Big Oil execs say they’re not worried about Biden’s energy plan

first_imgThereafter, cutting carbon emissions will likely take center stage when it comes to the former vice president’s energy credibility.Democrats such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez are pushing for Biden to consider backing the Green New Deal, which would eliminate carbon emissions from most sources over a decade.At present, however, Biden’s energy plan is more moderate.- Advertisement – LONDON — The prospect of a Joe Biden presidency and the most progressive climate strategy the U.S. has ever attempted is not something that should concern the energy industry, oil and gas executives have told CNBC.Instead, they hope President-elect Biden will engage directly with them as he rolls out his energy plan.Biden, who has won the U.S. election according to NBC projections, has previously said that one of his first acts as president would be to reverse President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, an international pact designed to avert the dangerous warming of the planet.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Vicki Hollub, CEO of Occidental Petroleum, said she’d tried to avoid the news over the last week or so.“It’s been something I really don’t want to hear much about. I can tell you that the transition from the current administration that’s been very, very supportive of the industry to Mr. Biden who will become president in January, I think is going to be one that will surprise some people,” she said during the same CNBC-moderated panel.Some of Biden’s energy plans may be “mitigated” slightly by the Democrats’ failure to gain a majority in the Senate, Hollub said, adding that she expects Republicans to win the race for control of the upper chamber in a Jan. 5 runoff vote in Georgia.She said that any new regulations Biden may implement would likely be “workable” for the industry.“It gets back to collaboration. I think no matter who is in the White House, no matter which party controls the Senate and the House, it is really imperative for us as an industry to collaborate with them, with the regulators and with people in our society,” she said.“I’m not as worried as some people are. It is going to take some work to share that knowledge and to get his staff on board. But they do understand carbon capture, they do know it works … In the end, as long as we have our long-term development plans in place, I think we will be okay as an industry.” U.S. President-elect Joe Biden leaves The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 9, 2020.ANGELA WEISS | AFP | Getty Imagescenter_img – Advertisement – South Belridge Oil Field is the fourth-largest oil field in California and one of the most productive in the U.S.David McNew | Getty Images “Talking about climate is often like talking about religion with some politicians. They don’t actually understand the complexities of the energy system very much and that’s never very satisfying,” said Bob Dudley, former CEO of BP and chair of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), an umbrella group of some of the world’s leading oil and gas producers.“So, what we need are policymakers and governments around the world that actually understand the mix of technologies, how they will come along, and the cost of these technologies, rather than rushing to get elected with what sounds too good to be true.”When asked specifically about whether he felt Biden understood those energy complexities, Dudley told CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick: “If you look at the campaign rhetoric around it, I think you have a spectrum in his party. I think he understands it, it can’t be as fast.”Dudley added: “There are some who want to go much faster and as a politician, he is going to have to balance what some people describe as the ‘far left’ with the more centrist parts of his party. How he’ll do that? I don’t know.”Speaking during the ADIPEC 2020 Virtual Conference Tuesday, Dudley said hopefully Biden would talk to people in the industry about what exactly is possible.“So, again, I’m an optimist because I don’t think you can (go) as far as the Green New Deal in the United States because it simply can’t afford it and it won’t actually deliver the energy,” Dudley said.The OGCI says it is a CEO-led consortium “committed to collective action on climate change.”The group is comprised of 12 members, including BP, Chevron, CNPC, Eni, ExxonMobil, Occidental Petroleum, Petrobras, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Royal Dutch Shell, and Total, which together account for over 30% of global oil and gas production.‘It gets back to collaboration’Oil prices moved lower on Thursday. International benchmark Brent crude futures traded at $43.77 a barrel during morning deals, down 0.1%, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures stood at $41.27, almost 0.2% lower.last_img read more

Survey says public health workers lag in preparedness

first_imgFeb 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Public health workers are urging Americans to stock up and plan for the next emergency, but when it comes to their own lives, the cupboards are often bare, according to a recent survey by the American Public Health Association (APHA).The APHA conducted an informal survey of its members in October and November and published the results in the December-January issue of its newsletter, The Nation’s Health. Of 4,100 public health workers who responded, 60% said they didn’t have evacuation plans for their households, 52% said they didn’t have emergency communication strategies for their families, and 81% didn’t know the evacuation plan for their community.Though most said they had adequate emergency supplies such as matches, candles, and flashlights at home, few kept such supplies or food at work, and 60% said they weren’t aware of an evacuation plan at their workplace.The American Red Cross recommends that Americans keep at least a 3-day supply of food and water for emergency use, but almost half of the respondents said they didn’t have drinking water set aside, and 35% said they lacked nonperishable food supplies.In other results, 64% of respondents said they were “somewhat,” “very,” or “extremely” concerned about the threat of an influenza pandemic. The respondents listed natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes as the emergencies that worry them most.Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the APHA, said the survey results point up a need for better education and outreach for the public health workforce, The Nation’s Health reported. In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina, public health workers have been advocating personal preparedness measures to the public, he said. “Unfortunately, in our efforts to reach others, we may be neglecting to prepare ourselves,” Benjamin added.Personal preparedness for public health employees is vital to the larger disaster-response picture, because when the next emergency hits, workers will need to focus on helping victims and guiding evacuations, not worrying about themselves or their families, Benjamin said.Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH, who teaches a personal preparedness course for public health workers at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, said recent terrorist attacks and natural disasters have raised expectations about the public health system’s capacity to respond to emergencies. “From preparedness kits to communication plans, personal and family readiness is fundamental to meeting these expectations,” he told CIDRAP News by e-mail. “The survey findings starkly highlight the need for enhanced instruction on personal readiness planning in all health departments.””Research has shown that public health workers are less likely to be willing to report to duty in emergencies due to concerns about personal and family safety,” Barnett said.More than 60% of the survey respondents acknowledged a need to be more prepared. The APHA said some respondents reported that taking the emergency preparedness survey would motivate them to prepare at home and at work.The APHA cautioned that the findings may not represent a complete picture of public health worker preparedness nationwide, because the respondents were self-selected and included only people who had Internet access. The organization said it plans to gauge the level of the public’s overall preparedness by conducting a formal survey in April during National Public Health Week.last_img read more

Chelsea players blame lack of leadership in dressing room after Manchester City defeat

first_imgChelsea’s players are reluctant to completely blame Maurizio Sarri (Getty Images)Chelsea’s players are said to attribute their fragility to a lack of leaders in the squad and believe some senior members of the team are keen to blame others for their own mistakes.The report claims that Sarri’s decision to freeze Gary Cahill out of the team has meant that the 33-year-old’s influence has diminished, while the Chelsea manager barely speaks to the club captain.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityDavid Luiz was reintroduced by Sarri at the start of the season but the Telegraph claim that the Brazilian is not ‘universally popular’ and is accused of blaming others for his own errors.Cesar Azpilicueta has captained the side in Cahill’s absence but it is said that the Spaniard does not assume control of the team in the same manner as previous senior figures at the club such as John Terry, Frank Lampard or Didier Drogba.Eden Hazard is another similar case of leading by example in terms of ability but not being that authoritative figure who inspires others in difficult times.Sarri, meanwhile, has reportedly told Chelsea’s hierarchy that he feels the squad he has is not capable of implementing the playing style he was asked to bring to Stamford Bridge.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Chris DavieTuesday 12 Feb 2019 3:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Chelsea players blame lack of leadership in dressing room after Manchester City defeat Chelsea’s players believe they lack leadership (Getty Images)Chelsea’s players privately admit that their dressing room lacks leadership and believe it has become a key factor behind the their dramatic slump, according to reports.Maurizio Sarri’s side were smashed 6-0 by Manchester City on Sunday and are in real danger of missing out on a top-four place in the Premier League.Chelsea’s woeful performance at the Etihad Stadium comes off the back of comprehensive away defeats to Bournemouth and Arsenal, while Sarri has openly admitted he has struggled to motivate his players.The Italian also claimed that his current Chelsea side would never be known for their ‘battling and fighting qualities’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to The Daily Telegraph, Chelsea’s players are reluctant to pin the blame solely on Sarri and recognise that they have not shown enough character during the difficult period. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

PFZW to stick with SRI policy that led to divestment of Israeli banks

first_imgThe €140bn healthcare pension fund PFZW plans to stick with its SRI policy in the wake of the furore caused by its divestment from five Israeli banks, but it said it would adjust its communication process in future.PFZW’s divestment decision led a demonstration in front of the offices of its asset manager PGGM, as well as emotional responses from a number of Jewish organisations. The Israeli government also called the Dutch ambassador to account.Explaining the outcome of an internal investigation into the divestment process, Peter Borgdorff, the scheme’s director, stressed that the pension fund would “keep involving judgements of the international community in its investment policy”.“This is not up for discussion,” he said. However, he said the scheme had concluded that its communication respecting the divestment could have been better.“We should have taken the initiative, rather than adopt a passive position, with questions and answers on the Internet,” he said. “A proactive approach would have enabled us to steer the developments.”He added: “In the event of another potentially sensitive exclusion, we will do more to gauge the opinion of our stakeholders and ask ourselves twice whether we have consulted everybody about the issue.“The outcome should guide us in how we communicate a decision. However, this will not make any difference to our policy.”He also referred to Jewish organisations that, unlike several pro-Palestinian lobbying groups, had not met with PFZW in the run-up to the decision to provide their views on the issue.Borgdorff said a more proactive approach by the healthcare scheme could possibly have prevented the divestment’s being seen as a boycott of Israel.“Our earlier exclusion of Walmart did not mean we also excluded the US from our investment universe,” he said.“After five years of fruitless engagement with the Israeli banks, we had to take a decision.”The fact that part of the communication process had been handled by PGGM further clouded the picture, he conceded.“In the specific case, the divestment was also the decision of the pension fund, and we should have emphasised this,” he said. Commenting on the role of the scheme’s advisory board on responsible investment, Borgdorff said the evaluation had shown that the whole committee had acted “extremely meticulously”.One of the members of the board is Cees Flinterman, also a member of the UN Human Rights Committee, who is known for his pro-Palestinian views.According to the director, as part of the internal investigation, the minutes of all committee meetings over the past five years were screened.“But next time, we will consult all our stakeholders even more thoroughly,” he said.PFZW said it also pinpointed the difference in its interpretation of the situation with that of the €300bn civil service scheme ABP.“We followed international law that countries should not export their citizens to territories they have occupied,” Borgdorff said.“As a consequence, we don’t want to profit from banks that facilitate these developments.”For its part, ABP concluded that the Israeli banks it has invested in did not violate international legislation, and that there were no judicial judgements that should lead to their exclusion.According to ABP, not even the clauses of the UN Global Compact cited by PFZW are reason to initiate an engagement process.last_img read more

Chelsea unveil new kit to mark ’70 FA Cup win

first_imgChelsea will wear a specially-made anniversary kit for their FA Cup third-round clash with Nottingham Forest on Sunday to commemorate 50 years since their iconic domestic triumph. The Blues lifted the FA Cup in 1970 after defeating Leeds 2-1 in a replay, having drawn the first game at Wembley, and have paid tribute to that significant moment in their history by creating a modern replica of the same kit worn that day at Old Trafford. The jersey, which is available to purchase for £89.95, features the same crest from 1970 while yellow pulls through in the trim on the shorts, badge, socks and even the players’ numbers — all matching the original colorway. ‘It’s a classy, stylish and sophisticated shirt — a great way of remembering the iconic team of 1970,’ said Mason Mount, who was one of four players modelling the kit. ‘We know fans of all ages are going to love its simple design.’ Frank Lampard’s men will wear the kit to honour the club’s famous past team when they host Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge this weekend. The FA Cup success in 1970 was the first of eight in the club’s history. Promoted ContentLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One RoleWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Read Also: Shearer gives promising Abraham verdict despite difficult Chelsea role At the time, if FA Cup finals ended in a draw, the match would be decided in a replay – a rule that was abandoned in 1993. Chelsea, wearing their yellow trim kit for the replay, fell behind in the first half after Mick Jones scored for Leeds. Peter Osgood levelled the scores with just 12 minutes remaining before David Webb struck the winner in extra-time to secure a famous victory for Chelsea. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Chelsea and Leeds couldn’t be separated in the first match, drawing 2-2 after extra-time. Loading… last_img read more

