Trump ridiculed Biden for the assumption of his betrayal in favor of Russia

US President Donald Trump criticized his Democratic rival in the upcoming Democratic head of state, Joe Biden, who accused the White House owner of betraying the US military.

Earlier, the newspaper The New York Times (NYT) wrote about an investigation of US intelligence: they allegedly learned that Russia secretly offered rewards to the Taliban supporters (banned in the Russian Federation) for the killing of the US military in Afghanistan. Mr. Biden said that if the article on Russian intelligence contacts with the Taliban is true, then Donald Trump, knowing this, betrayed the US military. Mr. Trump himself called the publication in NYT a fake. The Russian Foreign Ministry also called the information fake.

“It’s ridiculous to watch the venal Joe Biden read out a statement about Russia, clearly written by his curators. Russia furnished him and Barack Obama when they were in power so badly that Obama wanted to remove them from the G8. The USA was weak in everything, and especially with Russia! ” Mr Trump tweeted.

According to NYT interlocutors, Russia’s actions relate to 2019. In 2019, 20 US troops died in Afghanistan, but it is not known which sources were killed to reward Russia, sources add. US intelligence concluded that Russia was involved in these killings, in particular, based on interrogations of captured terrorists and criminals, the newspaper writes, without giving details.

Earlier, the White House announced the “inaccuracies” of the published material and reported that the presidential administration was not aware of intelligence from the US intelligence agencies. Journalists claimed in a publication that the actions of Russia in Afghanistan were reported to the Donald Trump administration several months ago.

The Taliban also denied the information presented in the newspaper. The Russian Embassy in Washington announced unfounded and anonymous allegations that led to threats against Russian diplomats.


“Crushed” and managed. Solovyov became the main culprit of the dismissal of Mikhalkova from the “Dumplings”?

In favor of this version speaks of a major scandal between Julia and the main host of “Russia-1”.

In the recent 2016, the very “Ural dumpling” Julia Mikhalkova took her first steps in politics. She even nominated herself for a preliminary vote of United Russia to run for the State Duma. But, taking third place, she rejoiced early. She was forced to withdraw her candidacy, and not the last role in this was played by the infamous Vladimir Solovyov. And what was then all up to date. So, perhaps, the dismissal from the team was not a random or independent decision?

Julia, by the way, is not a person from politics, so at the first meetings with voters she made a lot of mistakes. Solovyov criticized her so harshly, sinking even to insults. Mikhalkova had experience shooting in underwear, which caused a lot of questions, but on the contrary, she saw a huge plus in this:Do you like the way I look? This is liked throughout the country. Do you like what my friends look like? They know how to follow themselves, and I know how to follow themselves. If I can take care of myself, then I can monitor, help monitor the city, the region, and the country“. “The logic is great!“- Soloviev was indignant. “This is called “lips pumped up, do not forget to glue.” .. Not better [иди работать] the head of the FSB, you follow yourself. You will be behind everyone. Lead anti-terrorism activities. So? He will catch spies, he knows how to follow himself! But when there is such MikhAlkova who is not even a relative, I just want to say:“, – the star of” Russia-1 “was indignant in earnest.

Soloviev deliberately distorted the name of Julia, insulted and “pissed” from head to toe. “Crushed” morally and coped. But the comedian did not go unanswered. Together with their colleagues, they came up with a number on the election theme and added Ural Dumplings to the concert. And then – the departure of Julia, a significant weakening of interest in her person. Soloviev could be the main culprit of her dismissal. But how?

It is unlikely that Vladimir would deal with artists or media personalities. He is a bird of another flight. For the main reason Julia left, there was a desire to engage in community projects and try something new. Perhaps she really understood that humor and politics are incompatible things. And to do one, one must sacrifice another.


Conquis 2020: “Get me out of here, please!” Martina pleaded in ‘The Conqueror of the Caribbean’

Patri’s morale is at rock bottom. “This adventure has been very hard for me,” he said. The green leader feels somehow responsible for the debacle of her team, which lost one of its strongest components, Andrea, in the last duel. When it is time to fight again in the Conquis 2020, the Maja bet to get the ‘bad milk’ that they have avoided and fight without so much consideration. Of course the first battle was aúpa. The ‘hamster game’ wreaked havoc with more experienced adventurers. It was about choosing a component from each team and putting him in a spherical cage from which he had to guide his teammates through a complex circuit. But it is that, in addition, a final hieroglyph discovered a “giant step”, as Julian Iantzi warned.

