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Cold Berries.

first_imgGeorgia’s freaky freezing temperatures haven’t hurt the state’sblueberry crop yet. But if warm weather arrives soon, it couldset up this year’s blueberry crop for significant freeze damagelater.”I don’t think the cold weather has hurt the blueberrycrop so far, but it’s sure setting us up for a dangerous situation,”said Scott NeSmith, a research horticulturist with the Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Right now, the blueberries have received more chill hoursthan they need at this point in the season.”They’ve Gotta Have the ColdBlueberry plants need cold weather to produce blooms and thenfruit. This cold weather requirement is called chill hours. Oncethe plant gets the required number of chill hours, it’s readyto break bud and produce blooms.”If the weather warms up now, the plants are really goingto start blooming fast and this sets up a danger for possiblefreeze damage later,” NeSmith said. “So if we go throughtwo weeks of warm weather, we run the danger of getting earlybloom before the frost damage is over.”NeSmith said Georgia blueberry growers faced the opposite problemlast year.”In 1999, we had a record lack of chill hours, just 200,for the first week of January,” he said. “The plantsweren’t getting the chill hours they needed to bloom adequately.This was a very low number of chill hours compared to the historicalnumber of 400 chill hours for the same time of year.”Today, NeSmith keeps a close eye on the number of chill hoursusing data from UGA’s Georgia Automated Environmental MonitoringNetwork website .Too Many Chill Hours”Here in Spalding County, we have normally accumulated400 to 500 chill hours at this time of year,” he said. “Butthis year, we already have more than 900 chill hours, which isabout a 40 percent increase in chilling.”NeSmith says having too many chill hours is rarely a problem.”This only happens five to 10 percent of the time,”he said. “It’s almost unheard of for us to have this problem.”The largest concentration of commercial blueberry orchardsin Georgia is located in the southeastern corner in Appling, Bacon,Clinch, Pierce and Ware counties, with additional growers sprinkledacross the state. Georgia ranks third in the nation in blueberryproduction with more than 4,500 acres.NeSmith and other UGA horticulturists plan to share their concernswith Georgia blueberry growers during the Georgia Fruit and VegetableConference set for this weekend in Savannah.”It’s a very scary situation because winter has been shiftedback,” he said. “It’s not any one cold event we’ve facedthat has caused this dilemma. It’s the amount of total cold weatherwe’ve been having. The cold hasn’t hurt us so far, but it surehas put us in a precarious position.”last_img read more

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Vermont’s high cost of housing highlighted in new housing affordability report

first_imgVermonters who rent live in the fifteenth least affordable state in the nation, according to a new report jointly released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), a Washington, DC-based housing advocacy group, and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition.For Vermont’s renters, the news isn’t good.  Rural Vermont ranks in the top 10 most expensive rural areas in the nation.  Vermont’s “Housing Wage” has risen to $17.70 per hour, or $36,812 per year.  This represents an increase of 54% since 2000. The national Housing Wage is $18.44 in 2010.The report, Out of Reach 2010, provides the Housing Wage and other housing affordability data for every state, metropolitan area and county in the country, comparing 52 jurisdictions, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  A Vermont fact sheet is attached.  The full report is available online at www.nlihc.org/oor2010/(link is external).The Housing Wage is the hourly wage a family must earn – working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year – to be able to afford rent and utilities for a modest two-bedroom apartment in the private housing market at the average Fair Market Rent (FMR). “Affordable” housing is generally defined as costing no more than 30% of a household’s annual income. This year’s FMR for a two-bedroom apartment in Vermont is $920 statewide. It is $821 in all non-metro areas combined, and $1,116 in the Burlington-South Burlington Metro Area, which includes Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand-Isle counties. In the Metro area, the Housing Wage has risen above $20 an hour for the first time ever and now stands at $21.46.Even during a time of economic downturn, when rents could normally be expected to decline, decent affordable housing has remained out of reach for many Vermonters. The inability to afford housing has pushed many new families and individuals into homelessness. This year’s Point in Time Count, conducted on January 27, counted approximately 2,800 homeless Vermonters statewide. This number reflects a sharp rise in homelessness in recent years – a 25 percent increase since 2008. The Point in Time Count is a 24-hour count of the homeless coordinated by the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance and conducted by service providers throughout the state.“With rents continuing to climb further out of reach, homeless shelters have become the housing of last resort for Vermont’s working poor and people living on fixed incomes,” said Melinda Bussino, Director of the Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center and Co-Chair of the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness. “This report underscores the need for the State to provide sufficient funding for affordable housing, homelessness prevention and other safety net programs.”Vermont’s rental housing market has been among the Nation’s tightest for several years.  Low-vacancy rates help push rents upward.  That, combined with the fact that many Vermonters work in relatively low-wage jobs, creates enormous pressures for thousands of households in the Green Mountain State struggling to pay for necessities.The situation for Vermonters with disabilities living on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is absolutely dire: with a monthly payment of only $726, they can afford no more than $218 for their housing costs—severely short of the $751 FMR for a one-bedroom apartment, or even the $655 FMR for a studio apartment.The typical renter in Vermont earns $11.28, which is $6.42 less than the hourly wage needed to afford a modest unit. A worker making the minimum wage ($8.06/hour in Vermont) can only afford to pay $419 a month for rent and utilities, less than half the cost of a modest two-bedroom apartment. Working at the minimum wage, a family must have 2.2 wage earners working full-time – or one full-time earner working 88 hours/week – to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment.An estimated 55% of renters in Vermont do not earn enough income to afford a two-bedroom apartment at the Fair Market Rent, a two percentage point increase from last year.“I work on a daily basis with programs that provide advocacy and services for low- and moderate-income people. I am not surprised to hear that safe, affordable housing is even more out of reach today than it was a year ago for many in our state,” says Ted Wimpey, Director of Statewide Housing Services at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity and Chairperson of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition. “Funding, planning, permitting and development of new and rehabilitated affordable housing, as well as availability of housing subsidies, are simply not keeping up with needs which have only increased with the economic downturn.”The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition is Vermont’s only statewide membership organization dedicated to ensuring that all Vermonters have decent, safe and affordable housing, particularly the state’s low and moderate-income residents, elders, and people with disabilities.The Coalition’s 70 plus members represent most of Vermont’s non-profit affordable housing developers, community land trusts, housing and homeless advocacy groups, public housing authorities, regional planners, funders, state agencies, and other organiza­tions and individuals with an interest in affordable housing. Together, VAHC’s members provide housing and services to tens of thousands of Vermonters.For information on the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, visit www.vtaffordablehousing.org(link is external).Source: VAHC.last_img read more

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Suffolk Busts Trademark Counterfeiting Ring, DA Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk authorities said the alleged conspirators manufactured fake designer logos like these to counterfeit handbags.Suffolk County authorities say they’ve busted five suspects running an international trademark counterfeiting ring that sold fashionable knockoff pocketbooks, apparel, sunglasses and other items across the country.Federal and local investigators seized truckloads of items bearing the trademark brands of North Face, Uggs, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Oakley, Nike, Kate Spade, Prada, Tiffany and other manufacturers following raids on Queens storage facilities, authorities said.“Every item imported by these defendants was counterfeit,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota. “They arranged and supervised shipments of cheap knock offs while using the labels, logos and signature look of successful manufacturers and designers in the fashion industry.”He said the quintet imported the fake goods from plants in China, stored it in Queens warehouses and distributed to resellers in across New York and the nation, including Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Georgia and California.All five suspects have been indicted on conspiracy and trademark counterfeiting charges. They include 42-year-old Chee “Jimmy” Kwan Yim, 39-year-old Chee “Janice” Kuen Yim, 44-year-old Chee “Steve” Ching Yim and 28-year-old Regina Ngan—who all lived together in Little Neck—and Anthony Moresco, 63, of New Jersey.All five except for Ngan were also charged with enterprise corruption. Jimmy and Janice were also charged with money laundering. All five have pleaded not guilty.last_img read more

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How to create a versatile digital transformation strategy

first_imgMuch like many other credit unions, digital transformation at Coastal Credit Union is driven by our members’ needs. Here’s a look at how your credit union can create a versatile digital transformation strategy to keep up with the ever-increasing expectations. Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and other technology firms have shaped user experience requirements for all industries. Credit union members are expecting fast access to their finances anytime, anywhere through their selected channel. It’s important for members today to feel that they can take control of their finances from their digital devices while having a trusted partner to guide them throughout their financial journey. The demand from members is pushing credit unions to reimagine digital delivery and it challenges us to break the constraints of our existing systems to provide a more personal and adaptable experience for our current and future members. In today’s climate, credit unions and financial institutions everywhere have faced unique challenges brought on by COVID-19. With branches temporarily closed during this time, we have seen a bright spot in being able to demonstrate and communicate to our members all that our current digital banking offerings can provide from home – beyond just checking balances and transaction history. By offering features such as “Tap to Save”, appointment scheduling, mobile check depositing and emergency relief assistance, we’re proud to deliver convenient self-service access to members to assist them on their path to financial well-being in these tough times. In an effort to help members manage their finances amid the pandemic, we also offered a unique Skip-A-Pay option on our digital banking platforms. This allowed members who qualify to skip three months of loan payments simply by accepting our offer through our digital platform. The goal was to provide a user friendly, self-service mechanism that empowered members to take better control of their COVID-19 financial health. Transforming for the Future Our team does not shy away from big and bold ideas, which we feel is key to creating a versatile digital transformation strategy. Your credit union’s leadership team must constantly be thinking outside the box (and outside our industry) to continue evolving. From appointment scheduling to loan origination and everything in between – our team has brainstormed ideas for enhancing current services, as well as providing new ones. One of the biggest challenges that we have faced has been the system limitations of legacy products and providers. Coastal, like many credit unions, faces the challenge of being tied to a digital banking platform and the digital road map of that provider. Credit unions on those platforms have very little influence over enhancements to the product as changes are typically driven by the providers’ next contracted sell. Another key component of developing a versatile digital strategy is thinking about the future as we know this is the digital age and members will only expect more robust options from their financial institutions. Our digital vision for the next 2-5 years is to deliver a comprehensive suite of services to our membership that meet a full spectrum of financial needs, spanning all life stages and events, that is delivered through an engaging, immersive, and contextually relevant digital experience. Ideally, our experience will be both feature-rich, easy to use, and evergreen. A digital transformation strategy is necessary for credit unions to thrive into the future and often credit unions find external partners, such as Constellation, to achieve what’s next. Constellation is the answer to the legacy system challenge credit unions have faced for decades. The open platform promises industry changing advancements in online and mobile banking for credit unions. Through this partnership, we will be able to leverage new fintech partnerships to create the digital financial services of the future. In addition, Coastal is also leading the charge partnering with fellow credit unions in the creation of CU Railz. CU Railz is a CUSO that leverages the next generation PayRailz payment services platform. Together, this fintech partnership will finally deliver the payment ubiquity our members have been seeking. Because the truth is…our members don’t really care about the “how” money is moved:  transfer, ACH, card payment, Bill Pay, A2A, P2P, etc. They just need us to quickly and easily move their money. CU Railz will deliver a frictionless, “single-pane-of-glass” money movement experience. Regardless of asset size, to stay competitive, all credit unions should leverage the vast fintech marketplace, which plays such a critical role in providing innovative digital services. Member expectations for digital will continue to be driven by the largest fintech providers in the world. To be successful, and level the playing field with mega-banks, it will require credit unions’ cooperative investment in partnerships and collaborations that drive major digital transformation for the mutual benefit of our industry. We can no longer “go it alone!” 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,David Faleski David Faleski has been serving members of the credit union industry since 1993. The last 17 years of his career have been spent at Coastal Credit Union in the beautiful … Detailslast_img read more

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Housebuilder partners association in east London expansion

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Mission Beach luxury home made from trees on property for sale

first_imgBedroom with views of the rainforest.Tropical Property Mission Beach agent Tania Steele said the four-bedrdoom, three-bathroom private retreat has space for six vehicles and took two years to complete. The price has been dropped from $1.4 million to $1.2 million.“Built to a unique design, the structure is predominantly locally-sourced spotted gum and is spread out over two levels, nestled within the bounds of World Heritage rainforest,” she said. “From a soaring entrance way, a timber staircase leads you to the living areas where you enjoy views from as far north as the Barnard Islands, to Dunk and Bedarra Islands and south to Hinchinbrook Island. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoPool and entertaining space.“Nearly every window and door can be opened, providing a seamlessness between the land and the sea.“Praise must go to this ex-seaman for his vision and passion and love for naturalist ambience.”A galley-style kitchen with a separate pantry and cool room has sash windows which open fully to take in an unobstructed view and a promenade deck runs the width of the upper level.A formal dining and lounge area is at the southern end of the room and offers a secluded space to relax or work when the seas are up and the wind is blowing a gale. 40 Mission Circle, Wongaling BeachFROM the stunning views to the Coral Sea and Dunk Island to the furnishings made from felled maple trees on the property, you will never be lost for a conversation starter in this luxurious Mission Beach home.Built by a retired master mariner who sought a new challenge after renovating the John Oxley, a 75-foot, timber, ex-pilot boat from Brisbane, 40 Mission Circle at Wongaling Beach is a truly beautiful creation. The entrance.The interiors of the home “create an aura of comfort, relaxed luxury and enduring style”, according to Ms Steele, and if you like the furnishings, they can be part of the sale.An eclectic mix of handmade timber pieces with old and new with vintage rattan, elegant occasional furniture and quirky nautical objects are tastefully arranged throughout the house. The deck.Sleeping quarters are on the lower level and all open out onto a veranda overlooking a lap pool. “Against largely restrained backgrounds of natural timbers and tongue-and-groove walls, nothing competes with the natural surroundings or the views of the Coral Sea,” Ms Steele said. “There are several entertaining areas to choose from on the lower deck depending on the weather and where your mood takes you.” last_img read more

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Bloody Diamonds

first_imgNewsRegional Bloody Diamonds by: – May 22, 2012 107 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Roy TrotmanBRIDGETOWN, Barbados – “There are some people who come to our shores who are alien to our culture of democracy and, in fact, come here and dictate to Barbados in a manner which is repugnant to our justice.” – Opposition Senator Kerrie Symmonds, as reported in last Thursday’s Nation.“I do not consider the remarks (Sir Roy) made to be racially oriented.” Independent Senator Geoffrey Cave, ibid.In just a matter of a few weeks, a company which has been operating in Barbados for nearly two decades and is a key player in the tourism sector has seen its CEO suddenly become the victim of a metaphorical playground bully, with a few supporters cheering him on after the attack.The issue which led to Mr. Jacob Hassid being called an “Egyptian Jew” at a public event by the general secretary of the Barbados Workers Union apparently revolved around the firing of a number of employees of the jewelry store Diamonds International, which Mr. Hassid manages.Sir Roy’s characterisation of the gentleman led to a huge outcry against the union boss for what has been widely regarded as a below-the-belt remark not worthy of the esteemed knight.Senator Kerrie Symmonds’ comment, as noted above, in support of Sir Roy – that there are people who come to Barbados with an “alien” view of democracy and act in a “repugnant” manner – fails to acknowledge that there are also some Barbadian employers who behave the same way.Further, nothing can excuse the invocation of the stereotype or profiling associated with the use of the term “Jew” in an adversarial context. While it may not have been racist in intent, it instantly raised the bogeyman of the “foreigner” coming in to Barbados to suck his profits out of the suffering of hard-working locals, in the process cheating them out of their patrimony.This singling out of an individual’s “foreigner” status is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but it is sad to see it used so often in this country. Whenever we cannot win an argument, or feel that our case may not be as strong as we might like it to be, too many of us invoke the “foreigner” option.Does anybody care that the CEO of Diamonds International has Barbadian-born kids? Or that he and his wife have lived here for seventeen years? That they have become part of the wider Barbadian family?Recently, Paul Doyle of the Crane Resort was subjected to similar “anti-foreigner” bad-mouthing. Mr. Doyle also has a family in Barbados, and has lived here for twenty years. These are real people with real lives and real worries about their families’ personal security and good names, yet somehow they can suddenly find themselves at the receiving end of punches by a local power broker who has declared a turf war on them.That is why I was so offended by Kerrie Symmonds’ and Geoffrey Cave’s defense of Sir Roy. Ganging up on a non-Barbadian was an easy and unheroic thing for Mr. Symmonds to do and Mr. Cave should have recused himself, period. Reason: Mr. Cave has business interests in two companies, Colombian Emeralds and Jewelers’ Warehouse, which are in direct competition with Diamonds International, not just here but around the region.Therefore, on the one-in-a-million-chance that someone might see an ulterior motive in his support for a person who has just dissed one of his biggest business competitors, Senator Cave should have invoked the rule on himself that “Silence is Golden.”Whether Diamonds International acted justly or unjustly in its dealings with its fired employees I do not know, as the facts of the case have not been fully aired in public, nor are they likely to be unless the matter ends up in court or at some arbitration panel.But thanks to Sir Roy and those who jumped to his defence the company has been given a bloody nose long before any independent panel or court  has found it guilty of anything. And while it maintains that it has acted fairly and within the law, its good name has already taken a beating. Is this fair because its owners and managers are “foreigners”?Thankfully, despite the efforts of Messrs. Symmonds, Cave, and others, most people seem to feel that the bullying of Diamonds International in the court of public opinion has been unjust. Finally, the BWU’s refusal to take the “foreigner-bashing” tactic off the table, as evidenced by Sir Roy’s declaration that he has no apology to make, should make it clear to all employers that “We are all Egyptian Jews now.”Patrick HoyosCaribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

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Walhill Hosts Music & Arts Festival This Weekend

first_img(Image: Walhill Farm)BATESVILLE – A music festival celebrating local brew and hometown foods gets underway this weekend at Walhill Farm.Bacon Blues & Brew Music and Arts Festival is set to begin Friday evening and conclude Sunday afternoon.Friday features music performances by Bloomington band The Main Squeeze and Brown County natives The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.Notable musicians taking the stage Saturday include Leftover Cuties, Honey Honey and Anders Osborne.Honey Honey was formed in Los Angeles and their first album was released under the now-defunct Ironworks record label, co-run by actor Keifer Sutherland. Sutherland starred in the group’s music video for their song “Little Toy Gun.”Osbrone wrote a song called “Watch The Wind Blow By” which was turned into a #1 hit by country superstar Tim McGraw.There are many more musical acts including Those Lazy Cabineers of Decatur County.The festival also displays artwork from some of America’s most talented artists and craftsmen.Food stations will be offering hometown favorites and beer sponsors will be present to offer their signature brews.Tickets are $20 for Friday, $30 for Saturday and a two-day pass is available for $45. Tickets are sold online and at Walhill Farm.last_img read more

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Area Girls Basketball Scores (11-12)

first_imgArea Girls Basketball ScoresTuesday  (11-12)Columbus East  75     Batesville  34East Central  60     Franklin County  25Greensburg  60     North Decatur  36Jac-Cen-Del  71     Shawe Memorial  17University  64     Oldenburg  23Switzerland County  57     South Dearborn  37Union County  76     South Decatur  25Lawrenceburg  47     Madison  33Tri  46     Morristown  31Edinburgh  86     Indy Lutheran  36last_img

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports — Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto was still waiting on Wednesday to be cleared to play by the city government after getting the OK from Major League Baseball to return from the COVID-19 injured list. Manager Dave Martinez said the Nationals hope their 21-year-old slugger will be allowed to work out with the team starting Saturday and play in their first game after that — which is next Tuesday at home against the New York Mets.— The Nationals’ starting lineup lost another middle-of-the-order hitter when Howie Kendrick was scratched three hours before the scheduled first pitch against Toronto on Wednesday because of upper back stiffness. But the teams said Kendrick was available to pinch hit. — The Cleveland Indians placed starting catcher Roberto Pérez on the 10-day injured list with a sore throwing shoulder. Pérez hurt his right shoulder while making an off-balance throw in Friday’s season opener. He scrambled to retrieve a third strike that got past him and slipped while firing the ball to first. A Gold Glove winner in 2019, Pérez has played since but the shoulder has continued to bother him, so the Indians will shut him down for at least one week. Manager Terry Francona says Pérez will be reexamined after seven days of not throwing.— St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-las) will have season-ending surgery to repair a tendon in his strained right forearm. The 31-year-old missed spring training with the injury, but he ramped up his activity after the virus shutdown and pitched four innings for the Cardinals in an exhibition game last week. He was supposed to start Wednesday night at Minnesota. Right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon will take the mound against the Twins instead. — Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY’-kihs) is returning to the Atlanta Braves, three weeks after announcing he was opting out of the season due to his concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The veteran outfielder said Wednesday he changed his mind about sitting out after watching his teammates play the first five games. The 36-year-old Markakis says he has the full support of his family, including his three children, in his decision to return. UNDATED (AP) — The Big West Conference is postponing all fall sports through the end of the calendar year.The conference’s board of directors said that men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball will be postponed as well as the fall schedules for men’s and women’s golf along with men’s and women’s tennis.The conference will determine later if conducting fall sports in the spring would be feasible. The decision does not impact basketball, which is scheduled to begin on Nov. 10. The Division I conference has 11 members, with all but one based in California.In other news related to the COVID-19 pandemic: In other NFL news:— The Miami Dolphins say rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) passed his physical when he reported to training camp and will practice without restrictions as he begins his bid to overtake veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job. The all-clear will allow Tagovailoa to practice for the first time since a career-threatening hip injury ended his Alabama career in mid-November. — Running back Damien Williams, whose strong postseason helped Kansas City to its first Super Bowl championship in 50 years, is opting out of playing the upcoming season.—The Atlanta Falcons have placed fullback Keith Smith and safety Jamal Carter on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.—The Philadelphia Eagles have placed three-time Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson, linebacker Nathan Gerry, and tackle Jordan Mailata on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSKelly suspended, will continue to play pending appealNEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for throwing a fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and mockingly taunting Astros star Carlos Correa. Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Minute Maid Park. NFL-NEWSBears’ QB battle between Trubisky, Foles about to heat upUNDATED (AP) — — The Chicago Bears declared the quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles an open one during the offseason. It’s about to click into gear, though it won’t play out quite the way they envisioned. With no preseason games, more emphasis will be placed on the reads they make in practice.Coach Matt Nagy said they will be evaluated “with every single play” in practice.The Bears and every other team around the NFL stare at a season like no other because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Veterans started reporting to camps this week. Teams won’t be in pads until the week of Aug. 17. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Lou Henson, the basketball coach who led Illinois back into the national spotlight, has died at age 88. The school says Henson died Saturday and was buried on Wednesday. In 21 seasons at Illinois, Henson won a school-record 423 games and took his 1989 Illini team to the Final Four. In all, he was 779-412 and the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. Henson was named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are banning headdresses at home games as part of their pledge to honor the Native American community. The NHL team says it consulted with Native American partners to establish new policies and initiatives. The Blackhawks will further integrate Native American culture and storytelling into game presentation and community involvement. The team said earlier this month it will continue to use the Blackhawks name because it honors a Native American leader who has been an inspiration to generations. Washington’s NFL team dropped the name Redskins, and Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians are considering a change.WOMEN’S SOCCER-EQUAL PAYUS women’s soccer told to wait until 2021 for jury trial — Notre Dame will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season as part of a plan to play 10 league games and start the week of Sept. 7, alterations brought on by the pandemic. The ACC’s university presidents approved the plan for an 11-game schedule, including on nonconference game, and for pushing back the league championship game from Dec. 5 to either Dec. 12 or 19. Notre Dame will play in a football conference for the first time in the 133-year history of the program if the season is played.— The University of Texas is now exploring how it can host football games at 25% percent stadium capacity instead of the previously announced 50% as the return to campus and the planned start of the season rapidly approaches. Texas officials had told season ticket holders earlier this month they were planning for 50 percent capacity catching Austin’s health authority off guard. That would include nearly 50,000 fans. Texas is scheduled to host South Florida on Sept. 5 and the Big 12 has held out hope it can play a 12-game regular season. The state of Texas has seen record numbers of new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the month of July.— Athletic director Greg Byrne says the University of Alabama has taken cost-cutting measures for each department and sport with the coronavirus threatening fall sports. In a letter to fans posted Wednesday on the Crimson Tide’s website, Byrne says the athletic department placed a freeze on hiring for non-coaching jobs because of potential revenue shortfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic. He says Alabama also is finding ways to save on energy and facility operating costs and is reviewing other steps. The Southeastern Conference hasn’t announced plans for fall sports, including football, which could ultimately mean a limited number of fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium.NHL-BLACKHAWKSBlackhawks ban Native American headdresses at home gamescenter_img LOS ANGELES (AP) — If American women’s soccer players want a jury trial on their claim of discriminatory working conditions, they must wait until next year.U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner told the players and the U.S. Soccer Federation on Wednesday that jurors were not available during the coronavirus pandemic. He informed the sides if they wanted to stick with their Sept. 15 trial date, they would have to agree by Aug. 6 to a bench trial in which he would decide the verdict.If they want a jury trial, he would postpone the start until Jan. 26. Players sued in March 2019 under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and they sought more than $66 million in damages.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-HENSONFormer Illinois, New Mexico St coach Lou Henson dies at 88 NBA-NEWSDavis, Williamson ready for re-opening nightLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson are ready for re-opening night. Davis practiced Wednesday for the first time since getting poked in an eye during the Los Angeles Lakers’ scrimmage opener last week. He said the plan is for him to play when the Lakers face the Los Angeles Clippers in the first seeding game for both teams on Thursday. The Pelicans said Williamson will be a game-time decision for New Orleans’ Thursday opener against Utah. Williamson missed nearly two weeks because he left for a family emergency and then had to quarantine for four days upon his return.Elsewhere around the NBA:— Hornets owner and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan has started sharing details of where some of his $100 million pledge to the Black community will be allocated. Jordan and Jordan Brand announced that $1 million each will go toward the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and to Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People and Families Movement (FICPFM). Another $500,000 will go to the Black Voters Matter. Jordan made a $100 million pledge to the Black community back in June. He said the money is will go for social justice, economic justice and education and awareness. Associated Press The game marked the first time the teams had met since it was revealed Houston stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers. LA manager Dave Roberts was suspended one game and Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined.Kelly elected to appeal and can continue to play. Roberts serves his penalty Wednesday night when the Dodgers play at Houston.In other MLB news:— The Miami Marlins have become the talk of baseball while coping with a coronavirus outbreak that forced MLB to suspend their season through at least Sunday. Thanks to a 2-1 record, this is the latest the Marlins have ever been in first place. The question isn’t whether they’ll make the playoffs, however, but whether they’ll play another game. For starters, will other teams be willing to play them? Washington Nationals players voted almost unanimously against making a trip to Miami for three games this weekend, before MLB called off the series. — Philadelphia Phillies general manager Matt Klentak says one team employee who works in the visiting clubhouse has tested positive for the coronavirus. But he says all Phillies players and on-field staff tested negative for a second straight day. The Phillies’ four-game, home-and-home series against the New York Yankees was postponed this week following a coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins, who played in Philadelphia last weekend. The Phillies are scheduled to host Toronto this weekend in a series that was supposed to be on the road but switched because the Blue Jays’ temporary ballpark in Buffalo isn’t ready. The teams won’t play Friday and instead will have a doubleheader on Saturday. US Open without qualifying now will be played without fansUNDATED (AP) — Add another layer to what already is a different U.S. Open. The USGA says no fans will be allowed at Winged Foot in New York Sept. 17-20 because of health and safety concerns about COVID-19. The U.S. Open already has been moved from its traditional Father’s Day finish, and because of the pandemic, more than 100 qualifiers had to be scrapped for an all-exempt field. Now it comes down to the Masters in November to see if any of golf’s majors will have fans. The PGA Championship next week will be spectator-free.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSBig West Conference postpones fall sports — New York Giants left tackle Nate Solder has opted out of the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic citing his son’s ongoing fight with cancer, the recent birth of a baby boy and his own history with cancer.— Browns Guard Drew Forbes and tackle Drake Dorbeck are the first two Cleveland Browns players who have chosen to opt out for the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus. — Seattle Seahawks star linebacker Bobby Wagner was thrilled by the addition of Jamal Adams. Wagner isn’t concerned that Seattle gave up two first-round picks to get the 24-year-old All-Pro safety from the New York Jets. He just knows his job likely got easier. Wagner says he’s always admired Adams’ game from afar and that his presence adds another playmaker on the field.— General manager John Lynch has agreed to a new five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that will keep him locked up through the 2024 season. The new deal for Lynch comes about six weeks after coach Kyle Shanahan replaced his original six-year deal signed in 2017 with a new six-year contract that takes him through 2025. Lynch was named executive of the year last season by the Pro Football Writers Association of America for helping the Niners reach the Super Bowl last season. Lynch and Shanahan took over following a 2-14 campaign under general manager Trent Baalke and coach Chip Kelly.PGA-US OPEN-NO FANS July 29, 2020last_img read more

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