With it’s parks closed and no end to the coronavirus pandemic in sight, Disney has announced that it plans to furlough some of it’s workers.Walt Disney Co. made the announcement Thursday stating that it will begin the process with the first wave on April 19th.Worker’s who’s jobs are considered nonessential at this time, will be furloughed, however Disney says that the workers will still remain employees of the parks.Since the parks have been closed, the entertainment company has continued to pay it’s workers and their health benefits.In the statement Thursday, Disney says that furloughed workers will continue to receive healthcare benefits and the cost of company and employee premiums. They also stated that those enrolled in it’s program that pays college tuition can continue to take classes.Finally, Disney says employees are also able to apply for vacation time to start their time as a furloughed worker if they choose to.It is unclear how many employees will be furloughed, however, Disney employs over75,000 workers at Disney World and over 31,000 at Disneyland.
___Manchester United says it will refund fans with season tickets for the games they won’t be able to attend during the coronavirus pandemic.The Premier League season was suspended in March with United fifth in the standings. United has four home games left.The club wrote to season ticket holders to say “we share your disappointment that you will not be able to watch United in person from within the stadium, but we would encourage you to give your continued loyal support from the comfort and safety of your home.”Clubs are pushing to be allowed to play at their usual stadiums rather than in neutral venues as the police wanted. Daly provided the response shortly after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the border restrictions will stay in effect through June 21. This marks the second time the border restrictions have been extended since first being put into place on March 18 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.The extension of the restrictions comes at a time when the NHL and NHL Players’ Association are discussing plans on when the league can resume playing after the regular season was paused on March 12.The NHL has seven teams based in Canada. In a separate development, the NHLPA’s executive board has voted to defer the final payment of players’ regular season salaries through the end of May.— AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow Associated Press The last candlepin bowling alley in the Massachusetts city where the sport was invented is closing, and management says the coronavirus pandemic is to blame. Colonial Bowling Center in Worcester is shuttering for good, manager Paul Wambach told The Telegram & Gazette on Monday evening. Wambach said the fall-to-spring season provides most of the alley’s revenue. But the business has been closed since March and summer leagues usually start in April, so the business’s 91-year-old owner decided the time was right to close for good.Candlepin bowling was invented in Worcester in 1880, according to the International Candlepin Bowling Association, and the city once had more than 25 alleys. ___ ___Cristiano Ronaldo has reported back to Juventus’ training center after a 10-week absence.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner showed up for medical tests with the Serie A leaders.Ronaldo observed a two-week isolation period at his home in Turin after spending the lockdown period in his native Portugal.Ronaldo has not been alongside his teammates since helping Juventus to a 2-0 win over Inter Milan on March 8. He flew to his home island of Madeira, Portugal, after that. ___The Premier League says six people from three clubs have tested positive for the coronavirus following the first round of checks.Tests were conducted on 748 players and club staff on Sunday and Monday.The league has not disclosed the names of the individuals who tested positive. They must self-isolate for seven days.___ The Latest: Eastern Michigan coaches taking salary cuts Athletic director Scott Wetherbee announced the salary reductions, which will also apply to him and school President James Smith. Football coach Chris Creighton, men’s basketball coach Rob Murphy, and women’s basketball coach Fred Castro will be affected by the 7% cuts.EMU also says approximately 70 coaches and staff will participate in the Work Share program offered through the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. They’ll have their work hours reduced by 40%.The school says the Work Share program allows EMU to reduce work hours while allowing employees to obtain unemployment benefits.___The Italian government has given the go-ahead for Serie A teams to resume full team training after approving a new health protocol. ___Central Michigan is discontinuing its men’s track and field program, citing university-wide budget cuts.The decision affects both indoor and outdoor track. Athletic director Michael Alford says the school is facing “a new financial reality” because of enrollment challenges and the coronavirus crisis.Scholarships for current men’s track athletes, including for new students this fall, will be honored for as long as they’re enrolled at CMU. Athletes can also transfer immediately if they choose.Elsewhere in the Mid-American Conference, Akron is cutting women’s tennis and men’s cross country and golf, and Bowling Green has dropped baseball. May 19, 2020 Serie A was suspended a day later when the Italian government ordered a nationwide lockdown. The league is hoping to resume playing on June 13.