Professor Muhsin S. Mahdi, James Richard Jewett Professor of Arabic Emeritus, at Harvard University, died on July 9, 2007, in Brookline, Massachusetts, after a long series of illnesses, at the age of 81. Universally acclaimed as the leading specialist in medieval Arabic and Islamic philosophy, Mahdi was born in 1926 in the city of Karbala, Iraq, where his mother gave birth to him leaning against the wall of the sanctuary of Imam al-Husayn. After schooling in Karbala and Najaf, he finished high school in Baghdad. An outstanding student, he was awarded a government scholarship to study business administration at the American University of Beirut, where he earned both a B.B.A. and a B.A. in philosophy (1947). He taught for a year at the University of Baghdad (1947-1948) before coming to the United States on another Iraqi government scholarship to begin graduate studies in economics at the University of Chicago. Here he was soon able to pursue his true vocation: he studied with Nabia Abbott at the Oriental Institute and began his profound exploration of political philosophy under the guidance of Leo Strauss (1948-1954). His dissertation, on Ibn Khaldūn, was immediately recognized as groundbreaking.After a year as a post-doctoral fellow in Paris and two more years of teaching at the University of Baghdad, he returned to the University of Chicago, where he taught in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from 1957-1969. At Harvard University from 1969 until his retirement in 1996, he was the James Richard Jewett Professor of Arabic and served as director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and later also as chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Mahdi conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He was a Rockefeller Foundation research fellow and a Fulbright research scholar in Morocco. He held visiting professorships at the University of Freiburg, the American University in Cairo, the Central Institute of Islamic Research in Pakistan, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Bordeaux. He was a founding member and president of the International Society for the History of Arabic Sciences and Philosophy and a founding member and board member of the Middle East Studies Association. He served on the editorial boards of four important journals in the field: Arabic Sciences and Philosophy: A Historical Journal; the Journal of Near Eastern Studies; Hamdard Islamicus; and Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy. He also served as president of the American Research Center in Egypt and was honored by being the first corresponding member of the Cairo Academy of Arabic Language.Upon retirement, he divided his time between Cambridge, Massachusetts, the French countryside, and Paris, where he lectured at the Institut du Monde Arabe and frequented the cafés and bookshops that were the meeting places of artists and intellectuals from all over the Muslim world, many of them former students. Shortly before his death, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the American University in Cairo—sadly, in absentia. Professor Mahdi had an incomparable command of the medieval Arabic language in its many varieties (depending on subject matter, geographical and/or religious context, and author’s training). Having steeped himself in the well-proven methods of critical editions of manuscripts developed in Western scholarship, he ardently desired to establish the same rigorous standards in the field of Arabic and Islamic philosophy. He devoted much of his career to searching for manuscripts wherever his travels took him. A rigorous but stimulating teacher, he emphasized fine-tuned analysis and interpretation of the Arabic philosophical texts. He was an enormously influential teacher, and one who inspired great loyalty from his students. A sense of Mahdi’s teaching can be gauged by the impressive 1992 festschrift, The Political Aspects of Islamic Philosophy, edited by one of his closest students, Charles Butterworth. He is especially known for the recovery, edition, translation, and analysis of the writings of the philosopher Abū Nasr al-Fārābī (870-950 CE). His last book, Alfarabi and the Foundation of Islamic Political Philosophy (2001), is a collection of luminous and illuminating essays. With Ralph Lerner of Chicago and the late Ernest Fortin of Boston College, he co-edited Medieval Political Philosophy, a sourcebook that includes selections in translation from Hebrew, Latin, and Arabic. However, there is a second pillar of Muhsin Mahdi’s fame: his critical edition of the earliest extant manuscript of The Thousand and One Nights—a core of tales that would be transformed and expanded, beginning with Galland and going on to Lane and Burton and beyond, into the quintessential Orientalist creation of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (Alf Layla wa Layla, Leiden, 1984; third volume, in English, 1994). The edition was the outcome of a Herculean labor, since the manuscripts of the Thousand and One Nights are numerous, though mostly not very old, and the text, being on the border of oral and written literature, is in constant flux, which meant that Mahdi had to develop a special method to achieve what would deserve to be called a critical text.As Steve Lenzner has written, “In his life and work, Muhsin Mahdi transcended the idea of East and West. He was, as a friend put it after his death, a liberal in the old-fashioned and elevated sense, deeply versed in, and shaped by, the world’s great books. In no way did this show itself more clearly than in Mahdi’s devotion to his teacher Leo Strauss. Mahdi’s last book, Alfarabi and the Foundation of Islamic Political Philosophy (2001)—the fruit of a lifetime of study and unsurpassed on the subject—bears the dedication: ‘For L.S.—If we had to repay the debt of gratitude incurred by his kindness to us, not even the whole of time would suffice.’” Some colleagues considered the Nights a diversion from his work in philosophy, but those with deeper understanding have always known that creative literature often serves as a refuge for political philosophy in troubled times. Charismatic and charming, with a mischievous smile and a cordial laugh, Muhsin Mahdi was also an intensely private person who maintained the stance of a true philosopher throughout decades marked by conflict between and among peoples of the three religions of the Book. It is evident, however, that the destruction of his native land by his adopted country was finally too much for him. His health, already seriously affected by the Gulf War in 1992, was dealt another blow in September 2001. March 2003 was a fatal wound, although it took him four more years of mental and physical anguish and suffering to die from it.Professor Mahdi is survived by his wife, Sarah Roche-Mahdi; two daughters, Fatima and Nadia, from a previous marriage to Cynthia Risner; and two stepdaughters, Rachel and Rebekah Gerstein. He is also survived by his first wife, Louise Carus Mahdi. His granddaughter Lina Morouj Colla, daughter of Nadia and her husband, Elliott Colla, was born October 31, 2007.Respectfully submitted,William A. GrahamJohn E. MurdochAbdelhamid I. SabraWheeler M.ThackstonW. P. Heinrichs, Chair
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver killed a 27-year-old woman and injured her male companion in her hometown of Eastport on Saturday night, Suffolk County police said.Erika Strebel and Edward Barton were standing near Strebel’s disabled Jeep on the shoulder of the eastbound lane of Montauk Highway when they were struck by an eastbound vehicle shortly after 9 p.m.The vehicle, which sustained front end damage, fled eastbound on Montauk Highway.Strebel was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where she was pronounced dead. Barton, 26, of East Moriches, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he is being treated for head and knee injuries.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
A Minnesota couple, who managed a credit union, were each sentenced Tuesday for embezzling $2 million from it to support three successful businesses.Nkajlo Vangh, 61, was sentenced to seven and a half years in federal prison, and his wife, True Yang Vangh, 52, was sentenced six years by U.S. District Court Judge Franklin Noel in Minneapolis. They were also ordered to pay restitution of $1.7 million and four years of supervised release after serving their prison sentences. They both pleaded guilty in May to one felony count of aiding and abetting bank fraud.The Vanghs were Laotian refugees who fled their war-torn nation in the 1970s and eventually made their way to the U.S. and settled in Rosemount, Minn.Mr. Vangh was the president and board chair for the Hmong American Federal Credit Union since it opened in 1984, which served the Laotian community in Minneapolis. Mrs. Vangh worked as the manager of the credit union from 2001 to 2011 when it was liquidated by the NCUA. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Peter Damgaard Jensen, managing director of PKA, said: “This is unique and historic and clearly underlines the fact that, in Denmark, too, PPP projects are getting off the ground.”PKA said it had now invested in five healthcare sector buildings in Denmark, including this project.In March, PKA joined PensionDanmark and Sampension in a PPP deal worth DKK430m to build and operate a new psychiatric hospital in the city of Vejle.The hospital will be built in Skeiby, north of Aarhus, and form part of the New University Hospital (DNU) in Aarhus.PKA will supply financing for the 50,000m2 hospital building, while KPC will act as turnkey contractor and be responsible for construction, while Wicotec will operate the hospital for a 25-year term.Construction is set to start at the beginning of 2016, and the hospital is expected to be ready for use three years later.Arkitema is the architect for the project ,and the consulting engineer is Grontmij. Danish pensions administrator PKA is investing DKK1.3bn (€174m) in a new psychiatric hospital in Aarhus in the biggest public-private partnership (project) hospital project in Denmark so far.PKA, which manages five labour-market pension funds in the social and healthcare sectors, will finance the project in conjunction with KPC and Wicotec.The consortium of the three partners was chosen by the central Jutland municipality Region Midtjylland to run the hospital project, PKA said.With financing of DKK1.3bn, the PPP will be the biggest of its kind so far in Denmark, PKA said.
LocalNews DPSU official wants new measures to address employee challenges by: – May 3, 2012 Share 15 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! DPSU’s General-secretary Thomas LetangThe General-secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union has calling for the adoption of new approaches in addressing current issues affecting employees on the island.Letang made those remarks while addressing the 6th biennial conference of the DPSU Wednesday evening.He said as governments battle with the effects of globalization, free market economies and the economic down turn, they are placed under increasing pressure, to focus less on measures geared toward the protection and well being of all employees.“That diminish lack of interest on the part of some government and complacency place great demands on trade unions and those they represent to become more active and vocal in addressing the rights of workers”.He said the Constitution of Dominica, provides for all citizens the rights to join and belong to a union of his or her choice.“This is emphases in the Industrial Relations Act, which makes it an offence to discriminate against an employee because of his or her interest and membership in a trade union or participation of that workers organization,” he added.According to Letang, “without abandoning the strategies used in the past to promote and guard workers rights, today’s situation calls for the adoption of new approaches, in addressing current issues, so as to achieve effective and favorable results”.“In that context, it is therefore imperative that employees get the opportunity to influence policies, resources allocation and direction through direct participating in decision making,” he added.Meanwhile the Union informed its membership that plans to take industrial action against government has been aborted.Letang told the membership last night that two successful meetings have been held with government and an agreement was entered into.He said the meeting did not only have a favorable outcome, but it is in the best interest of public servants.“The Union forwarded two resolutions to the government of Dominica. One had to do with statements by a particular gentlemen and another had to do with salaries and the fact that we should get back to the negotiating table, instead of waiting for the outcome of the classification exercise which is taking place within the public service”.Letang said government’s negotiating team and an agreement to conclude negotiations were agreed upon.“That is what we wanted so we cannot embark upon industrial action because we got what we wanted,” he explained.The General-secretary said progress has also been made in membership, grievance handling and positive results from statements relating to national policies.Dominica Vibes News
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Franklin County Community Foundation for an Endowment to be established in memory of Haroline. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Haroline Ison. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Pastors Wayne and Jimmy John Ison will officiate the funeral service on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Cupps Chapel Cemetery, Metamora. Those surviving who will cherish Haroline’s memory include her husband, Stephen D. Ison of Brookville; children, Jamie Horn Ison of Metamora, Ryan T. Ison and Daniel D. Ison, both of Brookville, and 6 grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Roberson, and a brother, Michael Andresen. Haroline Ison, of Brookville, was born on September 20, 1947, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Harold and Ruby Trent Andresen. She married Stephen D. Ison on February 19, 1972. Haroline had been a CNA at Elsie Dreyer and a member of the Franklin County Zoning Board. Her entire life was centered on family – especially the love for her children and grandchildren. On Saturday, December 24, 2016, at the age of 69, Haroline passed away at her residence with her family by her side.
Final point races of the 2015 season are Sunday, Sept. 27Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,200; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 1,199; 3. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 1,182; 4. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 1,165; 5. J.D. Auringer, Waterloo, Iowa, 1,164; 6. Nick Roberts, Des Moines, Iowa, and Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, both 1,160; 8. Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn., 1,159; 9. Keith Jack Lamphere, Monroeton, Pa., 1,155; 10. Justin Jones, Bemidji, Minn., 1,153; 11. Keith White, Little River Academy, Texas, 1,151; 12. Rob VanMil, Barnesville, Minn., 1,149; 13. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, and Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, both 1,148; 15. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 1,146; 16. Michael Densberger, Lincoln, Neb., 1,140; 17. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M., 1,138; 18. Jason R. Benjamin, Towanda, Pa., 1,135; 19. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, Iowa, 1,133; 20. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 1,131.IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 785; 2. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 759; 3. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 752; 4. Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn., 746; 5. Logan Scherb, Paradise, Texas, 742; 6. Michael Stien, Ceylon, Minn., 741; 7. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, and Jesse Cripe, South Haven, Minn., both 739; 9. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 734; 10. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 730; 11. Trevor Serbus, Olivia, Minn., 726; 12. Josh Hawkins, Whitehouse, Texas, 720; 13. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 714; 14. Adam Gullion, Lincoln, Neb., 712; 15. Jeremy Schultz, Hutchinson, Minn., 703; 16. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, and Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas, both 698; 18. Michael Haggenbottom, Levittown, Pa., 696; 19. Tucker Doughty, Heath, Texas, 694; 20. Chris Kelly, Oklahoma City, Okla., 683.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., and Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, both 1,200; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,191; 4. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 1,188; 5. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 1,182; 6. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,175; 7. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,168; 8. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 1,162; 9. Casey Woken, Norton, Kan., 1,157; 10. Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn., 1,156; 11. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 1,154; 12. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 1,153; 13. Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa, 1,152; 14. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn., 1,148; 15. David Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,145; 16. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 1,143; 17. Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis., 1,139; 18. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 1,136; 19. Chad Bruns, Wayne, Neb., 1,135; 20. Charles Cosper, Belton, Texas, 1,134.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,195; 2. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 1,191; 3. Jacob Olmstead, Overton, Neb., 1,190; 4. Cory Probst, Worthington, Minn., 1,189; 5. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, and Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, both 1,184; 7. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,180; 8. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,177; 9. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 1,166; 10. TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 1,159; 11. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,154; 12. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,153; 13. Tiffany Bittner, Hampton, Neb., 1,145; 14. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake, Iowa, 1,139; 15. Tyrel Smith, Goodland, Kan., and Andrew W. Borchardt, Plymouth, Iowa, both 1,138; 17. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,132; 18. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 1,130; 19. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 1,129; 20. Jeremy Wegner, Graettinger, Iowa, 1,126.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jesse Baldwin, Aztec, N.M., 1,186; 2. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,180; 3. Chad Hertel, Abilene, Texas, 1,128; 4. Robert Scrivner, Woodway, Texas, 1,066; 5. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 1,056; 6. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,049; 7. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,040; 8. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 1,031; 9. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 1,029; 10. John Freeman, Runaway Bay, Texas, 986; 11. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 983; 12. Jeffrey Kaup, Woodward, Okla., 977; 13. Thomas Bennett, Bastrop, Texas, 962; 14. Brian J. Carey, Aztec, N.M., 932; 15. Jordan Eddleman, Kirtland, N.M., 910; 16. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 885; 17. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, and Logan Ellis, Wagoner, Okla., both 868; 19. Jennifer Parker, Red Oak, Texas, 864; 20. Chris Cogburn, Waco, Texas, 828.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 1,200; 2. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,197; 3. Mark “Bud” Martini, Avon, Minn., 1,193; 4. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif., 1,189; 5. Clinton Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,185; 6. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,177; 7. Lucas James Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 1,175; 8. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, and Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., both 1,173; 10. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, 1,167; 11. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 1,165; 12. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill., 1,163; 13. Jared VanDeest, Holland, Iowa, 1,160; 14. Ryan Moser, Englewood, Colo., 1,159; 15. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 1,148; 16. George Nordman, Mason City, Iowa, and Sam Robert Wieben, Dysart, Iowa, both 1,137; 18. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,134; 19. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 1,129; 20. Cody Knecht, Whittemore, Iowa, 1,125.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 1,200; 2. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,193; 3. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,165; 4. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,153; 5. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 1,144; 6. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 1,137; 7. Kaitlyn DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,135; 8. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,116; 9. Brendon Yamry, Rice, Minn., 1,112; 10. Bill Whalen Jr., Riverside, Iowa, 1,096; 11. Alan Lahr, Nicollet, Minn., 1,093; 12. Drew Johnson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,089; 13. Dalton Kron, Algona, Iowa, 1,085; 14. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 1,079; 15. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa, 1,061; 16. Dustin Jackson, Oneill, Neb., 1,057; 17. Devin Jones, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,056; 18. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 1,053; 19. Trent Orwig, Wayland, Iowa, 1,044; 20. Zach Foesch, Bird Island, Minn., 1,040.
Batesville, In. — A Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser for the Batesville High School and Middle School Bands will be held Friday, January 18 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.Residents are welcomed to the Batesville High School cafeteria for a spaghetti meal with your choice of sauce, salad, bread, drink and dessert. Advance tickets are $8 for adults, $10 at the door and $5 for children under 12.
Sunday will not be rain-free, although it will be an improvement over Saturday, according to forecasts.A ridge of high pressure off the east coast of the state will begin to move closer to shore today, forcing its clockwise flow over our area. That will mean showers in the Atlantic will affect Miami-Dade or Broward counties, as well as areas not of us, such as Orange County and the I-4 corridor.Graphic courtesy: WPEC/CBS12Palm Beach County could still see a few isolated to widely scattered showers through Monday.We can expect to have partly sunny skies and drier conditions by New Year’s Eve, and sunny skies and cooler temperatures for the first day of 2020.
