What scares you most about climate change?

first_img Harvard endowment to go greenhouse gas-neutral by 2050 University’s efforts to eliminate carbon footprint extend to investment portfolio Denis Hayes, one of the event’s founders, recalls the first and how its influence spread To mark Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Gazette contacted experts on climate change, the environment, and sustainability to ask them about their global-warming fears. Here are their answers. New committee to advise Bacow on sustainability goals Courtesy of Thomas P. GloriaThomas P. GloriaProgram Director, Sustainability, Harvard Extension SchoolThis question presupposes that I am scared about climate change. How dare you ask such a question to a career sustainability professional? Being scared is being afraid, terrified, and at worst, emotional to the point of being catatonic. I demand, no, I respectfully deserve a better question, a positive, uplifting question, especially on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day …I am scared, deeply. We are in a climate crisis.My Rachel Carson moment of being present to the enormity of the challenges that come with global climate disruption happened when I was a doctoral student at Tufts just starting my background literature search. It was 1994, and Nature just published a journal article by [James E.] Lovelock and [Lee R.] Kump (1994). When disruption occurs, it comes with accelerating forces due to failures of climate regulation, unleashing reinforcing feedbacks that further amplify increases in global temperatures.My fear is, despite the science and the early warning signals that we bear witness to — record temperatures, 1,000-year storms, glacial retreat, coral reefs dying on a continental scale — global society may finally wake up, but it may be too late. Our current global political economy solves problems through business as usual growth, wasting precious time to effectively reduce emissions to prevent human suffering and ecological system collapse at an unimaginable scale.I may not live long enough to experience the severe effects of climate change. However, when I look around the Harvard community, a truly global community, I see a growing younger generation of people who will experience severe impacts. They get it. They don’t need to be told (again) how bad it’s going to get. They know.So I respectfully pivot to the question posed and answer this question: “What about climate change brings me hope?”Sustainable development is most frequently defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” This tried and true quote from the Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future, a.k.a. the Brundtland Report of 1987, is truncated. In Section 3, subparagraph 27, the definition begins with “Humanity has the ability to make development …”Humanity, the human collective, has the ability to take control of the physical world it disrupts with an alacrity just like the natural world’s reinforcing feedbacks loops, but in a good way. With courage, leadership, and a moral compass to make the world a better place, together, the Harvard community has the ability to make a difference on a global scale that will inspire others to also make a positive difference. And this gives me hope.Kris Snibbe/Harvard file photoAaron BernsteinInterim Director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard C-CHANGE)Climate change doesn’t scare me, and it need not scare anyone. To combat fear that grows from inaction and inadequate leadership, we must remind ourselves time and again that we have solutions to the climate crisis and that these solutions improve health today, especially for the poor and vulnerable, and that they provide for a more just and livable world for our children.While much, much more needs to be done to put us on the right path to avert the worst effects of climate change, the growth of renewable energy around the world, the rise of electric vehicles, and the growing appreciation for plant-based diets all give reason for hope over fear.When it comes to climate actions, it’s all too easy to believe that what we do as individuals doesn’t matter. How could one person’s deeds make even a tiny dent in the scope of global greenhouse gas emissions? For anyone who doubts our individual actions matter, look no further than what is happening in communities across this country right now. By keeping our distance from others, we have saved tens of thousands of lives, especially among the poor, older people, and those whose health is compromised. With COVID-19, of course, we have been asked (and in some cases commanded) to change our ways by our leaders. But a prevailing sense of responsibility to and pressure from our families and communities has led to more people doing what’s needed.Our individual climate actions can have the same effect. As individuals act, we can create a path that many more will walk on. The good news about climate actions is that as they make the planet healthier, they also make us healthier, helping to solve problems like obesity and mental health disorders, which have exacted a huge toll on so many people.Fifty years ago, a small group of people organized many more to protect the world we live on. Their motivation came from a recognition that a polluted world was unviable not just for all the other life forms we share the planet with, but for ourselves. Their example and motivation matter today more than ever. We must act to protect the earth, its climate, and all the life we share it with because our lives, and the lives of generations to come, depend on it.