Midnight North Announces Bicoastal 2018 Fall Tour

first_imgCalifornia’s Midnight North have revealed their plans for the upcoming fall months, including stops along the California coast in November and seven shows on the east coast in December. Midnight North is fronted by guitarists and vocalists Grahame Lesh—son of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh—and Elliot Peck, and rounded out by bassist/mandolinist Connor O’Sullivan and keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Alex Jordan.On November 11th, Midnight North will head to Solano Beach, California’s Belly Up to kick off their mini-run along the West Coast, which will take them to The Teregram Ballroom in Los Angeles on the following night. After a week and a half off, the band will regroup at The Chapel in San Francisco on November 21st.In December, Midnight North will make their trek to the east coast for a seven-show run, making stops at Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground Showcase Lounge; Fairfield, CT’s StageOne; Roslyn, NY’s My Father’s Place at The Roslyn Hotel; Philadelphia, PA’s MilkBoy; Asbury Park, NJ’s Wonder Bar; Washington, DC’s Gypsy Sally’s; and another location to-be-announced on December 7th. Tickets for all upcoming Midnight North concerts go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time.Midnight North’s live shows are not to be missed. Last month, the band released Selections from the Great American Music Hall, a live record that features eight of the band’s favorite tracks from that special night, including energetic collaborations with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, Twiddle‘s Mihali Savoulidis and Ryan Dempsey, and the Northbound Horns—because “horns on the weekends”, according to Bob Weir. Head here to get a further taste of Selections from the Great American Music Hall.For more information on Midnight North, click through to the band’s official website.Midnight North Fall 2018 Tour Dates:11/9 – Belly Up – Solano Beach, CA^11/10 – The Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA^11/21 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA12/6 – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge – Burlington, VT12/7 – TBA12/8 – StageOne – Fairfield CT12/12 – My Father’s Place at The Roslyn Hotel – Roslyn, NY12/13 – MilkBoy – Philadelphia, PA12/14 – Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ12/15 – Gypsysally’s – Washington, DC^with SpaffordView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Physician burnout declared a public health crisis

first_imgBurnout among the nation’s physicians has become so pervasive that a new paper published today by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard Global Health Institute, the Massachusetts Medical Society, and the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association (MHA) has deemed the condition a public health crisis.The paper includes directives aimed toward curbing the prevalence of burnout among physicians and other care providers, including the appointment of an executive-level chief wellness officer at every major health care organization, proactive mental health treatment, support for caregivers experiencing burnout, and improvements to the efficiency of electronic health records.In a 2018 survey conducted by Merritt-Hawkins, 78 percent of physicians surveyed said they experience some symptoms of professional burnout. Burnout is a syndrome involving emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and diminished sense of personal accomplishment. Physicians experiencing burnout are more likely than their peers to reduce their work hours or exit their profession.“The issue of burnout is something we take incredibly seriously because physician well-being is linked to providing quality care and favorable outcomes for our patients,” said co-author Alain Chaoui, a practicing family physician and president of the Massachusetts Medical Society. “We need our health care institutions to recognize burnout at the highest level, and to take active steps to survey physicians for burnout and then identify and implement solutions. We need to take better care of our doctors and all caregivers so that they can continue to take the best care of us.”“The growth in poorly designed digital health records and quality metrics has required that physicians spend more and more time on tasks that don’t directly benefit patients, contributing to a growing epidemic of physician burnout,” said co-author Ashish Jha, a Veterans Administration physician and professor at Harvard Chan School. “There is simply no way to achieve the goal of improving healthcare while those on the front lines — our physicians — are experiencing an epidemic of burnout due to the conflicting demands of their work. We need to identify and share innovative best practices to support doctors in fulfilling their mission to care for patients.”“Massachusetts hospitals place a high and unwavering priority on the safety and well-being of patients and everyone who works in or visits their facilities,” said co-author Steven Defossez, MHA’s vice president for Clinical Integration, and a practicing radiologist. “In particular, we recognize the need to further empower health care providers and support their emotional, physical, social, and intellectual health. This report and its recommendations offer an important advance toward ensuring that physicians are able to bring their best selves to their lifesaving work.By 2025, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicts that there will be a nationwide shortage of nearly 90,000 physicians, many driven away from medicine or out of practice because of the effects of burnout. Further complicating matters is the cost an employer must incur to recruit and replace a physician, estimated at between $500,000 and $1,000,000. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Candidates square off in midterm election

