Republican Governor Brad Little of Idaho signed the Fairness for Women in Sports Act. The bill will prohibit biological males who have transitioned to women from competing against women in sports.
“The sports ban applies to all sports teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities,” NBC Newsreported. “A girls’ or women’s team will not be open to transgender students who identify as female.”
The act has been welcomed, as many see the inclusion of transgender athletes competing against women as unfair. As a biological male who has transitioned remains at a biological advantage over a female athlete.
“Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field. Allowing males to compete in girls’ sports destroys fair competition and women’s athletic opportunities,” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Vice President of U.S. Legal Division Kristen Waggoner said in a statement sent to The Daily Wire.
“We commend Gov. Little for signing the Fairness for Women in Sports Act into law so that those opportunities will be protected in Idaho,” Waggoner continued. “When the law ignores biological differences, women and girls bear the brunt of the harm.”
CNN news anchor Chris Cuomo has tested positive for Coronavirus.
“Sooooo in these difficult times that seem to get more difficult and complicated by the day, I just found out that I am positive for coronavirus,” Cuomo’s statement started.
“I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fever, chills and shortness of breath,” the anchor continued. “I just hope I didn’t give it to the kids and Cristina (his wife). That would make me feel worse than this illness!”
Cuomo is the third person from CNN New York’s workplace to test positive for Covid-19.
Work on the heavily disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline across Canada and the US is due to begin in April. The pipeline across the Midwest has angered many environmentalists and Native American Tribal leaders.
Once the pipeline is operational it will transport 575,000 barrels of oil daily.
$1.1 billion in financing from the Canadian provincial government of Alberta has been secured by the company.
“This investment in Keystone XL is a bold move to retake control of our province’s economic destiny and put it firmly back in the hands of the owners of our natural resources, the people of Alberta,” Kenney said.
President Obama had twice rejected the pipeline on environmental grounds. However President Trump has been a strong supporter of the project and granted the permit for the work to go ahead.
As Covid-19 sweeps through nations at a seemingly unstoppable rate, scientists desperately try to understand it. Most importantly they are seeking to find out what makes one person more vulnerable than another.
One trend that has become apparent from the data across every country is men are at a higher risk of dying than women.
“We are seeing with every country that provides us with sex-disaggregated data that men are more likely to die from the virus, anything from 10 percent to more than twice as likely,” said professor Sarah Hawkes, the director of the UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health in the UK.
Scientists believe part of the disparity is driven by behaviour: men are more likely to smoke and drink heavily. However, this cannot explain the data entirely.
Hormonal differences are believed to also play a role; as well as genetic differences. Many of the genes that regulate the immune system are found on the X chromosome- men have one X chromosome whereas women have two.
“We know that women’s immune systems function differently to men’s – after all, women’s bodies are designed to host a foetus for nine months at a time without it being rejected as a foreign body,” professor Hawkes said.
In general women’s immune systems launch a better defence against infection and viruses.
Dr Sabra Klein, an immunologist has said she is disappointed by the lack of awareness of this issue:
“I am disappointed that many of the public health officials around the world are not speaking out that being male is indeed a risk factor for a more severe outcome and, in particular, being an older male. I do think that there could be public heath messaging [that] could occur in that context.” she said.
Economists at the Fed’s St. Louis district have warned that the Covid-19 outbreak could see 47 million people lose their jobs, and cause an unemployment rate of 32%.
The analysis estimated 67 million Americans are in jobs that are at high risk of being affected by the economic fallout of the pandemic.
“These are very large numbers by historical standards, but this is a rather unique shock that is unlike any other experienced by the U.S. economy in the last 100 years,” St. Louis Fed economist Miguel Faria-e-Castro wrote in a research paper posted last week.
Already a record 3.3 million has filled initial jobless claims for the week ending March 21st.
However, bleak as these estimates look St. Louis Fed President James Bullard also reminded the nation that the country is facing a unique set of circumstances. Bullard said the jobless number “will be unparalleled, but don’t get discouraged. This is a special quarter, and once the virus goes away and if we play our cards right and keep everything intact, then everyone will go back to work and everything will be fine.”
Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne held his Sunday service to a 500 strong congregation on Sunday despite a safer-at-home order in place in the bid to halt coronavirus.
The River at Tampa Bay Church held two services on Sunday. After which police issued an arrest warrant for Howard-Browne. He turned himself in and was fined $500.
“His reckless disregard for human life put hundreds of people in his congregation at risk and thousands of residents who may interact with them this week in danger,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said at a press conference Monday afternoon. “They have access to technology allowing them to live stream their services over the internet and broadcast to their 400 members from the safety of their own homes, but instead they chose to gather at church.”
It was announced that British PM Boris Johnson has tested positive for Coronavirus. The Prime Minister said he had a fever and persistent cough and was currently self isolating in Downing Street. He assured the British people his symptoms were mild and he was continuing with the job of running the nation. The country’s Health Secretary is also ill with the virus.
Prince Charles, the heir to the throne is also suffering from Coronavirus it was announced. The 71 Prince tested positive earlier this week. He is said to have mild symptoms and is staying the the Queen’s Scottish Highland estate of Balmoral.
Trish Regan primetime host a Fox Business Network has abruptly left the network. Her departure comes after she suggested the Chinese coronavirus could lead to another attempt to impeach Trump.
“We thank her for her contributions to the network over the years and wish her continued success in her future endeavors,” a Fox Business Network spokesperson said in a statement. “We will continue our reduced live primetime schedule for the foreseeable future in an effort to allocate staff resources to continuous breaking news coverage on the Coronavirus crisis.”
Regan met with criticism when she hosted a segment accusing the Democrat Party and the corporate media of carrying out a “Coronavirus Impeachment Scam.” She said to her viewers:
“We’ve reached a tipping point. The chorus of hate being leveled at the president is nearing a crescendo as Democrats blame him and only him for a virus that originated halfway around the world,…. This is yet another attempt to impeach the president.”
“Many in the liberal media using, and I mean using, coronavirus in an attempt to demonize and destroy the president,” she added.
As global demand for oil has suddenly halted oil produces have seen prices drop. This could result in producers not having places to put their oil. If the current situation continues production will need to be cut by June.
Reduction in demand could halt production in other sectors and trigger recession.
The Feds balance sheet has topped $5 trillion this week as it scooped up bonds and extended loans to banks, mutual funds and other central banks. This is an attempt to sure up the U.S. economy against the financial fall out of the Coronavirus.
This week the Fed Chairman said they were ready to lend “aggressively” to stop the pandemic’s damage to the economy.
The President has written to governors in every local region to put forward guidelines to help each county access the risk of Coronavirus for them. The President is keen to enable low risk regions of the country to operate with less strict restrictions, as soon as possible.
“This is what we envision: Our expanded testing capabilities will quickly enable us to publish criteria, developed in close coordination with the Nation’s public health officials and scientists to help classify counties with respect to continued risks posed by the virus,” Trump wrote.
Each county would be given a federal category: “high risk”, “medium risk” or “low risk”. The categories would be given after all the data for these regions was accessed.
“I want to thank each of you, along with your frontline responders and essential workers, for stepping up to help America confront this unprecedented global pandemic,” Trump wrote.
In the weeks and months leading up to the stock market crash hundreds of CEOs resigned. Fortune magazine described it as the “great CEO exodus of 2020”. CEOs sold of billions of dollars of stock in their own companies just before the share prices sky dived.
At the end of last year a record number of 1,480 CEOs left their posts. This would not be unusual during a recession, but almost unheard of during a time of financial prosperity. And although their were signs that the global economy was slowing, few would have forecast a global recession.
Furthermore in January this year an additional 219 CEOs stepped down. The Wall Street Journal commented:
Top executives at U.S.-traded companies sold a total of roughly $9.2 billion in shares of their own companies between the start of February and the end of last week, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows.
The selling saved the executives—including many in the financial industry—potential losses totaling $1.9 billion, according to the analysis, as the S&P 500 stock index plunged about 30% from its peak on Feb. 19 through the close of trading March 20.
However it was not only CEOs selling off stocks. Some members of Congress were also selling stocks just before the market went nuts…
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and three of her Senate colleagues reported selling off stocks worth millions of dollars in the days before the coronavirus outbreak crashed the market, according to reports.
The data is listed on a U.S. Senate website containing financial disclosures from Senate members.