Bands, SUB present 53rd jazz festival

January 26, 2021

first_imgNotre Dame’s 53rd annual Collegiate Jazz Festival will unite professional and student musicians this weekend. The two-day, student-run festival, sponsored by the Notre Dame Bands and the Student Union Board, routinely attracts world-class judges and ensembles, director of jazz studies and faculty advisor Larry Dwyer said. This year’s edition of the country’s oldest collegiate jazz festival features nine collegiate bands and one ensemble comprised of the festival’s judges. “The festival is nationally known as one of the best festivals bands can come to, so we always get really great college bands to play here,” Dwyer said. “We’ve also been able to attract a who’s who of great jazz names to serve as judges over the past 50 years.” Dwyer said prominent jazz musicians, including this year’s judges, The Clayton Brothers Quartet, are attracted to the festival because it provides a unique opportunity to work with college-age amateur musicians at an entirely student-run festival. “When we ask former judges why they like coming to this festival, the most common answer is because it’s student-run,” Dwyer said. “They really appreciate that there’s not some professional guy telling them what to do, and they love to work with excellent college musicians to get a chance to impart some expertise and methods to them.” Festival co-programmer senior Theresa Gildner said the world-class professional talents who judge the festival each year amaze her. “It always fascinates me to see how many famous jazz musicians have been judges in past years,” Gildner said. “It’s a really cool aspect of the festival.” Although the festival is noncompetitive, the judges provide detailed critiques and scores for each band, including clinics immediately following their performances, Dwyer said. Judges also perform at the festival each year, and Friday’s “Judges’ Jam” will feature the Grammy-nominated Clayton Brothers. Among the groups performing over the weekend are the University of Notre Dame Jazz Band I, the University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band and the Alma College Percussion Ensemble. The festival will also feature the University of Western Ontario Jazz Ensemble, marking the first performance by an international band in the festival’s 53-year history, Dwyer said. For the first time, Notre Dame’s Jazz Band I will perform a song with the Voices of Faith gospel choir, Dwyer said. Sophomore jazz vocalist Allison Jeter will also perform with the Notre Dame ensemble. Gildner said she is excited to hear her peers perform a wide variety of jazz music at the festival. “The Alma College Percussion Ensemble will open the show on Friday, and they have a really unique sound that you don’t usually hear in jazz,” Gildner said. “They use steel drums and several other percussion instruments, and sometimes they use string bows on their marimbas, so it’s really cool.” Dwyer said he hopes the high caliber of this year’s performances will draw a large number of students to the festival, in spite of what may be an unfamiliar genre.  “A lot of people don’t know a lot about jazz, so if they come to the festival, they might not know what they’re going to hear,” Dwyer said. “But it’s always an exciting show because every band comes to the festival with their killer stuff, and students get to hear their peers play at a high level.” Gildner said she hopes the festival will help introduce her classmates to a genre of music they are not used to listening to. “We want to get more students involved with the festival because there’s a generation gap with jazz,” Gildner said. “It’s a great art form, so it’s cool to have the opportunity for students to experience it on campus.” Performances begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Washington Hall. Admission is free for all Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students, but advanced ticketing is recommended and available in the LaFortune Student Center box office. For the general public, tickets are $5 per night or $8 for both nights. An individual ticket is required for each night of the festival.last_img read more

Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund grants $897,000 to farmers

January 1, 2021

first_imgThe Vermont Community Foundation has been helping donors give to the causes and organizations they care about since 1986. It is Vermont’s largest homegrown grantmaker. Together, its family of over 600 funds invests more than $18 million annually in Vermont through grants, loans, and other investments. In addition, it helps keep Vermont’s nonprofit community vital by offering endowment management and planned giving services, and providing leadership in charitable giving of all kinds. Visit is external) or call 802-388-3355 for more information. The Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture announced that the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund has awarded $897,300 to 126 farmers affected by Tropical Storm Irene in the fund’s fourth round. To date, the grant committee has received applications from 210 farmers and has awarded grants to 171 farmers totaling in excess of $1.5 million. As of December 22, total contributions received or pledged to the fund exceeded $2.25 million. For the fund’s fourth round, the grant committee continued to accept applications from farmers who have not yet applied to the fund and revisited applications from farmers who have already received funding, in order to assess remaining need and consider awarding additional grant money. Each farmer who had previously received a grant from the fund was mailed a letter and form requesting an update on total losses from the storm and the support they have received to help address those losses. The grant committee received 49 new applications and 108 responses with updated information. In this round, 77 farmers who had already received a grant from the fund were awarded additional resources.   ‘We are thrilled to have reached some farmers who had not applied to the fund before and to have revisited over 100 applications. Distributing the funds is a priority, but we also want to stress how important it is to reserve some funding to address emerging feed issues over the winter,’ says Chuck Ross, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. ‘Come January, these resources will be available for farmers facing emergency feed needs.’ ‘It is because of the generosity of everybody who has donated to the fund that we are able to award grants of up to $25,000 to those farms that were hit hardest in the storm,’ says Stuart Comstock-Gay, President & CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation. ‘It’s extremely rewarding work. We know that this funding will not meet all of the farmers’ needs, but the support will help them through what will likely be a hard winter.’ The grant committee includes representatives from the Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, NOFA Vermont, Vermont Farm Bureau, Rural Vermont, Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, and University of Vermont Extension. Grant decisions are based on a number of factors, including total losses and overall need. The grants will help farmers replace infrastructure, seed, feed, livestock, supplies, and equipment lost as a result of the storm, to the extent the losses were not covered by insurance or other sources of income. The grants can also be used to help pay outstanding bills such as farm mortgage costs, land lease payments, or animal feed bills. According to the Agency of Agriculture, a rough estimate of farmland impacted by Irene exceeds 20,000 acres; a conservative estimate of crop losses and crop land damage needing repair exceeds $10 million dollars. A total of 463 Vermont farms have reported damage to the United States Department of Agriculture. Visit is external) to learn more about the fund, to make a contribution, or to read about farmers who have received grants from the fund. The website was created by the Community Foundation to provide detailed, updated information about the Foundation’s Irene recovery efforts, including grants available and grants awarded. It also has a useful resources section with a comprehensive list of flood resources and information about Irene recovery work being done by other organizations.The Agency of Agriculture works to facilitate, support and encourage the growth and viability of Vermont agriculture while protecting the working landscape, human, animal and plant health and the environment. Visit is external) for more information.last_img read more

Partner Nations Pay It Forward

December 20, 2020

first_imgBy Dialogo May 24, 2012 A new group of 24 Salvadoran soldiers emerged in February 2012 as the most recent graduate combat medics from a course originally developed by U.S. military. This comes as the culmination of a “train the trainer” program launched jointly by the Peruvian Military and the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Surgeon General one year earlier. In February 2011, a collaborative assessment between medical and operational leaders from SOUTHCOM and Peru’s Military, brought to light the importance of reinforcing the front-line medical response capabilities of Peruvian armed forces members deployed in the Apurimac and Ene Rivers Valley (VRAE), a coca-growing region and hub for narcotrafficking activities in south central Peru. At the time, Colonel Doug Lougee, SOUTHCOM Surgeon General, developed the Tactical Combat Life Saver (TCLS), a customized combat medical course designed to provide students more advanced and relevant combat medic skills for their specific duties in a remote terrain with difficult access. Col. Lougee and his team also supplied them with first aid kits used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Trainers from the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute (DMRTI) in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, participated in developing what became a tailored and standardized ‘train-the-trainer’ medical course geared to soldiers from all services who were fighting on the front lines, and who had some prior experience in leadership or teaching positions. The initial TCLS course consisted of 28 Peruvian soldiers who were trained in combat medicine, first aid, patient evaluation and improvising stretchers and tourniquets, among others. In order to maximize this shared investment and with a vision for a long-term program, they received an additional two days of teaching skills to become trainers themselves. In the year since the initial TCLS launched, Peru has not only trained 800 additional service members deploying to the VRAE, but has another 3,000 soldiers scheduled to receive the TCLS course in 2012-2013. The South American country’s military has adopted the course as its own by making it a standard requisite for all service members in that region, as well as for those involved in Peace Keeping Operations (PKO). In fact, as a sign of their commitment, the Peruvians purchased 3,000 first aid kits following the first course, which they are distributing to the participants of each subsequent class. By August 2011, other partner nations, including El Salvador, had expressed their interest in receiving the same training. But instead of having the original U.S. trainers conduct it, SOUTHCOM, together with the U.S. country team in El Salvador and the Salvadoran and Peruvian military leadership, adopted an initiative to “pay it forward”: the Peruvians would teach the course to a group of 24 Salvadoran military members. During this opportunity, U.S. participation was limited to an observatory role. “It was the first time that certified Peruvian Military personnel trained a partner nation’s military on topics related to combat medicine so that they are able to replicate the course in their country,” said Commander Guillermo Cedrón Vera, the coordinator for the course in Peru and a medic at the Peruvian Air Force. The first group of trained Salvadorans then followed their Peruvian counterparts’ example and continued branching out by taking the lessons learned to their military brethren. Twelve Salvadoran instructors traveled to Peru to refine their teaching skills by assisting in a Peruvian-led training for 60 more VRAE-bound service members. They then returned to their home country to continue teaching. At that opportunity they taught over 100 Salvadoran service members in two back-to-back courses for groups of soldiers headed to Afghanistan and Lebanon. Lieutenant Diana Reyes, a Salvadoran service member participating in the inaugural course in February 2012 commented, “Soldiers receive skills [during the training course] that are very useful in any type of mission and peace operation that they are assigned to… this improves the combat effectiveness of any service member.” The Salvadoran military currently has 200 TCLS-trained service members, the efforts of which have been directed at PKO. The initiative has positioned them as the first Central American country to have a combat medic specialty as part of their military training. “It has been extremely gratifying to see our partners in El Salvador and Peru sharing their experiences,” said Col. Lougee. “What is great about the TCLS program is that we are now seeing further development of a region-wide capacity in these critical battlefield skills,” added the Surgeon General.last_img read more

3 reasons why “in-house” doesn’t work for most credit union data centers

December 18, 2020

first_imgI get it, I really do. Having the technology/data center you are responsible for right across the hallway can be comforting.  For thirteen years, I oversaw a large CU’s Information Technology infrastructure and saw it grow from a handful (5 maybe?) of servers upwards to around 80 or more! And that isn’t including the myriad of “appliances” needed to protect that infrastructure – dual firewalls, load balancers, routers, switches, IDS/IPS, etc. The floors of that data center gleamed and physical security was tight – after, it was “my” data center.  And while DIY (in-house) as a concept can work, the challenge is resourcing it to the level where it doesn’t interfere with achieving your credit union strategic goals. Let’s look at the top reasons DIY (in-house) fails for most credit unions today.Technology Plans Are Slowing Down Your Credit Union Strategic Plans – You probably just went through your proposed 2016 IT budget plans with your board and technology committees.  In some cases, you may have even aligned these with strategic initiatives such as member experience and staff efficiencies. And while these are a great start, we’re seeing credit union’s defer major strategic goals due to IT resourcing.  Hardware/Software upgrades, virtualization and security initiatives are not only using up all of your IT’s work hours but also your annual IT spend. I’ll lay it out very simply:Your credit union has 11 major initiatives planned for 2016 – all of which require some level of support from your IT team. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

5 ways to keep robbery prevention top-of-mind during COVID-19

December 17, 2020

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jovilyn Herrick Jovilyn Herrick represents PolicyWorks as a Director of Compliance Consulting Services. She has over 20 years of credit union experience and expertise in areas such as compliance, operations, marketing, and … Web: Details Historically speaking, the risk of robberies and other forms of theft is greatly increased during times of chaos. Because they are diligently working to meet an increased demand for financial services and member care – all with leaner staff, fewer operating hours, and restrictions on in-person appointments – it’s easy to see how credit union leaders may be pulled away from prudent mitigation of robbery risks at this time. But, it’s never been more important.In many ways, now is the perfect time to arm staff with the tools they need to protect the cooperative. Here are a few things credit union leaders may want to consider integrating into the workday over the next few weeks:Contact Area Police Departments: Reach out to the robbery divisions of your local law enforcement agencies to see about any observed or anticipated robbery, burglary or theft trends in your area. Ask them to share as many details as possible with you about perpetrators or methods they expect nearby criminals to deploy. Share what you learn with the employees who will be staffing your branch locations, and adjust or increase security measures accordingly.Touch Base with the Alarm Company: Similar to your check-in with law enforcement, ask your security provider to share any information they have about particular threats either in your community or among similar-sized credit unions in other areas of the country. Use their knowledge to better tailor your prevention strategies to the most relevant risks. Ask them about testing your alarms or if they have any other recommendations around actions for businesses dealing with various forms of pandemic disruption. It may also be a good idea to make sure your alarm company has the current contact information for your authorized personnel, given the staffing changes you may be undergoing.Host a Training Webinar: Using a secure, private virtual conferencing platform, provide a high-level version of your credit union’s robbery policies and procedures training. Consider hosting it from the branch if local restrictions on business operations and quarantining allow. This will enable you to make the training as personalized to the branch as possible, and will also help staff better visualize how to respond during a robbery in progress.Run a Virtual Mock Robbery: Practice your robbery procedures in a Zoom, Webex or Microsoft Teams environment. Assign participants different “roles,” such as criminal, teller, robbery kit contents distributor and first-responding police officer. Have each employee describe what he or she is doing. Use the virtual tool to create digital assignment cards, physical description forms, an incident report and any other documentation that is a part of your credit union’s unique robbery response procedures.Check in on Your Robbery Kit: If local restrictions allow, visit each of your branch locations to visually inspect your robbery kit. Is it stocked with everything it should be? Are the appropriate and most relevant contact details included and up to date? Use branch downtime to get them up to snuff.Even in the most normal of times, a robbery has long-lasting impact on the victimized credit union that often goes far beyond financial losses. While it will take an extra bit of work during a time when staff may already feel overloaded, the peace of mind that comes with training and preparation will be well worth the effort.last_img read more

