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President Joe Biden will deliver remarks on Monday on the lives lost to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

Biden will also hold a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at sundown together with the First Lady, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, the White House said.

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“ … the President, the First Lady, the Vice President, and the Second Gentleman will hold a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at sundown in the South Portico,” Biden’s Monday daily guidance, a statement by the White House, said.

According to the White House, Biden will deliver remarks in the Cross Hall of the White House ahead of the candle lighting ceremony.

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Latest data from Johns Hopkins University indicate that the U.S. has confirmed more than 28.1 million coronavirus cases, while the country’s COVID-19 death toll stands at more than 498,800.

These are the highest figures of all the countries in the world.

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According to U.S. media reports, the U.S. coronavirus death toll is expected to surpass 500,000 on Monday.

 

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Tiger Woods Seriously Injured In Car Crash

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Tiger Woods Seriously Injured In Car Crash

Tiger Woods suffered serious injuries to both legs as his car flew off the road Tuesday near Los Angeles in a crash he was “very fortunate” to survive, law enforcement officials who found the US golf legend said.

Woods did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the early-morning incident, and underwent surgery after the roll-over collision, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

No other vehicles or passengers were involved in the crash which occurred on a steep stretch of road known as a “hotspot” for high-speed accidents in recent years.

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“I will say that it’s very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive,” said deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the first law enforcement official to arrive on the scene.

Gonzalez found Tiger Woods trapped in his vehicle but conscious, appearing “calm and lucid” and able to identify himself.

“It is my understanding that he had serious injuries to both legs,” said Los Angeles County fire chief Daryl Osby.

Firefighters and paramedics extricated Woods from the wreckage of his SUV and transported him with a neck collar and backboard to a local hospital via road, where he underwent surgery.

There was “no evidence of impairment at this time” including any influence of narcotics, medication, or alcohol, said Villanueva, adding that the crash remained “subject to investigation.”

He added that no blood was drawn at the scene of the crash because the sheriff’s office does not have that capability.

Woods, one of the most successful golfers of all time, has won 15 major golf championships.

He recently underwent his fifth back surgery and said he was uncertain if he will be able to play at the upcoming Masters, which he last won in 2019.

Tiger Woods, 45, was in the area for his annual Genesis Invitational golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club and was driving a courtesy car on the morning of the crash.

“We are awaiting further information when he comes out of surgery. On behalf of the PGA Tour and our players, Tiger woods is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement.

The crash occurred near the hilly Palos Verdes peninsula, at the bottom of a steep stretch of road which has runaway truck ramps for vehicles that lose control going downhill, and which has become notorious for fatal accidents over the years.

“Apparently the first contact was with the center median, and from there (the car) crossed into the opposing lane of traffic, hit the curb, hit a tree, and there were several rollovers during that process,” said Villanueva, who did not provide a cause of the crash.

The car ended up on its side on a patch of grass some distance off the road, with its hood badly damaged.

News of the crash spread rapidly around the sports world and beyond, with figures inside and outside golfing swift to send their prayers and best wishes to Woods.

Skier Lindsey Vonn, Woods’ former girlfriend, tweeted: “Praying for TW right now.”

“Get well soon, Tiger. You are a true champion!” said former US President Donald Trump in a statement via spokesman Jason Miller.

Tiger Woods was one of the most revered athletes in the world when he became engulfed in scandal in late 2009.

He smashed his car into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his luxury Florida home, sparking a series of scandalous revelations that doomed his marriage and put his game in freefall.

He later divorced from his Swedish wife Elin Nordegren, with whom he has two children after a cascade of women came forward to say they had affairs with the golfer, making him fodder for tabloids around the world.

Tiger Woods underwent four back surgeries between 2014 and 2017.

In May 2017, Woods was arrested near his Jupiter Island home in Florida for being asleep at the wheel of his car in a traffic lane.

He said he had taken a mixture of prescription drugs and did not realize they would cause him to fall asleep.

Tiger Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving and was hit with a fine and community service.

But he made an astonishing comeback to sensationally win the Masters in 2019, his first major title since the 2008 US Open.

He is the winner of 82 US PGA titles, level with Sam Snead for the all-time record.

In 2000-2001, while aged just 25, Woods became the first man to hold the US Open, British Open, the USPGA, and the Master’s titles at the same time.

Tiger Woods remains three major victories shy of the all-time record 18 won by Jack Nicklaus, but only four winners in major history have taken a title at an older age than Woods is now.

“Barbara and I just heard about Tiger’s accident, and like everyone else, we are deeply concerned,” tweeted Nicklaus.

“We want to offer him our heartfelt support and prayers at this difficult time. Please join us in wishing Tiger a successful surgery and all the best for a full recovery.”

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El Chapo’s Wife Arrested For Drug Trafficking

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El Chapo’s Wife Arrested For Drug Trafficking

Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Mexico’s most notorious cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, has been arrested in Virginia on drug trafficking charges.

In a statement released on Monday, the US justice department said that Coronel, 31 – who is a joint US-Mexican citizen – was arrested at Dulles international airport and was scheduled to make her initial appearance in federal court on Tuesday via video conference.

According to court documents, Coronel is charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana for importation into the US.

She has also been charged with allegedly conspiring to help arrange Guzmán’s spectacular escape through a mile-long tunnel from the high-security Altiplano prison in Mexico in July 2015. According to the statement:

After Guzmán was re-arrested in Mexico in January 2016, Coronel Aispuro is alleged to have engaged in planning yet another prison escape with others prior to Guzmán’s extradition to the US in January 2017.

Throughout the trial, Coronel attended court every day, even when evidence included text messages between her husband and one of his mistresses.

Before her husband’s sentencing, she told a sympathetic TV interviewer that Guzmán was a “humble” man and complained that the media had made El Chapo “too famous” as reported by The Guardian UK.

Emma Coronel was born in Santa Clara, California, and is the daughter of Ines Coronel Barreras, a medium-ranking lieutenant in the Sinaloa cartel.

She grew up in the “Golden Triangle” of Mexico’s Sierra Madre, and reportedly met Guzmán at a local festival. She was 17 at the time, and Guzmán was 51.

The couple has nine-year-old twin daughters.

El Chapo kept a low profile despite his fame, his wife sought the spotlight. She launched a line of clothing, with some of the items emblazoned with El Chapo’s familiar mustachioed face, and attempted to establish herself up as a social media influencer with a carefully curated Instagram feed.

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Biden To disclose At G7, Release Of $4bn For Vaccines To Poor Countries

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Biden To disclose At G7, Release Of $4bn For Vaccines To Poor Countries
U.S President, Joe Biden

U.S. President Joe Biden will announce at the G7 gathering on Friday that the United States will release $4billion for an international initiative to supply Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines to poor countries, the White House said.

“The United States will provide an initial $ 2 billion contribution to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance for the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, the innovative financing instrument of the COVAX Facility, which supports access to safe and effective vaccines for 92 low- and middle-income economies,” the White House said in a fact sheet released ahead of the virtual summit.

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An additional $ 2 billion will be made available through 2022 dependent on donor pledges being fulfilled and initial vaccine doses delivered.

“We also call on our G7 and other partners to work alongside Gavi, to bring in billions more in resources to support global COVID-19 vaccination, and to target urgent vaccine manufacturing, supply, and delivery needs,” the White House said.

The funds were appropriated by a bipartisan Congressional vote in December 2020.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump refused to participate in the COVAX initiative because of its ties to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Trump withdrew the U.S. from the WHO after accusing it of attempts to cover up China’s alleged culpability for the coronavirus pandemic.

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