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Railtrack to roll out Spacia plan

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Police clash with jobs law protesters in Jakarta

first_imgA clash has erupted between the police and protestors opposing the recently passed Job Creation Law in the Harmoni area near the State Palace in Central Jakarta.Kompas TV has reported huge crowds of protesters, mostly university students, chanting and hurling stones at police officers. The police have fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons to disperse the demonstrators.The protesters have been gathered on several roads around the State Palace in Jakarta since about 11 a.m. to voice their opposition to the highly controversial Job Creation Law and have sought to assemble in front of the palace itself. Read also: Job Creation Law rolls back economic, sociocultural rights: ActivistsThe police, however, have closed the palace’s main access points, namely Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat, Jl. Medan Merdeka Timur and Harmoni. The protesters gathered at several points, namely at the Harmoni intersection and the Horse Statue.They also gathered in Cikini, Central Jakarta, according to social media reports.Members of the National Association of University Student Executive Bodies (BEM-SI) previously announced that about 5,000 students would protest the newly passed law in front of the State Palace on Thursday starting at 10:00 a.m. The students come from universities in Jakarta, Bandung, Medan, Lampung, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Makassar and Kendari.Hundreds of workers have also taken to streets in Jakarta, rallying in Senayan and near the State Palace.Beyond Jakarta, students and workers throughout the country demonstrated against the new jobs law on Thursday.They have urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to issue a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to annul the contentious law. (ggq)Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Alarmed by Report on Job Losses from Federal Health Care Changes

first_img June 14, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Alarmed by Report on Job Losses from Federal Health Care Changescenter_img Economy,  Healthcare,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today voiced serious concerns about a new report saying federal health care changes could mean the loss of the 85,000 jobs in Pennsylvania, the second most of any state in the country, and billions lost in both Pennsylvania’s gross state product and business output. According to the study’s profile of Pennsylvania, by 2026, the commonwealth will lose 84,900 total jobs, including 52,500 in the health sector, $8,900,000,000 in gross state product and $14,200,000,000 in business output.Governor Wolf said today’s report from George Washington University and the Commonwealth Fund highlights the misguided path that Republican majorities in Washington are pursuing for Pennsylvanians and our economy.“This report is just another example of the alarming approach Washington is pursuing on health care and our economy in the long term,” Governor Wolf. “The Republican proposal will raise costs for older Pennsylvanians, put coverage at risk for nearly a million Pennsylvanians, and strip important consumer protections away from nearly every health care consumer. But this report raises even more concerns about the long-term damage these health care cuts will have on Pennsylvania and the country.“Unfortunately, every indication is that these impacts will only be delayed in the Senate Republican repeal of the Affordable Care Act. This report shows clearly that Medicaid is not just a lifeline for seniors, the disabled and those seeking substance use treatment, but our economy.”From the report’s authors:On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA, H.R. 1628) to partially repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare).Key parts of the bill include:Reducing federal funding for Medicaid, encouraging states to scale back expansions.Restructuring Medicaid funding using per capita caps and block grants.Eliminating individual tax penalties for not having health insurance and penalties for employers not offering coverage for employees.Replacing income-related premium tax credits with age-based tax credits.Repealing ACA taxes, predominantly benefiting people with high incomes and certain businesses.This nonpartisan study by researchers at the George Washington University examines the potential economic and employment effects of AHCA for every state in the nation. Most tax cuts will occur immediately, increasing the federal deficit, while coverage-related federal spending cuts will phase in more slowly over time.As a result, the net effect is additional job growth in 2018 and 2019 and growth in state economies and business output. However, health sector employment would fall immediately by 24,000 jobs in 2018. By 2021, the magnitude of coverage reductions become much larger than the initial tax cuts, causing state economies to shrink.By 2026, 924,000 fewer people would have jobs and gross state products would shrink by $93 billion. Most of the jobs lost would be in health care, reaching 725,000 jobs lost by 2026.AHCA would dramatically increase the number of uninsured and reduce access to health care, particularly for low and moderate income Americans. This analysis demonstrates that the consequences of this new bill would be much broader and extend well beyond the health care system. Despite initial gains in employment and economic growth, the ultimate decreases in federal spending would cause major reductions in employment and state economic activity.last_img read more

Rural Queensland gem for sale for the first time in 147 years

first_imgRural Queensland property ‘Emerald View’ in Grandchester is for sale for the first time in 147 years.The original house no longer stands, but the existing two-level home was extended and renovated six years ago.It features a sweeping wraparound veranda, which John says are perfect for watching the sun come up with your morning coffee as wallabies hop through the paddock.Evenings are spent copying up with a glass of red in front of the timber fireplace.The property itself comprises six lots on four freehold titles and is a mix of fertile creek flats and tree country, with 70 per cent of the land cleared.Adding to the historic significance, the family cattle brand — HRO — was only the 5th cattle brand ever to be registered in Queensland. Rural lifestyle property ‘Emerald View’ in Grandchester is for sale for the first time in 147 years.A PIECE of Queensland’s history is set to go under the hammer for the first time in almost 150 years.Emerald View is the jewel in the crown of rural lifestyle properties in the historic railway town of Grandchester, 75km west of Brisbane.The three-bedroom house on 96ha of prime cattle grazing country at 125 Sippels Road has been held by the same family since 1870, when Hugh Rafter bought the property after immigrating to Australia from Ireland.Today, it’s owned by Mr Rafter’s great niece and nephew, Elizabeth McBean and John McLaughlin, who have made the tough decision to sell.“We’ve still got his handwritten diary detailing his journey from Ireland to Australia, which we hope to display at the open home along with the original title deeds,” John said. Rural Queensland property ‘Emerald View’ in Grandchester is for sale for the first time in 147 years.The Rafter and McLaughlin families are well known in the Grandchester area. Emerald View was previously owned by Jack McLaughlin, a former Queensland cricket captain and commentator, who is now 87. His son John now uses the property as a weekender but still takes Jack out there to inspect it from time to time. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE After marking so many milestones on the property over the years, John admits it’s going to be hard to say goodbye.“We’ve had a very long and strong attachment to it,” John said.“In the old days before we even had electricity, our Mum used to cater for 13, 14 adults on a little wooden stove and as a youngster you’d sit there listening to the stories being told.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago“It’s the sort of thing you look back on with fondness.”center_img Rural Queensland property ‘Emerald View’ in Grandchester is for sale for the first time in 147 years.Barry Quinn of Ray White Rural Brisbane said the property was perfect for buyers looking for an affordable rural retreat or weekender.“It’s a good quality, lifestyle cattle farm,” he said.“The beauty of it is it’s so close to Brisbane — you can still live there and commute to Brisbane or Ipswich.”John just hopes whoever buys the property will appreciate it as much as he does.“It’s been the centrepiece of our lives and hopefully it can be passed on to somebody who looks upon it the same way and get as much enjoyment out of it as we have.”Emerald View is planned for auction in Brisbane on May 5.last_img read more

Consistency helps Brad Sites capture Empire State title IMCA Empire State Series champion Brad Sites. (Photo courtesy of Brad Sites)MONROETON, Pa. ­– Brad Sites got a championship and a lesson out of his 2016 race season.Sites didn’t have any wins to show for his efforts but was consistent enough to top the point race for the Empire State Series, finishing in the top five in five of 12 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified tour outings.“I finished well but didn’t have any wins. Our goal is always to win races,” said Sites, from Monroeton, Pa., and younger brother of three-time series champion Eddie Sites. “I made some changes in setup that didn’t work and we didn’t realize the tire pressure gauge wasn’t working like it should until late in the season.”Sites brought four career tour wins into the season, including a pair in 2015. He had two second-place showings this year, both of them at Skyline Raceway Park.While he hit every series show, Sites wasn’t a weekly regular anywhere. He owns a seamless gutter business and spent a lot of time on a ladder after a tornado and accompanying hail storm that blew through Monroeton and Bradford County in July.Starts-12                                                    Wins-0                                                         Top Five Finishes-5 HIS CREW: Brother Eddie, father Eddie Sr., nephews Louden and Trap, and girlfriend Tonia Burgess.HIS SPONSORS: Sites Seamless Gutters of Monroeton; A-Jon Construction of Westchester; and Standing Stone Trucking of Wysox.last_img read more

Bucksport boys’ basketball team downs Dexter 47-28

first_imgBANGOR — The No. 3 Bucksport boys’ basketball team knocked off No. 6 Dexter 47-28 in the Class C North quarterfinal Wednesday morning at the Cross Insurance Center.The Golden Bucks will either face Fort Fairfield of Hodgdon in Friday’s semifinals.The game got off to a slow start, with the teams ending the first quarter tied 8-8.The Golden Bucks picked it up in the second period, where Kyle Jackson scored six points to help give Bucksport a 20-16 halftime lead.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport kept rolling in the third quarter, outscoring Dexter 15-7. The Golden Bucks sustained a comfortable lead until the end.Jackson finished with a game-high of 16 points for Bucksport, and Hayden Craig contributed 11.Find photos of this game here.last_img

Senators discuss transfer forgiveness, union support

first_img“I definitely saw a significant change in the rigor of my academics when I came from my old school … My transition was a little rough,” Chuang said.  A resolution aiming to ease the academic transition for transfer students was proposed during an Undergraduate Student Government meeting Tuesday. The resolution advocates extending the Freshman Forgiveness program to transfers. The program currently allows first-year students to retake up to three classes in which they received a grade of D+ or below.   Sen. Emily Johnson said that the testimonials from workers motivated her work on the resolution and emboldened her to educate other students through clipboarding campaigns.  Commitment to the pact encourages prioritization of academics and self- care practices such as using mental health resources at Engemann Student Health Center during the elections process.  McMorran hopes the resolution bolsters support for the union and encourages students to respect the workers at USC.  “These people are not invisible,” McMorran said. “They are here, we interact with them every day. “  One of the proposed changes limits slates to a maximum of three people. Slates involve multiple candidates running together on the same platform points. Assistant Director of Elections and Recruitment Julia Katcher said that since slates have a historic advantage during elections, reducing the number of people allowed on a slate campaign team will level the playing field.  Additionally, senators proposed a resolution declaring formalized support for the 800 housing and hospitality workers during their new contract negotiations. The resolution stated that “the workers represented by Unite Here! Local 11 deserve good-faith contract negotiations and support from the University community.”  Later during the meeting, the Election and Recruitment team presented changes to the 2020 USG Elections Code. The team incorporated feedback from senators in their proposal to change parts of the election process.  Sen. Angela Chuang, who transferred from George Washington University, was inspired by her difficulty adapting to the environment at USC to help author the resolution.  Chuang believes that extending the policy would be an important step in improving the transfer experience.  “I have heard several people talk about how it’s great that they get benefits, but that shouldn’t be a substitution for a livable wage, especially one that doesn’t keep pace with the increase of living in Los Angeles,” Johnson said. The resolution cited multiple studies on the “transfer shock” phenomenon, which theorizes that the change in academic environment for transfer students results in a GPA dip during their first semester at a new institution.  The team also changed the definition of a write-in candidate. Write-in candidates will need to be written on the ballot. Previously, write-in candidates names would be printed on the ballot and received many of the same privileges, such as USG advertising their platforms.  If passed, the resolution will allow transfer students to retake up to one course of any undergraduate level from their first semester at USC. It referenced data from a survey conducted by the USC Transfer Student Community that revealed 89.4% of the 565 respondents believed extending the forgiveness program “would help transfers if provided.”   In lieu of advice from senators, workshops administered by the Election and Recruitment team will provide insight for candidates on how to run a successful campaign.  Sen. Christopher McMorran said he appreciated the inclusion of the wellness pact in the proposed changes, saying that  running for office took a toll on his mental health. The wellness pact is a voluntary agreement candidates can sign that emphasizes “the importance of prioritizing the mental health and well-being of candidates during the stressful elections process,” the presentation read.  Other personal testimonials from transfer students who struggled during their transition to USC were also included in the resolution. One student said that struggling to raise their GPA after underperforming during their first semester at USC led to lower self-confidence and contributed to a harsher transition.  “It’s supposed to be designed to help alleviate students of that stress, knowing that they can possibly retake a class if they’re not doing well and, hopefully, focus efforts on what they need to,” Chuang said.  The changes also prohibit USG senators, executives and members of the marketing team from publicly endorsing candidates as well as counseling candidates during the race.  USG senators discussed resolutions regarding a potential Transfer Forgiveness policy and supporting union-protected USC staff during a meeting Tuesday. (Ally Wei | Daily Trojan)last_img read more

