Trump admits US reopening will cost more lives

first_imgPresident Donald Trump conceded Tuesday that more Americans will die in reopening the US economy but underlined his insistence on a dwindling coronavirus threat by refusing to wear a mask, even as he toured a mask-making factory.Asked by ABC News whether a lifting of social distancing measures and reopening of the shuttered economy will lead to higher death tolls, Trump said “it’s possible there will be some.””Because you won’t be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is,” Trump said at the Honeywell factory in Phoenix, Arizona, which he visited on his first major trip since the coronavirus lockdown began. Alterative facts Trump’s Arizona mask moment came after his vice president, Mike Pence, caused an uproar a week ago when he was photographed mask-less during a visit to the famous Mayo Clinic hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, which requires visitors to cover up.Pence — unusually for a member of the Trump administration — publicly admitted he’d been wrong.”I didn’t think it was necessary, but I should have worn a mask,” he said on Sunday.On a subsequent trip, Pence did wear a mask.The White House says that because top officials and their guests are frequently tested for the coronavirus they generally don’t need to follow the guidance.However, the controversy runs deeper, reflecting a dispute over facts that has turned swaths of the United States into camps where the left and right see different basic realities.Polls show that Democrats support face covering as a sign of shared responsibility, while some Republicans see mask-wearing orders as a big government threat to individual liberty.Trump-supported groups protesting the coronavirus lockdown — sometimes ostentatiously brandishing firearms and parading in paramilitary garb — liken going mask-free to an act of political independence.In Stillwater, Oklahoma, and other cities, local leaders abandoned orders to wear masks after threats of violence.A common slogan at the protests now is that the entire pandemic is a “hoax.” Topics : Bolstering that shift of direction, the White House said that Trump’s emergency coordination group for the pandemic would be disbanding, probably by early June.center_img “Will some people be affected badly? Yes,” he admitted earlier at the factory. “But we have to get our country open.”Trump’s November reelection campaign is reeling from the massive shutdown ordered to try and stop the spread of the virus, which has already killed 70,000 Americans and is forecast to take tens of thousands more lives.Praising the Honeywell workers, who churn out masks used by medical staff and other first responders, Trump reiterated that it’s time to look ahead.”I want to be a cheerleader,” he said. Unpresidential masks?Trump’s audience at Honeywell sat masked in compliance with US government recommendations and their own company rule, which was clearly displayed on a sign in the facility reading: “Please wear your mask at all times.”Trump had teased as he left Washington that after months of resistance he might finally cover his face.The fact that he skipped the opportunity to make a statement about safety was in line with his new focus on getting Americans to return to work.And he has been skeptical about masks since early on.White House medical experts and even First Lady Melania Trump promote masks as a crucial tool in fighting the viral spread.But the president, tuned closely into his loyal right-wing base, has used his massive visibility to downplay the need.”I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don’t know,” he said in April, apparently suggesting a mask would be unpresidential. “Somehow, I don’t see it for myself.”last_img read more

Players worried about Premier League restart: PFA deputy chief

first_img“There are players who have voiced genuine concerns,” the Professional Footballers Association’s Barnes told the Times.”You’ve got players who’ve got young children, players with pregnant partners, people with underlying health conditions.”Some of the young black players I’ve spoken to have read what’s in the press and want answers to that (government study). ‘Am I more affected in my demographic and if so why?'”My stance with the Premier League from day one has been it’s all very well those of us in suits saying what our opinions are but we’re not going to be out there on a Saturday afternoon and we’re not going to be going back to our family.”A third first team player at Brighton & Hove Albion tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, sparking fresh concerns about the league’s proposed restart.Clubs are due to meet later on Monday to further discuss how to complete the remaining 92 matches of the season.Topics : Players have genuine concerns about their health as the Premier League considers resuming fixtures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, players’ union deputy chief Bobby Barnes has said.The league’s “Project Restart” envisages a return to play in June at neutral venues, once given the green light from the government, but players are worried about transmission when sharing the pitch with others in a contact sport.A British government study said black people are nearly twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than whites and Barnes said young black players were apprehensive.last_img read more

9th Annual Thinner Winner Competition Celebrates Community Health

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe 9th annual “Thinner Winner” competition put on by Bay Athletic Club celebrated five weeks of hard work, sweat, and determination. Over 200 people on 48 different teams in Alpena competed to lose the most weight and win $1,000. The team that had the greatest percentage of weight and inch loss won the grand prize. The goal for all teams was to lose 1,000 lbs and 1,000 in. The community ended up losing a grand total 1,939 lbs and 1,444 in. The night was full of good laughs, celebration, and pure joy.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Great Lakes WeatherNext Finding The Perfect Time To Start Playing Christmas Musiclast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Dec. 24 – Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes: Thursday, Dec. 24 – Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015Thursday, December 24, 2015•12:05 a.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery in the 800 block N. C, Wellington by known suspect.•12:45 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the area of the landfill and West Road, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Sherry S. Norton, 46, Wichita, Ks, and scales owned by the city of Wellington, Wellington.•2:52 p.m. Officers took a miscellaneous report in the 1100 block N. Washington, Wellington.•4:53 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington by known suspect. Items were recovered.•7:27 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.•8:13 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 400 block Circle Drive, Wellington.Friday, December 25, 2015•11:30 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the area of Woodlawn and Harvey, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Guenther Huen, 64, Wellington and Jayme N. Brown, 26, Wellington.•12:05 p.m. Guenther Huen, 64, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for inattentive driving.•6 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 1100 block Edgewood, Wellington involving an unknown vehicle and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Christopher D. Bruster, Wellington.Saturday, December 26, 2015No reports for this day.Sunday, December 27, 2015•11:10 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1000 block N. Vandenburgh, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by juvenile male, 17, Wellington.last_img read more

Pitt runs away from Texas Tech, 76-53

first_imgPitt guard Cameron Wright (3), forward Derrick Randall (11) and others defend as Texas Tech forward Jordan Tolbert (32) loses the ball in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, part of the Legends Classic, Nov. 25, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) – Pittsburgh had been known for a long time for its tenacious defense and it hasn’t stopped even with the emphasis on new rules that have made it harder to cover people than in the past.“Defense is how you separate yourself,” Panthers senior forward Lamar Patterson said after scoring a career-high 23 points in a 76-53 victory over Texas Tech on Monday night in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic.Even with the new rules, the Panthers were allowing just 54.8 points on 36.8 percent shooting entering the game against the Red Raiders.How do the Panthers adjust to the lack of hand-checking and contact?“Just moving our feet. That’s all we can do,” Patterson said. “If we touch them it’s a foul and if we get two in the first half we’re coming out.”No Panther would want to miss the first half lately.This was the second straight game Pitt put an opponent away early. The Panthers took off to a 47-23 halftime lead over Lehigh last week on the way to a 77-58 victory.On Monday, they opened the game on a 34-8 run on the way to a 41-18 halftime lead.“I’m real excited how we played to start the game,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “We seem to be in a pattern of doing that now and that’s a good thing to have going for you.”The Panthers (5-0) will play the winner of the Stanford-Houston game on Tuesday night at Barclays Center.Cameron Wright added 12 points for Pittsburgh, which had a 36-10 record at Madison Square Garden, the arena across the river, since 2000-01 as a member of the Big East. The Panthers are in their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.“We definitely were excited to be on the road and get into Brooklyn and get tougher competition,” Wright said. “We approach every game the same way.”Jaye Crockett had 19 points for the Red Raiders (4-2), who are playing their first season under coach Tubby Smith.“We missed a lot of easy shots we usually make,” Crockett said. “We just missed too many easy shots.“We knew they were a good team. They were hot, making every shot. They were on fire.”The Panthers 12 for 26 from the field in the first half, including going 6 of 14 from 3-point range.Patterson had 14 points and four assists in the first half, accounting for more points in the opening 20 minutes than the Red Raiders.Texas Tech shot 25 percent in the first half (6 of 24) and committed 12 turnovers, its average for the first five games of the season. The Red Raiders shot 38.8 percent (19 of 49) for the game and finished with 17 turnovers.“Pittsburgh was pretty impressive. They shot the ball and did things well and we seemed to be intimidated to start the game and missed some baskets,” Smith said. “I was impressed with their defense. We have some things to work on.”Pittsburgh shot 47 percent (25 of 53) for the game, including 10 of 24 from 3-point range.The Red Raiders opened the second half on a 7-2 run to get within 43-25 and they got as close as 18 points one other time – 47-29 with 15:43 to play – as they made five of their first six shots from the field with Crockett going 4 for 4.“It’s very tough,” Crockett said of facing a 23-point halftime deficit. “Yu have to be mentally ready, it’s more mental than physical. You have to put the first half in the past and try to win the second half.”Pitt’s biggest lead was 73-45.This was the second meeting between the schools and both have been in the semifinals of the Legends Classic. The Panthers beat the Red Raiders 80-47 in 2008 and went on to beat Washington State 57-43 in the championship game.last_img read more

St. Agnes To Host Christmas Concert

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — The St. Agnes Catholic Church’s 17th annual Christmas choral concert will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11.The concert will consist of performances by the St. Agnes adult and children’s choirs and the new St. Agnes Men’s Community Chorus.For the 17th consecutive year, the program will be directed by G. Thomas Elliott, the now-retired musical director at Henry Hudson Regional School. Accompaniment will be provided by Corina Pauta, the church’s new organist.Joanna Kearney will be the principal soloist.    The public is welcome and admission is free. Attendees are urged to bring donations for the AtlanticHighlands Food Pantry. The church is located at the corner of Center Avenueand Avenue C.last_img read more

Cinderella season for Junior Bombers

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsAt the beginning of the season LVR coach Val Gibson wondered if the Bombers would ever win a game.The squad did more than just snap out of a losing streak.LVR completed the Cinderella run by defeating Grand Forks Wolves 31-23 in the final to claim the West Kootenay Junior Girl’s Basketball Championship last week at the J. Lloyd Crowe gym in Trail.“It was an incredible high to end the season,” said Gibson after the surprising victory.LVR entered the tournament ranked third. And it didn’t look good for the Bombers playing the top-ranked Wolves.But Gibson employed a zone press picked up from former coach Lorne Wuori that totally frustrated the Wolves, allowing LVR to build a 23-7 first half lead.“Defence always wins games,” Gibson exclaimed.“The Wolves fought their way back in again the Bomber’s more inexperienced players, but the LVR team would not give up,” Gibson added.The Big Three for LVR, Devyn Parker, Jayden Roch and Lynnea Carr led the way with eight and six points, respectively.Kyley Mirva added five for LVR.LVR opened the tournament by stopping Stanley Humphries Rockers 42-19. Roch scored 12 points to pace LVR while Mirva and Carr each had 10.The win advanced the Bombers to the semi final where LVR held off a pesky Rossland Royals team to win 38-31.The teams combined for 40 fouls in the tough, hard-fought game. Carr had a breakout game with 16 points while Parker had nine.OVERTIME: The Big Three, Devyn Parker, Jayden Roch and Lynnea Carr, were busy last week. Not only did the trio pace LVR to the Junior title, but the three players also traveled to Grand Forks Friday to help the Senior Bombers at the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Zone Basketball Tournament. Parker, Roch and Carr were all in the lineup for LVR against Prince Charles Comets, helping the Bombers to an easy victory.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more


first_imgBy BETH HARRISAP Racing WriterARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Mastery won the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes by 6 3/4 lengths on Saturday before being pulled up after the finish line, leaving trainer Bob Baffert worried about the future of his top Kentucky Derby contender.Ridden by Mike Smith, Mastery led all the way and ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.28 at Santa Anita. The 4-5 favorite paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10.It was the latest setback among 3-year-olds on the Derby trail. Klimt and Syndergaard already have fallen out of contention.Shortly after crossing the finish, Mastery was pulled up by Smith, who removed the colt’s saddle. He was vanned off for a trip back to the barn and an examination.“I felt it about 10 jumps after the wire. All of a sudden he just picked his back leg up,” Smith said. “Then a minute or so and he put it down and he was fine. I’m hoping he just tweaked it and it’s nothing serious.”Mastery was making his 3-year-old debut after winning all three of his starts last year. He earned the 50 points awarded to the winner, putting the colt near the top of the Kentucky Derby leaderboard that decides the 20-horse field for the May 6 race.After watching from his box, an initially exhilarated Baffert made his way through the stands.“I hear one of the fans say, `I hope your horse is all right,’” he said. “I thought, `What?’”After arriving in a strangely empty winner’s circle, Baffert watched the race replay, looking for any hint of trouble.Standing next to his wife and owner, Everett Dobson of Oklahoma City, Baffert tried to process his emotions after the roller coaster experience.“We’ve been so high on this horse,” he said. “To see what he did today was just incredible. It was going to put him best 3-year-old in the nation.”He was interrupted by a call from assistant Jimmy Barnes, who reported Mastery walked off the van seemingly in good order.“It’s his left hind, whatever it is,” Baffert said. “Hopefully, it’s nothing obvious or nothing serious.”San Vicente winner Iliad returned $3.40 and $2.60, while Term of Art was another 1 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $5.40 to show. Both colts are trained by Doug O’Neill. Iliad was trained by Baffert in his first two starts before a split between him and owner Kaleem Shah.Sham Stakes winner Gormley finished fourth, followed by Ann Arbor Eddie, Bluegrass Envy and Vending Machine. NOTE: Later in the afternoon, Baffert issued the following statement regarding Mastery’s injury: “When he got back to the barn, he seemed okay, but when he got off the wash rack, he showed some filling in his left front ankle. It’s a condylar fracture. He’ll be operated on this Monday and they’ll insert two screws. We won’t know until after the surgery whether or not this is career-ending.”last_img