UK minister reassures on pensions bill, challenges and chides on ESG

first_imgThe rest of the minister’s speech was mainly about “ESG” – climate change was name-checked – and pension funds’ responsibilities and power in this regard.If pension funds’ were genuinely committed to being long-term investors, ESG “has to dominate” because otherwise there won’t be a long-term, said Opperman.‘Hogwash’ ideasWhilst some trustees were taking action, others were not, and “sometimes we seem to be in a state of learned helplessness,” he added.According to Opperman, “a very senior member” of the PLSA – the UK’s main pension fund association – had spoken about trustees being very limited in what they could do and the danger of spending a lot of time talking about ESG.This, Opperman said, was “hogwash”.“If trustees and asset owners cannot do anything, where do they think the power lies, and also, what are you doing in the job?,” he said.“As I always say, if you want to change the world, there’s one really simple thing: look in the mirror,” Opperman told delegates.He argued the UK government was “doing a huge amount to decarbonise” and said “it has to be asked: what are you doing?”.He suggested trustees should fire asset managers “struggling to have an impact” – for example those who did not support climate resolutions. The UK pensions minister today said the early general election does not spell the end for recently introduced workplace pensions legislation, and that pension scheme trustees have the power to change the world, and should use it.Guy Opperman made the comments in a speech delivered to delegates attending a conference held by the Association of Member-Nominated Trustees (AMNT), whose co-chair David Weeks described the session with the minister as a “humdinger”.On the pension schemes bill, whose legislative passage has been interrupted by the vote for a general election in December, Opperman said it had cross-party support and that whatever government the election produces “in my view can and will bring [it] forward”.“So whilst there has been a pause it does mean to say that this bill ceases to exist or that it will not continue,” he said. Source: PLSA“Your capacity to make a difference is immeasurable. I urge you to use it”Guy Opperman, pensions minister“You have so much power,” the minister told delegates. “Your capacity to make a difference is immeasurable. I urge you to use it.”TCFD disclosure guidance ‘coming soon’Opperman then spoke about the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), saying that although there was a government expectation for large asset owners and listed companies to disclose in line with the TCFD’s recommendations by 2022, pension fund trustees should not wait.It could be “a badge of honour” to disclose before 2022.His view was that TCFD-aligned reporting should be made mandatory, Opperman said. He told delegates the Department for Work and Pensions would be delivering guidance on this soon and that he wanted to “empower trustees to challenge their investment managers and ultimately deliver real change in the companies they invest in”.A government spokesperson did not respond to queries from IPE about this guidance by the time of publication.Delegates also heard Opperman say he wanted to see “more of a mixed economy develop in the exercise of voting rights and engagement,” encouraging trustees to sign up to the UK’s new Stewardship Code .According to the minister, one of the Code’s principles for asset managers and asset owners “creates the expectation that asset managers will comply in aligning their stewardship and investment approaches to the trustees that have hired them, or explain why not”.Opperman has in many ways taken up the cause of the AMNT that fund managers need to accept client voting policies in pooled fund arrangements. The association in May urged the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to investigate this “market failure”, and this week called on the regulator to respond positively to its complaint.According to Opperman, the regulator was due to hold workshops with asset owners next year to hear about voting and stewardship issues from their perspective.last_img read more

‘Legal highs’ created at an ‘unprecedented pace’

