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US swimmer Simone Manuel backs tennis star Naomi Osaka by calling for an end to athlete interviews after bad performances

Echoing remarks from Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, US swimmer Simone Manuel is demanding an end to athlete interviews immediately following defeats. 'Please stop interviewing athletes right after a disappointing performance before they have any time to process anything,' tweeted Manuel, who won bronze I'm the 4X100 freestyle relay at the Tokyo Games. 'Trust me. They gave it their all. Nothing else people need to know at that time.' Manuel was not calling for the abolishment of post-event interviews, but rather more empathy from the media during a difficult time for competitors. Echoing remarks from Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, US swimmer Simone Manuel is demanding an end to athlete interviews immediately following defeats In this file photo taken on July 27, 2021 Japan's Naomi Osaka returns the ball to Czech Republic's Marketa Vondrousova during their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's singles third round tennis match at the Ariake Tennis Par

White House attacks DeSantis again by saying 'vast majority' of GOP governors are 'doing a good job': Jen Psaki accuses him of 'fundraising' off no-mask policies

The White House continued its attacks on Ron DeSantis on Friday when press secretary Jen Psaki slammed the Florida governor for fundraising off his defiance of COVID requirements.  'As a parent myself of two young children. I want public health officials to make decisions about how to keep my kids safe, not politicians. And not only is Governor DeSantis not abiding by public health decisions he's fundraising off of this,' Psaki said at her daily press briefing.  'Parents in Florida, parents across the country, should have the ability and the knowledge that their kids are going to school and they're in safe environments that shouldn't be too much to ask,' she added. President Joe Biden and his team have launched attack after attack on DeSantis after the Republican governor told Florida schools not to follow a CDC recommendations that students were face masks in the classroom. DeSantis, who is running for a second term in the gubernatorial mansion in next year

You sure, Joe? Biden claims that 350M Americans have been vaccinated - more than the ENTIRE population - and boasts about 943K new jobs while channeling Obama in his controversial tan suit

President Joe Biden warned on Friday that the number of coronavirus cases would go up before it came down but insisted America could beat the Delta surge and that the economic plan was working after the U.S. economy added  943,000 jobs in July.  The numbers surpass expectations but come amid warnings that the rapid spread of the Delta variant could reverse gains amid fears of fresh lockdowns and closures.   Even as he celebrated the jobs figures as proof that his policies were working, the president voiced fears of tough times ahead.  'Cases are going to go up before they come back down,' he said at the White House. 'It's a pandemic of the unvaccinated.' He also garbled his words when he said 350 million Americans had been vaccinated, more than the entire population of the US. Speaking just before he flew out to his Delaware home for the weekend, he wore a tan suit - triggering a wave of jokes on social media as commentators remembered the furore set off by Presiden

There’s good news… and bad mews: Bat breaks record by flying 1,200 miles from London to Russia - only to end up being eaten by a cat

A bat broke British records by flying more than 1,200 miles from London to Russia – then met a tragic end after being eaten by a cat. The Nathusius’ pipistrelle, which made the 1,254-mile journey from London to west Russia, weighed a third of an ounce (8g) and was the size of a human thumb when she set off. The bat, which was discovered in the small Russian village of Molgino, had been initially given a unique identifying ring back in 2016 at the Bedfont Lakes Country Park near Heathrow. The bat had been found by a Russian animal rescue group on July 30 after she had been injured by a cat Her trip marks one of the longest ever recorded migrations made from the UK and is likely to be one of the longest bat migrations ever undertaken globally. The bat had been found by a Russian animal rescue group on July 30 after she had been injured by a cat.  She died shortly afterwards. The group discovered her record-breaking journey only after finding a ring with ‘London Zoo’ written on it. Lisa W

'What else has Joe forgotten?' Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis mocks Biden's snarky 'governor who?' remark by saying he's 'not surprised he doesn't remember me'

Ron DeSantis on Friday mocked Joe Biden for saying 'governor who?' when asked about Florida's no-mask policy and said he 'wasn't surprised' the president 'doesn't remember me'. 'Well I guess I’m not surprised that Biden doesn’t remember me. I guess the question is what else has he forgotten?' DeSantis said at a press conference in Tampa. The Florida Republican and the White House have been in war of words since he announced he was banning mask mandates in schools. It also came just hours after Biden said 350 million Americans had been vaccinated - more than the entire population.  DeSantis then listed what Biden had 'forgotten' in including the southern border, the Cuba crisis and the 'constitution itself'.    'I’m the governor who protects parents and their ability to make the right choices for their kid’s education,' he said, referring to his executive order banning mask mandates in schools, which has sparked backlas

White House announces a vaccine mandate for all visitors and unvaccinated will have to pay to get same-day testing

The White House is tightening its restrictions visitors seeking to enter the building amid rising cases nationwide and the proliferation of the highly transmissive Delta variant – guests required say whether they are vaccinated and pay for their own tests starting Sunday. Reporters, who are overwhelmingly vaccinated, will not be exempt from the new policy.   Under the new policy, visitors are being asked to sign an 'attestation of vaccination' prior to entering the building – which includes a large but crowded indoor workspace for members of the working press, as well as outdoor areas on the North Lawn of the White House where TV reporters shoot stand-up shots.    The White House is tightening vaccination policies for guest, and requiring reporters to sign forms attesting to their vaccination status – with visitors paying for coronavirus testing if they do not attest to being vaccinated Visitors are to indicate whether they are fully vaccinated, are not fully vaccinated, or if