Ernst signs onto resolution condemning Democrats for handling of impeachment process

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says she has signed on to a resolution from a fellow Republican which condemns Democrats for failing to follow the proper process in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.“Because what we’re seeing in the House is the fact that Democrats have been so heck bent on making sure they impeach this president that they are just randomly acting through this inquiry process. It’s not open, it’s not transparent, we don’t have access to the information,” Ernst says.Ernst told reporters during her weekly conference call that the Democrats in the House are not following through on anything. “We have got to get our work done. The House needs to focus on getting things done like the USMCA. And impeachment — if they are going to go down that road — they need to make sure that they are following standards that have been set, practices that have been set in the past. And the president is not receiving that same courtesy right now,” Ernst says.Ernst was asked if she defends the president’s actions. “I can’t go down that path right now — because again — I haven’t seen all of the information. And bottom line, we don’t even know what the articles of impeachment are. (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi has not indicated what they are trying to do other than go after the president,” Ernst says. “So gain, it’s more of a political show over there than actually getting toward an objective.”Ernst says she doesn’t have any information to make any kind of a decision on whether the president’s dealings with the Ukraine were an impeachable offense. “As I read through the transcript of the call, of course I didn’t see an impeachable offense there. We will need to hear from additional witnesses and I’m sure that the House will bring those witnesses forward. They will have to. I mean they will have to when they bring it over to the Senate for a trial,” Ernst says. “So again, I want to make sure that I am evaluating all the information as presented by the House prosecutors — that is under the assumption that they are going to send articles of impeachment over.”Ernst says she will sit as a judge in the Senate if the inquiry moves forward and will make a decision based on the information.last_img read more

Booker campaigns in Iowa as rivals debate in LA

first_imgNew Jersey Senator Cory Booker says he likely missed out on a fundraising boost by being excluded from last night’s debate among the Democratic presidential candidates.“It’s exposure that is incredibly valuable,” Booker said in Des Moines. “It has always led for us to a spike in contributions…The first hour after the last debate beat any fundraising day that we had in the entire campaign.”Booker spoke to reporters as the debate was nearing its conclusion, touting metrics like the number of precinct captains he’s recruited for Caucus Night as a different measure of his campaign’s progress.“Three or four months ago if you’d told me I was going to miss a debate, we would have thought it would have been a mortal blow,” Booker said,”but the reason why it’s not is because this last month or two – since the last debate — has been an avalanche of on-line supporters, people saying we want him on the stage and now we realize we have to fight for him to be on that stage.”As his competitors traded verbal jabs in front of a national television audience, Booker was in the basement of his campaign’s Des Moines office, calling likely Iowa Caucus-goers along with about 30 other campaign volunteers.“I’m here in Iowa doing what you need to do to win,” Booker said. “…We’ve already seen an uptick in the polls. I think my staff showed me four polls where we hit four percent since they closed the debate criteria for this one. We’ll see which ones are qualifying polls and I’m just very confident I’ll be there in January.”The next Democratic presidential candidate debate will be held in Des Moines on January 14.“This debate is over now?” Booker asked the reporters in Des Moines who’d been asking him questions for 15 minutes.“They’re talking about the wine cave right now,” Iowa Starting Line founder Pat Rynard said, a reference to Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg debating the location of one of Buttigieg’s fundraisers.“Are the really talking about the wine cave?” Booker replied.Another reporter asked: “Do you have any experience with a wine cave?”“I know this actually loses me votes probably every time I say it, but I’ve never actually drank in my life,” Booker said, with a laugh. “So if I was going to have a cave in my house, I’d put something better than wine (in it). I might make it a sci-fi tribute, with a great TV for me to watch episodes of Star Trek.”Today, Booker is embarking on a bus tour with stops in Adel, Fort Dodge and Sioux City. On Saturday, he’ll be in Sioux Center and Spencer before traveling to Mason City, where he’ll appear at the Historic Park Inn Hotel Ballroom at 7:30 PM.last_img read more

Playgrounds, shelter houses in Mason City city parks closed

first_imgMASON CITY — The City of Mason City has decided to immediately close all playgrounds and shelter houses in the city’s parks. City Administrator Aaron Burnett says the closure will be through April 30th at which time the closure will be re-evaluated. City staff will be installing caution tape and fencing around the equipment and shelters in the parks and placing signage as a reminder. Team sports, pickup games and contact play are prohibited. Burnett says the parks and trails, including the dog park, will remain open for recreation purposes, but he reminds people to use social distancing, avoid large gatherings over ten people, and wash your hands with soap and water after any activity.last_img

Iowa patients in clinical trial of possible COVID-19 treatment

first_imgIOWA CITY — A clinical trial for an experimental COVID-19 drug is now underway at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The hospital started enrolling patients last week to try Remdesivir.There have been promising results in lab tests, but it’s still not clear how safe or effective the drug is for people. Dr. Dilek Ince, a clinical professor of Infectious Diseases, is leading the research team at the hospital.“In actual lab trials, in lab studies, it’s shown to be very potent, very effective against multiple coronaviruses, including…SARS-coronavirus-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,” she says.There are currently no FDA-approved drugs to specifically treat COVID-19. In the meantime, physicians and patients around the world are testing experimental treatments. Hospitalized patients can qualify the trial if they don’t have certain liver or kidney issues. Ince says patients are willing to try it, but they have questions.“Is it really going to help me? That’s hard to know, right?” Ince says. “So that’s why we tell them, ‘You know, under lab conditions it seems like this drug should help you, but that’s why we need the clinical trials because in the real world, we do not if it’s really going to help.’”Patients who agree to participate in the trial will be given the drug being tested or a placebo for up to 10 days.last_img read more

UI fraternity accused of holding party during virus shutdown

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Officials at the University of Iowa are investigating the Sigma Chi chapter there after the fraternity was accused of holding a party in violation of the state’s order limiting gatherings to fewer than 10 people in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.The fraternity party allegedly took place March 28 with as many as 50 people and may have involved underaged drinking, the Press-Citizen reported. Iowa City police confirmed receiving a report of a party at the Sigma Chi house, but said no officer responded to the scene.Sigma Chi Fraternity International did not immediately respond Friday to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.The university suspended in-person classes earlier in the month and ordered students to evacuate campus dorms by March 29.Fraternity houses, however, are not on campus or in the university’s authority, school officials said. In a statement, university spokeswoman Hayley Bruce said UI officials strongly encouraged Greek chapters to close their off-campus homes in March. To date, 12 fraternity chapter homes have closed and the remaining 14 chapters’ homes have been open only for members who have a need for housing, Bruce said.last_img read more

Real Madrid v Atletico in Champions League semis

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp REPEAT IN SEMis: Real Madrid’s Spanish defender Sergio Ramos (C) lifts the trophy next to Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (L) and Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema (R) after Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League final football match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at San Siro Stadium in Milan, on May 28, 2016. AFP PHOTONyon, Switzerland | AFP | Holders Real Madrid will face city rivals Atletico in the Champions League semi-finals next month and French surprise-package Monaco take on Juventus, following the draw on Friday.The all-Madrid showdown is a rerun of the 2014 and 2016 finals in Europe’s top club competition, with Real victorious on both occasions. We have our rival for the @ChampionsLeague semi-finals! ?? @realmadriden #GoAtleti #UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/z1McmaXWTS— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) April 21, 2017last_img read more

