Month: May 2020

‘Stay away’ – German fans warned ahead of Bundesliga restart

Berlin (AFP) – The Bundesliga returns on Saturday in empty stadiums, but German fans are being warned to stay away and authorities have warned matches could be halted if too many supporters gather outside the grounds.

German football will be blazing a trail among Europe’s top leagues by resuming two months after it was halted by the spread of coronavirus, but its strategy is fraught with risks.

In a football-mad country which boasts the highest average attendances in the world, will supporters banished from stadiums be able to stay away?

In Saxony, where third-placed RB Leipzig will host mid-table Freiburg on Saturday afternoon, the state’s Interior Minister Roland Woeller has issued a clear threat.

“Fans must not use matches behind closed doors as an excuse to gather in front of the stadiums or elsewhere,” he said.

“This could lead to matches being stopped.”

His concerns are justified.

Several hundred fans

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Arts center in Gold Rush town opens, but coronavirus forces closure two days later. What now?

Interior view of the $6.3-million Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Before the center's multimillion-dollar renovation, the nearest arts venue was a 60-mile drive to Sacramento. <span class="copyright">(Melissa Clark)</span>
Interior view of the $6.3-million Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Before the center’s multimillion-dollar renovation, the nearest arts venue was a 60-mile drive to Sacramento. (Melissa Clark)

In tiny, ravaged Grass Valley, best known as the site of the historic Empire gold mine, the last two years were marked by wildfires that left the town scarred, and dotted by blackouts that closed businesses for 22 days.

Locals worried for the future. But the Gold Rush community had started to feel hopeful while preparing for the planned March 12 soft opening of the town’s $6.3-million Center for the Arts, housed in an Art Deco complex complete with a modern art gallery, theater, commercial kitchen and a 492-seat auditorium.

Culture boosters had booked Arlo Guthrie and Amy Grant as part of the first season, and were working to uplift residents in the devastated area outside Sacramento, after so many

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Pants or no pants? Tips for virtual job interviews from home

If you have the good fortune of scoring a virtual job interview in the middle of a pandemic, the initial euphoria of potential employment may soon be replaced with anxiety over what to wear – as well as putting your home life on display for a potential employer.

And with good reason. Social scientists have found that traditional interviews – without set questions or scoring metrics – are poor predictors of job performance.

When this happens, interviewers make subjective judgments based on irrelevant information, like physical appearance and nonverbal cuesIllegal stereotypes based on gender and race may also be at play.

And unfortunately, employment litigation has not succeeded in tamping down these practices. Although many companies were successfully sued in the early 2000s for making subjective employment decisions in hiring, pay and promotion, a Supreme Court ruling in 2012 made those claims nearly impossible to bring as a

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How to Stay Safe From Coronavirus in an Uber, a Lyft, or a Rental Car

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As parts of the country begin to reopen and more businesses require employees to travel to work, your options remain limited if you don’t have a car of your own: It may be difficult to keep your distance on public transit, which could also be operating at reduced frequencies. And although rental bikes or scooters are a good option as the weather improves, they’re not the right solution for everyone.

Ride-hailing services, such as Uber and Lyft, may seem like good alternatives. Along with taxis, they continue to operate where local authorities allow. Those who have a driver’s license and a place to park have even more options, because rental cars and shared vehicles are still available—and may be more affordable than ever.

But shared vehicles present unique risks when it comes to protecting riders and drivers.

Scientists

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