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Sporting events in UK to go ahead as Italy issues ban

first_imgThe British government stated that all sporting events in Britain will go ahead as planned despite the outbreak while from Italy, Premier Giuseppe Conte on Monday extended measures to tackle the new coronavirus across the whole country, telling people to “stay at home” and banning public gathering as well as Serie A soccer matchesCulture Secretary Oliver Dowden told the BBC on Monday that it would be “premature” to cancel fixtures as officials from a number of sports gathered in London to discuss the impact of the virus.”There’s no reason for people either not to attend such events or to cancel them at this stage, but we keep it under review,” he said. The global sporting calendar is being badly disrupted by the virus, which has infected more than 110,000 people worldwide, with over 3,800 deaths.France’s Six Nations match against Ireland in Paris on Saturday has been postponed — the third game of the tournament to be called off.The decision means that Saturday’s Wales v Scotland match in Cardiff is the only remaining match on the Six Nations program, leaving the tournament unfinished, with the identity of the champions uncertain.Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League home game against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday will be played behind closed doors. The ATP and WTA tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, has been cancelled and Japan’s baseball season has been postponed.The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said senior government officials had held a “constructive meeting with sports and broadcast partners” as part of contingency planning.”This included a discussion of how staging sporting events behind closed doors could work in practice, should the situation change and become necessary,” the DCMS said in a statement.Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney, who was at the meeting, said: The basic message coming out of today is ‘let’s not panic’. Let’s monitor the situation and carry on as normal.”Premier League executive director Bill Bush refused to speculate on the possibility of matches being played behind closed doors.Steve Elworthy, director of special projects at the England and Wales Cricket Board, was also at the meeting.”We are starting to think about contingency planning and it was a great meeting with all the sports around,” he said.From Rome, the unprecedented measures that would be taken by the government would cover the entire Mediterranean nation of more than 60 million people after Italy reported 97 more deaths that took its toll to 463.”I am going to sign a decree that can be summarized as follows: I stay at home,” Conte announced in a dramatic evening television address.”The whole of Italy will become a protected zone,” he said, as reported by AFP.At the same time, Italy’s top sports body also called for all sports events to be cancelled until April 3.After a meeting between representatives from all Italian team sports federations, the National Olympic Committee (CONI) said in a statement the government should intensify its measures against the virus.”Health protection is the top priority for everyone,” the statement said. Reuters reportedHowever, the statement noted international competitions, for both clubs and national teams, do not fall within CONI’s jurisdiction and so can’t be influenced by its decision.This includes UEFA soccer tournaments such as the Champions League, in which Italy’s Serie A leader Juventus is set to host France’s Lyon on March 17, and the Europa League, in which Inter Milan and AS Roma have home games scheduled against Spain’s Getafe and Sevilla on March 12 and 19 respectively.The government had already ordered that all sporting events, including Serie A matches, must be played behind closed doors to avoid crowds of people that could boost the contagion.The closed-doors games at the weekend caused chaos, with Italy’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora calling Serie A organizers “irresponsible” after they ignored a late call from the players’ union for the day’s matches to be suspended, which saw Parma’s clash with SPAL delayed by 75 minutes.The previous two rounds of fixtures were heavily disrupted by the spread of the virus as several games were suspended.The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) had also decided to suspend ticket sales for the Euro 2020 qualifying playoff semi-final between Bulgaria and Hungary on March 26 because of outbreak.Bulgaria reported on Sunday its first cases of the coronavirus and the BFU said that all Bulgarian league matches in the next two rounds will be played in empty stadiums.Topics :last_img read more

