PLSA calls for greater ‘checks and balances’ in LGPS regulations

first_imgIt called on the government to make explicit in the investment regulations that LGPS must apply fiduciary duty – i.e. that the ultimate purpose of LGPS investments is to pay members’ benefits.The PLSA is also concerned about the scope for the government to interfere in LGPS’s investments, referring to the “broad powers” being taken in connection with proposals for pooling and the need to ensure funds are committed to delivering these pools.“Whilst we agree with the government’s proposals for pooling,” said Segars, “there is a risk such broad powers, combined with the lack of an explicit fiduciary duty, could be used by future governments to direct what and where funds invest.“It would be more reassuring for employers and scheme members if there were greater checks and balances included in the regulations before using any power to direct.”The rules proposed by the government have been described as “unprecedented”, giving the secretary of state for communities the power to amend a fund’s investment strategy statement and direct investment in specific assets.UK trade union Unison previously raised concerns about the government hijacking new LGPS asset pools’ investments, while BNY Mellon warned that LGPS “shouldn’t be seen an easy way to plug the nation’s funding gap” when it comes to infrastructure.The PLSA criticised government efforts to stipulate that policies on non-financial factors – environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, for example – should reflect (UK government) foreign policy as “meddling with flexibility”.The association said there were valid reasons why pension funds might apply a particular screening of divestment strategy in line with the long-term interest and values of members.“It seems unhelpful and unnecessary for the government to hinder the flexibility of pension fund governors in this respect, and undemocratic to prevent fund members from placing certain stipulations over how their own savings are invested,” it said.The association also raised concerns about the envisaged time frame for implementation of the new regulations, saying the six months “could prove incredibly challenging for funds”.It called on the government to consider extending to pensions committees the knowledge and understanding requirements that currently fall on local pensions boards (under the Public Services Pensions Act 2013).This would help ensure funds are in a position to apply the prudent-person principle and invest in line with their fiduciary duty, it said.“A prudent-person requirement,” it added, “ultimately only works if those making investment strategy decisions, collectively, have the capacity and capability to do so.” The UK pension fund association has raised concerns that new regulations and guidance for local government pension schemes (LGPS) will allow the central government to interfere with pension fund investment decisions.Partly to protect against this, it called for fiduciary duty to be made explicit in the country’s investment regulation for LGPS.Responding to the government’s consultation on new investment regulations for the UK LGPS, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) said it welcomed the move to a prudent person approach by removing arbitrary limits on the amount that local authority funds can invest in certain types of legal structures.However, Joanne Segars, chief executive of the association, said “there is a danger government may have gone too far in a number of areas”.last_img read more

How Brisbane homes are getting ‘smarter’

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:14Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:14 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow do celebrities organise their pantry? 01:15Think smart homes are just about voice activation and smart speakers? Think again.The smartest homes in Brisbane are likely to be fully automated, offering intuitive climate control, security, automated lighting, music and even blinds that open and shut by sensor or command.Digital Residence managing director Matt Manalis said smart home adoption was increasing in Brisbane each year, with the true mark of a smart home being full integration. Digital Residence managing director Matt Manalis said smart home adoption was increasing in Brisbane each year, with the true mark of a smart home being full integration.“A truly smart home is when all elements are connected together and controlled through one single app.“That means you can say ‘good night’ or push a button and the lights will switch off, the air conditioner will change settings, the doors will lock, and the security system will monitor the house.”As for where smart homes are proving popular, Mr Manalis noted it was across the board, with 50 per cent of his company’s smart home installations involving renovations and the other half being new builds.“We definitely see a lot of smart homes in expensive suburbs like Ascot and Hamilton but it’s also common in areas like Ipswich where they are building new estates.“The bottom line is smart homes are here and people are now a lot more educated about what they involve.” .For Mr Manalis, the surge in interest has resulted in a business increase of 10-15 per cent year-on-year, with homeowners in their late 30s the most likely customers.“Often they’re on their third or fourth home and some have kids while some do not.”A completely integrated home with features including automated lighting, climate control, security, smart intercoms, and locking can cost anywhere up to $30,000 or $40,000.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoBut Mr Manalis said people were beginning to appreciate that was just a small amount more than traditional installation of the same items.“People are often already spending most of this money on products like security, lighting or intercoms and having them integrated really only costs about five to 10 per cent more.” As for his biggest smart home tip, Mr Manalis said homeowners should understand both their present and future needs when considering the smart home features they were looking for.If budget is a factor, he noted they could start with elements like lighting and door intercoms and build on their smart home from there.He also urged homeowners to seek the advice and guidance of a smart home professional when it came to products, wiring and installation.“Have a chat with a smart home provider to see what’s involved and what’s available.”last_img read more

Call to teach kids aged 5 about sexuality

first_imgOneNews 1 November 2013Family Planning is set to introduce a resource for teaching children as young as five about their sexuality. The move has been criticised by conservative groups, however the sexual health charity says it is about teaching kids to be comfortable and not about sex. The resource, which has yet to be named, has been commissioned to teach children from Year 1 to 4 about their sexuality, something Family Planning says is lacking in the current curriculum. Family Planning says the resource will largely cover the basics like relationships and identity but it will also focus on the proper names for body parts.…However Bob McCroskie from Family First New Zealand said that sexuality education was a parent’s responsibility and a decision for them to make at the right time. “It’s not up to strangers to do a one size fits approach, that hasn’t worked,” he told TV ONE’s Breakfast. “I don’t think the question is ‘when do we begin sexuality education’ the actual question is ‘who does the sexuality education.” He said parents should determine “what kids need to know at the suitable time”.“When you get to down to the intricacies of parts of the body, how do they work, where do babies come from, what do you call them what do you label them&that’s a parental decision and it’s also based around the values of the family as well,” Mr McCroskie said. already in school curriculum3 News 1 November 2013Family Planning has hit back at criticism about sexuality education for young  children, saying it’s already part of the school curriculum from the age of  five.Family Planning, with the assistance of two New Zealand experts, has developed a new resource that will soon be available to schools to help teach sexuality education to pupils in years one to four.But Family First has criticised the move, with national director Bob McCoskrie saying it should be up to parents to decide when and how to tackle topics such as keeping yourself safe and “where do babies come from”.Family Planning director of health promotion Frances Bird  says sexuality education is always age and stage appropriate. read more

Magistrate denies four men bail for gun related charges

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Magistrate denies four men bail for gun related charges by: – December 23, 2011 Alton Eusebe of La PlaineFour men will spend another week at the State’s Prison as their application for bail was denied by Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste. Twenty-six years old Alton Eusebe of La Plaine, Twenty-one years old Sharmane Peter of Goodwill, Twenty-five years old Marvin Roberts of Mahaut and twenty-six years old Mandella Gordon of Goodwill were on Friday jointly charged for six charges related to possession of firearm and controlled drug.The charges read to the accused men by the Clerk of Court were for; possession of certain ammunition namely eleven live rounds of twelve gauge ammunition without being the holder of a valid license, possession of a prohibited weapon namely one sawed off twelve gauge shotgun, possession of eleven rounds of ammunition in a public place, possession of a twelve gauge shotgun without a valid license, possession of a controlled drug namely Cannabis and one twelve gauge shotgun in public place.Sharmane Peter of GoodwillMandella Gordon pleaded guilty to possession of the 12 gauge shot gun and possession of a prohibited weapon without a valid license while Alton Eusebe pleaded guilty to possession of Cannabis.Police Prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes told Magistrate Baptiste that while he is aware of the presumption of innocence until proven guilty and that bail is merely the assurance of the accused attendance at Court, based on the nature and severity of the offenses as well as the severity of the punishment if they are convicted, the prosecution strongly opposes that the accused be granted bail.He argued further that the police officers are still conducting their investigations with a view to recover more firearms and the accused men are persons of interest in these investigations. He also explained that the prosecution fears that if the accused men are granted bail that “they could interfere with, derail or shatter the police efforts to recover the firearms which are in circulation”.Marvin Roberts of MahautInspector Weekes impressed upon the Court how lethal these firearms are and the duty of the police to remove them from circulation. Although he admitted that he could not divulge all the facts in the matter which are in his possession, he recommended to the Court that bail be denied as a matter of national security so as to prevent the accused from interfering with the police investigations or intimidating any witnesses.Mr. David Bruney who represented Alton Eusebe and Marvin Roberts told the Court that his clients had been in custody since Sunday and that the police did their job, that one man pleaded guilty to the possession of firearm and another to the possession of controlled drug and the prosecution’s objective for denying bail was to keep his clients incarcerated during the Christmas holidays.He further argued that the prosecutor had not presented sufficient evidence to convince the Court that his clients should be denied bail. He said, “Their absence from the public will not lead you to the firearms and the day that we deny people bail without sufficient evidence is the day the justice system breaks down.” He told the Court that the prosecutor could have suggested a curfew be imposed upon his clients and they be instructed not to interfere with the witnesses.Mandella Gordon of GoodwillMeantime Defense Counsel Wayne Norde who represented Sharmane Peter told the Court that he wishes to “echo” Mr Bruney’s arguments and point out that the accused are before the Court on specific charges not speculative charges.Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste told the accused that her decision is to deny them bail so as to allow the investigating officers “extra days “to carry out their investigations into the matter.They have been remanded at the Dominica State’s Prison until the 30th of December, 2011 when their bail application will be revisited.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 328 Views   one comment Share Tweetlast_img read more

