The California Poppies have started flowering in the OakWoodland! Fun fact: This beautiful symbol of California is the only poppy represented amongst all the State Flowers #ExploreDescansoAfter careful consideration, Descanso Gardens has made the decision to re-open to the public on Saturday, May 16. In order to ensure that staff and visitors are safe, the Gardens have made some adjustments to how they operate. The public garden will put a variety of new social distancing rules in place including:• limiting the number of tickets they are selling to 30% of capacity• selling timed tickets to limit the number of people at the entry at any given time• reconfiguring the entry to make social distancing easier• closing all indoor spaces including the Sturt Haaga Gallery and Boddy House• adding hand sanitizing stations in the courtyard• closing drinking fountains• cleaning restrooms every half hour• there will be no programs, music or walks during this time…we will bring programming back as soon as it is safe.• seating has been removed in the courtyard to give space for social distancing• the Enchanted Railroad will be closed for now• wheelchair rental will not be availableTickets will go on sale Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m., starting tomorrow. The new hours for the public will be 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Members have special access to the Gardens early, from 8am-9am, and they do not need tickets to visit during the day. All other visitors will need advance tickets. Tickets can be purchased at descansogardens.org or by calling the Visitor Center at 818-949-4200. If guests come to the Garden without a ticket, they will not be able to.Masks and social distancing between guests will be required. Descanso is asking visitors to take the same precautions at the Gardens that they do when they go out in public. The county guidelines say that safe distancing is 6 feet apart, which, in garden terms, is about 12 goslings or 4 rose bushes.Descanso’s restaurant, The Kitchen at Descanso (formerly Maple), will be open for limited hours. You can purchase drinks, which can be taken into the garden, or food, which must be eaten in the picnic area or taken home. Because the drinking fountains will not be operational, guests are advised to bring their own water or purchase drinks at the Kitchen.“We made the decision to close on March 19th due to an abundance of caution,” said Juliann Rooke, executive director, Descanso Gardens. “We have been monitoring state and county guidelines to inform our decision and feel that it is safe for us to re-open in a limited way. We feel that now, more than ever, people are searching for peaceful, relaxing places to go and we want to be able to provide that kind of tranquility for members and visitors. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon!”About Descanso GardensFounded as a public garden in 1953, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. 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Like many students, senior Melanie LeMay decided to attend Notre Dame for an elite education, to strengthen her faith and because it was a place where she felt at home.“My story about coming to Notre Dame is pretty much like any other Notre Dame student’s,” LeMay said.Two months into her freshman year, however, LeMay said she discovered she was gay and suddenly felt isolated at the University she previously called home.“It felt right, it felt real. But at the same time, it was devastatingly scary,” she said. “I felt alone and isolated and unwelcome, like I couldn’t tell anyone.”For months, LeMay refrained from coming out to her friends, and even dated a male as she struggled to come to terms with her sexuality.“After I knew I was gay, I tried to be straight. I was worried about the ramifications of my faith life,” she said. “I cared about him a lot, but I didn’t have romantic feelings for him. We broke up in April and that is what sealed the fact that I was gay.”By April of her freshman year, she said she had come out to her friends with positive results and had been welcomed into the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community on campus.“For the first time, I felt like I was coming home to Notre Dame again like I had when I first got there as a freshman,” she said. “I could be myself and be comfortable here and flourish here, and there are people who would love me and accept me for who I am.”However, that is not to say that being gay at Notre Dame is easy.In response to T-shirts that said ‘Gay? Fine by me,’ some students made T-shirts that said ‘Gay? Go to hell,’ LeMay said.“If I had been a closeted student seeing a student wearing a shirt like that, it would have just pushed me further into the closet,” she said.Senior Patrick Bears, an openly gay male, said he knows of many students who had the word ‘fag’ written on the bulletin boards outside their dorm rooms.But Bears said it is more common for students to act uncomfortable, rather than hateful, around gay students.“When I was living in Stanford, I was pretty much the gay kid on the first floor. Some of the kids would just give me weird looks when I walked by,” Bears said. “They looked as if I was terrifying, as if I had giant talons for hands.”Senior Eddie Velazquez, who knew he was gay when he decided to attend the University, said subtle looks or comments take a toll on students who are not completely comfortable with their sexuality.“It’s the equivalent of throwing a tiny pebble at somebody. If each comment is one pebble, you think it’s just one pebble, it’s not going to hurt,” he said. “Over the course of a semester, they add up to 1,000 pebbles. Suddenly, the burden is a lot heavier.”Bears attributed students’ behavior to ignorance rather than outright discrimination.“They don’t really have any experience,” he said. “It’s more or less a fear that comes out of ignorance.”Bears said students could become more educated simply by asking questions.