Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityLACEY, Wash. – Years before Dr. Heng Li became a medical doctor and Traditional Chinese Medicine physician, he initially had some doubts about TCM.“I did not like TCM, in the beginning. I once thought it was witch doctor’s stuff,” says Li, who recently arrived from the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM) to spend five weeks as a visiting professor at Saint Martin’s University.“I have an uncle, a top authority on acupuncture in China, who warned me, ‘One day, you’re going to fall in love with Traditional Chinese Medicine.’ And I did!” recalls Li, a fifth-generation TCM physician within his family.Li is assistant director and associate professor at Shanghai University’s China Shanghai International Acupuncture and Moxibustion Training Center. He is also chief doctor in the Acupuncture and Tuina Department of the Municipal Clinic Hua Dong Hospital. Li is sharing his knowledge and passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine, a 2,000-year old discipline, with students enrolled in the Saint Martin’s RN-to-BSN Nursing Program’s introductory course, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Evidence-Based Practice.Li’s visit to Saint Martin’s is the result of the sister university relationship the two schools have shared since 2008. Students at SHUTCM are typically sent to Saint Martin’s for summer cultural exchange activities, and Li is the second visiting professor from SHUTCM to arrive on the Lacey campus.“It is a great honor to have Dr. Li with us. This is a culmination of years of cultural and academic exchange between the two institutions,” said Josephine Yung, vice president of the Office of International Programs and Development at Saint Martin’s.“Dr. Li provides students with the insight, experience, and wisdom of a traditional Chinese medicine doctor (TCM) who uses an approach to health that is multifaceted and able to help individuals achieve wellness,” says Louise Kaplan, director of the RN-to-BSN program. “He is skilled at making complicated theories understandable and brings to life the power of TCM.”For Li, his stint as a guest lecturer is all part of his main mission: to spread accurate information and knowledge about Traditional Chinese Medicine to the Western world, and to more fully integrate TCM with Western medicine. Today, Traditional Chinese Medicine is practiced alongside Western medicine in clinics and hospitals throughout China, and TCM has become a very common practice in the United States.Still, Westerners continue to hold numerous misconceptions about TCM. Li attributes those misunderstandings, in part, to what he describes as the “Americanization and Europeanization” of the TCM approach.“In China,” Li further explains, “Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors are also M.D.s, medical doctors. We first treat a patient just like an M.D. would. Then, following a consultation and an examination, we use Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat their problem.” In the West, many TCM practitioners are not medical doctors, and TCM is not considered to be part of conventional medicine but, rather, alternative and complementary medicine.TCM practices include Tuina (pronounced “twee nah”), a type of body massage, acupuncture, herbal therapy, dietary therapy, cupping (applying a heated cup to the skin), moxibustion (burning and applying a raw herb in conjunction with acupuncture), and Tai Ji and Qi Gong mind-body therapies.One significant difference between the two medical approaches, Li says, is TCM is a more holistic-based medicine than Western medicine. “We not only treat the body, but also the mind and the soul.”Another important difference, according to Li, is Traditional Chinese Medicine places extensive emphasis on individualized treatment. “Just like no two leaves of a tree are exactly alike, the same is true of human beings,” Li says. “We consult with each patient, look at them, examine them, gauge their constitution. In Western medicine, however, the treatment is not so much individualized as it is uniform. For example, the common cold is treated exactly the same in all individuals.”Li believes this emphasis on the individual makes for a “perfect match” between Traditional Chinese Medicine and nursing. “TCM can be transplanted very well into a nursing program because we share that same core value of individualized attention.”“Nurses are with their patients all the time, more than the doctors. Nurses have a great opportunity to observe a patient as an individual person, as we do in Traditional Chinese Medicine.” Along with nursing students, other students enrolled in the introductory course who are considering careers in the health professions will be learning about TCM from Li.In addition to serving as a guest lecturer, Li is assisting Saint Martin’s in planning an exhibit about Traditional Chinese Medicine the two universities are cosponsoring and which is scheduled to be held July 18-20 on the Saint Martin’s campus and within the surrounding community.Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu. Facebook14Tweet0Pin0
A Rock’n’Roll Twelfth Night runs through July 20 at Harlequin Productions. Tickets and info available at 360/786/0151 or harlequinproductions.com Facebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Harlequin Productions Harlequin Productions Music Director Bruce Whitney co-wrote A Rock ‘n Roll Twelfth Night and composed the music.Musicals are incredibly complex things. Two or three hours of continuous music, song, dance, and dialogue, combine with costumes, props, and set pieces to create a large and intricate work of art. The concept of sitting down and attempting to create a new musical is a daunting proposition. But in the mid-90s, two brothers in the Olympia theater community did just that.The musical that Bruce and Scot Whitney wrote is currently being produced on stage at Harlequin Productions for the fourth time. I sat down with Harlequin Production’s Musical Director, Bruce Whitney, who composed the music for the show.So how did this all get started?In 1995, Harlequin did a production of The Rocky Horror Show and we had such a great time. I had done some underscoring for Harlequin, but had never musically directed anything before. We decided we wanted to do another rock’n’roll musical and thought it would be fun to try and write it ourselves. Early in 1996, Scot came up with the idea of turning Twelfth Night into a musical. At first I was little dubious. I remember asking Linda what she thought and she thought it was great. So, what the heck? I agreed.Where do you start when trying to do something as complex as this?In April 1996 we went through the Twelfth Night script and picked out which lines or scenes or defining moments could be turned into songs. We came up with twenty-odd songs, and I thought “Whoa! That’s a lot of songs!” We had just started on it when Harlequin (Scot!) announced that they would be producing the show in the summer of 1997 – one year away. What??!! I was bit terrified, I admit, but Scot was, of course, completely confident and excited.What was the writing process like?Mostly the way it worked was he would come up with a song title (usually based on a textual reference) and some possible lyrics. Then I’d fiddle around on the guitar or piano and come up with a melody and sort of the feel of the song. Then we’d get together and talk it over. It was really pretty remarkable, in retrospect, how easily most of the songs came together.Not every song worked that way though. I remember coming up with the melody and title for The Way I Feel Tonight, not having any idea if it would fit into the show. I played it for Scot, and he soon found the perfect place for it – where Orsino and Viola finally unite toward the end.Tell me about the trip to the Condo?That was in February 1997. We probably had about half the show written with only three months before rehearsals would begin. Ouch! We decided we needed to get away for a week to concentrate on it. [Harlequin actor] Andy Gordon’s mother owned a condo just north of Newport, Oregon, and she said to go ahead and use it. Perfect!We arrived there late on a Saturday. I set up my music equipment, guitars, and computer in the living room. He laid out his thesaurus, rhyming dictionary and Shakespeare upstairs in the bedroom. I recorded ideas onto a minidisc player (pretty high tech at the time!), and he’d write lyrics. We’d trade ideas back and forth.We started out pretty excited, but for whatever reason we just weren’t getting much done at first. Not much was really working. By Tuesday we decided something needed to start happening or we’d have to come with a new plan. Bam! That day we wrote 3 or 4 great songs. From then on it was like an assembly line.There was one time I remember we were taking a walk along the beach, and we were leaning on a big log. Scot says, ‘I have an idea for a song for Olivia (modeled after Madonna) where she says “Expose your love to me.’ And the melody and “feel” of the song came to me right away. Very Madonna, very seductive!Another one was “Halleboogaloodaday!” He made up the word for the song, and I thought “Huh?!” But it works! Fun song.Anyway, by the time we left, we only had a couple songs left to do. We still talk about how great that experience was.I know it must feel great whenever you musically direct a show and it’s received well. But how much better does it feel when it’s something you actually wrote?This one means way more. I’m just flabbergasted that we could do it. I feel like we did something special, you know? Anyway, people seem to love it, and that’s VERY satisfying.They certainly do. Popular demand keeps bringing it back again and again.Yeah and every time we do it I love it even more. And there’s yet another chance to make improvements. For instance, Lead Me On was added to the 2003 production (our third). We decided that the wedding scene with Olivia and Sebastian, late in the show, really needed a musical moment. We wrote it just a couple of weeks prior to opening. And it’s funny because that one almost sounds like something you’d hear on the radio. [Laughs] I think it could sell.Looking back, one of my favorite things about creating the show were the backup parts. They’re so much fun. And the backup singers have more work to do than anybody else. Singing and choreography in almost every song. Big accolades and a big thank you!This is a fascinating story and it ends up being an accomplishment between two brothers. How does it feel that you built this incredibly intricate show alongside your brother?The man is brilliant. He and Linda started this company in the early nineties and dragged me along for the ride. For the most part, I’ve written a lot of underscoring for almost all the Shakespeare’s and several of the other plays. Later, beginning with this show, I started adding “music director” to my resume. If it weren’t for him and the whole Harlequin experience, I wouldn’t be nearly as accomplished a composer and musician. And it was his complete confidence and complete faith that we could create this musical that kept us going. Oh, yeah, and check out his lyrics. They’re flippin’ incredible!I love that guy.
Submitted by Dan Martinez, Broker/Realtor, Keller Williams Realty South SoundThurston County REALTORS® and Affiliates preparing to see local representatives at the Capitol.On January 22, I had the privilege of representing Washington Realtors® at Hill Day. Hill Day is an opportunity to learn Washington Legislature priorities, meet with our representatives, and provide feedback regarding our recommendations and concerns in support of a healthy economy and access to home ownership.Washington REALTORS® are the only organized group who represent homeowners’ issues in the state legislature. 16,500 members across 28 associations strive continuously to keep home ownership affordable and accessible. In 2013, Washington REALTORS® fought to prevent increased taxation on the B&O tax allowing small businesses to keep millions of dollars for investment and services. Washington REALTORS® strive to be non-partisan focusing on the issues affecting small business, homeownership, and community lifestyle. Here are a few other causes REALTORS® support.Supported 50% approval for education levies.Elected property rights friendly officials.Supported the national Income Tax Forgiveness Act, preventing taxation on debt relief for homeowners.Established high ethical standards for REALTORS® ensuring your interest is always our priority.Ride for the Brand“Ride for the Brand” was the opening theme for the Washington Association of Realtors for 2015. Referring to the 7th Code of the West in Cowboy Ethics, Washington REALTORS® were encouraged to continue making a positive difference for the REALTOR® brand. 400 Washington Realtors and affiliates from around Washington State gathered January 22 to learn about the current state of local government and meet with their representatives to educate them on the potential impacts of their decisions regarding home ownership and the economy.Jim McIntireTax Base OutdatedWashington State Treasurer, Jim McIntire, was the first guest speaker to address the Washington REALTORS®. McIntire outlined the basic functions of the State Treasury which includes the management of $400 Billion in transactions and issuance of $20billion in debt-to-finance challenging projects. The treasury also invests $4-$5B at any given time. Active management of the state funds has saved $1B in interest payments and keeps the cost per transaction well below the industry standard.Washington enjoys an overall growing economy, however the tax base has not been growing at the same rate shrinking from 7% to 4.5%. McIntire proceeded to explain that the currenttax base was established with a focus on “retail sales” while our economy has shifted to “service” based. Low income residents and business have become “overtaxed”.The challenge is creating a tax base which more proportionately grows with the economy.First, Do no HarmWashington REALTORS® support tax structure changes which are broad based and not targeted at specific groups. Tax solutions must Do No Harm to Real Estate Transactions and Small Business. Washington’s real estate industry is stable, but still fragile – especially outside of King County. Rates of homeownership are at historically low levels and many homeowners have yet to recover home equity lost in the recession.Education, Transportation and Infrastructure Funding Changes NeededKim Wyman, Secretary of StateWashington REALTORS® recognizes that changes are required in the state taxing structure and supports revenue neutral reforms in the structure of state and local property tax levies to comply with the McCleary decision and achieve a more balanced and predictable method of funding basic education for all school districts.Additionally, REALTORS® support a statewide transportation funding package that includes gas tax revenues dedicated to priority transportation projects as well as reforms to improve the use of transportation funds. Projects must promote economic growth and public health.Don’t Expect a Kiss on the First DateKim Wyman, Secretary of State, encouraged REALTORS® and affiliates to make civic engagement a priority. To be most effective, REALTORS® should meet with legislators outside of the legislative sessions and tell personal stories about how proposed bills will impact our business, our customers and our communities. There are 800 registered lobbyists in Washington State and getting their attention is challenging during short in-session meetings.Wyman also informed REALTORS® of the value and financing struggles for the state library, and the Microsoft Virtual IT Academy which offers over 400 free on-line classes.Thanks for ListeningSteve Francks, CEO of Washington REALTORS®The Thurston County REALTORS® appreciate the time to speak with 22nd District Representative Sam Hunt and 22nd District Senator Karen Fraser. The precious minutes of face time are critical for REALTORS® expressed their concerns for taxation of services and capital gains tax on property while continuing to support changes to Education, Transportation, and Infrastructure.Washington Realtors Accept Superbowl ChallengeBesides taking on local issues, the Washington REALTORS® also took on a challenge from the Massachusetts REALTORS® for Super Bowl bragging rights, but with one small caveat……they use our ball pump! Steve Francks, CEO of Washington REALTORS® led the charge as hundreds of REALTORS® cheered “SEEEEEEEEEA”……..”HAAAAAAAAAWKS!”Thank a RealtorBesides their commitment to assisting you purchase and sell homes, your REALTOR® is fighting for your ability to own a home comfortably and securely. Remember to thank a REALTOR® for all they do for you.Thanks to all of the affiliates who took time out of their busy schedules to support REALTORS® during Hill Day. 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Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) will host the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) from October 31 to November 2, 2018, for a comprehensive evaluation during its accreditation process. Comments from the public are invited and considered with regard to the institution’s qualification for accreditation.Public comments should be submitted in writing and with an original signature by Sept. 30, 2018, to the NWCCU. Signed comments are forwarded, as received, to the institution, evaluation committee, and the NWCCU.Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities8060 165th Ave. NE, Ste. 100Redmond, WA 98052www.nwccu.org425-376-0596SPSCC is currently accredited through the NWCCU and completed its most recent accreditation in 2010. SPSCC provided to the NWCCU its Year-One Self-Evaluation Report in 2011, its Year-Three Mid-Cycle Evaluation Report in 2014, and its Year-Seven Self-Evaluation Report in Sept. 2018.To obtain a copy of Commission Policy A-5, Public Notification and Third Party Comments Regarding Full-Scale Evaluations, contact the NWCCU office or visit their website at www.nwccu.org.
Facebook1.5kTweet0Pin0Submitted by City of TeninoThe Tenino City Council has just authorized the use of properly licensed and equipped Wheeled All-Terrain Vehicles (WATV’s) on City Streets as authorized by State Law.The new Ordinance will amend the Tenino Municipal Code by adding a new section that lays out the requirements that each WATV must meet before it may be legally operated on City streets, as well as the conditions and restrictions that must be observed while being so operated.Mayor Wayne Fournier first proposed the idea in late 2018. “I’ve seen this done in other cities and thought it would be a good option for our residents,” he said. “Many people use theirs to do yard work and whatnot, and it would be very convenient.”Tenino Police Chief Bob Swain offered that the Tenino Police Department had one and “now that it can be operated legally on the City’s streets, you’ll be seeing a lot more of it!”Although WATV’s will be legal on the City’s streets, they remain prohibited in the City Park without a Special Events Permit and operators must be age 18 or over, unless they are being used under the authority or direction of an appropriate agency that engages in emergency management or a Law Enforcement Agency.You can read the full text of the Ordinance by visiting the City’s website, or by visiting City Hall. For more information, you may contact the City Clerk at (360) 264-2368.
