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US heads into Independence Day besieged by virus, Europe reopens

first_imgTouching almost every country on Earth since it emerged in China late last year, the coronavirus has infected at least 10.9 million and killed 522,000 globally, shattering previously buoyant economies and bringing public life to a standstill.But while Europe and much of Asia have largely managed to bring the virus under control — so much so that England was preparing to reopen pubs, restaurants and cinemas — in the US it has claimed nearly 130,000 lives amid a sharp resurgence of cases which top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said “puts the entire country at risk.”The world’s largest economy broke its record for new cases for the third day in a row Friday, with more than 57,000 infections in 24 hours. It’s expected to record its three millionth infection next week, with cases rising the south and west particularly.US President Donald Trump — at Mount Rushmore for a fireworks celebration with thousands of attendees in close quarters and masks not required — has so far dismissed the deluge of new cases. In a tweet late Thursday he said the rise was because “our testing is so massive and so good, far bigger and better than any other country,” calling that “great news.”He added: “Even better news is that death, and the death rate, is DOWN.”But his predecessor Barack Obama called for Americans to be “safe and smart.””It’s going to take all of us to beat this virus. So wear a mask. Wash your hands. And listen to the experts, not the folks trying to divide us,” he tweeted Friday.The World Health Organization called on countries hit by serious outbreaks to “wake up” to the realities.”People need to wake up. The data is not lying,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told journalists in Geneva. “It is never too late in an epidemic to take control.”US blacklisted by Britain, Europe At least 14 states are seeing their weekly averages hit record highs heading into the holiday weekend, the Washington Post reported.In Florida, where new cases are hovering at around 10,000 daily, Miami’s usually-crowded South Pointe Beach was closed Friday save for patrolling police and a wandering cat. Beaches in Los Angeles will also be closed over the weekend, and Major League Baseball officially cancelled its 2020 All-Star Game on Friday, the first time since World War II that the mid-season showcase — which had been set for July 14 — has been scrapped. The US closures stand in stark contrast to Britain and Europe, once the epicenter of the virus but now restarting businesses and lifting travel restrictions, trying salvage the summer tourist season.Pubs in England reopen on Saturday for the first time since late March — as restaurants, cinemas, galleries, museums and hotels also  prepare to welcome back customers.  Travelers arriving into England from more than 50 nations — but not the US or mainland China — will from July 10 no longer be required to undergo 14 days of self-isolation.The decision follows the European Union, which earlier this week left the US, Brazil and Russia off its final list of nations safe enough to allow their residents to enter its borders.The European Union meanwhile authorized the use of the anti-viral drug remdesivir for COVID-19 — the first treatment approved to deal with the disease — although the United States has bought most of the global stock. Europe is also beginning a reckoning on its virus response. French prosecutors said they were launching an inquiry into former prime minister Edouard Philippe’s handling of the virus crisis, following his resignation Friday.But despite optimism the economic fallout is still unfolding: Air France said Friday it planned to eliminate 7,580 jobs at the airline and its regional unit Hop! by the end of 2022 because of the coronavirus crisis.Latin American cases soar Cases have been skyrocketing across Latin America.The region now has the second most cases in the world with 2.73 million, ahead of Europe on 2.71 million but behind North America.Brazil, the region’s largest economy, has 1.5 million confirmed cases and 63,000 deaths, second only to the United States.Nevertheless, popular tourist city Rio de Janeiro authorized bars, restaurants and cafes to reopen at 50 percent capacity, while President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday watered down a law requiring the wearing of face masks in public places.Cases also continue to surge in the Middle East, where worst-hit Saudi Arabia passed 200,000 infections. Countries across Africa meanwhile forged ahead with plans to reopen, despite steadily rising cases.In Asia, however, swift lockdowns have largely made progress — including in Beijing, which said Friday it was lifting most travel restrictions after successfully containing a new outbreak. China also vowed to gradually phase out the slaughter and sale of live poultry at food markets.The virus is believed to have emerged at a market that sold live animals in the central city of Wuhan late last year.Topics : Another record number of coronavirus cases overshadowed the start of America’s Independence Day weekend Friday as the surge in infections prompted Britain to blacklist travelers from the US, intensifying its isolation.With beaches closed from coast to coast and officials urging Americans to stay home, the somber mood heading into what is usually a weekend of barbecues and sunshine underscored the struggle to extinguish COVID-19 at the epicenter of the global pandemic.”It is an unbelievable trajectory,” said Faisal Masud, director of critical care at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas, which officials say is dangerously close to being overwhelmed.last_img read more

