Biden reframes his goal on reopening of elementary schools


first_img Previous articleVELO3D ernennt Jon Porter zum Lead Expansion of Commercial Operations für EuropaNext articleJEOL : Lancement du nouveau chromatographe en phase gazeuse – spectromètre de masse à temps de vol JMS-T2000GC AccuTOF(TM) GC-Alpha – l’ultime GC-MS aux performances supérieures, facile à utiliser Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp TAGS  Local NewsUS News Twitter Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Joe Biden is promising a majority of elementary schools will be open five days a week by the end of his first 100 days in office, restating his goal after his administration came under fire when aides said schools would be considered open if they held in-person learning just one day a week. Biden’s comments, during a CNN town hall in Milwaukee, marked his clearest statement yet on school reopenings. Biden had pledged in December to reopen “the majority of our schools” in his first 100 days but has since faced increasing questions about how he would define and achieve that goal, with school districts operating under a patchwork of different virtual and in-person learning arrangements nationwide. “I said open a majority of schools in K through eighth grade, because they’re the easiest to open, the most needed to be open in terms of the impact on children and families having to stay home,” Biden said. He said comments by White House press secretary Jen Psaki earlier this month that one day a week of in-person learning would meet his goal were “a mistake in the communication.” Asked when the nation would see kindergarten through eighth grades back to in-person learning five days a week, Biden said, “We’ll be close to that at the end of the first 100 days.” He said he expected many schools would push to stay open through the summer, but suggested reopening would take longer for high schools due to a higher risk of contagion among older students. The town hall touched on a range of issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, from protections for small businesses to the administration’s vaccination plans. Biden said that by the end of July there would be 600 million doses of the vaccine available, enough to vaccinate every American. But with many of his answers, he sought to emphasize the need for funding to achieve his goals. The town hall was aimed at selling his $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package directly to the American people, part of an effort designed in part to put pressure on Republican lawmakers and refocus Congress on speedy passage of the bill now that his predecessor’s impeachment trial is behind him. Biden underscored how much he wants to move beyond Donald Trump on Tuesday night, repeatedly refusing to talk about the former president and saying at one point, “I’m tired of talking about Donald Trump.” “For four years, all that’s been in the news is Trump. For the next four years, I want to make sure all the news is the American people,” he said, to applause from the audience. During the town hall, Biden also offered a flavor of the moderate stance that helped win him purple states like Wisconsin in 2020. He resisted a questioner’s request for his administration to embrace the progressive goal of forgiving $50,000 in student loan debt, reiterating his commitment to forgiving just $10,000. He suggested one of the ways to improve policing was to provide more funding to police departments, running counter to calls from some progressives to defund the police. He also said he was optimistic about passing legislation to study police reforms. He also weighed in on the immigration bill his administration is expected to unveil this week. Biden affirmed that a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is essential for any bill he’ll support, but also suggested he’d be open to a piecemeal approach to immigration reform rather than a comprehensive bill, if necessary. “There’s things I would do by itself, but not at the expense of saying I’m never going to do the other,” he said. Biden seemed to revel in his first opportunity for extended interaction with ordinary Americans since the inauguration. Comforting a second-grader who hasn’t been able to go school and was worried about getting the virus, Biden told the girl that children are less likely to get infected, adding, “I wouldn’t worry about it, baby, I promise you.” He also offered an intimate description of living in the White House, expressing his discomfort with being tended to by staff. With about a month of White House living under his belt, Biden joked that he wakes up in the morning, looks at his wife, Jill, and asks, “Where the hell are we?” Biden stressed that his massive virus aid bill already has broad public support, and noted some analysts have argued in favor of significant government spending to help boost the economy. “Now is the time we should be spending,” Biden said. The House is expected to vote on the measure next week. Biden landed on a slick, snow-covered tarmac to below-freezing weather about 90 minutes before the evening program. He took questions from a small audience of Democrats, Republicans and independents invited for a small, socially distant gathering at the historic Pabst Theater. Biden’s trip to Wisconsin, a political battleground state he narrowly won last November, comes as coronavirus infection rates and deaths are falling after the nation endured the two deadliest months so far of the pandemic. The White House is also reporting an increase in the administration of vaccines throughout the country after a slow start. But Biden has stressed that the nation still has a long road ahead as thousands of Americans die each day in the worst U.S. public health crisis in a century. The virus has killed more than 485,000, and newly emerging variants are complicating the response effort. The Biden administration is trying to get enough Americans vaccinated to achieve “herd immunity” and allow life to return to a semblance of normalcy. But it’s unclear when the vaccination will be widely accessible to Americans. Biden’s team hopes funding provided in the coronavirus aid bill will help accelerate vaccination production and distribution. His team also argues that the federal government must keep open the spigot of government relief to help people who are suffering economically and to get the country back to pre-pandemic employment levels. But many GOP lawmakers continue to bristle at the price tag of a package that calls for sending $1,400 checks to most Americans as well as assistance for businesses, schools and homeowners and renters.center_img Facebook Facebook Pinterest Biden reframes his goal on reopening of elementary schools Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Jockey Colin Keane enjoys year to remember | Racing News


first_imgThe landmark victory came on the back of him being crowned Ireland’s champion jockey for a second time – after a thrilling battle with Shane Foley – in a year in which he also rode his first two Classic winners on Siskin and Even So for his boss, Ger Lyons.“It couldn’t have gone much better and winning at the Breeders’ Cup was just brilliant,” said Keane of 2020.“The year started off with us winning a Classic with Siskin and then it went from strength to strength. We were lucky enough to win another with Even So, I won the Matron on Champers Elysees, winning the battle to be champion and topping it off with a Breeders’ Cup winner.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I wouldn’t be in the position I am today without Ger to be honest, he got me going and has brought us to where we are.”While Keane’s agent Ruaidhri Tierney cast his net far and wide in the search for winners in the closing weeks of the season, one trainer who did not employ the champion was Weld – yet when Christophe Soumillon was ruled out at the 11th hour having tested positive for Covid-19, it was Keane who was called upon.“It was just a case of being in the right place at the right time last weekend,” said Keane.“It’s not the way you want it to happen, but I’ll take it. Mr Weld isn’t someone I’ve ridden for much to be honest, so to get a ride in a big race and win on her for him is great.“We’d talked about it (tactics) and while we didn’t make a plan as such, Mr Weld said he wanted me to either be on the inside or the outside, but not the middle – as she’s a filly who likes a bit of space and she has a very good turn of foot.“Turning in I wasn’t looking to go between them, I just wanted to give her as clear a run as possible and she picked up very well.“You’d like to think she’s up there with the best about, it is very hard to beat Magical, she’s one of the very best, rock solid and never runs a bad race. Going there you’d be thinking if you’re second to Magical you’ve run a good race. It takes a very good one to beat her.”With two titles already in the bag, Keane is hopeful of keeping his momentum going into next season and he even picked up rides for Aidan O’Brien’s powerful Ballydoyle stable in the closing weeks.“Every year we set a target to beat the previous year’s tally – I didn’t think that would be possible this year because of Covid and my quarantine, but my agent did a great job in getting me on the right horses and we got into a great rhythm,” explained Keane.“It was September it all seemed to click, I had over 20 winners and it really got me going. I was lucky enough to team up with Aidan towards the end on a few spares with Seamie (Heffernan) suspended and Wayne (Lordan) injured and thankfully some of them won.“I’ve a lot to thank my agent for, he’s done a very good job.” Colin Keane has finally had time to reflect on a stellar season which was capped with a first Breeders’ Cup success on Tarnawa.Keane admits getting the ride on Dermot Weld’s filly was simply a case of being in the right place at the right time – but with all bar one rival behind him turning into the straight, he advertised his talents on a world stage.- Advertisement – “Thankfully it all fell right for us. It was a hard year, especially giving up two weeks with quarantine (to ride Siskin in the Sussex Stakes), so we really had to knuckle down, but it was worth it.”Keane cannot speak highly enough of Lyons, for whom Siskin and Even So were his first Classic successes, too.“I’ve been riding for the right people, I ride for a great boss so I’m very lucky,” said Keane.- Advertisement –last_img read more

LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant’s return from injury not enough in 116-98 loss to Warriors


first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error OAKLAND >> The nostalgia started before Kobe Bryant stepped on the court. It happened before lineup introductions, too.A video featuring Warriors executive and former Lakers general manager Jerry West flashed on the scoreboard. Then, West spoke about acquiring Bryant’s draft rights from Charlotte in 1996 and offered a testimony more powerful than any Bryant highlight reel could capture in his last game here. “Twenty years later, I was right,” West said. “The Lakers were right. And I see this incredible basketball player with a resume that’s almost second to none.”Through it all, Bryant sat on the bench smiling. “That was a tough one for me to get through,” Bryant said afterwards. “That got me a little bit.”Bryant experienced a more difficult task, though. West had gushed about Bryant’s “ability to play when other players would simply not play.” But as the Lakers demonstrated in their 116-98 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday at the Oracle, Bryant’s pain threshold alone does not assure both victory and memorable performances as it did in past seasons.Two days after playing only 16 minutes because of pain in the tendinitis in his right Achilles, Bryant returned and posted only eight points on 4-of-15 shooting, six rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes. He started the game making three of his first six shots. But then he made only one of his next nine attempts, something that Lakers coach Byron Scott blamed on “rust.”“I felt okay,” Bryant said. “It was sore. But it didn’t lock up on me. It didn’t lock up so I was able to move around. The soreness I can deal with.”center_img Though the Lakers said doctors have given Bryant medical clearance to play, Scott reported that head athletic trainer Gary Vitti has suggested Bryant should sit out one or two weeks. But Scott said Bryant only needed “to tell me he’s good” to return. Bryant also scoffed at temporarily shutting down after missing three consecutive games earlier this month amid soreness in his right shoulder. “It’s hard for me to say, ‘I’m going to shut it down for two weeks,’” Bryant said. “What if it’s better in two days? If it’s not better in two weeks, I won’t play for two weeks. But if it gets better before then, I should be out there playing.”It remains unclear if Bryant will play when the Lakers (9-32) visit the Utah Jazz (17-22) at Vivint Smart Home Arena. But Scott reported that Bryant told him during Thursday’s game that “he wa fine and felt good.”The Lakers surprisingly also felt good with their chances against the Warriors (37-3), trailing only 52-49 at halftime after Golden State shot only 34.8 percent through the first half. The Lakers also featured Jordan Clarkson (22 points), Lou Williams (21 points), D’Angelo Russell (14 points, three assists) and Julius Randle (14 points, eight rebounds) posting double figures. But Scott knew those numbers “weren’t going to last.” Stephen Curry scored 11 of his 26 points in the third quarter. Golden State closed out that period with a 13-2 run. And the Lakers committed six of their 21 turnovers during that time.But Bryant completed the game just fine despite admitting beforehand he feels “pretty sore” when he changes direction. Though Bryant entered the game with 5:35 left, Scott also reached what he called a “happy medium” by not playing Bryant over the 30-32 minutes he has played on most nights this season. Bryant exited with 3:05 remaining before waving to the crowd that gave him a standing ovation. Said Bryant: “I was really stiff. But I thought it was the right thing to do to go back in the game and play and try to enjoy it one more time.”Said Scott: “I put him out there because I wanted him to get that ovation and the just due he deserves. I was hoping it was just what it was. It was great he acknowledged the fans as well to show his appreciation for that.”Scott hardly sounded nostalgic the day earlier when he expressed concerns about needing to scale back Bryant’s workload to ensure he completes his final NBA season. But Scott tempered his take on Thursday morning, saying he would largely defer to Bryant on his playing status.“If his intention is to play, I have to honor his intentions,” Scott said. “If he wants to play, I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘No, you can’t play,’ especially when I know he’s able and willing to go out and play. He may not play great and be 100 percent healthy. But he feels it’s an obligation to do that. So I’m behind him 110 percent.”Bryant has not played at 100 percent in recent years, entering this season playing a combined 76 games the previous three campaigns amid overlapping injuries to his left Achilles, right knee and right shoulder. Once Bryant tore his left Achilles on April 12, 2013 against the Warriors, he recalled spending a near week eating ice cream and cake before focusing on his eight-month rehab. “I’ve never seen anyone play through the stuff he plays through. After a while, we learn he’s playing no matter what unless someone takes him off the court,” said Warriors interim coach and former Lakers teammate Luke Walton, who then recalled Bryant playing in a game through an injured right shoulder. “That hurt a little bit he thought shooting left-handed 3-pointers was more effective than passing me the ball. But that’s what made him such a great player.”Bryant did not resort to such measures on Thursday against Golden State. “I thought his night was one of those nights where I knew he was going to struggle a little bit with the way he played,” Scott said. But the way Bryant played for most of his career sparked different impressions. So with West speaking in a two-minute tribute video gushing about his greatness, the Warriors executive later admitted skepticism on whether anyone could duplicate it. “He’s left a big footprint there,” West said. “I don’t see anyone now that’s going to step in those footprints, but I’m hopeful.”Bryant sounded more than hopeful that the NBA’s defending champions could fill a big footprint, though. Bryant signed a pair of shoes for Warriors forward Draymond Green with the message, “Make history.” When Bryant reiterated that message to Curry, he replied, “I got to chase you.” Bryant laughed. “Damn right. Absolutely come and get them,” Bryant said. “It’s their time to step up and play and see how many championships they can win and see how many gold medals they can win. I had my run. It’s important for them to carry it forward.”But with Bryant already making history, he met beforehand with West, Warriors general manager Bob Myers and Warriors co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber. Then, the Warriors staff presented Bryant with a double magnum of Amuse Bouche from Napa and a family vacation package to the area. “‘I wish I would’ve had my last game here earlier in the season because you guys just elevate the bar in terms of gifts I’m receiving,’” Bryant recalled jokingly telling the Warriors. “It was awesome to see them.”It was also awesome for Bryant to receive the best gift of all, a video tribute from the man that showed the strongest faith that his basketball greatness would carry through the NBA for nearly two decades. last_img read more

Kevin Durant ‘balked’ at idea of Warriors trading him only for D’Angelo Russell, report says


first_imgWindhorst wrote:”First, Durant initially balked at being traded for Russell straight up, multiple sources said. He didn’t think it was a fair deal, and in this case, the Warriors had to not just satisfy the Nets, but also Durant.””Leverage was applied by the player, and Golden State had to include a first-round pick before Durant would agree to sign off. The Warriors begrudgingly gave it up and did so with a heavy condition: If the pick falls within the top 20 next year, they don’t have to send it, and instead will only give Brooklyn a second-round pick … in six years. It’s one of the most unusual pick protections the NBA has seen recently.”Durant has since inked a four-year, $164 million deal with the Nets and has a player option in 2022-23. He will join his close friend in star point guard Kyrie Irving, who also signed a four-year max deal with Brooklyn this offseason. Kevin Durant likely won’t play in 2019-20, but he’s still contributing to the Nets’ future.The Warriors sent the now-Nets superstar to Brooklyn as part of a sign-and-trade for D’Angelo Russell this summer. While the deal was initially meant to be a one-for-one exchange, Durant was against the idea of such an “unfair” trade and pressured Golden State to part with a protected future first-round pick as well, according to a report from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, which cited unidentified league sources. NBA free agency 2019: Kelly Oubre Jr., Suns agree to 2-year, $30M deal Related Newscenter_img While Durant’s recovery from the ruptured Achilles he suffered in Game 5 of this year’s NBA Finals will delay his return to the court, the Nets have a talented young core featuring the likes of Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen to work with in his absence. If the pick Golden State included in Durant’s sign-and-trade is outside the top 20, it could become a quality asset or building block for Brooklyn down the road.The Warriors will look noticeably different next year, as star guard Klay Thompson is expected to miss most of 2019-20 rehabbing a torn ACL. They’ll have to hope Russell becomes a serviceable replacement in the meantime, especially given his hefty three-year, $117 million contract. Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins thrilled to be back with Anthony Davis: ‘We never wanted it to end’last_img read more