Sports League’s Planning For Coronavirus

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailprimeimages/iStock(NEW YORK) – Novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, is sweeping around the world with new cases popping up daily in the US and not even sports are immune with league’s across the country and world taking steps to stem the outbreak. While no player or coach in the US is known to have Coronavirus, the MLB, NBA and NHL have announced or have internal plans to mitigate the spread of the virus with the NHL going the farthest with options to postpone, cancel, or play games in empty arenas, deputy NHL commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN. No NHL players have attracted the virus, but they did feel the effects last month. Most players’ sticks are made in China and those factories closed, but Daly told ESPN that issue has now been solved. The NBA hasn’t announced any plans for games, but in a memo obtained by ESPN, the league said players should fist bump instead of high five fans and avoid taking pens to sign balls and jersey’s in the short term. The league is also planning on limiting the size or even possibly cancelling international scouting, pre-draft combines and individual workouts depending on how big the outbreak becomes. Should a player contract the virus, he would expect to miss at least two weeks, according to a team medical official who spoke with ESPN. Both of those leagues are nearing the end of their respective seasons, the MLB is in the opposite camp with Spring Training underway and Opening Day on the 26th. The league has no plans to cancel or postpone any Spring Training or regular season games as of now, according to a memo obtained by ESPN, but the league has set up a task force to deal with any complications that may arise. The league also recommends that players avoid taking balls and pens from fans and getting a flu shot, while having team’s speak with their local health authorities and consult with an infectious disease specialist to be a channel to those officials. Some teams have limited access to people who have traveled to coronavirus hotspots in Iran, Italy and South Korea. The league also recommends that team officials avoid travel to those countries along with China and Japan, based on Center for Disease Control travel advisories. Major League Soccer’s season also just began and the league has created a task force, according to ESPN. In a statement, the league said they are in contact with the CDC and the Public Health Agency of Canada. King County, Washington, which includes Seattle, has declared a state of emergency after a spike in cases and deaths.The Seattle Sounders opened their season in front of 40,000 fans on the 1st and also hosted a team from Honduras three days before that game. According to ESPN, the team and their stadium partner released a statement before their first game saying they are “monitoring public health developments” and they have a “real-time communication with regional health authorities.”The NFL has the longest time till their season begins, but teams are deep into the draft process with pro-day’s and individual workouts coming up before the draft at the end of April. A spokesperson told the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport they are closely monitoring developments. Overseas, Italy is taking the biggest precautions. The country is banning fans from attending games for at least the next month, the Italian government announced Wednesday. It includes the top soccer league in the country, Serie A, which postponed last weekend’s matches and a Six Nations rugby match against England in mid-March. More than 3,000 people have been sickened and over 100 have died from the virus in the country, the most in Europe.France and England’s top soccer leagues have also banned handshakes between players and officials at upcoming matches.This summer is also the European Soccer Championship. At a recent meeting, top executives only briefly discussed the virus, according to ESPN. No decision has been made about the tournament that begins on June 12th and is held in countries across the continent.Events in Asia are also feeling the heat.At the Tokyo Marathon on March 1st, organizers limited participation to elite men and women runners and wheelchair racers. During a typical year around 30,000 people run.Organizer’s for this year’s summer Olympics in the city say the games are still on despite the virus. The International Olympic Committee said in a statement that they will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organization.The Olympics kick off on July 24th.The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China scheduled for mid-March were postponed until March 2021. Nanjing is a little over 300 miles from the Coronavirus epicenter in Wuhan. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. March 5, 2020 /Sports News – National Sports League’s Planning For Coronavirus Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Vacation Bible School on June 25-28

first_imgImmediately following the last day of school is a summer kids’ event called Roar VBS, hosted at Grace Lutheran Church. At Roar, children discover that God is good even when life gets wild! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Wild Bible Adventures, test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos, create Art Masterpieces all while being surrounded by God’s love for them. Each day they will learn through their Safari Celebration the teachings of the Bible. Snacks and lunch will be provided.The classes will be held from June 25-28 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., aftercare is available till 3 p.m. The cost of the program is $25 per student and $30 for a family. The four-day program is open to children from 5 to 12 years of age. For more information about VBS ROAR at Grace, call Grace Lutheran Church at (201) 339-3685, or email [email protected] Registration forms are the website at We are locatedat 836 Avenue C, Corner of 37th Street and Avenue C.last_img read more

Richemont Club of Great Britain Fifth Annual Competition 2008

first_img== Winners and runners-up ==Class 1 – Three Sausage Rolls1. Rob Simms – P & A Davies2. Rob Taylor – Chatwins3. Chris Erskine – P & A DaviesClass 2 – Three Meat Pasties1. Paul Mooney – Chatwins2. Chris Rose – J W Rose3. Ian Martin – MartinsClass 3 – One Vegetarian Product1. Graeme Ashworth – Slattery’s2. Peter Tombs – Peter Herd3. Chris Rose – J W RoseClass 4 – One Quiche Lorraine1. Paul Mooney – Chatwins2. Anne Barnes – Slattery’s3. Graeme Ashworth – Slattery’sClass 5 – One Brown Tin Loaf1. Stephen Barnes – Slattery’s2. Kelvin Davies – P & A Davies3. Anne Barnes – Slattery’sClass 6 – One Multigrain Cob1. Rob Simms – P & A Davies2. Chris Erskine – P & A Davies3. Kelvin Davies – P & A DaviesClass 7 – One Plaited Loaf1. Nigel Attwell – Chatwins2. Anne Barnes – Slattery’s3. Rob Simms – P & A DaviesClass 8 – Four Fresh Creams1. Jeanette Ramsden – Slattery’s2. Ian Martin – Martins3. Rob Simms – P & A DaviesClass 9 – Four Danish Pastries1. Christopher Rose – J W Rose2. Michael Wilde – Slattery’s3. Simon Hazlett – P & A DaviesClass 10 – Four Christmas Fancies1. Jeanette Lyons – Slattery’s2. Jeanette Ramsden – Slattery’s3. Dawn Dunn – ChatwinsClass 11 – Four Puff Pastries1. Simon Hazlett – P & A Davies2. Paul Mooney – Chatwins3. Eric Cran – Eric CranClass 12 – Novelty Celebration Cake1. Karen Bowden – Slattery’s2. Ann Caterall – Slattery’s3. Gay Fisher – P & A DaviesClass 13 – Sugar Paste Model1. Melanie Hughes – Slattery’s2. David Wilson – Slattery’s3. Gay Fisher – P & A DaviesClass 14 – Character Biscuit1. Mark Butler – Slattery’s2. Rob Simms – P & A Davies3. Jeanette Ramsden – Slattery’sClass 15 – Almond Products1. Christopher Rose – J W Rose2. Paul Bates – Chatwins3. Michael Wilde – Slattery’sClass 16 – Christmas Cake1. Jeanette Lyons – Slattery’s2. Mark Butler – Slattery’s3. Linda Davies – P & A DaviesClass 17 – Christmas Pudding1. Christopher Rose – J W Rose2. Rob Simms – P & A Davies3. Anne Barnes – Slattery’sClass 18 – Chocolate Log1. Eric Cran – Eric Cran2. Wendy Hilton Casey – Slattery’s3. Helen Murell – ChatwinsClass 19 – Four Fruit Scones1. Kimberly Price – Tameside College2. Craig Wright – Chatwins3. Jamie Humphrey – ChatwinsClass 20 – Oven Bottom Loaf1. Craig Wright – Chatwins2. Holly Jones – P & A Davies3. Jamie Humphrey – ChatwinsClass 21 – Round Pizza1. Holly Jones – P & A Davies2. Philip Scase – Tameside College3. Terri Gardner – Tameside CollegeMilling & Baking Trophy – Arthur ChatwinRank Hovis Trophy – P & A DaviesBakeMark Trophy – Slattery Patissier & ChocolatierRenshaw Trophy – Slattery Patissier & ChocolatierChristmas Trophy – Slattery Patissier & ChocolatierBritish Baker Trophy – Craig Wright – Arthur ChatwinPresident’s Challenge Cup – Dave Wilson & Melanie Hughes – Slattery Patissier & ChocolatierBest in Show – Paul Mooney – Arthur ChatwinRichemont Trophy – Slattery Patissier & Chocolatierlast_img read more

Are you ready for National Craft Bakers’ Week?

first_imgIt’s not long now till National Craft Bakers’ Week, so make sure you get involved and promote your business. Running from 8-13 June, the aim of the week is to raise the profile of independent craft bakers – ‘The Shop That Never Sleeps’ – and, in doing so, capture increased spend from consumers. Craft bakeries of all sizes and location are encouraged to take part in the week, which promotes the important commercial and social role that craft bakers have in their local communities.‘The Shop That Never Sleeps’, which also be promoted to 19,000 primary schools, with ‘live’ streaming of bakers at work to appear on the website. The message to schools will be to go and visit their own local craft baker and see them in action.The activity is spearheaded by the National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB) and has been developed with a group of key industry players: Bako, Bakels, BakeMark, BFP Wholesale, British Baker magazine, California Raisins, Macphie, Marriage’s, Puratos, The Reynard Group and The Scottish Association of Master Bakers.For more information, as well as downloadable point-of-sale material, visit read more

Inside the house of screams

first_img Stories that haunt them Harvard experts explain attraction, meaning of the beckoning genre Boston Ballet dances the night away Mariana Enríquez, Stephen King, Emily Brontë among the fiction writers who leave campus readers unsettled Mindfulness meditation training alters how we process fearful memories, study says Learning not to fearcenter_img A door creaks. Shadowy figures appear. Do you greet them, or run away?In a class called “Haunted: Writing the Supernatural” and taught by Laura van den Berg, Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in the Department of English, students put their imaginations to work creating tales of demons, monsters, and ghosts. As they craft their fiction, they learn how to use the supernatural to tell hard truths about the shadows in our own lives.In the creative-writing workshop, students read fiction and nonfiction, including works by Edith Wharton, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Carmen Maria Machado, Parul Sehgal, and Alexander Chee, examining how the authors grapple with fear of the unknown, haunted memories, and the enduring role of the ghost story.For Halloween, the students wrote a collaborative “exquisite corpse” story set in a haunted house on a rainy night, and gave a dramatic reading in the Harry Widener Memorial Room at Widener Library, under the portrait and the watchful eye of the room’s namesake.,Related Oh, the horror! Arnold Arboretum serves as the backdrop for a promotional spot for the company’s season opening performance of ‘Giselle’ The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Travels to No Man’s Land With Patrick Stewart & Ian McKellen

first_img View Comments Patrick Stewart Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014 Ian McKellencenter_img Star Files No Man’s Land No Man’s Land headliners Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are accustomed to having famous people visit them backstage—but when former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stopped by for a visit, even the Sirs were surprised! The honorary chair of the World Justice Project took an evening off on January 11 to catch the existential Harold Pinter play at the Cort Theatre, and after the show, she went backstage to greet Broadway besties McKellen and Stewart and co-stars Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley in person. Check out this hot shot, then catch the starry foursome in No Man’s Land and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot, playing in repertory through March 30.last_img read more

Peter Pan Goes Wrong Set for West End Holiday Season

first_imgFor a limited run over the festive season at the West End’s Apollo Theatre, the original cast of London’s The Play That Goes Wrong (which is now continuing its run at the Duchess Theatre through September 11, 2016), will bring their comic mayhem to the J.M. Barrie classic Peter Pan. Directed by Adam Meggido, Peter Pan Goes Wrong is set to run December 4 through January 31, 2016.The cast will include Dave Hearn, Henry Lewis, Charlie Russell, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields, Greg Tannahill and Nancy Wallinger.In Peter Pan Goes Wrong, the members of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society once again battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes on their way to Neverland with hilarious and disastrous results.The production will feature set design by Simon Scullion, with lighting by Matt Haskins, costumes by Roberto Surace, sound design by Ella Wahlstrom, and songs composed by Richard Baker and Rob Falconer. View Commentslast_img read more

Jennifer Lopez to Headline Bye Bye Birdie Live!

first_img View Comments Jennifer Lopez(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Jennifer Lopez will join forces with NBC for Bye Bye Birdie Live!, a 2017 holiday production of the classic Broadway musical. Tony winner Harvey Fierstein will pen the teleplay adaptation for the broadcast; he also wrote and will co-star in Hairspray Live! for the peacock network on December 7.“Broadway musicals and films fueled my childhood and Bye Bye Birdie was one of my favorites,” said Lopez in a statement. “I’m proud to be a part of the NBC family with Shades of Blue and I thought it would be a blast to take on one of their big live musicals.”Bye Bye Birdie Live! will be based on the 1960 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that starred Dick Van Dyke as Albert Peterson (earning Van Dyke a Tony) and Chita Rivera as Rosie (earning Rivera a Tony nomination). The book was by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse. Van Dyke went on to star in a 1963 movie adaptation of the show alongside Janet Leigh.Set at the height of rock ’n’ roll, Bye Bye Birdie takes us to Sweet Apple, Ohio, where hip-thrusting music heartthrob Conrad Birdie is scheduled to give a lucky Sweet Apple lady “One Last Kiss” before being drafted into the Army. Conrad’s rock ’n’ roll ways send the small town reeling, giving the teens Birdie fever, shocking the parents with moral indignation, and placing songwriter/agent Albert Peterson along with his savvy sweetheart, Rosie, right in the thick of things. The story was inspired by the incredible popularity of Elvis Presley and his induction into the Army in 1957.Lopez will star as Rosie and executive produce with her producing partners Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina alongside Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Her film credits include Maid in Manhattan, Monster-in-Law, Anaconda, The Cell, Antz, The Boy Next Door, Selena and Out of Sight. Her music achievements include winning three AMA’s, three ASCAP Pop Music Awards, eight Billboard Latin Music Awards and two VMA’s and she has sold more than 75 million records worldwide. She has had 16 top-10 hit songs and three number one albums.last_img read more

Butterfly Garden.

first_img Paul Thomas And you can learn exactly which plants will do that as you stroll with horticulturist Paul Thomas through the butterfly garden on the University of Georgia’s Griffin, Ga., campus. “A Walk Through the Butterfly Garden” will be a special feature of the UGA Research & Education Garden July 27 at 6:30 p.m. Thomas, an Extension Service floriculturist and associate professor of horticulture at UGA, has written more than 100 publications, including many on butterfly gardening. You can’t plant a butterfly. You can, however, grow plants that will attract and feed caterpillars and the butterflies they turn into. Preregistration by July 23 is required. To sign up, send a $5 check payable to the Research & Education Garden to Susan Varlamoff, Research & Education Garden, 1109 Experiment St., Griffin, GA 30223. The event is the second in the 1999 Garden Workshop Series hosted by the Research and Education Garden, a unique 65-acre facility on the Griffin campus of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. For directions, call (770) 229-3367.last_img read more

Tree planting tips

first_imgStep 2: Prepare the site. If there are no other trees nearby, the planting area soil should be tilled. If there are trees within 50 feet, cultivate soil carefully just in the area where the new tree will be planted. If there are trees all around, check to make sure the new tree can get at least three hours of full sun every day in the summer, and then do not till or cultivate the soil widely. Any groundcovers or grass should be pulled back many feet from the planting area. If other plants are in full sun, they will compete with the new tree for water and essential soil elements. Keep other plants away from the planting site for many years. Getting trees started correctly makes all the difference in the world for healthy trees. Inserting a tree properly into your landscape’s ecological system is critical. Fortunately, the best way to plant a tree involves only a few steps. Step 1: Get a good start. Trees mirror the sites in which they live. Poor sites mean poor trees. Sites baked by the sun and surrounded by buildings, pavements and desolate soil are poor choices. Choose a large space with plenty of room for growth. Look out for underground or overhead obstacles. Give trees plenty of open soil surface area in which to thrive.A tree site must allow for plenty of water drainage. Water must drain away from roots or your new tree will sit in a soil bathtub and drown. Step 3: Scoop out a planting saucer, not a hole. Many people make a terrible mistake when planting a new tree – they dig a hole. Trees dumped in a hole, buried too deep and drowned will die. Always scoop out a shallow saucer in the soil. A tree-planting saucer should be three to five times wider than the extent of new tree roots. The saucer should be one to two inches shallower than the depth of the actual root ball. Trees should be planted high in the landscape in a wide saucer void of gavel, sand or any other soil amendments. All the soil removed from the saucer should be broken up, crumbled and saved. Only the soil that came out of the saucer should go back into the saucer. Do not mix it with any other materials. By Kim CoderUniversity of Georgia Step 4: Gently place the tree. Remove all plastic, paper, burlap, wires, ties and straps from the new tree. Some of these materials, if left around the tree, will damage the tree. Packaged soil should be gently pulled away from the roots as much as possible, but not rigorously stripped or cleaned off.Place the tree in the middle of the shallow planting saucer. Always lift a tree by the root ball, never by the stem. Keep the stem straight up.Use your hands and fingers to gently push in soil around and under roots. Do not twist, bend or break the roots. After backfilling and gently firming the soil around the roots and over the tree base, add water. Step 5: Finish strong. Place a thin layer, no more than two inches thick, of a low density, organic mulch well beyond the edge of the saucer. Water the whole area, making sure soil is not washed away, exposing new roots. After the first site-wide watering, water often over the root ball area. Do not prune or fertilize until the tree has adjusted to its site. New trees planted correctly will be low maintenance, healthy, long-term assets to any site. With just a small amount of care and maintenance, they will continue to be a proud investment in any landscape.last_img read more