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The VHSL needs to start playing because athletes are already competing

Maybe it’s just time.

Despite what doctors and scientists say about the coronavirus and its ability to easily spread between people, maybe it’s just time to start high school sports.

Damn the virus, go ahead, full speed!

It’s not that our children are any safer than they were in August – they aren’t. It’s that it really doesn’t matter if high school sports start – they’re already happening throughout Hampton Roads with pay-to-play programs.

You’ll find anything from football at Virginia Beach Sportsplex to field hockey at the U.S. Field Hockey Regional Training Center. Soccer programs are moving forward – with the blessing of the governor’s office – and recently a team tennis program and club cross country program were started for high school athletes.

About the only organization that isn’t moving forward is the Virginia High School League, and it’s not moving because it doesn’t have the blessing of the governor’s office. And this isn’t sitting well with high school athletes, coaches, parents or fans. As a matter of fact, there are some within the VHSL membership who have a sense of frustration over the fact that the league hasn’t received approval while pay-to-play programs are moving forward.

The VHSL put together its Championship + 1 schedule and is ready to move forward with high school sports in early December. The delay was established to allow schools to open, get students back in the classroom and to learn how to handle possible outbreaks, busing and any other coronavirus-related issues. This was smart and sports shouldn’t start before December.

But, as we sit here in October, the VHSL is still waiting for guidance. Unless the governor’s office gives its blessing, high school sports can’t happen in Phase 3. As of right now, the VHSL hasn’t heard it cannot play, but it hasn’t received permission either. The league is stuck in limbo.

There needs to be some resolution between the VHSL and the governor’s office, giving people a better picture of what’s going to happen or what needs to happen as we approach December.

If there isn’t any clarity as we enter November, it might be time for the VHSL to take the lead from the pay-to-play folks. The VHSL may need to say, “We’re playing if we have permission or not and if you don’t like it, enforce the rules across the board.” From that point, high school sports will open. The state will be forced to either let the schools play or stop the VHSL – along with everyone else.

In addition, the VHSL can establish state-wide regulations that could help hinder the spread of coronavirus while athletes compete. Will athletes, coaches and referees still get exposed to the virus? It’s a definite possibility. Will it cause spreading to parents or grandparents? It certainly could. Are there dangers to doing this? Undoubtedly. Could schools be forced to shutter again? Yep. But it doesn’t matter.

If the VHSL doesn’t start the kids are just going to sign up

Pence Accuses Harris of ‘Playing Politics with People’s Lives’ by ‘Undermining Confidence’ in Vaccine

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday accused Senator Kamala Harris of “playing politics with people’s lives” by saying that she would not take a vaccine for the coronavirus if it was endorsed by President Trump.

During Wednesday evening’s vice presidential debate in Salt Lake City, Harris said she would take a vaccine if it were approved by “public health professionals” including Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor for the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, but not if Trump signed off on it.

“If the doctors tell us that we should take it, I’ll be the first in line to take it, absolutely,” Harris said. “But if Donald Trump tells us that we should take it, I’m not taking it.”

Pence immediately condemned the California senator’s position, saying she could be endangering lives by casting doubt on the efficacy of a potential vaccine against the deadly pathogen.

“The fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine, if the vaccine emerges during the Trump administration, I think is unconscionable,” Pence responded.

“Senator, I just ask you, stop playing politics with people’s lives,” the vice president said.

In June, Fauci said that he is “cautiously optimistic” that a vaccine for the coronavirus will be available to the American public by the end of the year or early 2021.

“The reality is that we will have a vaccine, we believe, before the end of this year,” Pence continued at the debate. “And it will have the capacity to save countless American lives. And your continuous undermining of confidence in a vaccine is just unacceptable.”

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New Study Shows That Playing With Dolls Allows Children to Develop Empathy and Social Processing Skills

Barbie® and neuroscientists from Cardiff University have collaborated on a new study which for the first time uses neuroimaging as evidence to explore the effects of doll play

  • Evidence shows that doll play activates brain regions which are associated with social information processing and empathy, indicating that doll play enables children to rehearse, use and perform these skills even when playing on their own

  • To understand the relevancy of the study, Barbie independently commissioned a global survey in 22 different countries questioning 15,000 parents which showed 91 percent of parents rank empathy as a key social skill they would like their child to develop, but only 26 percent were aware that doll play could help their child develop these skills

  • Today Barbie launches an online hub featuring resources for parents, caregivers, and children, to support them in their social processing skills which has been developed alongside leading empathy expert, writer, and educational psychologist, Dr. Michele Borba

(NASDAQ: MAT): Today, Barbie®, and a team of neuroscientists from Cardiff University, announces findings of a new study conducted using neuroscience for the first time to explore the positive impact doll play has on children, bringing to light new evidence that doll play activates brain regions that allow children to develop empathy and social information processing skills, even when playing by themselves.

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Over the past 18 months, senior lecturer Dr. Sarah Gerson and colleagues at Cardiff University’s Centre for Human Developmental Science have used neuroimaging technology to provide the first indications of the benefits of doll play at a brain level. Through monitoring the brain activity of 33 children* between the ages of 4 and 8, as they played with a range of Barbie dolls, the team found that the posterior superior temporal sulcus (pSTS), a region of the brain associated with social information processing such as empathy, was activated even when the child was playing on their own. These benefits of solo doll play were shown to be equal for both boys and girls.

Dr. Gerson explains: “This is a completely new finding. We use this area of the brain when we think about other people, especially when we think about another person’s thoughts or feelings. Dolls encourage them to create their own little imaginary worlds, as opposed to say, problem-solving or building games. They encourage children to think about other people and how they might interact with each other. The fact that we saw the pSTS to be active in our study shows that playing with dolls is helping them rehearse some of the social skills they will need in later life. Because this brain region has been shown to play a similar role in supporting empathy and social processing across six continents, these findings are likely to be country agnostic“.

To gather the data for the study,

Hazard must prove fitness before playing for Belgium

Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Manchester City v Real Madrid

Champions League – Round of 16 Second Leg – Manchester City v Real Madrid

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Injury plagued Eden Hazard will have to play some football for Real Madrid in their next two games or will be left out of Belgium’s squad for their three internationals in October, coach Roberto Martinez said on Wednesday.

Hazard, 29, has yet to play this season as he has struggled with an ankle injury and faces a race to be fit for Real’s La Liga matches against Real Valladolid on Wednesday and at Levante on Sunday.

“If Eden gets onto the pitch at Real he will join us but if not, then he will stay and train individually in Madrid,” said Martinez as he named a 33-man squad for the trio of matches.

Belgium meet the Ivory Coast in Brussels on Oct. 8 in a friendly and then play England away on Oct. 11 and Iceland on Oct. 14 in the Nations League.

“We are working closely with Real,” added Martinez about Hazard’s recovery from a fracture suffered in February.

“If he is 100 percent fit he will be on the pitch for Real and if he is on the pitch he will come to the national team next week.”

Five players from the country’s under-21 team were included in the senior squad for the first time as the coach promised no player would feature in all of the three games.


Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge), Hendrik Van Crombrugge (Anderlecht)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Sebastiaan Bornauw (FC Cologne), Dedryck Boyata (Hertha Berlin), Timothy Castagne (Leicester City), Jason Denayer (Olympique Lyonnais), Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Joris Kayembe (Charleroi), Brandon Mechele (Club Brugge), Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund), Zinho Vanheusden (Standard Liege), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica)

Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Nacer Chadli (Monaco), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Dennis Praet (Leicester City), Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan), Youri Tielemans (Leicester City), Leandro Trossard (Brighton & Hove Albion), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Yari Verschaeren (Anderlecht), Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund)

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi, Christian Benteke (both Crystal Palace), Jeremy Doku (Anderlecht), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Dodi Lukebakio (Hertha Berlin), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Divock Origi (Liverpool).

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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