States 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%. 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 –
Bloomington, In. — A new report from WalletHub says college students and graduates are carrying $1.38 trillion dollars in outstanding loans. The report ranks Bloomington, Indiana in the top 10 for the ‘Most Overleveraged City.’ A link to the full study is here.
The Batesville Lady Bulldogs have captured The Girls Cross Country Region Crown at Franklin. Greensburg places 5th and qualifies for The Semi-States. East Central was 8th, South Ripley 9th, and South Dearborn 10th. New Palestine won The Rushville Regionals. Rushville was 7th, Franklin County 8th, and Union County 9th.Individually qualifying for The Semi-States are Rachel Campbell and Emilee Wedding-East Central, Lanie Nicholson-South Ripley, Jenna Walton-North Decatur, Lauren Kelly and Katelyn Meyer-Franklin County, Rachel Rohe-South Dearborn, and Hannah Morgan-Lawrenceburg.Center Grove won The Boys Regional title at Franklin. Batesville finished 3rd and will advance to The Semi-States. Oldenburg was 6th, Greensburg 7th, East Central 9th and Jac-Cen-Del 10th. Franklin Central won The Regionals at Rushville. Rushville was 6th and Connersville 10th.Individually qualifying for The Semi-States are Tyler Kuntz and Dylan Fledderman-Oldenburg, Damon Hughes-Jac-Cen-Del, Mike Schwebach-East Central, and Andrew Johnson and Hunter Butz-Greensburg.What an incredible day! Girls claim Regional XC Championship Title for the first time in school history and they did it by beating the field by over 30 points and Lily Pinckley racing in as the Regional Runner up and setting a new school record at 19:02! The boys placed 3rd advancing them to Semi-State next Saturday as well and 7 Bulldogs were named to the All-Regional team! Yes, it was an incredible day! Let’s start with the girls…scoring a low 53 points, it was a close race between Batesville and Center Grove through the 1st mile, but as the race progressed, by the time the 2nd mile came around, the dogs have put themselves in position to win the race and never looked back as Center Grove came in 2nd with 84 points. Whiteland was 3rd-92 points, Franklin Community placed 4th with 101 points and the Greensburg Pirates took the last spot to advance to Semi-State in 5th at 117 points. Greensburg’s Brenner Hannah was the overall champion of the race with a time of 18:46. Lily Pinckley kept Brenner in her sights and finished 2nd at 19:02. Ava Hanson was the next Bulldog to cross the finish line in 5th at 19:33 and making the All-Regional team. Two more Dogs placed in the top 20 to make the All-Regional team and they were Maria Lopez-10th (20:14) and Madison Rahschulte in 16th (20:37), both running a personal best. Sophie Myers was the 5th Batesville runner across the finish line in 26th (21:10), followed closely by Liz Loichinger in 32 (21:21) and Trysta Vierling in 35th (21:31). Congratulations girls on getting the job done and making some history!The boys finished 3rd overall with 84 points getting beat by champions Center Grove with a very impressive score of 31 and Franklin Community taking 2nd with 60 points. Whiteland was 4th place at 123 points and Greenwood finished out the top 5 to advance to Semi-State with 156 points. The boys were led by senior Adam Moster who placed 6th and ran a personal best of 16:15. Also being named to the All-Regional team were Ean Loichinger in 10th (16:34) and Joshua Myers in 15th (16:49). Benjamin Moster was close in 24th place (17:26) as Daren Smith followed him in 36th (17:47). Dillon Murray was the 6th runner to cross the finish line for the Bulldogs in 44th spot (18:08) followed closely by Nathan Villani in 46th and running a personal best of 18:11. Way to go boys!Batesville would also like to congratulate and wish good luck to the individuals in the area that will advance to semi-state next week even though their team will not…Lanie Nicholson-South Ripley, Hannah Morgan-Lawrenceburg, Rachel Campbell, Emilee Wedding and Michael Schwebach-East Central, Rachel Rohe-South Dearborn, Tyler Kuntz and Dylan Fledderman-Oldenburg Academy, Damon Hughes-Jac-Cen-Del, Andrew Johnson and Hunter Butz-Greensburg. Good Luck to all! Batesville will get a week of practice in to prepare for Semi-State competition which is next Saturday, October 26th, at Shelbyville. (The course is just behind Walmart) The boys race will begin at 10:30, followed by the girls at 11:15.The Semi-States will be on Saturday, October 26th at Shelbyville.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.
Kolkata: At a time when many I-League clubs are unclear about their future, former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia says there would also be a “big question mark” over the future of the Indian Super League (ISL) unless it accommodates clubs which have “history, passion and fanbase”.Bhutia also advocated introduction of a promotion-relegation system if the ISL wants to attract more eyeballs. “For ISL also, it’s very important that clubs like East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are there. It’s not just the future of I-League. The future of ISL is also in big doubt.There is a big question mark,” Bhutia told IANS in an interview. Eight I-League clubs, including East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, recently wrote to All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel requesting a meeting to “seek answers” regarding the league’s future and complaining about “interference” of the apex body’s marketing partner Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) in the sport’s decision making.The letter said the I-League teams also wish to discuss potential relegation to the second division in Indian football, with ISL “all set to be branded the top league of the country.”“I think until and unless you have teams like East Bengal and Mohun Bagan and some other teams as well who are very passionate, and have the kind of fan following you don’t have in the top league… then the excitement does not really come in. So the ISL also benefits bringing clubs from I-League up. Because I-League clubs have history, passion and fan following,” said Bhutia, who had played for both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.Asked about the I-League’s lesser lights in terms of bank balance like former champions Aizawl FC, holders Minerva Punjab FC and Chennai City FC, the last one now on the cusp of winning the title, Bhutia said the concern over paying the hefty franchise fee for ISL would be gone once there is a promotion-relegation system.“So it’s also important to bring relegation and promotion. If you go on promotion and relegation, you don’t have to pay franchise fee,” he said.Talking about table-toppers Chennai’s dream run this season, Bhutia said it’s great to see a team from Tamil Nadu doing so well despite the state not having much of a footballing history.“I think in a way it’s wonderful that a team from South (India) is going to win, especially from Tamil Nadu, which is not known for being a football state. I think this inspiration is going to motivate lot of footballers there.”Bhutia also expressed his disappointment at East Bengal once again coming so close to winning their maiden crown but frittering away the advantage at the business end of the season.“I personally as an ex-player am very disappointed they could not win the I-League even this year, despite coming so close. I thought they could make it this year.“But then you don’t also lose hope because there is a new company that has come in. They have a new coach. So I see a great future and hope. But they need to trust coaches and players and can’t be doing what they have been doing in the past,” he signed off. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWS