Conservation-Use Tables

first_imgFarmers, foresters, county government officials and tree harvesters involved with theConservation-Use Land Valuation Program should keep an eye on the calendar.The 1996 conservation-use (current-use) valuation tables for land have been completedby the Georgia Department of Revenue and mailed to county tax assessors to becomeeffective Jan. 29.The county tax assessor must have sign-ups before the property tax return filingdeadline (March 1 or April 1, depending on the county).Each year the DOR revises its tables of values for qualifying conservation-useproperty, following guidelines detailed by House Bill 283 (1992-style) and H.B. 66(1993-style).Details of the programs are available in a University of Georgia Extension Servicepublication entitled “Tax Incentives for the Georgia Landowner.” The countyExtension office has Bulletin 1089 for $1 per copy.The publication discusses the ’91 timber tax law, the ad valorem tax issues of the newconservation-use valuation program, the one-time county ad valorem tax on timber atharvest or sale for harvest, and the issues of fair market value and the agriculturalpreferential program.Covenants are between qualified landowners and county governments. The purpose of thecovenants is to have qualified agricultural and forest lands in Georgia valued for countyad valorem taxes based on current conservation use.The fair market value is the approach normally used.”The benefit of conservation-use valuation to the Georgia public is that land ispreserved in farms and forests,” says Coleman Dangerfield, an Extension Serviceagricultural economist.”The result is increased open and green areas for all to enjoy,” Dangerfieldsays. “In return for a covenant with the county, the landowner agrees to maintain theland in its agricultural or forest use for 10 years.”For qualified landowners, the program offers land value that reflects farm and forestuses, Dangerfield says. Current-use valuation may result in a lower county ad valoremproperty tax bill.The county Extension office has two maps and tables available in the January”Forest Resource Notes” newsletter that give the conservation-use land values.The county tax assessor also has maps, tables, program details and sign-up procedures.One map shows the nine Conservation-Use Valuation Areas by county with a tablecontaining values to be used for all 1993-style covenants. The second map shows the 28CUVAs by county with a table containing values to be used for the 13,376 1992-stylecovenants.Tables show the dollars-per-acre values for class 1-9 land, with 1 being mostproductive and 9 being least productive land.In 1990, the Georgia General Assembly passed House Resolution 836. The resolutionproposed a constitutional amendment to allow, among other things, the revision of taxationof agricultural and forest land.Following approval of Constitutional Amendment No. 3, H.B. 283 became law in 1991. H.B.283 provided the means for qualifying and valuing agricultural, forested andenvironmentally sensitive land (conservation-use property) under a current-use concept forthe 1992 tax year.In 1993, H.B. 66, a technical corrections and clarification bill, was signed by theGovernor. H.B. 66 allowed for improved means to qualify and value conservation-useproperty for the 1993 tax year and beyond.last_img read more

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Belize Defense Force Provides Crash Course In Jungle Warfare To U.S. Marines

first_imgBy Dialogo April 20, 2010 Marines and Sailors of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment received introductory training in jungle warfare tactics and survival from the Belize Defense Force Apr. 14 during Tradewinds 2010. Tradewinds ‘10, is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs directed, U.S. Southern Command sponsored annual exercise designed to improve cooperation with 15 Caribbean Basin partner nations in responding to regional security threats. The Marines and two Sailors who are corpsmen, had no prior training in any other type of warfare training other than desert operations and military operations on urban terrain. For the first week of the exercise the 30 student Marines and sailors of Co. F are dedicating most of their time to the classroom. But on Apr. 16 the Marines will begin a week in the jungle along the Guatemalan border to put their classroom training to the test; hacking their way with Machetes through Belizean shrub and adapting to mother nature’s pests including dangerous insects, venomous snakes, and other natural obstacles. The Marines will be in full proper protective equipment and sporting a pack weighing up to 40 lbs., full of essential supplies, food, and water. The students who are training under the close supervision of BDF Staff Sgt. Rady Puc, a jungle warfare instructor with training company, has over 15 years experience in giving students under him the necessary knowledge in jungle operations and survival. “In the Belizean Army, our initial course for jungle tactics is six weeks long,” said Puc. “[This] is a shorter version of the course, and we are covering just as much.” Outside of classroom instruction, the students observed as BDF soldiers conducted patrols and engaged mock enemy forces in nearby, thick vegetation similar to the jungle environment the Marines will face later this week. The Marines then mimicked the BDF soldiers and conducted their own mock patrols and dummy enemy contact, with adjustments from Puc and other Belizean soldiers in between. “Different countries armies do different things to prepare for the jungle,” explained Puc. The Marines I trained before adjusted very quickly once they actually got out there.” Puc, who has trained another Marine unit in the past, added it typically takes years for Belizean soldiers to master the appropriate skills needed to survive in a jungle environment all while keeping a combat mindset and maintaining vigilance of the enemy. “A week in the jungle is a piece of cake for a Belizean soldier,” said Puc. “The Marines will struggle at first, but jungle warfare isn’t easily learned by anybody.” The Marines ranging from private first class to sergeant, some who have served combat tours in Iraq and others who are just a few weeks out of the Marine school of infantry, bring different levels of experience to the training. “This jungle warfare training is good, well-rounded training,” said Lance Cpl. Robert Fishbourne, a machine gunner with Co. F, 2/23, weapons platoon, who already completed one tour in Iraq. “It’s definitely different from other training we have received, but these guys (Belizean soldiers) are really good so it’s another beneficial weapon to add to our unit’s arsenal.” The week long classroom preparation will end April 15. Some Marines are going into the jungle confident, while others are more worried about the simpler things the jungle has to offer. “I’ll do fine,” said Fishbourne. “I’m more worried about waking up next to a snake or with some kind of critter crawling on me.”last_img read more

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3 weekend money traps you need to avoid

first_img 181SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details After a hectic workweek, it’s natural to want to decompress over the weekend. Watch out though, because these two days can be the most expensive of the entire week. Here are three common weekend money traps, and how to avoid them.RestaurantsDinner at a popular eatery on a Friday night always sounds enticing after a long week. But before you make those reservations consider how much you’ll save by cooking at home. You can still enjoy a great meal, and some quality time with friends and family without the expensive bill.Movie theatresIt is more expensive than ever to catch the latest movie release. Add in some sodas and popcorn and you’re looking at a hefty price tag. Instead, do some research on the newest releases on Netflix or Hulu, and grab some snacks at a discount store.ShoppingWe love shopping on the weekends. Special sales at your favorite store may have you spending money you shouldn’t on things you don’t need. Instead, redirect that shopping urge to the grocery store. Not only will you be able to shop but you’ll be purchasing necessary items that will encourage you to plan your meals, and keep you out of those pricey restaurants.last_img read more

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About the solar eclipse, sun-eating dragons and service

first_img 88SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson is co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, a marketing company that serves fintech and asset/liability management firms. Previously, she was executive editor of Credit Union Times. She has more … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Details I shivered as the cold Kansas wind cut through my Toughskins jeans and wondered how long we’d have to do this dumb thing. It was Jan. 26, 1979, and along with the other students of Oberlin Elementary School, I lacked the perspective of years gone by to understand the magnitude of this important day. We were about to witness a solar eclipse, something we wouldn’t see again until 2017. That was almost 40 years away, our teacher explained. Forty years was a long time; so long, I couldn’t comprehend it. I figured by then I’d either be a millionaire or dead.As the moon began to pass between the earth and the sun, we obediently turned our backs to the light. Our teacher, like every other teacher in North America, had been tasked with the impossible feat of convincing school children to appreciate this major astrological event without actually looking at it. We kids rolled our perfect eyes at the idea of sun damage and thought the adults were just being overprotective. After all, the moon was blocking the sun. Duh, that’s the safest time to look at it. What a bunch of bull crap.But corporal punishment was still legal at school and at home, so we held our cardboard squares with the pinholes poked in the middle over our shoulders and acted like we were impressed by the crescent shaped shadow it created on the schoolyard wall. Then, somebody’s dad showed up at school bearing the most wonderful gift: a welding helmet. No more dumb cardboard pinhole bull crap for us. We were going to look directly at the sun and our eyes wouldn’t even burst into flames.We lined up and took turns watching the eclipse. Sure enough, there it was – the moon in front of the sun. It was cool. Later, we learned the Chinese used to believe eclipses occurred when a giant dragon ate the sun. They would bang their pots and pans together to try to frighten the dragon away. They were also Commies, which was why they didn’t know any better.Life seems awfully scary these days, but back in 1979 things were even worse. The Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran and took power away from the Shah, a leader who had modernized Iran and opened it up to the Western world. Khomeini cut off our oil supply and our economy tanked. Iranian radicals stormed the American embassy and took Americans hostage. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. The Sandinistas took over Nicaragua. Reactor two suffered a meltdown at Three Mile Island. White supremacists opened fire on an anti-Klan demonstration organized by Communists in North Carolina, killing five people. The Wichita Falls tornado destroyed 4,000 homes and killed 42 people. Somebody’s parents were always getting divorced. Life was also pretty inconvenient in 1979. For example, nobody could order a pair of eclipse viewing goggles from Amazon for $10 and have it delivered to their doorstep for free, with a Prime subscription, within two days.Technology has made our life easier as consumers, but it has also whipped us into a frenzy of fear. Back in 1979, our only access to world news was a nightly broadcast on TV and in the city, a daily newspaper. There was no CNN, no websites, no Twitter or Facebook. We didn’t spend all day, every day, reading about everything that’s wrong in the world. Despite world events that were arguably more frightening than they are today, we didn’t feel as though the earth had been sentenced to life under a dark shadow. Not like we do today.This post should probably lay out a clever analogy that presents the welding helmet as a simple business solution that delivers better service to members, but who can focus on business when we’re too busy banging our virtual pots and pans in an attempt to scare away the sun eating dragon?Let’s instead overcome hate and fear with love, the way we did back in 1979. Be like the thoughtful parent who took time out of his day to help some school kids improve their memory of a rare astronomical event. If you have eclipse goggles, ask the guy at work you’ve been avoiding because he probably voted for Trump if he’d like to borrow them. Send a card – a real, paper card – to someone who could use a pick-me-up. Call your mother.It’s easy to get caught up at work worrying about the CFPB, exam exceptions, the threat of taxation, this week’s major data breach and whether or not you’re properly engaging your employees. But it’s important to remember why you love your job. It’s about people helping people. It’s about service. It’s what keeps the Earth spinning and guarantees the sun will shine again.last_img read more

