Texas surges past California to become state with most COVID-19 cases

first_imgStates like Texas, Florida, and Georgia’s Republican leadership scoffed at early prevention measures like mask mandates and shutting down indoor businesses. Since the initial wave of the pandemic hit our country in February, March, and April, these states have seen exploding numbers. Over the last two weeks however, Texas has surged to a positivity rate of 10.72%. The national average is 6.6%. Cars line up for Covid-19 tests at the University of Texas El Paso on October 23, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. - The city has seen a surge in cases, reporting over 1,150 new cases on October 22. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo by PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images)Testing site in El Paso, TX, on Oct. 23, 2020More than 29 million people live in Texas. The state’s cases per 100,000 population is 3,269.84. By comparison, California—home to more than 39 million people—has a rate of 2,371.56 cases per 100,000.Three days ago, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego tweeted: “The County is currently working on creating more space at our Medical Examiner’s Office parking lot so that we can get a 3rd mobile morgue unit. If that doesn’t put our situation into perspective I don’t know what will.” NPR reports that as of Nov. 3, it looks like El Paso has added a fourth “mobile morgue.” This is because as COVID-19 cases surge, death rates go up. They go up because resources and access for people become stretched thin, and Americans pay for this lack of infrastructure and leadership.- Advertisement – Will this reality have any effect on the close races of Republican duds like Sen. John Cornyn of Texas? It remains to be seen, but he has clearly felt the shift in his state from complacency to anger. – Advertisement –last_img read more

It’s On Us: Everyone Can Play a Part in Eliminating Sexual Assault on Campuses. Here’s How.

first_img September 07, 2016 Intervene.Bystander intervention is crucial. Intervention takes place at all levels—pre, during, and post assault. Don’t look the other way—be good friend and Samaritan.Believe and respect the victim and her choices.False reports of rape are statistically low. When we perpetuate rape myths and stereotypes, we create an intolerance and unwillingness to report or hold rapists accountable.Take the “It’s On Us” pledge.Pledge to RECOGNIZE that non-consensual sex is sexual assault; to IDENTIFY situations in which sexual assault may occur; to INTERVENE in situations where consent has not or cannot be given; and to CREATE an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported. You can take the pledge on Governor Wolf’s website here.Please join with Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Commission for Women in making a personal commitment to being part of the solution that keeps Pennsylvania students safe on our college campuses. We are proud of our students and wish them a positive, healthy, and successful school year. It’s On Us PA,  PSA,  The Blog Pennsylvania is the proud home to some of the very best institutions of higher education in the United States. This fall, students are returning to these campuses with high hopes and dreams of prosperous futures.However, in addition to students being academically enriched, it is important for students to be educated on the realities of sexual violence and the best practices for prevention. The harsh statistics show that approximately one in five women and one in sixteen men will be sexually assaulted while in college.In January 2016, Governor Wolf implemented “It’s On Us PA,” a prevention education program that also emphasizes bystander intervention. We want our students to be safe and “It’s On Us,” all of us, to be aware, engaged and responsive to this problem.As a student, awareness is key to prevention. Here are some ways in which you can do that: Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Practice active consent.The old adage, “no means no,” is no longer applicable. It is time to shift the paradigm to “yes means yes.” Past consent is not a substitute for current consent.Engage in healthy relationships.Healthy relationships are based on mutual respect, trust, and communication. If you do not feel respected or valued in your relationship, move on—a better partner is out there.Refrain from excessive alcohol and drug use.According to the U.S. Department of Justice, National Crime Victimization Study, 75 percent of acquaintance rapes involved alcohol or drug use. Alcohol and drugs reduce inhibitions and may negate consent. Know your limits and do not leave your drinks unattended. While drugs and alcohol are not the cause of campus rape, it is a common factor in many of these crimes. However, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, does not render permission to rape or be raped.Be an advocate.Whether you are advocating for yourself, a friend or just women in general, students often do not realize the power of their voices. Colleges have the obligation to provide sexual assault awareness programs and to ensure that their campus is not a hostile environment for its students. Colleges should also have support services in place to assist students who are in need. Student advocacy is often the catalyst for change on college campuses. For information related to student advocacy and how you can make positive change on your campus, visit www.endrapeoncampus.org.Help is available.There is a rape crisis center that services all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. They offer free crisis counseling 24 hours a day. Call 1-888-772-7227 to locate the rape crisis center in your county.As a society, we need to be vocally intolerant of crimes of sexual violence. Only when we openly abhor such behavior will it be curtailed. Here are some ways in which we can do that: It’s On Us: Everyone Can Play a Part in Eliminating Sexual Assault on Campuses. Here’s How. By: Randi Teplitz, Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and Professor of Legal Studies at Central Penn College   SHARE  TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Swimming legend buys down the road from Gold Coast home