Murphy says he’s got a mask, gloves and wipes for his cross-country flight, which comes at a time when much of the world is locked down.___The NHL’s chief medical officer expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better.Dr. Winne Meeuwisse says the virus “really just entering the rapid acceleration phase” in North America. That makes it unclear when hockey might resume.He says the league is thankful only two players have tested positive for COVID-19 so far and its hopeful weeks of isolation will prevent more from contracting the virus. Players and staff have been told to self-quarantine until at least April 4. There is no timeline for when players might be able to start working out in small groups or report to team training facilities. Meeuwisse says the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and Canada will determine when that might be possible.Varying recommendations and lockdown regulations across the league’s 31 markets could impact how the NHL proceeds. Meeuwisse and deputy commissioner Bill Daly are still unsure whether fans would be allowed in for potential games when they resume.___Mary Roman, a world-class senior athlete who held numerous national age records in track and field, has died of complications from COVID-19. She was 83.Mayor Harry Rilling of Norwalk, Connecticut, made the announcement. Roman, who also served for 20 years as Norwalk’s city clerk, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital. March 25, 2020 Federer writes on his social media accounts that “these are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind.”The announcement was the first post on his Twitter and Instagram accounts in more than three weeks.Federer underwent surgery on his right knee five weeks ago and hoped to return for grass-court tournaments in June. The men’s tennis tour has since shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.Federer says he and wife hope “others might join in supporting more families in need.”___ Major League Soccer has extended its moratorium on team training through April 3 and still wants players to stay in their team’s local market.MLS has targeted May 10 as a potential return date.Team training facilities may be used only for physical therapy purposes at the direction of the team’s medical staff.___Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka, say they have donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.02 million) “for the most vulnerable families” in Switzerland. Aqueduct has extended the suspension of live horse racing through at least April 5 because of the impact of the new coronavirus in New York.As a result, the $750,000 Wood Memorial has been postponed. No make-up date has been determined yet for the major Kentucky Derby prep that was to be run on April 4.Last Thursday, the New York Racing Association suspended racing at Aqueduct after confirmation that a backstretch worker who lived and worked at Belmont Park tested positive for COVID-19. The Belmont backstretch is home to 585 workers who tend to the daily care of more than 1,300 horses stabled on the property.The pandemic has affected other prep races for the Kentucky Derby, which itself was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Sunland Derby in New Mexico and Blue Grass and Lexington stakes in Kentucky have been canceled, along with the UAE Derby. The Arkansas Derby was pushed back from April 11 to May 2. For now, the Florida Derby on March 28 and Santa Anita Derby on April 4 are still scheduled. The Belgian soccer league says clubs should not apply for temporary layoffs for their players despite matches remaining suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.The league asked clubs not to burden the government’s temporary unemployment scheme for employees forced out of work because of the lockdown measures implemented in Belgium.The league says exceptions can be made only “for urgent economic reasons.”The league also says it’s too early to decide when matches can resume.___ Richeze wrote on Instagram that two tests for COVID-19 had come back negative and he was discharged Wednesday.That status of Richeze’s teammate, Fernando Gaviria, remains unknown after he also tested positive for the virus. Two staff members for UAE Team Emirates also tested positive, and the entire team remains in voluntary quarantine.The second edition of the UAE Tour, a major early season stage race, was canceled with two stages left. Riders and support staff for all 22 teams were isolated, though nearly all of them now have been cleared to leave the country.___The All England Club says it is still evaluating whether to postpone or cancel Wimbledon because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to make a decision next week. The message was sent to the Texas Hospital Association and Medical City of Arlington and Dallas.“We’re just trying to say thank you to all of these people on the front lines,” Woodward said Wednesday. “The first responders are first on the scene to a lot of these things. … The doctors, nurses, everybody, they’re putting themselves at risk for all of us.”Woodward said his wife isn’t currently working in a hospital. She finished a nursing contract at the end of February in Arizona, where they live, and is going back to school for another license.The Woodwards are also joining Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and his wife, Robyn, to provide meals to health care workers at Medical City of Arlington and Dallas.___ ___IOC president Thomas Bach says government guidelines imposing restrictions on daily life only into next month and even President Donald Trump’s target of the “middle of April” to lift them are among the reasons why he waited so long to postpone the Tokyo Olympics.Bach says “we were in line with these developments” until World Health Organization leaders said Monday the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating.Bach and the International Olympic Committee faced mounting criticism from athletes last week for publicly supporting holding the Tokyo Games in July and August.Bach was asked on a conference call why the postponement decision came only after much of the world was in lockdown. He says “we could not see (government) measures being taken lasting until July.” Now that the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for up to a year because of the coronavirus outbreak, world-class athletes have plenty of free time.American swimming star Ryan Murphy, who won three gold medals at the 2016 Rio Games, is planning to fly home to Jacksonville, Florida,from his training base at Cal-Berkeley.“I haven’t been home in a year and half,” the 24-year-old Murphy told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “It’s been forever. That’s the silver lining to all the madness. My parents are home and I suddenly get to spend a lot more time with them. I’m looking forward to it.”Murphy’s coach Dave Durden, one of the head coaches for the U.S. team in Tokyo, essentially wrapped up the season after Tuesday’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee. He met with his each of his swimmers and told them to take a few weeks off.“That’s closure for now,” Murphy said. “We’re taking a step back and trying to create a plan and refocusing toward 2021.” Roman, who also served for 20 years as Norwalk’s city clerk, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital, Mayor Harry Rilling said.A childhood polio survivor, Roman began competing in senior track events in 1989 and won hundreds of medals, mostly in the throwing disciplines.At various times, she held the American record in the shot put in the women’s 65-69, 70-74 and 75-79 age groups. She also was once the nation’s top-ranked thrower and ranked eighth in the world in the weight throw in the 75-79 age group.___Argentine cyclist Max Richeze has been released from a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, where the UAE Team Emirates rider spent 18 days after testing positive for the coronavirus following the cancellation of the UAE Tour. The Latest: Texas Rangers manager thanks health care workers ___NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday. In a memo to the teams, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8. Then the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel.The NFL has gotten some pushback for not postponing the draft scheduled for April 23-25 while the rest of the sports world is largely shut down. The league is developing a new format because it has scrapped the public events set for Las Vegas. ___ The Spanish soccer federation has announced measures to help smaller clubs financially.The measures include a loan of 4 million euros ($4.3 million) to help pay the salaries of players and coaches.The loan will be available to clubs from the third and fourth divisions, and futsal clubs. It can be paid back without interest over two seasons.The federation also says it will negotiate a credit line for teams in the first and second division.Federation president Luis Rubiales says the federation’s doctors will be made available to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, and the national team’s hotel can be used as a hospital if necessary. A childhood polio survivor, Roman began competing in senior track events in 1989 and won hundreds of medals, mostly in the throwing disciplines. At various times, she held the American record in the shotput in the women’s 65-69, 70-74 and 75-79 age groups. She was once the nation’s top-ranked thrower and ranked eighth in the world in the weight throw in the 75-79 age group. In 2016, she was named Connecticut Masters Games Athlete of the Year. Former Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia told Hearst Connecticut Media that he didn’t think he ever met a person who didn’t like Mary Roman.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward and his wife Erin, a trauma nurse, have recorded a message thanking first responders and health care workers. The United Center is going to be turned into a logistics hub to help with Illinois’ response to the novel coronavirus.The United Center and the surrounding area will be used for front-line food distribution, first responder staging and collecting medical supplies. “On behalf of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, our athletes, our front offices and our dedicated United Center personnel, our thoughts and support are with the people of this great city and state,” a spokesman for the United Center said in a release. “Together, we will get through this.”___Mary Roman, a world-class senior athlete who held numerous national age records in track and field, has died of complications from COVID-19, the mayor of Norwalk said. She was 83. That’s when the club’s main board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting.Main-draw play at Wimbledon is slated to start June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April.The club’s statement Wednesday says that postponing the two-week grass-court tournament would not come “without significant risk and difficulty” because of the surface.Playing without fans has been ruled out. Wimbledon hasn’t been canceled since World War II.___ NASCAR says in a memo to teams that one of its employees at track at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee was not identified and NASCAR said the individual has been receiving medical care and all potentially exposed have been told to self-quarantine. NASCAR was at Atlanta scheduled to race March 15 without spectators. But two days prior to the race, NASCAR postponed Atlanta and last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which instead was converted into a virtual iRacing event broadcast on Fox Sports 1 with 35 drivers. NASCAR has suspended its season through May 9 and will race at least five more iRaces, televised on Fox, during the stoppage.___ Associated Press ___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