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Notre Dame Trail concludes with commemorative Mass

first_img175 years ago, on a snowy November day in 1842, Fr. Edward F. Sorin traveled more than 300 miles north from Vincennes, Indiana, to Notre Dame, where he developed his vision for the University. Over the course of 13 days, thousands of participants walked anywhere from 15-41 miles each day — some walking the full journey made by Father Sorin — to commemorate the founder’s journey, with the trek concluding Saturday morning.In a Mass following the venture, University President Fr. John Jenkins said Sorin demonstrated resilience and showcased love in his determination to found the University. He said the original dream constantly expands to include more individuals interested in enhancing the mission of Notre Dame. Peter St. John Members of the Notre Dame community gather to celebrate Mass after the conclusion of the Notre Dame Trail.“That’s the way it’s always been with Notre Dame,” Jenkins said. “It began with a small group and a dream. And as they struggled to realize that dream, so many others joined them to be part of the Notre Dame family and to help. We celebrate and thank all those who made this University what it is today.”According to Jenkins, troubling events around the world concern him, particularly recent expressions of white supremacism. He encountered an article arguing that universities should promote openness to debate, rather than offer moral clarity, he said.“Perhaps, we here at Notre Dame, following in the footsteps of Father Sorin, can offer something more,” he said. “We are certainly committed to these epistemic virtues and the pursuit of truth, but at this Catholic university, we add to them other values, such as a commitment to the dignity of each and every person, a willingness to take responsibility for the common good and a special concern for those who are most vulnerable.”One trail participant, Sara Klepper, joined her mother, a ’77 alumna for a five-day pilgrimage north.“For us, it was important just to come out and pay tribute to Father Sorin and the original founding of the University 175 years ago,” she said. “So to get back to our roots, the University’s roots and to celebrate Our Lady with family, friends and classmates was really special.” Some walkers documented their experiences in an online journal that included the geographical trail description as well as the lessons learned throughout their journeys. In an August 27 entry, participant Timothy Deenihan said the trail aided in self-discovery.“To go on this pilgrimage, I had to let go of who I was,” he said. “The same can be said for returning from it. … We mustn’t spend our days, not even our hours, holding on to what we were. We have to let go, we have to choose a direction, left or right, so that we may become what we will be.”Tags: 175th anniversary, Notre Dame Trail, Rev. Edward Sorinlast_img read more

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Brooks Lecture.

first_imgZell Miller In 1983, the awards expanded to include research, extension and county extension programs. An award for international agriculture was added in 1988. Brooks was an advisor on agriculture and trade issues to seven U.S. presidents. He started Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies in 1941 to provide farmers insurance. The awards include a framed certificate and a $5,000 cash award. Former Gov. Zell Miller will be the featured speaker at the 1999 D.W. Brooks Lecture Oct. 4 at in the Mahler Auditorium in the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The CAES sponsors the annual lecture series in his memory.center_img The 11 a.m. lecture is named for D.W. Brooks, founder and chairman emeritus of Gold Kist, Inc., who died this summer. Miller’s presentation, “Georgia: Gains and Gaps,” will precede the announcement of the D.W. Brooks Faculty Awards for Excellence. The annual awards are presented to UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty who excel in teaching, research and extension. The teaching award was established in 1981 to recognize faculty members who make outstanding contributions and maintain excellence in the CAES teaching program. His many honors for contributions to global agriculture included being the first inductee into the UGA Agricultural Hall of Fame. He received the Distinguished Agribusiness Award from the Georgia Agribusiness Council and was named Progressive Farmer magazine’s “Man of the Year in Agriculture in the South.”last_img read more

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Roanoke Valley is the Perfect Fall Backdrop

first_imgAfter a day exploring the mountains, fill up with the best local food Virginia’s Blue Ridge has to offer. Sit in front of a fire while you dine on a bison burger or brown beans and cornbread from The Swinging Bridge Restaurant. If you’re looking for comfort food, check out some of the best at The Homeplace. Stop by Ruth’s Place for breakfast served all day. And don’t forget to try the pies, freshly baked every day, from The Hub Restaurant. The mountains of Virginia’s Blue Ridge make the perfect fallbackdrop when you visit the Roanoke Valley for a few days of outdoor adventureand leisure. Stay Awhile These trails offer stunning views of the leaves turningcolors and the valley below. Want to take in the fall landscape without getting out of the car? Go for a scenic mountain drive along Route 311 as you drive over Catawba Mountain and Potts Mountain. Take the car off road on the Potts Mountain Jeep Trail for steep climbs and incredible views. While you’re in the area, don’t forget to make a stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Head north or south for views off of “America’s Favorite Drive.” Climb the Mill Mountain Star Trail to see the Roanoke Star and views of the valley. Dogs on leashes are welcome to join your trip. While at Mill Mountain Park, check out the mountain biking trails and wildflower garden. Take in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the RoanokeValley when you visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Visit the Homestead Creamery for all of your favorite ice cream, including a seasonal pumpkin flavor. Call ahead for a tour of the farm and manufacturing area. Don’t miss the hay rides, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes at Layman Family Farms, Sinkland Farms, and Jeter Farm. Head out of the city to Smith Mountain Lake State Park for miles of shoreline to explore. The 13 miles of trails will take you through hardwood forests to quiet coves and waterfront overlooks. Spend a relaxing day on the water, paddling and fishing for bass. Stick around for a beautiful sunset over the lake. Plan your visit for November in time for the Smith Mountain Lake Chili and Craft Festival at Bridgewater Marina. Taste your way through the valley with Virginia’s Blue Ridge Cheers Trail. With nearly 30 different stops, you’re sure to find a craft beer, wine, or spirit that fits your style. Don’t forget to download the Cheers Trail Passport (text ‘CHEERS’ to (540) 253-4311) for awesome savings on drinks and merchandise.   Hikers of all abilities will find a trail to experience the Peaks of Otter. On a clear day, you can see for hundreds of miles from Sharp Top Mountain, Flat Top Mountain, and Harkening Hill. Flat Top Trail offers a strenuous hike to the top of the tallest of the three sister peaks. Stroll along Abbott Lake Trail, an ADA compliant loop around the water. Take the Fallingwater Cascades Trail, a 1.6-mile loop, for views of a waterfall. Stick around after the sun goes down for brilliant views of the night sky. If you’re looking for a full weekend of hiking, try Virginia’s Triple Crown. Begin your weekend with a hike to Dragon’s Tooth as you walk along streams and test your bouldering skills. Make your way to McAfee Knob and the iconic overlook that makes it one of the most popular spots on the Appalachian Trail. Finish your trip off with Tinker Cliffs, featuring almost 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Complete the Triple Crown in sections or connect the three legs with a 32-mile backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail. last_img read more

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Excerpts from Justice Shaw’s opinions

first_imgExcerpts from Justice Shaw’s opinions E xcerpts from Justice Shaw’s opinions Special vigilance is required where the fundamental rights of Florida citizens sus-pected of wrongdoing are concerned, for here society has a strong natural in-clination to relinquish incrementally the hard-won and stoutly defended freedoms enumerated in our Declaration of Rights in its effort to preserve public order. The framers of our Constitution, however, deliberately rejected the short-term solution in favor of a fairer, more structured system of criminal justice. Thus, even here—especially here—where the rights of those suspected of wrongdoing are concerned, the framers drew a bright line and said to government, “Thus far shall Thou come, but no farther.” Traytor v. State, 596 So. Id 957. 963-64 (Fla. 1992) The execution of a condemned man or woman is an extraordinarily solemn un-dertaking reluctantly assumed by the state at the behest of the people—no task is more somber or weighty for the State than the purposeful killing of one of its own. Execution by electrocution is a spectacle whose time has passed—like the guillotine or public stoning or burning at the stake. Florida’s electric chair, by its own track record, has proven itself to be a dinosaur more befitting the laboratory of Baron Frankenstein than the death chamber of Florida State Prison. Jones v. State, 701 So. 2d 76. 87 (Fla. 1997) (Shaw, J., dissenting) While the First Amendment confers on each citizen a powerful right to express oneself, it gives the picketer no boon to jeopardize the health, safety, and rights of others. No citizen has a right to insert a foot in a hospital or clinic door and insist on being heard—while purposefully blocking the door to those in genuine need of medical services. No picketer can force speech into the captive ear of the unwilling and disabled. Operation Rescue v. Women’s Health Center, 626 So. 2d 664, 675 (Fla. 1993) Florida has a compelling interest in protecting the right of each of its citizens to live at peace in the sanctity of his or her home, free from violence and the threat of violence. The [banning of terrorist cross-burning] ensures that those who exercise freedom of association or who join in robust debate on controversial issues need not fear this particular threat of violence. Although the First Amendment confers on each citizen a powerful right of self-expression, it gives no citizen a boon to launch terrorist raids against his or her neighbor. Few things can chill free expression and association to the bone like night-riders outside the door and a fiery cross in the yard. State v. T.B.D., 656 So. 2d 479. 482 (Fla. 1995) Admittedly, the present scenario is surreal: All the king’s horses and all the king’s men could not get a few thousand ballots counted. The explanation, however, is timeless. We are a nation of men and women and, although we aspire to lofty principles, our methods at times are imperfect. Our nation has been through an ordeal, but we have learned from the experience. At this point, I know one thing for certain: the basic principles of our democracy are intact. Gore v. Harris, 773 So. 2d 524, 529-30 (Fla. 2000) (Shaw. J., concurring) December 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Nussle, Donovan named top lobbyists

first_img continue reading » CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle and Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan were named “Top Lobbyists” in 2020 by The Hill.“In a busy and challenging year for the influence world, these are the people who wielded their clout and knowledge most effectively,” according to the publication.The Hill notes that despite the pandemic and associated economic effects, Nussle and Donovan are among key players members turn to ensure their voices are heard in the nations capital.Both received the same honor in 2019 and 2018 by The Hill. Nussle joined CUNA in September 2014 and has been featured on the list each year since then. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

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Govt expands social aid for poor to prevent Idul Fitri ‘mudik’

first_imgIn the past several weeks, the government has expanded several social assistance programs for low-income citizens across the country affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Thursday that the government had made it a top priority to ensure citizens’ basic needs were met. He also expressed confidence the government could maintain the purchasing power of low-income people during the crisis.From cash transfers for Jakarta residents to financial aid for bus drivers, these are the programs the government has launched to help low-income citizens during the outbreak: Indonesia’s poor and underprivileged are at risk of slipping into destitution as the government struggles to balance the economy and adressing the public health crisis.“We are providing social assistance, especially within Greater Jakarta, so residents will refrain from going home,” said Jokowi.The government issued regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 on state financial policy and financial system stability, which stipulates a reallocation of Rp 405.1 trillion in state funds to the health sector, social safety net programs and tax incentives.The President also asked businesspeople and employers to instruct their workers not to return to their respective hometowns and called on members of the community to support underprivileged citizens.Health experts have urged the government to prevent people from returning to their hometowns for the upcoming Idul Fitri holidays to help flatten the COVID-19 curve. However, the government has only advised people not to participate in mudik, stopping short of imposing a restriction.Many regions have reported that thousands of people have been arriving from Jakarta for the past few months.Around 20 million people from around the country travel to their hometowns annually to celebrate Idul Fitri.As of Friday, the Health Ministry had recorded 1,753 confirmed cases in the capital with 154 fatalities. Nationwide, 3,512 cases and 306 deaths have been recorded.Topics : The President said he hoped the social aid would help dissuade people from participating in the annual Idul Fitri mudik (exodus), which is feared will increase the spread of the disease.Other than being an annual tradition, Jokowi said people were seeking to return to their hometowns because their businesses had been struggling or because they had lost their jobs due to the crisis.Read also: COVID-19: Jakarta begins distributing door-to-door social aidlast_img read more

