Sen. Scott: Boca principal should have been fired, no excuse for Holocaust denial

first_imgFlorida Rep. Mike Caruso also took to social media to condemn the district’s handling of Latson following his removal.As of Tuesday afternoon, Latson has remained silent about his now viral and highly controversial comments. Florida Senator Rick Scott and other Florida official are speaking out after a former Boca Raton High School Principal questioned the existence of the Holocaust.In an email to parents in 2018, former Spanish River Community High School principal William Latson said: “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”Latson added that “not everyone believes the Holocaust happened.”The Palm Beach County School District released a statement Monday confirming that Latson had been reassigned “out of an abundance of concern and respect for the students and staff of Spanish River Community High School.”“Mr. Latson made a grave error in judgment in the verbiage he wrote. In addition to being offensive, the principal’s statement is not supported by either the School District Administration or the School Board,” the statement read.However, Sen. Rick Scott says the district’s reassignment of Latson is “simply” not enough.Sen. Scott wrote via Twitter Tuesday that “This Principal should have been fired.”last_img read more

Regional Super50 semi-finals: Skipper Holder confident his team will adapt to new conditions at Coolidge

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Captain Jason Holder says he does not foresee Barbados Pride experiencing any major issues with acclimatising to new conditions in Antigua for their Regional Super50 semi-final against Leeward Islands Hurricanes on Thursday.Pride, the tournament favourites, hosted Group B here where they won seven of their eight games to finish top on 33 points, five clear of the second-placed Jamaica Scorpions who also advanced to the final four.Holder, the West Indies Test and one-day captain, said they did not anticipate any surprises with the switch from Barbados to Coolidge Cricket Ground in St John’s.“I don’t see it as a big challenge. We’ve been seeing a few of the games on TV. We’re obviously professional athletes and many of us play for the West Indies team as well so we have to adjust,” Holder said.“It’s not a situation where we can be stagnant … I think it is important that we get there and acclimatise as quickly as possible. We have a few days before that semi-final game and I think it will be crucial to see how the wicket plays and get accustomed to the wicket which shouldn’t be too hard for us.“Many of us have played cricket in Antigua before and I don’t expect anything out of the ordinary.”Boasting a starting XI comprising 10 current West Indies players, Pride have flexed their muscles in the competition from the outset and dominated the group.They eclipsed 300 runs once and passed 270 on three other occasions when they batted first, with several of their high-profile batsmen getting among the runs.Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite posted two hundreds and two half-centuries in gathering 408 runs while Jonathan Carter and Shai Hope both notched three fifties each.Holder said he still wanted improvement in this department especially when Pride were batting second.“The batting has been doing a pretty decent job as well, it’s just for us to be a little more consistent especially when we are chasing,” he pointed out.“(We have to) keep on par with the scoring rate when we are chasing. Once we do that in the semi-final, we should be pretty good.”Pride have also been ruthless when bowling, three times limiting their opponents to totals under 200. Off-spinner Ashley Nurse has led their attack with 22 wickets while Holder has picked up 15 with his seam and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, 14.Holder said this area had been Pride’s strong suit, with every bowler playing his part throughout.“The bowlers have been doing a tremendous job. They have put up their hand every single time we went out to bowl. There’s only been one team who have made 200 runs against us and that was Jamaica in the last game and that’s exceptional,” said Holder.“We’re up there with the leading wicket-takers – Ashley Nurse has really led us well and myself up front with the new ball have been very good. Kemar Roach came in and made an impact, Sulieman obviously has been his normal self in the middle, has been a wicket-taker and kept things very steady for us, so our bowlers have been doing a wonderful job.”The first semi-final is set for tomorrow at Coolidge between Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and Scorpions.last_img read more

