute of the fourth quarter.Bagozzi ran in for two points, and Solvay led for the first time, 35-28. More importantly, its defense began to contain Cazenovia’s multifaceted attack, making three crucial stops as the game went down the stretch.To put the game away, Bagozzi made two big completions – 15 yards to Scott, 13 yards to Russell Tarbell on fourth down – which led to Jaimen Bliss going 15 yards for the clinching score with 1:49 left.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Yet it was the Lakers striking first, pinning Solvay inside its five-yard line with the opening kickoff and forcing a bad punt that set up a short field and Ryan Romagnoli’s 15-yard touchdown run less than four minutes into the game.As it would do all night, the Bearcats answered, Brock Bagozzi’s passes setting up a 16-yard scoring strike to Justin Scott. They stayed 7-7 through the end of the first quarter, each side fumbling the ball away on consecutive plays.Not even a minute into the second period, Romagnoli scored again on a 15-yard run after setting up the TD with a 29-yard pass to Keegan Bailey. Two minutes later, it was tied again, 14-14, two long Bagozzi pass plays leading to an eight-yard strike to Zach Bowen.last_img read more