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Virus fallout takes heavy toll on young workers

first_img‘Pretty scary’ The Kantar study indicated that a majority of young people expect to suffer the consequences of the crisis in the future — more than any other generation. Young women are particularly vulnerable. British group the Young Women’s Trust said more than a third (36 percent) worked in sectors hardest hit by lockdown measures, such as catering, retail, leisure and entertainment.For men, the figure is 25 percent.The sectors are also major providers of part-time jobs favored by students.In Spain — another European country hard-hit by the disease — unemployment has soared for young people aged 25 and under, reaching 33 percent in the first quarter of this year.”Almost half of the job losses that have occurred since the start of the crisis are concentrated on people aged under 35,” said social security minister Jose Luis Escriva.One of them is David, 35, who was a lifeguard at a swimming club in Madrid until he was laid off on March 13, robbing him of financial security — and peace of mind.”You find yourself without savings, without money. It’s pretty scary,” he said.”My parents are giving me money until I get unemployment benefits, because otherwise I can’t pay the bills, the food, the rent for my garage space.” Pierre is far from being an isolated case in Britain, which is gradually easing out of stay-at-home restrictions, after an outbreak that has left more than 40,000 dead.The Resolution Foundation, which aims to improve living standards for low- and middle-income families, estimated up to 640,000 18-24-year-olds could lose their jobs this year.That will take the number of unemployed in that age group to over one million, the think-tank said. Its projection is backed up by the Institute of Student Employers, which said more than a quarter of companies are cutting back on graduate recruitment. Topics : Internships are also being reduced by almost a third, it added, after questioning 124 companies.The pattern looks set to be repeated elsewhere, with concerns that job losses, purchasing power and confidence could hit young people, just as did in the 2008 financial crisis.Half of the world’s so-called “Millennials” — those aged 25-34 — and the “Generation Z” of 18-24 year olds were already feeling the effects of the global economic meltdown, according to a study by consultancy firm Kantar in May.Other studies, including those from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Labor Organization, indicate the pandemic is worsening inequality.Young and less qualified people are often on the frontline in the fight against the virus, the OECD noted.The ILO said one in six under-29s had stopped working since the outbreak began and those who have kept their jobs have seen their working hours reduced by 23 percent. When Britain went into coronavirus lockdown on March 23, the management at Pierre’s employer, a recruitment start-up in London, told staff not to worry about their jobs.But just hours later, the 26-year-old received an email from his boss asking him to call. “I understood right away. It was fairly brutal,” he told AFP.He was then laid off with about 15 percent of his colleagues.last_img read more

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Ian Wright slams Arsenal flop Shkodran Mustafi for crucial error against Tottenham

first_imgShkodran Mustafi was at fault for the concession of a second half penalty against Spurs (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright slammed error-prone Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi after he gifted Tottenham a way back into Saturday’s north London derby.The Gunners looked set to record a first league win on Spurs turf for five years when they led until the 74th minute through Aaron Ramsey’s brilliantly taken opening goal.Mauricio Pochettino’s side, however, were gifted a way back into the contest with 15 minutes remaining when Harry Kane, standing a yard off-side when Christian Eriksen delivered a teasing free-kick, was needlessly barged over by Mustafi.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 CityThe Germany international had been asked to play in an unfamiliar right-back position and had coped manfully until that point but Wright could hardly hide his ire for a player who regularly suffers from rushes of blood to the head.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘A great game with a great atmosphere,’ Wright said on his YouTube channel. ‘I thought the manager got the shape right. It’s just frustrating. It feels like a loss to me when you look at some of the decisions. Ian Wright slams Arsenal flop Shkodran Mustafi for crucial error against Tottenham Advertisement Harry Kane’s goal was his record ninth in north London derbies (Picture: Getty)‘Their goal was offside but obviously Mustafi’s fingerprints are all over the crime scene. Pushing him in the back – they get and score the penalty.’Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a chance to steal the bragging rights at the death with a penalty of his own, but Hugo Lloris produced a vital save.Wright added: ‘You have to be really positive because we went there and attacked them and should have won the game. The boss deserves a lot of credit.‘Sokratis was magnificent, Leno was fantastic. Ramsey, someone who is leaving the club, his first-half performance was magnificent.‘I won’t be too down even though I’ve said it feels like a loss.’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 Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Mar 2019 4:25 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 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Swedish municipalities group denies big pensions debt is big problem

