Coronavirus live updates: Trump declares national emergency, New York cases soar to 421

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first_imgnarvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) — As the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise in the United States, Americans are hunkering down and more and more schools, sports leagues and amusement parks are closing.There are at least 1,701 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and 40 coronavirus-related deaths, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Globally there are over 137,000 cases.Tune into ABC News Live at noon ET every weekday for the latest news, context and analysis on the novel coronavirus, with resources from the full ABC News team.Today’s biggest developments:Trump declares national emergencyDr. Fauci says spread will ‘get worse before it gets better’New York state cases soar to 421Europe now ‘epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic’Italy fatalities jump by 250 in 24 hoursHere’s the latest on the developing situation. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.3:37 p.m.: Trump declares national emergencyPresident Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday which he said “will open up access to up to $50 billion” to fight COVID-19.“The secretary of HHS [Health and Human Services] will be able to immediately waive provisions of applicable laws and regulations to give doctors, hospitals, all hospitals and health care providers maximum flexibility to respond to the virus and care for patients,” Trump said at the White House.Trump also announced private sector partnerships to “accelerate our capacity to test for the coronavirus.”“We want to make sure that those who need a test can get a test very safely, quickly and conveniently,” the president said.The FDA approved a new test from Roche Diagnostics which is expected to make “up to half a million additional tests” “available early next week,” Trump said.Trump said the FDA also hopes to authorize an application from Thermo Fisher within 24 hours, which he said would create 1.4 million more tests next week and 5 million within a month.“At the same time, we’ve been in discussions with pharmacies and retailers to make drive-through tests available in the critical locations,” he said.3:15 p.m.: Los Angeles, San Diego, Pennsylvania, West Virginia schools closeAll Pennsylvania schools will close for 10 business days starting on March 16 to try to stop the spread of COVID-19, the governor announced.California’s two largest school districts, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the San Diego Unified School District, will close their doors on Monday. The two districts teach more than 750,000 students combined. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced he will close his state’s public schools, saying the “risks outweigh the good.”West Virginia is just one of three states, along with Idaho and Montana, without any confirmed coronavirus cases.2:17 p.m.: New York cases soar to 421New York state now has 421 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the highest in the country, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.That total includes 154 people in New York City, he said.Of the 421 people, 50 are in the hospital, the governor said.“There could be tens of thousands of cases,” he warned. “My guess is there are thousands of cases or people who had coronavirus, didn’t even know they had the coronavirus, had symptoms, resolved, moved on, and never knew they had it.”1:53 p.m.: Italy fatalities jump by 250 in 24 hoursItaly saw 250 more fatalities from the coronavirus in just 24 hours, the Italian Civil Protection Authorities said Friday.That brings the total number of infected in Italy to 17,660 since the outbreak began on Feb. 21, and the number of related deaths to 1,266.1:22 p.m.: Louisiana delays democratic primaryLouisiana’s Democratic primary that -was scheduled for April 4 is now pushed back to June 20, Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said Friday.One key stakeholder in the decision was to protect the election day polling commissioners as more than half of them are over 65 years old, Ardoin said.1:05 p.m.: Miami mayor tests positiveMiami Mayor Francis Suarez said Friday that he has coronavirus.The mayor added that he feels “completely healthy and strong” and will “remain isolated while I lead our government remotely. ““If we did not shake hands or you did not come into contact with me — if I coughed or sneezed — there is no action you need to take whatsoever,” Suarez said in a statement. “If we did, however, touch or shake hands, or if I sneezed or coughed near you since Monday, it is recommended that you self-isolate for 14 days, but you do not need to get tested.”According to the Miami Herald, Suarez recently attended an event with a Brazilian government official who later tested positive for coronavirus.President Donald Trump also met with that Brazilian official over the weekend at Mar-a-Lago.12:35 p.m.: Los Angeles, San Diego, West Virginia schools closeCalifornia’s two largest school districts, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the San Diego Unified School District, will close their doors on Monday to try to stop the spread of COVID-19.The two districts teach more than 750,000 students combined. Meanwhile, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced he will close his state’s public schools, saying the “risks outweigh the good.”West Virginia is just one of three states, along with Idaho and Montana, without any confirmed coronavirus cases.12:28 p.m.:Trump expected to declare national emergencyTrump is expected to declare a national emergency at a 3 p.m. press conference, four administration sources tell ABC News.It’s not clear what directives the president may issue under the order.Former DHS acting Deputy Secretary John Cohen, now an ABC contributor, said declaring a national emergency “conveys to the public that the nation faces a serious crisis and that drastic action is necessary.” Also, “it will immediately make available resources and other support that can be directed to protect communities across the nation.”12:11 p.m.: Europe now ‘epicenter’World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “Europe has now become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China.”He urged other countries on Friday to look toward the actions of “China, South Korea, Singapore and others,” which, he said, “clearly demonstrates that aggressive testing and contact tracing, combined with social-distancing measures and community mobilization, can prevent COVID-19 infections and save lives.”“Our message to countries continues to be: You must take a comprehensive approach. Not testing alone. Not contact tracing alone. Not quarantine alone. Not social distancing alone. Do it all,” he said. “Any country that looks at the experience of other countries with large epidemics and thinks ‘that won’t happen to us’ is making a deadly mistake. It can happen to anyone.”11:25 a.m.: Drive-through mobile testing center opens in hard-hit New RochelleNew York state’s first drive-through COVID-19 mobile testing center opened in the city of New Rochelle Friday.The center will test up to 200 people on Friday and that number could reach 500 per day, the governor said.A one-mile radius “containment area” was established in New Rochelle to try to stop the virus from spreading.10:25 a.m.: Boston Marathon postponedThe 2020 Boston Marathon is postponed until Monday, Sept. 14, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Friday.9:43 a.m.: Sen. Ted Cruz extends quarantineSen. Ted Cruz has decided to extend his self-quarantine.While the senator’s elected self-quarantine ended Thursday afternoon, he said he then learned Thursday night that “he had a second interaction” with someone who tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday.“On March 3, I met in my D.C. office with Santiago Abascal, the leader of the Vox Party in Spain. We met for about 20 minutes, sitting together at a conference table. We shook hands twice and took pictures together,” Cruz said in a statement Friday. “My understanding is that Mr. Abascal tested positive for COVID-19 last night. His staff have informed us that he was asymptomatic at the time of our meeting and that several days after our meeting he had extended interactions with another individual who has also tested positive.”“I’m still not feeling any symptoms,” Cruz went on. “But, for the same reasons I initially self-quarantined — out of an abundance of caution and to give everyone peace of mind — I am extending the self-quarantine to March 17, a full fourteen days from my meeting with Mr. Abascal.”Why some people aren’t social distancingCruz is one of nine members of Congress who have elected to self-quarantine.7:45 a.m. DC public schools to closeWashington, D.C., public schools will shutter from Monday, March 16, through the end of the month, said Mayor Muriel Bowser.After spring break next week, students will learn through “distance learning” the rest of the month, the mayor said.Children will have access to meals on the days schools are closed, the mayor said.7:34 a.m. Australian official tests positive after meeting with Ivanka TrumpAustralia’s minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, said Friday he’s contracted coronavirus, one week after he was seen meeting with President Trump’s daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, in Washington, D.C.Dutton said in a statement, “I feel fine and will provide an update in due course.”7:16 a.m. Fauci says spread will “get worse before it gets better”Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC News’ Good Morning America Friday that the coronavirus spread will “get worse before it gets better.”“There’s no doubt that we have not peaked yet,” Fauci said.“It will be at least a matter of several weeks. It’s unpredictable, but if you look at historically how these things work, it will likely be anywhere from a few weeks to up to eight weeks,” Fauci said. “I hope it’s going to be in the earlier part, two, three, four weeks, but it’s impossible to make an accurate prediction.”Fauci urged Americans to adapt to physically separating, calling it “one of the very effective ways you can really mitigate the spread.”As many Americans say they’re not getting access to COVID-19 tests, Fauci told GMA, “I think in the next week or so you’re gonna see an acceleration in the availability of tests.”As for when people should request testing, Fauci recommended that the public follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).5:42 a.m. Charles Barkley in self-quarantine, awaiting COVID-19 test resultsNBA Hall of Famer and TNT broadcaster Charles Barkley announced Thursday night that he is self-quarantining and is awaiting results from a coronavirus test.Barkley, in a phone interview with his co-hosts of NBA on TNT, said he felt sick after returning to Atlanta from a trip in New York City.“I talked to a couple people at Turner and a couple doctors and they told me to self-quarantine for the next 48 hours. I started yesterday, this is my second day,” Barkley said during the interview.“I haven’t been feeling great and they didn’t want me to take any chances … I went and took the coronavirus test late this afternoon, I have not gotten the results back,” he said. “So I’m just kinda in limbo right now. I’m really hoping it was just a bug.”Earlier this week, the NBA announced it’s suspending the 2019-2020 season due to the coronavirus. NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement Thursday night saying play will be suspended for at least 30 days, but that the league intends to resume play this season when it’s safe.3:18 a.m. Oregon, Michigan close all schoolsThe states of Oregon and Michigan announced they are closing all K-12 schools in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.“This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families, and our overall public health,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement Thursday night. “I am working with partners across state government to ensure educators, parents, and students have the support they need during this time, and to ensure our children who rely on school for meals have access to food. I know this will be a tough time, but we’re doing this to keep the most people we can safe.”There are currently at least 12 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, the state said.Oregon also announced school closures Thursday, which will be shut down through the end of March. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she understands the burden closing schools puts on families and students, but the move was necessary for public safety.“This is a trying time for our community and I am reluctant to increase the burden on families who are already struggling to adapt to and stay healthy during this crisis,” Brown said in a statement. “However, we are left with little choice in light of school districts’ staff capacity and operational concerns.”In Oregon, there are 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19.There are zero coronavirus-related deaths in Oregon and Michigan.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Teaching as ‘a secular pulpit’

