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Goodell: ‘Tragic events’ call for ‘urgent need for action’

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 20:45
NEW YORK - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says "there remains an urgent need for action" following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests around the country that have followed. From New York to Los Angeles and several cities in between, thousands protested Floyd's death and repeated police killings of black men. Floyd was a handcuffed black man who died Monday after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. Officer Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Floyd's death and the ensuing protests have prompted many sports figures - including athletes, coaches and league officials -- to speak out in recent days. "As current events dramatically underscore, there remains much more to do as a country and as a league," Goodell said in his statement Saturday. "These tragedies inform the NFL's commitment and our ongoing efforts. There remains an urgent need for action. We recognize the power of our platform in communities and as part of the fabric of American society. "We embrace that responsibility and are committed to continuing the important work to address these systemic issues together with our players, clubs and partners." Goodell added that the protesters reactions "reflect the pain, anger and frustration that so many of us feel." He also sent condolences to Floyd's family -- as well as those of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot eight times by narcotics detectives who knocked down her front door on March 13. Arbery, who was the cousin of Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker, was a 25-year-old black man who was shot dead after being pursued by two white men while running in their neighbourhood. NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith sent a letter to all of the league's players Saturday, addressing the events around the country. "The country is hurting, there is uncertainty and there is danger," Smith wrote. "It is also clear that the pain, while shared by so many, has a history of being (borne) more by some than others. It is as wrong to be wilfully ignorant to this pain as it is to use this pain as cover for inflicting pain on others." NFLPA president JC Tretter of the Cleveland Browns also wrote a statement on Twitter, saying he felt "a range of emotions" this week. "Racism is something that we all must take responsibility to end," Tretter wrote. "As human beings, we need to identify and challenge prejudice, rather than deny it. Silence in the face of injustice only works to protect and perpetuate that injustice." The NBA's Toronto Raptors released a statement Saturday night. "As an organization and a community, we come from all over the world. We are diverse. We speak different languages. But our shared humanity unites us. When we see racism and violence committed against someone because of the colour of their skin, we should, and do, feel outrage. We cannot accept this. While we grieve for those we have lost, we know grieving is not enough. We must honour their memory by acknowledging these ills exist, confronting them, and coming together to create a better society. It is far past time. Former Raptors coach Dwane Casey, now with the Detroit Pistons, also released a statement. "Fifty-four years ago, I was an 8-year-old boy living in rural Kentucky when the schools were desegregated," Casey said. "I walked into a white school where I was not wanted nor welcomed. At that time, there were no cellphones to record my treatment, no cable news stations with 24/7 coverage, no social media to record the reality of the situation or offer support nor condemnation. But I can remember exactly how I felt as an 8-year-old child. I felt helpless. I felt as if I was neither seen, nor heard, nor understood. As I have watched the events unfold in the days following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a city where I coached and once called home, I see how many people continue to feel those same feelings -- helpless, frustrated, invisible, angry. I understand the outrage because it seems the list continues to grow: Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd. The injustices continue to mount and nothing seems to be changing. "Fifty-four years later, my son is now 8 years old and I look at the world he is growing up in and wonder, how much has really changed? How often is he judged on sight? Is he growing up in a world where he is seen, and heard, and understood? Does he feel helpless? Will he be treated like George Floyd or Ahmaud Abrey? What have we really done in the last 54 years to make his 8-year-old world better than mine was? We all have to be and do better." In Germany, U.S. national soccer player Weston McKennie played for Schalke on Saturday wearing an armband referencing Floyd's death. The midfielder had the handwritten message "Justice for George" on white tape around his left arm. "To be able to use my platform to bring attention to a problem that has been going on to long feels good!!!" McKennie wrote on Twitter alongside pictures of himself wearing the armband. "We have to stand up for what we believe in and I believe that it is time that we are heard!" McKennie's Schalke team lost 1-0 to Werder Bremen. The Associated Press

Oil spill posed no risk to public or environment, Co-op refinery says

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 19:27
A spokesperson for the Co-op Refinery in Regina says strong winds led to an oil spill into the city's sewer system last week. Brad Delorey says the spill happened the morning of May 22, originating from ponds at the refinery. "The situation was then immediately isolated. Early investigation showed that the cause of the discharge was because of the high-intense winds leading up to May 22, which stirred up the ponds and the created the discharge into the sewage system," Delorey says. The Regina Leader-Post first reported that an "unknown" amount was spilled. Delorey says the incident did not call for the public to be alerted. "There was no notification to the public and we immediately began working with the city. At the very beginning it was deemed there was no threat to the public or the environment so no notification was given," he says. Unifor 594, which represents workers who've been locked out, said the incident shows the risk of using replacement workers, as a labour dispute drags on for nearly six months. "I've worked at the refinery for 23 years, and windy conditions are not abnormal in Saskatchewan, so Mr. Delorey's explanation doesn't have merit. There is more to this than just weather," read a statement from local president Kevin Bittman. Delorey countered that managers and replacement workers have been operating the plant safely since December. "This was obviously from natural causes, by wind and certainly had nothing to do with the fact that we have replacement workers on site," he says. The leader of Saskatchewan NDP party Ryan Meili reacted to the news by calling on the provincial government to ensure a full investigation, as well as to step in and end the labour dispute. "This dispute has gone on far too long, and is putting lives and vital infrastructure at risk. The Premier has the power to end this lock-out through legislation, but has chosen not to," said a statement from Meili. Premier Scott Moe has said that wading into the spat - between a private company and union - would be unprecedented, a statement that the union disputes."

Ageing infrastructure, staff recruitment and retention biggest hurdles according to 2019 SHA Long Term Care Facility report

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 17:40
A 251-page report and survey released by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) on Friday gave a summary of visits to each long-term care facility in the province and overall quality of care assessment by residents and their families. The report includes the names of those who attended the facilities, general first impressions, the positive work being done by staff - which includes program development, care options, medication and access to things like telephones and WiFi. It also includes feedback from residents themselves and their families or care givers on where they believe there should be areas of improvement. The SHA has been conducting the visits and the survey since 2013. The full report can be viewed here. Concerns Expressed by Residents and Families At the top of the list of concerns many residents and their families have expressed at most facilities, is the ability to recruit, retain and to adequately train staff, for example at Regina’s Pioneer Village long term care home. “Staff turnover has resulted in a lapse in training. There is a renewed focus on transfer-lift reposition (TLR) and gentle persuasive approach (GPA). The clinical nurse educator works with the nurse practitioner to set up new education as well as updates. Nurses on shift during evenings, nights and weekends can provide training as well as videos which are available. Daily visual management has not been used consistently in the last 18 months but has been identified as a priority area.” Access to doctors and pharmacists for timely diagnoses and filling prescriptions appears to be a larger concern at rural facilities, than in larger centres like Regina and Saskatoon. According to the report, nurse practitioners see patients more often, especially in rural care homes. Programming concerns at some facilities, like Regina’s William Booth Special Care Home, which is listed as a preferred facility with an excellent reputation, has also been raised by family and residents. “Changing resident/client profiles, do not always fit the Regina program guidelines and concern of increased risk i.e. convalescent program used for young adults with drug and street behaviors, placed with vulnerable seniors.” While some long term care homes appear to have infection control measures adequately in place, others do not, including the above mentioned William Booth Care Home. Others on the list include Extendicare Elmview in Regina, the Lumsden Heritage Home, and Extendicare in Moose Jaw where there appear to be mold issues in the tub room. “Infection control - work required with infection control and long-term care to achieve balance and understanding of 24/7 long term home environment - concerned that some expectations are inappropriate for non-acute, stable environment.” Another common complaint is temperature control in many of the facilities, including HVAC systems that are either not working, need to be replaced, or aren’t up to current standards. Many homes are also lacking ceiling tracks and must rely on staff or special lifts to help get seniors out of their beds or to move them. Ageing infrastructure including leaking roofs, asbestos concerns, cracked floors, window replacement and even electrical and telephone issues remain concerns as in the Bethany Pioneer Village care home, where the “phone system is also beyond repair with constant challenges.” Porteous Lodge in Saskatoon, another older facility being used as a long term care home, according to the report, was never originally meant to be a care home. “Porteous Lodge was built in 1958 with the addition of the Villa in 1976. Due to its original purpose as a dormitory, its function is not consistent with the functions required in long-term care. In the lodge, there is a one-shared washroom for 16 residents on each floor. “Staff commented on congestion and wait times for the elevator. As there is only one in use currently for people it creates a hazard and necessity to move the wheelchairs that get in the way of those exiting the elevator. Funding has been approved to upgrade the second elevator in the near future to help alleviate this concern. The cisco phones are no longer working and cannot be repaired, inhibiting staff communication.” At times, families and residents have also complained about long wait times for assistance. “A concern was raised by a resident (Saskatoon Convalescent Home) that at times they wait too long for attention when asking for assistance, especially during shift change and meal times. One of the residents raised a very valid point. The more physically challenged a resident is, the more dependent they are on the care providers to meet their personal care needs. These individuals find delays and gaps in care more challenging because they have no option beyond waiting for a response.” Minor injuries have also been cited, including cutting fingernails and toenails too close to skin resulting in bleeding, taking off residents’ shirts without undoing buttons , and staff “talking to residents like they are babies.” Some families, including those at the Herb Basset Home in Prince Albert, expressed doubt about care when they were not visiting the facility. “Different types of care it seems depending on rotation. Resident expected to wait for care i.e. toileting. Families that visit frequently do not feel that they can go away and trust that the care will be consistent. They feel the need to have ‘reminders’ in place.” In one case, a question was asked about residents hitting others and what could be done about that. Other common complaints include lack of food variety, meaningful weekend or evening activities, no WiFi accessibility, and patients wandering the halls. Positive Family and Resident Experiences While there were complaints at some care homes about quality of care, others like the Kipling Integrated Health Centre saw feedback that included statements like “Love my home - nurse hugs me when I’m put to bed every night.” Residents at the the Maidstone Health Complex indicated local EMS sometimes spent time visiting with residents, which was greatly appreciated. In Saskatoon, the Saskatoon Convalescent Home has special programming geared towards dementia patients. “The Namaste Program is an international program for end-stage dementia residents. Approximately two hours of daily sensory immersion are provided including hand rubs, hair and nails, doll cuddling, soothing music and smells. Research, staff, and families have identified that the program improves the quality of life for these residents. ” Feedback from family and residents at the Kindersley Health Care Centre included comments like “Best darn food I ever ate,” and at the Ile-a-la-Cross care home, an effort to include wild fish and game during meals, and tailoring meals to residents was also appreciated. Visits with pets or allowing pets at some homes like the Regina Lutheran Home, aesthetics services, access to phones and computers, gardens, outings for pub or casino nights, family pot luck nights, and special event recognition were noted as well. While in some facilities there were noted concerns about infection control, at Saskatoon’s St. Joseph’s Home, it appeared to be at the top of the list. “Infection control is a large priority at St. Joseph's Home. They have two ultra violet disinfecting lights. They sanitize every room with this light once a day.” According to the 2018-2019 SHA Longterm Care Resident and Family Experience Survey, about 85 per cent of residents were generally satisfied with their special care home, a slight decrease from 2016-2017. Family member satisfaction, according to the survey remained steady at 83 per cent.

Los Angeles mayor imposes downtown curfew

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 17:25
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has imposed a downtown curfew this evening, Protesters were back in the streets Saturday. Garcetti said everyone must be off the downtown streets of the sprawling city by 8 p.m. local time until 5:30 a.m.. Several police cars were torched Saturday afternoon as some protesters ignored authorities' call for peaceful demonstrations following a night of violence that saw windows smashed, stores robbed and fires set. Los Angeles police arrested 533 people last night. -- This story has been corrected to say that Mayor Eric Garcetti's curfew is for downtown Los Angeles only. The Associated Press

Drive-through bottle drive for charity putting stockpiles to use

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 14:52
People with cans and bottles stockpiling in kitchens, garages and backyards are finding a charitable way to get rid of them ahead of SARCAN’s June 15th opening. KidSport teamed up with Airline Hotels on Saturday to organize a drive-through, contactless bottle drive at the Travelodge parking lot, hoping those bottles can get a few more kids into organized sports this year. Brendon Lee, the chair of KidSport Saskatoon said capitalizing on a three-month stockpile of recyclables around the city could help bridge fundraising gaps due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “May is KidSport month and we’ve had to cancel most of our fundraising events,” he said. “We’re kind of feeling it ourselves, so it was really kind of a shot in the arm we needed.” Lynn Flury, the corporate director of marketing with Airline Hotels, said the event is the perfect way to find a safe way to help the community during the COVID-19 pandemic all while making use of the largely vacant parking lot. “We were just looking for something positive we could do for the community,” she said. “We all have cans and bottles and various things piling up in our garages and such - it’s just a positive thing we wanted to do.” Less than an hour into the bottle drive, recyclables began filling the sea can containers on-site. (Keenan Sorokan/650 CKOM) All donors will get a $20 gift certificate to use at the hotel for stopping by. Darlene Bohun heard of the bottle drive on Friday, took one look at her growing pile of cans and was quick to find them a new home. “I have one particular space for (recyclables) and the space was growing into other areas,” she said of her willingness to get them out of her home. “When I saw it was going to KidSport I thought, ‘That’s great. Then I know it’s going to good use.” KidSport, which provides financial assistance to kids to participate in organized sports, is hoping the bottle drive can help offset all the losses and lack of fundraising in 2020. Lee said last year the organization raised just under $500,000 in Saskatoon last year. That goal is unrealistic this year, but every bottle helps nonetheless. With organized sports halted amid the pandemic and most kid-related activities left out of the province’s reopening plans, Lee said the pandemic is showing other kids what low-income families face at registration every year. “Now all other kids are getting a glimpse of what it means not to be able to participate in sports, and you can see it just hurts kids,” Lee said. “You can see it just hurt kids. It’s a great opportunity to come out of this with some funding and be able to fill those gaps.”

Canada’s Davies helps Bayern top Fortuna 5-0 to take 10-point Bundesliga lead

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 14:39
MUNICH - Edmonton's Alphonso Davies and his Bayern Munich teammates continue to dominate the Bundesliga in empty stadiums. Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich took a confident step closer to an eighth straight German title with a 5-0 demolition of Fortuna Dsseldorf on Saturday. With five games remaining, Bayern moved into a 10-point lead over Borussia Dortmund, which plays at Paderborn on Sunday. Davies made it 5-0 in the 52nd minute, winning the ball off Duesseldorf's Kevin Stoeger at the edge of the penalty box and then driving through two more defenders before slipping a low shot through goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier's legs. Davies also scored last weekend in Bayern's 5-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2. Davies was instrumental in the move that led to Bayern's first goal in the 15th minute Saturday. After Duesseldorf regained possession after a Bayern corner and started up the field, Davies won the ball back. Five passes later it was in the back of the Duesseldorf net courtesy of an own goal. It was Bayern's 16th goal in the opening 15 minutes of a match this season.  At the other end, the 19-year-old Davies used his left foot to block a shot by Turkish international Kenan Karaman in the 33rd minute. The young Canadian took time to change boots in the 76th minute. "Probably from wearing the other ones down with his Road Runner speed," said the Bundesliga official website, referencing Bayern veteran Thomas Mueller's comment this week that Davies's speed was akin to the cartoon character. Only Bayern's players and staff were there to cheer the kind of dominant win which would normally put Bayern fans in a party mood. Bayern has won 14 of its last 15 league games as it cruises toward the title, including a potential title-deciding 1-0 win over Dortmund on Tuesday. Right-back Benjamin Pavard got Bayern going Saturday with a 15th-minute shot deflected in off Fortuna's Matthias "Zanka" Jorgensen, who was credited with the own-goal. Pavard got his name on the scoresheet 14 minutes later at a corner. Lewandowski finished off well-worked team moves either side of halftime to add Bayern's third and fourth goals. That took the Poland striker to four goals since the Bundesliga restarted amid the coronavirus pandemic earlier this month. Earlier, Werder Bremen revived its hopes of avoiding relegation with a 1-0 win over slumping Schalke. Werder midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt hit a curling long-range shot into the top corner for the only goal of the game, though Schalke complained of a foul in the buildup. Werder stayed 17th and in the relegation places but moved within three points of safety. The team has only spent one season outside the top tier since the Bundesliga was founded in 1963. Schalke dropped to 10th and hasn't won a league game since January. Schalke and U.S. national team midfielder Weston McKennie played wearing an armband referencing the death of George Floyd. McKennie had the handwritten message "Justice for George" on white tape around his left arm. "We have to stand up for what we believe in and I believe that it is time that we are heard!" McKennie wrote on Twitter after the game. His protest came in the wake of Floyd's death in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed a knee into the 46-year-old black man's neck for more than eight minutes on Monday. Floyd was handcuffed as Officer Derek Chauvin pushed his face into the pavement amid his pleas for help. Hertha beat Augsburg 2-0 to make it 10 points from four games since the Bundesliga resumed in empty stadiums this month. That run has lifted the Berlin club out of the relegation battle and within four points of the Europa League places. Wolfsburg stayed sixth, in a Europa League spot, despite a 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt and is now level on points with seventh-place Hoffenheim, which beat Mainz 1-0. ___ More AP soccer https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press

Sask adds 4 new cases of COVID-19, 10 recoveries

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 13:49
On Saturday the Saskatchewan government announced four new confirmed cases of COVID-19, three in the far north region and one in Regina. Currently, three people are being treated in the hospital. Two people are receiving inpatient care and one person is in intensive care in Saskatoon. Since Friday ten more people have recovered from COVID-19 bringing the total to 580, meaning there are 55 active cases which is the lowest amount since April. Saskatchewan has had a total of 645 confirmed cases including: 142 cases are travellers 379 are community contacts (including mass gatherings) 76 have no known exposures 48 are under investigation by local public health. Since the start of the pandemic, Saskatchewan has conducted 47,114 COVID-19 tests. Earlier on Saturday, the Saskatchewan Health Authority announced an outbreak at the Lloydminster hospital is over.

Sask adds 4 new cases of COVID-19, 10 recoveries

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 13:46
On Saturday the Saskatchewan government announced four new confirmed cases of COVID-19, three in the far north region and one in Regina. Currently, three people are being treated in the hospital. Two people are receiving inpatient care and one person is in intensive care in Saskatoon. Since Friday ten more people have recovered from COVID-19 bringing the total to 580, meaning there are 55 active cases which is the lowest amount since April. Saskatchewan has had a total of 645 confirmed cases including: 142 cases are travellers 379 are community contacts (including mass gatherings) 76 have no known exposures 48 are under investigation by local public health. Since the start of the pandemic, Saskatchewan has conducted 47,114 COVID-19 tests. Earlier on Saturday, the Saskatchewan Health Authority announced an outbreak at the Lloydminster hospital is over.

Kane grateful for other pioneers ahead of her own Sports Hall of Fame induction

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 13:43
Canadian golf trailblazer Lorie Kane has spent the week thinking about everyone that came before her. Kane's been given cause to reflect since she was one of six athletes named to the 2020 class of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning her induction after four wins on the LPGA Tour. She's also been an inspiration to later generations of Canadian golfers, something that she finds very fulfilling. "I'm proud to think that I did something to help move Canadian golf," said Kane from her home in Charlottetown. "I just think I was doing what everybody else had shown me to do, and they may not have gotten the recognition that I'm getting. "My parents always taught me to leave it better than I found it so you know that's what I've been trying to do." Kane has the fifth most wins among professional golfers of either gender on a major tour, behind Mike Weir (eight), Sandra Post (eight), George Knudson (eight), and Brooke Henderson (nine). An ambassador of the sport who has competed in the CP Women's Open 29 times, Kane has been an inspiration for many Canadian golfers, including current LPGA members like Henderson and Alena Sharp. Kane points to her predecessors as her own inspiration, however. "I think we can draw the same line going backwards from me to Sandra Post, Jocelyne Bourassa, Dawn Coe-Jones, Lisa Walters, Gail Graham, Nancy Harvey all of the all of the women that came before me even," said Kane. "I think I got lucky to join the LPGA Tour when I did in the late 90s. "I got lucky that I was trending in the right direction as the sport was trending in the right direction." Basketball player Steve Nash, track and field athlete Diane Jones-Konihowski, wheelchair curler Sonja Gaudet, the horse-and-rider team of Eric Lamaze and Hickstead, and power lifter John (Jackie) Barrett were the other athletes announced for induction on Wednesday. Mohawk lacrosse player and coach Ross Powless, wheelchair rugby founder and player Duncan Campbell and Commonwealth Games leader Judy Kent and hockey player Willie O'Ree and Sheldon Kennedy were named as builders. Kane is also pleased to be one of the few inductees from Prince Edward Island. "We're a very talented group of people that, we just do what we do," said Kane. "I'm really happy that I can go in and be from Prince Edward Island and take the honour on behalf of the province and all of the great athletes, entertainers, and people from here." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 30, 2020. ___ Follow @jchidleyhill on Twitter John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

Another COVID-19 case reported in northern New Brunswick on Saturday

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 13:12
CAMPBELLTON, N.B. - Public Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting one new case of COVID-19 Saturday in the Campbellton area in the province's north. It is the ninth case in the area in just over a week after a health-care professional, who contracted the coronavirus outside the province, didn't self-isolate after he returned to New Brunswick. The new case, which is under investigation, is an individual in their 70s. To date, there have been 129 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Brunswick and 120 people have recovered from the illness.  Three people are hospitalized and there are no patients in intensive care. Chief medical officer of health Dr. Jennifer Russell says everyone must be vigilant and self monitor for symptoms, regardless if they have been recently tested for COVID-19. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 30, 2020. The Canadian Press

Toronto FC’s Jozy Altidore ready to game for a good cause in ‘Call of Duty’ event

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 12:20
TORONTO - Jozy Altidore is taking part in a different type of friendly on Monday. The Toronto FC striker is joining forces with Toronto Ultra pro gamer Cameron (Cammy) McKilligan, "American Idol" runner-up Alejandro Aranda and Kevin Truong, head of esports and gaming at the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, in "Call of Duty" video game play to raise money for COVID-19 relief. Team Cammy will face Team Methodz, led by Toronto Ultra's Anthony (Methodz) Zinni. He is joined by "Grown-ish" actor Trevor Jackson, Canadian video gamer and YouTube personality Jaren (SMii7Y) Smith and Stephen Wu, esports and gaming co-ordinator at the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. The Call of Duty Warzone Friendly Series will take place Monday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Toronto Ultra's YouTube and Twitch channels. Teams will compete in as many matches as possible in 90 minutes. Viewers will be encouraged to donate to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation's Conquer COVID for Cancer Fund. The Toronto Ultra are the lone Canadian franchise in the 12-team Call of Duty League, which includes nine Americans squads and teams in London and Paris with a US$6-million prize pool in 2020. The Ultra are part of OverActive Media, which also owns the Toronto Defiant of the Overwatch League and other esports teams. Altidore joins Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner and Malcolm Miller of the Raptors in gaming for a good cause. They played in a Warzone tournament in April. The powerful U.S. international forward is no stranger to gaming. At 17, he was on the North American cover of "FIFA Soccer 08."   This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 30, 2020. --- Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

Coronavirus safety plan approved for 2 F1 races in Austria

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 11:56
VIENNA - The Austrian Health Ministry has approved safety conditions for Austria to host two Formula One Grand Prix races in July. The first 10 races of the season have either been postponed or cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but F1 could finally return with back-to-back races at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on July 5 and 12. Health Minister Rudolf Anschober approved the safety plans for the double-header without spectators and with limited numbers of people involved. "As well as strict hygiene measures, the concept foresees regular testing and health checks for the teams and all of the other employees, and also a concrete medical concept," Anschober said Saturday in a statement. "For the Ministry of Health, and following a detailed review by in-house experts, the concept meets the requirements for preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The decisive factor is the close co-ordination between the organizer and the regional and local health authorities." F1 organizers still hope to hold 15-18 of the 22 scheduled races. The Australian GP, the Monaco GP, the French GP and the Netherlands GP have all been cancelled. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press

Outbreak at Lloydminster Hospital declared over by SHA

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 11:48
The Saskatchewan Health Authority has declared that the COVID-19 outbreak at the Lloydminster Hospital is over. Medical Health Officer Dr. Mandiangu Nsungu made the call after the standard 28 days passed since the last case. Visitor restrictions remain in effect. “The public is reminded that everyone needs to continue to take precautions to protect themselves, their families and everyone who lives in the community,” says a news release from the SHA. “Physical distancing is something that everyone needs to be doing all the time, every time, to reduce the spread of COVID-19.” The health authority is also reminding people to follow guidelines for hand washing, social distancing and self-isolation.

Protesters prepare to rally in Toronto against anti-black, Indigenous racism

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 11:37
TORONTO - A rally is set to take place in Toronto today in protest of what organizers describe as anti-black and anti-Indigenous racism around the world. The protest, organized by a group dubbed Not Another Black Life, comes on the heels of high-profile, police-involved deaths in both Canada and the United States. A Minnesota police officer is now facing a murder charge in the death of George Floyd, a black man caught on film pleading for air as an officer knelt on his neck. And Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is looking into the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who fell from the balcony of a 24th-floor Toronto apartment while police were in the home on Wednesday.   A lawyer representing Korchinski-Paquet's family says her relatives do not want to see violence, only answers as to how and why she died. In a statement released Saturday, lawyer Knia Singh says the family did not organize or plan the protest. The family says it thanks organizers for bringing attention to a "very serious matter." Toronto Mayor John Tory called the community's anger over her death understandable, describing anti-black racism as "a fact in our society" and encouraging protesters gathering this afternoon to practice physical distancing in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 30, 2020.   The Canadian Press

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