Biden out on his own as Trump hospitalized for COVID-19

first_imgTopics : “We’re going to make sure that things work out,” he said, adding that First Lady Melania Trump — who also contracted the virus — was “doing very well.”Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump was receiving the anti-viral drug remdesivir following consultation with specialists. The president was “not requiring any supplemental oxygen,” she said in a statement late Friday.Earlier, she said that medical experts recommended Trump work from the presidential offices at Walter Reed “for the next few days.”The hospitalization indicated an intense effort to make sure the president’s reportedly “mild” symptoms do not deteriorate. The development also highlighted the uncharted waters for the US election on November 3, with Trump — who is well behind his Democratic opponent Joe Biden in the polls — having to freeze much of his campaign.At first, aides gave rosy assessments, with Trump’s chief of staff saying the president, 74, had only mild symptoms, was in “good spirits” and feeling “very energetic.”But later Friday White House physician Sean Conley said Trump received a single dose of Regeneron’s antibody cocktail, a treatment not yet approved by regulators.”He’s being evaluated by a team of experts, and together we’ll be making recommendations to the President and First Lady in regards to next best steps,” Conley wrote.The president’s son Donald Trump Jr told Fox News his father was “obviously taking it very seriously, but he’s a fighter.”Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (L) greets local labor leaders ahead of a virtual event at the union’s state headquarters on Labor Day, September 07, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Biden’s campaign has organized more virtual events, engaging with supporters using video teleconferencing. (Getty Images/AFP /Chip Somodevilla)Biden out on his own Trump’s illness upended the White House race, with Biden suddenly finding himself alone on the campaign trail — and able to argue that his more cautious approach to Covid-19 had been vindicated.Biden has made Trump’s frequent downplaying of the pandemic and mixed messaging on mask-wearing a central campaign theme, while Trump has tried to shift the narrative to areas where he feels stronger, like the economy.The former vice president, who stood in close proximity to Trump for 90 minutes during their ill-tempered first debate Tuesday, announced that he and his wife Jill tested negative Friday.Underlining his sudden advantage in the bitter race, Biden, 77, traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan, going ahead with a previously scheduled campaign stop.Biden said he was praying for Trump and his family, and his campaign announced it would take down all negative ads.However, Biden also reminded voters that he has pushed consistently for taking seriously the coronavirus, which has killed more than 208,000 Americans, unlike his opponent who has mocked the Democrat for his rigorous use of masks.”Be patriotic,” Biden told supporters in Michigan through a blue surgical mask. “It’s not about being a tough guy. It’s about doing your part.”Campaign grounded Trump’s shock diagnosis was a huge blow to his reelection effort, triggering a freeze on plans to barnstorm the country in an attempt to catch up in the polls.The Trump campaign said all planned events involving the president were either being postponed or going virtual — starting with the cancellation of a Florida rally Friday, one Saturday in Wisconsin and others in western states like Arizona next week.Even the second Trump-Biden debate, scheduled for October 15, is now in some doubt.Rallies are such a key part of the Trump brand that his sudden inability to travel leaves the campaign scrambling to reinvent its strategy. In addition, Trump has made his argument that coronavirus dangers are overblown a central plank of his reelection platform.Hope Hicks, an advisor to US President Donald Trump walks to Air Force One to depart Washington with the president and other staff on campaign travel to Minnesota from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, US September 30, 2020. (Reuters/Leah Millis )Contact tracing News of Trump’s infection came after one of his closest advisors, Hope Hicks, tested positive — sparking fears of a cluster of cases emanating from the heart of the White House.Trump met with dozens of people through the week and reportedly went to a fundraiser in New Jersey after it was known that Hicks had contracted the virus.The White House said it was carrying out contact tracing, while Melania Trump’s spokeswoman said the couple’s 14-year-old son Barron had tested negative.Vice President Mike Pence and other senior figures tested negative. The White House said Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was negative too.Former White House top aid Kellyanne Conway, however, announced late Friday she had tested positive with “mild” symptoms.Trump’s campaign manager, 42-year-old Bill Stepien, said he had tested positive, US media reported, and was in quarantine with mild symptoms.In his 70s and technically obese, the president is in a higher-risk category.Daniel Griffin, an infectious disease specialist, told AFP Trump had an estimated 20 percent chance of developing severe disease requiring oxygenation.As the news rattled global stock markets, leaders including Germany’s Angela Merkel, Britain’s Boris Johnson, and Russia’s Vladimir Putin wished the president and first lady a speedy recovery.Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama noted the US is “in the midst of a big political fight” but set aside the bitter election battle to extend “best wishes” to the first family.center_img President Donald Trump was hospitalized Friday and given an experimental Covid-19 treatment, but said he was “well,” following bombshell news he had contracted the virus, knocking him off the campaign trail a month from the US election.After having not been seen in public since the shock announcement, the president walked out of the White House Friday evening, wearing a mask, and flew by helicopter to the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington.In an 18-second video recorded inside the White House and released on Twitter, Trump broke his silence, saying he was being hospitalized but “I think I’m doing very well.”last_img read more

Lakers coach Byron Scott on struggling Nick Young: ‘We’ll find out how tough he is’

first_img“We’ll find out because right now, he’s going through it,” said Scott, whose team hosts Denver at 7:30 Tuesday night. “He’s got a battle on his hands with the way teams are playing him and it’s not going good for him right now. So we’ll find out how tough he is.”It was pointed out to Scott that it appears Young has been wearing a look like the whole world is against him.“Nobody’s against him,” Scott said. “It’s just the fact he’s not playing well. We’ll find out mentally if he’s tough enough to handle it.”Scott said Young has to work even harder.“That’s the only way you’re going to get out of it,” Scott said.One win the past monthScott was reminded his team — which is 13-38 — has won just one game the past month, a Jan. 29 upset of the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center. Since Jan. 11, they are 1-13. “It’s tough on you, especially when you’re in the games that we’re in,” he said. “I mean, we’re right there in so many games to have a chance to win it, so when you don’t win it … I mean, if you went in our locker room after the Orlando game and after the Milwaukee game, you would have seen a bunch of guys who were very upset at losing those games because we knew we had a great chance to win.“It’s just like anything else. When you’re losing games like that, it takes its toll.”The Lakers went 0-4 on their just-concluded Grammy road trip, losing 113-105 in overtime Wednesday at Milwaukee and 103-97 in overtime Friday at Orlando.“We’ve just gotta find a way to close out games,” said Scott, who described his team as “a resilient bunch.”This and thatJordan Hill (hip) could not practice Monday, so Scott said Hill won’t play Tuesday against Denver or Wednesday at Portland, which is the final game before an eight-day break for the All-Star game. Scott said he expects Hill, who has missed the past three games, will be back after the break. … Denver is 19-32 and has won just once in its past 13 games and has lost its past five. The Nuggets are led by point guard Ty Lawson, who is averaging 16.5 points, 10.0 assists and 1.3 steals. Young did not speak to reporters at Monday’s practice, but Scott did and, as usual, he did not pull punches.“He is struggling, he really is. He’s just struggling right now,” Scott said of Young, who is averaging 13.6 points off the bench but is now shooting just 36.7 percent from the field on the season, 37.6 from 3-point range. “What we tried to do today is just get more movement, try to get him with the ball on the run as much as possible. But he has to understand that teams are trying to double-team him right now, they’re trying to take away the one weapon we do have in any pick-and-roll situation.“When they’re doing that to him, he has to just learn to just spread the floor, let them double, make the correct pass and he’ll be able to attack them that way.”Scott reiterated he doesn’t want Young automatically thinking about a 3-pointer the second he enters a game. He’d like to see Young be aggressive to the basket.Scott was asked if he believes Young is tough enough to escape this slump that is now more than a month long. It was just Thursday that Lakers coach Byron Scott said he wants Nick Young to be more than a “one-trick pony.”He wants Young to play better defense, expand his repertoire on offense and not just take the long shots.Young and the Lakers have played two games since — at Orlando and at Cleveland. They lost both, and Young was a combined 3 for 16 from the field — 2 of 10 from 3-point range.Young shot 39.5 percent from the field in November and 40.3 percent in December, but just 32.2 percent in January. He’s played in three of the four games the Lakers have played in February and is shooting 28.6 percent.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

CanGEA continues to push geothermal as alternative to Site C

first_img“Geothermal is not going to be built all in one area; you can build geothermal in strategic locations around the province,” Chair of CanGEA Alison Thompson explains. “…We can strategically bring in more run-of-river, wind and solar by going into these other pockets of the province that have been forgotten but can be enabled.”If construction started today, CanGEA says geothermal “can provide firm energy beginning in 2018 at a lower cost than Site C.”According to the report, geothermal would run an approximate cost of $73.00 MWh.- Advertisement -“We have a far higher capacity and reliability factor than Site C,” Thompson goes on to say. “Our greenhouse gas footprint is miniscule; we’re one of the lowest impact options for energy in the world. In the case of jobs, we actually produce about 10x the direct jobs for geothermal that would be produced for the same megawatts for Site C, and about 100x more indirect jobs coming from the direct jobs.”Geothermal energy has already been set-up in 25 different countries – including Germany and Turkey – while the United States and Mexico led the way in global geothermal production.“Every year, they’re [Turkey] adding about 25 megawatts,” Thompson compares to B.C.’s potential. “Most of them are in binary power plants – the type of technology that we expect to use in B.C. today.”Advertisement Thompson adds, “Along with those megawatts of power, they’re bringing on community projects, they’re bringing on greenhouses, they’re bringing on district heating.”“There’s a lot to share with everybody from the megawatts that geothermal is producing.”According to CanGEA, close to 100 geothermal permits have been sought after by developers in B.C. – almost of which have been disregarded without explanation – which Thompson says has illustrated the broken process of geothermal nomination.“What’s frustrating for us [CanGEA] is that some geothermal projects are trying to take off,” Thompson concludes. “Some already have partnerships and consortiums with First Nations partners – and those would be the ones in Valemount and Terrace, B.C. …The federal government is already involved – they’re providing demonstration funding – [so] we invite B.C. Hydro and the province to get involved, and let’s get one of these demonstration projects and true costs done.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Fannie Freddie 10 Billion MSR Portfolio Up for Sale

first_imgFannie, Freddie $10 Billion MSR Portfolio Up for Sale in Daily Dose, Featured, Servicing March 30, 2015 511 Views Sharecenter_img Fannie Mae Freddie Mac MountainView Servicing Group MSR 2015-03-30 Samantha Guzman Residential mortgage servicing rights sales and valuation advisory services provider MountainView Servicing Group announced Monday that it is acting as adviser for the sale of a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage servicing rights (MSR) portfolio with an unpaid principal balance (UPB) of about $10 billion.According to MountainView’s announcement, features of the bulk servicing rights portfolio include 100 percent fixed-rate and first lien product, a weighted average original FICO score of 763, a weighted average original LTV ratio of 75 percent, a weighted average interest rate of 3.82 percent, and low delinquencies.  The portfolio contains no loans that are more than 90 days late; only 0.41 percent of the loans in the portfolio are between 30 and 59 days delinquent, and only 0.5 percent of the loans are between 60 and 89 days delinquent, according to MountainView.The average loan size for the portfolio is $232,719, and the average loan age is 24 months. Slightly more than one-quarter of the loans (25.5 percent) are located in California, followed by Colorado (11.8 percent) and Washington (6.5 percent). Bids are due on the portfolio by April 24.”This portfolio has a weighted average coupon of 3.82 percent, while a lot of the servicing portfolios that have recently come to market have had weighted average coupons above 4 percent,” said Robert Wellerstein, managing director at MountainView Servicing Group. “And given the recent move down in rates, this portfolio gives buyers a rare opportunity to buy a large amount of discount and par rate servicing.”The seller in the deal is a “well-capitalized bank” that wishes to remain anonymous, according to MountainView. The bank prefers to retain mortgage servicing rights through a sale with a subservicing agreement, according to MountainView, but the bank will consider a traditional sale.The $10 billion portfolio is the 15th MSR portfolio MountainView has brought to market in 2015, according to a MountainView spokesperson.  Based on the annual number of sales, MountainView usually ranks first or second in the nation, according to the company’s announcement. During 2014, MountainView advised on 44 MSR portfolio sales involving a total of $43.5 billion of UPB.last_img read more

Downtown Journal An occasional column about city l

first_imgDowntown JournalAn occasional column about city life by Monica CollinsAs the sun rises over the Boston Harbor, you will find me and my dog walking on the waterfront lawn I call “Amos’ Green Space.” I dub it thusly because Amos Hostetter, the proprietor of the Pilot House whose Barr Foundation funds many Boston non-profits and waterfront causes, owns the property, maintains it and allows public use. Amos’ Green Space (I know Hostetter only by his formidable reputation) is one of the few green areas in the neighborhood where dogs can be dogs – as Dexter disturbed the peace of a grazing bunny one morning by barreling after it.Bunny in the grass along the HarborWalk.I observed this chase in silence and was happy to see Dex flex his predator muscle. Of course, he didn’t catch the bunny and I knew he wouldn’t, which is why I watched without a word, rooting for the rabbit whose presence was a welcome sight. During this long winter and cold spring I saw very few rabbits around the Pilot House and Harbor Walk. This was in marked contrast to last year when they were ubiquitous. In fact, so many rabbits ran, I feared their ecosystem might be out of whack, which is why I was relieved to see fewer this past winter. Nevertheless, I still wondered why they had become scarcer – one of those sketchy urban wildlife mysteries.Except for the weather, the natural world doesn’t elicit much contemplation in city life. Animals are kept at bay by acres of concrete, brick and asphalt. When creatures do encroach on our habitat, their presence can be glaring, sometimes upsetting. Last spring, a mocking bird dive-bombed and squawked at dogs and people walking near its nest on the Harbor Walk. The protective bird achieved its aim and scared many away. After the fledglings had left the nest, the mocking bird went back to being invisible.*Advertisement* Turkeys cross the bike path on Commercial Street.Bigger birds created another uproar recently when turkeys strolled on Commercial Street. One morning, I heard a child’s voice yelling outside: “You’ll never guess what I saw? A turkey in that parking space!” I ran to the window and couldn’t spy the creature. I later saw a picture in this publication of two turkeys trotting near Lincoln Wharf. What happened to them? Another wildlife mystery.When we lived in a suburb, I once glimpsed a rangy coyote loping along a playing field. The sight gave me the chills. I was a squirrel whisperer when I had a dog totally obsessed by the animals. I would take Shorty to the Boston Common on weekend mornings and let him chase off the leash. Dexter doesn’t seem moved by the rodents. That’s why his bunny race gave me a thrill.My dog may not hanker for squirrels but he keenly connects me to the natural world. He is an animal after all and more attuned to sights and sounds of untamed critters, such as the rat scratching to escape the garbage receptacle. Dexter couldn’t leave that morning drama easily. I couldn’t get away fast enough.After we walk through Amos’ Green Space, we tread the brick walkway behind the Pilot House where I hear a sunrise chorus — the screech of seagulls, the coos of mourning doves, and assorted squawks and twerps. In the Harbor below, I see ducks in abundance, mergansers and mallards, and lots of geese. Earlier this spring, I was convinced two loons were living in the water off Lewis Wharf. The large birds didn’t look like ducks or cormorants. And there were new families of goslings, ducklings – flocks of babies paddling in the Harbor, sheltering on the rocks below.We keep the wild things at bay when we live in the city. But if you look closely, you will see the animals among us. They don’t command much attention as they scratch out a living on a wing and a prayer.Over 15 years, Monica Collins wrote a column about the city — called “Downtown Journal” — for the Boston Herald. She’s also written for The Boston Globe and Boston magazine. In 2002, she created “Ask Dog Lady,” a lifestyle column about people and pets that continues to run in the South End News and Salem News. She lives in Boston with her husband Ben and dog Dexter.last_img read more