As virus rages in US, Trump finally wears a mask

first_imgUS President Donald Trump wore a face mask in public for the first time Saturday, finally yielding to intense pressure to set a public health example as the coronavirus rampages across America.Trump had on a dark mask featuring the presidential seal as he walked through the corridors of Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington to meet with wounded veterans.  Trump strode past reporters and did not stop to speak to them about what had become a hotly anticipated moment–would he have a change of heart on a practice recommended by the government’s own medical experts, even as he resisted?”I’ve never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place,” Trump said as he left the White House.News reports this week said aides practically begged the president to relent and wear a mask in public — and let himself be photographed — as coronavirus cases soar in some states and as Trump trails Democrat Joe Biden badly in polls ahead of the November election.Trump has steadfastly defended his administration’s handling of the pandemic even though the US is the hardest-hit country in the world. The country has recently seen several days of more than 60,000 new cases, nearly 135,000 people have died and states have been left to figure out on their own how to reopen without a clear and coherent strategy from the White House.To wear a mask or not has become a sort of political fulcrum for a deeply divided America.Conservatives who back Trump often refuse to don one on grounds it impinges on their freedom, while progressives tend to back the practice as a show of collective responsibility at a time of a life-or-death crisis.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend people wear masks in public when they cannot engage in social distancing.But Trump — at political rallies, media briefings and elsewhere — has repeatedly avoided wearing a mask, even after staffers at the White House tested positive for the virus and as more aides, including Vice President Mike Pence, have taken to wearing them.In May Trump even made fun of Biden when the latter started wearing a mask in public, sharing a tweet that featured an unflattering photograph of the former vice president in a black face covering.Trump has reportedly told aides that wearing a mask would make him look weak and he could not stomach the idea of letting the media photograph him in one.Even Saturday as he left the White House to head to Walter Reed, Trump made it sound like he would wear a mask only because he would be in a hospital — not that he had come around and embraced the idea of donning one regularly.”I think when you’re in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, where you’re talking to a lot of soldiers and people that, in some cases, just got off the operating tables, I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask,” Trump told reporters.Topics :last_img read more

Questionnable Youth Leaders

first_imgMore and more youth athletic leagues are running into problems by hiring a coach and finding out later he has, or is, involved with unlawful behavior of juveniles.  Most of these leagues do background checks, but these individuals seem to be able to hide this behavior quite well.  With school systems hiring more and more lay coaches, the school administration is opening itself for a possible bad hiring choice.  In most small communities the school system stays with individuals who have shown over a long enough period of time to be just as safe for the children as school personnel.  No one can be 100% certain today who might be lurking out there just waiting for an opportunity.  As you have seen, teachers are not immune to this type of behavior either.  For the most part, the lay coaches are dedicated volunteers who only have the young people’s athletic development at heart.  Without these people, school systems would not be able to keep their athletic program afloat.  Due to sheer numbers of volunteers needed and the increased number of dollars not available to schools, the school administration cannot afford to pay certified teacher rates for all coaching positions–especially in intermediate and middle schools.  Some of these individuals actually volunteer their time.  Many thanks to them!last_img read more

Spectacular sights of the supermoon caught over Donegal

first_imgThe expected views of the rare supermoon in the sky last night were sadly blocked by heavy cloud cover across the county. But when the clouds broke, some talented photographers caught great snaps of the phenomenon over Donegal.Last night’s full moon was the closest, brightest and largest moon since 1948. The full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov 25, 2034, so this was a very special sight. Check out these stunning photos from last night’s lunar show. Send in your photos to be featured in this picture special.Photo from Kerrykeel by Shaun EganAnthony McGlynn’s supermoon capture over Whitecross Raphoe. 10,30pmSupermoon rise from Ballyshannon by Chris DykesPhoto by Michael Mc DaidSpectacular sights of the supermoon caught over Donegal was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalmoonPhotographysupermoonweatherlast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Beleaguered Cardinals left tackle Levi Brown knows the spotlight is on him, and it’s likely brighter than usual after allowing three sacks — two of which led to fumbles — in Sunday’s 27-24 loss to St. Louis. “I can handle it,” Brown said. “The spotlight’s always on me. I get back to work Wednesday and I’ll do what I gotta do.”The line allowed pressure on 15 of Carson Palmer’s 44 dropbacks, according to Pro Football Focus, with Brown and right tackle Eric Winston each allowing five. Though Pro Football Focus gave Brown a -2.8 grade in pass protection, he was the only Cardinals offensive lineman to grade positive for run blocking. – / 27 Head coach Bruce Arians said a left tackle’s struggles stand out more than any other position on the line, and while Brown “reverted back” to bad habits in technique at times, he was able to stop Rams defensive end Robert Quinn “a bunch,” and was effective in the run game. “You do poorly on four plays (three sacks and one holding penalty), they’re really going to stand out at left tackle,” Arians said. “When you give up the big ones and there are sack-fumbles, there is concern. But I think they are correctable.”Cardinals general manager Steve Keim had a slightly different take on Brown’s struggles. “There’s no way to sugar coat it,” Keim told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf Monday. “I take it personal, because it wasn’t good enough. And I think it starts with me. It comes down to making sure that (offensive coordinator) Harold Goodwin and (offensive line coach) Larry Zierlein continue to work with him.” Brown and Arians said much of his struggles are technique related, specifically regarding his hand placement in pass protection. “Obviously what they told me is correctable,” said Brown, who saw his first regular-season action since 2011 on Sunday after suffering a torn right triceps last preseason. “Whether there was or wasn’t rust, that’s not the result I wanted to get.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more