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Piedmont gets creative to stay in game shape

Piedmont gets creative to stay in game shape

PIEDMONT – It’s not often a high school football team will go nearly a month while playing only one football game.

Yet that’s the situation Piedmont is facing. 

The Wildcats (3-1, 1-0 District 5A-2) will play only their second district game at 2 p.m. Saturday when they host Carl Albert. Piedmont has played only once since Sept. 18, its final nondistrict contest against Noble. 

In Week 4, its district opener against Guthrie was postponed only two hours before kickoff. Piedmont had nearly arrived at Jelsma Stadium before turning around. In Week 5, the Wildcats traveled to the panhandle and dismantled Guymon 57-0. Then last week, its game against Western Heights was canceled because the Jets aren’t playing football this fall. 

“The biggest part of it is losing game shape,” Piedmont coach Jeff Hall said. “We’ve been doing a lot of conditioning and making sure, especially on Fridays that we’ve not had games, we’ve run extra trying to simulate some game scenarios.

“But it’s tough. It’s really tough. Being in the boat that we’re in, we really won’t know anything until Saturday whether it’s worked or not.”

Last season, the Wildcats shocked the Titans in Week 5, ending their 40-game win streak at F&M Bank Stadium. 

The challenge that awaits Saturday is similar to last season. Carl Albert (4-1, 2-0) remains stout, but Piedmont, while capable of winning, will have to find its groove quickly. 

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Creative Ways To Stay Active While Working From Home

Creative Ways To Stay Active While Working From Home

By Allison Goldberg

With quarantine stretching on, most gyms and classes remaining closed, and the average commute now being 3.5 seconds, it’s pretty hard to get those steps in. Fortunately, there are creative ways to prevent all of one’s muscles from atrophying while working from home indefinitely. 

The benefits of a non-sedentary lifestyle are countless, from reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, to improved cognitive function and decreased anxiety and depression. And yet, a 2018 study revealed that in the U.S. “about 1 in 4 sit for more than 8 hours a day, 4 in 10 are physically inactive, and 1 in 10 report both.”

Take A Cue From Japan

From anime, to cat cafes, to ice cream that doesn’t melt, Japan is crushing it. Add workplace exercise to the list. While American companies often give gym memberships as perks, Japanese companies began building exercise right into the workday years ago. And there are benefits to the bottom line, which is something U.S. businesses should embrace. Japan Airline’s Chief Director of Health (which, yes, is apparently a position) has stated that the company now registers fewer sick days and insurance costs.

For now, team leaders should create 5-minute workouts that blend right in with productivity. For instance, after a morning meeting, try the Pomodoro Technique, in which people work for 25 minutes straight, and then take a 3-5 minute break. After 4 pomodoros, take a 15-30 minute break. During any of these breaks, meet up with colleagues for quick stretches and workouts.


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Creativity helps arts stay alive in pandemic

Creativity helps arts stay alive in pandemic

Larry R. Thompson
 |  President of Ringling College of Art and Design

In last month’s article, I shared my belief that creativity is the path that will lead us through this pandemic. In the coming months, I will highlight areas of life and the economy in which creativity is not only keeping us going, but also driving new ideas and new ways of doing things that may well remain as we emerge from this crisis.

As Clay Lord, vice president of Americans for the Arts, has said, “We know that there can be no recovery without creativity. On the other side of all of this, we cannot simply end up with the systems and structures that we had before.” 

Nationally, arts and culture is an integral part of our society, adding $877 billion to the annual economy, with 5.1 million American workers. The arts account for 4.5 percent of the annual GDP. As with so many other aspects of our lives, COVID-19 has deeply impacted the creative arts.

According to a study done by USA Today, from April to July 2020, about 2.7 million jobs and $150 billion in revenue were already lost in this sector. Of course, the impact of the arts and culture to the Sarasota community is especially significant.

According to an American for the Arts study commissioned by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, the nonprofit arts and cultural community in Sarasota generate $295 million in total economic activity and support 7,445 full-time equivalent jobs. Plus, the plethora of  arts and culture in this community separates Sarasota from other Florida beach towns.  

As brutal as the national numbers listed above are, the real losses are being felt by the communities in which individuals live. More than 100,0000 community theaters, art galleries, music venues, performance

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New Hampshire movie theater chains get creative to stay afloat during COVID

New Hampshire movie theater chains get creative to stay afloat during COVID

Movie theaters across New Hampshire and the country are struggling to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic.>> Download the free WMUR appWith coronavirus safety concerns combined with major movies delaying their releases, staying in business hasn’t been easy. “It’s almost like a nightmare. You’re chasing something that just keeps moving further and further away,” Michael Mannetta, marketing director at Chunky’s Cinema and Pub, said.The delay of the new James Bond movie is having a ripple effect on the already struggling movie theater business during the pandemic. Officials with the Regal Cinemas chain announced they are temporarily closing locations this Thursday because of a lack of big films. Movie theaters in New Hampshire reopened this summer. Officials with Cinemagic Theaters said business is down by more than 75%. “Cinemagic reopened Aug. 21,” Zachary Adam, marketing director of Cinemagic Theaters, said. “It has been very hard.” “The losses are huge. If you want to compare us now to last year, it’s night and day,” Mannetta said.During this time, some theaters are getting creative. Chunky’s hosts live comedy, trivia and is bringing in a local celebrity chef. Cinemagic is showing Halloween-themed movies this month and giving away popcorn to anyone dressed in costume on Friday nights. As the pandemic continues, local theater officials remain optimistic.“We just believe in the business. We think the industry will bounce back. These movies will come out and it will get better,” Mannetta said.“We are here and we are persevering and providing as much entertainment and social engagement as we can to the community,” Adam said.Representatives at Cinemagic said some customers have reached out to them asking what safety protocols are in place. They said they’ve managed to help people by explaining the guidelines they are using.

Movie theaters across New Hampshire and the country

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Hong Kong will stay a key financial hub say experts

Hong Kong will stay a key financial hub say experts

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Hong Kong’s status as a key Asian financial hub will remain intact according to business experts.

Speaking to the BBC they said new security laws and protests are unlikely to scare off investors to other countries.

Supporting this, Hong Kong’s stock exchange raised $11bn from 59 new listings in the first half of 2020.

And the blockbuster debut of Ant Group is likely to see that number grow considerably later this month.

The Chinese financial technology group could raise more than $30bn (£23bn), more than any other stock market debut this year.

Numbers like this make Hong Kong irresistible for many investors, according to Tara Joseph from the American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong.

“The flow of money that comes in and out of Hong Kong on a daily basis, that goes into mainland China and comes out, is very hard to replicate,” she told the BBC’s Asia Business Report.

Critics have previously raised the possibility that security legislation and the ongoing trade war with China will push businesses and investors to look elsewhere.

But the sheer ability to raise money outweighs many other factors, according to Drew Bernstein, co-chairman of Marcum, Bernstein and Pinchuk, an accountancy firm.

“These companies are basically going to do whatever they have to do to have access to capital,” he said.

Asian contenders

A recent survey by the chamber found that nearly 40% of US companies were considering moving capital, assets or operations out of the city due to concerns about the new security laws.

Other Asia Pacific centres are trying to burnish their credentials as financial centres.

On Monday Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told financial news outlet Nikkei that his government will consider lowering tax rates and promoting diversity

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