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Sherbrooke Phoenix 2nd QMJHL team to face COVID-19 outbreak

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has a team dealing with multiple positive COVID-19 tests for the second-time this week.

The Sherbrooke Phoenix announced Thursday that eight members of their organization have tested positive.

The announcement comes one day after the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada announced they have 18 positive cases. The Phoenix and the Armada played twice last weekend as the QMJHL opened its season.

All Phoenix team activities are suspended and players and staff will be in isolation for 14 days.

Ten QMJHL games were postponed Wednesday, including four involving Sherbrooke over the next two weeks.

The QMJHL also has had to react to an announcement prohibiting sport in COVID-19 hot zones in the Montreal and Quebec areas, affecting the Armada and Quebec Remparts.

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Joaquin Phoenix Is Seemingly Caught Off Guard by Clip on ‘Kimmel’: ‘I’m Embarrassed’

Joaquin Phoenix Is Seemingly Caught Off Guard by Clip on ‘Kimmel’: ‘I’m Embarrassed’ | Entertainment Tonight

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Joaquin Phoenix Is Super Creepy in First ‘Joker’ Trailer

Joaquin Phoenix Is Super Creepy in First ‘Joker’ Trailer | Entertainment Tonight

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Phoenix nurse arrested in case of incapacitated woman giving birth

A licensed practical nurse has been arrested on a charge of sexual assault in the impregnation of an incapacitated woman who gave birth last month at a facility for long-term health care, Phoenix police say.

Police Chief Jeri Williams said Wednesday that investigators arrested 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland on one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse.

Williams said Sutherland worked at the Hacienda HealthCare facility where the woman lived and he had been providing care to her.

Earlier reports had indicated the 29-year-old woman was in a coma. Her family, in a statement Tuesday through their lawyer, said that was not the case.

"She has significant intellectual disabilities as a result of seizures very early in her childhood," the statement said. "She does not speak but has some ability to move her limbs, head and neck. Their daughter responds to sound and is able to make facial gestures. The important thing is that she is a beloved daughter, albeit with significant intellectual disabilities."

The woman has been incapacitated since she was three years old and gave birth to a boy at the facility on Dec. 29.

Employees said they had no idea she was pregnant. Court records say her last known physical was in April.

Police said Tuesday that DNA testing of the baby helped lead to a court order being obtained to collect Sutherland's DNA.

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Phoenix facility where comatose woman gave birth faced previous criminal probe

Regulators wanted to remove developmentally disabled patients from a Phoenix long-term care facility years before a woman in a vegetative state gave birth, Arizona's largest newspaper reported Sunday.

The Arizona Republic reported Hacienda HealthCare faced a 2016 criminal investigation for allegedly billing the state more than $ 4 million US for bogus 2014 charges for wages, transportation, housekeeping, maintenance and supplies.

The criminal case was dropped in 2017 and no charges were filed, the Republic said, but a court battle is continuing in an effort to force Hacienda to hand over financial records.

Hacienda HealthCare was back in the news last month, after Phoenix police said a 29-year-old woman incapacitated since age three was sexually assaulted and gave birth.

Investigators are collecting DNA from Hacienda's male employees and others who may have had contact with the woman in an effort to identify a suspect.

The woman's family has said in a statement through their attorney that they will care for the infant boy and have asked for privacy.

The revelation that a woman in a vegetative state was raped inside a care facility has horrified advocates for people with disabilities and the community at large.

Hacienda HealthCare's CEO William Timmons resigned on Dec. 31 as the provider announced new safety measures, including more than one staff member being present during patient interactions and more scrutiny of visitors.

Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, said his office is considering bringing in a third party to assume responsibility for the ongoing management of Hacienda.

Investigators claim they were fired over probe

The nonprofit facility gets more than $ 20 million US annually in taxpayer funds for taking care of extremely ill people, many of whom are incapacitated and on ventilators, the Republic reported.

Hacienda's annual average cost of care was $ 386,000 per client in 2012 compared with $ 134,000 per client in similar U.S. facilities, Arizona Department of Economic Security auditors said.

The Republic said former economic security director Timothy Jeffries and the agency's chief law enforcement officer, Charles Loftus, have both filed lawsuits against the state, claiming they were forced out of their jobs over their probe of Hacienda.

Jeffries was forced to resign in 2016 after a series of controversies, including a finding by the Arizona Department of Public Safety that the department had shoddy record-keeping, had insecure storage of guns and ammunition and that it had violated state procurement policies in buying some 60,000 rounds of ammunition.

Jeffries filed suit against the state in 2017 over what he claims is libel in a police report that detailed a stash of weapons and ammunition kept in the agency offices. He claims statements in the DPS audit were false and that there were malicious motives involved in the report.

The Republic quoted Jeffries as saying Timmons was obstinate during the investigation of Hacienda and bragged of tight ties to Ducey.

Ducey spokesperson Elizabeth Berry said the governor was horrified by accounts of the rape and denied that the state failed to act on concerns raised by the economic security department.

She also said Hacienda played no part in the forced resignations of Jeffries and Loftus after their two-year tenure.

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Tensions high at Trump rally site in Phoenix

Donald Trump won’t pardon a controversial sheriff during his visit to Arizona, the White House said Tuesday, as supporters and protesters gathered near the site of the U.S. president’s latest campaign rally.

Outside the Phoenix convention centre, shouting matches and minor scuffles erupted between the two sides. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton had asked Trump to delay his political event to allow for more time of national healing.

Arpaio Pardon

Donald Trump is shown with Joe Arpaio, the then-sheriff of metro Phoenix, in 2016. Trump isn’t expected to take action Tuesday on a possible pardon of Arpaio’s conviction. (Mary Altaffer/Associated Press)

It’s the first Trump campaign rally since a Charlottesville, Va., protest organized by white supremacists led to three deaths.

Eager to capitalize on his hardline stance on immigration, Trump had teased the politically inflammatory possibility of pardoning former sheriff Joe Arpaio. The former sheriff of Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, is awaiting sentencing after his conviction in federal court for disobeying court orders to stop his immigration patrols.

Trump tours border control site

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump won’t discuss or take action on a pardon “at any point today,” even though the president has said he’s considering it.

The president began his Arizona visit with a brief trip to the southern edge of the country.

While touring a Marine Corps base in Yuma that is a hub of operations for the U.S. Border Patrol, Trump inspected a drone and other border equipment on display in a hangar.

Trump shook his head as he was shown a series of everyday objects, such as a fire extinguisher, that had been refashioned to secretly transport drugs across the border. Afterward, he spent about 20 minutes greeting service members in the grueling, 41 C heat, signing caps with his “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan and posing for selfies on the tarmac just steps from Air Force One.

Trump often meanders at rallies

While Trump did not talk publicly about getting tough on immigration during his Yuma visit, the topic was sure to come up at the Phoenix rally — his eighth such event since taking office in January. The events are organized by his 2020 re-election campaign, which carefully screens attendees.

In the comfort of his most fervent fans, Trump often resurrects his free-wheeling 2016 campaign style, pinging insults at perceived enemies such as the media and meandering from topic to topic without a clear theme.

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People protest outside the Phoenix Convention Center. (Matt York/Associated Press)

Vice-President Mike Pence, who will introduce Trump at the rally, said the president will be “completely focused” on his agenda for the country.

“He’s also going to call on the Congress to get ready to come back when they arrive on Sept. 5 and go straight to work to make America safe again, make America prosperous again, and in his words, to make America great again,” Pence said in a Tuesday interview with Fox News.

Police separate protesters, supporters

The vice-president travelled to Phoenix separately and bounded up the stairs of Air Force One to greet Trump on the tarmac.

Gov. Doug Ducey, a Trump supporter, also welcomed Trump at the airport, but will not attend the rally to focus on safety needs, his spokesman said.

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Outside the convention centre, police officers formed a line in the middle of a street to separate the protesters and Trump supporters. One man using a loudspeaker said the largely Latino protesters belong in the kitchen. Trump opponents hoisted signs depicting him with devil horns and portraying “45” — he is the 45th president — as a swastika.

Neither of Arizona’s two Republican senators planned to appear with Trump.

‘He’s toxic!’

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a conservative, has been a frequent target of Trump’s wrath.

The president tweeted last week: “Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He’s toxic!” Flake has been on tour promoting his book that says the Republican Party’s embrace of Trump has left conservatism withering.

Ward planned to attend Trump’s rally, sparking talk that the president could take the politically extraordinary step of endorsing her from the stage over an incumbent Republican senator.


U.S. President Donald Trump shown at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Ariz., last year, will speak there again tonight in his first rally since his comments about violence in Charlottesville, Va. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

In a modest but telling swipe at Ward and, by extension, at Trump, the Senate Leadership Fund, a political committee closely aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, is spending $ 10,000 US on digital ads that say of her, “Not conservative, just crazy ideas.”

Arizona’s other senator, John McCain, is undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer. Trump has been critical of McCain for voting against a Republican health-care bill.

Some of Trump’s core voters unhappy

Tuesday’s events put Trump in more comfortable political territory than in recent days.

Upending a campaign vow to end the country’s longest war, Trump on Monday announced in a national address a plan to maintain to a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. Senior U.S. officials said Trump’s strategy may involve sending up to 3,900 more troops, with some deployments beginning almost immediately.

Some of Trump’s core voters had already been unhappy about the recent ouster of conservative Steve Bannon as White House chief strategist.

Bannon had made it his mission to remind Trump of what his most fervent supporters want from his presidency. Some conservative strategists have openly worried that without Bannon around, Trump will be too influenced by establishment Republicans on issues such as Afghanistan policy

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