Fairy Godmothers: Every account holder should have one

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Cinderella, dressed in brown,Paid her taxes to the town‘Oops, I haven’t enough money!What’ll my overdraft limit be?”In a system using matrix-based, or “dynamic,” overdraft limits, Cinderella is left in the dark as to just how much she is able to overdraft. Will it be $200? $500? $1,000? It all depends on what the credit union deems she can afford to pay back, and that amount can change frequently. A fairy Godmother would come in handy right about then, transforming Cinderella’s cloud of confusion into confident, financially-conscious decision making.This is no fairy tale, though; overdraft limit variability can happen to anyone whose financial institution relies on this type of undisclosed program. continue reading »last_img read more

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Kudos to kids who protested violence

first_imgI am heartened and impressed by the many young adults who spoke out so powerfully in the March 24 “March for our Lives.” May they take down Goliath.Anthony ScaliseRotterdam More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Proposed rental reforms most significant in Queensland’s history: REIQ

first_imgThe rights of renters and property owners in Queensland are set for an overhaul this year, rounding out state government rental reforms across the eastern seaboard.In 2018, both the Victorian and NSW governments agreed to sweeping changes to their respective residential tenancies acts, with the ACT following soon after. Now Queensland has joined the party.Proposed rental reforms in 2020 would be the biggest in Queensland’s history. Picture: realestate.com.auVictoria’s proposed reforms were first announced in late 2017 and focused on strengthening tenant’s rights, with a view to providing them with a sense of support and security. The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill was passed in September 2018 and included more than 130 reforms, which will start on 1 July 2020.The changes in NSW aim to reduce disputes over repairs and maintenance; increase protection and certainty for tenants; clarify the rights and obligations of tenants and landlords, and improve transparency between the two parties. These changes come into effect on 23 March 2020.In the nation’s capital, changes to tenancy laws came into effect earlier than expected. The new laws in Canberra apply to any lease signed on or after 1 November 2019 – months ahead of the expected commencement in March this year.Queensland’s proposed rental reformsThe proposed reforms in the Sunshine State follow a government-led, statewide consultation process. Renters, landlords and real estate agents were contacted for their views on how the market is changing and how well the system is working throughout a nine-week consultation process in late 2018. The proposed reforms were released in mid-November 2019.Renting with pets is one of the five areas of focus in the proposed reforms. Picture: Getty ImagesQueensland Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the consultation reflected a national trend for greater housing affordability. Similar to questions asked of residents in other states, the Queensland consultation asked for sentiment about a range of issues, including security of tenure, no grounds evictions, minimum standards and accommodation for family pets.In a statement, de Brenni said the response rate of 135,000 Queenslanders was massive and a sign of how strongly the community feels about renting.The proposed reforms in Queensland focus on five main priority areas:Ending tenancies fairlyMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoHousing quality and minimum housing standardsDomestic and family violence protectionsMinor modificationsRenting with pets.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhat do Aussie renters want? 00:40The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) has expressed strong opposition to the proposed reforms.According to an REIQ statement, if enacted, the law change will “erode” fundamental landlord rights and deter property investment in Queensland.“Under the reforms, landlords will see their fundamental rights eroded, making property investment far less appealing, and as a result, we’ll almost certainly see investment levels drop,” REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella says.“These proposed rental reforms represent the most significant changes to tenancy laws in Queensland’s history.“On its face, the government may think it is protecting tenants but, in reality, we are likely to see housing supply reduce. There will be no winners.”The Queensland government hopes to pass stage 1 of the reform process in 2020. Stage 2 is not expected to be rolled out before the end of next year and will look at inspections, rental bonds, rent and longer-term leases.last_img read more

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English firm on vetoing bill

first_imgNZ Herald 18 Oct 2012Finance Minister Bill English will not budge on his plan to veto a bill extending paid parental leave from 14 weeks to six months, even if the estimated costings are less than first calculated, he said last night. “This is a desirable policy but it’s not our top priority,” he said. Mr English said he was not prepared to borrow more to fund it when the Government had already borrowed to increase Working for Families by 5 per cent on April 1 this year in a cost-of-living adjustment. The top priority for families had been maintaining income support and increasing early childhood education. “Any extra spending we incur now is funded by debt and so we have to be very clear about those priorities if we are going to incur more debt.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10841260last_img read more

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2020 Primary Election Results

first_img Brookville Town Offices OfficeCandidate% Clerk-TreasurerDerrike Kolb100.00% Ward 1Brooke Leffingwell100.00% Ward 3Chuck Campbell100.00% Ward 5Curtis Ward100.00%Showing 1 to 24 of 24 entriesDecatur County Democratic Results PresidentDonald J Trump93.1%95.22%94.36%96.18%94.9% Bill Weld6.9%4.78%5.64%3.82%5.1% GovernorEric Holcomb100.00%100.00%100.00%100.00%100.0% US House of Representatives (District 6)Mike Campbell 16.7%13.92%13.15%15.23%13.0% Greg Pence83.3%86.08%86.85%84.77%87.0% State Senate District 42Jean Leising100.00%100.00%100.00%100.00%— State Representative District 55Cindy Meyer Ziemke100.00%100.00%100.00%100.00%— State Representative District 67Randy Frye100.00%100.00%100.00%—— State Representative District 68Randy Lyness100.00%——100.00%100.0%Showing 1 to 9 of 9 entriesFranklin County Democratic Results OfficeCandidate% Tom Steyer1%0.61%0.47%0.49%0.2% Elizabeth Warren3%2.76%3.29%1.58%1.4% PresidentJoseph R Biden78%78.04%76.90%80.83%79.4% Micheal R Bloomberg1%1.84%1.90%1.33%1.8% Pete Buttigieg 4%2.35%3.81%3.64%2.9% Tulsi Gabbard1%0.10%0.48%0.36%0.8% Amy Klobuchar1%1.23%1.19%0.24%0.9% Bernie Sanders12%12.05%15.49%10.44%11.4% OfficeCandidate% OfficeCandidate% Ripley County TreasurerLisa Vestal50.93% Cathy Volz49.07% OfficeCandidate% Brookville Town Offices OfficeCandidate% Clerk-TreasurerGina Gillman100.00% Ward 1Gary “Gig” Marmouz100.00% Ward 3Darrel Flaspohler100.00%Showing 1 to 15 of 15 entriesFranklin County Republican Results No Candidates FiledShowing 1 to 1 of 1 entriesDearborn County Republican Results Judge of the Circuit Court Div 2Clay M Kellerman100.00% RecorderHollie R Maxie53.25% Stephanie Murray46.75% TreasurerJolene M Beneker100.00% SurveyorRobert G Seig100.00% County Commissioner Dist 3Jamie Halcomb41.26% Thomas E Wilson58.74% County Council At Large (3 Winners)Glen R Bischoff19.22% Carroll Lanning17.26% Dean McQueen14.30% Rebecca Oglesby12.16% Brian Patterson15.14% Tony Schwab8.16% Kirk P Shorter3.13% Jeff Wilson10.62% State Convention DelegateSharon Womack0 Chris Huerkamp0 SurveyorGlenn Bailey100.00% State Convention DelegateLaVeda Bailey12.62% Kimberly T Beckman17.60% William P Hale7.67% David R Johnson9.54% Stacey L Loos-Johnson13.57% Christina A Persson12.36% Gretchen B Stuart-Hale12.52% Thomas W Vohland14.13% Judge of the Superior CourtJonathan N Cleary100.00% County ClerkGayle L Pennington100.00% County TreasurerMelissa Doke45.5% Barb Kaffenberger-Scherzinger54.5% County CoronerLeslie Ballmer12.0% Cameron McCreary60.5% Debbie Stevens27.5% County SurveyorDennis Kraus Jr100.00% County Commissioner Dist 1Jim Thatcher100.00% County Commissioner Dist 2Art Little100.00% County Council At-Large (3 Winners)Michael D Burgess13.9% Tim Doll25.8% Bill Ullrich19.3% Glenn D Wright19.9% Allen Goodman21.1% Convention DelegateTim Doll6.0% Lynn Deddens5.8% Shane J Mchenry5.8% Gene Cleary5.6% Allen W Goodman5.5% Arthur Little5.4% Rick Probst5.1% Jim Thatcher4.9% David William Lusby4.7% Michael D Burgess4.6% Mike Cunningham4.4% Ryan W Brandt4.4% Patricia Little4.2% Jessie Doll4.2% Craig E Beckley4.0% Sharon D Probst4.0% Tom Schneider3.9% Jordan Hoffman3.6% Celeste Calvitto3.6% Gloria J. Carter3.5% Cheryl Pepple2.7% Note: Updated with unofficial final results. Federal/State Democratic Results OfficeCandidate% OfficeCandidate% No Candidates Filed0Showing 1 to 1 of 1 entriesRipley County Republican Results Judge of Ripley County Circuit Court Ryan J King100.00%center_img County Commissioner District 1Rick Nobbe100.00%Showing 1 to 1 of 1 entriesDecatur County Republican Results Ripley County RecorderMary Ann McCoy57.17% Keri (McDonald) Johnson20.61% Sara L Patterson22.22% Town of Holton Clerk TreasurerAngela (Angi) Farrell 0 Town of Holton Council – At Large (3 Winners) Paul Hughes27.50% Amber May20.00% Phyllis Nighbert23.33% Andrew J Stratton29.17% Judge of the Superior CourtMatthew D Bailey100.00% County AuditorJanet S Chadwell100.00% County TreasurerJamie Boling18.73% Diane Hoeing Wenning81.27% County SurveyorAndrew P Scholle100.00% County Commissioner District 1Charles (Chuck) Emsweller100.00% County Commissioner District 3Mark A Koors51.43% Greg Nieman48.57% County Council Member At-Large (3 Winners)Tony Blodgett19.48% Ernest J Gauck22.46% Charlie Hocker8.37% William W Metz26.22% Melanie A Nobbe23.48% State Convention Delegate (10 Winners)Don E Bates4.26% Gergory Clapp4.58% Donna Dean3.39% Cleo Duncan8.09% Brenda L Dwenger6.82% Edward J Dwenger5.79% Michele Dwenger4.03% Randy Frye9.12% Nathan W Harter IV7.39% Charlie Hocker3.79% Joshua Marsh8.39% A Bryce McCullough6.46% Melanie Nobbe7.46% Christian AB Rust6.06% Donald (Don) Wall2.75% Charity Wilder4.06% John D Williams3.50% Kristen Williams 4.07% Showing 1 to 31 of 31 entriesRipley County Democratic Results Ripley County Commissioner-District 2 (1 Winner)Robert Garcia17.00% Barry Lauber28.00% Chris Schmaltz35.49% Tom Menchhofer19.51% Ripley County Commissioner-District 3 (1 Winner)Roger Gullion29.55% James (Kendall) Hankins48.47% Keith Scott21.98% Ripley County Council-At Large (3 Winners)Katie Bailey 24.66% Andrew Decker28.47% Peggy A Ehlers23.63% Kelly Vollet23.23% Ripley County ClerkGinger J Bradford100.00% OfficeCandidate% Dillsboro Town Council Member Dist 3Doug Baker100.00%Showing 1 to 38 of 38 entries Town of Osgood Clerk TreasurerTamara (Tammy) Wilhoit100.00% Town of Osgood Council – At Large Christopher L Kuhn100.00% Andrew Yang1%1.02%1.64%1.09%1.2% GovernorWoodrow (Woody) Meyers100%100.00%100.00%100.00%100.0% US House of Representatives (District 6)George T Holland14%14.46%15.78%16.23%20.5% Jeannine Lee Lake69%71.30%73.54%60.89%67.4% Barry Welsh17%14.24%10.68%22.88%12.2%Showing 1 to 13 of 13 entriesFederal/State Republican Results Ripley County CoronerJason Bailey 100.00% Showing 1 to 28 of 28 entriesDearborn County Democratic Results OfficeCandidateStatewide (%)Ripley County (%)Decatur County (%) Franklin County (%)Dearborn County (%) Judge of Ripley County Superior CourtJeff Sharp100.00% Town of Versailles Council – At LargeRoxanne Meyer100.00% OfficeCandidateStatewide (%)Ripley County (%)Decatur County (%) Franklin County (%)Dearborn County (%) OfficeCandidate% last_img read more

