The Benefits of Blockchain

first_imgA New Foundation for Cultivating Customer TrustImagine if you could rent a house, buy a car, be admitted to a hospital, get a driver’s license, apply to college or seek employment – all with just a few clicks of your smart phone.Just think if you could track the progress of a product you were interested in along every step of its life cycle, ensuring that the companies you transact with adhere to best practices within the workplace, promote environmentally friendly production and distribution methods, and use top quality materials in the goods they offer?What if digital data were readily accessible without the need of a third-party intermediary, but still remained secure, easily verifiable and unalterable? Welcome to the world of Blockchain.Blockchain BasicsThough still in its formative stages, Blockchain’s arrival on the scene is good news indeed for today’s consumers seeking greater control over their personal data and more focused insight into the companies with whom they do business. While many still think of Blockchain as primarily a cryptocurrency facilitator – basically, a new way to pay –  its potential for the customer extends far beyond its monetary conveniences.Blockchains are basically groups of transactions, each of which is stored within a “block”.  These blocks are locked using cryptographic algorithms, and create private keys granting access only to those with proper permissions. Every block is time-stamped, sealed, and linked to the preceding blocks, forming an interlocking chain. Simply put, a blockchain is just a ledger that records the interactions of two parties whose identities have been verified by one another, allowing each to track the transfer and ownership of assets and data. It’s amazing that such a simple concept as being able to securely lock a record and link it to other records can provide such a transformational benefit. This has tremendous potential for increasing the customer experience, as it:Simplifies transactions by directly linking customer and companyGrants oversight of personal data to the individualOffers transactional transparency that allows for greater trust between partiesOf great interest to today’s self-sufficient, hyper-connected customer is Blockchain’s ability to shift control of data from institutions to the blocks themselves. Since the data for each transaction is stored directly within the Blockchain, rather than managed by one of the involved parties or a third-party intermediary, an even and objective playing field is created, thereby promoting mutual trust.To achieve this, Blockchain uses distributed ledger technology, which removes the need for centralized, privately managed databases in favor of a shared ledger spread throughout a peer-to-peer network. Every full node has a copy of the blockchain, making the information within impossible to tamper with, quickly verifiable, and readily available. Neither party has the upper hand, and all transactions become transparent. In short, customers will no longer need to rely on the word of a company – the data will speak for itself, without additional spin or manipulation.The Dawn of the Digital Wallet  The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has highlighted the need for corporations to respect their customers’ right to privacy, and Blockchain could prove quite useful in this regard. If the distributed ledger technology at Blockchain’s core were to eventually replace today’s centralized structure for mediating online transactions, customers would benefit from greater control over their personal data through the introduction of digital wallets. Serving as a gateway to all of an individual’s Blockchain transactions, such wallets would contain a repository of each person’s data and allow users to manage and distribute their information as they see fit, rather than rely upon the judgement of outside vendors and corporate entities controlling their own database silos. This would allow individuals to only grant access to their private data and preferences to those parties with whom they are transacting, resulting in a more secure, personalized experience.What’s more, digital wallets would include non-financial data as well, letting users quickly share their information with organizations and institutions seeking proof of identity before providing services. This would greatly increase the ease and efficiency of applying for a passport, driver’s license, car loan or mortgage, as well as sharing such private information as hospital and education records and employment history. In time, digital wallets may even come to include management of – and access to – all the data a user creates on social media and records of online purchases.Transparency Leads to TrustWith access to information available at the fingertips of today’s social media savvy consumers, companies looking to build trustworthy brands need to show a willingness to share their business processes and intentions with today’s hyper-connected customer. As I’ve mentioned in earlier blogs, forward-thinking Corporate Social Responsibility programs are making good use of consumer curiosity by working hard to promote a standard of global honesty and accountability, and the real-time transparency enabled by its distributed ledger structure makes Blockchain the perfect tool for achieving such openness.By providing keys to their Blockchains in the form of easily scannable QR codes on their products, distributed ledger technology solutions have the capacity to share a product’s entire life-cycle with interested customers. As an example, French supermarket chain Carrefour has implemented such a process for its chicken sales. Interested consumers can use their smart phones to quickly access information from the breeder to the butcher to the supermarket shelves, assured of the validity of each step thanks to the unalterable data and time-stamping that result from Blockchain’s decentralized database. Shoppers can then base their selections upon such data as where the chickens originated, what they ate, and whether they were given antibiotics. In this way, consumers know what to expect from their purchases because there is a transparent, secure record throughout every transaction along the entire supply chain.Blockchain’s benefits to a corporation’s bottom line are obvious – its low-cost, peer-to-peer structure removes the added expense of time consuming database management, oversight and storage, without the need for additional investments in cloud infrastructure. But its real value lies in allowing companies to prove their worth to modern customers reluctant to place their faith in large organizations. By laying their cards on the table and promoting personal control of private data, smart companies can use Blockchain’s foundations to build a bridge of trust between themselves and today’s hyper-connected, well-informed, often skeptical customers. After all, mutual trust is the key to any long term relationship.last_img read more

Bolivia Promotes Female to Army General for the First Time

first_img I think this advancement is great, normal (in first-world countries), fair and exemplary. In Ecuador there has never been a situation like this; furthermore, military officers who start as professionals and follow a military career (doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc), due to foolish selfishness and fear of the professional excellency – especially of the doctors, are “prohibited” from advancing to the rank of General within all armed forces, and even worse within the police. In this field it is a common thing for the third-world countries. I am embarrassed and sad to write this, but it’s the truth. A good thing for Bolivia. A woman was promoted to Army General for the first time in the history of Bolivia, during a ceremony held on May 21, where she was granted her saber by President Evo Morales, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, as mandated by the Constitution. A day before, two other women, Lily Cortéz and Cristina Cerrudo, were promoted to Police Generals. “Today, a woman rises to General of the Army. This might be a novelty within our institutions, but if we remember the past, there were female commanders of great mobilizations for the country,” Morales said. The first female Army General, Gina Reque Terán, was promoted along with other officers from the Army, Air Force and Navy. By Dialogo May 23, 2013 The head of government remembered indigenous leader Bartolina Sisa, who conducted a revolt against the Spanish crown alongside her husband, Tupac Katari in 1781, and heroine Juana Azurduy, who headed the revolution that resulted in the foundation of Bolivia in 1825. last_img read more

‘Businesses need this stimulus now.’ What a Binghamton business advocate says will happen if it doesn’t come.

first_imgThe leader of Binghamton’s top business advocacy group told 12 News that if local businesses don’t see additional federal stimulus soon that we could start to see more small business closures. She does believe there is an opportunity for lawmakers to find common ground.  She’s hopeful Congress will come up with something that gets dollars into businesses’ pockets before the end of the year. She says businesses need it as local funds are running out (WBNG) — Businesses in the Southern Tier are at a critical crossroads in their fight to survive this pandemic.  “I think this is – this is a very important topic for us, Duncan she said. “You know we have been talking to our small businesses, checking their temperature, and they’re concerned, they’re nervous but they are hopeful the stimulus will come through for them.” “Our reaction is just to figure out how to do something moving forward because businesses need this stimulus now and our state and local governments need this infusion of stimulus now, Duncan said. “It did work the first time it did carry through our communities through many months off this crisis.” Stacey Duncan has heard about the multiple proposals national lawmakers have come up with. She’s worried one won’t get passed before the end of the year.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Changes to SEPTA Board

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 09, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces Changes to SEPTA Boardcenter_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced that Representative Dwight Evans will be stepping down from his position on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) board effective immediately. The governor has appointed Deputy Chief of Staff Obra S. Kernodle IV to fill the vacant position.“I would like to thank Representative Evans for his extensive work to secure dedicated revenues for mass transit throughout the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “His many years of service has earned him a reputation as an expert in transit matters and his guidance in this capacity will be missed.”In 1991, Representative Evans helped establish the Public Transportation Assistance Fund, Act 26, the first dedicated funding source for mass transit. In 2005, Evans forged the establishment of a Transportation Funding and Reform Commission, an initiative adopted by former Governor Ed Rendell that provided strategies to stabilize transit funding. Most recently, Rep. Evans championed Act 89 of 2013, which provided a comprehensive, statewide funding plan for transportation. In 2016, he played a key role in resolving the weeklong transit strike resulting in a five-year contract for 4,738 transit personnel.Obra S. Kernodle IV will replace Representative Evans as the governor’s appointee on the SEPTA board. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kernodle is a graduate of Roman Catholic High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in 2002. Most recently, before his appointment as a member of Governor Wolf’s senior staff, Obra was a senior advisor for Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s transition team. Prior to joining the Wolf for Governor Campaign, Obra worked in Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s Administration as Deputy of Legislative Affairs, helping to coordinate the city’s Actual Value Initiative. In 2012, Obra was part of President Obama’s reelection effort as the Pennsylvania Southeast Political Director. Obra currently sits on the boards of Visit Philly and Welcome America.last_img read more