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The face of Brisbane’s housing market has started to change in line with adult children living with their parents longer

first_imgThe views from 179 Ninth Ave, St Lucia“Where people have a big enough yard, the secondary dwelling is a good option, not costing much more than an extension.“It can generally be developed without town planning approval and the costs of a subdivision don’t apply. The secondary dwelling is simply added to the title of the existing dwelling. This is a fully independent living space, without the cost of buying a separate parcel of land.’’Ms Johnson said councils once required that only grandparents could occupy a second dwelling, but this had changed. 179 Ninth Ave, St Lucia“Now the second dwelling is being occupied by a range of family members including teenage and adult children and other extended family members.’’Ms Johnson said in Brisbane, a secondary dwelling could be up to 80sq m, as long as it was within 20m of the main house – bigger than many new one-bedroom units.Archicentre director Peter Georgiev said it was a bit of “back to the future’’ as for many years European and Asian families had lived multi-generationally.“In the 21st century we are seeking to “design” this idea,’’ he said.Mr Georgiev said it was not so much about adding value in terms of increasing the sale price but it added value to the lives of people developing these homes, so the property often remained in the same family for a long time.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago179 Ninth Ave, St Lucia“If – when – they come onto the real estate market and another family finds a “goodness of fit”, this will be a fortuitous occurrence rather than a deliberate aim.’’When Annette and Warren Denny built their St Lucia home five years ago, front of mind was to allow their three adult children to remain there and to accommodate them comfortably.“We purposely built this house to have our adult children at home,” Mrs Denny said. “It’s close to UQ where they went to university. We wanted to help them as they finished their degrees and then searched for their first jobs, which don’t often pay very well. “We went from a family of five to eight as our children’s partners came along too. The house worked perfectly and we honestly loved having them here. The bedrooms are completely separate, each has an ensuite and study area.The home at 179 Ninth Ave, St Lucia, is for sale through Judy Goodger of Place.Mr Denny said they had always considered the stage in life of their children in designing and building their homes. They believed young people needed a degree to enhance employment chances and many could not afford to do this and live out of home at the same time.“We gave our architect a brief to design the largest house he could fit on the site.“They (the children) were rarely seen, preferring to study and watch movies in the comfort of their bedroom chambers.’’They couple have bought a renovated Queenslander at New Farm which is half the size of the St Lucia home. Annette and Warren Denny have downsized after accommodating their adult children for many years.THE  face of Brisbane’s housing market has started to change in line with adult children living with their parents longer.Architects are being called more often to adapt housing to suit the needs of dual living, and families have found inventive ways to alter their homes to accommodate numerous adults under one roof.University of Queensland urban and social planner Laurel Johnson said there were more secondary dwelling developments now as more children stayed at home longer.“Also known as granny flats, the secondary dwelling appears to be making a comeback in our metropolitan area,’’ Ms Johnson said.center_img 179 Ninth Ave, St Lucia was built with accommodating adult children front of mind.“On signing the contract, the child eviction program became a reality for our children,’’ Mr Denny said. “Our house is officially on the market to be sold with no residual child issues.’’Ms Goodger said now more than ever, new build homes often had a separate bathroom and bedroom to cater for families with older children. Lachlan Walker of Place Advisory said there was a lot of work going on in Brisbane with people “future proofing’’ their homes.“Particularly in those inner city regions within the first five kms, there is a lot of renovation happening to add value and to accommodate all family types,” he said.Mr Walker said one of those family types was parents living with adult children.Accommodating them was not as simple as just adding another bedroom, there needed to be separate living areas so everyone felt they had their own space. “I think it is adding value and increasing the marketability.’’last_img read more

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Upon this rock I will build my Church

first_imgFaithLifestyleLocalNews Upon this rock I will build my Church by: – August 20, 2011 Share 44 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Photo credit: Myspace.comThere are two interpretations of this famous text. We are more familiar with one rather than the other, though the second is the more theologically accurate of the two.Both interpretations are St. Augustine’s, and what he underlines in the first is the ironic word play Jesus uses to describe Peter. This comes across best in Latin, I’m afraid. The Latin for Peter is Petrus, and for rock it’s petra. Jesus is saying in effect: ‘Petrus, you are petra, and on you I will build my church.’ Jesus says this ironically, Augustine observes, because rock is not the metaphor you think of primarily when you think of Peter.  Peter had a big heart; he meant well; but he was weaker than he thought, and he couldn’t help putting his foot in his mouth.  He would go on to betray Jesus, after saying he loved him greatly, “whatever about these others.” We will see irony again after the resurrection, when Jesus says to him: Simon Peter, do you love me “more than these others do?” The irony is gentle. Jesus doesn’t rub Peter’s nose in it.So Jesus chose an unrock-like person to do important things with. St. Paul would himself say later on, looking at the hodge-podge that comprised the first communities, that God chose the weak things of the world to be instruments of his message. This is always true, of course. There’s further irony in Jesus’ choice. The soon-to-be head of the Church was the first apostate, Augustine noted — an observation one hardly sees anywhere, though it shows the mind of Jesus as much any of his more famously quoted positions.Augustine’s second interpretation focuses on the fact that the rock is Peter’s faith in Yahweh, not Peter himself. It is Yahweh who reveals Jesus’ identity to Peter; and the foundation of the Church will be Peter’s faith in that source.In the traditional interpretation of the passage we looked entirely to the future, forgetting the past. We forgot that the only Bible the early Church had was the Old Testament, what we call today the Hebrew Scriptures. Peter did not hear in the words of Jesus what we have traditionally heard, namely, support for papal primacy. That doctrine was more than nineteen hundred years away. What he heard were all the traditional associations of Yahweh as the rock of his peopleOn the lips of Jesus, ‘upon this rock’ therefore means ‘upon the rock you have faith in’ – that will be the foundation of my Church. The rock was the great Old Testament symbol of Yahweh’s durability and strength. It is from the rock that living water flowed in the wilderness, and rock-likeness is what came to symbolize Yahweh’s very nature.  He was, as the famous song put it, the rock of ages.  Those are the association in the mind of Jesus regarding the foundation of the Church.Faithfulness is still a prized quality in our morally uncertain times. It is also a quality we think reserved for marriage. But whether married or not, we all have to be faithful – to our promises, commitments, loved ones, and to God.The word itself derives its meaning from faith.  To be faithful is to keep faith with someone.  At a basic level that means keeping faith over something.  People, for instance, borrow books or money from you, and promise faithfully to return what they borrowed, and very often that’s the last time you see them.  Even at that ordinary level, though it’s not so ordinary sometimes, you can see that unfaithfulness does not in the first place mean sleeping around.  It means not being true to one’s word.One can also speak of being faithful in terms of a way of life.  It was said of Immanuel Kant, the German philosopher, that he was so faithful to his constitutional at four in the afternoon, that people set their watches and clocks by him. A basic meaning of faithfulness is thus dependability.  But the idea contains much more than this.  You can take a walk every day at four in the afternoon because the doctor says to you, if you don’t, you won’t live for more than five years. We find you dependable, but you’re really not being faithful to a way of life. You’re just being prudential; you want to live longer.By comparison we can say of someone like Mandela, and I think of the time especially before he became famous – we can say that he was faithful; and you’re in another realm altogether.  Or of Mother Teresa that she was faithful to her vision regarding the poor, and the same thing applies.Faithfulness here means being true to a vision, not to something given to you with lightning and trumpets, but to some deep call in the recesses of your being.  Faithfulness means that you hand yourself over to that.  Faithfulness essentially means self-surrender.  That’s why in persons who are faithful, what resonates from them is not so much their particular individuality, but the vision they have surrendered or given themselves to.Jesus himself was faithful – to a way of obedience, which is what all faithfulness is ultimately about, and he let his faithfulness take him where it wherever it would.In our text then, Jesus guarantees that the Church will stand, not because of Peter the individual but because of Peter’s faith in the faithfulness of Yahweh, the rock. It is for that reason that nothing untoward can ultimately prevail against the Church.  The key to understanding what Jesus declares is his trust in Yahweh’s faithfulness – the model for our very fallible efforts at being the same.By: Father Henry Charles, Ph. dlast_img read more

