Watch Marcus King Band’s Superb Phish And Gov’t Mule NYC After-Show On 12/30/2016

first_imgOn December 30th of last year, on the eve of New Year’s Eve, Marcus King travelled to New York City’s Cutting Room, playing an energetic after-show following Phish’s performance at Madison Square Garden and Gov’t Mule’s performance at the Beacon Theatre. The Marcus King Band, which in addition to King is comprised of Jack Ryan (drums), Stephen Campbell (bass), Matt Jennings (keys, organ), Dean Mitchell (sax), and Justin Johnson (trumpet, trombone, backing vocals), put on an excellent show for attendees who made it out, treating the crowd to their patented and increasingly popular soulful, stylized, and psychedelic southern rock.The Marcus King Band Reintroduce Themselves With Stellar Self-Titled Second Album [Review/Stream]With King’s powerful voice and soaring guitar riffs at the center of the performance, the group played through two hours of their material, primarily focusing on music off The Marcus King Band, the group’s second album that came out late last year and catalyzed the group’s steadily upward trajectory. The audience—which included Warren Haynes (who worked with King on their latest album and stopped by following his own New York performance that night with Gov’t Mule), Chris Robinson of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and fourteen-year-old young guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, who were seen amongst the crowd, checking out the lauded band endorsed by Soulive and Lettuce’s infamous guitarist Eric Krasno—eagerly and unsurprisingly devoured the music.The Road To Rooster Walk: Marcus King Discusses SongwritingLuckily for those of us who weren’t able to catch the show, you can watch the Marcus King Band’s full performance below, courtesy of Youtube user LondonSoulsHistorian. You can also head over to the Marcus King Band’s website, for more information about the young rock star including their upcoming summer tour dates, including performances at festivals such as Rooster Walk, Summer Camp, Peach Fest, and LOCK’N.[Photo: Emily Butler]last_img read more

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Philanthropy class allocates funding to local non-profits

