Kitzbühel prepares for ski season with new Covid-19 measures | News

first_imgSo that everyone can fully enjoy their winter holiday, wearing a mask will be required in accommodation communal areas, in the waiting areas and on the ski lifts, and social distancing measures will be in place throughout. Hand sanitiser will be widely available, and visitors will be able to dine out in confidence thanks to strict restaurant hygiene practices as directed by the ministry of health. Pioneering UV-C light disinfecting processes will be in use at several locations, including at the impressive Aquarena swimming and spa centre. During the season skiers will be able to use the four main lifts from the valley (Hahnenkamm, Fleckalm, Maierl, Wagstätt) from as early as 08:00, and a total of 11 lifts will be in operation to help the flow of visitors, meaning less time waiting and more time skinning.Kitzbühel is leading the way with a comprehensive Covid-19 testing programme, with most accommodation providers working with the authorities to regularly test their staff. Hotel employees have been able to receive free tests on a voluntary basis since July 1st, and this was extended to those in the catering industry on September 1st.Ski instructors can now also take part in the programme, meaning almost everyone that holidaymakers come into contact with, will be regularly checked. If required, visitors themselves will be able to take a rapid test at a dedicated screening station in the town, with results delivered in just three hours. Visitors are encouraged to book ski passes online, meaning they can beat the queue and eliminate the possibility of creating congestion at the ticket office. More InformationBergbahn AG Kitzbühel is considered the World’s Best Ski Resort Company by voters at the World Ski Awards. Images: Markus Mitterer and Michael Werlberger The ski season in Kitzbühel officially began at the end of last month with a flurry of health and safety measures put in place so that everyone can travel this winter. At present, selected slopes are open to professional skiers only, with the resort planning to open fully to the public on November 30th, when regional travel restrictions are due to come to an end. – Advertisement – NewerJamaica Tourist Board launches virtual culinary tours This season began the Saturday before last, when the Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel opened on the Resterhöhe, which is the training area of the Austrian and German ski teams. More than 50 national and international squads registered to ski there, alongside a number winter sports clubs and junior teams. New lockdown measures mean that holidaymakers will not be able to take to the pistes until the end of November, when full access to the slopes should resume, including to the world famous Hahnenkamm mountain, which is home to the legendary Streif.- Advertisement – In addition to adhering to the rules as set out by the local and national authorities, tourism providers in Kitzbühel have been working around the clock to ensure that guests can make the most of the town’s superb facilities, while experiencing a warm and heartfelt Tirolean welcome.The winter sports season in Kitzbühel is one of the longest in the Alps, with more than 200 days of ski and boarding to enjoy each year between October and May in normal circumstances. – Advertisement – OlderFood District to open at the Pointe next week – Advertisement –last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Visits Students Benefiting from PAsmart Investments in Science and Technology Education

