AP analysis: Federal executions likely a COVID superspreader

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The executions at the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, completed in short windows over a few weeks, likely acted as a superspreader event. That’s according to records reviewed by The Associated Press. It was something health experts had warned could happen when the Justice Department insisted on resuming executions during a pandemic. By the end of 2020, 70% of death row inmates were sick with COVID-19. Guards were ill. Traveling prisons staff on the execution team had the virus. So did media witnesses, who may have unknowingly infected others when they returned home because they were never told about the spreading cases.last_img

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Piers Morgan fumes at Arsenal after club sack long-serving mascot Gunnersaurus in latest cost-cutting exercise

first_imgArsenal feel there is no need for Gunnersaurus when no fans are allowed (Picture: Getty)According to The Athletic, Jerry Quy – who has played the role since its inception nearly three decades ago – has been let go with Arsenal citing the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on their finances as the reason.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWith fans still not allowed at grounds around the country, Gunnersaurus’ place at the club has been deemed ‘no longer necessary’.But the mascot was something of a cult figure and much loved by supporters, while Quy himself has been an Arsenal fan since the 1960s and has been hailed for his work under the dinosaur suit.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalGood Morning Britain host and Arsenal season ticket holder Piers Morgan was livid with the decision and has called on the club’s manager and captain to bring Gunnersaurus back.‘WHAT? This had better not be true,’ he tweeted on Monday. ‘Is it Arsenal??!’He continued: ‘You’re going nowhere Gunnersaurus. I refuse to let Arsenal sack you. Come on Mikel Arteta, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – this is not what our club is about.’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 5 Oct 2020 12:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Advertisement Morgan has called on Arsenal to bring Gunnersaurus back immediately (Picture: Twitter)Match of the Day’s Gary Lineker responded to Morgan’s tweet, saying: ‘Shouldn’t be necessary, but it might be a good move and an act of kindness for the Arsenal players and manager to club together and sort out this absurdity.’While Arsenal have confirmed that Quy has left his post as Gunnersaurus after 27 years, they insists the beloved mascot will return at a later date when supporters are allowed back at the Emirates.MORE: Arsenal’s hopes of signing a new midfielder fade as Chelsea rule out Jorginho dealMORE: Houssem Aouar reveals why he rejected Arsenal to stay at LyonFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Piers Morgan fumes at Arsenal after club sack long-serving mascot Gunnersaurus in latest cost-cutting exercisecenter_img The club’s iconic mascot has been shockingly let go after 27 years (Picture: Getty Images)Piers Morgan has led the backlash against Arsenal after the north London club sacked Gunnersaurus, their mascot of 27 years, in their latest cost-cutting exercise.The Gunners courted controversy earlier this year when they made 55 members of staff redundant during the height of the coronavirus pandemic – though those changes mainly affected the scouting departing.Now in a separate move from that initial wave of sackings, Arsenal have rather surprisingly got rid of their much-loved mascot, who has been a mainstay at the club since 1993. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria’s COVID-19 curve flattening — PTF COVID-19: PTF mandates schools to conduct weekly assessments Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, says contact sports will soon resume in the country under strict protocols as recommended by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.The Minister disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja after the unveiling of the National Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Hub (BredHub). Dare said the Ministry was working closely with the PTF to ensure contact sports resume in the country under strict COVID-19 protocols.He said: “As we see gradual opening up of different sector of the economy, we have prepared a post COVID-19 protocols.“We hope in the next two weeks, contact sports will return subject to the strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols.”Dare stressed that the ministry will be properly guided as various sporting events gradually return to the country following the ban as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.He said: “We are going to be properly guided on the National Sports Festival as we are working with the PTF, Health ministry, NCDC. “We have sent a team to the National Sports Council.“We hope that before the end of this year, we can have the National Sports Festival, of course with some modifications, it can be staggered.”On the resumption of the Nigeria Professional Football League, he maintained that club sides who have not met with the regulations set will not partake in the coming season.He said any club that does not have N200 million in its account won’t be allowed to play in the NPFL alongside other conditions.Dare said: “Very clearly we have decided that since the Federal Executive Council have classified sports as a business, there are certain steps that must be taken to make sure the entire co-system keys into that business model. “One of the first steps is the fact that our domestic league must run as a business and to do that you must have regulations, financial control.“There is a new enforcement regime for our domestic league as they must have a minimum of N200 million in their account to show they can take care of their players.”—Tags: National Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Hub (BredHub)Presidential Task Force on COVID-19Sunday Darelast_img read more

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Guyana hosts Trinidad & Tobago football camp

first_imgTHE Trinidad & Tobago National U-20 squad, currently in Guyana, will conduct a one-week training camp in preparation for the Caribbean U-20 Cup in Curacao this October. In this tournament the top five teams in the Caribbean will advance to the CONCACAF stage.This is the second round of their qualifying campaign for the Korea Republic 2017 U-20 Cup, according to the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association (TTFA).The squad arrived on Wednesday, and since then have undergone four training sessions at the National Track and Field Facility at Leonora.The players are also scheduled for two practice matches with the first being against Alpha United today at Leonora at 16:00hrs. The second match will be played against an all-star team tomorrow at the same venue.According to head coach of the Guyana men’s national team, Jamaal Shabazz, the matches against the local teams are aimed at giving exposure to the selected national players for the CFU 2016 Scotiabank Caribbean Men’s Cup Championship in October.last_img read more

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Known for baseball prominence, Titans looking to make mark in basketball tournament

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)OMAHA, Neb. ? Folks around here know all about Cal State Fullerton ? at least when it comes to the College World Series.The Titans? baseball team has made 15 trips to Omaha and won four national championships, the most recent one in 2004.Basketball?Well, it?s been a while since the Titans have played hoops on a big stage. Fullerton is in the NCAA tournament for the first time since reaching the final eight in 1978, its only previous appearance.Given the track record of CSF?s baseball brethren, there?s no place Titans guard Frank Robinson would rather be than Omaha.?It?s a sign of good luck,? he said. ?They come here and win a lot. If we can pull out a couple wins, it will show that we own Omaha.?Big words for a team that comes into the Midwest Regional as a No. 14 seed. The Titans (24-8) open Thursday against Big Ten regular-season and tournament champion Wisconsin (29-4).Asked what they know about Fullerton, the basketball team, Wisconsin center Brian Butch hemmed and hawed a bit. Then Butch went to the baseball card.?That?s about where we heard of them, from the baseball team,? he said, smiling. ?Our coaches were able to get a great scouting report together for us, and I think their basketball team is really good, too, this year.?If the Titans are looking for some karma, maybe they can get it from their bus driver. Mike Williams has been the Fullerton baseball team?s driver the past four times the Titans have reached the CWS. When he heard the basketball Titans were coming to town, he requested to drive them.Associate athletic director Mel Franks said it was suggested that Williams take the team on a ride to Rosenblatt Stadium, a couple miles south of the Qwest Center and site of so much Titan baseball glory. The schedule wouldn?t allow it.But senior forward Scott Cutley said he knows the baseball players are with the basketball team in spirit. Longtime baseball coach George Horton, who left for Oregon after last season, sent his congratulations this week. And the baseball players have been big supporters all year.?The baseball team has been great for our school,? Cutley said. ?They?ve come down here almost every year and done well, so they?re a great inspiration for us.?It will take more than inspiration to beat the Badgers, who are making their 10th straight appearance in the tournament. Only seven other programs have that distinction.Fullerton is prolific offensively, setting school records for scoring (82.6 ppg) and 3-pointers (278). Josh Akognon is averaging 19.9 points, Robinson 16.0 and Cutley 14.8.But those numbers have been rolled up mostly against Big West competition, or worse. Against the Badgers, points are always hard-earned. Wisconsin leads the nation in scoring defense, at 53.8 points a game, and the deliberate Badgers have given up 60 points only seven times this season.They?ve also won 23 of 25 games, with those two losses coming against Purdue.Then there?s Wisconsin?s size advantage. The tallest player in Fullerton?s rotation is 6-foot-6 ? a fact that did not go unnoticed as coach Bob Burton watched the Badgers head to practice Thursday.?I think my guys are in the locker room hiding now,? Burton said. ?If I can get them out tomorrow night, maybe we can show up and play.?Wisconsin has disappointed in the tournament since reaching a regional final in 2005. The Badgers lost by 19 points to Arizona in the first round in 2006, and last year as a No. 2 seed they were upset by UNLV in the second round.?We hope to do better than we did last year,? Butch said. ?We have a great balanced team here. That?s the nice thing about this team. It?s been there all year. Different people have stepped up in big games and helped us win. The way we?ve been playing recently, we feel we can make a pretty good run.?The winner of this game plays either Southern California or Kansas State on Saturday.To make it to Saturday or beyond, Burton said, is almost too much to imagine for the Titans.An upset or two this weekend surely would make the basketball Titans as popular around campus as the school?s proud baseball program.?If we can get a couple of wins,? Burton said, ?I?ll probably be in Mozambique on a beach and won?t even make it to the next round.?last_img read more

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