The Port of Dubrovnik Authority rejected the offer for the construction of the port of Gruž

first_imgThe Governing Board of the Dubrovnik Port Authority concluded at a session held at the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure that it maintains its previous position that the formal and legal conditions for concluding a concession agreement for the Gruž terminal with the Turkish-French consortium Dubrovnik International Cruise Port Investment (DICPI) ).Director Dubrovnik Port Authority Blaž Pezo said that according to that conclusion there are no legal elements, and in accordance with the current procedure, that the contract on the construction of the port terminal will be signed with a potential concessionaire on Monday, October 9. “According to the current legal analysis of the law firm we hired, not all the prerequisites for signing the contract have been met”, Said Pezo.Last week, DICPI launched a conciliation process in which the Dubrovnik Port Authority will participate. “If no agreement is reached in that procedure, according to their announcements, they will initiate arbitration. We are ready for that arbitrationSaid Pezo. Pezo pointed out that he considered unfounded the possible request of DICPI for compensation in the amount of HRK 920 million. Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković once pointed out that the pre-contract was terminated, among other things, because they asked the DICPI for state guarantees for the terminal project, which was completely contrary to the terms of the concession tender.Source: HRTRelated news: Fewer trips, passengers and days of stay of foreign ships for cruiseslast_img read more

Do you follow the schedule of school holidays in emitting markets?

first_imgBehind us are two July weekends that brought congestion on major road routes.This situation will continue this weekend as announced by HAK, because many Croatian citizens will go on vacation, and school holidays will begin in parts of the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. Many will choose one of the tourist centers on the Adriatic or will pass through Croatia to destinations in Eastern Europe.Last year we noticed that many tourists avoid traveling on weekends, ie Saturdays and Sundays due to heavy crowds, and choose to go and return from vacation on Friday or Monday, and this practice has continued this year.HAK points out that they expect increased traffic during Friday, July 13, until Monday, July 16, and the peak is expected on Saturday, July 14 (5:00 – 17:00), from the morning in the direction of the sea, and from noon in the direction of the interior. During Sunday, July 15, heavier traffic is expected in the afternoon in the inland direction, and especially between 9:00 and 15:00. During Friday, the biggest traffic jams will be at the border crossings with Slovenia, and on the A3 Bregana-Lipovac highway in the east direction.WELCOME YOUR GUESTS WITH REFRESHMENT As we know, over 85% of tourists come to Croatia by road, so they travel for hours just to come to Croatia, welcome them with coffee, juice, lemonade, beer, wine… and some snacks, preferably homemade food, such as prosciutto, bread and tomato or any other indigenous product.Just put yourself in their role and imagine traveling with children in a crowded car all over Europe, for five, six or more hours. Put yourself in their role and everything will be clear to you.Guests will be exhausted throughout the trip and that little token of attention will show how much you care about them, and they will know how to appreciate it.Cool their room, greet them with coffee, let them care about your guests. And tourists are people, right?CALENDAR OF HOLIDAYS AND HOLIDAYS ON BROADCAST MARKETSKnowing our guests and emitting markets is crucial.If you have not used or followed the calendar of holidays in our emitting markets so far, then it is high time to start doing so. Just when the holidays are the most traveled, and in order to be able to better prepare, you must follow the market, in order to offer targeted content in that period and thus attract guests.The calendar of holidays and celebrations on emitting markets is regularly published on the website of the Croatian National Tourist Board, although it is already too late for this year, and preparations for the next tourist season have already begun. Also, on the CNTB website, there is a profile of emitting markets with quality information in decision-making and strategic planning of public and private sector entities in the Croatian tourism industry.Side dish:1.  Calendar of holidays and celebrations in emitting markets 2018.2. Emitting market profilesFinns travel the most to the EUIt is also interesting to note that according to the data European Statistical Office, almost two thirds of the population, or 62% of them, can afford a multi – day trip once a year in the European Union.A third travel abroad, but most still spend their holidays in one of the domestic tourist destinations. The most active tourist nations are the Finns, where only 8,6% of the population does not travel, followed by the Dutch, Luxembourgers, Czechs and Danes. Also, it should be noted that the EU average in terms of inactive population is 37,9%,TOMAS SUMMER 2017 – Enogastronomy, sports, health and other forms of tourism are increasingly important motives for the arrival of guestsThe research was conducted by the Institute of Tourism from July to October 2017 in seven coastal counties, covering 67 major places along the coast and on islands on a sample of 5.950 respondents from 18 emitting markets. Through this research, data on the socio-demographic structure of guests, characteristics of travel and stay in the destination, consumption and guest satisfaction with our tourist offer were collected and analyzed.The results of the survey conducted in 2017 showed visible changes in the attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia compared to 2014, when this survey was last conducted.Attachment: “ATTITUDES AND CONSUMPTION OF TOURISTS IN CROATIA – TOMAS SUMMER 2017.”last_img read more

Our generation is leaving kids a mess

first_imgIt appears that all we are going pass on to the younger generation a list of the following things they would rather not have, such as violence, greed, sex allegations, widespread crime and killings. and political opposition. It’s so sad that we can’t pass on a better outlook. As hard as we try, we still are putting ourselves in a bad situation.Look around you. Can you see anyone who is willing to try to work for the better of anything. There’s always one or a few who like to spoil the outcome. As time goes by, it’s getting worse with no end in sight. Things are at a downward spiral, which is out control. All over at every level, we find a problem with something that makes it harder for all of us. Just read the newspaper or watch the television to be informed about our bright outlook — if you can find one.The younger generation is in for a rocky road which is not getting any better. It’s too bad that our generation didn’t all work a little harder together. Then we would not have this mess.Walter “Neal” BrazelleRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Notebook Sold down the river

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Hampshire Pension Fund tenders £1.2bn in active equity mandates

first_imgNo one at the pension fund was immediately available for further comment.According to its 2014-15 annual report, Hampshire Pension Fund, part of the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), allocated 37.5% of its total assets to global equities at the end of the reporting year, including a 10.7% allocation to passive global equities.The three managers or funds used for investment within its “high-performance global equities” category are Aberdeen Asset Management, Newton Investment Management and Aberdeen Frontier Markets Equity.These three managed actual allocations of 13.5%, 12.9% and 0.2%, respectively, at year-end, according to the report.In absolute terms, Aberdeen runs £687m of Hampshire Pension Fund active global equity assets, Newton £659m and the Aberdeen Frontier Markets Fund £12m.The pension fund’s total investments stood at £5.1bn at the end of the 2014-15 financial year. The UK’s £5.1bn (€6.5bn) Hampshire Pension Fund is looking for investment managers to take on mandates to invest £1.2bn of its assets in global equities, using an active approach, according to a tender notice.The notice said Hampshire County Council, on behalf of the fund, anticipated awarding mandates to between two and five managers for its total global equities portfolio of £1.2bn.Managers applying have until 2pm on Friday 22 April to submit pre-qualification questionnaires, according to the notice.The council said it envisaged inviting 5-10 firms to tender.last_img read more

​Ilmarinen backs BlackRock US ESG exchange-traded fund with €750m

first_imgFinland’s largest pension insurance company has invested €750m in an exchange-traded fund (ETF) tracking the US stock market it co-developed with iShares.The new product is the third ETF run according to environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles that the €47bn provider has helped create this year.The pensions insurer said such collaborations enabled it to find suitable passive products not previously available as it worked on implementing its “extensive ESG strategy”.The latest investment is in the BlackRock iShares ESG MSCI USA Leaders ETF, which tracks MSCI’s ESG index of companies with the best corporate responsibility rating from different industries. The index assesses companies’ performance on ESG issues and excludes the tobacco, alcohol, gambling and weapons industries. Source: NYSEIlmarinen and DWS staff rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on 14 March this year to mark the launch of a new ETFIlmarinen has been co-developing ETFs for several months, marking the first launch in February with an investment in the Lyxor MSCI EUR ESG Leaders ETF.Anna Hyrske, head of responsible investment at Ilmarinen, said: “We are pleased that new ESG alternatives will also come onto the market for passive investment, and we are happy to be involved with the various players in developing them.”Hyrske told IPE the ETF development work had taken the form of discussions about the problems Ilmarinen wanted to see solved using these ETFs.“The issues have been, for example, index selection, feedback on pricing and ESG components,” she said.Ilmarinen had an extensive responsible investment policy covering all asset classes, Hyrske said, but had found it difficult to find suitable passive products.“Through these collaborations we have been part of an effort that is not bespoke to Ilmarinen but allows other investors – including retail investors – to invest into passive ESG products,” Hyrske said.“We have not changed allocation from active to passive. This has been a shift from one type of passive products to another type of passive products.” In March, Ilmarinen invested more than €700m in the Xtrackers MSCI USA Leaders Equity ETF, tracking the same index and developed in partnership with DWS’ Xtrackers ETF arm.last_img read more

Untouched time capsules proving irresistible for buyers

first_imgThe kitchen of 9 Hawthorne Street, New Farm, that went on to sell for $1.625m within 24 hours of it being listed for sale.The wallpaper might be peeling – and often a touch too garish for today’s tastes – the bathroom and kitchen may have pipes older than most buyers, but demand is running red hot for untouched suburban time capsules.Unrenovated gems, often the worst house on many gentrified streets – especially in popular inner city suburbs or those within a 20km radius of the CBD – are so hot right now that agents simply can’t get enough of them listed. Chance to buy your own chapel How COVID-19 is changing buyer wish lists MORE: Swimwear designer’s dream home for sale Coronavirus sparks rise in adults moving back in with their parentscenter_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 This home at 77 Smallman Street, Bulimba, goes under the hammer at 1pm Saturday August 8. The wallpaper at 77 Smallman Street, Bulimba, harks back to another age.They’re finding that when they do list, the houses are either snatched up within hours or spark a surge in inspections from a wide range of interested parties looking to either renovate, detonate or land bank for the future.Real estate agent Glenn Bool of Place Bulimba has one such home going under the hammer tomorrow at 77 Smallman Street in high demand Bulimba, where he has already had about 50 groups come through. The three bedroom, one bathroom, triple car park house at 77 Smallman Street, Bulimba, has only ever had one owner since 1963.The property is expected to see strong bidding at its 1pm auction this weekend (Saturday August 8) given the location. This home at 9 Hawthorne Street, New Farm, sold within 24 hours of listing to a local family. The bathroom at 9 Hawthorne Street, New Farm.Another inner-city home at 9 Hawthorne Street, New Farm, was snatched up within 24 hours of listing with seven offers made within the hot inner-city 5km ring.Aaron Woolard and Dylan Leone of Place New Farm sold the house for a whopping $1.625m with hours of the listing going live on realestate.com.au.The house had been with the owners for 40 years and was bought by a local family who are now planning to put up their dream home on the site in a massive renovation project. This is $1.625m home in New Farm. Old school Queenslander style at the New Farm home.The New Farm time capsule was on a 539sq m block that’s just 2.9km from the Brisbane CBD, with historic elements in the Queenslander house including VJ walls, casement windows, ornamental ceilings, decorative archways and timber floors. The sale augurs well for properties like the Bulimba time capsule which will be open for inspection at 12:30pm Saturday (Aug 8) with the auction set to follow straight after at 1pm.“As it stands at the moment we’ve got really good interest with four or five pre-registered bidders,” Mr Bool said. The veranda at 77 Smallman Street, Bulimba, enclosed with coloured glass.Around 50 groups have been through the property so far with multiple third inspections.The location was the star but there was not taking away from the fact that the property hit the sweet spot for several types of buyers.“People are loving the location, it’s central Bulimba, a nice flat block, an easy walk to Oxford Street, but it’s the fact that it’s a blank canvas (that’s the drawcard),” he said. “People can come in, they could remove the house, renovate, extend, there are a lot of options you can have moving forward.” Many original features at the 77 Smallman Street home in Bulimba.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoThe home was in its original state with terrazzo flooring in the bathroom and narrow hardwood timber floors, with its post-war status also appealing to those who may want to redevelop the site.“There’s a real mixture of interest in three categories,” he said. “Young aspirational couples that want to be in the suburb … They will pay the premium to get into Bulimba. It’s the old buy in the best suburb you can afford. We have a number of people looking to do that,” “There are a number of people investing, looking to hang on to the property and decide what to do with it down the track.”“Others are measuring up for extensions, some saying they’d remove the house and can have a new one built in 18 months. It’s been educational for me to have different conversations with people about what they would do.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Thomas Letang proposes new airline to accomodate displaced Liat employees.

first_img 120 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Thomas Letang proposes new airline to accomodate displaced Liat employees. by: – April 6, 2011center_img Tweet Share Thomas Letang; photo credit: Facebook General Secretary of the Public Service Union Thomas Letang wants employees of Liat who are to loose thier jobs soon to consider the introduction of a new airline for the Caribbean.Mr. Letang says this would help address the unemployment problems of the region. Liat is planning to close its offices across the Caribbean a move that is likely to affect close to 100 employees.“I think it was the Chairman of the Hotel and Tourism Association who made some comment that maybe Dominica needs its own national airline and I really want to suggest that maybe the displaced employees at Liat the people that are going to loose their jobs  regionally, maybe they need to look at that possibility, have some research, have some study done on whether there is not the need for another airline in the Caribbean and whether they couldn’t take on that challenge. That is something that they may have to look at. I think the workers along with some private sector people can maybe begin to look at that possibility.”Mr Letang further explained that one of the reasons is the lack of efficient service by that carrier, ” because I am not too sure whether we are totally satisfied with the service that Liat is providing. I am not saying that there is a need for another airline, mark you I have never said so. I am saying that these people should begin to look at whether  its not an airline but how they might be involved in this whole travelling kind of thing. It may not be an airline, it may be in this tourism industry, whether it is travelling or whatever.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Person sentenced in kidnapping case

first_imgMadison, IN— A Jefferson County woman was sentenced Monday in the Jefferson Circuit Court following a lengthy sentencing hearing. Elani Hines was convicted of Kidnapping, a level 3 felony, and sentenced to 12 years. Hines will serve six years in the Indiana Department of Correction and will be eligible to serve six years under supervision by Community Corrections. The charges are from an investigation initiated on June 19, 2019.Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department received a report from a young female and her mother that the young female had been assaulted by two older girls. Deputies interviewed the victim and observed bruises and swelling on her face, head, and hands. In addition, Deputies observed that it appeared that parts of the victim’s hair had been shaved off and some pulled out.The victim advised that she had been staying at a friend’s house when two young women, later identified as Elani Hines and Hailey Bartley arrived at the home. The victim advised that Hines and Bartley forcibly removed her from her friend’s house, took her to the Hines residence and began beating her, especially in the head. The victim advised that the two then pulled her into the bathroom and began attempting to shave her head with clippers. The victim said Bartley also held a knife to her and told her if she told anyone she would have people from Indianapolis kill her.During the course of the investigation, officers learned of two potential witnesses to parts of the events. Interviews of those witnesses corroborated the victim’s statement and led to the seizure of Bartley’s mobile phone. Further, Deputy Miller interviewed Hines who admitted her involvement.Detectives with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department arranged for Bartley’s phone to be forensically analyzed. The phone analysis revealed photos and video of the incident stored on the device. Detective Denning described the photos and video from the phone as “quite disturbing” and as depicting “Hailey and Elani hitting, kicking, strangling and torturing” the victim over a period of time.Bartley is scheduled to be sentenced on September 4, 2020.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSManfred, Clark meet, develop basis for possible agreementUNDATED (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and players’ union head Tony Clark have developed a framework that Manfred says could form the basis of an agreement as the two sides try to start the pandemic-delayed season. Cavs’ Love honored with Arthur Ashe Courage AwardCLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his efforts in raising awareness about mental health.Love, whose openness about his life-long battles with anxiety triggered nationwide discussion and helped spur the NBA to do more to help players deal with emotional issues, will receive the award at Sunday’s ESPYs in Los Angeles.Love said it was an absolute honor to receive the award and that he was humbled by it. Love added that if telling his story can help just one child then he’ll know his efforts were worth it and that he hopes on day that are able to erase the stigma around mental illness.Named in honor of the tennis champion, the Arthur Ashe Award honors “those who find ways through sports to make a difference far beyond the field of play and impact the world in indelible ways.” — The rate of positive coronavirus tests in the Orlando, Florida, area has been soaring in recent days. The NBA hopes that doesn’t matter. After spending weeks putting together an elaborate series of health and safety protocols, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association believe they have done what is necessary to keep the 22 teams and others who will be part of the season restart at the Disney campus near Orlando next month safe and healthy.— NHL players won’t be expected to wear full face shields if games resume this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic. Equipment changes have not been a focus of return to play negotiations between league and NHL Players’ Association. The sides have focused on testing and other off-ice safety precautions. Because players are expected to be tested daily, there isn’t expected to be additional on-ice equipment required for practices and games.— The Southern Heritage Classic has canceled the Sept. 12 game scheduled between Tennessee State and Jackson State in the first known Division I cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic. Founder Fred Jones said Wednesday he knows this is a great disappointment to fans who see this game as a major highlight. But Jones says health and safety of everyone is a top priority. This is the second cancellation in three years for the Southern Heritage Classic, which is played at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis. The 2018 game was called due to weather.TENNIS-US OPEN23-time major champ Serena Williams says she’ll play US Open Manfred says he met with Clark at his request for several hours in Phoenix, where Clark has a home and where he has been since spring training was cut short on March 12.  Manfred says he is encouraging the league’s teams to move forward and says he trusts Clark is doing the same with the players.The two sides have been about $1 billion apart in guaranteed salary as they try to reach a deal to start the season. Players originally were set to earn $4 billion in salaries before the coronavirus outbreak began.The union cut off talks Saturday, a day after MLB’s last proposal, and said additional negotiations were futile. Players told MLB to unilaterally set the schedule, but Manfred said MLB would not do that while there was a threat of a grievance.The sides reached a deal on March 26 in which players agreed to prorated salaries, part of an agreement that included a guarantee of service time even if no games are played this year.Teams say they need more pay cuts to afford to play in empty ballparks. Players say they will not accept additional salary reductions. Previous winners include Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, Nelson Mandela, Pat Summitt and Caitlyn Jenner.TRACK-COLEMAN SUSPENDEDWorld’s fastest man suspended for missing doping testsDÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The fastest man in the world has been sidelined for a string of missed doping tests.Christian Coleman, an American sprinter who won the 100-meter title at last year’s world championships and had been the early favorite for the Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo Games, was temporarily banned from competition by the Athletics Integrity Unit on Wednesday. The report said he may have “misperceived” the pitch of the aircraft, which can happen when a pilot becomes disoriented in low visibility. Experts have said the path of the flight indicated he was disoriented.The 1,700 pages of the report do not offer a conclusion of what caused the crash but compile factual reports. A final report on the cause is due later.Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and six of their friends were killed, along with the pilot.REDSKINS-NAMEDebate on racism renews calls for Redskins to change name In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Major league players have committed $1 million to support minor leaguers whose leagues appear unlikely to start this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Major League Baseball Players Trust, a not-for-profit affiliate of the Major League Baseball Players Association, made the announcement. MLB and the union are trying to reach an agreement to start the big league season in empty ballparks but minor leagues don’t have large broadcast contracts and have not announced any plans to take the field.— Manchester City has beaten Arsenal 3-0 as the Premier League’s 100-day shutdown ended. The 55,000 seats that would usually be filled for the visit of Arsenal were instead empty. The only supporters seen celebrating goals from Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden were streamed onto big screens. There was a minute’s silence before the game to remember coronavirus victims. And a display of solidarity remembered George Floyd, with both sets of players taking a knee around the center circle.— Brazilian soccer will make its return on Thursday after a three-month suspension. The governing body of soccer in Rio de Janeiro says Flamengo and Bangu will play in an empty Maracanã Stadium in the local league. More than 45,000 people have died with the virus in the South American country and health specialists say the peak of the crisis is yet to come.— The women’s and men’s professional tennis tours have issued what they are calling “provisional” calendars that would resume sanctioned competition in August. Tour play has been suspended since early March because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The WTA said its first event would be the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy the week of Aug. 3. The ATP said its players would return to action at the Citi Open in Washington beginning Aug. 14 where Women will also will compete. UNDATED (AP) — The recent national debate over racism has renewed calls for the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their name. Mayor Muriel Bowser believes a change is overdue and called the name an “obstacle” to the team building its next stadium and headquarters inside the District of Columbia.A recent study found that 49% of respondents considered the name Redskins offensive. The team had no comment about a possible name change.Owner Dan Snyder over the years has shown no indication that he’d change the name.Advocates call the name a dictionary-defined racial slur and hope this is the movement that finally invokes change.NBA-CAVALIERS-LOVE AWARDcenter_img Instead of concluding the Triple Crown, the Belmont is kicking off the series. It will be run at 1 1/8 miles — shorter than its usual grueling 1 1/2 miles — without spectators or owners at Belmont Park in New York.KOBE-BRYANT-CRASHReport: Kobe Bryant pilot may have been disoriented in fogLOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal investigators say the pilot of the helicopter that crashed in thick fog, killing Kobe Bryant and seven other passengers, reported he was climbing when he was actually descending.The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that Ara Zobayan’s last transmission said he was climbing to 4,000 feet to get above clouds. But, he actually was in a rapid descent into a hillside northwest of Los Angeles. The report confirms initial findings that the helicopter was functioning. June 17, 2020 HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A group of Congressional Democrats is condemning a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Education that threatens to withhold federal funds over a Connecticut policy allowing transgender girls to compete against non-transgender girls in high school sports.The group of 28 lawmakers sent a letter Wednesday to Kenneth Marcus, the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, questioning the motives and legal reasoning behind the May decision that found Connecticut’s policy is a violation of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that guarantees equal education opportunities for women.Connecticut U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, a former national teacher of the year said that “Title IX was never meant to be used as a tool to threaten schools into discriminatory practices in order to preserve critically needed federal funds”.The Office for Civil Rights ruled the Connecticut policy, which allows athletes to participate as the gender with which they identity, has “denied female student-athletes athletic benefits and opportunities, including advancing to the finals in events, higher level competitions, awards, medals, recognition, and the possibility of greater visibility to colleges and other benefits.” The AIU updated its list of athletes on provisional suspension to include Coleman hours after he revealed details of the case. The suspension will last until a final decision is reached at a hearing conducted under World Athletics Anti-Doping rules or the Integrity Code of Conduct.Coleman had a previous whereabouts charge dropped last year ahead of the world championships. But his current charge could lead to a two-year ban, ruling him out of next year’s postponed Olympics.Coleman wrote on Twitter that drug testers were unable to find him Dec. 9 when he was at a mall shopping for Christmas presents. That was his third infraction in a 12-month period.TRANSGENDER ALTHETES-HIGH SCHOOLCongressional delegation blasts DOE transgender ruling UNDATED (AP) — Serena Williams is planning to play in the 2020 U.S. Open.The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion said in a video shown during the U.S. Tennis Association’s tournament presentation Wednesday that she “cannot wait to return” to New York for the major championship she has won six times.The 38-year-old American was the runner-up in Flushing Meadows each of the past two years.Meanwhile, two-time major champion and former No. 1 Simona Halep (HAL’-ehp) says she does not “currently plan to play” at the 2020 U.S. Open. Halep adds in a statement emailed by her representative to the AP on Wednesday that her stance “is not set in stone.” The 28-year-old Romanian is currently ranked No. 2 and is the reigning champion at Wimbledon. She also won the French Open in 2018.The U.S. Open will be held without spectators from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. It’s normally the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of each season, but it will be the second major of 2020, following the Australian Open, which concluded in early February. The French Open was postponed from May because of the coronavirus pandemic and currently is scheduled to start a week after the U.S. Open ends. Wimbledon was canceled altogether for the first time since World War II in 1945.HORSE RACING-BELMONT-DRAWTiz the Law draws No. 8 post as early 6-5 Belmont favoriteELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — It wasn’t quite the post position trainer Barclay Tagg wanted for Tiz the Law. Still, it wasn’t far off for the colt who on Wednesday was made the early 6-5 favorite for the Belmont Stakes.Tagg was hoping the Florida Derby winner would land anywhere between spots 5 to 7 in the starting gate for Saturday’s beginning of the reconfigured Triple Crown series. Tiz the Law drew the No. 8 post in the 10-horse field and will be ridden by Manny Franco. Associated Press last_img read more