PREMIERE: Southern Avenue Survives & Thrives On Soul-Centric New Single, “Jive” [Listen]

first_imgMemphis soul, blues, and jam band Southern Avenue has an extremely interesting and unique backstory. Guitarist Ori Naftaly grew up in Israel with a deep-rooted passion for American soul, blues, and funk. Naftaly set his eyes on the prize, making a musical pilgrimage in 2013 to compete in Memphis, TN’s prestigious International Blues Challenge. Realizing that staying with his former band in Israel was holding him back, a new opportunity arose when Naftaly befriended Memphis-bred vocalist Tierinii Jackson, who has an extensive history of singing in church, local cover bands, theatrical projects, and more.In 2015, Ori Naftaly, Tierinii Jackson, and her drummer sister Tikyra Jackson helped form Southern Avenue. The band toured vigorously throughout the U.S. and Europe in their formative years before landing a record deal. Southern Avenue released their debut self-titled album in February 2017 via Stax Records. Expanding their vision to embrace new musical challenges, the quartet is gearing up to release their sophomore album, Keep On, due out on May 10th, 2019.Keep On was recorded with producer Johnny Black (Jessie J, Daughtry, Estelle) at Memphis’ legendary Sam Phillips Recording, and includes guest appearances by seminal Stax Records artist William Bell, noted Memphis musician Gage Markey (who serves as guest bassist on most of the album), and a horn section comprised of Art Edmaiston (JJ Grey & Mofro, Gregg Allman) and Marc Franklin (The Bo-Keys, Gregg Allman).“Jive” is a snappy new tune off of Keep On, which opens up with Tikyra “TK” Jackson holding down a tight-knit groove behind Naftaly’s gritty opening guitar lick. Tierinii Jackson jumps into her vocal lead loud and proud, as the quartet trickles into the song’s main theme. Southern Avenue arranged their vocal overlays and harmonies with precision and meticulous thought, resulting in a beautiful sonic landscape, offering insight to the band’s vast, worldly influences. Tierinii Jackson shared her thoughts on “Jive” with Live For Live Music. She explains,This song is about learning to navigate a fast-paced industry while maintaining one’s self-respect. There are lots of selfish people out there, snakes who will try to take advantage of you at every corner. You need to be aware of your surroundings, learn the game and become that beast that no one wants to mess with. We love this song because we’ve encountered a lot of toxic relationships on our journey and we have survived and thrived through all the Jive. Today, we’re excited to premiere Southern Avenue’s new single. You can check out the Live For Live Music premiere of  Southern Avenue’s new tune “Jive” below:Southern Avenue – “Jive”[Audio: Concord Records]Southern Avenue has a big year of touring ahead of them, highlighted by multiple performances in New Orleans during Jazz Fest, festival appearances at Beale Street Music Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, Electric Forest, Peach Music Festival, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Bourbon & Beyond, and the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, and more. The band will also join Tedeschi Trucks Band for a run of shows throughout the Southwest in the fall.Fans can head here to pre-order Southern Avenue’s forthcoming Keep On release.See below for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates. For ticketing and more information, head to Southern Avenue’s website.Southern Avenue 2019 Tour Dates:Sun, APR 28Joy Theater (w/The Word)New Orleans, LAWed, MAY 1House of Blues New Orleans (ShortyFest!)New Orleans, LAThu, MAY 2The Howlin’ Wolf (w/Samantha Fish & Marc Broussard)New Orleans, LASat, MAY 4Beale Street Music FestivalMemphis, TNTue, MAY 7Brooklyn BowlBrooklyn, NYThu, MAY 9The 8×10Baltimore, MDSat, MAY 11Bishop Gunn Crawfish BoilNatchez, MSSat, MAY 18Stomp the Blues Out of HomelessnessSpringfield, MOSun, MAY 19Doheny Blues FestivalDana Point, CAFri, MAY 24Summer Camp Music FestivalChillicothe, ILSat, MAY 25Summer Camp Music FestivalChillicothe, ILSun, MAY 26Summer Camp Music FestivalChillicothe, ILWed, MAY 29Camden DingwallsLondon, United KingdomSat, JUN 1amc BOCANEGRAValles, SpainSun, JUN 2Rock & Blues CafeZaragoza, SpainMon, JUN 3JamboreeBarcelona, SpainThu, JUN 6SztygarkaChorzow, PolandFri, JUN 7QuasimodoBerlin, GermanySun, JUN 9Grolsch Blues FestivalSchöppingen, GermanyMon, JUN 10Ribs & Blues RaalteRaalte, NetherlandsThu, JUN 13Sierre Blues FestivalSierre, SwitzerlandSat, JUN 22Pine Bluff Regional Park AmphitheatrePine Bluff, ARThu, JUN 27Old Rock HouseSt. Louis, MOFri, JUN 28Electric ForestRothbury, MISat, JUN 29Electric ForestRothbury, MISun, JUN 30Turf ClubSt Paul, MNWed, JUL 3The Triple DoorSeattle, WASat, JUL 6Waterfront Blues FestivalPortland, ORWed, JUL 10Club CafePittsburgh, PAFri, JUL 12Briggs Farm Blues FestivalNescopeck, PASat, JUL 13Ottawa BluesfestOttawa, CanadaSun, JUL 14Ottawa BluesfestOttawa, CanadaThu, JUL 25The Peach Music FestivalScranton, PAFri, JUL 26The Peach Music FestivalScranton, PASat, JUL 27The Peach Music FestivalScranton, PASun, JUL 28Interstellar RodeoEdmonton, CanadaThu, AUG 1Lander LiveLander, WYFri, AUG 2Montrose Summer Music SeriesMontrose, COSun, AUG 4Mammoth Festival Of Beers & BluesaploozaMammoth Lakes, CAThu, AUG 8Sweetwater Music HallMill Valley, CASat, AUG 10Burnaby Blues and Roots FestivalBurnaby, CanadaSat, AUG 17Music in the Blue RidgeRoseland, VASat, AUG 24Druid City Music FestivalTuscaloosa, ALThu, SEP 12Telluride Blues & Brews FestivalTelluride, COFri, SEP 13Telluride Blues & Brews FestivalTelluride, COSun, SEP 22Bourbon and BeyondLouisville, KYSat, OCT 26Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseSan Diego, CASun, OCT 27Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseSan Diego, CAMon, OCT 28Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseSan Diego, CATue, OCT 29Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseSan Diego, CAWed, OCT 30Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseSan Diego, CAThu, OCT 31Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseSan Diego, CAFri, NOV 1Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseSan Diego, CASat, NOV 2Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseSan Diego, CAWed, NOV 6The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (w/Tedeschi Trucks Band)Houston, TXFri, NOV 8Majestic Theatre (w/Tedeschi Trucks Band)Dallas, TXTue, NOV 12Brady Theater (w/Tedeschi Trucks Band)Tulsa, OKThu, NOV 14Tobin Center for the Performing Arts (w/Tedeschi Trucks Band)San Antonio, TXSat, NOV 16Robinson Center (w/Tedeschi Trucks Band)Little Rock, ARView Tour Dateslast_img read more

Mayor connects to freshmen

first_imgSouth Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg emphasized politics, conversation and cooperation when he addressed Notre Dame students Wednesday night as a part of the First Year of Studies’ First Year Challenge lecture series. Notre Dame plays a critical role in the economy and industry of the city of South Bend, Buttigieg said, especially in the era after South Bend’s industrial peak, the Studebaker automobile era. “Just as [South Bend’s] industrial economy began to shrink, Notre Dame became a prominent institution,” Buttigieg said. Though Notre Dame does not employ nearly as many people as the Studebaker industry once did – roughly 20,000 people before it closed its doors in 1963 – it plays a critical role in the development of local businesses and city culture, Buttigieg said. After a brief lesson in history and a look back at the culture of South Bend before its intimate relationship with Notre Dame began, Buttigieg said he recognized the benefits associated with living in the city, in addition to the challenges. “On the one hand South Bend is a very cost-efficient place to live,” Buttigieg said. “On the other hand, however, the city is facing a significant problem with vacant and abandoned properties, poverty, racial gaps and anti-modernity attitudes.” Much of South Bend’s difficulties stem from the high number of its residents living in poverty, Buttigieg said. “We have more houses than people and 24 percent of the city’s population lives below the poverty line,” Buttigieg said. “And we have a whole generation of people that have been lead to believe that the only role they had to play in globalization is that of the victim.” The young mayor said he is hopeful of the city’s ability to adapt to today’s conditions. “South Bend has a curious ability to take old things and turn it into something new,” Buttigieg said. The city’s economy is not the only thing that has changed over the decades. A new wave of immigrants has created an increasingly diverse population, giving the city what Buttigieg said is a distinct “new flavor.” This cultural shift did not come without its problems, but Buttigieg said the community can and has found common ground to embrace new cultures and new citizens. “That’s what makes us so interesting! I’m not interested in segregating the problem. I just try to make sure that there are spaces for people to interact,” Buttigieg explained. “That’s why I like food so much. People from different cultures will like each other’s food so long as it’s good.” While Buttigieg lectured on South Bend’s evolution historically, economically and culturally, the students ultimately guided the conversation. Students, posed questions concerning education, gun control and students’ role in the community. A South Bend native, Mayor Buttigieg said he realized through his business ventures abroad that a need for his talents and skills existed in his own hometown. He encouraged students to viewySouth Bend as their home, too. “I hope that you would find that engaging in your community will be beneficial to you,” Buttigieg said. “I bet I can show you some places on the west side that will be no less exotic to you than Uganda. It’s a lot better than those places, don’t get me wrong, but the adventures you will have … will expand your horizons.” Contact Vicky Moreno at vmoreno@nd.edulast_img read more

Lecture explores connection between wellness, altruism

first_imgThe external benefits of volunteering can be obvious, but what about the internal? Rebekah DeLine, the director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement at Saint Mary’s College, explored this idea during her lecture Tuesday afternoon called “Health and Altruism: the Benefits of Volunteering.”Before DeLine spoke of the sometimes unseen benefits of service opportunities, she said her goal is not to guilt people into volunteering.“My goal here is not to make you feel bad about yourself — like you should be doing more, and you should serve, and you should make time for it,” she said. “You’re a student, and I get that, and I respect that. We have different seasons in life, and there might be a semester where you’ve got a pretty light load, and this is great, or you could be a student-athlete and maybe no semester is really great. But we want to meet you where you are.”She said that the goal of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement is to “promote a life of social responsibility and to help people respond to the complex needs of the contemporary world,” and this is done through students engaging with the community and the community speaking on how it can be helped.“Our first goal in our office is actually not to serve, serve, serve, or volunteer, volunteer, volunteer, but it’s to engage the students, engage the community and connect the two,” DeLine said. “From that relationship, hopefully, will come the opportunity to serve or the opportunity to accompany or advocate for those in need. That’s sort of where we come from. I think it’s very aligned with the mission of the college as well as the Sisters of the Holy Cross, who are more interested in justice than service. More interested in walking with and helping.”It is through this engagement with the community, DeLine said, that students can grow and promote their own well-being.“It is working with others, focusing on serving them, in and of itself promotes inner health, because you’re not necessarily focused on your problems and your worries, which can be very challenging,” she said. “You are giving yourself a break from worrying about yourself and taking time to learn about others’ hopes and needs.”DeLine said volunteering also provides an opportunity for students to learn skills that cannot be taught in a lecture hall.“A lot of students will use volunteering, and not in a negative way, to build their resume. It is definitely skill building,” she said. “There is a difference between learning what you learn in a classroom and applying that in real life. When I was at the Red Cross, one of our interview questions was always about flexibility. You don’t learn about flexibility in a classroom. You learn flexibility by having to deal with complicated situations and responding.”The Office for Civic and Social Engagement offers many opportunities for the Saint Mary’s community to work with the outside community, DeLine said. Some opportunities include Beyond the Belle, an after-school tutoring and mentor program; Adopt a Family, a seasonal opportunity to donate Christmas gifts to families requiring assistance; and helping with on-campus composting and edible food recovery for the Center For the Homeless in South Bend.There are also one-day opportunities available throughout the semester called Days of Service.“We’re trying to do one a month, where it’s just one day of service, easy to sign up, low barrier to entry. We provide transportation and food,” DeLine said. “The next one is October 27, 11 [a.m.] to 2 [p.m.] That’s at Greenbridge Growers, which is a sustainable farm. It’s awesome in and of itself, but their goal is not necessarily sustainable farming and aquaponics, but it’s actually employing adults with autism.”DeLine said the office works to keep in contact with organizations throughout the greater community to be able to provide opportunities for a variety of interests.“On a regular basis, we try to maintain contact with about 80 community partners, so that any student who walks in, and they’re interested in a specific population — say individuals with disabilities or mothers in crisis pregnancies — we can connect them with a specific agency and help them to sign up and volunteer,” she said. The office sends out a weekly email highlighting the week’s service opportunities and contact information for a community partner. DeLine said she is always willing to discuss volunteer possibilities.“They could definitely [come to our office],” she said. “I am always happy to meet a student for coffee and just talk about it, or if they don’t drink coffee, we can find a different beverage.”Tags: Days of Service, OCSE, Office of Civic and Social Engagement, Rebekah DeLinelast_img read more

Bill Allocates $40 Million To Combat Coronavirus In New York

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageALBANY – New York’s Senate and Assembly has voted to allocate $40 million toward fighting the Novel Coronavirus in New York State.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a news conference Wednesday that there are six cases so far in the state.Since the outbreak, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the state additional funding to conduct its own testing, but the Governor says he wanted $40 million allocated toward combating the virus.“I think first, as a piece of legislation, it was critical, these quarantines, when we say someone has to be quarantined or we have to set up a congregate quarantine facility, you need the legal authority to do that,” said Governor Cuomo. Cuomo says the federal funding allows the state to conduct 1,000 tests per day within the week.Not everyone in the state agrees though, Local Senator George Borrello says the legislation excessively expands the duties of the governor.Speaking to other lawmakers in the state capital, Borrello says the allocation is more like a “power grab” by Governor Cuomo.“While I fully supported the funding appropriation, I could not support handing the Governor the power to act unilaterally during any event he deems an ‘emergency.’ The bill would have given him sweeping and sole authority to suspend and alter any state or local law or rule and issue directives,” explained Borrello. “It unnecessarily added language to allow the Governor to declare a wide spectrum of events as ‘disasters’ – even blight — giving him ultimate authority.”Borrello says during his time as county executive, he had several crises arise that required quick action by the county legislature to approve emergency appropriations, not the executive office.“Those occasions were never used as opportunities to expand the power of the executive and diminish the role of lawmakers,” said Borrello. “Had I attempted such a move, my colleagues would have voted “no” and rightly so. Many of my fellow legislators in both the Senate and Assembly, and from both sides of the aisle, expressed serious concerns with the overreach in this bill. That is why I could not, in good conscious, vote in favor of this measure.”The U.S. outbreak began in January. Since then, six people have died from the disease; all of them were from Washington State.last_img read more

How Can Victims of Human Trafficking be Identified?

first_img When these failures occur, they reinforce what traffickers around the world commonly threaten their victims with: law enforcement will incarcerate or deport them if they seek help. This backward outcome is why governments are doing well in committing to modern comprehensive anti-trafficking laws or international standards for victim care. Government must guarantee victims their rights and protection, but passing laws is only a first step for governments that take victim identification seriously. The success of victim identification will often depend on who that trafficking victim first encounters—whether a police officer, immigration agent, or labor inspector. Labor inspectors or immigration officers sometimes are confronted with indicators of human trafficking but fail to recognize the indicators as such or don’t see trafficking as falling under their authority. Maritime officials focus on whether the condition of a fishing vessel and its equipment complies with environmental or safety regulations and miss the gross abuses inflicted on the crew. Vice squads and judges may see people in commercial sex as irredeemable and fail to look beneath the surface or acknowledge their suffering. To prevent such lapses, government efforts to identify victims must go well beyond laws guaranteeing certain mechanisms, rights, or status. By Dialogo July 30, 2013 According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report, when adequate anti-trafficking laws are enforced, identification of a person as a victim must begin with a process that respects their rights, provides them protection, and enables them to access services to recover from the trauma inflicted by traffickers. On the other hand, when authorities misclassify or fail to identify victims the victims not only lose access to justice, but may be misidentified as undocumented immigrants or criminals deserving punishment, and even unfairly subjected to additional harm, trauma, and punishments, including arrest, detention, deportation, or prosecution. Identifying a victim of human trafficking allows these victims to be more than simply a complainant in a prosecution. Unfortunately, the report also shows that government officials do not yet have the training they need to proactively identify victims, and as a result, wait in vain for victims to self-identify. Case after case has emerged in which government officials come in contact with a trafficking victim and fail to recognize the characteristics of the crime. Officials often fail to recognize male victims of forced labor, for example, even when these describe the severe exploitation they endured, because the officials assume that trafficking only happens to women. These may including government officials who inspect or have access to establishments where trafficking may occur; private sector employees in establishments employing potential traffic victims, such as hotels, restaurants, bars, beauty parlors, and grocery stores; law enforcement officers who are on the front lines of crime and are often those who have primary contact with trafficking victims, including all police, immigration officers, and border guards; health care professionals who often see trafficking victims; transportation professionals who often encounter trafficking victims either being transported or otherwise exploited—truck, taxi, and bus drivers; train attendants; flight attendants; and employees at truck and rest stops, and education officials who are uniquely positioned to identify children who are being exploited—principals, guidance counselors, teachers, and school nurses. Governments need to seek to implement proactive systematic identification strategies designed to fit the wide range of settings and circumstances in which victims have been or might be found. Formal anti-trafficking training is essential to ensure that law enforcement, prosecutors, the judiciary, first responders, and other government officials have a common understanding of the elements of trafficking crimes, the evidence necessary for a conviction, and factors for special consideration such as trauma and dependency. Protocols and training curricula should align with this shared understanding. Training efforts should be based on policies and procedures that provide trainees with clear guidance for action: what to do when encountering an individual who may be the victim of human trafficking or a situation characterized by indicators of trafficking. It is also essential that agencies collaborate with overlapping areas of responsibility and with social services agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international organizations (IOs) that provide assistance to victims. Sound policies on victim identification must include planning for access to comprehensive services.last_img read more

‘Gnome’ Village Found in Bellmore’s Mill Pond Park

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A family made an unusual discovery while strolling Tuesday through Mill Pond Park in Bellmore: They stumbled upon what appeared to be a miniature village of fairies and gnomes in the woods.The figurines, carefully placed at the base of several trees in the park, were made to look as though the mythological creatures have taken up residence beside the pond — much to the surprise of local residents who happened upon the scene.“We were walking down the west path and passed an older gentleman who asked us if we’d seen any fairies or gnomes around,” said Blythe Worster, 40, a teacher and married mother of two from Bellmore. “We said ‘no,’ as we had just started making our way around the pond. He told us there were lots to look for.”Upon hearing that, her 5-year-old daughter excitedly peddled away on her scooter down the path, when they happened upon what looked like Tinkerbell’s house, Worster said.“She was so excited to see the display,” Worster said, adding, “Then lifted her head and saw the largest collection of little figures and was just in awe.”The displays also included figurines of dinosaurs, owls and frogs. Andy Kuzma, the man who created the displays, said he “just something special [for] the adventure at the pond [for] adults and kids.”And the Worsters — and likely lots of other families with young children —are planning on taking a lot more walks through Mill Pond to visit the gnomes and fairies.“She asked if we could go to Mill Pond every day,” Blythe said.last_img read more

CUNA backs alt cap for credit unions, offers structural recommendations

first_img continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA supports the authority of credit unions to build additional capital in a way that does not dilute the cooperative ownership and governance structure, it wrote to NCUA Tuesday. CUNA’s letter is in response to the agency’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) on alternative capital.“We greatly appreciate the NCUA’s willingness to consider allowing credit unions to accept supplemental capital to count towards the risk-based net worth requirement,” the letter reads. “If structured properly, not only will this enhance the safety and soundness of credit unions, but it can be accomplished without altering the cooperative, mutual structure of credit unions.”The ANPR includes secondary capital and supplemental capital. Secondary capital is permissible for low-income designated credit unions and can be counted toward both the new worth ratio and the risk-based net worth requirement under NCUA’s prompt corrective action standards.The board is contemplating authorizing supplemental capital instruments that would only count towards the risk-based net worth requirement.last_img read more

First speakers of THINK19 announced

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The first speakers announced for THINK 19 in Miami, May 6 to 9, are marketing guru Seth Godin and chef and humanitarian José Andrés. Both are exemplars of turning change and even chaos into opportunity; both offer extraordinary perspectives on the power of human creativity in facing the challenges of the modern world.THINK 19 marks the twelfth annual THINK Conference, unique in the credit union industry for its all-in approach to innovation, leadership and vision. Through a signature mix of keynote presentations, industry-focused “Power Sprints” and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that at past THINK Conferences have included parading down Bourbon Street in New Orleans and hot air ballooning over the Arizona desert.“We’re delighted to bring José Andrés and Seth Godin to the THINK stage,” said Samantha Paxson, CO-OP’s Chief Experience Officer. “Seth Godin quite simply changed the course of marketing. Through his 18 ground-breaking books and his seminal marketing blog, he has influenced a generation of marketers to be more insightful, adaptive and inspired in their work.” As a serial entrepreneur and digital visionary, Godin is a noted thought leader on post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, leadership and, most of all, change as a constant catalyst.“José Andrés has been a recognized innovator in the restaurant space for decades,” Paxson continues, “yet his achievements in that realm have been matched by his remarkable humanitarian efforts, which include serving 3.5 million meals to the survivors of Hurricane Maria.This year’s site for THINK 19 is the beautiful Loews Miami Beach Hotel. The full agenda is yet to be unveiled, but the core focus of the conference – bringing the credit union industry’s brightest thinkers and leaders together to learn, network and collaborate – is constant.Early-bird discounts apply through October 31. Interested attendees are encouraged to register now, while early-bird discount pricing is still in play. Rates go up on November 1 and will continue to increase in the months leading up to the conference. Special discounts are also currently available for groups of four or more attendees. Visit the THINK site to learn more.last_img read more

All I want for Christmas is a kickback… or not

first_imgHappy post-Christmas Friday to the ten of us who are back to work and reviewing RESPA kickback rules together.The compliance team often receives questions from credit unions about how to cooperate with real estate brokers and home builders without violating the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) rule against kickbacks. Remember, RESPA does not prohibit all business relationships or agreements between settlement service providers, but RESPA prohibits any person from giving or receiving any “thing of value” in exchange for a referral of settlement services. See, 12 CFR § 1024.14(b). As credit unions, real estate brokers and other businesses may be providing settlement services, whether a particular event is a “kickback” in violation of this prohibition will depend on the benefits flowing between the businesses. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has recently given us a reminder of what types of actions are prohibited in its recent order against HomeStreet Bank.Wait, what happened?In November, the FDIC determined that HomeStreet Bank entered into certain co-marketing arrangements in which the bank and real estate brokers agreed to market their services together using online platforms. In addition to joint marketing, it was found that HomeSteet bank entered into desk rental agreements under which the bank rented space in the offices of real estate brokers and home builders. The problem with these agreements was that HomeSteet bank did not pay fair market value for the rented space, but instead paid more than market value in exchange for business referrals. These arrangements resulted in the payment of fees by the bank to real estate brokers and home builders for their referrals of mortgage loan business, in violation of RESPA’s kickback rule. HomeStreet Bank has since discontinued its affected mortgage banking business line and agreed to pay a civil money penalty of $1.35 million. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

FIA to review superlicense system as a result of COVID-19

first_imgTopics : Formula One’s governing body said on Wednesday it was reviewing its superlicense system so that junior drivers were not disadvantaged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.Drivers need to have acquired 40 points over a three year period to race in Formula One and 25 to take part in Friday practice.The points are earned through results in other series, some of which have been hard hit by the pandemic. The US-based Indy Lights championship and the all-female W Series, which had been due to award superlicense points for the first time after a debut 2019 season, both cancelled their 2020 programs.Tom Kristensen, president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) drivers’ commission, said the governing body recognized there might be “some unease” among drivers over potential imbalances due to changing calendars.”The Working Group is consulting with single-seater stakeholders in order to balance the points system so that no drivers are disadvantaged by the changed landscape of motor sport in 2020,” said the nine times Le Mans 24 Hours winner.Former Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali, now president of the FIA single seater commission, said circuits and series had experienced economic difficulties.”Competitors are naturally concerned about missing a season or committing to a competition amid uncertainty around the re-commencement of racing,” added the Italian.”We would like to reassure series, teams and competitors that… the federation is developing solutions that will afford fairness to competitors, encourage participation and help series maintain some stability during this difficult period.” last_img read more