Case on Churches, Cuomo and Coronavirus Arrives at Supreme Court

first_imgThe restrictions in Brooklyn are severe. In shifting “red zones,” where the coronavirus risk is highest, no more than 10 people may attend church services. In slightly less dangerous “orange zones,” attendance is capped at 25. This applies even in churches that can seat more than 1,000 people.The measures were prompted in large part by rising cases in Orthodox Jewish areas. But the restrictions applied to all houses of worship.Even as he ruled against the diocese, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn praised it as “an exemplar of community leadership” that had been “enforcing stricter safety protocols than the state required.”Lawyers for Mr. Cuomo agreed, telling an appeals court that the diocese “has introduced laudable social-distancing and hygiene measures.”The diocese has said it intends to continue to limit attendance to 25 percent of its churches’ capacities and would accept other limitations, such as doing away with singing by congregants and choirs.Judge Garaufis, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, said the case was a difficult one. But he concluded that he would defer to the governor. “If the court issues an injunction and the state is correct about the acuteness of the threat currently posed by hot spot neighborhoods,” the judge wrote, “the result could be avoidable death on a massive scale like New Yorkers experienced in the spring.”In refusing to block the governor’s order while the diocese’s appeal went forward, a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit drew on Chief Justice Roberts’s concurring opinion in the California case. Since the restrictions on churches were less severe than those on comparable secular gatherings like theaters, casinos and gyms, the majority wrote in an unsigned opinion, they did not run afoul of constitutional protections for religious freedom. One view, expressed by Chief Justice Roberts in a concurring opinion in the California case, is that officials charged with protecting the public “should not be subject to second-guessing by an unelected federal judiciary, which lacks the background, competence and expertise to assess public health and is not accountable to the people.”A few hours after the diocese filed its application, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. delivered a slashing speech to a conservative legal group that expressed the opposite view. He had dissented in both of the earlier cases, and his speech echoed points he had made in the one from Nevada.“Whenever fundamental rights are restricted, the Supreme Court and other courts cannot close their eyes,” Justice Alito said on Thursday, rejecting the view that “whenever there is an emergency, executive officials have unlimited, unreviewable discretion.” The court is likely to rule on the dispute from Brooklyn in the next week or so. The case may be the first in which Justice Barrett’s vote changes the court’s direction. WASHINGTON — In recent months, churches in California and Nevada asked the Supreme Court to lift government restrictions on attendance at religious services meant to address the coronavirus pandemic. The churches lost.The vote in both cases was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining what was then the court’s four-member liberal wing. One of those liberals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, died in September. Her successor, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, joined the court last month.- Advertisement – The members of the majority were Judge Raymond J. Lohier Jr., who was appointed by President Barack Obama, and Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who ordinarily sits on Federal District Court in Manhattan and who was appointed by Mr. Clinton.Judge Michael H. Park, who was appointed by President Trump, dissented. He said Governor Cuomo’s order discriminated against houses of worship because it allowed businesses like liquor stores and pet shops to remain open without capacity restrictions.In asking the Supreme Court to step in, lawyers for the diocese argued that its “spacious churches” were safer than many “secular businesses that can open without restrictions, such as pet stores and broker’s offices and banks and bodegas.” An hourlong Mass, the diocese’s brief said, is “shorter than many trips to a supermarket or big-box store, not to mention a 9-to-5 job.”Lawyers for Mr. Cuomo said gatherings like those at churches and theaters were different from shopping trips. “The state’s limits on mass gatherings have consistently recognized that the risk of transmitting Covid-19 is much greater at gatherings where people arrive and depart at the same time and congregate and mingle for a communal activity over an extended period of time,” the governor’s appeals court brief said.Judge Park, the dissenting appeals court judge, twice served as a law clerk to Justice Alito, once on the federal appeals court in Philadelphia and once on the Supreme Court. His dissent anticipated the remarks his former boss delivered on Thursday.“The pandemic,” Justice Alito said, “has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty.”“This is especially evident with respect to religious liberty,” he added. “It pains me to say this, but in certain quarters religious liberty is fast becoming a disfavored right.” – Advertisement – It will not take long to assess the significance of that switch.On Thursday, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn filed an emergency application asking the Supreme Court to lift restrictions imposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York. The case is broadly similar to the earlier ones. The outcome, even as the pandemic is worsening, may be quite different.The general question in all of the cases is whether government officials or judges should calibrate responses to the public health crisis. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

On-loan Barcelona midfielder tests positive for COVID-19

first_img Loading… That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who claim that the 21 year old was one of the La Liga players who was found to be carrying the virus, and has been isolated away from his teammates.Oscar Plano, another Valladolid player, is also said to have the illness.It’s the latest bit of bad news for Matheus, who signed for Barcelona in January and was immediately loaned to their fellow La Liga side to starting picking up some minutes.However his late January arrival plus the timing of the coronavirus crisis has meant he’s not had the chance to play yet. He will likely stay on loan for another year while the Catalan club study how to free up another non-EU player slot.Read Also: Messi donates €500k towards the fight against COVID-19It’s been a tough few months for him following his dream move to the European leagues, but it will all hopefully get easier from here.For now, we wish him a speedy recovery from his illness.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Matheus Fernandes, the recently signed Barcelona midfielder on loan at Valladolid, has tested positive for coronavirus.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan10 Actors Who Are Happy With The Type Of Roles They Got Hired ForThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The Worldlast_img read more

How BetConstruct is boosting the bookmaker offer with in-house esports

first_img BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 Esports is continuing to develop a strong connection with the betting industry, with countless companies now initiating strategies to maximise the sector’s potential.BetConstruct is one such firm finding a niche opportunity in this growing market. The iGaming solutions provider has its own in-house esports division, allowing bookmakers to offer esports to its customers throughout the day.The company’s head of esports, Eduard Avagyan, told SBC News about how this idea came about, the process of selecting esport athletes, and how integrity is maintained throughout.He stated: “The interest in video games took off back in the 90s. Since then there has been an ever increasing interest. Esports is a unique product in so many ways. Its player base is huge and means that any person with a passion for games and who has the appropriate set of equipment can become a pro-gamer. “It attracts significant investments and sponsorships from popular brands, as the bulk of the audience is made up of young adults who happen to be the top consumers today. “Millions of viewers log in to live streaming portals to follow esports events, showing how much potential the product has. BetConstruct noticed the opportunity long ago, and now offers in-house esports; live streaming broadcasted from our studios situated in Yerevan, Armenia. The games played by our e-athletes include eFootball, eBasketball, eTennis and Mortal Kombat.” Unlike traditional sports betting, there is no need for an official tournament organiser to liaise with. In this case, the games are run by BetConstruct with the players selected by the firm. However, it is integral that integrity is kept throughout the process, especially when selecting players for teams. BetConstruct’s solution to solve this issue is to initiate qualifiers to ensure that the player’s skill is of a high enough level to warrant people betting on them.Avagyan explained: “The main criteria we have for our e-athletes is motivation and passion for the game. Their skills and motivation are decided by qualifiers which also help in identifying team’s strength and eligibility for tournaments.“The esports division is kept separate from the core betting business in order to maintain integrity, whilst the Risk Management department monitors all betting activity.“Live data for esports can also be provided only through the API connected to the platform where the tournament is taking place, which means that there is no need for scouts.”For an initiative like in-house esports to be a success, the demand has to be apparent not only to the consumers but to bookmakers as well, as ultimately those companies are the ones which will invest in these solutions. BetConstruct firmly believes that this fledgling sector has the potential to provide additional business for bookmakers, specifically in the Gen Z market, which is why it offers such an extensive amount of content.“It’s a multi-hundred-million business so there definitely is a demand for esports,” added Avagyan. “One must keep pace with the updates in the games. Take the popular Fortnite for example; the game has updates at least twice a month. While the operators may be unaware of them, it is our responsibility, as their dedicated provider, to ensure high player engagement and coverage of all possible tournaments and events.In addition to this in-house offer, BetConstruct provides live betting on 24,000+ esport matches from around the world from 12 different game types.Given that esports was thrown into prominence by the growth of technology, it has bypassed certain sporting traditions, particularly when it comes to streaming certain genres of games. Most esports are viewed on various open platforms such as Twitch, Youtube Gaming and Mixer, meaning that there are few protocols with regards to what games betting companies can stream. In turn, this means an enhanced betting experience with more widespread coverage and a greater demand for in-play odds.Avagyan added: “The suitability is mostly decided by the demand and popularity of the event. The tournaments are divided into categories – Premier Events, Major Events and Minor Events. The audience depends directly on the quality of the event.“Given the sporting world’s recent cancellations due to the coronavirus outbreak, more companies will be looking to esports in order to provide betting content for its players. BetConstruct’s foresight to begin working on its esports solutions portfolio before the majority of other firms will undoubtedly help it to grow, whilst also providing the industry with much needed content for the future. Submit Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020last_img read more

Former Bosnia international Footballer positive for COVID-19

first_imgFormer Bosnia international footballer Avdija Vrsajevic announced on social media on Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.“I am currently in isolation as I have tested positive for COVID-19. Everything is under control, I’m feeling good, I haven’t had any serious symptoms and I hope to recover quickly,” said the defender, who plays for Turkish side Akhisarspor, writes.“Dear media, friends, sympathizers… I want to write here the correct information with the aim of stopping misinformation about the current situation regarding Covid-19. The situation is such that I am currently in isolation, due to a positive test for Covid-19. Everything is under control, I feel good, without any more intense symptoms, and I hope for a quick recovery, so that I can be with my family and my team. I want to express my full support for my team, and to say that I am sorry that I am not with them, but I have no doubt that they will achieve the desired success through the upcoming matches,” Vrsajevic wrote.last_img read more