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first_imgWhen David Damrosch was in ninth grade, a teacher gave him a copy of the novel “Tristam Shandy” because she thought it would appeal to his sense of humor. “I was blown away by it,” he said. “Tristam talks at one point about his favorite writers, and if he’d said Defoe and Chaucer, I probably would have become an English professor like my older brother Leo, who’s on the faculty here.”Instead, Tristam mentioned “my dear Rabelais and my dearer Cervantes.” Damrosch, just 15 at the time, thought, “I don’t know who these guys are, but if Tristam likes them, I’ll like them too.” He went out and bought some Penguin Classics and “fell in love with the broader panorama of literature.”He especially liked satirical novels, so when he saw “The Divine Comedy” listed in the back of one of those Penguin Classics, he went out and grabbed a copy. “I soon found Dante wasn’t quite the thigh-slapper I was expecting,” he said, “but I was hooked.”By the time he arrived at Yale as an undergraduate, his interests had expanded beyond European literature to ancient languages and cultures. “I’m a preacher’s kid with Jewish roots in the family,” said the Episcopal priest’s son, “so I was interested in the Bible.” He also had a roommate who signed up for an Egyptian archaeology course, to which Damrosch tagged along. “I was really interested in languages,” he said, “and thought: Here’s a chance to learn a language that doesn’t work like the languages I know.” He eventually dipped his toes into Middle High German, Old Norse, and Aztec poetry, finding that once he fell in love with the literature, he tended to want to learn more about the language. He has studied 12 languages, so far.“The most interesting case was the Nahuatl language” spoken by the Aztecs. “In graduate school, I found the language was being offered in the anthropology department. The class’s enrollment doubled when I signed up, and my director of graduate studies in comparative literature threatened to throw me out the window when I asked for course credit.”The adviser, he adds, thought “some hiring committees might feel I was just doing arabesques around the literary tradition.”At the time, he wasn’t sure whether he’d go into academia or become a writer or Foreign Service officer. The path he ultimately chose has provided the best of all three worlds, allowing travel and immersion in foreign cultures, time to write, and the chance to open the world of comparative literature to young people.“To me, teaching is like a secular pulpit,” said Damrosch, who is a professor of comparative literature and the department chair of literature and comparative literature in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “I have a very evangelical sense of literature as a mode of experiencing the world as aesthetic pleasure that I love to communicate to students.”His most recent title was “The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh,” and he’s at work on another popular nonfiction title about the cultural history of the conquest of Mexico.After spending almost three decades at Columbia University, in his hometown of Manhattan, Damrosch decided to make the move to Harvard when the department invited him to help with its new, more global focus. “In terms of being at Harvard,” he said, “it’s both a matter of helping build a more global department and also integrating the undergrad literature concentration and the graduate comparative literature program. We’ve now created a truly unified department that I think represents global comparative literature better.”It didn’t hurt that his older brother, Leo Damrosch, has been at Harvard since 1989, or that his middle brother, Tom, is a parish priest in western Massachusetts, but scholarship was the real draw.“Every quarter century or so, it’s nice to try something fresh,” he said. “I felt there was a chance to do some innovative work here with some very, very collegial colleagues and excellent students.”last_img read more

NRC says Entergy must still guarantee Vermont Yankee decommissioning pending lawsuits

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first_imgSincerely,James Kim, Project Manager Plant Licensing Branch 1-1 Division of Operating Reactor Licensing Office of Nuclear Reactor RegulationDocket No. 50-271cc: Distribution via Listserv PDF Version: original letter Site Vice PresidentEntergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power StationP.O. Box 250Governor Hunt RoadVernon, VT 05354SUBJECT: NRC RESPONSE TO NOTICE OF CANCELLATION OF PARENT GUARANTEE FOR VERMONT YANKEE NUCLEAR POWER STATION (TAC NO. ME6674)Dear Sir or Madam:On April 29, 2011, Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. (ENO) submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) a notice that Entergy Corporation intends to cancel a parent company guarantee by Entergy Corporation guaranteeing $40 million of the decommissioning cost for the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station (Vermont Yankee) (Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) Accession No. ML 111250255). In the submittal, ENO states that because the NRC notified the licensees that Vermont Yankee’s facility operating licensee has been renewed for a 20-year term, now set to expire at midnight on March 21,2032, Entergy Corporation no longer needs to provide a parent company guarantee for Vermont Yankee, due to the anticipated earnings of the decommissioning funds during the renewal period.In its submittal, ENO referenced its decommissioning funding status report on March 31, 2011, which, according to its calculation, provided approximately $211 million in surplus funds over the NRC’s minimum funding amount without consideration of the parent guarantee, rendering the existing parent company guarantee for additional financial assurance no longer necessary. Also according to the submittal, Paragraph 13 of the parent company guarantee and Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 30 Appendix A(III)(A), states that the parent company guarantee will remain in force unless the guarantor sends notice of cancellation and the cancellation may not occur during the 120 days beginning on the date of receipt of the notice of cancellation by both the licensee and the Commission. Therefore, ENO notified the NRC that Vermont Yankee no longer required a parent company guarantee and that Entergy Corporation was intending to remove the parent company guarantee 120 days from the receipt of the notice.The NRC staff has reviewed the notice of cancellation by ENO and has determined that external factors may affect the licensee’s decommissioning financial assurance. The reason for the NRC staff’s decision is based on the ongoing civil court case Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee v. Shumlin, No. 11-cv-99 (D.V.T filed April 8, 2011) (VY v. Shumlin). Also, on June 23, 2011, the State of Vermont Department of Public Service submitted a letter to the NRC stating that Vermont is currently reviewing land use, power needs, alternatives, costs, economic impacts and reliability for any generation source and has not determined that Vermont Yankee meets the State criteria for continued operation (ADAMS Accession No. ML 11187 A311). Depending on the outcome of Vermont’s review and VY v. Shumlin, Vermont Yankee may no longer operate after March 21, 2012. Under that condition, the anticipated earnings during the renewal period would not be realized. Because of the uncertainty surrounding the plant’s future, cancellation of the guarantee at this time would be premature.If the parent company guarantee is cancelled, the licensee will be required to provide adequate financial assurance within 90 days of receipt of the notice of cancellation. However, when the issues raised by Vermont and in the litigation are resolved, ENO may resubmit notice of its intent to remove the parent company guarantee for an expedited review by the NRC staff.If you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact me at 301-415-4125. Northstar Vermont Yankee,An effort by Entergy Corporation to cancel its $40 million guarantee of the decommissioning of the Entergy Vermont Yankee nuclear power station in Vernon has been stalled by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Entergy notified the NRC that it was cancelling the financial obligation because the NRC had approved the relicensing of the plant. With the relicensing for another 20 years, Entergy maintains that earnings from the plant during that period will cover the cost of decommissioning and therefore the guarantee would be unnecessary.However, the NRC is saying in a letter sent to Entergy Vermont Yankee that cancellation is “premature” at this time because operation of the plant for another 20 years after March 2012 is not guaranteed, given the uncerainty of ongoing legal action. The NRC says that Entergy may resubmit its request to cancel the guarantee after the issues with the state and in federal court are resolved.On Wednesday, Governor Peter Shumlin issued the follwing statement in reaction to the NRC letter: “Once again Entergy has tried to avoid taking full responsibility for its actions and sought to cut the state process out of the equation. I’m deeply concerned that Vermont Yankee doesn’t have the money to decommission the plant, including closing the facility and cleaning up the site, quickly and efficiently when it shuts down on schedule, and I’m grateful that the NRC hasn’t let Entergy off the hook.”LETTER FROM NRC: UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555-0001 August  10, 2011 last_img read more

Impact assessment model finds ESG funds ‘low on sustainability’

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first_imgInvestment funds aren’t what they say they are when it comes to sustainability or environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria, according to the company behind a new impact measurement model.The “portfolio impact footprint” tool – run by Impact-Cubed and originally for in-house use by hedge fund Auriel Equity Investors – has been endorsed by a number of European pension funds that helped test the model.An analysis of 25 ESG funds using the tool showed that “at a modest 11% of tracking error at most, the true measureable impact of a given ESG fund in a representative sample is far from what their messaging and positioning would imply”, Impact-Cubed said in a recent report.“From running well over 100 funds through the model since its launch we have found that funds with twice this percentage exist, and it is possible for sustainability to account for 30% to 50% more of an ESG fund’s tracking error,” it added.  The model also uncovered vast differences between ESG funds despite them being indistinguishable on the basis of their marketing.“The true measureable impact of a given ESG fund is far from what their messaging and positioning would imply”Impact-Cubed“Excluding the few worst examples, it seems there is a 10-fold difference between the best quartile versus worst quartile ESG funds in terms of impact,” said Impact-Cubed.In the worst case, a fund came out as having a negative impact, indicating the investor would have been better off investing in a tracker fund, it added.Asset owners’ tests Nadine Viel Lamare, head of sustainable value creation at AP1Sweden’s AP1 ran the model on a SEK20bn (€1.9bn) portfolio. Nadine Viel Lamare, head of sustainable value creation at the buffer fund, said Impact-Cubed’s initiative filled a gap in the market for assessing a fund’s alignment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Other analysis tools only looked at companies’ revenue streams relative to the SDGs, she said, without assessing how well a company was managed or the negatives that came from producing a given product.“You don’t get a holistic view,” she told IPE. “That’s what I like about this tool – it’s a good attempt to take a holistic approach. There is so much focus on carbon footprinting right now and sustainability is about so much more than that.”center_img Magdalena Lönnroth, portfolio manager and head of responsible investmentThe €1.5bn Church Pension Fund of Finland also participated in the pilot project, submitting two emerging market equity and European equity mutual funds each for analysis.Magdalena Lönnroth, portfolio manager and head of responsible investment, said the results from Impact-Cubed’s analysis of its equity funds were “quite interesting”.“On the emerging market side we had two ESG managers, one of which didn’t really get that flattering a result,” she said.Lönnroth added that the Impact-Cubed analysis was for her the “first real connection” with getting the UN sustainable development goals into fund-level reporting.Impact-CubedImpact-Cubed was spun off as a separate company by Auriel Equity Investors last year and is in the process of seeking certification in the UK as a B-Corp, a designation for companies that use business to solve social and environmental problems.The tool is intended to measure – and report on – the impact of any portfolio of listed securities on sustainable development and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).More broadly, the company’s hope is that its service “helps separate ‘green advertising’ from ‘green investing’ and empowers investors with data to engage their fund managers”.“Most asset asset managers tout their ESG credentials loudly and market their specific product aggressively, which is understandable considering the explosion in ESG demand,” the company wrote in a paper about the model and a test of several ESG funds. “The ESG claims have been traditionally easy to make and impossible for a client to verify.” The model includes 14 impact measures or indicators, based around publicly available data. Indicators range from carbon and water efficiency to gender equality, board independence and tax, but also capture companies’ business models. Companies are assessed in terms of the environmental and social “good” or “harm” they do in relation to the SDGs, captured as a percentage of revenues from products and services.The 14 measures were developed with input from European and US investors.last_img read more

Twisters Sweep Hilltoppers In Weekend Baseball Play

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first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Twisters swept The Shawe Memorial Hilltoppers 21-3 and 16-1 in Varsity Baseball action.Game 1.SM-0 21 00.   3-6-3OA-(11) 36 1.   21-15-2OA Batting.Nick Bischoff 1-1, 4 runs, 2 bb, hbpMatty Hurm 2-2, 3 runs, 3 rbi, bb, hbpZach West 0-0, run, bbAaron Huber 1-2, 3 runs, 2 rbi, 2 bbSam Gast 2-4, run, 5 rbi, 3 run home run, bbClay Hunger runTanner Alley 2-3, run, rbi, hbpChase Hogg 1-1, double, rbi, 3 runs as courtesy runnerTyler Hesselbrock 2-4, 2 runs, double, rbi, bbTyler Hogg 2-4, 2 runs, rbiZach Pottschmidt 2-2, 2 bbOA Pitching.Zach Pottschmidt 5 IP, 3 runs, 1 earned, 6 hits, 9 k, 3 bb, 3 hbp. Win.Game 2.SM-0 10 00.   1-4-2OA-(11) 30 2.   16-11-1OA Batting.Nick Bischoff 2-2, 3 runs, bbClay Hunger 0-1, run, (reached on error)Matty Hurm 1-2, run, 2 rbi, sac buntAaron Huber 1-2, 2 runs, 2 rbi, bb, sbChase Hogg 0-0, bb, run, sb (also 2 runs as courtesy runner)Sam Gast 2-3, 3 rbi, bbTanner Alley 3-4, run, 2 rbiTyler Hesselbrock 0-1, run, rbi, 2 bbBryce Ahaus 0-3, runCory Schuman 1-2, run, 2 rbiTyler Hogg 1-2, 2 runs, bbOA Pitching.Tyler Hesselbrock 4 IP, 1 earned run, 4 hits, 3 k, 3 bb. Win.Chase Hogg 1IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 kVarsity Record: 10-5Next Game: Monday (5-4) vs. Southwestern Hanover.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img read more

Night two of Stock Car Shootout postponed

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first_imgBy Jeremy FoxOSKALOOSA, Iowa (July 6) – Early morning rains left the track and speedway grounds too wet to race night two of the Budweiser and Musco Lighting Stock Car Shootout at Southern Iowa SpeedwayAs a result, the second night has been postponed to Wednesday, July 20. There will be a buy-in for new IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts that night.Also on the Southern Iowa Fair card are Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds following the Hawkeye Dirt Tour.Bill and Ray’s will sponsor any new driver on July 20 who did not race Tuesday and pay their pit pass in the Stock Car, SportMod, Hobby Stock and Sport Compact divisions.The top eight in points from last night are locked in and will run a dash during the fair. Meanwhile any car that ran Tuesday night plus new cars will race heats and “B” features to qualify for the main event.The Lee County Speedway portion of the Shootout is on for Thursday. Also racing are the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Northern SportMods and IMCA Sport Compacts, plus Lee County Late Models and 305 Sprints. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing is at 7:30 p.m.The top 20 cars from the Osky and Lee County features, as determined by points, will run a $1,000 to win, winner-take-all event on July 20.last_img read more

Bayliss backs Stokes to join greats

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first_img(REUTERS)-England’s Ben Stokes could mature into one of the greatest ever all-rounders, coach Trevor Bayliss said after the 25-year-old’s match-winning performance in the opening Test against Bangladesh.Stokes was man-of-the-match in England’s thrilling 22-run victory in Chittagong, taking six wickets, including two in three balls to seal victory on the final day.He also scored a vital 85 with the bat in the second innings after England’s top order had collapsed on day three.“He could be right up there with some of the all-time best all-rounders,” Bayliss told reporters in Dhaka ahead of the second Test starting tomorrow.“He’s young into his career and that’s going to be easier to judge the longer he goes. Only time will tell.“But the strides he’s made on the subcontinent playing spin have been top class.”England captain Alastair Cook said after Chittagong that Stokes brought ‘X factor’ to the side and put the all-rounder’s improvement down to his work playing spin.Bayliss agreed.“It wasn’t all that long ago we were wondering how he might go on spin-friendly wickets, but he’s a guy that works extremely hard in the nets,” the 53-year-old Australian said. “It’s his defence to spin that has improved out of sight.“We know that if he gets a bad ball he can hit anything over the fence, but you’ve got to be there to get that loose ball. In the past he probably hasn’t had a lot of footwork, has played from the crease and backed his eye and his hands.“But as we’ve seen on this tour, in the one-dayers and this test, he’s defended really well off the front foot, got right out and smothered the ball before it had a chance to spin and jump past the outside edge.”Leg-spinner Adil Rashid had a more modest performance in Chittagong, managing three wickets on a spin-friendly surface, but Bayliss urged patience with the four-test bowler ahead of a five-match test series in India next month“Look, it’s only been the very, very best leg-spinners who have got the control and consistency and ability to take wickets,” said Bayliss of the 28-year-old.“I think Rash is still on a journey there and he’s still improving. He’s getting more and more confident.“I expect that once upon a time the spinners weren’t thought of as getting to their peak until their early thirties, so he’s still got a bit to learn yet. But I think he’s on the right track.”last_img read more

49ers Marquise Goodwin opens up about 2018 family tragedy

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first_imgSANTA CLARA — Marquise Goodwin opened up Wednesday about his 49ers season. Once again, he was playing with a heavy heart, the result of another parenting tragedy.Goodwin and his wife, Morgan, revealed they lost twin boys In November after she went into preterm labor, just over a year after they lost a son to pregnancy complications.“We experienced another traumatic event in our life that we had to overcome. It was tough at that point of the season,” Goodwin said with his wife at his side on a …last_img read more

Big Science Condemns Blasphemy Against Darwin

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first_imgThere’s no escape. You can’t flee anywhere in the world if you doubt Darwin.Look at this headline in Nature News: “Anti-Darwin comments in India outrage scientists.” It doesn’t say that scientists (defined here as members of Nature‘s opinion of acceptable materialists who pay homage to Darwin) merely “disagree” with the comments. It doesn’t say that they feel such comments are misinformed. No; Nature reporter T. V. Padma says the comments ‘outrage‘ scientists (scream when you say that!). The word implies hate, intolerance, and mob psychology. The subtitle is even more disturbing: “Researchers and government officials have condemned the statements of a junior minister who questioned the theory of evolution.” The priests of Darwin want to send this minister to materialist hell for the unpardonable sin!Thousands of scientists in India have signed an online petition protesting against comments by a higher-education minister who last week publicly questioned the scientific validity of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and called for changes in educational curricula.Creation-Evolution Headlines (CEH) is already condemned, because we do that all the time (question the validity of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, that is). It seems odd that they specifically get upset at blasphemy against Darwin. Whenever Darwin skeptics point out obvious flaws in Darwin’s beliefs, such as his falsified theory of pangenesis, his evolving Lamarckian views, or his overt racism, evolutionists usually invoke the tactic of saying, ‘Evolutionary theory has come a long way since Darwin,’ as if to say that it can stand on its own now. ‘We have neo-Darwinism, population genetics, Fisher’s Fundamental Theorem, inclusive fitness, sociobiology, evo-devo,  and much more. Who needs Darwin?’ If that were true, why is “Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution” held sacrosanct to the point of condemnation and outrage for merely questioning it publicly?It appears that the statements by Satyapal Singh, a junior minister for human-resource development who oversees university education, lacked the nuance provided by CEH. This is regrettable, because there are better ways to express doubts about Darwin than he did – if Nature‘s descriptions of the comments are accurate (a dubious assumption):The original comments were made by Satyapal Singh, a junior minister for human-resource development who oversees university education. On 20 January, he told reporters at a conference on ancient Hindu texts in Aurangabad that Darwin’s theory of evolution of humans “is scientifically wrong”. Singh added that “nobody, including our ancestors, in written or oral, have said they saw an ape turning into a man”. Two days later, he proposed holding an international seminar on the subject.On the surface, this sounds like an elementary-level misconception of evolution. Darwinians do not believe that anyone can observe an ape turning into a man, if that indeed is what he meant to say. We must consider, however, the possibility that his statement could have been corrupted through translation. Besides, an official “who oversees university education” is probably not a nincompoop about the subject. Nevertheless, one would think his proposal of holding an “international seminar on the subject” would be welcomed calmly by rational scientists, who could certainly feel confidence to state their arguments for Darwinism in the tradition of free speech and open debate. Would that not be the proper forum for straightening out Mr. Singh, by providing him with irrefutable evidence for Darwin’s theory? That’s not what happened:The comments provoked outrage in the Indian scientific community. Vishwesha Guttal, an evolutionary ecologist at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, suggests the remarks are the first time that such anti-evolution opinions have been aired by high-ranking politicians in India. “I have seen these kind of issues (anti-Darwin stance) when I was a student in the US. This was totally unheard of, so far, in India,” says Guttal. “My first thought was, ‘Is this coming to India now?’”Guttal is treating Singh like a carrier of an infectious disease: an ebola of the mind that is killing off the rationality of Americans. He wants to stamp it out before it becomes a global pandemic!The outrage prompted ‘senior’ government officials in India to distance themselves from Singh and assure the ‘scientists’ of their allegiance to Darwin:Senior government officials later dismissed the comments. On 23 January, Singh’s boss Prakash Javadekar, the senior minister for human-resource development, said that he had asked Singh to refrain from making such remarks. “We should not dilute science,” Javadekar said. He added that his ministry would not support any anti-Darwin activities such as Singh’s proposed conference or changing curricula. Singh did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Nature’s news team.That apparently was not good enough. The Darwinians went overboard, demanding that not only Singh, but all people like him, be silenced from the public arena. Frightened government officials hastened to swear fealty to King Charles:Scientists reacted swiftly to Singh’s comments, launching an online petition asking the minister to retract his claims. Such comments harm the scientific community’s efforts to propagate scientific thoughts and rationality through critical education and modern scientific research, the petition said, and also diminish the country’s image internationally. The petition had collected more than 3,000 signatures when its creators closed it on 23 January, after Javadekar responded to the situation, according to Mukund Thattai, a computational cell biologist at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore who signed the petition. “There is strong support for science in India from government departments.”Why the swiftness? The Darwinians know that, if statements like these are not immediately quashed, people in the public might hear them, and (gasp) be stimulated to ask questions about official dogma.But public attitudes can be swayed if people in responsible government positions make such statements,” he says.Soumitro Banerjee, general secretary of the advocacy group the Breakthrough Science Society, thinks that Singh’s comments might already have done damage. “The seed of doubt has been planted in the minds of the common people that Darwin’s theory of evolution may, after all, be incorrect,” says Banerjee, a physicist at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Kolkata.May it never be! Stamp it out before it spreads! Darwin’s theory of evolution must never be questioned. India must purify itself, teaching only 100% unadulterated Darwinism. “It would be a retrograde step to remove the teaching of the theory of evolution from school and college curricula or to dilute this by offering non-scientific explanations or myths,” reads a statement from three Indian scientific societies.But what if Darwinism itself is a non-scientific explanation or myth? Students will never know if they are not allowed to ask questions.Volume one of a trilogy.What’s particularly disturbing about Nature’s report is that they treat all this outrage as a good thing. Padma writes as a cheerleader for the dogmatists. Acting like an announcer at the Coliseum whipping up the crowd to cheer on the lions, he’s glad to see the scientists getting all worked up over one heretic daring to question Darwin. He’s not even thinking about the ideal of science to invite questions, debate controversial ideas, or follow the evidence where it leads. No; he’s glad the ‘scientists’ ganged up to shame this man, and his entire country, into silence. Release the lions! Kill, kill, kill the heretic! Thus be to all who blaspheme the Emperor!To those of us who have already been expelled and persecuted for the crime of questioning evolution, know all too well the intolerance of the materialist, leftist, Darwinian totalitarian dictatorship. Dr Jerry Bergman is completing his third volume of case studies of real scientists, teachers and employees of science labs who have lost jobs, lost tenure, and been hounded by hateful rhetoric from the press for daring to be skeptical of Darwinian evolution (latest example here). Yours truly, the Editor of CEH, will appear in volume 3, due out soon. We are reporting this item to help our readers understand what we’re up against. It’s dangerous to doubt Darwin! If you think you can just calmly use reason and logic and evidence, get real. You had better come with full armor to do battle with the Darwin hatemongers. From their castle walls, they will pour boiling oil on you.Ironic, is it not, that the DODO Party (Darwin-Only, Darwin-Only) positions itself as the rational group? They want to teach rationality in school. They don’t want to propagate myths. We have a few things to say about that (e.g., 1/18/18, 12/01/17, and 17 years of reporting about it here).(Visited 768 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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