Croatia Airlines carried 630.000 fewer passengers in the first six months than in the same period last year

first_imgCroatia Airlines planes currently fly from Zagreb to 14 European destinations and 5 Croatian airports. The additional importance and contribution to tourism in the conditions of the crisis and the consequences for the tourist season is also visible in the connection of coastal airports with European destinations. Thus, the company’s aircraft directly connect ZL Split with 11 European destinations, ZL Dubrovnik with 7 European cities and ZL Rijeka with Munich. In the first half of this year, Croatia Airlines aircraft flew 7567 block hours, which is 59 percent less than in the same period last year. 5661 flights were performed, ie 7536 fewer flights, which is a decrease of 57 percent compared to the same period in 2019. The structure of the crash was adjusted to the needs of traffic, and given the market circumstances, greater emphasis was placed on the use of the Q400 fleet, whose capacity is smaller compared to the Airbus fleet. Although the story about Croatia Airlines has several dimensions, the Croatian national carrier in the first half of 2020 shared the fate of the aviation industry, which faced the deepest crisis in its history due to the coronavirus pandemic. The number of passengers in domestic regular traffic (83.618 passengers) decreased by 63 percent, in international regular traffic (244.382 passengers) this decrease amounted to 66 percent, and in extraordinary traffic (2935 passengers) a decrease of 84 percent was recorded. A total of 330.935 passengers were transported in the first half of the year, or almost 630.000 fewer passengers than in the same period last year, down 66 percent. As a direct consequence of a smaller crash and a smaller number of transported passengers, operating revenues decreased by 55 percent (HRK -411,7 million), within which the most significant decrease was in passenger revenues in the amount of HRK 399,1 million. center_img Photo: Croatia Airlines Logically and as expected, the epidemiological crisis drastically reduced the demand for air transport services in the period, which consequently had a negative impact on financial operations and Croatia Airlines, which recorded an operating loss of HRK 155,4 million, which with a net financing result gives a net loss of HRK 173,2 million. The devastating effect of the corona virus crisis was particularly pronounced in the second quarter (April – June), in which the company, under normal circumstances, began to make a profit to cover winter losses. Specifically, in the second quarter of this year, a loss of HRK 62,7 million was recorded, while in the same period last year, an operating profit of HRK 10,5 million and a net profit of HRK 9,1 million were recorded.last_img read more

These are the perfect properties for fireworks lovers keen to secure the best vantage point for Riverfire

first_imgBeat the Riverfire crowds and get the best vantage point with a new home.Tonight is the night when Brisbane’s CBD skyline lights up.Brisbane’s biggest fireworks display Riverfire, which wraps up the Brisbane Festival, celebrates its 20th anniversary tonight and the fireworks display is predicted to be huge.While everyone loves to watch a good fireworks display, the thought of fighting through the crowds to get the best vantage point can be a little off-putting. 801/584-588 Boundary St, Spring Hill. Picture: realestate.com.auInstead we’ve found the perfect properties where you get a bird’s eye view of the massive fireworks display from the comfort of your own home.At Spring Hill, 801/584-588 Boundary St, is perfectly positioned to take advantage of Riverfire and New Year’s Eve fireworks displays. It has panoramic views over the CBD.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe three-bedroom apartment, listed through James Curtain and Warren Walsh of Place Bulimba, is described as an “exclusive’’ penthouse residence with high quality finishes and 260sq m of living space. 303/100 Bowen Tce, Fortitude Valley. Picture: realestate.com.auThe apartment has solid American oak flooring in a framed Herringbone design, 3.2m high ceilings and LED lighting.In Fortitude Valley, 303/100 Bowen Tce has fantastic views directly across the Story Bridge which features prominently during Riverfire.The two-bedroom apartment is listed through Dwight Ferguson of Ray White – Ascot.There are two bathrooms in the apartment which is in a complex with resort-style facilities.It has an open plan kitchen, living and dining area, flowing to a large balcony which has views north over the suburb.At the more affordable end of the market, Unit 15, 41-45 Lambert St, Kangaroo Point, is listed for offers of more than $500,000. The three-bedroom apartment is close to the Brisbane CBD and has sweeping views to the Story Bridge.center_img Unit 15, 41-45 Lambert St, Kangaroo Point. Picture: realestate.com.auThe unit is in the Lamberton building, a complex of just 17 apartments. It has been recently updated including painting and new carpets. There are tiles in the living area and the kitchen has a leafy outlook.The two-level apartment has air-conditioned living areas, an upstairs laundry and a single lockup garage.last_img read more