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Evra will not treat Fergie as pushover

first_imgPatrice Evra has no intention of following Robin van Persie’s example by leaping into Sir Alex Ferguson when he scores his next Manchester United goal. Evra could barely keep a straight face as he delivered his assessment of Van Persie’s reaction. “Robin has had a lot of stick from us,” said Evra. “It was nice. I could see a lot of love and emotion. It is the first time we saw that. Robin can tell you, for two or three days we have been getting at him. It is good to see love like that on the pitch sometimes.” The banter, even at the expense of such a high-profile personality, underlines the spirit within the United squad presently driving them towards a record 20th league title. “I always say the atmosphere at this club is great,” said Evra. “That is a big strength for Manchester United. To be fair, Robin told us he was really emotional. “He had not scored for 10 games. He just showed the passion and the way he wanted to win. He just said ‘hands up guys, it was an emotional game. I did it, it is OK, we can move on now’.” United have now moved on from Stoke to West Ham, where they play on Wednesday searching for the first three of the seven points still needed to grab the Premier League trophy back from Manchester City. Ferguson refuses to think like that until the job is finished, though, and evidently none of his players are thinking that way either. “The boss is a winner,” Evra said. “He said before the Stoke game that the season starts now. He has just told us to win the seven games that are left. That shows you the way he wants to win this 20th title. He told us not to think about the title, just think about winning these seven games.” Press Associationcenter_img Van Persie’s instinctive reaction to ending a 10-game goal drought at Stoke on Sunday was to race to the away dugout and jump into the arms of the man who paid Arsenal £24million to bring him to Old Trafford in the summer. The Dutchman’s reaction has created a great deal of hilarity in the United dressing room too. Not that Evra dare a repeat. “No chance. Never,” said the France defender. “Maybe I will do it with my team-mates. But not with the gaffer. He is older. Imagine I go in too strong against him. He could fall, then he might sack me. I will never do that.” last_img read more

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O’Mahony seeks further progress

first_img The Munster back-row led from the front against a physical US Eagles side last weekend as Ireland emerged with a narrow win and, after Canada overcame Tonga in a bad tempered affair, Les Kiss’s squad know they must hold their discipline at the BMO Field. O’Mahony explained: “We had six penalties against us last week and that is the kind of standard we want to be setting. (James) Pritchard is a good player and he will punish us. We’re focusing this week on our attack and our go-forward ball. We are looking forward to getting stuck in and being precise about it.” He added: “We don’t really talk about that sort of stuff, we’re going to get on with our jobs. If that kind of stuff is going on, I’d like to think that we’re smart enough now to get on with it and not get involved. “That’s not to say we’ll leave any player behind, but we’re not really talking about it during the week, we’re just talking about being precise.” After the boot of Ian Madigan saw Ireland home on Saturday, there is a need for the tourists to finish their chances at the BMO field this weekend. The Americans came too close for comfort in the minds of the Irish side who spurned a gilt-edged chance to pull away early in the second half in Houston, when Robbie Henshaw dropped Fergus McFadden’s pass. Their poor work at the breakdown was also a downfall and O’Mahony believes getting that right will help them across the whitewash. O’Mahony continued: “The breakdown was the big issue the other night. The line-break with Ferg and Robbie was maybe the opportunity and, if we’d got that, we’d have kicked on and pushed for more. “That’s the way it went and, obviously, our gameplan is to create a couple of scoring chances and score some tries over the weekend. That’s up to us really, to get our breakdown right. That is where rugby is at the moment and we were poor there by anyone’s standards, we’ll have to improve this week. It’s not about numbers, it is about precision.” Ireland captain Peter O’Mahony says his team will not take a backwards step against a physical Canadian team on Saturday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Clinical Australia thrash Bangladesh by 86 Runs at Women’s T20 World Cup

first_imgCanberra: Australia strolled to back-to-back victories at the Women’s T20 World Cup as a potent opening partnership between Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney helped the hosts beat Bangladesh by 86 runs.Healy’s return to form continued as she made a carefree 83 to hit the top of the tournament’s run-scoring charts, ably supported by Mooney who ended unbeaten on 81.Sri Lanka gave them a fright three days earlier but there were no such scares for the hosts as Bangladesh only managed 103 for nine in reply and Meg Lanning’s side climbed to second in Group A.Healy began with bristling intent, peeling three boundaries from Jahanara Alam’s opening over as Bangladesh’s seven-strong off-side field failed to foil the opener.Salma Khatun opted to take pace off the ball with five overs of spin in the Powerplay but Healy rocked back and cleared long-on to take the score to 53 without loss from the first six overs.The keeper-batter made it look easy as she struck sixes over long-off and then midwicket from Khadiza Tul Kubra, bringing up a brutal 26-ball fifty.Mooney turned over the strike before showing her own strength down the ground with three boundaries in as many overs, helping bring up the first T20I century partnership for the openers.Their first reprieve came when Rumana Ahmed beat Mooney’s bat and Nigar Sultana Joty was ponderous in whipping off the bails, saving the batter’s skin.Mooney reverse swept for four to take the stand to 122, Australia’s highest partnership for the first wicket in T20Is.The breakthrough finally came when Healy sliced to point off Salma, departing for 83 from 53 balls.The final two overs went for 30 runs and Australia rose to 189 for one from their 20 overs, their second-highest total at the Women’s T20 World Cup.Brief Scores: Australia 189/1 (Alyssa Healy 83, Beth Mooney 81 not out; Salma Khatun 1/39); Bangladesh 103/9 (Fargana Hoque Pinky 36; Megan Schutt 3/21, Jess Jonassen 2/17). IANSAlso Read: Australia Thrash South Africa to win T20 seriesAlso Watch: ATDC Chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah attends BJP’s organizational meeting ahead BTAD electionslast_img read more

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The Latest: Coe says Tokyo decision may be obvious soon

