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Trump rejects national mask mandate, denies mask’s effectiveness in fighting COVID-19

first_img“Dr. (Anthony) Fauci said don’t wear a mask, our surgeon general — terrific guy — said don’t wear a mask. Everybody was saying don’t wear a mask, all of a sudden everybody’s got to wear a mask,” Trump said. “And as you know, masks cause problems too. With that being said, I am a believer in masks. I think masks are good.”Trump has been refusing to wear a mask himself since the pandemic broke out, citing his good health and frequent negative tests for the virus.He was seen wearing a mask in public for the first time on July 11 while visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, some three months after the CDC recommended that Americans do so because asymptomatic bearers of the virus could still transmit it to others.Along with the surge in coronavirus cases — topping 3.5 million after the mind-boggling single-day record of 72,045 infections was set on Thursday, as per CDC’s data — the mask issue has been politicized to the extent that it has become a symbol of allegiance: Those refusing to wear masks support Trump while those donning them are against him. Earlier in July, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also said the option of a national mask mandate was not on the table. He told the “Fox & Friends” program on July 6 that “a national mandate is not in order. We’re allowing our governors and our local mayors to weigh in on that.”In recent weeks, though, even Republicans have rallied around wearing masks, with at least one GOP lawmaker bluntly suggesting that Trump himself do so publicly.Regretting the fact that the “simple lifesaving practice” of wearing a mask has been politicized to showcase whether one supports Trump or not, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said on June 30 that he had “suggested the president should occasionally wear a mask even though there are not many occasions when it is necessary for him to do so.”Meanwhile, governors and municipal-level officials have requested that residents wear masks to halt the virus resurgence.While the governors of Arkansas, California and Colorado have issued mask mandates effective across their respective states, Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s order applies to residents of counties with more than 20 coronavirus cases, effectively covering most counties in the state.In Georgia, however, Republican Governor Brian Kemp and state Attorney General Chris Carr, also a Republican, sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, and the Atlantic City Council to block the mayor’s mask mandate, claiming that such an order put businesses in harm’s way and undermined the state’s economic growth, and that local orders must not exceed the state’s executive order in restrictiveness.The lawsuit, filed one day after Kemp issued an executive order overriding all local mask mandates in the state, intensified a partisan fight over how to handle the public health crisis in a state that is among the first to reopen. Georgia saw a resurgence of the virus, with the seven-day average of caseload recently hovering around 3,000 per day. Topics : US President Donald Trump said Friday he won’t issue an order at the national level mandating the use of masks, even as the United States continued to break its single-day coronavirus case record amid a pandemic far from being contained, and whether to wear masks has become a source of heated debate.Asked by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace if he would consider issuing a national mask mandate to slow the spread of the virus, Trump said: “No, I want people to have a certain freedom and I don’t believe in that, no,” according to a clip of the Fox News Sunday show, the full version of which will be aired Sunday.”I don’t agree with the statement that if everyone wore a mask, everything disappears,” the president added, as Wallace pointed out that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the virus would be brought under control if everyone wore a mask.last_img read more

Mourinho insists Kane will thrive on his watch

first_imgKane played his first game for six months in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Friday, but failed to get a single touch in the opposition box.Mourinho’s tactics were again in the spotlight as Spurs tried to hold onto a 1-0 lead for most of the second half before Bruno Fernandes’s penalty secured a point for United.Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson said he “worried” for Kane under Mourinho and a lack of trophies could also force the England captain to move on.Mourinho addressed Merson personally during a videoconference ahead of Tuesday’s clash with West Ham and reeled off a list of statistics detailing the scoring rates of Didier Drogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Diego Milito and Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his time in charge of Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.Kane scored seven goals in 10 games following Mourinho’s appointment before tearing his hamstring on New Year’s Day.“Harry Kane has no problems at all to score goals in my team,” said Mourinho.“Especially when he is fit, when is fresh, when he has routines of playing that’s my message to somebody.”Mourinho was also criticised for leaving a visibly tiring Kane on the field for the full 90 minutes last week.Spurs wilted in the final quarter as Mourinho made just two of five allotted substitution compared with United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who used his full complement.Mourinho bemoaned his lack of options from the bench, with Dele Alli suspended and Lucas Moura injured.Harry Kane made a low-key return for Tottenham against Manchester UnitedRead Also: Spanish prosecutors drag Ancelotti to court over tax fraudAlli and Lucas will be available for selection against West Ham and Mourinho is looking forward to having six attacking players to choose from for the first time as Tottenham boss.”(Steven) Bergwijn and (Erik) Lamela, Lucas and Son (Heung-min), Dele and Harry, six attacking players, all different, all very good and it is the first time I have all of them available, which is the kind of problem which we coaches love.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Jose Mourinho strongly defended his record of getting the best from top strikers on Monday after criticism the Portuguese manager’s style could see Harry Kane look for pastures new.Advertisement Loading…last_img read more

Barker is best in Raceway Park IMCA Stocks

first_imgTravis Barker was one of four, and the last driver to lead Sunday’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car fea­ture at Raceway Park. (Photo by Tim Smith)By Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, S.D. (May 14) – One of the best races of the Sunday night program at Raceway Park came in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature, where four different drivers held the lead at one point or another.Three-wide racing dominated the entire race. Coming out on top of the battle was Travis Barker who took control of the inside line over the final laps to top Mel Elsberry, Jason Ward and Bo Lundquist.The most dominating win of the night came in the Total Motors IMCA Modified feature where Ja­son Schneiders jumped out front from his front row starting spot and was never challenged all the way to the checkers.David Miller assumed the lead with five laps left after Aaron Shearn had to pit with a flat tire, then  took the Golden Auto Sales IMCA Hobby Stock checkers ahead of the hard-charging Shearn.The top spot in divisional point standings got crowded after Todd Boulware won the KCAU9 IMCA Northern SportMod main and Luke Jackson was the Z98 IMCA Sport Compact winner.last_img read more

Tesla Model S P100D Sets Laguna Lap Record

Watch Lucid Air Set Laguna Lap Record Source: Electric Vehicle News The accomplishment has shed light on a previous claim of record-setting by the Randy Pobst in the Jaguar I-Pace, that wasn’t really a record at all. And that’s not even the oddest thing about this entire situation. Let’s look at the sequence of events.In August, Jaguar partnered with Motor Trend, and with Pobst as pilot, recorded a time of 1:48.18 around the iconic circuit in the I-Pace. It was a great performance by the electric crossover and press releases were sent out. Problem is, a Tesla Model S put down a 01:47.621 lap on the 1st of July during this year’s edition of the annual Refuel event.The kicker? The driver who achieved the July result was one David Lickfold who, according to his LinkedIn page, is an engineering manager at Lucid Motors involved with chassis and vehicle dynamics.  Wild, right? Here, it is appropriate to note that his employer set their own record of 1:41.67 earlier this month in a prototype of their Air model. Interestingly, the driver for that time is only given as “Lucid Chassis & Vehicle Dynamics engineer” in the official press release, but the accompanying photo seemingly confirms that it was also Lickfold.In any case, it would seem that the production record is now held by what is said to be a “completely stock Model S P100D.” The only question remaining is how, exactly, it was achieved. While we recognize Bouret is a skilled driver, he is probably not the only factor that led to such a huge difference in lap times. Tesla continuously improves their vehicles instead of issuing distinct model years and they don’t always trumpet those changes, so we suspect more recent builds may have had some improvements to their software and/or hardware. We’ve asked the company for information that might shed light on this accomplishment and will update this post when we hear back. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 17, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Breaks the Jaguar I-Pace record that never really was.Records, like rules, are made to be broken, and now it appears a Tesla Model S has done just that. The deed — a full lap in 1:43.06 — was apparently done at Laguna Seca (now officially known as WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca) just outside of Monterey, California over the weekend. Word of the feat comes to us from a tweet by Emile Bouret (embedded below), a professional driver who does testing and other wheel work for the California automaker. At the Roadster reveal, he was the man giving the catapult-like test rides.Lapping Laguna Seca, previous records Source: Twitter Jaguar I-Pace Sets Claimed Electric Car Lap Record At Laguna Energica EGO Sets New Laguna Track Record Working with the development engineering team at Tesla during a track day at Laguna Seca, by happenstance, we managed to complete a lap in 1:43.06 with a completely stock Model S P100D, breaking the overall production EV lap record by 5.12 seconds. Happy happenstance, I’d say— Emile Bouret (@EBouret) September 17, 2018 read more