Seems like everyone has become fascinated with the idea of a “challenge” for the sake of charity.Through the Summit For Someone (SFS) program, outdoor enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to attempt a truly life changing “challenge” of their own while raising funds for a worthy cause. In exchange for meeting their fundraising goals, every Summit For Someone climber is rewarded with a guided expedition on one of 20 iconic mountains as well as a great gear package.The money that climbers raise directly funds the Big City Mountaineers program, which takes underprivileged urban youth on wilderness mentoring trips across the country.Last year, with the help of 150 SFS climbers, they were able to take more than 1,500 kids on life changing journeys. The core program consists of five kids and five adult mentors embarking on a week-long high-adventure wilderness expedition. the group also offers a week-long canoe outing on the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Kids are challenged physically and mentally as they navigate through the rigors of the outdoors on each trip under the care of positive adult mentors. With more than 30 different routes on the world’s most famous mountains, the SFS program has the right challenge for any level climber. Join then on the Grand Teton next year, or any of the other climbs offered, for the adventure of your life time and a chance to build up your “karma account.”For more information please check out the websites, Summit for Someone and Big City Mountaineers.–Words by Steven Reinhold.
Has your credit union world turned upside down because you now find yourself face-to-face with members in the middle of the lobby? Do you feel lost and challenged to have a professional interaction with your members without the comfort of your desk as a barrier?Good news: You’re not alone.Credit unions all over the country are moving to open-floor concepts that promote greater interaction through universal employees who handle a greater variety of member requests.To provide members value with this approach, you must be comfortable and confident in this new setting. Keeping four essentials in mind will provide you the tools and know-how to create an exceptional member experience that builds long-term, trusting relationships with our members.The four essentials are:1. Become an expert in the most common situations that come your way. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
68SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Summertime is upon us and that means the kids are out of school. We find ourselves spending a lot of time (and often, money) making sure they are happy and entertained during the summer months. It’s important that we don’t forget about ourselves in the process. Even if you’re not a parent, finding time for your relationship with your significant other is essential to a healthy partnership. Below are four ideas for fun summer date nights that won’t put a hole in your wallet.Catch a baseball gameEven if you’re not in a big city that boasts a professional baseball team, check out MiLB.com and discover if there’s a minor league team near you. Tickets to minor league games are less expensive than the majors and the snacks and drinks are typically more budget-friendly as well.Check out the night skyHow often do you and your partner take time to gaze at the night stars? Summer is the perfect time to grab a blanket and get outdoors. You don’t need a pricey telescope to find those constellations in the sky. Check out this free Star Tracker app and explore the universe from your own backyard.Enjoy some ice creamThere is nothing like a cold treat when it’s hot outside. Instead of a date night at an expensive restaurant, opt for a dessert date instead. That way you’re still out together enjoying something delicious, but for a $10 price tag instead of $100.Have a game night indoorsGet inside and away from the heat and be a kid again. Have a game night with all your favorite board games. The games and snacks won’t cost much and the winner’s bragging rights are priceless.Save
25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change. Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Details We want more good attention and less bad attention … right? Let’s all aim for GREAT attention at work, at home and in our community. Legendary Customer Service expert and speaker, Shep Hyken said recently ‘customers love to be contacted by the senior leader or executive level’ – it got me thinking. Our members like attention … especially from those in seniority. When is the last time you gave them your attention?Here are 8 strategies for managing attention:Good attentionBe proactive – spend time proactively thanking your members for doing business with your Credit Union and your team for their constant performance. People want to be seen and they want to be heard – recognize someone today. Have integrity – do what you say you will do. Be a person of your word. People notice when you do what you promise. Deliver constantly – always be researching ways to provide exceptional member service to your external members and internal team.Share good news – provide testimonials from members to the team and remind them of the great work they do, share team member achievements at meetings to inspire success. Always look for opportunities to shine attention on positive results.Stay congruent with your brand – your personal brand as a leader and the brand of your Credit Union are reliant on staying consistently congruent with your values and beliefs – stay on point. Bad attentionThink before you post – if you don’t want your grandma to see it or you don’t want it on the front page of the New York Times … don’t post it! I’m astounded at the crazy comments people post – don’t be that person! Your members are reading what you personally post and your posts about your Credit Union. Think before you press send – don’t fill in the TO field on email until you are 100% sure it is right, not emotional and can’t be misunderstood. Never send an email in anger, frustration or confusion – it doesn’t make you look like a strong leader and attracts bad attention.Apply the bottom drawer technique – one of my bosses Barb, used to say ‘let’s apply the bottom drawer technique’ meaning put it in the bottom drawer of a desk, sleep on it and see how you feel in the morning. In today’s world of constant connectedness it’s easy to make rash decisions or respond inappropriately – don’t do it – it’s not good for your reputation.Today focus on strategies to get GREAT attention and avoid activities that lead to BAD attention – when you do this you will be even more ah-mazing and be a leader with much stronger impact and influence.
Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 4 Jan 2020 3:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.7kShares Henrikh Mkhitaryan is on loan at Roma from Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have turned down a permanent bid from Roma for Henrihk Mkhitaryan who is currently starring for the Italian side on loan.The Armenian has struggled with injury during his time in the Italian capital, but has done enough in his 10 appearances in all competitions to convince manager Paulo Fonseca that he wants to keep Mkhitaryan around.The 30-year-old is on a season-long loan from Arsenal and will have just one year left on his deal in north London when he returns from Serie A.As such, Roma think they can get the playmaker on the cheap and have offered just £8.5m for his services, but Arsenal have turned it down, report La Gazzetta dello Sport.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThis does not mean that Arsenal do not want to sell Mkhitaryan, but they are holding out for a bigger offer, considering the current bid as below the player’s value.Negotiations are ongoing and a deal is expected to be reached with the former Manchester United man wanting to stay with the Serie A side rather than return to London.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘They [Arsenal] made promises to me at the beginning of the season, but after just two weeks, those promises weren’t kept,’ Mkhitaryan told Vivaro News.‘So when [agent] Mino Raiola called me to propose the idea of joining Roma, I didn’t think twice.‘There’s been no regrets (about joining Roma). From day one, I felt the appreciation of the supporters and the club. I really like the Romans.’On the opportunity to leave Arsenal, he said: ‘I didn’t even have a discussion with my agent about money.‘Maybe I was not fitting so well in English football, so I think a change was good. In England, I no longer felt happy.’MORE: Arsenal were right to smash their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe, insists Marcelo BielsaMORE: Mikel Arteta reveals details of the call with Edu that convinced him to take Arsenal job Arsenal turn down permanent bid from Roma for on-loan Henrikh Mkhitaryan Advertisement
17 Julius St, New Farm.DETAILS17 Julius St, New FarmAuction: April 9, 10am 17 Julius St, New FarmBUSINESSWOMAN Ruth Higgins believes buyers will not find an area with as much to offer as New Farm.Having owned her four-bedroom, three-bathroom property at Julius St since 2007, Ms Higgins said she had to unfortunately relocate her family to New South Wales after six months because of other commitments.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:48Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:48 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenmichelle 18 March05:49She said the house was ideally located on the waterfront, with views of the Brisbane River and city skyline. 17 Julius St, New Farm.She said the open space had been great to entertain, especially heading up there with the family at Christmas time.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“I’ve enjoyed every moment,” she said.Before purchasing the home, Ms Higgins went past on a boat and said ‘I want to live there one day, imagine the view’.“I absolutely love the location and will miss it,” she said.“I was very lucky that I was then able 17 Julius St, New Farm. Photo: SuppliedHenry Hodge from McGrath Estate Agents New Farm said houses directly on the water with their own pontoon were highly sought after and normally sold privately or off market.“They are tightly held, changing hands roughly every 20 to 30 years,” Mr Hodge said. “I have spoken with a number of my colleagues in Sydney and they can’t believe how affordable homes like this are in Queensland in comparison to the eastern suburbs and North Shore of Sydney.”Mr Hodge said he expected strong interest from local, intercity and interstate buyers. 17 Julius St, New Farm.“It’s also located at the end of a private and secure driveway. Nothing beats it,” she said.Ms Higgins, who was set to stay in NSW with her family, said the views made the home really special.“You won’t find another house directly on the water with those views. I searched for a long time before I found this house,” Ms Higgins said.“The home is in its original condition. I haven’t had to do any work to it and it has been maintained to the highest standards over the years. My family and friends have really enjoyed it for what it is.” 17 Julius St, New Farm.to purchase the house – it was everything the family and I could have hoped for.”Ms Higgins said the master bedroom was a great place to have your own space away from the rest of the home.The pool was also great, especially with the ability to spend hot summer days in the water with arguably the “best view” in Brisbane.It had taken a long time for her to decide to sell the home.“I know I will find it near impossible to replace,” she said.
