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

Duterte slams Drilon on ‘Build, build, build’

first_imgThe government since then revised its “Build, Build, Build” list, which now covers 100 projects from the initial 75. Some infrastructure projects were scrapped due to feasibility issues. In an interview with GMA News’ 24 Orason Monday evening, President Duterte said that the Ilonggo senator seemed doesnot know how to count and only knows how to criticize. The President added: “Hindi mo pa ginawa, sinasabi na may corruption diyan,eh di ‘wag na lang. Hindi nya tinitignan, he does not really know to count.” “If it’s a statement just to… adelusion, wala tayong magawa, libre yane. People judge best when they condemn,” the President further said. During the Senate Budget hearing lastweek, Drilon said the administration’s infrastructure program was a “dismalfailure” as only nine of the 75 flagship projects have started construction. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterteslammed opposition senator Franklin Drilon for branding the administration’sflagship infrastructure program “Build, Build, Build” as a failure. President Rodrigo Duterte and opposition senator Franklin Drilon “You can see for yourself. Ilang airport, ngayon you travel around, look at Luzon, look at the stretch,”Duterte said. “‘Yung mga perennial ano niya… Because of statements that areout of tune.” The updated list covers flagship infrastructure projects under five categories namely; transport and mobility; power; water; information and communications technology; and urban development and renewal./PNlast_img read more

Lakers’ Nick Young believes Byron Scott unfairly criticizes him

first_imgThe news hit Lakers forward Nick Young with both sadness and resignation. The Lakers have ruled out Young’s return in the 2014-15 season after nursing a fractured left kneecap for the past six weeks. “It’s tough,” Young told the Los Angeles News Group before the Lakers–Clippers game Sunday at Staples Center. “I’ll look toward next year.”Lakers coach Byron Scott reiterated Saturday that Young needs to return with a more balanced game, one that includes passing and defense to supplement his high-volume shooting. With Young averaging 13.4 points per game this season on a career-low 36.6-percent shooting, Scott also threatened to reduce his minutes if the Lakers upgrade their roster this summer. “I’m used to it right now, hearing what Byron has to say,” said Young, who is in the first season of a four-year deal worth $21.5 million “I take it with a grain of salt.” Some NBA players are starting to decline at the age of 30, even if only slightly. But Clippers guard J.J. Redick has peaked.Redick averaged 20.6 points in the month of March and his surge continued Saturday when he scored 25 points to lead the Clippers to a 107-92 victory at Denver. He averaged 25 points in two games this month ahead of Sunday’s game, and his career-high season average increased to 16.2.“Who you are changes and it changes quickly sometimes,” said Redick, a nine-year NBA veteran. “This is what I’m doing right now and, hopefully, I can continue to do this — outside shooting, scoring points — all that stuff, going into the playoffs.”Redick is shooting career highs both in field-goal percentage (47.4) and 3-point shooting (43.4). Clippers coach Doc Rivers declined to entertain whether Redick will become an All-Star-caliber player if he continues to play this way. He’s just stoked about what he’s seeing.“Get out of that,” Rivers said of the All-Star talk. “But he is just playing great for us, and that’s all I care about. It has been nice and that’s so important for our team.”Tourney talkLakers forward and former Duke standout Ryan Kelly likes the Blue Devils’ chances in the NCAA men’s basketball national championship game against Wisconsin today. “They’re playing well at the right time,” Kelly said. “The biggest thing is they bought in defensively.”Kelly also predicted Duke freshman forward Jahlil Okafor is “going to be a really good NBA player.”“His offensive skill level is off the charts,” said Kelly, who raved about his 6-foot-10, 270 pound frame and large hands. “Offensively, it’ll translate. Defensively, he’ll have to figure it out. But everybody does.” Does Young take Scott’s words as valuable feedback?“Nah,” Young said. “I don’t know. I feel like it’s just a target toward me. It’s a little unfair. But it’s cool.”Yet, Young vowed he will improve his game this offseason. But he currently remains confined toward only completing conditioning and shooting drills. “I’m trying to stay in shape. I don’t want to get fat,” Young said. “I’ll continue to work out, work hard and stay Swaggy.”Better with agecenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more