On the Road Again: A Pro Photographer’s Greatest Gear

first_imgIf you’re not planning a solid road trip this summer, stop what you’re doing now and check your pulse; you might be dead inside. The road trip is an integral part of outdoor culture: a rite of passage for the young and an annual ritual for the experienced. While most of us feel like we have our road trip gear dialed in, few people have spent as much time curating their kit as Derek DiLuzio, a professional photographer who shoots everything from powder skiing in the Rockies to fly fishing in the Southern Appalachians. DiLuzio is on the road shooting for a variety of magazines at least four months out of the year, and he knows exactly what to pack to get the job done in style.“There’s a lot of unpredictability when you’re shooting pictures, so you have to be ready for anything,” DiLuzio says.Orion Cooler ($499)It’s a 65-liter, really big cooler that will keep ice for about a week. It’s such a relief not to have to buy ice every day. I can truly establish a base camp and not worry about keeping food cold.Sylvan Sport GO ($9,995)This is a game-changer for me. I can’t tell you how luxurious it is to be able to stand up and change, or sit at a table and work or eat. I can drop it anywhere, and it can be a home base for camping or just a place for wardrobe changes. It feels so civilized after camping on the ground for so many years.Boardworks Shubu Sport ($899)This board folds into a backpack, and it’s incredibly stiff after you blow it up. It handles river rapids and even ocean surf really well.BMC Speedfox 02 TrailCrew ($5,900)The Speedfox is an efficient way to explore the forest and look for different shooting locations. It’s a mix of carbon and aluminum with a Fox Float fork and XT components.Road Shower 2 ($300)It’s basically a five-gallon, solar heated water tank that you can pressurize with air. It’s great for washing off the bikes or board, or just taking a shower after a ride.Catan ($20)If my wife is traveling with me, we always bring board games because we’re incredibly competitive. The card game version of Catan is our go-to night time diversion. My wife taught me everything I know about Catan, but I’m absolutely the champ.Osprey Momentum 32 Bicycle Commuter Pack ($140)The mesh-covered shoulder straps and back panel provide ventilated comfort, especially on long, hot, sweaty commutes in the South. Laptops stay protected in a dedicated top-sleeve, and there are plenty of zippered pockets and storage compartments in this versatile 32-liter pack.Kammock Thylacine Sleeping Bag ($329)It’s two bags in one: on its own, the Thylacine Down is a 20°F rated sleep system. Combined with the zip-in Thylacine Liner, you can sleep comfortably at or above 0°F. Lightweight and durable, the bag can be tailored directly to the body with simple cinch straps.OnSight Half Nelson 2 Minimalist Bike Pack ($45)For cycling commuters or mountain bikers on an all-day ride, the Half Nelson pack holds all your essentials: hydration bladder, pump, tools, food, and a light jacket. All the main fabrics, mesh, zippers, and buckles in the Half Nelson minimalist bike pack are produced from recycled plastic water bottles.Goal Zero Sherpa 100 ($299)I need power for my laptop and cameras. This battery pack comes with a solar panel, so I can charge it off my truck engine or off the sun. It’ll run my computer, charge my camera and power some lights. And it’s small too, so you can put it in a backpack if you need to.last_img read more

China’s presence in Dominica

first_img Share Share 23 Views no discussions Share LocalNews China’s presence in Dominica by: – April 28, 2011center_img Tweet Sir. Ronald SandersBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday April 28, 2011 -The Caribbean island of Dominica is fast becoming a living example of the way that China has strengthened its influence by moving into countries that the United States and other Western nations have neglected.According to a white paper on China’s foreign aid issued by China’s State Council on April 21, by the end of 2009 China had aided 161 countries and more than 30 international and regional organizations, including 123 developing countries. Of them, 30 are in Asia, 51 in Africa, 18 in Latin America and the Caribbean, 12 in Oceania and 12 in Eastern Europe. Asia and Africa, home to the largest poor population, have got about 80% of China’s foreign aid.While the US has been preoccupied with wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the so-called ‘war on terror’, paying little attention to its immediate neighbourhood, the Chinese have established a presence throughout the Caribbean that, in large part, is regarded as beneficial to the people. In Dominica’s case, in 2004 the government there broke long-held diplomatic relations with Taiwan to recognize the People’s Republic of China and sign-on to a policy of ‘one China’ – the code for agreeing with the Chinese government that there is only “One China” and Taiwan is an inalienable part of it.On the establishment of diplomatic relations, the Chinese promised to undertake infrastructural development projects totalling over US$100 million – all of it grants. Four projects were specifically identified: a sports stadium; a new grammar school; the rehabilitation of the major road connecting the capital, Roseau, to the second major town, Portsmouth; and the rehabilitation of the island’s major medical facility, the Princess Margaret Hospital. The Chinese have, so far, fulfilled their undertakings on three of these projects. The stadium is built and in use, two phases of the school are complete, and work has started on the Roseau-Portsmouth road including the construction of miles of wall along the sea to help contain coastal erosion. Only the hospital project is pending and no one doubts that the Chinese will fulfil that commitment.It should be pointed out that European Union (EU) is also helping with the rehabilitation and widening of the road from Dominica’s Melville Hall Airport to Roseau. A significant difference in the EU and Chinese road projects is that the EU is employing Dominican workers while the Chinese use Chinese labour exclusively. While it might have been felt that the local population might have favoured the EU project, employing local labour, over the Chinese project that employs only Chinese, this is seemingly not the case. Albeit a small number of people, asked about the Chinese not employing local labour, responded by saying that they were more interested in the projects, particularly the road, sea wall and hospital than they were in the jobs. They added that they were getting the projects for free.Of course the latter observation is not entirely true. In return for their economic assistance, the Chinese government secures a “one-China policy” from the Dominican government in international organisations. This support is replicated from all the other small, Caribbean countries to which China provides similar help.The isolation of Taiwan and its non-recognition as a state continues to be an important element of China’s foreign policy. But, it may well be that, in the not too distant future, the Chinese government will insist on support for other – and new – aspects of both its domestic and foreign policy. In fairness, it should be noted that in a White Paper on Foreign Aid, the Chinese government has listed as one of its Eight Principles for economic aid and technical assistance to other countries that “the Chinese government always bases itself on the principle of equality and mutual benefit in providing aid to other countries. It never regards such aid as a kind of unilateral alms but as something mutual”. China has been declaring that position since 1964.Another consequence of relations with China is a gradual influx of Chinese into the local population. It is striking that far more retail shops in Roseau are now operated by Chinese than used to be the case. However, while this competition may trouble local retailers, people in the street point to less expensive products sold by the Chinese that they find affordable. And, in any event, while the number of Chinese retailers – and food outlets – is growing, the overall Chinese population is not yet large enough to create an outcry. If China is welcome in Dominica and other small Caribbean countries, it is because China has filled a void left by the United States and other Western nations. Over the last decade, US assistance to the Caribbean region has dwindled except in the area of interest to the US – security including drug trafficking. Little attention has been paid to the interests of the region for infrastructural development, improving education and health facilities, and laying the foundations for investment that could produce employment and technical know-how.Canada provided US$1.82 million from 2008 to 2009 for projects, but its development agency, CIDA, notes that “there are no long term bilateral projects planned in this country”.The EU collectively stands out, among Western countries, as maintaining assistance to Dominica. That assistance goes beyond resurfacing the airport road to include a range of infrastructural projects, including improvement of the Melville Hall Airport. EU money also provides budgetary support to the Dominica government. But, while EU support has undoubtedly contributed to Dominica’s welfare, the island’s loss of its preferential banana market in the EU significantly hurt its economy and put hundreds of small farmers out of business.The difference between the EU and China, is that the EU does not tie its aid to support for EU foreign policy – an advantage, perhaps, in dealing with a collective of 27 nations whose policies are not directed by the interests of any one nation. For all this, Dominica’s physical infrastructure – roads and bridges – has made great strides, and it is helping the country’s economy. Poverty fell from 39 per cent in 2003 to 28.8 per cent in 2009, and absolute poverty declined from 10 per cent in 2003 to 3.1 per cent in 2009. However, the International Monetary Fund has observed that more than 30 per cent of the labour force has emigrated, and per capita GDP of about US$4,931 is low. Nonetheless, Dominica is an unspoiled and naturally beautiful country with all the potential of becoming the world’s leading Eco-tourism destination. It is to that potential that this column will turn next week.By: Sir Ronald SandersCaribbean 360 News Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Barca stars set for more pay cut

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barcelona is bracing themselves for another round of pay cuts because those accepted by players last month will not cover the huge losses anticipated as the Nou Camp remains shut.Barca players volunteered a 70 per cent reduction in wages at the end of March lasting for the duration of the state of emergency called on March 14, which is now being lifted in phases. But the measure was always only ever going to be a stop-gap while the way forward in LaLiga became clearer.Barcelona is now beginning to consider the longer-term effects of the coronavirus crisis with advertisers and sponsors looking for rebates and next season’s television deal likely to reflect the disruptions to the product felt by the audiovisual companies through this campaign.Catalan paper La Vanguardia revealed recently that the club have already drawn up two possible road maps through the next 10 months according to how well or otherwise things develop.One scenario had the stadium reopening in November.But the second scenario, now seen as more likely, meant the club kept the Nou Camp doors closed until February 2021. Some commentators close to the Catalan club have speculated that such a delay in reopening the ground, club shops and museum, as well as the drop in income from sponsors and future television deals, will mean next season’s budget could include as much as a €200 million [£174 million] fall in projected revenue.Such a drop – from €1 billion [£888 million] to €800 million [£695 million] would not be able to be sustained by a wage bill that currently exceeds €600 million [£521 million].At the start of the season, LaLiga announced its salary caps on each club according to their income. Barcelona’s was the biggest.They were allowed a wage bill of €671 million [£583 million].Real Madrid were second with a permitted spend on wages at €641 million [£557 million]. And Atletico Madrid were third, some way behind, with an allowed wage bill of €348 million [£302 million]. Barcelona can afford such an outlay on salaries all the time their revenue streams are so high.Their projected revenue for this season, which was announced last September, was over €1 billion [£888 million].They rejoiced at being the first club to go past the mark but they will fall short of that figure now.Tags: CoronavirusFC BarcelonaLa LigaNou Camplast_img read more

Wenger is full of belief

first_img “You only realise when you see it again on the big screen how unbelievable it is,” said Wenger. “It was done with such a speed, that it was impossible to defend, you would say it was played at the speed where you could play with your hands, but not your feet. “I am convinced you will see that goal (replayed) a lot.” Aaron Ramsey had been rested to the bench, but was called into action just before half-time after Mathieu Flamini suffered double vision following a clash of heads with Alex Tettey. The midfielder is now a doubt for Tuesday night’s Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund as a result. Wenger has welcomed his selection poser, with the Wales midfielder scoring his ninth goal of an impressive season to settle any late nerves after Jonny Howson had made it 2-1 on 70 minutes. “People say always you have to buy, when you have the players people say you have a problem,” the Arsenal boss added. “I believe we have a good togetherness and everybody accepts that everybody needs to play in the right periods it is down to me just to make the right decision.” Despite the final scoreline, Wenger conceded it had not all been an easy ride for his team. Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny pushed away a goal-bound 20-yard strike from Norwich midfielder Leroy Fer just before half-time, and the visitors did not lay down even after Mesut Ozil made it 2-0 with a glancing header following a quick counter attack. Eventually, though, Arsenal’s superior technical quality paid off, as Ramsey’s fine individual effort settled matters before Ozil tapped in number four with two minutes left. Norwich boss Chris Hughton tried to take solace from his team’s positive efforts, but knows the pressure will be on against Cardiff next weekend to get back to winning ways and move up the table following successive defeats, with Chelsea having won at Carrow Road before the international break. “Any time you are on the back of a couple of defeats, it is never a nice feeling and nor is being in the bottom three,” said Hughton. “However, we were in a similar position this time last season, but we have more points than we did then. “If we are looking for positives, there are plenty, but of course we have to win football matches.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels his side’s belief will grow with every victory – but maintains they must strive to improve in order to last the distance in the Barclays Premier League title race. Wenger, though, stressed there can be no let up in focus if that form is to be maintained through fixtures which include clashes with both Liverpool and Manchester United. “We have belief. The belief is strengthened by every win,” said Wenger. “We have come out of a long period where most of the time in recent years in October we were already looking forwards (up the table) from being behind. At the moment we are in a better position, but there is a long way to go. “We just have to focus on developing as a team and keep the solidarity we have.” Arsenal had swept into the lead on 18 minutes with a goal of the highest quality. There seemed little real danger when Santi Cazorla, back in the side following an ankle injury, moved down the left, before cutting the ball back to Wilshere. It was swiftly returned to the Spaniard, who laid it off to Olivier Giroud. The France forward then exchanged a brilliant improvised one-two of flicks with Wilshere, who ran on through the yellow shirts on the edge of the penalty area to dispatch the ball past John Ruddy. Wenger admitted it took him a few replays to really appreciate the intricacy of the move. The Gunners moved two points clear at the top of the table after beating Norwich 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium, where Jack Wilshere swept in a contender for goal of the season following a superb passing exchange. It was a sixth league win from eight and an 11th in all competitions, from a start which has some Arsenal fans talking up a long-overdue sustained assault on the championship. Press Associationlast_img read more

Qualify rerouted to Goodwood

first_img Press Association Qualify is likely to run next in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood after being a late withdrawal from the Darley Irish Oaks. Trainer Aidan O’Brien felt conditions at the Curragh were not right for his shock Investec Oaks winner. “We were very worried about the ground (at the Curragh),” the Ballydoyle handler told At The Races. center_img “We just thought it was safer to not mess up the routine and instead have a look at Goodwood. “We’re very happy with her.” last_img read more

Two killed in London Bridge terror attack, suspect shot dead

first_imgTwo people were killed, and three others were injured after a terror attack was carried out on the London Bridge in England on Friday.As of Saturday, UK counterterrorism police are searching for clues into how a man imprisoned for terrorism offenses before his release last year managed to stab several people before being tackled by bystanders and shot dead by officers.The suspect 28-year-old Usman Khan was attending a program that works to educate prisoners when he launched Friday’s attack just yards from the site of a similar terror attack, which occurred in 2017, according to London’s police counterterrorism chief.British police said they were treating the stabbings as a terrorist attack and were not actively looking for other suspects.Click here to learn more.last_img

Football News ISL 2018: NorthEast United FC goalkeeper Rehenesh handed interim suspension

first_imgChennai: NorthEast United FC will miss the services of goalkeeper T P Rehenesh for Thursday’s ISL match against Chennaiyin FC at the Nehru stadium here after he was handed an interim suspension.The All-India Football Federation’s Disciplinary Committee has put NorthEast United FC goalkeeper T P Rehenesh under interim suspension with immediate effect for acting violently against an ATK player, said an ISL statement.Also Read | Delhi’s air quality deteriorates further, AAP minister demands immediate halt on stubble burningRehenesh will not be available for selection for his club NEUFCs clash against Chennaiyin FC tomorrow, it said.He was put on interim suspension for acting violently against an ATK player during a game on October 4.“Rehenesh has been put on interim suspension pending full inquiry by the AIFF Disciplinary Committee after it emerged through the match footage, that the goalkeeper had acted violently against ATK player Gerson Vieria during the last meeting between the two clubs at Salt Lake Stadium on 4th October 2018,” an ISL statement said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Kuldeep Yadav takes five wickets in first game in Australia, enters special list

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Kuldeep Yadav did not play in the first three games of the series against Australia. On a Sydney wicket expected to assist the spinners, Kuldeep was selected and the chinaman bowler capitalised on the opportunity to take his second five-wicket haul in his maiden Test match in Australia. Kuldeep’s haul of 5/99 helped India take a 322-run lead and ensured Virat Kohli could enforce the follow-on against Tim Paine’s side on a rain-hit fourth day in the final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In the process, Kuldeep entered a special list of left-arm spinners who made their mark Down Under.Kuldeep became only the second Indian left-arm spinner and the first chinaman bowler to take a five-wicket haul in Australia. Before Kuldeep, Bishan Singh Bedi was the first left-arm spinner to take five-wicket hauls. Bedi took three five-wicket hauls in Australia and all came in the 1977/78 series, with his first one in Brisbane when he picked up 5/55. In Perth, he went one better and took 5/89 and 5/105 in Perth to also take a 10-wicket haul. The 24-year-old also became the first Indian spinner since Anil Kumble to take a five-wicket haul in Australia, with Kumble last taking 5/84 in the Melbourne Test in 2007.Read More | India vs Australia, live cricket score: Kohli’s side enforce follow-onThe Uttar Pradesh bowler became the first left-arm spinner since Rangana Herath in 2012 to take a five-wicket haul in Australia. Herath, who recently retired from international cricket in the series against England, picked up a five-wicket haul in the Hobart Test. Thanks to his effort, India enforced the follow-on against Australia and it was the first time since 1986 that India had achieved the feat. Coincidentally, the first time they had made Australia follow-on was in Sydney.Read More | Liam Livingstone – the journey from 350 to Rajasthan Royals in IPLKuldeep had spun a web around the Australian batsmen on day 3 after Cheteshwar Pujara (193) and Rishabh Pant (159*) had helped India reach 622/7 declared, their second-highest score in Australia. He first accounted for Usman Khawaja (27) with a flighted delivery which the batsman miscued to Pujara at midwicket. His next victim was Travis Head (20) as the left-hander hit a low full toss back to the bowler. However, the dismissal of the day was Tim Paine (5) when he spun a sharp legbreak back and it went through the defences of the Australia captain.On day 4, Mohammed Shami had removed Pat Cummins (25) with a ball that kept low and Kuldeep took his fourth wicket when Nathan Lyon (0) missed the sweep. The left-armer should have gotten his five-wicket haul immediately afterwards but Hanuma Vihari dropped Josh Hazlewood at midwicket after he miscued a slog. The partnership yielded 42 runs for the final wicket but Kuldeep had the last say, trapping Hazlewood (21) with a flatter delivery that skidded through.In 2018, Kuldeep picked up a five-wicket haul in all formats to establish himself in the Indian cricket team. In 2019, he has started off with a bang with a five-wicket haul in the first match of the year. last_img read more

The Latest: Turkish soccer club manager: I tested positive

first_imgHe says “I hope the games are postponed.”Constantino’s comments come a day after the IOC said it was considering a postponement and would make a final decision within four weeks.Constantino says Portugal’s Olympic team is not prepared at the moment, adding “some athletes found alternative ways to prepare themselves, but others don’t have the conditions to do so.”___Pacaembu Stadium in São Paulo is being turned into an open-air hospital to help fight the coronavirus outbreak. March 23, 2020 The Athletics Association’s statement comes a day after the International Olympic Committee set itself a four-week deadline to decide on a delay.Athletics Association president Christian Taylor and vice president Emma Coburn say “we’re imploring the IOC to announce the postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympics much sooner than in four weeks’ time.”Taylor is a long jumper and Coburn is a runner. Both competed for the United States at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The group says more than 4,000 athletes have responded to a survey it conducted, with a large majority favoring postponement.Dina Asher-Smith, the world champion in the 200 meters, has also called for a quicker decision by the IOC. The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.”The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but on Sunday the government said the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11.Spanish authorities say more than 33,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus in the country, with 2,182 deaths.___The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. AOC chief executive Matt Carroll says Australia has athletes based overseas and training in central locations around the country.“With travel and other restrictions this becomes an untenable situation,” Carroll said.The Canadian Olympic Committee earlier said it won’t send athletes to the Tokyo Games unless they are postponed for a year, becoming the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.The committee sent out a statement Sunday evening saying it was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives, but that it was not safe for athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these games.”The IOC says it is considering all options. The Tokyo Games are scheduled to start July 24. As for the possibility of the NHL holding its playoffs in the summer and awarding the Stanley Cup as late as September, Krueger said “there’s nothing that I cannot imagine as an option.”___The president of the Portuguese Olympic Committee says he hopes the Tokyo Games are postponed.José Manuel Constantino says “the most reasonable thing is for the IOC, the Tokyo organizing committee, the Tokyo government and the Japanese authorities to find a consensual solution to allow the Tokyo Games to take place on another date.”Constantino was speaking to Rádio Observador. Chiefs general manager Brett Veach also said he will donate an unspecified number of meals to local food pantries.___Germany wants the Olympic Games postponed until next year at the earliest due to the coronavirus outbreak.German Olympic Sport Federation president Alfons Hörmann tells news agency dpa he would have liked a clearer stance from the IOC, one day after the governing body said it would make a final decision on postponement within four weeks.“We would have liked a clear statement now that the games definitely won’t take place on the scheduled dates and that discussions on alternative dates were being held,” Hörmann says. “We would prefer a postponement until next year at least.” Associated Press The NCAA is expected to vote on granting eligibility for athletes affected by COVID-19 on March 30.Martin says he’s struggling with giving another full season to players simply because they missed out on the championship phase of college basketball’s year. He says: “I get that’s a hard decision and a decision that eventually has to be made.”___Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are pledging $1.5 million to relief funds in Ohio combating the coronavirus pandemic.The team announced that the Haslams have earmarked $1 million to the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund and $500,000 to the Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund. The Olympic Games are due to begin in Tokyo from July 24.___UEFA has formally postponed the Champions League final scheduled to be played on May 30 in Istanbul.UEFA says no decision has been made finding a new date, amid a shutdown of European soccer due to the coronavirus pandemic that has no end in sight. Only four teams advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals before the remaining Round of 16 games scheduled on March 17-18 were postponed. The Latest: Turkish soccer club manager: I tested positive Krueger spoke to Buffalo-area reporters during a conference call Monday, 12 days after the NHL postponed its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Sabres were waiting to play a game in Montreal on March 12 when the league announced its decision. The team then flew home.The first-year Sabres coach and the players remained in Buffalo through the weekend in anticipation that teams would eventually be allowed to hold practices. He booked a flight to Switzerland once the NHL pushed back its timeline from a two-week break to 45 days.Krueger keeps in touch with players and team management by text, and says he has no knowledge of any Sabres testing positive for COVID-19.The Sabres had 13 games remaining and had fallen out of playoff contention.Krueger believes there is still much to be gained for the Sabres to continue playing, but adds he’ll abide by whatever decision the NHL reaches on whether to resume the regular season. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The manager of Turkish soccer club Galatasaray says he has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest.The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7.The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled.___A group representing track and field athletes has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The 45,000-seat stadium that was built for the 1950 World Cup is expected to have more than 200 beds and should be ready in 10 days. Construction began on Saturday.___The president of the Norwegian Olympic Committee is recommending that athletes from the country are not sent to the Tokyo Games if they take place as scheduled.Berit Kjøll says “it will not be possible to carry out a Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in July as planned” because of the growing coronavirus outbreak.Kjøll says she respects the IOC’s request to “come up with a well thought-out and good plan for when the games can be completed.” The Norwegian federation previously had said the Tokyo Olympics should only to take place once the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide.The Canadian Olympic Committee has said it will not be sending athletes to the Olympics unless the games are postponed by a year. Australia says it was advising its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.___Basketball governing body FIBA is telling players around the world to stay inside.FIBA president Hamane Niang and secretary general Andreas Zagklis says that in “no circumstance should our passion to play basketball surpass the importance of following the instructions of the public authorities” when it comes to helping ensure public health. ___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be unavoidable if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus impact.He was commenting on the International Olympic Committee plan to examine the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision, which could include a postponement.Abe, speaking at a parliamentary session, ruled out the possibility of a cancellation.Whether Tokyo can hold the Olympics as planned from July 24 has been a major international concern as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread globally. The IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for “complete support.”The ROC says “we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations in charge responsible of staging the games and to force them to take rash decisions.”Canada has said it will boycott the Tokyo Olympics unless they are postponed and Australia has called for athletes to prepare for a 2021 event.Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s unclear whether CAS could still rule before the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24.___ The Haslams also own the Columbus Crew in the Major Soccer League.Their gift follows contributions by Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who donated $50,000 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi’s donation of 100,000 meals to the food bank.___Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger is trying to remain patient while biding his time back home in Switzerland and hoping the NHL’s regular season will resume eventually.Krueger says he’s “still hanging on to the possibility,” and adds he’s been trying “not to let my brain go there until that plug is actually pulled on us.” Fatih Terim announced on Twitter on Monday that he was “in safe hands in hospital” and asked fans not to worry.The 66-year-old Terim had called for the postponement of Turkey’s league games after the country continued games without spectators even after most other leagues in Europe stopped. The league games were halted on Friday.Earlier, Galatasaray’s deputy president Abdurrahman Albayrak also tested positive for the virus.___The Carolina Hurricanes will temporarily close offices at PNC Arena beginning Tuesday so employees in hockey and business operations can work remotely due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. In a statement Monday, team president and general manager Don Waddell says the team will continue to operate “as normally as possible given the circumstances.”The team also announced there will be a blood drive Thursday at the arena in partnership with UNC REX Healthcare, WakeMed and The Blood Connection. Precautions will include asking donors to wait in their cars to allow for social distancing, spacing donor chairs “as far apart as possible” and encouraging donors to make an appointment.___The Kansas City Chiefs are matching the charitable work of their players, announcing that the organization will donate a number of meals equal to the number players donate to food pantries in the metropolitan area.The challenge began when wide receiver Tyreek Hill donated 6,000 meals to Harvesters and challenged his teammates to do the same. Tight end Travis Kelce upped him by donating 12,000 and 15 weeks’ worth of food for Operation Breakthrough, which distributes supplies to children in poverty. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes answered with 15,000 meals and $100,000, and safety Tyrann Mathieu drove the total to more than 100,000 by donating another 30,000 meals. The British sprinter writes on Twitter “does this mean that athletes face up to another FOUR weeks of finding ways to fit in training – whilst potentially putting ourselves, coaches, support staff and loved ones at risk just to find out they were going to be postponed anyway.”___The Australian Olympic Committee has advised its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.Ian Chesterman, Australia’s team leader for Tokyo, says “it’s clear the games can’t be held in July.”“Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty has been extremely challenging for them,” Chesterman said in a statement released Monday by the Australian Olympic Committee. FIBA says it plans to make decisions soon about the Basketball Champions League, the Basketball Champions League Americas and the Basketball Africa League — as well as all suspended international competitions.FIBA also is monitoring the Olympic developments as the world begins bracing for — and in some cases, advocating for — a postponement of this year’s Tokyo Games. Since qualifying is not yet completed, FIBA says “there is a growing need for answers to be provided quickly.”Niang and Zagklis added that “we will not ask our players to go somewhere, where we would not send our own children.”___Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics. UEFA says the Europa League final, due on May 27 in Gdansk, Poland, and the Women’s Champions League final, scheduled for May 24 in Vienna, Austria, are also postponed.___South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin isn’t sure athletes from winter sports should get another year of eligibility despite missing the sport’s premiere event, the NCAA Tournament.Martin said Monday that only a small percentage of college seniors are included in the sports’ postseason tournaments. He says the vast majority completed their seasons before conference tournaments and other postseason events were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Martin’s Gamecocks had their opening game of the SEC Tournament called off two weeks ago. ____More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,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

Scout Gaming closes €4m new share placement driving US vision

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Scout Gaming rolls out esports betting April 16, 2020 Private bookbuild sees Scout Gaming raise €3.5m capital January 22, 2020 Share Stockholm Nasdaq-listed B2B fantasy sports supplier Scout Gaming Group has confirmed that it has secured an additional SEK 42 million (€4 million) in working capital, following the execution of a successful new share placement, made available to institutional investors.Updating investors, the board of Scout Gaming details that it has closed a private 900,000 new share placement, in accordance with Stockholm Nasdaq First North rules.The transaction sees Swedbank Robur, the mutual investment fund division of Swedbank AB become a major shareholder in Scout Gaming, securing circa 1.2 million shares, representing 8.8% of corporate share capital.In its update, Scout Gaming discloses that existing private investors Novobis, Knutsson Holding, Isoquant Holdings, Naxs AB and Lars Wingefors took part in the share placement.Moving forward, Scout Gaming confirms that it will utilise its new capital, to fund US market expansion projects and initiatives.This October Scout Gaming announced its first US-centric strategic partnership with Las Vegas-based real-time sports data and betting platform provider Metric Gaming.Gaining its US market vision, Scout details that it will be able to better customise its games for individual US states utilising Metric systems and betting provisions such as its SuperLive betting API, and revamped pool betting system. Submit SvenPlay confirms Metric Gaming sportsbook extension February 20, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more