Rittenhouse Realty Advisors

Sells Newly Constructed

141 Unit Modular Apartment

Building in University City

Philadelphia for $36,000,000

 

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The LVL in University City, Philadelphia

 

 

Rittenhouse Realty Advisors is pleased to announce the sale of 141 apartments in the University City section of Philadelphia. The Class “A” building, known as The LVL 4125, is located at 4125 Chestnut Street, close to the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, University of the Sciences, Penn Medicine, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The LVL 4125 was developed by Alterra Property Group and is one of the largest modular housing developments ever built in the Mid Atlantic. Construction was completed in 2019, and the property has ten years left on the tax abatement. The units have luxury finishes with stainless steel appliances, in-unit washers and dryers, a roof deck, a gym, a club room, quiet rooms, and dog run. Tenants enjoy walking to neighborhood amenities such as grocery stores, restaurants, and Clark Park, which hosts a large farmer’s market as well as numerous events and festivals throughout the year.

 

Ken Wellar, Managing Partner at RRA, stated: “The sale of this property was negotiated at the onset of COVID-19. We received 15 competitive offers.” University City has grown exponentially in recent years into a science and technology start-up hub, making it increasingly attractive to investors. A state-of-the-art commercial lab and office building, known as 3.0 University Place, is being constructed nearby, which was a huge selling point in marketing The LVL.

Corey Lonberger, Managing Partner at RRA, noted: “This transaction shows the strength and breadth of RRA’s marketing platform. We conducted over 30 tours with various groups and were able to bring the seller great offers and ultimately sell at a high price per unit.”

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Introducing Noirpolitan

A Society Designed In Color

 

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The Noirpolitan Logo was created by designer Brandon Williamson.

 

 

 

The Fashion Family behind Black American Luxury Brand, PRSVR , has created the solution for not wanting to wear a mask.

 

As 2020 progresses, Face Masks have gone from optional to mandatory in most states and businesses. The problem: MOST MASKS ARE UNCOMFORTABLE AND UGLY! To answer that problem, The Fashion Family behind Black American Luxury Brand, PRSVR , has created the solution. Their newest brand, Noirpolitan, A Society Designed In Color; creates personal post-pandemic accessories that protect AND complement those wearing them, starting with the new Designer Face Masks.

 

“Due to COVID-19, Face Masks are now an everyday essential around the world for the foreseeable future. It’s the first thing people notice. We want to make sure that your mask represents you – in color, in pattern, or in statement”, says CEO Margaret Williamson. “After developing PRSVR SAFETY, we saw a huge need for safe, fashionable, and functional personal protective equipment. NOIRPOLITAN is creating the wardrobe for our current and post-pandemic world, where Safety is a priority, Unity is the goal, and Civility is the standard.

Designed in LA, each NOIRPOLITAN Face Mask comes in its own resealable clear bag, and is crafted of Organic Cotton, pre-shrunk to last through at least 50 Washer AND Dryer Cycles without fading or stiffening. The all-natural fibers allow for superior breath-ability in comparison to synthetic and paper masks, and the double layer provides added sneeze protection. To solve the problem of behind-the-ear pressure, NOIRPOLITAN created a ComfortWrap elastic loop and every purchase comes with a flexible adjuster to eliminate ALL behind-the-ear pressure. The Designer Mask is also uniquely designed with separate Nose Guards and Chin Cuffs, to customize your level of coverage without removing the entire mask!

The addition of PRSVR SAFETY KITS to our Noirpolitan Subscriptions and specially-sized NOIR P KIDS Masks, make this a one-stop shop for everyone committed to safety and unwilling to sacrifice style.

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The Citizens of Noirpolitan-A Society Designed In Color, practice Unity, Safety, and Civility as a way of life.

 

 

 

 

“The Face Mask is now an extension of your outfit. I knew that we needed something safe that could reflect personal style without being a distraction. NOIRPOLITAN is designed in color; colors that reflect rather than mask your natural shade”, says Designer Brandon Williamson. “The SHADES Collection celebrates the native shades of the citizens of the world, while the ROYGBIV Collection reflects the vibrant colors of nature. Our patterns are subtle and suitable for every occasion, from the office to the gym.”

