The AAF is suspending football operations immediately Posted: April 2, 2019 KUSI Sports, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Despite having only two regular season games remaining, the San Diego Fleet and the other seven teams in the Alliance of American Football apparently suspended all operations Tuesday, according to multiple reports.Pro Football Talk reported rumblings of the league’s demise Monday night, followed by the Action Network’s Darren Rovell. KUSI Sports AAF had a call with NFLPA reps yesterday that showed signs of life, so some executives found it strange that Dundon wanted to stop funding it so soon https://t.co/UTvHbKsAZ5— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 2, 2019 Updated: 12:40 PM Sources: The AAF will suspend all football operations today. New owner Tom Dundon will lose approximately $70 million on his investment. Dundon makes decision against wishes of league co-founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 2, 2019Tom Dundon, the league’s majority owner and the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team, raised the specter of closing the league in an interview last week with USA Tuesday.Representatives of the San Diego Fleet did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The San Diego squad was scheduled to play the Orlando Apollos on Saturday before closing the regular season at home April 14 against the Arizona Hotshots. At 3-5, the Fleet needed to win out to have a chance at making the playoffs as one of the top two teams in the league’s Western Conference.The fledgling league was only eight weeks into its first season, but faced immediate and future questions of funding and where each team’s players would come from. AAF co-founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian intended to run the league independently for three years, with each season coming as a reprieve for football-starved fans during the NFL offseason. Ebersol and Polian planned to eventually form a partnership with the NFL as a developmental league.According to Rovell and others, Dundon, who purchased a majority stake in the league in February, wanted to form that partnership this season and pressured the NFL Players Association to share players on NFL practice squads. Dundon argued the league could not survive without NFL support.The NFLPA balked at the rushed relationship and the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement made some of his demands impossible. Dundon apparently chose to suspend the league rather than continue committing money to it. Pro Football Talk reported Monday night that the league required $20 million to make it through the April 27 championship game.The Fleet played its games at SDCCU Stadium, with estimated turnouts growing to nearly 20,000 by season’s end. The Fleet also led the league in merchandise sales. April 2, 2019 Prevailing thought that AAF owner Tom Dundon shut down the league to strip it of its assets, mainly the tech piece, is interesting, but sources say it would likely be illegal https://t.co/UTvHbKsAZ5— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 2, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitter
Source = American Airlines American Airlines took home the top prize once again in Global Traveler magazine’s GT Tested readers survey. For the fifth year in a row, the readers of Global Traveler magazine have named American “Best Domestic First Class Airline.” oneworld also earned top honors as “Best Airline Alliance” for the second consecutive year. The annual GT Tested Awards program surveyed more than 35,000 business and leisure travelers with an open-ended reader survey to determine the best in business and luxury travel for 2011. The GT Tested Awards were presented on Dec. 1 in Los Angeles and are featured in the December issue of Global Traveler. American was also honored in August in Global Traveler’s annual “Wines on the Wing” awards, taking the top award for Best North American Wines on the Wing, Best North American Sparkling Wine and Best North American Red Wine. Global Traveler’s panel of wine experts and consultants selected American as serving the Best Sparkling Wine in the North American Premium Class category for its Gloria Ferrer Brut Sonoma, while the California Pellegrini Family Blend won among red wines. American provided tastings of its award-winning wine to attendees at the GT Tested Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Dec. 1.
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello and Case Manager Laura Pickett spoke with the Board of Selectmen about recent happenings at the Buzzell Senior Center.24% Year-To-Date Increase In Attendance“In a year’s time, we’ve seen around a 24% increase in activity at the Senior Center,” announced Marciello. “We’ve developed a few more programs…. And we keep pushing the fact that we’re a place where people can feel comfortable seeing their peers. The Center is just an easy place to hang out.”Marciello noted that the Center now runs art classes on Thursday mornings in the Fourth of July Building due to space constraints. The Center has planned a Spaghetti & Meatball dinner on July 26 at 5pm, allowing seniors to grab a bite to eat prior to the Moving Wall’s Opening Night Ceremony at 7pm. The Center recently partnered with Panera Bread to distribute a meal for Wilmington homebound seniors. Additionally, the Center is running a special 5-week class on stress management this month.Intergenerational Programs Also On The RiseMarciello and her staff have placed an emphasis on intergenerational programming.The Center received a $300 grant from the Massachusetts Council on Aging to promote exercise amongst seniors. As a result, the Center will be holding a Grandparents Day event on Sunday, September 9, from 1pm to 3pm, at Yentile Farm.The Center’s popular knitting group — with more than 35 members — recently connected with the student knitting group from the North’s CARES after-school program. Abundant Life students recently held a continental breakfast and concert for the Center. Eagle Scout candidate Zachary Dancewicz redesigned the Center’s attic to increase its storage capacity. Two Wilmington High School students designed the Center’s 2018 logo — Better Together — through a contest run by WHS Graphic Arts Teacher Jennifer Fidler.Emphasis On Alzheimer’s & Dementia Case Manager Laura Pickett noted that Wilmington seniors, like the rest of the county, are experiencing the issues of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. 1 in 10 Americans over 65 are suffering from Alzheimer’s, while 1 in 3 caregivers is age 65 and older. The Center offers a Caregiver Support Group on the third Monday morning of the month, from 10:30am to noon. The meetings attract 8-12 participants. The Center sponsored or co-sponsored two presentations on Alzheimer’s earlier this year, attracting 45 and 33 attendees.“Over past year or so, we’ve begun developing a program called the Memory Cafe,” announced Pickett. “The Memory Cafes are welcoming space for those with memory loss and their caregivers. They provide an opportunity to socialize and participate in activities while making new friends in an accepting and welcoming environment.”Selectmen & Town Manager React“You have some amazing programs there,” said Selectmen Chair Kevin Caira. “That’s a wonderful program you’re starting with the Memory Cafe. Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that affects the whole family.”“If my other gig doesn’t work, I’ll be at the Senior Center in a few years,” joked Selectman Mike McCoy. “You do an outstanding job and it’s means a lot of the community.”“I can’t say that I’m surprised by the 24% increase. You’re always looking for new, innovative ways to provide services to the community,” said Selectman Greg Bendel. “The place is so vibrant. You’re always looking for ways to improve and to partner with the youth of the community. We appreciate what you do.”“I’m continually impressed by how you grow the catalog of programs you offer,” said Selectman Jonathan Eaton. “You’ve increased participation and engagement in the community. You do such a wonderful job with limited space. Keep up the good work.”“It’s amazing how you come up with creative ways to keep the seniors engaged,” said Selectman Ed Loud. “My mother-in-law has tried a couple of programs…. Everything you guys do is tremendous.”“Terri is a master of coming up with different ways to the make environment over at the Senior Center inviting and friendly. In spite of space constraints, Terri and her staff continue to do great things,” said Town Manager Jeff Hull. “They’re constantly working inter-departmently with the Library, Recreation Department, Schools, Police and Fire. In fact, I don’t think there’s a department they don’t touch. They’re always seeking out new ways to work with other departments.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedIT’S OUR TURN: Wilmington Seniors Speak Out In Favor Of A New Senior CenterIn “Government”Wilmington Senior Center Is In Need Of Meal Delivery AssistanceIn “Community”VIDEO: Wilmington Senior Center Holds Annual CookoutIn “Cookout”
“Like all Australians, we are shocked by the report, by that evidence that was shown on Four Corners last night. Deeply shocked. We have moved swiftly to get to the bottom of it,” the Prime Minister told ABC radio, commenting on the news program which revealed the abuse of young detainees at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin.The footage presented on the program showed youths being isolated and strapped to mechanical chairs and six boys being tear-gassed, revealing a pattern of abuse, deprivation and punishment of vulnerable children inside Northern Territory youth detention centres.The broadcast was met with reactions of outrage by viewers, officials and community stakeholders. Addressing the calls for urgent action to be taken, Malcolm Turnbull announced on Tuesday his decision to call for a royal commission into the abuse of youths in the Northern Territory corrections system, after consultations with Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs, NT Chief Minister Adam Giles, Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and Attorney-General George Brandis.“We need to get all the facts out as swiftly as we can”, said the PM. “We need to expose the cultural problems, the administrative problems that allowed this type of mistreatment to occur.“We want to know how this came about, we want to know what lessons can be learnt from it. We want to know why there were inquiries into this centre which did not turn up the evidence and the information that we saw on Four Corners last night. This is a shocking state of affairs and we will move quickly to establish what happened.”Some of the events took place after a long period of tension that resulted in some teen prisoners attempting to escape; when recaptured, they were placed in the isolation wing of the prison for between 15 and 17 days, in what were described by both children and staff as appalling and inhumane conditions. They were kept locked in their cells for almost 24 hours a day with no running water, little natural light, and were denied access to school and educational material.The royal commission has been welcomed by human rights groups and Labor has announced bipartisan support, saying it shouldn’t be limited to the issues at Don Dale and should address systemic issues in the justice system that spread across Territory prisons. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram