Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: — The group that runs the U.S. Open tennis tournament is eliminating 110 national positions and reducing travel costs over the next few years to deal with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Tennis Association also announced Monday that it will close its headquarters in White Plains, New York, and shift remaining staff to anNBA-SPURS-ALDRIDGEAldridge won’t return this seasonSAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge will miss the remainder of San Antonio’s season while he recovers from surgery on his right shoulder. It’s a blow to the Spurs’ hopes of extending their streak of playoff appearances.Aldridge had surgery on April 24, stemming from an injury the Spurs said the seven-time All-Star suffered in a game at Utah on Feb. 21. He played in two more games after getting hurt, including one in which he scored 24 points in San Antonio’s win over Dallas. The Spurs have been to the playoffs in 22 consecutive seasons, matching the longest streak in NBA history.NHL AMERICA PROTESTS-HOCKEY ALLIANCCurrent, former NHL players form Hockey Diversity AllianceUNDATED (AP) — Seven current or former black NHL players have formed the Hockey Diversity Alliance to fight racism and intolerance in the sport.Akim Aliu and San Jose’s Evander Kane will lead the group, which also includes Trevor Daley, Matt Dumba, Wayne Simmonds, Chris Stewart and recently retired Joel Ward. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLNew MLB plan calls for 76-game seasonNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is making another try to start the coronavirus-delayed season in early July. NCAA considering 6-week plan for football prepUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is considering a six-week plan for football teams to prepare for the start of their seasons that includes two weeks when teams can hold walk-throughs before full practices start.A copy of the Football Oversight Committee’s plan, which still needs to be approved by the Division I Council, was obtained by The Associated Press. Sports Illustrated first reported on the one-page document.The oversight committee has been working on a six-week model to lead into the season for weeks. It calls for two weeks preceding the start of a typical preseason practice schedule during which time teams can do up 20 hours per week or weight training, conditioning, film study, meetings and walk-throughs with coaches. Players would not be permitted to wear helmets and pads during walk-throughs, but a ball could be used for instruction.NCAA rules state teams can begin preseason practice 29 days before the date of their first game. The walk-through period would begin 14 days before preseason practice, according to the proposal. June 8, 2020 The plan has not been finalized but could be approved within two weeks.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKBrighton to have cardboard cutouts of fansUNDATED (AP) — English soccer club Brighton is offering fans the chance to have cardboard cutouts of themselves in the stadium when the Premier League resumes.Games in the league will be closed to spectators for the remainder of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Five of Brighton’s nine remaining games are at home.The first is on June 20 against Arsenal. Fans need to send in a photo wearing a Brighton jersey and pay $25.In other coronavirus-related news— Iowa announced that one person tested positive for COVID-19 out of 237 tests performed on athletes, coaches and athletic department staffers to prepare for the beginning of voluntary individual workouts. The school did not reveal who tested positive or whether it was a player. Iowa says the school began testing May 29. Football players were cleared to begin voluntary workouts on Monday, mostly weight training and conditioning, in team facilities.— Wisconsin is permitting the voluntary return of football and volleyball players for initial health assessments and COVID-19 testing this week to clear the way for them to begin voluntary strength and conditioning activities June 15. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will return later this month, followed by the men’s and women’s hockey teams. The proposal calls for a 76-game regular season, expanding the playoffs from 10 teams to as many as 16 and allowing players to earn about 75% of their prorated salaries.Players have refused cuts beyond what they agreed to in March shortly after the pandemic began, part of baseball’s again acrimonious labor relations. The arduous negotiations have jeopardized plans to hold opening day around the Fourth of July in ballparks without fans and provide entertainment to a public still emerging from months of quarantine.MLB says it can’t afford to play in ballparks without fans, and in May the owners proposed an 82-game schedule. The union countered with a 114-game schedule at prorated pay that would extend the regular season by a month through October.NFL-FACILITIES-RETURN PLANNFL sends plan to teams for return to facilities Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — The NFL and the players’ union have sent a planner to the 32 teams outlining procedures for the full reopening of their practice facilities.A memo written by Commissioner Roger Goodell and approved by the NFL Players Association describes protocols focusing on screening, testing, and infection prevention and treatment for COVID-19, including response for new infections.Also included are instructions on proper facility access, cleaning and disinfecting; physical distancing; hygiene, health education and medical services. There are instructions on food preparation; supplies; and team travel.No timetable has been set for the return of most players to team complexes. Only players rehabilitating injuries have been allowed to enter the buildings.COLLEGE FOOTBALL The alliance will be independent of the NHL but hopes to work in tandem with the league to promote diversity and inclusion.One goal of the group is to inspire future players to be able to “express their culture, identity, values and personality without fear of retribution.”NHL-COYOTES-GUTIERREZGutierrez is NHL’s first Latino team presidentGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have made Xavier Gutierrez the first Latino team president and CEO in NHL history. Gutierrez’s hiring was announced by Alex Meruelo, who became the NHL’s first Latino controlling owner when he bought a majority stake in the Coyotes last year.Gutierrez previously served as managing director at Clearlake Capital Group and was chief investment officer of Meruelo Group, which is owned by Alex Meruelo.last_img read more

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In solidarity with the teachers’ struggle

first_imgDear Editor,The GAWU one-day conference, titled “Sugar – too big to fail,” was held on September 04, 2018 at the Grand Coastal Hotel at Le Ressouvenir, East Coast Demerara. As it discussed the plight of the sugar workers, who are now jobless, it also took account of the ongoing struggles of our nation’s teachers, who at this time are seeking improved pay and working conditions.Several speakers, during their interventions, reflected on the strike action taken by the teachers at this time. Arising from those discussions, the Conference approved the following resolution in support of the teachers and their protest actions:-Whereas the teachers are in the forefront of educating our nation, and whereas the wages they receive cannot sustain them and their families;Whereas this Conference on the future of the sugar industry in Guyana recognises the need for improvement in the benefits of our teachers,Be it resolved that this Conference calls upon the Government to consider meeting the just demands of the teachers in an effort at ending the strike, or alternatively agree to take the dispute to arbitration.Moving the resolution was FITUG’s President Carvil Duncan, and it was seconded by GTUC General Secretary Lincoln Lewis, and was fully endorsed by the Conference.The GAWU also wishes to express its full solidarity with, and support for, our nation’s teachers, who are more than justified in their demands. They, like all workers and Guyanese, are only seeking to live a comfortable and fulfilling life, wherein they can afford the basic necessities.Sincerely,Guyana Agriculturaland General WorkersUnion (GAWU)last_img read more

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Weekly Case Study: Sometimes You Just Have to Buy New Servers

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#RWCloudSponsored Sometimes you just have to buy new servers. That’s what Computer Science Corporation did after repeated issues with its aging infrastructure.Replacing the servers became an important effort after repeated problems with old servers that were causing numerous IT issues.CSC had to do something. The company, based in Barcelona, Spain, does strategic consulting work for industry and government with a focus on the use of advanced technologies to help make a profit. As a result, the issue with the old servers was not just a technological one but impacted the image of the company, too.Download White Paper PDF Sometimes You Just Have to Buy New Servers alex williams Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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10 months agoEx-Arsenal boss Wenger back on AC Milan agenda

first_imgEx-Arsenal boss Wenger back on AC Milan agendaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is back on the agenda of AC Milan chiefs.TMW says Wenger is the frontrunner to land the Milan job – should it become available.The Frenchman left the Gunners last summer after 22 years in charge.According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Rino Gattuso has two games to save his job.Milan sit fifth in the Serie A table and are desperate for Champions League football next season.They lost to Fiorentina yesterday and Gattuso must now beat Frosinone and SPAL between now and December 29 to save his job.Wenger is the favourite to replace the Italian, with former Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis now in charge at Milan. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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4 days ago​Arsenal boss Emery: We needs youngsters for success

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Arsenal boss Emery: We needs youngsters for successby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery believes the club’s youngsters have a vital role to play as they strive for success this season.The Gunners are competing on several fronts, including the Premier League and Europa League.Squad rotation is essential if they are to maintain form and fitness over a lengthy and gruelling season.It is why Emery believes the younger players emerging in the squad have vital roles to play.”We can play better each match. It’s one process. Little by little we’re using the young players to achieve the performance, giving them confidence and experience in the matches,” Emery told reporters.”For example, Bukayo Saka is improving, helping us and taking a good performance. I know he needs to break more steps ahead in his improvement. Other players are the same.”This is the way he can give us the best performance and best way to do our way, playing maybe better sometimes. I think this is one process.”For us it’s very important to be competitive each match. We are being competitive at the moment. Being competitive we can then achieve a better way for how we can play.”If we are competitive we can use different players in different moments, some with more skill, some with more capacity to do pressing and transition. We can use them if we, like a team, can feel strong in our mentality and being competitive and consistent each match.” last_img read more

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Prison watchdog says rising number of Indigenous people entering system remains troubling

first_imgAPTN National NewsCanada’s prison watchdog says he remains concerned with the rising number of Indigenous people entering the prison system.Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers released his office’s latest annual report Thursday in Ottawa.“The situation facing Indigenous peoples of Canada in conflict with the law remains troubling,” said Sapers.Sapers’ report said Indigenous offenders make up a quarter of all inmates held in federal prisons.The number of Indigenous women entering the federal prison system is also growing, the 2014-2015 annual report found. Indigenous women now make up 37 per cent of all women serving federal sentences.Sapers’ report also found that Indigenous inmates were more likely to be put into maximum security prisons, spend more time in segregation and serve more of their sentences behind bars compared to other inmates.“A history of disadvantage follows Indigenous people into prison and often defines their differential outcomes and experiences there,” said Sapers, in a statement. “The issues that give rise to their disproportionate rates of incarceration require far more attention from our federal correctional service as it manages the sentences of Indigenous men and women.”The report also calls for an end of solitary confinement for mentally ill inmates and for segregation to last no more than 30 [email protected]@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Quebec aluminum smelter lockout comes at perilous time says industry

first_imgMONTREAL – The lockout of workers at a Quebec aluminum plant comes at a perilous time for the Canadian industry because of uncertainty over the future of NAFTA and slowing U.S. demand, says the head of Canada’s aluminum trade association.“We find ourselves in a very fragile situation,” Jean Simard of the Aluminum Association of Canada said Thursday after the ABI smelter in Becancour, Que., locked out workers who rejected a contract offer.Simard didn’t want to wade into the labour dispute itself, but said market conditions are challenging because of the potential instability in the U.S. over NAFTA’s future while the auto and housing sectors begin to slow.“The annual growth in demand in our key market based on fundamental indicators is also slowing down so it’s not the best of times to have a labour situation like this,” he said in an interview.The sixth round of NAFTA negotiations will resume later this month in Montreal, but Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the government is also preparing for the worst-case scenario — a decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw from the three-way, continental trade pact.Quebec smelters make 90 per cent of Canada’s 3.2 million annual tonnes of the lightweight metal, 90 per cent of which is exported south of the border.ABI Becancour said it locked out 1,030 unionized employees at around 3 a.m. Thursday. It plans to use non-unionized workers to maintain operations at one of three production lines.Since opening in 1986, the plant’s only other work stoppage was a four-month strike in 2004.The smelter about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City has the capacity to produce about 430,000 tonnes of aluminum annually. The smelter is 75 per cent owned by Alcoa and 25 per cent by Rio Tinto.Becancour Mayor Jean-Guy Dubois said he’s very concerned that the labour dispute could lead to a complete shutdown of the region’s largest employer which contributes nearly 20 per cent of the municipality’s tax revenues.“You can imagine the catastrophe in the worse scenario that I don’t even want to think about which is the closure of the company,” he said in an interview. “I’m really worried about what happens next.”Dubois said he hopes both sides will make a final negotiating sprint to reach a deal that would prevent psychological harm for the town’s residents.The lockout was launched less than 24 hours after members of United Steelworkers Local 9700 voted more than 80 per cent to reject what the company called its final contract offer.The union said the key issues in the dispute are a company plan to introduce a new member-funded pension plan instead of a defined benefit plan and recognition of workers’ seniority, particularly regarding employee transfers and turnover.Clement Masse, president of the union local, denounced the company’s “heavy-handed” action.“This is a cavalier act by this company, right after we held out an olive branch and proposed that we resume negotiations,” he said in a news release.The two sides were convened by a government mediator to meet Thursday in a bid to replace the five-year collective agreement that expired in November.While there is an excess global supply of aluminum, Americans used three million tonnes more last year than was produced in Mexico, Canada and the U.S., said Simard.With Canadian smelters running at full capacity, any reduced output will be gobbled up by competitors from Russia, the Middle East, China and India.“We’re competed against on our neighbouring turf by metal that comes from all over the world more and more. So when we pull out of the game the others come in.”Although the global price of aluminum has improved to US$2,100 per tonne, it is far below where it was before the 2009 financial crisis.Without a signal that demand and selling prices will get stronger, Simard said producers have to keep costs to the lower possible level to compete.last_img read more

