first_imgNFL Stock Image.NASHVILLE – The NFL announced Wednesday that they’ve postponed the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans matchup Sunday to either Monday or Tuesday.The league says that a new game date and time will be announced as soon as possible, adding that the postponement will “allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing and to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel.”This is the first game to be postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Titans reportedly had four players and five staff members test positive for the virus. 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)last_img read more


first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I love TED Talks.  If I had to pick a favorite, it would be this one: Benjamin Zander and the Transformative Power of Classical Music.Let me set the scene.Mr. Zander acknowledges that only 3% of America really likes classical music. While many are depressed within the classical music community with that number, do not include him among the Debbie Downers. With a smile, he says the following…“Everybody loves classical music, it’s just that many people haven’t found out about it yet.“You need to watch the video. He proceeds to put on a show. And before he’s done, an audience of executives are spellbound, listening to him play a classical piece.His confidence and pure joy when talking about classical music is infectious.  Is classical music for three percent or ten percent of the population? continue reading »last_img read more


first_imgAn analysis by the Clippers states the project will bring only 32 new annual events to the market, while 46 other events, which would have been staged elsewhere, will instead be “market-shifted” to Inglewood and thus would not count as a net increase in greenhouse gases in the region.Meany has accused the environmental groups of operating under MSG’s guidance. The application’s analysis was verified by multiple experts, he said.The project is greenhouse gas net neutral, he says, and the development team is committed to fixing any issues, even if they are discovered after construction is finished.“We are trying to be environmental stewards,” Meany said. “We think we have a project that is the most environmentally sensitive of any project that has been brought forward.” Developer frustratedIn an interview Tuesday, developer Chris Meany of Wilson Meany expressed frustration with the hold-ups, but said he is confident CARB will certify the arena application eventually.Meany declined to speak about the specific issues stalling the approval process. He said the state agency is focused on climate change and alleges it is holding this project to a higher standard than others.“CARB thinks this is an opportunity to get extra mitigations to help with an issue that we all should be concerned about,” Meany said. “At every step of the process, we’ve been asked to do more than any other project, and you know what, we’re doing more.”The only difference, he said, is that other projects didn’t have a billion-dollar company fighting them.“Our opposition has done a lot to throw sand in the gears,” he said.Forum owners thank NewsomIn a statement, a representative of the Forum thanked Newsom for supporting the Air Resources Board and for his call that the Clippers comply with AB 987 “both in letter and in spirit.”“It is time for the Clippers to live up to the environmental promises they made to the local community, environmental groups, the Legislature and others,” the representative wrote. “The bottom line is that jamming three large-scale venues within a mile of each other would ruin the experience for all event attendees and overwhelm Inglewood through crippling traffic and completely insufficient parking, increasing pollution and decreasing the quality of life for the surrounding communities.”MSG launched a public campaign against the project last week and has multiple lawsuits pending.The $1 billion arena is expected to be built near the intersections of Prairie Avenue and Century Boulevard, just across the street from the Hollywood Park Casino and the new NFL stadium for the Rams and Chargers, which opens in 2020. The Forum, which would compete with the arena for concerts and other events, is less than a mile away at Prairie and Manchester Boulevard.Proponents of the project have argued that the area has dealt with higher traffic volumes in the past when the Hollywood Park Racetrack and the Forum, then home to the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings, were operating simultaneously. They say the development will be a much-needed economic boon for Inglewood. The city and the Clippers are negotiating a $100 million benefits package that would include $75 million for affordable housing.Opponents cite environmental harmThe Natural Resources Defense Council, Climate Resolve and four state legislators have come out against the project. They say it will harm the region and have called out its application for approval under AB 987, alleging it is not net neutral because the analysis in the application assumes Staples Center and other venues won’t replace events they would lose to the new arena.“Inglewood residents should not be burdened with the weight of hundreds of thousands of metric tons of greenhouse gases and associated toxic air contaminants,” wrote Jonathan Parfrey, executive director of Climate Resolve, in an opposition letter.Related Articles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell credits his grandmother for his love of basketball Clippers vs. Mavericks: 3 trends to watch in their NBA playoff series Clippers see room to improve vs. Mavericks in Game 2 Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener center_img Clippers mindful of Mavericks’ role players thriving in the bubble “I support holding project sponsors to California’s high standards for environmental benefit and mitigation, and I hope you collectively can find a path forward,” Newsom wrote.Assemby Bill 987, passed in 2017 and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018, was designed to speed up the process for the Clippers and protect the development from drawn-out litigation. If CARB doesn’t approve the project, it is likely to get locked down for years because of lawsuits brought by its opposition, the Madison Square Garden Co., owners of The Forum concert venue.The Clippers want to start construction in 2021 and have the arena game-ready three years later, when their lease at Staples Center expires.Earlier this month, two state legislators who support the project accused CARB of racism and said the delays have put the arena at risk.A spokesman for CARB declined to comment and deferred questions to the governor’s office. Newsom’s media representatives did not respond to requests for comment. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Efforts to fast-track a new arena for the Los Angeles Clippers in Inglewood have ground to a halt because the California Air Resources Board does not believe the project meets the necessary environmental standards, according to a letter sent to both sides Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.The letter, which describes the project as an important economic benefit for the community, urges the Clippers and CARB to continue working toward a resolution.Newsom was disappointed to learn that the two sides had reached an impasse over “key questions related to environmental mitigations” for the proposed arena, according to the letter.However, the governor signaled that he would not intervene in the decision-making process by CARB, an independent body tasked with determining whether the Clippers can adequately prevent a net increase in greenhouse gases and other emissions. State law requires at least half of the reductions come from local measures, such as expanding public transit.last_img read more