NEW DELHI (AP) — Major Indian opposition parties have boycotted the opening day of Parliament’s budget session in solidarity with protesting farmers engaged in a standoff over new agricultural laws the government refuses to repeal. The protests were marked by violence on Tuesday, Republic Day, when tens of thousands of farmers riding tractors and on foot stormed the 17th century Red Fort. Clashes left one protester dead and nearly 400 police officers injured. India’s ceremonial president listed the government’s budgetary priorities in Parliament and described the violence as “unfortunate.” The main opposition Congress party said 16 opposition parties boycotted the president’s address.
So, we cut down our Christmas tree this past weekend. While wearing shorts and Hawaiian shirts. My kids were so confused, because typically, there’s snow when we get our tree. At the very least, it’s cold. But it was 60 degrees this year. In mid December.I keep telling myself that Decembers are usually warm and really, the first day of winter isn’t until the 22nd, so there’s time for the weather to turn around. I look in the mirror and tell my self, “It’s gonna be a killer ski season. El Nino,” I say. But honestly, I’d just like to have a little reassurance from Mother Nature. Some snow flakes on the 10-day forecast. Some frost on my car when I wake up in the morning. Most years, I’d already be skiing by now. Sigh.The one good thing about this unusually warm December is that the asshole rednecks I grew up with are quiet on Facebook. Every time there’s a winter storm in the South, I can count on a bunch of jackasses from high school chiming in with something like, “so much for global warming.” It’s a small consolation, but at least I don’t have to listen to that rhetoric for another month or so.Even though the rhododendron in my front yard are about to bloom again, I’m still optimistic that this will be an epic winter. El Niño.So I’ve been training to ensure that I can make the most of the deep pow that’s gonna blanket the Southern Appalachians. Jump rope, box jumps, whiskey shots. That’s right, it’s coming–Whiskey Wednesday, that beautiful night where me and a bunch of other dudes descend on the local hill for some mid week fellowship. Everyone brings a flask, and we all ski until the whiskey is gone. Chinese Downhill rules apply. It is a beautiful celebration of manmade snow and God-given powder that defines the winter for many of us. Stay tuned for more updates about whiskey Wednesday on this blog and watch for live tweets with the hashtag #breckenwolf.Until then, drink whiskey and pray for snow.
ANKENY, Iowa – Both Karl Chevrolet and Karl Performance continue integral roles with IMCA Racing in 2016.Karl Chevrolet, the new and pre-owned automotive dealership located in Ankeny, returns as title sponsor for the Northern SportMod division for an 11th consecutive season and will furnish part of the $9,500 point fund to be paid to top 10 drivers in final national standings.More than 1,500 drivers competed in sanctioned Northern SportMod events held in 18 states last year.Karl Performance, the Des Moines-based engine builder, Billy Moyer Victory Race Cars manufacturer and high performance parts retailer returns as sponsor of the heat winner decal program. This is Karl Performance’s 18th season as an IMCA marketing partner.“IMCA racing is the core of our business here at Karl Performance,” Clint Quesinberry, the marketing director at Karl Performance commented. “Between Karl Chevrolet and Karl Performance, we are happy to give back and be involved with the sport that drives our business and are excited to have an impact in 2016 and beyond.”Modified, Northern SportMod or Hobby Stock champions who win IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s titles with crate motors receive a new GM 604 or 602 crate from Karl Chevrolet. Drivers in any division winning with claim motors get engines from Karl Performance.“Carl Moyer is one of the great ambassadors for dirt track racing in America and it’s really an honor to partner with him in so many endeavors,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “Renewing their commitment to not only our growing Northern SportMod division, but the engine program at Super Nationals is important for a variety of reasons.”“The stability and generosity they’ve shown toward Super Nationals Champions is a cornerstone to our contingency award package and makes the post-race engine auction at Boone Speedway the most unique spectacle in motorsports,” concluded Yoder.All Northern SportMod, Southern SportMod and Hobby Stock drivers must display two Karl Chevrolet decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund checks, which will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Karl Performance decals go to heat winners in all IMCA divisions at sanctioned events. Drivers winning at least 10 heat races and providing a photo of their car showing the affixed decals to IMCA receive a $50 product certificate.More information is available at the www.karlchevrolet.biz or www.karlperformance.com websites.