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Russian soccer club Dynamo Moscow says a player and a coach have tested positive for the coronavirus and samples from four others gave atypical results.Dynamo says defender Roman Evgeniev was found to be positive in recent testing ahead of the league’s planned return next month. The club also says a goalkeeping coach had been diagnosed earlier. The club says he hasn’t had contact with other employees since early April.Two other unnamed people from the club gave “borderline” results in tests and another two had antibodies which indicated they had COVID-19 in the past.The Russian league plans to return on June 21.Rubin Kazan said Monday that defender Konstantin Pliev had tested positive for the virus but was “feeling fine.” Lokomotiv Moscow said last week that Peru forward Jefferson Farfan gave a positive sample and had symptoms including a cough, fatigue and fever. ___The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 in front of no fans as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.The New York Racing Association unveiled the new Belmont date Tuesday morning. This is the first year the Belmont will take place before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The Derby was moved to Sept. 5 and the Preakness to Oct. 3.The rescheduled Belmont will be 1 1/8 miles instead of the race’s trademark 1 1/2-mile distance that has been in place since 1926. It was last contested at a 1 1/8 mile in 1894.___ Spanish soccer club Málaga says it plans to fire some employees to improve its financial situation amid the coronavirus pandemic.The second-division club’s finances have been overseen by a public administrator since a judge replaced Qatari club owner Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani in February.Málaga says the measure is one of many being taken to “ease the difficult economic situation it is experiencing.” It says the “restructuring” is needed to ensure its sustainability.The club did not say which employees will be fired. The team is in 15th place in the second-division standings.___ ___French soccer’s awards ceremony has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The country’s players’ union says it will not be presenting trophies for the best players and coaches in the top two divisions of men’s soccer and the women’s first division.The union says the time is not right for “individual awards during this crisis period” and that the winners’s list will be left blank for 2020 in tribute to the medical staff “at the service of our society.”The awards were initially scheduled to be held last weekend. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Eastern Michigan’s football and basketball coaches are set to take a 7% salary cut as the athletic department tries to deal with the budget impact of the coronavirus pandemic. United is asking fans for their “co-operation not to travel to any stadiums at which we are playing on matchdays.”___Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan will play a series of friendlies next year to raise money for medical facilities in Italy and Spain.The three round-robin games have been dubbed the “European Solidarity Cup” and thousands of medical staff and carers will get tickets for their work fighting the coronavirus pandemic.Dates for the games will be set when the calendar for 2021 is clear and fans are allowed back into stadiums. The German basketball league plans to finish its season next month in a closed three-week tournament.Ten teams will live in Munich and play at the Audi Dome without fans or contact with the outside world. The league’s seven other teams will not take part and their season will be declared finished.Each team will be allowed to bring 22 people to live in hotels closed to the public. Games will be played at the venue which hosted the basketball tournament at the 1972 Olympics.The plan was approved by the government of the state of Bavaria.League president Alexander Reil says the tournament offers “a certain return to normality” with strong health safeguards amid the coronavirus pandemic. The league has not played since March 8. Sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora made the announcement on RAI state TV on Tuesday.Spadafora added that he has called a meeting with soccer officials for May 28 to decide when the Serie A season can resume. Serie A officials are hoping to restart the season on June 13 if they can get clearance from the government to play one day before the ban on sports events expires.Serie A players have been training on an individual basis since May 4. Team training likely won’t start for several days, though, because the protocol requires players to be tested for the virus three days beforehand, then every four days.___NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tells The Associated Press he’s hopeful the decision to close the U.S. and Canadian border to non-essential travel for another month won’t “have a material impact” on the league’s discussions to restart its season.
