Free milk at the Dearborn County Fairgrounds today

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN— There is a milk give away today at the Dearborn County Fairgrounds until 6 pm or the milk is gone.Purdue Extension Officers will be giving out more than 4,300 gallons thanks to a continuing partnership between Prairie Farms, Purdue Extension, and Dearborn County Farm Bureau.last_img

ACC’s coronavirus guidelines for competition, testing and more

first_img Published on July 29, 2020 at 8:00 pm Contact Roshan: rferna04@syr.edu | @Roshan_f16 Comments The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.The Atlantic Coast Conference’s Medical Advisory Group released a seven-page coronavirus report Wednesday outlining guidelines and information regarding testing, masks, quarantining and discontinuing games.The group, composed of 15 medical and athletic experts, created “minimum standards (to) provide guidance on appropriate risk mitigation strategies and engender a level of trust and confidence,” the report states. Because the guidelines are the “minimum,” the ACC acknowledged that stricter local or state rules may apply. For now, however, the 15 ACC schools and any nonconference opponents are expected to abide by these regulations as of Aug. 1.Here’s a breakdown of the report:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCOVID-19 testing and positive resultsAll football team members — including players, coaching staff, trainers, administrative assistants and academic support providers — must be tested for COVID-19 within three days of every game, beginning the week of the first game. The guidelines also apply to team members of Olympic sports, as well as those in “close contact” with them. The report deemed five of Syracuse’s seven ACC-sponsored fall sports, as well as lacrosse and basketball, to be at “high-risk,” of spreading COVID-19. Players in these sports must undergo weekly testing. The exception to the weekly testing is cross country, which is listed in the report as “medium-risk.” Those athletes can be tested every other week. Low-risk athletes, like golf or tennis players, should be tested at the discretion of the institution. Additional testing and contact tracing should also be conducted at the institution’s discretion. Athletes identified through contact tracing should quarantine for 14 days, the ACC’s report states.If a student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19, they’ll isolate for at least 10 days from the detection of symptoms or the return of the positive test result. The athlete must also have recovered for at least one day. The team’s medical staff will decide when the athlete can return to play. Within 24 hours of a positive test result, the team is expected to notify all opponents who have come within six feet of the player for more than 15 minutes in the previous 48 hours. Benches, sidelines and locker roomsEveryone in the bench area, including coaches, bench players, trainers and players who have just exited the game, is expected to wear a mask. Football and men’s lacrosse are the only exceptions. Those players are wearing helmets on the sidelines, and face shields are being developed to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets for football, according to the ACC report. Temperature checks, six-foot distancing and masks are required for any individual on the sidelines. Each school’s staff will be responsible for disinfecting home and visiting locker rooms, as well as bench areas. Visiting teams will also get additional time to conduct further sanitation at their discretion. Other informationFootball officials should also abide by three-day testing requirement.Postgame interaction should be limited between players, staff and coaches.Except officials and players, anyone handling equipment should be screened and should wear gloves and a mask.Campus-wide outbreaks, an inability to control and isolate positive COVID-19 cases or insufficient hospitalization in case of a surge could all lead to “game discontinuation.”Pregame or postgame routines that violate six-foot social distancing should be eliminated.Travel groups for teams should be evaluated to minimize risk of exposure.Teams should be aware of the mental health of student-athletes, especially as it pertains to COVID-19 changes.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Is NHL labor peace on the horizon?

first_imgThe current CBA expires in just over three years. However, the league can opt out Sept. 1, while the PA can do so on Sept. 15. If one or the other goes that route, the CBA will expire in Sept. 2020. That could set the stage for another lockout.NHL farm system rankings: Best, worst prospect pipelines for 2019-20, from 1 to 31Neither Daly nor PA director Donald Fehr indicated if their respective sides intend to use their opt-out clause. Daly told Johnston there seemed to be a lot of agreement regarding the general state of things. He felt there wasn’t a huge sticking point on any of the issues discussed thus far.The deputy commissioner’s remarks echoed those by league commissioner Gary Bettman. Prior to the 2019 NHL All-Star Game last January, Bettman told reporters talks between the two sides were cordial and constructive. At the same time, PA representative Mathieu Schneider indicated there was a lack of tension compared to the previous round of CBA negotiations.With three lockouts (1994-95, 2004-05 and 2012-13) on his resume, Bettman seems intent on avoiding a fourth. Last November, the New York Post’s Larry Brooks reported the league was doing all it could to prevent another work stoppage.Daly didn’t indicate if escrow was part of the recent discussions but it’s bound to be the biggest stumbling block. Other issues, such as Olympic participation and post-career medical coverage, are also of concern to the players but none are as potentially contentious as escrow.The current system ensures a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue (HRR) between the league and the players. During each season, a predetermined percentage is clawed back from the players’ paychecks and put into a separate fund. Once the full HRR for that season is determined, the players learn how much of that money will be refunded to them.The problem for the players is as much as 15 percent can be withheld from their pay during the season. What they get back by season’s end is often less than what was originally deducted.In June, the Associated Press’ Stephen Whyno reported the players lost upward of 10 percent of their pay to escrow over the last seven seasons. In a survey of the 31 NHL player reps, Whyno said 25 of them consider escrow the biggest bargaining issue.The claw-backs could be reduced by cutting salaries, but the players won’t be interested in that notion.Eliminating escrow won’t fly with the league as it is seen as an essential component toward achieving a 50-50 balance of revenue.NHL home jersey rankings: The best and worst looks for 2019-20The PA could eliminate or reduce their annual salary-cap escalator clause, used to increase the salary cap by up to five percent each year based on revenue projections. In recent years, the PA has voted for only marginal increases as a way of reducing escrow payments. The downside to this is players due to become free agents could receive less than they would have with the escalator clause.Meanwhile, there are three possible outcomes to the current negotiations. Last Friday, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston he was “cautiously optimistic” over the direction of collective bargaining talks with the NHL Players’ Association. In fact, he felt the two sides could agree to stage a World Cup of Hockey in 2021 if the current CBA is extended or renewed.Johnston also reported representatives from the league and the PA met throughout the summer and will sit down together again this week. Meanwhile, both sides have an opportunity next month to exercise their respective early-out options. The first and obvious best-case scenario sees both sides announcing they’ve hammered out a new CBA. It would probably go into effect next September to allow both sides a year to adjust for the potential changes under the new agreement.They could also decide not to take the early out and continue negotiations with an eye on reaching a new agreement before the 2022 expiration. That seems the least likely outcome. Given the current pace of discussions, both sides seem keen on a new deal sooner rather than later.Finally, one or the other could take the early out, triggering the countdown toward a lockout next September if an agreement isn’t reached by then.last_img read more