All taxpayers owed bump-free driving

first_imgI find it ironic what has been said about the roads in Schenectady. Yes, we did have an unusual winter. But as I recall, the roads on what some call The Hill have been deteriorating for years. And it doesn’t help when companies dig holes for one reason or another and do a shoddy job patching them. Now to back my point: I took my son to pay his cable bill. The roads after such a harsh winter were as smooth as all get-out.The roads on Lexington Avenue and around Niskayuna were just as smooth. But to get back to The Hill. Try riding your car down by Martin Luther King School and around the territory and enjoy the bumps. Yes, I know some pay more taxes. But taxes are paid by all of us who have housing. I was going to say “who own property,” but that’s a different story. Thanks for listening.Bonita CadeSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Where to buy: Bargains in the ‘burbs

first_img***** MORE NEWS: ‘Out of towners’ boost prestige market as Brisbane values rise again MEET THE EXPERTS Ray White Queensland CEO Tony Warland Belle Property head of Queensland Jon Iceton Many of the Brisbane East suburbs are within easy reach of the CBD Chelmer — Chelmer recorded record growth in the last 12 month. With the riverfront opportunities, larger blocks and a leafy green environment it has a nice family community feel to it. JM *** LJ Hooker Queensland director Steve Mutton Mount Gravatt East — A great suburb for raising children, it is a convenient and green with great local amenities. It is close to two major shopping centres (Carindale and Garden City), the freeway and great local schools and just 15 minutes to the CBD. DH Springwood — Springwood has developed its amenities and services for families and is good for investors seeking good returns. TW Tarragindi — Land values are catching up to house values with renovators targeting larger allotments throughout the suburb, particularly those with city views. It’s easy to get to the highway, allowing residents speedy access to the employment hubs of the CBD and Springwood. SM Tarragindi — Just 6 kms from CBD, Tarragindi has generous sized blocks, perfect for families. Modern contemporary builds fill this ideal city fringe suburb which has a cafe lifestyle and local shops, and is only a short commute to the city. JI*** BRISBANE EAST Queensland Sotheby’s CEO Paul Arthur Brisbane’s million-dollar club to double if predictions ring true This house in Sippy Downs is worth a look Ray White Queensland CEO Tony Warland McGrath Queensland manager Justin Marsden Mooloolaba Beach was voted 4th in Tripadvisor’s list of top 10 beaches in Australia this year. Steve Mutton LJ Hooker State Director Stafford — Stafford is a solid family area with great access to the city and surrounding areas and excellent amenities. PA*** BRISBANE SOUTH Noosa beach pad sells for record McGrath Queensland manager Justin Marsden Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:03Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:03 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhat is a sister suburb? 02:03Now is the time to buy if you want to secure a home – and a future – for your family. With values predicted to rise by as much as 20 per cent in the southeast over the next three years, today’s buyers could find themselves propelled into the million-dollar.In the second part of our spring selling series, six real estate agents share their hot tips on where families with a budget between $500,000 and $1 million should be looking in Brisbane and on the Gold and Sunshine Coast. MONDAY: Where to buy? The million-dollar quest in southeast Qld Sippy Downs — Sippy Downs is close to the university, with mostly new homes and a variety of choices when it comes to lifestyle. TW Jon Iceton Head of QLD Belle Property Australasiacenter_img SUNSHINE COAST GOLD COAST Elephant Rock at Currumbin hosts one of Australia’s most spectacular Anzac Day Dawn Service ceremonies each year(AAP Image/Dave Hunt) Greenslopes — Greenslopes is geographically close to the CBD and major hospitals and highways. This proximity has not directly influenced the property prices and some of Brisbane’s best buys, close the CBD, can be found in this suburb. JM Cannon Hill — Offering easy access to both the CBD and Brisbane Airport, Cannon Hill is enjoying constant improvement with major industry or previously underdeveloped land making way for beautiful new houses. The most exciting new project lifting Cannon Hill is the Minnippi development which will include a brand new 18 hole golf course. JM Cannon Hill — The next suburb to ‘go’ after Carina. It should see similar growth to what Norman Park and Camp Hill have experienced in recent years. PA*** BRISBANE WEST Cannon Hill — On the fringe of Brisbane’s most popular inner-east suburbs, Cannon Hill in the southeast of Brisbane offers similar lifestyle benefits to high-end areas like Bulimba and Hawthorne, while also being affordable for families. DH Birkdale — Birkdale is a genuine choice when it comes to value for families and their needs in a home. TW Ormiston — Allotments in Ormiston are generously-sized compared to many other suburbs in the Redlands. The suburb enjoyed healthy median house price growth of 7.9 per cent over the last year (CoreLogic) to $720,750. It also boasts one of the Redlands’ best schools in Ormiston College. SM Morningside — Just 5 Kms east of CBD, this is an in-demand suburb that benefits from the surrounding suburbs of Balmoral and Hawthorne. Shopping centres, schools and amenities are at your fingertips, while recreation areas complete this family suburb. JI BRISBANE NORTH Place CEO Damian Hackett Oxley — Leafy, green and quiet with post-war homes, Oxley has a growing cafe culture. DH The Gap — The Gap is a very sought after place to live based on the popularity of the schools and its leafy outlook. TWIndooroopilly — Indooroopilly is the hub of the western suburbs with Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, movie cinemas, train station, cafes, medical centres and leafy streets. Indooroopilly houses lost value over the last 12 months, but with all the amenities on offer it’s hard to see that downward trend continuing. SM The Gap — Just 8km west of the CBD, The Gap is a modern suburb nestled in-between Mount Coot-tha and Enoggera Hill. Creeks, bushland and wildlife areas add to the attraction of this family orientated suburb. JI Wavell Heights — This is a family friendly neighbourhood with a rising number of renovated Queenslanders and new builds. DH Lutwyche – Lutwyche is popular with families, upgraders and those who wish to have an apartment handy to city lifestyle. TW Cashmere — Just 18km northwest of Brisbane, Cashmere is ideal for families, with new smaller lot subdivisions and small acreage lots in high demand. It is a great destination for the growing family with a blend of modern convenience and a semirural lifestyle JI *** Westfield Chermside is a shoppers mecca Picture AAP/David Clark Kedron — With proximity to Chermside’s shopping precincts to the north and the tunnel network to the south, it has great accessibility. ‘The Avenues’ are a sought-after residential precinct in the city’s north with plenty of beautiful character homes that have undergone renovation. SMMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoKedron offers character houses and access to amenities Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty CEO Paul Arthur Place CEO Damian Hackett This house in The Gap has potential Properties like this one in Cashmere offer decent blocks and sizeable houses Fitness guru sells Gold Coast beach mansion Mooloolaba — Offering one of the Sunshine Coast’s best beaches with plenty of shops and eateries dotted along its fringe, Mooloolaba is quite affordable compared to other Sunshine Coast addresses. Houses are tightly-held with unit sales outnumbering house transactions four-to-one over the last year. SM Buddina/ Warana — Still a favourite location for the locals, these beachside suburbs are worth a look. It has a pristine coastline and is now just minutes from the new Sunshine Coast hospital precinct. It offers great surfing, hiking and golfing at your door, with many experts agreeing this suburb has yet to yield its full potential. JI Nerang — All of the amenities are well established and Nerang offers quick access to airports, Brisbane city and the Gold Coast lifestyle. TW Coomera — Coomera will soon challenge Helensvale as the Gold Coast’s leading northern growth corridor suburb. Last year it unveiled Westfield Coomera, the upgrade of Exit 54 improved accessibility and there are loads of job opportunities stemming from the Marine Precinct and upgrade of Dreamworld. House prices flatlined over the last 12 months, but it’s worth noting the median price is 50 per cent above what it was five years ago. SM Palm Beach/Currumbin — Still one of the most relaxing stretches of the Gold Coast, Palm Beach embraces laid-back living with new contemporary residences homes lining its numbered avenues. It is a fabulous blend of community on the beach and only minutes from the airport and heart of Surfers’ Paradise. JIlast_img read more