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard file photoJohn P. HoldrenTeresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at the Kennedy School of Government; professor of environmental science and policy, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences; affiliated professor, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied SciencesThe disruption of Earth’s climate by human activities scares me for many reasons. Here are three. First, climate is the envelope within which all other environmental conditions and processes important to human well-being must function. Those conditions and processes include those that govern the quality of air, the quality and quantity of fresh water, the fertility of soil, the productivity of the ocean, and natural controls on pests and pathogens. As our activities increasingly alter the climate — with direct impacts including hotter heat waves, stronger storms, bigger floods, larger wildfires, and inexorably rising sea level — we imperil all the essential environmental conditions and processes that function within the climatic envelope.Second, the human activities driving the disruption of global climate are so deeply embedded in the economies of developed and developing countries alike that it is impossible to change the drivers rapidly. The biggest driver is the combustion of coal, oil, and natural gas — the fossil fuels — using technologies that discharge all of the resulting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In 2020, about 80 percent of the energy used by civilization worldwide still comes from these fossil fuels. It will take decades to free ourselves from them. The next biggest driver is land use and land-use change, including deforestation and many agricultural practices. These, too, in turn, are on such a large scale and driven by such fundamental forces in the world’s economies that they are very difficult to change quickly.Third, impacts of global climate change are already causing serious damage to human health and safety, property, infrastructure, and terrestrial and marine ecosystems, even though the increase in the annually and globally averaged surface temperature has been “only” about 2 degrees Fahrenheit. At this point, because of the intractable nature of the drivers described above, it seems almost impossible to avoid an increase twice as large, which will result in a much more than proportional increase in the damages now being experienced.The only good news is that public awareness of the ongoing harm and increasing danger is growing to the point that countries may finally undertake the remedial actions needed to avoid even bigger changes in our future climate, along with adaptation measures that can reduce the harm from the changes we cannot avoid.Tyler Giannini with daughters Rayna (left) and Amaya. Courtesy of Tyler GianniniTyler GianniniClinical professor of law, co-director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, and founder of EarthRights International, an NGO that works to protect human rights and the environmentGiannini wrote his essay with his daughters Amaya Giannini (14 years old) and Rayna Giannini (10).This is an intergenerational question, so the three of us sat around our dining room table and each made individual lists of how climate change scared us. Together, we represent one Generation Xer (aged 49) and two Generation Zs (aged 14 and 10) — also known as Zoomers. While our generations think differently on a lot of issues, what stood out most is that we have similar fears about climate change. We worry about the loss of ecosystems and about biodiversity. We worry about the future of humanity and our families, and we worry about how the world will react to the impending crisis. Will we come together or lose our empathy for one another? As the three of us started talking about our fears, though, we kept coming back to solutions — to listen to science, of course, but just as importantly to come together because tackling climate change requires seeing the connections between us rather than what divides us.On all our lists, we hit on how we were scared of losing animals and hurting the planet itself. Climate change affects our ecosystems, and this will impact the lives of many animals. Some may even become extinct. But we also thought about how we are connected to our environment: Animals are a big part of our food chain, for example, and bees are critical pollinators, and if we lose them, it will affect our food supplies.The theme of connection also played out as we talked about how climate change will deeply affect humanity. We fear for the unprecedented millions who will be displaced — the impending flow of climate refugees. We worry about our families, our kids, but we talked about how every displaced person is connected to a family. And we also know that it is much more likely that these families will be disproportionately poor and people of color, especially in the Global South.We also worry about the emotional toll that climate change will take as we absorb a constant barrage of bad news — and how people will react once the impacts become even more serious than they already are. You can see how in the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, many thought it was far away and would not reach them. But there was a tipping point, and then it started to directly affect so many more people. This is where we are headed with climate change. Once we start treating climate change like the crisis it is, we hope many people will launch into action.As we stay at home these days, we keep returning to parallels between climate change and the current pandemic. The curves look eerily similar. And there is a lingering question of whether we will hit the steep part of the curve or flatten the curve. For climate change, we fear hitting the tipping point and want to get ahead of it while we have time. In the end though, the three of us are most scared about what it will take to find solutions. It will take government action, individual action, and community action. Like the pandemic, we know it will take scientific knowledge and empathy and hope. We see the pandemic pulling us in two directions — increasing isolation and fears, but also creating innumerable acts of coming together and working to overcome the challenges. Solving the problem of climate change will not be successful if we allow our fears to overcome us. Solving the problem will require the strength, commitment, and creativity of our global community.Jon Chase/Harvard file photoRobert N. StavinsA.J. Meyer Professor of Energy and Economic Development, Harvard Kennedy School of GovernmentWhat concerns me most about climate change is the combination of a pair of its characteristics — one spatial and one temporal — that together make this an exceptionally difficult political challenge. Each of these characteristics takes us from the science of climate change to its economic realities and then to its very difficult politics.First, greenhouse gases mix in the atmosphere, so the location of emissions has no effect on impacts — in economic terms, climate change is a global commons problem. It does not matter whether a ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions emanate from Cambridge, Mass., or Cairo, Egypt. They have the same impacts, and those impacts are spread globally.However, any jurisdiction taking action incurs the costs of its actions (typically the costs of moving from reliance on fossil fuels to greater use of renewable energy resources, as well as increased energy efficiency), but the climate benefits of its actions are distributed globally. Thus, for virtually any jurisdiction, the climate benefits it reaps from its actions will be less than the costs it incurs (despite the fact that the global benefits may be greater — possibly much greater — than the global costs). This presents a classic free-rider problem, wherein it is in the interests of each country to do little and instead seek to rely on the actions of other countries. And this is why it cannot be left to individual countries to develop policies completely independently. Rather, international, if not global, cooperation is essential.There is also a temporal dimension that takes us from science to economics to politics and policy. Greenhouse gases (GHGs) accumulate in the atmosphere (CO2 has a half-life in the atmosphere exceeding 100 years), and the damages are a function of the stock, not the flow of GHGs. Hence, the most severe consequences of climate change will be in the long term. But climate-change policies and the attendant costs of mitigation will be up front. This combination of up-front costs and delayed benefits presents a tremendous political challenge, since political incentives in democracies are typically for elected officials to convey benefits to current voters today, and place costs on future generations. The climate problem asks politicians to do precisely the opposite!Together, the global commons nature of the problem plus this intertemporal asymmetry make climate change an exceptionally tough political challenge (and suggest why economics can help with the design of better public policies).center_img How Earth Day gave birth to environmental movement The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Members see pressing need to act now on climate change Relatedlast_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Bernadette Peters, Sheryl Lee Ralph & More

first_imgSheryl Lee Ralph Photobombs Like a BeeSpeaking of divas of the most fabulous caliber, let’s talk about Wicked’s new Madame Morrible, Sheryl Lee Ralph. Back in their Dreamgirls days, Ralph photobombed Loretta Devine’s shot with Muhammad Ali, and to this day, Devine has no intention of letting it go. Dreamgirls will never leave you—and evidently, neither will their grudges. Tyler Hanes Dreams Like a JellicleIf it walks like a cat, sings like a cat, and dreams like a cat, it’s probably a cat—or, at least, a very Jellicle Tyler Hanes. Broadway’s Rum Tum Tugger revealed that Cats has had such an impact on him that he now sleeps in a catlike position, paws and all. Quick question: What do Jellicle cats dream about? Waltzes by Strauss? Floating tires? High belting? It’s been an emotional whirlwind of a week on Broadway, but as always, the show must go on, and nothing will stop the Great White Way from being just a little bit weird. Over the past seven days, we’ve learned what makes a Keenan-Bolger a diva, how a Ms. Honey keeps calm and which cartoon character a Frankie Valli turns to when things go wrong. Catch up with your Broadway favorites below with the Lessons of the Week! Ms. Honey Wears Heads Around Her HeadLife can be scary, and we all have our ways of coping with that, from joining in the crusade to whistling a happy tune. For Matilda’s Jennifer Blood, it’s wearing a necklace of doll heads as a reminder that life isn’t always serious. That’s great, but…what happens to the rest of the dolls? Bryce Pinkham, we’re looking at you… Celia’s Only a Diva in Her Upper RegisterCelia Keenan-Bolger is far from a prima donna, but give her some high notes, and she’ll unleash her inner Carlotta. The Cherry Orchard star shared that playing Johanna in Sweeney Todd made her feel like a diva, as it made her realize she could play so many more roles than she initially thought. But can you stand and shout in a moving gondola, Celia? That’s a true diva move. Harold Perrineau Is the New Glamour CatBecause of his performance in Romeo + Juliet, The Cherry Orchard favorite Harold Perrineau has fans asking to touch him—and by proxy, Leonardo DiCaprio. We never expected to dreamcast Michael from Lost as Grizabella, but here we are. If you touch him, you’ll understand what happiness is, or at least you’ll understand what that feeling of eating raw bison liver to win an Oscar is. Audra Singing Makes Everything BetterWhat’s better than a fancy French wardrobe? How about a fancy French wardrobe with six Tonys? This week, we learned that Audra McDonald will perform a new song in the upcoming live action Beauty and the Beast. Pro tip: If you’re lucky enough to have Mama Broadway in your major movie musical, make sure she has a song. Or six. Ariana’s Wig is the Liz/Beth of A Bronx TalePreviews are a time for change. Lines are changed or cut, choreography is tweaked, and sometimes, you get a haircut. Ariana DeBose’s hair went from long to short during the first few performances of A Bronx Tale. One person, two possible outcomes. We were joking a few weeks ago about it, but this time, we mean it: Is Ariana DeBose living in an If/Then universe? Is she always starting over with a brand new wig? Caitlin Houlahan Wants Just the CrustThe cast of Waitress has a diverse palate. Former Dawn Jenna Ushkowitz wants a pie with plenty of salt, and her successor Caitlin Houlahan wants one with plenty of crust. Lots of crust. Like, a filling made of crust. We’re not sure how the Carb-loving Caitlin would be able to pull this off, but we have faith. You got this, Jessie? Tyler Hanes, Audra McDonald, Harold Perrineau, Ariana DeBose, Sheryl Lee Ralph & Bernadette Peters(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Theo Waro/Getty Images & Joan Marcus) Elmer Fudd Is the Fifth SeasonEveryone makes mistakes. Some Glindas lose their hair in their bubble. Some Christines throw masks. And some Frankie Vallis turn into Elmer Fudd. When Jersey Boys vlogger Mark Ballas fudged a line recently, it caused him to channel America’s favorite animated rabbit hunter. We’ve always wondered what “Kill the Wabbit” would sound like with an impossibly high falsetto and a full brass section. Bernadette Has a Venetian Special SkillBernadette Peters can do it all: She can pull off the ultimate “I’m out,” she can sing a song to a pair of boots, and she can stand and shout while in a moving gondola. We got a taste of that last highly specific skill in the trailer for the new season of Mozart in the Jungle. We’re glad the whole Broadway legend thing worked out for her, but it’s always good to know she has a fallback career as a gondolier. View Commentslast_img read more

Merchants, Wells River Savings are the Best of the Best Places to Work in Vermont

first_img2010 Best Places to Work in Vermont awards ceremony held in BurlingtonWells River Savings Bank and Merchants Bank were the top winners at a ceremony held last night to honor the top employers in the state. The ceremony was held at the Main Street Landing Film House in Burlington to reveal the 2010 Best Places to Work in Vermont rankings and honor the recipients. A joint project of Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the awards went to 15 companies from around the state. In order to participate in the program, businesses had to have a minimum of 15 employees in Vermont. Businesses were divided into two categories based on size, with those that have 15 to 149 qualifying as small and medium companies, and a large companies bracket for those with 150 or more employees. Eligible companies entered themselves into a two-part survey process administered by Best Companies Group (BCG) of Pennsylvania, which evaluated each company and analyzed the data to come up with the final rankings.Twenty-five percent of the scoring was based on the employer questionnaire, which covered a wide range of company practices and policies. The remaining 75 percent was determined by the employee portion of the