Pro Tennis Tour Suspends

Here is the statement:

“As a sport, tennis is collectively taking a stance against racial inequality and social injustice that once again has been thrust to the forefront in the United States. The USTA, ATP Tour, and WTA have decided to recognize this moment in time by pausing tournament play at the Western & Southern Open on Thursday, August 27. Play will resume on Friday, August 28.”

Covid and schools

A reader forwarded the following summary:

Schools [Germany] have been partially reopened for young children and those taking exams – and the 16 states are moving towards reopening pre-school centres and schools at their own pace” –BBC


“Schools [Italy] will reopen 1 September” – BBC

“All schools [France] except high schools fully reopened on 22 June. Schools for 15 to 18-year-olds (lycées) began reopening in green zones as part of phase two.” – BBC

Day care centres and primary schools [Denmark] returned on 14 April, with children attending in shifts. Children aged 12-16 returned from 18 May.” – BBC

Schools [Belgium] resumed classes from 18 May” – BBC

Secondary school [Netherlands] pupils returned to class on 2 June. Social distancing requirements for all school students ended on 1 July” – BBC

“Final-year school [Austria] pupils returned to classes at the start of May” – BBC

Schools [Spain] were partially reopened from 26 May. This will allow for revision classes and state exams and a full reopening is expected in September” – BBC

Spain ?????

Schools [Ireland] will remain shut until September, while outdoor workers such as construction workers and gardeners resumed activities from 18 May” – BBC

Schools [Switzerland], libraries, museums and non-food shops followed [opened] on 11 May” – BBC

Infants and some secondary school students [Portugal] also went back on 18 May, while primary schools and pre-schools began reopening at the start of June” – BBC

The virus knew to skip Portugal?

Schools [Greece] reopened on 11 May for final-year students” – BBC

Primary schools [Poland] reopened on 25 May, but only for the youngest children, and final-year university students were also allowed back to class” – BBC

Restaurantsbarsschools [Sweden] and businesses remained opened.” — BBC

Covid and schools

Germany

Schools have been partially reopened for young children and those taking exams – and the 16 states are moving towards reopening pre-school centres and schools at their own pace


Italy

Schools will not reopen until 1 September

France

All schools except high schools fully reopened on 22 June. Schools for 15 to 18-year-olds (lycées) began reopening in green zones as part of phase two

Denmark

Day care centres and primary schools returned on 14 April, with children attending in shifts. Children aged 12-16 returned from 18 May

Belgium

Schools resumed classes from 18 May

Netherlands

Secondary school pupils returned to class on 2 June. Social distancing requirements for all school students ended on 1 July

Austria

Final-year school pupils returned to classes at the start of May

Spain

Schools were partially reopened from 26 May. This will allow for revision classes and state exams but a full reopening is not expected until September

Ireland

Schools will remain shut until September

Switzerland

Schools, libraries, museums and non-food shops followed [opening] on 11 May

Portugal

Infants and some secondary school students also went back on 18 May, while primary schools and pre-schools began reopening at the start of June

Greece

Schools reopened on 11 May for final-year students only, with special measures including students attending classes on different days; on 1 June classes resumed for primary schools and kindergartens, with 15 maximum per class

Sweden

Restaurantsbarsschools and businesses remained opened

Race, an obsession

There are a number of steps America can take to rehab from the obsession with race.  Note that race is used broadly and includes ethnicities. A few are included below.

End all race-based exclusionary groups except for legitimate medical genetic disease research.


End the custom of hyphenated Identities.  Agree that American is not a race.

Concede that the terms racism and racist are incorrectly used and have been weaponized politically.  If for example someone favors rule-of-law, the response must not be, “RACIST!” ….. or Putin sympathizer.

Covid and college

If colleges, especially the dorms, are a big risk, hotspots would have occurred long before now.  US colleges have a very high number of international students especially from China and Europe, and a high % of international travel and exchange.

In addition, colleges are cramped and crowded. Extreme density on campus, in dorms, houses and apartments to save money. Colleges should have been THE hotspots, the hardest hit of all.

America is aging which Covid has made painfully clear.  Many college students have older parents and especially grandparents.  If college students are Covid vectors or conduits, the pathway would have been very clear by now with easily traceable hospitalizations or worse.