VTrans cautions motorists not to drive on closed roads

first_imgWith foliage beginning to reach its peak in some Vermont areas, and roadway traffic expected to increase over the next few weeks, Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Brian Searles today reminded motorists to respect road-closed signs in storm-damaged regions of the state. Road crews have reported that motorists in some areas are increasingly driving past signs that clearly indicate the roadway is either closed or open only to local traffic. As a result, increased traffic through construction zones is slowing work and endangering the safety of both motorists and highway workers. ‘Vermont is a spectacular place during fall-foliage season,’ Searles said.  ‘The vast majority of Vermont is open to public travel and welcomes your visit,’ Searles said. ‘But when you see a road-closed sign, please respect its message and seek an alternate route.’ Closed roads can contain hazards that are not delineated to warn passing traffic because the roadway is closed. In other areas, the roadway is damaged to a level that pleasure cars cannot navigate without risk of damage or injury. Also, some roadways are constricted and so narrow that large vehicles, such as RVs, could become stuck. Questions regarding storm-damaged roads and bridges related to Tropical Storm Irene can be answered by the call center at: 1-800-Vermont. People can also find road information at www.511vt.com(link is external) and on VTrans’ website at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for travel updates for their mobile phone, and follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter.VTrans 9.30.2011last_img read more

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A Woman Worth her Weight in Gold: The Story of Sergeant Yane Marques

first_imgBy César Modesto/Diálogo August 04, 2016 “The qualities that I have, which favor me, are inherent to athletes, can be optimized as: dedication, respect, commitment, responsibility, and being goal-oriented. After all, without a goal, why train so much? I think these qualities have made me an athlete who gets results, and my goal is always to earn all the good things that have happened in my life so far.” Those were the words of 32-year-old pentathlete and Brazilian Army Sergeant Yane Marques, who was voted Team Brazil’s flag bearer at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. A native of Afogados da Ingazeira, Pernambuco, Marques was chosen by 49 percent of the 961,562 popular votes, outpacing Olympic volleyball champion Serginho (40 percent), and sailing champion Robert Scheidt (11 percent), to become the second Brazilian woman ever to carry the flag during the open ceremonies of the Olympics. In Sydney 2000, Sandra Pires, a beach volleyball Olympic champion, carried the Brazilian flag during the opening festivities. “There were a few surprises: first, being recommended, then, this outcome. Carrying the flag is an honor. I want to be a very upbeat flag bearer and a spokesperson for the sentiment that Brazilians are going to unite through sports,” Marques said, in an interview with Brazilian television show Fantástico, on local network Globo. Her calling to this sport emerged in October 2003, when she was 19 years old. But before that, she played volleyball and was even a Brazilian swimming champion at age 15. After leaving her hometown and moving to the state capital of Pernambuco when she was 11, Marques trained at the same pool as Brazilian swimmer and Olympic veteran Joanna Maranhão. One day, she was asked to participate in a biathlon competition that involved swimming and running. At that time, then Brazilian Army Major Alexandre França – a recent transfer in search of new talent to compete in the modern pentathlon, a five-stage sport, including fencing, swimming, show jumping, shooting, and running – founded the Recife Pentathlon Federation and used the biathlon competition for selection. Now Lieutenant Colonel Alexandre, he is still one of Yane’s coaches. The young athlete won the competition and was introduced to a sport that would change her life. “I had no idea what [the modern pentathlon] was. When I was introduced to it, I thought it was interesting and challenging. I was immediately all in,” Marques said. In 2004, after practicing the sport for just one year, Marques became the Brazilian champion of the modern pentathlon. One year later, she received an award from the Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC) as the top athlete in the sport, which she leads this year with 140 points. A victorious career With her national achievements and the BOC’s recognition, Marques dedicated herself in full to the sport, becoming one of the top athletes in the world. She won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007, which, by classifying, guaranteed her a spot at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she finished in 18th place. In 2009, she joined the Brazilian Army at the request of her coaches, becoming part of a team that would compete in the 2011 World Military Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she won gold (teams), silver (individual), and bronze (mixed relay), helping Brazil finish in first place overall in the event. In 2011, she also won the silver medal at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, rising to third place in the sport’s worldwide ranking and ensuring her a spot in the 2012 London Olympics, where she brought home the bronze medal. This made her the first Latin American athlete to stand on the podium for the modern pentathlon in the history of the Olympic Games. From 2013 to 2015, she won the gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, the gold medal at the Kremlin Cup in Russia, the gold medal in the South American Games in Chile, the gold medal at the Pan American Championships in Mexico City, the silver medal at the World Military Games in Korea in 2015, the silver medal at the World Championships in Taiwan, and the bronze medal at the Champion of Champions Tournament in Qatar. She will compete in the fencing, swimming, show jumping, shooting, and running competitions at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 18-20. Marques is currently ranked 12th in the world, and finished in 7th place at the sport’s World Cup and 14th in the Olympic category. A high-performance military athlete Of the 473 athletes on Team Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Marques is one of 145 military athletes who are competing and have also benefited from the Ministry of Defense’s High Performance Athlete Program. Her training routine is frenetic. As a sergeant, she uses the facilities at the Army’s Physical Training Center in Rio de Janeiro and competes in military competitions, representing the Brazilian Army. In addition to earning a salary commensurate to their rank, athletes in the Ministry of Defense’s High Performance Athlete Program have access to the Armed Forces’ nutritionists, physical therapists, physicians, dentists, and coaches. According to Marques, her acceptance into the Armed Forces was a breeze, primarily in light of the similarity between her principles and those of the military. “I think that the military’s values are very close to those of athletes, like respect, responsibility, commitment, and dedication. It seems like by being in the Military, we feel as though we’re representing our country more, we feel more patriotic,” the Sergeant said. Marques trains mostly in the cities of Recife, in Pernambuco; Curitiba, in Paraná; and Porto Alegre, in Rio Grande do Sul. But she also participates in training camps abroad, particularly in the United States, France, and Italy, in order to focus on sports that aren’t common in Brazil, like fencing. The origin of the pentathlon The pentathlon is essentially a military sport, introduced to the Ancient Olympic Games in 708 B.C. According to historic records, the Spartans, a people with a storied military tradition in Ancient Greece, used the pentathlon to select their top and most versatile soldiers. Shortly after being included in the games, it quickly gained notoriety due to its warrior aspect, and its winner was considered a great champion, the de facto winner of the Olympic Games. After a reformulation, the sport joined the games in the modern era at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, at the hands of Swedish Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who transformed the pentathlon into a more modern version. The new format even simulated a military situation where a solider had to take a message by crossing enemy battle lines while riding a horse, armed with a revolver and a sword. After his horse was injured, the soldier had to conclude his mission by running and swimming across rivers. The modern pentathlon was modified yet again to its current form at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, in which athletes were required to compete in all five events in a single day.last_img read more

