Judiciary Committee approves Kagan nomination for Supreme Court

first_imgThe nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court won approval by a bipartisan majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee during a business meeting Tuesday.  The Committee, chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), held a confirmation hearing for Kagan’s nomination the week of June 28.  The Committee vote was 13-6.Kagan testified before the Judiciary Committee for more than 17 hours over three days, responding to more than 540 questions.  She also responded to more than 200 questions submitted for the record.  The American Bar Association gave her a rating of unanimously well qualified, the organization’s highest rating.The full Senate is expected to consider the nomination before the scheduled August recess.  For more information about the Kagan nomination, and to watch video from the confirmation proceedings, visit the Senate Judiciary Committee website.Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,On The Nomination Of Solicitor General Elena Kagan To Be An Associate Justice Of The Supreme Court Of The United StatesJuly 20, 2010Today, the Committee will finally vote on the nomination of Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  I outlined my standards for considering this nomination and announced my support last week. I briefly note that the Republican criticism that Solicitor General Kagan lacks judicial experience fails to acknowledge that it was Senate Republicans who refused to proceed with her nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals when she was nominated by President Clinton in 1999.  She was one of the more than 60 judicial nominees pocket filibustered in those years by Senate Republicans.  Had she been considered and confirmed then, as I expect she would have been, she would have served as a circuit court judge for the last 11 years.  Instead, she became an outstanding law professor, the first woman Dean of Harvard Law School, and the first woman to serve as the Solicitor General of the United States.  She has received the highest possible rating from the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary.  Her credentials and legal abilities have been extolled by many, including those across the political spectrum, from Justice O’Connor and Justice Scalia to Michael McConnell, Kenneth Starr and Miguel Estrada.  Like William Rehnquist, Robert Jackson, Hugo Black, Felix Frankfurter and even the great John Marshall, Solicitor General Kagan’s work outside the judicial monastery do not disqualify her from serving effectively as a Justice.I spoke about the qualities that have led me to support Solicitor General Kagan’s nomination last week.  Throughout this process culminating in our hearing three weeks ago, I looked to see whether Solicitor General Kagan would fairly apply the law and use common sense.  I looked to see whether as a Justice she would appreciate the proper role of the courts in our democracy.  I tried to determine whether she understands why the law matters. Would she be the kind of independent Justice who would keep faith with each of the words inscribed in Vermont marble over the front doors to the Supreme Court — “Equal Justice Under Law?”  Those are the standards I have applied to every Supreme Court nomination, including the six Justices nominated by Republican Presidents that I have supported.  Solicitor General Kagan demonstrated an impressive knowledge of the law and fidelity to it.  She spoke of judicial restraint, her respect for our democratic institutions, and her commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law.  She made clear that she will base her approach to deciding cases on the law and the Constitution, not politics or an ideological agenda. I was struck that after the Wall Street Journal editorialized against her last Tuesday morning and demanded that she pledge to recuse herself from cases in which she was not involved as the Solicitor General of the United States, several Republican members of this Committee took up that matter.  I thought her pledge to approach ever case in accordance with law was the right one.I note that on the issue of recusal, we included a recusal question in our Committee questionnaire at the outset of this process in May and she responded.  I asked her about recusal in my opening round of questions and she responded.  When Senator Coburn asked her whether she had advised on the health care reform bill, she responded that she had not.  Having not asked about recusal during the hearing, Senator Sessions quoted her testimony that she would recuse herself in any case in which she played any kind of substantial role, and proceeded in his subsequent, written questions two weeks ago to ask an eight-part question about recusal.  She answered two weeks ago.  Until the Wall Street Journal editorial last Tuesday morning, the issue of recusal did not appear to rank highly as a matter on which the Republican members of this Committee seemed concerned.  It was only after publication of the editorial that Republican members decided they had not yet asked “essential” questions of the nominee.  It was only then that we heard criticism of the nominee for not agreeing to recuse herself in cases in which that is not required by the canon of judicial ethics.  It was only then, after the Wall Street Journal editorial was published, that on Tuesday afternoon the Republican members of the Committee sent her a letter with yet another set of questions arguing that she should recuse herself in all manner of cases, even if she had not been involved in them as Solicitor General and the canons of ethics do not require it. She has responded to that letter, as well. Senators are free to credit her answers or not, but I hope they will not continue to argue without basis that she has misled the Committee.  I spoke to the Senate more than a month ago about Elena Kagan’s actions as Dean in seeking to honor Harvard Law School’s longstanding policy against discriminatory hiring and accommodate for military recruiting.  No document, question or testimony has undermined the facts or challenged my statement.  Elena Kagan respects and admires our military men and women.  We have now received letters and testimony from Harvard Law veterans with direct knowledge about her support for them. I do not contend that those who have recently filibustered veterans’ benefits and have threatened to filibuster legislation authorizing our Department of Defense programs and activities are antimilitary.  They should not contend that she is.  Moreover, her actions demonstrated respect for the law and our legal system by seeking to work within it. Finally, I want to thank Senators Durbin and Cardin for their remarks in defense of Justice Thurgood Marshall at our hearing.  I was deeply disappointed that this giant of American law, whose life was devoted to securing the liberty of all Americans, was the subject of disparagement during those proceedings.  In her contribution to the 1993 tribute to Justice Marshall by the Texas Law Review, Elena Kagan recalled how Justice Marshall’s law clerks had tried to get him to rely on notions of fairness rather than the strict reading of the law to allow an appeal to proceed on a discrimination claim.  She wrote that the 80-year-old Justice referred to his years trying civil rights cases and said that all you could hope for was that a court would not rule against you for illegitimate reasons, but that you could not expect that a court would bend the rules in your favor.  Just as Sir Thomas More reminded his son-in-law in that famous passage from “A Man for All Seasons,” that the law is our protection, Justice Marshall reminded his clerks that the existence of rules and the rule of law is the best protection for all, including the least powerful.  Elena Kagan concluded, as I do, that Justice Marshall “believed devoutly . . . in the rule of law.”  He was a man of the law in the highest sense.  He understood the Constitution’s promise of equality to his core.7.20.2010# # # # #last_img read more

In the blink of an eye…

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Denise Wymore Denise started her credit union career over 30 years ago as a Teller for Pacific NW Federal Credit Union in Portland, Oregon. She moved up and around the org. chart … Web: www.nacuso.org Details Yesterday a dear friend emailed me this observation: “This will all subside in time; but the world will never be the same . . . Another point of innocence lost. And, the most gentle dress rehearsal mother nature could give us (that we would pay attention to) to remind us of our profound interdependence.”It began when our legal counsel suggested at the GAC that we might want to start thinking about what would happen if we have to reschedule our conference in April. We laughed, but said “Okay.” After all, we are a boutique event, mostly repeat attendees, and the bonus, we are at a Disney property. Or as I like to call it “The Disney Bubble.” The happiest safest place on earth. Then the unthinkable happened yesterday, Disneyland in Anaheim closed first and by the end of the day all the Disney parks followed. The Mouse House went dark. It’s the end of days. One push of the domino . . . and the rest began to fall, one by one. I live in New Mexico and we were one of the last states to get “on the map” with 6 confirmed cases on Wednesday, but our Governor is taking an aggressive approach. All public schools will close for the next three weeks, at least. All public events of more than 100 people will be banned. I wonder just how many people woke up this morning realizing they no longer have a job . . . or at least for the next three weeks. For the many Americans that still live paycheck to paycheck this is devastating. New Mexico is a poor state and our education system is number 50. Many children rely on school for a hot nutritious meal (maybe the only one they’ll have that day) and it acts as daycare for their working parents. Another domino falls. Now more than ever we could use some entertainment to distract us. Especially as many are choosing to hunker down and stay home. The much awaited March Madness, even after the decision to have no fans present was made, decided to cancel. That may sound trivial and selfish, but what we don’t think about are the jobs lost. Hotel rooms, airlines, concessions . . . we are a service economy and we are crippling our future. Hoarding supplies. Only two hours after the Governor announced NM had their first confirmed case of the virus, the grocery stores were bombarded with people hoarding toilet paper. I still don’t understand that mentality. A domino made out of paper silently falls.This is the event that tests who we are as Americans. The greatest country on earth. The land of opportunity. And as credit unions, our rallying cry is and always has been “People helping people.” 2008 showed us that those that hunker down, keep their head under the covers, and wait for it to get better before emerging from the darkness fall behind. Those that carry on, and not just business as usual, but sincerely work hard to make this a better place to live will thrive when the dust settles. This could be us. We have the resources and the philosophy to make a huge impact in our communities. Open your eyes to the opportunity that exists right now . . . the most gentle dress rehearsal mother nature can give us. Pay attention.last_img read more

Tanoto Foundation donates protective gear for health workers

first_imgRead also: SKK Migas, oil and gas companies donate Rp 5.5b for outbreak relief“We are moved to help doctors and medical staff at risk of exposure to COVID-19 by donating personal protective equipment, which is important in this state of emergency,” the foundation’s CEO, Satrijo Tajudjojo, was quoted as saying in a statement released on Tuesday.“In our view, their courage and willingness are a true form of heroism.”The foundation, operating offices not only in Indonesia but also in China and Singapore, procured the equipment from China using a chartered flight on April 2 in partnership with conglomerate Royal Golden Eagle — also founded by Tanoto in 1973. The Tanoto Foundation has donated millions of pieces of personal protective equipment to support health workers handling patients with COVID-19 in response to a shortage of such gear.The charity, founded in 1981 by one of the country’s wealthiest men, Sukanto Tanoto, handed over on Tuesday 1 million gloves, 1 million masks, 100,000 coveralls and 3,000 goggles to national COVID-19 task force head Doni Monardo.The task force and the foundation would distribute the equipment to hospitals in Jakarta, Medan in North Sumatera and Pekanbaru in Riau. Using another chartered flight operated by national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, the foundation was expected to procure on Saturday another load of protective equipment weighing up to 30 tons.The donation comes at a time when hospitals across the country are contending with a shortage of such equipment, which is putting health workers at risk of contracting the fast-spreading coronavirus.Jakarta, the national epicenter of the outbreak, has recorded 118 infections with the disease among health workers as of Monday. Twenty of them have recovered, while one has died.Read also: Bank Mandiri employees donate salary to support informal workers hit by pandemicNationwide, at least 18 doctors have died in the fight against COVID-19, the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) said on Sunday.The government reported on Tuesday 247 new COVID-19 patients, raising the number of confirmed cases to 2,738. Of them, 221 have died while 204 have recovered.“We realize that the health workers handling the spread of COVID-19 really need personal protective equipment so that they can work optimally,” said Doni, who also heads the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).The task force has distributed more than 12 million masks and 380,000 coveralls to hospitals across the country as of Monday, according to BNPB spokesman Agus Wibowo.Topics :last_img read more

‘We won’t stay silent about impunity’: Families of Semanggi shooting victims sue attorney general

first_img“The lawsuit was filed because when Burhanuddin delivered his statement, he was acting as a state official who was trying to prevent the victims’ families from getting justice,” Semanggi I and II Justice Coalition said in a statement. The coalition also said that the attorney general’s statement undermined the struggle of the victims’ families and society in their demands for truth and justice over past cases of gross human rights violations.“We want the attorney general to retract his statement,” Saleh Al Ghifari, a member of the coalition, said during a virtual press conference on Tuesday. “This is the right moment for us to remind the country that we will not stay silent about impunity.”Read also: Jokowi vows to settle past human rights abuse cases. But which ones? Meanwhile, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) claimed that it had not been notified of the lawsuit, Kompas.com reported.ST Burhanuddin made the controversial remark during a hearing with the House of Representatives’ Commission III overseeing legal, human rights and security affairs on Jan. 16, stating that a House plenary meeting had “concluded that the events [Semanggi tragedies] were not gross human rights abuses”. Activists and the victims’ families have condemned the remarks, describing it as a step backwards in the government’s commitment to resolving past human rights abuses.”Attorneys general are trying to escape their responsibilities as the investigators of human rights violations as usual. It keeps happening, so it appears the country allows impunity,” Sumarsih told The Jakarta Post in January.Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD defended the attorney general, saying, “No statement was made denying that the tragedies were gross human rights violations”. He also clarified that all parties were on the same page regarding the matter and that investigations into case were still ongoing.The Semanggi I tragedy on Nov. 11 to 13, 1998, took 17 lives, including Maria Katarina Sumarsih’s son, Bernardinus Realino Norma Irmawan. He was shot during a student protest against the 1998 special session of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) and the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) dual role in civil service and politics. The Semanggi II tragedy, which took place on Sept. 24, 1999, saw 12 people killed, including Ho Kim Ngo’s son, Yap Yun Hap. He was shot during a student protest against a bill that was feared would give the Army more powers in emergency situations.Topics : Family members of victims of the Semanggi tragedies in the late 1990s filed on Tuesday a lawsuit against Attorney General ST Burhanuddin over his statement that the tragedies were not gross human rights violations.Plaintiffs Maria Katarina Sumarsih and Ho Kim Ngo, both mothers of victims of the Semanggi I and II tragedies, filed the lawsuit to the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN Jakarta). They are being represented by lawyers from the Semanggi I and II Justice Coalition.The coalition consists of representatives from Amnesty International Jakarta, the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI), the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) and Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR).last_img read more

First Lady Frances Wolf Sounds Justice Bell to Kick-Off 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in Pennsylvania

first_imgFirst Lady Frances Wolf Sounds Justice Bell to Kick-Off 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in Pennsylvania Press Release,  Women’s Rights King of Prussia, PA – Today, First Lady Frances Wolf commemorated the 100th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote by ringing the Justice Bell in Washington Memorial Hall in Valley Forge National Historical Park. The Justice Bell, a replica of the Liberty Bell, was created in 1915 to campaign for women’s suffrage across the nation.The First Lady was joined by Alexandra “Sandy” Tatnall, a descendant of Katherine Wentworth Ruschenberger who commissioned the Justice Bell, and Maria Bomersbach, president of Washington Memorial Heritage Board of Directors and chair of Justice Bell 2020.“It was an honor to ring the Justice Bell in recognition of the courageous suffragettes who led efforts in Pennsylvania and across the nation to give women the right to vote,” said First Lady Wolf. “These women stand as an example today of just how important it is for everyone to exercise the inalienable right to vote.”The Pennsylvania General Assembly voted to provide women the right to vote on June 24, 1919. It became law nationally on August 26, 1920 after 36 states had ratified the 19th Amendment. Three-quarters of the states are required to ratify amendments to the U.S. Constitution; 48 states existed at the time.The Justice Bell features the inscription, “Establish Justice. Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” After production, the bell was mounted on the bed of a truck and taken to all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Its clapper was chained, preventing the bell from ringing, to symbolize the silence of women who did not have the right to vote. The bell’s 5,000-mile road trip was designed to raise awareness for women’s suffrage in Pennsylvania.In 1920, women took the bell on the road again, traveling to several states to raise support for the ratification of the 19th Amendment. After the 19th Amendment was ratified in August 1920, a celebration was held on the steps of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The Justice Bell was rung 48 times – once for every state in the union.A logo featuring the Justice Bell was created for organizations to use to mark all efforts to celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage. The PA 100th Anniversary of Suffrage logo is available for download. The state also created pa.gov/women-vote to serve as the destination for learning more about the state’s women who were integral in the suffrage movement. The site also compiles a list of suffrage events statewide and tells the story of suffrage’s Quaker roots.Women’s suffrage centennial events will take place across Pennsylvania through the anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s full ratification in 2020. Participants are encouraged to share photos using the #PAWomensSuffrage100 on social media to mark the occasion.First Lady Wolf is also reminding Pennsylvanians to register to vote. She is encouraging eligible citizens to take advantage of the quick and convenient Online Voter Registration. The state’s OVR application can be found at register.votesPA.com.For more information about the national centennial celebrations and history of women’s suffrage, visit pa.gov/women-vote, the PA Commission for Women, and Drexel University’s Vision 2020 National Women’s Equality Initiative. June 24, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Belgian regulator expecting better DC fees, performance disclosure

first_imgThe Belgian pensions regulator has told the country’s pension funds and insurers they must communicate more clearly about the fees and performance of defined contribution (DC) pension plans.The Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) has finalised its expectations and recommendations for how pension institutions should communicate about DC plans, and set them out in a document published last month.FSMA’s guidelines – including examples of good practice – come after it carried out an analysis of the financial transparency of DC schemes. It analysed the regulations, transparency reports and annual pension statements associated with around 100 pension plans.In one-third of the reviewed plans, the fees charged to the affiliate and the performance obtained were not mentioned in any document. In all cases where the legal provisions were not fully respected, the FSMA intervened with the pension institutions to remedy the situation, it said. The regulator said it wanted pension funds to provide a detailed and complete description of fees, explaining which are charged to the plan member and how, and which fees are covered by the employer.FSMA also expected funds’ transparency reports to set out the their short- and long-term investment strategy, including the risks associated with investment portfolios, and the extent to which environmental, social or ethical aspects were taken into account when making investments.The portfolio’s gross yield should also be disclosed, the regulator said.In Belgium, employers are legally obliged to guarantee a minimum return on contributions made for DC schemes. FSMA has said that pension institutions’ transparency reports should state the financing level of this return guarantee.If the pension plan is funded by way of a so-called Branch 21 insurance contract guaranteeing a certain rate of return this, too, needs to be stated alongside other details relating to the contract. FSMA’s analysis found that in many cases this guaranteed rate was not disclosed in documentation made available to members.Transparency of fees and performance is of growing importance across Europe. Some of the key aspects of MiFID II rules are related to cost transparency, while the UK’s financial regulator has called for greater clarity regarding the costs and performance of fiduciary management providers.Also in the UK, the government recently proposed regulations for how trustees and managers of occupational DC schemes should disclose information about costs, charges and investment for members’ benefit.last_img read more

Shocking toll of young patients admitted to hospital with mental disorders

first_imgDaily Mail 25 March 2019Family First Comment: “Cannabis is linked to severe mental illnesses including psychosis, where patients have hallucinations and delusionary thoughts, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anxiety attacks… Dr Niall Campbell, a consultant psychiatrist at the Priory Hospital in London, which treats NHS patients, added: ‘We are seeing a whole new generation of teenagers, and those in their early 20s, being admitted as emergencies with paranoid psychoses linked to cannabis use.”Children as young as nine are being admitted to hospital with severe disorders caused by cannabis, figures reveal.More than 3,400 patients under the age of 19 were admitted last year because of mental and behavioural illnesses triggered by the drug.Doctors are seeing a ‘whole new generation’ with serious problems, who are increasingly buying cannabis via social media websites.READ MORE: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6845539/Shocking-toll-young-patients-admitted-hospital-mental-disorders-linked-cannabis.htmllast_img read more

Ighalo named Man of the Match in Europa League win

first_img The 30-year-old made his third start for the Red Devils on Thursday and opened the scoring in an empty Linzer Stadion in the 28th minute. Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisDeepika Padukone’s Most Iconic Looks Loading… After the restart, the former Watford forward turned provider of an assist by helping Daniel James double Manchester United’s lead in the 58th minute.center_img Odion Ighalo has been voted Man of the Match in Manchester United’s 5-0 win over LASK in the first leg of their Uefa Europa League Round of 16 fixture. Before his substitution in the 85th minute, Ighalo was a constant threat in the opposition area, managing four shots and five dribbles. Read Also:Ighalo, Mata growing bond continues for Manchester United Ighalo saw off competition from Bruno Fernandes and Fred to win his second Man of Match award at Manchester United, after his outstanding display against Derby County in the FA Cup. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Saudi Arabia ruler passes latest  anti-piracy measures to boost Newcastle takeover

first_imgSaudi Arabia appears to have made its biggest move yet in the fight against piracy after its ruler waved through measures to tackle the illegal streaming of sports and movies – a step which many will welcome when it comes to the Newcastle United takeover. The piracy of Premier League games from neighbouring Qatar appears to have been the biggest hold up to the sale of United to the Saudi backed Public Investment Fund. But following several measures last month, King Salaman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud agreed on Tuesday to pass a memorandum through which the body tasked with tackling piracy say will help them solve the issue. In a statement from the Kingdom’s Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP), it was explained that the new measure will now allow: It was also added that the measure would allow for ‘enhanced competitive advantage and deepen friendship between the Kingdom and other countries’.Advertisement The website for the SAIP also now includes an option to file a lawsuit against any act of piracy. The report was carried out after Qatar raised the issue on behalf of its state-owned channel beIN Sports. Given the Premier League, several times tried to take legal action against those in Saudi for pirating games, the subject has left the legal team of the Premier League in a difficult position. read also:Guardiola praises ‘incredible’ Silva after Man City rout Newcastle It is thought that following the measures made public last month by the Saudi government – which included the closing down of hundreds of sites found guilty of piracy – the Premier League were still waiting for assurances of just how serious the Kingdom was about sorting the issue out. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Best Cars Of All Time8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Associated Press June 16, 2020 VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLTrudeau says he’s open to ‘hub city’ ideaOTTAWA (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is “open” to the NHL operating a playoff “hub city” in Canada as long as it is allowed by local health authorities.If the NHL returns to play amid the coronavirus pandemic this summer, it would start with the playoffs and with 24 teams, preferably split between two hub cities.The league has narrowed down its potential sites to 10 cities, including Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver in Canada. The NHL has said it will not choose a Canadian city if players are subject to the 14-day quarantine currently in effect at the border.  His squad was in third place in the Western Conference when the season was halted. The league is working on completing the health and safety protocols for a restart at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida.Malone says, “I hope that going down to Orlando will be in a safe environment and we can limit the amount of people that actually get it.”In other NBA news:— Bam Adebayo thinks injuries could be more prevalent than usual when the NBA gets back on the floor next month, given the demands that will be on players’ bodies after a long layoff. Miami’s All-Star center is also thinking about the financial risks. Adebayo confirmed Tuesday that he is among five players — a group who could soon graduate from rookie contracts to extensions worth in excess of $100 million — seeking assurances from the NBA about if they’ll be protected in the case of catastrophic injury when the season resumes at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida.— Here’s some of what awaits NBA players going to Disney next month: game rooms, golf course access, cabanas with misters to combat the heat, fishing areas, bowling, backstage tours and salon services. It only sounds like vacation. The NBA described very specific plans to players and teams for the restart on Tuesday, doing so in a memo and handbook both obtained by The Associated Press. With safety being of the foremost importance during the coronavirus pandemic, players were told they will be tested regularly and must adhere to strict physical distancing and mask-wearing policies. NHL-SABRES-BOTTERILLSabres fire GM BotterillBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have fired general manager Jason Botterill in a dramatic change-of-course three weeks after co-owner Kim Pegula said his job was secure.The Sabres promoted senior vice president of business administration Kevyn Adams as Botterill’s successor.Botterill’s dismissal represents a major reversal for the Pegulas, coming three weeks after Kim Pegula told The Associated Press: “He’s our GM. Our plan is to continue with him.” NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees President Randy Levine has called on the players’ association to resume negotiations with Major League Baseball to start the pandemic-delayed season.Levine said the money difference between the feuding sides was not the primary obstacle but rather issues such as health and safety protocols and determining how to deal with a second wave of the new coronavirus.MLB has made three proposals, the last for a 72-game season starting July 14 that would guarantee about $1.23 billion. The union made offered two plans, the last for an 89-game schedule starting July 10 and salaries of $2.25 billion.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLOhio governor questions holding August Hall of Fame weekend CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says it’s “highly unlikely” that crowds of 20,000 or so would be allowed for the Pro Football Hall of Fame game and induction ceremony in August.DeWine says: “If the question was could that event occur today, the answer would be no. It would be extremely dangerous.”The hall is still evaluating its options and said no decisions have been made about the Aug. 6 game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium between Dallas and Pittsburgh, nor for the enshrinements two nights later.The hall reopened to a limited number of fans last week.  VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBA Jerome Boateng played a perfectly weighed ball over the defense for Robert Lewandowski to control on his chest and hit past the goalkeeper for his 31st Bundesliga goal this season.In other international soccer news:— Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is worried that Premier League players are risking injury by returning after an “incredible lack of preparation” and has no idea what to expect when his team plays Arsenal on Wednesday. The top English clubs are resuming play after as little as three weeks of contact training following the lockdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Guardiola’s team is facing a game every three or four days in an effort to finish the domestic season by Aug. 1. Guardiola said he does know which players are ready to play at the top level and will have to rotate “absolutely all the players.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNIS-US OPEN‘Watch it on TV’: Gov. Cuomo OKs no-fan US Open tennis in NYNEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given the go-ahead Tuesday for the U.S. Open tennis tournament to be held in his state starting in late August — but without spectators — as part of the reopening from shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia will change its athletics logos to avoid a design element that refers to the school’s history with slavery.A statement from the school’s athletics department said Monday that fans raised objections to the curves put on the handles of the crossed sabres below the V. The curves were meant to mimic serpentine walls on campus that were designed by Thomas Jefferson to hide the university’s slaves from public view.The school’s athletics director says she was made aware of the negative connotation. She says the new logos remove the curves on the sabre handles. NFL NEWSPro Bowl moves to Las Vegas; Giants kicker arrested Update on the latest in sports:center_img MLB-OBIT-McCORMICKCy Young Award winner Mike McCormick deadCORNELIUS, N.C. (AP) — Former National League Cy Young award winner Mike McCormick has died at age 81.The San Francisco Giants say McCormick died at his home in North Carolina after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.McCormick played 16 years in the majors from 1956 to 1971 with the Giants, Orioles, Senators, Yankees and Royals. He had a 134-128 record with a 3.73 ERA with his greatest accomplishments coming with the Giants.   “You can watch it on TV, and I’ll take that,” Cuomo said at his daily briefing in Albany.Now that the U.S. Tennis Association’s proposal to hold its marquee event has been accepted — including a “bubble” setup with designated hotels, limited player entourages and a facility closed to the hundreds of thousands of people who usually attend the U.S. Open — the key question becomes: Who actually will end up competing on the blue hard courts in Flushing Meadows from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13?Some of the sport’s top names, including defending U.S. Open men’s champion Rafael Nadal along with No. 1-ranked players Novak Djokovic and Ash Barty, have expressed reservations about heading somewhere that was a hot spot for the COVID-19 outbreak.VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB-YANKEESYankees president urges resumption of talks Nuggets coach says he had COVID-19DENVER (AP) — Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone says an antibody test revealed he had COVID-19.Malone says in an interview with CBS4 in Denver he wasn’t feeling well shortly after the season was suspended March 11. He reached out to the team’s medical staff to be tested but no tests were available at the time. Malone says he had an antibody test around Memorial Day weekend.Malone says the team doctor called up and told him he’d tested positive.Malone adds that he likes to say, “I got coronavirus and I kicked its butt.” Hubbard, who is black, suggested Monday he may boycott the program after Gundy was photographed wearing a T-shirt promoting the One America News Network, a cable channel and website that has been critical of the Black Lives Matter movement and praised by President Donald Trump.On Monday evening, Hubbard and Gundy appeared in a video together, with Gundy saying he would make changes.Gundy, who is white, took it a step further on Tuesday, saying “Black lives matter to me. Our players matter to me.”UVA-LOGOUniversity of Virginia changes logo to remove slavery reference Botterill was fired three seasons into his tenure and after the Sabres failed to show any signs of improvement in extending what’s now a nine-year playoff drought.With a 30-31-8 record, Buffalo finished 13th in the Eastern Conference standings and one spot short of qualifying for the NHL’s expanded 24-team playoff.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NASCARDale Jarrett announces coronavirus diagnosis during TV showUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett says he has tested positive for coronavirus and now is in quarantine. The three-time Daytona 500 winner and 1999 Cup champion made the announcement during NBCSN’s Hall of Fame announcement show on Tuesday.The 63-year-old Jarrett told viewers that was why he didn’t return to the television studio with the rest of the crew. He says the only symptom he has is a slight cough that he’s has gotten better each day since his test last week.NASCAR HALL OF FAMEEarnhardt Jr. headlines NASCAR’s 2021 Hall of Fame classUNDATED (AP) — Longtime fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join his late father in NASCAR’s Hall of Fame next year, the feature attraction in the class of 2021. In 1967, he went 22-10, leading the league in wins, and posted a 2.85 ERA. He completed 14 games and five shutouts and was the first San Francisco pitcher to win the Cy Young Award.SOCCERBayern Munich wins 8th straight Bundesliga titleBREMEN, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich has secured its eighth successive German Bundesliga title with two games to spare after beating Werder Bremen 1-0 with a goal from Robert Lewandowski.The win on a wet night in Bremen put Bayern 10 points clear of second-place Borussia Dortmund, which can earn a maximum nine points from its three remaining games. Junior won 26 races during his Cup career, including two Daytona 500s and the 2001 Pepsi 400 — four months after his father’s death at the same track in February.The late Mike Stefanik also was elected along with Red Farmer from the pioneer ballot. Ralph Seagraves was chosen as the Landmark Award winner for outstanding contributions to the sport.AMERICA PROTESTSOklahoma St. coach Gundy apologizes for wearing OAN T-shirtOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One day after Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard lashed out at coach Mike Gundy on social media for wearing a T-shirt promoting a far-right news channel, Gundy apologized. LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Pro Bowl is headed to Las Vegas.The NFL announced Tuesday that the 2021 all-star game will be played at the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, Jan. 31 — one week before the Super Bowl in Tampa.Plans include what the league calls a week-long celebration of football, and will include NFL FLAG Championship games and a Pro Bowl skills showdown in which players compete in a variety of events. There will be community and charity initiatives as well.In other NFL news:— Alcohol is suspected in a hit-and-run crash that led to the arrest of New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas in Northern California. According to the California Highway Patrol, Rosas failed to stop for a red light and plowed his Chevrolet SUV into the side of a pickup truck Monday in the city of Chico. The CHP says Rosas kept driving and then walked away from the SUV when it broke down. He was arrested a short time later on suspicion of hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license.last_img read more