The cholera epidemic gripping Haiti in the wake of disputed elections continues to spread throughout the country but is less lethal, the Pan American Health Organization said on 1 December. “We went from 9 percent of cases dying in the early days to 2.3 percent now,” said Donna Eberwine-Villagran, a spokeswoman for PAHO, a local branch of the World Health Organization. “It’s improving,” she told AFP, but adding that the number of cases would continue to rise. According to the latest official tally, 1,817 people have died from the disease in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas that is still reeling from a devastating earthquake in January that killed over 250,000 people and left over a million homeless. A total of 80,860 cases have been recorded for this highly contagious disease, with 36,207 hospitalizations. Eberwine-Villagran warned the official toll was largely underestimated. “There is no way to estimate the toll,” she added. “Cholera can kill people within hours if it is not treated… The Haitians were never exposed to cholera before, so they didn’t know what to do.” The PAHO has estimated cholera could see up to 400,000 cases over the next 12 months, half of them within three months alone. Haiti’s Health Ministry, the PAHO and the International Organization for Migration have evaluated 80 care centers in the country and found that 38 of them were suitable for cholera treatment centers or oral rehydration posts (ORPs). “The plan is create 250 ORPs to provide first-line cholera treatment in camps, which were prioritized according to environmental risks and poor coverage by sanitation and health services,” PAHO said. Amid the epidemic, Haitians were also waiting for results of 28 November’s national elections. Although they are not due to be announced for weeks, an unexpected and candid admission from the ruling INITE (UNITY) party that it may have lost mustered belief that a real political shift was imminent. MINUSTAH, the UN stabilization mission in Haiti called for patience so that the process of verifying results may go forward smoothly. It also urged Haitians to be skeptical of non-official results. Widespread fraud allegations following the polls have added to the climate of intimidation and fear that persists in Haiti, a Caribbean nation whose recent past is plagued by dictatorships and violent political upheaval. By Dialogo December 03, 2010
Construction law certification now available Construction law certification now available September 15, 2004 Regular News The Florida Supreme Court recently established construction law as the 20th practice field now available to attorneys for board certification.Attorneys interested in construction law board certification will soon be able to apply at The Florida Bar Web site at www.flabar.org.The Supreme Court in May amended Bar rules to add construction law to the existing certification program, which the court described in its opinion as a resource for the public to identify lawyers who have met established standards in particular practice areas and who are committed to excellence and professionalism in the practice of law.“It will give lawyers an opportunity to hone their skills and learn more about [construction law] and become experts because it really encompasses a whole new level of education and follow-up on that education,” said Orlando’s Kim Ashby, chair of the Construction Law Certification Committee. “Board certified doesn’t just mean getting the requisite CLE hours and passing an exam, and having a certain number of years of experience. It is a continuing education process that is separate and apart of what is required of Bar member in general.”Ashby said unlike many other areas of practice, those who practice construction law are a diverse group.“We have litigators and nonlitigation attorneys, transactional attorneys who not only will be eligible but are actually on our committee,” Ashby said. “A construction project doesn’t start or end with the problem that ends up in litigation; it starts with the project itself and the financing for the project, the development of the project from permitting on.”A lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and who meets the standards prescribed by the Supreme Court may be issued an appropriate certificate identifying the lawyer as a “Board Certified Construction Lawyer.”Lawyers certified in construction law deal with matters relating to the design and construction of improvements on private and public projects including construction dispute resolution, contract negotiation, preparation, award and administration, lobbying in governmental hearings, oversight and document review, construction lending and insurance, construction licensing, and the analysis and litigation of problems arising out of the Florida Construction Lien Law and the federal Miller Act.Since discussions of creating the new construction law certification area began, more than 100 lawyers have expressed an interest in obtaining the certification, said Ashby, who is also board certified in appellate practice.“It is going to be a very popular new area,” Ashby said, adding that the beauty of coming online now is that board certification is already well established and legal consumers are increasingly gaining an appreciation for the skills of those who are board certified.Minimum requirements for construction law certification include:• At least five years of law practice of which at least 40 percent has been spent in active participation in construction law.• At least three years of practice immediately preceding application.• Satisfactory peer review assessment of competence in the construction law field as well as character, ethics, and professionalism in the practice of law.• At least 45 hours of continuing legal education within the three years preceding application.• Passage of a written examination demonstrating knowledge, skills, and proficiency in the field of construction law.Board certification is valid for five years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. To be recertified, requirements similar to those for initial certification must be met. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken the extra step to have their competence and experience recognized, according to the Bar’s Legal Specialization and Education Department.Ashby also said the Bar’s Construction Law Committee has been very supportive of the certification effort and will be giving a survey course probably tied into the timing of the construction law exam next fall, which might eventually become the official prep course for the construction law certification exam.For application deadlines and more information on the 20 legal specialty areas available for certification visit www.flabar.org or contact BLSE at (850) 561-5842.
