Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: BFMTV / YouTubeSALT LAKE CITY — State and local governments across the United States have obtained about 30 million doses of a malaria drug touted by President Trump to treat patients with the coronavirus, despite warnings from doctors that more research is needed.At least 22 states and Washington, D.C., secured shipments of the drug, hydroxychloroquine, according to information compiled from state and federal officials by The Associated Press. Sixteen of those states were won by Trump in 2016, although five of them, including North Carolina and Louisiana, are now led by Democratic governors.Supporters say having a supply on hand makes sense in case the drug is shown to be effective against the pandemic that has devastated the global economy and killed nearly 200,000 people worldwide, and to ensure a steady supply for people who need it for other conditions like lupus.But health experts worry that having the drug easily available at a time of heightened public fear could make it easier to misuse it. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned doctors against prescribing the drug, hydroxychloroquine, for treating the coronavirus outside of hospitals or research settings because of reports of serious side effects, including dangerous irregular heart rhythms and death among patients. It’s the latest admonition against the drug that Trump mentioned 17 times in various public appearances, touting its potential despite his own health advisors telling him it is unproven.Oklahoma spent $2 million to buy the drugs, and Utah and Ohio have spent hundreds of thousands on purchases. The rest of the cities and states received free shipments from drug companies or the U.S. government over the last month. Ohio received a large donation from a local company.Several states including New York, Connecticut, Oregon, Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas received donations of the medication from a private company based in New Jersey called Amneal Pharmaceutical. Florida was given 1 million doses from Israeli company Teva Pharmaceutical.The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it has sent out 14.4 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to 14 cities, including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore, from the federal government’s national stockpile, a source that also provided South Dakota and California with supplies. The agency said earlier this month it had sent 19 million tablets and didn’t explain the discrepancy between the two figures. The U.S. government received a donation of 30 million doses from Swiss drugmaker Novartis on March 29 to build up the stockpile, which does not normally stock the drug.“If he (Trump) hadn’t amplified the early and inappropriate enthusiasm for the drug, I doubt if the states would have even been aware of it,” said Dr. Kenneth B. Klein, a consultant from outside of Seattle who has spent the last three decades working for drug companies to design and evaluate their clinical trials.Klein said it’s understandable that government and health officials looked into hydroxychloroquine — which is approved for treating malaria, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus — as a possible remedy during a frightening pandemic, but the time and energy has been misspent. The potential side effects are worrisome, especially because many coronavirus patients already have underlying health conditions, he said.“The states and the federal government are reacting in light of that fear. But it’s not a rational response,” Klein said.Doctors can already prescribe the malaria drug to patients with COVID-19, a practice known as off-label prescribing, and many do. Medical and pharmacy groups have warned against prescribing it for preventive purposes. The FDA has allowed it into the national stockpile, but only for narrowly defined purposes as studies continue.Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, has previously acknowledged that the drug is “not without controversy,” but defended the state’s efforts to build up a supply. As questions mounted Friday, though, he distanced himself from an $800,000 purchase the state made from a local company and said it would be investigated.Herbert also halted a plan to spend $8 million more to buy 200,000 additional treatments. “The bottom line is, we’re not purchasing any more of this drug,” he said.Other states have received it from the federal government. South Dakota, with a population of 885,000 people, received 1.2 million doses and is using the drug for a trial as well as doctor-approved prescriptions for COVID-19 positive patients.South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican and Trump ally, said earlier this month she pushed the White House to provide enough hydroxychloroquine to give it to every hospitalized person, others who are vulnerable to the coronavirus and “front line” health care workers. As of Tuesday, Sanford Health said there were 200 patients who have recovered from COVID-19 in a registry, and that some of them may have taken hydroxychloroquine, but it was not a requirement.It is one of several states that say they are using some of the doses for clinical trials going on to assess whether the drugs has benefits for COVID-19 patients.Many states, however, have opted to steer clear over concerns about side effects and lingering questions about the drug’s effectiveness. At least one of those states is led by a Republican governor, Tennessee, where the state’s Department of Health sent a letter warning against using the drug or hoarding it.