Barkley just has fun in stellar season debut

first_imgAfter a first quarter that was marred by offensive mistakes, Matt Barkley is still smiling.The disappointment of two fumbles by teammates is not weighing on his shoulders. The idea of being the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for a top 5 team also seems distant.Instead, Barkley is living in the moment.“On one of our first drives in the second quarter, he walks out and says to me, ‘Isn’t this fun?’” said wide receiver Damian Williams. “I looked back at him and said, ‘Yeah, for you it should be a lot of fun.’”Saturday’s game became a lot more fun for Barkley after his conversation with Williams. Barkley and the rest of the Trojan offense overcame a sluggish start to score eight unanswered touchdowns to route San Jose State, 56-3, at the Coliseum.In his much anticipated debut, Barkley proved up to the task of guiding the Trojans’ offense, completing 15 of 19 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown.The Trojans emphasized short passes and a sturdy running game to take the pressure off Barkley in his first game. But Barkley’s accomplishments weren’t lost on USC coach Pete Carroll.“Call him an outlier or whatever, but this kid isn’t normal,” Carroll said. “But who wants to be normal anyway?”Part of what put Barkley in the position to be the first true freshman ever to start an opener for USC was his confidence in himself. That poise was needed early when the Trojans’ first five drives went awry and USC found itself down 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.“Things can get whacked out when you don’t get off to a good start, but it wasn’t a big deal to him at all,” Carroll said.Barkley’s composure helped lead the Trojans to touchdowns on their next six drives, although the team leaned heavily on the running game. In all, 342 of USC’s 620 yards came on the ground.One of the many luxuries that the 18-year-old quarterback has been afforded is a running back rotation that is long on experience and talent.Joe McKnight shouldered the load early and perhaps provided the game’s highlight with a weaving 54-yard jaunt that culminated with a flip into the end zone. But Stafon Johnson’s two short touchdown runs and Allen Bradford’s 43-yard scamper into the end zone also helped take the focus off the man behind center.The offense’s performance in the final three quarters helped reaffirm that Barkley doesn’t need to be the offense’s lone catalyst. Williams, who finished with three catches and 67 yards, and tight end Anthony McCoy were two of Barkley’s most frequent targets, often on short routes that minimized risk.“I think this is the ideal situation for any quarterback,” Williams said. “For Matt, I think it helps his comfort level tremendously. He’s so poised that he just feels comfortable out there. I think that’s because he knows he has a veteran group around him.”Barkley also found small triumphs in showing his patience. Learning to avoid forced throws and turnovers has been one of the hardest parts of the learning curve for the 18-year-old quarterback, but his performance Saturday displayed a shift in his mentality.“It was a little weird to make that first throw away, but I would have rather had that than a pick,” Barkley said.Said Carroll: “He almost could have been perfect.”Although Barkley has had to learn to adapt to the offense, the unit also appears to be taking on some of the characteristics of its new leader. The emotionally charged Mark Sanchez often ran hot and cold last year, as the fiery signal-caller was often seen running down field after big plays and jumping into the air in celebration after touchdowns.But save for a few moments on Saturday, Barkley was quiet and composed.The level-headed Barkley was well-aware of his leadership style, as well as its advantages and drawbacks.“I think it might go both ways. I don’t really get nervous,” said Barkley, brushing aside questions of first-game jitters. “But at the same time, I don’t get super pumped up and run downfield pumping my fists. That’s just not me.”In all, Carroll said he couldn’t expect more from his quarterback in his first test at the Coliseum.“He absolutely handled this. It was no big deal for him,” Carroll said. “There are going to be some hard times, but we know he’ll have a stellar response.”last_img read more

