Canada faithful turn to ‘God Pod’ as church services resume

first_imgTopics : As in-person religious services start resuming in Canada after a pandemic lockdown forced many churches to close, one Ottawa parish is offering its congregation a unique way to connect with their faith — in a “God Pod.”The four-by-six-foot glass compartment with a partition between two sides and an air filtration system to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, was unveiled to the public this week at the Saint John Lutheran Church in Ottawa’s New Edinburgh neighborhood.Pastor Reverend Joel Crouse, who gave the donated pod its nickname, said it has allowed parishioners to connect safely in these difficult times. As of Thursday, 9,238 deaths across Canada have been linked to COVID-19, out of 140,539 confirmed cases. Pandemic hard on soul Most parishes are now limiting seating for church services.Crouse said the “God Pod” is wiped down and disinfected after each use, in accordance with public health guidelines. Its use is by appointment only. But all — pious and non-believers alike — are welcome to give it a try.The prototype was designed and built by SnapCab, an Ontario company that makes enclosed office spaces. It is now ramping up production of the pods to sell.The pod has been used for prayer, but also for casual meetings as well as grief and marriage counseling sessions. A grandmother with terminal cancer used it to see her grandchild, and another woman availed herself of it to chat with her sister who is in a separate small group or “bubble” of people with whom each are allowed close contacts under government rules.Isabelle Geraets-Rose told broadcaster CTV that her spirit suffered during the pandemic without regular contact with her congregation.She tried the pod at Crouse’s urging, telling CTV she quickly realized just “how much I missed seeing him and getting so much off my chest. The fact there was no mask and the glass was there; you really felt like you were free and safe.”The pastor said the pod also makes it easier for him to read non-verbal communications, including facial expressions, body posture, and intonation.”Psychiatrists, social workers and pastors, we’re all trained to read those cues from people,” he said. “You can’t do that through a mask or over the phone, and not always very well on Zoom.””At a time of elevated stress, it’s especially hard.” “During this pandemic, many people have felt isolated and lonely. We’ve missed simply being together, to sit and listen, we’re always wondering if it’s safe,” he told AFP.”The God Pod resolves all of the logistical issues — sitting too close, or having to wear a mask,” he said.”One parishioner said it was great just to be able to laugh out loud (in the pod) without worrying about spreading the coronavirus.”A recent uptick in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario province — which, along with Quebec, account for the most coronavirus deaths in this country — has been blamed in part on religious gatherings, including a Toronto wedding that led to a cluster of new infections.last_img read more

Arsenal won’t sanction Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer in January

first_imgAubameyang is wanted by Inter and Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are in a difficult position with Aubameyang, who enters the final year of his contract in the summer and has refused to sign a new deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe London club were in talks with Aubameyang over a new long-term contract, but the sacking of Unai Emery and subsequent appointment of Mikel Arteta has done little to change the forward’s mind about leaving the club.Aubameyang has told Arteta he remains committed to Arsenal while he is at the club and put in a star performance in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal were leading the game until the final seven minutes, before Chelsea staged a late comeback and nicked all three points from their local rivals.Arteta and Arsenal want Aubameyang to stay and the new head coach will try to convince the 30-year-old to remain at the club.Inter will continue to monitor developments closely and Arsenal could be forced to sell in the summer if Aubameyang continues to stonewall them. Comment Aubameyang has decided he wants to leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will refuse to sell wantaway striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, reports say.Aubameyang has told Arsenal and Mikel Arteta he wants to leave the club after failing to see any real improvement since becoming a Gunner in 2018.The Mirror claim Italian side Inter have entered the transfer race to sign Aubameyang, with Barcelona also keen to bring the goalscorer to Spain.Aubameyang is eager to leave the Emirates, but Arsenal are not open to cashing in on their star striker in January.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Aubameyang’s contract expires next summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are expected to do some transfer business in January, with defenders high on the agenda for Arteta.The Gunners are hopeful of signing a new centre-back, but face another dilemma in midfield if Granit Xhaka gets his wish to leave the club in January.Xhaka’s agent issued a public plea to Arsenal to let the midfielder join Hertha Berlin, but Arteta will want a replacement before sanctioning the Swiss’ exit. Advertisement Arsenal won’t sanction Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer in January Coral BarryTuesday 31 Dec 2019 7:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Solskjaer confident of improved Man Utd in 2020, pre-ArsenalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 3:52FullscreenSolskjaer confident of improved Man Utd in 2020, pre-Arsenalhttps://metro.co.uk/video/solskjaer-confident-improved-man-utd-2020-pre-arsenal-2078664/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Jeff Reine-Adelaide accepts responsibility for failing to make the grade at ArsenalMORE: Arsene Wenger rates Liverpool’s chances of repeating Arsenal’s Invincibles seasonlast_img read more

The Grange house auction that sparked a coffee ‘war’

first_img Suburbs to invest in for 2020 SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN GRANGE MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES “What am I drinking? Almond latte,” Michael Webb said after placing the winning bid.“Almond wins,” said his wife, Natalie Webb.“There were the two bidding from the start and then we came in and then this other guy came out of nowhere and I thought, where did you come from?” Mrs Webb said.“And I was in (Michael’s) ear and I was like, what are you thinking? And I said just do $500 and he’d do $3000 and I was like, what the hell?”The couple liked the character of the home and its location close to Kedron Brook.“And it’s like a house that you can move into and there’s the opportunity to add to it later with a pool and downstairs,” she said.The property was one of 48 listed for auction across Brisbane yesterday. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKcenter_img To prepare for the day, the couple had checked out auctions on YouTube, and looked up McGrath auctioneer Justin Marsden to see what his style of auction was like. Even dogs came out for the auction.Beyond their line of sight and sipping soy latte was a couple from Newmarket who were determined to play it cool and not enter the auction too early.“I go in late and don’t overpay for stuff,” Mr ‘soy latte’ said after the auction.The crowd of 60 was spread across three properties and onto the street, making McGrath state manager and auctioneer Justin Marsden work hard to pick up early bids, which started at $740,000.“You’re nicely spread out today,” Mr Marsden said.“Normally everyone’s standing together.” Bidders and onlookers were stretched across three properties and on the other side of the road.At $930,000, team ‘almond latte’ entered the auction, followed moments later by team ‘soy latte’ and the battle of the dairy-free lattes began.As the property passed its reserve price of $950,000, McGrath Wilston lead agent Craig Lea gave the nod that the property was on the market.“The reserve is a piece of the strategy,” Mr Lea said afterwards.“Setting it a little higher sometimes is in their best interests because if you need to you can adjust and reduce it in small percentages.“It’s a conversation that can’t be made until the 11th hour.” A renovation has added a rear deck for extra entertainment space.Having set the reserve price, owners Paul and Priscilla Kelly had retreated to the main front bedroom of their renovated 1920s Queenslander, where Mr Kelly’s long black coffee was not looking for milk.“I think it needed a shot of whisky in it,” he said afterwards. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoPaul and Priscilla Kelly sold their Jean St home at auction for $963,500.“We didn’t want to watch so we were actually huddled down on the floor together,” Mrs Kelly said. This master bedroom was where Paul and Priscilla Kelly were listening to the auction of their home.The couple bought the property in 2013 for $485,000 and it took just 10 minutes at auction for the 405sq m property to almost double in value.The Kelly family, with two young children, are upsizing within the same suburb. Natalie and Michael Webb bought 90 Jean St, Grange for $963,500 at auction.THERE was a battle between dairy-free lattes at an inner city auction on the weekend with free coffees stimulating six bidders into action. Anyone who turned up to the auction could order a free coffee from a coffee van parked outside.The coffees were still hot when the hammer fell on 90 Jean St, Grange at $963,500, which was the highest price for a three-bedroom house in the northern Brisbane suburb in almost a year. The three-bedroom, one-bathroom house at 90 Jean St, Grange is on a 405sq m block.An almond latte was the drink of choice for a couple from Teneriffe who were leaning against the coffee van outside the highset home.They were first-time bidders who wanted to move from their rental apartment and into their first house. Escape to a city oasislast_img read more

Maersk jack-up lands more Martin Linge work

first_imgNorwegian oil and gas company Equinor has exercised two options of two months each for the Maersk Drilling-owned Maersk Intrepid jack-up rig to continue working at the Martin Linge field offshore Norway.Maersk Intrepid; Source: Maersk DrillingIn addition, the parties have signed a further two-month extension in direct continuation of Maersk Intrepid’s current contract, which in total will keep the rig on contract until the end of August 2020. The options and extension have a total contract value of $60 million, Maersk Drilling informed on Thursday.During the contract period, Maersk Drilling will complete the previously announced series of upgrades of Maersk Intrepid to turn the jack-up into the first hybrid, low-emission rig and set a new standard for low-emission drilling on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.The upgrades combine the use of hybrid power with low levels of NOx emissions, adding data intelligence to further reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The project is supported by a grant from the Norwegian NOx Fund, and by Equinor’s decision to introduce compensation formats to stimulate emission reductions.In addition to the hybrid power and low-emission upgrades, Maersk Intrepid will be outfitted with the NOVOS drilling system, further enhancing the rig’s digital profile. The system assists the driller in executing processes consistently and enables interfacing with third-party advisory algorithms to enhance drilling performance, the rig owner explained.“We are proud to continue supporting the development of Martin Linge. It’s great to be able to continue our long-standing cooperation with Equinor, to expand this with the ongoing hybrid, low-emission rig project, and by implementing drilling automation to prepare for the future,” said Morten Kelstrup, CCIO of Maersk Drilling.Maersk Intrepid is an ultra-harsh environment CJ70 jack-up, designed for year-round operations in the North Sea. It was delivered in 2014 and has been operating in Norway ever since.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Can You Control Falling in Love?.

first_imgI am the king of psyching myself out. And I have an acute fear of success. These two things result in the sabotage of a lot of would-be relationships.This self-sabotaging is actually very common. The more serious a relationship gets, the more energy and investment you put into it, the more you risk — and fear — failure.That fear is a defense mechanism. Despite our quest for love, we’re scared of it and often try to control our feelings in an effort to minimize the chances of a broken heart.There are a list of “rules” people use to control love and dating. Here are a few:The Timing Must Be RightI used to think I had to be with someone for a certain amount of time — usually six months — before I could agree to a relationship. This may have stunted something that could have been meaningful. It’s not possible to control your feelings when it comes to love.There shouldn’t be a time limit or required amount of time. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen whether you like it or not.Maintaining MobilityMen equate marriage with the end of personal growth. In other words, remaining single will give you more ability to move to a new town, or test out different careers, and develop as a person. This may be true, but in a healthy marriage, both individuals are able to grow while remaining a team.Of course, it’s easier to be mobile when you’re not married. And you never want to look back and say “What if I had tried this?” But you don’t want to let that special person get away. It may be worse to look back and say: “What if I still had that person in my life?”Time RestrictionsWhen you start a new relationship, you want to see each other all the time. In the back of your mind, you tell yourself to temper the time you spend together to avoid relationship burnout.But, if your feelings are destined to burn out, they’ll burn out regardless of how much you hang out with each other.The healthiest approach is to do what your feelings tell you to do: Hang out as much as you want to hang out with that significant other. At some point, your friends may say something, or you may miss your friends. If you’re in a healthy relationship, you’ll be able to spend time apart when the time is right.These rules are classic cases of head vs. heart. You could be disappointed if you listen to either — you could miss out on something special if you listen to your head, but you could miss out on certain experiences if you listen to your heart. I’ve always lived by my heart’s rules, but there’s no right answer.What are your thoughts on the above, and what other “practical” rules do you try to apply to relationships?by Rich Santos, Marie Claire Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 39 Views   no discussions Share LifestyleRelationships Can You Control Falling in Love?. by: – June 2, 2011last_img read more

