‘An awful lot of preventable deaths happening right now’ in the Upper Midwest

first_imgIowa 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 –last_img read more

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Marcus Rashford names the most complete Premier League striker

first_imgRashford named his favourite current Premier League strikers (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Marcus Rashford named Sergio Aguero as the Premier League’s most complete striker, despite him playing for Manchester United’s bitter rivals.The 21-year-old England international has become one of the most feared attackers in English football and he’s scored nine goals and provided six assists in 20 league starts for his club this season.While Rashford has made waves in the Premier League, he doesn’t rank himself as the division’s best striker and he named Manchester City’s Aguero, Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the three forwards who inspire him most. Comment Aguero is one of the Premier League’s best (Picture: AMA/Getty Images) Marcus Rashford names the most complete Premier League striker Advertisementcenter_img Kane is highly regarded by Rashford (Picture: MB Media/Getty Images)But of that trio, he believes Aguero is in a league of his own.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think, probably the most all-round centre forward, is Sergio Agüero,’ he told GQ.‘Even on an off day, he can score you three or four goals. That, for me, is one trait of a centre forward that I would take all day long.‘When you’re not having a good game, but you’re still scoring goals. That is a skill on its own.‘Also Harry Kane, his positioning, his movement – very clever player. I like Aubameyang as well.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsIs Sergio Aguero the best striker in the Premier League?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Metro Sport ReporterMonday 18 Mar 2019 5:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link569Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Australia risks missing top players in Ashes over pay dispute – Warner

first_img(REUTERS) – The ongoing pay dispute might leave Australia without their top players in the home Ashes (series against England later this year), vice-captain David Warner has warned.Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) rejected Cricket Australia’s (CA) pay offer last month, dismissing the proposal as “a win for cricket administrators but a loss for cricket”.CA has threatened the players with unemployment, saying they would not get alternative contracts if they fail to agree to the new collective bargaining agreement.Warner said he and his colleague would not “buckle at all”.“If it gets to the extreme they might not have a team for the Ashes,” Warner, currently playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), told the Age newspaper.“I really hope they can come to an agreement … we don’t really want to see this panning out like that where we don’t have a team, we don’t have cricket in the Australian summer.“It is up to CA to deal with the ACA. It’s obviously in their hands,” said the 30-year-old.Fast-bowling teammate Mitchell Starc had earlier predicted “an interesting men’s and women’s ashes” in a cryptic tweet, triggering speculations of a possible players’ strike if they were not paid after the existing collective bargaining agreement expires on June 30.Warner said the players were not really shocked by the CA stance.“We thought something along the lines of this might happen … it’s not come as a shock, but more the fact it has come so early,” the opener said.“We won’t buckle at all, we are standing together and very strong, and as you can see from all the people that have spoken so far, we are all on the same wavelength.“We want a fair share and the revenue-sharing model is what we want, so we are going to stick together until we get that.”Warner also ruled out signing three-year contracts that would keep him and other elite Australian players out of the lucrative IPL.“It was quite laughable when I heard about it,” he said.“It is fantastic with the security but you can’t just try and stop people from playing other tournaments …” The IPL gives us a great window to get the T20 format in.”last_img read more

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Yankees’ CC Sabathia (knee) recaps first spring start

first_imgIf there are any questions surrounding the Yankees heading into the 2019 season — they focus on the starting rotation.CC Sabathia hopes he put a few of those concerns to rest Thursday as he faced batters for the first time this spring in a Minor League camp game. Sabathia, who underwent an offseason procedure on his right knee, threw 26 pitches in two innings, allowed one run on three hits and struck out three. Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances (shoulder) will start season on IL, report says “I’m two innings in. Just keep going. The slider was a lot better than it has been all spring, that’s encouraging. The changeup was good, the two-seamer was good. It’s just finding the lane on the cutter. After the homer, the cutter got better.”Sabathia, who’ll turn 39 in July, signed a one-year contract in November and made it clear he would be finishing his career this season, his 19th in the majors. In 29 starts last season, Sabathia was 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA.center_img “It felt good. No problems,” Sabathia told Yankees.com. “I felt like I was letting the ball come out of my hand pretty good. All positive. You’ve got to throw the results out and go on how you feel. I feel great, so I’m just ready for the next step. … Related News Greg Bird injury update: Yankees first baseman will have X-rays on injured elbow, report sayslast_img read more

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Tyson Fury aims to end the spring of the heavyweights on a high note

first_imgAny combination of the aforementioned names in a ring together this year is what boxing supposedly needed, but instead, each fighter, guided by their respective promoters, all scattered off in different directions seemingly avoiding addressing the issue regarding who is the planet’s finest heavyweight. Wilder opted for Dominic Breazeale, his WBC mandatory, Joshua selected Jarrell Miller before a series of drug test mishaps made him plump for Andy Ruiz Jr, and for Fury it was Tom Schwarz, a boxer only aficionados of the sport have any real knowledge of. Far from ideal, but in a sport as unpredictable of boxing, chaos was just around the corner.First up to cement his claim for supremacy was Wilder and the Alabamian wasted little time in dispatching Breazeale. Comparisons were instantly made to Joshua’s beating of the American in 2016, as it took him eight rounds, Wilder completed the job in seconds. A stunning right hand was all that was required and, as is often the case in fights featuring the “Bronze Bomber,” one shot is all it takes. It might not have been a contest that audiences were desperate to lap up, but there was no doubt that Wilder left a mark on those that did choose to view it. Now the ball was in Joshua’s court.Two weeks after Wilder’s demolition of Breazeale, Joshua, making his American debut, kicked off the summer with a Madison Square Garden extravaganza against Andy Ruiz, a supposed last-minute substitute, but a fighter who’d had ample preparation. A glance to yesteryear from British supporters evoked memories of Naseem Hamed, Lennox Lewis and Ricky Hatton, and Joshua’s stateside invasion was set to outdo them all. What transpired instead will long in the mind for anyone fortunate to view it as one of boxing’s great modern upsets occurred on what was scheduled to be a night that confirmed Joshua as an international megastar. It was set to be a summer of discontent. Despite what anyone tells you, boxing’s heavyweight division was intended to stand still in 2019 after the previous year gave us hope of prosperous times. Three contrasting characters, Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, and Tyson Fury, all laid claim to the magical crown based on alternative reasons, and each was within their rights to make such bold claims. Plans to eradicate the confusion didn’t even have a blueprint, but this is boxing, and disappointment is a feeling followers of the sport are accustomed to.Join DAZN and watch Andrade vs. Sulecki on June 29 Dropping Ruiz in the third stanza, most, no all, expected Joshua to complete the job soon after, but clichés about wounded animals rang true as Ruiz exposed “AJ’s” recklessness with a perfectly timed left hook that essentially sealed the fight. Joshua went down, rose on eight, but it was a punch that took so much from him and his undefeated record was in a huge heap when Ruiz sent him to canvas three more times forcing the referee to wave it off in round number seven. A fascinating trio had become an unlikely quartet and heavyweight boxing. Dismissed and ridiculed in the spring, was where it once was frequently, right at the top of the sporting world’s key discussion.Now all the attention turns to Fury as the north Englander heads to Las Vegas, a city designed for a character as engaging as the former world heavyweight champion, a man who lost his belts outside the ring. His bout with Germany’s Tom Schwarz is a million miles away from his memorable clashes with Wladimir Klitschko and Wilder, but if the last few weeks have demonstrated anything to those with a keen eye on the heavyweight division, it’s to expect the unexpected.Fury against Schwarz may not be as dynamic as Wilder’s brutal finish of Breazeale, and surely it won’t bring the sport to a grinding halt like the Ruiz/Joshua upset, but it’s a showdown that Fury has to take seriously so his high stock in his chosen craft doesn’t lose value. Heavyweight boxing has been turned upside down recently and for fighters near the top of the division, it’s time to stand up and be counted. Wilder and Joshua have had their chances, now it’s time for Fury to take his opportunity.last_img read more

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