Governor Wolf and First Lady Join Planned Parenthood for Panel Discussion on Women’s Health Care Rights and Access

first_img Healthcare,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Women’s Rights Blue Bell, Pa. – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf were in Blue Bell today to participate in a panel discussion and community forum on the importance of Planned Parenthood. The event was held at Montgomery County Community College’s main campus.The panel was moderated by Montgomery County Commissioner and physician Valerie Arkoosh. Other participants included Planned Parenthood medical providers, staff, and patients. The audience posed questions for the panel, seeking answers on everything from access to health care for immigrant women and proposed legislation in D.C. that could severely affect funding for Planned Parenthood.“As the U.S. Senate continues to consider changes to the American health care system, we need to reject flawed amendments and support bipartisan efforts to make health care more available and affordable for all Americans, including preserving funding for Planned Parenthood,” Governor Wolf said.Governor and First Lady Wolf were Planned Parenthood volunteers in York and continue to support women’s health care rights and access. In Pennsylvania, nearly 50 percent of Planned Parenthood’s health centers are in medically under-served areas. Last year, Planned Parenthood served about 90,000 patients in Pennsylvania and provided nearly 170,000 screenings for sexually transmitted diseases, over 9,000 cervical cancer screenings and 11,000 breast wellness exams.“It’s particularly important that we fight to oppose any legislation that limits access to health care for all,” Wolf said. “I am committed to doing all that I can to make sure Pennsylvania is a place that celebrates individual choice, liberty, and personal freedoms.” Governor Wolf and First Lady Join Planned Parenthood for Panel Discussion on Women’s Health Care Rights and Access September 19, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: National Honor Society officers are announced

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, April 18, 2016:Monday • Baseball/softball games postponed.Tuesday•Tennis at Circle, 1 p.m.•JV golf at Sierra Hills, 3 p.m.•Track at Caldwell, 3 p.m.WednesdayNo events reported.Thursday•Baseball at Circle.•Softball at Circle.•JV Golf at Hesston.•Powerlifting banquet, 6 p.m. at WHS Commons.Friday •Golf at Cherry Oaks.•Tennis at Winfield•Track at Clearwater.Today’s lunch —Chicken Fry Z’s, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Fresh Broccoli, Peaches, Hot Roll and Milk.Tuesday’s lunch — Pork Rib with Bun, Romaine and Tomato, Oven Fries, Mixed Fruit, Chocolate Chip Cookie and Milk.Today’s News: * The deadline to order the 2015-2016 WHS Yearbook is Friday April 29th. Cost is $42.00. You can order online at jostens.com or bring your money to Ms. Ford in room 409.*Attention Stuco Members- There will be a meeting this Wednesday at 7:15 in the auditorium. This will be a quick meeting about the election of officers for next year.*If you are interested in being a part of the WHS Color Guard next year- there will be an informational meeting this Thursday at 7:15 before school, or 3:25 after school. Please attend one of these meetings regarding upcoming tryouts. If you have questions or are unable to attend one of these meetings, please see Ms. Vaughn in room 112. Color guard is open to all students. If you enjoy acting, dancing, or performance of any kind, you are encouraged to try out. No experience is necessary.*Classic Movie Club will be showing the movie “Aliens” on Tuesday April 19th in room 205. Everyone is welcome to attend!*Congratulations to the 2016-2017 NHS OfficersPresident- Kayma BrandVice President- Will LongSecretary- Jenna RauschTreasurer- Kelsie HaydonHistorian- Lexi Saffell*The Josten’s Ring Man will  be here to deliver class rings Today  during lunch.  If you still have a balance due on your ring- don’t forget to bring your final payment. If you forgot to order your class ring on the original order day,  you can still order with the representative at this time. If you already have a class ring and it needs to be resized or repaired- bring it today and the Jostens man will take care of it for you.*Tim McLeod from Lincoln College of Technology will be in the Mrs. Chase’s classroom April 28th during 7th hour to give a presentation on Welding and Automotive Technology opportunities at Lincoln College.  Get permission from 7th hour teachers and then sign up with Mrs. Chase or Mr. Elder to attend the presentation.*Fall semester Ceramic, Jewelry and Independent study students.  If you have projects you would like to display in the annual showcase you need to bring them to Mrs. Groom this week.  If you would like to enter them in competition I need them by tomorrow.  We have competition on Wednesday April 20th and Friday April 22!*Madrigals auditions will be held after school on April 25th  and 26th. They will be blind auditions and anyone can audition. Please see Ms. Coldwell for more information.*Seniors: There will be a meeting on Wednesday, April 27th at 10 am in the Auditorium. If you are normally not here at that time, please try to make arrangements to attend the meeting. We will be discussing upcoming events, such as Baccalaureate, marching practice, senior night and graduation.*Prom Tickets will be for sale by the student entrance before and after school. Cost is $30 unless you sold 5 magazines your Junior year. Out of town dates are $30, unless you earned your ticket- then they are $15. You can sign up out-of-town dates in the office. If you are interested in participating in the entertainment portion of prom, please pick up a  prom entertainment application from Ms. Ford.*Seniors: If you are needing  extra graduation announcements, we do have a few in the counselor’s office. They are $1.25 each.*Seniors: If you were unable to pick up your Senior Orders, please stop by the counselors office. The order will need to be paid in full before you can pick up your items. At this time no personal checks will be allowed- cash or money orders only. If you are going to pay by credit or debit card you will need to contact Jostens. If you have not ordered your cap , gown, stole and tassel and you want to participate in graduation ceremonies, please go to jostens.com to place your order. You will need to do this as soon as possible.Guidance news:Monday, May 2 – Butler Community Colleges.Today is National…National Animal Crackers DayNational Lineman Appreciation Day.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Governor unveils streamlined app for felons seeking voting rights

first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds staff has created a one-page document for Iowa felons seeking the governor’s approval of the application to get their voting rights restored.“We’re streamlining the process,” Reynolds said Tuesday.The previous document was three pages long. The old process also required felons to compile paperwork about any fines and restitution they owe. Reynolds said her staff has access that information online.“Restoring voting rights is more than a trip to the ballot box,” Reynolds said. “It really resurrects dignity and begins re-entry into life as a contributing member of our communities.”Reynolds has been pressing lawmakers to set up the process for a constitutional amendment that would automatically restore voting rights to paroled felons. Some of the governor’s fellow Republicans in the legislature say they want to pass a law that would require repayment of all fines and restitution before a felon could get their voting rights. Reynolds has repeatedly emphasized that’s not required under the present system.“We should never lose sight of the victims,” Reynolds said Tuesday, “but these individuals are making efforts by a payment plan to pay back the debt that they owe and that satisfies our requirement to give them back their voting rights and I would hope, I want to make sure we can stay similar to something like that.”Drew Klein.Drew Klein of Americans for Prosperity joined Reynolds at her weekly news conference to emphasize his group’s support of the governor’s effort to automatically restore voting rights felons and avoid requiring that all restitution be repaid before they may vote.“A lot of times what we end up doing is we create a second tier or a second class of citizens and that in and of itself creates problems,” Klein said. “That contributes to the cycle of recidivism that ultimately creates new victims and imposes recurring costs on taxpayers as well.”The new, one-page application to the governor for voting rights restoration is being presented to felons as they exit prison. Betty Andrews, president of the Iowa-Nebraska chapter of the NAACP, said the governor is taking important steps to give more Iowans access to the political process.“But that doesn’t also mean that we are not very much interested in an executive order for voting,” Andrews said, “because we do think that is important in the interim.”Betty Andrews.Reynolds said if she issued an executive order, that could be “an easy out” for Republicans in the legislature who’re reluctant to change the constitution.“I don’t think voting rights should be forever banned and I don’t think that one individual should be making those decisions and I’m going to talk to them about why it’s important and see where we can find — that’s all part of the process — some common ground to get this done,” Reynolds said.The governor recently began calling paroled felons to whom she has granted voting rights. She’s offering to arrange those calls with legislators, too, to emphasize how much second chances mean to paroled Iowans.last_img read more