Major League Baseball relaxing COVID-19 protocols for fully vaccinated players, staff
PHOENIX — Major League Baseball is getting back to normal. Players can now travel with their families. They can go to restaurants. They can play cards and move around on planes and buses. They can use whirlpools and saunas in the clubhouse. And they no longer are required to wear a mask on the bench or in the bullpen.
However, teams are first required to have at least 85% of their tier 1 players and staff fully vaccinated, with a two-week delay after the final vaccination, according to a memo obtained by USA TODAY Sports that was sent to teams Monday.
Plus, these new protocols only apply to those who have been fully vaccinated.
Several teams, including the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals, are scheduled to undergo COVID-19 vaccinations Monday night.
The $1 billion quintet: Breaking down MLB’s epic free agent shortstop class
The baseball stars have never aligned in this fashion before, and they likely never will again.
Five shortstops, all first-round picks, every one of them an All-Star, three of them World Series champions, nestled between the prime ages of 26 and 28, each with just 162 games separating them from seemingly bottomless riches.
From youngest to oldest, Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Francisco Lindor, Javy Baez and Trevor Story represent an unprecedented class of pending free agent shortstops, a quintet that will combine for an otherworldly sum of salary commitments between now and the start of the 2022 season.
Say, $1 billion.
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WME Signs ‘In & Of Itself’ Star Derek DelGaudio
EXCLUSIVE: WME has added writer and performer Derek DelGaudio to its client roster. DelGaudio is best known for his one-man-show, In & Of Itself, one of the most successful off-Broadway shows that ran for 72 weeks with over 560 performances and grossed around $7 million.
Earlier this year, Hulu released a documentary of the theater show, Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself, directed by Frank Oz.
Deadline recently broke the news that DelGaudio had joined the Steven Soderbergh-directed feature, KIMI, the New Line Max Original which has Zoë Kravitz on board to star.
DelGaudio, who continues to be repped Crush Works and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson, recently released his debut book, Amoralman, out now on Knopf. DelGaudio also previously served as the Artist-in-Residence for Walt Disney Imagineering and co-founded the performance art collective, A.BANDIT.
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Centre gets multiple EoIs for privatisation of NINL
‘Transaction is now at second stage’
The government has received multiple expressions of interest from bidders for privatisation of Neelachal Ispat Nigam Ltd. (NINL), DIPAM Secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey said on Monday.
The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) had in January invited preliminary bids for the strategic sale of NINL. The last date for bid submission was March 29. “Multiple expressions of interest received for privatisation of Neelachal Ispat Nigam Ltd. (NINL),” Mr. Pandey tweeted.
The transaction has now moved ahead to the second stage, the DIPAM Secretary added. NINL is a joint venture of MMTC, NMDC, BHEL, MECON and two Odisha government-owned undertakings — OMC and IPICOL.
In January last year, the Cabinet had approved strategic disinvestment of equity shareholding of MMTC (49.78%), NMDC (10.10%), MECON (0.68%), BHEL (0.68%), IPICOL (12%) and OMC (20.47%) in NINL.
The process of privatisation of Air India, BPCL, Pawan Hans, BEML and Shipping Corp has also moved to the second stage after the government received multiple expressions of interest (EoI) for these CPSEs.
For 2021-22, the government has set a disinvestment target of Rs 1.75 lakh crore, over five times what it is aiming to raise in the current financial year. In the Revised Estimates, the target has been set at Rs 32,000 crore for the current fiscal.
So far this fiscal, the government has netted ₹32,835 crore through minority stake sale in CPSEs and share buybacks.
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Opens Covid-19 Vaccine To Age 30 And Up Tomorrow, Age 16 And Over Starting April 6
Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday announced that New Yorkers 30 years-old and over are eligible for Covid-19 vaccines starting tomorrow and that eligibility expands to age 16 and older on April 6.
Cuomo said more than 2 million doses have been administered at New York State-run and FEMA-assisted mass vaccination sites and more than 9 million across all vaccination sites, including 171,419 doses in the last 24 hours and more than 1.3 million doses over the past seven days.
“Today we take a monumental step forward in the fight to beat COVID. Beginning March 30, all New Yorkers age 30 or older will be able to be vaccinated, and all New Yorkers age 16 or older will be eligible on April 6, well ahead of the May 1 deadline set by the White House,” he said in a statement.
“As we continue to expand eligibility, New York will double down on making the vaccine accessible for every community to ensure equity, particularly for communities of color who are too often left behind. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but until we get there it is more important than ever for each and every New Yorker to wear a mask, socially distance and follow all safety guidelines,” he added.
On Friday, Cuomo announced a “vaccine passport” app, called the Excelsior Pass, that New Yorkers can use to prove vaccination or history of a negative Covid-19 test.