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From BitCoin to Big Data, blockchain is disrupting the world of fintech

first_imgBitcoin first hit the market in 2009 as open-source software, introducing consumers everywhere to the concept of a digital currency that transcends borders and government entities, and is regulated only by its own complex system of technological checks and balances.While Bitcoin itself has since struggled to gain acceptance from consumers and financial institutions alike, the technology underpinning Bitcoin transactions may just be the next big thing in the world of transaction processing and recording.“As a virtual currency, Bitcoin has no regulating agency or bank behind it,” said Lois Hansen, vice president, product development, for CO-OP Financial Services. “However, underlying the Bitcoin application is a highly sophisticated protocol called blockchain, and this technology has the financial world taking note.”How Blockchain WorksHansen describes blockchain as a public, distributed ledger of all bitcoin transactions ever executed. “It includes two types of records, transactions and blocks,” she said. “Transactions include the actual data stored in the blockchain, and blocks confirm exactly when and in what sequence transactions have occurred.”And, as new blocks are added, Hansen notes that the blockchain continues to grow in a linear, chronological fashion, yielding a complete, historically accurate database of all transactions within its ecosystem.According to Brian Bodell, CEO of Finivation Software (a CO-OP business partner), what is truly unique about blockchain technology is its ability to distribute both processing power and the verification of transactions across a broad, decentralized audience. Plus, its advanced cryptography increases the security of transactions. continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Hong Kong extends restrictions to preserve success of coronavirus efforts

first_imgHong Kong’s government will extend restrictions aimed at tackling the coronavirus for another 14 days to preserve the city’s success in keeping the number of cases down, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday.The extension comes as governments around the world, including those of Australia, Germany and the United States are gradually relaxing restrictions or considering doing so.The Chinese-ruled city recorded zero new cases on Monday for the first time since early March, keeping the total at 1,025 infections and four deaths. Topics : Hong Kong banned public gatherings of more than four people for 14 days from March 29 and later extended that restriction until April 23. Game centers, gyms, cinemas and other entertainment venues are also closed and foreign arrivals at the airport have been suspended indefinitely.”This is indeed a very difficult balancing act,” Lam told a regular weekly news conference, referring to the toll the restrictions are taking on the recession-hit economy.”For the time being, the better balance to be struck and a safer approach to ensure all these successes that Hong Kong has achieved over the last months would not be wasted is to extend these social distancing measures for another 14 days.”Hong Kong has avoided the exponential infections seen elsewhere and won praise for a strong community response, attributed to the city’s experience with the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic.center_img Although schools remain closed, many people are working from home and shopping malls and restaurants are less busy. Almost all Hong Kongers wear masks, while office buildings, commercial centers and public institutions run temperature checks and free sanitizer dispensers are widely available.The residents’ self-discipline also comes amid widespread lack of confidence in the government’s COVID-19 response.The restrictions extension limits the prospects of a resumption in anti-government demonstrations amid growing anger over a crackdown on pro-democracy forces and as Beijing and city government officials push for national security legislation that critics say would limit freedoms in the city.Police arrested 15 activists on Saturday, including veteran politicians, a publishing tycoon and senior barristers, in a move criticized by foreign governments, international barristers and rights groups.Luo Huining, the most senior mainland political official based in Hong Kong, said last week the city should work to introduce national security legislation “as soon as possible” as violent protests last year had undermined its rule of law, prosperity and stability.Hong Kong returned to Beijing rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula that guarantees it a high degree of autonomy. A previous attempt to draft a national security law for Hong Kong, known as Article 23, was met with mass protests in 2003 and abandoned. last_img read more

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PREMIUMCheap gas incentives to cost government Rp 121.78 trillion in forgone revenue

first_imgFacebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Google The long-awaited cheap gas for certain industries will cost the government Rp 121.78 trillion (U$804.31 million) in forgone nontax revenue (PNPB) from gas production during the duration of the measure from 2020-2024, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif has said.On the other hand, the cheap gas would give the government additional income of about Rp 125.03 trillion mostly due to the significant cut in existing energy subsidies, Minister Arifin said during a virtual hearing with House of Representative (DPR) Commission VII on Monday.Based on these estimates, the government would receive a net income of Rp 3.25 trillion from the cheap gas incentives, the minister added.Under the policy, seven gas-intensive industries, namely the rubber gloves, ceramics, glass, steel, fertilizer, petrochemical and oleochemical industries can buy natural gas at $6 per million Briti… Topics : Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Indonesia Energy-Mineral-Resources-Ministry cheap-gas incentives non-tax-revenue gas-price fuel-subsidy PLNlast_img read more

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Cool ways to add a splash of restfulness

first_img652 London Road, Chandler, has a tiered fountain that’s framed by stunning baroque statues.The fountain at this home has pride of place at the end of the long driveway, according to agent Sarah Hackett of Place Bulimba.“Set back from London Road, enter through front gates onto a private driveway leading to a tiered fountain, framed by stunning baroque statues and a welcoming porte cochere,” was how she marketed it.A fountain before the front door was also the approach taken at 100 Oriel Road, Clayfield, which is set to go to auction at 1pm on Saturday May 12. 3 Central Avenue, Deagon, has a special landscaped area for its fountain.The owners are selling the property after 16 years, and have clearly put a lot into creating their long-term home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoAgent Darren Patrick of Professionals — Sandgate is marketing it as a “uniquely luxurious” home.“Your neighbours will drool over your fully-landscaped yard offering designated areas for the kids with pool and playground, for entertaining within a firepit outdoor room and for romantic evenings in the secluded rotunda.”Thirteen kilometres from the Brisbane CBD, a seven-bedroom, Georgian-inspired home at 652 London Road, Chandler, oozes old world elegance. 100 Oriel Road, Clayfield, has taken the sandstone approach to its impressive fountain.The four bedroom, three bathroom home is being marketed by agent Michael Spork of Ray White — Ascot who describes it as one that had to “be seen to be believed”. If you’ve got the room, and can afford the small upkeep involved with any water feature, fountains are a great way of adding movement to a garden and an overall sense of serenity. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKcenter_img 3 Central Avenue, Deagon, has this stunning water feature as well as a salt chlorinated 12m by 4m inground pool.Like most Australian cities, Brisbane has its fair share of water features, from water cascading over steps at Riparian Plaza at the waterfront in Eagle Street to ornamental ponds at the City Botanic Gardens and splash zones across suburban locations from South Bank to Springfield Lakes and Redcliffe.But it has only been in the past three years that the historic water fountains of Brisbane were allowed to flow again freely, having been shut down in the wake of one of the worst drought periods Queensland has seen post 2000.Three fountains were reopened by the Brisbane City Council in 2015 with two more water features and fountains expected to begin construction next financial year, with their construction contracts to be awarded by mid-year, according to a BCC statement on the City Fountains and Water Features Renewal project.But some Brisbane homeowners won’t have to wait that long to hear the trickle of bubbling water, with fountains of their own that vary from grand statements to simple elegance.A four bedroom home at 3 Central Avenue, Deagon — which is on the market at offers over $1.5m — has a special landscaped spot reserved for its classic bubbling fountain.last_img read more

