Environment Agency Active Pension Fund on lookout for ‘mandate of future’

first_imgHowever, given the fund’s efforts to address climate change and carbon risk, Mansley said, companies in the coal and oil sector are unlikely to fit into the EAPF’s definition of a sustainable equity portfolio.He said: “Essentially, we are looking for people who understand the whole sustainability space and the risks. In the energy and resources sectors, we expect managers to be very selective at best when it comes to creating this portfolio.”The allocation is likely to be around £100m.The EAPF would like to see the following three questions answered by asset managers – referring to learning, the scope of sustainable investment and integration with financial analysis:Firstly, what lessons have you learned from key events of the recent past and how has your investment process evolved? Three key events stand out, but asset managers may wish to consider others:The Financial Crisis itself (many sustainable investors did not really appreciate the risks of the unsustainable growth in lending pre-crash)The Renewables Crash (growth has been there, but not profits or share-price performance)BP and the Macondo oil spill (the importance of reporting the right metrics)Secondly, what should the scope of sustainable investment be in this new world? How can we consider issues such as local economic growth, income inequality, tax avoidance, etc, as well as the established sustainability issues, such as environmental impact, climate change, labour standards and good governance? And what is the evidence that such a broader approach will deliver enhanced investment returns?Finally, on integrating sustainability with financial analysis, can you demonstrate its impact on the portfolio and the performance? Is it important to have a consistent process and underlying philosophy – across financial and non-financial criteria? Is it sensible to be somewhat pragmatic with ESG issues – moreso than with financial criteria? We have noted that ESG integration seems to have fared best when combined with a quality style bias – companies with good returns on assets/equity, low debt and strong cash flow. While a quality bias is better than many, is this inevitable or desirable? Can sustainability be successfully integrated with, for example, a value style, perhaps to identify value traps?More broadly, the EAPF is interested in understanding the process of learning itself – a key component of the best managers. How do they refresh their ideas and evolve their process more broadly? In particular, how do they avoid the perils of framing – believing the world must be the way your models say?The EAPF would welcome responses to any of these questions.In addition, managers that have interesting products/strategies are invited to send summary details of them to eapf@environment-agency.gov.uk. The EAPF has so far had 12-15 responses.The formal tender is expected to take place at the end of this year or early next year.The pension fund also has a strong sustainable component in its real asset portfolio, which includes property, infrastructure, forestry and agriculture, and is analysing the integration of sustainability in its bond space. The UK’s £2.2bn (€2.6bn) Environment Agency Active Pension Fund (EAPF) is looking for the sustainable equities “mandate of the future”.EAPF CIO Mark Mansley told IPE: “We have had an allocation to sustainable equities for eight years. The time has come to renew this allocation by reflecting the best industry practice, which is why we are surveying the market to identify opportunities. We want to have a dialogue with the various managers before going to a formal tender.”The preference is for global equities, which may or may not include emerging markets, and the focus of the fund is likely to be on well-managed companies able to contribute positively – in the broadest sense – to environmental and social challenges over the long term.Mansley said: “Essentially, they should have superior long-term growth prospects and lower risks. Simple screening or engagement-only products are not of interest.”last_img read more

AIDAnova, World’s 1st LNG Cruise Ship, Delivered

first_imgGerman shipbuilder Meyer Werft has delivered  the world’s first cruise ship to be powered solely by LNG, AIDAnova, to its owner AIDA Cruises.The initial delivery, scheduled for November, was postponed by Meyer Werft in October as the shipbuilder needed more time to thoroughly test all of the ship’s systems in order to ensure smooth operation of the vessel.The first guests will be welcomed aboard on Tenerife on December 19, 2018, Carnival said announcing the delivery.“We are incredibly proud to be operating what is currently the world’s most eco-friendly cruise ship, and we will be consistently pursuing this path of continuous development,” Felix Eichhorn, President of AIDA Cruises, said.Featuring a length of 337 meters and a width of 42 meters, the 180,000 tonne ship is able to accommodate 6,600 passengers.In 2021 and 2023, two additional ships from this new AIDA generation will join the AIDA fleet.last_img read more