“We were seeing a flood of inappropriate prescribing and hoarding, quite frankly,” Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey told reporters.Kansas health director Dr. Lee Norman said the state has no plans to buy the drug because evidence is lacking that it helps treat COVID-19.Most states aren’t paying for the drug, and it’s not clear why Utah didn’t get it from the federal reserve or a donation from a business like Amneal Pharmaceutical.News releases from state governments show the New Jersey-based company has sent millions of doses of the drug free of cost to states, including 2 million to New York and 1 million to Texas. A company spokesperson declined to provide a list of donations or answer other questions from The Associated PressPharmaceutical companies can often manufacture pills they already make fairly cheaply. The donations may have been done to earn good publicity while setting it up to make future sales if hydroxychloroquine ends up being a reliable treatment for the virus, Klein said.Controversy has swirled around the drug since Trump started promoting it in the White House briefing room on March 19.He mentioned the drug in briefings through April 14, and the White House distributed press releases praising Trump’s efforts to stockpile it for use in areas of the country hard-hit by the virus. But for the past week, as studies have shown mixed or even harmful results, Trump has gone silent on the drug.Asked about it Thursday, Trump said he hadn’t heard of the a study done at U.S. veterans hospitals with preliminary results that showed no benefit, and rejected the notion he had stopped promoting hydroxychloroquine as a cure.“I haven’t at all. I haven’t at all,” Trump said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Weekly unemployment claims rose steeply last week continuing an upward trend over the last couple of months. For the week of November 20, 2010, there were 1,401 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, an increase of 508 from the week before. Altogether 9,563 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 795 from a week ago and 1,847 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,385 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 120 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 696 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 16 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at:http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jon Ungerland Jon Ungerland believes the core philosophy underlying credit unions is the plausible and sustainable model for preserving healthy financial institutions and promoting financially dignified and strong communities in the 21st … Web: www.dalandsolutions.com Details Cryptocurrency market cap is growing, again, with even previously reserved or skeptical analysts projecting increased adoption of the assets/currencies and potential quadrupling of market cap.FinTechs are acquiring Banks as a means of controlling distribution of modernized digital and financial products/services to localized and internet communities of consumers.The World Economic Forum officially formed a cryptocurrency governance council at their Davos 2020 summit.Major governments around the world are actively exploring their own digital currency initiatives as alternatives to challenges confronting fiat currency markets and as digital alternatives to cash.These are just some of the current events which clearly indicate money is morphing, merchants aren’t waiting around for banks, and consumer cryptobanking is happening, and cryptocurrency is no longer the nerd living in the basement of financial services (it’s the promising protégé with an impressive and growing side hustle!).Yet, institutional participation and readiness lags woefully – especially in the community FI sector.Community financial institutions can’t afford to react to consumer sentiment; because for the first time ever (due to the technological innovation known as distributed ledgers) waiting will mean the money is already gone; it will have morphed into new distributed networks and out of dollar deposits at traditional/local financial institutions.Sure, there are recent examples of persisting challenges with cryptocurrency transaction speed and stability. However, before anyone presumes plastic will persist without challenger (not to mention planned price increases for processing payments in the eCommerce space), it’s important to remember the inherent simplicity and openness of this ‘internet of money’ means that a few highly-skilled and seriously motivated players will be able to innovate around and past those challenges without the inefficiencies of prior payments networks and their myriad of stakeholders, territorial players, and incumbent interests.In the end, consumers will move towards value, convenience, rate of return, ease of use, security, and other factors favoring digital payments and currencies; merchants will move towards pricing, features, and value for patrons/consumers. Legacy payments solutions offer little to communities, consumers, or cooperatively minded financial institutions. Cash is dirty; plastic is pricey; consumers and merchants know this. Community financial institutions need to be positioned to support local, valuable, sustainable, and relevant networks with modern technology. We can help. If your credit union hasn’t asked this question yet, put it at the top of the list for your next executive strategy and technology chat: how long will traditional and bank-controlled payments (cash, paper, plastic) be considered viable or safe in a world where Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 is an economic and social reality (as an ideal medium for all sorts of nasty vulnerabilities and systemic diseases)!?My suspicion; recent global and economic events will help ensure 2020 is the year merchants and communities accelerate into the future of payments and away from legacy and cash/paper contaminated banking and settlement services.My suspicions are rooted way back in 2011, when my wife and I took a trip to The Berkshires; and there we encountered Main Street merchants using/accepting “Berkshares,” a local currency which provided additional purchasing power to patrons who used the proprietary currency issued by a local bank.Now, in 2020, I’m concerned (and convinced) other alternative currencies represent real and present dangers to the existence of local financial institutions and the affordable and fair access they provide to community strengthening consumer financial services.To understand why, let’s rewind back to 2012, when my team and I wondered why this localized economy concept of “Berkshares” couldn’t/shouldn’t be digital. This thought led to the design and development of our technology to support direct-to-merchant relationships for digital payments, capturing patron prepaid balances in local financial institutions, supporting digital payments and rewards, etc.In 2016, I bought my first Bitcoin on Election Night … fully mesmerized by the political events of that evening (and a fair ways into my third glass of bourbon).In 2016 the financial services industry was intoxicated by a different “B” word, Blockchain.Execs and IT leaders of most institutions I encountered at the time were excited, energized, and invested in some ‘security’ or ‘ID verification’ experiment using Blockchain. If they weren’t planning to use Blockchain to solve for an entire array of ‘security’ issues, they were attempting to ‘improve’ everything from loan file tracking to toilet paper inventory management using the promising distributed database technology.In the following year, 2017, Bitcoin burst to historic price points and market cap marks as a security and potential alternative/digital currency. At peak market (thus far) in Dec 2017 total (global) crypto market cap was ~$600b.In January 2018 “the bubble burst,” or so the predominant narrative goes.Throughout 2018 the typical conversation I experienced with financial institution execs or IT experts in banking/credit unions went something like this, “Bitcoin, isn’t that the fake money stuff that collapsed at the end of 2017 and is just like the Dutch Tulip Bulb mania from the 17th Century?” I’d estimate that out of 2000 financial institution execs I spoke to/with throughout 2018 and 2019, twenty (20) were intrigued to understand cryptocurrency – specifically Bitcoin. At the same time, in 2019, FinTechs maintained a furious pace of development, furthering distributed ledger technology and targeting payments and banking services with complete awareness of the exposed flank in financial services. In January of 2020 Jack Dorsey’s Square Inc. secured a patent for a merchant based payment network predicated upon cryptocurrency.As of Feb 2020 Bitcoin had rallied back to $10k+ per coin, and altcoins/other cryptocurrencies followed the same parabolic path. The resurgence of market cap strength and the strong return on investment in the cryptocurrency sector should be troubling for financial institutions. The consumer value proposition for a financial institution savings account was between .25% and 2% from 2011 to 2019, 2% being a “high yield” offering at boutique online outlets. During the same timeframe the return on Bitcoin (as just one cryptocurrency) was approximately 9.4k% (no, that’s not a typo) – and that includes the loss of value during the ‘great bubble burst’ of Jan 2018.In other news from Feb of 2020, Coinbase (US leading cryptocurrency exchange) became the first official cryptocurrency firm/exchange to receive Visa’s blessing to offer the holy sacrament of financial services – a debit card.So, here’s the situation for financial institutions and providers of traditional retail financial services:Consumers can currently receive exponentially greater value return from non-dollar holdings in assets/currencies like Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Ether, Ripple XRP, etc.Payments tech firms are securing intellectual property to overlay on their existing merchant transactions processing networks, which will not only allow consumers and merchants more affordable payment methods, but will (presumably) allow consumers to store value outside banks/credit unions and receive greater returns/rewards for values stored/spent on cryptocurrency and alternative merchant payments networks.Local financial institutions are unware they could do the same, but ought to be rapidly seeking solutions to support similar payments networks.Community financial institutions should also be looking to add value to consumers by providing a secure place to store cryptocurrency with a trusted and local partner.
