Lockdowns, Round 2: A New Virus Surge Prompts Restrictions, and Pushback

first_img“But it’s also much worse than the spring because this virus is now much more widespread,” she said. “It’s not just one region of the country experiencing the surge. It’s every state.”As in the spring, the latest moves to buckle down have frequently been led by Democratic officials, who have tended to be more willing than Republicans to place restrictions on businesses and issue mask mandates. The governors of Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington who have announced new restrictions in the last few days are all Democrats.So is Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, who said on Monday that his state was “pulling the emergency brake” on its reopening plan.He moved most of California’s more populous counties back into the most restrictive tier in the state’s tiered reopening plan, meaning that indoor dining and some other businesses that had been allowed to reopen with limits would have to shut down again. Mr. Newsom added that the state was studying options for imposing a curfew. The virus killed about 1,700 people in Philadelphia in the early months of the pandemic, overwhelming the city’s funeral homes. With Covid-19 hospitalizations soaring again in the city, Dr. Farley warned that the virus could kill a similar number of Philadelphians this fall and winter if left unchecked. Dr. Atlas said later on Sunday that he did not mean to incite violence.The fraught political atmosphere is a return to an earlier era of the pandemic, when protesters who were angry about business shutdowns screamed without masks on at state capitols and Mr. Trump encouraged right-wing protests demanding the reopening of the economy. Those tensions faded in the summer after viral outbreaks cooled in many states. Governors made plans to open up businesses and restaurants, and some of the millions of jobs lost in the pandemic came back. But the new restrictions are meeting resistance, and it has been especially fierce in Michigan, where Governor Whitmer, a Democrat, said on Sunday evening that she would shut down indoor dining, shutter casinos and movie theaters, and halt in-person learning at high schools and colleges for three weeks. A Republican state legislator quickly called for her to be impeached, and Dr. Scott Atlas, President Trump’s coronavirus adviser, urged people in the state to “rise up” in protest. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – But now, the arc of the pandemic has returned to crisis levels nearly everywhere.The country is now recording more than 150,000 new cases each day on average, more than ever before. More than 69,000 people are in the hospital with the virus, the highest number of the pandemic. Reports of coronavirus-related deaths are up 64 percent in the past month, to more than 1,100 people a day. And governors and mayors are returning to the lecterns and video streams where they held daily briefings in the spring, this time to announce urgent new restrictions and plead for compliance.“It feels very similar to the spring,” said Crystal Watson, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Dr. Watson said she worried that hospitals in many cities would soon become overwhelmed, as they were in New York City and other places on the East Coast during the spring peak. Under the new rules, outdoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people for every 1,000 square feet of space, which Dr. Farley said meant barring fans from football games. Youth, community and school sports will be canceled. High schools and colleges were told to shift to remote learning, but child care centers and elementary and middle schools will be allowed to remain open.“The bottom line is this: If we don’t do something to change the trajectory of this epidemic, the hospitals will become full,” Dr. Farley said. “They’ll have difficulty treating people, and we’ll have between several hundred and a thousand deaths by just the end of this year.”Reporting was contributed by Kathleen Gray, Marie Fazio, Jill Cowan, Simon Romero and Bryan Pietsch. But as the pandemic penetrates far and wide, reaching more rural areas and wide swaths of Republican-led states than it touched in the spring, Republican officials who had been hesitant about government overreach have also been wielding their authority more forcefully. The Republican governors of North Dakota and Utah imposed mask mandates last week; Iowa’s governor did the same on Monday, also announcing curfews at restaurants and bars and restrictions on the size of indoor and outdoor gatherings. So far, few officials have returned to the most restrictive measure used in the spring, a complete stay-at-home order. But the Navajo Nation reinstated its stay-at-home order after health officials warned of uncontrolled spread of the virus in dozens of communities in the vast reservation.The order, one of the most aggressive antivirus measures in the nation, took effect on Monday and is to last three weeks. During that time, all roads in the Navajo Nation are closed to visitors, residents must stay at home except for urgent trips, and most government offices will be closed. Essential businesses like gas stations and groceries are allowed to open, but only from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.Warning that serious action was needed to prevent a new wave of deaths, officials in Philadelphia announced sweeping measures on Monday to shut down indoor dining, gyms, museums and libraries, close down in-person learning at high schools and colleges through the end of 2020 and ban all indoor gatherings of people from multiple households, even in private homes.“That means no indoor parties, group meals, football watching groups, no visiting between households, no indoor weddings, funerals, baby showers,” Dr. Thomas Farley, the city’s health commissioner, said. “We know that is a very strong policy, but this gets at the most important sites of spread.” “The only way this stops is if people rise up. You get what you accept,” Dr. Atlas wrote on Twitter. On Monday, Ms. Whitmer said the statement left her “breathless.”“It’s just incredibly reckless, considering everything that has happened,” said Ms. Whitmer, who faced fierce opposition for her coronavirus restrictions in the spring: Mr. Trump tweeted a call to “liberate Michigan” and protesters at the State Capitol chanted, “Lock her up.” She was later the target of an alleged kidnapping plot by an antigovernment extremist group, the authorities said.- Advertisement – The scene was familiar: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, addressing a rapidly escalating coronavirus surge in her state, stood at a lectern and somberly announced new restrictions meant to stop the virus from spreading out of control.Within hours, the backlash began.- Advertisement – As the coronavirus crisis mounts with renewed force in the United States, surpassing 11 million total cases and threatening to overwhelm hospitals across the country, governors, mayors and other officials are ordering restrictions, and once again finding themselves in the crosscurrents of public health and economic crises.California, Washington State, Michigan and Oregon have shut indoor dining back down, among other measures. In Chicago, a new stay-at-home advisory went into effect on Monday. In Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney introduced a sweeping new set of coronavirus rules, including a ban on most indoor private gatherings, with a plea for understanding: “We do not take any of this lightly,” he said. “Believe me, more than anything in the world, I wish none of this was necessary.”The new wave of restrictions comes at a time when health officials across the nation are reporting more new cases and more hospitalizations from the virus than ever before, and experts are warning that another 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die from the virus in the next few months if significant action is not taken.last_img read more

Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson eclipse record held by iconic Arsenal strike partnership

first_imgAdvertisement Nicolas Anelka and Dennis Bergkamp formed a devastating partnership during the 1998/99 season (Picture: Getty)Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson enhanced their burgeoning reputations with another impressive performance during Bournemouth’s convincing win at Brighton.The Scotland winger appears destined to leave the Cherries in the summer with talks over a new contract stalling, while Wilson was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in January.Fraser is enjoying his most productive campaign to date having registered 11 assists and scored for the seventh time this term on Saturday.After latching onto a stray Brighton pass, Wilson tore forward at pace and located Fraser on the edge of the Brighton penalty area, allowing the 25-year-old to bend a shot up and over Matt Ryan in the hosts’ goal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIt was the 10th occasion the pair had combined for a goal this term, and the first time a strike partnership have been so prolific in tandem since the 1998/99 season when Dennis Bergkamp and Nicolas Anelka dovetailed so effectively.And the deadly duo went one better nine minutes from time when Fraser sprinted down the left wing and crossed for the England international who spun and planted his shot past Ryan.Before the match, Fraser admitted it was imperative he rediscovered his potency in front of goal ever since speculation surrounding his future intensified.He said: ‘I’m just trying to get on with my work,’ said Fraser ahead of Saturday’s match against Brighton. Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 13 Apr 2019 4:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link223Shares Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson eclipse record held by iconic Arsenal strike partnership Ryan Fraser scored his seventh goal of the season in Bournemouth’s win at Brighton (Picture: Getty)‘Every player says they try to come away from the speculation but at the same time the best thing I can do is concentrate on the pitch.‘There’s no point in stuff coming out and then I start to have bad games.‘So I need to get back to start scoring start assisting start winning again and what will be will be.‘I love it here, not just the football club but the manager and especially my teammates as well -I’m close with them all.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Shell schemes join forces with college on training of board members

first_imgThe Shell pensions bureau (SPN) has entered into a unique partnership with SPO, the college for pensions education in the Netherlands, to improve the competence of the board members at Shell’s two pension funds, SSPF and SNPS. Both schemes said they wanted to “set an example” on pensions and governance expertise.Since 2012, SPN’s Academy has provided a mix of educational instruments and know-how to board members and candidates of the pension funds, their accountability organs (VO), supervisory boards (RvT) and SPN staff.The Academy will serve as the focal point for all schooling, training and reference material, and support the entire process, while SPO will offer services to increase competence, carry out expertise projects and set up the annual curriculum. Mark de Wijs, SPO’s director, said: “We will think along with the pension funds about boosting competence during the whole cycle. With the aid of new educational instruments, monitoring and maintenance, and based on individual assessments, we will be in control.”In his opinion, the cooperation between SPO and the Shell schemes is unique in the Netherlands. The SPN Academy already provides external schooling, in addition to courses by its own specialists and skills training by the sponsoring company.These will continue under the new set-up, SPN said. In the opinion of the Shell schemes, the mix of internal and external competence-boosting will add value to overall pensions education.In July 2013, Shell Netherlands set up a second pension fund – offering an individual defined contribution plan for new employees – while closing its existing final salary scheme for new entrants.SPN is responsible for the daily management of the pension funds, and supports and advises their boards on governance, actuarial issues, asset and risk management and pensions strategy. SPO was founded in 1989 by the pensions sector and focuses on maintaining standards for people in governing positions at pension funds.last_img read more

Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety Daily Incident Log between Friday, Feb. 24, and Monday, Feb. 27. View Roundup 02-28 in a larger mapCrimes against a personAt 8:34 p.m. on Feb. 26, a student reported that a suspect slapped her buttocks while she was standing on Orchard Avenue.  The suspect appeared to be intoxicated and she made a vaguely threatening statement before she walked away and disappeared from sight.At 5:26 a.m. on Feb. 26, a student reported that a cab driver sprayed him with pepper spray when he refused to pay his fare.  The student did not require medical treatment, and he was unable to provide DPS officers with a description of the driver, his vehicle or the cab company name.At 1:07 a.m. on Feb. 26, a suspect smashed the front passenger side window to gain entry to a car at Felix Chevrolet and removed a vehicle owner’s manual, a pair of headphones and a cable.Crimes against propertyAt 10:50 a.m. on Feb. 25, a suspect climbed through an unsecured window to gain entry at 1163 29th St., and removed two laptop computers, three iPods, two cellular phones, a television and two watches.At 12:18 p.m. on Feb. 24, DPS officers responded to a report of two suspects prowling in the bike racks outside Leavey Library and upon their arrival, they observed one of the subjects toss a duffel bag into some nearby shrubs.  The officers detained the suspects for questioning and both of them denied ownership of the bag, which contained three bicycle seats and a cell phone.  The officers were unable to locate the owners of the property to determine if a crime had occurred and the suspects were subsequently released.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 5:28 p.m. on Feb. 26, DPS officers responded to a student who sustained a possible broken nose when he was struck in the face by a football that a juvenile threw at him on 28th and Orchard streets.  The juvenile admitted throwing the football when contacted by the officers, but the student did not desire criminal prosecution of the matter.  The officers then transported the student to Kaiser Hospital for medical treatment.At 6:13 a.m. on Feb. 26, DPS officers responded to a student who reported that she had taken an overdose of her prescription medication.  An LAFD R.A. unit was requested and Unit #15 responded.  The R.A. Unit examined the student and transported her to Good Samaritan Hospital for medical treatment.At 2:17 a.m.  on Feb. 25, DPS officers responded to an intoxicated student who was reported to be unable to care for himself at Seeley G. Mudd building. The student was conscious and coherent when contacted by the officers and he declined transportation for medical treatment.  The student was released into the care of a friend.last_img read more

Brandon Ingram finds drive to improve for Lakers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“He was aggressive and didn’t shy away from contact,” Randle said. “BI is a buck 20 (actually 190) but he is going up and dunking on people. It shows the potential he has. He’s going to be great for a long time.”As a result, Ingram averaged 13.5 points on 51.7 percent shooting and 4.1 rebounds through 11 starts in March, a sharp increase from the 8.2 points per game he averaged on a 37.1 percent clip in previous months. As for his increased dunks and drives to the rim, Ingram believed those moves “just shows how much more comfortable I got on the basketball floor.”“I knew I was going to get better throughout the months of this season,” Ingram said. “It’s all mental. When you want to play basketball and you get paid for playing basketball, you want to do it every single day. I don’t think I’ll be tired of doing it.”The Lakers did not appear tired with complementing Ingram, either.“Brandon really got better,” Brewer said. “He’s a rookie so he works his butt off. At the end of the year, you’ve seen he started to be more aggressive. I think he’s going to have a big year next year.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO >> With the ball in his hands and a screen set for him, Lakers rookie forward Brandon Ingram performed a series of moves that had not always defined his mindset.He looked to score instead of worrying about others. He charged toward the lane without appearing intimidated a defender might knock around his 6-foot-9, 190-pound frame. He then soared over New Orleans rookie forward Cheick Diallo, threw down a one-handed dunk over him and then let out his emotions.“When he jumped to block it, (Ingram) was still above him,” marveled Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., who knows a thing or two about dunking. “He’s got those go-go gadget arms. It doesn’t even look like he’s jumping that high, but his arm is two feet above the rim.”That play represented more than just a highlight reel toward the end of the Lakers’ 2016-17 season. It showcased Ingram’s aggressiveness, a trait that explained why Nance, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Nick Young, Corey Brewer and Tyler Ennis singled out Ingram as the young core’s most improved player.center_img The Lakers did not always offer such praise toward Ingram so freely. Though Ingram admitted having ambitions to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award, he hardly posted the kind of numbers warranted for consideration. Although the Lakers liked his work ethic, attitude and fundamentally sound game, Ingram entered the NBA All-Star break ranking seventh in his rookie class in scoring (8.0) and 18th in field-goal percentage (38.6).During those times, Clarkson said he often teased Ingram on how he attacked the basket. As Clarkson recalled, “he used to look like a string bean and double pump it a lot of times when he’s going to the rim trying to finish.” Though Ingram downplayed feeling intimidated with his skinny frame, he admitted some fear in facing the likes of Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard did.“Before when you come into the league, you kind of show a little too much respect to some of those stars in the league,” Ingram said. “I definitely thought I could attack them. I definitely try to get some respect in this league and show how I’m going to come back.”So with Ingram in New Orleans for the Rising Stars Challenge as part of NBA All-Star weekend, he spent his free time reflecting on the good and the bad.He began realizing his reluctance to become a vocal leader did not necessarily stem from his publicly stoic demeanor.“It’s always hard,” Ingram said. “You’re the rookie that comes in. These guys up here have been in this league so long. So many of the stuff you tell them, they already know.”He further studied NBA stars, such as Durant and Leonard, on how they dissect defenses.“They’re going to attack you every chance they get,” Ingram said. “The common factor is they all attack you in different ways. They definitely have a lot of things in their tool box.”Ingram also found comfort in his previously steady growth. Lakers coach Luke Walton had assigned him various responsibilities as a ball-handling guard, a wing defender and post player. The Lakers liked that Ingram frequently worked with assistant coach Brian Keefe in practice and pregame workouts to improve the consistency in his shooting and finishing. In early February, Walton had also named Ingram a definitive starter over veteran Luol Deng to accelerate his development.So, Ingram returned determined to build off of that foundation.“I’ve gotten more confident, especially in the months of January and after All-Star a little bit,” Ingram said. “It all took repetition. You have to put up a certain amount of shots before you definitely feel comfortable in this league. I became more vocal on the basketball court. When the mentality is there and the focus is there, you shock yourself a little bit.”The Lakers were not shocked with Ingram’s growth. They selected him No. 2 in the 2016 NBA draft for a reason. But after observing Ingram had “a rough time” to open the season, Nance then saw Ingram as “a completely different dude on the court and off the court.”“A switch went off,” Nance said. “There was not anybody who could guard him.”With Ingram simply describing his rookie season as “OK” given the Lakers’ third-worst NBA record (26-56), he and the Lakers’ front office outlined an extensive to-do list this summer. He plans to train with Kobe Bryant, compete in Summer League and bulk up in the weight room. But with every drive to the basket he made, Ingram gave his teammates stronger confidence about his future.“You see toward the end of the year he’s going to the rack strong and keeping the ball high, finishing and dunking on people,” Clarkson said. “He’s going to be a great player in this league once he gets it going.”last_img read more