There are also considerations such as Medallion Club members and, of course, the cynics would say, the AFL’s coffers, given they now own Marvel Stadium, an asset we should not forget saved the game in 2020.
However, Essendon sources say they were prepared to give up a future MCG home game against the Demons later in the season and play it at Marvel Stadium to ensure contractual requirements were met and all parties earned necessary revenue.
So why the rush to knock the idea on the head?
The real reason it appears is that approving one move would have opened a Pandora’s box of moves that could turn the fixture into a circus if 50 per cent capacity remains in place for too long.
It’s not hard to be sympathetic with the AFL’s view that it’s not appropriate for them to get too cute with the fixture, given they just got through one season miraculously with limited staff and now the treadmill is up and running again in the same uncertain fashion.
Those developing the fixture for the past 12 months have done one hell of a job and they are entitled to wonder where it will all stop if they start shifting games from round one, acting more like a junior cricket competition than a professional sports league.
But the AFL should not have discounted the idea so quickly as there might be a way and there might even be a will that can make seeing the game possible for more people right away.
And if not, in round one, what about round five when St Kilda are scheduled to play Richmond at Marvel Stadium?
People are desperate to get to games and the AFL must take the time to consider the possibilities and explain their decisions fully.
Supporters who have been loyal throughout 2020 deserve that much in 2021.
Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.
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Prince Philip has been moved to a different hospital in London, and is expected to stay there until at least the end of this week, according to Buckingham Palace.
“The Duke of Edinburgh was today transferred from King Edward VII’s Hospital to St Bartholomew’s Hospital where doctors will continue to treat him for an infection, as well as undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition,” the palace announced today.
“The Duke remains comfortable and is responding to treatment but is expected to remain in hospital until at least the end of the week.”
Photographers captured images of the ambulance transporting Prince Philip around 10am this morning, local time, though the Duke himself was shielded by umbrellas as he left via a back exit.
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He was admitted to the King Edward VII hospital as a “precautionary measure” on February 16, making his time there his longest hospital stay to date.
The 99-year-old Duke will turn 100 on June 10.
His move comes a day after the Queen’s former press secretary claimed Prince Charles had been asked to visit his father’s bedside to discuss the royal family.
Dickie Arbiter, who served the Queen from 1988 to 2000, said the Duke of Edinburgh would have “requested” his son’s presence when Prince Charles visited him the weekend before last.
Mr Arbiter told True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat that the father-son visit was likely an emotional one.
“I think it was at the request of the Duke that the Prince of Wales visited,” Mr Arbiter said.
“To lay the ground. Look the man is 99, he is in with an infection. My guess is that he will come out, he will walk out and he will go back to Windsor.
“But eventually he is going to die and he was just saying to Charles, ‘One day you are going to be the leading man of the family.’”
Prince Charles was seen leaving the hospital last weekend with tears in his eyes after spending around 30 minutes with his father.
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Last Tuesday, the palace said Prince Philip was likely to remain in hospital for “several days”. That statement also described his condition as “comfortable”.
Meanwhile Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest child, told Sky News he had spoken to his father on the phone and the family were “keeping their fingers crossed”.
The Earl of Wessex said the 99-year-old was “a lot better thank you very much indeed, and he’s looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing. So we keep our fingers crossed.”
Edward said the family had received “brilliant and lovely messages” and that “we really appreciate that and so does he”.
The Russian authorities have moved Alexey Navalny from the remand prison in the capital where he’s been jailed since returning to Moscow last month. The opposition politician’s lawyer told the news agency Interfax that he arrived at Matrosskaya Tishina for a meeting with Navalny on Thursday, only to be told that his client is no longer being held there. “He’s probably been transferred to a penitentiary, but it’s also possible they took him somewhere else,” said Vadim Kobzev.
