For doctors who think Trump fumbled the pandemic, the tight election is seen as an insult

first_img– Advertisement – In the spring, U.S. medical workers were heralded as heroes. But by the fall, the rhetoric had started to shift, with the public growing increasingly fatigued by the coronavirus pandemic and President Donald Trump accusing doctors of inflating Covid-19 death counts for money.With the death toll from the coronavirus continuing to tick up, many medical workers say they hoped for a landslide victory for Biden, who has said he’ll follow the advice of scientists if he’s wins the presidency.- Advertisement – Texas and Florida — where there have been more than 960,000 and 827,000 confirmed cases, respectively, so far — solidly went for Trump even though Democrats thought the outbreak gave them a fighting chance in some red states.“Many of us are now questioning whether we’re speaking into an echo chamber,” said Miami-based physician Dr. Krishna Komanduri. Miami-Dade County dealt a big blow to the Biden campaign in Florida and helped seal the state for Trump.The economy, and not the pandemic, was more of a priority for 70% of Trump voters, according to the NBC poll.- Advertisement – “Trump has insulted our integrity and allowed for more than seven months of chaos and excessive deaths to Covid,” said Dr. John Purakal, an emergency medicine physician based in North Carolina. “It’s so surprising to me,” he said. “But here we are.”A variety of polls indicate that the majority of Americans don’t approve of the administration’s management of the coronavirus. In July, just 32% of Americans said they approved of Trump’s pandemic strategy, according to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. In August, 7 out of 10 Americans who responded to a CNN poll said the president’s response was embarrassing. NBC exits polls from Election Day and early voting, found that 51% of voters think U.S. efforts to contain the outbreak are going badly.Biden may still eke out a victory. But after the Trump administration undermined or contradicted its own medical experts on everything from wearing masks to reopening schools at the beginning of the outbreak, the tight race feels like a slap in the face for many physicians fighting the pandemic .- Advertisement – For doctors like Komanduri, the economy and the coronavirus are not separate issues. Successfully containing the virus will lead to fewer restrictions, which inevitably opens up the economy, he said.“It’s making me do a serious re-analysis of how I can make a difference,” added Komanduri, who’s the chief of transplantation and cellular therapy at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. “I went to bed Tuesday night feeling a real sense of helplessness and sadness.”Of course, not all health-care workers lean left and many remain major supporters of the Trump administration. A 2016 study found that 46% of doctors are Republicans. Things appear to have shifted in the past four years, however, with recent analyses indicating that more and more doctors are increasingly aligning themselves with the Democrats.For those who firmly sided with Democrats this year, the race has been too close for comfort. And that feels like a slight.As Purakal points out, hundreds of health-care workers have died from Covid-19, and countless others have been infected.“I really thought that our experiences in the trenches would impact people’s voting decisions,” added Dr. Avital O’Glasser, an associate professor and hospitalist at Oregon Health & Science University.Trump’s response to the virus reflects a disregard for scientific expertise, including his downplaying of the importance of masks. She thought Biden would win in a landslide, so the tight race is a real wake-up call, she said. Even if Biden ultimately wins, she’s been thinking about what she could do to communicate more effectively to people in the future.“Our country doesn’t have the science and math education that a lot of other countries have,” she said.Others say they are feeling exhausted after months fighting the coronavirus, and they were hoping for a clear-cut Biden victory to buoy their spirits.“I can’t help but feeling as a health-care worker that the nation really let us down … even if Biden does win,” added James Kerridge, a director of nursing practice based in Chicago. “All of the clapping doesn’t make up for the feeling of still being canon fodder for an inept administration.”Dr. George Alba, a pulmonologist based in the Boston area, said the election leaves him feeling dismayed. He’s had to live separately from his family for weeks at a time to keep them safe, and he’s been working long hours treating Covid-19 patients.“We felt like we had the nation’s support until the coronavirus became political and the administration started eroding confidence in scientists,” he said. “The sentiment around supporting health-care workers only lasted as long as it was politically convenient.”Others doctors have been doing a lot of soul-searching about what their patients might be going through, and how they can better relate to them.Dr. Laolu Fayanju, a family medicine doctor based in Ohio, treats patients in so-called Rust Belt cities like Youngstown.He’s heard from a lot of his patients that they’ve been having a difficult time during the pandemic and are feeling lonely and isolated. Others are concerned about their job prospects, and felt emboldened by Trump’s promises to bring back manufacturing jobs.He’s recognizing that many of those patients handed Trump a win in Ohio.“I drive through this former General Motors auto plant on my way to work,” he said. “It feels like a mausoleum, a symbolic representation of what the region is going through.”last_img read more

New US Ambassador appointed to Dominica

first_img Share 15 Views   no discussions Share (L to R) H.E President Nicholas Liverpool, H.E Ambassador Larry Leon PalmerHis Excellency Larry Leon Palmer is the new U.S. Ambassador to Dominica.The Ambassador presented his letters of credence to Dominica’s Head of State H.E. Dr. Nicholas J.O Liverpool on Wednesday during a ceremony at the President’s Office in Morne Bruce.The US Ambassador told the President that it was an honour to present his credentials as President Obama’s personal representative, an Ambassador of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of Dominica.“Our two nations have shared a deep and abiding friendship that rest on our shared history and common commitment to democratic principles, independent and a free market economy.”Ambassador Palmer stated that the two countries have shared a long and vibrant history which goes back centuries earlier.He says, “Some of our first settlers among the ship God Speed bound for Jamestown spent three days in Portsmouth in March 1607. It is a source of great pride that our relationship has remained strong over the years and on behalf of President Obama, I would like to express the deep value we place on our continuing friendship with the Commonwealth of Dominica and our ongoing commitment to working with you as equal partners. The United States has been with the Commonwealth of Dominica from the beginning and we will always be with the Commonwealth of Dominica.”“Our two nations share a commitment to democratic ideals and strategic interests that span issues of human rights, regional security, socio-economic development and global climate change. As partners, our work on these important issues is based on mutual respect and a mutual interest to better the lives of Dominicans and Americans alike. I’m specially heartened by our productive partnership to increase citizen safety and reduce illicit trafficking through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.”Dominica’s President H.E. Dr. Liverpool welcomed the new US diplomat to the island and says he is hopeful that this will lead to the continuation of relations between Dominica and the United States of America.“We look forward to the strengthening of mutual cooperation in the areas of common interest and to even closer ties as we continue in our search for a brighter future for us all. Since the formalizing of ties between our countries in 1979, Dominica has been the beneficiary of assistance from the United States of America. This has greatly contributed to our national development efforts. It is my sincere hope that Dominica will continue to benefit from your country’s expertise and that of your people and the opportunity of building and deepening international goodwill.Together we can continue working to expand our trade and investment opportunities and cooperate effectively to protect and preserve the environment and explore cooperation in the areas of agriculture and education… We are grateful for the assistance that the Government of the United States of America extends through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative… Our cooperation with your country in the Nation Arena can be counted upon.”H.E. Palmer is the 16th US Ambassador to Dominica.Government Information Service LocalNews New US Ambassador appointed to Dominica by: – June 2, 2012center_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Don Mattingly, Steve Alford have plenty in common

first_img“I told him I don’t understand that,” Alford said, “how you manage in L.A. and the winters you want to spend in Indiana.”Injury updatesHyun-Jin Ryu (strained right gluteus medius) played catch with Juan Uribe (strained right hamstring) prior to Tuesday’s game. Two days ago, he played catch with head athletic trainer Stan Conte and the pitcher appears to be making progress in his “submaximal throwing program,” as Mattingly called it.“Timetable-wise, I don’t think we have that, but the fact that he’s throwing and feeling good ‑ Stan said the day before the catch was fairly firm,” Mattingly said. “Assuming it’s continuing to progress. Right now, feel pretty good about it.Ryu isn’t able to run yet, Mattingly said. He’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 29.Pitcher Chris Perez will start Thursday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga as he continues his rehab from bone spurs in his right ankle, Mattingly said. He’s expected to make at least two more rehab appearances before returning to the Dodgers.AlsoDodgers right-hander Zack Greinke is still listed as the scheduled starter Thursday despite minor concerns over his right elbow. … Clippers owner Steve Ballmer sat between Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson and Clippers head coach Doc Rivers in the Dodgers’ owners’ box. Fans booed Ballmer and Rivers until Johnson stood and embraced Ballmer with the cameras rolling, and encouraged fans to clap. … Former Dodgers scout Don Welke was named the Padres’ vice president of scouting operations by new general manager A.J. Preller. “His off-season is different from my in-season, and his in-season is different from my off-season,” Alford said.While Alford was starring for the University of Indiana’s basketball team, Mattingly was gaining stardom with the New York Yankees. Alford revered his fellow Hoosier in those days. He still does.When Alford was hired by UCLA in March 2013, Mattingly was among his first phone calls.“Immediately I wanted to reunite and tell him how big a fan I am, and how much I support him,” Alford said.One more difference between the two: Alford doesn’t count a farm as his off-season fortress of solitude. Except for the basketball camp in Franklin that he runs with his father, or possibly the occasional recruiting trip, Alford doesn’t go back to Indiana. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img UCLA men’s basketball coach Steve Alford and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly stack up very similarly on paper. Alford (born 1964 in Franklin, Ind.) is three years younger than Mattingly (born 1961 in Evansville, Ind.). Their home towns are less than 200 miles apart. Now, they coach two of the most high-profile teams in Los Angeles.Among their differences, the most interesting is the accent. Alford’s is almost nonexistent, which is odd considering that Alford left Indiana to play professional basketball in 1987, and Mattingly left to play professional baseball in 1979. Mattingly’s drawl is strong enough to make you forget he ever set foot in the Bronx.They spent a few minutes catching up on the field at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, before Alford threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Their choice of sports doesn’t allow these moments often.last_img read more