survey, which asked employees to rate their experience at the company. Only those companies which met what Peter Burke of BCG called the high-bar of workplace excellence, according to BCG s evaluations, were honored as one of the best places in the state to work. They were then ranked within their size category.Placing first among large companies was Merchants Bank, which is headquartered in South Burlington and has nearly 40 branches throughout the state. The top honor in the small and medium company category also went to a bank, Wells River Savings Bank of Wells River, a company that has been in business for over a century. They were joined by 13 other companies, ranging from large utility companies to a manufacturer of baking flour. All of these honored companies are winners, Vermont Business Magazine Publisher John Boutin said. It s a great testament to all of them that they recognize that being a good employer is not only the right thing to do, but that it benefits the bottom line. As diverse as these companies are, they are all successful, even during this economic downturn. The companies recognized with the distinction of being one of the best places to work in Vermont demonstrate a high level of commitment to doing business in Vermont and to the wellbeing of their employees, Betsy Bishop, President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. These 15 companies are most deserving of this award and should be proud of their accomplishments. This year s award recipients in order of ranking are:Small/Medium Companies: 1. Wells River Savings Bank 2. Edward Jones 3. The Bank of Bennington 4.  Mascoma Savings Bank 5.  Seventh Generation 6. King Arthur Flour Company 7.  NRG Systems, Inc. 8.  Resource Systems Group, Inc. 9. MBF Bioscience 10. TPW Management LLC Large Companies: 1. Merchants Bank 2. Dealer.com 3. Green Mountain Power 4. Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee 5. Vermont Electric Power Company, Inc.last_img read more

The initiative for the membership of the City of Krk in the European Cultural Tourism Network has been accepted

first_imgIn addition to all this, in order to withdraw funds from European funds as intensively as possible, the initiative to join the City of Krk in the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN) was accepted. The event was organized under the auspices of the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN), and in addition to the presentations of the cities of all conference participants, the possibility of joining the association was opened, which allows its members to apply for various funds under programs that (co) finance cultural tourism. (like Interreg, Horizon or Erasmus platforms). In Spain, a presentation entitled “Valorization and presentation of the cultural heritage of the city of Krk: Creating a tourist brand” presented several projects related to the presentation and valorization of Krk’s cultural heritage, starting with “Story of Krk” as an online database data on the city’s tangible and intangible heritage have been consolidated, through recent horticultural interventions, together with an initiative related to defining standards of urban equipment in the protected area, all the way to the project of arranging the future city-diocesan museum which will be told in an innovative way. a story about the rich history of the town of Krk. During the Collegium of the City of Krk, the city’s participation in this year’s 12th International Conference for Cultural Tourism in Europe was presented, which took place in the Spanish city of Granada, between October 12 and 23, on the topic ” Culture and Heritage for Responsible, Innovative and Sustainable Tourism Actions ”. Source / photo: City of Krk; Krk Tourist Boardlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Budget Update Remarks

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Budget Update Remarks December 19, 2015center_img Remarks Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf gave the following budget update. Remarks as prepared:“We still have a budget plan. It is a compromise and it is the product of a lot of good people working across the aisle to get it done.“This is not over. We still need a budget. And we need it now. The Senate Republicans led on this – but it was a bi-partisan effort. They delivered a budget –full year budget – that made wise investments in our schools and that was truly balanced.“We cannot slide back on our commitment to our schools. We cannot slide back on our commitment to a truly balanced budget. We cannot slide back on our commitment to a full year budget. Let me be clear. A stop gap is not the answer. We need a full year budget.“Let’s get back to work. All of us. Let’s get this done now.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Pakistan cricketers guilty of betting scam

first_imgNewsSports Pakistan cricketers guilty of betting scam by: – November 1, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share 17 Views   no discussions Ex-Pakistan cricketers Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt were on trial at Southwark Crown CourtPakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif have been found guilty of their part in a “spot-fixing” scam.Former captain Butt, 27, and fast bowler Asif, 28, had denied conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments. But a jury at London’s Southwark Crown Court found Butt guilty of both charges and Asif guilty of conspiring to cheat. They plotted to deliberately bowl no-balls during a Lord’s Test match against England last summer. After deliberating for nearly 17 hours, the jury unanimously convicted the pair of conspiracy to cheat.The jurors also found Butt guilty of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments by a majority of 10 to two.The jury has not yet reached a verdict on whether Asif was also guilty of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments, and is continuing its deliberations.BBC sports news correspondent James Pearce, at the court, said the pair showed no reaction as the jury’s verdict was read out.The judge, Mr Justice Cooke, extended bail for them until sentencing later this week.The BBC’s Aleem Maqbool, in Lahore, said the story was leading the national news in Pakistan and the four-week trial had been closely followed in the country. ‘Rampant corruption’Butt and Asif were charged after a tabloid newspaper alleged they took bribes to bowl deliberate no-balls.The court heard the players, along with fast bowler Mohammad Amir, conspired with UK-based sports agent Mazhar Majeed, 36, to fix parts of the Lord’s Test last August.Three intentional no-balls were delivered during the match between Pakistan and England from August 26 to 29 last year.Prosecutors said Butt and Asif had been motivated by greed to “contaminate” a match watched by millions of people and “betray” their team, the Pakistan Cricket Board and the sport itself.Prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee QC said the case “revealed a depressing tale of rampant corruption at the heart of international cricket”.BBC Newslast_img read more

O’Shea targets key derby victory

first_img The Wear-Tyne rivals meet at the Stadium of Light on Sunday with Sunderland having won the last four meetings, but in grave need of three points to ease themselves away from the developing battle for Barclays Premier League survival. O’Shea and his team-mates could find themselves inside the relegation zone by the time they run out if Burnley get the better of Tottenham in the day’s earlier kick-off, and that would make three points a necessity. The Republic of Ireland international told SAFSee: “That’s the big issue: whoever we were facing this weekend, be in Newcastle, be it Crystal Palace, be it Southampton, whoever the case may be, it’s a case of getting the three points as soon as we can and getting everyone energised again and looking forward to the remaining games. “Look, we know we’re not in the position that we’d like to be in, but we know we can get out of it. It’s in our hands.” After a dreadful run of results against their arch-rivals, the Black Cats have fared rather well in recent times, winning the last three at St James’ Park and the most recent game on Wearside. Asked what lay behind that run of results, O’Shea said: “Staying together as a unit, keeping the team spirit strong, working as a unit all over the pitch and taking chances. “Making sure we got clean sheets and also whether it was early or late in the game, making sure we took chances – they were the keys, and obviously having a strong squad as well because there were a couple of times where there were changes in the line-up before games. “Everyone has got to be mentally prepared to start the game, and obviously anything can happen then in the 90 minutes. “Look, it’s one of those things, we have a chance of creating a fantastic record against a big rival, the main rival for us, so it’s a fantastic opportunity. “But ultimately, it comes down to wanting it more on the day and hopefully, that will be the case.” Press Associationcenter_img Skipper John O’Shea has challenged Sunderland to keep their fate in their own hands by securing a fifth successive derby victory over Newcastle.last_img read more

Bahadur Singh resigns as Indian athletics chief coach after 25 years

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Athletics Federation of India has placed on record its acknowledgement appreciation for Bahadur Singh who resigned as national chief coach after 25 years of service.Under Singh’s stewardship, India did admirably in the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi when it won a dozen athletics medals, including two gold. The 1946-born Singh’s finest moment as chief coach came in Jakarta in 2018 when India won 20 medals in track and field competition, including eight gold and nine silver. “As we stay focused on our journey to being counted on the world stage, we will always remember the immense contribution Bahadur Singh made to Indian athletics, first as a shot putter of repute in the 70s and early 80s, and then as chief coach since February 1995,” AFI President Adille J. Sumariwalla said in a statement. “We would have loved to see him helm the squad in the Olympic Games, but the COVID-19 outbreak forced the postponement of Tokyo 2020. He resigned in the wake of the Ministry of Home Affairs advisory restricting movement of senior citizens. We will continue to draw on his experience in planning and in monitoring training and coaching,” he added. As a shot putter, Singh won back-to-back Asian Games gold medals in Bangkok in 1978 and New Delhi in 1982 to add to the silver he won in Tehran in 1974. He also won a medal in each of the four Asian Track and Field Meets held in in Marikina 1973 (bronze), Seoul in 1975 (gold), Tokyo in 1979 (bronze) and Tokyo in 1981 (silver). He also competed in the Moscow Olympics in 1980. Singh was given the Arjuna Award in 1976 and the Dronacharya Award in 1998. He was conferred the Padma Shri in 1983. IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Discourse on Saving Dehing-Patkailast_img read more

The Latest: Oklahoma athletics cutting $13.7M from budget

first_imgThe Hall of Fame coach says all three are experiencing issues getting into the United States because of the coronavirus pandemic and he doesn’t know if any of them will be back with the rest of the team on July 26. Auriemma questions why professional athletes have been allowed back from overseas, but not college athletes.“We started asking questions like, ‘Why is that?’” Auriemma said. “We’ve got some really good people in Washington, D.C., looking into how to do that for international students, not just athletes but kids that have enrolled here, gone to school. What is the issue here? Why can’t we get that resolved?”Auriemma said he’s planning as if there will be a college basketball season but is not sure that will happen. “How are certain teams going to come here and play if they come from a state that’s been severely impacted? I don’t know,” he said.___The Russian soccer league says another game involving FC Orenburg has been called off following an outbreak of coronavirus at the club. Things got so bad that Hottovy spent eight hours at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on the 12th day he was sick. He finally tested negative about two weeks ago.Hottovy said he’s still weakened from the illness. He considered opting out of the season while he was sick but decided against that.___Six FC Dallas players have tested positive for COVID-19 since arriving in Florida for the resumption of MLS play, after every member of the team’s traveling party was negative in league-mandated testing before departing Dallas last Saturday.The team said Wednesday that two players tested positive after arriving in Orlando and were immediately isolated from teammates and FC Dallas coaches and staff, and other MLS clubs and staffs. After more league testing, four more FC Dallas players tested positive. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the decision hasn’t been announced.Sefolosha is in his first season with the Rockets. He averaged 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 41 games.The 36-year-old is a 15-year NBA veteran who has also played for Utah, Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Chicago.The Rockets are schedule to resume the season on July 31 against the Dallas Mavericks.— AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken reporting from Houston. The Latest: Oklahoma athletics cutting $13.7M from budget Athletic director Joe Castiglione said the moves were the “first steps” in responding to the financial losses associated with virus outbreak. He warned other steps may be necessary.The football team began voluntary workouts Wednesday. The Sooners said 111 players were tested Monday and there were seven additional positive tests after seven previously. In all, 14 Oklahoma players have tested positive along with two staff members. It said two players have since recovered.Earlier this week, Michigan’s athletic department projected a $26.1 million deficit for the upcoming fiscal year. Many Wolverines coaches and other senior staff are taking 10% pay cuts, including football coach Jim Harbaugh and men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard___Houston’s Thabo Sefolosha is opting out of the NBA’s restart in Orlando, a person familiar with the decision has told The Associated Press. ___ Sacramento Kings coach Luke Walton says forward Jabari Parker has been cleared to end his self-isolation following a positive test for the coronavirus. Walton also spoke to Parker about handling himself in public after photos surfaced last week of the forward playing tennis without a mask following his positive test.Center Alex Len and guard Buddy Hield also announced they contracted the coronavirus, and Walton says all three are “doing much better” while being tested every other day. No players have told Walton they don’t want to take part as the Kings (28-36) prepare to play their final eight games in Orlando beginning at the end of this month.“This is a grown men’s league,” Walton said on a call Wednesday. “We talk to our guys but you can’t make them do anything. All we can do is encourage them to follow the guidelines that we’ve all been given: Do your best to social distance, wear a face mask when you’re out, wash your hands as often as possible, stay away from shaking hands, those type of things.”One of Walton’s top priorities now is “making sure everyone’s comfortable” — which will mean players bringing their own workout gear and leaving an extra pair of shoes that stay at the practice facility or arena. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Royals Respond Fund, an effort to support Kansas City-area nonprofits that are focused on food insecurity amid the coronavirus pandemic.The idea of putting fan likenesses inside stadiums began in Germany when soccer resumed, and other baseball franchises like the Oakland A’s have proposed the same idea. Season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase their likenesses.___UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma is asking for help from Congress to get foreign students, including athletes, back to campus.The Huskies have three foreign players on their roster this year: Anna Makurat, a sophomore from Poland; Nika Muhl, a freshman from Croatia, and Aaliyah Edwards, a freshman from Ontario, Canada. ___Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that had him quarantined for 30 days.The 38-year-old Hottovy broke down Wednesday as he detailed a harrowing ordeal during a conference call. The Cubs resume workouts Friday for the first time since Major League Baseball shut down camps on March 12.Hottovy is in his second season as the Cubs’ pitching coach. The former major leaguer said he experienced fevers, breathing trouble and an increased heart rate. The symptoms worsened at night, making it difficult to sleep.Because he didn’t want his wife and young children to catch the virus, Hottovy isolated himself in a spare bedroom at home. He struggled during one Zoom meeting with pitchers, and manager David Ross took over for him. The Green Bay Packers will have a six-decade NFL training camp tradition end as they won’t be staying at nearby St. Norbert College because of coronavirus concerns.The Packers instead will have their entire training camp operations at Lambeau Field. Housing arrangements are still being finalized.Packers officials said they made the switch due to NFL protocols asking clubs to maximize use of their own facilities to mitigate exposure to the virus.St. Norbert had hosted the Packers for training camp since 1958The Packers have traditionally eaten dinner at St. Norbert and stayed in a residence hall on campus while commuting to their training-camp workouts at Lambeau Field.center_img July 1, 2020 ___The start of the outdoor motocross season is being delayed for a second time due to a spike in coronavirus cases.Supercross was able to complete its season by holding the final 10 races at University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium over a span of three weeks last month. Eli Tomac won his first Supercross title.With COVID-19 cases on the rise in recent weeks, series operator MX Sports Pro Racing opted to postpone the start of the outdoor season until August.The series was scheduled to start July 18 in Indiana after being pushed back in May due to the pandemic. The season-opening Hangtown Classic was canceled in March. Associated Press After consultation with MLS medical officials, FC Dallas took proactive steps to isolate the newly affected players as well as all FC Dallas players and staff that are in Florida. All members of the club’s delegation will remain quarantined in their hotel rooms pending the results of further COVID-19 testing.The league says no other team has been in contact with the FC Dallas delegation since its arrival.All of the league’s 26 teams are sequestered in hotels in advance of the tournament played without fans at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World. The tournament opens next week.___The Kansas City Royals have launched what they are calling a “Fanbassador” program in which up to 500 fans may purchase a plastic cutout of their likeness for $40 apiece that will be displayed in a seat at Kauffman Stadium during the abbreviated 2020 season. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Oklahoma athletics department has announced $13.7 million in budget cuts it blames on fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, including a 10% salary drop for any employee earning at least $1,000,000 per year. ___The Lexington County Blowfish of the summertime Coastal Plain League will open their home season as scheduled Wednesday, but without fans after South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said people in the stands would be a violation of his executive order against spectator sports due to COVID-19. The team, a collection of college players, had sold seats for its opening game against the Bomb Island Bombers. After the governor spoke Wednesday, the team posted on Twitter that fans would not be allowed into games until it received a clarification from the governor’s office. The state of South Carolina has seen a spike of cases the past few weeks and on Tuesday had a one-day high of 1,741 new cases.McMaster also warned that residents should wear masks and maintain social distance “so we can enjoy high school and college football in South Carolina this fall.”___ The league says the regional public health body did not sign off on Orenburg hosting Ural Yekaterinburg. Orenburg already forfeited a game on Saturday against FC Krasnodar.The league says 10 people at Orenburg have been confirmed to have the virus. The club said last week that six players and two staff members had tested positive.There was no mention of any plan to reschedule the game.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more