Destination Dominica: The Caribbean island prepares for Carnival 2012

first_imgDirector of Tourism, Colin Piper.ROSEAU, Dominica — Carnival, the most festive season on the Caribbean island of Dominica, begins in early January as Calypso competitions get underway. From January and into February, Dominicans and visitors alike are invited to join in Carnival activities taking place across the Nature Island. The pre-Lenten festival, also known as “The Real Mas,” includes parades, Calypso Monarch, Junior Monarch (Calypso competition for youngsters), Queen Show, Princess Show, Teenage Pageant, carnivals and much more. The Opening Parade on January 29 marks the official start of the Carnival celebrations and the opening of Carnival City. The excitement begins during the weeks prior; rising to a fever pitch before the finale on February 20 – 21. While key Carnival events take place in the capital of Roseau, smaller carnivals are planned in villages such as Portsmouth, Marigot and Grandbay. Organizers are also planning a few surprise additions to this year’s festival.“Carnival activities are taking place across the Nature Island throughout January and leading up to the final days on February 20 and 21,” explained Colin Piper, director of tourism for Dominica. “Anyone looking for a winter getaway should plan to come to Dominica to participate in some of our exciting carnival activities in addition to diving, hiking, whale watching or any of our other unique island activities,” he added.Caribbean News Now LocalNews Destination Dominica: The Caribbean island prepares for Carnival 2012 by: – January 14, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share 12 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Team Pence will be in Greensburg today

first_imgGreensburg, IN— U.S. Representative Greg Pence (R-IN-06)  announced on Friday his team will host Community Office Hours for constituents in Greensburg on Monday, November 25th.Team Greg Pence will be available to meet with Hoosiers and help on topics including assistance with federal agencies, grant applications, the purchase of U.S. Flags, military academy nominations, and tours of Washington, D.C. Team Greg Pence Community Office Hours are from 2:00 – 3:00 PM today in the Planning Meeting Room at Greensburg City Halllast_img read more

Apply for reserved spring turkey hunts, Jan. 6

first_imgStatewide—Hunters can apply online for a reserved turkey hunt by visiting on.IN.gov/reservedhunt and clicking on the “Reserved Hunt Info” link. The application period is Jan. 6 through Feb. 19. No late entries will be accepted. The online method is the only way to apply. Applicants must possess a valid hunting license for the species they wish to hunt.The application process is now consolidated into the online services website along with licenses, Check-In Game and HIP registration. An online account is not required to apply, so there is no need to log in.Please note that in this new system, hunts without a registration fee will follow the same process as those with a fee. For hunts with no fee required to register, you will be asked to “Add to Cart,” “Proceed to Checkout,” and “Place Order.” If the transaction total is $0, you will not be asked to enter credit card information.For draw hunt results, there is a “Click Here” link on the home page, or you can log in to your online services account. The link from the home page will only show hunts that you registered for when the date of the hunt is still upcoming. Logging in to your account online is required for you to see the full history of your past hunt registrations (previous years).Properties hosting turkey hunts include:—Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 25-26—Aukiki Wetland Conservation Area: April 22-24, April 25-26, April 27-29, April 30-May 2, May 3-5, May 6-8, May 9-10—Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge: April 22-24, April 25-27—Crosley Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 25-26—Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 25-26—Fairbanks Landing Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 25-26—Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 25-26—Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 25-26—Hillenbrand Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 25-26—Hovey Lake Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 25-26—J.E. Roush Lake Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 25-26, April 27-29, April 30-May 2, May 3-5, May 6-8, May 9-10—Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 25-26, April 27-29, April 30-May 2, May 3-5, May 6-8, May 9-10—Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 25-26, April 27-29, April 30-May 2, May 3-5, May 6-8, May 9-10—LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 25-26, April 27-29, April 30-May 2, May 3-5, May 6-8, May 9-10—Mississinewa Lake: April 22-24, April 25-26, April 27-29, April 30-May 2, May 3-5, May 6-8, May 9-10—Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge: April 22-23, April 24-25, April 26-27 (Youth only: April 18-19)—Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 25-26, April 27-29, April 30-May 2, May 3-5, May 6-8, May 9-10—Salamonie Lake: April 22-24, April 25-27, April 28-30, May 1-May 3, May 4-6, May 7-10—Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 28-29—Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 25-26, April 27-29, April 30-May 2, May 3-5, May 6-8, May 9-10—Willow Slough Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 25-26, April 27-29, April 30-May 2, May 3-5, May 6-8, May 9-10—Winamac Fish & Wildlife Area: April 22-24, April 25-26, April 27-29, April 30-May 2, May 3-5, May 6-8, May 9-10Only one application is allowed per license holder. No changes can be made once the application is submitted.Hunters will be selected through a computerized random drawing. Drawing results will be available online within two weeks after application deadlines, and an email will be sent to applicants when results are posted.For more information and to apply, visit on.IN.gov/reservedhunt.To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.last_img read more