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf Visits Students Benefiting from PAsmart Investments in Science and Technology Education October 10, 2019center_img PAsmart,  Press Release Levittown, PA – Governor Tom Wolf toured Brookwood Elementary School today to talk with students using a recently launched Mobile Fab Lab that was funded by the governor’s groundbreaking PAsmart initiative. The governor was joined by Bristol Township School District and Bucks County Intermediate Unit (IU) leaders to highlight how PAsmart, his groundbreaking workforce development program, is investing in education and skills training to prepare students for good-paying careers in high demand.“With PAsmart, we are partnering with educators and the private sector to strategically invest in science and technology education, so students are prepared for the high-growth jobs of today and the future,” said Governor Wolf. “Elementary school students will experience tremendous technological advances in their lifetime and PAsmart will help them learn and gain knowledge to thrive.”The governor secured $70 million for PAsmart over two years, including $40 million for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and computer science education and $30 million for job training.During the tour, the governor visited students using equipment from the Bucks County IU’s new Mobile Fab Lab. Funded by a $412,656 PAsmart grant, the lab travels to Bucks County schools to teach students about using coding and robotics materials, 3D printers, laser and vinyl cutters, and more. The lab will focus on fifth through eighth grade students with the goal of increasing enrollment at Bucks County career and technical schools.“We are very honored to be a recipient of multiple PAsmart grants and the partnerships they allow us to build, including the opportunity to develop this Mobile Fab Lab,” said Dr. Mark Hoffman, executive director, Bucks County IU. “By being able to bring STEAM education directly to our districts, schools, and students, we are providing innovative teaching and learning that prepares our young people today for the jobs of tomorrow.”“As a targeted PAsmart Grant recipient, we are very excited to welcome the Bucks IU Mobile Fab Lab,” said Dr. Melanie Gehrens, superintendent, Bristol Township School District. “This exciting new program directly aligns with our district goals to continue to expand and grow STEAM education opportunities for our students.”As announced earlier this year, a PAsmart grant of $390,675 was awarded to the PA SEED Ecosystem, of which the Bucks IU is a founding member, to create a program for students in grades 7th through 12th in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties to expand computer science and STEM learning in their communities. Another PAsmart grant of $500,000 to 10 intermediate units, including the Bucks County IU, is providing coding equipment for students in 154 school districts through the PA STEM Lending Library Coalition.PAsmart has made Pennsylvania a national leader in STEM and computer science education and accomplishments under Governor Wolf include:• Ranking second in the nation for investments in computer science education;• Advancing Pennsylvania to third in the nation in the number of nationally-recognized STEM ecosystems and making the commonwealth the fifth largest producer of STEM graduates;• Establishing standards for computer science education in all Pennsylvania schools;• Joining the Governors’ Partnership for K-12 Computer Science, a bipartisan initiative organized by, to advance policy, funding, and professional learning for computer science education.Last month, the State Board of Education directed the Department of Education to begin the process of updating Pennsylvania’s science standards.last_img read more

NAPF warns of cross-border funding changes’ ‘unintended consequences’

first_imgWalsh questioned what would constitute a new fund launch.“If you’ve got some company merger or restructuring, then very often that would involve setting up a new scheme – maybe as a reconfiguring of existing schemes,” he said.“If you change the scheme rules, perhaps because of a change in benefits or contributions, does that constitute a new scheme?“It’s a question for lawyers, but you could make the case that it constitutes a new scheme.”Walsh said there was otherwise “plenty” for the NAPF to welcome in the Irish MEP’s report, which is yet to be amended by other ECON members.He also praised the changes suggested to the Pension Benefit Statement (PBS), for which the Commission has previously proposed a list of prescriptive rules, including a maximum length.Instead, Hayes included several high-level principles and asked for an exchange of best practice between schemes on how best to present the information.“There’s a lot of helpful simplifications, such as greater freedoms for member states, but there are some points where there’s some serious work still to do,” Walsh said.An area he identified as needing work was Hayes’s silence on depositories for defined contribution (DC) funds.Previous amendments proposed by member states during negotiations at Council of the EU level removed the requirement for DC funds to employ a depository where the assets were otherwise protected, but Hayes did not address the issue. Changes aimed at relaxing full funding requirements within the revised IORP Directive risks capturing all pension schemes undergoing mergers or restructuring, the National Association of Pension Funds has warned.James Walsh, EU policy lead at the UK trade association, said that while he was supportive of any attempt to reform funding requirements for cross-border funds, wording contained within a report by MEP Brian Hayes could impact any existing scheme making material changes.Hayes, the rapporteur within the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs committee (ECON) responsible for the Directive, released his draft report that erased mention of cross-border activities from a clause on funding arrangements.Where the European Commission’s proposed draft said cross-border funds should be fully funded, the version proposed by Hayes states that the fund’s technical provisions should be fully funded “from the moment when the institution starts operating a new or additional scheme”.last_img read more

