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Udder madness: Thousands defy lockdown to gawk at tiny cow in Bangladesh
It was udder madness in Bangladesh as thousands ignored a national COVID-19 lockdown to gawk at what could be the world’s smallest cow. Rani, a 23-month-old dwarf cow, has attracted throngs of fans and reporters since her small stature went viral on social media, according to Agence France-Presse. People measure the dwarf cow named Rani, whose owners applied to the Guinness Book of Records claiming it to be the smallest cow in the world. A domestic cattle stands next to the dwarf cow named Rani, in which the owners are claiming it to be the smallest cow in the world. Islam reportedly said the dwarf cow was the result of “genetic inbreeding,” and would not likely grow.
Arizona Gov. Ducey signs bill banning critical race theory from schools, state agencies
"Parents should have the right to know what their children are learning in school," Ducey wrote in a statement about Bill 2035. In Twitter posts Friday, Ducey thanked Arizona state lawmakers – including state Reps. Michelle Udall and Gail Griffin and state Sens. "It’s great to see that @dougducey signed legislation into law to stop Critical Race Theory from infiltrating our schools and government entities!" Critical race theory has faced opposition from parents and citizens groups across the U.S. His essay was titled, "There Is No Debate Over Critical Race Theory."
North Korea rejects AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine over side-effects, think tank says
North Korea has rejected planned shipments of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine that were being organized under the global COVAX distribution scheme due to concerns over side effects, a South Korean think-tank said on Friday. COVAX has said it would provide nearly 2 million doses of AstraZeneca's shots to North Korea. The first batch had been expected in late May but was delayed amid protracted consultations, South Korea said last month. North Korea has not reported any Covid-19 cases, a position questioned by South Korean and U.S. officials. Lee added that North Korean authorities had become concerned about the AstraZeneca vaccine after reports of rare but serious blood clotting events among some people who received it.
New virus surge sends younger patients to Spain’s hospitals
And it’s being driven mostly by younger, unvaccinated patients who require less ICU care but are turning in droves to health centers and emergency wards. At this facility, the number of COVID-19 patients has gone from 8 to 35 in just two weeks. More than one-tenth of regular hospital beds and one-fifth of intensive care wards were treating COVID-19 patients on then, but the current occupation rate stands at 2.4% in regular beds and 6.6% in ICUs. In Portugal and Cyprus, hospitals are far from previous near-collapse scenarios, although they steadily accumulate patients. As a medical worker, she also expressed the frustration of a never-ending cycle of virus surges.
GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn said offering vaccines door-to-door could lead to the government confiscating guns and bibles
Joe Biden said Tuesday door-to-door vaccines could improve vaccination rates as the Delta variant spreads. Rep. Madison Cawthorn said President Joe Biden's call to offer COVID-19 vaccines door-to-door could lead to the government taking people's guns and bibles. "And now they're sort of talking about going door-to-door to be able to take vaccines to the people. Biden said Tuesday that offering vaccines door-to-door could help increase vaccination rates as the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads rapidly in several US states. Biden's remarks on Tuesday drew immediate pushback from some conservatives, including Rep. Lauren Boebert, who called the door-to-door vaccinators "needle Nazis."
White House calling out critics of door-to-door vaccine push
With the COVID-19 vaccination rate plateauing across the country, the White House is returning fire at those they see as spreading harmful misinformation or fear about the shots. Henry McMaster tried this week to block door-to-door efforts to drive up the vaccination rate in his state, White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not mince words in her reaction. Story continues“Now we need to go to community-by-community, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, and oftentimes, door-to-door — literally knocking on doors — to get help to the remaining people" who need to be vaccinated, Biden said Tuesday. White House officials are quick to point out that their criticism is not related to the officials' political affiliation but to their rhetoric. They credit effective communication and leadership on the vaccines by GOP officials including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Arkansas Gov.
New virus surge sends younger patients to Spain's hospitals
And it's being driven mostly by younger, unvaccinated patients who require less ICU care but are turning in droves to health centers and emergency wards. At this facility, the number of COVID-19 patients has gone from 8 to 35 in just two weeks. More than one-tenth of regular hospital beds and one-fifth of intensive care wards were treating COVID-19 patients on then, but the current occupation rate stands at 2.4% in regular beds and 6.6% in ICUs. In Portugal and Cyprus, hospitals are far from previous near-collapse scenarios, although they steadily accumulate patients. As a medical worker, she also expressed the frustration of a never-ending cycle of virus surges.
In lieu of Pride parade, crowds visit Franklin Park vigil for Black trans lives
On the day that was expected to mark the 50th anniversary parade of Boston Pride, the city’s massive annual celebration of LGBTQ identities, a crowd of about 2,000 people turned out for a Transgender Resistance Vigil at Franklin Park. AdvertisementIn lieu of Pride parade, thousands attend vigil for Black trans lives Share Email to a Friend Embed On the day that was expected to mark the 50th anniversary parade of Boston Pride, about 2,000 people gathered for Franklin Park Transgender Resistance Vigil. “I’m standing in solidarity with the Black trans community and recognizing that being queer doesn’t absolve me of white privilege,” said the Somerville resident, who went by the name of B. In lieu of Pride parade, thousands attend vigil for Black trans lives Share Email to a Friend Embed On the day that was expected to mark the 50th anniversary parade of Boston Pride, about 2,000 people gathered for Franklin Park Transgender Resistance Vigil. “I needed to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement,” she said.
It’s time to open up the State House
Now there’s traffic of all sorts — including lobbyists who “wander the perimeter” of State House grounds, Galvin reports. AdvertisementThat makes Massachusetts the only New England state that has not reopened its State House or locked in a date to so so, the Globe reports. The State House reopening date remains squishy, at best. AdvertisementGalvin, who works out of the State House and also has staff at 1 Ashburton Place, said he confronted the same range of safety concerns during the pandemic and still kept his office open. Exterior State House building tours are starting up.
School vaccination requirements may lead to other health disparities
With the highest vaccination rates in the country, Massachusetts is largely protected from disease outbreaks. Over the past decade, vaccination rates have improved and the religious exemption, used most often to forgo one or two vaccines , has held steady at roughly 1 percent. We can strengthen Massachusetts immunization by focusing effort on outlier schools with low vaccination rates, mostly in lower-income areas. Dr. Sylvia Fogel is a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Andrew Zimmerman is a pediatric neurologist and a professor of pediatrics and neurology at UMass Medical School.
Ask Amy: Couple’s differing comfort levels have them fighting over the thermostat
One of us (me) loves air conditioning, especially since most of the places I’ve lived in my life lacked it. My partner doesn’t like air conditioning, and only uses it when it’s blistering hot outside. When I moved into his house, I paid for the installation of central air conditioning. But we seem to fight constantly over the thermostat setting. You can email Amy Dickinson at askamy@amydickinson.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.
Let’s celebrate Dallas County’s herd immunity, but tread carefully
Marking milestones in a journey like this is important, and Dallas County has reached a major one: herd immunity. Dallas County reached this classification with less than half of residents vaccinated; others sadly had to suffer with the disease to develop the antibodies. But now with herd immunity comes a level of protection that means we can more easily focus on other effects of the pandemic, including mental health, education loss and economic damage. It is also important to note while Dallas County as a whole has reached herd immunity, not every ZIP code in the county has. The county’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Herd Immunity Dashboard shows some ZIP codes have 100% immunity, such as North Dallas’ 75251, while others fall much shorter than the 80% required for herd immunity, like south Oak Cliff (75237), which is only at 52%.
Legendary Yoshi’s club in Oakland reopens to capacity crowd
(Although Yoshi’s had already been hosting smaller free dinner music shows in its restaurant area.) Escovedo and his band — which continue their stand at Yoshi’s through Sunday (July 11) — were in top form as they rolled through one sensational Latin jazz number after another. Escovedo was the perfect host for the evening, commenting that he felt great to be the first act to return to the Yoshi’s stage. Here’s the rundown:Yoshi’s: Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra perform at 7:30 and 9:30 July 10, and 7 p.m. July 11; $34-$75; www.yoshis.com. Freight & Salvage: Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra headline two nights at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage; 8 p.m. Oct. 8-9; $40-$44; thefreight.org.
Dear Abby: Woman yearns for deeper relationship with her sisters
DEAR ABBY: I recently moved back to my hometown after being away for six years. I’d like to know their deeper thoughts and concerns, be a source of support and care and generally be viewed as a close confidant. Was your relationship with your sisters much closer before you moved away six years ago? DEAR ABBY: My husband of 20 years constantly blames everything on the political party I lean toward. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips.
AP Week in Pictures: Global
From an annual yoga meeting in a Mexican desert, to suspects in the assassination of the Haitian president, to a child mourning his father who died from COVID-19 in Manila, this photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images from around the world made or published by The Associated Press in the past week.
The Globe's didactic Romeo and Juliet is saved by its star-crossed lovers
In case we’re not minded, or able, to read that, Mercutio (a swaggering, characteristically hyperactive Adam Gillen) says it out-loud. Here you’re half-invited to pursue such idle thoughts as whether tragedy might have be averted had the municipality done more for disaffected youth. That said, the Capulet ball is excruciating – a long melee of brass section noise-making and novelty takes on familiar pop numbers. Sporting tacky animal masks, the revellers hanker for cocaine (the cry goes up - “Who’s got the bag?”). He greets his character’s slaughters with eloquent, open-mouthed horror, though overdoes it with his retching, writhing succumbing to poison.
Japan's robotics market sees boom amid pandemic
Japan’s robotics market is booming thanks to the need to avoid in-person contact amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Demand for robotics was led by manufacturers before the pandemic, but customers have been increasing among service businesses such as logistics and medical firms. The surge in robotics demand has led to a boost in manufacturers’ investment in advanced technologies such as image processing and artificial intelligence to achieve remote control services. The tie-up will utilize Kawasaki Heavy’s expertise in industrial robots and Sony’s sensor and image processing technology. Tokyo Electron Device Ltd. has developed a system that uses image processing technology to perform complex tasks such as picking and sorting irregularly shaped items.
Opposition senator accuses Haiti's interim PM of instigating a coup and demands he step down
Joseph Lambert, head of Haiti's senate, was on Friday nominated to be interim president. Except if, as was the case with Moise, the president was in the fourth year of office. On Friday a relative of one of the American citizens, James Solages, told The Daily Beast they were shocked, describing him as 'a nice guy'. Hérard is currently under investigation by US officials over allegations he is involved in arms trafficking in Haiti, Haitian and US sources told CEPR. Jimmy Cherizier, known as 'Barbecue', said his G9 group of gangs could free the country from the government and its opposition.
Two US citizens and ex-Colombian soldiers detained over Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassination
Two U.S.-Haitian citizens are believed to be among 17 people detained in an investigation into the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse, according to local authorities. The prime minister told the Associated Press that elections scheduled for this year should still be held. The best scenario would be for the acting prime minister and opposition parties to come together and hold elections, Dupuy said. Political instabilityMoïse was killed a day after he nominated Ariel Henry, a neurosurgeon, as the new prime minister. “I was the one who was a prime minister, who was in office.
GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn said offering vaccines door-to-door could lead to the government confiscating guns and bibles
The North Carolina congressman said door-to-door vaccinations could lead to the confiscation of people's guns and bibles. Joe Biden said Tuesday door-to-door vaccines could improve vaccination rates as the Delta variant spreads. Rep. Madison Cawthorn said President Joe Biden's call to offer COVID-19 vaccines door-to-door could lead to the government taking people's guns and bibles. Biden said Tuesday that offering vaccines door-to-door could help increase vaccination rates as the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads rapidly in several US states. Biden's remarks on Tuesday drew immediate pushback from some conservatives, including Rep. Lauren Boebert, who called the door-to-door vaccinators "needle Nazis."
COVID-19: Cases up 22 443, deaths increase by 374 on Friday 9 July
The latest COVID-19 figures released by acting Health Minister Mmamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Friday evening report that cases have increased by 22 443 in the last 24-hours, meaning that the total number of infections that have been accumulatively reported since March 2020 has risen to 2 157 687. A total of 1 884 have recovered having tested positive for COVID-19, representing a recovery rate of 87.3%. Provincial COVID-19 case breakdown Friday 9 julyThe following confirmed COVID-19 cases have been recorded in each province as of Friday 9 July:Eastern Cape – 212 547 cases , 12 056 deaths;cases 12 056 deaths; Free State – 119 137 cases ; 5 396 deaths;cases 5 396 deaths; Gauteng – 11 680 cases ; 14 247 deaths;cases 14 247 deaths; KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) – 367 138 cases ; 10 863 deaths;cases 10 863 deaths; Limpopo – 89 042 cases ; 2 827 deaths;cases 2 827 deaths; Mpumalanga – 104 245 cases ; 1 535 deaths;cases 1 535 deaths; North West – 107 681 cases ; 2 584 deaths;cases 2 584 deaths; Northern Cape – 61 319 cases ; 1 448 deaths;cases 1 448 deaths; Western Cape – 343 724 cases , 12 917 deaths; andcases 12 917 deaths; and Unallocated – 0 cases, 0 deaths. As of today the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in SA is 2 157 687 with 22 443 new cases reported. Today 374 deaths have been reported bringing the total to 63 873 deaths.
What Pfizer's plan for a third coronavirus vaccine dose means for you
The statement also said, "We are prepared for booster doses if and when the science demonstrates that they are needed." But that science is unclear, and there is still much to learn about the potential need for booster doses of coronavirus vaccine. Some real-world evidence of waning immunity with Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine has emerged in Israel, where the Ministry of Health issued a brief statement Monday saying an analysis had shown the coronavirus vaccine was somewhat less protective against severe disease than before, and linked this change to the spread of the Delta variant , a more transmissible and possibly more dangerous strain of coronavirus. "It would be a mistake to be giving booster doses without both some information about number one: Do they boost? For instance, organ transplant recipients might not have an adequate response to coronavirus vaccines because they take drugs to suppress their immune systems.
This is the fight Europe has needed for years
She adds that corruption is "intimately linked to human rights abuses like the recent attack against the LGBTI community" because "an independent judiciary should be protecting LGBTI people's rights too." She is trying to convince the Commission to see human rights as part of the rule of law. Those member states want the Commission to act, "because the divisions between the member states in the Council make any serious actions very hard, especially in areas where unanimous votes are required," the diplomat added. From the perspective of Hungary and Poland and their allies around Europe, they are simply showing "respect for Europe's Judeo-Christian heritage." We can either go into the direction of a stronger Europe with more powers, or a weaker Europe, which is fragmented.
In Spain’s strawberry fields, migrant women face sexual abuse
Talking to the migrant workers who pick strawberries in Europe’s biggest red fruit producing region, the Huelva province in Spain, is not easy. “When the manager hires a woman, he demands something in return.”Saeeda was living in an informal settlement for migrant workers before parts of the camp burned down. According to Angels Escrivà, associate professor at Huelva University and part of the network Mujeres 24H that supports women migrant workers, the strawberry industry initially recruited Moroccan men. In 2018, 10 Moroccan women filed lawsuits against Spanish strawberry producer Doñaña 1998, which they accused of assault, sexual harassment, rape and trafficking. “There is this incorrect idea that migrant women do not organise themselves.
NHS hospitals forced to cancel operations again by unfolding third wave
Hospitals are again having to cancel operations, including cancer surgery, because they are treating growing numbers of patients with Covid and losing staff who are having to isolate. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust has had to call off some planned non-urgent operations this week to help it cope with an influx of patients who have been left seriously ill with Covid. Other hospitals and ambulance services are also coming under serious pressure in what NHS staff believe is an unfolding third wave of Covid, which they fear will get worse in the next few weeks. “While every patient’s care is important to us, we have had to postpone some planned elective operations to ensure patients who require urgent treatment are prioritised,” he added. Self-isolation when possibly infected was even more important for hospital staff, because they were around vulnerable people all day, he said.
Olympic-Bound Marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk Is "Honored to Be Viewed as a Role Model"
According to Tokyo-Games-bound long-distance runner Aliphine Tuliamuk, nothing is harder than 50 hours of labor — not any of the 26.2-mile races she's ever done. "At least I know where the finish line is during a marathon," she told POPSUGAR via email. Tuliamuk, whose daughter Zoe was born in January, requested that her baby accompany her to Sapporo, Japan, for the Olympic marathon event, but was originally denied. Heading into the Olympics, she's continuing to increase her mileage and incorporate weightlifting sessions. There's a lot of Black girls that probably watch the Olympics, but they watch the 100 meters and the field events, because that is where they see Black athletes.
Devils re-sign defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler
The New Jersey Devils re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler to a two-year contract worth $2,250,000 on Friday. The 24-year-old Siegenthaler was acquired from Washington on April 11, 2021, for Arizona’s conditional third-round pick in the 2021 draft that was acquired in the Taylor Hall trade in 2019. Siegenthaler skated in six games with New Jersey following the trade, missing time while in the COVID-19 protocol. Prior to the trade, he appeared in seven games with the Capitals this season. In 105 NHL games, over the course of three seasons with New Jersey and Washington, he has two goals and 11 assists for 13 points.
There’s no evidence a Covid booster shot is necessary, says Dr. Ashish Jha
There's no need for Covid booster doses right now, the dean of Brown University's School of Public Health said Friday, as highly transmissible, new variants test the protections of the available vaccines. Jha's comments come after Pfizer and BioNTech announced Thursday that they are developing a Covid-19 booster shot intended to target the delta variant. On CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith," Jha underscored the importance of waiting for the data when it comes to a booster shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration issued a joint statement that said Americans who are fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot. "Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time.
NOTEBOOK: For English fan, Euro 2020 offers a sliver of hope
Another failure to qualify for Argentina ’78 was made even harder because, for the second World Cup running, Scotland qualified and took great pleasure to remind the auld enemy of that. Italy had Paolo Rossi leading its attack to a third World Cup; England had Paul Mariner. The semifinal at the World Cup in Italia 90 preceded the group-stage elimination at Euro 92 in Sweden. Why couldn’t England win a tournament with all the talent at its disposal when the eventual victors were a well-drilled but very workmanlike Greece team? U17 and U20 World Cup wins in the last five years would, many hoped, produce success.
AP Week in Pictures: Global
Moise was assassinated in an attack on his private residence early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)Two suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise are moved to be displayed to the media at the General Direction of the police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, July 8, 2021. Moise was assassinated in an attack on his private residence early Wednesday. The gallery was curated by AP photo editors Jacqueline Larma, Enric Marti and Patrick Sison. Follow AP visual journalism:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnewsAP Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP_ImagesAP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.com
Tunisia virus situation catastrophic: health ministry
Tunisia's health system has "collapsed" under the weight of the Covid-19 pandemic, the health ministry spokeswoman said on Thursday, describing the virus's affect on the country as "catastrophic". On Tuesday alone, Tunisia recorded 9,823 cases and 134 deaths, its worst daily toll from the virus. "The current health situation is catastrophic," spokeswoman Nissaf Ben Alya said, in an interview with a local radio station. Unfortunately, the health system has collapsed," she said. "The health situation will get worse if efforts are not united," she added.
Arab countries pledge aid as Tunisia struggles with COVID pandemic
President Kais Saied said in a statement that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had pledged to send vaccinations and whatever medical equipment Tunisia needed. After successfully containing the virus in the first wave last year, Tunisia is now grappling with a rise in infections. Tunisia recorded 189 deaths on Friday, the highest daily toll since the pandemic began last year. "We are in a catastrophic situation ... the health system has collapsed, we can only find a bed in hospitals with great difficulty," health ministry spokesperson Nisaf Ben Alaya said. The total number of coronavirus cases so far in Tunisia has climbed to around 480,000, with more than 16,000 deaths.
Dodgers doomed by bullpen woes and errors in loss to Diamondbacks
Errors by a pair of usually sure-handed corner infielders paved the way for two unearned runs, and the Dodgers walked two batters with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of a 5-2 loss to the Diamondbacks before 49,215 in Chavez Ravine. “When you’re not scoring runs consistently, things certainly get more magnified,” manager Dave Roberts said after the Dodgers mustered only five hits and went zero for eight with runners in scoring position to suffer their fourth loss in five games. Price escaped a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the first by striking out Asdrubal Cabrera with a 95-mph fastball. The left-hander accepted a bullpen role to start the season, but he will remain in the rotation to start the second half. “I feel like the games I’ve started or opened this year, my velo has been a little higher.
Vaccines that pinch-hit for other ones
But in the last several years, researchers have discovered that certain vaccines can also reduce people’s susceptibility to unrelated pathogens. Similar effects were later documented with some vaccines for tuberculosis, smallpox, and polio. Benn’s group showed that the nonspecific benefits came from live vaccines, which contain a pathogen in weakened form, rather than from non-live vaccines, which contain the whole or parts of the dead pathogen. No one is suggesting that live vaccines for other pathogens are likely to be more effective against COVID-19 than these targeted vaccines are. However, the strategy of using live vaccines to boost overall immunity “has huge potential” for lessening future disease outbreaks before specific vaccines can be developed to fight them, Benn says.
Indonesia short on oxygen, seeks help as virus cases soar
By Niniek Karmini | Associated PressJAKARTA, Indonesia — Just two months ago, Indonesia was coming to a gasping India’s aid with thousands tanks of oxygen. Beside those donations, Indonesia plans to buy 36,000 tons of oxygen and 10,000 concentrators — devices that generate oxygen — from neighboring Singapore, Pandjaitan said. Oxygen tanks were rolled out onto sidewalks for those lucky enough to get them, while others have been told they have to find their own. “Panicked people bought oxygen tanks even though they didn’t need them yet,” Mulyana said. As its own cases surged, Jakarta then canceled a plan to send another 2,000 oxygen concentrators to India in late June.
White House calling out critics of door-to-door vaccine push
With the COVID-19 vaccination rate plateauing across the country, the White House is returning fire at those they see as spreading harmful misinformation or fear about the shots. Henry McMaster tried this week to block door-to-door efforts to drive up the vaccination rate in his state, White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not mince words in her reaction. “Now we need to go to community-by-community, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, and oftentimes, door-to-door — literally knocking on doors — to get help to the remaining people” who need to be vaccinated, Biden said Tuesday. White House officials are quick to point out that their criticism is not related to the officials’ political affiliation but to their rhetoric. They credit effective communication and leadership on the vaccines by GOP officials including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Arkansas Gov.
The science behind why some people are eating their way through the pandemic
A lot of people have been buying, preparing, and eating much, much more than usual while working from home. Eating foods such as sugar and carbohydrates can, in turn, make people feel better by prompting the release of yet another chemical in the brain — dopamine, which is associated with pleasure — in the same kind of reaction produced by drugs. “Someone who has eaten a usually healthy diet is now eating more sugar at home.”Even in comparatively normal times, people turn to food for comfort. AdvertisementWhether people are eating all of that stuff they’re baking does concern nutrition and health experts. This is not a normal time.”That’s what Cohen, the eating disorders specialist, said too.
Our border problem lies in Washington, not in South Texas
South Texas is once again seeing a surge of migrants crossing the Rio Grande, our border with Mexico. But his sudden decision to pick up where former President Donald Trump left off with a border wall — using state dollars — is terribly misguided. The idea that Texas should add to a border wall is foolish and ridiculously costly. Our border problem lies in Washington, not in South Texas. Texans, including Abbott, should support solutions that actually work and abandon billion-dollar political props such as an ineffective border wall.
The most watching-the-Olympics-on-TV quotes of the week
(Thursday, The Dallas Morning News)“Herd immunity is not a uniform distribution. (Wednesday, The Dallas Morning News)“Financially hobbled for life. (Friday, The Dallas Morning News)“One good thing about crypto mining is it’s adding flexibility to the system. (Thursday, The Wall Street Journal)Legally Blonde “is more relevant in a deeper way now than ever before. I can go out, like my Guinness world records, just leave it right there and walk off.” — Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Zaila Avante-garde, who holds three Guinness world records for basketball dribbling, and, now that she has conquered Guinness and Scripps, plans to move on to new adventures.
Navajo Nation's largest casino prepares to reopen to public
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation's largest casino is preparing to reopen for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. The Twin Arrows Resort Casino east of Flagstaff has been closed since March 2020. Casino and hotel patrons will be required to wear masks and have their temperatures checked. The number of newly reported coronavirus cases on the reservation has remained relatively low. Still, tribal leaders have urged residents of the reservation that stretches into New Mexico, Arizona and Utah to be cautious, wear masks and get vaccinated.
No kick from shampanskoye: new law falling flat at upscale Moscow bars
The wine buckets sweat away in heatwave conditions, but ask the upscale Russian clientele whether they are ready to accept French champagne as “sparkling wine” and you will get a distinctly cool reaction. “Champagne is still champagne,” smiled Ilya, a consultant in his 20s taking a cigarette break. He had settled on prosecco that evening and said he was not averse to ordering a bottle of Russian sparkling wine. A supermarket in Moscow: French champagne supplier Moët Hennessy briefly halted deliveries to Russia when the law was introduced. “If we are selling namely [French] champagne, it’s going to remain in the champagne section,” said Lebedeva.
Quality of palliative care falls in Japan amid pandemic
Over 70% of hospitals in Japan with palliative care units for patients with terminal cancer and other diseases believe that the quality of care has decreased due to the pandemic, a survey by a nonprofit organization showed. The pandemic has forced hospitals to reduce visits to patients by family members and others to prevent infections, according to Hospice Palliative Care Japan, a nonprofit based in Kanagawa Prefecture. The March survey covered 376 hospitals and asked them about their measures taken between December and February. About 33% of responding hospitals said that the quality of palliative care has “greatly decreased” due to the pandemic, while 39% said that it has “decreased somewhat.”Only 25% said that the quality of care has not decreased. “Infection prevention measures and visit restrictions need to be reviewed based on the infection situation and the situation of patients and their families,” said Hirofumi Abo, vice president of Hospice Palliative Care Japan.
Right-wing anti-vaccine hysteria hits fever pitch as Nazi comparisons grow
Right-wing scaremongering about the COVID-19 vaccine hit a fever pitch this week, from Fox News to some of the conservative movement's more fringe characters, with pundits placing particular emphasis on the apparent connection between President Biden's vaccine rollout and Nazi Germany. "The Biden Administration wants to knock on your door to see if you're vaccinated," Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, tweeted . pic.twitter.com/gKXzogwM2C — Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) July 8, 2021Freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., called the officials handling Biden's vaccine push "medical brown shirts." Meanwhile, Charlie Kirk, the founder of conservative youth advocacy group Turning Point USA, eschewed a Nazi-era comparison, instead calling Biden's vaccination push an "apartheid-style, open-air hostage situation." Conservative vaccine hesitancy, fueled by this militant anti-vaccine messaging, remains strong — despite pleas from numerous Republican governors to get vaccinated.
Greg Gutfeld: Almost all the media's handiwork is a hate crime hoax against you
He still faces two more trialsSo there goes the media's worst presidential hopeful since Hillary. It’s not quite 3 years - which is roughly the amount of time left in Kat’s marriage, or Kilmeade's hairline. But he really got a boost from the drooling media, who saw him as their tinier hairless version of Trump. Fact is, almost all the media's handiwork is a hate crime hoax against you. This article is adapted from Greg Gutfeld's opening monologue on the July 9, 2021 edition of "Gutfeld!"
S.Korea reports third consecutive record high new COVID-19 cases -KDCA
People wait in line for a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at a testing site, temporarily set up at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, July 7, 2021. REUTERS/ Heo RanSEOUL, July 10 (Reuters) - South Korea posted its highest-ever number of new daily COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Saturday, the third consecutive day of record highs in new infection cases. Starting on Monday, coronavirus curbs will be tightened to the strictest level possible in Seoul and neighbouring regions for the first time, South Korea said on Friday, as the streak of record new cases fanned concern. The country reported 1,378 new COVID-19 cases as of midnight Friday, up from Thursday's previous record of 1,316 a day. South Korea's total COVID-19 infections to date stand at 166,722, with 2,038 deaths.
Crews fight growing wildfires in Northern California
ReutersThe benefits of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines outweigh the very small risk they might cause heart inflammation, as the jabs reduce hospitalisations and deaths, an advisory panel of the World Health Organization said on Friday. In a statement, the WHO said that reports of two rare conditions - myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, and of its lining, called pericarditis - had typically occurred within days of vaccination, mainly among younger males after the second dose. "Very rare cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have been observed following vaccination with the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines," it said, referring to the two vaccines using such technology, by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
Indonesia short on oxygen, seeks help as virus cases soar
People wait for their turn to refill their oxygen tanks at a recharging station in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, July 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)People wait for their turn to refill their oxygen tanks at a recharging station in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, July 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Just two months ago, Indonesia was coming to a gasping India’s aid with thousands tanks of oxygen. Beside those donations, Indonesia plans to buy 36,000 tons of oxygen and 10,000 concentrators — devices that generate oxygen — from neighboring Singapore, Pandjaitan said. “Panicked people bought oxygen tanks even though they didn’t need them yet,” Mulyana said.
AP PHOTOS: Scarf, comb show changes to Hindu cremation rites
A comb of a deceased COVID-19 victim lies in a cremation ground in Gauhati, India, Friday, July 2, 2021. The personal belongings of cremated COVID-19 victims lie strewn around the grounds of the Ulubari cremation ground in Gauhati, the biggest city in India’s remote northeast. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)A comb of a deceased COVID-19 victim lies in a cremation ground in Gauhati, India, Friday, July 2, 2021. The personal belongings of cremated COVID-19 victims lie strewn around the grounds of the Ulubari cremation ground in Gauhati, the biggest city in India’s remote northeast. The personal belongings of cremated COVID-19 victims lie strewn around the grounds of the Ulubari cremation ground in Gauhati, the biggest city in India’s remote northeast.
Indonesia short on oxygen, seeks help as virus cases soar
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........JAKARTA, Indonesia — Just two months ago, Indonesia was coming to a gasping India’s aid with thousands tanks of oxygen. Beside those donations, Indonesia plans to buy 36,000 tons of oxygen and 10,000 concentrators — devices that generate oxygen — from neighboring Singapore, Pandjaitan said. Oxygen tanks were rolled out onto sidewalks for those lucky enough to get them, while others have been told they have to find their own. “Panicked people bought oxygen tanks even though they didn’t need them yet,” Mulyana said. As its own cases surged, Jakarta then canceled a plan to send another 2,000 oxygen concentrators to India in late June.
In Georgia, Kemp sets out to mend fractured GOP
Reflecting Georgia’s new tossup status, Democrats are perhaps more bullish on Kemp’s ability to withstand the dynamics than some Republicans. Rep. Debbie Buckner, the last rural white Democrat in the General Assembly, said Kemp made an impression just by coming in 2019 to tour tornado damage in Talbotton, east of Columbus. Democrats also vowed to hammer Kemp over his handling of COVID-19, including an attempt to block local mask mandates, but aren't sure anymore of the issue's power as the pandemic fades. And Kemp can point to a strong economy and flush state coffers, even if buoyed by federal pandemic aid Republicans didn’t support. “I really feel like a lot of the race will be based on race,” said Buckner, explaining that most white voters in her district aren't willing to vote for a Black woman for governor.
Frankly, We Did Win This Election review: a devastating dispatch from Trumpworld
On election night in 2016, Donald Trump paid homage to America’s “forgotten men and women”, vowing they would be “forgotten no longer”. Frankly, We Did Win This Election is his first book. But to most of Trump’s party, six months after the insurrection, what happened that afternoon is something to be forgotten or at least ignored. “I don’t care if he apologizes or not,” Trump says of his vice-president presiding over the certification of Biden’s win. According to Bender, Trump offered the job to Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee – and niece of Mitt Romney, the Utah senator, 2012 nominee and, in Trumpworld, persona decidedly non grata.
We went on a summer holiday and never came back
They put their flat in Brixton on the market and fell in love with a 400-year-old farmhouse near Ljubljana that they found on the internet. “The longer it took to sell our flat, the more certain we became that this was what we wanted to do,” says Saira, a marketing consultant. According to overseas property finder Stuart Baldock, who has himself recently moved from France to a tiny Greek island, lockdown has only made the prospect of life in a holiday destination more beguiling. Tempting though it might be to move abroad, it’s important to remember that life is not one long holiday if you do so, warns Baldock, particularly if you have children. Then there’s the red tape surrounding the import of cars, pets and possessions, and the question of forging new friendships.
Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate evokes wartime spirit ahead of final urging England fans to be proud of 'an island our size'
Gareth Southgate has made an appeal to England's wartime spirit ahead of their Euro 2020 final, urging supporters to be proud of its achievements both on and off the pitch. The England manager said the nation has "so much to be proud of" and urged fans to stop "looking at the negatives of our own country". "I think these are historic things that we can be proud of," he told The Daily Telegraph. AdvertisementSouthgate, 50, claimed he believed the 'Blitz spirit' was partially behind England's win against Germany earlier on in the tournament. "For an island our size, we've got an incredible influence on the world and we've got to keep that in a positive way."
South Korea COVID-19 cases still surging ahead of curbs in capital
Coronavirus cases continue to worsen in South Korea after a resurgence prompted the government to impose its highest social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area from next week. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 1,378 new virus cases during the last 24 hours, the highest daily infections for a third consecutive day. The stricter social distancing rules will shutter nighttime entertainment businesses and ban gatherings of three or more people from 6 p.m. Officials said 1,021 of the new cases were in the Seoul, Gyeonggi and Incheon regions, where almost half of South Korea’s population live. South Korea has resisted taking harsh measures in an effort to prevent damaging the economy, in favor of managing outbreaks with targeted quarantine restrictions.
Sarah Everard's cousin recounts the harrowing months that still haunt her family
That was very hard although they were able to see some of Sarah's friends and that was lovely. Now that her killer has finally faced justice, Sarah's family, says Marlene, want to grieve in peace. She also reached out the family of Ms Everard and said she cannot imagine what her parents are going through. 'Sarah Everard saw a friend in the Clapham Junction area, on March 3 and bought a bottle of wine. Sarah's family were in court that day too for the 20-minute hearing and saw him make his pleas.
Military to tighten restrictions to curb spread of COVID-19
Depending on general-level commanders' approval, the number can increase to 15 percent for soldiers whose home is outside the capital area, the ministry said. But soldiers will be allowed to go out in areas that are outside the greater capital area and where no COVID-19 cases have occurred for the past seven days. The ministry also ordered military units to cancel or postpone all private meetings, prohibit nonessential events and travel, and conduct religious services online. Coronavirus cases in the military totaled 1,124 as of 10 a.m., up five from the previous day, the ministry said. On Monday, the government will implement the highest level of social distancing measures in the greater Seoul area for two weeks.
3 more COVID-19 cases in KBO force 2 games to be canceled
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Saturday two members of the Doosan Bears and one player from the NC Dinos have tested positive for COVID-19. On Friday, two members of the Dinos tested positive for COVID-19, and the Dinos-Heroes game got wiped out. The Twins-Bears game was canceled out of precaution because the Bears had played the Dinos in Seoul on Tuesday and Wednesday. The entire Bears team received COVID-19 tests Friday, and two results came back positive, while one additional Dinos player got a positive result in a teamwide retest. The Eagles had their Thursday's game canceled but played Friday.
Holocaust-survivor landlord slams Hamptons squatter who 'trashed her rental' and refuses to move out
Markon told DailyMail.com that she had gone without renting the home during the winters for 10 years because she was 'wary' about whom would rent the home. 'In January, I already told her I was returning to the United States to spend my summer,' Markon said. instead, Markon said Rinke 'signed a pandemic hardship application saying she does not have the funds to find another house.' Southampton Town policeman talks with the neighbor where a Hamptons squatter allegedly trashed her rental homeMarkon also told DailyMail.com that she was 'astounded' by the condition in which she found her home. In photos obtained by DailyMail.com, however, the house did not appear to show such signs of damage or clutter.
Spain's Catalonia reimposes virus rules as Delta strain wreaks global havoc
Spain's Catalonia region will reimpose virus restrictions as it faces a surge in cases linked to the deadly Delta variantAdvertising Read moreBarcelona (AFP)The Spanish region of Catalonia was on Saturday set to reimpose virus restrictions in the face of rising coronavirus infections, as the highly contagious Delta strain forced nations worldwide to put the brakes on a long-awaited return to normalcy. After an "exponential" rise in cases in recent days, officials in the autonomous region in the northeast of Spain said they had no choice but to reimpose restrictions. #photo1Also set to reimpose controls Saturday is the Netherlands, where infections rose sevenfold in one week, a surge officials have blamed on the Delta variant. "We apologise for difficulties of people living in areas with maximum restrictions, but this will support disease control efficiently. Farther south, the Delta virus is wreaking havoc in badly-hit Indonesia, where emergency supplies arrived from Singapore Friday as the country reports hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of cases daily.
Amid Declining Popularity, Bolsonaro's Disapproval Rating Surpasses 50% for First Time
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s disapproval rating passed 50 percent for the first time, according to a poll published by the Datafolha Institute, marking a new low in the far-right leader’s declining popularity. Bolsonaro’s gap to former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ahead of next year’s elections also increased from 18 to 21 percentage points. Bolsonaro’s approval rating also remained at its lowest mark of 24 percent, set in May. Both men have their detractors, however, with Bolsonaro’s personal rejection rating rising from 54 to 59 percent and Lula’s creeping up from 36 to 37 percent. The opposition is pushing for the chamber of deputies president to open impeachment proceedings against Bolsonaro.
Taliban say they control 85pc of Afghanistan
KABUL: Taliban officials said on Friday the insurgent group had taken control of 85 per cent of territory in Afghanistan, and international concern mounted over problems getting medicines and supplies into the country. However, local Afghan officials said Taliban fighters, emboldened by the withdrawal, had captured an important district in Herat province, home to tens of thousands of minority Shia Hazaras. Three visiting Taliban officials sought to address those concerns during a visit to Moscow. He said, “you and the entire world community have probably recently learned that 85pc of the territory of Afghanistan has come under the control” of the Taliban. In Afghanistan, a prominent anti-Taliban commander said he would support efforts by Afghan forces to claw back control of parts of western Afghanistan, including a border crossing with Iran.
Eating Endangered ? Current Affairs
Pizza and grilled chicken: the perfunctory nod to ethnic cuisine in the form of a vindaloo or a paella: lots of grease—and once in a while, an endangered species. In 1973, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act, which provided a framework for funding conservation efforts and proposed the necessity of safeguarding critical habitats. In fiscal year 2016, federal and state agencies spent at least $1.6 billion on threatened and endangered species. Of course, in reality, endangered species lists and animal farming are two sides of the same coin. There’s another endangered fish that humans continue to eat in droves, except this one is much more famous: bluefin tuna.
School Districts Must Actively Reject Assault on Teaching Truth of US History
So it is really disturbing that the White Christo-Fascists have now taken aim (again) at public education, specifically targeting “woke” teachers. Public education – and public school teachers who collectively are the most unionized of any profession and tend to support Democrats – has been a target of right-wing conservatives going back to Reagan, and the fight to force prayer in school and public tax money for parochial schools. Already, there have been literal attacks on school board members and meetings, and right wingers taking over seats on school boards. States have passed bans on teaching critical race theory but what does that mean practically? But because Texas has one of the highest populations of public school students (approximately 5 million) it carries undue influence on national textbook publishers and the content that they include — or do not include — in their textbooks.
FOX News Keeps Lying About Biden's Vaccine Outreach
However, in a rare display of honesty, another Fox News anchor delivered some factual information about the Biden outreach program. Gillian Turner interviewed Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen and presented him with what the program is actually doing. Thiessen, however, wasn't moved:Turner: In the Biden administration's defense, they're insisting with this door-to-door strategy they're not showing up with needles. x Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen complains that Trump wasn't included in the PSA featuring the other living former presidents promoting the vaccines. Thiessen went on to complain that Trump wasn't included in a public service ad that featured all of the living former presidents promoting the vaccine.
Surgical Respite
So, a short time before COVID hit me, I had what was supposed to be a minor, hah, elective, hah, outpatient surgical procedure. I shrieked like a fire siren), and that the followup was badly botched, leaving me with far more damage than I went in with. I countered that I wanted New Doc to be thinking about fixing the damage, not wondering if I’m litigious. What I *don’t* have, though, is any desire to see Trump, hear Trump, read about Trump, read about people who worked with Trump, read about what Trump has done or might do or might have done or would do if he were a decent person in a parallel universe, etc. So I am awarding myself a brief period of post-surgical Trump Respite.
Cawthorn NC-11: Door to Door Vaccine effort? "They could then go door-to-door to take your Bibles."
Madison Cawthorn, making the rounds at CPAC today. I cover Madison Cawthorn’s latest antics almost weekly at North Carolina Open Thread and DKos Asheville. x Madison Cawthorn says today that Biden’s plan to send people door to door to offer vaccines is really a plot to confiscate people’s bibles and guns. 5:40More CawthornNorth Carolina Open Thread: Covid resurgence, Farm Act, CRT, Medical marijuana, Cawthorn's CornerNorth Carolina Open Thread: Cawthorn's world and moreDKos Asheville Open Thread: Reparations, Elder John Hayes dies, Cawthorn's Corner and Things to doNorth Carolina Open Thread: Deadly force disparity, Tillis treason, Nikole Hannah-Jones, CawthornNorth Carolina Open Thread: Justice, Child marriage, Art Pope, NC Trumpism and Cawthorn's CornerAll U.S. House districts, including the 11th Congressional District of North Carolina, are holding elections in 2022. General election candidatesNote: The candidate list in this election may not be complete.
Psaki to GOP: Failure to Provide Accurate Public Health Info ... is Literally Killing People
This week President Biden discussed his administration's outreach program aimed at getting more people vaccinated against the coronavirus. The details were presented by Press Secretary Jen Psaki at the Daily Briefing on Tuesday. Needless to say, that crackpot conspiracy exists only the minds of Kilmeade, his Fox confederates, and their dimwitted viewers. Let me first say that the failure to provide accurate public health information, including the efficacy of vaccines and the accessibility of them to people across the country, including So. But I would say that what this is, and what this is not, it is not federal employees going door-to-door.
Friday Night Beer Blog: The Almost Seventy-Percent Solution Edition
As everyone here knows, President Biden set a goal of 70% of American adults aged 18+ getting at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot by July 4. I’ll be happy to check in 6-7 weeks, although hopefully we’ll have hit 70% adults with one jab before then. The beer industry modestly (or in one case to be mentioned, maybe not so modestly) did its part to try encourage Americans to get closer to that goal, with different variations of a “beer and a shot” campaign, i.e. free beer upon proof of vaccination. Self the loser mentioned 5 weeks ago in this FNBB about NJ’s “Shot and a Beer” campaign, with many NJ craft breweries participating.
The Two Songs That Will Lead to Dozens of COVID Deaths In England Over The Next Few Weeks
As the sports fanatics among you may know, the England soccer team has participated in the Euro soccer tournament in the most ungentlemanly and un-English manner. Equally obviously, raucous singing and excitable reactions to England goals do not maintain COVID-safe conditions. It’s clear that Boris’s government is deliberately orchestrating a Summertime explosion of mild cases so that England reaches herd immunity by the Fall. This will initially be for those eligible for a flu vaccination. The hope is that the booster and flu vaccines can be given at the same time.
The African American who introduced inoculations to the Western World
One piece of this disinformation campaign lost to history is that the principles of inoculation were first introduced to the Western world by a black African slave in Boston Massachusetts. In this time before modern medical treatment or a robust understanding of infectious disease, Onesimus was one of the few people in the city with the knowledge to slow the outbreak. But when Boston experienced that smallpox outbreak in 1721, Mather promoted inoculation as protection against it. He cited Onesimus’ African folk medicine as the source of the procedure. A total of 280 individuals were inoculated during the 1721-22 Boston smallpox epidemic.
Apparently 'riveted' by the AZ audit, Trump heads to Phoenix for a 'Rally To Protect Our Elections'
Now we need a rally “to protect our election [lies]”—fixed it for him. Perhaps trump, who reportedly is “riveted” by the endless and illegal weirdness in Phoenix, will conduct his own recount. The nearby building they relocated to does not have A/C, only swamp coolers, which seems appropriate for trump. Three days before trump’s June 23, 2020 rally at Dream City Church the Phoenix City Council passed a mask ordinance as Covid deaths spiked. One death that followed soon after was the co-founder of Turning Points USA, Bill Montgomery, who died a month later of Covid.
I'd like to talk about introversion....
Because we really, really, really suck at it. We also find social interactions very, very draining to the point of very quickly reaching utter exhaustion (whereas extroverts are energized by social interactions, and the noisier and more crowded and more flamboyant the better). Social interactions that can cause us to fall into dark zero-energy despair can be as simple as that one next door neighbour who wants to chat every. So I tried - I really, really tried - to explain that introversion (as well as extroversion) is genetic and something you’re born with. Thank you, thank you all, I never in a million years imagined I’d get even one hit, let alone THIS many.
Show Me on the Doll Where Critical Race Theory Touched You
I don’t know about y’all, but the first post-Turd Reich Independence Day felt pretty dang sweet to this masked drunkard. But then, just in the nick of time, along came critical race theory. And no, they couldn’t correctly define “critical race theory” if their lives depended on it, but I’m sure you’ve noticed, as the list of shit the American Right gets objectively wrong lengthens, their devotion to their disinformers only grows more fervent. Anyway, definitions are for cucks, these kids know CRT when they see it, and they see it absolutely fucking EVERYWHERE. Speaking of which HOLY CRAP LOOK OVER THERE IT’S CRITICAL RACE THEORY!
Overnight News Digest: Arts and Humanities
But first:Welcome to the Overnight News Digest with a crew consisting of founder Magnifico, current leader Neon Vincent, regular editors side pocket, maggiejean, Chitown Kev, Interceptor7, Magnifico, annetteboardman, jck, and Besame. Alumni editors include (but not limited to) Man Oh Man, wader, palantir, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse (RIP), ek hornbeck (RIP), ScottyUrb, Doctor RJ, BentLiberal, Oke (RIP) and jlms qkw. Editors of OND impart their own presentation styles and content choices, typically publishing each day near 12:00 AM Eastern Time. From Artsy:8 Artists Who’ve Had Breakout Moments at Auction This Summer Colin Gleadell ) clocked up £313 million ($433.7 million) in 10 sales last week. London’s modern and contemporary art sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s (with only a smattering of Impressionists ) clocked up £313 million ($433.7 million) in 10 sales last week.
Finally, Former Guy's fingers are off Social Security
CNBC is reporting here that Biden has fired Andrew Saul — the Donnie Deathcount appointee to head the Social Secuirty Adminstration who refused to resign. BTW< Saul is refusing to leave and says he “will sign back in to work Monday”. Wonder what he will do when his passwords and card keys don’t work and his email address is cancelled? Oh, Saul claims this will leave “the agency in complete turmoil”. I think that turmoil is actually the sound of a massive sigh of relief.
Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Shots In Arms FRIDAY!
And now, our feature presentation…-Cheers and Jeers for Friday, July 9, 2021Note: Tonight's C&J is paired with a 1945 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Jeroboam. “Daily Kos imploding? I’d better put on my concerned face!” It appears that the post-Yearly Kos month from hell is continuing for Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, the proprietor of the Internet's premier liberal blog Daily Kos. “Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha...psych!” Such internal squabbling comes at the same time that many prominent Democrats seem to be privately expressing concern about the direction the "netroots"—the self-described Internet grassroots movement of liberal bloggers and their loyal followers—are taking the Party. Fifteen years and fourteen successful Netroots Nation conventions later, "The" Daily Kos continues to not implode.
Biden: 'We are in a competition with China to win the 21st century'
"We're in a competition with China and other countries to win the 21st Century," the president said to a standing ovation. In its first 100 days, the Biden administration is trying to convey to China the message: "Don't underestimate the United States. © APThe Biden administration has repeatedly made clear that an important piece of America's plan to win the great power competition with China is bolstering its alliances. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a progressive Democrat from Vermont, greets President Biden in the House Chamber on April 28. © APThe Biden administration is still in the midst of a lengthy policy review of U.S. strategy on China.
Texas doesn't want to enforce its new abortion law, it wants your neighbors to do that
Your neighbors are.”So not only can ordinary citizens sue anyone getting an abortion but they do not have to be connected to them, just confirm that the abortion reported was done so successfully. “Every citizen is now a private attorney general,” Josh Blackman, a constitutional law professor at South Texas College of Law Houston said. Additionally, by offering a cash incentive to citizens, Texas is essentially bribing its citizens to violate the lives of others. According to The Texas Tribune, proponents of the law hoped to get around legal challenges including abortion restrictions in the courts. Without officials enforcing the laws, abortion providers are unable to sue officials in connection to the restriction laws.
Science, not speculation, is essential to determine how SARS-CoV-2 reached humans
Statement in support of the scientists, public health professionals, and medical professionals of China combatting COVID-19. Statement in support of the scientists, public health professionals, and medical professionals of China combatting COVID-19. 12 Joint WHO-China studyWHO-convened global study of origins of SARS-CoV-2: China part. Statement in support of the scientists, public health professionals, and medical professionals of China combatting COVID-19. All authors contributed to the 2020 Correspondence in The Lancet in support of the scientists, public health professionals, and medical professionals of China combatting COVID-19.
Most Americans Support Tough Stance Toward China on Human Rights, Economic Issues
And nine-in-ten Americans say China does not respect the personal freedoms of its people. Only on human rights-related issues – both the perception that China’s human rights policies are a major problem and support for promoting human rights in China – do Democrats and Republicans largely agree. Nearly two-thirds of conservative Republicans say China is an enemy (64%), while only 37% of moderate or liberal Republicans say the same. By a nearly four-to-one ratio, Americans think China has done a bad job handling climate change, with 45% saying China has done a very bad job. When asked whether the U.S. should prioritize economic relations with China or promote human rights in China, 70% of Americans choose human rights, even if it potentially harms economic relations with China.
The lab-leak hypothesis for COVID-19 is becoming a conspiracy theory
Though there is no direct evidence for either idea, the natural origins hypothesis has scientific precedence. The coronavirus family of viruses, that SARS-CoV-2 is a part of, have spilled over into humans (SARS and MERS) and caused pandemics. Now, the lab-leak hypothesis has taken on the rhythm and melody of conspiracy theory. SARS-CoV-2 uses its spike protein to bind tightly to ACE2, a protein on cell surfaces in humans and other animals. The lab-leak hypothesis is a scientific deus ex machina, a narrative shortcut that points a finger at a specific set of bad actors.
‘Politics was always in the room.’ WHO mission chief reflects on China trip seeking COVID-19’s origin
‘Politics was always in the room.’ WHO mission chief reflects on China trip seeking COVID-19’s originScience ’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation. Q: But what led you to use the “extremely unlikely” label? We ended up with a five-phrase scale: “extremely unlikely,” “unlikely,” “possible,” “likely,” and “very likely.” It’s more an illustration of where these hypotheses are to help us organize our planning of future studies. Now that you’ve been there, do you have more reason to say it’s “extremely unlikely” than before? Some people have said the Wuhan press conference was basically a public relations (PR) win for the Chinese government.
The Covid-19 Lab Leak Theory Is a Tale of Weaponized Uncertainty
The Covid-19 pandemic originated in the city of Wuhan, in China, in November or December of 2019. It’s the only lab in the country with Biosafety Level 4 facilities, the most secure on the BSL scale. Some scientists at that lab in Wuhan were doing coronavirus research under a lesser security grade, BSL-2 as opposed to BSL-4. These can be places where viruses evolve as they move from animal to animal. OK: Does that mean Covid-19 might have somehow leaked out of a laboratory to become a global scourge?
WHO-convened Global Study of Origins of SARS-CoV-2: China Part | Joint WHO-China Study, 14 January-10 February 2021 - World
Throughout 2020, WHO continued to discuss with China and other Member States the need to study and share information around the virus origins. The Terms of Reference for the Virus Origins Study were completed by fall 2020. Find the terms of reference of the Global Study of the Origins of SARS-COV2 here. The joint international team comprised 17 Chinese and 17 international experts from 10 other countries as well as the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE); and WHO. Find the list of the members of the international team here.
Theory That COVID Came From A Chinese Lab Takes On New Life In Wake Of WHO Report
Now, though, the lab leak hypothesis seems to have found new life. On Tuesday, the World Health Organization released a joint report with Beijing on the origins of the pandemic following a four-week investigation in China. It concluded, among other things, that the lab leak hypothesis was "extremely unlikely." But WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he does not believe the team's assessment of the lab leak possibility was extensive enough. In a joint statement, they did not mention the lab leak theory, but the Biden administration hasn't ruled it out.
Most Americans now believe the coronavirus originated from a laboratory in China
Two in five Democrats (43%) believe it’s probably true the virus had a laboratory beginning, a 10-point increase since last year (33%). Two-thirds of Independents (65%) now think the coronavirus originated from a laboratory in China, up 17 points from last year. Former President Trump has asserted since April 2020 that the coronavirus originated in a laboratory in China, but he did not provide evidence for the statements. About one in five Democrats (21%) believe the coronavirus emerged via natural mutation in the wild, something just 4% of Republicans stand behind. More Republicans approve of the Democratic president’s handling of COVID-19 than approve of his overall job performance.
Poll: 83 percent support US action against China if Wuhan lab theory is proven true
A vast majority of voters support U.S. action against China if evidence is found proving that the coronavirus was leaked from a Wuhan lab, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds. Eighty-three percent of registered voters in the May 30-June 1 survey said they support the U.S. government taking action towards China if new intelligence reveals that COVID-19 originated in a lab in the city, while 17 percent of respondents oppose any action. The Hill-HarrisX survey found strong support from voters across party lines to impose action on China if new evidence reveals the lab leak theory to be true. Eighty-seven percent of Republicans, 83 percent of Democrats, and 80 percent of independents said the U.S. should take action against China in that event. Only 18% would respond with sanctions on senior Chinese leadership and 6% want to boycott the 2022 Olympics,” Nesho added.
Glenn Greenwald rips media who 'pretended' to have scientific knowledge on coronavirus origins
Journalist Glenn Greenwald joined "Media Buzz" on Sunday to sound off on the media who "pretended to have scientific knowledge" on the origins of coronavirus, but who he says intentionally dismissed the Wuhan lab leak theory to keep "telling American liberals what they want to hear." "I think this is an extraordinary media debacle - probably one of the worst aside from Russiagate - over the last say five or six years," Greenwald said on Sunday. But the media "treated it as a conspiracy theory to the point where you should be kicked off social media." Nothing has changed, Greenwald observed, "except for the fact that Donald Trump is no longer president." "And American liberals didn't want to hear that maybe Trump was right about the origins of this virus, and so they just pretended they had scientific knowledge that that theory was a conspiracy theory," he added.
Scientists close to the Wuhan virologist lab break silence, push away latest conspiracies
Wuhan Institute of Virology. I am confident that science will eventually prevail by discovering the progenitor virus in nature one day!" The scientist noted that some clips of the video "unearthed" by Markson were taken from a publicity video released by the WIV in 2017. "Yet the scientist faced explosive claims on social media after he changed his conclusion. Scientists worldwide should stand together to work on this issue, as well as hobble those who wants to squeeze on this topic for their own purposes, the epidemiologists said.
Trump claims to have evidence coronavirus started in Chinese lab but offers no details
And China might even tell us.”Pressed to explain what evidence he had seen that the virus originated in a Chinese lab, Trump responded, “I can’t tell you that. On Friday, Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, said: “What we have before us doesn’t suggest that (a lab in Wuhan) is a likely source”. Pompeo pressed China to let outside experts into the lab “so that we can determine precisely where this virus began”. After initially praising the Chinese government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, Trump has reversed course in recent weeks, blaming China for not containing the virus more quickly. The Chinese government said on Thursday that any claims that the coronavirus was released from a laboratory were “unfounded and purely fabricated out of nothing”.
Lab Leak Theory Mainstreamed By Journalistic Frauds Who Love War
Comparisons to Iraq’s non-existent WMDs have been made by both critics and promoters of the lab leak theory. It's an even more potentially powerful narrative because the lab leak theory fits nicely into the new foreign policy doctrine of the United States: Great Power Competition. There are two main variants of the lab leak theory, one in which China’s incompetence is to blame and another in which it’s China’s malfeasance. It would therefore serve the American public to be critical of the motives driving coverage of the lab leak theory or risk being dragged further into confrontation. Origins of the lab leak theoryIt did not take long for the “lab leak theory” to get mainstream attention, even if dimmissive in the beginning.
“Wuhan lab” theory proponent Nicholas Wade pushed racist pseudo-science in 2014 book
Over the past month, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal have all published editorials and op-eds endorsing the “credibility” of the theory that COVID-19 was released from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. On May 6, 2014, Wade published a book titled, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History. In his new book, A Troublesome Inheritance, the former science writer for the New York Times states this explicitly. After all, when New York Times columnist Bret Stephens quoted from a 2005 paper by Gregory Cochran, Jason Hardy and Henry Harpending, which declared, “Ashkenazi Jews have the highest average I.Q. What could possibly account for the reliance by all three leading US newspapers on a discredited serial fabricator and promoter of racist pseudo-science in their efforts to promote the Wuhan lab “theory”?
We may never know where the virus came from. But evidence still suggests nature.
The Wuhan institute’s most recent chimeric virus used a very different coronavirus as its genetic backbone. There’s just no trace of SARS-CoV-2 in the lab, and if the SARS-CoV-2 progenitor or its building blocks weren’t in the lab before the pandemic, the pandemic could not have started there — even accidentally. This precludes the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 evolved via serial passage in cell culture, or repeated rounds of infection of other cells in a lab, as do other observations about the virus. For the past 18 months, virologists around the world have been studying SARS-CoV-2 in the laboratory, and they have not seen any evidence that it becomes more dangerous to humans in the lab. The opposite is true: The virus loses features key to transmissibility and virulence, forcing researchers to innovate new culture methods to allow the study of antivirals or vaccines.
The Stakes of Finding COVID-19’s Origins ? Current Affairs
Her team goes out into the wild to find bat coronaviruses and bring them to Wuhan for study. There is a giant collection of hundreds of bat coronaviruses there. The U.S. National Institutes of Health funded studies on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. These may—or may not—have involved intentionally creating bat coronaviruses that were more easily transmitted to humans. We know that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was involved with gain of function experiments involving bat coronaviruses in the past.
As New Evidence Emerges For COVID "Lab-Leak" Theory, Journalists Who Screamed “Conspiracy” Humiliate Themselves
At the very least, Wade demonstrates that the “lab-leak” theory ought not to be discounted. Nonetheless, Cotton aired a version of the lab-leak theory in early 2020. Moreover, Ebright affirmed in a declaration to me his view that the lab-leak theory has actually been the strongest hypothesis about the origin of COVID since… January 2020. But that wouldn’t then justify castigating as a “conspiracy theory” his other suggestions about the potential origin of the virus. Columnist Josh Rogin also just published an article May 6 lauding congressional investigations into the lab-leak theory.
Column: The lab-leak origin claim for COVID-19 is in the news, but it’s still fact-free
AdvertisementYet the report offered no evidence linking the patients’ illness to COVID-19 research at the Wuhan lab. Biden’s directive to the intelligence agencies has been taken as a virtual endorsement of the laboratory origin claim. But the history of virological outbreaks points strongly toward a “zoonotic” transfer of the COVID-19 virus — that is, from animals to humans. The lab-leak theory gains from a superficial plausibility — especially to laypersons. AdvertisementAnother reason for journalistic skepticism was that many professional virologists labeled the lab-leak theory as implausible from the first.
Opinion : Two possible theories of the pandemic’s origins remain viable. The world needs to know.
In a letter published in the journal Science last week, the scientists insist that “greater clarity about the origins of this pandemic is necessary and feasible to achieve.” The signers included Ralph Baric of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who is an expert on coronaviruses and pioneered techniques for manipulating them that were eventually used by the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The letter was organized by David Relman of Stanford University and Jesse Bloom of the University of Washington and endorsed by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee. The letter notes the lopsided deficiencies in an earlier World Health Organization-China investigation, and calls for a “proper investigation” that would be “transparent, objective, data-driven, inclusive of broad expertise, subject to independent oversight, and responsibly managed to minimize the impact of conflicts of interest.”
If Covid-19 Came From a Lab, the Media Is Part of the Scandal - The New York Times
If it turns out that the Covid pandemic was caused by a leak from a lab in Wuhan, China, it will rank among the greatest scientific scandals in history: dangerous research, possibly involving ethically dubious techniques that make viruses more dangerous, carried out in a poorly safeguarded facility, thuggishly covered up by a regime more interested in propaganda than human life, catastrophic for the entire world. But this possible scandal, which is as yet unproved, obscures an actual scandal, which remains to be digested. I mean the long refusal by too many media gatekeepers (social as well as mainstream) to take the lab-leak theory seriously. The reasons for this — rank partisanship and credulous reporting — and the methods by which it was enforced — censorship and vilification — are reminders that sometimes the most destructive enemies of science can be those who claim to speak in its name. Think what you will about the Arkansas Republican, but these were reasonable observations warranting impartial investigation.
New information on Wuhan researchers' illness furthers debate on pandemic origins
China reported to the World Health Organization that the first patient with Covid-like symptoms was recorded in Wuhan on December 8, 2019. The director of the Wuhan National Biosafety Lab, which is part of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, issued a strong denial of the report on Monday. The lab has not been aware of this situation, and I don't even know where such information came from." The source declined to say whether the intelligence report mentioning the hospitalized researchers was discussed during the briefing. One critical avenue to finding an answer would be to run genetic sequencing on the original samples that staff at the Wuhan lab were working on.
U.S. intel report identified 3 Wuhan lab researchers who fell ill in November 2019
WASHINGTON — A U.S. intelligence report identified three researchers at a Wuhan lab who sought treatment at a hospital after falling ill in November 2019, a source familiar with the matter tells NBC News. After a year and half of looking, no such host has been identified. U.S. officials say that unless China allows more access to records and people, they may never get to the bottom of it. The P4 laboratory, left, at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 17, 2020. Hector Retamal / AFP - Getty Images fileIn April 2020, NBC News reported that the U.S. had indications as far back as November of a possible health crisis in Wuhan.
Three Wuhan lab researchers were hospitalized in November 2019: report
Three researchers at a Chinese lab that has been scrutinized as the possible origin point of the coronavirus pandemic went to the hospital due to an illness in November 2019, according to a new report. Many health experts believe the coronavirus began circulating in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in November 2019. Researchers working in a lab in the Wuhan Institute of Virology on February 23, 2017. The letter also requested more information about the lifting of the moratorium in late 2017 and whether programs and researchers linked to the Wuhan lab were granted exceptions. White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has repeatedly denied that the NIH funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan, but Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
WSJ: 3 Wuhan Institute of Virology researchers believed to seek hospital care in November 2019
A previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report says three researchers from China's Wuhan Institute of Virology got sick enough to visit the hospital in November 2019, around the time the COVID-19 outbreak first appeared in its Wuhan epicenter, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The report "could add weight to growing calls for a fuller probe of whether the COVID-19 virus may have escaped from the laboratory," the Journals says. That fact sheet was based on U.S. intelligence, the Journal says. China and the WIV maintain the virus did not leak from the lab. Politics aside, Politico spoke with several experts last week — molecular biologists, virologists, and an evolutionary biologist — about the lab leak theory, and they split between arguing it's possible and explaining why it's very unlikely.
Wuhan researchers sought hospital care in late 2019: US intel
Three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology became ill enough with symptoms similar to COVID-19 that they sought hospital care in November of 2019, according to a U.S. intelligence report obtained by The Wall Street Journal. The Wuhan Institute of Virology has reportedly not provided raw data, safety logs or lab records on its work looking into coronaviruses in bats. Many consider the virus to have originated in bats before jumping to humans. “The U.S. continues to hype the lab leak theory,” China's foreign ministry told the Journal. "We must take hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have sufficient data."
Wuhan lab staff sought hospital care before COVID-19 outbreak disclosed - WSJ
"Does it care about traceability or is it just trying to distract attention?" Asked about the report, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said via email that the organisation's technical teams were now deciding on the next steps. He said further study was needed into the role of animal markets as well as the lab leak hypothesis. A joint study into the origins of COVID-19 by the WHO and China published at the end of March said it was "extremely unlikely" that it had escaped from a lab. Reporting by David Shepardson and Andrea Shalal; Editing by Daniel WallisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
3 Wuhan lab workers were sick enough to go to the hospital in November 2019, report says, bolstering calls to reconsider the coronavirus lab-leak theory
Newly reported US intel found three Wuhan lab workers fell ill with COVID-19 symptoms in fall 2019. Some experts have disputed a WHO inquiry's conclusion that dismissed a coronavirus lab-leak theory. US intelligence found that three researchers at a lab in Wuhan, China, became sick with COVID-19 symptoms in November 2019 and sought hospital care, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. It was known previously that some researchers at the Wuhan lab fell ill. "The lab has not been aware of this situation [sick researchers in autumn 2019], and I don't even know where such information came from."
The origin of COVID: Did people or nature open Pandora’s box at Wuhan?
Wuhan, however, is home of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a leading world center for research on coronaviruses. Its authors were a group of virologists led by Kristian G. Andersen of the Scripps Research Institute. These are the two arguments made by the Andersen group in support of their declaration that the SARS2 virus was clearly not manipulated. In all of China, the pandemic broke out on the doorstep of the Wuhan institute. I have been using the Wuhan Institute of Virology as a shorthand for all virological activities in Wuhan.
Origin of Covid — Following the Clues
Origin of Covid — Following the CluesThe Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted lives the world over for more than a year. Its death toll will soon reach three million people. Yet the origin of pandemic remains uncertain: the political agendas of governments and scientists have generated thick clouds of obfuscation, which the mainstream press seems helpless to dispel. In what follows I will sort through the available scientific facts, which hold many clues as to what happened, and provide readers with…
China rejects report of sick staff at Wuhan lab prior to Covid outbreak
Foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, said it was “completely untrue” that three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) became sick in autumn 2019. The report, based on “previously undisclosed” US intelligence, said the lab staff had become sick “with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness”. “The United States continues to hype up the ‘lab-leak’ theory … Does it care about traceability or is it just trying to distract attention?” Zhao said. In January 2020, as China attempted to contain the spread of the virus, rumours began to spread amid the scramble for answers. But what many virus experts deemed a pure science issue was quickly turned into a diplomatic row, amid growing tensions between China and the United States.
If the Wuhan lab-leak hypothesis is true, expect a political earthquake | Thomas Frank
There was a time when the Covid pandemic seemed to confirm so many of our assumptions. There are strong hints that some of the bat-virus research at the Wuhan lab was funded in part by the American national-medical establishment — which is to say, the lab-leak hypothesis doesn’t implicate China alone. The social media monopolies actually censored posts about the lab-leak hypothesis. *“Let us pray, now, for science,” intoned a New York Times columnist back at the beginning of the Covid pandemic. Maybe the lab-leak hypothesis will be convincingly disproven.
Former bodyguard at Canadian Embassy linked to Haitian president’s assassination - National
Send this page to someone via emailTwo men believed to be Haitian Americans — one of them purportedly a former bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Port au Prince — have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haiti’s president, Haitian officials said Thursday. The oldest suspect is 55 and the youngest, Solages, is 35, according to a document shared by Mathias Pierre, Haiti’s minister of elections. Story continues below advertisementHe would not provide additional details about Solages’ background, nor provide the name of the second Haitian American. The U.S. State Department said it was aware of reports that Haitian Americans were in custody but could not confirm or comment. 6:08 Mercenaries responsible for assassination of Haiti’s president, country’s ambassador to the U.S. says Mercenaries responsible for assassination of Haiti’s president, country’s ambassador to the U.S. saysMarco Destin, 39, was walking to see his family since no buses, known as tap-taps, were available.
Online IYSSE meeting (Sri Lanka): How to fight against the militarisation and privatisation of education
On July 16, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) in Sri Lanka will hold an online public meeting, to discuss a program to fight the privatisation of education. This military-controlled institution will function in parallel to the already existing public university system, which functions under the education ministry. This is a major blow to free public education, and a further step towards the privatization of education in Sri Lanka. They oppose students turning to the working class and building a movement to defeat the militarisation and privatisation of education. The IYSSE meeting will discuss the vital issues involved in fighting to defend free education on the basis of a socialist perspective.
Data Show Far-Right Media Could Be Fueling Growing Partisan Vaccination Gap
A new analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) shows that the Republican-Democrat divide in COVID vaccination rates is stark — and growing. In April, according to the analysis, counties that voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 election had a 20.6 percent vaccination rate while counties that voted for Joe Biden had a 22.8 percent vaccination rate. By May, the red counties had a 28.5 percent rate of vaccination while the blue counties had a 35.0 percent rate. And on July 6, KFF found, counties that went for Trump had a vaccination rate of 35.0 percent while those that went for Biden had a rate of 46.7 percent. “These findings show a widening divide of communities at risk for COVID-19 along partisan lines,” wrote KFF.
University of Sydney meeting supports students’ campaign in defence of Macquarie University academic
“We oppose the Hunger Games-style destruction of jobs at Macquarie University, the University of Sydney, and all other universities. Last year it allowed up to 90,000 university jobs to be destroyed.”The brutal “spill and fill” regime used by Macquarie University to sack Valckenborgh by forcing educators to compete with each other for a slashed number of jobs has been paralleled at other departments and universities. That includes the architecture department at the University of Queensland, where the NTEU responded by convincing five academics to take “voluntary” redundancies. Wednesday’s meeting was called to vote on the NTEU’s log of claims for the start of union-management negotiations on a new Enterprise Agreement (EA). The meeting exposed the line-up behind the union leadership by representatives of pseudo-left groups, who all hailed the deliberately vague log of claims.
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand
The outsourced workers were usually given a small annual pay rise, but this was stopped by the government in May 2019. Karnataka building workers demand COVID-19 assistanceConstruction workers in Hassan, Karnataka demonstrated on July 2 demanding relief package for workers for COVID-19 infected workers. Thailand garment workers demand severance payAbout 300 former Brilliant Alliance Thai Global (BAT) garment workers demonstrated in Thailand on June 28. Woodside offshore maintenance workers’ strike in Western Australia enters third weekWorkers employed by contractor Legeneering at Woodside’s LNG floating platforms Ngujima Yin and Okha in Western Australia are maintaining four weeks of rolling strikes begun on June 25. Electrical Trades Union and the Offshore Alliance (OA) members, which include the Australian Workers Union and the Maritime Union of Australia, are fighting for a decent enterprise agreement.
Delta outbreak spiralling out of control in Sydney
Long lines of cars at inner-west Sydney COVID-19 testing station [Photo: WSWS Media]NSW authorities this morning reported 50 new infections, surpassing yesterday’s record of 44. Those numbers are higher than at any time since the outbreak was first detected on June 16. This indicates that the Delta variant, among the most transmissible in the world, is circulating widely throughout Sydney, Australia’s largest city with a population of over five million. As has been the case internationally, the Delta variant is changing the age demographic of those seriously stricken by the virus. Given the Sydney outbreak has spanned a little over three weeks, the number of recovered cases is far lower.
England’s Euro 2020: “National unity” in furtherance of “herd immunity”
The UK government’s organisation of the postponed 2020 European Football Championship has produced scenes of politically orchestrated insanity. Fans gather outside Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, ahead of the Euro 2020 soccer championship semifinal match between England and Denmark. In addition to the millions watching at home, 66,000 people were packed into Wembley Stadium in London. They are a cynical attempt to push a programme of herd immunity and weaken broader scientific consciousness and social responsibility. July 1, 2021 (Picture by Simon Dawson/No 10 Downing Street/Flickr)Behind the breathless rhetoric is a clear and reactionary political agenda.
Scotland leads Europe in coronavirus transmission
Tayside in northeast Scotland has the highest infection rate in Europe, with 1,223 new cases per 100,000 people recorded over the 14-day up to the July 7. The Scottish health boards of Fife and Lanarkshire also feature in the top 10 together with North-West England. According to the ZOE COVID Symptom Study app, 1 in 83 of all people in Scotland have COVID-19 against 1 in 159 across the UK. According to weekly data published by National Records of Scotland, coronavirus related deaths have also begun to climb, albeit from a low level. There were 21 COVID-19 related deaths in Scotland over the week ending July 4, up from 17 deaths recorded in the previous week.
RMT defends collaboration with UK government’s Rail Industry Recovery Group as opposition grows
The RMT, alongside other rail unions ASLEF, TSSA and Unite, has endorsed an Enabling Framework Agreement (EFA) with Network Rail and the train operating companies. An exposure of the RIRG’s terms of reference published by the WSWS on June 2 was widely read by transport workers. By their participation in the RIRG, the RMT, ASLEF, Unite and TSSA are endorsing its outrageous threats against rail workers. The Socialist Party’s concern is not the “capitalist media” but rail workers’ emerging opposition to the RMT’s dirty backroom deal. But the mask is slipping, social reality is asserting itself, and rail workers are beginning to see the truth.
At least 52 young workers perish in Bangladesh factory fire
In yet another shocking inferno, at least 52 mostly teenage workers died in a sweatshop factory, when a blaze engulfed a multi-storey food and beverage factory, just outside Bangladesh’s capital of Dhaka, on Thursday night. A firefighter communicates with his colleagues on a walkie talkie inside the burnt food and beverage factory in Rupganj, outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, July 9, 2021. Almost none of the bodies recovered on Friday could be recognised, BSS reported, citing Fire Service and Civil Defence director Lieutenant Colonel Zillur Rahman. The country’s worst industrial disaster came the following year, when the eight-storey Rana Plaza garment factory complex outside Dhaka collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people. According to Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence statistics, 383 industrial fires occurred in 2020, 273 of them in apparel factories.
Notre Dame lead contamination lawsuit highlights criminality of Paris authorities, complicity of CGT union
(AP Photo/Francois Mori)In adults, lead poisoning can cause infertility, memory loss, and high blood pressure. In children, lead poisoning can cause severe developmental delay, learning difficulties, seizures and hearing loss. Furthermore, lead poisoning can occur from any contact with a lead-laden surface, meaning that the contamination around Notre Dame was a danger to anyone passing through the area. The CGT’s response to Notre Dame lead contamination was a harbinger of their crucial support to the herd immunity policy of the EU and Macron in response to COVID-19 a year later. Efforts to repair Notre Dame have been marred by controversy from its outset.
Far-right National Rally backs Le Pen as 2022 French presidential candidate
Last weekend, France’s neo-fascist National Rally (RN) assembled for its congress in Perpignan, which endorsed Marine Le Pen as the RN’s presidential candidate and president of the party. Far-right leader Marine le Pen attends a press conference in Toulon, southern France, June 17, 2021. On election night, as journalists spoke of a crisis of French democracy, Le Pen, visibly frustrated, blamed her voters. Le Pen renamed the old National Front (FN) the National Rally and demanded the RN avoid hailing the Holocaust and other crimes of 20th-century European fascism. In her address to the congress, Le Pen made clear that no profound differences separate her positions from theirs, by saluting the RN’s fascist heritage.
Combined US federal and state unemployment claims rose to 470,000 last week
According to the report, 373,000 jobless workers applied for state unemployment benefits, a slight increase over the previous week, and an additional 99,000 filed for assistance under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)The DOL report also found that more than 14.2 million Americans were still receiving some form of unemployment payment through June 19. States that have not announced plans to terminate benefits early saw a 4 percent decline in continued unemployment claims through May. This hinders the drive to utilize the pandemic to further cut wages and increase the exploitation of the working class. Even with the temporary $300-a-week federal supplement, the combined total of state and federal benefits falls far short of meeting the basic needs of working class families.
Bond market points to lower US growth
The US bond market has been sending out signals that the much-vaunted US economic recovery could be short-lived. On Thursday, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury bond fell to 1.29 percent, down from a high of 1.75 percent at the end of March. Rising bond prices and the consequent fall in yields (the two have an inverse relationship) are generally taken as an indication of lower growth as investors seek a safe haven. A New York Times article noted that whereas the expectation had been for higher growth, the shift in the bond market pointed to a “reversal of that narrative” suggesting that a “period of slower growth” could lie ahead. She indicated that the lower bond yields reflected “an increasing sense of the downside risk to the global economy.”The meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bankers being held in Venice is expected to issue similar warnings.
CDC says vaccinated teachers and students don’t need masks
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings, further loosening guidelines for reopening schools even as COVID-19 cases surge throughout the country. The CDC likewise advised schools to reopen even if they cannot guarantee three feet of distance between students. Teachers condemned the CDC’s mandate, which will inevitably lead to the deaths of students, teachers and family members. Cases and hospitalizations across the US are climbing in line with every other nation that has seen the Delta variant dominate. Yet, the CDC has advised that vaccinated people should not be tested unless they are symptomatic.
Sri Lankan government uses coronavirus laws to ban protests
Addressing cooperative society representatives on Monday, President Gotabhaya Rajapakse hinted at a complete abandonment of the existing limited health restrictions. A day after the DGHS guidelines were announced, police moved to end all protests, declaring that participants were violating the quarantine laws. Five people were arrested, including Duminda Nagamuwa, a Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) leader. Thirty-one people were arrested, including several leaders of the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) and the Ceylon Teachers Union general secretary, Joseph Stalin. Democratic and social rights are incompatible with the continued existence of the capitalist system in Sri Lanka.
Thousands of Turkish electricity workers launch wildcat strike wave
Thousands of energy workers in cities across Turkey are going on wildcat strikes against misery contracts imposed on them amid the social crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. After the April 30 action, when 2,000 Beda? electricity workers in Istanbul launched a wildcat strike defying a strike ban, now thousands of electricity workers in Istanbul, Ankara, Adana and Zonguldak have spontaneously walked off the job. Energy workers generally earn near to minimum wage, i.e., a little over 3,000 Turkish liras (US$350). The energy workers’ rebellion against the unions, defying the strike ban, is part of an international upsurge of the class struggle. On their way back, Tahir Çetin, chairman of the Independent Mining Workers’ Union, and miner Ali Faik Inter lost their lives in a traffic accident reportedly due to exhaustion, increasing workers’ anger.
As European governments demand population “live with” COVID-19 surge, workers must take up a socialist strategy
The policy of the ruling class means the continuation of the pandemic and, with it, mass death and social devastation. The only social force able to stop this war on society is the international working class. Today this forced retreat by the ruling class has ended. Everything now depends on the working class adopting a new axis of struggle and building the leadership necessary to fight for it. The working class must mount a unified fightback.
Volvo Trucks workers in Virginia reject third consecutive sellout deal, in massive rebuke of UAW
During the vote itself, workers reported that UAW officials were actively campaigning outside the union hall for a “yes” vote. Throughout the month-long strike, the UAW sought to isolate the Volvo Trucks workers, not even informing its members that the strike was taking place. Opposition to the UAW-backed agreements has been organized by the Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee (VWRFC), which issued a statement calling for a “no” vote. The development of the strike now requires its expansion to Volvo-Mack workers, other Volvo workers, and all auto workers. Sign up today to join the Volvo Workers Rank-and-File Committee or a solidarity committee.
Hyundai and GM Korea autoworkers vote to strike
On July 7, workers at Hyundai Motors, the country’s largest auto manufacturer, approved a walk-out, which followed a similar vote two days earlier by GM Korea workers. GM Korea workers rally against the US carmaker’s plan to close the plant in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 28, 2018. GM Korea, where jobs have been slashed in recent years, voted to strike with 76.5 percent of workers voicing approval. The KMWU’s GM Korea branch has 7,635 members and 6,613 took part in the vote. Workers at Hyundai, GM Korea, and throughout the auto industry must not allow the KMWU to isolate them once more.
Do you need a booster shot if you had the J&J Covid vaccine?
If you got the J&J vaccine, do you need an mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) 'booster' to better fight the Covid Delta variant? We asked MSNBC Medical Contributor Dr. Vin Gupta for his take.
Breaking down CDC guidance on sending kids back to school
The CDC has new guidance on kids returning to schools and how to keep them safe from the spread of Covid. MSNBC Medical Contributor Dr. Vin Gupta helps make sense of the CDC's latest update.
Ingraham: It's 'Corrupticrats Gone Wild' as Sharpton reemerges to inflame election law takeover 'activism'
As Ingraham reported, Sharpton appeared with other liberal activists at a White House meeting Thursday with President Biden "about the so-called horrors of state voting laws that merely target corrupt election practices with commonsense rules." "This will be a summer of activism, a summer of getting back into the streets," Sharpton announced at the White House. Ingraham noted that "getting back into the streets" did not "work out so well last summer for poor urban Americans." Ingraham responded that Sharpton is not telling the truth:"No one is eroding voting rights. "By naming their so-called voting rights bill the "For the People Act," Democrats insult the intelligence of the American people.
For Biden, politics are often framed by the personal
President Joe Biden speaks with members of the press before boarding Air Force One, Friday, July 9, 2021, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)President Joe Biden speaks with members of the press before boarding Air Force One, Friday, July 9, 2021, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP) — When grieving with those who lost loved ones in a building collapse, President Joe Biden invoked the car crash that claimed members of his own family decades ago. In the first months of his term, he has drawn on that empathy to console those who have lost loved ones, including the more than 600,000 who have died in the COVID-19 pandemic. “I could tell it’s sincere, genuine caring for people that are hurt or have lost loved ones,” he continued.
U.S rebuffs Haiti troops request after president's assassination
Haiti also made a request for forces to the United Nations Security Council, Pierre said. "We were in a situation where we believed that infrastructure of the country – the port, airport and energy infrastructure – might be a target," Pierre told Reuters. Police in Haiti said the assassination was carried out by a commando unit of 26 Colombian and two Haitian-American mercenaries. Henry this week told Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste he did not consider Joseph the legitimate prime minister. "The assassination... has provoked a political and institutional vacuum at the highest level of state," said Haitian opposition politician Andre Michel.
Oil Price Fundamental Daily Forecast – Bulls Catch a Break from EIA Draw, but OPEC+ Concerns Linger
U.S. West Texas Intermediate and international-benchmark Brent crude oil futures are edging higher early Friday after posting a dramatic rebound rally the previous session. At 05:10 GMT, September WTI crude oil futures are trading $72.45, up $0.23 or +0.32% and September Brent crude oil is at $74.31, up $0.19 or +0.26%. U.S. crude inventories fell by 6.9 million barrels last week to 445.5 million barrels, Energy Information Administration data showed. Gasoline stocks fell by 6.1 million barrels in the week to 235.5 million barrels, the EIA said. Short-Term OutlookCrude oil prices are likely to trade sideways-to-lower over the short-run due to the uncertainty surrounding future OPEC+ production hikes.
‘Dark Winds’ Series Adaptation Set at AMC With George R.R. Martin, Robert Redford Producing; Zahn McClarnon and Kiowa Gordon to Star
AMC has ordered a series adaptation of “Dark Winds,” based on the Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman. Zahn McClarnon will star and executive produce with Kiowa Gordon also starring. Chris Eyre will direct the pilot and executive produce. Martin, Robert Redford, Tina Elmo and Vince Gerardis will also executive produce. This week, the Navajo Nation lifted more COVID-19 restrictions to welcome visitors and tourists back to Diné Bikéyah.
IMF to help countries buy vaccines
“This is a shot in the arm for the world,” Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the IMF, said in a statement. The travel businesses say the government’s “traffic light” system of classing countries as low, medium, or high risk, is not transparent. Only 27 countries and territories are on the “green list” which allows British residents to travel there without having to quarantine on return. Arrivals from dozens of “amber list” countries have to self-isolate at home for 10 days, while people arriving from “red list” countries including India and Brazil must quarantine in a government-approved hotel. The government says it will lift the self-isolation requirement for fully vaccinated Britons returning from amber list countries on July 19.
EDITORIAL: Stores close in response to rampant San Francisco shoplifting
Walgreens, another ubiquitous chain store, has closed 17 locations in San Francisco over the past few years. The company said the level of theft in its San Francisco stores is four times its national average. A viral video showed a group of looters running out of a San Francisco Neiman Marcus holding expensive handbags. Perhaps the density of the San Francisco area means organized shoplifting rings won’t set up in other parts of the states. The negative take is that San Francisco is a harbinger of things to come for other parts of California.
Levin, family raise concerns over health of detained journalist Danny Fenster
Washington — The family of detained journalist Danny Fenster and their congressman are raising concerns about the health of the Michigan native being held in a prison in Myanmar that is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19. Levin said Insein Prison, where Fenster is being held, has an outbreak among staff and inmates of COVID-19, though prison officials are claiming to have the situation under control. The U.S. Embassy has also been denied in its requests to vaccinate Fenster for weeks as the virus situation in the country has worsened, Levin said. Prison officials claim Danny does not have COVID but have provided no evidence to back up that claim," Levin said. Bryan Fenster told The Detroit News his family plans to meet with department officials this weekend.
Dear Abby: Sister longs for deeper relationship with siblings
Dear AbbyJeanne PhilipsDear Abby: I recently moved back to my hometown after being away for six years. I always thought I was close to them, but after moving back, it seems I can’t break through the barrier of sister versus friend. But we only saw each other for family get-togethers (pre-COVID), and when we talk, we discuss family matters mostly. Must I accept our relationship as is, or are there things I can try? Dear Abby: My husband of 20 years constantly blames everything on the political party I lean toward.
Pandemic garbage boom ignites debate over waste as energy
Waste-to-energy plants, which produce most of their power by incinerating trash, make up only about half a percent of the electricity generation in the U.S. The industry has been in retreat mode in the U.S., with dozens of plants closing since 2000 amid local opposition and emissions concerns. One estimate from the Solid Waste Association of North America placed the amount of residential waste up as much as 8% this spring compared to the previous spring. The company currently processes about 20 million tons of waste a year to power about a million homes, and it could do more, he said. “If we’re going to reach climate goals by 2050, the waste sector really can and should be part of that story,” Regan said.
Indonesia short on oxygen, seeks help as virus cases soar
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Just two months ago, Indonesia was coming to a gasping India’s aid with thousands tanks of oxygen. A shipment of more than 1,000 oxygen cylinders, concentrators, ventilators and other health devices arrived from Singapore on Friday, followed by another 1,000 ventilators from Australia, said Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the government minister in charge of Indonesia’s pandemic response. Beside those donations, Indonesia plans to buy 36,000 tons of oxygen and 10,000 concentrators — devices that generate oxygen — from neighboring Singapore, Pandjaitan said. “We recognize the difficult situation Indonesia currently finds itself in with a surge of COVID cases,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. In addition to sending vaccines, the U.S. is working to increase assistance for Indonesia’s broader COVID-19 response efforts, she said, without elaborating.
Amber list 'holidays' still feel like hell – as I'm learning
Back in the very early days of 2020, we returned from a two week Christmas holiday in Thailand – Thailand! And so, here I am all these years later, planning a summer holiday that feels more like a trip to Pentonville prison. And while quarantine is out when we get back from our trip, it’s most certainly in before we leave for it. The holiday pre-quarantine is definitely about to become A Thing, given that there currently seem to be more people in the UK with Covid than without it. I wonder, will the many hours spent in the epic queue at border control count towards your quarantine time?
Seoul heads for lockdown as infections spiral in South Korea
South Korea posted its highest ever number of new daily Covid-19 infections within 24 hours, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency has said, in a third consecutive day of record high new infections. Starting on Monday, coronavirus curbs will be tightened to the strictest level possible in Seoul and neighbouring regions for the first time. The country reported 1,378 new Covid-19 cases as of midnight on Friday, up from Thursday’s record of 1,316. About 11% of South Korea’s 52 million people have completed vaccination, including receiving both shots for vaccines requiring two doses, while 30% have received one dose, KDCA said in a statement. South Korea’s total Covid-19 infections to date stand at 166,722 with 2,038 deaths.
Coronavirus latest news: NHS staff could be exempt from isolation rules
NHS staff could soon be exempt from self-isolation and Covid certificates introduced for hospitality in the autumn to stave off a joint healthcare crisis and pandemic fourth wave. Downing Street said on Friday that ahead of Step 4 of restrictions being lifted, expected on July 19, officials were examining whether NHS staff could be freed of the obligation to self-isolate if "pinged" by the Covid app. It comes as The Telegraph learned that double-vaccinated NHS staff could be released from self-isolation rules before August 16 under proposals being considered by Sajid Javid. But this may be brought forward for NHS staff, as leaders warned of the significant backlog faced by the health service which will only be intensified by staff having to stay at home. ??Follow the latest updates below.
The kids that never went back to school... by choice
Amanda Spielman said a disproportionate number of the children who have not returned to school following lockdown have some kind of problem or need. Headteachers have attributed the rise in the number of parents pulling their children out of school to their anxiety about Covid-19. “None of which would have made any difference had our children wanted to return to school, but the opposite was true. Facing a rebellion, we withdrew them from school to electively home educate.”Since then, she says, her children have been thriving. Yet for her children, the social side of school was “a double-edged sword.” Instead of navigating friendship issues in the playground, they now mix happily at various groups they attend, such as Forest School and Beach School.
34 artisans and 70 components: what it takes to make a truly unique bag in 2021
It marks the second time the Greek-born designer, famed for her trompe l'oeil prints and bold use of colour, has collaborated with Bulgari. Back in October 2019, the house provided the high jewellery for her spectacular debut couture show, held in the Temple of Poseidon near Athens. As with so many things over the past year however, Covid-19 threw a spanner in the works of their latest outing together. With Katrantzou in London (and later Athens) and Bulgari's specialist artisans in Florence, they had, she admits, "the most unorthodox start". "After that, it became about doing everything decisively and precisely through 3D renderings and prototypes, and shipping them to wherever we were to dissect every detail to the millimetre," she says.
Selling Channel 4 is risky for taxpayers
First, Dowden has signalled he plans to jettison rules that prevent Channel 4 from owning the underlying rights to its programmes. Channel 4 and ITV run two of only three television advertising sales operations in the UK. If ITV owned Channel 4 it would merge the sales houses, cutting costs to an extent that would deliver an immediate profit. Its American owner Comcast is highly unlikely to involve itself in the heavily regulated world of public service broadcasting. Viacom, owner of Channel 5, does not run a sales operation and could not extract the same savings.
Saturday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph
Welcome to your early-morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Saturday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free. European Union accounts put the new net figure for the financial settlement as £40.8 billion, at least £1.8bn more than the highest UK estimate for the payments. Chris Eubank's son Sebastian found dead at 29The son of boxing legend Chris Eubank has died days before his 30th birthday. Stay up-to-date with breaking news and the latest politics from The Telegraph throughout the day.
Freedom Day is coming – now watch British stocks soar
The final lifting of Covid restrictions on July 19 could unleash the next stage of Britain’s stock market fightback, driving London-listed shares higher as the economy grows at its fastest pace in 80 years. On Freedom Day, laws to enforce mask wearing and social distancing will be scrapped, nightclubs will ­reopen, sports stadiums will return to full capacity – and shares in British companies are primed to rally. Fund managers say the successful reopening of the economy could add more fuel to Britain’s stock market recovery and entice foreign buyers back to the market, pushing shares higher still. Since November’s breakthroughs in the development of coronavirus vaccines, London-listed shares have outpaced overseas markets with a rise of 33pc, while smaller British stocks have surged by 48pc. The Bank of England expects the economy to grow by 7.3pc this year, the fastest pace since 1941.
Vietnam receives 2 million coronavirus vaccines as it tackles worst outbreak
HANOI – Vietnam has received the first shipment of 2 million doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine donated by the U.S. government, the American embassy in Hanoi said on Saturday, as the Southeast Asian country battles its worst outbreak. The shipment, delivered via the COVAX sharing facility, is part of the 80 million vaccine doses President Joe Biden committed from U.S. vaccine supplies to support global needs, the embassy said in an emailed statement. State media reports said on Saturday that half of the Moderna doses would be funnelled to Ho Chi Minh City’s 9 million people. Vietnam has so far received around 8 million vaccine doses, mostly under the international COVAX sharing facility. More than 4 million doses have been administered, but only about 258,000 people have been fully vaccinated out of its total population of 98 million.
Japan's Hokkaido region bans fans at Olympic football matches
Sapporo Dome stadium will be hosting five Olympic football matches but without spectatorsAdvertising Read moreTokyo (AFP)Japan's northern Hokkaido region has decided to ban spectators at the Olympic football matches hosted in the area, expanding unprecedented steps to hold the Games mostly behind closed doors due to the pandemic. Local governor Naomichi Suzuki announced the move late Friday night, reversing a decision a day earlier by Olympic organisers to ban spectators from events in the greater Tokyo region but allow some fans at competitions held elsewhere. "All events to be held in Sapporo will take place with no spectators," Suzuki said in a written statement, referring to the five matches the regional capital is hosting. A handful of competitions will take place outside the capital, including Sapporo which will also host marathon and race walk events. Olympic and local officials have already asked the public not to come out to watch the races live.
Critics: Postal Service plans imperil community newspapers
Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy speaks during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Postal Service's plans to raise postage rates could present another damaging blow to community newspapers already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and advertising declines, industry leaders say. Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy speaks during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Postal Service's plans to raise postage rates could present another damaging blow to community newspapers already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and advertising declines, industry leaders say. Postal Service’s plan to raise mailing rates could present one more damaging blow to community newspapers already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and advertising declines, a trade group says.
Yankees blank rival Astros for crucial victory
HOUSTON — Manager Aaron Boone has repeatedly referred to the “heartbreak” the Yankees suffered against the Astros the last time they visited Minute Maid Park in 2019. The visit got off to a promising start Friday night, as the Yankees beat the first-place Astros, 4-0, in front of a sellout crowd. With the victory, the Yankees have won four of five since a three-game losing streak dropped them to .500 over the weekend. Brett Gardner belts a two-run double in the fourth inning of the Yankees’ victory over the Astros. Cortes went out in the second game and pitched well, into the fourth inning, as the Yankees got a much-needed win.
Locked-down Sydney warned worse may be ahead, COVID-19 cases at 2021 high
There were 50 new cases of community transmission in the country's most populous state, up from 44 a day earlier, the previous 2021 record high. This brings the outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant to 489 cases. There are 47 cases in hospital, or about one in 10 people infected in the current outbreak. Of those, 19 people are under the age of 55 and 16 people are in intensive care, including a teenager. read moreReporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Lincoln Feast and William MallardOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Indonesia short on oxygen, seeks help as virus cases soar
People wait for their turn to refill their oxygen tanks at a recharging station in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, July 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)People wait for their turn to refill their oxygen tanks at a recharging station in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, July 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Just two months ago, Indonesia was coming to a gasping India’s aid with thousands tanks of oxygen. Beside those donations, Indonesia plans to buy 36,000 tons of oxygen and 10,000 concentrators — devices that generate oxygen — from neighboring Singapore, Pandjaitan said. “Panicked people bought oxygen tanks even though they didn’t need them yet,” Mulyana said.
UPDATE 1-Locked-down Sydney warned worse may be ahead, COVID-19 cases at 2021 high
There were 50 new cases of community transmission in the country's most populous state, up from 44 a day earlier, the previous 2021 record high. This brings the outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant to 489 cases. There are 47 cases in hospital, or about one in 10 people infected in the current outbreak. Of those, 19 people are under the age of 55 and 16 people are in intensive care, including a teenager. No fully vaccinated people have required hospital care and 79% of those admitted have not had any doses, health authorities said.
California to require masks at schools, though CDC says they're not needed if vaccinated
California said that it will continue to require masks in school settings following updated CDC guidance that said vaccinated teachers and students don't need to wear masks. Here's what parents and educators need to know:Can parents demand the right to have their children attend schools without masks? There are some children with disabilities who cannot manage masks or who cannot wear masks safely. All students, teachers and staff have been required to wear masks on campus even if they are vaccinated. The CDC does not deem any separation as needed among vaccinated children.
For the USWNT’s veteran core, Tokyo Olympics provide one last hurrah
Fittingly enough, they’ll be attempting to make history once again, as the only team to ever win a World Cup and an Olympics back-to-back. The average age for the 2019 World Cup squad was 28. As much as we’d love to see this group defy mother nature and continue on the roster indefinitely, the reality is it’s extremely unlikely that we’ll see all nine on the 2023 World Cup roster. Bill Connelly at ESPN looked at the USWNT’s average age weighted by percentage of minutes played and found that the World Cup weighted average age increased gradually from 23.1 in 1991 to 28.7 in 2019. The post For the USWNT’s veteran core, Tokyo Olympics provide one last hurrah appeared first on Just Women's Sports.
Conor McGregor talks trash, throws kick at Dustin Poirier before UFC 264
He threw a kick at Poirier during their event-ending faceoff — when he was too far away to connect, of course. The weight cut is getting to him.”“He’s going out on a stretcher in this fight,” McGregor said finally. “You used to be a lot better than that, man,” Poirier said during a rare break in the barrage. Poirier laughed at the difference from the promotion for their second fight last January, when McGregor was disarmingly friendly and charming throughout. T-Mobile Arena hadn’t been built when the duo first met in 2014 and McGregor stopped Poirier in 106 seconds.
‘I knew we were going to be amazing’: Dallas Fuel attract new fans, loyal followers in live return
ARLINGTON -- Colin Corbett is a new Dallas Fuel follower, but he’s already recognizable. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News) (Tom Fox / Staff Photographer)That was one of the few quiet moments in the Fuel’s first live event since February 2020. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)(Tom Fox / Staff Photographer) 3 / 20Dallas Fuel fans cheer player Sp9rk1e at the completion of his live winning interview. Dallas Fuel defeated the Houston Outlaws in The Battle for Texas, 3-0. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)(Tom Fox / Staff Photographer)Find more esports coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
The Latest: S. Korea hits third-straight high in virus cases
However, the vaccine remains under emergency use authorization by the federal government, the university noted in a statement Thursday. The university previously proposed a vaccine requirement, and a draft of the policy was posted to UNM’s website. ———NEW YORK — U.S. health officials say vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings. The nation’s top public health agency is not advising schools to require shots for teachers and vaccine-eligible kids. The biggest questions will be at middle schools where some students are eligible for shots and others aren’t.
Tyson Fury tests positive for COVID-19, fight with Deontay Wilder postponed
The trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas this month has been called off after Fury tested positive for COVID-19, the World Boxing Council (WBC) announced on Friday. WBC heavyweight champion Fury had signed a contract in May to fight American Wilder for a third time on July 24. Fury tested positive earlier this week. Fury, 32, had been set to face fellow Briton Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia in August in a world heavyweight unification title fight, but an American arbitrator ordered Fury to fight Wilder again before Sept. 15. Fury first fought Wilder, who is now 35, in 2018 and took the WBC title from him in a rematch in February 2020 with a seventh-round stoppage.
Communist Party emerges from shadows during Hong Kong crackdown
China’s Communist Party has abandoned its tradition of working from the shadows in Hong Kong as authorities pursue a sweeping crackdown on critics and remold the financial hub in the mainland’s authoritarian image. “We don’t demand that they be in favor of China’s socialist system; we only ask them to love the motherland and Hong Kong,” he said. | AFP-JIJIWith 90 million members, the party is ubiquitous on the mainland but in Hong Kong it has been all but invisible. ‘Love the party’“Beijing has turned to direct governance over Hong Kong,” veteran journalist and political analyst Johnny Lau said. “You cannot say that you are patriotic but you do not love the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party or you do not respect it,” he said.
G20 ministers set to green light global tax reform
Advertising Read moreVenice (AFP)Finance ministers from the G20 richest nations are expected to give the green light Saturday to a historic deal to tax multinational companies more fairly. The framework for reform, including a minimum global corporation tax rate of 15 percent, was agreed upon by 131 countries earlier this month and could be in place by 2023. - 'On the way' -Final agreement on the minimum rate is not expected until the run-up to the G20 leaders' summit in Rome in October. It is one of two so-called pillars of global tax reform that have been under negotiation for years, and have been given new impetus under US President Joe Biden. The G20 ministers and central bank chiefs are also expected to call for more support for countries hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
'Coming home to Rome': England's Italians eye Euro victory
"It's coming home to Rome," Lambiase told AFP, predicting that his national team would beat England in the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship final at Wembley on Sunday. "It's always been a mystery to us what 'It's Coming Home' means," he added, referring to the popular anthem written by comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner that England fans sing at games. "This is the first time they've played in a (Euro) final, and we've won four world cups," he added. Hoping for a modest 1-0 win for Italy, he said that whatever happens, football was "definitely coming home to Bedford". Following England's defeat to Italy in Euro 2012, four people were arrested after England fans attacked a cavalcade of cars celebrating the Italian victory.
Myanmar coup leader says Russia to supply two million COVID shots
Myanmar reported 4,320 cases on Friday, a record for a second successive day, and 63 deaths, as anti-coup protests continue. “I told them that I want two million and they will give,” he said in remarks carried by army-owned Myawaddy television. Myanmar reported 4,320 cases on Friday, a record for a second successive day, and 63 deaths. Min Aung Hlaing said last month that he was seeking seven million doses of Russian vaccines. Min Aung Hlaing said Myanmar was eager to make its own COVID-19 vaccines and Russia wanted to cooperate and send a delegation to inspect its production plant during this month.
Haiti asks UN, US to send troops after president’s assassination
Letter from prime minister’s office pleads for help ‘to restablish security and public order in the whole territory’ amid political chaos. Haiti has requested that the United Nations and the United States send troops to help secure key infrastructure after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise plunged the country into political turmoil, according to several reports. The 15-member UN Security Council would need to authorise a deployment of UN peacekeepers or police to Haiti. Police in Haiti said the assassination was carried out by a commando unit of 26 Colombian and 2 Haitian-American mercenaries. “The assassination … has provoked a political and institutional vacuum at the highest level of state,” said Haitian opposition politician Andre Michel.
Illinois first state to mandate Asian American history be taught in public schools
Illinois is set to become the first state to mandate the teaching of Asian American history to public school students. JB Pritzker signed the Teaching Equitable Asian American History Act into law Friday, amid the nationwide rise of hate crimes against the community since the coronavirus pandemic. “With the recent rise in acts of violence and bigotry against the Asian American community, teaching students about rich culture and important contributions of the Asian American community throughout history will help combat false stereotypes,” a Friday statement from the Democrat’s office read. A lack of knowledge is the root cause of discrimination and the best weapon against ignorance is education,” State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz said. Getty ImagesNearly 3,800 hate crimes against Asian Americans were reported nationwide during the first 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center.
Eric Swalwell posed shirtless during pricey paid-for Qatar trip
Instagram photos published by Business Insider showed Swalwell and Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) happily posing shirtless while riding camels along the Persian Gulf. On April 1, the US-Qatar Business Council tweeted a photo of the masked members greeting the country’s monarch, Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. InstagramThe paid-for congressional work trip, long a sore spot among good-government types, is making a comeback as the coronavirus pandemic winds down. Details of the trip and who accompanied them must be filed with their respective ethics committees and made publicly available. The trip was reportedly paid for by the US-Qatar Business Council.
South Africa's jailed ex-leader Zuma loses bid to overturn arrest
The Constitutional Court last week ordered Zuma jailed for refusing to give evidence at an inquiry into corruption during his nine years in office from 2009. Zuma has separately challenged his sentence, partly on the grounds of his alleged frail health and risk of catching COVID-19. Story continuesAs a member of the ANC when it was a liberation movement, Zuma was jailed by South Africa's white minority government. Magashule is aligned with Zuma's ANC faction, which has been the most potent internal force opposing the president. Zuma also faces a corruption case relating to a $2 billion arms deal in 1999 when he was deputy president.
Brooks Brothers Owner Eyes $13 Trillion Market With Planned IPO
Though he started Authentic Brands Group Inc. with lesser-known consumer names, he spent much of the last decade vacuuming up ailing but widely recognized brands like Barneys New York, Sports Illustrated and Brooks Brothers. “There is $13 trillion of branded commerce in our sights,” Salter wrote to prospective investors in a regulatory filing. Authentic’s filing lists only a placeholder amount of $100 million, but Bloomberg has reported that the IPO could value the company around $10 billion. Net income grew fourfold to $225 million last year from $56 million in 2016, while revenue jumped to $489 million from $165 million. Authentic is also working on a loyalty program which would encompass all of its brands and a monthly subscription, according to the prospectus.
Coronavirus Today: Tokyo Olympics without the fanfare
When the unstoppable force is the coronavirus, and the immovable object is the Tokyo Olympics, the answer is that history will be made. But a lot will depend on the coronavirus — particularly the highly transmissible Delta variant. The pandemic taught Kambhampati to stand up for herself. Your questions answeredToday’s question comes from readers who want to know: How well do COVID-19 vaccines work against the Delta variant? The pandemic in picturesA ferret named Archie gets a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Oakland Zoo.
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MN man who did time for pipe bombs now wanted in homicide case
Northwestern Minnesota law enforcement agencies are searching for a man recently released from prison after a pipe bomb conviction in connection with a homicide on Friday. Authorities are searching for Erik James Reinbold, 44, in connection to a homicide in rural Pennington County, Minn. The sheriff’s office urged people not to approach Reinbold as he may be armed. According to court documents, Reinbold argued that his medical issues and the need to return to help take care of his family warranted a reduction in his sentence. Reinbold systematically set about creating five pipe bombs with unnerving attention to detail and destructive capability.
U.S. swimmers say decision to ban fans in Tokyo will not have impact on performance
U.S. swimming stars Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel vowed Thursday that the decision to bar spectators at the Tokyo Games over COVID-19 concerns won’t affect them during competition. Ledecky noted that when the 2020 Games were postponed for a year as the pandemic raged, it wasn’t clear if they would ever, in fact, be held. The Tokyo Games will be the first to take place largely behind closed doors. “I fully trust Team USA, the staff, that they’re going to take care of us, that we’re going to be safe. “It’s something that our athletes have been comfortable with.”Ledecky said the presence of the world’s best swimmers would be more than enough motivation.
Japanese foreign minister considering visit to Iran in August
Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is planning to visit Iran to build ties with its new government led by a conservative hard-liner, diplomatic sources said Friday. It is the first time in eight years that a conservative hard-liner has won the presidency, fueling concern about a flare-up of tensions between Iran and the United States. Iran’s current foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, under the outgoing government of moderate Hassan Rouhani, is also likely to be replaced by a conservative hard-liner, according to the sources. It would be the first visit to Iran by a senior Japanese government figure since June 2019 trips by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono. He is also likely to visit Jordan, Iraq and Qatar.
North Korea rejected AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine over side effects, think tank claims
North Korea has rejected planned shipments of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine that were being organized under the global COVAX distribution plan due to concerns over side effects, a South Korean think tank said Friday. COVAX has said it would provide nearly 2 million doses of AstraZeneca’s shots to North Korea. The first batch had been expected in late May but was delayed amid protracted consultations, South Korea said last month. North Korea has not reported any COVID-19 cases, a position questioned by South Korean and U.S. officials. Lee added that North Korean authorities had become concerned about the AstraZeneca vaccine after reports of rare but serious blood-clotting events among some people who received it.
North Korea's Kim lost as much as 20 kg, South Korean spies say
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lost up to 20 kg (44 pounds) but has no major health issues affecting his rule, according to a South Korean lawmaker briefed by a spy agency. The 37-year-old North Korean leader was out of the public eye for much of May, and when he reappeared in a June video showing him chairing a government meeting, he looked much slimmer. South Korean spies told lawmakers in November that Kim weighed about 140 kilograms, but they didn’t provide an estimate in this briefing. North Korea has been building up its nuclear-weapons capabilities under Kim, allowing it to become bigger and better able to strike South Korea, Japan and the U.S. mainland. The North Korean leader later said the country was facing a “great crisis” over a quarantine breach, though no details were provided at the time.
Biden taps L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti as U.S. ambassador to India
President Joe Biden on Friday nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, an ambitious star in his Democratic Party, to be ambassador to India, with which the United States has an increasingly close relationship. Biden has stepped up the “Quad” partnership of the United States, India, Japan and Australia — four democracies that largely share common cause on China’s rising military and economic might. India has been facing major challenges from COVID-19 and air pollution — two issues that Garcetti has tackled in Los Angeles. Garcetti in December said he turned down an unspecified job in the Biden administration so he could focus on defeating COVID-19 in Los Angeles. If Garcetti leaves, the City Council can either appoint an interim mayor or call a special election.
Below Deck Med's Hannah Ferrier blasts 'moron' Kelly Dodd over Covid
Former Below Deck Mediterranean star Hannah Ferrier has slammed Real Housewives of Orange County alum Kelly Dodd. After Kelly admitted that she and husband Rick Leventhal caught COVID-19 at a packed New Year's Eve party over the holidays, Hannah branded the 45-year-old a 'f**king moron'. 'If you went to a NYE party with 30+ people then you gave yourself covid you f**king moron,' Hannah, 34, wrote according to Reality Blurb. Kelly posted the video on Instagram on Tuesday after receiving a legal letter from the Dubrow family's attorney. Ironically, Dubrow was invited back to the Bravo reality show after taking four seasons off following season 11.
New South Wales records 50 new Covid cases on Saturday
New South Wales recorded 50 new coronavirus cases on Saturday after three-consecutive days of record numbers as the premier warned 'things are going to get worse before they get better'. Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the new cases in a press conference in Sydney after introducing further restrictions on the current stay-at-home-orders on Friday. 'When you know that there are 26 cases infectious in the community, the only conclusion we can draw is that things are going to get worse before they get better.' Professor McLaws said it was concerning to see over half of the new Covid cases detected not having isolated. Hours earlier, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian had announced the state recorded 44 new cases, marking the worst day of the current virus outbreak.
Covid passports 'WILL be compulsory in pubs, clubs and restaurants' to prevent fourth wave
AdvertisementBritons will need Covid certificates to enter pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs under plans to stop a fourth wave of the virus in the autumn. And Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today urged people not to ignore the NHS Covid app if they are 'pinged' and advised to self-isolate. The NHS Covid app issued more than 350,000 pings last week, which was the most since the Government began publishing data at the start of February. Boris Johnson today pleaded with Britons not to delete the NHS Covid app saying it was still needed to battle the virus. Meanwhile, Mr Shapps today also urged people not to ignore the NHS Covid app if they are 'pinged' and advised to self-isolate.
Communist Party emerges from shadows during Hong Kong crackdown
This year was the first time high-profile events have been held for a Chinese Communist Party anniversary in Hong KongAdvertising Read moreHong Kong (AFP)China's Communist Party has abandoned its tradition of working from the shadows in Hong Kong as authorities pursue a sweeping crackdown on critics and remould the financial hub in the mainland's authoritarian image. With 90 million members, the party is ubiquitous on the mainland but in Hong Kong it has been all but invisible. - 'Love the party' -"Beijing has turned to direct governance over Hong Kong," veteran journalist and political analyst Johnny Lau told AFP. #photo4"With 'Patriots rule Hong Kong' and the new security law... authorities have implied that people now have to love the country and love the party," he added. "You cannot say that you are patriotic but you do not love the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party or you do not respect it," he said.
Photos show shirtless Democratic congressmen and their wives riding camels on a Qatar trip paid for by a special interest group
A photo posted on Instagram shows Reps. Swalwell and Gallego riding camels during a trip to Qatar. It's unclear whether the camel ride violated House ethics rules about privately funded travel. The US Qatar Business Council also didn't respond to questions about whether it paid for the camel excursion. The members of Congress on the Qatar trip got approval from the House Ethics Committee ahead of time, as is required by House rules. While there are mentions of museum and marketplace visits on the itinerary, none specifically mention a camel ride.
Tennessee Democrats call for immediate audit of Gov. Lee’s federal COVID-19 spending
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN)- Tennessee Democrats are calling for an audit of all COVID-19 relief spending from Gov. This comes days after Governor Bill Lee started a campaign to pay for tourists’ flights to four major Tennessee cities. According to the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group lead by Governor Lee, $8.4 billion federal dollars from COVID-19 relief bills have been sent to Tennessee. The letter, lead by Clemmons and signed on to by 11 other Democrats, accuses Governor Lee of spending nearly half a billion dollars on no-bid contracts, like the recalled sock masks. Governor Randy McNally, a day after criticizing Governor Lee’s spending, says he expects funds to be used correctly.
A $84,000 lavish trip to Qatar and a $41,000 retreat in Miami: Members of Congress are going on expensive travels paid for by private groups where some bring their loved ones
Private groups have spent more than $280,790 on trips for members of Congress in 2021. In late March, five US House members left the country for an all-expenses-paid trip to Qatar. At least 188 members of Congress or their staff have traveled on private groups' dime in 2021. A post shared by Biltmore Hotel (@biltmorehotel)Some members brought their spouses or extended the trip on their own dime. Under free-travel rules, lawmakers and staff can't fly private on another person's dime, nor can they receive entertainment, such as golf trips.
Assassination of Haitian president becomes complex international web
© Joseph Odelyn/AP Powered by Microsoft NewsPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The sound of gunfire rang out in the neighborhood where the president of Haiti had been assassinated hours before. They were told, Solages explained, that they were executing an order to arrest the president authorized by a judge. And a dead president of Haiti,” said Ralph Chevry, a board member of the Haiti Center for Socio Economic Policy in Port-au-Prince, the capital. Colombian President Iván Duque ordered the heads of the national intelligence and intelligence of the national police to travel to Haiti, with Interpol personnel, to support the investigations. "We offer all the collaboration to find the truth about the material and intellectual authors of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse,” he said on Twitter.
Mets trade deadline target Adam Frazier appreciates ‘great’ New York fans
Adam Frazier is garnering some interest on the trade market. The Mets are one of the teams interested in the Pirates second baseman, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Frazier has been one of the best players in baseball this season, hitting .326/.396/.461 with a league-leading 109 hits prior to Friday’s game at Citi Field. Whatever happens, happens.”Adam Frazier Getty ImagesSince making his MLB debut in 2016, Frazier has developed into an elite contact hitter. While adding Frazier would certainly be a luxury for acting general manager Zack Scott, the All-Star’s talent is undeniable.
Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter recalls her battle with addiction: ‘If I wasn’t sober, I wouldn’t be here’
In 1997, Loretta Lynn got her granddaughter into rehab, but it wouldn’t be the last time that the singer was faced with addiction. According to the outlet, Lynn was previously enticed by alcohol, pills, cocaine and heroin. LORETTA LYNN SAYS CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE IS 'THE DAMNDEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN'The outlet noted Lynn now resides at the Loretta Lynn Ranch at Hurricane Mills, Tenn., with her husband and children. She has a new album titled "Tayla Lynn Sings Loretta Lynn," which pays tribute to the country music icon. I’m proud of you and what you’re doing, but you’ve got to figure out a different way to tell your story.’""That was an awakening for me, that’s for sure," Lynn concluded.
Larry Kudlow: We are fighting for the soul of America
You could also think of it as a presidential race between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and California Governor Gavin Newsom. First, the current California governor and former San Francisco mayor needs to survive a gubernatorial recall. Call them the California way and the Florida way." Not only does Florida love traditional values, but Florida loves business and the people businesses employ. In everything it does, California now opposes traditional values with massive over-regulation and tax burdens on businesses.
Scarlett Johansson says 'Black Widow' may be final turn as Natasha Romanoff: 'I have no plans to return'
On Friday, the long-awaited "Black Widow" hit theaters featuring the 36-year-old actress as Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow, a super-spy known for teaming up with the Avengers. The star appeared as the character in nine films, including "Black Widow" and an uncredited cameo in "Captain Marvel." SCARLETT JOHANSSON SAYS ‘BLACK WIDOW’ IS A FILM ABOUT ‘SELF FORGIVENESS’"I have no plans to return as Natasha," she told Fatherly in a recent interview. "Black Widow" is set a few years in the past as an on-the-run Natasha returns home to confront her past and a brand new enemy. "Black Widow" is the first Marvel film to be released in two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Haitian opposition leader hired D.C. lobbyist two days before president's assassination
But he hasn’t started lobbying yet due to Moïse's killing, which he compared to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. Boulos also plans to lobby the Biden administration for Covid vaccination aid and financial assistance for the Haitian government. He started lobbying Congress on Boulos’ behalf on human rights issues in 2019 but deregistered in May, according to domestic lobbying disclosure filings. Estopinan, a Republican, has foreign lobbying experience. He’s looking to hire a Democratic lobbyist — perhaps a former aide to Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s chair — to help with outreach to Democrats, he said.
Bonds’ Odd Behavior May Presage Weaker Second-Half Economy
The bond market typically operates in the background in peoples’ minds, with most taking notice only when yields lurch in one direction or another. Even outside the bounds of the bond market, this raises a question: What’s wrong with this picture? After all, the economy has been booming, accompanied by rising inflation—exactly the opposite of what would be conducive to lower yields and higher prices. Yet the bond market didn’t seem to get the message. Lower bond yields aren’t bullish if they’re accompanied by wider spreads, they point out.
China Just Cut Reserve Requirements for Its Banks. Why One Economist Is Worried.
ING SnapsINGwww.think.ing.comJuly 9: The Chinese government has unexpectedly announced a broad-based RRR [reserve requirement rate] cut to be effective July 15. My own view is that the main intention of this cut is to help banks with their capital and liquidity requirements. Banks haven’t been able to lend to real estate developers as easily as before and have shrunk their mortgage business. After this RRR cut, banks should have more breathing room on capital and liquidity. According to our misery index, rising inflation might prove a more durable threat than most expect, especially if the Delta variant of the Covid virus starts sabotaging supply chains around the world.
South Korea imposes strictest Covid rules yet after record spike in infections
In a televised government meeting, prime minister Kim Boo-Kyum announced two weeks of tough curbs at level 4, which is the most severe on South Korea’s scale and just short of a total lockdown. A top health official also warned the new case numbers may nearly double by the end of July. “Seoul alone saw 500 confirmed cases for the third day,” Prime Minister Kim said during Friday’s government meeting. “Four out of five infections are from the metropolitan Seoul area.”South Korea reported a record increase in Covid cases on Wednesday at 1,275, followed by another record of 1,316 new cases on Thursday. South Korea’s total Covid-19 infections to date stand at 165,344, with 2,036 deaths.
Missouri governor signs bill protecting business, health care, religious organizations from COVID-19 lawsuits
Mike Parson highlighted on Wednesday a manufacturer’s altruism and innovation in producing about 20,000 face shields before signing COVID-19 liability legislation into law. That’s why COVID liability is so important, so people cannot come in here and sue a business like this.”Parson ceremonially signed Senate Bill 51 to provide liability protection for businesses, health care providers and religious organizations from COVID-related lawsuits. “This helped us get the shields to health care workers and first responders everywhere when there were concerns of the supplies going to the cities,” Koller said. “This legislation will help businesses, manufacturers and health care providers by protecting them from frivolous COVID-19 lawsuits,” Panik said. Washington Examiner VideosTags: States, News, Missouri, Business, Healthcare, CoronavirusOriginal Author: Joe Mueller, The Center SquareOriginal Location: Missouri governor signs bill protecting business, health care, religious organizations from COVID-19 lawsuits
S.Korea reports third consecutive record high new COVID-19 cases -KDCA
By Joyce LeeSEOUL (Reuters) -South Korea posted its highest-ever number of new daily COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Saturday, the third consecutive day of record highs in new infection cases. Starting on Monday, coronavirus curbs will be tightened to the strictest level possible in Seoul and neighbouring regions for the first time, South Korea said on Friday, as the streak of record new cases fanned concern. The country reported 1,378 new COVID-19 cases as of midnight Friday, up from Thursday's previous record of 1,316 a day. About 11% of South Korea's 52 million population has completed vaccination, including receiving both shots for vaccines requiring two doses, while 30% have received one dose, KDCA said in a statement. South Korea's total COVID-19 infections to date stand at 166,722, with 2,038 deaths.
RPT-COLUMN-Old economy recharges lead market: Andy Home
London Metal Exchange (LME) lead last week hit a three-year high of $2,344 a tonne with time-spreads roiled by tightness since the middle of May. The rolling squeeze is partly technical but is founded on the post-lockdown resurgence of demand for lead-acid batteries as motorists return to the roads. LME lead stocks have a history of sudden arrivals, which makes it all the more noticeable that nothing has been delivered onto warrant since May despite the high cash premium. BACK ON THE ROADThis dislocation of available lead stocks speaks to the disjointed nature of the global recovery from COVID-19. While China's trade in refined lead has been stagnant so far this year, exports of lead-acid batteries have been booming.
Australia's New South Wales reports 2021 record daily rise in COVID-19 cases
MELBOURNE, July 10 (Reuters) - Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, reported on Saturday its biggest daily rise in locally acquired cases of COVID-19 so far this year, as total infections in the latest outbreak approached 500. There were 50 new cases of community transmission, compared with 44 a day earlier, the previous 2021 record high. Of Saturday's cases, 26 spent time in the community while they were infectious, state Premier Gladys Berejiklian told a televised briefing. "When you know that there are 26 cases infectious in the community, the only conclusion we can draw is that things are going to get worse before they get better," Berejiklian said. There are currently 47 cases in hospital, 19 of them under the age of 55.
Hundreds of Boy Scouts evacuated from Camp Geronimo due to Backbone Fire
As ash began to fall from the sky and smoke covered the sun, the Boy Scouts calmly packed their tents, loaded their cars and drove away from Camp Geronimo. The scouts, who were enjoying a weeklong stay at the camp, had their final night end abruptly due to a wildfire. Camp Geronimo spans over 270 acres north of Payson, according to camp commissionerGerry Hahn. The weeklong trip also gives scouts a great opportunity to earn merit badges and learn the values of the Boy Scouts. For example, safety officials tested the different sirens, so the scouts understood what to do in the event of an emergency, Mitchell said.
Baseball for all: Play Ball Park brings fun, history to Denver as part of All-Star Week
But he had a seemingly permanent grin on his face once inside Play Ball Park — a five-day MLB showcase for all things baseball. Play Ball Park is free and open to the public. Major League Baseball expects up to 100,000 total people to come through by the end of Tuesday. It’s the Dunavants’ third Play Ball Park experience, which holds a special place in their hearts. “We got married right before the D.C. All-Star game,” Matt Dunavant said of the 2018 game.
Bud Black a fan of Padres’ all-star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.: “He could go down as one of the best players of all time.”
The Rockies manager heaped praise upon the Padres’ all-star shortstop ahead of Colorado’s three-game series in San Diego, saying that Tatis “could go down as one of the best players of all time.”“That’s how talented he is,” Black said. We’ve already seen he’s got power, he’s got speed, he plays a premium position, he’s got a cannon for an arm. Black said he’s going to make a point to introduce himself to Tatis during next week’s all-star workout day at Coors Field. Tatis signed a 14-year, $330 million deal with the Padres in February, the longest contract in MLB history. Pitching probablesSunday: Rockies RHP Jon Gray (5-6, 3.94) at Padres LHP Ryan Weathers (4-2, 3.02), 2:10 p.m., ATTRMMonday: MLB All-Star break begins
California will require face masks at schools in fall
California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said that not all schools can accommodate physical distancing of at least 3 feet or more, so the best preventive measure is wearing masks indoors. Ahead of new school guidelines expected next week, health officials in California said Friday that requiring face coverings will allow all schools to reopen this fall for full in-person instruction. California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said that not all schools can accommodate physical distancing of at least 3 feet or more, so the best preventive measure is wearing masks indoors. “We believe that with masking and with testing, we can get kids back to in person 100% in our schools,” Ghaly said. Gavin Newsom at a Napa Valley elementary school to sign a bill that provides record funding for California schools.
Friday's golf: Luke List goes on a birdie binge for 63 to lead John Deere
That gave him a one-shot lead over Sebastian Munoz going into the weekend at the TPC Deere Run. List is still searching for his first PGA Tour victory, though that wasn't front and center over the last month. Among those making it to the weekend was Steve Stricker, the 54-year-old Ryder Cup captain and three-time John Deere Classic winner. LPGASylvania, Ohio — Nasa Hataoka needed another birdie streak to hang onto the lead Friday in the Marathon LPGA Classic. “Putting myself in contention for the weekend, it feels really, really good.
New street racing penalties among 23 bills signed by Ducey
Doug Ducey signed nearly two dozen bills Friday and vetoed one as he works to clear his desk of the measures lawmakers sent him toward the end of the legislative session that wrapped up last week. Ducey signed bills banning state or local governments from requiring training in “critical race theory” and shielding small business owners from paying any of the 3.5% income tax surcharge voters approved in November. The measure “would add unneeded bureaucracy to the management of emergencies, especially wildfires," Ducey wrote in a letter explaining his veto. The Republican governor faces a Monday deadline to sign or veto the 11 bills remaining. In addition to the critical race theory and taxation legislation, Ducey enacted:
Navajo leaders urge mask wearing even as virus cases are low
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation reported 14 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday and one recent death. The figures released by the Navajo Department of Health bring the total number of cases on the reservation to 31,081 since the pandemic began. The Navajo Nation recently relaxed restrictions to allow visitors to travel on the reservation and visit popular attractions like Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley. The reservation is the country's largest at 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers) in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. While cases are down, Navajo leaders are urging residents to continue wearing masks and get vaccinated.
Federal authorities launch online sexual exploitation safety program in Virginia
Raj Parekh, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a prepared statement that “online predators target some of the most vulnerable members of our society, and can cause a devastating impact on our communities and loved ones.”“The first step to fighting back is awareness — educating our youth and parents with information on how to prevent these crimes from happening,” he said. Internet predators use false online identities as a mask to lure in victims, and the victims are often also “masked” as a result of the fear and stigma that can accompany online exploitation, said Parekh. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, online exploitation exploded last year during the COVID-19 pandemic as social isolation and online activity increased. The center’s CyberTipline received more than 21.4 million reports of child sexual exploitation from electronic service providers in 2020, as well as over 303,000 reports of online sexual exploitation from the public. The figures represent a 27% annual increase in reporting from electronic service providers and a more than doubling in reports from the public.
A digital calico is melting hearts (and napping a lot)
A lot of people in Tokyo feel the same way, no matter that the cat is just a bunch of pixels on a billboard. The 4K display does not officially “open” until Monday, but it has already drawn socially distanced crowds — and inspired many social media posts — since its installation last month. The digital calico behaves a bit like an actual cat, in the sense that it does whatever it pleases. (Fans have called it “Shinjuku east exit cat,” after the station.) Some people — even cat people — may also find that the Shinjuku east exit cat’s repertoire can begin to feel a little repetitive.
S.Korea reports third consecutive record high new COVID-19 cases -KDCA
By Joyce LeeSEOUL -South Korea posted its highest-ever number of new daily COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Saturday, the third consecutive day of record highs in new infection cases. Starting on Monday, coronavirus curbs will be tightened to the strictest level possible in Seoul and neighbouring regions for the first time, South Korea said on Friday, as the streak of record new cases fanned concern. The country reported 1,378 new COVID-19 cases as of midnight Friday, up from Thursday’s previous record of 1,316 a day. About 11% of South Korea’s 52 million population has completed vaccination, including receiving both shots for vaccines requiring two doses, while 30% have received one dose, KDCA said in a statement. South Korea’s total COVID-19 infections to date stand at 166,722, with 2,038 deaths.
How to make curry-style m?p? d?fu over cauliflower rice
The best solution for this dilemma is to use lower-carb rice alternatives in dishes where the flavor of the rice is not the star. The trick to cauliflower rice is to cook it until it’s quite tender, but not mushy, which will help it best resemble rice when mixed with a well-flavored sauce. Cook the frozen cauliflower rice in salted boiling water until tender. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed, but go light on the salt, since the cauliflower rice is also seasoned. Serve over the cauliflower rice, sprinkled with the reserved green onion.
Olympic fan's bid to set world record spoiled by decision to ban spectators
Kazunori Takishima’s Olympic dream of setting a world record — a plan that cost him almost $40,000 — ended this week when organisers said spectators would be banned from most Olympic events. Takishima bought a hundred Tokyo 2020 tickets, saving and planning for years in the hope of attending the most Olympic events ever. “I gain so many things when I attend Olympic events,” Takishima said. The tears these athletes cry are authentic. The Guinness World Record stands at 128 and in May, Takishima started negotiating with Guinness to register his record of 134.
The domestic media largely moves on from ‘public concern’ over the Olympics
On June 20, domestic and international media toured the Olympic and Paralympic Village where athletes will be housed during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. News, journalist Hiroyuki Morita cited Kawabuchi’s comments as illustrative of how public relations surrounding the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has developed in recent months. They do this partly with public opinion surveys, a media tool that Morita characterizes as being too malleable. Nevertheless, Takenaka seems to be the government’s point man for denying public concern. In fact, coverage of the public’s fears about the games has mainly come from foreign media.
Japan to ask tax-free stores to report visitors breaking quarantine
The government will ask duty-free stores to check the date of entry to Japan in customers’ passports and report if they were shopping during their required 14-day quarantine period, sources close to the matter said Friday. The quarantine rule has been frequently violated despite penalties for noncompliance such as public shaming or, in the case of foreign nationals, deportation. Under the country’s tax-free system, travelers from overseas can purchase goods without paying consumption tax, which ranges from 8% to 10%. Around 55,000 stores offer duty-free shopping, according to the Japan Tourism Agency. In June, around 17,000 people entered the country, according to the Immigration Services Agency of Japan.
Warning Sydney in for Covid lockdown til AUGUST as western suburbs residents say they are scapegoats
Five million Sydneysiders could be stuck in lockdown until at least August, a leading infectious disease expert has claimed. Residents across Greater Sydney were hoping restrictions would be lifted on Saturday morning but now face the grim reality of five more weeks in isolation. Poll Are residents in Sydney's south-west being unfairly blamed for the lockdown extension? Yes No Are residents in Sydney's south-west being unfairly blamed for the lockdown extension? Her grim warning comes as tensions mount in south-west Sydney, where 100 extra police officers have been sent to ensure compliance in worrying Covid hotspots.
Seoul stocks likely to face volatility next week on virus woes
Analysts expected local financial markets to face another week of volatility from the virus uncertainties amid upbeat earnings outlook. "The economic indicators and corporate earnings (forecast) are promising, while the COVID-19 risk emerged as a reef," NH Investment & Securities analyst Kim Young-hwan said. "Temporary adjustment and relatively high volatility may weigh down the stock prices, but it is unlikely that the virus would cause another economic crash," he added. Next week, South Korea's jobless data for June will be released Wednesday. China's second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) and U.S. retail and industrial output will be published the same day.
COVID-19 cases hit new high for 3rd day ahead of semi-lockdown in greater Seoul
(Yonhap)South Korea on Saturday posted the highest-ever daily COVID-19 cases for the third straight day, as the country is set to impose the highest level of virus curbs on the greater Seoul area next week. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said 1,378 COVID-19 cases were confirmed the previous day, including 1,320 local infections, raising the total caseload to 166,722. It was also the first time that the nation's daily cases rose above 1,200 for four straight days, as the nation is grappling with the fourth wave of infections. Cluster infections have recently been breaking out across various places -- such as companies, schools and department stores -- across the greater Seoul area amid a surge in cases of the contagious delta COVID-19 variant. The total number of people released from quarantine after making full recoveries was 153,153, up 655 from a day earlier.
Biden fires head of Social Security Administration
A White House official confirmed that Saul’s employment was terminated. “I consider myself the term-protected Commissioner of Social Security,” Saul told the Post in an interview Friday afternoon, denouncing the "Friday Night Massacre." "This was the first I or my deputy knew this was coming," Saul told The Post, referring to a Friday morning White House email. The Social Security Administration was established in 1935 as an independent agency but was moved under the Department of Health and Human Services for some time before former President Clinton signed legislation restoring its independent status in 1994. "DONT POLITICIZE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMIN,” Grassley tweeted.
McConnell Is Shocked, Shocked, to Find His Vax-Hesitant Party Isn’t Vaxxed
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told a crowd in Kentucky Thursday that he was “perplexed” by vaccine hesitancy within the conservative movement. McConnell appeared at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce to talk about infrastructure and to implore Kentucky Gov. But McConnell also expressed confusion about why Republicans continue to drag down the rest of the country’s efforts to overcome the pandemic. Advertisement“To use a sports analogy, we're in the red zone, the last 20 yards before the end zone, but we're not in the end zone yet because there is resistance for various reasons that seem to have gotten caught up in politics,” McConnell told attendees. Experts believe that the variant, which is more transmissible and now makes up a clear majority of U.S. COVID-19 cases, is driving an upswing in COVID-19 cases, particularly in states that have low vaccination rates.
Assassination of Haitian president becomes complex international web
They were told, Solages explained, that they were executing an order to arrest the president authorized by a judge. But something, the men told investigators, had gone terribly wrong. And a dead president of Haiti,” said Ralph Chevry, a board member of the Haiti Center for Socio Economic Policy in Port-au-Prince, the capital. Colombian President Iván Duque ordered the heads of the national intelligence and intelligence of the national police to travel to Haiti, with Interpol personnel, to support the investigations. "We offer all the collaboration to find the truth about the material and intellectual authors of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse,” he said on Twitter.
The CDC has updated its mask guidelines for schools. Some states will listen, some won't.
Schools and state officials have been waiting weeks for updated CDC guidance, rolling out a patchwork of tentative and contradictory rules for their own teachers and students. Dan McKee announced on June 30 that vaccinated students and teachers wouldn't be required to wear masks. Other states, such as Oregon and New Jersey, aren't issuing mask requirements, but will allow individual school districts to determine whether they want students to wear masks. Kim Reynolds signed a bill May 20 that said school districts cannot require students or staff to wear masks. Greg Abbott signed an executive order banning mask mandates by all government entities, including school districts.
NYC’s push to move homeless from hotels to shelters halted in court
The Department of Homeless Services temporarily suspended its push to move 8,000 homeless New Yorkers from hotels and into shelters Friday — just hours after advocates filed a motion accusing City Hall of violating the rights of people with medical and mental health problems. So far, residents from 23 of the 60 emergency hotel shelters opened to provide space for social distancing during the pandemic have already been moved back into the city’s congregate shelter system. The plan from the Department of Homeless Services would have relocated 8,000 people out of hotels. But Legal Aid’s lawsuit disputes that statement, claiming that City Hall failed to follow required protocol for transferring the homeless hotel residents with major health needs back to more traditional barracks-style shelters. “It is time to move homeless folks who were in hotels for a temporary period of time back to shelters, where they can get the support they need,” de Blasio said last month.
Kevin Durant was never going to miss this Olympics opportunity
But he still gave up a month of his offseason to commit to Team USA and a trip to Tokyo for the Olympics. “I committed to USA Basketball when I was coming out of college,” Durant said. Kevin Durant will compete for Team USA at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. He certainly was not going to miss the first Olympics since the passing of Kobe Bryant, whose memory Durant said is driving the many Team USA stars who looked up to him. “Guys that had close relationships will understand how he’d approach every single day, especially with Team USA.
Deadspin EIC Jim Rich resigns in latest turmoil at G/O Media
Jim Rich, the former Daily News editor charged with bringing Deadspin back to life following a mass staff exodus, has resigned after just 18 months on the job, The Post has learned. Neither Spanfeller nor Rich returned calls seeking comment at the time of writing. No replacement has been tapped for Rich, who built an entirely new staff from the ground up at Deadspin. Within days, the entire editorial staff had followed him out the door. “Long live Deadspin.”For three months, Deadspin was a ghost site until its restaffing under Rich.
Biden fires Social Security commissioner, who refuses to leave office
President Biden fired the commissioner of the Social Security Administration, a holdover from the Trump administration, after he refused to resign Friday. The Associated Press reported that Deputy Commissioner David Black, another Trump holdover, had agreed to resign. Biden named Kilolo Kijakazi as acting commissioner while the administration conducts a search for a permanent commissioner and deputy commissioner. Kijakazi currently is the SSA’s deputy commissioner for retirement and disability policy. Congressional Republicans accused Biden of politicizing the agency, which pays out billions of dollars per year to more than 60 million Social Security beneficiaries, including seniors and the disabled.
Megan Thee Stallion to appear on cover Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue: report
As if Megan Thee Stallion needed more proof that she’s a savage. A source told Page Six the "Hot Girl Summer" rapper is poised to be one of the next cover girls for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue this year. But an industry source told us we should expect to see even more of her in the coming months. MEGAN THEE STALLION CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF BLACK WOMEN IN OP-ED ABOUT SHOOTING"She’s working on a new album. BEYONCÉ AND MEGAN THEE STALLION CHOREOGRAPHER LAUNCHES COMPANY TO COPYRIGHT DANCE MOVESWe’ll have to wait and see if her collection will also make its debut on SI’s pages.
Entertainment venues in England to make customers use vaccination passports -The Times
People drink at the terrace of a bar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London, Britain, April 16, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File PhotoJuly 9 (Reuters) - Entertainment venues in England will force customers to use so-called vaccination passports from autumn to prove they have had either both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative test the day before, The Times newspaper reported. COVID-19 certificates will be required for customers to enter bars, restaurants and nightclubs under plans to tackle a fourth wave of the coronavirus, the newspaper said. The government plans to lift capacity restrictions on pubs, restaurants and other public events on July 19 in England. read moreReporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru Editing by Chris ReeseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Wall St Week Ahead Investors eager for earnings amid growth concerns
A massive jump in second quarter earnings is expected to mark a peak for U.S. earnings growth and the recovery from last year's pandemic-induced profit collapse. S&P 500 earnings are estimated to have surged 65.8% from a year earlier, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. read moreInvestors are also eager to assess whether earnings will support Wall Street's run higher, with the S&P 500 (.SPX) up roughly 16% for the year so far. read more The S&P 500 value index (.RLV) is down for the week. Second-quarter earnings estimates are likely still too low, Nicholas Colas, co-founder of DataTrek Research, wrote in a note this week.
The Meme Stock Trade Is Far From Over. What Investors Need to Know.
The meme stock surge has been propelled by a rise in trading by retail investors. Meme stocks are both the cart and the horse of this phenomenon. Sosnick believes that the meme stocks tend to trade inversely to cryptocurrencies, because their fans rotate from one to the other as the momentum shifts. Indeed, Wall Street’s reaction to the meme stock revolution has been to isolate the parts of the market that the pros deem irrational. Many new retail traders say they are teaching themselves how to trade, and have begun to diversify their holdings.
I got into an accident after my friend asked me to drive her car. She insists I pay her full deductible. Is that fair?
My friend asked me to drive her car with her in the front passenger seat. While waiting for the police to come, my friend told me that she had an extremely high deductible. Your friend made a decision to buy a car, get insurance, and ask her friend to drive it. Even if she paid her deductible in the first instance, her auto-insurance company can claim that deductible from the wrongful party’s insurance — in which case your friend should reimburse you. For instance, if your friend or former friend makes a claim in her collision coverage as the result of a hit-and-run, she would pay out of pocket for her collision-coverage deductible, according to AllState.
Elizabeth Warren blasts Wells Fargo for ending personal lines of credit — here’s why that decision could hurt your credit score
Elizabeth Warren has sharp words for Wells Fargo. The bank is discontinuing personal lines of credit and will shut down existing ones in the coming weeks, CNBC reported, citing customer letters it has reviewed. Wells Fargo needs to make this right,” she wrote on Twitter TWTR, +3.20% . Wells Fargo is facing stricter oversight and asset caps compared to its competitors, he said. On Friday, Wells Fargo shares were up 3.1% after falling 1.6% Thursday, and have gained nearly 45% so far this year, while the S&P 500 SPX, +1.13% has gained 16%.
Covid Fears and Lower Yields Can’t Keep the Stock Market Down
Everything went wrong this past week—and yet everything ended up all right for the stock market. “The 2020 links between Covid risk and yields were more direct as elevated economic risks from Covid were seen as leading to further central bank stimulus,” Englander writes. Renewed Covid fears don’t mean the market has to fall, but they’re worth watching. This past week a disappointing ISM services survey—it fell to 60.1 in June from 64 in May, below forecasts for 63.5—seemed to trigger selling on Tuesday. Here’s a little secret: There’s a good chance economic growth has peaked, but that doesn’t have to signal the end of a bull market.
Cuba sets new COVID-19 record with over 6,000 daily cases and 28 deaths
COVID-19 cases in Cuba soared to a record 6,422 on Friday, nearly twice the number registered just a few days ago, while deaths reached 28 as the island struggles to contain the virus in high-transmission areas and in the capital Havana. COVID-19 case numbers have been rising steadily since late last year after Cuba reopened its borders to tourism in November. Total cases since the start of the pandemic reached 219,000 on Friday and 1,431 deaths have been confirmed, according to the Ministry of Public Health. In all of 2020 Cuba said it had just around 12,200 COVID-19 cases. On Thursday, the company said that the two-shot Soberana 02 vaccine, when supplemented with a booster called Soberana Plus, was 91.2% effective in reducing serious illness caused by the virus, according to results of clinical trials.
Covid origins: Scientists weigh up evidence over virus's origins
Some research scientists, who have tried to unpick the pandemic's origins, have been accused of conspiracy and cover-up - based on no evidence. That may never be known, but the scientists who wrote this latest report want to clarify the available evidence and what it means. One who has worked on Sars-Cov-2's evolutionary origins since the pandemic's early days says the evidence points to a natural spillover. While the arguments have escalated over the past year, there has been no new scientific evidence pointing to a laboratory leak. And significantly, scientists almost all agree that a robust search for evidence of Sars-Cov-2's origins is the only positive way forward.
Cam Newton says his shoulder wasn't healthy for years after injury against Chargers
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton played through a shoulder injury for multiple seasons. Newton revealed his shoulder hasn't been right since 2016 in a video released on YouTube on Friday. Newton explained he injured his shoulder after throwing an interception against the then San Diego Chargers in Week 14 of the 2016 NFL season. Even if Newton plays at a high level, his time in New England could be done after this season. Cam Newton dealt with a shoulder injury for years.
Wall Street ends choppy week with stocks higher; bond yields rebound
Bond yields rebounded solidly and stock indexes notched new highs Friday as Wall Street closed out a choppy, holiday-shortened week of trading with the market’s third straight weekly gain. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 1.1% to an all-time high for the second time this week. The gains were broad with about 90% of the stocks in the S&P 500 closing higher. AdvertisementThe S&P 500 index rose 48.73 points to 4,369.55. Banks have been among the best-performing stocks in the S&P 500 this year.
CDC issues new school guidance, with emphasis on full reopening
The agency also called on school districts to use local health data to guide decisions about when to tighten or relax prevention measures like mask wearing and physical distancing. The issue of school closures has been an extremely contentious and divisive topic since the outset of the pandemic, and advising school districts has been a fraught exercise for the CDC. “This is a big moment,” said Dr. Richard Besser, a former acting director of the CDC. The guidance recommends masks for all unvaccinated students, teachers, or staff members. Though she had pushed for even more relaxed guidance — doing away with the 3-foot rule altogether, for example — she said the new recommendations gave districts important flexibility.
Kiké Hernández settles into unexpected everyday role in center field for Red Sox
When Kiké Hernández signed with the Red Sox before spring training, he not only had his eyes set on being an everyday player, but also a starting second baseman. Kiké Hernández has been a key part of the Red Sox outfield, spending most of his time in center field this season. But 58 of them have come in center field, a position where Hernández has thrived this season. Heading into Friday’s game, Hernández led all center fielders in defensive runs saved with nine this year. “The Red Sox have and I definitely feel we needed that fourth day.
Boston Pride announces closing amid controversy over inclusion
“It is clear to us that our community needs and wants change without the involvement of Boston Pride. “Therefore, Boston Pride is dissolving. Boston Pride, the organization that for decades has organized the city’s annual LGBTQ parade, is dissolving amid a controversy over inclusion, the group’s board of directors announced Friday. “There will be a new parade,” said Jo Trigilio, cofounder of Pride 4 the People and a former member of the Boston Pride communications team. “Pride is both a celebration but also a political event, and I think that’s the part of Pride that’s been lost,” Trigilio said.
CPAC: Trump Jr. calls Biden ‘dolt,’ gloats that stripper Stormy Daniels’ lawyer is going to prison
If you get the line right, you get a scoop of ice cream.”Such mockery and red meat is typical both for Trump Jr. and CPAC, which Donald Trump himself will headline on Sunday afternoon. Michael Avenatti is going to prison,” Trump Jr. said. Trump Jr. glossed over his dad’s affair with Daniels, and his family’s own legal entanglements. While he own dad was right about “everything,” Trump Jr. said, Biden has set out a welcome mat for illegal migration. (Elias Valverde II/The Dallas Morning News) (Elias Valverde II / Staff Photographer)“Addiction is terrible.
No excuse for Biden administration’s slow response to protecting ‘Dreamers’ from deportation | Editorial
EditorialsThe big jump in applications came during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that’s the explanation being given by a federal agency, U.S. But such excuses don’t make thousands of so-called “Dreamers” any safer from being booted from the only country they’ve ever called home. The Trump administration attempted to abolish DACA in September 2017, and it took almost three years before the Supreme Court, in June of last year, blocked those efforts. The court did not rule that Trump, or any president, could not end the program, only that the Trump administration had failed to followed proper procedures in attempting to do so. Of all the enlightened immigration reforms being pushed in this country, there is none so right as DACA.
Many of Nevada’s major COVID-19 metrics are back at February levels
Nevada on Friday reported 813 new coronavirus cases and 13 additional deaths over the preceding day, capping a week in which major disease metrics in the state continued to rise and reached levels not seen since February. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoNevada on Friday reported 813 new coronavirus cases and 13 additional deaths over the preceding day, capping a week in which major disease metrics in the state continued to rise and reached levels not seen since February. New cases were well above the moving 14-day average of daily reported cases of 394. The jump in new cases has been accompanied by increases in both the COVID-19 test positivity rate and hospitalizations. The Southern Nevada Health District reported 771 new coronavirus cases and all 13 deaths recorded by the state on Friday.
NM lawmakers weigh legal options amid spending dispute
Michelle Lujan Grisham can allocate federal stimulus funding without legislative approval may move from the Roundhouse to the courthouse. State Sen. Jacob Candelaria, an Albuquerque lawyer, said this week that his office is preparing a lawsuit if lawmakers don’t succeed in calling themselves into session to take up the federal stimulus spending. Candelaria and Gerald Ortiz y Pino, both of Albuquerque — signed the certificate calling for a legislative session by Thursday, the target date set by Republican leaders. Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike have questioned Lujan Grisham’s authority to allocate federal stimulus funding without an appropriation approved by the Legislature. The governor’s administration has tapped federal stimulus funds to pay for a return-to-work program for residents receiving unemployment benefits, lottery awards for COVID-19 vaccination and for the unemployment fund.
The Latest: Kansas reports biggest COVID-19 surge 3 months
Anyone arriving from a “risk area” can avoid a 10-day quarantine by proving they have tested negative. People flying to Germany are required to test negative before boarding a flight wherever they come from. ———KABUL, Afghanistan — U.N. children’s agency UNICEF says more than 1.4 million Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses will be delivered to Afghanistan on Friday as the country battles a third wave of infections. The COVID-19 vaccines are being donated by the United States and delivered through the U.N.-backed COVAX program. “These vaccines arrive at a critical time for Afghanistan as the country faces a difficult surge in COVID-19 infections,” Hervé Ludovic De Lys, UNICEF’s representative in Afghanistan, said in a statement.
Top Japanese Olympic sponsors forced to nix plans after spectator ban
Organizers’ decision to ban spectators at most Tokyo Olympics events has forced some Japanese sponsors to take abrupt measures. Many top sponsors are expressing understanding for the move amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s heartbreaking to break the news to those who were waiting excitedly,” a Tobu Top Tours official said. The spectator ban deals a blow to businesses, including hotels and restaurants, that are now expected to experience a wave of cancellations. Several companies said that they wished the decision to ban spectators had been made sooner.
Spectators also barred from Olympic events in Hokkaido
Naomichi Suzuki, who had requested that the soccer matches be held without spectators, told reporters the organizers reversed their initial decision after talks with Hokkaido officials. According to the organizers, the reason for the about-face is the difficulty of preventing the flow of people between Hokkaido and Tokyo. With most of the events set to be held without spectators during the Summer Games, the organizers are expected to review their plans regarding volunteers and medical staff. On Thursday, the committee and other organizing bodies agreed to hold the Olympics without spectators in Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa. While Hokkaido will also stage the men’s and women’s marathon and race walk events between Aug. 5 and 8, the organizers have already requested that the public refrain from gathering along the routes.
Natalie Portman looks glum after being investigated by police for boat riding amid Sydney's lockdown
On Monday, Natalie Portman was investigated by New South Wales police for enjoying a leisurely boat ride amid the Sydney lockdown. In the past, Natalie has attended NRL Football games in support of celebrity friend Russel Crowe's team South Sydney Rabbitohs. She's almost a local: In the past, Natalie has attended NRL Football games in support of celebrity friend Russel Crowe's team South Sydney Rabbitohs. 'NSW Police have been made aware of community concerns regarding a boat ride and are conducting inquiries into the matter,' the spokeswoman said. The public health orders that were in place on Monday said Sydney residents could only leave their homes if they had a 'reasonable excuse'.
Jessica Chastain channels vintage Hollywood glamour in a floor-length emerald gown in Cannes
And Jessica Chastain channeled vintage Hollywood glamour in a floor-length emerald gown as she attended the Chopard party during the festival on Friday night. Jessica oozed confidence as she posed with her hand on her hip with a purple and green cuff bracelet on her wrist. The silver screen star looked gorgeous as she accentuated her natural features with a smokey eye makeup look and a slick of nude lipstick. She put on an upbeat display and beamed as she entered the glittering party in the stunning green dress. No stranger to a red carpet Jessica fixed cameras with a sultry star and smouldered for her photo call.
Global tax reform tops G20 meet in Venice
G20 finance ministers may reach agreement on the tax plan in VeniceAdvertising Read moreVenice (AFP)G20 finance ministers gathered Friday in Venice under tight security, with global tax reform at the top of the agenda as the world's biggest economies seek to ensure multinational companies pay their fair share. All the countries have already signed up to a framework for global tax reform agreed on July 1 among members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), notably a corporate tax rate of at least 15 percent. The minimum rate is one of two so-called pillars of global tax reform that have been under negotiation for years, and have been given new impetus under the US presidency of Joe Biden. - 'Be realistic' -Final agreement on the minimum tax rate is not expected until the run-up to the G20 leaders' summit in Rome in October. It was the G20 finance ministers' first in-person meeting since February 2020, when coronavirus began sweeping across the world.
Biden taps LA Mayor Garcetti as ambassador to India
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, seen speaking to media in April 2021, has been tapped as US ambassador to IndiaAdvertising Read moreWashington (AFP)President Joe Biden on Friday nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, an ambitious star in his Democratic Party, to be ambassador to India, with which the United States has an increasingly close relationship. Biden has stepped up the "Quad" partnership of the United States, India, Japan and Australia -- four democracies that largely share common cause on China's rising military and economic might. - Scandals rise at home -India has been facing major challenges from Covid-19 and air pollution -- two issues that Garcetti has tackled in Los Angeles. Garcetti in December said he turned down an unspecified job in the Biden administration so he could focus on defeating Covid-19 in Los Angeles. If Garcetti leaves, the City Council can either appoint an interim mayor or call a special election.
Missouri governor doesn’t want door-to-door vaccine help
Federal officials are pushing back after Parson said he doesn't want government employees going door-to-door to urge people to get vaccinated. Federal officials are pushing back after Parson said he doesn't want government employees going door-to-door to urge people to get vaccinated. Missouri asked for help last week from nearly formed federal "surge response" teams as it combats an influx of cases that's overwhelming some hospitals. He said he didn’t know what the federal government planned to do but stressed that the state had been getting federal help all along. “We know there’s a vast number of people that is hesitant to take the vaccine,” Parson said.
New Evidence Indicates Enough Illegal Votes In Georgia To Tip 2020
New evidence indicates that more than 10,300 illegal votes were cast in Georgia in the November 2020 general election — a number that will continue to rise over the next several months, potentially exceeding the 12,670 votes that separated Joe Biden and Donald Trump. This evidence also vindicates former President Trump and his legal team for the related public (and private) comments and legal arguments made in challenging the Georgia election results. Also like sister states, Georgia ignored various legislative mandates designed to prevent fraud and to ensure the integrity of the vote. Yet the media, the courts, and the Secretary of State’s Office ignored or downplayed the issue. Upon learning of this new development, the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office quietly opened an investigation into potentially illegal voting by residents who had moved between counties.
Biden fires Trump-appointed Social Security Administration chief
President Joe Biden on Friday fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul after he refused a request to resign, a White House official told NBC News. The White House told the paper that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision conferred the power to replace him. This removal would be an unprecedented and dangerous politicization of the Social Security Administration. https://t.co/Y33G4YoZKf — Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) July 9, 2021"This removal would be an unprecedented and dangerous politicization of the Social Security Administration," McConnell said. Their agenda was not to protect Social Security but to impose cruelty on America’s seniors and disabled.
Alabama has lowest percentage of COVID-19 vaccinated residents in U.S.
Alabama has the least percentage of fully vaccinated residents in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alabama, with 33.1 percent of residents fully vaccinated, held the rating of second worst vaccination rate for months, behind Mississippi, which now holds that spot, at 33.3 percent fully vaccinated. ADPH uses the seven-day average of new daily cases to categorize counties as either low risk, moderate risk, high risk or very high risk. In addition to the 21 counties deemed as very high risk, four counties are “high risk.”The percent of COVID-19 tests that are positive statewide increased to 4.8 percent on July 3, according to ADPH. Louisiana, with a 35.6 percent vaccination rate, saw cases rise 109 percent, and Tennessee, where 37 percent of residents are vaccinated, had a 169 percent increase in new cases.
Los Angeles County sees exponential growth in Covid-19 cases as Delta variant becomes dominant, worrying officials
(CNN) The most populous county in the US is seeing "exponential growth" of Covid-19 cases as the Delta variant takes over as the dominant coronavirus strain, health officials in Los Angeles County said. The Delta variant, first detected in India, has been found in 43% of new sequenced samples in California, the state said. "Although we expected the Delta variant to become the dominant strain in the United States, this rapid rise is troubling," she said. A Pfizer spokesperson later told CNN the company planned to request FDA emergency use authorization for a booster shot in August. And if Americans ultimately need a booster shot, "people shouldn't get too worked up about that," he said.
Phewwww, the CDC is mostly on target in rules for opening school this fall
To many of us, this seems obvious, but it actually represents a landmark shift in how CDC has been talking about schools. (This is exactly why I supported the change to CDC mask guidance in May, even though it was not popular in public health circles.) At first read, it seems CDC is mandating masks in schools for those who are unvaccinated. The right ventilation prevents COVIDAs far as the other controls CDC mentions, I was glad to see that ventilation had its own line item. But the big picture here is that CDC placed an important marker – kids need to be in school.
Legoland New York has opened to the public, more than a year after planned opening date
All seven of the park's themed lands are now open, Legoland New York Resort Divisional Director Stephanie Johnson said at a news conference on Friday morning, when she was joined by Gov. Legoland: What COVID means for the park opening in GoshenLegoland: Here's what the park will look like this summer"I love Legos. Legoland was initially set to open on July 4, 2020, before COVID delayed the opening. "Come to the Hudson Valley." Legoland:Here's what awaits at Legoland New York, opening this summerMatt Spillane covers breaking news throughout the Hudson Valley.
Lynch: European Tour 'security' around Rory McIlroy was a joke, but no laughing matter
Security is conspicuous at most PGA Tour events, whether local police departments or companies hired to manage crowds. It’s possible the personnel hired for security duty at the Scottish Open had little or no experience working a golf tournament. But neither of those excuses holds true for the European Tour, which was made to look amateurish at best, negligent at worst. If there was one group on the course who might have expected competent security, this was it: McIlroy, Rahm, Justin Thomas. Because if these things were just a laughing matter, no one would have ever heard of Günther Parche.
Jolie and Pitt's lawyers face off over her bid to dump their private judge in divorce case
"If you're going to play the role of a paid private judge you have to play by the rules and the rules are very clear, they require full transparency," Olson said. Jolie sought Ouderkirk's dismissal in August 2020, alleging he was not impartial due to professional links between him and Pitt's lawyers. Ordinarily, an appellate court decision could be expected in about a month. Divorce cases in California, especially celebrity cases and those conducted under the aegis of a private judge, often take place behind closed doors and are not accessible online, even before the COVID-19 pandemic closed courthouses. Jolie's lawyer's brief in the case declared that even if she loses at the appellate level, she will keep fighting Pitt and the custody order.
Covid Live Updates: Mississippi Urges Masks for Indoor Gatherings as Delta Spreads
Live Covid Live Updates: Mississippi Urges Masks for Indoor Gatherings as Delta Spreads Educators’ unions praise new C.D.C. Africa endures its “worst pandemic week ever.”Mississippi urges ‘high-risk’ residents to avoid indoor mass gatherings as Delta variant spreads. To use the S.D.R.s, countries can agree to trade this interest-bearing asset with other countries in exchange for cash. Researchers at Imperial College London also found that from June 24 to July 5, the number of coronavirus cases had quadrupled across England and had risen eightfold in London. The World Health Organization warned last week that the games, held in cities across Europe, had driven a rise in coronavirus cases.
Biden’s anti-competitive ‘competition’ order
His everything-but-the-kitchen-sink directive is simply a compendium of longtime Democratic dreams, banning companies — and workers — from acting in ways that keep them competitive. The order includes 72 directives for more than a dozen federal agencies on everything from prescription-drug prices to Internet services to chicken farming. And this order could do serious damage to that recovery. Most of it is bad ideas, and little of it has to do with boosting competition except according to lefty talking points. Is there anyone in this White House who has a clue how the private sector actually works?
Letters to the Editor — July 10, 2021
The Issue: The Post editorial calling for an end to requiring vaccinated riders wear masks on public transit. With all the problems facing New York City, why focus on this mask mandate (“Let ’Em Breathe,” Editorial, July 8)? John AmatoFresh MeadowsThe Post’s opinion on the wearing of masks in the subway is misguided and just plain wrong. I am not in favor of people wearing masks forever. Nat WeinerThe BronxThe Issue: Eric Adams’ victory in the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City.
Cuomo big-foots in the name of reducing NY’s carbon footprint
Andrew Cuomo’s plans for siting renewable energy facilities, such as solar farms and windmills, are meeting righteous resistance from upstate locals. The intrusive facilities are key to the gov’s $26 billion “clean energy, clean economy” initiative, which Cuomo pretends will boost New York’s post-COVID-19 economy. The wind and solar plants’ output will cost a lot more per kilowatt-hour of generation, though Cuomo means to disguise that fact as best he can. So Cuomo got the Legislature to pass a law that lets him override local objections in siting his alternative-energy facilities, power he’s used to stick it to areas that don’t vote for him anyway. God save New York’s freedoms if he somehow survives his endless scandals and wins yet a fourth term next year.
Xavier Becerra’s moronic Big Brother remark just sets back vaccination efforts
On Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra declared it was “absolutely the government’s business” to know whether Americans have been vaccinated. But too many will only hear his earlier remarks implying that the feds have every right to track such info, simply because it’s spending so much taxpayer money on the COVID fight. Yes, virtually all adults should get jabbed, and government outreach to encourage it is warranted. But the various hesitant groups, all across the political and socioeconomic spectrums, often have reasons for their doubts — and rash, morally entitled Big Brother remarks by a top official that feed paranoia are a major setback. A year and a half into COVID, no public-health official has any excuse for straying off-message by venting his foolish fury.
President Biden taps LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to be ambassador to India
President Biden announced Friday that he has tapped Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as his nominee to serve as the U.S. ambassador to India. Speculation over whether Garcetti was in talks with the president for a position within the administration began to emerge in May. Garcetti was first elected to his position as mayor in 2013, previously serving as a city councilman and council president. Eric Garcetti (left) with President Biden at a campaign event last March. According to a report, Garcetti would become the first LA mayor to leave the position on his own terms in over a century.
Megan Thee Stallion to cover Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue: source
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)As if Megan Thee Stallion needed more proof that she’s a savage. A source told Page Six the “Hot Girl Summer” rapper is poised to be one of the next cover girls for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue this year. While it’s unusual for musicians to grace the cover rather than models, she wouldn’t be the first. No one will know until the day of the unveiling.”Reps for Megan would not confirm or deny the rapper’s participation in the issue. But an industry source told us we should expect to see even more of her in the coming months.
Five myths about the Olympics
The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to begin this month under a cloud of controversy. Postponed by a year because of the pandemic, the Games are a hot-button issue in Japan, where some polls find that about 80 percent of the population opposes staging the Olympics amid a global pandemic. The Games will feature more than 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries; they’re not required to be vaccinated. Officials announced Thursday that spectators will be banned from all events because of a new pandemic-related state of emergency. These Olympics are different because of the coronavirus, but some myths and misconceptions about the Games persist in any year.
Biologist to Tucker: If Ivermectin proven effective against COVID, it moots vaccine push
That last clause, Weinstein told host Tucker Carlson, is key to why it is important that Ivermectin and other established pharmaceuticals are thoroughly investigated as alternative treatments. Ivermectin is also a cost-effective medication for its current uses, with a 3-day prescription-withstanding supply costing less than $50 on Amazon. CLICK HERE TO GET FOX NATION"So if Ivermectin is safe and effective … then there shouldn't be vaccines that we're administering. Weinstein suggested that if the anti-malarial was proven effective, it would moot the Emergency Use Authorization for the vaccine. New episodes of " Tucker Carlson Today " are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday exclusively on Fox Nation.
Reporter’s Notebook: The Olympics’ long history of getting political
Olympic fans are now banned from the upcoming Summer Games in Tokyo due to concerns about coronavirus. That means possible political protests by athletes at the games will have a limited audience – except when they’re captured on TV or social media. Let’s start with 1906 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. The Summer Olympics overshadowed President Jimmy Carter’s State of the Union address to Congress in the winter of 1980. One of the best-known Olympic protests came at the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City.
Cramer's week ahead: Next week sets the tone for all of earnings season
Projected EPS: $1.53Projected revenue: $17.97 billion JPMorgan Chase Q2 2021 earnings release: 7 a.m.; conference call: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday: Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citigroup earningsWells Fargo Q2 2021 earnings release: 8 a.m.; conference call: 11:30 a.m. Thursday: UnitedHealth Group, Alcoa earningsUnitedHealth Group Q2 2021 earnings release: before market; conference call: 8:45 a.m. Friday: First Horizon, Kansas City SouthernFirst Horizon Q2 2021 earnings release: 6:45 a.m.; conference call: 9:30 a.m. Kansas City Southern Q2 2021 earnings release: before market; conference call: 8:45 a.m.
Saudi Arabia approves Moderna's COVID vaccine -state news agency
Test tubes are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken, May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Dado RuvicCAIRO - July 9 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Food and Drug Authority on Friday approved Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine (MRNA.O) for use in the kingdom, the state news agency (SPA) said. The authority added that after this approval, authorities will start procedures to import the two-dose vaccine, the news agency said. Saudi Arabia had earlier approved the use of the Pfizer Inc (PFE.N), AstraZeneca Plc (AZN.L) and the Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) vaccines. Reporting by Alaa Swilam and Ahmed Tolba; editing by Jonathan OatisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Arab countries pledge aid as Tunisia struggles with COVID pandemic
A man receives a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a vaccination centre in Tunis, Tunisia, April 26, 2021. After successfully containing the virus in the first wave last year, Tunisia is now grappling with a rise in infections. Tunisia recorded 189 deaths on Friday, the highest daily toll since the pandemic began last year. "We are in a catastrophic situation ... the health system has collapsed, we can only find a bed in hospitals with great difficulty," health ministry spokesperson Nisaf Ben Alaya said. The total number of coronavirus cases so far in Tunisia has climbed to around 480,000, with more than 16,000 deaths.
U.S. administers nearly 333 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines - CDC
A large vaccination site is shown as people with preexisting health conditions are granted access to a vaccination during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Inglewood, California, U.S., March 15, 2021. REUTERS/Mike BlakeJuly 9 (Reuters) - The United States had administered 332,966,409 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Friday morning and distributed 386,058,070 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Those figures are up from the 332,345,797 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by July 8 out of 385,495,790 doses delivered. The agency said 183,542,871 people had received at least one dose while 158,629,431 people were fully vaccinated as of Friday. The CDC tally includes two-dose vaccines from Moderna (MRNA.O) and Pfizer/BioNTech (PFE.N), , as well as Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ.N) one-shot vaccine as of 6:00 a.m.
Brazil 2022 election will take place; 'It's that simple,' says Senate president
President of Brazil's Senate Rodrigo Pacheco looks on during a news conference after the meeting of the National COVID-19 Coordinator to combat the pandemics, in Brasilia, Brazil, April 14, 2021. REUTERS/Adriano MachadoBRASILIA, July 9 (Reuters) - Brazilian Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco on Friday vehemently rejected any speculation that the 2022 presidential election may not take place, insisting that the constitution will be upheld and the wishes and expectations of the Brazilian people will be met. Speaking to reporters in the Senate, Pacheco was responding to comments made by President Jair Bolsonaro earlier in the week that he may not accept the result of the election unless the voting system is changed. Bolsonaro claims the voting system, which uses computers to record votes, is susceptible to voter fraud, and is insisting that only printed ballots be used. Pacheco on Friday rejected any suggestion there has been voter fraud in previous elections or that the current system is vulnerable to fraud.
Taliban say they control 85% of Afghanistan, humanitarian concerns mount
Torghundi, a northern town on the border with Turkmenistan, had also been captured by the Taliban overnight, Afghan and Taliban officials said. Three visiting Taliban officials sought to address those concerns during a visit to Moscow. He said "you and the entire world community have probably recently learned that 85% of the territory of Afghanistan has come under the control" of the Taliban. A U.S. donation of more than 1.4 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine arrived on Friday, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said. In Afghanistan, a prominent anti-Taliban commander said he would support efforts by Afghan forces to claw back control of parts of western Afghanistan, including a border crossing with Iran.
Netflix's anime adaptation of classic manga 'Spriggan' debuts in 2022
Netflix has shared a new trailer for Spriggan, its upcoming adaption of Hiroshi Takashige and Ryoji Minagawa’s seminal manga of the same name. The streaming giant first announced series in 2019, at which point it said it would release the show in 2021. Spriggan is now slated to debut next year, following production delays related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Spriggan manga ran between 1989 and 1996 and was most recently adapted into a movie in 1998 that was overseen by Akira director Katsuhiro Otomo. David Productions, the studio behind Jojo’s Bizare Adventure , is on animation duties, with Hiroshi Kobayashi (Kill la Kill) directing the project and Hiroshi Seko (Attack on Titan, Mob Psycho 100) penning the show's screenplay.
Biden fires Trump-era head of Social Security after he refuses to resign
Associated PressFor months, the Biden White House refrained from criticizing Republican officials who played down the importance of coronavirus vaccinations or sought to make political hay of the federal government’s all-out effort to drive shots into arms. With the COVID-19 vaccination rate plateauing across the country, the White House is returning fire at those they see as spreading harmful misinformation or fear about the shots. When South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster tried this week to block door-to-door efforts to drive up the vaccination rate in his state, White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not mince words in her reaction.
Biden fires Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, who says he isn't leaving
President Biden fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul on Friday amid an ongoing dispute over his leadership of the independent agency responsible for administering retirement and disability benefits. Deputy Social Security Commissioner David Black was also asked to resign and he complied. "I consider myself the term-protected Commissioner of Social Security," Saul said. She currently serves as Deputy Commissioner for Retirement and Disability Policy at the Social Security Administration. To fulfill President Biden’s bold vision for improving and expanding Social Security, he needs his people in charge," Wyden said.
Guests on Sunday Talk Shows: Mayoral candidate Eric Adams (D-N.Y.)
COVID-19; the Delta variant; vaccinations around the world: Former CDC director Thomas Frieden; author Devi Sridhar (“Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?”). (N) 7:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. KCBSMeet the Press National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan; Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.); Richard Engel. ); mayoral candidate Eric Adams (D-New York). Greg Abbott (R-Texas); Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby. (N) 8 a.m. CNNMediaBuzz Will Cain; Leslie Marshall; Griff Jenkins; Robby Soave; Richard Fowler; Steve Krakauer.
Cramer's Mad Money Recap: PepsiCo, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs
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Respect the Delta variant, but don’t fear it — unless you’re not vaccinated
Delta is the dominant strain within the United States ; Los Angeles is now recommending that everyone wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status in response to the rise in Delta variant cases. The arrival of the Delta variant has opened another chapter in the COVID-19 pandemic. With over 70 percent of residents vaccinated, Bay State residents are generally well protected against this variant. AdvertisementThankfully, vaccines in use in the US appear to be highly effective against the Delta strain. After the general feeling of helplessness last year, COVID-19 — including the Delta variant — is totally preventable in 2021.
Letters: Problematic parklets | Bills’ threat | Tower worry | Childhood hunger | Water solutions | Peace Corps budget | Swaying unvaccinated
Ed KahlWoodsideUrge Congress to spendmore on Peace CorpsIn 1961, President Kennedy founded the U.S. government agency known as the Peace Corps. Since then, 240,000+ citizens have served our nation as Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), touching the lives of citizens in 142 countries. The Peace Corps is a vital part of the ambassadorial system, reaching portions of humanity that others cannot. President Biden announced the Peace Corps pending budget; the same budget as the last six years. As a nonpartisan agency that accepts citizens 18 or over, regardless of background or education, the Peace Corps crosses all boundaries.
Canada wanted NHL to enact stricter virus protocols during shortened season
Face masks were prevalent throughout the NHL this past season, but documents show Canadian health officials wanted the league to take additional steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Still, documents released to The Canadian Press under the Freedom of Information Act show health officials “strongly” recommended the league adopt additional measures before green-lighting its return. He added that the NHL’s protocols had been updated to include testing for a player’s close contacts for 14 days if the player tested positive for the virus. The NHL released numbers June 28 showing it had administered more than 350,000 COVID-19 tests this season, with 119 players receiving “confirmed positives.” The virus forced 12 teams to shut down over the course of the season, postponing 55 games. A Washington Capitals spokesman said Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the club, learned of the death Thursday from a member of Watson’s family.
EPA revokes emergency use of Allied BioScience’s COVID-fighting antimicrobial surface coating
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ordering Plano-based Allied BioScience to cease all distribution of its SurfaceWise2 product, an antimicrobial surface coating the government previously authorized for emergency use as a COVID-19 germ killer. The order came from an investigation that followed Oklahoma’s request to revoke the product’s emergency authorization on the grounds that the emergency situation was no longer applicable, according to the EPA. The EPA said its investigation found that the product is not as effective in real-life application as it is in a laboratory. He also said Allied BioScience will continue to work with the EPA to receive full approval for SurfaceWise2. Because of that and the availability of other approved products, the EPA said removing SurfaceWise2 from the market will not endanger human health.
Seven Peaks Festival in Buena Vista canceled for 2021 due to Chaffee County COVID capacity limit
The Seven Peaks Festival in Buena Vista, a country music extravaganza scheduled for Labor Day weekend, was canceled Friday due to Chaffee County’s COVID-19 capacity restrictions, which do not permit more than 5,000 people at an event. The announcement was posted by the festival on Twitter and on Seven Peaks’ website Friday. “All 2021 passes purchased at SevenPeaksFestival.com will automatically be fully refunded within 30 days back to the original form of payment,” the announcement read. The Ark Valley Voice said concert organizers were seeking a permit for upwards of 20,000 people. It has been particularly prevalent in Mesa County, where last month the Country Jam music festival lured thousands of fans for a three-day event near Grand Junction.