“For most any gay person, if you have any questions, feel free to ask us about them,” he said. “A lot of us are more than willing to talk.”Another way students can help facilitate an accepting environment for the LGBTQ community is to lead by example, Valezquez said.“When you act in a positive manner and when you show willingness to accept, good vibes are contagious,” he said.One particular challenge for gay students is finding and connecting with other gay students because currently no official student club exists for the LGBTQ community, Velazquez said.“One of the concerns for gay students who do enter into our student body is that they may not necessarily find gay students to find interests with and to talk to,” Velazquez said. “Until they do find a good group of friends, it’s difficult for students to be able to relate to their peers.”Core Council for Gay and Lesbian Students, an advisory group to the Vice President of Student Affairs, has meetings that attract a regular group of 15 to 20 students. However, many more LGBTQ students attend the University, Velazquez said.Despite having a smaller pool to choose from, LeMay said dating definitely occurs.“I was in a long-term relationship with another Notre Dame student my sophomore and junior year, so it is possible to date here,” she said. “I know that we interact a lot with the Saint Mary’s gay community as well, which helps the girls.”Velazquez said the dating patterns among the LGBTQ community at Notre Dame are quite similar to those of heterosexual students at Notre Dame.“They are gay students, but they are still Notre Dame students. So they still fall into the same range,” he said. “I know people who have been in the same relationship for three years and then other people who just do not take interest.”The students said Notre Dame, which is repeatedly ranked high on Princeton Review’s list of ‘Alternative lifestyles not an alternative,’ was more accepting than its reputation may imply.“There is this kind of idea that Notre Dame is a terrible place for you to be gay. It may be worse than other schools, but it’s better than a lot of schools,” Bears said.Though LeMay said she probably would not have come to Notre Dame if she had known she was gay, she has no regrets.“I’ve had a happy four years here, three of which I was out,” LeMay said. “I would not change my experience for anything.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are searching for an armed assailant who shot a teenager in Copiague early Saturday morning, police said. The 14-year-old male victim was standing outside a residence on West Prospect Street at 1:10 a.m. when he was shot in the leg by an unknown suspect, police said. The teen, who was not identified, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was treated and released, police said. The investigation is continuing, police said. Detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed the shooting to contact the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
Without one minute and 40 seconds, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team would have dispatched Minnesota Friday night at the Kohl Center.Unfortunately for the Badgers (2-16-3, 0-6-1-1 Big Ten), they had to play the entire 60 minutes, and in two separate spans that totaled just over two minutes, the Gophers scored six times to drop UW, 7-5.For the second straight series opener, the Badgers jumped out to a big advantage, but for the second straight series opener, the middle period haunted them, as Minnesota (12-9-2, 3-2-2-0) scored four times in 100 seconds in the midway part of the frame to erase a 3-1 deficit.“Compared to the lead we had last Friday night [against Michigan], I thought we were better,” Eaves said. “It was like somebody turned the light off for a minute and 40 seconds and we had no clue what our brain was doing.”Wisconsin had scored with just seven seconds left in the first period on a nifty breakaway goal from freshman Matt Ustaski to go up 2-1, and added to that with Grant Besse’s fifth goal in his last five games 4:13 into the second period.But a little less than seven minutes later, Minnesota’s Vinni Lettieri found a loose puck in front of UW goaltender Joel Rumpel and stuffed the puck in between Rumpel’s legs to start the Gophers’ onslaught. It took the Gophers another 1:01 to tally their next goal, but Jake Bischoff’s score at the 12:01 mark began a string of three goals in just 39 seconds to put Minnesota up for good.Those four goals in the second period came from four different players, as Minnesota’s had 13 different players tally a point throughout the evening.Another common theme throughout the night came in the form of Wisconsin allowing rebound chances. The final three goals of the second period from Minnesota all came after Rumpel made the initial save.“It’s obviously tough letting in seven, but I was battling as hard as I could. I was inches away from making three of them,” Rumpel said. “It’s unfortunate, but it happens some games I guess.”Wisconsin got another late goal in the second period to bring the lead down to 5-4 heading into the final frame. But, Minnesota had another short burst of offense eight minutes into the third period to put the game away. Taylor Cammarata slammed home a rebound try on the power play after Rumpel stopped Sam Warning’s initial shot from the top of the left circle. Then just 36 seconds later at even strength, Hudson Fasching zipped one past Rumpel from the slot to make it 7-4.Jedd Soleway’s goal a minute and 15 seconds later brought the lead down to two, but Wisconsin couldn’t get any closer the rest of the way. Dating back to Jan. 17 against Minnesota, Wisconsin has been outscored 25-11 in its last four games.And despite a nearly carbon copy of last Friday’s 7-4 loss to Michigan, Wisconsin still couldn’t learn from its mistakes from a week ago in its fourth straight loss.“With this happening before, I think we were a little bit more confident in [keeping the lead], but I think the results showed that we weren’t tonight,” defenseman Chase Drake said.
Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Martin Lycka – GVC HoldingsGVC Holdings Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka explains how 2020 events have handed the industry a crisis agenda that incumbents must accept and match with responsibility and good faith… The stakes have never been placed this high on operator conduct.______________________Sunday morning – end of winter. With the NHL and the NBA regular seasons entering their final quarter, there are plenty of nerve-wracking battles for playoff spots ahead. In Europe this means waking up, checking the overnight scores on your phone?Then down to the lounge and flick the TV on – the schedule is Winter Sports World Cups, an abundance of football to watch all across Europe now the Six Nations has been completed, and a host of other sporting spectacles on the horizon. Baseball, cricket, horseracing, Augusta International, March Madness, IPL, Rolland Garros into Wimbledon, NFL, NHL and NBA drafts. Weekends full of sport and the opportunity to do it all again next weekend.I guess this would have been the diary of the most sports fan at the time of the onset of coronavirus in Europe and the US. Yet, the sports have come a grinding halt; at first, games were played in front of empty stands, and then stopped completely. Leagues, races and tours are being suspended or even cancelled; new creative formats for drafts invented. There is absolutely no doubt that public health and protection of the vulnerable must come first and that the suspensions and cancellations have been the right course of action to take. There being no sport is an unprecedented situation for the modern-day gambling industry. The response to this situation requires responsibility and resilience. This is no time to relax or loosen consumer protection standards, in particular, those that apply to safer gambling and prevention of gambling addiction; on the contrary, further action is required to afford due protection to the people who hunkered down in their house and maybe suffering from boredom. First thing’s first, communication; it is advisable to remind all customers in a proactive manner to gamble responsibly and use the safer gambling tools the operators have introduced that allow them to set reasonable boundaries to their gambling behaviour. Even more prominent responsible gambling messages on operators’ sites which are echoed by responsible gambling-led media campaigns and have the ability to relay the above precepts through additional channels. This helps ensure the customer can continue to enjoy gambling as a form of entertainment without overstepping the mark. It goes without saying that all attempts at taking advantage of the pandemic or the resulting isolation for gambling or gambling marketing purposes need to be prevented and condemned. In other words, gambling companies are called upon to step up to the plate and provide for their customers and their safety. GVC, my company, has just like on many occasions in the recent past, heeded the call and will have introduced two new safer gambling algorithms, the so-called Markers of Harm, designed to monitor and review player behaviour pre and post home isolation during the crisis as well as additional safer gambling tools in a bid to help prevent the inception of gambling addiction at an early stage. At the same time, with casinos and betting shops closed (all for a good reason), the battle for the survival of the gambling sector rages on. Do virtual sports and esports have the ability to plug the glaring gaps left in the hearts and minds of sports fans craving to see the next goal, pitch, pass or hoop as opposed to re-runs of games from the glory days gone by? Could expediting online gaming legislation, for example along the lines iDEA Growth has lately propounded in the US and others have done elsewhere, help offset the gargantuan economic losses the industry, or at least some parts of it, maybe facing in a foreseeable future? Answering these two and many other questions lies at the heart of the industry’s efforts to show resilience in these testing times. At the risk of being labelled old-fashioned, I struggle to believe that virtual sports could be an adequate replacement for the passion of live sports; yet ramping them up within the bounds of reason can help steer customers into the controlled channels of regulated markets. In some jurisdictions expediting online gaming legislation, as long it is done with a very close eye on the highest applicable safer and sustainable gambling standards, might have the same effect; it might even go beyond and help those veteran brick-and-mortar casino customers discover new information about their gambling behaviour. Health and safety come first and gambling comes nowhere near second. Yet, there is a lot to do within our industry before the Bayerns, Bruins and Buccaneers are back on our screens. ________________Martin Lycka – Director of Regulatory Affairs – GVC Holdings
In a very bizarre circumstance, a faction of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) involved in a tussle for leadership named a dead referee, Wale Akinsanya, for a top-flight game to be held this Sunday.The dead referee was appointed for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game between Warri Wolves and Giwa FC billed to be held in the city of Warri by the NFF faction of Chris Giwa.supersport.com understands that the NFF faction, led by Giwa listed, late Akinsanya in its list of appointments for match officials in a letter dated April 20, 2016 to the League Management Company (LMC), which oversees the running of the top division in Nigeria.The late Akinsanya was appointed for the game alongside Tope Orowole and M Adeleke as assistant referees. Peter Efozia is listed as fourth official and Tunde Oloyede as match commissioner.Unknown to the Giwa NFF faction, the referee passed on January 22 this year during a mandatory Fifa cooper test for referees in Ibadan. – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports