The Latest: Belgian soccer training sessions suspended

first_imgThe Latest: Belgian soccer training sessions suspended 1:35 p.m.AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak.According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300).The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.”Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus. All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date.The league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed.The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic.___ Associated Press The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus.___1:20 p.m.Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___3 p.m. “Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___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 Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary.___1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region. March 18, 2020last_img read more

LIAT increasing flights to hurricane battered countries

first_imgThe cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, on Friday announced that from next week it will increase its scheduled commercial flights into territories affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September.The airline, whose major shareholders are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, said that it had been working to restore capacity to the affected territories as they continue their rebuilding efforts.Airline should be considered for assistanceLast month, LIAT’s chief executive officer, Julie Reifer-Jones, said the struggling Antigua-based carrier should also be considered for assistance as the region emerges from the devastation caused by the hurricanes. The airline assisted with evacuation flights and other forms of relief for seven storm-battered territories, namely Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Dominica, the British Virgin Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, St Martin and Turks and Caicos Islands.Over US$4million lossShe said the loss to the carrier’s network as a result of the storms had been estimated at more than US$4 million.In its statement, the airline said that it would increase its flights into Dominica, St. Maarten, and Tortola, adding “this will provide greater connectivity for passengers within and outside the LIAT network.”Interim Chief Commercial Officer, Audra Walker noted that demand is improving, and the airline has been working closely with the relevant authorities to rebuild capacity to pre-Hurricane levels.“We at LIAT are committed to helping our region stay connected and we are keen to reinstate flights where there is demand for seats, cargo and Quikpak services,” Walker said.The airline will now operate three flights a week into St. Maarten, five flights weekly into Tortola and will increase the number of flights into Dominica from an alternating daily service to three flights per day.LIAT said that the new schedule will become effective on November 16.For more on LIAT, click the link: continues relief efforts into Dominicalast_img read more