How liberal is Simon Bridges really?

first_imgNewsHub 19 November 2018Family First Comment: If being ‘conservative’ means being against drugs and for life, then be 100% ‘conservative’, Simon.www.ChooseLife.nzwww.SayNopeToDope.nz www.RejectAssistedSuicide.nzOn Monday morning AM Show host Duncan Garner quizzed the 42-year-old on a few thorny topics currently before Parliament.When Simon Bridges took over the reins of the National Party, he promised generational change and an “evolved” National Party.While many read this as Mr Bridges taking the party in a more liberal direction than his predecessor Bill English, just how liberal is Mr Bridges really?On Monday morning AM Show host Duncan Garner quizzed the 42-year-old on a few thorny topics currently before Parliament, and found while he might be a generation younger than Mr English, he might also just be a chip off the old block.EuthanasiaThe End of Life Choice Bill from ACT leader David Seymour is currently in select committee after passing its first reading in November last year. Mr Seymour says it will allow eligible people to “end their lives in peace and dignity, surrounded by loved ones”.Mr Bridges voted against the Bill even being read, but didn’t vote on whether it should go to select committee. When it comes up for its second reading, Mr Bridges says he’s “likely to vote against it”.“It’s simply because I do believe life’s important,” he told Garner.“What’s also true is I’ve looked around and I’ve seen research on what’s happened in other parts of the world, and it is a bit of a thin edge of the wedge in my view. That is you start narrow, but you see people who perhaps aren’t at that very serious end of pain and suffering and illness receiving it, and I worry about that.”Different forms of euthanasia and assisted suicide are legal in various European countries and US states, Canada, Japan and Colombia.CannabisThe Government is expected to hold a referendum on the recreational use of cannabis by, or at, the 2020 election. The exact question is yet to be decided, let alone what form a Bill would take.Mr Bridges says he’s unlikely to vote in favour of legalising recreational use of marijuana.“I’ve done the trials, I’ve seen the eastern Bay of Plenty, I’ve seen Northland, I do see the harm that is there. I do think also there is a very clear link to mental health issues, which we rightly worry so much about today.” He said it doesn’t matter if that puts him on the wrong side of public opinion.“What is important on these issues is you do what’s your conscience.” AbortionPerhaps surprisingly, one of the biggest wedge issues between liberals and conservatives is the one Mr Bridges seems most likely to back change.Justice Minister Andrew Little wants abortion taken out of the Crimes Act.“It attaches a pretty heavy stigma to a woman who is considering an abortion and taking advice about it, for her to think that she’s committing a crime, but she just has to go through these hoops and she’s okay,” he told Newshub Nation in October. “That’s not a good starting point.”The Law Commission has come up with three possible replacements for the current law, which dates back to 1961. Mr Bridges says he wants to see which the Government decides on before he makes up his mind which way to vote.“I think what we need to see is what Andrew Little is going to propose. He hasn’t put the legislation forward. I think he needs to do that. He’s said he’s going to take his time, and so I want to too. I do want to see what specific proposals he has are, treat them pretty seriously. So I don’t know.”Bridges stakes his claimMr Bridges said potentially voting against three moves to liberalise New Zealand law doesn’t mean he’s not a liberal. In his view, his party’s work “with the Government” on child poverty and climate change shows he’s taking the National Party in a new direction.“I think actually I’m showing the way to the future.”https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/11/how-liberal-is-simon-bridges-really.htmllast_img read more

