Dealing with the unexpected: 7 financial steps to take after the death of a spouse or loved one – CNBC

Brenda Pickens lost her husband, Howard, to Covid-19 in March.

Source: Brenda Pickens

Brenda Pickens' life changed dramatically this past spring, when her 63-year-old husband, Howard, died from Covid-19 complications.

His death, which occurred a month after the couple's 28th wedding anniversary, was something they never really planned for.

"We didn't think either one of us would be alone so early in our lives," said Pickens, 62, who also contracted the virus and spent months recovering.

With only a small life insurance policy payout and some retirement savings, she contemplated selling her home in Waveland, Mississippi, and her husband's barbershop, Fade 1, in nearby Bay St. Louis. Pickens was also furloughed from her job at a naval base barbershop.

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These days, she's seen some temporary financial relief, including a grant from the state of Mississippi that will keep the barbershop running for about six months. However, Pickens is now battling new health concerns. Since contracting the coronavirus, she has developed heart issues and is seeing a number of specialists.

Fortunately, she has good insurance and is receiving paid time off from her job while on medical leave.

"I'm trying to hang in there, but if push comes to shove, I'll file for disability," she said.

While she has a support system, she is still grieving the loss of her husband.

"It still gets kind of lonely," Pickens said. "He was my best friend."

However financially prepared, or unprepared, you may be, losing a loved one is overwhelming. Not only are you dealing with grief, but there are financial decisions that must also be made. Here are seven steps you can take to help ease the transition.

"It might be tempting to make a lot of decisions all at once," said certified financial planner Stacy Francis, president and CEO of Francis Financial in New York and a member of the CNBC Financial Advisor Council.

That may mean moving to a new place, selling a house, going right back to work and taking a new job.

Her advice: Don't do it.

"Give yourself a little bit of a pause so that you have time to allow yourself to start the grief process and that you give yourself time to navigate this new normal for yourself," she said.

"When you have been through trauma, it is very hard to think clearly."

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Finding professional support through, for example, a grief counselor or therapist can help you navigate the mourning process. A financial expert, meanwhile, can help you through money issues concerning insurance, wills, debt and the like.

"Put yourself on a path of not only recovery, but to eventually be able to rebound," said Francis, who specializes in working with widows and widowers and is a certified grief recovery specialist in The Grief Recovery Method approach.

Once you are ready, you can review your finances and reset.

The first thing to do when it comes to finances is to take a look at what money is coming in and how that may have changed since your loss.

You may be facing lower income without your spouse's salary, or you may have some additional funds through a life insurance payout or inheritance.

It is really important to see where you are and to then, once you have all of that information, start to create that new road map for your family

Stacy Francis

president and CEO of Francis Financial

If you have children under age 18, be sure to apply for spousal survivor benefits from Social Security, Francis said. Also, make sure you are collecting any life insurance money you may be entitled to, so reach out to your loved one's employer to see if there was coverage, as well as any private insurers.

Another potential source of money may come from any unclaimed funds. Do a search on your state's online unclaimed funds site for both you and your loved one.

The coronavirus pandemic has already hit people's expenses. Losing a spouse will add to that.

You may need extra childcare or therapy sessions. On the other hand, you may see a decrease in some expenses, like a payment for a second car.

List everything and compare it to what you have coming in and see what needs to be adjusted.

If you have outstanding credit card bills, check with your creditor. Many are already offering programs, like payment deferments or a reduction in interest rate, to help people get through the pandemic.

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If you are left with high medical bills in the wake of your loved one's death, talk to a medical billing and health insurance expert, Francis advises.

That can help you truly understand if these are bills you need to pay or if your health insurance wasn't billed properly, with the proper medical coding.

"We've also seen some individuals be able to negotiate with their health insurance," she said. "They just want to get paid.

"The last thing they want to do is have you declare bankruptcy."

Get an understanding of what your finances look like now.

That includes retirement and brokerage accounts, your home's value, your mortgage and any other loans you may have.

Taken together with your expenses and cash flow, it will help you form a plan for your near-term and long-term future and could impact college, retirement and the rest of your life, Francis said.

If you lost your spouse and have children, appoint guardians as soon as possible, even if you aren't ready to take a look at your overall will and estate plan, said New York-based estate-planning attorney Robert Steele.

When things settle down, you can then update your will and beneficiaries on any retirement plans or insurance policies.

"Your will, your estate plan is going to most likely need to change, especially if you have younger children," Steele said.

That includes creating a trust for your kids if they are young, so they don't receive the money outright, and naming a trustee to oversee it.

Additionally, if you lost your spouse, he or she was likely your health-care proxy and had power of attorney. You'll have to choose another person "who you trust and value," Francis said.

In the end, coming up with an overall plan will help you move forward both emotionally and financially.

"While it might be frightening and scary to look at all of this, it is really important to see where you are and to then, once you have all of that information, start to create that new road map for your family," Francis said.

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Andrew Raven Thompson – Journal Review

Andrew Raven Thompson of Waveland passed away Sunday night, Sept. 27, 2020, after an auto accident. He was 13.

Born June 1, 2007, at Crawfordsville, he was a seventh grade student at Southmont Jr. High. He loved video games, riding his bike, playing with his brother and sister, going to grandpas, riding tractors and four-wheelers, and had just learned to do a back flip on the trampoline.

Surviving family include: parents, Andrew and Kynda Thompson; brother Odin Thompson; sister Audry Thompson; grandparents, Brad and Yvonne Jones and James and Lisa Bailey; great-grandparents, Ed and Donna Priebe and Keith Brock; uncle Kory Jones; and aunts, Rebecca Jones and Katie Bailey.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Tyrina Cronk; great-grandparents, Beverly Brock and Clyde and Carolyn Jones; and uncle James Bailey.

Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Waveland Christian Church, 212 W. Main St., Waveland. Services will begin at 5 p.m., led by Pastor Dave Keesee. Arrangements were made through Burkhart Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.BurkhartFH.com.

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Flooding impacts Treasure Coast drivers – WPBF West Palm Beach

Hundreds of drivers across the Treasure Coast were impacted by road closures and accidents caused by flooding throughout the area. Well, the rain today just seemed to sit upon us. And kept coming down at times a little heavier than others, said Jeff Stafford, Surfside Grill Employee. Continuous rain caused flooding near Jensen Beach Club north of Waveland, where more than 9 inches of rain fell in the area. Its a lot more than normal in a short period of time, I would say, Stafford said. According to the St. Lucie County sheriffs deputy on scene, low visibility and flooding cause one driver to end up in the drainage ditch in front of Surfside Grill. The accident happened despite the restaurant's efforts to alert customers of the entrance to the parking lot. Well, we purposely put the American flags there so people could see the entranceway, Stafford said. Obviously, he missed that by quite a lot.In Fort Pierce, officials closed Midway Road between 25th Street and Oleander Boulevard.With the amount of flood water, I would say be more careful when you know its raining like that and to slow down and obey the signs, Stafford said.

Hundreds of drivers across the Treasure Coast were impacted by road closures and accidents caused by flooding throughout the area.

Well, the rain today just seemed to sit upon us. And kept coming down at times a little heavier than others, said Jeff Stafford, Surfside Grill Employee.

Continuous rain caused flooding near Jensen Beach Club north of Waveland, where more than 9 inches of rain fell in the area.

Its a lot more than normal in a short period of time, I would say, Stafford said.

According to the St. Lucie County sheriffs deputy on scene, low visibility and flooding cause one driver to end up in the drainage ditch in front of Surfside Grill.

The accident happened despite the restaurant's efforts to alert customers of the entrance to the parking lot.

Well, we purposely put the American flags there so people could see the entranceway, Stafford said. Obviously, he missed that by quite a lot.

In Fort Pierce, officials closed Midway Road between 25th Street and Oleander Boulevard.

With the amount of flood water, I would say be more careful when you know its raining like that and to slow down and obey the signs, Stafford said.

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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 3:40 am EDT – KESQ

UNDATED (AP) Tropical storm-force winds are spreading onshore along the northern U.S. Gulf Coast as Hurricane Sally lumbers off the coast. The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday evening that life-threatening flooding is likely as the hurricane edges toward the coast. At 7 p.m., the center of the storm was located about 75 miles south of Mobile, Alabama and about the same distance southwest of Pensacola, Florida. The hurricanes top sustained winds have been clocked at 80 mph. The hurricane is crawling northward toward the coast at 2 mph.

WASHINGTON (AP) Joe Biden is calling President Donald Trump a fool for comments hes made questioning Bidens mental acuity and suggesting Biden takes performance-enhancing drugs. During an interview with Tampas NBC affiliate Tuesday, Biden was asked about Trumps accusations that he is mentally shot and has taken drugs to boost his debate performance. Biden dismissed the presidents comments, calling them foolish and declaring, Im looking forward to the debate and hes a fool. The Democratic presidential nominee continued: Get ready, Mr. President. Here I come. The two will meet for their first presidential debate on Sept. 29 in Cleveland.

WASHINGTON (AP) A Trump health appointee is apologizing for a video in which he reportedly says scientists battling the coronavirus are conspiring against President Donald Trump and warns of shooting in America if Trump loses the election. Michael Caputo, the top spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, apologized to his staff for the Facebook video, an administration official tells The Associated Press. Separately, Caputo is accused of trying to muzzle an important publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the midst of the pandemic. HHS is standing by Caputo, who was not available for an interview.

WASHINGTON (AP) Israel on Tuesday signed historic diplomatic pacts with two Gulf Arab states at a White House ceremony that President Donald Trump declared would mark the dawn of a new Middle East. He also hoped to cast himself as an international peacemaker at the height of his reelection campaign. Hundreds of people massed on the sun-washed South Lawn to witness the signing of agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The agreements formalize the normalization of the Jewish states already warming relations with the two countries over Iranian aggression in the region. But they do not address the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) Models released by the U.S. government suggest a future with less water may arrive sooner than previously projected for the seven states that rely on the Colorado River. After a relatively dry summer, government scientists project Lake Powell and Lake Mead are 12% more likely to fall to critically low levels by 2025 than they projected in the spring. Climate change and prolonged drought have compelled some cities and farms to conserve water to secure the river long term, but it remains overtapped. The projections could complicate already-fraught negotiations between Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Mexico over the rivers future.

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Ballhawks at Wrigley Field stay on the lookout – Chicago Sun-Times

Wrigleyville looks different this summer than in years past. Normally, in the hours before a perfect August night game, youd see armies of Cubs fans hopping from Sluggers to The Cubby Bear to Murphys Bleachers before packing 40,000 deep into Wrigley Field. Not so much this year.

Peer behind the left-field bleachers to the corner of Waveland and Kenmore Avenues, though, and a familiar sight remains: A dozen or so people scattered around the intersection with gloves and lawn chairs, eyes cast toward the top of the wall in hopes that theyll be the first to spot a freshly smacked home-run ball sailing over.

The pandemic has forced a shortened MLB season and kept fans out of Wrigley, but for the tried-and-true ballhawks, the routine hasnt changed much, albeit it now is done with masks: Post up for batting practice about three hours before the first pitch, say hi to the regulars and catch any balls that come your way.

On a mid-August afternoon before a game against the Brewers, only one ball made it over the left-field wall during batting practice, bouncing squarely in the middle of the intersection at Waveland and Kenmore before landing in the mitt of Ken Vangeloff, a 30-year ballhawking veteran.

It was the third ball Vangeloff has caught this season. He said that while the general experience remains the same, the coronavirus has brought a few changes. The scads of pedestrians doing their pregame bar crawl are nowhere to be seen, replaced by more first-time ballhawks seeking a new way to experience the game in a season like none before.

For old-timers like Vangeloff, though, the pandemic has given this years ballhawking experience an air of nostalgia. Because there are no fans to fill the seats, there has been no reason for police to implement game-day traffic restrictions on streets around Wrigley, which were only instituted in the early 2000s. This is according to Vangeloff. This means that ballhawks may have to dodge cars as they chase down homers, much like they did when sluggers like Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were belting balls out of the park.

Not only did you have to worry about looking for the ball and catching it, you had to watch out for cars going back and forth, Vangeloff said. So thats brought back an element of risk and danger and fun into it all.

Rich Buhrke, who has been ballhawking since 1959, hasnt noticed changes brought on by the new circumstances as much as those implemented by the Ricketts family ownership over the last decade.

Theres nowhere near as many baseballs [flying over the wall] with all the junk that they put up. They raised the bleachers and moved them back, then they put all this stuff up, Buhrke said, gesturing broadly towards the neighborhood, which, among other things, has seen a hotel, an outdoor plaza and an apartment building sprout up next to the ballpark in recent years.

Most ballhawks miss having fans around, though, if only because they can gauge where a home-run ball might be headed by the reaction of the crowd in the bleachers.

No fans does not help a ballhawk, said Dave Davison, another 30-year veteran. Back in the day you could see the ball coming out of the infield, because there was just a chain-link fence. Now youre waiting for the reaction.

Jodi Swanson, for one, is glad that the ballhawks are coming out despite it all. Though she doesnt chase down balls herself, the single mother began bringing her son to the corner during the Cubs 2015 playoff run and theyve been coming back ever since. The ballhawks set up tees for her boy to practice and have even helped him with his math homework in the past.

Its a very interesting dynamic to watch over the years, they protect each other and theyre straight shooters, Swanson said. Its really kind of a beautiful thing to watch ... its like Field of Dreams, when you get to the end of the movie and you get a feeling for the old baseball you miss. Theyre the old baseball.

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Derby Day tradition to return to Waveland – ABC 36 News – WTVQ

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) While the Kentucky Derby will run without fans this year due to the pandemic, a tradition at Waveland State Historic Site will continue.

We will be serving an elegant breakfast in our beautiful mansion, saidCharla Reed, Park Manager at Waveland State Historic Site.

The annual Derby Day breakfast will include a wide variety of beverages and other breakfast staples, We will have our hot brown dish, cheese grits, fruit, vanilla bean scones and homemade lemon curds and jam. Of course, we have to have the Derby pie bar.

Reed says servers will also be dressed in period clothing.

And to ensure everyones safety,Reed says there will be some added safety precautions, We wont be serving on fine china this year as we normally do.

Reed says everyone must wear a mask and tables will be spaced out both indoors and outdoors.

A lot of people love the tradition of dressing up, putting on a hat and making a big day out of it, said Reed.

Despite the change in date, Reed says Lets celebrate the Derby and Kentucky and theres no better place than Waveland.

Reservations must be made by calling 859-272-3611. Tickets are $45 per person. The breakfast takes place on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m.

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Waveland community group says $2500 donation will widen impact – Journal Review

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WAVELAND As seventh-grader Emery Allen, who belongs on Broadway, stepped up to the town parks stage Friday evening with a medley of show tunes, vendors sold their wares before closing down the farmers market for the season.

The small town summer evening was put on by nonprofit community group Waveland Strong, which will further its mission of promoting the town thanks to a local farmers donation.

Darren Simpson, who lives east of Waveland, presented the volunteers with a $2,500 grant from the Americas Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Bayer Fund. Simpson said he directed the money to the group as a way to help more than one organization.

Waveland Strong supports local churches and Montgomery County 4-H.

Im very glad to see that theyre doing things that needs to done around the community. They really stepped up when we had a hole [in the community] I guess you could say, Simpson said after presenting the check.

Theyre doing a lot of good things with the talents they have.

The group is waiting on other grant funding, which will help determine how the donation is spent, Waveland Strong president Troy Phillips said.

With Parke Countys Covered Bridge Festival canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the group will look for ways to support vendors who set up at the event. A Christmas bazaar is already in the works.

A family game night will be held Sept. 18, followed by a progressive dinner on Sept. 26. A community garage sale is set for October.

The group has also carried out a series of beautification projects, including at the park.

Weve created a presence, and this is the kind of go-to organization in town, member Gina Haile said. They like what were doing and they want to help.

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David Ross Has "Addressed Some Things That Have Been Lingering for Years" and Other Cubs Bullets – bleachernation.com

We lost our power early this morning, and after an hour or so, it came back on. No big deal. Mustve been something minor. But two minutes after the power came back on, there was a big, ugly sound somewhere outside and the power went right back out. Hasnt come back since. That seems not great.

The Cubs are up to 9-2 on the season, the best record in the National League, and four games clear of the Reds and Cardinals in the NL Central. The Cubs pace wont last, but its also absurd that they have a four-game lead just 11 games into the season. Their playoff odds at FanGraphs are already up to 94.2% thanks to the crazy start and the expanded postseason. It already wouldve been wildly disappointing if the Cubs didnt make the playoffs when 8 teams out of 15 make it, but now it would be even more of a stunner than anything that happened the last two years.

Theo Epstein spoke with the media last night, and Jordan Bastian laid out the full Q&A here for you to peruse and digest. Its nice to appreciate a leader who is so thoughtful and kind at a time like this. Epstein just always seems to hit the right notes, and on the team-pandemic-related stuff, this stood out to me, simultaneously acknowledging certain realities of this process while also underscoring that we shouldnt jump to blame: No set of protocols are perfect. Theyre designed to minimize the risk as best as you possibly can. Theyre designed to put you into a position to reduce your chances of getting the infection. And then, if someone in your organization gets it, theyre designed to try to minimize the spread. Now, obviously, in these first two examples, its proven really difficult to contain the virus once its infiltrated an organization. I think thats the focus of what we need to learn from this and try to make some adjustments. But, its impossible for any set of protocols to eliminate the chance of infection. Thats just not going to happen. So, there should be no inferences out there that everyone whos positive has violated protocols. Thats just not how this is working.

We are each of us constantly at risk for contracting the virus in ways we didnt anticipate, so even as the Cubs have had a great deal of success so far (so much that MLB reportedly reached out to get tips), that doesnt mean itll continue perfectly for another two months.

As for his rookie manager, Epstein was effusive in his praise of David Ross, and hinted that hes already seen improvement in certain areas that seemed deficient by the end of Joe Maddons tenure (and led to those many philosophical differences about organizational complacency): [The whole being less than the sum of the parts is] an area where we collectively have fallen short, I think, the last couple years. I think weve had more talent than the results would indicate the last couple years. You know, thats why there have been different attempts to change the environment. You guys that have followed the club have known that . [Ross] has stepped in and helped address some things that have been lingering for years, you know? And to do that his first month on the job essentially, his first two weeks as a regular season manager, is just really impressive. It just shows hes fearless. Hes alert, observant and has great emotional intelligence, kind of knowing when to step in to challenge a player and call him out, and knowing when to step in and offer a kind word and support and make it really clear that hes got a players back. I think thats a big part of being a leader and being a manager in the Major Leagues these days, and hes just got really good feel for it. And he has not eased his way in. Hes on it in a very, very impressive way.

As we discussed for a long time, Joe Maddon was perfect for the 2015-17 Cubs, and then he was not. It isnt a shot at Maddon or his hands-off style in fact, its more of a shot at the organization as a whole for not more quickly addressing things that fell behind the curve after winning the World Series. Ross was the right guy at this moment to come in the door and organically change player preparation, focus, etc.

Not that you would be surprised at this point, but Ross also has commanded the total respect of his players:

Similarly, from Jon Lester, who underscores that idea that guys just want to do well for Ross (NBCSC): I think the biggest thing with Rossy is just his energy. The presence that he brings when hes in a dugout or in a clubhouse, he demands respect. He demands attention to detail. And guys know that when we show up every day. So, when were out doing our work you kind of feel like hes always watching you. Not in a bad way, but you want to do the right things to keep the line moving offensively or keep the line moving as far as our rotation.

Thats two outings in a row that Kyle Ryan got lit up on the ole hard contact meter, and were it not for his velocity being way down to open this season, it might not concern you right away. But for a guy who was delayed in his start to camp, and who didnt have a lot of velocity to begin with, losing three-ish MPH on his fastball and his cutter is a serious issue. Moreover, the fact that his spin rate is alarmingly down on the cutter is also a serious issue (hes getting far less horizontal movement on the pitch than last year). I think we are already seeing the fruits of that issue in the form of rockets by expected wOBA, Ryans cutter was his best pitch last year, and this year its his worst. I know the Cubs are hard up for lefties at the moment, but until and unless Ryan gets himself right, it already seems like hes another guy that has to have a very short leash, and ideally isnt used in high-leverage moments.

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Wild NHL playoffs move into next stage with final 16 teams – Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

August 06, 2020

The Wyoming Valley Conference athletic directors received two proposals Thursday for new football schedules this season.

The schedule needed to be reworked when the Lackawanna Interscholastic Athletic Association decided to push back its season five weeks and play a five-game schedule exclusive to LIAA schools due to COVID-19 concerns. the original WVC schedule had 34 games against LIAA teams.

One proposal is for a 10-week season starting Aug. 28. The other is for a seven-week season starting Sept. 18.

The proposals also call for two divisions. Division 1: Berwick, Dallas, Hazleton Area, Pittston Area, Wilkes-Barre Area, Williamsport and Wyoming Valley West. Division 2: Crestwood, Hanover Area, Holy Redeemer, Lake-Lehman, Nanticoke Area, Tunkhannock and Wyoming Area.

The athletic directors will confer with their school administration before deciding which schedule to use if fall sports are held.


Starts Aug. 28


Dallas at Nanticoke Area

Hanover Area at Wyoming Area

Hazleton Area at Williamsport

Lake-Lehman at Wilkes-Barre Area

Pittston Area at Crestwood

Southern Columbia at Berwick

Tunkhannock at Wyoming Valley West

bye Holy Redeemer


Dallas at Lake-Lehman

Hazleton Area at Pittston Area

Holy Redeemer at Crestwood

Nanticoke Area at Hanover Area

Williamsport at Wilkes-Barre Area

Wyoming Area at Tunkhannock

Wyoming Valley West at Berwick


Crestwood at Wyoming Area

Hanover Area at Wilkes-Barre Area

Hazleton Area at Berwick

Lake-Lehman at Holy Redeemer

Pittston Area at Dallas

Tunkhannock at Nanticoke Area

Williamsport at Wyoming Valley West


Berwick at Pittston Area

Crestwood at Tunkhannock

Holy Redeemer at Hanover Area

Nanticoke Area at Lake-Lehman

Wilkes-Barre Area at Hazleton Area

Williamsport at Central Mountain

Wyoming Area at Southern Columbia

Wyoming Valley West at Dallas


Berwick at Lake-Lehman

Dallas at Wyoming Area

Hanover Area at Williamsport

Hazleton Area at Crestwood

Holy Redeemer at Nanticoke Area

Pittston Area at Tunkhannock

Wyoming Valley West at Wilkes-Barre Area


Berwick at Williamsport

Lake-Lehman ar Hanover Area

Nanticoke Area at Crestwood

Pittston Area at Wyoming Valley West

Tunkhannock at Hazleton Area

Wilkes-Barre Area at Dallas

Wyoming Area at Holy Redeemer


Crestwood at Hanover Area

Hazleton Area at Dallas

Holy Redeemer at Tunkhannock

Lake-Lehman at Wyoming Area

Pittston Area at Williamsport

Wilkes-Barre Area at Berwick

Wyoming Valley West at Nanticoke Area


Berwick at Crestwood

Hanover Area at Holy Redeemer

Tunkhannock at Lake-Lehman

Wilkes-Barre Area at Pittston Area

Williamsport at Dallas

Wyoming Area at Nanticoke Area

Wyoming Valley West at Hazleton Area


Berwick at Wyoming Area

Crestwood at Wilkes-Barre Area

Dallas at Hanover Area

Holy Redeemer at Pittston Area

Lake-Lehman at Wyoming Valley West

Nanticoke Area at Hazleton Area

Williamsport at Tunkhannock


Dallas at Berwick

Crestwood at Lake-Lehman

Hanover Area at Tunkhannock

Nanticoke Area at Holy Redeemer

Wilkes-Barre Area at Wyoming Valley West

Williamsport at Hazleton Area

Wyoming Area at Pittston Area


Starts Sept. 18


Berwick at Pittston Area

Crestwood at Tunkhannock

Dallas at Wyoming Valley West

Hanover Area at Wyoming Area

Nanticoke Area at Lake-Lehman

Wilkes-Barre Area at Hazleton Area

Williamsport at Central Mountain

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Waveland, Mississippi – Wikipedia

City in Mississippi, United States

Waveland is a city located in Hancock County, Mississippi, United States, on the Gulf of Mexico. It is part of the GulfportBiloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city of Waveland was incorporated in 1972. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 6,435.[4] Waveland was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Camille on August 17, 1969, and by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005.

The current mayor of Waveland is Mike Smith.[5]

Andrew Jackson once lived and owned land in Waveland on what is now known as Jackson Ridge.[6] Much of Jackson Ridge later became Buccaneer State Park.[7]

The Silver Slipper Casino opened on November 9, 2006.

On August 17, 1969, Hurricane Camille made landfall at the tip of Louisiana before continuing on shore at Waveland. The storm heavily damaged the areas south of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. Recovery efforts went on for nearly a decade. The town later erected a plaque commemorating the efforts of the volunteers who committed time and resources towards rebuilding.

The city of Waveland was "ground zero" of Hurricane Katrina's landfall on August 29, 2005. The city received massive damage and is still in the process of recovering and rebuilding. South of the CSXT mainline, the area was almost completely destroyed. The rest of the city took heavy flooding. In a news report, state officials said Waveland took a harder hit from the wind and water than any other town along the Gulf Coast, and that the town was obliterated. 36 years earlier, in 1969, Waveland had been severely damaged by Hurricane Camille.[8]

Official reports stated that approximately 50 people died when Waveland was hit directly by the eyewall of Katrina and the 26-foot (7.9m) storm surge. Hurricane Katrina came ashore during the high tide of 8:01AM, +2.2 feet more.[9]

Hurricane Katrina damaged over 40 Mississippi libraries, gutting the Waveland Public Library, as a total loss, requiring a complete rebuild.[10]

A group of social activists seeking to better the lives of local residents, called the "Rainbow Family", arrived in Waveland soon after Hurricane Katrina. From early September to early December 2005, they ran the "New Waveland Cafe & Clinic"[11][12] in the parking lot of Fred's Dept Store on Highway 90. The caf provided free hot meals three times a day. The clinic was staffed by volunteer doctors and nurses from throughout the United States who saw over 5,000 patients during the duration, free of charge and dispensing free medications. Donations of medications and supplies came from a multitude of sources, with International Aid[13] arranging the most donations. This was the first experience of the counter-culture Rainbow Family in running a disaster relief center. The Bastrop Christian Outreach Center also volunteered with the Rainbow Family.

Waveland Elementary School, which has served public school students in Grades K-3 (Grades 4-5 attend Second Street Elementary in nearby Bay St. Louis), was heavily damaged by Katrina. The students attending the school were educated in portable classrooms for the beginning of the 20062007 school year, pending a permanent solution.[14]

The recovery of Waveland was due in part to the faith-based disaster recovery effort in and around the Waveland area. Shoreline Park Baptist Church in Waveland and Pastor Ed Murphy were vital to this effort, housing and feeding hundreds of missionaries from around the country for many years following Hurricane Katrina in what were referred to as "Pods for God". Shoreline Park Baptist Church directed the repair and, in some instances, the rebuilding of homes in the area for many years after the devastation.[15][16]

Waveland is in southeastern Hancock County along the shore of Mississippi Sound, an embayment of the Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered to the north and northeast by the city of Bay St. Louis. U.S. Route 90 passes through the northern side of the city, leading east across the Bay of Saint Louis 18 miles (29km) to Gulfport and west 55 miles (89km) to New Orleans.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Waveland has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22.4km2), of which 8.5 square miles (22.0km2) are land and 0.2 square miles (0.4km2), or 1.66%, are water.[4]

As of the census[18] of 2000, there were 6,674 people, 2,731 households, and 1,783 families residing in the city. The population density was 980.2 people per square mile (378.4/km2). There were 3,442 housing units at an average density of 505.5 per square mile (195.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.38% White, 11.21% African American, 0.49% Native American, 1.50% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. 2.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,731 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,304, and the median income for a family was $38,438. Males had a median income of $29,762 versus $21,694 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,413. 13.7% of the population and 11.6% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 15.6% of those under the age of 18 and 11.7% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Waveland is served by the Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District.

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Waveland, IN – Waveland, Indiana Map & Directions – MapQuest

Waveland is a town in Brown Township, Montgomery County, Indiana, United States. The population was 420 at the 2010 census.Waveland was platted by John Milligan in 1835. The settlement began as a resting place at a good spring between Terre Haute and Lafayette, Indiana. After a trading post and post office were established, Milligan developed the surrounding property. By 1850, the town had three general stores, three churches, two inns, two wagon shops and a blacksmith. Waveland was the boyhood home of American Impressionist T. C. Steele. His parents, Samuel and Harriett, moved to the thriving settlement when Steele was five years old, around 1852. Steele's father rented a saddle shop from John Milligan. Young Steele was enrolled in the outstanding Waveland Academy. The Presbyterian Church had recognized the need for higher learning in this community and provided a new brick building for the education of children. Steele family records show that, until 1870, they owned the cottage at 110 Cross Street in Waveland, built on one of Milligan's lots.Waveland is located at 395242N 87235W / 39.87833N 87.04306W / 39.87833; -87.04306 (39.878330, -87.042937).

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As Tropical Storm Isaias nears the Treasure Coast Sunday morning, the curious visit Waveland Beach in St. Lucie County – TCPalm

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David Comstozk, 72, of Port St. Lucie, walks toward an empty Waveland Beach as Tropical Storm Isaias nears the Treasure Coast.(Photo: MAX CHESNES / TCPALM)

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Just before 9 a.m., David Comstozk walked slowly toward an empty Waveland Beach in St. Lucie County, not far over the Martin County line.

The 72-year-old took his time reaching the shore as a steady wind, likely somewhere around 40 mph, blew directly at him.

I was curious to see what the beach looked like, Comstozk said, raising his voice to match the rushing wind. I usually leave town for these, but this one didnt seem too bad.

The Port St. Lucie man clutched his camera phone close to his chest, snapping photographs intermittently.

While he took photos of thebending palm trees and crashing waves, there was one thing thecamera didnt capture: Abeaming smile on his face.

David Comstozk, 72, stands at Waveland Beach as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches the Treasure Coast.(Photo: MAX CHESNES / TCPALM)

Comstozk was just one of a handful of people out and about in Jensen Beach the portion in St.Lucie CountySunday morning as Tropical Storm Isaias neared the Treasure Coast.

The storm was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricaneto a Tropical Storm Saturday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The Treasure Coast remains under a tropical storm warning and a storm surge warning.

The storm is not expected to grow to hurricane strength as wind sheer from the west continues to work away at the storm, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

Maximum sustained winds are expected to be 65 mph, and the storm is about 60 miles south-southeast of Stuartmoving north-northwest at 9 mph.

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How Yu Darvish Began to Recreate His Success From the Second Half of Last Year – NBC Chicago

Yu Darvish shuffled across Waveland Avenue in sweat pants and slides. A family of Cubs fans snapped photos from in front of the fire station before Friday's game.

Darvish acknowledged them but kept beelining toward the Wrigley Field gate. Even off the field he had his own unique flare and focus.

On the mound later that day, that was even more apparent.

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In the Cubs' 6-3 win over the Pirates Friday, Darvish threw six shutout innings and resembled the lights-out starter he was in the second of last season.

"Today I felt the same as the second half," he said. "But still I need to work on my mechanics and normal cutter and command. But I feel like it's really close or almost the same."

The first time through the rotation, Darvish was the only starter who didn't have his best stuff. Kyle Hendricks threw a complete game shutout. Jon Lester threw five no-hit innings. Tyler Chatwood and Alec Mills each pitched six innings and allowed fewer than three runs.

Then there was Darvish, who gave up three runs in four innings. Not terrible under the circumstances of a pandemic and a three-week summer camp. But not up his standard.

Darvish said he wanted to work on his splitter, changeup and hard cutter before his next start.

On Saturday, he took a different approach.

"I tried to throw fewer hard cutters," Darvish said. "I used the normal cutter, knuckle curveball and four-seam. And that worked tonight."

After walking the first batter he faced, Adam Frazier, Darvish picked off Frazier at first and retired the next two in order. He gave up just two hits, both singles with no one on base. Both pitches were at the edge of or out of the zone.

"Yu was great tonight," Cubs manager David Ross said. "Had it all working. Just spinning the breaking ball really well in the zone, out of the zone. Looked like the splitty showed up tonight and then a couple times there, late fastballs just blowing guys' doors off."

The 18 whiffs he generated were a testament to just how good all those pitches were.

"I didn't know that," Darvish said when that statistic came up in his postgame interview. "But that's enough."


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Let’s make baseball weirder with even more new rules – The Oakland Press

The stat geeks are all excited, even if no one else seems to be. Theyve spent the first days of the baseball season analyzing a bunch of new numbers that show the possibilities and probabilities of runners scoring after being put on second base to open extra innings.

What theyve found is interesting enough, though the sample size is small. Still, deciding whether to bunt or not with the first batter has at least introduced a bit of strategy into a game that in recent times has seemed intent on eliminating any deep thoughts.

Assuming the pandemic doesn't cause the season to come to a crashing close a big assumption right now theyll also soon be able to dive into the seven-inning doubleheaders and come up with numbers that show the proper way to handle pitchers. And theyll study what needs to be done to make the new playoffs, though with 16 teams thats easy enough even for those of us who werent paying much attention in math class.

But why stop there? Like it or not we have a weird new season with some weird new rules. Lets keep going to make baseball Americas favorite pastime once again.

Heres a few more things baseball can do in this, a season like no other:

NEW COUNTS: Batters will now start with 1-1 counts, much like competitive softball. This will save on pitcher arms, ultimately allowing starters to go four, perhaps even five, innings.

BIG HITS: Lets face it, all home runs arent created equal. Some barely curve around a foul pole into the first row of seats, others are caught by the Wrigley Field ball hawkers on Waveland Avenue. From now on, any home run over 400 feet is worth two runs instead of one. This will give hitters the incentive to blindly swing as hard as they can and cut down on boring singles. Still to be determined is what to call a long home run with the bases loaded, which would now be worth five runs. Grander Slam?

PICK A PITCHER: Teams will have to warm up two relief pitchers at a time in the bullpen, something that should be doable in a season of expanded rosters. If a pitcher is pulled, the team at bat gets to pick which reliever it wants to face.

SCHEDULE: The Yankees must be scheduled to play at least a third of their games against the Orioles. Unless, of course, the Orioles have a winning record. Then the Yankees play the Red Sox like usual.

SWING AND MISS: Its tough to face 99 mph fastballs, and splitters that dive before they reach the plate. To help hitters, anyone who has swung twice and missed in an at-bat will be allowed to place the ball on a tee and hit.

POWER BALLS: With the coronavirus very much in play, umpires are tossing out new balls almost every time one gets touched. Under the new rules, two orange balls will be put in the umpire pouch at the start of each inning to be pulled out at random. The batter at the plate when the ball is put into play has the option of accepting a free pass to first base or taking a chance on spinning the wheel behind home plate that offers outcomes ranging from a ground out to a home run. The inning is automatically over if the wheel lands on a picture of Rob Manfred's face.

UMPIRE DISCIPLINE: Enough grousing about umpires who slow games down by missing obvious calls. Lets do something about them. Umpires who have calls overturned will now have to sit on a big stool in the right field corner and wear a dunce cap for an inning.

MOUND VISITS: Eliminated, along with conferences on the mound. Talking behind gloves spreads the virus.

ROJAS RULE: There will be new protocols for deciding whether teams can play games because of the coronavirus. Final decisions will now go to Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas, who will make the ruling. Rojas is also the designated relief bus driver for Covid Coaches that take infected teams that were on road trips back to their home city.

COVID RULE: Remember all those rules about spitting, high-fiving and wearing masks in the dugout? Start respecting them and quick or there will be no baseball.

And, one final new rule:

The next time a team cheats to win a World Series dont punish the losing team for being upset about it.

Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg@ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg

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Heyward sets the tone for Cubs – Chicago Daily Herald

Jason Heyward likes to pick his spots.

He admitted not being the most vocal guy when it comes to speaking out against injustice. But he figured with baseball season on hold and the country in turmoil earlier this summer, there was no better time.

"I felt like it was time to no longer make an excuse that I'm playing baseball and I have a job, I'm just going to watch these things go by," Heyward said Friday before the Cubs' season opener against Milwaukee at Wrigley Field.

Heyward was one of the leaders of the Cubs' clubhouse discussions about the current climate in America. Black Lives Matter was a very visible part of baseball's Opening Day.

During pregame introductions, as has been the case around the league, all players held a long black ribbon as they stood on the foul lines. The Cubs painted Black Lives Matter on the back of the pitchers mound at Wrigley Field, and the players released a unified statement on social media. Both teams wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts during batting practice.

Before the first pitch, Heyward channeled Sammy Sosa and ran to his spot in right field while carrying a city of Chicago flag.

"I think JayHey is one of the more powerful leaders we have on this team because when he does speak, it speaks volumes," said manager David Ross, who was a teammate of Heyward with both the Cubs and Atlanta Braves. "He's not a guy that likes to go around and say a whole lot.

"When he speaks, it carries a lot of weight because he doesn't always speak. We can talk about 2016 or we can talk about five minutes ago. It's real and it comes from the heart and it's genuine and you feel it when he speaks."

Ross and Heyward talked about several team meetings during which everyone on the roster got a chance to relate their feelings and personal experience about race in America.

"We all felt it was important to be on the same page, to be supportive and understand and respect everyone's struggles," Heyward said.

One highlight of Friday's pregame was 13-year-old gospel singer Keedron Bryant performing his original song, "I Just Wanna Live" from a rooftop across Waveland Avenue.

No player from either team took a knee during the national anthem that followed, and Heyward gave his reason for making that choice.

"I don't see today as a situation where I feel like I need to kneel, and I say that because this is what progress looks like," Heyward said. "You have acknowledgement, you have unity, you have people of multiple races, people from different areas, different struggles standing together and acknowledging the Black struggle in this country.

"It's been acknowledged and it's also been held up on a pedestal that has not been held up before in baseball and also in sports and this world.

"So for me, no I don't see today as a necessary situation for me to kneel, but I also do support the ones that are, because I do understand that they're not kneeling for anything bad, they're kneeling for good. They're kneeling for people who have gone through the struggle. They're also kneeling for, just like myself, in a situation where I feel like I haven't spoken up before.

"Well, now it's my time."

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Life on the road will be the next difficult test for the Cubs – The Athletic

Vijay Tekchandani, the director of team travel and clubhouse operations for the Cubs, has a job that essentially requires him to be on call 24/7, whether or not a pandemic is raging across the country.

Tekchandanis energy and attention to detail over the years has helped create what Cubs players and their families view as a first-class experience. As the team continually adapts to COVID-19 realities, Tekchandani has run multiple meetings, preparing for road trips that will come with waves of anxiety. Travel represents an entire section of Major League Baseballs 101-page operations manual for the 2020 season.

Vijays been on top of everything, Cubs manager David Ross said. I dont know how the guy does it. Hes asking me if Im all right. Im telling him every day, Im fine, how are you doing? Hes getting it from every angle. Even when the guys leave the ballpark, he does so...

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Adam Engel – Sox Machine

I know that you dont want to talk about this player, I cant believe Im even having thoughts in this mans defense. We all wanted so desperately to only hear his name while talking about the terrible players that started during the rebuild years, but hes still here. His name is Adam Engel.

Im talking about him because Nomar Mazara has been placed on the 10-day IL and were trying to figure out who will start in right field on opening day. Consider yourself lucky; of all the players that we could be missing when the season starts Mazara was never your superstar or X-factor. He was just the best option in a place where the White Sox werent completely lacking depth. He may not be one of those hard-to-watch defenders in the outfield, but hes yet to put up a positive dWAR in a season and his offense has always been more enticing based on his upside and handedness than his actual production.

Without him we are left with three choices: Leury Garcia, Adam Engel, and Nicky Delmonico.

Nicky Delmonico sounds nice: his swing looks sexy on highlight videos, hes left-handed, and he looks like a ballplayer. Examine your biases though- would you give him a second thought if he swung from the other side of the plate? Arent you more interested in him because he has that classic smiley kid-having-fun baseball face? I know Chuck Garfien has been going on about how his down years may have been plagued by injury, but it has now been three years since Delmonico being at the plate was exciting. The home run against the Brewers was thrilling, but it came against opposite handed pitching. If you are taking summer camp home runs as evidence how is that better than Engels home run against Hendricks- a same-sided pitcher with a better history than Grimm- that nearly hit Waveland? Its not- it just looked awesome. Thats Nicky- looks so great when he succeeds that it seems right even though the results disagree.

Leury Garcia feels like hes earned it. Among all the rebuild-era players he was never one of the embarrassing ones. The batting average was there when he was healthy and he got to be the example of skills an outfielder had when Outfielder Jump was revealed as a statistic by baseball savant. His versatility is also valuable to an organization, he fills a lot of holes when it comes to outfield or infield depth. But like Adam Engel, his career rWAR is mostly made up from his 2019 season. He may be a switch hitter, but his platoon splits are very much like those of a typical right-handed batter.

For a while, this offense was enough to best Adam Engel offensively, but its gotten harder and harder. Adam Engel, while not exciting against right-handed pitching by any means, has made steady improvement each year that hes been in the bigs.

