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It almost seems like pandering to write anything more about the people on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. But no matter how much praise is heaped on them, it becomes apparent with every death it was not nearly enough; that words can’t ever express the gratitude we feel and the debt we owe. The stories are coming out now, but they are coaxed — the first nurse who flung himself or herself into the disease-filled room to try and get the ventilator to work properly; the cop or EMT called into a late-night crisis who enters a room of coughing people who should be quarantined. The Good Samaritan rushing to save a citizen in distress knowing he or she is risking his or her own health to do so. These are really no different than the heroes of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks — those who ran into a canyon of flames to answer the cries of those trapped. Heroes exhibit the rarest of attributes; courage in the face of death. They are doing the kind of work most of us are afraid to do, because there is something inside them only the rarest of us possess. In the backdrop, their families wait by the phone or gather around the table, knowing that the dreaded novel coronavirus is everywhere outside of that front door, the door mom or dad ran through a few hours ago because they got the call — someone, probably a stranger, needed them. Hopefully, we, as a society, will be able to reward them some day when we finally realize those who wear the scrubs, carry the badges, and answer the call aren’t the stereotypes painted by a few disgruntled in our community. They are the very best in our community, and someday we will be able to go out on the street again — together — and thank them for what they have done during this nightmare. Share
MUMBAI, (Reuters) – India batsman Rohit Sharma left Australia on Sunday after his wife had a baby girl and will miss the fourth and final test starting on Thursday in Sydney, the country’s cricket board said. “The BCCI congratulates Rohit on the beginning of a new chapter in his life,” the board said in a statement yesterday.“Rohit will miss the fourth and the final test against Australia at Sydney. There will be no replacement player in the test squad.”The 31-year-old will return to Australia to join India’s one-day international squad on Jan. 8 ahead of their three-match series, the BCCI added. Rohit missed the second test against Australia in Perth with an injury but returned to the side for the third in Melbourne, which India won by 137 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.He scored an unbeaten 63 in India’s first innings of 443-7 declared.
And whilst Derek McInnes may face a fight to keep the Scotland centre-back, he’s looking to add firepower at the other end of the park and is reported to be leading the chase for Birmingham City attacker Greg Stewart alongside Premiership rivals Hearts.Should Stewart end up at Tynecastle rather than Pittodrie, he could yet find himself linking up with Kyle Lafferty whose future with the club still remains uncertain.Rangers have already saw their initial bid for the Northern Irishman rejected but are apparently in no rush to make a deal and are happy to wait before making their next move. It’s a huge week for Scottish football and an even bigger one for our four clubs competing in Europe.After almost three months of waiting, the Premiership begins on Saturday, but for Celtic, Aberdeen, Rangers and Hibs there’s still the small matter of European qualification to take care of first.Aberdeen face one of the biggest challenges as they travel to Burnley for the second leg of their battle of Britain clash on Thursday, and if reports are to be believed then it won’t be the only British border that their defender Scott McKenna will be crossing this summer.Reports in Wales claim Swansea have contacted the Dons to make their interest official in the young centre-back as they look to take him to the Liberty Stadium.