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South Korea’s flag carriers Korean Air and Asian Airlines surprised the market last week by posting an operating profit in the second quarter, while major airlines across the world suffered heavy losses due to the pandemic.Korean Air reported an operating profit of 148.5 billion won (US$125.2 million) while Asiana saw its figure top 100 billion won, both owing to their robust cargo businesses.In normal times these figures would’ve fallen short of grabbing headlines, but not in a year marred by an ongoing pandemic that has brought the aviation industry to its knees.America’s Delta Airlines suffered a net loss of $5.7 billion in the second quarter, its biggest since 2008. International Airlines Group, which owns British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia, reported a loss of 2.2 billion euros ($2.6 billion). Japan Airline suffered a loss of 93.71 billion yen ($882.2 million) while Germany’s Lufthansa lost 1.5 billion euros in the same period.“The performance of both airlines is commendable as they responded quickly. I was skeptical when I first heard Korean Air’s decision to deploy passenger jets for their cargo service. It looks like it’s worked while other airlines didn’t consider the option,” said Hurr Hee-young, a professor at Korea Aerospace University.On top of its existing capacities, Korean Air, with a cargo fleet of 23 aircrafts as of July, has been using overhead bins and installed cargo seat bags on its planes to raise utilization rates, with plans to remove seats from long-haul aircrafts to carry even more cargo later this year. While demand remained at the pre-pandemic level, supply fell, offering a window of opportunity for the two national carriers that acted quickly, Hurr noted.“Freight rates are extremely flexible. They change rapidly depending on market demand and supply. Passenger traffic fell rapidly during the COVID-19 crisis while air cargo demand stayed steady, mainly due to medical supplies. The airlines grabbed the opportunity as rates went up by four to five times. It was temporary but a fruitful decision,” he said.Korean Air has touted its surprise earnings as a result of CEO Cho Won-tae’s idea to pivot to its cargo business and its “One Team” strategy to see through the pandemic.He came up with the idea to “utilize the cargo compartment of passenger jets and respond to the fluctuating demand” in order to cut down costs and diversify the supply line, according to the airline. As a result, the airline’s freight ton kilometer, which measures freight traffic, rose by over 10 percent in the first half of the year, and 17 percent in the second quarter alone. It led to a 95 percent on-year increase in cargo revenue worth 1.225 trillion won in the second quarter. Cargo volume fell during the first half of this year for other airlines, however, including Cathay Pacific, which saw its cargo capacity drop by 24.6 percent though revenue rose by 8.8 percent and Lufthansa whose FTK in the first half of the year fell by 36 percent.Rotating shifts and government bailouts While other flag carriers around the world have announced large-scale job cuts, both Korean Air and Asiana have also managed to avoid it, in part by putting staff on a rotating schedule. Currently, only 30 percent of some 20,000 Korean Air staff are at work while the rest are on paid leave on a rotating basis. At Asiana, some 4,600 staff including cabin crew have been on paid leave while the rest of its some 10,000 staff rotate on a 15-day basis to squeeze staff spending. Schemes at both airlines are helped by government bailouts worth a total of 3 trillion won which was announced earlier this year. “With air routes across the world being closed, over half of the staff have been on paid and unpaid leave to help survive the aviation crisis,” a source at a major airline said.“Since the impact of the pandemic will continue to threaten the industry in the second half of the year, the government should consider providing more support to retain jobs in aviation safe,” the source added.Such a move, however, has also faced protests. Some of the foreign pilots, for instance, argue they have been subject to discriminatory measures in going on unpaid leaves or having their contracts terminated.What lies ahead? Low-cost carriers are left more vulnerable as they cannot pivot to cargo businesses and have received a drastically smaller amount of government bailouts. Jeju Air, for instance, Korea’s biggest LCC, reported a net loss of 100.6 billion won ($84.4 million) in the April-June period.Full service carriers are in a better position for now, though challenges remain.Some market analysts forecast that both the airlines will continue their relative success in the third quarter. A report from Korea Investment & Securities predicted the airlines will continue to stay in the green as air freight rates will bounce back.“Korean Air appears to be on course to become the only airline in the world whose debt-equity ratio would drop this year,” the report noted. Korean Air recently secured over 1 trillion won through paid-in capital increase, and has plans to secure another trillion won through the sale of its catering and duty free businesses. Professor Hurr predicts competition will rise.“I think the current situation will be temporary as other international airlines see Korean Air and Asiana and try to follow suit,” he said.Korea Investment & Securities’ report notes, however, that financially troubled airlines will take longer to prepare for post-COVID 19.Government bailouts are also running dry as many airlines will no longer get help from September. The Labor Ministry is pushing to extend the funds for another 60 days, with the decision set to be announced next week.Topics :
The first relates to carbon dioxide emissions reductions. Under the second, more weight is given to companies that pay a great deal of attention to labour rights and create a working environment that is deemed healthy and safe.In concrete terms the weightings of such companies will be 10 percentage points higher in PWRI’s portfolios than in the MSCI World Index.PWRI developed this new passive equity strategy together with BMO. The two portfolios will be managed by UBS Asset Management and DWS. They will each manage a mandate of €1.5bn, which includes both developed and emerging market investments.“We deliberately opted for two asset managers and will accept the higher costs involved,” said Xander den Uyl, chair of the PWRI board. “The strategy with an emphasis on social criteria is new, so we want to see how it works out for different asset managers. They will each have their own approach in the interpretation of the mandate.”Inclusion portfolioThe two passive equity mandates are positioned within the PWRI’s liquid return portfolio. The pension scheme also runs an “inclusion portfolio” within its illiquid assets, containing 50 listed companies that have the ambition to hire people with a so-called “longer distance” to the labour market, as per a 2013 agreement between the government, employers and trade unions.The aim is for all companies to have the ‘Social Enterprise Performance Ladder’ hallmark, a quality label that is co-developed by Dutch research organisation TNO. The certificate indicates that a company meets the requirements for social entrepreneurship. In the past two-and-a-half years PWRI has entered into conversations with the 50 companies that are mentioned in their inclusion portfolio, encouraging them to request the label.According to Den Uyl, the number of companies with the quality mark is increasing, albeit too slowly as far as he is concerned.“A complicated factor is that, in order to conduct a good dialogue with a company, coordination often takes place through its HR department, and many companies are not used to this type of contact with shareholders,” he said.The composition of the inclusion portfolio has nevertheless changed little since the start in 2016. PWRI uses a buy-and-hold strategy; the pension fund does not trade actively and only makes adjustments once a year. Dutch pension fund PWRI has developed a passive equity strategy that assigns greater weight in the portfolio to companies that score well on labour rights and health and safety.The €8.7bn pension fund for disabled people working in a sheltered environment has had four equity portfolios up to now. Two of them, for Europe and emerging markets, were actively managed. The other two, for America and the Pacific, had a passive approach.The portfolios were run by various asset managers, selected by BMO Global Asset Management, which is the pension fund’s fiduciary manager.To save costs PWRI will switch to two equity portfolios that are fully passively managed: one for developed and one for emerging markets. Within these portfolios, which have a total size of €3bn, emphasis will be placed on two ESG criteria.
The BMS 7th Grade Volleyball team defeated Jac-Cen-Del 25-18 and 25-19. Kaylie Raver lead the team with 8 aces. Following was Margaret Wilson with 2 aces, Annie Shane, Taylor Blanton, Laura Schwegman, and Sydney Slavin each all had one ace. Kaylin Hinners led the team with 3 kills. Sara Lamping and Renee’ Lecher each had one good hit. Elena Kuisel had great passes. All girls played very well as a team. Their record is 1-1.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The BMS 8th Grade earned their first win of the season against Jac-Cen-Del; 25-7, 25-16. Top servers were Kennedy Westrick with 9 points; including 5 aces. Isabelle Westerfeld added 8 points with 2 aces. Cayman Werner stepped up with 6 points with 2 aces and Jadyn Harrington and Laney Walsman each had 4 points with 2 aces. In the front row Werner earned 5 kills. Harrington added 2 kills. While Westerfeld and Tiffany Hawker each had a kill. Timbre Davies, Samantha Kessens, and Ashlee Cornn all played aggressive in the win. The team is now 1-1.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.
*Entry screening – No one who is experiencing Covid-like symptoms will be allowed to enter the venue. It’s also recommended that anyone who has been in contact with another person who has tested positive not attend. Covid-related signage will be located at all event entry points. Other measures that will be in place to address Covid-19 –related matters and streamline the fan experience at Super Nationals are: *Hand hygiene – IMCA will provide accessible hand sanitizer to everyone entering the venue. Fans will be encouraged to regularly wash or sanitize their hands. *Communications and signage – Attendees will receive frequent advance communications outlining policies and procedures, encouraging thoughtful planning and advising those who are sick or at risk to stay home. On-site signage and public address announcements will reinforce health and safety messaging throughout the week of Super Nationals. IMCA.TV will livestream broadcast of the Saturday night Prelude and Super Nationals, with daily and week-long packages available to viewers at home. BOONE, Iowa – For the 33rd consecutive year, IMCA plans to successfully hold Super Nationals at Boone Speedway and intends to do so this year following all State of Iowa disaster proclamations in place at the time of the Sept. 6-12 event. *Physical distancing – Spectators in the seated grandstand will be required to follow the State Proclamation regarding physical distancing. Social distancing will also be encouraged throughout the venue and face coverings will be encouraged in any area where physical distancing is limited (registration and concession lines, restrooms, post-race tech inspection and pit viewing areas). All race lineups and results will be available online on MyRacePass; MyLaps also provides electronic access to live timing and scoring while an FM transmitter at the track broadcasts the call from the booth by announcers Jerry Vansickel and Ryan Clark. Grandstand capacity will be reduced by 50 percent with every other row in the seated main grandstand marked off; the seated grandstand on the pit side will operate at a reduced capacity as well. *Concessions and merchandise – Vending and concession locations will be properly protected, distancing enforced in lines and touchless transactions encouraged wherever possible. All spectator traffic on the catwalks will be made one-way. Spectators will not be allowed to stand two-deep and race teams will be encouraged to watch only events involving their driver to reduce the number of people on the catwalks. To further promote social distancing, a number of activities have been scaled back or eliminated entirely, including what would have been the 31st annual golf tournament. Also canceled were activities in the indoor pit area VIP areas, Tiki Hut, daily vendor and VIP sign-in and registration, all fan zone activities, including autograph sessions and post-race events, and all pre-race tech inspection. “At the end of the day, all the off-track activities are where issues present themselves,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “From a competitor’s standpoint, we have reduced much of the risk. We are emphasizing to our drivers that we don’t want groups of more than 10 people in a pit area, or people in pit areas where they don’t belong.” *Cleaning and sanitation – IMCA will follow CDC guidelines for Covid 19 cleaning and disinfecting for community facilities. The venue will be cleaned, sanitized and disinfected daily, with frequent cleaning of high traffic areas and surfaces each day and throughout the event. *Face coverings – IMCA will provide a free face covering to all competitors and weeklong pit pass holders entering the restricted pit area. All grandstand spectators will be provided access to a free face covering. Face coverings will be recommended throughout the facility. *Enhanced access restrictions – Access to tech inspection areas and other event operational areas will be greatly reduced or eliminated. All Boone Speedway indoor VIP areas will be closed. The grandstand tower area will be accessible only to Boone Speedway operational staff. A list of daily entry into any of those indoor areas will be kept and provided if contact tracing is requested. In addition, it is recommended everyone on the catwalk wear a face covering; officials reserve the right to require access to the catwalks to those having a face cover. “All these measures will make a big difference toward a successful event,” Root said. “We expect all fans and drivers to comply and reserve the right to deny access to anyone who does not.”
RelatedPosts Motorcyclist in court over alleged breach of trust, misappropriation Cleric to parents: Pay attention to male children, they are now being sexually abused too Buhari holds closed-door meeting with Ghana’s President The Federal Capital Territory Police Command on Sunday said it arrested two suspects at a robbery scene in Pegi community in Kuje Area Council. The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, ASP Mariam Yusuf, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja. She said two victims of the robbery incident died following deep machete wounds inflicted on them by the suspects. Yusuf said the information being circulated on the social media that four persons were killed by bandits/kidnappers in Pegi area was not true. According to her, the suspects were arrested at the scene of the robbery by police operatives attached to Pegi Division. She said the arrest followed a swift response to a distress call from Gbogu Village along Kabi Mangoro Road in Pegi area on Sunday. “Police operatives attached to Pegi Division were instantly deployed to the scene where they apprehended the two suspects and disarmed them,” Yusuf said. She said efforts were being made to arrest one of the suspects, currently at large. Yusuf said the Commissioner of Police in charge of the FCT, Bala Ciroma, had ordered discreet investigation into the incident. She said the command commiserate with the families of the deceased and called on residents to remain calm. Yusuf pledged the commitment of the command to protect lives and property in the FCT.Tags: abujaFCT Police CommandKuje Area CouncilMariam YusufPegi
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew could learn within 24 hours how the Football Association intends to deal with his headbutt at Hull. Press Association “He immediately realised the serious error, [made] sincere apologies to all parties and obviously [has] deep regret. “It was good to see Steve Bruce’s reaction and Hull accepting [Pardew’s apology], but Alan does need to think hard about how not to put himself in that position again.” Pardew’s misdemeanour comes after another turbulent few months for the Magpies, who look to have turned things around on the pitch with two successive league victories after a run of three defeats. Yohan Cabaye’s sale to Paris St Germain and the decision not to replace him in January were followed by director of football Joe Kinnear’s departure and another derby defeat by Sunderland, leading sections of the club’s support to call for the manager’s head. However, it seems inevitable that the FA will act over a particularly unsavoury incident. Disciplinary chiefs will consider match referee Kevin Friend’s report before deciding what action to take, and it would be no surprise if Pardew was charged before being handed a lengthy touchline ban and another sizeable fine. He and Meyler came into contact as the player chased a ball over the sideline with the home side trailing 3-1. The Newcastle manager reacted angrily and thrust his head towards the midfielder, who confronted him. Players from both sides tried to act as peacemakers and Friend took charge, booking Meyler before sending Pardew to the stands. Pardew later issued an apology, which was accepted by opposite number Steve Bruce, but that cut little ice with his employers, who delivered their punishment hours later. It is not the first time Pardew has become embroiled in a touchline spat, and League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan was quick to condemn his behaviour. Bevan told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme: “The buck stops with Alan. It’s unacceptable, it’s inappropriate and it’s insupportable from every perspective, and Alan knows that. The 52-year-old was fined £100,000 and severely reprimanded by the Magpies on Saturday night after clashing with Tigers midfielder David Meyler on the touchline during his side’s 4-1 Barclays Premier League victory at the KC Stadium earlier that day. Press Association Sport understands that, while owner Mike Ashley was furious with his manager, he considers the matter now dealt with and Pardew’s job is not at risk.
Biggar had a chance in the last minute of the first half to make it a one-point game again at the interval, but he missed his 45-metre penalty. Biggar spurned another attempt in the second half but soon after slotted over a closer attempt to make it 10-9 and gave the Welsh side hope of continuing their winning run. But despite increasingly wet conditions Leinster scored a fine try to put space between the two teams, created by centre Ben Te’o and finished off by Reid. Sexton’s conversion rebounded off an upright to keep Ospreys within losing bonus point range, but that was taken away from the hosts when Kearney slid in for his second try, converted by Sexton, three minutes from the end. The win, Leinster’s first in Swansea since 2009, saw the Irishmen go back to the top of the table as replacement Noel Reid also crossed to go with Kearney’s brace and Jonny Sexton kicked a penalty and two conversions. There were concerns for both Leinster and Ireland, though, with Jamie Heaslip and Luke Fitzgerald going off with head and shoulder injuries respectively. Ospreys, who had won their previous five PRO12 games, missed out on a losing bonus point with their scores coming from the boot of fly-half Dan Biggar with two penalties and a drop goal. Biggar had returned to the starting line-up to set up a mouthwatering duel with opposite number Sexton, but his fellow Wales internationals Alun Wyn Jones and Justin Tipuric were named on the bench. Isa Nacewa captained Leinster, replacing the banned Fergus McFadden in a side showing six changes – including the return of Sean O’Brien and Heaslip – from the win over Connacht. Leinster just about edged the first half to lead 10-6 at the break, b ut it was far from comfortable and after going through 20 phases at the start of the match the visitors failed to get any change out of the home team’s solid defence. And it was Ospreys who broke the deadlock when Biggar fired over a drop goal from 30 metres. Leinster’s cause was not helped by the loss of Heaslip after a clash of heads but their kicking game was always a threat to Ospreys and it was a cross-kick from Sexton that led to the game’s opening try. Sexton picked out Kearney and he outsmarted Jeff Hassler and replacement Sam Davies to get over the line. Sexton converted to give his side a 7-3 lead after 18 minutes. Bigger reduced the deficit to one point with a 24th-minute penalty after Rhys Ruddock was caught collapsing a maul following a fine break by Ospreys centre Owen Watkin, but Sexton restored his side’s advantage three minutes later after Brendon Leonard had infringed at a ruck. Press Association Wing Dave Kearney scored two tries as Leinster made it seven straight Guinness PRO12 wins with a hard-fought 22-9 victory over Ospreys at a rain-drenched Liberty Stadium.
Update on the latest sports PGAWoods gets used to silence at Muirfield VillageDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods got his first taste of playing competitive golf without adoring admirers since the coronavirus pandemic caused the PGA to hold tournaments without spectators.Woods received near-dead silence as he opened and closed with birdies en route to a 1-under 71 in opening-round play at The Memorial. He’s five strokes behind leader Tony Finau (FEE’-now), who birdied seven of his final 10 holes for a 66 that puts him one ahead of Ryan Palmer.Muirfield Village is the first club in 63 years to host back-to-back PGA events. Collin Morikawa won there last weekend at 19-under, beating Justin Thomas in a playoff. American sprinter Stevens banned 18 months for missed testsGENEVA (AP) — Olympic finalist sprinter Deajah Stevens has received an 18-month ban for missing doping tests and will miss the Tokyo Games. The Athletics Integrity Unit says Stevens was unavailable for giving samples three times in 2019 in Oregon and West Hollywood. Three whereabouts violations within one year can lead to a ban. The 25-year-old American runner’s ban was backdated to start on Feb. 17, 2020. It expires days after the postponed Tokyo Olympics in August 2021. ATHLETES GROUP-PROTESTS — Former Phillies infielder and coach Tony Taylor has died at 84. The Phillies said in a statement that Taylor died Thursday from complications of a stroke suffered in 2019. The 1960 NL All-Star batted .261 with 2,007 hits, 1,005 runs and 234 stolen bases in 2,195 career games. Taylor was inducted into the team’s Wall of Fame in 2002.— The Blue Jays have been given clearance by Ontario and Toronto to play regular-season games in Rogers Centre amid the coronavirus pandemic, although they wait approval from Canada’s federal government. Toronto Mayor John Tory said he urged the federal and provincial governments to approve MLB plan. Major League Baseball needed an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. — A coalition of health department leaders in major American cities are cautioning Major League Baseball to avoid risky behavior when the season resumes next week. The Big Cities Health Coalition made some recommendations about procedures to follow when the baseball season resumes July 23. They range from proper handwashing stations to only traveling on charter flights.NBA-NEWSWilliamson leaves team for family matter The two-time Cy Young Award winner says he feels good two days after leaving an intrasquad game early because of back tightness. A precautionary MRI came back clean, and deGrom thinks he simply might have slept “wrong” the night before. However, skipper Luis Rojas says the team is taking a day-to-day approach concerning a season-opening assignment as deGrom receives treatment.In other major league news:— Tampa Bay outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the injured list after testing positive for the coronavirus. Meadows was a first-time All-Star and batted .291 with 33 homers and 89 RBIs last season.— Yankees hurler Masahiro Tanaka threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Thursday. It was his first mound appearance since he was struck by a line drive off the bat of teammate Giancarlo Stanton on July 4. The 31-year-old right-hander remains uncertain for his first turn through the rotation. — Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks will be the opening day starter against the Brewers next Friday. Hendricks gets the nod over Yu Darvish, who will pitch the second game. Hendricks has been one of Chicago’s most consistent starting pitchers since his big league debut in 2014, going 63-43 with a 3.14 ERA in 163 games.— Mets second baseman Robinson Canó (kah-NOH’) is back with the team after missing a few days because of personal issues. The 37-year-old Canó said he wants to keep the reasons for his absence to himself, telling reporters he worked out during his absence. He is hoping to be ready for opening day.— Star third baseman Yoán Moncada has rejoined the White Sox after missing the start of their summer camp. Long regarded as one of baseball’s top prospects, he broke out last season when he set career highs with a .315 batting average, 25 homers and 79 RBIs. He’s currently on the injured list with an unspecified injury.— Top Mariners prospect Julio Rodriguez has suffered a hairline fracture of his left wrist during a practice. The 19-year-old dived for a ball during a defensive drill and jammed his wrist. Rodriguez has been rated among the top 20 prospects in all of baseball heading into the season. — Major League Baseball will play crowd noise from its official video game through ballpark sound systems during actual games while fans are ordered to stay away. Stadium sound engineers will have access to around 75 different effects and reactions, according to MLB. The top soccer leagues in England and Spain were the first to return to action with crowd sound from video games. NCAA President Mark Emmert said that if there is to be college sports in the fall, they need to get a much better handle on the pandemic.Elsewhere in college sports:— The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is the third Division I league to postpone its football season, joining the Ivy and Patriot Leagues. The MEAC (MEE’-ak) said it will consider trying to make up the schedule for those sports in the 2021 spring semester. The MEAC is comprised of 11 historically black colleges, although three of those schools plan to leave the conference.— The West Coast Conference will delay the start of fall competition in all sports until Sept. 24 because of the coronavirus. The league said Thursday that the affected sports are cross country, soccer and volleyball. The decision doesn’t apply to sports which aren’t sponsored by the league, including BYU and University of San Diego football.— The University of Northern Colorado has suspended athletic workout activities after a spate of positive cases of COVID-19, including among football players who have been advised to quarantine. There is no timeline for when the student athletes will be allowed to return to voluntary workouts at the campus about an hour north of Denver. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans say top overall draft choice Zion Williamson has left the club to attend to an urgent family medical matter. The Pelicans say Williamson intends to rejoin the team in the Orlando area for the resumption of the season. But the club has not said whether the former Duke star would be able to return or whether he’ll miss any games because of his departure on Thursday. Williamson will have to quarantine again when he returns to Central Florida. Williamson has averaged 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in 19 games this season after missing the New Orleans’ first 44 games while recovering from preseason arthroscopic knee surgery.Also around the NBA: Serena plans to compete next monthLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Serena Williams is planning to make her return to competition at a new hard-court tournament in Kentucky next month.It’ll be the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion’s first action since playing for the U.S. in the Fed Cup in February, before all sanctioned tennis was shut down the next month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The women’s and men’s professional tennis tours are scheduled to resume in August.NFL-WASHINGTON-MISCONDUCT LPGA TOURBoth Ohio events on LPGA schedule to be played without fansSYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — The LPGA will be without spectators when it hosts two events in Ohio, the first since play was shut down by the coronavirus. The tour resumes with the LPGA Championship at Inverness on July 30 before heading to Sylvania, Ohio, for the Marathon Classic. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said there was a chance the tournament would cap attendance at 2,000 spectators. But after talking with county and state officials, the Marathon Classic decided to go without fans.TENNIS-WILLIAMS COLLEGE BASKETBALL-STANDARDIZED TESTSCoaches want NCAA to cut SAT, ACT from eligibility standardsDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Men’s and women’s college basketball coaches are proposing the NCAA eliminate standardized testing requirements from initial-eligibility standards. The coaches call exams such as the SAT and ACT “longstanding forces of institutional racism.” The proposal comes out of the new committee on racial reconciliation formed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and other social justice initiatives. July 17, 2020 Associated Press — Rockets guard and league scoring leader James Harden practiced with his team Thursday for the first time in more than four months. He explained that his arrival at the league’s restart bubble at Walt Disney World was delayed by family issues. Harden came to Disney earlier this week, satisfied his league-mandated quarantine requirements and got cleared to participate. He has been working out but said it was his first time playing actual 5-on-5, contact-laden basketball in more than a month.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NCAANCAA sets COVID guidelines for footballUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has released its latest guidance to help member schools navigate competition during the coronavirus pandemic, and they come as the prospects of actually playing look grim. The NCAA says college football players should be tested for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before a game, players with high-risk exposures should be quarantined for 14 days and everybody on the sideline should wear a mask. DC team owner hires law firm amid allegations of workplace misconductUNDATED (AP) — Owner Dan Snyder has hired a District of Columbia law firm to review the Washington NFL team’s culture, policies and allegations of workplace misconduct.The Washington Post reported Thursday that 15 female former employees said they were sexually harassed during their time with the team. The team issued a statement saying that “While we do not speak to specific employee situations publicly, when new allegations of conduct are brought forward that are contrary to these policies, we address them promptly.”Three members of the front office have left the organization within the past week.MISSED TESTS-STEVENS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSDeGrom still plans to pitchUNDATED (AP) — New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom wants to start opening day, but his manager isn’t sure that will happen. Track group calls for change of Olympic protest ruleUNDATED (AP) — Leaders of a newly formed athletes group are calling for a change to the rule that bars certain protests at the Olympics. They say it “is in fact preventing athletes from displaying Olympism at the Olympic Games.” The board of The Athletics Association says it wants changes that will allow athletes to “peacefully protest against social injustices in the world.” Among the members of the association are Allyson Felix, Christian Taylor, Emma Coburn, Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
“I do know that the pay discrepancy is ludicrous,” said Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion. “So what they are doing right now is hopefully for the future of women’s soccer.”Williams highlighted the campaign for equality in tennis in the 1970s by the likes of multiple Grand Slam winner Billie Jean King. “I’m playing because someone else stood up,” she said.She told reporters: “We have had some incredible pioneers in our sport that stood up in the ’70s and said… ‘We’re going to get paid what the men get paid’.“I think at some point, in every sport, you have to have those pioneers, and maybe it’s the time for soccer.”The US players’ union – the United States National Soccer Team Players Association – said it supported the women’s team and “the efforts to achieve equal pay”. The USSF is yet to comment on the legal action.The US finished second to England in the SheBelieves Cup and will be looking to retain the World Cup, which takes place between 7 June and 7 July in France.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Serena Williams Serena Williams has voiced her support for the US women’s football team in their legal battle for equal pay.All 28 members of the national squad have joined a class action law suit against the US Soccer Federation.It says they should not be paid less than members of the US men’s team.