LONDON, England (Reuters) – Opening batsman Jason Roy has been named in England’s Test squad for the first time, for the one-off match against Ireland starting at Lord’s next Wednesday.Roy racked up 443 runs in England’s triumphant 50-overs World Cup campaign, but is not a regular top-order batsman for Surrey in red-ball cricket.The 28-year-old is expected to open the batting with Surrey team mate Rory Burns and will have an opportunity to impress the selectors ahead of the Ashes series against Australia starting on August 1.Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory has also been called up for the first time, while uncapped fast bowler Olly Stone, who picked up an injury on this year’s tour of West Indies, returned to the squad.England’s leading wicket-taker James Anderson was included, despite picking up a calf injury this month.England World Cup winners Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were rested for the Ireland Test but have been included in a 16-man pre-Ashes training camp this weekend.Fast bowlers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer were not considered for selection because both players have suffered side strains.Wood has been ruled out for four to six weeks while Archer will have a period of rest before being considered for Ashes selection.England squad: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.
SAN CRISTOBAL, Dominican Republic (CMC) – Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz have progressed to the knockout phase of the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship after a 4-1 win over El Salvador in their Group E fixture here on Monday.Jody Brown was quick out of the gates at the Estadio Panamericano, with goals in the second and 11th minutes that gave Jamaica a 2-0 lead.El Salvador fought back to make it a one-goal affair right before halftime, thanks to a score from Mara Rodriguez. But Jamaica’s class came to the fore in the second half, as goals from Lacey Murray and Chantelle paced them to the victory.The group’s other game saw Guatemala and Canada battle to a 0-0 draw.Guatemala put on an impressive defensive display in limiting the dangerous Canadian attack, thanks also in part to the heroics of goalkeeper Ashley Avalos.The day’s results leave both Jamaica and Canada on four points, while Guatemala have two points and El Salvador have zero.Action resumes in Group E today with Guatemala taking on El Salvador, while Canada square off against Jamaica.
Shoppers who frequent Superior should consider adding a flu shot to their grocery list.On Sunday, the Superior Grocers in the University Village will offer seasonal flu shots — administered by Onsite Wellness — to employees, students and local residents.Alan Derow, benefits manager of Superior Grocers, said although the flu shots are not aimed primarily at students, it’s a good idea for them to consider getting the shot.“It’s important for students to get the shot for two reasons,” Derow said. “We’re trying to do our part.”Though the University Park Health Center has no role in Superior’s decision to administer flu shots, Corinne Ash, a program specialist at the health center, said it’s good to have other places in the community giving out the shots.“The more people getting flu shots the better,” Ash said.The flu shots will be administered outside the supermarket for both sanitary and space reasons, Derow said.Some students expressed trepidation about getting a flu shot from a grocery store as opposed to a health clinic.“I wouldn’t go to Superior because I’d prefer to go to a medical establishment for my flu shot,” said Colleen Brosnan, a sophomore majoring in international relations.Other students, however, said they would consider getting a flu shot at Superior because of the convenience.“If I needed to get a flu shot, I would get it at Superior,” said Mohamed Alloo, a sophomore majoring in business administration. “Superior is a lot closer to my dorm than the health center.”Superior’s shoppers and employees had only good things to say about the market’s flu shot program.“Superior is a very good market. It offers flu shots at a very good price,” said Yolanda Hernandez, an area resident who has gotten a flu shot at Superior before.Constance Matthews, a Superior employee, has received her vaccination from Superior before and plans to get her shot there this year. She said offering flu shots is good for the whole community.“The flu shots are benefiting everyone, because many people do not get their flu shots,” she said. “This way, they can just come do their shopping and get their flu shots while they’re here.”Derow said he is not sure how many people will show up to get flu shots this weekend, but said the provider could probably give shots to up to 300 people in three hours.Although Superior currently only offers the seasonal flu vaccination, Derow said Superior might be able to give out different shots in the future.“The H1N1 vaccine is a big question mark. If our provider gets the vaccine from the government, then we would think about having another flu shot campaign with the H1N1 vaccine,” he said.Superior is trying to make sure that its vaccinations are more affordable than what its competitors are offering. Stores such as Walmart and Walgreens are offering flu shots that might cost as much as $25, but Superior’s shots will cost $20 and only $15 for students or faculty members with USC IDs. Flu shots from the USC pharmacy cost $25.Derow is anxious to find out if Superior’s efforts for his employees, the community and students pay off.“It is kind of exciting,” he said. “I hope that the turnout is good because I think the community needs to be vaccinated for the flu.”
This summer, Dr. Jeffrey Hagen and Dr. Daniel Oh of the Keck School of Medicine of USC became the first doctors in Southern California to perform robot-assisted procedures with the new da Vinci Xi machine. Da Vinci robots, manufactured by the robotic surgical systems producer Intuitive Surgical, have been used worldwide since the Food and Drug Administration approved the first model of the machines in 2000.According to USC News, the Keck Medical Center of USC is the only facility in the world that has a training center for da Vinci technology.The brand new Xi model received FDA approval on April 1 of this year. It includes a simpler and more compact endoscope, an instrument that is used to look inside the body, with improved vision and clarity of image, smaller, thinner arms to allow for a greater range of motion and a longer instrument shaft for greater reach. To date, the most common procedures performed via da Vinci robots are hysterectomies (removal of the uterus) and prostatectomies (removal of the prostate). These improvements allow for more intricate applications, such as the thoracic surgery performed on a lung cancer patient by Hagen, who is chief of thoracic surgery, and Oh.Da Vinci technology also enables surgical procedures to be performed remotely, allowing surgeons to utilize their skills from afar. Past surgeries using similar robotic technology have included a transatlantic telesurgery performed in 2001, when surgeons at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York removed the gallbladder of a 68-year-old woman in Strasbourg, France.Robotic technologies improve operations with wristed instruments that allow for more dexterity as well as minimal incision sizes, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery periods for patients.Though robot-assisted procedures are often compared to laparoscopic surgery, robotic procedures cost approximately $1,300 more on average per surgery than those performed with laparoscopic devices. Laparoscopic surgery utilizes small incisions typically made in a different area than the part intended for surgery.According to Reuters Health, however, few doctors are skilled enough to perform laparoscopic surgery. Robotic surgery allows more patients to have access to minimally invasive surgery.Hagen pointed out that robotic technology was not meant to compete with laparoscopic procedures and that robotic technology should be viewed in terms of the advantages it provides over traditional open surgery.“As of 2012, 85 percent of prostatectomies have been performed using robotic technologies, while less than 1 percent have been performed laparoscopically,” Hagen said.For Keck students and faculty, having the da Vinci Xi machine represents their advanced expertise. Hagen also said that the robotic surgery program at Keck is the largest in the state of California and likely in the western United States. The program offers training across a broad range of specialties and is well recognized nationwide.
The 2016 presidential election has been somewhat of a challenge for satirical shows like Saturday Night Live — it is nearly impossible to make the antics of this event more ridiculous than they already are. How do you caricature Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who is already so much of a caricature? But humor has still managed to play a critical role in politics this year with varying results. Of course, humor and satire can be useful tools for coping, criticizing and mobilizing. Actress and comedienne Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin impression is often cited as an important factor in delegitimizing Palin’s vice presidential bid. More recently, shows like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee have used humor to critically engage with issues that have plagued the presidential race, from Benghazi to Trump’s wall. The power that comedy has to shape our discourse and debate, however, also gives it the ability to normalize and even perpetuate everything it may seek to critique. Humor has played a huge part in the normalization of Trump’s dangerous and unacceptable rhetoric — the most recent example of which is Jimmy Fallon’s Trump interview. Jimmy Fallon is not a journalist. However, this particular segment created a scandal on par with Matt Lauer’s own botched moderation. One image in particular began to make the rounds on Twitter and Facebook — in the photo, Fallon looks gleeful as he musses Trump’s signature hairstyle. It was not only social media users who took offense to the interview. During her talk show, Samantha Bee took Fallon and NBC to task for ignoring how dangerous Trump is. Even Hillary Clinton got in on the joke, handing Fallon a bag of softballs during her interview with him Monday. While the problem with Fallon’s interview extends far beyond the hair tousling, the image in which Fallon and Trump appear so buddy-buddy is a perfect encapsulation of the media’s complicity in Trump’s racist, xenophobic and sexist rhetoric. Regardless of how funny we may think Trump’s hair is, we must recognize that his candidacy is no laughing matter. Showing Trump’s “softer” side by asking about his childhood home is not only bad television, it’s a dangerous precedent. From his “Muslim ban” to his labeling Mexicans as “rapists and criminals,” Trump represents the worst of American discourse. It is not enough to hide the normalization of this kind of rhetoric under the guise of comedy. Jimmy Fallon may not have to live up to journalistic standards, but interviewing someone who once refused to disavow support from Ku Klux Klan members is simply irresponsible. The 2016 election has been exhausting and seemingly endless, and it only makes sense that people want to seek refuge in humor. However, that humor should not be consumed uncritically. Even the most well-intentioned satire can exacerbate exactly what it seeks to critique. The naked statues of Trump that were installed in cities across America, for example, sank to Trump’s level of bullying by resorting to body-shaming as a mode of political discourse. Comedy has a unique ability to be both accessible and effective in radically challenging our conceptions of the world. It can render deeply held ideologies visible and, therefore, help us to critically analyze them. But pretending that Trump is funny because of his appearance only exacerbates the problem, and allowing Trump’s divisive and toxic rhetoric to go unchallenged only serves to make that behavior seem acceptable. So while Jimmy Fallon chortles with Trump, many of us are simply too scared to laugh. Lena Melillo is a senior majoring in philosophy, politics and law and gender studies. Her column, “Pop Politics,” runs every Thursday.
