Decommissioned HMAS Manoora, HMAS Kanimbla Sold for Scrap

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Southern Recycling Back to overview,Home naval-today Decommissioned HMAS Manoora, HMAS Kanimbla Sold for Scrap View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Naval View post tag: Decommissioned Australian Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly AM MP today announced the disposal by sale of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) decommissioned ships HMAS Manoora and HMAS Kanimbla.Dr Kelly said the Navy vessels would be recycled by purchaser Southern Recycling LLC in the United States in a manner commensurate to the environmental standards the Commonwealth expected of such disposal activities by 2014. “In June 2012, the Department of Defence released a Request for Tender offering the two former Australian naval vessels for sale for recycling to domestic and international markets,” Dr Kelly said.The disposal of these vessels required US Government consent in accordance with US International Traffic in Arms Regulations, which has now been achieved.Contract negotiations with the preferred purchaser were completed in early May 2013 and the disposal contract was signed on 20 May 2013. The contract details regarding cost are ‘Commercial in Confidence’. The ships were withdrawn from service in 2011. “The disposal of Manoora and Kanimbla by sale has been completed in less than two years from the date the vessels were withdrawn from service, providing the best and most competitive net disposal cost to the Commonwealth,” Dr Kelly said.The ships were formally decommissioned with ceremonies in 2012. Memorabilia from the ships has been transferred to the Naval Heritage Collection Headquarters and the main repository at Spectacle Island, which are both located in Sydney.HMAS Tobruk and HMAS Choules now continue to provide Navy’s core amphibious capability together with Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield, until Australia’s First Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) HMAS Canberra is commissioned in 2014.HMAS Choules recently completed a successful period of ‘Shakedown’ training in far north Queensland which included flying operations with a Royal Australian Navy Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH90) and is currently taking part in a joint Navy and Army amphibious exercise called Exercise SEA LION from 10–24 June 2013.[mappress]Press Release, June 24, 2013 View post tag: Scrap View post tag: Navy View post tag: Kanimblacenter_img View post tag: Australia Authorities View post tag: Manoora Decommissioned HMAS Manoora, HMAS Kanimbla Sold for Scrap June 24, 2013 Share this article View post tag: Defence View post tag: soldlast_img read more

Theatre Company Announces 2019 Lineup

first_imgOCTC Camp is always a popular program for kids and this year, while it will look different than this one in 2019, it will still offer a host of activities for young talents to hone their performing skills. The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will be offering an exciting array of camps and classes this spring and summer.The lineup includes programs that are designed for students of all ages and experiences.The Theatre Company prides itself on offering students a balance of learning and fun while being exposed to a professional, safe and creative environment.Staff members are accomplished artists and educators in the theater arts industry with professional credits from regional theaters to Broadway performances.Below is a listing of class offerings that are still open. Enrollment is limited. To sign up or for more information, visit the education page at www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com, call 609-398-1118 or email [email protected] WORKSHOP“All the world’s a stage” in this four-week intensive program where students get a hands-on workshop experience focused on William Shakespeare.Students will learn the techniques required to unlock the magic hidden in classic literature and bring to life some of the most entertaining scenes/speeches the Bard has to offer.This workshop begins on May 12 and is open to students in 6th to 12th grades.THE WEDDING SINGER (THE MUSICAL) AND GUYS AND DOLLS JR.OCTC is thrilled to present its 12th Season of Junior Company shows since its debut in 2008.Youth from Ocean City and the surrounding area have the opportunity to work under a professional production staff and are exposed to a memorable theater experience.High School students will perform in the musical “The Wedding Singer” while Middle School students will have the chance to shine in “Guys and Dolls Jr.”Auditions will take place on May 4 or 5 at OCTC, 1501 West Avenue. Visit the Jr Co page of oceancitytheatrecompany.com to learn more about the audition process.SUMMER THEATER CAMP SESSION ONEDISNEY’S ARISTOCATS KIDSKeeping with the tradition of offering a fantastic theater experience for youth, our annual collaboration with the City Recreation Department returns.Casting will begin the first day of camp for a two-week rehearsal process of the Disney musical, “Aristocats Kids.” The popular Disney movie will leap off the screen and onto the stage featuring the campers of Theater Camp Session One.Other activities will include trips to the Music Pier morning Children’s Theater Series, acting games, singing and movement/dance.This camp is run in partnership with the Ocean City Department of Recreation and is open to students in 3rd to 8th grade as of fall 2019. Camp begins on Monday, July 1.THEATER CAMP SESSION TWO: SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE JR.Casting will begin the first day of camp as students prepare for a rewarding theater experience that is performance-based.This year the participants will present the musical “Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.” This camp is open to students in 3rd to 8th Grade as of fall 2019 with a start date of July 15.THEATER CAMP SESSION THREE: Play pretend this summer at our theater camp specially designed for younger students in kindergarten through 4th grade as of fall 2019. Campers will bring to life musical numbers and scenes all about summer vacation.Participants will enjoy fun-filled introductions to theater fundamentals through theater exercises, reader’s theater scenes, crafts, and musical theater. Theater Camp Three starts on July 29.MUSICAL THEATER AUDITION BOOT CAMPIf you dream of being on a professional stage or want to audition for college musical theater programs, this one-of-a-kind professional preparation program is not to be missed.This five-day intensive camp provides you with every tool you will need to go into an audition setting with confidence.During group classes you will get individual feedback and coaching on three, contrasting, audition ready, musical cuts, and a one-minute monologue. Come learn how to pick and prepare audition. This “boot camp” is open to students in 8th to 12th grades as of fall 2019.MAMMA MIA AND NEWSIES MASTER CLASSESLearn the original Broadway choreography from the Greater OCTC’s professional Main Stage productions of “Mamma Mia” and “Newsies.” This is for performers who have a serious passion for jazz and musical theater dancing. You will not want to miss this once in a lifetime experience. Cast members from the professional company of performers will also join the dancers. This one-day class is scheduled for July 7 and August 4. Both classes are open to students in 6th to 12th grades as of fall 2019.PRIVATE ACTING LESSONS for students in grades 5th-12thExperience one-on-one private acting lessons to perfect acting technique with trained instructors who have experience working to prepare for college auditions and school auditions.Develop personalized skills to make you a stronger, more confident performer.Private coaching can be generally technique-based or targeted toward a specific role, monologue and/or upcoming audition preparation.PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS Grades 4th-12thExperience one-on-one private vocal lessons to perfect vocal technique and singing skills with trained music instructors who have experience working to prepare for college auditions, school singing, musical theater, classical music and choral works.There is limited enrollment for all camps and classes so we encourage early sign-ups to reserve your space.To learn more about the company, visit www.oceancitytheatrecompany.com or call 609-398-1118.last_img read more

Press release: Man has prison time increased after drunken assault

first_imgThe prison sentence for a man who repeatedly kicked and punched a woman in a drunken rage has been increased, after the Attorney General’s Office referred it to the Court of Appeal as being unduly lenient.David Hurst, 57, was heavily intoxicated, falling over and knocking into people on Saturday 20 October 2018. He pushed the victim to the floor, kicked her and stamped on her head and body in an attack which lasted several minutes.Hurst pleaded guilty to attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and was sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment at Manchester Crown Court in March. That sentence has been increased to 4 and a half years following a hearing at the Court of Appeal today.The case was referred under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme, which allows victims of crime and members of the public to ask for certain sentences to be reviewed. A case must be referred within 28 days of the date of sentencing and this deadline cannot be extended.Speaking after the hearing the Solicitor General, Lucy Frazer QC MP, said:“Hurst’s attack was a sustained assault that carried the very real risk of serious injury to the victim. He intended to inflict more serious harm than actually resulted and the Court’s decision to increase his sentence reflects that.”last_img read more