Senate panel recommends graft raps against Albayalde, 13 others

first_imgSenate Blue Ribbon Committee chairSen. Richard Gordon on Friday said Albayalde – former head of the Pampangapolice when the questionable operation took place – and other policemen are“guilty of malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance.”         Albayalde was the chief of Pampangapolice when 13 police officers allegedly let suspected drug lord Johnson Leeflee in exchange for P50 million while most of the 200 kilos of shabuconfiscated during the operation were not declared and presumed to have beensold back to the drug market. Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chair Sen. Richard Gordon (right) says former Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde and 13 other policemen should be charged for violating the provisions of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and for their alleged involvement in the reselling of confiscated illegal drugs. “If you ask me as a lawyer and not asa blue ribbon chair, it would warrant drug charges against Albayalde,” headded. Malfeasance is committing an act thatone had no legal right to perform. Misfeasance is the failure to exercise duecare and diligence in the performance of an official duty. Nonfeasance is therefusal to perform an act which an officer is obliged to perform.  center_img Albayalde denied allegations that hewas involved with the operation and that he intervened in the implementation ofa dismissal order on the 13 police officers involved./PN MANILA – A Senate panel recommendedthat former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde and13 other policemen should be charged for violating the provisions of theAnti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and for their alleged involvement in the resellingof confiscated illegal drugs.  “You have all the circumstantialconnection, pinabayaan ‘yung kaso. Atthe very least liable siya doon,dereliction of duty,” Gordon said.last_img read more

Ultimatum on Boracay ‘trike’ phase out issued

first_imgIt was Bautista who directed theMunicipal Transportation Office to enforce the guidelines and policies one-trikes through EO No. 40 series of 2019 last Nov. 11. Last November, a group of tricycledrivers and operators requested Bautista and the Sangguniang Bayan toreconsider the total phase out of the tricycles in this town. They proposed redesignedtricycles with proper luggage compartment, elevated roof, reduced passengercapacity and uniform island design, rather than replacing their units withe-trikes. For tricycle drivers and operators ofthis municipality, Bautista already laid out the ultimatum that will start onMay 15. The original schedule of the tricyclemodernization program was suspended Christmas of last year following thedevastation of the typhoon in this province. The e-trike program promotes more environmentallyconscious mode of transportation and reduces fuel consumption. Currently, thereare 182 conventional and gasoline-operated tricycle units in Boracay Island whohave not shifted or applied yet in the municipality’s program. MALAY, Aklan – In two months, all publicmotorized tricycles plying the streets of the world-famous Boracay Island inthis town will be totally phased out, according to acting Mayor FrolibarBautista. “Matagalna itong e-trike program, mgaseven years na. May mga colorum tricycles parin sa isla at may mga petisyonagainst sa e-trike program, ngunit, kailangan natin na ma-implement para sa nakakarami,” Bautista said. Former Mayor Ceciron Cawaling issued ExecutiveOrder (EO) No. 7 on Feb. 1, 2018 for the full implementation of the program.However, the legislative council requested him to suspend the order due to thetemporary closure of the island last year. Bautista is urging tricycle operators tosubmit their applications for the e-trike program on or before March 15 forprocessing. He also discussed with e-trike companies and suppliers to upgradetheir charging stations and facilities in the island on Feb 19. “Nakitanatin ang malaking problema sa charging stations dahil nawalan tayo ng kuryente noong Typhoon Ursula. Dahil dito, suspendido ang Dec. 31phase-out ng mga tricycles,” he said. According to acting Malay town Mayor Frolibar Bautista, all public motorized tricycles will be phased out starting May 15. He is urging gasoline-operated tricycle operators to submit their applications for the e-trike program. GMA NETWORK Despite mounting pressures, the actingmayor is standing firm in his decision to remove all gasoline-ran tricyclesfrom the streets of the famed island. E-trikes are allowed to operate here aspublic utility vehicle through the Municipal Tricycle Franchising andRegulatory Board, which is tasked to accept and process tricycle franchising,and to issue and grant the Community Tricycle Operator’s Permit.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

Area Football Friday Sectional Semi-Final Scores (10-26)

first_imgArea Football Friday Sectional Semi-Final Scores (10-26)Class 3A-Sectional 31Batesville  28     Lawrenceburg  22Brownstown Central  56     Salem  15Class 4A-Sectional 23East Central  9     South Dearborn  7Edgewood  23     Silver Creek  15Class 1A-Sectional 46Indy Lutheran  27     North Decatur  12Hagerstown  40     Edinburgh  12Class 2A-Sectional 37Triton Central  20     Knightstown  0Indy Scecina  47     Heritage Christian  26Class 3A-Sectional 29Indy Chatard  62     Rushville  6last_img read more

Van Gaal satisfied with win

first_img There was a slight hint of frustration about Van Gaal’s persona post-match. The United boss was unhappy his men did not score more goals against a solid and packed Palace defence. But his over-riding emotion was happiness. “I am happy with the three points,” Van Gaal said. “They came to defend and that is always very difficult to play as a team against. “We had a lot of time on the ball, we created possibilities, not big chances, but possibilities. “We could have scored in the first half but I said at half-time, ‘Okay, we played better than the matches before because we kept the pace before and the opponents will tire and there will come a moment we will score’. “It was Juan Mata (who did) and after that goal I think we created more big chances because then they had to come forward, only we have to finish these chances because they were big chances. “But I said several times when we are ahead in a game we have to kill the game and we did. So I’m happy, we have three points and we are two points behind fourth place so it is in our hands and that’s important.” Substitute Juan Mata scored his third goal of the season just four minutes after his introduction to hand United a 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Saturday. Going into the match on the back of a three-match winless run, Van Gaal had said he felt “lousy”, but his team are now just two points outside the top four. Mata exchanged passes with Angel di Maria in the 67th minute before dispatching a curling low shot past Julian Speroni off the head of Damien Delaney. Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini all spurned chances to score and Luke Shaw also went close with a fine shot after a stunning run from his own half. Palace had perhaps the best chance of the match though. Fraizer Campbell was presented with a golden opportunity in the first when he went clean through after a mix-up between centre-halves Daley Blind and Paddy McNair, but the former United striker put the ball over the bar. “Just before half-time there was a misunderstanding between McNair and Blind and I could have been sitting here differently,” Van Gaal acknowledged. “But the team has done what everybody in the stadium expected today. “It was not as easy as everybody thinks. But we have won and that is good.” Van Gaal’s opposite number Neil Warnock was left to ponder what might have been following a match in which his team showed impressive discipline and organisation. Yannick Bolasie posed United trouble all afternoon down the left flank, and as well as Campbell’s first-half opportunity, the visitors had other chances to find the net too. “I think that’s the best opportunity I’ve had to beat United to be honest with the run they were on,” said the Palace boss, who is now without a win in five. “I said if we could get in front the crowd would be very restless and we had the best chance of the game with Fraizer Campbell. “The biggest disappointment was that we didn’t create more from what we had. “We had so many opportunities to pass the ball in good areas, without any pressure on us from the Manchester United players.” Warnock was fined £9,000 and warned about his future conduct earlier this week for comments he made about referee Craig Pawson following Palace’s defeat to Chelsea last month. He felt Chris Foy could have awarded his team a penalty on Saturday, but was loathe to criticise the referee too much given his recent punishment. “We could have had penalty before half-time, with Shaw pulling Campbell from a cross but I thought the referee was good and I cannot complain for once.” Warnock also refused to castigate Julian Speroni, who got a hand to Mata’s shot, but could not keep it out. “Julian will be disappointed, but he’s saved us so many times over the years,” Warnock said of the long-serving Palace goalkeeper. Louis van Gaal went from feeling lousy to happy after watching his Manchester United team return to winning ways against Crystal Palace. Press Associationlast_img read more

Bruce makes diet promise to wife

first_img The Hull manager says he was “disappointed” that the pictures made a national newspaper and that he was baffled that anyone would be interested. “I don’t think too many 55-year-olds look that good on a beach do they,” he said, “but I have promised my good lady I will go on a diet. Press Association Steve Bruce has promised his wife he will go on a diet after unflattering paparazzi pictures of him on a Barbados beach were publicised. center_img “So watch out – I’m going to turn into the horriblest, most awkward b******d you have ever come across. “I have had some letters saying it’s nice to see someone relaxing in their own skin – not many mind!” last_img read more

The Latest: Arizona scout dies of COVID-19 complications

first_imgBecause the virus spreads most easily with prolonged, close contact with an infected person, risks to young athletes will likely depend on the type of sport, number of players and indoor versus outdoor setting, the academy said, adding, “Risk can be decreased but not eliminated, by athletes, parents, coaches and officials following safety protocols.” The academy posted the guidance online Wednesday.___The University of North Carolina says men’s basketball coach Roy Williams and his wife, Wanda, donated more than $600,000 to fund scholarships for spring-sports seniors who are returning for another year after the coronavirus pandemic cut short the 2019-20 season.The school said Thursday that the Williamses initially wanted to keep the May gift anonymous. The team released a statement saying Johan Maya died due to complications of the coronavirus on Thursday. He joined the Diamondbacks in 2019 after 15 years scouting for the Houston Astros.The team’s statement said Maya “was a great person, a family guy and true baseball man who started his career as a professional player and went on to coaching before becoming a scout.”___The American Academy of Pediatrics has announced new recommendations for youth sports during the pandemic to minimize risks of COVID-19.They include masks for young athletes in non-vigorous activities when social distancing isn’t possible, practicing in small pods that don’t switch players and not sharing equipment. July 23, 2020 The first full Diamond League meet is currently set to be held on Aug. 14 in Monaco.Exhibition meets have been organized remotely from Oslo and Zurich with athletes worldwide competing simultaneously in a few events.___More AP sports: and Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A Venezuelan scout who worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Dominican Republic has died of COVID-19. “He didn’t want those students to miss that experience and wanted to fund those scholarships for next year,” athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. “I still get chills when I think about his phone call and the impact it would have for dozens of our students.”Williams, a Hall of Famer with three NCAA championships, is preparing for his 18th season at his alma mater.___The Buffalo Bills are giving season ticket holders the option to have their money refunded or defer any payments made toward the 2021 season.Those who choose to defer payments will maintain an opportunity to purchase a limited number of single-game tickets for this year, should fans be allowed to attend, the team wrote in a letter to season ticket holders on Thursday. Associated Press Season ticket holders will maintain their seniority for next season no matter which option they choose. Those choosing to keep their money in the account will also get subscriptions to NFL Game Pass and the NFL Network’s RedZone channel.___The Diamond League track meet in Gateshead, England, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.It is the fifth of the 15 meets in the series to be canceled. The event in London was also called off.The Gateshead meet was originally scheduled for Aug. 16 and then moved to Sept. 12 before being canceled. The Latest: Arizona scout dies of COVID-19 complicationslast_img read more