The people of Rab presented the tourist season in Zagreb

November 18, 2020

first_imgAnd that the sun and the sea have not been enough for a long time, they are aware on the island of Rab and pay special attention to the development of various events, such as: Kantuna, Underwater Photo Marathon, Kanata and the Most Beautiful Advent in Rab to the Sand Sculpture Festival, Pumidorfest, Krumpirfest Samba Festival, etc .. all the way to the Rab Fair as a top event that develops from year to year. The island of Rab was one of the favorite destinations for tourists this season as well, so it achieved more than two million overnight stays. Representatives of the island expect excellent results in the upcoming season, and many tourists on the island, with clean sea, lots of sun, sports trails and famous Rab gastronomy, expect a variety of interesting destination events. “We are continuously working on the development of our events, which are increasingly becoming a motive for the arrival of tourists throughout the year. We really offer something for everyone, from cultural, entertainment and sports to gastronomic events, and I would especially like to emphasize the coming of age of Fjera, which will celebrate its 130th edition in this jubilee year, when we celebrate the 18th anniversary of tourism. I am also happy that this year we will have a number of investments in accommodation facilities, which ultimately means raising the quality of the destination itself, and thus further work on repositioning it. “, said Ivana Matušan, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Rab. Representatives of the Tourist Boards of Rab and Lopar announced today in Zagreb the tourist season on the island of Rab. On Rab, they see their opportunity in sports tourism. As of this year, the island of Rab bears the flattering title of European Sports Island, the first of its kind in history. Thus, in accordance with the development of sports tourism, an outdoor offer of content and sports events such as Rab island trail and 4 Island MTB are being developed. At the presentation in Zagreb, there was a real island atmosphere for which the Draški white masquerades, masquerades from Lopar and folk singers were responsible. They presented to the guests and citizens of Zagreb a part of the masquerade customs and carnival events on the island of Rab, as well as their guest offer. At this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism in Hvar, the most famous Rab event, Rabska Fjera, was declared the tourist event of the year, and in September the Tourist Board of Rab won the award for the greatest contribution to the development of nautical tourism in Croatia. “Just as the island of happiness is special among the Adriatic islands, so on Rab is the town of Lopar unique for its 22 sandy beaches. The most famous of them is Paradise Beach and if someone can’t find a beach for themselves in Lopar, then they can’t go anywhere on the Adriatic. We have something for everyone, from Robinson beaches to those for pets. In order to additionally brand our beaches, we have been organizing the famous Sand Sculpture Festival for years, which attracts more and more tourists from all over the world every year, and among other events we would highlight the Paradise Samba Festival, Lopar Night and Our Lady.. “, Pointed out Marin Mušćo, director of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Lopar. By the way, the people of Rab have a number of reasons to celebrate this year. last_img read more

It takes 3 years for Cairns residents to save for a home

September 28, 2020 spokeswoman Bessie HassanCAIRNS home buyers take about two years’ less to save for a home deposit than in other areas of the state such as Noosa and the Gold Coast.Saving a deposit in southern regional centres can still take first home buyers up to five years, but in Cairns, aspiring investors can be in their own home within 3.3 years.According to money expert, Bessie Hassan of, who has crunched the numbers using average income and median house prices, those who decide their first home will be in Noosa will be saving for on average 5.8 years to get a 20 per cent deposit together.The Gold Coast, 4.9 years, and the Sunshine Coast, 4.8 years, were not far behind.Ms Hassan said those coastal markets were highly populated tourists areas so it was not surprising that they had a higher property price tag and therefore a longer deposit-saving time compared to other precincts within regional Queensland.The research revealed home buyers who can get in the market the quickest where those buying in the Central Highlands, Mackay and Townsville.Ms Hassan said the quicker time to save a deposit was largely due to the lower average house prices in these regions.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“If you’re saving for a deposit, check out local property prices in the area and work out what you’ll need for a deposit. Remember, you should aim for at least a 20 per cent deposit so you can avoid paying mortgage insurance,’’ she said.Ms Hassan said one of the quickest ways to cut spending and increase savings was cutting “luxury items’’ such as food delivery services or travel.“Parking your funds in a high-interest savings account or a term deposit may also help you maximise your return and fast-track your way into the property market,’’ she said.She advised potential first time buyers to run an audit on their financial accounts to see if they could be paying less fess or interest as a way of finding more savings.National data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that the number of finance approvals for first home buyers was now at its highest level in eight years.In Queensland, the number of finance approvals increased by almost 10 per cent.REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said while the number of finance approvals for investors and upgraders had dropped, first home buyers were bucking the trend.“We are now seeing the highest level of first home buyers since 2010,” she said.last_img read more

Dorothy E. Riley age, 88

September 24, 2020

first_imgDorothy Ella Riley, age 88, of Metamora, Indiana died Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at her residence in Metamora.Born Friday, May 3, 1929 in Franklin County, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Louis T. & Mabel (Keller) Baker. She was united in marriage to Vernon Riley and he preceded her in death in 1992.A homemaker, she had also worked for many years at the Hearthstone Restaurant in Metamora. She was a member of the old Metamora Church of Christ, and had been active with the Metamora Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary since its inception. In her leisure time she enjoyed spending time with her family, and loved playing cards, with Poker and Oldenburg Rum being her favorite games.Survivors include two daughters, Dianna (Alan) Carey of Connersville, Indiana, Deborah Moore-Edwards of Metamora, Indiana; her favorite daughter-in-law, Kathy Riley of Batesville, Indiana; 9 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Mildred Slagle of Metamora, Indiana and a brother, Louis ‘Bud’ Baker Jr. of Metamora, Indiana.In addition to her parents and husband, Vernon, she was preceded in death by two sons, Tommy Riley and Buddy Riley; nine brothers & sisters; and one great-grandson.Family & friends may visit from 9:30 A.M. until 12:00 Noon on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Metamora Church of God, 20124 U.S. Highway 52, Laurel, IN.Rev. Wayne Ison will officiate the funeral services at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the Metamora Church of God. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Hospice of Margaret Mary Community Hospital.The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Riley family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit read more

Dyche bemused by United criticism

September 20, 2020

first_img The jibe came from West Ham boss Sam Allardyce after the 1-1 draw between the sides on Sunday and prompted Louis van Gaal to produce a dossier of statistics at his press conference on Tuesday. Burnley visit Old Trafford on Wednesday, and Dyche will certainly not be making similar comments. Press Association The Clarets boss said: “I find it incredible, the whole thing. “I think back to my youth and a player then who was renowned was Glenn Hoddle. Was he renowned for playing five and 10-yard passes? No he wasn’t. Was Ronald Koeman renowned for playing five and 10-yard passes? He was marvelled at. “I’m looking at Man Utd’s team – I think they’re capable of playing the ball more than five or 10 yards, and probably accurately and probably with some style. “I’m certainly not questioning whether they’re a long-ball side or not. I think it’s a bizarre debate.” The trip to Old Trafford is the start of a formidable run of fixtures for Burnley, who headed into the midweek programme one point above the relegation zone. Over the next two months they also face Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal, but Dyche is undaunted. “This is the reality of the league,” he said. “You’ve got to play everyone home and away. How they fall is irrelevant. “It’s the challenge we all wanted. I want it, the players want it, the town wanted it, the club wanted it. You can’t then go, ‘Oh, they’re big games against big clubs’. Yes they are and that’s exactly what we were expecting.” Sean Dyche reacted with incredulity to criticism of Manchester United for being a long-ball team. Burnley’s hopes of surviving the drop were dealt a blow on Tuesday with the news key midfielder Dean Marney will miss the rest of the season after damaging his cruciate knee ligament. The 31-year-old, who has played nearly 200 matches in close to five years at Turf Moor, suffered the injury during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with West Brom. The incident appeared innocuous but scans confirmed Burnley’s worst fears and an unwanted hat-trick. Marney joins defender Kevin Long, who suffered the same injury last month, in the treatment room, while striker Sam Vokes missed the start of the season as he recovered from a ruptured cruciate. Dyche said: “It’s amazing that we’ve had three cruciate injuries in a year and all of them anomalies. Deano thought he might be able to run it off such was his desire to continue. “We feel for Deano and ourselves because he’s done very well over a number of years. We know he’ll get the right support here and him and Longy will be good mates over the next few months.” The timing is especially cruel coming just a week after the end of the January transfer window, during which Dyche tried and failed to strengthen his central midfield options. He said: “We had two deals that were agreed and the clubs decided not to do them. Then it’s just an unbelievable turn of events that someone gets such a serious injury a week later. We’ve been light in central midfield for a long time now.” Wednesday’s game, meanwhile, gives defender Michael Keane an early opportunity to return to Old Trafford. The 22-year-old joined Burnley on loan from United in September before making the switch permanent to become Dyche’s only January signing. His last appearance in a United shirt came in the embarrassing 4-0 defeat by MK Dons in August and, with the boot now on the other foot, he is hoping it will be another uncomfortable evening for Van Gaal. Keane said: “I’m really looking forward to it. I was there for ages and I’ve got a lot of friends there, a lot of people I’m looking forward to seeing, but the main thing is I’m going with Burnley and hoping to get a result. “It was a big decision to leave. When I first came here on loan I would have got games there so I was a bit gutted and disappointed. “When I made myself permanent at Burnley, while I was really happy I had the opportunity to do that, there is a little bit of you that’s disappointed you haven’t made it at United. “But it’s something I’ve moved on from now and I’m just looking ahead.” last_img read more

The Latest: Olympic postponement delayed by govt guidelines

September 19, 2020

first_imgThe initiative was conceived by executives at Brighton, which has committed to giving National Health Service workers 1,000 tickets for matches and has invited other clubs from the Premier League, English Football League, Scotland and Northern Ireland to join in.Bournemouth immediately followed suit, offering “a minimum of” 1,000 tickets.Brighton chief executive Paul Barber says “we feel this is a small way in which we can show our gratitude for those NHS staff on the front line who are fighting the battle on behalf of all of us and give them something to look forward to.”___The Kontinental Hockey League has given up on trying to reschedule its playoffs and canceled the remainder of the season. Bach says “we were in line with these developments” until World Health Organization leaders said Monday the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating.Bach and the International Olympic Committee faced mounting criticism from athletes last week for publicly supporting holding the Tokyo Games in July and August.Bach was asked on a conference call why the postponement decision came only after much of the world was in lockdown. He says “we could not see (government) measures being taken lasting until July.”___Premier League teams Brighton and Bournemouth have become the first clubs to sign up to a campaign to make 100,000 free soccer tickets available to medical workers on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak. The Russia-based KHL is widely considered to be the strongest league outside the NHL. It was due to play its conference semifinals when play was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Teams from Finland and Kazakhstan withdrew because of travel and safety concerns. That left the league with six teams in an eight-team bracket. The KHL tried to draw up a new playoff system and considered resuming in June and July but has now decided to focus on preparing for a 2020-21 season.League president and former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Alexei Morozov says “we consider that no one has the right to take on responsibility for people’s lives and health.”It’s unclear how or even whether a champion will be declared. The league says the board will discuss how to allocate finishing positions.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___IOC president Thomas Bach says government guidelines imposing restrictions on daily life only into next month and even President Donald Trump’s target of the “middle of April” to lift them are among the reasons why he waited so long to postpone the Tokyo Olympics. The Latest: Olympic postponement delayed by govt guidelines Associated Press March 25, 2020 Athletics Australia has canceled its national track and field championships in a bid to help “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision comes a day after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021, and after the Australian championships had already been postponed.Athletics Australia chief executive Darren Gocher says he hopes the cancellation gives athletes some certainty and, combined with the Olympics being delayed 12 months, “means that our athletes now have a new goal to work toward.”The Australian government has imposed strict travel bans, and is urging people to stay at home. Bars, cafes, cinemas and restaurants have been closed, and social events are being curbed. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said no more than five people should attend weddings — including the marrying couple — and no more than 10 people should attend funerals.___ More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more