Capitals goalie Braden Holtby expresses hope that protests can build bridge over America’s racial divide

first_img“Here a monstrous bridge stands, named after a racist president,” Holtby wrote. “A president who was an outspoken white supremacist. Who segregated Federal workers based on race. The bridge sits there mocking every black person who has to travel across it while reading that name as a reminder of how much pain has been inflicted on their race.“And yet, the society that has inflicted that pain seems proud of it. Proud enough to name a bridge in a white supremacist’s honor.”I couldn’t find the words to say. And still haven’t. But I had to try. #BlackLivesMattter— Braden Holtby (@Holts170) June 3, 2020MORE: AOC, others demand Redskins change name after Blackout Tuesday postHoltby plays in a sport with relatively few people of color. Wikipedia lists 30 black players currently active in the NHL out of roughly 690 on the league’s 31 teams. Given that the same list indicates that there have been 91 in the league’s history, having a third of them currently playing seems at least marginal process. Winger Devante Smith-Pelly, who spent the 2019-20 season playing professionally for a Chinese club in Russia’s KHL, lifted the Cup with Holtby on that same night in June 2018.There still have been issues, though, as there’ve been outside the rink. Former Flames winger Akim Aliu wrote about his dreadful experiences in The Players Tribune.Holtby was addressing a larger picture, though, when he continued on to address what he observes in everyday society.“The injustice and hatred-infused power we’ve seen recently is anything but new,” Holtby wrote. “To say there’ve been improvements is very naïve. In today’s age of information and communication at our fingertips, the change is far too minimal. The amount of inhumane, hate-based racial crimes that have been committed in the centuries of American history is enough to make your skin crawl in discomfort and your eyes well with tears.” It’s not clear why Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby declared he “couldn’t find the words to say” about what he felt regarding the movement around the United States activated by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Because the short essay he presented Wednesday on Twitter sent a clear message about longstanding injustice.Holtby, a Canada native who has played for the Capitals since 2010 and led them to a Stanley Cup in 2018, made note of the Woodrow Wilson bridge that stretches between Northern Virginia and Maryland’s Prince George’s County, the second-largest county in the state and one of the most affluent counties in the nation whose population is majority African-American. Holtby acknowledged that he cannot fully understand the experience of being a black man in America. But he pledged to use his voice to support “every black man, woman or child until their shoes weigh the same as mine.”Holtby wrote that he was proud of those marching on behalf of racial justice, and that he was not alone in this.“You’re bringing pride to every person who believes in the universal value of a human being. Keep fighting, and I vow to demonstrate and educate what you are fighting for,” he wrote. “Not only to myself but to my children, family and anyone else who will listen. Because America will never be great until all BLACK lives matter.”last_img read more

Nike removes Washington Redskins gear from store

first_imgThe sports apparel company, which is the NFL’s official gameday uniform supplier, has every team listed on the left sidebar of — except Washington.MORE: Five new name ideas for the RedskinsFans are also unable to search for Washington merchandise on the website.Nike has not publicly addressed why they removed the team’s gear from its website, but FedEx said Thursday that it has “communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.””On Friday, three separate letters signed by 87 investment firms and shareholders worth a collective $620 billion asked Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo to terminate their business relationships with the NFL’s Washington Redskins unless the team agrees to change its controversial name,” according to Adweek.The team announced Friday that it would take up a “thorough review” of its name following initial discussions with the NFL. Nike has removed Washington Redskins merchandise from its online store until the NFL team changes its name.According to a report from Ben Standig and Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic, Nike is one of three major companies (including FedEx and PepsiCo) that are putting pressure on the team to change its name, which has been long-criticized as racist. “This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement.And here it is: the Redskins are undergoing a thorough review of the team’s name.And let’s be clear: There’s no review if there’s no change coming.Redskins on way out.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 3, 2020Washington, which has gone by the Redskins since 1933, has been under pressure to change its name for decades.When it comes to a name change now — Nike appears to say “Just Do It.”last_img read more

What channel is IndyCar on today? TV schedule, start time for Saturday race at Road America

first_imgAfter a delay of almost four months amid the coronavirus pandemic, the NTT IndyCar Series finally began its 2020 season in June. This weekend, IndyCar’s modified 2020 schedule resumes with the first of two Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders. Race 1 of the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, though, will be shown on a different TV channel than Race 2 will on Sunday.It was not originally intended to be the third race of the season, but Race 1 of the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America will run Saturday on its new date without fans in attendance. The start time for Saturday’s race at Road America is 5 p.m. ET, and it will broadcast live on NBCSN. All 2020 IndyCar races and practice/qualifying sessions also can be streamed live on NBC Sports Gold’s IndyCar Pass for $54.99 a year.IndyCar schedule 2020The updated IndyCar schedule for 2020 was released May 21 with the previously announced season-opener set for June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway and the finale scheduled for Oct. 25 in the streets of St. Petersburg.Below is the complete schedule (TV info via NBC Sports):DateStart timeRaceTrack (Track type)TV channelJune 68 p.m. ETGenesys 300Texas Motor Speedway (oval)NBCJuly 412:15 p.m. ETGMR Grand PrixIndianapolis Motor Speedway (road course)NBCJuly 115 p.m. ETREV Group Grand Prix at Road America Race 1Road America (road course)NBCSNJuly 12Noon ETREV Group Grand Prix at Road America Race 2Road America (road course)NBCJuly 178:30 p.m. ETIowa IndyCar 250s Race 1Iowa Speedway (oval)NBCSNJuly 188:30 p.m. ETIowa IndyCar 250s Race 1Iowa Speedway (oval)NBCSNAug. 912:45 p.m. ETHonda Indy 200 at Mid-OhioMid-Ohio Sports Car Course (road course)NBCAug. 231 p.m. ETIndy 500Indianapolis Motor Speedway (oval)NBCAug. 303 p.m. ETBommarito Automotive Group 500World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (oval)NBCSNSept. 133:40 p.m. ETGrand Prix of PortlandPortland International Raceway (road course)NBCSept. 193:25 p.m. ETFirestone Grand Prix of Monterey Race 1WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (road course)TBDSept. 203:25 p.m. ETFirestone Grand Prix of Monterey Race 2WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (road course)NBCOct. 33:50 p.m. ETIndyCar Harvest Grand PrixIndianapolis Motor Speedway (road course)TBDOct. 253:30 p.m. ETFirestone Grand Prix of St. PetersburgThe streets of St. Petersburg (street course)TBD MORE: Watch today’s IndyCar race live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)The REV Group Grand Prix at Road America became a doubleheader when it was moved from its original date of June 21 back to July 11-12, with both races being points events on the four-mile road course in Wisconsin. The are the third and fourth of a 14-race schedule that ends in late October.Below is how to watch Saturday’s IndyCar race at Road America, including the TV channel and live stream options.What channel is the IndyCar race on today?Race: REV Group Grand Prix Race 1 at Road AmericaDate: Saturday, July 11TV channel: NBCSNLive stream: NBC Sports Gold | fuboTV (7-day free trial)In Canada: SN/SN 360Saturday’s race will broadcast live on NBCSN starting at 5 p.m. ET. The race is scheduled to air roughly two hours after the completion of qualifying, which begins at 2:15 p.m. ET on Saturday and also will air live on NBCSN.Of the 14 races on IndyCar’s modified schedule for 2020, eight are expected to be shown on NBC, with the others scheduled to broadcast on NBCSN.In Canada, the race is available on SN/SN 360.NBC Sports’ lead IndyCar broadcast team of Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Townsend Bell (analyst) and Paul Tracy (analyst) will call Saturday’s race at Road America.What time does the IndyCar race start today?Date: Saturday, July 11Start time: 5 p.m. ETWhile Saturday’s IndyCar race at Road America doesn’t start until 5 p.m. ET, there will be on-track action prior to the main event. A 45-minute qualifying session will start at 2:15 p.m. ET on Saturday and broadcast live on NBCSN, the same TV channel that will air the race itself later in the evening.Below is the complete TV schedule for the Saturday’s IndyCar events at Road America.EventTimeTV channelPractice11 a.m. ETN/AQualifying2:15 p.m. ETNBCSNRace5 p.m. ETNBCSNIndyCar live stream for Road AmericaFor those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five major OTT TV streaming options that carry NBC and NBCSN — Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, YouTubeTV and fuboTV offer free trial options.Below are links to each.SlingHulu (free trial)YouTubeTV (free trial)fuboTV (free trial)AT&T NowFor those who do have a cable or satellite subscription but are not in front of a TV, IndyCar races in 2020 can be streamed live via phones, tablets and other devices on and on the NBC Sports app with authentication.last_img read more