The Latest: Another soccer player in Italy tests positive

first_img10:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus.The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne.The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday.The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt. There is no blanket suspension of soccer across the continent, but national leagues have been shut down by public authorities in some countries, including Italy and Spain.___NoonThe International Fencing Federation has postponed all international events for the next five weeks, including four Olympic qualifying tournaments.The FIE made the decision after the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, and the U.S. banned travelers from 26 European countries starting on Friday. That includes Borussia Dortmund’s game against Schalke, which is one of Germany’s most heated rivalries.There will be a similar procedure for some second-division games.___11 a.m.South Korea’s professional baseball league says it will postpone the start of its season to mid-April because of the coronavirus outbreak. The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.”___10 a.m.The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease. A second player from Italy’s top soccer division has tested positive for coronavirus.Sampdoria says 28-year-old forward Manolo Gabbiadini “has a fever but he’s doing well.” The Serie A club and adds that it is “activating all the isolation procedures provided for by law.”That is likely to include self-isolation for all players and staff.Gabbiadini, who also plays for Italy’s national team, wrote on Twitter “I too tested positive for Coronavirus. I want to thank all those who wrote to me, I’ve already received so very many messages. But I still want to reassure you that I’m fine, so don’t worry. Follow the rules, stay home and everything will sort itself out.”On Wednesday, Juventus announced that defender Daniele Rugani had tested positive. The outbreak of the virus has led to a nationwide lockdown in Italy, where soccer and all other sports have been suspended until April 3.___2:45 p.m.The ATP has suspended all men’s professional tennis tournaments for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.No ATP Tour or ATP Challenger Tour events will take place through the week of April 20. Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault.Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550.Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead.Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason.___ The Spanish club says the soccer team was also affected because it shares training facilities with the basketball team.___11:05 a.m.German broadcaster Sky says it will show some Bundesliga soccer games on a free channel after spectators were barred from the stadiums.Sky will show four league games simultaneously on Saturday on its non-subscription news channel in a “conference” format, with the broadcast switching between each game to show the key action. The Pakistan Super League is closing Twenty20 cricket games in Karachi to spectators from Friday after advice from the Sindh provincial government.The Pakistan Cricket Board said “it was important for us to act quickly to ensure that the wellbeing of all concerned is better protected” from the coronavirus outbreak but the Karachi Kings’ home game on Thursday against Lahore Qalanders went ahead with spectators.Spectators are barred from league games on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and a playoff on Tuesday.One other league match and three playoff matches, including the final on March 22, are in Lahore. The board said it was in contact with the Punjab provincial government about any health advice for the Lahore matches.___ 2:20 p.m.The Miami Open tennis tournament that was scheduled to start later this month has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament had been scheduled for March 23-April 5 in Miami Gardens. The tournament moved there last year from its former home on Key Biscayne.Virtually all of the world’s top players had been scheduled to participate except Roger Federer, who is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.It’s the second postponement of a top tennis tournament in five days. The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, was postponed Sunday, less than 24 hours before qualifying matches were scheduled to begin. Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian.“You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote.Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus.___9:55 a.m. ___2:05 p.m.The Washington Wizards say players, coaches and basketball operations personnel are going to self-quarantine for the next three to four days.The Wizards played at the Utah Jazz — who have a player, Rudy Gobert, that tested positive for COVID-19 — on Feb. 29. Washington also played Tuesday against the New York Knicks, another recent opponent of the Jazz.The Wizards say players, coaches and basketball operations staff who have flu-like symptoms will be tested for coronavirus. March 12, 2020 The Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament could be staged without spectators after a government decree related to the coronavirus outbreak.Indian sports minister Kiren Rijuju told all national sports federations to ban spectators at all events, but events can go on if they “can’t be avoided.”The decision impacts the hugely popular IPL, due to start on March 29 and last seven weeks.It’s not yet been determined how it will affect the one-day international series between India and South Africa which began on Thursday in Dharamsala. The second ODI is in Lucknow on Sunday, and the third ODI in Kolkata next Wednesday.Foreign players are expected to face difficulties in traveling to India as the government on Wednesday suspended all visas, barring categories such as diplomatic and employment-related, until April 15 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 10:15 a.m.Denmark’s top soccer leagues are shutting down for at least two weeks because of the spreading coronavirus.The Danish league made the move a day after the national government announced a lockdown. The small Scandinavian country has 514 cases of people testing positive.“We will look at exactly what this will mean for the running of the tournaments for the weeks to come,” said Danish league director Claus Thomsen, adding more information on what will happen with the postponed matches and the rest of the season will be announced later.___ Europe’s main club basketball competition says it made the decision because of “the increased risks for participants in games, the vast amount of traveling disruptions causing the impossibility to reach certain destinations, and the different recommendations by the health authorities.”The league was scheduled to hold regular-season games in Moscow, Istanbul, Madrid and Tel Aviv on Thursday.___10:30 a.m.The International Basketball Federation says it is suspending all competitions indefinitely from Friday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times local):___2:50 p.m.center_img The tournament at Indian Wells, California, scheduled to begin main-draw play Wednesday already had been called off.The affected events are the Miami Open, the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston, the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, the Monte Carlo Masters, the Barcelona Open and the Hungarian Open.The next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, is still scheduled to be held in Paris beginning May 24.___2:30 p.m. Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says “a few” of his players have symptoms of coronavirus and are being kept away from the squad.Rodgers was speaking two days before Leicester plays Watford in the Premier League. He didn’t say whether there had been any positive tests for the virus.Only one Premier League game has been affected so far amid the outbreak, with Manchester City’s home match against Arsenal on Wednesday called off. That decision was taken after members of Arsenal’s playing squad went into self-isolation in a precautionary move.___2:25 p.m. The hockey-like game of bandy has postponed its world championships in Russia because of the spreading coronavirus.The Swedish Bandy Association says the tournament, scheduled to be played from March 29-April 5 in Irkutsk, has been postponed until October.International Bandy Association president Boris Skrynnik says “we know that there are concerns in other countries when it comes to travel and spending time with larger groups.”The under-15 world championships in Arkhangelsk, Russia, at the end of the month will also be played at a later date.___ The Korea Baseball Organization says it still hopes to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but will consider banning spectators from some games when risks of infections are high.The KBO had already canceled its preseason.___10:55 a.m.The Euroleague says it is suspending all games indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak. FIBA says the decision was made “in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans.”The suspension includes games in the Basketball Champions League, which is a rival competition to the better known Euroleague, and the second-tier FIBA Europe Cup. The Champions League is part-way through its playoffs.Men’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympics is expected to resume in June with a series of qualifying tournaments overseen by FIBA. Women’s qualifying has already concluded.___10:25 a.m. The Latest: Another soccer player in Italy tests positive Associated Press ___1:40 p.m.UEFA has called European soccer stakeholders to a meeting by video conference on Tuesday to deal with the effect on competitions of the coronavirus outbreak.UEFA says they will discuss “all domestic and European competitions.” That includes this year’s European Championship.The meetings will involve UEFA member federations and representatives of clubs, national leagues and player unions. Team officials have taken the decision to pull out of Sunday’s race “based on a duty of care” for McLaren employees and the wider Formula One family.Qualifying was scheduled to start Friday.___11:15 a.m.Real Madrid says its soccer and basketball teams have been put in quarantine after a basketball play for the club tested positive for the coronavirus. The events postponed included the Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas qualifiers next month. Also off is the Anaheim Grand Prix in California starting on Friday, and the junior world championships in Salt Lake City next month.Four World Cups in saber and epee next week were also called off.“Full details regarding the rescheduling of competitions will be announced at a later date,” the FIE said. “Information regarding Olympic selection criteria will be made as schedules for the remainder of the season are finalized.”___11:40 a.m. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___2:15 p.m.The Toronto Raptors say they will go into self-quarantine because they recently played against the Utah Jazz and Rudy Gobert.Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus.“Out of an abundance of caution, members of the Raptors traveling party have been tested for the virus. We await those results. Our players, coaches and traveling staff have all been advised to go into self-isolation for 14 days, which means minimizing contact in accordance with public health guidelines. Our team doctors remain in communication with infection control specialists and public health authorities, and we will continue to abide by their advice,” the Raptors said. ___10:05 a.m.After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same.The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding.“Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said. Unless the government makes an exception, foreign cricketers will not be given business visas with which they travel to play the IPL.___11:30 a.m.McLaren says it has withdrawn from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne after a team member tested positive for the coronavirus.The British-based team says the person was self-isolated as soon as they started to show symptoms and “will now enter a period of quarantine.” The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title.Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy.The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins.A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation.“The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday.last_img read more

Regional Four-Day Championship

first_imgGuyana Jaguars open 20 points lead over now second-placed HurricanesBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars have opened up a significant lead at the top of the Regional Four-Day Championship, as the first class competition nears the half-way stage.Their massive innings victory over previously unbeaten Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at the Brian Lara Stadium on Sunday, lifted them to 64.8 points – just over 20 clear of the now second-placed Leeward Islands Hurricanes on 44.6.The result was the Jaguars’ third win in four outings this season and they are now the only unbeaten side in the championship after the fourth round.They were lifted by the return to form of inspirational captain Leon Johnson who stroked 165 while West Indies A star Vishaul Singh carved out his second century in three matches.Hurricanes, unbeaten at the start of the round, suffered a heavy defeat at Warner Park in St Kitts when they went down by 157 runs to the previously win-less Jamaica Scorpions.Though moving up to second, they are just two points clear of Barbados Pride also claimed their maiden win of new season when they crushed Windward Islands Volcanoes by 135 runs at Arnos Vale.Pride, on 42.4 points, have also overhauled Red Force who now lie fourth on 41.8 points.Scorpions are fifth on 36.6 while win-less Volcanoes continue bottom on 18.4.The tournament will take a near two-week break and restart with the fifth round on November 30 when Jaguars host Pride in Georgetown, Scorpions welcome Volcanoes to Kingston and Hurricanes take on Red Force at Warner Park.last_img read more

Web Services works to redesign myUSC

first_imgWeb Services is working toward customizing myUSC website’s design by the end of the spring semester so that the new portal will allow students to connect to online services at USC easier.The myUSC website was built in 2005 and developers think that it’s time to redesign and add new technologies to make it a better experience for students.“We are working on making the new myUSC more functional and sophisticated on all of your devices, especially your smartphone, so that you can get things done wherever you are,” ITS Director of Web Services Candace Borland said in an email to the Daily Trojan.The new design has a modern style that works optimally on screens of any size. It lets users customize what they see and in what order on their myUSC home page.“Currently, we are developing options for students who prefer to access information at a glance and maintain a clean, minimal interface,” Borland said.The major differences from the old design are that the new myUSC runs on new servers, with a completely modern software infrastructure. The new interface and updated coding allows for information to be added faster and customized content to be created for individuals and groups. The new design allows increased content on the homepage and the software has been updated for bugs.The new design aims to improve the student experience by making it easier and faster for students to find USC-related information directly from their phones. After the update, students will be able to use more myUSC-related programs from their smartphones.The new portal design is currently in beta, or pre-release, testing at http://trymy.usc.edu. Thousands of students have logged in so far, and hundreds of students have sent their feedback. The Web Services team encourages students to take a few minutes to log into the beta version and notify them if they have any problems, recommendations or improvements.“Our goal is to launch version one of the new portal by the end of the spring semester, at which time you will be able to reach it at http://my.usc.edu,” Borland said. “We will turn off the old portal at that time.”The ITS Web Services and Enterprise Applications groups have been collaborating on designing and building the new portal.“We have conducted student focus groups and surveys and are now soliciting direct feedback from students using the new portal,” Borland said. “We have also been consulting with various USC departments about what their students need.”The new myUSC portal is designed to evolve with the changing needs of students and the rest of the University.last_img read more

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Receives Tank Renovations

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThere’s a lot of great things going on at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Katie Wolf returned to the WBKB News studio to share the news about the renovations that are currently happening inside of the water tanks. Check it out!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Friends at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Tank Renovations, Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryContinue ReadingPrevious Garden Walk Honors the Susan’s Wish FundNext 2000 Books Must Go! Friends of Library Holds Annual Used Book Salelast_img

Pjanić might be ready for a match with Palermo

first_imgBiH football player Miralem Pjanić could soon return playing for his club after his unfortunate injury in the match against Genova that happened on 3 March.He had several trainings with BiH team in Hrasnica, and although there were some indications that he might play in the match against Greece, he remained on the bench.Pjanić is 100% ready, and he’ll train according to special program for FC Roma, and according to Italian press he should be playing in the match against Palermo.last_img

Who is David Ayres? Everything you need to know about the EBUG that helped beat the Maple Leafs

first_img42 years is a long time to wait to make your NHL debut, but for David Ayres, it was better late than never. Serving as the emergency backup goalie in Saturday night’s game between Carolina and Toronto, Ayres was called upon by the Hurricanes after both of their main goaltenders were injured. James Reimer started the game in net for Carolina but left early in the first period after a collision with teammate Jaccob Slavin. His replacement, Petr Mrazek, was injured after getting barrelled over by Toronto’s Kyle Clifford.  Petr Mrazek to the locker room after being taken out by Kyle Clifford pic.twitter.com/YXYDXLEaY5— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) February 23, 2020With no other goalies on their bench, the Hurricanes had no choice but to turn to Ayres.A native of Whitby, Ont., Ayres spent most of his career bouncing around the minor leagues before a serious health issue interrupted his playing career. He underwent a kidney transplant in 2004, but the procedure was successful and he made a full recovery. He has been in and around the Maple Leafs organization for eight years now. It started when he began working at Ricoh Coliseum (now Coca-Cola Coliseum), home of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, where he’s an arena maintenance worker and occasional Zamboni driver. After injuries struck several of the Marlies’ netminders a few years back, he got a chance to show off his skills. “A couple of guys were hurt, I ended up bringing my gear in and they said ‘hey, you’re pretty decent,” Ayres told the Toronto Sun in January. His job is primarily to fill in during practice whenever the Marlies or Maple Leafs needed an extra body. For the past three years, he’s also served as the Maple Leafs’ emergency backup, waiting in the wings of Scotiabank Arena just in case his services were ever required. On Saturday night, they finally were.When Mrazek went down midway through the second period, Ayres quickly got ready. Before he stepped on the ice, he had to sign a one-game contract with the NHL. His payment? $500. Oh, and he would get to keep his game-worn jersey. This is the contract David Ayres would have signed because he had no prior pro experience. NHL teams aren’t permitted to use former pros as emergency backups. pic.twitter.com/RCqGlYQ1vH— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 23, 2020He emerged from the tunnel wearing a Toronto Marlies goalie mask and blue pants — in contrast to his red Hurricanes uniform — and strode onto the rink where his new teammates greeted him. Carolina was winning 3-1 with almost 30 minutes of hockey left to be played. The honeymoon didn’t last long either. Ayres let in goals on the first two shots he faced, although in fairness there wasn’t much he could do for either of them. It wasn’t an ideal start, but the Canes made it to the end of the period up 4-3, and from there Ayres settled down. He kept the Leafs off the scoreboard in the third, making a few great saves in the process. We believe in Dave pic.twitter.com/YnxhFKTLpN— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) February 23, 2020When all was said and done, his first and last game with the Carolina Hurricanes ended in a comfortable 6-3 win. He was named first star of the game. Tomorrow he’ll be back in practice with the Maple Leafs, the very team he helped defeat. “I’m probably going to get ripped pretty hard after today,” he told Fox Sports Carolinas after the game. “I guess I can take the game puck with me and show it to them.”It’s almost certainly the only time we’ll ever see David Ayres in an NHL game, but for one unforgettable night, with the entire league watching, he owned the spotlight.last_img read more

FIFA official sees ‘conflict of interest’ in Blatter-Platini pay issue

first_imgZURICH (AP):Sepp Blatter’s authorisation of a payment to fellow FIFA executive Michel Platini without a written contract was a “classic conflict of interest”, FIFA’s financial compliance head told The Associated Press yesterday.Audit and compliance committee chairman Domenico Scala said that FIFA president Blatter could be culpable of “falsification” of accounts over the 2011 payment of 2 million Swiss francs (about US$2 million) to Platini.Platini, the president of UEFA, said the money was owed from his job as an adviser to Blatter between 1998 and 2002, but there was only a verbal agreement for the debt.”Both parties, the president and Mr Platini, should have recused from their positions because both are members of the executive committee of FIFA and they both have a conflict of interest,” Scala told The AP in the first public comments on the case by a FIFA insider other than Blatter and Platini.”Mr Platini has asked the president to pay him a prescribed amount, which he should not have asked, which is why it is a classic conflict of interest.”Currently suspendedBoth Blatter and Platini are serving 90-day provisional suspensions, while FIFA’s ethics committee completes a full investigation into the actions of two of the most powerful officials in world sport.The case could end Platini’s hopes of succeeding Blatter as FIFA leader in an election set for February, although both men deny wrongdoing and are appealing against their suspensions.Scala is also head of the ad hoc election committee, which rules on the eligibility of presidential candidates, but he has no say in the ethics case.Blatter last week said he had a “gentleman’s agreement” with Platini over the payment.”If it is true what they are saying – that they had an oral agreement at the time they made the written contract to defer the payment – that payment should have been recorded in the accounts in 2002 and subsequent years,” Scala said. “It has not. If you approve as a member of a supervisory board financial accounts which you know that 2 million are not accrued, you have possibly done a falsification of a document.”last_img read more

Frigid Super Bowl raises questions about northern venues

first_imgLATEST STORIES Nadal expects to be fit to play in Acapulco this month Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ In this picture made with a specialty lens the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)MINNEAPOLIS — After years of planning and many millions in spending, there was one thing organizers of Super Bowl 52 couldn’t control — a Minnesota winter.The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots played inside. But as fans were heading to U.S. Bank Stadium at noon Sunday, the temperature in Minneapolis was minus-2 degrees, with a wind chill of negative 23 — by far the coldest Super Bowl on record — raising questions about whether the NFL’s marquee event would ever return to Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Other northern cities have reaped similar benefits. New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium got a Super Bowl in its fourth season, the only outdoor Super Bowl at a northern site to date (2014). Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis hosted in 2012 and Ford Field in Detroit hosted in 2006, both at the end of their fourth seasons. The only other Super Bowls held in the north were in suburban Detroit at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1982 and in Minneapolis at the Metrodome in 1992.While warmer climates have held more Super Bowls, there is no rotation of pre-selected cities that get picked, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. He said it’s up to club owners to take the initial step of expressing an interest in hosting. The sites of the next four Super Bowls are already chosen: Atlanta in 2019, followed by South Florida, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles.Atlanta has a stadium that opened in 2017. Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa have been renovated in the past three years, and Los Angeles will have a new stadium by the time it hosts the game.McCarthy said the weather in Minneapolis wasn’t a negative. Instead, he said it provided new experiences for fans, some of whom took advantage of the Minneapolis skyway system, a collection of enclosed — and heated — pedestrian bridges.“We knew weather was going to be a factor and we embraced it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Andrea Mokros, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, said the event was a “huge success.” Visitor numbers were still being calculated, but Mokros said outdoor concerts and other events were well attended, even on the coldest nights during 10 days of festivities.“The cold didn’t slow anyone down and in fact made it a more memorable experience,” she said. Mokros said the winter climate allowed the host committee to offer a different sort of fun for guests, such as snowmobiling or skijoring (cross-country skiing while being pulled by a dog). And she said she felt some pride when she saw celebrities donning winter hats and embracing the cold weather.Paul Vaaler, a professor of management and law at the University of Minnesota law school and the Carlson School of Management, said while warmer tourist destinations are more likely to get Super Bowls, there is some strategy to spreading the game to different franchises: The promise of a Super Bowl can lead cities to build new stadiums and keep teams from leaving certain markets.Because of that, he said, other northern cities are likely to host the Super Bowl before Minnesota gets another chance.“That incentive to build a stadium and attract the Super Bowl is gone (for Minnesota), but it’s not gone in a place like Cincinnati, or a place like Denver” or other northern NFL cities that have stadiums that are more than 20 years old. “For other northern climates, there will be pressure.”Some fans said the weather was tolerable and there were plenty of experiences in Minneapolis to keep them entertained. Others said that even though Minnesotans were hospitable, they’d prefer a warmer location.“The cold was just brutal,” said Philadelphia Eagles fan Terry Laufer of Carrollton, Virginia. His wife, Rhonda, said: “I would never be able to bring children here. It would be too risky.” The pair said they’d return with their grandkids in September, when it’s warmer.“You could have had the Arctic Circle and it would have been a great experience,” said Jody Haggerty of Milford, Pennsylvania. “Minneapolis made it work. … It’s not about the location. It’s about the experience, the atmosphere and the game.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next While warmer climates tend to be more popular host cities, a flashy new stadium and amenities often play a bigger role than the weather in determining who will host the big game.“The owners will do as they like. So that’s one of those decisions that’s just not up to the fan base,” said Mark Cobb, who has been to several Super Bowls in his work for the NFL Players Association. “Wherever has the newest, prettiest stadium, that’s who gets the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCobb, of Washington, said everyone in Minnesota was nice, and he’d return to Minneapolis for a Super Bowl. But he said the weather felt “like I was being punished. Minnesota is where they send you when you’re bad. But if you embrace it like the people who live here, instead of fighting it, it’s not so bad.”The NFL has used the Super Bowl as a reward for municipalities that pump public money into new venues. 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