Kenya’s millionaires double in 10 years

first_imgKenya’s property market is expanding at a very fast rate The number of Kenyan’s becoming millionaires is growing by the day according to a report by real estate firm Night Frank.This number has doubled over the last ten years an indication that Kenya is fast emerging as one of the best countries in the world to  invest in.Night Frank on Thursday revealed its latest wealth report showing the growing numbers of   millionaires in Kenya saying the country has the fourth highest number of millionaires in Africa standing at 8,764.The company says Kenya has a high concentration of wealth because of it’s rapid growth which is making it emerge as a regional hub in Africa.Initially many Kenyan’s were investing overseas but now the trend seems to be changing whereby many have now started to focus on investing their money inside Kenya and raising their stakes in the local property market.Currently Real Estate is the worlds number one investment choice for the wealthy people of this world, and Kenyan’s are not being left behind.So why has Kenya gained so much ground? Egypt which was once Africa’s hub, has been thrown into turmoil  following the political instability the country is experiencing and the middle East region as whole.Many investors are seeking more avenues of making more money and that’s why they are not stationed in one place because of several issues that dictated that. They are taking more risks.Analysts say Kenya’s millionaires will grow from 8,764 in 2014 to 15,249 in 2024.Many international companies are now stationed in Kenya an indication of the growth in spending power that the country is experiencing. KFC, Google, Pepsi, just to name but a few.This according to the report is because many of the international companies have realized the potential Kenya has.last_img read more

5 horrible pieces of dating advice

first_img Share LifestyleRelationships 5 horrible pieces of dating advice by: – January 30, 2015 Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img 211 Views   no discussions Share All of us singles have been the recipient of a litany of horrible dating advice over the years. These arm-chair psychologists are only trying to help, yet, so much of their unsolicited counsel about dating and finding a spouse is misguided. Sadly, much of the horrible dating advice we receive today is also peddled by our well-intentioned family members or close friends. It mostly comes from shortsighted anecdotes about their own personal experiences, and what worked and didn’t work for them. Then, over time and like a scandalous rumor, we begin to believe that this poor dating advice is true, as we hear it over and over.To date, here are the top five worst pieces of dating advice I’ve received:1. Dating is a numbers’ gameIt’s probably true that most of us will probably need to date at least a few people before we find our spouse. However, the view that you need to date as many people as possible to find the “right one” can be taken to the extreme. This form of dating can then turn into a game of playing the lottery with people. In other words, the more “tickets” we purchase, the greater chances we’ll have of “winning” the huge payout.The irrationality of this thinking should be obvious: we are not robots — like the pre-conversion tin-man. Indeed, the break-up of a dating relationship has much more of an impact on our emotional and spiritual health than losing on a scratch-off ticket. We cannot avoid the experience of pain and loss from failed relationships. This is why focusing on quantity over quality can force flippant decisions, and will cause unnecessary pain for you and the other person.2. You’ll meet your spouse when you stop lookingPeople often respond with this pithy maxim when, in their opinion, someone they know is struggling with singleness “purgatory” and has been putting too much effort into finding a mate. There is certainly a lot of merit in not acting out of desperation and taking seasons off from dating. However, taken to the extreme, this reverse psychology approach (of sticking your head in the sand yet expecting to find a serious relationship) is an oxymoron at best. Much of what we long for in life in discovering a fulfilling vocation, experiencing God, and meeting our future spouse, are byproducts of the effort we put into finding them.3. Just follow your heartUsually, what people mean when they encourage you to “follow your heart” is to not overanalyze the relationship (or the person), but to follow your feelings, wants, and desires instead. Dating can and should be fun. Feelings like physical attraction, happiness, and even infatuation will occur, and they should be enjoyed while they last. But, if you get caught up in the tidal wave of feelings without an anchor of rational thought and sober discernment, your thinking will become clouded by the excitement of the new relationship. Blindly following your heart’s wave of emotions, without getting your brain involved, can then quickly crash you onto the rocks of reality if the relationship ends.4. You’re being too pickyPeople often say this to someone when they have turned down a seemingly viable guy or gal match. But it’s actually not a matter of being too “picky” at all; it’s a matter of holding high expectations. This may come as a surprise, but a famous marriage researcher named John Gottman has stated that “People who have higher standards and higher expectations for their marriage (including romantic ones) have the best marriages, not the worst.”Similar to a self-fulfilling prophecy, people who hold higher standards for marriage will essentially find a more satisfying one. With this premise in mind, you’re free to create a list of healthy, realistic expectations of marriage and a mate. If you’re a Christ follower, you can align your list with “God’s list” to help unveil His perfect spouse for you.5. If you want them to like you, play hard to getThis feeble attempt at making yourself seem more appealing comes in many forms. For example, some people might intentionally wait long periods to return a phone call/text message or generally act aloof to the relationship. Creating this unhealthy pursue-distance cycle may work for a while, but contrivance will ultimately leave the other person confused and feeling disrespected. The nascent relationship will then be damaged.Moreover, if your early stage of companionship is based on guile, what do you expect the latter part of the relationship to end up like? Lastly, if you follow the Golden Rule of “treating others as we would want to be treated,” then it will be the antidote to you manipulating others and game-playing.last_img read more

