Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

first_imgAfter a public records request, student journalists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, exposed internal faculty dissent over reopening plans and advance warning from epidemiologists long before school closed for in-person learning early in the semester. “You could see a direct line from the decisions they made in May,” said Elizabeth Moore, 20, a senior editor at The Daily Tar Heel, the student paper. “That ended up causing some harm. A lot of people got sick, and people got displaced from dorms.” A surge in daily infections is forcing a reckoning in the Netherlands, which has long prided itself on efficient government — some say to the point of smugness. And, as local journalists, they’re also telling the story of their community as people try to adjust to life during the virus. “You’re not parachuting in,” Oyin Adedoyin, 21, the editor in chief of The Spokesman, the student newspaper at Morgan State University, Maryland’s largest historically Black university. She partnered with the Poynter Institute to report on health disparities in Baltimore’s Black community. “You literally live it.” Resurgences When the election is decided: If Mr. Trump prevails, Americans can expect him to double down on prioritizing the economy over public health, demanding that schools reopen, and dismissing mask wearing and restrictions on large gatherings in favor of promises of therapeutics and vaccines.If Joe Biden is elected, he would prepare to put his plan in place for ramping up testing, ensuring a steady supply of protective equipment, distributing a vaccine when available, securing money from Congress for schools and hospitals, and possibly putting in place a national mask mandate.Student journalists find Covid scoopsAs local news hollows out, college journalists are sometimes the only reporters left in town. Now, as American colleges have become a major source of coronavirus outbreaks, with at least 214,000 cases linked to campuses, they are on the front lines of a vital national story. – Advertisement – Often, they have to report on their own campus communities, breaking news about poorly organized administrative responses and irresponsible revelers. “It’s up to us to report on it,” said Eli Hoff, 19, the managing editor of The Maneater, a student newspaper at the University of Missouri. Before the semester even started, Hoff and his colleagues broke news about outbreaks in fraternities, which drew prank calls and harassment by Greek members.“It’s weird being a student reporting on other students,” he said. “Not only am I a student reporting on them, but their actions have such a personal impact on me.” The coming months look grim Votes are still being counted in the presidential race, but no matter who wins, President Trump will lead the country’s response to the virus during the next few months — which look likely to be the bleakest and potentially deadliest period of the pandemic.Infections are escalating toward a record-breaking 100,000 cases a day, hospitals are strained and deaths are rising. At least 22 states have added more cases over the last week than in any other weeklong stretch of the pandemic, and the country recorded 1,130 deaths on Tuesday, one of the highest daily totals since the surge this summer ended.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img One person Mr. Trump does listen to is Dr. Scott Atlas, a radiologist who now serves as his coronavirus adviser. Dr. Atlas has questioned the effectiveness of mask wearing and has suggested that the government should let the pandemic run its course — a position that has been adopted by some Republican governors — and one that health experts and epidemiologists say would lead to hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths.- Advertisement – France, facing a backlash from small businesses closed during a second national lockdown, has ordered big retailers to stop selling books, clothes, toys, flowers and other nonessential items. The order set off chaos and confusion. El Paso counted 3,100 cases, a record high, and its hospitals are reaching a breaking point, the El Paso Times reports. Kenya, where cases are rising, extended a curfew and banned political gatherings. Here’s a roundup of restrictions in all 50 states.What else we’re followingWhat you’re doingThis pandemic has made it close to impossible to communicate with our 93-year-old deaf and blind aunt, who is in a nursing home. We used to hug and touch her to get her attention but now that is not an option. So we use her favorite foods and treats to make her aware that we still love her and care enough to visit. The staff passes her blueberries, milk chocolate, potato chips, and cold water from home in a special container she is used to. Then she knows we are somewhere near by. Sometimes her sock-covered toes stick out under the Plexiglas shield so we can tickle her and get her laughing! It is so good to see her smile and chuckle.— Patricia Alt, Madison Township, Pa.Let us know how you’re dealing with the pandemic. Send us a response here, and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter.Sign up here to get the briefing by email.Email your thoughts to Did a friend forward you the briefing? Sign up here. In Europe, which is being hit by a similarly ferocious fall wave, many countries have announced fresh restrictions in the last several days to slow the spread of the virus. But there is deep skepticism that the American president will follow suit in the coming weeks.Even if Mr. Trump is not re-elected, he will keep his job until Jan. 20 and he has been sticking to his message that the country is “rounding the corner” on the virus. He has largely shut down the White House Coronavirus Task Force and has stopped listening to his health officials. last_img read more

EFL approve Derby County takeover by Sheikh Khaled Zayed Bin Saquer Zayed Al Nayhan | Football News

