Les Claypool Wanted To Reunite Oysterhead, But The Plans Didn’t Work Out

first_imgIt’s been an exhilarating start to the week for Les Claypool fans, with an exciting new project on the rise with Beatle progeny, Sean Lennon. Yesterday, The Claypool Lennon Delirium confirmed an extensive national tour, including three festival dates, following the release of a full album. Things just keeps getting more interesting, with their unlikely match-made collaborations, and in a new statement revealing they come together in a time when Oysterhead could have… “I was trying to wrangle up an Oysterhead reunion since Primus was taking a rest for 2016 but the planets just wouldn’t align for that,” said Claypool in a statement on the band’s website. “I don’t like sitting around, so when Sean said he didn’t have plans for this next year, we started kicking around the notion of making an old-school, psychedelic/prog record. Next thing I know, he’s staying in my guesthouse, drinking my vino and banging on my drums.”The two met when Lennon’s Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger toured with Primus last summer, and the musical connection sparked when Lennon sat in with Primus for an epic “Southbound Pachyderm” after proving himself in a jam session backstage. Thanks to some fan-shot footage, we can see the moment that started it all:“We had a few backstage, acoustic jamborees that I found interesting but when [Sean] sat in with us and melted our faces with his guitar during ‘Southbound Pachyderm,’ I realized that this fella had some chops,” Claypool told Rolling Stone. Yesterday, the bassist revealed more about recording with Sean Lennon, “Usually I play the drums and percussion on my records but Sean has such a different feel than I do, it just made more sense for him to man the kit on most of the tunes on this project. I took the helm at my old vintage API console and let him bang away. He was happy as a piggy rolling in shit every time he grabbed the sticks…his drumming is like a cross between Ringo and Nick Mason. But I think folks will be most surprised by what a monster guitar player he is, especially when you prod him a bit.”While he might not be Trey Anastasio, we are definitely excited about this new project. Listen to The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s newest track from their upcoming album Monolith of Phobos and check their tour schedule here. [H/T JamBase]last_img read more

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Women Help the Armed Forces Achieve Peace, Security and Development Goals

first_imgBy Dialogo May 27, 2015 Military officials from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom and Norway shared their experiences on the growing role of women in the Armed Forces for their respective countries during a recent conference in Chile, “Women and the Armed Forces: How Far We Have Come in the Last Decade.” The process to include women in the Chilean Armed forces was first set out when President Bachelet was the minister of Defense. “Ten years after initiating this process, today we are studying how to expand it, [and] observing the experiences of other countries, such as with this conference,” said Gaspar. Women in the Armed Forces of Latin American countries have played roles such as field nurses, physicians, pilots, machinery commanders, radio operators, technical engineers, and leaders of technical units, among others. Colombia has largely ensured that women have an equal role in its military, Benítez said. Currently, women represent only 14% of personnel in the Chilean Armed Forces. Chile has a total of 59,031 service members. “[The Armed Forces] are a reflection of our society,” said retired Chilean Army Colonel Carlos Ojeda. “We cannot ask the Armed Forces to go beyond what society itself is ready to do. To the extent that society becomes more inclusive of women, the Armed Forces will also include them.” Currently, women represent only 14% of personnel in the Chilean Armed Forces. Chile has a total of 59,031 service members. One of the highest-impact changes to Armed Forces in Latin America has been the incorporation of women into military institutions after many years, said Raúl Benítez Manaut, a security analyst and researcher at the Social Research Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The RESDAL study states that 106,415 women are serving in the Armed Forces of Argentina, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Guatemala and Venezuela. It reports that no data is available on the number of women in the military for Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua and Paraguay. “[The Armed Forces] are a reflection of our society,” said retired Chilean Army Colonel Carlos Ojeda. “We cannot ask the Armed Forces to go beyond what society itself is ready to do. To the extent that society becomes more inclusive of women, the Armed Forces will also include them.” “Women’s contributions to security and defense are the same as men’s: an excellent job in which they participate as a matter of equality.” The process to include women in the Chilean Armed forces was first set out when President Bachelet was the minister of Defense. “Ten years after initiating this process, today we are studying how to expand it, [and] observing the experiences of other countries, such as with this conference,” said Gaspar. But those efforts are paying off, especially in countries like Chile. In 2000, the UN Security Council approved Resolution 1325, which promotes gender equality and attempts to expand the role of women in reaching peace and development goals. Chile launched its First Action Plan to implement the resolution in 2009, and issued its Second Action Plan in March; it is one of 38 countries that have developed this type of plan. Major General Javier Fernández of the Colombian Army also attended the event. Mexico was represented by Brigadier General Jorge Pedro Nieto Sánchez, from the Department of National Defense (SEDNA), as well as Rear Admiral César Carlos Preciado Velázquez, from the Department of the Navy (SEMAR). Defense Attaché from the Embassy of Spain, Marine Colonel Eliseo González Ferrera and by the Ambassador of Norway to Chile, Hege Araldsen also attended; the United Kingdom, meanwhile, was represented by Royal Navy Captain Angie Hancock, who is the first female naval officer to achieve the rank of Captain in the Royal British Navy, and one of only ten captains currently serving in the British Navy. “Women’s contributions to security and defense are the same as men’s: an excellent job in which they participate as a matter of equality.” According to the 2014 “Comparative Atlas of Defence in Latin America and the Caribbean”, issued by the Latin American Security and Defence Network (RESDAL), the number of service members of either sex in the Armed Forces of Latin America is over 1,500,000. Of that number, today women make up a “a small Army of nearly 50,000 members within the Armed Forces of Latin America,” reported El Heraldo on November 4, 2014. Women in the Armed Forces of Latin American countries have played roles such as field nurses, physicians, pilots, machinery commanders, radio operators, technical engineers, and leaders of technical units, among others. Colombia has largely ensured that women have an equal role in its military, Benítez said. The conference, organized by Chile’s Ministry of Defense, was developed within the framework of the inclusion and non-discrimination policies championed by President Michelle Bachelet. It was held on May 6-7 at the Chilean Joint Peace Operations Center, and led by Chile’s Under Secretary of the Armed Forces, Gabriel Gaspar. One of the highest-impact changes to Armed Forces in Latin America has been the incorporation of women into military institutions after many years, said Raúl Benítez Manaut, a security analyst and researcher at the Social Research Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Major General Javier Fernández of the Colombian Army also attended the event. Mexico was represented by Brigadier General Jorge Pedro Nieto Sánchez, from the Department of National Defense (SEDNA), as well as Rear Admiral César Carlos Preciado Velázquez, from the Department of the Navy (SEMAR). Defense Attaché from the Embassy of Spain, Marine Colonel Eliseo González Ferrera and by the Ambassador of Norway to Chile, Hege Araldsen also attended; the United Kingdom, meanwhile, was represented by Royal Navy Captain Angie Hancock, who is the first female naval officer to achieve the rank of Captain in the Royal British Navy, and one of only ten captains currently serving in the British Navy. “The event’s aim was to reflect on the process for including women in Chile’s Armed Forces,” the challenges remaining, and “learning about international experiences,” according to a press release from the Chilean Ministry of Defense published on May 8. The conference, organized by Chile’s Ministry of Defense, was developed within the framework of the inclusion and non-discrimination policies championed by President Michelle Bachelet. It was held on May 6-7 at the Chilean Joint Peace Operations Center, and led by Chile’s Under Secretary of the Armed Forces, Gabriel Gaspar. According to the 2014 “Comparative Atlas of Defence in Latin America and the Caribbean”, issued by the Latin American Security and Defence Network (RESDAL), the number of service members of either sex in the Armed Forces of Latin America is over 1,500,000. Of that number, today women make up a “a small Army of nearly 50,000 members within the Armed Forces of Latin America,” reported El Heraldo on November 4, 2014. Women should have greater opportunities to access positions, compensation and activities that today are still being filled by men, due to cultural circumstances, he added. “This involves a series of mechanisms and tools that come together in plans and programs, in laws, public actions, and the goods and services that tend to decrease and eliminate inequality and all forms of discrimination and violence against women,” said the Minister of the National Women’s Bureau (Sernam), Gloria Maira Vargas, during her presentation at the conference. Military officials from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom and Norway shared their experiences on the growing role of women in the Armed Forces for their respective countries during a recent conference in Chile, “Women and the Armed Forces: How Far We Have Come in the Last Decade.” “This involves a series of mechanisms and tools that come together in plans and programs, in laws, public actions, and the goods and services that tend to decrease and eliminate inequality and all forms of discrimination and violence against women,” said the Minister of the National Women’s Bureau (Sernam), Gloria Maira Vargas, during her presentation at the conference. But those efforts are paying off, especially in countries like Chile. In 2000, the UN Security Council approved Resolution 1325, which promotes gender equality and attempts to expand the role of women in reaching peace and development goals. Chile launched its First Action Plan to implement the resolution in 2009, and issued its Second Action Plan in March; it is one of 38 countries that have developed this type of plan. In other countries, such as Mexico, participation has been a process of gradual evolution, he said. “The incorporation of women into the Armed Forces is proceeding very slowly, because we have just opened up spaces in the training schools, as in Mexico. It will take another 20 or 30 years for women to rise to the general ranks in combat units.” In other countries, such as Mexico, participation has been a process of gradual evolution, he said. “The incorporation of women into the Armed Forces is proceeding very slowly, because we have just opened up spaces in the training schools, as in Mexico. It will take another 20 or 30 years for women to rise to the general ranks in combat units.” The RESDAL study states that 106,415 women are serving in the Armed Forces of Argentina, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Guatemala and Venezuela. It reports that no data is available on the number of women in the military for Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua and Paraguay. “The event’s aim was to reflect on the process for including women in Chile’s Armed Forces,” the challenges remaining, and “learning about international experiences,” according to a press release from the Chilean Ministry of Defense published on May 8. Women should have greater opportunities to access positions, compensation and activities that today are still being filled by men, due to cultural circumstances, he added.last_img read more

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Studies hint that over-the-counter treatments could be effective against COVID-19

first_imgIn past results, mostly taken from smaller groups like infected passengers on the ill-fated Diamond Princess cruise ship, about half of all patients were asymptomatic. That number has frequently been used when working out the potential spread of COVID-19. Some researchers and politicians (especially politicians) have even projected much higher numbers of asymptomatic carriers to support specific theories or actions. If only a quarter of COVID-19 patients are asymptomatic, that may mean that the threat represented by asymptomatic carriers is smaller than has been estimated. It would also mean that calculations setting the number of cases far above the number of positive tests based on the idea that many of the infected never developed symptoms could also be way off.The U.K. is also host to the massive RECOVERY project, a set of interlocking COVID-19 studies that has helped to both show that Trump’s beloved hydroxychloroquine is ineffective, and that the steroid dexamethasone helps patients receiving breathing assistance. On Tuesday, PharmaTimes reported RECOVERY was about to test the efficacy of something else: aspirin.The idea that aspirin might be helpful against COVID-19 has been debated since very early in the pandemic. Last February, researchers in China announced that they were beginning trials of using aspirin as part of COVID-19 treatment with expectations that it could help with the damage COVID-19 can cause to both the blood vessels and the lungs, and early results appeared positive. Since then, many hospitals around the world have incorporated this most common of drugs into their COVID-19 regime—but it’s far from universal. – Advertisement – By doing a deep dive into patient data—including both those who had COVID-19 and those who did not—researchers discovered that those reporting regular use of melatonin had a 30% lower rate of testing positive for COVID-19. That seems like a fairly fantastic result … but it heaps up over a large dataset even when adjusted for other factors. And here’s something that seems to really stand out: For Black patients in the study, melatonin use seemed to cut the odds of being infected by COVID-19 in half. This type of study is notorious for drawing a statistical connection between unrelated items, and there could easily be coincidental causes behind this data. Maybe people who take melatonin take better care of their health in general. Maybe they’re just better rested. In any case, additional sources are now being examined to see if similar results can be found.Finally, a drug that’s not over-the-counter but definitely seems appropriate for 2020 may also turn out to be an unexpected COVID-19 fighter. In a study published today in JAMA, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found that patients receiving the antidepressant fluvoxamine were much less likely to develop serious COVID-19 symptoms when compared to those receiving a placebo. How much less likely is hard to say … because it appears to be infinite. As in none of the fluvoxamine patients displayed worsening conditions during the study. That’s a fantastic result … but it was also a very small study. So small that it’s not likely to change treatment regimens. However, if an antidepressant seems like a strange treatment for a virus, note that fluvoxamine is a group known as “Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors” (SSRIs), which have a powerful effect on inflammation.Aspirin, melatonin, SSRIs … they may not seem like the most obvious tools to use against a virus that has proven to be so deadly. But they have the advantage of being extremely widely used and well-understood.Big note: I’m not a doctor. This article should not be taken as medical advice. Don’t begin taking new medications without checking in with your health provider. Thanks. In October, a study published in Anesthesia and Analgesia looked at 412 patients. Of those, 76% did not get aspirin, and 24% got low-dose aspirin, the same kind often taken by heart patients. Patients who received low-dose aspirin were 44% less likely to end up on a ventilator and 43% less likely to require admission to the ICU. The number of patients studied was small, but those results are more than dramatic enough to indicate why RECOVERY is taking another look at a drug that really has been considered a “miracle” before. The very broad effects of aspirin—fever lowering, reducing clumping of platelets, lowering inflammation—may be a good match to the broad spectrum of symptoms caused by the coronavirus.But aspirin isn’t the only off-the-shelf product to generate new interest from coronavirus researchers. As Science News reports, researchers at the Cleveland Clinic found evidence that there’s another widely available product that might be a big positive when it comes to COVID-19. In this case, while it’s often seen in the form of a pill, it’s not really a drug; it’s the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin. Melatonin is naturally produced in the body each evening, with production rising as light decreases. When people take synthetic melatonin (in pills that range usually range from 1 mg to dosages far above the generally recommended limit of about 5 mg) it has a pair of sleep-inducing effects.- Advertisement –center_img The University of Bristol reports that it has completed an antibody survey of the “Children of the 90s” community spanning just under 5,000 participants. This group represents a number of British families who had—you guessed it—children in the 1990s. Health researchers have been following both the parents and the children through their lives, so they have a great deal of information on both their health history and personal habits. So their COVID-19 data could be particularly telling.In the latest survey, 4.3% of those tested had developed antibodies to COVID-19. These people were twice as likely to be from the “children” group as the “parents” group. However, even though most of the people who had COVID-19 at some point were under 30—the group generally thought to have the mildest cases of the disease—only about 25% of all participants reported being asymptomatic. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Trump leaves White House grounds for first time since March 28

first_imgHe is to return to Washington on Sunday in time for a Fox News Channel “virtual town hall” event at the Lincoln Memorial.Trump plans a trip to Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday. Vice President Mike Pence has made a handful of trips out of Washington to check on coronavirus relief efforts.Topics : US President Donald Trump, cooped up in the White House for weeks due to the coronavirus lockdown, flew to Camp David, Maryland, on Friday for a weekend away at the presidential retreat.When his Marine One helicopter left the South Lawn, it was the first time Trump had left the White House grounds since March 28, when he visited Norfolk, Virginia, to see the U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort set sail for New York harbor.Trump told reporters as he left the White House that he would be practicing social distancing while at Camp David, and that he plans a working weekend that will include phone calls with foreign leaders.last_img read more

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Concern at move against suspected child abusers

first_imgStuff.co.nz 20 November 2013Plans to clamp down on suspected child abusers will hurt kids and wrongly brand innocent parents, the privacy commissioner says.Commissioner Marie Shroff said the planned child harm prevention orders, which could be used to restrict the movement of people considered a high risk to children, failed the “accuracy test” and should be scrapped.The orders would inevitably be imposed on people who would never offend against children, restricting their freedom and potentially affecting their families, including the very children the orders were meant to protect.“Predictions about future offending are likely to be wrong at least as often as they are right,” she said. However, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said Ms Shroff was considering the orders from “one lens”. “I look at it from the sad reality that there are children in real danger of abuse,” she said. “At the end of the day, we’ve made the decision to put children first.” ….The orders can be slapped on anyone deemed a “high risk” of offending against children for up to 10 years, even if they have never been convicted of an offence.They could be used to restrict contact with children or places frequented by them, such as schools or swimming pools.The orders have already been criticised for eroding the presumption of innocence.In her submission, Ms Shroff said the orders would rely on “speculative” predictions about a person’s future offending.“Inaccurate predictions will have a cost. Individuals who are wrongly subject to [an order] . . . will have their freedom significantly curtailed.”The Government’s own legislative advisory committee, chaired by a Court of Appeal judge, was also concerned about the orders, saying they would be “punitive” but lacked the vital checks and balances of a criminal hearing.However, other submitters, including the children’s commissioner, supported the orders, judging any curtailing of rights a worthwhile trade-off to protect children.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9418656/Concern-at-move-against-suspected-child-abuserslast_img read more

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Capiz farmers to get P27-M coco facility

first_imgThe inauguration and turn overceremony set on Oct. 24 in Barangay Ondoy, Ivisan will be graced by PCAadministrator Roel Rosales, PCA-6 regional manager Jeffrey Delos Reyes,Department of Agriculture secretary William Dar, Capiz Gov. Esteban EvanContreras, Capiz 2nd District Rep. Fredenil Castro, Ivisan mayor Felipe NeriYap and other government officials. The project will formally be turnedover to the Capiz small coconut farmers marketing cooperative (CASCOFAMCO) ledby its chairperson Adan Laurilla. Alvarez said the project aims toempower coconut farmers by owning and operating their own small-mediumenterprise coconut processing facilities. Alvarez added that the completion ofthe P27-million Coconut Agro Hub Project in Barangay Ondoy, Ivisan, Capiz isexpected to spur not only the province’s economy but primarily the economicstatus of the coconut farmers.  Aside from the coconut oil and cococoir, the CASCOFAMCO’s facility had been producing virgin coconut oil, coprameal, copra cake and other coconut by-products. ROXAS City – Noel Alvarez, manager ofthe Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)-Capiz, said coconut farmers were assuredof income with the new multi-million worth of coconut facility in theprovince.    The settling tanks of the coconut oil facility in Barangay Ondoy, Ivisan, Capiz. The coco coir facility in Barangay Mianay, Ivisan, Capiz. center_img “These facilities are designed forvalue-adding to traditional coconut products, thus, create more jobs,additional income and livelihood to the farmers,” he said, adding that it willalso serve as a learning facility for those who are interested in village-levelprocessing. “This new coconut facility will createemployment, income and livelihood opportunities to the coco farmers,” Alvarezsaid. The multi-million Coconut Agro HubProject of the PCA, consists of the Coco Coir Processing Complex in Mianay,Ivisan, Capiz and Coconut Oil Processing Facility in Barangay Ondoy of sametown.  Meanwhile, PCA-Capiz informationofficer Rodulfo Doletin Jr. urged Capiceños to patronize the coco products heresuch as the coconut oil. “By patronizing our own product, weare helping not only the small coconut farmers but also the economy of theprovince,” Doletin said. He added that per their record, Capizhas over 54,000 coconut farmers, of whom more than 3,000 coco farmers aremembers of the CASCOFAMCO.(With a reportfrom PIA6/PN)last_img read more

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Suit Filed Against ITT Tech College Chain

first_imgITT Educational Services is facing a lawsuit alleging it pushed students into costly loans. (Image: ITT Tech)ITT Educational Services is facing a lawsuit that says the school pushed students into costly private student loans knowing they would likely end in default.The lawsuit was filed by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleging that the Indiana based college chain which includes ITT Tech, projected a default rate of 64 percent o provided loans- some of which had interest as high as 16 percent.The Bureau hopes to gain restitution for students, penalties against the company and a fine. An ITT spokesman said the claims are without merit .last_img

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Pacers Move On

first_imgAs you know by know, the Pacers lost both Paul George and C.J. Miles in different forms of free agency. In the case of Paul George, you already know how I feel.  He got greedy like so many pro athletes do these days.  To the Pacers credit, they didn’t panic.The Pacers signed unrestricted free agent, Bojan Bogdanovic.  What the Pacers got is a team concept player with two definite assets.  He can play inside with the big people, and he can also go outside and shoot the 3 like most European players.  What the Pacers lose in George’s athleticism they gain in Bojan’s consistent play.last_img

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Ada Nicholson

first_imgAda C. Nicholson, 92, of Brookville died on Friday, April 3,2020, at Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville.Ada was born Marengo, Indiana, on October 25, 1927, to Heilman and Frances Esarey Hawkins. She married Amos Livers who died in 1971. Ada married Ray Nicholson on September 27, 1972 in Liberty, Indiana. Ray died in 2012. Ada was a farmer’s wife, worked at GE for a time and also cooked at Margaret Mary Hospital. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Ada loved spending time with her family and crocheting. She especially loved quilting and finished her last quilt about a week before she got sick.Ada is survived by her children and their spouses: Bob Livers (Carol) of Brookville, Sharon Kohlman (Charlie) of Napoleon, Jim Livers (Judy) of Osgood, Sheila King (Cliff) of Brookville, and Melody Gault (Dennis) of Brookville; eleven grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Ada was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, an infant son, a son Joe Livers, and a brother, Stanley Hawkins.Honoring Ada’s wishes, cremation was chosen with no services at this time. A celebration of Ada’s life for the family will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions in honor of Ada may be sent to the American Heart Association ~ 5211 Madison Road ~ Cincinnati, OH 45227. For more information or to send condolences or memories, go to www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements and were honored to serve Ada’s family.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgPlayers led by Alex Morgan sued in March 2019, claiming they have not been paid equally under their collective bargaining agreement to what the men’s national team receives under its labor deal. They asked for more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.In a 32-page decision Friday, U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner granted in part a motion for partial summary judgment by the U.S. Soccer Federation. He threw out the Equal Pay Act allegations but left intact the Civil Rights Act claims.Klausner left intact claims the USSF discriminated in its use of charter aircraft, and in the money it spent on commercial airfare, hotel accommodations, and medical and training support services. A trial is scheduled for June 16 in federal court in Los Angeles.Players intend to ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Klausner’s decision, a move that could delay the trial into 2021 or later.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS — Simulated auto racing has become one of the breakout sports during the coronavirus pandemic. The iRacing Series has aired weekly on national television and features some of the top NASCAR stars behind the wheel. The series has added roughly 70,000 subscribers over the course of the pandemic and become a ratings hit on the weekends. Other series, including IndyCar and Formula One, have also seen interest in their virtual racing efforts.— Formula One hopes to finally start the season with a double-header in the naturally isolated environment around the venue for the Austrian Grand Prix. Despite the first 10 races having been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the targeted start date is July 5 in Austria. F1 still hopes to hold 15 to 18 of the 22 scheduled Grand Prix races. One way to make up for lost time would be to have consecutive weekends on one circuit, like the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Its location in the mountains makes it naturally isolated.— The NCAA’s chief medical officer says widespread testing for coronavirus will be crucial to having college sports in the fall, especially contact sports such as football and basketball. Dr. Brian Hainline expressed cautious optimism in an interview with The Associated Press. The NCAA unveiled a three-phase recommended plan for getting sports up and running on campuses this fall. They all depend on schools having students back on campus.— The NBA has announced the postponement of its draft lottery and draft combine amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Both events were scheduled to take place in Chicago this month. The NBA said it will provide more information on each event at a later date as the league continues to monitor the pandemic and consult with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials.— A person familiar with the deliberations tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball owners will discuss a length for the amateur draft next week and are likely to start the selections on the original date of June 10. Teams and the players’ association agreed March 26 to a deal that allowed MLB to cut the draft from 40 rounds to as few as five this year and 20 next year, part of a plan to deal with the new coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSOCCER-US WOMEN’S TEAM LAWSUITJudge strikes down part of lawsuitUNDATED (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out the unequal pay claim by players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team in a loss for the defending World Cup champions, but allowed their allegation of discriminatory working conditions to go to trial. May 2, 2020 Indianapolis could welcome back fans July 4INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway could be the first major sporting venue to have fans back in the stands this summer.Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced a five-stage plan to reopen the state with the final phase tentatively scheduled to include a return to sporting venues on July 4. That’s the same day an IndyCar-NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader is scheduled to be run on the sprawling track.Holcomb said social distancing guidelines will remain in place through at least race weekend, but it will give one of the world’s most iconic sports facilities the potential to be one of the first events to welcome back fans.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:center_img Associated Press Update on the latest sports — Two people have told The Associated Press that replay reviews could vanish in Major League Baseball this year as part of a deal with umpires that contemplates a possible “monastery setup.” Off-the-field movement could be restricted because of the coronavirus pandemic. The agreement, struck late Thursday night, covers how umpires would be paid for a season shortened or wiped out by the virus outbreak. Umps are guaranteed 50% of their salaries for May, but would be paid nothing else if no games are played in 2020. Umpires generally make between $150,000 and $450,000. The two people say the deal gives MLB the right to not use instant replays of umpires’ decisions during the 2020 season. Most calls have been subject to video review since 2014 and it’s become a big part of games, with about half the challenged calls resulting in a reversal.— The NFL has switched its mid-May owners meeting to remote video conferencing because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league previously canceled its annual meeting in March in Florida, where owners would have voted on potential rules changes. Those votes were expected to occur at the California meeting in two weeks. Among the rules to be discussed is allowing pass interference to be part of the video review system. That rule was adopted for one year and has gotten poor reviews from coaches and players. The NFL continues to plan for a preseason and regular season as scheduled.,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

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