Decision to ban cycling on Moville Green for safety reasons – Cllr Farren

first_img Twitter Decision to ban cycling on Moville Green for safety reasons – Cllr Farren Pinterest Facebook A decision to ban cycling on a popular walkway in Moville was taken in the interests of safety.Councillor Martin Farren says he requested signage be erected on Moville Green, banning cycling on pathways following concerns raised by locals.Chair of the Green Party in Donegal Michael White criticised the move and called for it to be reversed.However, Councillor Farren says the walkway needs to be a safe place for all:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/greenway1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Previous articleAlmost €160,000 allocated to Donegal under CEP schemeNext articleCalls for eye clinic to be set up in Letterkenny News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction By News Highland – May 10, 2021 WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Premier Foods launches McDougalls wholesaler baking competition

first_imgPremier Foods has announced it will launch the first-ever McDougalls Wholesaler Baking Team of the Year competition following the success of a similar competition in primary schools for the past two years.Backed by the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) and the Craft Guild of Chefs, the competition gives foodservice wholesaler and cash and carry teams the opportunity to showcase their baking talents while giving back to charitable causes.Those who register will receive a McDougalls toolkit, which includes recipe inspiration to get them started.Teams should create one savoury and one sweet recipe, which includes McDougalls’ Flour Based Mix product in each. Wholesalers can register their interest via the Premier Foods foodservice website, and are able to enter as many teams as they wish.The first round of judging will be paper-based. Teams, consisting of no more than three amateur bakers and one qualified chef, will be shortlisted to a final group of three teams who will compete in the final at St Albans on 27 June. The winning team will be rewarded with a £500 donation to a charity of their choice.Sarah Robb, channel marketing manager at Premier Foods, said the talent the school teams had shown them over the past few years had been outstanding and the company was thrilled to be extending the McDougalls competition to the wholesale and cash and carry channels.“We are excited to see what wholesaler teams will bring to the table in terms of creativity and professionalism, and are looking forward to seeing teams embracing their competitive spirit,” she said.“This competition is open to all levels, so this is your chance to discover those hidden talents within your teams – from marketing and telesales teams to warehouse operatives. We would encourage everyone to get involved and show the industry what you are made of.”Registration deadline is 17 March and recipes should be submitted by 19 May. The shortlist will be announced 10 days later.last_img read more

Renewable electric generation topped coal-fired output in the Netherlands in 2019 for first time

first_imgRenewable electric generation topped coal-fired output in the Netherlands in 2019 for first time FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享NL Times:The Netherlands generated more electricity from sustainable sources than from coal for the first time ever last year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. The amount of energy produced also reached [a] record high.Last year the Netherlands produced 121 billion kWh of electricity, 6 percent more than in 2018. Electricity generated using coal decreased from over 27 billion kWh in 2018 to over 17 billion kWh last year. And energy generated from sustainable sources increased from nearly 19 billion kWh to nearly 22 billion kWh.As the electricity generation from coal decreased, production using natural gas increased, from nearly 58 billion kWh to 71 billion kWh. According to the stats office, this has to do with the low gas price, and high price of CO2 emissions. Generating energy from gas emits relatively less CO2 than doing so from coal.The Netherlands’ consumption of electricity was about the same in 2019 as in 2018. This combined with the record high production resulted in a decrease of electricity imports, from 26.8 billion kWh in 2018 to 20.4 billion kWh last year. Electricity exports increased slightly, from 18.8 billion kWh to 19.5 billion kWh.[Janene Pieters]More: NL produced more sustainable energy than coal power for first timelast_img read more

Costa Rica: 470 kilograms of cocaine seized

first_imgBy Dialogo March 20, 2013 SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Costa Rican authorities said tests confirmed they seized 470 kilograms of cocaine off a ship they stopped in the South Pacific on March 18. Drug Control Police (PCD) agents discovered the cocaine divided into 50 packs along with 30 barrels of fuel to power the four-engine vessel. Two Ecuadorans and two Costa Ricans were arrested on international narco-trafficking charges, which carry a sentence of between eight and 20 years in prison. Mauricio Boraschi, Costa Rica’s national anti-drug commissioner, said the confiscation was the result of a joint operation between Costa Rica and the United States. [Xinhua (Costa Rica), 20/03/2013; El Universo (Costa Rica), 19/03/2013]last_img read more