first_imgMatches in both competitions are currently suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.“If we want to save the (French) league we must absolutely finish before June 30,” Aulas told RTL radio. “You have to make choices, be brave. Drop the Champions League, the (domestic) cup finals and international matches. Concentrate only on the (French) league.”Aulas added: “I want the league to finish. Even in empty stadiums.”Lyon leads Italian champion Juventus 1-0 from the first leg of their last-16 match in the Champions League on Feb. 26. The return leg in Turin has not been played because of the outbreak.___ AC Milan great Paolo Maldini has tested positive for COVID-19.Milan says that the 51-year-old Maldini, who is the Italian club’s technical director, “became aware of contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus and began to display symptoms of the virus himself.”Milan adds that Maldini was “administered with a swab test” on Friday and the result came back positive.Paolo Maldini retired from playing in 2009 after helping Milan to five European Cup and Champions League titles and seven Serie A championships.The club says that Maldini’s 18-year-old son, Daniel, who recently made his Serie A debut for Milan, also tested positive. A player earning 300,000 euros net per month will only get 252,000 euros from the club plus 5,400 euros from the state for a monthly loss of around 42,600 euros per month. If the suspension lasts a year, this would add up to about half a million euros per year.___The U.S. track federation added its name to a growing chorus of calls to postpone the Tokyo Games because of the coronavirus. In a letter to the CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. USATF joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday. The Lions issued a statement Friday night announcing they were made aware of an employee who has the coronavirus. The person, who has not been named, is currently at home in isolation. The team says the employee was last at club headquarters on March 13. The team remains in constant communication with doctors to determine the best course of action for ensuring the safety of other employees who have been in contact with the infected person.___The IIHF Council has confirmed that the 2020 Ice Hockey World Championship scheduled to take place in Zurich and Lausanne has been cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.The decision to cancel the tournament didn’t come as a surprise after IIHF President René Fasel acknowledged the likelihood of that happening following an IIHF executive committee conference call Tuesday. Dybala tweets that both he and his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini both tested positive but that “luckily we are in perfect conditions.”Juventus previously announced that defender Daniele Rugani and midfielder Blaise Matuidi tested positive for the coronavirus.___A second Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player was part of the recent road trip that included NHL games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The leader of track’s international federation says there’s no need to hold the Tokyo Olympics at any cost and a decision about the future of the games “may become very obvious very quickly in the coming days and weeks.” Milan says that Paolo and Daniel Maldini “are both well and have already completed two weeks at home without contact with others. They will now remain in quarantine until clinically recovered, as per the medical protocols outlined by the health authorities.”More than a dozen Serie A players have tested positive.___Paulo Dybala is the third Juventus player to test positive for COVID-19.Juventus says that the Argentina soccer playmaker is in “voluntary home isolation (in Italy) and he is asymptomatic and fine.” ___Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week after meeting people who later tested positive for the new coronavirus.Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus.In a message on social media, Hamilton says he’s shown “zero symptoms” but has been isolating himself from other people ever since March 13, when the Australian Grand Prix was called off.Hamilton said that “I did speak to my doctor and double checked if I needed to take a test but, the truth is there is a limited amount of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do.” The Latest: Coe says Tokyo decision may be obvious soon The total number of people on the trip was 52, including players, staff, media, guests and flight crew. Of those on the trip, 44 have shown no symptoms, eight have been tested, and two positive results were received. The team is awaiting more results from tests given over the past three days.Everyone on the California trip was instructed to self-quarantine on March 13. The team says it is actively monitoring the situation and following all appropriate and professional guidelines.___Gulfstream Park has dropped purses for its seven stakes races on Florida Derby day by 20.5%, saying the changes were necessitated by the loss of on-track handle and revenue from the track’s casino.The biggest hit went to the Florida Derby itself, which was to have a $1 million purse and now will be run next Saturday for $750,000. Purses for the Gulfstream Park Oaks and the Kitten’s Joy were trimmed by $50,000 apiece, now set to be run for $200,000. March 21, 2020center_img The president of Mexico’s Liga MX soccer league has tested positive for coronavirus. League President Enrique Bonilla said in a statement Friday that he doesn’t have serious symptoms but will remain in isolation and keep up with the situation of Mexican first-division soccer. League matches were suspended this week until further notice to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Mexico has yet to declare legal bans on public gatherings but has encouraged citizens to maintain a healthy distance in crowded places.___A member of the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions operations department has tested positive for COVID-19. Fasel cited numerous challenges facing officials, ranging from health directives in place limiting attendance to travel bans making it difficult for nations to send their teams. Another issue was players lacking practice time, with most of world’s hockey leagues having either indefinitely suspended or canceled their seasons.On Monday, the NHL announced it will wait 45 days before it can provide guidance on when teams can potential reopen practice.“It’s really scary,” said Fasel, who lives in Switzerland. “Europe is just collapsed. It’s really a strange feeling. Our neighbors yesterday, the federal counsel decided to close all the restaurants and everything. It’s like war.”___The owners of the Boston Bruins say they have established a $1.5 million fund for employees of the team and TD Garden who have lost work because of the suspension of the NHL season. Associated Press ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Marseille President Frank McCourt wrote to reassure the French soccer club’s employees after they were put on temporary, technical layoffs.“I am taking a few minutes to make sure you and your families are well,” McCourt said. “We are going through this difficult time together and we’re seeing governments getting better and better organized.”Marseille and other top-tier clubs have started putting players on temporary, technical layoffs, which translates to a cut in pay of 16 percent with the state picking up a portion of that to a monthly maximum of 5,400 euros ($5,810). A player earning 40,000 euros ($43,000) net per month would receive 39,000 (about $42,000).Therefore its impact is greater on those on the highest salaries, in terms of lost revenue. A pair of smaller stakes — the Cutler Bay and the Sanibel Island — will be run for $100,000 each, down from the originally planned purse of $125,000. The Orchid and the Sand Springs were unchanged, both offering $100,000 purses.In all, Gulfstream’s stakes purses that day will be $1.55 million, down from $1.95 million as originally planned.Gulfstream was dark Friday while updating its safety protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The track in Hallandale Beach, Florida resumed live racing on Saturday even while several top jockeys were choosing not to race because of health concerns.Gulfstream has closed live racing to all fans since March 13. It closed its casino on March 16.___ Seb Coe, the president of World Athletics, said the Olympic world is managing the coronavirus day by day and “increasingly hour by hour.” With qualifying events being disrupted at a high rate, Coe says the level playing field is in jeopardy and if that’s lost, then so is the integrity of the competition. He says more meetings are set for next week to determine next steps.The Olympics are scheduled to run from July 24 to August 9.___ The Bruins were the last team in the league to commit to taking care of part-time and game-day employees.According to a statement from the team, the Jacobs family would help workers “who will be financially burdened if the six remaining regular season Bruins games are not played.”The NHL suspended its season on March 12 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.___Even though his side could potentially reach the Champions League quarterfinals, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas wants the French league to take priority. The USOPC leadership has been in agreement with the IOC, that it’s too soon to make any decisions regarding postponing the games.___Brazil’s Olympic Committee has called for the Tokyo Olympic Games to be postponed until 2021. The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.”It also said that it continues to “trust in the International Olympic Committee.” Brazil organized the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the first in South America.last_img read more

