Despite some minor hiccups, Shoemaker says she considers the first-ever virtual RoberCon a success. Natalie Shoemaker is the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Roberson. She and a team of volunteers made it all happen using two virtual platforms. “We’ve had lots of really great panel discussions and social gatherings on our discord channel, and everything is just lighting up,” she says. Brie Smith of Owego says she’s been a regular at RoberCon in the past, and while she missed the social aspect of the in person convention, she was just happy the convention was happening at all. Shoemaker says one of the unexpected perks of the virtual format was it’s ability to reach more people. They coordinated panels and Q&A sessions over Zoom while simultaneously hosting chat groups and vendor space on discord. Guest speakers included actress Miriam Margolyes of the Harry Potter series and actor Paul McGann of Dr. Who. “We were troubleshooting stuff I think the minute the con started and trying to figure out ‘okay, how does this work, we didn’t prepare for this’,” she said. “I feel like they’ve done a great job, each pannel I’ve been in has been well set up and I feel like there have been very few glitches of any kind,” she said. One of those people was Jeffrey Hutton who joined from Louisville, Kentucky. He says the virtual format is what allowed him to attend after some friends suggested he check out the event. (WBNG) — The Roberson Museum and Science Center wrapped up their first ever Virtual RoberCon, after the coronavirus forced them to move the event online. “We’ve been able to gather people from New Zealand and Canada and all across the United States,” she said. “One thing that keeps people from going to some of those bigger conventions is that they don’t have the money or the extra time to travel to those things, and for me, it really comes down to money,” Hutton said. As for RoberCon 2021, Shoemaker says she’s started a wish list for what she’d like to do if the event is held in person, but they’ll be using this year’s event as a learning experience in case next year’s event needs to be held virtually as well.
Dalglish has gone into self-isolation at home and urged the public to do everything possible to slow the spread of the virus.___Real Sociedad plans to have its players resume training individually this week. It would make it the first Spanish club to resume activities during the coronavirus pandemic.The club says players will have the option to start practicing at the team’s training center after the Spanish government decided to ease some of its lockdown measures.Non-essential workers will be allowed to return to their positions this week while observing social-distancing guidelines and other restrictions. Group activities will remain prohibited as Spain enters its fifth week of confinement because of the pandemic. Former Argentina and Bristol captain Agustin Pichot tweeted he was running against Beaumont for the role at rugby union’s governing body.The 45-year-old Pichot said the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak was an opportunity for “global realignment” of rugby.Former England captain Beaumont announced he was standing for a second four-year term in January with French Rugby Federation president Bernard Laporte as his proposed vice chairman.Pichot, who also had a spell with Richmond in the late 1990s, wrote: “It is a critical time and a critical election. The current crisis is an opportunity for the global realignment of our game. We cannot miss it.”The election is due to be held in May. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Bill Beaumont is facing a late challenge to his bid for re-election as World Rugby chairman from his current vice chairman. ___Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish has expressed “immense gratitude” to National Health Service staff after returning home from the hospital following his coronavirus diagnosis.The 69-year-old former Celtic, Scotland and Liverpool forward was hospitalized on Wednesday for treatment on gallstones and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 despite not showing symptoms.Dalglish won eight league championships and three European Cups across spells as player and manager for Liverpool, while also guiding Blackburn to the Premier League title in 1994-95.In a statement on Liverpool’s official website, Dalglish said: “Thank you for all of your well wishes over the last few days. I’m delighted to be back home with the family after receiving brilliant care from the NHS, which we appreciate now more than ever.” April 12, 2020 The Latest: Challenger Pichot wants rugby ‘realignment’ It was not yet clear whether the government will allow Real Sociedad to open its training center, though, as most sports facilities are still supposed to remain closed.Real Sociedad says players have been training at home for the last month. The club prepared individual training routines for players and sent them stationary bicycles and treadmills. Spain has reported its lowest daily growth in confirmed coronavirus infections in three weeks, with the total at about 166,000.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6