Senate committee takes up workers’ comp issues

first_img December 15, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Senate committee takes up workers’ comp issues Senate committee takes up workers’ comp issues Senior Editor If a workers’ compensation plaintiff lawyer turns down an offer from an employer or insurance carrier made before the lawyer took the case and then fails to win more benefits for the client, that lawyer should not be paid any fees.That’s the recommendation of a state legislative report prepared by the staff of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. The study also makes two other recommendations on attorney’s fees among its 13 final recommendations.The report, according to the chair of the Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Section, focused mainly on fraud in the workers’ compensation system, both on the plaintiff and defense sides.The two other lawyer provisions were establishing a per accident cap on discretionary hourly attorneys’ fees award rate and allowing fees to attach 30 days after the receipt of a petition by an employer or carrier rather than the current 44 days. Both of those provisions were contained in SB 1188, which passed the Senate last year but failed to be adopted after the House and Senate were unable to work out differences of drastically diverging workers’ compensation bills.The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee ordered the report to look into claims that Florida has some of the highest workers’ compensation rates in the country, but does not have correspondingly high benefits or medical cost payments.The report earned high praise from Rafael Gonzalez, chair of the Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Section.“The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee is focusing on fraud; fraud on both the claimants’ side and the employer/carriers’ side,” he said. “We think as a Bar organization representing both sides of the fence that’s a wonderful thing. If there’s fraud, it ought to be dealt with harshly and immediately.”The report echoes a study last year that showed there is $1 billion or more of unpaid workers’ compensation premiums, mainly in the construction industry. That, Gonzalez said, goes a long way to explain why Florida has both high rates and low benefits compared to the rest of the country.Closing those loopholes “makes so much sense from a mathematical standpoint because if the pool is smaller [because of fraud], those folks who are in the pool pay a much larger premium,” he said.The report was based on studies, both national and Florida specific, conducted by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) and the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI).Findings included that Florida consistently has the highest or second highest workers’ compensation rates in the country, even following some steep rate cuts in the 1990s. At the same time, payouts are comparable with other large or nearby states, being about the same as in Connecticut, 26 to 35 percent higher than in Texas, 13 to 20 percent higher than in Wisconsin, 25 to 38 percent lower than in Georgia, and 12 to 23 percent lower than California.Part of the report looked at attorneys’ fees in workers’ compensation cases and the impact of attorneys on claims. It noted in cases where attorneys are not involved, the average Florida payout is $10,424, only slightly higher than the national average of $9,753. But in cases where attorneys are hired by the claimant, the average payout in Florida was $41,584, compared to the national average of $30,227.Although a 1993 change to Florida’s workers’ compensation law cut attorneys’ fees, litigation rates have risen, as measured by defense attorney participation. One study found that defense attorney participation doubled from 1994 to 1998, and state figures showed that attorneys are involved in over 95 percent of the filings for the informal dispute resolution process.Another study found that defense attorneys were involved in 30 percent of the cases in Florida, compared to 19 percent nationally.The report said that some observers attribute higher attorney participation to workers being uninformed of their rights, dissatisfied with their medical care, and unhappy over the size and lateness of benefits. One study also suggested the trend was caused by workers being allowed to get permanent impairment benefits while also returning to work, and “settlements allowing the washout or closure of future medical benefits.”The state did not, according to the report, maintain information showing the “cost drivers” affecting attorneys’ fees or allowing fees paid to be compared with the statutory fee schedule.Most of the report, however, dealt with nonlawyer facts about the workers’ compensation system. Findings included:• The state continues to have a major fraud problem in the construction industry, which caused an estimated $1.3 billion in premiums – up to 30 percent of which may have been legal exemptions – to go unpaid last year. That compares to the total $2.5 million premiums collected, of which $912 million came from the construction industry. Among the problems cited were the failure of the former Department of Labor to cite employers who clearly had insufficient coverage, although the department said it was following the law. Another problem is employees and subcontractors may need workers’ comp coverage for one job one day but not need it for a different task the next day. The report also said there is confusion about who can and can’t get a coverage exemption.• Although Florida has some of the lowest reimbursement rates for medical costs in the country, those expenses make up 64.9 percent of the payouts in Florida, compared to 55.8 percent nationally. The report noted that a WCRI study found payments to Florida hospitals were the highest of eight other large or nearby states and those hospital fees were as much as five times the amount authorized to non-hospital providers of the same service.• The number of cases claiming permanent total disability in Florida is three times the national average. And while statutory benefits in Florida for permanent impairment claims are among the lowest in the country, payouts are in line with that of other states. The report cited one study which concluded that impairment payments “may actually include an implicit payment for settling a permanent total disability claim.”• Indemnity benefits appear to be increasing, having been paid out on 18 percent of the claims in 1996 and 20 percent in 1998.• Payouts for medical benefits increased at 5.4 percent a year from 1994 through 1998.• The cost of delivering benefits has rapidly escalated, from $964 per claim (or 18 percent of the total cost) to $1,577 (39 percent) from 1996 to 1998. The report attributed that increase to the mandated delivery of medical services by managed care arrangements.Aside from the provisions affecting attorneys’ fees, the report made several recommendations, including:• Making it easier to assess penalties up to $5,000 per employee on contractors who carry insufficient coverage by dropping the requirement to show intent to carry inadequate coverage.• Requiring mandatory coverage for all construction workers below the subcontractor level, as well as for all persons contracting with a subcontractor.• Clarifying state law that employers carrying inadequate insurance are not in compliance with state law.• Revising the standard for permanent total disability to exclude reference for injuries that would qualify the worker for Social Security disability or supplemental income.• Increasing the permanent impairment benefits from 33 to 66.67 percent of the temporary total benefits.• Adopting fee schedules to help contain medical costs, similar to several other states.• Giving the state better oversight to protect against overutilization and improper billing by providers. The eight-page summary report can be found at: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/data/Publications/2002/Senate/reports/interim_reports/pdf/2002-117bi.pdf. The 35-page long report can be found at: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/data/Publications/2002/Senate/reports/interim_reports/pdf/2002-117bilong.pdf.last_img read more

