Baffled by extra pay for weather work

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe current dysfunction in Washington is surely enough for all of us to question the mental capacity of some of our leaders, not the least of which is our president. That said, I now have to question the mental capacity of our elected officials here in Schenectady.Why would anybody in their right minds agree to pay our fine sanitation workers an additional $2 per hour from December to March? In my research, I have yet to find any other public or private entity that increases pay based on weather. When a person applies for a job picking up our trash, are they not aware that it gets cold in the winter? What happens if the temperature reaches 62, as it did a few weeks ago? Does the employee then forego the additional $2? Are they paid the additional $2 for the four holidays during this period, or for sick time used, or for vacation time taken? This is opening the proverbial Pandora’s Box. Who’s next to request weather pay? Our code enforcement folks? Our traffic department who may want to forgo issuing tickets from December to March? Mr. Mayor and city council, what were you thinking in approving such an indefensible contract concession?My wonderful Gazette delivery lady is out at 4 a.m. every morning doing what she agreed to do, deliver the paper whatever the temperature, without being paid extra because it’s cold.Next time we have an election, let’s screen the candidates to ensure that their brains function with some modicum of intelligence.James BrodieSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentslast_img read more

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Human Rights Watch urges police to release journalist charged with defamation in South Kalimantan

first_imgThe Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the South Kalimantan Police to drop a defamation charge against a blogger who published articles about a land dispute between the indigenous Dayak ethnic group and a palm oil company owned by businessman Syamsudin Andi Irsyad aka Haji Isam, in the province.Blogger Diantara Putra Sumedi, who is also the former editor-in-chief of local media platform banjarhits.id, has reportedly been detained since May 4 following the filing of a defamation report by a person named Sukirman, who claims to be a representative of the Dayak people.According to a statement issued by the HRW, Diantara published an article in November last year on the land dispute, in which Sukirman was quoted as saying that he planned to file a lawsuit against the palm oil company. Sukirman denied mentioning a plan to file a lawsuit and filed a police report against banjarhits.id and Kumparan, a Jakarta-based media platform that sponsored and provided the platform for Diantara’s articles. The Jhonlin Group followed up by filing a report with the police. The company also filed a complaint with the Press Council.The council issued a statement on Feb. 5 that censured Diantara for publishing unverified stories. It also ordered Kumparan to provide space for the company to respond, as the stories were deemed unethical and racially insensitive for creating tension between the Dayak and Bugis ethnic group, of which the Jhonlin Group’s founder is a descendent of.Kumparan responded by taking down the stories on Feb. 11 and terminating its collaboration with Banjar Hits. However, Kumparan reported that Jhonlin Group did not use its right to respond. Read also: South Kalimantan journalist dies while being detained on defamation chargesOn May 4, the South Kalimantan Police detained Diantara and charged him for reportedly  committing defamation. If found guilty, Diantara could face a maximum punishment of six years in prison. A police spokesperson said Diantara had been detained over concerns he might publish more stories about the land dispute. The human rights organization slammed the police’s decision to detain Diantara, saying criminal charges for alleged defamation were “disproportionate punishment and frequently abused by the police.””Threatening a writer with prison time for criminal defamation has a chilling effect on freedom of speech for all journalists,” HRW senior researcher Andreas Harsono said in a statement, adding that civil defamation was a more proportionate response to such allegations.According to the rights group’s analysis, the country’s criminal defamation laws contain vague language that allowed “retaliation against journalists and others” who reported allegations of corruption, fraud or misconduct against powerful interests, among other things.The HRW highlighted other cases in which journalists and human rights defenders covering or defending parties in land disputes had been arrested under various laws, in addition to criminal defamation.Another South Kalimantan-based reporter, M. Yusuf, was detained in 2018 for allegedly inciting hate speech against a Jhonlin Group subsidiary. He died five weeks later while in police custody.Yusuf’s wife, Arvaidah, claimed the police had ignored her pleas for medical care for her husband, as Yusuf had stomach and cardiovascular illnesses. Her request for Yusuf’s release on account of his medical condition was also rejected.“The police and aggrieved companies should stop bringing criminal defamation charges to intimidate, detain or prosecute journalists and other people exercising their freedom of speech,” Andreas said.He added that such defamation cases should be taken to the Press Council and only be taken to the police if the petitioners were dissatisfied with the council’s decision, as stipulated in a 2017 memorandum of understanding between the council and the force, Andreas went on to say. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

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Burundi arrests over 100 alleged rebel movement supporters

first_imgOver 100 people arrested in Burundi amid rebel fears Morocco arrests 7 suspected IS supporters Photo courtesy of AFP/Getty Images More than 100 men have been arrested in two days by security forces trying to prevent men from being recruited to fight the government.The governor of a province in central Burundi says more than 100 men have been arrested in two days by security forces trying to prevent men from being recruited to fight the government.Gitega Governor Venant Manirambona said on Wednesday that the men were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday while trying to relocate to the southern areas of the country.He said a group of 50 young men was arrested on Wednesday morning while trying to leave the province. No rebel group has been identified, but security forces have recently reported rebel attacks on military outposts.The capital, Bujumbura, remains prone to violence amid a wave of gun, rocket and grenade attacks in which both supporters and rivals of the president have been targeted. President Pierre Nkurunziza was re-elected in July amid controversy.–APRelatedcenter_img Burundi Youth Movement under Fire Ahead of Electionslast_img read more

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Indonesian mud volcano flow ‘to last 26 years’

first_img Share Share News Indonesian mud volcano flow ‘to last 26 years’ by: – February 25, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 26 Views   no discussions By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News The mud buried homes, schools and farmland, and has displaced thousands of familiesThe mud buried homes, schools and farmland, and has displaced thousands of families.The world’s largest mud volcano, which left 13,000 families homeless, is likely to continue erupting for another 26 years, researchers have estimated. It first erupted back in May 2006, and – at its peak – was spewing 180,000 cubic metres of mud a day, equivalent to 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools.The volcano, in East Java, Indonesia, has buried homes, schools and farmlands over seven square kilometres.The findings have been published in the Journal of the Geological Society.This is the first reliable estimate on how long Lusi (derived from the Indonesian word for mud, lumpur, and the place where the eruption occurred, Sidoarjo) would continue erupting.Co-author Richard Davies, a geologist from Durham University’s Department of Earth Sciences, said there were a number of factors that meant it was not possible to produce an estimate until now.“We did a provisional estimate in 2008, but we have significantly improved the methodology,” he told BBC News. “Also, for two or three years there was a lot of debate about what caused it.“I think there were a lot of people involved in working what happened – so now we have seen the natural progression from wanting to know what caused it to wanting to know how long it will last.”Under pressureThe cause of the eruption was a subject of a prolonged scientific debate, with opinions divided on whether it was the result of a drilling well in the area, or a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that shook the area a few days earlier.In 2008, during a conference in South Africa, supporters of both hypotheses presented their arguments before a panel of independent experts.The debate was chaired by Edinburgh University’s Professor John Underhill, who was also a top level football referee. The majority of experts, 42 out of 74, favoured the drilling explanation.Professor Davies supported the drilling hypothesis: “There is a lot of evidence now that shows it was caused by drilling – there was a blowout that was not controlled.”In 2008, the company that was drilling in the area and blamed for triggering the volcano agreed to pay compensation to the 50,000 displaced people. However, it did not say the drilling activities were the sole cause of the volcano.Professor Davies added that the team now had confidence to publish an estimate because they also had four year’s worth of data on how much material was coming out of Lusi, allowing them to calibrate the computational model developed by co-author and fellow Durham University researcher Simon Mathias.He explained that the volcano was driven by carbonated water in an aquifer, estimated to be about 2.5-3.5km beneath the surface, that travelled up through the drilled borehole and passed through a layer of muddy material (known as the Upper Kalibeng) before erupting on the surface via a 50-metre central vent.The inputs for the model of what was happening underground came from two wells; one located on the site of the central vent, and another located about 6km away, where there was a natural, smaller mud volcano.“This gave us the pressure in the actual aquifer,” explained Professor Davies.“Then we considered factors such as the permeability and porosity of the rock to estimate how long would it take for fluid pressure to decline until no more fluid would come out of the vent.“It is a fairly standard methodology, but it has never really been applied to mud volcanoes before.”He added that the team used a lot of different probabilities and combined them, creating a huge number of outputs (called realisations).“Out of the 10,000 realisations, we actually rejected a large number because we wanted to fit the actual rate which the mud had come out of the volcano to fit those data points,” he said.They ended up with 381 realisations, which allowed them to reach the estimate of 26 years.But Professor Davies added: “Within the modelling, there is a 10% chance that it will last for more than 100 years, and there is a 90% chance that it will last longer than 10 years.”The team worked on the assumption that the aquifer was not being recharged from another source, so there was no way for pressure to return once it had been discharged.“If there is recharge taking place then the 26-year estimate will be too short,” he conceded. “Basically, does Lusi have any surprises left for us.”last_img read more

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Sixth Annual Education Trust Fund underway.

first_img Share Share LocalNews Sixth Annual Education Trust Fund underway. by: – April 30, 2011 Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 60 Views   no discussions Photo credit: eandfdesigns.comThe Sixth Annual Education Trust Fund Radiothon is underway on DBS radio. The radiothon is an important part of the contributions raised by the organization every year.The Education Trust Fund is a facility which was established in 1981 by an Act of Parliament and focuses on assistance to secondary students in the form of text books, transportation, school registration, and CXC/GCE Examination fees.The fund provides financial assistance to students whose families have serious finiancial difficulty.Kairi FM and Q95FM broadcasted a simulcast radiothon in an effort to assist the Education Trust Fund in their fundraising drive.We encourages all to call and support the Education Trust Fund in providing for the less fortunate among us as “a mind is a terrible thing to waste.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Atletico Madrid to appeal against Koke’s Barcelona ban

first_img Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All Time6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes Atletico Madrid will appeal to La Liga to overturn Koke’s fifth booking of the season, ahead of their trip to Barcelona tomorrow night. Atletico Madrid to appeal against Koke’s Barcelona ban The Spanish international was handed his fifth caution of the 2019-20 campaign by referee Mario Melero Lopez, as Diego Simeone’s side won 2-1 at home to Alaves at the weekend.Advertisement Read Also:Arthur Melo, Pjanic undergo medicals ahead of Barca-Juve swapSimeone is certain to be without centre back Stefan Savic for the trip to Catalonia, as he also collected a fifth booking of 2019-20 against Alaves, with the club not appealing against that decision.Felipe Monteiro is set to step in for the ex Manchester City man at the Camp Nou, with Marcos Llorente replacing Koke, if his appeal is rejected.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… However, according to reports from Marca, Los Rojiblancos are pushing for the yellow card to be overturned on the grounds that his handball offence was accidental. Koke was penalised by Lopez after appearing to handle Joselu’s cross inside the box, with the former Newcastle United man converting the resulting spot kick. Atletico are confident of having the decision reversed in time for their captain to face Barcelona, but La Liga are yet to confirm their official response.last_img read more

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Williams Sisters Set Stage for Ninth Grand Slam Final

first_imgSerena is attempting to win an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles titleIt would also be a seventh Australian Open victory for the younger Williams sister, while Venus hopes to win an eighth major title, first in Melbourne and first since Wimbledon in 2008Tomorrow will be their first Grand Slam final against each other since Wimbledon 2009 when Serena won in straight sets“It is unbelievable to watch Serena play tennis – the way she hits the ball and the competitor she is,” Venus Williams said after the first semi-final“It would be a dream to see her on the opposite side of the net on Saturday.”Speaking after her win, Serena said: “I am really proud of Venus – she is a total inspiration. I am really happy for her and to be in the final together is a dream for us.“She is my toughest opponent, no-one has ever beaten me as much as Venus.“I feel no matter what that we have both won after all we have been through. I know a Williams is going to win this tournament.”Vandeweghe, 25, had played superbly in seeing off world number one Angelique Kerber and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza to reach the last four, but she could not maintain that level in the semi-final.The world number 35 deservedly took the first set on a tie-break but it was the experience of Williams that eventually prevailedWilliams converted four of five break points, but more importantly reduced Vandeweghe to just one from 13 as the younger American was reduced to throwing her racquet in frustration as the chances slipped byTwo double faults handed Williams a decisive double break in the second set and the seven-time Grand Slam champion broke again at the start of the third.Vandeweghe stayed close enough to keep the pressure on, saving three match points before finally cracking with an error on the fourth, prompting a jubilant twirl of celebration from Williams.“Everyone has their moment in the sun. Maybe mine has gone on a little longer than other people, but I have nothing else to do,” joked Williams.Lucic-Baroni was playing her first Grand Slam semi-final for 18 years, but it only lasted 50 minutes as Serena Williams dominated in her 34th major semi-final.It was their third meeting but their first since 1998, when the pair were teenagers.The story of Lucic-Baroni’s comeback from a series of personal issues that saw her career all but finished had captured the attention, and she ended the tournament by taking a selfie with the crowd on her way out of Rod Laver Arena.“Mirjana is an inspiration and deserves all the credit today,” said Williams. “To get so far after all she has been through inspires me and I wanted to give her all the congratulations.“It is great to see her out here. I was rooting for her through the whole tournament.”Williams will return tomorrow to try to make history once again by surpassing Steffi Graf and winning a 23rd major singles title.Once she broke Lucic-Baroni’s serve in the third game there was only going to be one winner, runs of five straight games and six straight games bringing her each set.“The serve was a little better today. I want it to be a little better. I knew it needed to be good because Mirjana is a great returner,” added Williams.Meanwhile, Roger Federer defeated fellow Swiss, Stan Wawrinka, 7-5 6-3 1-6 4-6 6-3 to reach the Australian Open final and stay on course for an 18th Grand Slam title.The 35-year-old will face Rafael Nadal on Sunday if the Spaniard beats Grigor Dimitrov in today’s other semi-final.SERENA v VENUS (Head-to-Head) Hard courts: Serena 9–8 Clay courts: Serena, 2–1 Grass courts: Serena, 4–2 Carpet: Serena, 1–0 Grand Slam matches: Serena, 9–5 Grand Slam finals: Serena, 6–2 Year-End Championships matches: Serena, 2–1 Year-End Championships finals: Tied 1–1 All finals: Serena, 8–3Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AUSTRALIAN OPENVenus and Serena Williams will tomorrow meet in a Grand Slam final for the ninth time after the American sisters came through their semi-finals at the ongoing Australian Open 2017 in Melbourne.Thirteenth seed Venus, 36, beat fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-3 to reach her first major final since 2009.World number two Serena, 35, saw off unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2 6-1 in the second semi-finallast_img read more

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Irish TV3 Group secures four-year UK horse racing deal with RMG

first_img ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Related Articles Submit Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Irish TV viewers will enjoy up to 50 days of live racing action each year, after TV3 Group announced a new four-year partnership with Racecourse Media Group (RMG) from January 1, 2017.Starting with the New Year’s Day meeting from Cheltenham, TV3 and 3e will broadcast some of the biggest events in horse racing, including the Cheltenham Festival, Randox Health Aintree Grand National Festival, Investec Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot.The free-to-air channel will also broadcast the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket, Al Shaqab Lockinge Day at Newbury, Qatar Goodwood Festival, Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York and QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot.Niall Cogley, TV3 Group Director of Broadcasting, said: “TV3 is delighted to be working with this fantastic racing portfolio. Cheltenham and Aintree are hugely important milestones in the Irish sporting calendar every year, but this new agreement represents so much more as it spans some of the most important international racing fixtures in the world with a wonderful mix of Flat and National Hunt festivals. To be able to offer 50 exclusive Irish terrestrial days on TV3 and 3e is great news for our viewers and for the TV3 Group.”Richard FitzGerald, CEO of RMG, said: “We are very much looking forward to an exciting new partnership with TV3 over the next four years. We are delighted that the UK’s best race meetings will receive such a prominent shop window in Ireland via TV3 and 3e. It means viewers will be extremely well served in Ireland.”last_img read more

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Alexander: The older you are, the colder MLB’s Free Agent Freeze II is

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Charlie Finley was way ahead of his time, evidently.The innovative, eccentric owner of the Oakland A’s, who died in 1996, was the first owner to lose a free agent (Catfish Hunter to the Yankees in the winter of ’74). He was the first to conduct a fire sale when true free agency arrived in 1976, trading Reggie Jackson and Ken Holtzman to Baltimore during spring training and then attempting to sell Joe Rudi, Rollie Fingers and Vida Blue in cash transactions.The commissioner, Bowie Kuhn, blocked them “in the best interests of baseball.” Whatever happened to that precedent?Finley had another idea that didn’t get much traction from his fellow owners – maybe because he was considered the crazy uncle nobody listened to – but the echoes of it seem to be rattling around today’s depressed free agent market. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings center_img His idea? Full free agency for everybody. Get rid of the reserve system and put everyone on one-year contracts, and at the end of every season the law of supply and demand regulates the market.It was genius. The players, clamoring for the freedom of the open market, would have had to agree, and Players Association leader Marvin Miller noted years later in an interview with the New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro that it would have seemed “better for the players than it was, and not nearly as good as it turned out. And I think if the owners could turn back the clock, look at this with a clear eye, they might see things different, too. Thankfully they didn’t.”No, but a new crop of owners and executives might have figured out how to guide the system back toward short-term deals. Look at the list of this year’s class of free agents on MLBTradeRumors.com and see if you spot a pattern.A total of 257 players filed at the beginning of the offseason. As of Friday afternoon, 48 had not yet signed, an eclectic mixture of guys who can help a club, guys who are hanging on and guys who at best should get minor-league contracts (as Ervin Santana did from the Chicago White Sox on Friday).Of the remaining 209, 34 have received multi-year contracts. Considering that most of the still-unsigned players will be lucky to get a year if they get anything, this means that maybe 15 percent, tops, of this winter’s free agents will have received deals covering two years or more. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error I am curious just how much flak MLBPA director Tony Clark and his lieutenants will be receiving in the clubhouses they visit this spring. Colleague Jeff Fletcher quoted Clark as saying that Angels players were “engaged” during their meeting Thursday.Is that maybe a euphemism for “demanding answers?” It should be.It was always the strength of the Players Association, under Miller and Don Fehr – labor lawyers both – that players understood the adversarial nature of the labor-management divide. Miller and Fehr had their roots in the Paleozoic Era of baseball’s player-management relationship, when it truly was a take-it-or-leave-it environment and the Players Association had to fight for every inch of progress.We have now had nearly two decades of labor peace, but that streak could well be in jeopardy when the collective bargaining agreement comes up for discussion in 2021. But before you start siding with the billionaires against the millionaires, ask yourself this: If your favorite team’s payroll goes down, do ticket prices, parking and concessions also go down?Didn’t think so.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter And there is a pattern within the pattern. With the significant exception of 26-year-old Bryce Harper, who is still waiting for a 10-year deal, and 29-year-olds Jose Iglesias, Casey Kelly and Brad Miller, everyone on that unsigned list is on the north side of 30. And of those 35 multi-year deals, 22 of them are two-year contracts … and 21 of those went to players 30 or older.Let’s stipulate now that there will be no reprise any time soon of Albert Pujols’ 10-year contract, which he signed just before he turned 32 and is now an albatross at age 39. That said, shouldn’t there be a middle ground?“I think there’s this thinking that once you get to be 31, 32 years old, your talent is going to drop off,” agent Larry Reynolds said a year ago. “You know, I strongly disagree with that.“I’ve witnessed firsthand a guy like Torii Hunter who goes out, signs a five-year deal at age 32, and then comes back and does another deal. He (was) playing at 39, going on 40 years old, and at 34, 36, he was having some of the best years of his career.”The guys at the top of the market get most of the attention, of course. Manny Machado’s 10-year, $300 million deal with the Padres was officially announced Friday, and he and fellow 26-year-old Harper will be fine.But baseball’s middle class is getting hammered, again. As we’ve indicated, the vast majority are older, and they came up in a clubhouse culture promising that players who made it through six seasons of team control – and, remember, have a limited earning window anyway – would eventually get their shot at financial security in free agency. That implied promise has been broken.At one end, teams manipulate service time to start the arbitration and free agent clock a year later. You can bet it will happen with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in Toronto this year, as it did with Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña last year, the Cubs’ Kris Bryant in 2015, etc.At the other end, when players hit free agency, they’re now getting the take-it-or-leave-it treatment.Related Articleslast_img read more

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NBA approves 22-team return in Orlando starting July 31

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIn an interview on TNT on Thursday night, Silver outlined some of the precautions the league plans to take in order to get back on the court to finish the season — including potentially barring some coaches from being on the sideline during games.“We’ve learned a lot more about the virus since we shut down in March,” Silver said in the televised appearance. And the data is demonstrating that, for the most part — there are exceptions — that healthy young people are the least vulnerable. But there are also people involved in this league, particularly some of the coaches who are obviously older people, and we also know people at any age with underlying conditions are most vulnerable.“So we’re gonna have to work through protocols that maybe, certain coaches, may not be able to the bench coach. They may have to retain social distancing protocols, and maybe they can be in the front of a locker room … but when it comes to actual play, we’re not gonna want them that close to players, in order to protect them. So those are all issues were continuing to work through.”Among the NBA’s head coaches, the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich is 71, the Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni is 69 and the Pelicans’ Alvin Gentry is 65 years old. On the Lakers’ coaching staff, assistant Lionel Hollins is 66. For the Clippers, Armond Hill is 67. According to the Center for Disease Control, people who are 65 or older are a higher risk for severe illness if they contract COVID-19.On Thursday, Florida’s Department of Health confirmed 1,419 additional cases of COVID-19 – the largest daily total of newly confirmed cases since daily updates began in March. The NBA said it and the players’ association are working with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials to establish a rigorous program to prevent and mitigate the risk related to COVID-19, including a regular testing protocol and stringent safety practices that Silver said Thursday evening will include playing games without fans in the central location where players will be tested daily.“We’re working through the logistics with the players,” Silver said. “But … other than the time when the players are face to face on the court … the other times will be retaining a certain social distancing protocols.”Further adding to the complexity fo the comeback is that news of the league’s latest step toward playing again comes in the midst of the international outcry sparked by the police killing of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis. Silver suggested that the NBA could take a leadership role in helping to improve some of the racial issues that have boiled to the surface in recent days.“We are such a unique institution,” Silver said Thursday evening on TNT. “I think ultimately, we may be in a position to have more of an impact on this issue than almost any other organization in the world. When you think about the players, coaches, former players … including our ownership now withing that group, you have some of the most well-known people of color in the entire world.”There was some mixed social media reaction from current players on the proposal to play ball again when the nation is in the throes of protest.New Orleans guard Josh Hart, a former Laker, suggested Thursday the game could help unite people: “There’s so much going on in this country. Hope basketball can help bring people together and help contribute to the healing process.”Patrick Beverley expressed less certainty. The Clippers’ hyper-competitive guard tweeted Wednesday that with “Everything going on right NOW (basketball) is NOT IMPORTANT.”The Lakers and Clippers last played March 10. The Lakers lost 104-102 to the Brooklyn Nets at home and the Clippers beat the Warriors 131-107 in San Francisco, leaving off with the Lakers (49-14) leading the Western Conference and the Clippers (44-20) in second place.The plan approved by the board Thursday would allow them to continue their title quests in a format that features the 22 teams with the best records, or the 16 teams (eight per conference) in current playoff positions and the six teams that currently are six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences.The season restart would begin with eight “seeding games” for each returning team, with the possibility of a play-in tournament for the eighth and final playoff seed in each conference depending on combined records across regular-season games and seeding games.Once the 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs would proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round.The NBA Finals would end no later than Oct. 12.Training camp ahead of the restart would tip off July 9-11, Wojnarowski reported, with a July 7 date scheduled for travel to Orlando, according to Charania.Additionally, the league announced that, as tentatively scheduled, after the season resumes July 31, the 2020 draft lottery would be rescheduled for Aug. 25, the 2020 draft would be slated for Oct. 15.The NBA then would aim to open the 2020-21 regular season Dec. 1.And, according to ESPN, free agency could begin Oct. 18 with training camps starting Nov. 10.Also Thursday, G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim announced that the remainder of that league’s 2019-20 season — which was suspended March 12 — was canceled. Under normal circumstances, it would have concluded March 28.Charania reported that the G League extended health benefits and paid all of its players through what was supposed to have been the end of the season.IMPORTANT DATESJuly 9-11: Training campJuly 31-Oct. 12: 2019-20 seasonAug. 25: Draft lotteryOct. 15: NBA draftOct. 18: Free agencyNov. 10: 2020-21 training campDec. 1: 2020-21 season start(via Adrian Wojnarowski/NBA)center_img The NBA’s board of governors voted Thursday to approve the league’s proposal for a 22-team format to restart the season in Orlando, Florida, on July 31, the league said in a statement. Portland was the only team of 30 to vote against the plan, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.The NBA announced that the board’s approval marks the first major formal step required to resume the season after a hiatus that began when play was abruptly suspended March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.In a conference call Thursday, owners voted on the plan put forth by Commissioner Adam Silver and the league’s advisory/finance committee to play out the season entirely at the Walt Disney World Resort.The league said it’s now is working to finalize a comprehensive, complex restart plan with the National Basketball Players Association, with representatives planning to hold a conference call Friday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.last_img read more

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