 

 

 

 

 

Idaho Hotel Offers

Free Weddings

To Couples Affected By COVID-19

 

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The Grove Hotel in downtown Boise, Idaho is offering complimentary wedding packages to ten couples who are unable to hold their wedding or have been otherwise affected by COVID-19. The hotel is currently seeking submissions.

The Grove / Do Sweeptakes  will gift up to ten couples with a wedding package from The Grove Hotel, valued at $4,500. Each couple will win a ceremony with seating for up to 50 guests, pre-set understated décor (optional), professional wedding photography, courtesy set up, tear down, and cleaning of the venue between ceremonies, and a complimentary room reservation at The Grove Hotel on their wedding night.

Grove I Do weddings will take place on August 20 and 21, 2020. Each couple will have a two-hour, private reservation for The Terrace , a delightful outdoor balcony on the fourth floor of The Grove Hotel, and access to the two adjoining Terrace Suites.

In lieu of payment, the hotel asks couples and wedding guests to bring canned food donations for The Idaho Foodbank. As the largest food bank and distributor of free food assistance in the state, the Idaho Foodbank is working through an increase in food demand across Idaho.

Submissions for the Grove I Do sweepstakes close on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Open to legal residents of the U.S. and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older. Official rules and submissions: https://www.grovehotelboise.com/groveido

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“The pandemic has caused countless couples to alter their wedding plans, which are events that already take a great deal of time and planning,” said Steve Steading, general manager of The Grove Hotel. “We saw an opportunity to take what’s become a highly unusual and undoubtedly stressful experience for couples, and turn it into a fun, easy, and affordable celebration.”

 

 

 

 

 

200 BABY TURTLES BORN

AT BANYAN TREE SAMUI (Thailand)

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Some 57 hatchlings appeared from a nest on April 17, 2020.

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The birth of some 200 green turtles has brought a moment of joy to the staff at one of Thailand’s top hotels.

Between April 4 and 24, three nests hatched on the secluded beach at Banyan Tree Samui resort, and a total of 200 baby turtles emerged under the watchful gaze of the hotel’s resident marine biologist, Thepsuda Loyjiw.

Since a giant mother turtle laid the eggs in late February and early March, they’ve matured in the protective custody of Loyjiw’s team and the local Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.

It appears that this mother turtle was in luck, because not only does Banyan Tree Samui employ a sustainability team headed by a marine biologist, but the 5-star hotel was singled out last year by global watchdog EarthCheck as meeting the highest standards for environmentalism in the country.

Banyan Tree Samui is located at the southeastern tip of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. The resort’s beach is sheltered in a cove, flanked by coral reefs, and isolated from the busy public beaches of Chaweng and Lamai.

When fully grown, green sea turtles generally weigh between 110 and 180 kg and measure about one meter in length. It is rare in Thailand for a giant green turtle (Chelonia mydas) to lay eggs so close to a tourist area; most seek out deserted bays in the Andaman Sea to make nests. However, since the onset of Covid-19, hotels on Koh Samui have been ordered to close, bringing the popular tropical island to a standstill.

Several recent news reports have noted that marine life and wildlife have regenerated on many of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations since the coronavirus crisis began. Nests of rare leatherback turtles have been discovered on Phuket, and an increasing number of dugongs has been spotted close to Thai shores.

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Banyan Tree Samui’s CSR team had erected a fence around the turtle nests to protect the eggs from predators.

Newborn green turtles begin life with an immediate sprint to the sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It was heartwarming to watch the baby turtles being born, and then scurrying to the sea,” said Loyjiw. “Ever since the mother turtle laid her eggs on our beach, we have been protecting them from predators such as birds and monitor lizards, and gauging the temperature of the eggs to make sure the hatchlings would be given every chance of survival.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FIFTH EDITION OF VIVATECH WILL TAKE PLACE IN SPRING 2021

In the current context of the global pandemic related to COVID-19, Viva Technology, Europe’s biggest startup and tech event, has been forced to postpone its next edition until May-June of next year.