Mrs Scott said it was a “very easy commute to everywhere”.“It is very private but so close to everything,” she said. “You just feel like you are living on this grand estate but you are within easy reach of the CBD.“It will be very, very hard to leave.” It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a powder room, a large office, parking for five vehicles and a heated pool. Another favourite spot is the stunning kitchen, a space where Mrs Scott said the family spend a lot of time together.“It is massive, has a large scullery and an enormous amount of storage,” she said.“It also opens out on to the garden.”The location of the property was also a major drawcard for the Scott family as it is only 5km from the city and within the catchments of a number of good schools. But it is the large open, outdoor areas that hold a special place in Mrs Scott’s heart.“The driveway is long and we would play tennis on it, and the kids would race go-carts up and down it,” she said. Other additions include double glazing in all of the bedrooms, effectively “soundproofing” the house. Acoustic insulation has also been installed under the house, keeping it warm in winter and cool in the summer. They have also hosted many family Christmases on the property, and gatherings with family and friends around the pool.Mrs Scott said the house itself was solidly built, and they too had made some improvements on the already spectacular inner-city house. But the family now needs to move closer to family, but that doesn’t make letting go of the 1879sq m property any easier.The character Colonial home had just two owners before the Scott family, and had been extensively renovated in 2010. “We have done an enormous amount of gardening and also popped in a state-of-the-art security system,” she said.“You can survey the whole property from a phone or computer.” Pimped out Queenslander sold in 24 hours “We also put in a material that NASA makes into the roof cavity so it is very quiet. You can’t even hear the rain or storms,” she said.As for her favourite spaces in the house, Mrs Scott could not list just one.“The living room has a beautiful, double flue fireplace and french doors that open to the view,” she said.“And the office also has french doors so it feels like you are working or studying in the garden.” More from newsNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTop tips for sellers in Spring00:50The owners of this “mini estate” close to the Brisbane CBD spent many years looking for their dream home.And they found it in 2011. But a change of circumstances means it is now time to sell up, and just the idea of it is enough to make the owner, Eva Scott, teary. MORE NEWS: Brisbane home values on the rise “I am very sad to put it on the market. It is a stunning property,” Mrs Scott said. “It is our dream home and property. It is so private and secluded, and we waited years to find it.“We wanted land close to an acre but we could only find it in places like Pullenvale and Chelmer so when we saw this one, we just loved it.” Dream home a decade in the making
205 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyleLocalNews Love of God, love of neighbour by: – October 22, 2011 Share Tweet Share Share Image via: gracegravy.blogspot.comLove of God and love of neighbour are commandments established in our minds as a summary of Christian life. Jesus articulated it on the occasion when he was challenged by the Pharisees and Sadducees. The nature of the challenge tells us something of the significance of the summary.Rabbis counted roughly 613 distinct commandments in the law, 248 positive and 365 negative. What the challenge to Jesus amounted to was: “Let’s see how good you are. Which of these 6oo odd commandments is the most important.” That’s the background to Jesus’ choice, and it underlines not only the overriding importance of these two commandments (and not others), but also (what Jesus calls) their “resemblance.”Both commandments speak of the priority of love. Love, of course, is a slipepry word, capable of meaning whatever one wants. We must give the notion some clarity and body. To love is to surrender oneself to, to put one’s complete trust in, to choose to please. In loving God were are to love like this, and with all our hearts, minds, and souls. One way of coming afresh at this priority is to ask oneself from the other end, so to speak, what is it that I surrender myself to with my all, and then ask: is this the God that Jesus was speaking of?Once we get the God matter settled, we are free to love our neighbour, again with our all. That is the point of the “resemblance.” Our neighbor doesn’t get leftovers.If I love God, I must also love like God, and that is why I love my neigbhor. The New Testament underlines this connection as inseparable. The first letter of St. John tells us, “If anyone says, ‘I love God’, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen (1 Jn 4:20-21).” Note also the order in which St. John puts the matter. It is in loving my visible neighbour that I love the invisible God. Why is this? It is because the neighbour is made “in the image of God.” St. Matthew underlines this further in his Last Judgment scene (chapter 25), where the neighbour in need turns out to be in fact the Lord incognito. “Whatever you did to the least of these…you did to me.”Jesus also did something further by elevating the love of neighbour in the way he did. For the Israelites of the Old Testament as for people of his day generally, love of neighbour meant love of one’s kin, not love of the stranger. This is why when he was asked “and who is my neighbour?” Jesus responded with a parable that began “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.” Note – just “a certain man.” Nothing is said of his nationality, culture, height, age, or occupation. Just “a certain man,” that is, “any” man. In other words, Everyman.What love of neighbour here also implies is that I must love the neighbour I make myself a neighbour to. In other words, love of neighbour is not simply contingent upon geography – the person “next to me.” It involves a choice, a reaching out on my part, an active orientation – to love. It’s something the Samaritan chose to do.Love of neighbour thus has, on the one hand, a practical, concrete aspect. As St. James wrote: “If a brother or sister is in need of clothes or food, and one of you says ‘Go in peace; keep yourself warm and well fed,’ without attending to their material needs, what good is that?” (James: 2: 15). And secondly, a more total aspect in terms of how I look at and relate to the other. The best word for this outlook, I think, is respect. It’s a disposition that has nothing to do with particulars of the person, or whether or not I like them. What matters is how I see them, and just what I see when I do.By: Father Henry Charles PhD
