Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has finally given in and required masks under some circumstances, even as both Noem and Burgum refuse. Burgum encourages mask-wearing, saying “You don’t have to believe in covid, you don’t have to believe in a certain political party or not, you don’t have to believe whether masks work or not. You can just do it because you know that one thing is very real. And that’s that 100 percent of our capacity is now being used.” But require the thing he knows is one of the most important measures available to fight the coronavirus? Nope.”There’s an awful lot of preventable deaths happening right now,” the University of Utah School of Medicine’s Andrew Pavia told reporters on Wednesday. At this rate, they’re not only going to keep happening, they’re going to get worse. Meanwhile, over in Minnesota, beds are a limiting factor—just 22 ICU beds are left in the Twin Cities, and the state as a whole is over 90% ICU capacity. That’s with coronavirus rates rising quickly, hospitalizations following along, and a rise in deaths presumably following those—especially if hospitals get overwhelmed.The Upper Midwest, in other words, is a disaster area, and the disaster is the natural one of the pandemic and the one created by Donald Trump and the Republican governors and legislatures of so many of these states barring meaningful public health responses to the pandemic. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
While football may dominate the headlines in Madison this fall, two other teams have similarly high expectations for success on a different surface – the Wisconsin men’s and women’s rowing teams.On the men’s side, Wisconsin hopes its experience will lead to a strong fall season. Returning six of their top eight rowers, the Badgers’ coaching staff is hoping this team’s past success will drive them toward an even better season than last year, when the top varsity team finished fourth in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships.Beginning with its first race in Boston Oct. 23, this year’s squad will rely heavily on its seniors, as their mindset heading into their final season could determine how Wisconsin fares.“I want to see some seniors really make the next step, understand the challenge ahead of them and push, push, push, as opposed to resting on any real or imagined world,” head coach Chris Clark said. “That’s the thing I’m most looking forward to as both a challenge and an opportunity.”Although the team came painfully close to earning a medal in the final race last season, expectations are only increasing this season. Finishing less than five seconds behind the winning boat at the IRA Championships, a national title seems within reach for the Badgers this year.One of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of an IRA title is the Badgers’ size, as the men’s rowing team is shorter and lighter than many of its competitors. While this can act as a disadvantage, the team’s rigorous conditioning program usually makes up for this issue.“We’re not going to out-physical anybody … so we make up for it with exceptionally tough training and really push them as hard as we can, and then it pays off,” Clark said.In a sport where well over half the team consists of walk-ons, student-athletes that may not have envisioned themselves as Division I rowers play a major role in the team’s success.Along with the senior rowers stepping up, coaches believe the development of second-year rowers, especially those who were walk-ons, will play a pivotal role in UW’s success this year.“[The sophomores] have respect for the varsity guys, and they think ‘I can’t be like that,’” Clark said. “A lot of them can, they don’t get it. The coach can only say so much – they have to believe it.”UW’s rowing team relies on these quality walk-ons to become leaders of the squad before they graduate, and the Badgers will be counting on some former walk-ons this year as they try to build on a stellar 2011 spring season.Women return with more experienceOn the women’s side, the Badgers are coming off a season where they finished ninth at the NCAA Rowing Championships, a race that left them hungry for a better performance this year.“Maintaining success is sort of baseline; we’re working on continuing to improve,” head coach Bebe Bryans said. “I think that is part of our key, is that we’re not complacent with what we’ve done, both on the openweight or the lightweight side. We’re really looking to improve upon it.”Opening their season Sept. 18 in Milwaukee, UW has one unique advantage over many of its competitors. Pushing the team toward these ever-increasing goals is what Bryans describes as “spunk” – a genuine team chemistry that can make the difference in competitive races.“The combination of personalities, I think they’ve got a really great attitude that helps them bring out the best in themselves and each other,” Bryans said.This positive attitude, coupled with the Badgers’ relentless work ethic, has coaches convinced that this team is ready to fulfill the lofty expectations set before them.Much like the men’s rowing team, another advantage for the Badgers this fall is that they are returning a team with significantly more experience than last year. A young team in 2010-11, the team is confident that the extra time on the water will lead to greater success this year.While the Badgers appear set up for another successful year, they still have a lot to live up to.“Our goal is to be at the top of our game, so that when the opportunity presents itself, we can take it,” Bryans said. “I think both squads, both the openweights and the lightweights, were really pretty successful last year, but neither team won national championships, and that’s where we want to be.”
Is your child’s development on track for his or her age? Now you can find out with CDC’s new free Milestone Tracker app. The app makes it easy for parents to track, support, and celebrate their young child’s development.“Skills like taking a first step, saying those first words, and waving ‘bye-bye’ are developmental milestones all parents anticipate and celebrate,” said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. “This CDC Milestone Tracker app gives parents tips to help their child learn and grow, a way to track developmental milestones, recognize delays, and the ability to share this information with their healthcare provider.”The new Milestone Tracker app offers:Milestone checklists for children ages 2 months through 5 years, illustrated with photos and videos.Tips and activities to help children learn and grow.Information on when to act early and talk with a doctor about a developmental concern.A personalized milestone summary that can be easily shared with the doctor and other care providers.Reminders for appointments and developmentalAvailable in IOS and Android devicesThe Milestone Tracker app, available in iOS and Android devices, was developed by CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early” program to help parents, early care and education providers, and healthcare providers track developmental milestones in young children.Through this app and its many other parent-friendly tools, the program aims to improve the early identification of children with developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, so children and families can get the support and services they need as early as possible.In addition to the app, CDC offers free children’s books, milestone checklists, and other resources that can be downloaded or ordered online. Most materials are available in English and Spanish, and some are available in other languages. For more information on the Milestones Tracker app, visitwww.cdc.gov/MilestoneTracker. For more on CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program and other free tools for parents, visit www.cdc.gov/ActEarly.For recent news on the CDC, click the link: CDC reports rising death rate from drug overdose
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Exciting West Indies Twenty20 batsman Nicholas Pooran has been slapped with a suspension by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), after snubbing his Leeward Islands Hurricanes contract for the upcoming Professional Cricket League.The 21-year-old, who made his international in the recent series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, opted out of his PCL contract in order to represent the Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League (PCL).However, WICB chief executive Michael Muirhead said Pooran’s decision would result in a suspension from WICB-sponsored tournaments for an unspecified period.”Nicholas Pooran has decided not to play for the franchise that he was selected for. All persons who are entering the [PCL] draft sign that they will make themselves available and commit themselves to playing for whoever they are drafted by,” Muirhead was quoted as saying.CONSEQUENCES”If you fail to honour that, then there are consequences. The consequence, actually, is that he won’t be able, for a specific period, play for WICB sponsored tournaments.”Pooran was selected for West Indies duty for the three T20s against Pakistan after impressing for Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League Last Summer.However, the aggressiveleft-hander has not played a first class game in two years and a regional 50-over game in three years.He was kept out of the game for a year back in 2015 when he suffered injuries in a vehicular accident and only returned to action earlier this year.Muirhead said while Pooran’s suspension would not make him ineligible for selection to the regional side, it would certainly hurt the player’s chances.”It does not mean he cannot play in a West Indies team if he is selected, but it might lessen his chances of selection by not playing in our tournaments, but it still means that he could be selected if the selectors see it fit to choose him,” the Jamaican noted.The regional first-class season bowls off next weekend with Hurricanes hosting Barbados Pride at Warner Park in St Kitts.