No spitting, no fans: baseball restarts S. Korea’s sports season

first_imgTopics : Another online user said: “This doesn’t feel like the opening of a season at all. I’m watching baseball from home, hugging a pillow.”At the stadium, strict health checks and hygiene measures were enforced.Players must have their temperature checked twice before games, with face masks to be worn in all areas except the playing field and the dugouts, according to the KBO.Players have also been asked not to shake hands or exchange high-fives, while spitting is prohibited — putting a new complexion on what is South Korea’s most popular spectator sport. Instead, banners with photos of masked fans stretched across the empty bleachers at the Incheon-based SK Wyverns club’s Munhak Baseball Stadium.Banners carrying messages for victory were also put up at the LG Twins club’s Jamsil derby in Seoul, saying: “Even if we are apart, we are TWINS.”Fans were divided over the unprecedented format.”Baseball is finally back! But I wonder when I can actually go to the stadium,” tweeted one fan. US tunes in ESPN announced it will show six KBO League games per week to fans pining for live baseball in the US, while broadcasters in 10 foreign territories have snapped up rights to air K-League matches.South Korea endured one of the worst early outbreaks of the disease outside China, prompting professional sports to suspend or delay their seasons.But the country appears to have brought its outbreak under control thanks to an extensive “trace, test and treat” program.The start-up will bring welcome live action in a barren sports world where fans have had to make do with sports channels and broadcasters airing repeats of past events.The K-League, originally due to start in February, will kick off Friday with a blockbuster clash between Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, champions for the past three seasons, against FA Cup winners Suwon Bluewings.And South Korea will next week become the first country to see women’s professional golf resume after COVID-19.South Korean players dominate women’s golf with eight featuring in the world’s top 20, including number one Ko Jin-young.The $1.8 million the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) Championship begins on May 14 in Yangju, east of Seoul with world number six Kim Sei-young and 10th-ranked Lee Jeong-eun in the 144-strong field.South Korea has been seeing only a trickle of new coronavirus infections in recent days, with three fresh cases reported on Tuesday taking the total to 10,804. South Korea’s professional sport returned to action after the coronavirus shutdown with the opening of a new baseball season Tuesday, while football and golf will soon follow suit in a ray of hope for suspended competitions worldwide.Friday will see the delayed start of football’s K-League, and next week some of golf’s leading women players will tee up in a domestic tournament as South Korea becomes a rare hotspot for live sport.Fans were not allowed in when any of Tuesday’s five opening Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) matches saw the first pitches thrown, a marked contrast from the packed stadiums of previous years when fans sang and cheered relentlessly no matter the score.last_img read more

WHO to resume hydroxychloroquine coronavirus trials

first_imgThe executive group of the so-called Solidarity Trial — in which hundreds of hospitals across the world have enrolled patients to test several possible treatments for the novel coronavirus — took the decision as a precaution.Hydroxychloroquine is normally used to treat arthritis but public figures including US President Donald Trump have backed the drug for COVID-19 prevention and treatment, prompting governments to bulk-buy.”Last week, the executive group of the Solidarity Trial decided to implement a temporary pause of the hydroxychloroquine arm of the trial, because of concerns raised about the safety of the drug,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news briefing.”This decision was taken as a precaution while the safety data were reviewed. The World Health Organization announced Wednesday that clinical trials of the drug hydroxychloroquine will resume as it searches for potential coronavirus treatments.On May 25, the WHO announced it had temporarily suspended the trials to conduct a safety review, which has now concluded there is “no reason” to change the way the trials are conducted.The UN health agency’s decision came after a study published in The Lancet medical journal suggesting the drug could increase the risk of death among COVID-19 patients. Topics :center_img “The data safety and monitoring committee of the Solidarity Trial has been reviewing the data.”On the basis of the available mortality data, the members of the committee recommended that there are no reasons to modify the trial protocol.”The executive group received this recommendation and endorsed continuation of all arms of the Solidarity Trial, including hydroxychloroquine.”The executive group will communicate with the principal investigators in the trial about resuming the hydroxychloroquine arm of the trial.”The data safety and monitoring committee will continue to closely monitor the safety of all therapeutics being tested in the Solidarity Trial.”More than 3,500 patients have been recruited across 35 countries to take part in the trials.last_img read more

Russia completes early trials of second potential COVID-19 vaccine: Ifax

first_imgTopics : Siberia’s Vector virology institute on Tuesday completed early-stage human trials, known as Phase II, of a second potential Russian vaccine against COVID-19, the state consumer safety watchdog was cited by the Interfax news agency as saying.Russia registered its first vaccine candidate, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, in August. Late-stage trials of this vaccine, due to involve 40,000 participants, were launched last week.Human trials of the second potential COVID-19 vaccine, a peptide-based jab, began on July 27 and involved a group of 100 volunteers, Interfax cited watchdog Rospotrebnadzor as saying. “Today … the final group of 20 volunteers was released from hospital,” said in a statement. “All 100 volunteers were vaccinated with two doses and have completed a 23-day monitoring period in hospital. The volunteers are feeling good.”Results are due to be published on Sept. 30, Interfax said.last_img read more

DOF Subsea Secures Work for Its Vessels in Asia Pacific

first_imgDOF Subsea has secured several contracts in the Asia Pacific region, securing utilization for vessels in the Subsea/IMR segment.The Skandi Hercules multi-purpose vessel has been awarded short-term contracts for survey and intervention services in Australian waters.In addition, the vessel will also provide geophysical and geotechnical surveys offshore northern Australia, the company informed.The contracts secure utilization of the vessel from late April well into Q3 2018.Furthermore, Skandi Singapore dive support vessel will conduct survey and intervention services in Australian waters under the short-term contracts.The combined duration of the contracts is approximately three weeks and the work will be conducted from mid-May.Another contract award for survey and intervention services in Vietnamese waters will see the vessel Geoholm deployed from late April for approximately three weeks.last_img read more

MPs accused of trying to rush gay marriage bill

first_imgNewstalk ZB 26 Jan 2013Members of Parliament are being accused of being desperate to ram through the same sex marriage bill.Family First says both National and Labour want to push it through as quickly as possible, to get it off the agenda.National Director Bob McCoskrie says the two parties know their core voter support bases aren’t happy with the bill.He says they’re trampling over the rights of New Zealanders to have their chance to speak and contribute to debate on the issue.Bob McCoskrie says the fact a record of more than 20,000 submissions has been received on the bill shows just how important the issue is. read more

Smacking Law: Winston Peters a ‘dangerous old man’ – Sue Bradford

first_imgSue Bradford, the former Green MP behind the law, told The AM Show on Monday she was “horrified” by his recent comments.“What he’s advocating is the return of the legalising of assault on our children, which is the last thing our kids need and the last thing the kids of Northland need.”The Northland MP and NZ First leader on Friday said: “We are going to repeal the anti-smacking law which doesn’t work, and has in fact seen greater violence towards children.”Ms Bradford said: “He’s talking about this on the back of the incident up in Kaikohe recently with the young people rampaging.“Those kids probably see far too much violence I’d suggest in their lives already, far too much poverty, unemployment, a lack of opportunities for their families in their part of the country.”Conservative lobby group Family First says there have been massive increases in child abuse in the decade since the law began, but Ms Bradford says repealing the anti-smacking law won’t fix that.“As the truly dreadful levels of family violence in this country continue, they cannot be laid to this law. No law can stop that.”READ MORE: Peters: Vow to repeal anti-smacking lawNewsTalk ZB 27 March 2017New Zealand First has pledged to repeal the anti-smacking law.Leader Winston Peters in a speech on Friday said; “We are going to repeal the anti-smacking law which doesn’t work and has in fact seen greater violence towards children.”LISTEN TO NZ FIRST LEADER WINSTON PETERS SPEAK WITH LEIGHTON SMITH Zealand First leader Winston Peters wants referendum on anti-smacking lawNZ Herald 27 March 2017New Zealand First leader Winston Peters wants a referendum on smacking laws to go to the people.Peters said in a speech on Friday the party’s policy was to hold a referendum on the anti-smacking law.“From the word go, we said this matter should go to a referendum with New Zealand people who are far more reliable and trustworthy on these matters, rather than a bunch of temporarily empowered parliamentarians,” he told Newstalk ZB.“I said very clearly that we’ve got young people running amok up here and around the country. They can’t be touched. There’s a hundred reasons given by sociologists and apologists for what’s happening, but these people know what’s wrong, know what they’re doing is wrong, know they can’t be touched, know there’s no consequences.”READ MORE: NewsHub 27 March 2017Family First Comment: NZ First says they will send it back to a Referendum. Haven’t we already had one? Winston Peters has been labelled a “dangerous old man” who’s “really past his prime”, after vowing to repeal the so-called anti-smacking law.last_img read more

Watching movie on duty gets two air traffic officials suspended

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 41 Views   no discussions LifestyleTravel Watching movie on duty gets two air traffic officials suspended by: – April 19, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Atlanta (CNN) — The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday announced the suspension of a Cleveland air traffic controller and a front line manager after the controller was discovered watching a movie on a portable DVD player while on the job.The announcement coincides with the Monday launch in Atlanta of a nationwide tour by top FAA officials and union representatives, to discuss professionalism and safety at air traffic control centers.It also comes after the agency suspended a Miami controller on Saturday for falling asleep while directing air traffic.The Cleveland incident occurred early Sunday morning, according to an FAA statement. The agency stated that the controller was watching a DVD while working a radar position at the Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center.“For a little more than three minutes, the controller’s microphone was inadvertently activated, transmitting the soundtrack of the movie over the radio frequency for that airspace,” the statement read. “The problem was brought to air traffic control’s attention by the pilot of a military aircraft using an alternate frequency.”The FAA forbids the use of video players and other devices on the radar room floor, according to the statement.FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has not commented on the Cleveland DVD incident, though he has repeatedly voiced outrage over the problem of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job.“None of us in this business can tolerate any of this,” Babbitt said of the sleeping controllers. “It absolutely has to stop. … One mistake is one too many.”This “will not be tolerated,” said Babbit in Atlanta on Monday.Federal officials have announced a series of new regulations aimed at preventing air traffic controllers from falling asleep while on duty.Among other things, controllers now must have a minimum of nine hours off between shifts, instead of the current minimum of eight hours. In addition, controllers can no longer be put on an unscheduled midnight shift following a day off.If the shift from eight to nine hours isn’t enough, “then obviously we’ll take that into consideration,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. But it’s up to the controllers “to take personal responsibility” and get adequate rest during their down time, he said.FAA managers will also schedule their own shifts in a way to ensure greater coverage in the early morning and late night hours, the secretary noted over the weekend.To date, the FAA has suspended seven controllers for failing to stay awake at work.LaHood called the fatigue experienced by overworked controllers “a very big concern.”He vowed, “We will do better.”Aside from Miami, cases of sleeping controllers have been reported in Washington; Knoxville, Tennessee; Seattle and Reno, Nevada. There have been two suspected cases in Lubbock, Texas.All of the incidents occurred during controllers’ midnight shifts. Most of the lapses occurred at local control towers.In at least one incident, the FAA has said, the controller deliberately went to sleep, while some of the others appear to have been accidental.last_img read more

License branches, government offices closed

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — All license branches and most government offices will be closed this weekend in observance of the New Year Holiday.License branches will be closed Saturday (12/31) through Monday (1/2).Branches will resume normal business hours on Tuesday (1/3).Banks will be closed on Monday as well, and there will be no mail delivery on Monday.last_img

Holladay scores biggest win of career

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyWEST LIBERTY, Iowa (July 16) – Saturday’s action at the West Liberty Raceway included a 40-lap main event for the iWireless IMCA Late Models for the Ideal Ready Mix Tri-Track Challenge.The night belonged to Muscatine’s Chad Holladay as Holladay charged in to the race lead at the green flag and went on to lead all 40 laps en route to a very impressive win which saw him lap up to the seventh place finisher.The 40 laps went caution-free as Holladay built a half-lap lead over second place finisher Scott Fitzpatrick.Holladay stated in victory lane, “ This Gheer’d up car was totally awesome and this is the biggest win of my racing career.”Justin Kay nipped Joel Callahan at the finish line for third.The Performance Concepts IMCA Modifieds brought another outstanding field of cars to West Liberty. Kay made a rare appearance in the class and advanced from the 12th position start to take the lead on lap number 10 en route to the feature win.Kay scored the win ahead of Jonathan Houston and Chris Zogg.The Weikert Iron & Metal IMCA Northern SportMod feature belonged to Dalton Simonsen. The season point leader advanced from a fifth row start and took the lead on lap 10 on his way to vic­tory. Jarrett Brown crossed under the checkers in second ahead of Troy Phillpott.David Brandies scored his second feature win in as many weeks at the West Liberty Raceway in the Kile Motorsports IMCA Stock Cars. Brandies got out front early and scored the win ahead of Johnny Spaw and Greg Gill.The Mach-1 Sport Compact feature was another nail biter for the second week in a row. Cody VanDusen took the 10-lap US 6 Bodyworks Sport Compact win ahead of Jason KlerkDerus.On Saturday, July 23, the Muscatine County Fair will be in full swing as the Fair Board will pre­sent racing action with a full program of IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing. Hot laps will get underway at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University has added an athletic director of diversity, culture and climate in a new position within the department of athletics. Salatha Willis is charged with developing and implementing new ways to create an equitable culture for the university’s student-athletes, administrators, coaches and staff in the athletic department. The move is a response to the racial tension that has wracked the country, including a period of social unrest on campus last fall. There were more than a dozen reports last November of racist graffiti and vandalism targeting Blacks, Jews, Asians and Native Americans. July 10, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSPosey opts to skip the seasonUNDATED (AP) — San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey is the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus. Posey says his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided to opt out of the season. GYMMNASTICS-BRITAIN-ABUSE COMPLAINTSBritish Olympic gymnasts decry ‘abusive behavior’LONDON (AP) — British Olympians Becky and Ellie Downie say they’ve suffered from abusive behavior in gymnastics training for many years, adding their voices to a growing number of gymnasts coming forward with similar complaints.The sisters said coaches pressured them to lose weight and overtrain, which took mental and physical tolls. They were inspired to tell their story after former teammates did the same.In a letter posted Thursday on their respective Twitter accounts, they said: “Speaking out is something we’ve both felt we really needed to do for a long time now, but in truth, we’ve been afraid to do so.” — Blue Jays infielder Travis Shaw says he’s not interested in confining himself to the hotel attached to the Rogers Centre for the summer if Major League Baseball is granted an exemption from the Canadian government to play baseball in Toronto amid the pandemic. MLB needs an exemption as anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21 and that is widely expected to be extended. Any exemption likely means the Blue Jays would not be allowed to leave the hotel attached to the Rogers Center when they play home games in the city. The Blue Jays have created a quarantine environment at Rogers Centre and the adjoining Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel during training camp. — The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play two exhibition games at Fenway Park before baseball’s delayed regular-season opener. Toronto will visit Boston on July 21 and 22 before heading down to Tampa Bay for its opener. The Red Sox are scheduled to open at home against the Baltimore Orioles on July 24.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSACC expects fall decision in late JulyUNDATED (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says the league expects to make its decision on fall sports in late July. Associated Press The babies born last Friday were about eight weeks premature. They are healthy but will need to spend time in neonatal intensive care and will have weakened immune systems for the next few months.Posey joins other top players such as Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado’s Ian Desmond in opting out this season. In other MLB news:— All-Star slugger Joey Gallo has worked out with the Texas Rangers for the first time during their summer camp. Gallo was cleared and at workouts Friday after missing the first week following positive tests for coronavirus. The 26-year-old outfielder said he never felt any symptoms but had two positive tests that sandwiched a negative result during intake testing. His return to the field comes two weeks before the scheduled start of the season against Colorado. He had 22 homers in 70 games and made his first All-Star appearance last year before wrist surgery ended his season.— The Toronto Blue Jays are shifting Vladimir Guerrero Jr. across the diamond, moving the slugger to first base from third. Blue Jays Manager Charlie Montoyo said Guerrero feels comfortable at first and the team has Travis Shaw ready to play third. Montoyo also said Guerrero will see time as a designated hitter. He didn’t rule out that he will play some third in the future. center_img — The University of Michigan says two athletes tested positive during a second round of COVID-19 testing, bringing the total to four out of the 375 who have been tested. The school says none of the 139 staff members have tested positive.