New York launching $100 MILLION small business loan program for those facing ‘toughest challenges’ during virus pandemic – The Sun

NEW York state will launch a $100 million small business loan program for those facing the "toughest challenges" during the coronavirus crisis.

Gov Andrew Cuomo told reporters on Friday that small businesses are taking "a real beating" and that economic projections are "frightening."

The New York Forward Loan Fund will offer loans to help small businesses that did not receive federal COVID-19 help.

"Many small businesses just don't have the staying power," Cuomo said during the press briefing.

"They are 90 percent of New York state's businesses and they are facing the toughest challenges."

Many small businesses have struggled to get assistance that was promised in the $2 trillion CARES Act signed by President Trump earlier this year.

There have been about 350,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in New York state, with 23,000 deaths.

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Cuomo says parts of New York will open TOMORROW but everyone must stay vigilant in coronavirus fight – The Sun

NEW York Governor Cuomo said parts of New York will open tomorrow but he warned that everyone must stay vigilant in the coronavirus fight.

Speaking at his daily press briefing on Thursday, Cuomo said Central New York met all seven metrics to begin Phase 1 of reopening on May 15.

These areas will be joining Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and the North Country who are also set to get back to business this week.

Cuomo pointed out it was impossible to police people's social interactions but he urged residents to exercise common sense as officials monitor the situation from 12.01 am tomorrow.

"I have not seen my mother since this started," Cuomo explained. "I could have, that's up to me. This is your relationship, your interaction, your family.

"We can tell you what we think is smart but that's up to individuals," he added. "This virus has only gotten worse the more we know.

"I hope you do it smartly but that's up to you," he added, before pointing out that all ten regions of the state would have different factors to consider.

Earlier this week, New York City and Long Island met four and five of the seven metrics, respectively.

But the death and infection rates in 21 other zip codes – including NYC's five boroughs – are all too high to reopen yet.

Cuomo said businesses that choose to open will have to implement curb-side pickup and manufacturing businesses will have to provide PPE for their employees.

He said they would monitor how people behaved, the effect of the reopening on the numbers, and assess the rates on a daily basis.

The New York politician also emphasized that one person can infect many "in one afternoon."

Cuomo had previously explained that the Empire State would be getting back to business on a phased, regional basis to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

"This situation changes every two weeks," he told reporters, after revealing that even more children had started exhibiting a dangerous inflammatory disease linked to COVID-19. "The facts are changing."

Cuomo revealed that the number of kids presenting with this rare but sometimes fatal condition in-state had surged from 102 to 110 overnight.

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Cuomo warns New York coronavirus deaths are HIGHER than reported as toll nears 20,000 – The Sun

NEW YORK Gov Andrew Cuomo warned that New York's death toll is likely higher than reported at a news conference Wednesday.

"I think we’re going to find when we’re all said and done that the deaths are much different than we thought they were," Cuomo said.

Although it was originally believed COVID-19 outbreaks in the US originated from China, the CDC revealed last week that cases likely stemmed from Europe.

The health agency said it's possible that rather than cases spreading in America in February and March, they could have been in the country in November or December of last year, Cuomo noted.

Because of this new information, Cuomo said it's likely that New York City's current death toll of nearly 20,000 will likely be higher.

"I think this is all going to change over time," Cuomo said of the death toll.

"And I think it’s going to be worse when it’s all said and tallied.

"I think it’s going to be worse," he added.

He said that in addition to the number of deaths increasing from last year before COVID-19 outbreaks were identified in February and March, that the number will rise from people who have died of the virus in their homes.

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New York landlady slammed for bragging on TikTok about ‘stealing packages from tenants who can’t pay rent’ – The Sun

A NEW YORK landlady has sparked outrage after she videoed herself claiming to steal packages from her tenants who have not paid rent.

Abbe Awosanya posted a viral video on TikTok on Saturday captioned: "My tenant is late on rent and is avoiding me but has money to order. So I take all their packages until they pay up."

Awosanya continued "I'm so petty" in the footage, set to the sounds of DripReport's Sketchers song.

The controversial "comedy" video has been watched over 6 million times across multiple social media platforms.

Awosanya later told Buzzfeed she was only joking when she claimed to be withholding her tenant's packages because they were behind on their rent, saying that landlords deserve sympathy as they are also struggling economically due to coronavirus.

Awosanya has been blasted by social media users, many of whom pointed out that obstructing mail is a federal offence, and that the packages her tenants ordered could have been essentials, like baby formula.

People were also quick to point out that high rent prices in New York are harder to meet than $20 packages and other less costly essentials.


Awosanya replied to one woman who commented "late rent vs a federal offense", saying that the package in the video was in fact her own.

"Thanks for the concern. All my mail but it's nice that y'all only care about renters like landlords don't have bills."

She later explained that it was all a joke but she wanted to make a statement with the skit.

"Honestly, in the past, I had this issue with other tenants and I wished I could do this to them because they were blatantly ignoring me.

"Nothing to do with current tenants. If my tenants told me they couldn't pay, I would understand. My tenants have been late before.

"Compassion should be for everyone because we are all going through the pandemic together."

The Brooklyn-born landlady said in an April 2019 interview with Melanin People that she started her social media channels, that have around 60,000 followers, as an outlet for her stresses as a landlady.

Awosanya's profile says she is a realtor, Senior Manager of Operations in IT and interior designer and has garnered more than 6,000 followers. But her skit has been viewed millions of times.

"I had a very bad tenant! I needed an outlet and drama has always been something I was into since junior high school" she said.

Nearly two-thirds of New York's 8.6 million residents rent in a housing market where rent is extortionate.

According to Rent Jungle, the average New York City rent for a two-bed apartment in March 2020 was $3,691.

Some perverse landlords are even soliciting sex in lieu of rent as they pray on vulnerable tenants.

Thousands of New York tenants have gone on strike since coronavirus hit the city, demanding rent cancellation as unemployment soars and much of the country remains locked down.

An estimated 12,000 unique tenants across 100 buildings in America's coronavirus epicenter participated in Friday's strike, according to preliminary figures from the advocacy group Housing Justice for All, a lead organizer of the movement.

The protests, which coincide with May Day, are believed to be the largest such coordinated tenant activity in New York since the 1930s when mass strikes took aim at rent gouging.

The city is the hardest-hit area in the US, with 327,374 coronavirus cases and 24,944 related deaths to date.




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Most New York children 'probably' already have coronavirus

New York City pediatrician reveals that 80 per cent of children in the city are infected with COVID- 19

  • Dr Dyan Hes, a pediatrician with New York City’s Gramercy Pediatrics, offered the grim statistic when explaining that there were ‘zero tests for children’ 
  • Roughly 1.7 per cent of the coronavirus cases reported as of April 2 were patients under the age of 18
  • Some 147 children have been hospitalized, including 59 that are under the age of one
  • Three children have died from the virus
  • Dr Hes believes that the real numbers of children with the disease are much worse, blaming the lack of testing for why more accurate figures aren’t available
  • Doctors are offering video consultations for those who need to have their children’s health monitored 
  • The pediatrician’s statements come as New York City announced 3,778 additional ‘probable’ deaths attributed to coronavirus 
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

A New York pediatrician said she thought a staggering 80 per cent of children in the city are infected with the coronavirus as she explained that most kids have not been tested as they are not the priority in hospitals. 

Dr Dyan Hes, a pediatrician with New York City’s Gramercy Pediatrics, offered the grim statistic when explaining that there were ‘zero tests for children’ to see whether they had COVID-19. 

‘We have zero tests for children. We have zero swabs,’ she explained to CBS. ‘I’ve had patients whose parents have COVID, child has a 102.5 fever. At the beginning when we were doing this, we were sending them to the ER. They got turned away. They were not tested because we do not have enough tests and the kids are doing well.’ 

Dr Dyan Hes, a pediatrician with New York City’s Gramercy Pediatrics, offered the grim statistic when explaining that there were ‘zero tests for children’

Dr Hes believes that the real numbers of children with the disease are much worse, blaming the lack of testing for why more accurate figures aren’t available

A CDC report published last week that focused on the diseases impact on children found that while ‘most cases reported among children to date have not been severe, clinicians should maintain a high index of suspicion for COVID-19 infection in children and monitor for progression of illness, particularly among infants and children with underlying conditions.’ 

Roughly 1.7 per cent of the coronavirus cases reported as of April 2 were patients under the age of 18. Some 147 children have been hospitalized, including 59 that are under the age of 1. Three children have died from the virus. 

But Dr Hes believes that the real numbers of children with the disease are much worse, blaming the lack of testing for why more accurate figures aren’t available. 

‘I don’t mean to be rude, but the numbers are totally wrong,’ Hes said. ‘I think that probably 80% of the children have coronavirus. We are not testing children. I’m in New York City. I can’t get my patients tested. And we have to assume, if they are sick, they have coronavirus. 

‘Most of them, probably 80 to 90% of them, are asymptomatic. So, these numbers are so skewed. I think that the mortality rate is way, way less than 0.5% for children who have it because it is so prevalent. You have to remember thousands of kids die from flu a year. This is much, much less virulent in children.’

The pediatrician said families should just assume their child probably has the coronavirus if they start showing symptoms.  

The pediatrician’s statements come as New York City announced 3,778 additional ‘probable’ deaths attributed to coronavirus, which were never confirmed because no test was administered

‘You won’t know,’ she said. ‘If your child does have a low-grade fever right now and a cold, you have to assume that it’s COVID because you’re really not going to get tested in New York City. In other states, maybe you’ll get tested. But in most places, we’re saving the tests for the sickest.’

Dr Hes said that the large number of children with asymptomatic symptoms could spell disaster for others who could still get infected. 

‘The problem with children is that they are so asymptomatic that they are spreading it. And our biggest mistake was that we didn’t close the public schools when we should have,’ said Hes. 

‘So the children were the vectors to the teachers, who might be elderly or immunocompromised. They might have diabetes or cancer, but they still had to come to work every day. They still had to take the subway every day.’ 

Doctors are offering video consultations for those who need to have their children’s health monitored.  

‘The really only reason your child should be going to a physician at this point, aside from a vaccine visit, is if they’re short of breath,’ she said. 

‘If you’re social distanced and your child has a fever, then somehow that child probably brought it into the house by playing with a neighbor or maybe when you went grocery shopping, you brought it in. But you just have to keep that child at home for 14 days. Socially distance. When they go back out, if they’re above age 2, they should be wearing masks.’

Children under two struggle tolerating the masks, the doctor added.      

Some 21 teachers in the city have died as a result of the coronavirus, according to the New York City of Education on Monday. The report from the CDC does state that children with mild or no symptoms did contribute to the spread of the virus.   

Earlier this week, health department officials shared that they were headed towards not having enough swabs to conduct tests for the virus.

As the swab supply continues to decline, there is a real possibility hospitals will completely run out,’ the April 11 health alert said.

‘At this time, providers are reminded to only test hospitalized patients in order to preserve resources that are needed to diagnose and appropriately manage patients with more severe illness.’

The warning came amid repeated pleas from New York City and state officials for the federal government to provide widespread testing in order to move to a containment phase in the coronavirus outbreak.

Since early February, when the number of coronavirus cases confirmed in the United States was just a handful, city officials have been begging the government for test kits.

At least three letters were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention beginning in early February asking the federal agency to expedite the delivery of coronavirus test kits to the city.  

The pediatrician’s statements come as New York City announced 3,778 additional ‘probable’ deaths attributed to coronavirus, which were never confirmed because no test was administered.

There are more than 6,500 confirmed deaths

The probable deaths, announced on Tuesday, occurred between March 11 and April 13, and when combined with confirmed deaths take the city’s coronavirus death toll higher than 10,000.

The probable cases would put New York City’s per capita death rate much higher than Italy’s, and increase the national U.S. death toll by roughly 17 percent.

Due to a shortage of test kits, particularly in the early days of the outbreak, not everyone hospitalized in critical condition or found dead at home was able to be tested for the virus. Postmortem tests were often not conducted in order to conserve test resources.

City officials said that the newly announced deaths were ruled probable based on the known symptoms and health histories of the patients who died.

Roughly 60 percent of the probable deaths occurred in hospitals, versus 90 percent for confirmed cases, according to city data.

Eighteen percent of the probable deaths occurred in nursing homes, and 22 percent occurred in private residences, officials said. 

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How New York college coaches are helping in coronavirus fight

They are coping the best they can, same as you, same as me, same as everyone, trying to not go crazy looking at the same four walls, yearning for normalcy, pondering what “normalcy” will look like, plowing through Netflix and Hulu, devouring books, eager to go back to work. Making do.

“I walk every day,” says Joe Mihalich, the Hofstra basketball coach. “Six miles a day some days. I Zoom a lot now. Who knew?”

“I’ve taken up bike riding,” says Iona’s Rick Pitino, while riding that bike around Miami’s mostly abandoned streets. “First time in years.”

Jim Boeheim, whose first big job at Syracuse was earning $2,000 as the golf coach in the spring while doubling as an assistant hoops coach in the winter, was able to play a couple of rounds between the sudden end of the basketball season and the eventual shutdown of the state’s courses.

“I was at Wegman’s the other day,” Boeheim said, “and it felt like it was empty when it almost always feels like there are a thousand people in there.”

In other years, they would be shaking off the fatigue of the long season and finishing off their recruiting, planning for the summer, with so many of them crossing paths as they try to beat each other for players now, and on basketball courts across New York state next season. Wednesday officially kicks off the spring signing period. There are few days more sacred than those in the coaching calendar. In other years.

Instead, they find themselves in a most unique position, as teammates for a common cause, one organized by the New York Renaissance Basketball Association, which takes its name from the famous Harlem team of the 1920s, was founded by the great basketball impresario Dan Klores, and exists to keep young athletes focused on life’s fundamentals: school, safety, health.

It was the Rens’ executive director, Andy Borman, and a 25-year-old Syracuse graduate assistant named Ben Horwitz who, while shooting the breeze about ball not long ago came up with the idea for Team New York, in which all 44 Division I basketball coaches in New York state (the men’s and women’s coaches for all 22 D-I schools) will use a variety of social platforms to spread the essential message of the moment.

“We’ve all got a common opponent now,” St. John’s coach Mike Anderson says. “And getting the message out is so important. We need to remind young kids that this disease has no preference, it affects the young and the old, and we all have to be on the same side here.”

The program was inspired by Gov. Cuomo’s daily briefings, in which he has expressed equal parts hope and caution, a balance that comes naturally for a basketball coach.

“We’re starting to see the curve plateau,” Manhattan’s Steve Masiello says. “And sometimes it’s human nature to relax. But we can’t relax right now. We have to stay vigilant.”

Says St. Bonaventure’s Mark Schmidt: “I think what’s most important to stress, especially to the younger kids, is that you have to look out for others, it’s not all about you. You have to take care of your neighbors. It’s like being a good teammate.”

That is the thing that most unifies these men: They don’t stop coaching, probably because they can’t stop coaching. The last time we saw Mihalich, his team had just savored cutting down the nets at the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament before realizing it wouldn’t be able to play in the NCAAs. So Mihalich had to look for a bright side:

“We ended our season with a win,” Mihalich said. “There aren’t a lot of teams every year who can say that.”

Talk to Mihalich about his role in spreading this message, and it feels as if you’re in his halftime locker room with that NCAA bid hanging in the balance.