O’Connor handed flagbearer honour

first_img Press Association The Olympic Council of Ireland has recognised Seamus O’Connor’s impressive performances in snowboard events by selecting him as the Irish flag bearer for Sunday’s Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony. “At 16 years of age he finished 15th and 17th in his first Olympic Games. “He can develop into a star performer over the next four years at World Cup and Olympic competition. “Through his performances and support of other team members he has earned the right to carry the flag of his country and lead Team Ireland at the closing ceremony.” O’Connor, from San Diego, said: “When I received the flag bearer news I was beyond honoured. “These Olympics have given me several life changing moments and this is indeed another! I could not be more proud.” O’Connor will lead out fellow team members Sean Greenwood (skeleton), Conor Lyne and Florence Bell (alpine skeleton) and Jan Rossiter (cross country). center_img American-born O’Connor, who has an English father a Russian mother and Irish grandparents from Dublin and Drogheda, will lead Team Ireland into the Olympic Stadium for the ceremony which is due to start at 2014 local time (1614GMT). Irish team chef de mission Stephen Martin said “Seamus was one of only three snowboarders to compete in both the slope-style and half pipe disciplines, and had the best Team Ireland results in Sochi. last_img read more

Warnock adamant Bolasie will stay

first_img “It is news to me, that,” said Warnock of Parrish’s comments. “If my chairman says that I’ll agree with it. I did tell him I was making an effort now after the fine. “I can’t afford to keep giving my wife the same amount of money as the fine; it’s a double whammy for me.” Swansea boss Garry Monk avoided FA censure for his criticism of referees around the same time as Warnock was punished after accusing Stoke’s Victor Moses of “cheating” to claim a penalty. Warnock added: “I remember before I was charged my wife saying: ‘don’t you ever give an interview like Garry Monk’s just done – I will leave you’. “I said: ‘darling, he’s not been charged’. He’s obviously very clever and knows what to say. I’ll have to ask him his advice.” Parrish also suggested Palace could compete for a European place in future. Warnock’s focus is merely survival in a competitive top flight. “I don’t worry too much about Europe or anything else,” Warnock said. “It’s just getting enough points on board at first. I think 12 teams are just thinking of surviving. I don’t think it’s just the bottom three. “More so this year, because most teams this year can beat the top teams. It’s even more wide open.” Palace have not beaten Swansea in six meetings dating nearly six years and will be without Damien Delaney (calf) and Adrian Mariappa (knee). Warnock added: “Delaney’s not as bad as we thought. It’s only a mild strain, but he won’t be available on Saturday. “Mariappa’s going to miss a couple of weeks. He jarred his knee.” Press Association “He’s a great lad. Top clubs won’t know what he can do and what he can’t do. How can they come in for him? “I think he’s made to measure for Palace. That type of club, the stage, the fans. “It’s can he keep the consistency now? We’ve got three games in a week. “We need him to perform as he did against Liverpool in those games.” Palace had lost four of five league games prior to the defeat of Liverpool, which was their first win since a 2-0 triumph at home to Leicester on September 27. Warnock’s frustrations during the barren run boiled over following the defeat to Chelsea and he was fined £9,000 by the Football Association for criticising match officials. Palace co-chairman Steve Parrish this week said he had asked Warnock to bite his tongue in future. Warnock insisted his wife, who matches any financial penalties administered by the football authorities, is keeping him in check. Manager Neil Warnock has vowed Yannick Bolasie will be staying at Crystal Palace after his eye-catching performances this season. The enigmatic Congo winger dazzled in Palace’s 3-1 defeat of Liverpool last Sunday which saw Warnock’s men climb out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone ahead of this week’s trip to Swansea. “He won’t be going anywhere in January. No chance,” Warnock said. last_img read more