ULSTER SFC QUARTER-FINAL: SUPER ST EUNAN’S POWER PAST ROSLEA TO BOOK SEMI-FINAL SPOT

first_imgSt Eunan’s have powered past the challenge of Fermanagh champions Roslea at O’Donnell Park this afternoon in their Ulster SFC quarter-final. St Eunan’s are throught to the Ulster SFC semi-finals after a comfortable win over Roslea.Maxi Curran’s side were absolutely dominant throughout the match and were deserving winners.St Eunan’s controlled the match and were defensively solid throughout. Sean Hensey, Michael Martin and Conor Morrison were immense at the back, and this was evidenced by the fact Roslea didn’t register their first point until ten minutes into the second-half.Conall Dunne continued his stunning form from the Donegal SFC into the Ulster SFC scoring 1-4 of their 1-5 first-half tally.His goal came from the penalty spot after John Haran was hauled down as he bared down on goal.St Eunan’s were slightly complacent in the second-half, and didn’t play at the same intensity and tempo as the opening period. They added scores through, Rory Carr, Conor Parke, Kevin Rafferty and Conor Gibbons.Seamus Quigley scored four points from frees for Roslea and was their standout performer.In truth Roslea really struggled to have any impact on the game.Final score St Eunan’s 1-09 Roslea 0-06St Eunan’s have only reached the Ulster SFC semi-final on two occasions previously and will be hoping this is the year they can land that elusive Ulster Title. It was a comprehensive and comfortable win for Maxi Curran’s side who now face Omagh in the last four in what should be an absolute cracker of a game.They defeated Crossmaglen last weekend and will present a much more difficult challenge that that of Roslea.Well done to St Eunan’s on a fantastic win and performance.ULSTER SFC QUARTER-FINAL: SUPER ST EUNAN’S POWER PAST ROSLEA TO BOOK SEMI-FINAL SPOT was last modified: November 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Samsung challenges Google with Connect Home Wi-Fi mesh

first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… David Curry Related Posts Samsung announced on Thursday a competitor to Google Wi-Fi, which is able to cover up to 7,500 square feet and also act as a SmartThings hub.Much like the lauded Google Wi-Fi, the Samsung Connect Home creates a mesh WiFi network that extends the network’s coverage area, similar to a wireless booster.See Also: Samsung receives approval to test self-driving cars in South KoreaUp to five Connect Home units can be connected to a router, enough for most large homes. Samsung is also launching the Connect Home Pro, which has more processing power and supports 4×4 MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi, while the normal unit only supports 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac.The Connect Home is available for pre-order starting at $170 for a single unit or $380 for a pack of three. The Connect Home Pro is available for $250 per unit, Samsung has not announced any bundle plans for the higher-end model.Samsung is making Connect Home a central part of its smart home appliances. It can act as a hub for all compatible Internet of Things (IoT) devices, meaning customers will not have to buy a separate SmartThings hub anymore.Dialing in with the Connect appUsers will be able to control smart home devices through the Connect app. Samsung is planning to add support for their personal assistant, Bixby, so users will be able to tell their phone to change device settings.The Connect Home has built-in support for Zigbee and Z-Wave standards. That makes it compatible with most smart home devices, including Philips Hue LED lights, Nest smoke detector, and Ring video doorbell.As we start to add more connected devices to our homes, mesh Wi-Fi networks will become all the more necessary to avoid connectivity issues. This is already a problem in homes that have more than four people online at once, with video calls, video streaming, and downloading all hogging the network bandwidth.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Tags:#Connect Home#Internet of Things#IoT#networking#Samsung#smart home#SmartThings#wifi last_img read more

WWE SummerSlam 2012 Results

first_imgSummerSlam (2012), a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE , took place on August 19, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. It was the twenty-fifth annual SummerSlam, and the fourth consecutive one to be held at the Staples Center.To see SummerSlam 2012 Results, click here World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc is an American publicly traded, privately controlled entertainment company dealing majorly in professional wrestling. Currently, it is the largest professional wrestling promotion in the world, reaching 13 million viewers in the US.last_img read more