Former Sunrise Terrace Community Center torn down after 60 years

first_imgHe also says they wanted to salvage the building but that was too costly. Town of Dickinson Supervisor Michael Marinaccio says the center was built around 60 years ago and had to be demolished because the back of the building was deteriorating. He says it was considered dangerous to be in. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — The Former Sunrise Terrace Community Center in the town of Dickinson was torn down Monday morning.center_img Marinaccio says they hope to turn the location of building into a park for local families to enjoy.last_img read more

Google says: The focus is on bikes and the public bike system aka active holidays

first_imgOf course, the same changes were noticed by Google, and he reacted immediately. Otherwise, a quick reaction to the changes will be at the cost of current and future tourism companies. So Google has noticed a significant increase in searches of everything that revolves around bikes, from shopping to searching for the nearest bike repair services. Google Maps has been offering instructions specifically for bikes for years, and now the app also shows where you can find locations to share a bike or bike-sharing station. Today, Google combines the two options together and displays data with instructions for cyclists – and if you don’t have your own bike, it will redirect you to the nearest bike-sharing point and include the nearest place to go to your destination. It basically combines hiking directions to and from bike transportation and information with the best bike route. For some cities, Google Maps will also offer a direct link to bike sharing apps so users can go to them, book bikes, and unlock them. Google The Bike-sharing World Map The coronavirus pandemic is causing important changes in our daily lives, including the way we move around cities, and thus directly affecting the tourism sector. While we don’t yet know what all the changes in behavior will be, some of the new trends are slowly popping up. What is noticeable, even in Croatia because their sales “exploded”, is the significantly increased use or demand for bicycles. Both recreationally and in public transport. Also, there is a new trend that is growing rapidly, and that is electric scooters, which are slowly conquering our coast. I must definitely emphasize the charging stations for electric bicycles. This is a trend that will remain, active tourism is growing and will certainly be an important motive for coming and creating a competitive advantage, as well as the great demand of tourists for just such facilities. Google has announced that it is working on updating its bike path data with the idea of ​​including new lane data worldwide in the coming months, inviting the same cities and municipalities to contribute updated information to Google Maps via a data transfer tool – Geo Data Upload tool . So, it is logical for us to take that step and fill in the data on our bike paths aka the development of cycling tourism. As we know, those who are proactive, quick to react, creative, innovative and who are primarily engaged in market development succeed. As Google is currently working on expanding the network and updating, not all data or destinations are currently displayed, but as we can see in Croatia, at least according to Google, we have 18 bike-sharing stations. So, these are trends that have been there for years, and now, due to the appearance of the coronavirus, the need for them is growing rapidly. As always, it is necessary to react quickly and be among the first to take a step, in fact, even to impose themselves as leaders of trends, even to create some.last_img read more

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IMF says global economic outlook better than June prediction

first_img“I would emphasize we are not out of the woods,” Rice said, calling the outlook “very challenging” with emerging markets facing a “precarious” situation due to the coronavirus.Economists also fear that a second wave of infections could damage growth. Governments including Britain and France have reinstituted some restrictions in recent days, although on a much more limited scale than earlier in the year.Rice said households and businesses in the United States continue to face challenges and signaled that the fund supports more fiscal support for the economy. Talks on another round of stimulus are deadlocked in Washington weeks before President Donald Trump stands for a second term in the November polls.In a column earlier this month, IMF leader Kristalina Georgieva and chief economist Gita Gopinath said governments should continue to support workers and businesses since the unprecedented nature of the crisis could give rise to a wave of bankruptcies and job destruction.”This crisis, however, is far from over,” they wrote. “The recovery remains very fragile and uneven across regions and sectors. To ensure that the recovery continues, it is essential that support not be prematurely withdrawn.”They cautioned that, “Though the world has learned to live with the virus, a full recovery is unlikely without a permanent medical solution.” Topics : The global economic outlook is less bleak than projected in June, an IMF spokesman said Thursday, hinting that the organization’s forecasts for growth will be raised next month.”Recent incoming data suggests that the outlook may be somewhat less dire” than projected in the Washington-based crisis lender’s World Economic Outlook published in June, spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters, nothing that “parts of the global economy (are) beginning to turn the corner.”As the coronavirus has moved through the world, economists have been forced to constantly revise their forecasts for growth.center_img The International Monetary Fund is set to update its global outlook on October 13, though Rice did not reveal details about the new projection.In its June forecast, the fund said world GDP would drop by 4.9 percent and the virus would wipe out $12 trillion over two years, However China and some other advanced economies performed better than expected in the second quarter of 2020, Rice said, partly due to the easing of lockdown measures after the near total shutdowns earlier in the year.”We’re also seeing signs of global trade slowly beginning to recover,” Rice said. last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SEASON NEGOTIATIONSPlayers holding firm on stance for prorated payNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is no closer to framing an agreement for starting the season. UNDATED (AP) — Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry wants an apology from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee for shaming her last summer.She captured headlines when she used her turn on the gold-medal podium at the Pan-Am Games to raise her fist as a show of her frustration with America’s treatment of blacks. The USOPC put Berry on a 12-month probation for her gesture.It’s a gesture that has taken on new meaning in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the protests that have followed. Berry found it galling the USOPC recently issued a statement saying the organization “stands with those who demand equality.”COLLEGE SPORTS-CENTRAL MICHIGAN-NCAA WAIVERCentral Michigan gets NCAA waiver to reduce men’s athletic programs UNDATED (AP) — A day after announcing a deal with its players’ association to resume the season with a tournament in Florida, Major League Soccer says teams may resume training.MLS says each player and staff member must complete two tests for the coronavirus 24 hours apart, 72 hours ahead of the start of training.Every player also must have a test for antibodies and a physical. Testing for antibodies will take place every three months.Testing providers must be authorized by the FDA or Health Canada.In other sports developments related to the coronavirus outbreak: Update on the latest in sports: Players have reaffirmed their stance for full prorated pay, leaving a huge gap with teams that could scuttle plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season around the Fourth of July and may leave owners focusing on a schedule as short as 50 games.More than 100 players, including the union’s executive board, held a two-hour digital meeting with officials of the Major League Baseball Players Association on Thursday, a day after the union’s offer was rejected by Major League Baseball.Management on Sunday pitched an 82-game schedule that included a sliding scale for prorated salaries, with the richer players receiving a reduced share. The union countered on Tuesday with a 114-game schedule with prorated salaries and no adjusted scale.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBAAP source: NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan — Seven Arkansas State athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating for 14 days. Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said the seven athletes are from three sports, and all were asymptomatic so far. Damphousse said contact tracing has begun, and anyone who has been exposed to any of the seven athletes will be required to quarantine for 14 days.— Premier League club Tottenham is borrowing $220 million by using the Bank of England’s emergency pandemic loan scheme to cope with the absence of spectators from its stadium and the cancellation of two NFL games it was to stage this year. The north London club revealed the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic as the Premier League advanced plans for the competition to end its 100-day shutdown in two weeks.— Premier League clubs have agreed to allow five substitutions per match but allowing for only three pauses to bring on substitutes. They will adopt the temporary change when the league resumes on June 17 amid the pandemic. Premier League clubs have also agreed to temporarily increase the number of substitute players from seven to nine.