Women philanthropists, activists convene at HDS

first_imgThe tragic impact of war and corruption in Afghanistan; developmental pediatrics in inner-city communities; the current state of philanthropy for organizations serving women and girls: If asked where at Harvard these subjects were recently discussed, one of the last places someone might suggest is Harvard Divinity School (HDS).And yet all three were topics at HDS’s National Leadership Conference of the Women’s Studies in Religion Program (WSRP). Held February 3-5, this annual event convenes women leaders in business, law, the arts, philanthropy, and community activism to interact with the WSRP’s five research associates about their scholarly work, and to discuss contemporary challenges that disproportionately impact the lives of women.Participants praise the conference as a rare chance to receive “brain food,” allowing them not only to “refuel” but to also “self-transform.” This year, the weekend kicked off with a dinner to honor Constance Buchanan.An associate dean of HDS from 1977 to 1997 and special assistant to Harvard President Derek Bok for his initiative in improving the quality of teaching and learning at the University, Buchanan was a “force of nature,” in the words of current HDS Dean William A. Graham. Her far-reaching vision and tireless fundraising efforts led the way for the WSRP to grow from an innovative but fledgling program focused on the interdisciplinary study of women, religion, and culture into an internationally recognized center for research and teaching on religion, gender, race, and sexual orientation. The WSRP brings five postdoctoral scholars to Harvard each year.last_img read more

An active role for the Divinity School

first_imgAs it begins its third century, Harvard Divinity School (HDS) can provide a valuable service to leaders across campus by helping them navigate the contentious religious issues they increasingly confront in their disciplines.That was the message offered by Harvard deans at a panel hosted by the Divinity School Friday as part of a two-day event marking the close of the Divinity School’s bicentennial celebration.Moderated by David N. Hempton, dean and Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies at HDS, the discussion was intended to tap the perceptions of other Harvard leaders about the role of the School.“What can we do better — what would you most want from us?” Hempton, who is also John Lord O’Brian Professor of Divinity, asked Nitin Nohria of the Harvard Business School, Martha Minow of the Harvard Law School, and James Ryan of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.Citing the intersection of contemporary religious topics with their Schools’ curriculum and research, the deans said that the Divinity School is uniquely positioned to guide them in addressing a range of issues — from school choice to religious exemptions to federal law.“In the 21st century, religion has become one of the real great divides that separates the world,” said Nohria, who is also George F. Baker Professor of Administration. However, the “vast majority of our students, because it’s so heated and because it’s so hard, would rather not engage,” he said.Nohria encouraged the Divinity School to reflect on how it might facilitate dialogue “across religious traditions,” and “help the rest of us in our own settings learn to do this better.”Minow recalled attending a forum HDS hosted in response to a 1990 Supreme Court decision diminishing religious protections.“There were people from many many traditions who had never been in the same room together who shared one view — that this was wrong,” she said of the court decision, noting that the meeting and others nationwide helped mobilize support for the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.“We are now living in a moment when the interpretation of that statute is of great challenge,” Minow said, “and I think it would be helpful for the Divinity School to hold another meeting.”Greater knowledge of religions traditions would benefit their students, the deans agreed.“This is a time of growing religiosity, growing intensity of religious affiliation, and we need to understand how that operates even for people within a religion,” Minow said.Hempton asked the panelists about the inspiration behind the important work that happens at their Schools.His upbringing in India helped make clear to Nohria “how much economic self-determination matters in people’s lives.” Ryan spoke of his belief in the power of education, while Minow described law as a tool “to help build societies where people who don’t actually like each other can live together.”Hempton also wondered what frustrations his colleagues have experienced as deans.Nohria cited his concern that the growing unwillingness of people “to have a true dialogue with each other” has begun to infect campus life. Ryan said he worried “whether we are doing all we can to prepare our students for … the fast-changing world of education,” including the need to “engage in productive conversations with those with whom they might not agree.”Minow said she was troubled that in the age of digital technology, “people aren’t listening, people are multitasking” on campus as elsewhere.“I think there is a real danger of losing what’s special about being a face-to-face community,” she said.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events January 7 – 13

