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Coronavirus live updates: Biden promises vaccine supply boost of 50 percent by the summer
Though the vaccine rollout began in late December, states have complained that the promised numbers of doses did not arrive. It is unclear, however, if the boost in U.S. vaccine numbers will help with Biden’s other priority, returning schools to in-person learning. Data from the United States and abroad reviewed by the CDC team found that schools had nowhere near the transmission rates of sites like nursing homes or high density workplaces. Many European countries originally kept schools open much longer than in the United States, but are now bowing under the pressure of a second wave. With one of the most rapid vaccine rollouts in the West, Britain is hoping to blunt the latest wave of infections.
Coronavirus updates: CDC researchers say schools can reopen safely; UK variant has now spread to 25 states; 425K US deaths
? The global total of coronavirus cases surpassed 100 million Tuesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard. ? Today's numbers: The U.S. has more than 25.4 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 425,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 100.2 million cases and 2.15 million deaths. The Oklahoma Health Department on Tuesday sued Bradford and PPE Supplies LLC in Oklahoma County District Court. The Health Department is seeking the rest of its money back — $1.825 million, plus interest.
Indonesia volcano unleashes river of lava
Indonesia volcano unleashes river of lavaIndonesia’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters down its slopes.
Most major airlines won't force employees to COVID vaccine, but will 'strongly encourage' it
But while at least one major airline has said vaccines could be required for workers, others have taken a different approach. Scott Kirby, the CEO of United Airlines, recently remarked that he's considering making the vaccine mandatory for all employees. American is reportedly planning to distribute the vaccine to employees at certain hub airports, but not currently making the vaccine a requirement, Reuters reports. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWSAlaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines both say employees will be strongly "encouraged" to get the vaccines, though neighther is making it a requirement. Hawaiian Air, too, went on record that the carrier is "strongly encouraging" all employees to get the vaccine.
Green roofs, solar panels and digital monitoring: How the world's buildings are changing
From older structures modernized using connected devices, to more recent developments which integrate sustainable and technologically-advanced design features, the buildings people live and work in are changing. According to the latest Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction, emissions stemming from building operations hit their highest-ever level in 2019. Below, CNBC takes a look at some key features of three buildings that made the shortlist for the upcoming BREEAM Awards 2021. BREEAM is a sustainability assessment method from the Building Research Establishment which covers infrastructure, masterplanning projects and buildings. According to its organizers, the awards — which will take place in March, virtually — recognize organizations, individuals and projects deemed to be "leading the way with significant achievements in sustainable building design, development and management."
TikTok cuts jobs in India, not clear if it can make a comeback after prolonged ban
Since then, the apps have remained blocked, leading TikTok parent ByteDance to announce job cuts on Wednesday. Given the lack of feedback from the government about how to resolve this issue in the subsequent seven months, it is with deep sadness that we have decided to reduce our workforce in India," TikTok said in a statement. "However, we simply cannot responsibly stay fully staffed while our apps remain un-operational." In September, India banned another 118 Chinese apps. All the apps remain blocked and the the Times of India reported on Tuesday that several, possibly including TikTok, will be permanently banned.
European stocks fall; focus on Fed and U.S. tech earnings
LONDON (Reuters) - Europe’s share indexes opened lower on Wednesday, while investors focused on the U.S Federal Reserve meeting and U.S. tech giants’ earnings. FILE PHOTO: The London Stock Exchange Group offices are seen in the City of London, Britain, December 29, 2017. The dollar rose against a basket of currencies as European markets opened, and was at 90.275 at 0846 GMT, up 0.1% on the day. Quarterly earnings from U.S. tech giants including Facebook and Apple, due later in the session, were also in focus. To some stock market professionals, the recent moves look symbolic of a stock market that may be overvalued at the end of a year dominated by floods of fiscal and monetary stimulus to ease the coronavirus crisis.
Carlyle to put hospital group Ameos up for sale: sources
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Swiss-headquartered clinic chain Ameos is being prepared for a sale or refinancing as its private equity owner Carlyle seeks to cash out after almost a decade of ownership, people close to the matter said. FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Carlyle Group is displayed at the company's office in Tokyo, Japan October 17, 2018. If sold at a similar multiple, Ameos could be valued at up to 1.3 billion euros, including debt, in a deal. They could also opt for a dividend payment and refinancing of Ameos’ debt if price indications do not meet expectations, the sources added. Carlyle invested in Ameos in 2011, with peer investor Quadriga Capital and founder and CEO Axel Paeger retaining stakes.
Bill Gates sees 6-8 month lag for poor countries to get COVID-19 shots
LONDON (Reuters) - Poorer countries face a best-case scenario of a 6-8 month lag behind richer nations in getting access to COVID-19 vaccines to protect their populations against the pandemic disease, the philanthropist Bill Gates said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Bill Gates, Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, gestures as he speaks during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2018. “Every politician is under pressure to go bid for their country to get further up in line,” Gates said. COVAX, co-led by the GAVI vaccines alliance, says it aims to deliver 2.3. billion COVID-19 doses by year-end, including 1.8 billion doses to poorer countries at no cost to their governments. “ZERO-SUM”Gates said such pressure was unhelpful, noting that pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, BionTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna all developed COVID-19 vaccines in less than a year.
Wisconsin pharmacist to plead guilty to trying to spoil COVID-19 vaccine doses
REUTERS/Mike Blake(Reuters) - A Wisconsin pharmacist has agreed to plead guilty to purposely trying to spoil hundreds of doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in a bid to render them ineffective, the U.S. Justice Department said. It said bit.ly/3qUNXVI he believed in various "conspiracy theories" and was skeptical of vaccines in general and specifically the vaccine by Moderna. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has deemed Moderna’s vaccine safe and effective. Brandenburg has signed a plea agreement to plead guilty to the charges, which each carry a maximum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment, the statement added. Moderna’s vaccine has to be stored and shipped frozen but does not require ultra-cold temperatures and can be stored for 30 days in standard-temperature refrigerators.
ByteDance cuts India workforce, unsure of comeback after app ban: internal memo
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - China’s ByteDance is cutting the size of its 2,000-plus India team and is unsure when it will make a comeback, the company told employees in an internal memo on Wednesday, months after its popular TikTok video app was banned. The ban dates from last year when political tension between the neighbours rose over their disputed border. “We initially hoped that this situation would be short-lived...we find that has not been the case,” ByteDance wrote in the memo which was seen by Reuters. Before the ban, India had been one of TikTok’s largest markets and ByteDance in 2019 had laid out plans to invest $1 billion in India. At the time of last year’s ban, the Indian government described the apps as prejudicial to the “sovereignty and integrity of India”.
China says Indian ban on apps violates WTO rules
The TikTok app's logo seen on a mobile phone screen in this picture illustration taken February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Illustration/File PhotoNEW DELHI (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday that the Indian government’s decision to keep a ban on 59 Chinese apps was a violation of the World Trade Organization’s fair rules of business and would hurt Chinese firms. The ban dates from last year when political tension between the neighbours rose over their disputed border. This month the Indian government decided to keep the ban on TikTok and other apps. “We urge the Indian side to immediately correct its discriminatory measures and avoid causing further damage to bilateral cooperation,” Chinese embassy spokesperson Ji Rong said in a statement.
Amazon stops alcohol sales in Northern Ireland due to Brexit rules: ITV
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, northern France, February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal RossignolLONDON (Reuters) - Amazon has halted sales of wines, beers and spirits in Northern Ireland and is preparing to de-list more products due to new Brexit customs rules, broadcaster ITV reported on Tuesday. The online retailer is concerned that excise duty will now have to be paid twice on shipments of alcohol which are sent from the British mainland across the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland, ITV reported. In order to keep the border open between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland, a separate agreement was struck that requires a regulatory border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. The British government said the overwhelming majority of parcels continued to move smoothly, and there was no reason for businesses not to send goods to Northern Ireland.
Taiwan says chipmakers to prioritise auto chips amid global shortage
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Four major Taiwanese chip makers met the island’s economics minister on Wednesday and told her they were willing to prioritise supplies for auto makers amid a global shortage of chips for the industry, the minister said. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is pictured at its headquarters, in Hsinchu, Taiwan, January 19, 2021. Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua said she had met executives from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), United Microelectronics Corp (UMC), Powerchip Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp and Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. “Chipmakers are willing to follow the government’s request and try to support auto chips as much as they can to support their production in the U.S., Europe and Japan,” Wang told reporters. “They did raise related warnings: if you are to cut orders, it will be very difficult to resume orders,” Wang told reporters.
Pandemic 'on the decline' in Moscow as mayor lifts some curbs
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The coronavirus pandemic is on the decline in Moscow, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Wednesday as he abolished some COVID-19 restrictions, allowing bars, restaurants and nightclubs to open overnight. FILE PHOTO: Customers sit at tables in Parka Bar in Moscow, Russia November 12, 2020. “The pandemic is on the decline and under the circumstances our duty is to create conditions for the quickest possible recovery of the economy,” said Sobyanin. “My warmest congratulations to you, friends, on our joint victory and one more step to a return to normal life in the beautiful city of Moscow. Measures requiring state-run universities to operate remotely, with distanced learning for students, would be reviewed on Feb. 6, Sobyanin said.
Hannity Accused Of ‘Dabbling In Anti-Vaxx’ Territory With COVID-19 Vaccine Comments
Fox News’ Sean Hannity has been criticized for sowing doubt about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine during Tuesday’s episode of his widely watched show. “I don’t know when my number gets called, I’m actually beginning to have doubts,” the conservative network’s prime time personality said of taking the coronavirus shot. “I’ve been telling my friends I’m gonna get the vaccine,” Hannity continued. They wouldn’t take it in a million years.”“I don’t know who to listen to,” he added. HuffPost has debunked misinformation surrounding the vaccine here and answered questions about its development and safety here.
Security tight at India's historic Red Fort as farmers vow to continue protests
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Hundreds of police guarded the historic Red Fort in the heart of the Indian capital on Wednesday following violent clashes between farmers and authorities in which one person was killed and at least 80 injured. FILE PHOTO: Farmers gather in front of the historic Red Fort during a protest against farm laws introduced by the government, in Delhi, India, January 26, 2021. Some farmers carrying ceremonial swords reached as far as the Red Fort, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives an annual speech, where they scaled outer walls and hoisted flags. By Tuesday evening police had removed protesters from the fort complex but a heavy security presence remained on Wednesday. Farm leaders from the eastern state of Odisha to the western state of Gujarat said on Wednesday they would continue to support protesters in Delhi.
'Crazy and evil': Bill Gates surprised by pandemic conspiracies
LONDON (Reuters) - Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates says he has been taken aback by the volume of “crazy” and “evil” conspiracy theories about him spreading on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, but said on Wednesday he would like to explore what is behind them. “Nobody would have predicted that I and Dr. Fauci would be so prominent in these really evil theories,” Gates said. Since the pandemic began a year ago, millions of conspiracies have spread over the Internet, fuelling misinformation about the coronavirus, its origins and the motives of those working to fight it. “But do people really believe that stuff?,” Gates asked. During former President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, Gates said, it had “sometimes felt like they were the only sane people in the U.S. government.”“I’m excited about the team that Biden has picked” to tackle the health crisis, Gates said.
Polish locker company InPost worth 9.5 billion euros after buoyant Amsterdam debut
WARSAW (Reuters) - Shares in Polish parcel locker firm InPost jumped 19% on their Euronext debut on Wednesday, valuing the company which benefited from online shopping during the pandemic lockdowns at 9.5 billion euros ($11.55 billion). Elsewhere, Dutch tech firm WeTransfer is eyeing a stock market listing in Amsterdam in April or May, sources said earlier this week. InPost, which owns over 12,000 parcel lockers, also operates in Britain and plans to expand in Italy, France and Spain, in response to increased competition in Poland. It said it picked Amsterdam for its listing to reflect its international expansion plans. Amsterdam is emerging as a popular post-Brexit European listing venue.
LVMH shares rise after fashion group reports solid fourth-quarter results
FILE PHOTO: A Louis Vuitton logo is seen outside a store on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Charles PlatiauPARIS (Reuters) - LVMH’s shares rose on Wednesday after the French luxury goods group reported resilient fourth-quarter results. LVMH shares were up 1.3% in early session trading, among the top performers on France’s benchmark CAC-40 equity index, and also lifting the stock price of its French rival Kering, whose shares rose 1%. LVMH’s fashion and leather goods business, home to Vuitton handbags and other brands such as Christian Dior, performed better than analysts expected in the fourth quarter, with sales rising 18% year-on-year on a comparable basis. “As expected, the group focused on the best options possible and managed to overdeliver significantly,” wrote brokerage Jefferies, which kept a “buy” rating on LVMH shares.
European stocks fall; focus on Fed and U.S. tech earnings
LONDON (Reuters) - Europe’s share indexes opened lower on Wednesday, while investors focused on the U.S Federal Reserve meeting and U.S. tech giants’ earnings. FILE PHOTO: The London Stock Exchange Group offices are seen in the City of London, Britain, December 29, 2017. The dollar rose against a basket of currencies as European markets opened, and was at 90.275 at 0846 GMT, up 0.1% on the day. Quarterly earnings from U.S. tech giants including Facebook and Apple, due later in the session, were also in focus. To some stock market professionals, the recent moves look symbolic of a stock market that may be overvalued at the end of a year dominated by floods of fiscal and monetary stimulus to ease the coronavirus crisis.
No Brexit bonfire for City of London, but it won't be a 'rule taker'
FILE PHOTO: An almost empty walkway is seen in Leadenhall market during lunchtime, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in the City of London financial district, Britain September 4, 2020. “It’s disappointing to lose business but it’s not at all catastrophic,” Catherine McGuinness, who leads the ancient financial district’s ruling body, the City of London Corporation, told Reuters. The City, McGuinness said, neither wanted nor expected Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government to light “a bonfire of regulations”. Still, a financial capital the size of London could not be a “rule taker”, she said. Some elements of the bond, derivatives and capital markets had moved after Brexit, McGuinness said, though London retained by far the deepest capital markets in its time zone.
European stocks head lower, LVMH shines after earnings
FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Staff(Reuters) - European stocks slid on Wednesday, weighed down by concerns about a slow economic recovery, while most investors kept to the sidelines ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy decision. The pan-European STOXX 600 index dropped 0.4% in early trading, following losses in Asian markets and Wall Street. Precious metal miner Fresnillo Plc slid 3.1% after it forecast lower gold output for the current year. French luxury group LVMH rose 1.4% as booming sales at fashion brands like Louis Vuitton, particularly in China, helped to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Belarus opposition leader calls on West for tougher response on Lukashenko
FILE PHOTO: Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya speaks to the media at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, October 7, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal HanschkeBRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union and the United States must be “braver and stronger” in their response to helping end the disputed rule of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Wednesday. Speaking at an online event with several EU foreign ministers, Tsikhanouskaya called on the EU to speed up approval of its fourth package of sanctions on supporters of Lukashenko, called for an international investigation into human rights abuses and to designate as terrorists those responsible. “The international response is still too modest,” Tsikhanouskaya said from Lithuania.
Shoah survivors to get vaccine on Auschwitz liberation day
Hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Austria and Slovakia are getting vaccinated against the coronavirus exactly 76 years after the liberation of the Nazi's Auschwitz death camp. Hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Austria and Slovakia are getting vaccinated against the coronavirus exactly 76 years after the liberation of the Nazi's Auschwitz death camp. More than 400 Austrian survivors were invited to get the vaccine at Vienna's biggest mass vaccination center on International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021. With the end of World War II now more than seven decades ago, the world’s approximately 240,000 Holocaust survivors are all elderly. Still, about 900 Holocaust survivors died of COVID-19 in Israel last year before vaccines were available and about 5,300 survivors were infected, according to Israel’s national statistics office.
The Latest: France’s Sanofi to help make rival vaccine
French drug maker Sanofi said Wednesday it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. French drug maker Sanofi said Wednesday it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)PARIS — French drug maker Sanofi says it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. Germany-based BioNTech will initially produce the vaccines at Sanofi facilities in Frankfurt, starting in the summer, according to a Sanofi statement Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENTSanofi and British partner GlaxoSmithKline will start a new phase-2 trial of their COVID-19 vaccine next month, Sanofi said.
Number of guns found in Tennessee airports drops in 2020
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Security officers at Tennessee’s five largest airports found 162 guns in carry-on luggage in 2020, a decrease of only 19 incidents from the year before despite a significant drop-off of airline passengers due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. Nashville International Airport, McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville and Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville saw decreases in the number of guns found in carry-on baggage, while Memphis International Airport and Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport saw increases, the Transportation Security Administration said in a news release. ADVERTISEMENTTSA screened nearly 5.7 million departing travelers at the five commercial airports, about 44% of the total screened in 2019, the federal agency said. Travelers face criminal and civil penalties for bringing firearms to a security checkpoint. Guns can be transported on a commercial aircraft only if they are unloaded, packed in a locked, hard-sided case and placed in checked baggage, the TSA said.
Texas Hostage Standoff Leaves 2 Dead
Texas Hostage Standoff Leaves 2 DeadTwo people were found dead at a medical building following an apparent hostage situation late Tuesday in Austin, Texas, according to police and local news reports. Police would not detail how many people were taken hostage and whether anyone was released earlier. Two total victims were found deceased, "one that was not originally inside the building and one that was not," the spokesman said. Negotiators were heard hours earlier communicating with the hostage taker. The SWAT team's communications indicated that the hostage taker may have been a doctor.
One person suffers ‘potentially fatal injury’ in I-93 crash near Woburn-Reading line
One person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after an incident involving two vehicles at the Exit 37A off-ramp near the Woburn-Reading town line, according to Massachusetts State Police. Troopers responded to the scene about 10 p.m. at the off-ramp that connects I-93 south to I-95 north, State Police said in a statement late Tuesday night. They first found a car with heavy rear-end damage, and then a second vehicle that had gone off the road into the cloverleaf area off the inside shoulder of the ramp.
Clinic to offer 2nd doses of COVID-19 vaccine starting Feb. 2
The appointment-only site will offer COVID-19 vaccine to those who received their first shot at Western High School, Cashman Center or the Southern Nevada Health District’s main office. People wait in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine was the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoSecond doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be offered beginning next week at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Health officials recommend that the second dose of vaccine be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. More information about new COVID-19 vaccine is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant.html.
A hotel toiletries thief comes clean about his dirty habit
Is it against the law to call the front desk and ask for more shampoo and towels, when all you really want is extra shampoo to take home? They’ll feel like they’re at a hotel!” But I don’t have 300 house guests a year. The Boston Harbor hotel developed its own signature fragrance with Florentine perfumer Lorenzo Villoresi. “We use Molton Brown toiletries at Ames Boston Hotel,” said Trish Berry, general manager of the Ames. AdvertisementOn a recent Sunday afternoon, I took a final rummage through three years of soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, bar soap, mending kits, shaving kits, and dental kits from around the world.
Dear Abby: My bestie and I have sex, and that intimidates my boyfriends
DEAR ABBY: I have a male best friend I adore. Related Articles Dear Abby: He’s the only man for me, and I’m thinking of leaving himDear Abby: We can’t stand his new wife. DEAR ABBY: I am childless, but I have a niece I’ve given lots of money to over the years. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O.
Somerville at crossroads of new Tufts study
The university last month launched the three-year effort, which it is carrying out in collaboration with the city. Somerville will be the focal community in a new study by Tufts University on how to improve indoor air quality for residents living in multifamily complexes near busy roads. Tufts, which has a Medford/Somerville campus, chose Somerville for the study because the city has seen “a significant increase in the amount of affordable, multifamily housing near busy roadways where high levels of air pollution are observed,” Durant said. Somerville worked with Tufts in a previous study that found a link between residing close to highways and developing cardiovascular disease. “We are really glad to be continuing our partnership with Tufts,” said Mike Feloney, the city’s director of housing, noting that as the densest city in New England, Somerville is a good fit for researching air pollution impacts.
Colorado hosts San Jose after Saad's 2-goal game
San Jose Sharks (3-4-0, seventh in the West Division) vs. Colorado Avalanche (4-3-0, third in the West Division)Denver; Thursday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Colorado hosts the San Jose Sharks after Brandon Saad scored two goals in the Avalanche's 7-3 victory over the Sharks. Colorado finished 42-20-8 overall and 10-8-2 in division play during the 2019-20 season. The Avalanche scored 236 total goals last season while collecting 399 assists.
The Latest: France's Sanofi to help make rival vaccine
PARIS — French drug maker Sanofi says it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. Germany-based BioNTech will initially produce the vaccines at Sanofi facilities in Frankfurt, starting in the summer, according to a Sanofi statement Wednesday. The French government has been pressing Sanofi to use its facilities to help make rival vaccines, given high demand and problems with supplies of the few vaccines that are already available. Sanofi and British partner GlaxoSmithKline will start a new phase-2 trial of their COVID-19 vaccine next month, Sanofi said. The two companies said last month that their vaccine won’t be ready until late 2021 because the shot’s effectiveness in older people needed to be improved.
Myanmar health workers receive first COVID-19 vaccinations
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Health workers in Myanmar on Wednesday became the first people in the Southeast Asian country to be vaccinated against COVID-19, five days after the first vaccines were delivered from India. State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s leader, announced last week that front-line health workers would get priority for inoculations with the vaccine developed by Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. India, which manufactures the vaccine under license, donated 1.5 million doses to Myanmar, enough to inoculate 750,000 people. On Wednesday, Suu Kyi observed vaccinations at a hospital in the capital, Naypyitaw, and told reporters that the inoculation campaign must proceed carefully because the government does not have all the supplies it needs. Suu Kyi, 75, is expected to be vaccinated Thursday.
Shoah survivors to get vaccine on Auschwitz liberation day
VIENNA (AP) — Hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Austria and Slovakia were poised to get their first coronavirus vaccination Wednesday, acknowledging their past suffering with a special tribute 76 years after the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, where the Nazis killed more than 1 million Jews and others. “We owe this to them,” said Erika Jakubovits, the Jewish Community of Vienna organizer of the vaccination drive. Some were being brought by shuttle or by ambulance, while others were being brought in by their children. Jakubovits organized the vaccination drive with the support from the Austrian Health Ministry and Vienna city officials. Twelve doctors, all members of the Viennese Jewish community, volunteered to vaccinate the survivors.
Indonesian volcano unleashes river of lava in new eruption
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) down its slopes. It was Mount Merapi’s biggest lava flow since authorities raised its danger level in November, said Hanik Humaida, the head of Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center. Authorities in November had evacuated nearly 2,000 people living on the mountain in Magelang and Sleman districts on Java Island but most have since returned. There has been no new evacuation. The alert was being maintained at the second-highest level and authorities told people to stay out of the existing 5-kilometer (3-mile) danger zone around the crater as the local administrations in Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces closely monitor the situation.
UK care home residents send message of hope on vaccine day
A reason to celebrate at England's Rose Lodge Care Home — today is vaccine day. After a Covid-19 outbreak left half the residents sick and four dead, this first dose has brought new hope for a way out of the deadly pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 in the UK. As featured on Covid-19 has killed 100,000 people in the UK. Experts say the government is still getting it wrong In March last year, the UK government said it was hopeful the country could cap its coronavirus deaths at 20,000. It was a bleak target to set, but one the nation came to begrudgingly accept.
Indonesian volcano unleashes river of lava in new eruption
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) down its slopes. It was Mount Merapi’s biggest lava flow since authorities raised its danger level in November, said Hanik Humaida, the head of Yogyakarta’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center. Authorities in November had evacuated nearly 2,000 people living on the mountain in Magelang and Sleman districts on Java Island but most have since returned. The 2,968-meter (9,737-foot) volcano is on the densely populated island of Java and near the ancient city of Yogyakarta. It is the most active of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes and has repeatedly erupted with lava and gas clouds recently.
'I refused to let them intimidate me': the untold stories of LGBT+ seniors
When Pearl Bennett, now 69, came out as a transgender woman at a family dinner when she was 50, she wasn’t warmly embraced. Each video interview details how they fought the conventions of their time, stood up for their rights and paved the path for today’s generation of LGBT+ activists. As Ronnie explains in the video, he came out when he was in his 50s. “I refused to let people intimidate me.”The video details the struggles around gay marriage, which was legalized in the US in 2015, and the fight for gay troops to serve in the military. Bennett, for one, recalls the 1960s being a time when “queer” wasn’t a popular term, neither was being “gay”.
From the archive, 1939: Jean Renoir talks about films
La Grande Illusion was the last of his films to be seen here, and La Bête Humaine is coming soon. So with films they are best with little capital and a small group of technicians. He has always been glad to use German, Austrian, or other refugee technicians, and he cannot see much hope for British films unless they, too, confine the international influence to technical staff. The British films which he enjoys are that of Hitchcock or any that carry a “whiff of England” – not those permeated with Americans and American ideas. What a reflection that was on the doldrums of the British industry that he should be able to maintain that French films had been saved, not broken, by a national slump!
'I want to go home': Filipina domestic workers face exploitative conditions
Instead, he would provide her and the three other migrant domestic workers he employed with 10 Bahraini dinar (or £20) for food every fortnight, to be split between four. Rowena and her housemates are not alone: the pandemic has left domestic workers like them further exposed to exploitative working conditions and abuse. The Guardian has interviewed more than a dozen Filipina women across Asia, Europe and the Middle East since April. According to the International Labor Organisation, there are 11.5 million migrant domestic workers worldwide. At the start of the outbreak, she received calls late into the night from Filipina domestic workers trying to leave their abusive employers.
Travel news latest: 'No scientific evidence' for quarantine hotels
?The bosses of British Airways, Easyjet and Virgin Atlantic have criticised the Government's plans to introduce hotel quarantine for arrivals from 'high risk' destinations. In an open letter to the Prime Minister, executives from the three airlines said they had 'seen no compelling scientific evidence' to support the idea of hotel quarantine, and called on Boris Johnson to discuss financial support for the industry. “Policy should be based on evidence,' they wrote; 'and we have seen no compelling scientific evidence that introducing a policy potentially of blanket quarantine in hotels, is necessary in addition to measures only recently introduced. The plans, based on Australia's hotel quarantine system, would cost travellers up to £1,500 for 10 days self-isolating – with meals served in their rooms and round-the-clock supervision by private security guards. Scroll down for more on this story, and other breaking travel news.
David Morris launches new one-of-a-kind pieces via Farfetch: is click-to-buy the future of high jewellery?
By and large, selling high jewellery remains a private affair, conducted behind closed doors between a house and its VIP clients. British jeweller David Morris is bucking that trend this year, by launching part of its latest high jewellery collection via luxury e-tailer Farfetch.com. Four out of 13 one-of-a-kind pieces from its new Renaissance collection, with price tags of up to £500,000, are available to buy in a few clicks online at Farfetch.com from today. It’s an unusual move in high jewellery, which is usually only presented to selected clients by invitation only. The rest of the collection (prices: on application) is available for Farfetch clients to view and purchase via digital appointments, while David Morris is also presenting it to its VIP clients via private one-to-one consultations.
Paris Hilton discusses undergoing ‘tough’ IVF to have twins
Paris Hilton has revealed that she’s started IVF with her boyfriend Carter Reum, admitting the process has been “tough”. According to the heiress, 39, she began looking into IVF because it was “the only way” she could ensure that she can have “twins that are a boy and a girl”. Sex selection during IVF is permitted in the US but is not allowed in the UK and other countries. Speaking on The Trend Reporter with Mara podcast, Hilton - who has been dating venture capitalist Reum since 2019 - said she’s already completed the egg retrieval process. The millionaire heiress shared that her longtime friend Kim Kardashian West - who has two children via surrogate - was the person who first suggested IVF, even introducing Hilton to her doctor.
The homeless drug addict who became a professor
It was New Year's Eve, 1999. Jesse, by now 23, had been out partying all night. The following day he went over to a friend's house. There were some people there he vaguely knew, who asked if he wanted to share a joint and if he could help them find a lift to travel out west. They said they'd buy him a pizza if he could order one for them and they'd give him a new jersey in return for his efforts.
COVID-19: Breakthrough treatment claims to stop 100% of symptomatic infections
The makers of an experimental drug, now being trialled by the NHS, say it is 100 per cent effective in protecting against symptomatic cases of the virus. US-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals says its two-antibody cocktail called REGEN-COV also reduces overall coronavirus infection rates by about 50 per cent. Regeneron analysed 400 participants in its trial, all of whom had a household member with COVID-19. REGEN-COV works by combining two antibodies which bind to a protein on the surface of the virus and blocks infections of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Oxford University's Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY (RECOVERY) study - the world's largest clinical trial of hospitalised COBID-19 patients - is testing REGEN-COV.
Dozens injured in lockdown protests in Lebanon's Tripoli: Red Cross
A protester runs past a burning vehicle during clashes with the army in Lebanon's impoverished second city TripoliAdvertising Read moreBeirut (AFP)Overnight clashes in northern Lebanon between security forces and demonstrators angered by a coronavirus lockdown injured at least 45 people, the Lebanese Red Cross said on Wednesday. At least nine of the injured were treated in hospital following rolling scuffles in the main northern city of Tripoli, the Red Cross said. At least 30 people were injured in similar clashes in Tripoli on Monday night as frustration with tight coronavirus restrictions boiled over. Tripoli was already one of Lebanon's poorest areas even before the pandemic piled on new misery to a chronic economic crisis. But caretaker social affairs minister Ramzi Musharrafieh acknowledged Tuesday that three-quarters of the population of more than six million need financial assistance.
French firm Sanofi to help produce 100 million doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine
This photo taken Monday Nov.30, 2020, shows the logo of French drugmaker Sanofi at the company's headquarters, in Paris. Sanofi will fill and pack millions of doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from July in an effort to help meet the huge demand for the U.S. drugmaker's shots. Last month, Sanofi and Britain's GlaxoSmithKline said a COVID-19 vaccine they are jointly developing had shown an insufficient immune response in older people, delaying its launch to late this year. >> 'Humiliation': French see Covid-19 vaccine flops as sign of decline"Since our main vaccine is a few months late, we asked ourselves how we could be of assistance now," Hudson was quoted as saying. Sanofi is also working on another COVID-19 vaccine candidate with U.S. firm Translate Bio which uses mRNA technology, similar to the approach of Pfizer/BioNTech.
Fears a third lockdown may be imminent as France's Covid-19 cases surge
Macron will head the weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday and a government COVID-19 press conference is scheduled for Thursday. A drop below 3,000 led the government to relax the second lockdown on Dec. 15. France's cumulative total of infections now stands at 3,079,943, the sixth highest in the world. The seven-day moving average of new fatalities stands at 395. After France's Pasteur Institute said on Monday it had decided to halt one of its potential COVID-19 vaccine projects, French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi said it would aim to supply more than 100 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from July.
Joseon era folding screen bought at US auction on display at palace museum
LIFE&STYLEYojiyeondo, a folding screen from the Joseon era (National Palace Museum of Korea)Three traditional folding screens, including one which was brought back from the United States last year, are on display at the National Palace Museum of Korea.The most famous of the three -- Yojiyeondo, or banquet at Yoji in Korean -- depicts an extravagant feast hosted by Seowangmo, a goddess in Chinese mythology. The banquet takes place by Yoji, a huge pond in the Kunlun Mountains which is believed to be the dwelling place of gods. King Mu of China’s Zhou dynasty was said to have attended it.Paintings of the banquet were popular during the late Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) as it symbolized a long and prosperous country.The large folding screen on display at the National Palace Museum of Korea measures some 5 meters in width and reflects the majestic heritage from the late Joseon Dynasty, according to the museum.Yojiyeondo paintings normally feature Seowangmo and King Mu sitting in front of the banquet table. The folding screen at the museum is unique because it does not have a banquet table in front of the two protagonists. Instead, maidens play musical instruments in front of the pair, highlighting the banquet’s festive atmosphere.The former owner’s father bought the folding screen around 50 years ago when he was serving at a US military base in Korea.
Joseon era folding screen bought at US auction on display at palace museum
Three traditional folding screens, including one which was brought back from the United States last year, are on display at the National Palace Museum of Korea.The most famous of the three -- Yojiyeondo, or banquet at Yoji in Korean -- depicts an extravagant feast hosted by Seowangmo, a goddess in Chinese mythology. The banquet takes place by Yoji, a huge pond in the Kunlun Mountains which is believed to be the dwelling place of gods. King Mu of China’s Zhou dynasty was said to have attended it.Paintings of the banquet were popular during the late Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) as it symbolized a long and prosperous country.The large folding screen on display at the National Palace Museum of Korea measures some 5 meters in width and reflects the majestic heritage from the late Joseon Dynasty, according to the museum.Yojiyeondo paintings normally feature Seowangmo and King Mu sitting in front of the banquet table. The folding screen at the museum is unique because it does not have a banquet table in front of the two protagonists. Instead, maidens play musical instruments in front of the pair, highlighting the banquet’s festive atmosphere.The former owner’s father bought the folding screen around 50 years ago when he was serving at a US military base in Korea.
Trump Administration Accomplishments – The White House
More than 6 million American workers received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to the tax cuts. There are now 6 LNG export facilities operating in the United States, with 2 additional export projects under construction. Cross-trained United States Border Patrol agents to conduct credible fear screenings alongside USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) adjudication personnel to reduce massive backlogs. Issued directives requiring Federal agencies to hire United States workers first and prioritizing the hiring of United States workers wherever possible. Removed the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council due to the group’s blatant anti-Israel bias.
Japan key to US plan to rally allies against China in Indo-Pacific, observers say
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin has used the first conversation with his Japanese counterpart to reaffirm Tokyo’s importance to Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy. Photo: Getty Images
Singapore protesters detained at tiny LGBT rights demo
Three LGBT rights protesters have been arrested in Singapore after taking part in a tiny, rare demonstration triggered by the government’s alleged mistreatment of a transgender student, police said Wednesday. Five people demonstrated outside the education ministry Tuesday over the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, waving placards that read “trans students will not be erased” and “#Fix schools not students”. The trigger for the demonstration was claims the ministry had blocked a transgender student from receiving hormone therapy, an allegation officials have denied. “LGBTQ students in school aren’t treated well,” Averyn Thng, a 23-year-old activist who took part in the protest but was not arrested, told AFP. The city-state is frequently criticised over its record on gay rights, and sex between men remains illegal under a colonial-era law.
Estonia to become the only country in the world with a female president and female prime minister — Invest in Estonia
The other three countries with a female head of state and head of government are New Zealand, Denmark, and Barbados, all with a queen and a female prime minister. Kersti Kaljulaid is the first female President of Estonia since 2016. An analysis published by the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the World Economic Forum suggests it’s not a coincidence. COVID-outcomes are systematically better in countries led by women. Coalition negotiations in Estonia were led by Kaja Kallas and the Center Party’s deputy chairwoman Mailis Reps.
Mount Merapi eruption: Volcano shoots out river of lava and gas clouds
The volcano, which sits in Yogyakarta near to Magelang and Sleman districts on the island of Java, is the most active in Indonesia. (Image: AFP via Getty Images)Locals have been warned to stay 5km away from the crater. At this stage, it is unclear if anyone has been injured in Merapi’s latest eruption, but prayers have flooded in across social media for those living near to the active volcano. (Image: AFP via Getty Images) (Image: AFP via Getty Images)It comes after the volcano twice on Sunday lasting around seven minutes with residents warned to remain outside a 3km no-go zone. Mount Merapi is the most active of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes with its last major eruption in 2010 killing 347 people.
16-year-old Singaporean detained under ISA after planning to attack Muslims at 2 mosques
SINGAPORE: A 16-year-old Singaporean boy was detained in December under Singapore’s Internal Security Act (ISA) after planning to use a machete to attack Muslims at two mosques in the Woodlands area in March. ISD stated that the teen was influenced by the 2019 terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. AdvertisementFirst, he planned to carry out his attacks on Mar 15 this year, the anniversary of the Christchurch attacks, ISD said. He had intended to save up for the purchase and was confident of doing so in time for the intended attacks, ISD said. “His immediate family and others in his social circles were not aware of his attack plans and the depth of his hatred for Islam,” ISD said.
China Is Using Anal Swabs to Detect COVID-19 Infections
Authorities in Beijing are ordering anal swabs for some people who may have contacted COVID-19 patients, in its latest effort to contain local outbreaks. But since it’s not convenient to do anal swabs for large numbers of people, the test is now only required for the “key population,” such as those under quarantine, he said. Researchers have been studying if anal swabs could help doctors screen potential infections or identify severe cases at an early stage. A study in Weihai found the coronavirus was positive in anal swabs but negative in other sample types of several cured patients. Another study in the southern city of Guangzhou showed the detection of the virus in anal swabs was a potential warning indicator of severe disease.
Vegan ‘dairy’ products face EU ban from using milk cartons and yoghurt pots – and UK could be next
They would also be unable to use packaging designs that call to mind dairy products, such as yoghurt pots or milk cartons. So how did it come to this – and does the vegan industry have any chance of preventing these new rules from going ahead? Needless to say, vegan dairy producers take the opposite view. Or will they be persuaded by the “consumer confusion” argument pushed by the dairy industry? Yet Amendment 171 would still apply to UK producers who want to export to the EU.
Osceola Sheriff investigating video showing deputy slam Liberty High School student to ground
“We know that they’re there for safety reasons, but they need to be trained on working with kids, because kids are going to give you problems,” she says. “They give us problems as parents, but we’re not going to just beat on our kids and knock them unconscious.”
Taiwanese man fined $35K for breaking home quarantine 7 times
(CNN) — A Taiwanese man has been fined $1 million New Taiwan Dollars ($35,000) for repeatedly breaking his home quarantine. According to TTV News, the man left his apartment building seven times in just three days to go shopping, get his car fixed and more. Related content Man fined $3,500 for breaking Taiwan coronavirus quarantine for 8 secondsThe Taichung local government confirmed that the man returned from the mainland on January 21. In December 2020, a migrant worker from the Philippines was fined $3,500 for violating his quarantine for a grand total of eight seconds. The man, who was quarantining in a government-sanctioned hotel, briefly stepped into the hallway outside his room and was captured on CCTV.
Pakistani pilots spot UFO in the skies of Karachi
PIA Pilots Spot UFO in KarachiPilots from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) confirmed seeing a 'foo fighter' in Karachi on Sunday, generally referred to as a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object). The PIA pilots found a white circular object above the plane that was flying at 35,00 feet. Upon landing, the flight crew was told of certain unexplained artifacts that people around the world have often reported in the past. PIA pilots, also in Karachi, also registered this incident in January 2019. The flight crew was observed by a UFO flying 105 feet above the aircraft as the aircraft was flying at an altitude of 4300 feet.
Lawmakers to grill Biden pick for ambassador to UN: 35-year veteran Linda Thomas-Greenfield
With a 35-year career in foreign service, Thomas-Greenfield would bring a different tone to the international body than her recent predecessors. Diplomacy is back,” Thomas-Greenfield said after Biden introduced her and other members of his foreign policy team in November. Nikki Haley, cut a high profile at the international body in championing Trump's "America First" foreign policy. Lawmakers are likely to grill Thomas-Greenfield on Biden's most contentious foreign policy priorities, including his push to revive the Iran nuclear agreement and his promise to confront an increasingly aggressive China. If confirmed, Thomas-Greenfield may face lingering skepticism and resentment on the job after the Trump administration's abrasive approach to the institution and its treatment of America's allies.
Jefferies: We like Microsoft stock, the key question is "how much better can it get?"
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailJefferies: We like Microsoft stock, the key question is "how much better can it get?" Brent Thill from Jefferies says there is low risk for Microsoft stocks to hit their price target as the company is well-positioned not only during, but also post the pandemic.
Taiwan says chipmakers to prioritise auto chips
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua said on Wednesday she had met with senior executives of four major Taiwanese chipmakers who told her they were willing to prioritise supplies for auto makers amid a global shortage of chips for the industry. Wang told reporters that the chipmakers said they were willing to increase capacity to supply auto chips as much as they could and negotiate with other clients to put supplies for auto chips first. But she said the chip shortage issue will take time to resolve.
London's financial powerhouse says: we'll thrive without EU access but can't be rule takers
LONDON (Reuters) - London’s loss of some financial business due to Brexit has not been catastrophic and the world’s premier international financial capital will thrive even if the European Union “irrationally” blocks access, the City of London said. “We are very confident in London’s basic strengths and that we will make up business elsewhere,” McGuinness said. Still, a global financial capital the size of London could not be a “rule taker”, she said. New York retained the top spot in a survey of global financial centres published in September by Global Financial Centres Index, with London strengthening its position in second. “We’re not looking for a bonfire of regulation, we’re not looking for a move away from international standards,” McGuinness said.
Outbreaks in South Korea's Christian schools drive surge in COVID-19 cases
FILE PHOTO: Women wearing a mask as a measure to prevent contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk under an umbrella as it snows in Seoul, South Korea, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-JiAt least 323 COVID-19 cases had been traced to churches and mission schools run by a Christian organisation in two cities, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) data. More than 100 cases were confirmed overnight among people linked to churches and its mission schools in Gwangju, about 270 kms (168 miles) south of Seoul, officials said. Another 176 cases had been linked to an affiliated school in the city of Daejeon since Jan. 17. The Christian organisation responsible for the facilities, International Mission, was ordered to test everyone linked to 32 of its 40 schools and churches around the country.
UK passes 100,000 COVID deaths, with many more to come
Many more deaths would follow before a vaccination programme began to take effect, England’s chief medical officer said. Britain has the world’s fifth highest toll from COVID-19 and reported a further 1,631 deaths and 20,089 cases on Tuesday. The 100,162 deaths are more than Britain’s civilian toll in World War Two and twice the number killed in the 1940-41 Blitz bombing campaign. In December, Britain became the first country in the world to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. New variants have also alarmed scientists, and Johnson has warned the prospect of a “vaccine-busting” variant could mean that lockdown measures are needed for longer.
France’s Sanofi to make vaccines from rival Pfizer-BioNTech
FILE - In this photo Nov.30, 2020 file photo the logo of French drug maker Sanofi is picture at the company's headquarters, in Paris. French drug maker Sanofi said Wednesday it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)FILE - In this photo Nov.30, 2020 file photo the logo of French drug maker Sanofi is picture at the company's headquarters, in Paris. The Germany-based BioNTech will initially produce the vaccines at Sanofi facilities in Frankfurt, starting in the summer, according to a Sanofi statement. Sanofi and British partner GlaxoSmithKline will start a new phase-2 trial of their COVID-19 vaccine next month, Sanofi said.
Google says North Korea-backed hackers sought cyber research
Google didn’t specify how successful the hackers were or what kind of information could have been compromised. Experts say the attacks reflect North Korean efforts to improve its cyber skills and be able to breach widely used computer products, such as Google’s Chrome internet browser and Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. Simon Choi, a senior analyst at NSHC, a South Korean computer security firm, said cyberattacks linked to North Korea over the past few years have demonstrated an improving ability in identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities in computer security systems. Before 2016, the North Koreans had mainly relied on methods used by Chinese or Russian hackers, he said. Park Jin Hyok, who is believed to be in North Korea, conspired to conduct attacks that also stole $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank, according to the charges.
After 450 years, Oxford pub succumbs to COVID
But now, Oxford's Lamb and Flag pub has become another casualty of the pandemic. But now, Oxford's Lamb and Flag pub has become another casualty of the pandemic. DAVE RICHARDSON: It's a place where people come to talk to each other and to enjoy the traditional historic surroundings. But in a statement, deputy bursar Steve Elston announced the pub would close on January 31 as the pub is not currently financially viable. And we cannot afford to see any pub close, much less so one as historic and as ingrained into the fabric of a city as this one.
'Atmospheric river' to blast California with heavy rain, feet of snow
This morning is the time to act and prepare if you`re near a burn area,” the National Weather Service office for the San Francisco Bay Area wrote. While coastal areas prepared for rain, snow will be the big story in the mountains. Bottom line: Be where you need to be by sundown today – you might be there for a couple of days," the weather service said Tuesday. One well-known nickname for an atmospheric river is the "Pineapple Express," which occurs when the source of the moisture is near Hawaii. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Atmospheric river' to blast California with heavy rain, snow
The challenges of ocean exploration
“Fathoming the Ocean: The Discovery and Exploration of the Deep Sea” (Belknap, 2005) made me realize how far we’ve come. Haul, look, preserve, theorize; that was the extent of ocean exploration. The Palumbis plumb, but Susan Casey breaks the surface with “The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean” (Anchor, 2011). (But did you know we now map the ocean floor, not with wire, but by acoustics?) Then Earle gave me my comeuppance; less than five percent of the ocean has been seen, she reveals, let alone explored.
Non-Muslim teacher brings insights to job
Muslims pray five times a day, for example, and the rituals are part and parcel of the school day. On the days when it is his turn to accompany the students upstairs, Booth makes sure they walk in an orderly line. “He showed all respect.”Advertisement“He doesn’t know everything [about our culture], but he’s learning,” said Firas Al-Shaar, a sophomore. There are 70 students and eight teachers; one other teacher, who teaches social studies and Spanish, is non-Muslim. “We’re learning from him as a teacher, but he’s also learning about us as a people,” Abdelal said.
Dear Abby: Couple’s drunk friend steps way over the line
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been close friends with a woman named “Louise” for five years. Recently, we were all hanging out, and Louise got very drunk and tried to massage lotion into my husband’s hands. My husband has expressed to me that these situations made him very uncomfortable, and they do the same to me. DEAR ABBY: I am childless, but I have a niece I’ve given lots of money to over the years. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips.
Ask Amy: Type A sibling wonders if she can ‘fix’ her sister’s weight problem
We have a family dynamic that avoids acknowledgment of the obvious, yet this obese sister is quick to point out her two sisters’ faults. I’m a “Type A” big sister. No, do NOT contact your sister’s “slim” husband in order to discuss your sister’s weight with him. If she brings up her weight you can ask, “Has your doctor suggested seeing a nutritionist?” And that’s it. You can email Amy Dickinson at askamy@amydickinson.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.
Melba's Swap Shop: How to turn a treat into a pie
Melba's Swap Shop: How to turn a treat into a pie shares emailIT BEGINS AS CEREAL AND ENDS AS PIE DEAR MELBA: My kids are Rice Krispie Treat fanatics. RICE KRISPIE TREAT PIE Crust • 1/3 cup butter • 1 package (10 ounces) miniature marshmallows• 6 cups Rice Krispies In saucepan, melt butter and marshmallows and pour over cereal and stir together. Filling • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened • 1/2 cup sugar• 1 teaspoon vanilla • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow cream • 1 container (8 ounces) whipped topping Mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and marshmallow cream together and fold in whipped topping. Garnish with whipped topping or grate chocolate candy bar over the top and refrigerate until ready to serve. In saucepan, combine: • 2 cups ketchup • 2 cups brown sugar, packed • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder • 1/2 cup chopped onions Mix well and bring to a boil.
Angry farmers storm India’s Red Fort in challenge to Modi
NEW DELHI — Tens of thousands of farmers marched, rode horses and drove tractors into India’s capital on Tuesday, breaking through police barricades to storm the historic Red Fort — a deeply symbolic act that revealed the scale of their challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. As the country celebrated Republic Day, the long-running protest turned violent, with farmers waving farm union and religious flags from the ramparts of the fort, where prime ministers annually hoist the national flag on the country’s August independence holiday. People watched in shock as the takeover of the fort, which was built in the 17th century and served as the palace of Mughal emperors, was shown live on hundreds of news channels. Protesters, some carrying ceremonial swords, ropes and sticks, overwhelmed police. The farmers have been staging largely peaceful protests for nearly two months, demanding the withdrawal of new laws that they say will favor large corporate farms and devastate the earnings of smaller scale farmers.
Google says North Korea-backed hackers sought cyber research
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Google says it believes hackers backed by the North Korean government have been posing as computer security bloggers and using fake accounts on social media while attempting to steal information from researchers in the field. Google didn’t specify how successful the hackers were or what kind of information could have been compromised. Experts say the attacks reflect North Korean efforts to improve its cyber skills and be able to breach widely used computer products, such as Google’s Chrome internet browser and Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. While the country has denied involvement, North Korea has been linked to major cyberattacks, including a 2013 campaign that paralyzed the servers of South Korean financial institutions, the 2014 hacking of Sony Pictures, and the WannaCry malware attack of 2017. The U.N. Security Council in 2019 estimated North Korea earned as much as $2 billion over several years through illicit cyber operations targeting cryptocurrency exchanges and other financial transactions, generating income that is harder to trace and offsets capital lost to U.S.-led economic sanctions over its nuclear weapons program.
Health workers become 1st to get COVID-19 vaccine in Nepal
Health workers become 1st to get COVID-19 vaccine in NepalKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of health workers lined up across Nepal to get the coronavirus vaccine Wednesday as the Himalayan nation began a three-month vaccination campaign. At the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, doctors were encouraging hesitant colleagues to get the vaccine. If we will not take, then who will take this vaccine? We can’t say we will not take this as we are doctors,” said Dr. Poonam Sharma. Hospital director Dr. Dinesh Kafle said 300 staffers were set to get the vaccine on Wednesday and the remaining 2,000 within a week.
Class-action lawsuit: French police discriminate in checks
PARIS (AP) — In a first for France, six nongovernmental organizations launched a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against the French government for alleged systemic discrimination by police officers carrying out identity checks. The organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, contend that French police use racial profiling in ID checks, targeting Black people and people of Arab descent. They were serving Prime Minister Jean Castex and France’s interior and justice ministers with formal legal notice of demands for concrete steps and deep law enforcement reforms to ensure that racial profiling does not determine who gets stopped by police. The organizations, which also include the Open Society Justice Initiative and three French grassroots groups, plan to spell out the legal initiative at a news conference in Paris.
France's Sanofi to make vaccines from rival Pfizer-BioNTech
PARIS (AP) — French drug maker Sanofi said Wednesday it will help manufacture 125 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by rivals Pfizer and BioNTech, while its own vaccine candidate faces delays. The Germany-based BioNTech will initially produce the vaccines at Sanofi facilities in Frankfurt, starting in the summer, according to a Sanofi statement. The company did not reveal financial details of the agreement. The French government has been pressing Sanofi to use its facilities to help make vaccines from its rivals, given high demand and problems with supplies of the few vaccines that are already available. “We are very conscious that the earlier vaccine doses are available, the more lives can potentially be saved,” Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson said in the statement.
Iran's president criticizes summon of telecom minister
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday criticized the country's hard-liner dominated judiciary over last week's prosecution of the country's telecommunications minister. Judiciary officials cited his refusal to block Instagram and impose limitations on the bandwidth of other foreign social media and messaging systems. Speaking in a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Rouhani said improving the bandwidth of the Internet was done on his orders. “If you want to try someone, try me. Under pressure from hard-liners, the Iranian government has long blocked access to many websites and social media platforms, from YouTube and Facebook to Twitter and Telegram.
Auschwitz survivors mark anniversary online amid pandemic
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tova Friedman hid among corpses at Auschwitz amid the chaos of the extermination camp's final days. As German forces preparing to flee the scene of their genocide went from bed to bed shooting anyone still alive, Friedman barely breathed under a blanket and went unnoticed. Days later, on Jan. 27, 1945, she was among the thousands of prisoners who survived to greet the Soviet troops who liberated the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Now 82, Friedman had hoped to mark Wednesday's anniversary by taking her eight grandchildren to the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site, which is under the custodianship of the Polish state. The coronavirus pandemic prevented the trip.
OCCC removes Land Run monument
Oklahoma City Community College has removed a controversial monument depicting the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 from its campus. Formerly visible outside the campus’ main building, the concrete monument features settlers on horseback, in wagons and on bicycles racing to stake their land claims in the April 22, 1889, land run. The carved words on it read, “May the spirit of the pioneers always be with us.”OCCC Executive Vice President Danita Rose, whose maternal grandfather was of Cherokee descent, said Tuesday that the recent decision to remove the monument was a top priority for the school’s executive leadership team. “It was a no-brainer,” Rose said in a statement. “If our goal is to create a community that is inclusive and welcoming to everyone, a monument that depicts cruelty and oppression can’t be on display here.”
Maple syrup: It’s not just for pancakes
Many people, if not most, do not think to use maple syrup for cooking savory dishes. The sweet maple flavor adds a boost to any number of foods. Bourbon and chicken is a classic combination; and maple is one of the primary tasting notes of many kinds of good bourbon. I tested the versatility of maple syrup with four dishes. Actually, two were, but the less said about Baked Maple Egg Custard, the better.
Coca-Cola launching Coke with Coffee in US after international acclaim
Coke with Coffee was piloted in Japan in 2018. Since then, it has become available in over 30 markets throughout the world, including Australia, Italy and Vietnam. The company spent about two years testing the latest product in the United States ahead of the launch, said Brandan Strickland, brand director of trademark at Coca-Cola in North America. The formula for Coke with Coffee differs from region to region to cater to local tastes. Coke with Coffee is designed to appeal to customers looking for an afternoon caffeine pickup that's an alternative to regular coffee, or a regular Coke.
How many coronavirus cases have there been in your area? Use our tool to find out
How are cases spreading in the UK, and how are we trying to slow the spread? South-west England has recorded a smaller week-on-week drop, from 401.3 to 343.2 - the lowest since Jan 1. However, Sir Patrick Vallance said on Jan 22 that there is "increasing confidence" that the UK variant will be susceptible to the vaccine. Although Boris Johnson also announced on Jan 22 that the UK variant of coronavirus could be up to 30 per cent more deadly than the original. "It is a realistic possibility that the new UK variant increases the risk of death, but there is considerable remaining uncertainty," Prof Ferguson told ITV.
Number of child homicides rises during lockdown amid mental health fears
The number of domestic homicides involving children has almost doubled during the pandemic, with senior Scotland Yard officers warning of the impact that lockdown has had on mental health. But the number of children killed by a parent or carer over the same period increased from 7 in 2019 to 12 last year. All of the cases investigated will now be subject to a multi-agency review, but there are fears that the strain of lockdown has fuelled mental health related homicides. Earlier this week Olga Freeman pleaded guilty to killing her 10-year-old son, Dylan, after suffering mental health breakdown as she tried to look after him during lockdown. "Sadly, the increase in child victims of domestic homicides in 2020 reinforces this statistic.
Microsoft reveals record profits of $15.5bn as work from home booms
Microsoft last night kicked off what is expected to be a blowout results season for Silicon Valley’s giants by revealing record profits if $15.5bn, as lockdowns and home working drive households to online services. The software giant reported a 33pc increase in quarterly profits, as well as a 17pc increase in revenues that smashed Wall Street forecasts and saw shares climb to a record high in late trading. It reported revenues of $43.1bn, up from $36.9bn a year earlier, and profits of $15.5bn, up from $11.6bn. Meanwhile, the prolonged work from home trend saw sales of online software increase. Its Office 365 software suite, which includes the growing workplace software tool Teams, grew by 11pc.
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos in turf war over satellites
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have taken their feud into space as their duelling plans to fill the sky with satellite "megaconstellations" threaten to encroach on each other's orbits. The two billionaires, who are roughly neck and neck to be Earth's first and second richest people, are pushing US regulators to favour their satellite networks, which will beam down internet signal to some of the planet's most remote areas. SpaceX, Mr Musk's company, already has more than a thousand of its Starlink "microsatellites" in order out of a planned 12,000, and now wants to lower the orbit of around 2,800 of them in order to improve broadband speeds and lower the danger of future space debris. Elsewhere, Microsoft unveiled record profits on Tuesday as it was helped by a boom in remote working as a result of the pandemic.
China opens door to Ant Group's stock market debut
“That benefit is obvious, but at the same time we can see also some risks to consumer information and protection and also some monopoly potential and also some misuse of the monopoly power,” he added.
Photos of the Holocaust: What Nazi family albums and propaganda images tell us today
"It's most striking to look into those images that come from the Nazi family photo albums, as they reveal particularly well the attitude of those people had towards Jewish victims," he says. 1942 AFPJewish women and children get off a train at Auschwitz - the Nazi concentration camp in Poland - during World War II. The precise date of the photograph is unknown STF/AFPAn elderly woman with two children at Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp in Poland. April 1943 ARCHIVE/AFPA Nazi officer inspects a group of Jewish workers in the Warsaw Ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland. July 1944 AFPMiloserdov says that photographic collections of Holocaust photographs are extremely valuable as photographs have an enormous capacity of influencing our emotions.
French and Malian troops kill 100 jihadis in offensive in the Sahel
One hundred jihadists were killed in a joint major operation with French forces in January in central Mali, the Malian army confirmed on Tuesday. France currently has 5,100 men deployed in the Sahel region, fighting jihadis alongside the armies of the G5 Sahel - Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso and Niger - since 2013. However, the sector remains dangerous for the Malian and French forces. A summit of French and Sahel leaders is due to take place in Chad in February, one year after a similar summit in Pau where French and Sahel leaders decided to intensify their struggle in the area of the "three borders". To lighten its burden, France is relying heavily on the new Takuba force, a group of European special forces tasked with accompanying the Malian army in combat.
South Korea now seeks ways to live with low birth rate
After years of failed efforts to boost the birth rate, South Korea’s government now says it will focus some of its energy on learning to live with population decline, rather than simply trying to halt it. South Korea’s fertility rate of 0.92 was the world’s lowest in 2019, and likely fell further last year as the uncertainty of the pandemic discouraged young people from marrying and having children. The population fell for the first time ever last year, while more people opting to live alone pushed the number of households to a record. The government will develop a new visa to attract researchers and other professionals from overseas, while also providing ways to help retired people open their own businesses. South Korea will also strengthen “legal and institutional support” for nontraditional types of families such as those based on common-law marriage or nonmarried couples with babies.
Men enlisted to fight 'tradition' of gender violence in Cambodia
“I’ve seen so much rape and senseless violence against women,” Ran said during a workshop in Phnom Penh, where about a dozen men from the countryside were learning about gender equality. Gender-based violence “comes from a mindset, an idea that is so deeply ingrained that it is almost impossible to retrain,” said Ran. Campaigners have noted improvements in gender equality in Cambodia, which ranked 89th on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index in 2020 compared to 112th in 2016. “Policing women’s bodies is not about culture or dignity,” said Ros Sopheap, director of Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC). He added that criticism can be attributed to poor interpretations of the code, while deflecting questions about whether it contributed to violence against women.
Two-thirds of world see 'climate emergency,' U.N. survey finds
Nearly two-thirds of 1.2 million people polled worldwide say humanity faces a climate emergency, according to a U.N. survey, the largest of its kind ever undertaken. The findings suggest the grassroots global climate movement that surged onto the world stage in 2019 — led, in part, by a then 16-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden — is still gaining momentum, even if a raging pandemic has obscured its scope. “Concern about the climate emergency is far more widespread than we knew before,” Stephen Fisher, a sociologist at Oxford who helped design the survey and process the data, said in an interview. Nearly 75 percent of residents in small island states — some facing the prospect of losing their homelands to rising seas — perceived the climate threat as an emergency. Surprisingly, 11 and 12 percent more women than men expressed high alarm about global warming in the United States and Canada, respectively.
Eating out in Japan: If you must do it, turn down the volume
Struggling restaurants’ efforts to urge customers to refrain from talking while eating have been attracting public support in Japan amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. A number of social networking users showed sympathy toward the design of a poster promoting quiet eating provided for free by the owner. Kidoairaku, a pub in Tokyo city of Machida, displays a flyer for mokushoku, while also calling for tanshoku, which means eating in a short time. Still, we hope customers will concentrate on eating during the pandemic,” Fujisaki said, adding that efforts by restaurants alone would not be enough. “I hope the government will not only urge restaurants to operate with shorter hours and customers to refrain from going to restaurants, but also warn customers about their attitudes.”PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)
Indonesia boosts steps to curb climate risks as disasters hit growth
Indonesia is expanding programs to mitigate the impact from climate change following a recent spate of natural disasters that has added pressure to economic recovery. A program to make villages environmentally friendly will be modified to increase involvement with local residents, she said. “We need to adapt to a new normal global health landscape and a more extreme climate simultaneously,” Nurbaya said. The government is looking to see if deforestation, which led to other factors such as poor drainage and decreased land coverage, may have worsened the devastating impact from flooding in South Kalimantan, as claimed by activists. Repeated hydro-meteorological disasters such as floods and landslides proved that the government isn’t doing enough, Indonesian environmental group Walhi said in a statement on Monday.
New Tokyo COVID-19 cases dip below 1,000, but severe infections surge
Tokyo confirmed 973 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as the figure dipped below 1,000 for the first time in two days, and for the first time on a Wednesday this year. But while overall cases appear to be trending downward, the number of severely ill patients in Tokyo on Wednesday surged by 11 to 159, the metropolitan government said in a statement, a day after the country reported a record number of such cases. In Tokyo, people in their 20s made up the largest group of new cases by age, at 193, followed by 160 in their 30s and 146 in their 50s. On Tuesday, Japan reported 3,853 new cases of the deadly virus, topping the 3,000 threshold for the first time in two days. The country also confirmed 104 new deaths linked to the virus, including 14 in Osaka Prefecture and 13 each in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture.
Google revives plans to launch its own Australian news website as early as next month
Google is reviving plans to launch its own news website in Australia within weeks, according to a local media outlet contracted to provide articles for the venture, as the search giant fights world-first proposed laws on content payments. Misha Ketchell, editor of the academic-penned newsite The Conversation, said on Wednesday he was approached by Google 'to resume discussions about launching the News Showcase product as soon as possible, potentially in February. A spokesman for Alphabet Inc owned Google in Australia declined to comment on Wednesday. Two other local publishers confirmed they had content details in place for the new site, without discussing recent talks. Google had announced plans to launch News Showcase in Australia last June, signing deals with six small local outlets, including The Conversation, for content.
Researchers see little evidence in-person school drives COVID-19 cases
Studies in the United States and abroad found little evidence schools were spreading COVID-19 infections, showing a 'path forward' to in-person classes, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday. Studies in the United States and abroad found little evidence schools were spreading COVID-19 infections, showing a 'path forward' to in-person classes, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on TuesdayThe CDC said that 'there has been little evidence that schools have contributed meaningfully to increased community transmission'. The authors pointed in part to a new CDC study of rural Wisconsin schools, where student mask wearing was high. Researchers pointed in part to a CDC study of Wisconsin schools, where student mask wearing was high. COVID-19 incidence among students and staff members in the study translated into 3,453 cases per 100,000 in schools versus 5,466 per 100,000 in the wider community.
Pharmacist accused of intentionally ruining COVID-19 vaccine to plead guilty, say prosecutors
A Wisconsin pharmacist accused of trying to spoil dozens of vials of COVID-19 vaccine is facing 20 years in prison after he agreed Tuesday to plead guilty in federal court, prosecutors said. He had originally been charged with attempted misdemeanor property damage but prosecutors warned more serious charges could follow if tests showed the doses were ruined. Pharmacist Steven Brandenburg is accused of intentionally spoiling hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine. Detectives wrote in court documents that Brandenburg is an admitted conspiracy theorist who believed the vaccine would mutate recipients´ DNA. This time he left them out for nine hours, thinking the vaccine would be rendered ineffective if it wasn´t refrigerated for 12 hours.
UN rights chief seeks sanctions against Sri Lanka generals
The government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has reversed some advances made under previous administrations in protecting human rights, the report said. Sri Lanka has not signed up to the ICC, and so it is outside its jurisdiction. "Member states can actively pursue investigation and prosecution of international crimes committed by all parties in Sri Lanka before their own national courts," she said. Silva, who was a field commander at the height of the separatist war, already faces a US travel ban. However, ahead of next month's UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva, President Rajapaksa last week did a U-turn and said Sri Lanka would investigate some allegations.
Moscow Lifts Restrictions as Coronavirus Cases Recede
Mayor Sobyanin, who lifted these restrictions as of Wednesday, noted on his website that companies were free to keep their own work-from-home rules and restaurants were still required to follow health guidelines. The Moscow administration will decide by Feb. 6 whether to allow in-person attendance at city universities. Sobyanin said the Russian capital’s daily coronavirus infections have not topped 3,000 for the past week and hospitalizations have also dramatically gone down since June 2020. Russia has confirmed the world’s fourth-highest number of coronavirus infections at more than 3.7 million cases and the third-highest death toll of more than 186,000. Daily tallies published by the national coronavirus information center place Russia’s death toll at 70,500.
UK Covid-19 death toll surpasses 100,000
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson closes his eyes as he leads a virtual press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic, from inside 10 Downing Street on January 26, 2021. Britain on Tuesday became the first European country to pass 100,000 Covid-19 deaths, in a grim milestone nearly one year since its first case of the disease. The US has recorded more than 400,000 Covid-19 deaths, the world’s highest total, but its population of about 330 million is about five times more than that of the UK. Impact of new strainThe emergence of the more infectious UK variant of Covid-19 in the southeast of England in the autumn is another factor in the country’s high death toll. High vaccination rateBut despite suffering a high death toll, the UK has so far been a success when it comes to vaccinations.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art publishes English-language book on its collection
It introduces terminology and major developments in Korean art history such as the Korean Avant-Garde Association, and how the “art informel” movement developed in Korea. "MMCA Collection 300” offers 300 selected artworks by 300 artists from the modern and contemporary eras, spanning from 1910 to 2019. Some of the works can be seen in person at two exhibitions -- “MMCA Collection Highlights 2020+,” the permanent exhibition at MMCA Seoul, and “Artists in Their Times: Korean Modern and Contemporary Art” at MMCA Gwacheon.“The English version of MMCA Collection 300 will quench the thirst of foreign readers who want to know more about Korean art. We will accelerate the globalization of Korean modern and contemporary art through English publications of the museum collection,” said Youn Bum-mo, the MMCA’s director.The book can be purchased online at the museum’s online store, mmcashop.co.kr. The Deoksugung venue will open Feb. 4 with “The Intersection of Art and Literature in Modern Korean History,” an exhibition that looks into how Korean literature and art influenced one another in the modern era.By Park Yuna (yunapark@heraldcorp.com)
Wireless earphone boom gives boost to LG, Samsung’s micro battery biz
A micro battery for each of the two earbuds and one pouch-type polymer battery for the charging case. As the name suggests, micro batteries mounted on earbuds must be extremely small and light, but have to be powerful enough to enable long hours of play time and noise-cancelling functions. Above all, they must be safe and not explode.For such technological requirements, LG Energy Solution and Samsung SDI, with their decades of experience in battery development and production, have been making progress in the micro battery market.Apple, which signaled the new era of wireless earphones by launching AirPods in 2016, reportedly used LG Energy Solution’s cylindrical micro batteries. However, due to their long shape, cylindrical micro batteries limited the structural freedom of wireless earphones, which is why Apple moved on to coin cell batteries for its AirPods Pro series beginning last year. The rest belonged to pouch-type polymer batteries, according to Counterpoint Research.By Kim Byung-wook ( kbw@heraldcorp.com
Pets and COVID-19: What owners should know
Owners who are home-isolating after coming into contact with a patient should be taking the same precautions as if they were contagious so as not to sicken their pets,” he said.“If there is a chance you might be sick, avoid patting, hugging or kissing your pets. Wear face masks if you can’t keep a safe distance,” he added.When pets come down with COVID-19, they can show cold-like symptoms and possibly loss of appetite, diarrhea or other digestive symptoms, according to veterinary medicine professor Dr. Woo Hee-jong of Seoul National University.“Fortunately, most of the pets known to have had COVID-19 had only mild illness. Both are capable of developing symptoms.The organization said the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to have emerged from an animal source, likely a bat, and then spilled over to people. Shin Hyoung-shik, the president of the Korean Society for Zoonoses, said, “Based on the limited information available, the risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is deemed to be low.
Nonghyup Hongsam reveals Lunar New Year ginseng gift sets
In time for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, Nonghyup Hongsam is holding a buy-one-get-one-free event for its flagship ginseng products, officials said Wednesday.The promotion, which runs until Feb. 17, is for gift sets comprising ginseng extract products and wild ginseng.The company also offers 15 percent discounts on standalone items, including Hansamin Red Ginseng Extract Prime, Red Ginseng Extract stick, and Pure Liquid of Red Ginseng Gold. Hansamin is the company’s ginseng brand.Customers purchasing in bulk will be given free gifts, the company said.During this period, customers who sign up for membership on Nonghyup Hongsam’s online store will get a free voucher worth 35,000 won, Nonghyup added.“As times are still difficult, we wish for everyone to be healthy. With our promotion, gift your loved ones some healthy products,” a Nonghyup Hongsam official said in a press release.The promotional event is available at all Hansamin outlets across the country, on the brand’s online store, and other retail outlets, including Nonghyup Hanaro Mart and Lotte Mart, Nonghyup said.By Jo He-rim ( herim@heraldcorp.com
LG Electronics collaborating with Qualcomm to develop 5G automotive platforms: exec
This photo taken on Jan. 6, 2020, shows reporters looking at LG Electronics Inc.'s connected car concept at the company's exhibition booth at the Consumer Electronics Show 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Yonhap)LG Electronics Inc. is collaborating with Qualcomm Technologies Inc. for the development of 5G automotive platforms, its senior executive has said, as the South Korean tech giant tries to expand its presence in the automotive business for future growth. "Building on our long engagement with Qualcomm Technologies in the connected car segment, we believe 5G is vital to the deployment of a fully connected car platform." In 2004, it joined hands with Qualcomm to develop telematics technology, and in 2017, the two sides signed a partnership to collaborate on connected car solutions. LG has been trying to beef up its presence in the automotive solutions market in recent years.
‘It’s a time bomb’: Philippine analysts say Beijing’s coastguard law sets stage for armed conflict in South China Sea
The new law allows the Chinese coastguard to use “all necessary means” to stop or prevent threats from foreign vessels. Photo: Weibo
China’s frozen food import delays over coronavirus fears add fresh pressures to global supply chains
The shortage of plug points and dwindling space at the port have prompted shipping liners to cancel new reefer bookings into Dalian, and the congestion is now spreading to other refrigerated items like fruit and dumplings. Photo: Xinhua
Ramaphosa launches fund for black-owned businesses in tourism sector crippled by lockdown
The UIF said that the fund paid 1,787,268 beneficiaries more than R10 billion between 26 March 2020 and 19 January 2021. The Tourism Equity Fund will be used in particular to help black entrepreneurs start businesses and projects in the sector, said tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. Tourism, the president pointed out, directly accounts for 2.9% of South Africa’s GDP and 8.6% indirectly. If the tourism sector is to play its role in aiding the economic recovery in the wake of Covid-19, it must grow and transform, he said. Job losses in the travel and tourism sector in the meantime, have continued into 2021, including countless B&Bs, restaurants, and related institutions.
UN calls on Israel to provide Palestinians with coronavirus vaccines
The United Nations has called on the Israeli regime to help ensure Palestinians will receive COVID-19 vaccinations amid the coronavirus pandemic. "It is important that the same level of engagement and cooperation be sustained with regard to the delivery of vaccines," Wennesland added. Israel has injected more than 2.5 million people in the occupied territories with Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, but Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said Tel Aviv had declined to provide any vaccines to the Palestinians. So far, over 156,000 Palestinians have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 1,800 have lost their lives. Over 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in some 17 Israeli jails, with dozens of them serving multiple life sentences.
Three people arrested for protesting outside Ministry of Education headquarters
SINGAPORE - Three people were arrested for taking part in a public assembly without a permit outside the Ministry of Education (MOE) headquarters in Buona Vista on Tuesday (Jan 26), police said in a statement. "The group was then issued with a 'Move-on' direction under Section 36 of the Public Order Act and were told that they would be arrested if they failed to adhere to the direction," said the police. "The three refused to comply despite the police's repeated warnings, and were arrested under the Public Order Act at around 5.35pm," police added. They said that five placards, two multi-coloured flags and a blue bag were seized in relation to the case. In their statement, the police said that organising or participating in a public assembly without a police permit is illegal and constitutes an offence under the Public Order Act.
Security tight at India's historic Red Fort after clashes with farmers
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Hundreds of police guarded the historic Red Fort in the heart of the Indian capital on Wednesday following violent clashes between farmers and authorities in which one person was killed and at least 80 injured. FILE PHOTO: Farmers gather in front of the historic Red Fort during a protest against farm laws introduced by the government, in Delhi, India, January 26, 2021. Some farmers carrying ceremonial swords reached as far as the Red Fort, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives an annual speech, where they scaled outer walls and hoisted flags. By Tuesday evening police, had removed protesters from the fort complex but a heavy security presence remained on Wednesday. Roads across the New Delhi remained closed while extra police, including paramilitary were at protest sites on the outskirts.
Myanmar launches vaccination drive, prioritises frontline healthcare workers
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar launched a COVID-19 vaccination programme on Wednesday, with healthcare staff and volunteer medical workers the first to receive shots of the AstraZenca and Oxford University vaccine donated by neighbouring India. “This should create a situation to reduce the rate of infection, so it is such a relief for healthcare workers,” Tun Myint, a health ministry official overseeing vaccinations at the Yangon General Hospital, told reporters. The next group of people due to be inoculated will be members of parliament on Friday and Saturday, the health ministry has said. Myanmar has an ambitious target to vaccinate the whole population, of about 54 million people, this year. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a visit this month promised Myanmar 300,000 doses of a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine.
Durham County to Open Mass Vaccination 'Mega-Site'
Durham County Public Health Director Rodney Jenkins announced on Monday that the county will open a “mega-site” capable of administering 45,000 COVID-19 vaccines each week, beginning next month. According to the public health department’s website, the mass vaccination site will operate seven days a week. The county is working with state emergency management and public health officials, along with Fidelity Investments, to open the mega-site. Durham County Commissioners Vice-Chair Wendy Jacobs said she’s thrilled at the prospect of a mega-site to administer the COVID-19 vaccine doses. “That’s the sure-fire way of beating the variants.”There are currently 1,255 total active coronavirus cases in Durham County, Jenkins said.
India’s Republic Day Marked With Massive Protests by Farmers
NEW DELHI — Tens of thousands of farmers drove a convoy of tractors into the Indian capital as the nation celebrated Republic Day on Tuesday in the backdrop of agricultural protests that have grown into a rebellion and rattled the government. Authorities also parked large trucks to barricade multiple routes so that farmers don’t march to the interiors of the capital. Modi’s government insists the laws will benefit farmers and boost production through private investment, but farmers fear cartelization and commercialization of agriculture will devastate their earnings. Farmers first tried to march to New Delhi in November but were stopped by police. Once accounting for a third of India’s gross domestic product, farmers now account for only 15% of the country’s $2.9 trillion economy.
Carra Is a New Platform For Curls and Coils That Pairs Your Unique Hair Type With an Expert Guide
Carra has arrived to answer all your questions about curls, coils, and kinks. The new personalised hair-care app, launched by Antidote Street founder Winnie Awa, is a subscription service that pairs your unique hair type with a multitexture hair expert who offers styling advice, product recommendations, and a hair-care routine that's tailored to your specific needs. From there, Carra gets a sense of what your current hair routine is and the products you love to use before pairing you with a hair coach that explains everything you need to know about achieving the best hair of your life. "We are re-envisioning today's noisy and overwhelming textured hair experience to build a truly borderless personalisation platform targeting multicultural women all across the globe," said Awa in a press statement. To access the platform's expertise, you can choose between two subscription packages — the Carra Starter Ludus for £40 that includes one session or the Carra Bundle Philia £100 that includes three sessions — at Carra.co.
30 Top-Rated Home Items Your Life Might Be Missing — All From Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond is one of those stores that we could get lost in for hours. The retailer truly has it all, and its website has even more to offer. To help you find the best and most popular items worth buying on its site, we scoured its top products to see exactly what customers are loving. Ahead, you can shop the 30 hottest things worth every penny. Keep reading to check them all out and see which ones are missing from your life.
Go-To Launches New Clarifying Clay Mask Called 'The Removalist'
Just a few months after launching Skin Party — an aptly named body lotion — and re-launching its brother brand Bro-To, Go-To has announced the release of a new clay mask called 'The Removalist'. It's the brand's first foray into a masking product and this one is all about clarifying, replenishing and detoxifying the skin. Unlike other clay masks which can leave your skin feeling tight and dry, this one promises to leave skin clear, radiant and bouncy. Go-To founder Zoe Foster Blake celebrated the launch on Instagram, writing: "Introducing THE REMOVALIST, our brand new clay mask! You can grab a tube of The Removalist from Go-To or MECCA for $48.
How to Get Beth Harmon's Covetable Style From The Queen's Gambit
With 62 million households binging The Queen's Gambit in its first 28 days on Netflix, I know more than a few of us were watching for character Beth Harmon's style. As Beth proves more proficient on the international chess stage, she also increases her wardrobe budget with covetable looks from the '50s and '60s. Like all of the outfits we've been saving up, someday when we travel again, we'll start looking for stylish and comfortable looks embodying Beth Harmon. One look that caught my eye in particular is when Beth travels to Russia in the final episode. The fitness and lifestyle brand has a great selection of looks in comfortable, stain-resistant fabrics.
Instead of Saying "Go to Time Out!" Try Saying, "Go to Your Safe Space"
A safe space is a place that allows the child to express themselves in a healthy manner, while also providing them with coping strategies. Within this safe space, a parent may want to provide the child with a variety of sensory tools to help them calm down. One important part of the safe space is having the child choose what they think will help them calm down. The ultimate goal of the safe space is to provide an outlet for children. The hope is that they begin to sense their uprising feelings of (insert emotion here), be able to name their feelings, and then retreat to this safe space when they feel they may lose control.
A Guide on Cutting Fruits, Veggies, and More For Toddlers
If you're wondering the best ways to cut all the foods your toddler loves, you've come to the right place. Growing toddlers are curious (or maybe even a bit picky) about new foods, from celery to pineapple and even tiny sandwiches, so knowing how to cut them up for safety is crucial. Cutting foods properly will allow toddlers to eat new countless snacks, and will give you peace of mind when it comes down to serving them on the daily. By knowing exactly how to dice up sweet strawberries or crunchy celery for your kiddos, you'll minimize the risk of choking, while also making it easier for them to pick up and grab their own food. Ahead, find the best ways to cut your toddler's fruit, veggies, and other snacks.
Are Claw Caps the Answer For Scratchy Cats? 2 Vets Weigh In on the Pros and Cons
Still, if you're tired of coming home to find your couch cushion ripped to shreds but youmdon't want to cause long-term damage to your cat, claw caps might be your answer. What Are Claw Caps? Dr. Garner agreed claw caps should be changed monthly. Dr. Garner advised those eager to try claw caps to make sure there are no obvious signs of injury to the nails or nail beds. If you're unsure, veterinary clinics or grooming facilities can often apply claw caps for a minor fee.
21 Trendy American Eagle Pieces You'll Feel Happy You Bought Every Time You Wear Them
Ask anyone what they've been wearing lately, and I bet the answer will be a combination of easygoing sweatshirts, matching sets, and loose house dresses. Retailers have tapped into the comfortable trend in the last few months, creating an array of slouchy and polished clothes that are multipurpose, meaning your coworkers won't know you slept in the exercise dress you wore to the Zoom meeting. When it comes to pieces that are on trend, affordable, and extremely versatile, stop by American Eagle. The site includes an assortment of practical items that are playful and designed to become closet staples. Scroll on to find out.
This 1-Dish, Sugar-Free Baked Oatmeal Fills Me Up For Hours and Takes 30 Minutes to Bake
I skip the neon-colored sugary Fruit Loops and opt for oatmeal or granola because it seems like the healthier, more satiating breakfast option. But with the high amounts of added sugar found in instant oatmeal packets and bags of granola, I might as well eat a piece of cake! Well, with this recipe you kind of can, since this baked oatmeal is cut into cake-sized pieces — but it's much healthier since it's made without any added sugars. With a handful of ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, this baked oatmeal takes minutes to prepare — just mix it in the dish and bake for 30 minutes (I actually cooked this in my toaster oven). Add fresh fruit, nut butter, nuts or seeds, sugar-free jam, dairy-free yogurt, or some shredded coconut and a few chocolate chips.
Lori Harvey's Naked Wardrobe Collab Is Available at Nordstrom and Selling Fast!
Lori Harvey dropped a collaboration with Naked Wardrobe, and it's filled with two of our 2021 staples: sweatpants and T-shirts. The T-shirts in question are all cropped with cutouts, open backs, and sexy side ruching. You can shop the size-inclusive collection at Nordstrom right now, but you'd better hurry! The pieces come in a bunch of neutral colors that go with everything, like black, white, gray, and two shades of brown. Plus, everything's under $60, so hurry up and shop while you still can!
We Found 101 Genius Organizers Under $100, So It's Time to Declutter
Getting organized is one thing, but making sure things stay that way is another story. The best way to keep your home in order was by investing in handy organizing products. There are thousands of amazing choices to shop online and getting started is the hard part, so we're here to help. Ahead, you'll find 101 tools that will likely change the way you organize your home forever. From entryway storage solutions to smart drawer dividers, no doubt you'll find at least a few your life is missing.
Don't Get Other Vaccines Around the Same Time You Get the COVID-19 Vaccine, Experts Say
Dr. Parikh, who is also a co-investigator on COVID-19 vaccine trials at NYU, told POPSUGAR that there are still unknowns when it comes to following COVID-19 vaccines with other shots or vice versa, following other shots with the COVID-19 vaccine. In COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials, she said that people were told to separate any other vaccines by four weeks. "Let's say you got the pneumonia shot or the shingles shot today, then we would say wait two weeks to get the COVID-19 shot," Dr. Parikh noted. "But it's just that this [COVID-19] vaccine is brand new, so we don't know." "Just because you reacted to another vaccine, doesn't mean you'll have a problem with the COVID-19 vaccine," she added.
After Waking Up to Facial Hair at 17, Everything Changed For This Makeup Founder With PCOS
Too often, the best beauty stories go Untold, solely based on a person's skin color, religion, gender expression, disability, or socioeconomic status. Up next: True + Luscious founder Mehir Sethi. There's also a lot of hormone disruptors that go into color cosmetics that you don't really see in skin care. The EU has the gold standard for what can and cannot go into color cosmetics, but the US needs to pass legislation nationwide. When I moved to LA, I launched True + Luscious with a real understanding of what goes into color cosmetics.
Zendaya's Makeup Artist Sheika Daley on Her Career in Beauty
makeup artist Sheika Daley shares how she went from doing makeup at the top gentleman's club in Miami to being a makeup artist for some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Zendaya and Beyoncé. "I was fascinated with how she held the brush, how she painted on the colors," Daley said. Still, "as much as I was trying to excel in that world, my mind was still on makeup," she said. Learning the Tricks of the (Makeup) TradeOnce there, she was like a beauty sponge, soaking up as much information about the world of pro makeup as she could. Beyond that, working 20 hours a week at a beauty counter also wasn't bringing in much money, and Daley knew she needed to branch out in order to turn this profession into a career.
Violent anti-lockdown protests sweep the Netherlands
Violent protests have erupted in the Netherlands for the third night in a row, with rioters setting fires and clashing with police in defiance of strict coronavirus lockdown measures. Nearly 500 people have been arrested since the protests began over the weekend, including more than 180 who were arrested Monday night. In Urk, in the central part of the country, rioters burned down a Covid-19 testing center. Rutte called it “criminal violence,” and dismissed the idea that these protests were about freedom. Cases flared up again in the fall, and the Netherlands became one of the hardest-hit countries during Europe’s second wave.
A pro-democracy activist on Hong Kong’s year of turmoil: “The city itself is dying”
This fall, she made the decision to come to the United States and continue fighting for Hong Kong from America. So getting involved in international advocacy for Hong Kong, I felt like that might be the thing that I could do the best for Hong Kong. However, I would say that I’m pretty optimistic when it comes to the Hong Kong people, because Hong Kong people are trying to sustain the movement in so many creative ways. Most of the people in Hong Kong right now do not believe anything the Chinese Communist Party government says anymore. Joey SiuA lot of Hong Kong people have been relying or giving very high hopes on the United States to take action to defend Hong Kong or to stand up to China.
Apple Just Released A Security Update For Your iPhone. Download It Now.
In other words, hackers — whether they be criminal or government-affiliated — might be using these security holes for their own purposes. All you need to do is update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 14.4 or iPadOS 14.4, respectively, and you're good to go. That is, assuming you have an iPhone 6s or later, iPad Air 2 or later, iPad mini 4 or later, or an iPod touch (7th generation). Hackers love phones and computers lacking the latest security patches. To avoid a similar fate, all you need to do is update your iPhone or iPad.
NASA Just Shared A Beautiful Image Of A Frosty Leo Nebula That’s 3,000 Light Years Away!
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently shared an image of a “Frosty Leo Nebula” on its Instagram page that looks absolutely stunning. The image has been shared by NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory official Instagram page and states that “the Frosty Leo Nebula is a protoplanetary nebula — an early stage in the development of a planetary nebula where the nebula is mostly illuminated by light being reflected from its central star. Rich in water in the form of ice grains, the Frosty Leo Nebula is located about 3,000 light-years from Earth”. Also, as per NASA, protoplanetary nebulae (also known as “the Frosty Leo Nebula” have nothing to do with planets and are formed from material shed from their ageing central star. If you’re wondering about the reason behind this curious name ‘Frosty Leo Nebula’, it’s that the nebula has been found to be rich in water in the form of ice grains, and it lies in the constellation of Leo.
Farmer Unions To Take Protest Forward Despite Setbacks Caused By Police And Extremists
They are not being led by farmers' unions anymore." Your opinion doesn't matter here. My opinion doesn't matter here. The Government's opinion doesn't matter here. The protests are going to go on until and unless the Government doesn't agree with the farmers.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first phone to get new, low-power OLED display
But the company didn't widely share one interesting tidbit about its new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra phone — until now. Samsung's latest flagship was the first phone (via Engadget) to feature Samsung Display's new, low-power OLED display for smartphones, which reduces power consumption up to 16 percent. Samsung's new Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first phone to feature Samsung Display's new, low-power OLED display. But Samsung is producing OLED smartphone displays for other manufacturers, meaning we'll soon see other smartphones featuring this new display. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra can be pre-ordered now, with units shipping on January 29.
These are the tech terms to know in 2021
In layman's terms, ray tracing is a way for the console or PC hardware itself to make lights, shadows, and reflections look more realistic than ever. Spider-Man: Miles Morales, in particular, makes great use of ray tracing, with some of the best-looking reflections in video game history. Expect ray tracing to be a big selling point for next-gen games in 2021. Bluetooth LE (or low energy) Audio is a new Bluetooth standard that was outlined last year and should get wider support in 2021. If you're digging a tune and want to share it with someone nearby, Bluetooth LE should let you blast it into their earbuds, too.
Sony's new Xperia Pro is a $2,500 phone that doubles as an external camera monitor
Sony has officially taken the wraps off its latest smartphone: the Sony Xperia Pro. On the surface, the Xperia Pro doesn't look all that different from your standard flagships on the market. Additionally, the Xperia Pro can also be used as an external screen when shooting video, to help make sure everything is correctly in frame when using your DSLR. The Xperia Pro has a 6.4-inch display on the front and a triple camera setup on the back. As for video, the Xperia Pro can shoot 4K HDR in 24, 30, 60, and 120fps (with slow-motion capabilities included).
What you need to know about Telegram, the WhatsApp alternative
Are you looking to leave the Facebook-owned private messaging app WhatsApp? Telegram is often grouped with Signal, another messaging app popular among those looking for a secure messaging solution. In 2014, Facebook announced that it was buying the popular messaging app WhatsApp. If you’re looking for a truly secure messaging alternative to WhatsApp, go with Signal instead of Telegram. Just remember, those Telegram group chats aren't end-to-end encryptedWhere to download Telegram
Apple just released a security update for your iPhone. Download it now.
Keeping all your gadgets up to date is a never-ending pain, but a Tuesday announcement from Apple reminds us exactly why it's so important. In other words, hackers — whether they be criminal or government-affiliated — might be using these security holes for their own purposes. All you need to do is update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 14.4 or iPadOS 14.4, respectively, and you're good to go. That is, assuming you have an iPhone 6s or later, iPad Air 2 or later, iPad mini 4 or later, or an iPod touch (7th generation). To avoid a similar fate, all you need to do is update your iPhone or iPad.
Freakish ice cube shows the scale of Earth's vanishing ice
Since the 1990s, the rate of annual ice loss has increased by 57 percent. To visualize the magnitude of ice loss over the past few decades, ice sheet researchers collaborated with the graphics company Planetary Visions to produce (to scale) an image of a massive ice cube plopped down next to New York City. That 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) block represents the average ice loss each year since the 1990s. Image: Planetary VisionsEarth's dramatic ice loss has largely been revealed by modern satellites. Today, Arctic sea ice is a shell of its former self: It's been in sharp decline for 40 years.
Apple warns iPhone 12, MagSafe users with medical implants to keep a safe distance
Earlier in January, a medical study done by the Heart Rhythm Society (first spotted by MacMagazine) suggested the iPhone 12 and MagSafe accessories can interfere with medical devices — such as defibrillators and pacemakers. In case you're unfamiliar, Apple first announced that its MagSafe technology was included in the iPhone 12 at an October 2020 hardware event. As 9to5Mac noted, Apple never denied claims that the iPhone 12 line poses a risk of interfering with medical devices (such as pacemakers). The document also mentions both the MagSafe Charger and the MagSafe Duo specifically, confirming that while all MagSafe accessories contain magnets, the "MagSafe Charger and MagSafe Duo Charger contain radios. The company also makes it clear that anyone with a medical device, and iPhone 12 or MagSafe accessory, should consult their physician or medical device manufacturer as well.
Fresh covid surge triggers 200% rise in enrolment for online school iCademy in Middle East
Fresh covid surge triggers 200% rise in enrolment for online school iCademy in Middle EastDigital services which were alternatives before the pandemic have replaced traditional ways of doing things, thanks to rampant tech adoption during lockdown. Months after UAE and the gulf started relaxing lockdown norms, renewed covid-induced restrictions have once again brought the spotlight on virtual schooling, triggering a 200% rise for the only online school recognised by Dubai's education regulator KHDA. The platform called iCademy witnessed a rise across the Middle East, but a significant surge of 30% new enrolments came from Emirati capital Abu Dhabi. Despite students in more tech-savvy environments in UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain flocking to online classes, their peers in other parts of the Middle East struggled. As per UNICEF, almost 40% children in the Middle East don't have the required gadgets and online access to step into virtual schools.
Freakish ice cube shows the scale of Earth's vanishing ice
Since the 1990s, the rate of annual ice loss has increased by 57 percent. To visualize the magnitude of ice loss over the past few decades, ice sheet researchers collaborated with the graphics company Planetary Visions to produce (to scale) an image of a massive ice cube plopped down next to New York City. That 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) block represents the average ice loss each year since the 1990s. Image: Planetary VisionsEarth's dramatic ice loss has largely been revealed by modern satellites. Today, Arctic sea ice is a shell of its former self: It's been in sharp decline for 40 years.
Harnessing the power of social media to help young people quit vaping
Quitting vaping can seem like a titanic task, but it can be much easier when you’re not doing it alone, according to those surveyed. Over 40% of young e-cigarette users say a support system on social media and watching influencers on their own quitting journeys would help them ditch the vapes. Image: TRUTHA year of resources to help quit vapingQuit Together’s influencers began posting their videos to TikTok on January 8th, announcing their intentions to quit vaping e-cigarettes. There’s never been a better — or more important — time to help young people stop vaping. That’s why I’m joining truth and using This is Quitting to quit e-cigarettes.
These are the tech terms to know in 2021
In layman's terms, ray tracing is a way for the console or PC hardware itself to make lights, shadows, and reflections look more realistic than ever. Spider-Man: Miles Morales, in particular, makes great use of ray tracing, with some of the best-looking reflections in video game history. Expect ray tracing to be a big selling point for next-gen games in 2021. Bluetooth LE (or low energy) Audio is a new Bluetooth standard that was outlined last year and should get wider support in 2021. If you're digging a tune and want to share it with someone nearby, Bluetooth LE should let you blast it into their earbuds, too.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first phone to get new, low-power OLED display
But the company didn't widely share one interesting tidbit about its new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra phone — until now. Samsung's latest flagship was the first phone (via Engadget) to feature Samsung Display's new, low-power OLED display for smartphones, which reduces power consumption up to 16 percent. Samsung says the new OLED smartphone display uses a new organic material with "dramatically improved" luminous efficiency compared to the company's previous smartphone panels. Samsung's new Galaxy S21 Ultra is the first phone to feature Samsung Display's new, low-power OLED display. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra can be pre-ordered now, with units shipping on January 29.
South Koreans may have found a way to power smartphones using sunlight
Diagrams from the journal detailing the use of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and nickel oxide (NiO) in transparent solar cells. Combining both yielded positive results even in low-light settings, and had a 2.1 percent power conversion efficiency, enabling the solar panels to power a small motor during testing. But now, with transparent solar panels proving viable, we could be seeing more applications in the real world. Hypothetically speaking, such transparent solar panels could double as smartphone screens, or be used in the windows of buildings or everyday vehicles, offering new opportunities for businesses to go green. Carvey Ehren Maigue won the James Dyson Award for Global Sustainability in 2020 for creating solar panels that don't require sunlight to work.
What you need to know about Telegram, the WhatsApp alternative
Are you looking to leave the Facebook-owned private messaging app WhatsApp? Telegram is often grouped with Signal, another messaging app popular among those looking for a secure messaging solution. In 2014, Facebook announced that it was buying the popular messaging app WhatsApp. If you’re looking for a truly secure messaging alternative to WhatsApp, go with Signal instead of Telegram. The mobile versions of the Telegram app can be found on Apple’s App Store for the iPhone and iPad and on Google Play for Android.
Makers of 'Counter-Strike' and 'Half-Life' think we can 'edit' our feelings in the future
Well, according to Gabe Newell, the head of video games giant Valve Corporation, the future of gaming brings with it an extinction-level transformation – the ability to 'edit' feelings using Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI). Newell believes that BCI technology has the power to redefine the very meaning of gaming, beyond what we can see, hear, and touch. Valve Corporation, the people that brought us cult-classics like Counter-Strike and Half-life, believe that BCI has immense future potential to elevate gaming. More specifically, Valve is working with OpenBCI headsets, which unveiled a headset design called Galea back in November 2020. But Newell hopes that BCI will help 'edit' feelings digitally.
Sony's new Xperia Pro is a US$2,500 phone that doubles as an external camera monitor
Sony has officially taken the wraps off its latest smartphone: the Sony Xperia Pro. On the surface, the Xperia Pro doesn't look all that different from your standard flagships on the market. Additionally, the Xperia Pro can also be used as an external screen when shooting video, to help make sure everything is correctly in frame when using your DSLR. The Xperia Pro has a 6.4-inch display on the front and a triple camera setup on the back. As for video, the Xperia Pro can shoot 4K HDR in 24, 30, 60, and 120fps (with slow-motion capabilities included).
Apple just released a security update for your iPhone. Download it now.
In other words, hackers — whether they be criminal or government-affiliated — might be using these security holes for their own purposes. All you need to do is update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 14.4 or iPadOS 14.4, respectively, and you're good to go. That is, assuming you have an iPhone 6s or later, iPad Air 2 or later, iPad mini 4 or later, or an iPod touch (7th generation). Hackers love phones and computers lacking the latest security patches. To avoid a similar fate, all you need to do is update your iPhone or iPad.
Florida Paramedic Charged Over COVID Vaccine Theft
Colon, who had been tasked with giving the vaccine to firefighters in a Davenport station, told investigators Capt. Colon allegedly told investigators his supervisor had at one point threatened to accuse him of selling vaccine doses on the street. According to Judd, Damiano also "joked" with the friend, texting her, "Maybe you want to wipe the fingerprints off the bag." "We recovered two doses," Judd said. In addition to charges connected to the theft of the vaccines, Judd said, Damiano is also expected to be charged with abuse of authority.
Casino CEO Allegedly Lied To Get COVID Vaccine
Up until Sunday, Rodney was the president and CEO of Great Canadian Gaming, where he had earned millions in compensation. The @yukon_news has decided to name the two individuals who have been charged with breaking self-isolation to get the Moderna vaccine in Beaver Creek. Local outlets reported that the couple first traveled to the city of Whitehorse before taking a chartered plane to Beaver Creek, more than 200 miles away. According to the Yukon government's vaccination plan, appointments are currently open to all Beaver Creek residents aged 18 and older. Demit added that Beaver Creek was selected to receive priority for vaccines because of its remoteness, older and high-risk population, and limited access to healthcare facilities.
Hospitalizations Are Down
Today marks two weeks of declining COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S., 14 straight days without a blip upward, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic. Case numbers, too, are declining, and today the seven-day case average is down a third since its peak, on January 12. That day, the count of current hospitalizations was 131,326; it’s now down to 108,957. It’s the first significant decline since September 21, when the climb down from the summer surge stopped just under 29,000. During the winter surge, hospitalization numbers bumped over a number of small, false summits, in which hospitalizations declined for a day or two before continuing their rise.
The Trash We've Left on the Moon
But the trash, in this case, is strategic—the cost of returning to Earth being high, it is the price we pay for discovery. The items we've left on the moon are also members of an enormous ecosystem of space debris: At the moment, more than 21,000 pieces of space junk—abandoned satellites, spent rocket stages, fragments of disintegrated spacecraft—are orbiting the planet, shrouding Earth in a man-made mantle. The location of NASA's most recently crashed lunar probes was selected specifically so as to be far away from Tranquility Base and other "lunar heritage sites." Not only did Ride dedicate her final years to the GRAIL mission; the lunar landscape is also a frontier that represents, to us frail humans, both proximity and eternity. The container, composed of polycarbonate, is 1.75 inches long and 0.7 inches in diameter, and carried in a vacuum-sealed, aluminum sleeve.
Corporate Buzzwords Are How Workers Pretend to Be Adults
Like everyone’s loud tipsy uncle, the buzzwords people know best tend to be the ones that irritate them most. From a more cynical perspective, buzzwords are useful when office workers need to dress up their otherwise pointless tasks with fancier phrases—you know, for the optics. The reason buzzwords are so annoying, McCulloch says, is that language is inherently a reflection of the people who speak it and the circumstances in which it’s used. Terms such as circling back and touching base are inseparable from that one annoying work task you’re just trying to get someone to respond to. “If you find corporate buzzwords annoying, it’s probably because you find work annoying,” McCulloch says.
An Anti-Vax Pharmacist Pleaded Guilty To Trying To Destroy Hundreds Of COVID Vaccines
A Wisconsin pharmacist has admitted to trying to destroy hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccines because he falsely believed they were dangerous. On Dec. 26, some 57 people received doses of those specific vaccines. Prosecutors said they are still trying to determine if those people received ineffective or harmful vaccines as a result of Brandenburg's actions. The Grafton Police Department previously said the pharmacist falsely believed the vaccine could alter people's DNA — which it cannot. More than 23.5 million vaccine doses have been given in the US as of Tuesday.
The Woman Accused Of Stealing Pelosi’s Laptop Says She Doesn’t Have It
Kramer, argued that Williams’ house and her car had been searched, and she did not have the laptop. The Justice Department declined to comment on this suggestion. Justice Department lawyer Kelly Smith made it clear that the government was still investigating Williams and that it was possible she could face other charges in the future. A spokesperson for the Department of Justice declined to comment on whether anyone else had been charged in connection with the theft of Pelosi’s laptop, or whether they had retrieved it. Williams encouraged others to delete messages related to the insurrection as well, the Justice Department said.
“They Just Left Him There”: A Man Died Of COVID-19 At Home Despite Calling 911
Then in December, as California’s case numbers and hospitalizations began to spike, Gerry, his brother Oscar Rangel, and their parents got COVID-19. On Christmas night, Gerry, who had diabetes, was feeling dizzy and short of breath, so he called 911. “He was Mr. Long Beach,” his brother Danny Rangel said. Courtesy Danny Rangel Gerry, top right in the white shirt, with family in 2019“I don’t think he owned any other shirts besides Long Beach shirts,” Alexis, Danny’s 17-year-old daughter, added. “[As] a Long Beach native and Mexican American man, he could relate to students in ways that I could not as a white woman, where they really identified with him,” Robinson said.
An “Angry Mob” On Reddit Is Pushing Up GameStop's Stock Price And Pissing Off A Bunch Of Wall Street Firms
Its biggest obsession in recent weeks has been raising the stock price of GameStop, the old-school video game mall retailer. Trading of GameStop has halted multiple times over the last week because the stock price has jumped so quickly it’s triggered market protections. But instead, the GME stock price rose even higher as redditors called on investors to put as much money into the company as they could. For months, there has been chatter encouraging WSB day traders — or “degenerates,” as they call themselves — to buy up GameStop (GME) stock. !”Lindzon said he expects hedge funds to get smarter at handling these moments.
Here's What President Biden's COVID-19 Travel Bans Mean For You
In his first week in office, President Joe Biden has reimposed a host of COVID-19 travel restrictions, while also repealing Donald Trump's discriminatory Muslim ban. Starting on Jan. 30, Biden's presidential proclamation bans entry for most non-US citizens who have recently been to South Africa, where a new COVID-19 variant has been identified. Those exempt from the COVID-19 travel ban include lawful permanent residents of the US, noncitizen nationals of the US, and noncitizens who are married to a US citizen or a permanent resident, among others. In the US, the CDC has identified nearly 300 cases of the UK variant in more than 20 states. However, those subject to Biden's COVID-19 travel ban cannot enter the US even if they present a negative test result, the CDC noted.
Substance found in Antarctic ice may solve a martian mystery
Substance found in Antarctic ice may solve a martian mysteryResearchers have discovered a common martian mineral deep within an ice core from Antarctica. The find suggests the mineral—a brittle, yellow-brown substance known as jarosite—was forged the same way on both Earth and Mars: from dust trapped within ancient ice deposits. Another idea was that the jarosite was born within massive ice deposits that might have blanketed the planet billions of years ago. Baccolo wants to use Antarctic cores to investigate whether ancient martian ice deposits were cauldrons for the formation of other minerals. “This is just the first step in linking deep Antarctic ice with the martian environment.”
Monoclonal antibodies protect against COVID-19 in a second study
Monoclonal antibodies protect against COVID-19 in a second studyScience ’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation. A second company has provided preliminary evidence that proactively infusing healthy people with monoclonal antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 prevents them from developing noticeable symptoms of COVID-19 if they are exposed to the coronavirus. In a press release today, Regeneron revealed that when it gave a cocktail of two of those antibodies to 186 people living in a house with someone who had COVID-19, none developed symptomatic disease. Eli Lilly 5 days ago issued its own press release about a COVID-19 study in nursing home residents that found 80% protection from symptomatic disease when its single monoclonal antibody against SARS-CoV-2 was used as a preventive. Given that several vaccines already protect against symptomatic COVID-19, many questions remain about how to apply this prevention strategy, especially because monoclonals are expensive and must be infused.
Vaccine 2.0: Moderna and other companies plan tweaks that would protect against new coronavirus mutations
Vaccine 2.0: Moderna and other companies plan tweaks that would protect against new coronavirus mutationsScience ’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation. News from U.S. manufacturer Moderna that its COVID-19 vaccine is still “expected to be protective” against a virus variant first detected in South Africa came as a relief to scientists and the public. “These are exactly the steps that I hoped to see,” says virologist Trevor Bedford of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Krammer is “quite optimistic” that both vaccines will still protect against B.1.351 and P.1. The team produced retroviruses with spike proteins incorporating each of B.1.351’s nine mutations separately, as well as all at once.
Coca-Cola Coffee Is Available In The U.S. In 3 Flavors
If you need to add any more caffeine to your daily routine — hey, some of us do — Coca-Cola with coffee is finally available in the United States. The classic bubbly drink is infused with Brazilian coffee, which amps up the usual 34 milligrams of caffeine to 69 milligrams in a standard 12-ounce Coke. Coca-Cola with Coffee will come in three flavors: dark blend, vanilla, and caramel, with zero-sugar options available in the vanilla and dark blends. The beverage company says that the new refreshments “sip like a Coke and finishes like a coffee,” which gives both soda and coffee lovers the best of both worlds. The ready-to-drink beverage can be found in your local coffee aisle and unlike other coffee drink alternatives, does not include dairy in its formula.
Health Issues Most Overlooked By Millennials
The eldest millennials are now 38 years old. TikTok is full of memes mocking the youngest of the generation staring down the barrel of their 30s, and they can serve as a humbling reminder that knee problems are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to changing health concerns. We caught up with Dr. Jake Deutsch to understand what the most commonly overlooked health concerns for millennials are and what advice he has for incorporating manageable changes that can help you lead a healthier life. Dr. Jake brakes down why hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, skin cancer, and mental health should be things you're monitoring more closely as you get older. In the video above, he offers up simple tips for how you can develop incremental habits that can lead to a healthier outcome.
Here’s How Long It Takes Capricorn To Fall In Love
If you're wondering where you may stand with them, knowing how long it takes Capricorn to fall in love may give you some peace of mind. Like everything in their life, Capricorns take love very seriously. According to Saya, it takes a long time for them to fall in love because they're naturally reserved. Capricorns do work really hard, but they would love someone to come home to after a long day. Sources:Arriana Fox, astrologer and Mysticalcraft Arriana at Keen.comMichelle Saya, astrologer and astro life coach for empaths
20 Signs You Should Give Your Partner Space & How To Effectively Do It
Despite what family or well-meaning friends might say, it's true that all couples need space and time apart. But that doesn't mean it's always easy to know when to give your partner space, or how to ask for space yourself. Here, a few signs your partner, in particular, could really use some alone time — including how to talk about it. It could be they don't even know they need space, but would benefit from it all the same. 18 They Hide Where They're Going If you ask where your partner they're going, and they don't give you a straight answer, take note.
Experts Explain How To Protect Yourself Against The New COVID Variants
While doctors don't yet know everything about COVID variants, this turn of viral events isn't unexpected. "There is no evidence that our current vaccines and treatments do not work against the known strains," Dr. Sterling says. That's good news — but scientists still aren't sure whether the new COVID variants cause more severe illness. Will The Vaccine Protect Me From COVID Variants? How Can I Protect Myself From New COVID Variants?
How To Sext Someone You're Dating, But Have Never Met IRL
For example, how does one go about sexting someone you’re dating, but have never met in person? What To SextNow, let’s get down to it: What the heck do you even say when you’re sexting someone you’ve never met before? If you’re brand new to sexting or more apprehensive, Simpson-Baker recommends starting by describing what you like in the bedroom. How To Sext NudesOnce you decide that you’re comfortable taking nudes, practice is the name of the game. Apps like Snapchat can allow you to send photos that disappear after a short period, and you can see when someone screenshots or saves your message or picture.
2021 Is A Lucky Year For Finding Love, According To Astrology
There will be challenges too, but there's lots to look forward to when it comes to the love astrology of 2021. Sensual Venus is the planet of love, romance, and pleasure, while feisty Mars is the planet of sex, passion, and chasing what we want. Let's look at what the upcoming seasons bring when it comes to romance in 2021, according to astrology. That's because on March 26, love planet Venus cozies up to the glitzy sun to form a super special aspect known as the Venus Star Point. Even more major is the conjunction of relationship planets Venus and Mars that takes place on July 13 in fiery Leo.
Gingham & 11 Other Nail Designs You'll Be Obsessed With This Spring
2 Holographic For some luminescence on your tips, Lee also sees holographic nail designs as a must-try this spring. To get the look, you'll need a blue, white, yellow, and black nail polish. For this look, you'll need two to three neon polish colors of your choice and a neutral base. 11 Dots Another simple but cute nail art idea for spring? To get the look, James says to place the nail polish color you'd like to use on aluminum foil.
At least 2 dead after SWAT standoff in Austin, Texas, authorities say
AUSTIN, Texas — At least two people were found dead after an hours-long SWAT team standoff in central Austin, Texas, on Tuesday night, authorities say. The situation was reported around 4:30 p.m. and took place at a doctor's office in Central Austin, according to the Austin Police Department. The SWAT team then decided to enter the building and found two people dead inside, officials added. “Your life is very important to me,” a member of the SWAT team said over the loudspeaker. While the standoff took place, people could be seen standing in nearby corners listening to the communications over the bullhorn.
Current Covid vaccine manufacture capacity won't bring global herd immunity until mid-2022: INSEAD
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailCurrent Covid vaccine manufacture capacity won't bring global herd immunity until mid-2022: INSEADMany coronavirus vaccine manufacturers are currently attempting to figure out ways to expand their production capacities, says Prashant Yadav, an affiliate professor of technology and operations management at INSEAD.
California couple’s slaying in Mexico leads to arrest, authorities say
They often explored parts of Baja California, the peninsula south of the U.S. border, where Hirschsohn had leased a home, the report said. After they were reported missing Sept. 2, authorities found their bodies in the well, which was about four miles away from the leased home, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. "We believe they were stabbed in their sleep in the middle of the night," Ava Setzer, a daughter of Hirschsohn, told the newspaper. This week the head state prosecutor for Tijuana announced the arrest of a suspect in connection with the deaths. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFamily members said they were pleased to hear that an arrest had been made in the case.
Mexico's president took commercial flight hours before COVID-19 diagnosis: report
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took a commercial flight hours before announcing he tested positive for COVID-19 last week, raising concerns he potentially exposed others, according to multiple reports. MEXICO'S PRESIDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19Jesus Ortega, a former leader of the opposition Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), criticized the president for taking a commercial flight and putting others at risk. He wished Lopez Obrador a speedy recovery. Several top officials in the country said they took tests after Lopez Obrador announced he tested positive, while others said they would go into self-isolation. Lopez Obrador has resisted locking down the economy, noting the devastating effect it would have on many Mexicans, despite the country registering more than 150,000 coronavirus deaths and nearly 1.8 million infections.
Goldman Sachs picks 10 'high-growth' Chinese stocks with further to go
Goldman Sachs has named the Chinese stocks to buy in order to cash in on the country's "clean tech revolution." The bank's analysts described this year as an "inflection point" for clean energy in China, and estimated that the country's ambition to become carbon neutral by 2060 was a $16 trillion investment opportunity. Off the back of this, they identified a number stocks that are "high-growth leaders amid a rising tide." Of its 10 buy-rated stocks across the clean tech sectors, the analysts said five have an upside potential of more than 30%. Here's the full list:
Garuda Indonesia CEO on recovery hopes from Covid and debt restructuring plans
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailGaruda Indonesia CEO on recovery hopes from Covid and debt restructuring plansGaruda Indonesia will have to find other sources of income to meet its revenue target, turning its focus on cargo and chartered flights, says Irfan Setiaputra, its president and CEO.
Bubble or no bubble, JPMorgan names the stocks to buy in the dips
Wall Street bank JPMorgan has named its top stock picks in a market that may — or may not — be heading for a bubble. Whether a bubble is forming in financial markets has been "hotly debated," JPMorgan analysts, led by Mislav Matejka, wrote in a note earlier this week. A bubble occurs when parts of the stock market are over-valued; it then pops as prices drop significantly. Recent signs of a bubble include a record number of public listings, a "demand frenzy" for special-purpose acquisition vehicles (SPACs) and "dramatic runs" in cryptocurrency stocks and disruptors such as electric vehicles, the analysts said. Any future market weakness "should be used as opportunities to add exposure," they stressed, and listed their favorite European stocks to buy.
ByteDance says cutting India workforce, unsure of comeback: memo
FILE PHOTO: Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationNEW DELHI (Reuters) - China’s ByteDance is cutting the size of its India team and is unsure when it will make a comeback, the company told employees in an internal memo on Wednesday, months after its popular TikTok video app was banned. “We initially hoped that this situation would be short-lived...we find that has not been the case,” ByteDance wrote in the memo to staff in India, seen by Reuters. At the time of last year’s ban, the Indian government described the apps as “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India”. Before the ban it had become one of the fastest-growing social media apps in India, once its largest market in terms of users.
Myanmar launches vaccination drive, prioritises frontline healthcare workers
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar launched a COVID-19 vaccination programme on Wednesday, with healthcare staff and volunteer medical workers the first to receive shots of the AstraZenca and Oxford University vaccine donated by neighbouring India. A medical worker receives the AstraZeneca's COVISHIELD coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Yangon, Myanmar, after the country received 1.5 million doses of the vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, January 27, 2021. Last week, Myanmar received 1.5 million doses of the vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, amid a diplomatic drive by New Dehli to supply neighbouring countries just as regional rival China has also pledged vaccine consignments. Myanmar has an ambitious target to vaccinate the whole population, of about 54 million people, this year. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a visit this month promised Myanmar 300,000 doses of a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine.
LG Chem reports profitable fourth-quarter on strong demand for electric car batteries
FILE PHOTO: The logo of LG Chem is seen at its office building in Seoul, South Korea, October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-JiSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd said on Wednesday it swung to a profit in the fourth quarter of 2020 on strong demand for its electric car batteries. The result is lower than the 777 billion won Refinitiv SmartEstimate derived from 19 analyst estimates. Revenue rose 20% to 8.9 trillion won, LG Chem said in a regulatory filing. Those include the recall of Hyundai Motor Co’s Kona Electric, which uses batteries produced by LG Energy Solution, as well as a recall of LG Energy Solution’s residential energy storage batteries in the United States.
BOJ's ETF buying not distorting markets, Kuroda says
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonKuroda also said the BOJ’s ETF holdings were likely reaping unrealised profits of around 12-13 trillion yen ($116 billion-125 billion) due to recent rises in Tokyo stock prices. “I don’t think our ETF buying is distorting the Tokyo stock market,” Kuroda told parliament, when asked by an opposition lawmaker about the potential side-effects of its asset buying. We have no plans now to end the framework or our ETF purchases,” he said. Its holdings now total around 35 trillion yen, accounting for roughly 80% of Japan’s ETF market. “The frequency of our ETF buying has fallen sharply recently, as well as the size of each purchase,” Kuroda said.
Exclusive: Sinopharm-led consortium plans $3.3 billion take-private of HK-listed China TCM - sources
It plans to offer at least HK$5.10 ($0.66) per share for China TCM, the people said, a premium of about 33% to the average share price over the past month of HK$3.83. China TCM shares were trading up nearly 8% at HK$4.35 on Wednesday afternoon. Shares in China TCM, however, rose just 2% last year. The Sinopharm-led consortium aims to eventually list China TCM on the mainland bourse to take advantage of higher valuations there, one of the sources said. Representatives of Sinopharm, China TCM and Wang did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Bars, restaurants to open overnight as Moscow relaxes COVID-19 curbs
FILE PHOTO: Customers sit at tables in Parka Bar in Moscow, Russia November 12, 2020. REUTERS/Evgenia NovozheninaMOSCOW (Reuters) - The city of Moscow eased some COVID-19 restrictions on Wednesday, including the overnight closure of bars, restaurants and night clubs, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said. Businesses would no longer have to restrict the number of employees working from the office, Sobyanin wrote on his personal blog. The changes were effective from Wednesday, he said.
Tunisia's parliament approves Cabinet reshuffle amid protests
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia’s parliament on Tuesday approved a Cabinet reshuffle that deepened the conflict between the prime minister and the president, as hundreds protested outside the heavily barricaded parliament over social inequality and police abuses. Riot police turned water cannon on protesters outside the parliament earlier on Tuesday, trying to quell the largest rally since demonstrations began this month. ?”?Young people protesting outside parliament reminds us of our priorities. But President Kais Saied indicated on Monday he would reject the Cabinet reshuffle, condemned the absence of women among the new ministers and said some likely new Cabinet members may have conflicts of interest. As parliamentary debate on the reshuffle paused, some opposition lawmakers left parliament to join the protest outside.
ByteDance says cutting India workforce, unsure of comeback - memo
The ByteDance logo is seen in this illustration taken, Nov. 27, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoNEW DELHI (Reuters) - China’s ByteDance is cutting the size of its India team and is unsure when it will make a comeback, the company told employees in an internal memo on Wednesday, months after its popular TikTok video app was banned. “We initially hoped that this situation would be short-lived...we find that has not been the case,” ByteDance wrote in the memo to staff in India, seen by Reuters. At the time of last year’s ban, the Indian government described the apps as “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India”. Before the ban it had become one of the fastest-growing social media apps in India, once its largest market in terms of users.
China short-term rate hits near 6-year high on holiday demand, policy tightening worries
FILE PHOTO: Headquarters of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, is pictured in Beijing, China September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Jason LeeUnlike the past few years, the central bank has not been making net liquidity injections into the banking system to meet strong demand for cash heading into the long Lunar New Year holiday. “It’s the precursor that China’s central bank is starting to normalise its monetary policy,” said Marco Sun, chief financial market analyst at MUFG Bank. Other economists also warned that the central bank would gradually shift its policy stance this year after massive emergency measures to cushion the shock from the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Signs of liquidity stress onshore led a spillover effect to the offshore market, lifting yuan borrowing costs in Hong Kong.
Indonesian volcano unleashes river of lava in new eruption
Hot cloud of volcanic materials run down the slope of Mount Merapi during an eruption in Sleman, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Indonesia's most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) down its slopes. Indonesia's most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) down its slopes. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) down its slopes. It is the most active of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes and has repeatedly erupted with lava and gas clouds recently.
Sanofi to help manufacture Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
Sanofi SA said Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement with BioNTech SE to support the manufacture and supply of the coronavirus vaccine that it is co-developing with Pfizer Inc. The French pharmaceutical major said it will provide BioNTech with access to its production infrastructure to supply more than 125 million vaccine doses to the European Union. Initial supplies will come from Sanofi's sites in Frankfurt from the summer 2021, it said.
Royal KPN lifts cash flow guidance as profit soars
Royal KPN NV said Wednesday that fourth-quarter net profit more than doubled, boosted by one-off items, and that it has raised its cash-flow guidance for 2021. Net profit for the quarter was 174 million euros ($211.6 million) compared with EUR84 million for the same period a year earlier, the Dutch telecommunications company said. The company said net profit was supported by a one-off positive revaluation of deferred tax assets, while last year's result was hit by provisions in its wholesale operations.
Does wearing two masks help prevent COVID-19 transmission? Dr. Fauci has an answer
“ ‘It just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective.’ ”Dr. Anthony Fauci says two masks are better than one. It did not advocate wearing face coverings until April 3 last year to help prevent the wearer from spreading coronavirus, but since then health professionals say it also helps prevent the wearer from being infected. Fauci recently said that he expects more people will be able to get vaccines by April to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “I would expect by the time we get to April, it will be what we call open season on vaccines,” Fauci told NPR. BioNTech and Pfizer said an in vitro study found that their COVID-19 vaccine neutralizes the two new highly infectious variants that have emerged in the U.K. and South Africa.
A Tacoma cop who drove police SUV into crowd is on paid leave. One injured victim said he is 'forever scarred'
The officer, fearing for his safety, tried to back up, but was unable to do so because of the crowd," Tacoma police said in a statement on Saturday. The Seattle Times reported that protests erupted in downtown Tacoma on Sunday, calling for the officer involved to be held responsible. "We want to see the officer actually fired and charged," a Tacoma protester told the Seattle Times. On Monday, the department announced the officer involved is Khanh Phan, a veteran officer who had nearly 30 years on the job and was placed on paid leave the evening of the incident. Tavon Williams, who says he was injured during the incident, told CNN it left him "forever scarred."
Protests in Tacoma after officer drove into crowd
The video showed the vehicle ramming into a crowd of approximately 20 to 30 people that surrounded it. Some set fires near where the incident occurred and one video showed protesters burning an American flag. Video Transcript- Protests erupted in Tacoma, Washington, overnight--- Oh my god! The video showed the vehicle ramming into a crowd of approximately 20 to 30 people that surrounded it. And one video showed protesters burning an American flag.
Teen Killed 6 Family Members After Dad Scolded Him for Leaving the House: Reports
“I’m still tryna wrap my mind around this whole thing,” Nikki Smith, a childhood friend of victim Kezzie Childs, told The Daily Beast. I can't even imagine who would do such a horrible thing.”Authorities have identified those killed as Kezzie Childs, 42; Raymond Childs, 42; Elijah Childs, 18; Rita Childs, 13; and Kiara Hawkins, 19. According to a police report obtained by Fox59, the teen’s younger brother is the wounded boy authorities first found. “He shot them,” his sister screamed out before several more gunshots rang out, according to the wounded boy. “My heart is saddened to hear about the loss of Kezzie Childs and her family.
Man charged after allegedly wearing varsity jacket during Capitol riot
A New York man was charged on Monday for his alleged role in the Capitol riot, and the FBI has his high school varsity jacket to thank. Photos and videos from the riot show a man wearing a varsity jacket from Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York, with a number on the left sleeve, according to a statement of facts accompanying the criminal complaint. The chief allegedly later identified Gundersen as the man wearing the jacket. When he was interviewed by the FBI, Gundersen initially denied going into the Capitol building but admitted that he was the person wearing the Byram Hills varsity jacket, the statement said. On January 13, Gundersen allegedly messaged someone a photo of himself wearing the Byram Hills varsity jacket shown on CNN and said, "They might have found me."
Oakland: Injury shooting near Lake Merritt under investigation
OAKLAND — Police were at the scene of an injury shooting in a business corridor near Lake Merritt Tuesday night, authorities said. Shortly after 10:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of ShotSpotter activity in the 400 block of Cheney Avenue in the city’s Grand Lake neighborhood. When officers arrived, they found a person near Lake Park and Grand avenues suffering from a gunshot wound to a leg. After providing medical care, officers responded to canvass the area for evidence. For information leading to the arrest of a suspect, police are offering up to $5,000 in each shooting.
Man stabbed on Red Line train between Berwyn, Argyle stops
A man was stabbed Tuesday on a CTA Red Line train between the Berwyn and Argyle stops on the North Side. The man, 45, was riding a southbound train about 10:30 p.m. when a male holding a box cutter approached and asked him for the time, Chicago police said. The male then “became aggressive” and began stabbing the man, cutting him on the throat, hand and thigh, police said. The suspect took the man’s wallet and fled once the train reached the Argyle stop, 1118 W. Argyle Ave., police said. The man was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
Food delivery driver carjacked in West Town
A food delivery driver was carjacked Tuesday in West Town on the Near West Side. About 10:05 p.m., the driver was delivering food to a home in the 900 block of West Washington Boulevard when he was pushed to the ground and someone stole his 2003 silver SUV, Chicago police said. The driver was not injured, police said. The food delivery driver was at least the third person to be carjacked Tuesday evening in Chicago. A 29-year-old man was carjacked at gunpoint about an hour and a half earlier in Edgewater, and about an hour after that, a 38-year-old woman was carjacked by gunmen in Kenwood.
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Ask Amy: Wanting to weigh in about sister’s obesity
You can ask her about her health. You can ask her about her stress. But then you must listen to what she says without leaping in with solutions. If she brings up her weight you can ask, “Has your doctor suggested seeing a nutritionist?” And that’s it.
Killer winter tornado stuns storm-savvy Alabama town
FULTONDALE, Ala. (AP) — James Scott has never lived anywhere other than a two-story house on hilly Darlene Drive north of Birmingham. Home will never be the same after a tornado smashed the structure into pieces, killed another teen and left the community devastated in the middle of the night. Standing in the middle of the destruction Tuesday, the 19-year-old stared blankly at the rubble for a few moments, seemingly unsure what to do next. “It's time to regroup and start clean,” he said. “It's the best I can hope for.”The terrifying nighttime tornado that blasted through suburban Birmingham late Monday, trapping entire families in the remnants of shattered homes and injuring 30, left a trail of destruction that stunned even longtime residents used to Alabama’s violent weather.
US says Eritrean forces should leave Tigray immediately
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States said all soldiers from Eritrea should leave Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region “immediately.”A State Department spokesperson in an email to The Associated Press cited “credible reports of looting, sexual violence, assaults in refugee camps and other human rights abuses." "There is also evidence of Eritrean soldiers forcibly returning Eritrean refugees from Tigray to Eritrea,” the spokesperson said. The statement reflects new pressure by the Biden administration on the government of Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country and the anchor of the Horn of Africa, and other combatants as the deadly fighting in Tigray nears the three-month mark.
China: Military flights warn against interference in Taiwan
BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government said Wednesday that actions like its warplanes flying near Taiwan last weekend are a warning against both foreign interference in Taiwan and any independence moves by the island. Asked about the flights, Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said China's military drills are to show the nation's resolution to protect its national sovereignty and territorial integrity. "They are a stern warning against external interference and provocation from separatist forces advocating for Taiwan independence,” she said at a regular briefing, giving the Chinese government's first official comment on the recent flights. China sent eight bombers and four fighter jets into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone on Saturday, according to Taiwan's Defense Ministry. Taiwan scrambled fighters to monitor the activity.
Opinion: With elections, ballot security must remain paramount
The COVID-19 pandemic led to new voting procedures last year in Oklahoma and in many states across the country. Going forward, ensuring election security should be every states’ goal. In Oklahoma, a change approved by the Legislature allowed those using an absentee ballot to remit a photocopy of a valid identification card. The Legislature also made it easier for residents in long-term care facilities to vote absentee. These changes expired Dec. 31, which has at least one Democratic lawmaker concerned voters will get confused as they seek to vote absentee in local elections this year.
Sent to Coventry: the city of culture's brutalist architecture - in pictures
A statue called The Phoenix – commissioned to mark the regeneration of the city centre – stands by the Bull Yard shopping centre After Coventry’s city centre was flattened by bombing in the second world war, much of it was rebuilt using concrete. Over 10 years Coventry was reshaped, with new shopping centres, blocks of flats and flyovers, and planners from across Europe visited to study the transformation. All photographs: Andrew Fox
APS decides not to offer alternative calendar for 2021-22 school year
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Public Schools will not offer the alternative calendar next school year. Juniors Veronica Bearup of Del Norte High School and nex+Gen Academy High School, and Luke Vaughn of Volcano Vista High School were among 230 students worldwide to receive the honor, according to APS. MORE ACCOUNTED FOR: The New Mexico Public Education Department and other agencies have found 7,547 of the more than 12,000 students who were off the public school books. The state has been trying to keep tabs on kids who enrolled in public schools last spring, but weren’t there in the fall. Turns out some students were enrolled at other schools, such as private schools, or were being home-schooled.
Assassins review – the 'prank show' killing of North Korea's pretender
The Malaysian government quickly and timidly allowed the North Koreans to go free when the regime effectively held Malaysian embassy staff hostage with their families in Pyongyang. So that left the two vulnerable young women facing a mandatory death penalty for murder, just so the Malaysian legal system could indict someone and save face. Aisyah and Huong were manipulated like young women being sex-trafficked and, in the strangest, unknowing way, like jihadis being schooled for a big attack. One question remains: who had the bizarre yet satanically clever idea of a fake prank show? And how is it that the North Koreans, supposedly marooned in their Soviet past, managed to dream up something dripping with contemporary media irony?
Jigsaw puzzles make you smarter – and I’m living proof
My latest adventures in confirmation bias are centred on jigsaw puzzles. At the beginning of the pandemic, everyone got obsessed with 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles; they were flying off the shelves like toilet paper. You know what comes next: I reached the stage of pandemic despair where I became addicted to puzzles. Depressingly, I also seem to have reached an age where it is possible to strain a neck muscle from overenthusiastic puzzling. And, according to one study, doing jigsaws “recruits multiple visuospatial cognitive abilities and is a protective factor for visuospatial cognitive ageing”.
Istanbul: a virtual tour through books, film, food and music
Felines are greatly loved in Istanbul – some neighbourhoods even have little cat houses on street corners, lovingly decorated by adoring humans. Istanbul is known as the “biggest village in the world”, where one may meet relatives, passing acquaintances and old lovers in the space of one morning. ReadAuthor Orhan Pamuk on the Galata Bridge while he takes pictures of empty ‘lockdown’ streets in Istanbul, 23 May 2020. Make no mistake, Istanbul is not an easy city, and this novel exposes many of its citizens’ daily struggles to survive. These locations remind me of one of the most popular Turkish TV series ever, Muhte?em Yüzy?l (Magnificent Century).
Cimate activist Luisa Neubauer: 'how can we turn this anxiety into something constructive?'
“Once we decide to do something about [the climate crisis] we can move mountains.” If the motivational quote sounds familiar, that’s because it is. A “sense of loss,” she says, led to her involvement in climate action. She is one of the many students who have become a powerful voice in the battle to tackle the climate crisis. Students can join the Fridays for Futures movement, for example, or a student society that focuses on tackling the climate crisis. “That is the thinking we desperately need in the climate crisis.”
How many Covid vaccinations have been given in my local area? Use our postcode tool to find out
Just 49.8 per cent of over 80s in the capital had received their first dose by January 17. In terms of second jabs, the East of England has fully vaccinated the highest proportion of over 80s during the first month of vaccinations. The region has now given 12.4 per cent of over 80s their second dose of the jab, up from 11.9 per cent the previous week. The lowest is in the Midlands - at 8.8 per cent - up just half a percentage point from the week prior. How this compares globallyA fast rollout so far means the UK stands relatively strong in the international rankings of vaccinations.
The priority list for the Covid vaccines - and how you will be contacted
Prof Stephen Powis said that this was common for new vaccines and the staff have recovered well. The South African variant and the Brazilian variant have threatened to undermine the vaccine and testing gains of recent months. However, Sir Patrick Vallance said on Jan 22 that there is "increasing confidence" that the UK variant will be susceptible to the vaccine. "It is a realistic possibility that the new UK variant increases the risk of death, but there is considerable remaining uncertainty," Prof Ferguson told ITV. You never know what’s coming next.”Have you had the Covid vaccine or are you due to get one?
Will schools reopen before Easter - latest updates on coronavirus lockdown
What are the rules for children of key workers and vulnerable children? A DfE spokesman said: "Schools are open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. The DfE also said that schools were expected to "strongly encourage" vulnerable children to attend class. The new lockdown measures mean the entire country will be subject to the same tougher measures, including the closure of all schools. Mr Johnson said on the announcement of closing schools: "I want to stress that the problem is not that schools are unsafe to children.
UK quarantine hotels: how would they work and what do new rules mean for holidays?
Britons in up to 30 countries will have to pay for hotel quarantine if they return to the UK to prevent new Covid variants reaching this country from South Africa and South America. The Cabinet’s Covid operations committee was expected to back away from imposing the requirement for quarantine hotels on all returning Britons and instead limit it to the 30 “high risk” countries currently covered by a travel ban for foreigners. Quarantine hotels, or 'directed isolation' facilities, are already in use across Asia, New Zealand and Australia. What is a quarantine hotel? Travellers are confined to their rooms or apartments for the duration of their quarantine: usually 10-14 days, or until they have received two negative test results.
Time to write off this academic year and start again in September, says leading headteacher Katharine Birbalsingh
Ministers should consider writing off this academic year and ask school children to repeat the schooling from this coming September, a leading headteacher has said. Those kids, you've got reception, you've got year one, the kids in year one who never really did the reception here properly, they are also behind." She told the podcast: "For an online lesson, they probably manage about 20 percent of what they would normally have accessed. "And so you end up able to teach about 50 percent of what you would teach in a normal lesson. But of that 50 percent, they're really only remembering maybe a third or so of that 50 percent."
The most decadent hotel experiences to rescue your Valentine’s Weekend at home
While luxury hotels usually do a booming trade over Valentine’s Day, especially when, like this year, it falls over a weekend, there is nothing ‘usual’ about 2021 and, as we all know, both hotel stays and dinner at your favourite restaurant will still be off limits. So it's exciting to hear that a handful of luxury establishments are stepping up to help bring a bit of romance to that weekend, in their own unique ways. Claridge’s and the Connaught in Mayfair are both offering Valentine's dinner deliveries within an eight mile radius from their award-winning restaurants, between February 12 – 14. At Claridge's, your bundle will include half a bottle of Laurent Perrier and a tin of King’s caviar, followed by three courses, with choices such as beef or lobster Wellington with truffle mash and heritage carrots. Dinner for two costs £200 and is deliverable through Slerp.
Portugal's Socialist PM BANS private schools from teaching pupils remotely during classroom closure
Portugal's socialist Prime Minister has banned private schools from teaching pupils remotely during a two-week classroom closure. The Portuguese government ordered all schools closed for two weeks last Thursday to slow contagion rates as hospitals faced record numbers of Covid-19 patients. Portugal's ban on private schools teaching remotely also includes international schools, meaning British children living in the country doing GCSEs, A Levels or the International Baccalaureate cannot by law be taught for the next two weeks. The Association of Private Schools in Portugal said the measure preventing students from learning was unconstitutional. Across Portugal's health service, 830 intensive care beds have been allocated to COVID-19 patients out of a total of 1,200, the health ministry said.
Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News
— Ukraine won't be purchasing Russia's coronavirus vaccine due to its questionable efficacy, Ukraine's Health Minister Maksym Stepanov told Ukraine 24 TV channel Thursday. Sept. 7— Saudi King Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the possible joint production of a Russian coronavirus vaccine, the Kremlin said. — Russia plans to begin the first mass deliveries of its coronavirus vaccine in September, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said. June 13— Russia more than doubled its official coronavirus death toll for April to 2,712 after changing how it classifies fatalities. April 29— Russia confirmed 5,841 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 99,399.
Sweeping Covid-19 lockdown in Peru as virus cases soar
The country's lockdown will run from January 31 to February 14, interim president Francisco Sagasti said in a televised address, blaming the soaring Covid infections on end-of-year gatherings. The mandatory lockdown will affect 16.4 million people -- half of Peru's population -- and include the capital Lima. In areas not affected by the strict lockdown restrictions remain in place, such as curfews and bans on social gatherings. Sagasti also announced a halt on flights from Brazil -- the country with the world's second highest coronavirus death toll after the US. Peru's average daily caseload has risen from around 1,000 to more than 5,000, figures not seen since the height of the pandemic last year.
'He took a big risk': Mexicans say president pushed Covid luck
"He took a big risk by not wearing a face mask and going here and there," said Juan Rojo, a newspaper vendor in Mexico City. Unless Lopez Obrador takes the necessary measures "nobody's going to listen to what he's telling us. No one's going to take it seriously," said Priscila Blanco, a student from Baja California in northern Mexico. - 'Recovering very well' -Lopez Obrador, who has a history of heart problems and hypertension, announced Sunday that he was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 but said his symptoms were mild. As the human cost mounted, Lopez Obrador recognized the seriousness of the pandemic, which he has described as the biggest challenge he faces.
Two-thirds of world see 'climate emergency': UN survey
Some 80% of people polled in Britain, Italy and Japan said the world faces a "climate emergency", according to a UN surveyAdvertising Read moreParis (AFP)Nearly two-thirds of 1.2 million people polled worldwide say humanity faces a climate emergency, according to a UN survey, the largest of its kind ever undertaken. The findings suggest the grassroots global climate movement that surged onto the world stage in 2019 -- led, in part, by a then 16-year Greta Thunberg of Sweden -- is still gaining momentum, even if a raging pandemic has obscured its scope. "Concern about the climate emergency is far more widespread than we knew before," Stephen Fisher, a sociologist at Oxford who helped design the survey and process the data, told AFP in an interview. "And the large majority of those who do recognise a climate emergency want urgent and comprehensive action." France, Germany, South Africa and Canada were close behind, with more than three-quarters of those polled describing the threat as a "global emergency".
More people suffer from ‘unfair’ online subscription services
NATIONAL(123rf)A man in his 30s surnamed Kwak signed up for an online subscription service that provides movies.Kwak tried to download videos from the webpage, but it never worked, even after multiple tries. So he contacted the service provider and asked for a refund.The service provider turned him down, saying that the error in Kwak’s case could not be identified.Amid the increasing demand for online subscription services, especially video or music streaming content, Kwak’s case is an example of how more consumers are recently suffering from unfair treatment from online subscription service providers, the Korea Consumer Agency (KCA) said Wednesday.A total of 609 consumer complaints or damages related to digital content were submitted to the agency’s counseling center in the last three years, according to the KCA.Consumer reports related to video contents took up the biggest portion with 136 cases, followed by education and games.In regards to the types of complaints and damages, there were 218 reports about not being able to cancel the subscription contract and having to pay a penalty.After researching apps that offer digital content subscription services on Google Play Store and Apple App store in December, the KCA found that 18 of 25 apps limited consumers from withdrawing their subscriptions.Under the current law, consumers can cancel a subscription within seven days after signing up for the service. But they can only do so for the parts of the digital contents that have not been provided to them yet.Only four of the 25 surveyed apps gave partial refunds to consumers if they canceled the subscription service before the next month’s payment date, the KCA said.The other 21 apps allowed a cancellation to take effect on the day of next month’s payment date, so consumers could not be compensated for the period of not using the service.The KCA said it plans to ask the online subscription service providers to guarantee a consumer’s right to back out of their contract a
[Earnings roundup] COVID-19 impact felt in display, beauty, auto sales
LG Household & Health Care decided on dividends of 11,000 won per ordinary share and 11,050 won per preference share. These were the company’s best-ever fourth quarter results.But LG Household & Health Care’s beauty business fell 6.1 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, in revenue and operating profit compared with the previous year. The company made 4.4 trillion won in revenue and 822 billion won in operating profit in the beauty sector.The home care and beauty business, on the other hand, grew 25.9 percent in on-year revenue at 1.8 trillion won, and posted 63 percent growth in operating profit at 205 billion won.Kia’s debt ratio increased 11.3 percent through 2020. The fourth quarter net profit rose 182 percent to 977 billion won.Full-year-wise, Kia’s revenue rose 1.8 percent on-year to 59.1 trillion won, and its operating profit increased 2.8 percent on-year to 2.06 trillion won. “We have still managed to improve our performance through increased sales of high-profit-yielding vehicles.”Kia’s fourth quarter sales increased 85.6 percent on-year in India and rose 4 percent on-year in the US.Even so, sales fell in Korea, China and Western European countries.
New infections up over 500 on flare-up in religious community infections
NATIONALA medical worker collects a sample from a home schooler at a religious educational facility in Gwangju, 329 kilometers south of Seoul, in this photo provided by the Gwangju Buk Ward Office on Tuesday. Incheon, west of Seoul, reported 17 more cases. The three areas account for around half of the nation's population.The number of imported cases came to 43, up from 16 the previous day. They included 20 from the United States and two from Britain.South Korea added seven more deaths, raising the total to 1,378. The number of patients with serious symptoms across the country reached 270, flat from the previous day.The total number of people released from quarantine after making full recoveries moved up 685 to 65,478.
Samsung pays out over W77.7b in incentives to chip partners in 2020
This photo taken on Monday, shows the corporate logo of Samsung Group at its office building in Seoul. The world's largest memory chipmaker said it gave incentives worth 41.19 billion won to some 23,000 workers at its 289 chip business partners in the second half of 2020. Including its first half incentives worth 36.53 billion won, the company's total incentive payments to partner firms stood at 77.72 billion won in 2020. Since 2010, Samsung Electronics has been running an incentive program for its chip partner firms to promote shared growth in the industry. The company has so far paid a total of 425.4 billion won since the program's initiation in 2010.
NPS chalks up gains from stock investments in 2020
FINANCEThe National Pension Service headquarters building located in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province (Yonhap)South Korea’s state-run pension fund raked in over 58 trillion won ($52.6 billion) from stock investments last year amid a bullish run on the local stock market, data showed Wednesday.The total amount of shares that the National Pension Service holds in listed companies, of which it owns 5 percent or more, is worth nearly 181.3 trillion won as of Friday. The figure has soared over 57.68 billion won or 46.7 percent from the start of last year, according to corporate tracker CEO Score.The number of companies that the pension fund holds more than a 5 percent stake in dropped to 275 firms from 314 companies last year. But its equity value in the listed firms has ballooned drastically.The whopping gains were largely attributable to a spike in the share price of Samsung Group’s crown jewel Samsung Electronics which saw its stock jumping 55.6 percent from a year ago.As the NPS’ stake in the tech giant rose by a 0.08 percentage point over the cited period to 10.7 percent, it posted a valuation gain of 20.06 trillion won -- or a 55.7 percent increase -- to 56.98 trillion won from its investment.The value of its stakes in leading electric vehicle battery makers LG Chem and Samsung SDI also skyrocketed by 210 percent and 210.9 percent, or some 4.85 trillion won and 3.69 trillion won, respectively, from the start of the previous year.The NPS also logged lucrative gains worth over 3 trillion won from its investments in the nation’s second-largest chipmaker SK hynix and leading automaker Hyundai Motor, while garnering more than 2 trillion won from internet giants Naver and Kakao.The pension operator’s shares in Celltrion also shot up 1.96 trillion won or 104.8 percent. While the pharmaceutical giant’s stock surged 71.3 percent from last year, NPS increased its stake in the company by 1.1 percentage point.Meanwhile, the state pension fund suffered valuation losses in listed c
More people suffer from ‘unfair’ online subscription services
A man in his 30s surnamed Kwak signed up for an online subscription service that provides movies.Kwak tried to download videos from the webpage, but it never worked, even after multiple tries. So he contacted the service provider and asked for a refund.The service provider turned him down, saying that the error in Kwak’s case could not be identified.Amid the increasing demand for online subscription services, especially video or music streaming content, Kwak’s case is an example of how more consumers are recently suffering from unfair treatment from online subscription service providers, the Korea Consumer Agency (KCA) said Wednesday.A total of 609 consumer complaints or damages related to digital content were submitted to the agency’s counseling center in the last three years, according to the KCA.Consumer reports related to video contents took up the biggest portion with 136 cases, followed by education and games.In regards to the types of complaints and damages, there were 218 reports about not being able to cancel the subscription contract and having to pay a penalty.After researching apps that offer digital content subscription services on Google Play Store and Apple App store in December, the KCA found that 18 of 25 apps limited consumers from withdrawing their subscriptions.Under the current law, consumers can cancel a subscription within seven days after signing up for the service. But they can only do so for the parts of the digital contents that have not been provided to them yet.Only four of the 25 surveyed apps gave partial refunds to consumers if they canceled the subscription service before the next month’s payment date, the KCA said.The other 21 apps allowed a cancellation to take effect on the day of next month’s payment date, so consumers could not be compensated for the period of not using the service.The KCA said it plans to ask the online subscription service providers to guarantee a consumer’s right to back out of their contract and pay a partia
'Woman of steel' charts a new course for Seongnam
Seongnam Mayor Eun Soo-mi (Seongnam City)Seongnam Mayor Eun Soo-mi is famous for her fight against COVID-19. Seongnam Citizens Medical Center has officially started operating a pandemic emergency center as well as 22 other medical sectors last May. (Seongnam City)Tram Lines 1 and 2 of Seongnam City Metro are currently undergoing a pre-feasibility study. (Seongnam City)Support for youthUnder Mayor Eun, Seongnam also invests in support for young people. (Seongnam City)
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art publishes English-language book on its collection
Artist Park Re-hyun is introduced in “MMCA Collection 300.” (MMCA)The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, has published “MMCA Collection 300” in English, providing an introduction to representative modern and contemporary works from the museum’s holdings. The English-language edition features a glossary section newly added for international readers who want to learn about Korea’s modern and contemporary art. It introduces terminology and major developments in Korean art history such as the Korean Avant-Garde Association, and how the “art informel” movement developed in Korea. The cover of “MMCA Collection 300” (MMCA)"MMCA Collection 300” offers 300 selected artworks by 300 artists from the modern and contemporary eras, spanning from 1910 to 2019. We will accelerate the globalization of Korean modern and contemporary art through English publications of the museum collection,” said Youn Bum-mo, the MMCA’s director.
[Earnings roundup] COVID-19 impact felt in display, beauty, auto sales
Its operating profit for the October-December period came in at 685 billion won, which beat market expectations. The company’s operating loss in 2020 was reduced by 1.3 trillion won ($1.1 billion) to 29 billion won, from the previous year’s 1.36 trillion won. Its full-year net loss was 70.6 billion won, another 98 percent on-year increase from 2019’s 2.8 trillion won. LG Household & Health Care to pay 184.4 billion won in dividendsThe history of fu (LG Household & Health Care)Beauty product sales faltered, but household items towed LG Household & Health Care’s 2020 performance. The company made 4.4 trillion won in revenue and 822 billion won in operating profit in the beauty sector.
On Trump’s Final Day, HHS Launches Probe into Illinois Abortion Law
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched an investigation to determine whether Illinois has violated federal law by enacting and enforcing the 2019 Reproductive Health Act which, among other things, requires certain health insurance plans to cover abortion services. The coverage mandate does not apply to private, large-group insurance plans that are regulated under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, also known as ERISA. The letter specifically referred to a federal law known as the Weldon Amendment, which has been attached to every HHS appropriations bill since 2005. “The law is the law, regardless of who holds office,” McHale said in a separate email statement to Capitol News Illinois. Capitol News Illinois is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news service covering state government and distributed to more than 400 newspapers statewide.
Ruby worth $29 million snatched in central Tokyo
This file photo shows a police car in Tokyo. (Mainichi)TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A rough ruby worth approximately 3 billion yen ($29 million) was snatched Wednesday during a sale negotiation at a building in central Tokyo, police said. Two men fled the scene in the capital's glitzy Ginza district in what police believe was an alleged theft. The police quoted an eyewitness as saying the suspects placed the stone in a case before fleeing. The building is located near Tokyo Metro Co.'s Ginza Station in an area that is home to numerous high-end stores.
Wealthy couple chartered a plane to the Yukon, took vaccines doses meant for Indigenous elders, authorities said
Neither could immediately be reached for comment late Monday, and it was not clear whether they have attorneys. Pfizer, partnering with BioNTech, and Moderna have created promising vaccines that scientists hope will lead to more medical breakthroughs using mRNA. AD“It’s clear to me that because we are a predominantly Indigenous community, that they assumed we were naive,” Chief Angela Demit said. Many people who work in rural Yukon come from other parts of Canada, so proof of residency hasn’t been required at traveling vaccination clinics, Yukon Community Services Minister John Streicker told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. ADThough the Bakers were charged with violating quarantine protocols, it wasn’t immediately clear they could face additional consequences for getting vaccines that were intended for rural Yukon residents.
Netherlands: Tensions high after nights of COVID lockdown riots
Police took to the streets of towns and cities across the country to prevent violent rioting, while businesses closed early and shops boarded up. That was in stark contrast to Monday night, when rioting rocked cities across the country and more than 180 people were arrested for burning vehicles, stone-throwing and widespread looting. But he cautioned that one night of comparative quiet did not mean they could let down their guard. On Monday night, rioters pelted police with rocks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails and looted shops in at least two cities, Rotterdam and Den Bosch. A little under 4,000 new infections were reported on Tuesday in the Netherlands, the smallest daily increase since November 24.
Maduro draws flak for promoting 'miracle' COVID remedy
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is promoting a "miracle" medication that he said neutralizes COVID-19 with no side effects, a claim doctors said was not backed by science. "Ten drops under the tongue every four hours and the miracle is done," Maduro said in a televised appearance on Sunday. On the sick, on the very sick, on people who have been intubated, and we recovered them," Maduro said. Maduro said the treatment, which he called carvativir, had been under testing for nine months among Venezuelans ill with the coronavirus. In October, he notified the Pan American Health Organization that Venezuelan scientists discovered a molecule that nullifies the replication capacity of the new coronavirus.
Mass vaccination event in Lincoln could be a model in state
(AP) — A mass vaccination event in Lincoln that helped Nebraska record one of its most productive days in its campaign to distribute shots could serve as a model for future events. Health officials in Lincoln said roughly 2,400 health care workers received the vaccine Friday at the event held at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. That helped the state administer 8,701 doses of the vaccine on Friday in what was the second-busiest day of the campaign so far. The state has been averaging about 4,500 shots a day over the past two weeks as it works to speed up distribution of the vaccine. ADVERTISEMENTPat Lopez, director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, said Friday’s mass vaccination event was successful with most people able to get their shots and get out of the arena in less than 30 minutes.
Thousands of houses decorated for Mardi Gras
Thousands of houses decorated for Mardi GrasMardi Gras parades are canceled due to COVID, so thousands of New Orleans houses are being decorated as floats.
Two dead after hostage situation at medical center in Texas
Two people were killed in an hours-long hostage standoff at a medical center in Texas on Tuesday night, cops said. The parent of a patient at the center confirmed to Fox News that their doctor was being held inside and that the suspect was also a doctor. The hostage negotiator repeatedly begged the suspect to cooperate. Police said through a bullhorn that the doctor inside is “in pain” and needs medication, KXAN reported. Austin police later confirmed that two people were found dead inside the building.
Facebook still has Holocaust denial content three months after Mark Zuckerberg pledged to remove it
Holocaust denial content remains on Facebook three months after pledging to ban all content that “denies or distorts the Holocaust.”That's according to a new report from the ADL (Anti-Defamation League), which gave Facebook a “D” for its efforts. "We are reviewing the content mentioned in this report and will continue working to keep Holocaust denial off of our platform." "Anyone who searches on Facebook for terms associated with either the Holocaust or Holocaust denial, will see a message from Facebook encouraging them to connect with credible information about the Holocaust off Facebook," Guy Rosen, vice president of integrity, said in a blog post. When Facebook began restricting more content, some Holocaust deniers, who use hashtags such as #HolocaustNeverHappened and #HolocaustIsALie, moved to less restrictive social media platforms. "Reddit's site-wide policies prohibit any content that incites violence or promotes hate based on identity or vulnerability, including Holocaust denial content," the company said.
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Here's how AI can help fight cybersecurity threats given the rise of remote working
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailHere's how AI can help fight cybersecurity threats given the rise of remote workingThe global shift to working from home during the coronavirus pandemic has greatly expanded the "attack surface" for cybersecurity threats, says Nicole Eagan, Darktrace's chief strategy officer and artificial intelligence officer.
Japan's vaccine rollout faces logistics hurdles ahead of the Olympics
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said vaccines are critical to holding a successful Olympics after last year's delay. Japan will need to deliver about 870,000 injections a day to inoculate half its population by then, with each person needing two shots of the vaccine. A government source told Reuters that officials did not begin assessing whether there were enough containers or dry ice to pack freezer boxes until late last year. The government is buying some 20,000 specialty coolers and sourcing massive quantities of dry ice for its transportation. Japan produces about 350,000 tonnes of dry ice per year, but it's mostly for food preservation, according to an official with one of the major makers.
Klook's COO talks $200 million in Series E funding and outlook on travel post-Covid
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailKlook's COO talks $200 million in Series E funding and outlook on travel post-CovidInvestors are very bullish about the return of travel post-coronavirus, says Eric Gnock Fah, chief operating officer and co-founder of travel experience booking platform Klook.
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Wheels Up in talks with SPAC to go public: sources
Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle has engaged with potential investors to buy into a private investment in public equity, or PIPE, transaction to raise additional funding for the deal to invest in Wheels Up, the sources said. The sources, who requested anonymity to discuss the transaction, cautioned that it is possible talks could still collapse. Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle and Wheels Up did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The SPAC raised around $225 million in an initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange in September. A SPAC is a shell company that raises funds in an initial public offering (IPO) with the aim of acquiring a private company, which then becomes public as result of the merger.
China, India's COVID-19 vaccinations to stretch to late 2022: study
Slideshow ( 2 images )SINGAPORE (Reuters) - COVID-19 vaccination programmes in China and India will stretch until late 2022 due to the sheer size of their population, and more than 85 poor countries will not have widespread access to vaccines before 2023, a study showed on Wednesday. While rapid development of vaccines has raised hopes for an end to the year-long pandemic, concerns over unequal distribution have also mounted due to production problems and large bilateral deals between wealthy countries and drug makers. U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that the United States aims to secure an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and its partner BioNTech and Moderna Inc by summer. In Europe, the European Commission is setting up a proposal to restrict COVID-19 vaccine exports amid frustration over delays in deliveries of AstraZeneca’s vaccine and other supply problems. “Most developing countries will not have widespread access to the shots before 2023 at the earliest,” Agathe Demarais, director of the Economist Intelligence Unit, the research division of the Economist Group, said in its study.
Greta Thunberg's generation most likely to believe climate change is a crisis: poll
The survey included responses from more than 1.2 million people in 50 countries, the largest survey ever on climate change. Among the findings of the “People’s Climate Vote” survey was that close to 70% of people under 18 believe climate change is a global emergency versus 58% of those over 60. The United Nations Development Programme’s Cassie Flynn said this showed a “groundswell of support for ambitious climate action” that world leaders should take on board. Support for climate action everywhere was much higher among those who had gone to university, the survey showed. Overall, the most popular climate policy was efforts to conserve forests and land, receiving support from 54% of respondents.
Heavy industry, transport sectors to align on net-zero climate plans
It is intended to complement rising international ambition to make the aggressive emissions cuts scientists say are necessary to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Companies in the agreement represent seven global industries - steel, cement, chemicals, aluminum, shipping, aviation, and trucking – that together account for nearly one-third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The partnership aims to accelerate global efforts to combat climate change under the Paris climate agreement. We Mean Business is co-organizing the partnership with the Energy Transitions Commission, Rocky Mountain Institute and the World Economic Forum. The organizers say they hope the partnership will create momentum for the next round of international climate talks in Glasgow in November.
Factbox: Global tech giants expanding in Singapore
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has years been a destination for multinationals and banks and more recently global technology giants have been setting up regional hubs in what some see as a neutral base amid trade tension between China and the United States. It is also doubling its data centre capacity in the country. - Facebook Inc is setting up an engineering team in Singapore to focus on its China advertising business, Reuters reported. - Twitter is setting up its first Asia-Pacific engineering centre in Singapore. The company said it would hire 65 technical staff covering product, software and data engineering and data science.
Singapore faces talent crunch as tech giants scale up
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - At least three recruiters approach Singapore-based software engineer Xiao Yuguang every day with job offers. Singapore is aiming to become a regional tech hub but faces a severe talent crunch as more firms move in, interviews with more than a dozen recruiters, companies and workers show. “There are a lot of tech companies coming in and it’s a small island,” said Raagulan Pathy, head of enterprise Asia Pacific at Zoom, which plans to hire hundreds of engineers. The Economic Development Board (EDB) is getting healthy interest from global tech companies keen to expand operations, it said. The EDB has various programmes to bridge the skills shortage including one that helps tech companies bring in talent from overseas and a new work visa for top-tier tech executives.
Junior bankers feel left behind in COVID-era banking boom
(Reuters) - As top investment bankers orchestrated major deals through Zoom during the coronavirus pandemic, junior staffers say they were often sitting home, bored and alone, discouraged by an industry that has struggled to retain fresh talent. FILE PHOTO: A street sign, Wall Street, is seen outside New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, New York, U.S., January 3, 2019. The pandemic stifled those requests, because senior bankers opted to handle more work themselves rather than rely on juniors they could not easily supervise, he said. She maintained a running list of COVID-19 actions by governments before the International Monetary Fund started publishing an official list and offered it to senior bankers for client presentations. Along with one-on-one check-ins, the games are part of an “aggressive” effort to connect with the department’s 60 junior bankers, she said.
Taliban backs vaccine drive as Afghan government receives $112 million funding pledge
KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban militant movement gave its backing on Tuesday for a coronavirus vaccination campaign in Afghanistan that has received a $112 million pledge from the World Health Organization’s COVAX programme. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters that the group would “support and facilitate” the vaccination drive conducted via health centres. Announcing the funding, an Afghan health official said the programme would cover the 20% of the country’s 38 million population. The COVAX programme is a global scheme to vaccinate people in poor and middle income countries against the coronavirus. It aims to deliver at least 2 billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021 to cover 20% of the most vulnerable people in 91 poor and middle-income countries.
Biden confronts Putin in call after years of Trump praise
Vladimir Putin spoke to the new American president for the first time on Tuesday. And after years of a cozy relationship with Trump, the Washington-Moscow dynamic is now very, very different. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul reacts.
AstraZeneca CEO: EU vaccine contract is ‘not a commitment’
He also denied allegations that the company had been selling its vaccines beyond the EU to make a quick buck. Some European leaders had reacted with outrage to Friday’s news that AstraZeneca’s scheduled COVID-19 vaccine supplies to the EU would be significantly cut. Soriot said the EU will receive 3 million doses once the vaccine is approved by the European Medicines Agency, and 17 million total by February. The EU “contract is very clear: Our commitment is, I am quoting, ‘our best effort,’” he said. Soriot denied that AstraZeneca was selling vaccines outside of the EU to make more money, underlining that the company was contractually obliged with Oxford University to make no profit.
Newly found Fukushima plant contamination may delay cleanup
Japan’s government and the operator of a wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 a removal of melted fuel will be postponed by about one year until late 2022 due to delayed development of a robotic arm in Britain amid the coronavirus pandemic. The lid contamination does not affect the environment as the containment vessels are enclosed inside the reactor buildings. The Fukushima plant was to start removing melted fuel debris from Unit 2, the first of three reactors, later this year ahead of the 10th anniversary of the accident. But in December, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government announced a delay until 2022. Massive radiation from the reactors has caused some 160,000 people to evacuate from around the plant.
No Mardi Gras parades, so thousands make ‘house floats’
All around the city, thousands of houses are being decorated as floats because the coronavirus pandemic has canceled parades that usually take place on Mardi Gras. All around the city, thousands of houses are being decorated as floats because the coronavirus pandemic has canceled parades that usually take place on Mardi Gras. She started a Facebook group, the Krewe of House Floats, expecting a few friends and neighbors to join. The crowdfunded decorations may be auctioned after Mardi Gras to raise more money, DeWulf said. “Even when Mardi Gras comes back, I think people are going to keep doing this,” he said.
Killer winter tornado stuns storm-savvy Alabama town
(AP Photo/Jay Reeves)FULTONDALE, Ala. (AP) — James Scott has never lived anywhere other than a two-story house on hilly Darlene Drive north of Birmingham. Home will never be the same after a tornado smashed the structure into pieces, killed another teen and left the community devastated in the middle of the night. “As soon as we got in there it hit, and it all came down on top of us,” Williams said. “I’m just so proud that Smokey is OK. One of my daughters had some guinea pigs and the other one had a turtle. ___Associated Press Writer Kim Chandler in Montgomery; Jeff Martin in Marietta, Georgia; and Desiree Mathurin in Atlanta contributed to this report.
Factbox: Latest on worldwide spread of the coronavirus
EUROPE* The daily number of new coronavirus infections in France stayed above 20,000 on average for the fourth straight day on Tuesday, while hospitalisations reached an eight-week high of 27,041. ASIA-PACIFIC* China recorded its lowest daily increase in COVID-19 cases in more than two weeks, with the country administering about 22.8 million doses of coronavirus vaccines. * Australia recorded a 10th straight day of no new local COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, allowing its most populous state of New South Wales to relax restrictions. * Mexico's Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said emergency use of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine should be authorized within days. * A volunteer in the local Peruvian trial of a coronavirus vaccine produced by China's Sinopharm Group Co Ltd has died from COVID-19-related pneumonia.
Surging atmospheric storm brings snow to Bay Area mountains
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY – The atmospheric storm battering the Bay Area with high winds and torrential rain on Tuesday night brought snow to the Santa Cruz Mountains. Snow was also reported at Cal Fire’s Saratoga Summit Fire Station 21 at 12900 Skyline Blvd., about 2,560 feet above sea level. SNOW AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS: Here’s a look at current conditions from CAL FIRE Station 21, Saratoga Summit in Santa Cruz County. Elevation: 2,560 feet above sea level #CaWx pic.twitter.com/hTbst1YBUS — CAL FIRE CZU (@CALFIRECZU) January 27, 2021In Sonoma County, snow was reported at 1,300 feet on Geysers Road above the Alexander Valley. San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose could see 3 inches or more of rain Wednesday, the Santa Cruz Mountains 6 to 8 inches, and Big Sur up to 14 inches, with the possibility of 20 inches or more in some areas if the storm stalls.
Crews rescue 3 climbers stranded near Sedona for days amid winter storms
Three climbers were stranded near Sedona near Haribo Canyon for days, according to a Facebook post from the Sedona Fire District. Crews received calls of the stranded climbers on Sunday afternoon, but the winter storms made it difficult for rescuers to find them, Sedona Fire said. On Tuesday, 48 hours after the first call came in, the break in severe weather allowed the Army National Guard to find the stranded climbers. With help from Coconino County Search and Rescue and Yavapai County Search and Rescue, the trio was rescued from the canyon and taken to the hospital by paramedics waiting for them on the ground, according to Sedona Fire. Since Sunday night, Sedona has seen about 8 inches of snow.
Climbers stranded near Sedona for 2 days rescued
Climbers stranded near Sedona for 2 days rescuedSeveral agencies rescued three stranded climbers on Tuesday who had been lost in a winter storm since Sunday near Haribo Canyon near Sedona.
Woman carjacked in Kenwood
An armed carjacking was reported Tuesday in Kenwood on the South Side. A 38-year-old woman was getting out of her car about 9:30 p.m. in the 4400 block of South Oakwnwald Avenue when four males armed with handguns got out of a red hatchback and approached her, Chicago police said. The carjackers took the woman’s purse and phone, police said. Police said the incident remains under investigation by Area One detectives and declined to provide further details. About an hour earlier, a man was carjacked at gunpoint in Edgewater on the North Side.
Court upholds order for Dakota Access environmental review
Dave KolpackAssociated PressFargo, N.D. – A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a district judge’s order for a full environmental impact review of the Dakota Access pipeline, but declined to shut the line down while the review is completed. Following a complaint by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said in April 2020 that a more extensive review was necessary than the environmental assessment conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile (1,886 kilometer) pipeline crosses beneath the Missouri River, just north of the the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. The group said President Joe Biden has the discretion to shut the pipeline down; last week, the leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, and Yankton Sioux Tribe wrote to the president asking him to do so. The Obama administration originally rejected permits for the project, and the Corps prepared to conduct a full environmental review.
Thieves trip ATM alarm, wait nearby for police, then go back for cash
Oakland County Sheriff's deputies are working to find four suspects accused of stealing from a credit union ATM in Pontiac this week. A security camera at the Chief Financial Credit Union in the 700 block of Joslyn captured the suspects dressed in black with hoods approaching the machine about 10 p.m. Monday, which triggered the alarm, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The group left, then returned about an hour later "and broke into the ATM, obviously waiting nearby to see if there would be a response from patrol cars," the Sheriff's Office said. The manager told deputies "a very large sum of cash" was missing from the ATM, parts of which remained on the ground. The credit union also plans to match the award, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.
Michigan driver swerves to avoid deer, ends up in river
The Detroit NewsA Berrien County woman had a close call this week when she plunged into a river trying to avoid hittin a deer on the road, Michigan State Police said. The 25-year-old was driving along East River Road in Buchanan Township in Berrien County in southwest Michigan about 10 a.m. Monday when she swerved to avoid a deer and lost control, state police said in a statement. Troopers from the MSP Niles Post, along with members of the Buchanan police and fire departments responded to the scene. Jaws of Life were used to free the driver after theo the car's roof was partially crushed, police said. Police warned of the dangers of swerving to avoid an animal and can lead to loss of control of the car.
UN panel: Yemen's war being fueled by economic profiteering
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Economic profiteering is fueling the catastrophe in Yemen, where a six-year war has involved attacks on civilians, forced disappearances and other violations of human rights and international law, U.N. experts said in a new report. The experts estimate Houthi rebels diverted at least $1.8 billion in 2019 that was supposed to go to the government to pay salaries and provide basic services to citizens. And they said the government implemented a scheme to illegally divert to traders $423 million of Saudi money meant to buy rice and other commodities for the Yemeni people. Six years of war between a U.S.-backed Arab coalition supporting the internationally recognized government and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have been catastrophic for Yemen, killing more than 112,000 people, creating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, bringing the country to the brink of famine and wrecking infrastructure. It began with the 2014 Houthi takeover of the north, where the majority of Yemenis live, which prompted a destructive air campaign by the Saudi-led coalition, aimed at restoring the government.
Newly found Fukushima plant contamination may delay cleanup
TOKYO (AP) — A draft investigation report into the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown, adopted by Japanese nuclear regulators Wednesday, says it has detected dangerously high levels of radioactive contamination at two of the three reactors, adding to concerns about decommissioning challenges. The interim report said data collected by investigators showed that the sealing plugs sitting atop the No. 2 and 3 reactor containment vessels were as fatally contaminated as nuclear fuel debris that had melted and fell to the bottom of the reactors following the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake. The experts said the bottom of the sealed plug, a triple-layered concrete disc-shaped lid 12 meters (39 feet) in diameter sitting atop the primary containment vessel, is coated with high levels of radioactive Cesium 137. 1 reactor lid was less contaminated, presumably because the plug was slightly knocked out of place and disfigured due to the impact of the hydrogen explosion, the report said.
Districts to decide when schools reopen
In-person learning could be expanded to include more elementary schools and the older grades starting on Feb. 8, Gov. David Peercy, the president of Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education, said reopening schools will be a hard decision to make. To expand in-person learning, districts are required by PED to meet safety measures such as testing staff for the coronavirus. For those in a red county like APS, 25% of in-person staff will have to be tested weekly. Stewart said those educators and school staff members who are 75 and older can get the vaccine prior to Feb. 8.
Sandia Labs increased spending, hiring in 2020
Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque JournalThe global pandemic didn’t slow down spending at Sandia National Laboratories, which increased its workforce and total outlays in the 2020 fiscal year. The labs’ spending marked an $86.8 million increase from the previous fiscal year, according to an economic impact analysis by the labs that was published today. Sandia’s spending on goods and services from New Mexico business, at $482.6 million, was down from last year, when the labs spent $522 million. “At the end of the day, (the 2020 fiscal year) was still a fantastic year,” he said. In the 2020 fiscal year, Sandia paid a record $98 million in gross receipts taxes in New Mexico, according to the analysis.
AP Exclusive: DOJ rescinds ‘zero tolerance’ immigration rule
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........WASHINGTON — The Justice Department rescinded a Trump-era memo that established a “zero tolerance” enforcement policy for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, which resulted in thousands of family separations. “Consistent with this longstanding principle of making individualized assessments in criminal cases, I am rescinding — effective immediately — the policy directive,” Wilkinson wrote. The “zero tolerance” policy meant that any adult caught crossing the border illegally would be prosecuted for illegal entry. Most families have not been prosecuted under zero tolerance since 2018, when the separations were halted, though separations have continued on a smaller scale. The “zero tolerance” policy was one of several increasingly restrictive policies aimed at discouraging migrants from coming to the Southern border.
Lockdown cabin fever? Here are 56 tried, tested and terrific ways to beat the boredom
Listen to ShameDuring lockdown, you realise how much we rely on the world of the arts to make the endless hours pass. Photograph: Provided by Tim JonzeI tried to get through the first lockdown by drawing ponies for my four-year-old daughter to colour in. This lockdown I’m buzzin’: I’ve set up a YouTube fitness channel so everyone can watch and laugh, or join in. Train your kids to be massage therapistsThis lockdown, I’ve trained my daughters to walk on my back. Play a rowdy card gameDuring this lockdown, I’ve gone back to playing one of my favourite childhood card games: racing demon.
From ancient Egypt to Cardi B: a cultural history of the manicure
“My lightbulb moment came on a work trip to New York, where I noticed nail bars offering quick, cheap manicures for busy professionals. It highlighted, once again, that things born from black culture are rarely deemed acceptable unless repackaged in whiteness. But it was black women who would be at the helm of nail art’s modern cultural resurgence. Nail bars are an easy way to hide victims in plain sight, because the nail industry is completely unregulated. A change.org petition lobbying the prime minister to reopen the beauty industry was signed by nearly 30,000 people.
'We live here': fears tourist tweets on gay lifestyle may backfire on Bali's LGBT community
It was also, she said, a safe place for the black and queer community. Her description of the island as a welcoming place for LGBT travellers was among the comments they highlighted. “It is friendly here for LGBT tourists because they are here as tourists. “But we all have to understand the culture, and the local condition, and be careful with our actions to protect the local community. “It has now exploded into a story that has lasting repercussions on a very unprotected and vulnerable minority which is us, in the queer community,” Mata says.
'Pleasure ripped out': the people suffering long-term loss of taste after Covid
Around three weeks after Covid-19 completely took away her sense of smell and taste, Maggie Cubbler had a beer. Chrissi Kelly, the founder of smell loss charity AbScent, said there are over 200,000 cases of long-term anosmia in the UK, and smell loss had the potential to make people feel isolated and depressed. Recovery is a waiting game, but smell training can help hasten natural recovery. “It’s known that parosmia that follows complete smell loss is a sign of recovery where olfactory neurons are regenerating,” Smith said. It’s a really empty experience.”With her livelihood and passion revolving around food and wine, the smell loss could be life-changing.
Covid lies cost lives – we have a duty to clamp down on them
But in a marketplace, you are forbidden to make false claims about your product. The BBC has an unerring instinct for misjudging where debate about a matter of science lies. Lobby groups funded by plutocrats and corporations are responsible for much of the misinformation that saturates public life. False claims are big business: rich people and organisations will pay handsomely for others to spread them. Over the past 30 years, I have watched this business model spread like a virus through public life.
Why on earth did Radio 2 axe the heavenly Clare Teal?
The months since the injury to her brain have comprised a long and intensive programme of rehabilitation, and she only regained the ability to speak in sentences eight weeks ago. It was a remarkable interview because it came in the context of Burton-Hill’s entire work history and identity as a broadcaster, all built on her voice. The Woman’s Hour interview showed that, despite the traumas of the last year, she still has those skills. It sounded like two broadcasters working out this story together, navigating a new landscape of communication and peeking under the bonnet of speech radio to see how it works. Burton-Hill’s journey of survival was awe-inspiring.
How Sarah Kane’s dark genius prophesied our troubled world
Which playwright can best describe the Covid-blighted world we’re now in? The answer could well be someone who died young 22 years ago: Sarah Kane. Her remarkable legacy is worth reflecting on again as we approach what would have been her 50th birthday on February 3. When she took her own life in February 1999 – at the age of 28 – there was shock, mixed with sadness. Even though it retains its controversy, the fuss about Kane’s stage-imagery has given way to a broad recognition of the potency of her vision.
Callum Scott Howells, star of It’s a Sin: Aids killed millions, yet I was never taught about it at school
He’s done so by landing the most talked-about role in the most talked-about TV show of the year so far – Russell T Davies’s gut-wrenching Channel 4 drama about the Aids crisis in the 1980s, It’s a Sin. I never thought TV was accessible for a young Welsh actor.”Speaking to me over Zoom from his childhood bedroom, Howells – who has sat out the whole pandemic in his family home – can still barely contain himself. Howells’s mother, a “powerhouse” NHS catering manager, and father, an operations manager for Ginsters, have backed Howells’s acting dream from the start. Howells may have grown up in the tolerant climate of the 2010s, but education on Aids was shamefully absent from his school curriculum. How can this thing happen, literally kill millions of people, and yet they can’t even implement it in education.
Meet 'Russia's Mark Zuckerberg', the billionaire exile behind Telegram
Pavel Durov, the Russian entrepreneur behind messaging app Telegram whose wealth has been estimated at $3.4bn (£2.4bn), wore his typical outfit of a black shirt and jacket. Durov was celebrating his app reaching 100m users. In recent months, Durov’s encrypted messaging app has exploded in popularity. But Durov, who is often referred to as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg, faces an uncertain future. Born in 1984 in Saint Petersburg, Durov and his family spent years in Turin while his lecturer father taught there.
'Quirky and creative': how Ella Emhoff - Kamala Harris's stepdaughter - became a new fashion star
The Inauguration of President Joseph Biden last week was an occasion with fewer people but just as much pomp and celebration as anyone could expect from a presidential ceremony. Yet one of the most buzzed-about attendees wasn’t the Vice President or former FLOTUS, but a 22-year-old, vintage-adoring, cow-tattoo-sporting Brooklynite: Ella Emhoff, VP Kamala Harris’s stepdaughter. Emhoff became a social-media sensation thanks to her embellished plaid Miu Miu coat. One Twitter user said, “Excited for Ella Emhoff to become a style icon over the next four years,” while another added that “Ella Emhoff did with one coat what Ivanka couldn't get done in four years. Instant style icon.”
Set of Spanish Armada maps saved from export to US after Royal Navy Museum raised £600,000
A complete set of Spanish Armada maps have been saved from being exported to the US after the National Museum of the Royal Navy raised £600,000 to buy them. The ten “incredibly rare” maps plot the defeat of the Spanish Armada and were due to be sold by the Astor family, which includes Samantha Cameron, who is the stepdaughter of William Waldorf Astor III, 4th Viscount Astor, to an unknown America buyer, until the culture minister Caroline Dinenage, imposed a three-month export ban last year. The ban was placed in the hope a UK gallery or institution might step forward to rescue the maps, which the Royal Navy museum succeeded in doing.
How the corset has made an unlikely comeback during lockdown
“After rejoicing in not having to get dressed up to leave the house, and enjoying spending time in comfortable clothes like loungewear, many are now simply fed up... They're missing the person they used to see in the mirror before the first lockdown,” she says. “They've realised that nice clothes lift your mood and they're doing something about it,” she adds. That's perhaps the better option for sitting at your desk all day on video calls anyway. Real Regency corsets had more of a lift and separate effect, creating two distinct breasts.”I wonder, though, whether the present consumer interest in corsets is, in some ways, a rather porous and necessarily a historic one.
Belfast, Dundee and Exeter the most likely to become leading UK tech hubs
Belfast, Dundee and Exeter are the most likely cities to become leading UK tech hubs this year, according to a new study that experts say should be used to steer Britain's levelling-up agenda. It said London, Manchester and Cambridge were the highest performing cities for meeting this ratio, with all three already established hubs. Those with the most potential to turn into tech hubs this year, however, were Belfast, Dundee and Exeter. Dr George Windsor, head of insights at Tech Nation, said: "The Scale Ratio tells us about the growth potential of the UK’s tech hubs and provides the levelling up agenda with new evidence to boost regional ecosystem development." Digital minister Caroline Dinenage, meanwhile, said the figures "show the resilience and potential of the UK's regional tech hubs which continue to create new investment and jobs".
Midlife drinking diaries: Why the boom in home boozing could be a problem
A good glass of wine is one of the few remaining pleasures yet to have evaporated in lockdown. The biggest jump was among those aged 55-64, which has left experts warning that for midlifers, at-home lockdown drinking could be more harmful than a night out. He explains that when we drink in groups, we “subconsciously conform” to the level of other people’s consumption. Prof Nutt adds that we may be less likely to notice our “incompetence”, such as slurred speech, when drinking behind closed doors. If we’ll be at home for the foreseeable, being aware of what we’re drinking is non-negotiable, experts say.
Despite the big numbers, not all tech giants are created equal
The disconnect seems most pronounced for individual firms, such as Tesla - which represents 13pc of the index’s value but only 7pc of its earnings. Then again, although markets are unquestionably frothy, there is one big difference between 1999 and today. Too often, the Silicon Valley giants are viewed as an amorphous mass where in reality they are a diverse group of companies with different prospects. Makers of electric cars and smartphones like Tesla and Apple, bear remarkably little in common with Facebook or Amazon, for example. If not all tech companies are created equal, it seems plausible that 2021 may be the year when we see a more hard-headed reappraisal of the sector - and a decoupling between the long-term winners and losers.
‘Lockdown’s much easier now I’ve turned my car into my escape room’
Being stuck in the house with my husband and three children during lockdown has not been a magical experience, but now I have found a new happy place – my car. After all, it’s far enough to be peaceful but close enough to access our house Wi-Fi and the loo. One day I took a call in my car because, honestly, there was nowhere in the house that hadn’t been taken over by a child, a husband or Lego. In my car, I actually managed to have a full conversation without being interrupted – of course, the key to this was that no one actually knew where I was. But my point is, this has since become a habit and I am not the only one.
COVID-19: AstraZeneca boss blames 'glitches' for vaccine supply delays in Europe
In an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Pascal Soriot admitted there had been "teething problems" in various regions, including Europe and the UK. He said: "But the UK contract was signed three months before the European vaccine deal, so with the UK we have had an extra three months to fix all the glitches we experienced. "As for Europe, we are three months behind in fixing those glitches." Mr Soriot said his company's global capacity is about 100 million vaccine doses a month, adding that most vaccines have a capacity of 100 million doses a year. Subscribe to the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker"I'm European, I have Europe at heart...
Elephants play in rare Arizona snowfall
The elephants take advantage of the rare snowfall, in a usually warm and dry part of the US, to frolic and roll about.
Two Tokyo doctors indicted without arrest over toddler's death
Two doctors were indicted Tuesday without arrest on a charge of negligence resulting in the death of a 2-year-old boy at a Tokyo hospital in 2014 due to excessive use of a sedative. The anesthesiologists who worked at Tokyo Women’s Medical University Hospital — Toru Kotani and Satoshi Fukuda — were charged with administering an excessive dose of the sedative propofol after the boy, Kosuke, underwent neck surgery on Feb. 18, 2014. Although police referred a total of six doctors to Tokyo prosecutors last year, the two were deemed to have heavier responsibility in the fatal case and were charged, while the remaining four were not indicted. “I do not feel that the doctors, including the two indicted, and the hospital are facing up to the death of my son,” Kosuke’s mother said Tuesday. | COURTESY OF KOSUKE’S FAMILY / VIA KYODOAdministration of the sedative to children requiring artificial ventilation is banned in principle due to the risk of side effects, but doctors are allowed to exercise their discretion.
Holocaust Memorial Day: Plans unveiled for vast memorial complex at Ukraine's Babi Yar
Ukraine has marked Holocaust Memorial Day by confirming its plans for a memorial centre on the site of one of the worst massacres of Jews during the Second World War. Nearly 34,000 people were murdered by Nazi German forces and local collaborators over two days in September 1941 at Babi Yar, a site on the outskirts of the country’s capital Kyiv. The Babi Yar site was largely neglected until five years ago but will soon host a large complex that includes places for religious worship, museum and exhibition spaces, and a structure depicting the victims’ names. The Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Centre says the first synagogue on the site will be completed in time to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the massacre in September. Memories and discussion of the Babi Yar massacre were widely suppressed in Soviet-era Ukraine after the Second World War.
Reactor lids at Fukushima plant likely to be highly contaminated
The group showed the possibility in a draft of a new interim report on the nuclear accident. 3 reactors conducted in September 2019 and later following the decline of radiation dose and progress in the decommissioning work. The first interim report was compiled in October 2014. 3 reactor buildings, a very high radiation dose was measured near the three-layered reinforced concrete lids, or shield plugs, at the upper part of the reactor containment vessels, according to the draft report. The new interim report will be adopted by the end of March.
Biden administration 'actively looking' at mandating COVID-19 testing on domestic flights
The Biden administration is 'actively looking' at expanding mandatory COVID-19 testing to travelers on US domestic flights, a senior Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official said on Tuesday. On a call with reporters, Dr Marty Cetron, director for the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at CDC, was asked about whether new domestic travel testing requirements might be employed. Last week, President Joe Biden directed US agencies to make recommendations to 'impose additional public health measures for domestic travel' and to consider new requirements for people crossing land borders. In discussions with airline officials, the CDC has said it is considering requiring domestic testing, too. 'We have concern about the mutation that's in South Africa,' Fauci told 'CBS This Morning.'
[Newsmaker] N. Korea touts nicotine replacement supplements
NATIONAL‘Let’s quit smoking for the future,’ an anti-smoking poster on Meari, a North Korean propaganda news website was published on Monday. (Meari-Yonhap)People holding Juyeom tea, a dietary supplement made out of natural herbs and tree oil extractions, known to help quit smoking. (Meari-Yonhap)For many smokers, quitting smoking might be on top of their list of new year’s resolutions, and it appears that North Korea is also no exception.An article titled, “Anti-smoking and our lives” was published on Meari, one of North Korea’s propaganda media websites, on Monday, promoting the nation’s anti-smoking activities, campaigns and research centers specializing in treatments to stop smoking.Since the enactment of an anti-smoking law on Nov. 4. last year that banned smoking in public places, North Korea has been frequently publicizing their efforts through propaganda outlets, as well as putting up no-smoking signs and posters on streets and buildings.On one poster emblazoned with the slogan, “Let’s quit smoking for the future,” it says quitting tobacco is essential for the well-being of oneself and their families.Nicotine replacement therapies as well as dietary supplements were among some of the most widely used methods in North Korea to help smokers kick the habit, according to the article.One of the steady sellers, developed 10 years ago by the nation’s anti-smoking research center, is a supplement dubbed “nutritious eggs.” The white tablets, shaped like marbles, are made out of natural herbs and claims to help people quit smoking while also improving the body’s immune functions.Other aids include nicotine badges, dietary supplements and drinks made from medicinal herbs. The ingredients and processing methods were made with the country’s patented technology, the article said.The research center also carries out body checks for smokers and offers education programs on how to quit smoking through subsequent counseling sessions, it added.Kim Sung-kyung, a professor at th
Heavy security, roads closed after Delhi farmer riots
Advertising Read moreNew Delhi (AFP)Indian police imposed heavy security and closed several main roads around New Delhi on Wednesday a day after farmers went on the rampage the capital, leaving one person dead and dozens injured. Around the city, security forces fought running battles with demonstrators. Elsewhere people cheered and applauded as farmers went past waving Indian flags and blowing horns. Home Minister Amit Shah ordered 15 companies of paramilitaries to boost security forces in the capital, according to media reports. On Thursday morning a number of major roads were blocked by police and security forces set up barricades, leading to major traffic congestion.
Six best wines to buy for Lunar New Year
Distiller HiteJinro Co. has released a wide range of wine gift sets ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday season.The new wine range includes bottles from internationally renowned wineries such as Cambria, Sterling and Tarapaca as well as Marques de Riscal and Taittinger.From best-value bottles to limited editions, the gift sets range in price from 50,000 won ($42.25) to 1 million won. Hailing from multiple countries with different tastes, the they are a great gift for loved ones during Seollal, the company said.Produced from one of the world’s most respected wineries, Marques de Riscal Frank Gehry Selection is inspired by renowned architect Frank Gehry who is behind the Hotel Marques de Riscal. Only a dozen bottles are available.As the name suggests, Taittinger Artist Collection Vintage Brut comes in a bottle decorated with some of the most famous artworks of the 21st century. The 14th edition will feature the work of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado.Essence de Dourthe, a wine from Bordeaux that has won multiple awards, will also go on sale, while the Cambria wine set consists of Julia‘s Vineryard Pinot Noir and Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay.Vintner‘s Collection, which comes with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, is made by Sterling Vineyards in Napa, California, who has served the exclusive wine at the Oscars.Hailing from Chile, the Tarapaca Reserva set is from a brand that has won over 400 awards.The wines are currently on sale at the main branch of Shinsegae Department Store as well as a few select branches of Hyundai Department Store.By Yim Hyun-su ( hyunsu@heraldcorp.com
Pets and COVID-19: What owners should know
Owners who are home-isolating after coming into contact with a patient should be taking the same precautions as if they were contagious so as not to sicken their pets,” he said.“If there is a chance you might be sick, avoid patting, hugging or kissing your pets. Wear face masks if you can’t keep a safe distance,” he added.When pets come down with COVID-19, they can show cold-like symptoms and possibly loss of appetite, diarrhea or other digestive symptoms, according to veterinary medicine professor Dr. Woo Hee-jong of Seoul National University.“Fortunately, most of the pets known to have had COVID-19 had only mild illness. Both are capable of developing symptoms.The organization said the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to have emerged from an animal source, likely a bat, and then spilled over to people. Shin Hyoung-shik, the president of the Korean Society for Zoonoses, said, “Based on the limited information available, the risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is deemed to be low.
[Newsmaker] N. Korea touts nicotine replacement supplements
‘Let’s quit smoking for the future,’ an anti-smoking poster on Meari, a North Korean propaganda news website was published on Monday. (Meari-Yonhap)For many smokers, quitting smoking might be on top of their list of new year’s resolutions, and it appears that North Korea is also no exception. Nicotine replacement therapies as well as dietary supplements were among some of the most widely used methods in North Korea to help smokers kick the habit, according to the article. Other aids include nicotine badges, dietary supplements and drinks made from medicinal herbs. People holding Juyeom tea, a dietary supplement made out of natural herbs and tree oil extractions, known to help quit smoking.
Preemptive COVID-19 tests ordered for missionary society, as cluster infections near 300
IEM School students and instructors, who tested positive for COVID-19 while attending a winter retreat at a church in Hongcheon, southeast of Seoul, prepare to board a bus bound for a residential treatment center on Tuesday. (Yonhap)A Christian missionary society has been ordered or advised to conduct coronavirus tests for people at all of its affiliated schools and facilities in South Korea, government officials said Wednesday, as a cluster of COVID-19 infections tied to a subsidiary school has so far infected nearly 300. The government agency said it had conducted on-site inspections at 40 IM-related schools and facilities and ordered or advised the society to carry out COVID-19 tests for all people at 32 facilities. The missionary society reportedly runs 23 educational facilities with 841 students and teaching staff in 11 metropolitan cities and provinces nationwide. The IEM School has so far reported 133 infected cases, including students and instructors, while another IM-affiliated school in Gwangju, the TCS Ace International School, has reported 109 infections.
Pets and COVID-19: What owners should know
Owners who are home-isolating after coming into contact with a patient should be taking the same precautions as if they were contagious so as not to sicken their pets,” he said.“If there is a chance you might be sick, avoid patting, hugging or kissing your pets. Wear face masks if you can’t keep a safe distance,” he added.When pets come down with COVID-19, they can show cold-like symptoms and possibly loss of appetite, diarrhea or other digestive symptoms, according to veterinary medicine professor Dr. Woo Hee-jong of Seoul National University.“Fortunately, most of the pets known to have had COVID-19 had only mild illness. Both are capable of developing symptoms.The organization said the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to have emerged from an animal source, likely a bat, and then spilled over to people. Shin Hyoung-shik, the president of the Korean Society for Zoonoses, said, “Based on the limited information available, the risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is deemed to be low.
Japan’s diplomatic note on the South China Sea shows its self-interest at play
Ding Duo+ FOLLOWDing Duo is an associate research fellow at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS). His research interests include general theory of public international law, international law of the sea, and South China Sea issues. Ding obtained his Master's and PhD in Law from Yonsei University, Korea.
Lawyer says Pelosi laptop hasn't been recovered from suspect
Lawyer says Pelosi laptop hasn't been recovered from suspect A defense lawyer says a laptop stolen from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the U.S. Capitol attack hasn't been recovered by investigatorsHARRISBURG, Pa. -- A laptop stolen from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the U.S. Capitol attack has not been recovered from the home or car of a Pennsylvania woman accused of helping steal it, the woman's lawyer said Tuesday. Sedky told the judge there is evidence Williams has directed others to delete data after the attack, the paper said. Video from the riot shows a woman matching Williams’ description exhorting invaders to go “upstairs, upstairs, upstairs” during the attack. The FBI has said Williams was recorded on closed-circuit cameras in the Capitol going into and coming out of Pelosi’s office. An FBI affidavit said a cellphone video likely shot by Williams showed a man’s gloved hand lifting an HP laptop from a table, and the caption read, “they got the laptop.”
UN global climate poll: ‘People’s voice is clear – they want action’
The biggest ever opinion poll on climate change has found two-thirds of people think it is a “global emergency”. The survey shows people across the world support climate action and gives politicians a clear mandate to take the major action needed, according to the UN organisation that carried out the poll. Even when climate action required significant changes in their own country, majorities still backed the measures. “The voice of the people is clear – they want action on climate change,” said Cassie Flynn, the UNDP’s strategic adviser on climate change. “If 64% of the world’s people are believing in a climate emergency then it helps governments to respond to the climate crisis as an emergency.
US likely to be first Western nation to crush Covid-19
Europe’s bungled rollout of coronavirus vaccines makes it likely that the United States will be the first big Western nation to eliminate the Covid-19 pandemic, German immunologists told Asia Times in interviews this week. The only country acting faster is the United Kingdom, with a daily vaccination rate of 0.5 doses per 100 people. That should be sufficient to give America “herd immunity,” slowing the future spread of the virus to very low levels. Virologists believe that “herd immunity” will be achieved when somewhere between 43% and 60% of the population becomes resistant to COVID-19. The United States is acting aggressively to source the RNA-messenger vaccine that appears most effective in reducing the spread of the virus.
A rise in student suicides has pushed the 5th largest US school district to speed up a return to in-person learning
(CNN) The fifth-largest district in the United States is expediting its plan to bring students back for in-person learning after a rise in student suicides. Nevada's Clark County School District, which has more than 326,000 students enrolled, has been fully remote since March 2020 -- when the Covid-19 pandemic began. In the nine months since March, there have been 19 student suicides in the district, a school official confirmed to CNN. The district did not give evidence of a direct link between the deaths and remote learning. There was one more death earlier this month, a district official confirmed to CNN on Monday.
Coalition Calls for Urgent Action On Livestock Antibiotic Overuse
WASHINGTON - The Antibiotics Off The Menu (AOTM) coalition has released a statement calling for the Biden Administration to address the ongoing global threat of antibiotic resistance at the federal level, and for the restaurant industry to continue taking action to limit the use of medically important antibiotics on livestock. Through AOTM, Center for Food Safety works in coalition with other public interest, animal welfare, and environmental groups seeking to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics in treating sick people and sick animals. Jaydee Hanson, policy director at Center for Food Safety, released the following statement:SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT Never Miss a Beat. “Bacterial resistance to antibiotic drugs is one of the most serious global health threats in the world today. Before COVID-19, diseases like Tuberculosis were death sentences to millions of people around the world, while medically important antibiotics used to treat them were fed to chicken, pigs, and cows.
As Planet Cooks, One of the World's Coldest Towns Bids to Host 2032 Summer Olympics
"So, there was this crazy idea: to host the Summer Games in one of the coldest towns on the planet." The risks will be severe and unavoidable," said Joe Hobbs, a Fridays For Future activist and operations director for Climate Cardinals. "Global warming does not have to be a self-fulfilling prophecy and everyone can make a significant and decisive contribution to stop this process." "Global warming does not have to be a self-fulfilling prophecy and everyone can make a significant and decisive contribution to stop this process." "The ice sheets are now following the worst-case climate warming scenarios set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change," Slater added.
January 27, 2021 – Consortiumnews
On this day in 2018 Consortium News lost its founder and editor Robert Parry, who succumbed to cancer at 68. We look back on his life in this video of his memorial service held on April 14, 2018. Read more ?
More US Lawmakers Urged to Speak Out Against ‘Vaccine Apartheid’ for Palestinians
The progressive Jewish organization IfNotNow questions why more Democrats aren’t decrying Israel’s exclusion of millions of people in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. “The Netanyahu administration has a moral and humanitarian obligation to ensure that both Israelis and Palestinians have access to vaccines,” she wrote. Netanyahu must ensure that both Israelis and Palestinians have access to the Covid vaccine. “If it is the responsibility of the Israeli Health Minister to take care of the Palestinians what exactly is the responsibility of the Palestinian Health Minister? “Israel’s Covid-19 vaccine program highlights the institutionalized discrimination that defines the Israeli government’s policy towards Palestinians.
Toosdai Critters: Idle Paws
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Biden Calls Putin, Puts Him on Notice
Sorry, Putin, looks like your days of pushing around the White House are over. America has a real President again, one who is not afraid to directly confront you about interfering in our democracy. Oh, and that thing about putting bounties on American troops. Because we, and President Biden, aren’t going to let you forget about that one any time soon. I’m sure it was nice dealing with a total boot-licking pushover, but those times are over.
Meghan McCain fighting dying GOP, Teachers get a bad rap, voter suppression, & more
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My Shortest Diary Ever
A colleague of mine — about whom I’ve written before — just called me on the office intercom to needle me over the “fact,” which he saw in the New York Post, that “Biden got $145 million in dark money.”During the brief conversation that ensued, my colleague said inter alia that he “thought the Post was liberal,” and asked, “What’s dark money?”That is all.
Kellyanne Conway accused of posting topless photo of teenage daughter on Twitter
Kellyanne has more than 3 million Twitter followers, all of whom had the ability to view the nude photo. In videos posted to TikTok on Monday, Claudia first lashed out at people for spreading this information, assuming it was a rumor. While the videos have since been deleted, Twitter users reposted copies of the videos. The incident follows a series of videos Claudia shared to her TikTok last week alleging that her mother has been “physically, mentally, and emotionally abusive” towards her. The videos from Jan. 19 depict Kellyanne not only shouting at but cursing, belittling, and even seemingly hitting her daughter.
Romanian Royal Artifacts
In 1926, Queen Marie dedicated the Maryhill Museum. The Maryhill Art Museum near Goldendale, Washington has a large collection of Romanian items which had once belonged to Queen Marie. Queen Marie gave the desk to Alma Spreckels in 1922 and Alma donated it to the Maryhill Museum of Art. Shown above is Queen Marie’s corner throne which was made for her in 1908. She later gave the chair to Alma Spreckels and Alma gave it to the Maryhill Museum.
Mendacious "Manufactured Outrage" Meme
Qoup d'TrumpA friend of mine recently sent me a slick little piece of propaganda that’s apparently been circulating on various rwnj websites that seeks to minimize the seriousness of the Jan 6 Capitol Insurrection and attempted Qanon coup by making blatantly misleading and utterly disingenuous comparisons with all the various BLM protests, including those hijacked by the anarchist black bloc types. I’m not going to include the actual hit job here, or even a link to it (let alone refute it point-by-point, which any of us could do in our sleep), though any search on the terms “Manufactured Outrage” or “Your Outrage is Manufactured” is sure to turn it up. Instead, I’m more interested in finding out how things like this actually get created and launched in the first place. From what I’ve been able to find so far, its first appearance seems to have been on a really obscure rw/ct website called theburningplatform.com (at least I’d never run across it before) run by one Jim (or James) Quinn with an actual PO Box in Kulpsville, PA, sometime around 1:30 pm est on Jan 8. Since no one seems to be claiming authorship over this particularly obnoxious bit of offal, is it likely that Quinn is the original creator and his website the actual launch platform, or is there someone here more adept at this type of dreadful internet detective work who can trace it back to an even earlier source?
Old to New III
When your wood rack is beginning to show its age and you have accumulated old cedar fencing and 4x4 posts it is time to get busy and build anew from old. The old wood rack as you can see was on its last legs, err props and since I am now “retired” I have no excuses left for not getting it cleaned up and rebuilt. So having a number of already planed cedar fence boards, see prior Old to new II diary and a handy planer I got to work. Old Redwood decking waiting for a new useSeveral pieces of old redwood decking were around along with some truly ugly 4x4 pence posts which had rotted out at ground level. Oh, and in the background is a garden tool shed which was another project I did many years ago….not a old to new though.
Dialing for vaccine
So, first the vaccine was supposedly available though the Georgia Department of Health, just not in our county. Then “they said” our county health department had vaccine. We copied the link to 3 devices, got all insurance cards out, set timers for 5:59, and then… The website, listing each county which would have vaccine. Muscogee county had 203, 0.1% of the population of the county (completely not including adjacent counties, like mine, with no vaccine). And there is currently no vaccine for people under the age of 16.
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN--Day6--Evening Shade-Tuesday
xVP Harris at the National Institutes of Health: "I want to say to everyone who works here: I know who you are. I know what you do. I know that you work around the clock with those experiments that have to be checked on every few hours."
2021: Inauguration Is Funny; It Makes a Cloudy Day Sunny
Luckily, Dr. Ellen Alexander, a young, feminist postdoc geologist at University of Colorado Boulder, immediately saw what was going on and got busy tweeting. x FLOTUS Dr. Jill Biden as Aquamarine (a variety of Beryl) pic.twitter.com/ra8GA5GpKH — Dr. Ellen Alexander (@ellenwalex) January 20, 2021Dr. Jill Biden’s entire ensemble is by Markarian, a label of Alexandra O’Neill that WaPo says is “sustainability-focused”. [Bernie tweet — Doug tweet]x Doug Emhoff as Onyx pic.twitter.com/Wmpv7dU4b9 — Dr. Ellen Alexander (@ellenwalex) January 20, 2021Second gentleman Doug Emhoff wore a coat by Ralph Lauren. You go, Dr. Alexander! First, though, here’s a reminder that, if you missed any part of Inauguration Day, or want to see something again, everything is up on their YouTube page.
Top Comments: The Sliver of a Silver Lining Inside the Pandemic Cloud
While everything about the pandemic is horrible and seems never-ending, I have found a small, but detectable silver lining: disabled people with funds (i.e. Please send comments (before 9:30pm ET) by email to topcomments@gmail.com or by our KosMail message board . There’s a lot that sucks, but that’s what makes finding a silver lining in all those gray clouds extra special. Discovering a bit of a silver lining peeking out from behind ever dark clouds has been a blessing. Have any of you found a silver lining in the past terrible, awful, most horrendous year?
'Give her her due': Biden expected to tap commissioned officer and nurse acting surgeon general
President Joe Biden names Rear Admiral Susan Orsega acting surgeon general. President Joe Biden is certainly not sitting on his hands during the devastating coronavirus pandemic. His administration is expected to tap nurse and Rear Admiral Susan Orsega for the role as the nation’s doctor, two anonymous sources told The Washington Post. Orsega is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service corps, which she thanked in 2019 when she was honored with the HRH Princess Muna Al Hussein Award for her contributions to health care internationally. "It is a mobile, duty-bound group of 6,300 uniformed health officers willing to go anywhere at any time to meet the nation's most urgent public health needs."
PWB Peeps: Toosdai Evening: Srs Not-Srs Poetry for Today, January 26, 2021, Illustrated!
Let’s investigate what today is, because we need all the holidaze we can celebrate, right? This is an Open Thread, so please feel free to add your favorite pomes and photoes and holidaze for today in the Comments! How to Observe National Plan for Vacation Day Celebrate the day for planning out your vacation days for the upcoming year. Project: Time Off has a vacation planning tool where you can enter the number of days you will have off and how you want to spend them. This can also easily be done as there are many places close to home where vacations can be taken.
Are schools risking student and teacher safety to rush reopening during COVID-19 pandemic?
Just how much risk districts should take on in the name of reopening is a question school districts throughout the country are grappling with. “What CPS is asking educators to do is like asking someone to jump out of a plane holding a blanket when a parachute is a few rows back,” Thad Goodchild, deputy general counsel for the union, told the Sun-Times. In Los Angeles, the school district's top official is similarly advocating for vaccinations before reopening for kindergarten and older students. “The (President Joe) Biden Administration has set a goal of administering 100 million doses in the next 100 days,” Beutner said. But after receiving multiple complaints from worried educators and activists, administrators pushed back the return date for older children.
Biden purchases 200 million more doses of vaccine, expects to vaccinate every U.S. adult by summer
Getting everyone vaccinated by summer or early fall means not just coming up with more doses, but increasing the rate of vaccination by two to three times. Biden pledged to meet that challenge. As first steps, he notified states that starting next week the number of doses going out will increase from about 8.5 million to 10 million a week. President Biden mentioned several times his intuition to use the Defense Production Act, not just to secure more vaccine, but to make sure there are adequate supplies. That includes the vials and syringes needed for vaccination, personal protective equipment needed to protect healthcare workers, and swabs and reagents needed for testing.
Overnight News Digest January 26, 2021
White residents, even as a minority, often vote as a bloc and drown out the voices of Black and brown voters. “There’s no shot against anybody because they’re a white man or a white woman. Houston Chronicle: Harris County rolls out 'Ready Harris' COVID-19 vaccine portal by Alison MedleyIt can be a confusing, frustrating challenge for many Houstonians trying to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in Harris County. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine shouldn’t be like the Hunger Games. The process will no longer be implemented on a first-come, first-serve basis, a Harris County Health press release stated.
The Insomniacs' Vent Hole w
The Insomniacs' Vent Hole is a latenight gathering for non-serious palaver. Violation of IVH rules will result in expulsion without refund. A copy of IVH rules can be obtained from one or more members wearing tie-dyed oxford shirts after submitting written requests. _____________________________________________________________________________________“We love you so much and we’re going to be here every night trying to make you laugh and trying to bring a bit of light and levity to your day whenever we can.” James Corden. Last night I made a comment about the pattern on this door at the Palace in Fez.
Hidden History: The Dire Wolf--The Big Bad Wolf Was Not Really a Wolf After All
Dire Wolf skulls on display at the LaBrea Tarpits museum in Los AngelesThe Dire Wolf has been one of the most common fossils to be found in North American Ice Age deposits. Since there are many thousands of Dire Wolf bones that are both relatively recent and quite well-preserved, she assumed this would be an easy task. They were not even close enough to be in the same genus, and Perri’s team resurrected the genus name Aenocyon (“terrible wolf”) for the Dire Wolf. The Dire Wolf may have been evolving independently for perhaps as long as six million years before the ancestors of the Gray Wolf and Coyote ever arrived in the western hemisphere. In 2017, moreover, a jawbone identified as a Dire Wolf was found in northeastern China.
Senator Leahy taken to the hospital. Please send prayers or good vibes his way. He's home now
Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont D VT has who was just sworn in to preside over the upcoming impeachment trial has been taken to the hospital for observation. His office put out a statement that he was feeling unwell, has been seen by a doctor and has been taken to the hospital out of an abundance of caution for observation and evaluation. thehill.com/...
Feds Are Readying More Serious Charges for Insurrectionists
I’ve been entertaining myself with youtube videos of insurrectionists’ arrests. One thing that pops up often, is the concern that the charges levied so far have been far too light. Feds Preview More Serious Charges, Including Sedition, For Capitol Attack By Matt Shuham January 26, 2021 5:01 p.m. Washington, D.C.’s top federal prosecutor on Tuesday previewed more, and more complicated, charges for individuals involved in the Capitol attack earlier this month as the pool of evidence from the event continues to grow. “These numbers are on a steep incline.” [...] “We are closely looking at evidence related to the sedition charges,” Sherwin said, noting the charge could result in decades of prison time for those found guilty. “That [case] was of note because it shows militia groups actively involved in planning and breaching the Capitol,” Sherwin said of the Oathkeepers.
400 Suspects Identified, 135 Charged, More Serious Charges Coming Soon... Assault, Murder, Sedition
ABC NewsActing Washington, D.C., U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said Tuesday that they have identified 400 suspects and have arrested 135 to date in connection with the attack on the U.S. Capitol. (snip)The DOJ is still trying to "build towards" charges of seditious conspiracy and pointed to the Thomas Caldwell OathKeeper case because "it shows a militia group's actively involved in planning and breaching the Capitol," according to Sherwin. He said the public could see possible sedition charges "bear fruit very soon" and that there could be an uptick in assaults against police officer cases. At a previous press conference, Sherwin said the DOJ established a task force to investigate possible sedition charges.
ZZ's blog: Twenty Twenty-one: An Arresting Start
Commentaries on current events, political economy, and the Communist movement from a Marxist-Leninist perspective. Zigedy highly recommends the Marxist-Leninist website, MLToday.com, where many of his longer articles appear.
Who are the five people who died in the DC protest at the Capitol?
The five people who died during the US Capitol invasion included a military vet who was shot, a cop who collapsed while fending off rioters, and three protesters who perished from medical emergencies, officials said. A US Capitol Police officer also died after “physically engaging with protesters,” according to a report. One of the people who died from a medical emergency includes Kevin Greeson, 55, of Athens, Ala., according to AL.com. Philips — a computer programmer who founded a social media site for Trump supporters, Trumparoo.com — died of a stroke, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Boyland was “a really happy, wonderful person,” a sister told Atlanta’s 11Alive.
Get the vaccine shot but do not throw away the mask to fight COVID-19
An X% efficacy would mean that while 100 infections occurred in the placebo group, only 100-X occurred in the vaccine group. Of these, 8 had received the vaccine shot and the other 162 were in the placebo group. In other words while 162 infections occurred in the placebo group only 8 occurred in the vaccine group. But the COVID-19 vaccine studies were put together very rapidly, and they are still ongoing. vaccine hesitancy and scepticismScience has designated the COVID-19 vaccines as the breakthrough of the year 2020, but there is still a considerable degree of vaccine hesitancy and scepticism.
Why the Covid Vaccine Rollout Is Not Enough to Curb Infections -
Several infectious-disease researchers contacted by The NY Times cautioned that it would be months before enough people in the US will have gotten the shots to allow for normal life to begin again.Only then will the number of people with immunity — those who have had the disease and recovered, plus those who have been vaccinated — be large enough to take the wind out of the pandemic, said Jeffrey Shaman, an epidemiologist at Columbia who shared his team’s modeling calculations.
Max Alvarez – The Tight Rope on The Real News
In this special episode, Dr. Cornel West and professor Tricia Rose walk “The Tight Rope” with Max Alvarez, editor-in-chief of The Real News Network. For the next few months, “The Tight Rope” and The Real News Network have partnered to bring you exclusive conversations with some of the world’s foremost thought leaders, educators, activists, artists, and intellectuals. Listen in as Dr. West and Max discuss how Fyodor Dostoevsky mutually inspired their worlds of ideas, and Dr. Rose ties that literary connection to the purpose of their powerful partnership. Guest Socials/Guest Links:Max Alvarez’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/maximillian_alvTight Rope Links:Become a member of our Patreon family for BTS access and more exclusive content! Professor Tricia Rose is director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson admits to mass murder as UK official COVID-19 death toll passes 100,000
Britain officially passed 100,000 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday according to the government’s measure of a fatality within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test. This means that 147 people have died for every 100,000 people in the UK, a figure only topped by two other nations—Belgium and Slovenia. More people have now died in the UK from COVID-19 than its civilian death toll in World War II. As the milestone was reached, Prime Minister Boris Johnson called a Downing Street press briefing, in which he had the gall to declare, “[I]t is hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic. Control of the response to the pandemic must be taken from the political criminals in Downing Street and their allies.
An interview with Dr. Arthur Caplan, professor of bioethics at New York University, on the COVID-19 pandemic
The WSWS had an opportunity to speak earlier this month on the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr. Arthur Caplan, the Drs. One, the pandemic revealed something that insiders already knew that the public does not seem to know, which is we destroyed our public health system. They are in little on what I call basic public health measures. Not public health. You need to have leaders who emphasize that public health requires different responses.
Facebook still has Holocaust denial content three months after Mark Zuckerberg pledged to remove it
Holocaust denial content remains on Facebook three months after pledging to ban all content that “denies or distorts the Holocaust.”That's according to a new report from the ADL (Anti-Defamation League), which gave Facebook a “D” for its efforts. "We are reviewing the content mentioned in this report and will continue working to keep Holocaust denial off of our platform." "Anyone who searches on Facebook for terms associated with either the Holocaust or Holocaust denial, will see a message from Facebook encouraging them to connect with credible information about the Holocaust off Facebook," Guy Rosen, vice president of integrity, said in a blog post. When Facebook began restricting more content, some Holocaust deniers, who use hashtags such as #HolocaustNeverHappened and #HolocaustIsALie, moved to less restrictive social media platforms. Twitter and Twitch were the only platforms in the study who took immediate action when Holocaust denial content was reported to them by anonymous users, the ADL said.
Ask Amy: Should she weigh in about sister’s obesity?
We have a family dynamic that avoids acknowledgment of the obvious, yet this obese sister is quick to point out her two sisters' faults. ADShe lives several states away from me yet stays involved with her family, and is kind, generous and smart. ADNo, do NOT contact your sister’s “slim” husband to discuss your sister’s weight with him. If she brings up her weight you can ask, “Has your doctor suggested seeing a nutritionist?” And that’s it. ADDear Amy: I recently lost the job I had held for more than 25 years.
Miss Manners: Stop trying to please abusive parent
Being an active sort, Miss Manners likes to fix problems. ADDear Miss Manners: What is the proper way for a toddler to address a step-grandparent? Miss Manners adds the caveat because not all reasons are equal. New Miss Manners columns are posted Monday through Saturday on washingtonpost.com/advice. You can send questions to Miss Manners at her website, missmanners.com.
Christopher Rim gets teens into Ivy League colleges for $950 an hour
The following is an article originally published on November 11, 2017 detailing how Command Education’s founder Chris Rim initially started the business. In 2013, Chris Rim was the first student at his Englewood, NJ, high school to get into Yale in almost a decade. “But you’re not going to have interesting people on campus.”What is Command Education and how does it differ from other programs? The company now employs 18 counselors — all recent or current Ivy students — who mentor some 50 teens throughout the country. How much does Command Education cost?
NJ teen accused of killing neighbor for TikTok fame arrested again in Florida
A New Jersey teen accused of fatally stabbing a neighbor to gain TikTok fame was arrested in Florida last weekend for allegedly threatening a motorist, a report said. Latham was charged with two counts of felony assault, the report said. The teen, a private in the New Jersey National Guard, is charged with aggravated manslaughter and assault for the fatal May 2020 encounter with Durham Sr. — a corrections officer at South Woods State Prison. The Durhams’ attorneys claim Latham deliberately instigated the fatal fight to film it for social media infamy — following a series of earlier video confrontations, including one that got more than 3 million views, NJ.com has reported. But Latham has claimed self-defense, insisting he only grabbed a 4-inch-blade knife as well as a Taser to protect himself from a mob attack in his home in Vineland, the report said.
Carolyn Hax: The little things you can do to avoid irritation
Overcoming both involves finding peace with what you have, so your work in therapy will probably mitigate both problems over time. Imagine for a moment how you feel when you’re late for a meeting and you miss your train. When you’re dealing with irritation over small things, it can be helpful to think of this difference. ADSo, what can you do to break out of the “late” state of mind? For example: Expect little things will go wrong, so you aren’t surprised or let down when they do, or give yourself extra time or leeway, especially for things you know are stressful.
Walmart bets bigger on online grocery as it ramps up automated fulfillment at local stores
A worker collects shopping carts at a Walmart store on May 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Walmart reported a 74% increase in U.S. online sales for the quarter that ended April 30, and a 10% increase in same store sales for the same period as the effects of the coronavirus helped to boost sales. Dozens of Walmart's stores will become local fulfillment centers, with a portion of those stores turned into small, automated warehouses, the company said. As Walmart automates more stores, it will try different configurations and work with several technology providers, including Alert Innovation, Dematic and Fabric. WalmartDuring the pandemic, Walmart and other retailers have seen demand for online grocery delivery spike.
Pakistan's central bank sees interest rates unchanged in near-term, barring unforeseen developments
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailPakistan's central bank sees interest rates unchanged in near-term, barring unforeseen developmentsThe State Bank of Pakistan is growing confident that a combination of moderately accommodative monetary stance and continued fiscal restraint is the right approach to give investors stability and policy predictability, says governor Reza Baqir.
These tax hikes will happen 'for sure' under Biden administration: Quill Intelligence
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailThese tax hikes will happen 'for sure' under Biden administration: Quill IntelligenceCapital gain and corporate taxes are going to be higher; and discussions about higher wealth tax are also appropriate, says Danielle Dimartino Booth of Quill Intelligence.
General Atlantic to invest $55 million in Indonesia's Kalbe Farma biotech JV
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Global private equity firm General Atlantic will invest $55 million in Kalbe Genexine Biologics (KGBio), a joint venture of Indonesian pharmaceuticals firm PT Kalbe Farma and South Korean biotech firm Genexine Inc. “As a global player in life sciences, General Atlantic brings an extensive network and deep expertise in innovation that KGBio aims to leverage,” said Sie Djohan, director of Kalbe Farma and chief exectuive officer of KGBio. Kalbe Farma owns a majority stake in KGBio, founded in 2016. Kalbe Farma, which operates in prescription pharmaceuticals, consumer health, nutrition, and distribution and logistics, has a market value of $5.2 billion. U.S.-based General Atlantic has invested in many life sciences firms over several decades, focusing on both revenue-stage and emerging growth pharmaceutical and biotechnology businesses.
Positive COVID-19 tests linked to Australian Open downgraded to eight
FILE PHOTO: A general view of Melbourne Park as tennis players undergo a mandatory quarantine ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kelly DefinaMELBOURNE (Reuters) - The number of positive COVID-19 tests linked to the Australian Open has been downgraded to eight after authorities reclassified one of the results as a previous infection, health officials said on Wednesday. “One case has been reclassified due to evidence of previous infection, meaning there is now a total of eight positive cases related to the AO cohort,” COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria (CQV) said in a statement. The agency confirmed that another positive case had been “medically cleared” to leave isolation, leaving the total number of active cases at seven. No new cases were reported among the Australian Open cohort in quarantine on Wednesday.
Australia records 10th day of no local COVID-19 cases
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia recorded a 10th straight day of no new local COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, allowing its most populous state of New South Wales (NSW) to relax coronavirus restrictions after controlling a fast-spreading cluster. REUTERS/Loren ElliottNSW has recorded no local cases for 10 days after low single digit numbers earlier in January. Victoria state, which is hosting the Australia Open tennis tournament, has gone three weeks without a local case. Australia has recorded more than 22,000 local cases since the pandemic began and 909 deaths. New Zealand reported a third day of zero cases on Wednesday, allaying fears of a fresh outbreak.
Cambodia's cash-strapped cyclo drivers treated to pedal-in movie
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Presented with a movie, meal, medicines and a $20 cash handout, Cambodia’s cyclo taxi drivers received a rare treat at the weekend, and a brief distraction from hard times as the coronavirus takes a toll on tourism. They were shown the new film “Fathers” by local director Huy Yaleng, about a cyclo driver’s daily battle to support his family. “The story felt like my own story.”Cambodia’s cyclo drivers have long been a popular choice for visitors keen to take in the sights and enjoy the buzz of Phnom Penh at a leisurely pace. The pedal-in movie was the idea of student Taing Huang Hao, 20, who met Sokhorm last month and has helped organise fundraising on social media for cyclo drivers. In the latest round, he teamed up with the director Yaleng to raise $5,000 to distribute at the private screening.
Lawrence: ‘Never forget’ how Dr. Birx enabled Donald Trump
In April, Donald Trump told the public injecting bleach could cure coronavirus and in an interview this week, Dr. Deborah Birx said Donald Trump “appreciated the gravity” of the coronavirus pandemic in March. Lawrence O’Donnell says we must never forget what those officials did say and did not say to stand up to Donald Trump’s lies.
Walmart plans to fill online orders with help from robots at some U.S. stores
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart Inc will add small robot-staffed warehouses to dozens of its stores to help fill orders for pickup and delivery, the company said on Wednesday, as Americans shift their spending online amid the COVID-19 pandemic. FILE PHOTO: Walmart's logo is seen outside one of its stores in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., November 20, 2018. In Q1, at the start of the pandemic, pick-up and delivery services at Walmart surged 300%, while the number of new customers jumped four-fold, the company said. Walmart began testing similar automated technology in late 2019 at a store in Salem, New Hampshire and found that orders can be filled in “just a few minutes,” Ward said. Under Lore’s watch, the big-box retailer launched same-day delivery and store pick-up services, as well as an Amazon Prime rivaling membership program dubbed “Walmart Plus” to take on the e-commerce giant in its own game.
Japan PM apologises after lawmakers' night club outings
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologised on Wednesday after lawmakers from his ruling coalition visited night clubs despite his government’s call for people to avoid unnecessary outings to curb the spread of COVID-19. FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a meeting of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection control headquarters at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, Japan January 22, 2021. “I’m terribly sorry that this happened when we are asking people not to eat out after 8 p.m. and to avoid non-essential, non-urgent outings,” Suga told parliament. Matsumoto was speaking following a Daily Shincho magazine report that he had visited two night clubs in Tokyo’s posh Ginza district after dining at an Italian restaurant last Monday. Kiyohiko Toyama, a lawmaker from the coalition’s junior partner Komeito, also apologised after tabloid Shukan Bunshun reported he had visited a high-end night club in Ginza until late last Friday.
Asia Today: South Korea adds 559 cases, highest in 10 days
(AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 599 new coronavirus cases, the highest in 10 days, as health workers scramble to slow infections at religious facilities, which have been a major source throughout the pandemic. Indonesia has given priority to health workers and public officers after authorizing the emergency use of the Sinovac vaccine. Several top military, police and health officials also received their second shots at the Presidential Palace, as well as a celebrity who is a social media influencer. The Health Ministry data showed about 245,685 people have been vaccinated so far, most of them health workers. — India has vaccinated 2 million health workers in less than two weeks and recorded 12,689 new cases.
Apple overtakes Amazon to become world’s most valuable brand, while Tesla is the fastest-growing
Apple has overtaken Amazon to become the world’s most valuable brand for the first time in five years, according to a global report. “As Apple reclaims the title of the world’s most valuable brand from Amazon five years since it last held the top spot, we are witnessing it Think Different once again. From Mac to iPod, to iPhone, to iPad, to Apple Watch, to subscription services, to infinity and beyond,” said Brand Finance Chief Executive David Haigh. But Tesla TSLA, +0.26% was the fastest-growing global brand in terms of value last year, jumping 158% to $32 billion. Brand Finance said record sales numbers, a production ramp-up and expansion into new markets helped boost the electric-car maker’s brand.
Apple overtakes Amazon to become world’s most valuable brand, while Tesla is the fastest-growing
Apple has overtaken Amazon to become the world’s most valuable brand for the first time in five years, according to a global report. “As Apple reclaims the title of the world’s most valuable brand from Amazon five years since it last held the top spot, we are witnessing it Think Different once again. From Mac to iPod, to iPhone, to iPad, to Apple Watch, to subscription services, to infinity and beyond,” said Brand Finance Chief Executive David Haigh. But Tesla TSLA, +0.26% was the fastest-growing global brand in terms of value last year, jumping 158% to $32 billion. Brand Finance said record sales numbers, a production ramp-up and expansion into new markets helped boost the electric-car maker’s brand.
Visa Teams With Fintech TransferWise in Debit Card Expansion
This will allow TransferWise to speed the global rollout of its multi-currency debit cards. TransferWise launched its multi-currency account in 2018 and has issued more than more than 1 million debit cards. The company wanted to expand those debit cards, which lets users manage their money in 55 different currencies, globally. The end result was Visa Cloud Connect, which lets TransferWise tap into Visa’s global infrastructure through a single integration. The TransferWise debit cards will let customers “get paid like a local and spend like a local,” Saha said.
Apple overtakes Amazon to become world’s most valuable brand, while Tesla is the fastest-growing
Apple has overtaken Amazon to become the world’s most valuable brand for the first time in five years, according to a global report. “As Apple reclaims the title of the world’s most valuable brand from Amazon five years since it last held the top spot, we are witnessing it Think Different once again. From Mac to iPod, to iPhone, to iPad, to Apple Watch, to subscription services, to infinity and beyond,” said Brand Finance Chief Executive David Haigh. But Tesla TSLA, +0.26% was the fastest-growing global brand in terms of value last year, jumping 158% to $32 billion. Brand Finance said record sales numbers, a production ramp-up and expansion into new markets helped boost the electric-car maker’s brand.
Woman painstakingly recreates Kamala Harris' rainbow Pride jacket using 35,000 rhinestones
Emma Lauren Fasulo decided to make the rainbow rhinestone-studded jacket Kamala Harris wore to Pride in 2019 by hand. Fasulo saw the project as a way to keep her mind occupied during a stressful time. With all of the news buzzing about Kamala, I came across pictures of her wearing the rainbow bedazzled jacket at San Francisco pride in 2019. Recreating Harris’ rainbow rhinestone jacket is the “biggest, most labor intensive project” Fasulo has ever done. But “he would turn to me and say, ‘Em, you're picking things apart that I don't see,’” Fasulo recalls.
Siblings can love (but not like) each other
I love him, I just don’t like him much right now, and I’m not sure that it’s worth maintaining a relationship when he keeps thumping me with his superiority and his Bible. Your brother has answered this for you: You can continue to love him, while not condoning HIS lifestyle. She is making sure they realize that you are their grandmother, just like the grandmother they see regularly in real life. (Example: “Born, school, work, work, work, work.”)Three: Write three wishes. I’m starting my own 3MMM writing practice today.
Dance lessons, a new scholarship, and how to overcome odds
The Medford Public Library is hosting a series of free lessons with a local ballroom team known as Dance Caliente. The classes are free and open to all skill levels, but participants must register in advance at www.dancecaliente.us . AdvertisementFramingham Public Schools and the Framingham School Committee announced a new scholarship for local students with physical disabilities. The award, named the Karen Foran Dempsey Scholarship, honors an active School Committee member who had arthritis and was an outspoken disability advocate. The scholarship is intended to help any Framingham High student with a physical disability pay for their post-secondary education in any field, including trade school or culinary school.
Horoscope for Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021
Avoid shopping and important decisions from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Chicago time. Gemini (May 21-June 20)Avoid financial decisions and shopping because today’s moon alert is taking place in one of your Money Houses. Restrict spending to food. Cancer (June 21-July 22)Today the moon is in your sign and it’s a moon alert most of the day! Because most of this day is a moon alert, restrict spending to food and gas.
Tips from past lottery winners, experts: Don't talk about it
In 2016, Newsday called more than 50 past lottery winners and few decided to comment. “You’re going to get the attention, but don’t bring it on to yourself,” he said. When Victoria Ragone, of East Northport, found out she won $9 million playing Lotto in 2001, her first stop wasn’t to the New York Lottery. “Say ‘Oh I don’t know, my planner and attorney have all this money tied up, I don’t understand it. “There’s a big emotional toll that happens when you come into money,” Quigley said.
Dear Abby: Drunken flirting puts close friend at greater distance
Dear AbbyJeanne PhilipsDear Abby: My husband and I have been close friends with a woman named “Louise” for five years. Recently, we were all hanging out, and Louise got very drunk and tried to massage lotion into my husband’s hands. My husband has expressed to me that these situations made him very uncomfortable, and they do the same to me. — Taken Aback in New YorkDear Taken Aback: If you “let it go,” it will probably happen again and the friendship will be over. Dear Abby: I am childless, but I have a niece I’ve given lots of money to over the years.
Dr. Roach: Cardio and strength training both benefit metabolism
Keith RoachTo Your HealthDear Dr. Roach: Can you comment on the benefits of weightlifting over aerobic exercise? : Researchers have debated the relative benefits of aerobic exercise against weightlifting exercise for many years, and there remains debate. There are benefits to resistance exercise that even high amounts of pure aerobic exercise cannot achieve. Empirically, those who do resistance training have lower rates of both falls and fractures. Nearly all elite athletes incorporate resistance training, as it improves performance in addition to its benefits on bones.
Walmart to build more robot-filled warehouses at stores
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is enlisting the help of robots to keep up with a surge in online orders,The company said Wednesday that it plans to build warehouses at its stores where self-driving robots will fetch groceries and have them ready for shoppers to pick up in an hour or less. Walmart declined to say how many of the warehouses it will build, but construction has started at stores in Lewisville, Texas; Plano, Texas; American Fork, Utah; and Bentonville, Arkansas, where Walmart’s corporate offices are based. Walmart hopes the warehouses will speed up curbside pickups, where orders are brought outside to shoppers' cars. Both options became increasingly popular as virus-weary shoppers avoid going inside stores. At the start of the pandemic last year, Walmart said delivery and pickup sales grew 300%.
NM virus cases continue to decline
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico reported 602 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, continuing a steady downward trend with the lowest seven-day average since late October. The state also reported 14 deaths, including a woman in her 30s from Bernalillo County and a man in his 40s from San Juan County. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Of the cases reported Tuesday, 155 were in Bernalillo County, 82 were in Doña Ana County and 52 were in San Juan County. Other counties throughout the state reported fewer than 40 cases. Overall, over the past 10 months, the state has had a total of 170,296 COVID-19 cases, 96,659 of which have been designated as recovered by the state Department of Health.
Rescued Chinese miners 'feel reborn' after harrowing ordeal
Recalling the first moments of the explosion, Mr Wang said that he could not see anything clearly when it happened. "It blasted us really far away, and our safety helmets cracked. After it was over, we quickly tried to look for other people."
Car ricochets across icy road missing two people before crashing
Officers are attending the scene of an accident when this vehicle slides in the treacherous conditions, causing another.
Covid: Arrivals to England from virus hotspots face hotel quarantine
At the moment, incoming travellers have to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test on departure, taken in the previous 72 hours. Then they still have to quarantine for up to 10 days, although this can be done at home.
Questor: buy into this British clean energy firm – it is the Arm Holdings of its generation
Frustration, even anger, greeted the takeover in 2016 of Arm Holdings by Japan’s SoftBank. But those who were dismayed to see a rare British tech success story succumb to a foreign bidder may be cheered to know that there is a new Arm Holdings waiting in the wings – one that moreover looks more resistant to a premature takeover. His optimism is based in part on a two-fold similarity between the stock in question, Ceres Power, and Arm Holdings itself. Arm’s silicon chips were so good that companies such as Apple were happy to buy them. Once it had done the hard work of coming up with the design, each actual “sale” cost it nothing at all.
'I was furloughed but now I run my own business from home and I'm making thousands'
“It started as a hobby and we had excess materials as I think almost everyone was drinking more during lockdown. Jess Stockell, 24, began experimenting with making doughnuts at her shared house, after she was furloughed from her pastry chef job at the five-star Mandarin hotel in London’s Hyde Park during the first national lockdown. “My boyfriend bought me a deep fat fryer and I was experimenting and posting pictures online. She has since quit her job and has taken on the lease at a local café, making 72 doughnuts a week with her own fully-fledged business. “I also roped in my sister to help out, who has now quit her job too,” she added.
'We haven't learned the lessons': Holocaust Memorial Day widened to include remembrance of all genocide
This year, however, its scope has been widened to include all victims of genocide. Image: Marie and her mother were the only two family members who survived the Rwandan genocide. "I thought that after the Holocaust and the Rwanda genocide, they would have learned something and step in and help. Mr Frank told Sky News: "When you're a child, you don't really think about the future. Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said Holocaust survivors were an inspiration, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
South Korea sees jump in COVID-19 cases on outbreaks in Christian schools
A total of 297 COVID-19 cases had been traced to six churches and mission schools run by a Christian organization, senior health official Yoon Tae-ho told a briefing. More than 100 cases were confirmed overnight among people linked to a church and its mission school in Gwangju, about 270 kilometers south of Seoul, officials said. Another 171 cases had been linked to an affiliated school in the city of Daejeon since Jan. 17. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said the Daejeon mission school outbreak appeared to have been spreading for some time before it was detected. The Christian organization responsible for the facilities, International Mission, was ordered to test everyone linked to 32 of its 40 schools and churches around the country.
Suga apologizes over lawmakers' hostess bar visits amid virus emergency
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologized Wednesday in parliament after executives of the ruling coalition were reported to have visited hostess bars in Tokyo’s Ginza district, defying a state of emergency that urges people to avoid unnecessary outings. “As we have asked the people to refrain from going out, I am extremely sorry,” said Suga at the House of Councillors’ Budget Committee. Under the state of emergency, people are being asked to stay home from 8 p.m., and restaurants to close by the same time. The rare admission of fault comes as public support for Suga’s administration continues to dwindle amid mounting dissatisfaction with his pandemic response. “We have not been able to provide the necessary care, and I recognize that because of this the Japanese people are feeling anxious,” Suga said.
Biden, Tokyo Gov. Koike immortalized as traditional Japanese dolls
Tokyo-based Kyugetsu Co. revealed the hina dolls of Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, 68, and Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura, 45, on Wednesday at its headquarters ahead of Girls’ Day on March 3. In Japan, hina dolls, representing an emperor, empress and their attendants wearing the court dress of the Heian period (794-1185), are traditionally displayed by families with girls to celebrate the Girls’ Day festival each spring. The firm also revealed dolls representing U.S. President Joe Biden, 78, and Vice President Kamala Harris, 56, “in the hopes they will restore order to the world.”The dolls will be displayed at the company’s headquarters until Friday.
Man, 26, who was stripped and beaten by a pack of men in NYC attack was known gang member
The 26-year-old, who has an extensive criminal history, had been just exiting the bus near Canal street in Manhattan on Friday when the group pounced on him. Police sources describe him as being affiliated with the Mac Baller Brims gang, the New York Post reports. Police are looking for a group of suspects after a shocking attack in the Chinatown district of New York City. Then, the video shows the suspects running towards a man seemingly fleeing in the bike lane near a crosswalk. A different surveillance camera also appears to show the victim stripped of his clothes by the end of the video.
Travel chaos hits the Midwest as up to 15 inches blankets Iowa to Ohio
AdvertisementMore than 200 flights have been canceled as travel chaos hit the Midwest on Tuesday when up to 15 inches blanketed a few states during a major winter storm that left 100 million people under weather advisories. Several coronavirus testing sites closed Monday and Tuesday in Nebraska and Iowa, as both states saw 12 to 15 inches of snow in places. National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Taylor Nicolaisen, who is based near Omaha, said up to 15 inches was reported in spots between York, Nebraska, and Des Moines, Iowa. 'If these snow totals materialize, they would be very rare for Iowa,' the NWS in Des Moines wrote. In West Des Moines, Iowa, Chris Borsberry said he needed four-wheel drive to make it into the Fairfield Inn & Suites where he works, and it took him twice as long as normal.
Florida county Paramedic of the Year is arrested for stealing three syringes of Moderna vaccine
Joshua Colon, 31, was detained after he allegedly forged vaccine screening and consent forms for missing Moderna vaccines that were designated for firefighters, according to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The affidavit for his arrest states that the Polk County Fire Rescue paramedic told authorities that he had forged the forms at the direction of his supervisor. According to Colon's arrest affidavit, the training officer and other members of the Polk County Fire Rescue had been directed to administer Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to first responders. When asked to provide the forms on repeated occasions, the paramedic only gave 21 completed forms and the log, according to the affidavit. When later asked for documents, Colon told deputies that he created the fake information.
Army draws up new rules for female soldiers with braids, ponytails, bangs nail polish allowed
Female soldiers can let their hair down, and flash a little nail color under new rules being approved by the Army. Starting in February female soldiers will be permitted to style their hair in up to two braids or a single, narrow ponytail. Female soldiers going through Ranger or special operations training get their heads shaved, like male soldiers do. Female soldiers can let their hair down and flash a little nail color under new rules being approved by the Army. But male soldiers will still have to shaveFor men, however, the perennial request to allow beards is still a no-go.
Jeff Bezos wants girlfriend's brother to pay his $1.7m legal fees - despite being worth $193 BILLION
Jeff Bezos is asking his girlfriend's brother to pay his $1.7 million legal fees, after successfully defending a defamation lawsuit. Bezos, the world's richest person with a net worth of $193 billion according to Forbes, was sued by Michael Sanchez in February 2019. Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez are seen in January 2020. Bezos on February 7, 2019, called Pecker's bluff and published the email in full, saying he refused to be blackmailed. Sanchez vehemently insisted that he had not leaked the photos, telling The Washington Post on February 29, 2019 he had not passed the pictures to AMI.
Daily horoscope for Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Avoid shopping and important decisions from 12:30 PM to 10 PM EST today (9:30 AM to 7 PM PST). Try refreshing your browser, or Daily horoscope for Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Back to videoTaurus (April 20-May 20) This is a mildly accident-prone day, so pay attention to everything you say and do. Cancer (June 21-July 22) Today the Moon is in your sign and it’s a Moon Alert most of the day! Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Most of this day is a Moon Alert so restrict spending to food and gas. Because most of this day is a Moon Alert, restrict spending to food and gas.
“I Pretty Much Immediately Discovered How Bad American Health Care Was”
As you said, up until the point where Bernie was no longer a threat, it was made to sound as if the public option would be just as good, if not better, than Medicare for All. Anyway, I think it’s going to be mostly little tweaks, and, if we’re really lucky, we’ll get some kind of public option. But the question that’s existed all along is how they would actually do the public option. But with the public option, there are actually a lot of different ways you can do it. How does the sliding scale for income work?
Meet the people paying $55 million each to fly to the space station
Accompanying them will be Michael López-Alegría, a former NASA astronaut who flew to space four times and is now a vice president of Axiom Space, the Houston-based company that is coordinating their trip to space. The company, which is still finalizing the deal with NASA, is planning two flights per year and also is developing a space station of its own that NASA hopes may one day replace the International Space Station, the orbiting lab that has been in space for 22 years. “This is just the first of several Axiom Space crews whose private missions to the International Space Station will truly inaugurate an expansive future for humans in space — and make a meaningful difference in the world when they return home,” Michael Suffredini, Axiom Space president and chief executive, said in a statement. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin are planning to fly paying customers to space, as well. Those trips, although still expensive, cost far less than trips to the space station.
Axiom Space Names First Private Crew to Visit Space Station
Axiom Space on Tuesday (Jan. 26) revealed its clients for its first privately-funded and operated mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Depending on other activities scheduled at the space station, the Ax-1 mission could launch as soon as January 2022. Axiom Space , founded by NASA's former space station program manager Michael Suffredini, will arrange for the training and oversee in-flight operations for the Ax-1 crew, with Lopez-Alegria serving as the company's representative while in space. The Axiom Segment will serve as a testbed for the company's planned free-flying Axiom Station. Their flights, organized by the U.S. space tourism company Space Adventures, were on Russian Soyuz spacecraft crewed by professional cosmonauts and NASA astronauts (including Lopez-Alegria).
Businesswoman called 'feminist cretin' by AFR journalist Joe Aston wins $280,000 in defamation case
Aston and the Australian Financial Review were sued by Stead, then of Blue Sky Alternative Investments, for defamation over Rear Window columns published in February and October 2019. Aston, who is based in Los Angeles, described Stead as a “feminist cretin” and said that she “set fire to people’s money”. “Justice Lee found that there was a strong public interest in the Financial Review and Joe Aston reporting on the Blue Sky collapse and the conduct of its executives,” the AFR said. “Justice Lee accepted that Mr Aston honestly held the opinions in his column and was an ‘impressive’ witness. The Financial Review is proud of Mr Aston’s work, and we will continue to report on important corporate governance issues without fear or favour.
Beijing tests for COVID-19 using anal swabs, where virus may survive longer: experts
Photo: Li Hao/GTBeijing reported a 9-year-old boy tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and his school conducted a variety of tests including serum antibody tests, nasal, throat, and even anal swabs for all its staff and students, prompting many to wonder if anal swabs could be more accurate in detecting the virus than other measures.Li Tongzeng, a deputy director in charge of infectious disease at Beijing You'an Hospital, said that studies have shown that the coronavirus survives longer in the anus or excrement than those taken from upper body tracts, and for some silent carriers the virus may be present in their throats for 3 to 5 days, allowing some tests to provide false negative results.Taking an anal swab could increase accuracy in key groups, Li noted during an interview with the China Central Television. However, given that the method is not as convenient as throat swabs, it will only be applied to key groups at quarantine centers.Meanwhile, the testing method has been controversial among experts. Yang Zhanqiu, a deputy director of the pathogen biology department at Wuhan University, told the Global Times that since the virus has proven to be contracted via the upper respiratory tract rather than the digestive system, the most efficient tests are still nasal and throat swabs. "There have been cases concerning the coronavirus testing positive in a patient's excrement, but no evidence has suggested it had been transmitted through one's digestive system," Yang added.Beijing will also conduct serum antibody tests for all inbound overseas travelers who have entered the Chinese capital city since December 10 in an effort to find the chain of transmission in the latest cluster infections in the capital's Daxing district, the Beijing government said on Friday.Chinese health experts said antibody tests for inbound travelers revealed that the outbreak in Daxing district began a month before the first case was reported on Sunday, and nucleic acid testing won't be abl
Violent Protests Erupted In India. Then Calls For Police To Shoot The Protesters Went Viral On Twitter.
Sajjad Hussain / Getty Images Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Pinterest Pinterest Pinterest Farmers stormed New Delhi's Red Fort, a historical national monument, to protest against the government's new agricultural reforms. Calls to "shoot" farmers protesting against controversial agricultural reforms in India trended for hours on Twitter on Tuesday, as thousands of tweets encouraging police brutality against them flooded the platform. Advertisementvia Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Pinterest Pinterest Pinterest“Hit them with your batons, Delhi police,” the editor of a pro-government propaganda blog tweeted in Hindi. Via Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Pinterest Pinterest PinterestAdvertisement"Shoot" stayed in the Trending section on Twitter in India for at least a couple of hours. Money Sharma / Getty Images Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Pinterest Pinterest Pinterest Farmers on a tractor prepare to remove concrete barricades installed by police as they stormed into India's capital on Jan. 26, 2021.
Global ice sheets melting at ‘worst-case’ rates: UK scientists
Rate of loss rose from 0.8 trillion tonnes per year in the 1990s to 1.3 trillion tonnes per year by 2017, with potentially disastrous consequences. The rate at which ice is disappearing across the world matches “worst-case climate warming scenarios”, UK scientists have warned in new research. Using satellite data, the experts found the Earth lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice between 1994 and 2017. It surveyed 215,000 mountain glaciers around the globe, polar ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, ice shelves floating around Antarctica and sea ice drifting in the Arctic and Southern Oceans. While such ice loss does not directly contribute to sea rises, its destruction does stop the ice sheets reflecting solar radiation and thus indirectly contributes to rising sea levels.
Business exec and his wife charged after flying into remote Canadian town to get Covid-19 vaccine, officials say
Rodney and Ekaterina Baker have been charged under Yukon's Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA) , according to court documents. One of them presented a British Columbia health care card, the other had one from Ontario, Streicker said in a statement. Following an investigation, the couple was located at the Whitehorse airport, and Yukon officials told CNN the couple left the territory that same day. Members of the mobile clinic team called the motel and were informed the couple did not work there, Streicker told CBC. "As a company, Great Canadian takes health and safety protocols extremely seriously, and our company strictly follows all directives and guidance issued by public health authorities in each jurisdiction where we operate," the statement added.
Today in History for January 27th
Today in History for January 27thHighlights of Today in History: , Soviet troops liberate concentration camps; Paris peace accords are signed; Astonauts die on Apollo one;Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born;Composer Jerome Kern born
NYPD cop shot in the Bronx
A plainclothes NYPD cop was shot in the Bronx on Tuesday night, police sources said. The male officer was struck in the back during the shooting that took place at about 10:30 p.m. near Lafayette Avenue and White Plains Road in Soundview, sources said. One person was in custody, and a gun was recovered under a vehicle near the scene, sources said. The wounded cop, assigned to the Gun Violence Suppression Division, was taken in a police vehicle to Jacobi Hospital, according to sources. His condition was not immediately clear.
Priest leaves diocese after live streaming voter fraud exorcisms
A priest has cut ties with his Roman Catholic diocese in Wisconsin after live streaming exorcisms to root out what he claimed was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. John Zuhlsdorf, who was described as a “freelancer” at The Diocese of Madison, left to pursue other opportunities, the diocese said in a statement earlier this month. Zuhlsdorf and the diocese mutually decided on the departure, the statement said. The priest had claimed that permission to conduct the exorcisms was granted by Madison Bishop Donald Hying. But Hying said he approved exorcisms for “alleviation from the scourge of the coronavirus pandemic,” not for “partisan political activity.”With Post wires
Mexican TV host under fire after going to Florida to get COVID vaccine
A popular Mexican TV host is under fire after traveling to Florida just to get the coveted COVID-19 vaccine, which most Americans have not received. Argentinian TV personality Yanina Latorre recently posted on Instagram that her elderly mother received the COVID-19 vaccine while on vacation in South Florida. So we’re discouraging people to come to Florida just to get a vaccine.”The Florida Department of Health made clear that it will investigate any reported misuse of the COVID-19 vaccines. “It is absolutely not permitted for someone to come into Florida for one day to receive the vaccine and leave the next,” health department spokesman Jason Mahon told the newspaper. “We ask that all suspected incidents be reported to the appropriate county health department immediately.”
Detroit to dismiss some tickets issued during Floyd protests
Detroit will dismiss most misdemeanor citations issued last spring during several days of protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a city official said Tuesday. Most of the tickets written from May 31 through June 2 were for curfew violations as hundreds of people demonstrated in downtown Detroit. The city expects to dismiss 238 of the 245 tickets issued on those three days, Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia said. Dozens of demonstrators received appearance citations for violating the city's 8 p.m. curfew, Garcia said in a statement. Prosecutors in Los Angeles also decided not to charge thousands of protesters arrested for violating curfew and other police orders.
High probability of 'pullback rather than severe correction' on global stocks, says CIO
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailHigh probability of 'pullback rather than severe correction' on global stocks, says CIOStandard Chartered Wealth's Steve Brice is positioning away from growth and quality toward value stocks, as he expects key market drivers to slow down.
Hong Kong airport readies bond issuance worth up to $1.5 billion: sources
FILE PHOTO: A woman, wearing a face mask following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, sorts luggage at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China October 20, 2020. Calls with investors started on Wednesday for the Airport Authority Hong Kong deal which consists of 10-year and 30-year U.S. dollar denominated unsecured notes, a term sheet showed. Airport Authority Hong Kong did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Travel through Hong Kong’s airport has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic with an 87.7% drop in passenger numbers in 2020, although cargo flights rose 18.3%. Hong Kong’s government finalised a $2.5 billion green bond issuance on Wednesday, a statement from the city’s monetary authority said.
Peru orders total lockdown across 10 states as second wave bites
FILE PHOTO: Medical workers take samples during mass testing for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Lima, Peru January 7, 2021. REUTERS/Sebastian CastanedaLIMA (Reuters) - President Francisco Sagasti of Peru on Tuesday night announced a total lockdown of the capital and nine other regions following a significant increase in COVID cases, which he said had pushed hospitals close to collapse. Sagasti said the new measures covering central Peru would remain in effect until at least Feb. 14. On Tuesday, Peru reported 4,444 new cases of the coronavirus, taking its total to 1,107,239, and 40,107 deaths. Peru also has a deal to buy 14 million doses of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca Plc and its regulators are also weighing emergency use requests from Russia’s Gamaleya Institute and Pfizer.
Mexican president felt unwell before commercial flight, took COVID-19 test later: spokesman
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador first felt the onset of COVID-19 on Sunday and was tested after returning to the capital on a commercial flight from an event in central Mexico, his spokesman said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addresses to the nation on his second anniversary as the President of Mexico, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, December 1, 2020. The symptoms were stronger once he was back in Mexico City, Ramirez said. Ramirez told a national radio station earlier in the week that Lopez Obrador felt congested on Saturday while in the industrial city of Monterrey, and took a test there. Lopez Obrador has been holding virtual meetings, including a Monday call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
‘Mackerel maternity ward’ Ireland angry at Brexit fishing waters carve-up
McConalogue says Ireland’s catch losses in price terms are roughly double those envisaged for other EU nations’ fleets operating in British waters. Losses are sharpest for Ireland’s most valuable catch, mackerel. It says Ireland’s pre-Brexit ability to catch fish in U.K. waters was worth €288 million yearly, based on 2019 Irish market prices. This includes a 26 percent cut to its previous quota of mackerel, Ireland’s most lucrative seafood product. “What’s perhaps most galling … is that the fish are spawned in Irish waters,” O’Donoghue told lawmakers.
Dry ice, containers and overworked doctors: Olympic hurdles for Japan's vaccine roll-out
FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled "COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" are placed on dry ice in this illustration taken, December 5, 2020. A government source told Reuters that officials did not begin assessing whether there were enough containers or dry ice to pack freezer boxes until late last year. The government is buying some 20,000 speciality coolers and sourcing massive quantities of dry ice for its transportation. Japan produces about 350,000 tonnes of dry ice per year, but it’s mostly for food preservation, according to an official with one of the major makers. The SDF has about 2,000 doctors and nurses qualified to give injections, though all can’t be spared, he said.
Global COVID-19 cases surpass 100 million as nations tackle vaccine shortages
(Reuters) - Global coronavirus cases surpassed 100 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, as countries around the world struggle with new virus variants and vaccine shortfalls. It took the world 11 months to record the first 50 million cases of the pandemic, compared to just three months for cases to double to 100 million. UNITED STATESWith over 25 million cases, the United States has 25% of all reported COVID cases although it accounts for just 4% of the world’s population. Slideshow ( 3 images )The Eastern European region, including countries like Russia, Poland and Ukraine, contribute to nearly 10% of all global COVID-19 cases. According to the Reuters tally, African countries have nearly 3.5 million cases and over 85,000 deaths.
China money rates hit 21-month high on holiday demand, policy tightening worries
FILE PHOTO: Headquarters of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, is pictured in Beijing, China September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Jason LeeUnlike the past few years, the central bank has not been making net liquidity injections into the banking system to meet strong demand for cash heading into the long Lunar New Year holiday. “It’s the precursor that China’s central bank is starting to normalise its monetary policy,” said Marco Sun, chief financial market analyst at MUFG Bank. Other economists also warned that the central bank would gradually shift its policy stance this year after massive emergency measures to cushion the shock from the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. “Monetary policy in 2021 will be a gradual normalisation contingent on COVID-19,” said Lu Ting, chief China economist at Nomura.
EU citizens stopped at UK border with extra demands to prove status
But EU diplomats say some officials have gone beyond that, requiring EU nationals living in Britain to provide documentation to prove their status — specifically that they have obtained settled or pre-settled status under the government’s EU Settlement Scheme. Border officials are not meant to ask for it until that date. Others tried to log in to the Home Office website while at the border post or showed print outs of their digital settled status certificate. While queuing, an official shouted that they should have evidence of their Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR or EU Settlement Scheme) ready, or they would be fined. “A person with status under the EU Settlement Scheme should continue to use their valid passport or national identity card to cross the U.K. border.”Want more analysis from POLITICO?
Google revives Australia news platform launch amid content payment fight
We are working with them on this.”Google had announced plans to launch News Showcase in Australia last June, signing deals with six small local outlets, including The Conversation, for content. A spokesman for Alphabet Inc owned Google in Australia declined to comment on Wednesday. Two other local publishers confirmed they had content details in place for the new site, without discussing recent talks. Google Australia Chief Executive Mel Silva told a parliamentary hearing last week the company would pull its flagship search tool from Australia if the laws, the first of their kind in the world, went ahead. Under the planned laws, Google and social media behemoth Facebook Inc must negotiate binding commercial contracts with Australian outlets whose content drives traffic to their platforms.
Driver in deadly Portland car rampage intended to hit and injure people, police say
Detectives did not find bias indicators, nor do they believe this is politically motivated," police said in a statement Tuesday. "Detectives say that the driver's actions did show intent to hit and injure people." Her family said in a statement released by police that she was a cancer survivor who lived in Portland for 48 years. She beat cancer five years ago," her family said in a statement released by police Tuesday. Witnesses said the suspect was driving erratically and narrowly missed one person, and the first pedestrian who was struck was hit at around 1:02 p.m.
Thousands of Portland’s health care workers not vaccinated
(Josh Andersen/OHSU via AP)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Health officials in the tri-county Portland, Oregon, metro area said Tuesday that “tens of thousands” of frontline health care workers have not received the COVID-19 vaccine and that it will likely take weeks before most do. One solution is allocating more doses of the vaccine to the populated area, said Jessica Guernsey, the Multnomah County public health director. Health officials said that while 60,000 eligible people applied for vaccines through the survey, only 11,000 were sent invitations to be vaccinated. Health officials say that 1A health care workers will be vaccinated at the same time as teachers, however state officials decide the weekly amount of vaccine doses allocated toward each eligible group. The Oregon Health Authority re-examines and adjusts county risk levels every two weeks.
Li Ka-shing-backed Start-up Perfect Day Launches Asia's First Animal-free Dairy Ice Cream In Hong Kong
Horizons and Perfect Day partnered with Hong Kong's Igloo Dessert Bar to launch the "Ice Age!" range of ice creams that uses whey protein developed by fermentation from the gene sequence of bovine whey protein. The resulting whey protein is identical at the molecular level to the dairy protein found in cow milk, according to Perfect Day. San Francisco-based Perfect Day has already partnered with several American ice cream brands, such as Nick's Ice Cream, Graeter's and Brave Robot, to commercialise the non-animal protein in vegan ice creams. Perfect Day emerged from an accelerator programme in Ireland in 2014, securing seed funding from Horizons co-founder Solina Chau Hoi-shuen.
Kuaishou IPO: How Newest Millennial Billionaires Built The Biggest Rival To China's TikTok
In this remote corner of China, Su had to "walk for two hours to buy soy sauce". That enterprise was later bought by Alibaba Group Holding, the parent company of the South China Morning Post. The company's main Kuaishou app had 263.8 million daily active users at the end of November 2020, according to the company. More from South China Morning Post:Read the original article on South China Morning Post. For the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app.
Coronavirus Today: A life-or-death social experiment
Biden said the additional 200 million doses he plans to buy would be delivered this summer — half from Pfizer and half from Moderna. Your questions answeredToday’s question comes from readers who want to know: What happens if my second dose of vaccine is delayed? “The first dose ‘primes’ the immune system to respond to the second dose with a better response, but that can also occur if the second dose is later,” Griffin said. “The bottom line is that people should try to get the second dose on time, but it is probably never too late to get it,” she said. “Getting a second dose late is better than not getting it at all.”We want to hear from you.
Boston seek to identify suspects behind two recent Dorchester street robberies
Boston police are looking to identify suspects behind two recent unarmed robberies in Dorchester, police said in a release Tuesday. Two of the suspects, believed to be in their late teens, were captured on video fleeing the scene of the second robbery on Saturday. At 10:26 p.m., Boston police responded to the robbery in progress on Ashmont Street. The suspects stole the man’s cellphone and a bag of his personal belongings before fleeing toward Pierce Street, police said. In the video, one suspect is seen wearing a dark-colored hoodie and baseball cap, and the other, a light-colored hoodie as they walk past a black Kia.
CCSD teachers, staff now can register for COVID vaccine appointments
Clark County School District employees can now register for future appointments to get COVID-19 vaccines after confusion at vaccination sites last week. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeClark County School District employees can now register for invitations to schedule future COVID-19 vaccine appointments, after confusion at vaccination sites last week. According to a memo that CCSD sent Tuesday afternoon, all district and charter school employees can register through the Education Point of Dispensing, hosted by the Nevada System of Higher Education. Feil and other educators with private and charter schools said they scheduled appointments after links were sent out Monday night. CCSD employees were not as lucky last week, when conflicting information led to some teachers being unable to schedule appointments.
Denver asks federal judge to stay order requiring 7 days’ notice before homeless sweeps
Attorneys for the city of Denver attorneys asked a federal appeals court Tuesday night to stop a federal ruling that requires city officials to give seven days’ notice before clearing most illegal homeless encampments. City attorneys filed an emergency motion Tuesday night to stay the decision, and also gave notice they’ll appeal the case in the 10th U.S. The city has justified the sweeps by citing outbreaks of hepatitis A and shigella, and have blocked public rights-of-way. In certain emergencies, city officials sweep out an encampment with no less than two days’ warning so long as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment signs off as well. In these cases, city officials must also provide detailed justification.
Review: ‘Notturno’ is a rich tapestry of suffering and survival
Gianfranco Rosi’s latest distinctive documentary, “Notturno,” makes visual poetry out of suffering. In long takes with little to no explanation of what we’re specifically watching or where, Rosi weaves a rich tapestry of historical agony and defiant resilience. The film can be streamed through the Roxie Virtual Cinema and will be available on Hulu and video on demand Friday, Jan. 29. As with his previous feature about the Mediterranean migrant crisis, “Fire at Sea,” Rosi loads “Notturno” with telling images. Available to stream through the Roxie Virtual Cinema and on Hulu and video on demand Friday, Jan. 29.
South Side alderman says Chicago is in ‘state of emergency’ with uptick in carjackings
As Chicago continues to grapple with a surge in violent carjackings, Ald. “We can definitely say something about what’s going on,” Hill said. David Brown said last week that there had been 144 carjackings since the beginning of the year. The skyrocketing figure from the first three weeks of 2021 comes after the number of carjackings more than doubled to 1,417 carjackings in 2020. Coleman was particularly concerned at women being targeted as carjacking victims, and she noted that local businesses have recently launched “Operation Safe Pump,” a program in which volunteers monitor gas station parking lots to ensure no one is victimized while at the pump.
Man carjacked at gunpoint in Edgewater
A man was carjacked at gunpoint Tuesday in Edgewater on the North Side. He was near his car about 8:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of West Granville Avenue when two males approached him, Chicago police said. The man complied and the two carjackers drove off in the Subaru, police said. Last week, Chicago Police Supt. The surge comes after 1,417 carjackings were reported in 2020, more than doubling those reported in 2019.
Prep Basketball Scoreboard for Tuesday, Jan. 26
BOYSCLASSIC 8Arrowhead 60, Kettle Moraine 56Muskego 73, Mukwonago 66Waukesha South 73, Catholic Memorial 65Waukesha West 86, Waukesha North 69GREATER METROBrookfield Central 72, Marquette 59Sussex Hamilton 80, Wauwatosa West 66Wauwatosa East 66, Brookfield East 61WOODLAND - EastSouth Milwaukee 64, Milwaukee Lutheran 55WOODLAND - WestWisconsin Lutheran 63, New Berlin West 56GIRLSCLASSIC 8Arrowhead 72, Kettle Moraine 52Mukwonago 56, Muskego 50 (2OT)Waukesha West 49, Waukesha North 40GREATER METROBrookfield Central 65, Divine Savior Holy Angels 59Brookfield East 54, Wauwatosa East 26Wauwatosa West 48, Sussex Hamilton 38WOODLAND - WestNew Berlin West 64, Wisconsin Lutheran 37For more results, schedules, standings and statistics, please visit WisSports.net
Foxx stunned as some public defenders arranged for coronavirus vaccine at Cook County Jail ahead of her staff
“Like every other jurisdiction in this country, the rollout of the vaccine has been a learn-as-you-go, fly the plane while you’re building the wings process,” she said. “Everyone is super focused on, let’s just get people vaccinated. … I believe all of this was done with the best of intentions, we’re still trying to figure it out, and pointing the finger at each other is not helping this effort.”
NYPD officer shot and wounded in the Bronx, officials say
A police officer was shot and wounded Tuesday night in the Bronx, the NYPD said. A department spokesman said the officer was shot about 10:30 p.m. in an area of the borough patrolled by the 43 Precinct. The officer was taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, the spokesman said. Information on the officer's condition, and details about a possible suspect or events leading up to the shooting were not immediately available. Check back for updates on this developing story.
Chicago schools reopening hits snag as union fight escalates
CHICAGO - (AP) -- Chicago ditched plans Tuesday for thousands of teachers to report to schools this week ahead of students after the teachers union said its members wouldn't comply and were prepared to picket over coronavirus safety concerns. The battle to reopen schools in the roughly 355,000-student district has waged for months as schools worldwide have grappled with a start-and-stop approach amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Chicago Teachers Union argues the district hasn't gone far enough in its safety plan, despite installing thousands of air filters, deep-cleaning schools and offering limited COVID-19 testing. Union officials have pushed for teachers to be vaccinated before in-person teaching resumes. Union officials have dismissed the studies, saying dozens of cases have emerged in Chicago schools.
Thousands of Portland-area health care workers may have to wait months for COVID-19 vaccine
State officials initially identified 400,000 to 500,000 workers in Phase 1A who would be eligible for the vaccine. Projections by the Oregon Health Authority show the state should receive about 100,000 first and second doses a week through February. On Monday, Deschutes County health officials announced they would start vaccinating people 75 and older. Additional doses should go to “those essential workers serving our most impacted immigrant, refugee, traditional health workers in communities of color” and Medicaid and Medicare providers and home health workers, state and county officials said. Vines said her biggest hope is that more vaccine doses will start rolling in soon.
12-year-old shot in West End, police say
Cincinnati police say the victim is 12. Cincinnati police responded to shooting in the West End Tuesday evening that sent a 12-year-old boy to a local hospital. Police said in a release they responded to the 1700 block of Linn Street for a reported shooting. A K9 search also located the gun used in the offense. Police said the victim is a 12-year-old male who sustained several gunshot wounds that did not appear to be life-threatening.
Duke Energy: Nearly 2,000 without power near the University of Cincinnati
Duke Energy is reporting a power outage near the University of Cincinnati's main campus Tuesday night. There are 1,826 customers without power in Clifton Heights and Corryville, according to Duke Energy's outage map. The outage was reported around 9:40 p.m. and power is expected be restored around 1:15 a.m. on Wednesday. It's currently unknown what caused the outage. The Enquirer will update this story as more information becomes available.
WHO team in Wuhan to begin long-delayed coronavirus investigation after clearing quarantine
A year after the first coronavirus lockdown enveloped Wuhan, China, Chinese officials have been cracking down on citizen journalists who riske…
Lobo men’s hoops team happy to be home, even if briefly
My wife and I have a bed, my 5-year old has a bed and my 2-year old has a bed,” Weir said Tuesday in a rare midweek press conference. “The only thing I’ll say is on any given night, I don’t know what bed I’m going to end up in. My first night back, I ended up in one bed my wife ended up in another bed both of each our own kids. It was the first full team practice allowed in the building since mid-October. The Lobos had an Oct. 15 practice in the Rudy Davalos Center before full team practices were prohibited by the state’s public health order.
COVID vaccines bill that would mandate race and ethnicity reporting, widen pool of vaccinators unanimously passes House
Last week, the VDH said the health agency would not be requiring vaccinators to report these demographics because it could prevent a provider from reporting a shot given or overwhelm the state’s tracking system. North Carolina, however, has reported all of its vaccinations by race and ethnicity while administering hundreds of thousands more doses than Virginia. Of the 17 states reporting these demographics, Virginia is the second-worst at tracking this data. That would require more than three times the 105,000 doses currently allotted to Virginia, which could take months to receive. While Virginia waits for that much-needed spike of vaccine shipments, establishing more clinics has the ability to boost vaccination capacity.
UK's Covid-19 death toll now worse than Great Plague, Aids and the Blitz combined
Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid EmailThe UK has reached a grim milestone in its number of Covid related deaths, surpassing the Great Plague, Aids pandemic and the Blitz combined. With a further 1,631 deaths recording on Tuesday, the total has now reached above 100,000. On Tuesday Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a press conference marking the huge death toll, reports The Independent. The number of fatalities from the Great Plague of 1665-66, Aids epidemic and every terror attack and war in the last 75 years are a combined total of 99,500. (Image: PA)Currently, the UK has the highest death toll in Europe, and the 100,000 deaths are also double the number of people who died during the Blitz and WW2.
Thousands of Australians defy virus rules to mark 'Invasion Day'
Police said five people were arrested, including one who was charged with assaulting a police officer, but praised the crowds as largely peaceful. Some waved Aboriginal flags, while others held aloft signs including “No Pride in Genocide” and “You are on Stolen Land”. A woman holds up a placard as thousands of people attend an Australia Day protest in Melbourne on Tuesday. The debate around Australia Day — which was only formally established as a national holiday in 1994 — has grown increasingly heated debate in recent years. A person is arrested by police as protesters on Australia Day demand that the country’s national day be changed, as the date marks the arrival of Britain’s first fleet and subsequent colonization of indigenous Australians, at a march in Sydney on Tuesday.
We don’t need another war on terror
Prosecute the Capitol rioters. But new antiterrorism laws could end up targeting people of color. Video produced by The New York Times; see more at nytimes.com
Japan's local governments rush to prepare for vaccinations
Local governments in Japan are rushing to prepare for the vaccination of residents against the novel coronavirus. As part of efforts to tackle the situation, some small municipalities have forged cooperation in their vaccination programs. The city government hopes to conduct group vaccinations at 30 venues a day, with 500 to 1,000 residents to be given shots at each venue. The five Saitama municipalities are still working to find vaccination venues while seeking to create an environment allowing residents to easily receive vaccinations. For example, people who live in Yokoze but work in Chichibu will be allowed to get vaccinated in Chichibu.
Franco-Swiss cold war breaks out over ski border car park
The Battle of Dappes Car Park -- for the moment a rather cold war -- has been rumbling for weeks, triggered by the different Covid-19 rules on either side of an invisible line in a snow-covered field. So the chair lifts for La Dole sit empty -- because nobody can use the shared car park in France. The frozen chair lifts are an unwelcome sight for Patrick Freudiger, the boss of the Tele-Dole ski lifts company. Freudiger is fuming that the French authorities did not try to reach an agreement on access to the car park. Freudiger also voiced surprise that the car park is shut while car-pooling car parks for French inhabitants who work in Switzerland remain open.
From France to Rwanda's hills, the husband-and-wife genocide hunters
With his Rwandan-born wife Dafroza, 66, Gauthier has devoted decades of his life to tracking down genocide suspects who have found refuge in France. Two things would prove decisive in making up their minds to campaign for the prosecution of genocide suspects. Since then "we haven't had a single day without talking about the genocide..." Gauthier said. Against the backdrop of these ties, a number of genocide suspects have sought refuge in France. - 'Must hold to account' -For his latest trip across Rwanda, Gauthier focussed on gathering evidence for five cases, scattered over 11 areas.
The nine lives of Rwanda genocide survivor Albertine
Albertine Mukakamanzi last saw her mother kneeling in prayer as men with machetes closed inAdvertising Read moreKibuye (Rwanda) (AFP)"Goodbye, Mama. The site, in Kibuye, in western Rwanda, is now a memorial of skulls, bones and belongings from hundreds of victims of the country's genocide. Emerging from the memorial, Mukakamanzi points to a thickly wooded mountainside through which she fled. Discovered by an Interahamwe group, Mukakamanzi -- fatigued and famished -- was asked to "dig a hole to bury a baby alive". The Kibuye memorial is located near a school.
Israel foundation connects to isolated Holocaust survivors
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, 76 years since the liberation of the Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz, Holocaust survivors find themselves vulnerable to a virus that preys on the elderly and has forced many into painful isolation. There are an estimated 180,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel, according to official data. - 'More secure' -After disconnecting with Lichthaus, foundation volunteer Mourad Marehi was headed to her home on a motorbike to deliver the walker. The home run by Yad Ezer near the call centre is on Haifa's Kassel Street, but is known to locals as "survivors street". One resident is Holocaust survivor Haya Caspi, an 88-year-old of Romanian origin who lost her parents during the war.
Hope and despair in locked down European hospitality sector
One who took part was Christina Hummel, 44, and the third generation of her family to run the Cafe Hummel in Vienna's Josefstadt district. Many in the sector feel "fobbed off from week to week" by changes to government policy and are finding it impossible to plan, she says. As to whether she would consider opening in defiance of the law, Hummel says that's out of the question. She rejects the label of "rage restaurateurs" that parts of the press have given protesting cafe and restaurant owners, describing herself instead as someone who is "passionate about hospitality". "I cannot think of a time when the authorities have given a deadline and then gone on to meet it," he says.
Proposed Missouri Bill Would Authorize Deadly Force Against Protesters, Provide Immunity for Those Who Run Over Protesters
Photo : Michael B. Thomas ( Getty Images )The death cult that is the Republican party has struck again. A member of the self-proclaimed “pro-life” party has proposed a bill in Missouri that would authorize deadly force to be used against protesters on private property. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Republican state Sen. Rick Brattin introduced the bill on Monday as a response to the protests that broke out in the state last summer following the death of George Floyd. I completely believe that there are Republican lawmakers that would deliberately seek to shield drivers who run over protesters. If a government employee is convicted for participating in an unlawful assembly they could lose their job and be stripped of government benefits.
Stop global roll out of 5G networks until safety is confirmed, urges expert
Stop global roll out of 5G networks until safety is confirmed, urges expertTransmitter density means greater population exposure to high levels of radio frequency electromagnetic fieldsWe should err on the side of caution and stop the global roll out of 5G (fifth generation) telecoms networks until we are certain this technology is completely safe, urges an expert in an opinion piece published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. There are no health concerns about 5G and COVID-19, despite what conspiracy theorists have suggested. The advent of 5G technology has been hailed by governments and certain vested interests as transformative, promising clear economic and lifestyle benefits, through massively boosting wireless and mobile connectivity at home, work, school and in the community, he says. There is no compelling public health or safety rationale for the rapid deployment of 5G, he insists. [Ends]18/01/21Notes for editorsEssay: Electromagnetic fields, 5G and health: what about the precautionary principle?
Saudi Arabia in talks with vaccine companies to provide vaccines to Yemen, Africa - finance minister
Saudi Minister of Finance Mohammed al-Jadaan gestures as he speaks during a news conference to announce the country's 2021 budget, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed YosriDUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s finance minister said on Tuesday his country is talking to vaccine producers to provide vaccines to low-income countries such as Yemen and countries in Africa. “We are negotiating with a lot of the vaccination companies to provide more vaccination particularly to low income countries,” he said during a virtual World Economic Forum in Davos. He said Yemen for example and some of the African nations would not be able to get enough vaccines through the COVAX facility - the global pooled procurement mechanism for COVID-19 vaccines.
Cairn threatens Indian asset seizures abroad in tax case
However, the letter stressed that Cairn would only consider this extreme option if the Indian government did not respond, as it was under pressure from its shareholders who “expect early resolution”. Despite several representations to the NDA government, Cairn had been unable to have the penalties reversed and had decided to go to The Hague. ‘Under consideration’The MEA did not respond to a request for a comment from The Hindu, but the government is understood to have conveyed to Cairn Energy officials that the “matter is under consideration”. However, sources said that under the arbitral rules, Cairn Energy could proceed to enforce the award even while India mounts a challenge. Cairn officials met with Indian High Commissioner to the U.K. Gaitri Issar Kumar on January 20 as well to make the case for a resolution, citing that on each occasion, Mr. Modi, former Finance Minister (now deceased) Arun Jaitley, and other senior officials had promised to respect the outcome of the case.
Global COVID-19 cases surpass 100 million as nations tackle vaccine shortages
(Reuters) - Global coronavirus cases surpassed 100 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, as countries around the world struggle with new virus variants and vaccine shortfalls. It took the world 11 months to record the first 50 million cases of the pandemic, compared to just three months for cases to double to 100 million. UNITED STATESWith over 25 million cases, the United States has 25% of all reported COVID cases although it accounts for just 4% of the world’s population. Slideshow ( 4 images )The Eastern European region, including countries like Russia, Poland and Ukraine, contribute to nearly 10% of all global COVID-19 cases. According to the Reuters tally, African countries have nearly 3.5 million cases and over 85,000 deaths.
WHO advisor: COVID-19 pandemic likely started via lab leak
Article contentOne year after the pandemic started, World Health Organization advisor Jamie Metzl wants China to come clean about the origins of the COVID-19 virus. The Kansas City-born, New York-based Metzl, who served as Deputy Staff Director of the Foreign Relations Committee under then Senator Joe Biden (2001-2003) and before that on the National Security Council (1997-99) and the State Department (1999-01) under President Bill Clinton), theorizes it was most likely an accidental lab leak in Wuhan. tap here to see other videos from our team. Try refreshing your browser, or WHO advisor: COVID-19 pandemic likely started via lab leak Back to video“There’s no irrefutable evidence,” said Metzl, who was appointed to the WHO’s expert advisory committee on human genome editing in 2019 and is also the author of Hacking Darwin. “There’s just more evidence and as more evidence arrives, the case for accidental lab leak, in my view, increases.”We caught up with Metzl down the line from San Miguel de Allende:Photo by Files / PostmediaWhat about the original theory that this all started in a wet market in Wuhan?
UK, Switzerland to push ahead with financial services deal
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and Switzerland will press on with plans to strike a trade deal for their vast financial services industries, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday ahead of talks with his Swiss counterpart. Britain is keen to maintain the City of London’s attractiveness as a global financial centre after full access to the EU, hitherto its biggest customer, ended last month. “The UK and Switzerland are both global financial centres, with a shared commitment to high standards of regulation, market integrity and investor protection,” Sunak said in a statement. In June 2019, Brussels blocked European Union investors from trading on Swiss bourses after a treaty row, with Switzerland then banning EU exchanges from trading Swiss shares. Sunak will also hold a roundtable on Wednesday with some of the biggest global banks, the finance ministry said.
Mom of student raped by NY teacher tells him: ‘You stripped her of hope’
The mother of a teen girl raped by a teacher in Westchester County said her daughter was “stripped of hope” by the creep, as she delivered an emotional statement at his sentencing on Tuesday. John Fraioli, 35, was sentenced to six months of shock incarceration after admitting he sexually abused a 15-year-old student at New Rochelle High School in 2019, prosecutors said. My biggest fear is that she may not.”Prosecutors said Fraioli had sex with the student in the school building and at his home in White Plains. Fraioli pleaded guilty on Oct. 13 to third-degree criminal sex act and third-degree rape, felonies. “It is truly disturbing that someone we trusted to protect and care for our children instead did such terrible harm,” Rocah said.
improving black maternal health
And the racial disparities are stunning, with Black women three times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than White women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Butler is quite pleased with her doctor — a relationship made stronger by their shared experience of being Black women. Efforts to reduce Black maternal and infant deaths include legislation, such as the Anti-Racism in Public Health Act under consideration in Congress. More highly skilled doctors aware of the dangers Black women and their babies face — and willing to listen to Black women when they tell them something is wrong. Linda Green, an OB/GYN in Coral Springs, Fla., who is Black, told me that female patients who are Black often come to her after having unpleasant encounters with male physicians, Black and White.