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Atlanta United president Darren Eales says it’s still possible for Major League Soccer to get in a full 34-game season plus the playoffs by the end of the year. ___The Gibraltar soccer federation says it has declared the league season null and void with no champion.The top two teams in the league were Europa and St. Joseph’s when the coronavirus pandemic caused the season to be suspended. The federation says they were so close in the standings it could not declare a champion “in the interests of sporting integrity.”The federation said last week that on government advice the season could not be completed by a UEFA-set deadline for Gibraltar of July 20.Europa will enter next season’s Champions League qualifying rounds. St. Joseph’s and third-place Lincoln Red Imps will enter the Europa League. The Swiss soccer league says clubs will discuss on May 29 if they want to resume playing in June amid the coronavirus pandemic.The league says the meeting of the 20 clubs will be two days after the next Swiss federal government update on easing restrictions.A restart on June 19 leaves seven weekends and six midweek games to meet UEFA’s preferred Aug. 3 target to complete domestic seasons.St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference and is five points ahead of third-place Basel.Switzerland’s government has said professional clubs can resume training Monday. Games in empty stadiums should be possible from June 8. The Latest: MLS still has a chance to play a full schedule Associated Press He adds that “by adapting our methods we could probably have finished the league.”Aulas argued for a playoff system to end the league by late August and reserved the possibility to claim damages he estimated at tens of millions of euros (dollars).___The Kontinental Hockey League says it will not name a champion after it stopped the season part-way through the playoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Russia-based league shut down in March but didn’t immediately decide how the final standings would be determined. The league is widely considered to be the strongest outside the NHL. It followed talks between race organizers and the local authorities, and access to the track was strictly limited.Jockeys and grooms wore masks and betting was only allowed online. More races are scheduled for Friday in Cologne.Germany resumed ahead of other major European horse racing nations. The equestrian sport of trotting, or harness racing, has continued in Sweden through the coronavirus pandemic.The German soccer league Bundesliga is set to resume on May 16.___ The Bundesliga was suspended on March 13 with nine rounds remaining. Seifert says the league will begin again where it left off.Seifert was speaking after a video conference with members from the country’s 36 clubs in the top two divisions. The second division will also resume on May 16.___The French Tennis Federation says it will refund tickets purchased for the French Open because of uncertainty related to the coronavirus pandemic.The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7 but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4. The Peach Bowl is donating $1.09 million to help fund COVID-19 screenings in Georgia.The bowl announced it will help fund the telemedicine screening mobile app developed by Augusta University Health System. The AU Health ExpressCare app allows for free virtual screenings for the virus throughout the day with no appointment.Patients who screen positive will be scheduled for tests.Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan says the aim is giving Georgia residents access to screenings and tests “as soon as possible.”___ Colorado plans on using two fields for its workouts and run about eight players at a time.Fraser started the video call a bit late because of an injury sustained while kicking a soccer ball around with daughter. No word on the type of injury. ___Horse racing has resumed in Germany, but without spectators and with mask-wearing jockeys.The race day at the Neue Bult track near Hannover on Thursday was the first to take place in Germany since the calendar was suspended in March. ___The president of French soccer club Lyon says he hopes the resumption of the German league can prompt a reversal of the decision to end the season in his own country.The top two leagues in Germany have been given the go-ahead to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.The 10 remaining league matches in France were canceled last week. Paris Saint-Germain was declared champion and Lyon finished outside the European places in seventh.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says on sports daily L’Equipe’s website “it might not be too late to imagine … something coherent on a political level.” May 7, 2020 While the NBA and MLS have no firm plans of a restart yet, Oregon and Oregon State both have three home games scheduled in September. Oregon is set to host North Dakota State, Ohio State, and Hawaii in Eugene, while Oregon State is scheduled to face Colorado State, Portland State and Washington State in Corvallis.___New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio doesn’t see games returning to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field very quickly, at least not with fans.De Blasio says bigger events are going to be one of the last things that will really fit the equation as the country restarts from the coronavirus pandemic. He says the perfect time to reopen big events is “almost when the disease has really been beaten back to next to nothing.” He says the danger with big gatherings, especially, is “that could be one of the things that propels the disease back.”Opening day was scheduled for March 26 but has been postponed indefinitely because of the new coronavirus. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred believes the season will start at some point, and the league has considered playing in empty ballparks. The league says the government has advised that teams are no longer eligible for an unemployment insurance program when players start training. The league says it is having “very constructive” talks with the government about further federal aid.___The International Canoe Federation says it is planning its budget in case the Tokyo Olympics get canceled in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The ICF says its board “approved two budget scenarios” up to 2022 taking into account “the chance of no competition or Olympics in 2021.”The ICF is due to get about $16 million from the International Olympic Committee as a share of revenue from the postponed Tokyo Games. The KHL says the eight teams still in the playoffs at the time the season ended will be ruled as jointly finishing in the top eight positions.___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 During a conference call with reporters, Eales noted that player contracts run through Dec. 31, which presumably means the league could push its MLS Cup title game to the very last day of the year.MLS shut down in mid-March — just two weeks into its season — because of the coronavirus outbreak. Each team has 32 regular-season games left and the playoffs usually take another month. The league has already said that it will likely push back its championship game, which was set for Nov. 7.Eales said if the season doesn’t resume by the end of July, playing a full schedule would be very difficult.___ The Giants said the safety of the fans, players and staff continues to be its first concern during the coronavirus pandemic.___Sports events in Oregon are likely to be without large crowds through at least the end of September.Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday the steps the state will take as it begins reopening next week. Brown asked those planning large gatherings, such as concerts, festivals, sporting events and conventions, to cancel or significantly modify plans for anything scheduled through at least September.That is likely to impact the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Timbers of the MLS, and Oregon and Oregon State college football. Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Alex Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi will be the F1 drivers in Sunday’s event.Aguero will race for Red Bull alongside Albon. Courtois will run for Alfa Romeo in his second virtual race. Arthur will be with Haas.Golfer Ian Poulter will make his third appearance with Renault.The virtual Spanish GP will take place during the same weekend the real race was scheduled to run at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit. The race will consist of a qualifying session and a 33-lap race.The F1 season hasn’t started yet because of the coronavirus pandemic. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo put entertainment such as sports into the final phase of his guidelines for reopening the state. He’s discussed the possibility of having big league games in empty stadiums.___Colorado Rapids coach Robin Fraser says players will use team training fields for voluntary individual workouts starting Monday. The Rapids join a list of Major League Soccer teams taking the first small steps toward returning to play. Sporting Kansas City, Atlanta United, Orlando City and Inter Miami let players onto fields Wednesday for controlled voluntary workouts on the first day permitted by the league.The MLS suspended the season because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 12, closing all team facilities but asking players to remain in market with their teams. The New York Giants have announced their refund policy for 2020 season tickets. If a game is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled, or is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending, full refunds will be available to season ticket members. They have the choice to receive a full refund for any impacted games, or they can apply the amount as a credit toward a future ticket purchase.Owners john Mara and Steve Tisch made the announcement in an email to season ticket holders on Thursday afternoon, hours before the league released the schedule.The Giants also are going to offer a limited number of individual game tickets to season ticket holders. The owners made the decision based on a request from fans. Anyone who purchases individual game tickets from Ticketmaster.com will receive a full refund of their ticket purchase price within 30 days of cancellation if the game cannot be rescheduled or is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending. If a game is postponed or rescheduled, tickets are valid for the new date. The FFT says it “has taken the decision to cancel and refund all tickets purchased for the original dates of Roland Garros.”The FFT is also working closely with French authorities “to establish the necessary measures which will ensure the health and security of all guests attending the tournament.”Refunds will be received by end of May and a new ticketing procedure will be opened if the tournament goes ahead.___Formula One says Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Barcelona midfielder Arthur will compete alongside drivers in this weekend’s virtual Spanish Grand Prix. The ICF has postponed or canceled all international events through August. It is due to have an election congress in December when president Jose Perurena steps down after 12 years.___German soccer league managing director Christian Seifert says the Bundesliga season will resume on May 16.The matches will be played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.The announcement comes one day after Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors agreed the season could resume.
