Read the full interview with Ognjen Bagatin on the portal Total Croatia News , and more information as well as login options on EPIC find out on the official website. Za Earlybird applications, which last until March 20, the ticket price is 750 kuna, or 40% of the total ticket price. Namely, after March 20, the ticket price will be 1250 kuna. On this occasion Paul Bradbury from the portal Total Croatia News, media sponsor and lecturer at the #DayOne conference, talked to Ognjen Bagatin about the organization of the first congress on the experience with patients and innovation in Europe, and which part of the interview we are transmitting. Chief Operating Officer of Cleveland Clinic Joe Sweet, MBA za EPIC stated: “I express my satisfaction and honor to participate in such a large event as the European Patient experience & Innovation Congress, which is organized as a host by the Croatian Polyclinic Bagatin. I am sure that this will be a great opportunity to learn something new, share experiences and network with the aim of a more innovative approach to the patient and raising the quality of the user experience.Sweet pointed out. How nice this title sounds. It is good to repeat it several times: Croatia will be the center of health tourism on a global level this year. This is how global leaders in health tourism come to Croatia – Joe Sweet, Director of International Operations at Cleveland Clinic, Lori Kondas, executive director of the Cleveland Clinic Patient Experience Office, Mario Škugor, director of PBL case development at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College, Irving Stackpole, President of Stackpole & Associates, Inc., Daniel Coulton Shaw, Ambassador for Global Clinic Rating, Stephen Bender from the Disney Institute, Sheila Stevens, Director of Patient Experience at Mayo Clinic, Rahul Kashyap, professor of anesthesiology and researcher at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Frank Papay, President of the Institute of Plastic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, Toby Cosgrove, former CEO of Cleveland Clinic, and director and director of Cleveland Clinic – Ph.D. Tomislav Mihaljević and many other health professionals. “This is where innovation and technology thrive the most, and at EPIC we will have the opportunity to hear about the amazing innovations used by some of the world’s health giants, but also about niche innovations that could bring a significant future for patients and patients. I look forward to listening, learning, and networking with great speakers and amazing attendees from around the world. This should not be a congress held once a year, this should be a way of life for health in Europe. Continuously improving the experience with patients every day of the year, and we wanted to do our best to help”Concludes Bagatin. SAVE THE DATE / OneDay Or DayOne, 02.04.2020. , Forum Congress Center, Zagreb Innovation and technology play a key role in the development of the medical tourism industry, Bagatin said, adding that they affect the way they communicate with their patients, follow procedures from start to finish and ultimately build trust and relationships with patients. Accordingly, the optimization of health services and patient support are emerging as some of the most important topics of the health sector today EPIC Congress – Tom Mihaljević Ognjen Bagatin will also give a lecture at the #DayOne conference and, with a concrete example with Mate Car, Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Health, show how cooperation between the private and public sectors is not only possible, but also imperative. Finally, it is important to emphasize once again that last year at the most important conference for health and medical tourism in Europe – International Medical Travel Journal – IMTJ, Polyclinic Bagatin was announced the best cosmetic surgery clinic in the world, and how the Bagatin Polyclinic was awarded two Temos International accreditations for excellence in medical tourism. The goal of EPIC is to focus on the first approach to the patient, and the main goal is to achieve better medical results and their measurement- Ognjen Bagatin, Polyclinic Bagatin EPIC brings together some of the most influential physicians, MedTech startups, and health professionals from Europe and beyond, to improve the patient’s healthcare experience in the near future. “The goal of EPIC is to focus on the first approach to the patient, and the main goal is to achieve better medical results and their measurement. It is important that we see all the decisions we have in healthcare through the eyes of patients, and that is something that everyone in healthcare agrees and understands. If you focus on patients and make first contact with them, we will make better decisions and bring value to patients in all of our health systems. Given that digital transformation is so important to healthcare, we wanted to bring all the best innovations that improve the hospital experience, and thus better outcomes for patients and lower long-term costs for healthcare systems”Bagatin pointed out and added that Cleveland Clinic is a pioneer in the experience with patients and one of the first to open a practice for the experience of patients in their clinic, they even appointed a CXO (Chief Experience Officer). Just the man behind the whole story, Ognjen Bagatin, has been promoting the development of health tourism in Croatia as its main agenda for years, and it sees this event as “an ideal opportunity to learn from the best and to transfer the epicenter of innovations in healthcare from the USA to Europe, to Croatia!” The congress agenda includes, among others, system design to improve the patient experience, the role of science and artificial intelligence in service development, investment opportunities in services, interpersonal methods to improve patient care, mobile applications and personal care applications, and lots of information about the future health. The number of places is limited, so hurry up, secure a place at the conference of the year for the B2B tourism sector where you will hear how to position yourself in the tourism market, where Croatian tourism goes, you will learn concrete examples of how to develop a good tourism story, hear examples of good practice. tourist products are created outside Croatia. Along with the changes brought about by the digital age, but also under the influence of various external and internal factors in a country, the concept and quality of most health services change significantly, as well as the patient’s experience or response to these changes. Health technology, including artificial intelligence, mobile applications, computer algorithms, and robotics, expands the boundaries of the possible, redefines the patient experience, and greatly facilitates the work of health professionals. At the same time, what users, ie patients, expect from healthcare is changing. “But that’s not all, the Cleveland Clinic promotes that if you want to improve the patient’s experience, you must first improve the experience of the medical staff. You can’t have a great patient experience without a great experience with the medical staffBagatin emphasizes. American health tourism expert, with more than 40 years of continuous work in providing and monitoring health services worldwide Irving Stackpole, The president of Stackpole & Associates, Inc., as a congressional announcement, said: “This is one of those congresses I don’t want to miss by any means! From a U.S. perspective, Europe is an ideal terrain for reconstruction and innovation within the health care system, and this Congress is focused on just that segment. I believe that EPIC represents the future of innovation in European medicineSaid Stackpole. Along with the changes brought by the digital age, but also under the influence of various external and internal factors in a country, the concept and quality of most health services, as well as the patient’s experience or response to these changes, change significantly. Health technology, including artificial intelligence, mobile applications, computer algorithms, and robotics, expands the boundaries of the possible, redefines the patient experience, and greatly facilitates the work of health professionals. At the same time, what users, ie patients, expect from healthcare is changing. #DayOne Conference / Ognjen Bagatin and Mate Car – Cooperation between the private and public sector through the development of health tourism All thanks to Congress European Patient Experience & Innovation Congress – EPIC 2020, which will be held in Dubrovnik from March 19-21, organized by the Bagtin Polyclinic, in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic, a world-renowned clinic in providing the highest level of patient care. Cover photo: Polyclinic Bagatin
More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoEconomist Saul Eslake is predicting two or more interest rate rises next year. Picture: Sam Rosewarne.Finder’s Graham Cooke says mortgage holders should still be preparing for rate hikes.“It’s no secret that rates will start rising soon, it’s just a matter of when,” Mr Cooke said.“To minimise rate shock, think about fixing a portion of your interest rate or even switching to a provider that offers more competitive interest.”Brisbane property on the riseBuyer pays $7m in cash for thisGolf course home breaks recordAll four major banks in June raised interest rates by between 0.3 and 0.35 percentage points on interest-only home loans, but they did cut some other rates by a smaller amount.Despite some state and territory governments introducing new policies to improve housing affordability, the majority of those surveyed by Finder believe rent and mortgage stress is increasing.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:09Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Picture: Dean LewinsMORTGAGE holders have every right to be nervous ahead of the Reserve Bank’s decision on interest rates tomorrow following comments from a former board member last week.Economist John Edwards used a column to argue that interest rates may have to increase more than two percentage points over the next two years if Australia’s economy was going to improve.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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You should always seek professional advice in relation to your particular circumstances.But according to a panel of 34 economists and experts surveyed by comparison website finder.com.au, expect the central bank to leave the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent tomorrow.The majority also believe the next move for interest rates will be in a positive direction, with four expecting a rate cut.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREOnly three respondents are predicting two or more rate rises next year, including economist Saul Eslake.“Data releases and other evidence since the last meeting will not have prompted any material change in the RBA’s assessment of the economic outlook or the appropriate stance for monetary policy,” Mr Eslake said.
Company pension funds in Switzerland could face a 15% increase to their long-term pension liabilities due to the county’s discount rate turning negative for the first time, according to Willis Towers Watson.In another strange manifestation of the negative yields phenomenon, the consultancy warned that pension funds might need to take the unusual step in order to comply with international company reporting under IFRS/US GAAP.“The discount rate used in the calculations needed for this reporting would be negative for the vast majority of Swiss pension funds now,” WTW said on its website.Discount rates used in accounting by pension funds are based on corporate bond yields for that country. Swiss corporate bond yields have fallen significantly from their already low levels at the end of December 2018, Willis Towers Watson said, by about 90bps. “This means that for a typical Swiss pension fund the discount rate would be around -0.1% at 27 August 2019,” the firm said.If bond yields remained at similar levels, then companies would need to prepare themselves for significantly higher pension fund liabilities at forthcoming company year-end reporting dates, the consultancy said.“For a typical Swiss pension fund the [pension scheme] liability is likely to have increased by around 15% based on current conditions,” it said.Government bond yield curvesChart Maker10-year government bond yieldsChart MakerAs much as $15trn (€13.6trn) worth of investment grade bonds are trading with a negative yield, according to Cambridge Associates .Norges Bank Investment Management recently reported that it held roughly €60bn worth of negative-yielding bonds in the Government Pension Fund Global, Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund.Negative-yielding bonds have also exacerbated the precarious funding position of many Dutch pension funds in recent months.
If the industry did not act on the idea, Opperman threatened legislation to make providers do so.“I want pensions schemes to drive forward real change quickly but, if necessary, I will consider regulation,” he said. Swedish inspirationSuggesting ideas to motivate people to open the pension statements posted to them, the department looked to an example in Sweden.“The success of the ‘orange envelope’ approach used by the Swedish Pension Agency when sending out state pension statements during a short period each year shows how people can be encouraged to engage with the pensions by generating a national conversation about pensions, supporting the social norming of pension saving,” the DWP wrote in the consultation document.“The Swedish example suggests that having opened their orange envelopes a majority of recipients read their statements,” it said.Within the proposal, the DWP says it is considering transferring ownership of the assumptions underpinning annual benefit statements from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) to the DWP.It proposes using a mixture of statutory guidance and regulation to set out assumptions, and aligning assumptions for the Statutory Money Purchase Illustrations (SMPI) with those set by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for Key Features Illustrations (KFIs) – except where it identified good reasons for taking a different approach.The department said the FRC had told it for some time that guidance on the SMPIs should not be their responsibility.“We believe that now is the appropriate time to change ownership of the guidance which underpins the SMPI and seek to move towards greater standardisation in the underlying assumptions,” it said.PLSA urges flexibilityLobby group Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) welcomed the idea of simpler statements, but said guidelines would need to be flexible.“Simpler annual benefit statements, along with the Pensions Dashboard and the PLSA’s new Retirement Living Standards, are a great example of good practice in providing savers with clear and concise information that helps them understand their pension,” said Lizzy Holliday, head of DC, master trusts and lifetime savings at the PLSA.Pension schemes were keen to give members simpler and more consistent messages in their communications, she said.“An important principle is that they should be free to tailor their messages for their own member base as well as innovate the means of communication as technology advances.“The simpler annual statement guidelines must necessarily balance the need for flexibility to allow for this and the need for descriptors that ensure savers get consistent information from scheme to scheme,” Holliday said. The UK government has unveiled a plan for simpler, shorter workplace pension statements – ideally covering just one sheet of paper – reasoning that people will then read them and be encouraged to save more.Pensions minister Guy Opperman said: “Pension statements are too long, too wordy, full of jargon and confuse savers. People don’t read them, or if they do they can’t make head nor tail of them.”Simpler statements provided clear information that people would actually understand, he said, adding that this would prompt them to put more money aside.Launching a consultation to run from today until 20 December, the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) said it wanted providers to commit to giving savers clear information about their pension prospects – ideally on no more than two sides of A4 paper.