Everyone speculated on the long-awaited unification, but the presenter was very careful to pronounce the happy word. After several blind blows and blunder, especially by the blues, the greens were the first to reach the platform, but Idoia had a hard time getting out of her belts and Ion Quel, despite arriving later, released with dexterity and he advanced it at the time of taking the ikurriña. The reds won the game and yearned for unification. “I have broken a record!” Gotzon exclaimed victoriously, believing that he had managed to classify his eight applicants, but nothing has been written yet.

Isma, chosen by the veterans to man the sphere, felt responsible for the defeat. “You are not guilty of anything,” Eneko harangued. Still, the captain chose him to go to the duel. And in the Caguama assembly the mess was mounted. Contestants again condemned Adri. “Some will think that re-nominating her is bad companions and shit,” the presenter reproached. “I’m tired and you’re taking me to the slaughterhouse,” lamented the Donostiarra.

The greens, meanwhile, were clear who was going to risk it and that is that Martina volunteered for the duel. “This smells really bad,” Julian warned, sensing that the San Sebastian woman intended to leave the contest. And he warned him that if he did not give everything, he would also sentence his companion, Nekane. The challenge was to traverse a complicated network from side to side and get three pennants. And surprisingly Martina chose to fight Isma. “Adri is like my sister and I can’t fight her,” he explained. The challenge was hard and Martina’s claustrophobia overcame her. “Get me out of here, please,” she implored, crying before giving up. With everything, Iantzi appreciated that he had fought hard enough and Nekane was saved from burning. “Everything has been very expensive,” sobbed the expelled before leaving the island.


Girona works to promote the sale of books in the alternative Sant Jordi

The Councilor for Culture of the City of Girona, Carles Ribas, explained through a virtual press conference yesterday that they are working on different activities to carry out the alternative Sant Jordi celebration, on July 23. Ribas said they were “expectant” of the information and directions being distributed to celebrate this day, but said they had prepared a “pack” that would be offered to all booksellers in the city to help in the event that they existed. there are restrictions on the volume of people who can participate. To help the city bookstores, they will organize various activities, such as book presentations, to encourage sales.

These will begin three weeks before the day you define it as the rose and the book. The goal of these activities is for the book to be sold in advance, “the gift of the book must be maintained,” said the councilor. On the other hand, Ribas encouraged citizens to participate in the initiative “Open Bookstores”, which involves ordering books through the Internet and subsequently purchasing them.

The sector forecasts “losses”

The Guild of Booksellers assumes that the celebration of the alternative Sant Jordi, on July 23, will be “different” to the original and that the billing of the day will not be closer to that of a regular year. They have already been warned that bookstores cannot be “overcrowded” or “crowded” at street stops, said their President, Maria Carme Ferrer, from Girona.

For all of this, among other options, the party is being dilated a few days to make it easier for readers to meet writers. On the other hand, Ferrer doubts that during Sant Jordi “at home” (April 23) there is a “mass” purchase or transportation of books, and leaves in the hands of bookstores and readers choose the formula to participate in the party from the current context of confinement.

Ferrer reiterates the idea of ​​what will take the day, but he reiterates that it will be “different” to the usual one, because despite his confidence that by then he will be able to “be on the street” and estimates that the bookstores will have reopened by mid-May, there will be a number of factors. The main one, the restrictions on the use of public space and in the same bookstores.

In spite of not giving up a celebration of Sant Jordi in the street, from the Guild they do not think that the alternative date will be able to compensate economically for the cancellation of the original. “It will not be a normal Sant Jordi and the losses will be great. It has nothing to do, “says Ferrer, without daring to quantify how far turnover can fall for a sector that generally does about 30% of its annual business.


Landa leads a solidarity squad in favor of the Food Bank

From Monday to Sunday, Mikel Landa and the cyclists of the Euskadi Foundation that he presides pedal on their rollers to raise 50,000 euros that will go to the Food Bank and thus, as the ultimate goal, to the most disadvantaged people during the coronavirus pandemic . Each kilometer traveled will be transformed into one euro. Along with Landa, the peloton is made up of cyclists such as Peio Goikoetxea, Mikel Iturria, Xabier Mikel Azparren and Paula Suárez, with the support of one of the Foundation’s sponsors, Laboral Kutxa.

“Even if it is on a roller or an exercise bike, cycling during confinement can serve to help some of the people most affected by this crisis,” say the organizers of this solidarity initiative. The Euskadi Foundation was born as a popular impulse. He lives for his hobby and wants to be by his side in these moments of crisis.

The Food Bank has noticed the effect of the pandemic and needs resources. The Foundation has joined this solidarity squad. «The urgent need to obtain donations for the Food Banks keep doing your job, more necessary if possible in these times, “they point out in the orange formation.

The goal is to reach 50,000 kilometers from private homes. Laboral Kutxa will convert each of those kilometers into euros in favor of the Food Bank. The initiative is open to all cycling fans, who can add their pedaling. Thus, the trainings carried out during the week by many cyclists who cannot go on the roads will have a social and welfare destination

To participate in this challenge it is only necessary to follow two simple steps: register on Strava, the social network where you can measure the evolution of the challenge and that brings together a large number of athletes from different disciplines, and join the Kutxa Labor Club. At the end of each individual training, simply edit the title “#Laboralkutxa #pedalsolidarioak”. Automatically, the activity of each cyclist will be recorded.


Radio Classique offers a concert in favor of the hospital

It is often said – supported by more or less scientific but always sympathetic studies … – that Mozart’s music soothes babies, develops the intelligence of older children, acts as a balm on suffering souls. We also know that, by his Masonic commitment and his friendly nature, the author of The Magic Flute made fraternity and humanity the honey of his genius.

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It is a great idea, therefore, on the part of Radio Classique to invite music lovers and, more generally, all those looking for a beneficial interlude within their confinement, on Friday April 17 at 8 p.m. to indulge in moderation. his music. Since The Marriage of Figaro until Requiem, through the Clarinet Concerto and the famous Little Night Music.

Young musicians playing

Captured in June 2019 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris (TCE), the evening presented by Christian Morin, loyal and smiling host of Radio Classique, gathered around the National Orchestra of Île-de-France under the direction of Pierre Dumoussaud, the cutting edge of French instrumentalists and singers. Here are, among others, the clarinetist Pierre Génisson, the double bassist Yann Dubost, the soprano Angélique Boudeville or the baritone Jean-Sébastien Bou.

From their home, listeners who wish can put themselves in the position of the spectator passing through the ticket office counter before entering the room. In the form of a virtual ticket, everyone has the leisure, to make a donation, from 30 to 150 €, in favor of hospitals and nursing staff. The funds raised will support the purchase of medical equipment and the installation of rest rooms, both in hospitals and in nursing homes. The donations will also be used to support housing and emergency travel for doctors, nurses and nursing assistants.

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Radio Classique also underlines, in these times so random and scary for their future, that the TCE as the artists allowed ” the graceful rerun From this Mozart concert. A gesture which, beyond the anxious declarations of the cultural actors by calling for the help of the public authorities, testifies to their generosity.


Collaborative apps and websites to help people with coronavirus




The health crisis of Covid-19 coronavirus it has brought out the most human side of the people. It is also the most sinister face, it is true, but kindness and solidarity have emerged in these delicate moments. And technology, like so many other times, has lined up to take its side. Various initiatives have emerged to help the most disadvantaged, such as the elderly and families with children in their care. There are several interesting ones.

Do yourself a favor

This tool For web browsers, it was created with the aim of preventing people from going outside and exposing themselves more than is strictly necessary. And for this it allows to cross needs with predisposed people. In other words, it works as an exchange of favors. Does not require registration. Only interested people can “offer” or “request” favors by writing a message to the Instagram account @hazunfavor. These requests are published with all the information: the type of favor, the city or neighborhood and the account of the person concerned so that people can contact them directly in the comments or with a private message. Designed by a consultant called Padre Group, the service aims to be the loudspeaker of all the good initiatives that are emerging, both from individuals and from other platforms.

Facebook Community Help

With more than 2.5 billion people worldwide and 22 million profiles in Spain, Facebook is the largest social network in the world. And although some aspects of the platform need to be improved, the American multinational tries to help in some way whenever a tragedy occurs. To do this, it has expanded the resources it offers its users during the Covid-19 crisis and has introduced a new help center with which it is possible to request assistance or offer it to other members of the local community. Community Help, as the help center is known, is an additional tool that has been incorporated into the pandemic information center or from the website Among the activities for which it is intended are the search for volunteers to distribute food or make donations to food banks or solidarity campaigns.

Do you have salt

It is a social network designed for neighborhoods. To contact your neighborhood for help. It is available for various platforms, from web version to mobile devices. The tool, which promises to be “safe and private”, allows direct communication with someone who is close to your location (requires entering some personal data such as the postal code) so that users can address the needs. With the help of a verification process, the developer ensures that “only real neighbors have access to neighborhoods.” Thus, for example, you can find a person who takes the purchase to an elderly person, who is at risk of the coronavirus. Do you need someone to take care of your dog or cat?

Mr Neiborhu

Available for iOS Y AndroidThis application allows you to connect with your neighbors, exchange favors and keep up to date with everything that happens around you without leaving home. It has a chat for all members to communicate directly and ask, among other things, if you can download the trash, help with the food, make your purchase, as well as create open groups on some topic with which the others can subscribe. The idea is to exchange favors with other neighbors. Something so necessary in these hard moments of confinement.


Although not open to the general public, this initiative helps healthcare personnel, who are at the forefront of the crisis. It is an altruistic idea that has allowed more than eighty restaurants to come together to prepare food for hospital staff. For the distribution, volunteer postal distributors are in charge, who deliver the food to the recipients every day. The connection, although rudimentary, is executed through digital communication services. Thus, people who for their work need to receive food have to send an email to Through a WhatsApp group, the restaurants coordinate to deliver the dishes.

The Ferris Wheel Social Hub

This tool Available for iOS and Android created last year in Malaga, another purpose was found during the pandemic. Now, it also serves to help the neighbors. It brings together different citizens’ initiatives that are more helpful than ever for people in need. It aims to be a space for co-creation and compartmentalization of all ideas in pursuit of development and social innovation in the province of Malaga. You will be able to meet people, events and organizations in the province in order to work with them and create new ideas.

Do I help you

Available for iOS Y Android, TeAyudo is a platform to offer and seek help in a community or neighborhood during the Covid-19 crisis. Created by the team that recently launched, it promises to connect neighborhood communities and unite those in need with volunteers willing to help, “reliably and safely,” its developers explain. The service offers two options: “I need help” and “I want to help”. In the first, users indicate what they need, as well as their location and the time to receive help; in the second, volunteers can check all applications within their neighborhood and offer their help. The requests, added sources from the developer, range from running an errand, such as going to the pharmacy or buying food and bringing the bags closer to the applicant’s home, to help with the children’s homework, receive a yoga class or simply accompany , telematically, to those who are alone.


Who gets the most credit: Brady or Belichick? – NBC Boston

From 2001 to 2019, the New England Patriots have won the AFC East 17 times. The other two years ended in a tie in first place.

In that time frame, they went to 12 AFC championship games and nine Super bowls. Six have won.

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been together for the entire race and – thanks to the past two decades – are now recognized as the best coach and quarterback in NFL history respectively.

Trying to share credit for a race never seen before the NFL domination and perhaps the most incredible trait in the history of professional sport – to some extent – is missing the point.

Did the ancient Egyptians stand in front of the pyramids and discuss whether the architect or builders deserved more credit? Did Mrs Wright analyze which of her children – Wilbur or Orville – was primarily responsible for the invention, construction and flight of the first plane?

There is something to be said just to close and appreciate the realization, isn’t there? Yup.

And we will get there.

But right now, with the engines going down Route 1 to pack Tom Brady’s remaining stuff and take him out of Foxboro forever, the question hangs on everything. Which man was most responsible for creating the story we’ve seen written in the past two decades: Belichick or Brady?

Results may vary. In fact, I know they will. But here’s how I see it.

If it hadn’t been for Belichick, there would never have been the mini-dynasty that they became in the decade 2000-2009.

If it weren’t for Brady, the Patriots would never have become the Super Dynasty that they became from 2010 to 2019 when they blew up the 60s Packers, 70s Steelers, 80s Niners and 90s Cowboys to become the only franchise that has dominated two decades.

Bill gets the first decade

The moment Mo Lewis cut an artery in Drew Bledsoe’s chest in September 2001, he is touched as the history of the NFL has changed. It wasn’t. It will only speed up a trial that began when Robert Kraft decided to hire Belichick to succeed Pete Carroll in January 2000.

Belichick took a look at the team’s register and management and started fumigating and renewing. In the end – despite the heavy contract that the Patriots gave Bledsoe in January 2001 to help strengthen public confidence and private investment in building CMGI Field (possibly Gillette Stadium) – Belichick was wary of being tied to a quarterback that the coach was able to routinely undress whenever he trained against him.

Especially a quarterback who had to be paid as the top of the market, as Bledsoe and his agent David Dunn made clear.

Brady was not enlisted in the sixth round of the 2000 draft as Bledsoe’s successor, but in September it became clear to Belichick that he had something. And it became obvious during the 2001 offseason and the training camp that – although not better than Bledsoe in all – the child who made $ 298,000 was more mobile, more precise, more ready in his pocket and destined to be more suited to handling a Bledsoe game.

Mo Lewis accelerated the process and – with a painful stroke – made the transition relatively painless. But the credit goes to Belichick for seeing what he had, promoting it and having the decision to pull the trigger.

The fact that the Patriots went 14-5 under Brady after starting 5-13 under Bledsoe is persuasive evidence that Brady was the missing piece. But Belichick created the register, built the culture and hired the right people – from managers to coaches – to put the team in a position to succeed. It deserves more credit.

Brady may have helped them get where they did, but the Patriots were undoubtedly headed in the right direction and the fruits of Belichick’s designs were collected in 2003 and 2004.

Those Super Bowl wins – the first at the end of a season that started with the shooting down of lawyer Milloy in favor of Rodney Harrison; the second thanks largely to a dice throw on Corey Dillon – they were the victories for “culture”.

Disinterest imposed. All done for the greatest good of the team. Everything ego in your pocket. The most impressive aspect of the patriots was therefore their stamina and mental endurance. Brady was an important part. But so were Tedy Bruschi and Harrison, Matt Light, Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel and so on.

Fifty-three very intelligent and capable players row together in the hold of the big ship while Belichick was over the bridge to trace a route. It was from 2001 to 2004.

The dips in 2005 and 2006 began the process that would have led Brady to become, largely on Belichick’s design, the engine.

The 2005 Patriots were hit by injuries – not a hindsight surprise when you consider the nine extra games played in the previous four seasons and the difficulty of staying on top. They started to see some friction to grow old – Troy Brown was 34 then – and the ongoing game was marked as well as their defense on the run. They went 10-6 and lost in the division round.

The following season, a protracted squabble over the contract led to the Deion Branch being swapped with Seattle shortly before the season began. Reche Caldwell led the team in receptions followed by Ben Watson, Troy Brown and Kevin Faulk. However, they were unable to advance to the Super Bowl, but lost on the road to the Colts.

That season, Brady got a toy he had never had in Randy Moss and a Troy Brown replica model named Wes Welker. The entire set of record sets went 16-0 and lost in the Super Bowl.

Which brings us to 2008. This is the season that many are aiming for when they say that it is Belichick’s genius that is most responsible for twenty-year success. The Patriots went 11-5 with Matt Cassel starting in quarterback. Hadn’t he been a beginner from high school, yet the patriots still went 11-5?

Cassel was exceptional, better than anyone could hope for. But it’s still a sharp drop from 16-0 to 11-5.

In 2009, the central defense core was expelled or withdrawn: Vrabel, Bruschi, Seymour and Harrison. Belichick complained to Brady on the sidelines during a defeat for the Saints that season that “I just can’t get these kids to play the way I want them. So frustrating.”

The season ended with an ignominious home defeat against the crows in the AFC division playoff round.

Brady gets the second decade

The patriots renewed in the off-season and, in my opinion, Brady was at the forefront of finding their places where they had no business at that stage of their reconstruction. In 2010, the Patriots went 14-2, they were seed no. 1 and Brady was the unanimous MVP.

The offense, moving away from the narrow final position, enlisted two – Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez – and their production would become historic in 2011 when the Patriots arrived at the Super Bowl and lost again to the Giants. Brady launched for 5,235 career yards with 39 touchdowns and 12 picks.

In the 2012 season, he launched 637 times, a career high and one of three times in four seasons that attempted more than 600 passes. With a defense that too often seemed to resist better teams, it was Brady and the offense to score and score and score a little more. They were the first, third, first and third in points marked from 2010 to 2013. Defensively in that period they were eighth, 15th, ninth and tenth.

Even in 2013, when Hernandez was jailed for murder, Gronkowski was grounded due to back surgery and then with an ACL, Brady still ran by hitting the ball with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and – to a lesser extent – Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson and Shane Vereen.

They won the Super Bowl in 2014, winning a shootout against the Ravens in the Divisional Round, 35-31, and then overcoming a 24-14 deficit against the Seahawks in the fourth quarter when Brady moved to a completely different level in the fourth quarter.

The previous April, Belichick had enlisted Brady’s aspiring successor, Jimmy Garoppolo, in the second round. Brady, perhaps remembering the shrug that Drew Bledsoe had encountered Brady’s arrival 14 years earlier, would not have fallen asleep on the move with the team that ran Garoppolo.

Brady went on to launch 69 touchdowns and 16 predictions in 2014 and 15. He lost four suspension games in 2016 – Garoppolo overcame six quarters of Brady’s relief before hurting himself and giving way to Jacoby Brissett – but he still threw 28 touchdowns and two interceptions before ending that season with a 43- record. by-62, 466 yards in the Super Bowl when the Patriots canceled out a deficit of 28-3. Brady did it at 39.

At 40 in the AFCCG, without Edelman, without an injured Gronkowski, Brady and Amendola joined together to push the Patriots beyond the Jaguars and in the Super Bowl against Philly where he would have launched for 505 yards.

So let’s tell here. From 2010 to 2017, the Patriots have reached seven consecutive AFC Championship Games and the year they didn’t, Brady was the unanimous MVP. He wrote the filming of the playoffs against Ravens and Seahawks in 2014, the Falcons in 2016, the Jaguars in 2017 and led the team to two Super Bowl wins.

In 2018, Edelman was exiting an ACL and was therefore suspended for the first four games. Gronk was injured for a large chunk of the year. Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan were the main gimmicks for a while until the team faced Josh Gordon. It’s still? The team went 11-5, Brady put them on his back in the fourth quarter and overtime in Kansas City in the AFCCG and then the Patriots defense checked against the Rams and delivered a Super Bowl to Brady – apart from the shot at Gronk which led to the game’s winning touchdown – he just had to play OK to win the team.

The final verdict

So, see what my answer to this debate is now. Bill gets a bigger share of the first three Lombards. Tom gets a higher share than the second three.

So many people over the years have speculated that Belichick wants to prove that he can win a championship without Brady. I don’t know if it’s true.

I think if Brady was gone, Belichick would appreciate the opportunity, but I never thought he would have wanted to get rid of what he thinks is a quarterback capable of giving him a title that the others couldn’t.

Maybe that’s why we’re here. Belichick doesn’t see Brady as special as he once was. Great? Sure. Are there other guys who can do things they can’t do now? Belichick seems to think so. Brady has apparently survived its usefulness here.

Bill will do what he has done to so many other players. Go ahead. But this is the life cycle of the NFL.

From what I’ve been told and what I’ve collected, Brady agrees. He hoped to be special and to be able to write a different ending here, but to realize he couldn’t shock him. For a legend, it is rather well established.

Playing for Bill Belichick will help keep a player that way. And maybe even for that, Belichick deserves a lot of credit. He allowed Tom Brady to become Tom Brady because he was eternally and exasperatedly Bill Belichick.

Every. Single. Year.


Coronavirus requires public health emergency in Boston – NBC Boston

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Sunday declared a public health emergency due to the coronavirus epidemic and announced radical changes for bars and restaurants in the city in an attempt to protect residents.

The emergency declaration will help the city’s marshal’s resources, Walsh said on Sunday at a press conference in the town hall. The city’s restaurant regulations come after a series of South Boston restaurants and bars decided to close on Sunday after people were seen packing them on Saturday.

Walsh has also strongly urged city residents to keep social distances, the practice of interacting as little as possible with others is less likely to spread the new coronavirus, which has already killed more than 60 people in the United States and thousands abroad .

“Social distancing is not a vague and ambitious strategy. It is backed by science,” said the mayor, adding later, “it will save lives.”

During a press conference on Sunday, Walsh launched an urgent appeal for residents to engage in social distancing during the coronavirus epidemic.

Following his Friday announcement that the Boston Public School buildings would be closed on Tuesday, Walsh said two school campuses will not open on Monday due to possible exposure in their communities: the Eliot and McKinley schools.

He acknowledged the difficulties families will face when school closes and said that among the ways it could help, the city will distribute food through places established in the city’s neighborhoods.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has announced that the city’s public schools will close Tuesday, March 17, for over a month, in an attempt to protect students, their families and staff during the coronavirus epidemic.

The changes for the city’s bars, restaurants and clubs in the future are vast, including:

  • They will have to cut their capacity in half by removing tables and chairs to encourage social distancing.
  • No line can form outside.
  • Closing before 23:00, excluding restaurants offering drive-thru, take out or delivery.
  • Any restaurant that has not been allowed to make food can now do so – “basically we are allowing every single establishment that serves food in the city of Boston to take away,” he said.
  • The beer gardens will not be able to open for the season until the crisis has passed.

Violators will remain closed for 30 days, Walsh said.

He explained that he wants people to still be able to get food during the period of greatest social estrangement and does not want the city workers to suffer too much. He also thanked the 14 or more bars and restaurants that agreed to close after Saturday’s full rooms on Sunday.

On Sunday, Walsh gave advice on how best to achieve social distancing.

People arriving at U.S. airports from overseas on Saturday night reported that waiting times were online for the necessary medical visits during the coronavirus epidemic.


Maryland Bill would increase tax credit for living organ donors – NBC4 Washington

After returning home from Iraq, Army veteran Kellen Leech, who has been deployed three times over the course of 14 years, has struggled with his mental health: PTSD, survivors’ fault and depression – until he has read a Facebook post on Ellery Payton.

Payton’s previous kidney transplant failed and in 2012 he needed another; Leech, a resident of Prince George County, Maryland, decided he wanted to donate his.

After discovering that his kidney was paired, Leech’s mind was focused on the surgical procedure in search of mutual healing, but to “sustain” would have cost savings in terms of deployment. He had to delay his two-month donation while “scraping money” from his church and local veteran organizations.

House Bill 944 would ease the financial burdens of living donors by increasing the donor income tax reduction to $ 10,000, starting at $ 7,500, according to state legislative analysis.

If the invoice is approved, the higher credit would be applied to 2020 income taxes, which are due to expire on April 15 of next year.

“This is exactly the type of utility bill that donors need to eliminate financial stress,” Leech told Capital News Service.

Side by side, donor and recipient testified to the legislators of the House Ways and Means Committee in favor of the bill on February 25, and each claimed that the other saved his life.

The current $ 7,500 tax credit for living donors was created two years ago, brought into legislature by former House president Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel, who received a transplant before his death in 2019 liver from his sister.

Karen Young Delegate, D-Frederick, is sponsoring House 944 and told Capital News Service that “need-related donors” are missing and, “I am a champion of greater access to health care and greater health coverage. relief. I feel this bill is in line with that, “Young said.

Senator Ronald Young, D-Frederick, sponsors an identical bill, the Senate 651 bill.

Nationally, around 8,000 people awaiting a transplant die because they have not received a life-saving organ, according to Donate Life America, an organ donation defense group.

In Maryland and other states, waiting lists for organ transplants have grown, according to legislative analysis.

There are 3,168 candidates on the waiting list for organ transplants in Maryland, most, 2,341, are waiting for kidney transplants; nationwide 112,114 candidates are on the organ transplant waiting list with over three quarters listed for the kidneys, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Kidney transplants from living donors tend to last longer than those from deceased donors, according to the American Kidney Fund.

Living organ donor transplants have had a downward trend in Maryland since 2000, which has seen a peak of 265. 2019 saw only 147, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Karen Kennedy, director of the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland Education, whose group works with deceased organ donation logistics, educates hospitals and the public and works closely with living donor organizations, told Capital News Service that a Sometimes “the intention and the will” to be a live donor is there, but “practical reasons prevent people from donating” because they cannot get a work permit, they are not financially capable or for other reasons.

Payton, a single father from Charles County, Maryland, said he received his first kidney transplant in 1993 from a cousin, but was unsuccessful, and had to undergo dialysis in 2011 until he received one. of kidneys donated by Leech in 2012.

In Payton’s testimony, he said he would go through peritoneal dialysis while his son, who was 12 years old at the time, was on the soccer field, adding “I don’t want the two months to wait for a kidney on anyone.”

The bill is expected to reduce state revenues by a relatively small amount, $ 10,000 per year, and local revenue is estimated to decrease by approximately $ 6,500 per year, according to legislative analysis.

At the hearing, Payton said, “A new kidney gives you a new lease on life, and it is only through the kindness and love that Kellen has had for me and my son that allows me to do it.”


This article was provided to The Associated Press by the University of Maryland Capital News Service.