Despite no recorded cases, Bali tourism still catches cold from COVID-19 outbreak

first_imgWhen Ketut Suarsa Dipa, 41, heard about an outbreak caused by a new strain of coronavirus in China in January, he was not particularly concerned.But as the virus, later called SARS-CoV-2 which causes the COVID-19 disease, spread fast across the globe and dramatically reduced the number of foreign tourists coming to Bali, the freelance driver began to worry about whether he would earn enough for his family and perhaps even the possibility of getting infected himself.     “Many customers have decided to cancel their trips to Bali. Most of them say that they decided to stay at home, because of worries about the virus,” said Suarsa, who is a father of three. Topics : The Bali Immigration Office recorded 392,824 tourists arriving in February, a 33 percent drop from January, after the government imposed travel bans to and from mainland China on Feb. 5 to curb the spread of the outbreak. Australians replaced Chinese as the biggest number of foreign tourists last month, followed by India and Japan.Only 4,820 Chinese tourists remained in Bali in February, decreasing significantly from 113,745 people the previous month.Suarsa said that it was not only Chinese travelers who had stopped traveling to the island. “My customers [who had booked] from India, Bangladesh and South Korea also canceled their trips,” he said.Suarsa said he felt grateful that tourists from Australia were still coming but given the wider travel restrictions imposed by Indonesia and other countries he is not sure that he can make a living driving tourists in the upcoming months.center_img Wayan Juni, 31, a resident of Kuta, voiced similar concerns as guests canceled bookings at her family homestay. Guests from Australia currently occupy two out of four rooms in her building, the two others have been empty since two guests from South Korea and the United States canceled their trips.“[The homestay] is usually fully booked in March,” she said.Tourism areas such as Kuta, Legian and Seminyak appear to be quiet. Many hotel staff members say they are worried about layoffs, as fewer guests are arriving.Deputy Bali Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati said several hotels had reduced shifts to cut employment costs. “We understand this is because some hotels depend on Chinese tourists, and the occupancy rates have dropped to only 5 percent, and even zero,” said Ardana, who is also the chairman of Bali Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI Bali).He said the drop in foreign tourist numbers has cost the tourist sector Rp 50 billion (US$3.53 million) per day, and he fears that the worst is yet to come.  “I’m worried that other countries will ban travel to Indonesia,” said Ardana, hoping that Australia would not impose any travel restrictions on Bali.Bali Tourism Agency head Putu Astawa said that aside from Australia, tourists from Europe were still coming and they mostly stayed in Sanur.A Chinese man tested positive for the virus early in February, eight days after returning from Bali. He departed on Lion Air flight JT2618 from Wuhan – the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak – to Bali on Jan. 22. He took Garuda Indonesia flight GA858 from Denpasar to Shanghai on Jan. 28 and checked into a hotel in Shanghai at 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 29.The Indonesian authorities have played down the possibility that he was infected with the virus while on the island.    “We also know that he got in a taxi or other public transportation upon returning to Shanghai on Jan. 28. He might have been infected there,” said Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry spokesperson.The provincial administration, however, has since increased surveillance to keep the island free from the virus. It has prepared mitigation systems and applied World Health Organization standards.With three hospitals—Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar, Sanjiwani Hospital in Gianyar, and Tabanan Hospital in Tabanan—earmarked for treating coronavirus patients, two Indonesians and 10 foreign nationals are under observation in a total of five hospitals. The two other hospitals being Mangusada Hospital and Siloam Hospital, all in Badung, each treating one patient with suspected symptoms.  “We are waiting for the COVID-19 test results [for the patients],” said Bali Health Agency head Ketut Suarjaya.He said the administration was also preparing Udayana Hospital in Jimbaran as an isolation hospital if a large number of cases emerged.  Suarjaya said thermal screening was being applied at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport. “Those who show symptoms like fever and a high temperature will be sent to the hospital’s isolation unit and will be observed for at least 14 days,” Suarjaya said.last_img read more

Countries agree to help seafarers marooned at sea due to coronavirus

first_imgTopics : In a virtual summit hosted by Britain, representatives of Denmark, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the United States agreed to open up foreign borders for seafarers and increase the number of commercial flights to speed up repatriation efforts, a UK government statement said.They also committed to designate seafarers as “key workers” and encouraged other countries to follow.”Today marks a new chapter for seafarers and, alongside our international partners, we are taking a stand to end the bureaucracy preventing men and women around the world from returning home,” Britain’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.About 90% of world trade is transported by sea, and coronavirus restrictions in some jurisdictions are still affecting supply chains despite an easing of lockdown in many parts of the world.Guy Platten, Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Shipping association, said the countries who had agreed to open up borders must now act on their commitments.”Governments must now use this summit as a catalyst to implement the solutions the shipping industry has provided, applying the political will needed to put them into practice,” he added. A dozen countries including the United States, Britain and Singapore agreed on Thursday to speed up efforts to get hundreds of thousands of stranded merchant sailors home after they had been at sea for many months due to the coronavirus.Some 200,000 seafarers are affected, with COVID-19 travel restrictions make it almost impossible to rotate crews, according to the UN’s International Maritime Organization. Many have been at sea for longer than an 11-month limit laid out in a maritime labor conventionShipping industry officials say many sailors are at breaking point, in a situation the United Nations has described as a “humanitarian crisis”. Maritime welfare charities have warned of an increase in suicides.last_img read more

Poll: Most New Zealanders don’t want recreational cannabis legalised

first_imgNewsHub 10 June 2019A Newshub-Reid Research Poll has revealed the majority of New Zealanders do not think recreational cannabis should be legalised.It found that 48 percent of New Zealanders do not agree with legalising it, while 41.7 percent of people think it should be legalised, and 10.4 percent don’t know.The poll of 1000 people found that Green supporters were more in favour of legalising cannabis, while National supporters were less in favour.The poll found that 76.9 percent of Green supporters were in favour, while just 14.5 percent opposed.It’s a stark contrast to just 25.3 percent of National supporters who want it legalised, while 67.6 percent were opposed.The majority of Labour supporters want recreational cannabis legalised, with 50.4 percent in favour and 37.9 percent opposed.That compares to 44.5 percent of New Zealand First supporters in favour, while 45.3 percent were opposed.Green supporters and National supporters were more certain about their position, with just 8.6 percent and 7.1 percent, respectively, saying they didn’t know.That compares to 11.7 percent of Labour supporters and 10.2 percent of New Zealand First supporters who said they didn’t know.The Government announced last month that New Zealanders will vote on legislation to legalise recreational cannabis at the 2020 election.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

‘Pusher’ falls in buy-bust

first_imgBACOLOD City – He allegedly sold illegaldrugs. The 41-year-old Rommel Tarog was caughtin a buy-bust operation in Barangay Vista Alegre. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of Police Station 2. When frisked, six more sachets ofsuspected illegal drugs were recovered from him.center_img Tarog – resident of the village – wasnabbed after he sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover officer forP500 around 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 13, a police report showed. Charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed againsthim./PNlast_img read more

Fatal accident investigation underway in Decatur County

first_imgDecatur County, In. — Police in Decatur County are working to identify two deceased females found in a wrecked car Thursday evening. A resident mowing a field near State Road 3 and County Road 800 South found the car and called police.Based on evidence at the scene, police believe sometime early Tuesday, September 25 the car ran off the right side of the road, went into a creek and struck a tree.An autopsy is scheduled for today.last_img

Williams wins first at Marshalltown

first_imgBy Jeremy Fox MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 20) – Brandon Williams was not to be denied his first win of the season Friday at Motown.Tom Rawlins and then Shawn Simatovich led early in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature before Williams took charge.Sam Wieben tried several times to take the lead away but finish in the runner-up position. Luellen, Jenae Gustin, Carter VanDenBerg and Taylor Musselman rounded out the top five.Luke Wanninger caught rookie Joel Rust for the lead on the 21st circuit and led to the IMCA Xtreme motor Sports Modified checkers. Donavon Smith raced to his seventh local IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers of the season. Eric Stanton was fastest by the width of his bumper in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main. David Moorman was the Mach-1 Sport Compact winner.last_img read more

Marriott starts 10th, finishes first in midweek IMCA Modified feature at LVMS Dirt Track

first_imgMarriott passed Travis Peery for the lead just after halfway in the Dirt Track 20-lapper. “It’s cool,” Marriott said following his first sanctioned win of the season and career 56th in the divi­sion. “I love coming to Vegas and I enjoy racing here.”  Feature results – 1. Hunter Marriott; 2. Logan Drake; 3. Travis Peery; 4. Austin Kiefer; 5. Cody Laney; 6. Kollin Hibdon; 7. Jake Pike; 8. Joey Price; 9. Brad Hopkins; 10. Chad Reichenbach; 11. Ron Moser; 12. Don Martin; 13. Jason Pike; 14. Justin Miller; 15. D.J. Shannon; 16. Joey Olschowka. Marriott was already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. He’s the defending win­ner of that event. LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Feb. 27) – Hunter Marriott worked his way up from the 10th starting spot to take the $1,000 checkers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s midweek special for IMCA Modifieds.  Hunter Marriott hustled to the $1,000 checkers in the Wednesday night feature for IMCA Modi­fieds at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. Marriott was already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. (Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Motor Speedway) Logan Drake, Peery, Austin Kiefer and Cody Laney rounded out the top five Wednesday at LVMS.last_img read more

Barkley stunner sinks Swans

first_img It was summed up when Routledge cut in to find Wilfried Bony, only for the Ivorian to fire over the bar. Barkley, sporting a skinhead haircut, was the victim of a crunching tackle from the excellent Williams as he looked to get into the box, and the Everton starlet wasted the game’s best chance early in the second half. Passes from Oviedo and Steven Pienaar played the England international in on goal as the Toffees broke, but he stumbled as he was about to pull the trigger. Williams made a timely challenge to deny a surging run from Coleman as Everton ramped up the pressure, before Barkley produced a trademark driving run to ghost away from Jonathan de Guzman and get away a rising shot that Tremmel tipped onto his bar. The German’s next action was to pick the ball out of his net. Swansea failed to cut out an Everton throw and the ball was worked right by McCarthy for Coleman to produce a swerving thunderbolt of a strike that beat Tremmel at his near post. The lead lasted just five minutes. Davies whipped in a cross from the left and Tiendalli got in front of Pienaar to get away a strike which deflected off Ovideo to leave Tim Howard stranded. Oviedo’s intervention meant Swansea had benefited from five own goals in the league this season, a higher tally than any of their own players have managed. But Barkley made sure it was the visitors who took home the spoils, beating Tremmel with his superb strike to stun the Liberty Stadium. There was still time for Hernandez and Alejandro Pozuelo to work Howard, but Swansea could not find a leveller. A fierce strike from Seamus Coleman had given the visitors a 66th-minute lead with a ferocious strike, but they were pegged back when Bryan Oviedo put Dwight Tiendalli’s off-target effort into his own net. But Everton were not to be denied as midfielder Barkley stepped up with six minutes to go to beat Gerhard Tremmel with a strike which nicked the underside of the bar on its way in. Press Association The goal, and another fine individual performance, will ensure the 20-year-old will again be in the headlines after a string of excellent recent displays, and it is hard to see how Roy Hodgson can leave him out of England’s World Cup squad. The win moves Everton up to fourth in the Barclays Premier League table, just two points behind leaders Liverpool. Swansea remain 11th after another frustrating afternoon which was the epitome of their season to date. There was plenty of good football, but the lack of an end product has cost them points during the first half of the season. Everton were unbeaten in nine, but Swansea, whose form has been indifferent, made a positive start with Wayne Routledge twice finding space inside the area and slicing wide of goal on the latter occasion. The Toffees slowly started to settle and Chico Flores almost gifted them an opener when his slack pass was picked off by James McCarthy and moved to Kevin Mirallas. The Belgian turned Ben Davies inside out, but his shot was well held at the near post by Tremmel. Ashley Williams then made a crucial block on the winger after a misdirected Jose Canas pass had allowed him to advance on the Swansea box. There was a pleasing flow about proceedings, although there was little in the way of goalmouth action. Ross Barkley enhanced his ever-growing reputation by producing a wonderful late free-kick to give Everton a 2-1 win at Swansea.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgPlayers and staff permitted inside the arena will be tested for COVID-19. Team personnel will follow safety guidelines outlined in the second phase of the NHL’s return plan, as well as those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services.The team says the arena has received “extensive cleaning” during the suspended NHL season and there will be “enhanced cleaning and sanitation efforts” going forward.Eleven NHL players have tested positive for the virus during the first two weeks of voluntary workouts. Training camps are set to open July 10.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— NHL MVP candidate Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) says he has concerns about the health and safety of players if the season resumes and about finances beyond that. The New York Rangers winger posted a statement on Twitter saying he’s worried about the “long-term prosperity of the NHL.” His major concern is escrow payments made by players in recent years. The league and NHL Players’ Association are negotiating an extension of the collective bargaining agreement along with a potential return to play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Players have made varying degrees of escrow payments in recent seasons since a deal was struck with owners to split hockey-related revenue 50/50. — The Davis Cup men’s tennis competition has been canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will pick up again in 2021. Matches were scheduled for this September and the Davis Cup finals were set for November in Madrid. Now the World Group I and World Group II preliminary matches will be played in various sites in either March or September 2021. The finals will be in Madrid during the week of Nov. 22, 2021. The International Tennis Federation says the 18 nations that already qualified for the 2020 finals will get a spot in 2021. The ITF has also scrapped the women’s Fed Cup finals for this year and says they will be played April 13-18 in Budapest, Hungary.— Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic (ee-van-EE’-seh-vihch) says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Croatian great is the coach of Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) and says he tested positive after two negative tests in the last 10 days. Ivanisevic attended the exhibition series hosted by the top-ranked Djokovic in Serbia and Croatia. He says: “I would like to inform everyone who has been in contact with me that I tested positive and ask them to take extra good care of themselves and their loved ones.” Ivanisevic won his only Grand Slam title at the All England Club in 2001.— Red Star Belgrade CEO Zvezdan Terzic said Friday he has tested positive for the coronavirus, days after the Serbian soccer champion played matches in front of thousands of fans despite the pandemic. Five Red Star players earlier this week tested positive for COVID-19 in the wake of their title triumph and a semifinal league cup match against rival Partizan. Serbia, along with the rest of the Balkans, is currently experiencing a peak in confirmed coronavirus cases. Serbian health officials lifted most lockdown measures in May, allowing large gatherings where social distancing or wearing masks are not obligatory. — Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán has tested positive for the coronavirus but a son says the retired fighter has had only mild symptoms so far. Robin Durán said on Instagram that his 69-year-old father was tested after going to a private hospital with cold-like symptoms. Durán had the nickname “Hands of Stone” as a boxer from 1968 to 2001 and held world championship belts in four different weight classes during his career. He is remembered for his resounding victory over American boxing idol Sugar Ray Leonard in Montreal in 1980.— Diamond League track meets in France and the United States have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers say the Sept. 6 event in Paris and the Prefontaine meet on Oct. 4 in Eugene, Oregon, cannot be held because of the current restrictions on mass gatherings and international travel. A meet in Gateshead, England, has been postponed from Aug. 16 to a possible date in mid-September. The next possible Diamond League meet is scheduled for Aug. 14 in Monaco. Update on the latest sports June 26, 2020center_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSCarolina Hurricanes to start small-group training UNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes will begin “voluntary small-group training” at PNC Arena on Tuesday. The team said Friday those sessions will be closed to the public and media. Sixteen players, divided into two groups, are expected to participate.last_img read more

The Latest: Marlins a late arrival for 1st game in 9 days

first_img August 4, 2020 “To be clear, Matthew does NOT have COVID-19 and never has had COVID-19 and the test in question was a False-Positive,” the team said in a statement. “Also, all of Matthew’s family have been tested and everyone is negative.”___Minnesota is the latest state to delay high school football competition because of the coronavirus concerns.The Minnesota State High School League voted Tuesday to move football and volleyball competition to a newly created fourth season likely to run from mid-March to mid-May. The normal spring sports would move to a window likely from mid-May to mid-July.The MSHSL also decided at a virtual board meeting that soccer and individual fall sports — including cross country, girls tennis and girls swimming and diving — can start practice on time on Aug. 17. All seasons for the upcoming school year will be shortened. The Sun Belt Conference will keep its eight-game league football schedule and allow its members to play up to four nonconference games this season.The conference’s 10 members had 12 games scheduled against Power Five conference opponents, but with those leagues eliminating almost all of their nonconference games, Sun Belt schools have lots of holes in their schedules.The conference said it plans to start playing league games over Labor Day weekend and members can begin nonconference games as soon as Aug. 29.Texas State already has announced it has moved its home game against SMU in San Marcos, Texas, to Aug. 29.___ The Madrid Open, a joint men’s and women’s tennis tournament, has been canceled.Organizers say the tournament will not take place at its rescheduled slot in September “following strong” recommendations made by local authorities “in view of the current situation caused by COVID-19.” The event was originally scheduled to be played in May. ___The Jacksonville Jaguars have cleared starting quarterback Gardner Minshew from the COVID-19 list. ___More AP sports: and The new league-wide calendar allows for more days off and fewer practices than permitted under NCAA rules. From Aug. 7-16, teams are allowed to conduct up to 14 hours weekly of strength and conditioning, meetings and walkthroughs.Starting Aug. 17, they can hold 25 practices with a limit of 20 hours per week of practice time. Coaches must allow two days off each week until game week.___Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Andrew Billings has opted out of the 2020 season because of coronavirus concerns.Billings signed a one-year free-agent contract with Cleveland in March after spending three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 6-foot-1, 328-pounder was going to give the Browns some size and depth up front. The Latest: Marlins a late arrival for 1st game in 9 days ___Cricket Australia has postponed a Twenty20 series against the West Indies scheduled for October.Australia and the West Indies were set to play games in Queensland state from Oct. 4-9 as warm-ups for the Twenty20 World Cup in October and November. But the International Cricket Council has already pushed the men’s T20 World Cup back by a year — to be held either in Australia or India. Cricket Australia says, “In light of this development, and given the preference to host the warm-up three-match T20 series against the West Indies to coincide with the rescheduled T20 World Cup in Australia, it has been agreed to postpone the matches.”The series also would have overlapped with the Indian Premier League which has been rescheduled to be in the United Arab Emirates from Sept. 19-Nov. 10, pending government approval. The lucrative IPL usually attracts players from all over the world, including many stars from the Caribbean and Australia. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Miami Marlins are scheduled to end an eight-day hiatus with a game at Camden Yards, although getting to that point has not been easy. A referee can only red card a player when they are certain the cough is intentional. A yellow card is also optional.The new rule falls under “using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.”IFAB said in a statement: “As with all offenses, the referee has to make a judgment about the true nature of the offense.“If it were clearly accidental, then the referee would not take action nor if the ‘cough’ took place with a large distance between the players.“However, where it is close enough to be clearly offensive, then the referee can take action.” A preseason friendly between French soccer clubs Marseille and Montpellier has been canceled due to a suspected case of coronavirus.The clubs said in a joint statement that Wednesday’s match at Stade Velodrome in Marseille was scrapped as a measure of precaution.According to regional newspaper Midi Libre, a Montpellier player whose identity was not revealed is suspected to have caught the virus. The player, who was tested with the whole team on Monday, will undergo another test this week, the newspaper said.Montpellier had been forced to cancel another preparation match last month after a player from local rival club Sete was diagnosed with the virus.Midi Libre said four young players from Montpellier academy also tested positive for the virus last week. The French league is to start on Aug. 21.___The German men’s ice hockey league will start its new season in November, more than eight months after the coronavirus stopped play. The league says its clubs agreed on the Nov. 13 date to begin the 2020-21 season and they’re drawing up plans to have fans in the arenas, subject to approval from German authorities.The league played its last games on March 8 and was suspended with the regular season complete and the playoffs due to begin. The season was canceled and no champion was declared. Hockey has been slow to return in Germany because the league and clubs rejected the option of playing in empty arenas. They argued that they would lose money by hosting games without fans.The league says there will be a “preparation tournament with all 14 clubs in the lead-up to the season” but dates and locations are yet to be confirmed.___A soccer player who deliberately coughs close to another player or match official can be issued a red card.The International Football Association Board, the game’s lawmaker, updated its guidelines while the pandemic perseveres. Minshew spent the last two days in mandatory quarantine after being in close contact with someone infected. Safety Andrew Wingard also was activated from the COVID-19 list Tuesday. Minshew, Wingard and receiver Michael Walker are roommates in Jacksonville and have been for more than a year. Walker remains on the list.Jacksonville had an NFL-leading dozen players on the COVID-19 list Monday, with most of them being rookies and second-year players like Minshew, Wingard and Walker.The Jaguars are expected to hold their first training camp practice next Wednesday.___Bayer Leverkusen says midfielder Nadiem Amiri will miss its Europa League last-16 game against Rangers on Thursday after he had contact with someone believed to have the coronavirus. Associated Press Moore has been a backup linebacker and special teams player the last two seasons for Indy. He appeared in a total of 10 games over those two seasons.Players who opt out voluntarily will receive a $150,000 stipend. Those who receive a medical opt out will receive $350,000.___The start of Southeastern Conference football practices has been pushed back 10 days to Aug. 17.The league announced a new preseason practice schedule on Tuesday after previously announcing that SEC teams would play only league games and pushing the season start back to Sept. 26. Tuesday night’s game is a makeup from July 29, which was supposed to be Baltimore’s home opener. The Orioles instead played the New York Yankees.— Reporting by Steven Wine in Miami.___The Detroit Lions removed quarterback Matthew Stafford from the COVID-IR list and said he received a false positive test result.The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person. Stafford was listed on it Saturday, but the team said Tuesday his testing sequence for the pre-entry period was: negative, negative, false positive — then the next three tests were all negative. The club says Amiri reported the “short-term” contact in his private life himself and is isolating at home for a week as a precaution.Leverkusen managing director sport Rudi Völler says in a statement that “Nadiem’s behavior is exemplary and important. Precisely because infection numbers are rising again in Germany, it’s an example of a serious and responsible approach to the pandemic.”Leverkusen takes a 3-1 lead from the first leg in March when it hosts Rangers on Thursday.Amiri has played 41 games for Leverkusen this season across all competitions.___ Major League Baseball released a statement around three hours before the scheduled 7:35 p.m. start Tuesday, saying the game “may be delayed as we await the final test results clearing the Marlins to resume play.”The Marlins finally got cleared to play and arrived at the ballpark after 5 p.m, but by 6:15 the teams still had not agreed on a starting time.When he woke up, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde wasn’t certain if the game would be played at all.He said, “I got word there were issues with the test and we were going to be put on hold.”Miami hasn’t played a game since July 26. After that series against the Phillies, the Marlins’ season was suspended because of a coronavirus outbreak on the team. At least 18 players, and 21 in the traveling party, tested positive. Billings is the third Cleveland player who has chosen not to play, following guard Drew Forbes and tackle Drake Dorbeck.Players have until Thursday at 4 p.m. to notify teams if they’re choosing to opt out.A fourth-round pick in 2016 from Baylor, Billings sat out his rookie season with a knee injury but he’d been one of Cincinnati’s most consistent interior linemen the past three years.The Browns also placed wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley on the reserve/COVID-19 list.___ Football teams will play six regular-season games, down from eight, with a decision on postseason play to be made later. Minnesota became the ninth state to delay its high school football season, the Star Tribune reported.Competitive high school sports in Minnesota have been on hold since March when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state. This summer, the league has allowed for team workouts within recommended health guidelines.___Linebacker Skai Moore has become the first Indianapolis Colts player to opt out of playing the 2020 season because of the coronavirus.NFL players have until Thursday at 4 p.m. EDT to say they are skipping the season. Nearly 50 players have done so.last_img read more