Photo: PixabayALBANY – New York State has temporarily halted the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state for at least 30-days in an attempt to diminish the financial burden of the novel Coronavirus.Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James say in an effort to support workers and families the AGs’ office will halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the OAG for collection through April 15.After the 30-day period, the government will reassess the needs of state residents for a possible extension. Additionally, officials say they will accept applications for suspension of all other types of debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the AG for collection.“As the financial impact of this emerging crisis grows, we are doing everything we can to support the thousands of New Yorkers that are suffering due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Governor Cuomo said. “This new action to temporarily suspend the collection of debt owed to the state will help mitigate the adverse financial impact of the outbreak on individuals, families, communities and businesses in New York State, as we continue to do everything we can to slow the spread of the virus.” The OAG collects certain debts owed to the State of New York via settlements and lawsuits brought on behalf of the State of New York and state agencies. A total of more than 165,000 matters currently fit the criteria for a suspension of state debt collection, including, but not limited to:Patients that owe medical debt due to the five state hospitals and the five state veterans’ home;Students that owe student debt due to State University of New York campuses; andIndividual debtors, sole-proprietors, small business owners, and certain homeowners that owe debt relating to oil spill cleanup and removal costs, property damage, and breach of contract, as well as other fees owed to state agencies.The temporary policy will also automatically suspend the accrual of interest and collection of fees on all outstanding state medical and student debt referred to the OAG for collection, so New Yorkers are not penalized for taking advantage of this program.New Yorkers with non-medical or non-student debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the OAG, may also apply to temporarily halt the collection of state debt. Individuals seeking to apply for this temporary relief can fill out an application online or visit the OAG’s coronavirus website to learn more about the suspension of payments. If an individual is unable to fill out the online form, they can also call the OAG hotline at 1-800-771-7755 to learn more. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
One national icon reminds us not to forget our past. We do anyway. The year that closes today contained many important sporting anniversaries, and all of them have passed quietly. It’s a real pity. The schoolboy football season has passed with hardly a whisper of the Kingston College (KC) team that dominated the various competitions in 1964 and 1965. Captained in the former year by KC legend Tony Keyes and by Dennis Johnson in the latter, these purple-and-whites went undefeated for two whole seasons. In fact, they won every game they played en route to consecutive Manning Cup/Walker Cup/Olivier Shield triple without a single draw to mar their record. In 1985, Stephen ‘The Don’ Hylton won the second of his three Caribbean table tennis singles titles. In 1990, Jamaica performed a miracle on grass in hockey. Led by supremely skilled Sharon Malcolm and coached by Michelle Holt, our ladies went to the Central American and Caribbean Games and beat host country Mexico on penalties in the final. Their gold medal is Jamaica’s highest achievement in that sport. RECORD BREAKING Just 10 years ago, Asafa Powell took the 100 metre world record to all of us with a run of 9.77 seconds in Athens. It was the first time a Jamaican had held the electronically timed world record in this blue-ribbon event. Later that year, at the World Championships in Helsinki, Trecia-Kaye Smith bounded to first place in the triple jump to win our first gold medal in a field event at the World or Olympic level. That was a glorious moment. These milestones have passed quietly, even though many of those who did those great deeds are still with us. They need not be just symbols of the past, but their experiences may help illuminate the way forward. At the very least, they can inspire those who aim for the heights. It’s December 31 and, therefore, too late to meaningfully celebrate those historic moments in 2015. Fortunately, there’s a bright side, sort of. Two major milestones mature like gilt-edged securities in the new year. Donald Quarrie (DQ) crowned a glorious career with a gold-medal run in the Montreal Olympics in 1976. DQ took the 200 metres days after a close runner-up finish in the 100 and became Jamaica’s first Olympic champion in a sprint event. Tweny years later, in the Atlanta Olympic Games, Deon Hemmings broke the meet record twice en route to a defeat of Kim Batten and Tonja Buford, then the fastest two female 400 metre hurdlers of all time. Despite brilliant efforts by Merlene Ottey, Grace Jackson and Juliet Cuthbert, Hemmings earned the honour of being the first Jamaican woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Like Quarrie’s victory two decades earlier, the Hemmings success is a landmark in Jamaica’s sporting history. We can’t do much about the things we’ve already forgotten. One thing is clear. No person or nation should live in the past, but great gold-medal moments like those in 1976 and 1996 shouldn’t pass too quietly. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.
WEST HAM (4-2-3-1)ADRIAN, ANTONIO, REID, OGBONNA, CRESSWELL,KOUYATE, NOBLE,EMENIKE, LANZINI, PAYET, SAKHOWELBECK, IWOBI, OZIL, SANCHEZ,COQUELIN, ELNENY,MONREAL, KOSCIELNY, GABRIEL, BELLERIN,CECHARSENAL (4-2-3-1)Two London rivals clash both needing to win. West Ham were hoping to finish in the top four and bring Champions League football to their new Olympic Stadium next season but, with seven games left, they are on 51 points, three points outside the top four.Even if they fail to break into the top four, they could still qualify for the Europa League. But they face a team with an outside chance of winning the Barclays Premier League, with Arsenal in third spot, albeit a massive 11 points adrift of leaders Leicester City.West Ham could be forgiven for having one eye on their FA Cup final quarter-final replay, against Manchester United, which takes place at the Boleyn Stadium the following Wednesday.The Hammers are unbeaten in their last six league games, taking 12 points from the 18 available but, in their last season at the Boleyn, they are unbeaten since August, winning seven and drawing seven of the last 14 there in the league.On the opening day of the league season the Hammers shocked Arsenal with a 2-0 win, but at the Boleyn Arsenal have a good record, with nine wins and six draws from 17 visits.The Gunners have 11 goals in their last four there, all wins, and last lost there in November 2006.West Ham were set to miss the banned Cheikhou Kouyate, red-carded in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last weekend, but the dismissal was overturned on appeal.Arsenal, meanwhile, miss Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere, but goalkeeper Petr Cech could return.
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) board unanimously agreed to the appointment of former India captain Anil Kumble as the new chairman of its cricket committee here on Thursday.Kumble, 41, who has 619 Test and 337 One-Day International wickets to his name, succeeds former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, who led the committee since 2008.Clive Lloyd was in charge of the ICC cricket committee since 2008″In Anil Kumble, we have a new chairman who has unquestioned experience not only as a player with India but also as an administrator because of his association with the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA). I am sure he will carry on Clive’s good work and bring contemporary thinking to the committee and understand clearly the issues facing the modern game,” ICC president Alan Isaac said, commenting on the appointment.Isaac also admired outgoing chairman Lloyd’s work. “I would like to thank Clive Lloyd for his chairmanship of the ICC cricket committee and to his tireless contribution to the game. The ICC board were united in their admiration for his work as chairman.”The ICC media release added that two members of the present panel — former Australia captain Mark Taylor and ICC statistician Davin Kendix — have got a one-year extension while former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop has voluntarily stepped down. On his way out, Bishop nominated the recently-retired England captain Andrew Strauss as his replacement, which was accepted by the ICC board.
YouTube/Ben WaitWith the graduation of star quarterback Dak Prescott, Mississippi State is one of many SEC programs with a battle at the position on its hands. Four players—Nick Fitzgerald, Elijah Staley, Nick Tiano, and Damian Williams—are vying for the starting job, and no player has set himself apart.Mississippi State’s QBs are so close, in fact, that they had to play ‘rock, paper, scissors’ to determine which would take first team reps. Today’s winner: Fitzgerald. He spoke about the unique process after today’s practice.Video via Ben Wait of The Dispatch:Fitzgerald joked that the rock, paper, scissors win gave him a nice confidence boost heading into camp.“I won rock-paper-scissors, so if anything, my confidence in that game is pretty high right now.”Rock, paper, scissors skills aside, replacing Prescott will be no easy task for Fitzgerald, or whichever Bulldog quarterback wins the job. He may be the top quarterback in program history. In 2015, he put together a fantastic 3,793 passing yard, 29 touchdown, five interception season. On top of that, Prescott ran for 588 yards and 10 touchdowns. That built on an impressive junior year, when Prescott piled up 4,435 total yards and 38 combined touchdowns.Williams is the lone Mississippi State quarterback with a start under his belt. During his career, Williams is 37-for-70 for 434 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. In 2015, head coach Dan Mullen redshirted him.Last season, Fitzgerald served as Prescott’s primary back-up. He completed 11-of-14 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions.Elijah Staley threw five passes last season, completing three for 51 yards and a score.Redshirt freshman Nick Tiano is the only of the four players without any game experience, making him the wild card of the battle.Williams and Fitzgerald seem like the favorites in this one, but it will take more than rock, paper, scissors skills to compete with the likes of Alabama and rival Ole Miss in the SEC West.[Saturday Down South]
Kirk Herbstreit’s predictions for the 2016 College Football Playoff field feature three unsurprising picks, and one darkhorse.College football fans are used to Kirk Herbstreit’s predictions. The ESPN personality updates his college football playoff field on a weekly basis during the season. Today, he dropped his preseason CFP forecast.Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Russillo and Kanell, Herbstreit revealed the four teams he has making this year’s College Football Playoff: Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State are locked in, and he’s close to certain on TCU being the fourth team.Clemson: “I’m going to have Clemson, who I think’s going to go on to win the championship. That has everything to do with one guy. I hate to put it all on him, but Deshaun Watson, to me, is just a freak.”Alabama: “I would pick Alabama out of the SEC, because of another one guy. That is Nick Saban.”Ohio State: “I think Ohio State still comes out of the Big Ten. I think J.T. Barrett, despite all their [personnel] losses, will kind of allow Ohio State to be able to maneuver through their schedule and get there to win a Big Ten Championship.”TCU: “Those three I feel pretty good about. The fourth team I think I’m going to go TCU out of the Big 12. It’s either a Pac-12 team or TCU. Right now, I’m leaning towards TCU as my fourth team to get in.”We suppose Herbie could change his mind on the Horned Frogs before he tapes his annual “Herbie” awards show. However, he was probably the only guy picking Oklahoma to make the CFP in the preseason last year, so he’s been right before going off the beaten path.College football fans, how do you feel about Herbstreit’s predictions? Did he nail them, or is he way off?
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