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jim Morrison CelebrationWild Child’s Dave Brock steals the stage for a third time as rock legend Jim Morrison, honoring the energetic magic and emotional depth of the 1960s lizard king and legendary frontman for The Doors. To pay your respects, go to Paris where Morrison is buried. To relive his greatness, come see Wild Child’s Dave Brock in person. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$25. 8 p.m. January 7.Peter Noone in conversation with Micky DolenzThese two have entertained you for decades as members of Herman’s Hermits and The Monkees, respectively. But for one night only fans will get the chance to see these musical icons in a completely different way. Join Noone and Dolenz for an evening of conversation as they together share stories about what really happened during their life in the Rock & Roll spotlight both on stage and off. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$125. 8 p.m. January 7.Devon Allman BandThis young Allman did not come on the music scene riding the coattails of a famous parent. Devon has been living his own musical life for decades. After playing in local bands and working in Guitar Center in St. Louis and touring with various bands, Devon is committed to performing dates with his own band, with a renewed intensity. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. January 7.Hoda KotbThis bestselling author and beloved co-host of the Today Show’s fourth hour will speak and sign her new cookbook, Where We Belong: Journeys That Show Us The Way. The book includes inspiring stories of people who find their life’s purpose in unexpected ways, often surprising themselves and the ones they love. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. January 8.The CastThese former members of Beatlemania recreate the sights and sounds of The Fab Four so faithfully that you will feel like you’re witnessing the first wave of the British Invasion. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $40-$49. 7 p.m. January 8.Upright Citizens BrigadeCatch the best new improv comedians from the acclaimed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York and Los Angeles. In this 90-minute, unscripted and totally improvised performance, four improvisers at the top of their game perform a high-energy, surprising and hilarious show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again. The UCB Theatre—founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh—has been home to some of the biggest stars in comedy today. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main Street, Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $22-$27. 8 p.m. January 8.Friday Night FeverThe ‘70s disco is “Stayin’ Alive” thanks to The New York Bee Gees Tribute Show. Rainere Martin embodies the grace, energy, and of course, voice of Donna Summer; Sir Duke captures Stevie Wonders’, well, musical wonder. It’s a sparkling night of nostalgia not to be missed. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $10-$40. 8 p.m. January 8.Teddy Kumpel’s Swamp SoireèThe Swamp Soireè is Teddy’s party band. They play all kinds of covers and originals in a swampy style that matches well with Cajun food and party atmospheres. Joining Teddy will be Grammy-award winning producer Bob Stander on bass, Matt Miller on drums and Adam Minkoff on bass. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. January 8.British RegimentsCome experience the pomp and the glory of the Band of the Royal Marines and the Pipes, Drums & Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards as they perform popular classics, Big Band hits, and military marching music with their signature precision. The evening’s program, British Isles of Wonder, features famous songs of the British Isles, including “The Highland Fling,” the “Armed Forces Medley,” and new favorites, “Ice & Fire,” from Game of Thrones and “the Skye Boat Song” as featured in Outlander. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $25-$80. 8 p.m. January 8.Count To TenBorn out of coping with the tragic loss of a close friend, three Wantagh boys came together to unleash therapeutic original jams and perform occasional song covers, and out of that experience came the foundation of a solid teen band. Aligning with Airgo Entertainment, this up-and-coming pop/punk group is creating all sorts of Internet and Long Island buzz. Opening the show are Nexus, Gianni Paci, Girl Nowhere and Collide & Cope. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $10, $12 DOS. 2:30 p.m. January 9.O-TownThis boy band, which includes Trevor Penick, Jacob Underwood, Erik-Michael Estrada, Ashley Parker Angel and Dan Miller, are reuniting as friends with a renewed passion for making music together again a decade after they broke up. They’ll play their hits, including “Liquid Dreams” and “All or Nothing.” YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 8 p.m. January 9.The Three Tenors (Who Can’t Sing)Vic DiBitetto, Richie Minervini and Freddie Rubino are three of the strongest headliners in comedy today. Here they combine (or collide) in a show that features not only their vastly different styles of hilarious humor…but puts them together on stage in a “last act” of incredibly funny storytelling, spontaneous human combustion and hilarious responses to questions from the audience. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia mcguires.govs.com $28-$58. 7:30 p.m. January 10.Our Gang: Pint Size Comedy MastersJoin film historian Glenn Andreiev for a laugh-filled class in comic short films spotlighting visionary producer Hal Roach’s revered “Little Rascals.” The Depression-era antics of Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla and the rest of Our Gang have become embedded in popular culture as gems of American folklore. Clips from their silent-era comedic beginnings, their early talkie zenith, and their later years at MGM will be presented. Included will be a look into Hal Roach’s prolific comedy factory. Relive the fun along with Pete the Pooch, as these Little Rascals face down bizarre criminals of all types, outwit Butch the bully, wrestle with Algebra the crazed Mule, run from pirates, serve a prize-filled groaning cake, and endure many more hilarious hijinks. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. January 11.The Musical BoxMost have only heard about the English rock group Genesis’ first concert in 1973: a breathtaking and dramatic production of music legend. Now, The Musical Box recaptures the stunning artistry and wonder of that night in passionate detail. Transport back in time and relive this historic concert like never before. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50 8 p.m. January 13.–Compiled by Chuck Cannini, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