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Business Highlights

first_img___Report: Moonves obstructed sexual misconduct investigationNEW YORK (AP) — An internal investigation of former CBS chief Les Moonves has turned up more evidence of sexual misconduct as well as lying and destruction of evidence, throwing into jeopardy his $120 million severance package.___Documents show Facebook used user data as competitive weaponInternal Facebook documents released by a U.K. parliamentary committee offer the clearest evidence yet that the social network has used its enormous trove of user data as a competitive weapon, often in ways designed to keep its users in the dark. The document cache shows Facebook considered charging developers for data access and restricting others it considered a threat. The committee seized the documents from an app developer that sued Facebook over its policies.___Trump’s push for tariffs squeezes a weakening global economyNEW YORK (AP) — The global economy was already girding for a slowdown when a flurry of tweets by President Donald Trump about his love of tariffs sent a chill through financial markets. Trump’s rattling of the global economy came at a precarious moment, with the economic outlook for 2019 dimming and concerns about a potential recession — if not next year then soon thereafter — rising.___China promises action on US trade deal but gives no detailsBEIJING (AP) — There is still confusion about what President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, committed to when they met in Argentina, even though China has now promised to carry out a trade agreement with Washington. China’s Commerce Ministry said the two sides have a “clear timetable and road map” for talks, but gave no details. China has yet to confirm Trump’s claim that Beijing committed to cut auto tariffs and buy more American farm exports.___White House intensifies confusion and fear on US-China dealWASHINGTON (AP) — The disarray surrounding the China deal coincides with a global economy that faces other challenges: Britain is struggling to negotiate its exit from the European Union. Italy’s government is seeking to spend and borrow more, which could elevate interest rates and stifle growth.___Toyota US chief says car sales are close to bottoming outDETROIT (AP) — Toyota’s top U.S. executive says car sales nationwide have nearly bottomed out and his company will keep making them despite a dramatic shift to trucks and SUVs. U.S. CEO Jim Lentz tells the Detroit Economic Club Wednesday that car sales fell below 30 per cent of sales last month, and he thinks that’s close to the bottom. He says Toyota will remain in the market and should pick up sales as other companies get out of selling car models.___French unions join protests, piling new pressure on MacronPARIS (AP) — French trade unions and farmers are pledging to join nationwide demonstrations against French President Emmanuel Macron, as concessions by the government are failing to stem the momentum of the most violent protests France has seen in a decade. The “yellow vest” protests began over a plan to raise fuel taxes, after three weeks of violence protesters are demanding much more economic relief. The government on Tuesday suspended the new gas tax.___Hong Kong businessman guilty of bribery in African oil dealNEW YORK (AP) — A federal jury in Manhattan has convicted a Hong Kong businessman of bribing the presidents of Chad and Uganda to secure oil rights for a Chinese energy conglomerate. Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho was found guilty of seven of eight counts of conspiracy, money laundering and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Ho’s attorneys acknowledged he made the cash payments but insisted they were donations intended to foster goodwill.___The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube quits

first_imgMumbai: Grounded carrier Jet Airways Chief Executive Officer Vinay Dube has resigned from the post Tuesday, a day after its deputy chief executive and chief financial officer Amit Agarwal quit the company.An Indian-American, Dube had joined Jet Airways in August 2016 after serving various roles at Delta Airlines, Sabre Inc and American Airlines in the US, Europe and Asia. “We wish to inform that Vinay Dube, chief executive officer has resigned from services of the company with immediate effect due to personal reasons,” Jet Airways said in a regulatory filing Tuesday. Dube had stepped in the position after almost 15 months of the departure of the then chief executive Crammer Ball. During the period Agarwal officiated the position as acting CEO. Earlier in the day, Jet Airways informed exchanges of Agarwal’s resignation from the company on personal grounds.last_img read more

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MilinkovicSavics agent denies buyout clause speculations

first_imgAccording to the TeamTalk, a day after the Serbian in-demand midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic extended his contract with Lazio, his agent Mateja Kezman announced his client is poised to stay at the Stadio Olimpico despite the interest of numerous major European clubs.Yesterday was a great day for all Biancocelesti fans, as both Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic pledged their alliance to the Rome-based club. The extension of the 23-year-old box-to-box midfielder is by far the most significant news for Simone Inzaghi ahead of Lazio’s commitments in Serie A and the Europa League, as Juventus, AC Milan, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Real Madrid all tried to lure the Serbian away from the Stadio Olimpico.The Italian news outlet SportMediaset revealed yesterday that any club that wants to sign Sergej would have to allocate €100 million according to the new buy-out clause.However, player’s agent Mateja Kezman came out to deny those claims, suggesting that Milinkovic-Savic plans to remain at Lazio after the club managed to keep all of their key players during the summer transfer session.“Sergej, Lazio and we in his entourage are all very happy with his new contract,” Kezman told LaLazioSiamoNoi.Ronaldo Nazario came to Real Madrid 17 years ago today Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 2, 2019 It is time to remember the time when Ronaldo Nazario was presented as a Real Madrid player, it was 17 years ago to this…“We’re looking forward with positive energy. The club is strong because they kept all of last season’s players, there’s a serious project and they want to play in the Champions League.“So, everyone just has to concentrate on doing their best and making all the Lazio fans happy.“No-one talked about a release clause, Sergej is very happy in Rome. He’s been here for three years and he loves the club and the city.“He’s concentrating on recapturing his best form.”As things stand, Milinkovic-Savic is set to stay in Rome for another five years, while the interested parties should switch their attention towards other alternatives.last_img read more

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