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French athletics chief joins calls for Olympic postponement

first_img Loading… The president of the French Athletics Federation on Sunday said he did not understand why the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was refusing to postpone the Tokyo Olympics in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The International Olympic Committee in Lausanne was under increasing pressure on Sunday Andre Giraud joined a swelling chorus of objections when he told AFP that the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) must “take a stand”. He said that the IOC should already be thinking of what he called “Plan C”, a postponement to 2021. “It cannot be accepted that the IOC is not listening to the number one Olympic sport,” Giraud said. “Everyone agrees that the Games cannot be held on the dates planned.” “If the crisis is contained by the end of May, we can envisage a postponement of the Games to the autumn. But Plan C would be a six-month or one-year postponement. “How can we bring together 11,000 athletes in less than four months in the Olympic village? The athletes are in a stressful situation and we need to reassure them. We can’t wait any longer. Giraud also called CNOSF President Denis Masseglie to act. “I appeal to the CNOSF to take action with the IOC. We need a national position of solidarity,” he said. Read Also: French swim federation joins US counterpart in Olympics delay call The US and Spanish athletics federations have also asked for a postponement. Sebastian Coe, the head of World Track and Field, hinted that he was leaning that way. “I don’t think we should have the Olympic Games at all costs,” said Coe, who ran the 2012 London Games. “A decision on the Olympic Games may become very obvious very quickly.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “At the Games, the French team is under the CNOSF banner. The responsibility at national level therefore lies with the CNOSF President to listen to his federations and take a stand.” IOC president Thomas Bach has signalled his determination to press ahead with the Games in Tokyo from July 29 to August 9, telling the New York Times that postponement “would not be responsible now” as “we are four-and-a-half months away from the Games”. On Friday USA Swimming said they wanted the Games postponed. They were soon joined by France’s swimming federation and the Norwegian Olympic Committee as well as likely competitors. Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more

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The Latest: Cuba puts sports on hold until at least April 30

