Tottenham’s Aurier and Sissoko apologise for training together

first_img(BBC) – TOTTENHAM’S Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko have apologised for training together despite the coronavirus restrictions.Right-back Aurier posted a video on social media – since deleted – of him wearing a mask while running shuttles and sitting next to midfielder Sissoko.UK government guidelines say you can only exercise on your own or with people you live with.“We wish to apologise for not setting the right example here,” they said.“We recognise that as professional footballers we have a responsibility to be role models, particularly during this uncertain period that everyone around the world is facing.”In a joint statement, they added: “We must all respect the government advice to minimise the number of lives lost during this pandemic.“We cannot thank NHS staff enough for their tireless work at this time and we shall both be making a financial donation to show our support for their efforts.”It is the third time Spurs staff have been caught doing something similar.Manager Jose Mourinho was pictured holding a one-on-one training session in a park with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.Team-mates Ryan Sessegnon and Davinson Sanchez have also been filmed running side-by-side.last_img read more

Iowans with disabilities urged to make their votes count

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa will play a pivotal role in the selection of 2020 presidential candidates – but too often, Iowans living with disabilities just don’t vote.About 11% of Iowans report having a disability, but that figure jumps to 30% for people age 65 and older. National Disability Voter Registration Week starts Monday, July 15, an effort to make this bloc of voters more influential.Rik Shannon, public policy manager for the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, says barriers faced by people with disabilities will be acknowledged during “Rev Up” week.“‘Rev Up,’ stands for register, educate, vote, and use your power,” says Shannon, “all of which are really applicable to a growing segment of the population. People with disability in 2020 will number about 23% of the vote.”It’s estimated one in four U.S. adults has a disability. A study by Rutgers University found that if people with disabilities voted at the same rate as people without, there would be nearly 2.5 million more votes cast.Democratic presidential hopefuls have been in Iowa for weeks, but Shannon says exposure to the candidates doesn’t necessarily turn into votes. The Rutgers study showed that, although the 2018 midterm elections experienced the highest voter turnout ever among people with disabilities, a nearly 5% gap still existed between them and other registered voters.“That was even more significant in Iowa, where we had 64 percent of people without disabilities turning out, versus only 56 percent of people with disabilities,” Shannon adds. “So, that’s an 8.6 percent gap.”In January next year, Democratic voters in both Iowa and Nevada will be able to caucus through their phones for the first time, after the Democratic National Committee mandated that caucuses find ways to be more inclusive.last_img read more