The Latest: FIFA calls for national teams shutdown in March

first_imgHe adds that “Russia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.”___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. In the meantime, Fehr says players have been asked to spend the weekend at home to avoid risk of being infected by the new coronavirus.The additional time off over the weekend would also provide teams to cleanse their facilities.“I think we’re in the ‘Let’s relax and take stock of where we are first,’” Fehr said by phone from the NHLPA offices in Toronto. “I think the initial phase is a few days, whether it turns out to be two or three or five or six, we’re not going to know yet. And we’ll be constantly in touch with the NHL and constantly re-evaluating.”— Reporting by AP Hockey Writers Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow___ 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.” 3:59 p.m.Major League Baseball is encouraging players to go home a day after canceling spring training and postponing opening day by at least two weeks amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.Ballparks in Florida and Arizona were locked down Friday as the sport considered how to proceed following an outbreak that has brought the U.S. sports schedule to a standstill. Teams speculated the season might not start until sometime in May, necessitating a reduced schedule.The league and players’ association were discussing options Friday. Many teams said in the morning they planned to close for the weekend and re-open camps Monday. But a decision was made to encourage players to leave camp in the afternoon.The dispersal is not mandatory. In particular, many minor league players — especially from other countries — have been hoping to remain in camps, where they have usually access to housing, food and training facilities. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):9:15 p.m.FIFA wants a total shutdown of this month’s window for national team games which is in turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic. 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 Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events.___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. FGCU associate head coach Chelsea Lyles tweeted Friday that the team didn’t celebrate the regular-season championship when it happened “because we knew we had bigger goals we wanted to accomplish. So today we danced, cried, cut down our net and celebrated our Regular Season Championship. A celebration of a fantastic year.”___2:50 p.m.Sliding season in the U.S. is over.USA Bobsled and Skeleton said Friday that it is canceling its national championships, which were to take place later this month in Lake Placid, New York. New USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Aron McGuire says “we must exercise caution when it comes to the safety of the athletes” amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___6:20 p.m.Sampdoria has announced that four more of its players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club doctor.The club says after forward Manolo Gabbiadini tested positive on Thursday, it carried out tests on defender Omar Colley, midfielder Albin Ekdal, forward Antonino La Gumina, and midfielder Morten Thorsby, who all had light symptoms, and they also tested positive.Sampdoria says they are all in good condition in their own homes in Genoa. The same applies for club doctor Amedeo Baldari. ___4:15 p.m.The Southeastern Conference has suspended all athletic activities at least through April 15 due to continuing developments related to the coronavirus.The events called off include competitions, team and individual practices, meetings and other organized gatherings.The SEC had previously announced that all competition was suspended until March 30. That suspension of competition has been extended through April 15 and now includes all organized team activities. ___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.” 5:30 p.m.A major prep race for the Kentucky Derby will be run as scheduled next week, without spectators.Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans is joining other tracks in banning fans through the remainder of its racing meet that ends March 29. Only essential staff and credentialed horsemen and media will be in attendance.The $1 million Louisiana Derby will run as scheduled on March 21. The race offers the winner 100 points toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby on May 2.___ Also Friday, USA Luge said all of its remaining on-ice programs for the season in Lake Placid — including training sessions, youth screening camps, fantasy camps and the Masters championships — are off as well. USA Luge also is delaying its open house for the team’s new indoor refrigerated training center. It was to have been unveiled April 4.USA Luge CEO Jim Leahy says “out of an abundance of caution … we felt it necessary to terminate the season at this point.”___2:45 p.m.A spokeswoman for the women’s professional tennis tour says the WTA is going to wait “a bit more time” to make decisions on whether any additional scheduling changes might be needed because of the coronavirus pandemic. 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.___ ___2:55 p.m.Florida Gulf Coast’s women’s basketball team was to play host to the ASUN Conference championship game at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Florida on Sunday, before the tournament was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Eagles got a celebration in anyway.The team gathered Friday at its home gym, with no fans present, to cut down the nets in celebration of winning the league title. FGCU was the league’s regular-season champion but did not have any elaborate on-court celebration when that title was clinched because it wanted to save the real party for an NCAA Tournament berth. 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.___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. Women’s events have been called off one by one through April 12.The next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, is still scheduled to begin May 24 in Paris.Also Friday, the U.S. Tennis Association said it is suspending all of its sanctioned events through April 20.That includes USTA Pro Circuit tournaments, along with adult, junior and wheelchair tournaments.The group hopes to eventually reschedule events where possible. Amy Binder writes in an email to The Associated Press on Friday that the WTA “has an obligation” to players and tournaments “to provide playing opportunities.”She adds that the WTA is communicating with upcoming European clay-court and grass-court tournaments.Binder says it is important to move quickly but also not to “simply react.”She says the WTA expects to make a decision “in the week ahead.”On Thursday, the men’s tennis tour suspended all ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour tournaments for six weeks, through April 26. 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.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.___ Previously, coronavirus fears have forced the Barcelona Marathon originally scheduled this Sunday, to be postponed to Oct. 25, and the Paris Marathon on April 5 to be shifted to Oct. 18.The Rome Marathon set for March 29 was canceled earlier.___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. An announcement will be made next week regarding the Hong Kong Open and China Open, both in May, the ITTF said.___2:30 p.m.The NCAA will extend the eligibility of athletes on spring sports teams one year to make up for the season lost to the new coronavirus.The decision comes after the NCAA announced Thursday that its winter and spring championships would be canceled as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus. Some but not all conferences have announced that their spring sports teams would not continue their regular seasons. The Montreal native won a record 11 Stanley Cups as a player.___ 4:38 p.m.NHL Players’ Association chief Don Fehr tells The Associated Press that he expects teams will be cleared to open their training facilities to allow player workouts as early as next week.Though there is no definitive timeline, Fehr says the potential of teams opening their training facilities to players will be included in a joint memo the league and union plan to issue on Friday. The memo will provide players with guidelines on what to expect after the league on Thursday elected to suspend the final month of its regular season. March 13, 2020 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.”___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 Latest: FIFA calls for national teams shutdown in March ___6:35 p.m.The International Table Tennis Federation is suspending all activities — events, development and foundation — from Monday to the end of April.The ITTF executive committee will hold an emergency meeting on Monday.The Japan Open next month had already been postponed, but Friday’s decision also affects Olympic qualifiers for Asia, Europe and Oceania next month. 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. ____3:02 p.m.USA Diving is immediately suspending all of its activities for 30 days because of the coronavirus outbreak.That includes camps, conferences and any travel to gatherings.The sport’s governing body is also recommending all sanctioned activities be suspended for the same amount of time. Its board of directors will meet Sunday to discuss plans for international competitions. 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. The Badminton World Federation has suspended all tournaments from Monday to April 12.The tournaments affected include the Swiss Open, India Open, Orléans Masters, Malaysia Open, and Singapore Open.The suspension of the circuit comes into effect following the completion of the All England Open on Sunday in Birmingham.The decision severely impacts Olympic qualifying, which closes on April 30. The BWF previously said it will not change the qualifying window, but said on Friday it “will make a further announcement on regulations related to Olympic qualification points” later.___ 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 rest of the team, as well as the staff and directors, are also in self-isolation at home. The club’s offices and training facilities have been closed and all sporting activity has been suspended. ___5:10 p.m.The London Marathon scheduled for April 26 has been postponed to Oct. 4.“We know how disappointing this news will be for so many — the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds, and the millions who watch the race every year,” event director Hugh Brasher said. The second America’s Cup World Series regatta is set for June 4-7 in Portsmouth, England, and will be organized by the defender, Emirates Team New Zealand.Part of the INEOS Team UK crew flew back to England on Thursday night, a team spokeswoman said. Team New Zealand’s race yacht is on a freighter in the middle of the Indian Ocean and a spokesman said the team is looking at transferring it to another ship to get it to England.Skipper Terry Hutchinson of the New York Yacht Club’s American Magic, which recently finished winter training in Pensacola, Florida, thanked the Italian organizers “for making an incredibly difficult decision that prioritized the safety of teams, race officials and all organizing authorities. We know it was not easy and taking a leadership position was critical.”SailGP, co-founded by former America’s Cup champion Russell Coutts and tech tycoon Larry Ellison, canceled its regatta in San Francisco set for May 2-3.___ An athletics official at an East Coast school told The Associated Press that the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee sent an email notifying schools of the eligibility decision. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release the information.The official read the content of the email but declined to forward a copy because the official’s university monitors outgoing emails.“The Council Coordination Committee agreed that it will be appropriate to grant relief for the use of a season of competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports. The committee recognizes that several issues need to be addressed related to providing the additional season of competition, including financial aid implications. The committee will also discuss issues related to seasons of competition for winter student-athletes,” the email read.___5:45 p.m. ___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. SEC athletics programs will cease practices, individual and team workouts effective the end of the day Friday. Team meetings will conclude no later than 5 p.m. local time Monday.___4:10 p.m.Two major regattas, including one on the Italian island of Sardinia that would have debuted the radical new boats that will be used in the 2021 America’s Cup, were called off Friday due to the coronavirus pandemic.With Italy at the epicenter of Europe’s outbreak, the Italian group that represents the three challenging teams postponed a warmup regatta set for April 23-26 in Cagliari. The group said it would ask the America’s Cup arbitration panel to set a new date. That would seem nearly impossible due to the logistical challenge of shipping the 75-foot foiling monohulls. 1:45 p.m.The World Synchronized Skating Championships have been canceled because of the coronavirus outreak.U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union made the announcement Friday, citing concerns over the spread of the virus and the United States’ ban on travel from Europe.The event had been scheduled for April 3-4 at Lake Placid, New York.The World Synchronized Skating Championships had been held every year since 2000, including four times previously in the United States. 5:15 p.m.The funeral for former Montreal Canadiens captain Henri Richard on Monday in Montreal will be closed to the public because of the COVID-19 outbreak.The Canadiens announced the decision was made in response to measures put in place by the Quebec government to prevent the spread of the virus.The club says it is an “exceptional situation” that left the family with no other choice but to hold a private funeral, involving only immediate family members.Richard died on March 6. He was 84. FIFA says a panel of its vice presidents agreed “rules which normally oblige clubs to release players for national team matches will not apply” for the March 23-31 window mandated in its international fixture calendar.Close to 200 national teams were due to be in action in 2022 World Cup qualifying games in Asia and South America, qualifiers for continental championships in Africa and Europe, plus friendlies.Most scheduled games were lost to a steady wave of postponements and cancellations this month as the virus outbreak spread globally.UEFA has yet to formally postpone 2020 European Championships playoffs involving 16 nations. The games scheduled on March 26 and 31 seemed sure to be postponed by Tuesday.___ 4:25 p.m.Brazil’s health ministry has recommended that that all sporting events be canceled or postponed due to the spread of the new coronavirus.Officials also suggested in a statement Friday that attendance be limited when there’s not enough time to stop ticket sales.Following the recommendations of the ministry, Brazil’s soccer confederation decided that matches of regional tournament in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro would be played without fans in the stands. The two cities have detected cases of local transmission of the virus.Brazil is one of the last countries in South America to take precautionary measures regarding sporting events. As of Friday, Brazil had 98 confirmed cases of COVID-19.last_img read more

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Five memorable races featuring Usain Bolt

first_imgAug 5, 2017. 100m LondonBolt opted to compete solely in the 100m at the London worlds in his swansong season. But the dream of a fourth title was broken by American arch rival Justin Gatlin, who has served two bans for doping. Gatlin’s teammate Christian Coleman snatched silver, with Bolt taking bronze. But it was Bolt who was received like a hero at the London Stadium while Gatlin was roundly booed and jeered. “It’s not the perfect script,” admitted IAAF president Sebastian Coe. Bolt was incredibly gracious in defeat, which saw Gatlin bow down on one knee before him after the race. “The first thing he did was congratulate me and say that I didn’t deserve the boos. He is an inspiration,” Gatlin said of Bolt.Share on: WhatsApp After winning two more world golds in the blue riband event, Bolt raced through to an unprecedented treble of three consecutive Olympic 100m golds, an astonishing achievement in an event where injury often puts pay to a long string of victories. After winning the opening 100m in Rio, Bolt said: “Somebody said I can become immortal. Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal.” Needless to say, he bagged two more golds. London, United Kingdom | AFP | AFP Sports list five of the most memorable track races featuring Jamaican Usain Bolt, who brought down the curtain on his glittering career on Saturday.Aug 20, 2008. Beijing 200mBolt’s arrival on the global stage was confirmed with a sensational run in the 200m at the Beijing Olympics. Just days after winning the 100m in a then-world record 9.69sec, the Jamaican won over legions of new fans by sprinting to victory in 19.30sec, beating American Michael Johnson’s long-standing world record. “I worked so hard to become champion and I will work harder to stay at the top,” Bolt said.Aug 16, 2009. Berlin 100mAfter overcoming a false start in the semi-final, Bolt delivered his best-ever performance in the 100m. Covering the first 60 metres in an unprecedented 6.31 seconds, Bolt did not ease up and in 41 strides streaked through the finish line in an amazing world record of 9.58sec, a mark that will likely be unchallenged for many years to come. He followed that up by bettering his 200m to 19.19sec just days later. “For me, anything is possible,” Bolt said.Aug 28, 2011. 100m DaeguThe defining moment of the world championships in South Korea was a false start by Bolt, gifting the 100m title to teammate Yohan Blake. The non-result is Bolt’s sole hiccup on the world stage. “Looking for tears?” Bolt asked. “Not going to happen, I’m okay.”Aug 14, 2016. 100m Rio de Janeirolast_img read more

