Gov. Cuomo, Main Street needs a hand from Albany

Covid-19 has completely changed the way we all live.

But along with worrying about keeping themselves and their families healthy, thousands of small business owners across New York state are losing sleep over how to keep this virus from killing the businesses they have worked so hard to build.

At the same time, lawmakers in Albany are trying to craft a budget in the face of plunging revenues. Sales taxes — much of them generated by small business — brought in a whopping $73.6 billion last year. Our schools, as well as other vital government services, rely on these funds. When a business fails — and too many are on the precipice of failure right now — that sales tax revenue goes, too.

We believe a simple proposal could help restart local business and bolster sales tax revenues, but swift action is required by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature.

Small businesses are the backbone of our communities. Everyone wants a thriving downtown where they can shop, eat or go to a movie…

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Psg listed as possible suitor for Harry Kane

Tottenham Hotspur striker, Harry Kane, has openly stated that he would be open to a move away from North London if the club isn’t headed in the right direction and competing for trophies.

In a recent article from the Evening Standard, journalist Dan Kilpatrick named the big clubs in Europe that could afford Kane if he does push for a move once the transfer window opens up.

The usual suspects are all listed, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Manchester City, etc. Then there’s Paris Saint-Germain. Could they really use a player like Kane?

First of all, Icardi is at PSG via a loan from Inter Milan and the Parisians have an option to buy, but there’s been no indication that they want to do that.

Secondly, Icardi hasn’t impressed since the start of 2020 and didn’t play at all in the two games against Borussia Dortmund in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League. He got off to a great start in the French capital but has tailed off sig..

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The 2020 Ballon d’Or Shortlist So Far

Every year since 2017, B/R Football has split the year into fours and run Ballon d’Or rankings after every quarter.

The goal? To gauge players’ calendar-year performances and statistics, then create an informed shortlist of who might have put themselves in the running for the award. It is, essentially, “if the Ballon d’Or was awarded now, who would get it?”

In a typical year, it only forms a sliver of the picture—particularly the March edition—as there’s so much more football to be played, and almost all of the deciding factors (Champions League finals, international trophies) are still to come.

But with the coronavirus pandemic shutting football down around the world for the foreseeable future—even sparking questions over whether the season will finish at all—the period we’ve just completed could be more important than ever.

Before scrolling down, it’s worth reminding yourself of a key distinction when it comes to this award: The Ballon d’Or..

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Asensio will train with Real Madrid squad when quarantine ends

The young attacker has recovered from the ACL injury he picked up last summer.

Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio will train with the rest of the squad as soon as the club ends their quarantine due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a report from Spanish newspaper AS. There’s no date for Madrid’s return to action yet and it looks like the confinement could last at least two more weeks.

Asensio picked up a worrying ACL injury during Madrid’s pre-season stage in North America last summer.

The winger seemed destined to be a key starter for Zidane this season but he has spent the last seven months recovering from surgery and now he’s ready to begin the last part of his rehab, which should take another month in order for Asensio to regain confidence in his knee and improve his overall conditioning.

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Bayern Munich eyeing KAA Gent’s Jonathan David

Jonathan David’s agent says a move to the Bundesliga is the next logical step for the 20-year old.

While transfers are on the back burners right now for Bayern Munich and many other clubs across Europe’s top five leagues, a new report from Dortmund-based newspaper, Ruhr Nachrichten, suggests that Die Roten is keeping tabs on KAA Gent midfielder Jonathan David.

The Canadian international has enjoyed a strong 2019/2020 campaign with Gent in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League having scored 10 goals and tallied 4 assists from a total of 33 appearances across all competitions.

He’s already equaled his goals and assists tally from the entirety of the 2018/2019 season and has sparked interest from Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, and Arsenal. It is most likely that he’ll wind up moving to the Bundesliga, as his agent Nick Mavromaris has already said the German top flight is where the 20-year old wants to go:

Jonathan is now ready for the nex..

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The Premier League’s plan to resume season behind closed doors at the start of May

The Premier League are working on an ambitious plan to restart the season behind closed doors on the first weekend of May with a scheduled finish date of Sunday July 12.

The proposals, which will be discussed in detail on a conference call of the 20 clubs on Friday, would need to be endorsed by the Government, public health bodies and the PFA. But they are seen as the best way to mitigate the financial losses and potential legal threats caused by the coronavirus shutdown.

The Premier League’s best-case scenario of a May resumption stems largely from their obligations to and financial reliance on broadcasters, who have a watertight £3billion-a-year deal which expires on July 31, with next season’s deal kicking in the following day.

It is understood that under the terms of the TV contracts the cut-off point to finish this season is July 16, and if the campaign is not completed by that date Sky Sports, ..

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“The moment is serious, darker days await us,” warns Haiti’s Minister of Public Health

Dr Marie Gréta Roy Clément, the Minister of Health appealed to doctors, nurses, laboratory workers, radiologists and nursing assistants to come and engage in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic that has already killed more than 35,000 people and infected more than 700,000 others around the world. “The moment is serious, darker days await us,” she said at a press conference on March 30 at the Center for Permanent Information on the coronavirus. Le Nouvelliste

Mspp seeks the support of health professionals in isolation centers for people infected with Covid-19

Recruitment is underway for the health professionals wishing to work in the isolation centers in order to help the burden of people infected with Covid-19, announced the Ministry of Public Health and Population (Mspp). The government is working on support measures for health professionals, who are already working, as well as those who will..

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Haiti is making face masks, medical garments to fight the coronavirus and save jobs

In a bid to try to keep its textile industry afloat amid the coronavirus economic shutdown, the Haitian government has authorized the reopening of seven factories that will be making protective medical gear.

Three of the factories already make washable hospital scrubs for the U.S. market, and Haiti is seeking a percentage of the garments for the country’s own use. The other four factories will switch from sewing cotton T-shirts for the U.S. export market to making face masks for Haitians.

Made from cotton and reusable, the masks are not the medical-grade, snug-fitting N-95 disposable face masks that hospitals are so desperately seeking for healthcare workers. Rather, they are a reusable cloth design inspired by a California T-shirt maker, and part of a budding effort in Haiti by individual designers, nonprofits and the boys and girls scouts to offer Haitians some level of protection in the fight against the spread of the flu-like virus.

“We have hundreds of tailors, seamstresses an..

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Manchester United have perfect example to follow with David de Gea and Dean Henderson

Manchester United will have an important decision to make at the end of the season, but it’s one they only stand to benefit from.

Dean Henderson will return to Old Trafford following a two-year loan spell at Sheffield United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must decide whether to hand the goalkeeper more opportunities or stick with David de Gea.

De Gea’s up-and-down form in recent months coupled with Henderson’s impressive performances for the Blades will give the United boss a headache when it comes to picking his number one.

While Henderson has shone under Chris Wilder, it remains to be seen how he deals with the pressure of being the first choice goalkeeper at a club aiming for the very top of the Premier League.

And while De Gea’s standards may have slipped, he remains one of the finest goalkeepers around and is more than capable of returning to his brilliant best.


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