“Before that, no information. Many residents do not know anything about the coronavirus. Honestly, we are worried now because the patient was our neighbor,” she said.She said she needed detailed information about the virus, especially about the symptoms and what to do not to spread it to others.“We know about how to maintain our hygiene. But we need more information about the symptoms and how it spreads. I’m sure many residents are still in the dark,” she went on.Surakarta administration claims it has disseminated information about the novel coronavirus in public spaces such as markets, shopping centers, bus terminals and stations. Officials say they have reached out to subdistrict and even to neighborhood (RT) units.“We have to move fast so people will know what the coronavirus is,” Siti Wahyuningsih, the head of Surakarta Health Agency said on Sunday.She said the main points of the information included hygiene and good nutrition.Residents should not panic, she said, the coronavirus was the same as other viruses. “The important thing is to maintain immunity, keep up our hygiene and our health standards. We also encourage people not to get close to crowds,” she said.Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi “Rudy” Rudyatmo said his administration was serious about it and had allocated Rp 2 billion (US$ 131.8 million) for extraordinary measures.North Sulawesi administration has allocated extra funding to handle the coronavirus crisis. The funding will be used to add an isolation room as there are currently only 10 available.Manado Health Agency head Ivan Marthin said it had distributed information in the community.The North Sulawesi provincial capital has reported one COVID-19 case and Lion Air operated flights from the city to Guangzhou in China before the outbreak.Ivan acknowledged the limited information most people had about the coronavirus, but they knew that it could be deadly. “Most people know about the coronavirus from social media, that’s why we give them information about the spread, that it is not airborne,” he said.Latest research has said that the novel coronavirus is mostly likely not airborne, but this is not conclusive.Deisy Makawata, a Manado, North Sulawesi, resident, said she knew only a little about the virus. “I’m kind of in the dark. What I know, for example, is to avoid people who’ve just returned from abroad and that the virus stays on things but not in the air.”The administration in Batam in Riau Islands, which borders Singapore, says it relies on the media to spread information about the novel coronavirus because of budget constraints.Batam Health Agency Didi Kusumajadi told The Jakarta Post on Saturday that it did not have any plan to reach out to local communities.“We don’t have enough budget or manpower to go to neighborhoods. We rely on the media,” he said. But he said he had deployed medical personnel to schools to provide information.“Sometimes we get requests from companies or factories, and we do that,” he went on.He said the administration had sent a circular, telling people not to panic. He admitted that many people knew only a little about the virus.Sigit Pramono, 38, who runs a food stall, said he got information from social media. “I don’t know the symptoms in detail, I know very little,” he said.“What I know is to keep up our hygiene, maintain our immunity and avoid leaving the house if not really necessary,” he said.Sarma Siregar, an employee of a private company, said he did not know how to prevent the spread of the virus.Another resident, Susi Lee, said she had some knowledge about the virus but she learned about it from social media.Last week, the police arrested at least six people for spreading misinformation and fake news about the virus on social media.Agust Hari contributed to this story from Manado, North SulawesiTopics : Despite the country having two months to prepare for the arrival of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Indonesian people say they have limited knowledge about the virus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, and what little they know they have learned from the media or social media, not from any government institutions.Residents of Surakarta, Central Java, one of the cities reporting confirmed COVID-19 cases, said they began to get more information after Indonesia reported its first confirmed cases on March 2 and before the city reported its first death.Erlangga Bima Sakti, 23, said before the first deaths were reported in the country on March 11, he did not receive much official information about the virus. Earlier, he learned about it from the media, including social media. “There has been limited information about the virus from the government. It began to trickle after someone died,” he said.Another resident, Iwan Adi, 23, also found the information on his own from social media and news portals.“I learned about how it spread, how to prevent it, what the symptoms are, from the media. Before, there was not much from the government,” he said.Astuti Herliani, 45, a neighbor of the deceased victim in Surakarta, said a health official came to the subdistrict office and invited residents on March 14, three days after the COVID-19 patient died in Moewardi General Hospital.
Comment Barcelona cool interest in Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Mar 2020 9:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not top of Barcelona’s shopping list (Picture: Getty Images)Barcelona are unlikely to make a summer move for Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they prioritise moves for Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez and Paris Saint-German’s Neymar.Aubameyang is out of contract at Arsenal in 2021 and the club are struggling to negotiate a new deal as the striker is looking for wages of around £300,000-a-week.The Gunners are desperate to keep hold of the 30-year-old, who has scored 61 goals in 96 games for the club since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, however, his contract demands are an issue.Barcelona have shown an interest in the Gabon international and were thought likely to make a move for him at the end of the season, but that now seems unlikely as their focus is elsewhere.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Express reports that the Catalan giants would prefer a move for Martinez or an attempt to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp over a bid for the Arsenal man.Martinez, 22, has scored 16 goals in all competitions for Inter this season and is emerging as one of the brightest talents in European football, also scoring nine goals in 17 appearances for Argentina since his international debut in 2018.