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From outbreak to surrender: World War Two in the Pacific

first_imgTopics : Dec. 7, 1941: Japanese forces attack Pearl Harbor with torpedo planes, bombers and fighter planes, pounding the US fleet moored there in the hope of destroying US military power in the Pacific. Around 2,300 Americans die and 1,200 are injured, 21 vessels sunk or damaged and hundreds of aircraft destroyed.The United States declares war the following day and three days later, Germany declares war on the United States.Shortly before the Pearl Harbor attack, Japanese troops land on the east coast of west Malaya, and capture large swathes of territory in their push southward to Singapore.Jan. 15, 1942: Five weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbour, a Japanese land column, moving from Thailand, strikes across the frontier into present-day southern Myanmar. British forces fight back but Japan’s superior jungle tactics see Myanmar fall at the end of May. This month marks 75 years since the end of World War Two in the Pacific.Japan invaded and occupied parts of Asia before and during the war in the name of its emperor, Hirohito, and aligned itself with Germany and Italy in 1940 to become one of the so-called Axis powers.Here are some key events of World War Two in the Pacific:center_img Feb. 15, 1942: Lieutenant General Arthur Percival, commander of the British Commonwealth forces, surrenders to Japanese Lieutenant-General Tomoyuki Yamashita in Singapore after a swift, humiliating battle. Singapore is then occupied by the Japanese until 1945.April 1942: US and Filipino prisoners of war are forced to march about 100km (62 miles) under brutal conditions after the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines. Many died from physical abuse, dysentery and other diseases.Death marches also occurred in Sandakan on Borneo island. Both were later judged as war crimes.Aug. 1942: In the Pacific, Japanese and US troops fight from island to island. Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, was the scene of six months of fighting. Along with the Battle of Midway, this was one of the first major offensives and decisive victories for the Allies in the Pacific.Oct. 1944: On the verge of losing the Philippines to US forces, Japan conducts its first kamikaze attack off the island of Leyte, deliberately crashing planes into Allied targets. Roughly 4,000 kamikaze pilots died and 34 US ships were sunk as a result of the attacks in the last few months of the war.Feb. 1945: More than 30,000 US Marines battle 21,000 Japanese on the island of Iwo Jima, the first native Japanese soil to be invaded during the Allied advance. Nearly all the Japanese defenders died in the 36-day battle, along with nearly 7,000 US Marines.Aug. 6, 1945: The US B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay carrying 12 crew members drops an atomic bomb nicknamed “Little Boy” on Hiroshima in Japan’s main island of Honshu.The death toll from the blast was estimated at about 140,000 people by the end of the year, out of a total of 350,000 who lived there at the time. Three days later, the United States drops an atomic bomb nicknamed “Fat Man” on Nagasaki.Aug. 15, 1945: Emperor Hirohito announces Japan’s decision to surrender in his first speech broadcast by radio, bringing World War Two to an end.Sept. 2, 1945: A Japanese delegation headed by Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu board the battleship USS Missouri to sign the surrender document, along with US General Douglas MacArthur as Supreme Allied Commander. last_img read more

