Opinion: Time for Vermonters to unite

first_imgBy Bruce Lisman. I was disappointed to read the editorial ‘Ethan Allen’s Legacy,’ on September 10 in both the Times Argus and Rutland Herald, which continues a harmful trend of divisiveness over politics and our economy. The editorial revived old liberal versus conservative arguments and then for good measure threw Wal-Mart under the bus as an example of a corporation weighing on small businesses while ignoring that some people prefer to shop there. Not only was the editorial badly timed, while we collectively recover from Irene, but these sentiments leave little room for finding unity and common ground. Our nation and state are undergoing major economic change.  But Vermonters continue to possess incredible dedication and commitment to hard work and self-sufficiency.  We stand on our own two feet, always with a ready hand to help neighbors in trouble.  The true character of our state and people can be seen in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. Irene recovery activities.Vermont is made up of patch work of personalities from different backgrounds, cultures, and economic standings.  Together, we are all Vermonters and bound together by our great love for Vermont.But daily we hear reports about how the next generation will be worse off than their parents.  An unfathomable notion given America’s well known mantra of being ‘ ‘the land of opportunity.’Despite the fact that 95 percent of Vermonters are employed, uneasiness is in the air.  Hard work seems to equate to barely making ends meet.  Vermonters long to return to the security of economic prosperity and the sense that tomorrow will be better than today.Opportunities and economic prosperity can be achieved but only if we stop the political fights and stop choosing which businesses are welcome and which are not. Vermonters have welcomed the engines of economic prosperity; from Ben and Jerry’s to IBM; from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to IDX. Economic prosperity is a magnet for workers and creates the ladder for all to reach economic health.  It lessens issues around crime, substance abuse and domestic violence, events more evident when jobs are absent. A vibrant economy provides the resources to train our unemployed and underemployed, to clean our lakes, protect those needing protection, and help those needing help.  It fuels our social contract and the amenities that draw so many to Vermont. A vibrant economy is a theme of tremendous importance’it towers over everything else.  Economic prosperity isn’t equal to a quality educational system; it doesn’t share the spotlight with affordable housing or our struggling dairy industry or the excitement of alternative energy.  Without economic prosperity none of those are affordable.Economic prosperity isn’t a casual goal; it requires extraordinary commitment regardless of political affiliation to build consensus.  Vermont possesses an enviable foundation upon which to grow; we have diversified and sophisticated innovators coupled with powerful economic clusters such as our hospitals and institutions of higher education; and the distinctive ‘Vermont brand’ which exudes a level of quality second to none.If we are to succeed, and I very much believe we can, we must get rid of the arguments from the right that decry the social benefits of a strong economy and the arguments of the left that decry the value of the economic machine that creates those social benefits.It is past time we recognize that it is a balance of a vibrant economy and a strong social contract that makes this country and our state great. It is unfortunate when the media fuels negativity; pitting one against the other.  Such rhetoric and posturing has no place in Vermont.  We must all work together, as Vermonters, to secure solutions that ensure a prosperous future.About the author:  Bruce Lisman retired as Chairman of the JP Morgan Global Equity Division.  A native of Burlington, he is a business man, an environmentalist, an advocate for our social contracts, and a staunch supporter of the arts.  Mr. Lisman resides in Shelburne.last_img read more

Target Says Onsite Solar Is Smart Business

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享GreenBiz:Target, Amazon, Apple and other corporations are installing more solar panels onsite than ever to save money on their power bills and meet their sustainability goals. Large U.S. corporations installed 326 megawatts of solar panels in 2017, up 2 percent from 2016, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.Target completed more than 43 megawatts of solar-panel installations last year, by far the most that any other company installed in 2017. The giant retailer has panels installed at 425 locations and aims to install panels at 75 more, to reach its goal of generating solar power at 500 buildings by 2020. Target stores that have panels use the power they generate for between 15 percent and 30 percent of the electricity the stores consume, said Target spokesman Lee Henderson.“It saves us money, it saves us energy and it does good by the local communities,” he said. “We’re really focused on the planet and wanting to do things today that will ensure that we’re around tomorrow, for the business and for the planet.”Amazon, which ranked third for 2017 corporate solar installations, added 17.5 megawatts of on-site solar in 2017, toward its goal to install at least 50 solar systems on the rooftops of the company’s fulfillment and sortation centers by 2020.More companies are installing batteries and panels together, particularly in California and Hawaii, as a way to save on their power bills and respond to local regulations.“Storage has become a necessity in Hawaii,” said Nam Nguyen, executive vice president of commercial solar at SunPower, which installed a 910-kilowatt solar system and a 250-kilowatt pack of batteries at Target’s store in Kona, on Hawaii’s Big Island, among other projects.More: Why Target and Amazon Like Onsite Solar Power Target Says Onsite Solar Is Smart Businesslast_img read more

He’s Back! Tom Suozzi Explores Race to Replace Rep. Steve Israel

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An already congested Congressional contest just got more crowded as former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi became the latest candidate to join the growing ranks of those interested in succeeding Rep. Steve Israel, who rocked the Long Island political world earlier this month when he declared that he will not run for reelection this November.The 53-year-old Nassau Democrat, who served two terms as county executive after being Glen Cove mayor from 1994-2001, announced his intention to explore a run for New York’s 3rd Congressional District at a Tuesday morning event held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. A CPA and lawyer at the law firm of Harris Beach, Suozzi formally filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to form a fundraising committee, an initial step in the process.“Over the next month or two, I’m going to talk to people in the district, raise some money, really think it through with Helene and the kids and try to make the right decision,” Suozzi said.Come September he’ll have two kids in college and a son still in high school, so currently weighing on his and his wife Helene’s minds is that the commute to Washington, D.C., is longer than the one to Albany, which he considered making in 2006 before he lost a Democratic gubernatorial primary to then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.In 2009 Suozzi lost his race for a third term as county executive to then-Republican Legis. Ed Mangano, who beat the incumbent by 386 votes. Four years later, Suozzi ended up much further behind County Executive Mangano in a rematch, losing by 59-to-41 percent of the vote.“I know that people are sick of politicians and they’re sick of politics,” Suozzi tells the Press. “Going back into the arena is not an easy thing to do but I’m frustrated by what I see going on in politics these days and it’s got to be shaken up.”He took issue with the current campaign rhetoric coming from both the right and the left in the national discourse.“The Republicans are saying, ‘Let the marketplace take care of it. Let the rich continue to succeed and that will take care of everything,’ ” Suozzi complained. “And I don’t think it’s accurate what a lot of Democrats are saying, which is, ‘Let’s raise taxes on the rich.’ It’s not as simple as that….I want to work together with other people to actually solve real problems that face the people who live in the Third Congressional District.”At this early stage Suozzi is arguably the front-runner from his side of the aisle since he’s the only Democratic elected official to win county-wide office twice. The district stretches from northern Queens to Suffolk’s Huntington Town but its largest bulk includes Nassau’s Gold Coast.At this point, a dozen Democrats have expressed varying degrees of interest, and they’re all scheduled to meet Wednesday with Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs and other party leaders in Glen Cove. Among the contenders are Nassau Interim Finance Authority Chairman Jon Kaiman, former North Hempstead Supervisor; Suffolk Legis. Steve Sterns (D-Dix Hills), who’s term-limited; North Hempstead Town board member Anna Kaplan; Brad Gerstman, a lobbyist; Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove); Robert Zimmerman, a Democratic National Committee member, who co-runs a public relations firm; Suffolk Legis. Dr. William Spencer (D-Huntington); Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone; former Suffolk Legis. Jon Cooper; Todd Richman, a Great Neck businessman and philanthropist; and Laurie Scheinman, a psychologist and philanthropist from Port Washington.Rep. Steve Israel won’t run again this fall because he wants to spend more time writing novels and eating in diners, or so he says.Interest is also heating up on the Republican side. At this early stage the contenders are State Sen. Sen. Jack Martins (R-Old Westbury), the former mayor of Mineola; Suffolk Legis. Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga); Assemb. Chad Lupinacci (R-Huntington Station); and David Gurfein, a former Marine and currently president of a health & wellness business.“Jack’s all in, no question about it,” says E. O’Brien Murray, a campaign strategist for State Sen. Jack Martins, in a phone interview with the Press. “He’s definitely running.”Although Murray says he’s sure that Nassau Republicans will eventually come around to regard the former mayor of Mineola as their best candidate for the congressional seat, he was quick to criticize the former Nassau County Executive.“This is the same Tom Suozzi who brought us corruption in his first term, created the energy tax in his second term, and raised taxes 20 percent,” says Martins’ Republican spokesman. “The voters threw him out once and overwhelmingly rejected him the second time when he tried to come back.”Rep. Steve Israel, a former Huntington Town council member, was first elected to Congress in 2000 when the district included more of Suffolk than it does now after it was redrawn. For two terms Israel served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He resigned that post following the brutal drubbing of Democrats in the 2014 mid-term elections, which included the defeat of Rep. Tim Bishop, who had represented the East End of Long Island in the 1st Congressional District but lost to then-State Sen. Lee Zeldin. Until Israel made his announcement two weeks ago, the race for Zeldin’s Congressional seat was the only one on Long Island drawing attention—and money—considering that Republicans hold a 30-seat majority in the House of Representatives and this district was considered a toss-up. Vying to run against Zeldin are Democrats Anna Throne-Holst, the former Southold Supervisor, and David Calone, the former Suffolk County planner and investor.Now Long Island has two hot Congressional races with national implications in 2016 when the White House is also up for grabs.last_img read more

Strategic plan vote tops NCUA’s Jan. 25 agenda

first_imgNCUA headquarters 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »center_img The NCUA board will vote on its 2018-2022 strategic plan at its Jan. 25 board meeting, according to the agenda released Thursday.The meeting, NCUA’s first of 2018, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. (ET), and will be streamed live on NCUA.gov.Other items on the agenda include:A board briefing on civil monetary penalty statutory inflation adjustment;last_img read more

Endicott repairing 2 water main breaks Monday

first_imgIf you notice your water is brown, the village asks you run your water cold until it clears. The village says it is working to repair two water main breaks. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The village of Endicott is alerting northside residents to the possibility of discolored water Monday.center_img One is located on North Adams Avenue and Jenkins Streets. The other is located at Odell Avenue and Clark Street.last_img

Kvarner Family: The Family Package offer offers discounts for Kvarner attractions

first_imgToday, “Kvarner Family” is the best project for branding and improving the quality of family accommodation in Croatia, and includes more than 500 facilities that offer accommodation of standardized quality. As many as 60 facilities are marked “Pet Friendly” as a sign of welcome and pets, and about 20 facilities are adapted to the needs of lovers of active holidays and carry the label “Bike Friendly” and “Hike Friendly”, which means that they are adapted for accommodation and meet the specific needs of cyclists and guests hiking or mountaineering. TRENDS IN FAMILY ACCOMMODATION: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS FOR THE HOST TO FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE IN RELATION TO THE GUESTS Behind the “Kvarner Family” label is the recommendation of the Kvarner Tourist Board for proven tourist quality, standard and recognizability of branded apartments, holiday homes, camps and rooms of private renters in the region. Or in the true sense of the word hospitality with a guarantee However, Kvarner Family is certainly the best example of branding family accommodation in Croatia and a real correct concept for its development at the national level, which went the furthest with its branding story and quality labels for family accommodation. Unfortunately, other quality labels in family accommodation in Croatia are lagging behind and are developing too slowly, dealing more with form than content. Perhaps this action could have been expanded / enriched a bit, except with a discount on accommodation, through focusing on the motives of arrival, because the motive of arrival is never accommodation but destination. Several segmented packages for certain target groups of tourists, which, in addition to accommodation, also include visits to museums, restaurants and other activities within one tourist package and the Kvarner Family brand. RELATED NEWS: Find out more about Kvarenr Family: Family Package HERE The label “Kvarner Family” is a proven place for a holiday in a well-kept environment, pleasantly equipped interior, recognizable facility, respect for tradition, loyalty of guests and the experience of home and family atmosphere. In the market and global competition, those who want and engage in market development succeed. So this success story in our backyard is a great example of how to develop family accommodation in Croatia, and not to stifle it, destroy it and blame it for all the problems of our tourism. INVESTING IN QUALITY IS THE KEY TO THE COMPETITIVENESS OF FAMILY ACCOMMODATION In order to further contribute to the “Kvarner Family” facilities in increasing occupancy during the period before and after the season, the Kvarner Tourist Board has designed the action “Family Package”. This marketing campaign lasts from May 15 to June 30 and from September 1 to October 15, and through the campaign connects renters, agencies and various providers of tourist and catering services from the Kvarner area who offer a 10 percent discount on tickets for one of local attractions (museums, panoramic boat rides, sports activities, restaurants, etc.). Family, ie private accommodation, in Kvarner can boast of more than 170 years of tradition of hospitality in the manner of a good host. Therefore, it is not surprising that this type of accommodation in Kvarner has the most loyal guests. The project also includes about 30 travel agencies that emphasize the promotion and filling of capacities with the labels “Kvarner Family”.last_img read more

Indonesia ready to produce ventilators, COVID-19 test kits to meet skyrocketing demand

first_imgAside from that, a number of universities and research institutions are reportedly developing their own ventilator prototypes to be tested at the Health Ministry. Read also: Indonesia asks Tesla’s Elon Musk for ventilatorsBambang further said that the BPPT had also prepared for the manufacture of two kinds of test kits, namely the rapid one, with the help of the Gadjah Mada University (UGM), and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) diagnostic kit, with assistance of vaccine manufacturer PT Biofarma.“Around 100,000 rapid test kits will be produced in the next one and a half months. We plan to produce more for the COVID-19 response,” Bambang added. Separately, Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said the ministry had coordinated with at least four universities, namely the University of Indonesia, UGM, the Bandung Institute of Technology and the November 10 Institute of Technology, to develop ventilators. He added that the country would produce “16,000 [pieces of] personal protective equipment [meeting WHO standards] per day in the near future.”Topics : Indonesia is ready to mass-produce urgently needed medical equipment, including ventilators and COVID-19 test kits, to meet skyrocketing demand, several ministers have confirmed.Speaking after a Cabinet meeting, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said the ventilators would soon be developed by state-owned electronics manufacturer PT LEN Industri and hospital equipment maker PT Poly Jaya Medikal, each of which had a production capacity of 100 units per week.“A prototype of the ventilator is now being tested by the Health Ministry. Hopefully we can start the production next week, so we can have our first 200 locally made ventilators by April 25,” Bambang said, adding that the ventilator had been designed by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).last_img read more

Governor Tom Wolf Announces $3 Million to Preserve Historic Buildings

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Tom Wolf Announces $3 Million to Preserve Historic Buildings Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf continued his commitment to invest in local economies today by announcing a total of $3 million has been awarded in 2017-18 Historic Preservation Tax Credits to 21 projects that will leverage an estimated $257 million to preserve historic buildings.“Pennsylvania is proud of the historic buildings that define our unique cities and town,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The economic benefits of historic rehabilitation and the impact of the historic tax credit program go far beyond one building and has the potential to spur reinvestment and revitalization in historic communities across the state.”The Historic Preservation Tax Credit program is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC).“The historic tax credit is a vital program that helps Pennsylvania with the revitalization and repurposing of empty buildings into active, vibrant sites for new businesses,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “The Historic Preservation Tax Credit program is one of the most effective investment tools for strengthening Pennsylvania’s local economies. When we revitalize historic sites, we create jobs for more Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth.”Selected projects range from a historic silk mill in Kutztown, Berks County, that is being converted into a toothbrush manufacturing facility to a vacant commercial building in downtown Philipsburg, Centre County, that will be reused as apartments to the revival of the landmark Yorktowne Hotel in York, York County.“PHMC is pleased to support historic rehabilitation while advancing community revitalization and economic development through the Historic Preservation Tax Credit,” stated PHMC Executive Director Andrea Lowery. “The 21 projects awarded this year will bring new market rate and affordable housing, new businesses to downtowns, new hotels to support tourism, and educational opportunities through the reuse of historic buildings in Pennsylvania cities and towns.”Since 2013, the Historic Preservation Tax Credit program has invested more than $15 million to rehabilitate 81 historic buildings leveraging an estimated $1.3 billion in construction expenditures. The investments have helped preserve buildings that contribute to the distinct character of Pennsylvania’s boroughs, townships and cities.The 21 projects supported by the 2017-18 Historic Preservation Tax Credits are:521 Armandale Street, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County – Rehabilitation of historic rowhouse in the Mexican War Streets Historic District into affordable housing. $86,303 tax credit allocation, $345,211 in estimated construction expenditures1010 Morrison Street, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County – Rehabilitation of historic rowhouse in the Old Allegheny Rows Historic District into affordable housing. $43,697 tax credit allocation, $182,855 in estimated construction expendituresArrott Building, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County – Rehabilitation of historic office building in the Fourth Avenue Historic District into a hotel. $200,000 tax credit allocation, $43,218,472 in estimated construction expendituresBayard School, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County – Rehabilitation of National Register–listed school into apartments. $150,000 tax credit allocation, $3,224,807 in estimated construction expendituresBonn Building, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County – Rehabilitation of historic office building in the Penn-Liberty Historic District into commercial market rate apartments. $200,000 tax credit allocation, $6,774,267 in estimated construction expendituresRogers School, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County – Rehabilitation of National Register–listed historic school into a charter school. $200,000 tax credit allocation, $13,520,000 in estimated construction expendituresKutztown Silk Mill, Kutztown, Berks County – Rehabilitation of National Register–eligible historic silk mill complex into a toothbrush manufacturing facility. $150,000 tax credit allocation, $2,795,157 in estimated construction expendituresHoffer Building, Philipsburg, Centre County – Rehabilitation of historic commercial and office building in Philipsburg Historic District into commercial use and apartments. $75,000 tax credit allocation, $350,000 in estimated construction expendituresAwl House, Harrisburg, Dauphin County – Rehabilitation of townhouse in Harrisburg Historic District into office use. $25,000 tax credit allocation, $313,388 in estimated construction expenditures349 N. Market Street, Lancaster, Lancaster County – Rehabilitation of historic tobacco storage building in Lancaster City Historic District into apartments. $150,000 tax credit allocation, $1,870,327 in estimated construction expendituresLehigh Valley Cold Storage, Bethlehem, Northampton County – Rehabilitation of historic egg warehouse in South Bethlehem Downtown Historic District in the Lackawanna Avenue Commercial Historic District into apartments adjacent to Lehigh University. $200,000 tax credit allocation, $8,163,494 in estimated construction expendituresSamter Building, Scranton, Lackawanna County – Rehabilitation of historic department store into a mixed used commercial and residential building. $150,000 tax credit allocation, $803,382 in estimated construction expendituresWelles Mansion, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County – Rehabilitation of historic mansion in River Street Historic District into a boutique hotel/bed and breakfast. $10,000 tax credit allocation, $99,500 in estimated construction expendituresR&H Simon Silk Mill, Easton, Northampton County – Rehabilitation of National Register–listed silk mill complex into multipurpose complex of housing, offices, restaurants and other commercial spaces. $200,000 tax credit allocation, $7,615,799 in estimated construction expenditures257 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia – Rehabilitation of historic commercial row building in Old City Historic District into commercial use and apartments. $60,000 tax credit allocation, $1,750,000 in estimated construction expendituresBeury Building, Philadelphia – Rehabilitation of National Register–listed bank and office building into affordable and market rate apartments. $200,000 tax credit allocation, $38,109,804 in estimated construction expendituresMax Levy Autograph Building, Philadelphia – Rehabilitation of historic industrial building in the Wayne Junction Historic District into apartments. $200,000 tax credit allocation, $4,223,916 in estimated construction expendituresMeckey Co. Building, Philadelphia – Rehabilitation of National Register–listed industrial building into a charter school. $150,000 tax credit allocation, $39,189,127 in estimated construction expendituresPenn Wynn House, Philadelphia – Rehabilitation of National Register–listed midcentury modern apartment building into market rate apartments. $200,000 tax credit allocation, $47,388,000 in estimated construction expendituresWashington Trust Building, Washington, Washington County – Rehabilitation of National Register–listed bank and office building into commercial use and affordable housing. $100,000 tax credit allocation, $1,279,242 in estimated construction expendituresYorktowne Hotel, York, York County – Rehabilitation of downtown landmark hotel in York Historic District into 21st-century venue. $250,000 tax credit allocation, $36,519,123 in estimated construction expendituresThe application date for Fiscal Year 2018-19 is November 1, 2018. For more information about the program please visit DCED’s website at https://dced.pa.gov/hptc.center_img August 09, 2018last_img read more

Ozil sale ‘incomprehensible’ – Low

first_img Ozil joined the Gunners on transfer deadline day, claiming he felt Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had more faith in him that Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti. His Germany team-mate Sami Khedira said he regretted his club’s decision to sell the 24-year-old and Low has echoed his sentiments by questioning Madrid’s decision. “Many Real players like Sami Khedira or Cristiano Ronaldo are sad about the transfer,” he said at a press conference. “For me, it’s incomprehensible that Real would sell one of their top scorers.” While disagreeing with the move, which he would not have sanctioned had he been coach of the Merengues, Low said he fully understood why Ozil accepted a move to the Premier League. Low also believes a change of scenery would probably benefit the midfielder. “Mesut is a sensitive player and he needs the faith from the club and the coach,” said Low. “It seems that was not longer 100% there at Real whereas Arsenal and their coach Arsene Wenger pulled out all the stops to get him. “He has a top coach there and, with Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker, he has two German colleagues. “Arsenal are a strong team who play technically high-quality football.” Germany coach Joachim Low has criticised Real Madrid for selling Mesut Ozil to Arsenal but he feels the attacking midfielder will benefit from the move. The transfer has not affected Ozil in his preparation for Germany’s World Cup qualifier against Austria on Friday night, though, with Low saying he “looks perfectly happy and satisfied. He is fully focused”. Low is also focused on picking up a win which would push the door to qualification for the World Cup open. Germany lead Austria by five points in Group C with four games still to be played, but Low knows the clash in Munich’s Allianz Arena will not be a walk in the park. “We were lucky the last time we played them,” he said. “We know that they have taken a step forwards and Austria are serious opponents. Nobody will under-estimate this very strong team.” With Ilkay Gundogan and Bastian Schweinsteiger both injured, Khedira “has got to give the commands” on the field, according to Low. “Either (Lars) Bender or Toni Kroos will play alongside Khedira, but I haven’t decided who yet.” Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Abe says postponing Olympics may be unavoidable

first_imgThe Latest: Abe says postponing Olympics may be unavoidable March 22, 2020 “We cannot just sit on our hands while this is going on,” Isaac said.Isaac was honored by the Magic last year for his commitment to community involvement. The Magic have pledged $2 million to help arena workers displaced by the sports and entertainment shutdown, and Magic players Mo Bamba and Nikola Vucevic are among those who have offered financial help to that cause as well.___The $12 million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest purse in horse racing, will be postponed until next year. That’s according to an announcement from the Dubai Media Office, a governmental agency. Officials had planned to run the race March 28 without spectators over concerns about the new coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness it causes.___ “Of course we are considering different scenarios,” Bach told the New York Times in an interview late Thursday.___The St. Louis Blues say a relative of a team employee has tested positive for COVID-19.The person is in self-isolation along with members of the person’s family, according to the team.All Blues staff who may have come into close contact with the employee have been notified. The team says it is asking for all members of the Blues to remain isolated, monitor their health and seek advice from team medical staff. Coe cited issues of fairness, the increased likelihood of injuries if athletes have to rush through training and the uncertainty caused by public health issues that are forcing many countries to order all people to stay indoors. Coe reiterated what he’s said before — that nobody wants to see the Olympics postponed, but it can’t be held at all costs, specifically the cost of athlete safety.___The IOC will take four weeks to weigh options for the Tokyo Games amid mounting calls from athletes and Olympic officials for a postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic.The time will be used to plan different scenarios for the July 24-Aug. 9 games, the International Olympic Committee said Sunday. Associated Press “These scenarios relate to modifying existing operational plans for the Games to go ahead on 24 July 2020, and also for changes to the start date of the Games,” the IOC said. Though canceling the Tokyo Olympics is not an option, a delay until later this year or in 2021 is possible.The change in strategy followed IOC president Thomas Bach leading a telephone conference call with executive board members.Bach has consistently said organizers are fully committed to holding the games from July 24-Aug. 9 — despite athlete training, qualifying events and games preparations being disrupted more and more by the virus outbreak spreading globally.Criticism of the stance grew in recent days — from athletes and by a first IOC member last Tuesday — and Bach finally acknowledged an alternative plan was possible.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe say a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be unavoidable if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus impact. He was commenting on the International Olympic Committee plan to examine the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision, which could include a postponement.Abe, speaking at a parliamentary session, ruled out the possibility of a cancellation.Whether Tokyo can hold the Olympics as planned from July 24 has been a major international concern as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread globally.___Leaders at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said the update provided by the IOC about the Tokyo Olympics signaled an important step but athletes are still beset with questions about whether the games will go ahead as scheduled in July. ___Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac announced he is teaming up with a church to provide hot breakfasts and lunches to school kids age 18 and under on weekdays for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.Isaac says he’s partnering with J.U.M.P. Ministries Global Church for that initiative. Isaac also announced that he’ll be helping families obtain boxes of non-perishable food items once a week, things like oatmeal and cereal and instant rice.“There’s a great concern to those kids going hungry at this time. We don’t want that to happen,” Isaac said.The breakfasts and lunches will be grab-and-go style, in line with social distancing mandates. Isaac says a nurse will be on-site for the pickups as well. Isaac also says there’s a similar plan in place to assist those who are living in extended-stay hotels. The statement came from USOPC chair Sarah Hirshland and the athlete advisory council leader, Han Xiao. They said they’re sticking with the advice Hirshland offered Friday — that athletes continue to prioritize their health and wellness over everything else. But they said they’re eager to explore alternatives “to ensure all athletes have a robust and fulfilling Olympic and Paralympic experience, regardless of when that can safely occur.”___The leader of the international track federation, Seb Coe, sent a letter to IOC president Thomas Bach saying holding the Olympics in July “is neither feasible nor desirable” with the coronavirus impacting huge swaths of the globe.Coe sent the letter Sunday after meeting with leaders from around the world in track, which is the biggest sport at the Olympics. It came hours after the IOC announced it could take up to four weeks to make a decision on whether to postpone the games, which are scheduled to start July 24. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more