10 months agoUNCOVERED: The 3-step process for Liverpool to make new signings

first_imgUNCOVERED: The 3-step process for Liverpool to make new signingsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool’s three-step approach to making new signings has been revealed.The Times has detailed how different members of Liverpool’s management structure work together to bring in new additions.The three-step policy is as follows:Firstly, a footballer cannot be signed unless he is wanted by the manager.Secondly, the player must also have the blessing of FSG. The owners have the right to say no and stop all plans to sign the player.For example, if manager Jurgen Klopp wanted to bring in an older striker in for £40 million, but FSG did not want to part ways with that kind of cash for a player whose career could soon be over, then the choice would rest with them.Thirdly, the transfer must be in keeping with the latest trends of the transfer market. Spotting opportunities and assessing availability should set guidelines for purchasing and selling. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Amazon HQ locations Similar basics but different vibes

first_imgNEW YORK — The two communities that learned Tuesday they are about to become homes to a pair of big, new East Coast bases for Amazon are both riverfront stretches of major metropolitan areas with ample transportation and space for workers.But there are plenty of differences between New York’s Long Island City and Crystal City in northern Virginia.Set within eyeshot of the nation’s capital, Crystal City is a thicket of 1980s-era office towers trying to plug into new economic energy after thousands of federal jobs moved elsewhere.Rapidly growing Long Island City is an old manufacturing area already being reinvented as a hub for 21st-century industry, creativity and urbane living.Seattle-based Amazon, which set out last year to situate one additional headquarters, announced Tuesday that it was splitting its project into two.A look at the two communities:LONG ISLAND CITYIt’s already the fastest-developing neighbourhood in the nation’s most populous city, and Amazon could pump up the volume in this buzzy part of Queens.The addition of Amazon to the neighbourhood stands to burnish New York City’s reputation as a tech capital. Landing Amazon also cements Long Island City’s transformation from a faded manufacturing zone to a vibrant, of-the-moment enclave of waterfront skyscrapers, modernized warehouses and artsy-tech ambience across the East River from midtown Manhattan.“I joke that we’re experiencing explosive growth 30 years in the making,” said Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the Long Island City Partnership, a neighbourhood development group.But Long Island City also has been straining to handle its growth.Days before Tuesday’s announcement , the city unveiled a $180 million plan to address Long Island City’s packed schools, street design and a sewage system that groans in heavy rain. But those projects will just catch up with current needs, said area City Councilman Jimmy van Bramer.“I know that there are a lot of people cheerleading for this, but HQ2 has to work for Queens and the people of Queens. It can’t just be good for Amazon,” said van Bramer, a Democrat. After the announcement, he said Amazon had “duped New York into offering unprecedented amounts of tax dollars to one of the wealthiest companies on Earth.”Once a bustling factory and freight-moving area, Long Island City saw many of its plants and warehouses closed as manufacturing shriveled in New York City.The neighbourhood’s rebirth began in the 1980s, when officials broached redeveloping a swath of the waterfront, while artists were drawn by warehouse spaces, affordable rents and a building that is now the MoMA PS1 museum. Silvercup Studios — where such TV shows as “Sex and the City,” ”30 Rock” and “The Sopranos” have been filmed — opened in 1983.Long Island City gained a new commercial stature, and the start of a high-rise skyline, when the banking giant now called Citi opened an office tower there in 1989. But the area’s growth lately has been driven by residential building.Some 9,150 new apartments and homes have been built since 2010, more than in any other New York City neighbourhood, according to the city Planning Department . Thousands more units are in the works.The location identified by the state as the spot for Amazon’s new campus is currently a collection of low-rise industrial buildings and parking lots wrapped around a boat basin.New York has striven for nearly a decade to position itself as a tech hotspot.Venture capitalists poured $5.8 billion into New York-area startups last quarter, more than any other region except the San Francisco area, according to the consulting and accounting firm PwC . Established tech giants, including Google and Facebook, have been expanding their New York footprints.Still, landing HQ2 represents “incredible validation of just how far New York has come,” said Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Center for an Urban Future think-tank .Waiting for a subway, Long Island City community board chairwoman Denise Keehan-Smith could envision Amazon benefiting the neighbourhood.“But I think we have to be careful about it,” she said.CRYSTAL CITYIf any place in America can absorb 25,000 Amazon jobs without disruption, it may well be Crystal City, Virginia, where nearly that many jobs have vanished over the last 15 years.The neighbourhood in Arlington County is bounded by the Potomac River and the nation’s capital on one side, by the Pentagon on another and Reagan National Airport on a third.Despite its prime location and abundant transportation options, the neighbourhood has been hit by a massive outflow of jobs. The Patent and Trademark Office began moving more than 7,000 jobs out of Crystal City in 2003. In 2005, the Defence Department announced plans to move roughly 17,000 jobs elsewhere as part of a base realignment.Arlington County has worked hard to bring in new employers, and had some success. The Public Broadcasting Service moved its headquarters to Crystal City in 2006.Still, large swaths of the neighbourhood remain vacant. Among other challenges, the area has fought to overcome a reputation for outdated architecture.Crystal City is populated by ’70s and ’80s-era office buildings. The buildings are connected by a network of tunnels populated with food-court style dining options, hair salons and newsstands. The tunnels leave the ground-level outdoor streetscape sometimes looking empty.Brookings Institution urban planner Jenny Schuetz suggested the buildings may require an upgrade, or even replacement. But she noted that while people often associate tech companies with converted lofts or state-of-the art workspaces, many big Silicon Valley tech companies actually work out of ’80s-era office buildings.For all the talk about antiquated architecture, people who’ve actually worked in Crystal City appreciate its convenience and its worker-friendly features, including the tunnels.“I loved it here,” said Christine Gentry of Greenbelt, Maryland, as she ate breakfast in a largely empty food court. She works for the Patent and Trademark Office and preferred the days when her office was in Crystal City.“Everything is accessible here,” she said. “When it was raining or snowing or sleeting, I never had to go out.”Perhaps no place better illustrates the vibe of Crystal City than the region’s only revolving restaurant, the Skydome atop the Doubletree Crystal City. Diners enjoy a panoramic view of the D.C. skyline, completing a full rotation every 47 minutes.Sam Getachew, the hotel’s food and beverage manager, said the restaurant fits the neighbourhood’s retro atmosphere.“It’s huge draw,” Getachew said. “People come for the curiosity of it.”The only downside, he said, is that “when customers get up to go to the restroom, they don’t know where they are when they come back.”When Amazon announced its plans Tuesday, it said its footprint will extend beyond Crystal City into the adjacent neighbourhoods of Pentagon City and Potomac Yard, which have collectively been dubbed “National Landing” by the region’s economic development officials.___Barakat reported from Arlington, Virginia.Jennifer Peltz And Matthew Barakat, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Royals unlucky as ball hits stumps but bails stay put

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan Royals were left high and dry after the ball hit the stumps but the bails were not disturbed during their tie against Kolkata Knight Riders here. In a lopsided contest on Sunday, the Royals lost to KKR by eight wickets with 37 balls to spare. Asked to bat first, Royals could only muster 139/3 in 20 overs. KKR cantered to victory, losing just two wickets. But things could have been different had the ball dislodged the bails when Chris Lynn was batting in the fourth over off Dhawal Kulkarni. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Lynn, who went on to make a 32-ball 50, was batting on 13 when a length ball came into the Australian who was cramped for room. It got an inside edge that hit the leg stump, the stump lights turned on but the bails were not dislodged as the ball raced towards the fine leg boundary. This got Twitter into a frenzy as many posted jokes and memes in a light hearted manner. The Royals were about to celebrate but their joy was cut short, with social media enthusiasts having a good time out of it. KKR raced to 140/2 in 13.5 overs and are now top of the table with eight points from five matches. The Royals, meanwhile, are languishing in seventh place with just two points from five games.last_img read more

Shatrughan Sinha’s wife Poonam joins SP

first_imgLucknow: Bollywood actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha’s wife Poonam Sinha joined the Samajwadi Party here Tuesday. “Poonam Sinha has joined the Samajwadi Party in presence of SP leader Dimple Yadav in Lucknow,” said the Samajwadi Party in a tweet. The party’s official Twitter handle also carried a picture showing Poonam Sinha joining the party in the presence of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav, an MP from Kannauj. Sinha is likely to be fielded from Lucknow seat against Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is a BJP candidate, said party sources. Singh filed his nomination from the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat on Friday. Lucknow is going to polls on May 6 along with a total of 51 constituencies across seven states in the fifth phase of elections.last_img read more