Chelsea clinch late draw vs. Everton, Man City win, leaders Leicester denied

first_imgJohn Terry scored an own goal and then struck deep into second-half injury time to snatch a 3-3 draw for Chelsea against Everton at Stamford Bridge.The Blues went behind early in the second half when Leighton Baines’ cross was turned into his own net by defender Terry.Everton continued to threaten with Ross Barkley hitting the post before Kevin Mirallas lashed past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to make it 2-0.Guus Hiddink’s team responded through Diego Costa when he received Cesc Fabregas’ pass and rounded goalkeeper Tim Howard.And two minutes later it was 2-2 as Fabregas’ shot was deflected home.But Everton regained their lead in injury time when Ramiro Funes Mori got on the end of Gerard Deulofeu’s delivery. With seconds remaining, Terry made amends for his own goal when he tucked past Howard in the eighth minute of injury time.Manchester City temporarily went top of the table on goal difference as Sergio Aguero scored twice in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at the Etihad.Fabian Delph put City 1-0 up on 22 minutes with a 30-yard strike that skimmed low past goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.Manuel Pellegrini’s men doubled their lead before half-time when Aguero’s shot from 25 yards was deflected in. Aguero scored his second of the game in the 68th minute, tucking home from Kevin De Bruyne’s cutback.The Argentina international then turned provider as he assisted David Silva who made it 4-0 with a simple finish.Leicester climbed back above City at the summit although they had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa in Saturday’s evening kickoff.Shinji Okazaki broke the deadlock in the 28th minute when he scored from a rebound after goalkeeper Mark Bunn had done superbly to claw out Jamie Vardy’s lob. The Foxes had a chance to take a two-goal lead only for Riyad Mahrez to see his penalty saved by Bunn after Aly Cissokho was deemed to have handled in the box.But Villa hit back with 15 minutes left on the clock as Rudy Gestede seemed to control the ball with his hand before his shot clipped off Wes Morgan and nestled beyond goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.Two goals from Christian Eriksen ensured Tottenham Hotspur returned to winning ways after their midweek loss to Leicester as they beat Sunderland 4-1 at White Hart Lane.Sunderland took the lead against the run of play when Adam Johnson found Patrick Van Aanholt with a fabulous defence-splitting pass and the full-back beat goalkeeper Hugo Lloris at his near post. Tottenham hit back just two minutes later when Harry Kane’s initial effort was saved and Eriksen’s rebound was only cleared into the roof of the net by Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole.Mousa Dembele put Spurs 2-1 up when he drove home left-footed past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who was impressing for Sam Allardyce’s side.Eriksen grabbed his second of the game, with his shot from outside the area catching a wicked deflection off debutant Jan Kirchhoff that lifted it into the top corner.Kirchhoff’s miserable outing continued when he brought down Danny Rose in the box, and Harry Kane stepped up to seal the points from the penalty spot. West Ham United suffered their first loss since Nov. 22 as Steve McClaren’s struggling Newcastle United ran out 2-1 winners at St James’ Park.Newcastle went in front on six minutes when Georginio Wijnaldum fed Ayoze Perez who found the corner with a placed finish from outside the box.Wijnaldum doubled the Magpies’ advantage with debutant Jonjo Shelvey key in the move as he found Daryl Janmaat with a stunning long-range pass.West Ham pulled a goal back four minutes into second half when Nikica Jelavic pounced on a sloppy pass by defender Chancel Mbemba. Southampton made it back-to-back league wins as they overcame West Brom 3-0 at St Mary’s.Ronald Koeman’s side took an early lead when James Ward-Prowse’s brilliant free kick on five minutes beat goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.The Saints went 2-0 with Ward-Prowse again on the scoresheet as the midfielder converted from the penalty spot after Matt Targett was felled in the box.Dusan Tadic wrapped up the points when he received Steven Davis pass and then struck low into the bottom corner from an acute angle.Bournemouth claimed a first league win in five attempts as they secured a convincing 3-0 victory over Norwich City.Dan Gosling broke the deadlock in the 10th minute, nodding in from close range following a fabulous delivery by Marc Pugh.The Cherries went 2-0 up on 52 minutes through Charlie Daniels, who kept his cool from the penalty spot after Pugh was brought down.Benik Afobe scored his first goal for Bournemouth to seal the victory, slotting home thanks to Charlie Daniels’ assist.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

What should Lakers, Clippers fans do in the age of the coronavirus?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersFortunately for Linn, the video game “MLB The Show 20” was released for PlayStation 4 on Thursday: “So I played that till 5 in the morning,” he said.If he ever puts down the controller, Linn expects he’ll find himself watching more Lob City highlights than even before.Pete Zayas, the creator of Laker Film Room, said he’ll use the down time to tackle projects he didn’t have time for during the NBA’s busy season – including breaking down some of his favorite Kobe Bryant games on his YouTube channel.“My videos are six or seven minutes long but it takes six or seven hours to make the video, so I’m entertained for six or seven hours,” Zayas said. “I was built for times like these.”He said he anticipates launching some “group project type stuff” online to help his fellow basketball obsessives get through the hiatus. He also encouraged fans to experiment with the kind of video analysis he’s known for. “I started because I was bored,” Zayas said. “I had stopped coaching basketball to help my girlfriend at the time start her private practice, so I didn’t have anything to do and I wanted to scratch that basketball itch and I said, ‘Oh, what’s this iMovie app on my laptop?’“And the thing about basketball, there’s so much meat on the bone. I could watch a game five or six times, it’s like a great movie, watching it again, you’re like, ‘I didn’t catch that last time!’”In that spirit, Francois “Frenchy” Nicolas, an actor, sports entertainer and host familiar to those who’ve attended L.A. Sparks and Clippers games at Staples Center in recent years, said instead of live action this week he watched a documentary on the three-peat Chicago Bulls.“If you’re a true fan, this is your time to brush up, to use this opportunity to look at a lot of older historic moments,” Nicolas said.Otherwise, fans said that beside video games, amid the coronavirus news they’ll distract themselves with Netflix, with “bad reality TV,” with replays of old games, and by spending virtual time together online as they collectively experience “this weird cabin fever we’re all about to have,” as hoops fan Payman Benz put it.But even as fans find productive ways to fill the hole where live sports should have been, it won’t be the same without the outlet that offers reliable escapism for so many.“Life can suck sometimes,” Linn said. “But you can sit down and unplug and just invest in a game … and it’s like a whole ’nother reality. Not having that for a while is going to be hard.”Zelasko recounted covering baseball on Fox Sports after the Sept. 11 attacks, and how much the game meant to a grieving nation.“It was important,” she said, remembering conversations then about how to find the balance between showing respect and providing distraction. “Sports have always been therapy; now it’s very odd not to have the outlet.”Mary Dacuma, a Clippers and Chicago Bears devotee living in Glendale, said she thinks it’s especially tough for NBA fans in Southern California.“It really looked like the Lakers or the Clippers were gonna be the ones who took it this year,” said Dacuma, who noted that her husband logged in to check on his fantasy team out of habit. “It would have been great if the Clippers did it, and they were performing super strong. Or if the Lakers won the championship, that would’ve been such a poetic thing to happen this year of all years. But now we’ll never know now.”Or perhaps we will, if the NBA extends the season and is able to return to the court to finish the season? No one can say yet.“The majority of the text messages I got (after the season was suspended) were, ‘I’m so sorry, (the Clippers) were on their way to a title,’” said Benz, a comedy director and writer and Clippers’ season-ticket holder who began attending games in 2007.“Even if it’s all erased, regardless, it’s been a fun year,” he said. “I had a moment of, ‘Oh man! The playoffs!’ But then I thought, ‘Wait a minute, this is a pandemic. Zoom out, this is not important.’”If anything, Dacuma said, following developments related to “the larger existential crisis” will be what helps distract her from missing sports.And whenever the games get going again, Benz predicts they’ll be cherished as never before.“The arenas are going to be louder than ever, there’s going to be such a relief and appreciation for what we had,” he said. “Across the board, I think maybe this is a time when we start to learn what we do need and don’t need and what are we focused on way too much, and to just enjoy stuff.”center_img “What is on TV on a Friday?” wondered Jeanne Zelasko, the longtime sportscaster and sports fan who said she honestly didn’t know what else people watch.Zelasko, a host for “Clippers Live,” the team’s pregame and postgame show on Fox Sports West, wasn’t the only one already experiencing “withdrawals” without games.“I’ve realized it’s a big part of my life,” said Anaheim’s Joey Linn, a dedicated Clippers and Angels fan who also works as the color commentator for his Biola University basketball teams. “So far it’s been really difficult.”But Linn, like every other sports fanatic, is going to have to find other ways to spend his time after the NBA and virtually every other sport in the United States suspended or canceled play this week in an effort to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus.last_img read more