New Video from Secret Wedding of John Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessett

first_imgNever-before-seen video from John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette’s wedding pulls back the curtain on a love story that captivated the nation. JFK Jr.’s longtime friend, Billy Noonan, captured the footage, which is featured in TLC’s new documentary.In addition to the Apollo 11 50th anniversary, today also marks 20 years since John F Kennedy Junior, his wife Carolyn, and her sister Lauren Bessette died in a small plane crash. Kennedy was piloting when the plane crashed into the ocean off Marta’s Vineyard, Massachusettslast_img

Wawrinka dethrones Djokovic as US Open champion

first_imgSTAN Wawrinka became the oldest US Open men’s champion in 46 years when he defeated world number one Novak Djokovic to claim a third Grand Slam title yesterday.Wawrinka, the 31-year-old third seed, triumphed 6-7 (1/7), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 after almost four hours of high intensity tennis.He even held his nerve when the final threatened to erupt into controversy after Djokovic twice called medical timeouts in the fourth set.Wawrinka is the oldest winner of the men’s tournament since 35-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1970 and the first over 30 to take the title since Pete Sampras in 2002.It was the Swiss player’s first New York title, following his breakthrough 2014 Australian Open triumph and 2015 Roland Garros crown.On both those occasions, Djokovic had been the fall-guy, losing in Melbourne in the quarter-finals and ending as runner-up in Paris.Djokovic, the 2011 and 2015 champion, had been seeking a third Slam of the year and 13th major of his career.But the 29-year-old Serb finished runner-up in New York for the fourth time after paying a heavy price for converting just three of 17 break points.Wawrinka, who had to save a match point to beat unheralded Dan Evans in the third round, committed 51 unforced errors but crucially smashed 46 winners past his opponent.The final started against a sombre but defiant background with Broadway star Norm Lewis delivering a stirring rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, a poignant performance on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.Djokovic, playing in his 21st Grand Slam final and seventh in New York, was quickest out of the blocks.He broke for 2-0 having won the first point of the game with two extreme, against-the-odds retrievals.Trailing 2-5, Wawrinka, who had spent the best part of nine hours more than Djokovic getting to the final, saved two set points.The Serb was made to pay for his wastefulness as the Swiss suddenly found his range, breaking back in the ninth game off a Djokovic double fault.But Djokovic glided untroubled through the tie-break as Wawrinka’s serve fell apart.Wawrinka is used to chasing lost causes against Djokovic, coming back from losing the first set to win their 2014 Australian Open quarter-final and again at Roland Garros last year.Calling on that expertise, he broke for 3-1 in the second set, recovered from handing the advantage back in the seventh to level the final when Djokovic unleashed a wild forehand on set point in the 10th.Frustrated, Djokovic demolished his racquet, collecting a code violation from umpire Ali Nili.Wawrinka saved three break points in the opening game of the third set, which featured a 28-shot exchange, broke in the second and saved another break point in the next for a 3-0 lead.But at the sixth time of asking in the set, Djokovic clawed his way back with a break for 2-3.Wawrinka, however, kept up the attack and on set point in the 12th game slotted a backhand deep and into the corner which Djokovic could only push wide.The world number one looked spent. He appeared to start cramping in the fourth set as he quickly slipped 0-3 down.Much to Wawrinka’s irritation, at 1-3 Djokovic called the trainer and took a medical timeout for treatment for blisters.Djokovic apologised, claiming he needed attention as he couldn’t stand.At 2-5, the trainer reappeared but Wawrinka saw the job through leaving Djokovic to finish a Slam runner-up for the ninth time.(Telegraph)last_img read more