On the Move The Law Offices of Nora Staum has relocated to The Coral Springs Professional Campus, 5421 N. University Dr., Ste. 102, Coral Springs 33067; phone (954) 344-3535; fax (954) 340-6859. Jay M. Sakalo and Monalee Zarapkar were elected partners of Bilzin Sumberg in the Miami office. Ramon A. Rasco joined Podhurst Orseck as an associate. His practice will focus on complex civil litigation in federal and state courts. Alan S. Lederman joined Akerman Senterfitt as of counsel in the firm’s Miami office. Lederman’s practice focuses on international taxation, corporate acquisition and finance, real estate syndication, and international law. Michael Brundage joined Jennis & Bowen in Tampa as a partner. The firm will now be known as Jennis Bowen & Brundage. Neisen Kasdin of Gunster Yoakley in Miami was named a chair of the firm’s land use practice group. Tina M. Fischer joined Stearns Weaver Miller in Tampa. Joseph Galardi was named a shareholder of Beasley Hauser Kramer Leonard & Galardi in West Palm Beach. Mary S. Lingerfeldt joined GrayRobinson in Ft. Lauderdale as a shareholder. Lingerfeldt is a civil trial lawyer and concentrates her practice in medical malpractice defense litigation and health care law. J. Matthew Belcastro, Carolyn Delizia, and Grace Gutierrez have become stockholders of Henderson Franklin in Ft. Myers. Kurt S. Gleeson joined Carlton Fields in Tampa in the firm’s real estate and mortgage financing practice group. Nathaniel L. Doliner was appointed managing shareholder of Carlton Fields ’ Tampa office. Ezekiel A. Kaufman and Bonnie A. Navin joined Stearns Weaver Miller in Ft. Lauderdale. Kaufman joined the firm as an associate in its real estate department. Navin joined the firm as an associate in its litigation department. Sandra G. Rennick was named partner in Gould, Cooksey, Fennell, O’Neill, Marine, Carter & Hafner in Vero Beach. Rennick focuses her practice in the areas of real property, commercial real estate and development, condominium law, and lender representation. Yael Doron has joined Fieldstone Lester Shear & Denberg in Miami as an associate in the firm’s real estate department. Michael Brundage joined Jennis Bowen & Brundage as a partner. The firm will continue to focus its practice in business reorganizations, bankruptcy, state law insolvency proceedings, and commercial litigation and transactions. James V. Fazioli, David B. Wheeler and Brian C. Hickey joined Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce in West Palm Beach as associates. Cathy Granger and Dawn Marshall joined McIntosh, Sawran, Peltz & Cartaya as associates. Marshall joined the firm in Miami and Granger joined the firm’s West Palm Beach office. Akerman Senterfitt announces the following new shareholders: in Miami, Michael A. Berke, Karen P. Kondell, Michael B. Chavies, Francisco Silva, Joel E. Maxwell, Mary V. Carroll, Scott B. Cosgrove, Gary Guzzi, Jorge A. Lopez, David C. Miller, and Esther L. Moreno ; in Ft. Lauderdale, Sean I. McGhie and Leslie M. Tomcak ; in Jacksonville, Jacob A. Brown and Cynthia M. Montgomery ; in Orlando, Erik P. Kimball ; and in Tampa, Susan M. Wilson. Additionally, Jorge R. Gutierrez, Luis O’Naghten, Bert Diaz, Sean Santini, Richard C. Bulman, Jr., and Susana Betancourt joined the firm as shareholders in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale in the firm’s global practice group. Gregory Rix of Brigham Moore in St. Petersburg was named partner with the firm. Carolyn T. Long, Vincent A. Marchetti, and Albert P. Silva of Foley & Lardner in Tampa were promoted to partners. Rick Piccolo was named a partner of Hicks & Kneale in Miami. Piccolo practices in the area of insurance coverage and bad faith. March 1, 2006 On the Move March 1, 2006 On the Move
8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s no secret that small business loans historically offer small profit; in fact, there is little economic difference in funding a $100,000 loan versus a $1 million loan. However, even though these loans may not always be the biggest movers to a bank’s bottom line, this type of lending is essential to establishing and building lasting relationships with small businesses.So, how do banks make these small business loans not only a strong relationship-building tool, but also more beneficial to the bottom line without sacrificing quality? The answer lies in process improvement. The common manual method of approving and processing loans takes an inordinate amount of time and manpower, therefore driving up cost and decreasing margins. Not only is the process slow and complex for the lender, but it typically leaves the small business owner confused and frustrated.Banks must transform this process and utilize automation during the decision-making stage. Consumers trust banks because they’re proven; their credit policies have stood the test of time and have served thousands of individuals and businesses. If banks automatically run loans against this existing, established lending policy, they can take a risk they understand. And because automation will allow the bank to process more loans more quickly, process time and overhead costs will be reduced, ultimately making the loans more profitable. continue reading »
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Saying you’re innovative doesn’t necessarily make it a reality. Nor does spending a lot of money guarantee that your institution will innovate, either. Investing without any clear idea of what to do just burns up resources — both manpower and money.“All too often, institutions confuse technology with innovation,” says J.P. Nicols, Managing Director at Fintech Forge. The budget tap opens, and institutions just gobble up more tech.“What they wind up with,” says Nicols, “is a collection of things that don’t tie together — technologies without a lot of connective tissue between them.”That connective tissue is called strategy. And that should come first. But frequently what happens is that banking leaders hand off responsibility to the institution’s tech chief. For there to be true innovation, as Nicols says, all functions need to play a role.
After a full 18 years of lack of interest, Bol High School is again enrolling in a three-year program for chefs and waiters, and with the aim of enrolling more students in the next school year, Bol High School on Brac invites students to enroll outside Bol and the island, ie from all over Croatia. tempting conditions.Thus, the Bol High School on Brač invites students from all over Croatia and offers them free accommodation and food, a 1.200 kuna scholarship, a laptop and finally the most important thing – a job in one of Bol’s hotel houses, Zlatni rat and Bretanida.Ovakav proaktivan i jedinstven potez Srednje škole Bol je za svaku pohvalu, jer čekati da se nešto samo od sebe riješi sigurno nema efekta. Dakle, Srednja škola Bol na Braču upisuje učenike u 3 programa u turizmu i ugostiteljstvu: Konobar i kuhar kao trogodišnji strukovni program i Turističko – hotelijerski komercijalist kao četverogodišnji strukovni program.Chefs and waiters HRK 1.200,00 per monthIn the next school year 2018/2019. year, classes at the High School Bol will take place in two programs: high school tourism and catering. Within tourism and catering, classes are organized in two additional directions: tourist-hotel commercialist as a four-year vocational program, and chef and waiter, as a three-year vocational program. Namely, all students who meet the conditions for enrollment in the student dormitory will be entitled to completely free accommodation and meals in the new student dormitory (costs will be financed by the Municipality of Bol). Students who enroll in the program for the profession of chef or waiter, are entitled to a full scholarship of 1.200,00 kn per month. The scholarship is provided by the hotel company Hoteli Zlatni rat dd, which is part of the Bluesun Hotel, Croatia. Students are provided with practical classes, employment and accommodation during school in the summer months.Secured job after graduationThey are also provided with jobs and accommodation after completing their education. Students who enroll in the program for the profession of Tourist-Hotel Commercialist have the opportunity to take the state matura and enroll in the desired study programs. If they do not want to continue their education, they have the possibility of permanent employment with secured accommodation in the hotel company Zlatni rat dd or some other hotel in Bol. For students who travel to Bol high school every day from other Brač places, a grant of 2.000 kuna has been provided for the entire school year, as assistance for traveling students. Practice has shown that students who enroll in the General Gymnasium successfully pass the state matura exams and enroll in the desired faculty.New laptops and tablets to use Furthermore, all enrolled students receive a new laptop or tablet for use, ensuring access to all digital educational content. This project has the full support of the Ministry of Science and Education, the Split-Dalmatia County, the Municipality of Bol, Bol business entities and the entire local community. In addition to all the above benefits for future Bol high school students, it should be noted that education on the island has additional features and beauties, such as living in a small friendly community, in classes with fewer students, which guarantees quality teaching, living and schooling in beautiful sea environments. pines, and provided the necessary peace for learning.Take a look at what the Student Dormitory looks like and what conditions it offers HERE
The European Union’s cultural heritage awards were presented in Berlin last weekend. The winners of the awards were announced in May by the European Commission and the leading European heritage network – Europa Nostra. Among the 29 winners of this prestigious award from as many as 17 European Union countries who excelled in conservation, research, dedicated work, education, training and raising awareness of cultural heritage, there was an authentic Croatian story. Namely, it is the Museum of the Sinj Alka.Europa Nostra was founded in 1963 as a pan-European association of civil society organizations operating in more than 40 European countries. The organization’s goal is to save endangered European monuments, places and landscapes, supported by a wide network of public institutions, private companies and individuals. Today, Europa Nostra is considered the voice of civil society dedicated to preserving and promoting Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. Its current president is the world-famous opera singer and conductor Placido Domingo, and the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage, or the Europa Nostra Prize, which he has led since launching in 2002, contributes to the design and implementation of European heritage strategies and policies.Launched by the European Commission, the award aims to highlight and promote excellent examples in heritage conservation, research, management, volunteering, education and communication. The award, which seeks greater recognition of cultural heritage as a strategic resource of the European economy and society, is also supported by an EU program called “Creative Europe”.In a 16-year tradition, a total of 2.883 applications were submitted, and in the meantime, as many as 485 projects from 34 countries were awarded. Spain leads in the number of awards, first on the list with as many as 64; it is followed by the United Kingdom with 60 awards, while Italy is in third place with 41 awards.The EU Cultural Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award has strengthened the capacity of the European heritage heritage sector, and by highlighting best conservation practices, has encouraged a number of cross-border knowledge exchanges by connecting participants into a large network of contacts. On the other hand, for the winners, this prestigious award brings greater international recognition, opens up new funding opportunities and increases the number of visitors, while at the same time raising awareness of the common heritage and European identity. Also, the award is a key tool for promoting European heritage, especially in this, 2018, which has been declared the European Year of Cultural Heritage.In the spirit of the current European Year, it seeks to understand the past in order to create a stable starting point for a common future. The focus is on the interpretation of cultural heritage in the context of building a stronger society, job creation and prosperity, the importance of heritage in building relationships with the rest of the world and how, precisely because of these benefits, ultimately protect it. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage people to explore Europe’s cultural heritage, then to protect and recognize its unique value and to reflect on the place that cultural heritage occupies in the lives of Europeans.This year’s awards ceremony took place as part of the European summit on cultural heritage. The meeting, entitled “Heritage Exchange – Exchange of Values”, was organized by Europa Nostra, the German Cultural Heritage Committee and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation with the aim of promoting the European Agenda and the Cultural Heritage Action Plan as a permanent legacy. .to June 18th. The European Heritage Award Ceremony, held on 24 June at the Berlin Congress Center, was hosted by European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics and Placido Domingo, while the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Germany was attended by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank- Walter Steinmeier. An independent jury selected the best of the 22 entries, including successful and award-winning projects to restore a Byzantine church in Greece, develop a new method of preserving the heritage of European historic houses, establish a cultural education program in Finland related to cultural heritage and others.But among all the commendable European projects, there was one domestic one.The Sinj Alka Museum was opened on its 300th anniversary, in 2015, five years after the Sinj Alka was inscribed on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. The museum is dedicated to the annual knights’ tournament which is held in Sinj every August, and with the opening of this Museum, the alka becomes available throughout the year and provides a newer and more complete insight into the history and significance of this custom. The museum is intended for all age groups, and through an interactive and multimedia exhibition space it strives to provide as detailed information as possible about various elements of the competition, rules and history. Numerous educational workshops and lectures are organized in the Museum, while the visitor is provided with an insight into the digital archive, which includes videos from the competition and the procession.However, what needs to be emphasized, and what the jury did not miss, is that this Museum with its work and activities in a tangible and visible way contributes to the development and improvement of tourist infrastructure of Sinj, as well as the preservation of this intangible heritage.”This award is of exceptional importance to us and we are extremely honored that it was won by the Museum of the Sinj Alka in such a strong competition. We received the award in one of the seven categories offered, namely Education, training and awareness raising. Every award and recognition for work, including this one, is a valuable promotion of the Museum and the City, as well as the entire Republic of Croatia in the wider European and world context. I believe that it will have a positive impact on the work of the Museum, but also on the tourism of Sinj, which is an excellent introduction to the upcoming 303rd Sinj Alka.”, Said the head of the Sinjska Alka Museum, Boris Filipović Grčić.The Sinj Alka Museum was initiated and financed by the Sinj Knights of Alka, and is co-financed by the Government of the Republic of Croatia and local and regional self-governments. You can follow the work of the Museum on the official one website i Facebook profile.
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noonThe 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. 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 6