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America Picks Its President as it Faces Joblessness, Coronavirus and Anxiety

first_imgThat, rather than the pandemic’s economic toll, is more present in the minds of some Nebraska voters — along with, for Republicans, the creep of socialism, and for Democrats, improvements to health care.In the state’s Second Congressional District race in Omaha’s metropolitan area, the Democratic candidate, Kara Eastman, is being painted by her opponent as a radical socialist. Her Republican rival, Don Bacon, whom she has framed as heartless for not supporting Covid relief funds, had planned for an in-person election night hotel party, but switched it to a scaled-back event for staff and family as new coronavirus cases surged.Across the country, the virus outlook is bleak and getting bleaker. Infection numbers are trending upward in 41 states, and more than 20 states have set weekly case records in recent days. The nation has averaged more than 82,000 cases per day over the last week, the most yet. Deaths, which tend to lag cases, have climbed more slowly to about 800 daily, still well below the spring peak.- Advertisement – Much of the recent increase has been driven by explosive growth in the same Northern battleground states that could decide the presidential race.The situation is especially dire in Wisconsin and Iowa, which are third and fifth nationally in recent cases per capita. Ten of the country’s 17 metro areas with the highest rates of new cases over the past two weeks are in Wisconsin. More than 14,000 cases were announced in Iowa in the seven-day period ending Sunday, the most in any weeklong stretch of the pandemic. On top of economic and election worries, America is facing a pandemic with a growing number of victims; 9.3 million Americans have been infected.Nebraska, which splits its Electoral College votes and has been a focal point for Mr. Trump, has averaged more than 1,100 coronavirus cases per day over the last week, the most of any point in the pandemic.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Whicker: Brandon Morrow brings the heat, humility for the Dodgers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The No. 7 pick in the 2006 MLB draft got the first 21 outs Thursday night. The No. 5 pick came in, got the next two.The No 7 pick has three Cy Young Awards and an MVP and never has suffered a serious arm problem.The No. 5 pick is on his fourth major league franchise and is playing his third role. He also has been betrayed by multiple body parts, like most of those who defy God’s intentions and try to throw baseballs as hard as they can.Brandon Morrow, the No 5, is far more typical than Clayton Kershaw, the No. 7. He is also pitching his way toward a major speaking part in this 2017 Dodger story.He has retired 35 batters, given up four hits, walked one and hit one, and he has struck out 14. No earned runs or any other kind, going into Saturday.Morrow and Pedro Baez are the lead-ins for Kenley Jansen, the closer. He came to camp hat-in-hand, knowing that the Dodgers have the largest welcome mat in baseball.“I could have opted out at a certain date,” Morrow said. “The vibe was good, everybody was welcoming. This team has a chance to get to the playoffs. I haven’t been there yet. It’s kind of a big goal for me.”Nor has Morrow thrown 200 innings in a season, and he is three career wins short of 50, at age 32.center_img “I think I’ve always known I’d be OK after each thing I’ve gone through,” he said, “even though I’ve had every piece of my arm hurt.”When given a chance, he has done extraordinary things.In his first-ever major start, for Seattle, he took a no-hitter two outs deep into the eighth inning against the Yankees. No one had done that since Boston’s Billy Rohr in 1967, 41 years prior.In 2010 with Toronto, Morrow pitched three shutouts, held left-hand batters to a .188 average and, on Aug. 8, became the fourth pitcher since 1954 to strike out 17 in a complete game one-hitter. Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria singled, two out in the ninth.““People were going crazy but I felt a weird emotion at the end,” Morrow said. “I was just gassed. I’d thrown 137 pitches. It was the best game of my life. Then somebody hit me with a Gatorade cooler and nearly knocked me to the ground.”Morrow struck out 12 Yankees in his next start.The next year he led the American League with 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings.“Elite stuff,” said Alex Anthopoulos, a Dodgers’ assistant general manager who was Toronto’s GM when Morrow was there. “Every time he had a setback, he managed to get back to that.”But in 2009 there was bicep tendinitis. In 2012 there was an oblique strain. In 2013 Morrow suffered an entrapped radial nerve in his forearm.In 2014 there was a torn tendon sheath in a finger. In 2015 came the big one, a right shoulder impingement that required surgery, while he was with San Diego..Although Morrow says he doesn’t always have a “cheery disposition” when the bumps arrive, he got through it with a certain detachment. And, occasionally, amusement. He said the finger rehab was the strangest.“I was stuck in really boring rehab for four months,” he said, “sitting there with a surgeon and a veterinarian. One of the things we did was manipulating a clothespin.“Then right in the middle of rehab from the shoulder, I got valley fever, this fungal pneumonia. I’d lost 10 pounds from the surgery, and now 15 more. Last year was devoted to rehabbing and building myself up. When I got to the Dodgers I was feeling pretty good.”Beyond that, Morrow was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 18 and has worn an insulin pump.At the moment he is another example of the Dodgers’ 30-team radar, their sense of when to rescue someone’s career. The Angels are doing much the same thing with 6-foot-9 Alex Meyer, once Minnesota’s top minor league pitcher. Meyer is getting his moving parts together. He gave up one hit in six innings against the Dodgers, although he struggled with control. He could become a rotation fixture, a blue-light special in a game where development is complicated.“Teams draft players and put so much into them, want them to succeed so much,” Anthopoulos said. “Sometimes the pressure builds up. The player goes somewhere else and there’s a clean slate, the expectations are lower.”Gratitude replaces ambition. Morrow seems to savor every loud fastball pop into the mitts of his catchers. “I just like pitching, man,” he said, unnecessarily.last_img read more

UK body okays Indian project as 1st ever trusted digital repository

first_imgThe United Kingdom-based Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body Limited (PTAB) has certified an Indian project as the world’s first trusted digital repository. The National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA), a project of Union culture ministry implemented by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, is the project that bagged the global recognition.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

High Court Hears Oral Arguments On Vermont Health Care Data Law

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Associated Press: High Court Skeptical Of State Power To Gather Health Data The Wall Street Journal: Vermont’s Effort To Gather Data On Health-Care Costs Faces Supreme Court Test Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board requires insurers to provide information on payments made to medical providers, hoping that by knowing what is paid for health care it can find ways to keep costs in check and improve efficiency and quality of care. At least 18 other states already have or are setting up similar databases, but Vermont has the boldest experiment in mind: eventually building a single-payer plan that would aim for universal coverage akin to programs in Canada and some European countries. … Vermont’s solicitor general, Bridget Asay, told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that Congress intended to encourage states to collect data that could provide insight into improving care or reducing expenses. She said the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which amended the 1974 law, “contemplated a robust federal-state partnership in health experimentation.” (Bravin and Radnofsky, 12/2) Some legislators and policymakers consider the databases important tools to improve care and reduce costs. (Gorn, 12/2) Reuters: U.S. Justices Cast Doubt On Scope Of Vermont Healthcare Data Law center_img California Healthline: Supreme Court To Hear Case Deciding Fate of All-Payers Claims Databases Members of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday indicated that Vermont and 17 other states could be prevented from collecting healthcare information from certain employee health plan administrators. The nine justices heard a one-hour oral argument over whether a 2005 Vermont data collection law aimed at improving the quality of healthcare applies to self-funded insurance plans, which are most commonly used by large companies. (12/2) High Court Hears Oral Arguments On Vermont Health Care Data Law Some of the state insurers argued that federal law bars states from requiring insurers to supply data on the costs and outcomes of their services. But some policymakers counter that these databases are important in the effort to improve quality of care and control costs. The Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared skeptical that state officials have the power to require health insurers to turn over reams of data revealing how much they pay for medical claims. Most of the justices seemed to agree during a one-hour argument that efforts by Vermont and other states to collect and publicize the data conflict with federal law governing certain health plans. (Hananel, 12/2) last_img read more