Trojans Win Big Time Over Knights On The Gridiron

first_imgThe East Central Trojans shut out The South Dearborn Knights 44-0 on Friday Night at Mt. Wilmington to improve to 3-3 on the season.EC vs South Dearborn Football Short Box (9-26)EC will be on the road again this week traveling to Connersville to battle The Spartans in a big EIAC Showdown.Kickoff will be at 7 PM on Football Friday.Listen to the game on www.wrbiradio.com.last_img

Mayweather to pay for George Floyd’s funeral

first_imgFloyd Mayweather has promised to George Floyd’s family that he will cover the funeral costs.It is a remarkable sign of respect from the retired boxer, who follows a number of celebrities to post their support. Floyd tragically lost his life after being pinned down on his neck by a white police officer on May 25.It has seen civil unrest and protests spark all over the country, with several states having to call in the national guard.People from all walks of life have gathered to campaign against racial injustice and police brutality.According to TMZ, Floyd will have four funerals set across the United States.The locations will be held in Houston, Minnesota, Charlotte and an unnamed destination. And former boxer Mayweather has vowed to pick up the bill, TMZ further reports.Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe revealed that “Money” has been in contact with Floyd’s family to send his condolences.“He’ll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, (Mayweather) is definitely paying for the funeral,” Ellerbe said.“Floyd has done these kind of things over the last 20 years.”Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder after the death of Floyd. An independent autopsy on Monday determined that the American died from asphyxia due to the compression on his neck from Chauvin.As well as protests in the United States, sportsmen across the globe have shown their support.Manchester United star Paul Pogba is included, who posted a heartfelt message to Instagram.He wrote: “During the past few days I have thought a lot about how to express my feelings about what happened in Minneapolis. I felt anger, pity, hatred, indignation, pain, sadness.RelatedPosts I was asked if we had an airport while in US College – Davido Edo 2020: We’re concerned about actions of security forces, politicians — US Al-Qaeda penetrating North West of Nigeria — US “Sadness for George and for all black people who suffer from racism EVERY DAY! Whether in football, at work, at school, ANYWHERE!“This has to stop, once and for all! Not tomorrow or the next day, it has to end TODAY! Violent acts of racism can no longer be tolerated.“I can’t tolerate. I won’t tolerate. WE WON’T TOLERATE.”Tags: CharlotteFloyd MayweatherGeorge FloydHoustonMinnesotaUnited States of Americalast_img read more

Police tackle, arrest man stealing phones at SunFest

first_imgFriday evening, a man accused of stealing phones at SunFest in West Palm Beach was tackled by police and taken into custody after resisting arrest.The officer was actively on the lookout for a suspect described by victims to be a medium build Hispanic male wearing a black shirt and backward black hat with the letters “AERO” on it.The officer observed a man matching that description, approached him, and asked if he had anything in his backpack.The man, later identified as Jose Ramon Lugo Torres, handed the backpack to the officer and began to create distance between himself and the officer holding his bag, police say.According to the arrest report, the officer attempted to grab Torres’ shirt and told him to stop, but Torres pulled away forcefully.A West Palm Beach officer and a Palm Beach Gardens police officer observed the struggle and assisted by putting the suspect on the ground.Officers then saw two cellphones including a rose gold iPhone X valued at $800 and a red iPhone 8 Plus valued at $800 fall from Torres’ body onto the ground.The owner of the rose gold iPhone X was reportedly located and chose not to press charges against Torres.Jose Ramon Lugo Torres was charged with Resisting an Officer without Violence and Grand Theft.The owner of the red iPhone 8 Plus has reportedly not been located at this time meaning additional charges may follow.last_img read more

Football News Iran Women Freely Attend Football Match For First Time In Decades

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Tehran: Waving flags and snapping selfies, thousands of Iranian women on Thursday attended a football match freely for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the country over its controversial stadium restrictions. Elated female fans wore the national green, white and red flag around their shoulders and over their hair as they streamed into a tiny section of Tehran’s 100,000-capacity Azadi Stadium for Iran’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Cambodia.Some donned sporty hats over their headscarves, while others painted their faces with the colours of the flag. Their beaming smiles underscored a day that felt victorious for Iranian women, even before the match began.And with every goal the Iranian team scored, the cheers in the women’s section grew louder. By the middle of the second half, Iran was leading with a blowout of 9-0.For nearly 40 years, the Islamic republic has barred female spectators from entering football and other sports stadiums, with clerics arguing women must be shielded from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men.Last month, world football’s governing body FIFA ordered Iran to allow women access to stadiums without restriction and in numbers determined by demand for tickets.’Women of freedom’ That came after the death of Sahar Khodayari, who set herself ablaze last month outside a court in fear of being jailed for trying to attend a match.Dubbed “Blue Girl” because of the colours of the club she supported — Esteghlal FC — she had reportedly been detained last year when trying to enter a stadium dressed as a boy.Her death sparked an outcry, with many calling for Iran to be banned and matches boycotted.Around 4,500 women managed to get their hands on tickets for Thursday’s match, which was thinly attended overall, with only some 10,000 spectators in total.Even before the starting whistle blew, female fans cheered joyfully as the name of each Iranian player was announced over the loudspeakers, an AFP journalist at the stadium said.But many women who were unable to get tickets in time for the game were left disappointed.”I’m 18 years old, and for 14 years I’ve dreamt of going to a stadium,” student Guelareh told AFP. “But I didn’t get a ticket.” While it is not the first time women have attended football matches in Iran, it is the first time they have been allowed to buy tickets.On previous occasions, attendees have been handpicked by the authorities.Saluting the move, pro-reform newspaper Sazandegui published a photograph of two female football supporters, coupled with the headline:  “The women of freedom.” For some men too, Thursday’s game was worthy of celebration.”It’s a great feeling that we’re here together, finally. We only wish this can continue in the future,” a male fan told AFP.A FIFA delegation attended Thursday’s match to ensure Iran honoured its pledge to allow women in. last_img read more

The Latest: Cricket Australia cancels games, ends season

first_img4 p.m.Keeneland race track in Kentucky has canceled its spring meet because of COVID-19. The meet was scheduled for April 2-24, with the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby, the highlight of the opening weekend. On Sunday the historic track announced it would be closed to non-essential guests and set up screening checkpoints for those seeking access.The track says no horses will be allowed at Keeneland and it recommended that horsemen not at the track remain where they are.Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason calls the decision to cancel “agonizing” and adds that the track had exhausted all avenues for safely conducting the meet.The Blue Grass is the second Derby prep to be canceled. The $700,000 Sunland Derby in New Mexico was canceled Sunday. It was set for March 22 and would have awarded 50 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby. The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg.The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later.The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday.One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.” 4:45 p.m.A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press that the American Hockey League is allowing its players to return home while determining it won’t be able to resume its season until May at the earliest.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the league has not announced the decisions reached by the AHL’s executive committee during a conference call.The move follows last week’s decision by the 31-team AHL to suspend its season until further notice. The decision coincides with the NHL placing a roster freeze on player movement, as well as pushing back the possibility of resuming its season for several weeks, if not more than a month.Previously, players were encouraged to remain with their teams. The British government has said emergency services are being withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings in the country from Tuesday, so the Jockey Club “has decided that it is no longer appropriate to stage” the Grand National Festival.Sandy Dudgeon, senior steward of the Jockey Club, says “we were working on a plan to stage the Grand National behind closed doors given its importance to the racing industry and beyond, but … this is not a viable option.” ___4:10 p.m.Live horse racing without fans will continue at Aqueduct during New York’s ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people. Cricket Australia declared New South Wales state the winner of the Sheffield Shield, the national firsts-class competition. The last round of the regular season in the Sheffield Shield had already been scrapped.New South Wales won six games, lost two and drew one in the Shield, finishing 12 points clear of Victoria state. International cricket series between Australia and New Zealand had already been canceled.Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts says the measures are aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.“By effectively canceling the remainder of our season, Cricket Australia is playing its part in protecting fans, players, staff, volunteers and match officials during this unprecedented global health issue,” Roberts said.The cancellation comes nine days after Australia hosted and won the women’s Twenty20 Cricket World Cup final against India, attended by more than 86,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.___ ___12:10 a.m.The Kontinental Hockey League is taking a one-week pause in its playoffs to come up with a new format and schedule for the six remaining Russian teams. Finland-based Jokerit and Kazakhstan-based Barys Nur-Sultan pulled out of the playoffs amid the oronavirus pandemic.The American Hockey League, which has the NHL’s top minor league teams, announced that the indefinite suspension of its regular season won’t be lifted before May. The league also announced it is recommending its teams work on returning players to their primary residences, like the NHL is doing.___ 7:15 p.m.WrestleMania in Tampa, Florida is down for the count.The WWE’s annual wrestling extravaganza — often called the Super Bowl of wrestling — will not be held at the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Raymond James Stadium. WWE, however, said it will still hold its scheduled April 5 card on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida. WWE ran an empty arena edition of “Smackdown” last Friday and was set to run Monday’s “RAW” from the performance center.Brock Lesnar is set to defend the WWE championship against Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania. WrestleMania will be broadcast live on the WWE Network. It has been held annually in football stadiums in 2007 and usually draws some of the biggest crowds of the year for any sports entertainment event.___ 1:50 p.m.The DeVos family that owns the Orlando Magic has unveiled plans for a $2 million fund to pay hourly workers who will miss time because of sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The $2 million will be earmarked to help about 1,800 workers who are employed at Magic games, Lakeland Magic G League games, Orlando Solar Bears minor-league hockey games and other Amway Center events.In addition, Magic players have told the organization that they want to provide even more money for those workers.Magic CEO Alex Martins says: “The DeVos Family has a history of stepping up during challenging times. Today is no different. If someone is losing a paycheck because we are not playing, they will be fairly compensated.” ___12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19.Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.” The Baseball Hall of Fame has canceled Hall of Fame Classic weekend because of the spread of the new coronavirus.The Hall of Fame said advance purchases for the May 22-24 event in Cooperstown, New York, will be refunded.The Hall of Fame is closed to the public indefinitely.___2:30 p.m. Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___ The U.S. Olympic trials are scheduled for June 21-28 in Omaha, Nebraska.USA Swimming says its previous suspension of all events, camps, conferences or any occasion that requires people to travel and gather now extends through April 30.The governing body is asking its member clubs to limit practices and training sessions as recommended by their local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control.— Reporting by Beth Harris___ ___12:45 p.m.The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners.The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944. Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors.Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games.The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19.___ ___1 p.m.USA Water Polo has canceled a key tournament set to begin in late April in Indianapolis because of the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. men and women have already qualified for the Olympics. But the the 2020 FINA Men’s and Women’s Intercontinental Tournament would have been been one of their biggest warmups for the Tokyo Games. The cancellation also hurts USA Water Polo’s effort to growing the sport in the Midwest. The event was scheduled for April 28 to May 3. USA Water Polo also announced the cancellation of the inaugural Division III Women’s National Championship. It was scheduled for May 8-10 in Southern California.___7:10 p.m.The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby quarterfinals scheduled for April 3-5 were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.All eight matches and thus the European club season were suspended by governing body European Professional Club Rugby. But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too.Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___11:10 a.m.McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.” Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks.___ “We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said.Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___12:30 p.m.The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6. The English Premiership was also suspended for five weeks, following government advice against mass gatherings.The same advice prompted the English Rugby Football Union to suspend all activities until April 14.The activities were at professional and community level, “including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses,” the RFU said.___2:35 p.m. Fans were banned as of last Thursday. Racing resumes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The winter meet ends March 29.The New York Racing Association said horse owners are not allowed access to Aqueduct.Belmont Park’s backstretch and its facilities remain open to horsemen and training is allowed. Owners won’t be allowed in the stable area until further notice.Also, The Jockey Club will close its offices in New York and Kentucky to outside visitors as of Tuesday while contiuning to provide services. All business-related travel has been suspended and some employees are working remotely. The Jockey Club is the breed registry for thoroughbred horses in North America.___ In a joint statement, Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone and Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the suspension presents “significant financial and commercial implications for rugby league, which will be further considered during the period of suspension.”The Super League includes teams from France and Canada. ___1:35 p.m.The Arizona Coyotes will pay all part-time arena and team employees through the end of the previously scheduled NHL season. ___5:40 p.m.The Sun Belt Conference has canceled all organized athletics and related activities, including practices, through the remainder of the academic year.In a written announcement the Sun Belt says the decision was made Monday in consultation with the league’s presidents, chancellors and athletic directors “to address growing concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.”The Sun Belt is comprised of 12 institutions in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):8:15 p.m.All professional cricket has been canceled in Australia in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and national organizers are “strongly recommending” that the remainder of the season be called off at all levels — right down to children’s community games.center_img 6 p.m.Watkins Glen International has postponed its opening weekend because of the spread of COVID-19.The traditional opening of the storied road course in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York was slated for April 4-5 and is an important fundraiser for charity.Members of the general public with a valid driver’s license can pay a fee and drive three controlled laps around the 2.45-mile layout used by NASCAR for its August races. Proceeds benefit the facility’s Racing and Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.). Annual turnout is between 1,000 and 2,800 vehicles, track president Michael Printup said. No decision on a new opening date has been made.The International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen also announced it would close after business hours on Tuesday. It’s tentatively scheduled to reopen in mid-April. 2:05 p.m.British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.”More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week. 6:45 p.m.USA Swimming has canceled next month’s TYR Pro Swim Series meet in Southern California and postponed the combined open water national and junior national championships in Florida.The TYR meet was to be held April 16-19 in Mission Viejo, California. It was set to replicate the Tokyo Olympics schedule, with finals in the morning and preliminaries in the evening.The open water nationals were to be April 24-26 in Fort Myers, Florida.The last meet of the TYR series set for May 5-9 in Indianapolis is still being evaluated. If the meet is held, it’s possible the schedule will be switched to morning finals and evening prelims. Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___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 NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.___3:30 p.m. Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and his family have partnered with Gila River Arena to pay part-time and hourly arena employees scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. All part-time and hourly team employees will be paid through April 4.The Coyotes also will pay part-time Tucson Roadrunners employees affected by the suspension of the American Hockey League.The NHL announced last week it would pause the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Coyotes defenseman Aaron Ness became the NHL’s first known player to be tested for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms last week. His agent, Neil Sheehy, said Monday that Ness tested negative for the virus.___ 11 a.m.Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.” Associated Press The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments.The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled.___12:20 p.m. Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.”The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all.___1:30 p.m. 9:55 a.m.The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler. No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. ___1:55 p.m.The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions.Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home. The Magic say the part-time employees will receive paychecks for missed games through what would have been the end of the regular season.___6:40 p.m.The Super League — Europe’s top division in rugby league — has been suspended, initially until April.The league says the decision was taken following the British government’s updated advice on limiting social contact and mass gatherings. The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April.The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit.The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24. The Latest: Cricket Australia cancels games, ends season March 16, 2020 The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday.Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution.With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.___ ___10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket. — Reporting by AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow___8:50 p.m.The Grand National Steeplechase, one of the iconic sporting events in Britain, has been canceled following the stringent measures put in place during the virus outbreak.The Jockey Club says the horse racing meeting at Aintree, Liverpool, from April 2-4 will not take place. ___11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak.John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics. ___2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2.The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break.League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.” 1:20 p.m.The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston.An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced.“We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.”Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing.last_img read more