“My friends weren’t being very nice and that was a good way to go over there and I met a bunch of new people who they were like, ‘Are you okay? You can hang out with us,’” said Samantha Perney. TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) — A buddy bench was recently installed at Chenango Bridge Elementary School after local girl scouts decided their school needed one. “If you were lonely and you wanted somebody to play with, you could go over there and ask them, ‘Hey do you want to be friends?’” said Girl Scout Courtney McCabe. It even supported many of them through hard times. Speaking to students with access to the new bench, Sydney Shelley said, “Sometimes I get lonely so I come here and sit and wait, most of the time a lot of people are here.” The buddy bench at their old school brought them fond memories. “It actually helped me make one of my best friends because I was sitting there and then she came over and helped me and everything,” said McCabe. Adding, “It makes me feel happy because then I know actually I have someone to play with.”
In order to improve the quality of hospitality and tourism staff and secondary vocational education in general in the tourism sector, the Ministry of Tourism has published a public call intended for secondary vocational schools to promote, strengthen competencies and raise the quality of human resources. A total of HRK 400 from the program will be available for a wide range of projects, which include the creation of tourism products, promotion and introduction of IT communication technologies and the like. Grants will be awarded for a new tourism product to strengthen the overall competitiveness of the destination where the school is located based on the connection of public, civil, private sector and science, positive effects in environmental protection, introduction of new technologies, inclusion of strategically defined special forms of tourism ( nautical, health, cultural, business, golf, cycling, rural and mountain, eno and gastro, youth, social, etc.), then for projects created in cooperation with other educational sectors for the purpose of tourism development (IT-electrical engineering and computing, creative , agriculture and food, health and social care, graphics, art, etc.), and for new forms of promotion such as branding, introduction of IT communication technology (use of social networks, internet), etc. When selecting projects, the compliance of the project with The Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020, and priorities for the award of grants will have, inter alia, projects involving cooperation with economic entities, institutions and other stakeholders from the public, private and civil sectors. Projects can be submitted by secondary vocational and art schools whose founders are the county, the City of Zagreb or the Republic of Croatia, and each school that applies for the project, applies a team consisting of one mentor and at least three members (students). The amount of requested funds can be a maximum of 20 thousand kuna, if one school applies, or 50 thousand kuna if two or more schools apply. The public call is open until February 28, 2019, and more information about the program and the necessary documentation for project applications can be found here: PUBLIC INVITATION to secondary vocational and art schools for PROMOTION AND STRENGTHENING OF COMPETENCIES OF VOCATIONAL OCCUPATIONS FOR TOURISM 2019.
“Thank you very much to all who accompanied me at this time, especially my family, my parents, brothers, godmother, friends and @alemaglietti” Gutierrez then retweeted congratulatory messages from followers, while Newcastle also tweeted their congratulations, posting: ” Everyone at #NUFC is delighted to share the news that @elgalgojonas has been discharged from hospital in Argentina #UnitedWithJonas’.” Gutierrez joined Newcastle from Real Mallorca in July 2008 and became a fans’ favourite when he played a starring role in helping the club win the Championship in his second season in the north-east. However, he was largely unused by manager Alan Pardew last season and was allowed to join Norwich on loan for the second half of the campaign, where he made his last league appearance in the Canaries’ 1-0 defeat to West Brom in April. Press Association The 31-year-old revealed in September that he was having treatment following the diagnosis of testicular cancer in his native Argentina. But he took to Twitter on Monday evening to announce, in Spanish: “Today I was given a medical discharge. Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has been given the all-clear from cancer.
— North Carolina State has administered 1,360 tests for COVID-19 to athletes, coaches and athletic staff with just eight people testing positive. The update came Friday with the school saying that out of the last 765 tests administered since it last released results, only one person has come up positive for the coronavirus. PGA-WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIPHoge remains tied for Wyndham lead halfway through roundGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Tom Hoge (HOH’-gee) was still tied with two others for the lead halfway through the second round of the Wyndham Championship on Friday. Hoge was part of a three-way tie with Roger Sloan and Harold Varner III at 8-under par after the first round of the weather-impacted tournament. Hoge shot 68 in the second round to move to 10-under and was tied with Si Woo Kim and Talor Gooch. Kim and Gooch both shot 65s to move atop the leaderboard. The three were a shot in front of British Open champion Shane Lowry and Harris English. Lowry shot a 63 and English a 67. Sloan remained at 8-under after a 70. Varner is part of the afternoon starters. Bamba was diagnosed with COVID-19 on June 11. The 22-year-old appeared in 62 games with the Magic this season but logged only 11 minutes of action in Orlando’s first two seeding games at Walt Disney World. He did not appear in any of Orlando’s final six seeding games.The 7-foot Bamba averaged 5.4 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Magic this season. He was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 draft. Orlando plays Milwaukee in the first round of the NBA playoffs.In other NBA news:—Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. was carted off the court and fitted for a neck brace after colliding with Indiana Pacers center Goga Bitadze late in the third quarter of their game. Jones lay on his stomach for several minutes with his right hand over the back of his head. He had a towel over his face as he was carted off the court. Update on the latest sports August 14, 2020 Associated Press In other Friday action:Andre Burakovsky scored late in the third period, Philipp Grubauer stopped 30 shots and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 to take a 2-0 lead in their Stanley Cup playoff series. The Coyotes were far more aggressive in Game 2 after being tentative against Colorado’s offensive firepower to in the opener. Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is Saturday in the Edmonton bubble.MLB-METS-DEGROMMets scratch deGrom because of neck tightnessPHILADELPHIA (AP) — The New York Mets have scratched two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom from his start against the Phillies on Friday. —The Chicago Bulls have fired coach Jim Boylen after the team missed the playoffs again. The Bulls were 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. That meant they wouldn’t make the postseason for the fourth time in five years. Boylen finished 39-84 as Bulls coach. NHL-PLAYOFFS-CANADIENS-FLYERSTatar, Kotkaniemi scores twice, Canadiens rout Flyers 5-0TORONTO (AP) — Tomas Tatar and Jesperi Kotkaniemi each scored twice, Carey Price stopped 30 shots and the Montreal Canadiens rebounded without coach Claude Julien to rout the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0 on Friday and tie the series at a game apiece. Julien was home in Montreal a day after a stent was placed in a coronary artery. The team said doctors expect a full recovery. Julien was rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto overnight Wednesday with chest pain. He had surgery Thursday. Kirk Muller will serve as interim head coach for the rest of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Game 3 is Sunday night. VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMEBasketball Hall induction moved and delayed to ’21UNDATED (AP) — Kobe Bryant and the rest of this year’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class won’t be inducted in 2020 — or at the birthplace of basketball. The Hall announced Friday that the enshrinement ceremony will be held May 13-15, 2021, and the entire festivities will be moved to Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.This year was to be a highlight for the Hall of Fame, located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Bryant, killed in January in a helicopter crash, headlined a decorated class featuring Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett that would have been enshrined in the recently renovated museum. But the coronavirus pandemic scuttled those plans and hit the Hall so hard that it eliminated several full-time positions and cut senior management pay in the 25-40% range.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS 5 NFL officials take a leave of absence for 2020 seasonUNDATED (AP) — The NFL’s longest-serving on-field official is among five who have opted to take a leave of absence for the 2020 season. Line judge Jeff Bergman, who was entering his 29th year of service, headlined the list released Friday by the NFL.Also in the group is back judge Steve Freeman, who was entering his 20th year. Freeman is a former NFL player who spent 12 of his 13 seasons with the Bills. His son, Brad, is a back judge is entering his seventh season. Also opting out are field judges Greg Gautreaux and Joe Larrew and back judge Tony Steratore.The league said additional officials will be hired and announced.Officials are allowed to opt out under the protocols negotiated by the NFL and NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other NFL news: DeGrom says he has neck tightness, but “everything is fine structurally” and he doesn’t plan to go on the injury list. The right-hander felt soreness playing catch after his last start. He threw from the mound Thursday and thought he could still pitch the opener of a three-game series in Philadelphia but will skip the outing as a precaution. DeGrom is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts this season. In other MLB news:—The Cleveland Indians activated pitchers Zach Plesac and Mike Clevinger from the restricted list and optioned them to the team’s alternate training site. The starters had been placed on the restricted list for violating Major League Baseball protocols related to the coronavirus pandemic. Chris Antonetti, Cleveland’s president of baseball operations, said both players drove to Detroit and met with the teammates in an “open forum.” —Oft-injured Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time. The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injured. NFL-NEWS Denver has lost three straight but is the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. Toronto is the No. 2 in the Eastern Conference after winning seven of its eight games played in the NBA’s bubble in Central Florida. Denver’s PJ Dozier highlighted his team-high 20-point performance by hitting five of six 3-point shots.NBA-MAGIC-BAMBA OUTMagic say Mo Bamba out for year; center had COVID-19 in JuneLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Mo Bamba will not play for the Orlando Magic in this season’s playoffs, after the team announced Friday that he has left the bubble for testing related to his previous bout with coronavirus. Charleston Southern suspends 2020 footballUNDATED (AP) — Charleston Southern is suspending its 2020 football season. The school is part of the Division I Big South Conference and competes in the Football Championship Subdivision. The school said Friday the environment with COVID-19 was too “uncertain” to go forward in the fall, and the decision will let the football team prepare for games in the spring. The Big South and the NCAA have canceled plans for a fall championship, although the league did let member institutions play non-conference games if they wanted in the fall.In other pandemic-related sports news:— The ASUN Conference says it is postponing all fall sports. The nine-team league, formally known as the Atlantic Sun Conference, operates mostly in the Southeast and does not play football. Friday’s announcement from the ASUN’s Presidents’ Council says that providing a spring season for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball is a priority. League schools may continue with such activities like training and practice in accordance with NCAA, local and state guidelines. — Marshall and East Carolina have moved their football game from Aug. 29 to Sept. 12. Both teams had Sept. 12 as an open date after earlier opponents changed their schedules. Marshall was supposed to host Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Pittsburgh that day while East Carolina was traveling to play South Carolina of the Southeastern Conference. The game will be held at East Carolina’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. No time for the game has been determined. — Browns starting center JC Tretter underwent a surgical procedure on his knee and could be out for an extended period. First-year coach Kevin Stefanski didn’t provide many details. Tretter is also the NFLPA president and has been heavily involved in talks over the past few months between the union and NFL to get training camps ready during the COVID-19 pandemic.— The Las Vegas Raiders have taken edge rusher Maxx Crosby off the reserve/COVID-19 list. Crosby was placed on the list last week. He was removed on Friday and took part in his first practice. The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person.— The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed tight end Luke Stocker. He appeared in 15 games for the Falcons last season, including eight starts. Stocker had eight catches for 53 yards. The 32-year-old Stocker spent six seasons with Tampa Bay and two with Tennessee before signing with the Falcons before the 2019 season.— Denzel Mims might have to wait a little while before catching passes from Sam Darnold again. The rookie wide receiver was sidelined at practice Friday with a hamstring injury that could keep him out at least a few days. Mims, the team’s second-round pick in April, was hurt earlier this week while running routes during drills. —The Dallas Cowboys are holding training camp in the Texas heat because the pandemic kept them from traveling to cooler California. It’s the first Cowboys camp to be held entirely in the Dallas area. It’s also the first for new coach Mike McCarthy. He was fired midseason in Green Bay two years ago and was out of the game in 2019. McCarthy is replacing Jason Garrett. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEJohnson scores 23 points to help Raptors top Nuggets 117-109LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Stanley Johnson scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half and the Toronto Raptors closed out their regular season with a 117-109 victory over the slipping Denver Nuggets. Both teams entered the game already locked into playoff positions.