“It’s complicated because you have two crises simultaneously – a health crisis and an economic crisis,” said Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman.”But people are saying, ‘We’ve already had six to seven weeks of this [restriction on activity], what’s another week or two?'”Governments around the world have varied widely in their response to the pandemic since its first known outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan in early December.Authorities in New Zealand and Vietnam have been praised for early moves to halt the spread with social distancing measures while governments in the United States, UK, Japan, Russia and elsewhere have faced criticism for a lack of preparedness.The Edelman survey found, however, that trust in the institution of government had risen across the board, with an overall gain of 11 points from its January survey to an all-time study high of 65%.That figure reflected an appreciation of state support for the economy and the work of public health services. Conversely, only 29% agreed that CEOs and business leaders were doing an “outstanding job” meeting the demands of the moment.”Business will be looked at very closely in the months ahead,” Edelman said, citing how companies perform in areas such as retaining and reskilling workers or using small businesses in their supply chains. Topics : A substantial majority of people around the world want their governments to prioritize saving lives over moves to restart economies being hammered by measures aimed at halting the spread of the new coronavirus, a global survey found.The latest findings of the “Edelman Trust Barometer,” which for two decades has polled tens of thousands of people on their trust in core institutions, challenge the notion that “lockdown fatigue” is rising among populations hit by the pandemic.Overall, 67% of the 13,200-plus people interviewed between April 15 and April 23 agreed with the statement: “The government’s highest priority should be saving as many lives as possible even if it means the economy will recover more slowly.” Just one-third backed the assertion: “It is becoming more important for the government to save jobs and restart the economy than to take every precaution to keep people safe.”The study, produced by US communications company Edelman, was based on fieldwork carried out in Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.Some 76% of Japanese respondents agreed public health should be prioritized over the economy against just 56% in China, where the outbreak was first detected late last year. China now has only a handful of new cases a day, after imposing a strict lockdown earlier.In Canada, the UK and France, 70% or more of the respondents were in favor of prioritizing health concerns. In the United States, where anti-lockdown protests in some cases were encouraged by President Donald Trump, the figure was 66%.
“Sometimes we forget there’s another major league team across the way that’s doing everything they can to get us out,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “They’ve thrown the ball extremely well this series. I think we’ve all been kind of impressed with the power arms they have coming out of their bullpen. They have some guys late who can really throw the ball and put you on the defensive with their velocity and their power. It’s something we’ve got to combat, come back tomorrow and be ready to salvage the series.”The Marlins will send right-hander Jose Fernandez to the mound Thursday against Kenta Maeda in search of a rare four-game sweep. Fernandez, the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year, is catching the Dodgers at a good time: The same offense that scored 15 runs on Opening Day, and 12 runs in their final game of a week-long road trip Sunday, has officially disappeared upon returning home.Monday, they managed to scratch across two earned runs against Wei-Yin Chen, who began the week with an earned-run average of 4.91. Tuesday, they scored two more against Tom Koehler (4.80 ERA). The Dodgers’ opponent Wednesday was left-hander Justin Nicolino, who hadn’t thrown a pitch above Triple-A since last September. Dave Roberts stacked his lineup with six right-handers, putting lefty Chase Utley and switch-hitter Yasmani Grandal on the bench to start the game.The lineup mustered only two singles and two walks in 7 1/3 innings against Nicolino and his low-90s fastball. The Dodgers’ 6 through 9 hitters were 0 for 11 with one walk. Don Mattingly was ejected from Dodger Stadium in the eighth inning Wednesday. In that moment, for the first time all week, the Miami Marlins’ manager got the unanimous standing ovation he so rarely heard in his final days in a Dodgers uniform.There was a tinge of sadness to the moment. When Mattingly sprinted out to join pitcher David Phelps’ protest of a couple borderline balls, it was the closest the Dodgers came to scoring a run.Joc Pederson’s one-out walk loaded the bases for the Dodgers’ number-2 and number-3 hitters, Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez. And because Phelps was ejected, the Marlins were forced to use their fifth pitcher of the inning, right-hander Jose Urena.Urena threw his warmup tosses, then struck out Puig and retired Gonzalez on a soft fly ball. The Dodgers lost 2-0, their first shutout of the season coming before an announced crowd of 38,909. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Very similar to Chen in game one, very aggressive attacking the strike zone,” Ellis said of Nicolino. “He had us in pretty bad counts all night with his ability to keep attacking and attacking. He deserves a lot of credit.”Nicolino, 24, made four starts at Triple-A this year. In 12 major league games last year he went 5-4 with a 4.01 earned-run average, including a June 26 start at Dodger Stadium in which he allowed five runs in four innings. On paper, this was a pitcher the Dodgers should have pounded into submission. Maybe, as the manager suggested, they were pounding themselves a tad too much.“Some guys look at their average and want to get hits,” Roberts said. “When you feel like you need to get a hit it gets tougher. Guys are coming out of the strike zone a little bit more than they used to.”The eighth-inning rally, punctuated by Mattingly’s ejection, stood alone as the Dodgers’ one chance to score.After Nicolino was removed with one out, Utley and Grandal drew back-to-back walks against Bryan Morris and Cody Ege, respectively. Another pinch hitter, Pederson, walked in his only plate appearance. While home plate umpire Todd Tichenor ejected Phelps and Mattingly, the fans roared and Puig waited for his turn as Urena warmed up in short order.Then Urena closed the door on the inning, and stuck around to pitch a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season.Left-hander Scott Kazmir (1-2) allowed two runs on four singles in a shaky first inning, then settled in to give the Dodgers six quality innings. He wasn’t allowed to swing a bat, but that was the only remnant of a left thumb/wrist injury that curtailed his last start.Kazmir didn’t throw a bullpen after that game but he seemed no worse for the wear. The Marlins’ four first-inning singles weren’t particularly hard-hit. Kazmir’s final line — 6 innings pitched, two earned runs — was his best since his first start of the season.“I really found a good rhythm,” Kazmir said. “Toward the end (of the first inning) I started to feel comfortable. I just took that into the rest of the game.”That the Dodgers couldn’t reward one of their struggling starters only made the final score more frustrating.“We just want to go out there and win,” Kazmir said. “I think we’re capable of doing that every night and it’s always disappointing when we don’t pull out a win.”
DES MOINES — As dozens of Iowans die every year from opioid overdoses, the state is sponsoring a new initiative offering every law officer in the state a free two-pack naloxone kit.Kevin Gabbert, the state health department’s opioid treatment program director, says the kits are easy to use and they’re genuine life-savers. “This nasal spray can be used to provide naloxone to the person and it’s something that’s done through the nose,” Gabbert says, “and the intent is that it will reverse the opioid overdose that’s occurring and allow time until medical care can be provided.”Gabbert says if the spray is used on someone who is -not- having an overdose, there are no ill effects. In 2017, there were 206 opioid-involved deaths in Iowa. Preliminary data for 2018 shows that number has dropped to 137. Until those numbers drop to zero, Gabbert says it’s important that our police officers, sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and others are prepared.“Quite often, our law enforcement personnel are the first to a scene when a suspected overdose has occurred,” Gabbert says. “Having the ability to administer naloxone without delay could mean the difference between life and death. In some cases, it may actually be the law enforcement officer whose life is in danger because of accidental exposure to an opioid or suspected opioid.”There are about 6,000 law officers in the state and it’s unclear how many individuals or departments may request the kits. The state is planning to make one large purchase, at a discount. “Typically, if a person were to go to a pharmacy and purchase the two-pack Narcan kit that we’re providing, it would be about $150,” Gabbert says. “We’re able to purchase it directly from the manufacturer and obtain what they call ‘public interest pricing,’ and so we can get it for $75 for the same two-pack kit.”The program is being sponsored by the Iowa Department of Public Health, with support from the Iowa State Sheriffs’ and Deputies’ Association and the Iowa Police Chiefs Association. Law agencies can request the free kits by calling the IDPH at 515-281-7689.