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Russia making progress but still needs to admit doping past – WADA president

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – Russia has made progress in its fight against drug cheats, but still needs to admit it had a problem before it can be declared completely compliant, the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Craig Reedie told Reuters yesterday.It is one month since WADA lifted its suspension of RUSADA, Russia’s anti-doping agency, which was banned from testing in November 2015 after an independent investigation accused it of systematically violating anti-doping regulations.That was before the release of a more thorough and damning WADA commission report last year by Richard McLaren. This alleged a state-sponsored doping programme in Russia, which the Kremlin has denied.RUSADA is still deemed non-compliant by WADA but is now able to resume testing, under the supervision of internationally-appointed experts and the UK anti-doping agency (UKAD), after meeting conditions set down by the global anti-doping body.Reedie said that there were now crucial resources in place to root out drug cheats.“There’s progress from our point of view. So there’ll be a much, much bigger and stronger testing exercise in Russia now that there are more people to do it. One of the problems we had was there simply wasn’t enough capacity in Russia to do all the checks that we wanted. There aren’t enough independent testers in Russia,” said Reedie.The 76-year-old, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee, said that there was still a crucial element that is needed to be fulfilled before Russian teams could once again compete in athletics or the Paralympics.Both the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) still regard Russia as non-compliant.“One of the conditions for renewed compliance is actually an admission that there was a problem and hopefully some declaration of contrition,” Reedie said. “And that’s a condition that’s applied by the IAAF and it’s a condition applied by the International Paralympic Committee, as well as by WADA.“So the Russian authorities are aware of that and we encourage them to do something about that and I hope they do it as soon as possible because that’s another box ticked and we can move on.”Russian president Vladimir Putin denied in December last year the existence of a state-sponsored doping programme, or that the government had ever supported the doping of its athletes.He did, however, say that Russia, like every other country, has experienced problems with doping.“If that’s an admission, then it’s an admission,” Reedie said. “Other people wouldn’t regard it as a sufficiently full admission. I don’t think there’s much doubt in our minds that they know what they have to do and we await their response with interest.”A total of 19 Russian athletes have been approved by the IAAF to compete under a neutral flag at next month’s world athletics championships in London, after demonstrating they have been operating within an effective testing system.last_img read more

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