GFF president optimistic of Caribbean Professional League

first_img…Opens up about sustainable development of game in Guyana THE Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association (CONCACAF), behind their president, Victor Montagliani, announced, last week, a Working Group that has been charged with coming up with a format and structure for a Caribbean Pro League – something that has received much praise from Wayne Forde, president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).In an exclusive interview with Chronicle Sport over the weekend, Forde, who is serving his second term at the helm of the ‘beautiful game’ locally, pointed out that a “sustainable Caribbean Professional League that is modelled from the unique circumstances of the Caribbean Football reality, would be the realization of a shared vision of the CFU Member Association family.”“I wish, therefore, to commend President Montagliani for following through on his commitment and to assure my colleagues that, as a member of the Concacaf Competitions Committee, I will do my utmost to contribute to the work of the sub-group,” Forde firmly stated.Chaired by Mexican Football Federation president, Yon de Luisa, with Caribbean Football Union vice president, Randy Harris as deputy chairman, the Working Group has now been added to with former player and former Trinidad and Tobago sports minister, Brent Sancho, and the head of Jamaica’s National Olympic Committee, Christopher Samuda.Operating as a subgroup of Concacaf’s Competitions Committee, the Working Group will also have lawyer and club owner, Manuel Estrella from the Dominican Republic, Patrick Massenat from Haiti, Valdemar Florentino Marcha of Curaçao, as well as a FIFA representative.Professional Football in Guyana“As it relates to Guyana’s football, let me be clear, the GFF focus is on investing in the professional management of the game and NOT on developing of a professional League. We simply do not have the fundamental building blocks at this time for a sustainable professional League,” Forde noted, when asked about Guyana’s readiness for professional football.The former Fruta Conquerors president was adamant that any professional football model that has to be heavily bankrolled by the GFF will not be sustainable, while pointing out that “In addition to this model being unsustainable, it will also consume vast amounts of finances and other critical resources that are badly needed for the cultivation of a sustainable model for Youth Development Programmes, Coaching Education, Referees development, Capacity Building, National Team programmes, Infrastructure development projects, etc. These are the fundamental priorities that the GFF must remained focus on for the next four to eight years.”Forder said that until such time, the National football machinery must remain focus on helping Regional Associations and Clubs to get better at organising football competitions at a consistently good standard, developing a better registration and data management systems, developing a marketing, CSR and PR platform and facilitating technical development of their coaches, officials and most importantly – their players.Forde reminded that “Globally, professional football is played by professional Clubs, with the financial resources to fund their operations. In Guyana, and like most of the CFU region – we do not have professional Clubs. This is mainly because of the scale of Guyana’s economy at this moment in time.”The GFF president, in drawing comparison to the Trinidad and Tobago Pro-League, where many Guyanese players, past and present, had earned a living from the sport, called the Twin Island Republic’s league “a good example of what is required to create the semblance of a professional football League. Despite Trinidad’s relatively strong economy and corporate community – the League exist ONLY because of a Government grant that is used to pay the players as part of a social programme geared towards crime reduction. This is not the Guyana reality.”Speaking on the basis of helping to set up a Caribbean Pro-League, Concacaf’s president, Montagliani said, “It is one thing to help and another to underwrite for 20 years. That isn’t really feasible,” while adding that he sees it as “a bottom up rather than top down approach to create something that supports and grows itself over time. To get to that point, we need to understand the failures of domestic leagues as well their successes.”IMPROVING THE GAMEMeanwhile, at the core, Forde said, the GFF role is to build management capacity at the Club and Association level, by providing training programmes for Club management, competition management, Marketing, Coaching, providing football equipment and supporting infrastructural development projects.Asked about what additional steps the GFF will be taking to improve the competitiveness and quality of the Elite Leagues and Association Leagues, Forde pointed to their ongoing investment into the coaching education, which he believes will continue to influence the quality of the players we are producing as is evident in their youth National teams’ international performances.He, however, cautioned, “What is critical but difficult is to replicate the quality of Coaching that is taking place in the National team’s programme, across Guyana.“The Academy Training Centre (ATC) programme will help with this but in order to really see the returns on these investments, we have to do more in educating the coaches in every Club across Guyana, from the hinterland to the Coastland.“Beyond the technical development programmes, infrastructural development, having the right tools and equipment – we need the Coaches and administrators to be more committed to lifting the standard of football within their respective operational jurisdiction.”Forde said it is “extremely important to have football played consistently at all levels across the country. This is where the GFF will be focusing its attention and resources over the next four years. We will be working tirelessly to strengthen our existing partnerships and establish new partnerships to support a vibrant annual competition calendar.TAKING SOME CREDITAccording to the GFF president, taking into account the substantial amount of work done, both on and off the field of play by his administration, he firmly believes that the evidence firmly supports a bright future for the game in Guyana, even while they continue to grapple with some inherent challenges at both the National and Regional levels.Forde further boasted about his Executive Committee’s restoration of the GFF’s image within Guyana and throughout the Regional and Global community, calling it “a personal source of pride.”Looking ahead, Forde doubled-down on the fact that their future goals are the completion of GFF National Training Centre at Providence, completion of the GFF Football Complex at Durban Park, improving football facilities across the country, making football equipment more affordable and accessible, increasing the number of qualified coaches and being able to fully execute their National Football Calendar.The GFF top brass also revealed that “on the international front, we would like a second appearance at the Concacaf Gold Cup. I would like to see our youth teams advancing beyond the group stage of regional competition consistently and the Golden Jaguars qualifying for the 2026 FIFA WORLD CUP.”last_img read more