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

London asset pool appoints permanent CEO

first_imgO’Donnell added: “I am excited to be joining the CIV. Good progress has been made to date and I look forward to contributing to developing the model further and delivering further benefits for London boroughs.”Lord Kerslake praised the work of Hyde-Harrison, who helped enact a governance review of the London CIV after it emerged that several of its founding members were unhappy with the structure of the company.In February last year, a damning report from Willis Towers Watson highlighted distrust between stakeholders, political in-fighting and a lack of staff and resources as hampering the pool’s development. It called for “circuit-breaking change” in order to achieve the cost savings and efficiencies required by the UK government.Lord Kerslake said: “I would also like to put on record my immense gratitude to Mark Hyde-Harrison for all that he has done over the last year to move London CIV forward to a better place, including the new governance framework, a clearer strategic framework and working with the team to deliver some challenging objectives.” The London CIV, the asset pooling company for the UK capital’s 32 public sector pension schemes, has named Mike O’Donnell as its new chief executive, more than a year after his predecessor resigned.O’Donnell is a former executive director for finance at the London Borough of Camden and a former president of the Society of London Treasurers, and has also worked with the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) as a non-executive director.He will take over on 4 March from Mark Hyde-Harrison, who has been London CIV’s chief executive on an interim basis since its founding CEO Hugh Grover resigned in November 2017.London CIV chairman Lord Bob Kerslake said: “Mike is an experienced finance director who understands the needs of London CIV’s client shareholders well.”last_img read more

One injured in two-vehicle accident

first_imgMetamora, IN— Last week, Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident involving injuries on S.R. 229 at the intersection of Haytown Hill Road.Through the course of the investigation, deputies discovered that Jimmy J. Ison, age 44 of Metamora, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on Haytown Hill Road.  Ison told Deputies that he went to turn left onto S.R. 229, however, did not see the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, southbound on S.R. 229.Ison pulled into the intersection, colliding with the Chevrolet Cruze, being driven by Jennilee Collins.  Collins, age 36 of Metamora, told deputies that she was attempting to turn left onto Haytown Road when the collision occurred. Collins was transported by Brookville E.M.S. to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville for treatment of minor injuries.last_img read more

Baldwinsville boys soccer falls to Shenendehowa in AA regionals

first_imgBarely two minutes after B’ville went in front, Shen’s Jaylin Sikes put one past Andrew Taylor to tie it. Before the Bees could settle down, Reggie Durden, in the 14th minute, found the net.As if that wasn’t damaging enough, less than two minutes after Durden’s goal the Plainsmen attacked again, and once more succeeded as Rhys Hourmont got the goal.Three goals surrendered in a span of 10 minutes, from a team that had shut out 12 different foes this season, was a shock from which B’ville was unable to recover.Even though plenty of time remained, the Bees constantly met frustration in its attacks. Shen goalie Noah Flint dove to stop Tyler Johnson late in the first half, and Flint robbed Brennan Walsh with a diving save late in the second half.All told, B’ville took 13 shots, and Flint grabbed 12 of them, his work in the net the foundation of Shen’s latest state final four trip and the Bees’ latest state championship quest cut short of its ultimate destination.Now it will see another accomplished group of 14 seniors, including Kantak, Taylor, Tyler Johnson, Brennan Walsh, Dylan Killian, Sungwon Choi, Stephen Foertch, Nate Palmer and Riley Belknap, depart, their on-field legacy back-to-back sectional championships and a 2018 state final four appearance.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvilleboys soccer Shen had reached the summit six times before – five of them in the early 1990s (including four in a row), plus another in 2005. But it didn’t look like B’ville was intimidated of this legacy.In fact, just four minutes, 23 seconds into the game, the Bees capitalized on a free kick, Jared Kantak firing the ball into the net. It would turn out to be the last goal of B’ville’s season.Partially that was because the Plainsmen, instead of getting discouraged by such an early setback, responded in a manner that no other Bees opponent could equal this fall.center_img Nice as it was to repeat as Section III champions, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team would not gain full satisfaction until it had done something far bigger – namely, win the program’s first-ever state championship.Doing so required the Bees to knock off traditional Section II power Shenendehowa in last Saturday’s regional final at Colonie High School, near Albany.And when the Bees went in front in the opening minutes, great possibilities seemed to open up – until a nightmarish 15-minute stretch of production from the Plainsmen ruined all of those plans, B’ville ultimately taking a 3-1 defeat.last_img read more

Yukon Quest board announces best finances in 6 years

first_imgYukon Quest leaders announced a $38,000 surplus, the largest surplus the organization has seen in 6 years.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that leaders of the 1,000-mile Fairbanks-to-Whitehorse sled dog race announced the budget at their annual meeting Thursday. Board President Bill McDonald says he expects prize money for the race to stay the same or increase in 2015.The announcement comes in stark contrast to the organization’s Yukon board meeting held last week, where members announced a $50,000 debt. Yukon Quest has two nonprofit boards in both Alaska and Canada.The Quest has struggled to break even since the global recession reduced sponsorships and finances in 2009. Officials talked about halting the race four years ago and reduced the purse to $100,000 in 2013, half of 2007’s purse.last_img read more