Lancashire fund makes 53 appointments to investment framework

first_imgMercerRussell InvestmentsRussell Investments The Lancashire County Pension Fund (LCPF) has made 53 appointments to its investment consultancy framework as the local government pension scheme (LGPS) gears up for its new partnership.The £5.3bn (€7.4bn) scheme for public sector workers in Northwest England is in the process of creating an “asset-liability partnership” with the £4.8bn London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA), resulting in the need for investment advisory services.As it begins to shift assets into the collective fund with the LPFA, it has hired consultants to a framework agreement covering public equities, credit, infrastructure, real estate, private equity, governance, risk management and macroeconomic analysis.It hired Allenbridgeepic Investment Advisers, Aon Hewitt, bfinance, CBRE Global Investment Partners, Hymans Robertson, Institutional Investment Advisers, JLT Benefit Solutions, Mercer, Redington, Russell Investments, PwC and Stepstone Group across 53 different arrangements. (see table) JLT Benefits SolutionsPwCRedington Stepstone Group Russell Investments Launching the tender in December, Lancashire County Council said it would review various aspects of the fund’s investments and conduct mini-competition exercises as and when required, appointing the most “economically attractive” consultant.This is the second framework agreement LCPF has set up to manage its “partnership” with LPFA, after announcing the winners for a transition management model last month.The pension fund will use BlackRock Advisors, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Legal & General Investment Management, Macquarie Capital, Nomura, Northern Trust and Russell Implementation Services, using a similar mini-competition model when required.The LCPF and LPFA announced the new partnership last year with the view to pooling investments, cutting costs and improving governance. Both funds have internal asset management capabilities that will now merge, alongside liability management strategies and administration.The partnership came as the UK government considered responses to a consultation on whether to create collective investment vehicles (CIVs) for the 89 LGPS funds in England and Wales, potentially forcing all funds to invest only in passive listed assets.Both the LCPF and LPFA suggested increased fund collaboration on governance and liability management was more appropriate than a mandatory shift to passive investing, and a focus solely on investment fees.A government response has been delayed and is now expected after May’s general election, due to friction within government departments.Some LGPS funds with internal asset management capabilities are considering legal action against the UK central government should it force schemes to invest via CIVs. Russell InvestmentsJLT Benefit SolutionsMercerMercer RedingtonStepstone GroupStepstone Group Aon HewittAltius AssociatesAon HewittAon Hewitt MercerInstitutional Investment AdvisersJLT Benefit SolutionsJLT Benefit Solutions Altius AssociatesAon HewittJLT Benefit SolutionsJLT Benefit Solutions Allenbridgeepic Investment AdvisersAllenbridgeepic Investment AdvisersAon HewittAon Hewitt LCPF investment consultancy frameworkPrivate EquityGovernanceRisk ManagementMacroeconomic Analysis Aon HewittHymans RobertsonMercerMercer bfinanceAon Hewittbfinancebfinance Stepstone Group JLT Benefit SolutionsbfinanceInstitutional Investment AdvisersCBRE Global Investment Partners Mercer Allenbridgeepic Investment AdvisersAllenbridgeepic Investment AdvisersAllenbridgeepic Investment AdvisersAllenbridgeepic Investment Advisers bfinanceMercerPwC LCPF investment consultancy frameworkPublic EquityCreditInfrastructureReal Estatelast_img read more

OceanWise Bags Scottish Government Marine Data Deal

first_imgOceanWise has secured a framework agreement to provide GIS marine data to the Scottish Government.OceanWise will be delivering marine mapping data products and services including marine themes vector, marine themes digital elevation model (DEM), raster charts and raster charts eXcluding land (XL) to central government departments and agencies, as well as regional councils, all of whom will benefit from having access to the data for decision support and asset management.The contract has a duration of four years, the company noted.Marine themes vector has been engineered into logical data layers for easy loading and efficient use in desktop and web-based geographic information systems (GIS). The data attributes have been specifically designed to provide the best possible information for analysis.last_img read more

Zebu wrestling showcases Madagascar’s unique culture

first_imgThe love that Central Malagasy have for the local Zebu cattle cannot be overstated. The bovines are a symbol of wealth for communities but they also serve another key cultural function.CCTV’s Maria Galang tells us more about ‘Savika’ in the first installment of our special series onMadagascar.https://youtu.be/gEfqAfLrTukRelated Madagascar Election 2013 Videos Madagascar’s government resignscenter_img Mall in Cairo showcases Syrian culturelast_img

Over 70% of infant deaths in Nigeria linked to preventable or…

first_imgNigeria has started making some small strides in cutting down its infant, maternal mortality rates.Africa’s most populous nation has previously earned itself the unfavorable  distinction for recording  the second highest cases of  infant and maternal deaths in the world.More on that story from CCTV’s Kelechi Emekalamlast_img

10 Things You Should Never Buy Used.

first_imgby:  Reader’s Digest MagazineIn tough economic times everyone’s looking for bargains. But while it’s a great idea to buy used bookshelves, books, and CDs, there are some things that just shouldn’t be bought at thrift stores. Here are the top ten:Bike or motorcycle helmetsHelmets are meant to protect you from one accident. Sometimes damage isn’t visible, so buy a new helmet to make sure you’re getting all the protection you need.Child car seatsA car seat that has been in an accident may not protect your child in another. Damaged car seats are common; about one in ten have been in an accident, found one survey conducted in England. Brand-new car seats can cost as little as $50, and safety technology improves each year. Don’t risk your child’s life.TiresIf they’ve been in an accident, tires are likely to be unstable and unreliable.Wet suits and swimsuitsDon’t buy used any extremely personal products, especially if they hug your body. Also, constant changes in water pressure wear out wetsuits, making them more likely to tear.MattressesWith bed bugs infesting homes in record numbers, chances are the critters could lurk in any used mattress. You might also end up sleeping with other people’s mold, mites, bacteria, and bodily fluids (yuck!).CribsScores of crib recalls, as well as changing safety standards, make it hard to verify the safety of a used crib.LaptopsLaptops are more likely to be dropped, knocked around and spilled on, simply because they’re out in the world, while a desktop computer sits (mostly) safe at home.Plasma TVsIt’s hard to determine how well TVs, DVD players, and other electronic devices have been cared for by their previous owners. If your plasma screen dies, it can cost thousands of dollars to fix or replace—sometimes almost as much as it would cost to buy a new TV.ShoesUsed shoes have been molded to their previous owner’s feet. Poorly fitting shoes can cause pain and health problems over time.HatsHats are rarely cleaned before they are donated to thrift stores. They may contain remnants of hair products, sweat, or skin infections.Sources: msn.com, US News & World Report, bargaineering.com HealthLifestyle 10 Things You Should Never Buy Used. by: – May 25, 2011 33 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Public Works situation worries PSU boss

first_imgLocalNews Public Works situation worries PSU boss by: – June 21, 2011 Share Share 17 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union, Mr. Thomas Letang. Photo credit: facebookGeneral Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DSPU) Thomas Letang says he is concerned about the future of the Public Works Department where a number of Dominicans are employed.PSU officials met with management of public works last week to discuss an ongoing financial crisis there which has resulted in the nonpayment of salaries for two consecutive fortnights.Though the company was able to pay some of its employees after meeting with the PSU last week it is still not known when the other workers will be paid.“If people who get contracts can be influenced to give some work to the Public Works that can help the situation. I expect that after the budget is presented, central government can engage public works to do some jobs. If the debt that is owed to Public Works is settled, that can help resolve the problems,” he said.Letang says if the situation there is not addressed now it could result in the collapse of the company.“The people are disappointed and depressed that they are not being paid…I think management, the union and policy makes should sit down and address the situation,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Man City keep vigil on Sevilla defender

first_img Loading… Read Also: Barcelona to offload Portuguese star to fund new arrivals Barcelona have reportedly highlighted the ex-Bordeaux centre back as a long-term replacement for Gerard Pique in Catalonia, with City wanting him to partner fellow Frenchman Aymeric Laporte at the Etihad Stadium. Kounde joined Julen Lopetegui’s side at the start of the 2019-20 season in a €25m deal, with the Europa League champions set to demand €35m in any possible sale from the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan before the transfer window closes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are reportedly considering a move for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, as a potential alternative to Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly. City have been heavily linked with a move for Senegalese international Koulibaly this summer, however, with Napoli holing out for a fee in excess of €70m, Guardiola is now looking elsewhere. Reports from the Daily Mail claim Guardiola has now turned his attention to Kounde as an option, despite interest in the French U21 international from his former club Barcelona. Advertisement Promoted Content18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsTop 8 Most Fun Sylvester Stallone Movies10 Largest Cities In The World10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreFascinating Ceilings From Different Countries10 Celebrity Dads Who Have A Bad Relationship With Their KidsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

The Latest: World ski body postpones presidential election

first_imgThat money will go entirely to the company’s affected workers. Crowder is an ISlide investor and says he felt compelled to give because he knows workers there are in need. Crowder says “to see the potential negative business impact from this outbreak compelled me to help in any way I could.”___Turkish basketball team Fenerbahce says one of its players and three members of the technical and administrative personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus. March 27, 2020 Associated Press Atlético Madrid has followed Barcelona’s lead and announced it will reduce its players’ and coaches’ salaries during the stoppage of competition due to the coronavirus crisis. A day after Barcelona had done the same, Atlético said Friday that it will reduce its payroll temporarily “to ensure the future” of the club. Neither Barcelona nor Atlético are saying how much they would slash salaries. The moves will not impact their players’ contracts.___Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, his wife and their foundation are donating 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment for hospitals in Serbia. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The International Ski Federation (FIS) has postponed its presidential election at a biennial congress for at least three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: World ski body postpones presidential election Djokovic says his foundation’s staff “will be monitoring everything” to get the equipment in place.His wife, Jelena, is the global director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation. She says ventilators needed to help COVID-19 patients range in price from 10,000 to 50,000 euros ($11,000 to $55,000).The 32-year-old Djokovic won the Australian Open in January for his 17th Grand Slam title. Among men, only Roger Federer, with 20, and Rafael Nadal, with 19, have won more.___Jae Crowder of the Miami Heat has donated $15,000 to Boston-based custom slide sandal company ISlide. Evian is one of the five majors on the women’s circuit.The decision was made by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and Evian organizers.LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan says “this adjustment makes for easier travel for players and assists us as we look to reschedule previously postponed events.”The women’s British Open is scheduled to be held two weeks after Evian.___ The club says it has not decided by how much the salaries will be lowered.___A Russia-based basketball league with teams in five countries has abandoned its season without declaring a champion because of the coronavirus outbreak.VTB United League CEO Ilona Korstin says it’s not appropriate to continue the season “in the current situation when borders are closed, teams can’t train at basketball arenas and clubs have to allow foreign players to go home.”Korstin says the league will start preparing for the 2020-21 season. Russian club BC Khimki was leading the league with an 18-1 record when it was suspended.___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 Fenerbahce says none of the four have been hospitalized. They were being isolated and monitored at home.The player and three staff members were not named.___The Evian Masters women’s golf tournament has been moved to August because of the coronavirus outbreak.The event originally scheduled for July 23-26 will now be held on Aug. 6-9 at the Evian Resort Golf Club. Hosts for some world championships, including Alpine skiing in 2025, were also due to be voted on at May 17-23 meetings in Thailand.FIS says it hopes to reschedule “in the autumn (fall) of this year,” possibly at a different location.Candidates to succeed 22-year incumbent Gian Franco Kasper as president, and for seats on the FIS ruling council, must be declared 30 days before the rescheduled elections.The three candidates for Alpine worlds in 2025 are: Saalbach, Austria; Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; Crans-Montana, Switzerland.___ ___Spanish soccer club Barcelona says it will reduce the salaries of its players amid the coronavirus pandemic.Barcelona says its executive board has decided to temporarily suspend player contracts. That produces a “proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts.”The players’ contracts will remain intact during the job suspension.Employers in Spain are allowed to reduce labor costs while guaranteeing that workers will return to their jobs once conditions improve. ___The Diamond League has postponed three more track meets because of the coronavirus outbreak.The events in Stockholm on May 24, Naples and Rome on May 28, and Rabat, Morocco, on May 31 have all been postponed with no new dates set.The first six events of the year have been called off and only the Shanghai meet has been given a new date. The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 is now the first scheduled event on the calendar.The Diamond League says “the meeting organizers, the Wanda Diamond League and World Athletics remain committed to delivering a structured extensive season in 2020.” The Russian anti-doping agency is suspending all tests for 10 days in response to measures implemented by the government to fight the coronavirus.The move comes after President Vladimir Putin told Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home next week.RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pahnotskaya tells The Associated Press the testing suspension covers a longer period because of the risk of staff being stranded away from home. Tests stopped Friday and will resume on April 6.Pakhnotskaya says the World Anti-Doping Agency has been notified.She says “we studied all the consequences and agreed we should follow the order. And it was agreed with WADA. I wrote them a letter yesterday.”last_img read more

The Latest: North Carolina considering allowing NASCAR race

first_imgMoyes had to self-isolate after that because he had come into close contact with Arteta days earlier.___It’s still not clear when baseball or soccer will resume in Japan but it will likely be without fans when it does.That was the decision when the heads of Japanese professional baseball and soccer met in online meetings.Japanese baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito says “my feelings that I want to start the season without spectators haven’t changed.” April 23, 2020 Fleck’s 2020 salary is $4.6 million.___Colorado athletic director Rick George said he and 11 head coaches will take pay cuts for the upcoming fiscal year in light of the budget impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The salaries for George along with football coach Karl Dorrell, men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle and women’s basketball coach JR Payne will be reduced by 10%. The other eight varsity head coaches will have their salaries reduced by 5%.“It’s the right thing for all of us to do,” George said Thursday in a statement. “There are a lot of unknowns ahead of us, and while we don’t exactly know yet the financial impacts for the upcoming year, for them to agree and voluntarily take pay cuts is important at this time for our student-athletes and the overall direction of all our sports programs and support areas.” ___UEFA is sharing almost 70 million euros ($75.5 million) among 676 clubs that released players for European Championship qualifiers and Nations League games in the past two years.UEFA says it’s releasing the money early to help “in light of the current crisis and the financial difficulties many clubs are facing” during the coronavirus pandemic.A long-standing agreement between UEFA and the European Club Association guarantees clubs at least 200 million euros (216 million) from Euro 2020 revenues to compensate for releasing players to national duty in the 2018-20 cycle.Payments were due after Euro 2020 but are now sending much-needed cash to clubs after the coronavirus outbreak forced the tournament to be postponed by one year. NADA spokeswoman Eva Bunthoff tells The Associated Press the agency has “developed concepts” for urine and blood tests at games.The German league hopes to resume next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.Bunthoff adds the agency is talking with the German soccer federation and the men’s league. She says “most important are the security measures to make sure there is a proper prevention system in place to prevent infections with the virus.“___Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party, highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief. German clubs are being urged not to bank on ticket sales for much of next season.League CEO Christian Seifert says “we don’t know if there will be games without fans in February or March still. We asked the club to plan without spectator income for the first part of next season.”German clubs are hoping to resume games next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic and to finish in time for many players’ contracts to end June 30. But a restart needs agreement from regional governments.Seifert says most of the league’s broadcast partners have agreed to pay up front to help clubs continue operating until the end of June. Some of that money may have to be paid back if the 2019-20 season can’t be finished.___ The first nine scheduled events of the 15-meet season have all now either been postponed, rescheduled or downgraded. The Anniversary Games in London on July 4 are now the earliest scheduled competition of the season.There is a larger window to reschedule meets in the second half of the year because the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021.Organizers said the meet in Oslo would still offer prize money from a $50,000 contribution by World Athletics. It will feature 400-meter hurdles world champion Karsten Warholm attempting a world record in the rarely raced 300 hurdles.___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 “I’m really concerned about whether we’re going to be playing football in the fall,” he said. “My sense right now, I just don’t see that happening.”Connecticut President Tom Katsouleas made a similar comment while speaking to journalism students during a teleconference earlier this week.The pandemic wiped out the NCAA Tournament and put major sports across the world on hold. Numerous scenarios have been proposed, but no one is sure what’s going to happen with sports until there’s a better handle on the virus.“What I’ve been hearing more of is that maybe doing something combining both basketball and football for the spring, so January-February 2021, and try to play both of them,” Robbins said. “There will be all kind of implications for television viewing and confusion. I don’t know. We just don’t have any answers right now.”