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Global sport heavily disrupted by coronavirus

first_imgSix Nations under threat Rugby officials gathered in the French capital to consider if more alterations are needed to the calendar for the final two rounds of the Six Nations Championship.The March 7 game between Ireland and Italy in Dublin has already been postponed but officials determined that no further changes were needed — at least for now.”So far, apart from the Ireland v Italy match for our senior men’s event, all matches are OK to take place but governments might decide otherwise and we need to be prepared for any eventuality,” said a spokeswoman.The UAE Tour, an early season cycling warm-up that featured four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, was cut short last week after a coronavirus scare.Looking ahead, concerns are deepening over this year’s main sports event, the Tokyo Olympics, which is due to begin on July 24.Hundreds of thousands of spectators, athletes and officials will converge on Japan for the Games.International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said last week his organization was “fully committed” to holding the Games in Tokyo as planned despite the widening coronavirus outbreak.Ominously, the decision will depend on factors over which Olympic officials exert no control, and sports federations are already wringing their hands over disruption and forced cancellation of qualifying events for the global showpiece. Sport is no exception.In Italy, the European country with the highest number of deaths at 52, the outbreak wreaked havoc with Serie A football matches at the weekend.Six games were postponed, including the clash between defending champions Juventus and title rivals Inter Milan in Turin, originally scheduled to be the showpiece match on Sunday evening.The Italian government has signed a decree that stops sporting activity in the northern regions that have been worst hit by the virus until March 8, unless it is held behind closed doors.That decision means another five matches next week can only go ahead if played in empty stadiums.The Italian league has called an emergency meeting for Wednesday in which discussions will be held on how to manage the fixture chaos.The International Ski Federation (FIS) has also said that it will decide on Friday whether or not the alpine skiing World Cup finals scheduled for later this month in Cortina d’Ampezzo, a host venue for the 2026 Winter Olympics, will go ahead.Football in Asia has been massively disrupted, with the start of Japan’s J-League postponed till mid-March and a hugely rearranged fixture list for the continental competitions.On Monday, the Swiss football league also announced that its top two divisions had been suspended until March 23. Topics : The coronavirus is disrupting sport around the world with the MotoGP races in Qatar and Thailand postponed, a host of football matches put off to a later date and increasing concerns surrounding the Tokyo Olympics later this year.The virus has already cast a long shadow over the start of the MotoGP season with this Sunday’s curtain raising Qatar Grand Prix called off, followed by the March 22 race in Thailand.”I don’t say it’s cancelled, I just say it is postponed until time allows us to do [the event],” Anutin Charnvirakul, chairman of the Thailand MotoGP organizing committee, told AFP. One of the early races in the Formula One season, the Shanghai Grand Prix on April 19, has already been postponed although organizers say the season-opening race in Australia on March 15 will go ahead as planned.Olympic chiefs are meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday in Lausanne to discuss the impact of the virus on preparations for the summer Games in Tokyo, and to address the unthinkable — scrapping world sports’ global showpiece for the first time in peace time.Other events are under immediate threat. The remaining matches in the 2020 Six Nations rugby union tournament were at risk but an emergency meeting of the organizers in Paris on Monday made no immediate changes to the calendar.The virus has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide, mainly in China, and its effects are being felt across the global economy.last_img read more

Fight ensues for position of Libyan ambassador to Cairo

first_imgThe Egyptian Foreign Ministry is facing a strange diplomatic problem, as Mohamed Salah al-Dirsi, the acting Libyan ambassador in Cairo who was dismissed by the Libyan government, is fighting to maintain the position after the Libyan government appointed it to Tarek ibn Shoaib. Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said Egypt requested the Libyan Foreign Ministry on Tuesday to end the dispute. He denied that this has changed the relationship between the two countries or that the ministry has stopped dealing with the diplomats of the Libyan Embassy.Dirsi was dismissed one week after taking office against the backdrop of accusations that he squandered public funds of the Libyan Consulate in Alexandria. He prevented Shoaib and his staff from working from the embassy, forcing him to work from the Labor High Commission headquarters in Dokki.The interim Libyan government of Abdullah al-Thinni asked the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to consider the Labor High Commission headquarters as the official Libyan embassy building, requesting the Egyptian authorities to provide protection to Shoaib. It also noted that all financial transactions should be with Shoaib and his financial controller, Khaled Mansour.Dirsi also stormed the guest house that Shoaib said would turn into a school for Libyan students in Cairo. His supporters in Libya staged protests in front of the government headquarters in the city of Al-Bayda last week, demanding his official reinstatement.last_img read more

Rumpke Now Accepts More Material in Recycling Program

first_imgBatesville residents can now recycle carton containers like juice, milk, soy milk, soup, broth, egg substitute and wine cartons, curbside.Rumpke recently announced that cartons are now accepted in its residential and commercial recycling programs.To ensure your cartons are recycled, please follow these easy steps:Empty the container. Containers still containing liquid will not be recycledRemove caps or strawsToss the carton in the recycling container with other acceptable itemsIn addition to cartons, residents can recycle:Plastic bottles and jugs (please flatten and reattach the lid)Glass bottles and jars (any color)Aluminum and steel cansEmpty aerosol cans (with lids and tips removed)Paperboard (cereal boxes, 12-pack containers, etc.)Cardboard (broken down to 3′-by-3′ sections)A variety of paper products, including: Office paperNewspaperMagazinesJunk mail and envelopes (with or without windows)Telephone booksPaper grocery bagsTo learn more about Rumpke’s recycling process and about items you can recycle, please visit read more

Deadline is Friday, Aug. 21 to request RaceSaver® rule no. 5 repair authorization

first_imgRaceSaver® wants our technical staff to be aware of issues that pertain to engine rule no. 5 and we ask for their help and cooperation in resolving these issues. 5: Only an iron or steel crankshaft, with a minimum weight of 48 lbs. will be permitted, (-1%). The main bearing diameter will be 2.450 (-.030). Weight added to crank except bal­ance metal, which must be welded in place, will not be permitted. In an effort to identify those non-compliant engines and bring them into compliance, Rac­eSaver® offered a grace period of 90 days for engines that are identified as possibly containing non-conforming, but legal weight crankshafts.RaceSaver® will issue a repair authorization number to allow steel to be added to the crankshaft to bring it to 48 pounds. In these instances, the 1% tolerance will not be allowed. The crankshaft must be weighed before and after adding the weight. A photo of the completed repair to the crank will be submitted by email with the tech form. The engine must be brought into compliance within the grace period or when the seals are removed for repairs if that occurs before the end of the 90 day period.Possession of a RaceSaver® repair authorization document indicates the engine owner is in the process of complying with the process of confirming and bringing into compliance that en­gine.  That engine should not be subject to disqualification, solely over a question of heavy metal added to the centerline of the crank, for the duration of the 90-day grace period. ANY engine that is not identified, and not issued a repair authorization document, WILL be subject to disqualification should it be found to be in violation of rule no. 5.The grace period will began on Aug. 7, 2015 and will end Nov. 7, 2015. The time period to regis­ter for a repair authorization number began on July 7, 2015 and will end on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. It is vital that anyone who may have an engine with a crank in question registers before Friday, Aug. 21, 2015.We would ask our tech inspectors and engine builders to make every effort to contact the owners of engines in question. In all future full engine tech inspections, crankshafts that have center drilled mains and/or reduced counterweight diameter must have a complete inspection and in­clude a photo of the crank included with the tech form.last_img read more

Two Seymour Police Officers Arrested After Lengthy Investigation

first_imgSeymour, IN—Wednesday, detectives from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post arrested two officers with the Seymour Police Department on charges of official misconduct, ghost employment, and theft.The investigation into the officers began in October 2019 when allegations of ghost employment were made against former Chief William “Bill” Abbott, and current Captain Carl Lamb. Detectives with the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post were requested to conduct the investigation.During the four-month investigation, detectives determined that Abbott was employed by Schneck Medical Center to schedule off duty officers to provide security at the hospital. The investigation indicated that he allegedly performed his duties for Schneck Medical Center while he was also working in his official capacity with the Seymour Police Department.The investigation also determined that Lamb, while on duty as a member of the Seymour Police Department, allegedly worked outside employment for K4 Security out of Jeffersonville, Indiana. K4 Security had a contract to provide off duty police officers for work in the construction zone on I-65. Lamb coordinated and scheduled off duty Seymour Police Officers to work the security job while he was on duty with the Seymour Police Department. He was paid by K4 Security for those hours while also being paid by the Seymour Police Department.Lamb also was a part-owner and employee of BSafe Tactical, Seymour, Indiana. BSafe provided training to area schools, churches, and businesses. The investigation determined that Lamb allegedly worked for BSafe Tactical and received payment while also on duty in his official capacity with the Seymour Police Department.At the conclusion of the investigation, the case was turned over to a special prosecutor for review. This resulted in felony charges on allegations of Official Misconduct, Ghost Employment, and Theft being filed on Abbott and Lamb.Both Abbott and Lamb have remained on administrative leave from the Seymour Police Department during the investigation.last_img read more

Long included in Republic Squad for June fixtures

first_img Shane Duffy is also named despite not playing for the last two months due to a broken foot, while Wes Hoolahan and Harry Arter are back in the squad after missing the Wales draw through injury.However there’s no place for Cork City striker Sean Maguire despite his recent impressive form in the Airtricity League.Martin O’Neill’s side begin a busy schedule with a friendly against Mexico in New Jersey on June 1st, before welcoming Uruguay to the Aviva Stadium three days later.Those games will act as preparation for the World Cup qualifier against Austria which takes place the following week on June 11th. Tipperary’s Shane Long is included in the 38 man squad named by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill for next month’s international fixtures against Mexico, Uruguay and Austria.There’s one new inclusion, with Burnley defender Kevin Long called up to the senior squad for the first time just a few weeks after making his first Premier League start.Among the other players to feature include Liam Kelly, Adam Rooney, Matt Doherty and John Egan.last_img read more

Ani Atabekyan: Expanding Vbet’s European presence through French market entry

first_img StumbleUpon FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Share Submit Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Ani Atabekyan, Vbet Regional Manager for France, has been speaking to SBC News about the “strategic importance” of its operations in France, a market for which it has held an online sports betting licence since September 2017.Atabekyan also explained the importance of working with affiliates to build trust among players in the region, while sharing her excitement over the recent partnership between PMU and BetConstruct – the platform provider for Vbet – which will soon enable the operator to provide a betting market for live horse racing worldwide.SBC: Why is the French market such a strong focus for Vbet in 2019?AA: The French market has strategic importance for our company. In France, high taxes, excessive regulation and restrictive laws have made life difficult for gaming sites and players in previous years. Since the legalisation of online gambling in 2010, no new operators have been able to enter the market. Therefore, getting this licence itself after years of hard work was already a big achievement for our brand. This market entry is driven not by pursuit of profit, but by the aspiration to affirm Vbet’s strong position in highly regulated markets. SBC: What are the key characteristics of a successfully localised brand for the region?AA: In any market, the key to success is the customer-oriented strategy and an excellent product adapted to the market needs. As an international brand, we already have experience of working with different countries. We know what our potential users value and what are the trend developments in each region. France is not an exception; by putting customer at the core of our operations we aim to leverage our quality services and powerful platform provided by BetConstruct to ensure the best offer for the local market. Our sportsbook offers all the range of possible sports betting markets in France. Along with brand new features, interesting offers and bonuses our players will also be able to enjoy Vbet’s advanced Fantasy League offer. We are planning the launch of  Poker in the second half of the year and complete our range of products with horse racing in the near future. With the possible authorisation of virtual casinos in France, we hope to add on Vbet’s impressive casino offer as well.SBC: Would the privatisation of Française des Jeux (FDJ) assets lead to a fairer online gambling market for new incumbents?AA: Private management is always more efficient for business than public management. Historically, the French government has been largely involved in this sector. Legalisation of online gambling in 2010 was already a serious step forward. Now, privatising FDJ, the monopolist of lottery and point of sale sports betting in France with relatively smaller share in online gambling sector, will surely make the French online gambling market more competitive. Hopefully, the reforms towards market liberalisation will be continuous. As for the possible implications on Vbet, we are not here to compete, we aim to position our brand as an innovator and this will differentiate us from existing operators.SBC: Late last year, BetConstruct secured an international agreement with PMU; how will this influence the horseracing offering on Vbet?AA: PMU is the leading French horse racing betting provider in the world and the recently signed cooperation with BetConstruct will enable us to stream and provide a betting market for live horse racing worldwide in the near future. We are very excited for the opportunity to bring the best experience in horse racing betting to our customers. This will be a long-term cooperation and we expect to have great results from the partnership.SBC: And finally, how much growth can be achieved by working with affiliates in this region?AA: France is a new market for us so raising brand awareness and building trust among players will be our main goal. Affiliates play a big part in helping us to do this. Along with working with direct marketing and advertising channels, we aim to establish long lasting strong relationships with affiliates as our brand ambassadors. Given the specificities of the market, there is a tough competition amongst operators to maintain the best relations with each affiliate. We are already in contact with the largest affiliates of the market and look forward to welcome others into our affiliate program. Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

NCAA: Deborah Acquah wins bronze in long jump; Bissah, Amoah miss out on medals

first_imgGhanaian long and triple jumper, Deborah Acquah, picked up a bronze medal in the women’s long jump on Day 2 of the NCAA Division 1 Championships in Austin, Texas.The Texas A&M student had a rocky start to her long jump final, but pulled through on her second to last jump with a huge Personal Best of 6.63m (21-9 ft.) [+0.9].She secured 3rd overall and a Texas A&M school record for her outstanding performance. Her distance also places her just .07m away from Ruky Abdulai’s national record of 6.70m.It was a monumental achievement for the former Fiaseman SHS and Western Texas College student on her first outing at the NCAA Championships.In the running events, middle distance runner, Martha Bissah, fought strong but ultimately finished 4th in her heat with a time of 2:04.12, missing out on the finals by one spot and ultimately, any chance of her winning a medal.Bissah, now 22, ran a Personal Best in the 800m in Greensboro last month with a 2:03.13s clocking.Joseph Amoah, on the back of a new national record in the men’s 200m, could not replicate is blazing performance in the 100m heats, finishing 8th in the 100m men’s finals.The Coppin State Junior had blistered to a new PB of 10.01s in the 100m heats on Thursday to qualify for the finals, and booking Tokyo 2020 and 2019 World Athletics Championship tickets along with it.But a slow start meant he could not produce anything close to that, only managing to cross the finish line in a time of 10.22s.The 100m title was won by Nigerian sprinter Divine Oduduru who blazed to a new PB of 9.86s, a mere 0.04s outside Christian Coleman’s collegiate record of 9.82s set in 2017.Amoah also came 6th in the 200m final with a time of 20.19slast_img read more

Reward offered for tips leading to elk poachers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — There has been a rise in elk–poaching in the northern part of the lower peninsula of Michigan. The Safari Club International–Michigan Involvement Committee is now offering a $1,000 reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals illegally killing elk in Michigan.It was discovered that in the middle of November, a bull elk was killed in Montmorency county, and another was poached in Otsego County. Also, in December, three adult elk cows were killed in the same area. Hunting elk is legal in Michigan, but it can be hard to acquire a license to do so.Treasurer of the Michigan Involvement Committee, Joseph Konwinski, said that these poachers are robbing legitimate hunters of their chances of bagging an elk. “The conservation model here in the United States is that the public owns the game,” he said. “It’s not owned by the government, it’s not owned by royalty, it’s owned by the people. So when you have a poaching story like this, those poachers are robbing from the people.”For more information on the Safari Club International–Michigan Involvement Committee and what they do you can visit To report suspected illegal poaching of elk you can call the Michigan DNR Report All Poaching Hotline at (800) 292–7800.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: DNR, Michigan DNR, Safari Club International–Michigan Involvement CommitteeContinue ReadingPrevious Over 200 breathalyzers removed from service by Michigan State PoliceNext Alexis Young is crowned winner of the WBKB Karaoke Contestlast_img read more

Aaron Cox, former Angels prospect and Mike Trout’s brother-in-law, dies at age 24

first_img“Early this morning our families lost a phenomenal human being. Aaron Cox was a tremendous son, brother, and brother-in-law.  He had a deep love for his family, and a passionate dedication and commitment to his friends. As our families grieve together, we will also celebrate the memories, the laughter, and the love we each shared with Aaron in the short time we had him. He will forever be at the forefront in the hearts and minds of the Cox and Trout families. We will rely on the love and strength of God first and foremost during this difficult and challenging time, as well as our dear family and friends. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers, and our Lord and Savior for His precious gift of Aaron Joseph.”Angels reliever Justin Anderson, who played with Cox in the minors and in spring training, posted his thoughts on Twitter.“We all now have our own Angel in heaven at home with Our Lord. @Aaroncox19 you were a hell of a friend, and a great guy to be around. You will be missed brotha!” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “He had a special gift that allowed him to connect with so many teammates, coaches and members of the staff,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement. “It’s tragic that he is no longer with us. He will live on in the minds of countless people in this organization.”Trout and his wife also released a joint statement about Cox.Related Articles Aaron Cox, the brother-in-law of Mike Trout and a former Angels pitching prospect, died on Wednesday morning, according to a statement released by the Angels. Cox was 24. The cause of death was not announced.“The Angels Organization is saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Cox, a member of the Angels family since 2015,” read an Angels statement. “We are deeply heartbroken and shocked by this tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends.  Aaron will always have a special place in the hearts of those within the organization.”Trout had left the Angels recently to attend to what the team called a personal family matter. Trout is currently on the disabled list with right wrist inflammation. He is eligible to be activated on Thursday, but Manager Mike Scioscia said on Wednesday they don’t know when he will return.Cox is the younger brother of Trout’s wife, Jessica. Cox attended Millville High in New Jersey, just like Trout. The Angels drafted him in 2015. He was out in 2017 after being hit in the face by a line drive during spring training. He retired last week, having not pitched at a level above Class-A.last_img read more