Day: June 27, 2020

Most athletes are true to word in dates with drug testers

It’s almost as easy as sending a text. Open an app on the cell phone, type in a few words, click a box or two. To really make the system work, though, athletes have to be where they say they’ll be at the time they say they’ll be there.

Lately, some high-profile names in track and field have been making a mess of what’s supposed to be a simple process of letting drug testers know where they will be for one hour each day.

World champions

and

could miss the Olympics for what are known in the antidoping world as whereabouts failures – the failure to be where they said they’d be when testers came calling, unannounced, to collect a urine or blood sample. It’s part of a system of no-notice, out-of-competition testing that is considered the best deterrent to illicit drug use in sports.

Other recent cases – one

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Inside One Mother’s Fight To Help Her Kids Get An Education During Coronavirus

(Photo: Illustration: Damon Dahlen/HuffPost; Photos: Terri Johnson/Getty)
(Photo: Illustration: Damon Dahlen/HuffPost; Photos: Terri Johnson/Getty)

This story about rural education was produced as part of the series Critical Condition: The Students the Pandemic Hit Hardest, reported by HuffPost and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education.

Terri Johnson willed her body not to show signs of impatience. She had been sitting in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Greenville, Mississippi, for more than an hour, so her oldest child, Kentiona, could connect to the building’s Wi-Fi, something they didn’t have at home. Johnson didn’t want her daughter to feel rushed. 

Kentiona, 16, was in the passenger seat using the car’s dashboard as a makeshift desk. Her high school had recently closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic and shifted to distance learning. Kentiona’s persuasive essay for her English class had brought them to the McDonald’s on that third Friday

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When, where and how will you be able to travel abroad in the summer of 2020?

Waiting game: passengers at Heathrow airport: Simon Calder
Waiting game: passengers at Heathrow airport: Simon Calder

UK holidaymakers will be able to travel abroad this summer – though it is not yet clear to which destinations.

At present a “double lock” effectively prevents most overseas travel. The Foreign Office advises against all but essential journeys abroad, while anyone returning to the UK faces two weeks of self-isolation.

The measures have already triggered the cancellation of millions of trips and stifled new outbound and inbound bookings.

But in the next few days the government will set out a list of countries for which both the Foreign Office warning and the quarantine requirement will be lifted.

These are the key questions and answers.

What is changing?

On Wednesday, 1 July, the government is expected to say that the current rules will be relaxed on 6 July for a range of destinations.

Simultaneously, the Foreign Office no-go warning and the need

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Nigel Farage accused of stirring up ‘fear and hatred’ after blaming attack on ‘illegal immigrants’

Nigel Farage speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference 2020: Getty
Nigel Farage speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference 2020: Getty

Glaswegian politicians have hit back at Nigel Farage after the right-wing commentator said Friday’s knife attack showed the danger of “illegal immigrants”.

The former UKIP and Brexit Party MEP tweeted: “Horrible tragedy in a Glasgow hotel housing illegal immigrants. All over the UK, hotels are filling up with young men who are coming across the Channel every day.

“It is a massive risk to our wellbeing — yet the government does nothing.”

However, in reality the Park Inn hotel where six people including a police officer were stabbed has been housing asylum seekers and refugees, who have a legal right to be in the country while their claims are considered, not illegal immigrants.

The Home Office moved hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees into hotels at the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown in an effort to suppress the spread

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Herndon Native Helps Fight Food Insecurity During Coronavirus

HERNDON, VA — Like many people, Leah Fri’s life has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. But, she hasn’t let that stop her from doing something positive with her time.

When Fri found herself back home and out of a summer internship, she began volunteering for FarmLink, a grassroots effort to prevent food waste and alleviate food insecurity during the pandemic.

“This was such a good opportunity,” Fri said. “Not only will I be doing good for the community but the entire country.”

Back in March, the rising senior at James Madison University was traveling with friends, when she first found out they’d be studying online after spring break due to the coronavirus. Eventually, the entire spring semester was conducted remotely.

“It’s all pretty crazy,” the Herndon native said. “Obviously, none of us have really experienced something like this. It was nice to be home and all, but definitely unfortunate

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Dining, Shopping, Mall And More

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Recovering from the coronavirus shutdown has been a slow process, Livingston. But there’s good news: the “new normal” is getting closer.

Livingston’s restaurants, stores, businesses and other cultural institutions continue to reawaken from the COVID-19 shutdown that threw a devastating monkey wrench into New Jersey’s economy.

A new wave of adjustments will come when indoor portions of retail shopping malls across the state will be allowed to reopen for customers on Monday, June 29. (See more information about reopening at the Livingston Mall below)

Meanwhile, the state’s restaurants will get the go-ahead to reopen for limited dining indoors on Thursday, July 2. In addition, several entertainment venues and industries will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity on July 2, including museums, bowling alleys and arcades.

Read More: Gov. Murphy: ‘Hard Dates’ In NJ Coronavirus Reopening Blueprint

See the township’s COVID-19 information page here. See resources,

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