One thousand fans will be allowed to watch a Berlin tennis tournament next month despite the controversy which has engulfed Novak Djokovic whose Balkans event left him and three other players testing positive for coronavirus.There will be two events in the German capital — one outdoors at the Steffi Graf Stadium and one indoors at the city’s historic Tempelhof Airport.”When we host the tournament in mid-July, there will be a strict hygiene concept that we will coordinate with the Berlin Senate,” tournament director and German Fed Cup skipper Barbara Rittner told Deutsche Welle. Topics : “We will have around 1,000 spectators at the Steffi Graf stadium and around 300 in the hangar at Tempelhof.”It will be important to carefully observe all regulations and to test the players beforehand. This is one of the requirements for these events.”We will treat the situation and regulations very respectfully.”Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive for coronavirus after playing in the first two legs of Djokovic’s ill-fated Adria Tour in Belgrade and Croatia. Djokovic’s wife Jelena also tested positive.Around 4,000 spectators watched the Belgrade event where there was no social distancing.Players were also photographed shirtless, dancing the night away at a packed Belgrade club.Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios, as well as top-10 players Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, who both featured in the Balkans, have been signed up to take part in Berlin.Thiem and Zverev tested negative on the Adria Tour while Kyrgios described the staging of the event as “bone-headed”.”Of course, regardless of the Adria Tour, we can also get a message at any time that a player has tested positive and cannot play,” added Rittner.”We can only ensure that the strict requirements are adhered to as correctly as possible and ensure that further planning is not jeopardized.”Rittner, a former top 30 singles player on the WTA, described Djokovic’s event as “an absolute catastrophe”.”I don’t understand the world they live in. For some, their success has probably gone to their heads,” Rittner told Cologne-based newspaper, the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger.”The whole world keeps its distance and wears masks. Yet on the Adriatic Sea, people sat shoulder to shoulder without masks and partied at night.”
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Share81TweetShare11Email92 SharesOctober 19, 2016; New York TimesThe United States leads the world in many ways in which we can take pride, but leading most of the industrialized world in child poverty brings shame.This statistic translates into more than 14.5 million young people starting their lives at the bottom of a very steep hill. While this number has shown some improvement as the overall economy has recovered from the depths of the 2007 recession, it remains at a disturbingly high level.Efforts to directly alleviate the pain of growing up poor have missed their target. Eduard Barros, writing in the New York Times, recently wrote,The child tax deduction—which allows families to exclude $4,000 a child from their taxable income—avoids the poor almost entirely. Just over 1 percent of the $40 billion it costs the federal budget every year flows to the poorest fifth of the population….The $58 billion child tax credit that reduces a tax bill by $1,000 a child is more progressive. But families in the bottom fifth get only a tenth of the money.This is a safety net that will let the poorest easily slip through.Perhaps it’s time to consider a different approach, one backed by nine experts on poverty and child well being and that received support from pundits as diverse as Daniel P. Moynihan and Milton Friedman. Rather than the current system of tax credits and deductions, they propose providing every child with a monthly stipend of $250.The benefit would be universal, like Social Security, rather than aimed at low-income families alone. And it would decouple government assistance from work, a sharp departure from the track followed since the welfare reform of the 1990s, when cash assistance was replaced with tax credits.At the level being proposed, $3000/year, child poverty would not be eliminated but millions of children’s lives will be improved. It ensures that the poorest of children are not left out. This new approach is estimated to cost about $190 billion annually, less than twice the cost of the current program of credits and deductions. When compared to other countries using similar approaches, it does not seem extravagant.Austria, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden all already have some sort of child allowance. In Germany, the benefit for a family with two children adds up to $5600 a year. In Canada, it is worth $4935 per child under 6, and $4164 for children ages 6 to 17.As a universal benefit, it eliminates the stigma associated with need-tested programs. Because it does not require demonstrating one’s poverty, it would reduce the need for a large government bureaucracy to manage the program. And it would take the welfare of our children away from the ongoing political arguments over work that have marked decades of “welfare reform” efforts.Creating a new universal benefit would not be easy in our current political environment. It asks that easing the pain of children be placed above political ideology. It asks us to be willing to critically think about what has worked and what has not in earlier efforts. These are clearly not easy challenges. However, 14.5 million impoverished children should be enough cause for politicians right, left, and center to seriously grapple with this moral imperative and end our global shame.—Martin LevineShare81TweetShare11Email92 Shares