McDonald’s (MCD) Q3 2020 earnings

first_imgShares of the company, which has a market value of $167 billion, have risen 9% so far this year.This is breaking news. Please check back for updates. – Advertisement – But international markets’ are taking longer to bounce back after being hit harder by pandemic restrictions, dragging down McDonald’s total same-store sales. The company reported global same-store sales declines of 2.2% for the quarter.And international markets will likely continue to weigh on McDonald’s business. England, Germany and France, some of the company’s largest markets, are re-imposing lockdowns as Covid-19 cases and deaths soar in those countries.Following the announcement of its third-quarter results, McDonald’s is scheduled to hold a virtual investor meeting.- Advertisement – McDonalds restaurant in Londons Oxford Street. Restaurants are only allowed to open for takeaway orders during the Englands second lockdown.Dave Rushen | LightRocket | Getty Imagescenter_img McDonald’s is expected to report its third-quarter earnings on Monday before the bell.Here’s what Wall Street is expecting, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:Earnings per share: $1.90 expectedRevenue: $5.4 billion expectedIn October, the fast-food giant said its U.S. same-store sales turned positive, rising 4.6% in the third quarter. A promotion with rapper Travis Scott helped boost sales in September, fueling the chain’s highest monthly same-store sales growth in nearly a decade.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Acting transportation minister cancels Jakarta’s policy to suspend interprovincial buses

first_imgActing transportation minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan has indefinitely postponed the Jakarta Transportation Agency’s policy to temporarily halt interprovincial bus operations to slow the spread of the coronavirus.Luhut, the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, sought to have an assessment on the economic impact of such a policy, which might prevent Jakarta residents from going to their hometowns for mudik (exodus), according to the Transportation Ministry’s spokeswoman Ardita Irawati..“According to [the minister’s] instruction, the implementation of the operational ban is suspended while waiting for a comprehensive assessment of the economic impact, in line with the President’s instruction in a meeting [on Monday morning],” Ardita told The Jakarta Post on Monday.The ministry, therefore, is dealing with the fast-spreading COVID-19 by spraying disinfectant on public transportation facilities, providing hand sanitizer, scanning the temperature of staff members, offering masks to passengers showing symptoms such as cough and arranging the seats so as to maintain a safe distance between passengers.Read also: Recovered COVID-19 patient in Central Java urges people not to ‘mudik’The Jakarta Transportation Agency initially planned on Sunday to suspend operations of interprovincial and intercity buses starting from Monday to stop the coronavirus from spreading further outside the capital, as Jakarta residents recently left the capital for their hometowns.COVID-19, a respiratory illness first discovered in Wuhan city in Hubei province in China, has infected 698 people in Jakarta as of Monday. The capital, which the government named the national epicenter of the outbreak, recorded 74 deaths and 48 recoveries.Thousands left the capital last week, suggesting the government’s warning to discourage them from mudik was barely effective. In neighboring Central Java, for example, Jepara recorded 1,776 arrivals as of March 24, Purwokerto recorded 2,323 arrivals and Wonogiri recorded 2,625 arrivals.Central Java recorded 81 people with COVID-19, the fifth-highest number of confirmed cases in the country. Of them, seven people have died, while no recoveries have been reported yet.The government reported on Monday 129 new people with the contagious disease, bringing the national number of confirmed cases to 1,414. (dfr)Topics :last_img read more

Govt plans to roll out new scheme to address curriculum, remote learning hindrances

first_imgHe went on to say that he was committed to improving the quality of internet connections in order to ensure the efficacy of online learning. A collaboration between state departments is crucial in this regard, he added.In the meantime, the ministry has granted school administrations the freedom to reallocate their respective BOS to address the most urgent issues related to school activities, including internet packages for online learning.“I realize that this is a very serious [aspect], because it determines the delivery of educational content to students,” Nadiem said.“Therefore, school principals are welcome to buy essential school supplies, such as data plans for teachers and students, as well as hand sanitizers.”At the time of writing, the ministry has only allowed the phased reopening of schools located in so-called “green zones” or areas regarded by the government as having a low risk of COVID-19 transmission. (rfa)Topics : The government plans to roll out a new education scheme that will simplify the curriculum and address existing hindrances to remote learning, which has been in place because of the COVID-19 crisis.Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim said the streamlined scheme could entail the reallocation of school operational aid (BOS) to internet packages for students and teachers.“We are currently assessing what we can do to address problems related to the curriculum and the availability of internet packages. We have heard about these complaints and are responding to them,” Nadiem said during a school inspection in Bogor, West Java, on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

Training during quarantine essential for Australian Open: Organizer

first_img“What we are negotiating, or what we’re trying to have an agreement on, is that we set up a quarantine environment where they can train and go between the hotel and the courts in those two weeks.”Tiley has always said that flexible planning via various graded scenarios would be the key to getting the tournament up and running as long as the global health crisis continued.He has revised his expected crowd numbers from the 50 percent he predicted in August down to a likely 25 percent of the normal number of visitors to Melbourne Park — roughly 100,000 people.The $15 million ATP Cup, a joint venture between the men’s tour and Tennis Australia (TA), debuted last year at the heart of a rejigged Australian Open warm-up schedule, which also included women’s events in Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart.Tiley, who doubles as TA chief executive, said holding the ATP Cup over three cities would be impossible if state borders remained closed and is hoping the improving health conditions would lead to a relaxation.”We’re getting to crunch time now. We need commitments from the governments and the health officers,” he said.”We need to kind of know in the next two weeks, maybe a month, that this is what can happen: borders are going to open and then we can have a multi-city event.”If we cannot have a multi-city event, we’ve got to reconsider everything.”Topics : Variations have been allowed in some states to allow sports teams to train while in isolation and Tiley believes something similar will be essential for the Australian Open to go ahead.”If a player has to quarantine and be stuck in a hotel for two weeks just before their season, that won’t happen,” Tiley told Australian Associated Press.”You can’t ask players to quarantine for two weeks and then step out and be ready to play a Grand Slam.”We completely accept that everyone coming from overseas has got to have two weeks in quarantine,” he added. The Australian Open will only go ahead in January if agreement can be reached with local authorities to allow players to practice while they undergo quarantine in Melbourne, tournament director Craig Tiley said on Thursday.Tiley is confident the Grand Slam will go ahead but conceded that the ATP Cup and warm-up tournaments might need to be switched to Melbourne if the borders between Australia’s states remain closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Melbourne remains locked down after a second spike in cases of the novel coronavirus and everyone arriving in Australia must currently quarantine for 14 days in a hotel at their own expense.last_img read more