Obviously it wasnt hard to best his disastrous 2017 offensive output, but a glove-first center fielder can hold his own with last years offensive production. Probably not as a starter, but as your fourth outfielder? Im actually very OK with it. Its hard to say even now for me, I dreaded those Engel at-bats the past few years. I just have more faith in a player whos made steady improvement as opposed to ones with random flashes of potential. I know hes going to see more right-handed starters against Minnesota and Cleveland these first 10 days, but the production against lefties has actually been worth watching

Even if I cant convince you that Adam Engel is the best offensive choice among the three, you cant say that theres one that stands clearly atop the rest. And while offense is the most valuable aspect of the game, defense and baserunning are still important. I dont need any numbers here, even if they all tell the same story. If you think that Leury or Nicky are more valuable in those categories, then your Engel fatigue is just too strong for rationale.

Its only a 10-day IL stint, a sample size so small that well never fully have the results to justify what the best choice for playing time should have been.

What I can tell you is this: as much as you hate or hated Adam Engel, hes actually a decent fourth outfielder to have. Thats the guy you want giving your regulars days off and being first off the bench when theres an injury gap to fill.

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A Way to Safeguard Biodiversity, Bolster Fisheries, and Protect Ocean Habitat – The Pew Charitable Trusts


Ocean health is critical to all life on this planet. Phytoplankton, the microscopic plants found in the sunlit area of almost all oceans, generate about half of the Earths oxygen, and the complex interaction between the ocean and the atmosphere sustains our climate.1 Yet the oceans are in decline, largely because of human activities that are driving the collapse of fisheries, the loss of biodiversity, and the acidification of seawater. The evidence suggests that to halt this downward slide, more of the worlds ocean must be protected.2

In 2016, members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a global authority on the status of the natural world, adopted a motion recommending that nations protect 30 percent of their waters from all extractive activities by 2030. Safeguarding ocean space in marine protected areas (MPAs) has been proved to help conserve marine life and associated habitats. Creation of MPAs can improve ocean health and provide multiple benefits to the people whose lives and traditions are linked to these waters.

An MPA is a defined geographical area of water that is managed to achieve the long-term conservation of nature.3 In these areas, fishing and other human activity is restricted, which allows depleted populations to recover while protecting key species and vulnerable habitats. MPAs that share these five characteristics have been shown to have the greatest impact: fully protected with no extractive activities permitted, well-enforced, older than 10 years, larger than 100 square kilometers (38 square miles), and in isolated locations.4

Over time, fully protected areas result in more and bigger fish and greater biodiversity.5 These benefits accrue in different climates and have been observed in tropical and temperate regions.6

Fisheries benefit from the creation of MPAs. Thriving populations of fish within fully or strongly protected areas are more likely to supply adult and larval fish to outside areas. The spillover of animal life from the MPA then sustains or increases the catch of nearby fisheries.7 One study in Ecuadors Galapagos Islands found that waters surrounding an MPA supported higher catches and greater fishing effort.8 Effectively placed MPAs have been shown to increase fish biomass and offer a path to recovery for predatory species such as tunas and sharks.9 Protecting key spawning or nursery areas used by vulnerable species can also be highly effective.10

Creation of MPAs as a fisheries management tool is garnering support and interest, specifically because of its contributions to ecosystem-based management approaches. Data from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization shows a tripling of the percentage of stocks fished at unsustainable levels from 1974 to 2015.11 New evidence indicates that fisheries regulations on their own may be insufficient in creating sustainability, and a combination of management steps and fully protected areas may be necessary.12

The sustainability of marine life can depend on how well populations and critical ocean ecosystems are connected. As individuals within a species move to other areas and reproduce, they maintain what is known as population connectivity. MPAs that are contiguous or incorporate different ecosystemsfor example, an area that protects essential fish habitat such as sea grass as well as open oceancan maintain the interaction among marine communities. Large MPAs that encompass multiple habitats, or networks of MPAs that protect migratory pathways and key habitats, can better ensure the connectivity of populations, which can then help build resilience in a changing environment.13

A lack of good data about the movement of highly migratory species can make it more difficult to determine the role and benefit of MPAs in safeguarding highly mobile animals, some of the oceans key predators. Although complete habitat range is still being documented for many of these species, research suggests that their movement can be predictable. For example, tagging studies of leatherback turtles, northern elephant seals, salmon sharks, and white sharks have found that these species repeatedly return to specific areas.14

Protecting areas used by these animals for spawning or as nurseries could prove highly effective.15 Species can exhibit increased vulnerability when they form groups to spawn, feed, or migrate.16 Protecting these habitats for migratory fishes through MPAs can reduce threats linked to specific areas in the same way that small protected areas are used to protect key foraging habitats for migratory birds or nesting beaches for marine turtles.17

Protected areas can lead to economic growth through tourism. For example, the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, a fully protected area on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, has about 3,000 visitors a day, making it one of the most visited beaches in the state.18 The educational awareness created by the visitor center at the bay is expected to generate about 100 million USD in value added to the community over the next 50 years.19

Protecting habitats such as coral reefs can generate considerable benefits for communities. For example, the net benefit from coral reefs to Hawaiis economy has been estimated at $360 million a year, and that can lead to scientific investments.20 Since 2005, over 10 million USD has been invested in research in the Papahnaumokukea Marine National Monument, another protected area in Hawaii.21

Mounting scientific research indicates that fully protected marine areas can help build resilience against the effects of climate change.22 The alterations are far-reaching and include rising sea surface temperatures, the loss of coral reefs as waters acidify, decreased ocean productivity, shifts in species distribution, and impacts on fisheries.23

MPAs help build biodiversity and genetic diversity, improve carbon sequestration, and even enhance the absorption of carbon dioxide. Safeguarding mangroves and coral reefs in coastal areas can provide buffers against storms while protected wetlands aid in long-term storage and carbon sequestration.24 MPAs can lead to more resilient ecosystems and in turn help secure the well-being of societies that depend on healthy oceans.

MPAs can play a significant role in addressing the threats facing the ocean. These areas can help boost ocean biodiversity, fisheries, and the economies that depend on them. The Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project is working with governments, local communities, indigenous groups, and other partners to support creation of MPAs around the world to aid in restoring ocean health for the benefit of all.

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Column: Opening day is finally here and the Cubs already are making a lot of news – Yahoo News

Opening day is finally here, and the Chicago Cubs already have made some big news.

No, its not the signing of outfielder Derek Dietrich to a minor-league deal, though Dietrich did announce on his Instagram page that hell play on the Cubs taxi squad in South Bend, Ind.

The real news was the announcement of the long-awaited carriage agreement between Comcast Xfinity and Marquee Sports Network, which will provide the majority of TV-watching Cubs fans in the Chicago-area with a chance to watch their team play.

Crane Kenney, the business operations president for the Cubs, told WSCR-AM670 the multi-year deal was almost done before the originally-scheduled opener on March 26. The coronarivus outbreak paused the season on March 12.

So it took us a little longer, he said, admitting it was unnerving to watch for Xfinity subscribers and calling negotiations multi-dimensional chess.

Kenney said the Cubs also expanded their reach to Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne, which was important to the organization because of the number of Cubs fans in Indiana, where many former Illinois residents have fled in recent years.

It was a long and winding road for the Cubs, but alls well that ends well. Marquee is now on Ch. 202 in high-def on Comcast and was already broadcasting Friday morning.

Kenney also told The Mully and Haugh Show the Cubs hope to have a limited number of fans inside Wrigley Field by Sept. 1 and believes there is a path to do that with a plan in place to seat fans while still being socially distant.

Currently the league and the city do not allow fans inside stadiums. Concessions would be brought to fans instead of having them wait in line, Kenney said.

Were looking down the road at 2021, and were not sure life will be that different next year, he said. So anything we can do to have a little bit of a glimpse of how well have to operate the stadium next year, this year would give us one year to plan for it.

The Cubs season opener against the Brewers is scheduled for 6:10 p.m., with Kyle Hendricks facing Brandon Woodruff. The rooftops will be open and the ballhawks will be out on Waveland Ave., but otherwise, the usual Wrigleyville scene will be muted. The Cubs will pipe in fake crowd noise to try and create a more normal environment for players and fans watching on TV or listening to the radio.

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The Cubs added more advertising to the ballpark Thursday to help make up for the revenue losses from the lack of gate receipts, and also set up cardboard signs in center field written by children in support of the players.

There are no cardboard cutouts of fans, as several other teams are doing. Chairman Tom Ricketts told broadcaster Len Kasper on Kaspers podcast he wasnt sure the cutouts would be a fit in the unique settings of Wrigley Field.

As we saw on opening night Thursday in Washington, both teams are likely to make a visual statement on the Black Lives Matter movement, either through taking a knee during the national anthem, displaying support on shoulder patches or both.

Cubs manager David Ross said the team is supportive of the movement, but declined to say what they plan to do.

I think youll see our groups message (Friday), he said. And then we can address that then.

Baseball is behind the NBA and NFL when it comes to speaking out against systemic racism, but baseball operations president Theo Epstein, along with White Sox vice president Ken Williams, have been instrumental in ensuring the game becomes more vocal in its support of the movement.

Epstein said he was proud of the way Cubs players have openly discussed social injustices, noting the unity it has created inside the clubhouse.

I dont want to get ahead of things, but youll see (Friday) how unified they are, how thoughtful theyve been in engaging in this extremely important issue, Epstein said. And I think theyre poised to be part of the solution.

Ross said baseball has a lot of strides to make and theres a lot of listening we all can do to be supportive. Continue to grow as human beings and listen to our hearts and whats right.

As for the last-minute decision by MLB to expand the postseason from 10 to 16 teams, Ross said he had mixed thoughts on the subject.

Im a believer (that) baseball is a game about overcoming adversity, and this is as big of an adversity as you can put yourself in, he said. The team that did the best job (during) the downtime of being prepared and staying ready should be rewarded.

Whether thats the big market team or a team that wasnt even on the radar to make the playoffs if they play well in these two months they deserve to get in and fight for a championship.

Im probably a little bit against expanding it. Lets make it mean something. Lets get after it from day one. I think everyone is into the sprint mentality, and Im into it and every game matters. Lets not water anything down.

Epstein seemingly was more open to the playoff expansion. The existing format was fine, he said, but if they want to expand it before the first pitch of the first game, well certainly be on board.

Either way, opening day is here, and its a good time to count your blessings and enjoy a brief respite from the numbing news of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We all have an awareness of what the country and the world, what were all going through, Epstein said. That concern never goes away, but through all the crises weve faced as a nation and all the tragedies, theres always been a place for baseball as a helping hand of sort to assist people in getting back to normal and helping the country as a whole get back through it.

Its always been about our ability as an industry to pull this off safely, but if we can continue to do that, what a great feeling that will be to provide some much-needed entertainment and joy to people who have been through so much already this year in a number of areas.

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Cubs Convention has been canceled for 2021 because of COVID-19 concerns – msnNOW

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The Cubs Convention, the longest running fan fest in pro sports, is the latest event to be canceled because of COVID-19.

The 2021 convention was scheduled for Jan. 15-17 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, where it has been held for the last eight years.

When we thought about producing an event of this size and magnitude in a pandemic environment, it was just not practical given the constraints of unknown hotel constrictions, Cubs spokesman Julian Green said. We still dont know whats possible in a hotel environment and given an unknown capacity for mass gatherings and events in the future, and other circumstances beyond our control, we felt the practical decision was to cancel it for next January.

The Cubs Convention began in 1986, spawning an offseason marketing event that has since been emulated by dozens of other pro teams.

Green said the Cubs could hold some virtual events for fans, as theyve done with season ticket holders in the last few months, featuring Cubs President Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer and Chairman Tom Ricketts.

There is no other choice for organizations than to be creative in this environment, Green said.

MLBs season begins July 23 in empty stadiums, and the Cubs open on July 24 against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. The games will be televised on Marquee Sports Network, which still doesnt have a carriage agreement with Comcast, the biggest cable provider in Chicago.

Green said the Cubs are still hopeful a deal gets done but had no update.

Green said the Cubs hope to welcome a portion of fans back into the ballpark at some point in 2020, but admitted it would be challenging in this environment. The 2021 schedule has been released, but the Cubs havent announced when ticket packages would need to be renewed.

We would love to be able to preserve some value for season-ticket holders this season before we start talking about renewals for next season, he said.

The Cubs have either refunded or credited season ticket holders for games that already have been canceled, and offered a 5% credit for those who put their payment toward 2021 season tickets.

Tickets for the team-owned rooftops went on sale Friday, and Green said the Cubs already sold a couple hundred tickets. The Cubs are one of the only teams with a view inside the ballpark, making Cubs fans among the few who can actually watch a game. One rooftop was selling tickets for $379 for the opener, while most games are between $199 and $339.

The Cubs gained approval from the city for night games on Friday and Saturday, which they said would allow visiting teams to avoid spending an extra day in hotel rooms.

Were very thankful to Ald. (Tom) Tunney and Mayor (Lori) Lightfoot, Green said. That is going to allow our team and the visiting team to limit nights in a hotel. Being able to fly in the day of the game will help limit that exposure (to COVID-19).

The Cubs are also working with the city to try to shut down Clark Street from Addison Street to Waveland Avenue for nine non-gameday weekends to allow street dining for the restaurants on the block that partner with the Cubs.

We think we can responsibly operate this, Green said, adding its clear we wont be welcoming fans in the distant future, so welcoming fans across the street from the ballpark is an alternative option.

Other parts of the North Side have closed streets, but that plan has met resistance from the Chicago Police Department because Clark Street is one of the busier streets in Wrigleyville.

The Cubs also would like to open Gallagher Way for a limited number of fans, though the city might be concerned about drawing crowds to the area.

Every decision we make will be driven by science and medicine, Green said. But at the same time, we have to find a way to keep our fans connected to this brand.

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