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To develop health tourism, it is necessary to start acting

first_imgIt is necessary to brand Croatia as a country of top medicine – one of the main conclusions of the panel discussion on health tourism within the conference “Emigrant Tourism” held in Split, and reports the portal entrepreneur.biz. He agreed with him Ognjen Bagatin, director of the Bagatin Polyclinic. He pointed out that emigrants can be the best ambassadors of the quality of Croatian health care. “We need to connect with emigrants in order to exchange knowledge, promote and invest in health tourism. Abroad, we need the systematic promotion of polyclinics, clinics and hospitals, but also the creation of trust and a sense of security among foreign patients. As part of that, it is necessary to emphasize the top work of Croatian doctors”, said Bagatin, who finally called on the competent institutions to cooperate with Croatian doctors working in the world’s leading clinics. Unfortunately, in Croatia we are constantly talking about potentials, and there is no way to turn them into resources. We have everything, and yet we have nothing. That is why our economy is stagnating and lagging behind, not only behind the developed countries of Europe, but even from countries such as Hungary, Poland, Estonia, which until recently we laughed and watched from above. Only Romania needs to overtake us to be at the bottom of the success of the EU economy. Nikica Gabrić, owner of the Svjetlost Polyclinic, said that Croatia does not know how to use the fact that with more than one hundred million overnight stays of foreign guests, it is the eighth country in Europe in terms of the number of “foreign” overnight stays. By the way, in order to see their practices, Bagatin toured the world and advocated the implementation of the best foreign solutions in the Croatian health system.”The general manager of the clinic in Cleveland, which employs as many as sixty-six thousand people, is Tomislav Mihaljević. With his three pieces of advice, our man could change the entire Croatian healthcare system. That is why it is necessary to ask our emigrants for help and advice and rich experience, as well as to work together to improve the entire health system, which makes up more than twenty percent of the annual budget of the Republic of Croatia. “, said Bagatin and concluded that this is the best way to keep doctors and nurses in Croatia and provide better service to system users. “Twenty million people come to Croatia for holidays without receiving information that they can get some health services here. We are a small, relatively unknown country to the world, especially in the field of health. That is why we must invest in recognizability, and Croatian emigrants can be a bridge to foreigners”, said Gabrić. Let’s finally open our eyes and start dealing with market development. Regardless of politics, those who deal with and want market development grow and develop. That is why almost all countries within the EU have overtaken us. One is politics, and something completely different is market and market development. By not acting we have the situation we currently have and the problems that will get bigger and bigger. Comment: For the development of health tourism, it is necessary to start acting Alfred Franković, the head of the Kvarner health tourism cluster, explained that the public and private sectors successfully cooperate in the health tourism of the Littoral. “Thanks to that, Croatia is stronger in dental than Hungary. Eighty thousand people come to us every year from Italy alone. Further investment in visibility and marketing is needed for further development. “, Franković pointed out. And therein lies the biggest problem, both in the development of health tourism and in our tourism and economy. If we were at least engaged in market development, actively fighting in the market and looking for our place under the sun, despite possible bad moves and failure, we would be alive and looking forward. So in health tourism, we have everything arranged, and even the most important part, the health (service), at a very high level, despite everything and everyone. So he just needed to arrange the dice and round out the story. The private sector is pushing and doing a lot, a miracle for our framework, but it can no longer do it alone, without a stable and complex system that encourages and offers a development vision, and without synergy. In the end, I would like to quote the excellent comment of Karl Vujeva, mag. oec. from the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, who told Večernji list ” Inaction is a bad excuse for ignorance, and it is quite incorrect that we do not have enough domestic intelligence and expertise. After all, failure would be better than inaction anyway. Failure at least takes courage to try” But this requires action, not adherence to the status quo. When, if not now, when Croatian tourism is in the trend and focus of global tourists and media? Nikica Gabrić also criticized the fact that private medical institutions from Croatia cannot currently apply for tenders for obtaining funds from the European Union. He believes that the private sector in Croatian healthcare can make a step forward and create new jobs. Gabrić also confirmed that you have to build trust in people for medical tourism:”Foreigners opt for dental services here, but for eye or heart surgery they must have a much higher degree of trust. ” It’s all up to the people. It’s all up to us. Just taking the knowledge and experience that was on the said panel would be enough, let alone taking the conclusions of the various panels back three years on this topic. As Bagatin pointed out, Tomislav Mihaljević from the Cleveland Clinic could change the entire Croatian healthcare system with his three tips. The man wants to help, but two sides are needed to cooperate. We constantly talk about how the main pain of our tourism is the short season and low tourist spending. Health tourism can and must be one of the solutions. Cover photo: Josiel Miranda, Pexelslast_img read more

Trump says wearing mask ‘patriotic’ in tweet showing his face covered

first_imgThe accompanying picture, in black and white, showed Trump wearing a dark mask with the presidential seal.The stylish photo and exhortation for Americans to unite around masks was a far cry from Trump’s longtime mocking of masks as symbols of weakness during a pandemic that he has repeatedly suggested is overblown.However, his tweet stopped well short of endorsing calls from some for a nationwide mandate to wear masks in public.The nation’s top medical authorities — backed by several leading Republican figures — say that mask wearing is crucial to halting the disease.Amid a fierce resurgence of the virus in southern and western states — including some that are Republican strongholds — Trump has come under new pressure to change his tune.He only wore a mask in public for the first time on July 11. By contrast, his Democratic challenger in the November presidential election, Joe Biden, has worn a mask in public for months.Topics : US President Donald Trump, who for months refused to encourage mask wearing as a way to combat the coronavirus, on Monday tweeted a picture of himself with his face covered and touted his patriotism.”We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance,” Trump wrote.”There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!”We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President! pic.twitter.com/iQOd1whktN— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2020last_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf on What “Freeing the Six-pack” Means for PA (VIDEO)

first_img By: Governor Tom Wolf Free The Six-Pack,  Liquor Reform,  The Blog,  Videos May 26, 2016 BLOG: Governor Wolf on What “Freeing the Six-pack” Means for PA (VIDEO) This week, following my request, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board voted to free the six-pack and allow for gas stations like Sheetz, Wawa, and Rutters to sell six-packs of beer as long as they have appropriate accommodations.Currently, the Pennsylvania Liquor Code requires the PLCB “refuse any application for a new license or the transfer of any license to a location where the sale of liquid fuels or oil is conducted.”However, a recent Commonwealth Court ruling affirmed the PLCB’s authority to improve customer experience and make purchasing beer more convenient for Pennsylvanians. This ruling sets an important precedent that clarifies this piece of Pennsylvania Liquor Code and allows for the sale of malt or brewed beverages at gas stations and other businesses. This is an important step toward improving availability and convenience for customers.Creating and following this precedent will make the commonwealth more inviting for customers and businesses, while we continue to work on improving customer satisfaction for all Pennsylvanians. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Reaffirms Vow to Veto Heartbeat Bill at Rally in Support of Women’s Reproductive Rights

first_imgGov. Wolf Reaffirms Vow to Veto Heartbeat Bill at Rally in Support of Women’s Reproductive Rights Press Release,  Public Health,  Women’s Rights Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf, joined by legislators, advocates and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, today vowed to veto the so-called heartbeat bill and any legislation that restricts women’s reproductive rights.“Today I am reaffirming my commitment to keeping Pennsylvania a place where women make their own health decisions,” Gov. Wolf said. “Politicians should not be in a doctor’s office. Make no mistake about it, while the General Assembly cleverly names anti-health care choice bills things like “Heartbeat Bill,” this is an attack on women’s personal freedoms, personal choice, and personal liberties.”“I’m proud to stand with Governor Wolf in opposition to the proposed heartbeat bill,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “HB1977 and other similar abortion restrictions are yet another attack on the rights and reproductive health of individuals seeking healthcare services that are personal and unique to them. These bills jeopardize health, especially in the instance of high-risk pregnancies, and I appreciate the Governor’s leadership on this very important issue.”“Instead of focusing on these intrusive laws that threaten access to health care and shame patients for their personal decisions, we should focus our attention on promoting laws that support Pennsylvania families and expand reproductive health resources and access, rather than interfering in private medical decisions,” said Ashley Lenker White, Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania executive director. “As a former Planned Parenthood volunteer, Governor Wolf has literally walked the walk, and we greatly appreciate his vetoes in past sessions and his steadfast commitment to vetoing any bans that reach his desk.”Pennsylvania is not the first state to consider a “heartbeat bill,” which would make it illegal for a provider to perform an abortion if a heartbeat is detected. Several other states, including Ohio, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri passed heartbeat laws trying to ban or limit abortions; none have gone into effect due to court decisions of unconstitutionality. Pennsylvania legislators who stood with Gov. Wolf today vowed to defeat this bill and any similar ones brought before the General Assembly.“The Republicans in the State House are determined to run one unconstitutional abortion ban after another,” said Rep. Leanne Krueger. “Despite the fact that we have elected more pro-choice Democrats over the past few years, we still don’t have enough votes to defeat these bills on the House floor. I’m grateful that we have a governor like Tom Wolf who has pledged to veto every abortion ban that reaches his desk.”“The author of HB1977, like most women, did not even know she was pregnant until after six weeks had passed,” Rep. Mary Isaacson said. “This bill, which to be clear is a six-week abortion ban, is not only scientifically and ethically wrong, but is yet another unconstitutional attempt to force Pennsylvanians to carry unwanted or unviable pregnancies to term at greater medical risk and against their will.”“I will fight every attempt in the legislature to infringe upon a woman’s right to access an abortion”, said Sen. Larry Farnese. “We need to continue to work to create a culture in our state where women are respected…where women are trusted to make their own decisions…and where no one is attempting to take away the autonomy a woman has over her own body and her own choices.”The governor vowed to veto any legislation that attempts to force women into certain choices by shaming them or making those choices difficult to obtain or a financial burden.“I will never allow these disingenuous and brazen attempts to limit individual freedoms and individual liberties to succeed,” Gov. Wolf said. “This legislation is a shameful and cowardly attempt to pass the most extreme anti-choice legislation in the country. The “heartbeat bill” is a backwards and misguided policy and it is not representative of Pennsylvania. I will veto it.” SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img November 01, 2019last_img read more

PME to double residential-mortgage investments to €2bn

first_imgJeroen van Hessen, partner at the DMFCO, said mortgage investments currently returned between 2.5% and 3%.He said this had declined by approximately 1 percentage point compared with January, however, due to the drop in interest rates.PME is the seventh pension fund to invest in residential mortgages through the DMFCO.Last month, the €60bn metal scheme PMT doubled its commitment to Munt Hypotheken to €2bn.At the same time, PGB, the €19bn pension fund for the printing industry, doubled its commitment to €1bn.Dutch pension funds are looking increasingly to residential mortgages as an alternative for low-yielding government bonds.Due to growing demand for residential mortgage investments, the DMFCO has more than tripled its initial target of €3bn to €10bn.At the moment, Dutch pension funds have committed €5bn in total to Munt Hypotheken. PME, the €39bn pension fund for the Dutch metal industry, has said it will double its stake in residential mortgages to €2bn through an investment in Munt Hypotheken of the Dutch Mortgage Funding Company (DMFCO). Marcel Andringa, executive board member for asset management at PME, said the scheme had “killed two birds” with the investment.“We invest in the Dutch economy through an established player, and we also achieve attractive and stable returns against a limited risk,” he said.He said it was also important to PME that Munt Hypotheken issued mortgages against an “attractive” rate, making it easier for people to get onto the property ladder. last_img read more

H&L Contracting Dredging Barnegat Bay Channels

first_imgNew Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials have announced the start of navigation dredging in the Metedeconk River/Kettle Creek Complex, located in Ocean County.The dredging work is part of a $16 million project to continue returning State channels in Barnegat Bay to a state of good repair.This project includes dredging shoals in the following channels to their authorized depth: Upper Metedeconk River Channel (6ft.), Green Cove Channel (5ft), Beaver Damn Creek North and South (5ft.), Bay Head Channel, Winter Yacht Basin, Kettle Creek-Sailors Quay (5 ft.) and Kettle Creek (5ft.) with one foot of allowable over-dredge, respectively.NJDOT’s contractor, H&L Contracting, will be mechanically dredging the channels. An estimated 180,000 cubic yards will be removed taken by barge to the placement location known as Dredge Hole 18 (DH18).These channels were severely impacted, creating shoals and limiting navigation, by Superstorm Sandy. This project will create renewed safe navigation, and maintain these Barnegat Bay Channels in a state of good repair.Since shortly after Superstorm Sandy, in March 2014 the NJDOT announced a comprehensive State Channel Dredging and Emergency Response Program to ensure and maintain safe navigation statewide, and to continue to be able to respond adequately to waterway impacts from named storms.last_img read more

APA: We’d Like to Teach the World to Swing…

first_imgFamily Research Council 8 July 2019Family First Comment: Monogamy is now bigotry!If you wanted confirmation that the American Psychological Ass’n has been hijacked by radicals, here it is….“People who practice ‘consensual non-monogamy,’ as they call it, are unduly ‘marginalized,’ and it’s time, the APA argues, to promote ‘awareness and inclusivity’ for people who practice ‘polyamory, open relationships, swinging, relationship anarchy and other types of ethical, non-monogamous relationships.’Just when you think you’ve heard it all, the American Psychological Association (APA) decides this: Monogamy is the new bigotry. That’s right. According to the supposed “mental health experts,” open marriages are the tolerant approach to intimacy. And they’ve launched a task force to prove it to the world.According to the APA’s official description of this initiative, “Finding love and/or sexual intimacy is a central part of most people’s life experience. However, the ability to engage in desired intimacy without social and medical stigmatization is not a liberty for all.” People who practice “consensual non-monogamy,” as they call it, are unduly “marginalized,” and it’s time, the APA argues, to promote “awareness and inclusivity” for people who practice “polyamory, open relationships, swinging, relationship anarchy and other types of ethical, non-monogamous relationships.”Well, the APA may call these open relationships “ethical,” but the American people sure don’t. In Gallup’s latest survey on moral acceptability, it’s hard to find a behavior more universally frowned upon than adultery or polygamy. Only nine percent of the country agrees with the APA that fidelity is somehow narrow-minded or passé. The multiple-spouse relationship has mildly more support at 18 percent.Still, the head of the task force writes, “I’m concerned about the lack of support this community is receiving.” “Too many clients who are in consensual non-monogamous (CNM) relationships, have to educate their therapists. Too many of them discontinue therapy because their therapist judged them, didn’t know enough about CNM to be helpful, or worse, makes actively stigmatizing comments…” It’s time, he insists, “to examine our biases and take a non-judgmental posture toward clients engaged in consensual non-monogamy — just as we would with LGBTQ clients.”FRC’s Cathy Ruse, who — like most — thinks the APA has long been off the rails for some time, can’t believe the organization is fighting to give swingers “protected legal status.” And they’re supposed to be the psychologically healthy ones! Keep in mind, she points out, “the American Psychological Association is a professional guild. When it makes a controversial decision, like this one, that decision is not made by a vote of its 100,000+ members (which include “educators” and “students,” according to Wikipedia). No, it is made by small numbers of powerful activists, who have sought out places of influence, like task forces.”And how will the APA fight for the liberty of sexual anarchists against “social and medical stigmatization,” she asks? With a measly budget of just over $100 million. Just as it’s tried to tear down the social norms for transgenderism and other sexual proclivities, they’ll start in the usual place — soft targets, like children. “How long will it take American public schools to incorporate swinging into their sex ed?” she wonders. As long as it took them to stigmatize abstinence and promote sexual anarchy in its place? If so, we won’t have to wait long.https://www.frc.org/updatearticle/20190708/world-swingKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Woman killed during gender reveal party mishap

first_imgAuthorities in Iowa are reporting that a 56-year-old woman was killed during a mishap at a gender reveal party.The incident occurred Saturday around 4:00 pm in rural Knoxville, Iowa.Police say they were called to the home after a person was injured in an explosion:“It was reported that a female had been seriously injured in the explosion,” police said in a press release. “Local Fire departments, emergency medical services, and law enforcement responded to the scene where a 56-year-old female was pronounced deceased on scene.”Investigators found that the woman had been hit by a piece of shrapnel as a direct result of the method used during the gender reveal.No other details about the incident including the victim’s identity, are currently available.last_img read more

EHS to hold winter sports information meeting Wednesday

first_imgELLSWORTH — Ellsworth High School is scheduled to hold its annual winter sports meeting next Wednesday, Nov. 14.Ellsworth will be offering basketball, competition cheerleading, indoor track, swimming and wrestling this winter season. All athletes interested in participating in those sports are required to attend the meet with a parent or guardian.Practices for the winter sports season are scheduled to begin Nov. 19. Schools are eligible to hold the first countable meets and matches Dec. 7, though no cheer competitions will be held until January.The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in the school’s Katsiaficas Gymnasium. For more information, contact Athletic Director Josh Frost via email at JFrost@EllsworthSchools.org or via phone at 667-4722.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— Mark Stone scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection with under 7 minutes left, and the Vegas Golden Knights took a big step toward clinching the top seed in the Western Conference by beating the St. Louis Blues 6-4 in round-robin play. Vegas would be the West’s No. 1 seed with a win against Colorado on Saturday. NFL-OPT OUTS66 players opt out of NFL season due to coronavirus pandemicUNDATED (AP) — A total of 66 players have opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic, nearly half of them linemen.Twenty offensive linemen and 11 on defense opted out before Thursday’s deadline. Players with a medical opt out will receive a $350,000 stipend, whole those voluntarily opting out receive $150,000 as an advance against future salaries. — Penn State All-American Micah Parsons is opting out of the 2020 season because of concerns about COVID-19. The junior linebacker will be eligible to enter the 2021 NFL draft and is already expected to be high first-round selection.— Penn State says it’s not expecting to have fans at home football games this season, a decision that will cost the schools millions in revenue. Penn State has one of the largest stadiums in the country, holding more than 107,000 fans for big games. — BYU will play at Navy on Labor Day night in a matchup of teams that had openers against traditional rivals canceled as Power Five leagues rearranged their schedules. The Cougars were originally slated to open their season on Sept. 3 at Utah, but the Pac-12 has gone to a conference-only schedule to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing to get the annual football game between Florida State and the University of Florida rescheduled. He said Thursday that keeping the famed rivalry going will be good for the state. The two schools have played each other every year since 1958— Ohio State is opening preseason training camp with strict coronavirus precautions in place and uncertainty about the coming season. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play a 10-game season against all Big Ten opponents starting Sept. 3. However, the season may still be canceled. Lillard was 11 for 18 from 3-point range, plus had 12 assists for Portland. The Blazers closed to within a half-game of Memphis in the race for eighth in the West. Michael Porter Jr. scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Denver, which remained in the West’s No. 3 spot. In other Thursday NBA action:— Despite not having Russell Westbrook, the Houston Rockets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-97 Thursday. The Lakers were without LeBron James. James Harden outpaced everyone with 39 points. Anthony Davis had 17 for L.A. The Rockets, who had 21 3-pointers, are 3-1 since the restart. The Lakers are 2-3.— Bogdan Bogdanovic (BOY’-ahn bahg-DAH’-noh-vich) scored a career-high 35 points to help the Sacramento Kings beat the New Orleans Pelicans 140-125. De’Aaron Fox had 30 points and 10 assists and Harrison Barnes added 22 points for the Kings, who got their first win in four tries since the restart. Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram each scored 24 points for the Pelicans. Both teams are chasing a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. —Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton scored 33 points each, and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a huge early deficit to get a 130-116 win over the Miami Heat on Thursday to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Heat led by as many as 23 points in a first half where the team piled up 73 points despite playing without Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic. — Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers defeat the Dallas Mavericks 126-111. Paul George scored 24 points and Ivica Zubac added 21 points on 10-for-10 shooting and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who strengthened their hold on the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference standings. Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points and Luka Doncic added 29 for Dallas, which fell to 1-3 in the restart. — Deandre Ayton had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns continued their improbable run in the NBA bubble with their fourth straight win 114-99 over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday. Devin Booker added 20 points and 10 assists and Cameron Johnson had 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Suns pulled away with a 21-0 run that began late in the third quarter and carried over into the fourth. MLB-SCHEDULE-RANGERS-ATHLETICSOlson homers, Fiers gets 1st win as A’s sweep RangersOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics are on a roll with the rival Houston Astros coming to town at last. TV-OLYMPIANS-DEPRESSIONPhelps, Ohno open up about suicide, depression in new docLOS ANGELES (AP) — Olympians including Michael Phelps, Apolo Anton Ohno, Jeremy Bloom, Shaun White, Lolo Jones and Sasha Cohen are opening up about their mental health struggles in a new sobering documentary about suicide and depression among the world’s greatest athletes. Many of the athletes are sharing their pain for the first time in HBO’s “The Weight of Gold,” which aims to expose the problem, incite change among Olympics leadership and help others experiencing similar issues feel less alone. Phelps is a co-executive producer of the documentary. He says the need for change is what drove him to speak up. Phelps said the first step is “treating people like humans” instead of products.VIRUS OUTBREAK-CONGRESS —Kevin Newman’s pinch-hit two-run single with one out in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Newman ended Pittsburgh’s seven-game losing streak. Gregory Polanco added a three-run home run for the Pirates. Miguel Sano hit a three-run shot for the Twins. NHL-PLAYOFFS-FLYERS-CAPITALSLaughton scores twice to lead Flyers past Capitals 3-1TORONTO (AP) — Scott Laughton scored two goals and Travis Sanheim added one to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday. The Flyers play Tampa Bay on Saturday and the winner will earn the top seed in the East. Kevin Hayes had three assists for the Flyers. Brian Elliott stopped 16 shots to keep the Flyers. Travis Boyd scored for the Capitals. In other Thursday ice action: August 7, 2020 Matt Olson homered to back Mike Fiers’ first win of the season and the A’s beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 on Thursday for their sixth straight victory and a series sweep.Khris Davis added a two-run single, Mark Canha had an RBI single and Stephen Piscotty a sacrifice fly as the balanced, first-place A’s won again with Houston on its way. Anderson Tejeda hit a two-run homer in his major league debut, chasing Fiers (1-0) in the seventh inning and pulling the Rangers within 5-4. Oakland’s Sean Murphy countered with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning.Houston would have played its first road game of the season at Oakland in late March before this season was delayed by the coronavirus.In other Thursday MLB action:— J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer, Hector Neris struck out Aaron Judge in a big spot and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Yankees 5-4. Phillies starter Zach Eflin allowed two unearned runs and four hits, striking out five in four innings in his first start. A beleaguered bullpen surrendered two runs the rest of the way on Gary Sanchez’s two-run homer off Nick Pivetta. No team has come close to New England in losing players for the upcoming season, which begins Sept. 10 with Houston at Super Bowl champion Kansas City. The Patriots, already minus several stars who left in free agency — including, of course, Tom Brady to Tampa Bay — saw eight opt outs: running back Brandon Bolden, offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, safety Patrick Chung, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, tight end Matt LaCosse, wide receiver Marqise Lee, offensive lineman Najee Toran and fullback Dan Vitale. Hightower, Cannon and Chung were key contributors in recent seasons.In other NFL news:—The Green Bay Packers say they won’t have any fans for at least their first two home games this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. That means there won’t be any spectators for their Sept. 20 game with the Detroit Lions and their Oct. 5 Monday night game with the Atlanta Falcons. Green Bay’s third home game is Nov. 1 against the Minnesota Vikings. Packers officials say any decision on whether to admit fans for that game would depend on the status of the pandemic at that time.—The New Orleans Saints have placed two players on their COVID-19 reserve list. Second-year linebacker Kaden Ellis and veteran long snapper Zach Wood are the first two Saints players to receive the designation since players began reporting to team headquarters early last week. The designation means the players had a positive or must isolate because of potential exposure.—A judge in Colorado has agreed to push the Denver Broncos ownership trial to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The case had been scheduled to be heard Sept. 1 before but that would have required the sides to participate via videoconference. The case pits the two eldest daughters of late owner Pat Bowlen and the three trustees who have run the team for the last seven years. Associated Press center_img — Two sons of pro football Hall of Famer Ray Lewis have announced on social media they will transfer to play at Kentucky. Rayshad and Rahsaan Lewis announced their decisions on verified Twitter accounts. NASCAR-GIBBS-JONES RELEASEDErik Jones won’t return to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2021 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Erik Jones won’t return to Joe Gibbs Racing next season, ending his time with one of NASCAR’s top teams after three Cup seasons but several years in Gibbs’ driver development program. The 24-year-old was discovered by reigning Cup Series champion Kyle Busch when Jones beat Busch in the Snowball Derby late model race in 2012. Jones was 16 at the time and the victory opened the door for Jones’ rapid rise into NASCAR’s national series. Update on the latest sports —Nick Markakis capped his first start of the season with a game-ending home run in the ninth inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Markakis lined the one-out homer off Wilmer Font that carried into the restaurant behind the right-field stands. Markakis opted out at the start of the season due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic before changing his mind and returning to the team.—Shohei Ohtani homered in his first plate appearance since being shut down as a pitcher, Dylan Bundy struck out 10 in the third complete game of his career and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1. Ohtani drove a 1-0 pitch from Seattle starter Taijuan Walker to the opposite field just beyond the leap of left fielder Dee Gordon leading off the second inning. It was Ohtani’s third home run of the season, all coming against the Mariners. —José Ramírez homered from both sides of the plate and drove in four runs, and the Cleveland Indians routed the Cincinnati Reds 13-0. Ramírez hit a solo drive batting from the left side against Luis Castillo in the first inning. He connected again during Cleveland’s 10-run seventh, belting a two-run drive off left-hander Cody Reed. According to STATS, Ramirez is the first player in major league history to homer from both sides of the plate within his team’s first 15 games of the season.—Daniel Murphy hit a two-run, pinch-homer during a five-run seventh inning to lead the Colorado Rockies over the San Francisco Giants 6-4. Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies to spoil Tyler Anderson’s return to Coors Field. Anderson was Colorado’s opening day starter in 2019, but knee surgery in June ended his season after going 0-3 with an 11.76 ERA. The Giants picked him up off waivers in October.—Whit Merrifield, Maikel Franco and Jorge Soler homered, and the Kansas City Royals stopped a six-game slide with a 13-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Soler and Salvador Pérez each had three hits and two RBIs, helping Brad Keller to the win in his first major league appearance in nearly a year. Texas Tech women’s coach fired one day after report of abuseLUBBOCK, Texas (AP) —Texas Tech has fired women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings. The decision comes a day after a scathing newspaper report alleging a culture of abuse in her program. Athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in the USA Today story he thought progress was being made in communication in the program. But he fired Stollings after two days of meetings with players. Players made claims of demeaning and threatening comments from coaches and staff members in season-ending exit interview over both of Stollings’ seasons at Texas Tech. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSNotre Dame opens ACC play against Duke, won’t play NavyUNDATED (AP) — Notre Dame opens its season as an Atlantic Coast Conference football member against visiting Duke on Sept. 12. But the Fighting Irish won’t face Navy for the first time in more than nine decades as part of the ACC’s reconfigured schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league has set up a 10-game conference schedule that includes a nonconference game, though that game must be played in the member school’s home state. The Fighting Irish and Midshipmen had been scheduled to play for the 94th straight year.In other college football news:— Miami star defensive end Gregory Rousseau has opted out of this college football season. He was second in the nation with 15.5 sacks last season. Rousseau would have been a third-year sophomore and is eligible to enter the NFL draft next year. TENNIS-US OPEN-WILD CARDSPast champions Clijsters, Murray get US Open wild cardsNEW YORK (AP) — Past U.S. Open champions Kim Clijsters (KLY’-sturz) and Andy Murray received wild-card invitations for the Grand Slam tournament Thursday.Clijsters is a four-time major champion and former No. 1 who came out of retirement this year after already being elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The U.S. Open — which she won in 2005, 2009 and 2010 — would mark the 37-year-old Belgian’s first Grand Slam appearance since a second-round loss at Flushing Meadows in 2012.Murray, a 33-year-old from Britain who also has been ranked No. 1, won the first of his three Grand Slam titles at the 2012 U.S. Open. He is working his way back from two hip operations. The U.S. Open is scheduled to start Aug. 31 without spectators. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA SCHEDULE-TRAIL BLAZERS-NUGGETSLillard’s 11 3′s lift rising Portland past Denver, 125-115LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) —Damian Lillard tied his franchise record with 11 3-pointers and scored 45 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers moved closer to the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference by beating the Denver Nuggets 125-115 Thursday night. PGA CHAMPIONSHPJason Day leads PGA as Koepka continues to be a major forceSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jason Day’s name hasn’t been on the leaderboard lately in the majors. Brooks Koepka’s is there all the time. Day opened the the PGA Championship with a bogey-free round of 5-under 65 at the TPC Harding Park. Right behind was Koepka, going after a third straight PGA Championship title. No one has ever won this major three straight times in stroke play. And only six players in history have won the same major three straight times. Koepka had six birdies and was among those at 66. Tiger Woods had a new putter and opened with a 68.Bulked-up Bryson DeChambeau, the longest driver on tour, broke his driver, which he has nicknamed “the Kraken.” It cracked when he bent over to pick up his tee, the club snapped under him. His support team fetched another shaft.last_img read more