Betty Williams – West Harrison

first_imgBetty Jo Williams, of West Harrison, was born on August 5, 1943 in Cincinnati, a daughter to Eli and Martha Allen Taylor.  She married Charles Williams on August 19, 1961 and he survives.  Betty was a homemaker and also worked at Sperry Rubber.  She was a member of Chappelow Ridge Baptist Church and loved shopping and spending time with her grandchildren and friends.  On Monday, July 20, 2020 at the age of 76, she passed away at St. Andrews Health in Batesville. Those surviving who will cherish Betty’s memory include her husband of nearly 59 years, Charles Williams; one daughter, Kara (Randy) Wyckoff of Brookville; three grandchildren, Tristin Ashley, Dane Ashley and Savannah Wyckoff; three siblings, Nancy (Tom) Bachman of West Harrison, Phyllis (Floyd) Bennett of West Harrison, and Phillip (Deanne) Taylor of Dayton, OH, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Patsy Edwards and two great-nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the funeral home, online at, or mailed directly, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.   Please visit to leave personal messages and condolences.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Betty Williams.center_img Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.last_img read more

Puncheon strike boosts Palace

first_img Back-to-back wins have put clear water between Palace and the drop zone, which looked unthinkable when they were floundering at the bottom just two months ago. Manager Tony Pulis now wants to add four or five new faces before Friday’s transfer deadline but on the evidence of the last few weeks, he may not actually need them. Instead it was Hull who paraded their January purchases, giving a first run-out to their new strikeforce of Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic. But the £14million duo barely got a sniff as the Tigers slipped to a fourth straight defeat, a run which has seen them gradually sucked back into the relegation battle. Long’s only real contribution was going down under a challenge by Danny Gabbidon which should have earned Hull a first-half penalty. But referee Roger East waved away the appeals and moments later Puncheon fired what proved to be the winner. The Tigers also finished with 10 men after goalkeeper Allan McGregor saw red in stoppage time. Palace had two chances to take the lead in the opening three minutes. Press Association First a well-worked free-kick sent Dean Moxey round the back of Hull’s defence and his shot was deflected just wide. And from the corner Mile Jedinak was inches away from prodding into an empty net but the Eagles skipper could not adjust his feet in time as the ball fizzed past. In the 16th minute Palace did take the lead, but only after a big moment of controversy went in their favour. Long was certain he should have had a spot-kick when he tumbled in the area as the outpaced Gabbidon scrambled to get back. The striker definitely had a point as he was first to a high ball over the top and was then sent sprawling amid a tangle of legs – but referee East was having none of it, to the disbelief of Hull manager Steve Bruce. And Bruce’s mood worsened moments later as Palace charged down the other end and promptly took the lead. There was more than an element of fortune about the goal as well. Yannick Bolasie reached the byline and his cross, at the second attempt, reached Puncheon whose initial header was flying well wide. However, it hit the back of team-mate Marouane Chamakh and fell perfectly for Puncheon to crash high into the net. Jedinak almost added another with a fierce free-kick which McGregor tipped over the crossbar. The closest Hull came to an equaliser in the first half was in stoppage time when Julian Speroni was almost embarrassed by a free-kick from Tom Huddlestone, which was swerving wildly before the Palace keeper managed to swat it clear. Hull did improve after the break but Palace stood firm as Jake Livermore blazed over and Long hit the side-netting. Jelavic’s evening was summed up when he sliced horribly into the stand behind the goal and Liam Rosenior passed up Hull’s best chance when he prodded Livermore’s low cross wide from a couple of yards out. Hull’s misery was compounded when McGregor was shown a second yellow card in stoppage time following his clash with Stuart O’Keefe. Jason Puncheon grabbed another vital goal as Crystal Palace’s Barclays Premier League revival gathered pace with a 1-0 victory over Hull. Puncheon, who was ridiculed for his penalty miss against Tottenham a fortnight ago, has since responded by hitting winners against Stoke and now the Tigers. His latest strike hauled Palace level on points with Hull, who were just a point outside the top 10 when the teams kicked off. last_img read more

Louis van Gaal not feeling the pressure but wary of ending on a low note

first_img On Friday Van Gaal dismissed reports suggesting there has been player unrest in the camp, stressing he has the “confidence” of the squad, as well as of the board. But having admitted no manager is safe as he expressed his surprise at Jose Mourinho’s sacking at Chelsea, Van Gaal also said he knows no improvement in United’s results could mean “the end of the world” for him – and emphasised his eagerness to avoid bowing out from football by being fired. Asked ahead of Saturday’s home league clash with Norwich if he was currently under the most pressure he had been as a manager, Van Gaal said: “No. “The pressure when I started as a manager was much higher. I cannot lose now that I am at the end of my career.” He was then asked if that affected his hunger and desire, and Van Gaal replied: “No, because I don’t want to finish my career with the club sacking me. “That would be a great disappointment for me, to say goodbye to the football world by being fired. “I think my honour is much more pressure for me than the pressure of the media and the fans.” United fans have certainly been among the critics of the playing style, with some voicing their frustration at matches with boos and shouts of ”attack, attack, attack”. Press Association The 64-year-old Dutchman, who has stated his intention to retire when his current contract runs out in 2017, is enduring a tough time at the moment. United are winless in five games in all competitions, have been beaten in their last two, are out of the Champions League and are six points off the top of the Barclays Premier League, while their playing style has been widely derided as dull. Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal insists he has been under far greater pressure in his career than he is now – but is wary of suffering the “great disappointment” of it concluding with him being sacked. And while questioning what he could lose at this stage of his career, Van Gaal did say: “If I lose the confidence of the fans, that for me would be very sad.” Asked about the supporter disgruntlement and whether he felt the fans were still with him, Van Gaal called for belief from the stands. ”It’s always like that when you lose. Then fans have to prove their belief again,” he said. ”The board can see what you can do as a manager in practice but the fans cannot see that, so when you lose you need the belief of the fans. ”It is a question for the fans, not the manager.” Van Gaal has no doubt United need to start winning – after last week’s loss at Bournemouth he set a specific target of victories in each of their next three games – and that it will provide an answer to criticism better than anything he can say. But he also stressed on Friday that points are more important than performances in the current situation. “We need that maybe, but for me it is more important that we win,” he said when asked whether United needed to deliver a display on Saturday to lift the crowd. If United are to win against Norwich, skipper Wayne Rooney could be key. The striker has been out for three games with an ankle injury but has trained all week and Van Gaal said he may return to action on Saturday for what would be his 500th United appearance. Rooney has not enjoyed his best campaign so far, but is still his club’s top scorer for 2015-16 with seven goals. And Van Gaal believes the 30-year-old can be a force at the top level for at least two or three more seasons. “I think so because we are playing like we have played this year and nevertheless he has scored the most goals – it is still Wayne Rooney,” Van Gaal said. Defender Chris Smalling (groin) and midfielder Ander Herrera (hamstring) could also return on Saturday after spells on the sidelines. last_img read more

President Trump v. The Squad – ‘If you hate our country, you can leave’

first_imgRepublican House Speaker Mitch McConnell addressed the ongoing feud Tuesday supporting President Trump but acknowledging that all parties need to “tone down their rhetoric.” Trump is not walking back on his comments despite severe criticism in the wake of his ongoing feud with Democratic Congresswomen known as “The Squad.”The squad made up of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn have called for Trump’s impeachment and accused him of being a racist on several occasions.Trump added fuel to the fire Monday evening in a series of lengthy Tweets condemning the “four progressives” for their “horrible & disgusting actions!”He later posted a picture on Instagram with a quote which read, “If you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave.”Shortly after, members of the squad retaliated by once again calling for his impeachment and renewing statements that the president is racist.Trump rephrased his initial statement Tuesday telling reporters that the Democratic Congresswoman “can leave or stay but they should love our country.”He also took to Twitter to reaffirm his remarks and that he is not racist.…..Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country. Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said. Omar is polling at 8%, Cortez at 21%. Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party. See you in 2020!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2019last_img read more

