Tennis establishes virus player fund, raises $6 million

first_imgThe fund can also be donated to via initiatives including auctions, player donations and virtual tennis games, added the governing bodies, who last month announced talks about creating the program.The virus has caused havoc to the calendar, with Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since World War II and the French Open postponed until the end of September.The United States Tennis Association will decide in mid-June whether or not the US Open will take place in New York. A fund for tennis players hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic has been created, the sport’s governing bodies announced on Tuesday, adding that they had contributed more than $6 million (5.3 million euros).In a joint statement, the ATP and WTA tours, the International Tennis Federation and the four Grand Slam tournaments — the Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open — said the Player Relief Program will support those “who are facing unprecedented challenges due to the global impact of COVID-19”.With the tennis season suspended until at least July 13, some “800 ATP/WTA singles and doubles players” are in need of financial support, the statement continued, with eligibility for the fund determined by a player’s ranking and previous prize money earnings. Topics :last_img read more

LNP star keeps foot in old electorate

first_img MORE: Karmichael Hunt lists Brisbane home The family kept the property after Crisafulli lost his bid to win his Townsville seat in the 2015 election. MORE: Darren Palmer reveals the colour of 2019 David Crisafulli is now Member for Broadwater on the Gold Coast with fresh issues such as derelict houseboats sinking in the Broadwater. Picture: Genevieve Faulkner. The man many political insiders believe could be the next leader of the Queensland Liberals is keeping a foot in his old electorate, despite settling comfortably into the Gold Coast.Former Townsville deputy mayor and Mundingburra MP David Crisafulli had moved to the Gold Coast after losing his seat in the 2015 elections, but rose again in the 2017 election as the Broadwater MP.Now Queensland Shadow Minister for Environment, Science and the Great Barrier Reef, Mr Crisafulli has decided to hang on to a three bedroom lowset investment property in Townsville currently registered under his wife Tegan. The Crisafulli investment home in Townsville is up for rent. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago The property is up for rent at $220 a week.The Condon property is up for rent at $220 a week and available for tenancy now.It was listed by Townsville agency Northern Realty West End as “a great home for a small family” with “a large fully fenced yard which is close to nearby schools, public transport, sporting fields and shops”. It’s also airconditioned with security screens throughout.The family moved to a four bedroom waterfront home on Hope Island in mid 2015 after the former QLD Minister for Local Government lost his seat along with several members of Campbell Newman’s government. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Walmart opens milk processing facility

first_imgFort Wayne, In. — Walmart, the nation’s largest grocer, today opened the newest milk processing facility in the state of Indiana. Governor Eric J. Holcomb joined Walmart executives and Allen County Commissioner Therese Brown today to celebrate the opening of the company’s 250,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art milk processing plant in Fort Wayne. Walmart, which began construction on the plant in 2016, has hired nearly 200 new Walmart associates to work in both milk processing and transportation and created over 100 additional jobs in the Hoosier dairy industry.“This new facility is a vote of confidence in our state, in the northeast Indiana region and the Fort Wayne community,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Even more, it’s a vote of confidence in our people. Today, we celebrate 300 new jobs for talented Hoosiers. That’s great news for those employees and their families, and it’s more evidence that Indiana is on a roll with its pro-business climate and skilled workforce.”The new plant at 2150 West Pleasant Center Roadwill produce Great Value white and chocolate milk for nearly 500 Walmart stores in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. Bottling began last week and the plant will be at full production later this year. Milk will be sourced from nearly 30 dairy farms in both Indiana and Michigan with these farms being an average of 140 miles from the plant.“This new plant is a perfect example of the kinds of efficiencies Walmart seeks in our supply chain to benefit our customers,” said Tony Airoso, senior vice president of sourcing strategy for Walmart. “Farmers and associates in Indiana have been critical in getting us to this point. As we begin to bottle milk for our customers in the area, they will continue to be the biggest factor in our success.”Walmart worked closely with local officials to build the plant in in Northeast Indiana after the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) released its 2015 dairy strategy, aiming to expand the Hoosier dairy industry and capitalize on the state’s growing production capability and strong workforce.“When a company of Walmart’s size and scope comes to our community with hundreds of steady jobs, we welcome their investment,” said Allen County Commissioner Therese Brown “It’s rare that a single project can do so much for the business, agricultural, and workers’ interests at one time, and we in Allen County are excited to have this opportunity to partner with Walmart.”In conjunction with the opening of this facility, Walmart has awarded $10,000 in grants to local organizations that focus on the future of agriculture.New employees at the dairy processing plant join nearly 40,000 associates across Indiana among Walmart’s 130 retail units and 10 distribution centers in the state. Walmart is also proud to support local businesses in Indiana, spending $2 billion with Hoosier suppliers in the retailer’s fiscal year ending 2017 which supported nearly 59,000 supplier jobs.last_img read more

Clippers’ Davis questionable for Game 7 against Spurs

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Davis was often the antidote to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s strategy to intentionally foul Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who is shooting 39 percent from the free-throw line in the postseason.If Davis can’t play, it removes Rivers’ most proven replacement for Jordan. Does the Clippers coach think there’s a chance the Hack-a-DJ tactic will subside in Game 7?“I think the chances are slim and none,” Rivers said. “I think they’ll absolutely do it … We deal with it game by game and almost moment by moment. It’s gone both ways. I know (Jordan) wants to make them. I know he works to make them.”Jordan made 14 of 31 free throws combined in Games 5 and 6 after shooting just four total free throws in the previous two games.3-point revivalRivers sounded relieved to have found at least a little success behind the 3-point line in Game 6. After his team shot just 1 of 14 from beyond the arc in Game 5, Thursday night’s 22 percent shooting from deep was a significant improvement.Matt Barnes made both of his 3-point attempts and J.J. Redick’s only successful 3-pointer gave the Clippers a 92-86 lead with 3:27 to play.Rivers can only hope the Clippers’ improvement means it’s trending back toward Games 1 and 2, when the team shot 56 and 31 percent from 3-point range, respectively.Part of the problem is the Clippers aren’t getting as many looks, hoisting a series-low 14 attempts in Game 5 and 18 in Game 6.“The Spurs have done a tremendous job of running us off the 3-point line,” Rivers said. “We did miss some wide-open ones (in Game 6), but when you don’t get as many shots, you’re not in rhythm.” Hedo Turkoglu and Spencer Hawes are the primary candidates Rivers mentioned to fill Davis’ 6-foot-9, 289-pound void, but the two have played just a combined 33 minutes in the series. Rivers is also considering a smaller lineup.“We got Turk. We got Spencer,” Rivers said. “We can go small. We basically did that last night. The game will dictate that.”Davis, Jamal Crawford and his son Austin Rivers are the only three reserves Doc Rivers has trusted to consistently come off the bench in the postseason. Davis is averaging 3.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 12.3 minutes per game, in addition to contributing an important emotional component, according to point guard Chris Paul. “I don’t know how serious it is,” Paul said Thursday night of Davis’ sprained ankle. “I know Big Baby’s a worker. Guys stepped up when he went down, but we need him. Baby’s an emotional leader for our team. He really leads that second unit.”Hack-a-DJ again?center_img The Clippers’ Glen Davis is questionable to play in Saturday’s Game 7 against San Antonio, a potentially huge blow to coach Doc Rivers’ eight-man rotation.Davis will be a game-time decision for the first-round series finale against the Spurs after spraining his left ankle with 11:07 left in the Clippers’ 102-96 Game 6 victory in San Antonio on Thursday night.“We’ll find out more (Saturday),” Rivers said on a conference call. “We won’t know much (Friday).”Davis is just one of eight Clippers to have played in all six games of the playoffs. He was helped off the court by the training staff, ruled out for the rest of the game and taken to the locker room in a wheelchair Thursday night.last_img read more