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityA move to re-sign Neymar is also a possibility after he left Barca for PSG in 2017 for a world record fee of £198.The Brazilian has since scored 69 goals in 80 games for the French side, but is thought to be keen on a return to Spain and Barcelona are interested in bringing him back.Barcelona’s interest in Martinez and Neymar may not rule out Aubameyang leaving Arsenal in the summer as if Inter Milan or PSG lose a striker, they could turn to north London for a replacement.The prolific forward attempted to distance himself from transfer rumours earlier this month, insisting he is happy at the Emirates.‘It means a lot (to play here),’ he told Arsenal’s official club website. ‘When I was younger I used to watch Arsenal because they always had great players and they won trophies as well.‘I think it is really a pleasure to be here, I am really happy – that’s my feeling.’MORE: Arsenal urged to complete £45m transfer deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas ParteyMORE: Ian Wright reveals Thierry Henry’s biggest worry before joining ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement
Image source: MackleyMackley is currently carrying out a program of beach replenishment works on Hayling Island in Hampshire, as part of a wider scheme to protect the area from flooding.The South Hayling Beach Management Plan provides flood risk management to protect approximately 1,500 homes in the south of Hayling Island.Mackley has been contracted by the East Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) and Havant Borough Council to recharge the beach at Eastoke – which involves the excavation of more than 20,000T of shingle.During the summer of 2017, the ESCP obtained new permissions which have enabled them to extend the boundaries of its flood prevention work area.The new permissions also impose restrictions on how work can be carried out in the area due to the environmentally sensitive nature of the site, including vegetated shingle and high tide roost sites for birds.[mappress mapid=”24510″]
Scott McTominay says Manchester United are “fully focused” on ending their troubled season on a high note, with silverware still on offer in the FA Cup and Europa League as he nears a return from injury.Advertisement United have found it hard to establish any momentum in a challenging campaign that has threatened to spiral into disarray at times. They are six points adrift of the Premier League’s top four but could still qualify for the Champions League through another route if they win the Europa League.United face Club Brugge in the last 32 later this month, while their next FA Cup assignment is a fifth-round tie at second-tier Derby.Despite distracting speculation about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future as manager, combined with fan protests against United’s owners the Glazer family and the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, McTominay is adamant there is still a possibility of a happy ending for everyone at Old Trafford.“It would be nice to come back and have a massive push with the rest of the boys to get into some finals, get some trophies under our belts and really set the bar for next season, set a bar that we don’t step underneath,” McTominay told United’s website.“All of the boys are fully focused on doing that and hopefully we can do it as well.”McTominay’s performances have been one of the few bright spots for United this season, but the 23-year-old Scotland midfielder has been sidelined with a knee injury since late December.He will be out until early March but has stepped up his recovery during United’s warm-weather training camp in Spain.“It has been going well,” he said. “Obviously, it is never nice watching football matches when you have been playing. You want to be involved and you want to be helping the team as well.”Scott McTominay believes Manchester United can enjoy a successful end to the seasonRead Also: Coronavirus: Ighalo gets nod for United’s trip to face Brugge in EuropaWhen he finally gets back on the pitch, McTominay will find United’s new signing Bruno Fernandes adding his creative talents to the midfield, an ideal foil for the industrious Scot.“In the brief moments that I have seen him in training, he has looked really good,” McTominay said of the former Sporting Lisbon playmaker.“He has looked like every type of player that the manager wants as well, so hopefully that can come to us on the pitch and he can show us what he can do. I can’t wait to play alongside him.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…
“Nakakahiya talaga, sir eh. Namatayan na nga tapos nagpaka wardy-wardy ‘yung mga tao ko na parang walang sense of urgency,” Department of Health (DOH) secretary Francisco Duque III tells President Rodrigo Duterte. FRANCISCO DUQUE III/FB MANILA – Department of Health (DOH) secretary Francisco Duque III has pinned the blame on his staff for the delayed release of the law-mandated benefits for health workers who died or were infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).Duque, in a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City that was aired on Friday morning, said his DOH staff has no sense of urgency in completing the delayed benefits.“Nakakahiya talaga, sir eh. Namatayan na nga tapos nagpaka wardy-wardy ‘yung mga tao ko na parang walang sense of urgency,” Duque told President Duterte. “Iyon ang talagang ang sama-sama po ng loob ko, Mr. President.”“We will comply, Mr. President, with your deadline,” the DOH official added. “The beneficiaries were already identified.”In response to Duque’s evasion of responsibility, President Duterte ordered the DOH secretary to form a new team to take over the distribution of cash benefits.“Now I am asking Sec. Duque to form a new team that would focus on the immediate delivery of the assistance that should be given to ‘yung namatay at nagkasakit. I expect it within 24 hours,” Duterte told Duque.Duque later defended his controversial statements as he took the social media to acknowledge that the distribution of monetary benefits was part of his responsibilities as head of the health department.“While I expressed disappointment towards some members of my team, I acknowledge that this is still my responsibility as SOH (Secretary of Health),” Duque wrote on his Twitter account.“I will make sure that we comply with the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act, with proper documentation and identification of HCWs (healthcare workers),” he added.Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Thursday that President Duterte was very much indignant with the delay and has set June 9 deadline for the distribution of monetary benefits.Under Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act, public and private health workers who contract severe COVID-19 infection while in the line of duty will receive a compensation of P100,000 and those who died “while fighting the COVID-19 pandemic” will be compensated with P1 million./PN
FIFA have called on the Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF) to halt its election campaign after Didier Drogba’s bid was rejected, a letter seen by AFP on Friday showed. FIF’s election has turned into a soap opera marred by incessant infighting and on Thursday the former Chelsea forward’s candidacy was thrown out as he had only received the official support of two of a required four Ivorian clubs. “We request the suspension of all action in relation to the election process until further notice,” the document dated August 27 and sent to FIF said. Advertisement Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Read Also: Juventus dream Messi, Ronaldo combinationThe ex-Elephants captain is standing against FIF’s former third vice-president Idriss Diallo, as well as the current vice-president of the national body and president of the League Sory Diabate.Earlier in August world football’s governing body had called on FIF to cancel its election due to the situation. Drogba’s election team said on Thursday it expected FIF’s decision which claimed he was ineligible to run for the position. “Drogba’s staff isn’t surprised by this decision to reject the bid. But we remain unfazed. We will react to conform to the texts which surround this election,” Mahamadou Sangare, a member of Drogba’s team, told AFP. Drogba also has the backing of the association for the former and its current players equivalent and has five days to appeal FIF’s decision. Promoted Content20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A ComebackWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhat Women Find The Most Attractive In Men From The 60-sItalians Go Out On Balconies To Sing & Play Various Instruments
EPCR says it “remains committed to completing the 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season.”___The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Fukushima prefecture but with no torch, no torchbearers and no public because of the coronavirus outbreak.There will be an Olympic flame carried in a lantern and transported by a vehicle along what organizers hope will be empty roadsides.The Tokyo Games and the relay have been caught in limbo since International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said four weeks were needed to decide on an inevitable postponement of the planned opening on July 24. He has ruled out a cancellation. Additional allocations will be made as the pandemic evolves and its effects on Jacksonville and northeast Florida residents continue to be realized.___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have done an about-face on cutting salaries for employees making more than $100,000. A day after announcing the temporary 20% pay cuts because of the economics effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the teams’ co-owners rescinded them.Co-owner Josh Harris says after listening to his staff and players, it’s clear that the pay cuts was the wrong decision.“This is an extraordinary time in our world — unlike any most of us have ever lived through before — and ordinary business decisions are not enough to meet the moment. To our staff and fans, I apologize for getting this wrong.” March 24, 2020 ___USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini tells The Associated Press that athletes were surveyed over the weekend by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and that the consensus was that postponing the Tokyo Games was the correct call.DeMartini says “training disruption and qualification challenges are too big to overcome even if the environment returns to a degree of normal by late summer.”DeMartini says that he is a fan of a “soonest possible” reschedule but not until the situation is a bit more predictable. That could mean early in 2021 or an Olympics that is pushed into the fall of next year.DeMartini says “we just need to be sure everything is being done to protect their safety.” ___IOC president Thomas Bach says “alarming figures” in the past few days about the coronavirus were key to deciding the Tokyo Olympics must be postponed.Bach cites the World Health Organization “saying in the last couple of hours that Africa has to prepare for the worst.”The IOC has been advised by the WHO, which said Monday the pandemic is accelerating.Bach says the original health issue for hosting the Tokyo Olympics was “could Japan offer a safe welcome” and the IOC was confident it could. The Paris organizers said in a statement Tuesday that “postponing the world’s biggest sporting event is not an easy decision,” but that the IOC did the right thing in listening to “the concerns of the sports world.”The statement added that the ”postponement of the Tokyo Games will make it possible to offer the athletes optimal conditions for preparation and competition.”___Road race world champion Mads Pedersen of Denmark says he is happy the International Olympic Committee made the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games on Tuesday rather than wait weeks or even two months.Pedersen would have been among the favorites to win cycling gold this summer. He says he’s sorry for the athletes who had planned their seasons around the Olympics. But he ultimately calls it the right decision, saying that “it shows that we are thinking above the sport and making everyone’s health the priority.” The Olympic trials were among the marquee events set to showcase the newly reconstructed Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Hayward Field has been expanded in anticipation of the 2021 world track and field championships.