___ The European track and field championships in Paris this summer have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.Local organizers and the French track federation say the biennial event scheduled for Aug. 25-30 could not be postponed for one year. They cited uncertainty about the sport’s 2021 calendar and the French economy.The decision came hours after the Paris Diamond League event — at the same Charléty Stadium on June 13 — was postponed with no alternative date set.France was due to host track’s European championships for the first time since 1938.The 2022 edition is being held in Munich, Germany. ___Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck is taking an unpaid week, along with about 200 other leaders in the university system in response to the budget crunch caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joan Gabel announced the furloughs earlier this month.Fleck confirmed Thursday on a video conference call with reporters he’s taking part, saying he and his wife, Heather, “immediately jumped on it.”“Anything we can do to continue to help,” Fleck said. ___German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan.The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said May 9 would be acceptable but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May.League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.”Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area. “Step one is we need an environment that’s safe for everyone to congregate in,” Stearns said. “We need our public health officials, our governmental officials to tell us that it’s safe. Once it’s safe, we can turn this thing on pretty quickly. Players are motivated to play. Teams are very motivated to get players back on the field.“So once it is safe, and whether that’s congregating in Arizona, congregating at your home ballpark here in Milwaukee, we can turn this on pretty quickly. We can get guys going. We can do a spring training 2.0. I wish I could tell you when that’s going to be… but obviously we don’t know. The only thing we can do is be prepared when it comes.”___Count University of Arizona President Dr. Robert Robbins among those who don’t expect the college football season to start this fall.Speaking to KVOI-AM in Tucson, Robbins said the university plans to bring back students and faculty during the fall semester, but cast a doubt on the ability to start the football season due to the coronavirus pandemic. UEFA says it will allow leagues to determine the final places for Champions League and Europa League qualification on “sporting merit” if they can’t resume during the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body of European soccer says qualification from a “prematurely terminated domestic competition” can be rejected if “there is a public perception of unfairness in the qualification of the club.”UEFA says it is ideal for countries to complete seasons but acknowledges that might not be possible because of government orders banning sporting events.UEFA also accepts “insurmountable economic problems” could make finishing seasons “impossible because it would put at risk the long-term financial stability of the domestic competition and/or clubs.”UEFA’s own club competitions remain incomplete. The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945. The computer-generated Derby created by Inspired Entertainment will feature past Triple Crown champions using data algorithms, including historical handicapping information for each horse to determine the probability of potential finishing positions.“Our fans will be captivated by the realistic view of the virtual race,” Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a release, “and we can debate, as we do each year, our favorite to win.”Fans can choose their horse on www.KentuckyDerby.com starting April 30 and donate to COVID-19 relief efforts. Churchill Downs will match donations up to $1 million for the Team Kentucky Fund and Direct Relief.Participants who choose the winner will have the chance to win a Kentucky Derby VIP Experience. The virtual Derby will be shown May 2 on NBC during a special broadcast featuring the 2015 Kentucky Derby, when American Pharoah began his Triple Crown run.___center_img Baseball and soccer officials both agreed nothing could begin until a state of emergency was lifted in Japan. The earliest that can happen is May 6. They are expected to wait until that date before moving forward.The J-League’s top two soccer divisions were suspended in February. Japanese baseball played some preseason games without fans before all play was stopped.___Three more Diamond League meetings will not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 and the meet in Paris on June 13 have both postponed with no new dates set. The Bislett Games in Oslo on June 11 will be rebranded as the Impossible Games and turned into an exhibition event. A $5,000 grand prize will go to the SUNY campus with the best overall score.“Sports are a great unifier, be it on or off the field,” Extreme Networks Chief Operating Officer Norman Rice said in a statement. “In times where we aren’t able to come together in stadiums, fields, and arenas to cheer our favorite athletes, esports competition is an ideal way to keep students engaged with each other.”___Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, and 2019 Australian Open semifinalist Stefanos Tsitsipas are starting an auction to raise money for tennis players ranked outside the top 100 and in need of financial help during the coronavirus pandemic.Mouratoglou and Tsitsipas tweeted about Beyond 100 Support on Thursday. They say the funds will go to professionals in both men’s and women’s tennis.Most tennis players only make money when they are able to enter tournaments. But all tennis events are suspended at least until mid-July because of the COVID-19 outbreak.___The New York Jets and team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson and his family are making an additional $2 million donation to support the COVID-19 relief response in New York and New Jersey.The Johnson family and the Jets last month made a joint $1 million donation to multiple local United Way agencies to help combat the pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinReddit The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The governor of North Carolina is still considering a request to allow NASCAR to race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday extended the state’s stay-at-home order because of the coronavirus through May 8 and said he would gradually open the state in three phases. Cooper says teams can go back to work under the state’s executive order and are permitted to work in their race shops if they maintain social distancing guidelines. NASCAR has been hoping to hold the Coca-Cola 600 as scheduled on May 24 without spectators and has made its request to Cooper. The governors of both Florida and Texas have already said NASCAR is welcome to race in their states without spectators, and South Carolina and Georgia are gradually easing restrictions. ___ Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff says he has continued to work out during the coronavirus-imposed pandemic and wouldn’t need much time to get ready for the start of the season, whenever it begins.Woodruff was speaking at a “virtual happy hour” the Brewers conducted with their fans Thursday via Zoom. The event also featured general manager David Stearns, Hall of Famer Robin Yount and broadcaster Brian Anderson.Woodruff said he has continued pitching at his Mississippi home.“I think if they said today, ‘Hey, we’re going to have a short spring training two to three weeks,’ I’d be ready to go,” Woodruff said. “I feel pretty good.”Stearns agreed that a second preseason probably wouldn’t need to take much time once it’s decided that it’s safe enough for baseball to resume. ___New York’s public university system announced plans Thursday for an esports tournament that will have students competing for $20,000 in prize money for their schools’ student emergency funds. State University of New York Chancellor Kristina Johnson said the three-week tournament beginning Monday will help students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The health crisis has forced SUNY’s 64 campuses and universities to shift to remote instruction for the remainder of the academic year and forced many students out of jobs.The SUNY Chancellor Esports Challenge was organized by SUNY Canton, the site of SUNY’s first varsity esports program, and co-sponsored by Extreme Networks. Each college can enter two teams of students to compete in “Fortnite” by Epic Games, “Super Smash Bros Ultimate” by Nintendo, or “Rocket League” by Psyonix. The top prize for each game is $2,000, to go to the winning team’s student emergency fund. The highest-earning club will get 630,000 euros ($680,000) calculated pro rata per player named on a national team’s match sheet. That club was not identified.UEFA says 2.7 million euros ($2.9 million) of the money will go to clubs after the 16-nation Euro 2020 playoffs later this year.Players selected for the Euro 2020 tournament will earn at least 130 million euros ($140 million) more for their clubs from UEFA.___West Ham manager David Moyes has been delivering fruit and vegetables to elderly residents in his village during soccer’s lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Latest: North Carolina considering allowing NASCAR race Associated Press The former Manchester United coach says he saw a sign in the window of a local shop asking for volunteers to be delivery drivers.Moyes answered the call and says “all I was doing was dropping (the packages) at the door, knocking and then going away. It was beautiful big boxes of fruit and veg.”He also had to ask some residents for payment if they hadn’t done so online.Moyes says one incident “with this particular older lady, I think it was 16.80 pounds ($20.70) for one box of fruit and veg. She gave me a 20-pound note and said, ‘Here son, just keep the change.’”The Premier League has been suspended since March 13. That was the day after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus. The latest contribution, announced by the Jets on Thursday, will provide funding to organizations that are focused primarily on food insecurity, first responders and regional relief.“No region in the country has been affected by COVID-19 more than ours and because of that, our resolve has only grown,” Johnson said in a statement. “These organizations continue to nourish the vulnerable and target the needs of those on our front lines. At no time has being a good teammate ever mattered more.”The $1 million contribution from the Johnsons and the Jets last month supported the United Way of New York City’s COVID-19 Community Fund, the United Way of Northern New Jersey’s ALICE Recovery Fund and the United Way of Long Island’s United Together: A Response Fund for COVID-19.___The German anti-doping agency says it plans to test soccer players if the season resumes in empty stadiums.last_img read more

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