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Friday, March 27, 2020

#PeachysPetPals #ChrisMinton #Cockatoo @ChrisCockatoo #Bird #ChristopherStNicholasMinton Exclusive to #WhomYouKnow in Our Inaugural Bird Interview, Chris Minton Breaks His Internet Silence with an Exclusive Interview With #PeachyDeegan , His First! A Christmas Baby, Model and an Actor, Chris Hobnobs Around Manhattan in Social Success

A cockatoo, Christopher St. Nicholas Minton was hatched on Christmas day 2000.  At two months old he chose his human mom when she was visiting the bird store where he was living.  Although she was not there to get a bird, he saw her comforting another baby bird that was making a lot of noise and he waddled over, grabbed her finger and wouldn’t let go.  A few weeks later, after being weened, he went home to live with his new mom and two cat siblings, whom he promptly scared silly by landing on their heads.  Chris’s first year was an adventure in discovering the world of humanity.  He accompanied his mom to her then job in the aviation industry most days and became very well socialized. 

Shortly after his first birthday, he started his modeling career.  Chris’ mom volunteered to help with a charity event for a veterinary school and she was asked if she knew any famous people to appear in an issue of Town & Country Magazine with their pets to promote the event.  She got the founder and CEO of JetBlue, David Neeleman, to agree to pose and since he did not have a pet of his own, Chris’ mom volunteered Chris.  It was during that photoshoot that Chris exhibited a natural talent for modeling and posing so his mom found him an agent and the rest is history. 

Chris is now registered with several animal talent agencies.  He has appeared on Saturday Night Live twice, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Million Dollar Listing New York.  He has also modeled for the Neiman Marcus catalog, Stussy clothing brand and appeared in two Walmart videos.  In addition, he has made appearances on NY1, the CBS Early Show and WPIX.  Chris loves being on the set and he loves a live audience.  He takes time out to say “hello” to his fans and sit on their arms and, of course, pose for endless photos.  He also loves indulging in the craft services tables and all the goodies that are laid out.  Occasionally he will even be given a toy to take home and get a ride in a car service to and from the set.

As a celebirdy, Chris is very comfortable around human celebrities.  He has worked with Daniel Craig, One Direction, Kate McKinnon and Josh Cooke, to name a few.  One highlight for him was being serenaded by One Direction on the SNL set in 2012.  And, his recent job with Daniel Craig, was an inspiration. We are so pleased to present Chris Minton as our newest Peachy's Pet Pal.  Peachy Deegan interviewed Chris for Whom You Know.

Peachy Deegan: Other than the one you were born, which have been your favorite Christmases and why? 
Chris Minton: The Christmases when my parrot brother and best friend, Rozy, was living (he passed in 2016) and we would play together at Grandma’s house and get special treats and presents. I still get those things, but they were more fun when I had my buddy with me. 

What parallels would you draw between yourself and Jesus, since you share the same birthday? 
We both draw a crowd and inspire people. 

How do you differentiate your Christmas wish list from your birthday wish list? 
My Christmas list is usually standard parrot toys, especially the foot toys I love, but my birthday list is usually for something bigger, like a playhouse. And, I get more presents than the other pets because it’s my birthday (hatchday).

What defines Cockatoos? 
Aside from the blood curdling screams, tantrums and demanding nature, probably how cuddly we are. 

Have you ever thought about flight school or do you find it entirely unnecessary? 
Ha! Never! I’m a pro at this point, because I’m fully flighted and I fly around the house. 

What do you like about your cat siblings? 
I just have one now, a kitty girl. We adopted her as a kitten and I trained her how to behave around parrots, so she’s purrfect. 

We believe you are the first bird interview on Whom You Know. What should everyone know about birds that they don’t know yet? 
Cool, I’m a trailblazer! A parrot is a lifetime commitment. We have special needs and require companionship and nurturing, like a human child. 