Thousands of fans flocked to Semple Stadium last night to welcome home the senior and minor All Ireland winners. Noel McGrath beat cancer last year….he returned to inter-county action against Galway in the semi final.In last Sunday’s final against Kilkenny the Loughmore-Castleiney player scored a point and also set up a goal for his brother John. He says the losses of 2014 and 2015 didn’t feature in his head this year.
WASHINGTON, CMC – The United States Department of State has indicated senior leaders from 18 Caribbean countries will be attend the April 11 historic launching of the US-Caribbean Resilience Partnership Ministerial in Miami, Florida.On Wednesday, the State Department said that Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will host the launching of the two-day ministerial, “a new collaborative effort to build regional capacity to confront disaster response and promote resilience. Leaders will discuss new opportunities for collaboration to enhance the region’s preparedness and response efforts,” the State Department noted.Caribbean nations represented Caribbean countries represented at the meeting are: Antigua and Barbuda; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Guyana; Grenada; Haiti; Jamaica; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; and the Dutch islands of Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten. The Caribbean Emergency Disaster Management Agency and the Regional Security System will also attend, the State Department said.Senior officials from several US departments, agencies and offices will attend the event including the Miami-based US Southern Command; the US Agency for International Development; the Federal Emergency Management Agency , the Federal Aviation Administration and the US Geological Survey. “Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s engagement with our Caribbean neighbors, with the support of a broad coalition of the US government, will reaffirm the United States’ strong commitment to the Caribbean,” the State Department said. Follows Trump’s Mar-a-Lago meetingThe launching of the US-Caribbean Resilience Partnership Ministerial comes on the heels of a meeting United States President Donald J. Trump held last month with a select group of Caribbean leaders at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.Trump met with five Caribbean leaders – the prime ministers of the Bahamas, Jamaica and St. Lucia, and the presidents of Haiti and the Dominican Republic – with Venezuela clearly dominating the discussions.Trump promised new investments in the five Caribbean countries as a result of supporting Washington’s bid to oust Venezuela’s President Nicolas Madura.The US Department of the Treasury said it was imposing new sanctions on the South American country purportedly in response to the kidnapping of a top aide of Venezuela’s Opposition Leader, Juan Guaidó.
Lionel Messi beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez to win the Best Player in Europe award for the 2014/15 season.It’s Messi’s second Best Player prize after he also won in 2010-11 and he succeeds Ronaldo, who claimed the trophy last year.Messi’s gong comes after helping Barca to success in La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, with the UEFA Super Cup coming in the new season.The award came after the conclusion of the draw for the Champions League group stages, where Messi and Suarez’s defending champions side Barcelona drew Bayer Leverkusen, AS Roma and BATE Borisov while Ronaldo’s Real Madrid – winners the season before that in 2013-14 – were set with Paris Saint-Germain, Shaktar Donetsk and Malmo.– The awards event was shown live on SuperSport 203. The Uefa Champions League will be available on your channel of champions from September until May 2016. Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports