US, Mexico, Brazilian GPs called off

first_img(BBC) – Formula 1 has called off the US, Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix this year as a result of the coronavirus crisis in the Americas.With infection rates rising in the three countries, F1 bosses believe it would be irresponsible to hold races there.Instead, three further races in Europe are to be added to the calendar.These will see a return for Germany’s Nurburgring and Imola in Italy, and an F1 debut for Portugal’s Portimao track.The US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, had been due to be held on October 23, with the Mexican race in Mexico City a week later and Brazil on November 13.But F1 officials have accepted that it will be impossible to hold the races.Any hopes of reviving the Canadian race, originally scheduled for June and postponed in April, have also been abandoned.The coronavirus has a much lower prevalence in Canada, but the country has local restrictions and travel rules that make it impossible to hold a race.An F1 statement said: “Due to the fluid nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local restrictions and the importance of keeping communities and our colleagues safe, it will not be possible to race in Brazil, USA, Mexico and Canada this season.”The grand prix at the Nurburgring, which last hosted a race in 2013, will be held on October 11, when it will be vulnerable to bad weather.The date is the latest in the year a grand prix has ever been held on the historic track in the Eifel Mountains, where snow has been known to fall even in the summer, and certainly cannot be ruled out in October.Portimao, on the Algarve, will follow on October 25, with Imola on November 1. Imola will be a two-day event, meaning there will be no Friday practice.Imola has long, historic connections with F1. It replaced Monza as the home of the Italian Grand Prix in 1980 and had a permanent home on the calendar as the San Marino Grand Prix from 1981 to 2006.It is also notorious as the track on which Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger were killed on consecutive days in 1994.Portimao is to be one of the first races to allow spectators this year – following the decision of the organisers of the Russian Grand Prix on September 23-25 to sell tickets to the event in Sochi on the Black Sea coast.F1 still does not have a full calendar, but says it remains hopeful of being able to have “between 15 and 18 races this year and end in the Gulf in mid-December”.The additional three races at the Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola will take the calendar to 13, and the season is expected to conclude with two races in Bahrain and one in Abu Dhabi in November and December.And F1 is working on one or two races in Asia in early to mid-November.The new street circuit in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, which had been due to make its debut as an F1 venue in April, is expected to hold a race, and there is a possibility of a return to Malaysia’s Sepang track, which held a grand prix from 1999 to 2017.last_img read more

South Puget Sound Rotary Matches $10,000 Grants From Gates Foundation For…

first_imgFacebook31Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by South Puget Sound RotaryOlympia, WA, January 2013 — Up to 6 families with children will receive financial assistance for rapid re-housing, thanks to the South Puget Sound Rotary and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation partnership.Mike Swarthout, South Puget Sound Rotary president, handed a $10,000 check from the Family Homelessness Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Schelli Slaughter, Executive Director of the Family Support Center.    The South Puget Sound Rotary will match the grant with an additional $10,000, which will be raised at the South Puget Sound auction on April 27 at the Great Wolf Lodge.The Family Support Center, which is the coordinated entry point for all homeless families with children in the community, will use the funds to rapidly re-house up to six homeless families.Rapid re-housing is an approach that offers time-limited, small rental subsidies to assist the homeless in moving into housing, followed by intensive case management to ensure stability.  Rapid rehousing has been used in communities across the country to reduce homelessness as much as 50% in a few short years.  It is widely recognized as a “best practice” among strategies to reduce homelessness.  The South Puget Sound Rotary anticipates that 5 of the 6 families rapidly rehoused by the grant dollars will maintain permanent housing.  A small investment for such a large impact.The South Puget Sound Rotary, and many of the other 8 rotaries in Thurston County, is focused on eliminating homelessness in Thurston County.  What does that mean?  It means making sure that people on the margins of entering homelessness are diverted from losing housing in the first place.  It means someone in the unfortunate position of losing their housing are rapidly re-housed with appropriate services that get them financially able to sustain that housing permanently.  It means those few homeless individuals who have chronic issues (less than 10 percent of the population) have a safe place to sleep and supportive services that helps them with their issues and keeps the general public safe.The South Puget Sound Rotary meets every Friday at 7am at Tugboat Annies in Olympia.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Athletic Award Winners

first_imgThis award requires an ‘A’ average plus high ranking from coach in their sport.Erica Austen played varsity volleyball and soccer plans to attend Lethbridge next year for university soccer.Braeden Zarikoff is a starting left-handed pitcher for the Bombers Baseball team and pitched a two-hitter and one-hitter this past season.Most Outstanding Athletes:Brandon Sagal — MVP on the team for Senior Boys Rugby and a class guy — an ATLAS student at LVR,Grade 11 Tara Yowek: Cross Country Running, Field Hockey and Soccer Awarded for her amazing season in the goal for the Field Hockey. Without Tara the field hockey team would not even be a provincial contender.Best All Around Athleter of the YearEthan Perkins has played Soccer, Basketball and ran Cross Country and is the epitome of dedication and commitment.Grade 11 Abbie Bourchier-Willans played Field Hockey, Volleyball, and Soccer. Abbie is a vital member of every team and gave her all to every sport and makes everyone look better. The L.V. Rogers Athletic Department recently saluted the best in Bomber Athletics during its annual award ceremony at the Fairview-based High School.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the athletes with Team of the Week status.The winners are: Top Scholar Athletes, Erica Austen and Braeden Zarikoff; Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Brandon Sagal and Grade 11 Tara Yowek; and Best All Around Athlete, Ethan Perkins and Grade 11 Abbie Bourchier-Willans.Top Scholar Athletes:last_img read more

Selkirk College Saints Eye Third Straight BCIHL Title

first_img“They are a hard working team and definitely had their moments to keep the game within reach. Fortunately for us our special teams were clutch and out goaltender was sharp or it would have been a lot closer.”The Saints have a 4-0-0 record against the Vikes this season, but every contest has been hard fought and intense. Back in late-November, the Saints came from behind to win in a shootout 5-4.The following afternoon they needed late game heroics to tie the game in the final minute before Lucas Hildebrand scored the winner in overtime, completing back-to-back come from behind wins.“We understand as a group that this series will be tight and whichever team makes the greater sacrifices will hopefully advance to the finals.”Advanced tickets will be available at Mallard’s in Castlegar. Adults $10, seniors and Selkirk staff $7, youth $5, children under 6 free. For the first time ever free tickets will be available for Selkirk College Students. They can be picked up at the Castlegar Gym with college ID. General admission tickets will also be available at the door on game night.SERIES NOTESSELKIRK COLLEGE (13-8-0-3) vs UVIC (11-10-0-3)SEASON SERIES: Selkirk College won 4-0, outscoring the Vikes 20-8. Early in their last meeting on February 21 at the Ian Stewart Complex in Victoria, the Saints exploded for four goals in the first four minutes on their first four shots of the game and went on to clinch home ice in the first round of the BCIHL Playoffs.STORY LINE: The Saints look to capture their third title in as many years, a rare feat for any franchise. Battling through many injuries and inconsistent play early on this season, the Saints have won six of their last eight games and are the hottest team heading into the playoffs. Rookie Vikes forwards Carsen Willans and Linden Horswill return to the Kootenays for their first BCIHL playoff action. Both are Nelson residents who used to play for their hometown Leafs in the KIJHL. SAINTS KEY PLAYERS: Logan Proulx (28 points), Ryan Edwards (33 points), and Darnell Dyck (36 points) all sit in the top ten in league scoring. The line has proven to be a threat to score every shift and is the nucleus to the recent explosive Saints offense that we are all used to. The Saints also have six healthy veteran defensemen who were all part of the 2014 championship team. Goaltender James Prigione led the BCIHL in Goals Against Average (2.33).VIKES KEY PLAYERS: Adam Klein led the team in goals (17) and points (30). Other key veteran forwards include former BCIHL all-star Shawn Mueller (26 points) and Evan Warner (26 points). There is no question that the Vikes are a talented, hard-working, offensive team but allowed 106 goals in the regular season to finish second to last in this category. Dylan Hykawy led the BCIHL in goals by a defenseman with 10 and is a big threat to score from the point. The Selkirk College Saints begin their quest for a third straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) championship this weekend as they take on University of Victoria Vikes in a best-of-three series beginning Friday.Faceoff for Game One is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Castlegar Recreation Center.The Saints clinched home ice in the first round by defeating University of Victoria by scores of 7-1 and 6-2 two weeks ago on Vancouver Island.However, those games appeared closer than the final outcome.“Those victories over the Vikes this month were not easy,” says Saints Head Coach Alex Evin.last_img read more

HEAT THE ROCKS TAKES ON TURF FOR THE FIRST TIME SATURDAY; POTENT PAIR HOLLENDORFER AND TRUJILLO TEAM AGAIN IN $200,000 XPRESSBET CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS AT 1 MILE ON TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2015) – Leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will once again pair with jockey Elvis Trujillo when he sends out Heat the Rocks Saturday in the Sunshine Millions Xpressbet California Cup Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at a mile on turf.Though she has never raced on turf, 3-year-old Heat the Rocks has run well at a mile, running second in her last out, the Soviet Problem Stakes Dec. 7. The filly by Unusual Heat and out of the Tribal Rule mare Rockella is owned by Hollendorfer, Brett Tahajian and George Todaro. Bred in-part by Hollendorfer and Todaro as well, Heat the Rocks is 4-1-2-0 overall with earnings of $90,160.Hollendorfer will also send out Light One, a horse from his Golden Gate contingent in Saturday’s Oaks. The Comic Strip filly comes off a 5 ½ furlong maiden special weight win at Golden Gate Dec. 27; her first start with trainer Hollendorfer.Owned by Gatto Racing, LLC, USA Thoroughbred Racing Management, Inc, Gray, et al, she is 2-1-1 lifetime with earnings of $27,040.Northern-California based trainer Steve Specht has the most experienced filly in the gate with Swiss Skimmer, who has run the mile distance in her last four outings in an eight race career. Coming off a maiden special weight win at Golden Gate Dec. 14, the Swiss Yodeler filly is owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams.She is 8-1-1-3 overall with earnings of $41,103.Second going a mile on turf in a maiden special weight at Santa Anita Jan. 1, Doug O’Neill’s Silver Starlight will break from the far outside with new rider, French import Flavien Prat.The filly by Marino Marini is owned by Neil Haymes, Michael Ryan and Sterling Stables. She is a maiden with a second and a fourth from two starts and $14,560 in earnings.Tim Yakteen and Phil D’Amato will send out Patsy G and Me and Sheer Pleasure respectively off six furlong maiden special weight wins at Los Alamitos Dec. 19.The complete field for Saturday’s Xpressbet California Cup Oaks, to be run as the fifth race on a ten-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Patsy G and Me, Drayden Van Dyke, 117; Singing Kitty, Aaron Gryder, 117; Swiss Skimmer, Frank Alvarado, 117; Heat the Rocks, Elvis Trujillo, 117; Sheer Pleasure, Kent Desormeaux, 117; Light One, Rafael Bejarano, 117; Tribal Express, Alonso Quinonez, 117; Silver Starlight, Flavien Prat, 117.                Special first post time on Saturday of 12:00 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:00 a.m.last_img read more

Giants again forced to tweak outfield plan due to limited production

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants haven’t had the luxury of exercising patience with many of their inexperienced outfielders this year, but the club continues to show faith in center fielder Steven Duggar.The 25-year-old rewarded the front office and coaching staff with his fourth home run of the season on Tuesday, a two-run shot into the right center field arcade in a 6-5 Giants win at Oracle Park.The Giants designated Opening Day corner outfielders Connor Joe and Michael Reed within the first …last_img

10 months agoEx-Man City chief Cook making new move for Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man City chief Cook making new move for Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook is involved in another consortium seeking to buyout Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.The Mirror says Cook is now fronting a bid to buy the Tyneside giants, with Ashley looking to bank £300million from the sale.Cook was the Manchester City chief executive who sold Sheikh Mansour a Premier League back in the summer of 2009.Mansour had also registered an interest in buying Newcastle from Ashley.But the Arab prince was sold on the idea presented to him in a Power Point presentation made by Cook. last_img

9 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: De Gea best in the world

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer: De Gea best in the worldby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits David De Gea’s performance earned them the 1-0 win at Tottenham.De Gea made a string of superb saves to make it a sixth consecutive win for Solskjaer since taking charge.The manager said, “[David was] fantastic. Obviously when you make 11 saves that is a top, top performance but then again I thought that one or two were really good saves and then the rest of them you would expect David to save. “He is the best goalkeeper in the world, I have said it many times. It is about positioning and concentration to be in the right position. Maybe one or two of them were uncatchable, but the saves he makes are because he is so in tune with the game. He is following the game, moving all the time. They don’t always look fantastic because he is in the right position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoBarcelona striker Antoine Griezmann: We failed to test Borussia Dortmund

first_imgBarcelona striker Antoine Griezmann: We failed to test Borussia Dortmundby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona striker Antoine Griezmann admits they weren’t at their best for the 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund.Barca needed Marc-Andre ter Stegen to save a penalty to leave Germany with a point.Griezmann said, “The penalty that Marc has stopped, other important stops. I think we have not knocked on the door … These are things that need improvement. We must work and in the end a point is a point.”A game away from home is always different, here or in any club. People press more and the local rival plays with more confidence. It costs us more. “These are things to improve, let’s see what we did wrong and improve.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img