Cate Von Dohlen | The Observer Executive Vice President Shannon Cullinan speaks at a staff town hall Wednesday evening. Four separate town halls took place featuring a series of University administrators discussing issues including funding and staffing levels.Throughout the town halls there was an emphasis on the importance of the University’s staff — staff makes “every facet” of the University work, Burish said.During his portion of each town hall, Jenkins said the University is allocating more funds for financial aid, and emphasized the need for students from all income levels.After some staff members took advantage of a voluntary early retirement package, Notre Dame has seen a 3% overall decrease in staff members in the past year. The University is redirecting those funds toward recruiting and supporting low-income Pell Grant students.“We’re going to try to make education more accessible to lower-income families,” Jenkins said. “We also want to get 5% of our students from first-generation families, families where neither of the parents have a bachelor’s degree. That’s going to require finance.”Cullinan went over the new building projects Notre Dame will be constructing and opening through summer 2022.Additionally, regarding the 2020 presidential debate being hosted at Notre Dame next September, Jenkins said there would not be many tickets available, and he’ll likely give most of the tickets to students.Staff were able to ask questions and raise concerns. One staff member, Donna Fecher of the aerospace and mechanical engineering department, asked a question regarding low salaries for staff members, and said many employees that are required to have bachelor’s degrees are being paid $750 more than the 2019 Federal poverty line.“I did a little bit of research,” Fecher said. “You mentioned keeping up with our peer institutions. … The salary for administrative staff is not competitive with our peer institutions. The average salary for our peer institutions is between $38,000 and $45,000. There are four positions listed on Notre Dame job boards currently, some of which start at $12.86 an hour. That equates to a $26,000 a year salary, which is only $750 higher than the 2019 poverty rate as stated by the Federal Government.”In response, Fecher was told the University is working on year-long study of the same topic, and would be presenting information on it in the spring town halls.Burish and Cullinan also addressed Notre Dame’s building services, campus safety, facilities, and enterprises and events teams on Wednesday night in the Carey Auditorium. Both Burish and Cullinan thanked the staff for their hard work and informed them of recent and upcoming campus changes.At the end of the town hall presentation, one staff member expressed concern of the expansion of the University and shortage of staff.Cullinan sought to gather input on this point from attendees in the audience.“How do we get better at this?” he asked. “… Can we change the priority of the work?”He said prioritizing the work is important and that he would follow up on this question.Mariah Rush, Ciara Hopkinson, Cate Von Dohlen and Genevieve Redsten contributed to this report.Tags: fall town hall, Father Jenkins, Tom Burish In a series of four town halls Oct. 15-16, University President Fr. John Jenkins, Provost Tom Burish and Executive Vice President Shannon Cullinan aimed to present information to staff across all divisions and take questions.Observer reporters covered three of the town halls, but were not present for the town hall that took place Tuesday at 1 p.m.
On the Blogs: Unsubsidized Costs of Wind Energy Seen Dropping 50% by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享National Renewable Energy Laboratory:With science driving wind-technology innovations, the unsubsidized cost of wind energy could drop to 50% of current levels, equivalent to $23 per megawatt-hour, by 2030, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).In 2016, the U.S. wind power industry benefited from an estimated $14 billion in new investments. Wind energy supplied more than 5.5% of U.S. electricity generation.“Our research indicates that, if the United States continues to invest in wind research and development, wind energy can achieve costs competitive with the fuel-only cost of natural gas-fired electricity generation in less than 15 years,” said NREL engineer Katherine Dykes, lead author of the report. Next-generation wind technology—enabled by government-funded scientific advancement and industry-led technology innovation—will comprise a collection of intelligent and novel features characterized as “System Management of Atmospheric Resource through Technology,” or SMART strategies. SMART wind power plants will be designed and operated to achieve enhanced power production, more efficient material use, lower operation and maintenance and servicing costs, lower risks for investors, extended plant life, and an array of grid control and reliability features. The realization of the SMART wind power plant is projected to result in an unsubsidized cost of energy of $23 per megawatt-hour and below—a reduction of 50% or more from current cost levels. Under this scenario, wind energy deployments in the United States could increase to more than 200 gigawatts by 2030 and 500 gigawatts by 2050, supplying respectively 20% and 47% of U.S. electricity with wind. In addition, investment in SMART wind power technology research and innovation could support as much as $150 billion in cumulative electric sector cost savings from 2017 to 2050.More: Science-Driven Innovation Can Reduce Wind Energy Costs by 50% by 2030
By Adriana Núñez Rabascall / Voice of America January 09, 2020 Venezuela is the country with the worst internet speed in the Americas, according to data from a U.S.-based diagnostic technology company. Subject matter experts say that communities that are far from the capital have even more difficulties accessing the network.Fran Monroy, a Venezuelan journalist specialized in IT, said that according to the firm OOKLA, the average internet speed worldwide is 22 megabits per second.“Our average internet speed is 3 megabits per second, which means we are below broadband standards, according to the International Telecommunication Union. The next one is Haiti [3.5], then Paraguay ,” Monroy said.In Latin America, the country with the best internet performance is Uruguay, with 12 megabits per second.The specialist added that, in the last five years, Venezuela has lost 32 percent of users who connect using cellphones, due to the increased cost of cellular equipment.He said that most communications take place through 3G technology, and that there are still no regulations for fifth-generation technology, or 5G.“The farther you are from Caracas, the worse the connectivity and stability. There are places where all the connections are 2G. In other words, the chance to get a mobile data connection is non-existent.”The Maduro regime announced that in November 2019 it would launch the plan Fiber Optics for the Home (Fibra Óptica al Hogar), aimed at bringing high-speed internet to all states, but it hasn’t been implemented so far.“We will make advances on a massive deployment of 4G and 5G technologies that will be installed in Venezuela,” the regime said.Activists for digital rights warn that Venezuelans not only have to deal with low-quality internet, but also with mass media and social media censorship from the State.“The government not only blocks important news portals, but also YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter streaming sessions broadcast by the opposition — for hours. There are offices that systematically engage in exerting pressure every day on operators to block content online,” said Luis Carlos Díaz, an attorney specialized in digital rights.A study from the Press and Society Institute said that, until September 2019, the websites of 49 national and foreign media had been blocked on several occasions.In total, the report identified about 975 blocks on online portals during the evaluation period.
Embed from Getty Images The acknowledged highlight of President Trump’s Joint Address to Congress Tuesday night was the two-minute ovation given to the grieving widow of U.S. Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, who died in a controversial raid on an al-Qaeda compound in Yemen on Jan. 29.Lingering questions regarding the ill-fated mission—the first one in that country since 2014—have prompted calls for a congressional investigation into how the operation was planned and approved so early in the Trump administration’s tenure, rather than relying solely on a Pentagon inquiry, which is customary yet could take months and never be made public. Long Island’s congressional delegation is split over the issue. Meanwhile, the United States launched new airstrikes in Yemen Wednesday night.Besides the death of Chief Owens in January, the Pentagon said three members of Navy SEALs Team 6 were wounded. In turn, they killed 14 militants but also 20 civilians, including an 8-year-old daughter of a radical US-born cleric who’d been killed previously by a U.S. drone strike. A $70 million MV-22 Osprey damaged during the assault was also destroyed during the mission to keep it from falling into al-Qaeda’s hands. Whether the mission got vital intelligence about the terrorist organization is still being debated, along with whether Trump should have even approved the raid at all, considering he’d barely been in the Oval Office a week.Long Island’s senior member of the delegation, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), serves on the House Homeland Security Committee, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is chairman of the Sub-Committee on [Counterterrorism and Intelligence], and gets briefed on these kinds of operations.“I can’t go into details other than to say that this was many months in the planning,” King told the Press. “It was approved by every military official. It was encouraged by every military official, and certainly [Defense] Secretary Mattis endorsed it, and supported it.”King says that after every operation, whether it’s successful or not, the Pentagon conducts an “after-action report.”“Basically, what went wrong on this [Yemen mission] could have gone wrong at almost any time,” said King. “Without going into detail, there were no mistakes made. There’s always risks.”According to Coleman Lamb, a spokesman for Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), who serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, she supports further congressional action.“Rep. Rice agrees that Congress has a role to play in answering serious questions about how this mission was planned and executed and what led to the death of Chief Owens and dozens of civilians,” Lamb told the Press. “She believes strongly that there should be nothing remotely political or partisan about this. Members of Congress from both parties should come together and get the facts.”Her other Republican colleague from Long Island, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), is content to leave Congress out of it, and let the Pentagon go through its normal protocols, according to his communications director, Jennifer DiSiena.“The next step is for the military to complete a 15-6 investigation,” DiSiena told the Press in an email. “A 15-6 would take place within the Army and is intended to be a timely, thorough and legally sufficient investigation.”Zeldin, a Major in the Army Reserves, serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is a member of the Congressional Military Family Caucus.Freshman Democratic Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), a minority member of the House Committee on Armed Services, as well as the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee and Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa, was unavailable for comment, despite repeated requests to weigh in.Chief Owens’ father Bill, a Navy veteran, was so angry about the raid that cost his 36-year-old son’s life that he refused to meet with President Trump at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware when his son’s body was returned to American soil on Feb. 1. According to the Miami Herald, the father criticized the special operation and the aftermath.