___The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals have made a $1 million donation to help those in the state affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The Cardinals are working with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to launch an initiative that will help fund protective equipment for medical personnel, support nonprofits like food banks and homeless shelters, and provide disadvantaged students with technology to help with online learning.Cardinals President Michael Bidwell said in a statement that “this unprecedented crisis has us asking what we can do to help and what might have the greatest impact. We are grateful for the creation of this relief fund, are proud to support its critically important mission and hope that others throughout the community can join this effort in whatever way that they are able.” World Athletics adds that it is looking at a new qualification system to account for the postponement and for the havoc wreaked on the 2020 schedule by the coronavirus outbreak.___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says postponing the Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 was “the only logical option.”The Paralympics are governed by the same contract as the Tokyo Olympics.IPC president Andrew Parsons says “by taking this decision now, everyone involved in the Paralympic Movement, including all Para athletes, can fully focus on their own health and well-being and staying safe during this unprecedented and difficult time.” The Latest: Senators press for transparency around Olympics ___Jacksonville’s Shad Khan is the latest NFL owner to donate money to help during the coronavirus pandemic.Khan committed $1 million to northeast Florida’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.He is giving Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund $400,000. He is giving $75,000 to Feeding Northeast Florida. He is giving $75,000 to The Clara White Mission to provide food and care for the city’s homeless. He is giving the Jacksonville Public Education Fund $50,000 to provide needed supplies and technology to students and teachers as they make the transition to digital home learning.He also is giving the local chapter of the American Red Cross $50,000 in support of Anheuser-Busch’s initiative to support the continuation of blood drives throughout the country. The teams did not say whether they plan to maintain a four-day work week, which was part of the cuts. Employees benefits were never changed and the teams plan on keeping their 1,500 hourly workers paid throughout the regular season. The NHL’s Devils and the NBA’s Sixers are owned by Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment.___Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings says it was the “responsible choice” to postpone the Olympics.“When you do something on a grand scale, you want to do it right,” she told The Associated Press. “Give time for the world to heal. I can’t imagine the enthusiasm that’s going to be coming next year, with the whole world coming together to watch this. I know the Japanese people are going to make the best of this.”A three-time beach volleyball gold medalist, Walsh Jennings was in position to make the 2020 Games with new partner Brooke Sweat. They’re treating the coronavirus shutdown like an offseason, staying home with their families and working out on their own. Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Melbourne City at an empty stadium on Monday was the last game completed. Sydney FC leads the standings with 48 points after 20 games.___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 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:Two U.S. senators are pressing for transparency after the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Games over concerns about the coronavirus.Senators Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, and Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, are part of a subcommittee that handles issues related to the Olympics. In a joint statement, Moran, who’s the chairman, and Blumenthal, the ranking member, pushed for more clarity as the IOC decides when the games in Tokyo will be held in 2021. “Athletes deserve clear answers to when the games will be held and how their health will remain protected — not just at the Olympics themselves, but during the trials and training beforehand,” the statement read. “Clarity and transparency are vital steps to ensure the best possible outcome for the Tokyo Olympic Games.”Moran and Blumenthal sent a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach on March 11 to ask about the committee’s plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the Tokyo Games. They also talked with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee over health and safety of the athletes.___NASCAR has ordered staff pay cuts across its entire company until the series returns to racing.NASCAR President Steve Phelps sent a memo to employees Tuesday saying all officers will have a 25% reduction in salary, while all other employees will have their salary reduced by 20%. Budget expenses also have been frozen, and employees are being encouraged to use vacation. The Devils of the NHL and the Sixers of the NBA are owned by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of HBSE.___Modern pentathlon has canceled the remainder of its World Cup season and postponed the world championships from May to September or October.The four remaining World Cups — two in Sofia, Bulgaria, another in Budapest, Hungary, and the final in Seoul — had already been pushed to May and June but have now been officially canceled.The worlds, relocated from Xiamen, China, to Cancun, Mexico, and set for May 25-31, were rescheduled. The new dates were to be determined. The governing body cites priorities including “athlete wellbeing and maximizing opportunities for aquatics stars to compete at the highest level.”___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have cut salaries for employees making more than $100,000 and put them on a four-day work week as the franchises deal with the impact of the coronavirus.Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment CEO Scott O’Neil announced the move in a letter posted on the Devils’ website.The cuts are scheduled to last for three months and will amount to roughly 6% of the employees’ yearly salary if the pandemic subsides. ___World swimming body FINA says it will talk to the Japanese organizers of the 2021 world championships about a possible schedule clash with the Tokyo Olympics.The championships are planned for July 16-Aug. 1 in Fukuoka.If an exact one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics is agreed upon, it would take place July 23-Aug. 8.FINA says talks with Japanese officials will “determine flexibility around the dates of the competition, if necessary and in agreement with the IOC.” ___One of the key worldwide athlete groups that called for postponement of the Tokyo Games termed the IOC’s announcement a “bittersweet victory.”The group Global Athlete says it was appropriate for the International Olympic Committee to make the call Tuesday, instead of on a four-week timeline that it had suggested over the weekend. In a statement, the group said that while it commended the IOC for its decision, it also pressed the committee to engage with athletes while deciding on a new date for the Olympics.The statement said, “As shown over the past several weeks, no athletes, no Games.” California authorities have taken down the nets all along the Los Angeles-area beaches to discourage people from gathering. Walsh Jennings and her husband, beach volleyball pro Casey Jennings, put up a mini-net in their yard.Walsh Jennings says she understands why the IOC wanted to wait to make the decision.“Can you imagine making this decision after how many years and how much blood and sweat on a global level? People are having a problem calling off weddings, and calling off little tournaments, so imagine with all the billions of dollars that’s gone into this,” she said. “They have a grieving process to go through. They have so many moving parts to think about.”___Organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics say the IOC and the Japanese government have ”chosen the best possible scenario” in postponing the Tokyo Games until next year. Associated Press Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.___Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day.The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League’s season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___IOC president Thomas Bach says he did not discuss new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.One option would be July 23-Aug. 8. That is exactly one year from the now-postponed July 24-Aug. 9 dates.Bach says the exact dates is a question for the Tokyo organizing committee and an International Olympic Committee panel overseeing the preparations.Swimming and track have their biennial world championships scheduled to start in July or August 2021. NASCAR currently is suspended until May 9, a span costing the series seven of its elite Cup races. Phelps has vowed all will be rescheduled. NASCAR was four races into the season — the longest in sports at almost 11 months — when the coronavirus brought the series to a halt.___The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s newest class won’t get inducted until next year.Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame officials have announced their scheduled June 13 induction ceremony has been postponed to June 12, 2021, at Knoxville, Tennessee, because of the pandemic.The induction class features Debbie Brock, Carol Callan, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Sue Donohoe, Lauren Jackson and Carol Stiff. The 1980 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team is to be honored as trailblazers of the game. The CPBL’s website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves.Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April.___Japan’s NHK public television says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President Thomas Bach.Abe says a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___Australian soccer’s A-League has suspended its season indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand.Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson says the latest measures imposed by the federal government made it impossible for the A-League to continue. The league had only a few regular-season games remaining before the playoffs. Johnson said the postponement will be reviewed on April 22.Johnson says “as a national competition played in all parts of Australia, as well as New Zealand, mission complicated became mission impossible.” Abe held telephone talks with Bach after IOC said it would make a decision on the Tokyo Games over the next four weeks.___The European club rugby finals in May have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Governing body European Professional Club Rugby announced the decision a day after a conference call by the board.The Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup had already suspended the quarterfinals scheduled for next month. Now the semifinals on May 1-3 and the finals in Marseille set for May 22-23 are off. ___The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021.The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak.The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.___ ___The U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, will be rescheduled in the wake of the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games because of the spread of the coronavirus.TrackTown USA, the local organizing body, announced Tuesday that is working with USA Track & Field and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee on rescheduling the event, which was originally set to start on June 19.“Although it is not yet clear how long it may take to finalize a new date for the event, our Local Organizing Committee stands ready to welcome the best athletes in the country to the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field once a decision is reached,” TrackTown USA CEO Michael Reilly said in a statement.TrackTown USA is working on procedures for fans who already have purchased tickets to either retain them or apply for refunds. The world cycling calendar has been suspended since the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Officials have not decided whether the Tour de France will carry on this July, but most of the events leading up to the Grand Tour race have been canceled or postponed.___The Montreal Canadiens are temporarily laying off 60% of employees while the National Hockey League season is suspended.Groupe CH, which owns hockey’s most storied club, says the layoffs go into effect March 30. Groupe CH also is establishing a $6 million assistance fund that will enhance employment insurance to make sure employees receive 80% of their salary for the following eight weeks and be available for loans to employees.Owner Geoff Molson says: “We are working extremely hard to limit the impact this situation will have on our employees.” Governing body UIPM says it welcomed the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and will finalize plans to revise qualification.___The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed.World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.