first_imgGiaan Rooney. Picture: Jerad WilliamsSWIM star turned television personality Giaan Rooney has bought an investment property just a few doors down from her family home on the Gold Coast — and it’s available for rent now.The new mum and Channel 7 presenter paid $750,000 for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house on 531 sqm on the waterfront in Broadbeach Waters.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREIt has just been listed for rent at $620 a week through Harcourts Broadbeach – Mermaid Waters and marketed as an “immaculate modernised home” in “one of the best streets in Broadbeach Waters”.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago‘New Bulimba’ on Brisbane’s baysideMassive penthouse sale overnightBrisbane still top pick for propertyThe Queensland swimmer and husband, Sam Levett, paid $860,000 for their home just the road when they relocated from Melbourne in 2015.She recently gave birth to the couple’s second child, Alexa — a sister for their three-year-old, Zander.last_img read more

Aero Race Wheels begins third decade as IMCA sponsor

first_imgESTHERVILLE, Iowa – Aero Race Wheels begins its third decade of IMCA sponsorship by renewing an awards program rewarding drivers in five divisions.The Estherville, Iowa, manufacturer also begins its second decade as title sponsor of the popular feature win decal program.Forty dollar product certificates, applicable toward the purchase of two wheels, go to designated place finish­ers at 80 special events for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.Those awards will be mailed from the IMCA home office the week after official results from are received.Allstar Performance state champions in the same divisions get $25 product certificates, to be presented dur­ing the national IMCA banquet in November or mailed beginning in December.“For 20 years, AERO Race Wheels has been supporting IMCA racing and its drivers, and we take great pride in doing so,” Aero Marketing Manager Kelli Peton said. “We believe a great deal in the IMCA mission and the benefits it brings to our industry. We hope to continue to provide a superior product to IMCA racers across the globe for years to come.”Feature win decals are to be given to drivers following sanctioned weekly or special events feature victories.Information about Aero-made wheels is available at the www.aeroracewheel.com web­site, by calling 888 895-2376 and on Facebook.“We’ve been able to work with Aero to not only develop quality wheels for IMCA racers, but maintain and enhance the safety of them as well,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “It takes a strong relationship to endure more than two decades of sponsorship and it is something we take great pride in with Aero Race Wheels.”last_img read more

Judge rules against proposed Brookville Lake-area CAFO

first_imgBrookville, In. — A Fayette County Superior Court Judge has ruled against a confined animal feeding operation near Brookville Lake. Thirteen landowners filed the lawsuit against the Franklin County Board of Zoning Appeals.At least three members of the board had to vote in favor of the conditional use permit for the CAFO to continue operation. One of the “yes” vote came from Jeff Batcheler, the judge ruled that vote invalid because Batchler does not own property in Franklin County.The Citizens Input Committee ruled previously that board members must also be Franklin County landowners.The CAFO project was proposed by Scott and Susan Cooper from Liberty.last_img read more

Two vehicle accident throws motorcyclist from bike

first_imgBatesville, IN—Late Friday afternoon, Batesville Police and Batesville Fire and EMS responded to the intersection of State Road 46 and Mitchell Avenue for a motor vehicle accident between a passenger car and motorcycle. The initial investigation revealed Eykis B. Fullenkamp, 20, of Batesville was traveling eastbound on State Road 46 operating a 2017 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.While traveling eastbound, Fullenkamp had a 2009 Pontiac passenger car, driven by Rose M. Foster, age 59, pull across his lane of travel attempting to access Mitchell Avenue. As a result, Fullenkamp’s motorcycle collided with the front portion of Foster’s vehicle, causing Fullenkamp to be ejected from his motorcycle and be thrown into the curb of Mitchell Avenue. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. Fullenkamp was subsequently treated by Batesville EMS and transported to Margaret Mary Health for further treatment of non-life threatening injuries.last_img read more

