Florida Governor Signs Bill Allowing Athletes to be Paid for NIL
College athletes in Florida should soon be able to get paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses, thanks to a law set to go into effect on July 1, 2021. Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill last Friday while speaking at the University of Miami.
The new law will apply to all college athletes enrolled at a university in Florida. To retain amateur status, Florida’s bill restricts players from signing endorsement deals with their own universities. Athletes can only sign deals that would see them be compensated by an unaffiliated organization. Read more
Southwest: Furloughs & Layoffs Still Possible
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly says furloughs and layoffs are still a possibility for the carrier unless it can triple its number of passengers by the end of 2020.
Kelly has urged employees to consider early retirement and long-term leave programs designed to shrink the company’s workforce during the upcoming months when federal stimulus money runs out but air traffic numbers are still expected to be down significantly.
“Although furloughs and layoffs remain our very last resort, we can’t rule them out as a possibility, obviously, in this very bad environment,” Kelly said. “We need a significant recovery by the end of this year — and that’s roughly triple the number of passengers from where we are today.”
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Noble Health and SSM negotiating sale of Jefferson City & Mexico, MO hospitals
SSM Health on Tuesday signed a letter-of-intent with Noble Health for the possible transfer of ownership of St. Mary’s Hospital — Audrain in Mexico.
SSM previously had tried to sell its hospitals in Jefferson City and Audrain County as a package deal to University of Missouri Health Care. Negotiations ended in without a sale.
Noble Health and SSM now are in a negotiation phase for the transfer of ownership, according to a SSM news release. If successful, Noble Health, which also manages the Fulton Medical Center, would take over ownership by the end of the year. Noble Health is based in Kansas City. From the Mexico Ledger
Hospitals Told to Not Send Data to CDC
Hospitals have been told to redirect Covid 19-related data to the Department of Health and Human Services, rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a change the government says will improve tracking but others worry could obscure how the pandemic is evolving.
“It became clear we needed a central way to make data available,” Jose Arrieta, HHS’s chief information officer, said on a press call Wednesday. The goal is to better “allocate resources in real time.”
From USA Today
Virus Created U.S. Clean Energy Shortfall
Up to $23 billion in capital needed for U.S. clean energy projects could dry up amid the economic fallout from the pandemic, threatening the growth of renewables into 2021. That represents as much as 31 gigawatts of solar and wind projects that may be seeking tax-equity investments over the next 18 months, according to a report by Bloomberg.
Tax equity financing has been instrumental in expanding the deployment of renewables in the U.S. But now, with the economy under stress, the pool of investment has shrunk even as demand for it remains high.
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PURPA Changes Could Impact Future Wind/Solar Projects
Federal regulators on Thursday imposed new limits on which energy projects fall under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, known as Purpa, which helped spur an entire generation of solar and wind farms across the country. More than 30% of solar facilities online today benefit from the law, according to BloombergNEF. The changes may alter those projects’ future prospects and eliminate a key incentive for future ones.
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Moderna to Launch Final-Stage Vaccine Trial
Moderna posted details of its final-stage vaccine trial on an official government website, confirming that the widely-anticipated trial was still on track to begin this month. In a posting on ClinicalTrials.gov, Moderna said the trial is expected to begin on July 27. It will enroll 30,000 adults at high risk of contracting the coronavirus. The enrollees will help compare the vaccine to placebo injections and evaluate whether two doses of the vaccine, called “mRNA-1273,” will keep people Covid-19 free. The vaccine is one of the farthest along for Covid-19.
From CBS News
Russian Hackers Target Vaccine Research Centers
Russian state intelligence is hacking international research centers that are racing to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, the U.K., U.S. and Canadian governments said.
It is unclear whether research facilities have been damaged or if the vaccine programs have been set back as a result of the hacks but officials warned that the cyber attacks are ongoing.
In a dramatic statement on Thursday, Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said vaccine and therapeutic sectors in multiple countries have been targeted by a group known as APT29, which it said is “almost certainly” part of Russian state intelligence. Security agencies in the U.S. and Canada later issued their own statements backing up the findings.