first_imgSkanida claimed that new calculations showed that nine out of 10 inhabitants in Sweden were at risk of increased taxation as local and regional authorities could be forced to raise taxes to finance the pension debt and balance their books.Problem ‘exaggerated’ Annika Wallenskog, chief economist of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR or SKL), confirmed the debt figures published by Skandia, but said that since the debt burden was effectively decreasing, there was no major problem.“It’s a big debt, but not a big problem,” she told IPE.The Skandia report was done every year, she said, but described the problem outlined as “exaggerated”.“The debt has been going down in proportion to salaries since 2015,” she said.The overall figure was so high because of remaining pension liabilities from the pre-1998 pay-as-you-go pension system that the municipalities and regions used to operate, she said.In 1998, the local authorities began funding their staff pensions, she said.“The local authorities are paying for the two systems, but the debt is going down”Annika Wallenskog, chief economist of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions“So now they’re paying for the two systems, but the debt is going down,” said Wallenskog.Rather than politicians now needing to do something to alleviate the problem, she said what was needed was for civil servants to keep track of the liabilities and make forecasts of future costs.“We have already asked the 290 local and 20 regional councils if they know what the pension costs will be in the next three or four years, and they do know. But not all of them know how much the debt would be in the next 10 years,” she said.Tax rises were possible as a result of the pensions burden, Wallenskog said, but only at a minimal level.“It is possible taxes could rise by one or two tenths of a percent, but only for a couple of years in some municipalities,” she said. Pensions firm Skandia in Sweden warned in a new report that politicians must act over large municipal pension liabilities, but the lobby group for the local authorities has played down the issue, saying that in relative terms the debts are falling.Publishing its report, ‘Hidden pension liabilities risk tax increases’, Skandia said pension liabilities of the country’s local and regional authorities grew SEK4.5bn (€417m) last year to SEK478bn. Some SEK324bn – nearly three-quarters – of this was hidden by not appearing on the local governments’ balance sheets, the firm said.Greger Gustafson, pension specialist for local and regional authorities at Skandia, said: “If Sweden is to be able to maintain the high level of welfare that citizens expect, it is high time that politicians began to prioritise the financing of pension debts in order to avoid cuts in welfare or increased taxes around Sweden.”last_img read more

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High-profile tennis star looking to buy Kingscliff beachfront mansion

first_imgA tennis star has shown interest in a luxury beachfront home at 44-48 North Point Ave, Kingscliff.A LUXURY Kingscliff property has proved to be a hit with a tennis star who is in negotiations for the mansion that features a pool and tennis court.The resort-style property spans three beachfront blocks and has an eye-watering $6.995 million price tag.It has attracted plenty of interest since it was served up to the market in September.MORE NEWS: Construction king creates ultimate smart homeMORE NEWS: Second deal sealed for developer’s mansion Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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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The terrible injustice of same-sex ‘marriage’: my story

first_imgLifeSiteNews 26 March 2013I saw an “ALL love is equal!” graphic posted up and down my news feed on Facebook this morning.  It’s designed to strike a chord with a person’s sense of justice and compassion, of course; quick and manipulative slogans are the fodder of politics – and fools.  …My whole extended family on my father’s side is for redefining marriage and against anyone who thinks otherwise.  I qualify that with “my father’s side” because it is the loss of my father that makes my story just as relevant to the debate as that of the woman wanting to marry her girlfriend. He passed away in 1997 suddenly – a ski accident.   I was thirteen; my brothers were eight and four.  We were devastated, of course.  And, although the youngest was too young at the time of our loss to remember or miss our dad, he joins the rest of us in suffering the absence of a father.  Not just a parental unit, a father.  Another mother – even two more – would not have remedied what we lacked; we needed a man. My mom did a great job, but she’d be the first one to say that it isn’t a slight to single mothers to say that fathers are needed.  Any time she attempted to assume a fatherly demeanor, it backfired.  We would either talk back or laugh at her, clearly lacking a healthy fear of “when Dad comes home.”  I have a vague memory of what that means, but I’m convinced my brothers have no point of reference. Equally, children need mothers.  Mothers and fathers compliment one another in the raising of children.  The absence of one or the other (or both) has a devastating effect on children.  That is why “ALL love is equal” slogans really rub me raw.  Children are poised to suffer a severe injustice – one that I suffered – for pithy slogans and the idea that adults have a right to children. It’s the other way around: children have a right to a mother and a father.  If either is absent, the child suffers. My brothers suffered the absence of a father most noticeably in their transition into adulthood.Not enough people are hearing the stories of the children raised without a mother and a father.   It is a serious story with consequences much more devastating than that of same-sex couples not being able to marry or adopt. Throughout history, the human child has been born to a mother and father.  It is our design and the means by which human societies have grown and flourished.  Therefore, it is an injustice of our fallen world that any child should lose a parent while young, but to say that this loss is no loss at all compounds the damage.  This is what redefining marriage does.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/the-terrible-injustice-of-same-sex-marriage-my-storylast_img read more

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Charger Chassis starts second season as title sponsor for IMCA’s Southern Hobby Stock region

first_imgDAVID CITY, Neb. (March 18) – Charger Chassis returns in 2015 for its second season as title sponsor of the Southern Region for IMCA Hobby Stocks. The Southern Region includes tracks in Arizona, western Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Owned by long-time driver Jamie Richards, the David City, Neb., chassis manufacturer will provide a portion of the point fund to be paid to top five drivers in official regional standings. “We are excited to renew the title partnership with Charger Chassis for the Southern Region and the stability there is really good for our Hobby Stock division,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to carry this forward for years to come.” In addition to Hobby Stock chassis, Charger builds for a growing number of Stock Car and Sport Compact customers.Since its first chassis rolled off the line in 2004, Charger now boasts 342 feature wins – including 68 in 2014 – 27 track and two IMCA national championships.Point fund checks will be distributed during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Information about Charger Chassis is available by calling 402 367-7688 and at the www.chargerchassis.com website.last_img read more

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West Brom joins £20m Eze chase

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom Townsend: Eze’s an incredible talent Eberechi Eze to add spark to Crystal Palace Newly Promoted English Premier League side, West Bromwich Albion, have joined the chase for highly rated Queens Park Rangers youngster, Eberechi Eze.The Baggies are in the market to improve their squad ahead of the new Premier League season, which has been scheduled to kick off in September. Eze on his part was impressive for Queens Park Rangers last season and his performances caught the attention of premier league teams with BirminghamMail quoting the Guardian that the Baggies have already held “informal talks” with QPR for the player.The 22-year-old is also on the wishlist of Crystal Palace who had reportedly had a bid of £12 million rejected by Queens Park Rangers.Reports claimed the Championship outfit would only entertain offer in the region of £20 milliom for their prized asset.West Brom, Crystal Palace and West Ham are now expected to go head to head for the player in the coming days.Should West Brom sanction a move for the England youth international, it would likely smash their transfer record – the £15 million they paid to RB Leipzig for Oliver Burke in 2017. Tags: Eberechi EzeQueen’s Park RangersWest Bromlast_img read more

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Summer spending set to break record

first_img With three days remaining until Monday’s transfer deadline, professional services firm Deloitte has released data indicating that spending is already 15 per cent higher than at the same stage of last year’s window. As of Friday morning, clubs had spent an estimated £430million on players, £60million short of the final 2012 total of £490million. The record spend of £500million was recorded in 2008. One of the chief reasons for the increased spending is thought to be the competition’s new £5.5billion global television deals, which have taken effect this season. Dan Jones, partner in Deloitte’s specialist Sports Business Group, said: “This summer looks set to be a record for the Premier League in gross, and quite possibly also net transfer spending. “Clubs have already spent over £400million this summer and with several large deals looking close to completion and a number of clubs still expected to do significant business, we will likely see the £500million gross record broken by Tuesday morning. “In a potentially record summer, it is important to consider this level of spending in the wider financial context of the Premier League. “The 2013-14 season will be the first in which clubs will benefit financially from the increased broadcast deals and we are seeing this translate into increased spending. “However, transfer spending this summer is still likely to be less than the total incremental revenue clubs will receive from these new broadcast deals.” The highest fees paid so far are the reported £32million Chelsea paid for Willian this week and the £30million Manchester City spent on Fernandinho earlier in the summer. City have actually spent close to £90million with Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic also arriving at the Etihad Stadium. Premier League spending during the summer transfer window is poised to hit record levels this year. Press Association Tottenham have also been heavy spenders, paying out around £60million on Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue. An £8.5million deal for Vlad Chiriches and one for Erik Lamela – for a reported £25.7million – have also been completed since Deloitte published their analysis. Much of their spending is likely to be recouped however if and when Gareth Bale completes a move to Real Madrid. last_img read more

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The Latest: Italy’s Sampdoria says 4 more players positive

first_imgAccording to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says “we absolutely could expand the tournament program.”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. March 13, 2020 12:50 p.m.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. Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.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.___ ___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. 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.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 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: 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 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.___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. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):6:20 p.m.Sampdoria has announced that four more of its players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club doctor. ___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 London Marathon scheduled for April 26 has been postponed to Oct. 4.“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.___ 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. ___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. The Latest: Italy’s Sampdoria says 4 more players positive 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. The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs.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. 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.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. 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.___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. 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 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.center_img Associated Press The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”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. 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.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.___ It’s the fourth match in the championship to be postponed and means the entire final round, scheduled for Saturday, is off.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. 11:50 a.m.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 club says after forward Manolo Gabbiadini tested positive on Thursday, it carried out tests on defender Omar Colley, midfielder Albin Ekdal, forward Antonino La Gumina, and midfielder Morten Thorsby, who all had light symptoms, and they also tested positive.Sampdoria says they are all in good condition in their own homes in Genoa. The same applies for club doctor Amedeo Baldari.The rest of the team, as well as the staff and directors, are also in self-isolation at home. The club’s offices and training facilities have been closed and all sporting activity has been suspended. ___5:10 p.m. The Real Madrid basketball player who tested positive for the coronavirus was American forward Trey Thompkins.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.___ 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.___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. 12:40 p.m.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. 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.___ UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.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. Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.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. 10:40 a.m.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 English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.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. Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___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. 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 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.last_img read more

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