CHICAGO (WLS) — The Chicago Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that Vermont has been added to its travel advisory, which now includes the entire country.

Vermont had been the only state not covered by the advisory in the previous update. CDPH announced Tuesday that Connecticut, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia have seen improvements and could soon be taken off the advisory.

The full list of states and territories on the advisory is: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, ConnecticutColorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The U.S. average daily case rate per 100,000 residents is 38.3, down slightly from 39 a week ago.

Last week, Chicago updated its guidance for unvaccinated travelers going to high-risk areas. Officials recommend getting tested one to three days before leaving on the trip as well as getting tested three to five days after returning.

Unvaccinated travelers are asked to self-quarantine for seven days after returning from travel even if they test negative. Those who do not get tested, it is recommended that unvaccinated travelers self-quarantine for 10 days after travel and avoid those at high-risk for COVID for 14 days after travel.
Any states or territories with fewer than 15 cases per 100,000 residents per day are in the Yellow Tier. Travelers must follow masking rules on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation.

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The majority of Manchester City’s squad have jetted off on a two-week international break, but for three players in particular, they’ve taken up a slightly different job in the fortnight break. 

As confirmed by Pep Guardiola earlier this month, the club had blocked call-up’s for Manchester City’s Brazilian players, with fears about travel due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

With strict restrictions still imposed in South America, there was a risk both Gabriel Jesus and Ederson would have to quarantine for 10 days upon their return to England.

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So, instead of some light training and relaxation, Sam Lee from the Athletic has reported that both Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus have been working with Manchester City’s under-18s and under-23s during the international break.

Joined by Kevin De Bruyne – who is currently recovering from an ankle injury – the trio have also helped out with some advice and words of encouragement for the up and coming starlets.

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We’ve already seen the benefits working with world-class players can bring to the club’s talents range of academy prospects.

Graduate Phil Foden is now one of the best players in Manchester City’s squad, but for years he worked very closely with the likes of legendary duo David Silva and Sergio Agüero.

Recently, it was revealed that all of Romeo Lavia, James McAtee, Liam Delap and Cole Palmer would be receiving the same development pathway this season.

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Kayky joined City from Fluminense last month and is set to travel to Manchester later this week to join up with the team, upon the conclusion of a 10-day quarantine in Portugal due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The 18 year-old is very highly rated and recently admitted in an interview with Globo Esporte that he has already had conversations with club captain Fernandinho on how he could settle in at the club. 

Manchester City have paid an initial £8 million-plus add ons for his services and believe his significant potential will prove that fee will become a bargain. 

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In a bumper update on the academy, Sam Lee from the Athletic has provided us with more information on the Brazilian’s situation. Upon arrival, Kayky will train with the first team and if he impresses, it is possible that he would skip academy matches altogether.

However, that depends entirely on how he settles in his new surroundings and how many first-team opportunities arise.

Able to operate off both wings, Manchester City’s failure to sign a recognised number nine may present an opportunity for the youngster to impress in some fringe fixtures in the Carabao and FA Cup. 

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That, of course, depends on his performance in training.

Working with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling will be a significant step up, but it’ll improve his game infinitely. 

Over the past few years, Pep Guardiola has handed out various debuts for youth team players in cup competitions. More recently, Liam Delap, Cole Palmer and Tommy Doyle have all had a taste of what it takes. 

So, if Kayky shows the potential he’s been displaying in Brazil, he could be in line for an appearance sooner than you think.

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Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, and with it comes Kansas City’s annual Irish Fest, Friday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 5 at Crown Center.

In a regular year, the festival draws as many as 80,000 green-wearing revelers. But because of the pandemic, last year’s event saw workarounds such as at-home whiskey flight kits with a link to a virtual tasting, Zoom concerts and online cooking classes.

Irish Fest Executive Director Keli O’Neill Wenzel says this year’s ticket sales are up, but she can’t know for sure how many people will actually attend. What she does know is that the festival should be much closer to its pre-pandemic glory.

Here’s what visitors can expect at Kansas City Irish Fest 2021.

Family Fun

Kansas City Irish Fest 2021

KC Irish Fest

Kansas City Irish Fest continues this year, with socially distanced events for kids and the whole family.

Gone are the days of multiple small tents filled with activities and families gathered close to each other. This year, all activities for kids will be spread out across Washington Park to allow for lots of physical distancing.

There will be a large stage where events such as the Silent Disco will take place. Wenzel explains that the silent disco will be achieved by using wireless headphones tuned to one of two stations. Only people tuned to the same station will be dancing to the same music.

But kids aren’t the only ones who can enjoy the dance — the whole family can join in. “It’s so much fun,” says Wenzel. “We think this is for everyone.” And if you don’t feel like dancing, Wenzel says it’s just as fun to watch.

Other than these changes, watch for old favorites like balloon artists, inflatable obstacle courses, face painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt.

International Music

Kansas City Irish Fest Musicians

KC Irish Fest

A COVID-19 travel ban prevents our Irish friends and musicians from visiting us this year. But KC Irish Fest has found a way to feature Irish musicians and local artists.

As you may know, a travel ban is preventing our Irish friends from visiting from across the pond. This means that, once again, no musicians from Ireland will physically perform at Irish Fest.

But it’s not all bad news! Thanks to a grant from Culture Ireland, 10 bands will entertain festival-goers live on big LED screens on the Miller Lite and Boulevard stages. The lineup includes Maca, Shane Hennessy, Claire Sands, Aoife Scott and We Banjo 3.

And Sunday, at 7 p.m. on the Miller Lite stage, a new tradition continues. Local artists create a live “mix tape” of popular songs by Irish performers, an event that first appeared in 2019. “The idea is that everybody knows the songs,” Wenzel says. Participating artists this year include Calvin Arsenia, Jessica Paige, Ashley Davis and Gaelic Storm.

Keeping With Tradition

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KC Irish Fest

CHICAGO (WLS) — The Chicago Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that all states except for Vermont is on its travel advisory.

The full list of states and territories on the advisory is: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

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The U.S. average daily case rate per 100,000 residents is 39, up from 37.5 a week ago. For parents with Labor Day weekend travel plans, now may be the time to rethink them, Chicago Dept. of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said.

“I would not recommend traveling right now if you’ve got unvaccinated children,” Arwady said. “Particularly if you have younger children. The whole country is doing really badly from a COVID perspective right now.”

The advice comes as the entire country, except for Vermont, is now under a travel advisory. It also comes as the CDC has issued new guidance, recommending that unvaccinated travelers test 1-3 days before travel, test again 3-5 days after travel, and then quarantine for 7 days, whether or not they test negative.

The last piece of advice has implications for children who are back at school.

“I know that’s hard for people, but we’re just trying to avoid infection, especially when we’re back in school,” Arwady said. “The bar is a little higher in terms of trying to limit that risk as much as possible, but it will be up to individual schools and school systems to decide how to use that new guidance.”

Chicago does, for now, remain in better shape than much of the county as the number of cases from last week to this week is flattening, likely as a result of the recently re-imposed indoor mask mandate. There are, however, concerns of a spike as we go into the fall and people return to spending more time indoors.

“The main thing is getting vaccinated, especially someone who is older, because there is the potential for it to get a lot worse as we’ve seen in much of the country,” Arwady said.

Chicago Public Schools did issue guidance on travel at the beginning of the year that largely mirrors the Chicago Department of Public Health. CPS officials pointed out that unvaccinated students who quarantine as a result of travel do not qualify for remote learning.

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The 2021-22 MLS NEXT season will feature nearly 600 teams competing in more than 9,000 matches over 10 months of action

ST. LOUIS — Nearly two weeks ago, St. Louis CITY SC introduced its U-16 and U-17 academy team rosters to the public. Now, the soccer club is announcing the schedule ahead of the MLS NEXT season. 

MLS NEXT is a system of youth soccer leagues that are managed, organized and controlled by Major League Soccer.

This season, nearly 600 teams will compete in more than 9,000 matches over a 10-month regular season, which starts Aug. 21. Top prospects in the U.S. and Canada will have the chance to become MLS NEXT Champions by winning the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs in July 2022. New to the second edition of the competition, the 2021-22 MLS NEXT campaign will feature two national events, a winter event, and a qualifying event for the annual MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs.

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“We are excited to launch our second year of competition, providing the most meaningful competition for the top players in the U.S. and Canada,” said MLS Technical Director of Youth Development Fred Lipka. “When we launched MLS NEXT, we intended to provide the most competitive matches for the best players in North America and our second season brings us closer to this goal.”

The club also says an efficient travel schedule is one of its top priorities, especially for the younger age groups. They will ensure teams are competing in a manner consistent with local, state, and federal health recommendations.

St. Louis CITY SC Academy teams kick off their first official MLS NEXT regular season match on Saturday, Aug. 28 at Chicago Fire FC. Their first home game will be Saturday, Sept. 4 at Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex Field. St. Louis CITY will take on Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minnesota).

You can get more information about individual team schedules here.

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With the redevelopment of Liberty Park, there will be changes to game day parking and traffic control, starting with the University of Memphis football home opener on September 4 at 6 p.m.  These changes are also for the Southern Heritage Classic and AutoZone Liberty Bowl games.

Details of game day parking and traffic plans are listed below:

Stadium Parking Lots:  All stadium lots, including Tiger Lane, Red Lots, Blue Lots, Gold Lots, Silver Lots, Pink Lot, and Tan Lot, are pre-sold for all 2021 football games and only accessible with the appropriate parking pass for the University of Memphis Football, Southern Heritage Classic and AutoZone Liberty Bowl football games. Tailgating is permitted on property in designated areas. Please visit  LBMS Stadium Parking page for more details.  Opening times for stadium parking lots will be released in advance of each game, so please follow Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and our football partners on social media or visit our websites for game-specific information. 

Stadium-operated Off-Site Game Day “Cash” Parking Lots:  The Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium will operate the following off-site parking lots on game days as cash-only parking lots. These lots will open at the same time as the stadium’s parking lots for each respective football game, and tailgating is NOT permitted. The following will be operating game day cash-only parking:

  • Coca-Cola Plant at 499 S. Hollywood St.- $20 per vehicle space
  • Tobey Park 2599 Avery, $15 per vehicle space
  • City of Memphis Surplus Lot at 2540 Avery Street, $15 per vehicle Tailgating is NOT permitted in these lots.

Independent Off-Site Game Day “Cash” Parking Lots:  The following area partners will be operating game day cash-only parking. Opening times and prices vary per lot. These lots generally open 2-3 hours before kick-off.  Tailgating is NOT permitted in these lots. 

  • Christian Brothers University, Central Ave. entrance
  • Maxine Smith Steam Academy/Middle College,750 E. Parkway,
  • Shelby County School Board, 160 S. Hollywood
  • Kroc Center, 800 E. Parkway
  • Binswanger Glass, 340 S. Hollywood.  

Rideshare Companies (Uber, Lyft etc.)  Rideshare companies, such as Uber and Lyft, will pick up and drop off passengers at two designated locations Tiger Lane or East Parkway. 

MPD Traffic Control:  The Memphis Police Department has developed a comprehensive traffic plan tailored to each football game to accommodate the many changes to the Liberty Park area for the 2021 football season.  MPD Traffic Operations will support clock-wise traffic flow along East Parkway, Central, Hollywood, and Southern Ave. Additional officers, traffic equipment, and signage will be along the perimeter and area of the stadium to assist with directions and traffic flow. MPD will also manage the dedicated shuttle routes for the Park-N-Ride service for pre-game ingress and post-game egress.  The significant change on post-game egress is one-way traffic flow on Southern Avenue between Early Maxwell and Highland Street.

Stadium Parking Access: There are four primary routes designed to provide the most efficient travel onto stadium property. Please use the following directions for the below

Benjamin Mendy, Riyad Mahrez and Fernandhino have all be been pictured participating in Pep Guardiola’s first week of pre-season sessions, with Nathan Ake, Zack Steffen, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo returning to the City Football Academy on Monday.

The Blues will travel to Wembley on August 7th to face Leicester in the Community Shield, before returning to North London a week later, to kick-off their Premier League title defence against Tottenham.

Coronavirus quarantine restrictions have led to the cancellation of Manchester City’s planned trip to ES Troyes AC – making Tuesday’s pre-season match against Preston their only warm-up fixture before the traditional curtain raiser to the season against the Foxes in a fortnight.

Participation in the latter stages of the European Championships and Copa America mean Pep Guardiola will be without the majority of his first-team on Tuesday, providing youngsters from last season’s Premier League 2 title winning side the opportunity to try and catch the eye of the City boss ahead the new season.

Preston, who had a fantastic end to their 2020/21 season, came up against the Premier League Champions for the first time since 2007 in the 2019/20 Carabao Cup, where City came out eventual 3-0 winners.

Benjamin Mendy, Riyad Mahrez and Fernandinho are all expected to get some minutes on Tuesday, but a number of the EDS squad members, as well as those who spent last season on-loan, may also feature.

As the Blues prepare to face Frankie McAvoy’s Preston side on Tuesday evening at the Academy Stadium, we took a look at some of the Manchester City players to potentially keep an eye out for during this upcoming friendly.

Yan Couto

19 year-old right-back Yan Couto joined Manchester City in 2020 and has been subject to transfer speculation in the past week, with Celtic reportedly wanting to sign the Brazilian on-loan.

The teenager is one of the club’s hottest prospects, and was pictured taking part in pre-season training last week. Couto spent the 2020/21 season in Spain with City’s sister club Girona, where the teenager made 30 appearances.

The Brazilian, who joined from Coritiba last summer and helped Brazil to the U17s World Cup, had an incredibly impressive season in Spain.

Manchester City supporters could therefore see this highly rated full-back make his debut for the Premier League champions on Tuesday night.

Cole Palmer

Teenager Palmer made his senior debut last season, and after another stellar campaign with the Manchester City EDS squad, one would hope to see the 19-year old from Wythenshawe feature at the Academy Stadium on Tuesday, but also at Wembley next weekend.

Palmer, who had 19 direct goal involvements in 16 Premier League 2 matches last season, recently signed a new five-year contract with the club, having made his first-team debut against Burnley in the Carabao Cup last September.

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NEVADA, Mo. — Two men from Nevada, Missouri, have just completed the trip of a lifetime: They arrived at Mount Rushmore, making the entire trip by horseback riding.

People visit Mount Rushmore from all over the nation by car or plane, but two men didn’t like either option.

“They decided that this is the summer to take a trip from Nevada, Missouri to Mount Rushmore, South Dakota,” said Donna Rodriguez from Nevada.

Cris Rodriguez, recently retired, and Forrest Drury, an eighth-grade history teacher, have been travelling across the country for 51 days. Why?

“Because Cris is one of those guys that if you say, ‘Hey, let’s go do something.’ He would drop what he’s doing and grab a clean pair of shorts and take off. He’s an adventure soul. And, Forrest is just a fantastic young man,” said Jed Umphenour, a family friend of Rodriguez.

Umphenour and his family put Rodriguez and Drury up during the fourth day of their journey. The pair happily obliged as they thought they’d be camping the rest of the way.

“People would stop and see them. They would bring them grain, they would bring them water. They would tell them where they could stay. These are strangers. These are people that would show up and say, ‘What do you need?’” said Julie and Dave Mader, family friends of Rodriguez.

Dave Mader went 100 miles with the duo before his horse ran into some trouble and couldn’t finish.

“I can’t wait to see them. I just can’t wait. I keep looking down over the hill thinking, ‘My God, I hope they show up pretty soon,’” the Maders said.

Eventually they did, and they hopped off the saddle.

“Ground feels good. It feels good to get off of the saddle,” Rodriguez said.

It was all about what comes next.

“We had a job to do each day. And we got it done. We were saddled up and ready to go each day,” the two said.

It all started on the first day they were planning to camp. Where right off the bat, they ran into problems.

“That was the one night we kind of thought, ‘Uh-oh,’” Rodriguez said.

Where they’d thought to camp, they couldn’t. Distressed, a family came up wanting to pet their horses. After telling them their story, they offered them a place to stay. From then on, the people they stayed with would set them up with others along the way, always having a place to stay under a roof or the stars.

“Every day was like that, and then they knew somebody in the next town, and they knew somebody in the next town. The whole trip was that way,” Donna Rodriguez said.

“There’s a lot of good people out there. Everywhere we went people took care of us,” Donna Rodriguez said.

“We had our moments. We have no black eyes or anything like that. We never duked it out, but we thought