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Melbourne Storm will move its 2021 trial match to Albury after being informed by Newcastle Knights that they have decided not to travel to Victoria as scheduled later this month. The club said last night it was an opportunity to thank the people of Albury for their support last year, when the club used the city as a temporary base. Knights management informed Storm of their decision late Thursday afternoon, deeming the travel risk too high under the current COVID environment. IN OTHER NEWS Prime murder suspect’s brother breaks down and apologises Brazen thieves drive away with man’s newly-bought boat The late Murray Weideman left lasting legacy at Albury The February 27 NRL trial that was scheduled to be played at Casey Fields will now be played at Albury Sports Ground. Details about the proposed NRL Victoria Community Nines carnival will also be known in the coming days. Storm CEO Justin Rodski said planning was now under way to allow the team time to prepare for the opening round of the premiership season. “It’s obviously disappointing the Knights have decided not to travel to Melbourne for this trial – for our fans and for our players,” Rodski said. “Our members and fans haven’t had the chance to see their team play live in Victoria for over 12 months and we were looking forward to having another great crowd attend Casey Fields next weekend. “While it is disappointing for our fans in Melbourne, it is important that our players get the chance to prepare as best they can for the season ahead which is why we will travel to Albury for the trial. “The change also gives us the opportunity to say thanks to the people of Albury after they supported us through the early part of the 2020 season. “We hope as many members and fans as possible can make it to the game and support us once again.” Rodski said the decision by the Knights would have no impact on the season opening match against South Sydney scheduled for March 11 at AAMI Park. Ticketing and event details for the Albury trial will be made available in the coming days. RELATED CONTENT Albury Tigers to the rescue for storm Storm delighted with Border support
Melbourne Storm will move its 2021 trial match to Albury after being informed by Newcastle Knights that they have decided not to travel to Victoria as scheduled later this month.
The club said last night it was an opportunity to thank the people of Albury for their support last year, when the club used the city as a temporary base.
Knights management informed Storm of their decision late Thursday afternoon, deeming the travel risk too high under the current COVID environment.
The February 27 NRL trial that was scheduled to be played at Casey Fields will now be played at Albury Sports Ground.
Details about the proposed NRL Victoria Community Nines carnival will also be known in the coming days.
Storm CEO Justin Rodski said planning was now under way to allow the team time to prepare for the opening round of the premiership season.
“It’s obviously disappointing the Knights have decided not to travel to Melbourne for this trial – for our fans and for our players,” Rodski said.
“Our members and fans haven’t had the chance to see their team play live in Victoria for over 12 months and we were looking forward to having another great crowd attend Casey Fields next weekend.
“While it is disappointing for our fans in Melbourne, it is important that our players get the chance to prepare as best they can for the season ahead which is why we will travel to Albury for the trial.
“The change also gives us the opportunity to say thanks to the people of Albury after they supported us through the early part of the 2020 season.
“We hope as many members and fans as possible can make it to the game and support us once again.”
Rodski said the decision by the Knights would have no impact on the season opening match against South Sydney scheduled for March 11 at AAMI Park.
Ticketing and event details for the Albury trial will be made available in the coming days.
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Melbourne [Australia], January 31 (ANI): Cricket Australia (CA) on Sunday confirmed that Thursday’s Challenger match in the Big Bash League (BBL) has been moved to Manuka Oval following the announcement of a five-day lockdown in Perth by the Western Australian Government.
The match was originally scheduled to be played at Optus Stadium and hosted by the Perth Scorchers following their defeat in The Qualifier on Saturday night.
The Scorchers will now instead remain in Canberra and face the winner of the ongoing ‘Knockout’ match between Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat.
Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s Head of Big Bash Leagues, said: “The League would like to extend its best wishes to all KFC BBL fans in Perth, particularly those Scorchers fans who were hoping to see their team in action this Thursday, following the announcement of a hard lockdown by the WA Government.””We support all governments across Australia in their efforts to manage the ongoing public health situation and wish Western Australia all the best in managing these latest developments. Likewise, we wpould also like to thank the Perth Scorchers for their understanding regarding the decision to move The Challenger to Manuka Oval. This has been an unprecedented KFC BBL season and the ongoing flexibility and cooperation has been vital in getting us to this point of the Finals series,” he addedOn Saturday, it was confirmed that the finals of the Big Bash League would be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on February 6.
The decision was taken as Sydney Sixers defeated Perth Scorchers in the Qualifier. (ANI)
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Spurs will play Fulham on Wednesday in a fixture reshuffle after Tottenham’s Premier League match at Aston Villa was postponed because of coronavirus cases in the Villa camp.
Fulham’s scheduled home match against Chelsea on Friday will now take place on Saturday.
Villa, who were due to host Everton on Saturday, host the Toffees on Sunday under the revised fixture list.
Fulham’s game at Tottenham was originally scheduled for 30 December.
But it was postponed at short notice because of a coronavirus outbreak at Fulham.
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Wednesday – Tottenham v Fulham 20:15 (Originally 30 December)
Saturday – Fulham v Chelsea 17:30 (Originally Friday)
Sunday – Aston Villa v Everton 12:00 (Originally Saturday)
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Bosnian authorities have started moving some migrants and refugees stuck at a burnt out camp into heated tents, the United Nations said, as fresh snow and freezing weather added to the misery of people stranded in the Balkan country while trying to reach Western Europe.
Many migrants at the Lipa camp site were trying to warm up around fires while caught in a blizzard on Friday as authorities scrambled to finish setting up some 20 military tents meant to accommodate them.
Some migrants were not wearing socks or winter jackets as they waited to receive food parcels from aid groups.
Bosnia had faced international criticism for leaving some 1,000 migrants without shelter after a fire engulfed the squalid Lipa refugee camp near its northwest border with Croatia last month.
Authorities first said they would move the migrants to another location but this was cancelled after local residents organised protests.
The armed forces put up the new tents last week, but authorities said there had been delays in putting them to use.
The head of the International Organization for Migration in Bosnia, Peter Van der Auweraert, said on Twitter later Friday that some of the migrants would get sheltered Friday and the rest on Saturday.
Many migrants were staying in makeshift tents, in containers or under nylon covers put up in a wet and muddy field.
The migrants in Bosnia are mostly concentrated in the northwest of the Balkan country because the area borders European Union member Croatia.
Migrants have complained they often face pushbacks and violence in the hands of Croatia’s police.
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The Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix will be postponed to the final months of the year, with Bahrain to host the season opener instead, according to Aston Martin team owner Lawrence Stroll.
The boss of the team formerly known as Racing Point told Reuters the official announcement would be made soon.
“Melbourne has been – it’s not officially announced but it will be – not cancelled but postponed. We will go there sometime in the fall (autumn) and the first race will be Bahrain,” Stroll said.
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With the Canadian billionaire referring to the northern hemisphere seasons, that would see the Australian Grand Prix held between September and November.
It would appear most likely the Albert Park race could be squeezed in during October or November, with some potential shuffling of existing races required.
On the current F1 schedule, the European season ends on September 26 in Russia, before Singapore on October 3, and then Japan on October 10.
The race could theoretically be held on October 17, though that would only give a week before the US Grand Prix on October 24, and a five-week stretch of uninterrupted racing across four continents seems unlikely.
The season then continues in Mexico (October 31) and Brazil (November 14) before heading to the Middle East, in Saudi Arabia (November 28) and Abu Dhabi (December 5).
Autosport first reported last week the season-opening Australian race, originally scheduled for March 21, was in doubt due to the country’s COVID-19 border restrictions.
“I do believe we’re in for a difficult two or three months,” Stroll said. “There is a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine. I think the first few races will be slightly challenging.
“But Formula One management and the FIA, I really take my hat off to them to deliver 17 races as we did last year in 23 weeks, without really any major hiccups, in a very impressive manner.