30 percent of athletes at 2011 worlds admitted doping – report

first_img“The figures are clear.“Aside from the fact that I know the questions the researchers asked and how robust the data is, the results have a terrifying value.”When the research team asked the same questions to athletes at the 2011 Pan-Arab Games held in Qatar, the figure was even higher at 45 percent.More than 5,000 athletes competed at the two events and 2,167 were asked if they had taken banned drugs in an anonymous survey.Doping has cast a dark shadow over the sport in recent years after the Russian athletics team was banned from the 2016 Rio Olympics after an investigation into a state-sponsored doping programme.Re-testing of old samples using new methods by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has found more than 100 athletes used banned substances at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Share on: WhatsApp Berlin, Germany | AFP | At least 30 percent of those who competed at the 2011 IAAF World Championships admitted to having used banned substances during their careers, according to a report.The research was carried out by Germany’s University of Tuebingen and America’s Harvard Medical School in 2011, but legal wranglings meant the report was only recently made public.The study, commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), calculates that at least 30 percent of the athletes at the world championships six years ago were doping, but admits the real figure could be even higher.Only 0.5 percent of those who competed at the 2011 worlds in Daegu, South Korea, failed regular testing.The team from the German university say their findings were delayed for so long due to talks between WADA and athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, as to how the study should be published.“I have long demanded that this study be published,” German athletics federation president Clemens Prokop told AFP subsidiary SID.“In the anti-doping battle, there can only be one guideline: total transparency.last_img read more

Cheptegei goes for the double

first_img1962 Perth114611  SilverWilliam Koskei1970 EdinburghAthletics400 metres hurdles  SilverJames Odwori1974 ChristchurchBoxingLight Flyweight  GoldBoniface Kiprop2006 MelbourneAthletics10,000 metres  SilverJoseph Lubega2002 ManchesterBoxingLight Heavyweight  SilverLeo Rwabwogo1970 EdinburghBoxingFlyweight  GoldMohamed Muruli1970 EdinburghBoxingLight Welterweight  GoldBenson Masanda1970 EdinburghBoxingHeavyweight 2006 Melbourne201315 2010 Delhi200218  GoldJustin Juuko1990 AucklandBoxingLight Flyweight (– 48 kg)  GoldGodfrey Nyakana1990 AucklandBoxingLightweight (– 60 kg)  SilverShadrack Odhiambo1974 ChristchurchBoxingFeatherweight  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2014 GlasgowAthletics10,000 metres Total1315214918  SilverRuth Kyalisima1982 BrisbaneAthletics400m Hurdles Uganda medals Commonwealth games  GoldGeorge Oywello1962 PerthBoxingHeavyweight 1970 Edinburgh33179 RELATED STORY 1954 Vancouver010114  SilverDeogratias Musoke1970 EdinburghBoxingFeatherweight  SilverVictor Byarugaba1982 BrisbaneBoxingLight Middleweight  SilverSilver Ayoo1974 ChristchurchAthletics400 metres  GoldDorcus Inzikuru2006 MelbourneAthletics3000m Steeplechase MedalNameGamesSportEvent FILE PHOTO: Cheptegei wins the 5000m on Sunday. He could make it a double gold today.center_img  SilverAli Rojo1974 ChristchurchBoxingBantamweight Tweets about #GC2018 uganda  SilverPatrick Etolu1954 VancouverAthleticsHigh Jump  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2010 DelhiAthletics5,000 metres  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2010 DelhiAthletics10,000 metres  SilverThomas Kawere1958 CardiffBoxingWelterweight 2014 Glasgow104518 1994 Victoria002224 1958 Cardiff010117  GoldMohamed Muruli1974 ChristchurchBoxingWelterweight 1974 Christchurch243910  GoldJames Odwori1970 EdinburghBoxingLight Flyweight Gold Coast, Australia | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Joshua Cheptegei is set to emulate Moses Kipsiro’s Commonwealth Games double winning feat when he competes in the 10,000m final on Friday.Cheptegei is a firm favourite to add the 10,000m title to the 5000m gold he won last week that will see him equal Moses Kipsiro’s double achievement at the 2010 Commonwealth games in India.Kipsiro, the most successful Ugandan track and field athlete with three gold medals, won both the 5,000m and 10,000m in Delhi, before adding the 10,000m final at the 2014 Games.Cheptegei (26:49.94), one of only two athletes at this final who have ever run sub-27 minute times, will be the man to beat following his dominance of last Sunday’s 5000m final.It is however the first time he is going for the double, and lying in wait for any mistake will be Kenyans Josphat Bett Kipkoech (26:48.99),  Glasgow 2014 steeplechase gold medallist Jonathan Ndiku (Kenya) and World Under 20 champion Rodgers Kwemoi (Kenya).Also in the race is Mohammed Ahmed (Canada) who came second in the 5000m final but has experience of running in two finals at the last Olympics.Team tactics will be key, with the Kenyans traditionally running such races with a planned role for each of their athletes.  In the 5000m final, Cheptegei kept behind the leaders and only charged in the final four laps, but with three Kenyans in this, staying in the lead pack will be key.Cheptegei, 21, has been in formidable form since winning 10,000m silver at the World Championships last year.  In the past 6 months, he has run the  world’s second fastest 15k race ever at the Seven Hills Race Zevenheuvelenloop in Nijmegen, The Netherlands in November and dominated all the cross-country races he participated in this year.Uganda’s history at Commonwealth games 1982 Brisbane030318  GoldAyub Kalule1974 ChristchurchBoxingLightweight 1990 Auckland202411  SilverKesi Odongo1962 PerthBoxingLightweight GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotalRank  SilverMohamed Kayongo2002 ManchesterBoxingLight Welterweight Share on: WhatsApp   10,000m final 2pm: Cheptegei | Toroitich | Kiplimo ??  SilverPeter Rwamuhanda1982 BrisbaneAthletics400m Hurdles 1966 Kingston001119 1998 Kuala Lumpur001132 2002 Manchester020230last_img read more

Cori “Coco” Gauff Of Delray Beach Makes a Historic Run at Wimbledon

first_imgIt’s easy to forget that Cori “Coco” Gauff of Delray Beach is only 15 years old. In her Grand Slam debut, Gauff beat Venus Williams, a five-time champion, in the first round at Wimbledon. Gauff is the tournament’s youngest player and has said in previous interviews that she is inspired by the Williams sisters.Friday was a rough match for Gauff who was up against Slovenia’s Polona Hercog. Gauff was down a set at and lost her mixed doubles match but then bounced back and won. In a press conference, Gauff stated that she was confident she could win even though she was behind in the second set.“I was like, ‘I can fight back—I just need to hold serve and then break,’ ” Gauff said in an interview after her big win.Gauff’s father, Cory, is the owner of Paradise Sports Lounge in Delray Beach. Many Delray Beach tennis fans would go to the lounge in support of Gauff. The lounge has hosted watch parties for each of Coco’s Wimbledon matches.last_img read more

First Walk-up Testing Sites Set to Open in Broward This Weekend

first_imgAfter a month of operating only drive-thru testing sites for the novel coronavirus, Florida will open its first two walk-up COVID-19 testing locations on Saturday in Broward County.Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that tests will be conducted at Mitchell Moore Park, 901 N.W. 10th St., Pompano Beach, and at the Urban League of Broward County, 560 NW 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.“Not everyone has access to a car,” DeSantis said. “We need to be able to reach … particularly into underserved communities.”The walk-up sites, which will be operated with the assistance of the National Guard and Broward Sheriff’s Office, will each serve 200 residents per day.The governor added that anyone with symptoms can either walk to the testing sites or call for an appointment, (954) 412-7300.“We hope the response is good,” DeSantis said.As of Thursday morning, the state reported that 220,892 people have been tested for the novel coronavirus.In addition, there have been 28,726 tests in Broward, and 3,459 people or 12.1 percent have been diagnosed with infections, records show.Worldwide, there are over 2.1 million cases and 142,148 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center.last_img read more