The 2020 World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The International Triathlon Union announced the cancellation Friday, saying the global pandemic has made it impossible to stage the event.
The races were originally scheduled to take place Aug. 17-23.
“World Triathlon, along with the Edmonton Organising Committee, the City of Edmonton and all stakeholders and the community partners will continue to work closely together to find new options for the event to take place in the future, when it is safe to do so,” the ITU said in a release.
The 2019 World Grand Final was held in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Edmonton has hosted a race on the ITU World Triathlon since hosting the Grand Final in 2014.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 24, 2020.
Weather: Richmond expects a mix of sun and clouds this week – Richmond News
Richmond will see sunshine and higher temperatures early this week with some showers and cloud leading into the weekend.
According to Environment Canada, Sunday will see a mixture of sun and clouds with a 40 per cent chance of showers in the early afternoon. Skies are expected to clear up later in the day with temperatures as high as 20 C. Few clouds will roll in in the evening with a low of 11 C.
Monday through Wednesday will expect sunshine all day with a high of 22 C and a low of 12 C.
There is a 60 per cent chance of showers from Wednesday evening until Thursday evening.
Clouds will make reappear again on Friday and Saturday with a high of 21 C and a low of 15 C.
Vancouver weather: Expect some sun this week, capped by rain – Vancouver Sun
VANCOUVER, B.C.: July 12, 2020 – Sunday’s weather is a mixed bag but the middle of this week will be marked by sunny skies and high temperatures.
Come Thursday though, prepare to buckle down again for more rain and a weekend of grey clouds.
Weather: Vancouver, B.C.
Today: Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Clearing this afternoon. High 20. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight: A few clouds. Low 11.
Tomorrow: A mix of sun and cloud. Clearing late in the morning. High 21. UV index 8 or very high.
Source: Environment Canada
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NASA wants a return to the moon in 2024. New human spaceflight chief makes no guarantees. – Space.com
Putting astronauts back on the moon by 2024 will be no small feat, and NASA’s new human spaceflight chief Kathy Lueders has been careful not to make any promises she may not be able to keep.
“I don’t have a crystal ball,” Lueders said in a teleconference with reporters on June 18, when asked about the feasibility of a 2024 moon landing. “I wish I knew that answer. That’d make my job a lot easier. We’re going to try,” she said.
Lueders, who recently became the associate administrator for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate after Doug Loverro‘s abrupt resignation, was a bit more pragmatic about the timeline of NASA’s Artemis program than her predecessor. While Lueders seems cautiously optimistic about getting astronauts to the moon by 2024, Loverro was confident and unwavering in his assertion that NASA would make the deadline. At a NASA town hall in December, Loverro even said that “it is going to be easy to make this happen.”
Before Lueders became the head of human spaceflight at NASA, she served as the manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, where she oversaw the first flights of a private crew-carrying spacecraft to the International Space Station.
After a successful uncrewed test flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft in March 2019 — and Boeing’s unsuccessful first attempt at doing the same with its Starliner spacecraft nine months later — the first commercial crew mission, SpaceX’s Demo-2, successfully delivered NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the space station in May. (Meanwhile, Boeing is preparing for a second attempt at the uncrewed test flight before astronauts can start flying on Starliner.)
Those missions have faced years of delays and other challenges. When NASA created its Commercial Crew Program in 2010, the agency planned to have its astronauts regularly riding private vessels to and from the space station by 2015. Now, five years later, the first commercial crew mission has only just arrived at the orbiting lab.
“It’s very important to have an aggressive goal,” Lueders said in the June 18 teleconference. “We had an aggressive goal in commercial crew, and I think that aggressive goal ensured that we were able to accomplish things as quickly as we could.”
“But I also think what’s important is when you come across technical challenges … you’re focused on making sure you’re achieving your aggressive goal in the right manner,” Lueders added. “Yes, it’s taken us a little bit longer to be able to get Bob and Doug up there. But I do think we’ve done it carefully, and doing it right is better than doing it faster.”
While ensuring the safety of its astronauts is NASA’s No. 1 priority when it comes to human spaceflight missions, the agency must also take extra precautions now to protect its workforce on Earth from the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, NASA has already faced delays in the testing of its new Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket and Orion crew capsule, which the agency plans to use for its Artemis moon missions.
“I just went through a mission where the last two months of it, we were in COVID,” Lueders said, referring to the SpaceX Demo-2 mission. “It is tough to work during this period of time, but we have a strong team. And I know that they’re happy to have a goal and they’re happy to be moving towards the goal. And it’s a pretty great goal for us to be working towards.”
“If things come up along the way, where technically it takes us longer… then we’ll go figure it out. But right now the team’s trying. It is tough,” Lueders added.
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