first_imgAmong the many unique courses offered by Notre Dame, only one is accompanied by a grant worth tens of thousands of dollars to be awarded to nonprofits in the Michiana area.Notre Dame professor Jonathan Hannah is teaching “Philanthropy and Society” for the first year it is offered at the University. The funding, he said, comes from an outside group.“The class is interesting in that it’s sponsored by a nonprofit called the Philanthropy Lab. They’re an organization based in Texas. We’re about one of 20 partner schools that offer this class,” he said. “This lab, they grant us between $50,000 and $70,000 to give to the community. The students get to sort of create their own mini-foundation and decide ‘What is the best place to invest this money in our local community?’”The Philanthropy Lab has worked with over 29 other U.S. colleges and universities to offer similar courses, giving, along with their donor partners, over $9 million since the group was founded in 2011. Hannah said deciding where the money is awarded is entirely up to the students.“I really don’t influence the grantmaking at all,” he said. “It’s totally on the students. The students get to decide which nonprofits to visit, and then over the next two weeks we’re going to have votes and decide where this money is going to ultimately go.”Though the class is taught through the political science department and the Hesburgh Public Policy program, it is open to all students. Senior Laksumi Sivanandan said she was drawn to the course after a summer internship at the University’s development office.“I worked as an intern for Notre Dame’s development office this summer. As a result, I became really interested in fundraising and philanthropy,” Sivanandan said in an email. “I wanted to learn more about philanthropy through lenses other than higher education, and this class has certainly helped with that.”Senior Evan DaCosta — another student taking the class — was motivated to take the class after reading about how bad actors can abuse the philanthropy process.(Editor’s Note: DaCosta is a former news and sports writer for The Observer.) “It was two things,” he said. “One, it fit my schedule well. Two, it was right at the time when all of the [Jeffrey] Epstein stuff was coming out and people were talking a lot about his philanthropic activity — because he had donated a lot of money to Harvard, MIT and all these schools — so people were criticizing philanthropy at that time as a way people could cover their tracks. … It was topical and newsworthy at the time, so I thought it would be interesting. I didn’t realize at the time that we would be getting money to actually do stuff with.”While the class focuses somewhat on general philanthropic principles, much of the instruction time is spent on hands-on activities as students decide how the money is ultimately going to be awarded, student and sophomore Ciara Donovan explained.“The structure of the class and the way Professor Hannah runs things is really different than any class I’ve ever taken,” she said. “Basically, about 60% of our class days are normal lectures in which we talk about varying topics under the category of philanthropy. But the other classes are what we call ‘board meetings’ and every member of our class together acts as a board of directors for our nonprofits. We each have different roles on the board. During these board meetings, we get to vote on issues, and it’s cool because I know the issues we’re voting on will have a real impact on my immediate community.”At the beginning of the semester, the class — which Hannah said has 25 students — self-sorted into groups based on interest areas. They then compiled a list of potential nonprofits to work with using sources such as the Center for Social Concerns and word of mouth, among others. The groups then narrowed their respective searches to two local nonprofits, which they then visited. DaCosta and Donovan are in the same group, which has worked with an immigrant resettlement program called Neighbor to Neighbor as well as a conservation group called the Shirley Heinze Land Trust. Sivanandan’s group has worked with children’s hospital A Rosie Place for Children, as well as The Logan Center, an organization that assists individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.As the semester wraps up, the class will gather in a board setting to allocate the money to five nonprofits. The amount of money the group will ultimately receive from the Philanthropy Lab varies, for example Hannah said the class receives $2,000 per student enrolled up to the twenty-fifth student. Another incentive involves the attendance of a respective school’s top official: if University President Fr. John Jenkins attends the award ceremony — due to be held Dec. 5 — the Notre Dame group will receive a further $10,000 to award.The president’s office originally declined the class’ invitation for Jenkins to attend the ceremony, DaCosta said.“The Philanthropy Lab … offers an extra $10,000 incentive if you get your university president to come to your award ceremony when you give the groups the money,” DaCosta said. “When we first asked him, his secretary wrote back and said he is too busy with travel and everything to come. Then the team that’s responsible for planning the award ceremony reached out again and have not heard anything back from him.”However, Hannah said in a follow-up email he had heard from Jenkins that the university president’s attendance at the event is still a possibility.“Actually, Fr. John just wrote us this weekend and he’s trying to make the awards ceremony — but not confirmed yet,” he said.Sivanandan expressed hope that Jenkins could attend.“It is a pretty low-stakes commitment, as he does not have to speak or present the awards, so hopefully he is able to attend for about 30 minutes or so,” she said.While the class has many potential applications, DaCosta said he has learned a lot about the often-complicated nature of philanthropic work.“It’s a much larger world than I thought it was at first,” he said. “I always thought it was pretty straightforward — you just pick a group and a cause that you like and give money to them. It’s a lot more than that. You have to be able to analyze how efficient a group is, if their executives are being paid more than they should be … there’s a lot that goes into choosing a group that will do actual good with your money rather than just kind of squandering it.”For her part, Sivanandan said the class provides an excellent opportunity to get real-world experience.“The fact that we have at least $50,000 to award to local nonprofits is insane. Who would ever trust college students with that much money? Being in such a hands-on class is so illuminating and empowering, as we are essentially acting as grantmakers,” she said. “This class provides a great education on the intersection of philanthropy, business, and nonprofit organizations that students probably would not receive without work experience in the nonprofit world.”Moving forward, Hannah said he will offer the class again next fall. In the meantime, the class is looking for a donor to allow the Notre Dame course to become financially independent, as the Philanthropy Lab reallocates funding to other schools so they can start up their own programs.“The Philanthropy Lab basically awards grants to certain universities with the intent of teaching college-aged students the importance of philanthropy, kind of under the idea that no amount of giving is too small, whether that’s time or money,” Donovan said. “Obviously, they have given us a pretty large sum of money with which we can make what I believe to be a pretty big difference with certain nonprofits. But the Philanthropy Lab’s hope is that eventually, schools become self-sufficient and get funded by an independent donor so the lab can redirect their funds to another school, and allow more students to have the opportunity to give. Something that’s important to our class is to get eventually, in the next few years, a donor to back the class, so that we can continue having such an incredible opportunity for students but also so that other schools can experience the same thing.”Tags: Michiana, philanthropy, Philanthropy and Society, Philanthropy Lab, University President Fr. John Jenkinslast_img read more

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Bolivia Drug Cop Says Cocaine Processing On Rise

first_imgBy Dialogo April 21, 2009 Cocaine production is on the rise in Bolivia as Colombian and Mexican cartels hire intermediaries to process locally made coca paste there rather than simply exporting it, according to Bolivia’s top anti-drug officer. Cartels are contracting a growing group of middle men to process the paste into cocaine in Bolivia, saving time they would otherwise spend processing it themselves, Bolivia’s anti-drug police chief Oscar Nina told The Associated Press Thursday in an interview. “There is more interest and investment in purifying coca paste here and exporting it, rather than sending it to Colombia for purification” as in years past, Nina said. Police have raided three modern cocaine labs in Bolivia’s eastern lowlands in recent months, arresting two Colombians at one jungle factory that was discovered when police intercepted a small plane carrying 660 pounds (300 kilograms) of cocaine in March. While no Colombians were found at the other two labs, there were signs of a Colombian presence, Nina said, giving few other details. The shift mirrors a pattern seen in Peru in the mid-1990s, when anti-drug police say local groups began making cocaine from coca they’d previously sent to Colombia for processing. Bolivian coca is largely harvested by local families. Some crush its leaves into paste and sell to intermediaries from Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Bolivia, Nina said. Those middle men then process the paste into cocaine at labs across eastern Bolivia, and fly it out from hidden jungle airstrips or have so-called human mules carry it into Brazil and Peru on foot, Nina said. Bolivian police say they busted 3,000 such labs last year, seizing a record 27 tons of cocaine from largely small operations. So far this year, they report seizing 9 tons of cocaine and making 992 drug-related arrests. Bolivia is the third largest producer of coca and cocaine after Colombia and Peru. Much Bolivian coca is legally grown for use in teas and herbal remedies in the country’s central Chapare region, where President Evo Morales began his political career as head of a coca-growers union. Morales acknowledged for the first time last December that some Bolivian coca ends up as cocaine, blaming “drug addiction” in foreign countries for the shift. But he also said he considers drug trafficking a betrayal of Bolivia and warned coca producers he would send state security forces to the region if they participated in the drug trade. A gram of cocaine may sell for about $2 in Bolivia, but more than $100 in the U.S.last_img read more

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Tampa’s Rice to lead the Young Lawyers Division

first_imgTampa’s Rice to lead the Young Lawyers Division April 30, 2000 Associate Editor Regular News Tampa’s Rice to lead the Young Lawyers Division Mark D. Killian Associate Editor Helping young lawyers strike a balance between work and home and strengthening the division’s signature Practicing with Professionalism program will be the focus of Liz Rice’s administration when she assumes leadership of the Young Lawyers Division.Tampa’s Rice, who becomes only the second women to lead the YLD, defeated Adam Kohl of Jacksonville at the young lawyers’ January meeting in Ponte Vedra. She will be sworn-in as president-elect in June at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Boca Raton and will serve as YLD president in 2001.YLD President Greg Coleman said Rice is the “perfect choice” to lead the YLD and noted she has paid her dues over the past five years.“Liz has been active in our modernization of the Practicing with Professionalism program, improving our relations with our statewide affiliates and increasing the division’s sensitivity toward gender and diversity issues,” Coleman said. “Liz is extremely intelligent, hardworking and approachable — her leadership will be noticed.”“There is no one on the board that has done more and been as productive and more of an organized contributor than Liz,” said Stuart Ratzan, the YLD’s current president-elect. “She is going to be a dedicated and conscience leader of the Young Lawyers Division.”Rice, who concentrates her practice in commercial litigation and bankruptcy with Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, said the division needs to turn some of its attention to quality of life issues.“We have a lot more lawyers wanting to take on flex time schedules and work on a contract basis, and I want to see if there is anything that our division can do as far as support for people who want to pursue that type of a career path,” said Rice, 36, who chaired the Hillsborough County Bar’s Future Trends in the Legal Profession panel.“People are wanting to have quality in their lives, spend more time with their families and have interests outside of their lives as lawyers.”Rice said recent law school graduates interviewed by her future trends committee indicated “they are not driven by the dollar and don’t want to do the 2000-hour billable year anymore.” Rice said she also is distressed that many of her peers from law school are leaving the profession for more flexible careers.Rice wants the YLD to develop a support system for people who want to approach their employers about setting up a nontraditional work schedule. She said the YLD needs to develop a database of information about those who are now using flex schedules, how they work, and if they are succeeding.“I think a lot of employers think when you approach them with [flexible schedules] they are reluctant to do it because they think everybody will want to do this,” Rice said. “Statistically, which is not the case.” ProfessionalismRice also wants to improve the division’s CLE programs, with a particular emphasis on the mandatory Practicing with Professionalism seminar.The Supreme Court requires new Bar members to attend Practicing with Professionalism, which replaced the Bridge-the-Gap seminar, and is designed to help ease the transition from law school to the practice of law. It features one day of practical skills presentations and one day of interactive discussions concerning issues of ethics and professionalism.Rice, who now co-chairs the YLD’s Practice with Professionalism Committee and has helped put the seminar on in the Tampa area for the past five years, said the division will put forth renewed effort to attracting quality speakers and assembling outstanding materials for the participants.“We really have an obligation to our constituents to make that the best seminar possible,” Rice said. Bar Work Rice became involved in Bar work after she graduated from the University of Florida law school in 1989 and was hired by Hill, Ward & Henderson. She said former Bar President Ben Hill instilled in her the importance of providing service to the community and profession. And that commitment also is honored by her present firm, which she has been with since 1994.“I appreciate Stearns Weaver Miller for its support of my Bar work, which requires a substantial commitment of time,” Rice said. “The firm understands the importance of civic and professional involvement.”Rice was recently honored at an awards banquet for the first 40-Under-40 Rising Stars presented by The Business Journal Serving Greater Tampa Bay and Junior Achievement of West Central Florida. The award was presented to Rice for her business, civic and personal contributions toward making the Tampa Bay area a better place to live.Rice also is a member of The Florida Bar Business Law Section’s Bankruptcy/UCC Subcommittee and a member of the YLD Executive Committee. Active in the YLD since 1995, Rice also currently chairs Local Affiliate Outreach Committees and serves as liaison to the ABA’s YLD. In Tampa, Rice serves as an ex officio member of the Hillsborough County Bar’s Young Lawyers Division. In recognition of her contributions to the local and state Bar, she received the 1997-98 Most Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the association’s YLD. Finding Her Place Rice came to the law almost accidentally. She was engaged to her now husband, Edwin G. Rice, when she graduated from UF with an undergraduate degree in geology in 1986 and Edwin, who was enrolled in the UF law school, encouraged Liz to pursue a law degree so they could be together for the next three years.She did, but still did not plan on practicing until she became enamored with law during a summer internship at Hill, Ward and Henderson.That, however, does not mean she has lost her love for things geologic.“I love to take trips where we get to see interesting geological facets,” Rice said, noting a recent ABA event provided her an opportunity to take in the Columbia Plateau in the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, Rice said, Florida has very little in the way of fascinating geological features.Rice and her husband have two girls, Alex, 2½, and Aaron 9 months.last_img read more

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CFPB mortgage servicing consent order

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a consent order against Specialized Loan Servicing, LLC (SLS). The consent order came after the CFPB concluded its investigation into certain practices related to SLS’s mortgage servicing portfolio. Under the consent order, SLS must pay $775,000 to consumers as redress and waive an additional $500,000 in borrower deficiencies. The order also requires SLS to pay the CFPB a civil money penalty of $250,000. In addition to these monetary obligations, the consent order requires SLS to implement policies and procedures to address the regulatory violations, develop comprehensive compliance plans to ensure that these corrective policies and procedures comply with applicable law, and satisfy recordkeeping and compliance monitoring requirements.CFPB’s FindingsThe consent order addressed two issues. First, the CFPB found that SLS failed to comply with the foreclosure protections set forth in sections 1024.41(f)(2) and (g) of Regulation X. Section 1024.41(f)(2) prohibits mortgage servicers from making the first notice or filing in a judicial or nonjudicial foreclosure unless:They have provided written notice to the borrower that the borrower is ineligible for any loss mitigation option and the borrower’s right to appeal has been exhausted; continue reading »last_img read more

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NAFCU, 100+ trades to Congress: Simplified PPP forgiveness would support economy

first_img This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img NAFCU joined with more than 100 trade groups – representing financial services, small businesses, and other key industries – in a letter Thursday urging congressional leaders to “immediately address the overburdensome Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness process before the end of the year.”“Congress can solve this problem and inject the equivalent of $7 billion into our economy by passing bipartisan, common-sense legislation to streamline PPP forgiveness for small businesses on Main Street in communities across the country,” the groups wrote.The trades specifically asked for Congress to take up bipartisan legislation that has been introduced in both the House and Senate – H.R. 7777 and S. 4117 – that would reduce small businesses’ compliance costs associated with the forgiveness process, provide protections and relief for PPP lenders, and create regulatory certainty for PPP loans.The NAFCU-supported legislation would provide automatic forgiveness of PPP loans under $150,000 after the borrower completes a simple, one-page forgiveness document.last_img read more

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Redknapp rues injury woes

first_img Promoted Rangers looked to be heading towards a fourth Barclays Premier League defeat before Croatian Kranjcar, on loan for a second season from Dynamo Kiev, picked himself up after being fouled 20 yards out to whip the ball over the wall and into the top corner. Redknapp had seen his pre-match plans hit by injury to Brazilian midfielder Sandro, while captain Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch both went off with hamstring problems. With the likes of Chile forward Eduardo Vargas, handed his first Premier League start, and on-loan Juventus defender Mauricio Isla still settling in, Redknapp can do without a selection headache ahead of next weekend’s trip to high-flying former club Southampton. “We lost Sandro in training this week, then we lost Joey early on with a hamstring, and then Jordon has to come off as well, so I have gone from having five midfielders on my books to being down to just two,” he said. “Sandro hasn’t played, and that has been the problem with a lot of them – they came in as a last-minute job. “We started the season with just 12 players, and had to go find some quickly. “We brought players in, they were not up to speed and they need games.” Redknapp, though, was able to take encouragement from the character shown by his side, who had trailed to an early goal from Mame Diouf before a downward header by Steven Caulker was hacked into the Stoke net by Peter Crouch off Charlie Adam to pull things level. Crouch then put the visitors ahead on 51 minutes, only for a string of wasted chances on the break to prove costly as QPR rallied during the closing stages, which Redknapp hopes can act as a springboard for the challenges ahead. “The two away games have been difficult,” he said. “We got well beaten, but we have played Tottenham and Manchester United – they are not games where you look at the start of the season and think ‘we are going to go there and get some points’. They are very difficult games, and not too many teams are going to go there and win. Press Association Manager Harry Redknapp hopes injury setbacks will not derail QPR’s attempts to build some momentum after a superb late free-kick from Niko Kranjcar secured a 2-2 draw against Stoke at Loftus Road. “There are other games, with the teams around us, that we have got to look to win.” While Stoke only have themselves to blame for failing to come away with all three points, manager Mark Hughes preferred to concentrate on the positives from what was his first return to Loftus Road since being sacked in November 2012 after just 10 months at the helm. As well as the industry of Crouch, who had interested his former Portsmouth and Tottenham boss Redknapp in the summer, on-loan Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses was a constant threat down the flanks. “Victor has been excellent in every game he has played for us, and has had an effect, given us that pace which we probably lacked last year,” Hughes said of the 23-year-old former Wigan winger, who was a fringe player at Liverpool last season. “He has had two years where he has not played a lot of football, and that is not because of a perceived lack of ability, but he is going to get opportunities to play for us and we have been delighted with what he has produced.” last_img read more

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Stellar entry for Irish Champion

first_img Dual Guineas hero Gleneagles heads a strong Aidan O’Brien challenge, as the Ballydoyle trainer bids to add to his record haul of seven victories in the race. Dermot Weld has put in his Epsom Derby hope Zawraq, along with the exciting Free Eagle. Other notable Irish entries include David Wachman’s Newmarket Guineas heroine Legatissimo, Jim Bolger’s Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Pleascach and Ken Condon’s Success Days, as well as Ger Lyons’ Irish 2,000 Guineas second Endless Drama. Seven Japanese entries feature, headed by Japan Cup winner Epiphaneia, the second highest-rated horse in the world last year, and Japan Derby winner One And Only. Three-time Group One winner Criterion could become the first horse trained in Australia to run in Ireland. Popular gelding Cirrus Des Aigles and Karakontie, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita in November, stand out among an entry of six from France. Leopardstown chief executive Pat Keogh said: “We are all looking forward to the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes which is the feature race on the first day of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend. “Last year five Group One winners took part in a thrilling contest when The Grey Gatsby just prevailed. “We are delighted to see so many top-quality horses entered this year and it is particularly pleasing to see the international spread of entries including horses from Japan and Australia. “The race is currently rated in the top 10 in the world and this looks like being another vintage renewal of this famous race.” A host of big names have been entered for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 12. John Gosden has put in his two Investec Derby contenders Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs, while another leading Epsom hope features in the shape of the Andrew Balding-trained Elm Park. Lockinge Stakes winner Night Of Thunder adds to the British challenge, as do St Leger winner Kingston Hill and last year’s winner The Grey Gatsby. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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McKoy named athlete-of-the-week after cross country performance

first_imgGUYANA’S Claudrice McKoy has already begun to make her mark at her new school, Monroe College, in the USA, where she is currently attending on an Athletics scholarship. She achieved her first win for her school after championing the Queensborough Community College Invitational cross-country event last Sunday.The CARIFTA Games gold medallist finished the 5K race in 20:22.24s to top a field of 205 athletes, leading the Monroe College women’s cross-country team to an impressive second-place finish out of 27 teams in the competitive meet.She was the only one of her teammates to finish in the top five in the race, and only one of three to finish in the top ten. This saw McKoy being named the female athlete-of-the-week at her school.McKoy is one of three Guyanese athletes, who were awarded scholarships to Monroe College earlier this year, following impressive performances at regional meets.McKoy was approached after her performance at this year’s CARIFTA Games, where she finished with a gold medal in the Girls’ 3000m and a bronze in the 1500m. She also medalled at the South American Junior Championships, where she took bronze in the 1500m.The other athletes offered scholarships were sprinters Onasha Rogers and Avon Samuels.Rogers and Samuels each took silver medal at SA Juniors, finishing second in the 100m and 400m respectively. They both had bronze in the Girls’ 4x100m at the Championships, while Samuels also had a gold medal in the Girls’ 4x400m.last_img read more

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The Latest: Premier League clubs approve match protocols

first_imgThe competition organizers say they have confirmed 13 races. They are all at European locations.They say four more races in the United States, Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia could be added to the calendar depending on health and travel restrictions. That decision on the additional races will be made before July 31.The track in Jérez, Spain, will host the first two races on July 19 and 26 before the competition heads to the Czech Republic for the third race.The season is expected to finish before Dec. 13.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Premier League soccer clubs have approved the match protocols for when the competition resumes on Wednesday after a 100-day shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The procedures cover matchday operations and include splitting stadiums into red, amber and green zones to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.Restrictions also have been placed on the number of people allowed into stadiums.The season is scheduled to resume on Wednesday with Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United and Arsenal playing at Manchester City.___MotoGP says it will resume next month with two races in Spain following a suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic. June 11, 2020 The Latest: Premier League clubs approve match protocols More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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