Dakar Rally: Peterhansel edges Al-Attiyah in stage 9

first_imgFrenchman Stephane Peterhansel edged defending champion Nasser Al-Attiyah by just 15 seconds to win stage nine of the Dakar Rally on Tuesday. Nicknamed ‘Mr. Dakar’ for his 13 previous Dakar victories (seven in a car and six on a bike), Mini driver Peterhansel clocked 3hr 08min 31sec on the 410km special of the mammoth 886km stage. It was his third stage win of this Dakar, being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia. Mini’s French driver Stephane Peterhansel and his Portuguese co-driver Paulo Fiuza compete plough through the Dakar dunes Local favourite Yasir Seaidan (Race) came in third while overall race leader Carlos Sainz finished fifth, 6min 31sec off the pace. The veteran Spaniard, in his Mini, was off the leading duo’s pace all stage, and sees his lead cut to just 24sec over Toyota’s Al-Attiyah. Peterhansel remains in third place in the general classification, 6:38 off the pace. Al-Attiyah said he was content with a good day’s racing. “We tried to do our best and today I think we did a really good stage,” said the driver who has represented Qatar in six Olympic Games, winning bronze in the men’s skeet event in London in 2012. Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest Car Manufacturers In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAP11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… center_img “I’m quite happy to close the gap with Carlos. “I think tomorrow and after tomorrow will be very, very difficult for everybody. It’s good tomorrow that Stephane is opening on marathon day. We’ll see now about Carlos, but, okay, it looks like the three cars are very close together. For all three of us, it is possible that one can win the Dakar.” In the motorbike category, resuming after stage eight was cancelled following the death of Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves, Pablo Quintanilla notched up his first win. The Chilean, on a Husqvarna, won the special with a lead of almost two minutes over Australia’s defending champion Toby Price. As a result, he continues to put pressure on general standings leader Ricky Brabec, the American Honda rider nevertheless managing to limit the damage (+20:53) by finishing less than four minutes behind the day’s winner in fourth spot. Read Also: Dakar: Portuguese rider Goncalves killed after crash Wednesday’s stage 10 from Haradh to Shubaytah takes competitors into the infamous ‘Rub al-Khali’ or ‘Empty Quarter’, a huge sand desert that spreads from host country Saudi Arabia into neighbouring Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Vast off-road expanses feature, with the last 30 kilometres of the stage going right through the dunes in what promises to be a tough challenge. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Soriano: City need long-term plan

first_img “In 2003 we did a study at Barcelona and for every player who ended up in the first team from the academy there was an average cost of £2million, which is nothing if you think of the current cost of players. “The principle of bringing players through is fundamental to give a technical identity to a club, because that leads to a style of play. “They have to learn from five years old the style of the team, and then you get the benefits.” City’s rise to Premier League champions was built on a massive spending spree but Soriano insists that will not be the case moving forward. “Our squad is still competitive. Our problem is finding players stronger than those we already have and that’s not easy,” he added. “In the last three years, we have lost £200m, then £100m and now we’re on track to be in the red by £50m, but we have also invested £150m in youth structures. “It is a fantastic project, aimed at financial sustainability.” Press Association The Barclays Premier League champions currently trail neighbours Manchester United by 15 points and retaining their title looks a distant hope. That appeared to put pressure on Mancini’s future but Soriano, who moved to the Etihad Stadium from Barcelona in the summer, has a greater understanding of the situation. “It is not easy to win back any league, especially the Premier League,” he told a press conference in Italy where he was picking up an award for his book, Goal: The Ball Doesn’t Go in By Chance. “One year you can win with luck but in the long term you need planning and investments to reach the final of the Champions League.” center_img Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano appears to have offered some support to manager Roberto Mancini by suggesting the club need a long-term plan to sustain success.last_img read more

The Latest: ‘No chance’ men’s hockey worlds start May 8

first_imgnoonThe Atlantic Coast Conference has canceled all athletics competition and practices through the rest of the 2019-20 academic year amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.The league announced the move Tuesday. The ACC had previously suspended those activities “until further notice.”The ACC’s statement said the cancellations came after a unanimous decision among league member schools, with Commissioner John Swofford saying league officials are “particularly disappointed for our student-athletes.” ___ March 17, 2020 Associated Press Three major one-day classic bike races in France and Belgium have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.Race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation says Paris-Roubaix, the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege will be postponed.The cycling season has been turned upside down by the outbreak. Prestigious events like the Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and some early Belgian classics have been canceled or postponed. The Giro d’Italia also won’t start at its scheduled May date.ASO has yet to make a decision on the Tour de France. That race is scheduled to start in Nice on June 27.___ The Kosovo judo team has been self-isolating as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics.Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi, four other judokas and five staff members have closed themselves in at a training center in Peja, 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of Pristina.Kelmendi is the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic gold medal.Coach Driton Kuka is among the group. None of them has been infected by the virus.Kosovo has had 16 coronavirus cases. All sports and other entertainment or cultural activities have been suspended in the country and schools, cafes, restaurants, gyms and pools have been closed. 1 p.m.The men’s and women’s European gymnastics championships have been canceled.The European Gymnastics Union says it tried to find ways to keep its events going despite the spread of the coronavirus but found it impossible because of government restrictions and travel bans.The events offered Olympic qualifying spots.The women’s championships were due to be held in Paris from April 30-May 3, and the men’s championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, from May 27-31. The tournament is hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation. The tour said it would try to reschedule.Europe’s last event was on March 8 at the Qatar Masters. Next on the schedule would be the GolfSixes in Portugal on May 10-11.___12:40 p.m.The Los Angeles Chargers have donated $250,000 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to make sure hunger relief services continue uninterrupted in Los Angeles County during the coronavirus pandemic. Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay on Sunday became the first Spanish league player infected with the virus.The distribution of tests began last Thursday as part of the league’s actions to support its clubs during the pandemic. ___1:05 p.m.All horse racing in Britain will be suspended starting Wednesday. Fans made ironic references to the virus outbreak at games last week. Fans of Zenit chanted “we’re all going to die” on Saturday and CSKA supporters displayed a banner on Sunday with the club crest and the message: “This virus is inside me. I’m its carrier.”___10:35 a.m.Hertha Berlin’s players and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after one of the players tested positive for the coronavirus.The Bundesliga club doesn’t say which player was affected. The team had been due to return to training on Tuesday after three days of individual exercise.Hertha doctor Uli Schleicher says “the player complained about the usual symptoms and we immediately separated him from the group. A test then produced a positive result for the virus. All players in our squad must now stay at home for the next two weeks.”Hertha general manager Michael Preetz says “it was to be expected that the virus would reach the team sooner or later. The most important thing now is that everyone sticks to the rules.”___10:10 a.m. International Ice Hockey Federation chief René Fasel says it’s only a matter of time before the executive council is left with no choice but to cancel the men’s world championships because of the coronavirus pandemic.Fasel spoke to The Associated Press shortly after the IIHF canceled the Division I Group A and B world championships, which were to be held in Europe in late April.The 16-team world championships are scheduled for Switzerland starting May 8. But Fasel says “there is no chance we can skate.”Fasel says the IIHF is consulting with its host and marketing partners and insurance carrier to determine what contractual obligations must be met before deciding to cancel the tournament.The challenges to go ahead with hosting the tournament are many, Fasel said, ranging from health directives in place limiting attendance to travel bans making it difficult for nations to send their teams. That group will include the leaders of European and South American soccer who pushed their marquee championships back one year because of the coronavirus outbreak.The inaugural 24-team Club World Cup was set to open on June 17, 2021, in China as a signature project of Infantino. The FIFA president suggests rescheduling the club tournament to later in 2021, or in either 2022 or 2023.FIFA also plans to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization for tackling the new coronavirus.___4:35 p.m. ___9:55 a.m.The Diamond League has called off its first three track meets of the season.The Diamond League was scheduled to start in Qatar next month. Two meets in China in May were to follow. The Diamond League says travel restrictions and disrupted preparations caused by the coronavirus outbreak have made it impossible to stage those competitions on time.The season is now tentatively set to begin in Stockholm on May 24. It was the last remaining major sport to be continuing in the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.But the British Horseracing Authority says the race meetings in Wetherby and Taunton — being staged without fans on Tuesday — will be last until the end of April.The BHA says the decision was taken “to protect essential emergency services and the health and welfare of staff working in the racing industry.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says its “first duty is to the health of the public, our customers and to racing industry participants and staff,” while saying it will do its best to support those whose livelihoods depend on what Rust said is a “4 billion pound industry.”___ ___2:15 p.m.The Copa America has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.South American soccer body CONMEBOL says the tournament in Colombia and Argentina will be played between June 11 and July 11.CONMEBOL President Alejandro Domínguez says “it is an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation, and it answers the fundamental need to avoid an exponential development of the virus.” ___10 a.m.The Kentucky Derby has been postponed from May to September because of the coronavirus pandemic.Churchill Downs officials said Tuesday the race will move from May 2 to Sept. 5, marking the first time in 75 years it won’t be run on the first Saturday in May.The last time the first leg of the Triple Crown wasn’t held on the first Saturday in May was in 1945, when the federal government issued a ban on horse racing because of World War II. The ban was lifted on May 8, and the Derby was held on June 9. The only other year the Derby wasn’t held in May was in 1901, when it was raced on April 29.center_img The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne wasn’t canceled last week until teams and drivers forced it. A McLaren team member had tested positive and some drivers had already flown home, but F1 still waited to cancel until just before practices were scheduled to start.The following three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China have all been postponed.In an open letter on the F1 website, Carey wrote: “We apologize to those fans affected by the cancellation in Australia, as well as the postponement of the other races to date. These decisions are being made … in rapidly changing and evolving circumstances, but we believe they are the right and necessary ones. We also want to extend our thoughts to those already affected, including those in the Formula 1 family.”On Monday, tire provider Pirelli said one of its staff tested positive for the virus and was undergoing treatment in Melbourne.___ The Latest: ‘No chance’ men’s hockey worlds start May 8 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___1:50 p.m. Also called off are European rhythmic gymnastics championships in Ukraine and the European trampoline championship in Sweden, both in May.The UEG says it hopes the events can be rescheduled for the second half of the year.___12:10 p.m.Formula One CEO Chase Carey has apologized to fans for the early part of the series being called of by the coronavirus outbreak. 11:50 a.m.The French Open has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The French Tennis Federation announced Tuesday that the clay-court event will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. It is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Main-draw competition was supposed to start in Paris on May 24.___3:20 p.m.The IOC says there is “no need for any drastic decisions at this stage” about staging the Tokyo Olympics with more than four months until the opening ceremony. The date change still must be approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission at its meeting Thursday.___1:45 p.m.UK Athletics says all clubs and groups should not be training or taking part in competitive races amid the coronavirus outbreak.The guidance follows directives outlined by the British government about limiting social contact. The Food Bank says the money will be able to help children and their families as children stay home from school, as well as seniors who are self-isolating and hourly workers who are experiencing interruptions to their schedules and paychecks.___4:50 p.m.FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he is ready to ask China to postpone next year’s 24-team Club World Cup to make space for the European Championship and Copa America.Infantino says he will propose talks with the Chinese government and the country’s soccer officials in a call Wednesday with a panel of FIFA vice presidents. The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL. It had previously said it would pause for a week to draw up a new playoff format. It’s been left with six Russian teams in an eight-team bracket after Finnish team Jokerit and Kazakh team Barys withdrew.___1:10 p.m.The Spanish soccer league has offered about 500 coronavirus tests for its clubs.The tests have been distributed prioritizing teams that traveled to risk areas or already have players infected. 11:45 a.m.Soccer in Russia has been suspended until April 10.The Russian league was the best attended sports competition still operating in Europe last weekend with more than 33,000 fans at one of its games.The Russian Football Union says its board agreed to immediately suspend all competitions at a meeting Tuesday.That follows a wave of tighter restrictions on public gatherings and events across Russia and a decision by CSKA Moscow to cancel its upcoming game against Zenit St. Petersburg. This year’s European Championship has been postponed for one year.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the spreading coronavirus “makes football and all life in Europe quite impossible.”UEFA plans to play the tournament next year from June 11 to July 11. The 24-team competition is being hosted in 12 different countries.The postponement clears space to give national leagues and the Champions League and Europa League a chance to finish their seasons by June 30.European soccer is in a shutdown and it is unclear when games can resume. UKA said the suspension also applies to coaching and officiating.___1:40 p.m.The Kontinental Hockey League and the VTB United League in basketball have suspended play.Both leagues say they will stop until at least April 10. After consulting with sports bodies about the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, the IOC says “any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.”The International Olympic Committee says financial interests will not dictate its decisions “thanks to its risk management policies and insurance.”The IOC says 43% of places at the games have yet to be confirmed.___2:25 p.m. Another issue is players lacking practice time, with most of world’s hockey leagues having either indefinitely suspended or canceled their seasons. On Monday, the NHL announced it will wait 45 days before it can provide guidance on when teams can potentially reopen practice.___1 p.m.The European Tour is postponing the Andalucia Masters that was schedule for April 30 to May 3 at Valderrama in southern Spain.That makes six regular European Tour golf tournaments have been postponed because of the new coronavirus. A total of eight events on the tour’s worldwide schedule have been postponed, including the Match Play and the Masters. Only one of the three canceled meets has been rescheduled. The event in Shanghai is now set for Aug. 13. The meet in Qatar and the second Chinese meet have been postponed indefinitely but could be restaged after the Diamond League final in September.The 2020 season was supposed to see a shift in how the Diamond League is run with an extended 15-meet season and fewer events at each.China has already resumed a partial track and field schedule after the virus outbreak subsided. It was supposed to host the world indoor championships this month in Nanjing but that event was moved to 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Albarado takes home player of the week honors

first_imgSophomore punter Kris Albarado was named the Pac-12 special teams player of the week on Monday following a strong showing in USC’s 17-14 victory over Utah State.Albarado averaged 35.4 yards per punt and played a key role in keeping the Aggies on their side of the field. Five of his seven attempts landed within the 20-yard line, and two of those seven pinned Utah State inside its own five-yard line. For the season, he’s averaging 40.3 yards per attempt.Albarado is in his first year as the starting punter, replacing former All-Pac-12 honorable mention Kyle Negrete. Albarado took over the position after a high school career in which he finished with MaxPreps All-American Medium Schools second-team. He was ranked as the No. 4 kicker/punter in the class of 2011 by Rivals.com.Other Pac-12 weekly awards went to Utah sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson, who threw for 273 yards in a 20-13 win over BYU, and Oregon State junior cornerback Steven Nelson, who had a 16-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 34-30 comeback victory against the San Diego State Aztecs.Albarado and the rest of the Trojans will look to build on the solid special teams performance on Sep. 28 with a road matchup against the Arizona State Sun Devils. In a matchup of ranked Pac-12 teams, the Sun Devils fell to the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal on Saturday by a score of 42-28.Last season, USC defeated Arizona State at the Coliseum by a score of 38-17. Since that victory, the Trojans have an overall record of 3-4.Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

Cahill warns minors to ignore favourites tag

first_imgLiam Cahill’s team will have to get the better of Limerick in order to claim the Irish Press Cup.Following their big semi-final win over Galway the Premier County are red-hot favourites to win this afternoon.The Tipp boss says there are lessons to be learned from what happened in the 1987 final against an unfancied Offaly side.last_img