The 2021 edition will position itself more than ever as a unifying event for all the innovation players – resolutely human, participating in the revival of business activity in Europe, encouraging positive innovation. Serving the common good is a vision dear to VivaTech and its founding partners.

 

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Following the cancellation of the edition scheduled for June 11-13, 2020, various scenarios have been studied, in consultation with the major partners of the event. Faced with the uncertainty of how the crisis will evolve, the conditions cannot be met for a postponement to autumn 2020 in the same format that led to the success of the four previous editions. To support the recovery, all energies will be concentrated on the spring 2021 edition.
 
For Julie Ranty, CEO of VivaTech: “Given the changing situation, Co-Presidents Maurice Lévy and Pierre Louette and I regret having to postpone the fifth edition to spring 2021. All the various stakeholders in the economy need to ensure the resumption of their post-COVID-crisis activities, and we understand and respect their imperatives. The fifth edition in 2021 will be the culmination of a renewed dynamism and enthusiasm. For the time being, our thoughts are with all those affected by the pandemic and with all those who are courageously fighting to overcome this unprecedented crisis.”
 
Aware of the impact of the cancellation of the event in 2020, especially for startups, Julie Ranty adds : “The VivaTech team has been actively working with its partners to continue serving as a facilitator of open innovation and supporting the ecosystem in this difficult period.”
 
Since its creation, VivaTech has been questioning the role of technology, focusing on tech’s contribution to the major challenges facing our society and its ability to positively accelerate change. This mission will be all the more useful and crucial in a post-global crisis context where the relationship with tech will have radically changed.


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Since the corona crisis has paralyzed life in the United States, cannabis sales on some days have almost doubled. On March 16, around 90% more marijuana was sold in California than in the previous months. Cannabis companies reported sales increase on 22 out of 26 days in March as shown on the new infographic by Kryptoszene.de.

 

  • Cannabis companies reported sales increase on 22 out of 26 days in March
  • Record rise: Cannabis sales almost doubled on March 16
  • Online retailers of cannabis products recorded a 66% increase in demand in the second week of March, compared to the previous week
  • In particular, the proportion of women buying cannabis is rapidly increasing

 

Since the corona crisis has paralyzed life in the United States, cannabis sales on some days have almost doubled. On March 16, around 90% more marijuana was sold in California than in the previous months. Cannabis companies reported sales increase on 22 out of 26 days in March compared to the previous months – as shown in a new infographic by Kryptoszene.de.

 

 

 

Rising Cannabis Demand In Eye of The Coronavirus / Sales Up to 90%

 

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The demand increased in particular in the second week of March. According to the infographic, the online retailer “Weedmaps” had reported that 66% more customers picked up cannabis products than in the previous week. In particular, the proportion of women among cannabis buyers has increased since the spread of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, buying behavior varies by generation. The proportion of marijuana purchases among baby boomers has even decreased by 2.1%.  On the other side, the youngest Generation Z, born between 1997 and 2012, has seen the biggest increase of all generations – 42.1%.

 

“Although the coronavirus is fueling the demand for cannabis, listed corporations in the industry don’t seem to be benefiting yet,” said Kryptoszene analyst Raphael Lulay.  “Some of them have suffered price losses.  One possible reason for this – overproduction. The companies still store tons of cannabis unused.”

The full story with the infographic, facts and more statistics:

https://kryptoszene.de/rising-cannabis-demand-in-eye-of-the-coronavirus-sales-up-to-90/

 

 

 

UNWTO Launches a Call for Action for Tourism’s COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released a set of recommendations calling for urgent and strong support to help the global tourism sector not only recover from the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 but to ‘grow back better’. The Recommendations are the first output of the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, established by UNWTO with high-level representatives from across the tourism and from within the wider United Nations system.

 

Recognizing that tourism and transport has been among the hardest hit of all sectors, the Recommendations are designed to support governments, the private sector and the international community in navigating the unparalleled social and economic emergency that is COVID-19.

“These specific recommendations give countries a check-list of possible measures to help our sector sustain the jobs and support the companies at risk at this very moment. Mitigating the impact on employment and liquidity, protecting the most vulnerable and preparing for recovery, must be our key priorities,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.

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IOC, IPC, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Tokyo Metropolitan Government announce new dates for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan today agreed new dates for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, in 2021. The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be celebrated from 23 July to 8 August 2021. They also agreed on new dates for the Paralympic Games, which will be celebrated from 24 August until 5 September 2021.

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The leaderships of the key parties came together via telephone conference earlier today, joined by IOC President Thomas Bach, Tokyo 2020 President Mori Yoshirō, Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko and Olympic and Paralympic Minister Hashimoto Seiko, and agreed on the new schedule.

This decision was taken based on three main considerations and in line with the principles established by the IOC Executive Board (EB) on 17 March 2020 and confirmed at its meeting today. These were supported by all the International Summer Olympic Sports Federations (IFs) and all the National Olympic Committees (NOCs):

1. To protect the health of the athletes and everyone involved, and to support the containment of the COVID-19 virus.

2. To safeguard the interests of the athletes and of Olympic sport.

3. The global international sports calendar.

These new dates give the health authorities and all involved in the organisation of the Games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new dates, exactly one year after those originally planned for 2020 (Olympic Games: 24 July to 9 August 2020 and Paralympic Games: 25 August to 6 September 2020), also have the added benefit that any disruption that the postponement will cause to the international sports calendar can be kept to a minimum, in the interests of the athletes and the IFs. Additionally, they will provide sufficient time to finish the qualification process. The same heat mitigation measures as planned for 2020 will be implemented.


 

 

In a call on Tuesday 24 March 2020, based on information provided by the WHO at the time, IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō concluded that the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would be held in their complete form and not later than summer 2021. The Prime Minister reiterated that the government of Japan stands ready to fulfil its responsibility for hosting these successful Games. At the same time, IOC President Thomas Bach stressed the full commitment of the IOC to successful Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Following today’s decision, the IOC President said: “I want to thank the International Federations for their unanimous support and the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees for the great partnership and their support in the consultation process over the last few days. I would also like to thank the IOC Athletes’ Commission, with whom we have been in constant contact. With this announcement, I am confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese Government and all our stakeholders, we can master this unprecedented challenge. Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel.”

Andrew Parsons, the President of the IPC, commented: “It is fantastic news that we could find new dates so quickly for the Tokyo 2020 Games. The new dates provide certainty for the athletes, reassurance for the stakeholders and something to look forward to for the whole world. When the Paralympic Games do take place in Tokyo next year, they will be an extra-special display of humanity uniting as one, a global celebration of human resilience and a sensational showcase of sport. With the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games 512 days away, the priority for all those involved in the Paralympic Movement must be to focus on staying safe with their friends and family during this unprecedented and difficult time.”

 

The President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Mori Yoshirō, said: “IOC President Thomas Bach and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee held a conference call today to discuss in detail the revised dates of the Tokyo 2020 Games. Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Hashimoto Seiko and Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko joined the call. I proposed that the Games should be hosted between July and August 2021, and I really appreciate that President Bach, having discussed this proposal with the various international sports federations and other related organisations, kindly accepted my proposal. A certain amount of time is required for the selection and qualification of athletes and for their training and preparation, and the consensus was that staging the rescheduled Games during the summer vacation in Japan would be preferable. In terms of transport, arranging volunteers and the provision of tickets for those in Japan and overseas, as well as allowing for the COVID-19 situation, we think that it would be better to reschedule the Games to one year later than planned, in the summer of 2021. Notwithstanding the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the first time in history, and various other issues that have already been highlighted, the event schedule is the cornerstone of future preparations, and I am convinced that taking this decision promptly will help speed up future preparations. I would like to thank all the stakeholders, including the host city Tokyo and the Government of Japan, for their hard work during this short period. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will continue to work hard for the success of next year’s Games.”

Governor Koike Yuriko said: “In consideration of the global coronavirus outbreak, we need a certain timeframe before we fully prepare for the delivery of Games that are safe and secure for the athletes and spectators. Also, the preparation for the new dates will go smoothly, as the dates match with same timeframe as the original competition dates, corresponding with ticketing, venue staffing, volunteers and transport. Therefore, I believe that celebrating the opening of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on 23 July 2021 is ideal. The athletes, volunteers, torchbearers and local municipality governments have been concerned about the situation. Since we now have concrete new dates to aim for, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will commit all its resources, and work closely with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the national government and other stakeholders to fully prepare for the delivery of Games that are safe and secure.”

It has previously been confirmed that all athletes already qualified and quota places already assigned for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will remain unchanged. This is a result of the fact that these Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, in agreement with Japan, will remain the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

Source : The International Olympic Committee

 

NBCUniversal Launches ‘The More You Know’ COVID-19 Campaign in Partnership with Ad Council, CDC, HHS, & White House


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This morning on NBC’s TODAY, NBCUniversal unveiled its new The More You Know PSA campaign starring Kelly Clarkson, Andy Cohen, Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen, Savannah Guthrie and many more to help educate people around the country about how they can reduce their risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The new English- and Spanish-language campaign, created in partnership with the Ad Council, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the White House, was shot on mobile devices and cameras available in the talent’s own homes and produced remotely by NBCUniversal’s in-house Creative Partnerships team. The combination of these celebrities sharing the CDC’s critical messages focused on Social Distancing, Parenting, and Risk Factors, set against the backdrop of the talent’s own preventive self-isolation, highlights the importance of this information to all audiences.

Stars participating in the campaign include: Victoria Arlen, María Celeste Arrarás, Brie Bella & Nikki Bella, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Gizelle Bryant, Andrés Cantor, Kelly Clarkson, Andy Cohen, Cris Collinsworth, Terry Crews, Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen, Kate del Castillo, José Díaz-Balart, Reza Farahan, Ben Feldman, Erika Girardi, Melissa Gorga, Savannah Guthrie, Zuri Hall, Bob Harper, Lester Holt, Matt Iseman, Nick Jonas, Hoda Kotb, Marcus Lemonis, Erin Lim, Mario Lopez, Jane Lynch, Rachel Maddow, Dorinda Medley, Craig Melvin, Chrissy Metz, Becky Quick, Carl Quintanilla, Retta, Kyle Richards, Al Roker, Stephanie Ruhle, Tom Schwartz & Katie Maloney-Schwartz, Savannah Sellers, Christian Slater, Chris Sullivan, Michele Tafoya, Mike Tirico, Carmen Villalobos, Melissa Villaseñor, Brian Williams, and Captain Sandy Yawn.

 

To help share this message far and wide, many major brands and technology providers are stepping up. Comcast-NBCUniversal; Acxiom; Cadent; Canoe; Crossix; Epsilon; Experian; Facebook; Panera Bread; ShareThis; Snap Inc; The Trade Desk; T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods; and Vizio-Inscape have donated commercial airtime, service fees, data and/or distribution on their own platforms to run the NBCUniversal-created Ad Council PSAs.

NBCUniversal was tapped by the Ad Council to develop creative to get the CDC’s message out to the American people as quickly as possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In partnership with the White House, CDC, and HHS, NBCUniversal created a series of videos and graphics, available in both English and Spanish, to inform the public about the steps they can take to protect themselves and to inform the public how to help slow of the spread of coronavirus. The PSAs direct audiences to visit www.coronavirus.gov, a centralized resource that includes up-to-date information on the crisis. The first graphic-based content from this campaign launched on March 16.

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Telemundo Urges Audiences to #StayHome to Help Stop the Coronavirus Spread

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the midst of the global pandemic crisis,  Telemundo  and an array of its network talent, artists and news personalities come together to urge audiences to stay home to stop the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread.

The videos are currently running on-air and across all of the network’s digital platforms including  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, aim to promote and help raise awareness around the #StayHome worldwide initiative within the U.S. Hispanic audience.

Viewers can also get minute-by-minute coverage of the pandemic on NoticiasTelemundo.com, the Telemundo and Noticias Telemundo Mobile Apps, Noticias Telemundo Properties on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and local Telemundo station websites and apps.

Videos feature  José Díaz Balart ,  María Celeste Arrarás ,  Carmen Villalobos ,  Carlos Ponce ,  Catherine Siachoque ,  Mark Tacher ,  Elyfer Torres ,  Matías Novoa ,  Jorge Bernal ,  Carmen Aub ,  Maricela González ,  Robinson Díaz ,  Carolina Sandoval ,  Stephanie Himonidis ,  Julio Vaqueiro ,  Jessica Carrillo ,  Miguel Gurwitz ,  Paulina Sodi ,  Christian Acosta ,  Isabella Castillo ,  Jaime Aymerich ,  Johanna Fadul ,  Kelvin Rentería ,  Majida Issa ,  Mariana Seoane ,  Michelle Manterola ,  Rodner Figueroa ,  Vanessa Hauc  and  Yarishna Ayala .

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Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

 

 

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They were joined by Mori Yoshiro, the President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee; the Olympic Minister, Hashimoto Seiko; the Governor of Tokyo, Koike Yuriko; the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, John Coates; IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper; and the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi.

President Bach and Prime Minister Abe expressed their shared concern about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and what it is doing to people’s lives and the significant impact it is having on global athletes’ preparations for the Games.

In a very friendly and constructive meeting, the two leaders praised the work of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and noted the great progress being made in Japan to fight against COVID-19.

The unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the outbreak has seen the situation in the rest of the world deteriorating. Yesterday, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the COVID-19 pandemic is “accelerating”. There are more than 375,000 cases now recorded worldwide and in nearly every country, and their number is growing by the hour.

In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Source : The International Olympic Committee


 

OFFICIAL STATEMENT

EUROVISON SONG CONTEST 2020

 

We have been overwhelmed with the love that the Eurovision Song Contest family has shared since the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event.

 

The EBU is very aware of how much the Eurovision Song Contest will be missed this year. The Contest’s values of universality and inclusivity, and our proud tradition of celebrating diversity through music, are needed now more than ever.

 

As such, the EBU and its Members are currently exploring alternative programming, but not a competition, to help unite and entertain audiences around Europe during these challenging times.

 

 

It is our intention with this programming, and on our online platforms in the coming months, to honour the songs and artists which have been chosen for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

With that in mind, the Reference Group, the Song Contest’s governing board, has decided that, in accordance with the Rules of the Eurovision Song Contest, this year’s songs will not be eligible to compete when the Contest returns in 2021.

 

At their discretion, Participating Broadcasters may decide which artist(s) to send in 2021, either this year’s representative or a new one.

 

Intention to honour

Eurovision 2020 songs and artists

 

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LAST MINUTE STATEMENT (MARCH 12, 2020)

TIANGUIS TURISTICO MÉXICO

MÉRIDA 2020

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The Organizing Committee of the Tianguis Turístico reports that, in light of the World Health Organization declaration of a global pande- mic, which has forced various public and private organizations to take drastic measures that complicate the execution of an event of this nature, and to ensure the safety and care of all citizens and Tianguis participants, as well as to guarantee its success, we have decided that the 2020 Tianguis Turístico will be rescheduled to take place in Mérida, Yucatán state, from September 19 to 22 of this year.
 

The people and tourism infrastructure of the State of Yucatán, hand in hand with the event Organizing Committee, have put their hearts, and much work and effort, into carrying out an historic Tianguis that is faithful to Mexican culture and roots.