first_img Tweet Share 22 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle ‘Legal highs’ created at an ‘unprecedented pace’ by: – May 12, 2011center_img Share Share A record number of new “legal highs” were reported across Europe in 2010, with four times as many found in the UK than any other country, figures show.The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction said there were 41 new substances, of which 16 were first reported in the UK.The drugs were appearing at an “unprecedented pace”, as 24 were found in 2009 and 13 in 2008, it said.The UK is introducing legislation to temporarily ban untested drugs.The monitoring centre, which records drugs use across the continent, said 2010 saw the largest number of new substances ever reported across Europe in a single year.The list includes synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones and synthetic derivatives of well-established drugs. Their names include MDAI, iso-ethcathinone, 4-MBC and DMAA.A further 15 derivatives of the compound on which banned drug mephedrone is based, cathinone, were detected during the year, and two from ketamine.Experts say the drugs are developed by people who examine scientific literature about drug compounds.Legally-sourced chemicalsIf these are banned they develop a legal variant which then gets manufactured, often in China, and then sold in the UK as drugs.Not all of these drugs are banned under UK law.The UK government is introducing legislation to temporarily ban new “legal highs” until they are proven to be medically safe by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).A Home Office spokesman said the government was “committed to tackling emerging new drugs and stopping them gaining a foothold in this country”.“We have among the most effective systems in Europe for identifying new psychoactive substances,” he said.“Just because a drug is advertised as legal does not mean that it is either legal or safe.”Drugs advice charity Drugscope said there was now an “ever greater interaction between the illicit and non-illicit pharmaceutical markets”, with legally-sourced chemicals being sold as replacements for illicit psychoactive substances.Toxic to humans“The make-up of these new substances may bear little relation to a user’s expectations,” said chief executive Martin Barnes.“Head shops (outlets selling drug paraphernalia) and online sellers, often buying in large batches from overseas, cannot be certain what they are purchasing and selling on.”Dr John Ramsey, head of drugs database unit TicTac Communications at St George’s University of London, said the drugs presented a major public health risk.“The core of the problem is that none of these drugs have been properly tested to see how toxic they are to humans. If they will cause long-term health problems such as cancer or birth defects, would we know about that?”He said he feared the government’s plan for deferred legislation would not work, as the ACMD would not have the resources to do risk assessments for the number of substances which were emerging each year.“What we have got to do is stop kids from buying them. Would you buy a research compound from an iffy website for £30 and take it? Quite how we change this I don’t know, but there is always going to be something new on the market.”The European monitoring centre’s director, Wolfgang Gotz, said that “given the speed at which new developments occur in this area” it was important to anticipate emerging threats.He said: “This could be addressed by actively purchasing, synthesising and studying new compounds and by improving our capacity for investigative forensic analysis and research at European level.”BBC Newslast_img read more

OAS secretary general visits Trinidad and Tobago

first_img 15 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! OAS Secretary General Mr. José Miguel Insulza. Photo credit: usoas.usmission.govPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, on Monday traveled to Trinidad and Tobago, where he will participate in a forum on trade and investment in the Caribbean.During his stay in Port of Spain, Insulza will meet with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, and with various representatives of government and other agencies.Likewise, Insulza expects to meet with the Minister of National Security of Trinidad and Tobago, Brigadier General (ret.) John Sandy, and will speak with President George Maxwell Richards as well as the leader of the opposition, Keith Rowley.Caribbean News Now NewsRegional OAS secretary general visits Trinidad and Tobago by: – June 14, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Immigration stops Lebanon-bound Pinay workers at Iloilo airport

first_img“A concerned citizen called the IACAT(Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking) 1343 action line to relay theinformation. Reports like these are really valuable to the council as they helpus immediately identify the victims and conduct rescue operations,” Barizosaid. The women alleged a certain “Alfred”facilitated the processing of their travel documents and their work visas wouldbe handed to them upon their arrival in Beirut. Meanwhile, Immigration commissionerJaime Morente reiterated his appeal to the public to report possible cases ofhuman trafficking. “Upon arriving in Hong Kong they weresupposed to board their connecting flight to Beirut and end up working there ashousehold service workers (HSWs) without the appropriate overseas workpermits,” Barizo said, adding the trafficking attempt was foiled after theywere tipped by informants about the illegal activity. ILOILO City – Immigration officialsintercepted six suspected human trafficking victims who attempted to leave thecountry for Lebanon at the Iloilo International Airport (IIA). The women were turned over to theIACAT in Western Visayas for assistance and further investigation.(With a report from PNA/PN) “The IACAT 1343 action line is a veryvaluable tool in preventing human trafficking. We urge our fellow Filipinos tocall and report so the council may investigate and rescue these poor victimswho are duped by traffickers and illegal recruiters,” he said. Ma. Lourdes Mariano, head supervisorof the Bureau of Immigration-IIA, said they immediately verified theinformation, and interviewed the victims. “They all admitted that they weretraveling to Lebanon to work as HSWs without the necessary documents,” sheadded. Immigration officials recently intercepted six suspected human trafficking victims who attempted to leave the country for Lebanon at the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan town. MARCOS CARATAO JR. Travel Control and Enforcement Unit(TCEU) head Ma. Timotea Barizo said the women, who were illegally recruited towork as domestic helpers were stopped at the departure area of the airportearlier this month, as they were about to board a flight to Hong Kong. last_img read more

Julius W. “Jay” Thornsberry

first_imgJulius W. “Jay” Thornsberry, age 80 of Batesville, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Heritage Spring Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in West Chester, Ohio.  Born February 16, 1936 in Littcarr, Kentucky, he is the son of Dorothy (Nee: Young) and Whitt Thornsberry.  He married Mary Flaspohler August 6, 1955 at St. Mary’s of The Rock Church.  He worked for Contel/Verizon Phone Company as a lineman and supervisor 28 years before retiring in 1990.  He was also a member of St. Louis Church, Batesville Eagles #1130 and was a former member of the Batesville Fire Department.Jay had many interests.  He was an avid basketball fan, a long time league bowler and enjoyed stopping at yard sales, where apparently he couldn’t resist bringing home radio’s and bikes.  Jay also liked to go for rides with Mary that usually ended up including a stop or two at car lots along the way.  For many years he helped fry chicken for the church festival and was a big Kentucky fan regardless of the sport.  The family also mentioned that he would feed the squirrels on his deck.  If they got there before he did, they’d bang on the door to let him know it’s feeding time.  The kids also teased that dad was an armchair politician and had CNN or Fox News on the television most of the time.  Family, though, is what was most important to him.  Jay loved having them around and would have been happy to have everybody under one roof.  He enjoyed attended all of his children and grandchildren’s activities and sporting events.He is survived by his wife Mary; daughters Wilma (Joseph) Soular, Julie Day, Mary Jane Harmeyer, all of Batesville; sons Marv (Deanna) of New Palestine, Indiana, Shorty (Becky) of Morris, Tom (Jill) of Batesville; sister Lois Jean Turner of Shelbyville, Kentucky; brother David of Batesville; 18 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his son David; sisters Bethel Seals, Nettie Bentley, Ethel Vance; brother Russell Thornsberry and granddaughter Erin Thornsberry.Visitation is Saturday, June 4th, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Batesville Fire Department or the Ronald McDonald House.last_img read more

Greensburg man faces charges after suspected burglary

first_imgGreensburg, Ind. — A 38-year old Greensburg man is facing attempted escape and invasion of privacy charges after an incident in Westport.David Bowles Jr., 38, has been charged in Decatur County Superior Court with attempted escape and invasion of privacy after deputies responded to a suspected burglary in the Westport area.Bowles was spotted in a vehicle that matched a description from dispatch near the scene and became belligerent after he was stopped by police. After Bowles was placed in handcuffs for safety reasons the passenger told police she had permission to enter the home. As the investigation continued deputies learned there was a protective order barring Bowles from being in the company of the passenger. After being placed in the police cruiser police found a home detention ankle bracelet worn by Bowles that he was trying obstruct by interrupting the signal.last_img read more

