Gold Coast’s top 10 sales fetch more than $1.5 million each

first_img The Gold Coast’s top 10 sales last week: 22 Marine Pde, Kingscliff – $3.2 million18 Anglers Esp, Runaway Bay – $3.11 million26 Petrel Ave, Mermaid Beach – $1.83 million 2903/18 Enderley Av, Surfers Paradise – $1.75 million5705/4 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise – $1.6 million3 Donegal Cr, Bundall – $1.6 million44/47 Broadbeach Bvd, Broadbeach – $1.6 million63 Hillview Pde, Ashmore – $1.6 million15 St Clair Ct, Maudsland – $1.59 million53 Limetree Pde, Runaway Bay – $1.55 million It has views of the ocean from most of the rooms.A Mermaid Beach home at 26 Petrel Ave was third in line, selling for $1.83 million.The CoreLogic data shows the Gold Coast has 681 houses on the market that are listed for more than $1 million and 151 units. Kingscliff’s renowned Greek restaurant, Taverna, with neighbouring classic beach house at 22 Marine Parade was the top sale last week, after fetching $3.2 million.THE top 10 property sales across the Gold Coast last week were all more than $1.5 million, according to latest CoreLogic data.Kingscliff’s renowned Greek restaurant, Taverna, with neighbouring classic beach house set the bar, selling for $3.2 million after more than two months on the market. The beach house has views of the coastline from Fingal to Kingscliff Creek.Marketing agent Nick Witheriff, of LJ Hooker Kingscliff, said a local specialist doctor bought the property at 22 Marine Parade.He said the buyer planned to move into the five bedroom two-storey home, which had sweeping views of the coastline from Fingal to Kingscliff Creek.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThey also intended to continue to lease out the building that was occupied by the popular local restaurant.“The good news for locals is that the buyers will look at securing Taverna Restaurant on a long-term lease for its customers to enjoy the fine food and beverages on offer to the area,” he said.A beachfront home at 18 Anglers Esplanade, Runaway Bay, achieved the second highest sale after fetching $3.11 million. The restaurant and beach house sit on a 911sq m block at 22 Marine Pde, Kingscliff.center_img Inside Taverna, which is a popular Greek eatery in Kingscliff. The Mermaid Beach home at 26 Petrel Ave achieved the third highest sale. The Runaway Bay home at 18 Anglers Esplanade was the Coast’s second highest sale.last_img read more

