Panama on Oct. 6 at Orlando, Florida, and at last-place Trinidad and Tobago four days later. The Americans’ fate is likely to be uncertain heading into their qualifying finale for the first time since 1989, when Paul Caligiuri’s goal at Trinidad lifted the U.S. Panama (1-2-4) has seven points, and Trinidad (1-6) has three points and is virtually eliminated. When Maricruz Abarca learned three years ago that she had been given the legal right under a U.S. Mexico clinched one of the three berths from North and Central America and the Caribbean on Friday night, and Costa Rica is close to securing another. The 2026 World Cup hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico promises to take the tournament to a new level, delivering more teams, bigger crowds and bumper profits. The average stadium capacity for the tournament is 55,000, with the largest the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, best known as the home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team. CONCACAF’s fourth-place team faces Asia’s No. 5 finisher in a home-and-home playoff in November for another berth, which could mean a trip to Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia or Australia, or perhaps a match against Syria in Malaysia. Their study also confirms a trend Woolf’s team noted in an earlier 2020 study: Death rates from several non-COVID-19 conditions, such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes, increased during surges.
New York’s ranking rose to 17th in federal spending among the states in 2020 from 24th in 2019. The improvement was primarily due to increased temporary federal grant. Historic relief funds from the federal government, provided in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, boosted New York’s per capita balance of payments from Washington from second-to-last in federal fiscal year (FFY) 2019 to 40th in 2020 among states, according to a report released by state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. “Federal aid helped stabilize New York’s economy, but it is finite and will not resolve the long-standing imbalance of payments among the states. Though marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes in 37 states — and recreationally in 18 — the use, possession or sale of cannabis is still prohibited by federal statute. Do I still qualify for the federal credit? Direct payments to individuals for Social Security, Medicare, veterans’ benefits, food assistance and more made up the largest category of federal payments to the states in 2020, totaling over $3.6 trillion, or 58%. This category increased by more than $1 trillion compared to FFY 2019, including large amounts of pandemic-related unemployment compensation and relief payments to households, which was more than 20% of spending in this category.
In total, New York received $19,589 in per capita federal spending, ranking above two-thirds of the states. “The influx of federal relief funds was critical to helping states manage through the pandemic, but the money is temporary,” DiNapoli said. Medical marijuana is legal in 37 states but still prohibited by federal statute. For every tax dollar paid to Washington, New York received $1.59, an increase from 91 cents the prior year, but still below the national average of $1.92. Under this measurement, New York ranks 44th for 2020. New Jersey received the least amount for every tax dollar paid at $1.36, while at $3.66, New Mexico netted the biggest return, as it has for the last five years. If Mexico fails to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1990, it would be a costly failure for the country’s national soccer federation, the players and numerous sponsors and businesses. FIFA said it ‘will continue to co-operate fully’ after police made arrests at a Swiss hotel used by its officials for a second time this year. Dr Ali Mokdad, also of the University of Washington, told the Associated Press this week that he also believes the same will occur, and that cases could even start rapidly declining soon.
Over the coming week, the final places at next summer’s World Cup in Brazil will be filled as the play-offs are completed. Former Trump administration official Beth Van Duyne, a Republican, and Afro-Latina Candace Valenzuela, a Democrat, are competing in this district located between Dallas and Fort Worth, where incumbent Republican Representative Kenny Marchant is retiring. The Democrat he barely beat in 2018, former Air Force intelligence officer Gina Ortiz Jones, is running against Navy veteran Tony Gonzales, a Republican who was endorsed by President Trump. Brian Drent, president and CEO of Mile High Card Company, an auctioneer of fine sports memorabilia in Colorado, said Ortega told him last year that he had Miller’s Super Bowl helmet. Ortega also used his Super Bowl media access to take selfies with players, including at least one with Brady that he showed to Palafox. Brazil defeated Italy on penalties to win the 1994 World Cup final at the Rose Bowl.