First-quarter decline in M25 office market

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Israel swears in unity govt, PM insists on West Bank annexation

first_imgAddressing the parliament, or Knesset, before the vote, Netanyahu said his incoming government should apply Israeli sovereignty over Jewish West Bank settlements. “It’s time to apply the Israeli law and write another glorious chapter in the history of Zionism,” Netanyahu said. Such a move is seen as likely to cause international uproar and inflame tensions in the West Bank, home to nearly three million Palestinians and some 400,000 Israelis living in settlements considered illegal under international law.Netanyahu told the chamber that annexation “won’t distance us from peace, it will bring us closer”. ‘Bloated and wasteful’ The European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Friday that the bloc would use “all our diplomatic capacities” to try to dissuade Israel’s incoming government from going ahead with annexations. Gantz and incoming Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi are both known to have reservations about annexation and the international backlash.Gantz did not mention the issue in his Knesset speech on Sunday. He addressed criticism of his decision to join forces with Netanyahu, which split his Blue and White coalition, arguing that Israel needed unity after a year of bitter division.”My friends and I chose unity to defend Israeli citizens, not just from the challenges from outside our borders but also from the hatred eating away at us from within and harming our resilience,” he said.The 35th government since Israel’s creation in 1948 includes representatives from across the political spectrum, with a record 34 to 36 cabinet seats.Cabinet posts have been assigned to the left-wing Labor party, Blue and White, Likud and leaders from conservative ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties.The large cabinet and additional funds for the new position of alternate prime minister have prompted criticism as Israel seeks to address the economic fallout from coronavirus, which has infected more than 16,500 Israelis and caused more than 260 deaths, according to official figures. Unemployment has soared from 3.4 percent before the crisis to 27 percent. New opposition leader Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party, an ex-Blue and White head who broke with Gantz over his decision to seek an alliance with Netanyahu, condemned the government as “the most expensive in the history of Israel”.  “Israelis deserve better,” he told the Knesset on Sunday.  The coalition government was agreed last month between veteran right-wing leader Netanyahu and the centrist Gantz, a former army chief.Plans had been set for an inauguration last Thursday, but Netanyahu asked for three more days to decide on cabinet assignments among his Likud party loyalists.  Topics :center_img Israel’s parliament swore in a new unity government on Sunday led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival Benny Gantz, ending the longest political crisis in the nation’s history. After more than 500 days without a stable government and three inconclusive elections, lawmakers in the 120-seat parliament approved a three-year coalition, with 73 voting for and 46 against. One member was absent.The new government was set to confront serious crises in its first weeks, including the economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus and a looming battle over Israel’s possible annexation of large parts of the occupied West Bank. West Bank annexations? Under the coalition deal, Netanyahu will serve as prime minister for the coming 18 months — a major victory for a leader due to stand trial in a week on corruption charges, which he denies. Gantz will be alternate prime minister, a new position in Israeli governance, for the first half of the deal. He and Netanyahu will swap roles on November 17, 2021.   Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Israel on its new government, saying he hoped for a continued “policy of strengthening friendly ties and mutually beneficial cooperation” between the countries.US top diplomat Mike Pompeo welcomed the swearing-in announcement in a tweet. “We are extremely fortunate to have such strong and experienced partners in Jerusalem,” he said.The Netanyahu-Gantz deal says the government can from July 1 initiate moves to implement US President Donald Trump’s controversial peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The plan, rejected by the Palestinians, gives the green light from Washington for Israel to annex Jewish settlements and other territory in the West Bank. Some experts warn that Jordan may back away from its historic 1994 peace deal with Israel if the Jewish state tries to annex the strategically crucial Jordan Valley border region. Speaking to German magazine Der Spiegel days ago, Jordan’s King Abdullah II said: “If Israel really annexes the West Bank in July, it would lead to a massive conflict with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.”last_img read more

Mud rooms, butler’s pantries and powder rooms back on wishlist

first_img The powder room at 121 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson. Photo: Hackett is selling a luxury 10-bedroom riverfront home at 121 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson featuring an impressive powder room and butler’s pantry.Her other listing at 65 Longman Tce, Chelmer has a huge butler’s pantry which is hidden away but provides additional storage for families.The powder room is elegant and one of many rooms in the five-bedroom property.Century Built Homes director Troy Gofton has made it a point to incorporate mud rooms in his new builds.His latest, a five-bedroom house, at 68 The Promenade, Camp Hill, features a mud room with ample storage.“I’ve started putting mud rooms in all the houses I build,” Mr Gofton said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“Anything over the $1.5 million mark has a substantial mud room. I have a build coming up that is north of $2 million and it has a mud room 2.4 metres long – that is very large.”Mr Gofton, has two children aged five and eight and said having a mud room created an ease of living.“They can hang their schools bags and tennis racquets up,” he said.“Mud rooms help keep the house neat and clean and there’s ample room for footwear.”He said buyers were impressed with the new-age mud rooms.“In the last two years it’s been taking off, getting bigger and with more extensive cabinetry,” he said.For Mr Gofton, mud rooms are designed around his family and lifestyle.“Traditionally they were for muddy boots, but that’s not applicable now in Queensland – it’s more for convenience. It’s not a show piece, it’s part of a functional family home,” he said.Meanwhile the increase in popularity has led Valcon Homes to include a mud room in its newest display home at Springfield Rise, in Brisbane’s south-west corridor. Troy and Laura Gofton with their kids Lachlan, 8, and Eloise Gofton, 5, posing at their home in Camp Hill, Brisbane 6th of February 2019. Troy built a mud room and a butlers’ pantry in this house they’re selling. (AAP Image/Josh Woning)WHAT’S old is new again when it comes to the latest list of home must-haves, with once outdated additions making a comeback and driving property prices upwards.High on the list of buyer wish lists are mud rooms, powder rooms and butlers’ pantries, now known as prep kitchens.Brisbane interior stylist Virginia Bishop, from Virginia Bishop Interiors, said these small rooms added value as they were seen as the new luxury.“It keeps the home feeling fresh and new. If you are looking at two homes that are for all intense purposes the same, one of these small rooms will be the tipping point in the decision for the buyer,” Ms Bishop said.“The introduction of small rooms can be seen as a reaction to our love affair with open plan living.“And with land blocks becoming smaller and homes becoming larger people are spend more time indoors.”Ms Bishop said there was still a need for storage areas and a desire to keep the open plan tidy and organised without sacrificing the spaciousness. “So while most homes don’t have too much mud coming in the house, and much less butlers, these rooms are finding their way into the vernacular of our interiors,” she said.Selling agent Sarah Hackett of Place Estate Agents Bulimba said when it comes to renovating a home, kitchens, bathrooms and main entertainment areas is where money should be spent. Ms Hackett said storage spaces were very “on trend” in high-end Brisbane homes.“People have expensive luggage and linen now, they don’t want to leave it lying around in the garage,” Ms Hackett said.“If buyers are trying to get a premium result, we see them put these rooms in and it works.” The increase in popularity has led Valcon Homes to include a mud room in its newest display home at Springfield Rise.Valcon Homes sales manager Gavin Roden said a growing number of buyers were requesting a mud room in the design of their new home in a bid to keep the family on track and organised.“As people lead increasingly busy lives, the mud room can be a real time saver,” he said.Ray White Paddington agent Judi O’Dea said prep kitchens were a common design renovation project for sellers. “People want them, I am selling more and more homes with them,” Ms O’Dea said.“They are so important as many people have more gadgets now and want to clear the deck.“We want to entertain our friends and family and look like miracle housewives, we want to make mess but the minute they arrive we want everything to be put away.”Ms O’Dea said powder rooms had always been important and many were tucked underneath staircases now.last_img read more

Protecting California’s Coastal Resources

first_imgThe Board of the California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) recently awarded $3.8 million for 12 projects in the Conservancy’s Climate Ready grant program, which supports projects to increase the resilience of coastal resources and communities to the impacts of climate change. These grants were part of a total of nearly $18.5 million in 19 grants for the protection and restoration of California’s coastal resources.“For the first time, this year’s Climate Ready grants were funded by state cap-and-trade proceeds, which are deposited in the state greenhouse gas reduction fund (GGRF) and administered by the California Air Resources Board,” California State Coastal Conservancy said in its release.“In order to meet GGRF’s legislative purposes, projects must facilitate reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and, where feasible, include additional co-benefits, such as investment in disadvantaged communities and economic, environmental and public health benefits to the state. 86% of the $3.8 million awarded is going to projects that are located in and benefit disadvantaged communities.”Also approved was $5.7 million for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to place dredged sediment from Redwood City Harbor at wetland restoration sites on the shoreline of San Francisco Bay.USACE dredges approximately 1.5 million to 2 million cubic yards of sediment each year in San Francisco Bay, maintaining federal navigation channels for shipping.The sediment dredged by USACE must be placed at permitted placement sites, such as the Deep Ocean Disposal Site or In-Bay disposal sites, or at beneficial use sites. Many of the restorable diked baylands have subsided and need sediment to raise their elevations or to create transition zones prior to tidal restoration, said the Conservancy.This funding will enable sediment from Redwood City Harbor to be placed at restoration sites in Bay as the Corps requires a nonfederal sponsor to pay the incremental cost above the cost for In-Bay disposal to place the sediment at a beneficial use site.last_img read more

Teenagers Who Vape Sweet-Flavoured E-Cigarettes More Likely To Stick With Habit, Study Claims

first_imgIndependent 28 October 2019Family First Comment: “Whether or not children continue with vaping is important – the longer and more frequently you vape, the more you’re exposing yourself to toxins in e-cigarette aerosol and put yourself at risk for nicotine addiction. Regulations that reduce youth exposure to flavoured e-cigarettes may aid in preventing young people who try e-cigarettes from becoming long-term e-cigarette users, and also from inhaling more aerosol into their lungs.”Teenagers who smoke sweet or fruit-flavoured e-cigarettes are less likely to stop vaping, a new study has claimed.Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) carried out a study to investigate how flavours of vaping devices impacts regular use of e-cigarettes.The scientists tracked nearly 500 teenagers from Los Angeles who vaped, assessing them at six-month intervals between 2015 and 2017.Around nine in 10 of the participants were found to have a preference for e-cigarettes with sweet, fruity or other non-traditional flavours.Of the teenagers who vaped using non-traditional flavours, 64.3 per cent still regularly smoked e-cigarettes six months later, compared with 42.9 per cent who vaped using flavours such as tobacco or menthol.The researchers discovered that the participants who smoked e-cigarettes with sweet flavours were more likely to vape more heavily six months later, stating that they took more puffs every time they smoked.READ MORE: read more

Zaha to stay at Crystal Palace this season

first_imgWilfried Zaha is set to stay at Crystal Palace for the rest of the season with suitors Chelsea and Tottenham baulking at his £80million valuation. Zaha Neymar’s agent Pini Zahavi has been seeking to negotiate a move this month on behalf of the highly-rated Palace forward. Zaha was also in demand last summer but a transfer failed to materialise.Advertisement Loading… The Blues were believed to be the favourites for his signature after having their transfer ban lifted ahead of the current window. Read Also:Hudson-Odoi skills could halt Zaha’s Chelsea move But the Daily Mail report that neither they nor Spurs are willing to meet Palace’s eye-watering asking price. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The World20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnetslast_img read more

FA Cup: City seek win against Newcastle

first_imgNewcastle United vs. Man City Venue: St. James’ Park Kick off: 6:30PMManchester City return to action just three days after being dethroned as champions of England when they switch their attention to an FA Cup quarter-final against Newcastle United this evening. Pep Guardiola’s side may have had the Premier League trophy prised from their two-year grip, but they remain FA Cup holders and are favourites to win the competition again ahead of their trip to St James’ Park.The destination of the 2019-20 Premier League title has been known for some time, but the act of having it officially confirmed will nonetheless hurt Man City as their reign as kings of England comes to an end.Guardiola’s side have firmly established themselves as one of the greatest teams in English football history over the last two years, amassing 198 league points in that time and producing the first ever domestic clean sweep of trophies last term.One of the best-ever have been comfortably second best in the league this season, and yet it could still end up being one of the most memorable campaigns in their history as they look to bring in even more silverware.The EFL Cup is already in the bag for the third year in a row and fifth time in the last seven seasons, and they are favourites to become the first team since Arsenal in 2015 to retain the FA Cup too. With their holy grail the Champions League also to come in August, Man City could still end up winning another treble this season, and with the league out of reach that means that they are likely to prioritise the FA Cup for now.That will not come as particularly welcome news for Newcastle or any of the other clubs in the competition as Man City go into this quarter-final looking to chalk up a 10th successive FA Cup win – last losing in the competition back in February 2018.City have scored a whopping 35 goals at a rate of almost four per game since then, while they have conceded just four times at the other end, keeping six clean sheets.It is a formidable record for sure, but Guardiola’s side have looked much more mortal this season and, in the Premier League alone, have already been beaten eight times in 2019-20.Another defeat today would see them lose three successive away games for the first time since October 2016, and it is worth noting that they were only able to come away with a draw from their league visit to St James’ Park this term. Newcastle have won the last two FA Cup meetings between these two sides at home too, while in all competitions it is now seven games unbeaten at St James’ Park for the Magpies – a run which stretches back to New Year’s Day.Remarkably, Ahmed Elmohamady’s equaliser for Aston Villa on Wednesday night was the first goal Steve Bruce’s side had conceded at home since Rochdale’s visit in the FA Cup on January 14, ending a run of five successive clean sheets.The firepower at Man City’s disposal might test that further today, although it is Newcastle who have scored more goals than any other club left in the competition so far this season, netting 11 times in wins over Rochdale, Oxford United and West Bromwich Albion.That tally has admittedly been aided by needing two replays from their three meetings with lower-league opposition, though, whereas Man City have made little fuss in getting past Port Vale, Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday so far.RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Newcastle have not knocked the holders out of the FA Cup since 1957, although as it happens that was also against Man City – one of six Newcastle wins from eight previous ties between these two sides in the FA Cup.Adding another victory to that tally might just make fans believe that this is finally the year they will end a trophy drought which stretches back to when they last got their hands on the FA Cup in 1955.The Magpies are already enjoying their best FA Cup run since 2006, and should they go further on Sunday then it will be another feather in the cap of Bruce, whose appointment was so widely questioned among the club’s fans.Newcastle possible XI: Darlow, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez, Rose, Almiron, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin, Carroll. Man City possible XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Otamendi, Garcia, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Rodri, D Silva, Bernardo, Jesus, Sane.Tags: FA CupManchester CityNewcastle UnitedPep GuardiolaSt james’ Parklast_img read more

Dembele in Pochettino’s plans

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists Mousa Dembele has a future at White Hart Lane. “Yes, he’s in my plans, Dembele,” said Pochettino, whose team begin the Barclays Premier League season at Manchester United on Saturday lunchtime. “I think we need to try to provide him (with a platform) to show his real quality here. It’s true the last season was difficult for him, but (not) only was it difficult for him at Tottenham – with his national team too. “It’s for that reason we need to try to provide him the best position on the pitch or try to find the best position for him, to show the quality that he has. “We don’t have doubts but if he doesn’t play, [others believe we have] doubts. I think it is all about football. We need to try stuff to help every player and Mousa is another player we need to help to try to give him the chance of giving his best when he has the facility to play.” In their final pre-season friendlies, Spurs lost 2-0 to Real Madrid on Tuesday before beating AC Milan by the same scoreline a day later. That unusual schedule so close to their opening Premier League fixture prompted concerns about their conditioning, but Pochettino remained relaxed and said that his only fitness doubts surrounded Ryan Mason, Roberto Soldado and Hugo Lloris. “We need to assess Hugo, Mason, Soldado, and after take a decision,” he said. “Two games was not too much. We shared minutes in the squad. When you play AC Milan or Madrid you need to be focused and aware. It is like you have started the season a week before. Two games was a very good test for us. “[Manchester United away is] not an easy start. It is never easy in the Premier League and all games are difficult. “For us it is better to start with Manchester United at Old Trafford. We have experience. We arrive from Munich and played Real Madrid and AC Milan, so we are fit to compete.” The Belgium international’s career has been the subject of uncertainty since Pochettino’s appointment as Spurs boss last summer. He was often left out of Pochettino’s first-choice midfield and was widely considered unsuited to the Argentinian’s preferred intense, high-pressing style of play, but the Tottenham manager believes the player can be a success at the north London club and is working on inspiring an improvement from him. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe fallout has been swift. All 18 Scrap Yard players, including some members of the US national team, have walked out and say they won’t play for the team. The USSSA Pride, another independent team, said its games will be postponed until further notice in support of the Dawgs’ players.ALABAMA FOOTBALL-ANTIRACISM VIDEOAlabama players, Saban appear in anti-racism videoTUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama football team released an emotional video on Thursday speaking out against racism and ending with the message that “all lives can’t matter until Black lives matter.” Head Coach Nick Saban (SAY’-bihn) and many prominent players, both Black and white, appear in the video that was written by Alabama left tackle Alex Leatherwood. The video begins with the players saying, “We are a team, Black, white, brown. Together, we are a family. We are brothers who represent ourselves, our families, our hometowns, our university and our country.” The expanded 32-team tournament — eight more than the 2019 edition in France — is expected to open in July 2023. The winning bid proposed 12 cities, with seven in Australia and five in New Zealand. It includes the main stadium used for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.The 2023 tournament will be the first time a World Cup for men or women will be shared across two continental bodies, and the first co-hosted women’s edition. Both Australia, the No. 7-ranked team in women’s soccer, and No. 23 New Zealand will qualify automatically for the tournament. NBA-HAWKS-CARTER RETIRESVince Carter, 43, retires after record 22 NBA seasonsUNDATED (AP) — Vince Carter made his retirement official by announcing on his podcast Thursday that his 22-year NBA career has come to an end. The announcement was largely a formality because the 43-year-old Carter had said many times over the course of the season that this would be his last in the NBA. Also:— First-round draft pick Pete Crow-Armstrong and the New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with a $3,359,000 signing bonus, the slot value for the 19th overall selection in the amateur draft. The 18-year-old center fielder from California hit .514 in 10 games for Harvard-Westlake High School before his senior season was stopped due to the coronavirus. Crow-Armstrong has elite defensive skills in center with Gold Glove potential, according to scouts and evaluators, and a top-of-the-order profile as a hitter. Both his parents are accomplished actors. His mother, Ashley Crow, played young Billy Heywood’s mom in the 1994 film “Little Big League.” The Mets also announced a deal with speedy outfielder Isaiah Greene, the 69th overall pick. NHL-DRAFT LOTTERYRed Wings have shot to win NHL lottery to draft LafreniereThe once-proud Detroit Red Wings hope to win the NHL draft lottery, giving them a shot to select Canadian Alexis Lafreniere. Sanó, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Twins in January, denies the allegations and has said he is being blackmailed. The player appeared Thursday at a hearing in the Prosecutor’s Office in his hometown of San Pedro de Macorís. The hearing was called so the sides could present their versions of events and seek a conciliation, but none was reached. No charges have been filed against Sanó. PGA-TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIPMackenzie Hughes shoots 60 to take early lead at TravelersCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Mackenzie Hughes shot a career-low 60 to take the early lead at the Travelers Championship. The 29-year-old Canadian flirted with 59 Thursday as the PGA Tour tried to switch its focus back to golf amid growing concerns about the coronavirus. The video ends with the message, “all lives can’t matter until Black lives matter.”’ Some commenters offered to “happily take” season tickets from anyone who was offended by the video. ACC-SWOFFORD RETIRINGACC Commissioner Swofford to retire in JuneUNDATED (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford is retiring after the 2020-21 academic year, ending his tenure after 24 years.The 71-year-old Swofford has been commissioner of the ACC since 1997, the longest run in that position in the history of the 67-year-old conference. The former North Carolina athletic director took over as commissioner of a nine-team league. In the years that followed, Swofford directed the league through multiple waves of expansion that first turned the ACC into a 12-team league by 2005 and ultimately reach 15 teams by 2013. The conference also launched its own network last August. June 26, 2020 Detroit desperately needs a boost after easily being the worst team in the league during the pandemic-shortened season that was put on ice in March.Lafreniere, an 18-year-old winger, is the consensus top prospect available and appears to be talented enough to potentially help next season and for years to come.The Red Wings and the rest the league will find out Friday night which team will be fortunate enough to have an opportunity to take him. Detroit has an 18.5% chance of having the No. 1 pick overall in the draft, on a day to be determined, after trailing every NHL team by at least 23 points and finishing 61 points behind the league-leading Boston Bruins.SOCCER-CHAMPION-LIVERPOOLLiverpool clinches league title, ends 30-year droughtLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — The 30-year wait is over. Liverpool is champion of England again. — The Phillie Phanatic, Mr. Met and Mariner Moose mascots are getting a reprieve. Major League Baseball has reversed a policy it issued last month that banned mascots from ballparks while trying to restrict access and limit contact exposure. MLB now says mascots are welcome, but they’re not permitted on the field. — Soccer’s governing body FIFA (FEE’-fuh) is using almost $900 million of its cash reserves to help member federations get through the coronavirus pandemic. All of FIFA’s 211 national members will each get a $1-million payment and $500,000 more to spend specifically on women’s soccer. Each of the six continental governing bodies gets $2 million from FIFA’s reserve fund, which held $2.7 billion after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. FIFA says a further $565 million is available for interest-free loans to federations of between $500,000 and $5 million, depending on their audited annual revenue. Continental confederations can access $4 million. — Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán has tested positive for the coronavirus but a son says the retired fighter has had only mild symptoms so far. Robin Durán said Thursday on Instagram that his 69-year-old father was tested after going to a private hospital with cold symptoms. He says his father still has only cold-like symptoms. Durán had the nickname “Hands of Stone” as a boxer from 1968 to 2001 and held world champhionship belts in four different weight classes during his career. He is remembered for his resounding victory over American boxing idol Sugar Ray Leonard in Montreal in 1980.MLB-DOMINICAN-TWINS-SANO’SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic are opening an investigation into allegations Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sanó participated in the kidnapping and assault of a man. The Twins, however, said they were told Sanó was cleared of the accusations. His 22 seasons are the most in league history. He became the first NBA player to appear in four different decades. Carter started his career with Toronto, then played for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and spent his final two seasons with Atlanta. Carter appeared in 1,541 NBA games, behind only Robert Parish (1,611) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,560) on the league’s all-time list. He started his career with Toronto, then played for New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and spent his final two seasons with Atlanta.TWEET FALLOUTPro softball team suffers fallout after GM’s anthem tweetUNDATED (AP) — One of America’s top pro women’s softball teams is in an uproar after a tweet by their general manager regarding the national anthem.The now-deleted tweet by Connie May, general manager of the Houston-based Scrap Yard Dawgs, included the Twitter handle for President Donald Trump as it noted the team’s players were standing for the anthem and respecting the flag. Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other athletes have kneeled during the anthem to protest racial injustice, angering Trump. Paraplegic rower found dead during California-Hawaii voyageHONOLULU (AP) — The body of a paraplegic woman rowing from California to Hawaii was headed to Tahiti after she was found lifeless in the water over the weekend,The Coast Guard said a friend of Angela Madsen, 60, contacted the Coast Guard Sunday after not hearing from her for more than 24 hours. Madsen, who had been at sea for 59 days, was about 1,145 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, when she was last heard from. The Coast Guard reached out to commercial vessels in the area of Madsen’s last known location and asked an Air National Guard flight crew headed from California to Hawaii to fly over the area. An air crew found her tethered to her vessel. The Polynesia, a ship in the area, retrieved her body. “Now they’re continuing on their scheduled course and they’re going to take the body to Tahiti, where the family will do whatever they need to do to get her home to California,” Muir said. TPC River Highlands is no stranger to low scores — Jim Furyk (FYOOR’-ihk) shot a tour-record 58 there four years ago. Hughes was bogey-free and made a 30-foot putt on his second-to-last hole to get to 10 under. But he left his 40-foot birdie try short on the last hole. It was good enough for a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy among the early starters.FIFA-2023 WOMEN’S WORLD CUPAustralia, New Zealand to co-host 2023 Women’s World CupGENEVA (AP) — Australia and New Zealand will co-host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.The island neighbors beat Colombia 22-13 in a vote Thursday by FIFA’s (FEE’-fuhz) ruling council, which judged them as having the best commercial prospects for women’s soccer. The vote was split along continental lines, with Europe joining South America in voting for Colombia. A third candidate, Japan, withdrew on Monday. Update on the latest sports The Aug. 6 exhibition game in Canton, Ohio, between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers is the first on-field event the league has canceled during the pandemic. It will now be played on Aug. 5, 2021. Enshrinements for 20 men scheduled for this year now will occur on Aug. 7, 2021. The 2021 inductees will go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame the next day. NFL owners are conducting a virtual meeting Thursday in which the preseason schedule will be discussed. It’s possible the league will reduce the number of exhibition games to two per team from the usual four. Dallas and Pittsburgh would have played five, including the game in Canton.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott says he is feeling “normal” after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this month. Speaking on a Twitch chat this week, Elliott said he had shortness of breath and a cough for a couple of days. He said he now feels good but hasn’t resumed working out yet. He said he could have been re-tested this week, but decided that it wouldn’t hurt to wait and get more rest first. Elliott’s mother has said the running back had been around someone who had no symptoms, but then tested positive for the coronavirus three days later. — A person with knowledge of the situation says Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus, a result that came in shortly after the Heat and other NBA teams began mandatory testing in preparation for next month’s resumption of the season. Jones, the reigning NBA slam dunk contest champion, still plans to play when the Heat get back on the floor at the Disney complex near Orlando next month.— Some people in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins organizations have tested positive for COVID-19. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said on a video conference call that it’s “a delicate subject” and he declined to identify those with positive tests.Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said Minnesota had “a few” players in the organization recently test positive. He said each player is “doing well” in self-isolation at home. Mariners sign 3 draft picks, including top selection HancockSEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners signed three of their draft picks Thursday, including first-round selection Emerson Hancock. Along with Hancock, the Mariners signed second-round pick Zach DeLoach and fifth-rounder Taylor Dollard. Hancock, who was taken with the No. 6 overall pick, was one of the top collegiate pitchers in the country at Georgia. He was 8-3 with a 1.99 ERA during his sophomore season with the Bulldogs and made four starts during his abbreviated junior season. DeLoach, an outfielder from Texas A&M, led the Cape Cod League in hitting last summer with a .353 batting average. Dollard, a right-handed pitcher from Cal Poly, was 1-0 in four starts this season. As a sophomore last year, Dollard was 5-0 with a 2.89 ERA. Dollard never suffered a loss in 42 career appearance at Cal Poly. NFL-TITANS-MOVESTitans lure Birch from NFL office, add 2 other executivesNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have lured Adolpho Birch away from the NFL office to join their front office and hired two other new executives. The Titans announced Thursday that Birch is their new senior vice president for business affairs and chief legal officer.Birch spent the past 24 years with the NFL with his last role senior vice president for labor policy and league affairs. He had been involved with labor negotiations, managing the NFL’s drug testing program, government relations, sports betting and the league’s critical response team. His late father was the first Black on the Tennessee Supreme Court, and Birch earned his law degree at Vanderbilt.The Titans also hired Surf Melendez for a new position as creative director, and Dan Werly is their new general counsel. Melendez has worked for the Miami Dolphins and Adidas. Werly had been general counsel for Nashville Soccer Club the past year.MLB-MARINERS-DRAFT PICKS Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNFL cancels Hall of Fame game, delays inductions for a yearUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Liverpool clinched its first league title since 1990 on Thursday, ending an agonizing title drought without the players even having to take the field. Instead, the Premier League crown was secured when Chelsea beat second-place Manchester City 2-1, a result that means City can no longer catch Liverpool with seven games remaining. For the city of Liverpool, this has been a party three decades in the making, but the ongoing restrictions caused by the coronavirus meant fans were unable to celebrate in large crowds. Only a few dozen fans were outside Anfield as the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge, setting off fireworks and chanting. PARAPLEGIC ROWER DIES — Churchill Downs says the rescheduled Kentucky Derby and Oaks will run this fall with spectators under strict guidelines to limit crowd density for the race that annually attracts more than 100,000. The 146th runnings of the Oaks for fillies and the Derby were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It marked the first time since 1945 that horse racing’s marquee event was not run on the first Saturday in May. Churchill Downs has run its delayed spring meet without spectators. — New Hampshire Motor Speedway will allow fans in the grandstands and suites for the Aug. 2 NASCAR Cup Series race. Fans will be subject to social distancing requirements and additional health and safety protocols. The race was originally scheduled for July 19.— The USGA has announced its exemption categories for a U.S. Open that won’t have open qualifying for the first time in nearly a century. That includes taking the top 70 in the world ranking from March 15, the last one before the ranking was frozen because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Open usually takes the top 60. The exemption categories announced Thursday include a spot for Phil Mickelson, who was at No. 61 in March. The U.S. Open is the only major Mickelson hasn’t won. The U.S. Open is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot, just north of New York City, the scene of Mickelson’s toughest loss in 2006.— World Team Tennis says Venus Williams has committed to play in its three-week season that starts July 12. Williams will be a member of the Washington Kastles. That is one of nine teams that will gather at a resort in West Virginia. Matches normally are played at various sites around the country. Up to 500 spectators will be allowed for each match at a 2,500-seat outdoor court.— Third-ranked tennis player Dominic Thiem (teem) has apologized for taking part in an exhibition series hosted by Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) where four players have tested positive for the coronavirus. Thiem says “our behaviour was a mistake” and adds he is “extremely sorry.” Thiem is an Austrian who lost to the top-ranked Djokovic in this year’s Australian Open final. last_img read more

Diack resigns as hon member of IOC

first_imgThe former athletics chief had been provisionally suspended by the IOC – following claims of corruption.He’s under investigation by French police and Interpol.It’s over accusations he took bribes to cover-up positive doping tests – while he was president of the IAAFlast_img