— The Jacksonville Jaguars are planning to play home games in front of a significantly reduced capacity this fall. Fans in attendance will be required to wear face coverings. The team released details in an email to season-ticket holders Friday. Jacksonville expects about 25% capacity at TIAA Bank Field in 2020 “in compliance with state and local authorities and following CDC social distancing guidelines.” The stadium’s capacity is listed at over 67,000. Baltimore was the first team to announced plans for reduced capacity. The Ravens plan to allow fewer than 14,000 fans at home game at M&T Bank Stadium in 2020.— Japan’s professional baseball league opened the delayed season three weeks ago. Now fans are back, too. After playing in empty stadiums to get started, Japan began allowing up to 5,000 fans into the games on Friday, or 50% of the stadium capacity — whichever is smaller. Officials hope to allow stadiums to be filled to 50% capacity beginning on Aug. 1. Japan’s soccer J-League is also allowing fans to return, beginning on Friday, under the same guidelines. Fans are required to use hand disinfectant and have their temperatures taken when they entered the stadium. Shops were open and food and drinks were for sale, but alcohol was not allowed. Restrictions were also put on the amount of cheering permitted, a staple at games in Japan.PGA-WORKDAY OPENMorikawa builds big lead at Muirfield Village before storms DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Collin Morikawa looks as if he’ll be tough to catch at the Workday Charity Open. He made nine birdies Friday for a 66 and had a six-shot lead among those who finished the second round. Storms twice halted play at Muirfield Village in Ohio. Ian Poulter had a 69 and was six shots behind. Two others had a few holes remaining when play resumed. Morikawa’s 13-under 131 was one off the Muirfield Village 36-hole record.Morikawa ran off four straight birdies after making the turn Friday, finished with another birdie and shot 6-under 66 to build a six-shot lead when thunderstorms arrived in Ohio. His 13-under 131 was one shot off the course record set by Jason Dufner in 2017 at the Memorial. WIMBLEDON-PRIZE MONEYWimbledon to allocate prize money despite cancellation Dutch short-track world champion Van Ruijven dies at age 27THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — World champion short-track speed skater Lara van Ruijven died on Friday as a result of complications from an autoimmune reaction, the Netherlands skating association said. Van Ruijven was 27.She died in a hospital in France, where she had been in a critical condition for days.She last year became the first Dutch short-track skater to win a world title when she won the 500-meter title in Sofia, Bulgaria. Herman de Haan, director of the national skating body, added: “It’s incomprehensible that she has been taken from us while in the prime of her life.” Both women represented Britain in the 2016 Olympic Games but they say their success has come at a high price.Twenty-eight-year-old Becky said she was called “mentally weak” for questioning her training regimen in 2018. She then injured her ankle in “a direct consequence of the unsafe training.” Her 20-year-old sister said a nutritionist required her to send daily pictures of herself wearing just underwear to prove she wasn’t gaining weight. She was 14 years old at that time.British Gymnastics CEO Jane Allen this week announced an independent review of claims of mistreatment. She said the British Gymnastics Integrity Unit already exists to investigate allegations and that there are welfare officers around the country.SYRACUSE-DIVERSITY DIRECTORSyracuse University appoints diversity director for sports WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Wimbledon will pay out $12.5 million in prize money to 620 players despite the tournament’s cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club said Friday.After consulting with its insurance provider, club officials said 256 players who would have competed in the main draw will each receive 25,000 pounds ($31,000), while 224 players who would have competed in qualifying will each receive 12,500 pounds ($15,600).In addition, 120 players who would have competed in doubles will each receive 6,250 pounds ($7,800); 16 players who would have competed in the wheelchair events will each receive 6,000 pounds ($7,500); and four players who would have competed in the quad wheelchair events will each receive 5,000 pounds ($6,200).All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said “we are pleased that our insurance policy has allowed us to recognize the impact of the cancellation on the players.”OBIT-VAN RUIJVEN The league put out Swofford’s statement Friday afternoon, saying the league has prepared “numerous scenarios” for fall competition over the last few months. The decision would come from the league’s board of directors.Earlier this week, the ACC delayed the start of fall competition until at least Sept. 1. That move impacts non-revenue programs like soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country, but not football for now. The first football game involving an ACC team is North Carolina State’s trip to Louisville on Sept. 2.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a conference of historically black colleges, is suspending all fall sports out of concern over the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference says several of its schools are in states experiencing dramatic increases in new COVID-19 cases. It says the recent rise in cases has led to a pause in phased reopening plans in many of those states, resulting in uncertainty as to whether students will return to campus this fall at several CIAA institutions. The conference said it will explore the possibility of a modified schedule for football, volleyball and men’s and women’s cross-country next spring.— The University of Virginia says two football players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will self-isolate for at least 10 days. The school says other members of the program found to have come into close contact with them will also go into quarantine. The school tested 110 players when they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts on July 5. The players with positive test results will self-isolate for 10 days, or until they have been fever-free for at least three days, whichever is longer. Those determined to have come into close contact with those infected also will self-quarantine for 14 days. last_img read more