AP analysis: Federal executions likely a COVID superspreader

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The executions at the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, completed in short windows over a few weeks, likely acted as a superspreader event. That’s according to records reviewed by The Associated Press. It was something health experts had warned could happen when the Justice Department insisted on resuming executions during a pandemic. By the end of 2020, 70% of death row inmates were sick with COVID-19. Guards were ill. Traveling prisons staff on the execution team had the virus. So did media witnesses, who may have unknowingly infected others when they returned home because they were never told about the spreading cases.last_img

Brown damns tax avoidance

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Iowa Cattlemen face deep price drop, seek federal assistance

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is asking Iowa’s congressional delegation and the US agriculture secretary to provide immediate federal assistance to cattle producers.Matt Deppe, the association’s CEO, says the dramatic drop in the cattle futures market in the past week alone has put cattle producers in harm’s way.“In the cattle business, we’re not one that as a producer group that typically goes out and asks for some assistance back,” Deppe says, “but certainly that swing was certainly unpredictable.”Prices for the boxed beef that meatpacking companies sell to retailers are strong, but the contracts farmers are getting for selling live cattle at a future date have fallen to a 10-year low.Deppe says the recent government payments to compensate Iowa farmers for trade losses did not include cattle producers and his industry needs federal supports now, “so they can live in fight another day and they can live to supply such a great product and feed the United States and others around the world.”In addition to the price drop, cattle producers are concerned they may not be able to get enough feed for cattle without some sort of federal assistance.“Our producers are telling us that it’s absolutely needed to maintain their seat in the chair,” Deppe says.There are more than 25,000 cattle producers in Iowa and on January 1st, there were nearly four million head of cattle in the state.last_img read more

Businesswoman nabbed with ganja

first_imgA 35-year-old businesswoman is now in Police custody after law enforcement officers visited her shop on Saturday and noticed her trying to dispose of a quantity of cannabis that she had in her possession.The cannabis which Police ranks found at the woman’s Vigilance South, East Coast Demerara shopReports are that Police acting on information went to the shop at Vigilance South, East Coast Demerara, to conduct a search.According to the Police, upon their arrival, the businesswoman reportedly “quickly disposed” of a parcel through one of her shop’s windows. However, this act did not go unnoticed by the ranks.The parcel was immediately retrieved and it was found to contain a quantity of cannabis.It has since been confirmed that the prohibited substance weighed 120 grams.Just a few days ago, two males and two females hailing from the ancient county of Berbice were arrested after police ranks swooped down at their homes and unearthed a quantity of cannabis.Reports are that ranks from B Division (Berbice) along with officers from the Police Narcotics Branch carried out a cordon and search operation which lasted for over four hours.The two males along with a female were apprehended at a house in Number Two, Canje Village, while the other female was arrested at a home in Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam.Guyana Times understands that over nine kilograms of cannabis was found in the yard in Canje and two pounds of cannabis was discovered in the home at Angoy’s Avenue.Earlier this month, Head of the Police Narcotics Branch, Kurleigh Simon had told this publication that the police had upped the ante during the first quarter of 2019.On April 3, 2019, Police in the B Division intercepted a Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, Berbice, resident who was wanted in connection to the possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.On March 29, last, a young man had been taken into Police custody after he was caught with a quantity of cannabis in his possession while travelling in public transportation.The 24-year-old suspect of New Amsterdam, Berbice, was a passenger in a minibus on the East Coast of Demerara when the vehicle was stopped by the Police.last_img read more