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For virus briefings, Biden says he’s ‘bringing back the pros’

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For virus briefings, Biden says he's 'bringing back the pros'

For virus briefings, Biden says he’s ‘bringing back the pros’

 

He said Tuesday, repeating a central pledge of his inaugural address, “I will always level with you on the state of affairs.”

This is a message that has helped bring Biden to the White House. As a candidate, he warned that in what would be a “dark winter,” the nation faced a surge of coronavirus cases; Trump, for his part, falsely claimed the worst of the virus was over.

Dr. David Hamer, a professor of global health and medicine at the School of Public Health at Boston University, said it would go a long way towards improving public perceptions of the vaccine by having briefings from health officials that are “based on serious science.”

“There is a certain amount of hesitancy in the vaccine, so it is really important to educate people about the vaccine, how it works, how it is safe and how it can protect against the disease but also slow transmission,” he said.

The stakes could hardly be higher for Biden, whose presidency depends on his handling of the pandemic and the largest vaccination campaign in global history.

Biden is pushing a weary population to reconnect to measures of social distancing and mask-wearing, pointing to scientific models that suggest that practises in the coming months could save 50,000 lives. He has stressed the best behaviours for the nation by members of his administration model.

In the former administration, those messages found few champions, as Trump openly flouted science-based guidance from his own administration. At his reelection rallies, face coverings were sparse and social distance was almost nonexistent.

The U.S. recorded new cases and reported deaths almost daily in the weeks leading up to the inauguration of Biden, as many states reimposed costly restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. Even so, Trump limited his top scientists and public health officials’ media appearances and continued to spread misinformation.

Asked by CNN last week if the Trump administration’s lack of candour about the virus had cost lives, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases, replied, “You know, it very likely did.”

The Trump administration ended the practise of regular scientific briefings early on in the pandemic, after Trump expressed anger over the dire warnings of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Nancy Messonnier in February about the threat from the virus.

Trump later told journalist Bob Woodward that to avoid creating panic about the virus, he had been “playing it down.” Aides said that he was also seeking to preserve the economy to improve his chances for reelection.

“Last spring, when the pandemic took place in the U.S., Trump assumed the position of “wartime president,” attending extended briefings at the White House, where he was the star, not science. For his early appearances, Trump pointed to the strong television ratings and timed the sessions to overtake the national evening news.

Trump expressed his doubts about face coverings from the briefing room, despite the scientists’ common observations that wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of the virus. He wondered aloud if, like cleaning a floor, Americans would ingest toxic bleach to destroy the virus. He encouraged governors, even as cases surged, to “reopen” their states.

The briefing on Wednesday will be conducted virtually, instead of in person at the White House, to allow health journalists to ask questions and to maintain a set timing in the West Wing regardless of the schedule. It will feature Jeff Zients, the pandemic response coordinator of the Biden administration; his deputy, Andy Slavitt; Fauci; Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, chair of the equality task force of Biden’s COVID-19; and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC.

It comes as government scientists, led by Fauci, have been making regular media appearances in television and podcast interviews to share their expertise. Fauci called his current circumstances “liberating” last week, offering that “one of the new things in this administration is, don’t guess if you don’t know the answer.”

Hamer said that enough confusion and distrust had been created by the Trump administration around the coronavirus and vaccine that the Biden administration has a long way to go to rebuild public confidence, adding that some Americans may never come around.

“It is going to take time. It is difficult to say exactly how much damage was done,’ he said. In the country, I think there might be pockets that might be more resistant to listening to evidence, because they may have focused their minds on what they have heard from the past. But others can still be influenced and educated.

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Joey Gallo, Kyle Higashioka test positive for COVID-19

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Before their Sunday doubleheader against the White Sox, the Yankees announced that Joey Gallo and Kyle Higashioka tested positive for COVID-19. Both players were placed on the COVID-19 injured list.

Both players are vaccinated, as they were able to travel to and play in the team’s series in Toronto.

Aaron Boone said in his pregame press conference on Sunday that Gallo had been feeling under the weather and was going to get the first day of the doubleheader off, with Boone saying that he’d probably get the start in the second game.

That is now out of the question.

Right-handed reliever David McKay was called up from Triple-A to take a spot on the active roster.

The Yankees also signed catcher Rob Brantly to a Major League contract and selected him to the 26-man roster.

Continuing the flurry of roster moves, catcher Ben Rortvedt was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

Rortvedt, who has only played in two minor league games this season, recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee. He is expected to return to game action in six to eight weeks.

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J&K Police PET/PST Job Notification for Constables Posts: Download pdf

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J&K Police PET/PST Job Notification for Constables Posts: Download pdf

J&K Police PET/PST Notification for Constables Posts Event Schedule for Physical Tests (PET/PST) for Recruitment of Constables in 02 Border Battalions of J&K Police under TRP-2019-20 (Kashmir Province) For the recruitment of Constables in 02 Border Battalions of J&K Police, advertised vide the above referenced notice, the J&K Police Recruitment Board (PRB) for 02 Border Battalions has formulated an event schedule (enclosed as Annexure “A” to this notification) for conduct of Physical Endurance Test (PET) and Physical Standard Test (PST) w.e.f 06.06.2022 in respect of candidates hailing from Kashmir Province (District Baramulla, Bandipora & Kupwara).

All the applicants conforming to the prescribed educational, Physical and other required standards as per the Advertisement Notice issued on the subject are advised to download their admit cards w.e.f. 25/05/2022, 0900 hours onwards from official Website of J&K Police i.e www.jkpolice.gov.in.

All the candidates are required to bring along-with them downloaded copy of admit card, valid ID proof, all original testimonials, latest Covid-19 free (RTPCR) certificate and no risk certificate on the date of test.

The Covid (RTPCR) test must have been conducted within 48 hours from the date of physical test.

The candidates are advised to adhere to Covid Appropriate Behaviour including wearing of face masks. The appearing candidates should reach the venue as per scheduled time & date reflected in their respective admits cards.

Day-Wise Event Schedule for PET/PST for 02 Border Battalions (Kashmir Province) Click Below :

OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN PRB 02 BORDER BNs CAMP OFFICE SDRF GROUND JAMMU

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Aaron Boone says Josh Donaldson shouldn’t have made ‘Jackie’ comment; Yankees trying to diffuse tension in aftermath

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Aaron Boone says Josh Donaldson shouldn’t have made ‘Jackie’ comment; Yankees trying to diffuse tension in aftermath

Josh Donaldson sparked a benches-clearing incident on Saturday after calling White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson “Jackie,” meaning Jackie Robinson. Aaron Boone spent the rest of that day and some time before the two teams’ next game Sunday, getting “to the bottom of this.”

“We’re trying to do as much as we can to diffuse it and just play ball,” Boone said Sunday. “I talked with JD [Davis] and a few other players to address this and get to the bottom of this, get the context and the history of this. With what’s gone on between the two players and the two teams over the last week or two, I certainly understand why that would be sensitive.”

Boone spent pretty much the entirety of the media session talking about Donaldson. Rather than immediately siding with his player as many managers would do, Boone made it clear that he did not support his third baseman calling a Black player “Jackie,” even if it was meant as some sort of strange joke.

“I don’t believe there was any malicious intent in that regard,” Boone said. “This is just somewhere, that in my opinion, he should not be going.”

The skipper does not believe any more on-field issues will come of it. Both teams emptied their benches and bullpens when Chicago catcher Yasmani Grandal confronted Donaldson during Saturday’s game.

“I understand the reaction, but Josh has been very forthcoming with the history of it and the context of it,” Boone said. The context he was referring to was Anderson calling himself a modern Jackie Robinson during a 2019 interview, which Donaldson said he was referencing. Boone readily acknowledged that Donaldson’s comments were “not a great thing” but knowing the history of Anderson’s past comments changed the context for him.

“When I first heard the name Jackie, I was really taken aback,” Boone stated. “Frankly, I was upset about it myself. When you hear the story of it — again, I don’t think [Donaldson] should say that even if there is a perceived relationship or whatever — but the original story of where it was born out of, and a few years of saying that, I’m less taken aback by it at that point. I sit here as a white guy and that it did change the context for me, I also understand how it can be offensive and upsetting. But since it was born out of that article, it does to me change the context.”

Boone said he spoke with Michael Hill, Major League Baseball’s senior vice president of on-field operations, following the incident. Hill, who is Black, told Boone that the league would be doing an investigation. Within the Yankees’ clubhouse, a few conversations took place as well.

“He’s talked to guys individually,” Boone said of Donaldson. “He and I and a few others talked in my office together as well. I’m sure he’ll continue to do that.”

Boone said he got the sense that this will not create any sort of lingering tension in the clubhouse and repeatedly mentioned how forthcoming Donaldson has been.

“This is sensitive. You gotta read the room in that sense,” Boone said, later adding that he wants Donaldson to “rein it in” and wishes that he was more aware of how serious it is to invoke Jackie Robinson, who he called “the face of civil rights” and “one of the most important figures in our history.”

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