Facebook151Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Snoop Dog! He is a happy, super-smart, one-year-old, German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix who is in search of his own active and loving family. He has lived successfully with another dog and enjoys playing with mellow dogs (with supervision and after proper introduction). Because of his size (87 pounds) and high energy level, children in his home should be older, dog-savvy, and gentle. Snoop Dog enjoys leash-walks (the more the better), playing tether ball, inventing his own tennis ball games, and swimming.Besides being such a cool dude, he is considered handsome by the volunteers here at the shelter. Volunteers say that his chestnut-colored neck hair really sets off his black muzzle and pearly whites. If you are looking for a very nice dog, and can provide him with love, exercise, further training to satisfy his desire for knowledge, good chow, and a fenced yard, then perhaps we should set a “get-to-know” each other date.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Snoop Dog in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email email@example.com or call 360-432-3091.
Facebook180Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryThis week we were excited to get the text that said, “Your Cabs are kicking a** in Hood River.” This the first time we were invited to participate in the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition held at the Columbia Gorge Inn in Hood River, Oregon.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryThe prestigious event offers twenty wine judges the opportunity to invite up to 100 wines each to compete for top honors. That means a win, is a BIG win!We had three 2017 Cabernet Sauvignons represented in this competition. Charterboat Chick, MV Endeavor, and MV Argonaut. All three received double gold medals (unanimous panel decisions).Our Cabernet Sauvignon “program” is one that our director of winemaking Dana Roberts has been nurturing for years. He is convinced that Washington State grows the best Cab Sauv grapes. For Dana, the best way to finish wine from his favorite vineyards is to age it in special French oak barrels. The results of this event proves that his passion is in the right place.To accomplish this feat we are fortunate to partner and collaborate with the top wine grape growers in Washington.Joe Hattrup, who owns both Sugarloaf and Elephant Mountain Vineyards in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA, grew the fruit Dana used to craft MV Endeavor—named after the dive boat Blain built at Westport Shipyard where he met his future wife Kim Irving. We also harvest Malbec, Mouvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Merlot, and of course, our beloved Cabernet Sauvignon at Hattrup Farms.Charterboat Chick features 52% Cab from Conner-Lee Vineyard in the Columbia Valley AVA and 48% from May’s Discovery Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryMV Argonaut (named after Blain’s first dive boat on Maui) is made from grapes exclusively grown at Conner-Lee Vineyard.During your next visit to Westport Winery Garden Resort you will see the new tasting room for Ocean’s Daughter Distillery. We hope to have our first few selections available for tasting and purchase by Thanksgiving. Just like at the winery we will offer complimentary gift wrapping to be sure to include spirits in your holiday gift list.Westport Winery Seaside received the 2019 Rising Star Award from the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. Westport Winery and the Roberts family were honored with Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Involvement Business of the Year for 2018. In 2017 the Westport Winery Garden Resort was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryIn Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside and Seaside Kites are open daily from 11am to 6pm. For more information on the Oregon operation guests can visit their website at www.westportwinery.com. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or brunch, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.
Facebook64Tweet0Pin0Submitted by United Way of Thurston CountyIt is in times of need that we discover the full impact of a community united. Today, United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) is mobilizing the caring power of people in Thurston County by activating its Emergency Assistance Fund, a community-wide effort to provide rapid financial assistance to families and individuals affected by the Nisqually River flood.“This is a rapidly developing event. We have teams assessing the impacted areas and will have more details in the coming days. Right now, we are aware of at least several dozen homes that have sustained major damage, and more that are still inaccessible. Shelter for displaced families and individuals is the highest priority, and we are working on coordinating disaster cleanup efforts and replacement of critical household items,” said Sandy Eccker, Manager at Thurston County Emergency Management.“United Way of Thurston County is prepared to respond to this emergency by working to quickly mobilize local resources to assist Thurston County residents who have been directly impacted by the flooding,” said UWTC’s executive director, Chris Wells. “At this time, funds for emergency housing are available for displaced families and individuals impacted by this crisis.”Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason & Thurston Counties (CAC) is partnering with United Way and will manage the distribution of the Emergency Assistance Fund. Residents who have been displaced from their homes can receive emergency shelter assistance by calling the CAC at 360-438-1100 or 1-800-878-5235. CAC hours are Monday – Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.United Way is accepting donations to the Emergency Assistance Fund. Donations can be made online. 100 percent of donations made to United Way of Thurston County’s Emergency Assistance Fund will be used to provide rapid financial assistance to those impacted by the current crisis. Any remaining funds will be held to address future local emergencies.Individual and corporate gifts can also be made in person or by mail at United Way of Thurston County, located at 3525 7th Ave SW Suite 201, Olympia, WA 98502.
Image Courtesy: DNA IndiaAdvertisement m0imNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3dx3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1lgs( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 85Would you ever consider trying this?😱pmlz8Can your students do this? 🌚97gtRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Proteas had India by the scruff of the neck after reducing them to 39-3 in the first session. It all went downhill for the visitors after that as Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane struck an unbeaten stand of 185.Advertisement Image Courtesy: DNA IndiaThe third test began on an eventful note as skipper Faf Du Plessis sent Temba Bavuma as a proxy skipper to get the Proteas out of the toss curse. While the tactic failed, it was a blessing in disguise as the bowling attack managed to be right on cue in the initial stages of the first session.Kagiso Rabada’s fiery first spell claimed the wickets of the in-form Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara. While Anrich Nortje’s debut was marked after Virat Kohli became the pacer’s first victim in test cricket.Advertisement Reeling at 39-3, the Mumbai lads rescued India with a solid stand. The Hitman saw off the first session and proceeded to accelerate as the day progressed. He also shattered the record for the maximum sixes scored in a single test series en route his third century of the series.Only 58 overs could be played before bad light and rain intervened to force an early stop in proceedings in Ranchi.Advertisement Read Also:Virat Kohli to skip Bangladesh T20s in order to take a break from cricketThe Hitman shatters records after slamming ton against South Africa in third test Advertisement
Image Courtesy: AFP/Serie AAdvertisement ndNBA Finals | Brooklyn VslgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewl9i( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6prw1uWould you ever consider trying this?😱66nhnoCan your students do this? 🌚6clRoller skating! Powered by Firework In the recent times, the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has caused a major disruption in sporting events across the world. The virus, originated in the city of Wuhan in China, has found its way into other countries, and in Europe, its Italy which has been affected the most. The country’s most prestigious football league, the Serie A, has been called off, an incident which occurred after a gap of 78 years, since it was first cancelled in 1942 during World War 2.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/Serie AAs of today, 463 people in Italy have died from the virus, along with 9,172 people who have been infected. With the entire country on lock down, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte officially announced yesterday that Serie A will be on a temporary hault.“Serie A and all sporting tournaments in general are suspended. All the fans must accept that. There is no reason for these competitions to continue.” Conte said at a press conference on Monday night as quoted by Football Italia.Advertisement The recent league games has seen empty stands in the stadium, as was the situation in Allianz Stadium last night as Juventus defeated Inter 2-0. Aaron Ramsay and Paulo Dybala had no supporters in the stadium to celebrate their goals.As of now, Serie A and Serie B has been suspended for a month until April 3, as it was decided by the Italian National Olympic Committee’s (CONI) yesterday.With all other football tournaments also suspended in the country, this will have an impact on the UEFA Champions League matches to be hosted in Italy this month, such as Juventus who are scheduled to take on Lyon on March 17.Prime Minister Conte has also asked the 60 million Italian citizens to avoid travel and large public gatherings.“There is no more time, the numbers tell us there is a significant increase in the contagion, in intensive care and the deaths. Our habits have to change, we must sacrifice something for the good of all of Italy. This is why we will adopt even more stringent measures,” Conte added.Last week, Inter donated €100,000 to the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences at the Sacco Hospital in Milan to coronavirus research and aid in combatting the outbreak of the virus.Following the announcement of the lock down, AC Milan has joined up with its charity foundation Fondazione Milan to donate €250,000 as emergency support. The joint donation will be granted to Lombardy government’s emergency arm AREU.Also read-Sourav Ganguly gives massive update on IPL 2020 amid Coronavirus fears Advertisement