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World’s largest pension fund ‘increasingly convinced’ of AI benefits

first_imgCredit: Ben Cheung Japan’s ¥157trn (€1.2trn) Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) is to explore the possibilities of how to use artificial intelligence (AI) technologies for the long-term asset management of the pension fund.It today announced that it was partnering with Sony Computer Science Laboratories (Sony CSL) for a study on AI’s impacts on asset management.The research will analyse the potential effects on managers’ business models and “appropriate” evaluation methodologies reflecting such impacts.It will also consider the possible use of AI technologies to reinforce long-term investments, including AI-driven dynamic factor analysis and scenario-based risk management. The study will also explore whether AI technologies could be used to reconcile asset managers’ explanation of their investment decisions and the actual track record of trading data.Hiro Mizuno, executive managing director and chief investment officer at GPIF, said: “Given recent developments in AI technologies, GPIF is increasingly convinced that AI would be able to assist our fund investment operation, from asset allocation to asset manager selection and evaluation processes.“By partnering with Sony CSL and leveraging their cutting-edge AI research, GPIF aims to stay ahead of the curve to remain capable of fulfilling our fiduciary duty to future generations.”Hiroaki Kitano, president and CEO, director of research at Sony CSL, added: “The progress of AI technologies, including deep reinforcement learning and generative adversarial networks, has been incredibly significant and it is transforming a broad range of industries. Finance and asset management is no exception.“It is noteworthy that GPIF has decided to investigate the ramifications of AI for their mission and how AI can be introduced into their operations.” In Europe, the €417bn Dutch asset manager APG last year struck a research partnership to investigate whether artificial intelligence and blockchain technology could benefit its operational management.last_img read more

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WV’s typhoon victims to get P17M in aid – DSWD

first_imgShe added from Dec. 25 to Jan. 4,around 1,260,969 individuals from the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, andCapiz were affected due to the typhoon.    KALIBO, Aklan – The Department ofSocial Welfare and Development (DSWD) has approved the P17 million worth ofassistance to the victims of typhoon “Ursula” in Western Visayas. As of Jan. 4, around 4,664 persons –mostly in Capiz province – are still in evacuation centers, she added./PN “Of the P17-million fund, around P13million came from DSWD while around P3.9 million came from the counterparts ofthe local government units and other agencies involved,” said DSWD Region VIinformation officer May Rago-Castillo.   center_img Castillo said in the province ofCapiz, around 482,205 individuals were given assistance; Iloilo with 270,817; Aklan(428,970); and Antique with 78,977 persons who received the government’said.   The front portion of a multi-purpose building in Barangay Agbalo, Panay, Capiz on Dec. 26, 2019 was inundated due to typhoon “Ursula.” As of Jan. 4, around 4,664 persons, mostly from this province, are still in evacuation centers, says May Rago-Castillo, information officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Western Visayas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PNlast_img read more

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Slide correction project schedule released

first_imgDearborn County, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation announced today that contractors will resume work on a slide correction project on State Road 1 in Dearborn County just north of Sawdon Ridge Rd.Contractors will close State Road 1 in both directions beginning on or after Monday, April 1.State Road 1 will be open to Sawdon Ridge Road on the south end and North Dearborn Road on the north end during the closure.The official state highway detour will follow I-74, I-275, and U.S. 50.The highway is expected to reopen by June 30, weather depending.last_img

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The Latest: Giants season ticket plan features refund rules

first_imgThe Gibraltar soccer federation says it has declared the league season null and void with no champion.The top two teams in the league were Europa and St. Joseph’s when the coronavirus pandemic caused the season to be suspended. The federation says they were so close in the standings it could not declare a champion “in the interests of sporting integrity.”The federation said last week that on government advice the season could not be completed by a UEFA-set deadline for Gibraltar of July 20.Europa will enter next season’s Champions League qualifying rounds. St. Joseph’s and third-place Lincoln Red Imps will enter the Europa League.___ ___Soccer clubs from Germany’s top two divisions will discuss setting a date to resume the suspended season amid the coronavirus pandemic. It could be as soon as next week.The German Football League’s board reportedly favors a start date of May 15 but some clubs want it later.Werder Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann backs a May 23 start to “reduce the injury risk” with more training and because some clubs were cleared to return to training earlier than others. Mainz wants two weeks to prepare.The league was given the go-ahead Wednesday to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors. Aulas argued for a playoff system to end the league by late August and reserved the possibility to claim damages he estimated at tens of millions of euros (dollars).___The Kontinental Hockey League says it will not name a champion after it stopped the season part-way through the playoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Russia-based league shut down in March but didn’t immediately decide how the final standings would be determined. The league is widely considered to be the strongest outside the NHL.The KHL says the eight teams still in the playoffs at the time the season ended will be ruled as jointly finishing in the top eight positions. Fraser started the video call a bit late because of an injury sustained while kicking a soccer ball around with daughter. No word on the type of injury. ___Horse racing has resumed in Germany, but without spectators and with mask-wearing jockeys.The race day at the Neue Bult track near Hannover on Thursday was the first to take place in Germany since the calendar was suspended in March.It followed talks between race organizers and the local authorities, and access to the track was strictly limited. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The New York Giants have announced their refund policy for 2020 season tickets. Aguero will race for Red Bull alongside Albon. Courtois will run for Alfa Romeo in his second virtual race. Arthur will be with Haas.Golfer Ian Poulter will make his third appearance with Renault.The virtual Spanish GP will take place during the same weekend the real race was scheduled to run at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit. The race will consist of a qualifying session and a 33-lap race.The F1 season hasn’t started yet because of the coronavirus pandemic.___ The Italian government has not yet approved the resumption of the season.___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 The bowl announced it will help fund the telemedicine screening mobile app developed by Augusta University Health System. The AU Health ExpressCare app allows for free virtual screenings for the virus throughout the day with no appointment.Patients who screen positive will be scheduled for tests.Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan says the aim is giving Georgia residents access to screenings and tests “as soon as possible.”___The Swiss soccer league says clubs will discuss on May 29 if they want to resume playing in June amid the coronavirus pandemic. May 7, 2020 Jockeys and grooms wore masks and betting was only allowed online. More races are scheduled for Friday in Cologne.Germany resumed ahead of other major European horse racing nations. The equestrian sport of trotting, or harness racing, has continued in Sweden through the coronavirus pandemic.The German soccer league Bundesliga is set to resume on May 16.___The Peach Bowl is donating $1.09 million to help fund COVID-19 screenings in Georgia. ___German soccer league managing director Christian Seifert says the Bundesliga season will resume on May 16.The matches will be played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.The announcement comes one day after Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors agreed the season could resume.The Bundesliga was suspended on March 13 with nine rounds remaining. Seifert says the league will begin again where it left off. Associated Press ___The International Canoe Federation says it is planning its budget in case the Tokyo Olympics get canceled in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The ICF says its board “approved two budget scenarios” up to 2022 taking into account “the chance of no competition or Olympics in 2021.”The ICF is due to get about $16 million from the International Olympic Committee as a share of revenue from the postponed Tokyo Games.The ICF has postponed or canceled all international events through August. It is due to have an election congress in December when president Jose Perurena steps down after 12 years.center_img ___Colorado Rapids coach Robin Fraser says players will use team training fields for voluntary individual workouts starting Monday. The Rapids join a list of Major League Soccer teams taking the first small steps toward returning to play. Sporting Kansas City, Atlanta United, Orlando City and Inter Miami let players onto fields Wednesday for controlled voluntary workouts on the first day permitted by the league.The MLS suspended the season because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 12, closing all team facilities but asking players to remain in market with their teams.Colorado plans on using two fields for its workouts and run about eight players at a time. The president of French soccer club Lyon says he hopes the resumption of the German league can prompt a reversal of the decision to end the season in his own country.The top two leagues in Germany have been given the go-ahead to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.The 10 remaining league matches in France were canceled last week. Paris Saint-Germain was declared champion and Lyon finished outside the European places in seventh.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says on sports daily L’Equipe’s website “it might not be too late to imagine … something coherent on a political level.”He adds that “by adapting our methods we could probably have finished the league.” The FFT is also working closely with French authorities “to establish the necessary measures which will ensure the health and security of all guests attending the tournament.”Refunds will be received by end of May and a new ticketing procedure will be opened if the tournament goes ahead.___Formula One says Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Barcelona midfielder Arthur will compete alongside drivers in this weekend’s virtual Spanish Grand Prix.Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Alex Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi will be the F1 drivers in Sunday’s event. If a game is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled, or is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending, full refunds will be available to season ticket members. They have the choice to receive a full refund for any impacted games, or they can apply the amount as a credit toward a future ticket purchase.Owners john Mara and Steve Tisch made the announcement in an email to season ticket holders on Thursday afternoon, hours before the league released the schedule.The Giants also are going to offer a limited number of individual game tickets to season ticket holders. The owners made the decision based on a request from fans. Anyone who purchases individual game tickets from Ticketmaster.com will receive a full refund of their ticket purchase price within 30 days of cancellation if the game cannot be rescheduled or is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending. If a game is postponed or rescheduled, tickets are valid for the new date.The Giants said the safety of the fans, players and staff continues to be its first concern during the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Giants season ticket plan features refund rules Seifert was speaking after a video conference with members from the country’s 36 clubs in the top two divisions. The second division will also resume on May 16.___The French Tennis Federation says it will refund tickets purchased for the French Open because of uncertainty related to the coronavirus pandemic.The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7 but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4.The FFT says it “has taken the decision to cancel and refund all tickets purchased for the original dates of Roland Garros.” ___Sports events in Oregon are likely to be without large crowds through at least the end of September.Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday the steps the state will take as it begins reopening next week. Brown asked those planning large gatherings, such as concerts, festivals, sporting events and conventions, to cancel or significantly modify plans for anything scheduled through at least September.That is likely to impact the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Timbers of the MLS, and Oregon and Oregon State college football.While the NBA and MLS have no firm plans of a restart yet, Oregon and Oregon State both have three home games scheduled in September. Oregon is set to host North Dakota State, Ohio State, and Hawaii in Eugene, while Oregon State is scheduled to face Colorado State, Portland State and Washington State in Corvallis. He says “I’m speaking for me and for my teammates” and adds it’s not worth it “if the price of resuming is us getting seriously injured.”Most clubs in the Italian league are resuming training on an individual basis this week but last-place Brescia is one of the holdouts.Brescia is one of areas hit hardest by the virus but Gastaldello says he was never tested.He says “we’ll know if we’ve had it only once they test us before training.”Brescia president Massimo Cellino has also been a vociferous opponent to resuming the season but says it’s not because he wants his club to avoid relegation. More teams are returning to full-team training instead of working in small groups. Borussia Mönchengladbach is resuming full training despite what it called “very weak positive” coronavirus tests for one player and one staff member. The club says the player has since tested negative twice and the staff member is isolating at home after one negative test.___Brescia captain Daniele Gastaldello says his entire squad opposes resuming the Serie A soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic.Gastaldello tells Italian daily La Repubblica “we don’t feel safe. They’re asking us to resume training and to get back out onto the field right away … It’s putting all of the players’ safety on the line.” The league says the meeting of the 20 clubs will be two days after the next Swiss federal government update on easing restrictions.A restart on June 19 leaves seven weekends and six midweek games to meet UEFA’s preferred Aug. 3 target to complete domestic seasons.St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference and is five points ahead of third-place Basel.Switzerland’s government has said professional clubs can resume training Monday. Games in empty stadiums should be possible from June 8.The league says the government has advised that teams are no longer eligible for an unemployment insurance program when players start training. The league says it is having “very constructive” talks with the government about further federal aid. ___New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio doesn’t see games returning to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field very quickly, at least not with fans.De Blasio says bigger events are going to be one of the last things that will really fit the equation as the country restarts from the coronavirus pandemic. He says the perfect time to reopen big events is “almost when the disease has really been beaten back to next to nothing.” He says the danger with big gatherings, especially, is “that could be one of the things that propels the disease back.”Opening day was scheduled for March 26 but has been postponed indefinitely because of the new coronavirus. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred believes the season will start at some point, and the league has considered playing in empty ballparks.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo put entertainment such as sports into the final phase of his guidelines for reopening the state. He’s discussed the possibility of having big league games in empty stadiums.last_img read more

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