Mason City council to set public hearing for budget, reject bids on South Federal Fire Station project

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight is scheduled to approve a public hearing for the Fiscal Year 2021 budget and decide whether or not to re-bid the South Federal Fire Station renovation project: == The council is being asked to reject the bids and direct staff to re-bid the South Federal Fire Station roofing project. The city received two bids for the project, but one of the bids from Black Hawk Roof Company of Cedar Falls was deemed non-responsive because of an error in the bid submission. The other bid was from Henkel Construction of Mason City for $124,163, 73% over the engineer’s opinion of cost. City Engineer Mark Rahm is recommending the council reject the bid and start the bid process from scratch.  The council meets at 7 o’clock tonight in the Mason City Room of the Public Library.center_img == The council will set their March 17th meeting for the public hearing on the budget that starts on July 1st. Finance Director Kevin Jacobson says the city property tax rate will be $14.38 per $1000 valuation, compared to $13.72 for the current fiscal year. That will mean a property with a value of $100,000 will pay about $10 more for the year in city taxes.  Jacobson says the state-mandated rollback, which is used to calculate taxable valuation of residential homes, is decreasing from just under 57% to 55% for the upcoming fiscal year. The increase in the property tax rate is due to the increase in several levies, including tort, employee retirement and health care. The council will approve the budget after the public hearing is held on March 17th. last_img read more