We appreciate the great responsibility that falls on our shoulders in hosting such an important event, held for 45 years to the benefit of the tourism industry family of which we are part as well as the millions of Mexicans who depend on it for their livelihood, and we understand that this decision will cause setbacks, which we are willing to face in partnership with the entire sector.
Eleven months of hard work have gone into preparing this event so longed for by all Yucatecans: months of improving infrastructure, innovating product, and training and convening the main players in the international tourism industry in search of the most successful Tianguis that has been held.

However, political and economic developments over the last 24 hours directly affect the international flights of participants, including buyers from many countries around the globe, who had earlier confirmed their attendance. Faced with this, we made the only decision we could that would allow us to guarantee the eventual success of the event and protect the resources of the more than 3,500 exhibitors that make this fair possible.

Without question, we are saddened by the decision and we appreciate your understanding in the face of a global situation that requires us to put the care of both Mexicans and all Tianguis participants first.

Over the next few days, we will continue to collaborate to facilitate, as far as possible, the necessary changes that result from this decision. We will be in ongoing contact with each participant, to ensure that the Tianguis Turístico 2020, on its final date, is even more successful than we had originally predicted. We are sure the September event will be a historic gathering that generates opportunities for investment and tourism development for the entire country.

 

Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam is cancelled

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT

It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.

 

Over the past few weeks, we have explored many alternative options to allow the Eurovision Song Contest to go ahead.

 

 

 

However, the uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe – and the restrictions put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities – means the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has taken the difficult decision to not continue with the live event as planned. The health of artists, staff, fans and visitors, as well as the situation in the Netherlands, Europe and the world, is at the heart of this decision.

 

We are very proud that the Eurovision Song Contest has united audiences every year, without interruption, for the past 64 years and we, like the millions of you around the world, are extremely saddened that it can not take place in May.

 

We ask some patience as we work through the ramifications of this unprecedented decision and patiently await further news in the coming days and weeks. During that time, we would like to pay tribute to all the Host Broadcaster team in the Netherlands and our 41 public service broadcasters who have worked so hard planning this year’s event.

 

We are all heartbroken that the Eurovision Song Contest will not be able to be staged in May but feel confident that the whole Eurovision family, across the world, will continue to provide love and support for each other at this difficult time.

 

Source : Eurovision Song Contest 2020

 

 

 

 

Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor: “We are very proud of the Eurovision Song Contest, that for 64 years has united people all around Europe. And we are deeply disappointed about this situation. The EBU, together with the Host Broadcaster NPO, NOS, AVROTROS and the City of Rotterdam will continue to talk to see if it’s possible to stage the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam in 2021. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the process of staging a great Eurovision Song Contest this year. Unfortunately, that was not possible due to factors beyond our control. We regret this situation very much, but I can promise you: the Eurovision Song Contest will come back stronger than ever.”

 

 

NPO chairwoman Shula Rijxman: “This decision by the EBU was inevitable, given the circumstances currently affecting all of Europe as a result of the coronavirus and all the measures that governments must now take. This is a big disappointment for the Dutch audience, the fantastic team behind the scenes, the presenters and the artists. In recent months, a large group of people have worked hard on the Song Contest. We thank them for their great commitment and regret that the results of the efforts will not be visible in the short term. We would particularly like to mention the municipality of Rotterdam, which has proven itself as the ideal partner in this project in the past year. This edition was an excellent opportunity to understand each other differently in a period of uncertainty in Europe, but above all an opportunity to really bring Europe together. Music is universally binding and – I am sure – it will stay that way. Even after this corona crisis.”

 

 

Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer Event, understands that many people are disappointed that the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will not take place: “For the artists from 41 participating countries, our opening and interval acts that put their hearts and souls into their performance. For the fans who have always supported us and have kept confidence until the last moment. And not least, for the fantastic team, which has worked very hard in recent months to make this 65th edition a great success. We understand and share that disappointment. Some perspective is appropriate because, at the same time, we also realize that this decision and its consequences don’t compare to the challenges faced by people affected, directly or indirectly, by the coronavirus and the difficult but necessary measures.”