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President Donald Trump‘s campaign is defending holding its first indoor rally in months on Sunday night in Nevada after its last one in Tulsa saw several staffers and a few Secret Service agents test positive for COVID.

‘If you can join tens of thousands of people protesting in the streets, gamble in a casino, or burn down small businesses in riots, you can gather peacefully under the 1st Amendment to hear from the President of the United States,’ campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement. 

Trump is holding his rally in Henderson, Nevada, after state officials squashed his plans to hold an outdoor event at the Las Vegas airport because of restrictions on gatherings due to the coronavirus.

President Donald Trump's campaign is defending holding its first indoor rally in months on Sunday night in Nevada

President Donald Trump’s campaign is defending holding its first indoor rally in months on Sunday night in Nevada

President Trump held a rally Saturday night in Minden, Nevada, which violated Nevada's rule for only 50 people at gatherings. Several thousand were present, they were not using social distancing and few were wearing face masks

President Trump held a rally Saturday night in Minden, Nevada, which violated Nevada’s rule for only 50 people at gatherings. Several thousand were present, they were not using social distancing and few were wearing face masks

The crowd of thousands listens as President Donald Trump spoke at a rally at Minden-Tahoe Airport on Saturday night

The crowd of thousands listens as President Donald Trump spoke at a rally at Minden-Tahoe Airport on Saturday night

Instead, the campaign scheduled a visit to the the Xtreme Manufacturing facility, about 15 miles away from Las Vegas, where the president will speak at a warehouse there.

The rally is expected to violate Nevada’s guidelines on public gatherings, which limit them to 50 people. Rows and rows of chairs have been set up inside with little social distancing expected.  

Trump railed against Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak for canceling his planned events for the critical battleground state. Officials also canceled Trump’s plans for a rally at the Reno airport but the campaign moved it 45 minutes away to a more conservative county so it could take place as planned.

‘The governor tried to stop us,’ Trump said on Saturday night. ‘He’s a political hack.’

‘He’s a guy who tried to silence us by not having this but our crowd turned out much bigger,’ the president bragged as the crowd at his rally roared their approval.

Henderson officials have warned Xtreme Manufacturing that it will be violating state regulations if the rally proceeds.

‘The City of Henderson has issued a compliance letter and verbal warning to the event organizer that the event as planned would be in direct violation of the governor’s COVID-19 emergency directives. Specifically, gatherings of more than 50 people in a private or public setting is prohibited,’ City of Henderson spokeswoman Kathleen Richards told CNN.

‘Large live events must be approved by the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, Division of Industrial Relations and at this time, the City has not been notified that this event has been approved. The City may assess a fine of up to $500 per violation of the governor’s directives as well as suspend or revoke the business license,’ she said. 

Trump’s rally in Minden, Nevada, on Saturday night also violated the limitations on gatherings with thousands in attendance, no social distancing and few wearing face masks. 

Given the conditions for Sunday’s rally in Henderson, some of the TV networks have decided not to send their camera crews and correspondents inside the event. There will still be a pool camera inside to record it, CNN reported. 

The Trump campaign noted every attendee at Sunday night’s event will get a temperature check prior to admission, be provided a mask they’re encouraged to wear, and have access to plenty of hand sanitizer. 

But those same precautions were put in place in Tulsa three months ago, where eight campaign staffers and two Secret Service agents tested positive for coronavirus after Trump held a rally there in June. 

The Trump campaign will have the same safety precautions in place as it did at the president's June rally in Tulsa (above) where eight staffers and two Secret Service agents tested positive for COVID

The Trump campaign will have the same safety precautions in place as it did at the president’s June rally in Tulsa (above) where eight staffers and two Secret Service agents tested positive for COVID

The rally was an embarrassment for Trump both politically and personally as the expected crowds failed to show - leaving rows of empty blue seats in the arena

The rally was an embarrassment for Trump both politically and personally as the expected crowds failed to show – leaving rows of empty blue seats in the arena

Herman Cain attended President Trump's June 20th rally in Tulsa, where he tweeted the above photo; he died of COVID in July although his staff said it was unclear where he contracted the disease

Herman Cain attended President Trump’s June 20th rally in Tulsa, where he tweeted the above photo; he died of COVID in July although his staff said it was unclear where he contracted the disease

All of the campaign staff that tended that June 20th rally in Tulsa ended up quarantining as a safety precaution as did several Secret Service agents who had contact with the two that tested positive.