Giggs: Senior stars backing Moyes

first_img The Scot will bow out at the end of the season after picking up 38 trophies during his 27-year stint at United, to be replaced by Moyes who will leave Everton after 11 years at Goodison Park. And Giggs believes replacing Ferguson could be just as intimidating as the challenge his current boss faced when he replaced Ron Atkinson in November 1986. “Maybe it is,” Giggs told the Daily Telegraph. “But we have a really good bunch of lads in the dressing room and, whenever the manager needs help, the more experienced players will help.” Press Association He added: “That has been the norm, ever since I have been in the club. “What David Moyes is coming into is a good atmosphere, a really good bunch of lads, very good players and a really strong squad, so it is a strong position to be in. But the downside is that you have to follow the most successful manager that has ever lived. “Managers usually go into clubs when things aren’t going great, but this team isn’t on a downward spiral, so I don’t know if that makes it harder or easier for David.” However, experience in the Premier League at Everton means Moyes is no stranger at United. “No, he isn’t, and he is coming here with great respect for what he has done at Everton,” Giggs said. “He has done a brilliant job there and that is evident whenever you play against his teams because it is never easy against them. “Some of our former players have gone to Everton and been really successful, like Tim Howard and Phil Neville, and what they have said is that he works you hard and expects you to work hard and perform. He sets really high standards, but that is nothing different to what we are used to.” center_img Ryan Giggs says new Manchester United manager David Moyes can count on the support of the club’s senior players when he begins the daunting task of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Puncheon fined for Warnock comments

first_imgCrystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon has been fined £15,000 and warned about his future conduct after admitting a Football Association charge for comments he made on Twitter in relation to his former manager Neil Warnock. The row blew up after Warnock delivered stinging criticism of Puncheon for blasting a penalty wide against Tottenham. Warnock had said on talkSPORT: “There’s no way I would’ve trusted him with a penalty. You’ve got to have somebody a little bit more cool, and he’s not like that, Jason. “He can whack a 35-yard free-kick in here and there but a penalty, with all the pressure on him at a place like White Hart Lane – not in a million years for me.” Puncheon retaliated on Twitter with derogatory remarks about his former manager, who said in a statement he had done “nothing untoward” and was addressing the matter directly with the player. The FA then charged Puncheon that in posting the comments, he “failed to act in the best interests of the game and/or acted in a manner which was improper and/or used abusive and/or insulting words, in contravention of FA Rule E3(1)”. Announcing the outcome of the disciplinary action, the FA said in a statement: “Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon has been fined £15,000 and warned as to his future conduct after he admitted an FA charge for Twitter comments he made in relation to Neil Warnock.” Puncheon, 27, posted a series of tweets – which he later deleted – following criticism of a penalty miss by Warnock, who had signed him on loan when manager at QPR in September 2011. The FA charged Puncheon as a result and has now fined him for the tweets. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will not take unnecessary fitness risks

first_img The 27-year-old has started every fixture since then, and he told Sky Sports News: “Right now I feel fit and well. “With the last injury I picked up on international duty I carried on playing when I should have come off. “That could have been avoided but you always want to play, especially for your country. “Argentina really needed to win, so I said to myself ‘I’ve got to play’. “I felt a twinge in my leg and with the slightest sprint I felt it again. After trying so hard to keep fit, the slightest niggle and this happened. “Now I won’t risk myself – as happened for the game against Sunderland. “I started the previous game at Arsenal when I felt a pain in my knee. I was told ‘that’s it, you’re coming off’. “Now I feel like I’m getting up to full fitness for games and missing as few as possible, that’s the most important thing. Press Association Aguero missed seven City games earlier this season due to a hamstring problem sustained on international duty with Argentina. He subsequently sat out four games with a heel injury not long after, then returned against Arsenal on December 21, but came off in the second half with pain in his knee and was an unused substitute for the next match against Sunderland. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero says he has learned not to let his eagerness to play make him take unnecessary risks with his fitness. “The Premier League is so demanding that you can’t play at 80 per cent. I’ve tried to do that before and that’s when I’ve injured myself.” Aguero, who has scored 13 goals in all competition this season, added of his fitness struggles: “You’re working hard in the gym so it could be that. “Then you think: ‘What else could it be? Could it be your diet?’ So you change it. Then no, maybe it’s not that. Last year I changed my diet. I’ve always eaten well but now I eat a few more vegetables than I did. “As well as that I try to do things in the gym to protect the quadriceps, the hamstrings and the glutes to be fit to compete properly.” Meanwhile, Aguero has been telling international team-mate Lionel Messi why he should not be put off by the prospect of bad weather if he were to consider moving to Manchester. Barcelona’s Ballon d’Or winner Messi has been linked with City, and Aguero – who has previously expressed his hope such a transfer could happen – said: “He already knows there’s no beach! I said to him, at the end of the day we spend most of our time at home. “We play every three days and just eat and rest between games – so the weather is not really that important. “So I told him Manchester is ideal as a city because you stay home, you play every three days, we can eat and play football together.” last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgIn Cleveland, outfielder Franmil Reyes was cleared to return after being isolated for attending a party over the July 4 weekend.Elsewhere in the majors:— Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is in a walking boot as he nurses a sore right heel that will keep him out at least a week. Manager Gabe Kapler says it’s too soon to guess whether the injury could affect Belt’s status to play the season opener July 23 at Dodger Stadium. Belt has dealt with heel pain previously and aggravated it doing agility work. Hunter Pence took batting practice but was unable to run the bases or play the outfield because of minor pain in his foot. Catcher Buster Posey missed another practice because of a personal issue.— The offseason renovations at Dodger Stadium have hitters adjusting to a new backdrop in center field. First baseman Max Muncy was hit by a pitch on his left ring finger during an intrasquad game and says he couldn’t see the ball coming. The black tarp that served as the backdrop in center is gone, replaced by a new center field plaza. Muncy is expected to be ready by opening day on July 23. But manager Dave Roberts says it’s unsettling that a hitter couldn’t see the ball because of the background.— Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Junior Guerra has returned to the team after missing the start of summer camp because of a positive coronavirus test. Guerra is one of four Arizona players to test positive and had not participated in summer camp since its start last week. Guerra said his first test for the virus was negative, but his second about 10 days ago was positive. He returned after testing negative twice in 24 hours. Guerra signed with the Diamondbacks last offseason after spending the previous four seasons in Milwaukee. The last time the PGA Tour had back-to-back tournaments on the same golf course was in 1957, five years before Nicklaus turned pro. The All American Open and the World Championship of Golf were played at Tam O’Shanter in Illinois. Workday is a one-time event replacing the canceled John Deere Classic.In other Workday news:— Three PGA Tour players who have tested positive for the coronavirus but are no longer symptomatic will play together at the Workday Charity Open. The tour announced the change Wednesday in the latest revision of its COVID-19 policies. Nick Watney will play alongside Dylan Frittelli and Denny McCarthy during the first two rounds at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Watney was the first tour player to test positive and reported mild symptoms. The tour said all three players continue to test positive for the virus but have met the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for return to work. Players in those circumstances will either be grouped together or play as singles.NFL-49ers-MOSTERT Associated Press The players walked toward midfield, raised their right arms one at a time and held the pose so long that some could be seen stretching fatigued muscles afterward. It was a poignant moment that put two of the nation’s most prominent changes over the last four months — masks and movements — at the forefront of the sport’s return.The league’s teams are sequestered in resorts for the duration of the World Cup-style tournament, which began with a Group A match that was the first meeting between two Sunshine State teams.FC Dallas withdrew Monday after 10 players and a coach tested positive for COVID-19. A day later, Nashville SC’s status was thrust into doubt with five confirmed positive tests.Nashville was supposed to play Chicago in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday but it was postponed.