Tweet Share LocalNews Dominica hosts first International Test Cricket Match at Windsor Park Stadium by: – July 6, 2011 Prime Minister of Dominica Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit. Photo credit: GIS NewsDominica will this morning host its first ever International Test Cricket Match at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau from 10:00 this morning. This is a very momentous occasion is the country’s history, the third test match between India and the West Indies.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit in an interview with DBS Radio said his Government is delighted to have brought test match cricket to the country.“It is unfortunate that Dominica had to wait over a hundred years to witness the first International Test Cricket Match in our country. But this government is happy to be the one who was able to allow Dominicans to watch this test match at home. If you recall in January of 2010 during my address to the nation after the general elections, I indicated that that was one of our objectives of this government in this new term and it took us less than two years really to get this test match into Dominica. We’re very excited, we’re very pleased and I know the entire country is excited and they are all looking forward to the first ball being bowled there. I have also recognized that there are several citizens who are living in Canada, the US, the UK, and the Islands in the Caribbean who have made their way to Dominica to witness this very historic event. So it is a source of pride, excitement for our people and the Government of Dominica. This Dominica Labour Party Administration is happy to allow the Dominican people to have that sense of pride. We are looking forward to Dominica making its name, and from all reports the teams are very, very pleased with the arrangements, they are excited about the venue.”Mr. Skerrit also indicated that the match will bring much needed revenue as well as marketing to the tourism sector. “This match will be carried live in India and other islands in the Caribbean, North America, the UK and virtually everywhere in the world and this is going to be free promotion for our country over the next five days and if you were to add the cost of this you would go well into million dollars which we would have to invest. Now it is very important to note that the stadium started construction during the austerity program and one could have argued back then that we should not have negoitiated this case with the Chinese at the time because we were going through our very difficult economic period. But we remain committed to the development of sports, we remain committed to the development of a very modern state of the art sports facility and one can appreciate the kind of contribution which has brought to Dominicans over the last several years since its construction. I wish the both teams well and I have no doubt that our Dominican people will come out in the thousands to have the Stadium packed to its capacity and to tell the West Indies Cricket Board in a very strong manner that Dominica is one of the best host nations.”Dominica Vibes News 20 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share
RIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. — Ripley Youth Outreach recently received a $500 grant from the Shopko Foundation to support the Birthday Box Program.Ripley Youth Outreach is a student led initiative of the Ripley County Community Foundation which allows local youths to have an active role in the work of the Community Foundation.Over the course of a year, the members of Ripley Youth Outreach have identified a need among the children in Ripley County and devised the Birthday Box Program to address that need.The Birthday Box Program will provide children, 10 and under, whose parents are served by one of Ripley County’s 8 food pantries, with the essentials needed to celebrate a birthday.
Oldenburg, In. — This week, Oldenburg Academy joined the over 6300 Catholic schools across the country to remember and celebrate the gift of Catholic schools. Among the various events planned was an all-school Mass during which OA thanked members of their school communities, both past and present, who are such an integral part of what makes OA so special: their faculty and staff. “All Catholic school educators and staff members are part of a sacred heritage, a legacy of faith and excellence, and for us, one that spans 167 years. When I meet graduates, parents and members of the community and discuss why OA is such a great school, the first thing that always comes to mind is how great our teachers and staff are! And I heartily agree.” states President Diane LaakeCharacteristic of the fact that people retain a life-long allegiance to the Academy, members of the Ammann and Munchel families asked that the Mass be offered for the intention of two former Academy teachers: Sr. Mary Ammann OSF and Mr. Kelly Munchel. “They are icons of dedicated service, barrier-breaking enthusiasm, and the true commitment to making a difference.” Laake reminded the congregation.Also recognized and honored were Amy Grills, Math Teacher, and Cindy Nurrenberg, Finance and President’s Office Support, for their fifteen years of dedicated service thus far.Principal Brian McFee stated: “Over the past 15 years Mrs. Grills has mentored countless students, numerous teachers and just like the ‘roots’ of an established tree she has nourished the lives of all she has come into contact with! Mrs. Grills has taught just about every math course we have to offer here at OA and continues to work to grow as an educator and be a relatable face for all math students.”Mrs. Nurrenberg joined OA when her oldest daughter Kate enrolled as a freshman. Now fifteen years later and the proud mom of 3 Academy grads, she continues to provide faithful service in the Finance and President’s Offices. “She is one of those ‘behind the scenes’ dedicated souls who provide conscientious attention to details. She keeps my plants alive, my office cleaned, and my letters typo-free! She is always the first to remember someone’s birthday, be guiltily delighted by a piece of chocolate and tries her best to keep Sr. Dominica out of trouble.”
On Thursday, Hodgson claimed City’s two post-season encounters with Chelsea in St Louis and New York were causing him a headache because the men involved are not due back in the UK until May 26, the same day the Three Lions are scheduled to report for duty. Yet Mancini has made it clear he is not a fan of the games either. And whilst City officials have privately suggested all their England players – including Joe Hart and James Milner – will be required for the Chelsea games, Mancini has suggested Hodgson will get the men he wants. “If he needs a player we don’t have a problem,” said Mancini. Roberto Mancini has told England boss Roy Hodgson he can have any Manchester City players he wants for the summer friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil. “We go to play two games for the club because it is important – but I don’t like to go (on tour) after the championship. “Usually I don’t like this because when we finish the season it is finished. “The players need to go home for one week because afterwards they should go with the national team.” Sir Alex Ferguson is of the same opinion, although he could not resist a sarcastic jibe at why two of England’s biggest clubs should be doing it. “I was surprised to see they were playing two games,” said Ferguson. “It can only be because of whatever financial gains they’re getting out of it. They’re the two richest clubs too. They must need the money. “I wouldn’t do it, I must admit. Players need to get their rest at the end of the season.” Press Association
New Delhi: All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel on Friday said that the federation and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) is working with football’s global governing body FIFA to come up with an earliest possible timeline to host the U-17 Women’s World Cup.The tournament was earlier postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.“I am happy to share that we are working with #FIFA to choose a new and earliest possible timeline to host the U-17 Women’s World Cup,” Patel tweeted. “The LOC and FIFA are working in close collaboration to finalise new dates keeping health and safety a priority.”Patel also said that the AIFF is in discussions to work on the age criteria for the World Cup. With the possibility of the tournament being held next year, many players could end up falling out of the maximum age bracket for participating in it.“We are also in discussions with #FIFA to keep the age criteria of U-17 Women’s World Cup the same as originally planned, so that all the players who have been working very hard to prepare for the tournament,do not miss an opportunity to play due to the postponement,” said Patel.The tournament was initially scheduled to kick off in November but FIFA had announced the postponement of all its upcoming tournaments, including the U-17 World Cup as the coronavirus pandemic started spreading around the world. IANSAlso Read: PK Banerjee will be alive in his achievements, says AIFF president Praful PatelAlso Watch: War against COVID-19: Assam Health Department signs 22 MoUs with private hospitals in Silchar
“Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty has been extremely challenging for them,” Chesterman said in a statement released Monday by the Australian Olympic Committee.AOC chief executive Matt Carroll says Australia has athletes based overseas and training in central locations around the country.“With travel and other restrictions this becomes an untenable situation,” Carroll said.The Canadian Olympic Committee earlier said it won’t send athletes to the Tokyo Games unless they are postponed for a year, becoming the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.The committee sent out a statement Sunday evening saying it was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives, but that it was not safe for athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these games.” The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest.The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7.The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled.___ The Latest: FIBA tells basketball players to stay inside Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Basketball governing body FIBA is telling players around the world to stay inside. FIBA president Hamane Niang and secretary general Andreas Zagklis says that in “no circumstance should our passion to play basketball surpass the importance of following the instructions of the public authorities” when it comes to helping ensure public health.FIBA says it plans to make decisions soon about the Basketball Champions League, the Basketball Champions League Americas and the Basketball Africa League — as well as all suspended international competitions.FIBA also is monitoring the Olympic developments as the world begins bracing for — and in some cases, advocating for — a postponement of this year’s Tokyo Games. Since qualifying is not yet completed, FIBA says “there is a growing need for answers to be provided quickly.”Niang and Zagklis added that “we will not ask our players to go somewhere, where we would not send our own children.”___ ___The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.”The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but on Sunday the government said the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11.Spanish authorities say more than 33,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus in the country, with 2,182 deaths.___ March 23, 2020 Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics.The IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for “complete support.”The ROC says “we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations in charge responsible of staging the games and to force them to take rash decisions.”Canada has said it will boycott the Tokyo Olympics unless they are postponed and Australia has called for athletes to prepare for a 2021 event.Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s unclear whether CAS could still rule before the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24. Associated Press Dina Asher-Smith, the world champion in the 200 meters, has also called for a quicker decision by the IOC.The British sprinter writes on Twitter “does this mean that athletes face up to another FOUR weeks of finding ways to fit in training – whilst potentially putting ourselves, coaches, support staff and loved ones at risk just to find out they were going to be postponed anyway.”___The Australian Olympic Committee has advised its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.Ian Chesterman, Australia’s team leader for Tokyo, says “it’s clear the games can’t be held in July.” A group representing track and field athletes has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Athletics Association’s statement comes a day after the International Olympic Committee set itself a four-week deadline to decide on a delay.Athletics Association president Christian Taylor and vice president Emma Coburn say “we’re imploring the IOC to announce the postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympics much sooner than in four weeks’ time.”Taylor is a long jumper and Coburn is a runner. Both competed for the United States at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The group says more than 4,000 athletes have responded to a survey it conducted, with a large majority favoring postponement. The IOC says it is considering all options. The Tokyo Games are scheduled to start July 24.___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be unavoidable if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus impact.He was commenting on the International Olympic Committee plan to examine the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision, which could include a postponement.Abe, speaking at a parliamentary session, ruled out the possibility of a cancellation. Whether Tokyo can hold the Olympics as planned from July 24 has been a major international concern as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread globally.____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