Unruh event focuses on tuition hikes

first_imgThe Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted its first “Students Talk Back: A Weekly Politics and Public Policy Forum” discussion of the semester Wednesday in partnership with the USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans and the Daily Trojan. This week’s topic was “Making College Affordable,” a bipartisan discussion on how to pay for college.The talk was moderated by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, and Yasmeen Serhan,  managing editor of the Daily Trojan.The panel included Larry Gordon, education writer at the Los Angeles Times; Sarah Dhanaphatana, secretary of the College Republicans and deputy features editor; and Audrey Dow, vice president of external affairs for the Campaign for College Opportunity.The discussion began by noting the $2,000 increase in USC tuition this year and how tuition hikes affected not just USC students, but all students throughout the state. Dhanaphatana attributed these increases in tuition to institutional spending, asserting that the greater spending there is on things such as new facilities and administrators, the greater the need for an increase in tuition costs.According to Dow, whose work focuses on improving access to higher education, California needs to do more to meet the increasing demand for an educated work force. Dow said that because of the changing economy, more workers will be required in the next five years and that, by 2020, 60 percent of those workers will be required to have a post-secondary education.“In California, we’re 1 million baccalaureate degrees short of what our economy needs to sustain itself,” Dow said. “We are not producing the number of graduates that we need to sustain the quality of life that you and I enjoy.”Serhan then asked the panelists what universities could do to ensure that they are meeting the demands of the growing population and economy. Dow said California needs to rethink financial aid packages because they don’t do a good job of reflecting the real costs of college, given that they only estimate the costs outside of tuition, such as living expenses, books and supplies.“Millions of students in California are working adults that have family and obligations, and financial aid has not caught up with that,” Dow said.Dhanaphatana added that financial aid packages should be more transparent. Many students that actually qualify for financial aid and federal grants don’t take advantage of them because, at 18 years old, they do not fully understand all the costs and forms involved in the application.  Additionally, she argued that private universities need to rethink their spending, given that they are allocating millions of dollars to revamping campus facilities in order to make their institutions more attractive for high school seniors while also driving tuition costs up for their existing students.“It’s taking away the actual focus of what is important for an undergraduate and higher education,” Dhanaphatana said. “There needs to be a shift in focus on what the universities are spending their time and money on.”When discussing student loans and how they affect college graduates, Gordon added that a lot of people are changing their career plans to better fit their need to pay off student loans. However, he believes that newspapers are also guilty of hyping up the most extreme cases of what is happening. Gordon said that in comparison to other states, Californians are lucky that their debt is fairly manageable.Katrina Shebanow, a senior majoring in international relations, said she witnessed the rise in USC’s tuition. Her brother graduated from USC two years before her, and she noticed that her parents were paying much more for her schooling than for her brother’s. Concerned about the rising costs, she asked Gordon what private institutions had to say in their defense. Gordon answered that the majority of the students don’t pay the sticker price for college and that it was more useful to analyze the average cost students are paying, not the total listed price.Amira Perryman, a senior majoring in international relations, said the event opened her mind about the issue of rising tuition.“I came into [the event] with a narrow perspective because I am a college student and affected by the issue of tuition,” she said. “It was really interesting to learn about how the issue of tuition affects others and the community.”After the panel, Jong Su Kim, a freshman majoring in international relations, said that he enjoyed the event and wished it had been longer.“I wish there were more advertisements for this,” he said. “I have a lot of friends that might be interested in this type of stuff, but they never know about it.”last_img read more

Ekweremadu Salutes Paralympic Contingent, Says Ability is in Mind

first_imgFINAL MEDALS TABLE                            Gold        Silver      BronzeChina                     107          81            51Great Britain           64            39            44Ukraine                   41            37            39United States          40            44            31(17)Nigeria             8               2              2Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram .as Lions Club pledged more support for physically challengedBy Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja and Olakiitan Victor in Ado EkitiThe Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday described the Nigerian contingent to the Rio Paralympics in Brazil as true heroes, whom he said gave their best to their fatherland.He said with 12 medals, including two gold medals, and some world record-breaking performance, the team had not only put up its best performance ever by any Nigerian contingent to the paralympics, but had also shown that ability was in the mind.Ekweremadu, in his congratulatory message to Team Nigeria signed by his Special Adviser, Media, Uche Anichukwu, called on other Nigerian athletes and national teams to emulate the exceptional spirit exhibited by the Paralympians.He said: “I salute Team Nigeria for their patriotism and the sheer willpower exhibited. This will no doubt lift the spirit of the nation at this difficulty time. It is my hope that their compatriots who will fly the Nigerian flag at future competitions will imbibe their determination, for they have shown that ability is in the mind.It is also my hope that we learn the lesson as a nation to give everyone and every constituent part the opportunity to contribute to national development.”While calling on both the federal government and Nigerians to accord the team a heroic reception and accordingly reward them, Ekweremadu reiterated the need for drastic and urgent steps to reposition the nation’s sports sector. He also emphasised the need to revive school sporting competitions with a view to grooming future champions.In a related development, the Lions Club International,has urged government and well-meaning Nigerians to contribute to development of untapped talents at the grassroots..Lions Club District 404B 2  gave the advice during the Region 10 (Ekiti Axis) quarterly sports activities, organised to encourage members to engage in sporting games  that will elongate their lifespan .The  immediate past President of  Ado-Ekiti Central Lions’ Club, Lions Taiwo Odebunmi ,who coordinated  the committee for the sports programme held at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend  said: “We discover that many Lions Club members are hard working, some are civil servants, some are private businessmen who spend a lot of time in office, sitting down , doing a lot of businesses and do not have time to loosen up.“We discover that many of the causes of deaths is hypertension and we don’t want any of our members to suffer such because we need them. The longer they live, the better for our club, the better for the less privileged.” This is why our district lion Governor, Lion Adewunmi, has decided that during this year, we will engage our people in sporting activities so that they can improve their health.  So, we chose to organize the sporting activities on quarterly.” We have organised sports contests among youths in schools across Ekiti, but what we are doing today is the maiden edition of the sports involving Lions in the state.last_img read more

Adam Schefter rips NFL for holding draft while ‘we’re carrying out more bodies’

first_imgWhile nearly every sporting event is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL is moving forward with the draft later this month.The league did make changes to the event, moving it from Las Vegas to a virtual production, but ESPN reporter Adam Schefter is still bothered by the fact it’s continuing as planned otherwise. Schefter is usually a reserved reporter, providing transactional updates through his Twitter account. But Tuesday night, he let his voice be heard.Appearing on “SportsCenter,” Schefter went on a rant regarding the decision to continue the draft, taking an unusually strong stance.MORE: Roger Goodell wants you to shut the hell up about moving the NFL Draft dateMORE: Adam Schefter’s NFL Draft proposal is a terrible idea and fans hate it”But we right now, according to various news reports, are 2-to-3 weeks away from the peak of this virus. Which means that the peak could fall right on the NFL Draft. So as we’re carrying out more bodies, and as there’s more and more carnage in the streets of our cities, we’re drafting players and watching them go to teams. It seems kind of cold-hearted to be perfectly frank,” Schefter said.Schefter continued on to say OTAs are not going to happen, but people within the league are optimistic that training camp will start on time. But the veteran reporter said while we all want football to happen this year, we have to be realistic about what’s going on in the world and whether it truly makes sense to go on. “The draft is happening only through the sheer force and determination and lack of foresight from the NFL, frankly,” Schefter said. “They are determined to put this on while there is carnage in the streets.”Schefter’s tone changed dramatically from a week ago, when he proposed the NFL Draft be carried out over a seven-night stretch, with one round happening each night.The NFL Draft is currently scheduled to go on, starting Thursday, April 23 through Saturday, April 25.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson U12 Girl’s Selects

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the squad as Team of the Week.The team includes, Azkenik Torres-Pratt, Jayda Greenaway, sola Vandonselaar, Gabby Bobby, Alexa Anast, Dafni Van Hellemond. Skyla Short, Taya Short, Eliza Jefferson, Lucy Leishman, Jaylen Rushton and coach  Rick Short. The Nelson Selects breezed to the U12 Girls Gold Medal at the recent Shores to Score Youth Soccer Tournament in Salmon Arm.The Selects outscored the opposition 14-5 en route to an impressive 4-0 record.last_img read more