Drew Faust visits Asia

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust has embraced Harvard’s international image in both practical and symbolic ways. Faust, whose appointment was celebrated around the world as an example of what women now can achieve, has traveled to China, Botswana, South Africa, Western Europe, and most recently took a weeklong trip to Japan and China. 6Reflections of the tour. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Detail of a traditional Japanese lunch, which includes bite-size portions of delectable fresh seafood, and a pot of customary tea. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 33Heenan and Faust speak before the briefing.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 13The fish market is a bustling place during the early morning hours. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 20Following her meeting with the prime minister, Faust takes questions from the media.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 26Graduates from Bryn Mawr, Drew Faust’s alma mater, crowd around Faust (right) to give a cheer. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 16Faust answers questions from the journalists. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 12At the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, an auctioneer calls out rhythmically to entice buyers.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 18Susan Pharr (from left), Charles Rosenberg, and Drew Faust meet Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 29A reflective ceiling shows members of the Harvard delegation on the sidewalk outside of the Louis Vuitton building. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Charles Rosenberg and Drew Faust stroll through a marketplace. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Following the press meeting, Gordon (from left), Faust and Rosenberg speak about the session. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 31Prior to a lunch with other university presidents in the Shangri-La Hotel, Faust speaks with some of the attendees. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Yasushi Akashi (from left), the chairman of International House, and Drew Faust speak to a lunchtime gathering of university presidents. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Professor Ted Bestor (from left), President Drew Faust, and Professor Andrew Gordon enjoy the tour. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Harvard University President Drew Faust tours Kyoto with Harvard professors Ted Bestor, Andrew Gordon, and Susan Pharr. They visit temples, shrines, villas, and markets in the ancient city. Here, a Kyoto garden scene offers quietly arching trees and vibrant, inviting moss. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 21Students gather to hear Faust (right) speak during her visit to the Keio Girls Senior High School. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 22Faust walks through the Mita Campus Old University Library. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 19Faust speaks to Hatoyama through his translator. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 30Exterior view of the Christian Dior Building. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 5A view of Kyoto’s somewhat bare trees on a cloudy day.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 9The hostess, dressed in a customary kimono tied with an obi, speaks about the traditional Japanese lunch enjoyed by the group. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 23Faust (right) gives a brief interview and sits for photographs following her talk to students. Heenan (left) follows the discussion. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 25Faust attends the Harvard Club of Japan Dinner at Hotel Okura. Rosenberg (second from left), Faust, and Jack Reardon arrive at the event. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Detail of the Kyoto tour.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 35Teresita Alvarez-Bjelland (left) and Faust speak during the Harvard Center Shanghai celebratory reception and banquet in the Shangri-La Hotel.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 38Mostafavi (left) and Light speak following the event. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 15A member of the Japan National Press Club poses a question to Faust. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 11The Harvard delegation meets with President Eiji Hatta of Doshisha University. Christine Heenan (from left), Ted Bestor, Andrew Gordon, Susan Pharr, Charles Rosenberg, Drew Faust, Eiji Hatta, Keiko Ikeda, and other university officials speak. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 40A view of the World Expo site from the tour bus. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 27Faust tours the architectural sights of Tokyo, including the Louis Vuitton, Tod’s, and Prada buildings, with Harvard Design School Dean Mohsen Mostafavi. Here, Makoto Hoshino (from left) and Mostafavi discuss the design of the Prada building. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 32Yang YuLiang (from left), Faust, Madsen, and Zhang XinSheng speak during the lunch. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 24Norio Okaido (right) attends the meeting in the Hotel Okura where Faust meets with CULCON. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 7A tree in the Shugakuin Imperial Villa echoes the human form.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 28Here, an interior view of the Louis Vuitton building shows reflective panels and a modern leather bench. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 36Faust and Harvard Business School Dean Jay Light shake hands before Faust speaks from the podium. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 37Phillip Zhang ’12 (left) and Yi Cai ’11 speak with guests following the duet they performed during the banquet. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 39Faust tours the architectural sights of Shanghai, including the World Expo site. Kongjian Yu (from left) speaks with Faust as he leads the walking tour along the World Expo site. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 10The group tours the Shugakuin Imperial Villa. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 34A view of the Pudong skyline and the HSBC building that houses the Harvard Center Shanghai. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

An inside look at the powerful, porous NFL

first_img“‘Politics has become a much bigger subject than the Super Bowl,’ [President] Trump boasted in the run-up to the big game. ‘This is usually Super Bowl territory, and now they’re saying that the politics is more interesting to people,’ he said. ‘So that’s good.’”  — Mark Leibovich, writing in The New York Times Magazine last Aug. 28As a club of rich businesspeople and lucky heirs operating a billion-dollar cash cow, the last thing that team owners in the National Football League (NFL) wanted was to be swept into a political maelstrom, with the president pressing them to punish players who protested violence against African-Americans by kneeling during the national anthem.But that’s exactly what happened in 2017 and 2018 when President Trump seized on the protests, brought into the national spotlight by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016. Trump’s efforts both galvanized his supporters and unsettled the NFL, which had rejected his attempts to become an owner, beginning in the late ’80s and continuing through 2014, when Trump wanted to buy the Buffalo Bills.Yet as much as the owners tried to keep politics away from the pigskin, Mark Leibovich, a longtime political writer for The New York Times, wasn’t surprised that effort failed. Best known for his 2013 best-seller “This Town,” a sharply funny look at smug, self-aggrandizing denizens of the nation’s capital, Leibovich took a break from politics to study New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL’s inner workings for his latest book, “Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times.”Leibovich will visit the JFK Jr. Forum at Harvard Kennedy School Tuesday evening to discuss the politics and business of the NFL.A lifelong Patriots fan from Newton, Mass., Leibovich spoke with the Gazette about his experiences as an outsider trying to pierce the NFL’s tightly controlled corporate “shield.” He also discussed the future of the sport and how Patriots fans may be contributing to the hatred directed at the team by other fan bases, the media, and some team owners.Q&AMark LeibovichGAZETTE: Has your impression of the NFL changed from when you looked at it as a fan versus now, after you’ve seen the inner workings?LEIBOVICH: I certainly learned stuff about the league that I didn’t particularly admire, especially some of the people who run it and own it. I thought that there’s not a lot of real forward or courageous thinking going on at the highest levels of the league. I think there are some real moral and existential issues that they have to grapple with, or should grapple with, around health and safety and a lot of greed. A lot of the owners who I spent time with were not the most savory group I’ve ever been around. But having said that, the game does still seem to survive in spite of the people who run it. And I still have whatever addiction it is.I think the game has a way of regenerating and putting the focus back on not just the field of play, but also the little “reality TV shows” that seem to sprout up around the NFL all the time. Now all anyone is talking about is “Should they replay the New Orleans-L.A. [NFC championship] game?” I personally think they should. That’d be a lot of fun. The game endures; it’s a great game; it’s perfect for television; it’s perfectly attuned to the psyche of America circa 2019, and here we are.GAZETTE: You wrote lengthy profiles of both Brady in January 2015 and his Deflategate nemesis, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, a year later. What was that like? Was there real animosity between the two, or was that overstated?LEIBOVICH: I think it’s real animosity. I think Tom legitimately got screwed in that deal. The time I spent with him was all leading up to that. It was that season, and then I got a few conversations with him after the you-know-what hit the fan. They’re both athletes in their own way. Goodell is sort of a corporate athlete. He’s a terrible person to interview. He’s very controlled and doesn’t give you much. But if you think about it in terms of reality TV, this was a great TV show for the offseason of 2015‒2016, and it was one of the big sports stories in the country at a time when there were no games. It was, I think, the stupidest sports scandal in history.GAZETTE: How much of Goodell’s zeal in pursuing punishment against Brady and the Patriots over something the league’s own investigation couldn’t prove might have been to ingratiate himself to the owners who detest the franchise, after Goodell’s handling of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson domestic-violence incidents, among other PR mishaps?LEIBOVICH: Yes, exactly. One of the reasons I wanted to do this book was it was an escape from politics. But you realize pretty early on that there’s no escaping politics inside the NFL. Roger Goodell, if nothing else, is a politician. He’s sort of like a Senate majority leader who has to keep 50 senators happy. All Goodell has to do is keep 32 billionaires happy and he’s going to keep his job and get paid insane amounts of money to do it. So yeah, appealing to an anti-Patriots strain within the NFL among owners is a pretty easy political move, and that’s what he did.GAZETTE: After several years of self-inflicted scandals and PR problems — including revelations about the pervasiveness of traumatic brain injuries for players, declining TV ratings in 2016 and 2017, and, more recently, the controversy over players kneeling during the national anthem — ratings soared last weekend for the conference championship games. What’s the state of the NFL now?LEIBOVICH: Insomuch as they will always measure the state of the league in terms of profits and ratings points, I mean, sure. They’ve had a good year. But if you measure the state of the league in terms of the bad will it generates around the country, despite how obsessed people are, there’s a whole lot of people who do not like the NFL. Many of them live in New Orleans this week. But there are large groups of people who root The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Off-field experiences sharpen NFL players’ criminal justice focus Bill Belichick’s endlessly efficient management style holds lessons for business Law School conference hears from coalition on roots of activism, ideas for improving police-community relations for many different teams who have very real grievances against the league — not to mention parents of kids who are at terrible risk, and there are a lot of very real existential issues around health and safety and youth sports leagues not getting insurance — to put behind them. There’s just a lot they’re going to have to work out. But in the short term, Americans love a good TV show and a good drama. So I guess the numbers that they care about, which are how much money they’re going to get out of this, they can feel good about. Insomuch as the owners are generally very old, mostly men, who are going to maximize their already ridiculous wealth by whatever ratings points they achieve this year, that’s their short-term thinking.I don’t think football is going to go away and die. But I do think when you look at how younger people are turning away from sitting around and watching football on TV on weekends, it’s a very different entertainment landscape that we have. If you were looking to the future, something like the NBA or even soccer has much bigger room to grow, and there’s not the same amount of bad will there as toward the NFL, so I think that’s a problem.GAZETTE: What’s similar and what’s different about writing and covering politics as opposed to football? In many ways, it seems like a lot of the access issues, the horse trading, the thirstiness, goes on in both. What was your impression?LEIBOVICH:  It was more similar than I would have anticipated. Ultimately, there are a lot of the same fragile egos, money, power, and control — control from a journalistic standpoint, control over the story. You mentioned access. Access is a big deal. They don’t need me, but at the same time I do think that everyone, whether in politics or sports, feels like they have a story to tell, and they want to tell it as best they can. And in some ways, I was dangerous to people inside the NFL because I was not telling any kind of official story. I was an outsider. To some degree, it’s always important to try to position yourself as an outsider because otherwise you get so cozy and so steeped in the conventional wisdom. You just don’t want to be part of the club. In that regard, it was an easy inside/outside game for both. But, look, it’s basically the same tension between people wanting to tell their story in a certain way and a reporter trying to write something that more closely approximates the truth.GAZETTE:  Why were team owners so easily rattled by Trump’s attacks on the league over players who protested police violence against African-Americans? They acted like they weren’t a bunch of millionaires who controlled the country’s most popular sport.LEIBOVICH: It was pathetic to watch. I think what the owners were rattled by is that Donald Trump, for better or for worse, has the ability to control a pretty large segment of the population. His base is, say, 30 or 40 percent of the population, and many of these are older, white men, and that overlaps pretty big with football watchers. The NFL, unlike Trump, cannot just play to its base. The NFL needs everybody — it needs Democrats, Republicans, men, women, Hispanics. You have this very bizarre situation where a president who has personal history with the league — NFL owners have never wanted Donald Trump to be part of their club — all of a sudden has the bully pulpit of the White House, and his Twitter feed. And all of a sudden he can be this puppeteer and drive these people who wanted no part of him crazy. Trump loves that. The owners just had no clue. You just sensed that these people had no power, and even though they were printing money in their league, they were reduced to blithering.GAZETTE: Is that “culture war” issue over, or could the president revive it?LEIBOVICH: I think Trump could revive it at any minute. I’m actually sort of surprised that he didn’t make it more of an issue this season, coinciding with the midterm elections. I think one of the best things the NFL had going for it this year was that Trump was preoccupied with the midterms, and now the shutdown, and he just decided to move on. And the league, obviously, was thrilled with that.GAZETTE: You had to step away from covering politics full-time for a few years to write “Big Game.” Given how news-making and chaotic the Trump era has been, do you regret that decision? Did you ever feel like you missed your shot to write the first “Fire and Fury”?LEIBOVICH: No, I would drive myself crazy if I thought about all the books I could have written. The truth is people come up to me and say, “Wow, this is the biggest, greatest political story ever. You must be completely in heaven!” The first year of the Trump administration I was mostly focused on writing the book, and clearly I missed out on some big stories. But at the same time, I don’t find it as fun or as edifying as others might. I find a lot of it pretty depressing. It wasn’t as terrible a time to be walking away from politics as you might have thought. Good for Michael Wolff, he wrote “Fire and Fury,” one of the many books I wish I had written and thought of at the time.GAZETTE: Will you revisit the subject, or has the tone change in D.C. made that critique off-key?LEIBOVICH: I’m actually thinking of revisiting that. That’s an ongoing question. Certainly, the swamp hasn’t been drained. We have this reality TV show going on right in the middle of everything, which is just weird. But if you walk around D.C., it’s the same — a very, very prosperous, very, very cozy city. And K Street is doing very well. It’s an incredibly affluent and prosperous part of the country right now. Whatever pain is being inflicted on the D.C. area is coming pretty directly from the [government] shutdown-related stuff right now, which is huge. But also, part of it is karmic pain. What’s happening here is just so unprecedented, it’s very unpalatable in many ways. There’s corruption, there’s potential crimes. It’s pretty serious stuff beyond the giggles of the reality show.GAZETTE: You are a lifelong Patriots fan, who goes back to the Schaefer Stadium, Jim Plunkett days, when the franchise was so abysmal it was blacked out on local TV because it couldn’t fill the stands.LEIBOVICH: Yeah, I didn’t go to many games. I think I went twice to Schaefer Stadium. That was my age. They were bad.GAZETTE: Is there a part of you that misses rooting for that sad underdog, or are you happy with all the Lombardi trophies?LEIBOVICH: First of all, I definitely do miss the Patriots’ old uniforms and the old helmets. I loved that helmet. Insomuch as I own any paraphernalia, it’s always the old logo instead of the new logo. That is one thing I miss.There’s definitely some real bad will toward the Pats, and it’s not entirely jealousy. I think a lot of it is arrogance, and we’re not the most likable group of fans in America, I would say. I try to be self-aware about that. I do think that on a whole it’s an incredible privilege to be able to sit and watch these playoff games. Even when they lose, it’s a great story. We’re just so spoiled, and it’s going to end soon, or one day.GAZETTE: OK, what’s your Super Bowl prediction?LEIBOVICH: I was actually thinking about this. In the eight Super Bowls the Patriots have played this century, the margin has never been more than a touchdown, so I think it’ll probably be close. I will say that the Pats will win 33 to 31, how’s that?GAZETTE: And how long does Brady keep playing?LEIBOVICH: Until he’s 45 years old. He’s 41 now. I just sounded much more definitive and specific than I thought. But I figured if I sounded definitive and specific, I’d have much more authority [laughs].The interview has been edited for clarity and length.center_img Related At Cambridge diner, political scientist and friends regularly talk football Doing his job Theda Skocpol, superfanlast_img read more

Uruguay Announces Its Biggest-Ever Drug Seizure

first_imgBy Dialogo October 16, 2009 Uruguayan authorities confiscated some 2,000 kilos (4,400 lbs.) of cocaine at a small marina on the outskirts of Montevideo, the biggest drug haul in the history of the South American nation. Coast guard sources told EFE the seizure followed a six-week investigation that led to a yacht anchored on the Santa Lucia River in the town of Santiago Vazquez. Two people thought to be the owners of the yacht were arrested. Media outlets said the detainees were Polish or Serbian nationals who bought the British-registered vessel in Santiago Vazquez a few months ago for $265,000. The drugs apparently arrived in Uruguay by sea and were destined for European markets. Authorities think the yacht was to be used to transport the cocaine out of coastal waters for transfer to a larger ship to make the trans-Atlantic voyage. Cocaine is produced in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.last_img read more

Human Rights, the Honduran Military’s Code of Honor

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre July 05, 2019 As part of the ongoing modernization process of partner nations’ Defense institutions, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the Colombian Army, in coordination with the Honduran Secretary of National Defense (SEDENA, in Spanish), offered a human rights seminar to Honduran authorities. The Human Rights Initiative Conference was held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in the first quarter of 2019.“This conference allowed us to exchange knowledge and strengthen human rights norms,” Honduran Army Colonel Benedicto Antonios Chicas, human rights director for the Honduran Armed Forces, told Diálogo. “We were also able to review the commitments Honduras has made in this matter.”The event featured roundtables to discuss the role of armed forces and the legality of operations. In addition, participants addressed the inclusion of international standards regarding the use of force to guarantee respect for human rights, military training on the appropriate use of force, and citizens’ rights during interventions. Agreements reachedIn the legality of operations session, participants concluded that the Honduran Armed Forces should rely on experts in operational law to regulate tasks, preparation, execution, evolution, and the follow-up of all armed missions in the theater of operations. The Army, Air Force, and Navy only have legal advisors in the administrative field.Honduras committed to train a team of military lawyers in operational law. “We already talked to SOUTHCOM. Starting in 2020, three lawyers from each force will be trained. Meanwhile, we will continue with our lawyers’ training through courses and certifications,” Col. Chicas said.The Honduran Armed Forces have human rights manuals that will be revised with SOUTHCOM’s help. At the training and educational session, SOUTHCOM committed to advise Honduras in updating its Army’s curriculum and to prioritize lessons on respect for human rights.The Colombian Army agreed to guide Honduras to strengthen human rights training in their Armed Forces. The goal is to put armed personnel in practical situations where international humanitarian law norms apply, such as active operations, the Colombian Ministry of Defense told the press.“The Honduran soldier learned that they should never follow an illegal order. Occurrences are minimum, there are thousands of missions, and hard work has made training and instruction in human rights possible,” said Fredy Díaz, Honduran minister of Defense, at the end of the conference. The roundtables also featured representatives of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.Opening doors“The Honduran Secretary of Human Rights (SEDH, in Spanish) knows that to move toward a general culture of human rights and peace, it must be assimilated by everyone,” said SEDH head Karla Cueva. “The knowledge obtained in these conferences will be put into practice daily as security forces fulfill their duties.”From 2014 to 2018, Honduras and the United States trained more than 28,000 Honduran military personnel. SOUTHCOM will continue to support training in international humanitarian law for the Honduran Armed Forces, according to a SEDH press release.“Both our nations share the same objective: respect for human rights as the basis for democracy. The U.S. Southern Command Human Rights Office has been very supportive. They have helped us see positive things to coexist with others. This cooperation has been essential and very helpful for the Honduran Armed Forces,” said Col. Chicas. Learning moreThe Honduran Armed Forces measure the impact of the human rights training through their members’ performance. They monitor and analyze errors and violations committed.“We don’t learn about human rights because we are required to, but because we want to help our people to become aware about human rights. We want to learn to apply them sensibly. This brings us closer to the people,” Col. Chicas said.last_img read more

New net responsibilities

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At Liberty to speak

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Criminals ‘may target children’ if cannabis is legalised

first_imgStuff co.nz 11 September 2020Family First Comment: “Legalising cannabis could lead to gangs targeting younger people on the black market, pose major risks to health and safety and be a gateway to using harder drugs. Christchurch Central candidate Dale Stephens said decriminalising the drug and putting an age limit of 20 on its use would see criminals turning their focus towards children if the market for older people disappeared. Stephens, who was a police officer for 20 years and spent four years investigating drug crime, made the warning during a discussion on the forthcoming cannabis referendum with Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson in Christchurch on Friday.”Legalising cannabis could lead to gangs targeting younger people on the black market, pose major risks to health and safety and be a gateway to using harder drugs, a former police officer and current National Party candidate has warned.Christchurch Central candidate Dale Stephens said decriminalising the drug and putting an age limit of 20 on its use would see criminals turning their focus towards children if the market for older people disappeared.Stephens, who was a police officer for 20 years and spent four years investigating drug crime, made the warning during a discussion on the forthcoming cannabis referendum with Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson in Christchurch on Friday.Davidson, whose party is pushing for legal access to cannabis, argued for it to be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal issue.Prohibition had caused “chaos” for decades and Māori and Pacific people were victims of “systemic racism” by being disproportionately targeted over its use, she said.“This is not about voting for whether cannabis exists or not, because it already does,” she said.“Even in the legal and prohibited status it is already in our communities. We need for drugs to be treated as a health issue, not as a criminal issue.”READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/122743271/criminals-may-target-children-if-cannabis-is-legalised–national-candidateKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale Jointly Announce Closure of Beaches, Other Measures

first_imgGelber had already declared that spring break was “over” in South Beach during a Thursday news conference.On Friday, Fort Lauderdale’s mayor called a state of emergency in response to the virus, cancelling all city events and meetings for the next 30 days, through April 12.The following events in Fort Lauderdale are postponed:* All meetings of the commission and city boards, including advisory boards, city committees and City working groups;* All special magistrate, code enforcement, board of adjustment and nuisance abatement board hearings;* All homeowner association and civic association meetings held on city property;* All city events and city-approved events; and* All city recreational programs, facility rentals, pools and organized sports leagues. Parks facilities and community centers remain open during normal business hours; however, all programming is postponed.In addition, all organized public gatherings must now be capped at 250 people, says Trantalis.Exemptions include land or facilities owned and managed by Broward County, the Broward County School Board, the North Broward Hospital District, the state or federal government, as well as hospitals and healthcare facilities.Fort Lauderdale is requiring every public place, including all businesses, restaurants, bars and retail shops, to have alcohol-based hand sanitizer at every entrance. Spring break is officially coming to an end at two South Florida party spots.Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach announced jointly Sunday afternoon they are closing their beaches in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19.Dean Trantalis, mayor of Fort Lauderdale, and Dan Gelber, mayor of Miami Beach, said the two cities developed a plan so that any new rules implemented by one city would not send a crush of spring breakers to the other municipality.“We have to everything we can to minimize crowds and stop further cases of COVID-19,” said Trantalis.He added that Fort Lauderdale Beach will be closed as of today through April 12 from Harbor Drive to north of Oakland Park Blvd.Gelber said South Beach will be closed from 5th St to 15th St. until March 19th. Officials will decide at that time whether the beach should remain closed.He addressed spring breakers descending on South Beach: “You have a mother, you have a grandmother and maybe a great grandmother. That virus can be extremely dangerous to them. We cannot come a petri dish for a very dangerous virus.”The two mayors announced the policy as the number of new cases increased overnight to 109 in Florida, with 36 in Broward.last_img read more

Two-goal Ronaldo gives Real 12th European title

first_imgBy Mitch PhillipsCARDIFF,(Reuetrs)-Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in a superb Champions League final full of attacking verve and brilliant goals on Saturday as the Spaniards won the title for the third time in four years and 12th in all.Ronaldo swept in a neat opener after 20 minutes but Mario Mandzukic hit a deserved equalizer for the Italian champions with a spectacular effort seven minutes later.Real, however, took command in the second half and a long-range deflected effort by Casemiro after 60 minutes, a neat finish by the irrepressible Ronaldo and an 89th minute tap-in for substitute Marco Asensio settled one of the most entertaining finals of recent years.It was Real’s 12th title in their 15th final as they became the first team to successfully defend it in the Champions League era. AC Milan were the last team to retain Europe’s top prize when they won in 1989 and 1990.It was heartbreak again for Juventus, however, who were seeking a treble after winning the Italian league and cup. They came away as losers for the seventh time in nine finals having also lost to Barcelona in 2015.Juve conceded more goals on Saturday than the three they had in the 12 games they played to reach the final as a much-vaunted Real attack v Juve defense scenario went emphatically Madrid’s way.It did not look that way initially as Juventus were full of attacking intent in the opening exchanges.Real gradually settled, however, and scored with their first chance after a trigonometric build-up. Ronaldo was at the heart of it, playing the ball into the path of Dani Carvajal who cut it straight back to allow the Portuguese forward to sweep the ball sweetly into the far corner.That made him the second man to score in three finals, after Alfredo Di Stefano, who scored in five in a row for Real in the 1950s, but he was far from done on the night.GREAT GOALThat effort was eclipsed seven minutes later by one of the all-time great final goals.Juve center back Leonardo Bonucci drove a long diagonal ball towards the byline to set off a brilliantly skilful exchange.Alex Sandro reached it and cushioned the ball back across the box. Gonzalo Higuain knocked it back to Mandzukic who took a touch on his chest and leaped, with his back to goal, to connect with a stunning bicycle kick that looped over Keylor Navas.The Juventus fans in the 72,000 crowd erupted, ramping up the atmosphere that was already crackling under the closed stadium roof.It was a different story after the break, however, and Real’s dominance settled the match with two goals in four minutes.Brazilian midfielder Casemiro made it 2-1 when his 30-yard shot took a deflection that wrong-footed Buffon and Ronaldo, the man who loves the big occasion, expertly swept in the third at the near post after a great run and cross by Luka Modric.The goals knocked the stuffing out of Juventus, who ended with 10 men after Juan Cuadrado was sent off in the 84th minute – 18 minutes after coming on as a substitute – following a second booking for the mildest of pushes on Sergio Ramos.Ramos’s theatrics were an unedifying moment in a generally uplifting final and fittingly it ended on a positive note when Marcelo charged to the byline and crossed for Asensio to tuck home the fourth.last_img read more

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first_imgTop Czech women, including Pliskova and Kvitova are set to play while Jiri Vesely is the highest ranked player in the men’s draw.All the tournaments will be without spectators. The matches will be broadcast on television.MAN CITY OWNERS-BELGIAN CLUBMan City parent company buys Belgian club Lommel SKBRUSSELS (AP) — The owners of Manchester City have purchased a Belgian soccer team on today, adding a ninth club to their worldwide portfolio. Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press May 11, 2020 It says the 2023 event will take place from Aug. 25 through Sept. 10 of that year.Group games will be played in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.The final phase will be played in Manila. It will be the first time that the tournament formerly called the world championships will be played across multiple countries.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Real (RAY’-al) Madrid has become the latest Spanish league club to resume individual training. Players were back in action today at the team’s training center, two months after the league was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Most clubs had already resumed individual sessions. Barcelona restarted on Friday and Atlético Madrid on Saturday. All players were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to practice. The league says five players on first- and second-division clubs have tested positive. Three staff members have also tested positive.— The head of Japanese baseball says the 12-team league is hoping to start play next month but no specific date has been set. Japan is living under a state of emergency that is in effect until May 31. Commissioner Atsushi Saito says the All-Star game in July has been canceled for the first time since it was initially held almost 70 years ago. The Japanese season was originally scheduled to open on March 20. Baseball has begun in Taiwan and South Korea in empty stadiums.— The Portuguese soccer federation says the league, clubs and players must take responsibility for the consequences of the return to soccer in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic. The federation says that is the first condition stipulated by government authorities to allow the Portuguese league and the Portuguese Cup to resume as planned by the end of the month. The federation says it received a set of conditions from the government on Sunday.CZECH-CHARITY EVENTPliskova, Kvitova to lead teams in Czech competitioncenter_img PRAGUE (AP) — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT’-oh-vuh) and third-ranked Karolina Pliskova will lead two teams in a charity competition during the coronavirus pandemic.Pliskova’s team will include her twin-sister Kristyna, 2019 French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova, Tereza Martincová and Nikola Bartunkova.Kvitova’s squad will include Barbora Strýcová, Kateřina Siniaková and Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova.The first of the four tournaments that are part of the competition is scheduled for June 13-15 in Prague.Separately, the first of a series of tournaments organized by the Czech tennis federation is scheduled for May 26-28 in Prague. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-AHLAmerican hockey league cancels rest of seasonUNDATED (AP) — The American Hockey League has canceled the rest of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The City Football Group, which is run by the Abu Dhabi royal family, says it bought second-division club Lommel SK after the team based in the eastern Limburg province had its professional license renewed. Financial terms of the deal have not been revealed.Lommel was sixth in the standings when the Belgian season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The team plays in an 8,000-capacity stadium and its biggest achievement was reaching the 2001 Belgian Cup final.WORLD CUP-2023 DATESFIBA sets dates for 2023 Basketball World CupMIES, Switzerland (AP) — FIBA has set the dates for the next Basketball World Cup. President and CEO David Andrews says, “the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions.”The league’s board of governors made that determination in a conference call Friday.The AHL suspended its season on March 12 after the NHL did. The league hopes to be back next season but that is in jeopardy if sports must be played in empty arenas.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The British government has told sports bodies to prepare for the resumption of events in England but not before June and not with fans in stadiums. Sports have been shut down in Britain since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. A government document says Step 2 of the plan for easing the lockdown includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast.” The document states that the resumption cannot happen before June 1.last_img read more