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COVID-19 TOWN HALL

Today, BET announced a partnership with civil rights organization and stewards of human rights, the NAACP, on a four-part tele-town hall series “Unmasked: A COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Series Powered by NAACP & BET” focused on how the pandemic is affecting African Americans and what steps the community can take to build an action plan for positive change. The first town hall kicks-off on Wednesday, April 8, at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT, and will focus on the health, emotional, economic toll, congressional response and how activists can apply pressure to ensure legislation is equitable. Viewers can participate LIVE via an interactive toll-free conference call that will also be streamed at https://naacp.org/call-to-action-program/. To participate via phone dial 866-757-0756 and to join the conversation on social media follow @NAACP and @BET.
 
“As the world faces unprecedented times and new realities during this global pandemic, the health and safety of people around the planet, particularly African Americans, are at an unparalleled risk,” said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP. “The occasion to uplift and educate our community during this pivotal moment charts a pathway forward through uncertain times. The NAACP, in partnership with BET, is committed to rising to meet this moment head-on through this informative four-part series focused on the health, economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the African American Community.”
 
“As the devastation from the COVID-19 pandemic mounts, BET is developing partnerships and programs to support our community through this global health and financial crisis,” said Scott Mills, President of BET.  “We’re proud to work with our long-time partner the NAACP on this important town hall series that will provide comprehensive information for African Americans that will empower and help the community move forward during these difficult times.”
 
In the United States alone, close to 200,000 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed. Because of the racial and economic inequities embedded in our country’s infrastructure, the effects of the coronavirus could be compounded for Black and Brown communities. The town hall series will help separate facts from myths and directly address how to ensure that the policies and practices that are born out of this pandemic justly address the health, economic and social needs of all people. The weekly series will focus on issues such as the state impact, response, and what comes next to advocating for your local community to the impact to schools, school systems, colleges, and exposed divisions.

THE NEW SCHOOL ZOOM WORKSHOP

ART • WORK • PLACE: EMERGENCY SESSION 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
7:30 pm– 9:30 pm  EDT
Vera List Center for Art and Politics (via Zoom)
The New School 
Free with registration

As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, cultural workers are experiencing mass layoffs, and it is clear the art world will never look the same. In the first hour of this emergency forum, speakers will present ten-minute reports from the field; the second hour will feature breakout Q&A sessions with the speakers as well as a labor lawyer and a children’s therapist.

Art • Work • Place was originally planned as a two-day summit on efforts to create a just and equitable workplace in the art world—union organizing at museums, protests against toxic philanthropy, challenges to institutional racism, and lawsuits against sexual harassment and gender discrimination. But the current health emergency has drastically changed our conversations and needs. This online forum will instead focus on the immediate moment, sharing concrete information and ideas: What is happening to workers at art institutions across the country? What coalition groups have been formed for solidarity and support? What are our strategies going forward?

Confirmed speakers include:

Ian Epps (Art Handlers Alliance) will explain what is occurring at the city, state, and federal levels to support precarious workers, and what actions we can take.

Michelle Millar Fisher (Art + Museum Transparency) will describe the layoffs, furloughs, and pay cuts taking place at museums and galleries, and the consequences for unionization.

Kate Zayko, LCSW,will answer questions about the new struggles parents and children are now facing.

The forum will be chaired by Nikki Columbus.

The organizers are reallocating the budget for the planned summit and speakers are forgoing their usual honorarium so that funding can be directed to aid groups and individuals in need. For more information and to apply, please click here

Organized by the PhD Program in Art History (CUNY Graduate Center), in collaboration with the James Gallery/Center for the Humanities (CUNY Graduate Center) and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics (The New School), where it is sponsored in part by the Helen Shapiro Lectureship.

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What is VPN and how does it offer online freedom? 

The abbreviation VPN refers to Virtual Private Network. As the name suggests, it furnishes clients with a virtual system that is private so they can surf the web in a manner that is safe. Basically, a definitive objective of a VPN is to keep your data confidential. According to a survey, since 2013 almost 25% of global internet users have accessed the web through a VPN each month

How does a VPN work? 

A VPN works by directing your gadget’s internet access through your picked VPN’s private server as opposed to your internet service provider (ISP) with the goal that when your information is transmitted to the web, it originates from the VPN instead of your PC. The VPN goes about as a delegate of sorts as you surf the web, concealing your IP address – the series of numbers your ISP gives to your device – and securing your identification. Besides, if your information is in one way or another caught, it will be ambiguous until it arrives at its end goal. A VPN makes a confidential “channel” from your device to the web and conceals your essential information through something that is known as encryption. 

Without a VPN, your connection is completely open, and your ISP, the WiFi router, any server en route, or an individual with the correct devices look at your information. Utilizing a VPN takes care of a considerable lot of those issues by encoding your transmission and causing it to show up as though it’s simply the server that is making the connection and not you. 

In extremely straightforward terms, a VPN interfaces your PC, cell phone, or tablet to another PC (called a server) someplace on the internet, and permits you to peruse the web utilizing that PC’s internet access. So if that server is in another country, it will show up as though you are originating from that country, and you can possibly get to things that you usually could not. 

VPN offers online freedom 

A VPN can offer you more opportunities on the internet. Numerous individuals nowadays are utilizing a VPN for torrenting or bypassing geographic limitations to watch content in a different country. It permits you to link with servers everywhere throughout the world. At the point when you associate with a VPN server in a specific country, you will have the option to get to the web as though you were truly in that country. This is helpful, in light of the fact that the internet is not freely available all over. A few countries control some portion of the internet or force limitations via social media sites or online streaming services. On the off chance that you are on vacation or have relocated, you may be not able to see your typical streams. A VPN will empower you to link with the web by means of servers in your country of origin. This typically empowers you to watch your preferred show or access your preferred site once more. For example, if you cannot access Australian TV in the US, visit https://privacyspark.com/vpn/streaming/australian-tv/ for more information about how you can watch it with the help of VPN. 

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High-Performance Managed Website Services

With the advent of high-speed internet technology becoming available to a wide range of users. Websites have become an essential tool or platform for businesses to survive and thrive in a global marketplace. Merely having a website does not guarantee the success of your enterprise. It should also be fine-tuned to quickly and clearly convey the importance of your product or service to any visitors to your website. 

High-Performance Websites

The internet has become a major source of information for most people. Because of this, a great number of businesses have websites announcing their products or services to whoever should find this online address. For a website to be easily found amidst the multitude of online platforms, it should be connected to Managed Website Services that will increase its online traffic. Internet users have become very picky so if your website is not managed very well then it will be relegated to the sidelines of the virtual landscape.

High-performance websites should be elegant and efficient, reflecting an appealing aesthetic while also clearly conveying important information to visitors. They provide customers and clients with a unique experience from the first moment that they connect to the website. Keep in mind that laptops and personal computers are not the only ways to connect to the web anymore, mobile phones and tablets have become the most widespread means of connecting to the internet in the last few years.

One quality that can make or break a website’s online traffic is the speed in which it can load and share information with the user. This means that a high-performance website has speed-focused coding and image optimization integrated into its systems. Many internet users now do not have much patience and want the websites they visit to load very quickly, that is why speed is of the essence.

Website Security

A website must be secure both for the sake of the clients and for the business owner. Sensitive information is necessary for business especially when it comes to account details used for paying online transactions. Passwords and other personal information should be protected. Today, hackers or identity thieves are everywhere, this is the most complicated but must priority first. These kinds of information must be well protected in order to keep visitors to the website safe. If not, customers are not going to trust the website anymore. However, this can translate to a website having encryption on a virtual private server. 

The virtual private server should be backed-up regularly so that information will not be lost. A private server means that the resources of a server are dedicated to the website. It also means that it is protected by a firewall as well as having systems in place to protect the website from brute force attacks or hacking methods of stealing data.

The virtual landscape is not so different from the real one in the sense that dangers and opportunities exist within them. High-performance website management ensures that your online platform is not only well-protected but also much visited. For those who have a website or are thinking of starting one, become aware of high-performance options so that your virtual presence is a strong one.

Triller × Co-Trilla Festival

TRILLER PRESENTS “CO-TRILLA QUARANTINE SESSIONS” – A LARGE-SCALE DIGITAL MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH PERFORMANCES EXPECTED BY TOP INDUSTRY ARTISTS AND BANDS 

The Festival will Showcase New and Exclusive Music Performances Digitally Bringing Artists and Music Lovers Together to Raise Funds for Those in Need During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

With concert tours and major music festivals cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Triller, the AI-powered music video “social streaming” platform, working in partnership with some of today’s most notable music artists and bands, today announced “Co-Trilla Quarantine Sessions,” a large-scale virtual music festival that will bring artists, bands and fans together in a new social sharing setting to enforce the need to flatten the curve, #stayhome, and still have the ability to help raise funds for those in need. The first “Co-Trilla Quarantine Sessions” will take place the weekend of April 10 through 12, 2020.

Inspired by the postponement of Coachella, the Triller “Co-Trilla Quarantine Sessions” are anticipated performances by many of today’s top artists and bands. The full lineup and timing is expected to be announced by the end of the month.  The performances will be broadcasting simultaneously on Triller and Triller’s YouTube channel.

“The Coronavirus has had a significant impact around the world, and we want to do our part to help those in need, while providing a safe environment for people to escape and enjoy some great entertainment,” said Mike Lu, CEO of Triller. “’The Co-Trilla Quarantine Sessions’ are our way of delivering premium entertainment, featuring some of today’s most notable artists, to everyone in the safety of their homes, while giving users an opportunity to help those in need.”

During “Co-Trilla Quarantine Sessions”, viewers will be encouraged to use the Triller “donate” function to donate to a choice of charities supporting those suffering from lost wages and limited access to basic needs as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.

As a fast-growing preferred platform for new releases and digital music challenges, Triller will leverage its deeply rooted music industry partners, connections and relationships to galvanize the music community during “Co-Trilla Quarantine Sessions.”

Triller’s music partners have included The Weeknd, Marshmello, Quavo, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Takeoff, MeekMill, and 21 Savage; mega music managers Gee Roberson (Co-CEO of The Blueprint Group), Moe Shalizi (Founder of The Shalizi Group), Amir “Cash” Esmailian and Tony W. Sal of XO, and Ash Pournouri (former manager for Avicii); and industry notables including Shawn Gee (President of Live Nation Urban), Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith (Chief Executive Officer of TDE), James Prince (Chief Executive Officer of Rap-a-Lot Records), and Troy Carter among others.

Eminem recently posted his Godzilla challenge on Triller generating tens of millions on-network views and hundreds of millions of off-network views. This challenge was covered by media ranging from national media including CNN, and local outlets around the world. The Weeknd recently posted his new single and music video to Triller receiving close to 80 million on-network views and 500 million off-network views.  Lil Yachty, Drake and Dababy recently released a Triller video along with their new single, generating 20 million on-network views and 60 million off-network views. Triller is also credited for helping Roddy Ricch reach #1 for 10 straight weeks.

About Triller
Triller is an AI-powered music video app that allows users to create professional-looking videos in a matter of seconds. Pick a song, select the portion of the song you want to use, snap a few takes and with the tap of a button you have a celebrity-quality music video starring you and your friends. Triller relies solely on organic growth and has more than 60 million downloads, with celebrities like Alicia Keys, Cardi B, Marshmello, Roddy Ricch and Eminem regularly using the app to create their own music videos. For more information, visit www.triller.co and follow @trillervids on Instagram.

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Understanding the Influence of Product Reviews on Retailers

When you think about the power and influence of product reviews, you will notice that it can be both good or bad for your business depending on the review and the situation. Ideally, your business would flourish if you get positive reviews, but it won’t fare so well if there was negative feedback. This is just how impactful any product review can be to retailers. 

So, let’s dive in and understand a little more about the effects of customer reviews on any business.

Customer’s Trust

Authenticity and customer trust are difficult to come by in the business world, which is why a product review can show customers just how trustworthy a retailer is. Positive feedback and good experiences can prove to people that they should invest in your goods or services, but it would be the complete opposite if the review wasn’t favorable towards you. With enough bad reviews, it could be extremely difficult to try and fix the situation and change people’s perception of your brand. This is why product reviews are so important, especially if they are positive. It would make people rest easy and assured that they are purchasing a product from the right brand. They would definitely come back for more once they’ve established your authenticity and integrity, making their trust in you stronger than ever.

Your Sales 

Product reviews can significantly influence your sales and your exposure might end up being positive or negative depending on the number of favorable reviews available to the public. Your goal is to bring in more leads and boost your sales; product reviews can achieve this for you. The researchers and reviewers at https://radarlogic.com/ state that reliable reviews can evaluate any retailer’s product based on the features, quality, and performance. This gives any customer searching for a product an estimated value for the price of the item they’re after. With enough unbiased reviews that help people get value for money, you can see a significant rise to your sales thanks to positive reviews. However, your hopes and dreams of gaining profits won’t be easily achievable if the feedback was negative, and people won’t see real value in your products in that case. 

