Marriott International Inc., the world’s largest hotelier with about 6.000 facilities globally, has agreed on a business partnership, ie a partnership with Alibaba Group, China’s largest online sales platform. A partnership that will certainly change the tourism market and launch a new dimension of partnership.The Marriott will thus promote the entire line, from the eponymous brand to the Sheraton and the Ritz-Carlton, on Alibaba’s Fliggy website. It will also synergistically link its loyalty programs and provide new promotions for Chinese travelers. ”We both believe we can create huge synergies from this strategic partnership”Daniel Zhang, Alibaba’s chief executive, told Bloomberg.comChinese tourists are the world’s largest travelers, and the market is still growing rapidly, with Chinese tourists spending more than $ 100 billion in 2016 and driving change in the global tourism industry. As they point out in their statement, Marriott wants to gain the trust of as many guests as possible and boost loyalty as they compete with alternative service providers such as Airbnb. “It really is about how we will service this already large but fast growing group of global travelers, especially Chinese ones. This is actually a marriage online to offline and vice versa, and most importantly it is a marriage of our professional fields. OTO is a new paradigm ” said Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott.The importance of this partnership and the potential is sufficient, as evidenced by the fact that Alibaba’s average daily turnover is around one billion US dollars, it has more than 800 million products in its store with over 400 million users, and in just one second it can do as many as 60.000 transaction. In synergy with 100 million loyal customers from the Marriott customer base, there is a lot of traffic and cross-correlation.An estimated 122 million Chinese left the country in 2016 and spent about $ 109,8 billion, according to a statement from China’s National Tourism Administration, with key destinations including Japan and the United States. This year, U.S. visitors alone are expected to grow 15 percent, with an estimate of 3,96 million in 2018 from about 3 million in 2016, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.One thing is for sure, this cooperation is a step forward and a departure from the classic framework, which will certainly encourage various new partnerships, which will open a totally new door and opportunities, both for tourists and for all other related parties.Source: Bloomberg.com
The UNWTO competition for startups in gastro tourism is already the second competition launched by the World Tourism Organization, this time with the aim of recognizing startups with the potential to plan and promote sustainable innovations in the gastronomy and tourism sector.Individuals and legal entities whose product is minimally sustainable, with the possibility of upgrading and a vision of sustainability can apply.The deadline for submission of project proposals is March 5, 2019, and the five finalists will be announced on the online platform on April 1, 2019. while on May 3, the winner of the competition will be announced.Representatives of the finalists will be invited to the 5th World Forum on Gastro Tourism 2019, which will be held in San Sebastian, Spain. You can find more about the competition here.
Airbnb reached the figure of half a billion arrivals and earnings from overnight stays in the amount of 65 billion dollars
From the early days of Airbnb, the community has become demographically and geographically diverse. Although the first Airbnb hosts were men, today more than half of the hosts worldwide are women. Over a million hosts are over the age of 50, more than 400.000 hosts are over the age of 60, and seniors (natives aged 60+) are the fastest growing host population in the United States. More than 1,5 million hosts are also guests on Airbnb. In 2007, three passengers arrived at a design conference in San Francisco and checked into the house of Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbi, co-founders of Airbnb. Although they did not know it at the time, these three guests will become the first members of the global community of guests and hosts of Airbnb, which now includes more than 191 countries and 81,000 cities worldwide. Photo: Airbnb Press Room The hosts earned more than 65 billion dollars As the Airbnb community grew, the geographical distribution of guest arrivals expanded. In 2009, 86 percent of all guest arrivals were in Airbnb’s ten strongest markets. By 2013, that percentage had dropped to 34 percent, and in 2018 it was only 13 percent. Today, over 900 cities around the world have at least a thousand accommodation units available on Airbnb. Unique houses and real estate They were the foundation of the community for what Airbnb has evolved into – a platform that combines where you live, what you do, the way you travel, all in one place. Now, ten years after those first three guests, every half second in the world, three guests sign up via Airbnb. These guests can now choose from 6 million accommodation units, scattered across six continents. Airbnb recorded a figure of half a billion guests today. Photo: Airbnb Over 75 cities around the world have received at least one million guests, including cities such as Auckland in New Zealand, Ciudad de México in Mexico, Cape Town in South Africa, Havana in Cuba, Chongqing in China, Busan in South Korea and Split in Croatia. RELATED NEWS: The average rating of private accommodation on the entire platform is 4,7 out of 5 stars, which speaks to the level of quality of service offered by the service. Global inclusion Photo: Airbnb Airbnb has grown rapidly since 2007, and with the power of global networking, it has expanded to almost every corner of the world. Airbnb offers travel experiences and provides economic viability to millions of hosts around the world. Since the founding of Airbnb, the hosts have earned more than $ 65 billion on our platform. Given the popularity of Airbnb among younger consumers, the Airbnb community is expected to continue to expand. Nearly 70 percent of Airbnb bookings in the past three years have been made by guests under the age of 40. Millennials have spent a total of $ 31 billion through Airbnb so far. These 500 million guests have signed up for unique homes and properties around the world, including unusual ones. There are over 14 small houses, over 4 castles and over 2.400 tree houses on Airbnb. The most visited private accommodation in Airbnb’s history is located in Ireland whose host Peter spent over ten years renovating his 600-year-old house. Nearly 1.000 cities with 1.000+ accommodation units BOOKING.COM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY ANNOUNCES REVENUES IN BUSINESS WITH PRIVATE RENTERS WHO WINS THE “BOOKING FIGHT” – HOTELS OR ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCIES? BOOKING.COM LAUNCHES BOOKINGSUITE APP STORE. GAME CHANGER IN THE TOURISM SECTOR
South Korea on Thursday reimposed a series of coronavirus social distancing measures it had eased early this month, as a series of clusters threatened to challenge its success in containing the epidemic.The country has been held up as a global model in how to curb the virus, but reported its biggest spike in new infections in nearly two months as life appeared returning to normal.The new cases — mostly centered in the Seoul metropolitan area where half the South Korean population lives — prompted officials to strengthen social distancing rules that were eased on May 6. Museums, parks and art galleries will all be closed again from Friday for two weeks, said health minister Park Neung-hoo, while companies were urged to reintroduce flexible working, among other measures. “We have decided to strengthen all quarantine measures in the metropolitan area for two weeks from tomorrow to June 14,” he said.Citizens were also advised to refrain from social gatherings or going to crowded places — including restaurants and bars — while religious facilities were asked to be extra vigilant with quarantine measures.There were no new delays, however, to the phased reopening of schools that is currently underway. “The next two weeks are crucial to prevent the spread of the infection in the metropolitan area,” Park said, adding: “We will have to return to social distancing if we fail.”The health minister said the government will be forced to reimpose an all-out social distancing campaign if the country sees more than 50 new cases for at least seven consecutive days.Officials announced 79 new cases Thursday — taking its total to 11,344 — the largest increase since 81 cases were announced on April 5.An outbreak at a warehouse of e-commerce firm Coupang in Bucheon, west of Seoul, has seen 69 cases, said the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Around 4,100 workers and visitors to the building were under self-isolation, with more than 80 percent tested so far, vice health minister Kim Gang-lip told reporters.”We are expecting the number of new cases linked to the warehouse to continue rising until today as we wrap up related tests,” he added.The country endured one of the worst early outbreaks of the disease outside mainland China, and while it never imposed a compulsory lockdown, strict social distancing had been widely observed since March.But it appears to have brought its epidemic under control thanks to an extensive “trace, test and treat” program. Topics :
Hotels full In Japan, Typhoon Haishen first made its presence felt on a string of exposed, remote southern islands before sweeping past the Kyushu region.As it approached Kyushu authorities issued evacuation orders for 1.8 million people, with 5.6 million others told to take precautions.In some places, residents checked into hotels to shelter from the storm.Japan converts its municipal buildings and schools into shelters during emergencies, but some people were reluctant to gather in large numbers due to fears over the Covid-19 pandemic.”I am worried about coronavirus infections. We’re with small children too, so we did not want other people to see us as big trouble,” an elderly man in Shibushi city told broadcaster NHK after checking in at a local hotel with seven relatives.The storm forced the cancellation of nearly 550 flights and disrupted train services, the network said.Many factories also suspended operations, including three plants operated by Toyota. By lunchtime on Monday, the storm had moved over South Korea, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and triggering landslides.Traffic lights and trees were felled in and around Busan, streets were flooded and power was knocked out for around 20,000 homes across the country.The typhoon cut electricity supplies to Hyundai Motor’s assembly lines in the city of Ulsan, bringing production to a halt for several hours.Haishen churned its way up the eastern side of the peninsula into the Sea of Japan, known as the East Sea in Korea, having lost some of its destructive force, but still packed winds of up to 112 kilometers per hour.The streets of the port city of Sokcho were largely empty, but some residents braved the rain and wind to take photos and marvel at the swell crashing into the harbor wall. Outside the city, swollen rivers surged through the countryside carrying debris and the occasional fallen tree.Haishen was forecast to make landfall again in Chongjin, North Hamgyong province in North Korea, at around midnight, according to South Korea’s Meteorological Administration.Pyongyang’s state media have been on high alert, carrying live broadcasts of the situation, with one showing a reporter driving through a windy, inundated street in Tongchon, Kangwon province.”Now is the time when we must be on our highest alert,” he said, adding that winds were as powerful as 126 kilometers per hour. State broadcaster KCTV showed flooded streets and trees shaking from the strong gusts.North Korea is still reeling from the effects of Typhoon Maysak last week.Leader Kim Jong Un appeared in state media over the weekend inspecting the damage. He also sacked a top provincial official in South Hamgyong.He ordered 12,000 ruling party members in Pyongyang to help with recovery efforts, and the official KCNA news agency reported Monday that around 300,000 had responded to his call.The North’s state media have yet to specify how many people Maysak left missing, injured or dead. A powerful typhoon lashed South Korea on Monday after smashing into southern Japan with record winds and heavy rains that left four people missing in a landslide.Half a million people were without power after Typhoon Haishen roared past Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, ripping off roofs and dumping half a meter of water in just a day.Rescue workers were picking through mud and detritus after a hillside collapsed in rural Miyazaki. Topics : Dozens of police officers were on their way to help, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters in Tokyo.At least two deaths had been reported during the storm, he said, although the causes were not immediately known.Haishen, which came on the heels of another powerful typhoon, crashed into Okinawa on Saturday and moved northwards throughout Sunday.Around 1.8 million people were told to seek shelter for fear that the 200-kilometre-per-hour (135-mile-per-hour) winds would wreak havoc on Japan’s wooden housing stock.
The Mont Albert Grange is the largest Porter Davis display home in Australia.Launched in January, the two new-builds in Rochedale’s Arise estate were designed for multi-generational households.Porter Davis Homes Queensland state manager Grant Whinnett said: “Whether it’s children staying home longer or grandparents moving into the family home, intergenerational living is on the rise in Australia.“With over one third of the residents in the Rochedale area being established or older couples with families, we’ve designed these two homes to allow families to come together, while still being able to enjoy their own space. The two floorplans and features are sure to impress.’’ Porter Davis Homes interior designer Koraly Fasone said the house oozed with style, while also conveying a softness in its finishes.“The design perfectly blends classic ornate furniture, soft pastel colours and luxurious fabrics,” Mrs Fasone said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“I think Queensland buyers will be particularly drawn to the large format tiling, as well as the soft grey cabinets and timber accents that brighten the space when exposed to the natural light.” Follow us on Facebook. Inside the Sheraton Grange display home.The Sheraton Grange display home spans an impressive 505sq m, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms.“The East Hamptons facade with Long Island styling elements are sure to be a hit among buyers,” Mrs Fasone said.“Between the iconic American colour palette of white, soft greys and nautical blues and the light stone and contrasting blackened timber accents, this home exudes the feeling of the ultimate beach retreat”. The Mont Albert Grange is the largest Porter Davis display home in Australia, spanning 541sq m featuring a staircase worth around $46,000.The largest and most prestigious display homes in Australia by Porter Davis Homes have opened, taking luxury to a new level.The Mont Albert Grange spans 541sq m and has a staircase worth around $46,000.The home’s striking manor facade gives way to the impressive spiral staircase, with five grand bedrooms all with ensuites and stylish interiors, decorated in Paris World of Style interior theme from the Classic range.Porter Davis Queensland lead interior designer Janelle Miles said the spiral staircase in the Mont Albert Grange was a first for Porter Davis and elevated the entire home’s design. “With dark polished floor boarding and winding banister, this grandiose staircase is breathtaking,” Ms Miles said. “The wide staircase plays into our popular void style, bringing together the lower and upper levels of the home. The underside of the staircase curves seamlessly into the base of the supporting wall, leaving the entryway open and inviting. We are certain that this addition will appeal to even the most discerning interior addicts.”
NZ Herald 22 March 2018 Family First Comment: Backs “injecting rooms”!!!!??And apparently this is a “health” approach.Shocking.www.saynopetodope.nzFormer prime minister Helen Clark is backing injecting rooms and testing at festivals to prevent drug deaths.“I am of the view that the best drug policy will be where we decriminalise use and possession and put in place effective legal regulation,” she said today.But decriminalisation should be accompanied by state-of-the-art harm-reductionmeasures such as New Zealand’s needle-exchange scheme.“It also includes safe injecting spaces and that goes together with drug-testing so that people aren’t ingesting things or injecting substances which are going to kill them.”Drug-testing at music festivals is also very important because they are places where a lot of drugs tend to be traded. There’s a little bit of that done in New Zealand. This is the way to go. How do we save life and how to we give people options about how they can move forward,” she said.Clark did not believe such moves would green-light drug use.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12017963http://www.drugrehab.org/consequences-injecting-drugs/ Injecting drugs can lead to HIV, Hepatitis C, addiction, ligament amputation, substance abuse disorders, withdrawal, and death. These consequences are painful for loved ones, and the person using the drug. Though some drugs can be used by smoking and snorting, injection is the fastest way to get the effects of the drug is into the bloodstream. 12 million people inject drugs worldwide, some continue living with addiction and can die, but some choose the easier route, and seek treatment.
Virginia Sprint Series Champion Jerald Harris. (Photo by Beverly Pritchett)DAYTON, Va. – A feature win in North Carolina proved the highlight of Jerald Harris’ third consecutive Virginia Sprint Series championship campaign.Harris already had victories at Eastside Speedway and Shenandoah Speedway before taking the much-hoped for IMCA EMI RaceSaver tour checkers at Dixieland Speedway.“We’ve tried for years to win there,” said Harris, who thought way outside the box ahead of the Aug. 12 event. “I was just trying a setup that went away from how you should set up a Sprint Car and it worked. And after our heat race, all I did was change a pound or two of air pressure.”While his win total was down from five in 2014 and six last year, the Dayton, Va., driver was consistent enough throughout the year to edge Anthony Linkenhoker for the series crown despite breaking and being scored 10th on championship night.“Each year it gets harder to win in this series. We were happy we won it again. There was some luck involved,” he said. “Some nights were easy and some were impossible.”Harris enjoyed having RaceSaver founder French Grimes among his series competitors.“Every time I race with him, I learn two or three things,” Harris said. “Whether he’s talking about motors or shocks, you can take it to the bank.”Harris also earned a third straight Allstar Performance Virginia State prize.Starts: 16Wins: 3Additional Top Fives: 7HIS CREW: Brother Tony, sister-in-law Mendy, mother Alice, Eddie Moore and Mike Moore.HIS SPONSORS: Bobby Harris Moving and Scoutco LLC, both of Harrisonburg; Sam Caricofe of Mount Crawford; Chesapeake Cove Marina of Chesapeake; and Linda Moore.
___Two-time Stanley Cup champion and 2016 Norris Trophy winner Drew Doughty is pessimistic about the chances of the NHL resuming play this season.The star Los Angeles Kings defenseman said Monday it’s going to be difficult for hockey to get back this season, even just to hold the playoffs and hand out the Stanley Cup.“Honestly, I don’t see how the season is going to return,” Doughty said. “I really don’t. We have no idea when this virus is going to be over.”The 30-year-old known for his frank answers and commentary cast doubt on the validity of a 2020 Cup winner, especially given that there were 189 regular-season games left and not all teams had played the same number of games. Doughty is also concerned about how playing late into the summer might affect next season, which the league has maintained it wants to play in full. Associated Press The Premier Lacrosse League has postponed the start of its 2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The season was scheduled to begin play on May 29 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The PLL plans to announce an update in May on a new start date for the season. “The health of our players, coaches, fans and colleagues are of paramount importance to us as we go through this unprecedented time,” Mike Rabil, who founded the league with his brother Paul, said in a statement. “As a league, we will continue to adhere to guidelines administered by the CDC, respective state governments, and our hosting venues. This was a difficult decision for our league but a necessary measure to ensure the safety of all parties.” The league debuted last year with six teams traveling to different cities to play weekend games. One team was added for this season, which has 12 weekends of regular season action planned, including an all-star game, before its playoffs.The National Lacrosse League last week canceled the last three weekends of its regular season. The league says returning for its playoffs will be determined “based on the COVID-19 circumstances.” “We’re exploring all options, but when we’ll have an opportunity to return depends on things that we have absolutely no control over because it all starts with everybody’s health and well-being,” Bettman said. “Until there’s a sense that people can get together, not just in our arenas but for our players to get together to work out, we don’t know when we can come back, but it’s something we’re monitoring on a daily basis.”— Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno reporting___Six Milwaukee Brewers players and longtime team broadcaster Bob Uecker are contributing to a $1 million fund that the franchise has established to assist game-day workers at Miller Park who have lost wages due to the coronavirus pandemic.Outfielder/first baseman Ryan Braun was the first to commit by providing a $100,000 pledge to the fund. Uecker followed with a $50,000 pledge. Outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich and pitchers Corey Knebel, Josh Lindblom and Brent Suter provided additional pledges to bring the total to $300,000. “I know they so badly want to give out the Stanley Cup this year, but in all seriousness it’s not going to be like winning a real Stanley Cup because the (regular) season wasn’t finished,” Doughty said. “There’s teams that couldn’t get in the playoffs. And then I’m assuming they’d have to come up with a different playoff format. I don’t know. It’d be a little different. I’m not a huge fan of it, as much as I want to play. I just don’t want things to go into next season and affecting those (games).”Doughty, who won the Cup with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014, said “for sure” his opinion would be different if the Kings were in a different spot in the standings. They were 28th out of 31 teams and eliminated from playoff contention.But he added that his view on the NHL season was more affected by the state of the world during the coronavirus pandemic than the logistics of holding sporting events.“Everything just keeps getting delayed even more, like lockdowns and stuff like that,” Doughty said. “People are dying even more every day. So I just don’t see how or when we’re going to be able to make any type of decision to return to the season.”In an interview Monday on CNN, Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to say the NHL hasn’t ruled anything in or out when it comes to the resumption of play. Spain’s players’ association had already said it would sue the federation because of the audios that undermined its president.The federation admits it released the recordings but denies they were leaked. It says it was clear to everyone that the conversations would be recorded.The federation, the league, and the players’ association have been at odds over a variety of issues in recent years and the disputes have continued during the pandemic despite their own calls for unity. ___Miami women’s basketball coach Katie Meier revealed Monday that she was on a recruiting trip to Spain when the coronavirus scare began seriously gripping the globe last month, and immediately returned to South Florida for a two-week period of self-quarantine. But Levy now says “in the context of revised budgets and cost cutting” all non-playing staff will remain on full pay in April and May with only the board having salaries reduced.The Premier League season has been suspended for more than a month with no date set for its resumption.___Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are among 12 players confirmed to play in the virtual Madrid Open tennis tournament this month.David Goffin, John Isner, Karen Khachanov, Eugenie Bouchard, Kristina Mladenovic and Kiki Bertens will also participate from their homes in the April 27-30 online competition that is expected to be broadcast live on TV and social media channels. Real Sociedad says players have been training at home for the last month. The club prepared individual training routines for players and sent them stationary bicycles and treadmills.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Miami has an incoming freshman for next season from Spain, Paula Fraile Ruiz. And Europe has been a major part of Meier’s recruiting strategies for many years, so she went to Spain shortly after the Hurricanes were ousted from the ACC Tournament.Most of her meetings and visits were canceled. She left about a day after arriving, and one player she was in contact with was getting alerts on her phone about the severity of the pandemic during her meeting with Meier.“And I said, ‘OK, I need to go,’” Meier said. “I had two more visits planned, but I didn’t make them and got back.”Meier was planning to be in New York this weekend to support Miami’s Beatrice Mompremier at the WNBA draft, though that trip was canceled because of the pandemic, as well. The draft will be done remotely as planned.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Nebraska fans can scratch their football itch Saturday when the school’s athletic department streams a virtual spring game on its social media platforms. The Latest: Nebraska to air virtual spring football for fans April 13, 2020 Braun and Yelich already had teamed with 3rd Street Market Hall to help provide thousands of meals to Milwaukee-area health care providers working with four major hospital networks during the pandemic.___The Spanish league says it will not attend upcoming meetings organized by the Spanish Football Federation to discuss the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.The league says the decision is a response to the federation’s release to the media of audios from a previous meeting to allegedly boost its own interests.The league says it will take the necessary legal actions against the federation for having released the information without anybody else’s consent. ___The Cleveland Browns will donate net proceeds from sales of their new jerseys to a fund aiding health care professionals, first responders and others who have selflessly served during the COVID-19 pandemic.The team launched the Hats Off to Our Heroes Fund on Monday, two days before it will reveal the new uniforms. The Browns said the team will commit 100 percent of the proceeds “for a significant period of time” to the fund.“When finalizing our uniform announcement, we realized we had an incredible opportunity to further our support of heroes battling COVID-19 on the front lines for our entire community,” executive vice president JW Johnson said. “We hope the excitement surrounding the new uniforms can help make a significant impact through the Hats Off to Our Heroes Fund, and we greatly appreciate the support from our fans, retail partners and team to make this special way to give back to those leaders possible.” This is the second time in four years the Browns have changed uniforms. The new ones are expected to embrace concepts from previous versions. The team is not expected to make any major changes to its iconic orange logo-less helmet. Khachanov says “this initiative is interesting and it will bring back some competition in our sport. I’m looking forward to challenge my fellow players and show my skills to the tennis fans around the world.”There will be 150,000 euros ($164,000) distributed in prize money for each of the men’s and women’s events. The winners then decide how much they want to donate to tennis players who are having a hard time financially without any tournaments to play.Another 50,000 euros ($55,000) will be donated to reduce the social impact of the pandemic.Each draw is expected to have 16 players competing.The Madrid Open was one of more than 30 professional tournaments canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for May 1-10. All 39 spring games scheduled this week have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Nebraska spring game typically draws as many as 85,000 at Memorial Stadium. Last year’s contest generated about $1 million in ticket sales and concessions.The virtual spring game will feature Nebraska greats of the past with audio provided by the voices of the Learfield IMG College/Husker Sports radio network.Georgia has produced a virtual G-Day plan for Saturday. The SEC Network will re-broadcast the 2019 game against Notre Dame. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart will tweet commentary. The team’s radio broadcast team will have a Facebook live broadcast.Notre Dame is holding a Saturday night “watch party” with the 2006 game against UCLA on the athletic department’s YouTube channel. There will be a fan chat, trivia questions and chances to win Fighting Irish apparel. ___Spanish soccer club Real Sociedad is going back on its plan to resume practicing at the team’s training center during the coronavirus pandemic.The club says it made the decision after discussions with the Spanish government. It says it is “fully aware of its responsibility during the current pandemic” and “players will continue to train at home.”Real Sociedad had said it would give its players the option to start training individually at the team’s training center beginning on Tuesday. It would be the first Spanish club to return to practice during the pandemic.Spain is starting to loosen some of its lockdown measures this week by allowing non-essential workers to return to their activities while observing social-distancing guidelines. But group activities will remain prohibited and sports facilities won’t be allowed to reopen. ___Washington State athletic director Pat Chun, head football coach Nick Rolovich, and men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith will all take voluntary 5% pay cuts through the end of the 2020-21 academic year due to revenue reductions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.In a lengthy letter to fans and alumni, Chun said while the full economic impact of the pandemic is not known, the school’s athletic department is taking steps to soften the blow from the loss of expected revenue.In addition to the salary cuts, Chun said all Washington State coaches will voluntarily forgo all bonuses or incentives through the end of the 2020-21 academic year. The school will also freeze the prices of season tickets and student sports passes for fans and continue to be flexible with football season-ticket renewals and payments.Chun also said the school is estimating an additional $300,000 in grant-in-aid costs for athletes in spring sports who have indicated an interest in taking advantage of having an additional year of eligibility. ___Premier League club Tottenham has reversed a decision to use government money to fund some staff salaries during the coronavirus pandemic.The north London club faced two weeks of criticism for deciding to use the government’s job retention scheme.Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says “the criticism the club has received over the last week has been felt all the more keenly because of our track record of good works and our huge sense of responsibility to care for those that rely on us.”Staff put on furlough during the pandemic receive 80% of their salaries up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds ($3,000) per month from the government. And Tottenham had said non-playing staff not being furloughed would have their pay cut 20%.
Former USC linebacker Lamar Dawson’s class-action wage lawsuit against the Pac-12 and NCAA was dismissed by a federal judge on Tuesday who said the case was based on “untenable legal theory,” according to the Los Angeles Times.Dawson, who played football for USC from 2011 to 2015, claimed that the Pac-12 and NCAA violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and the California Labor Code because they do not pay football players minimum wage or overtime, according to the Los Angeles Times. He sued in U.S. District Court in San Francisco in September. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg refuted Dawson’s argument in a 12-page opinion, which stated that “there is simply no legal basis for finding [collegiate athletes] to be ‘employees’ under the FLSA.”According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor standards affecting full- and part-time workers in the private sector and in federal, state and local governments.While Dawson argued that collegiate football players should be considered employees because football is a revenue-generating sport, Seeborg wrote that “the premise that revenue generation is determinative of employment status is not supported by the case law.”Donald Remy, the NCAA’s chief legal officer, supported Judge Seeborg decision in a statement.“As we have said in this case and others before it, there is no legal support for the idea that college athletics participation makes a student a university employee,” the statement said. “Playing college sports allows students to get a quality education and build skills to prepare them for success after college. It is unfortunate we must continue to expend resources on cases that copy previously dismissed lawsuits.” Dawson was a starter linebacker for USC as a true freshman in 2011, but a torn ACL and other subsequent injuries affected his career and his chance of playing in the NFL, according to ESPN. He redshirted in 2014 and appeared in eight games in 2015, when he finished with 31 tackles.