Italy’s Enasarco seeks to polish image with new governance code

first_img“We also need to work to enforce the identification and separation of different responsibilities,” he added. As things stand, Enasarco’s definition of tasks among the different fund entities is unclear, Boco said.He conceded it had low skill requirements and a lack of appropriate mechanisms for managing conflicts of interest.Some six years ago, Enasarco was involved in a big scandal surrounding the sale of its property portfolio. Its then president Donato Porreca and others were accused of accepting bribes from property developer and financier Stefano Ricucci, who stood to gain from acquiring the portfolio.At the beginning of 2012, there was another scandal over an error made by the pension fund’s previous management, which led to a controversial investment in two hedge funds.Most recently, questions have been asked in the Italian Parliament about buildings owned by Enasarco.Based on old contracts stipulated in the past, some buildings have allegedly been let too cheaply to politicians, trade unionists and former Enasarco officials.As part of the internal project on governance, Enasarco has also been making efforts to encourage the pensions industry as a whole to take a good look at itself and shore up governance practices with internationally used standards.To this end, back in November, it organised a two-day seminar in Rome on the governance of pension fund investment.The event, which had been prompted by the president, focused on examples of existing best practice and international models.Claudio Pinna, managing director at Aon Hewitt Consulting in Rome, and Francesco Verbaro, professor at the Italian School for Public Administration, have been working on the project with Enasarco.Italy’s most recent reform of the pension system, which was introduced by Elsa Fornero, the minister of Labour, Social Policies and Gender Equality in Mario Monti’s technocrat government at the end of 2011, has opened the way for a further development of the supplementary pension funds market. If this is going to happen, Pinna and Verbaro argue, the pensions governance process needs to be improved.The Rome seminar covered governance issues and good practice used internationally and also set down the framework for a set of legislative reforms to be introduced in Italy.Pinna said one of the main governance issues for Italian pension funds was the balance between professionalism and representation of the members. Other key themes include the clear attribution of management roles and responsibilities, managing conflicts of interests, a clear definition of the investment decision-making process and disclosures of activities.So what is the best way to address these points? “By considering the solutions already adopted at international level, but, in the end, also coming up with something that is in line with the specific Italian situation,” said Pinna.Boco added that, even in the absence of any firm legislation forcing professional pension funds to self-regulate on governance, the funds were aware they needed to improve their governance.“We think along the same lines as Adepp (the association of pension funds for liberal professions) – that we need to specify the duties and responsibilities of each body and entity in greater detail,” he said.“Whenever possible, we need to set measurable objectives so  the performance of each director and entity can be easily examined,” he said.Pension funds also need to enforce the skill requirements for internal bodies, he said, with the governing body then regularly reviewing management’s collective skill set and considering whether it is enough.“Third, we need to adopt adequate self regulation to prevent and manage conflicts of interest,” Boco said.Verbaro sees self-regulation as the preferable route for Italian pension funds to better governance.“But, in the end, if they can’t do this, then a compulsory solution would probably be more efficient,” he said.Verbaro believes management teams at pension funds in Italy are going to become more rather than less concerned about their responsibilities.But stumbling blocks remain.“Probably, it is a question of culture,” he said. “Members of the boards need, for example, to understand that their role has more to do with defining and monitoring investment strategy than taking decisions on specific single investments.” Italian pension fund Enasarco has been working hard to allay lingering doubts about its integrity following several asset management scandals by pioneering a new governance code.Enasarco – the pension fund for sales agents in Italy – said it hoped that putting the new code in place would increase external confidence in its processes.Brunetto Boco, president at Enasarco, which has assets of about €7bn, said: “For the last two years, we have been working to improve our governance, changing the statute and introducing a code of conduct and rules to strengthen accountability and disclosure. It’s an initiative of our own, born out of the need to prevent risks in investment performance and conflicts of interest.”The pension fund needs to have adequate internal controls to make sure government bodies, as well as the fund’s management, act according to the objectives set out in the fund’s by-laws, statutes, contract and internal code, Boco said.last_img read more

Buy your slice of Australia’s celebrity playground

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51It is a popular holiday destination for the rich and mega famous and now you have the chance to buy a piece of Australia’s holiday playground.Six homesites are being offered on Hamilton Island, with prices starting from just $749,000 for a vacant block. MORE NEWS: Block of land on Millionaires’ Row fetches an eye-watering price Australia’s sexiest pool for sale with resort favoured by stars Taylor Swift posted this picture of herself being visited on Hamilton Island by a cockatoo to twitter @taylorswift13The airport offers direct access from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns. “Currently on Hamilton Island there are over 800 privately owned properties that range in price from around $260,000 for a one bed apartment, to luxurious homes that exude creativity, form and function that can go for in excess of $10,000,000,” the campaign material said.The cheapest lot on offer in the latest deal is a 775 sqm block that is nestled in bushland just meters from the iconic Hamilton Island Chapel.The most expensive vacant block is on the market for offers between $1.75 million and $1.95 million, and consists of 2118 sqm of absolute waterfront land. Insane houses on the market right now Six vacant lots are being sold on Hamilton IslandThe blocks are being sold by six separate owners as part of a “cooperative”, with the most exclusive vacant block on the market for offers between $1.75 million and $1.95 million. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoAn Instagram photo of Chris Hemsworth on Hamilton Island. Hemsworth and his family are regular visitors to the island. Picture: Chris Hemsworth/InstagramThe “Queen’s hairdresser”, Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris, and renowned DJ, Avici, who died in April, are also rumoured to have visited the tropical island in recent months. But its permanent and semi-permanent residents remain extremely private, with the sale of properties often kept hush hush. Bob Oatley watches Wild Oats XI at the Start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race in Sydney Harbour. pic Mark EvansSince taking ownership of the Whitsundays island paradise, which is affectionately known as Hamo, it has become a magnet for celebrities and the well-heeled, both as a holiday destination and a home.Celebrity visitors have included Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Pink and Australia’s own, Chris Hemsworth. Jailed lawyer sells mega mansion You could fly to Hamilton Island for the weekend in about the same time it takes to get home in peak hour traffic in Sydney. (Image / Monique Harmer)“There is product for a whole range of price points,” he said. “And since the election, interest in available land and properties has really picked up.“We get about 15 to 20 inquiries a week from buyers actively looking at Hamilton Island … for some it is easier to go sailing on Hamo than to get to Pittwater to pop the boat in.” The view from one of the lots up for grabsHamilton Island Real Estate agent Boyd Jackson, who is leading the campaign, said the island’s location and privacy were major drawcards for the mega wealthy.But he said many visitors were surprised by what they could get on their budget.“We have people who have been holidaying here for years who didn’t realise until they came in to our office that they could afford to buy here,” he said. “Equally, we have had people come in wearing thongs and boardies and you wouldn’t know if they had $5 or $50 million.”Hamilton Island opened as a resort in 1984 and was bought by the late Aussie winemaker and millionaire businessman Bob Oatley and his family in 2003. The Oatley family are also renowned for their super yacht Wild Oats, which has repeatedly taken line honours in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. And artists impression of a proposed house design for Lot ZIB, with the house and land package price starting from $2.7 millionMr Jackson said about 25 per cent of current owners on the island were from Sydney, and about 15 per cent were from Melbourne, hence why they were targeting the interstate market.But the campaign will also be pushed out in Queensland, with a number of high net worth locals also calling the resort island home, or, at the very least, their holiday home.“When they aren’t in their business-type attire they are in thongs and boardies and just as feral as the rest of us,” Mr Jackson laughed. “Anonymity and being able to just relax and mix with the community is a big selling point.” Hamilton Island Yacht Club. Picture: Hamilton IslandMr Jackson said many owners “commuted” from the island to the capital cities, with a flight to a major capital city often faster than fighting through peak hour traffic.Others worked solely from the island, he said, while others used their holiday homes a few times a year and then put their properties in to the holiday letting pool. Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey and celebrity chef Curtis Stone on Hamilton Island (AP Photo/Harpo Productions Inc., George Burns) NO SALESSales material for the new vacant lots, seen by News Corp Australia, said the island was seeing a “peak” in popularity and demand for land. The resort island has its own yacht club and marina, a golf club, the five star Qualia resort, shopping precincts, its own domestic airport, a primary school, medical centre and other amenities. last_img read more

Saudi Aramco, partners launch JV to manage giant maritime complex

first_imgSaudi Aramco, Lamprell, Bahri and Hyundai Heavy Industries have officially launched their International Maritime Industries (IMI) joint venture that will be responsible for the management of the multi-billion dollar maritime and offshore yard being built in Saudi Arabia’s Ras Al-Khair.According to Saudi Aramco, when fully operational in 2022, this integrated maritime yard for construction and repair of vessels and offshore drilling platforms will be one of the largest full-service maritime facilities. It will have the capacity to build more than 11 fixed offshore platforms and four drilling rigs per year.“This new joint venture localizes essential links for Saudi Aramco’s supply chain related to offshore drilling and shipping activities, which will lead to optimized cost, reduced response times and improved agility for Saudi Aramco and its affiliates,” Saudi Aramco said Friday.The nearly 12 million square-meter facility will be the largest in the region in terms of production capacity and scale.The yard will have the capacity to build more than 11 fixed offshore platforms and four drilling rigs per year.Lamprell will be the technical partner in two zones focusing on construction of jackup drilling rigs as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (“MRO”) services for jackup drilling rigs and commercial vessels, with HHI taking responsibility for the two zones focusing on the construction and MRO services for offshore support vessels and the construction of commercial vessels.The yard is expected to be partially operational by 2019 with full functionality reached by 2022.Worth noting, Saudi Aramco has committed to an offtake agreement for construction of 20 offshore jackup drilling rigs over a 10-year period as well as provision of MRO services for jackup drilling rigs.The offtake agreement allows Saudi Aramco to nominate its newly-formed Saudi drilling joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Rowan as the offtaker. Until the maritime yard is operational, JVCo is expected to subcontract some of this work, with significant component parts of the first two jackup drilling rigs expected to be subcontracted to Lamprell’s yards in the UAE in 2018, Lamprell recently said.[mappress mapid=”3078″]CEO named tooAs part of the official joint venture launch on Friday, Fathi K. Al-Saleem was named as the company’s CEO. Al-Saleem has more than 23 years’ experience at Saudi Aramco and led the feasibility and commercial development stages of International Maritime Industries, Saudi Aramco said.He said: “International Maritime Industries is positioned to be a global competitor and a regional hub for maritime products and services. Through our combination of technology, integrated facilities and supply chain efficiencies, we are redefining what it means to partner with customers for maritime advancement.”According to available information, the project, named King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services will contribute about 17 billion dollars to the Kingdom’s GDP and will create more than 80,000 direct and indirect jobs by 2030.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s daughter Sofia looking for love

first_img No doubt the daughter of the businessman, investor, politician and Chelsea owner will not be short of offers. Sofia, who is one of the billionaire’s seven children, was born in Russia before moving to England with the rest of her family in 2003. But Abramovic split from her mother in 2007 – which cost him a whopping £155million. The 24-year-old has lived a life of luxury which has consisted of being taken to school in a helicopter and driven everywhere in bullet-proof Range Rovers. She graduated in 2018 at the Royal Holloway University in London – where she had the choice of two mansions to live in. Abramovich’s daughter is a huge lover of horses and has even represented Russia at showjumping. Read Also:Rejuvenated Abramovich to go ‘all in’ with Lampard’s Chelsea The 25-year-old did not have a Valentine, but a number of the biggest sporting stars took to Instagram to show their softer side today. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 #Soccer Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s daughter Sofia looking for love as she posts Valentine’s Day plea in bikini on yacht— Football News (@soccerMeraki) February 14, 2020 Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s daughter is searching for a Valentine’s date – and wants everyone to know about it. AD285130919Sofia Abramovich.jpg Sofia, 25, shared a snap of herself on a yacht in Spain as she admitted she is looking for love.The Russian billionaire’s daughter regularly bombards her 22,700 Instagram followers with pictures of her luxurious lifestyle. But it was a different story on Valentine’s Day as she revealed she did NOT have a date. She shared a bikini-clad picture which showed her standing on the edge of a yacht as she looked into the water. Alongside it, she added the caption: “Looking for a date for Valentine’s like.” Loading…last_img read more

More Repairs Force Crews To Delay U.S. 52 Reopening

first_imgThe reopening of U.S. 52 east of Brookville has been pushed back past May 1, an Indiana Department of Transportation official said. The road is now slated to open during the second week of May.Highway crews have completed the soil nailing process on the slide but additional repair work is required.“Wish we would have gotten open a little faster but it needs a little more extensive repair,” said INDOT spokesperson Harry Maginity said.“I was thinking it might open before that, but because of the type of repairs we have to do there our technical service people said the second week of May it would be open.”The soil nail process includes 20-foot shafts installed into the bank in a pattern. Maginity added the installation comes with a working guarantee to hold the slide for a number of years.The slide repairs have been ongoing since April 2, as a result of the harsh winter.last_img read more

Bill Westerfeld

first_imgBilly “Bill” Edward Westerfeld passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019 on the farm that he was raised on in Decatur County, Indiana.  The son of Oscar and Virgie (nee: Henderson) Westerfeld was born on March 5, 1931 in Decatur County, Indiana.  He was 88 years old.He worked as an independent contractor over the road truck driver for many years before retiring. Bill was a veteran of the United States Air Force.Bill’s hobbies were fishing, camping, being outdoors, and working with his tractors, piddling in his work shop and going to McDonald’s for coffee with his friends.  Most of all, he was a proud grandpa and great grandpa.He is survived by his children, Rita (Mark) Belter of Greensburg, Tina Westerfeld of Greensburg along with two grandchildren, Kristy (Brett) Osting and Kevin (Angela) Belter, and three great grandchildren, Gracie and Luke Osting, Josie Belter and one on the way, and his brother Roger Westerfeld of Greensburg.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Roy Westerfeld, Bob Westerfeld, Paul Westerfeld and Joann Shonk.Visitation will be Monday, May 6, 2019 from 6-8 pm at Meyers Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Crossroads. Pastor, Creighton Leptak, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Ripley County VFW Post 3183 and Prell-Brand American Legion Post 271.Memorials may be given to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or the New Point Fire Department. Online condolences read more

Susie Young, 73

first_imgSusie Young, 73, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg.  Born, May 25, 1946 in Indianapolis, Indiana, she was the daughter of George Allen and Edna P. (Combs) Raines.   Susie graduated from University High School in 1964. She was a housewife and also worked in the cafeteria at Rosenmund Elementary School in Greensburg. Susie was very involved and active in the Cancer Support Group at Decatur County Memorial Hospital. She was married to Stephen Young on January 28, 1966 in Bloomington and he preceded her in death on August 2, 2008.  Susie is survived by one son; Jeff (Dana) Young, Greensburg, two daughters; Michelle (Jim) Ferguson, Indianapolis, Paula (Eric) Blodgett, Greensburg, one brother; James Allen (Kay) Raines, Bloomington, six grandchildren; Paige Moody, Logan Moody, Halle Ferguson, Grace Young, Zack Blodgett, Ethan Blodgett, and two great grandsons; Landon Westhafer and Lincoln Westhafer. Susie was preceded in death by her parents, and husband; Stephen Young.  Visitation will be at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 4-7:30 pm.  In lieu of flowers, Susie requested memorial contributions be made to Wounded Warrior Project, American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, or Our Hospice.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Chris Angell Summer Classic supports mental health

first_img Latest posts by (see all) Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — Adrian van Dereb of Brooksville defeated Julia Rumney of Venice, Fla., 6-4, 6-4 in a tight match for the girls’ age 18 and under Chris Angell Summer Classic championship on June 27 at the Ellsworth Tennis Center.For the boys’ age 18 and under championship, which was held on June 28, Nathaniel Boechat of Brooklin defeated Frankie Hay of Scotland 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.The tournament is an annual fundraiser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine — the state’s largest grassroots support, education and advocacy organization committed to the issue of mental illness.Sophia Gabrion, director of public education at NAMI Maine, spoke at a dinner for the players Saturday night about mental illness. NAMI Maine is the recipient of a large federal grant aimed at preventing teenage suicide through education and support.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn a tightly contested mixed doubles division, Nathaniel Boechat and Lindsey Nevin of Brooklin beat Aden Byrne of Brooksville and Adrian van Dereb.Sean Flynn of Hancock was the age 14 and under Round Robin division’s high scorer with 24 game wins compared to Brooklin’s Lindsey Nevin’s 16 wins.Principal sponsors of the tournament include Machias Savings Bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, John Edwards Market, Acadia Group Realty, Mortons Moo Ice Cream, Ellsworth Uveitis and Retina Care, Bellview Associates, The Brooklin Inn, Ellsworth Tennis Center and Maine Tennis Foundation.This United States Tennis Association-sanctioned tournament will be held next year on the weekend of June 21.Age 18 and under singles winner Nathaniel Boechat (right) and runner-up Frankie Hays pose together with their awards after the Chris Angell Summer Classic, which was held June 27-28 at the Ellsworth Tennis Center. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHIP ANGELL Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020 Bio Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020last_img read more

The Latest: Mahomes to celebrate virtual grads at Texas Tech

first_imgThe Latest: Mahomes to celebrate virtual grads at Texas Tech ___The professional tennis tours are extending their suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic through at least the end of July.The total number of tournaments scrapped by the ATP and WTA since March now tops 40.Both tours say they will make further scheduling announcements in June.The top tours already had been on hold at least until July 13. That was announced on April 1 on the same day that the All England Club said it would be canceling Wimbedon for the first time in 75 years because of the outbreak. Moosbrugger added the school will honor scholarship agreements through graduation and will assist student-athletes who want to transfer.Bowling Green’s move came one day after Akron, another member of the Mid-American Conference, dropped three sports because of fiscal hardship caused by the virus outbreak. Earlier this week, the MAC announced it is eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports, including baseball and softball, to save money.___The IMSA sports car series will resume racing on July 4 at Daytona International Speedway.The track and the series are both owned by NASCAR, which is resuming its season Sunday in South Carolina. The IMSA race will be without spectators and technically fills a void created when NASCAR this season ended its annual holiday race weekend in Florida for Indianapolis Motor Speedway. IMSA will then go to Sebring International Raceway July 17-18 for another race in Florida without fans.The sports car series had completed just one event, the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, before the coronavirus pandemic. IMSA now has nine upcoming events on its revised schedule that is set to conclude at Sebring in mid-November.___Lionel Messi says the long stoppage of play caused by the coronavirus pandemic could be a boon for Barcelona. The International Gymnastics Federation is creating a fund to financially assist athletes and national federations struggling amid the pandemic.The fund will give about $400,000 to various groups in hopes of easing what FIG President Morinari Watanabe calls a “grave crisis.”This fund will be managed by the FIG’s Foundation for Solidarity. The foundation supported hundreds of athletes and federations in need through scholarships, financial aid following an accident and equipment donations since its inception in 2002. The criteria for applying for a grant will be released soon.The federation also said member organizations will not be required to pay 2020 dues. The FIG takes in about $120,000 from dues.___ ___Atlético Madrid defender Renan Lodi has returned to training after having reportedly been cleared following a previous positive test for the coronavirus.The Spanish soccer club says Renan trained on his own.Spanish media reported that Lodi had tested negative after spending several days confined following an initial positive result.Spanish teams have returned to training at club facilities but players must respect social distancing. Messi tells Sport on Friday, “maybe this stoppage will end up benefiting us.”Messi didn’t cite his reason for thinking the stoppage would be good for Barcelona, but the return of strike partner Luis Suárez from injury will surely be a lift.Barcelona and the rest of Spain’s soccer league hasn’t played since March 12, when La Liga halted action because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Over 27,000 Spaniards have died from the disease.Teams have recently returned to practice at club facilities, but they are training individually and undergoing tests to make sure there is no spread of the virus.The Spanish league says it wants to return to playing matches on June 12, but it will depend on the public health situation. Associated Press Miami Dolphins fans will be given a chance to view Don Shula’s statue at their stadium in the first of a series of events to celebrate the late coach.Access to the statue by vehicle will be permitted next Friday and Saturday. Fans will be required to practice social distancing and are discouraged from bringing any items with them.The Dolphins will host a public memorial for Shula at the stadium once coronavirus concerns ease.Shula led the 1972 and 1973 Dolphins to Super Bowl championships. He died on May 4 at the age of 90.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is set to be part of the virtual graduation ceremonies for Texas Tech, his alma mater.The star quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs will address the graduates along with two students receiving their degrees in a ceremony to be livestreamed on May 23. Commencement ceremonies normally held at Texas Tech’s basketball arena were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ticket holders can request a refund or choose to apply their payment toward Pride tickets for next season.___Bowling Green has dropped baseball as part of a move to ease financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The school says it’s reducing its athletic budget by $2 million.“This is a very difficult, but necessary, decision,” athletic director Bob Moosbrugger said. “As a baseball alumnus, my heart breaks for the families affected by this decision.” The club says the affected player has consistently tested negative for COVID-19, but “the decision to place him under quarantine was made in conjunction with the Bremen health authorities.”All players and staff members of the club have undergone five rounds of testing with no positive results so far.Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann says, “As a result, our team and our staff are not under any risk. This shows that the medical protocol is working and that infected individuals can be identified early on.”The Bundesliga is due to resume on Saturday with six games. All matches are to take place without spectators and with strict hygiene measures in place for the rest of the season. ___ ___Soccer clubs in England’s professional fourth tier league are backing the season being prematurely ended.The English Football League say that’s the “preferred direction of travel” of League One clubs but the decision requires approval from the footballing authorities.If the season is abandoned, the final standings would be determined by a points-per-game system. The clubs want to scrap relegation this season, so two sides don’t drop into the semiprofessional fifth tier.But the top three teams would still be promoted automatically to League One. Playoffs between the next four sides would still be required to determine the final promotion spot. ___The Cypriot soccer federation has called off the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision came after a team of medical experts rejected a set of health protocols drawn up by the federation and insisted that its own guidelines are followed.The federation said it couldn’t overcome the expert group’s demand that an entire team be quarantined for two weeks if any player tests positive for the virus.Omonia Nicosia, Anorthosis Famagusta, APOEL Nicosia and Apollon Limassol were the top four teams in the standings when the league was suspended and will represent Cyprus next season in European tournaments. ___The National Women’s Hockey League has canceled the Isobel Cup championship game between the Boston Pride and Minnesota Whitecaps.The game was scheduled March 13 in Boston, before the initial postponement because of the coronavirus pandemic.NWHL founder and commissioner Dani Rylan calls the decision “disappointing” while adding “this global health crisis transcends sports.”The league is focused on preparing for next season. Its scheduled to open in mid-November, with a sixth team after the addition of an expansion franchise in Toronto. Among the signers of the letter from the Players Coalition are NFL players Devin McCourty, Kelvin Beachum and Sebastian Joseph-Day. The coalition was formed in 2017 and aims to advance social justice and racial equality. The letter asks the House and the Senate to pass the HEROES Act, which would secure internet access for millions of economically disadvantaged students during the pandemic. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act proposed by the House would provide nearly $60 billion in relief funding to kindergarten through high school districts, as well as funding for schools and libraries to provide internet services for students and families.“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the existing digital divide as millions of students struggle to get online, adjusting to distance learning without internet access,” said McCourty, a safety with the New England Patriots.___ Mahomes was a record-setting passer for the Red Raiders before the Chiefs drafted him 10th overall in 2017. He just finished his second season as Kansas City’s starter by leading a fourth-quarter comeback in a 31-20 victory over San Francisco in the Super Bowl in February.The 24-year-old Mahomes is the son of former major league pitcher Pat Mahomes. The younger Mahomes was a two-sport standout in high school in East Texas and briefly played baseball at Texas Tech before focusing on his football career.Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec says, “Patrick’s story and his rise to stardom, both here at Texas Tech and in the NFL, have been a great source of pride for Red Raiders and an inspiration for thousands.”___A coalition of players is urging Congress to pass a coronavirus relief bill that would provide critical funding for elementary and secondary education. The federation also decided that the number of teams in the first division next season will increase by two to 14. There will be no relegation this year but two teams from the second division will move up.The first division will revert to 12 teams the following season with four teams relegated and two teams promoted.___The Russian soccer league will restart on June 21 after a break of more than three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league intends to pack eight rounds of games into just over one month to finish on July 22. League president Sergei Pryadkin says all games will be held in empty stadiums. Aussie rules football will kick off again on June 11, with the second round of the Australian Football League to be played almost three months after the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Australian Football League chief executive Gillon McLachlan on Friday announced the matches for the next four rounds of the condensed season would be released within 10 days. The AFL, Australia’s most-watched sports league in terms of attendance and TV audience, was suspended on March 22 after one round.Quarantine requirements and travel restrictions from some states means players and staff from the four AFL clubs from Western Australia and South Australia — the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide — will be temporarily be relocated to hubs on the Gold Coast, an hour south of Brisbane. ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Michigan tournament where the LPGA Tour hoped to resume has been canceled.The LPGA says the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will not be played July 15-18 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tour did not offer any other specifics except for Commissioner Mike Whan emphasizing the long-term health of the tour is paramount.This is the only team event on the LPGA schedule. Whan says Dow has extended its title sponsor contract and the LPGA will return to the Great Lakes Bay region next year and beyond.The cancellation means the LPGA now hopes to return July 23-26 with the Marathon LPGA Classic in Ohio.___ The EFL says its “board will now consider the implications of the division’s preferred approach at their next meeting.”In a statement, the EFL says League One clubs had not yet reached an agreement on whether to curtail or not, while the Championship teams were committed to resuming the season.___An unnamed Werder Bremen player must go into quarantine for two weeks after a close family member tested positive for COVID-19.Bremen is due to host Bayer Leverkusen on Monday in its first Bundesliga game back since the league was forced to take a two-month break due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Russian Cup will also continue with the final on July 25. That means some clubs face up to 11 games to finish the season.A planned promotion-relegation playoff has been dropped with only the bottom two clubs in the top division relegated automatically as usual.The league has also adopted a rule change allowing up to five substitutions per match.___The German soccer federation has delayed the restart of the men’s third-division because it doesn’t have political approval. The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction ceremony for Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. So has the annual men’s grass-court Hall of Fame Open tournament.The induction was scheduled at the Hall in Newport, Rhode Island, for July 18. That is the same day the tournament was supposed to finish.But the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the suspension of all sanctioned tennis competition since March and at least until the end of July.Ivanisevic and Martinez now will be honored alongside any Class of 2021 inductees in July 2021.The Hall of Fame announced the cancellations and says ticket-holders can use their tickets in 2021, convert them into a tax-deductible donation to the Hall or get a refund. The third division was scheduled to resume on May 26 amid the coronavirus pandemic but the federation says that can’t happen without the go-ahead from authorities around the country. Games in the first and second divisions will resume Saturday.The third division still has 11 rounds of games to play.The pandemic has put several third-division clubs under strain.Leader MSV Duisburg has financial problems and second-place Waldhof Mannheim told local newspapers on Thursday that it stopped training because it doesn’t have coronavirus tests.Two teams are barred from playing until May 27 by the state of Saxony-Anhalt and can train only in small groups. NASCAR has yet to receive the green light to race in Pennsylvania.Gov. Tom Wolf says he spoke to NASCAR officials about the status of the June 27 and 28 races at Pocono Raceway. The stock car series announced this week it will stick to Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Alabama for June races — all of them without fans. NASCAR has now set plans for 20 races — including nine in the elite Cup Series — as it returns to the tracks after being shut down for more than two months by concerns about the coronavirus. The revised schedule didn’t address the scheduled doubleheader weekend at Pocono and the rest of season.“We actually had conversations with NASCAR and I told them Pennsylvania is not ready to make a decision,” Wolf said. “The area that they want to have this gathering in is actually in the red right now, red zone, red phase, so I told them Pennsylvania is not ready to make a decision.”The Cup Series is scheduled to resume this Sunday at Darlington Raceway and run four times in 11 days at the South Carolina track and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. ___World Rugby has postponed July test matches involving southern and northern hemisphere nations because of ongoing restrictions on international travel during the coronavirus pandemic.The sport’s international governing body issued a statement Friday saying the mid-year test window will be rescheduled when cross-border travel and quarantine regulations are relaxed.New Zealand had been scheduled to play Wales and Scotland, Australia was set to play Ireland and Fiji and South Africa had planned to host Scotland and Georgia. World Rugby said the postponement is due “to ongoing government and health agency COVID-19 directives.”___ May 15, 2020last_img read more