Trump had pushed for a big campaign rally as part of his push to get Americans back to their normal routine after months of staying indoors due to the COVID pandemic, which has killed almost 200,000 Americans.

But the fallout from the Tulsa rally – which led to heavy criticism of the president for holding it and had state officials in Oklahoma complaining the event led to a spike of COVID cases in the state – eventually led to the replacement of Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale. 

Health officials in Oklahoma warned ahead of time of the dangers of the indoor event.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended the decision at the time, saying it’s ‘people’s individual choice as to whether to go’ and noted that the campaign handed out masks. 

But the rally also proved an embarrassment to Trump both politically and personally. 

The location was chosen as Oklahoma was far along in the reopening process after the COVID lock down. Plus it’s a deep red state that was expected to show Trump plenty of support and enthusiasm.  

The president and Parscale had both bragged that one million tickets had been requested for the event, only for the 19,000-seat BOK Center to have 6,200 people in it, according to Tulsa officials. 

Scenes from the event showed row after row of empty blue seats staring back at Trump in what was supposed to be his campaign comeback. 

The high number of ticket requests led the campaign to plan for an outdoor event to handle the expected overflow crowd – only have to cancel it at the last minute when people did not show up.

Additionally Herman Cain attended the rally. He died of the coronavirus a month later. The White House said he did not contract it at the Tulsa event and Cain’s staff said it was not clear where he had gotten the disease. 

He tested positive on June 29 and was hospitalized on July 1. He died on July 30 at the age of 74.

Trump’s rallies in the aftermath were outdoors, usually at airport hangers, until Sunday when he will hold his indoor event. 

The campaign has attendees sign a health waiver in case they get sick at any Trump gathering.

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Bon voyage? Migrants set sail from Dunkirk at dawn to make perilous crossing to UK

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Migrants escorted by unscrupulous people traffickers today set sail from Dunkirk at dawn – with an estimated 400 landing in England. 

Photos showed dozens of migrants embarking from Gravelines beach in the twilight and their smugglers scurrying back up the dunes after seeing them off. 

Others showed French police officers patrolling the sands near Dunkirk, apparently unable to stop the droves from making the perilous crossing. 

At least 27 boats were brought into the marina in Dover later on Tuesday after a few days of relative quiet due to high seas in the world’s busiest shipping lane. 

It comes amid fears that record numbers of migrants are making the 20 mile dash across the waves before the winter brings rougher seas. 

A group of migrants embark from Gravelines beach close to Dunkirk on Tuesday morning as a colossal Danish ferry makes its way through the Channel

A group of migrants embark from Gravelines beach close to Dunkirk on Tuesday morning as a colossal Danish ferry makes its way through the Channel 

Smugglers walk back after embarking migrants on boat on the beach of Gravelines, near Dunkirk, on Tuesday morning

Smugglers walk back after embarking migrants on boat on the beach of Gravelines, near Dunkirk, on Tuesday morning

French police officers patrol early morning the beach of Gravelines, near Dunkirk, apparently unable to stop the droves from crossing to England

French police officers patrol early morning the beach of Gravelines, near Dunkirk, apparently unable to stop the droves from crossing to England

French Police officers patrol early morning the beach of Gravelines as migrants embarked from beaches near Dunkirk

French Police officers patrol early morning the beach of Gravelines as migrants embarked from beaches near Dunkirk

Small children (pictured today) were among hundreds of migrants rescued by packed Border Force vessels today as they attempted to cross the Channel to the UK

Small children (pictured today) were among hundreds of migrants rescued by packed Border Force vessels today as they attempted to cross the Channel to the UK

At least 27 boats were brought into the marina in Dover, Kent after migrants attempted the treacherous crossing following days of high winds in the Channel. Pictured: Arrivals today

At least 27 boats were brought into the marina in Dover, Kent after migrants attempted the treacherous crossing following days of high winds in the Channel. Pictured: Arrivals today

More than 6,500 migrants have successfully landed so far this year, with September already the busiest month so far, despite there being eight more days to go.   

The current single-day record for migrant crossings is 416, set on September 2. 

Border Force deployed extra resources as crossings resumed in earnest on Tuesday, with boats containing as many as 30 people spotted in the busy shipping route.     

