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The bankers are right

first_imgby: Henry MeierIf Nixon can go to China, then I can darn well compliment the American Bankers’ Association when it makes a good point. That is what I am doing today.  Besides, if the bankers succeed in getting a petition approved the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), credit unions will benefit as well.We all know that identity and data theft prevention are all the rage. Suppose that you are approached by a vendor with a great new system that will send out automated voice messages to a member’s cell phone anytime there is an indication that fraudulent activity may be taking place. Given the volume of potential fraud alerts, as well as the speed at which hackers can do their damage, using automated voice messaging and texting is the quickest, most cost effective way of getting the word out. In addition, since the cell phone has become an adult umbilical cord, it makes perfect sense to send the message right to the smart phone, provided that a member has given the number to the financial institution.However, these services have run up against a compliance speed trap. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) generally prohibits companies from calling cell phones using an automatic dialer telephone system or artificial pre-recorded voice unless the call is “made with the prior consent of the party called.” See 47 USC 227(b)(1). continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Forget about retirement planning for millennials

first_imgThe goal of achieving financial independence is more appealing than the idea of saving for a retirement that’s decades away.by: Alan MooreWhen it comes to millennials and money, many financial planners are focusing on the wrong issue.The retirement advice most financial professionals provide was designed for Baby Boomers. Gen Y’s situation, however, looks nothing like this 30-year-old norm.Few members of Gen Y get excited about the idea of working for the next 40 to 50 years, doing all the heavy lifting when it comes to ensuring they’ll have enough savings for the future, and then retiring to a life of no work and no purpose shortly before expiring.Yet traditional retirement planning asks people to do just that. This doesn’t make sense for millennials — but that doesn’t mean they should throw their financial security to the wind and have no plan at all, either.Instead, we planners should shift the focus from the nebulous concept of “retirement” to something concrete and accessible. It should be something that millennials can take real action to achieve in the short-term, not something that won’t matter for 40 years. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Who is afraid of tourism yet?

first_imgOften in our media we can come across comments like: “tourism will destroy everything” or the one I especially like “because of tourism we will become servants”.Should we become “turizmophobes” or worse, ‘turistophobes’?One of our “reputable” journalists recently called tourists “patients” who flooded the city with selfies.… “Reputable” journalist did not mean patients who came to Croatia for treatment, but the term “patients” in fact, he called the tourists who came to admire what the journalist in question did not know how to admire. To him, tourists are “patients”, translated; lunatics who bother us (him).Tourism on my island of Hvar started 150 years ago, with the arrival of patients who needed a healthy climate, diet and a peaceful lifestyle, so it would be nice if we were flooded with patients in this category, but it seems to us that we are not.Tourism, like any other branch of the economy, can be a driver if all the parameters for its development and maintenance are arranged in this way. And there is no difference between tourism and shipbuilding for example. If we have to import all the necessary raw materials, semi-finished products, products, technology and labor for the production of a ship, then it is clear that we will have nothing from shipbuilding except “destruction” and self-destruction. It is the same with tourism. Also.Photo: The story of the tavern http://konoba-bratanic.com/To my knowledge, the share of domestic food products produced on Hvar in the UNESCO-protected Starogradsko polje in the total amount of food consumed during the tourist season on Hvar is shamefully low. In addition to so many people and a good country with an even better story, we serve imported food to tourists. Even wine. Graševina on the islands is slowly becoming almost a domestic product. And that is normal for everyone. And that is far from normal.The Dalmatian diet as part of the Mediterranean diet is also a UNESCO protected good, and we import food from countries far from Dalmatia and the Mediterranean.And is tourism to blame for that?Tourists are crying out for a local, original experience, and we offer them world-class clothing. In the center of the town of Hvar, the square is dominated by a kind of “Asian restaurant”. With all due respect to that exotic continent and its peoples, I think it is absurd and paradoxical.We destroy ourselves. We are not destroyed by tourism.Tourism could and should be the driver of agriculture and various smaller productions, specifically on the island of Hvar and other islands, if those for whom it is a job would set things up, that is, processes.And now a little about tourism that makes us “servants”And again a small comparison to shipbuilding. I never understood why a welder or fitter in a shipyard would be a master and a waiter or a cook in a hotel a servant?Both work for a salary given to them by some owner. If we call the owner the master, then they are all servants. Or none of them is either a servant or a master, but what they are; welders, fitters, waiters, cooks… more or less good or bad. Of course, those who believe that Comrade Tito gave the workers a shipyard and that they were masters will not accept this theory of my social conspiracy. However, many people who rent their apartments today, or run their own small restaurants, cafes and shops, are owners and masters, and determine their own business policy. There are many of them in Croatia and they are a significant factor in shaping the tourist offer, at least the basic ones. I don’t know why they would feel like servants.Our cities, as everywhere in the world, are losing the notion of “season” and are working at full speed throughout the year, so there will be more and more secure continuous work. It is not the responsibility of those responsible, but it happened precisely because of those “patients” who recognized us and started coming. And if those same responsible people made an effort and devised that tourism in rural areas does not depend only on the sun or the sea, and that it lasts at least approximately as in cities, with the need for waiters and chefs, then the feeling of “serving” in the season means a couple of months, gone.In any case, tourism is not a wolf, but a grandmother with cakes.All of us who live here should be Little Red Riding Hood, and state institutions should be a hunter and gamekeeper who would make sure that Grandma doesn’t transform into a wolf, or that a wolf doesn’t eat Grandma along with cakes.Published by: Miki Bratanićlast_img read more