We believe you are also the first animal actor on Whom You Know, although the last time we interviewed an actor named Chris (human) he wound up earning a BAFTA for his great work on BBC’s The Last Post. Is there an animal BAFTA or OSCAR and if not are you trying to get them to improve upon this? 
I don’t believe there is an award like that for animal actors, but there certainly should be! In fact, mom and I were reading the comments about my SNL sketch on social media and a lot of people were saying I deserved an award like an Emmy or Oscar. I think we need an animal actors’ union and then we can petition for a category at the Academy Awards. 

What do you know about Daniel Craig from your firsthand experience with him on television that no one else knows that you can share with the world please? 
Daniel Craig is a bird whisperer. 

Craft service tables can indeed be amazing. What is on your ideal craft service table? 
Pizza, pasta, ice cream, edamame, sugar snap peas, tofu, Swedish fish, Indian samosas & Chinese food. (I’m not supposed to eat half of that stuff, but I want it.) 

What do you like to do during your down time on tv sets? Do you sit in holding or satellite holding? Do you have your own trailer and servants? 
I like to be carried around so I can meet people and dance and sit on everyone. My agents like me to rest, but I like to engage my fans. Sometimes I hang with the extras and sometimes I get to be in the thick of things watching everyone else rehearse, but there is usually a private area just for me so I can have privacy if I want it. The thing is everyone wants to meet me and take photos, so they find me anyway. I always have servants. My mom is my servant and my agents are my servants. 

We think the airline industry is having rough days now; what do you love about it and how do you like flying in an airplane versus flying your natural way with your wings? 
I’ve only flown in an airplane once when I flew from Florida to New York as a chick so I don’t really remember it. Having a captive audience and people serving me food sounds pretty good though. I liked going to work with my mom and meeting aviation people because a lot of them really like birds. But I doubt anything can compare to flying the way nature intended with the wind beneath my wings. 

What make and model of aircraft are your favorite and why? 
I’m going to have to say the model JetBlue plane I stood on during my very first modeling assignment. I rode that thing like a pro! 

What makes birds the best pets?
Birds are fun and entertaining and very intelligent, but we really don’t make the best pets because we’re not domesticated like dogs and cats and most people can’t adequately meet our special needs. Leaving a bird in a cage all the time is cruel. 

What or who has had the most influence on your pursuit of excellence?
Probably my desire for attention. I keep teaching myself new dance moves and now I’m starting to sing, because I love to entertain and I love a live audience. 

What are you proudest of and why?
I’m proud to be a cockatoo because cockatoos are smart and funny and beautiful. 

What is your favorite toy and why?
I love toys I can shred. Right now my favorites are cardboard toys we order from a bird toy company in Canada. 

What do you get in trouble for and why is that not fair?
Chewing the furniture. It’s not fair because chewing wood is in my nature. 

What do you take your sense of identity from?
Growing up my mom provided an encouraging and enriching environment for me to thrive and be myself, but she also made sure I knew I was a cockatoo and could say the word cockatoo, because cockatoos are special. 

What is your favorite place to be?
Besides in the limelight… Grandma Barbara’s house. 

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you at a cocktail party?
Before the #metoo movement and before I got that memo, I hit on a woman at a Christmas cocktail party who came over to meet me. I said “hello”, whistled and then said “I love you.” Her husband came over and asked “did that bird just whistle at my wife?” 

Who would you like to be for a day and why?
I would like to be a king so I could do anything I wanted and have everyone waiting on me all day. 

What has been your best athletic experience?
I got loose and flew across Grandma’s property one time and hid in a tree. That was fun, although I’m guessing mom didn’t think so judging from the thirty minutes of hysteria until I was found. 

What do you like best about Manhattan? 
I love going for walks down the street and to Central Park because I meet lots of people. 

Where do you like to vacation and why? 
Grandma Barbara’s house because I am obsessed with her and I get pizza and waffles there.

If you could have dinner with any person or animal living or passed, who would it be and why? 
My deceased brother Rozy, because I miss him.

What has been your best art or music experience?
Being serenaded by One Direction the first time I was on SNL. 

What do you personally do or what have you done to give back to the world? 
Just being my entertaining self seems to make people very happy, but I’m planning to become a therapy bird. Mom took the class a few years ago but there wasn’t anyone who knew about birds to test me, so we’re going to try again. 

Other than Peachy's Pet Pals of course, what is your favorite column and what do you like about it?
I like your The Arts section because you feature the entertainment industry. Broadway Alert, Movietime in Manhattan and Small Screen Scenes help me know what’s happening.

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you? 
That I’m a night owl and I hate bedtime. I love other animals, especially iguanas, ferrets and big dogs and one time I went catback riding (I’m not allowed to do that ever again.) And I love riding in taxi cabs. 

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers?
Via Instagram @ christhecockatoo or my Facebook page, also Chris the Cockatoo. 




The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help people in the music industry affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and subsequent cancellation of multiple music events. From hotel and bar gigs to major music festivals, COVID-19 is deeply impacting live music events, and the creative community behind it all.

Administered through MusiCares, the COVID-19 Fund will be used to directly support those in the music community with the greatest need. To establish the fund, both the Recording Academy and MusiCares have contributed an initial donation of $1 million each, totaling $2 million. Additionally, all Recording Academy Chapters have committed to fundraising in their local communities. Further updates and announcements will be made in the coming days.

Harvey Mason jr., Chair and Interim CEO of the Recording Academy, says:

"Event cancellations are at unprecedented levels and the situation therefore requires an unprecedented response. Many people in the industry are now in crisis, not knowing what the future holds or having to deal with dire commercial realities. We are asking the entire industry to stand with us to support the musicians, artists and professionals who are the bedrock and the future of our music community."

"It’s in times like these that many of us turn to music. Music can help us cope, and has the power to bring us together during a time when many of us might feel isolated. We encourage people everywhere to embrace the music industry which needs our help in these uncertain times."

Steve Boom, MusiCares Chair, adds:

"The music industry is built on the work of musicians, artists, and music professionals. It is in times like these, that the industry needs to come together to support those who are struggling, particularly those who rely on touring incomes to survive. We know this fund will need to be significant. We will not be able to do it alone, and that’s why we are asking the entire music community including labels, streaming services, and anyone who is able to join us in this important effort. We're all in when the good times roll, and it’s important that we're all in when times are tough, too."

If you wish to support our efforts to assist music people in need, visit:

If you are a member of the music industry in need of assistance, visit:

The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards® — music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

For more information about the Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, "like" Recording Academy on Facebook, and join the Recording Academy's social communities on Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

#TerrificTakeout @USMC #Oorah #IwoJimaCocktail @BarDoughNYC #BarDoughNYC #InauguralReview

Owner Joe Lisi!  Bar Dough is his first restaurant endeavor after spending 17 years in the NYPD, retiring as a Captain and did you know he is also an actor since 1979 and appeared as Dick Barone in the Sopranos and many more shows including Third Watch, and one of his favorite appearances in Mob Justice with Tony Danza (the other 3 clips other than The Sopranos, directly below).
See, you know him already:
It's not who you know, it's WHOM YOU KNOW and we are now happy to know Joe Lisi, who caught our attention with this sign featuring the Iwo Jima Cocktail!  We are known for being patriotic and you can see there has always been a Patriotism section on our website with many relevant review columns.  Though Peachy is not herself a Marine, she feels like it sometimes as she has always been related to two of them (this one's for you!) and obviously Iwo Jima is one of the most important events in American history.  Stuff that into your brain because you can't think of nothing else!
(Watch the video to understand our uncharacteristic verbiage here.  Yes Peachy knows proper English!)
Co-Owners Nick Verses and Joe Lisi, whom we were delighted to meet!
Co-Owners not pictured, not present for review: Frank Dwyer and Pete Fitzpatrick
We understand this is part of HPH Management, which we were previously unfamiliar with firsthand and have never considered before:
A main ingredient in the Iwo Jima cocktail which can be paired with either Gin (how we had it) or Vodka (not how we had it as Charles Ferri is going to have news we hope soon on Star Vodka's latest and greatest.)
Bar Dough is a brand new concept in Times Square, open since September 2019.  Of course we visited before the current epidemic, and we look forward to this and all restaurants here reopening.  We absolutely cannot wait.

The concept of Bar Dough is Nick's idea: a pizza venue paired with a bar, which few have done well.  We're impressed on our first visit, and the concept of pairing wine with pizza we remember emphasized by Mover and Shaker Mireille Giuliano Ex CEO of Veuve Cliquot.  In her writings she advocates drinking champagne with pizza and we obviously agree.  In our 200 plus columns, we review alcohol in Champagne Wishes and books in Read This.
You absolutely must read this winner of a book from another fabulous USMC New Yorker:
So, when we met Joe Lisi he was hitting on many high points we already advocate!
Bien sur mes amies you should be drinking The Iwo Jima Cocktail with everything you eat.
We definitely pair pizza with green salad (in addition to wine) and we're pleased to see there are four salad choices at Bar Dough.  We chose two.  Above, please meet "Hail Caesar" which happens to be Joe Lisi's favorite salad.  We concur; this was our favorite of these two this night.  Romaine Hearts, Radicchio, Tomato, Roasted Pine Nuts, Garlic Croutons, Anchovies, and Parmigiano Reggiano team up for a winner of a salad with House Made Caesar dressing.
Items were fresh and the salad was a good portion.
We also tried The Greek: Tomatoes, Sliced Cucumbers, Red Onions, Kalamata Olives, Oregano and Feta are presented in a Lemon Vinaigrette.  It's pre-marinated in olive oil.
The choices of appetizers is extensive; we count eight choices.
Of what we tried, the one we liked best was the Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Pancetta and Balsamic Reduction.  The flavor combination was solid and the cast iron presentation was attractive.
Note that all military, veterans, and first responders get a discount at Bar Dough.
Time for a movie break.
All pizza at Bar Dough is the same size: 12 inches: so of course, each person should order their own.  Our review protocol otherwise dictates large for all pizza places (seen in all other reviews), but you don't see large here because there isn't one.  It's clear from their menu that a lot of thought went into both the composition and the menu names!  The Pizza Alla Vodka was our favorite of the ones we tried, and it's above.  Of course we were in the pink with vodka cream sauce, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto di parma, mushrooms and peas.  The quality ingredients and their proportion to one another and also the unique combination earns this best pizza of the night to us.  Also convincing and seen directly below, Smoking Bar Dough boasts roasted red pepper cream sauce, smoked fresh mozzarella, reggiano, sweet italian sausage, pickled red onions and basil.  The crusts were quite crisp and we would have put even more peppers on this one.
Geographically appropriate in Joey Mullen land (i.e. Hell's Kitchen for all the uninitiated red-blooded American hockey Boston College winners), Hellboy packs a punch with plum tomato sauce, parmigiano reggiano, fresh mozzeralla, soppressata, pancetta and spicy honey.  If you like pizza with a kick, this one's for you!
Unique to Bar Dough are the SAL-ZONEs.  It is an entree of literally half salad and half calzone which is a brilliant idea and we don't see anyone else doing it.  We would like it much better if the salad was in its own half circle bowl, as Peachy likes eating them totally separately.  The salad can be picked from any of the salads already on the menu, and there is a terrific line up of Calzone ingredients.
The Fresh Mozzarella Calzone is among the best Calzone's Peachy has ever had, EVER.  It is by far the best edible we had on this review with its oozy cheesy superstar flavor and texture, and we cannot wait to eat it again to check for consistency.
Bar Dough impressed us on our inaugural visit and we look forward to seeing what they do next.  OORAH go see Joe and his co-owners.
Joe Lisi knows what he's doing!


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 The Recording Academy®, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS will celebrate 38-time GRAMMY® nominee and seven-time GRAMMY winner Prince with a special broadcast of "Let's Go Crazy: The GRAMMY Salute To Prince" to be broadcast Tuesday, April 21 (9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and streaming on CBS All Access. The tribute concert is hosted by comedian Maya Rudolph, who will also perform with her Prince cover band Princess. Filmed January 28th, the special will air on the four-year anniversary of the superstar’s passing. An all-star lineup will perform hits from Prince's renowned catalog, including Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Common, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Juanes, John Legend, Chris Martin, Miguel, Morris Day And The Time, Princess, Sheila E., St. Vincent, Mavis Staples, the Revolution, and Usher, with special appearances by Fred Armisen, Naomi Campbell, Misty Copeland, FKA Twigs and Jimmy Jam. "Let's Go Crazy: The GRAMMY Salute To Prince" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC, with the cooperation of The Prince Estate. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Ron Basile, Chantel Sausedo and Rac Clark are producers and David Wild is the writer/producer. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Sheila E. are the co-musical directors of the special. To learn more about Prince, visit and follow @Prince on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards® — music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators. For more information about the Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, "like" Recording Academy on Facebook, and join the Recording Academy's social communities on Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.


Monday, March 23, 2020

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 For the first time, The GRAMMY Museum® will debut never-before-released digital Public Programs from their archive while the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles is closed until further notice in light of COVID-19. Billie Eilish and FINNEAS, Bob Newhart, Brandi Carlile, Greta Van Fleet, Kool & The Gang, Larkin Poe, Scarypoolparty, X Ambassadors, and Yola are the first round of artists to be featured in the digital Public Programs series. The Museum’s Public Programs digital series features intimate sit-down interviews with artists and musicians in its 200-seat Clive Davis Theater from past programs. Since the Museum opened 12-years-ago, it has offered more than 900 Public Programs. The Museum will release a new program on every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, beginning today with Scarypoolparty. The upcoming schedule below.

3/18 – Scarypoolparty
3/21 – Yola
3/23 – Bob Newhart
3/25 – Larkin Poe
3/28 – X Ambassadors
3/30 – Brandi Carlile
4/1 – Billie Eilish and FINNEAS
4/4 – Greta Van Fleet
4/6 – Kool And The Gang

The Museum will also be releasing exhibit slideshows that will feature past exhibitions every Friday, beginning this Friday, March 20 with X: 40 Years Of Punk in Los Angeles followed by next Friday, March 27 with Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Popular Music And The National Pastime. Gallery includes images of installation and artifacts, select media content featured in the exhibition, exhibit text, playlists, and captions.

Additionally, the Museum will release educational content and lesson plans via its website and digital platforms during the closure, continuing its mission of paying tribute to our musical heritage and bringing our community together through music. The Museum will be sharing daily playlists and thoughts curated by its staff, including the guest services and security team members in an effort to continue keeping all employees engaged during this closure. More educational and digital programming to be announced soon.

"At the GRAMMY Museum, we believe that music has the power to bring us together, strengthen our sense of community and drive us forward – especially in times when it feels like we are being pulled apart. We believe at its core, everything that we do is to better our community through music,” said Michael Sticka, GRAMMY Museum President. “The GRAMMY Museum’s doors may be closed, but our mission isn’t. This is about our community, nationwide, even globally. It is our privilege to share these never-before-released interviews by beloved artists with you and bring them into your homes. With these programs, we hope that people will find solace and inspiration."

For more information and to watch the newly released Public Programs digital series, please go to:

The GRAMMY Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music through exhibits, education, grants, preservation initiatives, and public programming. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form — from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity.

For more information, visit, "like" the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.


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Classic NHL Games, Complimentary Access to All 2019-20 Regular Season Games, Player #HockeyAtHome Social Media Posts and 2019-20 Greatest Moments Bracket Campaign Among New Offerings for Hockey Fans

As the National Hockey League (NHL) community continues to practice social distancing and take all necessary precautions during this ever-changing time, the League will continue to help fans stay connected to the League’s players and the game by providing access to unique content and archived games. Starting Friday, the NHL will serve fans with an increased offering of video, editorial and digital content on, the NHL app and across the NHL’s social channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok by providing fans access to an expansive selection of classic NHL games, longform content from the NHL Original Productions’ vast library and free access to stream full replays of games from the 2019-20 regular season.

Starting Friday and through April 30, the NHL and Sportsnet have decided to make full replays of all 2019-20 NHL regular-season games already played available to stream on demand. The games will be accessible via the scores and schedule pages of and the NHL app and in Canada via NHL LIVE. For additional details on accessing the games visit NHL.TV or (in Canada) on Friday.

The NHL will launch the “NHL Pause Binge” on and on its official YouTube channel, which will consist of a curated collection of NHL Original Productions content, from the critically-acclaimed, behind-the-scenes programs “Road to the NHL Winter Classic,” “Behind The Glass” and “NHL All Access” to full-length classic NHL games dating from the 1950s to present day. and NHL Social daily programming will include fan favorites “This Day in History” and “Players to Watch: Next Gen,” profiles on top rookies and draft prospects, a look back at top Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final moments, and much more.

The 2020 NHL Gaming World Championship™ featuring the best EA SPORTS™ NHL® 20 HUT™ players in the world is underway. Gamers are showcasing their skills and testing their talent against one another for a chance to raise the championship trophy and take home their share of $150,000+ USD, the largest prize pool in NHL gaming history. Fans can follow the conversation on social using hashtag #NHLGWC and by visiting

Additional and NHL Social features in the coming weeks include:

#HockeyAtHome: Players will offer fans a glimpse into their lives during the “NHL Pause” on social media, using the hashtag #HockeyAtHome.

2019-20 Season Snapshots: will look back at the memorable moments of the season for each of the League’s 31 teams. Each moment will be highlighted with an article written by a member of’s team of talented writers and accompanied with a video.

Morning Inspiration: Fans will receive a daily dose of inspiration from mic’d up legendary speeches captured in the dressing rooms, on the ice and on the benches.

2019-20 Greatest Moments: Fans will have the opportunity to choose from 64 milestones, achievements and events, bracket-style, to determine the Greatest Moment of the 2019-20 season. Head-to-head matchups will be unveiled daily with fans having one day to cast votes to advance their selection for greatest moment into the next round.

Our national broadcast partners, NBC Sports in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada, will continue to roll out their comprehensive hockey programming plans in the coming days. Fans should follow the NHL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest on hockey content offerings.


#NHLPeachy Update Regarding NHL Player Activity and Movement During 2019-20 Season Pause

The National Hockey League today announced the following update regarding Player activity and movement during season pause:

Effective immediately, Players can opt to return home (outside of the Club’s home city, including outside of North America, to the extent flights are available).

The self-quarantine period should continue within the Player’s home through and including Friday, March 27, unless a longer period may be required in accordance with local mandates related to travel. Players should continue to report immediately any symptoms or testing results to Club medical staff.

At the end of the self-quarantine period, and depending on world developments between now and then, consideration will be given to allowing the opening of Club facilities to Players in scheduled and coordinated small groups for voluntary training and care of the Players on the same basis as in the off-season.

Our objective will be that, in addition to continuing regular updates, we will be able to provide high-level guidance on the potential of opening a training camp period roughly 45 days into the 60-day period covered by the CDC’s directive.


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#LondonPeachy #CulturedPeachy @NationalGallery to temporarily close

The safety of our visitors, colleagues and community is our top priority, therefore, in line with the latest advice from Public Health England, we have decided to temporarily close from 19 March 2020. 

We hope that we will be able to reopen on 4 May 2020, but this is dependent on Government advice in this rapidly changing situation. 

If you have a ticket for an upcoming exhibition or event, you don’t need to do anything, we'll be in touch with you as soon as possible. 

We have been open to the public for almost 200 years and welcome visitors 361 days of the year, so we are all upset about this closure, but it is the right thing to do at this time. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gallery as soon as we can. 

Galleries, museums and their collections are important in these difficult times; they are a source of joy, comfort and inspiration which allow us to reflect on our self and our times. So whilst the Gallery is closed in Trafalgar Square, our collection remains open for everyone to explore on the website. And we will continue to share our paintings and their stories through social media and email for you to enjoy regardless of where you are. 


On History, by Winston Churchill

"Study history, study history.
In history lie all the secrets of statecraft."
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U.S. textile and nonwoven associations issued a joint statement today urging federal, state and local governments to deem textile and nonwoven manufacturing facilities as “essential” when drafting “Shelter in Place” orders in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Our associations recognize the serious challenges our elected officials, health administrators and others are facing when issuing orders to protect communities across the country and we understand the necessity for leaders to enforce a ‘Shelter in Place” order or quarantine orders.

Our members make a broad range of inputs and finished products used in an array of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical nonwoven/textile supplies, including surgical gowns, face masks, antibacterial wipes, lab coats, blood pressure cuffs, cotton swabs and hazmat suits. These items are vital to the government’s effort to ramp up emergency production of these critical supplies.

If workers who produce these goods are not granted an “essential” exemption from “Shelter in Place” and other quarantine orders to go to their manufacturing and distribution facilities, it will cause major disruptions in the availability of these goods. This will create significant hardship to healthcare providers and consumers across the country who depend on steady and stable supplies of these critical items.

We are asking the administration and state and local authorities to provide greater certainty and clarity for our companies and employees and ask for a clear exclusion of our manufacturing operations from “Shelter in Place” orders as the textile and nonwoven products that we make in the U.S. play an essential role in mitigating the shortages of critical supplies. Such a designation will help us avoid disruptions of vital goods and services during this challenging time.


About NCTO

NCTO is a Washington, DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers, including artificial and synthetic filament and fiber producers. 
U.S. employment in the textile supply chain was 594,147 in 2018. 
The value of shipments for U.S. textiles and apparel was $76.8 billion in 2018. 
U.S. exports of fiber, textiles and apparel were $30.1 billion in 2018. 
Capital expenditures for textile and apparel production totaled $2.0 billion in 2017, the last year for which data is available.

About INDA

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry in global commerce. Since 1968, INDA events have helped members connect, learn, innovate, and develop their businesses. INDA educational courses, market data, test methods, consultancy, and issue advocacy help members succeed by providing them the information they need to better plan and execute their business strategies. For more information, visit, or download the INDA mobile app for immediate updates.

About IFAI

The Industrial Fabrics Association International is a member-owned, member-driven trade association representing the global industrial fabrics industry since 1912. IFAI invests more than $8 million each year to advance the industry and support member companies. IFAI provides members with relevant information, sourcing solutions and networking opportunities to sustain and grow their businesses.


#SportyPeachy #Politics @Interior Sportsmen and Sportswomen Generate Nearly $1 Billion in Conservation Funding

Fish, Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation and Local Communities Benefit from Excise Tax Revenue

America’s sportsmen and sportswomen generated nearly $1 billion in excise taxes last year that support state conservation programs. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced the disbursement of these funds, generated through excise taxes on hunting, shooting and fishing equipment and boat fuel to all 50 states and U.S. territories by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service).

To date, the Service has distributed more than $22.9 billion in apportionments for state conservation and recreation projects. The recipient state wildlife agencies have matched these funds with approximately $7.6 billion throughout the years, primarily through hunting and fishing license revenues.

“Our conservation model is funded and supported by America’s hunters, shooters, anglers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts. These stewards of conservation generated nearly a billion dollars last year alone and make our country's conservation legacy the envy of the world,” said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.

“When people pay taxes and fees, they want to know that their money is going to good use,” said Deputy Secretary of the Interior Katharine MacGregor. “These grants are a great example of fees paid by sportsmen and women being reinvested in opportunities for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation opportunities. We are proud to work with the states and appreciate their efforts to keep public lands open for dispersed recreation where appropriate for those who need to get outside.”

“These grants are the epitome of the great things that can happen when industry, hunters and anglers, and state and federal governments work together,” said Service Director Aurelia Skipwith. “As the administrator of these grants, the Fish and Wildlife Service is the linchpin in the circle of funding that arcs from the hunters and anglers generating these dollars as consumers, through the states as conservation managers, and back to hunters, anglers, and recreational users as beneficiaries, for improved hunting, fishing and conservation opportunities. It is a role we are honored to play.”

Authorized by Congress through the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and Dingell-Johnson/Wallop-Breaux Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, these funds support critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects. The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program, which the Service administers, has long been considered the foundation of fish and wildlife conservation in the United States.

State-by-state listings of the Service’s final apportionments of Wildlife Restoration, Sport Fish Restoration and State Wildlife Grant funds for the Fiscal Year 2020 and more information about the WSFR program are online.

In a related announcement, the Service is awarding $6.4 million in grants through its Competitive State Wildlife Grant (C-SWG) program. The funds help conserve and protect Species of Greatest Conservation Need and this year will be distributed to nine state fish and wildlife agencies. Several projects involve additional state fish and wildlife agencies working in partnership with these nine states.

“State fish and wildlife agencies play a crucial role in the conservation of America’s fish and wildlife and in delivering the promise of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation,” said Secretary Kelly Hepler of South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks and President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. “The Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration (WSFR) Program provides funding to states to protect and conserve our nation’s fish and wildlife heritage today and for generations to come. Strong and enduring partnerships are essential to our success, and there is no better example than the WSFR program.”

“Federal funding attributed to excise taxes constitute about a quarter of the annual revenue we reinvest on behalf of anglers and boaters here in Pennsylvania,” said Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director Tim Schaeffer. “Our allocation is largely driven by fishing license sales, and licenses purchased this spring will help to support trout stocking and other benefits enjoyed all year long across the Commonwealth. To increase convenience, we have made it easier than ever for anglers to go online, get their license and display it on their phone.”

“Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson funds coupled with sporting licenses are the lifeblood of state fish and wildlife agencies. These funds - generated solely by sportsmen and women - often account for 80% or more of state fish and wildlife agency revenue and are critically important to ensuring the completion of on-the-ground conservation, research and access projects,” said Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) President Jeff Crane. “CSF applauds the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for promptly distributing these ‘user pays-public benefits’ funds in a timely manner.”

“The sportfishing industry is proud to support the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund through excise taxes on fishing equipment. We appreciate the Secretary’s leadership in releasing these important grants that are used to help fund essential conservation and recreational fishing participation efforts throughout the United States,” said American Sportfishing Association President Glenn Hughes.

“The firearm and ammunition industry is a longtime and proud contributor to the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund. Our industry, in partnership with the Department of the Interior, plays a critical role in sustaining the North American Wildlife Conservation Model. That partnership demonstrates that investment in our wild animals and the habitats where they thrive pays dividends for tomorrow’s outdoorsmen and women. Firearm and ammunition makers had the foresight more than 80 years ago to recognize the importance of industry partnering with government, which has resulted in over $12.5 billion contributed to wildlife restoration since 1937. This has restored ducks to our skies and marshes, antelope to our plains, whitetail deer to our woods, opened millions of acres for public access for hunters and anglers and inspired conservationists for generations to come,” said National Shooting Sports Foundation Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane.


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About the U.S. Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior conserves and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of the American people, provides scientific and other information about natural resources and natural hazards to address societal challenges and create opportunities for the American people, and honors the Nation’s trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives and affiliated island communities to help them prosper.


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