The Latest: Turkish basketball season canceled amid virus The league says five players on first- and second-division clubs have tested positive. Three staff members have also tested positive.Spanish league president Javier Tebas hopes to restart the league on June 12.___The head of Japanese baseball says the 12-team league is hoping to start play next month but no specific date has been set.Japan is living under a state of emergency that is in effect until May 31. Sports have been shut down in Britain since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.A government document says Step 2 of the plan for easing the lockdown includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast.”The document states that the resumption cannot happen before June 1.The government says permitting large crowds in sports stadiums “may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Turkish Basketball Federation says it is canceling its season amid the coronavirus outbreak. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and third-ranked Karolina Pliskova will lead teams in a tennis charity event during the coronavirus pandemic.Pliskova’s team will include her twin sister Kristyna, 2019 French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova, Tereza Martincova and Nikola Bartunkova.Kvitova will be joined in her squad by Barbora Strycova, Katerina Siniakova, Barbora Krejcikova, Linda Fruhvirtova and Russian player Ekaterina Alexandrova.Pliskova says “it’s a great opportunity for us to play a unique tournament.”The first of the four tournaments that are part of the competition is scheduled for June 13-15 in Prague. President and CEO David Andrews says “the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions.”The league’s board of governors made that determination in a conference call Friday.The AHL suspended its season on March 12 after the NHL did. The league hopes to be back next season but that is in jeopardy if sports must be played in empty arenas.___The British government has told sports bodies to prepare for the resumption of events in England but not before June and not with fans in stadiums. The Turkish volleyball league has been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.Turkish Volleyball Federation president Mehmet Akif Ustundag says no team will be declared champion and no team will be relegated.He says “the men’s and women’s leagues have been registered as they stand.”Turkey suspended all league games on March 20 but the country’s soccer federation announced last week it plans to resume games on June 12 and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.___ Federation president Hidayet Turkoglu says the decision was reached following consultations with all basketball clubs and no team will be declared champion.Turkoglu says “this was the best decision for basketball.”Turkey suspended all league sports in March but the country’s soccer federation announced last week it plans to resume games on June 12 and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.___The American Hockey League has canceled the rest of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___Real Madrid has become the latest Spanish league club to resume individual training.Players were back in action at the team’s training center two months after the league was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Most clubs had already resumed individual sessions. Barcelona restarted on Friday and Atlético Madrid on Saturday.All players were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to practice. Milan and most of the other Italian league clubs resumed training on an individual basis last week before full team training restarts next Monday.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press Commissioner Atsushi Saito says “I don’t think anyone can make preparations by setting a specific opening day.”Saito says the All-Star game in July has been canceled for the first time since it was initially held almost 70 years ago. The Japanese season was originally scheduled to open on March 20.Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University professor Mitsuo Kaku says it would be difficult to set a date for the season to start with the state of emergency still in effect.Baseball has begun in Taiwan and South Korea in empty stadiums.___ The Portuguese soccer federation says the league, clubs and players must take responsibility for the consequences of the return to soccer in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.The federation says that is the first condition stipulated by government authorities to allow the Portuguese league and the Portuguese Cup to resume as planned by the end of the month.The federation says the league, clubs and players at all times “assume the risk of infection” and “bear the responsibility” of all possible consequences related to the disease and to “the risk for public health.”The federation says it received a set of conditions from the government on Sunday.The government recently said it would allow the league and the cup to resume on May 30. The second division was canceled. May 11, 2020 ___Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return to Italy to spend two weeks in quarantine ahead of the potential return of the Serie A season with AC Milan.He leaves behind plenty of questions in his native Sweden.Ibrahimovic has been keeping up his fitness by training with Hammarby. He bought a nearly 25% stake in the Stockholm-based club last year in his first move into soccer ownership. The striker practiced with the men’s and women’s teams and played in a training match because Sweden is not under strict lockdown measures during the coronavirus pandemic.The 38-year-old Ibrahimovic could return to the club as a player in the final years of his career.
Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (28) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -2 Vote up Vote down Tired Taxpayer · 272 weeks ago Government run health care. You have a very novel idea there Cue! 🙂 Karl Marx tried your idea of government run health care. It didn’t work out so good. Time to sell the hospital to an independent company. Report Reply 1 reply · active 272 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Larry · 272 weeks ago Well you can change the name and do whatever they want, but it is still going to be a money pit. The people of Wellington need to decide what they want and that is whether to have the hospital or not and if yes is the answer live with the cost of supporting it. I live in a small town south of Albuquerque and we have no hospital. It is on of the fastest growing areas in the state. The closest hospital is in Albuquerque that is 25 miles away. It doesn’t seem to bother the people here not to have a hospital that close. They did have one here when I moved here in the early eighties and it close because of a lot of the same problems the SMRC is having. People moved on and it has seem to work. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Nonya · 272 weeks ago I totally agree!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Hmmm….. · 272 weeks ago Nail hit on the head! None of the other city buildings pay utilities. The relationship between the hospital and the city as I understand it, is the hospital was sold to the city for a small sum when it was St Luke’s with the stipulation that it would be run by an independent board. This board in turn answers to the city council. There for the city is in control of the hospital. Why does the hospital pay for mowing, up keep on the parking areas, pay for utilities, and why is everyone so confused about why the hospital is in a bind? Look at even the BIG DOGS, Wesley, and Via Christi, they to are struggling. All hospitals have taken a hit. Both Wichita hospitals have changed management and cut cost and lost lots of money. I don’t know what the answer is, but I do know writing rude and uneducated comments in the news cow may make you feel better but won’t solve any problems. By the way if you are soo concerned about the hospitals situation pay your bills, use it and there is still an open position on the board, fill it. Report Reply 2 replies · active 272 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down craig · 272 weeks ago We are going to see a lot of families leave Wellington over the next few years. People avoid this tax-happy city now… and for good reason. We have problems that are not, and have never been, adequately addressed. Report Reply 1 reply · active 272 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down local guy · 272 weeks ago Why would the City want to get into the health care business? It is a losing proposition. I have always supported the hospital because I felt it was an important for our community. To some degree I still believe that. I wonder if ALL the doctors in the community maximize all the services that are offered. I would think a referral outside of the community would be a last resort. I would agree that it appears that the citizens want to keep the hospital and the jobs that go with it in Wellington. So do we give them a pass on utilities? Is that fair to other businesses in town? I guess as a citizen I would like to see all the numbers when it relates to our utility fund. How much is needed to keep our rating, how much are we short or long. One question also is how much money goes into that fund each year? Then after seeing that I guess we could determine a plan for the city and SRMC Report Reply 5 replies · active 271 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down resident2014 85p · 272 weeks ago I would like to know how much of the money that has been pulled from the utility fund was specifically used to fund the hospital and the percentage the hospital support was of all the money pulled from the utility fund. This community in the past has indicated that they want a hospital by passing a sales tax that supports the hospital. Hindsight is 2020 but at the time I thought it was a mistake to not renew the hospital tax that expired. Also, we just passed a sales tax for the hospital so why did we not pass a sales tax high enough to support the hospital including utility bills. I think we should let the community decide again by passing another sales tax that this time is enough to support the hospital and not have to take out of the city general fund. Also, this would allow the entire community to support the hospital and not just property owners (through mill levy increases). This will then decide if we want a hospital by voting to fund it and it would be provide clear cut accounting on where the money is coming from and going to. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Rick Clift · 272 weeks ago When will city council members realize this is more hospital then this city needs. Cut the size and the cost in half. Anybody that needs anything serious done that is not an emergency is going to Wichita if they value their life. Please reconfigure this white elephant and make it what it should be an ambulatory, emergency and baby delivering facility. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down No one special · 272 weeks ago I’m not against a city run hospital. I mean it’s not much different from an other business. There is supply and demand, equipment and buildings to upkeep and employees to pay. Each department has a budget, the city council and administration should be able to figure out how to work together to make it work. At least then they couldn’t play the blame game. I do think that the hospital is city owned and we should now stop talking about the utility bill. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 272 weeks ago If you are comparing Wellington Hospital to the Wichita Hospitals you have a problem. Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Can anyone tell me the difference between the Sumner Regional Medical Center and, say, the Wellington Fire and Police Departments?Yeah, yeah. I know the fire department is there to put out fires and deliver sick people. The police department is in charge of throwing bad guys in jail. The hospital is there to fix our boo-boos and keep us from dying.But essentially, all three institutions do the same thingâ€” provide a community service unlike any other city department whether its utilities, the park department, etc.So why not make SRMC a municipal hospital and stop this us vs. them mentality?At Tuesday’s Wellington City Council meeting, SRMC was getting hammered over not paying for city utilities. In a nutshell, it was one government institution hammering another governmental institution about the amount of taxpayers money they were not receiving from the other.(see story here).Â It is obvious this system of billing SRMC for utilities isnâ€™t working.Utility non-payments are nothing new for SRMC. I remember writing a Wellington Daily News article in the late 1990s or early 2000s when the hospital was not even 10 years old, about the city abating utilities for the hospital. As outlined by Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields Tuesday, SRMC has had utility abatements for 27 of the last 60 months and hasnâ€™t made a payment since Oct. 2013.Through it all, the council has been a good friend to the hospital. But that seemed to change Tuesday night.If you just dropped in from a planet from a galaxy very far away last week, you would have thought SRMC and the city were suddenly at war. The council has been a great friend to SRMC through the years. But Tuesday seemed like a spitting match – a battle of wills. Grant you this wasnâ€™t the prevailing attitude of all the council members â€” Kelly Green and Jan Korte were the exceptions. But there was enough animosity elsewhere to make SRMC officials concerned.And I canâ€™t help but think, that such a sudden adversarial attitude toward SRMC had little to do with changes in hospital board practices, as it is the sudden financial bind the city of Wellington has itself in over the utility reserve fund.Perhaps we need to restructure how this monolithic government is working on the local level.The city is fussing over the hospital not paying its utilities. But the police and fire departments donâ€™t pay their utilities either except for items like natural gas which is outside the city of Wellington umbrella. Do I think the SRMC board is derelict in its duties? No. If we were living in the town of Sunnyvale, Wonderful where we live in bliss and harmony, Iâ€™m sure the SRMC would pay those utility bills like every other institution. But, unfortunately, SRMC is fighting a war of bureaucracy both federally and statewide. The battles SRMC are fighting are unique to them and rural hospitals across the state.Hereâ€™s a solution to the utility crisis. Close SRMC. Then the city will no longer have to worry about utility bill payment. Problem solved. Letâ€™s start a new chapter in Wellington history.But this isnâ€™t what the people want. Every sales tax referendum that has been presented to the Wellington voters has passed by overwhelming margins. We are talking approval in the 70 percentile. People want a hospital, and if Wellington is to grow and sell itself to others, having adequate medical facilities are essential.People ask me who owns the city. Iâ€™m not sure. SRMC has a CEO, who serves under a board of directors appointed by the city. The board submits meetings of minutes to the city council on a monthly bases. SRMC CEO Leonard Hernandez comes to a council meeting every month to issue a report. Two City Council members serve on the hospital financial board – who by the way are Green and Korte. It seems SRMC is only independent in name only.Like it or not, the City of Wellington and SRMC are in a long-term marriage.So if you are married, why not sleep in the same bedroom? Bring the hospital in much like the fire and police department.Former council member John Brand made a point a few years back that he had worked in a community for which the city managed the hospital. He said it wasnâ€™t a good situation for which the city manager was running the show and expenses were filtered through city hall.Iâ€™m not suggesting that. Iâ€™m thinking more under the lines of how the Wellington Recreation Commission is set up for which it is a separate entity but still is under the supervision of USD 353 and the city of Wellington.Korte made the point Tuesday night that things are getting better at SRMC. They are fighting a war, and are almost winning. The city needs to give them time, she said.Whether you believe that or not, what other alternative do we have but to give them time?If SRMC is fighting a war for survival, doesnâ€™t it behoove us the city to Wellington to supply the ammunition to win the war?Perhaps, a merger one for all, and all for one, may be the best solution for this community.Follow us on Twitter.