The team has also struggled on the field and hasn’t won a league game since January.___The Swiss soccer league will restart several days earlier than planned to help Europa League contender Basel cope with a backlog of matches in August.The restart amid the coronavirus pandemic was set for June 19-21 in the top two divisions.The Swiss soccer federation now says Basel’s Swiss Cup quarterfinal match against Lausanne Sport will be played without fans on June 14 instead of the Aug. 5-6 dates for the other quarterfinal matches. June 4, 2020 ___The European gymnastics championships have been moved to December after being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The men’s event will run from Dec. 9-13 and the women’s championships from Dec. 17-20 in Baku, Azerbaijan.Baku was originally supposed to host only the men’s championships but France couldn’t reschedule the women’s event after missing its planned dates in Paris in April and May.European Gymnastics president Farid Gayibov says the body will review the coronavirus situation and react accordingly “should the situation at a later date not be considered safe enough any more.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Valencia striker Rodrigo says the return match against Atalanta in the Champions League “perhaps shouldn’t have been played” because of the coronavirus outbreak. Tottenham’s stadium opened last year and can hold more than 60,000 people. It is unclear when spectators will be allowed into events again.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says “it is imperative that we now all work together … to find a safe way to bring spectators back to sport and entertainment venues.”___Badminton tournaments in Australia, India and South Korea have been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.The suspended Australian Open can’t find new dates. The Hyderabad Open in August and Korea Masters in November were part of the revamped calendar announced last month but have now been put off. All referees in Italy’s top soccer league have tested negative for the coronavirus.The Serie A referees and some from the second division were tested at the Italian federation’s training headquarters on the outskirts of Florence.They will remain there until June 10 to have further tests and continue training and preparing for the resumption of Serie A on June 20.___Premier League clubs have agreed to allow five substitutions in soccer matches. The Save Soccer Foundation will need definitive approval at a federation meeting on Monday.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “it’s an initiative which doesn’t have precedents and represents a great assumption of responsibility which the (federation) is taking in favor of the whole soccer system.”The fund consists of 21,700,000 euros ($24,500,000). It will give up to 5 million euros ($5.6 million) to each of the two divisions below Serie A as well as the same amount to support clubs from the amateur soccer league.It will also give up to 3 million euros ($3.4 million) to soccer players and the same amount to coaches and their staff.The fund will also provide 700,000 euros ($800,000) to help women’s soccer clubs that are set to complete the season. The IOC pays for insurance against the cancellation of an Olympics but it is unclear if its policy covers a one-year postponement.Cancellation policies detailed in IOC accounts cost $14.4 million for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and $12.8 million for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.The IOC said last month it set aside $650 million to cover potential extra costs for the postponement.Costs for organizers in Japan are expected to run to billions of dollars.___ Borussia Dortmund has defended a group of players who were accused of breaking Bundesliga hygiene rules while getting haircuts.German newspaper Bild reports that some of the players were pictured without face masks during appointments at home with a celebrity barber. Forward Jadon Sancho was among the players.League rules during the coronavirus pandemic say players should minimize contact with people from outside their household. They have to wear masks for large parts of game days unless actually on the field.Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says he spoke with the players about their behavior and adds that they only removed their face masks to pose briefly for pictures. Zorc adds that the 20-year-old Sancho is still “very young.”___ The Korea Open in September is still on.The world tour is scheduled to resume at the end of August in Lingshui, China.___The International Olympic Committee is in talks with insurers over compensation for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games.Olympic operations director Pierre Ducrey says there is “an open discussion” between the IOC and insurance brokers “to try and find the right level of compensation to help us bear the cost of having to wait another year.” The Latest: Valencia player says match may have spread virus They will adopt the temporary law change when the league resumes on June 17 amid the coronavirus pandemic.There can still only be three pauses to bring on substitutes.Premier League clubs have also agreed to temporarily increase the number of substitute players from seven to nine.___The Italian soccer federation is launching a fund of nearly $25 million to help clubs and their members following the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. German soccer club Schalke has apologized to fans for asking them to justify their refunds for games played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.Schalke had asked for evidence of financial hardship if fans wanted tickets refunded this year rather than waiting until 2022.Schalke says it used “impersonal formulations lacking empathy” and fans will no longer be asked to submit documentary evidence of their personal finances. But the club says the approach was legal under German law.The Bundesliga was suspended in March because of the coronavirus outbreak and spectators have not been allowed to attend any of the games since the league restarted on May 16.Schalke has been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Executive board member Alexander Jobst said in March the club faced an existential threat. There are also experiences such as training sessions and dinners with various athletes.Francis says “the true values of sport are particularly important to face this period of pandemic and especially the difficult restart.”The auctions will take place on the site Charitystars.com starting Monday for two months. There will be a new one every week and each auction will last 10 days.All funds raised will go to the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo and Fondazione Poliambulanza in Brescia.___ Rodrigo’s comments to Spanish television channel TVE come after the top health official in the Valencia region said Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini “lacked responsibility” for traveling to Spain with symptoms of the virus. He recently told Italian media he felt sick the day before the March 10 match in Valencia.Rodrigo says “this is in the past now … but it’s true that after the tests began many players tested positive” in the Valencia squad. The club said at the time that about 35% of people in the team had the virus.Experts say the first leg on Feb. 19 in Milan was one of the biggest reasons why the virus was so deadly in Atalanta’s home city of Bergamo. The match has been dubbed “Game Zero” by Italian media.___English soccer club Tottenham says it is expecting to lose more than $250 million in revenue with Premier League matches being played without fans and its stadium no longer being used for two NFL games this year. Associated Press The European championships for rhythmic gymnastics will stay in Kyiv, Ukraine, but are now set for Nov. 26-29. That is six months later than originally planned.All three championships were supposed to be tune-ups for the Tokyo Olympics but that event has been postponed to 2021.___Pope Francis is promoting a charity auction of sports items and experiences in support of two of the hospitals hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Italy.The “We Run Together” auction includes a personalized bicycle given to Francis by world champion Peter Sagan, a team jersey and captain’s armband signed by former Roma forward Francesco Totti and a swim suit and hat from Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini. Basel is scheduled to resume play in the Europa League in early August. It holds a 3-0 lead over Eintracht Frankfurt from the first leg of the round of 16.Basel also faces a potential clash with this season’s Europa League possibly overlapping with next season’s preliminary rounds.Basel is currently in third place in the Swiss league and the third-place team should enter the Europa League qualifying rounds in late July or early August.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
DES MOINES — The head of the Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy and Prevention says his office is trying to gauge the impact of the coronavirus on drug use and treatment.Director Dale Woolery says he has heard some talk of problems. “Anecdotally we hear that with the social distancing and the stay-at-home recommendations in some cases — there is a concern that some of that isolation and other factors that are related could be a breeding ground for more substance use, substance use disorder and mental health issues,” according to Woolery.Woolery isn’t ready to draw any conclusions yet. “It’s too early to know if it is substantiated with the data or that we have empirical evidence. But, I do hear it anecdotally and there are some indications. I think even the CDC has started making reference to this,” Woolery says.He says his agency is keeping an eye on the situation. “We’re actually scanning data and doing interviews to try and see what correlations there may or may not be if we can tell, between the pandemic and substance abuse disorder in Iowa,” he says, “and I know others are looking at that too. I think it’s just probably a little too early to have any definitive takeaways on that.”Woolery says the drug abuse treatments have changed with the restrictions brought on by the pandemic. “You have a lot more therapy and substance use disorder treatment being provided via telehealth. There again — I think the jury is mainly out on how effective is that — and how does that compare with in-person treatment,” Woolery says.He says the drug treatment is just one of the areas where people have had to use workarounds to find a way to deliver the services during the outbreak. “The workarounds may not be as good in some cases. In other cases they may actually be better and make it easier to attend or to access something,” Woolery says. “The effectiveness though is something I think is going to take a while to kind of figure out. How effective is the tele-whatever compared to the in-person whatever.”Woolery says their reviews and the reviews of the data by others should give some batter answers on these questions down the road.