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REPORT: 20% School Cuts Impact New York’s High-Need Districts The Most

first_imgZUMA / MGN ALBANY – A new report from nonprofit public education advocacy groups shows that proposed cuts to education will disproportionately affect Black, brown, and low-income students.The report, “Set up To Fail: How Cuomo’s School Cuts Target New York’s Black and Brown Students,” examines potential 20% cuts to the state budget in the wake of coronavirus shortfalls.It shows that the burden of a 20% reduction in school aid would be unfairly borne by high-need schools that serve students of color or students from poor backgrounds. According to the report, high-need districts face a cut of $2,626 per student, whereas wealthier districts—far better-equipped to absorb cuts—face cuts of only $873 per student.According to the Alliance for Quality Education, “It is essential that the most vulnerable students are protected. The governor, Department of Budget, and state legislature will need to develop a more equitable solution to cut the least from high-need districts and cutting the most from wealthy districts.” They use Ohio as an example: “Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, made a $300 million cut to public schools this spring; but under Governor DeWine’s plan, the high-need districts in Ohio lost only 1% of their state funding, while wealthy districts lost 40%. DeWine publicly stated that he had an obligation to protect the state’s most vulnerable students, and leave the wealthy districts, which have more local resources, to bear the brunt of the state’s cuts.”Echoing a frequent refrain, the report’s backers say legislation raising taxes on the wealthy would help to protect students from devastating cuts.The report was released Tuesday by the Alliance for Quality Education and the Public Policy and Education fund of New York, both in New York City. Take a look at the full report below:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info Share: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)last_img read more

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Strong lending expected in 2015

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: David MorrisonNext year will bring relatively strong growth in gross domestic product, continued lower unemployment and an increase in wages, all of which should lead to a good year for making loans, the consumer finance site WalletHub forecasted.The site consulted a group of five economists and professors for the forecasts.WalletHub’s experts estimated the U.S. gross domestic product would reach 3% in 2014, mirroring the same prediction it made last year although the site acknowledged that its previous forecast might have been too conservative. continue reading »last_img

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The one thing you can’t flub in a credit union core conversion

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Once you have made the decision to undergo a credit union core conversion, there is no doubt there will be a number of concerns that keep you up at night. After all, there are many things that can go wrong, but typically, and thankfully, the majority of these problems go unnoticed by members. CU personnel and core partners can correct most issues before the members are affected. However, there is one thing that you can’t flub when performing a core conversion… member facing applications, namely, credit union mobile banking.Your mobile banking app is increasingly the primary avenue that members interact with your CU. In 2016, according to, 48.4% of the 108 million credit union members used their provider’s mobile banking app or transactional website. What about that coveted millennial market? According to recent studies, Nearly 70% use mobile banking, and 31% use it as their primary interface, nearly double any other channel of banking access. While crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s on the back end of your core conversion, it’s imperative to keep member experience first, and to ensure this interface continues to operate seamlessly. What may seem like minor annoyances can turn into major headaches for members:Login – Mobile banking for most members has become a seamless process. If your credit union is doing it correctly, members can easily login and access their financial information instantly. If a problem occurs on the mobile banking end of a core conversion, members may be restricted to login to their mobile app, which is anything but seamless. Members expect painless banking and if they’re met with an error page when trying to login they’re sure to worry about the assets they’ve left under your credit union’s care. continue reading »last_img read more

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Cortland police officer shot, man charged with several offenses

first_imgThe first officer was evacuated from the area for treatment. A perimeter was established and a City Police Department negotiator tried to talk to Clark but he refused. The police department called on the New York State Police, the Syracuse Police Department, the Cortland City Police Department, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office, the Ithaca Police Department, the Homer Police Department and the U.S. Marshall’s Service. Assault in the first degree (F)Aggravated assault upon a officer or peace officer (F)Reckless endangerment in the first degree (F)Menacing a police officer or peace officer (F)Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree (M)Prohibited use of weapons (M) Clark has been charged with the following: The individual who shot at the officer had a semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle in their possession. The individual is a 26-year-old man named Zachary Clark. Officials say Clark fired several rounds at the officer, striking him at least three times in his lower extremities. In a press release sent to 12 News, the police department says once the officer came into contact with the individual, he was almost immediately met with gunfire. Clark did not surrender until 7:50 a.m. Clark was sent to GCMC in Cortland but was then transferred to the Upstate University Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound.center_img CORTLAND, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Cortland City Police Department responded to a call in reference to a domestic dispute with threats of using a weapon on Friday. The Cortland City Police Department said they were called to the scene at around 8:00 p.m. The first officer to arrive on scene at 12 Elm Street met with the individual who made the call on the front yard of the property. The officer approached the front door to speak with the other individual involved in the dispute. The officer was able to take cover behind the patrol vehicle, but Clark continued to fire at the officer outside of his home. The second officer arrived at this time, drew his pistol and began to fire at Clark from his vehicle. The Cortland City Police Department says Clark will be processed and held for arraignment following his release from the hospital. The police officer has been listed in stable condition.last_img read more

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Human antibodies protect mice from H5N1 avian flu

first_imgJun 8, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Antibodies gleaned from four Vietnamese patients who survived H5N1 avian influenza were used successfully to prevent and treat H5N1 infection in mice, suggesting that the same approach might be useful in humans, according to a recent report by an international team of researchers.The authors, reporting in the journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine, said the human antibodies, when used to treat sick mice, were effective not only against the H5N1 strain that infected the Vietnamese patients, but also against a later strain that came from Indonesia.Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said the study suggests that antibody treatment could be a valuable weapon against pandemic influenza.”If the success of this initial study is confirmed through further laboratory and clinical trials, human monoclonal antibodies could prove to be valuable therapeutic and prophylactic public health interventions for pandemic influenza,” Fauci commented in a news release. The NIAID was a sponsor of the study.Antibody treatment, also known as passive immunotherapy, has been used to prevent chickenpox, hepatitis A and B, rabies, and respiratory syncytial virus infections. A crude form of it was used during the “Spanish flu” pandemic of 1918-19, when blood products from recovering patients were sometimes given to sick patients. A recent analysis of studies conducted at the time indicated that the treatment reduced mortality by about half (see link below).The new study was conducted by a team from Vietnam, Switzerland, and the United States, with Kanta Subbarao of the NIAID in Bethesda, Md., as the senior author.The antibodies used in the study were gleaned from four Vietnamese who were infected with a “clade 1″ strain of H5N1 between January 2004 and February 2005 and donated blood after their recovery. Swiss researchers on the team extracted antibody-producing white blood cells, called memory B cells, from the samples and used Epstein-Barr virus to induce them to continuously produce large amounts of antibody, according to the NIAID release and the PLoS Medicine report.Team members at the NIAID lab then screened 11,000 antibody-containing samples and found a few that, in the lab, neutralized H5N1 virus strains from 2004 and later. The researchers purified the B cells from these and created four monoclonal antibodies (mABs) that secreted H5N1-specific neutralizing antibodies, the NIAID said.To find out if the antibodies could prevent H5N1 infection, the researchers treated groups of five mice with either of two H5N1 antibodies at one of three doses. Two other groups of mice were treated with human antibodies against diphtheria or anthrax to serve as controls. A day later, all the mice were given lethal intranasal doses of H5N1 virus.All the control mice died within a week, while all the mice that received an H5N1 antibody called FLA5.10 survived, regardless of dose. The effectiveness of the second antibody, called FLA3.14, depended on the dose; 80% of mice that received the highest dose survived, but with the two lower doses, fewer survived.The control mice were found to have high levels of H5N1 virus in the lungs and evidence of the virus in the brain and spleen as well, according to the report. The treated mice, in contrast, had 10- to 100-fold lower levels of virus in the lungs and no detectable virus in brain tissue.To test the antibody method as a treatment for already-sick mice, the researchers exposed mice to a lethal dose of the 2004 strain of H5N1 from Vietnam. A total of 60 mice were given one of the four antibody preparations 24, 48, or 72 hours after infection, and control mice were treated with human diphtheria antibodies. All the control mice died within 10 days, while 58 of the 60 treated mice survived.Encouraged by these findings, the team went on to try the antibodies as treatment for mice infected with an H5N1 strain collected from Indonesia in 2005 (a clade 2 strain). The mice were treated 24 hours after infection. Mice treated with a control antibody and with one of the H5N1 antibodies died, but those treated with the other three H5N1 antibody preparations survived.”These data provide proof of concept that mAb therapy for at least 72 h[ours] postinfection in the mouse model can markedly improve survival from highly virulent H5N1 infection,” the authors write. “Importantly, these data also imply it is possible to obtain significant cross-protection against a Clade II H5N1 virus using a mAb elicited by a Clade I virus.”They add, “Potentially, a cocktail of these cross-reactive antibodies mAbs could represent an adjunctive treatment option against [human] H5N1 infection.”They caution that it is not certain that the antibodies used in this study would be effective against an emerging H5N1 pandemic virus. But they say they are encouraged by the antibodies’ broad neutralizing activity and the “moderate doses” required to confer protection in mice.The NIAID said the researchers now plan to scale up the protection of H5N1 antibodies, test them in other animal species, and, if those studies are successful, test them in humans.Other experts hail the findings as promising, but there are reservations about how much of a practical impact passive immunotherapy could have in a flu pandemic.Gregory Poland, MD, a flu vaccine expert at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., called the report “a very promising development.” If further studies support the approach, it could be used along with antiviral drugs to treat human patients with severe H5N1 disease, and also to protect people who might be exposed to H5N1 and have not been vaccinated, he said.”If [H5N1] cases were going to be admitted to the University of Minnesota Hospital and healthcare workers had to go in and take care of them, this might be a useful interim measure,” said Poland, who is a professor of medicine in infectious diseases at the Mayo College of Medicine and directs the Mayo Vaccine Research Group and Program in Translational Immunovirology.”One can think of it a bit like how we used to use immunoglobulin to protect against hepatitis A before we had vaccine,” Poland added. “But something like this could not and would not supplant vaccines as the cornerstone of prevention of disease.”He listed other caveats as well. One big if is whether the findings in mice will be duplicated in humans. Though the researchers demonstrated “cross-clade protection,” “that may or may not be true in a human model,” he said. Another question is whether the antibody preparations could be produced in large amounts.Assuming the treatment turns out to be effective, the timing of its use will be important, Poland said. “If you give it too far in advance of exposure, there won’t be any circulating in the bloodstream. If you give it too long after exposure, it won’t help. . . . And we don’t know what the effect would be of giving this and a vaccine in close proximity.”Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, an infectious disease expert and pandemic preparedness advocate, agreed that the findings are promising from the scientific standpoint but expressed doubts about the practical potential to exploit them in the face of a pandemic.”In theory it makes obvious sense—it’s an extension of the immunization process,” said Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, which publishes CIDRAP News.The main question on the scientific side is whether the antibody treatment would have broad enough activity to be effective against an emerging pandemic strain of H5N1, which could differ from the strain used in producing the antibodies, he said.But on a practical level, Osterholm said, “Once a pandemic hits, there won’t be time or materials to obtain and stockpile large volumes of this. What in theory is ideal, is in practice maybe a nightmare. I don’t see how the plasmapharesis community is going to be able to quickly gear up to actually make lots of this antibody and then move it into the clinical setting in a timely way to have much impact. . . . The idea of trying to create millions of immunotherapy treatments is a stretch.”Concerning Poland’s idea of using passive immunotherapy to protect healthcare workers who could be exposed to H5N1 patients, Osterholm commented, “Now there’s a more targeted application. But that’s going to be a hell of an ethical dilemma. Are you going to get a consensus in the community to actually allow giving it to healthcare workers and not others?”Another flu expert, Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University, called the study by Subbarao’s team “a very lovely, elegant proof of principle,” according to a recent Associated Press (AP) report.Schaffner suggested that the possible applications of this principle include not just H5N1 influenza, but also ordinary seasonal flu, which kills thousands of people each year.”This has the dual potential of being useful potentially in a pandemic, but perhaps more so on an annual basis,” he told the AP. “That’s where I think the real excitement is.”Simmons CP, Bernasconi NL, Suguitan AL, et al. Prophylactic and therapeutic efficacy of humamn monoclonal antibodies against H5N1 influenza. PLoS Med 2007;4(5):0928-36 [Full text]See also: May 28 NIAID news release on human H5N1 antibodies protecting mice 8, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Could blood from H5N1 survivors help others?”last_img read more

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Clampdown on UP

first_imgFOUR people died in June when two Union Pacific freights collided head-on in ’dark territory’ near Devine, Texas. Had it been an isolated incident, it would have been dismissed as a rare but spectacular smash. But this year UP has been struck by an unusual series of accidents, prompting the Federal Railroad Administration to send in 90 safety inspectors for two weeks from August 23. They interviewed crews, union representatives, managers and contractors and observed dispatchers in 10 cities. The verdict was damning. ’You have people who are working seven days a week, 12 plus hours a day with no time off. When you are that tired it makes top performance and safety assurance impossible’, remarked FRA Administrator Jolene Molitoris.Another derailment in Texas on August 27 did not exactly help, and Molitoris warned on the same day that ’the investigations of the recent collisions on the Union Pacific Railroad have led us to believe there are critical safety deficiencies present at some locations and immediate action across the UP system is necessary.’ She said supervisors were so overloaded with administrative tasks that they were not performing routine safety checks, adding that many problems resulted from last year’s merger with Southern Pacific. On September 3 UP and the FRA announced a package of measures that included establishing a Safety Hotline allowing staff to call a free number to voice concerns anonymously; a review of all training programmes, monitoring of train crew performance and compliance with rules; and setting up a management group to address on-the-job fatigue.Releasing its report on September 10, the FRA announced that it was placing an official in UP’s Omaha headquarters to monitor safety – an unprecedented move. It found crews and dispatchers were indeed suffering from stress and fatigue because of excessive overtime. There was evidence of conflicting instructions, and 57% of locos inspected had faults.UP President Jerry Davis gave a ’personal assurance’ that all problems would be resolved, pointing out that action had already been taken on many of the recommendations. UP will hire 1500 people by the year end to ease the workload, but responding to the SP merger comments, Davis insisted that eliminating administrative jobs did not affect safety. olast_img read more

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Investigators: Indy area officer fatally shot while responding to crash

first_imgHomecroft, In. — A Southport police officer has died after being shot while responding to a Thursday afternoon car crash in Homecroft.A report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says Lt. Aaron Allan responded to a report of an inverted vehicle near Maynard Drive and Madison Avenue at 2:30 p.m. when Jason Brown, 28, allegedly opened fire as Allan approached to assess the situation. Allan was shot several times and died later at Eskenazi Hospital.The report says a Homecroft police officer and a reserve Johnson County deputy returned fire, striking Brown. Brown and a passenger were also transported to Eskenazi Hospital. Jason Brown has been charged with murder.Southport police chief, Thomas Vaugh said, “Lt. Allan was a hard worker and today was no different. He responded to a crash with urgency to preserve life and tragically his was lost. We appreciate the community support as we continue to work through the loss of our brother.”last_img read more

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Mike Tyson ready for UFC legend fight

first_imgRelatedPosts Mike Tyson comeback fight postponed Mike Tyson beats up seven prostitutes Mike Tyson to face Roy Jones Jr Mike Tyson and MMA legend Tito Ortiz could be set to take each other on in a pay-per-view fight after Iron Mike insisted he was ready to go up against any challengers.Tyson, 53, has recently been training with MMA coach Rafael Cordeiro, and is reportedly set for a stunning comeback in order to raise money for charity. There has been a huge amount of speculation as to who he could be set to fight, with the likes of Tyson Fury’s father John and the legendary Shannon Briggs all touted as possible opponents.And when asked by TMZ Sports about Ortiz recently calling him out on social media, Tyson replied: “I don’t really know, but anyone that’s willing to contribute to this charity, they’re welcome to come in and challenge me. I would be open for anyone.”Speaking about his toned new look, Tyson added: “I am just having fun looking good, showing off my new body, anything is possible.“My ego is starting to get elated, but we will see. There are a lot of things to hope for in the future.”Another potential opponent could be Tyson’s former foe Evander Holyfield, and Iron Mike seems keen on a rematch with the 57-year-old. “Listen there are a lot of people out there who need help, and something like that could help a lot of people who need help,” he said.“That’s just basically pretty much what I embark on, a life of charity and gratitude.“I don’t know if Evander and me are going to get in the ring, arch-enemies, doing it for the humanity of people, less fortunate than ourselves.“What would that be like? That is something that has not been done by any entertainer any sports figure in the history of sports and entertainment.”Tags: Iron Mikemike tysonMMARafael CordeiroTito Ortizlast_img read more

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Bravo’s final-ball heroics seal thrilling one-run win for Windies

first_imgDWAYNE Bravo took a wicket with the final delivery as West Indies clung on to claim a thrilling one-run victory over India in the opening Twenty20 international in Florida yesterday.Evin Lewis is congratulated after reaching his maiden T20 ton in Florida, yesterday.Evin Lewis is congratulated after reaching his maiden T20 ton in Florida, yesterday.The contest marked the first full-member international game to be played in the United States since 2012, and the spectators in Lauderhill were treated to an engrossing spectacle, with the 489 runs scored, marking the highest aggregate of any T20.After going for a duck in his international debut back in March, Evin Lewis produced a magnificent 48-ball century in his second match at this level to power the Windies to 245-6.Despite setting an extremely imposing total, the Windies were left to endure a nervy finish courtesy of Lokesh Rahul’s (110 not out) maiden T20 century, only for Bravo to dismiss India captain MS Dhoni (43) with the last ball.Johnson Charles (79) and Lewis immediately set about punishing the India attack with a blistering 57-ball partnership of 126.Charles racked up seven maximums and six fours in his 33-ball blitz, but was outdone by Lewis, with five of his nine sixes conceded by Stuart Binny (0-32) in a devastating 11th over.Ravindra Jadeja (2-39) ended his wondrous innings but cameos from Kieron Pollard (22) and Carlos Brathwaite (14) pushed the Windies towards 250 and the target of 246 looked well out of reach when Ajinkya Rahane (7) and Virat Kohli (16) fell early.But Rohit Sharma (62) and Rahul staged a spectacular rebuilding job.Rohit needed only 22 balls to reach his 50 but saw his charge ended by Pollard (1-30). However, there was no stopping Rahul – who made sure the Windies paid the price for dropping him in the ninth over and brought up his 100 in the best possible fashion by carving a six over third man.India went into the final over needing just eight runs but were stymied by the brilliant Bravo, whose display of death bowling ensured they still required two off the last delivery.And Dhoni promptly sliced the final ball to short third man, sparking wild celebrations among a Windies team that now holds a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.(Omnisport)last_img read more

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The Latest: Bucks’ Hill details family experience with virus

first_imgOlympic ice dancer Kaitlyn Weaver is bringing together some of the biggest names in figure skating for a virtual event to raise money through the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.Weaver will host the 3-hour talk show dubbed “We’re All in this Together” from her New York apartment on Saturday. The plan is to video chat with other skaters, past and present, and engage them in games, interviews and other events at the website the Americans scheduled to appear are two-time and reigning world champion Nathan Chen, retired stars Scott Hamilton and Brian Boitano, and retired Olympic ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Another pair of ice dance Olympic gold medalists, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, will lend some British flavor. Others on tap include Spain’s Javier Fernandez, Russia’s Ekaterina Gordeeva and French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.___The government in the Netherlands has extended a ban on large events, including professional sports, until Sept. 1 — effectively ending the country’s soccer season. April 21, 2020 UEFA’s previous directive was toned down to “a strong recommendation“ Tuesday to try to complete domestic seasons. Domestic club soccer aims to play into July and August — if resuming games is even possible — with UEFA hoping to complete the Champions League and Europa League later in August.___The 20 clubs in Italy’s top soccer division have unanimously voted in favor of finishing the current season.The Lega Serie A held an assembly with the 20 clubs by videoconference. It released a statement saying all clubs voted “to carry on the 2019-2020 season to the end, if the government allows it to happen.” The ATP and WTA say they are in discussions with the International Tennis Federation and the four Grand Slam tournaments but did not provide any specifics about how much money they are pooling or how it will be distributed.They said they “look forward to finalizing and sharing the further details of a plan in due course.”Pro tennis has been on hold since early March because of the COVID-19 outbreak, and no tournaments will be played before mid-July at the earliest.The French Open postponed its start from May to September, and Wimbledon was canceled for the first time in 75 years.___ The Dutch soccer federation responded by saying it intends to cancel the rest of the 2019-20 season and will consult with European governing body UEFA.UEFA has previously said nations risk losing their Champions League and Europa League entries for next season if organizers end domestic seasons too soon without trying to complete games. However, that stance was eased earlier Tuesday.Nearly all European soccer leagues are on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, but most still hope to resume play in time to finish the season around August.The Dutch league, the Eredivisie, says clubs will speak Friday “about the consequences of the decision” by the government.___ “By the grace of God, she beat it,” Hill said.Hill has been in San Antonio during the NBA’s pandemic-imposed hiatus. Hill says he hasn’t been staying with his wife’s grandmother, though he was able to detail what she endured.Hill says his wife’s grandmother had the chills and a “really high” fever. Hill added on a conference all that she “didn’t eat for a while,” and lost her sense of smell and her sense of taste before getting better.“It just kind of gives you a sense of where life is,” Hill says. “Sometimes we take things for granted and things can go sideways by the snap of a finger.”___ Magic CEO Alex Martins says “this has been a focus for us over the years, and now more than ever this remains a priority. We will continue to work together to make sure we assist those most vulnerable.”The DeVos family previously announced a $2 million compensation fund for Orlando Magic, Amway Center, Lakeland Magic and Orlando Solar Bears hourly workers for games and time missed during the COVID-19 suspension of seasons. Several Magic players and Magic coach Steve Clifford have also championed various charitable causes during the pandemic.___Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has urged his players to accept a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic.Al-Khelaifi says in an interview with RMC radio that he is “expecting them to make an effort for the club. They know their responsibilities.” The next games are set to see the introduction of rally and historic motorsport events.Paul Ricard also hosts a Formula One race. It is scheduled for June 28 but widely expected to become the 10th of 22 races this season to be called off amid the virus outbreak.___South Korea’s professional baseball league has decided to begin its season on May 5.The games will be played without fans until the risk of infection from the coronavirus is gone. UEFA vice president Sándor Csányi says playoffs to decide the last four places in the postponed European Championship could be played in October or November.The 16-nation playoffs have twice been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Euro 2020 has been delayed one year.Csányi tells Hungarian media that October and November are options while there is uncertainty about when soccer can resume in Europe. All 55 UEFA member countries are currently scheduled to play Nations League games in October and November.Hungary was drawn to play at Bulgaria in the single knockout Euro 2020 playoffs. The winner will host either Iceland or Romania with a place in the final tournament at stake.Hungary is one of 12 host nations of Euro 2020. ___The deputy head of Germany’s national disease control center has cautioned against coronavirus testing for soccer players in order to restart the league.Regular testing of players and team staff is a key element of a plan to resume German soccer in empty stadiums next month.Robert Koch Institute vice president Lars Schaade says he doesn’t “see why certain sections of the population … should be routinely screened.”Schaade says he would prefer testing to be focused on people who show symptoms or who are linked to an outbreak of the virus. Guidelines say people can only exercise outdoors on their own or with members of the same household.___UEFA is softening its tone toward organizers of national leagues and cups who want to end seasons early before completing all games.After talking with its 55 member federations, UEFA says that “some special cases will be heard“ after guidelines are confirmed for entry paths to next season’s Champions League and Europa League. Those guidelines could be approved Thursday by UEFA’s executive committee.After Belgium’s top-tier league said this month it wanted to declare current standings final, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned that countries risked losing European competition entries if they took premature decisions. Serge Aurier has become the latest player from English club Tottenham to flout government guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak after posting videos of him training with teammate Moussa Sissoko.The Ivory Coast defender has now deleted the videos on his Instagram story, which showed him running shuttles and sitting next to Sissoko, disregarding social distancing. Aurier was wearing a face mask.It wasn’t clear where the two players were training.Tottenham says “we shall be speaking to both players involved.”It comes about two weeks after Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho was pictured holding a one-on-one training session in north London with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, while two other players ran nearby. Mourinho later acknowledged his session was “not in line with government protocol.”center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill says his wife’s 85-year-old grandmother recently battled the coronavirus. ___The Indiana Hoosiers are changing their policy for football season ticket renewals and season parking passes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.In addition to announcing a two-week extension on the deadline, to May 15, outgoing athletic director Fred Glass says the school will implement a new ticket assurance plan.The policy gives ticket holders the option of receiving a refund or a credit toward a future ticket purchase for any canceled games. The policy applies to all Indiana ticketed events.Glass also introduced a new down payment option, which gives fans the ability to renew season ticket purchases by putting 5% down. The two remaining payments would be due July 15 and Aug. 15. Serie A has been suspended since the government ordered a nationwide lockdown more than a month ago. Twelve rounds remain along with four games that were postponed from the weekend of Feb. 22.The lockdown in Italy is scheduled to expire after May 3.___The ownership of the Orlando Magic have announced a $50,000 donation to a Central Florida food bank and have teamed with Papa John’s to offer a way for their fans to support food-insecure families as well.The DeVos family announced the donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Through May 20 fans can also see 25% of their online-order price at Orlando-area Papa John’s restaurants donated to the food bank as well. ___The New York Road Runners have canceled their in-person events and programs due to the coronavirus. Since March 15, a total of 14 NYRR race events have been canceled. The NYRR said it will continue to work closely with government officials regarding the ongoing status of scheduled in-person events and programs with the possibility of additional cancellations in the future.___The men’s and women’s professional tennis tours say they will administer a player relief fund to help those in the sport dealing with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Clubs are eager to resume the Bundesliga to avoid financial losses. They are negotiating a tricky political landscape and opposition from some fan groups.The governors of German states Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have called for a restart of soccer on May 9 but not all states are on board.___The second edition of FIA’s Motorsport Games has been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.The multi-disciple event between various nations was scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at the Circuit Paul Ricard near designated host city Marseille. The new dates are Oct. 22-24 next year at the same place. The NFL has donated $10,000 each to a dozen local agencies around the nation to assist their domestic violence programs.League vice president Troy Vincent says the donations come at a critical time because incidents of domestic violence have the potential to spike because of stay-at-home orders resulting from the new coronavirus pandemic.Vincent says victims are more prone to be abused because “there’s nowhere to hide” while required to be at home. He notes anxiety over job and financial uncertainties can serve as triggers for abusers.Vincent has been a long-time advocate in speaking out against domestic violence after growing up in an abusive household.New York’s Niagara Frontier’s YWCA CEO Kathleen Granchelli welcomed the donation by noting her association’s shelter and housing facilities are currently full and counselors busy. She says victims of domestic violence are “coping with unimaginable trauma.” Associated Press The Latest: Bucks’ Hill details family experience with virus Players on French clubs are all on temporary layoffs. That means a small cut in pay of 16 percent and the state picks up a portion of the rest.Players at clubs in other countries have taken large pay cuts amid the uncertainty.PSG’s squad includes world-class players Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Ángel Di María and Edinson Cavani.Al-Khelaifi says “our wage bill is of substantial volume” and “we risk suffering colossal losses” at the end of the season.___ The league plans to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but has decided scrap its all-star game and shorten the first round of the playoffs from a best-of-five to best-of-three series.The KBO says it could shorten the regular season if infections erupt. The league will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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