Fire captain accused of stealing vaccine turns himself in

first_imgBARTOW, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida fire captain accused of stealing COVID-19 vaccines meant for first responders has turned himself in. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says Polk County Fire Rescue Capt. Anthony Damiano was booked into jail Wednesday on a felony charge of falsifying an official record as a public servant and misdemeanor petit theft. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference Tuesday that paramedic Joshua Colon was arrested Monday for covering up Damiano’s theft. Damiano was free on $1,250 bail. Jail records didn’t list whether he had an attorney who could comment.last_img

Oil prices collapse on storage fears, Asia equities mixed

first_imgWTI was hit particularly hard as its main US storage facilities in Cushing, Oklahoma, were filling up.ANZ said “crude oil prices remained under pressure, as projections of weaker demand weigh on sentiment”.”Despite the OPEC+ alliance agreeing to an unprecedented cut in output, the physical market is awash with oil,” it said, referring to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC partners.And AxiCorp’s Stephen Innes added: “It’s a dump at all cost as no one… wants delivery of oil, with Cushing storage facilities filling by the minute. “It hasn’t taken long for the market to recognise that the OPEC+ deal will not, in its present form, be enough to balance oil markets.”Stock traders were in slightly more buoyant mood as governments start to consider how and when to ease lockdowns that have crippled the global economy.Italy, Spain, France and Britain reported drops in daily death tolls and slowing infection rates. ‘No time to get cocky’ “We are scoring points against the epidemic,” said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, while insisting “we are not out of the health crisis yet”.Meanwhile, in the US, Andrew Cuomo, governor of badly hit New York state, said the disease was “on the descent”, though he cautioned it was “no time to get cocky”.Mounting evidence suggests that the lockdowns and social distancing are slowing the spread of the virus. That has intensified planning in many countries to begin loosening curbs on movement and easing the crushing pressure on national economies.Adding to the sense of hope was a report indicating promising research on a drug to treat coronavirus.Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul were each up 0.1 percent, while Wellington added 0.4 percent.However, Tokyo went into the break 0.9 percent lower, while Sydney and Manila dropped one percent apiece. There were also losses in Taipei, Singapore and Jakarta.”The longer investors have to contemplate future economic issues while they wait for more countries to be on the downward slope of the pandemic curve, the more scope there is of risk assets pricing in a difficult future,” Chris Iggo, of AXA Investment Managers UK, said.Investors are keeping an eye on Washington, where Congress and the White House are working towards a $450 billion economic relief plan for small business to add to the trillions already pledged to support the economy.Big-name companies including IBM, Netflix and Coca-Cola are due to deliver their earnings reports. Oil prices collapsed to more than two-decade lows Monday as traders grow concerned that storage facilities are reaching their limits, while equities were mixed, with some support coming from signs that the coronavirus may have peaked in Europe and the United States.US crude benchmark West Texas Intermediate briefly plunged almost 20 percent to below $15 — its lowest since 1999 —  as stockpiles continue to build owing to a crash in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Analysts said this month’s agreement between top producers to slash output by 10 million barrels a day was having little impact on the oil crisis because of lockdowns and travel restrictions that are keeping billions of people at home.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Lukaku marks comeback with winner

first_img The on-loan Chelsea forward will also be looking for it to give his form a lift as it was his first goal since the end of December which gave his side a 1-0 win. He was on target for the Toffees on his debut at Upton Park back in September, prompting a run of eight in nine games. Substitute Romelu Lukaku marked his return from a month on the sidelines through injury with a late winner against West Ham to breathe much-needed life into Everton. With the hosts coming up against a barrier – both physical and mental – in the final third, it seemed both sides were happier counter-attacking. But when Carlton Cole flicked on a ball to Nolan, exploiting a space between the centre-back pair of Sylvain Distin and John Stones, deputising for the injured Phil Jagielka, Barry appeared to have both arms around the Hammers captain’s midriff before he went to ground on the edge of the area, although Moss waved play on. The introduction of Andy Carroll, on for an injured Carlton Cole, saw West Ham raise their game as they started to dominate the physical battle. Steven Pienaar came closest to scoring less than two minutes into the second half when Leighton Baines teed him up for a low shot from the left of the penalty area, but Adrian did enough to tip it on to the post and then recover to claim Deulofeu’s rebounded effort. Pienaar did not do so well with Baines’ next pass, looping a shot over the crossbar, while Carroll forced Howard to tip over a rasping left-footed effort from distance after Stone’s poor touch and drilled over another powerful half-volley. Lukaku finally made his return on the hour and Aiden McGeady arrived 10 minutes later, but they struggled to add any life to Everton up front. That was until eight minutes from time, when Baines’ cut-back picked out Lukaku on the penalty spot and he rammed home left-footed. Energised, the Belgian was narrowly over with a volley on the turn but he had already done enough. Since then the well has run dry with just that single goal four days after Christmas, but manager Roberto Martinez insisted this week the player’s enforced break with an ankle injury sustained in the Merseyside derby had given the Belgium international chance to rejuvenate himself. Surprisingly he did not start the match and was held back for an hour by Martinez, but he proved his manager’s pre-match assessment was not just empty words with a first-time strike in the 81st minute. It was perhaps fitting a striker should decide what was, in the majority, a rather turgid affair on the 34th anniversary of the death of Goodison’s greatest goalscorer Dixie Dean. With his loan spell due to end in three months, and no prospect of a permanent stay so far, Lukaku will never match Dean’s record of 383 goals in 433 appearances, but this strike was an important one as the Toffees had failed to score in three of their last four league matches and had won just twice since the turn of the year. That run has seen them drop well off the pace for Champions League contention but this result will give them a much-needed lift. Up to the goal being scored, the major talking point was referee Jon Moss’ assessment that Gareth Barry had not fouled Kevin Nolan just as the West Ham captain looked to be clean through on goal in the first half. A red card at that point may have changed the outcome, especially with West Ham having won their last four and with four clean sheets in their last five games, and manager Sam Allardyce was visibly aggrieved at the decision. Everton, who have lost once in 21 league games at home, struggled to trouble goalkeeper Adrian, with only Steven Naismith’s angled strike and Gerard Deulofeu’s weaving run through the Hammers’ massed ranks to shoot narrowly wide genuinely threatening. Press Associationlast_img read more

Wimbledon 2019: Cori Gauff dominates Magdalena Rybarikova to advance

first_imgThe journey continues…15-year-old @CocoGauff beats former #Wimbledon semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets to book her place in the third round pic.twitter.com/60juztgXej— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2019The pair had a long wait before finally taking the court at 8 p.m. local time, with their match moved under the roof on Court No. 1, but Gauff came out looking sharp in the first set. She broke Rybarikova at love to go up 4-2, then consolidated it in a service game that saw her run down seemingly everything the 30-year-old threw at her. Two games later, a Gauff service winner secured the first set. Gauff built on that momentum with an early break in the second, taking a 2-1 lead when a Rybarikova forehand on double break point went long. She continued to hammer away, never facing break point on her own serve, before Rybarikova put a backhand into the net on match point to end it — the veteran’s 23rd unforced error of the match to just 10 by Gauff.  The loss represented another disappointing stint at the All England Club for Rybarikova, who first played in the main draw at Wimbledon in 2008, when Gauff was 4 years old. Aside from her run to the semifinals in 2017, she had lost in the first round nine times and the third round once before exiting in the second round Wednesday. Gauff moves on to face Polona Hercog, who upset 17th-seeded Madison Keys in straight sets Wednesday, in the third round. Cori Gauff wasn’t about to let a dream win over Venus Williams be the end of her Wimbledon story. The 15-year-old American followed up that star-making upset by blowing past another player twice her age, defeating Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-3 Wednesday to advance to the third round.  Wimbledon 2019: Andy Murray relishes Serena Williams doubles pairingcenter_img Wimbledon 2019: American Reilly Opelka upsets Stan Wawrinka Gauff looked the more confident player from the first serve, leaving her Slovakian opponent to watch helplessly as she ran down drop shots and ripped winner after winner down the lines, both forehand and backhand. The teenager didn’t appear overawed by the big stage at any point, never expressing anything beyond the occasional straight-faced fist pump before she closed out Rybarikova with her third service break of a match that lasted just one hour, nine minutes.   Related Newslast_img read more

Should NASCAR ban Confederate flags at races? Bubba Wallace, other drivers weigh in

first_imgFrom the NASCAR statement back in 2015 to which the sanctioning body still defers: “While NASCAR recognizes that freedom of expression is an inherent right of all citizens, we will continue to strive for an inclusive environment at our events.”For a sport that has condemned the flag but has not completely banned it from races, the key words are “inclusive environment.” They’re why Bubba Wallace among others would prefer if fans were not allowed to display Confederate flags while at tracks.MORE: NASCAR drivers push for “real change” on racial issues”My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags (at races),” Wallace said Monday night during an interview on CNN when asked about what NASCAR can do to battle racial injustice. “There should be no individual that is uncomfortable showing up to our events to have a good time with their family that feels some type of way about something they’ve seen, an object they have seen flying.”No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. So it starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here. They have no place for them.”Wallace later admitted he has not always been bothered by the presence of fans’ Confederate flags at NASCAR races, but he now understands their impact.”Diving more into it and educating myself, people feel uncomfortable with that,” Wallace said. “People talk about that. That’s the first thing they bring up. So there’s going to be a lot of angry people that carry those flags proudly, but it’s time for change. We have to change that. I encourage NASCAR, and we will have those conversations.”Bubba Wallace on CNN Monday night“My next step would be getting rid of all Confederate flags” at NASCAR events pic.twitter.com/3c76cl4h1T— Alan Cavanna (@AlanCavanna) June 9, 2020Ryan Blaney, a fellow NASCAR Cup Series driver and a friend of Wallace’s off the track, expressed a similar sentiment after Sunday’s event at Atlanta Motor Speedway when asked about Confederate flags at races.”It’s tough, but I don’t really enjoy it because sometimes I feel like the people that wave them mean the negative when they wave them, and that’s not cool,” Blaney said, via USA Today. “Yeah, I’d love to not see them at the race track, honestly, because it doesn’t make everyone comfortable, so that’s kind of where I stand on that. Bring your 50 stars flag; I think that would be way better.”Blaney’s Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski agreed with the condemnation of the Confederate flag but did not go as far as suggesting it be completely banned from NASCAR races.”I recognize that that flag might mean something different to different people, but it doesn’t mean United States of America to me,” Keselowski said Sunday. “But I’m not gonna tell people they need to get rid of it. That’s not my right either. But I certainly don’t salute it or respect it or probably anyone else who feels the same way. But, at the end of the day, it’s not our call.”Blaney and Keselowski were asked about the Confederate flag after a race that began with a powerful moment. Before a 30-second moment of silence, pre-race pace laps were paused, and all Cup Series crew members stood atop the wall on pit road as NASCAR president Steve Phelps delivered a message against racial injustice amid global protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police. We already know how NASCAR feels about the Confederate flag. It has been disallowed by the sanctioning body as symbol in any official capacity, and in 2015, NASCAR publicly supported South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s decision to remove the flag from statehouse grounds in the wake of a racially charged mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.Now, according to Sports Business Daily, NASCAR is “actively considering changing its Confederate flag policy as calls grow for the series to permanently ban the symbol from its facilities.” A moment of silence and a message from NASCAR President Steve Phelps and drivers. pic.twitter.com/jy1U48qeLX— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 7, 2020MORE: Wallace passes out during post-race interviewWallace, the only black driver in NASCAR, wore a shirt that featured the words “I Can’t Breathe” and “Black Lives Matter” as he stood on pit road during pre-race ceremonies. One of his crew members held up the same shirt during the moment of silence.”NASCAR has stepped up to the plate big-time,” Wallace said the next day on CNN. “The high-ups at NASCAR, every single one of them reached out. They have my utmost respect, and they give me their support in the direction we’re heading.”last_img read more