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HALIFAX — The chief executive of Atlantic Canada's largest airport is hoping for COVID-19 testing for arriving passengers "sooner rather than later," as an added measure to combat Nova Scotia's third wave of the pandemic.The Halifax International Airport Authority first proposed the testing system at Stanfield International Airport in January. The current system, which has been used for temporary foreign workers, sends the incoming passengers to a designated area for testing before they leave the building.But Airport Authority President Joyce Carter said she'd like to see that program expanded to all new arrivals, adding the airport remains eager to set up a system where incoming travellers could be notified rapidly if they have tested positive for the virus.Under the province's regulations, most arriving passengers — including rotational workers coming from the Alberta oil patch — are currently required to quarantine for two weeks and to take tests during that period.But Carter said testing at the airport would be convenient, potentially quicker, and add a further layer of protection."We're ready to go. We could be up and running on a day's notice. We'd like to see it sooner rather than later," she said in a Saturday telephone interview.Carter also noted rapid testing methods could tell passengers whether they have tested positive before leaving the building.As of Sunday, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada website, Nova Scotia has used about 81,000 of the rapid tests earmarked for the province, and has allocated over 700,000 more.Tim Houston, the leader of Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservatives, has questioned why the province doesn't move more quickly towards more border-point rapid testing, particularly at the airport.He issued a news release on Friday noting the large number of rapid tests available, arguing they "could be immediately deployed to the airport."A spokeswoman for Liberal Premier Iain Rankin provided an April 23 statement from the Department of Health stating the province remained "in active discussions" with the airport about options for additional testing at the site.Carter confirmed there have been talks, but said she had not heard anything further from public health in the past few days. She acknowledged officials are extremely busy, as the province logged record numbers of COVID-19 infections over the past week. The airport has also suggested rapid COVID-19 tests could be conducted on-site for airport campus employees and the general public from nearby communities during times when the testing facility is not being used for arriving passengers.A proposal states the facility could contribute the testing space, layout design, queuing equipment and supplies, along with its expertise in passenger processing and flow. Testing has already been underway at airports for arriving temporary foreign workers, as required by federal rules, including both PCR and rapid antigen testing.Carter said current efforts have demonstrated the airport's ability to handle testing flow efficiently.Dr. Lisa Barrett, an infectious disease specialist at Dalhousie University, said in a recent interview that COVID-19 variants spreading through the province are notable for transmitting making residents sick more quickly.The medical specialist, who has also been one of the lead organizers for Nova Scotia's rapid testing regime, has noted the province's network of asymptomatic, rapid test sites have proved crucial in the last week.Asked about testing at the airport, she said the priority right now is to focus on the battle to control community spread within the province's borders.But testing at the border points, including airports, where people could import the virus will be helpful in the future, she added."I'm all for doing lots more testing after we get this (community spread) under control," she said.Meanwhile, the airports throughout Atlantic Canada, as with the rest of the country, have seen a drastic fall in revenue.Carter said in Halifax the passenger flow is between five and 10 per cent of volumes recorded prior to the pandemic.The traffic flow could fall even further this week as further travel restrictions take effect.Last Friday, Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang announced stricter border controls, saying "public health staff are overwhelmed and we need to get things under control."The border will close to travelers from Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador as of 8 a.m. on Monday, and rotational workers will be required to completely isolate themselves from their families for 14 days and attend mandatory COVID-19 testing.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Medina Spirit’s victory in the Kentucky Derby is in serious jeopardy because of a positive postrace drug test, one that prompted Churchill Downs to suspend Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert immediately on Sunday in the latest scandal to plague the sport. Baffert denied all wrongdoing and promised to be fully transparent with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission during its investigation. Baffert’s barn received word Saturday that Medina Spirit had tested positive for an excessive amount of the steroid betamethasone, which is sometimes used to treat pain and inflammation in horses. Medina Spirit’s win over Mandaloun in the Derby stands — for now. “To be clear, if the findings are upheld, Medina Spirit’s results in the Kentucky Derby will be invalidated and Mandaloun will be declared the winner,” Churchill Downs officials said in a statement shortly after Baffert held a hastily planned morning news conference outside his barn to respond to the latest allegation. The track said that failure to comply with the rules and medication protocols jeopardizes the safety of horses and jockeys, the sport’s integrity and the Derby’s reputation. “Churchill Downs will not tolerate it,” the statement read. “Given the seriousness of the alleged offence, Churchill Downs will immediately suspend Bob Baffert, the trainer of Medina Spirit, from entering any horses at Churchill Downs Racetrack.” Medina Spirit is expected to run in the Preakness on Saturday, barring some abrupt change in plans or a decision from officials at Pimlico or Maryland’s racing commission that would prevent him from entering the second jewel of the Triple Crown. “I got the biggest gut-punch in racing for something that I didn’t do,” Baffert said of the failed test. “And it’s disturbing. It’s an injustice to the horse. ... I don’t know what’s going on in racing right now, but there’s something not right. I don’t feel embarrassed. I feel like I was wronged. We’re going to do our own investigation. We’re going to be transparent with the racing commission, like we’ve always been. “He’s a great horse. He doesn’t deserve this. He ran a gallant race,” Baffert added. The only horse to be disqualified for medication after winning the Derby is Dancer’s Image in 1968. Medina Spirit is Baffert’s fifth horse known to have failed a drug test in just over a year. Flanked by his attorney Craig Robertson, Baffert said his barn was told that Medina Spirit was found to have 21 picograms of betamethasone — slightly more than double what the trainer said was the allowable amount — in a postrace sample. Betamethasone is the same drug that was found in the system of Gamine, another Baffert-trained horse who finished third in the Kentucky Oaks last September. Gamine was eventually disqualified from that finish because of that test and Baffert was fined $1,500. Betamethasone is legal under Kentucky racing rules, though it must be cleared 14 days before a horse races. “I’m not a conspiracy theorist,” Baffert said. “I know everybody is not out to get me, but there’s definitely something wrong. Why is it happening to me? You know, there’s problems in racing, but it’s not Bob Baffert.” Mandaloun, which lost the Derby by a half-length, is not going to the Preakness. If Mandaloun is declared the Kentucky Derby winner, that would mean the Triple Crown pursuit for 2021 would end right there. It is unknown how long Kentucky officials will take to determine whether the results of the Derby should stand or will change. Baffert was planning to saddle Medina Spirit and Concert Tour in the Preakness, going for a record eighth victory in that race. Except for 2020 when the races were run out of order due to the coronavirus pandemic, Baffert is undefeated with a Derby winner in the Preakness, which holds its post position draw Monday. Last month, Baffert won an appeals case before the Arkansas Racing Commission after he had been suspended by Oaklawn Park stewards for 15 days for a pair of positive drug tests involving two of his horses that won at the track on May 2, 2020. The horses tested positive for the painkiller lidocaine, which Baffert said they were exposed to inadvertently. But as Baffert insisted that horse racing can do better preventing doping, he also acknowledged the spotlight. “I know I’m the most scrutinized trainer and have millions of eyes on me. But you know what? I don’t have a problem with that,” Baffert said. “The last thing I want to do is do something that would jeopardize the greatest 2 minutes in sports.” The failed drug test is just another in a long series of events shadowing the sport — and the Derby, its best known and most prestigious race — in recent years. Maximum Security crossed the line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby before being disqualified by Churchill Downs stewards for interference in what was an unprecedented move. Country House, which crossed the line second in that race, is now considered the winner. In March 2020, Jason Servis — who was Maximum Security’s trainer — was part of a sweeping indictment that involved trainers, veterinarians and pharmacists in a horse doping ring. Baffert faced the doping allegations in Arkansas and Kentucky last year, and now, this. “I’m worried about our sport,” Baffert said. “Our sport, we’ve taken a lot of hits as a sport. These are pretty serious accusations here, but we’re going to get to the bottom of it and find out. We know we didn’t do it.” ___ AP Sports Writers Tim Reynolds and Stephen Whyno contributed to this report. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/hub/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Gary B. Graves, The Associated Press
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Pennsylvania [US], May 9 (ANI): The latest generation of personal alcohol breath testing devices pair with smartphones. While some of these devices were found to be relatively accurate, others may mislead users into thinking that they are fit to drive, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Labour leader SirKeir Starmer will carry out a reshuffle of his shadow cabinet team on Sunday as the fallout over the party’s dismal election performance continues. Sir Keir has come under fire after opting to sack his deputy Angela Rayner from her role as party chairman and national campaign co-ordinator on Saturday, with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham warning him that it was “wrong”. As well as undertaking a reshuffle, the former director of public prosecutions has also hired Gordon Brown’s former chief pollster Deborah Mattinson – who has written a book about why Labour lost the so-called “red wall” at the 2019 general election – as director of strategy.
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Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], May 9 (ANI): The Uttarakhand government on Sunday imposed a state-wide lockdown till May 18 in light of the rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases.