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Source – Another Marlins player tests positive for coronavirus – ESPN

Another Miami Marlins player has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the number of cases in their traveling party to 18, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Major League Baseball had already postponed all of the Marlins’ games through Sunday after the team’s recent outbreak.

“It is most prudent to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and planning their Baseball Operations for a resumption early next week,” the league said in a statement.

The Marlins have remained in Philadelphia, where they played last weekend and have been undergoing daily testing. Sixteen players and two staffers have now tested positive.

No Phillies players or coaches have tested positive for the past two days, a source told ESPN, but an attendant for the visiting clubhouse did.

Postponements announced Tuesday were among a series of scheduling changes involving four other teams as a result of the fallout from the Marlins’ positive tests. The Athletic was first to report this latest positive test.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the ESPN Daily podcast that he thinks MLB has “handled it well, to be honest with you, in that they’ve done virtually everything that you could do to try to get the main goal … to protect the health and the welfare of the players and of the personnel associated with the team.”

He added: “When I had discussion with some of the officials of different teams, as well as of MLB in general, we went over the different kinds of protocols that they would need … the testing and the things. One of the things that came up as a big concern is what happens if a cluster of players get infected, and how are you going to handle that? Would that wind up not only shutting down the team? Would it then impact on other teams that would be playing? So it was a consideration.

“I think we’re going to have to take it on a day-by-day, week-by-week basis.”

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Another stimulus check could be coming—and 26 million more people might qualify for cash this time – CNBC

The the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools, or HEALS, Act, introduced Monday night by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), includes a provision for a second $1,200 stimulus check. About 159 million Americans received the first economic impact payment according to the IRS, and if the HEALS Act is passed as written in the Senate GOP’s proposal, tens of millions more Americans could be eligible for a check this time around. 

That’s because the HEALS Act attempts to rectify a criticism of the first coronavirus stimulus bill. Under the CARES Act, taxpayers only received an extra $500 for their child dependents under 17. Dependents 17 and over were also not eligible to receive their own $1,200 check. 

That left out millions of college students and disabled dependents, among others. Now, taxpayers will receive the additional $500 payment for dependents of any age, according to a memo from the Senate Finance Committee. That means at least 26 million more people qualify, according to the Tax Foundation. A couple earning under $150,000 with one dependent in college will receive a check for $2,900, for example. 

The memo on the HEALS Act does not mention a cap on how many dependent payments a single household can receive, but the House-passed HEROES Act capped them at three, or an additional $1,500.

Otherwise, the stimulus check follows the same structure as the CARES Act. HEALS Act payments would be based on 2018 or 2019 tax filings, worth up to $1,200 for individuals earning up to $75,000 and $2,400 for couples earning up to $150,000. The top phase-out thresholds are also the same: $99,000 for individuals and $198,000 for couples.

The HEALS Act attempts to fix another flaw of the CARES Act by excluding anyone who died prior to January 1, 2020 from receiving a payment. An estimated 1.1 million checks were sent to dead people during the first round of stimulus payments.

That said, the HEALS Act still restricts the payments to American citizens and residents with a Social Security number, leaving out an estimated 15 million people in immigrant families.

If the bill passes with the $1,200 checks included, it could take weeks or months for Americans to receive the payment.

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Another Round Of $1,200 Stimulus Checks Coming, Trump Officials Say – Forbes

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Top Trump administration officials said Sunday that Republicans are including another batch of stimulus checks in their proposal set to be unveiled this week, a revival of a popular element of the March rescue package, although the GOP is bent on reducing enhanced unemployment benefits, another favored benefit.

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KEY FACTS

“There’s a $1,200 check coming, that’s going to be part of the new package,” White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow told CNN Sunday.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also mentioned the checks on Fox News Sunday, after saying on Saturday that Americans would start receiving the second payments in August.

Mnuchin and Kudlow were aligned on capping enhanced unemployment at 70% of each worker’s lost wages, saying that the weekly $600 disincentivizes people from going back to work.

Two Republican senators, Marco Rubio of Florida and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, are working to include nearly 2 million U.S. citizens who are married to foreign nationals, who were left out from receiving the first payment at the White House’s direction due to their spouses not having valid Social Security numbers.

What likely won’t be included in the GOP’s proposal: a payroll tax cut, which was favored by President Trump but rejected by Republicans in Congress.

What to watch for

The other elements of the GOP proposal, which Mnuchin said would be unveiled Monday. In addition to the checks, Kudlow said the federal government would extend the eviction moratorium implemented in March, which means more renters won’t lose their housing because they couldn’t pay rent. Kudlow also said there would be a reemployment bonus and retention tax credit bonus for Americans going back to work.

Chief critic

House speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. She told CNN Sunday that the enhanced unemployment and other stimulus benefits are “so essential” and argued against the Republican proposal to peg them to every worker’s lost wages. “Let me just say: the reason we had $600 was its simplicity. Why don’t we just keep it simple?”

Key background

The eligibility criteria to receive the second stimulus check is likely to mirror the first round, which means that recipients will make annual wages of $75,000 or less in order to receive the full $1,200. Trump has previously supported a second round of checks, which many Democrats were in agreement with. Republicans, however, have been divided over this part of the package, with some lawmakers suggesting that checks be issued in a lower amount this time around. Democrats in May passed their version of the fifth rescue package, the HEROES Act, which included another batch of $1,200 checks. 

Tangent

Dead people were among the group of Americans who received stimulus checks beginning in April. Up to $1.4 billion of stimulus funds were issued to the deceased before the federal government canceled the checks in June. 

Further reading

Pelosi Criticizes Stimulus Proposal Giving Workers 70% Of Their Wages (Forbes)

Trump Officials Say Unemployment Payments Are Priority For Stimulus Package (Forbes)

Unemployment Payments Could Be Delayed Up To 20 Weeks Under GOP Proposal (Forbes)

$600 Unemployment Check Likely To Be Slashed—But GOP Can’t Decide How Much (Forbes)

Unemployment Checks Could Drop Below $200 Under GOP Stimulus Plan (Forbes)

Here’s What Republicans Are Likely To Propose For The Next Stimulus Package (Forbes)

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Another shooting in Seattle’s police-free autonomous zone kills man and critically injures boy – CNN

(CNN)A shooting in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupation Protest (CHOP) area Monday morning left one man dead and a 14-year-old boy critically injured — bringing more scrutiny to the autonomous protest zone.

“When investigators arrived, they found a white Jeep Cherokee riddled with bullet holes on 12th Avenue,” Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said, according to CNN affiliate KIRO.
“We were told that there were two men inside the vehicle, and both had been shot.”
The two occupants were taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition between 3:15 and 3:30 a.m. (6:15 and 6:30 a.m. ET), hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg told CNN.
The man later died, and the 14-year-old boy remains in critical condition, the hospital said.
Monday’s attack is the fifth shooting within two weeks in the CHOP area, and the second to turn fatal.
Thousands of protesters have occupied the area, a four- to six-block section of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, since June 8 in an effort to demand police reform following the death of George Floyd.
But CNN has observed that the number of people within the CHOP area has decreased significantly over the past week.
The police chief said violence in the autonomous zone “is a real problem” and said she questions “why would we continue to allow this to happen.”
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s administration has been cautious about moving back into the protest zone. Friday, a spokeswoman for the mayor told CNN it’s possible the CHOP area “could last a few more weeks.”
The drawn-out approach has brought criticism from both local and national leaders — including President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly tweeted about the CHOP area.
The police chief said it’s time for people to leave the autonomous protest zone.
“There are multiple people who are being injured and hurt, and we need to do something about it,” Best said.
“We’re asking the people remove themselves from this area for the safety of the people,” she said. ” It is absolutely irresponsible for this trend to continue.”

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Workers File Another 2.4 Million Unemployment Claims – The Wall Street Journal

Workers filed an additional 2.4 million unemployment claims last week, a slight drop-off from previous weeks in the wave of historically high filings since the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic began.

The Labor Department report released Thursday showed weekly claims continued to decline since a peak of nearly 7 million at the end of March, but remained at high levels. Last week’s number compared with a revised 2.7 million claims from the week before.

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With Another $3 Trillion Stimulus Package On The Line, Here’s Everything The Government Has Done To Rescue The Economy So Far – Forbes

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With job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic reaching more than 36 million in just two months, the economy is in uncharted territory. Businesses across the country are shuttered and entire industries are in hot water. The House of Representatives passed the $3 trillion Heroes Act on Friday, in the latest attempt by the federal government to contain the damage. Before that bill reaches the Senate, here’s everything the government has done so far. 

Emergency Money For Testing And Paid Leave

In mid-March, Congress passed two bipartisan bills in response to the rapidly spreading pandemic. The first allocated $8.3 billion for healthcare organizations and coronavirus treatment research. The second, worth about $100 billion, set up free testing, established paid emergency leave, and bulked up unemployment and Medicaid funding. 

Tax And Student Loan Extensions

In March, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin extended the deadline for tax payments (for both individuals and businesses) by 90 days, from April 15 to July 15. Student loan payments and interest accrual on student loans were also suspended for federally held student debt.  

The $2.2 Trillion CARES Act

The historic rescue legislation package, signed into law by President Trump at the end of March, authorized the IRS to send out stimulus checks directly to Americans. It established the Paycheck Protection Program—a $350 billion program administered by the Small Business Administration to provide forgivable loans to cover payroll and overhead expenses, intended to keep mom-and-pop shops from folding. The CARES Act also included a $500 billion corporate bailout fund, expanded unemployment payments, aid for hospitals and healthcare providers, and $150 billion for state and local governments. 

The $484 Billion ‘Interim’ CARES Act

This legislation package, passed by a scrambling Congress after the PPP exhausted its funding after just two weeks, added $310 billion for the PPP, with $60 billion of that money reserved for smaller businesses without existing banking relationships. That move was prompted by the intense backlash that emerged after news broke that dozens of public companies—with ample access to capital markets—had received millions of dollars in loans. The interim bill also provided another $75 billion for healthcare providers and $25 billion for coronavirus testing, $11 billion of which was reserved for states.

The Federal Reserve’s Emergency Initiatives 

A slew of emergency initiatives enacted by the Federal Reserve during the crisis—including rate cuts, lending programs, and credit facilities—have the potential to inject a collective $6 trillion in cash into the financial system, CNBC estimates.

Over the past three months, the Fed has cut rates twice, down to near-zero levels. It’s slashed the reserve requirement for banks and begun buying up commercial paper (a form of short-term corporate debt). It’s buying municipal bonds for the first time and taking its first steps into certain types of riskier corporate bonds, and it’s promised to buy an unlimited amount of government debt for the duration of the crisis. It launched two credit facilities for big companies and announced a massive lending program for small and medium-sized businesses. It will also backstop loans from bank lenders participating in the Paycheck Protection Program. 

What’s Next? 

The $3 trillion Heroes Act—the sweeping coronavirus rescue bill introduced by House Democrats this week—passed the House on Friday evening. The cornerstone of the bill is $875 billion in additional funding for state and local governments and $20 billion each for tribal governments and U.S. territories. The legislation also includes another $75 billion for testing, new provisions for hazard pay for essential workers, $75 billion in mortgage relief, $100 billion for rental assistance, plus another $25 billion for the Postal Service and provisions for a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks. There’s also $3.6 billion for elections, $10 billion for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and $10 billion for small businesses. If it passes the Senate in its current form (which it is unlikely to do), the bill’s astronomical price tag would make it the largest piece of stimulus legislation in American history. 

Who’s Footing The Bill?

The Treasury Department announced last week that it intends to borrow $3 trillion during the current quarter to cover the massive cost of the federal government’s response to the coronavirus crisis. That number only accounts for the legislation that has been passed to date, however, and it will grow dramatically if the Heroes Act (or any other piece of major stimulus legislation) becomes law.

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Another 3 Mainers have died as 50 more coronavirus cases are detected – Bangor Daily News

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Another three Mainers have died as health officials reported 50 more cases of the new coronavirus have been detected in the state.

There have now been 1,565 cases across all of Maine’s counties since March, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 1,515 on Wednesday.

Of those, 1,405 have been confirmed positive, while 160 are likely positive, according to the Maine CDC.

The three latest deaths include a man in his 60s from Penobscot County, a woman in her 90s from Cumberland County and a man in his 80s from Cumberland County. The statewide death toll stands at 69.

[Our COVID-19 tracker contains the most recent information on Maine cases by county]

So far, 207 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, while 958 people have fully recovered from the coronavirus, leaving 538 active and likely cases in the state. That’s up from 506 on Wednesday.

A majority of the cases have been in Mainers over age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.

Additionally, 33,035 Mainers have tested negative for the coronavirus.

The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 778 cases have been confirmed and where the bulk of virus deaths — 34 — have been concentrated. It is one of four counties — the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 109, 91 and 277 cases, respectively — where “community transmission” has been confirmed, according to the Maine CDC.

There are two criteria for establishing community transmission: at least 10 confirmed cases and that at least 25 percent of those are not connected to either known cases or travel. That second condition has not yet been “satisfied” in other counties.

Other cases have been detected in Aroostook (7), Franklin (31), Hancock (10), Kennebec (113), Knox (19), Lincoln (15), Oxford (17), Piscataquis (1), Sagadahoc (25), Somerset (18) Waldo (50) and Washington (2) counties. Information about where another two cases were detected wasn’t immediately available Wednesday.

As of Thursday afternoon, the coronavirus has sickened 1,401,948 people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as caused 85,066 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

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‘Another pandemic’: In Latin America, domestic abuse rises amid lockdown – Reuters

BUENOS AIRES/SANTIAGO/MEXICO CITY/LA PAZ (Reuters) – Lockdowns around Latin America are helping slow the spread of COVID-19, but are having a darker and less-intended consequence: a spike in calls to helplines suggests a rise in domestic abuse, in a region where almost 20 million women and girls suffer sexual and physical violence each year.

A woman enters an office of Bolivia’s Anti-Violence Task Force FELCV, after accusing her partner of domestic abuse, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in La Paz, Bolivia April 22, 2020. Picture taken April 22, 2020. REUTERS/David Mercado

In cities from Buenos Aires to Mexico City, Santiago, São Paulo and La Paz, families and individuals have been confined in their homes in an unprecedented way, often only allowed out for emergencies or to shop for essentials.

Prosecutors, victim support teams, women’s movements and the United Nations all say this has caused a rise in domestic violence towards women. They cite increasing numbers of calls to abuse hotlines.

In some countries, like Mexico and Brazil, there has been a rise in formal reports of abuse, while in others, including Chile and Bolivia, there has been a drop in formal complaints. Prosecutors and UN Women said the latter was likely not due to a decline in violence, but because women were less able to seek help or report abuse through normal channels.

“The jump in violence has not surprised us, it is the unleashing of a violence that was already there in people,” said Eva Giberti, founder of the Victims Against Violence program in Argentina, who helps runs a hotline for women to report abuse.

“Under normal social circumstances that had been limited to some degree.”

Argentina’s emergency 137 line for abuse victims, supported by the justice department, has seen a 67% rise in calls for help in April versus a year earlier, after a nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 20.

UN Women in a report on Wednesday said there was evidence of rising violence against women in Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia, and a doubling in the number of femicides in Argentina during the quarantine, citing a women’s observatory in Mar del Plata.

Pre-pandemic, the Argentine government estimates that a woman was killed every 23 hours.

Domestic violence “seems to be another pandemic,” said Lucía Vassallo, a film maker whose documentary “Line 137” looks at the issue.

‘THEY DARE NOT GO OUT’

Rising concern over domestic abuse has been global, with fears victims are being silenced in Italy, calls for help from women rising in Spain, and systems to prevent child abuse in the United States hampered by the lockdown.

In Latin America, the fear is that violence against women that was already prevalent is being exacerbated further. The region has seen huge marches and strikes by women over the last year against male aggression and abuse.

“In a situation of confinement, what is happening is that women are locked up with their own abusers in situations where they have very limited outlets,” Maria Noel Baeza, regional director for UN Women, told Reuters.

“Last year we had 3,800 femicides in the region, how many are we going to have this year?”

In Chile, the women’s minister said calls to domestic abuse helplines had increased 70% in the first weekend of quarantine. The government has bolstered counseling channels and looked to keep shelters open for women at risk.

Evelyn Matthei, mayor of Santiago’s wealthy Providencia district, told Reuters that calls for help to a local office providing legal, psychological and social help had leapt 500% under the lockdown.

Formal reports of domestic violence, however, actually declined 40% in the first half of April in Chile, according to the national prosecutors’ office, which the UN and prosecutors said was down to women having their movements restricted.

“This probably has to do with the fact that there is violence within the home but that women cannot go out, they dare not go out,” said Matthei.

FEMINIST MANIFESTO

In Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, which has been hit hardest by the pandemic and imposed sweeping isolation measures, there was a 45% jump last month in cases of violence against women where police were dispatched, compared to a year earlier, according to thinktank the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety.

In Mexico, complaints to police of domestic violence rose around a quarter in March against a year earlier, official data show.

“Since the lockdown, there’s been an increase in reports of domestic violence, many of those psychological violence,” said Blanca Aquino, director of the Municipal Institute for Women of Veracruz, the Mexican state with the country’s highest rate of femicides.

Arussi Unda, from Mexican feminist organization Brujas del Mar, which offers advice to women in abuse cases, said initially many calls to the group had come from neighbors hearing fights in other houses. She said there had been a rise in cases of “digital violence” and recently women looking simply to escape.

“Now we get many women asking for advice on how to leave the house and take their children without the partner later wanting to take them away by legal means,” she said.

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In Colombia, daily domestic violence calls to a national women’s hotline were up nearly 130% during the first 18 days of the country’s quarantine, according to government figures. The lockdown has been extended until May 11.

Marta Dillon, an Argentine journalist and one of the founders of the “Ni Una Menos” women’s movement, said women around the world were looking to unite to tackle the issue.

“Male violence has increased under the conditions of quarantine, of social isolation… Us feminists have been saying this in Italy, in Turkey, in the United States. We are putting together a document amongst ourselves that will be a manifesto.”

Reporting by Lucila Sigal in Buenos Aires, Natalia Ramos in Santiago, Monica Machicao in La Paz, Ana Isabel Martinez in Mexico City, Julia Symmes Cobb in Bogota, and Pedro Fonseca in Rio de Janeiro; Writing by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

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