The coronavirus strain that has swept across Indonesia is different from at least three other known SARS-CoV-2 strains affecting the rest of the world, the government has said.The conclusion was based on an analysis of data on three complete genome sequences of the coronavirus in the archipelago submitted by the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology to GISAID, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said.GISAID, an initiative that promotes the sharing of genetic data on influenza viruses and the coronavirus, has been collecting data on the various strains of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 from a number of countries, he said. The research has so far found at least three different strains of the coronavirus, identified as types S, G and V.“Strains other than those three types are yet to be identified. The samples sent from Indonesia are among the unidentified ones,” Bambang said during a meeting with the House of Representatives on Tuesday.The new information contained in the complete genome sequences is expected to help scientists understand the mutations of the virus strains and aid the development of a vaccine, Bambang said.Eijkman on Monday submitted its first three complete genome sequences of the Indonesian strain to GISAID. This was the first submission from Indonesia, although the Health Ministry’s lab announced that it was also sequencing the virus early in the outbreak.The government has appointed the Eijkman Institute to spearhead the vaccine development program through a consortium that includes the Health Ministry’s Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes), state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma and several universities.Bambang, who also serves as the head of the National Research Agency (BRIN), said he couldn’t be certain as to when a vaccine would be available, but that he expected it to be produced early next year.“We will continue working with other stakeholders to expedite the development of a vaccine,” he said.Topics :
“Following a full and thorough investigation, the police have now confirmed they will take no further action.”Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “A man arrested on Sunday, May 17 following an allegation of rape has been released with no further action.”Chelsea have made no comment on the incident.Topics : Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi said on Saturday police have confirmed they will take no further action over a rape allegation.The 19-year-old was arrested on May 17 following an argument with a woman, the Sun newspaper had reported.”I have stayed silent and assisted the police fully throughout their enquiries, as I knew the day would soon come when my name would be cleared,” Hudson-Odoi wrote on Twitter.
Governor Wolf Announces PAC Worldwide to Create More Than 160 New Manufacturing Jobs Through Expansion into Pennsylvania
Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that PAC Worldwide (PAC), a manufacturer of flexible packaging, will expand into Lower Nazareth Township, Northampton County, creating more than 160 new jobs.“It’s telling that, after exploring where it can best maximize its growth in the northeast U.S., PAC chose Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration has been working to improve our business climate for manufacturers since day one. PAC’s decision – and the more than 160 new Pennsylvania manufacturing jobs that will come with it – is more evidence that our manufacturing climate continues to improve every day.”PAC Worldwide will lease a more than 420,000-square-foot facility in Bethlehem. The project includes leasehold improvements, equipment acquisition, and training for its employees. PAC plans to invest more than $28 million into the project, which will create more than 160 new jobs over the next three years.“PAC Worldwide is thrilled to be locating our newest manufacturing site in the greater Bethlehem area,” said Bruce Johnson, chief operating officer at PAC. “We have specifically chosen this location because of the rich manufacturing history in the area, the strength of the local workforce, and the logistical advantages to our customers. Our collaboration with the Governor’s Action Team for this project and the support of the Lower Nazareth Township have been extraordinary and we are grateful.”PAC received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $489,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $326,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and $73,350 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.For more than 40 years, PAC has developed, manufactured, and automated premium packaging solutions to meet the changing needs of its customers worldwide. PAC manufactures protective mailers and specialty packaging for the courier, e-commerce, fulfillment, and distribution markets, and offers a full portfolio of branded and stock packaging with bubble lined and flat solutions.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 24, 2018 Governor Wolf Announces PAC Worldwide to Create More Than 160 New Manufacturing Jobs Through Expansion into Pennsylvania
Brookville, IN—If you don’t feel like you celebrated National Cookie Day enough yesterday, you should check out The Cookie Crumb Trail happening December 6 and 7 in Franklin County. Just pick up a cookie trail card at the participating business. Then stop by any business listed on the trail and they will share a cookie. There is a $5 donation for the card.Proceeds benefit ‘The Village Foster Care Closet’ which is located at 110 S. Main St., Brookville. (in the basement of AMS Ceramic’s Studio). This closet provides items needed free of charge to the Foster parents and the foster child. When an emergency arrives, the closet will be available to assist the child and provide comfort.
Press Association The opener came in the eighth minute. Nathan Dyer took advantage of the space in front of him to get away a shot, and when Julio Cesar could not hold it Michu was on hand to guide a looping shot in off the outside of his boot and end a run of six games without a goal. Cesar kept out the forward’s low shot from Chico Flores’ incisive pass a few minutes later, but it proved a brief respite as Rangel doubled the lead. Wayne Routledge played the full-back into plenty of space and he slotted his second goal of the season after Cesar could only parry his initial effort. But Swansea were dealt a blow when they lost Flores in the 33rd minute. The centre-half went in low to make a header and appeared to turn his ankle as he did so and required prolonged treatment before being carried off, with Kyle Bartley his replacement. Hoops boss Harry Redknapp, deeply unimpressed with the first 45 minutes, sent on Esteban Granero and Zamora for Shaun Derry and Jamie Mackle, and within three minutes his side had a lifeline. Swansea left-back Ben Davies gifted the ball to Adel Taarabt, and when Michel Vorm could not hold his shot Zamora was on hand to tap in. But QPR’s joy was shortlived as Hernandez struck Swansea’s third just two minutes later. Michu picked out the winger in space on the left, and the former Valencia man did the rest, outfoxing Nedum Onuoha before getting away a shot across Cesar to find the net courtesy of the inside of the far post. It got worse for QPR when they were denied a clear penalty in the 56th minute. Swansea skipper Williams clearly handled Andros Townsend’s cross, but Swarbrick and his assistants inexplicably missed it, to the fury of the Rangers’ bench. Bartley cleared Stephane Mbia’s shot off the line in the confusion, and Swansea piled on the pain when Michu got his second at the end of a sweeping move. Vorm, Rangel and Kemy Agustien linked to find Hernandez in space, and his slide-rule pass got Michu goal side of Christopher Samba to finish. The Swans had triumphed 5-0 at Loftus Road on the opening day of the season and early strikes from Michu and Angel Rangel set them on their way. Substitute Bobby Zamora pulled a goal back for the Rs, only for Pablo Hernandez to restore Swansea’s advantage with an excellent finish. QPR were then denied a clear penalty as referee Neil Swarbrick failed to spot a blatant handball by Ashley Williams, and Michu rubbed salt into the wounds when he added his 18th of the season. Michu grabbed two goals as Swansea inflicted a 4-1 defeat on relegation-threatened QPR at the Liberty Stadium.
The 26-year-old striker – who is currently serving a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, served an eight-match suspension for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and has faced repeated accusations of diving – has indicated he is no longer prepared to put up with what he perceives as the unjust treatment he gets from the English media. Suarez, signed by Liverpool from Ajax in 2011, scored 30 goals in all competitions last season, and Pearman added: “He has become, in a very short time, something of a legend. “He is totally different to a lot of other players in the English game. He is a genuine talent, but he is also a maverick – he will do things, and has done things, on impulse, a little bit like Eric Cantona used to do with Manchester United. “With him being a star footballer, it gets highlighted very, very quickly. I dare say when he is over there (in Uruguay), he does sometimes speak without thinking. “However, I can understand where he is coming from – he has been hounded somewhat by the English media. Suarez seems to be an easy target for them.” In among his comments this week, Suarez – who was speaking to Uruguayan radio station Sport 890 and then at a national team press conference – did say he was “very happy” at Liverpool, while his agent Pere Guardiola has been quoted as saying the player will not be leaving the Reds. However, it seems to be a case of mixed messages, with Suarez also saying: “I do not know when I’m going and I do not know if I’m staying.” Press Association Luis Suarez still has “100 per cent” backing from Liverpool supporters following his comments this week, according to the editor of a Reds fanzine. Suarez’s future with the Merseyside outfit appears to be in doubt after he was quoted over the last few days in his native Uruguay as saying “it would be difficult to say ‘no’ to Real Madrid” and “it’s a good moment for a change of environment”. Asked if he thought Liverpool fans were tiring of Suarez, Red All Over The Land editor John Pearman said: “No, certainly not. I would say that their support for him is 100 per cent. They have defended him to the hilt and I think they will continue to do that.”
Burnley face an uphill battle to preserve their Premier League status after their 10 men slipped to defeat at West Ham. Press Association Noble converted the resulting penalty, the first West Ham have scored in the Premier League this season, and only smart goalkeeping from Tom Heaton kept Burnley in the game before the interval. The Hammers might be safe in mid-table but Sam Allardyce’s side had scored only three goals in their previous seven games and they failed to make their numerical advantage pay – having to settle for a single goal as their fans endured a tense finish to the game. For Burnley, the defeat would have been all the more galling given the fact fellow relegation candidates Aston Villa, Leicester and Sunderland all picked up crucial wins whilst they have now lost four games in succession. The first chance fell to Enner Valencia inside the opening three minutes but he could not make contact with Aaron Cresswell’s teasing cross when free in front of Burnley’s goal. The Ecuador forward fell awkwardly on his ankle moments later and required treatment but, with fellow strikers Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll injured, Allardyce would have been pleased to see Valencia run off any problem. Burnley’s first clear opportunity fell to Ings but his well-taken volley flashed across Adrian’s goal and drifted behind and he was again off-target as he could only head Matt Taylor’s cross over. Despite enjoying a spell in possession, the visitors fell behind after referee Jonathan Moss awarded a penalty to West Ham as Cheikhou Kouyate’s quick feet saw him clipped by Duff. The defender was sent off and Noble sent Tom Heaton the wrong way to score West Ham’s first penalty of the season and put the Hammers into a scarcely-deserved lead. Heaton prevented the game slipping away from his side moments later as he kept out Valencia’s close-range effort after Stewart Downing had squared the ball across goal. The recalled Morgan Amalfitano was the next man to come close to doubling West Ham’s advantage as he thrashed in a shot that Heaton turned behind from his near post. Burnley almost levelled as Ashley Barnes powered in a header from Kieran Trippier’s corner but saw his effort kept out by the legs of Adrian. The second-half started with West Ham again on top, this time Kevin Nolan could only flick Carl Jenkinson’s cross wide before Kouyate saw a long-range effort blocked behind. Despite needing a positive result, Burnley were pinned back in their own half but Ings should have done better when played in over Cresswell, hitting the side-netting and not forcing Adrian into a save. Ings felt he was fouled by Jenkinson when through on goal but referee Moss waved away his lingering protests. Amalfitano came within inches of adding a second for Allardyce’s men but his effort from Valencia’s flick-on was just wide of Heaton’s goal. The game was starting to open up and former West Ham midfielder Matt Taylor drew a smart stop from Adrian, with Nolan again testing Heaton as the Hammers hit back on the break. Stewart Downing picked up a yellow card after Moss deemed the winger dived under pressure from Ben Mee as West Ham could not find a way to kill off the game. Having only beaten struggling Hull and Sunderland since the turn of the year, West Ham’s players started to look nervy in the closing stages. Downing, James Collins, Kouyate and substitutes Carlton Cole and Nene all had good late chances but Burnley could not rally in the dying moments and could be relegated next weekend away at Hull. Sean Dyche’s side remain bottom of the table and now sit eight points from safety with just three fixtures remaining after losing 1-0 at Upton Park as Mark Noble converted a first-half penalty following Michael Duff’s sending off. The visitors had started well against a West Ham side who had won just two of their previous 17 league fixtures going into this game and Danny Ings missed two good chances before the Hammers were handed the initiative as FA Cup final referee Jonathan Moss dismissed Duff for clipping Cheikhou Kouyate in the box.
A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, which handles unemployment claims, said the agency is shifting to a biweekly schedule in an effort to streamline outgoing payments.“In an effort to get Floridians paid as quickly as possible, many claimants have received benefit payments weekly and at different times,” the spokeswoman said. “Moving forward and to streamline payments for Floridians, DEO will transition benefit payments back to a biweekly schedule.”Anyone receiving those unemployment benefits has another two weeks before they must confirm they are actively looking for work. Gov. Ron DeSantis waived the work search requirement until June 13. If you didn’t receive your unemployment check last week, you’re not alone and now unemployed Floridians are getting help on the CONNECT website with a “virtual waiting room” to help them “wait in line.”Rather than allowing people to automatically log in to the state site, called CONNECT, users now have to enter a virtual “waiting room” which will protect their place in line and ensuring that they will not be dropped. Users’ progress is indicated by a stick figure walking across the screen.The DEO spokeswoman said CONNECT was designed to have 1,000 users online at once but, thanks to upgrades, it now has a capacity for 80,000.“The CONNECT Virtual Waiting Room allows claimants to reserve their place in line while other claimants access the system,” the spokeswoman said.If you’ve ever dealt with the unemployment system, half the battle is logging in.@Annette_Taddeo @AnnaForFlorida @FarmerForFLSen @JoseJavierJJR @NewsGuyGreg @CarlosGSmithThis is not acceptable . pic.twitter.com/epouzmUQJb— Cintia LMT, NMT , FMT (@CintiaAmstalden) May 31, 2020
— A person with knowledge of the deal says the Jets and former Seahawks offensive tackle George Fant have agreed to terms on a three-year contract worth $30 million.— Ben Watson is hanging up his cleats for the second time. The 39-year-old tight end announced his retirement in a message on Twitter on Monday, marking the end of a 15-year NFL career that included two stints in New England, as well as stops in Cleveland, New Orleans and Baltimore.NBA-JAZZ-MITCHELLMitchell feeling fine, admits he was angry with GobertUNDATED (AP) — Utah Jazz All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell says he showed no symptoms of being sick before testing positive for the coronavirus and continues to have no signs of illness since going into isolation. March 17, 2020 — Free agent tackle Jack Conklin has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract with the Browns, according to his agent. Conklin is perhaps the best tackle available on this year’s market. His agent says Conklin will get $30 million guaranteed and earn $20 million in his first year.— The Dolphins made Byron Jones the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback, surpassing his new teammate, Xavien Howard. The Dolphins upgraded their pass rush by reaching agreements with linebacker Kyle Van Noy and defensive end Shaq Lawson, and also swung a deal with offensive lineman Ereck Flowers.— The Vikings have reached an agreement with punter Britton Colquitt on a three-year, $9 million contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.— The Falcons have acquired tight end Hayden Hurst from the Ravens. That’s according to a person familiar with the deal. Atlanta has released backup tight end Luke Stocker and offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo. The Falcons also will cut running back Devonta Freeman and cornerback Desmond Trufant.— A person with knowledge of the move said the Redskins have agreed to re-sign inside linebacker Jon Bostic to a two-year, $6.6 million deal. UNDATED — Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The speedway issued a statement saying officials are aware the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.In other sports developments related to the coronavirus:— The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the outbreak. The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit. The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBBaseball season won’t start until mid-May, at the earliestNEW YORK (AP) — This was supposed to be the earliest start to the major league season. Instead, it will be the latest. — The Cardinals have picked up three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins from the Texans for running back David Johnson and draft picks. That’s according to a person familiar with the trade. Hopkins has three years remaining on a five-year, $81 million deal he signed in 2017. He caught 104 passes for 1,165 yards and seven touchdowns last year.— The Titans have tagged Derrick Henry as their franchise player, making sure they keep the NFL rushing leader around for at least this season. Henry had 1,540 yards rushing during the 2019 regular season before gaining another 377 yards in Tennessee’s first two playoff games, leading the Titans to the AFC title game.— The Buccaneers have placed the franchise tag on NFL sack leader Shaquil Barrett, who would be scheduled to make just under $16 million this season. Bruce Arians stated late last season that the 27-year-old outside linebacker “ain’t going anywhere” after setting a team record with 19½ sacks in 2019. The move likely means the departure of quarterback Jameis (JAY’-mihs) Winston, who will become an unrestricted free agent if the Bucs don’t re-sign him by Wednesday.— The Cowboys and receiver Amari Cooper have agreed to a five-year, $100 million package. That’s according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal. The 25-year-old Cooper has 5,097 yards receiving and 33 touchdowns in five NFL seasons since the Raiders made him the first overall pick in the draft.— The Cowboys have placed their exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Dak Prescott, securing his rights for an estimated $31.5 million while the sides continue working on a long-term deal. Prescott has played his entire four-year NFL career with the Cowboys and threw for over 4,900 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season. NFL cuts down on travel, expects to hold draft as scheduledNEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has barred in-person interviews with free agents and is requiring local physical examinations for them rather than team-conducted exams.The league also banned travel by team personnel to meet with free agents as well as those players traveling to team facilities. The moves were included in a memo sent to all 32 teams.The NFL also says it will proceed with its draft but without public events next month in Las Vegas. It’s not yet clear, however, if the draft itself will be held in the city. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday the draft will take place April 23-25 as scheduled but under a modified format still being developed. Mitchell also revealed in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” that it “took awhile for me to kind of cool off” at Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’), his All-Star teammate who was the first NBA player to have a positive test for the virus revealed. Gobert has said in recent days that he did not take the threat of the illness seriously.MLB-BLUE JAYS-PANIKJays put Panik on big league rosterTORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have added second baseman Joe Panik to their 40-man roster.Panik hit .381 with a triple, two home runs and five RBIs in 21 at-bats over 10 spring training games. The left-handed hitter batted .244 with five homers and 39 RBIs in 438 at-bats last year for the Giants and Mets.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Niners have shipped defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 13 pick in this year’s draft. A person familiar with the deal said Buckner will receive a new contract worth $21 million a year from the Colts.The fourth-year pro had 7 ½ sacks and 34 solo tackles last year.The trade was completed immediately after the 49ers announced a deal to keep defensive lineman Arik Armstead with a five-year contract worth up to $85 million. Armstead recorded 10 sacks and 18 quarterback hits last season. He’s been with the Niners since being selected 17th overall in the 2015 NFL draft.Elsewhere around the NFL:— Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has accepted a two-year, $66 million contract extension. Cousins was entering the final season of the fully guaranteed, three-year, $84 million contract he signed as a free agent in 2018. He was scheduled to count $31 million against the salary cap, but a personal familiar with the trade tells The Associated Press the new pact will reduce by $10 million the team’s charge for 2020. MLB has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest because of the new coronavirus. The decision follows the federal government recommendation restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams. His office issued a statement saying teams remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins.The season was slated to begin March 26.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLPlayers can return home, self-isolate — The Chiefs have placed the nonexclusive franchise tag on Chris Jones, raising the possibility that the Pro Bowl defensive tackle will remain with the Super Bowl champions for at least one more season.— The Patriots have placed a franchise tag on left guard Joe Thuney.— The Giants have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive tackle Leonard Williams.— Longtime Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster is retiring. The 11-year veteran made the announcement on Instagram.— A person with knowledge of the decision says the Vikings have placed the franchise tag on safety Anthony Harris. — The Kontinental Hockey League is taking a one-week pause in its playoffs to come up with a new format and schedule for the six remaining Russian teams. Finland-based Jokerit and Kazakhstan-based Barys Nur-Sultan pulled out of the playoffs amid the oronavirus pandemic.— McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.” The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday. With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.NFL-NEWS49ers deal Bucker, keep ArmsteadUNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have lost one talented defensive lineman while retaining another. The draft will be televised regardless of its venue or format. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NASCARNASCAR shut down until MayUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR has suspended its season until May as part of the CDC’s recommendation to postpone gatherings for the next eight weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The decision came after at least two Monday conference calls between the sanctioning body and its team owners. The series plans to return to the track at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia on May 9. Update on the latest in sports: — The Raiders have agreed on a contract with free agent quarterback Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH’-tah) to provide an experienced backup behind starter Derek Carr. A person familiar with the deal confirmed the Raiders’ deal with the former No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft.— Dallas has re-signed Blake Jarwin to a three-year, $24 million package that includes $9 million guaranteed. Jarwin had 31 receptions for 365 yards and three touchdowns in 2019.— The Steelers are holding onto Bud Dupree by placing the franchise tag on the outside linebacker. Dupree could make around $16 million in 2020 if he signs the tag. Dupree collected a career-high 11 1/2 sacks in 2019.— A person familiar with the situation says Saints starting defensive tackle David Onyemata will re-sign with New Orleans instead of entering free agency. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Onyemata started all 15 regular-season games in which he played and the Saints’ lone playoff game last season.— A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Denver Broncos have agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract with free agent offensive lineman Graham Glasgow. He has started 58 games in four seasons with the Detroit Lions, who drafted him in the third round out of Michigan in 2016. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.The league cautioned that it will not be able to even provide guidance on the potential reopening of team practices for another 45 days, which could make May the earliest possible restart date.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction.The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL VIRUS OUTBREAK-KENTUCKY DERBYReport: Derby pushed back until SeptemberLOUISVILLE, KY. (AP) — The Kentucky Derby is being postponed from May to September because of growing concern about the coronavirus pandemic, according to a published report. The Courier-Journal of Louisville cited unidentified sources close to the race saying Churchill Downs will postpone the Derby from May 2 to Sept. 5. That would make it the first time in 75 years that the race won’t be run on the first Saturday in May. A formal announcement by the racetrack will be made Tuesday. The last time the Derby wasn’t held on the first Saturday in May was in 1945. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKSpeedway officials take wait-and-see approach — The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak. John Coates told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.” Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.— The Penn Relays meet has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The prestigious track event was scheduled for April 23-25 in Philadelphia and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The University of Pennsylvania hosts the event and says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June.— The Sun Belt Conference has canceled all organized athletics and related activities, including practices, through the remainder of the academic year. In a written announcement the Sun Belt says the decision was made Monday in consultation with the league’s presidents, chancellors and athletic directors “to address growing concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.”— Keeneland race track in Kentucky has canceled its spring meet because of COVID-19. The meet was scheduled for April 2-24, with the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby, the highlight of the opening weekend.— The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler. — According to a person familiar with the deal, free agent linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski has agreed to a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders.— The Bills have announced re-signing offensive lineman Quinton Spain to a three-year contract.— The Colts have released defensive tackle Margus Hunt and will re-sign receiver Daurice Fountain.— The Cardinals have placed the transition tag on running back Kenyan Drake, which allows the team to match any offer he receives from another team during free agency.— The Bengals used their franchise tag on A.J. Green. That gives them time to try to work out a long-term deal with the star who is one of the most accomplished receivers in franchise history and would be a vital part of breaking in a new quarterback.
INTERNATIONAL Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Technical Official (ITO), Giovanni Cardona of Columbia, arrived in Guyana yesterday, for a site inspection and to meet with officials, as Guyana prepares to host the South American Junior Championships on June 3 and 4.Cardona met with executives Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) and officials of the body’s technical committee, when he visited the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora.Cardona’s visit is a pivotal part of the AAG mandate. “We don’t have the experience of doing this, so we’re happy that he’s here to assist us in the process. I’m happy that he’s here. It tells us how committed CONSULDATLE is to hosting this meet,” AAG president Aubrey Hutson told Guyana Chronicle yesterday, just before heading into his first meeting with Cardona.“It’s for him to point us forward, in the direction that we need to go. What we’re hoping is that from the open discussions that we have (with him) we learn from what he is saying to us. We have a local technical committee he will meet with and give them some other ideas.”The South American Junior Championships is a biennial event at which junior athletes (Under-20) from all across South America participate in athletic events. It is held in collaboration with South American Athletics Confederation (CONSUDATLE).The last Championships was held in Ecuador where it was reported that 245 athletes from 11 nations participated.It was just two weeks ago that Guyana was officially awarded the rights to host this year’s SAJC, after original host of the event, Bolivia, pulled out of the hosting due to reasons beyond their control.Hutson had already begun discussing the hosting of the event with supporting bodies such as the Director of Sport and Guyana Olympic Association (GOA). But Hutson said that the AAG was waiting on Cardona’s visit before putting together a final proposal for approaching stakeholders“We didn’t want to go ahead, meet with stakeholders, then he came along and pointed out certain things and maybe say no that is not sufficient, or not that’s too much. From his visit we will now create that road map towards getting the championships pulled off, and pulled off in a major way,” he explained.In initial reports, Hutson put the events budget somewhere in the area of US$58 000 (G$12 180 000). However, he said after talks with Cardona he expects that number to climb. Towards the budget that IAAF has already committed some US$30 000 (G$6 300 000), Guyana has to come up with the rest, but Hutson emphatically affirmed that he’s not sweating over the numbers.“I am never worried about finances, I don’t like to make finances an issue. I think sometimes we are blinded by something that may appear to be a huge financial task to achieve; US$28 000 to the government of Guyana it’s a drop in the bucket compared to what they want to spend in sports. US$28 000 to the Guyana Olympic Association I don’t see that as being any major big figure. I know we can pull this off.” Hutson declared.Hutson continued to emphasise that the money contributed towards the hosting of the event, should more be looked at as an investment, because of just what it would mean for Guyana.“From our initial discussions (Cardona) has indicated to me to be prepared for a lot more than just the athletes because a lot of parents do come to watch their children compete. So imagine Georgetown being flooded and all those hotels being filled with people who are coming to watch this competition.“This could be a major economic boost for the Guyana tourism industry and so it is only prudent for everyone to get on board with us and make this thing a success.” Hutson advised.