“Netherlands at risk of becoming a narco-state”

first_imgDutch Minister of Justice: “The Netherlands is becoming a narco-state”Voice of Europe 29 August 2019Family First Comment: “Tackling the drug economy and the crime that accompanies it requires endurance, joint dedication and long-term effort.”Sounds like a war on drugs, doesn’t it.Following the release of a report on organized crime in Amsterdam, Ferd Grapperhaus, the country’s Minister of Justice and Security said that drug-related crime must be dealt with or the Netherlands risks becoming a “narco-state”.According to a report from Algemeen Dagblad, the drug economy in Amsterdam, which serves as the center for the multi billionaire euro cocaine trade, has become utterly unmanageable. Police officers worry that the battle against the world of organized drug crime has been lost.Although the Netherlands lacks the public resources to strengthen the police force, Grapperhaus said that he’s currently searching for ways to allocate funds to combat the problem because if nothing is done then soon the country risks devolving into a narco-state, De Telegraaf reports.“Then there would be a minister with sunglasses and no longer someone who provides democratic accountability,” said Minister Grapperhaus.“I have already made 100 million available to combat the problem,” he added.According to Grapperhaus, the kind of crime where the upper and the underworld get mixed up must be stopped.READ MORE: https://voiceofeurope.com/2019/08/dutch-minister-of-justice-the-netherlands-is-becoming-a-narco-state/last_img read more

Revised ATP calendar not safe for players, says Murray

first_imgRelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Thiem claims his first Grand Slam title after thrilling fightback in US Open Naomi Osaka wins US Open women’s title Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray said on Saturday that the ATP’s revised calendar, which includes seven tournaments in as many weeks, is not safe for players, who will be forced to skip major events due to the crammed schedule.The ATP tour, which was suspended in March due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, is set to restart on August 14 with the Citi Open, followed by the Cincinnati Masters, which will be held at Flushing Meadows before the US Open. The men’s claycourt swing will start on September 8 in Kitzbuhel, followed by Masters tournaments in Madrid and Rome on September 13 and Rome Masters on September 20, with the French Open set to begin a week later.“It’s not safe for players to go from the semi-finals or final in New York… and then play in Madrid at altitude on clay when they haven’t competed for a long time,” Murray told a news conference during the “Battle of the Brits” charity tournament.“You’re going to have the potential where a lot of top players are not competing at many of the biggest events.”The 33-year-old said with events coming thick, fast changes would need to be made with respect to players’ ranking points.“It might be worth looking at a two-year ranking for the time being maybe so that guys who have done well last year and are sort of not really able to defend their points properly aren’t kind of punished,” the twice Wimbledon champion said. Murray suggested he will skip the tournament in Cincinnati to get his preparations for the US Open in order.“I would rather play Washington and miss the event the week before at the US Open if they all go ahead,” he added.Murray returned to action following a seven-month injury layoff at the charity event organised by his brother Jamie this week, progressing to the semifinals before losing 1-6 6-3 10-8 to Dan Evans.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Andy MurrayATPUS Openlast_img read more

GSA Nips MDI in Day of Tightly Contested Races

first_img Hold the pickles and the piercings, please – April 28, 2015 Kickstarter has lots of gray areas – May 5, 2015 Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Nicole Ouellette (see all)center_img Nicole OuelletteColumnist at Breaking Even CommunicationsWhen Nicole isn’t giving advice she’s completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who’ll talk back. asknicole@ellsworthamerican.com SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Just two points separated winner and loser as the George Stevens Academy Eagles edged Mount Desert Island High School and captured their fleet race regatta last Wednesday 89-91.The racing could hardly have been closer. Sailing five races around a triangular course, each team won a single event. Three races finished as ties, with each team earning 18 points.Even the wins were close. In the first of the day’s five races, GSA finished with a first, second and fourth, beating MDI 15-21. Two races later, MDI managed second, third and fourth place and nipped GSA 16-20.The Eagles’ strongest performance came in the first, and longest, race of the day. Racing in winds of less than 10 knots, GSA finished first, second and fourth.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe day’s third race, sailed over a shorter course because of the light southeast winds, was MDI’s best. The Trojan sailors finished second, third and fourth led by senior skipper Tyler Steel.Senior skipper Johnny Jagger and his regular crew, Jen Powell, led GSA. The pair won the first three races before Eagle coach Tom Gutow swapped crews around. Adam Groves, another of GSA’s senior skippers, added a win in the day’s last race to a second-place finish in first race of the afternoon. Senior Solomon Krevans joined Steel leading MDI’s effort.This Saturday, the Eagles and the Trojans will send teams to southern New England in an attempt to qualify for the O’Day Trophy regatta, scheduled for Portland on Sunday. The regatta determines the New England Fleet Racing Championship, and attracts sailors from high schools all over the Northeast. For more maritime news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Ask Nicole: What do I do about ignorant Internet commenters? – April 21, 2015last_img read more