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10th death reported in ICE custody this year

first_imgHumanitarians and doctors are requesting better healthcare options for those in ICE custody after a 10th person has died in the matter of 6 months.Officials are reporting that the latest death occurred at a holding facility in Texas.42-year-old Ramiro Hernandez Ibarra was awaiting deportation to Mexico when he became ill and died of complications due to septic shock after being transported to the hospital.The agency did not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding his death, however, with the death toll surpassing the 8 reported deaths in 2019, humanitarians are calling for the release of nearly 23,000 who do not have criminal records or convictions.Carlos- Franco-Paredes who is a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Infectious diseases division echoed this sentiment in an open letter about the ICE holding facilities and the coronavirus.Franco-Paredes wrote that if the coronavirus were to get into the facilities it could be lethal to both employees and detainees due to the lack of healthcare and their high density populations.“For an immigration detention center that holds 1500 detainees, we can estimate that 500-650 may acquire the infection,” Franco-Paredes ” of these, 100 to 150 individuals may develop severe disease potentially requiring admission to an intensive care until. Of these, 10-15 individuals may die from respiratory failure,” he continued.last_img read more

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Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

first_imgMercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain speaks during the press conference after the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix.Mercedes showed again that it’s in a different class from its rivals, with Hamilton’s teammate Nico Rosberg taking second place — the third time in four races this season the pair have finished one-two.“This is a team on a roll, that’s for sure,” Hamilton said. “I’m going to be working hard, we’re going to keep working hard because obviously the others are pushing to catch us.”Coming from a mixed background, with a Black father and White mother,Hamilton is often labelled “the first Black driver in Formula One”, although Willy T. Ribbs tested a Formula One car in 1986. He is also the first driver of Black African heritage to win a major race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in any discipline.Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso held off fast-charging Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo to finish third and give his team its first podium finish of the year, with new team principal Marco Mattiacci watching from the garage.Ricciardo was fourth, finishing one place ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel after the four-time defending world champion was asked by his team to allow the faster Ricciardo to pass for the second race in a row.Hamilton’s win gave him his first career hat trick following his victories in Malaysia and Bahrain. The Briton may have even had a fourth win this season but was forced to retire in the season-opener in Australia after starting from pole position due to engine trouble.With the win, he inched closer to his teammate’s lead in the drivers’ championship with 75 points, just four behind Rosberg.Hamilton, who moved one ahead of Jim Clark for most poles by a British driver with the 34th of his career in Shanghai, was cruising so comfortably at the end of Sunday’s race that he wasn’t even rattled when the checkered flag was mistakenly shown a lap too soon, at the end of lap 55.“That was very strange. I was thinking, ‘Am I seeing things?’ I looked up, I was coming across the line expecting to do another lap and, all of a sudden, I looked for a split second and I saw the flag,” he said.According to F1 regulations, if the checkered flag is shown early, the official end of the race will be the lap before it was shown. On Sunday, that meant the end of lap 54.The only racers this affected were Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi and Marussia’s Jules Bianchi. Kobayashi had passed the Frenchman on their final lap for 17th place, but their places were reversed in the official results.Hamilton was so far ahead for much of the race, his rivals were left to battle for second best.Rosberg, expected to challenge Hamilton in Shanghai after the pair’s incredibly tight duel in Bahrain, started fourth on the grid and was forced to play catch-up after a slow start immediately dropped him back to seventh.The German methodically tracked down the two Red Bulls and finally passed Alonso on the back straight of the 43rd lap, the Ferrari unable to match the speed of the Mercedes.Rosberg then set his sights on Hamilton but he was by that point too far ahead, finishing nearly 19 seconds clear of the German.“We have the best car,” Rosberg said. “But I was back there, so then catching up was nice with this fast car. It’s a good weapon.”Vettel started third on the grid and briefly moved to second before beginning to fade as his tires wore out. After Rosberg passed him, he was asked to give way to Ricciardo on the 25th lap — a repeat of what happened two weeks ago at the Bahrain GP.Instead of acceding, however, Vettel asked his team what tires Ricciardo was using and when told they were both on mediums, the German responded, “Tough luck.” At the start of the next lap, though, Vettel did make way and finished a distant 24 seconds behind his teammate.Red Bull team principal Christian Horner explained afterward that the team had different tire strategies for the drivers, planning a two-stop race for Ricciardo and a three-stop race for Vettel.“As soon as (Vettel) understood that, he immediately let him through,” he said. “You could see he simply didn’t have the pace to hold him back there. It was pointless.”Vettel, who has qualified behind Ricciardo three times to start the season, agreed with the decision given his struggles Sunday.“I’m not yet where I want to be with the car, but it’s an on-going process,” he said. “Hopefully at the next few races we will make some more steps in the right direction.”Force India had both its drivers finish in the points with Nico Hulkenberg finishing sixth and Sergio Perez taking ninth.Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was seventh, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was eighth, and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kyvat finished in 10th, another impressive showing by the 19-year-old debutant.last_img read more