“The government owes my son an investigation,” Owens said. “Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation.”The morning of Trump’s address to Congress, the New York Times editorialized that “Mr. Owens deserves to know whether his son died in a worthwhile pursuit or a botched mission of dubious value.”In Congress on Tuesday night for the president’s speech, Carryn Owens, Ryan Owens’ widow, sat with tears streaming down her face in the front row of the balcony next to Ivanka Trump. The president singled her out, saying:“Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero—battling against terrorism and securing our nation.”As for the point of the mission, Trump cited his Defense Secretary James Mattis.“I just spoke to our great Gen. Mattis, just now, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, ‘Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.”As Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) told NBC News in early February, however:“When you lose a $75 million airplane, and more importantly, an American life is lost…I don’t believe you can call it a success.”In a talk with news anchors Tuesday before his speech, Trump blamed the generals “who are very respected, my generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe. And they lost Ryan.”“I wouldn’t have said it that way,” King told the Press. “The fact is, ultimately the president is responsible.”Asked to respond to what Bill Owens had said about his son’s death, King demurred.“Listen, I can’t begin to understand the father’s grief, so I would respect whatever he says and understand his right to say it. I would never question him,” King replied. “But his main objection to it—which was ‘Why are we in Yemen?’—it was President Obama who decided last fall that we should carry out operations in Yemen.”Recently, White House press secretary Sean Spicer claimed the mission was discussed in the White House under former president Barack Obama, though members of the former administration allege that is not quite true.According to the Washington Post, Colin Kahl, a former Obama administration official with knowledge of what the Pentagon presented to the National Security Council on Dec. 19, said that the request had no specifics about the raid; instead it was a broader request from the military to carry out raids in the country. Kahl said the outgoing Obama administration decided to let Trump review the request once he occupied the White House after inauguration.How many details were available then remains unclear, hence the doubts lingering over Owens’ death.In its Tuesday editorial, the New York Times urged Congress to demand answers to serious questions that it claimed may not be answered in a timely enough fashion by a Pentagon inquiry, stating:“The most important is whether national security officials in the Trump administration carefully considered the risks and potential benefits of the operation, and explained them to Mr. Trump before the president approved it just five days after taking office.”It noted that Obama administration officials “did not sign off on it before” the president left office. “Mr. Trump was reportedly briefed on the plans over dinner with members of the national security team, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his domestic policy counselor, Stephen Bannon.”Congressman King became livid about the assertion that President Obama had rejected the mission.“That’s a typical New York Times lie. It’s a lie,” King told the Press. “President Obama did not disapprove it in any way. There were reasons why it was put off for several weeks which had nothing to do with any president’s decisions.”King said he was privy to those details, but he wouldn’t comment on the record.So far the raid is under investigation by the Department of Defense, according to Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer. An officer in the Navy Reserve, Spicer told the White House press corps in his briefing the morning after Trump’s Joint Address that he’d been watching the State of the Unions for 30 years and he’d “never seen a sustained applause like that” for the widow Carryn Owens. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York
According to statista.com, mobile payment revenue will top $1 trillion in 2019, up from $450 billion in 2015. Clearly, advances in mobile and digital tech are redefining payments. And the way members use your cards may never be the same.Here are five things your credit union needs to know in the age of digital payments:To members, “card on file” means “set it and forget it.”“Credit unions should incentivize members to establish their card as the default payment option across merchant apps and websites,” said Jennifer Kerry, VP/credit card services for CO-OP Financial Services. “Consumers typically only replace their default cards if there is an issue—which means if your card is not loaded into a member’s Starbucks app, you may never help buy that member a cup of coffee again.”Future payments will be increasingly automated.Emerging in-store payment technologies are making it even more important for your cards to be “on file.” Imagine your members walking into an Amazon Go store, selecting their goods and leaving—without visiting a cashier or interacting with a terminal—and without giving one thought as to which card they placed on file. That is where payments are headed. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Governor Wolf Warns Tax Bill Deficit Opening for Cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security November 30, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare, Medicaid Expansion, National Issues, Press Release, Public Health, Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today wrote Pennsylvania’s United States Senators to warn that the $1.5 trillion deficit created by the Senate Republican’s tax bill will open the door to cuts to programs like Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Further, Governor Wolf, a former CEO, told the Senators that large corporations and the wealthy win under the plan, while many middle class Pennsylvanians will have their taxes increase.“This bill is not a bill that will help hard-working middle-class Pennsylvania families. Large corporations and the wealthy are the clear winners under this plan,” Governor Wolf wrote. “It isn’t just higher taxes that will hurt the middle class. Because this bill irresponsibly increases the deficit by $1.5 trillion, I fear that some in Congress will use this as an excuse to try to make devastating cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs that are vital to Pennsylvanians. Slashing these critical programs so that the top one percent become wealthier and corporations increase their profits is unacceptable.”Read full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.I write today regarding the tax bill that the Senate will vote on in the coming days. I have serious concerns over the priorities of this bill. This bill is not a bill that will help hard-working middle-class Pennsylvania families. Large corporations and the wealthy are the clear winners under this plan. Over 60 percent of the tax cuts in this bill will go to the wealthiest one percent of taxpayers. Large corporations will see a 15-point reduction in their tax rate. By 2025, individuals making under $30,000 will see a tax increase. By 2027, individuals under $75,000 will see a tax increase. By eliminating the state and local tax deduction, nearly 1.8 million Pennsylvanians, half of whom are making under $100,000, will no longer be able to deduct their state and local property taxes. The bottom line is that millions of Pennsylvanians will credibly have their taxes increase under this bill. It isn’t just higher taxes that will hurt the middle class. Because this bill irresponsibly increases the deficit by $1.5 trillion, I fear that some in Congress will use this as an excuse to try to make devastating cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs that are vital to Pennsylvanians. Slashing these critical programs so that the top one percent become wealthier and corporations increase their profits is unacceptable. Do not put billionaires and millionaires ahead of your hard-working constituents. I urge you to vote no on this bill and work on real, meaningful tax reform that will benefit the families in Pennsylvania that need it the most. Thank you for your consideration. Governor Wolf’s Letter to Senator Toomey on Senate Republican’s Tax Bill by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd
UK pension scheme average funding levels slid further into the red last month, when global financial markets reacted strongly to the country’s vote to leave the EU, with an extra £89bn (€105bn) of pensions money being wiped out and another 131 schemes falling into deficit.Figures from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) showed the aggregate deficit of the 5,945 schemes in the PPF 7800 Index was estimated to have ballooned during June to £383.6bn – its highest level recorded – from a deficit of £294.6bn at the end of May.The PPF’s update – on the latest estimated funding position of the defined benefit (DB) schemes potentially eligible for entry into the lifeboat scheme – revealed that the average funding ratio for schemes worsened to 78% at the end of June from 81.5% at the end of May.This is close to the lowest level ever recorded of 76.5% in May 2012. Total assets at the schemes grew to £1,363.4bn over the month from £1,295.8bn, but liabilities had fallen to £1,747.0bn from £1,590.4bn.The update may underestimate actual deficits since it is based on schemes’ section 179 liabilities – the premium that schemes would have to pay to an insurance company to take on the payment on PPF levels of compensation – which the PPF says may be lower than full scheme benefits.The number of schemes in deficit rose to 4,995 by the end of June from 4,864 at the end of May.Meanwhile, 950 schemes were in surplus at the end of June, down from 1,081 at the close of the previous month.Andy Tunningley, head of UK strategic clients at asset manager BlackRock, said: “UK pension scheme funding has never been in a more perilous state.”The big fall in funding to near the lowest ever level came in the wake of the result of the UK’s referendum and the ensuing perfect storm of heightened volatility and collapsing bond yields, he said. “Our long-held view is that most pension funds are exposed to too much interest-rate risk and should be increasing their liability hedge ratios,” Tunningley said. Tunningley said there were two main reasons why UK pension fund portfolios had to be de-risked in the post-Brexit environment.He said a significant slowdown in UK growth and material likelihood of a recession next year could threaten the financial outlook of pension scheme sponsors.On top of this, the path of future UK interest rates is now likely to be even lower for even longer, he said.“If scheme sponsors are less able to increase future scheme contributions due to financial strain, pension scheme asset risk should be reduced,” he added.Tunningley said BlackRock had halved its UK real growth forecasts to 1% a year for the next five years, and that market pricing placed the next interest rate rise from current levels toward the end of the decade. “Delaying a decision to hedge liability risk is less rewarding, because we do not expect rates to rise in the current uncertain environment, and more risky, as Japan and Europe have shown there could be much further yet to fall,” he said.