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS July 9, 2020 Ryder Cup postponed until next year at Whistling StraitsUNDATED (AP) — With no guarantee of fans, there won’t be a Ryder Cup this year. The PGA of America says the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin has been pushed back to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PGA Tour still hasn’t allowed spectators at its events, and no other golf tournament is dependent on partisan cheering like the Ryder Cup. After working with the PGA Tour and its Presidents Cup, the decision was reached to move the Ryder Cup to Sept. 24-26 in 2021. That means the Presidents Cup will return to even-numbered years starting in 2022 at Quail Hollow in North Carolina.The Ryder Cup had been scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits, one week after the U.S. Open.It’s the second time in the last two decades the Ryder Cup was postponed. It was moved off the odd-numbered years in 2001 because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. — Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes (FRAHN’-meel RAY’-uhs) has been cleared by the team’s medical staff to return to the field after being isolated for attending a party over the July Fourth weekend. The team kept Reyes away from Progressive Field as a precaution after he attended a holiday gathering without wearing a mask. The Indians learned of Reyes’ off-field actions from social media. Manager Terry Francona says Reyes was re-tested for the coronavirus and may now participate in training camp. Also, Indians outfielder Delino DeShields (deh-LY’-noh deh-SHEELDZ’) Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19, is traveling to Cleveland after he had one negative test. — Sonny Gray has been chosen to start the Cincinnati Reds’ first game back from Major League Baseball’s shutdown due to the pandemic. Gray started openers for the Athletics in 2014 and 2015, throwing a combined 14 shutout innings while getting a win and a no-decision. He’s in line to face the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ball Park on July 24 as Major League Baseball starts a season shortened because of the pandemic.— An array of injuries was largely responsible for the blight on the first five years of Byron Buxton’s major league career. The latest setback for Minnesota’s speedy center fielder was surgery last fall to repair labrum damage in his left shoulder. Buxton worked his way onto a rehabilitation track that would have had him ready for the original season opener on March 26. Having four extra months to heal and train due to the virus outbreak sure didn’t hurt. The Twins play the Chicago White Sox on July 24 to start the 60-game season.— The Chicago White Sox are giving fans the opportunity to purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves that will be displayed at Guaranteed Rate Field during the team’s season-opening homestand. The cutouts cost $49 and will be available while supplies last. Proceeds will benefit the team’s charitable arm. The White Sox open with a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins starting on July 24.— The Seattle Mariners say they had three positive tests for the new coronavirus among 122 individuals that received initial intake tests before the start of summer camp workouts last week. The team has not specified whether the three that tested positive were players, coaches or staff. The Mariners say all three are asymptomatic and are currently quarantined. LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A prominent Kentucky horse owner and breeder has been banned from racing and sales at Keeneland Race Course after his racist post on social media. Keeneland says it is banning Tom VanMeter from the premises, including participation by his sales company, while the Lexington track further reviews circumstances related to the recent “reprehensible comments” he made online. The posting drew condemnation across the racing industry. VanMeter later said he was wrong and was disgusted by his actions. In Facebook post last weekend on Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club president Donnie Snellings’ page that called on followers to “Re-post if you are still boycotting the NFL.” VanMeter, who is white, responded with a post that used an abbreviation of the N-word. He later posted, “Put em back in their cage!!!” PGA-WORKDAY OPENHow to make 1 golf course look like 2 different tournamentsDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Muirfield Village is gearing up for the first doubleheader on the PGA Tour in 63 years. A new tournament called the Workday Charity Open starts Thursday on the course Jack Nicklaus built. And then it’s onto the Memorial, the tournament Nicklaus created. The goal for tour officials is to protect the condition of the course from 157 players this week and 120 players next week. They also want to try to present a different test. That means slower greens, different tees and rough that isn’t quite as high this week. center_img — The Ivy League says will not play sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league left open the possibility of moving some seasons to the spring if outbreak is better controlled by then. The move could have ripple effects throughout the big business of college sports. Football players in the Power Five conferences have already begun workouts for a season that starts on Aug. 29. The Ivy League decision affects not just football but soccer, field hockey, volleyball and cross country, as well as the fall portion of winter sports like basketball. The league said it has not yet determined whether fall sports can be moved to the spring.— North Carolina says it has paused voluntary football workouts for at least a week after reporting 37 positive test results for the new coronavirus among school athletes, coaches and staff. The school announced results following 429 tests administered as they began returning to campus last month. The school didn’t specify which programs were impacted beyond announcing the pause to football workouts. Officials did say the Orange County Health Department had identified a cluster of five or more related cases. It’s unclear exactly when football workouts will resume. — Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst says the group that travels to Florida on Thursday for the resumption of the NBA season at Walt Disney World likely won’t include the team’s entire 35-person traveling party. The Bucks closed their practice facility in Milwaukee after receiving results of their Friday coronavirus testing. Horst won’t say whether a positive test came from a Bucks player or another member of the traveling party. The Bucks owned a league-leading 53-12 record when play was halted in mid-March due to the pandemic. They return to action July 31 against the Celtics.— A person with knowledge of the situation says that Kawhi Leonard did not accompany the Los Angeles Clippers on their flight to Central Florida on Wednesday night for the restart of the NBA season. Leonard’s absence was excused and he is expected to join the team at the Disney complex near Orlando sometime in the next few days, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not publicly disclose the matter.— As U.S. team sports prepare to resume, journalists are facing the same issues that their colleagues who cover politics and entertainment have encountered: coming up with new approaches to coverage with reduced access. Professional leagues closed media access to locker rooms and clubhouses in early March. When the games restart, that access is not going to return. Major League Baseball and the NBA will make managers and players available only via telephone or Zoom. — The Baltimore Ravens have informed season ticket holders that their seats will not be available this year. The team says season ticket holders will be offered the same seats in 2021, and money already spent for this season can be used for next year or refunded upon request. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, NFL games this season are expected to be held without fans or in front of a greatly reduced audience. If fans are permitted to attend, seats would be sold on a game-by-game basis with season ticket holders getting the first chance to buy in advance of any public sale.— Northwestern’s football game against Wisconsin scheduled for Nov. 7 at Wrigley Field in Chicago is being moved to Ryan Field because of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Northwestern announced the decision Wednesday after consulting with the Chicago Cubs, state and local authorities and the Big Ten Conference. — Stanford is dropping 11 sports amid financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic for the 2020-21 academic year. Stanford also is eliminating 20 support staff positions. Stanford projected a deficit of more than $25 million in the 2021 fiscal year and a shortfall of nearly $70 million over the next three years due to the pandemic. The school estimated the cost of sustaining the 11 sports permanently would exceed $200 million. — Wisconsin says seven athletes have tested positive for the new coronavirus since the school started testing them a month ago. School officials previously had said two tested positive out of the 117 athletes who were part of the initial group of tests. The school now has conducted 428 total tests. Wisconsin isolates those who test positive, and the athletic department’s infection response team monitors their recoveries. School officials aren’t specifying which sports are affected by the positive tests.— Ohio State has paused voluntary workouts by athletes of seven sports on campus after getting the results of its most recent coronavirus testing. The school said in a statement Wednesday night that workouts have been paused for football, men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. The university said it isn’t sharing cumulative COVID-19 information publicly to avoid identifying specific individuals and compromise medical privacy. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLS-SOCCER RETURNSMoment of silence before MLS kicks offs offKISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly 200 players took the field for an 8-minute, 46-second moment of silence to protest racial injustice before Major League Soccer’s return to action Wednesday night. Players wore black T-shirts, black gloves and black facemasks emblazoned with Black Lives Matter. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— China says it will not stage any international sports for the rest of the year, apart from trials for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing and a neighboring city. The order from the General Administration of Sports affects at least six WTA tennis events, including the WTA Finals in Shenzhen in November. China also has four ATP tournaments lined up. China has largely contained local transmission of the coronavirus but remains on guard for imported cases. — The spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics expects the postponed games to go ahead in 2021 despite a recent poll in Japan in which 77% of respondents said they did not believe the games could be held next year. The poll by the Japan News Network said only 17% thought it could be held next year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. — NASCAR cannot meet the quarantine rules in New York and must move its August race from Watkins Glen. The event will instead be held on the road course at Daytona. It will be NASCAR’s debut on the course used by the IMSA sports car series. The Cup schedule released today covers all of August through the regularly scheduled season finale on the oval at Daytona. The Cup Series will also race doubleheaders at Michigan and Dover.— Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has twice tested negative for the coronavirus and will race Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. Johnson missed the first race of his Cup career when he tested positive last Friday. NASCAR confirmed Wednesday that Johnson has been cleared to return. Johnson’s streak of 663 consecutive starts — most among active drivers — was snapped when he didn’t race Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Johnson is the only NASCAR driver to test positive for the coronavirus since the series resumed racing on May 17. Mostert requests tradeUNDATED (AP) — San Francisco 49ers postseason breakout star Raheem Mostert has requested a trade from the team after being unable to renegotiate his contract. Agent Brett Tessler made the request public after talks with the 49ers failed to lead to a new deal to replace the three-year contract Mostert signed in 2019 when he was still mostly a special teams standout. Mostert has a base salary of $2,575,000 this season and $2,875,000 next season as part of the deal he signed with San Francisco last year.RACING-KEENELAND BREEDER BANNEDVanMeter banned after racist Facebook post — Associated Press research finds that four-year U.S. colleges have eliminated 171 sports programs because of budget problems blamed on the coronavirus outbreak. About 30 percent of those are in Division I, with Stanford being the only one from a Power Five conference.MLB-NEWSMore players test positive, others returnCINCINNATI (AP) — As Major League Baseball cautiously tiptoes closer toward beginning its delayed 2020 season, several teams welcomed back players who might have been exposed to the coronavirus and the San Francisco Giants resumed workouts Wednesday after finally receiving the results of COVID-19 tests administered over the weekend. Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers worked out at Fenway Park for the first time since Boston opened its summer camp. 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Okpekpe Race Organisers Unveil Plans for Live Bands at Fourth Edition

first_img“Apart from boosting the local economy, the top-flight race will showcase the town on the international stage, and provide a platform for Nigerians to join hands with runners and spectators from around the world and make new friends.’“Our athletes will also benefit from the platform we have created to enable them gauge their readiness for the outdoor season especially the long distance runners,” he further noted.Esan also revealed that adequate medical provisions have been made for participants, both the elite and fun-runners at the race.“A medical station will be available at the start, along the course and at the finish. There would be provision for well-equipped ambulances that will follow the runners all the way and medics will also be present at every intermediary station. There will be a sweeper bus that will pick athletes that are unable to continue the race,” he said.Meanwhile, athletes and officials are expected to start arriving as from Thursday, May 5 to begin the screening and accreditation processes.“Final registration and number pick-up starts on the evening of Friday, May 6 between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Yak Motel located after the Federal Polytechnic in Auchi.It will resume again on Saturday morning from 6:00 a.m at the race venue until a few minutes before the road race begins at 8 a.m,” added Esan who advised that athletes should collect their running bib in person with proper proof of identity.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Organisers of the IAAF Bronze Label Okpekpe International 10-km Road Race have announced that there will be live bands at the finish area to entertain participants on Saturday May 7, when the fourth edition of the race holds in Okpekpe in Edo state.Spokesman for the race, Dare Esan, said yesterday that a carnival-like atmosphere will be created both at the start and at the finish with live bands and a selection of other activities at the finish area throughout the day.“There will also be food and beverages for participants and spectators because the Okpekpe International 10-km road Race is much more than an athletic event.As the only race on the continent holding the IAAF Bronze Label status, we believe the prestige attached to the annual road running festival will continue to have a positive impact on Okpekpe residents,” said Esan who also revealed other benefits the race will bring to the community in particular and Nigeria in general.last_img read more