The Latest: NHL to reopen facilities for voluntary workouts

first_imgThe NHL’s season remains “on pause,” but the Penguins will participate in the approved playoff format whenever the season resumes.___Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini says the reaction from Champions League opponent Valencia after he acknowledged testing positive for the coronavirus is “really very offensive.”Valencia expressed “surprise” and a top health official in the Spanish region said Gasperini “lacked responsibility” for traveling to Spain with symptoms of the virus. He recently told Italian media he felt sick the day before the March 10 match in Valencia.Gasperini tells Sky Italia, “I know that I respected the protocols. I was in quarantine like everyone else until training resumed. I never had a test. It was only in May when (the entire team) had blood tests that I realized that I had had the virus.” Associated Press Dr. Jeffrey Kovan, the school’s director of sports medicine, was also part of the video conference. He quickly said that one student-athlete had tested positive, his father died, and his mother and sister also tested positive. Kovan said the athlete was asymptomatic and retested negative a few weeks later.The school did not disclose the athlete’s identity or his sport.“We’ve had a couple others that have had symptoms, without testing positive that we know of,” Kovan said.Michigan State athletes can begin returning to campus June 15 in preparation for voluntary workouts. Football, basketball and volleyball players will be the first to undergo testing.After testing, athletes will be instructed to self-isolate for a week, and those testing positive will be quarantined for 10 days. On June 22, athletes who initially tested negative will be given a second round of testing. Athletes who receive a second negative test will be cleared to begin voluntary workouts. They will be split into small workout groups based on people they live with. Food is restricted to individual, prepackaged meals and individually wrapped utensils, and 10 feet of distancing is necessary while eating.Staff is to use appropriate personal protective equipment.___Michigan State says a student-athlete’s father died of COVID-19 and the athlete tested positive but remained asymptomatic.Athletic director Bill Beekman was part of a video conference with reporters Thursday to discuss the school’s plans to have athletes back on campus. When asked if any athlete or athletic department personnel had tested positive in the past three months, Beekman said nobody that he was aware of — but that he might not necessarily have all the information. The Latest: NHL to reopen facilities for voluntary workouts That June 3 deadline was set to come 10 days after the completion of the combine, but the NBA postponed the combine amid the coronavirus pandemic and has yet to announce a new date.In a statement, the NCAA said the Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee worked with the National Association of Basketball Coaches on the new timeline and “believes this is the most equitable alternative available in these unprecedented circumstances.”“This provides the utmost flexibility to student-athletes testing the waters to make the most informed decision about their future during this uncertain time,” NCAA Senior Vice President for Basketball Dan Gavitt said in the statement.___The NBA G League has canceled the rest of its season. ___A fraudster has used data of Brazilian soccer star Neymar to request a government handout paid to informal workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.Day Crespo, a spokeswoman for the Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain striker, confirmed the information to The Associated Press after it was reported by local news website UOL. Crespo also said Neymar has already informed authorities about the incident. The handout is of about $170 a month. A representative of Brazil’s state-run bank Caixa Econômica Federal was not immediately available for comment. UOL said the request on Neymar’s behalf was accepted, but its status was changed to “under analysis” after its report was published. Fraudsters used data from other Brazilian celebrities to receive the government money in the Latin American country hit hardest by the coronavirus.___ Oklahoma State and Marshall have announced they’ve each had three athletes test positive.___The International Olympic Committee is in talks with insurers over compensation for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games.Olympic operations director Pierre Ducrey says there is “an open discussion” between the IOC and insurance brokers “to try and find the right level of compensation to help us bear the cost of having to wait another year.”The IOC pays for insurance against the cancellation of an Olympics but it is unclear if its policy covers a one-year postponement. “While canceling the remainder of our season weighs heavily on us, we recognize that it is the most appropriate action to take for our league,” NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim said.The league suspended play March 12.___NASCAR is set to run its All-Star race on a Wednesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and added one more weeknight Cup Series race as part of its latest revised schedule through July.NASCAR has revamped its schedule in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and announced even more changes on Thursday. “The event has a tremendous tradition and is critical to that beautiful resort region,” Romo said. “It’ll be fun to try to win again but the sense of community and charity fundraising will be most important.”NBC will televise the tournament.___Notre Dame says it will test all its football players for COVID-19, starting June 15, before they can begin using the school’s athletic facilities for voluntary workouts.The Fighting Irish players are expected to travel back to campus from June 8-17. Testing for football players and and employees will be conducted June 15-19. Players and employees will be tested for COVID-19 and antibodies for the coronavirus, which would signal previous exposure to the disease. NASCAR will keep its scheduled twinbill weekend later this month at Pocono Raceway. The track is still scheduled to hold a Truck Series and Cup Series race on June 27 and an Xfinity Series and Cup Series race on June 28. The compressed schedule because of the pandemic has forced NASCAR to run races from all three national series multiple days a week. NASCAR crammed five Cup races on the schedule from May 17 to May 31.The rest of the Cup schedule includes a July 5 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 12 at Kentucky Speedway, the All-Star race on July 15 at Charlotte, July 19 at Texas Motor Speedway and July 23 at Kansas Speedway. The new schedule wraps Aug. 2 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.The All-Star race is usually held in May and New Hampshire was bumped from its July date. Pocono, Indy and Kentucky stayed the same.NASCAR also scheduled five Truck races and six second-tier Xfinity races. The Cup Series races again Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.The schedule for the rest of the season will be released at a later date. Cancellation policies detailed in IOC accounts cost $14.4 million for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and $12.8 million for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.The IOC said last month it set aside $650 million to cover potential extra costs for the postponement.Costs for organizers in Japan are expected to run to billions of dollars.___Borussia Dortmund has defended a group of players who were accused of breaking Bundesliga hygiene rules while getting haircuts. Valencia said after the March 10 game that about 35% of its team had the virus.Gasperini adds, “Looking back, I think that was the period when I didn’t feel well. But I never had a fever or any sort of respiratory problems. When I left from Bergamo I felt fine. I had some problems that evening and the day after (the match).”Experts say the first leg on Feb. 19 in Milan was one of the biggest reasons why the virus was so deadly in Atalanta’s home city of Bergamo. The match has been dubbed “Game Zero” by Italian media.___Seven Arkansas State athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating for 14 days.center_img “The intent is that if we keep our volume, our number of athletes together in a small set, and their strength coach works with just that group when they work out, and somebody in that group is positive, then we can isolate that individual group as opposed to the whole team,” Kovan said.Common areas like locker rooms and lounges will remain closed. Athletes will be given masks and required to wear them while in facilities, except during workouts.___A member of the Pittsburgh Penguins has tested positive for COVID-19.The team announced Thursday that an unidentified player has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The team says the player was not in Pittsburgh at the time of test and has been at his home since first experiencing symptoms. The club said the player is “recovering and feeling well” and those who have been in close contact with him have been notified. German newspaper Bild reports that some of the players were pictured without face masks during appointments at home with a celebrity barber. Forward Jadon Sancho was among the players.League rules during the coronavirus pandemic say players should minimize contact with people from outside their household. They have to wear masks for large parts of game days unless actually on the field.Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says he spoke with the players about their behavior and adds that they only removed their face masks to pose briefly for pictures. Zorc adds that the 20-year-old Sancho is still “very young.”___The Italian soccer federation is launching a fund of nearly $25 million to help clubs and their members following the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Division I schools are not supposed to have fewer than six sports for male athletes. CMU announced last month it was dropping men’s track and field, citing university-wide budget cuts. That leaves the school with five men’s teams — baseball, basketball, cross country, football and wrestling.“This waiver has been granted for the 2020-21 and the 2021-22 academic years,” athletic director Michael Alford said in a statement. “We continue to research and determine the best course of action to return the department to full compliance. I want to thank the NCAA staff for making this an efficient process and for understanding the difficult decisions the COVID-19 pandemic has forced our department to make.”___The NCAA has set a new schedule for early entrants to the NBA draft to withdraw and return to school.The NCAA announced Thursday that it would give players until 10 days after the NBA scouting combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes earlier. This comes three weeks after the NCAA postponed its deadline, which was originally scheduled to fall on Wednesday. The Save Soccer Foundation will need definitive approval at a federation meeting on Monday.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “it’s an initiative which doesn’t have precedents and represents a great assumption of responsibility which the (federation) is taking in favor of the whole soccer system.”The fund consists of 21,700,000 euros ($24,500,000). It will give up to 5 million euros ($5.6 million) to each of the two divisions below Serie A as well as the same amount to support clubs from the amateur soccer league.It will also give up to 3 million euros ($3.4 million) to soccer players and the same amount to coaches and their staff.The fund will also provide 700,000 euros ($800,000) to help women’s soccer clubs that are set to complete the season. Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said the seven athletes are from three sports, and all were asymptomatic Thursday. They learned of the positive results Wednesday night.The athletes who tested positive and are living off campus will self-isolate there or at home for 14 days. Those living on campus will self-isolate in their residence hall or at home for 14 days.Damphousse said contact tracing has begun, and anyone who has been exposed to any of the seven athletes will be required to quarantine for 14 days.“This is a day that we knew would come, not just at A-State, but for colleges and universities across America,” Damphousse said.An Arkansas State spokesman said he didn’t know how many athletes have been tested since they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts. The league announced its move to “Phase 2” of a potential return Thursday night. Earlier in the day, it unveiled the final details of the 24-team playoff format that will be used if play resumes and the Pittsburgh Penguins announced one of their players tested positive for the coronavirus.During this stage, players can skate or work out in groups of up to six at a time. Unlike training camps, which could begin sometime in July, these workouts are not mandatory for players, who can choose to skate in their current city even if they don’t play there.___The American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe plans to proceed without spectators.Featuring two-time defending champion Tony Romo, Steph Curry, Aaron Rodgers and Charles Barkley, the 80-player event at Edgewood Tahoe is set for its original dates of July 10-12. All prize money will be donated to COVID-19 charities and regional causes. The phased approach will include quarantines for players returning before they get tested. Players who fly back will be expected to quarantine for seven days before they get tested and those who drive will be expected to quarantine for three days before being tested. Players will be housed at the Morris Inn, an on-campus hotel in South Bend.“We’re going to have positives. I think that’s to be expected,” Dr. Matt Leiszler, head physician for Notre Dame football. “That being said, we need to do a really good job of controlling those. The things that play into that are a really robust contact tracing system to ensure if we have a positive we’re going to move really quickly in coordination with the university to limit those other close contacts so we don’t end up with a cluster.”Leiszler said Notre Dame players will be tested again for COVID-19 after their initial test but did not specify when that second test would occur.___Central Michigan says it has received a waiver from the NCAA regarding the minimum Division I sports sponsorship requirements. June 4, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The National Hockey League is allowing team facilities to reopen and players to take part in voluntary on- and off-ice workouts beginning Monday. A day after announcing a deal with its players’ association to resume the season with a tournament in Florida, Major League Soccer says teams may resume training.MLS says each player and staff member must complete two tests for the coronavirus 24 hours apart, 72 hours ahead of the start of training. Every player also must have a test for antibodies and a physical.Once training starts, players, coaches and some staff must be tested for the virus every other day. An individual who tests positive would be isolated, tested again at least 24 houts later, and all close contacts would be tested. High-risk individuals must be cleared to participate by the team’s chief medical officer in consultation with the MLS medical staff.Testing for antibodies will take place every three months. Testing providers must be authorized by the FDA or Health Canada.Training rooms and gyms will be restricted to a maximum five people, and lockers should be spaced a minimum 10 feet apart. Doors should be left open. ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more