Lack of regulatory framework deterring ‘heavyweight’ capital from energy sector

first_img“We really do need more investable opportunities,” he said. “There is actually a lot more money available than there are, presently, investable opportunities.”MacDonald said institutions could be providing the “heavyweight” capital for the interconnection of energy markets.“Greater interconnection between the European grids would actually improve the efficiency of renewables because we’d be able to transport the electricity much further and much more efficiently,” he said.“That actually would improve the efficiency and reduce the unit cost of providing renewable. We can do that, simply by adjusting our existing portfolios, but the opportunities have to be there, and the regulatory framework has to be there.”MacDonald has previously criticised that many infrastructure projects were packaged in a way that was “sub-optimal” for pension funds, and called for greater risk-sharing.During the launch, Frank Pegan, chief executive of the AUD5.3bn (€3.7bn) Catholic Super and chair of the Australian and New Zealand counterpart of the IIGCC, praised the work undertaken in conjunction with the letter to launch a low-carbon investment register, which lists details for several hundred successful climate-friendly investments.“It shows we are currently investing across the whole economy in addressing carbon,” Pegan said, noting that it should hopefully act as a talking point for policymakers.Speaking on behalf of another supporter of the campaign, Anne Simpson, director of governance at the $300bn California Public Employees’ Retirement System, criticised the market failure caused by the lack of global carbon pricing and called for an end to tax subsidies to fossil fuel companies that were “distorting” investment decisions.Her views were echoed by Pegan, who described the Australian government’s recent abolition of its carbon emissions trading scheme as “backward” and said the discussion to curb the country’s renewable energy target showed there were risks across all global economies “unless we continue to push for a strong policy framework”.Anne Simpson will be discussing shareholder activism at the IPE Conference & Awards in Vienna on 20 November,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to low carbon investment register Pension funds should be providing the “heavyweight capital” to improve the cross-border connectivity of energy networks but are being held back by a lack of investment opportunities, according to a trustee at the BT Pension Scheme (BTPS).Donald MacDonald, also chairman of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), said improving the connectivity of national energy networks would reduce energy costs and allow for greater efficiencies in providing renewable energy.During the launch of a letter signed by more than 340 institutions, worth $24trn (€18.5trn), which called for governments to address the regulatory gaps holding back low-carbon investing, MacDonald said he accepted governments no longer had “infinite volumes of money” to finance the transition.As a result, private capital needs to be attracted to such projects, he said.last_img read more

No bail bond for rape suspect

first_imgPolice officersserved the warrant issued by Judge Walter Zorrila of the Regional Trial CourtBranch 51 dated Nov. 28, 2019. The 22-year-oldWilfred Sajona of Barangay Felisa was caught on the strength of an arrestwarrant around 10 a.m. on Jan. 14, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – The court recommended no bail bond for the temporaryliberty of a rape suspect arrested at the Bureau of Jail Management andPenology (BJMP) in Barangay Handumanan.center_img The suspect wasdetained in the BJMP’s custodial facility./PNlast_img

Elderly, youngsters can go out of houses but…

first_imgMayor Jerry Treñas announced this hours on Monday before issuing Executive Order No. 086-B, Series of 2020 reiterating the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on the movement of people under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). “We have to be considerate. Pila na sila ka bulan nabukot,” said the mayor. * to buy basic necessities * to stroll or exercise at the Iloilo Esplanade “Pangsaway lang kita,” said Treñas. According to Treñas, compliance officers won’t apprehend these segments of the population if their reasons for leaving their houses were among those he cited. These measures can curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019, according to the Department of Health./PN The city government has mobilized over 200 compliance officers to ensure that people minimum public health safety standards such as the wearing of facemask, observing physical distancing and frequent handwashing. One provision read: “The movement of all persons in areas placed under MGCQ shall be limited to accessing essential goods and services, for work in the offices or industries permitted to operate, and for other activities allowed under MGCQ. To this end, any persons below 21 years old, those who are 60 years old and above, those with comorbidity, immunodeficiency or other health risks, and pregnant women shall be required to remain in their residence at all times; provided that all activities and movements allowed under other sections of these guidelines for the foregoing persons shall continue to be permitted.” Treñas also said he had not ordered compliance officers to be strict and immediately apprehend people not observing physical distancing or not wearing facemask. * if they are going to work Mayor Jerry Treñas says the city government of Iloilo would be considerate to the elderly and youngsters during this modified general community quarantine and would not arrest them should they leave their houses for legitimate reasons such as buying basic necessities. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO City – Senior citizens (those 60 years old and older) and youngsters (those below 21 years old) here may go out of their houses but only for the following reasons:last_img read more

Mission accomplished: Dotson is Modified champion at Super Nationals

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 7) – The goal Ethan Dotson set when he started coming to the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s was achieved Saturday night.  Drew Armstrong of Alexander, Ark., won the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for Modifieds and Ocheyedan’s Elijah Zevenbergen won the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions for Stock Cars. Dotson led all 40 laps of the Modified main event at Boone Speedway, outrunning 2016 champion Ricky Thornton Jr. of Adel, Cody Laney of Torrance, Calif., and defending champion Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls in the race to what proved to be $5,800 checkers. “This (win) means everything to me,” he added. “This is the biggest dirt track race in the world.” From Bakersfield and the first Californian to win a Super Nationals crown in any division, Dotson weathered five cautions before midway, then a stoppage on the 22nd of 40 laps when intermittent rain brought about a quick track prep session.  Smith and Logue had both won first championships in 2014. “We’ve been coming to Super Nationals for about six years now,” said Dotson, fourth in main events for the Northern SportMods in 2014 and for the Modifieds last year. “The first time we wanted to get in the tech tent. Then we wanted to win the show.” More than 800 drivers in six divisions competed over the course of the Sept. 2-7 Super Nationals, including 229 Modifieds and an event record 203 Stock Cars.  Two-time champions were Devin Smith of Lake City in the Stock Cars and Johnathon Logue of Boone in the Northern SportMods. Two other events saw their first repeat winners, Corey Madden of Avoca in the Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for Hobby Stocks and Doug Smith of Lake City in the BSB Manufacturing SportMod Race of Champions.  Twenty-six states, Canada and Australia were represented by entries at the 37th annual Super Nationals, which saw a total purse of $300,000 and $60,000 in contingencies awarded. Saturday night champions at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, pictured from left with IMCA President Brett Root, were Dylan Nelson, Hobby Stock; Devin Smith, Stock Car; Ethan Dotson, Modified; and Johnathon Logue, Northern SportMod. (Photo by Tom Macht, Thornton, looking for his second championship of the week after winning Monday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series Late Model main event, challenged but never made his bid for the lead stick. Also of note, Hesston Shaw became the first Oklahoma driver to make the Stock Car main event, and brothers Cody Stone and Cory Stone were the first from New Mexico to make the Hobby Stock show.  Thornton also qualified for the Stock Car headliner, becoming just the second driver to qualify for three main events at the same Super Nationals. Smith held Abe Huls of Carthage, Ill., at bay while Logue bested another former race winner, hometown foe Jake McBirnie, in the Northern SportMod show.  And Dylan Nelson of Adel earned his first Super Nationals title with a convincing run at the front of the Hobby Stock field. Second went to Dunlap’s Kevin Bruck.last_img read more

PSL’s Karachi matches to be played in an empty stadium: PCB

first_imgKarachi: The remaining Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches that are scheduled to be held at Karachi’s National Stadium will be played behind closed doors, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Thursday.”Following advice from the Sindh Government late Thursday afternoon, the Pakistan Cricket Board has made a decision to stage the upcoming Karachi HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 matches in empty National Stadium,” said the PCB in a statement. “The decision will be enforced from Friday, 13 March, while for the Thursday, 12 March fixture the PCB and the Sindh Government has strongly advised the spectators to continue to take all necessary precautionary measures.”There are four more matches left in the group stage of the PSL, three of which will be played in Karachi and one in Lahore. Later, one qualifier will be played in Karachi while the two eliminators and final will all be held in Lahore. “With regard to the remaining fixtures in Lahore, we are already in contact with the Punjab Government and will take on board its advisory in relation to the Lahore matches,” PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan was quoted as saying in the board’s release. IANSAlso Read: Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will decide the Asia Cup venue: PCBAlso Watch: AASU staged two-hour sit-in demonstration against CAA 2019 in Charaideolast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTOKYO DATESTokyo Olympics rescheduledUNDATED (AP) — Tokyo Olympics organizers have rescheduled the Summer Games that were postponed last week by the coronavirus. An MSU police spokesman told ESPN on Monday that the attorney general’s office requested the case file and the department was cooperating.After a loss at Indiana on Jan. 23, coach Tom Izzo told reporters that Washington had been suspended. He did not elaborate.Washington did not play again this season. He played a total of 19 minutes this season before the suspension.MLB-RED SOX-SALESale has elbow surgery Smart posted a message on Twitter saying he was informed of the news Friday by the Massachusetts Department of Health. He thanked everyone for their support.Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Five days later, Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert announced he had tested positive for COVID-19, triggering rolling shutdowns of sports around the world.Smart had been in isolation since testing positive on March 19 and was being monitored by Celtics medical staff. His teammates, coaches and staff members were also tested, but those tests have come back negative.NFL-NEWSReid promotes probe, re-vote over post-ballot changes to CBA Organizers say the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021, almost one year to the day the games originally were due to begin. There had been talk of switching the Olympics to spring, a move that would coincide with the blooming of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. But it would have clashed with European soccer and North American sports leagues.The new Olympic dates conflict with the scheduled world championships in track and swimming, but those events are now expected to also be pushed back. All sports federations involved in the Olympics signed off on the new dates.The governing body of track and field says it supports the new dates for the Tokyo Olympics and is working with organizers in Eugene, Oregon, to move its world championships to 2022.In other Olympic news:— Tokyo Olympic Committee CEO Toshiro Muto is promising transparency in calculating the costs of reschedule the Olympic Games. Katsuhiro Miyamoto, an emeritus professor of sports economics at Kansai University, puts the costs as high as $4 billion. That would cover the price of maintaining stadiums, refitting them, paying rentals, penalties and other expenses. Japan is officially spending $12.6 billion to organize the Olympics. However, an audit bureau of the Japanese government says the costs are twice that much. All of the spending is public money except $5.6 billion from a privately funded operating budget. March 30, 2020 British boxer has license suspended over video commentsCARDIFF, Wales (AP) — British boxer Billy Joe Saunders had his boxing license suspended Monday after publishing a social media video in which he appeared to condone domestic violence amid the coronavirus outbreak.The WBO super-middleweight champion filmed himself working out and offered men advice on how to hit their female partners during the lockdown.The British Boxing Board of Control says it investigated Saunders’ comments and decided to suspend his license under the regulations for misconduct.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 In other news involving the pandemic:— USA Rugby has decided to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because its financial woes have been exacerbated by the coronavirus shutdown. USA Rugby has been in financial strife since 2018. A recent attempt to restructure was set back this month when it had to suspend all activities indefinitely in the face of the pandemic.NBA-CELTICS-SMARTSmart says he’s been clearedBOSTON (AP) — Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart says he has been cleared by medical officials after testing positive for the new coronavirus earlier this month. UNDATED (AP) — Free agent safety Eric Reid wants the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement invalidated over language added following ratification of the pact earlier this month.He is calling for an investigation and a re-vote.In a letter to the NFLPA on Monday, Reid’s lawyers said language posted on the players association’s website after passage of the agreement by a 1,019-959 vote on March 15 contains different language than the one players signed off on.The letter highlights a difference in wording in the section about the league’s disability plan that affects hundreds, and potentially thousands, of ex-players who applied for Social Security disability insurance payments before Jan. 1, 2015. In the version the players received and approved, those offsets applied only to players who applied after Jan. 1, 2015.The new CBA is set to begin with the upcoming 2020 season and extend through 2030.center_img Update on the latest in sports: Elsewhere in the NFL:— Free-agent punter Sam Martin has signed a three-year, $7 million package with the Broncos. Martin has averaged 46 yards per punt with a 40.9-yard net average, 38 touchbacks and 175 punts inside the 20-yard line during his seven NFL seasons.— Receiver Darius Jennings has signed a contract with the Chargers after spending the last two seasons with the Titans. Jennings led the league in kick return average in 2018 and had a 94-yard return for a touchdown against Miami. Jennings appeared in eight games for Tennessee last year before becoming a restricted free agent.— The Steelers have signed three XFL players, givng one-year deals to defensive end Dewayne Hendrix, safety Tyree Kinnel and linebacker/long snapper Christian Kuntz. All three played in the startup league that suspended operations earlier this month because of the COVID-19 pandemic.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA Perry opts for draftUNDATED (AP) — Two more high-profile college basketball players are leaving campus early, while a third is giving it strong consideration.Mississippi State forward Reggie Perry has entered the NBA draft. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound sophomore was selected as The Associated Press co-Southeastern Conference player of the year after ranking in the top 10 of several conference categories. Perry led the SEC in rebounds last season with 10.1 per game, ranked sixth in scoring at 17.4 points and ninth in blocks with 1.2.Arizona State junior point guard Remy Martin has declared for the draft, saying he’s decided to take another step into making his dream a reality. Martin led the Sun Devils with 19.1 points. 4.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 2019-20, putting them on the cusp of a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance before the college basketball postseason was halted by the coronavirus. He was named first team all-Pac-12 by The Associated Press.Michigan forward Isaiah Livers is applying for early entry into the NBA draft. However, the school says Livers is not hiring an agent and will work with the Michigan coaching staff during the evaluation and pre-draft processes. Even if a player does use an agent during the evaluation process, he can return to school without losing eligibility if he ends the relationship with the agent. Livers has started 46 games in three seasons at Michigan. He led the Wolverines in scoring this season at 12.9 points per game, although he was limited to 21 games because of injury problems.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-MICHIGAN STATE-SEXUAL ASSAULTWoman wants Michigan AG to investigate sexual assault accusation against MSU playerEAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a Michigan State basketball player is asking the Michigan attorney general’s office to investigate, according to a published report.Citing a police report and emails obtained through a public records request, ESPN is reporting that Michigan State University police told prosecutors they had probable cause that sophomore guard Brock Washington raped the woman on Jan. 19 while she was too intoxicated to consent. Police referred the case to county prosecutors, who declined to file charges this month. NCAA-SPRING ELIGIBILITYNCAA adds another year of eligibility for spring athletesUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA will permit spring sport athletes who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus outbreak to have an additional year of eligibility.The NCAA Division I Council has voted to give college athletes who compete in spring sports such as baseball, softball and lacrosse a way to get back the season they lost. However, the council did not guarantee financial aid. Winter sports were not included in the decision.The amount of scholarship money available to each athlete will be determined by the athlete’s school. Roster limits will be adjusted to fit returning athletes along with incoming freshman. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NATIONAL TENNIS CENTERNational Tennis Center aiding coronavirus battleNEW YORK (AP) — The site of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York is going to be used for 350 temporary hospital beds and to prepare food packages during the coronavirus pandemic.U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier says an area that houses indoor courts at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows will begin to be converted into a medical facility starting Tuesday.New York state and city officials are trying to increase hospital capacity by up to 87,000 beds to handle the outbreak. BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox say starting pitcher Chris Sale has undergone successful Tommy John surgery.Sale is expected to miss 14-15 months, which would bring him back in the middle of the 2021 season.The Red Sox said during training camp that he had a flexor strain near the elbow, but the team hoped he would avoid ligament replacement surgery.The seven-time All-Star is 109-73 in 10 major league seasons and entering the second season of a six-year, $160 million contract. He comes off his worst season as a full-time starter, going 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts.BOXING-SAUNDERS-LICENSE SUSPENDEDlast_img read more