first_imgMany Notre Dame students aren’t registered voters in Indiana, so their ballots won’t affect the outcome of the U.S. Congressional elections in the state’s second district. However, since Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s are located in the second district – along with Holy Cross College, Bethel College, Indiana University-South Bend and Ivy Tech Community College – the race between incumbent Republican Jackie Walorski and Democrat Joe Bock will certainly impact the region in which current and future students live.The Observer spoke to Joe Bock on Friday about his stance on issues that are of special interest to students. Walorski’s campaign did not respond to requests for an interview over the past week.Walorski, a South Bend native, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee, Veterans’ Affairs Committee and Budget Committee, according to her campaign website.Bock said his disappointment with the current “dysfunctional government” is one of the main reasons he’s running.“I just can’t believe how dysfunctional our government is,” he said. “And frankly, there are certain groups of Republicans who are so uncooperative that I think they need to be taken out, and that’s why I’m running against Jackie Walorski.”Education in the districtBock said the local colleges and universities are key parts of the northern Indiana economy and he would like to see them leveraged to develop the region economically.“There’s been a lot of focus on high technology here in St. Joseph county, but there’s a lot of manufacturing here as well,” he said. “We need to make sure [these companies] are positioned to expand.“Certainly, on the high-technology side, the universities have a huge role to play in terms of faculty members patenting their discoveries and then turning those into companies. That’s the whole idea of course, with Innovation Park and Ignition Park in downtown South Bend. We’re going to get more accustomed to seeing faculty members working with investors and creating companies.”According to an August press release from Walorski’s office, she toured the district to “hear from education officials, community leaders and students about ways to improve opportunities that will prepare northern Indiana students for a globally competitive workforce.”Bock and religionBock is a faculty member of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health and an international humanitarian aid worker. According to his campaign website, he holds a PhD from American University and served in the Missouri legislature for six years, and he said he has worked at Notre Dame for eight years.He is also a parishioner at St. Therese of the Little Flower Catholic Church in South Bend, and he said his faith is the source of his motivation in the election.“I got involved in international humanitarian work because of my faith; I got involved in politics because of my faith,” Bock said.Bock cited Catholic Social Teaching on the Dignity of the Human Person and the Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers as he described his stance on economic issues.Economic policy“I see a government that is going more and more in the direction of favoring large corporations that have operated on the basis of maximizing profits without much of a moral compass at all, unless the board or the CEO has a moral compass,” Bock said. “There are certainly companies out there who are that way. That’s one of the things that the Notre Dame business school tries to address – business is not just for profit.“And I think we need a government that doesn’t just favor large companies, that also supports small businesses. We need a government that supports workers and provides an environment where people can thrive.”Walorski’s website highlights job creation as a key issue and cites her experience in the Indiana State Legislature as proof of her commitment to it. The website also addresses her views on the national debt and her conclusion that “Washington is broken.”“With our national debt standing at nearly $17 trillion and counting, Jackie firmly believes we must put a stop to runaway spending to protect future generations and sustain a strong economy,” the website states. “Jackie supports a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, a model that worked in the state of Indiana.”Bock said he believes students should have options to refinance their loans much like people who buy homes have options to refinance their mortgage. He said he supports maintaining or expanding the Federal Pell Grant program as well.“The budget that Paul Ryan put forward, the head of the budget committee in the House, actually cuts Pell Grants,” Bock said. “That’s something that Congresswoman Walorski supports. She voted for that budget, and that’s one of the areas where we differ.”Sexual assaultRecently, colleges and universities have entered political conversations as part of ongoing national concern with prevention and response to sexual assault. Bock said he finds the prevalence of sexual assault “astonishing and shocking and despicable” and believes it is appropriate for the federal government to address since it’s a problem nation-wide.“I believe Notre Dame and other universities and colleges are raising awareness among students,” he said. “Certainly, from the standpoint of dealing with it in the criminal justice system, there needs to be ways in which women can speak up without feeling like they are making themselves a spectacle. And I think people are trying to address that in different ways, and I think we need to be open to addressing that issue as well.”Bock said he thinks “it’s appropriate to move forward” with the White House campaign against sexual assault, since it’s an issue “that has been neglected for far too long.”In January 2014, a bill authored by Walorski “to provide protection for whistleblowers of military sexual assault” was signed into law by President Obama, according to her website. According to a South Bend Tribune report, the bill requires an inspector general investigation into “any retaliatory personnel actions taken against victims who reported rape, sexual assault or other sexual misconduct.”Immigration reformNotre Dame announced in fall 2013 that it had adjusted its admissions policies to make it possible for undocumented students to attend. Bock said he understands the frustration of colleges and universities trying to make their policies without federal reform yet.“To me, if you have comprehensive immigration reform, you don’t necessarily need to do a special [policy] … for students,” he said. “Colleges and universities are doing that now … [because] they’re frustrated that there’s no reform yet. But I think as a government, what we need is to focus on having reform and addressing the issue, not just putting out heads in the sand and ignoring it.“The fact that the Speaker of the House (Republican John Boehner) was unable to bring forward an immigration bill is pathetic,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons I’m running.”According to an Aug. 19 report in the South Bend Tribune, local immigration advocates were disappointed with Walorski’s lack of support for House Resolution 15, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act” when they met with her in August. Walorski did not take a position on the broader issue of immigration reform or the path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants during the meeting, the Tribune report stated.“She currently is not saying anything about [immigration reform], except that she’s listening,” executive director of La Casa de Amistad Sam Centellas said in the article. “She’s being a politician; she doesn’t want to show her hand until she sees what happens.”Bock said because illegal immigration to the United States is a civil violation, not a criminal violation, he believes an appropriate response would be a fine.“The idea would be, rather than putting all of our resources into border guards and everything else, we ought to assess a fine on people who come in illegally and we ought to adjust it to the point where it’s a deterrent to come in,” he said. “It needs to be fair to all concerned, including people who have been trying to come in legally … but at the same time, we need to respect the rule of law.”Bock cited Catholic Social Teaching about respecting the dignity of the person as informing his views on immigration reform.Polls close in Indiana at 6 p.m. tonight.Tags: campaign, Congress, Election, House of Representatives, Jackie Walorski, Joe Bocklast_img read more

Warren Adler’s The War of the Roses Aims For Broadway

first_img Adler’s works have been translated into over 25 languages worldwide. He has released 33 novels and written the stage versions of Windmills, Libido and Dead in the Water.  His novel The Sunset Gang was adapted into a trilogy for PBS’s American Playhouse series, while the musical version received an off-Broadway production with music scored by composer L. Russell Brown. The dark comedy follows married couple Barbara and Jonathan Rose, who go from suburban bliss to a deadly territorial battle. The breakup of their marriage leads to the ugliest divorce imaginable, revealing chaos in unpredictable ways. The War of the Roses was originally published in 1981. The novel was adapted into a film in 1989, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Danny DeVito, who co-starred, directed. Warren Adler’s stage adaptation of his best-selling novel The War of the Roses will come to Broadway during the 2015-16 season. Additional information, include casting, creative team and theater will be announced at a later date. The play has already been performed internationally in various productions. View Commentslast_img read more

Elevated to the forefrontSpotlight shines on Florida Supreme Court

first_img December 15, 2000 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Elevated to the forefrontSpotlight shines on Florida Supreme Court Elevated to the forefront Spotlight shines on Florida Supreme Court “Please understand because of the presidential election, it is not possible to return all phone calls.” part of the post-election message on Supreme Court Director of Public Information Craig Waters’ voice mail. Senior Editor On November 29, a man upset over the contentious general election recounting in Florida drove his motorhome to Tallahassee, plastered the left side with protest signs, and spent the day circling the Supreme Court. Nervous security officers ran a check on the out-of-state license plate as a precaution. On November 20 and 21, when the court held oral arguments on the emergency appeal on whether or when ballots should be recounted and then issued its opinion, a couple hundred protesters waved signs outside the Supreme Court building. Probably the most colorful were a man and a woman in red-sequined outfits, complete with red, white and blue streamers in their hair. One played a banjo, the other an accordion as they leafed through a flip chart presenting their argument that the courts should not intervene in the vote count. Another man dressed up as Jesus Christ and carried a cross. “It has been a surreal experience,” said court spokes-man Waters, who found himself vaulted to international fame, as the post-election vote-counting dispute between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George Bush engulfed the court. But while the details and surroundings frequently ranged from the bizarre to the ludicrous, the court itself earned high marks for justices’ preparedness and for handling perhaps its most important case ever. The public and media were also impressed that filings and rulings were instantly available on the court’s website and that proceedings were televised using the court’s existing system, from which its oral argument hearing was broadcast to a spellbound nation and around the world. “The people saw the process and as a result trusted the process more,” Waters said. “There are some who are unhappy with the outcome, but seeing the process eliminated a lot of misunderstanding with the outcome.” Waters said he met with media representatives about televising the court’s session, and they were surprised to find the court already wired, with its own cameras, and all they had to do was tap into the existing system. “We’ve been broadcasting everything live since 1997, and we’ve never had an experience where we thought our broadcast detracted from the dignity of the court,” Waters said. Clerk of the Court Tom Hall said the election case meant a lot of overtime and extra work for court staff, but that it was all handled. One sign of how much extra work was needed was the court’s high-speed copying machine, Hall said. It normally handles about 100,000 copies a month. But for a two-week period starting November 15, it cranked out 314,694 pages. Court computer employees estimate more than 50,000 e-mails were received, Hall said, and Waters noted both he and Deputy Clerk Debbie Casseaux whose e-mail addresses are widely publicized each received at least 10,000 before their e-mail programs crashed from the load. “The other thing is the phones. People just call in constantly,” Hall said. “There were a couple of days right after the [November 21] opinion where we had three or four deputy clerks doing nothing but answering phones. We tell people it’s unethical under the code for the court to consider their comments, but we take them anyway.” Hall said the court had to set up separate phone lines and e-mail addresses for the counsel in the cases. Waters set up a special section of the court’s website just for the briefs, decisions and other information pertaining to the election case. Just that section of the site peaked at 3.5 million hits per day, he said. It may have been a lot of extra work, but the court has won praise, both for its preparations for the November 20 hearing and for dealing with the horde of international reporters who descended on Tallahassee for the recount drama. The Los Angeles Times quoted Stanford law Professor Pamela Karlan, an expert on election law, as being impressed by the justices, if not by all the lawyers who argued before them. “The justices looked really prepared. In some ways, they were better prepared than the lawyers. Their questions were