What has unfortunately also become part of my daily routine is telling myself “don’t worry, you’ll finish that tomorrow” even though I know I probably won’t. It’s like I keep waiting for something adrenaline-inducing to happen, something that could really justify my procrastination — but nothing ever does. So I wait until the next day, and the next day and the next, praying for something (it’s unclear what) to come. I’ve been stuck in this same cycle without even realizing it. And it’s only intensified with quarantine. Sure, in the beginning, I was eager to be productive and creative with my time (by securing internships, fine-tuning my photography skills and more), but now I’ve succumbed to a new yet unchanging quarantine routine — one that involves even more intensified procrastination and unproductiveness. As a result, I can’t help but think about an existential play I read in an IB English class in high school. Set to the ringtone “Uplift,” my alarm goes off at precisely 10 a.m. (maybe 9:30 depending on the day). I reach over, turn it off, nap for another five minutes and finally drag myself out of bed. And then my day starts in a similar fashion as yesterday: work out, attend Zoom lectures, finish homework, eat food, FaceTime friends, pray, shower and sleep. I wake up the next day and the next only to do the same routine all over again. But it never comes. Shutting off my morning alarm (after the first time it rings) with enthusiasm, I’m ready to embrace tomorrow’s new day — a day that’ll feature less waiting and more doing. From here on out, I’ve promised myself to spice up my dull routine and use newfound time to try new things. And I hope you do the same even after quarantine ends. You, and only you, have the choice to change something in your life. Stuck in a seemingly endless cycle, the two men are unable to translate a conscious decision into a physical act. So at the end of Act 2, even though Vladimir and Estragon agree to find shelter as the moon appears and night falls, they continue to stand silently, unmoving, like statues, returning to the same spot each day. I’ve never truly understood the meaning of Beckett’s absurd play until now. The extra alone time on my hands has given me a chance to reflect and what I’ve realized is that though we may not like to acknowledge it, many of us have a lot in common with Vladimir and Estragon. Sure, we aren’t wanderers who wear bowler hats, but we nevertheless share their monotonous behavior of waiting. Like Vladimir and Estragon, we’re all in a state of internal pause, sucked into a never-ending time loop. Waiting for a text back. Waiting for a show to return. Waiting for the lecture to end. Waiting for something — whatever it may be. But unlike the two of them, we have the advantage of knowing we have the freedom to choose. And it is this knowledge that will help us break our daily cycle of habit and inaction. So stop waiting around for something to happen. Just go out there and start doing. Because ultimately, as Vladimir points out to Estragon near the end of Act 2, “We have time to grow old. The air is full of our cries. But habit is a great deadener.” So let’s try to get rid of our bad habits. We all have the choice to do something better. Let’s stop recreating yesterday while praying today will be miraculously different. Written in 1949 by Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, the two-act tragicomedy “Waiting for Godot” tells the story of two men, Vladimir and Estragon, waiting for the arrival of a third who (spoiler alert) never comes. Each act follows a day in the life of these two men that mirrors the last with uncanny similarity: They meet the same people and wait for the same person — Godot — over and over again. Vladimir and Estragon believe that waiting for the third man is necessary to receive meaning about their existence and their purpose. Even though he doesn’t come the first day, they determinedly repeat the same monotonous routine the next day. Blinded by their need for clarity regarding “the meaning of life,” Vladimir and Estragon kill time waiting for someone who supposedly has the answer to it all. In doing so, they fail to realize that this very act of waiting is indeed a choice in itself. (Sara Heymann | Daily Trojan) On almost every page, there are moments when Estragon turns to Vladimir and asks him what they are doing, as if he’d forgotten what they did the day before. At times, he tells his friend, “Let’s go,” indicating that he wanted to do something else but is met with a fierce response from Vladimir, who spits back, “We can’t … We’re waiting for Godot.” The repetitiveness of this conversation denotes the majority of the play’s prose, highlighting Beckett’s recurring theme of choice and, more importantly, its significant power. Aisha Patel is a freshman writing about fiction in parallel to current events. Her column, “Fiction but Fact,” runs every other Wednesday.