Harris blasts US COVID-19 response as ‘greatest failure’ in presidential history

first_imgThe US death toll from the pandemic has exceeded 210,000, with over 7.5 million people infected, the highest reported totals in the world.Pence slammed Harris for her statements questioning whether a vaccine released under Trump could be trusted due to the intense pressure on the president to tame the pandemic.”The fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine, if the vaccine emerges during the Trump administration, I think is unconscionable,” Pence said. Topics : Senator Kamala Harris branded the response to the COVID-19 pandemic under Donald Trump as the “greatest failure” of any US administration, as the debate between her and Vice President Mike Pence opened on Wednesday.But Pence fired back by accusing Harris of undermining public confidence in a future coronavirus vaccine through her attacks on Trump’s credibility.”The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country,” Harris, running mate to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, said.last_img read more

Callahan continues return from sprained ankle against Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ When Liam Callahan came back into the Syracuse rotation on Saturday, everything felt as it had through the first 12 games of the season — until he became exhausted.The conditioning that had boosted his, and Syracuse’s, strong defensive start to the season was failing him.“It’s crazy how quick that goes away,” Callahan said. “I came into the game Saturday, and it was pretty obvious how I wasn’t at my physical peak that I usually was in the middle of the season. It’s just a matter of working back to that.”After missing three games in two weeks with a sprained right ankle — a stretch in which Syracuse allowed four goals compared to just two with him starting — Callahan subbed on against North Carolina State on Oct. 25, making his return sooner than he expected. SU head coach Ian McIntyre said he might sub Callahan on again when the No. 3 Orange (13-2-1, 4-2-1 Atlantic Coast) hosts Boston College (5-7-3, 1-5-1) in its regular season finale on Friday at 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium.Korab Syla and Chris Makowski manned the left side while Callahan was out, but Callahan is working to get his fitness back to full strength and regain his starting job.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Getting him back healthy is very important to the success of our team, and he knows that,” said goalkeeper Alex Bono. “We have decent guys coming off the bench, we have replacements…but for Liam to get back, it’s important for us.”In the first half of Syracuse’s 3-1 win against Wake Forest on Oct. 10, Callahan was taken out on a sliding tackle and said he felt a popping in his right ankle. He had previously missed time with a dislocated right ankle in 2012 at Villanova and was worried the injury had resurfaced.When the Syracuse trainers sat down to explain the technicalities of the injury in the days afterward, Callahan said he zoned out, only focused on a timetable for his return.At first the doctors told him it might be a high-ankle sprain, which would have kept him out for a longer period of time, but it was just a normal ankle sprain.“When I’m on my own sometimes, I wish I was out there,” Callahan said. “When I’m watching practice, I’m like, ‘Jeez, this sucks, I wish I could play…’ But it’s nothing new to me.”To rehab, Callahan met with the trainers every day for an hour. He’d ice the ankle to help the swelling go down. After he started walking and building his strength again he tried to balance on one leg and do calf raises. And once that ended, he got back to the field, starting to build up his fitness.“He needs a little bit of time, it’s great to see him out there against N.C. State, to get him some minutes,” McIntyre said. “The more comfortable and training he gets, the better he will be.”With Callahan back, Syracuse figures to be better too. McIntyre said both Syla and Makowski did an admirable job filling in for the injured starter, but Callahan being left-footed gives him an advantage on the left side.And with Syracuse heading into the home stretch of its best season in program history, one of the players that got the team there is looking to arrive at full strength as the postseason does.“Liam has one of the best left foots on the team, he has one of the best serves on the team,” Bono said. “For Liam to get back, and for us to have those types of weapons on both sides of the field, it’s important for us.” Comments Published on October 30, 2014 at 12:15 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Arnold Watts, 75, formerly of Wellington: Sept. 3, 1938 – Feb. 23, 2015