The Latest: London Marathon postponed to October

first_imgThe Latest: London Marathon postponed to October Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.___1:55 p.m.The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony. ___10:30 a.m.The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed until a later date. Augusta National did not indicate when the Masters would be played. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. The Masters began in 1934 and only World War II has kept it from being played. This was the biggest shoe to drop for golf. The PGA Tour already canceled the next three events leading up to the Masters. Tiger Woods was to be going after his sixth green jacket.___ 10:25 a.m.Baylor University says it has told its entire baseball team and staff to self-quarantine after learning that three TSA agents in San Jose, California who tested positive for COVID-19 had “indirect contact” with the school’s travel party earlier this week. Baylor said the team will self-quarantine in Waco, Texas, or at their permanent residence. The school said no players, coaches or staff are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus. Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events.___10:45 a.m.India and South Africa have called off the two remaining one-day cricket internationals and decided to reschedule the series.The second ODI was scheduled to be played in Lucknow on Sunday and the third game in Kolkata on Wednesday. The first game was washed out by rain in Dharmsala earlier this week. He adds that “Russia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.”___2:50 p.m.The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates. RCS Sport says “all parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.”___2:10 p.m.The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled. The positive result prompted Madrid’s basketball and soccer teams to enter quarantine because they share some facilities at the club’s training center.Thompkins wrote on Twitter he was “feeling great and just waiting for the virus to pass.”Spain has declared a state of emergency for two weeks to try to contain the virus.___11:50 a.m. The Six Nations says “we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the U.K. and global sports industries.”It’s the first time the championship hasn’t been completed on schedule since 2001, when Ireland was hit by an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.___12:25 p.m.The Real Madrid basketball player who tested positive for the coronavirus was American forward Trey Thompkins. ___4:55 p.m.Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, could hold more than its scheduled three group games and one quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg.According to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says “we absolutely could expand the tournament program.” Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.___10:40 a.m. The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating.Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___ No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___9:55 a.m.Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday. ___1:25 p.m.The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary.Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time. National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman says players and staff have been told to stay away from the rink and self-isolate while the league is on a hiatus of uncertain length.Bettman said in a phone interview Friday with the Associated Press and the league’s website that, to his knowledge, no players or league employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus. But he added that he isn’t certain there isn’t someone who might not be feeling well and is awaiting test results.He told owners the first positive test result by any player would be a game-changer and that the decision to pause the season came after that happened in the NBA.Unlike NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who said his league’s season would be suspended at least 30 days, Bettman would not put a timeframe on the NHL’s break. Bettman said several contingencies are being worked on about resuming the season and still awarding the Stanley Cup, but he would not give a definitive date on when that would have to happen or how long into the summer things could go.Bettman also said it is not the NHL’s independent call when to return to games and did not rule out the possibility of playing in empty arenas. He said games would only resume when the situation is safe. “We know how disappointing this news will be for so many — the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds, and the millions who watch the race every year,” event director Hugh Brasher said.Previously, coronavirus fears have forced the Barcelona Marathon originally scheduled this Sunday, to be postponed to Oct. 25, and the Paris Marathon on April 5 to be shifted to Oct. 18.The Rome Marathon set for March 29 was canceled earlier.___12:50 p.m. March 13, 2020 The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium.Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak.The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present.___ 10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket.England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.” 1:45 p.m.The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5.The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed.No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP. Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus. Bundesliga club Paderborn said its coach tested negative, hours before his team was due to play Fortuna Düsseldorf, and that it was waiting for test results from an unspecified number of players.___11:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season.The league made the decision after canceling the season because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will be the first time since 1940 that no team will be declared champion. NASCAR and IndyCar have each called off their races this weekend. NASCAR was scheduled to run Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway without spectators but said Friday it is calling off this weekend and next week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.IndyCar was scheduled to open its season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, but suspended it’s season through the end of April. Four races are affected. 11:20 a.m.The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums.The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs. The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.”It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee.The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.___11:50 a.m. Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.”Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic.___12:40 p.m. ___12:30 p.m.The last remaining Six Nations rugby match was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Welsh Rugby Union had earlier insisted its match against Scotland on Saturday in Cardiff would go ahead, but changed its mind by mid-afternoon.It’s the fourth match in the championship to be postponed and means the entire final round, scheduled for Saturday, is off. ___1:20 p.m.German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus.The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game. Associated Press The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane.___11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus. The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship.___3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak. The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August.___11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):5:10 p.m.The London Marathon scheduled for April 26 has been postponed to Oct. 4. The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___11 a.m.The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television. The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.” Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___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

Dunne leads at Danish Open

first_imgThe Greystones native carded a 3-under par 68 yesterday, which leaves him six shots off the leaders.Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy will resume from level par and Graeme McDowell from 1-over par later this evening at The Barclays Championship in New York.Patrick Reed and Martin Lairrd leas by one on 5 under.last_img