The Chautauqua Institution Logo.CHAUTAUQUA – The Chautauqua Institution has announced the organization plans to host some in-person programming during its 2021 summer season.The Institution’s President, Michael E. Hill, says the approach was approved by the Institution’s Board of Trustees this month and will depend on further guidance and regulations from state, federal and local government officials.“This working plan is the result of our team having spent the entire fall consulting experts, learning from the experience of industry colleagues, and observing and analyzing government regulations concerning entities with operations similar to Chautauqua’s,” said Hill in a statement. “We took those learnings alongside the evolving news but promise of vaccines, and crafted a series of informed assumptions about what we might encounter in June.”Hill noted all Institution operations will meet — and in many cases exceed — federal, state and local regulations. Details of how these mandated policies and procedures will affect the patron experience will be shared as the season approaches, following more firm guidance from authorities. At the moment, the Institution plans to use its open-air Amphitheater as its primary programming venue for all major programs, though it is anticipated patron capacity would need to be reduced to comply with guidelines.A modified gate pass structure will help Chautauqua manage access to its venues, including the introduction of a long-term pass that does not include Amphitheater programming, at a substantially reduced price.Holders of the new pass will be able to curate their own Chautauqua experience via purchase of single event tickets for any programs they wish to attend.Ticket sales for long-term passes will begin in January. Day passes and single-event ticket sales are expected to begin in February and March.Chautauqua’s 2020 program plans include in-house programs, pending health and safety regulations, and accommodating changes to conform to a reconfigured daily and weekly schedule. This includes daily ecumenical services, the two primary lecture series daily from the departments of Education and Religion, popular shows, theater and opera productions, Massey Organ concerts, master classes and enrichment courses, and performances by the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and students of the Music School Festival Orchestra.Other traditional Chautauqua programs may appear primarily on the digital platforms of CHQ Assembly, including some Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle author discussions.Chautauqua’s Schools of Performing and Visual Arts will convene abridged and appropriately distanced training programs in dance, music and the visual arts. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) read more
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Arsenal kept their top-four challenge on track with a routine 3-0 win over upcoming FA Cup final opponents Hull at the KC Stadium. Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil returned to the Arsenal line-up for the first time since March 11 after passing a fitness test on his hamstring, while Hull strikers Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic were recalled having been cup-tied against Sheffield United. The match was preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of former City full-back Andy ‘Jock’ Davidson, whose 579 appearances represent a club record. Visiting keeper Wojciech Szczesny then foiled Hull captain Curtis Davies from an early corner. Play was bizarrely interrupted in the early stages when a section of pitchside advertising hoardings blew over, littering the pitch but fortunately without injury to any of the players. Szczesny gathered Ahmed Elmohamady’s deflected cross and was also out quickly to beat Long to a dangerous through-ball. Ozil was denied a penalty when he tumbled over Elmohamady’s challenge, with replays indicating some contact. Jelavic’s sharp shot on the turn then drew an impressive low save from Szczesny but Long took too long to line up his shot from Jake Livermore’s sumptuous through-ball, firing high and wide. In between, Steve Harper beat away a decent strike from Podolski’s weaker right foot. Press Association Lukas Podolski scored either side of half-time after Aaron Ramsey’s classy opener to ensure Arsenal would remain ahead of Everton regardless of the Toffees’ result against Manchester United. Hull contributed well in the first half but Podolski’s second goal soon after the break knocked the stuffing out of them, and they will need to improve before the sides meet again next month. Elmohamady broke up a promising Gunners attack by poking the ball away from Podolski – but the visitors took the lead in the 31st minute. A slick passing move ended with Ozil and Santi Cazorla playing in Ramsey, who had been involved early in the move back at halfway, to fire low inside Harper’s far post. An Arsenal win, perversely, could help Hull’s Europa League claims – a top-four finish for the Gunners would see the cup-winner’s place revert to Hull no matter the result on May 17. But on-loan Spurs man Livermore was in no mood to settle for the status quo, and sent a low drive against the inside of a post with Szczesny hopelessly beaten. Long failed to make a meaningful contact with Liam Rosenior’s cross and was punished by a second Arsenal goal on the stroke of half-time. Hull were incensed as Jelavic was not awarded a free-kick after Mikel Arteta’s challenge – a borderline call – and when Arsenal countered quickly, Ramsey chested Olivier Giroud’s cross down to Podolski who rifled home. Cup hero Matty Fryatt replaced Long at half-time but could not get the better of Bacary Sagna and Szczesny from his first opportunity. Nine minutes into the second half, Podolski made it three. Harper saved well with his foot from Ramsey’s initial effort but could only present the German with a simple finish. Jelavic’s shot was deflected away for a corner, and from it the Croatian’s header forced another, but Hull could not find the cutting edge. Harper had a real let-off when he misread Rosenior’s back-pass and hacked the ball against Giroud. The France striker chased down the loose ball but hit the bar from an acute angle. Rosenior’s cross eluded substitute Stephen Quinn, newly on for Jelavic, and at the other end Per Mertesacker almost diverted Cazorla’s poor free-kick on goal. Harper saved well from Ramsey before an increasingly rare Hull threat saw Tom Huddlestone’s shot tipped over by an unsighted Szczesny. The 2,000 visiting fans in the crowd of 24,762 made their own entertainment by chanting the name of beleaguered Tottenham boss, and boyhood Arsenal fan, Tim Sherwood. Fryatt stung Szczesny’s palms from range but the match fizzled out in the closing stages, with Arsenal content with their winning margin. read more
The American esports organisation Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) have announced their partnership with Overwolf, an application which allows developers to create downloadable applications for video games. This partnership will be oriented towards CLG’s League of Legends fans and will prove in-game play tips and build guides through an application called “Legendary Builds.” These tips and guides will be developed by CLG’s professional LoL team. Players will be able to access these resources through Overwolf’s in-game overlay, allowing them easy access without having to switch to a different window outside of the game.Uri Marchand, Overwolf’s Co-founder and CEO stated: “We take pride in our players’ personal stories and how they fought their way up to the highest levels of play. With the Legendary Builds app, our community can now follow our players’ recommended build strategies and tips so that they can climb the ranks in League of Legends. The Legendary Build app gave us a great way to give back to our community by helping them level up their game.”Image courtesy of Courtesy of CLGCLG’s Director of Business Development John Spiher added: “Our apps help gamers play at their best. The Legendary Builds app is like having your pro friend sit next to you and personally coach you on LoL strategy and item builds. The CLG team has always inspired me with their players’ unique stories about grit and passion.”This isn’t Overwolf’s first big partnership. Many partnerships, such as those with EA, Wargaming.net and Intel were made to create specially made apps for the partner’s audience. Overwolf has also created the official Teamspeak in-game overlay in partnership with Teamspeak.”Esports Insider says: League of Legends is one of the most popular esports titles in the world. With this in mind, it’s clear that another such team partnership could help Overwolf give their name an added boost in the space. read more
Marc Gasol has had a lot of special years in his basketball career, enjoying success with both his club, and his country.This year could end up being the best of all for the Toronto Raptors center, who recently captured his first NBA crown. A strong showing at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China would certainly make the year even better. “I’m going to try to keep this successful streak going by coming back home from China with something, a medal for example, that would be amazing,” he said with a smile to FIBA.basketball. “I just won an NBA title, and I really want more and more. I’ve won a lot with the national team since I first played at senior level, but I want to keep winning and be with the guys to keep making history for Spanish basketball.”Gasol has always posed a lot of problems for opponents in international competition because not only is he big, but skilled.Gasol has already assured his place in history with Spain, helping it capture the country’s first and only world title in 2006, in Japan. Two years later and he played in the team that reached the Beijing Olympic Gold Medal Game, where Spain fell in a thriller to the United States.Then Gasol and his teammates won FIBA EuroBasket 2009 in Poland. He also reached the top of the podium at FIBA EuroBasket 2011 and played against the USA in a second straight Olympic Final, which was even closer than the first, but still had to settle for a silver medal.Add a FIBA EuroBasket second-place finish in 2007 and third-place finishes at FIBA EuroBasket 2013 and FIBA EuroBasket 2017 and it all adds up to a legendary career with his national team.He’s hungry for more. The tournament expanded from 16 to 24 teams in 2006 while this summer, the World Cup will have 32 teams for the first time.”A lot of good teams can make good runs in China,” Gasol said. “Every game is going to be a tough battle, and none of the teams are going there to just play and go home after the first round. Every team has the motivation to go to the next round, and we all have to be careful and play at 100 percent to have our best chances of going far in the tournament. Teams like France, Australia, Serbia and many more can have great runs.” “I’m always very motivated to play with the national team, and my love for the game is huge,” he said. “I’m driven by the goal of winning and having the most complete career I can have, and I still feel that passion and motivation to keep working hard and playing to win medals and titles. I’m very motivated for this summer and I can’t wait to compete with the guys in China.”It’s going to be a very competitive tournament, probably one of the best ever, and we are all very excited to wear the national team jersey and try to make another great run at a FIBA World Cup.”In the First Round, Spain will play in Group C against Puerto Rico, Tunisia and Iran. They must have a top two finish to advance to the Second Round, where they would play in Group J against the top two from First Round Group D that is made up of Serbia, Italy, Angola and Philippines. The sides that finish first and second in Group J will progress to the Quarter-Finals.Gasol will keep close tabs on Canada, who recently put his Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse in charge of their national team.”It’s going to be a very exciting tournament for them as they are building a very competitive team and they can go far in the tournament,” he said. “They have many talented players, a great mindset, and they want to show the world their talent.As for Nurse, he said: “Coach Nick is very talented and he wants to help Canada basketball continue to improve. He has worked in the past with Great Britain (2012 Olympics) and they have shown improvement. Nick loves FIBA basketball. I am sure he is going to have a lot of success with Canada, and that the guys are going to love working with him.””NICK LOVES FIBA BASKETBALL. I AM SURE HE IS GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF SUCCESS WITH CANADA, AND THAT THE GUYS ARE GOING TO LOVE WORKING WITH HIM.”- Marc GasolThe World Cup has not been kind to Spain since their great triumph of 2006. They lost in the 2010 Quarter-Finals, in Istanbul to a Milos Teodosic three-pointer at the buzzer, and then in 2014, France upset Gasol and Spain in Madrid, again in the last eight.In 2010, Gasol’s brother, Pau, the MVP of the 2006 triumph, didn’t play and the same will be the case in 2019 with an injury robbing the country of their superstar.”I know he is disappointed at not being able to play this summer, but he’ll support us and be our first fan,” Gasol said. “We’re going to construct a very good roster, and despite Pau’s absence, we’ll have a lot of talented players and will play with the same goals of winning and making Spain shine at international level once again. I love to play with my brother in the national team, and we have to do our best to qualify for the next Olympics so we’ll wear the national team jersey together again.” https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e5/5b/pau-gasol-marc-gasol-spain-fiba_85s25p9f5px1vczpzkkqpg89.jpg?t=433161540&w=500&quality=80 https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3b/76/pau-gasol-marc-gasol-spain-fiba_1n47dyaig2uhl18dqlzye4prr9.jpg?t=433350428&w=500&quality=80 read more
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