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When the city skyline is your wall mural

first_imgThe leather cinema chairs are motorised too!All with a city skyline backdrop.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoThe home provides a luxurious way to unwind.Situated at 17b Comus Avenue, Ascot, this four-bed, two-bath architectural wonder will be up for auction on September 30. It would be tough to tire of this extraordinary outlook.It’s Friday… relax and take a load off.This stunning home in a hilltop position is just the place for you to kick off your shoes and get ready for the weekend. While you can’t tell from this photo, there’s five-car accommodation. The ensuite is bigger than most main bathroomsThe property’s slightly unusual land shape hasn’t hindered the design which incorporates a luxurious fitout including American oak flooring, chandelier, granite floor to the garage, intercom security, Miele and Liebherr appliances and powered leather seating to its home cinema.last_img read more

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Lockdown lifts luxury home sales: ‘Top end of the market is on fire’

first_img9 Palm Avenue, Ascot, sold for over $7m.Millionaire home sales are on the rise amid a surge in buyers seeking a better lifestyle during the coronavirus pandemic.While major sales are being notched-up across Brisbane’s prestige suburbs, mid-range properties with extensive amenities and views are also experiencing strong price gains.Agents report that the high-end property market is going gangbusters during COVID-19, with one now dealing with seven buyers who are actively househunting in the $10 million-plus range after missing out on other luxury properties.MORE: Revealed: Stunning next phase for Darius and KaylaLandbankers set to make millions as supply tightensEx-Wallaby’s extraordinary move to help COVID-19 lockdown residentsThe view from 109 Carlton Terrace, Manly, sold for $1.3m.A jawdropping new-build at 9 Palm Avenue, Ascot, sold for more than $7 million earlier this month, after inspections from 50 buyers in that price range, three of whom made offers on the five-bedroom home.Agent Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm, who also sold 14 Sutherland Avenue, Ascot, at the start of the pandemic for more than $13 million, with colleague Hamish Bowman, said buyers at the top end were not prepared to wait out COVID-19 to secure their luxury homes.“The depth of the Brisbane market within that price point at the moment is mind-blowing,” he said. “You would have thought people were not buying because of COVID-19, but we have more buyers now than we’ve ever had.“It comes down to people wanting to travel but being restricted for a few years, so people want to upgrade their homes.”Manly has seen a surge in million-dollar sales because of the lifestyle.Place Manly agent Marc Sorrentino works across the bayside suburbs of Wynnum, Manly and Lota, where his sales average $1 million, with demand driven by locals from Brisbane suburbs such as Ascot, Bulimba, Bridgeman Downs and Hawthorne.“With COVID-19 people have re-evaluated their lifestyle and they’re saying well if I am going to be working from home, wouldn’t it be great to look at water views or have seabreezes. It’s booming; a classic case of supply and demand. There’s not a lot of stock but a lot of demand,” he said.SELECTED BAYSIDE SALES:279 The Esplanade, Wynnum: $1.03m109 Carlton Terrace, Manly: $1.3m537 Royal Esplanade, Manly: $1.012m43 Waterloo Esplanade, Wynnum: $1m25 Waterloo Esplanade, Wynnum: $1.925m(Source: Marc Sorrentino, Place Manly)Mr Sorrentino said the demand was highest for blocks of land in seafront suburbs, which are being snapped up for more than $1 million.“I’ve just sold one under contract for $1.95 million and that’s literally a knockdown. Over the COVID-19 period people have been buying waterfront blocks between $1 million and $1.3 million. Typically someone spending $1 million on a block of land will spend $1 million on construction and so these will be $2 million properties.”He said the world had pivoted with more people working from home, with many who can afford to choosing lifestyle over proximity to the city.“Being close to the city is not important. Now it’s the house, the neighbourhood and what that community has to offer,” he said.“Over past couple of months, buyers and sellers have been confused about what COVID-19 means for property prices. What we’ve found is property prices have gone up and our business has nearly doubled in that time.“Where there were once thoughts of doom and gloom for property off COVID-19, the opposite has happened. Where they live is highest on the list of priorities. Because people are spending more time at home, it’s become really important. It’s also a worldwide phenomenon that people are upgrading their houses and making lifestyle choices now.”Leo and Tafline Bandiera with Louis and Bentley at their home in 90 Mountjoy Terrace, Wynnum which is listed for offers over $2.2m. Picture: Tara Croser.Tafline and Leo Bandiera, whose Build Prestige Homes business has seen strong demand, have put their own stunning at 90 Mountjoy Terrace, Wynnum, on the market for offers over $2.2m.“We have been receiving a steady and consistent number of inquiries from people wanting to build new homes and complete large scale renovations. Nothing has really changed for us with the pandemic and work is consistent,” Mrs Bandiera said.“We are very confident in the product we have built and the suitably of this home in this neighbourhood. It is a quality, luxury home that has been custom designed for this lot over three levels to maximise and capture the sweeping views of Moreton Bay and the islands complete with high end, classic, timeless detail. Wynnum/Manly has in the past been undervalued in the property market but it has so much to offer.”This home at 90 Mountjoy Terrace, Wynnum, is on the market for offers above $2.2m.Build Prestige Homes built this home in Wynnum which is on the market.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours ago“We are actually about to start building another house of the same calibre in the next few weeks,” she said. “We have had a number of inquiries to build luxury homes in this neighbourhood and we are currently looking for our next development property in this neighbourhood.”The most common features wanted in luxury homes they build, at a minimum, she said, were classic detailing, traditional glazing bars on the windows, french doors, natural stone tiles and cladding, custom detailed arbour features, external mouldings, interior wall panelling, high raked ceilings, VJ panelling, cobblestones, staircase with timber treads, white risers and substantial newel posts, classic pendant lights and chandeliers, open plan layout, a large kitchen with butler’s pantry, built in cabinetry, fireplaces and smart home integration for voice controlled lighting, reliable security and easy access control.SELECTED CITY SALES:Mirvac’s PIER building, Newstead, $7m plus apartment saleMirvac’s Cutters Landing building, waterfront apartment, $4.81m562 London Rd, Chandler $confidential (Over $3.85m)50 Kingsholme St, Teneriffe $2.7565m57 Double Jump Rd, Redland Bay $2.7m36 Twelfth Ave, St Lucia $2.6m32 Joynt Street Hamilton $confidential54 Retreat St, Bridgeman Downs $2.27m6 Refinery Pde, New Farm $2.05m91 Villiers St, New Farm $1,860,0002/47 Collings St, Balmoral $1,840,00078 Prospect Tce, St Lucia $1,780,000(Source: Christine Rudolph, Ray White New Farm update)FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTERlast_img read more

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USCG Ends Search for Carnival Paradise Passenger

first_imgThe United States Coast Guard (USCG) has suspended the search for a passenger who reportedly fell overboard from the Carnival Paradise cruise ship.The man went missing about 85 miles west of Fort Myers, Florida, on May 22.The passenger has been identified as the 50-year-old Brian Lamonds of Greensboro, N.C.“I have been in contact with members of Mr. Lamonds’ family throughout our search efforts and know this is a very difficult and painful time for them,” Cmdr. David Aldous, search and rescue mission coordinator for the Coast Guard 7th District, said.“Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as first responders, and it is never made lightly,” he added.Coast Guard rescue crews were composed of a C-130 Hercules aircraft and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Clearwater, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew from Air Station Miami, and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo, homeported in Key West.Crews searched for approximately 55 hours covering 3,059 square miles.The 70,367-ton ship was transiting from Tampa to Key West when the incident took place.Carnival Paradise, operated by Carnival Cruise Line, resumed its voyage to Cozumel, Mexico and is currently in the Gulf of Honduras, according to the ship’s AIS data from MarineTraffic.last_img read more

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Rollercoaster mishap kills 2

first_imgEyewitnesses said the victims fellfrom the last carriage of the Chimera rollercoaster in La Feria Chapultepecamusement park on Saturday. Miriam Urzua, an official from thecivil protection organization, said they will investigate what happened and whowas responsible.  MEXICO – At least two persons werekilled and two others were injured after a rollercoaster carriage derailed inthis city. At least two people were killed and two others were injured after falling from a rollercoaster at the La Feria Chapultepec amusement park in Mexico City on Saturday. REUTERS The park was closed after theincident.(BBC)last_img read more

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Serie A: Ronaldo, Dybala get Juventus back to winning ways

first_imgRead Also: Ramos breaks Ronald Koeman’s La Liga goal recordFiorentina had two goals disallowed and played the final 20 minutes a man down when Martin Caceres was sent off for a second yellow card.The Tuscany club are 13th with Brescia ending their three-match losing streak.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala scored early as Juventus put their Italian Cup final woes behind them with a 2-0 win over Bologna on Monday to move four points clear of Lazio on top of the Serie A table.Advertisement Portuguese star Ronaldo had missed a penalty in the Italian Cup semi-final against AC Milan, and drew a blank in the final which Juventus lost 4-2 on penalties to Napoli.But the 35-year-old made no mistake in Juventus’s first league game since beating Inter Milan 2-0 in Turin on March 8.He converted a spot-kick earned by Matthijs de Ligt after 23 minutes for his 26th goal for the Turin giants in all competitions this season.center_img Loading… Paulo Dybala curled in the second on 36 minutes off a Federico Bernardeschi back-heel flick as Juventus, chasing a ninth consecutive Scudetto, opened up a four-point lead on second-placed Lazio.The Romans travel north to fourth-placed Atalanta in Bergamo on Wednesday, looking to keep their bid for a first Serie A title in two decades on track.Inter Milan, in third, are nine points adrift of Juventus, and next host Sassuolo.In Florence, Franck Ribery returned after nearly seven months out following an ankle injury but his side settled for a third consecutive stalemate against Brescia.Alfredo Donnarumma put Brescia ahead after 17 minutes from the penalty spot but Fiorentina captain German Pezzella responded with a diving header after half an hour.last_img read more

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Carol E. Slayback

first_imgCarol E. Slayback, 74, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Monday April 20, 2020 in Aurora, Indiana.She was born October 11, 1945 in Milan, IN, daughter of the late William Rice and Hazel (Johnston) Rice.She was a member of First Baptist Church.Carol collected angels and she enjoyed playing BINGO. She enjoyed cleaning her house and keeping her home nice. She enjoyed time with family and she will be greatly missed.Carol is survived by her spouse George “Rusty” Slayback, brothers, Larry (Sue) Rice of Southern Pines, NC, Billy (Nancy) Rice of Bennington, IN, Ricky (Brenda) Rice of Williamsburg, VA, and Raymond Rice of Williamsburg, VA.; children, April (Shawn) Hall, and John Elza (Kylee Hosier); grandchildren, Noah Foley, Skyla Hall and Storm Hall.She was preceded in death by parents and brother, Timmy Rice.No services will be held at this time.Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.Our prayers go out to all of the health care community and those affected by COVID-19.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgSeven players in additional ‘bubble’ at OpenNEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that seven players have been put in what one described as a “bubble in the bubble” as the U.S. Open starts because they were in contact with Benoit Paire. He is the French player who was dropped from the field after testing positive for the coronavirus,The seven players were not identified to the AP by the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the U.S. Tennis Association has not announced the names of anyone involved. But one, 30th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France, acknowledged after her first-round victory on Day 1 at the Grand Slam tournament that her movements were restricted because she spent time with Paire.MLB-TRADESClevinger, Minor among players moving Update on the latest sports August 31, 2020 MLB-SCHEDULERojas gets key hit in Marlins’ winNEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Rojas hit a tiebreaking RBI single during Miami’s four-run sixth inning against Jacob deGrom, and the Marlins beat the New York Mets 5-3. Garrett Cooper and Brian Anderson homered for Miami, which had dropped four in a row. Trevor Rogers pitched five effective innings for his first major league win, and Brandon Kintzler worked the ninth for his seventh save. Marlins second baseman Jonathan Villar made a diving catch in shallow center to rob the Mets of a run in the fifth, and then was replaced by a pinch hitter in the sixth. He was traded to Toronto for a player to be named. The NFL has been conducting daily testing for players throughout training camp and plans to do so through Saturday.Tretter, the starting center for the Cleveland Browns, posted on the union website. “We will continue to rely on scientific data to inform our approach for combating this virus. As the science evolves, we will evolve with it.”Tretter added he was pleased with the protocols the NFL and NFLPA agreed on for training camps. The league has reported few positive cases in the past month, though it did have 77 false positives a week ago that resulted from contamination at the testing lab.NFL-SOCIAL JUSTICEEnd zones to carry social justice messages Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — The San Diego Padres have acquired Mike Clevinger in a multiplayer trade with the Cleveland Indians, bolstering their rotation with another bold move ahead of baseball’s trade deadline. San Diego got Clevinger, outfielder Greg Allen and a player to be named for Cleveland for a package of young players that included outfielder Josh Naylor, right-hander Cal Quantrill and catcher Austin Hedges. It was the fifth trade since Saturday for the Padres, who are seeking their first playoff berth since 2006. In other trade activity ahead of the deadline:— The Oakland Athletics have acquired Mike Minor in a trade with the Texas Rangers, adding another piece to their rotation as they try for their first division title since 2013. Minor has struggled this year, going 0-5 with a 5.60 ERA with Texas, but he went 14-10 with a 3.59 ERA in 32 starts last season. The 32-year-old left-hander is eligible for free agency after this season. — Toronto has acquired left-hander Robbie Ray in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving the Blue Jays a former All-Star who has struggled so far in 2020. The Diamondbacks got lefty Travis Bergen in the deal. Toronto also received cash considerations as part of the trade. The 28-year-old Ray was a 2017 All-Star and finished seventh in the NL Cy Young Award voting that year after going 15-5 with a 2.89 ERA.— The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired right-hander David Phelps from the Milwaukee Brewers before Monday’s trade deadline.Phelps is the fourth reliever to join the Phillies in a trade in 10 days. They got Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Red Sox and David Hale from the Yankees on Aug. 21. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTENNIS-US OPENPliskova and Kerber advanceNEW YORK (AP) — Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova has advanced in straight sets at the U.S. Open. liskova surged ahead of Anhelina Kalinina 4-1 in the opening set, lost three games in a row, then took the last eight for a 6-4, 6-0 victory. She had a 26-7 edge in winners. It’s a stunning decision that gets the team closer to purging Tom Coughlin’s tenure.The team spent months trying to trade the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. If Fournette clears waivers, he would become a free agent.He is due $4.17 million in salary in 2020 if someone claims him. Coaches grew tired of dealing with Fournette, whose talent never matched his baggage in Jacksonville.NFL-TEXANS-CUNNINGHAMTexans sign Cunningham to a four-year, $58 million extension Coaching great John Thompson of Georgetown dead at 78 WASHINGTON (AP) — The sports world is reacting to the death of former Georgetown coach John Thompson. He was a Hall of Famer and the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA men’s basketball championship. Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing played center for Thompson on the Hoyas’ national championship team in 1984. He called Thompson a “father figure, confidant and role model’ and said his legacy will be ”everlasting.” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim lauded Thompson as a role model for a lot of coaches, Black and white. Thompson’s family announced his death Monday but disclosed no details. He was 78. MLB-CUBS-REDS-SUSPENSIONSWinker, Bell, Borzello suspended for Reds-Cubs hostilities NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker and manager David Bell were both suspended one game for their roles in a bench-clearing incident Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. Chicago coach Mike Borzello was also suspended one game. Chris Young, Major League Baseball’s senior vice president of baseball operations, announced the penalties. Winker, Bell and Borzello were also fined, and Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto received a fine as well. Winker, Votto, Bell, Borzello and Cubs manager David Ross were all ejected following an exchange of high pitches that sparked a shouting match and cleared the benches and bullpens over the weekend.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-JOHN THOMPSON NHL PLAYOFFSGame 5 for Bruins/LightningUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins need someone to step up to avoid being eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of their second-round series tonight. Coach Bruce Cassidy expects his veteran core to lead the way and for the supporting cast and younger players to follow. Outside of Brad Marchand’s four goals, Boston has gotten a total of four goals from four other players in the series. MLB-ATHLETICS-MARINERSMore games postponed for testingSEATTLE (AP) — Major League Baseball has announced that the first two games of Oakland’s series at Seattle have been postponed to allow for additional testing and contact tracing. This, after a member of the Athletics’ organization tested positive for the coronavirus. The positive test already caused the postponement of Oakland’s game Sunday against the Houston Astros. Now games against the Mariners on Tuesday and Wednesday are being put off. The A’s are also scheduled to play at Seattle on Thursday. UNDATED (AP) — NFL end zones will be inscribed this season with two slogans: “It Takes All Of Us” on one end line, “End Racism” on the other. As part of its social justice awareness initiatives, the NFL also will allow similar visuals on helmets and caps. Previously announced were decals on the back of helmets, or patches on team caps, displaying names or phrases to honor victims of racism and/or police brutality. Now, a T-shirt designed by NFL Players Association executive committee member Michael Thomas, a safety with the Houston Texans, can be worn in warmups. NFL-JAGUARS-FOURNETTE WAIVEDJags waive Fournette after failing to trade himJACKSONVILLE, Florida (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived running back Leonard Fournette. The Bruins will try to create more offense on one end and make their goaltender Jarsolav Halak’s job easier at the other. To the west, the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars play the second half of a back-to-back. The Stars are one win away from getting to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2008. The Stars have a 3-1 series lead. NBA PLAYOFFS-THUNDER-ROCKETSThunder will try to avoid eliminationLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder need to find their touch from 3-point range if they hope to avoid elimination in their first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets. The initiative has the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who plans to introduce legislation in Congress. The Republican said the authority would help provide new protections for the sport, which has been marred by doping, deaths and injuries to horses. Meanwhile, three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber is sticking around longer at Flushing Meadows than she did a year ago. Kerber eliminated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-4 in a nearly empty Louis Armstrong Stadium.In other opening-day action:— No. 9 seed Diego Schwartzman blew a two-set lead and was knocked out of the U.S. Open in the first round. e led 2-0 but appeared to have problems with cramps as he lost to Cameron Norrie 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 in a match that took nearly 4 hours.— Marketa Vondrousova was the first winner of a match at the 2020 U.S. Open — and of any Grand Slam match since early February. The 2019 French Open runner-up, who is seeded 12th in New York, beat Greet Minnen 6-1, 6-4.VIRUS OUTBREAK-US OPEN HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have signed inside linebacker Zach Cunningham to a four-year, $58 million contract extension. The Texans announced the signing on Monday. The 25-year-old Cunningham was a second-round pick in 2017 and ranked second in the NFL last season with a career-high 137 tackles. His 137 tackles were the fourth most in franchise history.HORSE RACING-GOVERNANCERacing leaders unveil plan for national standardsLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Thoroughbred racing leaders have announced plans to create a new authority to create national safety standards for their sport. The standards would be intended to minimize doping and lead to fewer deaths and injuries at U.S. racetracks. The authority will set up industry-wide national standards for medication use, track conditions and other safety standards to protect thoroughbred horses and their riders. Houston leads 3-2 after a historically bad long-range shooting performance from the Thunder in Game 5. Oklahoma City missed 14 consecutive 3-pointers during a 19-minute stretch in which the Rockets outscored them by 30 points. Rockets guard Eric Gordon says his team’s goal is to force the Thunder to take contested shots. If the Rockets win, they will play Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLPlayers association chief wants daily testingUNDATED (AP) — NFL Players Association President J.C. Tretter is pushing for daily COVID-19 testing during the regular season.last_img read more

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