Authorities were forced to make use of lifeboats at 8am to collect those making the illegal crossing as Border Force vessels were already full to capacity.

Photographs from Dover captured dozens of people thought to be migrants wrapped in blankets and wearing life jackets as they arrived on British shores. 

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Young children were among those rescued by authorities on what an insider described as a ‘very, very busy morning’ for Border Force. 

Migrants are thought to have taken advantage of favourable conditions in the Channel, with wind speeds as low as 6mph early this morning. 

Today has been described as ‘the last day of opportunity’ before the weather turns on Wednesday, making conditions too difficult to attempt crossings.

There were no crossings over the weekend or on Monday as French authorities warned of strong northerly winds and strong currents. 

Border Force deployed extra resources as crossings resumed in earnest today, with boats containing as many as 30 people spotted in the busy shipping route

Border Force deployed extra resources as crossings resumed in earnest today, with boats containing as many as 30 people spotted in the busy shipping route

One of a group of people, thought to be migrants, makes a victory gesture on the deck of HMC Seeker, at Dover marina in Kent today

One of a group of people, thought to be migrants, makes a victory gesture on the deck of HMC Seeker, at Dover marina in Kent today

Photographs from Dover captured dozens of people thought to be migrants wrapped in blankets and wearing lifejackets as they arrived on British shores

Photographs from Dover captured dozens of people thought to be migrants wrapped in blankets and wearing lifejackets as they arrived on British shores

But dozens of people were today spotted having to queue up and wait to be allowed ashore due to the volume of new arrivals.

Arrivals wearing face masks were also seen lining up along the side of Border Force cutter Seeker.

Seeker, which made a rare visit to the inner harbour to drop off the migrants, is part of a scaled-up contingent of Border Force vessels that have been busy in the Channel today.

In total, the agency has had at least five boats in operation: cutters Seeker and Searcher and patrol boats Hunter, Speedwell and Eagle.

A police boat has also been operating in the Channel along with the coastguard helicopter and the RNLI.

Arrivals wearing face masks were seen lining up along the side of Border Force cutter Seeker

Arrivals wearing face masks were seen lining up along the side of Border Force cutter Seeker

Seeker, which made a rare visit to the inner harbour to drop off the migrants, is part of a scaled-up contingent of Border Force vessels that have been busy in the Channel today

Seeker, which made a rare visit to the inner harbour to drop off the migrants, is part of a scaled-up contingent of Border Force vessels that have been busy in the Channel today

In total, the agency has had at least five boats in operation: cutters Seeker and Searcher and patrol boats Hunter, Speedwell and Eagle

In total, the agency has had at least five boats in operation: cutters Seeker and Searcher and patrol boats Hunter, Speedwell and Eagle

On Monday evening the first of up to 400 people were seen arriving at a military barracks that is being used to house Channel migrants.

Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, has been selected by the Home Office to house migrants while their asylum claims are processed.

More than 6,500 migrants have successfully travelled to the UK aboard small boats in 2020, analysis shows. Pictured: Arrivals today

More than 6,500 migrants have successfully travelled to the UK aboard small boats in 2020, analysis shows. Pictured: Arrivals today

September is the busiest month on record, despite there being over a week to go. Pictured: Migrants on a Border Force rib at Dover marina in Kent today

September is the busiest month on record, despite there being over a week to go. Pictured: Migrants on a Border Force rib at Dover marina in Kent today

Today has been described as 'the last day of opportunity' before the weather turns on Wednesday, making conditions too difficult to attempt crossings

Today has been described as ‘the last day of opportunity’ before the weather turns on Wednesday, making conditions too difficult to attempt crossings

Staff in Folkestone were seen yesterday walking around the disused military base surveying the large open facility and its multiple accommodation buildings.

A member of staff wearing a Hi Vis jacket was seen pointing out where a shower block is going to be installed in the outside space between the housing blocks.

In the evening, around 30 people were rushed inside after arriving at the barracks in two black Mercedes and one grey Volkswagen.

People thought to be migrants arrive at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where migrants who have crossed the Channel in small boats are being housed in the military barracks

People thought to be migrants arrive at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where migrants who have crossed the Channel in small boats are being housed in the military barracks

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Popular deputy head teacher is trampled to death by cows while out walking 

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David Clark, who taught at Richmond School in North Yorkshire for 23 years, was trampled to death by a herd of cows yesterday

David Clark, who taught at Richmond School in North Yorkshire for 23 years, was trampled to death by a herd of cows yesterday

A popular deputy head teacher has been trampled to death by a herd of cows while walking his dog.

David Clark, who taught at Richmond School in North Yorkshire for 23 years, died yesterday afternoon in a field on the outskirts of the town.

Emergency services including the police and Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) were called to the scene. 

It is believed the married father had been walking his dogs at around 6.30pm when he was charged by a herd of cattle that trampled him to death.

Pupils at the school, which has just returned after the coronavirus lockdown and the summer break, were upset when his death was announced in a message to parents this morning.

Tributes to ‘good guy’ Mr Clark were led by headteacher Jenna Potter, who said in a statement today: ‘Dave Clark was the ‘heart and soul’ of Richmond School. 

‘He was an enormous character, a brilliant school leader and simply a lovely man who enriched the life of everyone he came into contact with, just by being himself and doing what he did every day.

‘Dave was always the person we looked to to deal with difficult issues and he was a master at that. He never let students get away with being anything other than their very best, never giving up on them, even when at times it felt as though they wanted to give up on themselves. 

‘All of this, Dave did with a smile and a level of kindness and care that is seldom seen.

‘Outside school, Dave was a keen sportsman. He had grown to love the Dales and would often be seen cycling, walking and spending time on the moor during the beating season.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr Clark was educated at Jordanhill College in Glasgow and was a keen cyclist, swimmer and rugby coach

According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr Clark was educated at Jordanhill College in Glasgow and was a keen cyclist, swimmer and rugby coach 

‘Our students and their parents have been lucky to have known and been helped by him. We have been privileged as a staff to have worked with him and will continue working in the same way in his memory.

‘Above all, Dave was a family man. Our thoughts are with Dave’s wife, his children and wider family at this difficult time.’ 

‘Dave was killed as a result of an accident as he walked his dogs in the countryside.

‘Dave worked at Richmond School for 23 years and was the heart and soul of the school, taking such pride in his very important work.

‘Dave was not only an admired colleague, he was also a much loved friend and member of the local community and I know that many of you, as parents, will have very fond memories of being taught by him.’ 

One parent said that all four of his children had known Mr Clark over the years and spoke very highly of him.

Another said: ‘He was really popular, one of the good guys. It’s just incredibly sad. He’d been there forever – even when pupils had left he remembered their names and would ask how they were doing.’

His local cycling club paid tribute to him on Facebook, saying: ‘It is with immense sadness that we learned today that one of the club’s most respected and long standing members, David Clark passed away due to a tragic accident. 

‘David was walking with his dogs on the outskirts of the town, off the town’s Hurgill Road, on Monday evening when the incident happened. 

‘Our thoughts are with David’s family and friends who must be devastated and within the club there is deep sadness and shock.’

Tributes to 'good guy' Mr Clark were led by headteacher Jenna Potter, who said: 'Dave Clark was the 'heart and soul' of Richmond School. He was an enormous character, a brilliant school leader and simply a lovely man who enriched the life of everyone he came into contact with, just by being himself and doing what he did every day'

Tributes to ‘good guy’ Mr Clark were led by headteacher Jenna Potter, who said: ‘Dave Clark was the ‘heart and soul’ of Richmond School. He was an enormous character, a brilliant school leader and simply a lovely man who enriched the life of everyone he came into contact with, just by being himself and doing what he did every day’

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called to a report that a man in his 50s had been injured by cows in a field north of Richmond, at 7.30pm on Monday September 21, 2020.

‘He was treated by paramedics, but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘Officers from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be working to support those affected by his death.

‘The Health and Safety Executive has been informed, and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances.’

A GNAAS spokesman said: ‘We arrived on the scene at 6.55pm yesterday evening, having flown from Teesside Airport with a doctor and paramedic onboard. We didn’t airlift anyone out of the scene.’

According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr Clark was educated at Jordanhill College in Glasgow and was a keen cyclist, swimmer and rugby coach.  

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A cheating vicar has been banned from practising as a priest for life after admitting to a ‘close and inappropriate relationship’ with someone other than his wife. 

The Reverend Martin Baldock also admitted failing to protect a vulnerable adult.

Mr Baldock is now retired but served as Vicar of St Edward the Confessor Church in Dringhouses, York, from 2000 to 2017.

In addition to the church’s ‘penalty of prohibition’ from practising as a priest, Mr Baldock, who was also chaplain at both York College and St Leonard’s Hospice and was Rural Dean of York, has lost the honorary title of Canon of York.

The news of his behaviour will be a ’cause of real shock and distress at St Edward’s, and for others hurt by his actions too,’ said the Bishop of Selby, the Rt Revd Dr John Thomson.

The Reverend Martin Baldock admitted to a 'close and inappropriate relationship' with someone other than his wife, and also to failing to protect a vulnerable adult

The Reverend Martin Baldock admitted to a ‘close and inappropriate relationship’ with someone other than his wife, and also to failing to protect a vulnerable adult

‘This is deeply upsetting news for the Parish of Dringhouses, where Mr Baldock was held in respect and affection for 17 years, and where many members of the church and community trusted him with their deepest and sometimes their most sensitive feelings and experiences.

‘The Church of England expects the very highest standards of conduct from its clergy in both their personal and their professional relationships, and in this case those relationships have gone wrong.

‘The individuals most closely involved in this situation, and the people of Dringhouses Parish and at St Edwards are in my prayers, as they and their Vicar, Richard Carew, come to terms with this news while they work and pray to rebuild the community of love and trust that has always been at the heart of this parish.’

The Diocese of York said Mr Baldock, who now lived in retirement in the Midlands, had been subject to proceedings in 2019 under the Church of England’s Clergy Discipline Measure, and admitted two counts of misconduct while in his post in York.

Mr Baldock is now retired but served as Vicar of St Edward the Confessor Church in Dringhouses, York, from 2000 to 2017

Mr Baldock is now retired but served as Vicar of St Edward the Confessor Church in Dringhouses, York, from 2000 to 2017

The charges are that he was ‘conducting a close and inappropriate relationship with a person not his spouse over a sustained period’ and ‘failing to protect a vulnerable adult through not having due regard to the Church of England’s safeguarding regulations’.

The report read: ‘He accepted the penalty of prohibition from practising as a priest in the Church of England for life, imposed by the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Williams.

‘The Diocese of York is not aware of any other issues concerning Martin Baldock’s years in Dringhouses – but anybody with any safeguarding concerns at this or any other church in the Diocese of York should contact the police, the relevant archdeacon or the Diocesan Safeguarding Team (safeguarding@yorkdiocese.org) as soon as possible.’

It added that he was conferred with the honorary title of Canon of York in 2017 before the concerns had been raised, and the title had now been withdrawn, and the diocese would be making no further comment to protect the identities of those involved.

The Bishop of Selby, the Rt Revd Dr John Thomson, said news of Mr Baldock's behaviour will be a 'cause of real shock and distress at St Edward's, and for others hurt by his actions too'

The Bishop of Selby, the Rt Revd Dr John Thomson, said news of Mr Baldock’s behaviour will be a ’cause of real shock and distress at St Edward’s, and for others hurt by his actions too’

When Mr Baldock retired in 2017, aged 65, the local paper, The Press, reported how he had left his church in great shape, with a refurbished church hall serving as a hub for Dringhouses and the congregation increased from 120 to 150.

Mr Baldock, who has been approached for comment, was brought up in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.

The son of a pharmacist, Mr Baldock was a chorister at the Priory Church and went on to study pharmacy at Nottingham Universtiy. 

He met his wife Sue at university and the pair moved to Zambia together where Martin worked as an administrator and pharmacist for three years.

According to his profile on the St Edward the Confessor Church website, it was while on a visit to a church in Zambia that Martin felt was ‘the first place he ever heard of a Jesus who was part of everyday life’.

He returned to Nottingham University to study theology and was ordained in 1985 at Wells Cathedral, starting his career in the church at a Nailsea near Bristol.

He also worked as the vicar of Brampton for 11 years, before becoming the vicar of St Edward’s in 2000, where he was appointed Rural Dean of York, a post he held from 2004 to 2012.

His ministry was successful enough to garner an honorary Canon of York Minster position in 2017, before he retired after 17 years at the parish.

He retired to Newham with his wife Sue.  

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