The Latest: Bettman urges NHL players to self-isolate

first_imgEngland also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August.___11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed. Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday. Associated Press Thompkins wrote on Twitter he was “feeling great and just waiting for the virus to pass.”Spain has declared a state of emergency for two weeks to try to contain the virus.___11:50 a.m.NASCAR and IndyCar have each called off their races this weekend. NASCAR was scheduled to run Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway without spectators but said Friday it is calling off this weekend and next week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating.Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___10:30 a.m. It’s the first time the championship hasn’t been completed on schedule since 2001, when Ireland was hit by an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.___12:25 p.m.The Real Madrid basketball player who tested positive for the coronavirus was American forward Trey Thompkins.The positive result prompted Madrid’s basketball and soccer teams to enter quarantine because they share some facilities at the club’s training center. Bettman said in a phone interview Friday with the Associated Press and the league’s website that, to his knowledge, no players or league employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus. But he added that he isn’t certain there isn’t someone who might not be feeling well and is awaiting test results.He told owners the first positive test result by any player would be a game-changer and that the decision to pause the season came after that happened in the NBA.Unlike NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who said his league’s season would be suspended at least 30 days, Bettman would not put a timeframe on the NHL’s break. Bettman said several contingencies are being worked on about resuming the season and still awarding the Stanley Cup, but he would not give a definitive date on when that would have to happen or how long into the summer things could go.Bettman also said it is not the NHL’s independent call when to return to games and did not rule out the possibility of playing in empty arenas. He said games would only resume when the situation is safe.___ ___10:45 a.m.India and South Africa have called off the two remaining one-day cricket internationals and decided to reschedule the series.The second ODI was scheduled to be played in Lucknow on Sunday and the third game in Kolkata on Wednesday. The first game was washed out by rain in Dharmsala earlier this week.___ IndyCar was scheduled to open its season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, but suspended it’s season through the end of April. Four races are affected. 11:20 a.m.The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums.The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs.Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus. Bundesliga club Paderborn said its coach tested negative, hours before his team was due to play Fortuna Düsseldorf, and that it was waiting for test results from an unspecified number of players. 10:30 a.m.The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed until a later date. Augusta National did not indicate when the Masters would be played. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. The Masters began in 1934 and only World War II has kept it from being played. This was the biggest shoe to drop for golf. The PGA Tour already canceled the next three events leading up to the Masters. Tiger Woods was to be going after his sixth green jacket.___ 10:25 a.m.Baylor University says it has told its entire baseball team and staff to self-quarantine after learning that three TSA agents in San Jose, California who tested positive for COVID-19 had “indirect contact” with the school’s travel party earlier this week. Baylor said the team will self-quarantine in Waco, Texas, or at their permanent residence. The school said no players, coaches or staff are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus. ___ ___11:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season.The league made the decision after canceling the season because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will be the first time since 1940 that no team will be declared champion.Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events. The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship.___3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29. The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane.___11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.” March 13, 2020 Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak.The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present.___1:45 p.m. ___1:55 p.m.The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.” The Latest: Bettman urges NHL players to self-isolatecenter_img ___9:55 a.m.Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park. ___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 ___2:50 p.m.The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates.RCS Sport says “all parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.” It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee.The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.___11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):12:50 p.m.National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman says players and staff have been told to stay away from the rink and self-isolate while the league is on a hiatus of uncertain length. 4:55 p.m.Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, could hold more than its scheduled three group games and one quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg.According to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says “we absolutely could expand the tournament program.”He adds that “Russia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.” 1:25 p.m.The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary.Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___ The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket.England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI. ___2:10 p.m.The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled.The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium. The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.”Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic.___12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday. ___11 a.m.The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting. The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5.The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed.No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.___ 12:30 p.m.The last remaining Six Nations rugby match was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Welsh Rugby Union had earlier insisted its match against Scotland on Saturday in Cardiff would go ahead, but changed its mind by mid-afternoon.It’s the fourth match in the championship to be postponed and means the entire final round, scheduled for Saturday, is off.The Six Nations says “we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the U.K. and global sports industries.” The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off. 1:20 p.m.German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus.The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.last_img read more

`Kings XI Punjab win keeps play-off chase alive

first_imgCHRIS Lynn’s 84 was not enough to prevent Kolkata Knight Riders falling to a 14-run defeat by Kings XI Punjab yesterday, keeping the IPL play-off chase alive for the time being.Victory for Knight Riders would have locked in the competition’s top four, with Kings XI the only team able to force their way into a play-off position.However, Kings XI kept their hopes of knockout cricket alive, now sitting three points adrift of Sunrisers Hyderabad with two matches left to play – one more than the current fourth-placed team.Knight Riders need just one more point to be sure of qualification to the play,offs.Kings XI set their visitors a challenging target thanks to notable contributions from Manan Vohra (25), Wriddhiman Saha (38) and Glenn Maxwell (44).Chris Woakes (2-20) and Kuldeep Yadav (2-34) shared four wickets for Knight Riders and the team’s initial efforts at the crease were promising, after Kings XI had racked up 167-6.Sunil Narine (18) was first to fall with Knight Riders 39 runs into their chase, while Lynn stood firm to rack up 84 from 52 deliveries opposite a rotating cast of disappointing batting partners.Gautam Gambhir (8), Robin Uthappa (0) and Manish Pandey (18) all came and went before Lynn was eventually run-out two balls into the 18th over.Colin de Grandhomme (11) and Woakes (8) were in the middle at the end, but the visitors had been left with too much to do and must wait for their passage to the play-offs.(Omnisport)last_img read more

The Latest: Bettman: 24-team format will have 2 hub cities

first_imgAttanasio acknowledged the team first would have to go through the “medical protocols” and assure local and state officials that the preseason workouts can be done safely at Miller Park.Also during the session, Stearns discussed the Brewers’ COVID-19 testing plans and said that Counsell would have his own assigned seat in the home dugout as part of the team’s social distancing guidelines.Counsell and Attanasio both noted that the shortened schedule would make it more important than ever for teams to keep their players healthy. Counsell noted how that might impact his managerial approach.“It’s going to be important that we’re, I think, prudent with how much with how much usage all our players can have early in the season,” Counsell said.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league will split its 24-team playoff format in two hub cities, which have yet to be determined should the league resume play. Ravens second-year receiver Miles Boykin plans to join quarterback Lamar Jackson and several other teammates in Florida for informal workouts while waiting for word on the NFL’s next move during the coronavirus pandemic.“I was planning on going down there before all this stuff happened,” Boykin said on a video-conference call Tuesday. “But next week I’ll be down there training with those guys.”To this point, Boykin has been playing catch with backup quarterback Trace McSorley around Baltimore.“The fact that I have Trace here to be able to work with me is huge,” Boykin said. Boykin will join Jackson, second-year receiver Marquise Brown and several others in Florida. Associated Press No decisions have been made on the other competitions, nor on the senior Grand Prix events.___NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to announce the league’s return to play format this afternoon.Bettman is set to make a televised address at 4:30 p.m. EDT about what hockey will look like if the NHL can resume the season this summer. That means a 24-team straight-to-playoffs format with the league’s other seven teams having their seasons ended.The Players’ Association voted last week to approve the 24-team format proposed by the Return to Play committee. It involves the top four teams in each conference playing a mini-tournament for seeding, while the other 16 face off in best-of-five series to set the field. That plan includes not filling current athletics staff job openings and exploring “additional personnel actions.”The school says scholarships will be honored for student-athletes who wish to return to Appalachian State, along with support for those seeking a transfer from the Sun Belt Conference school.In a statement, athletics director Doug Gillin said going down from 20 sports will “bring us in line with most of our peer institutions.”“We take all these measures with heavy hearts, but with the long-term sustainability of App State Athletics at the forefront,” Gillin said.The cuts will leave Appalachian State with 17 varsity sports, seven on the men’s side and 10 on the women’s. The Mountaineers will continue to compete in men’s outdoor track and field as well as men’s cross country. May 26, 2020 ___World TeamTennis says it is planning to allow up to 500 spectators at outdoor matches during its three-week season from July 12 to Aug. 2 at a resort in West Virginia.All tennis events sanctioned by the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation are on hold at least until late July because of the coronavirus pandemic.But the WTT is not affiliated with those tours and does not need to abide by their decisions about when it is OK to compete. No ATP or WTA ranking points are available for its matches.The WTT says it is increasing its prize money to $5 million. That is $1.5 million more than for its 2019 season. “Our medical personnel have told us that the safest thing we can do is keep our players off campus for as long as possible,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “We chose the latest point that we could bring them back and still have enough time to prepare.”The school said other student-athletes will return later this summer in a phased approach. Athletes will be evaluated for clearance by the Oklahoma medical staff and will be continuously monitored and expected to adhere to several safety protocols and guidelines.___Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio says he would prefer that his team hold preseason workouts in Milwaukee rather than its spring training home in Arizona if Major League Baseball decides to resume its season.Attanasio said it would be a “real boost for everyone” to “bring the boys back in town” as he joined Brewers general manager David Stearns and manager Craig Counsell in a Zoom session with the Greater Milwaukee Committee, a group of area business leaders. Bettman says each hub will play host to the top 12 teams in each conference with one based in an Eastern Conference city, and another in the West.The league has narrowed its focus of hub cities to 10, and will make a final decision based on approval from local health officials.The league expects players can begin returning to their home rinks early next month.Training camps won’t open until July 1 at the earliest.Bettman said the league is open to playing into early fall. Bettman stresses the plan’s approval doesn’t guarantee the resumption of games. The league and players must still determine safety protocols and solve other issues, including where to play.Under the expanded format, the top four teams in each conference will play for seeding while the other 16 face off in a best-of-five series. The league has been shut down since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.In going ahead with the top 12 teams in each conference, the decision officially ends the seasons of the league’s bottom seven teams. They are Anaheim, Buffalo, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Ottawa and San Jose.___The Miami Dolphins are turning their field into a drive-in theatre. The team announced plans for a theater inside the stadium that will accommodate up to 230 cars. In addition, a new open-air theater on the stadium plaza will host small groups. Classic movies and commencements will be among the events shown, and social distancing will be observed.“We’ve spent several weeks planning this to be able to provide people with a safe option to go out and enjoy movies, classic Dolphins content, concerts, and celebrate 2020 graduates,” Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel said in a statement Tuesday.___Appalachian State is cutting three varsity men’s sports as part of a plan to save $5 million.The school announced Tuesday that it has eliminated the men’s soccer, men’s tennis and men’s indoor track and field programs. The school says those cuts are included in a plan to reduce the athletic department’s budget for the 2021 fiscal year by 20%. ___The top men’s soccer league in Ukraine will resume Saturday in empty stadiums after a suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Ukrainian Premier League says it has received approval from the country’s health ministry to restart. No games have been played since March 15.The schedule foresees league games finishing July 19 with a European qualification playoff ending 10 days later.According to UEFA rankings, Ukraine will be the second strongest league in Europe playing, behind only Germany.center_img “We’re still finalizing it. There are going to be a lot of guys down there,” Boykin said. “There’s only so much you can do in (virtual) meetings without being able to go out on the field.”Drafted in the third round of the 2019 draft out of Notre Dame, Boykin had 13 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie.— David Ginsburg___Defending America’s Cup champion Emirates Team New Zealand has its first race boat back after it was shipped to Europe for two preliminary regattas that were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___Oklahoma will re-open its facilities for voluntary football workouts on July 1 — about two weeks later than the Big 12 Conference has allowed.The school made the announcement on Tuesday.Big 12 presidents and chancellors met last Friday and decided voluntary activities could begin June 15 for football, July 1 for other fall sports and July 15 for all other sports.Oklahoma football has chosen a careful approach. The athletic department’s medicine staff coordinated with the OU Health Sciences Center, Norman campus student health officials, independent in-state and out-of-state infectious disease experts and public health specialists before making the decision. Bettman says games during the play-in format to determine the top 16 teams will be played under regular-season rules. The conference finals and Stanley Cup Final will feature seven-game series.Bettman says the league has yet to determine whether the first two playoff rounds will be five- or seven-game series.___NHL Commmissioner Gary Bettman has announced the league is moving ahead with a 24-team expanded playoff format if it’s able to resume play and award the Stanley Cup.The plan was approved by the NHL’s board of governors, and comes days after the NHL Players’ Association’s executive committee gave the plan a green light. ___The leadoff event to the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating has been canceled by Skate Canada because of the coronavirus pandemic.The event was scheduled for Aug. 26-29 in Richmond, British Columbia. It is the second competition of the seven-part series that has been canceled, with the Slovakia event the following week also not taking place.“Skate Canada has closely monitored the provincial and federal health authorities position on the COVID-19 pandemic and is committed to the health and safety of the athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators,” the organization said Tuesday. “Due to the provincial quarantine guidelines for all travelers and social distancing requirements in effect at this time, Skate Canada regretfully made the decision to cancel the event.” “We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel.”A Jets spokesman said: “We are working closely with Gov. Murphy’s office, the league and our medical staff to establish prudent, health and safety measures for our staff and players. Based on those guidelines, we will begin to open our facility using a phased approach at a time that is the most practical for our operations.”The Giants echoed those sentiments and said: “With today’s announcement by the governor, we are finalizing our plans to reopen the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. We will continue to have as many employees as possible working remotely. For employees who need to return to work at our facility, we expect to begin that process next week, and we will do so in a systematic and safe way that adheres to the state’s guidelines and NFL protocols.”___Formula One carmaker McLaren says 1,200 jobs will be lost across its entire group’s operations because of the coronavirus outbreak. There is still no timetable for the resumption of game action or when players can return to team facilities for voluntary workouts. This announcement does come on the heels of the league and NHLPA unveiling protocols for those workouts, including a limit of six players on the ice at a time.___Conferences and television networks have agreed to an extension to next week’s deadline for determining the broadcast schedule for college football’s early season games.The Football Bowl Subdivision conferences issued a joint statement Tuesday along with ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and their affiliated networks. The statement said only that the game times would be set “at a later date as we all continue to prepare for the college football season.” The deadline typically falls on June 1, which is Monday.___Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Tuesday that as long as the NFL’s Giants and Jets and the NHL’s Devils follow health and medical protocols, they could open training camps or even hold competition. The NFL’s preseason and training camps wouldn’t begin until midsummer — teams are doing virtual workouts in place of the usual on-field activities because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the NHL is planning ways to complete the 2019-20 season. Should those plans include the Devils, they now can reopen their training facilities.“Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition — if their leagues choose to move in that direction,” Murphy wrote on Twitter. The Latest: Bettman: 24-team format will have 2 hub cities Te Aihe (The Dolphin) returned to Auckland early Tuesday morning after being away for nearly four months. Team New Zealand last sailed Te Aihe on the Hauraki Gulf on Jan. 15. It left the base on Feb. 2, accompanied by 16 containers full of workshops, chase boats and everything else needed to support the team at America’s Cup World Series regattas in Cagliari, Italy, in late April and Portsmouth, England, in early June. Those regattas were canceled in March as the coronavirus spread around the world.The boat traveled on four ships and visited 15 ports, including loading on and off in the New Zealand port of Tauranga, transhipped in Singapore each way and loaded off and on in Gioia Tauro, Italy.“It is good to see her back sooner than expected,” logistics manager Andy Nottage said. “She has been on quite the adventure, but it is good to have her home in one piece thanks largely to the ongoing support of Maersk.”Nottage said Te Aihe was shipped in a relative state of readiness, so it won’t take long to get it sailing again.”The final ACWS regatta is set for just before Christmas in Auckland. The Prada Cup for challengers is set for Jan. 15-Feb. 22, with the winner advancing to face the Kiws in the 36th America’s Cup March 6-21. It was not immediately clear how the cuts would affect the group’s F1 operation. The sport has yet to start its 2020 season amid the pandemic.The McLaren Group says “the cancellation of motorsport events, the suspension of manufacturing and retail activities around the world and reduced demand for technology solutions have all led to a sudden impact” on its revenue-generating activities.McLaren says the reduced budget-cap level for F1 teams also led to the job losses.The cuts represent about a quarter of the group’s workforce.McLaren executive chairman Paul Walsh says “we plan to emerge as an efficient, sustainable business with a clear course for returning to growth.” The league is bringing all nine of its teams to one site at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, because of the pandemic instead of having matches around the United States.___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 6last_img read more

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first_imgThomas Smith, NBC Universal’s Senior Vice President, spoke at the Galen Center on Tuesday during the 2010 Sustainability in Construction Symposium. Smith was presented with the 2010 Visionary Award for NBC’s long-term renovation and construction plan of Universal City. The event featured a number of speakers who discussed green construction and other issues.Roland Wiryawan | Daily Trojanlast_img