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New Bills Address Misclassification of Employees

first_imgThis article originally appeared in the Jan. 23, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. New Jersey requires employers to apply what’s called the ABC test todetermine whether a worker qualifies as an independent contractor, Przelomski said. “You are paying for a qualified work force,” Houghtaling said. Thelegislation “is not designed to hurt anybody. It’s designed to eliminate badcontractors.” The legislation is not intended to be punitive, said Assemblyman EricHoughtaling (D-Monmouth), sponsor of the bill authorizing stop work orders forconstruction businesses that misclassify contract workers as employees. S-4204 was met with heated opposition from freelance writers, truckers, wedding photographers, musicians and business groups, including the United States Chamber of Commerce. It’s critical for small businesses to be aware of the laws and make sure they’re in compliance, noted Sherilyn Przelomski of Middletown, a certified human resources consultant whose company, Business Enhancement Services & Training Consulting, advises small businesses on a wide variety of hiring and human resource issues. Those who may be affected by the new rules include construction workers,food delivery workers, UBER and LYFT drivers, seasonal workers and others whoregularly render services to businesses but are not on the employee payroll. Last November the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development charged the UBER ride-hailing company with failing to pay $530 million in unpaid unemployment and disability insurance from 2014 to 2018. The state tacked on an additional $119 million in interest for the unpaid taxes. UBER is disputing the classification of its drivers as employees,maintaining they are independent contractors.While the new legislation is intended in part to protect the rights of workerswho do the work of full-time employees but don’t receive benefits such as overtime,health coverage, vacation time, unemployment insurance and safety protections, manyworkers who rely on wages from independent contracting services fear that thetightened restrictions will mean less opportunity for freelance work. With the advent of the “gig economy” and the increasing complexity of thelaws governing how businesses use and classify employees, it’s critical foremployers to learn and follow the laws in their state, Przelomski said. The task force noted in its report that the misclassification of employeesas independent contractors has increased by 40 percent over the last 10 years. “It taught me a lot,” she said. “It was quite an eye-opening experience.It was a very vigorous process.” A series of bills aimed at discouraging employers from misclassifyingworkers as independent contractors was signed into law Monday, Jan. 20 by Gov.Phil Murphy.center_img Bills A-5838, 5839, 5840, 5841, 5842 and 5843 expand penalties for themisclassification of workers, increase scrutiny of businesses that are out ofcompliance and allow the state treasury to share tax information with the statedepartment of labor. Not included in the legislation signed Monday was a controversial Senatebill, S-4204, which would have altered the ABC test used to determine if aworker is an employee or a contractor. The ABC test requires employers to ensure independent contractors operatewithout the employer’s control or direction over how they do their job; thatthe service performed by the worker is not part of the company’s usual courseof business; and that the worker is normally engaged in an independent businessor occupation, for example, if they have other clients. Business owners who fail to comply with the new state requirements mayrisk audits and penalties that could result in a sea of red tape and a blow totheir bottom line. The rules apply whether a business is a large corporation or a smallmom-and-pop, Przelomski said. Sponsored by New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney, S-4204 failed toprogress to the governor’s desk before the end of the 2019 session, but itcould be reintroduced in 2020. A joint statement issued by the bills’ sponsors said, “Classifying workersas independent contractors as an alternative to full or part-time employmenthas been a grossly misused practice.” Employers who use unskilled labor to save labor costs instead of payingthe prevailing wage for skilled trades workers undercut legitimate businessesand their workers and risk delivering an inferior product. According to the Governor’s Task Force report, a year 2000 Department of Labor study disclosed that the misclassification of construction workers in New Jersey cost the state an estimated $3.1 to $6.7 million in unpaid unemployment insurance and disability contributions as well as uncollected state income taxes on $11 million in off-the-books employment and $9 million in unpaid employment taxes as a result of the misclassification of employees as independent workers. By Eileen Moon “I went through a department of labor audit for my own business,” shesaid. Her company was tagged for an audit after one of the clients sheconsulted for was audited, which led to an audit of all of the companies thatbusiness issued 1099s for, including Przelomski’s.last_img read more

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McLaughlin scores twice as Saints keep on marching in BCIHL

first_imgThe Selkirk Saints took another step in credibility after snapping the 25-game home unbeaten streak of the Simon Fraser University Clan Saturday at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby.Connor McLaughlin’s two first period goals powered the Saints to a 5-3 B.C. Intercolligiate League victory over the Clan.Selkirk College now holds a commanding eight-point advantage over the Clan in BCIHL standings.The win comes on the heels of a 7-4 win over Thompson Rivers University Friday at the Kamloops Memorial Arena.”We’re very pleased to have beaten an excellent team in a rink where it’s been as tough as it gets to come away with points,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “The effort we saw tonight from our whole group, top to bottom, is exactly what you need to be successful on a regular basis in our league.”Brodie Gibbon, Logan Proulx and Jackson Garret also scored for the Saints, which led 5-0 midway through the game.But SFU began to battle back on a power-play goal by 2011/12 BCIHL MVP Ben Van Lare, who went on to score twice more in the third period to pull SFU within two.That was as close as the game would get, however, as the Saints bore down late to secure the win. Netminder Alex Sirard shone for Selkirk in collecting his fifth win of the season, turning aside 39 shots on the night.His teammates chased SFU starter Graeme Gordon midway through he second period. He was replaced by Evan Kurylo, who stopped the nine shots he saw over the remainder of the game.Friday, two late second-period goals by McLaughlin, with nine seconds left in the frame, and Kam Crawford, snapped a 4-4 tie powering Selkirk to the win.Jordan Wood scored twice for the Saints with single going to Thomas Hardy, Cody Fidgett and Garrett.The Saints, 8-0,  are next in action on Friday (November 9) when they return to the Lower Mainland to face Trinity Western University.last_img read more

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Mallards Team of the Week – Finley`s KRHL Champions

first_imgAnthony St-Onge converted the OT winner to power Finley’s.The team includes, goalie Lo Bachand, Tucker Braund Ben Schmidt, Chuck Arrance, Joey St-Onge, Dave Michael, Deane Stanley, Adrain Molys Cole Upham, Mike Danis, Anthony St-Onge, Jeremy Travis, Brent Malysh, Adam Banilevic and Adam Beauchamp. Finley’s, formerly Whitewater, needed overtime to clinch the Kootenay Recreational Hockey League title with a 9-8 victory over Danimals recently in the league final.Finley’s won the regular season title before knocking off the Destroyers won 6-1 in the do-or-die semifinal.In the best-of-three final, Finley’s blasted Daminals 15-0 before scoring the 9-8 OT victory to clinch the title.last_img read more

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‘Next Iniesta’ and Arsenal wonderkid get first England Under-21 call ups

first_img LATEST gameday cracker Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has been called into the England Under-21 squad for the first time.The 18-year-old is joined by Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson – on loan at Bundesliga side Hoffenheim – and Leicester’s Harvey Barnes, currently on loan at West Brom, in Aidy Boothroyd’s party for the final two Euro 2019 qualifiers against Andorra and Scotland. Barnes has impressed at the Baggies, netting four times in 13 games after joining on a season-long loan.Boothroyd said: “He deserves it. He has gone out, he has proved himself worthy of a start and has become a key player for West Brom.“We’ve been tracking him for a long time but because of the quality of the squad he has had to get past Demarai. We’re disappointed to lose Demarai but it gives Harvey an opportunity.“It’s up to Harvey, Reiss and Phil to show they can stay in the squad. It makes it hard for me to decide who to pick.”England are top of Group Four – six points clear of Scotland and Ukraine – ahead of the final two qualifiers.They host Andorra in Chesterfield on October 11 before travelling to Tynecastle on October 16.Squad: Gunn (Southampton), Henderson (Sheffield United, on loan from Manchester United), Woodman (Newcastle), Chilwell (Leicester), Clarke-Salter (Vitesse Arnhem, on loan from Chelsea), Fry (Middlesbrough), Kenny (Everton), Konsa (Brentford), Tomori (Derby, on loan from Chelsea), Walker-Peters (Tottenham), Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace), Barnes (West Brom, on loan from Leicester), Cook (Bournemouth), Davies (Everton), Dowell (Everton), Onomah (Sheffield Wednesday, on loan from Tottenham), Abraham (Aston Villa, on loan from Chelsea), Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Foden (Manchester City), Lookman (Everton), Nelson (Hoffenheim, on loan from Arsenal), Sessegnon (Fulham), Solanke (Liverpool) 2 most read in football Arsenal starlet Reiss Nelson is currently impressing in the Bundesliga latest Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Phil Foden is rated as one of football’s brightest young talents Foden – who scored twice in the Under-17 World Cup final against Spain when England triumphed last year – has made five appearances for City this season, scoring once in the Carabao Cup win at Oxford.He is the youngest player to win the Premier League after playing five times in City’s triumph last season and has been likened to Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta.Nelson moved to Germany in August and scored on his Bundesliga debut. He has also played in the Champions League this season. silverware Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update revealed tense scrap Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boothroyd needed reinforcements after James Maddison and Mason Mount earned senior calls while Demarai Gray is out with an ankle injury.He said: “Phil has got great respect from us. He’s another player we want to push through and we can see him playing in the senior team but he’s got to prove himself with us.“He is a massive talent. We want him to get games and the more he gets the better he’ll become.“He’s also training with the best players in the world and the current champions. He is going to get a great education at Manchester City.“If you can train with that calibre of player and coach (Pep Guardiola) and get game time that’s the holy grail. That’s what’s going to develop them. We can trust Manchester City, they know what they’re doing.” England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won BEST OF Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City last_img read more

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Sharks’ Erik Karlsson reacts to his suspension

first_imgSAN JOSE — Erik Karlsson will be watching the Sharks next two games from the press box.The Sharks defenseman received a two-game suspension Sunday from the NHL Department of Player Safety for delivering an illegal hit to the head of Los Angeles Kings forward Austin Wagner in Saturday’s matinee at SAP Center.Karlsson, who received a hearing with the department Sunday morning, was surprised by the suspension.“I’m not going to lie. I was very surprised,” Karlsson said. “I can’t really go into …last_img read more

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Psychotherapy Struggles to Demonstrate Scientific Validity

first_imgPsychologist, heal thyself.  That may well have been the caption to the cover story of Science News,1 illustrated with an iconic cartoon of the patient on the psychoanalyst’s couch – only this time, psychotherapy itself is the patient.  “Researchers spar over how best to evaluate psychotherapy,” announced Bruce Bower, as he described the attempts of professional “talk psychology” to legitimize itself as science.  What has happened?  A few years ago, it was common for people to converse about their shrink and how their therapy was going.  What’s driving the new scrutiny?  Health insurance dollars, for one thing:These are the times that try psychotherapists’ souls.  Federal and state mental-health budget cuts have reduced the number of people who can afford one-on-one psychotherapy sessions to address their problems. Managed care companies demand to see proof that various psychological treatments work, and even then, they reimburse the cost of 2 or 3 months of psychotherapy at most….    Today, the financial survival of any medical treatment or procedure rests on published evidence for its effectiveness.  In that environment, the science of psychotherapy has assumed special urgency.  Psychologists with backgrounds in both research and treatment stand at ground zero of efforts to conduct psychotherapy studies and then integrate the findings into clinical practice.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)How can this be?  The scientific validity of psychotherapy has seemed as solid as that of Darwinism.  Now, both are increasingly being asked to produce the evidence.  The American Psychological Association (APA) recently approved a policy statement on “evidence-based practice in psychology,” Bower reports.  The presumption is that such evidence has been lacking, or is being questioned.  Why?    Following the money, we find that insurance companies are increasingly restricting their subsidies to about two dozen therapies deemed “empirically supported” according to an 1998 APA study.  Then Bower gives a stunner: only a handful of procedures are even adequately documented, let alone demonstrated effective:The list of science-backed psychotherapies emphasizes a handful of approaches grounded in concrete procedures that are described in training manuals.  For instance, in cognitive therapy for depression, a therapist assists patients in identifying and correcting faulty beliefs, such as a tendency to regard any setback as confirmation of one’s failure as a person.  Cognitive therapy includes homework assignments, for instance, a patient trying out a challenging new hobby and monitoring negative thoughts as they crop up.It gets worse.  Even the therapies deemed “empirically supported” are being viewed more and more as subjective, with cause-and-effect inferences difficult to establish.  Bower says that even the definition of “evidence-based practice” is a “sticky issue.”  One psychologist accuses the APA of politicking in favor of psychotherapy practitioners over researchers.  Another calls “evidence-based practice” the most “consequential, incendiary topic in mental health in recent years.”    Bower spends some time with specific examples of testing therapies to see if they can be legitimized scientifically.  Randomized controlled trials of cognitive therapies were studied to establish the “gold standard” of validity.  But how does one do a controlled experiment on people, when each patient represents a unique combination of symptoms?  Bower describes the examples only to question them: “Not everyone is brimming with optimism for psychotherapies bearing scientific seals of approval,” he says.  There are plenty of insiders willing to cast doubt.  Better not let the insurance companies get wind of this:Rare comparisons of patients receiving either of two forms of genuine psychotherapy have yielded no clear winners, [Drew] Westen [Emory U] notes.  In head-to-head comparisons, for example, a few months of cognitive therapy for depression works about as well as the same amount of interpersonal therapy does.  The latter form of one-on-one talk therapy, which is also outlined in a training manual, focuses on helping the patient find ways to resolve conflicts with others, to adjust to new roles in life, and to foster better relationships.    Psychologist Bruce E. Wampold of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has combed through data from psychotherapy studies and concludes that a good working relationship between therapist and patient plays a larger role in sparking psychological progress than any particular treatment technique does.But if that is true, who needs a professional?  Why could not a good friend, or a clergyman, achieve results just as valid as the psychotherapist?  “The methodological tail is wagging the therapeutic dog,” Westen says.  This means that one cannot control for something as complex as the interpersonal relationship between a therapist and the patient.    That has not prevented psychologists from trying.  Enrico E. Jones (UC Berkeley) devised a 100-item rating instrument called a Q-test in hopes of providing unbiased observers a way to rate the success of a therapy.  Unfortunately, the ratings of viewers were influenced by their subjective impressions and biases.  One review of Q-test data found that “cognitive therapists usually blended psychodynamic techniques into their treatment, while psychodynamic therapists often examined faulty thinking and irrational beliefs just as cognitive therapists did.”In a 2002 paper that Ablon calls “a shocker,” clinicians and psychology graduate students rated videotaped sessions of therapists practicing what they considered either cognitive or interpersonal therapy.  The researchers found that, at least in the sessions with depressed patients, both treatments fit the definition of cognitive therapy, suggesting that a single therapy had been compared with itself.  The two sets of therapists were similarly effective….Many proponents of randomized controlled trials regard Q-set studies as a swamp of correlations that can’t establish what actually helps a patient.  Moreover, many psychoanalysts frown on what they consider to be superficial attempts to measure what they do.Anything so far to help an insurer determine how to spend the money?  It gets even worser:Brent D. Slife stood before an audience at the annual APA meeting held in Washington, D.C., in August, and filed the equivalent of a philosophical antitrust suit against psychotherapy researchers.  Slife, a psychologist at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, bemoaned what he called “the almost dogmatic status” of the philosophy of empiricism in guiding examinations of psychotherapy.Slife thinks that psychotherapy should be evaluated qualitatively instead.  This might help therapies that get slighted by the “evidence-based” craze, like humanistic and existential psychotherapy.  But then, how can it get the coveted label of science?  “If we took Slife’s approach,” a critical colleague said, “we’d quickly get booted out of the health care system.”  Bower ends on that thought:In the quarrelsome world of psychotherapy studies, there’s one issue that everyone agrees on: Psychotherapists are fighting an uphill battle to procure more than minimal health insurance coverage for their services.  Norcross remarks, “The sad reality is that insurance companies largely respond to financial considerations, not psychotherapy research.”Update  11/23/2005:  A similar story appeared in New Scientist about psychiatry.  Psychiatrists earn an M.D. and are licensed to dispense drugs, but this article by Liz Else says they face similar credibility breakdowns:In psychiatry, the cost of erroneous scientific theories can be incalculable.  Get things wrong (or even only half right) and once adopted by the profession it can take years to weed them out.  The result can be millions of shattered lives.    Some of the world’s leading psychiatrists believe that this is just what has happened in their craft today.  Poor diagnosis, shaky science and drugs with costly side effects all point to the same conclusion: psychiatry is badly in need of a radical overhaul.1Bruce Bower, “Researchers spar over how best to evaluate psychotherapy,” Science News, Week of Nov. 5, 2005; Vol. 168, No. 19 , p. 299.For those who didn’t already know that psychotherapy is a sickman fraud, this should be a real eye-opener.  Put up or shut up, the insurance companies rightfully ask: let’s see some evidence that psychotherapy actually works before we dole out millions of dollars for it.  What do they reply?  “Well, it’s just too complicated to measure.  You can’t treat it like uniform circular motion or gravity; but trust us, it’s scientific, and we know what we are doing.”  Anybody who trusts a psychotherapist should get his head examined.  You’d be better off seeing a real head-shrinker.  You could save a lot of money by employing the Lucy in Peanuts fame, at her “Psychological Help: 5 Cents” booth.  It appears her standard reply, “Snap out of it!” would prove as successful as anything the psychological charlatans come up with.  It might even be less harmful.  How many psychotherapists have irreparably damaged patients by “helping” them with their sex problems?  If the truth were told, they would, in fact, be booted out of the health care system.    It’s no secret that Sigmund Freud was a worshiper of Darwin.  Psychology has always followed the tradition of building on the Darwinist foundation, treating the human mind as a concourse of molecules molded by natural selection.  Psychotherapy is a secular religion masquerading as science, intended to replace the pastor of the local church.  Here we see that after all these years the Charlietans have nothing to show for it.  Don’t waste your time; they are wells without water, clouds without rain.*    Need healing?  There is hope for those who hurt.  The secret is to follow the Manufacturer’s Manual.  No one could ever figure out the complexities of the human mind but the one who made it.  Need evidence-based healing?  “Come unto me, all you who are weak and heavy laden,” said the Good Shepherd, “and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly of heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-30).  There are millions who will vouch for that.  When God’s spirit takes control of a mind, a host of therapeutic agents are included: faith, hope, love, confidence, unselfishness, forgiveness, peace, thanksgiving, joy, and self-control.  See our list of Bible verses on the subject.  For some “evidence-based” illustrations of the power of God to change lives and heal sorrows, watch this film.(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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