Tropical Storm Josephine steers into the upper Atlantic, 2nd system emerges off North Carolina
ORLANDO, Fla. — Tropical Storm Josephine’s western journey is expected to begin its northbound turn Friday to the upper Atlantic, while a second system with medium chances of developing emerged off North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center.Josephine saw some weakening of its maximum sustained winds, which decreased from 45 to 40 mph Friday morning, but still has tropical-storm force winds extending out 80 miles.It did however maintain its forward second-gear speed of 17 mph.On its current track, Tropical Storm Josephine is expected to turn northeast, away from Florida.Models s...
US, Canada, Mexico COVID-19 travel ban extended
Washington (AFP) - The US Department of Homeland Security said Friday that a COVID-19 ban on non-essential travel through border crossings with Canada and Mexico was being extended until September 21.The reciprocal travel ban aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus was first imposed in March and has been extended several times since then."We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19," acting US Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said on Twitter."Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land por...
Editorial: If college football goes on, players' health concerns must be met
Another week brings another momentous coronavirus decision. Should the college football season be canceled?It’s not quite as important as whether to reopen businesses or schools. Those are essential parts of a functioning society.College football isn’t. Just don’t tell that to millions of fans in Florida and across the U.S.They are nervously hoping schools like UCF, Florida and Florida State don’t follow the path taken Tuesday by the Big Ten and Pac-12, both of which announced they would delay the season until spring.The Southeastern, Atlantic Coast and American Athletic conferences are expect...
‘Palestine is still the issue’: UN vote exposes, isolates Canada
The notion that ‘Canada is better’, especially when compared with US foreign policy, has persisted for many years. Recent events at the United Nations have, however, exposed the true nature of Canada’s global position, particularly in the matter of its blind and unconditional support for Israel.On June 17, Canada lost its second bid for the coveted UN Security Council seat, which, had it won, would have allowed Ottawa the opportunity to become a world leader, pushing its own agenda – and those of its allies – on the global stage.However, this, too, was a wasted opportunity. Only 108 countries ...
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Security law: Hong Kong suspends extradition treaty with Germany, shelves agreement with France in reciprocal move
The Hong Kong government suspended the city’s extradition treaty with Germany on Wednesday – it also shelved a similar treaty with France that had yet to be enforced. The announcement followed Germany and France’s decisions to suspend their own extradition treaties with Hong Kong.A government spokesperson said that the moves by the two European countries constituted an “open interference in China’s internal affairs and a violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations.”The government added that it firmly objected to the actions of Germany and France.Germany sus...
Hong Kong Free Press
No fair: COVID-19 disrupts tradition and county revenue
Percy L. Lewis III was especially looking forward to this year’s Neshoba County Fair, an annual Mississippi event where he races his horses and carries forward a family tradition.At 42, Lewis has been riding horses since he was 5 or 6 years old. Growing up, Lewis, his brother and a childhood friend would race on a local dirt road. As adults, they decided they wanted to race on a track. It seemed like as soon as they did, Lewis’ friend was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.“We was talking about it but then, after, he passed away,” Lewis said. “I just went on. I did it for him.”This wou...
Blues wilt again in third period, lose opener to Canucks
EDMONTON, Alberta — Higher stakes. Same result.The Edmonton funk continues for the St. Louis Blues, losing Wednesday for the fifth time in five tries in their hub city, this time 5-2 to the Vancouver Canucks.Memo to the Blues: There’s no time like the present to get going. The four prior losses, one in overtime, came in an exhibition game and three relatively meaningless round-robin contests. But Wednesday at Rogers Place, the playoffs started for the Blues — Game 1 of the best-of-7 Western Conference quarterfinals.You can debate all you want whether they were biding their time in the round-ro...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Carter Hart, Joel Farabee lift Flyers past Montreal, 2-1, in Game 1 of conference quarterfinals
Four games into their restart, the Flyers are playing as if the nearly five-month pause never happened.Call them the Boys of Summer.August isn’t supposed to be a time to be on the ice, but it agrees with the top-seeded Flyers, who opened the Stanley Cup playoffs with a hard-earned 2-1 win Wednesday over eighth-seeded Montreal in Toronto.Oh, they had a sloppy second period, but they regrouped and, thanks to Carter Hart’s outstanding goaltending, held off a Montreal team that was coming off a shocking play-in-round win over Pittsburgh.The Flyers, coming off a surprising three-game sweep that gav...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Cowboys create COVID-19 bubble by moving players into hotel for training camp
The majority of the Dallas Cowboys players have checked into the Omni Hotel adjacent to the team’s headquarters at The Star in Frisco, Texas, Wednesday morning in an attempt to form a bubble so they could shield themselves and their families from COVID-19 during training camp, a source said.Rookies and free agents were already staying there and that option has been opened to the rest of the team.The veterans got together and decided it would be best if they all checked into the Omni as well. The Cowboys have been in camp for a little more than a week but will ramp up with padded practices in t...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Oskar Lindblom is with the Flyers in Toronto and close to returning to practices
Oskar Lindblom, the left winger who has battled a rare bone cancer for most of the season, has joined the Flyers in Toronto and will soon take part in their practices after his quarantine ends.General manager Chuck Fletcher gave the update Tuesday on the Flyers’ flagship radio station, 97.5 The Fanatic.The Flyers open their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against Montreal on Wednesday in Toronto. They hope to still be playing in September, which is when they believe Lindblom may be ready to play in games.Lindblom, 23, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in December. At the time, he share...
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