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Treat fast cars same as assault rifles?

first_imgAccording to an AP analysis of FBI data, there were about 11,000 gun homicides in the United States in 2016. In that same year, the U.S. Department of Transportation recorded 10,111 traffic fatalities related to speeding. I think we can all agree that both of these statistics are alarming and worthy of legislative intervention. Our governor and congressional representatives have offered and, as in the Safe Act, implemented common sense solutions to the gun problem. Perhaps we should apply the same remedies to vehicular homicides due to speeding. To only focus on the speeding driver ignores the basic problem — too many cars around that are capable of going too fast. The average top speed of cars in the United States is 110 mph. Why is this permitted when the top speed limit, with few exceptions, is 75 mph?We should prohibit the manufacture, sale and possession of cars that go faster than 75. For the millions of vehicles already on the road, we should mandate that speed governors be retrofitted. And of course, we should raise the driving age to21. Similar to the banning of assault-style rifles, we should make cars that encourage fast driving, like muscle cars and sports cars, illegal to possess outside of a NASCAR or Grand Prix track.To paraphrase Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lecture about guns, nobody needs a car that’s designed for excess speed. I’m sure that with the same logic he applied to gun violence, Gov. Cuomo will be among the first to surrender his 1975 Corvette (129 mph) and give up his misguided adoration of muscle cars. Oh, and let’s no longer tolerate local venues for shows featuring sports and muscle cars. It’s time to get serious about vehicle violence.WILLIAM DIMANGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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European, Wall Street stocks mostly up despite US-China tensions

first_imgEuropean and Wall Street stocks mostly rose Monday following strong US housing data, but worries about tensions with Beijing together with a stalemate on a new fiscal package for the beleaguered American economy limited gains.The Nasdaq jumped 1.0 percent to another fresh record, leading the major US indices, including the Dow, which closed lower.Earlier, bourses in London, Paris and Frankfurt all notched modest gains. The Nasdaq has posted new records more than 30 times this year, including several in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that has driven millions of people to shift to working from home and boosting demand for products such as video conferencing, video games and movie streaming.Nasdaq firms with especially large gains Monday included gaming company Activision Blizzard, online payments provider PayPal and biotech firm Amgen.Analysts pointed to loose US monetary policy and positive housing data as other supportive factors to stocks during Monday’s session, while low borrowing rates have buoyed homebuilders.But market watchers fretted about a continued stalemate in Congress on a new spending package. Democrats and Republicans are also sparring over funding for the US Postal Service, which is expected to see an exceptional number of mail-in ballots in November’s election because of the coronavirus. Troubled by tensionsConcerns over US-China relations were stoked again after high-level talks between Washington and Beijing on the status of their “phase one” trade agreement did not take place as planned Saturday, with no new date set.China on Monday slammed Washington for using “digital gunboat diplomacy” after US President Donald Trump ordered TikTok’s Chinese owner ByteDance to sell its interest in the Musical.ly app it bought and merged with TikTok.Later Monday, the US administration expanded its sanctions on China’s Huawei.A Commerce Department statement added 38 Huawei affiliates around the world to the “entity list,” claiming that the company was using international subsidiaries to circumvent the sanctions which prevent export of US-based technology.Uncertainty over the status of US-China trade talks “has added to the frosty situation,” noted David Madden, analyst at CMC Markets UK. “The lack of agreement between Republicans and Democrats in relation to the stimulus deal remains a concern too.”Topics :last_img read more

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Rush County resident to challenge Zeimke in District 55

first_imgBatesville, In. — Rush County resident and current commissioner, Mark Bacon has entered the race for state representative in District 55 as a Republican.Bacon has been a lifelong resident of Rush County and has served on the Farm Bureau Executive Committee, Luke Messer’s Agriculture Advisory Council, past chairman of the Indiana Ag Law Foundation, Director of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and has participated in foreign trade trip to Japan with the U.S. Meat Export Federation and to Korea with the U.S.A. Poultry Egg Export Council. Bacon also participated in $-H for 10 years and FFA for four years.Bacon describes himself as pro-life, pro-agriculture, pro-gun rights and wants to promote family values.Bacon has been married to his wife Linda for 40 years, has two grown children and has three grandchildren.For more information about Bacon click here.last_img read more

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Leising: Bill to replace Indiana’s teacher licensing exams signed by governor

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — A bill amended by Republican state senator from Oldenburg Jean Leising that works to replace Indiana’s teacher licensing exams was ceremonially signed into law today by Gov. Eric Holcomb.House Enrolled Act 1002 requires the Indiana State Board of Education to replace the current Indiana teacher licensing exams with new nationally administered exams.“A number of would-be teachers who excelled in the classroom are repeatedly failing the licensing tests required of them,” Leising said. “This has not always been an issue. Five years ago, Indiana changed from a nationally administered licensing exam to a customized exam, and teaching candidates are struggling to pass. This is keeping potentially great teachers out of the classroom, causing some schools to resort to substitute teachers and adding to the teacher shortage in Indiana.”HEA 1002 requires the Indiana Department of Education to implement the new exams by Sept. 1, 2021.For more information on HEA 1002, visit iga.in.gov.last_img read more

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All-PVC baseball, softball, track teams announced

first_imgELLSWORTH — Three Ellsworth players were named first-team selections on the All-Penobscot Valley Conference baseball and softball teams Wednesday.Conner Wagstaff and Jared Hamilton received the honors for Ellsworth baseball and were joined by Brad Smith on the second team. Mount Desert Island’s Riley Swanson also was named a first-teamer.In softball, Ellsworth catcher Callie Hammer was named to the first team and was joined by MDI pitcher Lindsey McEachern. The Eagles’ Hannah Sargent was named to the second team.Ellsworth’s 4-by-800 boys’ track team of Matt Frost, Jack McKechnie, Mark Berry and Matt Shea received second-team honors for the All-PVC track team. Tia Tardy was one of several MDI runners named to the first team.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor small schools, George Stevens Academy’s John Hassett was one of many first- and second-team selections. Eliza Broughton (100- and 300- meter hurdles), Ava Sealander (pole vault) and Morgan Dauk (javelin) were named to the first team for the girls.last_img read more

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The Latest: AP Sources: MLB likely to cancel spring training

first_imgFour World Cups in saber and epee next week were also called off.“Full details regarding the rescheduling of competitions will be announced at a later date,” the FIE said. “Information regarding Olympic selection criteria will be made as schedules for the remainder of the season are finalized.”___11:40 a.m.The Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament could be staged without spectators after a government decree related to the coronavirus outbreak. He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.”The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.___11:35 p.m.The Sun Belt became the latest Division I conference to announce it will restrict fan access to its basketball tournament games. Associated Press Rodgers was speaking two days before Leicester plays Watford in the Premier League. He didn’t say whether there had been any positive tests for the virus.Only one Premier League game has been affected so far amid the outbreak, with Manchester City’s home match against Arsenal on Wednesday called off. That decision was taken after members of Arsenal’s playing squad went into self-isolation in a precautionary move.___2:25 p.m.The Pakistan Super League is closing Twenty20 cricket games in Karachi to spectators from Friday after advice from the Sindh provincial government. The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus.The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne.The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday.The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt.___ ___10 a.m.The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease.Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian. The affected events are the Miami Open, the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston, the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, the Monte Carlo Masters, the Barcelona Open and the Hungarian Open.The next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, is still scheduled to be held in Paris beginning May 24.___2:30 p.m.Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says “a few” of his players have symptoms of coronavirus and are being kept away from the squad. Denmark’s top soccer leagues are shutting down for at least two weeks because of the spreading coronavirus.The Danish league made the move a day after the national government announced a lockdown. The small Scandinavian country has 514 cases of people testing positive.“We will look at exactly what this will mean for the running of the tournaments for the weeks to come,” said Danish league director Claus Thomsen, adding more information on what will happen with the postponed matches and the rest of the season will be announced later.___10:10 a.m. Qualifying was scheduled to start Friday.___11:15 a.m.Real Madrid says its soccer and basketball teams have been put in quarantine after a basketball play for the club tested positive for the coronavirus.The Spanish club says the soccer team was also affected because it shares training facilities with the basketball team. The Hall of Fame Museum is remaining open during its regular operating hours, with extra cleaning procedures. Hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the museum.___11:40 a.m.Major League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas.Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days. ___11:05 a.m.German broadcaster Sky says it will show some Bundesliga soccer games on a free channel after spectators were barred from the stadiums.Sky will show four league games simultaneously on Saturday on its non-subscription news channel in a “conference” format, with the broadcast switching between each game to show the key action.That includes Borussia Dortmund’s game against Schalke, which is one of Germany’s most heated rivalries. Several college basketball conference tournaments have been canceled moments before tipoff, putting the NCAA Tournament at risk.Officials with the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC conferences announced their tournaments were off, and other conferences were expected to follow suit. In New York City, the Big East Tournament began as scheduled.In Indianapolis, Big Ten officials scrapped the tournament less than 30 minutes before Michigan and Rutgers were scheduled to play in the first game of the day.The abrupt announcement came shortly after a handful of Michigan players ran onto the floor in a mostly empty Bankers Life Fieldhouse, waving their arms and begging for cheers from the nonexistent crowd. Big Ten officials, like those in many other conferences, announced Thursday they would prohibit most fans, cheerleaders and school bands from attending games beginning Friday.The men’s NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast. As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It started its second-round game between top-seeded Creighton and St. John’s at Madison Square Garden and not until halftime was the tournament called off with St. John’s leading 38-35.As the Bluejays and Red Storm were playing, a few subway stops away at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Atlantic 10 Conference was holding a news conference to called off its tournament.___12:40 p.m.The Big 12 is canceling all of its championships through April 15, including upcoming gymnastics and equestrian meets, and will reassess the rest of its spring sports schedule April 15. The men’s and women’s semifinals and finals scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, home of the NBA’s Pelicans and site of the women’s Final Four in April, will be played with only essential staff, some media and limited immediate family members of players and coaches allowed in the arena.___11:30 a.m.The Belgian soccer league has backpedaled on its decision to keep stadiums open to fans despite the coronavirus outbreak.The league says that the last round of regular-season matches in the top league scheduled this weekend will be played in empty stadiums. The Belgian Cup final between Brugge and Antwerp scheduled on March 22 was postponed to a date yet to be announced. Indian sports minister Kiren Rijuju told all national sports federations to ban spectators at all events, but events can go on if they “can’t be avoided.”The decision impacts the hugely popular IPL, due to start on March 29 and last seven weeks.It’s not yet been determined how it will affect the one-day international series between India and South Africa which began on Thursday in Dharamsala. The second ODI is in Lucknow on Sunday, and the third ODI in Kolkata next Wednesday.Foreign players are expected to face difficulties in traveling to India as the government on Wednesday suspended all visas, barring categories such as diplomatic and employment-related, until April 15 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Unless the government makes an exception, foreign cricketers will not be given business visas with which they travel to play the IPL. The 12 Hours of Sebring scheduled to run in Florida next weekend has been rescheduled because of the ban on travel from Europe. Many teams that compete in IMSA’s sports car events use European drivers and team members.The race was rescheduled as the IMSA season finale to be held Nov. 11-14 at Sebring International Raceway.IndyCar and NASCAR are still mulling options. IndyCar has been told by the Mayor of St. Petersburg that fans cannot attend Sunday’s season-opening race. NASCAR received the same message for next week’s racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.___11:55 a.m. The group says no tournaments on the men’s and women’s ITF World Tennis Tour, the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, ITF Beach Tennis World Tour or ITF Seniors Tour will take place until at least the week of April 20.The men’s tour announced earlier Thursday it was calling off ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour events for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA women’s tour has not made any comment so far related to its schedule.___12:10 p.m. The Latest: AP Sources: MLB likely to cancel spring training Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he anticipated a conference-wide policy for spring football, though athletic directors have not yet discussed a plan.The league anticipates a heavy financial hit from refunded ticket sales to its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and having to adjust the rights fees it receives from its TV partners.Bowlsby also said that nobody from the conference, including staff members, coaches and players, had fallen ill or been tested for coronavirus.___12:35 p.m. As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule, with seventh-ranked and top-seeded Creighton playing ninth-seeded St. John’s in the first of four quarterfinal games set for Thursday.Moments before the opening tip, there appeared to be some question about whether the game would be played. The teams emerged from their locker rooms later than normal for pregame layup lines, but the public address announcer went ahead with player introductions. The Creighton pep band performed the national anthem at a mostly empty Madison Square Garden.Players waited on the court for a go-ahead past the scheduled noon tip time, but at 12:06 p.m., official James Breeding gave a thumbs-up to St. John’s coach Mike Anderson, and the game began.___12:20 p.m. The Belgian federation added that all youth and amateur soccer have been canceled until March 31, and the Belgian national team’s trip to Qatar scheduled this month also has been canceled. Belgium, Portugal, Croatia and Switzerland had planned to play friendly games ahead of the European Championship at a mini tournament in the Gulf emirate.___11:15 a.m.A person with direct knowledge of the discussions tells The Associated Press that a recommendation has been made to the International Ice Hockey Federation to cancel the men’s world championships in Switzerland.The recommendation will be taken up for a vote by IIHF members on Thursday, according to the person who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because a decision has not yet been reached. The recommendation comes days after the IIHF canceled the women’s worlds set to begin in late March in Nova Scotia. “You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote.Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus.___9:55 a.m.The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title. 10:05 a.m.After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same.The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding.“Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said.The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.” The Miami Open tennis tournament that was scheduled to start later this month has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament had been scheduled for March 23-April 5 in Miami Gardens. The tournament moved there last year from its former home on Key Biscayne.Virtually all of the world’s top players had been scheduled to participate except Roger Federer, who is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.It’s the second postponement of a top tennis tournament in five days. The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, was postponed Sunday, less than 24 hours before qualifying matches were scheduled to begin.___ ___11:30 a.m.McLaren says it has withdrawn from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne after a team member tested positive for the coronavirus.The British-based team says the person was self-isolated as soon as they started to show symptoms and “will now enter a period of quarantine.”Team officials have taken the decision to pull out of Sunday’s race “based on a duty of care” for McLaren employees and the wider Formula One family. ___1:50 p.m.NASCAR will race the next two weekends without fans. The events at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway will be restricted to competitors, crews, officials and other necessary personnel to conduct the race. NASCAR is working with public health officials to determine future scheduling beyond those events. The person said U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday to ban travel from Europe led to the recommendation to cancel the world championships. The monthlong travel ban leads to uncertainty over whether NHL players, who traditionally make up many of the competing nations’ rosters, will be able to travel from North America.The 16-nation tournament is scheduled to open on May 8.In other hockey developments, the National Women’s Hockey League postponed its Isobel Cup final scheduled for Friday night in Boston. It did not provide a new date.And the NHL announced the cancellation of morning skates and practices.– Reporting by AP Hockey Writers John Wawrow and Stephen Whyno ___11:45 a.m.The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, has postponed its first fanfest scheduled for March 21-22.The decision was based on a statewide recommendation and advice from state and local health care officials to limit large gatherings as a safeguard against the new coronavirus.A new date will be announced, but fans who bought tickets to the event will receive a full refund and will have the first option to purchase tickets when the event is rescheduled. All five Power Five conferences have canceled their basketball tournaments, putting the NCAA Tournament in doubt.The Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC and Pac-12 conferences were all preparing to play games in large arenas across the country, but with few people in the buildings.The NCAA had announced Wednesday that it planned to play its men’s and women’s tournament games that start next week with restricted access for the general public. The NCAA said only essential staff and limited family members would be allowed to attend the games.The ACC announced the cancellation about 10 minutes before the scheduled start of Thursday’s first quarterfinal game featuring No. 4 Florida State and Clemson. With the tournament scrapped, the Seminoles will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the regular-season title.ACC Commissioner John Swofford presented the Seminoles with the tournament trophy on the court, while the Tigers joined them on the court instead of tipping off their game. Swofford held a news conference Thursday morning, a few hours before the first of four quarterfinal games. The league had announced Wednesday that it wouldn’t allow the general public into tournament games amid concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus that has become a global pandemic.Swofford called it “a very fluid situation” that “changes daily now, and may well be changing hourly.”Swofford said: “We want to provide an opportunity to continue to compete in this tournament for our players. Our understanding and belief is that that is what they would want.”Swofford’s comments came at the start of the third day of the five-day event, after fans had attended six games at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.Thursday’s games includes No. 4 Florida State, No. 10 Duke, No. 15 Louisville and No. 17 Virginia. The games will be held with only essential personnel, teams, player guests and credentialed media in attendance.center_img 1:40 p.m.UEFA has called European soccer stakeholders to a meeting by video conference on Tuesday to deal with the effect on competitions of the coronavirus outbreak.UEFA says they will discuss “all domestic and European competitions.” That includes this year’s European Championship.The meetings will involve UEFA member federations and representatives of clubs, national leagues and player unions.There is no blanket suspension of soccer across the continent, but national leagues have been shut down by public authorities in some countries, including Italy and Spain. There will be a similar procedure for some second-division games.___11 a.m.South Korea’s professional baseball league says it will postpone the start of its season to mid-April because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Korea Baseball Organization says it still hopes to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but will consider banning spectators from some games when risks of infections are high. ___11:50 a.m.Dutch soccer authorities have canceled all matches until the end of the month, including friendly internationals against the United States and Spain, because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Dutch team was scheduled to play the United States on March 26 in the southern city of Eindhoven and face Spain three days later in Amsterdam.The Netherlands has 614 confirmed cases of the virus and five deaths. The government has announced sweeping new measures in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus, including ordering cancellation of any events that will draw more than 100 people. The suspension includes games in the Basketball Champions League, which is a rival competition to the better known Euroleague, and the second-tier FIBA Europe Cup. The Champions League is part-way through its playoffs.Men’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympics is expected to resume in June with a series of qualifying tournaments overseen by FIBA. Women’s qualifying has already concluded.___10:25 a.m.The hockey-like game of bandy has postponed its world championships in Russia because of the spreading coronavirus. ___1:45 p.m.The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the pause of the season amid concerns about the new coronavirus. The NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending play, after a player tested positive for COVID-19.Several NBA and NHL teams share arenas. The league was scheduled to hold regular-season games in Moscow, Istanbul, Madrid and Tel Aviv on Thursday.___10:30 a.m.The International Basketball Federation says it is suspending all competitions indefinitely from Friday.FIBA says the decision was made “in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans.” Swofford said he spoke with the commissioners of the other Power Five conferences, all of which are set to play basketball games today with few fans in the arenas.The NCAA announced Wednesday it planned to conduct its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments next week with only essential staff and some family members of teams in the building.___2:50 p.m.A second player from Italy’s top soccer division has tested positive for coronavirus. ___1:55 p.m.Duke University says it has suspended all athletic competition “for the foreseeable future” amid concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus.That suspension includes all practices. The announcement came about an hour after the Atlantic Coast Conference canceled the remainder of its men’s basketball tournament. The 10th-ranked Blue Devils were scheduled to play their first tournament game in Greensboro against North Carolina State in the afternoon.In a statement, Duke president Vincent E. Price called it “clearly an unprecedented moment for our university.” And Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said he supported the move, saying: “The welfare of our student athletes, and all students at Duke, is paramount, and this decision reflects that institutional priority.” The Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences have gone beyond canceling just their men’s basketball tournaments.The SEC announced within an hour of canceling the tournament that the league was suspending regular-season competition for teams in all sports on SEC campuses as well as league championships until March 30.The Pac-12 said it was scrapping all league championship events and all competitions effective immediately and until further notice.___12:30 p.m. 2:15 p.m.The Toronto Raptors say they will go into self-quarantine because they recently played against the Utah Jazz and Rudy Gobert.Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus.“Out of an abundance of caution, members of the Raptors traveling party have been tested for the virus. We await those results. Our players, coaches and traveling staff have all been advised to go into self-isolation for 14 days, which means minimizing contact in accordance with public health guidelines. Our team doctors remain in communication with infection control specialists and public health authorities, and we will continue to abide by their advice,” the Raptors said.___ 2:05 p.m.The Washington Wizards say players, coaches and basketball operations personnel are going to self-quarantine for the next three to four days.The Wizards played at the Utah Jazz — who have a player, Rudy Gobert, that tested positive for COVID-19 — on Feb. 29. Washington also played Tuesday against the New York Knicks, another recent opponent of the Jazz.The Wizards say players, coaches and basketball operations staff who have flu-like symptoms will be tested for coronavirus.___ The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league is halting play with 189 games left in the regular season, sparking uncertainty about how many more, if any, could be played before the playoffs.Bettman said the NHL has tried to follow mandates of health experts and local authorities without taking premature or unnecessary measures.” Bettman’s statement said the NBA’s news made it “no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”___1:20 p.m.A spokeswoman for the women’s tennis tour tells The Associated Press that the WTA is not moving to suspend its tournaments for six weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic the way the men’s tour did. The men’s NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast.___12:15 p.m.The International Tennis Federation has postponed all of its sanctioned tournaments for six weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, joining the men’s professional tour in suspending action.The ITF oversees various junior, wheelchair and lower-tier events. Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550.Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead.Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason.___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 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):___2 p.m. Sampdoria says 28-year-old forward Manolo Gabbiadini “has a fever but he’s doing well.” The Serie A club and adds that it is “activating all the isolation procedures provided for by law.”That is likely to include self-isolation for all players and staff.Gabbiadini, who also plays for Italy’s national team, wrote on Twitter “I too tested positive for Coronavirus. I want to thank all those who wrote to me, I’ve already received so very many messages. But I still want to reassure you that I’m fine, so don’t worry. Follow the rules, stay home and everything will sort itself out.”On Wednesday, Juventus announced that defender Daniele Rugani had tested positive.The outbreak of the virus has led to a nationwide lockdown in Italy, where soccer and all other sports have been suspended until April 3. March 12, 2020 The Players began Thursday with fans. The only stipulation was they not ask for autographs. Still to be determined was who would be allowed in. The source said media and key personnel would be allowed.– Reporting by AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson___10:55 a.m.Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says the league men’s basketball tournament is ready to hold games as scheduled Thursday without fans in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Pakistan Cricket Board said “it was important for us to act quickly to ensure that the wellbeing of all concerned is better protected” from the coronavirus outbreak but the Karachi Kings’ home game on Thursday against Lahore Qalanders went ahead with spectators.Spectators are barred from league games on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and a playoff on Tuesday.One other league match and three playoff matches, including the final on March 22, are in Lahore. The board said it was in contact with the Punjab provincial government about any health advice for the Lahore matches.___2:20 p.m. Major League Baseball is likely to cancel the rest of its spring training game schedule due to the coronavirus. MLB probably will also announce that the start of the season will be delayed, according to people familiar with the discussions.The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no decision had been announced. They said Commissioner Rob Manfred planned a conference call with his executive council Thursday to discuss the situation and then a call with team owners.MLB had continued to play into Thursday, when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he strongly recommended to local authorities and organizers that they limit all mass gatherings.The major league season had been scheduled to start March 26, its earliest opening other than for international games.— Reporting by AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum The Swedish Bandy Association says the tournament, scheduled to be played from March 29-April 5 in Irkutsk, has been postponed until October.International Bandy Association president Boris Skrynnik says “we know that there are concerns in other countries when it comes to travel and spending time with larger groups.”The under-15 world championships in Arkhangelsk, Russia, at the end of the month will also be played at a later date.___10:15 a.m. ___NoonThe International Fencing Federation has postponed all international events for the next five weeks, including four Olympic qualifying tournaments.The FIE made the decision after the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, and the U.S. banned travelers from 26 European countries starting on Friday.The events postponed included the Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas qualifiers next month. Also off is the Anaheim Grand Prix in California starting on Friday, and the junior world championships in Salt Lake City next month. ___2:45 p.m.The ATP has suspended all men’s professional tennis tournaments for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.No ATP Tour or ATP Challenger Tour events will take place through the week of April 20.The tournament at Indian Wells, California, scheduled to begin main-draw play Wednesday already had been called off. The Champions League match between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been postponed after the Spanish team puts its players in quarantine amid the coronavirus outbreak.Madrid has ordered its soccer and basketball teams to remain in isolation after one of the basketball players tested positive for the virus.No new date for the second-leg match in the last 16 was announced. City leads 2-1 from the first leg in Madrid.___12:05 p.m. ___11:05 a.m.The Players Championship will not have spectators for the final three days at the TPC Sawgrass in Florida.A person involved in the discussions over the new coronavirus says the policy is expected to be in place for the next several weeks, starting with The Players and extending to next week at the Valspar Championship in the Tampa Bay area. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because it has not been announced.The only time a PGA Tour event has kept fans off the course were safety issues related to weather. Amy Binder says in an email to the AP that the WTA will announce information about upcoming events “shortly.”But Binder says that “at this point in time” the WTA is “not looking to” impose a six-week suspension the way the ATP did earlier Thursday.___1:05 p.m.The Big East Conference basketball tournament has been canceled at halftime of Thursday’s first game because of the coronavirus outbreak. Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy.The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins.A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation.“The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday.Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault. The KBO had already canceled its preseason.___10:55 a.m.The Euroleague says it is suspending all games indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Europe’s main club basketball competition says it made the decision because of “the increased risks for participants in games, the vast amount of traveling disruptions causing the impossibility to reach certain destinations, and the different recommendations by the health authorities.”last_img read more

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