The U.S. leads the world in the number of coronavirus deaths On CNN’s State of the Union Dr. Anthony Fauci said the country is turning a corner in terms of hospitalizations and ventilator intubations.Fauci, a key member of the White House task force on COVID-19, added they don’t want to be premature in easing up on social distancing. He said it depends on where you live in the county and how the outbreak is developing there, but some cities may be able to get back to work by as early as next month. Dr. Fauci cautioned, “It’s not one size fits all.” Worldwide deathtoll here.
FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2011 file photo Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, left, shakes hands with Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell after an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb. Colter has become the face of a movement to give college athletes the right to form unions and bargain. After a decision this week by a regional director of the National Labor Relations board, he also could leave a legacy as the athlete who formed the foundation of a dramatic overhaul of college sports that could potentially give athletes a chance to fight for a piece of an industry that generates billions based on their performance. (AP Photo/Lincoln Journal Star, Laura Pales, File)Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, glory hallelujah! Now you may think that I don’t know, but I’ve had my troubles here below. One day when I was walkin’ along. The sky opened up and love come down. (From 1867 book Slave Songs of the United States)Last week a regional office of the National Labor Relations Board backed a bid by football players at Northwestern University to unionize. “I find that all grant-in-aid scholarship players for the Employer’s football team who have not exhausted their playing eligibility are ’employees’ under” the National Labor Relations Act” wrote Peter Sung Ohr, director of the board’s Chicago regional office in his ruling.Aubrey BruceAs part of the ruling Ohr also wrote that; ”walk-on players — those without scholarships — do not qualify as employees.”The ruling pointed out that; “scholarship football players at Northwestern [basically qualify as] employees: that they perform services for the benefit of their employer and receive compensation (in the form of a scholarship) in exchange and that scholarship players are “subject to the employer’s control in the performance of their duties as football players.”Ohr also differentiated the case of Northwestern’s football players from those of graduate teaching assistants at Brown University (in which the NLRB ruled for the university in 2004) because “the players’ football-related duties are unrelated to their academic studies unlike the graduate assistants whose teaching and research duties were inextricably tied to their graduate degree requirements.”“The players spend 50 to 60 hours per week on their football duties during a one-month training camp prior to the start of the academic year and an additional 40 to 50 hours per week on those duties during the three or four month football season,” the NLRB ruling said.“Not only is this more hours than many undisputed full-time employees work at their jobs, it is also many more hours than the players spend on their studies.”Wow 50 to 60 hours per week on their football duties and 40 to 50 hours per week on those duties during the three or four month football season, that is a lot of time to work for nada, zilch, nothing.Training camp 50-60 hours a week let’s take the middle road. 55 hours a week for 4 weeks of training camp; 220 hours for one month equals $2222.00 just for one month of training camp. Now 40-50 hours a week of practice, film studies and conditioning; let’s again take the middle road and say 45 hours a week during the 4 month football season, 45 hours a week time 4 weeks monthly come out to be 180 hours a month multiplied by 4 equals 720 hours times $10.10 is $7272.00 and that is the bare minimum.Players that perform in the pro football ranks have roughly the same training and practice schedule and ya know what ladies and gents? The minimum salary for rookies in 2012 was $390,000.00. In 2013, 2012′s rookies were scheduled to earn $480,000.00 in salary as second year players in the NFL, if they make a squad as an active player.In 2014, the 2012 rookies will earn $570,000.00 in salary, if they make a squad as an active player.Hey if college players get injured they won’t even have a chance to receive the theoretical $7272.00 base salary that they should receive yearly.Remember Terrelle Pryor, the Western Pennsylvania and Ohio State standout, (now currently being paid to play for the NFL Oakland raiders)? On December 26, 2010 espn.com news services published an article titled; “Ohio State football players sanctioned.” “Welcome to Tattoo U. What started out as a trip to a Columbus tattoo parlor by a couple of football players has created all sorts of mayhem for star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Ohio State. Pryor and four teammates were suspended by the NCAA for the first five games of  season for selling championship rings, jerseys and awards. They also received improper benefits — from up to two years ago — from the tattoo parlor and its owner. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said.“As a student-athlete, you’re not allowed to use your persona to get discounted services.” Oh, but Mr. Smith what are you allowed to receive?”It is time for the takers to become the borrowers and the low to become the high. It is time for the NCAA to be tied to the economic whipping post singing; “Nobody knows the trouble they are about to see. Will the NCAA pay the costs of future litigation from the blood, sweat and tears of scholarship players? Love is not coming down for the NCAA. The “freedom” chickens are on their way home to roost, later.(The sources for this article were insidehighereducation.com, Associated Press and espn.com news services)Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: email@example.com or 412.583.6741
It was not the start to the playoffs the Nelson Leafs players wanted.Allan Pruss scored twice to lead the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 5-0 trashing of the Leafs in Game one of the Murdoch Division Semi Final Friday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action in Fruitvale.Game two is Saturday back at the Hawks’ Nest.Pruss, who finished the game with three points, scored twice in the third period to put the game away for the home side. Sam Swanson and Jace Weegar scored in the first and second periods, respectively, to give the Hawks a 2-0 advantage after 40 minutes.Taylor Stafford scored a shorthanded marker late in the game to complete the scoring.Drake Poirier stopped all 22 shots to register the shutout.Nelson struggled to muster any offence during the game, registering only five shots in the second period.Dylan Williamson, back from an injury, was Nelson’s game star while Poirier was named player-of-the-game for Beaver Valley.The series shifts to Nelson for Game three and four, Monday and Tuesday.Puck drop is 7 p.m.Beaver Valley has eliminated Nelson from post season play in three of the past four seasons.
Wheeldon, 20, came up through the ranks of Nelson Minor Hockey before latching on with the Kootenay Ice of the BC Hockey Major Midget League in 2009.The next season he earned a spot with hometown Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League where he had 11 points in 44 games.Wheeldon’s high-octane play earned him a spot in the BC Hockey League with Trail Smoke Eaters from 2011-14.In 140 games with the Smokies, Wheeldon accumulated 39 points.However, Wheeldon left Trail during the offseason, playing his final season in the AJHL with Camrose.Wheeldon, 20, completed a successful season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with Camrose where the 5’11”, 200-pound forward scored 10 goals while adding 14 assists in 59 games with the AJHL South regular season champions.”The Kodiaks organization would like to congradulate Adam and his family on this achievement in his hockey career and we look forward to many more years of hockey and education,” Rybalka said in closing.Wheeldon joins a host of graduating players from the AJHL choosing to remain in Alberta to find offers on the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference team. Nelson Minor Hockey grad Adam Wheeldon has accepted an offer to attend Concordia University in Edmonton.Concordia plays in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference against college and university teams from throughout Alberta.“Adam will have an impact from day one with the team,” said Kodiaks coach and GM Boris Rybalka on the team website.“His style of play will make him a fan favourite and opposition players will need to keep their heads up when he is on the ice.”“Coach Glegloff is excited about having Adam attend Concordia as he sees his leadership and compete level paying dividends to the program,” Rybalka adds.