first_imgThe Latest: Cuba puts sports on hold until at least April 30 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 Associated Press There are no known MLB players who have tested positive for coronavirus. Two minor league players with the Yankees have tested positive.___2:15 p.m.All men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments through June 7 are being called off because of the new coronavirus pandemic.The ATP and WTA announced Wednesday that the entire clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled” — a day after the start of the French Open, also played on that surface, was postponed from May to September. ___2:05 p.m.Another Atlanta sports star is following the lead of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman says he’ll match Ryan’s donation of $50,000 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which distributes food to the needy, and $50,000 to the Giving Kitchen, which aides food service workers who are financially hit by the coronavirus outbreak.In addition, Freeman says he’ll donate another $25,000 to the Salvation Army. ___4:55 p.m.The 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race has been postponed for three months because of the coronavirus outbreak and will now run from Sept. 19-20.The race was initially set for June 13-14.The new date will also impact other races on the World Endurance Championship’s calendar. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):3:30 p.m.Cuba has joined countries around the world in suspending its sports calendar due to the new coronavirus pandemic. The Austrian soccer league is making plans to extend its suspension until May and take advantage of UEFA’s decision to postpone the European Championship.The Austrian Bundesliga says its clubs agreed they could restart in early May and play until the end of June.The league says “should the situation in general ease and make a resumption of play possible, the clubs will immediately consult about concrete start dates and draw up an alternative schedule.”UEFA moved the European Championship to 2021, freeing up space for European leagues to finish seasons disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak before many players’ contracts expire on June 30.___ Infantino’s offer for FIFA to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization was approved.Soccer’s stalled season could be delayed beyond its traditional June 30 finish so FIFA will look to amend or have temporary rules relating to player contracts and trading windows.___12:36 p.m.Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey hasn’t ruled out the prospect of holding some spring football practices, but he’s not all that optimistic. Ticket holders can either receive a credit that will apply to the same level of admission for next year or receive a full refund.___2:25 p.m.An Arizona-based employee of the Cincinnati Reds has tested positive for the new coronavirus.The employee worked inside the team’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona, from Feb. 29 to March 14. The team said in a statement it was sending a precautionary notice to those who were inside the building and that those who were in close contact with the employee are being tested and have self-quarantined. The tours had said last week they would suspend play until late April or early May.The tournaments affected by the tours’ suspensions include combined men’s and women’s events in Madrid and Rome.Also being scrapped are upcoming WTA tournaments in Strasbourg, France, and Rabat, Morocco, along with ATP events in Munich; Estoril, Portugal; Geneva; and Lyon, France.Both tours also said that their rankings will be frozen “until further notice.”The International Tennis Federation also put a halt to its lower-tier events until June 7. Sankey says on a conference call with reporters that “practically that window’s pretty narrow.” The SEC and other conferences have canceled championships for spring sports and spring football games, and suspended athletic activities until at least April 15.“That doesn’t mean we’ll be back to normal practice activities April 16,” Sankey said.He also cited federal recommendations limiting the size of gatherings.___4:20 p.m. March 18, 2020 ___3 p.m.All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date.The league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed.center_img Gravina also says “a salary cut for soccer players can not be a taboo in this period of emergency.”___3:35 p.m.Clubs in the top two soccer leagues in Sweden say they do not want to start the new season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Swedish soccer association must now decide whether to accept the clubs’ request. 11:35 a.m.The IndyCar race in Long Beach, California, won’t be held this year.Officials with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach said Wednesday they pursued the possibility of rescheduling the popular race to a later date, but “trying to reassemble all the elements that have made the Long Beach event such a success does not appear feasible for 2020.”The race had been scheduled for April 19.Next year’s date will be April 18. The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The clubs say in a statement that their decision is supported by broadcasters, fans and the country’s main supporters’ union.The clubs say “work remains on establishing a new plan for the year and sorting out the exact dates for the start and other rounds.”___3:30 p.m. 1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.“Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___ Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.”Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary.___ 3:40 p.m.Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora says the country’s top soccer league is likely to resume on May 3.Spadafora says “then we will evaluate whether it’s open to the public or not.”Italy was one of the first countries to suspend its soccer leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina says starting on May 3 should allow the league to finish by June 30 but if that’s not possible “there must be a change in format.” The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.”Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus.The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus.___1:20 p.m. The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic.___1:35 p.m.AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak.According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300). 8:50 a.m.The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year.The WAC had previously suspended all competition, but the conference’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring sports. The decision falls in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of its winter and spring championships.The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball.___ The national sports institute announced Wednesday that events would be put off at least until April 30.The official Prensa Latina news agency said that will push back the baseball season, which had been scheduled to start on April 11, as well as this month’s Cuba Cup of track and field.The institute also said that Cuban delegations won’t travel abroad — potentially affecting qualification for the Olympic and Paralympic games.Cuba has reported 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death, that of an Italian tourist.___ ___4:50 p.m.FIFA is looking to set up a hardship fund to help soccer stakeholders affected by the coronavirus outbreak.FIFA says it will “analyze if a support fund at global level will be required” and how it might operate.A conference call with the presidents of FIFA and the six continental governing bodies agreed to proposals made Tuesday by Gianni Infantino. Spanish soccer team Alavés says 15 people in its club have become infected with the coronavirus: three players, seven members of its coaching staff and five other employees.The club had already reported that two members of its staff were infected.Valencia and Espanyol said earlier this week that their clubs have also been hit by the virus.Valencia said Monday that 35% of its squad and coaching staff are infected, while Espanyol said on Tuesday that six members of its squad and staff have it.All three clubs say their infected members are in good health.last_img read more

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