first_imgDerby’s prospective takeover by Abu Dhabi royal family member Sheikh Khaled Zayed Bin Saquer Zayed Al Nayhan has been approved by the English Football League. Sheikh Khaled, who is the cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, fronts Bin Zayed International LLC and previously made high-profile bids to buy Premier League clubs Liverpool and Newcastle.- Advertisement – Former Derby head coach Steve McClaren says the club and its boss Phillip Cocu are ‘underachieving’ with the Rams second from bottom in the Championship. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The impending deal, which has been agreed in principle following discussions with Derby owner Mel Morris, was discussed at an EFL board meeting on Thursday.Derby said in a club statement: “Derby County Football Club’s Owner and Executive Chairman Mel Morris CBE has been in discussion with Derventio Holdings (UK) Limited since May in relation to taking over the ownership the club. 0:55 Derby are second-bottom of the Championship table after a six-game run without a win since the October international break, form that has increased the scrutiny on manager Phillip Cocu.Dutchman Cocu, who has won just won of his opening 10 league games this season, will not be in the dugout against Barnsley on Saturday as he and Morris are self-isolating after club chief executive Stephen Pearce tested positive for coronavirus.Cocu and Morris, who has already publicly backed the Dutchman earlier this season, both came into contact with Pearce during individual meetings. “These talks progressed to the point where a deal has, in principle, been agreed between the two parties.“The club’s submission under the Owners and Director’s test for Derventio was approved by the EFL board on Thursday.Derventio Holdings (UK) Limited, who’s ultimate controlling entity is Bin Zayed International LLC, owned by Sheikh Khaled Zayed Bin Saquer Zayed Al Nayhan, may now proceed with the transaction, which is a expected to close very soon.” Wayne Rooney is 'disappointed and angry' with the situationImage:Wayne Rooney is the Derby captain – Advertisement –last_img read more

Warner, Head send records tumbling on Australia Day

first_imgDAVID Warner and Travis Head combined for Australia’s highest ODI opening stand, blasting 284 runs to end the Pakistan series on a record-breaking high.As the Adelaide crowd celebrated Australia Day, they were given plenty to cheer about by Warner (179) and Head (128), who scored the vast bulk of an imposing 369-7.As well as breaking new ground for their country, the opening pair fell just two runs short of Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga’s all-time record of 286, set in 2006.Warner’s sixth hundred of the 2016-17 calendar ties an ODI record set by Kumar Sangakkara, while Head’s maiden international 50-over century suggests a destructive partnership that could be in place for this year’s Champions Trophy.In response, Pakistan capitulated to 312 all out despite Babar Azam’s century, as the hosts wrapped up a 4-1 series win.But the day belonged to Warner, his explosive improvement in the series seeing him score 58 in the first three games – and 309 in the latter two.It could have been all so different however, had Pakistan captain Azhar Ali clung onto a sharp diving catch when Warner edged Mohammad Amir into the cordon.The last ODI at the Adelaide Oval had featured a spell of bowling brilliance from Wahab Riaz that had Shane Watson hopping around his crease, but bat comfortably won the battle with ball this time around and once Amir’s early swing faded, and the left-armer burned Pakistan’s review, Warner and Head dominated.Warner was already 35 off 25 deliveries when Amir thought he had him caught behind – the 30-year-old responded by belting the hapless Hasan Ali (2-100) for two fours in the next over, as he was consigned to become the 10th bowler in ODI history to concede 100 runs in a match.Wahab (1-62) and Mohammad Hafeez (0-43) combined to slow things down a touch, but Warner was still ticking along nicely and two sixes from Hafeez’s fifth over restored order.Warner reached the nineties from 65 balls, but then took 12 deliveries to negotiate his way to 99 before a defensive push took him to three figures and around the square in leaping celebration.Head was yet to pass 50, but a boundary did the job in the next over and a home-ground hundred was not far behind on the cut shot.Warner’s fourth maximum had put the stand into Australian record territory but the cramping left-hander was eventually out in the 42nd over and carving Junaid Khan (2-61) to point, sparking a chaotic end to the innings that continued with captain Steve Smith (4) falling after two balls.A Glenn Maxwell cameo alongside Head put the crowd on alert, while the South Australia captain was given a standing ovation from the field when he fell to Hasan, who had the last laugh, but not the loudest.Sharjeel Khan helped Pakistan to 140-1 before he went for a 69-ball 79 but, though Azam struck his fourth ODI ton, Pakistan never looked like reaching their target and Mitchell Starc (4-42) starred with the ball to ensure a dominant Australia win.AUSTRALIA inningsD. Warner c B. Azam b J. Khan 179T. Head c Az. Ali b H. Ali 128S. Smith c Riaz b J. Khan 4G. Maxwell c Hafeez b Amir 13M. Wade c Malik b H. Ali 8P. Handscomb c Hafeez b Riaz 1J. Faulkner not out 18M. Starc run-out (Rizwan) 6P. Cummins not out 1Extras: (b-1, lb-4, w-6) 11Total: (for 7 wickets, 50 overs) 369Fall of wickets: 1-284, 2-288, 3-323, 4-336, 5-342, 6-351, 7-367.Bowling: M. Amir 10-0-71-1 (w-1), J. Khan 10-0-61-2 (w-2), H. Ali 9-0-100-2 (w-1), M. Hafeez 7-0-43-0, W. Riaz 10-0-62-1 (w-2), S. Malik 4-0-27-0.PAKISTAN inningsAz. Ali lbw b Starc 6Sh. Khan c Wade b Starc 79B. Azam c Head b Hazlewood 100M. Hafeez c Smith b Starc 3S. Malik retired hurt 10U. Akmal c Wade b Cummins 46M. Rizwan c Starc b Cummins 6M. Amir c Maxwell b Faulkner 17W. Riaz b Starc 17H. Ali stp. Wade b Zampa 13J. Khan not out 0Extras: (lb-2, w-13) 15Total; (all out, 49.1 overs) 312Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-140, 3-145, 4-220, 5-246, 6-276, 7-282, 8-312, 9-312.Bowling: M. Starc 9.1-1-42-4 (w-3), J. Hazlewood 10-0-74-1 (w-5), P. Cummins 10-0-60-2 (w-2), J. Faulkner 9-0-60-1 (w-1), A. Zampa 9-0-61-1 (w-2), T. Head 2-0-13-0.last_img read more