Most workers at NY nursing homes aren’t getting COVID-19 vaccine
The 44 percent of long-term care workers now inoculated statewide is up slightly from the 37 percent that Cuomo reported on Jan. 18. Nursing home workers and residents were among the first in the state eligible to receive the vaccine. Holliswood Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare has 21 confirmed resident deaths from COVID-19, according to official state figures. By comparison, 72 percent of the state’s healthcare workers have been vaccinated, Cuomo said on Monday. "By New York state law, we cannot make someone get vaccinated," he said.
TikTok fashion trend inspired by ‘Bridgerton’ brings historical subcultures to mainstream
Netflix’s hit series "Bridgerton" has inspired TikTok fashionistas. And now the series has given life to a fashion subculture known as "regencycore." The rising regencycore fashion trend is a branch of the more popular royaltycore and princesscore subcultures, which are highly inspired by Western European fashion worn by royalty in the Arthurian times and Tudor period. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOnline searches for the three fashion subcultures peaked between Jan. 7 and Jan. 12, according to Google Trends data. Interestingly, fashionable teens and young adults appear to be more fascinated with cottagecore, a trend that is inspired by early agricultural life in the western world.
Biden announces plan to increase Covid-19 vaccine supply
President Joe Biden announces a plan to buy 200 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer and Moderna to fully vaccinate the American population by the end of summer or early fall of 2021.
Australia set for 10th day of no local COVID-19 cases
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia is on track for a 10th day of no new local COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, allowing its most populous state of New South Wales (NSW) to relax coronavirus restrictions after controlling a fast-spreading cluster. REUTERS/Loren ElliottNSW has recorded no local cases for 10 days after low single digit numbers earlier in January. Other states and territories which have mostly been COVID-free, some for months, will report daily case numbers later on Wednesday, but are expected to report zero local infections. Australia’s success in curbing small outbreaks, with a total 22,000 local cases since March 2020 and 909 deaths, comes at a time when global coronavirus cases are edging towards 100 million with the death toll surpassing 2 million. New Zealand reported a third day of zero cases on Wednesday, allaying fears of a fresh outbreak.
Peru volunteer in Sinopharm vaccine trial dies of COVID-19 pneumonia, university says
LIMA (Reuters) - A volunteer in the local Peruvian trial of a coronavirus vaccine produced by China’s Sinopharm Group Co Ltd has died from COVID-19-related pneumonia, the university carrying out the trial said on Tuesday. German Malaga, chief researcher at the Cayetano Heredia University, told Reuters by phone that the deceased volunteer had suffered from diabetes. Malaga said the trial investigators had so far issued two doses of either the vaccine or placebo to 12,000 volunteers and were now following their responses. “Our message to the volunteers is to take care of themselves because we don’t know if they have the vaccine or the placebo,” he added. In December, Peru temporarily suspended trials of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine due to a “serious adverse event” that occurred with a volunteer in the study.
Southwest Airlines makes new voluntary leave offer to cut costs
FILE PHOTO: Southwest Airlines planes are seen at LAX airport in Los Angeles, California, United States, October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co said late on Tuesday it was offering employees another round of voluntary leave as its staffing levels remain high and the coronavirus outbreak crimps travel. “The additional opportunities for leave align with the period when some Employees will return from previously-awarded, six-month leaves on March 1, 2021”, the company added. The “Big Four” U.S. airlines – Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest – have also asked for additional bailouts. Last month, the company said it had issued notices to 6,828 employees warning them that they could be furloughed.
Reform: officers who detained 6-year-old at gunpoint sued under new law
Colorado police are under fire for holding a Black woman and four unarmed kids in custody at gunpoint, forcing them to lie face-down on the ground in a parking lot for two hours after incorrectly thinking their vehicle was stolen. MSNBC’s Ari Melber reports on the disturbing case, and interviews the lawyer for the woman suing the officers, which is only possible under a brand new law passed in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death.
U.S. state regulator says GameStop trading could be 'systemically wrong': Barron's
FILE PHOTO: The GameStop store sign is seen at its shop in Westminster, Colorado January 14, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking(Reuters) - Top securities regulator in Massachusetts thinks trading in GameStop Corp stock, which skyrocketed for a fourth straight day, suggests there is something "systemically wrong" with the options trading surrounding the stock, Barron's reported bit.ly/3iRbdRB on Tuesday. “I’m concerned because it suggests that there is something systemically wrong with the options trading on this stock.”GameStop and the office of the securities regulator in Massachusetts did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment outside business hours. The stock surged 50% in extended trade after Musk tweeted “Gamestonk! !”, along with a link to Reddit’s Wallstreetbets stock trading discussion group.
South Korea reports big jump in COVID-19 cases on outbreaks in Christian schools
FILE PHOTO: Women wearing a mask as a measure to prevent contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk under an umbrella as it snows in Seoul, South Korea, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-JiA total of 297 COVID-19 cases had been traced to six churches and mission schools run by a Christian organisation, senior health official Yoon Tae-ho told a briefing. More than 100 cases were confirmed overnight among people linked to a church and its mission school in Gwangju, about 270 kms (168 miles) south of Seoul, officials said. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said the Daejeon mission school outbreak appeared to have been spreading for some time before it was detected. The Christian organisation responsible for the facilities, International Mission, was ordered to test everyone linked to 32 of its 40 schools and churches around the country.
Mexico near approving Russian vaccine, with little data
(AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Tuesday it is close to granting approval for Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, with lots of spy drama but little public data available. López-Gatell said a Mexican technical committee on new medications has recommended approving the vaccine, adding only “some details” were lacking for COFEPRIS, the government medical safety commission, to give the final go-ahead. Russian officials have given conflicting accounts, upping the supposed effectiveness of the Sputnik vaccine to higher levels every time a U.S. vaccine reports its results. But delays in approving that shot drove López Obrador to speak directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to try to get the Russian vaccine, the first doses of which are expected to arrive next week. “The Russian vaccine does not have that yet.”“It is the cheap vaccine, that is why the government chose it,” Téllez wrote in her Twitter account.
Disney updates Jungle Cruise after insensitivity criticism
Jungle Cruise, one of the original Disney parks' rides, is getting a 21st century remodel in yet the latest update to a legacy theme park ride that has been criticized in years past for being racially insensitive. Jungle Cruise, one of the original Disney parks' rides, is getting a 21st century remodel in yet the latest update to a legacy theme park ride that has been criticized in years past for being racially insensitive. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin, File)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jungle Cruise, one of the original Disney parks’ rides, is getting a 21st century remodel, criticized for its depiction of animatronic indigenous people as savages or headhunters. It’s the latest update to a legacy theme park ride criticized in years past as being racist. Three years ago, Disney eliminated a “Bride Auction” scene, deemed offensive since it depicted women lining up for auction, from its Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
Pharmacist To Plead Guilty To Ruining Hundreds Of Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine, DOJ Says
Pharmacist To Plead Guilty To Ruining Hundreds Of Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine, DOJ SaysEnlarge this image toggle caption Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office/AP Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office/APA Wisconsin man agreed to plead guilty Tuesday to tampering with doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in late December, federal prosecutors say. He shared these beliefs with coworkers at the medical center. He was also wary of vaccines, especially the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Fifty-seven individuals at the medical center received doses of the vaccine that Brandenburg allegedly tampered with. "This individual used his special access to tamper with vials of the much needed COVID-19 vaccine.
Opinion: The AMD that investors bet on is finally here
AMD AMD, +0.62% produced record profit as well, and predicted big gains from these record results in the year ahead. And that is where the problem is now for AMD investors: What happens next? We do see a significant growth into 2021,” AMD Chief Executive Lisa Su, said on the analyst call Tuesday. Revenue growth was 45% in 2020, but the company’s forecast of 37% revenue growth for full-year 2021 shows that the law of large numbers is starting to take effect, resulting in slower gains. With the stock currently trading at around 50 times Wall Street’s current estimates for 2021, investors are faced with a conundrum over determining how much more upside can they expect from AMD going forward.
US STOCKS-Wall St edges up as earnings season gains speed
Also providing a strong lift was Johnson & Johnson, which added 2.52%, as the drugmaker also said it expected to report eagerly awaited COVID-19 vaccine data early next week. Of the 84 companies that have posted earnings through Tuesday morning, 86.9% have topped analyst expectations, according to Refinitiv data. Verizon shed 3.39%, after the company posted earnings that topped expectations but missed prepaid phone subscriber estimates. With the S&P 500 trading at more than 22 times 12-month forward earnings, concerns about stock bubbles on Wall Street are sparking fears of a pullback. The S&P 500 posted 25 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 273 new highs and 8 new lows.
Cuba's coronavirus cases, death toll surge
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's death toll from the coronavirus reached 200 on Tuesday, with authorities reporting nearly as many deaths so far in January as in the six previous months combined, due to an unprecedented acceleration in infections. The situation in Cuba is now much worse than at any other point during the pandemic, and edging closer to that world average. Like many countries, Cuba suffered the rebound in cases after opening borders without requiring inbound travelers to provide negative coronavirus test results. That coincided with a diminished sense of risk as its outbreak appeared successfully contained, not helped by authorities holding rallies celebrating Cuba's socialist values, analysts say. The government has since brought down infections from abroad by requiring travelers to present negative coronavirus test results.
Canada to unveil more steps to restrict foreign travel, provinces impatient with delay
By David LjunggrenOTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will soon make foreign travel harder in a bid to clamp down on the coronavirus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday without giving details, prompting major provinces to demand action. A second wave of coronavirus is sweeping Canada and health officials say some hospitals run the risk of being overwhelmed. Trudeau is urging Canadians not to travel abroad and said Ottawa intended to introduce more restrictions. The idea was initially proposed by Quebec premier Francois Legault. "I repeat our demand to Mr. Trudeau – it's time to act," Legault told reporters.
Vatican clears retired US bishop of multiple abuse claims
DENVER (AP) — The Vatican has cleared a retired U.S. bishop of multiple allegations he sexually abused minors and teenagers, rejecting lay experts' determination that a half-dozen claims were credible and instead slapping him on the wrist for what it called “flagrant" imprudent behavior. “Despite this, Bishop Hart asks me to convey that he continues to pray for all involved in this case so that they may find peace and healing. As a result, the sentence showed the arbitrary nature of Vatican’s canonical sex abuse deliberations and judgments, which aren't public. The first known allegations against Hart dated to the early 1960s and were made in the late 1980s. At least six men came forward in the past few years to say Hart abused them in Wyoming.
Santa Clara cuts off COVID vaccine supply to hospital that let teachers skip the line
AdvertisementJohnson said he received the email from Good Samaritan on Wednesday evening and notified staff the next day. “Please continue checking back.”The school district had raised money last year to provide meals for front-line workers at two hospitals, including Good Samaritan. AdvertisementThe school district later clarified in a Facebook post that “Good Samaritan returning a good deed” was a characterization by the superintendent. Because of the scarcity of vaccine, Santa Clara County raised the age limit, advising that people over 75 be vaccinated. Good Samaritan Hospital said in a release Jan. 12 that it was providing vaccines only to eligible healthcare workers in the county.
With 5 inches of rain expected in Santa Cruz mountain burn areas, officials fear mudslides
Evacuation areas included Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond, Davenport and parts of San Mateo County. The storm was bad news for Boulder Creek and other communities located in steep and narrow canyons visited recently by fire. She and her husband were heading to a hotel in Santa Cruz to ride out the storm, she said. According to geologists, the thresholds are 0.3 inches of rain within 15 minutes, 0.5 inches within 30 minutes, or 0.7 inches within an hour. “These thresholds, we’re going to meet them,” said Chief Deputy Sheriff Chris Clark, of Santa Cruz County.
Castle Restaurant, where the dynamite is king
From his “Rolling Castle,” a cart that he towed behind his car, he sold French fries with vinegar and his own recipe for “dynamite” sandwiches, a Woonsocket variation on a sloppy joe. The Castle is a mainstay of Woonsocket life, a place where people enjoy a side of gossip with their meal. The Castle Restaurant in Woonsocket, R.I., is known for its dynamite sandwiches. AdvertisementDiane and Jesse are equally fussy about the French fries. CASTLE RESTAURANT 420 Social St., Woonsocket, R.I. 401-762-5424.
‘Solidarity is failing:’ EU and UK fight over scarce vaccines
The European Union, stung by its slow progress on vaccinations, threatened this week to tighten rules on the shipment of Belgian-made shots to Britain. “Science is succeeding, and solidarity is failing,” said Robert Yates, director of the global health program at Chatham House, a London-based policy institute. For the European Union, problems with its vaccination campaigns have reinforced criticism of the bloc’s occasionally unwieldy, slow bureaucracy. AstraZeneca, for its part, has said that Britain’s supply of vaccines has come from the country’s own plants, and not Europe. “We have not diverted any supply from the Europe supply chain to countries outside the EU,” a company spokesperson said Tuesday.
Police: Chandler man shoots ex-girlfriend and a child before shooting at DPS troopers in chase
A Chandler man was arrested in Tempe Monday night after shooting his ex-girlfriend and a child and later shooting at Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers, said Detective Zachary Waters of the Chandler Police Department. When officers arrived, they found a woman, West's ex-girlfriend, and a child with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds inside the apartment, but West left before police arrived, Waters said. According to court documents, West entered the apartment by breaking a sliding glass door. As he continued to run away from the troopers, West fired at least four shots toward them, documents said. Once West was caught, documents state he cried and asked troopers, "Did anybody get hit?"
Rollout plan for COVID vaccines leaves many frustrated, confused
Richard Martinez, 73, is monitored after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at the Neighborhood Recreation Center in North Las Vegas, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoPeople wait in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoRichard Martinez, 73, right, waits in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Neighborhood Recreation Center in North Las Vegas, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoThe unexpected slowdown in Southern Nevada’s vaccine distribution announced Friday introduces more uncertainty about the state’s rollout plan. Prioritizations in the state’s vaccination playbook have not always matched what some workers are experiencing at vaccination sites.
CCSD teachers, staff now can make appointments for COVID-19 vaccines
Clark County School District employees can now register for future appointments to get COVID-19 vaccines after confusion at vaccination sites last week. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeClark County School District employees can now register for future appointments to get COVID-19 vaccines, after confusion at vaccination sites last week. Some get vaccinationMeanwhile, charter and private schools employees were able to schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Tuesday morning at UNLV. Feil and other educators with private and charter schools said they scheduled appointments after links were sent out Monday night. State Public Charter School Authority Executive Director Rebecca Feiden said Tuesday that the health district has indicated that vaccines would initially be available for around half of all charter school staff — or about 2,000 doses.
North Hempstead plume cleanup projected to take at least until 2044
A groundwater plume spanning 900 acres in North Hempstead has been 70% cleaned up by Lockheed Martin, but remediation will continue for at least two more decades. Newsday's Cecilia Dowd and Dandan Zou have the story. Credit: Howard Schnapp
COVID-19 remote learning quashes traditional snow day: ‘The luster has worn off’
“Before COVID, I’d get in my car and drive the back roads from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, to see if there was drifting snow, and then I was up at 4 a.m. just in case we needed to make a last-minute decision,” Abrell said. “One silver lining with the pandemic is the development of a remote learning platform, as it really helps with these snow day decisions.”
Today in History, January 27, 1945: Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau liberated
1832Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” under the pen name Lewis Carroll, was born in Cheshire, England. 1943Some 50 bombers struck Wilhelmshaven in the first all-American air raid against Germany during World War II. 1945During World War II, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland. 1951An era of atomic testing in the Nevada desert began as an Air Force plane dropped a 1-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flat. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo spacecraft.
13-year-old shot in West End, police say
Fox 19CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati police responded to shooting in the West End Tuesday evening that sent a 13-year-old to a local hospital. Police responded to a call of shots fired involving a group of juveniles, according to officers at the scene. Police later clarified the incident involved two teens who were seen shooting at each other by officers with CPD’s Safe Streets Task Force. One of the teens, a 13-year-old boy, was shot, police say. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening injuries and he could face charges, police say.
Top 5 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Jan. 29-31
It happens from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday over at Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Downtown. World renowned ice carvers visit Richmond, Indiana, to create one-of-a-kind works of art that turn the city into an outdoor art gallery. You'll also find food trucks scattered throughout the downtown and depot area all weekend, and there's a scavenger hunt with prizes. Greater Cincinnati Remodeling ExpoIt's the final weekend for the Greater Cincinnati Remodeling Expo, where you'll find innovative displays showcasing the latest trends in design and product offerings. Honorable mention: Langree and Gerstein: Impressions of FolkLouis Langree conducts the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in a return to live performances for in-person audiences (at a significantly reduced capacity) this weekend.
Who goes first? Vaccine rollout forces stark moral choices
Meanwhile, her sister, a cancer survivor, is being asked return to her Minnesota classroom without a vaccine, Brown told The Associated Press. “The teachers in Minnesota are furious at the governor because they are doing seniors first. And here, the seniors are furious at me because I am doing teachers first. Now, the state’s vaccine advisory committee is wrestling with how to prioritize the next groups. Dr. Kalani Raphael, a kidney specialist at Oregon Health & Science University and a Native Hawaiian on the advisory committee, said minority communities’ health care experiences are often invisible, particularly with COVID-19.
Microsoft keeps chugging as pandemic continues
The software maker posted revenue of $43.1 billion in the October-December period, up 17% from last year and also beating forecasts. Analysts surveyed by FactSet were expecting Microsoft to earn $1.64 per share on revenue of $40.2 billion for the fiscal quarter. “So many people are already familiar with the Microsoft user interface that it’s a comfortable option,” Elman said. Its cloud computing business segment grew 23% to $14.6 billion. Xbox revenue grew 40% over the same time last year.
Panera Bread’s new bread bowl glove is perfect for winter iced coffee drinkers
Karu F. DanielsNew York Daily NewsPanera Bread is testing the tundra of the wintry accessories business. Panera has created a bread bowl-shaped glove specifically designed to help people hold iced coffee. Referred to as “the ultimate life hack,” the new Iced & Toasty Bread Bowl Glove is a hand warmer intended to make it look like you have one of Panera’s famous bread bowls wrapped around your iced coffee holding hands. Only 450 people will be selected at random to receive the limited-edition to receive their own bread bowl glove. Panera Bread recently launched its unlimited coffee subscription for just $8.99 a month, with the first three months free.
Yes, out-of-state residents can receive COVID-19 shots in Ohio, but not a lot of them are.
COLUMBUS – As Florida limits COVID-19 vaccines to full-time residents and some snowbirds, Ohio and its neighboring states have no such restrictions. In fact, about 17,000 people who live in other states have received a COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio so far, according to Ohio Department of Health data. Pennsylvania allows residents to receive vaccines in other states and vice versa. Last week, Florida limited access to COVID-19 vaccines to state residents and those living there for at least 31 consecutive days, cutting off "vaccine tourism." DeWine has bemoaned the scarcity of COVID-19 vaccines available to Ohioans.
Site stabilized, EPA hands off 'green ooze' cleanup to state environmental agency
Edwards said weekly monitoring for hazardous chemicals at the Madison Height site in recent months showed "no imminent threat to humans or the environment." The EPA told residents in August that remediation at the former site could cost taxpayers $4 million. In July, the EPA launched a pilot study for treating the contamination by injecting treatment chemicals, called reagents, directly into the soil. The company was issued a cease-and-desist order in December 2016 after inspectors discovered an estimated 5,000 corroded drums, vats and other containers of hazardous waste at the site, according to the EPA. Since 1967, the company has used copper, tin, bronze, cadmium, nickel, chrome, gold, silver, zinc and lead for electroplating operations, leaving behind the hazardous waste, according to the EPA.
‘Paramedic of the Year’ accused of helping to steal vaccine
According to authorities, Colon told investigators that a captain with the fire department had asked him to take the vaccine. The investigation began when a battalion chief noticed discrepancies in the paperwork Colon filed after a vaccine assignment. During the investigation, the two firefighters were contacted and told investigators that they had not yet received the vaccine. The captain told Colon that the doses were in a car parked outside a friend’s house in Saint Cloud, officials said. “The bottom line is, Joshua tried to cover for the captain,” Judd said of Colon’s arrest.
Disney updates Jungle Cruise after insensitivity criticism
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jungle Cruise, one of the original Disney parks' rides, is getting a 21st century remodel, criticized for its depiction of animatronic indigenous people as savages or headhunters. It's the latest update to a legacy theme park ride criticized in years past as being racist. The ride will updated by Disney “imagineers" at the Disneyland park in California and the Magic Kingdom park in Florida with a new storyline and characters that “reflect and value the diversity of the world around us," Disney said in a blog post Monday. “As Imagineers, it is our responsibility to ensure experiences we create and stories we share reflect the voices and perspectives of the world around us," said Carmen Smith, a Disney executive, in the blog post.
Asia Today: South Korea adds 559 cases, highest in 10 days
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 559 new cases of coronavirus infection, its highest daily increase in 10 days, as health workers scramble to slow transmissions at religious facilities, which have been a major source of infections throughout the pandemic. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said 112 of the new cases came from the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 100 infections have so far been linked to a missionary training school. An affiliated facility in the central city of Daejeon has been tied to more than 170 infections. Nearly 300 of the new cases came from the Seoul metropolitan area, home to half of the country’s 51 million people, where infections have been tied to various places, including churches, restaurants, schools and offices. The country has repeatedly seen huge infection clusters emerge from religious groups, including more than 5,000 infections tied to the secretive Shincheonji Church of Jesus that drove a major outbreak last spring.
Walgreens taps Starbucks exec Brewer as its new CEO
Walgreens said Tuesday it has tapped Starbucks executive Roz Brewer as its new CEO, which will make her the only Black woman leading a Fortune 500 company. Starbucks announced Tuesday that Brewer was departing after a little more than three years as its chief operating officer. Walgreens later confirmed that Brewer will take over as its CEO on March 15. Brewer succeeds Stefano Pessina, who served as CEO for six years following the merger between Walgreens and Alliance Boots in 2014. Pessina will transition to executive chairman of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.'s board.
Mexico close to approving Russian vaccine, with little data
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Tuesday it is close to granting approval for Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, despite the fact that little public data is available. The approval process described by Hugo López-Gatell, Mexico’s assistant health secretary, sounded like a Cold War spy thriller, and may not foment confidence in the shot. López-Gatell said a Mexican technical committee on new medications has recommended approving the vaccine, adding only “some details” were lacking for COFEPRIS, the government medical safety commission, to give the final go-ahead. “The technical part, the main part of COFEPRIS, particularly the committee on new medications, has given a favorable recommendation to authorize, that is to say, the crucial part has been solved,” López-Gatell said.
January 26 recap: Tucson news you may have missed today
The University of Arizona-led OSIRIS-REx space mission will begin its two-year trip back to Earth on May 10, after one last flyby of the asteroid Bennu to gather some high-resolution pictures.
Rocky Mount formally fires officers charged in U.S. Capitol riot
"I plan to contest the termination by all means available," Robertson wrote Tuesday in an email. The penalty for the petty offense is up to six months. In a selfie that Fracker took inside the Capitol Crypt on Jan. 6, Fracker is making an obscene gesture. The controversy that Fracker and Robertson lit with the selfie they took inside the Capitol Crypt ignited during an already fraught time for the town of Rocky Mount. Two county activist groups have called for the resignations of Ervin and Police Chief Ken Criner over the town's response to the officer's actions.
Entrepreneur Pete Snyder launches GOP bid for governor
Snyder, a longtime entrepreneur, is the CEO of Disruptor Capital, an angel investment firm that funds startups and novel business ideas. Snyder previously founded and was CEO of New Media Strategies, a social media marketing firm that he later sold to Meredith Corp., a large media conglomerate. Snyder said his experiences will inform a campaign and administration that will focus on the struggles of businesses, particularly small companies. Snyder said many businesses were destroyed or heavily damaged, including one along Broad Street he has a stake in. He criticized Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Gov.
Richmond officials projecting $37.5M revenue shortfall for 2021-2022 budget
“The projected shortfall will only increase if any one or more of these items are added to the projections,” Brown said in an email Tuesday. Brown said that the mayor’s administration is legally obligated to bring forward a balanced budget for the council’s consideration, but he did not provide any specifics about potential strategies for bridging the funding gap. Councilman Michael Jones, who represents the 9th District in the city’s South Side, declined to say whether the funding gap could require the city to consider job layoffs or service cuts. In an interview Tuesday, he said that he’s more concerned at the moment with the limited availability of vaccines in the city, particularly in Black and Hispanic communities south of the James River. “You need to look at the fact that this pandemic has hit our city hard.
First case of highly contagious UK COVID variant found in Virginia
Statewide, the total number of people who have been hospitalized is 20,764, though the VDH’s dashboard notes that hospitalizations are underrepresented. According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 2,892 are currently hospitalized with positive COVID-19 cases or are awaiting test results, while 37,191 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 and released. In the Richmond area, there have been 53,056 cases: 18,005 in Chesterfield County, 17,411 in Henrico County, 12,109 in Richmond and 5,531 in Hanover County. There have been 2,240 outbreaks, which make up 54,993 of Virginia’s total cases. Data from the VDH’s online dashboard show that the percentage of positive results from testing is at 12.6%.
Events next week will mark the 70th anniversary of the 1951 executions of the Martinsville Seven
Several events are scheduled next week marking the 70th anniversary of the executions of seven men — four on Feb. 2 and three on Feb. 5, 1951 — for the rape of a Martinsville woman. The Black men, known as the "Martinsville Seven," died in the electric chair at the former Virginia State Penitentiary in Richmond for the 1949 rape of a 32-year-old white woman, the largest group execution for a single-victim crime in Virginia history. In the days and weeks preceding the executions, pleas for mercy flooded Richmond from around the world. Ralph Northam to posthumously pardon the seven men. {{featured_button_text}}Organized by the Martinsville Seven Initiative Inc., the Martinsville 7 Project — https://martinsville7.org — and the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop — https://freemindsbookclub.org — the events include:
California discloses math behind easing stay-at-home order
The first two confirmed cases of the virus were reported in California a year ago Tuesday. The state has recorded more than 3.2 million since then — by far the most in the U.S. and a total topped by only four other countries. The surge at the end of 2020 was the worst of the pandemic in California and overwhelmed many hospitals, prompting some to set up triage areas in tents set up in parking lots. Deaths continue to skyrocket — 542 per day for the last week — as the sickest of the flood of patients die. But hospitalizations have fallen 20% in the last two weeks and transmission rates have dropped well below 1.0, meaning every person with the disease on average is infecting fewer than one other person.
Behind closed doors: Filipina workers trapped by the pandemic
Journalist Corinne Redfern discusses the impact the pandemic has had on the Filipino women trapped overseas, including Mimi (not her real name) who works for a wealthy family in London for just £5 an hour. Mimi was asked to keep working through the first lockdown with the family coaching her on what to say if the police stopped her. Human Rights Watch has long described migrant domestic workers, thousands of miles away from home and hidden out of sight in strangers’ houses, as one of the world’s most vulnerable demographics. The UK issues approximately 23,000 visas to foreign domestic workers every year, half of whom come from the Philippines, according to reports. Corinne also tells Anushka about Rowena, who is trapped in Bahrain by an employer who has sexually harassed her.
Indian farmers clash with police in Delhi as protests mount
Thousands of Indian farmers on Tuesday escalated protests to revoke controversial new agricultural laws, clashing with police and storming key landmarks in New Delhi to pressure Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The escalation of the farmers’ protest adds to Modi’s challenges amid efforts to reverse a contraction in Asia’s third-largest economy due to the coronavirus pandemic. | REUTERSIndia’s federal Home Ministry suspended mobile internet services in some parts of the city where the protests were most tense. The government has defended the legislation, saying they would eliminate middlemen in state-run wholesale markets, increase earnings for farmers and make India more self-reliant. But they have also found support in other Indian cities, including financial centers Mumbai and Bengaluru, where protest marches have also taken place.
Dry ice, containers and staff shortages: Japan's vaccine rollout hurdles
The first shots for medical workers are planned for the end of February, leaving just 145 days until the start of the games on July 23. A government source said that officials did not begin assessing whether there were enough containers or dry ice to pack freezer boxes until late last year. The coordination of medical workers, transport, freezer production, needle disposal and dealing with local governments are handled by different ministries, he said on Twitter. The government is buying some 20,000 special coolers and sourcing massive quantities of dry ice for its transportation. Japan produces about 350,000 tons of dry ice per year, but it’s mostly for food preservation, according to an official with one of the major makers.
Hong Kong’s first COVID-19 lockdown exposes deep-rooted inequality
Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, said Tuesday that the lockdown had been a success and added that more could be forthcoming; officials announced one in nearby Yau Ma Tei soon after. Jordan, a working-class neighborhood in Hong Kong, is known for its night markets and abundance of eateries. Hong Kong’s real-estate market is consistently ranked as the world’s least affordable. “We’re just working hard here, paying taxes, so how come we are isolated from Hong Kong?” said Newa, referring to the discrimination, as an employee scooped containers of takeout biryani. Hong Kong’s notorious tenement apartments are potential hotbeds of coronavirus transmission, with their cramped quarters, faulty piping and poor ventilation.
Golfweek’s Best Courses: Alabama
That includes the popular Best Courses You Can Play list for courses that allow non-member tee times. 1 on the Golfweek’s Best Private Courses state-by-state list is Shoal Creek Club. 82 among all Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses in the U.S. built in or after 1960. Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play in Alabama1. Magnolia Grove (Crossings)Mobile (m)Golfweek’s Best Private Courses in Alabama1.
Not Having Enough Sex? Here's What You Should Do
Next Story : Experience Dandruff-Free Locks With FeminaXDove Dear Winter CampaignImage: ShutterstockIntimacy in relationships range from emotional, physical and spiritual. Having the same wavelength with your partner about subjects or issues you care about might not be possible with every couple, physical intimacy is something you can build upon. If you find yourself not having enough sex in your relationship – no matter what the reason – you need to address it ASAP.Here is something that you can do to fill up the dry patch:Image: ShutterstockCommunicate. It is very unlikely (most times) that couples go without having sex for the longest time. Ask your partner upfront about what’s going on and if there is something that holding him/her back.
6 Simple Ways to Get Rid of Wrinkles On Hands
Although ageing can cause wrinkles on hands, here are some tips that can help us prevent wrinkles on hands or, at least, keep them minimal. Dehydration is the biggest cause of dry hands, and dry hands lead to wrinkles. Hands, in general, get exposed to the sun as much as our face does, so here’s a friendly reminder to apply sunblock on your hands! A lot of people believe that moisturisers are not required for oily skin, which is not true. And, now that our hands are over exposed to sanitisers, make sure to keep your hands moisturised all the time.
Tornado that hit Alabama town, killing 1, was an EF-3 with 150 mph winds
A tornado that struck Alabama on Monday night, killing a 14-year-old boy and injuring more than two dozen people, was an EF-3 storm with peak winds of 150 mph, the National Weather Service said. The tornado struck Fultondale and Center Point, northern suburbs of Birmingham, at around 10:30 p.m. Monday as a series of storms swept through the central part of the state. The National Weather Service did storm surveys and Tuesday evening classified the tornado as an EF-3 with peak winds of around 150 mph. The Tuscaloosa and Birmingham area was hit by a major EF-4 nearly a decade ago, a tornado that also struck Fultondale. The April 27, 2011 tornado killed 65 people in all and had estimated maximum winds of 190 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
N.S. doctor 'pondering his options' after false child porn allegations
The lawyer for a Halifax-area doctor says his client is "pondering his options" after being wrongfully accused of accessing and distributing child pornography. Barnett, 37, informed the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, which regulates the medical profession in the province. Halifax Regional Police acknowledged the mistake in a statement issued Tuesday. It was just so out of character for what I know of Dr. Barnett in dealing with him for the last two years as a family doctor." MacQuarrie said Doctors Nova Scotia offers help to physicians with confidential peer-to-peer counselling through its professional support program.
Family Of 4 Found Dead In Pennsylvania Basement After Apparent Murder-Suicide
A neighbor recalled that Deepak Kulkarni was behaving differently shortly before he, Arti Adya Kulkarni and their sons, Shubham and Sharvil, were found shot to death in their basement. A family of four has been found inside their Pennsylvania home after an apparent murder-suicide this week. Deepak Kulkarni, 50, his wife Arti Adya Kulkarni, 47, and their sons Shubham, 14, and Sharvil, 7, have been identified as the slain family, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Out of state relatives of the Kulkarni family had contacted the West Whiteland Township Police Department on Sunday afternoon requesting a welfare check, police said in a press release. West Whiteland Police Detective Scott Pezick told the outlet that it’s not yet clear which relative is behind the murders.
Luck, foresight and science: How an unheralded team developed a COVID-19 vaccine in record time
She was the first COVID-19 vaccine trial subject. During the Zika experiment, Moderna had developed a vaccine 10 times more potent than the DNA vaccine Graham himself had created. The research is now being used to develop an RSV vaccine, the vaccine Graham had thought might be his legacy. With the COVID-19 vaccine, Graham and his colleagues are not yet household names. She pulled out a small, blue-lined box marked in red type: “Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.” She’d start with 100 doses.
The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Tuesday
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Wisconsin pharmacist who tried to spoil 500 COVID-19 vaccine doses pleads guilty to federal tampering charges
The Wisconsin pharmacist charged with trying to destroy COVID-19 vaccines pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal tampering charges. 'An admitted conspiracy theorist': Pharmacist who tried to spoil 500 vaccine doses made 'full confession,' police sayBrandenburg, a licensed pharmacist since 1997, worked the third shift at thehospital. On Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, he left vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine out of the refrigerator. "On the morning of December 26, 2020, 57 individuals at the Grafton Facility received doses of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine that Brandenburg had previously removed from refrigeration. The doses Brandenburg left out were outside refrigeration for three hours on one night and nine on another.
How to stay safe at ski resorts during COVID-19 pandemic
How to stay safe at ski resorts during COVID-19 pandemicIf you're planning a ski trip, follow these six tips to stay safe.
Eli Lilly says monoclonal antibody cocktail cuts hospitalizations by 70% for high-risk COVID-19 patients
Chris Christie and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani all received monoclonal antibodies shortly after they were diagnosed with COVID-19. In future trials, Lilly will compare its proposed treatments against this combination, Skovronsky said, rather than against a placebo. At an early stage of the disease, people are particularly contagious, and hospitals, overrun with COVID-19 patients, have had a hard time making the time and space to deliver monoclonal antibodies. Skovronsky said he hopes the new data will be enough to convince doctors to recommend monoclonal antibodies to their high-risk COVID-19 patients. The company's future studies will focus on testing whether smaller doses can help extend the predicted supply of the two monoclonal antibodies.
Amanda Gorman's books don't come out for months, but they're already Amazon bestsellers
Amanda Gorman — a Harvard grad, National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history — has another title to add to her resume: bestselling author. "I AM ON THE FLOOR MY BOOKS ARE #1 & #2 ON AMAZON AFTER 1 DAY!" Gorman tweeted on Jan. 20, hours after reading her original poem, "The Hill We Climb," on Inauguration Day. As of Tuesday, Gorman's lyrical children's book, "Change Sings: A Children's Anthem," coming out Sept. 21, is at the top of Amazon's bestsellers in books list. "I had no idea that around the same time, I myself would be named the youngest inaugural poet at that time!
Let down your hair: Army announces new rules for ponytails, nail color
WASHINGTON — Female soldiers can let their hair down, and flash a little nail color under new rules being approved by the Army. He said the tight hair buns previously required by the Army can trigger hair loss and other scalp problems for some women. Army leaders said women will now be able to wear their hair in a long ponytail or braid and tuck it under their shirt. Sanders said that allowing that gives female soldiers, particularly pilots or troops at a firing range, greater ability to turn their head quickly, without the restraints that the buns created. Female soldiers going through Ranger or special operations training get their heads shaved, like male soldiers do.
Chick-fil-A manager helps ease gridlock at drive-thru COVID vax site
The manager of a South Carolina Chick-fil-A was recruited to help ease traffic at a local drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site that experienced an hour delay from a software glitch. The mayor of Mount Pleasant, Will Haynie, sought the “professional drive thru experience” of the fast food manager to address the gridlock at a vaccination site at Seacoast Church last Friday, Fox 13 reported. “Chic Fil A manager Jerry Walkowiak donating his professional drive thru experience to help our vaccination program in Mt Pleasant today. A video posted by Haynie shows Walkowiak directing traffic and inquiring if vehicle occupants if have their paperwork. Walkowiak managed to slash the wait time down to 15 minutes, the mayor told the news outlet.
New Army hair and grooming standards allow for ponytails, nail polish, earrings and more
Female soldiers will now be able to let their hair down, flash a little nail color, and wear earrings, thanks to new regulations underway in the U.S. Army. Army leaders said on Tuesday they are loosening restrictions on some grooming and hairstyle rules, as service leaders try to address longstanding complaints, particularly from women. "This is about an Army standard and how we move forward with the Army, and being a more diverse, inclusive team." Army leaders said women will now be able to wear their hair in a long ponytail or braid and tuck it under their shirt. Sanders said that allowing that gives female soldiers, particularly pilots or troops at a firing range, greater ability to turn their head quickly, without the restraints that the buns created.
China's Ant Group plans sale of U.S.-based EyeVerify: FT
FILE PHOTO: A sign of Ant Group is seen during the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song(Reuters) - China’s Ant Group Co Ltd is planning to sell U.S.-based biometric security firm EyeVerify amid growing tensions between Beijing and Washington over China’s technology companies and tightening scrutiny over U.S. data, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday. Ant, the fintech affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, is in talks with a number of potential buyers in the United States, the FT report said, citing sources. on.ft.com/3plGLkRThe company planned to secure a sale in the first half of this year, the FT added. Ant bought EyeVerify for $100 million in 2016, a purchase which was approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the panel that scrutinises deals for potential national security risks.
Widespread internet outage hits U.S. East Coast
(Reuters) - Thousands of users across the U.S. East Coast faced widespread internet outage from providers including Verizon Communications Inc on Tuesday, disrupting services offered by Google, Amazon, Zoom, Slack and other tech firms. FILE PHOTO: The Verizon logo is seen on the side of a truck in New York City, U.S., October 13, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidVerizon, a major broadband services provider in the United States, alerted users about a fiber cut in Brooklyn. It had earlier said it was investigating connectivity issues with an internet provider, which was causing disruptions to AWS services, and to many online services that rely on it. Robinhood said its customers on the East Coast may have had issues with accessing the internet due to Verizon’s outage, but its platform was operational.
Microsoft earnings rise as pandemic boosts cloud computing, Xbox sales
The shift to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated enterprises’ switch to cloud-based computing, benefiting Microsoft and rivals such as Amazon.com Inc’s cloud unit and Alphabet Inc’s Google Cloud. Microsoft said revenue in its “Intelligent Cloud” segment rose 23% to $14.6 billion, with 50% growth in Azure. The previous quarter Azure grew 48%. But with these results that benefit is now plain to see.”(GRAPHIC: Microsoft Azure growth rate gradually recovers: )LinkedIn revenue growth, which dipped as the pandemic shut down businesses, reached 23%, near its pre-pandemic rate of 24% a year earlier. Xbox hardware sales were up 86% despite the shortages, and Hood said growth is likely to continue, with older models also contributing to sales.
Global economy threatened by COVID-19 resurgence - Reuters poll
Economists have priced-in a COVID-19 resurgence as nearly two-thirds of analysts - or 95 of 155 - who responded to an extra question said there was a high risk that another wave of infections derails the global economy, including eight who said that risk was very high. “It is difficult to overstate the importance of the coming months for the global economy and public health. “The biggest downside risk to the global economy is that vaccines prove to be ineffective against the new mutations. Amongst common contributors, about 60% downgraded their 2021 outlook. The real worry in the near-term was emerging markets, which have carried global growth in recent years.
AMD sees strong 2021 on data center, gaming chips demand
(Reuters) - Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday beat quarterly revenue estimates and forecast robust 2021 sales on strong demand for its chips used in PCs, data centers and gaming consoles from companies and customers adapting to remote working. The company also supplies chips for gaming consoles, which boosted its fourth-quarter sales as new devices from Microsoft and Sony debuted during the holiday season quarter. AMD forecast 2021 sales of $13.37 billion, above analysts’ estimates of $12.28 billion. AMD’s fourth-quarter revenue rose to $3.24 billion, beating analysts’ estimate of $3.03 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. In the company’s enterprise and semi-custom segment, which includes data center processor chips and gaming console chips, revenue was $1.28 billion, compared with analysts’ estimates of $1.24 billion.
Starbucks sales miss as virus spike keeps customers at home
FILE PHOTO: Customers sit inside a Starbucks coffee shop in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 15, 2018. Comparable sales declined 6% for the Americas region, compared with a 5.2% fall expected by analysts. But in China, Starbucks’ biggest growth market, comparable sales rose 5% as the company benefited from the popularity of its rewards program and the return of pre-coronavirus consumer habits. For the second quarter, Starbucks said it expects U.S. comparable sales to rise between 5% and 10%, while in China they were forecast to grow nearly two-fold a year after the pandemic hit the region. The company did not change its guidance of an expected rebound overall this year, with global comparable sales expected to rise 18% to 23% in 2021.
LG Display reports stronger profit on iPhone demand, rising panel prices
“As the global work-from-home situation continued in the fourth quarter, demand for TV and IT products remained strong,” LG Display said in a statement. Analysts highlighted increased shipments of OLED panels for Apple Inc’s new iPhone 12 and higher prices for liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels. Apple’s iPhone shipments in the fourth quarter were likely up 21% on-year due to the strong performance of the iPhone 12, according to Counterpoint data. LCD panel prices should also remain high in the first quarter, he said. Revenue rose 16% to 7.5 trillion won, LG Display said in a regulatory filing.
Walgreens names outgoing Starbucks executive Brewer as CEO
REUTERS/Mike Segar(Reuters) - Walgreens Boots Alliance said on Tuesday it named Roz Brewer, the outgoing chief operating officer of Starbucks, as the company’s chief executive officer. Pessina served as CEO of the company for six years following the merger of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014. Pessina will replace James Skinner as executive chairman of Walgreens in March. Prior to joining Starbucks, Brewer served as president and CEO of warehouse chain Sam's Club, a unit of Walmart Inc WMT.N, where she worked from 2012 to 2017. Starbucks said earlier on Tuesday that Brewer would be leaving next month to take a chief executive officer role at another company.
Mexico president has ongoing, minor symptoms of COVID-19, says deputy health minister
FILE PHOTO: Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador attends a news conference where he announced that he sent his well wishes to President-elect Joe Biden ahead of Biden's inauguration later in the day, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico January 20, 2021. Mexico's Presidency/Handout via REUTERSMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell says Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was still experiencing minor symptoms of COVID-19. Lopez Obrador had a headache and fever when he tested positive for the virus on Sunday, Lopez-Gatell said, has had no other symptoms and was “doing well.”
China's Ant Group plans sale of U.S.-based EyeVerify: FT
FILE PHOTO: A sign of Ant Group is seen during the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song(Reuters) - China’s Ant Group Co Ltd is planning to sell U.S.-based biometric security firm EyeVerify amid growing tensions between Beijing and Washington over China’s technology companies and tightening scrutiny over U.S. data, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday. Ant, the fintech affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, is in talks with a number of potential buyers in the United States, the FT report said, citing sources. A senior Ant executive told the FT that the company had not collected data from EyeVerify’s eyeball scans. The executive said such data did not leave the smartphones that performed the scans, the FT reported.
U.S. Senate confirms Biden nominee Blinken as secretary of state
Alex Edelman/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Joe Biden’s nominee, veteran diplomat Antony Blinken, to serve as secretary of state. Blinken is a longtime Biden confidant who has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate before, most recently to serve as No. 2 at the State Department during former Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration, when Biden was vice president. The 100-member Senate is divided 50-50 but controlled by Biden’s fellow Democrats because Vice President Kamala Harris can break any tie. Blinken was a committee staff director - when Biden, who spent decades in the Senate, was chairman - before he joined the Obama administration.
Biden administration aims to have enough vaccine for most Americans by summertime
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States aims to acquire an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, President Joe Biden said on Tuesday, enough to inoculate most Americans by summertime, as he races to curb a pandemic he warned could still get worse. The previous purchase target was 400 million doses. Pfizer is confident it can deliver the extra doses in the time frame specified by Biden, spokeswoman Sharon Castillo said. Biden said he would hike the amount of the vaccine going to local governments to 10 million doses per week for the next three weeks, up from 8.6 million currently. “I urge President Biden to take every imaginable step within his power to ramp up production without delay.”OBSTACLES AHEADConsiderable challenges remain, ranging from faster-spreading virus variants, supply shortages and public fears about taking the vaccine.
Afghanistan's first female breakdancer sets sights on Paris Olympics
“I want to be different,” Talash told Reuters as she waited for the start of a session at a mixed martial arts centre in Kabul. Just being female can be dangerous in Afghanistan. “When I think about the possible return of the Taliban and that maybe I cannot continue practising breakdancing, I become very upset,” said Talash. “I think it is very good that women can do such a sport like break-dancing,” said breakdancer and instructor Sajad Temurian. Talash doesn’t say so, but her bravery could be a more valuable quality than her physical strength.
CDC officials say schools can re-open during pandemic — but precautions are crucial
Schools should reopen as soon as possible if social distancing and mask-wearing can be maintained to keep in-person learning safe, health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a study published Tuesday. "Decisions made today can help ensure safe operation of schools and provide critical services to children and adolescents in the U.S.," the scientists wrote. "There has been little evidence that schools have contributed meaningfully to increased community transmission," they wrote. The study cited a high school wrestling tournament in Florida last month that brought together 130 student-athletes from 10 schools. The guidelines also said testing should be expanded so infected teachers or students can be identified quickly and isolated.
15 best Valentine's Day gifts in 2021 for everyone on your list
Best Valentine’s Day gift ideas of 2021Our Valentine’s Day list features everything from hot tools celebrity hairstylist recommended by hair stylists and a customizable trio of candles to tech for social media savvy teens and gifts for your dad, mother, siblings and the best friend you love like a sibling, too. Valentine’s Day gift for yourself: State CashmereAfter checking off your Valentine’s Day holiday gift list, be sure to also order a luxurious treat for yourself, like State Cashmere’s stylish and functional memory foam slippers for additional support while working from home. Valentine’s Day gift for your BFF: PeriperaPeripera, a Korean beauty brand, created a limited-edition beauty gift set for Valentine’s Day dubbed Get Red With Me. Valentine’s Day gift for brother: AppleIf your brother is also your best friend, and you don’t mind splurging on his Valentine’s Day gift this year, then consider investing in Apple’s latest watch offering: the Apple Watch 6. Valentine’s Day gift for sister: OtherlandEncourage your sister to take some time for herself this Valentine’s Day season by surprising her with a customizable set of three candles from Otherland, a trendy Instagram-famous purveyor of candles.
Chris Hayes calls for formal investigation into Trump Covid failure
“There needs to be a full investigation,” says Chris Hayes. “We need some formalized process for getting to the bottom of what happened with Covid, so that we never go through this kind of disaster again.”
Police video reveals Kyle Rittenhouse and his mother fixated on social-media impact on day he was arrested over Kenosha, Wis., killings
Police in Antioch, Ill., on Monday released four hours of video taken after Kyle Rittenhouse turned himself in hours after the Aug. 25 protest in Kenosha, the Chicago Tribune reported. The protest was part of a series of chaotic demonstrations that ensued after a white Kenosha officer shot Jacob Blake, who is Black, in the back seven times during a domestic dispute. Rittenhouse is white. joseph prezioso/Agence France-Presse/Getty ImagesIn the audible portions of the video, Rittenhouse didn’t ask about the men he shot. The legal drinking age in Wisconsin is 21, but Rittenhouse could legally drink alcohol because he was with his mother.
Dutch police detain 240 anti-lockdown protests
Dutch police clashed with protestors demonstrating against coronavirus rules across the Netherlands on Sunday. The elderly are vulnerable, but there are also many young people who are vulnerable. Video Transcript- Dutch police clashed with protesters demonstrating against coronavirus rules across the Netherlands on Sunday. The elderly are vulnerable, but there are also many young people who are vulnerable, and young people are the future of this country. Overall and new infections in the country have been declining for a month, and fell again on Sunday.
Mystery guest takes over Jasper Park Lodge — the entire hotel — for a nine-week booking
All 446 rooms at the iconic Jasper Park Lodge have been reserved for a nine-week private booking, but hotel management is keeping mum about the mysterious guest. Guests who had previously made bookings for that time frame have had their reservations cancelled, stirring speculation online. Speculation buildsSocial media was buzzing about the reasons for the booking on Tuesday, with many speculating the hotel will be used to film a television show. Even Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, fielded a question about the unusual hotel reservation during her regular COVID-19 briefing. Hinshaw said that her team is working on framework that would allow professional film and television industry events to proceed safely.
California seizes control over struggling vaccine delivery
Counties, which have been leading the vaccine effort along with hospital and health care systems, were cautious about what to expect and said they need more information. At the same time, confused residents are clamoring for more information and frustrated by eligibility rules that vary by county and by hospital system. Currently, some counties and hospital systems are taking appointments for people 65 and older while others are limited to 75 and up. She also asked what paperwork essential workers would need to present to get a vaccine from the state. Allowing the state to seek an equitable distribution of the vaccine will allow counties to focus on getting as many people inoculated as possible.
'It is a slaughter': Public health champion asks CDC director to expose White House, orchestrate his own firing
White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas says he does not endorse herd immunity. He helped shape the public health efforts of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “This will go down as a colossal failure of the public health system of this country,” Foege wrote. “The White House has had no hesitation to blame and disgrace CDC, you and state governors,” he wrote. “At the moment, they feel you accepted the White House orders without sufficient resistance,” he wrote.
State vaccine strategy does a 180. DeSantis says doses being reserved for second shots
Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that the state is now withholding COVID-19 vaccines to ensure seniors and healthcare workers can get their second doses. “We’re not going to divert second doses away from seniors,” DeSantis said. DeSantis, bristling at the implication that the state wasn’t administering doses fast enough, said Tuesday that it was keeping supply on hand for second doses. DeSantis said that the state had received 1.7 million “first doses” of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday. But there is no difference between first and second doses of the vaccine.
Nissan accelerating rollout of electric vehicles in China: report
BEIJING - Nissan Motor is accelerating the rollout of electric vehicles in China under its main brand and its local, no-frills Venucia marque as it overhauls its strategy in the world’s biggest auto market, four sources told Reuters. “Before we were saying global, global, global, and China was just part of that strategy,” one of the four people familiar with the plans told Reuters. “China is a core market for Nissan and Nissan is getting prepared to launch a slew of technologies including e-Power technology to fulfil customers’ aspirations,” a Nissan spokesman said. Despite being one of the world’s first automakers to fully embrace fully electric cars with its best-selling Leaf, Nissan has fallen behind Toyota and Honda, analysts said. “We don’t have enough electric cars in China.
Sony Pictures Animation’s Culver City campus sells for $160 million
The Sony Pictures Animation campus in Culver City has been acquired for about $160 million by Hackman Capital Partners, which has emerged as one of the region’s largest studio landlords. is across the street from Culver Studios and office and retail complex Culver Steps, which are also owned by Hackman Capital. The Art Deco-style Sony Pictures Animation facility dates from the 1990s and is leased to Sony Pictures Entertainment’s animation team as an extension of Sony’s neighboring studio lot in downtown Culver City. The Sony Pictures Animation campus in Culver City is composed of three buildings housing 182,000 square feet of offices. Among the partners’ holdings are Television City Studios in Los Angeles, MBS Media Campus in Manhattan Beach and Silvercup Studios in New York.
AT&T sued for $1.35 billion over tech to synchronize smart devices
NEW YORK - AT&T Inc was sued on Tuesday for at least $1.35 billion by a Seattle company that accused the telecommunications giant of stealing its patented "twinning" technology, which lets smart devices such as watches and tablets respond to calls placed to a single phone number. Network Apps, which was once known as Mya Number, said Dallas-based AT&T has not paid the required royalties since October 2015. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREAT&T said it will review the lawsuit and respond in court. "Our technology is an eloquent solution for a critical problem at a critical time in the industry," they added. The case is Network Apps LLC et al v AT&T Inc et al, U.S.District Court, Southern District of New York, No.
Orange man, 29, arrested for allegedly stabbing 71-year-old woman
James Gonzalez, who lives in Orange, was arraigned in Orange District Court Tuesday, the district attorney said in a second statement released Tuesday evening. The woman, who was not identified, was taken to a Worcester hospital and is expected to survive, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said in a statement on Tuesday. A 29-year-old man was arraigned Tuesday after allegedly stabbing a 71-year-old woman in her home in Orange Monday afternoon, according to the Northwestern district attorney. Gonzalez was not physically present during the arraignment due to questions related to his competency and concerns over COVID-19, the statement said. He was ordered committed to Bridgewater State Hospital for further evaluation regarding competency and criminal responsibility, the statement said.
Gov. Baker gives State of the Commonwealth address
ShareGov. Baker gave the State of the Commonwealth address and talked about coronavirus, the economy, police reform, and more. ( Pool video, Photo by Erin Clark/Globe Staff )
Amid vaccine shortage complaints in Philly and elsewhere, Biden promises a ‘wartime effort’ and doses for 300 million
Wolf’s comments came on a day that the state announced 219 additional coronavirus-related deaths. Fatalities have increased in the last two months in Pennsylvania, compared with summer and fall. Across the river, Camden County said that the last 30 days have been the deadliest since the pandemic took hold, with 167 fatalities in that period.
Missing boy, 5, last seen at elementary school in Lake Highlands is found safe
Updated at 7:23 p.m.: Police say Solomon Miles has been found safe. Original post: Dallas police are asking for the public’s help finding a missing boy who was last seen at an elementary school in Lake Highlands. Solomon Terrell Miles, 5, was last seen about 3 p.m. Tuesday at Skyview Elementary School in the 9200 block of Meadowknoll Drive, near Whitehurst Drive. Solomon is described as Black, about 4-5 and 60 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, blue jeans and red and blue shoes and was carrying a Paw Patrol backpack.
Snow totals: Strongest storm of the season so far drops up to 9 inches across southern Wisconsin
The strongest storm of the winter left up to 9 inches of snow around the area. Nine inches fell on Elm Grove while 8.8 inches was reported in St. Francis, 8.9 inches in Grafton and 6 in Waukesha. "It has been one of our stronger (storm) systems" so far this winter season, said Kevin Wagner, a National Weather Service meteorologist. Six inches of snow fell on Kenosha while West Allis saw 7.3 inches. In Dane County, Black Earth had 9 inches while DeForest reported 8.
Chicago private school, suburban districts move to vaccinate teachers
As Chicago Public Schools officials debate with the Chicago Teachers Union the role of vaccines in reopening schools, teachers at a North Side private school and some suburban districts are lining up for their shots this week. The task of administering inoculations at smaller schools and districts is no comparison to CPS, the city’s second-largest employer after the federal government. Though Skokie School District 68 hasn’t yet set a reopening date, the head start on vaccinations could help once the time comes. Some parents in that district have pushed the superintendent to reopen schools immediately, even before teachers are vaccinated. “We want to prioritize teachers, we will prioritize teachers.
Man struck by car last week has died, police say
The crash happened about 6:50 p.m. Thursday at near Vegas Drive and Jones Boulevard. (Las Vegas Review-Journal file photo)A 55-year-old man struck by a car last week in west Las Vegas has died, the Metropolitan Police Department said Tuesday. The crash happened about 6:50 p.m. Thursday at near Vegas Drive and Jones Boulevard, police said. His death will not be counted as a traffic fatality until the coroner’s office completes its investigation. The coroner’s office had not identified the man or determined his cause and manner of death as of Tuesday morning.
2nd dose vaccine clinic to open at Las Vegas Convention Center
People wait in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine was the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoSecond doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be offered beginning next week at the Las Vegas Convention Center. People who received their first dose at other sites will not be vaccinated and are advised to contact their original provider to receive their second dose. Public health authorities recommend that the second dose of vaccine be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. Additional information about new COVID-19 vaccine is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant.html.
90-year-old passenger killed; 2 drivers face DUI charges
A female passenger died and two men were arrested on DUI charges after a crash Tuesday morning in east Las Vegas. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeA female passenger died and two men were arrested on DUI charges after a crash Tuesday morning in east Las Vegas. A 90-year-old woman riding in the Hyundai died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, police said. Clark County Detention Center records shows that a Gabriel Hillery III, 54, was booked on a DUI charge Tuesday. The woman who died will be identified by the Clark County coroner’s office after her family has been notified.
Video shows Osceola deputy slamming student to ground at Liberty High
The deputy then straddled the student and pulled her arms behind her back to place her in handcuffs as another deputy approached. The student remained motionless on the ground as she was handcuffed and did not appear to regain consciousness during the encounter.
CDC officials say schools can be safe if precautions are taken in the community
“Back in August and September, we did not have a lot of data on whether or not we would see the same sort of rapid spread in schools that we had seen in other high-density work sites or residential sites,” Honein said. “But there is accumulating data now that with high face mask compliance, and distancing and cohorting of students to minimize the total number of contacts, we can minimize the amount of transmission in schools.”
Wisconsin pharmacist to plead guilty to sabotaging COVID-19 vaccine
A Wisconsin pharmacist accused of trying to spoil dozens of vials of COVID-19 vaccine is facing 20 years in prison after he agreed Tuesday to plead guilty in federal court, prosecutors said. He had originally been charged with attempted misdemeanor property damage but prosecutors warned more serious charges could follow if tests showed the doses were ruined. Detectives wrote in court documents that Brandenburg is an admitted conspiracy theorist who believed the vaccine would mutate recipients’ DNA. This time he left them out for nine hours, thinking the vaccine would be rendered ineffective if it wasn’t refrigerated for 12 hours. But he said a pharmacy technician found the vials and put them back in the refrigerator.
As pandemic deepens domestic violence, 28 Minnesotans slain last year are remembered
A procession of vehicles adorned with purple ribbons bearing the names of 28 people killed last year in domestic violence situations in Minnesota traveled through downtown St. Paul to the state Capitol on Tuesday. In the time of the coronavirus pandemic, the shape of the 10th annual remembrance for domestic violence victims in Minnesota took a different form. There were an average of 23 domestic violence-related homicides a year in Minnesota in the preceding five years, based on Violence Free Minnesota statistics. Violence Free Minnesota focuses on the details of the homicides “to raise questions and work towards systemic change,” said Becky Smith, the organization’s communications director. Although a public health crisis like COVID-19 doesn’t cause relationship violence, the effects of the pandemic can’t be ignored, Malcom said.
Coronavirus in Oregon: 796 new cases, 22 new deaths as Brown slightly eases business restrictions
Oregon reported 796 new coronavirus cases and 22 deaths Tuesday as Gov. Deaths: State officials have not yet released details about the 22 newly reported deaths from COVID-19. The prevalence of infections: On Tuesday, the state reported 1,165 new positive tests out of 23,706 tests performed, equaling a 4.9% positivity rate. Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 308 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were in the hospital Tuesday, 12 fewer than Monday. Since it began: Oregon has reported 139,355 confirmed or presumed infections and 1,904 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation.
Improve views from your outdoor living space: ‘Change blah areas’
One way to improve your year-round outdoor living experience is to carefully select the site for a patio, and if you can, have three sides of wall, glass or greenery to buffer you from the wind, rain, sun and snow. Now, eight-foot-tall French doors installed in the living room open to a new covered cedar deck. “The owners’ vision was to have indoor living to indoor-outdoor living to full outdoor living,” he says. Here are more tips from designers as well as resources to consider as you plan your outdoor spaces. BEFORE the remodel of a Bend house by Paul Haigh of Neil Kelly that improved the connection between indoors and out, specifically the outdoor living areas.Neil KellyTips and Sources— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072jeastman@oregonian.com | @janeteastman
UN: 250,000 people affected by Cyclone Eloise in Mozambique
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Cyclone Eloise has affected 250,000 people in the Mozambique port city of Beira and surrounding areas and damaged or destroyed 76 health centers and 400 classrooms, a senior U.N. official said Tuesday. “We also see widespread floods that are still there,” Myrta Kaulard, the U.N. resident coordinator in the African country, told U.N. correspondents in a virtual briefing from the capital Maputo. “And what we can see is a lot of people trying to get out of the flooded areas.”She said that “nearly two years ago Cyclone Idai devastated exactly the same areas that are now affected.” Hundreds of people were killed by Idai, one of the Southern Hemisphere’s worst cyclones that flooded much of Beira, collapsing homes or washing many away. In December, Cyclone Chalane hit the same area, Kaulard said. Then there was flooding about a week or 10 days ago, and on Saturday Cyclone Eloise passed through.
California discloses math behind easing stay-at-home order
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s health director on Tuesday revealed the math behind the state's calculation that it was safe to lift all remaining stay-at-home orders, a response to criticism that Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration was hiding key data affecting people's lives and livelihoods. Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley currently have 0% capacity when taking into account both coronavirus cases and other patients, while rural far Northern California is the only one of five regions above the minimal level. A surge that started in mid-October made California the nation’s COVID epicenter before numbers improved in the new year. Four regions accounting for virtually all the state's nearly 40 million residents were put under the stay-at-home order in December and three remained there until Monday.
Coalition: A new Holyoke Soldiers’ Home would need many more beds
Plans for a new Holyoke Soldiers’ Home should include about 100 more beds than the state has proposed, a group of veterans and their families said Tuesday, urging Gov. Charlie Baker and lawmakers to ramp up plans for the embattled facility, where 76 veterans died of the coronavirus last year. The Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Coalition said the state’s plan to renovate or rebuild the home to accommodate 180 to 204 veterans “grossly underestimates” the current and future demand for veteran long-term health care in western Massachusetts. “Per the state’s own analysis, approximately 40% of veterans seeking long-term care will die before they are admitted to the Soldiers’ Home due to wait times,” the group said. “This is unacceptable.”The coalition recommended the current Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke be completely replaced with a new state-of-the-art facility with 280 private rooms, “based on what we know to be the demand in our region among veterans seeking long-term care.”
Here’s what’s opening in Boston
The seals at the aquarium can now slip and slide for crowds as the city will move to “Step One of Phase Three” of the state’s reopening plan on Feb. 1. Come Monday, the following can open with 25% capacity. It’s a start as the city sees better coronavirus metrics:Indoor fitness centers and health clubs, including gyms using alternative spacesMovie theatersMuseumsAquariumsIndoor recreational and athletic facilitiesIndoor recreational venues with potential for low-contact (batting cages, driving ranges, bowling alleys, rock-climbing)Sightseeing and other organized tours (bus tours, duck tours, harbor cruises, whale watching)Indoor historical spaces and sitesIndoor event spaces such as meeting rooms, ballrooms, private party rooms and social clubs (limited to 10 people)Indoor and outdoor gaming arcades associated with gaming devicesSource: City of Boston COVID-19 page.
Man pepper-sprayed by Portland mayor lawyer, heir to dairy
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police on Tuesday identified a man who was pepper-sprayed by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler as a partner at a law firm who also tried to obtain surveillance footage of the mayor in a restaurant and get a copy of his meal receipt. An additional police report identified Cary Cadonau as the man who was pepper-sprayed by Wheeler after he confronted the mayor leaving a restaurant Sunday evening and accused him of not wearing a mask. Cadonau didn't immediately return an e-mail seeking comment. Wheeler and Sam Adams, who served one term as Portland mayor from 2009 to 2013, had been dining in a tented area and were walking to their cars when Cadonau approached, unmasked, and got close to the mayor's face while filming with his phone, according to police reports. According to a statement the mayor gave to police, Wheeler told the man of current COVID-19 regulations, which allows people to take their mask off to eat or drink.
Parents desperate to find missing 15-year-old Belmont girl Nya Brown, ‘She’s just gone’
The parents of missing 15-year-old Belmont girl Nya Brown are desperate to have her back home safe after she vanished from out her bedroom window more than a week ago leaving her phone and wallet behind. Brown’s father Devon Brown said, “She’s funny, she’s personable, she’s everything you would want in a child which is why this makes no sense.”Brown was last seen on Saturday night, Jan. 17, according to Belmont Police. “I don’t know where she’s sleeping, I don’t know if she’s eaten any food, I don’t if she’s warm,” Glassco said. We cry laughing on the phone she’s so funny,” Glassco said. Devon Brown said, “She’s loved, she’s needed, she’s wanted.
Pima County monitoring vaccine amounts to ensure second shots, as officials 'lose sleep'
Unless more vaccine starts arriving from the state, Pima County may need to reduce the number of people getting their first COVID-19 shot so second doses can be given. “At what point do you either start telling people, ‘I can’t guarantee you a second dose,’ or start coming up with an alternative strategy?”It’s not a problem limited to Pima County. Other counties, states and countries, have started having a hard time getting the required second doses done, he said. Some have cut way back on first doses given while others have lengthened intervals between shots, or both. Decreasing the number of first shots, or lengthening time between shots, are things they are trying to avoid here, Garcia said.
US boosting vaccine deliveries amid complaints of shortages
The Biden administration is boosting purchases of coronavirus vaccines to deliver enough to protect 300 million Americans by the end of the summer, as it surges deliveries to states for the next three weeks following shortages.
Hundreds of thousands waiting for vaccine
Still, hundreds of thousands of people who are qualified to get the vaccine haven’t yet received a shot. The state reported fewer than 500 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday for the first time in more than three months. And state health officials said based on current data, it’s likely the number of people dying each day because of complications with COVID-19 will also decrease. She did say that health officials are hopeful the number of vaccines being distributed across the country will increase, which could speed up vaccination efforts. Collins acknowledged that health officials have heard stories of people making up chronic conditions during registration in an effort to jump the line.
Pima County monitoring vaccine amounts to ensure second shots, as officials 'lose sleep'
Unless more vaccine starts arriving from the state, Pima County may need to reduce the number of people getting their first COVID-19 shot so second doses can be given. “At what point do you either start telling people, ‘I can’t guarantee you a second dose,’ or start coming up with an alternative strategy?”It’s not a problem limited to Pima County. Other counties, states, and even other countries, have started having a hard time getting the required second doses done, he said. Some have cut way back on first doses given while others have lengthened intervals between shots, or both. Decreasing the number of first shots, or lengthening time between shots, are things they are trying to avoid here, Garcia said.
Review: Hunting '90s killers again in 'The Little Things'
Callers to the University of Arizona Poetry Center are reaching out during the COVID-19 pandemic for reference materials. “Weddings, funerals, anniversary parties … On a lot of those big occasions, the right line of poetry can perfectly sum up why you’re all there," a librarian said.
1 dead in double shooting at southwest ABQ park
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man is dead and another is in the hospital after a shooting Tuesday night at a park in Southwest Albuquerque. The shooting marks the sixth person killed across the city in as many days and the thirteenth this month. Daren DeAguero, an Albuquerque police spokesman, said he did not know the injured man’s condition or if he is expected to survive. He said police responded around 4:30 p.m. to a shooting at Tower Park, near Tower and Unser SW, and found one man fatally injured. He said homicide detectives are investigating and Tower Park is closed.
Americans warned against travel as COVID variants spread and testing rules go in effect
Jan. 27—The State Department warned Americans to strongly reconsider travel Tuesday as a new COVID-19 testing requirement went into effect and new variants of the virus were detected in Latin America and the Caribbean. While U.S. embassies overseas can help U.S. citizens with information and possibly a loan to help them return home, Brownlee said they do not have the ability to provide COVID-19 testing for those seeking to return. Cayman was notified of the strain by the Caribbean Public Health Agency, the Trinidad-based public health agency conducting COVID-19 testing for a number of countries and territories in the region. Cetron said the new variants have the ability to spread asymptomatically and pre-symptomatically, characteristics that have been fueling the pandemic. He said another colleague traveling Tuesday told him he saw dozens of U.S. bound passengers denied due to the testing requirement.
Barbs fly over satellite projects from Musk, Bezos
A spat erupted Tuesday between Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk as the tech titans' space firms exchanged barbs over their rival satellite internet projects being evaluated by regulators. "Despite what SpaceX posts on Twitter, it is SpaceX's proposed changes that would hamstring competition among satellite systems," Amazon said in a statement, outlining its objections to regulators. Musk meanwhile fired off his own objection to Amazon's complaint, claiming that his plan is moving faster than his rival's. "It does not serve the public to hamstring Starlink today for an Amazon satellite system that is at best several years away from operation," Musk tweeted. SpaceX argued in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission that the orbit modifications being sought would not increase chances of interfering with rival satellites.
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos spark space war in row over Amazon's internet satellite plan
Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox Sign up today! SpaceX boss Elon Musk has accused Amazon chief Jeff Bezos of trying to “hamstring” his Starlink system – a chain of satellites designed to provide internet access to areas with no cable access. The $10 billion Amazon system, called Project Kuiper, will involve 3,236 internet satellites in low Earth orbit. Bezos has complained the US regulatory body the FCC that Musk’s system will prevent his system from operating. SpaceX plans to launch several thousand more satellites over the next few years and aims to soon be offering “near global coverage.”
Pamela Anderson Quits Social Media Forever Because Big Tech Wants ‘Control Over Your Brain’
Pamela Anderson announced Tuesday that she’s quitting social media for good. “This will be my last post on Instagram Twitter or Facebook,” the former Playboy model wrote in her final Instagram post. Anderson boasts millions of followers across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The former model is hardly the first celebrity to speak out against social media and Big Tech companies. Last month, Selena Gomez slammed Facebook for spreading misinformation about vaccines and the coronavirus on its platform.
How women played a major role in Yemen's Arab Spring
Yemen was one of the first countries to be caught up in the Arab Spring uprisings which swept the Middle East and North Africa 10 years ago. There, women were part of the protests against unemployment, economic conditions and corruption that saw longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh toppled from power. But with Yemen now gripped by war, how much has changed for women since the uprising? BBC Monitoring's Sumaya Bakhsh spoke to Ishraq al-Maqtari, who was among the first women to take to the streets. The lawyer and women's rights activist recalls how the uprising was an unprecedented opportunity for women to have their voices heard.
Let WHO experts meet Wuhan families, says coronavirus victim's son
A relative of a coronavirus victim in China is demanding to meet a visiting World Health Organization team, saying it should speak to affected families who say their voices are being stifled by the Chinese government. China approved the visit by researchers under the auspices of the UN agency only after months of negotiations. It has not indicated whether the experts will be allowed to gather evidence or talk to families, saying only that the team can exchange views with Chinese scientists. Zhang, a Wuhan native living in the southern city of Shenzhen, has been organising relatives of coronavirus victims in China to demand accountability from officials. Many are angry that the state played down the virus at the beginning of the outbreak, and have attempted to file lawsuits against the Wuhan government.
Most poor countries will not achieve mass Covid-19 immunisation until 2024
Forecast predicts handful of developed countries fully vaccinated by late 2021 while others race to catch upMost poor countries will not achieve mass Covid-19 immunisation until at least 2024 and some may never get there, according to a new forecast, which maps a starkly divided world over the next few years in which a handful of developed countries are fully vaccinated while others race to catch up. They will be followed by a slew of other developed countries by the middle of 2022 and then most middle-income countries by the end of that year. “It’s going to define the global economy, the global political landscape, travel, pretty much everything,” she said. High scepticism towards vaccines in Japan was a factor in why it was unlikely to achieve full immunisation this year, Demarais said. Ongoing lockdowns and widespread sickness would also interrupt global supply chains, with wealthier, vaccinated countries bearing about half the economic cost, the report from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) said.
Video: Police raid Hornchurch baby shower for breaking Covid rules
Video: Caught by the fuzz! Dozens of police officers are fined £200 each for breaking Covid rules by getting their HAIR CUT by local barber at a police stationThis is the moment police raided a house to find 20 people inside enjoying a baby shower. The footage shows officers entering the house in Hornchurch, east London, to find people around a table having food.
Video: Lisa Nandy refuses to say whether Churchill was a hero or a villain
Video: Lisa Nandy in new 'wokery' row as toe-curling video emerges in which Labour shadow foreign secretary refuses to say if Winston Churchill was a hero or a villainLisa Nandy refuses to say whether Winston Churchill was a hero or a villain.
Video: Violent anti-lockdown protests erupt in Dutch city of Eindhoven
Video: Dutch mayor warns the country is heading for 'civil war' following violent anti-curfew protests as France and Italy admit they're facing ANOTHER Covid-19 lockdownCitizens took on the street in the Dutch City of Eindhoven to protest the coronavirus lockdown established by the government to stop the spread of the disease.
Chore list designed for kids divides the internet with many saying they are not able to do them
A list of 'age appropriate chores for children' has been shared online, but it has left mums divided over whether kids should be able to do as much as it suggests. Yes No Do you think the list is appropriate for children? 'Unpopular opinion but my kids are just kids. 'My husband doesn't do 99 percent of this list, why should my kids?' The list says by the age of ten children should be able to mow the lawn (stock image)But some thought the list was entirely reasonable.
Asian elephants living in captivity have a lower body fat percentage than the average HUMAN
Asian elephants in captivity have a lower body fat percentage than the average human and are no more likely to be overweight than their wild cousins, a new study shows. Experts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham completed a range of tests on captive elephants including fitting them with a large Fitbit-style tracker. On average a male elephant carried about 8.5 per cent body fat and a female 10 per cent - humans carry between 6 and 31 per cent body fat on average. Humans average between six and 31 per cent body fat. Known in the prairies of the western US, they migrate to alpine climates in June when they feed on the nectar of wildflowers, the moths can reach to 72 per cent body fat by autumn.
Social media triggers a sharp decline in teenagers' self-esteem, study finds
Social media triggers sharp declines in teenagers' mental health, causing the most damage to the self-esteem of girls aged 14 to 17, a new study has found. Research from the Education Policy Institute and the Prince's Trust found wellbeing and self-esteem levels are similar in boys and girls at the end of primary school. Mental health and wellbeing were linked to a number of factors in the research, including family income, frequency of exercise, and poor maternal health. It also called for an increase in mental health teaching, the publication of a plan for rolling out four-week waiting times for specialist mental health care, and ensuring all young people can take part in physical activity. 'Early intervention and treatment is vital and we are training a new dedicated mental health workforce for schools and colleges across the country as well as teaching what good mental and physical health looks like.'
LG Electronics wins prestigious TV tech award
BUSINESSThis image, provided by LG Electronics Inc. on Wednesday, shows the company's OLED TV and a trophy from the 72nd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. (LG Electronics)LG Electronics Inc. said Wednesday it has won a prestigious TV technology and engineering award in the United States for its high-end OLED TV as the South Korean tech giant tries to expand its presence in the global TV market.LG said it has been named one of the recipients at the 72nd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards organized by the US National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).The Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards honor those who contributed to technical advancements in the industry following a review from a committee of highly qualified engineers.LG was honored in a category of OLED reference monitors for creative, technical, quality control and client viewing, along with Sony Electronics Corp.OLED, or organic light-emitting diode, is highlighted by self-illuminating pixels that deliver perfect black, and offers greater design flexibility. LG is the world's top OLED TV maker.LG said its OLED TV is a popular reference display used by major Hollywood movie studios and that it has been widely selected by content developers.Last year, the company won the Engineering Excellence Award from the Hollywood Professional Association for its OLED TVs.
PM urges vigilance as missionary training school outbreaks crop up in multiple regions
NATIONALPrime Minister Chung Sye-kyun (2nd from L) presides over a meeting of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters about measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus at the government complex in Sejong, 120 kilometers south of Seoul, on Wednesday. (Yonhap)Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Wednesday urged health authorities to remain vigilant against new virus outbreaks linked to unregistered regional schools operated by a Christian missionary group with a vast national network. "The number of daily cases has risen back to above 500. We've confirmed a mass outbreak at an unauthorized school owned by the Gwangju branch of IM missionary society," Chung said during an interagency meeting on the COVID-19 response held at the government complex in Sejong, 120 kilometers south of Seoul.State and local health authorities have been trying to contain several cluster outbreaks that have emerged over the weekend at unregistered schools owned and run by IM.Cases linked to IM's IEM School, a missionary training center in the central city of Daejeon, have climbed to 171 as of Tuesday, with an affiliated school in Gwangju, the TCS Ace International School, also having reported 109 cases.Separate TCS branches in Anseong and Yongin, both near Seoul, have also reported patients.The ongoing outbreaks pushed the number of COVID-19 cases in the country back to the 500s, the highest in 10 days.Cases linked to IM are feared to increase further, as IM operates over 20 similar schools across the country. "Other regions cannot remain relaxed, as related facilities are located in different parts of the country," Chung said, instructing state authorities and the local governments to carry out a full examination of all facilities related to the missionary group.Authorities are especially concerned that the latest outbreaks could explode in ways similar to earlier high profile cases centered on other religious institutions -- the Shincheonji Church of Jesus and the
New infections up over 500 on flare-up in religious community infections
NATIONALA medical worker collects a sample from a home schooler at a religious educational facility in Gwangju, 329 kilometers south of Seoul, in this photo provided by the Gwangju Buk Ward Office on Tuesday. Incheon, west of Seoul, reported 17 more cases. The three areas account for around half of the nation's population.The number of imported cases came to 43, up from 16 the previous day. They included 20 from the United States and two from Britain.South Korea added seven more deaths, raising the total to 1,378. The number of patients with serious symptoms across the country reached 270, flat from the previous day.The total number of people released from quarantine after making full recoveries moved up 685 to 65,478.
LG Electronics wins prestigious TV tech award
This image, provided by LG Electronics Inc. on Wednesday, shows the company's OLED TV and a trophy from the 72nd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. (LG Electronics)LG Electronics Inc. said Wednesday it has won a prestigious TV technology and engineering award in the United States for its high-end OLED TV as the South Korean tech giant tries to expand its presence in the global TV market. LG said it has been named one of the recipients at the 72nd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards organized by the US National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). LG is the world's top OLED TV maker. LG said its OLED TV is a popular reference display used by major Hollywood movie studios and that it has been widely selected by content developers.
[Graphic News] Number of NK defectors plunges in 2020 amid border closure
The number of North Koreans defecting to South Korea dropped sharply last year apparently due to the North’s border closure to prevent an outbreak of the coronavirus, government data showed. According to the data provided by the Unification Ministry, a total of 229 North Koreans settled down in South Korea last year. The number was far fewer than the 1,047 tallied a year earlier and 1,137 registered in 2018. During the first quarter, 135 North Koreans defected to the South. The figures in the second, third and fourth quarters dropped to 12, 48 and 34, respectively.
PM urges vigilance as missionary training school outbreaks crop up in multiple regions
(Yonhap)Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Wednesday urged health authorities to remain vigilant against new virus outbreaks linked to unregistered regional schools operated by a Christian missionary group with a vast national network. State and local health authorities have been trying to contain several cluster outbreaks that have emerged over the weekend at unregistered schools owned and run by IM. Cases linked to IM's IEM School, a missionary training center in the central city of Daejeon, have climbed to 171 as of Tuesday, with an affiliated school in Gwangju, the TCS Ace International School, also having reported 109 cases. The ongoing outbreaks pushed the number of COVID-19 cases in the country back to the 500s, the highest in 10 days. Cases linked to IM are feared to increase further, as IM operates over 20 similar schools across the country.
New infections up over 500 on flare-up in religious community infections
(Gwangju Buk Ward Office)South Korea's daily new coronavirus cases soared over 500 for the first time in 10 days Wednesday as infections at religious educational facilities flared up this week. The country added 559 more COVID-19 cases, including 516 locally transmitted infections, raising the total caseload to 76,429, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). The sharp rise in cases of locally transmitted infections came from cluster infections at small private schools run by religious groups in Gwangju, 329 kilometers south of Seoul, and Daejeon, 164 kilometers south of Seoul. Of the additional locally transmitted cases, 120 came from Seoul and 137 were reported from Gyeonggi Province that surrounds the capital. The total number of people released from quarantine after making full recoveries moved up 685 to 65,478.
At historic fort, India farmers raise flag and vow to battle on
Protesters climb a flagpole at the ramparts of the Red Fort on Jan 26, 2021. Protesters shout slogans in front of the Red Fort, the former seat of power for the Mughal empire. In a democracy the power lies with the people," a farmer from the northern state of Punjab, Avtar Singh, told AFP. The demonstration at the Red Fort marked the culmination of a larger two-month protest to overturn laws deregulating the farming sector. "For two months we were protesting at the border and today, I feel relieved that I have come all the way here to Red Fort.
Some European Countries Move To Require Medical-Grade Masks In Public
Some European Countries Move To Require Medical-Grade Masks In PublicEnlarge this image toggle caption Michael Kappeler/AFP via Getty Images Michael Kappeler/AFP via Getty ImagesA number of European countries have announced new mask recommendations and requirements, pushing aside fabric masks in favor of surgical masks or medical-grade respirators. In Germany, the federal and state governments introduced measures last week making medical masks — identified as surgical masks or KN95 or FFP2 masks — mandatory in stores and on public transit. France's High Council for Public Health announced last Thursday that it is now recommending people wear surgical masks in public, on the basis that they offer better protection than fabric masks. The council now recommends that people wear Category 1 masks in public, rather than those from Category 2, which includes most cloth masks. Category 1 includes FFP2 masks, surgical masks and fabric masks that meet specific standards.
The collapsed Polar Vortex is now tyring to reorganize over the Northern Hemisphere, but will face strong weather dynamics, as high-pressure systems persist
Before explaining what is coming for the Polar Vortex and our weather, we will quickly learn what exactly is the Polar Vortex. You can see on the image below what the true extent of the polar vortex looks like at lower altitudes. POLAR VORTEX COLLAPSEUsually, we look at the polar vortex in the stratosphere at the 10mb level. The key takeaway here is that under strong polar vortex conditions, such breakdown of the polar vortex circulation is very hard or less likely. The forecast is not clear at this time, but some ideas also show at potential polar vortex split into two cores, which could mean a huge blow for the polar vortex ever reorganizing back fully.
Boris Johnson says government did everything it could to limit Covid deaths
PM says it is ‘hard to compute the sorrow’ after number of deaths passes 100,000Boris Johnson has insisted his government “did everything we could” to limit coronavirus deaths and said he was “deeply sorry” after the UK toll exceeded 100,000 on nearly every metric. At a Downing Street press briefing on Tuesday, Johnson took a sombre approach, saying it was “hard to compute the sorrow contained in that grim statistic” of 100,000 deaths. There were 1,631 deaths reported on Tuesday, according to the government’s daily figures, taking the overall total to 100,162. An awful total.”In care homes, the sharpest rises in deaths were seen in the north-east, which reported a 58% rise in deaths, ONS data showed. The figures bring the UK death toll from Covid in care homes to more than 27,000 when deaths registered in Scotland and Northern Ireland in the same periodare included.
Just 1 in 10 companies expect all employees to return to the office
Only about 1 in 10 companies expect all employees to return to their pre-pandemic work arrangements, according to a new survey. The National Association for Business Economics found that just 11 percent of survey respondents expect all staff members at their companies to return eventually. Companies are reviewing a post-pandemic future with a lot more flexibility — yet few are prepared to completely abandon the office space. "Now employees may be super-comfortable where they're at, or they may be over it and ready to be back in the office." Challenger predicted that the concern will make employers eager to facilitate their staffers' return to the office, as least part time.
US government to surge vaccine supplies to states
US government to surge vaccine supplies to statesPresident Joe Biden said Tuesday the U.S. is surging COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to hard-pressed states over the next three weeks and expects to provide enough doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of the summer or early fall.
In ‘Coffin Homes’ and ‘Cages,’ Hong Kong Lockdown Exposes Inequality
HONG KONG — When Shirley Leung, 60, woke up enclosed in Hong Kong’s first coronavirus lockdown, she surveyed the tiny room she shares with her adult son, which fits a single bed and cardboard boxes and plastic tubs for storing clothes. She tried to ignore the smell of the ceiling and walls, which were blanketed with mold. She rationed out the fresh vegetables she had at home, dissatisfied with the canned foods and instant noodles the government had provided when it imposed the restrictions on Saturday. She considered the cramped, interconnected nature of her apartment building. “If one room is infected, then how is it possible for cases not to spread among subdivided flats?” Ms. Leung said in a telephone interview.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Biden Administration Nears Deal with Pfizer and Moderna for 200 Million More Doses
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: Biden Administration Nears Deal with Pfizer and Moderna for 200 Million More Doses The deal may not accelerate the current pace of vaccination. Biden said his administration was nearing a deal with Pfizer and Moderna for 200 million more doses by summer’s end. That’s 100 million more doses of Pfizer and 100 million more doses of Moderna — 200 million more doses than the federal government had previously secured. The deal would provide the federal government with 100 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 100 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, Mr. Biden said. Pfizer had agreed last summer to provide an initial 100 million doses to the United States by the end of March.
Truck carrying thousands of bees flips in Texas, unleashes angry swarm
An 18-wheeler carrying a load of honeybees in Texas flipped over — unleashing an angry swarm. Authorities had to call in beekeepers to help with the mass of stinging insects buzzing over a San Antonio highway on Sunday morning, The San Antonio Express-News reported. The semi was hauling at least 400 hives — each holding an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 bees, according to KSAT 12. The hives that remained in the truck were killed by a foam sprayed by the San Antonio Fire Department for safety reasons, the reports said. “It saddens me definitely from the standpoint of the loss of bees,” Fink said.
Two Virginia cops charged with storming US Capitol fired from jobs
Two Virginia police officers who were federally charged with storming the US Capitol earlier this month have been fired from their jobs. Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson were both axed from the Rocky Mount Police Department after being put on administrative leave for being inside the Capitol during the deadly riot on Jan. 6, the Town of Rocky Mount said in a statement Tuesday. Both men have been charged with unlawful entry into a restricted area and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. On social media, Robertson posted, “CNN and the Left are just mad because we actually attacked the government who is the problem and not some random small business … The right IN ONE DAY took the f—–g U.S. Capitol. Fracker and Robertson previously told The Roanoke Times they did nothing wrong and never participated in the violence that unfolded at Capitol Hill.
Most workers at NY nursing homes aren’t getting COVID-19 vaccine
The 44 percent of long-term care workers now inoculated statewide is up slightly from the 37 percent that Cuomo reported on Jan. 18. Holliswood Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare has 21 confirmed resident deaths from COVID-19, according to official state figures. By comparison, 72 percent of the state’s healthcare workers have been vaccinated, Cuomo said on Monday. A spokesman, Jeff Jacomowitz, acknowledged that the vaccination rate for workers at its New York City nursing homes was just 16 percent. “By New York state law, we cannot make someone get vaccinated,” he said.
Opinion | Even from prison, Navalny is the most potent political threat Putin has ever faced
Navalny decided to release the video only after he had come home. The new administration immediately called for Navalny’s release. Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, said Biden discussed Navalny and other issues with Putin in a phone call Tuesday, but she didn’t provide details. In the new video, Navalny interviews Kolesnikov, who confirms on camera the story that he told me 10 years ago. But his words at the end of the video echo across Russia: “The future is in our hands.
How Mount Pleasant quietly became a national model for resisting gentrification
In fact, on Mount Pleasant Street, not a single store was damaged, not one pane of glass broken. Expensive restaurants are one of the major symptoms of gentrification, but Mount Pleasant Street has always had a healthy ratio of affordable to high-end food. Mount Pleasant Street has two national chain stores (a 7-Eleven and a Subway) and three places to wire money to your home country. The devastating death toll from the coronavirus is a reminder that Mount Pleasant was born in another national catastrophe: the Civil War. In 2003, developers proposed building condominiums to replace the former gas station occupied by Wilson Amaya’s Mount Pleasant Auto Repair at the south end of Mount Pleasant Street.
7-Eleven is hosting gamers overnight at new concept store in Texas
Two gamers will be welcomed to spend the night at one of 7-Eleven’s experiential stores, the convenience chain announced Monday. The unique travel event is set to take place at the 7-Eleven Evolution Store in Texas before the retail location opens to the public, a company press release said. Snacks and beverages from 7-Eleven, Red Bull, Mountain Dew, Doritos and Planters are going to be provided during their stay. "The ultimate gamers' console warranted an experience just as exclusive in our newest 7-Eleven Evolution Store – our ultimate retail environment." The two gamers will need to be from the same household and can either stay at the 7-Eleven Evolution store on Feb. 26 or Feb. 28.
University of Florida modifies 'tattle button' after pushback from students, faculty
The University of Florida reversed course on a "tattle button" that allowed students to report complaints about professors who altered a class' format from in-person to online, after pushback from students and faculty. Students have complained that professors are unable to give the same individualized attention to students at home via Zoom as they do to those in the classroom. The university ramped up the number of in-person classes for the spring semester after students and family members expressed a wider interest in resuming in-person instruction despite the coronavirus pandemic. MINNESOTA CONFIRMS BRAZIL CORONAVIRUS VARIANT CASE, FIRST IN USAbout 25,000 students at the University of Florida enrolled in at least one face-to-face class for the spring, roughly half of the total enrollment at the university, Orlando said. "I think particularly for faculty, we are enormously [grateful] for our faculty," Orlando said.
Linda Tripp reveals how she learned of Lewinsky-Clinton affair in memoir
It’s been nearly a quarter of a century after President Bill Clinton began his ill-fated affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky that nearly brought down his presidency. In her memoir posthumously published last month, Linda Tripp, the former White House and Pentagon employee who blew the lid off the scandal, revealed how she first learned of the affair. Tripp said she met Lewinsky in April 1996 after she was transferred from the White House to the Pentagon’s Public Affairs Office. Her book, "A Basket of Deplorables: What I Saw Inside the Clinton White House" was released in December. To read an excerpt of the memoir published in The New York Post, click here.
Lilly says antibody combo cuts Covid deaths, hospitalizations by 70%
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailLilly says antibody combo cuts Covid deaths, hospitalizations by 70%CNBC's Meg Tirrell reports on the latest news regarding drug treatments for Covid-19.
Biden administration plans to buy 200M more Covid-19 vaccine doses
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailBiden administration plans to buy 200M more Covid-19 vaccine dosesKayla Tausche reports senior administration officials said they plan to give states a 3-week window into vaccine allotments as they try to map out vaccine dispersement. Some are questioning whether Biden's goal of getting 100 million shots in arms in his first 100 days is too ambitious. She joins Shep Smith to discuss the challenges facing the Biden administration in tackling the Covid-19 crisis.
Nearly 50M under winter alerts, devastating Tornado blasts Alabama
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailNearly 50M under winter alerts, devastating Tornado blasts AlabamaAl Roker, Today show co-host, joins Shep Smith to report there's a very powerful storm which will push heavy rain and snow from the Pacific Northwest into Northern California.
Biden to sign executive order addressing climate change
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailBiden to sign executive order addressing climate changeCNBC's Ylan Mui reports on how President Biden intends to address climate change tomorrow.
I believe we can decrease Covid-19 infections in late spring: Dr. Ashish Jha
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailI believe we can decrease Covid-19 infections in late spring: Dr. Ashish JhaDr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University school of public health, says success with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine could accelerate the pace of vaccinations. He says he has a relatively optimistic view that most people should be able to get vaccinated by late spring. He joins Shep Smith to discuss.
Post-Market Wrap: January 26, 2021
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Twitter launches pilot project, 'Birdwatch,' to combat misinformation
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailTwitter launches pilot project, 'Birdwatch,' to combat misinformationJulia Boorstin reports Twitter is launching a pilot project called Birdwatch, which will allows users to flag tweets that are misleading. Users can judge whether the tweet will cause little hark or more harm. It's an effort by the social media giant try and tackle misinformation, which became a big problem during the 2020 election.
Race to get the vaccine like 'Hunger Games' due to limited supply
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailRace to get the vaccine like 'Hunger Games' due to limited supplyThe extremely limited supply of coronavirus vaccine is causing people to pay whatever they have to to get the vaccine. CNBC's special correspondent Scott Cohn joins Shep Smith to discuss the issues with vaccine distribution.
You should update your iPhone right now
(CNN Business) Apple is urging iPhone and iPad users to promptly update their operating systems to fix security bugs that may have already been exploited by hackers. On its support webpage , the company said three security flaws "may have been actively exploited." It did not reveal too many specifics about the bugs, noting "Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available." The issue is a link in an exploit chain , meaning a hacker would need to exploit further bugs for it to be fully executable. Apple said two security issues stem from its WebKit, an open source browser engine used by Safari and iOS browsers.
The pandemic’s devastating impact on restaurants and employees
Bars, restaurants and their staff have been hit hard by the pandemic. As of December, more than 110,000 establishments had to shut their doors, according to a report.
Illinois woman helps community with garage food pantry
To help her community, Sue Gandhi runs a food pantry out of her garage using her own funds and donations.
U.N. says still concerns about Yemen trade despite U.S. allowing Houthi deals
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United Nations is still hearing concerns that companies are planning to cancel or suspend business with Yemen despite a U.S. decision to allow all transactions with the Houthi movement “given this move does not resolve underlying uncertainties,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Tuesday. The United States on Monday approved all transactions involving Yemen’s Houthi movement for the next month as Washington reviews a Trump administration designation of the Iran-aligned group as a foreign terrorist organization. The United Nations describes Yemen as the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, with 80% of its people in need. Another 5 million are just one step behind them,” U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock told the Security Council earlier this month. U.N. officials are trying to revive peace talks to end the war as Yemen’s suffering is also worsened by an economic collapse and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two men extradited from Australia face U.S. charges for $50 million text messaging fraud
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two men have been extradited to the United States from Australia to face charges over their alleged roles in a scheme to bilk hundreds of thousands of mobile phone users out of more than $50 million for unwanted text messaging services. Pearse and Liu were charged with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, and Pearse was also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering. Both defendants arrived in the United States on Monday. Prosecutors said Pearse was the chief executive and Liu was a Java development engineer for a company called Bullroarer. A year earlier, Miao and several corporate entities settled related U.S. Federal Trade Commission civil charges by surrendering more than $10 million of assets.
Ant Group plans sale of U.S.-based EyeVerify: FT
FILE PHOTO: A sign of Ant Group is seen during the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song(Reuters) - China’s Ant Group Co Ltd is planning to sell U.S.-based biometric security firm EyeVerify amid growing tensions between Beijing and Washington over China’s technology companies and tightening scrutiny over U.S. data, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday. Ant, the fintech affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, is in talks with a number of potential buyers in the United States, the FT report said, citing sources. on.ft.com/3plGLkRThe company planned to secure a sale in the first half of this year, the FT added.
AT&T is sued for $1.35 billion over technology to synchronize smart devices
FILE PHOTO: The AT&T logo is pictures on a building in Los Angeles, California, U.S. August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake//File PhotoNEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc was sued on Tuesday for at least $1.35 billion by a Seattle company that accused the telecommunications giant of stealing its patented “twinning” technology, which lets smart devices such as watches and tablets respond to calls placed to a single phone number. Network Apps LLC said AT&T abandoned joint development and licensing agreements for its technology in 2014 after realizing it would owe a “fortune” in royalties because the market for smart devices was exploding, only to then incorporate the technology a year later in its own product, NumberSync. Network Apps, which was once known as Mya Number, said Dallas-based AT&T has not paid required royalties since October 2015. “Our technology is an eloquent solution for a critical problem at a critical time in the industry,” they added.
Dry ice, containers and overworked doctors: the hurdles for Japan's vaccine roll-out
FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled "COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" are placed on dry ice in this illustration taken, December 5, 2020. The first shots for medical workers are planned at the end of February, leaving just 145 days until the start of the Games on July 23. A government source told Reuters that officials did not begin assessing whether there were enough containers or dry ice to pack freezer boxes until late last year. The government is buying some 20,000 speciality coolers and sourcing massive quantities of dry ice for its transportation. Japan produces about 350,000 tonnes of dry ice per year, but it’s mostly for food preservation, according to an official with one of the major makers.
Walgreens names outgoing Starbucks COO Roz Brewer as CEO
FILE PHOTO: A shuttered Walgreens pharmacy store is seen during the coronavirus outbreak in Times Square in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar(Reuters) - Walgreens Boots Alliance said on Tuesday that outgoing Starbucks Chief Operating Officer Roz Brewer has been appointed as the company’s chief executive officer. She will take office from March 15 and succeeds Stefano Pessina who will transition to the role of executive chairman of the Walgreens board, the drugstore chain said in a statement.
Biden administration aims to have enough vaccine for most Americans by summertime
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States aims to acquire an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, President Joe Biden said on Tuesday, enough to inoculate most Americans by summertime, as he races to curb a pandemic he warned could still get worse. The previous purchase target was 400 million doses. Pfizer is confident it can deliver the extra doses in the time frame specified by Biden, spokeswoman Sharon Castillo said. Biden said he would hike the amount of the vaccine going to local governments to 10 million doses per week for the next three weeks, up from 8.6 million currently. “I urge President Biden to take every imaginable step within his power to ramp up production without delay.”OBSTACLES AHEADConsiderable challenges remain, ranging from faster-spreading virus variants, supply shortages and public fears about taking the vaccine.
Yellen, Rice tout economics as key to fixing American inequality
Slideshow ( 2 images )Biden’s top domestic policy adviser Susan Rice said there was clear evidence that fixing inequality was essential for the overall U.S. economy to thrive and prosper. “These aren’t feel-good policies,” Rice told reporters at a White House briefing ahead of executive actions planned by Biden to promote racial justice reforms. Rice and Yellen are key players in a Biden economics team here that includes inequality and labor market specialists who say they will prioritize policies aimed at helping women and minorities who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden’s economic team includes people who have experienced poverty or faced discrimination in housing, employment or economic opportunity, and say they see government policies as a powerful way to redress persistent disparities. Russ Vought, former director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, on Tuesday unveiled a new think tank, the Center for American Restoration, vowing to galvanize conservatives to fight back against the Biden policies.
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More than 100,000 Britons have died within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test, official data showed, a grim new milestone as the government battles to speed up vaccination delivery and keep variants of the virus at bay.
70-year-old Tennessee man wanted for 2 murders, officials warn he's armed and dangerous
Authorities in Tennessee are seeking the public's help in finding a 70-year-old man wanted for murder following a double homicide on Monday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday that warrants have been issued for David Vowell, who faces two counts of first degree murder. BREAKING: TBI Special Agents are asking for help in locating a person of interest in a homicide investigation in Obion County. Vowell, from Martin, Tennessee, is said to be armed and dangerous. TBI is joined in the search for Vowell by the Obion County Sheriff's Office, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the U.S.
Judge denies teachers unions’ bid to halt in-person learning
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge on Tuesday denied an attempt by teachers unions to halt the state’s decision to reopen classrooms last week amid the pandemic. Kanawha County Judge Carrie Webster denied a temporary restraining order that sought to reverse the resumption of in-person learning in all 55 counties. The two largest unions wanted local school boards to decide reopening plans and allow more teachers to become fully vaccinated before going back to teach. The West Virginia Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia had filed two separate lawsuits that were later consolidated. The state began vaccinating school workers and teachers aged 50 and older in early January.
New Mexico seeing downward trends for virus metrics
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s weekly average for new confirmed COVID-19 cases is continuing its downward trend, as state health officials reported just over 600 additional cases Tuesday. The death toll increased only slightly as 14 additional people succumbed to the virus, and hospitalizations due to the virus marked another decline. Officials have said they’re encouraged by the latest numbers and are hopeful that the federal government will begin distributing more vaccine doses soon. State health officials say more than 750,000 people are eligible, and more than 522,000 people have registered online to get their shots. “It’s important to remember that you are not fully protected until you have had both doses of the COVID vaccine,” Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins.
GameStop Trading Could Be ‘Systemically Wrong,’ State Regulator Says
The top securities regulator in Massachusetts thinks trading in GameStop stock, which has been skyrocketing, suggests there is something “systemically wrong” with the options trading surrounding the stock. Traders have been bragging on online forums about taking large bets the stock using options—often out-of-the-money calls that pay off only if the stock soars. William Galvin, the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, said in a statement to Barron’s that he’s been watching the stock. “I’m concerned, because it suggests that there is something systemically wrong with the options trading on this stock.”Barron’s is awaiting further clarification from Galvin about what specifically makes the trading problematic. The SEC declined to comment when asked if the agency is looking into trading in the stock.
How well will the COVID-19 vaccine work against new strains? Experts weigh in
A pharmaceutical technician fills a syringe with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the corona vaccination center at the university hospital in Magdeburg, Germany, on Jan. 22. This new information raises a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccines in relation to the variants. B.1.1.7 has several mutations in its genetic makeup, and some are in the virus’s spike protein, per the CDC. How effective are the COVID-19 vaccines against the variants? “The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine expresses the full-length spike protein of the SARS-COV-2 virus, allowing for the generation of neutralizing antibody responses to multiple domains of the protein,” Moderna explained in a press release in late December.
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Casino CEO, actress identified as couple who flew to Yukon, got COVID-19 vaccines
Rodney Baker, a 55-year-old who was then president and CEO of the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, and Ekaterina Baker, a 32-year-old aspiring actress, both received tickets at the Whitehorse airport on Jan. 21, according to court records. Yukon Community Services Minister John Streicker told CBC Monday the couple arrived in Whitehorse on Jan. 19. The officers returned to the airport and located the couple as they were getting ready to leave the territory, Streicker said. For example, in the case of this couple, one had presented an Ontario health card, and the other had a B.C. The Yukon government is also working on ways to find supporting evidence that someone is actually employed in the territory.
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Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched? The COVID-19 vaccines rolling out in the United States, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world so far require two shots given a few weeks apart. In the U.S. where vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are being distributed, health officials say the two aren't interchangeable even though they're made similarly. Read previous Viral Questions:Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve had the virus? What should I know about COVID-19 vaccines if I'm pregnant?
Netherlands rocked by third night of protests
Police in the Netherlands arrested at least 70 people on Monday after riots broke out across the country for a third night in a row. In Rotterdam, anti-lockdown demonstrators started fires and clashed with police in protest of a new night-time curfew. The unrest started over the weekend, when protesters in several cities looted stores, started fires, and clashed with police. In Rotterdam, anti-lockdown demonstrators started fires and clashed with police in protest of a new nighttime curfew. The unrest started over the weekend, when protesters in several cities looted stores, started fires, and clashed with law enforcement.
Australia set for 10th day of no local COVID-19 cases
By Swati PandeySYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia is on track for a 10th day of no new local COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with its most populous state of New South Wales (NSW) hoping to ease coronavirus restrictions this week after controlling a fast-spreading cluster. Australia's most populous state NSW has recorded no local cases for 10 days after low single digit numbers earlier in January. Victoria state, which is hosting the Australia Open tennis tournament, has gone three weeks without a local case. Australia's success in curbing small outbreaks, with a total 22,000 local cases since March 2020 and 909 deaths, comes at a time when global coronavirus cases are edging towards 100 million with the death toll surpassing 2 million. "In New South Wales our policy always is don’t keep restrictions or burden our citizens a day longer than you need to.
Texas man arrested in Capitol riot, another stays in custody
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas man accused of taking part in the attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month while wearing a shirt with a message that stood for “murder the media” was arrested Tuesday, the FBI said. Investigators say DeCarlo, of Burleson, Texas, was seen in photos smoking a cigarette inside the Capitol on Jan. 6. He also claimed to work for MT Media News, which stands for Murder the Media News. In some photos, DeCarlo was seen with Nicholas Ochs, one of the founders of Hawaii's chapter of the Proud Boys, neofascist group. Another Texas man, Garret Miller from Richardson, who stormed the Capitol was ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Rebecca Rutherford on Monday to remain in federal custody without bond until his trial.
Mexican president's COVID-19 revelation fuels criticism of pandemic response
If the president violates the health guidelines, he's setting a bad example to others," said Ortega, wishing Lopez Obrador a quick recovery. The government said Lopez Obrador's symptoms began on Sunday, but it was not clear exactly when. POPULARITYMexico has recorded nearly 150,000 deaths in the pandemic, and Lopez Obrador's crisis management has drawn sustained criticism from political adversaries and medical experts. Nevertheless, polls have shown Lopez Obrador's popularity rising in the pandemic, despite accusations he has too often downplayed it and put himself unnecessarily at risk. Roy Campos, head of polling firm Consulta Mitofsky, said the public reaction to the president's COVID-19 diagnosis would likely split along partisan lines, with supporters rallying behind Lopez Obrador and critics going after him.
Jeff Bezos seeks $1.7M in legal fees from girlfriend Lauren Sanchez's brother: report
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is attempting to recover a massive sum in legal fees from his girlfriend’s brother Michael Sanchez following the dismissal of his defamation lawsuit against the billionaire, according to a report Tuesday. Continue Reading BelowSanchez sued Bezos for defamation last February, alleging the Amazon founder and his associates falsely claimed that Sanchez leaked explicit photos of Bezos to the National Enquirer. The tabloid’s Jan. 2019 article revealed an affair between Bezos and Lauren Sanchez, who are still in a relationship. In a request filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last Friday, Bezos seeks to recover $1.7 million from Sanchez, according to Bloomberg, which first obtained the document. Bezos publicly accused the outlet of attempting to blackmail him with the explicit photos and details of his relationship with Lauren Sanchez.
The Activities We Love and Hate the Most
It varies from country to country, but generally humans spend the most time working and sleeping, no surprise there. In China and Mexico, people spend more time working than in other countries, fitting the pattern that wealthier nations enjoy more leisure time. The French spend more time eating and drinking than others, and Americans spend more time on TV and radio than those in other countries. There are plenty of things we have to do, but which activities do people like—and hate—doing the most? These are the activities we love and hate the most.
Why Mount Lafayette is the best hike in New England
The Boston Globe and Appalachian Mountain Club teamed up this summer to ask readers to pick their favorite White Mountains hike. After two weeks and more than 55,000 votes, the winner of our Hike The Whites bracket was Mount Lafayette , which defeated the more famous and much taller Mount Washington (6,288 feet to 5,260 feet). Here’s what they had to say:“There are few hikes as iconic, as scenic, or as justifiably popular as the ascent of 5,260-foot Mount Lafayette. On a clear day, the ridge walk between Little Haystack Mountain, Mount Lincoln, and Mount Lafayette is the hike that keeps on giving with sweeping views for miles around, including the Presidential Range and Lonesome Lake. Advertisement“Bonus points for casually working this fun fact into conversation over your summit PB&J: Originally called “Great Haystack,” Mount Lafayette was renamed to honor the Marquis de Lafayette for his assistance during the American Revolution.”A previous version misidentified
White House expects enough vaccine to inoculate 300 million by summer’s end
AdvertisementThe purchases from drug makers Pfizer and Moderna come as the Biden administration is trying to ramp up vaccine production and the states’ capacities to inject the drugs. AdvertisementBiden’s team pledged to provide states with firm vaccine allocations three weeks ahead of delivery during the first virus-related call with the nation’s governors Tuesday. The CDC team reviewed data from studies in the United States and abroad and found schools differed from nursing homes and high-density work sites where rapid spread has occurred. Many other countries have been requiring negative test results for months, but the United States had been less strict. AdvertisementThe United States will accept results from rapid antigen tests, while other countries have been asking for what are known as polymerase chain reaction tests, or PCR tests.
Town-by-town Snow Accumulation in Massachusetts
A UPS driver had to use his dolly and the plowed street to make deliveries in Boston after heavy snow hit the area in December of 2020. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff )David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
‘Spare us from destruction’: Memory of deadly Love Creek mudslide, CZU fire, leave Santa Cruz Mountains residents on edge as storm bears down
It’s yet another calamity threatening this little hamlet and neighboring Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The community has barely started to recover: “Please Rebuild,” reads one banner hanging on a fence along Highway 9 that connects Ben Lomond and Boulder Creek. But on Tuesday, at the gas station in the center of Boulder Creek, many were filling gas cans for generators. “All the law-abiding citizens are gone,” Forest Goodin, 71, who has lived in Boulder Creek for 20 years, said Tuesday afternoon. Most locals don’t talk about the Love Creek disaster much, said Robinson of Valley Churches United.
Good Samaritan Hospital chief operating officer disciplined amid vaccine scandal
A top executive at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose has been disciplined after the hospital came under fire for giving coveted coronavirus vaccines to Los Gatos teachers. The hospital administered about 65 doses to district staff. Even if teachers were allowed to get vaccinated, there has been no clear explanation for why the Los Gatos district was selected above others. It’s about process and adhering to process,” said Kindra Sullivan, a parent with children in the nearby Union School District, which has a school just blocks from the hospital. While I apologize for that characterization, I also will continue to advocate for school staff to be a high priority for vaccinations.
Despite less travel, Sky Harbor was 4th highest airport for guns taken from flyers in 2020
In the same year that Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport saw low numbers of flyers due to COVID-19, it also had the fourth highest number of guns found on passengers or in carry-on bags at security checkpoints in 2020. At Sky Harbor, the 13th busiest airport in the nation, the Transportation Security Administration found 124 firearms at security checkpoints with passengers or in carry-on bags last year. 'What it comes down to is carelessness'Sky Harbor is one of 234 airports nationwide where passengers with firearms at checkpoints were stopped. For gun detection of passengers and carry-on bags, Sky Harbor sits below international airports in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Atlanta, which had 220 firearms found by TSA last year. Passengers can find more information about traveling with firearms on the TSA website or by downloading their mobile application.
'Now is the time to be cautious': As storm leaves Phoenix, freezing temperatures remain
And while the storm system went away with the afternoon, Phoenix National Weather Service meteorologist Marvin Percha said it will in fact come another day. "We are getting a small break here, but as soon as Friday, Phoenix will see more precipitation come through," he said. With more snow showers expected into the evening, a winter storm warning was put in place until 5 p.m. for Globe and any elevations above 4,000 feet east of Phoenix, Percha said. "Roads everywhere, especially in the north, are expected to stay really slick through Wednesday morning," Percha said. "Even though snow and hail might not be actively falling, now is still the time to be cautious."
City Council wants answers as questions build over Philly Fighting COVID partnership, handling of vaccines
Councilmember Cindy Bass said her office drafted a resolution for a public hearing Tuesday, the day after the city announced it was ending the partnership and as new allegations rose about the group founder’s handling of vaccines. The termination followed what the city described as the group’s failure to promptly disclose its switch to a for-profit business. The city also said the group’s privacy policy outlined ways personal information residents entered into the preregistration portal could be sold.
Man found slain in vehicle at apartment complex in far northeast Dallas
Police are investigating after a man was found dead Tuesday morning in far northeast Dallas. Officers were called about 11:15 a.m. to an apartment complex in the 10000 block of Walnut Street, near Audelia Road, where 31-year-old Donald King had been reported unresponsive in a vehicle. Dallas Fire-Rescue pronounced him dead at the scene from homicidal violence, police said. Anyone with information about the incident may contact Detective Ronald Kramer at 214-347-1713 or ronald.kramer@dallascityhall.com and refer to case No. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and indictment in this case.
Mountain lion mystery: Cause of man’s death still in dispute as Hood County officials close case
Hood County officials said Tuesday the case is closed: Christopher Allen Whitely was killed last December by an animal attack, possibly a mountain lion. But state wildlife officials say there’s no evidence to back up that finding by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. The Hood County Sheriff’s Office released a statement suggesting that he had been mauled to death by a mountain lion, citing preliminary findings from the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. Hood County officials stood by their initial statement while waiting for the autopsy to be completed, and it said it stands by the medical examiner’s findings, since no signs of foul play were found. Texas Parks and Wildlife officials said Tuesday that they also stand by their initial assessment and investigation of the scene.
Vegan/jerk food hybrid eatery set to open in Orland Park
J.B. Pritzker’s area-wide ease of COVID-19 dine-in restrictions on restaurants, a trio of Black entrepreneurs are teaming up to bring a new vegan/jerk food concept to Orland Park. Phil Simpson and Andrew Bonsu, co-owners of University Village-based restaurant Phlavz Bar & Grille (717 W. Maxwell St.), and Laricia Chandler Baker, the owner of Hyde Park vegan/vegetarian eatery Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat (1368 1/2 E. 53rd St.) plan to open a hybrid location (24 Orland Sq. Separately, Bonus and Simpson — who met while working various gigs in the music industry —and Baker were unknowingly searching for business locations in Orland Park before deciding to collaborate. The trio says their businesses have “thrived” during the pandemic, inspiring the ideas of expansion. And while so many businesses in the Chicago area have either downsized — or shuttered for good — the trio counts their blessings.
Man dies days after I-55 rollover crash
A 47-year-old man who crashed and rolled off Interstate 55 last week died of his injuries Sunday. Waquonza A. Shaw, of Lansing, was driving Jan. 19 about 12:15 a.m. on I-55 near Cicero Avenue when he went off the roadway and struck a guardrail, Illinois State Police said,The 2013 Blue Chrysler 200 then rolled over and fell off I-55, landing on its roof on Cicero Avenue below, state police said. The reasons for the crash are unknown, according to police. Shaw was transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead Sunday about 6:45 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy ruled his death an accident.
Calling dibs on a parking space? First be a noble neighbor
Calling dibs should be part of a more noble neighborhood spirit. Calling dibs technically is illegal, but nobody cares about that. It takes a lot of work to dig out a parking space after a big snowstorm, and the not unreasonable reward is a kind of squatter’s rights, even on a public street. After digging out a parking space for yourself, dig out one for your neighbor, or for two or three neighbors. For better or worse, Chicago has a long tradition of calling parking space dibs.
Woman, 32, dies from injuries after Friday shooting
A 32-year-old woman who was shot Friday during an argument has died from her injuries, Milwaukee police said. The woman was in critical condition after the shooting about 6:30 p.m. Friday in the 900 block of North 37th Street, police said in a news release. The woman was arguing with a 30-year-old woman when she was shot, police said. Police are seeking the 30-year-old as well as other suspects. They asked with any information is asked to call (414) 935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS or use the P3 Tips App.
Schools can reopen safely with precautions, CDC says
Evidence from the U.S. and other countries indicates schools can operate safely with precautions, and they should open for in-person instruction as soon as possible, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say. In an article published Tuesday in JAMA Network, the researchers wrote that wearing masks and maintaining social distance have proven effective at limiting transmission of the coronavirus in schools, but activities like indoor sporting athletics can promote spread and should be diminished. The scientists also said instituting measures to contain the virus in the community — such as restricting indoor dining, bars and gyms — would also help make school reopenings safer. “The preponderance of available evidence from the fall school semester has been reassuring,” the three researchers wrote. “But there is accumulating data now that with high face mask compliance, and distancing and cohorting of students to minimize the total number of contacts, we can minimize the amount of transmission in schools.”
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Biden announced plan during an afternoon address, while reiterating his warnings “(t)hings are going to continue to get worse before they get better. The death toll, experts tell us, is likely to top 500,000 by the end of next month ... and cases will continue to mount. We didn’t get into this mess overnight, and it’s going to take months for us to turn things around.”
All Connecticut residents would have access to broadband internet by September 2022 under Gov. Ned Lamont’s new proposal
When asked about whether he expects service providers to cooperate with the state’s plan, Lamont said telecom companies “want to have more customers, and we want them to have more customers. We all want more wide availability for this so, we’re not necessarily on different sides of the aisle.”
Cincinnati Recreation Center employee quits after being caught giving kids melatonin
An investigation is underway after a Cincinnati Recreation Department employee was caught giving young children in a daycare over-the-counter melatonin. Recreation center policy forbids employees from dolling out over-the-counter medication. The incident happened at McKie Recreational Center in Northside and involved children ages 4 years old to 8 years old. He noted all parents of children involved have been made aware of what happened and the city is working to provide medical information about melatonin. "We train and educate the staff to never give over-the-counter medication.
Dear Annie: Readers advise ‘Living with Scrooge’ to get out now
Dear Readers: A number of you wrote in concerned about the woman who is Living With Scrooge, the husband who has plenty of money but keeps his wife on a tight budget and makes her life miserable. Dear Annie: Pease get back to this lady. I would definitely suggest that this lady leave Scrooge as soon as possible. -- You Do So Much GoodDear Annie: I agree with your comment that dwelling on her daughter-in-law is a waste of time and energy. However, I believe that Living With Scrooge should seek the advice of an attorney rather than a marriage counselor at this point.
Florida's Trump Plaza residents move to change name
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The residents of a South Florida condo complex want former President Donald Trump's name officially removed from their home following the siege at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. The board of the Trump Plaza condominium voted unanimously last week to change the legal name of the 32-story, twin-tower complex in West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Post reported. Residents still have to vote on a new name, with submissions due at the end of February. The complex sits on the Intracoastal Waterway, just a few miles away from the Mar-a-Lago private club on Palm Beach, where Trump is now living. Units at Trump Plaza start around $1 million and top out at over $4 million.
Criminals in Mexico exploit desperation for oxygen canisters
MEXICO CITY (AP) — High rates of coronavirus infection have led Mexico to crack down on the illicit trade in oxygen canisters, though thieves are coming up with new ways to defraud families. Hospitals in some parts of Mexico are almost 90% full, forcing families to treat their relatives at home. But the oxygen tanks they rely on have been the object of thefts, hijackings and fraud. Even as Mexico’s president continued fighting the virus in isolation at his apartment, and the country’s richest man quickly was admitted to a top hospital, treatment for average Mexicans remained difficult and dangerous. The head of the country's consumer protection agency, Ricardo Sheffield, reported Tuesday that hundreds of ads have been found offering industrial oxygen cylinders — used by torch and welding operators — for medical use.
American Magic relaunches Patriot after rapid repairs in NZ
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — U.S. challenger American Magic returned its racing yacht Patriot to the water Wednesday just 10 days after a dramatic capsize threatened to ends its involvement in the America’s Cup in New Zealand. Patriot was slowly lowered into the water at the team's Auckland base and was expected to sail later in the day to begin systems checks — the first step to a full return to racing. On its relaunch, Patriot had a new emblem over the area of the bow which had been holed — crossed band aids bearing the Italian, British and New Zealand flags and the message: “thankyou." American Magic tweeted a picture of the new emblem and said “after 9 days of round-the-clock effort, and the massive support of so many here in Auckland, back home and around the world, PATRIOT is back in her natural element.”
Relative of virus victim asks to meet WHO experts in Wuhan
China approved the visit by researchers under the auspices of the U.N. agency only after months of negotiations. The WHO team, which arrived in Wuhan on Jan. 14 to investigate the origins of the virus, is expected to begin field work later this week after a 14-day quarantine. Zhang, a Wuhan native now living in the southern city of Shenzhen, has been organizing relatives of coronavirus victims in China to demand accountability from officials. Many are angry that the state downplayed the virus at the beginning of the outbreak, and have attempted to file lawsuits against the Wuhan government. The arrival of the WHO mission has revived controversy over whether China allowed the virus to spread globally by reacting too slowly in the early days.
Autopsy: Texas man died of neck injuries in animal attack
Updated 3 times AlertMeLIPAN, Texas — A final autopsy for a Texas man whose body was found last month in the woods determined that he died from neck injuries due to an animal attack, but wildlife experts and sheriff’s officials disagree on whether that animal was a mountain lion. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that 28-year-old Christopher Allen Whiteley’s cause of death last month was from neck injuries due to an animal attack, the Hood County sheriff’s office said Tuesday. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Lt. Johnny Rose of the Hood County sheriff’s office said they believe Whiteley was killed by a mountain lion. He said the autopsy does not specify what kind of animal killed Whitely. Texas wildlife officials have said that fatal mountain attacks on people are extremely rare, as are any confirmed sightings of the animals in North Texas.
Arizona residents digging out from latest winter storm
Residents around northern Arizona were digging themselves out from the latest in a series of winter storms. Meanwhile, most of Nevada was bracing for another series of powerful winter storms that could bring several feet of snow to the mountains above Lake Tahoe by Thursday. In Arizona, a stretch of Interstate 17 between the turnoff to Sedona and Flagstaff was closed until Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service hasn’t released the total amount of precipitation yet from the multiday event. Low temperatures overnight into Wednesday are going to be well below freezing in many northern Arizona communities.
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New COVID-19 cases, deaths are declining across the country. In Virginia, they're increasing.
Of the 100 top COVID-19 hot spots across the U.S., Virginia has 14 on the list. Current COVID-19 hospitalizations are at 2,847 patients, according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association’s online dashboard, which is the most accurate representation of hospitalizations. The total number of COVID-19 patients who have been hospitalized and discharged is more than 37,527. On Monday, the positivity rate was 12.5%. This is still higher than the positivity rate before Thanksgiving, which was below 10%.
Save the railway banks that inspired Edith Nesbit's Railway Children, campaigners say
The railway banks that inspired The Railway Children must be saved from developers and turned into a park to protect wildlife, campaigners say. Locals in Lewisham's Grove Park area of south east London want to preserve the section of railway that Edith Nesbit's home overlooked before she wrote beloved 1906 children's book The Railway Children. The capital has half the green space it needs for its population size, the group said. Stephen Kenny, chair of the Grove Park Neighbourhood Forum, said the area was home to endangered hairstreak butterflies and includes rare habitats including wet woodlands and chalk grassland. School trips to visit the railway involve recreating the famous scene from the book in which a train is flagged down using red flannel petticoats.
Broadband in space will allow astronauts to communicate with Earth in 'days not months'
UK-built broadband is to be installed on the International Space Station to allow astronauts to communicate with Earth in "days not months". The new terminal will allow results to be delivered to scientists just a day or two after the data is recorded. Two astronauts will undertake a spacewalk to install the technology that will mark the UK's first major industrial contribution to the International Space Station. It will allow astronauts and researchers to benefit from a dedicated link back to Earth at home broadband speeds. Today (Wed), Nasa's Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins will venture outside the space station for six hours to mount the large suitcase-sized device to the European Space Agency's (ESA) Columbus module on the International Space Station.
Letters: Lockdown policy must give more weight to people’s well-being
SIR – I am tired of the calls for the Government to provide a lockdown exit strategy. How can it make a plan for next month when it doesn’t know how the pandemic will develop? We also remember those who, risking their own and their families’ lives, helped to save thousands from death. On this special day, let us remember all those who lost their lives during the Holocaust and fighting totalitarian regimes – a sacrifice of which Witold Pilecki has become a symbol. Jan PickupLlandevenny, MonmouthshireDoling out despairSIR – I thank Janet Daley (Comment, January 26) for her excellent piece on intrusive news reports from hospitals.
Some of the best outdoor art and photography to see now
The entrance is guarded by a plaque bearing a quotation from Virgil's Eclogues and the image of a machine gun. At the edge of a small lake there is a broken wooden fence inscribed with a single ironic word: "PICTURESQUE". Finlay, who detested the Scottish arts establishment, intended the name Little Sparta as a mock-ironic counterpoint to Edinburgh, the so-called "Athens of the North" just across the hills: Sparta was, of course, endlessly at war with Athens. He adds that the trust is urgently fundraising to ensure that it will be able to open in future years. But for these very reasons, the experience of visiting Little Sparta is unique.
The child environmentalist receiving death threats in Colombia
In 2019 Francisco founded an environmental group called Guardians of Life in his hometown of Villeta, about 90km (55 miles) from the capital Bogotá. He and six friends from school started by marching into the town centre, picking up rubbish along the way and chanting slogans about climate change.
Iraq killings: Who's behind a series of murders?
On 6 July 2020, Hisham al-Hashimi, security adviser to Iraq's prime minister, was murdered outside his home in Baghdad. As a fearless critic of the men of violence on both sides of Iraq's sectarian divide, Hisham was not short of enemies. But who killed him and why? Ramita Navai and the BBC News Arabic team set out to investigate his death, the killings of several activists and the growing power of Shia militias in a year that saw the US reduce its military presence in Iraq.
Keystone XL: Why I fought for - or against - the pipeline
I started Bold in 2010 as an organisation that was going to focus on a bunch of issues and bridge the urban and rural divide in the state. But then about three months after we launched, I started getting phone calls from farmers and ranchers saying people were knocking at their doors, telling them if they don't give their land over to this pipeline company that they're going to use eminent domain (taking private land and converting it into public use) and not give them any money for their land.
Biden administration orders 200 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer and Moderna
Researchers found that 25 percent of COVID-19 patients seen in April 2020 had a tongue inflammation or bumps and ulcers on the tongue. It involved 666 mild-to-moderate COVID-19 patients treated between April 10 and 25 at the field hospital at IFEMA, the Madrid exhibition center, which closed on May 1. Meanwhile, approximately 40 percent of patients reported changed to their hands and feet. Seven percent of the patients reported burning sensation, called erythrodysesthesia, at the beginning of the disease. A smaller percentage, 6.9 percent, reported hives while 2.9 percent had a rash.
Disney's Jungle Cruise ride will remove depictions of native characters as savages and cannibals
The Jungle Cruise ride at Disney's theme parks in California and Florida, long criticized as as racist, is getting a makeover to remove what the company called 'negative depictions' of some cultures. The Jungle Cruise, which first opened in 1955, has long been accused of having racist overtones in its depiction of some non-Western characters as savages and cannibals. Disney noted the changes do not relate to the upcoming Jungle Cruise film, which stars Dwayne Johnson and is scheduled for a theatrical release on July 30, Variety reported. Another fan claimed their first reaction was 'don't you touch my Jungle Cruise!' Disney fans took to Twitter to both praise and condemn the company for announcing changes to its Jungle Cruise rideOthers added they were 'in full support' of the Jungle Cruise's changes.
Sales exec who moved family from California to Texas jokes 'Brett' has become the new 'Karen'
He has been called 'entitled' and a 'douche' for writing in Business Insider that their relocation from California to Texas in 2015 was an 'expensive mistake'AUSTIN, TEXAS: Alder lived in this home before moving back to California. For every one person that moved out of the Texas state capital, 1.53 people moved in, according to the data. Alder's op-ed, published on January 20, is titled: 'I moved my family from California to Austin, Texas, and regretted it. For every one person that moved out of the Texas state capital, 1.53 people moved in, according to the data. San Jose ranks number six and San Diego number 10, with half of the top 10 being in California state.
Shops are boarded up in the Netherlands as they prepare for anti-lockdown rioting
AdvertisementThe Dutch government vowed not to back down on its coronavirus curfew in the face of three nights of rioting by 'scum', ministers said. Officers in Rotterdam said they arrested 17 people for minor offences before the nightly curfew took effect at 9pm. On Monday night, rioters pelted police with rocks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails and looted shops in at least two cities, Rotterdam and Den Bosch. The rioting, which started with the torching of a coronavirus testing centre in a fishing village on Saturday night, is the worst to hit the Netherlands in years. Pictured: Rotterdam on TuesdayPopulist right-wing opposition lawmaker Geert Wilders called for the army to be used to quell rioting, something the government has so far ruled out.
Gesturing with your hands can make your words more memorable, new research suggests
Gestures such as slicing the air or waving can make what we are saying more memorable, according to scientists. It may explain politicians’ annoying habit of making chopping motions to emphasise words in their speeches – and why people in some countries such as Italy tend to gesticulate when they speak. Writing in the Royal Society Journal, they said chopping motions – known as beat gestures – ‘feature prominently in politicians’ public speeches’ and may help to make what they say more memorable by stressing the important words. It may explain politicians’ annoying habit of making chopping motions to emphasise words in their speeches. They say that practical implications are that speech recognition systems may be improved by including looking at hand signals and that computer figures, when speaking, would benefit from animated hand gestures along with computer generated sounds.
ID tags of children, aged 6 to 12, who were murdered are discovered Sobibor Nazi death camp
Around 250,000 Jews were killed at the Sobibor Nazi death camp, located in Poland, and an excavation of the site reveals at least four children also died there during the Holocaust. Archaeologists working at the now closed camp uncovered four metal ID tags belonging to children ages five to 12, engraved with names, dates of birth and hometown. Scroll down for videoMetal tags belonging to four children murdered at the Sobibor Nazi death camp have been found. Annie Kaper was 12 years old when she was sent to Sobibor on a train with a total of 1,255 Jews. Annie Kaper was 12 years old when she was sent to Sobibor on a train with a total of 1,255 Jews.
Ponytails and lipstick: US women soldiers get style
The Pentagon announced Tuesday that female soldiers would be able to grow their hair long, color their nails and don earrings. Revisions to army grooming policies expanded the number of hair styles women could adopt, including wearing their hair long. In the past women with longer hair had to tie it in buns, which many said was uncomfortable and interfered with their helmets. Under the new policy, long hair needs to be worn in ponytails or braids in training and tactical situations. The women soldiers can also now wear nail polish and lipstick while on the job, but not in colors considered extreme -- like blue, black, "fire-engine red", violet and flourescent.
Global tally of Covid-19 cases surpasses 100 million as new strains emerge
More than 100 million Covid-19 cases have now been recorded worldwide, according to an AFP tally on Tuesday, as newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden pledged to ramp up the United States's struggling vaccine program. The United States, which passed 25 million confirmed cases last weekend, remains the country with the largest outbreak -- and the largest death toll of over 420,000. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was "hard to compute" the loss felt by British families after his country became the first European country to surpass 100,000 Covid-19 deaths. With the global death toll at 2.1 million, the world has looked to vaccines to break the gloom, but bickering over access to doses has intensified. "Europe invested billions to help develop the world's first Covid-19 vaccines," EU chief Ursula von der Leyen told the virtual World Economic Forum (WEF).
100 jihadists killed in joint French-Malian offensive in central Mali, says army
Troops of the Malian army patrol the ancient town of Djenne in central Mali on February 28, 2020. A hundred jihadists were killed this month in a joint Franco-Malian offensive in the West African country's lawless centre, the Malian army said Tuesday. France, Mali's former colonial ruler, first intervened in the country in 2013 to help drive back jihadist forces advancing on Bamako. It now has 5,100 troops deployed across Africa's arid Sahel region, as part of its Barkhane operation. Earlier this month the French military said it had killed 15 jihadists near Mali's border with Burkina Faso, where an al-Qaeda-linked group is active.
Samsung's health tracking app to be available in 31 more countries
BUSINESSThis image provided by Samsung Electronics Co. on Wednesday, shows the Samsung Health monitor app running on the Galaxy Watch3 smartwatch. (Samsung Electronics)Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday its fitness app with advanced health tracking features will soon be available in 31 new countries as the South Korean tech giant tries to expand its health service amid the pandemic.The world's largest smartphone maker said the Samsung Health Monitor app received a Conformity to European (CE) marking in December 2020 and will be allowed to use in 28 European countries.A CE marking is given when a product meets European Union safety, health and environmental requirements.In addition, Samsung said the app will be also available in Chile, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates.The Samsung Health app made its debut in South Korea last year, and was also launched in Brazil and the United States.The Samsung Health monitor app installed on the Galaxy Watch3 or Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch offers blood pressure and electrocardiogram (ECG) tracking features, allowing users to easily monitor their health. "Nearly 1 million people have used the Samsung Health Monitor app to manage their health since its initial launch in Korea last June," said Yang Tae-jong, head of health team at Samsung's mobile communications business. "The latest expansion marks a major milestone in our mission."
S. Korea to host intl. conference on veterans affairs with 22 UN 'Sending States'
NATIONALA ceremony takes place to mark the return of the remains of Korean independence fighter Cho Chong-hee at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on Nov. 14, 2020, in this photo provided by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs. Cho, who joined a movement to resist Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, had lived in the United States and died there earlier this year. Of them, 37,902 were killed and 103,460 wounded, according to government data. "It is part of our main projects this year to repay veterans for their sacrifice. He died in Kazakhstan in 1943 and remains buried there.South Korea launched the repatriation project of the remains of former independence fighters from abroad in 1975.
S. Korea to invest W45b to develop new technologies to monitor space objects
NATIONALThis image, provided by the Defense Industry Technology Center on Wednesday, shows an artist's rendition of a new laser-based technology to be developed to monitor objects in space. (Ministry of Defense)South Korea will invest 45 billion won ($41 million) in the next five years to develop next-generation technologies to track and monitor space objects, a state-run research center said Wednesday.The new laser-based technologies are aimed at better monitoring objects that fly over the Korean Peninsula amid an increase in the use of satellites for military purposes, according to the Defense Industry Technology Center.Hanwha Systems Co. will lead the research project that will be joined by a number of companies and schools, including the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, and supervised by the government by 2025, it said.On Tuesday, the state-run technology center launched a meeting to review the detailed development plan with the participation of the arms procurement agency, the military and Hanwha Systems. "With the new technologies secured through the project, our military will be able to build an independent laser-based satellite monitoring and space surveillance system," center chief Uhm Dong-hwan said.In November, Defense Minister Suh Wook vowed to enhance the country's space capabilities by securing new assets, such as a military reconnaissance satellite, and setting up a system for joint space operations.
KT tests standalone 5G on commercial network
BUSINESSThis photo, provided by KT Corp. on Wednesday, shows the company's workers testing standalone 5G near its offices in central Seoul. (KT Corp.)KT Corp., a major South Korean telecom operator, said Wednesday it has started testing standalone 5G on its commercial network in its latest push for 5G technology.Currently, South Korean mobile carriers operate the non-standalone version of the latest generation network, requiring support from the previous 4G LTE network.The standalone version has benefits as it solely uses the 5G network, leading to decreased latency and improved battery life for devices, according to KT.While local mobile carriers had initially aimed to commercialize standalone 5G last year, the COVID-19 pandemic put a snag in their rollout plans.KT said its employees will take part in the testing of standalone 5G at the company's major offices and in urban areas.The carrier said the testing marks the final phase before the standalone version's commercial rollout and that it expects the service to make a noticeable improvement to its 5G services.
NK paper calls for heightened alert against pandemic as global cases exceed 100m
NATIONALA health worker sanitizing Pyongyang Station in the capital to prevent the outbreak of the coronavirus. (KCNA-Yonhap)North Korea's official newspaper on Wednesday urged the people to keep their guard up against the coronavirus pandemic as the number of global COVID-19 cases has exceeded 100 million. "The cases of the new coronavirus have now exceeded 100 million with the death toll rising well over 2.14 million," said the Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the North's ruling party. "We need to keep alert and ramp up emergency antivirus efforts more than ever. "The paper called on the people to carry out the ongoing antivirus work as if it were a war, saying they should not let down their guard and must stay resolute to ward off an outbreak that could occur at any moment.It also cautioned against falling into complacency amid a prolonged fight against the pandemic and urged strict observance of antivirus rules, such as wearing masks, sanitizing hands and keeping social distancing.North Korea has claimed to be coronavirus-free, but it has maintained a high level of alert and enforced tough social distancing, border controls and other restrictions on movement.In early December, state media said Pyongyang has been placed on the highest level of alert against the coronavirus, suspending the operation of public facilities and restricting the movement of people in the capital.
State pension fund earns big from equity investments in 2020
National Pension Service (NPS) (Yonhap)South Korea's national pension fund earned nearly 58 trillion won ($52.6 billion) from stock investments in 2020 thanks to the bullish stock market, data showed Wednesday. The share price of Samsung Electronics, also the world's leading memory chip maker, has soared 55.6 percent over the cited period. The value of NPS stakes in global battery makers LG Chem and Samsung SDI also jumped by 4.9 trillion won (210 percent) and 3.7 trillion won (211 percent), respectively. In addition, the state pension fund posted a valuation gain of 3.2 trillion won from its investment in global chip giant SK hynix Inc. The NPS is one of the world's leading pension funds, with assets under its management reaching more than 770 trillion won.
LG Display swings to net profit in Q4 on increased OLED panel sales
BUSINESSThis image shows the corporate logo of LG Display Co. (LG Display )LG Display Co., a major display panel maker in South Korea, on Wednesday said it shifted to a net profit in the fourth quarter of 2020, on the back of increased demand of its panels for IT products and sales of OLED displays amid the pandemic-induced stay-at-home trend.LG Display reported a net profit of 621 billion won ($561.2 million) for the October-December period, swinging from a loss of 1.81 trillion won a year earlier.Operating income for the fourth quarter was 685.5 billion won, compared with a loss of 421.9 billion won a year ago, the company said in a regulatory filing. Sales rose 16.2 percent on-year to 7.46 trillion won.Both operating profit and sales were higher than the market consensus of 377.3 billion won and 7.25 trillion won in a survey by Yonhap Infomax, the financial arm of Yonhap News Agency.For the whole of 2020, LG Display reported a net loss of 70.6 billion won, sharply narrowing from a net loss of 691.6 billion won a year ago.Operating losses also narrowed to 29.1 billion won from 714.5 billion won, while sales rose 3.2 percent on-year to 24.23 trillion won in 2020.LG Display attributed its improved performance to increased demand of its display products amid the rising trend of remote working and distance learning caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.The affiliate of LG Group said its display panel shipment area reached 8.7 million square meters in the fourth quarter, up 5 percent from the previous quarter, while the blended averages selling price of its displays reached $790 per square meter, up 12 percent from the previous three months.LG Display added that solid sales of OLED panels for TVs, supported by full operation of its plant in Guangzhou, China, and increased production of plastic OLED panels also helped the company to enhance its profitability.By product, panels for IT products accounted for 37 percent of its revenue in the fourth quarter. TV panels ac
Samsung's health tracking app to be available in 31 more countries
This image provided by Samsung Electronics Co. on Wednesday, shows the Samsung Health monitor app running on the Galaxy Watch3 smartwatch. (Samsung Electronics)Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday its fitness app with advanced health tracking features will soon be available in 31 new countries as the South Korean tech giant tries to expand its health service amid the pandemic. The world's largest smartphone maker said the Samsung Health Monitor app received a Conformity to European (CE) marking in December 2020 and will be allowed to use in 28 European countries. The Samsung Health monitor app installed on the Galaxy Watch3 or Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch offers blood pressure and electrocardiogram (ECG) tracking features, allowing users to easily monitor their health. "Nearly 1 million people have used the Samsung Health Monitor app to manage their health since its initial launch in Korea last June," said Yang Tae-jong, head of health team at Samsung's mobile communications business.
S. Korea to host intl. conference on veterans affairs with 22 UN 'Sending States'
(Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs)South Korea plans to host an international conference this year involving veterans affairs ministers from countries that participated in the 1950-53 Korean War, officials said Wednesday. Hong was general commander of the Korean independence army during the 1910-45 Japanese colonial rule and claimed victories in battles against Japanese forces in Manchuria. South Korea launched the repatriation project of the remains of former independence fighters from abroad in 1975. As part of efforts to express gratitude to international veterans, the ministry vowed to launch diverse projects, such as inviting them to South Korea. For veterans and patriots at home, the ministry will increase monthly payments and other benefits this year, the officials said.
KT tests standalone 5G on commercial network
This photo, provided by KT Corp. on Wednesday, shows the company's workers testing standalone 5G near its offices in central Seoul. (KT Corp.)KT Corp., a major South Korean telecom operator, said Wednesday it has started testing standalone 5G on its commercial network in its latest push for 5G technology. The standalone version has benefits as it solely uses the 5G network, leading to decreased latency and improved battery life for devices, according to KT. While local mobile carriers had initially aimed to commercialize standalone 5G last year, the COVID-19 pandemic put a snag in their rollout plans. KT said its employees will take part in the testing of standalone 5G at the company's major offices and in urban areas.
S. Korea to invest W45b to develop new technologies to monitor space objects
This image, provided by the Defense Industry Technology Center on Wednesday, shows an artist's rendition of a new laser-based technology to be developed to monitor objects in space. (Ministry of Defense)South Korea will invest 45 billion won ($41 million) in the next five years to develop next-generation technologies to track and monitor space objects, a state-run research center said Wednesday. The new laser-based technologies are aimed at better monitoring objects that fly over the Korean Peninsula amid an increase in the use of satellites for military purposes, according to the Defense Industry Technology Center. On Tuesday, the state-run technology center launched a meeting to review the detailed development plan with the participation of the arms procurement agency, the military and Hanwha Systems. "With the new technologies secured through the project, our military will be able to build an independent laser-based satellite monitoring and space surveillance system," center chief Uhm Dong-hwan said.
LG Display swings to net profit in Q4 on increased OLED panel sales
LG Display reported a net profit of 621 billion won ($561.2 million) for the October-December period, swinging from a loss of 1.81 trillion won a year earlier. Operating income for the fourth quarter was 685.5 billion won, compared with a loss of 421.9 billion won a year ago, the company said in a regulatory filing. For the whole of 2020, LG Display reported a net loss of 70.6 billion won, sharply narrowing from a net loss of 691.6 billion won a year ago. Operating losses also narrowed to 29.1 billion won from 714.5 billion won, while sales rose 3.2 percent on-year to 24.23 trillion won in 2020. LG Display attributed its improved performance to increased demand of its display products amid the rising trend of remote working and distance learning caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
NK paper calls for heightened alert against pandemic as global cases exceed 100m
A health worker sanitizing Pyongyang Station in the capital to prevent the outbreak of the coronavirus. (KCNA-Yonhap)North Korea's official newspaper on Wednesday urged the people to keep their guard up against the coronavirus pandemic as the number of global COVID-19 cases has exceeded 100 million. "We need to keep alert and ramp up emergency antivirus efforts more than ever." It also cautioned against falling into complacency amid a prolonged fight against the pandemic and urged strict observance of antivirus rules, such as wearing masks, sanitizing hands and keeping social distancing. North Korea has claimed to be coronavirus-free, but it has maintained a high level of alert and enforced tough social distancing, border controls and other restrictions on movement.
Human rights study exposes brutal conditions in Sri Lankan prisons
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has published an extensive report detailing the overcrowded and torturous conditions inside the country’s prison system. Prison study by Human Rights Commission of Sri LankaThe prisoners were demanding protection from COVID-19, improved living conditions and the release of all bailed inmates. While the HRCSL report has been compiled to appeal for prison reform, the study is a damning indictment of successive Sri Lankan governments. In some instances, they use the same bucket to collect water, food and for urinating. Women are allowed to keep their children under five inside prison.
Claudia Conway defends Kellyanne Conway after she’s accused of posting topless photo of teen daughter
Claudia Conway is rallying to her mother’s defense after she was accused of accidentally posting a topless photo of the teen on Twitter Monday. Kellyanne Conway, the former counselor to former President Donald Trump who lives in Alpine, allegedly shared the image of her 16-year-old daughter after finding it on Claudia’s phone. Claudia Conway responding to TikTok followers Monday about a topless photo of her they said they saw on her mother's Twitter account. Kellyanne, 54, an Atco native, shares the house with her family, including Claudia and her husband, George Conway, 57. As a censored version of what people purported to be the topless photo circulated on social media Monday, some implored authorities to investigate the matter at Claudia’s home.
Canadian mogul fined after getting Covid vaccine meant for Indigenous residents
According to officials, Rodney and Ekaterina Baker travelled by chartered plane to Beaver Creek, a community of 100 in Canada’s Yukon territory, where a mobile team was administering the Moderna vaccine to residents. They were both fined last week for breaking public health rules in Canada’s Yukon territory. “Effectively what they did was they put our community and our isolation team at risk,” Yukon community services minister John Streicker told CBC News. Until resigning Sunday, Rodney Baker was head of the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, which runs racetracks and casinos across the country. Because of its sparse population density and strict public health measures, the Yukon territory has seen far fewer cases per capita than other regions of the country.
Newark and New Jersey officials reach settlement in yearslong lawsuit over lead contamination of city drinking water
(CNN) The city of Newark, New Jersey, resolved yearslong litigation Tuesday in connection to its water crisis, in which city drinking water was contaminated with illegally high levels of lead. A New Jersey federal judge signed an order Tuesday approving the settlement. Around the time the lawsuit was filed, quality reports published by the city found drinking water in parts of Newark to be unsafe for 18 months. In 2018, according to the city's water quality report, lead levels at several sites were above 47 parts per billion; federal EPA guidelines say lead levels should fall below 15 parts per billion. The report said "corrosion of household plumbing" was one source for lead.
Pharmacist pleads guilty to federal charges for intentionally sabotaging COVID vaccines
Pharmacist pleads guilty to federal charges for intentionally sabotaging COVID vaccines The suspect told investigators he was skeptical of the Moderna vaccine. A Wisconsin pharmacist pleaded guilty to two federal charges Tuesday and admitted that he tampered with over 500 doses of a coronavirus vaccine, the Department of Justice announced. Brandenburg admitted to removing 57 vials of the Moderna vaccine from cold storage at Advocate Aurora Health Hospital on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, leaving them out to spoil overnight, according to federal prosecutors. The suspect said he was skeptical of vaccines in general and the Moderna vaccine specifically, according to the plea agreement. About 57 doses from the tampered vials were distributed to patients, according to federal prosecutors.
Experts including Dr. Fauci say double masking could help prevent COVID-19 spread
Experts including Dr. Fauci say double masking could help prevent COVID-19 spreadHigh-profile officials have been double masking, but does the extra layer actually help slow the spread of COVID-19?
Biden orders 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to protect Americans by end of summer
Biden orders 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to protect Americans by end of summerThe Biden administration is boosting purchases of coronavirus vaccines to deliver enough to protect 300 million Americans by the end of the summer.
Cloud computing, software, and Xbox drive Microsoft profit up 33% amid coronavirus pandemic
The company on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $15.5 billion, up 33% from the same period last year. The software maker posted revenue of $43.1 billion in the October-December period, up 17% from last year and also beating forecasts. Analysts surveyed by FactSet were expecting Microsoft to earn $1.64 per share on revenue of $40.2 billion for the fiscal quarter. Its cloud computing business segment grew 23% to $14.6 billion. Xbox revenue grew 40% over the same time last year.
The internet's obsessed with Solo Stove fire pits—and they're on sale
For instance, you could grab the 5-star rated Solo Stove Bonfire. More than 4,500 Solo Stove shoppers consider this unit to be a stellar investment, with one noting: "It’s pretty much ready to go right out of the box. Although it's extremely similar to the Bonfire unit (and has an expected ship date of Monday, February 22), it's a much heftier option, weighing in at 38 pounds. "I cannot tell you how beautiful this Yukon solo stove is," raved one happy customer. Thank you, [Solo Stove] Yukon for letting us get our family together."
Vice President Kamala Harris receives her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
Vice President Kamala Harris receives her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccineVice President Kamala Harris received her second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Video: Kyle Rittenhouse with arresting officers
Video: Kyle Rittenhouse with arresting officersNewly released police video shows an Illinois teen accused of killing two people during unrest in Wisconsin last summer. Kyle Rittenhouse never asks about the two men who were shot but asks an officer if he can get therapy.
2021 Super Bowl: How to Watch on Amazon Fire TV
Super Bowl LV will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Sunday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. So, to help make sure you’re all set for the Covid-inspired, cord cutting version of Super Bowl 2021, here’s what you need before you stream. Buy the Fire TV Stick on AmazonThis is the 4K UHD version of the Fire TV Stick and the best buy for anyone who wants high resolution streaming—for under $50. Buy the Fire TV Stick 4K on AmazonShaped like a Cube rather than a stick, the Fire TV Cube can just about fit in the palm of your hand but can be discreetly tucked into any TV set-up. In addition to the Recast, you’ll need an HDTV antenna as well as one of the above Fire TV streaming devices to use it.
One-third of NYC hotel rooms have been wiped out by COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has been hell on New York’s tourism-heavy hotel industry. The hotel industry won’t fully recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2025, the analysis said. But the head of the New York City Hotel Association said the industry’s depression is worse than portrayed by the city. He said the Big Apple’s hotel industry is in the worst shape of any municipality in the country and may not see a recovery until 2016. De Blasio previously denied that his support of the hotel zoning change was tied to HTC’s backing of his ill-fated presidential campaign.
NYC garbage man who stormed US Capitol quits job
The QAnon-supporting garbage man who was federally charged for participating in the US Capitol riot earlier this month has quit his job at the city Department of Sanitation, an agency spokesperson said. The suspect, 43-year-old Dominick Madden, resigned instead of face disciplinary charges from the department after his arrest, a DSNY spokesperson said. This is our country!”Dominick Madden (center, blue sweatshirt and holding flag) inside of the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. Before his arrest, an agency spokesperson said any city employee who participated in the riot would be fired from their job. At an initial court appearance last week, Madden was sprung on $250,000 bond.
China using anal swabs to detect COVID-19: report
And you thought the nasal test was uncomfortable …China is using anal swabs to test its residents for COVID-19 amid a new wave of the outbreak — and local experts say the method is a more accurate way to detect the bug, according to a report. But anal swabs have been used there since last year, reserved for individuals living in COVID-19 hotspots such as Shanghai. Nasal and throat swabs remain the most popular methods because of their convenience and speed, according to the outlet. “Of course, anal swabs aren’t as convenient as throat swabs, so they’re only being used on individuals in key quarantine areas,” said Li Tongzeng of Beijing You’an Hospital, according to Newsweek. “What we’ve found is that in some infected patients, the coronavirus survives for a longer period of time in their digestive tract or excrement than in their respiratory tract,” Tongzeng told the outlet.
Sushi by Bou in NoMad’s Hotel 3232 reopens by mistake, promptly closes
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)We thought there was something fishy about this. A sceney New York City sushi restaurant announced to its loyal clients over the weekend that it would be throwing its doors open to diners, and then triumphantly reopened — by mistake. The management of upscale chain Sushi by Bou in NoMad’s Hotel 3232 sent out a text to clients saying, “Hey Bous! Unfortunately, we were unaware that New York City was not included in the court ruling so we wound up closing after one night.”They added, “I guess new York City is not in New York. In any event, we remain closed and wait for approvals to open 3-6 seats of our huge 12 seat sushi bar.”
Tithe money funded Hillsong pastors’ luxury lifestyles: Former members
The pastors at scandalized Hillsong Church were anything but humble servants. The source of the funds came from money donated or “tithed” by members, said former Hillsong LA service pastor Nicole Herman, who personally loaded the funds onto the PEX cards. Pastors, including Lentz, got their own Hillsong credit cards in addition to the PEX cards they delved out to their volunteers. And as a church, Hillsong is exempt from paying income tax in the US. The club vehemently denied any such hookup to The Post but would not comment on whether it counted Hillsong pastors among its members.
Jeff Bezos wants his girlfriend’s brother to pay his $1.7M legal fees
Jeff Bezos is seeking $1.7 million in legal fees from his girlfriend’s brother — who had filed a failed libel lawsuit against the billionaire over a nude photo scandal, according to a report. Michael Sanchez brought the defamation claim last February, saying Bezos defamed him by alleging he was the one who gave the National Enquirer sexually explicit text messages made by the Amazon CEO. But a judge tossed the suit in November because there was a lack of evidence from Sanchez, who is brother to Bezos’ girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez. Now, Bezos, in a request sent to Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, claims Sanchez harassed him and demands he pay his legal fees. In January 2019, the National Enquirer published a series of text messages between the Bezos and Lauren Sanchez, but did not include the nude photos of the tech billionaire.
YouTube suspends Rudy Giuliani from its ad revenue sharing program
YouTube’s action doesn’t stop Giuliani from posting new videos or making paid product endorsements in his posts, which he does often. But it prevents him from receiving any money from the ads YouTube sells that run before a video begins to play. ADYouTube spokesperson Jessica Gibby confirmed that Giuliani had been suspended from the company’s ad partner program after multiple violations of YouTube’s rules against posting misleading information about the recent presidential election. It’s unclear how much money Giuliani might have made from YouTube’s revenue sharing program. Giuliani also made money from hawking dietary supplements and online fraud prevention services directly to his audience in the middle of his videos.
Mental health experts warn of isolation's devastating effects amid pandemic
But, if every single one of Rita’s friends had arrived, 30 seats would not have even come close to cutting it. As the coronavirus pandemic hit, nursing homes around the country closed their doors to general visitation, meaning Rita’s family was unable to see her. Without social interaction and the ability to see her loved ones, Rita’s health began to decline rapidly. The Mental Health Association of Central Florida says the pandemic has had widespread psychological consequences, with isolation playing a particularly devastating role. Stahlman says even as the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be distributed, the mental health effects remain prevalent.
Section 230 explained
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailSection 230 explainedSection 230 has long been a target for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Ad tech expert Mark Douglas explains what Section 230 is and why he's expecting to see it on the 2021 legislative agenda.
Sen. Patrick Leahy taken to hospital for evaluation
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailSen. Patrick Leahy taken to hospital for evaluationCNBC's Ylan Mui reports that Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) was not feeling well today and has been taken to the hospital out of an abundance of caution. Leahy is presiding over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.
SpaceX, Amazon spat pits world's richest men against each other over space real estate
Austin, Texas (CNN Business) SpaceX and Amazon — companies run by the two richest men in the world — are sparring over their competing satellite-based internet businesses, with SpaceX accusing Amazon of "stifling competition" and Amazon accusing SpaceX of looking to "smother competition in the cradle." Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, has an estimated net worth of $209 billion. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, has an estimated net worth of $192 billion. That proposed change could put Starlink satellites in the way of another constellation, called Project Kuiper, that's been proposed by Amazon. The company argued in its objection that Starlink satellites at that altitude could cause more signal interferences with Project Kuiper satellites and other nearby satellite networks.
Harris receives second dose of Covid-19 vaccine
The city and the group together ran a mass vaccination site at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and the relationship was publicized by national media, including NBC News. A new shipment of 120,000 doses is expected to arrive in the Tar Heel State on Wednesday, though officials are lobbying for a boost. California will also launch a new online portal, called My Turn, where residents can make vaccine appointments and check their eligibility status. Among those allowed to reopen at limited capacity are indoor fitness centers and health clubs, movie theaters, museums, aquariums, and indoor recreational and athletic facilities. Indoor gatherings remain limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings are limited to 25.
Allstate to sell most of life insurance unit to Blackstone for $2.8 billion
(Reuters) - Allstate Corporation said on Tuesday it had agreed to sell most of its life insurance business to entities managed by buyout firm Blackstone Group Inc for $2.8 billion. In the United States, 8% of reported group life insurance claims from April to August attributed the cause of death to COVID-19, according to the U.S. Society of Actuaries. The company said the unit, Allstate Life Insurance Company, holds about 80% or $23 billion of its life and annuity reserves and reported a net loss of $23 million for the first nine months of 2020. The deal, which excludes Allstate Life Insurance Company of New York (ALNY), is expected to close in the second half of 2021. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Ardea Partners LP and Lazard acted as financial advisers to Allstate, while Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Credit Suisse Securities advised Blackstone.
CDC researchers see little evidence in-person school drives COVID-19 infection
(Reuters) - Studies in the United States and abroad found little evidence schools were spreading COVID-19 infections, showing a “path forward” to in-person classes, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A school safety officer greets students as they return to New York City's public schools for in-person learning, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, at P.S. The authors pointed in part to a new CDC study of rural Wisconsin schools, where student mask wearing was high. COVID-19 incidence in the 17 elementary through high schools was 37% lower than in the wider community, with no infections acquired at school among staff members. The researchers found widespread virus transmission in the surrounding community during the study period, with 7% to 40% of COVID-19 tests from Wood County showing positive results.
LG Display reports stronger profit on iPhone demand, rising panel prices
FILE PHOTO: An LG Electronics' logo is pictured on a TV displayed at a shop in Seoul, South Korea, April 26, 2016. Analysts said the profit rise was driven by increased shipments for OLED panels for Apple Inc’s new iPhone 12 and higher prices for liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels. LCD prices rose on the back of growing demand for TVs from global consumers stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple’s iPhone shipments in the fourth quarter were likely up 21% on-year due to the strong performance of the iPhone 12, according to Counterpoint data. Revenue rose 16% to 7.5 trillion won, LG Display said in a regulatory filing.
U.S. 'actively looking' at mandating COVID-19 testing for domestic air travel
Slideshow ( 2 images )WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration is “actively looking” at expanding mandatory COVID-19 testing to travelers on U.S. domestic flights, a senior Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said on Tuesday. On a call with reporters, Dr. Marty Cetron, director for the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at CDC, was asked about whether new domestic travel testing requirements might be employed. Reuters reported Friday that administration officials said that could include requiring negative COVID-19 tests before flying domestically. “We realize that there’s been a dramatic evolution and increase in both testing platforms and testing capacity. In discussions with airline officials, the CDC has said it is considering requiring domestic testing, too.
GameStop extends Reddit driven hyper-rally after Musk tweet
!”, along with a link to Reddit’s Wallstreetbets stock trading discussion group, where supporters affectionately refer to the Tesla CEO as “Papa Musk.” “Stonks” is a tongue-in-cheek term for stocks widely used on social media. Trading in GameStop stock was halted for volatility nine times on Monday and five times on Tuesday. To some stock market professionals, the recent moves look symbolic of a stock market that may be overvalued at the end of a year dominated by floods of fiscal and monetary stimulus to ease the coronavirus crisis. “GME shorts and longs are in a knockout battle being waged in the stock market as well as social media platforms,” wrote Ihor Dusaniwsky, S3’s managing director of predictive analytics. Another stock popular with Reddit investors, Virgin Galactic Holdings, surged 17%, and is now up 77% year to date.
Tunisia's parliament approves Cabinet reshuffle amid protests
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia’s parliament on Tuesday approved a Cabinet reshuffle that deepened the conflict between the prime minister and the president, as hundreds protested outside the heavily barricaded parliament over social inequality and police abuses. REUTERS/Zoubeir SouissiRiot police turned water cannon on protesters outside the parliament earlier on Tuesday, trying to quell the largest rally since demonstrations began this month. ?”?Young people protesting outside parliament reminds us of our priorities. Police blocked the march with barricades to prevent protesters approaching the parliament building where lawmakers were debating the government reshuffle. As parliamentary debate on the reshuffle paused, some opposition lawmakers left parliament to join the protest outside.
Lebanese lawyers seek to halt liquidation of UK-registered firm possibly linked to Beirut blast
LONDON (Reuters) - A Lebanese lawyers’ association has asked British authorities to halt the voluntary liquidation of a UK-registered company over possible links to last year’s explosion at Beirut port, according to a letter seen by Reuters. The judge, the Lebanese justice ministry and Khalaf did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the letter. The woman listed as Savaro’s owner and sole director at Companies House, Marina Psyllou, did not respond to requests for comment on the letter. Companies House, which has the power to delay corporate liquidations, said it did not comment on individual cases. On Jan. 12, Psyllou submitted a request to Companies House to wind up Savaro, which had filed updates each year since 2008 saying it was dormant.
Four Jamaican homeless men hacked to death, person of interest detained
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Jamaican police said on Tuesday they had detained a person of interest as part of their investigation into an attack over the weekend on six homeless men in Kingston in which four were hacked to death and two critically injured. While Jamaica has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, the attack was particularly grisly. All suffered chop wounds to the head and the two who survived were in a critical state, police said. More worrying still to the local homeless population, this was not the first such occurrence and could be the work of a serial killer. Several years ago, homeless men were the victims of a pattern of similar attacks, killed while they were sleeping, said Dennis Brooks, a spokesman for the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
Attack On Gay Louisiana Teen Is Now Being Investigated As Hate Crime
(AP) — A hate crime charge has been added to attempted murder in the case of a gay Louisiana teenager who was attacked by another teen he met on a dating app last year. “I was saying my final words to myself, which were just, ‘Stay calm,’” White told KLFY-TV. The Lafayette Parish District Attorney’s Office added the hate crime charge to the case against Chance Seneca on Jan. 20. But police did not initially recommend a hate crime charge, even though White’s family accused Seneca of targeting him because he’s gay. Wayne Griffin said right after the attack that preliminary evidence indicated it was not a hate crime and that Seneca and White had gotten into an argument.
Wisconsin pharmacist who tried to destroy 500 Covid vaccine doses agrees to plead guilty
The Wisconsin hospital pharmacist who was fired and arrested for intentionally trying to destroy hundreds of Covid-19 vaccine doses has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, authorities said on Tuesday. Anyone who tampers with doses of Covid-19 doses will face justice, U.S. Attorney Matthew D. Krueger said Tuesday. “Distributing the COVID-19 vaccine is critical to overcoming this pandemic, which continues to end lives and upend our economy,” Krueger said. There have been more than 23.5 million doses administered across the country as of Tuesday, according to data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he planned to purchase an additional 200 million doses in an effort to bolster distribution.
Protesters supporting Indian farmers demonstrate in NYC
Tens of thousands of protesting farmers have marched, rode horses and drove long lines of tractors into India's capital, breaking through police barricades to storm the historic Red Fort. Republic Day marks the anniversary of the adoption of India’s constitution on Jan. 26, 1950. Tens of thousands of protesting farmers have marched, rode horses and drove long lines of tractors into India's capital, breaking through police barricades to storm the historic Red Fort. The crowd gathered on Manhattan’s east side on India’s Republic Day, a national holiday that honors the anniversary of India’s constitution coming into effect. Indian farmers have been protesting for nearly two months over new laws they say will benefit big corporations and wreak havoc on the earnings of smaller scale farmers.
Some European Countries Move To Require Medical-Grade Masks In Public
Some European Countries Move To Require Medical-Grade Masks In PublicEnlarge this image toggle caption Michael Kappeler/AFP via Getty Images Michael Kappeler/AFP via Getty ImagesA number of European countries have announced new mask recommendations and requirements, pushing aside fabric masks in favor of surgical masks or medical-grade respirators. In Germany, the federal and state governments introduced measures last week making medical masks — identified as surgical masks or KN95 or FFP2 masks — mandatory in stores and on public transit. The federal government earlier announced it would distribute millions of FFP2 masks to people over 60 and those with chronic conditions. France's High Council for Public Health announced last Thursday that it is now recommending people wear surgical masks in public, on the basis that they offer better protection than fabric masks. Category 1 includes FFP2 masks, surgical masks and fabric masks that meet specific standards.
Florida's Vaccine Rollout Rife With Snags And Inequities
Florida's Vaccine Rollout Rife With Snags And InequitiesEnlarge this image toggle caption Marta Lavandier/AP Marta Lavandier/APScarcely a day goes by that Gov. Ron DeSantis isn't holding a news conference somewhere in Florida, talking about his policy of providing the COVID-19 vaccine to "seniors first." "By the end of this month," DeSantis said, "a COVID-19 vaccine will have been offered to every resident and staff member at all of Florida's nearly 4000 long-term care facilities." "Today is the day that we're going to do our 1 millionth senior in the state of Florida," DeSantis said. Vaccination system favors the wealthyThe haphazard vaccination system, which varies county by county, is tilted toward those who can monitor social media and book appointments online before the slots run out.
Is The Stock Market Insane? Beyond GameStop, Major Indexes Hint Not Yet
Dow Jones Futures: GME Stock Rockets On Elon Musk Tweet; Microsoft, AMD, Palantir Are Key Movers10:57 AM ET Gamestop kept surging late on an Elon Musk tweet. Microsoft jumped late on earnings, while AMD and Palantir fell on...10:57 AM ET Gamestop kept surging late on an Elon Musk tweet. Microsoft...
AMD expects gaming, data center to remain strong in 2021 as quarterly revenue tops $3 billion for first time
AMD AMD, +0.62% reported fourth-quarter net income of $1.78 billion, or $1.45 a share, compared with $170 million, or 15 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast adjusted earnings of 47 cents a share on revenue of $3.03 billion. AMD reported fourth-quarter sales of $1.96 billion for computing and graphics chips, up 18% from $1.66 billion last year, compared with analyst expectations of $1.8 billion. The company expects first-quarter revenue between $3.1 billion and $3.3 billion, and 2021 revenue to rise about 37%, or to about $13.37 billion. Analysts expect first-quarter revenue of $2.72 billion, and 2021 revenue of $12.26 billion.
Hightower Acquires $830 Million Wealth Manager Siller & Cohen
RIA aggregator Hightower said Tuesday it has made a strategic investment in Siller & Cohen Family Wealth Advisors, a wealth management firm in Rye Brook, N.Y., with $830 million in assets under management. It’s the third deal the Chicago-based company has announced this year amid a broader flurry of M&A transactions in the space. There was a record number of wealth management deals in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic, and experts predict even more activity this year.
GameStop Trading Could Be ‘Systemically Wrong,’ State Regulator Says
The top securities regulator in Massachusetts thinks trading in GameStop stock, which has been skyrocketing, suggests there is something “systemically wrong” with the options trading surrounding the stockThe videogame retailer’s stock was up 93% on Tuesday and has roughly quadrupled in the past week. Traders have been bragging on online forums about taking large bets the stock using options—often out-of-the-money calls that pay off only if the stock soars. William Galvin, the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, said in a statement to Barron’s that he’s been watching the stock. “I’m concerned, because it suggests that there is something systemically wrong with the options trading on this stock.”Barron’s is awaiting further clarification from Galvin about what specifically makes the trading problematic. The SEC declined to comment when asked if the agency is looking into trading in the stock.
Biden administration aims to deliver vaccines for 300 million Americans by end of summer
President Biden announced Tuesday that his administration would purchase an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine as part of a plan to deliver enough inoculations for 300 million Americans by the end of the summer. With that move, Biden said, the country would increase its vaccine inventory from 400 million doses to 600 million. President Biden speaking at the White House on Tuesday. “I also want to be clear, 100 million shots in 100 days is not the endpoint. The Biden White House has also submitted a lofty $1.9 trillion COVID relief package to Congress.
U.S. 'actively looking' at mandating COVID-19 testing for domestic air travel
By David ShepardsonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration is "actively looking" at expanding mandatory COVID-19 testing to travelers on U.S. domestic flights, a senior Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said on Tuesday. On a call with reporters, Dr. Marty Cetron, director for the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at CDC, was asked about whether new domestic travel testing requirements might be employed. Cetron replied that there were "conversations that are ongoing and looking at what the types and locations of testing might be... We're actively looking at it." Last week, President Joe Biden directed U.S. agencies to make recommendations to "impose additional public health measures for domestic travel" and to consider new requirements for people crossing land borders. In discussions with airline officials, the CDC has said it is considering requiring domestic testing, too.
California man accused of stealing documents from Mitch McConnell's desk during Capitol riot
It’s not the first time suspicions have fallen on a Chinese-born scientist – Chen is a naturalized U.S. citizen – for work they conduct openly in the United States. For six decades, the United States has been the mecca for smart people interested in conducting research. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Chinese students studying in the United States in 2017 numbered about 141,000 undergraduates and 125,000 graduate students. What happens when scientists migrate The “mosaic theory” has been borrowed from finance to apply to Chinese students, visitors and emigres in the United States. In the earliest days of the pandemic, Chinese researchers galvanized world research by publishing the genome sequence of the novel coronavirus.
Cause of fire that killed Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh still a mystery: officials
Connecticut authorities Tuesday said they are still unsure whether Zappos founder Tony Hsieh accidentally or intentionally set the fire that killed him. Continue Reading BelowThe troubled online-shoe-company creator perished from smoke inhalation while in a storage shed on a female pal’s New London property in November — and authorities said in a report that it is still unclear whether Hsieh meant to or may have mistakenly ignited the blaze with maybe a tossed cigarette or carelessly placed candle, possibly in a booze- or drug-fueled haze. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSHsieh had gone out to the shed in a fit to sleep after getting into an argument with the woman about keeping her house clean, another friend told investigators. “Through the course of this investigation, the five investigators were not able to eliminate all the potential ignition sources, and as a result, have classified this fire as ‘undetermined,’ ” New London Fire Marshal Vernon Skau said in a written statement, according to the Hartford Courant. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE“In the event that new information is learned, this investigation can be reopened.”Hsieh, a 46-year-old multimillionaire wunderkind, had been planning to enter rehab in the hours before his death, pals told the Wall Street Journal last month.
In a nod to diversity, Army loosens rules on hairstyles, grooming
Female soldiers can let their hair down and flash a little nail color under new rules being approved by the Army. Army leaders announced Tuesday that they are loosening restrictions on various grooming and hairstyle rules, as service leaders try to address longstanding complaints, particularly from women. Sanders said that allowing that gives female soldiers, particularly pilots or troops at a firing range, greater ability to turn their head quickly, without the restraints that the buns created. Female soldiers going through Ranger or special operations training get their heads shaved, like male soldiers do. In another sign of the times, the new rules state that soldiers will now automatically receive black and coyote-colored face masks.
World’s richest men feud over satellite fleets
The world’s two richest men are duking it out before U.S. regulators over celestial real estate for their satellite fleets. Elon Musk’s SpaceX has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to operate Starlink communications satellites at a lower orbit than first planned. Advertisement“It is SpaceX’s proposed changes that would hamstring competition among satellite systems,” Amazon tweeted Tuesday from its official news account. Amazon last year won FCC permission for a fleet of 3,236 satellites and has yet to launch any. It said the change would put SpaceX satellites in the midst of the Kuiper System orbits, according to filings at the agency.
An unlikely Pasadena love story: The high-school bromance of Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth
Early in the summer of 1973, singer David Lee Roth and guitarist Eddie Van Halen performed together for the first time. Last week, Eddie Van Halen died from cancer, at age 65, and tributes to his transformational musical contributions poured in from around the world. Although it took the Van Halen brothers’ fans some time to warm up to Roth, Van Halen inarguably became a better band with a ringmaster like Roth fronting the group. Located a couple of blocks from the Van Halen home, it was where Jan Van Halen and his sons bought their beer. Only after Eddie Van Halen began his relationship with his future wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli, did he move out of his childhood home.
Here’s what to know about Nantucket’s Black history
You probably remember reading the story: In March 2018, Nantucket’s c. 1827 African Meeting House was vandalized. The vandalism was a hateful act, but there was also a bright side: Some folks didn’t realize the African Meeting House — the epicenter of Nantucket’s African American history — even existed . AdvertisementA visit to Nantucket’s African Meeting House and Museum of African American History is a great way to get a sense of the island’s secret history. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is home to Nantucket’s Museum of African American History. All of the sites referenced here, and more, including the Whaling Museum, are part of Nantucket’s Black Heritage Trail.
Verizon says its Internet issues are resolved. Here’s what we know about the outage that hit users in the northeast
Here’s what we know about situation so far:It’s not just you — internet users across the northeast region, including some in Boston, reported issues with their Internet Tuesday. The outage was affecting Internet users from Washington, D.C., to Boston who reported that they were having trouble accessing services including including Gmail, Slack, Zoom and YouTube. According DownDetector, which monitors outrages in real-time, reports of these issues began around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. The outage impacted employees working from home and students participating in virtual learning during the pandemic, including those at Galvin Middle School in Wakefield. “Stay patient and do best you can,” the school said via Twitter Tuesday afternoon.
Curt Schilling addresses just missing out on Hall of Fame, asks to be taken off ballot
“I want to share with everyone the letter I wrote to the folks at the Hall of Fame yesterday. They’ve been otherworldly kind and gracious in every way possible and I’ll be forever grateful to them and for that. I know math and I know trends and I know I will not attain the 75% threshold for induction. It gave a billion more times than it took and I’ll forever be deeply in debt to it. ‘Never live your life trying to impress people you don’t know, or who don’t know you’ and what that means in todays world.
These maps show how much snow to expect across Massachusetts tonight and tomorrow
Light snow is expected in Boston and eastern Massachusetts, with 1 to 3 inches expected to fall by Wednesday. Snow has started falling in southern New England, with as much as 6 inches expected in parts of Massachusetts through Wednesday. Two inches are expected to fall in parts of central Massachusetts and eastern Massachusetts, including Boston, by 1 a.m. This map shows how much snow is expected to fall in Massachusetts from Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. National Weather ServiceAmanda Kaufman can be reached at amanda.kaufman@globe.com.
Carol R. Johnson, who founded a pioneering women-led landscape architecture firm, dies at 91
She didn’t anticipate, however, that by placing Kennedy’s words under flowing water in the Cambridge park, she would turn his speeches into an interactive experience. While working on what would become one of her favorite landscape architecture projects, John F. Kennedy Park in Cambridge, Carol R. Johnson faced a challenge. Carol Johnson/The Cultural Landscape FoundationMs. Johnson, who founded Carol R. Johnson Associates, a pioneering woman-led landscape architecture firm, was 91 when she died Dec. 11 in her Boothbay Harbor, Maine, home of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., on Sept. 6, 1929, Ms. Johnson grew up in Union, N.J. “My parents were great gardeners and like many children I wrote poems,” Ms. Johnson said in the oral history.
College student sues city of Minneapolis over eye injury from projectile during Floyd protests
A 21-year-old college student filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Minneapolis and three unidentified police officers who she alleges fired a nonlethal projectile at her in the aftermath of a protest she attended in May over the death of George Floyd. The projectile struck below her left eye, fractured her cheek bone, and has resulted in recurring problems with her vision, the suit says. One of the officers shined a flashlight at them, and another fired his weapon, launching a nonlethal projectile at her face, the suit says. “The lawsuit was just filed so the City Attorney’s Office has not had time to review it yet,” said Sarah McKenzie, a spokeswoman for the city. One of the three officers, who was 15 to 30 feet away, fired at them without first issuing a verbal command.
Craig LaBan’s tests his cooking skills with duck recipes from Philly chefs
Daniels’ grilled duck was a perfect place to start for many reasons. To begin with, the chef, who’s planning to open his first restaurant in Montgomery County this spring, reassured me that although a duck is no doubt a splurge (around $30-plus for a 5-6 pounder), a whole bird can easily be turned into at least three meals with elemental butchery and cooking skills. A large split breast can be the centerpiece of a meal for four. The legs and wings can be transformed with a Venetian braise into a hearty, cold weather sauce for pasta. The bird’s golden fat can be rendered and preserved for roasting potatoes or making confit, while the remainder of the carcass should be simmered into stock for soup.
12 incredible outerwear sales to shop and save on the winter coat of your dreams
Unfortunately, they can get expensive, fast—especially if you're shopping much-loved brands like Columbia and The North Face. Thanks to incredible outerwear sales aplenty that are currently happening across the web, however, you'll be able to save big on popular winter coats and gear for the whole family. Columbia: Columbia is celebrating winter with a season-long sale, serving up to 40% on select winter gear through Sunday, March 21. That gives you plenty of time to peruse the stellar offerings for women, men and kids. Dick's Sporting Goods:Guys and gals can shop Dick's Sporting Goods' massive outerwear sale, which extends to brands such as Columbia and Tommy Hilfiger.
An appeals court upheld a campaign finance conviction for Bob Brady’s onetime political guru
However, the circuit judges vacated his conviction on two of the seven counts of which he was found guilty, ruling that the trial judge had failed to properly instruct the jury on the level of proof required to show Smukler had known about the laws he was violating when he broke them.
Widespread internet outages hit Northeast U.S.
FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, an iPhone displays the Facebook app in New Orleans. Users across the northeast U.S. reported widespread internet outages Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Verizon reported a fiber cut in Brooklyn via Twitter, although it’s not clear if that issue is responsible for the entire outage. According to DownDetector and user reports on Twitter, the problem appears to extend from Washington to Boston, and is affecting internet and cloud providers as well as a number of Google services, Facebook and other major sites. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
6 duck recipes from Philly chefs.
Heat your grill to medium heat, around 400 degrees. Score the fat deeply on the breast with a sharp paring knife, but careful not to pierce the flesh. Lay the duck fat side down over direct heat and let it render until skin begins to crisp brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Once skin is golden brown, flip so the bone side of the breast is grill side down over more indirect heat. Continue cooking another 10 minutes, or until 135 degrees (for medium), but careful not to let the glaze burn and char.
Richardson woman facing felony charge as police warn of potential identity theft
A weekend traffic stop led to the arrest of a Richardson woman who police allege had collected more than 50 pieces of stolen paperwork with other people’s personal identifying information. An officer recovered a notebook containing pages of handwritten notes detailing personal and financial information, drivers licenses and a W-2 statement, according to a news release from the police department. Ofelia Nunez, 25, was charged with fraudulent use or possession of personal identifying information, a first-degree felony. Most of the names, account numbers and other information found were obtained from victims of mail theft and vehicle burglaries, police said. “This is a good reminder to keep your vehicles free of bills, checks, financial paperwork, DL/ID cards and anything that has your personal information on it, and empty those mailboxes daily,” according to the news release.
DeSoto ISD closes elementary school campus for two days following teacher’s death
The Meadows Elementary School in DeSoto ISD closed its campus Thursday and Friday of last week following the death of a teacher, school officials said. “District leadership is extremely mindful of and sensitive to the mental and emotional toll that teaching during the pandemic may elicit for staff,” said district communications director Tiffanie Blackmon-Jones. It’s been a challenging year for The Meadows Elementary community, she said. “Earlier in the year, two other employees lost their spouses (causes of death are unconfirmed) and then the district also lost our assistant choir director last month.”Students continued learning remotely on the two days when campus was closed last week. As of Tuesday afternoon the district’s online COVID-19 dashboard showed one active lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 reported among employees at The Meadows.
Fort Worth telehealth company catering to college students raises $60 million to expand, double staff
Fort Worth-based telehealth company TimelyMD will put a $60 million investment from private equity firm JMI to work by doubling its staff and enhancing services it offers to college students. Founded in 2017, TimelyMD is focused solely on bolstering quality of care at college campuses and improving student retention. TimelyMD offers medical telehealth services, scheduled and emergency mental health counseling, and psychiatric care. (TimelyMD)Prior to the pandemic, about 10% of all telehealth visits through TimelyMD were mental health-related. “Coronavirus has really fundamentally changed everything about how higher education supports students and, really, about how people are accessing health care,” Hejl said.
Multi-vehicle crash involving semi-trucks closes northbound I-25 near Loveland
Interstate 25 was shut down northbound at mile marker 255 near Loveland Tuesday afternoon due to a multi-vehicle crash involving several semi-trucks, said Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis. Six people were taken to a local hospital with injuries from the crash, Lewis said. The National Weather Service said snow was accumulating on Colorado highways, showing photos of white roads in Burlington and Wild Horse. “Be prepared for patches of ice on bridges and overpasses along with areas of poor visibilities,” read a tweet from the National Weather Service. Elbert and Lincoln counties may see a few inches of snow, the weather service said.
Man shot friend to death during argument in Gresham: prosecutors
A 24-year-old man allegedly shot his friend to death during an argument on the South Side over the weekend. Two neighbors said they saw Terrence Riley shoot an unarmed Anthony Rice as Rice walked back into his Gresham home early Sunday morning, Cook County prosecutors said. Before he was transported to the hospital, 24-year-old Rice allegedly cried out that Terrence shot him. As Rice closed the front gate and began to walk back to the door, two witnesses allegedly said they saw Riley point a gun. Riley shot Rice three times in the back, prosecutors said.
Momentum builds for Elon Musk tunnel under New River in Fort Lauderdale
“But I think Elon has done something to cut down the costs,” Bardet said. “He’s done it with space. I think he’s doing it now with tunneling. You always have pioneers leading the way. He is doing things that people thought were impossible.
Illinois tax revenue losses lower than expected during pandemic, U. of I. study finds
Much of the state’s general fund revenue loss in the budget year that ended June 30 was due to extending the income tax filing deadline into July, and “well over half of that revenue loss has been recouped,” said Kenneth Kriz, director of the Institute for Illinois Public Finance at the University of Illinois at Springfield and the study’s lead author.
Chicago health department cancels vaccine appointments for some teachers who mistakenly signed up for slots meant for health care workers
“First, I really want to say we’re really glad people are wanting to get vaccinated, and I’m really glad people are being honest when they are filling out that form,” Arwady said. “I know everybody’s pretty anxious to get vaccine, but just the truth of the matter is if codes are shared in ways beyond what they’re meant to be, we then are not able to get those folks vaccinated.”
CPS halts in-person learning for students already back as teachers strike looms; district still aims to open elementary schools Monday
“CTU leadership is now demanding that in order for CPS to return to in-person learning, their members must be vaccinated ahead of other city residents, including the elderly, first responders, grocery store employees, and other school staff members who have been in schools regularly since the pandemic began,” the email continued. “We have successfully advocated for our teachers to be prioritized, but the limited vaccine supply from the federal government is impacting our ability to rapidly vaccinate staff, and city leaders cannot cast aside an equitable vaccination plan and deprioritize the needs of other deserving community members who are at greater risk and performed essential work throughout the closure.”
LI jobless rate crept up to 5.5% in December as the labor force grew
Long Island’s unemployment rate remained largely unchanged in December from the previous month but was much higher than it was a year ago, state data show. The Island’s unemployment rate inched up to 5.5% last month, or 0.1 percentage points above the 5.4% jobless rate reported in November, according to a Tuesday release from the state Labor Department. While the jobless rate across the region is down dramatically from the 16.1% high of April, early in the pandemic, it was still far above the 3.6% of December 2019. The Island’s jobless rate remains well below that of New York City and the state overall, which reported unemployment rates of 11% and 8.1%, respectively. Across the Island, the municipality with the highest unemployment rate last month was Hempstead Village at 9.1%.
Family, police seek info on Stony Brook hit and run that killed Lake Grove man
"Even if it was at his own expense, he would make fun of himself, to make someone else laugh." "A passing motorist called 911 at approximately 7:05 a.m. to report a body in the roadway," police said. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest. DeStefano said his uncle’s unsolved hit-and-run case has left his family with many unanswered questions. Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is urged to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-221-TIPS.
Cuomo: Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a record year for state parks
A record 78 million visitors traveled to state parks, campgrounds, trails and historic sites in 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. "In 2020, our State parks became an even more critical resource than before as New Yorkers sought safe places for solace, exercise and relief from the pandemic," Cuomo said in a statement. Long Island state parks accounted for nearly half of all visitors to New York State parks last year, with its 31 sites attracting 32.1 million visitors. The Island's most popular Long Island state parks in 2020 besides Jones Beach and Robert Moses included Sunken Meadow, Captree and Heckscher. Cuomo singled out improvements made at facilities made last year, including Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center and a revitalized West Games Area at Jones Beach State Park; a new visitor center at upstate Minnewaska State Park, an expanded National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in Orange County, new cottages at Westcott Beach State Park in the upstate Thousands Islands region, and a new recreation complex at Letchworth State Park in Genesee County.
Foot of snow blankets parts of Midwest, disrupts travel
At least 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow was expected through Tuesday across most of an area stretching from central Kansas northeast to Chicago and southern Michigan. Everything felt like a foot of snow when you were a kid,” Nicolaisen said. In Wisconsin, the weather service predicted up to 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) of snow could fall in the Milwaukee area, with the highest totals along Lake Michigan. In the Southwest, more than a foot of snow fell in the mountains of Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. At lake level, the weather service expects 2 to 4 feet (61-122 centimeters) of snow with winds gusting to 50 mph (80 kph).
‘Wet snow’ is falling in Portland metro; winter weather advisory in effect until 4 a.m. Wednesday
It’s snowing in Portland -- at least a little bit. Cornelius and Hillsboro were also seeing fat flakes and accumulation on the ground. A winter weather advisory is in effect for Portland until 4 a.m. Wednesday. Washington County is seeing a fair amount of snow on the ground, and there’s even more reportedly falling on the coast and west of Salem. The Oregon Coast Range, the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River Valley could see meaningful accumulation.
Snow closures, cancellations for Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021
Snow is falling in the Portland metro area and Willamette Valley, causing some closures. Please check for updates on future clinic closures in the coming hours. Both the Buena Vista and Wheatland ferries across the Willamette River are closed, the Statesman Journal reported. https://t.co/b5XiEyllp5 pic.twitter.com/f2DlT7fdVq — Multnomah County, OR (@multco) January 26, 2021Snow is falling throughout the state. #orwx #pdxtst #WeLoveTraction pic.twitter.com/Fg5iuEOe3m — OregonDOT (@OregonDOT) January 26, 2021
Portland man pepper-sprayed by Mayor Ted Wheeler is law partner, Alpenrose Dairy heir, police say
The man who police say was pepper-sprayed by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler after aggressively confronting him is a partner at a local law firm and an heir to Alpenrose Dairy. That is when Wheeler blasted him in the face with pepper spray, the mayor said. The manager declined to provide those but Cadonau gave him his full name and contact information, according to the police report. He told the officer he was an attorney and was hesitant to discuss the matter involving the mayor, the report said. Cadonau told the officer he believed Wheeler should be held “accountable” for the incident, but when the officer asked why, Cadonau declined to say.
Most of Oregon remains at ‘extreme risk’ of COVID-19 spread, state says, but business restricts ease slightly
Kate Brown announced Tuesday the latest county risk levels, which categorize counties based on their population and certain metrics like the case positivity rate. Brown announced only one change to the highest-risk category: Tillamook has been downgraded from “extreme” to lower risk. Brown said the risk levels are “an important reminder for all Oregonians” to keep following COVID-19 safety guidelines. The extreme risk level bans or restricts most indoor commerce and physical activities in places like gyms or movie theaters. That doesn’t apply to indoor dining, which remains prohibited in extreme risk level counties.
Woman, 77, killed in SE Portland hit-and-run rampage was cancer survivor, nature lover
The family of a Portland woman killed Monday when an SUV struck her and nine others in a series of hit-and-run crashes remembered her as someone who was full of life and eager to live it. Jean Gerich was struck and killed as a driver, yet to be named by police, plowed his car into people and other vehicles over a 15-block stretch of Southeast Portland. Relatives of Gerich said in a statement that she was a mom of two and a “proud grandmother” of five. Jean Gerich, 77, was killed Monday, Jan. 25, after she was hit by an SUV in Southeast Portland, police say. Portland police say someone first reported a hit-and-run at 33rd Avenue and Pine Street, near Laurelhurst Park, at around 1 p.m.
Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate votes to repeal state’s mask mandate
Republicans argued that Evers exceeded his authority by issuing multiple emergency declarations during the pandemic, which allowed him to extend the mask mandate beyond the 60 days allowed under the law without getting the Legislature’s approval. Republicans say Evers had to seek such approval for any order to last beyond 60 days. Evers contends that the changing nature of the pandemic, and the ongoing response, warranted new emergency declarations.
Wisconsin pharmacist accused of trying to spoil dozens of vials of COVID-19 vaccine to plead guilty
According to a criminal complaint, Brandenburg told a detective that he removed the vials from the refrigerator for three hours on Dec. 24, then replaced them. The next day he took the vials out of the refrigerator again. This time he left them out for nine hours, thinking the vaccine would be rendered ineffective if it wasn’t refrigerated for 12 hours. But he said a pharmacy technician found the vials and put them back in the refrigerator.
Ex-pastor who coerced teen church member into sex acts sentenced to 10 years in prison
The former pastor of a Sharonville church who prosecutors say coerced a teen girl to engage in sex acts with him in his church office was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison. Cesar Agusto Guerrero Jr., 42, was the pastor at Misión Cristiana El Calvario. The crimes involving the 17-year-old girl, who was a church member, happened in the summer of 2019. Guerrero was arrested in August 2019, after court documents say multiple girls accused him of sexual abuse. Guerrero was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Cincinnati by U.S. District Judge Douglas Cole.
Local hospitals add mortuary space due to 'record-high numbers' of COVID-19 admissions in the fall
A surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the fall has led a number of Cincinnati-area hospitals to expand their mortuary capacity, officials said. The region's hospitals experienced a dramatic surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the fall, with some hospitals, at times, having occupancy rates of more than 90%, according to a previous Enquirer report. "At UC Health, our care teams have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to provide advanced medical care to the most critically ill patients in our community," Amanda Nageleisen, UC Health spokesperson, said in a statement. "The fall surge in COVID-19 resulted in record-high numbers of hospitalized patients within our health system and across the community." In response to the surge, UC Health expanded mortuary capacity last month in three of its inpatient facilities "as a precautionary measure," Nageleisen said.
Police: Terrorism didn't motivate fatal Oregon car attack
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Investigators have found no evidence that terrorism, politics or any bias motivated a driver who repeatedly drove into people along streets and sidewalks in Portland, Oregon, killing a 77-year-old woman and injuring nine other people, police said Tuesday. The driver, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized and was expected to be booked into jail afterward, the Portland Police Bureau said in a news release. Police didn't give the man's condition or say why he is in a hospital. The woman, who died at a hospital, was identified as Jean Gerich of Portland, police said. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined she died of blunt force trauma and ruled her death a homicide, according to police.
UA-led asteroid mission announces May 10 departure date for spaceship's return trip to Earth
OSIRIS-REx is set to begin its two-year journey back to Earth on May 10, but the spacecraft has one last job to do first. The University of Arizona-led mission announced plans Tuesday to send the unmanned probe on a final pass by the asteroid Bennu to gather some high-resolution pictures before heading home with its precious payload of rock samples. Mission spokeswoman Erin Morton said the spacecraft was originally scheduled to head for home as soon as its departure window opens in March, but the team has since plotted out a new, more efficient return route. The proposed flyby in early April will give researchers a look at the scars left on Bennu’s surface when the probe successfully touched down there in October. Morton said the mission team just couldn’t pass up a chance to study the physics and the fallout of that man-made explosion one last time before heading home.
Dutch police deployed in force to curb rioting, looting
By late night, the increased police presence appeared to have paid off, with no major rioting or clashes between youths and police reported. “We are seeing a different picture to yesterday,” police chief Willem Woelders told Dutch current affairs show Nieuwsuur. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................“I think what has also helped is that you see an atmosphere among the population that this (rioting) is unacceptable,” Woelders told another talk show, Op1. On Monday night, rioters pelted police with rocks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails and looted shops in at least two cities, Rotterdam and Den Bosch. Residents took to the streets Tuesday to help with the cleanup, and the city’s mayor said he would investigate authorities’ response to the rioting.
Efforts slow to reduce crowded Texas jail amid pandemic
The jail population had only dropped to about 8,800 inmates as of Tuesday, with most awaiting trial. Prosecutors said most of the inmates on the sheriff’s list were facing violent charges or they had holds on their cases. Greg Abbott had issued an executive order preventing state and county judges from releasing people accused or previously convicted of violent crimes on no-cost bonds. In recent weeks in Texas, the rising toll of new deaths had been the worst since the pandemic began. He also said state court judges have not held bond reduction hearings quickly enough.
NM virus cases continue to decline
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico reported 602 news cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, continuing a steady downward trend with the lowest seven-day average since late October. The state also reported 14 deaths, including a woman in her 30s from Bernalillo County and a man in his 40s from San Juan County. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Of the cases reported Tuesday, 155 were in Bernalillo County, 82 were in Doña Ana County, and 52 were in San Juan County. There are 561 people hospitalized in the state for COVID-19, although that number may include people from out of state who were transferred in. The state has had a total of 170,296 COVID-19 cases, 96,659 of which have been designated as recovered by the state Department of Health.
Tornado leaves path of destruction in Alabama, killing 1
The couple was covered with boards and pieces of walls afterward, but neither was seriously hurt. Sobbing, Patti Herring was shaken and as she picked through the debris looking for a missing cat and her late mother's cherished belongings. The dog spent hours near what was left of the basement room where the four-member family sought refuge with no time to spare. “As soon as we got in there it hit, and it all came down on top of us,” Williams said. Saving the dog was no small thing for a family that lost everything else, he said.
Widespread internet outages hit northeast U.S.
“We didn't see it as a major issue," Gaspar said. “The only inconvenience was me not having my phone.”For the Fairfax County Public Schools in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, teachers and students found workarounds, such as switching to another instruction platform if one wasn't working, said spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell. When her third-grade daughter's teacher couldn't log on to the education software they were using, a gym teacher came on to tell kids to do independent learning instead, said Fairfax parent Tracy Compton. At Galvin Middle School in Wakefield, Massachusetts, a suburb north of Boston, teachers sent students pen-and-paper assignments if there were internet problems, said Trish Dellanno, reached at the school by phone. They’re going old school.”
Virginia Tech warns students after police bust at least 10 weekend parties
Dozens of Virginia Tech students are facing potential discipline after police busted at least 10 parties over the weekend, the first of the spring semester. Officials referred 16 students involved in the party to the university’s student conduct process, which determines whether and how a student will be penalized. Blacksburg police responded to another nine calls involving large gatherings of students last weekend, according to Owczarski. From those, another 16 students were sent to the university’s student conduct office. The weekend parties prompted a university-wide message Monday imploring students to think of the greater good at a time when coronavirus cases are spiking nationwide.
Bed Bath & Beyond is having a huge winter clearance sale—here's what to shop
If your home is in need of a winter refresh, Bed Bath & Beyond seemingly has it all. In fact, it's currently running a massive winter clearance sale—and the deals are nothing short of amazing. You can even join the site's Beyond+ program, which allows for free shipping and an additional 20% off every purchase made for a yearly fee of $29. (Non-members can also nab free shipping on orders of more than $39.) The best deals at Bed Bath & BeyondNeed help finding products?
The top 10 health and fitness trends everyone will be focused on this year
In 2021, we're anticipating a whole host of wellness trends that go way beyond losing weight or building muscle. Here are ten of the top health and fitness trends we expect to see embraced in the coming year. Prioritizing mental healthIt’s no wonder that a year like 2020 left many of us thinking a little more carefully about how to protect our mental health. Even without a global pandemic to contend with, it’s becoming easier and easier to publicly talk about mental health and to find the support each of us need. With so many of us looking for ways to bolster our mental health and immune systems, it’s no surprise the “sober curious” movement is gaining popularity.
Philadelphia Health Commissioner Calls Claim Of Philly Fighting COVID CEO Taking Home Bag-Full Of Vaccines ‘Disturbing’
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s health commissioner is addressing a claim that Philly Fighting COVID’s CEO allegedly took home vaccine doses from a mass vaccination clinic. — Katrina Lipinsky (@Katweeta) January 26, 2021Dr. Farley reassured residents that those who got their first vaccination through Philly Fighting COVID will still get their second dose on time. “We will assure that everybody who got their first dose through Philly Fighting COVID gets their second dose,” the health commissioner said. There was language in our privacy policy that was problematic and as soon as we became aware of it, we removed it. Official Statement from Philly Fighting COVID’s CEO – Andrei Doroshin pic.twitter.com/77djD4ETjM — Philly Fighting COVID (@PhillyFighting) January 26, 2021According to the city, Philly Fighting COVID’s corporate structure changed from a nonprofit to a for-profit.
Coronavirus live news: UK to quarantine arrivals from high-risk countries; global Covid cases pass 100m
US states to get boost in vaccine next week; Germany considering stopping most flights to country; Portugal urged to seek international help as deaths hit record
Kentucky reports 2,714 COVID-19 cases Tuesday, including first cases of UK variant
The first cases of the more contagious UK variant of COVID-19 reported in Kentucky were included in Tuesday's COVID-19 update from Gov. The state announced 2,714 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, including two cases of the UK variant, and 35 coronavirus-related deaths, Beshear said. Beshear said Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack will provide more details on the variant cases Wednesday. The Hoosier State also announced 80 more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing its totals to 614,946 cases and 9,432 deaths. The world surpassed 100 million coronavirus cases Tuesday, according to John Hopkins University's tracking data.
Kentucky reports first cases of the new COVID-19 strain from the United Kingdom
Two cases of the new coronavirus variant from the United Kingdom have been detected in Kentucky, Gov. Beshear said Dr. Steven Stack, the state's public health commissioner, would talk more about the new strain cases Wednesday and "the implications of having this strain here." Late last year, reports spread of a new COVID-19 strain in the U.K. that was more contagious but not more deadly or severe. South Africa had also identified a strain similar to the one first identified in the U.K., but it emerged independently of the U.K. strain and is not related to it. So far, both vaccines authorized for use in the United States — the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Moderna vaccines — appear to be effective against these new strains, researchers say.
Chelsea Flower Show gardeners forced to swap spring blooms for dahlias and asters as event is delayed to autumn because of Covid-19
Chelsea gardeners will be forced to scrap their spring blooms and instead use dahlias and asters as the famous show moves to autumn for the first time in its 108 year history. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the Show organisers, will still hold the world famous event at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Gardeners will have to amend their planting as many of the varieties used are at their best in spring and not flowering in autumn. The RHS will be looking back to its historic Great Autumn Show for inspiration, which was held until 2008. It will be exciting to see different horticulture and showcase the key autumn gardening season at the world’s most famous flower show.
Coronavirus: AstraZeneca defends EU vaccine rollout plan
"Would I like to do better? But, you know, if we deliver in February what we are planning to deliver, it's not a small volume. We are planning to deliver millions of doses to Europe, it is not small."
California’s Governor Newsom eases Covid restrictions
Governor Gavin Newsom has lifted the state’s stay-at-home order as test positivity rates have fallen from 20% - at the height of the surge - to 8%. Deaths due to Covid-19 have not decreased. State residents can now dine outdoors and salons are allowed to open indoors.
COVID-19: Boris Johnson warns EU against restrictions on coronavirus vaccine supplies
Boris Johnson has warned against the placing of restrictions on COVID vaccines after the EU threatened to put controls on the export of doses to Britain. "Because the delivery of the vaccine has been a multinational effort, the creation of the vaccine has been a multinational effort and the delivery of the vaccine is multinational as well, because the virus knows no borders." This has raised fears of restrictions on the supply of the Pfizer vaccine, which is produced in Belgium, to Britain. At Tuesday's news conference, Mr Johnson said he was aware of Ms Kyriakides's comments but stressed he had "total confidence" in the UK's vaccine supply. Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, told MPs that "of course there is a supply shortage" of coronavirus vaccines.
COVID-19: Boris Johnson 'deeply sorry' as over 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths recorded in UK
Boris Johnson has told the country he is "deeply sorry for every life that has been lost" as the UK surpassed 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths. On 11 November last year, the UK had recorded 50,000 coronavirus-related deaths. At the news briefing, Mr Johnson said the government "did all it could" to mitigate the high death toll. And it was revealed Mr Johnson missed five meetings of COBRA - the government's emergency response committee - before March. But he then decided to order a second national lockdown for November, which saw a dip in cases and deaths that quickly reversed as soon as it lifted.
COVID-19: Are hospital patients getting younger?
Doctors say they are also seeing more younger patients than before. The divisional director of Barnet Hospital, Sarah Stanley, told Sky News that the average age has fallen from 70 to 59 years old. More people overall are being admitted to hospital now compared to last spring and the average age of patients has reduced. However, the rate for younger age groups has increased slightly, but not significantly, in recent weeks. So, while more younger people are ending up in hospital with a COVID-19 diagnosis and the average age of patients has fallen, the risk of serious illness and death remains similar for all groups.
COVID-19: How does the number of coronavirus deaths in the UK compare with other countries?
That is another crucial proviso when considering a number like 100,000: the death toll will be far higher. Across the UK, excess deaths since March have reached just under 99,000. The fact that this figure is similar to the overall COVID death toll disguises some important differences. Between September and mid-January the excess death toll has been considerably lower than the COVID toll - around 15,000 as of a couple of weeks ago. So a better prism (albeit still not a perfect one) is to look instead at excess deaths - those deaths above the typical amount for the time of year.
French court hears Agent Orange case against chemical firms
Tran To Nga, born in 1942 in what was then French Indochina, worked as a journalist and activist in Vietnam in her 20s. She filed the lawsuit in 2014 against 14 firms that made or sold the highly toxic chemical, including Monsanto, now owned by German giant Bayer, and Dow Chemical. Agent Orange destroyed plants, polluted the soil and poisoned animals, and caused cancer and malformations in humans as well as attacking people’s immune systems, organizations say. She herself was suffering from typical Agent Orange effects, including type 2 diabetes and an extremely rare insulin allergy. Observers said before the trial they expected the plaintiff and her lawyers to argue that the makers of Agent Orange misled the U.S. government as to its true toxicity.
Wednesday's national newspaper front pages
Wednesday's national newspaper front pagesA look at the stories making a splash on the front pages of Wednesday's national newspapers.
Xbox surge and cloud computing deliver boost for Microsoft
A surge in demand for new Xbox consoles as well as further growth in cloud computing has helped Microsoft deliver better-than-expected results over the Christmas quarter. AdvertisementThe growth in Xbox revenues helped drive sales at the group's wider personal computing division, which also includes Windows software, 14% higher to $15.1bn. Meanwhile, the company reported 50% growth in its Azure cloud computing services division, suggesting that the software maker's investment was paying off during the pandemic. The shift to working from home has accelerated businesses' shift to cloud-based computing, benefiting Microsoft as well as Amazon, a rival in the sector. Azure's expansion was part of overall growth of 23% to $14.6bn for Microsoft's "Intelligent Cloud" division - which also includes its Office software.
COVID-19: Living in the UK's deadliest place for coronavirus
Debbie had contracted COVID-19 herself and was self-isolating, along with nine other members of her family who had tested positive. Debbie's mother Gladys Lewis and her brothers Dean and Darren Lewis all died from the virus within five days last year. The family live in the Welsh borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf which has the worst coronavirus death rate in the UK. The medical director of the health board which covers Rhondda Cynon Taf admits he did not think in his "worst nightmare" there would be so many COVID-19 deaths. Image: Chris Bryant said he knew 'several dozen' people who had died with COVID-19There are now serious concerns about the legacy of COVID-19 in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
In 12 lives lost, a nation's tragedy: Heartbreaking cases highlight devastating reach of pandemic
In 12 lives lost, a nation's tragedy: Heartbreaking cases highlight devastating reach of pandemic Spanish flu survivor, 108 Hilda Churchill, 108, is believed to be the UK's oldest coronavirus victim. The mother-of-one, who worked in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, was admitted to hospital on March 20 and died on May 12. Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust praised a 'truly gifted and hard-working doctor'. UK RANKS AMONG TOP 5 WORST-HIT COUNTRIES FOR COVID DEATHS The UK has the fourth highest coronavirus death toll per million people, damning data shows. San Marino is technically number one in the world for Covid death rates, at 1,915 per million, but the country has a tiny population of just 34,000.
Video: Anti-curfew protesters loot shops and start fires in Rotterdam
Video: Shops are boarded up and staff sent home early for their own safety as the Dutch prepare for a fourth night of anti-lockdown riotingAnti-curfew protesters are seen looting shops and starting fires in Rotterdam. Demonstrators are rebelling against a night-time curfew from 21:00 to 04:30 to help combat Coronavirus in the Netherlands.
The refreshed 2022 Mini Cooper builds on its impish personality
As before, it continues in three- and five-door hardtops, along with the sassy convertible and Cooper SE all-electric. Between the two ends is the new Multitone Roof. The 2022 Mini Cooper Multitone Roof MiniThe 2022 Mini Cooper MiniThe 2022 Mini Cooper MiniThe 2022 Mini Cooper MiniThe 2022 Mini Cooper MiniThe 2022 Mini Cooper MiniThe 2022 Mini Cooper and past generations MiniThe 2022 Mini Cooper MiniThe idea surfaced at the conceptual design stage and arrives as a collaboration between the design team and the Oxford assembly plant — the paint technique had to work at the production level. The Mini Cooper SE electric uses a 181-hp electric motor, single-speed transmission, and a 32.6-kilowatt/hour battery to deliver a driving range of around 230 kilometres. Pricing and complete specifications for the 2022 Mini range will be announced closer to the Spring launch date this year.
Corneal transplant restores vision for 78-year-old
Doctors were almost as emotional as their patient after an artificial cornea transplant successfully restored vision to a 78-year-old man who had been living in the dark for a decade. The “relatively simple” procedure involved replacing one of the man’s deformed corneas with a synthetic device created by CorNeat Vision earlier this month. Corneal tissue has even gone to waste in the country due to what some experts describe as a lack of cooperation that has resulted in a system where some provinces use different health organizations than others to provide the necessary accreditation on donated tissue. “There is no reason why there should be corneal blindness in Canada,” he said. “We have the ability, we have all the elements in place to eliminate corneal blindness in Canada, and all those elements need to be working in concert to achieve that goal.”Dave Yasvinski is a writer with Healthing.ca
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200,000 doses of Russian vaccine en route, but Sputnik V still unapproved
A shipment of about 200,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine will arrive in Mexico next week, a senior health official said Tuesday. Roselyn Lemus-Martin, an Oxford University-educated cancer and Covid-19 researcher, told the newspaper Milenio that scientists have detected that some of the data published by Russia about the Sputnik V vaccine was falsified and is not correct. The government has so far announced plans to use the Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca/Oxford University, Sputnik V and CanSino vaccines to inoculate all Mexicans who agree to being vaccinated. Meanwhile, Mexico continues to administer the Pfizer vaccine to health workers although the pace of application has declined in recent days. More than half a million health workers have only received one of the two required doses.
WHO science sleuths set to start Wuhan investigation into Covid-19 origins
Wuhan, where the new coronavirus was first detected, has largely returned to normal but is on heightened alert against a resurgence. A WHO team is in the city to investigate the origins of Covid-19.
Sanofi, in unusual move, to help Pfizer, BioNTech make coronavirus vaccine doses
Dive Brief:Sanofi will help manufacture more than 100 million doses of Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine, agreeing to lend spare production capacity to the partner companies after setbacks and delays in the development of its own vaccine candidates. Sanofi will use a plant in Frankfurt, Germany, to fill and package vials of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine. Dive Insight:Sanofi's agreement is an unusual collaboration between companies that typically would be competitors, and reflects the urgency of quickly producing more vaccine doses. Sanofi, along with partner GlaxoSmithKline, currently plan to start a large trial testing their protein-based vaccine candidate later this year. Initial testing in humans is expected to start this quarter.
UK passes grim milestone of 100,000 COVID deaths
Health department says 100,162 people have died after testing positive, the fifth-highest toll in the world. The United Kingdom has become the first country in Europe to record more than 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths, according to official figures by the health department. The 100,162 deaths registered are more than the country’s civilian death toll in World War II and twice the number killed in the 1940-1941 Blitz bombing campaign, although the total population was smaller then. But at every stage, the government has delayed and delayed and delayed locking down, with the result that the virus has got out of control,” Horton said. Johnson, who contracted COVID-19 himself and ended up in intensive care, has defended his record, saying it is easy to find fault when looking back.
At U.N., Washington assures support for two-state solution in Middle East
REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueNEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration supports a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians and will overturn several Trump administration decisions, the acting U.S. envoy to the United Nations assured the Security Council on Tuesday. The Palestinians want a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with east Jerusalem as its capital, all territory captured by Israel in 1967. However, under a failed peace proposal by former President Donald Trump, Washington would have recognized Jewish settlements in occupied territory as part of Israel. He said the Biden administration intended to restore Palestinian aid and take steps to re-open the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington. Under Trump, Washington cut some $360 million in annual funding for the U.N. agency supporting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).
Black woman whose family was handcuffed at gunpoint by police sues Aurora, Colorado
A Black woman who was removed from her car at gunpoint with her underage family members by Aurora, Colorado, police officers last year has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city and police officials. Gilliam alleges in her lawsuit that officers searched her and the girls at gunpoint without probable cause or evidence of a crime, targeting the family because they were Black. Luby said the department is "committed to ongoing reviews of the practices and procedures of the Aurora Police Department." "City leadership and Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson have previously expressed that this incident is not reflective of their expectations for the Aurora Police Department," Luby said. The state attorney general's office said last year that it would investigate the Aurora department and whether it has a pattern of practices "that might deprive individuals of their constitutional rights under state or federal law."
Memphis City Council considers proposal to ban retail pet sales
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Covid: Curfew stays despite 'scum' riots in Dutch cities
A night-time curfew from 21:00 (20:00 GMT) to 04:30 was imposed last Saturday to halt the spread of the virus. Anyone caught violating it faces a €95 (£84) fine. Justice Minister Ferd Grapperhuis said they would not "capitulate to a few idiots" and Mr Hoekstra said anyone who caused damage should be tracked down and be made to pay for it.
Authorities Are Searching For 'Armed And Dangerous' 70-Year-Old Man After Two Hunters Are Killed At Tennessee Lake
Chance Black, 26, and Zachery Grooms, 25, had been hunting at Reelfoot Lake when they were shot and killed in a duck blind. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking for an “armed and dangerous” 70-year-old man they say is a person of interest in a double homicide investigation at a Tennessee lake. Authorities in Weakley County told local station WREG that Black is the son of Weakley County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mark Black. Keli McAlister, public information officer for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, told Oxygen.com that authorities received a 911 just before 11 a.m. Monday. However, one couple who lives near the lake told WPSD that they had heard a disagreement about hunting may have sparked the deadly altercation.
Cadbury Crunchie Mini Eggs Exist, Here's Where You Can Buy Them
The best thing about Easter has to be all the mini eggs that suddenly come to our attention. Yeah, we love the big Easter eggs, but there’s just something nice about mini eggs. This leads me neatly into my next point: Cadbury Crunchie mini eggs exist, and they look like the tastiest little eggs we've ever laid eyes on. Annoyingly, the Crunchie mini eggs aren't on sale just yet, but they are coming soon to GB Gifts, so you’ll be able to order them real soon. GB Gifts is also due to get loads of other funky mini eggs in, including more Caramilk mini eggs, which, we all know, are a dream come true.
13 Weight Loss Resolutions You Shouldn't Make
"Dropping 20 pounds is a great long-term goal, but dieters tend to fall off track when they have such a lofty resolution," says Amidor. Revised resolution: Lose 1 pound per week"Instead of taking on such a big task, focus on losing one pound a week by setting small diet and exercise goals," suggests Amidor. "For example, resolve to pick skim dairy over whole and pledge to work out 30 minutes, three times a week. You'll be surprised how small tweaks can result in major change." Related: 25 Ways to Cut 500 Calories a Day
You can personalise Edinburgh Gin's Blush Valentine's Gin with your initials and a little heart
Edinburgh Gin's new personalisation service allows you to swap out the EG on its classic labels to create a personalised bottle of the brand's limited edition Valentine's Day gin. David Wilkinson, Edinburgh Gin's Head Distiller at Ian Macleod Distillers, said in the press release: "Valentine’s Gin has been designed to capture the romance of Valentine’s Day in a bottle. Edinburgh Gin has shared a tasty Valentine's recipe. The First Kiss Cocktail RecipeIngredients35ml Edinburgh Gin Valentine's Gin15ml Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Liqueur60ml pineapple juiceFresh raspberry to garnishMethodAdd the gin, liqueur and pineapple juice to a cocktail shaker with ice Shake, then double-strain into a coupe glass Garnish with a fresh raspberryPriced at £36 (70cl/43% ABV), the gin will be on sale via EdinburghGin.com from 29 January. To get a bespoke bottle delivered in time for Valentine’s Day, orders must be placed by Tuesday 9 February.
New Year's Resolutions You'll Actually Keep
When it comes to cleaning up your eating, take a tip from the Boy Scouts: Be prepared. If you want to rise above temptation, like a yummy app spread at a party, you have to think one step ahead, says New York City nutritionist Joy Bauer, RD, Today show contributor and founder of Nourish Snacks. It also helps to have no-deprivation strategies, she adds: "Eating better is often associated with misery, so it's no wonder that so many people throw in the towel." Use these tactics to eat healthier, long-term. RELATED: Top 10 Healthiest New Year's Resolutions
Aldi is selling heart-shaped bread with oozy baked camembert this Valentine's
Valentine's day is fast approaching, and there's a lot to sort, flowers, gifts, dinner. But all we can think about is this heart-shaped oozey baked camembert and sharing bread combo from Aldi. The rich and creamy camembert centre is surrounded by a hearty tear-and-share bread served toasty warm and costs a humble £2.99. You're getting into the spirit of St Valentine's day AND get to eat a pot of melted cheese. Alex told us: "This attractive heart-shaped sharing bread from Aldi with a camembert centre is the perfect size for 2.
How to Get Rid of Mice in the House Fast
Mouse traps remain one of the most effective ways to get rid of mice that are already wrecking havoc inside. When used correctly, these mouse traps kill mice quickly, making it an efficient way to wipe out an entire population. When used correctly, these mouse traps kill mice quickly, making it an efficient way to wipe out an entire population. Electric Traps: These mouse traps lure mice into the chamber before shocking them with fatal electric shocks. Although Mannes argues that homemade remedies aren't the best way to get rid of mice, there's no harm in trying out natural deterrents.
Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix, According to Experts
One of the main concerns when it comes to using household cleaning products is mixing them improperly. Additionally, people who have recently had a lung transplant and older people are more likely to suffer from these combinations, according to Dr. Calello, due to decreased respiratory function. Overall, a good rule of thumb is never to mix any cleaning products—but according to Dr. Calello, these five combinations should be avoided at all costs. Bleach + ammoniaIt’s also important to avoid mixing bleach with ammonia, which is found in many household cleaning products like window cleaners and floor waxes. “It does generate a weak acid [and] can create skin, eye, and respiratory irritation,” says Dr. Calello.
Introducing Thom Browne Childenswear, Where It’s Not “The Clothing Wearing the Kids”
For the kids who want their fashion to stand out, even if they’re still in school via Zoom, the collection we didn’t know we needed has finally arrived. Thom Browne has launched his first childrenswear collection, announced via a series of black and white photos and a film by Cass Bird. “The kids wearing the clothing and not the clothing wearing the kids—through uniformity, highlighting individuality.”Tailoring, knits, and footwear—all the essentials are there, from the miniature medium gray Super 120s wool suit, the Chesterfield velvet top collar overcoat, to the four bar cardigan. “I focussed on a classic approach to childrenswear,” Browne said. Thom Browne’s childrenswear collection puts the kids in the driver’s seat—it’s their (stylish) world and we’re just living in it.
HIS KIND OF TOWN
Starting with the unanimous “No” vote of the town council when Trump appeared before it, in April 1992. Hearing the gilded story of the biggest house in the richest town, Trump ordered an immediate detour. “I know people who moved to Palm Beach, got blackballed at the B&T, and left town,” says one observer. “It was quite contentious,” recalls Lesly Smith, who, as president, presided over the meeting of the Town Council. “The tent wasn’t a good noise container,” says Leslie Shaw, a former member of the Town Council.
Little Lord Flauntleroys
Or maybe the Brant boys were feeling the stress of becoming, suddenly, known. Eventually, friends on Jet Skis came to the rescue, but not until Peter, Harry, and Campbell had started paddling the raft toward shore. Peter Brant Sr.'s SP Newsprint Co. was once the fourth-largest newsprint manufacturer in North America. In an age of resentment toward the 1 percent, the Brant boys are unabashed 1-percenters. And then the Brant boys were off to their confidential dinner, and to Europe, and more adventures.
Tucker Carlson Goes to Bat for the QAnon Cult
While some Fox News personalities have condemned QAnon, the network’s top host went to bat Monday night for the deranged right-wing cult. Instead, the segment pivoted to Carlson directing his ire at the supposed real top threat that Americans are facing: private companies curbing extremist content from movements like QAnon. The segment tied into a running obsession on Fox News and in right-wing media and politics that elites in media and tech are trying to silence conservatives. Later in the segment, Carlson interpreted the recent and all-too-late attempts by the “entrenched powers” to stop QAnon from spreading on their platforms as a potential assault on conservative media outlets like the one that employs him. — Trump Makes an Exit With His Brand in Tatters— From the Archive: How Donald Trump Turned Palm Beach Against Him— Not a subscriber?
5 Of The Most Stylish ‘Call My Agent’ Characters To Inspire Your Post-Lockdown Wardrobe
Call My Agent, the French cult comedy drama, is back on Netflix for a fourth and final series. Andréa is on her way to the airport to pick up actress (and one of the most stylish women in the world), Charlotte Gainsbourg. But before we get into that, a quick summary for those who haven’t watched the comedy drama before (Quelle horreur! And every outfit is killer – from her tobacco suede belted jacket and sunglasses at the airport, to the way she wears a black T-shirt and jeans and her amazing take on the tux at the Césars (legs, legs, legs! © Christophe Brachet/NetflixSigourney WeaverWeaver has a blast playing a completely ridiculous version of a Hollywood diva, and her wardrobe plays the part, too.
Trust Us, Your Lockdown-Induced Anxiety Dreams Aren’t All Bad
Using high-density electroencephalography (EEG) to examine brain activity during participants’ sleep cycles, researchers found that bad dreams – not nightmares – triggered a certain part of the brain. After waking from said bad dream, participants were better equipped to deal with fears and frightening situations than those who hadn’t had one. This is because bad dreams trigger the parts of our brains which deal with feeling, processing, regulating and responding to fear. “Dreams may be considered as real training for our future reactions, and may potentially prepare us to face real life dangers,” concluded Perogamvros. Is this an explanation for why we have bad dreams?
5 Things To Know About Armani Privé’s Glittering SS21 Collection
After postponing the Armani Privé show in July – “staging a runway show then would have felt a bit strange, to me at least,” explained Mr Armani – the designer felt a duty to showcase the work of his ateliers. “They have tirelessly worked along all these months,” he told Vogue fashion critic Anders Christian Madsen during a preview. “I want to show their work, giving them a prize for their dedication. “Through the democracy of the internet, we are able to offer a front row seat to everyone,” he said, before sharing the emotional aspect of working on his latest Privé collection. “For me, couture is the highest expression of the qualities that make humankind special: fantasy, and the work of the hands to make it happen.
See Bella Hadid Become A Life-Size Puppet For Moschino
Achenrin for Moschino spring/summer 2021. Julia Nobis and Yasmin Wijnaldum for Moschino spring/summer 2021. © Steven MeiselAnd now, for the brand’s spring/summer 2021 campaign “No Strings Attached”, Scott has transformed Bella Hadid, Irina Shayk, Achenrin, Julia Nobis and Yasmin Wijnaldum into life-size puppets. Read more: The 12 Biggest Spring/Summer 2021 TrendsIrina Shayk for Moschino spring/summer 2021. Yasmin Wijnaldum and Julia Nobis for Moschino spring/summer 2021.
7 Key Sunglasses Trends For 2021
Seeking sunglasses that guarantee optimum drama? Whichever frames take your fancy, it’s time to start thinking about shades. A lucky few have even experienced bouts of winter sunshine – the perfect excuse to invest in a pair of statement-making sunnies. The spring/summer 2021 shows were ripe with fresh sunglasses styles ahead of the new season: Versace’s high-octane showcase included numerous stand-out shapes including a contemporary twist on aviators, and at Miu Miu, rectangular frames in paintbox colours complemented the similarly sprightly clothes offering. Here, British Vogue highlights the key sunglasses trends for 2021 to bookmark now… even if the weather is looking a little dismal.
If Lily-Rose Depp Could Relive Any Fashion Memory, She’d Pick This Chanel One
Lily-Rose Depp is now as synonymous with the house of Chanel as tweed jackets, strings of pearls and artfully pinned camellias. Lily-Rose has even joked that “Chanel” was the first word she learned how to read. “There are people in [the Chanel] team who have watched me grow up. They have always looked out for me in the most gracious, generous and warm way. I’m very lucky to have been acquainted with this brand starting at such a young age,” she has said.
Valentino Won’t Let You Abandon Your Heels Altogether
Valentino Haute Couture played a formative role in Lady Gaga’s metamorphosis from pop powerhouse to Hollywood’s leading lady during awards season 2019. “Her message of freedom, passion for art, self-consciousness and equality is the same our Valentino community stands for.”Valentino Haute Couture spring/summer 2021. At the brand’s couture spring/summer 2021 show today, the rest of the Valentino family channelled their inner Gagas while modelling Piccioli’s latest unofficial tribute to the performer: platforms. Valentino Haute Couture spring/summer 2021. Valentino Haute Couture spring/summer 2021.
Katie Holmes Has Found Her Perfect Winter Trench
Katie Holmes is a sucker for an LBC (little black coat). Her sleek double-breasted wool-twill coat from Wardrobe.NYC has become a winter staple, and she recently added an oversized black quilted jacket from Mango to her wardrobe. Read more: The Best Winter CoatsFashioned from mustard checked wool with shades of Rupert the Bear, Khaite’s Blythe coat is a contemporary twist on the classic trench. Khaite checked Blythe trench coat, £660, available at Matchesfashion.com. Collegiate dressing is second nature to Katie, an avid wearer of brogues, varsity staples (her Gap hoodie, for one), and cardigans.
More Chanel Trophy Tights Have Arrived
Chanel Haute Couture spring/summer 2021. Chanel Haute Couture spring/summer 2021. Swashbuckling shoes and logo tights soon became a badge of honour for the street-style set, for whom Chanel is always the holy grail. Chanel Haute Couture spring/summer 2021. Chanel Haute Couture spring/summer 2021.
5 Easy Hair Styling Tricks From Chanel’s SS21 Couture Show To Transform Your Lockdown Locks
Below, five easy styling tricks to transform your lockdown locks now. Move your partingPossibly the easiest hair styling trick there is, switching your parting to a centre or deep side part can totally change your look. Dig your straighteners outWhat goes better with a regimented parting than poker-straight hair? To really finish the look, Chanel-style, requires a take-no-prisoners blunt bob – something to consider after lockdown if you don’t have one already. Look to R+Co’s Trophy Shine and Texture Spray (£24.50, SpaceNK.com), which smells great and holds the hair in place, minimising frizz for the ultimate sleek silhouette.
Family Portraits Don’t Come Chicer Than Chanel’s
When dreaming up a Covid era alternative to a runway show for Chanel’s Haute Couture spring/summer 2021 collection, Virginie Viard drew on some of the things we’re missing most: like freedom, dancing, parties on summer evenings, and family reunions. “I love big family reunions, when the generations all come together,” said the creative director. Because Chanel is also like a family.” An incredibly chic family that includes Lily-Rose Depp and her mother Vanessa Paradis, Penélope Cruz, Alma Jodorowsky and Marion Cotillard, that is. All of these house muses and more appear in a Chanel “family photo album”, photographed by Anton Corbijn and unveiled on 26 January along with a film that captures the spring/summer 2021 couture collection. “I wanted to bring the models together for family photos, like those you see in photo albums,” said Viard of the project.
An Exclusive Backstage Pass To Chanel’s Wedding-Themed SS21 Couture Show
Backstage at Chanel haute couture spring/summer 2021. I know that Virginie feels the same way, and so did Karl.”Backstage at Chanel haute couture spring/summer 2021. Backstage at Chanel haute couture spring/summer 2021. Today, sharing this experience with Virginie is magnificent — she’s the soul of the house, and Karl lives on through her.”Backstage at Chanel haute couture spring/summer 2021. © Acielle StyleDuMondeThe Chanel spring/summer 2021 couture presentation operated on a reduced show production and adhered to Covid-19 restrictions, including the testing of all those on set.
The “dramatic” haircare step that Sonam Kapoor Ahuja uses to make her strands feel sexy and romantic
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja has always been a fan of leaving it to the professionals when it comes to her skincare and self-care routines, relying on her trusted glam teams to work their magic. "The Royal Spa Facials and body massages at the Myrah Spa are amazing. Since Kapoor Ahuja has to blow dry, straighten and curl her hair often—thanks to a busy shoot and promotional schedule—protecting her hair from heat is important. I love having long luscious hair which smells beautiful, it is romantic and very sexy so I like doing that,” Kapoor Ahuja shared. Also read:3 health tips that helped Sonam Kapoor Ahuja in her struggles with PCOSSonam Kapoor Ahuja has the most interesting beauty hack for coconut oil10 beauty and wellness tricks you can learn from Sonam Kapoor Ahuja's Instagram
Everything you need to know about the vegetarian “meat” wave hitting the grocery shelves
Even McDonald’s does a paneer burger slathered with cream sauce and shredded lettuce that looks exactly like the chicken one. Kellogg launched something called “nuttose”, the first known commercially-produced vegetarian “meat” that was made of peanuts. Mock meat has been a permanent fixture across all Yauatchas and Hakkasans too. The variety is gaining momentum in India with a cult of home chefs (@bread_umbaker and @tempedimumbai) making tempeh from scratch. And across the streets of Amritsar, you’ll find soya-based chaamps hanging off a metal skewer just like its chicken counterpart.
Inside the colour-drenched Parisian home of Louis Vuitton’s accessories creative director Camille Miceli
“During lockdown, I danced alone a lot,” recalls Camille Miceli, accessories creative director at Louis Vuitton, of the months she spent outside of social exchange. Even when she was starting out in the PR department at Chanel, and then at Louis Vuitton under Marc Jacobs, she was the girl to whom everyone gravitated. So taken with Miceli’s verve was Marc Jacobs that he pulled her out of Vuitton’s PR department to creatively consult and design jewellery. Since 2014, she’s been back at Vuitton under Nicolas Ghesquière, where her duties encompass fashion jewellery, scarves, belts, accessories for the runway and glasses. Miceli is happy to rummage through for old favourites, such as a velvet and stone collar from the Marc Jacobs days.
Exclusive: Behind the scenes at Chanel’s SS21 couture show with Marion Cotillard and Penélope Cruz
“I knew we couldn’t organise a big show, so I came up with the idea of a small cortege, like a family celebration,” creative director Virginie Viard offered in her notes. Vogue was invited behind the scenes of the production, which this season was closed to the public in keeping with COVID-19 precautions. And as is inevitably the case with family gatherings, thoughts for those not present lingered in the air. Anton Corbijn“When someone like that looks at you that way, so early in your career, it stays with you forever. Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Chanel spring/summer 2021 haute couture collection below.
Julien Fournié o kreativit? v bou?livých dobách, budoucnosti haute couture a ?eské múze
Julien Fournié o kreativit? v bou?livých dobách, budoucnosti haute couture a ?eské múze Cindy Kerberová 26. ?as, který je stále vzácn?jší a v haute couture zárove? p?edstavuje jednu ze zásadních podmínek. Foto: archiv zna?ky Julien Fournié Haute Couture jaro - léto 2021 Foto: archiv zna?ky Julien Fournié Haute Couture jaro - léto 2021 Foto: archiv zna?ky Julien Fournié Haute Couture jaro - léto 2021Drama bou?livé dobyFournié od po?átku své kariéry vynikal dramatickými siluetami a nap?tím, které do svých kolekcí dává. To ostatn? d?lá v každé své haute couture kolekci. Foto: archiv zna?ky Julien Fournié Haute Couture jaro - léto 2021 Tém?? rok trvající výjime?ný stav se nutn? projevil nap?í? módním byznysem a zásadn? se dotkl i sv?ta vysoké krej?oviny.
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Where to Buy Vintage Furniture Online—Plus 19 of Our Favorite Pieces
As I continue to spend more time than ever inside, I’m particularly interested in finding the best vintage furniture online. Not only are those antique pieces a sustainable way to decorate your home, but they’re oftentimes better quality. “Having touched and examined many pieces of designer vintage furniture, I can attest to the fact that there is certainly a distinction of quality that differentiates second-hand vintage furniture from its newer and mass produced counterpart,” says Carmen Nash, a vintage furniture connoisseur who sells her finds through her Instagram, Loft and Thought. You don’t have to leave your house to find the best vintage furniture. To jumpstart your search for amazing vintage furniture online, read on for 20 of Vogue’s favorite designs.
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Hollywood, Hitchcock, and Heels Feature in Luca Guadagnino’s Film for Salvatore Ferragamo
Working together with the director Luca Guadagnino, Salvatore Ferregamo creative director Paul Andrew created a short film and still imagery that addresses the heightened state of the world but in more human and relatable dimensions. The film is informed by Andrew’s binge-watching of Alfred Hitchcock films, noted for their underlying tension and overt glamour. Andrew instead adds a breath of fresh air to his spring collection through his use of perforated leather, and ease of movement via drapery. The Guadagnino film follows five characters who intersect, as they navigate urban streets and verdant gardens, each guided by an internal compass. As the film is released to all, after premiering in Milan at Ferragamo’s spring show, Andrew shares its backstory.
Penélope Cruz and Marion Cotillard Go Behind the Scenes at Chanel Haute Couture
And as is inevitably the case with family gatherings, thoughts for those not present lingered in the air. “This atmosphere reminds me of weddings in the south of Spain, the south of France and Italy. It’s a very Mediterranean feeling; it’s all about family,” said Cruz. She keeps the essence of Chanel, and Karl, and yet is so fresh and original and modern and cool because that’s who she is. With Virginie, what you see is what you get—there is honesty in her work, and you can feel it.”
Meet the Couple Taking ’90s Glamour Shots of Korea’s Modern Families
Yet even after becoming partners in life, it wasn’t until 2018 that they became partners in work, too. The project might have begun with their friends’ pets, but Glamour Shot soon expanded to reflect their interest in reimagining the traditional family portrait more broadly. “The word family seems to be used more generously now than its traditional meaning,” says Lee. “There’s definitely been a rising support of feminism and queer rights, which depart from the traditional Korean family image,” says Lee. “There are a lot of people who don’t have enough education about what is truly important, and the unquestioned importance of the traditional family image is part of that.
Another View of the Spring 2021 Haute Couture Collections
Paris’s spring 2021 haute couture week is happening despite the pandemic, with audience-free shows and COVID-19 safe appointments. Vogue photographer Acielle Tanbetova of Style Du Monde is on the scene in Paris, sharing exclusive images from inside a selection of ateliers and empty presentation spaces to show off the magic of couture. In many instances, she will be one of, if not the only, photographer present, offering a unique point of view on the makings of a couture fantasy. See all her best images here.
5 Chic Hoodies and Blazers Pairings to Wear Now
Perhaps it’s the juxtaposition of the two silhouettes that makes the pairing cool, or the fact that the two fall under two very different sartorial categories. But the athleisure-meets-suiting combination gives off a casual-chic vibe, somewhere between a borrowed-from-the-boys and a model-off-duty look. Frances McDormand donned a rusty brown suit and sweatshirt pairing from Fear of God for the shoot, styled by Jorden Bickham. Most likely, you have one if not both of these staples in your wardrobe, making it easy to experiment with the pairings for yourself. For a laidback way to refresh your worn-out sweats while adding a touch of Frances-level cool to your style, here are five color-coordinated blazer and hoodie pairings to shop now and look to for inspiration later.
Renaissance Renaissance Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection
Cynthia Merhej’s brand Renaissance Renaissance has all that, plus the complete absence of all zippers and buttons. Removing all plastic, metal, or wood closures in favor of ties and knots has done wonders for her creativity. In leaving traditional fastenings behind, Merhej has made her work open to more sizes and body types. The idea that more people of every shape and gender could slip into Renaissance Renaissance is invigorating her to continue thinking differently as she and her small team—just her mother and a patternmaker—begin work on their next season. This collection proves that even in the wake of unspeakable tragedy, creativity survives.
The Elder Statesman Pre-Fall 2021 Collection
Way back in the earliest days of the pandemic, Greg Chait recorded a message to his future self on his phone. Now releasing his third pandemic collection, Chait has figured out how to keep The Elder Statesman settled in—and thriving—in this moment. Their big mission for pre-fall 2021 was to tweak things ever so slightly to give a new silhouette or slouch. The pieces are two of the loosest and roomiest garments The Elder Statesman has yet offered. Chait said that after two seasons of photographing collections on his coworkers and friends, he liked the idea of a journey for this collection, showing off another community of California vibe lords.
Simone Rocha Shares Her Heart-Shaped Cake Recipe—Just in Time for Valentine’s Day
Simone Rocha may be best known for her deeply romantic sartorial creations—be they beaded bow-shaped barrettes or voluminous layers of delicate, pearl-embroidered tulle—but, as it turns out, her subversively saccharine touch extends beyond the sewing table. Recently, the Dublin-born designer has taken to making a Victoria sponge, which she fills with fresh raspberries, from Violet Cakes’s Claire Ptak. What gives this traditional treat a distinctly Rocha streak, however, is its swoon-worthy shape. “Make sure your eggs and butter are room temperature!”Below, Simone Rocha’s Valentine’s Day cake recipe. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and continue to mix until incorporated.
At Chanel Couture, Bohemian Brides Wear an Array of Dreamy Flower Crowns
There was a distinct—and very welcome—air of optimism at today’s socially distanced Chanel Haute Couture show inside the Grand Palais. The South of France–inspired set was blooming, frothy tulle pastel skirts swooshed down the runway, and a sprinkling of flower crowns added a dose of spring romance to the bohemian-bride-themed show. Striking the right balance between beautiful sartorial tradition and not too neo-hippie Coachella, the vivid flower garlands were crafted with fresh blooms and placed upon polished low ponytails with clean center parts by hairstylist Damien Boissinot. Photographed by Acielle / STYLE DU MONDEAdding to the spritely milieu were the uniform sun-kissed glows. Amid the dreary winter months and darkness of the times, Chanel’s one-two punch of summery warmth and rich, bold color by way of fresh blooms felt positively sunny.
Bella Hadid Takes a Style Cue from Bernie Sanders
Did the Vermont senator’s charming, knit mittens, sustainably made by a local teacher, inspire Bella Hadid’s recent outré hand accessories? Today, Hadid stepped out in Paris in a long black Prada puffer coat, a large Chrome Hearts leather bag, heavy-soled combat-style black boots by Ganni. Around her neck she wore a colorful long knit scarf, and a pair of gloves with colorful swirls on them, which served as the focal point of the outfit. Whether or not Hadid was inspired by the senator, the handgear was certainly a standout moment in the mostly-black look. Plus, given the fervor surrounding Sanders’s head-turning mittens, it seems like the right time to delve into colorful gloves.
Hunter Schafer Rocks the Season’s Coolest Boots
On the red carpet, Hunter Schafer’s fashion choices are always thrilling to watch. The Euphoria star has no problem taking risks; she’s effortlessly pulled off Givenchy couture dresses as well as Rick Owens’s mega platform boots. Yesterday, for instance, Schafer was spotted grabbing a coffee in New York City, and she turned the SoHo outing into an opportunity to play dress up. She wore several runway pieces, including one of the season’s coolest—and hardest to get—boots. Putting a more high-fashion twist on the classic fall-winter ankle boot, Schafer stepped out in black platform boots from Maison Margiela.
Freddie Harrel on Hair Care as a Holistic Practice, and Launching Her Game-Changing Beauty Brand
Frédérique Harrel, aka Freddie, began to grow an online following as a blogger writing about fashion and mental health. For someone who exudes a bright sense of confidence, it may be a surprise to hear that Harrel hasn’t always known how to approach her hair. “In hindsight, I really love that this was the first teaching I had about expressing my own identity,” she says of her varying hair looks. “I also really love Taraji’s products, too.”While London maintains its lockdown, Harrel is focused on growing RadSwan. “I want people to look at their hair like a map and not just dismiss it as this one thing.
After 8 Years, I Finally Know How to Wear My Cowboy Boots
Cowboy boots were always appropriate, like a pair of sensible flats. As seniors in high school, boys were allowed to wear cowboy boots with their gray slacks. Cowboy boots can swallow any outfit, and they are itchy with connotations: Yes, I’m from Texas, but no, not like that. The resurgence of cowboy boots as a trend was fascinating to watch. At long last, I’ve wrangled the boots to whisper, rather than shout, what I want them to.
9 Best Black-Owned Lingerie Brands to Shop and Support in 2021
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Katie Holmes’s Wintery Look Mixes High and Low
There’s a million reasons why Katie Holmes’s style wins. She mixed high and low pieces for an outfit that virtually anyone could pull off. Originally retailing for over $2,000, it’s hardly an accessible piece to all, but the way she styled it is easily recreatable. She’s also worn the luxe coat a few times before, proving that an expensive splurge can indeed be a worthwhile investment. Her wintery look showed that when a good coat does all the work for you, the rest of your outfit can be simple.
Borat Breakout Maria Bakalova On Her Dior Couture Debut
And at Maria Grazia Chiuri’s mystical, tarot-themed Dior event, that meant tapping some of Hollywood’s most exciting new talents, including actress Maria Bakalova. A former punk who eventually moved towards a more feminine look, she’s interested in classic pieces with an edge—precisely what drew her to Dior. “What I love most about Maria Grazia is that there is always a story behind something she designs,” says Bakalova. “Wearing couture and having all these beautiful pieces like [the ones from] Dior is one of the best experiences of my life,” she says. Here, the rising star takes Vogue along for her virtual couture experience.
Alber Elbaz’s New Brand, AZ Factory, Is Here
Our wait is over now that his new label, AZ Factory, has officially arrived. Launching on Net-a-Porter today, the debut AZ Factory collection introduces Elbaz’s new design chapter. Compared to his dreamy, fantasy-filled creations at Lanvin, Elbaz’s AZ Factory is decidedly more streamlined. (Later in the spring, AZ Factory will also release activewear and “switchwear,” a collection of pajamas, hoodies, and other luxurious loungewear.) AZ Factory MyBody draped ribbed stretch-knit dress $1,545 NET-A-PORTER Shop Now AZ Factory MyBody one-sleeve paneled stretch-knit minidress $1,060 NET-A-PORTER Shop Now
Remembering Harry Brant, Son of Stephanie Seymour and Peter Brant
Last night Harry Brant, a 24-year-old model, writer, and socialite, died from an accidental overdose. Harry, the youngest son of Stephanie Seymour and Peter Brant, had been living with his older brother, Peter Brant Jr.Born in Connecticut on August 3, 1996, Harry split his time between a downtown Manhattan apartment and his family’s art-filled estate in Greenwich. With an iconic supermodel for a mother and an art-collecting publishing magnate for a father, Harry followed a similar path. Since the 2010s, the Brant Brothers, as Peter and Harry came to be known, have been a fixture in New York’s social scene. Though Harry and Peter were very much a package, as they moved from teenagers to young adults, they would begin to set themselves apart.
It Took a Global Pandemic for Me to Finally Embrace Going Gray in My 30s
I took a deep breath, and threw out the latex gloves, the plastic capes, and the coloring brushes that facilitated my fortnight habit. A hairstyle that said yes, I’m no longer in my 20s—and I’m quite happy about it! It’s true I’ve had a couple of years to prepare for this, but I leaned into it in a way that surprised me. With the myriad anxieties COVID-19 has brought, it was profound to witness that my hair was no longer among them. Now I’m shocked that it took me this long to accept my true colors.
Quarantine Hair Gets the Couture Treatment at Valentino
“Women, men: naturally, smoothly,” read the Valentino Haute Couture spring/summer 2021 collection notes, four words that relayed the mood not only of creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli’s collection but the gender-neutral hair and makeup looks that accompanied it. “It ticked a lot of boxes for Pierpaolo,” he elaborated of the “super long” extensions he wove through models’ hair, thinning them out with a razor as he worked. “I wanted it to feel very light at the ends—you know like when you see a child’s hair? I didn’t use product at all, just a little squirt of Elnett in the ends to take away any flyaways,” Palau revealed. “It's minimalism meets Leigh Bowery,” McGrath said of the effect, referencing the legendary London club kid and performance artist—and offering a whole new definition of low-key glamour.
Paul Staehle: Pray for Karine! This Baby is Totally Coming Early!
Just last week, Paul Staehle and Karine Martins were discussing their birthing options as the pandemic ravages Brazil. Now, Paul is asking fans to pray for his wife - as she believes that the baby is coming early. To explain, Paul reminded fans that "Karine is extremely religious." As fans of the addictive TLC franchise are well aware, Paul and Karine are already the parents of Pierre. Paul and Karine did reconcile, and have recently been spending time in Brazil where Karine has a family support system in place.
'90 Day Fiance': Does Jasmin Have Plastic Surgery?
90 Day Fiancé alum Jasmin Lahtinen Abelard underwent a breast augmentation procedure, In Touch can exclusively reveal. “If you don’t want to put any plastic in your body, this is perfect for you,” Jasmin, 27, exclusively tells In Touch. The Helsinki, Finland native opted for a minimally invasive patented procedure called AirSculpt, which was developed by plastic surgeon and founder of Elite Body Sculpture Dr. Aaron Rollins. AirSculpt is a completely natural way to remove unwanted fat and enhance your breasts,” Dr. Rollins exclusively tells In Touch. Jasmin was introduced to fans on season 7 of TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé, where she documented her journey down the aisle with husband Blake Abelard.
TMOG's Catelynn Lowell Responds to Tyler Baltierra Divorce Rumors
Contrary to fan speculation, Teen Mom OG stars Catelynn Baltierra (née Lowell) and Tyler Baltierra are not divorcing, she exclusively tells In Touch in a new interview. After finding out she was pregnant with their first child, Catelynn and Tyler joined the cast of 16 & Pregnant. Tyler and Catelynn went on to marry in August 2015 and they now share two more children together, Novalee Baltierra, 6, and 23-month-old Vaeda Baltierra. Courtesy Catelynn Baltierra/InstagramAlthough it was an unimaginable loss, Catelynn says she found a way to pick up the pieces. “I just think that we’ve, you know, we’ve been to lots of therapy together.
Exclusive: Google workers across the globe announce international union alliance to hold Alphabet accountable
Google workers across the world are coming together to form a global union alliance. The announcement comes weeks after workers in the US and Canada launched the Alphabet Workers Union (AWU), a minority union affiliated with the Communications Workers of America. Alpha Global is affiliated with the UNI Global Union, a federation of labor unions representing 20 million people worldwide, including workers at Amazon. In 2020, UNI Global Union helped to organize the Make Amazon Pay campaign, an international Black Friday strike that garnered support from more than 400 lawmakers. “The movement launched by tech workers at Google and beyond is inspiring.
Firefox just walked away from a key piece of the open web
Just as importantly, Progressive Web Apps are easier to find and install. Meanwhile, Apple’s Safari browser has not been particularly welcoming to Progressive Web Apps either. Developers say they’re seeing a payoff from Progressive Web Apps as well. Other game streaming services, including Amazon’s Luna and Nvidia’s GeForce Now, have released their own web apps as well. Progressive Web Apps are, in some sense, a great equalizer, providing increasingly-powerful software that runs on practically any computer, no app store required.
‘Our Sputnik moment’: How Biden can rebuild America’s medical diplomacy
It wasn’t until I joined the State Department in 2002 that I fully appreciated the power of America’s medical superiority. Hollywood may be our most visible global export, but medical science has a bigger impact. Historically, America’s medical “soft power” is wielded in two ways. Combined with technologies like wearables and self-care apps, the U.S. has an opportunity to play a truly transformational role in global health. Making these changes need not be disruptive, although traditional medical institutions and health systems have tended to see mobile health as a profound disruptor.
The outrageous costumes of Capitol rioters echo the early days of the KKK
In fact, costumes and uniforms have played a central role in the appeal of extremist groups throughout the history of the country. While most people recognize the infamous hood and white robes of the 1920s Klan, early Klan costumes were homemade, individualized, and much more bizarre. advertisementadvertisementCostumes and community Costumes and uniforms in extremist movements serve a second purpose: fostering community among members. While Klan costumes became more homogeneous in the early 20th century, the white hood and robes did more than conceal the wearer’s identity. For these reasons, costumes, uniforms, and symbols on clothing can act as physical indicators of group unity.
This Amazon-backed startup makes net-zero fuel for planes, ships, and trucks
Amazon says it wants to hit the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 . The startup, called Infinium, uses renewable electricity to break down water molecules to make green hydrogen. That gas can be converted into an “electrofuel” that can be used in existing trucks, planes, or ships. The cost of the fuel is a challenge; right now, it’s around twice as expensive as regular fuel. Policy can help, such as California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which gives financial incentives for fuel with a lower carbon footprint.
5 ways to ask your boss for more flexibility at work
advertisement advertisementDespite the many challenges of the pandemic, there are still plenty reasons to be optimistic about work after the pandemic. Reframe the definition of flexibilityLocation of work Flexibility around working from home has received the most attention through the pandemic. Timing of work The pandemic has also offered workers a lesson on flexible work hours. This flexibility in hours is another productive way to think about how your work fits into your life. Content of work Also consider flexibility in the “what” of your work.
Why taking up an ‘anti-expert mindset’ leads you to fresh ideas
To be sure, there are situations where demonstrating your expertise in this way is the best approach. The problem is that you may be taking on the role of expert unconsciously and reflexively. Discussions at the front end of new projects are also great times to practice asking questions instead of demonstrating your expertise. To cultivate this open mindset, try to view a subject or project as entirely fresh and begin asking many, many questions. Vijay noticed his team speaking up more, proactively sharing their ideas and recommendations, and taking greater ownership of their projects.
Amy Schumer, Eva Longoria, Tarana Burke, and others say Biden stimulus checks should go monthly to moms
What do comedian Amy Schumer, actress Eva Longoria, Planned Parenthood president and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson, #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke, and Bumble founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd have in common this morning? The full-page ad was conceived of and organized by Girls Who Code founder and CEO Reshma Saujani, who first proposed the idea in an opinion piece for The Hill on December 7. In September, the rate of women leaving the workforce was four times higher than the rate for men. “There’s a collective sense of exhaustion for women,” Saujani tells Fast Company in an exclusive interview. The labor participation of mothers is what it was in the 1980s.
Why modern HR requires rethinking the old-school employee handbook
advertisementadvertisementGiven this focus, companies created complex employee handbooks, policies, and procedures that ensured the company’s interests were prioritized and protected. I put a lot of thought into capturing some of my views on the benefits, value and potential of social media in HR and recruiting. I believe this was the first HR book on the topic of social media. I had a platform to share my excitement about social media in HR and recruiting. Employee handbooks, guides, and manifestos have come a long way since the compliance-driven versions of legacy HR.
Why two of the world’s most innovative design firms are moving to an old shipyard
An extensive $42 million renovation of the century-old boat-building facility by S9 Architecture has turned it into a space for modern design and manufacturing. And soon it will be home to two of the most innovative design and manufacturing firms in New York. Product design giant Smart Design, known for its work on OXO kitchen tools and projects for clients like Ford and Gatorade, will be moving in, as will Daedalus Design & Production, a stage set designer-builder whose scenery and props create the worlds within Broadway shows like Hamilton and the big-budget live musical version of Disney’s Frozen. They’ll join a menagerie of design, technology, and light manufacturing companies—including Newlab, Fast Company’s 2020 Design Company of the Year—that already occupy the revived Navy Yard. Smart Design, whose previous offices are in Chelsea, had actually been looking to move into the Navy Yard for six or seven years, according to partner Richard Whitehall.
What Super Productive People Do Differently
Being productive is not about doing more, but about doing things in an efficient manner. You’re most likely thinking about what you’re going to say, deliberating questions, or rehearsing some kind of a presentation. If you want to avoid checking emails all day, pause your inbox so you’re not distracted by every new notification. You can view our other newsletters or opt out at any time by managing your email preferences4) Read your work out loud. Being productive is not about doing more, but about doing things in an efficient manner.
These crowdsourced maps will show exactly where surveillance cameras are watching
advertisement advertisementAmnesty International is producing a map of all the places in New York City where surveillance cameras are scanning residents’ faces. Starting in May, volunteers will be able to use a software tool to identify all the facial recognition cameras within their view—like at an intersection where numerous cameras can often be found. It wasn’t immediately paired with facial recognition, but the surveillance hardware was in place. A database used by local law enforcement may use both license plate images and facial images from social media in an investigation of criminal suspects. The event caused a public outcry because it was another example of facial recognition being used indiscriminately against people of color.
Shutterstock makes a $75 million bet that the future of photography won’t always involve cameras
Take Swedish retailer Ikea, which has been using CGI photos since as early as 2006: 3D models can trick you into thinking they’re the real deal. Leading stock photography company Shutterstock announced today that it has acquired TurboSquid, a digital media company that sells 3D assets, for $75 million. First, some definitions: 3D stock assets are ready made objects and materials that can be combined with photographs, video footage, or other digital environments to create photorealistic images. Getty Images, Shutterstock’s largest competitor, does not offer 3D assets. Pavlovsky notes that Shutterstock isn’t just a stock photo company—in addition to stock content and image editing tools, the company launched a content creation platform Shutterstock Studios in November of last year.
I Tried 4 To-Do List Methods. Here’s What Worked.
Over four days, I tried four ways of organizing my to-do list. I scoured HBR’s archives for research on the best to-do list methods out there and pledged to give my four favorites a try. It’s a strategy highlighted in Peter Bergman’s article, “Your To-Do List Is, in Fact, Too Long.” The core concept is: Keep your to-do list, but use it only as a reference — not something to work off of. In her article, “Taming the Epic To-Do List,” executive coach Allison Rimm writes that one to-do list is not adequate for managing our very complicated lives. Remember: If you don’t finish everything on your to-do list today, there’s always tomorrow, or the next day, or the next.
A 3-Step Strategy to Support the New U.S. Mask Mandate
In the meantime, mask wearing is essential to help prevent people from becoming infected. We couldn’t agree more with the Biden administration’s plea for Americans to wear masks for 100 days and its mandates that people must wear masks on federal property and during interstate travel on airlines, trains, buses, and ships. With few exceptions, all people should wear masks consistently when sharing airspace with others from outside their bubble of family, friends, and coworkers. A few simple ways to improve masks’ fit and filtration for the general public that have been recently studied include putting a high-quality cloth mask on top of a surgical mask or sandwiching a surgical mask (or higher-quality filter) in-between two cloth masks. The N95 respirator is the best-known high-filtration mask in the United States.
Your Best Ideas Are Often Your Last Ideas
But in order to live up to our creative potential, we must first understand how the creative process actually works. We found that the comedians who were more certain that their early ideas would be their best ideas stopped ideating sooner. These comedians ended up submitting fewer jokes and, importantly, fewer of the jokes that these comedians did submit were rated as being highly creative — suggesting that if you think your first ideas will be your best ideas, you’re more likely to stop the creative process before your actual best ideas are uncovered. In the creative process, the ideas that are most easily accessed tend to be the most obvious ones, and it’s only by digging more deeply that more novel, creative ideas finally emerge. While it may be uncomfortable, that feeling is actually the mind pushing its cognitive boundaries and searching for novel connections — two key conditions for generating creative ideas.
7 Top Robinhood Stocks in 2021: Do the Pros Agree?
We'll look at the seven top Robinhood stocks, and run them through TipRanks' database to see whether the pros on Wall Street agree with what's favored among that crowd right now. Most Wall Street analysts believe it can, with 32 analysts rating the stock a Buy and only 1 saying Hold. The average consensus price target suggests that AMZN still has some room to grow as we look ahead to the next 12 months. Monness analyst Brian White agrees with his colleagues and has set a price target of $4,000. You can learn more about the analyst community's views on Amazon shares via TipRanks' consensus breakdown.
Giving Critical Feedback Is Even Harder Remotely
Most managers don’t relish giving their employees negative feedback, but a remote environment can make the conversation even harder. Add to that the increased negativity bias brought about by the ongoing stress of the pandemic, and the recipients of your feedback are likely to take bad news harder than usual. These tough conversations are even harder to have as multiple crises and their side effects wear on, which can make the negativity bias that often accompanies them even worse. Negativity bias shapes how people hear feedback. Managers I’ve interviewed also note that when they’re giving feedback in person, they can adjust the context to communicate the severity of the news.
Stop Talking About the Cookieless Future and Start Taking These Actions
In the past 12 months, a wave of ill-conceived, unsecure and unexceptional identity solutions has been evangelized by companies seeking to make a quick buck or increase their influence over the industry. Start with comprehensive and omnichannel people-based identitySome identity technologies rely exclusively on a single characteristic, like email, and claim it’s good enough. Consumers are omnipresent and marketers should prioritize an identity solution that is as well. To use identity to create experiences, marketers must connect a customer’s identity with their method of authentication—this is called addressability. Without addressability in a media environment, identity cannot be applied to create a personalized experience or be used for measurement.
Donna Speciale on How She’ll Shake Up Univision Ad Sales
Much has changed in the industry in the year and a half since Donna Speciale was last a TV ad sales chief—most notably, the pandemic—but in her new role, she’s picking up right where she left off: thinking about streaming ad formats and how to transition the industry toward addressable advertising.
YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki Discusses the Pandemic’s Impact in 2020 and Her Goals for 2021
YouTube removed over 500,000 videos for Covid-19 misinformation since last February, CEO Susan Wojcicki said in her letter outlining her 2021 priorities, and the Google-owned video site consulted with more than 85 local health authorities to bring trusted information to viewers, serving up over 400 billion impressions of information panels related to the pandemic.
Fox and Pepsi’s New Show, Cherries Wild, Isn’t Just a Half-Hour Ad For the Soda Brand
Fox and Pepsi’s New Show, Cherries Wild, Isn’t Just a Half-Hour Ad For the Soda BrandThe partnership for the 'new media model' also includes a companion mobile app
It’s Academic Researchers’ Turn to Tap Twitter API v2
When Twitter introduced Twitter API v2 last July—the first complete rebuild of its application-programming interface since a major update in 2012—the social network pledged to add a specific track for academic researchers, and the company made good on that pledge Tuesday.
Coca-Cola’s Canned Coffee Drink Makes Its American Debut
Coca-Cola is adding an extra kick to its classic sodas with a line of coffee-infused drinks that are hitting American shelves for the first time this week.
Super Bowl LV Ad Tracker: All About the 2021 Commercials
With Super Bowl 55 approaching, it’s time to start keeping an eye on which brands are planning to get in on the biggest advertising event of the year.
Amid Global Crisis, Healthcare Giant AmerisourceBergen Rebrands to Reflect ‘Optimism’
When it comes to healthcare marketing, most brands have traditionally relied on a more simple strategy that prioritizes professionalism over creativity. But consumers now have a heightened appreciation for the healthcare industry, and in turn, companies are reevaluating old practices and finding new ways to stand out.
Audio-Only Platform Clubhouse Is the App for People Who Miss Conferences
Audio-Only Platform Clubhouse Is the App for People Who Miss ConferencesThe platform has attracted hype from celebrities and venture capitalists
E*Trade Is Back in the Super Bowl After a 2-Year Hiatus
E*Trade Is Back in the Super Bowl After a 2-Year HiatusA 30-second spot will run during the second quarter
NYC to get more vaccines amid severe shortage
NYC to get more vaccines amid severe shortageNew York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city has just 7,700 COVID vaccine doses on hand and he is hoping to be able to start using jabs designated second doses for first shots.
Vizio P-Series Quantum X 4K LED TV Review: as bright as they come
About the Vizio P-Series Quantum XCredit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar The Vizio P-Series Quantum X is available in three sizes: 65 inches, 75 inches, and 85 inches. The Vizio P-Series Quantum X—or "PQX" for short—is available in just three sizes: 65 inches, 75 inches, and 85 inches. The P-Series Quantum X also supports Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) right out of the box. From top to bottom, the Vizio P-Series Quantum X is engineered to deliver eye-popping contrast. And when I say that the P-Series Quantum X is bright, I mean it's really, really bright.
Did an Alien Life-Form Do a Drive-By of Our Solar System in 2017?
I was not one of them, because I thought the claim was clever and bold, but far-fetched, and I still do, much as I wish it were true. Otherwise, he says, we might miss something amazing, like the church officials in the 17th century who refused to look through Galileo’s telescope. “Are we, both scientists and lay people, ready?” he asks in his introduction. I fear the answer is no, and that prevailing prejudice is a cause for concern.”Oumuamua — Hawaiian for “scout” — was first noticed by a telescope on the island of Maui on Oct. 19, 2017, when it was already on its way out of the solar system, having passed closest to the sun a month before. It had come from outside the solar system, from the direction of the star Vega.
This Parenting Book Actually Made Me a Better Parent
I love taking my girls on outings, riding the bus, going to lunch, embarking on long, possibly ill-considered road trips. She is in kindergarten, but she has never seen the inside of her classroom. This child is at an age when she is entitled to privacy — a privacy she does not receive with her mother lurking around her kindergarten class or writing about her here. Toddlerhood is gone, and she is indisputably and forcefully becoming her own person. For months she and I have found ourselves locked an awful duet of upset and recrimination.
Sassy grandmas get real on new podcast ‘Call Your Grandmother’
“We’re the Lucy and Ethel of podcasters,” says Grodsky, 81, on the first episode, which drops Thursday on iHeartRadio. We throw out opinions like they throw out candy.”Each episode, Kaye and Grodsky host a fellow bubbe and her grandkid for a discussion about pop culture, sex and relationships. Rita Kaye (pictured) and Ellin Grodsky are co-hosts on new podcast, “Call Your Grandmother,” full of juicy stories, sage advice and nostalgia. Stefano Giovannini“All the grandmas are hip — they don’t blink at stuff,” podcast creator Meryl Poster told The Post. It’s one of the things that kept you straight,” Kaye told The Post.
Cause of fire that killed Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh still a mystery: officials
Connecticut authorities Tuesday said they are still unsure whether Zappos founder Tony Hsieh accidentally or intentionally set the fire that killed him. Hsieh had gone out to the shed in a fit to sleep after getting into an argument with the woman about keeping her house clean, another friend told investigators. “Through the course of this investigation, the five investigators were not able to eliminate all the potential ignition sources, and as a result, have classified this fire as ‘undetermined,’ ” New London Fire Marshal Vernon Skau said in a written statement, according to the Hartford Courant. “In the event that new information is learned, this investigation can be reopened.”Tony Hsieh speaks during a luncheon on Sept. 30, 2013. Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via APHsieh, a 46-year-old multimillionaire wunderkind, had been planning to enter rehab in the hours before his death, pals told the Wall Street Journal last month.
Thousands of NYC teachers have had COVID vaccine appointments canceled
Thousands of New York City teachers have had their COVID-19 vaccine appointments canceled thanks to supply and scheduling snafus — a bureaucratic mess that could only further delay the reopening of schools, union chief Michael Mulgrew told The Post on Tuesday. Mulgrew told The Post that about 20,000 city teachers in the classroom have requested appointments through the union and that 10,000 have been matched with providers thus far. But teachers are also seeking out the inoculation independently, either through city services or channels outside the five boroughs. Mulgrew said appointments made through the city have been getting canceled en masse due to vaccine shortages and scheduling problems. Several teachers confirmed to The Post this week that their city vaccination dates were nixed and that they haven’t been able to get new ones.
COVID-19 has ‘exacerbated’ opioid crisis in New York: DEA official
The COVID-19 pandemic has “exacerbated the opioid crisis” in New York, the Empire State’s drug czar told The Post Tuesday. The New York Division of the US Drug Enforcement Administration seized a staggering amount of methamphetamine and fentanyl in 2020 – a year marred by the global COVID-19 crisis, the agency said. In the last year, the DEA New York Division also confiscated nearly $170 million of drug proceeds and assets, and over $603 million dollars’ worth of illicit drugs. DEA intelligence and investigations learned that Mexican cartels’ ability to transport their drugs across the border was interrupted by increased security amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but the cartels adapted. Additionally, there was a 137 percent uptick of guns seized as part of New York DEA’s investigations from 2019 to 2020.
Thanks 2020: Fatal shark attacks peaked last year, deadliest since 2013
Shark attacks around the world decreased for the third consecutive year in 2020 but unprovoked bites resulting in deaths numbered 10, more than double the average of four per year, making last year the deadliest for such attacks since 2013. Globally, only two shark attack deaths were reported in 2019 and four the year before, according to figures. The number of non-fatal shark attacks in 2020 numbered 57 worldwide, well below the average of 80. The US led the world in unprovoked shark bites with 33, down from 41 the year before. In the US, Florida accounted for nearly half of the confirmed shark bites.
Elon Musk is turning oil rigs into floating spaceports
SpaceX has bought two offshore oil rigs that it will convert into floating spaceports for use on future mission to the Moon and Mars. Known as derricks, those steel structures once held the rigs’ huge drilling equipment. Nameplates with the rigs’ new titles – believed to have been cooked up by billionaire SpaceX boss Elon Musk – have already been installed. Musk’s plan involves building an expansive fleet of Starship vehicles, which comprise a huge rocket topped by a bullet-shaped spacecraft. And, Nasa set a hillside on fire during a recent test of the “most powerful rocket ever built”.
Kiss-off: Doctors warn against using erection cream to plump lips
An amateur TikTok cosmetician has taken to using erection cream to plump his soup coolers in a viral stunt that doctors are deeming dumb and dangerous. “So recently I saw a movie and this girl put erection cream on her lips and it made them really big so I wanted to try it,” TikTok user Jerry Mal said of the inspiration behind his unconventional pout-puffing hack. The resulting clip, with over 3.5 million views, depicts him applying the unspecified brand until it looks like he smooched a tub of cream cheese. Despite seeming like magic, it’s unsurprising that an erection elixir fluffed up his lips to full mast. The same mechanism that facilitates blood flow to the penis follows suit for the smackers, causing them to swell, Daily Mail reported.
Pharmacist to plead guilty to tampering with 570 doses of COVID-19 vaccine
Sign up for our special edition newsletter to get a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic. A Wisconsin pharmacist charged with spoiling hundreds of doses of COVID-19 vaccine has agreed to plead guilty in the case, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday. The vials contained about 570 doses of the vaccine. The pharmacist, who has since been fired from his job, allegedly confessed to employees that he exposed the vaccine because he believed it was harmful. Brandenburg pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment earlier this month, but federal prosecutors said Tuesday that he has signed a plea agreement in the case.
Lourdes Leon makes wild Instagram debut, plus FKA Twigs details alleged abuse and Kourtney Kardashian finds love
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COVID-19 cases pass 100 million worldwide
The worldwide number of COVID-19 cases passed the 100 million mark on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The terrifying tally came less than three months after 50 million cases were recorded globally in early November. The US leads all nations with about 25 million cases, accounting for more than one-quarter of the total, according to Johns Hopkins. Other countries where the virus is especially devastating include Britain, where a highly contagious variant was recently discovered and where the death rate is about 1,471 per million. Neil Hall/Pool via APIn the US, the rate is about 1,277 per million, according to Statista.
Texas dad fatally shot when confronting daughter’s cyberbully, family says
A Texas dad was fatally shot when he went to confront the parents of a teen who had been cyberbullying his daughter, his family said. "When he left from here, my husband went to go resolve the issue. He wanted to go speak to the parent," Curtis’ wife, Shantal Harris, told the news station. He claimed he then pulled out a gun to defend the teen boy and shot Curtis, who was pronounced dead at the scene, the outlet reported. Curtis’ wife also denied that he would have become violent.
Judge rules 2019 arrest and bodycam footage of George Floyd inadmissible at trial
The Minnesota judge overseeing the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers accused in the death of George Floyd has ruled that bodycam footage from a prior arrest will not be admissible. Judge Peter A. Cahill denied motions to use Floyd’s past encounters with law enforcement as evidence in an order Tuesday. On May 6, 2019, Floyd had allegedly swallowed "large quantities" of drugs "in an attempt to avoid arrest," according to court records. DEREK CHAUVIN TO BE TRIED SEPARATELY IN GEORGE FLOYD CASEOne of the defendants, former officer Derek Chauvin, faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. The judge denied both motions and also denied the prosecution’s bid to use past complaints against Thao and Kueng as evidence.
Quiznos adds $5 lobster subs to menu
The sandwich chain just brought back lobster to its menu for a limited time. The offerings include one fan-favorite sub, the "lobster classic," and a new option: the Old Bay lobster club. The lobster classic includes lobster and seafood salad with shredded lettuce on butter-toasted Italian bread. The Old Bay lobster club also includes lobster and seafood salad, and adds Old Bay Seasoning, plus bacon, lettuce, tomato and spicy mayo made with Old Bay hot sauce. The program is free to join, and members can upload their Quiznos receipts to get future freebies at the restaurant.
Microsoft jumps after earnings report
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailMicrosoft jumps after earnings reportMicrosoft takes off after reporting earnings. With CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Fast Money traders, Guy Adami, Tim Seymour, Karen Finerman and Dan Nathan.
Novartis CEO discusses developing a new Covid-19 treatment
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailNovartis CEO discusses developing a new Covid-19 treatmentVas Narasimhan, Novartis CEO, joins 'Closing Bell' to talk about developing a new Covid-19 treatment that uses something called DARPin (Designed Ankyrin Repeat Proteins) "We hope by the summer to get additional data," Narasimhan said. He joins 'Closing Bell' to discuss how this treatment could help emerging economies and countries.
Biden administration orders additional 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine
A new shipment of 120,000 doses is expected to arrive in the Tar Heel State on Wednesday, though officials are lobbying for a boost. Under the new system, state officials will work with third party administrators to allocate vaccines directly to providers, including county public health systems, pharmacies, health systems, public hospitals, community health centers, pharmacies and pop-up sites. California will also launch a new online portal, called My Turn, where residents can make vaccine appointments and check their eligibility status. We are continuing enforcement of the Los Angeles County health orders to address underground party events. "The goal of these enforcement actions is to reduce the spread of #COVID19 and the risk to our vulnerable populations."
YouTube temporarily suspends Trump lawyer Giuliani from partner program
REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz(Reuters) - YouTube temporarily suspended former President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani from its partner program last week, the Alphabet Inc unit said on Tuesday, citing repeated violation of its policy that prevents false claim of widespread fraud in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The partner program gives content creators greater access to the video platform’s resources and enables revenue sharing from ads that are served on their content. The move removes the channel’s ability to monetize and restricts access to features like partner support, YouTube said. Channels removed can appeal the decision or reapply to the program in 30 days, if they address the underlying issues that led to the suspension, according to YouTube. YouTube also said on Tuesday that it would indefinitely block Trump’s YouTube channel from new uploads “in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence.” YouTube first banned him from posting new videos two weeks ago.
Two men extradited from Australia to face U.S. charges for $50 million text messaging fraud
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two men have been extradited from Australia to face U.S. criminal charges over an alleged scheme to bilk hundreds of thousands of mobile phone users out of more than $50 million for unwanted text messaging services, U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss in Manhattan said on Tuesday. Both Michael Pearse and Yongchao Liu arrived in the United States on Monday, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said Pearse was the chief executive and Liu was a Java development engineer for a company called Bullroarer. Prosecutors charged Pearse, a 52-year-old Australian national, and Liu, a 33-year-old Chinese national, with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. A year earlier, Miao and several corporate entities settled related U.S. Federal Trade Commission civil charges by surrendering more than $10 million of assets.
U.S. commission cites 'moral imperative' to explore AI weapons
(Reuters) - The United States should not agree to ban the use or development of autonomous weapons powered by artificial intelligence (AI) software, a government-appointed panel said in a draft report for Congress. FILE PHOTO: Activists from the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a coalition of non-governmental organisations opposing lethal autonomous weapons or so-called 'killer robots', stage a protest at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, March, 21, 2019. For about eight years, a coalition of non-governmental organizations has pushed for a treaty banning “killer robots,” saying human control is necessary to judge attacks’ proportionality and assign blame for war crimes. The U.S. panel, called the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, in meetings this week acknowledged the risks of autonomous weapons. The commission is due to submit its final report to Congress in March, but the recommendations are not binding.
Low COVID-19 spread found in schools taking safety precautions: U.S. study
FILE PHOTO: A school safety officer greets students as they return to New York City's public schools for in-person learning, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, at P.S. The researchers found widespread virus transmission in the surrounding community during the study period, with 7% to 40% of COVID-19 tests from Wood County showing positive results. COVID-19 incidence among students and staff members in the study translated into 3,453 cases per 100,000 in schools versus 5,466 per 100,000 in the wider community. The schools in the study included eight elementary schools(grades K–6) with 1,529 students attending in-person, and nine middle or high schools (grades 7–12) with 3,347 students attending in-person. Limits to the study published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report, included that researchers did not check for asymptomatic transmission and that not all teachers reported mask wearing levels.
Microsoft earnings rise as pandemic boosts cloud computing, Xbox sales
The shift to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated enterprises’ switch to cloud-based computing, benefiting Microsoft and rivals such as Amazon.com Inc’s cloud unit and Alphabet Inc’s Google Cloud. Microsoft said revenue in its “Intelligent Cloud” segment rose 23% to $14.6 billion, with 50% growth in Azure. But with these results that benefit is now plain to see.”(GRAPHIC: Microsoft Azure growth rate gradually recovers: )LinkedIn revenue growth, which dipped as the pandemic shut down businesses, reached 23%, near its pre-pandemic rate of 24% a year earlier. Xbox hardware sales were up 86% despite the shortages, and Hood said growth is likely to continue, with older models also contributing to sales. Microsoft said Xbox content and services revenue grew 40% in the quarter.
Calm returns to Dutch cities after riots, with police out in force
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - With shops boarded up and riot police out in force, it was relatively calm in Dutch cities on Tuesday night after three days of violence during which nearly 500 people were detained. On Tuesday when the 9 p.m. curfew went into effect, rowdy crowds of youths gathered in Amsterdam and Hilversum, but were broken up without incident. “This was truly a different picture to yesterday,” National Police chief Willem Woelders told Dutch public television. Slideshow ( 5 images )A hospital in Rotterdam had warned visitors of patients to stay away, after rioters tried to attack hospitals in various cities. Coronavirus infections have been falling in recent weeks, with the number of new cases down by 8% over the past week.
U.S. says $35 billion more in pandemic loans approved, trying to fix program snags
Slideshow ( 2 images )WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on Tuesday said it had approved 400,000 more pandemic relief loans worth $35 billion and was trying to fix issues operational snags with the program raised by lenders. Reuters reported this month that government officials had pressured large lenders earlier to go live with the latest round of the program despite many unresolved issues. Under the PPP, companies receive loans from banks and fintech companies that will be repaid by the government if the money is spent on eligible expenses. Some $525 billion worth of PPP loans were made last year via 5.1 million loans. Congress expanded the program with another $284 billion l