— All referees in Italy’s top soccer league have tested negative for the coronavirus. The Serie A referees and some from the second division were tested at the Italian federation’s training headquarters on the outskirts of Florence. They will remain there until June 10 to have further tests and continue training and preparing for the resumption of Serie A on June 20.— The International Olympic Committee is in talks with insurers over compensation for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games. The IOC pays for insurance against the cancellation of an Olympics, but it is unclear if its policy covers a one-year postponement. The IOC said last month it set aside $650 million to cover potential extra costs for the postponement. Costs for organizers in Japan are expected to run to billions of dollars. NHL OK’s opening of team facilities, finalizes playoff format as Pens player tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — The National Hockey League is allowing team facilities to reopen and players to take part in voluntary on- and off-ice workouts beginning Monday.Players can skate or work out in groups of up to six at a time. Unlike training camps scheduled to begin sometime in July, these workouts are not mandatory for players.The league also has nailed down the final details of a playoff format if the season can resume.Every playoff series will be a best of seven after the qualifying round and teams will be re-seeded along the way instead of bracketing. — Rafael Nadal says if he had to decide right now he wouldn’t play in the U.S. Open, but he wants to wait and see what happens with the coronavirus pandemic. The 19-time Grand Slam champion thinks it’s important that there be two requirements for tennis to return: assuring everyone’s health and making sure players from all countries can travel. All sanctioned tennis has been on hold since March.BREES-SOCIAL MEDIABrees says he ‘completely missed the mark’ in flag commentsNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees is apologizing for comments that he now says were “insensitive and completely missed the mark” when he reiterated his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem in 2016Those remarks, in an interview with Yahoo, drew sharp criticism from fellow high-profile athletes and others in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The All-Star race is now slated for July 15, two months after it was scheduled to be run before being postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.NASCAR will keep its scheduled twin-bill weekend later this month at Pocono Raceway. Kansas Speedway will host the Cup Series for a Thursday night race July 23.NASCAR-VIRUS OUTBREAK-INDIANAPOLISIndianapolis Motor Speedway slams door on fans at BrickyardINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway will hold the July 4 IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader without fans. Los Angeles Lakers great LeBron James, New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins and former NFL player Martellus Bennett were just some of the high-profile athletes to criticize Brees on their Twitter feeds.James says he couldn’t believe Brees was still confused about what Kaepernick was trying to do. The Lakers’ star says kneeling was not about showing disrespect to the flag or the military but instead about police brutality.In an Instagram post Thursday, Brees said he was apologizing to his friends, teammates, New Orleans, the black community, the NFL community and “anyone I hurt with my comments.” He says his words “lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy” and had become “divisive and hurtful.”NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETES-CONGRESSUNDATED (AP) — Federal legislation setting guidelines for college athletes to pursue money-making opportunities could be proposed within a month. UNDATED (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has told the 32 clubs in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that coaching staffs may work from team complexes starting Friday.Previously, only up to 75 people per day could be at the facilities, with coaches and players not seeking treatment for injuries barred. The maximum number of club employees in each facility will be increased to 100, subject to governmental regulations and implementation of health protocols developed by the NFL’s medical staff.NASCAR-SCHEDULE CHANGESNASCAR makes final alterations to scheduleCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is set to run its All-Star race on a Wednesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and added one more weeknight Cup Series race as part of its latest revised schedule through July. Track officials had been optimistic it could be the first major sporting venue to have fans back in the stands this summer. Instead, the stands will be empty much like the rest of the tracks since major racing resumed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic last month.IMS officials made the decision after consulting with local and state officials.INDYCAR-WINDSCREENIndyCar drivers uncertain how aeroscreen will work at TexasINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some IndyCar drivers are nervous heading into Saturday’s season-opening race at Texas. They will be racing on one of the series’ trickiest tracks, in stifling heat and with the new windscreen for the first time.The protective device was supposed to make its debut on a road course in March. But when the pandemic shut down the sports world, series officials revised the schedule.Now, the introductory race will take place on a high-speed, high-banked Texas oval, where it has not been tested.