Fiorentina defender Marcos Alonso will join Sunderland on loan for the rest of the season on January 1. “I was looking for a player in that position on the left side and I hope he will help us and everybody will like him. “I am delighted that everything is agreed.” Alonso will become Poyet’s first signing since he replaced Paolo Di Canio at the helm in October. Press Association The former Bolton full-back has completed a medical on Wearside and will officially join the Black Cats’ squad when the winter transfer window opens. Manager Gus Poyet said: “I can confirm Marcos is going to be with us for the rest of the season on loan from Fiorentina, which is something very important.
— Niele Ivey has been introduced as the new women’s basketball coach at Notre Dame, succeeding Muffet McGraw. Ivey has been preparing for the job much of her adult life. She helped lead the Fighting Irish to a national championship as the point guard in 2001 and was an assistant coach on the Notre Dame team that won the title in 2018. She was on the Memphis Grizzlies staff last year after 17 seasons at Notre Dame. McGraw spent 33 years as head coach of the Irish before retiring Wednesday.NCAA-ATHLETE COMPENSATIONNCAA moves toward allowing athletes to be paid sponsorsUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is moving closer to allowing Division I college athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorship deals they can strike on their own.Recommendations that would permit athletes to earn money for their names, images and likeness are being reviewed this week. A decision could come as soon as next week. The issue has dominated college sports for several years. California recently passed a law clearing the way for athlete compensation, prompting the NCAA to take a fresh look at its regulations. Incentive deal to move Carolina Panthers to S.C. approvedUNDATED (AP) — A county in South Carolina has approved a deal loaded with tax breaks for the Carolina Panthers to move their headquarters and practice site.News outlets report that the York County Council approved the deal in a 4-3 vote after listening to public comments during their virtual meeting on Monday. It follows a series of moves the state has made to attract the team’s headquarters. They’ll continue to play their games in Charlotte, North Carolina.The approved deal will give the Panthers relief from all property taxes in the City of Rock Hill for 20 to 25 years, according to the York County Council.The Panthers first announced the move to Rock Hill last June during a celebration with Panthers owner David Tepper and several South Carolina politicians including Gov. Henry McMaster. In other NFL news:— The Buffalo Bills have picked up the fifth-year option on cornerback Tre’Davious White’s contract, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. ESPN.com first reported the move. By exercising their option, the Bills retained White’s rights through the 2021 season. White’s salary will bump up to about $10 million, based on an average of the top 32 salaries at his position. White has been a starter since being selected in the first round of the 2017 draft out of LSU. He finished tied for the NFL lead with six interceptions last season.— Kicker Zane Gonzalez has signed a one-year contract to stay with the Arizona Cardinals. The 24-year-old Gonzalez was a restricted free agent and was offered a one-year tender in March. He was open to shop for other offers but ultimately re-signed with the Cardinals in a deal announced on Thursday. Gonzalez is in his third NFL season after playing in college at Arizona State. He was 31 of 35 on field goals last season and 34 of 35 on extra points.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSGonzaga junior Kispert makes himself available for NBA draft Selectors will work from their homes as a safeguard against the coronavirus. Prospects will be at their homes, too. Commissioner Roger Goodell won’t be sharing hugs with any of the 32 first-rounders as usual. Instead, he will offer his congratulations remotely.Fifty-eight prospects will take part remotely with video kits supplied by the NFL that will record their reactions to being selected. The kits include two cell phones, two light stands, a pair of tripods, a headset for interviews and a microphone. One of the phone cameras will be on the entire time until the player is selected, while another will be used for interviews with ESPN, the NFL Network and Goodell.LSU quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young are expected to be the top picks.The draft wraps up Saturday. NFL-NEWS The study was a collaboration between the Global Athlete advocacy group and the Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS‘Kentucky Derby at home’ will be online partyUNDATED (AP) — Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party, highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief.The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTVirtual NFL draft kicks off Thursday nightUNDATED (AP) — The virtual NFL draft begins Thursday night. And not since the NFL draft became a televised event in 1980 has it been stripped to the basics like this one. UNDATED (AP) — Gonzaga star Corey Kispert has entered his name in the NBA draft, but has left open the possibility of returning for his senior season. Kispert announced Thursday on Twitter that he doesn’t plan on hiring an agent, which would allow him to return to the Bulldogs.Kispert was a finalist for the Julius Erving small forward of the year award last season. He averaged nearly 14 points per game last season and led tIn other college basketball news:— Michigan guard Franz Wagner says he is returning for his sophomore season. Wagner started 27 games last season, averaging 11.6 points and leading the team in steals. The 6-foot-9 German missed the first four games because of a fractured wrist. Isaiah Livers is testing the NBA draft waters, but Wagner decided not to go that route. Michigan also announced that forward Austin Davis had surgery on Monday on his right shoulder and is expected to recover fully. He could be ready to return in early October.— Purdue graduate transfer Matt Haarms has chosen Brigham Young over Kentucky and Texas Tech. He will be eligible to play basketball immediately. Haarms was one of the top transfers after announcing he was leaving the Boilermakers after his junior season. He narrowed his choices to BYU, Kentucky and Texas Tech earlier this week. The 7-foot-3 center from Amsterdam averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots per game while shooting 63% last season. MLB-MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACTIONMLB, minors term talks constructive, stop sniping for nowNEW YORK (AP) — The tone of talks for a new agreement governing the relationship between baseball’s major and minor leagues took a positive turn when the bickering sides met electronically for about an hour and later issued a joint statement that termed the session “constructive.”Negotiators for the governing body of the minor leagues asked questions during Wednesday’s session about what the administrative structure would be if Major League Baseball takes over their operation next year, according to a person familiar with the talks. The person told The Associated Press that the sides did not address MLB’s proposal to cut the minimum total of affiliated minor league teams to 120. That is the most contentious issue in talks to replace the Professional Baseball Agreement that expires after this season.In a joint statement Thursday, the sides said “The parties are continuing their discussions, with the goal of concluding a mutually beneficial long-term agreement in the near future.” He retired after the 2016 season, ending a career in which he called Dodgers games for 67 years.OLYMPICS-COLLECTIVE BARGAINING SURVEYStudy: Olympians should push for collective bargainingUNDATED (AP) — A study of Olympic spending patterns concludes that athletes who compete at the games are woefully underpaid. It says they would be best served by banding together to create the sort of collective-bargaining arrangement commonly found in the pros.The study of the worldwide Olympic bureaucracy’s finances concludes there’s far more money available for athletes than what they receive. It says the IOC averages $1.4 billion a year in revenues and spends only about 4% of it on athletes. Leagues such as the NFL and the Premier League spend between 40% and 60% of their revenue on players. April 23, 2020 MLB-DODGERS-SCULLY HOSPITALIZED92-year-old Vin Scully hospitalized after fall at homeLOS ANGELES (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully has been hospitalized after falling at his Los Angeles-area home.The team says the 92-year-old fell Tuesday and was taken to the hospital for observation. Scully is resting comfortably and is expected to be released soon.Scully jokes that he won’t be doing anymore “head-first sliding,” which he never liked. The computer-generated Derby created by Inspired Entertainment will feature past Triple Crown champions using data algorithms, including historical handicapping information for each horse to determine the probability of potential finishing positions. Participants who choose the winner will have the chance to win a Kentucky Derby VIP Experience. The virtual Derby will be shown May 2 on NBC during a special broadcast featuring the 2015 Kentucky Derby, when American Pharoah began his Triple Crown run.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck is taking an unpaid week, along with about 200 other leaders in the university system in response to the budget crunch caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joan Gabel announced the furloughs earlier this month.Fleck confirmed Thursday on a video conference call with reporters he’s taking part. Fleck’s 2020 salary is $4.6 million.— Colorado athletic director Rick George said he and 11 head coaches will take pay cuts for the upcoming fiscal year in light of the budget impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The salaries for George along with football coach Karl Dorrell, men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle and women’s basketball coach JR Payne will be reduced by 10%. The other eight varsity head coaches will have their salaries reduced by 5%.— New York’s public university system announced plans Thursday for an esports tournament that will have students competing for $20,000 in prize money for their schools’ student emergency funds. State University of New York Chancellor Kristina Johnson said the three-week tournament beginning Monday will help students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The health crisis has forced SUNY’s 64 campuses and universities to shift to remote instruction for the remainder of the academic year and forced many students out of jobs. Associated Press Update on the latest sports — New York Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson and his family are making an additional $2 million donation to support the COVID-19 relief response in New York and New Jersey. The Johnson family and the Jets last month made a joint $1 million donation to multiple local United Way agencies to help combat the pandemic. The latest contribution, announced by the Jets on Thursday, will provide funding to the Food Bank of New York City, the EMS FDNY Help Fund, the Community Food Bank of NJ and the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.— The European track and field championships in Paris have been canceled. Local organizers and the French track federation say the biennial event scheduled for late August could not be postponed for one year. They cited uncertainty about the sport’s 2021 calendar and the French economy. The decision came hours after the Paris Diamond League event was postponed with no alternative date. France was to host track’s European championships for the first time since 1938. The 2022 edition is being held in Munich, Germany.— German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan. The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said May 9 would be acceptable but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May. League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.” Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Late Alex Akinyele As the body of the late former Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC) Chief Alex Akinyele is interned today, Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, has said that said beyond graveside oration, President Muhammadu Buhari is irrevocable committed to honouring sports men and women, coaches and administrators that have contributed to sports development in the country.Already, a powerful delegation from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports is not only in Ondo to pay their last respect, the Minister is personally involved with the burial ceremony of the late Ondo High Chief.In a condolence message by the Special Adviser, Media to the Minister of Youth and Sports, John Joshua Akanji, Dare paid glowing tribute to heroes and heroines that have brought glory and honour to Nigeria including the late Akinyele. The minister said henceforth recognition for such persons must go beyond mere rhetorical statements and empty promises.“We must learn to honour athletes, coaches and administrators that committed their lives to the service of the nation. Chief Akinyele was an epitome of service and patriotism. He exemplified what genuine service to the country meant. His personal charm was infectious and hard work quite motivational. He tried to use his position to impact on the society. He was simply a true Nigerian hero.“Sports remains our greatest unifying instrument, public relation tool and could be the biggest source of revenue if properly harnessed,” observed the minister.He admitted that so many heroes have died unheralded and in penury.“We must celebrate our athletes and administrators while they are alive.”According to Dare, “Akinyele was a pace setter, astute administrator, accomplished technocrat, consummate business man who left his mark in the sands of time.The Minister affirmed that Akinyele led an exemplary life worthy of emulation. “He was a man who abhorred failure, set his goals and ensured that they were accomplished. He presided during great epochs in Nigerian sports like the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations victory, the Atlanta 1996 Olympics feat amongst others.“He was meticulous and a stickler to details. He never believed in impossibilities.”Dare further described him as humane, humorous, urbane and honest in his views.“While some viewed him as too cosmopolitan, he was a grassroots man who was at home with his people, no wonder he held the title of Lisa of Ondo Kingdom,” recalled Dare.Before his foray into sports, the late Akinyele brought panache, glamour , professionalism and respect to Public Relations practice as the pioneer President of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).His contributions to public relations practice continues to evoke fond memories when he worked at the Nigerian CustomsAs Minister of Information under General Ibrahim Babangida, Akinyele developed the template that led to reforms in media practice in Nigeria.He was stylish in his dressing and a great orator.Born on April 24th 1938 in Ondo town, Chief Akinyele was educated at the University of Ife. He died on November 15th 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram