Gauging forest changes

first_imgHarvard scientists are leading a new international collaboration that is working to match up a global network of forest plots with a similar network created in China, to provide scholars with more comprehensive information about the planet’s changing forests.The effort kicked off earlier this month, when scientists from the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS), a collaboration between the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, participated with Chinese scientists in a 17-day workshop, followed by a three-day symposium.Leading the effort is Stuart Davies, director of the Arboretum’s Asia Program. According to program manager Liz Delaney Lobo, the collaboration became a reality largely because of a five-year National Science Foundation grant that will help to finance workshops, travel, and other costs. In addition to the workshops, the grant provides for 10 graduate students or early-career researchers from the United States to visit China for scientific exchanges.The project ties the efforts of center researchers managing 41 similar plots in forests around the world to a similar effort underway in China. The plots in both networks are exhaustively documented using the same methodologies so that information can be compared and used to better understand both the basic functioning of the forests and how their diversity affects their resilience in the face of global climate change.Though led by Smithsonian and Harvard botanists, the center’s effort involves hundreds of scientists around the world. Harvard Professor Peter Ashton, the Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry Emeritus, helped to create the network during the early 1990s. The plots are between 25 and 50 hectares in size and hold about 4.5 million trees, from 8,500 species. All trees with a diameter larger than a centimeter on the plots are identified, documented, and tracked in recurring censuses every five years. Though the center network’s first plots were tropical, in recent years concerns about climate change have prompted researchers to expand the network to temperate sites, such as the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Mass.In recent years, scientists affiliated with six institutes that are part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have begun their own network of forest plots. Called the Chinese Forest Biodiversity Network, it involves researchers using the same methodology as the center, allowing them to compare data between the two networks, furthering their understanding of forest dynamics.Delaney Lobo said the grant will help to support annual 20-day workshops involving both groups of scientists. The first workshop, just concluded, took place in China. Future sessions will take place at the Harvard Forest, at Michigan State University, and at two Chinese botanical institutes.“Without this grant, it would be very difficult for such a large group of scientists to collaborate this comprehensively or effectively on such an enormous scale,” Delaney Lobo said.last_img read more

Modern Data Center: The MOOC

first_imgIf you’ve read my tech predictions the last couple of years, you might know my thoughts on professional lectures. If not, let me summarize: professional lectures as a form of learning? On the way out. MOOCs? On the way in.We’ve embraced MOOCs as a form of learning at EMC and created our very first, about data lakes for big data, last year. Last March, we served one up on DevOps. This summer, we’re introducing our third, The Modern Data Center. What’ll you learn? The fundamental knowledge needed to start building one. How much does it cost? Nothing!The course is six weeks long and starts on July 19. We’ll spend the first week defining the Modern Data Center. The three weeks after that are focused on key architectural tenants – flash, scale-out, software-defined, cloud-enabled, trust and data protection. Week five will focus on automation of those data center services. Week six concludes the class by covering the transformation of people, process and skills within the IT organization. You’ll learn everything you need to know to start building a modern data center. Not only that, you’ll be able to learn at your own pace and interact with your instructors and peers around the world.Want to sign up? Head over to read more

B’way at the Oscars: Birdman Takes Nine Nods, But Where’s Woods?

first_img Two current Broadway stars (and one tapped to come here soon) received recognition for their film performances. The Elephant Man headliner Bradley Cooper picked up an Actor in a Leading Role for American Sniper. Meanwhile, the Actress in a Supporting Role category, in addition to Streep for her performance as The Witch in Into the Woods, included Cabaret star Emma Stone and Olivier nominee Keira Knightley, who is slated to make her Broadway debut later this year in Thérèse Raquin. Rounding out the category are Patricia Arquette for Boyhood and Laura Dern for Wild. Among those joining Cooper in the race for Actor in a Leading Role are Tony winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Olivier winner Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Steve Carell (Foxcatcher). Broadway alum Julianne Moore earned an Actress in a Leading Role nomination for her Golden Globe-winning performance in Still Alice. The 2015 Academy Awards will take place on February 22, hosted by Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris. For a full list of nominees, click here. This marked the first year only eight films received Oscar nominations for Best Picture; in the running with Birdman for the top prize are American Sniper, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash. Into the Woods picked up nominations for Costume Design and Production Design. Rob Marshall, who earned a nomination in 2002 for directing the Oscar-winning Chicago, was not recognized for helming the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine flick. Birdman was nominated for Original Screenplay; among the writers are Alexander Dinelaris, who will pen the book for the upcoming Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical On Your Feet!. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was nominated for his direction of the film, and the movie also picked up nods for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Cinematography. The nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced on January 15. The Broadway-focused Birdman, along with The Grand Budapest Hotel, led the pack with nine nods each. And while the film adaptation of Into the Woods earned three nominations, including one for Meryl Streep, it was shut out of the Best Picture category. The Actor in a Supporting Role category also included some names familiar to the theater community: Tony nominee Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher) and Broadway alums Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Robert Duvall (The Judge). They were joined by Edward Norton (Birdman). View Commentslast_img read more

How the pandemic has forever changed payments

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » Since the coronavirus began its spread through the US in March, experts and government officials have been constantly developing and updating guidelines to deter the spread of the virus, requiring Americans to drastically change their everyday behavior. Quickly, consumers heeded the risks associated with touching cash and surfaces such as payment terminals, and a very strong trend emerged at the checkout counter: consumers want to tap to pay, now more than ever.While this recent surge in contactless payment is unprecedented, adoption had slowly been trending upward for some time. Contactless cards have been around for most of the 21st century. 2019 was a pivotal year, as merchant acceptance exceeded 63% with a significant boost coming from contactless card acceptance in public transit systems in NYC, Chicago, and New Jersey. In the meantime,  some of the largest issuers were committing to issue contactless cards in the coming years. However, adoption of contactless had been lagging in the US at less than 5% transactions, compared to markets like the UK where 42% of debit volume was contactless as of 2019. Also, unlike other markets, contactless transactions in the US were led by mobile wallets, not the cards.A few key findings to note as the payments world continues to rapidly change:Contactless volume continues to increase: As of July 2020, we observe a 259% year over year increase in contactless volume; looking at monthly figures we expect the growth trend to continue. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

Scotland to approve free sanitary products for all women

first_imgScotland in 2018 was the first government in the world to provide free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities.Sanitary products in the United Kingdom are currently taxed at 5% – the so-called “tampon tax”. Former Prime Minister David Cameron’s government said it wanted to end the unpopular tax but that its hands were tied by European Union rules which set tax rates for certain products.The government announced it would drop the tax in 2016, but this has not happened yet, the issue having been pushed to the sidelines during the Brexit process.There is no tax on period products in Ireland, Canada, Australia, Kenya, India, Columbia, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Nigeria, Uganda, Lebanon and Trinidad and Tobago, the Scottish government’s briefing on the bill said.Topics : The Scottish parliament on Tuesday is due to approve plans to make sanitary products freely available to all women – the first nation in the world to do so.The legislation would make products such as tampons and sanitary pads free for all women in Scotland, available at designated public places such as community centers, youth clubs and pharmacies.The plan is expected to pass its first vote in the devolved Scottish parliament on Tuesday. The Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill was proposed by Scottish lawmaker Monica Lennon, who first submitted a draft proposal in 2017. The cost is expected to be around 24.1 million pounds (US$31.24 million).”These are not luxury items. They are indeed essential and no one in Scotland should have to go without period products,” Lennon said, adding that the bill was about “period dignity”.”We are changing the culture and it’s really exciting that other countries right around the world are watching very closely to see what we do,” she said.A consultation document proposed modelling the scheme on the card-based system for free condoms, where users register for a free card or voucher to exchange for the products.last_img read more

Dries Mertens bemoans missed chances against ‘not that good’ Arsenal

first_img Comment Mertens was annoyed Napoli were beaten by Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s 1-0 victory at Napoli ensured they booked their place in the semi-final as Unai Emery aims to win his fourth Europa League.The Gunners take on Valencia in the final four and could qualify for the Champions League if they win the tournament.Chelsea too remain in the competition after beating Slavia Prague 4-3 in a thrilling encounter at Stamford Bridge.The Blues won the tie 5-3 on aggregate and will face German side Eintracht Frankfurt after they knocked out Benfica.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Napoli were comfortably beaten by Arsenal over two legs (Picture: Getty)Dries Mertens believes Napoli failed to take their chances against an Arsenal side that is ‘not that good’.Arsenal dumped Napoli out of the Europa League on Thursday night thanks to a 1-0 win in Naples courtesy of Alexandre Lacazette’s first-half freekick.Napoli created opportunities in both legs of the quarter-final tie and Mertens revealed that at half-time his team were convinced they could punish Arsenal.‘The first 10-15 minutes, we had a few chances to score and that would’ve changed everything,’ Mertens told Sky Sport Italia.ADVERTISEMENT Coral BarryFriday 19 Apr 2019 7:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link684Shares Dries Mertens bemoans missed chances against ‘not that good’ Arsenalcenter_img Lacazette’s impressive free-kick gave Arsenal a win at Napoli (Picture: Getty)‘We conceded a goal and our heads dropped. We said in the locker room that we still believed, because Arsenal aren’t that good.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘There isn’t a real gap between us. We got it very wrong at the Emirates and that ruined everything.‘We weren’t well set out, Arsenal took advantage and we tried everything to make up for it, but they defended well.’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

High-tech home offers sustainable living

first_img23 Chimene Lane, BurdellIt monitors everything from the temperature of the home, how many people are inside, air quality to energy consumption and what energy sources are being used.Lights and airconditioners can also be controlled remotely.As well as offering sustainable living the home is filled with stylish touches from the polished concrete floors, stone bench tops and luxury fitting and fixtures. 23 Chimene Lane, BurdellThe home was built by Finlay Homes as their display home at North Shore.Inspired by a Californian beach house, it has a relaxed, casual vibe complete with coastal themed yard and fire pit.Ray White Townsville selling agent Julie Munro said the home’s smart design means that energy bills are kept to a minimum. 23 Chimene Lane, BurdellFROM a scale in the laundry floor that automatically syncs with your fitness watch or phone to a monitoring system that detects humidity and carbon dioxide, 23 Chimene Lane is filled with cutting edge technology.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Burdell has a 9.5 star energy rating and is believed to be the only one of it’s kind in Townsville. 23 Chimene Lane, BurdellThe home was originally sold by Finlay Homes to a married couple who are now separating and urgently wanting to sell the house. Ms Munro said the property was a rare opportunity to snap up a former display home priced below replacement cost.“This property will be open all through the festive season until it’s sold,” she said.“Display homes in the village are going under contract really quickly.“Display villages do not close very often in Townsville so this is a rare opportunity.”center_img 23 Chimene Lane, BurdellMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The design of the home is that it has passive cooling which means it doesn’t require energy to cool the home, the construction does it,” she said.“It would make a very good downsizer because of the energy rating so when you no longer have the capacity to increase your wealth you want to live as sustainability as possible so this would be great for retiring couples.“It also has four living areas so you could have a teenage or guest’s retreat if you wanted to.“Everything that was the latest, greatest and shiniest has been put into this property.” The home has an elaborate monitoring system called Auzimax. 23 Chimene Lane, Burdelllast_img read more

IMCA crowns record 107 Allstar Performance state champions this season

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – A record 107 IMCA Allstar Performance state champions were crowned this season, including first-ever divisional kings in three states.The previous mark of 103 was set last year; the record for the number of state champions named has been equaled or bettered each year since 2004.Shelby Williams was the only driver winning state crowns in multiple divisions this season, pacing both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod points in Oklahoma.  Both championships were career firsts.Brian Carey won his first Southern SportMod crowns in Colorado and Wyoming. He’d previously reigned in his home state of New Mexico.State-first champions were in New York and South Carolina, where Jeff Trombely and Danny Jones topped IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car standings, and in Wyoming, where Beau Hutchison led Stock Car points.Eight hundred and eighteen different drivers have won state championships since the awards program began in 2000.Drew Armstrong motored to a career sixth IMCA Modified championship in Arkansas this season. Jeremy Meirhofer won for the fourth time in as many years Montana has crowned a state king and Cory Sample won for the fourth time in Nevada.Winning third state titles were A.J. Ward in Michigan and Chase Hansen in Utah.Collecting second awards were Brian Schultz in Arizona, Jason Barnhill in Florida – he paced Alabama points in 2016 –  former SportMod champ Cody Malcom in Idaho, Steven Bowers Jr. in Kansas, Will Ward in New York, Jason Wolla in North Dakota, William Gould in Texas and Eddie Kirchoff in Wyoming.First-time Modified state champions were Branden Harris in Alabama, Robby Sawyer in California, John Burrow Jr. in Colorado, Eric Barnes in Illinois, Clint Luellen in Iowa, Ryan Canon in Minnesota, Shane Kelley in Missouri, Scott R. Smith in Nebraska, Toby Herring in New Mexico, former Northern SportMod king Kayden Menasco in Oklahoma, John Campos in Oregon, Bob Moore in South Dakota and T.J. Smith in Wisconsin.If not already vote eligible, all Modified state champions become Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational candidates.Todd Cooney prevailed over Late Model standings in Iowa for the ninth season and Rob Toland repeated in Illinois.Winners of career second RaceSaver Sprint awards were Tyler Drueke in Nebraska and Andy Shouse in Oklahoma.Other first-time state champs were George Tristao Jr. in California, Zac Taylor in Colorado, Ryan Tusing in Indiana, Mike Moore in Iowa, Zach Blurton in Kansas, Jacob Harris in Louisiana, Trevor Serbus in Minnesota, Edward Wagner III in New Jersey, Jake Hesson in Ohio, Kyle Ganoe in Pennsylvania, Colin Smith in South Dakota, Marcus Thomas in Texas and Anthony Linkenhoker in Virginia.Dan Mackenthun will make room on the mantle for a career eighth Minnesota state Stock Car award.Three-time state champions include Troy Patee in California, Joren Boyce in North Dakota – he also has eight Modifed state plaques in his IMCA collection – Kirk Martin in Texas and Travis Van Straten in Wisconsin, another former Northern SportMod titlist.Chad Bruns was best in Nebraska for the second time in his career.Drivers earning first state titles included George Fronsman in Arizona, where he’d previously won a Modified crown, Joe Bellm in Colorado, Brian Hoener in Illinois, Nathan Wood in Iowa, Tommy Fose in Kansas, Mark Lord in New Mexico, Greg Taylor in South Dakota and Gene Henrie in Utah.Cory Probst raced to his career third IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock state title in Minnesota.Kolby Stegman became the 10th different driver to wear the state champion’s crown in Colorado in as many years.Other first-time Hobby Stock state champions were Dean Zachrison in Arizona, Chanse Hollatz in Iowa, Cody Williams in Kansas, Jeff Ware in Nebraska, John Davis in New Mexico, Allison Pierce in New York, Adam Goff in North Dakota, David Miller in South Dakota, Damian Snyder in Texas and Bru Till in Wyoming.Ryan Moser’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod Colorado State crown is his third in a row. Tony Rialson, Hunter McDonald and Rusty Montagne each earned career second titles in Minnesota, Oklahoma and South Dakota, respectively. Montagne is a former two-time Hobby Stock champ in South Dakota.Earning first state crowns were Jason George in Arizona, Shane DeVolder in California, Kendra Vollmer in Idaho, Dustin Schram in Illinois, Tyler Soppe in Iowa, Kolton Vogel in Kansas, Trent Roth in Nebraska, Erik Laudenschlaer in North Dakota, Jayson Nelson in Oregon, Shane Simper in Utah, Hunter Parsons in Wisconsin and Jason Wright in Wyoming.Jeffrey Kaup won his sixth straight Southern SportMod championship in Kansas while Brock Aeschbacher made it three in a row in Idaho.First-time state kings were Tyler Cook in New Mexico, James Hanusch in Texas and Steve Gray in Utah.Two-time Mach-1 Sport Compact state champions were Levi Heath in Iowa, Jason Berg in North Dakota, Luke Jackson in South Dakota and Mitch Meier in Wisconsin.Four-cylinder division drivers winning career first state tiles were Chad Mann in Colorado, Craig Bangert in Illinois, Brandon Wise in Kansas, Alex Dostal in Minnesota, Brooke Fluckiger in Nebraska and Julia Childs in Texas.last_img read more

The Latest: AHL cancels the rest of its season

first_img___Real Madrid has become the latest Spanish league club to resume individual training.Players were back in action at the team’s training center two months after the league was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Most clubs had already resumed individual sessions. Barcelona restarted on Friday and Atlético Madrid on Saturday.All players were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to practice. Associated Press Sports have been shut down in Britain since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.A government document says Step 2 of the plan for easing the lockdown includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast.”The document states that the resumption cannot happen before June 1.The government says permitting large crowds in sports stadiums “may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections.”___ Commissioner Atsushi Saito says “I don’t think anyone can make preparations by setting a specific opening day.”Saito says the All-Star game in July has been canceled for the first time since it was initially held almost 70 years ago. The Japanese season was originally scheduled to open on March 20.Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University professor Mitsuo Kaku says it would be difficult to set a date for the season to start with the state of emergency still in effect.Baseball has begun in Taiwan and South Korea in empty stadiums.___ ___Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return to Italy to spend two weeks in quarantine ahead of the potential return of the Serie A season with AC Milan.He leaves behind plenty of questions in his native Sweden.Ibrahimovic has been keeping up his fitness by training with Hammarby. He bought a nearly 25% stake in the Stockholm-based club last year in his first move into soccer ownership. The striker practiced with the men’s and women’s teams and played in a training match because Sweden is not under strict lockdown measures during the coronavirus pandemic.The 38-year-old Ibrahimovic could return to the club as a player in the final years of his career. The Latest: AHL cancels the rest of its season The Turkish volleyball league has been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.Turkish Volleyball Federation president Mehmet Akif Ustundag says no team will be declared champion and no team will be relegated.He says “the men’s and women’s leagues have been registered as they stand.”Turkey suspended all league games on March 20 but the country’s soccer federation announced last week it plans to resume games on June 12 and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.___ The Portuguese soccer federation says the league, clubs and players must take responsibility for the consequences of the return to soccer in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.The federation says that is the first condition stipulated by government authorities to allow the Portuguese league and the Portuguese Cup to resume as planned by the end of the month.The federation says the league, clubs and players at all times “assume the risk of infection” and “bear the responsibility” of all possible consequences related to the disease and to “the risk for public health.”The federation says it received a set of conditions from the government on Sunday.The government recently said it would allow the league and the cup to resume on May 30. The second division was canceled.center_img The league says five players on first- and second-division clubs have tested positive. Three staff members have also tested positive.Spanish league president Javier Tebas hopes to restart the league on June 12.___The head of Japanese baseball says the 12-team league is hoping to start play next month but no specific date has been set.Japan is living under a state of emergency that is in effect until May 31. President and CEO David Andrews says “the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions.”The league’s board of governors made that determination in a conference call Friday.The AHL suspended its season on March 12 after the NHL did. The league hopes to be back next season but that is in jeopardy if sports must be played in empty arenas.___The British government has told sports bodies to prepare for the resumption of events in England but not before June and not with fans in stadiums. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The American Hockey League has canceled the rest of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. May 11, 2020 Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and third-ranked Karolina Pliskova will lead teams in a tennis charity event during the coronavirus pandemic.Pliskova’s team will include her twin sister Kristyna, 2019 French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova, Tereza Martincova and Nikola Bartunkova.Kvitova will be joined in her squad by Barbora Strycova, Katerina Siniakova, Barbora Krejcikova, Linda Fruhvirtova and Russian player Ekaterina Alexandrova.Pliskova says “it’s a great opportunity for us to play a unique tournament.”The first of the four tournaments that are part of the competition is scheduled for June 13-15 in Prague. Milan and most of the other Italian league clubs resumed training on an individual basis last week before full team training restarts next Monday.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

The Latest: Pocono will hold NASCAR races without fans

first_img May 29, 2020 Renault general director Clotilde Delbos made the announcement in a telephone conference call.Renault plans to cut 15,000 jobs as part of its financial restructuring but Delbos said the company’s presence in F1 will not be affected.___The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums.The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor of resuming. There was one abstention. J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai made the announcement in a online news conference.The J-League suspended play on Feb. 26 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week.The soccer league says “matches will be held without spectators but the league will continue preparations to allow spectators into the stadiums in the future.”The league says all matches will be rescheduled with a priority given to scheduling teams from the same geographic region to limit travel. Tebas says fans may also have the option of hearing pre-recorded crowd noise or stick with the live sound from the empty stadiums.Tebas says the Spanish league is expected to resume on June 11 and finish on July 19. The next season would start on Sept. 12. The European competitions are set to be played after the end of the domestic leagues.Tebas says he wants two or three league matches to be played every day until the end of the competition.___The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded international sporting schedule brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The dates for the FA Cup semifinals have been changed to July 18-19.The Football Association originally announced dates of July 11-12 but a short time later decided to push them back.The FA Cup final is set for Aug. 1.___The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums. Arizona will begin allowing student-athletes to return to campus for voluntary workouts on June 15.The phased re-entry will begin with football players, followed by athletes in fall sports and select athletics staff.All student-athletes and staff members will follow elevated safety protocols for testing, tracing and treatment.The Pac-12 Conference announced earlier this week it would allow member schools to begin holding on-campus voluntary workouts on June 15.___ The Latest: Pocono will hold NASCAR races without fans ___Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios will play exhibition tennis matches in Berlin in July amid the coronavirus pandemic.One exhibition event will run from July 13-15 on grass and another on a hard court in a hangar in the city’s closed Tempelhof airport from July 17-19.Each tournament will feature six men and six women and there will be 200,000 euros ($222,000) in total prize money available.Thiem, Zverev and Kyrgios will be joined by Jannik Sinner for the men’s events. Two more players will be announced later. A new schedule will be announced on June 15. The lower level J-2 and J-3 leagues can begin play on June 27.___The reshaped English soccer season is set to end with the FA Cup final on Aug. 1.The Football Association has announced provisional dates for the remaining rounds of the competition a day after the Premier League said it planned to restart on June 17.The quarterfinals of the FA Cup are scheduled to take place over the weekend of June 27-28 and the semifinals on July 11-12. The Cup Series is scheduled to race June 27-28 and Truck and second-tier Xfinity races also will be held that weekend. Pocono says in a message to fans “it will certainly miss your passion, laughs, cheers, and smiles as the green flag drops in the Pocono Mountains.”Pocono says it will expedite a refund or account credit.Pocono Raceway is in Monroe County, which is under a yellow designation. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said earlier this month that if the county moved to yellow, then NASCAR may hold the two races with no spectators present and guidelines followed to keep competitors safe.___The White Sox are using a pair of Chicago-themed T-shirts to raise money for the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund. The schedule runs through early August.The plan calls for athletes to follow measures such as self-quarantining or wearing a mask in public for at least a week before returning. It outlines testing protocols while requiring athletes and employees to wear masks inside facilities when it’s difficult to follow social-distancing practices.“We’re in lockstep with the campus plan,” athletics director Bubba Cunningham told The Associated Press. “We are hopeful that we’ll have spectators in the fall but we don’t have a home game — at least a home football game — for 3½ months. So while we’re scenario-planning for those events, we’ll have to roll that out at a later date.“This is just to give some clarity to our staff, our coaches and our students of, ‘Here’s a timetable that you can count on to come back.’”___ The semifinals and final are usually held at Wembley Stadium. The FA says further information on venues will be announced later.The FA says the match dates are dependent on safety measures being met as lockdown measures are gradually eased during the coronavirus pandemic.___The Spanish soccer league could use virtual crowds when the competition resumes in empty stadiums next month.Spanish league president Javier Tebas says the league is working with the possibility of giving fans different options on how to watch the matches on television. He says they may be able to choose either the original feed with no fans or an alternative one with crowds superimposed on the stands. Fans will be in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month.The Russian government’s coronavirus task force says spectators will be allowed if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity.The Russian league previously announced it will resume games on June 21.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says “both players and fans have missed the vivid emotions of a match and the noise from the stands. Soon all this will return.”The move could help clubs stem losses from refunding ticket holders.center_img The league has been shut down since February because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are 13 rounds left in the top division and the league wants to complete the season on Aug. 2.St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference. Third-place Basel trails by five points.Basel is also still in the Europa League. UEFA hopes to complete that competition in August after domestic seasons end.The league says a separate vote to increase the top division from 10 teams to 12 failed to pass.___ Canada was scheduled to host the quadrennial event in 2022 but instead will host in 2026.Swimming Canada says charter nations Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States “agreed to defer” the event.The Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021. That then led to the swimming world championships being pushed back to May 2022.The 2020 Junior Pan Pacific Championships were moved to August 2022 in Hawaii.___ Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium’s capacity and no away supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Polish league will resume on Friday in empty stadiums. No games have been played since March 9.The return of fans will be governed by special sanitary regulations worked out with the health ministry and sanitary authorities.___French car manufacturer Renault says it is staying in Formula One despite planning a large number of job cuts. The French league said in a statement on Friday it expects the new season “will be able to start as anticipated in August with friendly games to prepare in July.”The league added it was working on how to allow fans back into stadiums when the season starts.___North Carolina has issued a timeline for athletes, coaches and athletics staffers to return to campus in stages through June and later into the summer.The plan announced begins with facilities staffers arriving Monday to prepare for the first athletes and coaches to arrive June 12. That group will consist of coaches and staff for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, along with the first group of football players. Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says he had the coronavirus and compared its effects to how he felt climbing Kilimanjaro.Rodgers says he fell ill “a week or so” after the English season was suspended on March 13 and later tested positive for the virus. He says he felt the effects of it for three weeks.Rodgers says “the strangest thing was losing your smell and the taste. You lose your strength. You could hardly walk 10 yards. I felt it was similar to the time I was climbing Kilimanjaro. When you get to a certain point at altitude, you walk and really suffer.”The former Liverpool manager is still being tested twice a week according to the Premier League’s coronavirus protocols.Rodgers says “it’s not the case that now I’ve had it, I wouldn’t test. You just never know.” Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic will be in the women’s events. Two places are still to be confirmed.Matches will have a super tiebreaker replacing the third set. There will be electronic line calls with no line judges to reduce the number of people involved on court.The event replaces a WTA tournament in Berlin which was set for June but called off.___Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on June 19. ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The limited-edition shirts are on sale on the team website.The team says net proceeds from the sale will go to the response fund, which supports nonprofit organizations and agencies offering help with the coronavirus crisis. The White Sox and the NBA’s Chicago Bulls also committed $200,000 to support the fund in March.___The French soccer league says teams can play friendlies in July with a view to starting the new season in August.The remaining matches in men’s and women’s soccer this season were canceled. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Pocono Raceway will hold its NASCAR weekend without fans. Only neighboring Belarus is currently holding professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.___The top two divisions of the Swedish league have been given the go-ahead to start their seasons on June 14.There will be no spectators at matches.The season was scheduled to start on April 4 but was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.last_img read more