Defeat may put players off – Bruce

first_imgHull boss Steve Bruce has admitted his side’s 3-0 capitulation to Newcastle at the KC Stadium could have jeopardised his chances of strengthening his squad in the current transfer window. But Carver now faces a “15-game season” to turn his dream job into a longer-term appointment, with club officials still expected to look elsewhere for a successor to Alan Pardew. Carver said: “I want this job and have all re-focused on what is really a 15-game season. “We are getting players back from injury and they have all got to compete and get in the team. Everybody’s re-focused because they know I am now the head coach and I hope we are going to go forward.” Carver went on to pay tribute to top scorer Papiss Cisse, who completed his long-haul return from the African Nations Cup late on Friday night and made a brief appearance off the bench with the game already won. “We got him on a train and a plane and he got here eventually,” Carver said. “He might have been a little bit fatigued, but I wanted to get him on the pitch because he had travelled and made the effort to get here. It shows you that everybody wants to be a part of it and that is a good thing.” Bruce revealed fees have been agreed for the Tigers’ two main targets – Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon and Lokomotiv Moscow’s Dame N’Doye. But, after goals from Remy Cabella, Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran gave the visitors the simplest of wins, Bruce said he would not be surprised to find either player having second thoughts. Press Association Bruce said: “Both (the deals) are up to the players themselves, and, with the position we are in at the moment in the bottom three, we are not really endearing ourselves to the two players. “The fee is agreed (for N’Doye) but there is still a lot of work to be done and that goes for Lennon too – but we hope we can bring the pair of them in. “It would certainly add to our squad but even if we don’t I am still confident the squad we’ve got can avoid going back down into the Championship.” Bruce blasted his side’s second-half performance after an encouraging start in which Michael Dawson and Curtis Davies both came close to putting the hosts ahead. Individual errors were responsible for gifting Newcastle their first two goals and Bruce acknowledged: “We simply have to stop gifting people goals like we have done in the game today. “We made an individual mistake from which they scored and up until then I thought we were the better team – then in the second half we have made a catalogue of errors for the second goal. “We need to show resilience and a bit more determination to try to rectify the situation, but if we’re honest after the second goal it turned into one of those horrible afternoons you can all do without.” The result provided a dream start for Newcastle head coach John Carver, who was handed the job until the end of the season earlier this week. last_img read more

Port Harcourt Polo Club Joins Campaign against Polio

first_imgErnest Chinwo in Port Harcourt Port Harcourt Polo Club has announced its preparedness to work with relevant government and non-governmental agencies to advance the health and well-being of the people.The club joined the campaign against polio in the country as part of its humanitarian services. The President of Port Harcourt Polo Club, Leo Edochie, spoke in Port Harcourt while unveiling a big polio box presented to the club by Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Cosmopolitan, District 9141.Edochie lauded the partnership between the club and Rotary Club and said the club was ready to serve the greater interest of the public.He noted that polio was one of the diseases plaguing the country and said it was time individuals and organisations joined hands to eliminate the scourge from the country.“Port Harcourt Polo Club is pleased to partner Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Cosmopolitan on this important fight against polio.  “While we call on other individuals and organisations to join this important fight against polio, we restate our preparedness to work for the greater good of the society,” he said.Edochie said greater humanitarian service is one of the new board’s nine point vision and that the club and its members are willing to do more.His deputy, Chukwudi Dimkpa, also said that Port Harcourt Polo Club will do everything positive to support in the fight against Polio.The Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Cosmopolitan , District 9141  had presented a big polio box at the Port Harcourt Polo Club, GRA, as part of its humanitarian services in the city.The big polo box is for cash donation that would be forwarded to Rotary Foundation for the fight against polio.Speaking at the presentation, the former District Governor of District 9141, Sir Gabriel Toby, commended the management of Polo Club for partnering Rotary to end polio.Toby, a former deputy Governor of Rivers State, said sports control a lot of followership and the larger society could be reached through sports. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Senators discuss budget concerns

first_imgMonday night’s Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting tackled budgetary issues within USG and determined which organizations on USG’s Program Board will receive additional funding this spring.Treasurer Kameron VanWoerkom proposed an amendment to USG’s bylaws that would restructure the organization’s discretionary fund. The discretionary fund allocates USG funding to undergraduate student organizations on campus that do not fall under the umbrella of USG’s Program Board.VanWoerkom said the fund has lost some of its discretion over the years, due to a flood of applications overwhelming board members.“The discretionary fund comprises one-third of our Program Board funding,” VanWoerkom said. “They’ve been receiving four to six applications per week, and their meetings are taking longer than the one hour they are planned for.”The discretionary fund received 121 expense requests this year, and more than 70 applications for funding. Under current USG bylaws, members of the discretionary board are unpaid. VanWoerkom believes the amount of work for these individuals is far too strenuous relative to their compensation.“There can be lots of stress, particularly for the director and assistant director,” VanWoerkom said.The proposed amendment will divide the discretionary fund in half. Instead of a single committee, the organization will split into two committees headed by two co-directors. Applications and proposals will be shared equally between the two committees, along with the same source of  USG funding.The goal of this reorganization is to have each board process two to three applications per week, and for discussion to be more thoughtful and conversations with student organizations to be more productive.“Conservations with student [organizations] can be time consuming [for the Discretionary Committee], but also very rewarding, as they help determine which organizations deserve funding,” VanWoerkom said.The Senate will vote on the proposed amendment after spring break.USG also voted on several funding requests. Notably, the Senate struck down a funding request from the Concerts Committee.“The amount we’re able to give them is [too] small relative to the amount they need,” said Greek senator Nicole Schrad.A Latino Student Assembly funding request was also denied and performing arts was partially funded. The Speakers Committee received funding on the condition they finalize their contract with high-profile speakers for the spring.last_img read more

Fostering the future

first_imgFor Lucero Noyola and Jesse Aguiar, the opportunity to pursue higher education was life-changing. Education revealed to them a potential for their future, granting them both personal triumphs and struggles: Noyola navigated through East Los Angeles College by herself, working jobs to raise her child as a single mother. Aguiar, too, found the community college system complex and at times, disheartening.Lucero Noyola (top) and Jesse Aguiar (bottom) assisted in sponsoring legislation to help foster youth through college. Less than 10 percent of foster youth receive bachelor’s degrees, per Foster Care to Success. Top photo by Tomás Mier, bottom photo courtesy of Jesse Aguiar.As former members of the foster youth system, Noyola and Aguiar surmounted emotional, educational and financial struggles to graduate college and live independently. According to data from nonprofit Foster Care to Success, approximately 20 percent of former foster youth graduate high school and attend college, and fewer than 10 percent receive a bachelor’s degree. In Fall 2016, Noyola and Aguiar worked to sponsor legislation to aid former foster youth transitioning to college life in California, in an effort to combat foster youth’s low success rates in higher education.“There’s a lack of knowledge, and there is a lot of research that shows that foster youth are not taught leaving the system [to be] prepared for college, but a lot of them have aspirations of attending college,” said Noyola, now a graduate student at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. “And so, that was what we were trying to solve, to give our [foster youth] community support services on their campuses — to help them persist and graduate.” On Oct. 13, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1567 into law, renaming a previous bill to the Higher Education Outreach and Assistance Act for Foster Youth. The bill will require California state universities and community colleges to reach out to former foster youth with available on-campus resources. The legislation is crucial in providing emotional support by connecting youth to a community with shared experiences, said Aguiar, director of the Beyond Foster Care program at Journey House, a nonprofit that assists former foster youth in adulthood.   “I know for myself, I went in and navigated the entire community college application process by myself, and I remember how difficult it was,” Aguiar said. “So, one of the indirect [effects] of this — for me I feel really proud of — is now, when a foster youth steps on a campus, they won’t feel alone, and … from the very beginning, if they answer the question that they were former foster youth, the college application will allow them to have access to community support.” Working against the odds At Beyond Foster Care’s first event in June 2015, Noyola and Aguiar connected over their similar backgrounds and aspirations as two former foster youth who once faced incarceration and socioeconomic struggle, with desires to enact concrete change in their community. “When I met Jesse at Journey House, I was receiving [foster care] services, so I was at USC and [Journey House] would help me with books and supplies,” Noyola said. Journey House supported Noyola during her transfer to USC, and she received books, supplies and rent support from the nonprofit. She then connected Journey House to the Trojan Guardian Scholars program, USC’s main support network for emancipated foster youth. Noyola had experience conducting research throughout her undergraduate and graduate careers at USC, a skill that caught Aguiar’s attention in his work for Beyond Foster Care. Aguiar had previous experience working in grassroots organizing. Aguiar and Noyola began to have conversations about conducting an official study on foster youth, which evolved into the possibility to sponsor legislation on the issue.“Initially, it was just a conversation we had about issues we felt were very important to the foster care community,” Aguiar said. “From conversations with [elected officials who represent the Pasadena area] … an office reached out to us … [and] they were interested in pursuing some concrete action and asked if we wanted to partner with them on this legislation.” After strategy sessions on crafting the intent and language of the bill, the two were notified in January that California State Assemblymember Chris Holden agreed to author their bill. Noyola and Aguiar then spent time in Sacramento advocating for their legislation and providing testimony to government officials with the guidance of Serena Kirk, a policy consultant at IDEATE California. What was different about Noyola and Aguiar’s campaign, Kirk said, was that almost every individual working to advocate for the legislation or providing testimony was a former foster youth, which strengthened their policy. “A lot of times, in policy, you’re representing a population … but in this case, [Noyola and Aguiar] were representing themselves and each other,” Kirk said. The two were successful in getting their legislation sponsored in one year with no external opposition from other advocates, an uncommon occurrence in policy, both Kirk and Aguiar said. A key aspect of the bill’s success was Aguiar and Noyola’s willingness to compromise when their policy went through various legislative cycles, Kirk said. Initially, Aguiar and Noyola envisioned a system that would provide former foster youth automatic enrollment into support programs, as well as a data-sharing component, which would notify California state universities and community colleges that an individual was enrolled at their campus.Graphic by Steven Kramer | Daily Trojan“One of the first appropriations and cost analyses done on our bill estimated it to be around $4.6 million [to pass the bill], so that became a very huge barrier for us,” Aguiar said. They worked to alter aspects of the bill, such as automatic enrollment in support programs and an automatic notification system for former foster youth, to lower the bill’s overall cost, Noyola said.“[Aguiar and Noyola] really felt committed to their objective, which was bettering outcomes for former foster youth, but then also making sure they weren’t unintentionally creating barriers within the system that support foster youth,” Kirk said. For a better future“If you hear stories about former foster youth or people who are involved in the criminal justice system, their stories — not to say that it’s not the reality — are told in this very kind of repetitive narrative of trauma, loss, victimization,” Aguiar said.Both Noyola and Aguiar, who once faced incarceration in their youth, experienced the juvenile system and felt abandoned by society. However, the two hope to be remembered for their social work and reform. Their desire to meaningfully impact their community drive them beyond simply explaining their journey as former foster youth.“I always saw research as a tool to advocate,” Noyola said. Before their bill could be crafted, she had worked with a researcher from UCLA to create fact sheets and reference materials on statistics of foster care youth, while taking courses at USC. “Being able to support Jesse through my passion of research and seeing how far my work can go, how it can have a real impact on my community — that’s why I want to continue to do this kind of work,” Noyola said. When Noyola and Aguiar brainstormed ideas to help former foster youth, their goal was to create concrete action. “I think the conversation Lucero and I have a lot, not just with ourselves, but even in our circles away from work, is how do we share our story, how do we use our stories and our experiences in a way that’s different than how they’re traditionally told,” Aguiar said. “Populations are studied from a distance, from an academic standpoint. For us, we wanted to use our experiences to drive insightful [conversations].” Although the two were successful in their first legislative endeavor, they have their sights set on sponsoring future policies for former and current foster youth in their transition to independent adulthood. “What we did was monumental,” Aguiar said. “All these organizations that are well-funded … [with] senior legislative officials who have years of experience in research and policy work — even the larger advocacy organizations in California don’t always get their bills passed in one legislative session. And we were able to do that with just Lucero and [me].”Clarification: Lucero Noyola worked independently to create fact sheets and reference materials for the bill, but has worked with UCLA researchers to conduct the preliminary study on former foster youth.last_img read more

Irish rugby side back on the training pitch

first_imgThe 6 Nations champions failed to impress in Sunday’s victory over Italy, which sealed their place in the quarter finals.Sexton says Ireland have to raise their game for the group decider against France on Sunday.There’s also pool matches today at the World Cup.The opening match features the two minnows in Pool D as Canada take-on Romania at the Leicester City Stadium, where kick-off is at 16:45.The late game tonight is in Pool A where Uruguay will face Fiji from 8pm. Joe Schmidt will be putting his players through their paces at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales ahead of Sunday’s battle with France for the top-spot in Pool D.Centre Jared Payne will hope to play a part in today’s session after spending most of the weekend in a protective boot because of his bruised foot.Jonathan Sexton says Ireland will need to improve significantly to succeed at the World Cup.last_img read more

Pontillas ready for Emma Tagoe challenge

first_imgFilipino boxer Ronald Pontillas breezed into Accra on Monday with a big dose of confidence as he gears up to face Ghana’s Emmanuel Tagoe who is the current WBA International/WBO Africa Super Featherweight champion.The two would be fighting for the vacant WBO Africa Junior Lightweight – a title Tagoe once held – at the Accra Stadium on Friday.The title fight has been put together by Asamoah Gyan’s Baby Jet Promotions.Pontillas holds a fight record of 15 wins, 5 losses and 3 draws and he told JOY Sports he has the edge because he fights better outside of his home country.”I’ve been outside the Philippines not once, not twice and I won all my fights. I prefer this fight here in Ghana because I have prepared very well for it and I am ready to fight on Friday,” Pontillas said.”I can fight through till the end because I have prepared very well but maybe I can win by a knockout.”Pontillas has only seen Emmanuel Tagoe’s video clips on YouTube and has very scanty knowledge about the Ghanaian.However the Filipino believes his preparation is enough to see him through the night. ”I don’t know him (Tagoe) very well but I saw his fights on YouTube. He is a very good boxer, he is very quick but I know how to match him up punch for punch. Let’s just see what happens on Friday.”last_img read more

Dodgers to begin two-phase plan to heighten, extend netting at Dodger Stadium

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Related Articles “There will be a slight taper and it will have to bend a little to conform to the guide wires. And that’s part of the complexity of it. You can’t just run down to the store and say, ‘Give me a net.’ … We have to move anchors and account for camera angles. We have done all that. And we think this is going to be a real enhancement for fan safety in keeping with changing attitudes of both fans and players.”Many players throughout MLB have been vocal in calling for extended netting at stadiums after an increasing number of fan injuries over the past two years. The Chicago White Sox extended the netting at their park to the foul poles with several other teams expected to make similar adjustments.After a woman was injured by a foul ball during a June game against the Colorado Rockies, Kasten acknowledged that plans were underway to extend the netting at Dodger Stadium, though the plan was still in the formative stages at the time.Because of “Dodger Stadium’s geography,” Kasten said, extending the netting foul pole to foul pole was “not necessary.”“It makes sense when you really dig into it,” he said, citing studies the team did before drawing up the two-phase plan. “We did a lot of studies – and the reason this has taken so long – with current baseball. Let’s face it, I didn’t want old data so we got the latest data we could assemble – every single foul ball that has gone into the stands this year, where they go in, at what height, at what speed. All of that went into making these decisions. We think this is the best decision we could make to enhance safety while also still keeping the stadium as comfortable and accommodating for fans as it has always been.”Kasten said he spoke with “team leaders” to get their opinions on what needed to be done.“There is not uniformity of opinion on this. We took all of that into account,” he said. “That was definitely a part of our study as to what to do. And listen – we think this is the best decision we could make, but it’s fluid. If next year it needs to change, we’ll look at it again.”Of the cost, Kasten said, “I wouldn’t say minimal. I would say irrelevant. That was not a factor.”The Dodgers also plan a $100 million renovation this offseason which will create numerous changes to the outfield pavilions, including the addition of a two-acre entertainment plaza in center field.The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger looks to give a ball to the fan he accidentally hit with a foul ball while at bat during a game against the Colorado Rockies earlier this season at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers plan to extend the protective netting substantially between now and early September. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img LOS ANGELES — After studying data on foul balls and soliciting opinions from current players, the Dodgers are ready to begin a two-phase plan to heighten and extend the netting at Dodger Stadium.The first phase will begin as soon as the Dodgers complete their current homestand. By the time they return from a six-game trip to Miami and Atlanta for a home game on Aug. 20, the current netting which extends to the end of each dugout will be heightened by 8 feet.The second phase will take place during the following trip. When the Dodgers return for a homestand beginning on Sept. 2, the netting will have been extended down both foul lines to the elbow where the stands bend back away from the field. All of the netting will be at the increased height.“It’s really much more complicated than people appreciate,” Dodgers team president Stan Kasten said Friday, speaking exclusively to the Southern California Newspaper Group about the plan. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Warriors offseason preview: How will Kevin Durant’s injury affect Golden State’s plans?

first_imgWarriors offseason: Wait till next year . . .Golden State will be a contender again next season, whether Durant leaves or stays. The trio of Curry, Thompson (assuming he re-signs) and Green is enough to make the Warriors a formidable opponent to any team in the West without Durant ever touching the floor.But the work around the margins by general manager Bob Myers becomes that much more important now. If the Warriors don’t boost the supporting cast, they won’t look nearly as terrifying. The Raptors showed there is no reason to wait for the Golden State dynasty to run its course. There are benefits to going all-in right now.The Warriors enjoyed sitting in their own separate tier for a few years. It appears the rest of the NBA is finally catching up. How will they respond? Warriors offseason: Big issuesThe free-agency bonanza of 2019 was always going to have a huge impact on the Warriors moving forward, but they could never have anticipated just how complicated it would become.This was supposed to be the summer of Kevin Durant, who could leave the Bay Area with two rings and two NBA Finals MVP awards in his trophy case. Then Durant went down in Game 5 of the NBA Finals with a ruptured Achilles, an injury that will have major ramifications for the entire league. The Warriors can offer Durant familiarity as he recovers and goes through a lengthy rehabilitation process. They possess a championship roster and organization, a supermax contract and a chance to play in the brand-new Chase Center in San Francisco. But Golden State isn’t even the betting favorite to sign Durant. New York is seen as KD’s most likely destination, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering Durant-to-the-Knicks rumors have been flying around all season. The Clippers and Nets are preparing to chase Durant as well, so the Warriors will have plenty of competition. The injury shouldn’t stop suitors from throwing a lot of money his way.The primary choices for Durant: a five-year supermax with the Warriors, a four-year regular max from another team and a $31.5 million player option with Golden State for the 2019-20 season. It’s on Durant to make a decision that’s best for him and his future. It will be fascinating to watch what he does knowing he is essentially taking a redshirt year to recover.One thing the Warriors control? Maxing out Klay Thompson. There is no reason for the front office to mess around with the five-time All-Star, who has averaged 19.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting (41.9 percent from beyond the arc) over eight seasons with Golden State. He is an elite shooter, a terrific perimeter defender and about as low-maintenance as you can get in the NBA. Just give him the five-year, $188 million deal and keep the Thompson-Stephen Curry backcourt intact.(UPDATE: The Warriors announced early Friday that Thompson suffered a torn left ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. That could change Golden State’s approach to his free agency, but Warriors owner told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports the injury “doesn’t change anything as far as I’m concerned.”)None of this will be cheap, of course. As ESPN’s Bobby Marks recently noted on “The Woj Pod,” bringing Durant and Thompson back would cost the Warriors approximately $160 million in payroll and $230 million in luxury tax next season, and that’s without mentioning Draymond Green’s next contract. He will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2019-20 season, though he could want an extension done in July.Golden State fans shouldn’t care how much owner Joe Lacob has to spend to maintain this roster, but how deep he wants to go into the tax could ultimately change the trajectory of the franchise. Figuring out which stars will stay is a nice problem to have, but it’s a problem nonetheless.Warriors offseason: Free-agent outlookPlayerStatusKevin DurantPlayer option/unrestricted free agentKlay ThompsonUnrestricted free agentDeMarcus CousinsUnrestricted free agentKevon LooneyUnrestricted free agentAndrew BogutUnrestricted free agentJonas JerebkoUnrestricted free agentQuinn CookRestricted free agentJordan BellRestricted free agentDamion LeeRestricted free agent(Shaun Livingston is under contract for the 2019-20 season, but his deal is only guaranteed for $2 million. It becomes fully guaranteed if he is not waived before June 30.)Warriors offseason: The young folksThe most interesting youngster for the Warriors is 23-year-old center Kevon Looney, who emerged as a quality big man in the 2019 playoffs. He displayed an improved ability to finish around the basket, gobbled up rebounds and held his own against smaller guards on switches.Unfortunately for Golden State, that means Looney will be making much more than $1.5 million, his salary for this past season. His future could be tied to DeMarcus Cousins, who has a higher ceiling than Looney but may never be the same player after multiple leg injuries.Then there’s Jordan Bell, the 24-year-old who saw his minutes drop from 14.2 per game as a rookie to 11.6 as a sophomore. Bell played in every Western Conference finals game but also logged six DNPs in the playoffs, perfectly illustrating his inability to produce consistently and earn Steve Kerr’s trust.Chaos at center won’t grab the same headlines as Durant and Thompson, but the Warriors’ work here could be immensely important to another run at the title.last_img read more

Halilhodzic’s Japan won against Uzbekistan

first_imgLed by renowned BH expert, Vahid Halilhodzic, Samurai yesterday demonstrated power against Uzbekistan in front of home supporters.After his debut against Tunisia on Friday, when he achieved a win of 2:0, yesterday Vaha led Samurai to the convincing triumph of 5:1.Aoyama scored the first goal in the 6th minute with a beautiful volley from around 30 meters. Okazaki increased the result to 2:0. And public could see a show of goals in the finish of the match. Shibasaki scored for 3:0 in the 80th minute, and Tuhtahujaev cored the consoling goal for guests.Usami and Kawamata suppressed the opponent until the end, and confirmed that our expert is doing excellent work there.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img

Amazon gives Seattle NHL arena new name: Climate Pledge Arena

first_imgI’m excited to announce that Amazon has bought the naming rights to the historic Seattle arena previously known as KeyArena. Instead of calling it Amazon Arena, we’re naming it Climate Pledge Arena as a regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action. It will be the first net zero carbon certified arena in the world, generate zero waste from operations and events, and use reclaimed rainwater in the ice system to create the greenest ice in the NHL. #ClimatePledgeA post shared by Jeff Bezos (@jeffbezos) on Jun 25, 2020 at 11:00am PDTMORE: NHL Phase 2 detailsBezos penned a statement on Instagram:I’m excited to announce that Amazon has bought the naming rights to the historic Seattle arena previously known as KeyArena. Instead of calling it Amazon Arena, we’re naming it Climate Pledge Arena as a regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action. It will be the first net zero carbon certified arena in the world, generate zero waste from operations and events, and use reclaimed rainwater in the ice system to create the greenest ice in the NHL.Fans currently have the name of the stadium, but not the name of the franchise. If they’re still looking for nicknames, here are a few that are available: the Supersonics, Pilots, Primes and Kraken.”We have known for sometime now, we need to do everything different.”Together @amazon, @OakViewGroup & @NHLSeattle_ are doing just that. #ClimatePledgeArena will serve as a long-lasting & regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action.Visit → https://t.co/CAoP17Dw4x pic.twitter.com/iL3gOKBJv0— Climate Pledge Arena (@ClimateArena) June 25, 2020Key Arena, located in the Seattle Center, has been home to the Seattle Supersonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder) and is the future home of the Seattle Storm of the WNBA. The building was most recently named the KeyArena between 1995 and 2008.  Your Amazon Prime dollars are hard at work.Amazon bought the sponsorship for long-standing KeyArena on Thursday, and is giving the reconstructed arena a new name. Impending fans of the newly christened Seattle NHL franchise will call Climate Pledge Arena their home, per Amazon head man Jeff Bezos.  View this post on Instagramcenter_img Opened in 1962, the building will be home ice to the unnamed Seattle NHL franchise once renovations are completed. The building was last used in 2018.Twitter, as always, chimed in with the climate-conscious name:This sucks so bad!! Bezos buying up Seattle piece by piece is no pledge to the climate, tax Amazon https://t.co/Rokj312pvt— lena raine 🎴 (@kuraine) June 25, 2020Whether you like it or not…Honestly, how many people thought Climate Pledge Arena was an Onion headline at first?— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) June 25, 2020What on earth are we gonna nickname Climate Pledge Arena? The Greenhouse? An Inconvenient Roof?— Stephen Cohen (@scohenSEA) June 25, 2020seattle: what if you used your billions for affordable housingamazon: climate..seattle: okay that’s a great issue tooamazon: pledgeseattle: ???amazon: arena https://t.co/JZ9wLn7grK— Susana Machado (@smacha1995) June 25, 2020The temperature inside Climate Pledge Arena should rise by one degree every year https://t.co/dx4g0ALtub— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) June 25, 2020Seattle’s NHL franchise will take the ice in 2021.last_img read more