Steve Nash might have his hands full coaching the Brooklyn Nets.
Steve Nash might have his hands full coaching the Brooklyn Nets.
When a contact tracer called the Iraqi woman to say her 18-year-old daughter tested positive for the coronavirus and could quarantine for free in a hotel, the woman panicked — recalling the family's terror of risking separation forever during their flight from Baghdad after a bomb killed her brother. The contact tracer, Iraqi immigrant Ethar Kakoz, had made a similar harrowing journey using smugglers to get out of Iraq after her parents were told she could be kidnapped. Kakoz is among a growing legion of ethnically and racially diverse contact tracers hired by local health departments to help immigrants, refugees and minorities protect themselves during a pandemic that has disproportionately affected people of color.
U.S. Open champion Thiem complained of the problem after his title defence in Vienna ended in the quarter-finals on Friday. Thiem would have had little time to recover as the final ATP Masters 1000 event of the year starts on Monday. Defending champion Djokovic opted out of the Paris tournament as he will not lose any ranking points under the ATP Tour's revised system this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
LeBron James credits a call between NBA player leaders and Barack Obama with helping them move forward after the walkout.
In March, the 67-year-old brand announced it would close 70 stores, with plans to cut 268 office jobs and furlough more than 1,500 workers.
As a record-breaking early voting cycle winds down in Florida, and with the race for president between Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden remaining close in the state, both campaigns are hoping to squeeze as many votes out of their candidate's supporters as possible in the final days. Combining mail-in votes and early in-person votes, over 8.2 million ballots have already been cast in Florida as of Saturday morning, according to the Florida Division of Elections, surpassing the 6.6 million early votes in the 2016 presidential election. Democrats hold a lead by 116,051 votes over Republicans in turnout among registered voters, a result of a monthslong campaign by the state Democratic Party to encourage voters to vote by mail ahead of Election Day.
Black Lives Matter has been a lot of things in its brief, fiery life. A movement that led protests coast to coast, calling for America to get serious about preventing Black deaths at the hands of law enforcement. A heaven-sent resource for people like Helen Jones, desperate for justice after her son died in a Los Angeles County jail.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was third.
Shareholder Rights Law Firm Johnson Fistel, LLP, is investigating potential claims against Vasta Platform Limited ("Vasta" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: VSTA) for violations of federal securities laws.
Biden and Obama will try to appeal to Black voters in a state which narrowly supported Trump in 2016.
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Three days from Nov. 3, here's how eligible voter turnout rate for the 2020 presidential election may compare to past cycles.
Valtteri Bottas will start the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix from pole position for Mercedes, the 13th round of the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship season, at Imola.
YEAHKA LIMITED ("Yeahka" or the "Company", stock code: 9923.HK), a leading technology platform in China, announced that its proprietary consumer cloud and blockchain-powered coupon platform (the "Consumer Cloud Platform") has been included in the fourth set of blockchain information service providers released on 30th by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday lifted its "no sail" order on U.S. cruise ships and set out a framework for how cruising could restart.Under the new structure, cruise companies must demonstrate adherence to stringent health and safety protocols including extensive testing, quarantine measures and social distancing. If they meet these CDC standards, first on a series of crew-only test sailings, they will eventually be allowed to resume passenger excursions.The "no sail" order was originally issued March 14 for all American cruises after it emerged that cruise ships played a major role in the initial outbreak of the coronavirus. The ships were remarkably efficient at spreading the virus: On board the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan in February, each case of COVID-19 was transmitted to approximately 15 other people. In Wuhan, China -- the original epicenter of the virus -- one person transmitted the disease to about four other people, a recent study published in the Journal of Travel Medicine found.In September, the CDC recommended an extension to the policy until February amid reports of outbreaks on ships in other countries, but that advice was overruled by a White House coronavirus task force.The restrictions on sailings have ravaged the cruise industry with companies reporting billions of dollars in losses as their fleets have remained idled in open waters or in ports. In recent months, cruise executives have been scrambling to put together teams of scientists and health experts to devise comprehensive safety protocols that will allow cruising to return, and they gave a lengthy list of suggestions to the CDC.On Friday, the CDC said the benefits of the new framework outweigh the costs of not allowing cruise ships to sail, providing flexibility for companies that have taken necessary precautions to mitigate risk, while continuing to prohibit operations for those that fail to implement the necessary measures.Here's how the decision will likely impact cruises in the coming months.Q: How soon will I be able to get on a cruise?A: In short, not soon.The first ships to sail in U.S. waters will be simulated voyages designed to test a vessel's capabilities to implement health and safety protocols and prove the cruise line's ability to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 onboard.Cruise lines will not be allowed to commence passenger operations until they meet all the requirements and are granted a conditional COVID-19 sailing certificate issued by the CDC.Most major cruise lines have announced that they will not resume operations until 2021.The largest cruise companies, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean and MSC have canceled their sailings through the end of November. Last month, Carnival canceled all its 2020 cruises, except for those between Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida, which are scheduled to restart in December.Q: What safety measures can I expect?A: The ships will be required to provide rapid laboratory testing of all passengers and crew on the day of embarkation and the day of disembarkation. Onboard testing capabilities will be developed in coordination with the CDC to test all symptomatic travelers, including crew members and future passengers.Under the new order, cruise ship operators must meet standards for hand hygiene, face coverings and social distancing for passengers and crew as well as ship sanitation. Meal services and entertainment venues will be modified to ensure that physical distancing can be implemented.Q: Does that mean I'll have to wear a mask?A: For the test cruises, the CDC said that masks are one of the measures that "may be required by CDC technical instructions or orders," but it does not lay out where and when they might be mandated. Mask use was included among the suggestions from the industry executives to the CDC.Q: What happens if I test positive for the coronavirus?A: Passengers who test positive for COVID-19 before boarding a cruise ship will not be permitted to board. Those who test positive onboard a ship will be isolated and then transferred to a dedicated facility on shore. All remaining passengers and nonessential crew will also be required to go into quarantine. In the spring, some passengers spent weeks confined to their staterooms after cases broke out on board their cruises.Cruise operators are expected to have the proper medical equipment, expertise and training to treat severely ill passengers who contract COVID-19 while on board until they can be safety transferred to onshore medical facilities.Q: Will passengers be allowed to go on shore excursions?A: Initially shore excursions will be closely controlled and limited to private and domestic destinations. Cruise operators are devising protocols to vet vendors for onshore excursions to ensure that they comply with health and safety protocols that are applied on board ships. The measures include physical distancing, sanitation, personal protective equipment, personnel screening and training.On a recent sailing by the Costa Diadema, a ship belonging to the Carnival Corp.'s Italian cruise operation, cases cropped up despite testing after passengers took shore excursions on the Greek Islands. The guests were asymptomatic and tested positive upon reentry into Italy.Under the CDC's new requirements, cruise ships will not be permitted to sail with an itinerary that lasts longer than seven days. This period may be shortened or lengthened based on public health considerations.The health agency's framework applies to cruise ships that intend to operate in U.S. waters.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
Sean Connery, who has died at the age of 90, was known not only for movie roles including the British secret agent James Bond but also for his support of Scottish independence from Britain. "He was a lifelong advocate of an independent Scotland and those of us who share that belief owe him a great debt of gratitude."
The fundraising was to revive the loss-making company and bolster its balance sheet with more than £500m in cash in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
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KIRKLAND, Wash. -- After months of near-isolation inside his senior care facility, Charlie no longer recognizes his wife of almost 50 years. In another nursing home, Susan's toenails grew so long that she could not squeeze into her shoes. Ida lost 37 pounds and stopped speaking. Minnie cried and asked God to just take her.They are among thousands of older people stricken by another epidemic ravaging America's nursing homes -- an outbreak of loneliness, depression and atrophy fueled by the very lockdowns that were imposed to protect them from the coronavirus."A slow killer," said Esther Sarachene, who said she watched her 82-year-old mother, Ida Pasik, wither and fall mute during the months she was confined to her nursing home room in Maryland. "She didn't know who I was."COVID-19 continues to scythe through the halls of long-term care facilities despite an array of safety measures and bans on visitors, put in place months ago to slow the devastation.More than 87,000 residents and workers have died of the virus, which has infected more than half a million people tied to facilities, and new clusters continue to erupt with numbing regularity: 16 people reported dead this month at a nursing home in Chesterfield, Virginia; all 62 residents of a Kansas nursing home infected.At the same time, the damage of solitude is being overlooked, families and advocacy groups say. They say that widespread lockdowns are still necessary to protect people from the virus, but also that facilities must now confront a growing physical and mental toll of social isolation as the pandemic shows no sign of abating.Separation from family and friends is among the hardest deprivations of the pandemic. Experts say the absence can inflict particularly serious damage on people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, thousands of whom have been confined to their buildings since March.Operators of long-term care facilities say they are facing an impossible choice between depriving residents of vital human contact and inviting the virus inside."We have to walk a very fine line," said Robin Dale, president of the Washington Health Care Association, a trade group that has noted a recent uptick in virus cases in the state's facilities amid a new surge nationally. "We need to work toward more in-person visits, but it is difficult right now."In more than two dozen interviews across the country, long-term care employees described increased confusion, anger and anxiety among residents. Family members said their relatives were deteriorating in short-staffed facilities that have pared back physical therapy, exercise classes and visits into the community.One worker described how a resident told her one evening that she was the first person she had seen all day."Mom's just not there," said Deanna Williams, as she and two siblings headed to the Life Care Center of Kirkland, Washington, to visit their 89-year-old mother, Peggy Walsh, who loved motoring around the country before she developed dementia.Life Care, in suburban Seattle, was the nation's first COVID-19 hot spot in February, a place that gave a first glimpse at how the virus could tear through homes. Forty-six Life Care residents have died.Since the outbreak, as the deaths of residents of long-term care facilities swelled to account for almost 40% of the country's 229,600 coronavirus deaths, Walsh has spent each day sitting quietly in her wheelchair, facing the fence and bushes outside her room.She used to say "I love you" when her children visited and kissed her, but it has now been eight months since they have been able to touch her. Some days, she does not seem to notice when they wave through her bedroom window or dance around with decorative autumn scarecrows to catch her eye."If we could just give her a hug or a kiss on the cheek," another daughter, Colleen Mallory, said. "It's like losing her again and again and again."Life Care has continued to operate throughout the pandemic, though families say its population of 200 patients has ebbed. The initial outbreak that killed dozens of residents and sickened much of the staff has now faded, but families say they still get sporadic notifications of a new infection inside.As Walsh's children chatted at a Starbucks before one morning's visit, their phones suddenly buzzed in unison -- it was a text message from Life Care reporting that one patient and three staff members had tested positive.Life Care Centers of America, which has more than 200 facilities, faces wrongful-death lawsuits from the families of two former Kirkland residents, and federal and state regulators cited lapses in its response to the outbreak.Life Care has disputed the lawsuits and appealed findings by regulators. In September, an administrative law judge in Washington state sided largely with Life Care, saying that the facility had violated some regulations, but that the evidence did not show that care or residents' health had been jeopardized.Nancy Butner, northwest division vice president for Life Care, said the Kirkland facility was doing well and was a top-rate facility. "They are providing a high level of service in a safe environment that ensures peace of mind for our residents and their families," she said.All told, the virus has infected more than 581,000 people at some 23,000 long-term care facilities, which include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, memory care centers, retirement communities and other care facilities for older adults.In the early months of the pandemic, most facilities for older adults banned family and friends from entering their buildings. State and federal regulators issued guidance, restricting visitors and nonessential health care personnel, and canceling communal activities within buildings. In the months since, even as illness and deaths have continued inside some facilities, government restrictions have been eased in many places.Research groups recently reported that thousands of nursing homes were still facing serious shortages of masks, gowns and other equipment. Adding to the risks, nursing home employees are continuing a long-running practice of working in multiple facilities, increasing the chances they could bring the virus from location to location, particularly if the virus spreads more easily this winter.Mark Parkinson, president of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, a trade group, said that despite the efforts of facilities to protect residents, they are in large part at the mercy of their surrounding communities.For now, a patchwork of state and federal guidelines governs how long-term care facilities are handling visits from family and friends of residents. Some let families inside while many only allow outdoor visits, a dwindling option in colder weather.Before, relatives could visit to make sure residents finished lunch and had their teeth brushed. A family member's face and touch can be anchors, experts said, and such a presence helps to engage people's long-term memories."Those familiar faces are what our residents rely on in order to determine whether they are in a safe place or not," said Dr. Jim Wright, a nursing home medical director in Richmond, Virginia, who criticized safety conditions at a facility where he used to work, following the deaths of 51 residents in the spring.Back at the beginning of the pandemic, Charlie Cape could still recognize his wife of 50 years, Linda.Charlie Cape learned he had Alzheimer's disease a decade ago and had spent the past two years at a senior care facility in Sarasota, Florida, where Linda Cape visited him almost every day. A nurse, she would sometimes help feed him, shower him, shave him and periodically give him a pedicure.His weight was stable, she said, about 180 pounds. He could string together some words. He went to gatherings when they were held on his floor, even dancing with his wife to "My Girl" before the pandemic.Then the facility stopped allowing visitors.Linda Cape said that she tried to talk with her husband using video chats but that the technology was intimidating. He did not understand how the iPad worked and would look elsewhere or get up and walk away. On such calls between March and August, she could see he was losing weight and withdrawing. He no longer takes part in group activities, she said. It has been months since she could understand anything he was saying.Linda Cape said she did not blame the facility for banning visitors, adding that she had been impressed with its staff and its communication during the pandemic. The facility, HarborChase, did not respond to interview requests."Charlie doesn't know us any more," she said after seeing him as visits resumed in October. She and her son go every Sunday with a cookie and a Diet Coke, unless Charlie Cape is sleeping. Sometimes, during these visits, Charlie Cape just sits and cries.Some of his decline may be attributable to Alzheimer's, Linda Cape said, but she believes that the long period of isolation from family accelerated its progress. If nothing else, she feels she missed a crucial period of his life when he still knew who she was."I wish that I had had a little bit more time with him, a bit more quality time," she said. "That's my regret."A survey of 365 people living inside nursing facilities around the country found that most no longer leave their rooms to socialize. Three in four residents said they felt lonely.Susan Hailey, 77, is trying to recover from five months of isolation. She moved into the Life Care Center of Kirkland to recover from knee surgery but contracted the coronavirus and watched as her roommate and her closest friend at the facility died of the virus. She fell twice and began hallucinating that dead people were visiting her."I missed talking to my family and touching them, kissing them on the cheek," she said.In August, she moved into a small adult-care home where she has begun learning to walk again. She still has cognitive problems, and cannot read mystery novels anymore because she forgets what happened from one paragraph to the next.But she says she is happy now, and hopeful, and when her two daughters visited one evening, Hailey smiled and asked, "Touch me, will ya?"This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
Trojans receiver Munir McClain said he did nothing wrong in getting unemployment money. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program has come under scrutiny.
Twenty-five years before he was elected president, Donald Trump went to Capitol Hill to complain that Congress had closed too many tax loopholes. He warned that one industry, in particular, had been severely harmed: real estate.The recent demise of real estate tax shelters, part of a landmark 1986 overhaul of the tax code, was "an absolute catastrophe for the country," Trump testified to Congress that day in November 1991."Real estate really means so many jobs," he said. "You create so many other things. They buy carpet. They buy furniture. They buy refrigerators. They buy other things that fuel the economy."Trump was sounding a theme that has made real estate perhaps the tax code's most favored industry.Legislators lapped it up. Trump and his fellow real estate investors got much of what he wanted, including the ability to fully deduct losses -- sometimes only on paper -- against other income.Trump's low taxes over the years were largely a product of his businesses hemorrhaging money, according to federal tax records obtained by The New York Times. But the records also show that depreciation losses and other benefits for the real estate industry have helped Trump reduce his federal income taxes. In 2016 and 2017, he paid $750.From the beginning, the real estate industry, with its claim to be a bedrock of the American way of life and its formidable lobbying power and lavish campaign contributions, has held disproportionate sway over how tax laws are written.Tax breaks for real estate have been embedded in the federal income tax law for a century. New benefits sprouted up every few years. Even when lawmakers cracked down on business-friendly tax treatment, they often made special exceptions for real estate."The real estate industry has enjoyed the most lucrative tax breaks for decades," said Victor Fleischer, a tax law professor at the University of California, Irvine, and former chief tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee. The industry "thinks of the tax code as a basket of goodies to feast on rather than a financial obligation of doing business."The perks come in many varieties. One allows real estate investors to avoid capital gains taxes when they sell properties as long as they use the proceeds to quickly buy others. Another gives developers a big break on taxes when they spend money on historical preservation.Foremost among them is a deduction for depreciation, a provision originally included in the federal tax code in response to lobbying by the railroad industry.Taxpayers are allowed to deduct from their annual taxable income a portion of the cost of an asset, such as a locomotive or a building, as well as money spent on improving that asset. If you buy a building for $270,000, you can deduct $10,000 a year from your taxable income for 27 years. A profitable business can actually report losses on its tax returns because of depreciation deductions.The tax benefit was meant to reflect the deterioration in value over time of an asset. But for the real estate industry, it can be a boondoggle: Many buildings kept in reasonable repair increase in value over time, unlike, say, cars or computers.Depreciation is the ultimate tax shelter, critics say, because it permits real estate investors to take deductions for spending other people's money. If a bank lends an investor $70 million to buy a $100 million office building, and none of the principal is repaid for a decade -- a common structure for such loans -- the investor still gets to deduct that $100 million over several years, even though only $30 million of that is his or her own money.In 1962, Congress passed rules that made the depreciation tax break less lucrative when someone sold the asset on which he or she had been taking deductions. But Congress exempted real estate."The real estate lobby always had a stronghold," recalled Donald Lubick, at the time a top tax official in President John F. Kennedy's Treasury Department.Trump has taken hundreds of millions of dollars in depreciation deductions, his tax records show.Most but not all of his depreciation expenses since 2010 stemmed from money he spent improving his golf courses and on transforming the Old Post Office building in Washington into a luxury hotel. Some of that spending was done with nearly $300 million that he borrowed from Deutsche Bank."That's Trump's story," said Michael Graetz, a top tax official in the first Bush administration and now a professor at Columbia Law School. "His losses are somebody else's money."Trump has publicly credited depreciation with lowering his tax bills. "I love depreciation," he said during a presidential debate in 2016.In reality, the fact that his businesses were losing money was a major factor in reducing his taxes.For example, for Trump's commercial real estate properties that reported losses between 2010 and 2018, about half the losses -- $54 million -- came from depreciation, his tax records show.Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has also benefited from depreciation. The Times reported in 2018 that he most likely didn't pay federal income taxes for years, largely because he took deductions from depreciation.In 1986, Congress reined in depreciation benefits and capped the amount of losses that real estate investors could use to offset other income.The changes were meant to combat a proliferation of tax shelters in which investors put money into real estate partnerships that, thanks to depreciation, generated enormous only-on-paper losses that then canceled out income from other sources."The tax shelters were out of control," said Daniel Shaviro, a tax professor at the New York University School of Law who worked on the Joint Congressional Committee on Taxation and helped draft the 1986 law. "Every lawyer and dentist had one."Knowing the real estate industry would mobilize, the congressional tax committee kept the proposed changes under wraps as long as possible. The industry "was caught flat-footed," Shaviro said. Even so, "I knew they'd get it back thanks to their raw political power."It didn't take long.Trump, who blamed the 1986 law for a subsequent fall in real estate prices and a deep recession, was one of several developers who urged lawmakers to restore the breaks in full.In 1993 Congress restored those breaks. At the same time, it carved out another advantage for the real estate industry. For most businesses, canceled or forgiven debts had to be recognized as income. Real estate investors for the most part got a pass, though they had to relinquish some future deductions. Trump has benefited from those rules, such as when his lenders canceled about $270 million of debt on his Chicago skyscraper, his tax records show.Then Trump ran for president. On the campaign trail, he acknowledged that he had been a big winner from the tax code's favoritism toward the real estate industry. He said his expertise on the subject would help him close loopholes and make the tax code fairer."The unfairness of the tax laws is unbelievable," Trump said in 2016. "It's something I've been talking about for a long time, despite, frankly, being a big beneficiary of the laws. But I'm working for you now. I'm not working for Trump."But Republicans' 2017 tax overhaul, which remains Trump's signature legislative achievement, expanded and enhanced several lucrative tax breaks for real estate developers. For example, while the law barred people and companies from avoiding capital gains taxes by selling one property and buying another, one industry was exempted: real estate.The law was a boon to people, like Trump, who owned golf courses. It permitted real estate investors to immediately write off the full cost of various expenses, including improvements to golf courses.In recent years Trump has also taken advantage of a tax credit that covered 20% of developers' costs of rehabilitating historical structures, which is meant to encourage the preservation of old buildings.Trump has said he spent $200 million transforming the Old Post Office Building in Washington, a designated landmark, into a luxury hotel. That could translate into a tax credit of as much as $40 million, which Trump could use to offset his taxes for up to 20 years. (The caveat is that such tax credits reduce a developer's ability to take other tax deductions in the future.)Trump's tax records show that in 2017 he used at least $1.5 million in historical preservation tax credits. That was one of the reasons his federal income tax bill that year was only $750.The 2017 law made that tax benefit less generous, reducing it to 4% from 20% of the rehabilitation costs. But properties opened before 2017 were exempted. Trump's hotel opened in 2016.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company