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKMLS: training can resume; 7 Arkansas St athletes positive; Tottenham borrows $220M HOUSTON (AP) — Former Los Angeles Dodgers star Carl Crawford has been arrested after his former girlfriend accused him of assaulting her during an argument over a man she had begun dating.An arrest affidavit filed by Houston police states Crawford went to the home of Gabriele Washington on May 8, produced a handgun from which he unloaded the ammunition in her presence, then demanded information on her latest dating relationship.Washington told investigators that he pushed her to the floor, slammed her head against a wall and choked her.Crawford is free on $50,000 bond.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 UNDATED (AP) — The NBA continues to take positive steps toward resuming a season that was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league Board of Governors has approved a 22-team format for restarting the season in late July at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. The format calls for each team playing eight games to determine playoff seeding plus the possible utilization of a play-in tournament for the final spot in each conference postseason field.The 22-team plan includes all teams that were holding playoff spots when the season was stopped, plus all other clubs within six games of a postseason berth. That means 13 teams from the Western Conference and nine from the East.The players association has a call on Friday to approve the plan as well, the final step as the league attempts a reboot.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFT The announcement came on the heels of the Pittsburgh Penguins revealing one of their players tested positive for the coronavirus. The team said the unidentified player was not in Pittsburgh, was isolated after experiencing symptoms and has recovered.The NHL has not yet announced the start of voluntary workouts or a firm timeline for training camps and the resumption of games.Each conference will play its postseason games in a separate hub city to be announced. The top four teams in each conference will compete in a round-robin to determine seeding, while the next eight teams in each conference will battle for a spot in the opening round. The seven other teams have received spots in the draft lottery.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLNFL coaches allowed to return to team facilities on Friday NCAA sets deadline for withdrawal from NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has set a new schedule for early entrants to the NBA draft to withdraw and return to school.Players will now have until 10 days after the NBA scouting combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes earlier.The original June 3 deadline was set to come 10 days after the completion of the combine, but the NBA postponed the combine amid the coronavirus pandemic and has yet to announce a new date.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHL Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez plans to introduce the bill and says there will be no blanket antitrust exemption for the NCAA. The Republican congressman says it’s imperative for Congress to act in time to render moot the array of state laws that are being considered or already have passed and are slated to go into effect as soon as next year.The NCAA announced five weeks ago that it would move forward with a plan to allow athletes to earn money for endorsements, personal appearances and social media content, among other things.Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has said there will be no caps on how much an athlete can earn. Smith led the Knight Commission that produced the recommendations approved by the Board of Governors.Still, the issue of a possible antitrust exemption for the NCAA has been raised because some states suspect the NCAA will use “guardrails” to put limits on athletes and their ability to maximize their earning potential in a free market.NABC-RACIAL RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE June 5, 2020 Coach apologizes for misstatementUNDATED (AP) — Florida State football coach Mike Norvell has apologized after a star player accused him of lying about personally connecting with each player to discuss the police killing of George Floyd and ensuing protests against racial injustice.Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson said last night on Twitter that he and his teammates were “outraged” by Norvell’s characterization of the contact the white, first-year coach had with the players. Wilson, who is black, went back to social media on Thursday to say the matter was settled.TRACK-BERRY’S PROTESTBerry ‘disappointed’ with USOPC in aftermath of Floyd death South Carolina’s Martin to chair hoops committee on raceKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin will chair a new committee formed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to address issues of race and discrimination not only within intercollegiate athletics but society at large.The NABC’s board of directors announced the new committee Thursday, saying in a statement that “coaches can and should lend their voices to making a difference on the national, regional and local levels.” But the college coaching association also wants to ensure that the concerns of student-athletes also are being addressed.The board also released a set of recommendations for coaches, including holding in-person or virtual meetings to discuss current events and racial injustice; stressing a team’s commitment to diversity and inclusion; establish Election Day as an annual team day off; and encourage meetings with law enforcement leaders and others outside the department.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-FLORIDA STATE-NORVELL Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Central Michigan says it has received a two-year waiver from the NCAA regarding the minimum Division I sports sponsorship requirements.Division I schools are not supposed to have fewer than six sports for male athletes. CMU announced last month it was dropping men’s track and field, citing university-wide budget cuts. That leaves the school with five men’s teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, football and wrestling.Central Michigan requested the waiver after losing revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.CARL CRAWFORD ARRESTEx-Dodgers star Carl Crawford arrested on assault chargelast_img read more