UPDATE: In a March 25 teleconference with Southland Conference athletics directors, it was determined that the March 30 date to prohibit all team activities, organized or voluntary, has been extended until further notice. The Southland’s spring sports offerings include baseball, softball, beach volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. The Southland Bowling League Championship, scheduled for March 19-22, has also been cancelled. The Southland had previously announced the cancellation of all competitions through March 30, including its Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments this week. Now, in addition to the new competition and championship changes, athletic departments have also agreed to prohibit all team activities, organized or voluntary, through March 30. Beyond that date, campus leaders will make determinations on other immediate and longer-term issues, such as team practice opportunities and other activities. Athletic departments and Conference office staff will address future NCAA eligibility issues for current spring sports student-athletes, and other matters of importance to the membership. Further, as with any legislative action, the Conference’s Board of Directors reserves the right to reconsider previous decisions. — Southland Strong — FRISCO, TX – The Southland Conference announced Saturday that the league will cancel all remaining spring sports competitions and championship events, effective immediately. The decision was reached by the Conference’s presidential Board of Directors, in consultation with campus athletic directors, in full consideration of the health, safety and well-being of the league’s student-athletes, coaches, administrators, support personnel and fans on the league’s 13 campuses. Southland members have been monitoring national, regional and local developments related to the worldwide COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, and its impact on U.S. professional and collegiate sports, including Thursday’s announcement that NCAA Championship events will be cancelled through the spring.
Hull City have launched a new three-year partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) charity, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The agreement will see the Championship club contribute towards the global conservation organisation’s campaign to help double the number of wild tigers by 2022. Various fundraising activations will be implemented by the Yorkshire-based team, including a designated WWF fixture, retail merchandise and a gala dinner.The Tigers will also rename the South Stand of their KCOM Stadium as the ‘WWF Family Zone’. Additionally, the charity’s logo will feature on the first team’s playing shorts, as well as on the front of all of Hull’s U23 and academy team shirts.In return, the WWF will help the club to identify environmental improvements that can be made around their stadium and offices in order to improve sustainability.Ehab Allam, vice chairman of Hull City, said: “This is a very exciting time for everyone at the club, we are delighted to be working together in what is the first partnership of its kind between a football club and WWF. Most importantly, the awareness and fundraising activity planned throughout the partnership will help tackle the serious issue of protecting and re-establishing the tiger population in the wild.””We’re thrilled to be working with the Tigers for tigers,” added Douglas Rouse, director of partnerships and philanthropy for the WWF. “It’s a complete tragedy that tiger numbers in the wild are so low; but with support from the club, WWF will be able to deliver impactful conservation projects to help restore these magnificent animals.”
Plans to turn an old bar into a way to raise money for emergency housing in Unalaska are slowing down. That’s after the city discovered that the nonprofit Alexandria House had worked on the project all year without a building permit.Download AudioThe old Elbow Room has gotten a major makeover since Pastor John Honan started working on it earlier this year. He’s had volunteers install new floorboards, wall frames and windows, and there’s still more to do:“So I need my sliding glass door, I’ve got that ordered, that has to go in,” he says. “The siding has to be completed. The roof is mostly done.”The attached building at left was meant to be a bedroom for the upstairs apartment at the old Elbow Room — but city officials say that’s not what they agreed to. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)When it’s all finished, he’ll rent it out as an apartment and commercial space. The revenue will help Alexandria House shelter sober, stranded people in hotels and spare rooms all over town.Unalaska’s planning board approved the project about a year ago. They gave Honan a conditional use permit, which he thought that was all he needed to start building.But he was supposed to apply for an actual building permit, too. City Engineer Robert Lund says it was part of the conditional use.“The point of that is to kind of get things to a point where the owner’s been formally notified and they can say, ‘Well no, I’m just doing siding or roofing, do I need a permit for that?’” he says. “But it gives us a chance to evaluate that.”But Lund doesn’t go out looking for projects that might not have the proper permits. The Elbow Room was on his radar, but he didn’t know until this summer that Honan had missed a step.“I got an email from someone that said, ‘I think they’re doing more than they said they were gonna do.’ Something along those lines,” he says. “So I call that a complaint.”He told Honan to stop work and apply for the building permit, which Honan did. But the plans he submitted weren’t what the city was expecting.The conditional use had limited the apartment to the second floor — a holdover from a previous owner that wasn’t revised. This year, though, Honan’s been building what he says is another bedroom in the back of the ground floor, beside the Arctic entry leading upstairs.He says he still sees the apartment as one single-family unit. But the city isn’t so sure — Lund says the plans don’t make it clear whether the downstairs chunk constitutes a separate dwelling.“If you were looking at that, and … the bottom floor is clearly an apartment, or really meant for living quarters — soup kitchen, that kind of thing,” he says, laughing, “then I don’t think that would kind of follow in the spirit of what the planning department thought they were giving a permit for.”Lund’s talking about what he calls the “controversial” aspect of this project. Five years ago, John Honan asked if he could build a homeless shelter in the Elbow Room. Neighbors — and the city — said no.This time, it’ll be up to whoever lives in the new apartment to decide whether to take in guests for Alexandria House. Barring a nuisance complaint, nothing in city code prohibits that.So neighbors are still concerned — and the city says Honan will have to go through another public permitting process if he wants to move ahead with the two-floor plan. Honan’s not sure it’s worth the risk.“If there was an article that came out that said Alexandria House is going for another conditional use….” He sighs. “I don’t know what would happen. I just — I’m thinking it could make more restrictions, maybe.”His other option is to scrap the downstairs bedroom, and get a building permit for the commercial space and apartment as originally planned. As of now, he hasn’t decided what to do — he’s busy buttoning up the Elbow Room for the winter. The city’s letting him do things like seal the roof and walls through the end of the year.“So the good news is I’ve got my hands full of work to do,” Honan says. Come January, though, that permission expires — and he’ll have to pick a plan in order to move forward.Click here to see Honan’s recent building permit application, the city’s stop-work order and the changes they’ve requested to the new plans.
Atlassian wants to help development teams work faster while staying connected. The company has introduced new product advancements such as the Bitbucket Pipeline and JIRA for iOS at its annual AtlasCamp developer conference in Barcelona, Spain.“The common thread between all teams is the need to work smarter and faster,” wrote Sri Viswanath, CTO at Atlassian, in a blog post.Bitbucket Pipelines aims to enable teams to achieve Continuous Delivery in the cloud. With Pipelines, developers can build, test and deploy solutions right from Bitbucket Cloud.(Related: Sauce Labs has an integration with JIRA)“Because more software projects are built in the cloud, teams are struggling to apply on-premise Continuous Integration and delivery tools to this new platform. Teams need a way to start delivering easily and continue delivery at a rapid pace in the cloud,” Viswanath wrote.Pipelines features the ability to map the branch structure, go multilingual with Docker, run as a service, use environment variables, extend workflows, and skip queues. With the introduction of Pipelines, the company announced it will be discontinuing Bamboo Cloud—its CI, deployment and release-management solution—on Jan. 31, 2017. “While Bamboo Cloud has helped many customers to adopt CD, we realized that we would not be able to deliver the experience and the quality of service that our customers need,” wrote Sten Pittet, product manager at Atlassian, in a blog post.“If you want to build and ship behind the firewall, we’re still heavily investing in Bamboo Server as an on-premise CD solution.”Pipelines is available as a beta version through a early access developer program.In addition, Atlassian announced it is giving JIRA Software Cloud developers the ability to manage and track their important projects and work items on their mobile devices. JIRA Software for iOS is the company’s new mobile offering designed to notify users when they need to take action on a project, and to provide them with the ability to respond and comment on questions and conversations.“So whether you’re grabbing breakfast or waiting in the doctor’s office, ensuring that everything is still on track is as easy as scrolling through a feed on your iPhone,” wrote Jake Brereton, senior product marketing manager for JIRA Software, in a blog post. “And, whenever you return to your desk, you can immediately jump on the next item in your backlog, instead of catching up on conversations and work that occurred while you were away.”Other conference announcements included a new Confluence app for iPhone, new cloud add-ons, the JIRA Service Desk Connect, and support for the Open API Initiative.