Jennings County chip and seal project scheduled this week

first_imgNorth Vernon, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to chip seal a 15½-mile segment of State Road 7 in Jefferson and Jennings counties, weather permitting, next Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14.Motorists may encounter short delays at moving worksites on S.R. 7 between S.R. 3 south of North Vernon and a terminus at Wirt—located 1.87 miles south of S.R. 250 north of Madison.  Flaggers will direct single-lane traffic while pilot vehicles will lead vehicles past surface treatment operations.This chip seal will seal the SR. 7 pavement with liquid asphalt.  It will be topped (and quenched) with small limestone chips.  The operation extends service life and lowers maintenance costs while restoring surface friction for skid resistance, maneuverability and driver safety.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFSPanthers avoid elimination, beat Islanders 3-2 in Game 3TORONTO (AP) — Mike Hoffman and Brian Boyle scored 2:07 apart in the opening minutes of the third period, and the Florida Panthers avoided elimination with a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders todfay in Game 3 of their preliminary round playoff series. Erik Haula also scored and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 20 shots. Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus-ridden Cardinals are expected to make more transactions after placing six players on the injured list, including confirmed COVID-19 cases Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa, Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.St. Louis also put pitcher Carlos Martinez on the injured list and activated reliever Brad Miller from the injured list. The Cardinals have been out of action since Friday due to an outbreak that resulted in the postponement of their three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit. The club is hoping to resume play by hosting the Chicago Cubs on Friday.The Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. In other MLB news: — Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez says Juan Soto will start in left field and bat fourth in his season debut. Soto’s first game is Wednesday night against the visiting New York Mets. The slugger failed a COVID-19 test and went on the injured list on opening day last month. He missed Washington’s first eight games of the truncated 2020 season. Soto hit 34 homers and drove in 110 runs last year when he helped the Nationals win their first World Series championship. Martinez says Stephen Strasburg would throw a simulated game Wednesday and that would help determine when the right-hander makes his 2020 debut.— Cleveland manager Terry Francona remains absent from the team to get rest while dealing with a gastrointestinal issue that he’s battled for months. Team President Chris Antonetti expects Francona to be away for a few more days. Francona missed his fourth straight game Wednesday when the Indians returned home to play two straight against the Reds. The two teams wrapped up a two-game series in Cincinnati while Francona underwent tests and exams at the Cleveland Clinic. Until Francona’s back, third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh will move into the dugout to assist first-base coach Sandy Alomar, who is filling in as manager. — The Atlanta Braves are facing lineup changes after placing second baseman Ozzie Albies and designated hitter Matt Adams on the 10-day injured list. Also, outfielder Nick Markakis was reinstated from the restricted list. Markakis announced on July 29 that he was returning to the team, three weeks after opting out due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Albies was held without a hit in Tuesday night’s 10-1 win over Toronto, leaving him in a 2-for-21 slump as he struggled with a bruised right wrist. Adams hit a second-inning homer before leaving the game with a strained left hamstring.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSUConn becomes 1st FBS program to cancel football over virus NFL-NEWSNFLPA president, Browns center Tretter wants daily COVID testingUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA President JC Tretter will push for daily COVID-19 testing during training camp as the NFL moves toward the start of the season. He says testing players every day would eliminate some of the lag time in waiting for results that has led to problems during Major League’s Baseball’s start to its season.Tretter weighed the risks and elected to play in 2020 as his wife expects their first child. He says he has been satisfied with the coronavirus protocols in place but that they will need to evolve as more is learned about the virus.As part of their agreement to open camps, the league and players decided testing would be done on a daily basis for the first two weeks of camp and revert to every other day so long as teams kept their positive rates low. Tretter said those standards “are not set in stone” and feels there’s a need for more stringent testing. The 10th-seeded Panthers trail the best-of-five series 2-1 with Game 4 at the NHL’s Eastern Conference hub city of Toronto on Friday.Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders, the East’s seventh seed. Semyon Varlamov stopped 19 shots and made a costly error leading to Hoffman’s go-ahead goal 41 seconds into the third period.NBA-TESTINGNo players confirmed positiveLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA’s bubble is still working. UNDATED (AP) — The University of Connecticut has canceled its 2020-2021 football season, becoming the first FBS program to suspend football because of the coronavirus pandemic. UConn athletic director David Benedict made the announcement Wednesday, saying competition would place student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk. UConn had been scheduled to play its first season as an independent after leaving the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies had already been taken off the schedules of Illinois, Indiana, Maine and Mississippi by those schools, and games against North Carolina and Virginia remained uncertain. Many of the Power Five conferences are playing league-only games this season.The Huskies began spring practice on Feb. 4 and were one of the only teams in the country to complete a full spring schedule. The team returned to campus in early July and UConn officials say no one has tested positive for the coronavirus.Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont had expressed reluctance to allow the football team to travel to any state with a high virus infection rate. He said the team would be subject to the state’s 14-day quarantine rule upon its return to Storrs from away games.center_img August 5, 2020 Associated Press In other college sports news related to the pandemic:— The Big Ten has released its 10-game conference-only football schedule beginning as early as Labor Day weekend, but cautioned there is no certainty games will be played. The Big Ten had announced a month ago it would shorten the season and eliminate nonconference games because of the coronavirus pandemic. Teams will play conference opponents they originally were scheduled to meet and will have one additional cross-division game. The regular season runs through Nov. 21. The 10 games would be played over at least 12 weeks, with each team having two open dates. If necessary, makeup games can be played during bye weeks.— The American Athletic Conference says it will keep its eight-game conference football schedule in place and allow its 11 schools to play up to four nonconference games. The AAC also announced it could move the date of its football championship game, scheduled for Dec. 5 at the home stadium of the top-seeded team, back to Dec. 12 or Dec. 19 if needed, due to COVID-19 disruptions.The conference championship game could also be moved to accommodate Navy’s annual game with Army, scheduled for Dec. 12. The conference said it hoped to make a determination on the date of the championship game no earlier than Nov. 1.— The NCAA Board of Governors on Wednesday directed each division of the association to decide independently by Aug. 21 whether it will be able to conduct championship events safely in fall sports such as soccer, volleyball and lower levels of football during the coronavirus pandemic. The association’s highest governing body had been considering what to do about NCAA fall championship events, but instead of making a broad decision across three divisions, it set parameters for each to make its own call. Within hours of the board’s announcement, the Division III presidents council canceled fall sports championship and determined they will not be made up in the spring.— Colorado State President Joyce McConnell says she will launch an investigation into how the athletic department handled COVID-19 safety protocols amid a report that players were told not to reveal symptoms. The investigation stems from an article published in the Coloradoan on Tuesday. According to the newspaper, Colorado State football players and members of the athletic staff say coaches told them not to report coronavirus symptoms and threatened players with reduced playing time should they quarantine. McConnell promised a swift investigation and full transparency. Colorado State voluntarily paused football team activities on July 29. The school said there have been 16 positive cases among all student-athletes, including 11 in football. The league released its latest results Wednesday for coronavirus tests performed on players participating in the restarted season at Walt Disney World and the numbers are still perfect.Of the 343 players tested since results were last announced July 29, none has been confirmed positive. That means no player has tested positive since entering the so-called bubble last month. There were two players who tested positive on arrival at Disney. Neither of those made it out of quarantine to potentially expose anyone inside the bubble.MLB-NEWSCOVID-stricken Cards shuffle roster In other NFL news:— Cleveland Browns guard Colby Gossett has opted out of the 2020 season, becoming the fourth player on the team — and third offensive lineman — to decide not to play because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gossett qualifies for the high-risk opt-out agreed to by the NFLPA and will receive a $350,000 stipend for not playing. He was due to make $675,00 this season. Gossett is the second Browns guard to opt out, following Drew Forbes. The team also will be without offensive tackle Drake Dorbeck and defensive tackle Andrew Billings. The deadline for players opting out is Thursday at 4 p.m.— The Arizona Cardinals have added depth to their roster by signing safety Kentrell Brice and receiver Andre Patton. The 25-year-old Brice was recently released by the Chicago Bears. He played three seasons for the Green Bay Packers from 2016-18 and appeared in 36 games, including 14 starts, after coming into the league as an undrafted free agent from Louisiana Tech. Patton played in 13 games last season, including five starts, for the Los Angeles Chargers. The 26-year-old spent two years on the Chargers’ practice squad before jumping to the active roster last season.last_img read more

Off strength of freshman pitcher Kuwik, Orange advances to Big East tournament final

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13center_img After facing just two batters, Jenna Caira found herself watching the rest of Friday’s Big East semi-final from the dugout.  Caira hadn’t recorded an out, and Syracuse already trailed DePaul 1-0.And after being called for her fourth illegal pitch in the first inning, Syracuse head coach Leigh Ross decided to make a change. SU’s pitching ace was sent to the dugout for the remainder of the game.Enter freshman Stacy Kuwik. With a trip to the Big East Championship on the line, Kuwik entered the biggest game of the season, and perhaps in program history, for the Orange against the No. 1 seeded Blue Demons.‘I don’t think Ross actually said anything to me other than ‘Go get ‘em, Q,” Kuwik said in a phone interview Friday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShort and sweet, but it was all she needed to hear.Kuwik threw the complete game for SU, holding DePaul to one run and allowing just four hits as the Orange (31-24) pulled off the 3-2 upset at Ulmer Stadium in Louisville, Ky. By holding the Blue Demons (38-16) scoreless in six of the seven innings she pitched, Kuwik allowed her team to rally back from a two-run deficit. With the victory, Syracuse advances to the Big East Championship for the first time in school history where it will take on Louisville for the chance to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament Saturday.Heading into the game, everything pointed towards an easy DePaul victory. The Blue Demons were riding an eight game win streak and had beaten SU nine consecutive times. Just six days ago, DePaul shut out the Orange in both games of a two-game sweep in Syracuse. Even more convincing: Syracuse had only scored three runs on DePaul in the last 41 innings played.‘I think they came out thinking it was going to be a piece of cake, since they started the pitcher that shut us down the first time,’ SU sophomore Lisaira Daniels said in a phone interview. ‘We just came out hungry. We wanted to win.’That pitcher was freshman Bree Brown, who threw eight innings of one-hit ball with 17 strikeouts against the Orange on May 8. This time Brown wouldn’t make it past the first batter of the third inning after she too was called for four illegal pitches.DePaul brought in senior Becca Heteniak, and the Orange wasted no time digging itself out of a two-run hole. SU freshman Veronica Grant, just the second batter Heteniak faced, ripped an RBI double to the wall in left-center field cutting the Blue Demons’ lead in half.‘I was not nervous about coming back at all,’ Grant said in a phone interview. ‘We didn’t let what happened to us in the past get to us at all. We just went to show them who we are.’The SU bats came alive again in the bottom of the sixth with a pair of runs. After Daniels beat out an infield hit, Hallie Gibbs lashed a double to left-center that scored her teammate all the way from first. Two batters later, sophomore catcher Lacey Kohl singled home the winning run.Comeback complete.‘My team has a habit of coming and being strong right at the end when we need it, because throughout the game we are just gaining this momentum,’ Kuwik said. ‘I never thought that we were going to lose in the sense that I knew we could win if we just got some hits.’Daniels, a transfer from Georgia, has played in and won big games before. As a freshman last season, her Bulldogs squad advanced through the NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals before winning three games in the NCAA Women’s College World Series.But none of that, she said, can compare to the feeling of knocking off DePaul.‘Last year going to the World Series blah, blah, blah, that was whatever, that was great,’ she said. ‘But you don’t understand what the feeling was like to fight and actually compete. That feeling was 20 times better than the World Series.’As the adage says, it’s tough to beat a team three times in one season. The Orange proved that was true after DePaul failed to make it a clean sweep. Now SU hopes to prove it true once again against Louisville on Saturday. The Cardinals took both games of a doubleheader against SU earlier this year.‘It feels really good, but we still have a job at hand,’ Grant said. ‘You want to be excited and you want to feel good about it, but you have to stay focused.’Mjcohe02@syr.edulast_img read more

New York state won’t allow fans at athletic events this fall

first_img Published on July 21, 2020 at 1:35 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Syracuse will not be allowed to host fans at sporting events this fall following an order Monday from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.The governor’s order, which applies to all colleges in New York state, does not prevent games from being played or televised, Syracuse.com reported. Tailgating is also prohibited under the order.“The health and safety of our student-athletes, our fans, our campus community and the broader Central New York community is our chief priority,” Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack said in a statement. “We will seek further clarification regarding the opportunity to have fans at our games and move forward appropriately under the guidance of the state.”Cuomo’s order ends months of speculation over how many, if any, fans could fill the Carrier Dome during football season. Even before SU brought back around 65 football players June 8 for voluntary offseason workouts, holding games this fall with fans in attendance was probable.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWildhack said May 28 in an email to season-ticket holders that “we are anticipating and planning for reduced capacity to some degree,” and reaffirmed that statement in a June 11 press conference and in another season-ticket holder email two weeks later. He paused the seat upgrade and parking processes for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball in the second email to ticket holders. Comments “There’s so much still unknown, still to be decided, that’s why there are so many different scenarios and the conference office is working diligently on those,” Wildhack said in his most recent press conference July 9.Cuomo announced mandates July 2 prohibiting spectators at professional sports events held in both indoor and outdoor venues. Now collegiate sporting venues in New York state — including Syracuse’s Carrier Dome, SU Soccer Stadium, J.S. Coyne Stadium and Women’s Building — are aligned with professional ones.This is a developing story, and will be updated with additional reporting. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more