“Teams that win usually are doing things the right way, do the little things,” he says. “If we want to beat this pandemic we may not be dribbling and passing and making shots, but we are wearing masks, wearing gloves, staying home. Doing the right thing can be contagious.”

Says Boeheim: “It’s not only our jobs to affect lives for the better, it’s our vocation. We have to do something.”

So there will be a flood of messages now and in the coming days on social media, and on Twitter and Snapchat and Facebook, in which they will do what they do, try to teach, try to engage, try to educate. Coaching, always coaching.

“New Yorkers in times of crisis …. they always step up,” says Pitino, who managed to catch the last flight out of Greece and has been biding his time in South Florida until he and his wife feel right about driving to New York. “They are always equal to the challenge. I get tears in my eyes thinking about the firemen applauding the workers at Elmhurst Hospital.”

“We’re in this because we want to help young people succeed and make good choices,” Anderson says. “It’s the least we can do.”

And also the best.

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Meet The Real-Life New York News Anchor Who Keeps Popping Up in the MCU

A Marvel Cinematic Universe movie can’t be made without the use of breaking news alerts about things going on in the world. Through the Avengers saga, everyone’s seen news alerts that relate to everything connected to these superheroes, whether through the civil war and into the snap.

Through four films and Netflix shows, one particular news anchor has been seen more than others. No one seemed to pay attention to whether it was a real anchor or just an extra playing the part. 

It turns out the man really is an anchor for a New York local station. His role is just one example of some of the small things the MCU does to keep things looking real. No doubt he’ll show up to break further news stories unfolding in the post-Endgame America of 2023.

Pat Kiernan is the MCU news anchor who turns up everywhere

Only fans on Reddit managed to scope out the name of this New York anchor who’s reported on nearly every Avengers story going back years. Pat Kiernan works for NY1, a popular New York news station, where he’s done morning news for the last 23 years. He also originates from Canada.

It seems only New Yorkers were the ones able to name the anchor, which was probably the whole point of hiring him. Being able to hire a real news anchor without having to pay a nationally known one made it more believable.

According to fans, Kiernan has made numerous cameos in other TV shows and movies beyond the MCU. No doubt anyone watching past movies involving breaking news alerts will recognize him.

What makes this more interesting is the MCU might have signed him on to continue this same role in the future. After all, it’s noted he’s seen broadcasting everything from the breaking news about Daredevil five years ago to Spider-Man being revealed in 2024.

Will Pat Kiernan be seen in the upcoming Disney+ Marvel shows?

Based on Kiernan being seen in 2024, everyone should assume he’s around to broadcast all the inevitable breaking news stories in 2023 as well. The latter year is when Falcon and the Winter Soldier will reportedly take place, and possibly the same with WandaVision.

Even though WandaVision appears to take place in the 1950s, it’s really all a ruse. Wouldn’t it be fun, though, if Marvel brought Kiernan in to play a ’50s version of himself doing the news?

A lot of events will probably be taking place in the post-Endgame world seen in the Marvel shows. Part of this will likely be news stories about the new Captain America (John Walker) and Sam Wilson’s battle to reclaim the title Steve Rogers gave him.

Only in the world of Loki will there be more ambiguity on time. Unless Loki visits key moments in Avengers history where Kiernan might also show up on TV as a younger version of himself.

Would Marvel ever hire a national anchor?

It’s not like national anchors haven’t had cameos in many different films and TV shows over the years. CNN anchors have been used in numerous projects over the last 30 years. NBC’s Today anchors have also been used in similar ways, sometimes through tongue-in-cheek means, e.g. the Sharknado franchise on Syfy.

What makes Marvel so good at this is they let the anchors read the incredible breaking news stories straight so they look like they really could be happening. Kiernan does a great job of keeping a straight face.

Then again, he’s probably seen everything already, making any seemingly unbelievable story in the MCU feel like he’s reading reality. No doubt the continuing stories of the 2020s in MCU Phase Four will continue to enjoy his usual, believable presentations.

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