on point,” she said. Loyola Law School Professor Richard Hasen agreed, saying the justices “were asking the right questions. This is a court that knows the world is watching them. They all had done their homework. They had read the briefs and knew the statutes.” The Times also quoted University of Florida law school interim Dean Jon I. Mills as saying, “I hope a lot of the nation watched it, because they will have seen that the court has a hard problem, and they will make a diligent effort to follow the law. The court won’t decide the election. The court will decide the law on the votes. The votes will decide the election.” But while the work of the court went on with relatively few hitches, the surrounding hoopla did at times seem to reach the surreal level. For starters, on Duval Street, which separates the Supreme Court building from the state Capitol, there was a double row of TV satellite trucks parked. Another side street by the capital had a triple row of the trucks. Literally miles of cables and wires slithered up steps, through hedges, across Capitol plazas leading from the trucks to various locales where press conferences were being held or interviews conducted. A metal channel became an impromptu speed bump on Duval to shield cables crossing from the trucks to the Supreme Court. Canopies bloomed on the Capitol grounds, becoming makeshift shelters and studios for various broadcasts. On November 20 and 21, when the court issued its opinion at night, a couple hundred protesters milled outside the court, mixing with reporters and interested observers. Most supported the Texas governor, but some waved signs encouraging recounts that were thought to help the vice president. A couple of savvy Internet entrepreneurs, aware of the national and international televised audience, arranged to have people carry placards with their website addresses. Extra police stood guard in front of the court. Court Marshal Wilson Barnes told reporters that in addition to the 13 full-time officers, he also hired several local police officers to provide extra security, doing everything from crowd control to helping guard the justices themselves. His office has also been screening calls and e-mails for “troublesome” contacts, some of which were investigated. Probably the height of attention on the court came the night of November 21, when Waters stepped out the front doors to a podium to announce a brief summary of the court’s opinion and that opinion was immediately available, both on paper and on the court’s website. It was carried live by the national networks and beamed around the world as well. He admits to being nervous, but said the job had to be done. “I felt a great sense of humility at that event,” he said. “It’s one of the strange situations where someone who is relatively unimportant is thrust before an international stage to announce something of international importance. “It’s not something I felt would ever happen; it’s not something I sought. It’s a job that fell to me because of my position at the court. I hope at some point I can sit down and take account of it all; right now it’s all a blur.” Waters noted at one point during an earlier press conference he needed a megaphone to make himself heard to reporters outside the court. Since he couldn’t find the button to turn it on, it wound up being held for him by one of the court’s deputy marshals. He also began by holding press briefings on the sidewalk outside the court, but only the closest reporters could see and hear him. So a podium was set up on the steps outside, but Waters had to stand two steps above it and uncomfortably stoop to reach the microphone. Finally the podium was put at the top of the steps, and all was well. As a spokesman for the court, Waters is known for his relaxed, open style and a willingness to chat with reporters. He found that wasn’t always the best approach with an international pack of journalists hungry for news any news. “One of the local reporters pulled me aside and said, `Craig you can’t do that. Every time you do that, you’re on live TV,’” he said. “A friend on the St. Petersburg Times e-mailed me that his mother complained that I interrupted her soap opera to say there was nothing to report.” And of course there is the now famous Aunt Ethel. When reporters asked Waters when the court might rule and if it would come before Thanksgiving, he casually remarked he hoped so, because he was due at a family reunion at his Aunt Ethel’s in Elberta, AL, just across the border from Pensacola. That folksy bit instantly went out on news wires and the Internet. TV stations in Pensacola and Mobile interviewed Aunt Ethel. The Miami Herald ran some of her Thanksgiving recipes. The BBC inquired about sending a crew with Waters to the reunion, although that never happened because Waters wound up staying in Tallahassee due to additional court filings. There was also the “other” Craig Waters, the one who, unlike the court spokesman, has a listed home telephone number. “I called him up to apologize,” the Supreme Court’s Waters said. “He was very gracious. He did say he got a lot of invitations to parties from people he didn’t know. He was called by CNN on Thanksgiving Day, and they had trouble believing he was not me.” The protests, extra security and lined- up TV trucks make it hard to recall that just a few years ago justices talked about being so anonymous they could walk unnoticed as a group across the street to have lunch in the Capitol cafeteria. Waters said those days may be gone. “There certainly is a feeling here now for those of us who have been here for a long time that the days of us being a small church are gone,” he said. “We’re now a big church with big church concerns.”last_img

Funds raised for homeless project

first_imgFunds raised for homeless project June 15, 2005 Regular News Funds raised for homeless project Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier served as the presenting sponsor for the 12th annual Hearts of Gold fundraiser benefiting the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.The event, featuring a performance by the 1960s rock group Paul Revere & the Raiders, netted $201,000 to help homeless men, women, and children in Central Florida.“Our firm believes deeply in the work of Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and its mission to help return our community’s homeless to lives of independence,” said firm partner and coalition board member Brian Wilson.Last year, the Coalition for the Homeless provided 250,000 safe nights of shelter and more than 380,000 meals to homeless men, women, and children. The organization also offers counseling, job training, and education programs.For more information about the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, call (407) 426-1250.last_img read more

Elmira Police investigating shots fired at vehicle

first_imgThey say that once the Elmira resident stopped, she heard several gunshots, and the glass of her back window shatter. Additionally, she heard her windshield get hit by bullets. Police officials say that the victim believes her vehicle was targeted. They also say she was uninjured from the incident. Police officials say that upon arriving at the scene, they discovered that a 35-year-old woman was driving her vehicle northeast on Broadway when she stopped at a stop sign at a five-way intersection. The police department says that the 35-year-old fled from the area to find safety. They also say that she saw several individuals in dark clothing run from the scene. The Elmira Police Department was assisted by the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office.center_img ELMIRA, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Elmira Police Department responded to reports of multiple shots fired on Saturday. The police department responded to the reports right before 1:00 a.m. and arrived on scene at the intersection of Fulton and Partridge Streets. The incident is currently under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident should call the Elmira Police Department (607) 737-5626, or leave an anonymous tip at (607) 271-HALT.last_img read more

CNTB: News from the markets of Scotland, Ukraine and Hungary

first_imgRegarding bus transport, CNTB office in Hungary reported how  from Hungary traffic Flixbus buses towards Croatian coastal destinations. Also, just today, Hungary included Croatia on the “green list” of countries. That’s right CNTB office in Great Britain reported how Scotland published its list of 57 countries that are excluded from the 14-day quarantine rules upon return to Scotland. Croatia is on the list of safe countries along with Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy.  News about air travel comes from CNTB offices in Russia which notes that the Windrose flight has been confirmed from Kiev to Dubrovnik, which will run from July 17 to August 28. They also remind that the first charter flight from Kiev to Pula took off on July 4, and the second from Kiev to Split on July 5, and that it is expected that, if there are no major changes, these flights will operate twice a week until September. NEWS FROM THE MARKETS OF SCOTLAND, UKRAINE AND HUNGARY  The northern Adriatic is available on the line from Budapest to Rijeka, Opatija, Pula and Rovinj, while the following destinations are available in Dalmatia: Zadar, Biograd na Moru, Pakostane, Pirovac, Sibenik, Trogir and Split. They note that it is possible to connect to some of the lines in Siofok. The Croatian National Tourist Board, through its network of Representative Offices, is collecting news from emitting markets, related to the current situation with the corona virus pandemic. This time we are broadcasting news from the markets of Scotland, Ukraine and Hungary.last_img read more

Grateful to Proctors for help with scam

first_imgProctors is not a gamble. I was so excited in November when I bought my tickets to see the Celtic Women at Proctors.A few days prior to the concert, I began receiving emails and phone calls informing me that my tickets were not valid. I called Proctors and spoke to Peter Delocis. Peter informed me that I had been hacked on the internet, mainly because I did not purchase my tickets on the Proctors website.Peter spoke to his manager, and together they ensured that we did get our tickets. I cannot express the joy and gratitude we have experienced as a result of Peter and his manager helping us to follow our dream. Thank you, Proctors.David Fitz SimonsJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Premier League pays tribute to Black Lives Matter and NHS as season restarts

first_imgPlayers warmed up in ‘Black Lives Matter’ tops (Picture: Getty)There is also a blue heart-shaped badge on the front of the shirts for the NHS, with players also holding a minute’s silence in recognition of those affected by coronavirus before each game for the first round of fixtures.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Premier League badge has also been ditched from the right sleeve and replaced with a BLM logo which will remain in place for the rest of the campaign.In the eery silence of a supporter-less Villa Park, players from the two teams stood socially distanced apart before the game to remember those who have lost their lives to Covid-19 and honour the hard work of the NHS.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPlayers in other leagues around the world have opted to take a knee before and during matches in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last month, a symbolic act in opposition to racism, and the Premier League say they will support any players who choose to do so.A joint players statement released by the league last week read: ‘We, the players, stand together with the singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect, and equal opportunities for all, regardless of their colour or creed.’ Advertisement Both teams took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement (Picture: Getty)Premier League footballers have been very active during lockdown to contribute to society in the wake of the coronavirus, launching an initiative called #PlayersTogether which raised money for NHS frontline staff.Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford – who will be back in action on Friday night – forced the government into a U-turn over free school meals for 1.3 million children, while Raheem Sterling has spoken passionately and thoughtfully about systemic racism within football.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesVilla’s clash with Sheffield United, which is followed by Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City, has seen a host of new rules and regulations implemented, with players taking a ‘sterile route’ to the stadium, dressing rooms expanded and pre-match team talks limited to 15 minutes.There are strict protocols for players to avoid spitting and nose clearing, the pre-match handshakes have been scraped and teams have been asked to avoid celebrating in groups if they score.AdvertisementAdvertisementWith no ball boys, disinfected balls have been placed around the sides of the pitch while crowd noise taken from the FIFA video games series is allowed to be played during breaks of play and can be selected as an audio option on television broadcasts. Teams are also now entitled to five substitutions.MORE: Marcus Rashford reveals details of Boris Johnson phone call after U-turn over free school mealsMORE: Which Premier League games are on free-to-air TV and how to watch them?Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Players’ names have been replaced with ‘Black Lives Matter’ for upcoming games (Pictures: Getty)The Premier League got back underway at long last on Wednesday evening with clubs and players paying tribute to both the NHS and Black Lives Matter movement.After a 100-day wait, Aston Villa and Sheffield United kicked off the season restart at Villa Park – with Manchester City versus Arsenal to follow – though football looked very different indeed with no crowds or ball boys but plenty of face masks, while each team’s kit has undergone a transformation.Players have had the names on the back of their shirts replaced with ‘Black Lives Matter’ for the first 12 fixtures of the restarted Premier League season, continuing through to Burnley’s trip to face Man City on Monday evening. 🎙 – “A powerful image to show football’s social conscience.” Players from both sides take a knee before kick-off to show support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Watch #AVFC v #SUFC live on Sky Sports PL now: https://t.co/hS2ppOif6Y pic.twitter.com/SbGxZenQOU— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) June 17, 2020 Aston Villa hosted Sheffield United in the first match back (Picture: Getty)Players have also worn warm-up T-shirts printed with messages in support of the Black Lives Matter.Prior to their friendly against Brentford a week ago, Arsenal’s squad took a knee wearing tops that had messages such as ‘I can’t breathe’, ‘Silence is violence’, ‘My skin is not a crime’ and ‘I’m not black but I stand with you’.center_img View 18 comments Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 17 Jun 2020 6:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link464Shares Advertisement Premier League pays tribute to Black Lives Matter and NHS as season restartslast_img read more