Congress should be helping Puerto Rico, not hurting it

first_imgThe supposed goal is to protect and create American jobs.But as Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello told us, it would actually kill American jobs in Puerto Rico, devastating an already struggling economy.“Unconscionable,” he said of the proposals, pointing out how members of Congress have traveled to Puerto Rico, seen the catastrophic damage and promised help. “True hypocrisy,” he said.Full details of final legislation being worked out by House and Senate negotiators have yet to be released, so it’s unclear how the residents of Puerto Rico will be treated.Here’s an idea: How about treating them like the Americans they are?Drop these unfair taxes and, while Congress is at it, approve the federal aid needed to get Puerto Rico on its feet.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: 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?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Editorial, OpinionDuring his visit to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, President Donald Trump hailed the low number of people killed.“Sixteen people certified. Sixteen people versus in the thousands,” he said with some relief about the official death toll, a number that has since been raised to 64.It is now becoming increasingly clear, though, that those numbers are inaccurate.  Far more people died as a result of the storm, and others remain imperiled by life-threatening conditions as Puerto Rico still struggles to recover from back-to-back storms that hit three months ago.The island — home to more than 3 million Americans — needs all the help it can get.But the bad situation there threatens to get even worse if Republican lawmakers persist with a tax-reform bill that would devastate Puerto Rico’s economy with crippling new taxes.The magnitude of the damage suffered by Puerto Rico was underscored with a report from the New York Times that called into question the official death count from Hurricane Maria.Data analysis by the newspaper found that 1,052 more people than usual died on the island during the 42 days after Maria made landfall on Sept. 20.People suffering from certain chronic conditions, such as diabetes, died at higher rates, and there was a surge in deaths from sepsis, a complication of severe infection.Delayed medical treatment and poor conditions in homes and hospitals — notably lack of power or access to safe drinking water – are suspected as playing a role.center_img While there has been some progress, conditions are still grim.Only 64 percent of the power grid has been restored.The human impact of that statistic was poignantly detailed by “Hamilton” creator Lin- Manuel Miranda in a Washington Post op-ed, which describes his uncle going 85 days without being able to turn on a light, stock a refrigerator or take a hot shower.Times reporter Sheri Fink visited a senior-citizen complex without power where vulnerable residents have fallen in the dark, medications are missed and special diets go by the wayside.Such situations would not be tolerated in any mainland American city or state.The disgraceful treatment of Puerto Rico as an afterthought is evident in tax measures being proposed by the GOP in its overhaul of the tax code.Both House and Senate bills would impose new taxes on U.S. companies with operations in Puerto Rico, lumping the U.S. territory into the same category as foreign countries.last_img read more

White House looks to Austria, South Korea for reopening ideas

first_imgThe Trump administration has cited success stories in South Korea and Austria as it calls for Americans to return to work — but those countries moved faster than the US to combat the pandemic and have been more cautious in reopening their economies.And a third country US officials once regarded as a model, Singapore, is now struggling with a resurgence of the outbreak.Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett have said in the past two weeks that the Trump administration is monitoring those three nations as it plans for the US to reopen. Topics : The Labor Department announced Friday that an unprecedented 20 million jobs were lost in April as Americans sheltered themselves from the pandemic.States across the US South and Midwest including Georgia and Texas are beginning to reopen even as the number of infected continues to climb.“We’ve been able to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Texas,” the state’s governor, Republican Greg Abbott, said at the White House on Thursday. His state has more than twice as many cases as Austria and three times its population. “But at the same time, we created these surge forces that will go out to regions where there are flare-ups, and it’s like putting out a fire.”The US has endured the largest publicly reported outbreak in the world, with more than 1.3 million infections and at least 78,000 deaths. Cases and deaths are still mounting, even as Trump spurs governors to reopen. Trump is tested daily, while Vice President Michael Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, is now among the confirmed cases — a development that sent top US health officials into self-quarantine.Cautious reopeningThe US president has said he believes the country is now prepared to both return Americans to work and quickly respond when the virus flares up again.“I think you can really have it both ways,” Trump said April 26 during a Fox News town hall event, before spending the week regularly spurring along a reopening. “We have to get our country back. Yeah, I don’t want to do this forever.”Testing for the virus has been crucial in every country that’s managed to contain it. While the US has now conducted more than 8.4 million tests, well beyond the total in any other country, it was slow to ramp up and didn’t surpass 100,000 tests performed until March 19, according to data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project.The US has now conducted roughly 26,500 tests per million people, compared to about 35,000 per million for Austria and 30,800 per million for Singapore. South Korea had performed about 18,400 tests per million as of April 19, its most recent data by that measure.South Korea, which identified its first case on Jan. 20, the same day as the US, contained its outbreak to about 10,800 cases and just 256 deaths. Even so, it’s waited until this month to begin easing social-distancing restrictions — after bringing its infection rate to near zero. The nightclub outbreak has raised fears of a new wave.The Asian country began widespread testing far earlier than the US In early March, South Korea had the highest case total outside of China. By mid-March, more than 200,000 people had been tested in a country of about 52 million.It reported 34 new confirmed cases Saturday, compared to more than 25,000 in the US And yet the government is only moving to reopen schools and other public facilities like theaters and sports games this month, and doing so gradually and cautiously.“I hope people don’t read it wrong and think this policy change means the risk has disappeared or they can go back to their daily life without worrying,” said South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun.Austria and SingaporeHassett said on April 28 that he’s following Austria closely: “We’ve been making a chart of Austria every day to sort of see, are there signs that when people open up, that things are inflecting in a way that would give the doctors concern.”Austria was one of the first countries to close down its economy as the virus began to spread. When its government announced the first social-distancing measures in March, only about 200 people in the entire country of about 9 million had tested positive for infection, and no one had yet died.The country began easing its lock-down measures on April 14, after case growth had fallen to less than 200 per day, and has only slowly relaxed — allowing, for instance, individuals to leave their homes without a specific purpose. Larger stores reopened this month, along with services including hairdressers. Hotels, restaurants and schools remain closed.The Austrian capital of Vienna has also instigated new rules, such as mandatory face masks in public places. And Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said he won’t hesitate to reverse course if the numbers spike again. Austria has about 15,800 confirmed cases and 618 deaths; the country reported 14 new cases on Sunday.Pompeo said the US government has been watching Singapore’s handling of the outbreak, as well as South Korea. He noted in an April 29 interview on Fox News that Singapore has “had a resurgence in cases.”The country has gone from success story to warning sign. Singapore has had about 22,500 cases, but just 20 deaths. While the city-state reported 876 new cases on Sunday, its outbreak is nearly entirely concentrated among migrant workers living in dormitories, who make up nearly 90% of all cases.Now facing the largest publicly reported outbreak in Southeast Asia, Singapore’s less socially restrictive strategy has been replaced by a partial lockdown that’s being tightened and extended until June 1.center_img But they offer flawed comparisons at best, given the much larger size of the US and its outbreak, as well as measures taken to curb the virus.Austria acted faster than the US to clamp down on business and social life, while South Korea much more rapidly built a robust testing regime.Yet they are both now just edging toward easing restrictions, even with infection rates far lower than the US, and South Korea has seen a new flare-up in nightclubs. Singapore, meanwhile, has seen a second wave that has forced a pivot to mass testing.Public health experts have warned that reopening the US too quickly risks sparking a fresh wave of the outbreak, possibly leading to another, even more damaging shutdown. Trump, though, made his most forceful case over the past week, saying that easing restrictions would cost lives, but it’s a price “warrior” American citizens must tolerate to get the economy back on track.last_img read more

Why Gay ‘Marriage’ Has Not Cured Gay Loneliness

first_imgCharisma News 30 February 2017Family First News: This is a fascinating read…“This feeling of emptiness, it turns out, is not just an American phenomenon. In the Netherlands, where gay marriage has been legal since 2001, gay men remain three times more likely to suffer from a mood disorder than straight men, and 10 times more likely to engage in ‘suicidal self-harm.’ In Sweden, which has had civil unions since 1995 and full marriage since 2009, men married to men have triple the suicide rate of men married to women.”… Why is it that there are other sub-groups in our society that would seemingly experience high levels of minority stress due to their numbers, their isolation and their social status, and yet experience few of the emotional or physical traumas experienced in the LGB community?”Michael Hobbes, the author of the article on “The Epidemic of Gay Loneliness,” writes “the gay community has made more progress on legal and social acceptance than any other demographic group in history.” Yet, he laments, “even as we celebrate the scale and speed of this change, the rates of depression, loneliness and substance abuse in the gay community remain stuck in the same place they’ve been for decades. Gay people are now, depending on the study, between 2 and 10 times more likely than straight people to take their own lives. We’re twice as likely to have a major depressive episode. And just like the last epidemic we lived through, the trauma appears to be concentrated among men. In a survey of gay men who recently arrived in New York City, three-quarters suffered from anxiety or depression, abused drugs or alcohol or were having risky sex—or some combination of the three.”Can this be blamed primarily on “homophobia”? Hardly. Hobbes cites Christopher Stults, “a researcher at New York University who studies the differences in mental health between gay and straight men.” Stults stated that, “Marriage equality and the changes in legal status were an improvement for some gay men. But for a lot of other people, it was a letdown. Like, we have this legal status, and yet there’s still something unfulfilled.”Could it be that, generally speaking, there’s something intrinsically unfulfilling about homosexual relationships? Could it be that, by divine intent, ultimate relational fulfillment for human beings can be found only in heterosexual marriage? I’m sure many gay readers will say to me, “Obviously, you don’t know me or the relationship I have with my spouse. How dare you make such a generalization!” But I’m merely asking questions based on: 1. the data being presented here; 2. biblical reasoning; and 3. testimonies from ex-gays, who have spoken to me about the qualitative differences between their old, homosexual relationships and their current heterosexual marriage.Interestingly enough (and sadly enough), Hobbes explains that, “This feeling of emptiness, it turns out, is not just an American phenomenon. In the Netherlands, where gay marriage has been legal since 2001, gay men remain three times more likely to suffer from a mood disorder than straight men, and 10 times more likely to engage in ‘suicidal self-harm.’ In Sweden, which has had civil unions since 1995 and full marriage since 2009, men married to men have triple the suicide rate of men married to women.”…. Looking back to the mid-20th-century, Hobbes notes that initially, researchers in the ’50s and ’60s attributed the mental and emotional problems experienced by a large percentage of gay men to “homosexuality itself, just one of many manifestations of what was, at the time, known as ‘sexual inversion.’” But, he continues, “As the gay rights movement gained steam … homosexuality disappeared from the DSM and the explanation shifted to trauma.”In short, gay suicides and gay depression and other emotional (and physical and social) problems were believed to be the fault of a homophobic society. But as Canadian researcher Travis Salway reviewed the data, he realized that, “The problem wasn’t just suicide, it wasn’t just afflicting teenagers and it wasn’t just happening in areas stained by homophobia. He found that gay men everywhere, at every age, have higher rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer, incontinence, erectile dysfunction,⁠ allergies and asthma—you name it, we got it. In Canada, Salway eventually discovered, more gay men were dying from suicide than from AIDS, and had been for years.”Indeed, says Alex Keuroghlian, a psychiatrist at the Fenway Institute’s Center for Population Research in LGBT Health, “We see gay men who have never been sexually or physically assaulted with similar post-traumatic stress symptoms to people who have been in combat situations or who have been raped.” These researchers describe this phenomenon as “minority stress.” As Hobbes explains, “In its most direct form, it’s pretty simple: Being a member of a marginalized group requires extra effort.”…. why is it that there are other sub-groups in our society that would seemingly experience high levels of minority stress due to their numbers, their isolation and their social status, and yet experience few of the emotional or physical traumas experienced in the LGB community?Hobbes closes his article with these words: “I keep thinking of something Paul, the software developer, told me: ‘For gay people, we’ve always told ourselves that when the AIDS epidemic was over we’d be fine. Then it was, when we can get married we’ll be fine. Now it’s, when the bullying stops we’ll be fine. We keep waiting for the moment when we feel like we’re not different from other people. But the fact is, we are different. It’s about time we accept that and work with it.’”READ MORE: http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/63446-why-gay-marriage-has-not-cured-gay-loneliness?utm_source=In%20the%20Line%20of%20Fire&utm_medium=email&utm_content=subscriber_id:793655&utm_campaign=Blogger%20-%20Michael%20Brown%20-%202017-03-06last_img read more

UCL: Neymar’s PSG return “changes everything” for Dortmund clash – Tuchel

first_img Loading… He has been struggling with a rib problem, but should be fit to play at Signal Iduna Park.“He’s fine, he’s going to train, and will play if nothing happens to him,” said Tuchel in Monday’s press conference.“He has the quality, the confidence and the ability to do decisive things. His presence changes everything – it gives me and his team-mates a lot of confidence.“If he’s missing, he’s missing – but we don’t have another player of that quality.”Neymar missed last season’s surprise last-16 loss to Manchester United with a foot injury, while he also sat out the second leg of the defeat at the same stage of the competition by Real Madrid in 2018.He was rested, along with France forward Kylian Mbappe, for Saturday’s remarkable 4-4 draw at Amiens in Ligue 1.PSG are yet to reach the Champions League semi-finals since being bought by their Qatari owners nine years ago, with their run to the last four in 1994-95 still the closest they have come to lifting the European Cup.– Electric atmosphere –Paris Saint-Germain’s Thomas Tuchel coached Borussia Dortmund for two seasons until 2017Tuchel is under extra pressure to deliver as PSG have exited at the last 16 stage in Europe for the last three seasons.“It’s clear that if you lose three times in a row in the last 16, the situation is not the same the fourth time,” admitted Tuchel.“After the defeat (to Manchester United last season), we were sad, I was mentally almost dead, but that’s sport.“I said to the players (at the time): ‘It might be a bit harder next year, but that’s what we play in the Champions League for’.“Sometimes you lose, you have to accept it and use the defeats to grow.”Having coached Dortmund for two seasons before his dismissal in 2017, Tuchel knows to expect a passionate atmosphere.“It’s difficult to control your emotions in this stadium and I’m not sure it’s possible for the 90 minutes,” said PSG’s German coach. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The return of Neymar from a rib injury in time for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 clash at Borussia Dortmund “changes almost everything… and brings a lot of confidence” to his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates, coach Thomas Tuchel said.Advertisement Read Also: PSG without Neymar, Mbappe held 4-4 by lowly Amiens“It’s necessary to remain calm, attentive and intelligent.“Dortmund are very strong when they press and when they counter-attack.”The hosts are missing Germany forwards Marco Reus and Julian Brandt, but Dortmund have a deadly teenage duo in striker Erling Braut Haaland and England winger Jadon Sancho, both just 19.Haaland has scored a phenomenal nine goals in his six games for Dortmund.“Their forwards’ statistics are incredible,” said Tuchel.“We will have to block their counter-attacks before they start.“It’s going to be a challenge.” Tuchel named the Brazilian superstar in his squad for their last-16 first leg tie in Germany despite the world’s most expensive player missing the French club’s last four games through injury. Promoted ContentIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Best Car Manufacturers In The World6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth VisitingWill You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsHere Are The Secret Origins Of Famous FoodsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Factslast_img read more

Antique IP school seeks more fund for ‘unfinished’ building

first_img“For this school year, we are about tohave our classes this month,” she said. SAN JOSE, Antique – The School for Living Tradition (SLT) of the Ati IndigenousPeoples (IP) in Sitio Pantad, Barangay Igcalawagan in Tobias Fornier town needsadditional fund for its unfinished building. The fund from the NCCA, according to Pauden,was not enough as their school has no wall or flooring yet. The budget was usedto construct a one-floor concrete building where they hold classes for theirtraditional dance which they call “Miroy Criñosa”; “Inati” language; andweaving using local materials such as buriand nito for pouches and bags. Delia Pauden, head of the Pantad AtiTribe Association and serves as SLT teacher, said they are asking theprovincial government for an additional fund including for constructionmaterials to finish their school. “The National Cultural Center for theArts (NCCA) allotted a P150,000 budget for the construction of our SLT lastOctober2018,” she said. Delia Pauden (right) holds classes for Ati children in their School for Living Tradition in Sitio Pantad, Barangay Igcalawagan, Tobias Fornier, Antique. DELIA PAUDEN center_img The SLT was conceptualized for theirtribe members to learn and preserve their traditional culture, art, andlivelihood. “If we don’t teach our traditionalculture, art, and livelihood, the new generation will tend to forget it,”Pauden said. Last year, she said they only met in adesignated place because they have no classroom. Even without the concretestructure, she said they were able to gather 70 Atis, mostly mothers as well astheir children in the community, to join the classes. “With the concrete structure for our SLTwe would be able to have a better place where to learn,” she said./PNlast_img read more

​Edu reveals why he axed Arsenal scouting team

first_img Loading… Arsenal technical director, Edu has spoken about his reasons for condensing the club’s scouting network. The Gunners made 55 redundancies after the COVID-19 pandemic, with many of those lost jobs coming within the scouting department. Edu believes having a smaller, tight-knit group of scouts will be a better situation as the club hopes to find the best young talent in England, Europe, and around the world. “It is clear for me,” said Edu. “I want to work with fewer people.Advertisement “I want to work with StatDNA a lot more, which we have internally here at the club and is very important. The people I want to work with, I want them to be very close to me. I want to create a group of people working together. read also:Eduardo Camavinga breaks France record in Croatia victory “I don’t want individual people working in one area or for one country. I want a group working together. Fewer people with many more responsibilities. “That is my vision and for me, in this process, the most important thing is that everyone is very clear on the responsibilities which everyone has to make the right decision.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Characters That Should Be Official Disney Princesses14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith15 Photos Of Amazingly Beautiful MutationsProfessional Female Racers Whom Even Men Envy10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more

IMCA Modifieds head Jan. 13, 14 Winter Heat cards at Perris Auto Speedway

first_imgFans can expect to see plenty of three and four wide action when the IMCA Modifieds are on the track at Perris Auto Speedway in 2018. (Photo by Vane Ledgerwood)By Scott DaloisioPERRIS, Calif. – While fans of most race tracks across the nation are months away from the first race of 2018, Perris Auto Speedway fans are days away from the opening races of the year when the Riverside County racing facility hosts Winter Heat featuring the IMCA Modifieds along with Super Stocks, Street Stocks and American Factory Stocks on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13 and 14.The pit gate will open at noon both days, spectator gates will open at 2 p.m. and racing will begin at 3 p.m.Both days will feature complete shows with heats, “B” mains (if needed) and “A” mains for all clas­ses. The IMCA Modified portion of each show will award IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, Allstar Performance California State and Perris Auto Speedway track points.2018 is going to see an expanded season for the IMCA Modified drivers and the drivers from the PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks and American Factory Stocks series at The PAS.With the racing weekends during January and February and a race recently added on July 21, IMCA Modified drivers will have five more dates (providing weather does not intervene) than they did in 2017 to earn points by racing at the famous half-mile clay oval. The three PASSCAR clas­ses will have five extra races, three of which will pay points.“We are genuinely excited about what the IMCA Modified and PASSCAR Series have to offer in 2018,” promoter Don Kazarian said.  “The Modified fields have been growing since we brought IMCA back as the sanctioning body in 2015.  We are very pleased with what bringing IMCA back has done for our program.“In addition, our other classes have also been doing well.  Our PASSCAR Super Stock field has been growing and putting on the best races since the class first began at the track,” he continued. “The Street Stock fields remain healthy and we expect bigger fields in the Factory Stocks all sea­son long as well. We expect to see most of our regular stars at “Winter Heat” and hopefully quite a few visiting drivers.   It is going to be a great start to what we think is going to be a great year.”Tickets for the Jan. 13 and 14 races are $15 each day for adults.  For active military members with proper ID, teens ages 13-18 with their school ID and kids ages 6-12, admission is $5.00. Children ages five and under are free.The fairgrounds is not charging for parking at January’s Winter Heat events.Perris Auto Speedway is located on the So Cal Fair and Event Center, home of October’s South­ern California Fair, approximately one hour east of Los Angeles and one hour north of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway exit on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions on MapQuest, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.last_img read more

Boys Weekend Area Basketball Scores

first_imgBoys Weekend Area Basketball ScoresSaturday  (2-15)East Central  67     Batesville  65   (OT)Trojans win JV game 43-39.Bulldogs Scoring- Eli Pierson 13, Alex Siefert 10, Calvin Sherwood 7, Cole Werner 4, Alec Bunselmeier 3, Cody Mohr 2.Christian Academy  58     Oldenburg  36Milan  85     South Dearborn  70Franklin County  58     Switzerland County  56Seymour  40     South Ripley  36North Decatur  57     Knightstown  35Southwestern Hanover  81     South Decatur  69 Lawrenceburg  56     Rising Sun  31Centerville  55     Waldron  46Beech Grove  72     Rushville  53Shawe Memorial  51     South Central  43Jeffersonville  72     Jennings County  46Friday  (2-14)Jac-Cen-Del  92     Hauser  54South Ripley  55     South Dearborn  45Greenfield-Central  58     Franklin County  44    Greensburg  66     Madison  59North Decatur  43     Union County  36South Decatur  95     Waldron  58Southwestern Hanover  67     Rising Sun  45    Shawe Memorial  76     Switzerland County  69Morristown  81     Eastern Hancock  59Greenwood Christian  72     Edinburgh  43    Jennings County  67     Columbus East  65   (OT)last_img read more

Body of Slain FHP Trooper Transported to Sarasota

first_imgThe body of FHP Trooper Joseph Bullock shot to death in Martin County was transported to Florida’s Gulf Coast Friday morning.A procession to escort the body of the slain 19-year veteran went through St. Lucie County on Friday morning, en route to Sarasota where his family lives.The emotional escort as Trooper Joseph Bullock’s body is transported to Sarasota where he has family. Thank you for your service, sir @FHPPalmBeach @WPTV @FOX29WFLX #thinblueline pic.twitter.com/yHjUzJ5OKE— Stephanie Susskind (@StephanieWPTV) February 7, 2020 The procession began at 8:30 a.m. from the Medical Examiner’s Office on the campus of Indian River State College.Investigators said Bullock stopped to help the driver of a broken-down car. The driver, identified as 30-year-old Franklin Reed of Palm Bay, shot Bullock to death. An off-duty Riviera Beach Police Officer, Jemel Headings, saw the events unfold and shot and killed Reed.last_img read more

The Latest: Potters Corner wins Virtual Grand National

first_imgThe Latest: Potters Corner wins Virtual Grand National Istiklol Dushanbe retained the Central Asian nation’s season-opening Super Cup on Saturday with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Khujand.The game was played without fans and a large banner reading “stop coronavirus” in Tajik and Russian covered part of the stands.Players and staff from both teams mingled freely after the final whistle before officials hung medals around their necks and shook their hands.Professional soccer is only continuing in a few countries around the world, with Belarus, Nicaragua and Burundi among the holdouts, attracting interest from foreign fans and international gambling markets.Tajikistan has not reported any cases of the new coronavirus, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Associated Press The 18-1 Potters Corner, trained by Christian Williams with teenager Jack Tudor onboard, withstood the challenge of runner-up Walk In The Mill and third-place Any Second Now. Favorite Tiger Roll, who would have been chasing a third straight win in the real race, was fourth in the event broadcast on British television.___The White House says President Donald Trump spoke with commissioners of the country’s sports leagues on Saturday and told them he recognizes “the good work being done by many teams and players” to care for their communities and fans dealing with the new coronavirus.The virus has decimated the sports world with the NBA and NHL suspending their seasons indefinitely and Major League Baseball postponing the start of its season. “The Football Association of Ireland announces that Mick McCarthy is to be succeeded as national team manager by Stephen Kenny with immediate effect,” the FAI said in a statement. “The handover has been agreed with both men in light of the delay to the European Championship playoffs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”McCarthy had originally been due to stay in charge until July 31, after the Euro 2020 finals — now put back a year — were originally due to finish. Kenny had been set to take over on Aug. 1 after being in charge of the under-21 national side.Ireland faces Slovakia away in the Euro 2020 qualifying playoffs, with the winner to face either Northern Ireland or Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, the fixture has been postponed for a second time due to the pandemic.___Tajikistan has started a new soccer season, joining a small group of countries around the world where play has continued despite the coronavirus pandemic. April 4, 2020 The NCAA basketball tournament was also canceled, as were college spring sports such as baseball and softball, lacrosse and track and field.The White House says the commissioners thanked Trump for his “national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry.” He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge.A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.___Stephen Kenny is the new Ireland soccer manager after replacing Mick McCarthy in a planned move brought forward by the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:Potters Corner held on in a computer-simulated race to win the Virtual Grand National.The real Grand National Steeplechase, one of the iconic sporting events in Britain, was canceled on March 16 following the stringent measures put in place during the coronavirus pandemic. ___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