first_imgArnold WattsArnold Watts, 75, of Diamond City, Arkansas, formerly of Wellington, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas.Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 23, 2015 at the First Christian Church in Wellington, KS. Visitation will be held Sunday from 1:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. A memorial has been established with the First Christian Church of Wellington. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.Arnold Glen Watts was born on September 3, 1939 in Perth, KS to Lorane Milton Watts and Edra Beatrice (Smith) Watts. After pursuing an education in the Wellington school district (WHS class of 1957) and at Pittsburg State University (graduated in 1961 with B.S. in Mathematics) he entered the U.S. Army and served primarily in Europe for two years. He worked for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita when he met and married Margie Marie (Slack) Watts on May 22, 1966 in Wellington, KS.A loving father and husband, he devoted his life to his family and the church. He served as a deacon and elder and taught Sunday school at various First Christian Churches he attended. He worked in the aerospace, construction, nuclear, and power Industries as an Industrial engineer in planning and scheduling. On October 21, 2010 Margie Marie (Slack) Watts passed away. On August 1, 2013 he married Marva Jo Bell of Ness City, Kansas. For the past two years, they had been spending their winters in south Texas.Surviving to honor his memory are his wife Marva Jo Bell of Ness City, Kansas, sons; Scott A. Watts of Keller, Texas, Ryan E. Watts of Auburn, Alabama, step children; J.D. Bell and wife Diane of Ness City, Kansas, Sonya Foos and husband Kevin of Bazine, Kansas, four step grandchildren, one step great grandchild, and many friends and relatives.Preceding him in death were his parents, wife Margie Watts, brothers, Elvin, Marvin and Marion Watts.last_img read more

Dam Inn, Our Glass secure place at top of WKMFFL with weekend wins

first_imgDam Inn Mates survived a late scare from the Thundercats to get past Trail 25-17 in West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League action Sunday at Mount Sentinel Field.The victory keeps the Mates atop the WKMFFL standings with an undefeated mark of 4-0.Nelson Our Glass Ogs kept up the pressure on the Mates by blasting defending league champion Castlegar Vikings.Our Glass is second in league standings with the same amount of points — eight — but has played one more game with a record of 4-1.The league resumes Sunday with a pair of games at Mount Sentinel.At 11 a.m. Rossland Flying Steamshovel Brewers tackle Trail Thundercats while the Mates face Castlegar Vikings at 1 p.m. The game between Castlegar and the Mates is a rematch of last year’s league final won by the [email protected]last_img read more

Kootenay swimmers burning up pool; Kelsey Andrusak earns national qualification

first_imgThere’s something fantastic happening in the Kootenay Swim Club.Kootenay Swim Club swimmers are returning with some amazing results at recent competitions in Fernie, Victoria and Kelowna.“It has been a terrific season thus far,” said coach Chris Wright.Last week in Kelowna, at the Kelowna Long Course Invitational, Nelson’s Kelsey Andrusak became the first Kootenay swimmer in the club’s five-year history to qualify nationally.“Kelsey qualified in three events; 50-meter Freestyle and 50 and 100-meter Breaststroke, and will have the opportunity to race against swimmers the best swimmers in her age range from across the country,” Wright exclaimed.Wright said Sam Mathew and Andrusak lead the way in high points category for their age group and achieving final swims at night which placed them either first or in the top three overall.   Morgan Robertson-Weir and Stevenson McCulloch showed that they were fit to stand up and race at a regional level throughout the meet, achieving top finishes in their heats and even getting a second swim at finals for McCulloch in the 200 Butterfly.Wright said Kootenay swimmers set more than 13 club records in Kelowna.The recent string of success started in Fernie at the Invitational meet, April 25-26.Robertson-Weir and McCulloch swam their regional standard in the 200 Individual Medley.   Together with Evelyne Upward, Kieron Sorenson, Georgia and Abi Anderson, the Kootenay team achieved 30 best times and took off over 300 seconds between all swimmers at Fernie. While some of the Kootenay swimmers were in Fernie, a few traveled to Victoria as Andrusak and Matthew achieved their Age Group National Standards in four events combined.   Andrusak achieved her age group national in the 50 and 100-meter Breaststroke while Matthew earned the gold standard in the 100 and 200-meter Breaststroke. The Kootenay Swim Club, which trains during the winter, is registered under Swim BC and Swimming/Natation Canada. All Kootenay Swim Club swimmers are registered Swim BC competitive swimmers and compete in the “O” category, if they choose to swim for a summer team afterwards.The Kootenay swimmers now travel to Wenatchee, Washington, May 29-31 to compete against top swimmers from the United States and Canada.last_img read more

The Wright View: Super sporting spectacle

first_imgLast weekend provided a smorgasbord of sports that was just enough to make it the fantastic one the romantics promised. As I settled in front of the television, the English Premier League (EPL) set the tone on Saturday morning, with six games before noon and one game after. The 1-2 loss by Manchester United to Sunderland ensured that their manager/coach Louis van Gaal will definitely be looking for new employment later on this year. The afternoon game had a resurgent Chelsea Football Club, under the leadership of ‘super sub’ manager/coach Gus Hiddink, demolishing hapless Newcastle, whose players must now be looking at the possibility of life in the second tier of English football. Then, Saturday night served up two fantastic cricket matches, both one-day internationals (ODI). First, was the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, with the West Indians facing India, who were unbeaten in this tournament and had not lost an ODI since a defeat to England in the quarter-finals of the 2014 tournament. The ‘outsiders’ were the youngsters from the West Indies, who lost their three warm-up games against hosts Bangladesh, and who were beaten by England in the first game of the tournament. Later on that night, England and South Africa met in the final game of a five-match series, with both sides winning two games each, as South Africa rebounded from losses in the first two games. Then we came to ‘Super Sunday’ in the EPL, with third place Arsenal against leaders Leicester, and second place Tottenham against fourth place Manchester City. The supporters of Arsenal and Tottenham certainly felt the love permeating Valentine Sunday, as victories for both these clubs left them joint second in the League, with Tottenham ahead on goal difference. However, losing sleep to watch both cricket matches on Saturday night (which takes some doing) was well worth it, as the games were of an exceptionally high standard. In the England-South Africa game, the South Africans prevailed due in no small way to the batting of captain AB de Villiers and previous captain Hashim Amla. England lost the series mainly because after going two up, they formed the impression that South Africa were soft and changed their previously successful game plan to one of non-stop aggression. This was brilliantly exploited by the South Africans. The moral there – never count your chickens before they are hatched. In the Under-19 World Cup finals, the underdogs, the West Indies, triumphed because of (a) talent, (b) character and (c) a determination to relax and enjoy the game. After winning the toss and sending in the favourites to bat, the fast bowling duo of Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder ensured that India were always going to play catch up. They never batted out the allotted 50 overs and were dismissed for a paltry 145. The first wicket claimed by the West Indies appeared to be a ‘Mankad’, as I do not recall the wicketkeeper for the West Indies, Tevin Imlach, warning the Indian batsman, Rishabh Pant, that he had wandered out of his crease before removing the bails. The decision is recorded as a stumping as Pant was not attempting a run, but had in fact left his crease. According to the rules of the game he was OUT. Yet, not one murmur from those who condemned Keemo Paul for a similar dismissal in the match against Zimbabwe. I suppose that since it was the first wicket and India were supposed to win, that ‘Mankad’ was OK! Hmmm. Then in the run chase we saw a lesson in batting concentration from the young West Indian Keacy Carty, whose 152-ball 52 was instrumental in the victory, belying the fact that for the entire tournament, Carty had faced 132 balls and scored 60 runs. This victory validates my suggestion that the West Indies (senior team) withdraw from Tests and ODIs until this group of young men have two more years of experience playing international cricket. Then, and only then, should the West Indies return to international Test cricket and ODIs, thus ensuring that we have a legitimate chance of returning to a place in the top echelons of world cricket, instead of the present scenario where we are represented by people who don’t appear to care one iota for the West Indian fan! Well done young WI!last_img read more

New Benz to boost auto exports

first_img18 September 2007DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) has spent approximately R2-billion upgrading its manufacturing plant in East London, which now produces both right- and left-hand drive versions of the latest Mercedes Benz C-Class car for domestic and export markets.The decision demonstrates the confidence that the German-based automaker has in its local unit, which had also been producing right-hand drive versions of the previous C-Class model, for both local sales and for exports to countries like England, Australia and Japan.For the first time, DCSA will manufacture left-hand drive versions of the new C-Class model, dubbed internally as the W204, for export to the United States. East London is one of only three plants globally manufacturing the new C-Class, the other two being Sindelfingen and Bremen in Germany.Speaking at the launch last week, President Thabo Mbeki commended DaimlerChrysler for their investment, which would ensure that the port city became a major manufacturing node.Mbeki said the government was aware of the motor industry’s contribution to the South African economy – currently about 7.5% of gross domestic product (GDP).“Our government has formally taken the decision that in terms of our industrial policy, we must encourage and support the automobile sector as one of the leaders in our process of radical expansion of our manufacturing sector,” he said.New technologiesHighly specialised robots, controlled and monitored by computers, were installed in DCSA’s new plant for laser welding and brazing, high-strength steel welding and structural gluing, while a revamped production line allows for quick and efficient operations.According to DCSA, several of the company’s just-in-time and just-in-sequence suppliers are based in the nearby East London Industrial Development Zone and are linked with the manufacturing plant by a small train.Since the last W203 C-Class car rolled of the production line at the end of February, the electro-coat and primer ovens in the paint shop have been upgraded and a completely new assembly line has been installed.Re-training workersWith some 70% of the welding processes now being carried out by the 230 robots in the bodyshop, existing employees had to be retrained to manage and maintain the robots.DCSA adds that virtually all of its 1 600 employees working on the new C-Class were trained in new skills to support the flexibility concept, which allows for the movement and redeployment of employees capable of building all the options available for the new car.Work at the plant is being carried out in eight-hour shifts, though DCSA chairperson Hansgeorg Niefer states that a good relationship with the relevant trade union gives them more flexibility to extend working hours or add additional shifts should there be a higher demand for the new vehicles.“We have a flexibility agreement in place with the union which will help absorb market fluctuations,” he said. “This type of understanding with Numsa [the National Union of Metalworkers of SA] and our local shop stewards is testimony to the high level of maturity in our relationship with the union.”Commenting on the quality of the luxury car, Mbeki said its class and elegance sent out a message that South Africans were capable of making products of the highest quality.Niefer added the new vehicle was the most technologically advanced product that the company had built at its East London plant.“It is our ticket to the future that has been bought and paid for by many,” he said. “We know that South Africa will reap the rewards of economic growth, skills and technology transfer, supplier development, black economic empowerment, job growth and global respect.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

MH370: Malaysia rejected evidence

first_imgCritical days were lost in the search for MH370 because Malaysian authorities initially rejected evidence from the British satellite company that the Boeing 777 with 239 aboard was in the Southern Indian Ocean.British sources have told AirlineRatings.com that within 24 hours of the disappearance of MH370 on March 8, Inmarsat advised the relevant Malaysian authorities of their findings but were rebuffed. “They didn’t want to know,” said the source.Inmarsat then approached the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) with its data and it immediately recognized the significance.The British satellite company was contracted to provide a data link to the Malaysian Airlines fleet and continued to get a signal every hour from MH370 till 8.19am Perth time.Those signals were picked up from its satellite 38,000km above the Indian Ocean and were relayed via a ground station in Perth. The Malaysian authorities were forced to take the findings seriously when the AAIB teamed with Inmarsat to represent the data around March 14 – five days after the Boeing 777 disappeared.It also took days before the Malaysian military radar tracking data was made available. That data showed that MH370 had changed course and flown across Malaysia toward the Andaman Sea but the search continued in the South China Sea east of the country. On March 16 the search was moved to the Southern Indian Ocean with the first aerial searches being conducted from Perth on March 18 – 10 days after the MH370 disappeared. Oceanographers agree that any chance of spotting a major debris field was lost.After ten days much of the debris that would have initially floated would have become waterlogged and sunk or been broken up in the heavy seas.And those seas and the prevailing currents would have spread the debris field far and wide.There has been much debate about the Inmarsat satellite data which is the basis of the search in the Southern Indian Ocean. However, the world’s most respected air crash investigation units the US National Transportation Safety Board, the AAIB, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the French BEA, as well as Boeing and Rolls Royce agree on the validity of the data. However, not everyone is convinced with a vocal critic being Sir Tim Clark President of Emirates the world’s largest international airline.In a recent exclusive interview Mr Clark told AirlineRatings.com that he believes there is an international cover-up. He warned that there has not been “full transparency of everything that everybody knows.”last_img read more

YouTube Videos Get Huger, High Def-er

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… If you’re not uploading videos from your phone, however, you’re probably looking at something like YouTube’s current HD setting, 720p: And, by way of comparison, this is the new maximum resolution YouTube HD videos will have: jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Those images are from YouTube. Why they chose a dog’s muzzle, we may never know. But we’re awfully grateful for the resolution improvements.Also, users are specifically encouraged to upload videos that will showcase the capabilities of the new hotness that is 1080p resolution. YouTube engineer Billy Biggs tells users in the related blog post, “Be creative and choose subjects that really show off the beauty of your camera. We will run the best examples on our homepage in a future spotlight.”While it’ll be nice to see our own classic jams restored to their original awesomeness, it will also be interesting to see professionally produced videos now appearing in better HD. Well done, YouTube, and thanks for allocating the resources. Tags:#Video Services#web Related Posts TodayYouTube has announced its plan to support 1080p videos.This means that those amazing, high-definition videos you uploaded last year will now finally be converted to their original resolutions and will finally look as good as they do on your desktop. The new resolution represents a significant improvement over the current 720p maximum resolution, which leaves all those glorious, pirated segments of old movies tragically blurred and pixelated.The fine folks at YouTube cited increased resolutions on consumer video recording devices as the impetus for the improvement.Here’s YouTube’s example of a 360p image:last_img read more