“I think the worst is behind us and we’ve learnt through last year how to proceed with this year.”
Meanwhile Stroll’s Aston Martin team announced a new title sponsor, IT company Cognizant, on Friday which will see the team transition from a primary colour of pink to green.
His son Lance and former Ferrari and Red Bull star Sebastian Vettel will drive for the team in 2021.
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Veteran talk show host Larry King, suffering from COVID-19, has been moved out of the intensive care unit at a Los Angeles hospital and is breathing on his own, a spokesman said on Monday.
King was moved to the ICU on New Year’s Eve and was receiving oxygen but is now breathing on his own, said David Theall, a spokesman for Ora Media, a production company formed by King.
The 87-year-old broadcasting legend shared a video phone call with his three sons, Theall said.
King, who spent many years as an overnight radio DJ, is best known as host of the Larry King Live interview show that ran in prime time on CNN from 1985 to 2010.
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B.C. Premier John Horgan says the one thing he regrets in the province’s COVID-19 response is moving too quickly to cancel scheduled and elective surgeries.
Speaking on a broad number of issues in a year-end interview with Global News, Horgan says the province could have avoided pushing back many surgeries.
“In hindsight, suspending elective surgeries, there wasn’t the surge we had anticipated in our acute care system,” Horgan said.
“We could have potentially relieved some pain from British Columbians a little bit earlier.”
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On March 15, the province announced “fundamental changes” to the acute care system and cancelled all non-urgent, scheduled surgeries in a bid to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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The province never experienced the surge on hospitals and capacity pressures expected. On May 18, the province resumed elective surgeries in an attempt to clear a backlog of more than 30,000 procedures cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The resumption of surgeries and the resources allocated to fast-track surgeries has an estimated cost of an additional $250 million on the health-care system.
“Even thought I felt that maybe we should have waited a bit longer … we were able to make up for it on the extraordinary work in the health-care system,” Horgan said in the year-end interview.
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Aside from hospitals, the provincial government has faced significant challenges in long-term care facilities. The government moved to a single site staffing plan, investing additional money in wages to ensure workers only needed to work at one care home.
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The province put in severe restrictions for visitors to long-term care, meaning many residents have not seen loved ones face to face since the pandemic began.
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Both seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie and the head of the BC Care Providers Terry Lake called on the the province to use rapid COVID tests at long-term care facilities for staff and essential visitors. The province has rejected the idea.
“I take my advice not from the internet but from Dr. Henry. She is telling me that this is not the time to implement the rapid testing in long-term facilities because it will just lead to more false positives that will lead to more confusion, staff staying home and things people don’t think through when they say this would be the easiest thing to do,” Horgan said.
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British Columbia counted heavily on the carrot approach rather than the stick. The province, for most of the pandemic, refused to strictly enforce COVID-19 rules when it came to breaking COVID-19 regulations in the province.
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But as the second wave of the virus came and cases soared, B.C. announced plans to have more people enforce the rules. This also included a requirement to wear masks indoors in public spaces.
“You need to do things when you do them. I know that sounds glib to people watching at home. We had extraordinary pickup from the people at home to the advice from Dr. Henry. Our communities were responding way better than other provinces to asking people to use their common sense,” Horgan said.
“If we brought them i when cases were really low people would have dismissed the regulations.”
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In 2020, the B.C. premier because the first NDP leader in the province to be re-elected. His decision to call a snap election paid off, leading the NDP to their largest majority in the province’s history with 57 seats.
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As for Horgan’s own future, he hasn’t given it much thought yet.
“I am going to keep doing this until the people tell me they don’t want me around any more. I am optimistic British Columbians want to pull together and I am going to listen to them,” Horgan said.
“Ellie (Horgan’s wife) didn’t mention it this morning when I went to work what she wanted me to do but we will have those conversations closer to 2024.”
The full year end interview with Premier Horgan will air on Global BC on Jan. 1, 2021 at 6:30 PST