U.S. Retail Sales Up 17.7% In Partial Rebound From COVID Plunge

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. retail sales jumped 17.7% from April to May, with spending partially rebounding after the coronavirus had shut down businesses, flattened the economy and paralyzed consumers during the previous two months.The Commerce Department’s report Tuesday showed that retail sales have retraced some of the record-setting month-to-month plunges of March (8.3%) and April (14.7%) as businesses have increasingly reopened. Still, the pandemic’s damage to retail sales remains severe, with purchases still down 6.1% from a year ago.The virus-induced recession not only diminished spending in most sectors of the economy. It has also accelerated shifts in where people shop and what they buy.The changes have in many cases intensified the financial strain on traditional physical stores and boosted online purchases. Sales at non-store retailers, which include internet companies like Amazon and eBay, rose 9% in May after posting growth of 9.5% in April. Clothiers achieved a stunning 188% monthly gain, but that was not enough to offset a 63.4% drop over the past 12 months.Retail sales account for roughly half of all consumer spending, which fuels about 70% of total economic activity. The rest of consumer spending includes services, from cellphone and internet contracts to gym memberships and child care.Last month’s bounce-back comes against the backdrop of an economy that may have begun what could be a slow and prolonged recovery. In May, employers added 2.5 million jobs, an unexpected increase that suggested that the job market has bottomed out.Nearly 80% of small retailers and restaurants tracked by the scheduling tool Homebase that were closed in mid-April have since reopened. Yet these smaller businesses remain under pressure. Their stresses in part reflect changes emerging as social distancing has become essential and shopping habits evolve.One such retailer, CPW, a women’s clothing store, has been in business for 30 years on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. A three-month shutdown resulting from the virus sent the store’s sales sinking 20% to 30% even as the owner, Linda Wolff, packed and delivered orders to customer homes. Though CPW reopened for curbside pickup a week ago, Wolff said she hasn’t rung up a single such sale.“This is my heart and soul,” she said. “I am exhausted from all the worrying.”Some national chains, by contrast, say they have so far avoided their worst fears, a sign of how the damage from the shutdowns has varied widely across the retail landscape.Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette has said that his company’s reopened stores are regaining 50% of their typical business. Teen retailer American Eagle Outfitters is faring even better, averaging roughly 95% of its normal sales levels.But analysts caution that some of the gains thus far probably reflect the impact of temporary government aid and expanded unemployment benefits in the face of a deep recession. The jobless rate is a historically high 13.3% by the government’s standard measure and an even worse 21.2% by the broadest gauge of unemployment. For now, Americans are spending disproportionately more on essentials and less on luxuries.“Our wants and our needs have changed permanently until we find a health fix,” said Stacy Widlitz, president of SW Retail Advisors, a retail consultancy. “Shoppers are focusing on comfort, home and well-being.”The lockdowns sent many mall-based chains further into peril. These retailers furloughed workers, slashed costs to preserve dwindling cash reserves and, in the cases of Nieman Marcus, J.Crew and JC Penney, filed for bankruptcy protection.These troubles have contrasted with renewed strength for Walmart, Target and Home Depot, which were deemed essential businesses from the start and were allowed to remain open.For a group of 35 non-essential retailers, including department stores and jewelry chains, combined losses reached $2.5 billion for the three-month period that ended in May, according to GlobalData Retail. That compares with their combined profit of $8.9 billion in the year-ago period.Far better off were essential retailers, including dollar chains, discounters and food stores. For that group, profits reached $8.9 billion for the quarter, down only slightly from $9.1 billion from the year-ago period. Some of these companies had invested heavily in their online operations.Coresight Research, a retail research firm, expects between 20,000 and 25,000 stores in the United States to close this year, about 60% of them in malls. That’s up from the firm’s previous estimate in mid-March of 15,000 closings, and it would surpass the record 9,000 stores closures last year. In the past week, Zara, Children’s Place and Signet Jewelers all announced hundreds of store closures and stressed the rising importance of their online presence.“The retail sector was already overstored before COVID reared its ugly head,” said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, a retail consultancy. “This is a forced rightsizing.”last_img read more

State Health Department reports cases of Heartland and West Nile viruses

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Public Health Wednesday  reported the first-ever case of Heartland virus.Heartland virus is thought to be transmitted by the Lone Star tick and was first discovered in 2009 in Missouri. Since then, cases have expanded across the Midwestern and southern United States.The first Iowa case is in an older adult age 61 to 80 in Appanoose County. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, anorexia, nausea, and diarrhea.IDPH also reported the first case of West Nile Virus in an adult between 18 and 40 years old from Polk County. The disease is spread by mosquitoes, and while most people do not have symptoms, it can be fatal.last_img read more

Racial profiling ban passed for Des Moines police

first_imgDES MOINES — The Des Moines City Council has passed a racial profiling ban for city police.The ordinance establishes a committee to review systemic bias in the police system and directs police officers to intervene if another officer uses excessive force. The council is also creating a task force to study ways to make marijuana possession the lowest priority for law enforcement.Councilmember Josh Mandelbaum co-sponsored that proposal. Mandelbaum says, “Addressing the way we enforce our marijuana laws is one of the small ways that we can move towards racial justice and a community that works better for everyone.” The ordinance was first introduced nearly two years ago but it took on new urgency in the wake of protests against police brutality.Betty Andrews, president of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP negotiated changes to the ordinance, including forcing a police officer to interfere when a colleague uses unreasonable force. Andrews says, “Which means that if someone has their knee on the neck of someone gasping for air they should interfere.”Andrews says the ordinance is a good step but the city must do more. For instance, she says the community should have more authority to hold police accountable for misconduct.last_img read more