Texas Rangers to reopen stadium at full capacity despite COVID-19 case numbers

first_imgApril 5, 2021 /Sports News – National Texas Rangers to reopen stadium at full capacity despite COVID-19 case numbers Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStockBy Ivan Pereira, ABC News(ARLINGTON, Texas) — The Texas Rangers are scheduled to make a bold move for their home opener Monday that has some medical experts and President Joe Biden concerned.Globe Life Field in Arlington will be the first Major League Baseball stadium to reopen at full capacity — roughly 40,000 seats — since the pandemic began. The move comes a month after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ended the state’s mask mandate and asked businesses to reopen fully, citing declining COVID-19 cases and vaccination numbers.In a statement released on March 10, Neil Leibman, the team’s president of business operations, said the Rangers were encouraged by the governor’s orders and were taking measures to ensure fans were safe, including requiring masks, except for while eating.Following Monday’s home opener, the stadium will have sections that allow fans to watch with “distanced seating.”“We will continue to monitor developments and implement the necessary public health measures,” Leibman said in a statement.The Houston Astros, Texas’ other MLB team, will only be operating at 50% of Minute Maid Park’s roughly 41,000 seat capacity for April. The stadium will also require masks for fans when they’re not eating.Dr. Emily Landon, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, told ABC News last month that baseball and other outdoor sports provide better protection for crowds than indoor arenas, since it’s harder for air particles to linger.While she said the decision by MLB teams to reopen their games to fans was safe, she warned that the Rangers’ full capacity reopening was riskier, due to the sheer number of people crowded together.The country is still seeing thousands of cases a day, particularly from the virus variants, Landon noted.“You don’t know who is going to come in with COVID-19,” she told ABC News.Biden weighed in on the Rangers’ plans during an interview with ESPN last week, calling the move “not responsible.”“They should listen to Dr. [Anthony] Fauci, the scientists and the experts. But I think it’s not responsible,” the president said.Biden warned about potential surges, citing the jumps in European nations that have reopened, and reiterated that vaccinations need to increase before businesses can reopen fully.“We have to get to the point where enough people have taken the vaccinel, so we diminish the possibility for it to spread,” he said.The seven-day average of new daily cases in Texas has decreased from 7,693 to 3,667 between March 1 and April 1, according to the state’s health department. As of Sunday, 28% of Texas residents have received one vaccine dose, and 16% are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Nationally, about 32% of adults have received one shot, and roughly 18% are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Dominican Republic Navy Completes Summer Cruise 2015 Training Mission

first_imgOne vessel, the patrol boat Almirante Didiez Burgos (PA-301), ARD., paid an official visit to the port of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, and sailed around the Netherlands Antilles. Meanwhile, the other two — Coast Guard boats Orion GC-109, ARD., and Altair, GC-112, ARD. — conducted exercises and patrols in Dominican territorial waters. “In 2013 in Colombia some of our cadets participated in the Unitas exercises and in 2014 some participated in the Basic Course Regional Training Command for Peacekeeping Operations (CREOMPAZ) in Guatemala,” said an ARD spokesman, who asked not to be identified by name. “They have also participated in International Sails Cruises aboard the training ships of Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, etc.” After completing the other phases of their training, the crew of the Almirante Didiez Burgos laid a wreath at the bust of Brigadier General Juan Pablo Duarte Diez, (1813-1876), one of the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic, during a ceremony at the Almirante Padilla Naval Cadet School of the city of Cartagena de Indias. That presentation was made by Dominican Republic Navy Commander V. Bisonó and Captain Juan Camilo Forero Hauzeur, the Deputy Director of the Naval School of Cadets, who said the event was an opportunity “to strengthen ties between members of the two Armed Forces and strengthen the ties that bind the sea, such as Naval tradition.” Partners throughout Latin America are helping the ARD train to counter such threats. For example, during its visit to Cartegena, the Almirante Didiez Burgos visited the country’s Almirante Padilla Naval Cadet School; there, four Dominican Caders are studying to become Naval Officers through a cooperative agreement between the countries’ navies. ARD service members participate in joint training operations through such arrangements in Latin America throughout the year. Midshipmen Summer 2015 helps ARD service members prepare to meet the challenges imposed by organized crime groups trying to take advantage of the country’s location in the Caribbean. Such organizations often use maritime routes in the Caribbean to traffic narcotics, weapons and people. The Dominican Navy evolves to confront new threatscenter_img Three Dominican Republic Navy (ARD) vessels recently completed Midshipmen Summer 2015, an annual two-week training course where Midshipmen perform on a ship what they were taught in classrooms. They carried out search and rescue missions, plotted navigation courses on charts, performed electronic and celestial navigation and administered first aid, among other exercises, before returning to the Naval Post station of Sans Souci on June 30. The Dominican Navy’s traditional role has been focused on “civil-Military operations, defense and coastal security, environmental care and protection, disaster mitigation, both natural and man-made, and maritime security, among other [responsibilities],” said an ARD spokesman, who asked not to be identified by name. But today, he added, Dominican Navy personnel trains “in the fight against drug trafficking, illegal fishing, smuggling (contraband in general), organized crime, common crime, terrorism and other challenges that may arise.” The training has proven useful in efforts such as that launched on January 18, when the Dominican Navy deployed three cutters and two interceptor go-fast boats as part of Amphibious Shield, a security operation in the country’s northern and southern regions to combat organized crime groups who exploit natural resources and traffic narcotics, weapons, humans and contraband, such as untaxed cigarettes. By Dialogo July 31, 2015last_img read more


12 Beach Volleyball players for Olympics qualifiers

first_imgRelatedPosts Olympics qualifiers: Nigeria wins third place of Women Beach Volleyball Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers, the Nigeria Volleyball Federation has invited 12 male and female beach volleyball players to camp in Kaduna.The Zone 3 Olympic qualifier is scheduled to hold in two phases in Ghana and Lome from January 2 to 12, 2020.The Technical Director of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Martin Melandi, said six men and six women players and four coaches have resumed camping in Kaduna, adding that most of the players participated at the recently concluded Shell Invitational Championship in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.The President of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engr. Musa Nimrod, expressed optimism over the teams’ qualification from the zone, emphasising that Nigeria is ranked as one of the best not only in the zone but also in the continent of Africa.Nimrod disclosed that all necessary provisions have been made in ensuring that Nigeria’s flag is hoisted in Tokyo.Tags: Olympics qualifierslast_img read more


Ghana Premier League: Sponsor pays GHS1m for 2014-15 season

first_imgFirst Capital Plus Bank, headline sponsors of the Ghana Premier League, have presented a cheque worth over GHS 1 million to the Ghana Football Association.The amount represents 25 percent and the first tranche of the sponsorship sum for the 2014/2015 Premier League season.Chief Executive Officer of the bank, John Kofi Mensah, announced that this is to show its commitment to the Ghana Premier League despite its recent challenges.”This is to affirm our support for the First Capital Plus Premier League and to assure Ghanaians that this bank is deeply committed towards impacting society through football”, Mr. Mensah said at an event held to announce the payment in Accra.As part of the package, First Capital Plus Bank also presented brand new sets of Referee’s Jerseys to the GFA for distribution to the Ghana Referees Association.The wholly owned Ghanaian bank signed a five-year deal worth US$10 million with the GFA last year as headline sponsors of the league.last_img read more


Wilder to face Fury for another rematch in July

first_imgDespite clamor for a unification fight between Fury and fellow Briton Anthony Joshua, Wilder had been expected to exercise his contractual right for a rematch.Wilder also said this week that he would keep co-trainer Mark Breland in his corner, despite earlier hints that he was ready to part company with Breland, who threw in the towel in the seventh round of the loss to Fury.Breland, a former Olympic and world champion, called a halt to the rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena after Wilder had been knocked down twice by Fury.Fury seized the World Boxing Council heavyweight title from Wilder, 14 months after the two fought to a dramatic split-decision draw in their first meeting in Los Angeles.Share on: WhatsApp Los Angeles, United States | AFP | Tyson Fury and dethroned world champion Deontay Wilder will stage the next leg of their fight trilogy in July at the Las Vegas venue where their rematch took place.Wilder officially exercised his right to another fight against Fury and plan is to have it on July 18 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, US media reported Sunday night.“We received a letter from Wilder’s team on Friday night, and we agreed with the networks and the hotel that July 18 was the optimal date,” promoter Bob Arum told the Los Angeles Times newspaper.“We had a seamless promotion last time with Al Haymon, PBC (Premier Boxing Champions) and Fox. We look forward to working with them again.”The news comes a little over a week after Britain’s Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their heavyweight title rematch in Las Vegas.last_img read more


Florida Deploys 3 Field Hospitals, Medical Supplies to Fight COVID-19

first_imgFlorida health officials have announced they are deploying three field hospitals across the state in order to fight the coronavirus.Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz said Tuesday night via email that one field hospital is currently being staged in Orlando, while the other two are being sent to Broward County and Ocala.The news comes as the number of people infected with COVID-19 in Florida rises to 314 cases, with six deaths reported.The third field hospital will be set up in Ocala, north of Orlando, and moved elsewhere as needed.Mobile COVID-19 testing is also being implemented in Broward, and the National Guard has been deployed to assist there.Moskowitz added that he is working with federal officials to determine whether the state can add U.S. Navy Mercy-class hospital ships at Florida’s ports.State officials also said they are responding quickly to cases being reported at assisted living communities in an attempt to prevent an outbreak similar to one that occurred at a Seattle-area nursing home, which has been linked to more than two dozen COVID-19 deaths.“If a cluster of confirmed cases were to be discovered in Florida, the department would move quickly to engage with and isolate any infected individuals to prevent further spread,” said Alberto Moscoso, the state health department’s spokesman.last_img read more


Woman Faces DUI Manslaughter Charge for Striking, Killing Bicyclist in Jupiter

first_imgA woman is facing a manslaughter charge for the weekend death of a bicyclist in Jupiter.According to Jupiter Police, a man was riding his bike on S. U.S. 1 early Sunday, when he was hit and killed by a car traveling on the southbound lanes of the road.Police arrested 32-year-old Janelle Nutting of Riviera Beach and charged her with DUI manslaughter.Courtesy: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s OfficeShe is being held at the main county jail, and is scheduled to make her first appearance in court Monday morning.No other information was available.last_img read more