Chances To Be Better

You are guaranteed many chances of improving your business and this works no matter how good or bad the review is. If customers deem your offerings attractive, they will still give you feedback on some of the stuff they wish could be there. This will make you adapt and change to their likings promptly. This is the same if the reviews aren’t so favorable. People will give you the insight you need to consider to make the necessary changes to your product and keep the customers happy. Either way, the knowledge, feedback, and insightful comments will help you build a better and stronger brand that can compete with other rivals in the market. You’d be surprised at just how a retailer can turn in a new leaf thanks to people’s reviews. 

The Information Given

People will always want more information through reviews, even if they were good ones with positive experiences. They would want to know why the product was good or bad; lack of details would mean less attention and lower conversion rates. Also, you can’t hope for a product to improve with minimal details. Saying that the product “X” is “good” or “bad” isn’t enough to convince anyone. So, a product review needs to have adequate information to have any sort of influence on your business.

Your Online Presence

Any retailer or company needs a strong online presence because the digital world is how you’d make most of your sales and attract your possible leads. This makes any retailer implement specific SEO strategies that can increase traffic to build their rank on the search lists. If the reviews were nice and people believed that your content and products are credible, then Google will see that and would elevate your rank higher. But if the reviews were constantly negative and people didn’t see any changes, then fewer people will visit your platform. This will create a downward spiral of low sales, traffic, and profits because your rank would be so low on the search engine lists. 

Product reviews can be a double-edged weapon that could make or break your brand. The customer base has the power to lift your business to the sky or drag it down to the ground depending on how good their experience was. Word travels extremely fast online and you should never underestimate the digital world with its different platforms that review products. The effect of any review is stronger than you could possibly imagine.

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Top 5 nutrition tips when working from home

1. Look for nutritious alternatives

If you’re worried about not being able to continue to eat well as particular ingredients are no longer in stock, try exploring other foods that could offer similar health benefits. We have put together a shopping list of alternative food options to ensure you’re not missing out on your essential vitamins and minerals. The key advice here is nutrition should still come first, but you may have to switch up some of your routinely used ingredients.

2. Stick to your routine

Spending more time at home can also impact when you eat. Whether or not you’re working from home, try to create (and stick to) a routine. This will help you avoid snacking on unhealthy foods. Eat your typical set number of meals a day and around the same time each day. If you don’t cook much or have more time on your hands than previously, now is a great time to start.

3. Stay hydrated

Keeping well hydrated is important for overall well-being, particularly cognitive function. If you’re working from home, keep a glass of water by you and drink throughout the day. Drink several cups of fluid each day including water, tea & coffee (though not too much!), fruit teas and sugar-free drinks.

4. Don’t forget your fresh veg

Fresh fruits and vegetables may have taken a back seat for you. Fruit and vegetables provide loads of essential nutrients and there are ways to extend their shelf-life and make them more convenient. For example, soups and sauces can be made straight away and then frozen. You can make a concentrated stock which you can then freeze in ice cube trays and, voila, homemade, low salt stock cubes!

5. Keep your stress at bay

There are many ways to reduce stress. Try to minimize the amount of alcohol you drink, especially during the week, which will also help you stick to a routine. Keep an eye on the number of caffeinated drinks you’re having and try switching to decaf options during the afternoon. This can help you sleep and focus better.

ABOUT HUEL:

Launched in 2015, Huel’s mission is to make nutritionally complete, convenient and affordable food, with minimal impact on animals and the environment.

Offering consumers “complete nutrition” means that each Huel meal serves customers a good balance of protein, carbs, fibre, essential fats and phytonutrients, plus an optimum level of all essential vitamins and minerals required on a daily basis. Formulated by Registered Nutritionist, James Collier, Huel is vegan, lactose-free and soya-free.

Along with Huel powder (including a gluten-free and reduced carb option), Huel offers a number of nutritionally complete products, including the world’s first nutritionally complete granola and an on-the-go bar which makes for the perfect snack. Most recently, Huel launched their first Ready-to-drink meal, acting as an innovative solution for time-poor consumers.

Each Huel packet has a year-long shelf life and produces zero food waste with minimal packaging waste which makes less of an environmental impact on the planet than many other food products.

Visit Huel:

Instagram: @huel @huelusa @huel_de @huelglobal
Twitter: @gethuel @huelusa
Website: huel.com

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7 Tips To Learn And Get Better Scores At Scrabble

For almost a century now, Scrabble remained to be one of the most popular word games in existence. It’s not only a fun way to spend time with friends and family, but it’s also an effective way to strengthen your vocabulary, spelling, and grammar for whatever language you play it in, if not English. Considering the puzzle features, it also boosts your mental performance, as well as your mood and happiness levels. However, these benefits are more pronounced if you’re actually great on the board and win some if not most of the games you play.

But even for a pro, it’s not unusual to go through a series of winless encounters from time to time. Especially if you’re trying to learn Scrabble or are used to winning or scoring high marks in competitions, this can be overly intimidating. If this sounds anything like you, this article is definitely written for you.

To help you out, here are 7 tips to learn and get better scores at Scrabble:

1. Use word unscrambler tools

One thing about Scrabble is that it looks virtually easy from an overall view. However, things get tougher when you’re in gameplay and find yourself with letter tiles that seem virtually impossible to come up with a word from, based on what’s already on the board. But if you’re tired of passing on rounds, there’s a way out of this frustration. According to the guys from Unscramblex, this helpful tool can help you unscramble letters and create words from tiles you’d never thought would be possible. A word unscrambler could be just the tool you need to improve your scores in games like Scrabble and Words with Friends. Moreover, it makes the game more fun for you as you shine over your opponents while helping you to learn new words.

2. Learn and stick to the rules

Just like any other game, Scrabble has a set of rules that players should abide by. Depending on whom you’re playing with, false moves and the lack of sticking to the guidelines can get you losing points. Everyone who’s ever mastered the game had to abide by the Scrabble rules and they’ll tell you for free, there’s no shortcut to it. It’s also part of the rules that one of the players should be the scorekeeper, tallying points for each player as they make their moves/turns throughout the game.

3. Stay keen

As will be discussed below, to score the highest points in Scrabble, you have to keep your eyes wide open on the board. You should also know when it’s your turn to play and when to replace tiles while keeping an eye on how your points are tallied.

4. Utilize the double/triple letter scores boxes

When playing Scrabble, it’s always important to approach every turn strategically. Remember, each tile/letter has a specific number of points attached to it, but this will also depend on the square you place it on the board. Some boxes on the board can earn you twice or three times the scores of that particular letter, so be keen when creating words and placing your tiles on the board.

5. Target the double word and triple word scores

Conversely, some squares on the Scrabble board also have the power to double or triple the total points scored from a word. Throughout the game, keep an eye on these squares as they can easily transform your status from losing to winning at any point in the game.

6. Fifty bonus points

A Scrabble tile rack normally holds 7 tiles maximum at any one time. If you get a chance to use the 7 tiles in one go, you’re entitled to a 50-points bonus, which is normally referred to as a Bingo. However, you’ll obviously need to have 7 tiles on your rack to pull this off. As you continue to play, you’ll discover that pulling this move off is one of the most satisfying turns in Scrabble. It’s also when you get to earn the most points, especially if your word lands on bonus squares such as double/triple letter or double/triple word score squares.

7. Be smart

In addition to gauging your word-power, Scrabble also gauges your mental sharpness and ability to play with words. As far as being smart goes, some tips you can use to score maximum points in Scrabble include:

•Score big with shorter words

•Release high-value tiles first

•Use prefixes and suffixes to your advantage

•Be strategic with your S

•Use Benjamins wisely

•Adopt defensive playing tactics

•Know when to pass for a better score

•Peruse the Scrabble dictionary regularly

Scrabble is exciting in every way. It provides friends and family members with an opportunity to bond while improving their grammar, spelling, and vocabulary, not forgetting the mental and emotional health benefits the game provides. With the above few tips, you can get better scores in your scrabble games, turning it into a regular enjoyment activity that you can’t seem to get enough of.

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Online Jobs for Students to Earn Money at Home

One of the huge groups of people who need money and part-time jobs is students. Young people want to have enough money for a proper life, but not all parents provide it. In ordinary work, the experience is required and they pay very little. So after a long search, many come to the worldwide web.

Making money on the Internet for students at home without investment is a great opportunity to find a job with a free schedule and with the use of any skills. Students are well versed in IT technologies, social networks, and someone has mastered graphic editors or knows foreign languages. In other words, any skills will be useful.

What Jobs Are Suitable for Students

First of all, it is necessary to determine the criteria for your future job. For example, for a full-time student, earnings are given with great difficulty because there is too little time for work. There are the following things to keep in mind:

  • The study takes up most of the time, so it is possible to allocate 2-3 hours a day to work. However, you can ask essaysmatch for help with your assignments and spend more time on your work. 
  • Students are just too lazy to do complex work because they study.
  • Fears of taking the first step are also a popular barrier.
  • The job will be constantly confusing.

Building a full-fledged business or starting a successful career as a student is hard. There are many temptations, you have to study and work, and even friends are constantly calling somewhere. But if you are determined to make money, be sure to find the right option.

Why You Need to Start Earning Money

A job will bring money, and this is the main goal of students. In addition, making money on the Internet will help you develop, gain experience, improve financial literacy, and also get new connections.

Surely, you will enter into different communities, begin to communicate with like-minded people, learn from their experience or even find partners with whom you will start something serious in the future. Networking is fashionable and relevant, and according to experts, in the near future, most of the office workers will start working remotely.

Ways to Earn Money for Students on the Internet

Everyone can find a suitable source of income, we have made a selection of options, starting with the simplest. It’s definitely possible to start working without investment and experience. Your success will depend only on the efforts made. 

  1. Simple Advertisement Tasks

Advertisers are asked to perform the simplest actions. These can be postings, comments, clicks, and more. Payment is really small, performers get up to $5 per day. However, everyone will definitely cope with this.

  1. Mobile Earnings

It is easy to earn some money from a smartphone or tablet simply by installing different applications. There are a number of projects through which developers get downloads. This helps them to break into the TOPs, so they invest real money in it. 

  1. Copywriting and Rewriting

This is an option for those who can competently express their thoughts and knowledge. You simply need to write and sell articles. Some copywriters earn more than $1,000 dollars per month. True, they have to work eight hours every day. 

  1. Photo Stocks and Photo Banks 

Creating high-quality images is a common hobby. And if you have some expensive things to take a photo, use this advantage. Starting to post photos for sale, you will take the first step on the path to passive earnings. The fact is that licenses for using a snapshot are more often sold. It can be sold as many times as you like. Images are bought by different companies, used for various purposes, from advertising to filling sites.

The area for making money on the Internet is wide. People with all knowledge profiles work remotely. Designers, moderators, photographers, copywriters, programmers, content managers, translators, and many others earn their money online. That is why students have a great possibility to combine their education and work.

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NHL suspends season owing to Covid-19 fears

The 2019-20 season of National Hockey League (NHL) has been suspended until further notice owing to coronavirus fears. Gary Bettman, the Commissioner of the league announced via a statement recently that considering the ongoing developments related to Covid-19 and after detailed consultations with medical experts and Board of Governors, the NHL has paused the ongoing season starting March 12, 2020.

The NHL players Association termed the decision as the right course of action. It came within 24 hours of suspension of the NBA, after a player in the basketball league tested positive for novel coronavirus. Bettman admitted that the suspension of NBA was one of the factors in pausing the NHL season. He shared that it’s only a matter of time that someone from the NHL community would also test positive for the virus, and in that light it’d not appropriate to continue playing games.

NBA Cancellation

NBA cancelled the game between Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at the last minute on March 11th, Wednesday night, after Rudy Gobert, the Jazz’ centre player tested positive for Covid-19. 

The Toronto Raptors announced the next day that the travelling staff, coaches and players had been advised to self-isolate themselves for at least a couple of weeks. As a cautionary measure, the Raptors’ travelling party and team members were tested for coronavirus.

NHL Suspension a wise decision

It’s worth noting that several NHL teams share their arenas with NBA teams, including Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Maple Leafs. NHL is currently urging community members to take all possible precautions, including self-quarantining themselves, if required. The NHL statement was released only a few hours after it instructed the teams to cancel their meetings and practices with immediate effect. Needless to say, considering the extensive NHL odds that are offered by several bookmakers, the move is also expected to have a major impact on NHL betting world.

Bettman has revealed that NHL will resume the paused season as soon as things get back to normal, so that they can get through with the remaining games in a worry-free environment, and hand over the Stanley Cup to the rightfully deserving team.

The American Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League have also put their respective seasons on hold. The suspension of NHL is amongst the many high profile sports event cancellations that have happened in North America lately. A large number of political rallies, music concerts, sporting events, festivals and conferences have gotten nixed in the fear of coronavirus spreading pretty swiftly among large crowd gatherings.

The Canadian and US Health officials have advised people to refrain from gathering in large numbers and to avoid crowded places. It should be noted that a normal NHL arena seats anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 fans.

At the time of writing this piece, over 170,000 people across the world have been diagnosed with Covid-19. There have been over 6,500 deaths due to the virus so far.