Vaccinated teachers, students don't need masks inside school buildings, CDC says: Live COVID-19 updates
Vaccinated teachers and students don't need to wear masks inside school buildings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines. The CDC recommends anyone over the age of 2 who isn’t fully vaccinated – students, teachers and staff – continue to wear masks indoors and to try to keep 3 feet of distance. Also in the news:?Arizona on Friday reported its biggest daily increase in COVID-19 cases in two months. COVID-19 cases have risen for seven consecutive weeks in the region, the organization said. ? Today's numbers: The U.S. has more than 33.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 606,700 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Some Wisconsin schools shed mask requirements after court ruling
A week after the state Supreme Court threw out Wisconsin's mask requirement, some schools are no longer requiring face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This week the Paris Consolidated School District in Kenosha County stopped requiring masks. The Cameron School Board in northwestern Wisconsin voted 3-2 Tuesday to make masks optional, against the advice of the county health officer. The Laona, Three Lakes and Crandon school districts in northern Wisconsin have also made masks optional, at least in some circumstances. A post by the Three Lakes School District drew more than 150 comments.
Masks no longer required for Illinois’ vaccinated students, teachers as state adopts new CDC guidance
CPS does not have data on how many of its students are vaccinated, but officials plan to ask students’ statuses when they return to schools late next month. But the agency emphasized that spacing should not be an obstacle to getting kids back in schools and would not required among fully vaccinated students or staff. In Detroit’s public schools, everyone will be required to wear a mask unless everyone in the classroom has been vaccinated. Philadelphia will require all public school students and staff to wear masks inside buildings, even if they have been vaccinated. The new schools guidance says:• No one at schools needs to wear masks at recess or in most other outdoor situations.
UNLV could snuff out smoking, tobacco use on campus
The university is considering a new policy that would prohibit smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, and tobacco products in all spaces on campus. UNLV campus (Las Vegas Review-Journal file photo)UNLV is considering a new policy that would prohibit on-campus smoking and tobacco use. But UNLV students and staff are allowed to congregate in various outdoor areas of the campus to indulge their habits. A campus smoke-free policy has been attempted multiple times in the past, Gerstenberger noted. He said he doesn’t have current data about how many UNLV students or employees smoke or use tobacco products on campus.
Rangers GM Chris Drury has a very busy summer agenda
New Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury has kept a relatively low profile since being elevated to his new position two months ago. Successfully navigating the expansion draft, entry draft and free agency will be a big key to that. But there are always last-minute contingencies to adjust to, and there will be opportunities to improve the roster that come out of the expansion draft. Projected significant players to be exposed to claim: Tony DeAngelo, Blackwell, Rooney, Gauthier, Keith Kinkaid, Anthony Bitetto. Maybe there’s a player exposed by another team the Rangers want, and Seattle could choose that player and trade him to the Rangers later.
Dear Annie: Husband’s porn habit leaves wife feeling betrayed
He said it was no big deal -- that most men have a porn habit. -- Feeling BetrayedDear Feeling: If this were indeed just a habit, then there might be middle ground on which to meet him. Dear Annie: I just spent my first Father’s Day without my dad, who tragically passed away from COVID-19 a few months ago. -- Grateful DaughterDear Grateful: I’m so sorry for your loss and your diagnosis. Dear Annie: In several columns, you’ve mentioned Match.com as a good place for singles to meet other singles.
The Latest: Kansas reports biggest COVID-19 surge 3 months
COVID-19-related hospitalizations continued to range between 500 and 600, with 535 virus patients occupying hospital beds as of Thursday. “Our collective under-vaccination in the state has put us all at risk, especially the most vulnerable,” State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said Friday during a virtual press briefing. Mississippi ranks among the last U.S. states for the total number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 at 31% fully vaccinated, according to the state Department of Health. Department of Health officials advised Friday that vulnerable people avoid indoor mass gatherings whether or not they are vaccinated, through at least July 26. They also advised that people who are not vaccinated wear a mask when in public settings.
ABQ tech firm settles suit with former landlord
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The dispute between Lavu Inc. and the owner of its former Downtown Albuquerque office is over. On July 1, Lavu announced a settlement agreement with Heritage Real Estate Company, the property manager for Albuquerque Plaza Office Investment, LLC, following a lawsuit filed against the point-of-sale software company for nonpayment of rent. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Lavu left its suite at the 22-story Albuquerque Plaza in early January for a smaller Uptown space citing pandemic-caused financial difficulties. The Albuquerque-based software company specializes in software for restaurants like online ordering systems, mobile point-of-sale and payment processing. The incentive funding stipulated that Lavu expand its workforce to around 120 and make a $1.5 million investment to remodel its offices at Albuquerque Plaza.
USDA unveils plan to help build small meat processing plants
Ranchers also have complained about a system that forces them to negotiate cattle sales with a few corporations that often don't pay them enough to make a profit, again raising issues of intense consolidation and the need to increase competition in the packing industry. Vilsack said COVID-19 exposed a food system “that was rigid, consolidated, and fragile.” He said President Joe Biden is determined to shift the balance of power back to the people by investing in building better and fairer markets for producers and consumers. The money, including the $500 million, comes from the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion aid package passed by Congress and signed by Biden in March. It will provide grants, loans, and technical assistance to help build new meat and poultry processing facilities. Vilsack said it is his hope to have projects in the works by early next year.
Va. soon won't require fully vaccinated people to wear masks in schools, following CDC's new guidance
This means almost 3 in 4 kids in this age group are not vaccinated, and only about 1 in 5 are fully protected against the virus. In the 2020-21 school year, there were 1.2 million K-12 students enrolled full time. Even if assuming all 305,355 of the fully vaccinated kids under the age of 20 were part of that number, it would account for only a quarter of the enrollment count. As of Friday, Virginians under the age of 20 accounted for about 1 in 5 infections caused by a variant of concern. On Thursday night, a second child under the age of 10 died from COVID.
Letters: Guilt and upset at being falsely pinged led to deletion of the Covid app
SIR – I was “pinged” by the NHS Covid-19 app a few days before Christmas. The only place I had visited was a Christmas shop, when I was with my daughter – who also had the app, yet she was not pinged. I felt guilty (for being outside), angry and upset, as I certainly hadn’t been in contact with anyone infected. On Thursday, Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, said that trial participants will be able to prove they have had both jabs either through the Covid pass on the main NHS app or the accessible letter available by calling 119. Margaret KalilCaldy, WirralThe dog delusionSIR – I truly dislike all dogs, though would not go so far as to self-diagnose cynophobia (Letters, July 9).
CDC pushes for school reopening amid concerns over Delta variant
And positive cases are bound to emerge, especially as the highly transmissible Delta variant becomes ever more dominant in the United States. “The Delta variant threatens another school year. The Delta variant presents a troubling new development in a pandemic that has gone on longer than most observers had predicted. A recent op-ed Gandhi co-authored argued that “Delta variant panic” could lead to a needless return of lockdowns and school closures. “Delta variant hasn’t affected announced school learning plans as of yet,” says Dennis Roche, president of Burbio.
Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder III in doubt over Covid with statement due
Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title defence against Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas, due to be on 24 July, looks set to be postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak in the champion’s camp. Fury’s team hoped to resurrect his bout with Joshua later this year, but those plans are now set to be scuppered if the mandated meeting with Wilder is delayed. Tyson Fury throws a left at Deontay Wilder when they fought in February 2020. Neither Fury nor Wilder has fought since February last year, when Fury scored a seventh-round knockout to end the American’s unbeaten record. Fury’s team were not available for comment on Friday.
I’m here because of her – Kalvin Phillips hails influence of late grandmother
The ‘Yorkshire Pirlo’ is preparing to line up against Italy for a shot at immortality with England – a position Kalvin Phillips does not believe he would be in if it was not for the influence of his Granny Val. “I feel like once you step on the pitch it don’t matter who they have played for or how long they have played,” Phillips said, having praised Azzurri midfielders like Jorginho and Marco Verratti. “It is just a matter of me beating that person and him knowing that I am good enough to compete against him. “I do feel like she is up there looking down and cheering me on.”Asked about her influence, he said: “It was just her example. “I know a lot of people from Leeds are behind me and it’s spreading more through the Yorkshire area.
England vs Italy: Kyle Walker’s ability to cover for others’ shortcomings could be crucial in Euro 2020 final
Kyle Walker has spent a large portion of a decorated career apologising. There were a couple of actual ones last year when he was caught breaking Covid-19 protocols two months into lockdown. The marauding full-back who lacks top-tier end product and often forgets to do the “back” bit of his job. With Italy’s fluid attacking system of wave upon wave, he will be asked the most challenging questions of his tournament to date. And how poetic it must be that, essentially, it is because of his ability to cover for the shortcomings of others.
Top 5: Where to find the best kar?pan in Tokyo
When I first discovered kar?pan (curry bread) existed in Japan, I was very happy. Shirokanedai 5-11-4, Minato-ku 108-0071; 03-5789-3148; kinmugi.netBoulangerie Seiji Asakura’s gy?-cheese kar?pan comes loaded with pine nuts and eggplant on a bed of thin-cut beef. Takanawa 2-6-2, Minato-ku 108-0074; 03-3446-4619; bit.ly/seijiasakura-igThe kar?pan at Bistro Kirakutei comes in two varieties: normal spicy or really spicy. It’s also famous for kar?pan, of course, which comes in two varieties: normal spicy or really spicy. Its kar?pan comes in two versions: spezie (spice; ¥269) and red kidney bean (¥283).
Kelly Brook sizzles in a leopard print bikini while enjoying a day at the beach in Mallorca
And Kelly Brook once again wowed fans with a stunning bikini picture uploaded to her Instagram on Thursday, as she holidayed in Mallorca. Stunning: Kelly Brook, 41, sizzled on Thursday as she posed in a leopard print bikini while enjoying a day at the beach in Mallorca for a photo uploaded to her InstagramKelly set temperatures soaring as she stood on a rocky ledge in a striking leopard-print bikini. It comes after Kelly last month revealed that it was 'so lonely' backstage as the contestants had to keep their identities secret from each other and couldn't chat. Speaking about not knowing who anyone was in the show, Kelly said: 'Yes it was so lonely backstage! We walk around with these jumpers on that say 'don't speak to us'.
Powerful photo shows a Border Patrol agent carrying a hurt Honduran migrant to safety
A picture posted to Twitter on Thursday shows a U.S. Border Patrol agent carrying a Honduran migrant to safety after claiming to be injured near the United States-Mexico border. The photo was posted by Brian Hastings, the chief agent for the U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector, which has been inundated in recent months with an influx of undocumented immigrants. The agents then took turns carrying her for about 2,600 feet through the brush and muddy terrain before they reached a road and took her to Border Patrol station near Mission, Texas. Mexican authorities subsequently contact the US Border Patrol El Centro Sector, which was able to track the injured woman's location via her GPS and eventually located her at 10.22am. Border Patrol agents have also rescued a number of children who have been dumped over the border, according to FOX News.
Video: Biden announces 'summer of joy' for those who are vaccinated
Video: Biden's race to get shots in 14.7M adults in 30 days: President offers free beer for 200,000, a $1M lottery prize and a White House trip in final bid to reach 'COVID independence' on July 4 with 70% vaccinatedPresident Joe Biden encouraged millennials to get vaccinated by promising a 'summer of freedom' as well as promoting a 'shot and a beer' promotion and a trip to the White House.
Video: New York skylines glow with fireworks as COVID restrictions lifted
Video:Fireworks in major cities across New York state on Tuesday night (June 15) celebrated the lifting of all state-mandated coronavirus restrictions after the state reported that 70% of its adults have received at least...
Video: Tortillas thrown at basketball team from predominantly Latino school
Video: School basketball team has championship stripped from them in disgrace for throwing TORTILLAS at opposition from predominantly Latino areaCoronado High School students threw tortillas at students from the predominantly Latino school of Orange Glen after a basketball game.
Katie Holmes' ex Emilio Vitolo Jr is seen with a woman who resembles the Dawson's Creek vet
Katie Holmes' dashing ex Emilio Vitolo Jr was seen walking with a new lady friend in New York City on Wednesday. Katie - who has daughter Suri Cruise, 15, with ex-husband Tom Cruise - was last seen in NYC on Tuesday as she looked chic in a green print dress. Emilio and Katie broke up earlier this spring as she worked in Connecticut on her new movie The Watergate Girl. And after the split, Emilio was said to be leaning on friends for support but as the breakup was confirmed he was glimpsed by single New Yorkers on the celebrity dating app Raya. Prior to Katie, Emilio was engaged to Rachel Emmons, breaking things off with her via text just days before photos of he and Katie emerged on a PDA-packed date in SoHo.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk play 'tourists' as they take in the sights in Florence, Italy
And Gwyneth Paltrow appeared to be delighted to play 'tourists' with husband Brad Falchuk as they took in the sights around Florence, Italy. Amore: Gwyneth Paltrow appeared to be delighted to play 'tourists' with husband Brad Falchuk as they took in the sights around Florence, ItalyGwyneth captioned the sweet snap with her husband of nearly three years: 'Tourists at long last.' No carbohydrate was left uneaten on their tour of Italy as they stopped by Massimo Masselli's Osteria Del Cinghiale Bianco. She shared a photo from the popular restaurant with the caption: 'Ask to sit up in the birds nest.' Chris and Gwyneth have remained close and friendly as they co-parent their daughter Apple, 17, and son Moses, 15.
Bridget Malcolm says she was told to do cocaine and have sex to lose weight while underage
Former Victoria's Secret model Bridget Malcolm says she was told to do cocaine and have sex when she was a teenager - because an agent insisted it would help her to 'lose weight'. 'I'd been told whilst I was underage to just have lots of sex to lose weight.' 'Too little, too late Victoria's Secret,' Bridget captioned the video, adding: 'Your performative allyship is a joke.' 'I found my bra from the 2016 Victoria's Secret fashion show,' she explained in her TikTok post, while holding up the tiny undergarment. I once had one of the top photographers from Victoria's Secret say if you got skinnier you would become an Angel.
Brian Austin Green says he and Megan Fox 'get along great'
Brian Austin Green has clarified on his Insta Stories that he and his ex Megan Fox have retained an amicable relationship. 'For people that need or want clarification, Megan and I get along great,' wrote Brian, 47, in a new update this Wednesday. The way they were: Brian Austin Green has clarified on his Insta Stories that he and his ex Megan Fox have retained an amicable relationship; pictured in December 2019'Neither of us are sending petty digs to each other. 'Spread kindness and love': 'For people that need or want clarification, Megan and I get along great,' wrote Brian, 47, in a new update this WednesdayOne reply to her comment read: 'lmfao. A couple of days later Brian emotionally announced on his podcast ...With Brian Austin Green that Megan had left him.
Covid-19: Meet the pampered lockdown pets of Australian celebrities
Many Aussies have bought lockdown pets since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, as a result of spending a lot more time at home. From Oscar winner Nicole Kidman to actor Liam Hemsworth and model Lara Worthington, take a look at some of the country's most beloved pets. Meet the pampered lockdown pets of Aussie celebrities including Nicole Kidman (pictured with her puppy Julian), Liam Hemsworth and Lara WorthingtonNicole Kidman has a number of animals and likes to post photos of her pets online. After dealing with months of lockdowns in Melbourne with his girlfriend Rebecca Harding, Andy Lee adopted a puppy named Henri in JuneAfter dealing with months of lockdowns in Melbourne with his girlfriend Rebecca Harding, Andy Lee adopted a puppy named Henri in June. On June 27, she took to Instagram holding the dog and said of the stay-at-home orders: 'Who's your lockdown buddy?'
Naomi Watts left heartbroken as her beloved dog Bob dies
Naomi Watts is mourning the loss of her dog, Bob. The Twin Peaks star has taken to Instagram to reveal her 20-year-old Yorkshire terrier, Bob, recently passed away. Alongside a picture of the pooch, the Australian actress wrote: 'My Darling Bob. You’ll be living on in my heart and soul forever. You’ll be living on in my heart and soul forever.
Steven Spielberg continues summer trip to France amid Cannes Film Festival at Eden Roc hotel
Steven Spielberg was seen departing the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cannes, France on Wednesday amid the ongoing Cannes Film Festival. The 74-year-old director donned a long sleeved light purple top with light blue jeans and white sneakers on the summer day in the French Riviera. The return of the festival marks the initial major film festival since the coronavirus shut down major gatherings in March of 2020. 'We always said last year that if the festival was canceled, it was because the situation was more serious than the existence of a film festival also the biggest festival in the world,' Frémaux said. Moving forward: The Hollywood icon was seen chatting with a staffer on the summer day
Ed Sheeran reveals the new orca tattoo on his arm is a tribute to his daughter
Ed Sheeran's new Orca tattoo is a tribute to his daughter Lyra Antarctica - who was conceived on a trip to Antarctica. According to The Sun, Ed said: 'I got some vampire teeth on my shoulder for the video and an orca for Antarctica. 'Everyone says I look like a melted crayon': Ed Sheeran has revealed the new orca tattoo on his arm is a tribute to his daughter. Ed has had his entire chest covered in tattoos that relate to his loved ones and the songs from his album 'Divide'. He has now worked with other superstars such as Rihanna, Harry Styles and Cara Delevingne.
Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale step out in Bondi during Sydney's lockdown
Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale enjoyed a winter outing to Sydney's Bondi Beach on Tuesday. The couple was joined by a male friend as they took advantage of the sunny weather during the city's COVID lockdown. A barefoot Rose, 41, stepped out in a pair of charcoal grey exercise tights, which she wore pushed up around her knees. Stepping out: Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale enjoyed a winter outing to Sydney's Bondi Beach on Tuesday. The couple and their friend made their way down to the famed beach, where Rose appeared content to stand on the shoreline.
Russell Crowe, 57, enjoys a bike ride through the quiet streets of Sydney
Russell Crowe announced he would be filming his next big budget movie in Sydney just last week. And on Thursday, the Oscar-winning actor enjoyed a bike ride through the New South Wales capital with his girlfriend Britney Theriot, 30. Keeping active: Russell Crowe enjoyed a bike ride with his girlfriend Britney Theriot on Thursday through Sydney's quiet streets amid lockdownHe wore a black hoodie and matching track pants that appeared to keep him warm while cycling through the city. Low key: The rugged-looking Gladiator star wore a black hoodie and matching track pants that appeared to keep him warm while cycling through the city. Joining Crowe in the cast will be Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA, while his fellow Oscar winner Natalie Portman is 'circling a role'.
'Little miss Freda Simone': Charlotte Church reveals her baby daughter's name for the FIRST TIME
Charlotte Church has revealed her ten-month-old daughter's name is Freda Simone. The singer, 35, secretly welcomed her baby daughter in August last year with her husband Jonathan Powell. Speaking on Thursday's episode of This Morning, Charlotte said her daughter's name for the first time and admitted she is still having many sleepless nights. Name: Charlotte Church has revealed her ten-month-old daughter's name is Freda SimoneThe hitmaker said: 'She's delicious, little miss Freda Simone. Charlotte then stepped up to the luscious green lawn where a little egret - a small, white heron - could be seen strutting around amongst the greenery.
Ciao bella! Meet the glamorous WAGs of the Italian team
Most of the partners of the Italy team were not able to attend the final in London because of Covid travel restrictions. The WAGs include a fiery fitness infuencer and a mother-of-three, as well as an Instagram star with almost 1 million followers of her own. Also cheering from the sidelines is French model Jessica Aidi, who is engaged to Italian midfielder Marco Verratti. Among her racy Instagram snaps are steamy pictures as Benni poses in a bikini, as well as a photo as she cheered her boyfriend on from the stands in Rome last week. The pair work with Italian football league Seriea on their WeWorld campaign, which aims to end violence against women.
Colin Farrell is every bit the heartthrob ahead of his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in Hollywood
Colin Farrell looked suave as he arrived to the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday afternoon ahead of his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Suave: Colin Farrell looked suave as he arrived to the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday afternoon ahead of his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel LiveColin oozed confidence while strutting down the alley behind the El Capitan with his team of security and publicists. captioned the official Jimmy Kimmel Live Instagram page, who shared the epic snapshot with their 2.8million followers. The North Water is set in 'Hull and on the ice floes of the Arctic in the late 1850s' and is an adaptation of Ian McGuire's novel of the same name. In promotional images for The North Water, Farrell is seen puffing a cigar, his face smeared with coal, his hand wrapped in a grimy bandage.
Tilda Swinton shows off her quirky sense of style by covering one eye with a black ribbon in Cannes
And Tilda Swinton was sure to turn heads as she and Marion Cotillard led the stars arriving in style at the Chanel dinner in the French city. The Snowpiercer star, 60, looked quirky in a satin navy dress with semi-sheer sleeves and a studded and ruffled neckline. Tilda displayed her usual pale visage, adding a pop of colour to her look with red lipstick and a matching manicure. French filmmaker Carax returns with his first feature film since the critically-acclaimed 2012 film Holy Motors for this new musical. The Sparks Brothers members Ron Mael and Russell Mael write both this original story and the music for the film.
Prince William appears in great spirits as he watches England play Denmark in Euro 2020 semi finals
AdvertisementPrince William looked in high spirits as he supported England in the team's spectacular Euro 2020 semi-final victory over Denmark at Wembley this evening. However, the Danish royal family hit back at the criticism and instead insisted that it was 'completely natural' that it 'represents Denmark' at the match. This was while millions of Denmark supporters are forced to stay at home and watch it on their TVs instead. Fans living in Denmark were told not to travel otherwise they would fall foul of the mandatory 10 days of self-isolation. 'Ekstra Bladet has been told that there will be representatives from the royal family present at Wembley.
Helen Mirren, 75, joins husband Taylor Hackford at the Velvet Underground screening
She stole the spotlight in a stunning yellow gown during the opening night of Cannes Film Festival on Monday night. And Helen Mirren looked sensational once again as she joined her husband of 24 years Taylor Hackford at the Velvet Underground screening on Tuesday. The Velvet Underground is a 2021 documentary film directed and produced by Todd Haynes that follows the band The Velvet Underground. The Cannes Film Festival has returned in full force after being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic this time last yearThe Cannes Film Festival has returned in full force after being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic this time last year. Helenshowed how she was feeling about the return of the iconic film festival, as she flashed a thumbs up while attending the screening for Annette.
Natalie Portman, Benjamin Millepied, Sacha Baron Cohen take family boat ride during Sydney lockdown
Natalie Portman and her husband, Benjamin Millepied, have been pictured taking a leisurely boat ride with their A-list buddy Sacha Baron Cohen amid Sydney's Covid-19 lockdown. They were spotted cruising around in a rented boat north of Sydney as they made the most of the winter sunshine on Monday. During the lockdown covering greater Sydney, residents are banned from leaving their homes for reasons that are non-essential. The outing proved to be a hands-on experience for everyone, as Natalie, Benjamin and Sacha were later seen anchoring the boat onto a nearby beach using a rope. On dry land: The outing proved to be a hands-on experience for everyone, as Natalie, Benjamin and Sacha were later seen anchoring the boat onto a nearby beach using a ropePull harder!
Prince Charles of Luxembourg, 13 months has been touring care homes with his parents
The adorable Prince Charles of Luxembourg has stolen the show once again as he accompanied his parents on a royal engagement. Charles, who was born in May 2020, has been accompanying his parents, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, 39 and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie, 39, on a series of engagements in the past few weeks. In one image, Charles, can be seen being fed his lunch by an elderly lady as his doting father Guillaume looks on. Prince Charles, wearing a white and blue romper, extends his arms to an elderly man playing with a toy carDoting residents waved and grinned at the adorable Young Prince Charles during one of his visitsHello there! 'These beautiful moment and rich emotions can be seen in this photo series, we will share more images on Friday.'
Prince Charles marks the centenary of the Church in Wales at St David's Cathedral
Prince Charles seemed in high spirits today as he marked the centenary of Church in Wales on the fourth day of his Welsh tour. Donning a dapper tan suit, the heir to the throne, 72, was spotted laughing and chatting with well-wishers and locals before attended a special church service at St David's Cathedral, in St David's. The Prince of Wales has been touring Wales this week in a whirlwind of cultural entertainment, meeting locals and learning more about the way the region has recovered after the coronavirus crisis. The Church in Wales is celebrating its centenary a year late because of covid-19. It has been a busy week in Wales for Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, who have been touring the nation for four days straight.
Cannes Film Festival: Jodie Turner-Smith wears chevron dress with a WHIP for After Yang photocall
Jodie Turner-Smith was sure to turn heads as she rocked a striking chevron-print dress at the After Yang photocall during Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. Jodie oozed confidence as she pulled off a number of poses as she joined her co-stars at the glitzy event in France. Jodie appeared in great spirits as she posed alongside her After Yang co-stars Haley Lu Richardson and Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja. Young Malea looked lovely in a ruffled cream dress, while Haley looked effortlessly chic in a blue floral dress. Elsewhere at the Cannes film festival, the team behind The Velvet underground were out in force as they attended they film's photocall.
Bella Hadid shows off her VERY glamorous commute between Cannes and Paris
AdvertisementBella Hadid has been showing off her glamorous 'daily' commute between Paris and Cannes. The 24-year-old supermodel has been splitting her time between the two French cities as she storms the runway at Paris Fashion Week by day before wowing on the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival by night. She simply captioned the post: 'Daily commute to Paris' and tagged her location as Cannes airport. Bella has had a packed schedule in both of the cities in recent weeks after first arriving in Paris at the end of June. Over the next 10 days, the Cannes Film Festival will try to resuscitate global cinema on a grand scale.
Sarah Shahi posts loved-up tribute to boyfriend and Sex/Life co-star Adam Demos
Australian actor Adam Demos recently called himself a 'lucky man' after finding love with his Sex/Life co-star Sarah Shahi. The steamy photo of the pair in a club scene attracted dozens of likes and comments from fans - including Sarah. 'My everything': Adam Demos' co-star and girlfriend Sarah Shahi shared a cute message after meeting on the set of Netflix's Sex/LifeThe actress commented: 'My everything,' along with three heart emojis. Adam recently set social media on fire with his raunchy full frontal shower scene for Sex/Life in episode three of the series, due to the size of his manhood. 'Embarrassed at the number of times I watched that gym shower scene #SexLife,' a third said, while a fourth gushed: 'That full frontal of Adam Demos in Sex Life was jaw dropping!'
Keeping Up With The Kardashians vet Jonathan Cheban takes meetings in Los Angeles
Jonathan Cheban was spotted in Los Angeles this week after spending time in New York City. In Cali: Jonathan Cheban was spotted in Los Angeles this week after spending time in New York City. Later Wendy asked Jonathan if Kim is seeing a new man. 'I miss Kanye, I miss him around, I miss his brilliant energy,' said Jonathan. NOT dating: Later Wendy asked Jonathan if Kim is seeing a new man.
Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills: Harry Hamlin shares his 'issue' with Amelia dating Scott Disick
Harry Hamlin shared his concern about daughter Amelia dating much older Scott Disick on Wednesday's episode of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills. 'You don't think about that when you have kids, you know? You don't think about that,' she said. 'I don't like being where I don't like people,' Sutton told Kyle who slid over to check on her. What crazy planet do you live on?,' Sutton told Crystal.
Mick Jagger BROKE lockdown rules to watch England game at Wembley after flying in from France
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger flouted lockdown rules after jetting in from France to watch England's Euro 2020 semi-final win over Denmark. However, Mick was snapped at Wembley just 24 hours later joining 60,000 football fans last night to watch the Three Lions secure their place in Sunday's final. The source said: 'Mick is a huge football fan and just wanted to be at Wembley. Mick regularly watches football wherever he is based, especially England and his beloved Arsenal. The Rolling Stones are currently finishing off their latest album in London, which is set to be released later this year.
Julianne Hough shows off her sensational summer body in barely-there bikini
AdvertisementJulianne Hough paraded her fantastic beach body while boating around the Amalfi coast of Italy this week. She unleashed her animal instinct by slipping into a barely-there bikini with a snakeskin print for her latest outing. A place in the sun: Julianne Hough showed off her sensational summer body while boating around the Amalfi coast this weekJulianne was accompanied by a group of pals and could be seen mingling with them while basking in the sun on the boat. At one point whilst lying on her front she lifted her phone up high, possibly taking a selfie to document her good times abroad. Once out of the ocean Julianne could also be glimpsed washing the saltwater off herself by using a handheld shower.
Sharon Stone reveals how she looks so great at 63: watermelon for breakfast, swimming laps
Still a pinup: Sharon Stone has kept her curves in check even though she is in her sixties. 'My favorite breakfast is watermelon with feta cheese and mint, with olive oil and salt and pepper,' said the Sliver star. 'I really like to swim, and I find that [the] butterfly is a really great overall workout for me, and a stroke that really works for my body overall. And that was really, really, really helpful. 'I really like to swim, and I find that [the] butterfly is a really great overall workout for me, and a stroke that really works for my body overall.
Julianne Hough displays washboard abs in funky cropped top and flares as she frolics on yacht
Julianne Hough was in a playful mood as she lapped up the sun on holiday on Italy's Amalfi Coast. The Dancing With The Stars veteran, 32, displayed her washboard abs as she busted some moves in a colourful vintage-style crop top and matching trousers. In pictures posted to Instagram on Thursday, the dancer could be seen frolicking on a yacht as she jumped up onto the plush seating. Playful mood: Julianne Hough, 32, displayed her washboard abs in a funky cropped top and flares as lapped up the sun while on holiday on Italy's Amalfi Coast on ThursdayShe protected herself from the strong rays wearing a straw Christian Dior hat as the vessel bobbed on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Julianne and Brooks announced their separation last May and she finally made the divorce filing at the beginning of November.
SI Swim alum Hunter McGrady shares postpartum selfie 12 days after giving birth
Hunter McGrady has shared a candid postpartum photo of herself wearing a breast milk-stained bra and an adult diaper 12 days after she gave birth. The mirror selfie shows Hunter sporting a nursing bra and mesh underwear while posing in her bathroom. Hudson Tynan Keys born June 26, 2021 at 7lbs 1oz and 21” tall. One of the first things I wrapped my baby up in was a shirt from my little brother, Tynan (See above),' she wrote. Despite having a difficult few months, Hunter added that she's trying to remain positive and look for the 'silver linings' even when it's difficult, People reported.
Pregnant Princess Beatrice dresses her baby bump in a £340 Self Portrait dress at Wimbledon
AdvertisementPregnant Princess Beatrice could be seen lovingly cradling her baby bump as she and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrived at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London today. The mother-to-be, 32, who is expecting her first child with Italian property developer Edoardo, looked radiant in a £340 black and white polka dot dress by Self Portrait that skimmed over her blossoming bump on what marked her first official outing since announcing they're expecting. Meanwhile, Sophie, 56, who joined the couple in their row, wore her blonde hair down, and opted for a polka dot patterned chiffon dress, completing her outfit with some dark shades and dainty pair of silver earrings and matching necklace. Joining Billie for a day of tennis was Dominic West, 51, who seemed in great spirits as he laughed and smiled with passersby. It comes just weeks after Princess Beatrice prompted speculation on the gender of her baby after she stepped out with a pink soft toy and pink face mask for a meal out with friends.
Bachelor In Paradise cast unveiled! Ivan Hall and Natasha Parker leading stars looking for love
The season seven cast of Bachelor In Paradise has finally been unveiled. Fan favorites Ivan Hall, Natasha Parker, and Abigail Heringer are among the Bachelor Nation all-stars looking for love on the beaches of Sayulita, Mexico. Ivan Hall, Natasha Parker, and Abigail Heringer are among the Bachelor Nation fan favorites looking for love this year on Bachelor In ParadiseAmong the villains looking for romance are Karl Smith and Victoria Larson. Joe Amabile aka Grocery Store Joe and Tahzjuan Hawkins are the Bachelor In Paradise vets back for a second shot at romance. Those representing Peter Weber's of The Bachelor are Deandra Kanu, Kelsey Weier, Maurissa Gunn, Tammy Ly, Victoria Paul, and Natasha.
Jenna Coleman joins Frank and Christine Lampard and David Beckham for day 11 of Wimbledon
AdvertisementThe celebrities were out in force for day 11 of Wimbledon, with the likes of Jenna Coleman, Frank and Christine Lampard and David Beckham seen milling around the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on Friday. Ten out of ten-nis: Jenna Coleman looked radiant in a blue checked dress as she joined Frank and Christine Lampard and David Beckham for day 11 of WimbledonKeeping her accessories simple, The Serpent actress slung a small brown bag over her shoulder and donned a pair of sunglasses. Also looking radiant for the outing was Christine Lampard, 42, who wowed in a white tiered midi dress that she paired with neutral accessories. The Duchess of Cambridge's parents Carole and Michael Middleton also put on a stylish display as they arrived at Wimbledon. She had spent most of the day at Wimbledon with VIPs including Tim Henman and Joe Wicks.
Mark Zuckerberg slides in to Sun Valley in shorts and $35 flip flops a day after Trump sued him
AdvertisementJeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez were spotted on Thursday arrving at the annual Sun Valley conference in Idaho, dubbed the 'billionaire summer camp'. Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos inspects New Shepard's West Texas launch facility before the rocket's maiden voyage, in West Texas on June 7Bezos and Sanchez, who began dating in 2019, attended that year's Sun Valley conference together. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, cut a casual figure as he conferred with Facebook COO Sandberg. Facebook Vice President of Partnerships Dan Rose was also seen arriving at the Sun Valley conference, which brings together many of the world's richest and most powerful figures. David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery Communications spoke to reporters outside the Sun Valley conference on Tuesday, and NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell arrived to start off the five-day conference as well.
Beaming Prince Charles plays cricket in a suit as he visits Cardiff
The Prince of Wales has thrown his support behind England to beat Italy in the Euro 2020 final, telling pubgoers: 'It would be marvellous if they won.' Meanwhile, earlier today, Prince Charles appeared in high spirits as he played cricket during a visit to Cardiff on his final day of his week-long trip to Wales. Heir to the throne Charles looked dapper in a grey suit, teamed with a blue and red striped tie and check shirt for the occasion. Pictured, Prince Charles beams when playing cricketThe prince met with staff and players when given a tour of the grounds - including Australian cricket star Marnus Labuschagne. Yesterday, Charles marked the centenary of Church in Wales on the fourth day of his Welsh tour.
Joy Corrigan puts her phenomenal figure on display in TWO different bikinis during Miami Swim Week
So it's no surprise that Joy Corrigan was able to turn up the heat while soaking up the sun during Miami Swim Week on Thursday. Peeking through the glamorous brunch look was a cow print bikini which exposed her washboard abs and her perfect tan. The stringy pink two piece looked perfect for the swim week getaway and came complete with a matching sarong. On Wednesday evening she attended an event for a new mobile app at the Setai Miami Beach hotel where she was accompanied by her sister Gina. This year's festivities span over four days and marks the return of in-person swim shows following a year of virtual events amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kate Middleton WILL attend the Wimbledon women's and men's finals
AdvertisementKate Middleton will attend the Wimbledon women's and men's finals this weekend after coming out of self-isolation. The Duchess will then go to the men's final on her own on Sunday, with the Duke expected to attend the England football match at Wembley instead. However, the fact that they aren't isolating suggests Kate was in contact with another person - though she had no other engagements apart from her trips to Wembley or Wimbledon. Kate Middleton will attend the Wimbledon finals this weekend. Kate has spent time close to a host of VIPs including David Beckham and Ed Sheeran at Wembley and Tim Henman and Joe Wicks at Wimbledon.
Larsa Pippen and Karrueche Tran rock hot pink at the PrettyLittleThing event in Miami
AdvertisementLarsa Pippen and Karrueche Tran were just a few notable names to attend the PrettyLittleThing event in Miami as part of the raucous Swim Week festivities. Ex-Kardashian BFF Larsa, 47, donned an underwear and bra underneath a barely closed jacket while the Claws actress, 33, opted for head to toe hot pink for a night on the town. Baring it all: The former basketball wife opted for a racy pink carpet look which put her body on full displayNeighborhood romp: The Miami local looked keen for a night out during Miami Swim Week as she pulled out all the stopsTiny little thing! Other stars in attendance included Sunflower singer Swae Lee, 28, who was tapped as one of a few performers for the event. Additionally Larsa's former Real Housewives of Miami castmate Lisa Hochstein also turned up to the event in a white dress with cutouts.
Barry Diller says streaming services killed the film industry
Barry Diller - a Hollywood icon who was the former CEO of both Paramount and what was 20th Century Fox (which is now part of Disney) - said streaming services killed the film industry. 'These streaming services have been making something that they call 'movies.' The film industry was headed down this road before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down theaters for over a year, but streaming movies became the main source of entertainment over the last 15 months. There are also relatively newcomers to the crowded battlefield like Disney+, HBO Max and Peacock, which are all backed by deep pockets and connect streaming services with major studios. Some of the services have released movies on the streaming service and in theaters.
Million Dollar Listing's Ryan Serhant gives grand tour of his 8,000-square-foot townhome in Brooklyn
Ryan Serhant's 'current obsession' happens to be his stunning six story townhome located in the trendy Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. The 8,000-square-foot townhome, boasting eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms, features airy, yet modern interior design and an abundance of natural light throughout. Ryan commences his over 25-minute tour in the home's spacious living room, which was 'gut renovated' and took 'three years' to bring to life. One of the bathrooms is directly connected to the third floor living room and has mod-inspired floor tiles and custom gold fixtures. In another area of the home, which appeared to be on the Garden Floor, Ryan had a complete custom gym built featuring some of his favorite workout machinery.
Carole Middleton looks chic in an scarlet dress as she arrives at Wimbledon with husband Michael
AdvertisementPippa Middleton cut a casual figure in a blue and white check dress as she joined her husband and parents for a family day out at Wimbledon. Her parents Carole and Michael Middleton were also on hand to take in the action but were seated in the Royal Box with VIPs including the Queen's cousin Prince Michael of Kent, his son Lord Frederick Windsor and his wife Sophie Winkleman. Business owner Carole, 66, looked chic in a £350 red sundress, cinched at the waist with a flattering fabric belt, while husband Michael, 72, appeared sharp in a navy suit and polka dot tie. She had spent most of the day at Wimbledon with VIPs including Tim Henman and Joe Wicks. Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home'.
Jennifer Aniston looks flawless as she emerges from a self-care session at a skin care clinic in LA
Jennifer Aniston looked flawless as she stepped out in a black t-shirt and green military pants after an appointment in Beverly Hills on Thursday. Following her visit to a posh skin care clinic, the 52-year-old Friends star rocked a white leather shoulder bag and N95 face mask amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Looking relaxed from the midweek pampering session, she rocked a fresh pedicure and bouncy blowout with soft curls while walking back to her car. xoxo,' Cox captioned her post as Aniston placed one hand on the back of her tousled blonde tresses. For the last two seasons, the cast negotiated a fee of $1 million per episode and that made Cox, Kudrow and Aniston the highest paid women on TV ever at the time.
Bachelor vet Victoria Paul pokes fun at her retouched Bachelor In Paradise photo with unedited snaps
She was unveiled as one of the Bachelor In Paradise contestants with a glamorous photo of herself in a hot pink dress. But Bachelor vet Victoria Paul mocked the retouched photo as she compared it to several unedited snaps of her wearing the same fuchsia dress. Bachelor vet Victoria Paul mocked her professional Bachelor In Paradise photo as she compared it to more candid snaps of her wearing the same fuchsia dressThe slideshow started with the Bachelor In Paradise photo, before going on to show Victoria posing in front of her mirror in the same mini dress. Victoria, who hails from Peter Weber's season of The Bachelor, was just one of many contestants unveiled as the season seven Bachelor In Paradise cast earlier this year. Now, a rotating cast of hosts will be leading Bachelor In Paradise contestants in their search for romance.
Wife of killer cop haunted over never spotting 'signs' after he admitted to Sarah Everard's murder
She also reached out the family of Ms Everard and said she cannot imagine what her parents are going through. Ms Everard had spent the evening at a friend's house on March 3 when she started to walk from Clapham to her home in Brixton. 'Sarah Everard saw a friend in the Clapham Junction area, on March 3 and bought a bottle of wine. Wayne Couzens, who is married with children, was a highly trusted member of the force's Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command. Sarah's murder sparked outpouring of grief Kind, caring and beautiful', Sarah Everard came to represent women everywhere who feel unsafe on the streets of Britain.
Sex And The City stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis return to NYC
AdvertisementSarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis looked as if they were having the time of their lives on Friday as they finally returned to their Sex And The City characters. Although Kristin Davis was featured in images from the day's shoot, she appeared to be sitting out part of the scene, with only involved Sarah and Cynthia. Last year, Cynthia appeared in Ryan Murphy's One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest prequel series Ratched opposite Sarah Paulson. CynthiaLater in the shoot, Kristin joined Sarah and Cynthia, completing the trio of lead actresses. Three's company: Later in the shoot, Kristin joined Sarah and Cynthia, completing the trio of lead actresses.
Mass labor shortage in the exclusive Hamptons leaving the rich to cut their own lawns
The pampered residents have been mocked online as mass labor shortages forces them to do the unthinkable; mow their own lawns and do their own nails. A mass labor shortage has left the wealthy and privileged residents of the Hamptons fending for themselves in ways they could never imagine. According to the survey, hospitality jobs are unpopular, with 38% of former hospitality workers reporting that they are not even considering a hospitality job for their next position. In the Hamptons, the shortage means it's almost impossible for residents seeking an electrician, plumber, or gardener. The labor shortage has even hit Hamptons residents' beauty regimes, as salons struggle to find enough staff to meet the staggering demand.
Hamptons squatter 'trashed rental home' and refuses to move out under pandemic-related eviction ban
Genya Markon, 78, spends the winters in Israel and the summers at her $675,000 home in Hampton Bays. But Markon says she flew into the U.S. only to find her tenant, Julie Rinke, still there. Julie Rinke was seen on Thursday returning to a home owned by Holocaust survivor Genya Markon, 78 - which Rinke was supposed to vacate on June 18. On Thursday Rinke, a real estate agent, was spotted by DailyMail.com returning to the three-bedroom, two bathroom property. In photos obtained by DailyMail.com, however, the house did not appear to show such signs of damage or clutter.
Two US 'mercenaries' arrested over Haiti president assassination say they were hired as TRANSLATORS
AdvertisementTwo US citizens arrested over the assassination of Jovenel Moïse have allegedly claimed they were hired as translators in a plot to arrest the Haitian president but not to kill him. Haitian Prosecutor Me Bed-Ford Claude said he had seen no casualties among the president's security detail following the assassination. Habitant was implicated in a 2019 plot when seven heavily-armed foreign mercenaries were arrested in Haiti before fleeing the country. Solages' aunt Victorie Dorisme also spoke of her disbelief at his involvement in the president's assassination. It is not clear if the two men were known to each other prior to their alleged involvement in the president's assassination.
The View is looking to bring back former co-host Debbie Matenopoulos for its 25th season
The View is looking to tap former co-host Debbie Matenopoulos to replace Meghan McCain, DailyMail.com can reveal. An ABC source exclusively told DailyMail.com, 'Next year is our 25th season and we're considering Debbie Matenopoulos making a triumphant return to The View.' The source said that Matenopoulos was one of the reasons that The View was put on the map. Barbara blamed Debbie, so Debbie had to go. The source said that Matenopoulos was one of the reasons that The View was put on the map.
Jen Psaki defends White House plan to help keep Hunter Biden's art buyers secret
This White House has frequently promised full transparency in pursuit of the highest ethical standards. The Treasury Department advisory warned that the anonymity afforded to art buyers made it harder to track such illegal activity. 'Hunter Biden's Art Will Soon Hit the Market for Up to $500,000 Per Piece. Art consultant Martin Galindo said that he wasn't a fan of Biden's art but was confident the pieces would sell for hefty prices. Biden's art dealer's roster of artists includes Sylvester Stallone and Bahraini royal family member Sheikh Rashid Al Khalifa.
Covid US: Health expert says vaccinated Americans are helping spread the Indian 'Delta' variant
A public health expert says that fully vaccinated Americans are helping spread the Indian 'Delta' variant of the novel coronavirus across the country. What's more, the Delta variant now makes up 54 percent of all samples that underwent genomic sequencing. Meanwhile, New York City - one of the country's first epicenters - is seeing a similar situation unfold. What's more, the Delta variant now makes up 26 percent of cases sequenced in the city, up from 17.1 percent, according to the health department. He also referenced data from Scotland which showed that, although more than half of the country is fully vaccinated, cases have surged.
Rupert Murdoch personally made the decision for Fox News to broadcast its Arizona election call
Rupert Murdoch personally made the decision to allow Fox News to broadcast that it had called Arizona for Joe Biden in the 2020 election, a new book reveals. Donald Trump and his aides were furious when Fox News became the first network on election night to call Arizona for Biden. Arnon Mishkin who leads the FOX News Decision Desk made the Arizona call on election night and FOX News Media President Jay Wallace was then called in the control room. And White House senior adviser Jared Kushner contacted Rupert Murdoch to try and get it retracted. It is just one of a slew of new accounts lifting the lid on Trump's turbulent time at the White House.
CDC issues new guidance calling for schools to fully reopen in the fall
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance on Friday and called on schools to fully reopen in the fall. But, if social distancing would prevent schools from fully reopening, officials can use other strategies such as regular testing and increased ventilation. The CDC issued new guidance on Friday calling for K-12 schools to fully reopen in fall 2021. Although children can contract COVID-19 and pass it on to adults, they are much less likely to fall severely ill and die. 'This a big moment,' Dr Richard Besser, former acting director of the CDC told The Times.
Biden FIRES Trump-appointed head of Social Security Administration after Democratic criticism
President Biden on Friday fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, a Trump-era holdover who had been accused of mismanaging the delivery of COVID stimulus payments and union bashing. Andrew Saul was appointed to a six-year term as Social Security Administration commissioner in 2019 by President Trump. Republicans said Social Security beneficiaries had the most to lose from the dismissal. As word spread, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell tweeted: 'This removal would be an unprecedented and dangerous politicization of the Social Security Administration.' 'He has no background in Social Security whatsoever.'
Biden calls Putin to say US will take necessary action to defend against Russian ransomware attacks
President Joe Biden on Friday vowed there would be consequences for Russia after another round of ransomware attacks but he didn't detail what those might be. He called his Russian counterpart to demand Putin 'take action' about the ransomware attacks on the United States, warning him that he will take 'any necessary action' to defend the U.S.'It went well. 'I will deliver it to him,' he told reporters at the White House when asked his message for the Russian president. Kaseya provides services to more than 40,000 organizations and it was considered the single, largest global ransomware attack on record. Since the Geneva summit 'we have undertaken expert-level talks that are continuing, and we expect to have another meeting next week focused on ransomware attacks,' she said.
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Mexico’s coronavirus toll also includes abandoned cats and dogs
Dealing with the problem of unwanted animals, particularly dogs and cats, has never been easy in Mexico. According to the Animal Protection Agency in Mexico City, there are an estimated 140,000 dogs and 49,000 cats living on the streets of the capital alone. The resources of animal shelters, already woefully inadequate before the pandemic, are now facing even further strain. “The economic situation of shelters is critical,” says Maya Pindter, a rescuer in Mexico City. Animal shelters have always been overcrowded, but the situation now is worse.
Joe Biden just fired a top Trump holdover at the Social Security Administration, but these 7 other Trump-era officials are still holding high-level government positions
Biden fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, who's been on Democrats' wish list for removal. Several leaders appointed by President Donald Trump are staying in their high-level postsSee more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, a holdover from the Trump administration who has been on Democrats' wish list for removal. Biden appointed Kilolo Kijakazi, currently the deputy commissioner for retirement and disability policy, as acting commissioner while the search for a commissioner and deputy commissioner is conducted, according to the official. But there are other officials appointed by President Donald Trump who are sticking around in their high-level posts in the Biden administration.
Roll the tape: Republicans release video of all the times Democrats wanted to 'defund the police'
WASHINGTON POST GIVES WHITE HOUSE 'THREE PINOCCHIOS' FOR CLAIMING REPUBLICANS ARE DEFUNDING POLICEThe video shows a series of tweets and headlines where the left-wing politicians have called for defunding the police and abolishing ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). However, the Washington Post's Fact-Checker even dinged the White House for claiming Republicans were " defunding the police ," giving the eyebrow-raising talking points "Three Pinocchios." "Although Republicans all opposed Biden’s coronavirus relief package, no one voted to cut, or defund, anything. Rather, Democrats proposed $350 billion in emergency funds for state and local governments, and Republicans voted against those extra funds. "Democrats can't say the same - in fact, here are over two dozen examples of when they have."
Biden, Obama 10 minutes apart but rarely together
It’s a significant amount of time apart for two men who live roughly 10 minutes apart and consider themselves close. The Biden administration has promoted social distancing during the pandemic, at times even discouraging visitors to the White House to keep the virus under control. Beyond COVID-19, the two camps have also collaborated on what the Biden administration considers important international progress, a final troop withdrawal out of Afghanistan by September. Earlier this year, during a CNN town hall, Biden admitted he’d never visited Obama in the residence when he was vice president. ADVERTISEMENTEarly into his first term, Biden has logged one main legislative success under a Democratic White House and Congress.
Fans Praise Kourtney Kardashian for Sharing an 'Unedited' Thong Bikini Photo: 'Way to Empower'
Kourtney Kardashian's fans have been praising her for her latest thong bikini pic after noticing the photo seemed to be unretouched. Kardashian, 42, hasn't been afraid to keep things real when it comes to her body. We're all shaped differently, and that's my body, and I'm proud of it so that's how I respond to the negative comments." Kourtney Kardashian Credit: Kourtney Kardashian/InstagramIn another instance, when someone assumed Kardashian was pregnant, the mom of three clapped back to say she's proud of her curves. She added, "I have given birth three amazing times and this is the shape of my body."
Why you should be investing - and how to get started
A lack of confidence is one of the main barriers stopping women from progressing on from saving to investing. But investing can put you in a stronger position financially, with potentially higher returns on your money says Morrissey, financier and campaigner and former head of personal investing at Legal & General Investment Management. ‘There hasn't been a five-year period in history where people haven’t done better by investing, so your money will grow. So, when it comes to long-term savings, investing can in fact make your money work harder for you. But investing is not akin to gambling and it isn’t all that complicated once you get started.
Prince William Is Back on the Polo Field
After years away from his favorite sport due in part to the global pandemic, Prince William was able to return to the polo field on Friday to engage in some light competition all in the name of charity. The last time the Duke of Cambridge publicly saddled up his horse and grabbed his mallet was in 2019 at the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match at Billingbear Polo Club where he played and won against his brother Prince Harry's team. The Duchess of Cambridge wasn't able to take in her husband's polo prowess this time around, however, as she's been self-isolating after being exposed to COVID-19 last week. Because of his wife's current predicament, William has been left to perform many of their royal couple duties solo. And, on Wednesday, he attended the UEFA Euro 2020 semifinals alongside Danish royals Prince Frederik and Princess Mary to cheer on their respective countries to victory.
“I Don’t Think I’ll Ever Go Back”: Return-to-Office Agita Is Sweeping Silicon Valley
Employees’ ability to interact—to collaborate, to meet and discuss strategies, to be creative in groups, to reach important deadlines—would falter. at work in the background, allowed people, and in turn businesses, to thrive in their new environs. In most instances, the people I’ve spoken to are doing everything they can to not be called back to the physical office. “I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the office,” he told me. Mark Zuckerberg said last year that remote workers could make up as much as 50% of Facebook’s workforce in the next decade.
Study: Many YouTube Users Regret What They’ve Clicked On
In a new Mozilla study, thousands of crowdsourced volunteers reported that YouTube’s recommendation algorithm referred them to videos that they regretted watching. Seventy-one percent of such views were of videos recommended by YouTube’s artificial intelligence, which is designed to keep users glued to the app. also recommended users watch videos that it later removed from the site, the report said. In response to Mozilla, YouTube asserted that users are pleased with the site's algorithmic suggestions. To combat these algorithmic trends, Mozilla recommended that individual users review their personal YouTube history and delete content or searches that they feel could negatively influence the platform's A.I.
Why New York Matters: The Hive’s Chris Smith on the State of the World’s Greatest City
This week veteran Hive correspondent Chris Smith talks to cohost Joe Hagan about the winner of the Democratic primary for New York mayor, Eric Adams, his journey toward the most powerful office in the city, and what his prospective mayoralty means for Black Americans, the police department, the city’s youth, and the national conversation. Smith has been covering city politics for more than two decades, through Mike Bloomberg’s three terms and Bill de Blasio’s eight tumultuous years, and understands better than most the risks and opportunities for a city trying to reinvent itself after the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests of last summer. Can a former policeman and savvy self-promoter like Adams lower crime and shepherd the city to prosperity? Smith explains it all. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.
“Why Do I Find It Impossible To Focus Anymore?”
There are others, of course – there’s the fretfulness over touching, an itchiness that spreads as somebody approaches for a hug, Jaws music playing. There’s the talking to oneself, a habit that alerts others to the infinite shame of your inner life. After quietly working hard for years, learning how to communicate with our fellow humans, it’s chastening to realise how quickly those skills can fall away. Instead of listening, you are burrowing deeper into yourself – is that the person who tweeted the anti-mask meme? I have forgotten what to do with my face when I’m showing interest; are my eyebrows being weird?
Women Can Now Get The Contraceptive Pill Without A Prescription – Finally
Which is why a landmark ruling allowing women, for the first time ever, to buy the contraceptive pill over-the-counter in the UK has been hailed as a major win for women. From the end of July, women will be given access to two brands of progesterone-only tablets from pharmacies in the UK – without a prescription. Gaining access to the contraceptive pill has proved challenging for many during the Covid-19 pandemic. Research from MSI found that more than 36 per cent of women were unsure about how to access contraception during last year. “Progestogen-only contraceptive pills are safe, reliable, easy to use and are an incredibly popular contraceptive method.
The Toyko Olympics Won’t Have Spectators—But What Disappears When the Crowd Does?
Most of them will wear smiles so wide that their cheeks reach their ears, their eyes animated and ablaze. Others will cry—a physical manifestation of the overwhelming realization that after decades of grueling, unfathomable work, their Olympic dream has begun. Athletes have trained to peak (or reach prime physical shape) during the international tournament, now mere weeks away. And sure, most of the world will watch the games as they’ve always done: on television. I attended the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with my then boyfriend.
Jenny Slatten and Sumit Singh: Engaged!
In recent weeks, Jenny Slatten and Sumit Singh were plagued by ugly rumors. However, Jenny confirmed that they're not just together ... Sumit put a ring on it. There was a rumor circulating recently that Sumit had dumped Jenny and possibly even remarried. Sumit's parents are hung up on what other people think of an older woman with their son. Sooner or later, Sumit will have to choose -- marry Jenny and alienate his toxic relatives, or lose her forever as she returns to America.
Drought saps California reservoirs as hot, dry summer looms
Drought saps California reservoirs as hot, dry summer loomsOROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Each year Lake Oroville helps water a quarter of the nation’s crops, sustain endangered salmon beneath its massive earthen dam and anchor the tourism economy of a Northern California county that must rebuild seemingly every year after unrelenting wildfires. Over Memorial Day weekend, dozens of houseboats sat on cinderblocks at Lake Oroville because there wasn’t enough water to hold them. In Northern California’s Butte County, low water prompts another emotion: fear. Low water levels across California will severely limit how much power the state can generate from hydroelectric power plants. Low lake levels haven’t stopped tourists from coming yet.
Why Chobani is giving its workers the vaccine at its factory
advertisement advertisementWhen employees at the Chobani plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, come to work on March 25 and April 1, they can get a COVID-19 vaccine for free. advertisementadvertisementChobani isn’t the only company making sure its workers have access to COVID-19 vaccines. Even with few cases, making sure your workers are vaccinated is good for business—with less chance that workers get sick, there’s less chance a plant’s production will be disrupted. These workers are also more than just Chobani employees; they’re members of the local community, and making them safer will help an entire community be safer. There’s no company-wide mandate that workers get the vaccine, though.
Why this coffee shop turned its baristas into construction workers during COVID-19
advertisement advertisementInside a new and nearly finished coffee roasting facility in Washington D.C., Joel Shetterly is animatedly leading a video tour through the building. “This was all installed by baristas.” The multi-million dollar roasting facility, unlike probably any other, was largely built by employees of Compass Coffee’s cafes. “We realized at the start of COVID it was going to be very bad for the cafes. “This is entirely the product of work put in by our team during COVID.” After some basic training, the unconventional construction crew started building. Shetterly says the construction and installation was slow, and certain things like bending sheet metal for ductwork proved too complicated.
New CDC school guidance weighs in on masks, vaccines, ventilation, and more
Summertime is in full swing but during the COVID-19 era , fall is of chief concern as the virus’s delta variant rises and Americans remember the case surges of last autumn. As we fight on and into this next season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding us that of all things the pandemic can take, learning shouldn’t be one of them. For kids, that means getting the best education possible—which is most likely to happen in-person. When K-12 schools reopen this fall, the CDC and federal officials are urging that all students, vaccinated or unvaccinated, be welcomed back into their hallways and classrooms. The agency has released its newest guidance for COVID-19 safety in grade schools, and the report recommends typical precautions including testing, ventilation, social distancing, and contact tracing, but also mentions “the importance of offering in-person learning, regardless of whether all of the prevention strategies can be implemented at the school.”Here are some key takeaways:
This map shows the states where COVID-19 cases are spiking–and that’s bad news for all of America
And a new map from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reveals where things are getting bad again. The map showcases trends in confirmed new cases of COVID-19 over a seven-day moving average across the 50 states, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico. The bad news is the overall map is trending orange, which means COVID-19 cases are rising across the country—with some states seeing highly alarming rises. Blame easing lockdowns, combined with the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant, as well as slowing rates of vaccination in certain states. As CNN reports, those findings show clusters of rising cases across eight states are due to low vaccination rates.
What You Were Taught About “Happiness” Isn’t True
But happiness isn’t a destination. How do you experience happiness if you don’t know sadness and pain? I set myself a bold mission — that by 2025, I would teach 10 million humans how to find their happiness. Yet fear (along with failure) is one of the greatest levers you have available to enable your happiness. Happiness should not be your goal, nor an end state, but a way of being.
Why You’re So Anxious About Going Back to the Office
Feeling anxious about going back to the office doesn’t mean you’re fragile or have poor coping skills. If you’re feeling social anxiety about returning to the office, you’re not alone. Whenever you’ve avoided something, you’ll feel anxious about returning to it. Or, you may feel anxious about making small talk or managing other people’s personalities at work. Feeling anxious about going back to the office doesn’t mean you’re fragile or have poor coping skills.
Boards Are Undergoing Their Own Digital Transformation
Together, these three trends suggest that there is still significant room for improvement when it comes to ensuring a successful digital transformation at the board level. Specifically, we identified three key ways in which boards have struggled to adapt to a digital-first world:Leveraging digital tools for board operationsPrior to the pandemic, just 5% of board meetings were conducted virtually. Addressing emerging cybersecurity risksIn addition to leveraging digital tools to boost the efficiency of board operations, bolstering cybersecurity is another key component of any board’s successful digital transformation. But now more than ever, boards can’t afford not to build these critical digital competencies — whether that’s through informal briefings, workshops, or formal advisory services. That means investing in digital tools, following cybersecurity best practices, and developing the skills required to support a company in today’s digital-first world.
30-Year Mortgage Rates Drop Below 3.3% | July 9, 2021
Mortgage rates today: 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ratesThe 30-year rate is 3.277%. ?Mortgage refinance rates todayThe average rates for 30-year loans, 15- year loans and 5/1 jumbo ARMs are:The refinance rate on a 30-year fixed-rate refinance is 3.688%. Tips for getting the lowest mortgage rate possibleThere is no universal mortgage rate that all borrowers receive. While the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the most common type of mortgage, consider a shorter-term loan like a 15-year loan or an adjustable-rate mortgage. Our mortgage rate methodologyMoney’s daily mortgage rates show the average rate offered by over 8,000 lenders across the United States the most recent business day rates are available for.
7 Best Financial Stocks for the Rest of 2021
As we move into the second half of 2021 – and with another earnings season soon underway – this is an opportune time to reevaluate some financial stocks. Here are seven of the best financial stocks for the rest of 2021, according to the pros. Stocks listed in reverse order of potential 12-month upside as implied by analysts' consensus price target. Focus Financial Partners Market value: $3.7 billion$3.7 billion Dividend yield: N/AN/A TipRanks consensus price target: $61 (20.8% potential upside)$61 (20.8% potential upside) TipRanks consensus rating: Strong Buy Focus Financial Partners (FOCS, $50.49) is a financial firm that invests in Registered Investment Advisors, or RIAs. Long maintains a Strong Buy rating and recently raised his price target from $300 to $315, now indicating potential 12-month upside of 31%.
How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost for a Membership?
During the darker days of the COVID-fueled lockdown, many of us realized just how much we depended on Amazon Prime in so many ways. If you haven't joined Amazon Prime yet, but are considering it, read on to learn more about the various plans offered, the costs and key perks. Choosing the Right Membership Plan The annual Amazon Prime plan membership fee jumped to $119 from $99 in mid-2018 for new and returning members. If you aren't ready to commit to an annual membership, test out the monthly Prime plan. The Benefits of Amazon Prime If you order from Amazon on a weekly basis, then Prime's free two-day shipping is probably enticing enough.
With 15-Minute Delivery, JOKR is Reinventing Grocery Shopping
Online grocery sales saw huge spikes during the pandemic as consumers looked to cut out potential exposure points to Covid-19, accelerating adoption of some pre-pandemic ecommerce innovations. As we move out of the pandemic economy and more people shop in stores, innovation in delivery of food and essentials marches on—and in some cases, that means getting groceries to doorsteps in record time.
Why Customer Experience Extends Beyond the Interactions Brands Control
From food delivery apps to online shopping to banking, customer experiences are increasingly taking place via third-party apps and occasionally entire services that brands don’t directly control. And it points to the importance of a new kind of 360-degree thinking about customer experience that includes these third parties. After all, a positive delivery experience means more repeat business for the grocer, and vice versa. But taking an overarching view of the delivery experience shouldn’t stop at the customer either. A good example is how Chipotle considered the new customer experience reality.
How I Learned to Love Selling (and How You Can Too)
A fog lifted when he told me, “If I don’t get you to buy my service, I’ve done you a disservice.”With this new idea, I learned to stop worrying and love sales. But sales need not resemble a 1980s infomercial—“Act now and we’ll send you a second Ginsu Knife for 9.99!” Slap Chop that approach to the curb, my friend. You already love sales, sometimes. Remind yourself daily that sales create money, and that money can generate incredible blessings; then, you’ll get over your selling hang-ups. And your customers can receive it only when you learn to love sales.
Broncos’ Kendall Hinton pokes fun at himself after Hall of Fame inclusion
Kendall Hinton’s performance at quarterback last season was anything but Hall of Fame worthy. In Week 12, the Broncos quarterback room was ravaged by the virus. In his debut, the wide receiver completed just 1 of 9 passes for 13 yards and threw two interceptions. In his 22 starts at quarterback, Hinton threw for 1,504 total yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 53% of his throws. Kendall Hinton’s wristband from his emergency QB start with the Broncos is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Celebrities are embracing these kooky, custom beaded necklaces
Naomi Osaka showed off her personality in a photoshoot for Frankie’s Bikinis of her own design, wearing Ian Charms. Frankies Bikinis via REUTERSThey now sell pre-made necklaces for between $150 and $175, though most styles are currently sold out. Diggzy / JP / SplashNews.comPete Davidson’s stylist, Britt Theodora, reached out to Sahakian for a custom necklace this summer after spotting them on other stars. “They get this custom piece that makes them laugh and they want to wear it.”Lisa Rinna’s daughter, Delilah Hamlin, for example, got a piece featuring a “really embarrassing” photo of their S.O. Lisa Sahakian founded Ian Charms during the coronavirus pandemic, though she had no previous experience making jewelry.
Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti tapped by Biden to be ambassador to India
President Biden is looking to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to be the next U.S. ambassador to India. "I am honored to accept his nomination to serve in this role," Garcetti tweeted in response. LA MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI SAYS HE TURNED DOWN BIDEN ADMINISTRATION POSITIONThe mayor had previously asked to be removed from Cabinet consideration at the height of the U.S. coronavirus crisis last year. He added that he believed taking the job would "help strengthen Los Angeles’ place on the world stage." Additionally, a former aide is being sued for allegedly sexually harassing one of his bodyguards while the mayor laughed it off, a claim he has denied.
Mississippi health officials plead with elderly to avoid mass indoor gatherings as delta Covid variant rips through state
Medical workers with Delta Health Center wait to vaccinate people at a pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinic in this rural Delta community on April 27, 2021 in Hollandale, Mississippi. Mississippi state health officials issued new guidance on Friday that calls for state residents over the age of 65 and immunocompromised residents, vaccinated or unvaccinated, to avoid any indoor mass gatherings for the next two weeks amid "significant transmission" of the delta variant over the coming weeks. What we're doing is we're providing personal recommendations for individuals who are at high risk for severe outcomes," Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said during a press briefing Friday. Officials said they are starting to see significant transmission of the delta variant that is very reminiscent of what was seen in the early days of the pandemic. State health officials also said they are seeing deaths in vaccinated residents as well, "because we are exposing them over and over again," Dobbs said, though it is a miniscule percentage.
Biden fires Social Security commissioner
President Joe Biden on Friday fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, a Trump administration appointee, after he refused to resign from the post. A White House official, in explaining the commissioner's termination, said Saul "undermined and politicized" Social Security disability benefits. Saul's deputy, David Black, another Trump appointee, resigned Friday upon request. Saul was known for his staunch anti-union attitude, a stance that became more controversial as the Social Security Administration dealt with federal employee unions amid the Covid-19 epidemic.
Biden fires Trump-appointed Social Security Administration chief
President Joe Biden on Friday fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul after he refused a request to resign, a White House official told NBC News. A search for both commissioner and deputy commissioner will now be conducted, White House official said. The White House told the paper that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision gave the power to replace him. This removal would be an unprecedented and dangerous politicization of the Social Security Administration. https://t.co/Y33G4YoZKf — Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) July 9, 2021"This removal would be an unprecedented and dangerous politicization of the Social Security Administration," McConnell said.
6 Months After The Insurrection, The Remaining Capitol Fencing Comes Down
6 Months After The Insurrection, The Remaining Capitol Fencing Comes DownEnlarge this image toggle caption Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty ImagesJust over six months after the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, the protective fencing erected in the wake of the siege is coming down. The U.S. Capitol Police will continue to monitor intelligence for any threats to the complex and if needed, the Architect of the Capitol can reinstall the temporary fencing. The Capitol, which discontinued public tours in spring of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, will remain off-limits to most members of the public. Enlarge this image toggle caption Carolyn Kaster/AP Carolyn Kaster/APPittman also noted the force is expanding its wellness services for its members. Since the Jan. 6 attack, the government has brought charges against more than 530 individuals.
Hungary Bans LGBTQ Content From Schools, But Some Teachers Say They Will Defy It
Hungary Bans LGBTQ Content From Schools, But Some Teachers Say They Will Defy ItEnlarge this image toggle caption Laszlo Balogh/AP Laszlo Balogh/APBERLIN — Viktoria Radvanyi says her job has never been so stressful. She's on the board of Budapest Pride, Hungary's annual LGBTQ event, whose monthlong festival is currently underway. Now, the Orban administration is banning LGBTQ people from appearing in school materials or on TV shows for people under 18. "You cannot say that you will just not talk about it," Schiller says of discussing LGBTQ issues in the classroom. Sari Szanto, an art teacher in Budapest, agrees and says she's seen the damage homophobic legislation can do to teenagers.
White House calling out critics of door-to-door vaccine push
With the COVID-19 vaccination rate plateauing across the country, the White House is returning fire at those they see as spreading harmful misinformation or fear about the shots. Henry McMaster tried this week to block door-to-door efforts to drive up the vaccination rate in his state, White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not mince words in her reaction. “Now we need to go to community-by-community, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, and oftentimes, door-to-door — literally knocking on doors — to get help to the remaining people” who need to be vaccinated, Biden said Tuesday. Months ago, the Biden White House refrained from responding when officials criticized its vaccine allocation strategy of sending more doses directly to pharmacies instead of through state health departments after the former strategy proved more effective. White House officials are quick to point out that their criticism is not related to the officials’ political affiliation but to their rhetoric.
Dow Jones Futures: Roku, AMD Lead Stocks Near Buys In Market Rally; Tesla FSD Beta, Virgin Galactic Space Flight On Tap
The stock market rally shrugged off a Thursday morning tumble, with the major indexes closing Friday essentially at record highs. Remember that overnight action in Dow futures and elsewhere doesn't necessarily translate into actual trading in the next regular stock market session. Stock Market RallyThe stock market rally had some ups and downs but ultimately closed with slim weekly gains, right at record highs. Market Rally AnalysisFriday's stock market rally, following Thursday's rebound from lows, was encouraging. That raises the question of how much room the stock market rally has to run before another pullback, especially techs.
Wisconsin bishop removes pastor who said Catholics can’t be Democrats
The Diocese of La Crosse said in a statement Friday that Bishop William Patrick Callahan has issued a decree immediately removing the Rev. James Altman as pastor of St. James the Less, a parish in the city of La Crosse on the Wisconsin-Minnesota border, about 140 miles southeast of Minneapolis. James Altman,” the statement said. Altman didn’t elaborate. Altman rose to prominence ahead of the 2020 presidential election with a fiery YouTube video in which he said Catholics can’t be Democrats and that anyone who supports Democrats will burn in hell.
An Infrastructure Spending Bust Might Boost Markets. Here’s Why.
President Biden has proposed roughly $4 trillion in new infrastructure spending, but Democrats are far from an intraparty agreement. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats, is floating $6 trillion in infrastructure spending, House progressives are calling for $6 trillion to $10 trillion, and Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) is suggesting he would support around $3 trillion in such spending. What it also suggests, says Mazari, is that the part of the market most sensitive to infrastructure spending has started to get jumpy. Assuming continued loose monetary policy, despite expectations for a slowing economy, Tengler has been adding high-growth stocks to clients’ portfolios. For investors, infrastructure uncertainty is an additional—and underappreciated—near-term risk to the economy and markets.
U.S. pledges $500 million to increase meat processing capacity
By Tom PolansekCHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. government will invest at least $500 million to expand beef, pork and poultry processing capacity, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Friday, after consumers faced limits on meat purchases during the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Ranchers are now selling cattle for a loss even though meat companies make profits selling beef to consumers, Vilsack said. When large meat plants close, meat supplies tighten while ranchers get stuck with cattle that would otherwise have been slaughtered. That means the price of cattle generally falls, while the price of meat in supermarkets rises. Story continuesThe North American Meat Institute, which represents meat companies, said on Friday that Biden's order will "open the floodgates for litigation."
The Family That Buys Together Stays Together
Ellen Scherer Crafts and Trevor Crafts with their daughter Riley, 5, and her grandparents Jackie Chirico, center, and Edward and Heather Crafts, outside the home they all bought together in Weston, Conn., July 9, 2021. (Tom Sibley/The New York Times)Before the pandemic, the Crafts family was scattered: three generations, in three houses, in three different states, with close to zero chance of living together. (Buyer beware: It can also mean reliving family get-togethers every day of the year.) In the eight months before the outbreak, only 11% had bought homes to live with multiple generations of family. “We get serenaded every night,” Scherer Crafts said.
USADA responds to letter from AOC regarding Sha'Carri Richardson suspension, says it can't unilaterally change the rules
Sha'Carri Richardson Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesThe United States Anti-Doping Agency has addressed sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson's controversial suspension for a positive marijuana test in a new letter to lawmakers, saying it wants to mitigate such "harsh consequences" but can't change the rules unilaterally. responded to their objections over Richardson's one-month suspension after the sprinter tested positive for marijuana, Axios reported. The USADA leaders called it "heartbreaking" that she'll now miss the Olympics and said that the World Anti-Doping Agency's "rules concerning marijuana must change." Richardson was suspended for 30 days over the positive marijuana test, keeping her from the 100 meter race at the Olympics. After Richardson accepted the 30-day suspension, the USADA said "there is no longer any legal process to challenge it or to reverse it."
What’s on TV Saturday: ‘The 2021 ESPYS’ on ABC; ‘Miss California Pageant’ on KTLA
8 p.m. BBC AmericaTyler Perry’s Young Dylan Dylan (Young Dylan) plays detective after an expensive vase is broken in the house. 8:30 p.m. NickelodeonDateline NBC (N) 10 p.m. NBCAdvertisementSPECIALSMiss California Pageant (N) 7 p.m. The CWThe 2021 ESPYS Hosted by Anthony Mackie, the awards ceremony returns to Microsoft Theatre after last year’s abbreviated format during the COVID-19 pandemic. 7:30 p.m. FS12021 Tour de France Stage 15: Céret to Andorra la Vella, 191.5 km, mountain stage (Live) 3:30 a.m. NBCSPSATURDAY TALK SHOWSGood Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABCGood Morning America Tory Johnson. (N) 7:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m. KCBSMeet the Press National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan; Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.); Richard Engel.
What you can do for your unhoused neighbors during this heat wave (or any time)
But some communities are more vulnerable than others, and that includes the thousands of unhoused people in Southern California. During extreme heatMayra Lozano, director of community outreach for WaterDrop LA, a skid row nonprofit, said that above all, people need water. AdvertisementWaterDrop LA recently challenged Angelenos on Twitter to take 20 minutes out of their day to hand out chilled water bottles to their unhoused neighbors. Cooling towels, hats and umbrellas, Kim said, are other things that you can think about giving to an unhoused person. “Folks who are experiencing homelessness, they’re our neighbors, and there’s a sense of responsibility that we should all have to make sure that everyone’s OK.”
L.A. delays the next phase of removing homeless people from Venice boardwalk
Los Angeles city officials backed away Friday from a deadline to clear all tents and other dwellings from the north end of Venice boardwalk, giving those living there illegally another week to comply. But those were not the deputies specializing in homeless outreach, who have not returned. For more than an hour Friday, sanitation workers sidestepped a young woman who lay face down beside a large sanitation truck appearing to be asleep. AdvertisementShortly afterward, outreach workers from St. Joseph and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority persuaded the woman to go with them. AdvertisementJack Rivers’ encampment is dismantled as a Los Angeles city crew conducts a major cleanup of homeless encampments on the Venice boardwalk on Friday.
Wellesley High junior Max Stakun-Pickering wins national title in decathlon
Heading into the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation Outdoor Nationals track meet, Wellesley High’s Max Stakun-Pickering knew he had a chance to win a national title in the decathlon at Eugene, Ore.AdvertisementStakun-Pickering had to beat Kazmaier by eight seconds to overtake him and win the title, but he was prepared. Wellesley High's Max Stakun-Pickering's national championship was a year in the making. In the pole vault, the eighth event of the decathlon, Kazmaier fouled in his first two attempts. If he fouled a third time, he would’ve lost a significant amount of points, and Stakun-Pickering would’ve easily won the title. Instead of hoping for an easy route to the title, Pickering said his son was happy to see Kazmaier not foul on his third jump.
Boston Pride announces closing amid controversy over inclusion
“It is clear to us that our community needs and wants change without the involvement of Boston Pride. “Therefore, Boston Pride is dissolving. Boston Pride, the organization that for decades has organized the city’s annual LGBTQ parade, is dissolving amid a controversy over inclusion, the group’s board of directors said. The Pride board rejected a statement drafted by its own communications team and issued a watered-down version without consulting its Black Pride subcommittee members. Eighty percent of Pride’s volunteers quit in protest and some 2,000 people flocked to the first Black Trans Vigil at Franklin Park on the day that would have marked Boston Pride, if not for the pandemic.
Boston Public Schools releases preliminary plan for spending $123m in federal relief funds
Many educators and families hope the influx of money will be transformative for the district, where many schools are considered underperforming by the state. Boston Public Schools released Friday its preliminary plan for spending $123 million in federal relief funds to help the school system recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. AdvertisementTiffany Luo, a rising senior at Boston Latin School, said the district needs to focus on improving buildings and class offerings in underresourced schools. “They have way less options” for classes at most high schools than at Boston Latin School, Luo said. “I see nothing in this plan that’s going to help that.”Will Austin, chief executive of Boston Schools Fund, said the plan lacked detail, making it hard to evaluate.
Biden fires head of Social Security Administration, a Trump holdover who drew the ire of Democrats
WASHINGTON — President Biden on Friday fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, a holdover from the Trump administration who had alienated crucial Democratic constituencies with policies designed to clamp down on benefits and an uncompromising anti-union stance. The Social Security Administration pays out more than $1 trillion a year to about 64 million beneficiaries, which include seniors, the disabled and low-income Americans. “This removal would be an unprecedented and dangerous politicization of the Social Security Administration,” Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell tweeted. The June decision raised the prospect that the head of the Social Security Administration would be next. “President Biden needs someone who can fulfill his promise of protecting and strengthening Social Security,” Representative John Larson, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Social Security subcommittee, said in an interview Thursday.
Six months after attack, fencing comes down around U.S. Capitol
The eight-foot-high black mesh fencing at one point surrounded several blocks of Capitol Hill, interfering with pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The remaining sections, enclosing just the white-domed Capitol complex, will take about three days to remove, according to U.S. House of Representatives Sergeant-at-Arms William Walker. More than 535 people have been charged with taking part in the attack, when Trump supporters smashed windows, fought police and sent lawmakers and then-Vice President Mike Pence scrambling for safety. Two police officers who took part in the defense of the Capitol later took their own lives. Walker said the temporary fencing can quickly be reinstalled if needed and that other restrictions on access to the Capitol will remain in place.
Arizona State football allegations: Keyshawn Johnson changes stance on Kevin Mawae for leaks
Update: ESPN's Keyshawn Johnson tweeted an update on Friday in regards to his comments last month about Kevin Mawae being a "whistleblower" in the Arizona State football allegations case. "I spoke to my former teammate Kevin Mawae about the ASU football matter," Johnson tweeted. Former ASU offensive analyst Kevin Mawae. More:Reports: ASU football under NCAA investigation for possible recruiting violationsMawae played 241 games in the NFL, starting 238 of those. While with the Jets Mawae played under Herm Edwards, starting their long association.
'I'd rather work': Debate rages as states cut unemployment and workers seek jobs, better pay
But the federal unemployment supplement has "definitely been one of the factors.'' "Basically, employers are having to compete with these programs,'' she says, particularly those in the leisure, hospitality and retail industries that typically pay workers the lowest wages. “We cannot let unemployment benefits be a barrier to getting people back to work.”But Ashlee Lindsey, 38, says that unemployment benefits have been a financial lifeline, not a barrier, as she struggles to find work. “I didn’t ask for this pandemic,” says Lindsey, who has signed a petition calling on Alabama to reinstate the federal benefits. Four of them, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, Montana and Arizona are ending the federal unemployment supplement early.
Five low-vaccinated clusters — including two in Texas — pose health risks for U.S., experts say
WASHINGTON — Five low-vaccinated clusters – including two in Texas – could put the entire country at risk for spreading new variants of COVID-19, according to a new analysis out of Georgetown University. The two clusters in Texas together encompass around 141 counties out of 254, said Dr. Shweta Bansal, an associate professor of biology at Georgetown who headed the project. Texas’ overall vaccination rate does not paint an accurate picture of the state’s danger level, Bansal said. And unvaccinated clusters pose greater threats because each interaction with an unvaccinated individual risks a new transmission of COVID-19, Bansal said. Yet in other counties, especially those in one of the clusters, some vaccination rates still hover in the low 20s.
CDC says vaccinated students don't need masks, but some Wisconsin schools might still require them
Vaccinated students and school staff may be able to safely leave their masks at home, according to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but some Wisconsin schools might still require them. Many other school districts in the state had already made masks optional in recent months. For districts that do require masks, the guidance raises a host of questions about when it’s appropriate to make masks optional for unvaccinated students, as well as how to track vaccination status legally and without stigmatizing students. Following CDC guidance on public transportation, though, masks will be required for students who ride the bus. If rates rise and the district returns to masking requirements, administrators might then consider the CDC guidance to require masks only for those who aren’t vaccinated, said executive assistant Kelly Galvan.
Illinois’ COVID-19 infection rate — while still low — doubles in two weeks: ‘We could easily backslide’
Figures released Friday by public health officials show the statewide coronavirus infection rate has more than doubled in barely two weeks. His agency covers the seven counties on the southernmost tip of the state, including the one with Illinois’ lowest vaccination rate. Statewide, the seven-day average case positivity rate is at 1.5%, the highest it’s been since the first week of June, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. New COVID-19 cases by day Graphic by Jesse Howe and Caroline Hurley | Sun-Times Source: Illinois Department of Public HealthGraph not displaying properly? City Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady has said she’s not concerned yet, attributing it to a 40% drop in testing.
Garth Brooks hopes to give fans ‘best time of their life’
Garth Brooks has been waiting for this moment since the day his tickets for Allegiant Stadium was announced in March 2020. Country music star Garth Brooks performs at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on June 24, 2016, as part of the Garth Brooks World Tour. (Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @elipagephotoGarth Brooks speaks during a press conference on his music tour at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Friday, July 9, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoGarth Brooks speaks during a press conference on his music tour at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Friday, July 9, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoBefore playing to 65,000 Saturday at Allegiant Stadium, Garth Brooks outlined what it would take to being him back to a cozy Las Vegas Strip theater.
$1 million winner of Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccination lottery is a college student
Oregon State University student Chloe Zinda said she was in disbelief when she received a text message from the Oregon Health Authority -- the first indication that she’d won the state’s $1 million jackpot for getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Although the campaign doesn’t appear to have turned out to be the powerful motivator that state officials had hoped for -- with no statewide bump in inoculations that could be clearly attributed to the lottery incentive -- state officials still celebrated some overall victories. “I’m just absolutely thrilled that more than 2.4 million Oregonians have gotten their first vaccination,” Brown said. But the state Friday only announced Zinda’s $1 million win and hasn’t said who the other winners are yet. She plans to spend the money paying off college debt and pursuing an art career by opening an art studio.
Multnomah Falls will require advance reservations this summer
Your favorite restaurant in Portland might not take reservations, but this summer Multnomah Falls will require them of most visitors. The forest service warned that while a ticket guarantees access to Multnomah Falls, it does not necessarily guarantee a parking spot. Multnomah Falls reopens to visitors amid the coronavirus pandemic with several new public heath precautions in place, including one-way paths, social distancing and a face mask mandate. Jamie Hale/The OregonianForest officials first implemented the reservation system last summer, promoting it as a way to reduce crowding during the coronavirus pandemic. Reservations were quietly phased out last fall as summer crowds dwindled, but now they’re back as officials try to manage the swelling number of visitors.
Levin, family raise concerns over health of detained journalist Danny Fenster
Washington — The family of detained journalist Danny Fenster and their congressman are raising concerns about the health of the Michigan native being held in a prison in Myanmar that is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19. Levin said Insein Prison, where Fenster is being held, has an outbreak among staff and inmates of COVID-19, though prison officials are claiming to have the situation under control. The U.S. Embassy has also been denied in its requests to vaccinate Fenster for weeks as the virus situation in the country has worsened, Levin said. Prison officials claim Danny does not have COVID but have provided no evidence to back up that claim," Levin said. Bryan Fenster told The Detroit News his family plans to meet with department officials this weekend.
CDC says vaccinated teachers and students need not wear a mask inside school buildings
Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear a mask inside school buildings come fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a stance the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education had already taken. The CDC is not advising schools to mandate vaccines for eligible teachers and students, though, and schools should still continue to space unvaccinated kids three feet apart, according to the agency. In Massachusetts, state guidance for the fall says all health and safety guidance including masking and physical distancing will be lifted. The guidance does not make a distinction about vaccinated or unvaccinated students and staff. In August, Pfizer plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization of a third dose, he said.
Dept of Health: Vulnerable must avoid mass indoor gatherings
He said people are going to be at risk for a long time. “I don’t think that we’re going to have some miraculous increase in our vaccination rates over the next few weeks,” he said. ”The state health officer said the best decision officials can make is to recommend people in the most vulnerable groups protect themselves. ———Leah Willingham is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.
State worker unions sue Lamont over return to office order
State employee union leaders are suing to stop Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont's order to have workers return to the office now that much of the state has emerged from the pandemic, accusing him of violating prior telework agreements reached with the unions and ignoring the benefits of having people work from home. The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition, which filed the request for an injunction in Hartford Superior Court on Tuesday, said in a statement that state workers proved throughout the COVID-19 crisis that a flexible teleworking agreement could be beneficial to the state of Connecticut. “From increased productivity and quality performance to the positive environmental impacts like reduced emissions, improved air quality and public health, the benefits of telework are clear and something that the Administration should be taking a proud step in leading,” SEBAC said in a statement posted on its website. In May, Lamont sent an email to state employees announcing they would be returning to their offices as of July 1 and that any telework would be limited to no more than 50% of their time, with manager approval.
The Latest: Arizona sees biggest jump in cases in 2 months
“Our collective under-vaccination in the state has put us all at risk, especially the most vulnerable,” State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said Friday during a virtual press briefing. Mississippi ranks among the last U.S. states for the total number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 at 31% fully vaccinated, according to the state Department of Health. Just over 996,500 people in Mississippi are fully vaccinated. State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said there has been a “modest” increase in cases and hospitalizations from coronavirus during the last few weeks, most of which are delta variant cases. He said he expects that to increase further as the weeks go on if people refuse to be cautious.
Illinois becomes first state to require teaching of Asian American history in public schools
In the wake of increased anti-Asian violence during the coronavirus pandemic, Illinois on Friday became the first state to require Asian American history to be taught in public schools. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Friday, every public elementary and high school in the state will be required to include a unit on the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including their history in Illinois and the Midwest. The law is the latest in a series of new requirements Pritzker has signed that aim to make the teaching of history in Illinois schools more inclusive. “We are setting a new standard for what it means to truly reckon with our history,” Pritzker said. The measure, also sponsored by Villivalam, would require “age-appropriate” teaching of topics including consent, gender identity and sexual orientation.
Behind the numbers: Heat wave victim was WA Capitol regular
The United Churches of Olympia posted on Facebook June 29 that they discovered Barnett Moss deceased that morning, a day after temperatures had reached 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 Celsius). A memorial for him on that same porch Friday drew more than 40 people, many from the Capitol campus. In the stream of comments on that initial social media post and others that followed, snippets of his life before and after homelessness emerged. He was once a respiratory therapist on the East Coast and had a son. He loved to ride his mountain bike from Philadelphia to New Jersey.
Has Tom Cruise drifted away from the Church of Scientology as Mission Impossible star becomes a recluse during Covid?
SPIRALLING budgets and delays have sparked major woes for studio chiefs as the latest Mission Impossible film continues to grind along painfully slowly. But it’s the major lifestyle changes of its producer and ­leading man Tom Cruise that have raised most eyebrows. And most surprisingly of all, he has appeared to drift away from the Church of Scientology. SECT’S SCI-FI ROOTS THE Church of Scientology was created by American science-fiction writer L Ron Hubbard in 1953. Followers of Scientology believe people are “immortal alien beings” called thetans who are trapped on Earth in their human form.
Biden fires Social Security boss, a Trump appointee who refused to resign
New York businessman Andrew Saul testifies before the Senate Finance Committee during his confirmation hearing to be commissioner of the Social Security Administration in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill October 02, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Joe Biden on Friday fired the head of the Social Security Administration after the official, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, refused to resign. The White House said the Social Security commissioner, Andrew Saul, "undermined and politicized" the agency's benefits, among other things that warranted his firing. Saul's deputy, David Black, who was also appointed by Trump, resigned on Friday after the White House's request. Saul told The Washington Post, however, that he plans to log back into work on Monday.
COVID-19: England's R number rises slightly as infection rates hit four-month highs in parts of UK
England's R number has risen slightly to between 1.2 and 1.5, as coronavirus infection rates increased sharply across the UK - with three home nations recording their highest in more than four months. That's up from one in 260 in the previous week and the highest since the week to 19 February. When modelling the level of infection among different age ranges in England, the ONS said rates have increased for all groups. Random swabs suggest just over 400,000 people in the UK had the virus in the seven days leading up to 3 July, a rise of 56% on the previous week. The data shows the North East now has the highest rates in England, overtaking the North West.
Arab countries pledge aid as Tunisia struggles with COVID pandemic
Libya also pledged to send medical aid, the president’s office said in a separate statement. After successfully containing the virus in the first wave last year, Tunisia is now grappling with a rise in infections. Tunisia recorded 189 deaths on Friday, the highest daily toll since the pandemic began last year. “We are in a catastrophic situation … the health system has collapsed, we can only find a bed in hospitals with great difficulty,” health ministry spokesperson Nisaf Ben Alaya said. “The boat is sinking.”The total number of coronavirus cases so far in Tunisia has climbed to around 480,000, with more than 16,000 deaths.
Amazon to help host pop-up vaccine clinics in New York and Los Angeles
Amazon Studios, the film division of the retail giant, and Carbon Health, a health tech startup, are joining together to host pop-up vaccination clinics in New York City and Los Angeles. The effort started on July 8 in the Big Apple, when Amazon Studios launched a clinic at St John's Bread & Life, non-profit organization serves Brooklyn and Queens. Carbon Health also previously worked with Amazon to help members of the studio's cast and crew vaccinated. Currently, a little more than two-thirds of American adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and about 58 percent are fully vaccinated. Amazon and Carbon Health hope to close the gap, though they are not the only ones attempting to do so in LA.
American 'mercenary' arrested over assassination filed a restraining order against his neighbors
Solages refused to move and later claimed to have found his front door plastered with post-it notes containing racist insults. Court records reveal Solages applied for a divorce last month but the documents throw up yet more questions about his life. He also has a business named EJS Maintenance and Repair which filed an annual report in May, according to Florida corporations records. Following Moïse's slaying, a power struggle has broken out between Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph and Prime Minister-elect Ariel Henry. Moïse's assassination came just one day after he named Henry as the new prime minister, who would have replaced Joseph in a matter of days.
One cup of coffee a day cuts the risk of falling ill with coronavirus by a tenth, study finds
One cup of coffee a day cuts the risk of falling ill with Covid-19 by around a tenth, according to a major study. US scientists, who analysed the records of 40,000 British adults, think the drink protects against the virus. According to a major study, one cup of coffee a day cuts the risk of falling ill with Covid-19 by around a tenth. Picture: StockA daily portion of vegetables has a similar effect, the study added. But tea and fruit does not seem to help, while a diet heavy in processed meats – such as sausages and bacon – increases the chances of becoming severely ill.
Biden FIRES Trump-appointed head of Social Security Administration after Democratic criticism
President Biden on Friday fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, a Trump-era holdover who had been accused of mismanaging the delivery of COVID stimulus payments and union bashing. He was asked to resign his post but was fired when he refused, according to a White House official. Andrew Saul was appointed to a six-year term as Social Security Administration commissioner in 2019 by President Trump. Republicans said Social Security beneficiaries had the most to lose from the dismissal. As word spread, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell tweeted: 'This removal would be an unprecedented and dangerous politicization of the Social Security Administration.'
COVID-19 vaccine rollout prevented up to 279,000 US deaths and 1.25 million hospitalizations
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout prevented hundreds of thousands of deaths from the disease in the U.S., a new study suggests. Results showed there would have been up to 279,000 more COVID-19-related deaths and 1.25 million hospitalizations from the virus. If only half as many doses had been administered, or about 166 million doses, by July 1, there would have been about 121,000 additional deaths and more than 457,000 additional hospitalizations. The model determined that, with no vaccine, there would have been up to 279,000 additional deaths by the end of June this year. Additionally, there would have been 1.2 million hospitalizations, on top of the approximately 1.5 million hospitalizations recorded since the vaccine rollout began.
Biden fires top official at Social Security Administration after he refuses to resign
(CNN) President Joe Biden on Friday fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul after he refused to submit his resignation as the President had requested, a White House official told CNN. Biden had asked for the top two officials at the Social Security Administration to submit their resignations, the White House official told CNN, but only Saul refused. Deputy Commissioner David Black agreed to submit his resignation, the official said, and it was accepted. "Since taking office, Commissioner Saul has undermined and politicized Social Security disability benefits, terminated the agency's telework policy that was utilized by up to 25 percent of the agency's workforce, not repaired SSA's relationships with relevant Federal employee unions including in the context of COVID-19 workplace safety planning, reduced due process protections for benefits appeals hearings, and taken other actions that run contrary to the mission of the agency and the President's policy agenda," the White House official said. The President has appointed Kilolo Kijakazi as acting commissioner while the search for a commissioner and deputy commissioner is conducted.
Woman arrested in Brussels in suspected Iranian plot against Israeli targets
Belgian authorities have arrested a woman suspected of taking part in an Iranian plot to collect intelligence on Israeli targets at the Brussels AFbruirport, Ynet has learned on Friday. Footage from the incident at the Brussels Airport ThursdayThe airport's two departure halls, as well as a nearby compound that serves as a COVID-19 vaccination center, were evacuated for about an hour. 3 ????? ?????? Illustration: a suitcase with Brussels Airport baggage tag ( Photo: Shutterstock )Belgian police ordered the Airbus plane to turn around, and according to one source, the woman was taken off the plane and arrested. Upon inspection of the suitcase, no explosives were found in it, but only several packs of hand sanitizer. 3 ????? ?????? Brussels Airport ( Photo: Shutterstock )Security officials in Israel said that "the issue is under investigation."
Haiti requests US send troops following president's assassination
The U.S. has agreed to send senior officials from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to Haiti to assist the government's investigation of the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, the White House announced Friday. The political and security crises afflicting the Caribbean country are rivaled only by the coronavirus pandemic. Seventeen suspects have been detained, according to interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph's office, including two Americans and 15 Colombians. Four other suspects were killed by police in a shootout late Wednesday, according to Haitian officials. The State Department declined to address a question about Pierre's comments during a press briefing Friday afternoon.
Covid Live Updates: Mississippi Urges Masks for Indoor Gatherings as Delta Spreads
Live Covid Live Updates: Mississippi Urges Masks for Indoor Gatherings as Delta Spreads Educators’ unions praise new C.D.C. Africa endures its “worst pandemic week ever.”Mississippi urges ‘high-risk’ residents to avoid indoor mass gatherings as Delta variant spreads. To use the S.D.R.s, countries can agree to trade this interest-bearing asset with other countries in exchange for cash. Researchers at Imperial College London also found that from June 24 to July 5, the number of coronavirus cases had quadrupled across England and had risen eightfold in London. The World Health Organization warned last week that the games, held in cities across Europe, had driven a rise in coronavirus cases.
Biden urges Putin to ‘take action to disrupt’ Russia-based hackers behind ransomware attacks.
Biden urges Putin to ‘take action to disrupt’ Russia-based hackers behind ransomware attacks. Video transcript Back bars 0:00 / 0:51 - 0:00 transcript Biden Calls for Putin to Act on Ransomware Attacks President Biden urged President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to act when ransomware attacks originate in his country and said the U.S. reserves the right to respond against hackers who launch attacks from Russia. Will there be, sir?” “Yes.” President Biden urged President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to act when ransomware attacks originate in his country and said the U.S. reserves the right to respond against hackers who launch attacks from Russia. Mr. Biden said he told Mr. Putin that during a face-to-face meeting in Geneva several weeks ago. The firing was the latest move by Mr. Biden to oust a Trump-appointed director of an independent executive agency.
Live Updates: Haitian Officials Request U.S. Forces
Live Live Updates: Haitian Officials Request U.S. Haitian officials say they have asked for U.S. forces to stabilize the country. Police searched the Morne Calvaire district of Petion Ville for suspects who remain at large in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Friday. In 1915, President Woodrow Wilson sent the Marines to protect U.S. interests after the assassination of the Haitian president. President Moïse had been dressed in a white shirt and jeans, he said, both of which were torn and covered in blood.
Go Inside Chip & Joanna Gaines's Magnolia Network in PEOPLE's New Special Edition
That's just one reason that the pair decided to launch a reboot, Fixer Upper: Welcome Home, and now, their very own network to go with it. To mark the July 15 streaming debut of Magnolia Network, People is publishing a special edition, Chip & Joanna: Building Their Future featuring an exclusive new interview with the couple and a look inside their new slate of shows. Chip Joanna Gaines From "Fixer Upper: Welcome Home" | Credit: Magnolia Discovery VenturesThe parents of five — they share Drake, 16, Ella 14, Duke, 13, and Emmie Kay, 11, and Crew, 3 — designed Magnolia Network from the ground up. says Joanna Gaines. Chip Joanna Gaines Chip and Joanna Gaines | Credit: Magnolia Discovery VenturesThe timing couldn't be better.
London Officer Admits Killing Sarah Everard, Whose Murder Prompted Outcry Over Women's Safety
A London police constable pleaded guilty Friday to murdering Sarah Everard, the 33-year-old marketing executive who went missing while walking home in March, prompting a national reckoning about sexual assault and women's safety. Wayne Couzens, 48, had pleaded guilty in June to kidnapping and raping Everard. Everard disappeared back on March 3 while walking home from a friend's house at night in London. Wayne Couzens Wayne Couzens | Credit: SWNSOn March 12, police confirmed that her remains had been found in the woods in Kent, more than 50 miles away. Middleton "remembers what it felt like to walk around London at night," a royal source told PEOPLE at the time.
Fully Vaccinated Americans 'Do Not Need' a COVID Booster Shot Now, FDA and CDC Say
"People who are fully vaccinated are protected from severe disease and death," the joint statement between the two health agencies saidFully Vaccinated Americans 'Do Not Need' a COVID Booster Shot Now, FDA and CDC SayFully vaccinated Americans "do not need" a COVID-19 booster shot despite new variants, according to a joint statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On Thursday, the two organizations said that "Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time." Pfizer and BioNTech announced on Thursday that the companies are developing a specially formulated COVID-19 booster shot to fight against the highly contagious Delta variant. The companies estimate that a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be needed 12 months after the first two doses. "Two doses, if you're fully vaccinated with Pfizer [or] Moderna, [is enough]," he continued.
Prince William Is Back in the Saddle! The Duke of Cambridge Makes His Return to the Polo Pitch
Prince William returned for a bit of friendly competition on the polo field while Kate Middleton continues to isolate after a close COVID exposure last weekPrince William Is Back in the Saddle! The Duke of Cambridge Makes His Return to the Polo PitchPrince William made a long-awaited return to his beloved polo field on Friday. Get push notifications with news, features and more. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge Credit: HENRY NICHOLLS/POOL/AFP via Getty ImagesWhile the Duchess of Cambridge, 39, has been isolating after a close exposure to COVID last week, William has been carrying out the couple's royal duties. William, 39, hosted NHS workers for the Big Tea at Buckingham Palace on Monday and expressed his appreciation for their work during the pandemic.
Billy Eichner Says His Best Billy on the Street Was with Michelle Obama: "The Whole Thing Was Wild'
The Billy on the Street Host is also looking forward to shooting his popular series again soon, he tells PEOPLEBilly Eichner Says His Best Billy on the Street Was with Michelle Obama: "The Whole Thing Was Wild'Billy Eichner met former First Lady Michelle Obama in 2016 — and he's still not quite over it. Eichner, 42, is a pioneer in street interviews thanks to his hit series, Billy on the Street, on which he asks celebrities and civilians crazy, funny and slightly obscure questions while they roam the streets of New York City. For Eichner, who began the series 10 years ago, one of the memorable segments came when he had the opportunity to interview former First Lady Michelle Obama while her husband was in office. this-is-us.jpg From left: Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Billy Eichner, Mandy Moore and Milo VentimigliaHilarity, of course, ensued. With COVID-19 restrictions continuing to lift in New York City, Eichner said he's looking forward to going back outside and make more Billy on the Street magic.
Gabby Douglas Says She's 'So Moved' by the Refugees Training for the Tokyo Olympics
Gabby Douglas Gabby Douglas | Credit: Paul Archuleta/GettyThe "Fierce Five" gold medalist says that she can relate to a piece of every athlete's story who was featured in the series because of her own journey pursuing elite gymnastics. In her early teens, she moved from her hometown Virginia Beach to live with a host family in West Des Moines, Iowa in order to train under Liang Chow, the former coach of Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson. "I can relate to everyone's stories and the refugees overcoming adversity and challenges on a minor scale," Douglas explains. GABBY DOUGLAS Credit: Matt Dunham/APAs professional athletes push boundaries within their respective sports, Douglas tells PEOPLE that she knows firsthand how it can be a long journey that can easily get overwhelming. We have the media, we have social media, we have competitions, and so on and so forth," Douglas says.
Jill Biden Shares Her Own Spelling Bee Story With Scripps Competitors: 'I Was Too Nervous To Go'
"In sixth grade I was my school's spelling bee champion," Dr. Biden, 70, shared in opening remarks delivered ahead of the competition. Prior to her remarks, Dr. Biden met separately with the finalists and their families privately, according to a White House press pool report. A longtime educator, Dr. Biden returned to teaching this spring after taking the fall off to focus on the 2020 campaign. During a community college tour in Dixon, Illinois, in April, Dr. Biden said to reporters: "Most people now call me first lady. As the 2020 Scripps National Spelling Bee was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's competition was extra special for its 11 finalists.
Instagram-Famous Brand Vanity Makeup Just Launched Virtual Classes
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Joshua Jackson: How Fatherhood Has Affected My Career
“It just expands every single day.”The Canada native noted that “an actor’s life informs everything they do … and the choices” that they make. Us broke the news in December 2019 that Turner-Smith, 34, was pregnant with their first child. The actress gave birth in April 2020, so Jackson started filming Dr. Death at the perfect time. It’s nice to see Joshua as a doting father, and Jodie is a very hands-on mother. He kept saying to me, ‘There’s no part of this that I’m going to miss.’”With reporting by Emily Longeretta
Victoria Paul Questions 'Filter' on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Cast Photo
Victoria Paul shared unedited photos of herself after questioning her Bachelor in Paradise season 7 announcement. ?” the 28-year-old reality TV personality wrote alongside a series of photos, including her official cast pic in a hot pink dress, on Thursday, July 8. Victoria subsequently snapped makeup-free photos of herself in the same pink dress with no filter. So I think there’s a lot of pent-up sexual tension in a lot of these cast members,” bartender Wells Adams exclusively told Us Weekly earlier this month of season 7. … It almost was, like, every day got more and more intense,” Joe, who appeared on BiP season 5, dished on the “Click Bait” podcast on Thursday.
Prince William Returns to Polo as Kate Middleton Isolates: Pics
Prince William returned to the polo field after a lengthy break to play in a charity match while wife Duchess Kate remained isolated after a COVID-19 exposure. The Duke of Cambridge, 39, participated in the Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Charity Polo Cup 2021 at Guards Polo Club Windsor on Friday, July 9. One of his most recent public matches was in July 2019, when he competed against Prince Harry during the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day. Kate, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Meghan Markle and Archie notably attended the function, marking the first joint outing for the cousins. Instead, William and Harry, 36, debuted the piece without any other members of the royal family present.
Are lots of people deleting the NHS Covid app?
Are lots of people deleting the NHS Covid app? Added: 09.07.2021 18:19 | 19 views | 0 commentsAre people using the government's Covid app or are they deleting it?
Nick Viall and Natalie Joy's Relationship Timeline
After two seasons of The Bachelorette and his own season of The Bachelor, Nick Viall has found love with Natalie Joy. The “Viall Files” host and surgical technologist were first linked by fans in 2019, but speculation about their relationship didn’t start heating up until 2020. In February 2021, shortly after the pair first went public as a couple, Viall admitted that they met after Joy slid into his Instagram DMs. “Then Nick slid into my DMs, and he’s like, ‘I’m so sorry that your perception of me is so negative. You can say she practically lives with him because she’s at his house that much.”Keep scrolling to see the full timeline of Viall and Joy’s romance:
NHS Covid app settings changing to send fewer alerts
NHS Covid app settings changing to send fewer alertsAdded: 09.07.2021 21:55 | 10 views | 0 commentsSource: www.henshaws.org.ukAlterations to take place amid fears that millions would be asked to isolate as people mixed more. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
COVID booster shots for the delta variant: Why Pfizer says yes despite CDC, FDA caution
COVID booster shots for the delta variant: Why Pfizer says yes despite CDC, FDA cautionAdded: 09.07.2021 20:29 | 12 views | 0 commentsCases of the coronavirus delta variant are climbing, raising questions about the best way to protect against the now-dominant COVID-19 strain.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Colleges Lash Out at Students Breaking Campus Virus Rules
Covid-19 Live Updates: Colleges Lash Out at Students Breaking Campus Virus RulesAdded: 21.08.2020 10:16 | 14 views | 0 commentsN.C. State will shift instruction online, and other universities cautioned young people as they returned to class.
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly Plant
Drug Pitched to Trump for Covid-19 Comes From a Deadly PlantAdded: 20.08.2020 20:10 | 16 views | 0 commentsSource: www.prnewswire.comThe chief executive of My Pillow, a Trump donor, claims oleandrin is a miracle cure for Covid-19. But no studies have shown that it is safe or effective, and the shrub it’s derived from is poisonous. More in www.nytimes.com »
An ‘Unprecedented’ Effort to Stop the Coronavirus in Nursing Homes
An ‘Unprecedented’ Effort to Stop the Coronavirus in Nursing HomesAdded: 20.08.2020 15:03 | 12 views | 0 commentsResearchers are testing an experimental drug to halt sudden outbreaks. The trial may bring a new type of treatment for the virus.
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 Fears
College Officials Clamp Down on Student Behavior Over Covid-19 FearsAdded: 20.08.2020 10:27 | 16 views | 0 commentsJoe Biden criticized President Trump’s virus response and outlined a strategy to fight the pandemic. Overburdened health care specialists are finding themselves on the front lines as schools reopen.
Detroit's water shutoff stopped amid pandemic, but problems loom
Added: 29.07.2020 11:05 | 16 views | 0 commentsAdvocates who work directly with affected families spoke with CBS News about how COVID-19 has exacerbated their need for running water.
Senate Republicans release COVID-19 relief plan, as White House adviser tests positive for virus
Added: 29.07.2020 15:29 | 20 views | 0 commentsSenate Republicans on Monday proposed a coronavirus relief plan that would significantly reduce the $600 weekly jobless benefit for Americans, a move that Democrats oppose. Meanwhile, President Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, became the highest-ranking administration official to test positive for COVID-19. Paula Reid reports.
'Biblical' famines could double global hunger as a result of the coronavirus crisis, UN warns
'Biblical' famines could double global hunger as a result of the coronavirus crisis, UN warnsAdded: 22.04.2020 14:14 | 11 views | 0 commentsFamines of "biblical proportions" are becoming a serious risk as the coronavirus crisis threatens to double the number of people nearing starvation, a U.N. body has warned.
Trump's national security adviser tests positive for COVID-19
Added: 29.07.2020 16:29 | 19 views | 0 commentsPresident Trump's national security adviser Robert O’Brien is in quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus. This comes as Mr. Trump touts progress in the race for a vaccine during a trip to battleground state North Carolina. Ben Tracy reports.
White House press secretary discusses the president's controversial comments on COVID-19
Added: 29.07.2020 15:40 | 18 views | 0 commentsAs U.S. COVID-19 deaths near 150,000, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss President Trump's controversial comments on hydroxychloroquine, which has been deemed not effective by medical professionals, and his retweeting of a video that contains mixed messaging on masks.
With an active hurricane season on the way, officials prep disaster plans for coronavirus challenges
With an active hurricane season on the way, officials prep disaster plans for coronavirus challengesAdded: 21.05.2020 17:04 | 10 views | 0 commentsThe coronavirus is complicating the job for emergency officials as they look to keep their teams and residents safe while responding to a catastrophe.
Coronavirus, floods and locust swarms: Kenya is fighting a 'triple whammy' of crises
Added: 18.05.2020 6:59 | 9 views | 0 commentsAlready navigating the coronavirus pandemic and the worst invasion of desert locusts for more than 25 years, parts of East Africa are now being devastated by flooding.
African migrant workers are unable to send money home, cutting off a lifeline to vulnerable communities
African migrant workers are unable to send money home, cutting off a lifeline to vulnerable communitiesAdded: 29.05.2020 11:23 | 11 views | 0 commentsThe coronavirus pandemic is leaving migrant workers unable to send money or goods home to families, cutting off a vital lifeline for communities already under siege from a barrage of external shocks.
This disaster could wipe out your finances – and few people are preparing for it
This disaster could wipe out your finances – and few people are preparing for itAdded: 27.05.2020 16:54 | 9 views | 0 commentsAmericans' finances have been battered by the coronavirus pandemic, and now a new threat is emerging: hurricane season. Only 15% of people polled by the American Institute of CPAs have drafted a disaster plan to deal with it.
Don't get caught unprepared if disaster strikes. Here's what you can do to get ready
Don't get caught unprepared if disaster strikes. Here's what you can do to get readyAdded: 22.05.2020 14:02 | 11 views | 0 commentsWith more than 38 million Americans out of work since the coronavirus pandemic began, the importance of a financial first-aid kit has never been more important.
Holiday firms launch legal action over travel lists
Added: 09.07.2021 16:17 | 30 views | 0 commentsGroup including Ryanair and BA wants more government transparency over Covid travel rules.
Fauci casts doubt on football this fall
Added: 18.06.2020 16:52 | 17 views | 0 commentsWith the United States bracing for a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Thursday cast doubt on the National Football League playing this year.
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayed
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayedAdded: 18.06.2020 19:42 | 16 views | 0 commentsSome NFL coaches want the 2020 regular season delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN's Ed Werder reported.
Horse racing: Stradivarius takes third successive Ascot Gold Cup
Added: 18.06.2020 19:33 | 17 views | 0 commentsStradivarius, ridden by Frankie Dettori, blew away the field to land a third successive Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday in a race run without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unemployment payments backlog draws hundreds to Kentucky's capital
Added: 18.06.2020 19:02 | 16 views | 0 commentsHundreds of people who lost jobs during the coronavirus crisis but have been unable to get their unemployment insurance checks converged at the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort early Wednesday to seek in-person help.
Biden administration will send 3 million vaccines to Indonesia amid Covid-19 surge
Added: 09.07.2021 13:17 | 9 views | 0 commentsThe White House will send three million doses of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine to Indonesia Friday, in what will amount to one of the largest single shipments yet, a White House official told CNN.
Number of patients facing year-long wait for NHS treatment 100 times higher in 12 months
Number of patients facing year-long wait for NHS treatment 100 times higher in 12 monthsAdded: 12.11.2020 11:42 | 20 views | 0 commentsShocking figures lay bare the impact of the coronavirus pandemicBut there was better news for patients waiting for cancer treatment
China to begin trial of two Canadians for alleged espionage soon, state media reports
Added: 12.03.2021 5:25 | 19 views | 0 commentsBeijing (CNN)Two Canadian citizens charged with espionage in China could go on trial "soon," according to the state-run Global Times newspaper. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been detained since December 2018 and were charged in June last year with spying. In an article published late Thursday, the Global Times said that their cases had previously been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic but were now proceeding.
Big Tech Got $3 Trillion Bigger During the Pandemic – and Became a Bigger Target
Big Tech Got $3 Trillion Bigger During the Pandemic – and Became a Bigger TargetAdded: 12.03.2021 3:06 | 14 views | 0 commentsSource: www.upi.comWhile the past year has been financially and emotionally crippling for millions of Americans, the nation's tech giants have not only survived, but thrived. This week marks the unhappy one-year anniversary of when the weight of the coronavirus pandemic seemed to really hit the U.S., when Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson both announced they'd tested positive for COVID-19 and the NBA halted its season - two major indicators life was about to go sideways. At the same time, the stock market was tanking, with the Dow absorbing its biggest single-day percentage decline since the "Black Monday" crash of 1987; the tech-heavy Nasdaq was beat up nearly as bad, dropping more than... More in article.wn.com » Tom Hanks Tags: NBA
Japan Covid cases: Can you attend the Tokyo Olympics? Are spectators allowed?
Added: 09.07.2021 17:14 | 18 views | 0 commentsJAPAN will host the Olympics in a matter of weeks, a year after the Covid pandemic suspended the 2020 games, but cases have recently skyrocketed in the country. Can the Olympics go ahead?
Superheroes, from near and far, join Indonesia's coronavirus battle
Superheroes, from near and far, join Indonesia's coronavirus battleAdded: 04.05.2020 6:58 | 13 views | 0 commentsVolunteers clad as Superman and Spider-Man sprayed disinfectant against the coronavirus on Indonesia's island of Java, flanking a colleague wearing the winged helmet of local superhero Gatotkaca who shouted, "Wear masks, wash hands and stay alert."
Do your bit for farmers and eat more fries, Belgians urged
Do your bit for farmers and eat more fries, Belgians urgedAdded: 30.04.2020 10:14 | 13 views | 0 commentsWith potato farmers and processors struggling, Belgians are being urged to eat more fries to offset a slump in demand during the coronavirus pandemic.
Clawing back normality: Bangkok cat cafe reopens after virus shutdown
Added: 08.05.2020 10:20 | 15 views | 0 commentsAs Thailand's capital cautiously reopens many restaurants shuttered over coronavirus fears, the feline "employees" of the Caturday Cafe are back at work.
Thailand's pet groomer reopens as new coronavirus cases slow
Added: 05.05.2020 12:36 | 15 views | 0 commentsChewy and Miley, both two-year-old Schnauzer dogs, are getting their hair cut at a groomer in Bangkok for the first time since the new coronavirus outbreak began in Thailand in January.
President queries Tanzania coronavirus kits after goat test
Added: 04.05.2020 12:21 | 14 views | 0 commentsCoronavirus test kits used in Tanzania were dismissed as faulty by President John Magufuli on Sunday, because he said they had returned positive results on samples taken from a goat and a pawpaw.
Balloon-like object in Japanese sky sets Twitter afire with talk of UFOs, Godzilla
Added: 17.06.2020 8:48 | 15 views | 0 commentsThe appearance of a mysterious white object in the sky over northern Japan on Wednesday set social media ablaze, with speculation ranging from UFOs to coronavirus and North Korean propaganda.
Animal baby boom at Palestinian zoo after people disappear
Added: 12.06.2020 18:32 | 13 views | 0 commentsPeacocks, ostriches and baboons joined in an animal baby boom at a Palestinian zoo during the coronavirus closure as they let nature take its course free from human distractions.
Russian chefs in naked lockdown protest after virus strips them of income
Added: 09.06.2020 14:14 | 14 views | 0 commentsRussian restaurant owners stripped of their income by the coronavirus lockdown are campaigning for their businesses to be allowed to reopen by posting pictures of themselves naked on social media.
Cuban dons full-body cardboard shield against coronavirus
Added: 18.06.2020 15:04 | 14 views | 0 commentsEver since the novel coronavirus reached Cuba, a tall cardboard box with arms and legs can be seen tottering around a Havana suburb, popping into the bakery or butchers, or browsing the newspaper stand.
Turning orchestras inside out could lower risk of spreading covid-19
Added: 09.07.2021 18:17 | 19 views | 0 commentsPlacing wind and brass instruments on the outskirts of an orchestra, rather than in the centre where they are conventionally found, could lower the risk of spreading covid-19 according to an analysis of aerosol flow
Fury v Wilder III: Fight off following Covid-19 case in Briton's camp
Fury v Wilder III: Fight off following Covid-19 case in Briton's campAdded: 09.07.2021 21:16 | 12 views | 0 commentsSource: www.mmamania.comThe 24 July trilogy bout between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is postponed following a Covid-19 case in the Briton's camp. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Pfizer to seek approval for a 3rd vaccine dose
Added: 09.07.2021 21:46 | 11 views | 0 commentsPfizer says it is about to seek U.S. authorization for a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine, but U.S. health officials say a booster isn't needed yet.
Russell Wilson to host NBC vaccination special featuring Joe Biden, Barack Obama
© Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsSeahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, Ciara, will host NBC and ATTN:'s Roll Up Your Sleeves vaccination special featuring President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, among others. ET on Sunday, April 18, will also include appearances by Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Details of NBC's special were released on the same day as another massive event promoting vaccine awareness was announced. Global Citizen will host Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World, which will feature performances by Lopez, Selena Gomez and the Foo Fighters. The concert will take place at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, home of the NFL's Rams and Chargers.
Spelling Bee champion Zaila Avant-garde's basketball highlights (video)
After wrapping up her historic win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee (she’s the first African American to win in the contest’s history), people started to take notice of Zaila’s other remarkable skill: basketball. Her incredible dribbling has earned her an appearance in a shoe commercial beside Stephen Curry and a chance to perform with the Harlem Globetrotters. Even though she’s the nation’s top speller, Zaila views spelling as a secondary hobby to her first love: basketball. She said after winning the bee that she hopes to play in the WNBA or coach in the NBA one day. Bookmark this page to see previous editions of Hot Clicks and find the newest edition every day.
Tokyo Olympics: How Quanesha Burks went from McDonalds to team USA
Quanesha Burks ordered medium fries with no salt and a side of sweet and sour sauce at McDonald’s. “When I worked at McDonald’s, I thought it was the best job ever,” Burks says. Burks didn’t quit her job until she graduated high school with her 11 state titles, including the 100 meters, long jump and triple jump sweep as a senior. The qualifying round of the long jump went well, with Burks securing her spot in the final on her first jump. “It’s been a journey and it all started with a little girl working at McDonald’s and here I am.”More Coverage of the Olympics:
Where are they now: Tag Team
Tag Team helps out a family that’s making dinner. He wanted the commercial to have the feel of a Tag Team show—nothing too serious, just fun. When Otis left to join the army, the most famous Tag Team lineup was set. Tag Team and 95 South even appeared together on the Arsenio Hall Show to raise money for charity. After Tag Team shot the Geico spot, DC says publicists weren’t sure what to do with the duo’s sudden upswing in popularity.
WWE tour dates: Live events, Extreme Rules announced for September
The schedule for WWE’s return to touring continues to take shape with the addition of 11 new dates. Included in the new tour dates that were announced on Friday is the news that this year’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view will be held at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, Sept. 26. It will air live on Peacock in the United States and the WWE Network everywhere else. WWE Supershow and WWE Live are non-televised house shows. This Friday’s SmackDown and next Monday’s Raw are the final shows of the WWE ThunderDome era.
Corey Perry Isn't Ready to Call it Quits Just Yet
The 2011 NHL MVP made a noticeable impact in the playoffs this season, and if Perry has his way, he'll be back in a Canadiens uniform in 2021-22. The 2021 Stanley Cup final seemed like a re-awakening of sorts for Corey Perry. His job in Montreal was to bring a veteran presence, a physical side the team was lacking and some goal-scoring along the way. Even though Perry made a name for himself as one of the league's biggest "in-your-face-at-all-times-to-the-point-you-can't-stand-him-in-any-fashion" players in the NHL, his career resume speaks for himself. Perry grew up a Habs fan, but didn't get the chance to experience the full Montreal hockey lifestyle due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021 San Francisco 49ers Fantasy Team Outlook: Sorry Jimmy Garoppolo, We All Want Trey Lance ASAP
He held the run game coordinator job from 2017 to 2020 while working under Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta. He packs a powerful punch off the snap that creates wins and holes in the run game. LG Laken TomlinsonTomlinson delivered his best success in the run game last year after ranking about the league average for most of his career. OL SnapshotThe 49ers have one of the better offensive lines in the league, with a slant to dominate in the run game. Aiyuk finished with a respectable catch rate (62.5) with some chances in the run game (6/77/2).
William Eklund Will Make a Team Very Happy
William Eklund. William Eklund may very well be the first forward taken in the 2021 draft, but for most fans in North America, he's still an unknown quantity. You'd have to go back to the 2020 Hlinka-Gretzky tournament for some highlights and Eklund did play well, tying for first in team scoring with five points in five games for the bronze medallists. "He's good, he works hard," said one NHL team scout. Eklund played in the SHL all season after splitting the previous campaign between Djurgarden's main squad and several of the program's junior teams.
Don't Ignore the Psychological Effects of Requiring Masks in the Workplace
Requiring employees to wear masks is in many cases, the right thing to do health wise. For those in certain industries like healthcare wearing a mask is required, according to the latest guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal agency that oversees workplace health and safety. Meanwhile, many white-collar workplaces have made wearing masks optional, if vaccinated. Still, mask wearing has become another visual reminder of the stark differences between the haves and the have-nots. "If someone feels ostracized for wearing a mask, it's an emotional problem of the employee, which often stems from tension in the workplace."
Why Your Return to the Office Requires Two Workplace Safety Policies
Operating amid the pandemic has entered a new phase of difficulty--particularly for employers of both vaccinated and unvaccinated workers. Shortly after the CDC updated its guidelines on May 13, noting that vaccinated individuals no longer needed to wear facemasks indoors, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal agency that oversees workplace health and safety, updated its Covid-19 guidance. That means if you're planning a return to the office, you'll also need to create two separate workplace health policies. Also for unvaccinated employees, meetings are held virtually, while vaccinated employees can wear a mask and attend if desired. Vaccinated employees can also eat lunch together, while Kemps has asked unvaccinated employees to eat in a designated area.
The Olympics Bars Fans, Pfizer Eyes Boosters, and More Coronavirus News
The Olympics bars spectators, the Delta variant continues to spread, and Pfizer plans for boosters and third doses. HeadlinesThe Tokyo Olympics bars spectators as other countries navigate the return of in-person eventsYesterday, Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga announced that there won’t be any in-person spectators at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics due to rising cases of Covid-19. The Delta variant causes an uptick of cases in the US and around the worldAs of this week, the Delta variant is officially the dominant strain of coronavirus circulating in the US. The Delta variant continues to cause problems around the world, as well. Pfizer and BioNTech are also developing a booster shot that specifically targets the Delta variant.
Joe Biden Wants You to Be Able to Fix Your Own Damn iPhones
Early Friday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing the Federal Trade Commission to draft new regulations limiting device manufacturers’ ability to restrict independent repairs of their products. But the Biden administration’s involvement in repair issues brings national attention to a topic that has, for the most part, been addressed only in legislation at the state level. And it could have major implications for large tech companies and equipment makers that have historically held a tight grip on how—and by who—their devices can be repaired. The executive order is considered a significant win for right-to-repair advocates. “We’re really excited to hear this news,” says Kerry Maeve Sheehan, iFixit’s lead on US policy, in response to Biden’s executive order.
Black Widow Is Right on Time—and Too Late
It’s fitting—and ironic—that Black Widow takes place in the past. For years, Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson) was the sole female hero in the cinematic Avengers, first showing up in Iron Man 2. Now, after her character was effectively killed off in Avengers: Endgame, Black Widow finally has a film to call her own. Today, the door is wide open for Black Widow to dominate—and to do so more boldly than it could have in 2015. Beyond studios waking up to the box office potential of female-led films, something else happened in the time fans were waiting for Black Widow to get her own movie: #MeToo.
Julia Landauer calls Survivor Caramoan reunion total and complete BS
Julia Landauer knows her legacy when it comes to Survivor is that she was, in her words, "more boring than vanilla." SURVIVOR: CARAMOAN - FANS VS. FAVORITES Julia Landauer on 'Survivor: Caramoan' | Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty ImagesENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First off, give the update as to what you've been up to since appearing on Survivor. Survivor Julia Landauer on 'Survivor: Caramoan' | Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty ImagesWas there ever a point either during the game or after you got back where you regretted going on the show? Who's one player from another Survivor season you wish you could have played with or against and why?
How the Black Widow end-credits scene sets up Marvel's future plans
Black Widow Close this dialog window Streaming OptionsWarning: This article contains spoilers for Black Widow. Black Widow Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Scarlett Johansson in 'Black Widow' | Credit: Jay Maidment/Marvel StudiosAs is tradition with so many Marvel credits scenes, this one sets up a future project. But it's clear that unlike her big sister Natasha, Yelena holds no love for Clint Barton, and their eventual meeting is unlikely to be a cordial one. (Interestingly, Black Widow was originally supposed to debut first, before the pandemic pushed back its release date.) Close this dialog window Streaming OptionsRelated content:
Hilaria Baldwin insists that culture is 'allowed to be fluid' less than a year after heritage questions came up
"We need to normalize the fact that we are all unique-our culture, languages, sexual orientations, religions, political beliefs are ALLOWED TO BE FLUID," she wrote. Hilaria Baldwin insists culture is 'allowed to be fluid' less than a year after her heritage scandalSeven months after an outcry erupted on social media questioning her heritage, and in particular, her connection to Spain, Hilaria Baldwin says she sees herself as "multi," and believes culture can be "fluid." In Thursday's post, Baldwin, who has previously said she grew up in Massachusetts and Spain, lamented labels. Hilaria Baldwin and Alec Baldwin Hilaria Baldwin and Alec Baldwin attend the 2017 Ripple of Hope Awards at New York Hilton on December 13, 2017 in New York City. "We need to normalize the fact that we are all unique-our culture, languages, sexual orientations, religions, political beliefs are ALLOWED TO BE FLUID.
What to Watch this Weekend: Black Widow finally brings Marvel back to the big screen
FRIDAYBlack WidowHOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: Streaming on Disney+ (and in theaters)Black Widow is finally stepping into the spotlight. —Devan CogganRelated content:Virgin RiverHOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: Streaming on NetflixSeason PremiereVirgin River is back with even more drama for this small little town. The Patrick Star Show (SpongeBob spinoff series debut) — Nickelodeon8 p.m.Secret Celebrity Renovation (series debut) — CBS9 p.m.Pete Lee: Tall, Dark, and Pleasant (comedy special) — Showtime10 p.m.World's Most Dangerous Shark? (special) — National GeographicDateline ("House of Horrors") — NBCSATURDAYPruébalo with Rick MartinezHOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: Streaming on YouTubeSeries DebutAndrew Rea's popular Babish Culinary Universe expands with this new dish, featuring James Beard-nominated cook, writer, and pit master Rick Martinez. —Sydney BucksbaumRelated content:What Else to WatchCheck local listingsMasterpiece: Unforgotten (season premiere) — PBSProfessor T (series debut) — PBS8 p.m.8:30 p.m.Run the World (season finale) — Starz9 p.m.
Why Hope is absent from Virgin River season 3
Virgin River type TV Show genre RomanceWarning: This article contains spoilers about season 3 of Virgin River. Virgin River is missing its resident busy-body. In season 3 of the Netflix series, which dropped today in its entirety, Hope (Annette O'Toole) is nowhere to be seen. virgin river Annette O'Toole as Hope on 'Virgin River' | Credit: netflixThe answer is the great disruptor of the last year and a half, COVID-19. Virgin River season 3 is on Netflix now.
How to Watch Marvel's 'Black Widow'
After a series of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Widow is finally here. So, if you are a little confused about how exactly you're supposed to watch Black Widow, that's understandable. Watch Black Widow in TheatersOn July 9, Black Widow is being released in theaters across the U.S. Subscribe to Disney+ to watch 'Black Widow' Disney disneyplus.com SUBSCRIBEWatch Black Widow on Disney+ Premier AccessOn the same day that Black Widow is released in theaters (July 9), it will also be released via Disney+ Premier Access. The price for Disney+ subscribers to watch Black Widow is $29.99.
Darrell Britt-Gibson Wants His Own Cooking Show
I don’t eat bread. But I don’t eat shellfish. I don’t eat pork either. And finding this Thai restaurant is number three. Summer Buffalo on Melrose is a good Thai spot in the meantime.
Top Chef Favorite Shota Nakajima Is Ready to Compete Again
Photo: Stephanie Diani/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesA week after the Top Chef: Portland finale, runner-up Shota Nakajima is still in the processing phase. You didn’t win Top Chef, but you were voted this season’s fan favorite. I’m just going to pretend that I’m going into a new job. That’s the thing I’m most grateful for, becoming a happier person. I’m going to see if I can not mess it up too bad.
The Best Video Games of 2021 (So Far)
Photos: Nintendo, Coffee Stain Studios, EA Games, Toukana Interactive and CapcomSo far, 2021 is one of the weirdest years on record for video games. Monster Hunter Rise remains a video game about engaging in shockingly pugilistic combat with a colossal cast of jurassic behemoths, but many of the franchise’s early eccentricities have been ironed out. No, this is a video game about placing a pretty windmill on a map and watching it spin. Loop Hero is absurdly meta: a video game about the experience of playing video games. MaquetteMaquette is the latest game from the contemplative publisher Annapurna Interactive, and its recursive game world needs to be seen firsthand.
Yes, That’s Literally Daddy’s Birth Name. Please Stop Asking.
Thanks to the coronavirus, comedians are now trapped at home like the rest of us, so we decided that while we’re all self-isolating, we’d do something a little different from our usual “Follow Friday” column. Instead of interviewing up-and-coming comedians we love on Twitter, we’re going live on Instagram every week to check in with some of our favorite people in comedy to get a firsthand look at how they’re handling the pandemic. So welcome to our new version of the column, now titled “Follow (From a Safe Distance) Friday.”This week, I sat down for an inter-coastal chitchat with one-name diva Daddy (TikTok, Supern - - - -, the Black Factory) about how he’s keeping it together this late into a global pandemic. He also gave some excellent advice on going by a singular name, complete with the story of why he didn’t always do so: “Daddy is literally my birth name, and I didn’t go by it for a long time because I got bullied about it — especially being the only Black kid in Ireland named Daddy. And then I moved to the hood and you’re named Daddy and you got an Irish accent.”You can find Daddy on Twitter and Instagram at @directordaddyy.
Do You Have a Cold, Too?
And Izzy got the cold (runny nose, sore throat) from her kids, even though they’re still wearing masks at school. Somehow this cold feels uniquely unpleasant, even if this is something we used to deal with once or twice a year. While a cold may feel especially miserable right now, after nearly two years without one, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before, says Smith. That said, the summer 2021 cold might legitimately be on the worse end of the common-cold spectrum for a number of reasons. “We have seen some people [recently] with mild COVID symptoms, who think it’s a cold, who then go to work with COVID,” he says.
The Internet Emerged Stronger Than Ever From the Pandemic
So going forward, every quarter, we’re going to do a roundup of the biggest wins and fails, see how well we did with our predictions, and also make some new ones. I think vaccines are the most wonderful product ever invented in humanity. The internet helped us in terms of work, delivery …S.G.: You think it worked? : I mean, I think everything that we needed to get through the pandemic was provided, unfortunately, by these internet companies, which did their job. It’s as if these major internet companies were invented for a pandemic.
Paul LePage Is Running for Governor of Maine Again
Paul LePage will return to politics to challenge his nemesis, Janet Mills. But now, at the age of 72, LePage is back home and has announced he will challenge Mills in 2022. Leaders of his party seem resigned to resume their tutelage under this angry reactionary who is very far from the traditional image of mild-mannered Maine Republicans. But none of them so resembles the 45th president in brash nastiness and mendacity as much as LePage does. Maine voters may want to think about that before heading to the polls next year.
Where to Buy Items With COVID-Related Supply-Chain Issues
Also, it helps to have your information pre-saved in major sites like Best Buy and Walmart. $299 at Amazon Buy $300 at Best Buy BuyIt’s 100 degrees out and I’m still working from home. $60 at Amazon Buy $60 at Amazon BuyTaylor Swift vinyls keep selling out, and I can’t take it anymore. $450 at Amazon Buy $450 at Amazon BuyTVs seem so much more expensive right now. $533 at Amazon Buy $533 at Amazon BuyMy Starbucks is always out of oat milk lately.
Vaccinated Kids Can Go Maskless in School, CDC Says
Fourth-graders learning reading and language at Columbia Elementary School last August in Columbia, Mississippi. Photo: Edmund D. Fountain/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated COVID guidance for schools on Friday, recommending that fully vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings. That’s unless they’re riding the school bus or their school decides otherwise. It also recommends schools offer voluntary routine testing at least once a week. The new school guidance isn’t mandatory: School districts and local governments have the authority to opt to make masking universal or ditch it completely, even for unvaccinated students.
Fox News’ Anti-Vaccination Hysteria Has Reached a Disturbing New Level
“It’s unbelievable how offensive this administration is getting with a pandemic that is clearly on the run. This is a reason to keep vaccinating people, not to stop vaccinating people, especially as the highly contagious Delta variant is spreading around the world. The right’s campaign to keep people unvaccinated is starting to extend beyond Fox News chyrons and tweets. Republican lawmakers in Tennessee have for weeks been attacking the state’s health commissioner for “peer pressuring” teenagers about getting vaccinated. pic.twitter.com/J8fambqdoN — Brett Kelman (@BrettKelman) July 8, 2021The Tennessee Department of Health’s reversal — which has included the deletion of some pro-vaccine Twitter and Facebook posts — is especially concerning considering how quickly the Delta variant could spread.
Dierks Bentley’s 2021 Seven Peaks Festival Canceled Over Capacity Restrictions
Just one month after announcing its 2021 lineup, Dierks Bentley’s Seven Peaks Festival has been canceled. “Seven Peaks Music Festival is being cancelled for 2021 due to current capacity restrictions in place by local health officials,” the festival tweeted on Friday. Denver television reporter Marshall Zelinger notes that Seven Peaks organizers actually sold more than 6,000 tickets prior to acquiring the festival’s permit from the county. https://t.co/eD3hiDBjYp pic.twitter.com/HmvrptRDfg — Marshall Zelinger (@Marshall9News) July 9, 2021In addition to Bentley, performers at this year’s Seven Peaks were to include Keith Urban, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Kip Moore. Rep. Lauren Boebert, whose district does not include Buena Vista, tweeted this week about President Biden sending “Needle Nazis” to her turf.
Pfizer to seek approval for a 3rd vaccine dose
Pfizer to seek approval for a 3rd vaccine dosePfizer says it is about to seek U.S. authorization for a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine, but U.S. health officials say a booster isn't needed yet.
'A watershed moment': Illinois becomes first state to mandate Asian American history in public schools
J.B. Pritzker signed the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act, which mandates "a unit of instruction studying the events of Asian American history, including the history of Asian Americans in Illinois and the Midwest, as well as the contributions of Asian Americans toward advancing civil rights from the 19th century onward." "It is a watershed moment in history in terms of teaching Asian American history in K-12 schools." "Asian American history is American history." Others are focused on integrating Asian American history into existing American history courses or offering shorter survey courses on various groups. Kwoh's nonprofit, the Asian American Education Project, spun out of the group Asian Americans Advancing Justice last year.
'Carnival barkers': Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert snubbed by GOP women’s fundraising group
The Value In Electing Women Political Action Committee, a prominent fundraising group for GOP women, is "intentionally" withholding campaign donations to Reps. Greene and Boebert. Boebert said she has "never heard of" the PAC, which she described as "DC insider." A prominent fundraising group for GOP women is “intentionally” withholding campaign donations to freshmen Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Insider reported Wednesday. We cannot let this work be erased by individuals who chose to be shameless self-promoters and carnival barkers. "I think that they would rather draw attention to themselves, and really Marjorie Taylor Greene more than Boebert, but they're cut from the same cloth," Conway added.
Trump headlines fundraiser for NYS Republican Party
Former President Donald Trump is headlining an Aug. 5 fundraiser for the New York State Republican Party. State GOP chairman Nick Langworthy met with Trump at Trump Tower last month. Langworthy was one of Trump’s biggest boosters before becoming the state Republican Party chairman, while heading the Erie County GOP. FacebookThe fundraiser comes as Republican Party is fighting for influence in statewide politics, with races for governor, attorney general and comptroller up next year. Former President Donald Trump maintains strong ties to the leaders of the New York Republican Party.
D.C. government employees prepare for return to their workplaces starting Monday
Officials continue to monitor the spread of the delta variant. D.C. Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt said Friday that of the positive coronavirus tests that the District has sequenced, less than 1 percent of them are the delta variant. In Virginia, 88 cases of the delta variant had been detected as of Friday, up from 67 last week and 48 the week before. The delta cases are concentrated in Central and Northern Virginia, but present throughout the state, according to state data.
President Biden Defends Afghanistan Withdrawal
This Week:President Biden announced on Thursday that U.S. troops will be coming home from Afghanistan by August 31, running ahead of schedule of the original September 11 deadline. As American forces are pulled out of Afghanistan, locally employed civilians (LECs) and their families who served the U.S. military as interpreters are being hunted and assassinated by Taliban fighters. Rachel Sutherland speaks with Chief Economist at Moody Analytics, Mark Zandi about the job market, Americans returning to work and how it impacts the economy going forward. As COVID-19 restrictions loosen across the United States, Americans are removing their masks and returning to concerts, large events, and professional sports. Fox News Congressional Correspondent, Chad Pergram, discusses the specific challenge Capitol Hill faces in addressing MiLB’s need.
Jesse Watters' 'How I Saved the World' hits shelves to the delight of his most liberal fan: ‘My mother cried’
"The Five" co-host and "Watters World" namesake Jesse Watters added a new bullet point to his resume on Tuesday when his first book, "How I Saved the World," hit retailers to the delight of his most liberal fan. "I think liberals will enjoy that," he said. The "Watters’ World" host has observed a lot over the years while traveling America and considers himself a "cultural anthropologist" who studies liberals. Watters noted many liberal media members only interact with conservatives during election years, when they’re dispatched to places like Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Watters has a solution: Democrats could understand conservative better by reading "How I Saved the World."
Sen. Mike Lee calls out Joy Reid's 'lazy attack' on critical race theory opponents
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, blasted MSNBC host Joy Reid Friday for her continued criticism of those opposed to the teaching of critical race theory (CRT). Lee called Reid’s comments a "lazy attack" on parents who have raised legitimate concerns with teachers talking about "how bad America is" in classrooms. "There is no question people in our history, even through our governments, have done things that were bad," Lee told "America’s Newsroom." "Generally speaking, the arc of history has shown us that America is unique in that it's devoted to identifying flaws and fixing them," Lee told co-host, Dana Perino. Lee argued the federal government should have a "very little role" in determining which curriculum is taught in schools and shouldn’t be "stepping in with critical race theory."
Iraqi war veteran says judge ‘punished’ him in custody case for calling VA hotline
An Iraqi war veteran claims he’s being "punished" by a Long Island judge for calling the Veterans Affairs helpline about his messy child custody case — ultimately costing him time with his two kids. "You’re told at the VA if you ever think you want to talk … use this helpline," Gonedes explained. "I did what I was told … I really just feel I was punished for it." Gonedes, meanwhile, said he’s afraid to ever call the helpline again — and he’s warned his other veteran friends about his situation. "This is an egregious case where a judge abridged my clients’ rights to impose her own view on the visitation they should have."
Yale-educated scientist now runs a $10 million venture capital fund to back 'amazing Black founders'
Long before Kathryn Finney created and sold her own business and became the head of a $10 million venture capital fund investing in Black and Latinx entrepreneurs, she saw the representation problem up close. Genius Guild, her new $10 million venture fund, is an investment in "amazing Black founders who are building scalable companies that impact communities," she says. There's just not enough Black women in tech for people to care.' Digitalundivided made its next move in 2016 with ProjectDiane, a quantitative snapshot of the state of Black and Latinx women founders. With the help of freelancing platform Upwork, ProjectDiane found there were only 84 Black women-led startups in the United States in 2016, and just 11 Black women who had raised more than $1 million for their brand.
Wall Street posts record closing highs as financials lead rebound
People are seen on Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., March 19, 2021. U.S. 10-year Treasury notes fell on Friday, halting an eight-day price rise, while the S&P 500 financials sector (.SPSY) jumped 2.9% in the sector's biggest daily percentage gain since March 1. For the week, the Dow is up 0.2%, and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq each added 0.4%. Among individual stocks, Levi Strauss & Co (LEVI.N)rose 1.4% as it forecast a strong full-year profit after beating quarterly earnings estimates on improving demand across its markets for jeans, tops, and jackets. The S&P 500 posted 44 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 60 new highs and 32 new lows.
Easier refunds and ending surprise fees: What Biden executive order means for airlines
President Joe Biden's sweeping executive order aimed at cracking down on corporate consolidation and encouraging competition also includes some potential relief for airline passengers who've been hit with increased fees in recent years. It also orders the agency "to consider issuing rules that require baggage, change, and cancellation fees to be clearly disclosed to the customer," the document said. "Reduced competition contributes to increasing fees like baggage and cancellation fees. These fees are often raised in lockstep, demonstrating a lack of meaningful competitive pressure, and are often hidden from consumers at the point of purchase," the fact sheet said. Under existing DOT rules, passengers are entitled to a refund if bags are lost, but not if they're delayed.
Panic buying signs emerge Friday as Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq head for trifecta of records a day after worst fall in 3 weeks
Signs of panic buying emerged Friday afternoon on the New York Stock Exchange amid a powerful stock-market rally in the final minutes of trade, a day after one of the worst selloffs for equities since mid June. Market internals suggest that investors are buying mightily headed into the weekend. The NYSE Arms Index, a volume-weighted breadth measure, fell to 0.413, with many on Wall Street see declines below 0.500 as suggesting panic buying. The Arms Index is calculated by dividing the ratio of the number of advancing stocks over decliners by the ratio of the volume of advancing stocks over declining volume and the Arms index often falls below 1.000, as the buyers rush into advancing stocks. All three indexes are heading for record closing highs a day after notching the worst daily drop since June 18.
Pair Your Pints With A Trip Through History On This British Pub Crawl Across London
Pair Your Pints With A Trip Through History On This British Pub Crawl Across LondonEnlarge this image toggle caption Frank Langfitt/NPR Frank Langfitt/NPRAs more people get vaccinated, they are beginning to think about travel again. Enlarge this image toggle caption Frank Langfitt/NPR Frank Langfitt/NPRThat food was very basic. Enlarge this image toggle caption Frank Langfitt/NPR Frank Langfitt/NPR"We worked as restaurant managers," said Belben, referring to his co-founder, chef David Eyre. Enlarge this image toggle caption Frank Langfitt/NPR Frank Langfitt/NPR"People were really excited about it," Belben recalled. Enlarge this image toggle caption Frank Langfitt/NPR Frank Langfitt/NPR"It's unbelievable.
PepsiCo Reports Earnings Next Week. Buy the Stock Now, Analyst Says.
A PepsiCo bull is getting out ahead of the beverage and snack giant’s second-quarter report Tuesday: She’s making a buy recommendation now. On Friday, Cowen & Co. analyst Vivien Azer reiterated an Outperform rating and $165 price target on PepsiCo (ticker: PEP). She’s modeling for the company to earn $1.51 a share, 2 cents below the average analyst estimate—although she notes that figure could be conservative—and organic revenue growth of 8.6%. Azer expects Frito Lay North America’s organic revenue growth to be 4%, and notes the division is holding up well despite difficult year-over-year comparisons when more consumers were snacking at home during Covid-19 restrictions. The average analyst price target is $156.02.
How more oversight could help save condo infrastructures
ReutersTOKYO (Reuters) -A Japanese official choked up with tears on Friday as he apologised for the cancellation of Olympic tickets, a moment that crystallised the country's pain at seeing the Tokyo 2020 Games overshadowed by a worsening COVID-19 pandemic. The display of emotion from Hidenori Suzuki, the official in charge of ticket sales for Tokyo 2020, came a day after organisers bowed to political pressure and rising infections in the capital, barring almost all fans from the Games just two weeks before they are due to start. He fought back tears and paused in his speech when he was asked about the feelings of staff at the organising team following the decision to ban spectators.
Zynga’s Coming Earnings Report Might Disappoint. Why the Stock Is Still a Buy.
Shares of Zynga fell Friday, after a KeyBanc analyst warned investors that the mobile videogame company’s second-quarter earnings won’t include the typical upside investors have come to expect. Zynga shares fell 1.4% to $10.53 during regular trading Friday, amid a broad rally across stocks. The slowing spending could hurt Zynga’s live services, games that the company updates regularly to keep people involved, Parker wrote. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, videogame companies have benefited from people stuck inside with little in the form of entertainment. Even after the pandemic restrictions ease, people can still play short sessions of mobile games wherever they are, Gibeau said.
What to know if your Wells Fargo personal line of credit is canceled and ‘I am done with the suburbs. I want a small, liberal town or city with a walkable downtown’: Where should my family move?
Read MorePop Star Miley Cyrus Reportedly Flips Renovated Hidden Hills Home for $7.2MIt’s a real estate party in the USA for Miley Cyrus. Read MoreElizabeth Warren blasts Wells Fargo for ending personal lines of credit — here’s why that decision could hurt your credit score‘Wells Fargo needs to make this right,’ the senator tweeted. Read MoreWhat to know if your Wells Fargo personal line of credit is canceledWells Fargo customers are being notified that their personal line of credit accounts will close. I want a small, liberal town or city with a walkable downtown’: Where should my family move? Read MoreHoops legend Scottie Pippen is now making bourbonThe Chicago Bulls star has collaborated with a California distillery Read More
Treasury rally pauses Friday but government debt books second straight weekly yield decline
The 2-year was down 2.3 basis points this week, the 10-year gave up 8 basis points on the week, while the 30-year bond shed 6.9 basis points. The 2-year, 10-year and 30-year Treasurys all notched a second straight weekly decline. Fixed-income driversFriday’s pullback chipped away at what has mostly been a steady, two-week drumbeat lower for U.S. government debt yields. The 10-year Treasury yield hit a low of around 1.25% on Thursday, testing its 200-day moving average at 1.256%, FactSet data show, before the buying momentum tapered, pushing yields higher. What strategists are sayingThe decline in yields this week has come amid a pause in U.S.. Treasury auctions of new debt, even as appetite has seemingly picked up.
A crazy week for U.S. stocks came with a change in the market narrative — should investors believe it?
There are three important elements to the shift in the market narrative, said Lauren Goodwin, economist and portfolio strategist at New York Life Investments, which has $605 billion in assets under management. The second is that while economic growth is expected to remain strong, the pace of growth is expected to have peaked. Third, there are worries the spread of the delta and other variants of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could force a renewed round of restrictions that will weigh on global economic activity. But analysts said the move, at least in part, also reflected legitimate concerns over the global economic growth outlook. And global growth expectations may also see pressure, with China’s economy likely to continue to disappoint.
Florida’s weekly COVID update: A surge with 23,747 new cases and 172 deaths
The Florida Department of Health on Friday announced 23,747 new resident cases of COVID-19 and 172 deaths since July 2. ? Broward County reported 2,128 new reported resident cases for the week ending July 8, according to the health department. ? Palm Beach County reported 1,378 new reported resident cases as of the week ending July 8, according to the health department. ? Monroe County reported 66 new reported resident cases as of the week ending July 8, according to the health department. ? Manatee County reported 245 new reported resident cases as of the week ended July 8, according to the health department.
Delta variant sparks COVID outbreak in Oklahoma gymnastics gym — 85% were unvaccinated
A COVID-19 outbreak in an Oklahoma gymnastics gym infected 47 people in just over two weeks, including gymnasts, staff members and household contacts — 40 of them unvaccinated, federal health officials report. The outbreak, which occurred between April 15 and May 3, adds to existing evidence that suggests the delta variant has higher attack rates than other variants of concern, meaning it can infect more people after exposure. Forty of the infected people were unvaccinated, three were partially vaccinated with one dose completed and four were fully vaccinated. A country music festival in Colorado has also led to a coronavirus outbreak that infected four staff members and 13 attendees. And of the more than 18,000 coronavirus deaths in May, only about 150 were fully vaccinated people, or about 0.8%.
Cuban drug regulator gives emergency approval to Abdala COVID-19 vaccine
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba’s drug regulator announced on Friday it had granted emergency approval of the Abdala COVID-19 vaccine, which is already being deployed on the Caribbean island nation amid a surge in infections. Approval by the Center for State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices should help with the selling and licensing abroad of Abdala, which Cuba says has a 92.28% efficacy against the coronavirus. A second locally produced COVID-19 vaccine, Soberana 2, is expected to be approved in the next few weeks. Communist-run Cuba is battling a prolonged surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the Beta and now Delta variants. COVID-19 cases in Cuba nearly doubled on Friday to 6,422 amid an explosion in infections in the province of Matanzas.
Do as England does and end amber list quarantine, Nicola Sturgeon told
Greece - Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/Getty ImagesNicola Sturgeon was under pressure on Friday to follow England’s lead and end the 10-day quarantine period for double vaccinated travellers after an industry chief warned that Scots would simply use airports south of the border. Despite the announcement that fully vaccinated UK residents arriving in England from amber list countries will no longer have to quarantine from July 19, SNP ministers have not yet said whether they will follow suit. "Absolutely what will happen is that Scots will fly from English airports," she told BBC Radio’s Good Morning programme on Friday. A Scottish Government spokesperson confirmed that ministers are "considering relaxing restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers from amber list countries", but insisted this needs to be "fair and deliverable". They added: "Where possible we will look to adopt a four nation approach for the re-opening of international travel.
Travel stocks fly higher as UK government scraps quarantine for fully vaccinated
Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced that the change in England, which potentially opens up travel to 140 countries, will take effect from 19 July. "I can confirm today that from 19 July, UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England," Mr Shapps told the Commons. "In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers, the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same." Children under the age of 18 will not have to isolate on return if arriving from amber list countries, Shapps confirmed. Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, said: “Today's foreign travel announcement is a positive move towards the genuine reopening the sector has been looking for.
Holiday bookings surge after UK amber list changes
Photo: David Benito/Getty ImagesBookings for flights and holidays have surged since the UK government announced that fully vaccinated travellers do not have to quarantine in England when returning from amber-listed countries. Budget airline easyJet (EZJ.L) said that bookings to destinations on the amber list increased by 400% since the relaxing of the rules on Thursday, adding that holiday bookings were more than 440% up on the previous week. "I can confirm today that from 19 July, UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England," Shapps said in the Commons. Story continues"In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers, the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same." Children under the age of 18 will not have to isolate on return if arriving from amber list countries, Shapps confirmed.
Tomi Lahren is latest to compare pandemic rules to Nazism in critiquing flight attendants' mask enforcements
Lahren took issue with some flight attendants' enforcement of federal mask mandates on airplanes during a segment on the show "Outnumbered." Subscribe to The Post Most newsletter for the most important and interesting stories from The Washington Post. Lahren, who once referred to social distancing as "willful slavery," said the strict enforcement of mask mandates is irritating some airline passengers. Story continues"It drops beneath your nose," Lahren said, referencing a slipping mask, and flight attendants are "constantly getting mad at you." "If you talked with some flight attendants, they would certainly say this is the worst we've ever seen it," Nelson said, less than a month after a passenger allegedly knocked out a flight attendant's teeth.
U.S. and Colombia sending agents to Haiti to help probe president's killing
Police in Haiti said the assassination was carried out by a commando unit of 26 Colombian and 2 Haitian-American mercenaries. Haitian officials have not given a motive for Moise's killing or explained how the assassins got past his security detail. More than a thousand people gathered outside the U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince on Friday, following a rumor the United States might offer people asylum. "The assassination... has provoked a political and institutional vacuum at the highest level of state," said Haitian opposition politician Andre Michel. Joseph has appeared to take charge of the situation, but Henry - who is viewed more favorably by the opposition - told Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste he did not consider Joseph the legitimate prime minister.
GLOBAL MARKETS-Treasury yields rise, U.S. stocks hit new highs; dollar weakens
That action helped push 10-year U.S. government bond yields to a 4-1/2 month low on Thursday. Data released on Friday showed investors through July 6 were reducing short bond positions, which also weighed on yields. Still, the yield on 10-year Treasury notes rose 7.7 basis points to 1.365% on Friday. Stocks rose as financials and other economically focused sectors rallied from the selloff sparked by growth worries earlier in the week. Investors will next gauge risk appetite by assessing results of auctions of $38 billion of 10-year Treasury notes on Monday, and $24 billion of 30-year bonds on Tuesday.
The Small Exploration Company That Shocked The Oil Industry
Exxon was founded on October 17th, 1999 by John D Rockefeller Jr., who at the time was running Standard Oil Company of New Jersey (which would be later renamed as Exxon Company USA). The company began as a merger between two companies: Standard Oil Company of New Jersey and Humble Oil & Refining Co., which were both subsidiaries of Standard Oil Trust. Halliburton operates in four segments: upstream (oil exploration), downstream (manufacturing of oil products), engineering-and- construction, and chemicals. Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with a diversified portfolio of high quality assets in the United States. Canadian Natural Resources (NYSE:CNQ, TSX:CNQ) is a natural resources company that conducts oil and gas exploration, development, production, and marketing operations in Canada.
'They have let me down': Small businesses hit SBA's sluggish COVID response
Meanwhile, federal assistance for small businesses has been sluggish and hard-fought at best, making it tough for Joseph Dreamhouse to address the needs of its community. Since the pandemic lockdown last year, three-quarters of the country’s small employers turned to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for help. Story continuesFor Glover, she’s waiting to see if this will help speed up the process. President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act, signed in March, included additional aid for the nation’s more than 30 million small businesses. Part of the package was $15 billion in additional funding for Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance payments, including $5 billion for Supplemental targeted EIDL advance payments.
Barry Diller declares the movie industry dead, 'will never come back': report
"The movie business is over," Diller told the news outlet at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Idaho. "The movie business as before is finished and will never come back." "I used to be in the movie business where you made something really because you cared about it," Diller told the news outlet. "These streaming services have been making something that they call ‘movies’ … They ain't movies. Other industry heavyweights have started debuting films in theaters and on streaming services simultaneously.
Stock Market Today With Jim Cramer: Biden Presidency Is 'Anti-Business'
Specifically, Biden was set to sign an executive order Friday directing regulatory agencies to more closely investigate industry mergers and tech companies’ use of consumer data. Biden Administration 'Anti-Business,' Cramer Says"Very anti-business presidency. Far more than Obama...," Jim Cramer said from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday. "I'm mystified by President Biden. Cramer On Boeing's QuarterBoeing next week is scheduled to report second-quarter earnings, and Jim Cramer isn't confident going into the print.
Newsom faces court showdown over recall as Caitlyn Jenner is grilled over her record
Weber did not object to adding Newsom’s party affiliation if the judge ordered it. “I want people to see what’s happening up here in Sacramento and the things that are going on,” Jenner said. “I guarantee you I’m in the lead” when it comes to who should replace Newsom, Jenner said. Gray Davis, a Democrat who in 2003 became the only California governor to be recalled from office. AdvertisementThe attorney for the recall proponents in that case was Bradley Benbrook of Sacramento, a former partner in a Sacramento law firm with Arguelles.
How ‘Summertime’s’ young L.A. poets transformed ‘Raya’s’ Carlos López Estrada
Spoken word poetry transmits messages through a singular language: deft prose molded into a visceral performance by rhythm, intonation and physicality. In the spring of 2019, this potent conduit for liberating one’s innermost struggles and yearnings worked itself in the psyche of Carlos López Estrada. The encounter led López Estrada to his second feature, “Summertime,” an omnibus narrative film celebrating 27 spoken word storytellers and the corners of the city they most identify with. Here was a diverse community of young artists who turned to poetry as a way of coping with hardship. In the aftermath of the whirlwind production, “Summertime” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020 with all the poets in attendance.
Redefine security by reinvesting in Rhode Island communities
Last year the average Rhode Island taxpayer paid $2,941.65 in federal income taxes to the Pentagon and military — over half of that went to military contractors. Here in Rhode Island, we know that to recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will need to rethink how we define security and reinvest in our local communities. The program establishes a dedicated public fund to support the creation of affordable housing in Rhode Island. While this helped in the short-term, the pending housing crisis in Rhode Island will soon reach new heights if Congress and the Rhode Island legislature don’t work together. In 2021, taxpayers in Rhode Island paid $2.34 billion towards the military.
The latest COVID-19 numbers from Massachusetts
The state also reported that 87 patients with COVID-19 were in the hospital. Massachusetts on Friday reported 169 new confirmed coronavirus cases, 0 new confirmed coronavirus deaths, and another 9,952 vaccinations administered, the Department of Public Health said. Below are charts based on daily and weekly reports from the state that show how Massachusetts is doing in the battle against the coronavirus. AdvertisementAs of July 2021, the state Department of Public Health releases coronavirus case, death, and hospitalization data each weekday and no longer releases data on weekends. Weekly graphics:The following derive from data included in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s weekly coronavirus public health dashboard.
Iowa amusement park became a political force before accident
The park also has increased its lobbying at the Iowa Legislature, including for a recent law change allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to operate its rides. The park’s political impact has overlapped with several incidents in which workers or guests were injured, leading to regulatory fines and lawsuits. Adventureland Park CEO Michael Krantz has donated $175,000 to county, state, and federal Republican candidates since 2014. IOWA CITY — The Iowa amusement park where a ride accident killed one boy and critically injured another has become increasingly influential in Iowa politics as the state has trended Republican. The Jaramillo family has retained attorney Ryan Best, who says Adventureland failed to protect the family and respond quickly to the accident.
DeSantis parts with Trump in response to Surfside tragedy
And he even skipped a rally in Sarasota headlined by former president Donald Trump, whose early endorsement was crucial in helping DeSantis win the governor’s race in 2018. SURFSIDE, Fla. — When the coronavirus ravaged Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis defiantly bucked mask mandates. But unlike the former president, DeSantis is showing that he can tone down some of his most extreme partisan rhetoric during a disaster. While effective responses to catastrophes can help burnish a governor’s political reputation, the boost can sometimes prove fleeting. Nikki Fried, Florida’s Democratic agriculture commissioner who has also announced a bid for governor, praised local officials, Biden, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Zaila Avant-garde wins 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, becoming bee’s first African American champion
Avant-garde spelled ’'murraya’' correctly to win the competition, after conquering words such as ’'retene,’' ’'ancistroid,’' and ’'depreter’' over multiple rounds. Zaila Avant-garde, a 14-year-old from New Orleans, won the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night, becoming the bee’s first African American champion in its 96-year history. ’'I’m hoping that in a few years I’ll see a whole lot more African American females, and males too, doing well in the Scripps Spelling Bee,’' said Avant-garde, who is also the first winner from the state of Louisiana. and kind of is a gate-opener to be interested in education.’'AdvertisementFormer president Barack Obama, in a tweet Friday morning, congratulated Avant-garde: ’'Three Guinness World Records and now the national spelling bee champ! Preliminary rounds, typically held in the days leading up to the spelling bee finals, had instead been held virtually over the past several weeks.
MassBio said to be in talks with state Senator Joseph Boncore for CEO position
Boncore, 39, still has more interviews for the leadership job, according to another person familiar the hiring process. State Senator Joseph Boncore is a leading candidate to run the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, the trade group for the state’s booming biotech industry, according to an official close to the Winthrop Democrat. If appointed, it’s unclear whether Boncore would get Coughlin’s title of CEO and president, given that O’Connell currently holds the latter title. As the public face of the state’s high-flying biopharma industry, the head of MassBio has traditionally been well paid. Eighteen of the top 20 biopharmaceutical companies have a presence in the state, including Pfizer, which last December got the US Food and Drug Administration to authorize the first COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.
Overwhelmed veterinarians struggle with staggering surge in pet visits
Rossi had waited two hours just to get his cat seen by a veterinarian, and now he would have to wait some more. Veterinarians are inundated with the volume of pet owners coming in for visits at Angell Animal Medical Center and other clinics. More than 11 million US households took in a new pet during the pandemic as of last September, according to the American Pet Products Association. “There’s really a lot lost when you can’t have face-to-face interactions with the pet owner,” Prentiss said. She had waited at Angell for 2½ hours before Lola, a 12-year-old miniature schnauzer, could be checked for bladder stones.
Alameda County’s COVID cases spike among the unvaccinated after June reopening
Alameda County’s coronavirus cases have spiked dramatically since California’s June reopening, sparking fears that the county could see a wave of preventable hospitalizations and deaths among unvaccinated people. The “vast majority” of cases are among unvaccinated people, the county said. But overall, infections remain far below the staggering numbers that were reported during past winter and summer surges, and Bay Area vaccination rates are among the highest in the state. In Oakland, the 94601, 94621 and 94605 ZIP codes — where vaccination rates are trailing the overall county rate — have seen the highest case rates per capita, according to Alameda County dashboards. County Executive Jeff Smith said while the county’s vaccination rate is comfortably high — with 75.6% of residents 12 and older fully vaccinated — the health department is “closely watching” new cases, which are largely among unvaccinated people.
U.S. swimmers confident Olympic lockdown won’t affect them — but psychologist says it’s inevitable
The Olympic opening ceremony is scheduled for July 23, but the competition runs from July 21 to Aug. 8. As Olympic great Michael Phelps told the U.S. swimmers in a video call this week, only worry about what they can control. Bean added that the ban on spectators probably will affect the Tokyo Games beyond the atmosphere fans help create. The fan ban could help Team USA, he said. Eight-time medalist Allison Schmitt qualified for her fourth Olympic team at age 31.
'You're muted': Milwaukee Common Council meets for the first time in person since pandemic began
The Milwaukee Common Council met this week for the first time in person since the coronavirus pandemic forced many government meetings and services to move online early last year. Restrictions have gradually loosened in Milwaukee, with City Hall and other facilities reopening to the public on June 21. He also noted, though, that Milwaukee is many times larger than the average city or village in the state. The pandemic fostered more openness by communities to accommodate members of the public and government officials who want to participate in meetings remotely, he said. The goal will remain to hold Common Council meetings in person but committee meetings could take place remotely, Johnson said.
Bucks Game 4 tickets will be raffled off to people who get COVID-19 vaccine at Fiserv Forum on Wednesday
The Milwaukee Bucks announced that two free Game 4 tickets will be raffled off to anyone who receives a COVID vaccination between 6 and 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Fiserv Forum Plaza. The Milwaukee Health Department will be distributing the vaccines outside of Fiserv Forum shortly before Game 4 of the NBA Finals, according to a news release from the health department. The raffle will take place at 7:45 p.m., 15 minutes before the game is scheduled to start at Fiserv Forum. The health department said it will have the two-dose Pfizer and one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines available at the plaza, located at 1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave. “Thanks to their generosity and commitment to the health and safety of their fans, we have vaccinated over 130 Bucks fans since our first clinic at Fiserv Forum."
Raiders mailbag: What happens if season goes south?
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock dons a Golden Knights hat during the team's NFL football practice on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at Raiders headquarters in Henderson. Here is a sampling of what arrived in this week’s Raiders mailbag:Willie Gabel (@willieg21): If Raiders finish 6-11 or 5-12, does Mike Mayock get sacrificed while Jon Gruden’s seat warms for 2022? Chances are, he lands with a team at some point this summer, but probably closer to the regular season. In Crosby’s defense, he played hurt during some parts of the season and, frankly, played too many snaps. That isn’t to slight Crosby as much as it is to point out Ferrell played well last year and his arrow continues to point upward.
Washington giant Ste. Michelle Wine Estates sells for $1.2 billion in cash
Michelle Wine Estates to Sycamore Partners. Michelle Wine Estates is the third-largest premium wine company in the United States. Michelle Wine Estates (Ste. In recent years Sycamore Partners spent billions of dollars acquiring companies such as Staple, Talbots and The Limited. Michelle Wine Estates represents over 60% of that production,” McLaughlin said in an email.
Daily coronavirus update: Connecticut will report COVID-19 related deaths weekly instead of daily
As of Friday, 67.7% of all Connecticut residents and 77.7% of those 12 and older have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, while 61.5% of all residents and 70.6% of those 12 and older are fully vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Michigan Supreme Court again tells state board to certify Unlock Michigan
Lansing — For the second time, the Michigan Supreme Court on Friday directed the Board of State Canvassers to certify Unlock Michigan's petition signatures and advance the group's proposal to the state Legislature. But an opposition group called Keep Michigan Safe filed a motion for reconsiderationIn response to that motion, the Michigan Supreme Court again ordered the Board of State Canvassers to approve the signatures. The Board of State Canvassers has a meeting scheduled for Tuesday when the Unlock Michigan petitions could be considered. "The Board of State Canvassers needs to do its job on Tuesday and certify the Unlock Michigan petition, finally," Wszolek said. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional on Oct. 2, the same day Unlock Michigan submitted its petition signatures to the Bureau of Elections.
Ohio State football adds commitment from four-star offensive tackle George Fitzpatrick
Ohio State on Friday added a verbal commitment from George Fitzpatrick, a four-star offensive tackle from Englewood, Colorado. Fitzpatrick, who is the 27th-ranked tackle in the class of 2022, announced his decision in a tweet. He is the second offensive lineman in the Buckeyes’ class, joining fellow tackle prospect Tegra Tshabola, a native of West Chester who announced a commitment last year. More:Offensive, defensive line top 2022 recruiting priorities for Ohio State footballFitzpatrick took an official visit to Ohio State on June 4, one of the biggest recruiting weekends for the program, before heading to Michigan, Florida, Oklahoma and Oregon in the following weeks. Earlier in his high school career at Cherry Creek, Fitzpatrick played tight end before developing as a tackle and boasts a long frame.
Massachusetts reports another day of 0 coronavirus deaths
Massachusetts health officials reported 0 coronavirus deaths and 169 new cases on Friday. The seven-day average of daily confirmed deaths is down to 1.6, close to the pandemic record low of 1.4 that was recorded late last month. There have a been a total of 17,646 confirmed coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts. The seven-day average of confirmed cases is 69, close to the record low of 64 on June 25. There are currently 11 intubated coronavirus patients across the state.
Missouri governor vetoes public records bill
Mike Parson on Friday vetoed a wide-ranging bill that would have limited public access to certain government records. Among other things, the measure would have allowed Missouri government agencies to close off public access to people’s addresses and phone numbers provided for mailing lists. More broadly, the bill would give a 30-day deadline for people to pay once they receive a bill for the estimated cost to get public records, although requests could be resubmitted. Other provisions in the bill would have required public bodies to give 72-hour notice if the office is going to be closed for an extended period of time, a change pitched after many public offices shut down during the coronavirus pandemic. Another provision would have meant defendants facing extended jail time wouldn’t have had to pay for the police report and other public records on their own case.
Russia blames increase in deaths in June on delta variant
MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Russia's state coronavirus task force says the number of deaths nationwide in June this year rose nearly 14% over June 2020, due to the spread of the delta variant that caused infections to soar and a record spike in deaths. On Friday, the task force reported 25,766 new infections. The delta variant is detected in 66% of cases, said Anna Popova, head of Russia's public health agency Rospotrebnadzor. Overall in the pandemic, Golikova's task force has reported a total of more than 5.7 million confirmed infections and 141,501 deaths. However, reports by Russia's state statistical service Rosstat that tally coronavirus-linked deaths retroactively reveal much higher numbers.
Federal Reserve pledges 'powerful support' for economy
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says that its low interest rate policies are providing “powerful support” for the economy as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. But the lingering effects of the pandemic still weigh on the economy, with employment well below pre-pandemic levels. The central bank has kept its benchmark interest rate near zero, while continuing to buy $120 billion a month in Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities to put downward pressure on long-term interest rates. It said Friday that these efforts will help ensure that “monetary policy continues to deliver powerful support to the economy until the recovery is complete.”The new report will be the subject of two days of hearings next week. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will testify Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee, and Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee.
As Delta variant spreads in Virginia, nearly every recent COVID case and death is among unvaccinated people
Dr. Danny Avula, the state's vaccine coordinator, said in a Richmond media briefing last month that the majority of variant cases are not travel related. With coverage gaps continuing across the state, Avula said unvaccinated people are most likely to contract the strain. "We fully expect there to be another surge in disease later in the summer or early fall." The Delta variant has been predicted to become the dominant strain for months, but VDH spokesperson Logan Anderson said it's "known to spread much more easily from person to person than other variants of the virus that we have seen." While Anderson added that fully vaccinated people are "highly unlikely" to become infected or transmit the virus - variant or no variant - the agency isn't planning to disclose the vaccination status of people who test positive for a COVID strain.
Stocks close higher, capping a 3rd straight week of gains
Analysts expect another strong quarter for Wall Street, due to the improving economy and fewer Americans defaulting on loans compared with earlier in the pandemic. Banks have been among the best-performing stocks in the S&P 500 this year. The KBW Bank Index of the 24 largest banks is up 27% this year alone, compared with the 16% gain of the S&P 500. The rising number of coronavirus cases has been one of the reasons why investors have moved back into bonds in recent days. Thursday's yield of 1.28% on the 10-year Treasury note was down sharply from its recent high of 1.75% in late March.
Bolsonaro Accuses Brazil Electoral Court of Stealing Votes
(Bloomberg) -- President Jair Bolsonaro said, without providing evidence, that Brazil’s highest electoral authorities stole votes in previous elections and will do it again in the 2022 presidential contest unless congress approves his proposal to reintroduce paper ballots. “The fraud is inside the Superior Electoral Court, there’s no doubt,” Bolsonaro told a group of supporters in front of his official residence on Friday. © Bloomberg President Bolsonaro Holds Press Conference After Firing Military Chiefs And Defense HeadJair BolsonaroPhotographer: Andressa Anholete/BloombergCongressional and electoral authorities rebuked Bolsonaro’s remarks. Electoral authorities last month called on Bolsonaro to present evidence of election-fraud claims, but the president has so far refused to do so. Read more: Vaccine Scandal Takes Dramatic Turn With Brazil Arrest(Updates with statement from electoral court and Pacheco in paragraphs 4, 5 and 6.)
Despite Updated CDC Guidance, California Will Still Require Masks In Schools For All Students
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — While new CDC recommendations state that fully vaccinated teachers and students won’t need to wear masks in school this upcoming academic year, California students will be keeping their masks on. California public health leaders say they are keeping the mask guidance for schools in place to ensure all kids are treated equally. On Friday, CDC officials announced that they would be updating the mask guidance for schools now that more children age 12 and up have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine. Still, the CDC has not advised schools to require shots for teachers and eligible students. The CDC last updated its guidance in May, dropping the mask guidance for fully vaccinated people in most public places.
TikTok trend shows Tinder daters driving to rich areas and setting their location to a tiny radius
Dating in the ‘Tinder-era’ is difficult as it is - but dating during Covid times has added an even bigger hurdle. A new Tinder trend has taken over TikTok, that shows daters driving out to rich areas and resetting their location to fit a 1-kilometre radius - all in hopes of swiping-right on a wealthy suitor. Miracles happen.”A third got extra-innovative and said, “I do that by the hospital… rich doctors!”(TikTok )People wasted no time in jumping on the Tinder trend. Therese Ryan (@thereseryan12) took to TikTok in a video simply titled, “Let’s try this!”It has since been flooded with thousands of curious comments from fellow TikTok users. While it’s unclear if the TikTokkers got their happy ever after, kudos to their innovative methods.
Children being dragged into crime due to lockdown school closures
Paul Griffiths, president of the Police Superintendents’ Association, said keeping children in the classroom was vital in spotting the early signs of children being drawn into crime. Spotting the signs of exploitationDespite this, experts have stressed the importance of keeping children in the classroom to prevent them being drawn into crime. Recent figures from the National Crime Agency (NCA) revealed that up to 850,000 people in the UK now pose a sexual threat to children. Police have warned that lockdowns and school closures have fuelled the surge in online sexual abuse as young people spend more time on the internet. “Similarly, some children who increased their online footprint during lockdown are highly likely to remain active online, increasing the potential victim base.”
Travel policy in chaos as cheap Covid tests exposed as bogus
The Government’s travel testing policy was in chaos last night after it was forced to backtrack on claims that holidaymakers could purchase tests for as little as £1.99. One firm offering tests at prices from £1.99 on Friday morning was hiked to £117.99 by Friday afternoon. The cheapest was Expert Doctors, offering tests from £1.99 when the actual cost for two tests was £155. Another received just two out of six tests they ordered before turning to the NHS for substitute tests. Only three of the test providers originally stated as under £20 had received positive feedback on the Trustpilot site.
Swimmer Michael Andrew says he will go to Tokyo without being vaccinated
Top Team USA swimmer Michael Andrew has admitted that he will compete in the Tokyo Olympics in two weeks' time without being vaccinated against COVID-19, saying he was concerned the side effects from the jab would interfere with his training. Michael Andrew, 22, who's heavily favored to swim for gold in Tokyo, said he's not vaccinated and won't be vaccinated during Olympic Games (pictured on June 13)'As an athlete on the elite level, everything we do is very calculated. Despite being unvaccinated, Andrew plans to stay with the rest of the US swimming team in the Olympic Village in Tokyo. If he tests positive for COVID-19 during the Tokyo Games, Andrew could be disqualified from competing. The IOC says more than 80% of Olympic Village residents will be vaccinated.
GUY ADAMS: Tomorrow Richard Branson is set to soar into the heavens just a week before Jeff Bezos
Representing Great Britain, by way of the Caribbean tax haven where he officially resides, is bearded serial entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. Much like Branson — who was once prosecuted for tax evasion early in his career — Bezos is endlessly criticised for his firm's tax affairs. Bezos, who founded Blue Origin around the same time, and was not touting for customers, by contrast chose to keep his trap shut. A petition, 'Don't let Jeff Bezos return to Earth', currently boasts 153,000 signatures. PS: Neither Branson nor Bezos can fly anything like as high as the world's second wealthiest man, the Tesla founder Elon Musk.
Miami building collapse: Video shows cracks in Surfside condo a year ago
Footage shot by a prospective buyer showed cracks and puddles in the Surfside condo building in Miami a year before it collapsed - as the death toll rises to 78 and recovery workers toiled for a 16th day to find victims in the rubble. The video, which was shared with DailyMail.com, was taken in the garage of the Champlain Towers South building in July last year. Terenzi's video showed wide cracks in the ceiling of the garage that appeared to have been repaired and painted over. The video was taken by prospective buyer Fiorella Terenzi in the garage of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside in July last yearSeveral engineers reviewed Terenzi's video and determined there were no obvious red flags that could have pointed to the building collapsing some 12 months later, according to the Miami Herald. It did, however, note the need for extensive and costly repairs to fix the systemic issues with Champlain Towers South.
Missouri-based Mercy Health becomes latest hospital to require all employees to get COVID vaccine
A Missouri hospital system has become the latest in the U.S. to mandate that its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Mercy Health hospital system, headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri, has given its 44,000 workers until September 30 to get fully vaccinated or risk termination. Pictured: The system's St Louis location'As health care leaders in our communities, it is important we set the standard to prevent the spread of COVID-19,' Dr William Sistrunk, an infectious disease specialist told the St Louis Post-Dispatch. It joins Houston Methodist hospital (26,000 employees) and NewYork-Presbyterian (46,000 employees) among other major hospitals nationwide to institute vaccine mandates. All of the states the hospital system serves are among those in the worst shape in fighting the virus this summer.
Biden nominates Eric Garcetti as ambassador to India despite claims he ignored adviser allegations
Joe Biden could face an uphill battle against Senate Republicans after nominating LA Mayor Eric Garcetti (pictured last January) as the US ambassador to India. In Garcetti, Biden will be seen as rewarding a loyal ally, someone who mulled his own 2020 run before stepping aside to manage the COVID crisis. Garcetti also said he did not witness Jacobs hurling slurs at an Asian American city aide from the window of the mayor's vehicle. DailyMail.com sought comment from the White House, Mayor Garcetti's office and attorneys for Jacobs and Bernard and the City Attorney's office. 'Once again, Mayor Garcetti took no action to stop Jacobs from making these comments.'
Haiti pleads with US to send in troops amid fears 'terrorists' are planning to attack infrastracture
Haitian Prosecutor Me Bed-Ford Claude said he had seen no casualties among the president's security detail following the assassination. Hérard is currently under investigation by US officials over allegations he is involved in arms trafficking in Haiti, Haitian and US sources told CEPR. Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and First Lady Martine are pictured together in 2017. Solages' aunt Victorie Dorisme also spoke of her disbelief at his involvement in the president's assassination. It is not clear if the two men were known to each other prior to their alleged involvement in the president's assassination.
Bolsonaro disapproval rating surpasses 50% for first time
Bolsonaro's gap to former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ahead of next year's elections also increased from 18 to 21 percentage points. Bolsonaro's approval rating also remained at its lowest mark of 24 percent, set in May. Both men have their detractors, however, with Bolsonaro's personal rejection rating rising from 54 to 59 percent and Lula's creeping up from 36 to 37 percent. Bolsonaro is the subject of a senate investigation over his handling of the pandemic, the seriousness of which he repeatedly downplayed. The opposition is pushing for the chamber of deputies president to open impeachment proceedings against Bolsonaro.
Cuba approves emergency use of home-grown Covid vaccine, Latin America's first
A sticker of the Cuban coronavirus vaccine Abdala on the windshield of a car in Havana on July 9, 2021Advertising Read moreHavana (AFP)Cuba on Friday approved its home-grown Abdala vaccine for emergency use, the first Latin American coronavirus jab to reach this stage and a possible lifeline for a region trying to battle a killer pandemic with modest means. Cuba is working on five coronavirus vaccines, and in May started immunizing its population using two of them -- Abdala and Soberana 2 -- even before they received approval. Brazil has the world's second-highest death toll -- more than 530,000. Mexico, whose recorded death toll of 234,000 is the fourth-highest in the world, said Tuesday it is battling a fresh pandemic wave. The region comprises a third of the world's coronavirus death toll despite representing just 8.4 percent of the global population.
Jonathan Kay: The performative snobbery of social justice invades the supermarket
Share this Story: Jonathan Kay: The performative snobbery of social justice invades the supermarketJonathan Kay: The performative snobbery of social justice invades the supermarket Social justice has metastasized into a passcode-protected treehouse club, from which the privileged lecture those proles who lack fluency in the latest social-justice argot Photo by Peter J Thompson/National PostArticle content “Ottawa plans to teach non-racialized Canadians about systemic racism in new campaign,” read a CTV News headline on Wednesday. Try refreshing your browser, or Jonathan Kay: The performative snobbery of social justice invades the supermarket Back to video Reporters traditionally have felt duty-bound to debunk this kind of self-serving government bafflegab. Article content Conservative pundits have prattled on about “left-wing media bias” since the dawn of time. The idea of social justice was once based on the widely shared desire to help the poor and underprivileged. Article content Alas, social justice has instead metastasized into a passcode-protected treehouse club, from which the privileged lecture those proles who lack fluency in the latest social-justice argot.
In pictures: Paul Verhoeven, Virginie Efira, Aïssa Maïga storm the red carpet at Cannes
Belgian actress Virginie Efira plays a lesbian nun in 'Benedetta', a movie with erotic visions of Jesus that is courting controversy, according to film critics. The Covid-19 pandemic didn't stop the biggest stars in the world from heading to Cannes, where the 74th edition of the world-famous film festival is taking place – and its famed red carpet is once more packed with stars. Advertising Read moreThe Cannes Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for its fourth day with the premiere of Paul Verhoeven's 'Benedetta', a historical drama set to stir up controversy with its disturbing religious and erotic visions. Paul Verhoeven, Virginie Efira and Aïssa Maïga were all out in front of the tuxedoed photographers and eager onlookers. {{ scope.counterText }} {{ scope.legend }} © {{ scope.credits }} {{ scope.counterText }} i {{ scope.legend }} © {{ scope.credits }}Daily newsletterReceive essential international news every morning Subscribe
Biden Signs Sweeping Executive Order Targeting Big Business
However, new regulations that agencies may write to translate his policy into rules could trigger major legal battles. The White House said Biden’s order follows in the tradition of past presidents who took action to slow corporate power. Business and trade groups quickly expressed opposition, arguing that the order would stifle economic growth just as the U.S. economy is recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. The order includes several provisions that could affect the agricultural industry. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who chairs the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, said that Biden’s executive order needs to be buttressed by congressional action.
Live Updates: Haitian Officials Request U.S. Forces
Live Live Updates: Haitian Officials Request U.S. The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said the Biden administration would respond to the Haitian government’s request and send U.S. law enforcement officials to assist after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. Police searched the Morne Calvaire district of Petion Ville for suspects who remain at large in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Friday. Bullet holes in a wall at the home of President Jovenel Moïse on Wednesday. President Moïse had been dressed in a white shirt and jeans, he said, both of which were torn and covered in blood.
Malta bans all visitors who aren’t fully vaccinated against COVID
Health minister says only those in possession of a British or European vaccination certificate will be allowed in from July 14. Malta has said it will be the first European country to close its borders to anyone who has not been fully vaccinated against coronavirus, following a spike in COVID-19 cases. Malta has been hailed as a European success story for its vaccination campaign, with 79 percent of the adult population currently fully vaccinated. “From Wednesday, July 14, anyone coming to Malta must be in possession of a recognised vaccination certificate: a Maltese certificate, a British certificate, or a European Union certificate,” Fearne told reporters. The only exception will be unvaccinated children aged between 5-12, who will be allowed into Malta if they have a negative test and are accompanied by fully vaccinated parents.
Covid-19: French scientists warn 95 percent may need to be vaccinated to stop Delta variant
A panel of scientists who advise the French government on health warned Friday that as many as 95 percent of people might need to be vaccinated to dam the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19. Advertising Read moreWith cases rising, "a fourth wave linked to the Delta variant could hit swiftly, with repercussions for the health system despite high levels of vaccination", the Scientific Council said. "We can't get the epidemic under control unless 90 to 95 percent of people are vaccinated or infected," they added. ??? The highly contagious #Delta variant of #Covid19 will probably account for most of the new cases in #France from this weekend, Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Friday. On the agenda at a meeting of France's defence council earlier Monday is whether to make vaccination compulsory for health workers, one of the key recommendations from the scientists.
Fashion Weeks 2021: designs from New York, Paris and Milan
Fashion weeks around the world look different due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there are still some shows showing off new designs.
Taking a Carnival cruise from Florida but don't want to get vaccinated? Buy travel insurance
Carnival Cruise Line has followed Royal Caribbean's lead in adding a travel insurance requirement for unvaccinated cruisers departing from Florida. "The insurance must cover medical, travel and other related costs for COVID-19 should they test positive while on board," Royal Caribbean said in a statement provided by spokesperson Lyan Sierra-Caro. But in Florida, requiring proof of vaccine putsbusinesses, including cruise lines, at odds with state law. The travel insurance requirement applies to sailings departing from Florida Aug. 1 through Dec. 31 and all bookings after June 28. Proof of travel insurance for unvaccinated passengers must be shown at check-in.
Schumer warns Dems of ‘long nights,’ potential August recess delay
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for a possible delay to next month’s scheduled recess. As negotiators continue to work on the bipartisan proposal, Schumer noted that legislators’ work would extend into Congress’ annual August recess if necessary. Senators should be prepared for the possibility of working long nights, weekends, and remaining in Washington into the previously-scheduled August state work period,” he wrote. The Senate is currently scheduled to begin a summer recess after the week of Monday Aug. 2. “Last month, all fifty Senate Democrats united for the first time this Congress to move forward on a strong and comprehensive voting rights bill.
These celebs are finding out they can’t please everyone when it comes to their bodies
Hollywood has long championed weight loss, but it’s also now promoting body positivity, and the two messages make for very strange bedfellows. Whether they’re fat, thin or somewhere in between, stars are increasingly finding they can’t please everyone. In May 2020, she posted a video giving herself a pep talk in the mirror. But in December 2020, she posted videos showing herself doing a detox with various juices, and came under fire. “Celebrating Adele’s weight loss is a garbage thing to do for a million reasons,” writer Audra Williams wrote on Twitter.
YouTube’s algorithm pushes violent content and misinformation: study
YouTube’s algorithm still amplifies violent videos, hateful content and misinformation despite the company’s efforts to limit the reach of such videos, according to a study published this week. The Mozilla Foundation, a software nonprofit that is outspoken on privacy issues, conducted the 10-month investigation, which found that 71 percent of all videos flagged by volunteers as disturbing were recommended by YouTube’s algorithm. YouTube’s algorithm continued to suggest videos about COVID-19 pandemic conspiracies. Mozilla then brought in 41 researchers from the University of Exeter to review the flagged videos and determine if they might violate YouTube’s Community Guidelines. Of the more than 3,300 flagged videos, 71 percent were suggested by the algorithm, according to the study.
Couples are ready to 'go all out' as wedding industry sees surge in business, says The Knot CEO
Weddings, including those with larger budgets, are on the comeback after the pandemic forced widespread nuptial delays, Timothy Chi, CEO of wedding-planning website company The Knot Worldwide, told CNBC on Friday. "In the U.S., there's about 2 million weddings that happen on average annually. As weddings are picking back up now that most pandemic restrictions have been lifted, Chi said couples are "ready to go all out again," evidenced by their spending preferences. The average wedding reception budget this year is about $22,500, according to The Knot, which is more than $3,000 higher than in 2020 and roughly equal to 2019 levels. "There's not really a better way to reenter post-Covid times than with a huge celebration bringing your closest friends and families together," he said.
Wall Street closes at record highs as financials lead rebound
People are seen on Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., March 19, 2021. S&P financials (.SPSY) led sector gains followed by energy, materials and industrials. Big banks will be among the first to report quarterly earnings, with the season kicking off next week. A big jump in quarterly earnings is expected to mark a peak for U.S. profit growth in the recovery from last year's pandemic-induced collapse. Among individual stocks, Levi Strauss & Co (LEVI.N) rose as it forecast a strong full-year profit after beating quarterly earnings estimates on improving demand across its markets for jeans, tops, and jackets.
RSV is spreading in summer, CDC warns, worrying parents and doctors
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, doctors are now warning about another respiratory disease spreading among infants and young children. But for infants, young children and older people, RSV can be more severe and lead to bronchiolitis and pneumonia. If symptoms turn severe, parents should contact their doctor, Peterson said. Peterson wants parents to be aware that RSV is spreading at an unusual time and said infants and children with underlying illnesses should be closely monitored. "We usually talk about RSV in the winter, but we need to be on the lookout now, even in the summer," she said.
Biden nominates L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as U.S. ambassador to India
LOS ANGELES — President Joe Biden has nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as U.S. ambassador to India, ending months of speculation whether the two-term mayor would land a role within the Biden administration. "I am honored to accept his nomination to serve in this role," Garcetti said in a statement. "I love Los Angeles and will always be an Angeleno." — MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) July 9, 2021If confirmed, Garcetti would be the first L.A. mayor in more than 100 years to voluntarily leave office, the Los Angeles Times reported. But a recent lawsuit alleges that a top Garcetti staffer harassed one of the mayor's bodyguards while Garcetti brushed off the behavior.
Biden signs competition order targeting big business
President Joe Biden hands out a pen after signing an executive order aimed at promoting competition in the economy, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, July 9, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Joe Biden hands out a pen after signing an executive order aimed at promoting competition in the economy, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, July 9, 2021, in Washington. The White House said Biden’s order follows in the tradition of past presidents who took action to slow corporate power. “This is really more of a blueprint or agenda than a traditional executive order,” said Daniel Crane, a law professor at the University of Michigan who focuses on antitrust. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who chairs the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, said that Biden’s executive order needs to be buttressed by congressional action.
Biden nominates Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for ambassador to India
President Joe Biden has nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as ambassador to India, the White House said Friday, selecting a high-profile ally to serve in one of the most difficult diplomatic posts. Garcetti, if confirmed, would be dispatched to India as it has been overwhelmed by a surge in coronavirus infections and deaths. The two-term mayor would leave Los Angeles with an uneven record. And as is the case in many large cities, the crime rate in Los Angeles is spiking. See: Caroline Kennedy being considered by Biden for high-profile ambassador post: report
Finastra Looks to Sell Its Capital Markets Unit
Finastra, the fintech backed by Vista Equity Partners, has put its capital markets business up for sale, four people familiar with the process said. Finastra’s capital markets unit provides technology that seeks to improve trading, as well as monitoring and compliance, for its clients, which include large banks. Finastra’s capital markets unit produces $300 million in revenue, one of the people said. At 10 to 15 times, Finastra’s capital markets business could fetch anywhere from $3 billion to $4.5 billion. The sale of Finastra’s capital markets business would be one of the first from a recently created fintech conglomerate.
Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq clinch record closes to cap turbulent week of trading on Wall Street
All three major indexes ended at records Friday, underscoring a powerful rebound in equities a day after one of the worst selloffs since mid June. The S&P 500 index SPX, +1.13% closed 1.1% higher at about 4,370, the Nasdaq Composite [c: COMP] booked a roughly 1% advance at roughly 14,700, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.30% climbed 450 points, or 1.3%, at around 34,869, on a preliminary basis. All three indexes logged record closing highs a day after notching the worst daily drop since June 18. Treasury yields, which move inversely to prices, tipped up, however. The climb for stocks came as President Joe Biden issued an executive order to limit corporate dominance and spur competition.
Mansion Global Daily: Location vs Size and Amenities, New Supertall Tower Planned for New York City’s Billionaires’ Row, and More
Located about 20 minutes outside of Sydney, the residence features floor-to-ceiling windows, beamed ceilings, a home theater and a gym. It was commissioned in 2005 by a local property investor and his wife, who bought the property for A$3.95 million. DomainNew Supertall Tower Planned for New York City’s Billionaires’ RowThe Dutch architecture firm OMA, co-founded by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas, has plans to add another supertall skyscraper to New York City’s skyline. The firm has proposed a 1,100-foot wedge-shaped tower on Manhattan’s West 57th Street, otherwise known as Billionaires’ Row. DezeenGrab App CEO’s Wife Buys S$40 Million Mansion in Central SingaporeThe wife of Anthony Tan, CEO of Singaporean "superapp" Grab, closed on a S$40 million (US$29.6 million) mansion there this week.
Panic buying signs emerge Friday as Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq head for trifecta of records a day after worst fall in 3 weeks
Signs of panic buying emerged Friday afternoon on the New York Stock Exchange amid a powerful stock-market rally in the final minutes of trade, a day after one of the worst selloffs for equities since mid June. Market internals suggest that investors are buying mightily headed into the weekend. The NYSE Arms Index, a volume-weighted breadth measure, fell to 0.413, with many on Wall Street see declines below 0.500 as suggesting panic buying. The Arms Index is calculated by dividing the ratio of the number of advancing stocks over decliners by the ratio of the volume of advancing stocks over declining volume and the Arms index often falls below 1.000, as the buyers rush into advancing stocks. All three indexes are heading for record closing highs a day after notching the worst daily drop since June 18.
3 Things That Matter More for Boeing Stock Than China
Boeing ‘s 737 MAX might be coming back to Chinese skies soon. Bloomberg reported Thursday that Chinese aviation regulators were open to Boeing (ticker: BA) 737 MAX test flights. According to Boeing’s commercial website, Boeing has about 4,000 unfilled orders for 737 model jets, with the vast majority of those for MAX jets. Boeing also isn’t delivering its 787 jets right now, pausing to fix a quality issue. That, Boeing’s debt levels, and future plane development are also bigger deals than Chinese MAX recertification.
Renault CEO Says the Chip Shortage Will Last Through 2022. Here’s What to Know.
Another day, another prediction about when the global chip shortage will end. Wednesday, Renault CEO Luca de Meo said at a French parliamentary hearing that he expected the shortage for auto makers will last through next year. “There will be tension in the system, even if production capacity is improving he said, Bloomberg News reported the Renault (ticker: RNO.FRANCE) CEO said. In the second half of the year, Caso expects capital spending to nearly double to roughly 9% of sales, compared with the year-ago period. Next year, however, the situation will likely look different, as Caso predicts high capital spending will continue into the first half of 2022.
Dow Futures 475 Pts Lower; Initial Jobless Claims Add to Growth Worries
At 9 AM ET (1300 GMT), the Dow Futures contract was down 475 points, or 1.4%, S&P 500 Futures traded 55 points lower, down 1.3%, while Nasdaq 100 Futures dropped 195 points, or 1.3%. The number of claims had been expected to fall to a new post-pandemic low of 350,000. The numbers add to concerns about the impact of the Covid-19 virus, and particularly the delta strain, on global economic growth. By 9 AM ET, U.S. crude futures traded 0.3% lower at $71.93 a barrel, while the Brent contract fell 0.2% to $73.18. Related ArticlesDow Futures 475 Pts Lower; Initial Jobless Claims Add to Growth WorriesChina scrutiny fears hit Didi for fourth dayBanks tighten grip on FX market as algo trading rises - survey
Pfizer to seek OK for 3rd vaccine dose; shots still protect
In August, Pfizer plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization of a third dose, he said. Why might that matter for fighting the delta variant? But a single vaccine dose dramatically boosted their antibody levels — sparking cross-protection against the delta variant and two other mutants, the study found. Researchers in Britain found two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, for example, are 96% protective against hospitalization with the delta variant and 88% effective against symptomatic infection. Whether the fully vaccinated still need to wear masks in places where the delta variant is surging is a growing question.
Biden to sign executive order aimed at promoting competition across the economy
The order contains 72 initiatives by more than a dozen federal agencies and establishes a White House Competition Council to monitor the agencies' progress. President Joe Biden delivers remark regarding the Afghanistan drawdown in the East Room of the White House on July 8, 2021. It makes sense,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki earlier this week. The executive order calls for greater scrutiny of mergers, new FTC rules to curb data collection and surveillance and rules to bar unfair competition on internet marketplaces. Banking and consumer financeThe White House is calling for greater scrutiny of banking mergers, urging the DOJ and financial regulators to update their guidelines.
The FBI will help Haiti investigate president’s assassination. But U.S. needs to do more | Editorial
The United States said Friday it is sending senior FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials to Haiti — at that country’s request — to assess the situation and assist in the investigation. Washington has largely ignored the ominous signs coming from Haiti in recent months, including a constitutional crisis, gang kidnappings and a deteriorating security situation. More than a dozen Colombian nationals and two Haitian Americans from South Florida have been arrested so far, according to Haitian officials. The U.S. influence in Haiti remains enormous. The FBI and Homeland Security officials heading to Haiti should be the first wave of international help.
If you're in this industry, it's a good time to negotiate a raise
The scramble for workers is particularly acute in the U.S. hospitality industry. Hospitality work is unpopular right now and raising pay won’t make the industry more attractive to job seekers amid the pandemic, according to a new report by Joblist. In fact, 38% of former hospitality workers surveyed said they're not considering a hospitality job for their next position – "a major shift," Joblist said. (Over 30,000 U.S. job seekers were surveyed over the past three months.) Bunker said hotels, bars, and restaurants needing to hire may be limited to the current pool of employed hospitality workers.
A record-low share of Americans' income is going to debt
A measure of how much of Americans’ income goes toward debt hit a 40-year low during the pandemic. This household debt service ratio reached its highest point of 13.12% in the fourth quarter of 2007, with mortgage debt peaking at 7.2%. ‘Largely reflecting a jump in income’The drastic drop in the household debt service ratio — which consists of mortgage debt and consumer debt — was driven by two major factors. The share of disposable income going to consumer debt service payments — which excludes mortgage debt — reached the lowest point on record of 4.8% in the first quarter of 2021, a drop from 5.7% from a year earlier. Additionally, lower interest rates and high levels of mortgage refinancing helped lower Americans’ debt load during the pandemic.
Red-hot real estate market doesn't need more agents, experts say
Still, this doesn't mean the industry needs more agents, according to some experts. The "low supply of homes and high competition" will make it even harder for new agents to close transactions, a Redfin spokesperson told FOX Business. The National Association of Realtors estimated that there are 1.5 million realtors involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate, "hence 1.5 million individual business plans where around 11 million transactions occur in a year," Yun said. However, some experts argue that it's as good as a time as any to break into the industry. "While the market is extremely active and inventory is low, that doesn't mean you can't close deals," CEO of Oxford Property Group Adam Mahfouda told FOX Business.
From Correlated Selling to Correlated Buying
Things started off this week with the major indices hitting new highs on negative breadth. There was a substantial gap lower on nearly 10-to-1 negative breadth, but stocks worked their way higher and cut losses substantially by the close. That was the setup for the grand finale of correlated buying on Friday. It was a rough week for the meme names, and cryptocurrencies also had a rough time. We have gone from fear of inflation and higher rates to fear of slower economic growth and lower rates.
Matt Damon tears up during 5-minute standing ovation for his new movie at Cannes
In a Q&A with assembled press on Friday, Damon revealed what led him to shed tears during that moment. The film, directed by Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), received a five-minute standing ovation as the credits rolled. When the camera landed on Damon, the Cambridge native appeared to be caught up in the emotion of the moment. Matt Damon got a bit misty at the Cannes Film Festival following the Thursday premiere of his upcoming movie “Stillwater.”“I was a little overwhelmed last night, and I’m really glad that we’re here this year,” Damon said, per the Hollywood Reporter. While a five-minute standing ovation at Cannes is surprisingly not that unusual, the positive response still led outlets like Variety to begin speculating that Damon could be in line for his fourth acting Oscar nomination.
Afternoon Edition: July 9, 2021
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Vaccinated teachers and students don't need masks, CDC says
Local health departments and state officials will be tasked with determining masking guidance for their region, the CDC said. "We are reviewing the new CDC guidance," said Jill Montag, a spokeswoman for the State Health Department. Andrew M. Cuomo and the state Health Department would make the final call on masks. The statewide adult vaccination rate is just over 70% while just under 65% have completed their vaccine series, the Health Department said. Nassau's vaccination rate among seniors, Blacks and Hispanics each exceed state and national averages, according to Health Department data.
Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need masks, CDC says
NEW YORK (AP) — Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines. And it’s not offering guidance on how teachers can know which students are vaccinated or how parents will know which teachers are immunized. And it said distancing is not required among fully vaccinated students or staff. Several states, including California and Virginia, have policies requiring all students to wear masks at school regardless of vaccination. The new schools guidance says:—No one at schools needs to wear masks at recess or in most other outdoor situations.
Peloton works for bigger folks, too—here's my proof
ADVERTISEMENTHow the Peloton worksCredit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar The Peloton lets you take live and on-demand classes with its instructors. I missed the energy of studio classes, then was also dealing with pain from a foot injury that eventually led to surgery. ADVERTISEMENTBut the frame of the Peloton Bike barely moves when I ride, in or out of the saddle. Therefore, after a long break leading up to and after my operation, I had to get back on the Peloton Bike. I've discovered that wearing the same braces on longer Peloton rides supports my wrists and reduces pain and numbness.
Biden signs competition order targeting big business
The sweeping order includes 72 actions and recommendations that Biden said would lower prices for families, increase wages for workers and promote innovation and faster economic growth. However, new regulations that agencies may write to translate his policy into rules could trigger major legal battles. The White House said Biden’s order follows in the tradition of past presidents who took action to slow corporate power. The order includes several provisions that could affect the agricultural industry. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who chairs the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, said that Biden's executive order needs to be buttressed by congressional action.
Football tickets and gift cards: Ohio State giving away $50,000 in prizes to vaccinated Buckeyes
Ohio State University announced Friday afternoon that it will give away $50,000 in prizes to fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff throughout the month of August. “We are planning for a robust reactivation of our campuses this fall, and a high vaccination rate will enable the kind of in-person activities that make the Ohio State experience special,” said Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson. Vaccinated students can record their status through My BuckMD, and employees can report their vaccination status through a university form. Students, faculty, staff all eligible to winStudents, faculty and staff from all of Ohio State's campuses are eligible to win. Johnson has said she wants to maintain that low rate so students, staff and faculty can have a close-to-normal school year.
Commentary: Members of Gen Z say the government is letting them down
Most of the coverage on vaccine holdouts among Gen Z has focused on their lack of urgency due to their age. As recently as April, it was discovered that little to no vaccine messaging from the White House was being tailored to Gen Z. Vaccine coverage among Gen Z has been lower and is increasing more slowly than in other age groups. The White House is also leveraging the popularity of social apps among Gen Z, partnering with Snapchat and YouTube to encourage vaccinations. For the Biden administration and Gen Z, the stakes of building trust couldn't be higher.
Federal Reserve pledges ‘powerful support’ for economy
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve says its low interest rate policies are providing “powerful support” for the economy as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The Fed has kept its benchmark interest rate near zero while continuing to buy $120 billion a month in Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities to put downward pressure on long-term interest rates. It said Friday that these efforts will help ensure that “monetary policy continues to deliver powerful support to the economy until the recovery is complete.”The new report will be the subject of two days of hearings next week. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will testify Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee, and Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee. Lawmakers will seek details on exactly when the central bank will start cutting back on its bond purchases, and when it will begin raising interest rates.
Arizona reports 921 more COVID-19 cases, most in 2 months
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Friday reported 921 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases, the biggest daily increase in two months, as the coronavirus continued to spread among unvaccinated people. The additional cases along with six additional COVID-19 deaths reported Friday increased the state's pandemic totals to 899,829 cases and 18,009 deaths. The daily case report was the largest since Arizona reported 939 on May 8, and cases have ticked upward over the past month. Unusually large daily case reports often occur after holiday weekends slow data collection or after public health officials clear data backlogs that occur for various reasons. According to Johns Hopkins University data, Arizona's seven-day rolling daily case average rose over the past two weeks from 473.1 on June 23 to 508.7 on Wednesday.
Stocks close higher, capping a 3rd straight week of gains
Updated 6 times AlertMeStocks closed with solid gains on Wall Street Friday, ending a holiday-shortened week with their third straight weekly gain. The S&P 500 rose 1.1% to another record high, led by banks and technology stocks. Stocks were solidly higher Friday, putting the market on track to end this holiday-shortened week with a slight gain and more record highs. The S&P 500 index was up 1.1% as of 3:31 p.m. Eastern. The gains were broad with about 90% of the stocks in the S&P 500 rising.
The Latest: Dutch close clubs after virus spike among youth
The biggest questions will be at middle schools where some students are eligible for shots and others aren’t. In Detroit’s public schools, everyone will be required to wear a mask unless everyone in the classroom has been vaccinated. Philadelphia will require all public school students and staff to wear masks inside buildings, even if they have been vaccinated. ———LONDON — The U.K. has seen daily coronavirus infections hit a near six-month high as coronavirus spreads among younger age groups. Government figures Friday showed another 35,707 confirmed lab cases, the highest daily tally since Jan. 22 with more than 40,000 reported cases.
Missouri health officials: Local officials lead virus fight
(AP) — Three of Missouri's top health officials said Friday that trusted local leaders and community representatives must be the primary influencers in the state's efforts to reduce a surge in COVID-19 cases. During a virtual news conference, Robert Knodell, acting director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said the state continues to have a strong relationship with federal health experts but they all believe local health department workers and community representatives are the best avenue for persuading residents to be vaccinated. Knodell said federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials agree that people from out of state cannot “parachute” into the state to persuade residents to get vaccinated. “So we've had various conversations about who effective local messengers are in rural communities as well as in our inner cities ... The federal government is more than willing to engage with us in those conversations with trusted local messengers and provide us with messaging materials and efforts that have been successful elsewhere."
Yes, you can still buy patio furniture despite the current shortage—here's where
This lack of goods affects a variety of industries as demand grows and supply lags behind. Likewise, patio furniture is a commodity that has become hard to buy, as warehouses are depleted and prices increase. Don't weep for your outdoor space just yet—you can still snag patio dining sets, conversation sets, gravity lounge chairs, decorative storage, and more from several online outlets. If you're on the hunt for new patio furniture, here's where (and what) you can still buy. Follow Reviewed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest deals, reviews, and more.
Will the Nudge Unit be pulling your strings after Freedom Day?
Can it be coincidence that, in recent days, Prof Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer, has warned of a “significant” increase in long Covid among the young? The current Covid dashboard, to which we are subjected on the news every evening, has floated the big scary numbers to the top – but without context. We may be increasingly able to travel this summer, but politicians, including the erstwhile health secretary Matt Hancock, make public announcements about their own staycations. Even if they do not wish us to actually go on them, the very prospect of foreign holidays is being wielded as a “nudge” to encourage vaccination, at a time when the uptake has almost halved over the past fortnight, and tailed off notably among the under-30s. Quite a temptation for a football fan – and certainly the first time we have used such incentives to encourage vaccination.
Exclusive: Vaccinated NHS staff could be freed from self-isolation rules before August 16
Double-vaccinated NHS staff could be released from self-isolation rules before August 16 under proposals being considered by Sajid Javid, The Telegraph has learned. He is now understood to be seeking clinical advice on whether the change can be made. Separately, two NHS sources told The Telegraph that "live discussions" were taking place about how to reduce the number of staff being sent home to isolate as Covid cases continue to surge. Another said: "There is real recognition in government that there is a major issue here – obviously NHS staff were among the first to be vaccinated, so we have people who are double jabbed, and have been for some time, who are having to self-isolate repeatedly." Should Mr Javid decide to move the date forward from August 16, he is likely to argue that a "very specific" exemption is justified given the critical role of NHS staff in the pandemic response.
Lions tour facing more upheaval with further fixture changes likely
The British and Irish Lions tour faces more upheaval after Warren Gatland revealed that next week’s opponents could swap places to give South Africa more time to overcome their outbreak of coronavirus. Fresh from seeing the Bulls replaced by the Sharks for Saturday’s fixture at Loftus Versfeld, plans are having to be revised for fixtures five and six of the tour. The Lions depart for Cape Town on Sunday and Gatland also indicated that the final two Tests are highly likely to be moved from Johannesburg to the coastal city that hosts the series opener on July 24. “I’m pretty sure the second and third Tests will be played in Cape Town. When the Lions leave for Cape Town, the five will be left behind in Johannesburg until they are able to follow the main group out of Gauteng.
Pakistani authorities recommend banning air travel for unvaccinated
New guidelines to curb the virus spread ahead of the Eid-ul-Adha holiday later this month would be announced soon, the NCOC said. On Thursday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said new measures would be taken in response to the appearance in the country of the Delta variant first identified in neighbouring India. “After a decline, cases are rising again and we are concerned that [the] Indian variant cases are being reported in Pakistan as well,” Khan said in a televised address to the nation. A total of 969,476 cases and 22,520 deaths have been recorded in the country so far, according to the NCOC. 14.7 million people in the country have been partially vaccinated and 3.5 million fully vaccinated, according to the NCOC.
Brazil's 2022 presidential vote will be between 'fascism and democracy', ex-leader Lula says
Brazil's 2022 presidential election will be ballot between "fascism and democracy", former leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told Euronews, as he mulls mounting a challenge against incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. But Brazil’s Supreme Court overturned the convictions earlier this year, clearing the way for him to try to secure a third, and final term, as Brazil's leader and polls currently put him in the lead. "So, in fact, the people made a – in my opinion – wrong decision to vote for Bolsonaro, but that is the risk of democracy, that is the risk of the electoral process," Lula told Euronews' Annelise Borges. The polarization in Brazil is between fascism and democracy. He told Euronews he has not yet made his final decision to run but would do so towards the end of the year.
Boris Becker's ex-wife Lilly goes topless at the beach in Ibiza
And Boris Becker's ex-wife Lilly bared all as she chose to go topless while enjoying a day out at the beach in Ibiza with friends on Friday. Revealing: Boris Becker's ex-wife Lilly bared all as she went topless at the beach during a sun-soaked trip in Ibiza with friends on FridayLilly's toned figure and slender legs were on full display as she strolled along the beach with a glass of wine in hand. Referring to her estranged husband, Lilly went on: 'B won't tell you! Lilly and her friend took a photo together while in the waterAs well as Amadeus, Boris and Lillian were also joined by his son Elias. The former Wimbledon champion split from model Lilly in 2018 after a 13-year relationship and nine years of marriage, and it is understood that they are in the 'final stages' of divorcing.
Baalbek Festival goes virtual in crisis-hit Lebanon
Artists perform during the Baalbek Festival held virtually under the theme "shine on Lebanon, defying darkness with music" in crisis-hit LebanonAdvertising Read moreBeirut (AFP)Lebanon's annual Baalbek Festival was held Friday in virtual form with the famed Roman ruins a part of its backdrop, as an expression of hope in the crisis-hit country. The programme of 10 performances, a mixture of jazz, Indie rock, rap, hip rock and electro pop, filmed last month at Roman sites across the Bekaa Valley of east Lebanon, including Baalbek itself, was broadcast on Lebanese television and streamed on the internet. "We are in an economic and health crisis, and we wanted to give young Lebanese artists who continue to produce and show creativity a platform for their art," said the festival's president, Nayla de Freige. "Another message is to offer a moment of happiness and to dream... to show another face of Lebanon, to transform the pain into hope," she told AFP. Festival organisers chose the slogan "shine on Lebanon, defying darkness with music" for its 2021 edition.
Shapovalov rues letting Djokovic off hook
Djokovic saved 10 of 11 break points to go through to defend his title after running out a 7-6 (7/3), 7-5, 7-5 winner. Shapovalov had become an 'adopted Briton' due to his engaging personality and expressive behaviour on court. Shapovalov, though, could not hold back the emotion at the end of his first ever Grand Slam semi-final. - 'Incredible guy' -Djokovic had paid Shapovalov warm compliments after he departed Centre Court saying he had been the better player in the second set and the Canadian revealed he had not stopped there. "He's (Djokovic) an incredible guy," said Shapovalov.
VW buses out in force in Orillia on Saturday
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EXCLUSIVE: Trump called Netanyahu’s congratulations to Biden ‘an ultimate betrayal,’ new book claims
A week later Netanyahu also placed a congratulatory call to Biden. According to Wolff, Trump told his aides that the tweet came before the ink was dry” and was an “ultimate betrayal.”“As in all Trump reactions, a variety of grievances welled up here,” Wolff writes in the book, due to be published on July 13. Despite his call to Biden after the elections, Netanyahu walked on eggshells to avoid a public rift with Trump. Even after Trump left office, Netanyahu avoided appearing too friendly with Biden and publicly, hesitated to speak as fondly of him as he spoke of Trump.. In the book, Wolff writes that Trump also complained about the lack of Jewish support he received in the 2020 election.
McConnell Hit With Some Home Truths After Saying He’s ‘Perplexed’ By COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) received a blunt reality check on Thursday after claiming he was puzzled by people who are opting not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. “I’m perplexed by the reluctance of some to get vaccinated, totally perplexed,” McConnell told reporters, per CNN’s Ana Cabrera, as vaccination rates slow down nationwide. Sen. McConnell: “I’m perplexed by the reluctance of some to get vaccinated, totally perplexed." https://t.co/l8r89ncYwg — Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) July 8, 2021And yet I’m not going do anything about it, except remain perplexed. — Jeffrey Levy (@jeffreymlevy) July 8, 2021He should realize that eventhough he’s telling people to get the vaccine, he’s also supporting people who say everything is a hoax and lie.
COVID: Cuba approves emergency use of own Abdala vaccine
Cuba on Friday approved its homemade Abdala coronavirus vaccine for emergency use. What are the Cuban vaccines? The Abdala vaccine is one of a total of five candidate vaccines in Cuba, according to authorities there. Iran, Argentina, and Vietnam have expressed an interest in producing the Cuban vaccines. Cuba began vaccinating with both Abdala and Soberana 2 back in May while the two vaccines were still undergoing clinical trials.
Activists Call for Pritzker to Declare State of Emergency to Combat Chicago Gun Violence
“We are in a state of emergency in our neighborhoods, and we need some help,” Green said. “Gun violence is the leading cause of death among children and teenagers in the state of Illinois. “Treating gun violence as a public health crisis isn’t just about addressing the cycle of gun violence at the end. Mayor (Lightfoot) and Governor Pritzker need to meet with them and find out what we can do.”Chicago Police Supt. Political and police leaders are continuing to spar over the best way to combat gun violence in Chicago, and NBC 5’s Alex Maragos has more details.
Vaccinated Students, Teachers Can Shed Masks, Says New Federal Guidance
Vaccinated students and teachers don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The CDC recommends, however, that students and drivers continue to wear masks on school buses. The CDC’s announcement comes as North Carolina’s year-round students and teachers return to classrooms for in-person instruction this week. The new CDC guidance mostly impacts students and teachers in middle schools and high schools. “We do want to let go of interventions that have not been found to be as effective and really focus on those things that are most effective,” Perry-Manning said.
Drought Takes Hold of California
From the Mexican border all the way north through this vast state, California is on yet another extreme heat watch, and yet another red alert for wildfires. At the same time, the West’s access to water is rapidly dwindling, as a brutal drought takes hold. The result has been a water shortage far worse than at a comparable point in the last drought, which lasted from 2011 to 2017. Where California’s water systems are now, barely two years into this drought, is where those same systems were at least three years into the previous extreme dry period, in 2014–15. Over the coming months, thousands of wells, and many small-town water systems, will fail as climate change-induced extreme heat and drought tighten their vise on the region.
A Caravan of Cuban Americans Are Marching 1,300 Miles to Transform U.S.-Cuba Policy
He is neither for nor against the Cuban government; he is for the Cuban people, the Cuban families. Lazo portrays Cuba and the United States as his parents—Cuba is his mother, the United States his father. When Barack Obama became President and started normalizing relations with Cuba, Lazo thought his political work was over. The “profe,” as he is known, taught his students to sing Cuban love songs and dance salsa, winning the hearts of their Cuban hosts. Trump tried to please rightwing Cubans in Miami by reversing Obama’s openings and adding 242 additional coercive measures designed to torpedo the Cuban economy.
Controversial Brazil Environment Minister Resigns After U.S. Investigation
The United States has reported to Brazil dozens of illegal shipments of wood from the Amazon rainforest to U.S. ports, starting an investigation that resulted in the resignation of Brazilian Environment minister Ricardo Salles. In other words, the farm was a “laundry” for Ipe trees and other types of Amazon wood, according to the investigation. Meanwhile, in Brazil, Salles was targeted by the Federal Police in May in a probe that is investigating the illegal wood export. Saraiva presented a criminal report accusing Ricardo Salles of creating obstacles to a federal investigation and of defending the private interest of illegal loggers. “It’s not every day that a superintendent does this, but it is not every day that a minister promotes the defense of environmental assaulters”, he stated days before losing his position as superintendent by Brazil Federal Police decision.
Hotel execs firing up to 39 percent of housekeepers even after full reopening – People's World
The hotel industry’s plan to end daily room cleaning would cost women of color billions. hotel industry executives, using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse, plan to cut up to 39% of their housekeepers, depending on the chain involved, even after fully reopening once the plague retreats, Unite Here reports. The report’s conclusions are based on interviews with housekeepers and hotel honchos’ public statements and spending and earnings forecasts to Wall Street investors. “The hotel industry is trying to get back to full occupancy without ever bringing back its full workforce,” he said in introducing the study. “And when you think about a hotel without daily housekeeping, that’s almost like a college dorm experience.
False Positives, Historical Wins, and Finishing High School: Caroline Marks's Road to Tokyo
Marks entered the contest ranked third in the world, trailing Peterson in second and Moore in first. She lost in the first heat and landed in the elimination round, where another loss could have knocked her out of the competition, the world title race, and Olympic qualifications in one fell swoop. Marks and world-title winner Moore will both be representing the US in the Olympics, something Marks said was a childhood dream of hers. With the WSL on hold, she trained at home and focused on finishing her home schooling and graduating high school. the sport of surfing is what Marks really loves.
Virgin River Season 3 Is Barely Out, and We're Already Hoping For a Season 4
The third season of Virgin River brings with it all the big-time, small-town drama and romance we've come to expect from the Netflix series. As per usual with Netflix shows, the streamer hasn't commented on the renewal status of Virgin River beyond the current season. ), we feel pretty confident in assuming that there are plans for a fourth season already, even if they're not official. There are a lot of loose ends to tie up when Virgin River does return for another season. Hopefully, Netflix plans to renew Virgin River for a fourth season, so we can find out what happens next to all our favorite characters!
Critical race theory hysteria overshadows the importance of teaching kids about racism
This is one reason why I get so frustrated at all the bad takes circulating among politicians, social media, and the news related to critical race theory and the teaching of America’s racial history in K-12 classrooms. A well-meaning parent should want their children to understand CRT, American exceptionalism, as well as other frameworks they can use to understand American society. It’s actually because of this that I’ve made it my life’s work to help young people understand history so that they can create a better future. There’s also value in teaching kids to evaluate information from multiple perspectives — it makes them better at every aspect of life. She has designed curriculum for and currently teaches courses on US history, African American history, Native American history, and racial issues in American society.
Watch Zaila Avant-garde become the first African American to ever win the Scripps National Spelling Bee
Fourteen-year-old Zaila Avant-garde has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee, becoming the first African American to do so since the annual competition began in 1925. Last year the Scripps Spelling Bee was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic — the first time this had occurred since World War II (same goes for Wimbledon). The competition was tough, Scripps having introduced a new word meaning component requiring contestants to answer multiple choice vocabulary questions. 2021's Scripps National Spelling Bee champion isn't the only title Avant-garde holds. "It was super exciting to win [the Spelling Bee] because now I get to get a nice trophy, which is the best part of any win," said Avant-garde.
Review: BTS's "Permission To Dance" Provides Radical Happiness
1 single released in November last year, the members of BTS reached out a reassuring hand. “Close your eyes for a moment / Hold my hand,” they sing before launching into the chorus. “Permission to Dance” is the latest single in the group’s series of pandemic-produced work, which includes last summer’s smash hit “Dynamite,” current Billboard No. That hope manifests physically in its music video as an omnipresent flock of balloons in varying shades of purple — the signature color of BTS and ARMY. A newspaper headline seen in the song’s teaser, released earlier this week, reads: “Harbingers of hope: Purple balloons signify the end of COVID-19.”
In A Bid To Reopen Schools, The CDC Said Fully Vaccinated Students And Teachers Don't Need Masks
Students at Wyandotte County High School wear masks as they walk through a hallway on the first day of in-person learning at the school in Kansas City, Kansas, on March 31, 2021. The CDC released new guidance on Friday that pushes all schools in the US to fully reopen in the fall and stresses that students and teachers don't need to wear masks if they are fully vaccinated. In May, the agency had recommended the use of masks for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. But the new guidance says only teachers, students, and staff who are not fully vaccinated and who are indoors should wear masks. Many students, parents, and teachers felt the toll of virtual learning even as several teachers unions resisted reopening efforts.
Zaila Avant-garde Is The First Black American To Win The Scripps National Spelling Bee
Fourteen-year-old Zaila Avant-garde only began competitive spelling two years ago, but that’s just the beginning of just how gifted she is. Joe Skipper / ReutersA teenager from Louisiana has made history by becoming the first African American winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee and the competition's second Black winner since its inception. After tying for 370th place in 2019, #Speller133 Zaila Avant-garde wins the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee. ? Congratulations to Zaila Avant-Garde, a 14-year-old from Harvey La., for winning the Scripps National #SpellingBee! !??? Twitter: @mayorcantrellRaise your hand if you have watched Zaila Avant-garde's joyful response to winning the National Spelling Bee about 20 times.
Nina Nesbitt On Her 'Summer Fling' Video & Taylor Swift's Shout-Out
Millions were forced to vacate offices, many left major cities, and some moved back in with their parents — even pop stars. “So that’s where [my new single ‘Summer Fling’] was made. The track couldn’t have arrived at a better time, as it lends itself perfectly to the warmest months of the year. “I wrote it dreaming of summer, somewhere else,” Nesbitt explains. From the clothing to the movement to the otherworldly production design, the “Summer Fling” video has a kitsch quality to it that brings whimsy to the treatment.
Tinashe On New '333' Album, Britney Spears' Impact & An Ariana Grande Collab
Tinashe still loves to get “2 On,” but now seven years after that debut single, she’s focusing more on herself. I had all my plants, I was waking up early and doing dance and workout classes on Zoom. Her latest music video for “Pasadena” starts this 333 music era in her hometown. “She’s an absolute queen, legend, icon,” says Tinashe about Spears. Recently, artists like Dua Lipa have emphasized dancing and showmanship, but Tinashe would like to see more artists step up a notch.
Watching Love Island UK In The US Is Easier Than You Might Think
Love Island UK is finally coming back for Season 7 following an 18-month hiatus. Now that vaccines are available and guidelines have been put in place, the new season of Love Island UK is underway and began airing on ITV on June 28. That being said, how do you watch Love Island UK Season 7 if you’re in the United States? Watching Love Island UK in the United States isn’t exactly hard, but it will cost you some money. But if you can wait, Hulu will start airing Love Island UK on July 12, two weeks after it premieres in the UK, and just a few days after the Love Island US premiere.
Who's On US Women's Gymnastics Summer Olympics Team & How To Watch
Here’s a look at each of the six young dynamos on the USA women’s gymnastics team and the unique abilities they each bring to the squad. Simone BilesGymnastics fans are undoubtedly in for a treat this year, especially thanks to Biles at the helm of the women’s Olympic team. Grace McCallumMcCallum is the fourth and final gymnast of the U.S. Women’s Team to perform in the team competition. MyKayla SkinnerBefore cinching her spot on the Olympics team, Skinner didn’t think she would make it to Tokyo after a battle with the COVID-19 virus. How To Watch The U.S. Women’s Gymnastics TeamTo watch Team USA’s women’s gymnastics team in action this year, check out the Olympic Summer Games airing from July 23 to Aug. 8 on NBC, Peacock, the NBC Sports app, and NBCOlympics.com.
Scarlett Johansson & Colin Jost's Relationship Timeline Is Decades In The Making
It's been five years since they were first rumored to be dating, but now Oscar-nominated actor Scarlett Johansson and Saturday Night Live star Colin Jost are officially a married pair. Years later, Jost told Entertainment Tonight that was when he and ScarJo first crossed paths. 2006-Early 2017: Johansson Is In Other Relationships Johansson and Hartnett split in 2006, according to People. "Scarlett and Colin were making out at the bar at the SNL season finale party at 30 Rock," the insider revealed. September 2017: Jost Opens Up About Johansson To The Press By September 2017, Johansson and Jost seemingly decided to go exclusive.
COVID booster shots: here's why we may need one in the future
COVID booster shots: here's why we may need one in the futurePfizer is prepared to administer them, and the CDC is saying they are not needed at the moment, find out why booster shots may become necessary.
From stocking shelves to Hall of Fame: QB Kurt Warner shares look at movie about his life
Kurt Warner, an Iowa native and Super Bowl-winning Hall of Fame quarterback, released a first look at his biopic, "American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story" via Twitter this week. The two-minute video features scenes from the movie, behind-the-scenes footage of the filming process and interviews with Warner; Brenda Warner, his wife; Zachary Levi, who plays Warner, and Anna Paquin, who plays Brenda Warner. It’s made for the big screen,' " Kurt Warner said during his interview. Born in Burlington, Iowa, Warner attended high school in Cedar Rapids before playing football at the University of Northern Iowa. More:Biopic on Kurt Warner coming to theaters in DecemberHe returned to Cedar Falls, where he stocked shelves at a Hy-Vee grocery store and served as a graduate assistant for the UNI football team.
Covid Live Updates: Educators’ Unions Praise New C.D.C. Schools Guidance But Acknowledge Challenges Ahead
Live Covid Live Updates: Educators’ Unions Praise New C.D.C. Schools Guidance But Acknowledge Challenges Ahead Africa endures its “worst pandemic week ever,” as 16 African countries are reporting a resurgence in infections driven by the Delta variant. Africa marks its ‘worst pandemic week’ yet, with cases surging and vaccine scarce, the W.H.O. Credit... Brian Otieno for The New York Times Africa has just had its “worst pandemic week ever,” the World Health Organization said on Thursday. To use the S.D.R.s, countries can agree to trade this interest-bearing asset with other countries in exchange for cash.
Ex-Wizards coach Scott Brooks joining Chauncey Billups’ staff in Portland
The former Wizards head coach will join Chauncey Billups’ staff as a top assistant for the Blazers, according to ESPN. Billups, a first-time head coach, reportedly inked a five-year deal with Portland. Getty ImagesAfter the Wizards’ season ended in early June, Washington’s star backcourt in Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook championed Brooks’ return as head coach. Getty ImagesAs Billups continues to assemble a coaching staff in Portland, his hire was overshadowed by a decades-old sexual assault allegation. The point guard previously expressed his hope to see Jason Kidd in the head coach position in Portland — though, the former Lakers assistant secured a head coaching job in Dallas.
Several Asian countries hit hard by first major COVID surges
It’s a rhythm familiar in much of the world, where repeated surges deluged hospitals and led to high numbers of deaths. But many Asian countries avoided that cycle by imposing stiff travel restrictions combined with tough measures at home. Thailand reported a record number of new deaths on Thursday with 75 — and they came in at 72 on Friday. Of Thailand’s 317,506 confirmed cases and 2,534 deaths since the pandemic started, more than 90% have come since the start of April. see also COVID infections surging in Africa’s vulnerable rural areas For Pelagia Bvukura, who lives in a rural part of...
In California, dogs fill shelters as pandemic lockdowns ease
LOS ANGELES — Pet adoptions surged during the coronavirus pandemic as people in lockdown sought companionship. “In the rescue world, we kind of saw it coming,” said Chloe Esperiquette, development coordinator at Wags and Walks adoption center in Los Angeles. “We received prior to the pandemic five to 10 inquiries per month for people who couldn’t care for their dogs anymore. “Every year in the United States, 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized,” including 670,000 dogs, said Esperiquette. Christine Gamez of Fullerton returns her fostered bulldog, Tyson, to the South LA animal shelter during the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Los Angeles.
Hamptons squatter alleges harassment by homeowner, prospective buyer
Paul Pion is a Cantor Fitzgerald exec accused of exploiting pandemic-related protections. The interior of the Hamptons rental home Cantor Fitzgerald executive Paul Pion is accused of squatting in. Brian Zak/NY PostIn separate court papers, Pion and his wife are seeking to have the suit dismissed on grounds that they were never formally served with notice that their lease wasn’t being renewed. Appel, a commercial real estate banker, said only, “I have no comment. I have nothing to do with this other than I am closing on a house.”
Reporter who broke Theranos scandal predicts outcome of Elizabeth Holmes trial
Three years since the release of his bestselling book, John Carreyrou is debuting a new podcast to uncover the final chapter of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes. "Bad Blood: The Final Chapter" will follow the upcoming trial of Holmes. He warns a not guilty verdict will set a dangerous precedent among start-up CEOs. Carreyrou, who spent years reporting on Holmes and what went on inside Theranos, says he doesn't buy the defense. Watch the video to hear more from Carreyrou on his trial predictions, new evidence he's obtained and his upcoming podcast.
Fundstrat's Tom Lee thinks bond yields likely bottomed, expects these hard-hit stocks to rally
Strategist Tom Lee told CNBC on Friday he believes Wall Street's concern over slowing economic growth has likely reached its apex already, setting the stage for so-called epicenter stocks to rally in the coming weeks. Lee's comments on "Halftime Report" came one day after the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell as low as 1.25%. The 10-year yield, which moves inversely to price, stood around 1.356% Friday afternoon. "Now we've had, I think, a growth scare that really peaked yesterday. That spooked investors and played a role in the 10-year yield hitting a level it had not seen since February, he said.
How Australia and China's trade relationship broke down
On May 6th 2021, the Chinese government announced it would no longer engage in economic dialogue with Australia. The relationship between the two countries has been fraying since 2015, when Australia became the first country to publicly block Huawei from participating in its 5G network. A year later, China refused to engage in economic dialogue with Australia. Australia has been trying in vain to revive the dissolved communication lines ever since, and is counting on the World Trade Organisation to settle the five-year dispute. Watch the video to learn more about how these two countries created a co-dependent trading relationship and the reasons it's dissolving.
Illinois becomes first U.S. state to require Asian-American history in schools
People listen to speakers during a Rally Against Hate to end discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in New York City, U.S., March 21, 2021. REUTERS/Eric LeeJuly 9 (Reuters) - Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill on Friday requiring public schools to teach Asian-American history, the first such step by a U.S. state amid rising concerns about violence against people of Asian descent. The bill mandates the teaching of a unit of Asian-American history in public elementary and high schools starting in the 2022-2023 school year. Educating children about the contributions of Asian Americans in U.S. history would help curb the proliferation of false stereotypes and discrimination, the Democrat governor said. Led by advocacy group Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Chicago, supporters had been promoting the bill since early 2020.
Citing rise of delta variant, Los Angeles reports 165 percent increase in Covid cases
LOS ANGELES - Despite beating back some of the highest coronavirus rates in the country earlier this year, Los Angeles County is once again seeing an uptick in new infections. Public health officials reported a 165 percent increase in confirmed cases over the last week, with 839 new infections recorded as of Thursday. Fully vaccinated residents make up just a small fraction, 0.06 percent, of these new infections, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. in Los Angeles on July 1, 2021. Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesCalifornia public health officials recorded 2,411 new infections as of Friday with a seven-day average of 3.3 cases per 100,000 people.
Biden nominates LA mayor Eric Garcetti for India ambassador
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti arrives for an event to honor the 2020 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team at the White House, Friday, July 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti arrives for an event to honor the 2020 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team at the White House, Friday, July 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)President Joe Biden has nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as ambassador to India, the White House said Friday, selecting a high-profile ally to serve in one of the most difficult diplomatic posts. Garcetti, who considered a 2020 White House bid and later became part of Biden’s inner circle, emerged as a widely discussed possibility to join Biden’s Cabinet last year. ___Associated Press writer Michael R. Blood in Los Angeles contributed reporting.
Oil ends sharply higher, trimming weekly drop as OPEC worries linger
September Brent crude BRN00, +0.08% , the global benchmark, gained $1.43, or 1.9%, to finish at $75.55a barrel on ICE Futures Europe. The crude oil complex was lifted Thursday after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a larger-than-expected drop in U.S. crude inventories last week and a much larger-than-expected fall in gasoline supplies. In One Chart: OPEC oil stalemate — here’s why U.A.E. In product markets, August gasoline RBQ21, +1.56% jumped 1.6% to $2.929 a gallon, leaving it down 0.3% for the week. August heating oil HOQ21, +1.67% ended 1.6% higher at $2.1552 a gallon, for a 1.1% weekly fall.
A pandemic-related uptick in trash might make a case for waste-to-energy plants
Waste-to-energy plants, which produce most of their power by incinerating trash, make up only about half a percent of the electricity generation in the U.S. The industry has been in retreat mode in the U.S., with dozens of plants closing since 2000 amid local opposition and emissions concerns. Communities have also opposed waste-to-energy plants because of concerns about airborne particulate matter that can have negative health consequences. “It has to go somewhere.”Other communities have looked at garbage-to-gas production as a way to get energy from swelling amounts of trash. These plants use strategies such as compacting garbage and sealing it to capture methane that can be used as fuel.
Delta variant of COVID-19 is forcing Asian countries to lock down, while Africa suffers its worst week a year and a half into the pandemic
The delta variant has been detected in 10 of those countries, said the agency. “The end to this precipitous rise is still weeks away,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa. Don’t miss: Top U.K. scientists and health officials are worried about the delta variant. The CDC’s vaccine tracker is showing that 158 million Americans have been fully vaccinated, equal to 47.7% of the population. The U.S. leads the world with a total of 33.79 million cases and in deaths with 606,483.
United: ‘We are flying 80% of pre-pandemic levels’
Associated PressThe Federal Reserve says its low interest rate policies are providing “powerful support” for the economy as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. In its twice-a-year report to Congress on monetary policy released Friday, the Fed indicated that it planned to maintain that support until further progress is made in recovering from last year's severe recession. Over the first half of this year progress on vaccinations helped to re-open the economy and produced strong economic growth, according to the Fed, but it said the lingering effects of the pandemic continue to weigh on the economy, with employment still well below pre-pandemic levels.
Biden’s executive order targeting big business and competition: full text
(a) The antitrust laws, including the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act, and the Federal Trade Commission Act (Public Law 63-203, 38 Stat. Such enactments include the Packers and Stockyards Act, the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (Public Law 74-401, 49 Stat. 803), the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (Public Law 108-164, 117 Stat. (g) This order recognizes that a whole-of-government approach is necessary to address overconcentration, monopolization, and unfair competition in the American economy. (a) There is established a White House Competition Council (Council) within the Executive Office of the President.
'The Witcher' season 2 will hit Netflix on December 17th
The Witcher will return to Netflix almost exactly two years after the fantasy series debuted. You can stream all eight episodes of the show's second season starting on December 17th. Season two of The Witcher will pick up where the first batch of episodes left off. Following some COVID-related delays, filming for season two wrapped in April. Netflix also revealed the titles for the season two episodes.
This early-stage marketing expert says 'B2B SaaS is actually very, very cool now'
Having earned "scars and stripes" at various startups, Heskins recently joined "tech for good" company Big Lemon as a part-time head of growth, but still offers her services to other teams as a SaaS and early-stage startup marketing consultant. What makes it different, for me, is that the role becomes part marketing, part product, part commercial. Just because you work in B2B marketing doesn’t mean you need to be boring! What are some key takeaways from your Early-Stage Startup Marketing Playbook? Customer-led growth is a strategy that combines product, marketing and sales.
State Rep. Kevin Kiley says he’s running in recall election against Newsom
Gavin Newsom over COVID-19 restrictions and who helped lead the recall movement against him announced Tuesday he’s running for governor. The court set a hearing for July 9 in response to a motion to intervene filed by the recall campaign. “No one is above the law, certainly not Gavin Newsom," California Patriot Coalition attorney and candidate for California Attorney General Eric Early said. It is time that he be made to follow his own laws.”The recall election has been scheduled for Sept. 14. Washington Examiner VideosTags: News, State, California, Gavin NewsomOriginal Author: Bethany Blankley, The Center Square contributorOriginal Location: State Rep. Kevin Kiley says he’s running in recall election against Newsom
Most Californians are against recalling Gov. Gavin Newsom — but 1 number should trouble him
Gavin Newsom. Gavin Newsom (D) when it comes to his September recall election. To trigger a recall election in California, petitioners must collect a number of valid signatures equivalent to 12 percent of the votes cast in the previous election. Story continuesWhen Newsom's political opponents collected the signatures to trigger this recall election, the state was under lockdown orders to curb the spread of COVID-19. Newsom will have to wait until September to see if this turnaround, and his supporters, are enough to keep him in Sacramento.
McMaster directs health officials to prohibit door-to-door COVID vaccine efforts in SC
“A South Carolinian’s decision to get vaccinated is a personal one for them to make and not the government’s,” McMaster wrote. “As a member of Medical Affairs, I support @POTUS efforts to increase the vaccinations,” Kimpson tweeted. The agency does provide in-home vaccinations to homebound residents, he said, but only at the vaccine recipients’ request. If DHEC were to adopt the governor’s directive outlawing door-to-door vaccination drives, such an arrangement would be prohibited due to Providence’s involvement, McMaster spokesman Brian Symmes said. Mike Parson, who on Wednesday tweeted that sending federal government workers door-to-door to compel vaccinations would not be welcome in Missouri.
South Carolina governor rejects Biden's door-to-door vaccine advocacy plan
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) on Thursday rejected the Biden administration's plan to send people door to door to urge residents to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. The White House on Thursday had pushed back against Republican concerns with the door-to-door plan, saying conservatives are mischaracterizing the plan. By the numbers: About 43% of people in South Carolina are fully vaccinated, putting it in the lower half of states ranked by vaccination rate, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Mayo Clinic's vaccine tracker. Story continuesGo deeper: Trump country continues to fall behind on COVID-19 vaccinationsEditor's note: This story has been updated with Psaki's comments.
The Most Expensive Estates in the Priciest Zip Codes Are Up for Grabs
The New York TimesThe delta variant of the coronavirus can evade antibodies that target certain parts of the virus, according to a new study published Thursday in Nature. The findings provide an explanation for diminished effectiveness of the vaccines against delta, compared with other variants. The variant, first identified in India, is believed to be about 60% more contagious than alpha, the version of the virus that thrashed Britain and much of Europe earlier this year, and perhaps twice as contagious as the o
Hundreds of rescued migrants disembark in southern Italy
Italy Migration (Flavio Gasperini)Hundreds of migrants disembarked from a humanitarian rescue ship in Augusta Sicily on Friday after Italy offered a safe port in response to warnings that food was running out and tensions were rising on board. The SOS Mediterranee rescue group said the sick and young were the first of the 572 migrants to disembark from its ship, the Ocean Viking. Italy had agreed on Thursday to let the ship dock in Augusta after the crew reported worsening conditions on board. The Ocean Viking said five requests to maritime authorities in Italy and Malta to assign a port of safety had gone unmet. Because most in recent years have tended to be economic migrants, many are found ineligible for asylum, and their homelands are often reluctant to take them back.
Nearly 600 rescued migrants disembark from charity boat in Italy
After asking the European Union to find a safe port for the migrants, the group said the situation onboard was deteriorating due to tension and exhaustion among those rescued. "This news brings us relief and gives these people irrepressible joy," said Carlotta Sami, spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, referring to the Ocean Viking being able to dock. SOS Mediterranee said all migrants would be tested for COVID-19 after disembarking the boat. Several charity boats have been impounded in Italy in recent months after officials reported irregularities onboard. Charity group MSF complained Italian authorities were using such inspections to prevent ships from returning to sea where many migrants die.
Airline execs reportedly forced to move baggage amid staffing shortage
Some airline executives are being forced to work on the front lines as passengers return to airports in record numbers while airlines continue to face a staffing crunch. Alaska Airlines is reportedly one of them. The Port of Seattle, which runs the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, directed requests for comment to the airline. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREThose gaps are "putting strains on the operation," according to the memo. One executive, Andy Schneider, who is Alaska’s senior vice president responsible for the carrier’s employees, reportedly helped grab bags off the conveyor belts beneath one of the terminals.
Hilaria Baldwin identifies as multiculturally ‘fluid,’ thinks haters should move on
And she has some thoughts on how people who “don’t have your life experience” should behave. “We need to normalize the fact that we are all unique — our culture, languages, sexual orientations, religions, political beliefs are ALLOWED TO BE FLUID. We discussed belonging& how there are people who want to deny others their right to belong,” she explained. You are valid, worthy &you don’t need to explain or get into the uncomfortable ‘prove it’ conversation. Ebb &flow, in your brilliant fluidity, as your very legitimate you.”AdvertisementSo it sounds as if Baldwin has made a decision to present herself as herself.
Rams will open 10 training camp practices in Irvine to the public
After a one-year absence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rams will return to UC Irvine for training camp, which begins July 28, the team announced Friday. Ten practices will be open to the public before camp concludes Aug. 10. Open practices will be held July 28-31, Aug. 2-4 and Aug. 6, 9 and 10. AdvertisementCoach Sean McVay has said that the Rams will hold preseason practices with the Dallas Cowboys and the Las Vegas Raiders, but neither workout will be at Irvine. The Rams open the season Sept. 12 against the Chicago Bears at SoFi Stadium.
Op-Ed: After Garcetti, who leads Los Angeles?
Is it something about Los Angeles that led Mayor Eric Garcetti to accept President Biden’s nomination as ambassador to India? When organization and structure existed already — for revitalizing the Los Angeles River, for example, and expanding public transit — Garcetti delivered. The “big idea” that will renew Los Angeles remains elusive, however. Garcetti’s willingness to depart reveals that what currently passes for civic culture in Los Angeles has little room for loyalty to Los Angeles. AdvertisementD. J. Waldie’s most recent book is “Becoming Los Angeles: Myth, Memory, and a Sense of Place.”
Biden nominates L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti as U.S. ambassador to India
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has led the city during a period of booming development, a worsening homelessness crisis and a devastating pandemic, is President Biden’s nominee to become ambassador to India, the White House announced Friday. But it also opens him to criticism that he is abandoning Los Angeles as it grapples with an intractable homelessness crisis and rising gun violence. Gil Garcetti, Eric Garcetti has a long history with Biden. The mayor urged Biden to run for president in 2016 and served as a co-chair of his 2020 presidential campaign. Times staff writer David Zahniser in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
California to require masks in schools even though CDC says they’re not needed for vaccinated
California will continue to require masks in school settings, state health officials announced Friday, even though federal health authorities released new guidelines saying vaccinated students and teachers no longer need to wear masks inside campus buildings. Here’s what parents and educators need to know:Can parents demand the right to have their children attend schools without masks? There are some children with disabilities who cannot manage masks or who cannot wear masks safely. All students, teachers and staff have been required to wear masks on campus even if they are vaccinated. The CDC does not deem any separation as needed among vaccinated children.
Biden nominates LA mayor Eric Garcetti for India ambassador
The White House also announced Friday that Biden is nominating Democratic fundraiser Denise Bauer to serve as ambassador to Monaco, career foreign service officer Peter Haas to serve as ambassador to Bangladesh and former Obama-era national security aide Bernadette Meehan to serve as ambassador to Chile. Garcetti, if confirmed, would be dispatched to India as it has been overwhelmed by a surge in coronavirus infections and deaths. President Joe Biden has nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as ambassador to India, the White House said Friday, selecting a high-profile ally to serve in one of the most difficult diplomatic posts. AdvertisementGarcetti, who considered a 2020 White House bid and later became part of Biden’s inner circle, emerged as a widely discussed possibility to join Biden’s Cabinet last year. But Garcetti was overmatched by a crisis of homelessness that became a national embarrassment despite the massive jump in government spending to fight it.
47 at Bay Area homeless shelter infected with coronavirus
SANTA ROSA — A total of 47 residents at a homeless shelter in Northern California have tested positive for the delta variant of the coronavirus, officials said. The majority of those infected at the Samuel L. Jones Hall in Santa Rosa were unvaccinated, Jennielynn Holmes, who leads homeless services at Catholic Charities, the nonprofit managing the shelter, told the Press Democrat on Thursday. Just one homeless resident has been hospitalized, Holmes said, and no one else with a positive test has severe symptoms. The highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus has spread rapidly among the unvaccinated population, causing a rise in new cases and hospitalizations. That’s a 48% jump in the homeless population’s total COVID-19 caseload, which now stands at 191 since the start of the pandemic.
It's dumb to keep COVID-19 land travel restrictions between Mexico and the United States
What a dumb move to keep COVID-19-related land travel restrictions between Mexico and the United States. Border cities are bearing the worst of thisMayors of border cities are sounding the alarm over the economic impact in their cities that heavily rely on legal border crossers. That specifically targets Mexican tourists who legally cross the border by land to shop at nearby stores. Mexican land tourists wouldn’t be taking shots that otherwise could go to Americans because anyone who wants a shot can and does get it. It's just smart smart economics to help border businesses – unless, of course, the feds really want to put them out of business permanently.
Hear from two Oconomowoc High School students who worked as CNAs at a nursing home during the pandemic
Before two Oconomowoc High School seniors graduated in June, they went through difficult experiences in the health care field that few people their age see. Ava Bartos and Cameron Bandomir became certified nursing assistants through the youth apprenticeship program with Waukesha County Technical College. Bartos, who began working at a nursing home in the Lake Country when she was a junior, was initially interested because her grandmother was at a nursing facility. Both Bartos and Bandomir worked at the nursing home before the pandemic struck. After her experiences at the nursing home, Bartos wasn't sure whether she wanted to pursue a career in the health care field anymore.
Wisconsin bishop takes rare step of removing defiant priest
Todd RichmondAssociated PressMADISON – A Wisconsin bishop has taken the unusual step of removing a priest from the ministry after he made a series of divisive remarks about politics and the pandemic. The Diocese of La Crosse said in a statement Friday that Bishop William Patrick Callahan has issued a decree removing the Rev. James Altman as pastor of St. James the Less in La Crosse, effective immediately. James Altman,” the statement said. Altman didn’t elaborate.
The U.S. was never going to win in Afghanistan, a collection of warring tribes
Why, then, didn’t the U.S. see that Afghanistan has never been a nation state, but only a loose collection of warring tribes fighting each other within fake boundaries earlier drawn by Europeans? Senate Bill 2290 creates the Illinois Broadband Adoption Fund to support broadband access across all of Illinois. According to a study presented last December to the Illinois Broadband Advisory Council, only 70% of Illinois households are active subscribers to an internet service. This is why we need the Illinois Broadband Adoption Fund. We have the chance to do that right now with the Illinois Broadband Adopt Fund, and we urge Gov.
Here’s your chance to tell Clark County how to spend $440M in aid
In less than two months, the county must submit a plan for spending nearly a half-billion dollars in federal pandemic aid. Clark County Commission Vice Chairman Jim Gibson urges the public not to wait until unemployment benefits expire to look for a job and provides details on an upcoming job fair at the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center Tuesday, July 6, 2021 in Las Vegas. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__raeIn less than two months, Clark County must submit a plan for spending nearly a half-billion dollars in federal pandemic aid and beginning Tuesday it will seek feedback from the public. Beginning Tuesday, the county will also be hosting public meetings with county agencies and community partners at the county Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. A session July 20 that will immediately follow the county commission meeting is focused on health and infrastructure.
Nevada’s major COVID-19 metrics rise again, positivity rate hits 8.7%
Nevada on Friday reported 813 new coronavirus cases and 13 additional deaths, according to state data. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoNevada on Friday reported 813 new coronavirus cases and 13 additional deaths over the preceding day. New cases were well above the moving 14-day average of daily reported cases, which increased to 394. In Clark County, there were 771 new coronavirus cases reported Friday, according to the Southern Nevada Health District’s coronavirus website. Cumulative totals in the county rose to 263,915 cases and 4,530 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
New COVID cases shoot up in Florida
Public health experts say the virus is considered under control when the COVID-19 test positivity rate is under 5%. Florida often has exceeded 5% in its widely publicized calculation for assessing the rate for testing of residents.
LI gas prices at nearly 7-year high, to rise 10 to 20 cents more by end of August, AAA says
Gasoline prices will continue their rise this summer, increasing 10 to 20 cents by the end of August due to rising consumer demand and crude oil costs, AAA said. Gas prices were depressed last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to months of government-mandated business shutdowns starting in March 2020, reduced business and leisure travel by all modes of transportation. As the recovery has taken hold this year, gas prices have been rising — 40% nationally and 39% on Long Island. "Oil prices have risen because the post-pandemic recovery in global oil demand is outpacing the recovery in global supply," said Chris Lafakis, a director and energy expert at Moody’s Analytics. "We expect this to get resolved and soon, but the resolution might not stop the rise in U.S. gas prices unless producers substantially increase oil production," he said.
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. A photo of Biden kneeling during the meeting with Rivlin and Ravitz circulated on social media with a false caption. On July 2, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Richardson had accepted a one-month suspension after testing positive for marijuana, The Associated Press reported. The misleading post was picked up by social media users on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, who framed it as presenting accurate information. After the tweet gained traction on social media, Victory News Network clarified that none of what it posts is real.
Federal Reserve pledges 'powerful support' for economy
Martin CrutsingerAssociated PressWashington — The Federal Reserve says its low interest rate policies are providing “powerful support” for the economy as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will testify Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee, and Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee. Lawmakers will seek details on exactly when the central bank will start cutting back on its bond purchases, and when it will begin raising interest rates. But the report repeated the view of Powell and other Fed officials that any spike in inflation is likely to be temporary. Minutes of the discussions at the Fed's last meeting in June showed that central bank began consideration of when and how they will start reducing the bond purchases but that no conclusions were reached.
Dutch reinforce COVID-19 measures after spike in cases
THE HAGUE (AP) — The Dutch government has reinforced measures to contain COVID-19 after a spike in new cases, particularly among young people, driven by the delta variant first identified in India. The decisions followed a huge increase in new infections, that reached a level not seen since early May. Daily positive tests in the Netherlands rose to almost 7,000, up from barely 1,000 a few weeks ago. “Everything pointed toward a good summer — and we still hope for this — but a cloud has darkened the sun," Rutte said. Positive tests have specifically increased among the young, raising questions whether a system whereby youngsters had to test before entering a club has worked.
APS employees to get ‘retention stipend’
APS Superintendent Scott Elder announced Thursday that school district employees will be receiving “retention stipends” of $1,000 or $500 next month. In May, the school district promised employees a “one-time additional payment for COVID-related work” during the 2020-2021 school year. The school district now plans to send out the extra money to employees on Aug. 20. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................“Enhanced compensation for the hard working employees of APS was always the goal and that goal has been achieved,” Colón said. All district employees — with the exception of Elder — will receive the extra pay.
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
THE FACTS: Graphene oxide is not among the ingredients found in Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, despite alarmist claims to the contrary on social media. In reality, there’s no graphene oxide in the Pfizer vaccine, according to the ingredient list and Kit Longley, senior manager of science media relations at Pfizer. There’s also no evidence to suggest the Pfizer vaccine would cause a cytokine storm, Longley said. Chemical and medical experts who are not associated with Pfizer confirmed to The Associated Press that there is no way graphene oxide would be found in the vaccine. There has been research on potentially using graphene oxide in other vaccines, but the amounts would not be toxic to human cells, according to Johns Hopkins infectious disease specialist Dr. Amesh Adalja.
Matteo Berrettini beats Hurkacz and becomes first Italian in Wimbledon final
Yesterday, the 25-year-old from Rome became the first Italian – man or woman – to reach the Wimbledon final, beating Hubert Hurkacz of Poland, the 14th seed, 6-3, 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-4 with a barrage of stunning strikes. Berrettini is the first Italian man since Adriano Panatta, a fellow Roman, to reach a grand slam final and 45 years after Panatta’s French Open victory, he will play either five-times champion Novak Djokovic or Canada’s Denis Shapovalov for the title on Sunday. It was a brilliant performance from Berrettini, who had the edge in terms of experience, having already been to a grand slam semi-final once before, at the US Open in 2019. Matteo Berrettini gave Hubert Hurkacz ‘basically zero’ chances, the defeated Pole admitted. My first serve really wasn’t helping me, which usually does and gets me out of trouble.
‘It’s shocking’: Haiti struggles to piece together story of president’s murder
Alix Pierre was watching television at his home in Port-au-Prince’s moneyed hillside suburbs when he heard strange voices in the night. “I said everything would be under control.”As the sun rose over Haiti’s seaside capital it became clear everything was not. “It’s people from another country who just came and killed the president,” added Jean, a 24-year-old student leader. “They violated our territory and they just killed the most protected man in the country – just like that. “When foreigners try to intervene in Haiti they often make the situation much worse,” said Sepinwall, the author of Haitian History: New Perspectives.
Amazon scoops Tesco veteran to run bricks-and-mortar stores
Amazon has poached a long-serving senior Tesco executive to run its bricks-and-mortar retail operation, in the latest escalation of its attack on the high street. Mr Hoggett joined Tesco in 1990, became group chief operating officer in 2018 and was promoted to a newly-created role of chief strategy and innovation officer in April. Mr Hoggett is among the best-known British retail figures to have joined the US powerhouse as it expands into groceries. Mr Hoggett, who plans to move to Seattle with his wife and three children, joins as the US e-commerce giant is expanding further into physical retail. In 2017 it bought organic food chain Whole Foods Market, which runs seven UK stores, for $13.7bn (£10.7bn).
‘World’s smallest cow’ draws huge crowds in Bangladesh
The “world’s smallest cow” – as claimed by its owners – has attracted the attention of people in Bangladesh who are flocking to the farm where it lives, defying a nationwide lockdown to curb Covid-19 in doing so. The 23-month-old cow, named Rani, is 51 centimetres (20 inches) tall and weighs 28kg, according to reports. Hasan Howladar, manager of the Shikor Agro farm near the national capital Dhaka, has submitted an application with the Guinness World Records, claiming Rani is the world’s smallest cow, the BBC reported. Kazi Mohammed Abu Sufian, who runs the farm, told Vice that more than 20,000 people came to see Rani this week. He told Vice: “She is not used to interacting with so many people.
‘Mass casualty event happening in slow motion’: Covid runs rampant in under-vaccinated Missouri as Delta threat grows
The spread of Covid-19 is running rampant in Missouri as the threat from the Delta variant is growing in places where vaccine hesitancy is high. The Delta variant is considered to be a more deadly and about 50 per cent more contagious strain of Covid-19. And just 39 per cent of Missouri residents have been fully vaccinated. The Missouri Department of Health has stated that three counties near Lake of the Ozarks are Covid-19 hot spots. (Getty Images)The fire chief in Springfield, David Pennington, tweeted on Thursday: “This is a mass casualty event, happening in slow-motion.
Stirring photo captures border agent saving migrant at Southern border as excessive heat raises death toll
As of May, the Border Patrol has rescued more than 7,000 people this fiscal year, more than the same period in previous years. Officials from both border nations at an event in Yuma, Arizona, on Thursday warned that excessive heat is making the crossing extremely dangerous, against a backdrop of 110 degree weather. Since then, policies like the US-Mexico border wall have shunted migrants even further into the dangerous wilderness. The woman carried on the Border Patrol agent’s shoulders is likely to be immediately deported without a chance to seek asylum. The Independent has reached out to the Border Patrol to confirm.
COVID-19: Moderna and Pfizer coronavirus vaccines linked to mild heart inflammation but benefits still outweigh risks
The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna jabs have been linked to cases of mild heart inflammation - but the benefits still outweigh the risks, according to European and UK health agencies. Myocarditis - inflammation of the heart muscle - and pericarditis - inflammation of the lining around the heart - have been observed in a small number of people who had the vaccines. The EMA says, after 177 million total Pfizer doses were given out, 283 inflammation cases were reported. And after 20 million Moderna doses, 38 inflammation cases were reported. No causal link has been found between the AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson shots and heart inflammation.
Matt Hancock breaks cover: Ex-Health Secretary is spotted for first time since affair
I took a second look and realised it was Mr Hancock. Mr Hancock resigned his Cabinet post two day after the affair was revealed, even though Downing Street initially described the matter as 'closed.' Mr Hancock had been under increasing pressure to quit, after The Sun published photos, and then a video, of Mr Hancock and Ms Coladangelo kissing. Former chancellor Sajid Javid who was chosen as Mr Hancock's replacement, yesterday cracked a joke at his predecessor's expense. Mr Javid has previously praised Mr Hancock, saying: 'I think Matt Hancock worked incredibly hard.
Trustee at elite Michigan country club pleads no contest to stealing $700k from scholarship fund
Booking photo of Craig Maass, former president of the Oakland Hills Caddie Scholarship Fund. It was a matter of the restitution that he owed back to Oakland Hills. He has always been willing to make things right for Oakland Hills.' Maass, who called the country club a 'second home,' was banned from the premises that same month. Officials at Oakland Hills requested a forensic audit, which revealed $697,000 had been embezzled and converted for Maass' personal use.
Oklahoma gymnastics facility at the center of a 21-case outbreak of Indian Delta variant in April
A gymnastics facility was at the center of a COVID-19 outbreak in central Oklahoma with several cases linked to the Indian 'Delta' variant, a new report reveals. The Delta variant may be more likely to cause breakthrough cases than some other strains of the virus, though the cases are generally less severe. Oklahoma has since see its COVID cases rise once again, as the Delta variant hammers the midwestern state. Oklahoma also shares a border with southwest Missouri and north Texas - two areas that are currently being overwhelmed by the Delta variant. 'I'm pretty sure the Delta virus variant is coming into Oklahoma from southwest Missouri, where it's completely taken over,' said Dr Dale Bratzler, University of Oklahoma Health's chief COVID-19 officer, to KOCO.
Gatland expects all three Lions Tests to be in Cape Town
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland walks on the field before a tour match against the Sharks at Ellis Park in Johannesburg this weekAdvertising Read moreJohannesburg (AFP)British and Irish Lions rugby coach Warren Gatland said on Friday he expected all three Tests against South Africa to be played in Cape Town. "I'm not 100 percent sure, but I'm pretty sure they will be played in Cape Town," he said during an online press conference in Johannesburg. The Lions are due to fly to Cape Town on Sunday following Saturday's match against the Sharks in Pretoria. Gatland was speaking after announcing 13 changes in the Lions team that will face the Sharks for the second time in four days. The Lions coach said he was not sure who his team would play in their first match in Cape Town on Wednesday.
From make believe to historic reality for Wimbledon finalist Berrettini
Jacopo and Berrettini would play endlessly as young boys even inside the family home pretneding to be their favourite players to add to the "real life" experience. "When we were kids, we were going on holiday, we were always bringing our racquets," said Berrettini. "We played so many times, even without the ball, just pretending we were playing in our living room in a great final. For Berrettini, there had been no finer day -- a 2019 US Open semi-final being the previous best showing at a Grand Slam. "I'm like, Okay, maybe this guy he stepped into Wimbledon and he thought about making the finals.
US swimmer Andrew outlines why he's skipping Covid vaccine before Tokyo Games
US Olympic swimmer Michael Andrew says he has no plans to receive a Covid-19 vaccine before heading to the Tokyo GamesAdvertising Read moreLos Angeles (AFP)Michael Andrew took an unconventional path to the Tokyo Games and the US swimmer won't be bowing to pressure to receive the Covid-19 vaccine before heading to the Olympics. Andrew, 22, confirmed in a virtual press conference from Team USA's Hawaii training camp on Thursday that he had not been vaccinated and didn't plan to be. He had indicated the same stance at the US trials in Omaha, Nebraska, last month and didn't want to change course so close to the Games. Andrew and his family have taken a similarly unorthodox approach to his swimming career. Andrew said he would strictly adhere to all of the testing, masking and social distancing protocols required of Games competitors.
Democrats Blame Guns for Crime Surge Caused by Liberal Policies
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference on gun violence in New York City, July 6, 2021. But, glossing over such decisions, major news outlets and politicians have instead taken to describing the problem as an issue of gun violence. Terms like “gun violence” and “mass shooting” have been used to drive calls for new firearm regulations. AdvertisementBased on the Gun Violence Archive’s own data, and that of the Centers for Disease Control, over half of all gun deaths were suicides. As for the mass shootings, the definition used is unhelpfully broad: any incident in which four or more are injured.
Investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection will resurrect democracy
This past Tuesday, July 6, marked the half-year anniversary of the U.S. Capitol insurrection, which many mourned as the democracy’s sunset. It was democracy itself, not simply the Capitol, that was under siege. Rep. Bennie Thompson Bennie Gordon ThompsonFive big questions about the Jan. 6 select committee Clyburn: Trump could be called to testify before Jan. 6 panel First hearing of Jan. 6 probe to feature Capitol Police testimony MORE (D-Miss.) The House committee should get clear answers to the complicated questions that surround the assault. Hopefully, the House inquiry and public reaction against the insurrection will stimulate a resurrection of American democracy.
Marjorie Taylor Greene makes transphobic remarks about Illinois congresswoman's daughter
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene made transphobic remarks about Illinois Democratic Rep. Marie Newman's transgender daughter Thursday. Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene made transphobic remarks against Illinois’ Democratic Rep. Marie Newman’s transgender daughter Thursday — and it's not the first time she's made Newman's child a target. Rep. Newmans daughter is transgender, and this video and tweet represents the hate and fame driven politics of self-promotion at all evil costs,” Illinois Republican Rep. Kinzinger tweeted in response to Greene’s video. The Illinois Republican cited Adolf Hitler in a Washington speech in January. Greene did not hold back Thursday on using the kind of language that has raised her profile nationally.
Congress seeking documents from NCAA on college sports gender disparities
The chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight and Reform Committee, along with two Democratic members of Congress are seeking documents from the NCAA regarding disparities between men's and women's sports. The letter cites several gender disparities throughout the year including the stark differences in tournament facilities and inequality in treatment during the men's and women's NCAA basketball tournaments. The letter notes that the Committee on Oversight and Reform has the authority to investigate this matter at any time. “By failing to invest in and promote women’s athletics programs in the way it does for men, NCAA prevents women’s sports from reaching their full potential,” they wrote. “Reports of other disparities, including in coronavirus safety protocols and in branding and promotion practices, have raised serious questions about how long-standing NCAA organizational decisions have perpetuated gender inequities in collegiate athletics,” Speier and Sherrill wrote.
Top US swimmer Michael Andrew refuses COVID vaccine ahead of Olympics
One of Team USA’s premier swimmers is heading to the Tokyo Olympics without being vaccinated. Michael Andrew, the 2016 world champion in the 100-meter individual medley who recently flirted with the 200-meter world record last month, has not received the COVID-19 vaccine. Michael Andrew during the U.S. Olympic swimming trials on June 14, 2021. Though not the only unvaccinated athlete destined for Tokyo, Andrew is in the minority. Last month, USA Swimming President and CEO Tim Hinchey estimated that “around 90 percent” of the U.S. national team had been vaccinated.
Biden urges Putin to ‘take action to disrupt’ Russia-based hackers behind ransomware attacks.
Biden urges Putin to ‘take action to disrupt’ Russia-based hackers behind ransomware attacks. President Biden, right, and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia greeted each other last month in Geneva, Switzerland, during their first meeting. Mr. Biden said he told Mr. Putin that during a face-to-face meeting in Geneva several weeks ago. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, offered few details about the call beyond what the White House released in the statement. White House officials announced some of the other initiatives on Wednesday, including action to restrict the widespread use of noncompete clauses and occupational licensing requirements that the White House has described as harmful to workers.
Alica Schmidt, world’s sexiest athlete, reveals stunning Olympic workout videos
Olympic hopeful Alica Schmidt has thousands of followers sprinting to see her workout videos. Australian magazine Busted Coverage elevated Schmidt to celebrity status by handing her the baton of sexiest athlete three years ago. Getty ImagesSchmidt posted on social media: “I can finally train on the track again. The whole event is still in doubt, with the International Olympic Committee only meeting for the first time in 2021 on Wednesday. But if it progresses as quickly as her social media standing, perhaps a golden career could be ahead.
A Group of Scientists Presses a Case Against the Lab Leak Theory of Covid
Among other things, the scientists point to a recent report showing that markets in Wuhan, China, had sold live animals susceptible to the virus, including palm civets and raccoon dogs, in the two years before the pandemic began. The back and forth among scientists is taking place while intelligence agencies are working with an end-of-summer deadline to provide President Biden with an assessment of the origin of the pandemic. There is now a division among intelligence officials as to which scenario for viral origin is more likely. The new paper, which was posted online on Wednesday but has yet to be published in a scientific journal, was written by a team of 21 virologists. Four of them also collaborated on a 2020 paper in Nature Medicine that largely dismissed the possibility that the virus became a human pathogen through laboratory manipulation.
CDC says schools should ‘prioritize’ fully reopening this fall
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called for the full reopening of K-12 schools in the fall — even if not all preferred COVID-19 safety measures can be upheld. “Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall 2021 is a priority,” the agency wrote in new guidance issued Friday. The CDC still recommends schools maintain “at least 3 feet of physical distance” between students indoors, but the agency included a surprising caveat. The CDC still recommends schools maintain “at least 3 feet of physical distance” between students indoors. Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagThe heavy emphasis on “layered prevention” in the guidance is the strongest acknowledgment yet from the CDC that schools need to prioritize a return to in-person learning.
Trump op-ed defends Big Tech suit, says platforms are ‘manipulating debate’
In an op-ed published Thursday in the Wall Street Journal, the 45th president began by explaining, “The internet is the new public square. Trump is slamming platforms for being quick to moderate speech emanating from the US while excusing Chinese propaganda. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey eventually admitted it was a “mistake” to lock The Post’s Twitter account. AFP via Getty ImagesBoth President Biden and his son have continued to deny any wrongdoing. The then-outgoing president was banned from Twitter, Facebook and scores of other sites in the immediate aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
FAQ: What does Biden’s new order about businesses and competition mean for consumers?
In the backdrop are broader economic forces that also affect wages, prices and competition in the labor force. As the economy recovers from the coronavirus crisis, some employers are offering higher pay to encourage workers to return. As businesses compete for new hires, and pay is going up, prompting some economists to say 2021 is shaping up to be the year of the pay raise.
Robert Durst caught wife with Jill Biden's ex shortly before she vanished: 'I'm the missing link'
First lady Jill Biden's ex-husband, Bill Stevenson, said in an interview this week that he may be "the missing link" in the decades-old mystery case involving Kathie Durst. WHO IS ROBERT DURST? "I feel like I'm the missing link in this case," he told investigative reporter Tara Rosenblum. ROBERT DURST'S FAMILY HELPED COVER UP DISAPPEARANCE, MURDER OF WIFE: LAWYERS"I got in my car and went to the 19th Precinct, literally within 24 hours. BILLIONAIRE ROBERT DURST BACK IN SPOTLIGHT AS HE FACES MURDER CHARGES IN BEST FRIEND'S KILLINGAuthorities declared Kathie dead in 2017.
Holding Tokyo Olympics in pandemic shreds consensus in Japan
But the decision to proceed with the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Olympics has shredded it. Even though the government is now supercharging its vaccine drive after a slow start, the vast majority of the population still won’t be immunized when the Games start in two weeks. The official cost of the Tokyo Olympics is $15.4 billion, but government audits suggest it’s twice that. Before the postponement 15 months ago, Japan was on track to host a well-run if expensive Olympics. IOC President Thomas Bach called Tokyo the "best prepared Olympics ever" — and he still says it repeatedly.
Teen basketball prodigy wins National Spelling Bee: 'I don't really know how I do it'
14-year-old Louisiana native Zaila Avant-garde already had multiple Guinness world records to her name when she was crowned the first African-American winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night. Avant-garde, who has called spelling a side hobby, is a basketball standout who hopes to play someday in the WNBA. Her ability to dribble multiple balls simultaneously has earned her three Guinness world records. "I don't really know, like, how I do any of the stuff I do," the teen prodigy told "America's Newsroom" Friday. "Nepeta," a genus of Old World mints, was the word that gave her the most trouble in the final.
First look: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis return for 'Sex and the City' reboot
Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis have returned for HBO Max's 'Sex and the City' reboot titled "And Just Like That." Production has begun on the series in New York City. SARAH JESSICA PARKER SAYS 'SEX AND THE CITY' REVIVAL WILL ADDRESS THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMICThe previously announced cast includes Sara Ramírez, Chris Noth, Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, Willie Garson, and Evan Handler. He explained to the outlet, "Just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave. So it should all feel somewhat organic, and the friends that you have when you’re 30, you may not have when you’re 50."
Shaq loses his pants during final Turner broadcast of season
CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMThe former NBA superstar turned broadcaster appeared on NBATV’s Finals coverage last night remotely from his home. At the end of his segment, he was told that his responsibilities as broadcaster were officially over until next season. Shaq, Kenny, Charles, and Ernie can get away with more than any broadcast team in the world, thanks to their senses of humor and cavalier attitude toward traditional broadcasting. Even with all the fun, Shaq and his cohost Kenny Smith were both visibly relieved to be officially done for a while. Because of the COVID-bubble season and near immediate transition into the 2021 season, basketball and all of the games’ many employees have been working around the clock.
Matt Damon unveils Amanda Knox-inspired film at Cannes
The 74th Cannes Film Festival - News conference for the film "Stillwater" Out of Competition - Cannes, France, July 9, 2021. Cast member Matt Damon signs autographs. In the film, which was screened out of the festival's main competition, Damon plays oil worker Bill Baker, who travels to Marseille, France to visit his estranged student daughter Allison in prison. "Since I've had kids I feel like everything is a lot more available in my job, emotionally speaking," Damon said. "I realised straight away I was working with the Meryl Streep of nine-year-olds," Damon said.
Analysis: China's RRReminder that economies remain fragile
Headquarters of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, is pictured in Beijing, China September 28, 2018. It is the first such step since April last year when COVID was rapidly spreading around the world. The bond market appears to be responding to the turn in China's rate cycle by pricing in lower interest rates over the medium term. "We expect fiscal policy to remain focused on specific sectors most affected by the pandemic like small companies. ($1 = 6.4795 Chinese yuan renminbi)Additional graphic by Karin Strohecker Editing by Mark PotterOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
FDA seeks probe into its talks with Biogen before Alzheimer's drug approval
REUTERS/Brian SnyderJuly 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. drug regulator on Friday called for an independent federal probe into the interactions between its representatives and Biogen Inc (BIIB.O) that led to the approval of the company Alzheimer's disease drug last month. "There continue to be concerns raised...regarding contacts between representatives from Biogen and FDA during the review process," Woodcock said in a letter posted on Twitter. (https://bit.ly/3jY9wV3bit.ly)Woodcock, however, said she had "tremendous confidence" in the integrity of the staff involved in the review of the drug. Stifel analyst Paul Matteis said the latest development was unlikely to impact Aduhelm's status as an approved drug. After months of internal deliberations, agency officials cleared the drug using its accelerated approval pathway, which required a study to confirm that the drug works as intended.
Cannes rock documentary Velvet Underground seeks to inspire new fans
The 74th Cannes Film Festival - Photocall for the film "The Velvet Underground" Out of Competition - Cannes, France, July 8, 2021. REUTERS/Johanna GeronCANNES, France, July 9 (Reuters) - Filmmaker Todd Haynes said he hoped to reach a new generation of fans with a documentary on rock and roll band The Velvet Underground, which includes scenes shot by Andy Warhol that capture the heady creative energy of New York in the 1960s. "The Velvet Underground", presented at the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera, is set to be released on Apple TV+ in October, and Haynes said he was happy to try and reach a new audience this way too. The film is not competing for prizes at the world's biggest film festival, but was screened at the event, which is back after a year's hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Velvet Underground never reach huge commercial success in the 1960s, but their songs have endured, including "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Perfect Day".
Los Angeles County Sees Surge In COVID-19 Cases As Delta Variant Spreads
A surge in COVID-19 cases involving the delta variant of the coronavirus has Los Angeles County health authorities on high alert and again urging residents to wear masks when they’re inside public spaces. The county, home to some 10 million people, experienced a 165% increase in new cases compared to last week, the county health department said Thursday. The daily average case rate now stands at 3.5 cases per 100,000 people, an increase from last week’s rate of 1.74 cases per 100,000. Just under 4 million residents in LA County are not yet vaccinated, the county said, which presents a sizable risk. Ferrer continued:Overall COVID-19 trends are going in the wrong direction for everyone, and are particularly concerning given the proliferation of the Delta variant.
An Explosion In Visitors Is Threatening The Very Things National Parks Try To Protect
They're on a road trip through the Southwest from their home in Orange County, Calif.Enlarge this image toggle caption Claire Harbage/NPR Claire Harbage/NPR"It's almost our turn, woohoo!" Enlarge this image toggle caption Claire Harbage/NPR Claire Harbage/NPRIndeed it's one pandemic trend that doesn't appear to be ending. Enlarge this image toggle caption Claire Harbage/NPR Claire Harbage/NPRDo you have a reservation? Enlarge this image toggle caption Claire Harbage/NPR Claire Harbage/NPRBut today Arches feels like it's at a breaking point. "There's so many things to be seen that are not national parks," Ollie says.
Resurgence Of Growth Clears Path For Best ETFs And Mutual Funds In Q3
Growth, energy, technology and biotech funds were among the best mutual funds and ETFs during the month. Resurgence Of Growth For Best ETFs And Mutual Funds"In June, we started to see a resurgence of growth performance," said Matthew Lilling, managing director at ClearBridge Investments and co-manager of the $24 billion Vanguard Explorer (VEXPX). Among the best mutual funds and ETFs were multi-cap growth, large-cap growth and midcap growth funds, surging between 4.6% and 5.5% during the month. Small-Cap Funds Dominate Best ETFsAmong the best ETFs, small-cap funds, such as Invesco S&P SmallCap 600 Revenue (RWJ) and Invesco S&P SmallCap Value with Momentum (XSVM), were still the leaders YTD with 46%-plus returns, despite experiencing declines in June. Assets Continue To Move From Mutual Funds To ETFsPart of the flows are explained by secular forces, such as investors moving from mutual funds to ETFs, Bartolini said.
Where Are The Newest COVID Hot Spots? Mostly Places With Low Vaccination Rates
And, according to an analysis NPR conducted with Johns Hopkins University, those surges are likely driven by pockets of dangerously low vaccination rates. The link with low vaccination ratesNPR's analysis with Johns Hopkins illustrates dramatically the impact of vaccination rates on risk for localized outbreaks. Places that have high vaccination rates may still see small surges, he says, but "it will be much worse in these locations with low vaccination coverage." Researchers are hoping these early hot spots will be a wake-up call to communities with lower vaccination rates. Sustained hot spots and hot spots were marked as such if they achieved that ranking at least once through the week.
Elizabeth Warren blasts Wells Fargo for ending personal lines of credit — here’s why that decision could hurt your credit score
Elizabeth Warren has sharp words for Wells Fargo. The bank is discontinuing personal lines of credit and will shut down existing ones in the coming weeks, CNBC reported, citing customer letters it has reviewed. Wells Fargo needs to make this right,” she wrote on Twitter TWTR, +2.53% . Wells Fargo is facing stricter oversight and asset caps compared to its competitors, he said. On Friday, Wells Fargo shares were up 3.1% after falling 1.6% Thursday, and have gained nearly 45% so far this year, while the S&P 500 SPX, +1.06% has gained 16%.
GOOGL Stock, Nvidia Lead Latest List Of New Buys By The Best Mutual Funds
GOOGL Stock, Nvidia Lead Latest Bases, Breakouts & Buy ZonesWith the Nasdaq charging to all-time highs, the best mutual funds are riding that wave with new investments in technology stocks. While Nvidia stock is extended well beyond its 648.67 buy point, GOOGL stock is still within its buy zone. How To Read Buys & Sells By The Best Mutual FundsEver wonder if managers of the best mutual funds know something you don't about your stock? New Buys Of Top-Performing Stock Funds and Top Funds' Latest Sells provide just that. The Latest Sells list tallies the number of top-performing funds that were net sellers of each stock in the fund's latest reporting period.
Levi Strauss gets a boost from changing waistlines during the pandemic
Levi Strauss & Co. swung to a profit and saw revenue skyrocket 156% in the second quarter after a pandemic year in which sweats and yoga pants were preferred over jeans. Levi LEVI, +1.27% Chief Executive Chip Bergh cited data during the company’s earnings call showing that 35% of U.S. consumers have seen a change in their waistlines. Kontoor Brands Inc. KTB, +6.10% , parent to the Wrangler and Lee jeans brands, saw shares climb 6.6% in Friday trading. Levi stock has rallied 41.7% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index SPX, +1.06% has gained 16.1% for the period. “Consumers are tired of the same-old, same-old,” Klarna wrote.
No fans at the Tokyo Olympics will lead to at least $800 million in ticket-sale losses, analyst says
This Summer’s Tokyo Olympics will officially be held without fans as Japan has declared a state of emergency due to increasing cases of COVID-19. See also: Gary Vaynerchuk says this is how you can tell if an NFT will be a winner over the next 10 yearsAccording to Liam Fox, an analyst at analytics company GlobalData, the absence of fans at the Tokyo Games could lead to as much as $800 million in revenue losses. “Pre-pandemic, Tokyo 2020 organisers initially expected 7.8 million tickets would be made available for the Olympics. See also: Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks, CDC says in new school guidanceThe Olympic Games this Summer will still be called “Tokyo 2020” even though the games will begin in 2021, the International Olympic Committee informed MarketWatch. Earlier in 2021, one Japanese poll indicated that over 80% of people think the Tokyo Olympics should be canceled or postponed, or believe the Olympics won’t happen at all.
No fans at the Tokyo Olympics will lead to at least $800 million in ticket-sale losses, analyst says
This Summer’s Tokyo Olympics will officially be held without fans as Japan has declared a state of emergency due to increasing cases of COVID-19. See also: Gary Vaynerchuk says this is how you can tell if an NFT will be a winner over the next 10 yearsAccording to Liam Fox, an analyst at analytics company GlobalData, the absence of fans at the Tokyo Games could lead to as much as $800 million in revenue losses. “Pre-pandemic, Tokyo 2020 organisers initially expected 7.8 million tickets would be made available for the Olympics. See also: Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks, CDC says in new school guidanceThe Olympic Games this Summer will still be called “Tokyo 2020” even though the games will begin in 2021, the International Olympic Committee informed MarketWatch. Earlier in 2021, one Japanese poll indicated that over 80% of people think the Tokyo Olympics should be canceled or postponed, or believe the Olympics won’t happen at all.
Elizabeth Warren blasts Wells Fargo for ending personal lines of credit — here’s why that decision could hurt your credit score
Elizabeth Warren has sharp words for Wells Fargo. The bank is discontinuing personal lines of credit and will shut down existing ones in the coming weeks, CNBC reported, citing customer letters it has reviewed. Wells Fargo needs to make this right,” she wrote on Twitter TWTR, +2.53% . Wells Fargo is facing stricter oversight and asset caps compared to its competitors, he said. On Friday, Wells Fargo shares were up 3.1% after falling 1.6% Thursday, and have gained nearly 45% so far this year, while the S&P 500 SPX, +1.06% has gained 16%.
Who needs internal combustion? Racers start their E-engines in Brooklyn
And now, it’s race time again in New York City with a green, new-tech twist aimed in the direction automobile manufacturers are heading anyway. Now, you’ve got the New York stop on the 2021 ABB FIA Formula E-Championship, better known as the New York City E-Prix. Sam Bagnall/Formula ETheir first New York race was in 2017. They believe that in 10, 15, 20 years time, there will be more electric cars sold than combustion-engine cars. Hopefully, we can stay here for many, many more years.”Ellis Henican is an author based in New York City and a former newspaper columnist.
No fans at the Tokyo Olympics will lead to at least $800 million in ticket-sale losses, analyst says
This Summer’s Tokyo Olympics will officially be held without fans as Japan has declared a state of emergency due to increasing cases of COVID-19. See also: Gary Vaynerchuk says this is how you can tell if an NFT will be a winner over the next 10 yearsAccording to Liam Fox, an analyst at analytics company GlobalData, the absence of fans at the Tokyo Games could lead to as much as $800 million in revenue losses. “Pre-pandemic, Tokyo 2020 organisers initially expected 7.8 million tickets would be made available for the Olympics. See also: Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks, CDC says in new school guidanceThe Olympic Games this Summer will still be called “Tokyo 2020” even though the games will begin in 2021, the International Olympic Committee informed MarketWatch. Earlier in 2021, one Japanese poll indicated that over 80% of people think the Tokyo Olympics should be canceled or postponed, or believe the Olympics won’t happen at all.
Latest Hack Attack Boosts Cybersecurity Stocks’ Prospects. Here Are Some to Consider.
The $70 million ransomware attack last weekend, which struck between 800 to 1,500 businesses that used Kaseya’s services, is the latest sophisticated cyberattack following the Colonial Pipeline hack attack last month. These changes introduce “a higher number of potential attack surfaces for threat actors to target,” he says. In general, however, only a small portion of companies’ IT budget is allocated toward security spending. Raymond James research, for instance, shows that security spending accounts for only 4% of IT budgets across all industries. Experts are attributing the Kaseya attack to Russian ransomware group REvil, which was previously linked with the $11 million ransomware attack on meat producer JBS (JBSAY).
‘People should be prepared for volatility’: Walser Wealth Management President
Rebecca Walser, Walser Wealth Management President, joins Yahoo Finance to discuss Biden’s latest executive order to promote competition and market volatility. We invite her into the stream right now, and she is, you should know, with Walser Wealth Management. We have the president signing the executive order today regarding competition and alleged unfair practices by very large companies. All of that stuff is already done by third parties, and so I don't think it's helpful. ADAM SHAPIRO: Rebecca Walser, Walser Wealth Management's President.
Levi Strauss gets a boost from changing waistlines during the pandemic
Levi Strauss & Co. swung to a profit and saw revenue skyrocket 156% in the second quarter after a pandemic year in which sweats and yoga pants were preferred over jeans. Levi LEVI, +1.25% Chief Executive Chip Bergh cited data during the company’s earnings call showing that 35% of U.S. consumers have seen a change in their waistlines. Kontoor Brands Inc. KTB, +6.10% , parent to the Wrangler and Lee jeans brands, saw shares climb 6.6% in Friday trading. Levi stock has rallied 41.7% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index SPX, +1.06% has gained 16.1% for the period. “Consumers are tired of the same-old, same-old,” Klarna wrote.
This startup just created a fast, accurate COVID test which only needs saliva and links to an app
Founded in 2019, Vatic has built a saliva-based test that is about generating data in the home. Ut pairs its saliva test with an app that makes it possible to share at-home test results with health or other platforms instantly. Sheppard said the Vatic test is only the first iteration. That's the bit that essentially interacts on our test, and so, effectively, we're mimicking a human cell on our test, which is completely unique. It's got a completely different engine to a normal Lateral Flow Test, because the chemistry that's powering it is totally different.”The other aspect of the Vatic test is that it employs an app linked to the saliva swap test.
UPDATE 3-EU finds potential link between heart inflammation and mRNA COVID shots
It said cases occurred more often after the second dose and in younger adult men. Most cases occurred with Pfizer's vaccine, called Comirnaty, the watchdog said. Both J&J and AstraZeneca vaccines use similar technology but with different versions of a cold virus to deliver immunity-building instructions to the body. For J&J, EMA reviewed three cases of CLS which occurred within two days of vaccination. (Reporting by Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; additional reporting by Trisha Roy; Editing by Arun Koyyur, Nick Macfie, Kirsten Donovan)
Myanmar general says Russia will supply 2 million vaccines as outbreak worsens
(Reuters) - Myanmar's military ruler said on Friday Russia had agreed to supply two million doses of coronavirus vaccine from this month, as the Southeast Asian country reported another record in COVID-19 cases and deaths. "I told them that I want two million and they will give," he said in remarks carried by army-owned Myawaddy television. Myanmar reported 4,320 cases on Friday, a record for a second successive day, and 63 deaths. Min Aung Hlaing last month said he was seeking seven million doses of Russian vaccines. Min Aung Hlaing said Myanmar was keen to make its own COVID-19 vaccines and Russia wanted to cooperate and send a delegation to inspect its production plant during this month.
Former Brazil Health Ministry official arrested in Senate
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Drama erupted in Brazil's Congress on Wednesday as a former Health Ministry official was arrested under the orders of the lawmaker leading a Senate inquiry into the government's handling of the COVID-19 crisis. Roberto Dias had been a logistics director at the Health Ministry but was fired last week after he was accused of asking for a bribe in the procurement of the Indian COVID-19 shot Covaxin. He was arrested at the behest of Senator Omar Aziz on allegations that he lied in his testimony to the Senate inquiry (CPI) earlier in the day. The Senate panel conducting the probe into the government's handling of the crisis has the power to detain. But audio messages from Dominguetti's cell phone released to the CPI appeared to imply that the meeting was scheduled in advance.
UPDATE 1-French health regulator recommends compulsory COVID-19 shots for health workers
(Adds detail on vaccines, COVID-19 data)PARIS, July 9 (Reuters) - France's health regulator said on Friday it recommended that coronavirus vaccinations should be made compulsory without delay for all health workers and for other professionals who come into contact with people vulnerable to COVID-19 infections. The HAS regulator also advised using mRNA-based Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to slow the spread of the Delta variant as they offered more protection than other shots. The more contagious Delta variant has led to a sharp upturn in the infection rate this month. The regulator said the government should start thinking about mandatory vaccination of the entire population, in order to be ready to take such a decision if necessary. On Friday, the health ministry registered 4,580 new infections.
GLOBAL MARKETS-Treasury yields rise, U.S. stocks hit new highs; dollar weakens
Investors also are looking ahead to appetite for Treasury auctions of $38 billion of 10-year notes on Monday, and $24 billion of 30-year bonds on Tuesday. "If auction demand is a little bit squishy, especially at the 10-year sale, then we could see 1.45% in a hurry," he added, referring to the 10-year Treasury yield. After dipping sharply over the early part of the week, yields on 10-year Treasury notes were up on Friday by 7.2 basis points to 1.360%, well above the 4-1/2 month low of 1.25% hit on Thursday. Oil prices added to overnight gains as U.S inventories declined, but remain on course for a weekly loss. (Additional reporting by Simon Jessop Abhinav Ramnarayan, Swati Pandey and Sujata Rao; Editing by Timothy Heritage, William Maclean and Chizu Nomiyama)
After a Year of High Prices and Cutthroat Competition, Homebuyers Are Burned Out
Like the rest of the country, demand for homes and prices have been through the roof in the Greater Philadelphia area. Story continuesMore than 40% of first time homebuyers have been searching for over a year, says George Ratiu, senior economist at Realtor.com. It’s hard to compete with cash buyersMany first time home buyers are being pushed out of the market by all cash buyers. One client recently gave up after eight months of searching because they were having a hard time going up against cash offers. Low supply and high demand have led to buyers competing for a limited number of homes, resulting in fierce bidding wars.
TikTok up in arms over plane passenger's 'lack of respect': 'Why do people think this is OK?'
In The KnowTikTok couldn’t help but praise an airplane passenger after he filmed himself dealing with another flyer who had put their bare feet on his armrest. From fighting over the window seat to putting gum in another passenger’s hair, people really seem to show their true colors 30,000 feet in the air. :In this case, one of the Walker Twins — a YouTube comedy duo — noticed the person sitting behind him was putting their bare foot up on the back of his armrest. “I’m so tired of people and their lack of respect for others.”“I can’t think of a better solution to get your point across,” another added. If you liked this story, check out this article about this video of a woman’s revenge on a fellow plane passenger dividing TikTok.
Trump advisor said 'I want to f---ing kill myself' when the president tapped him to lead election challenges, according to new book
AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, FileTrump aide David Bossie was "confused" and "appalled" when Trump tapped him to lead election challenges, a new book said. A longtime advisor to former President Donald Trump was less than enthused when Trump tapped him last year to lead a spate of lawsuits challenging the 2020 election results, according to a new book by author Michael Wolff. After mulling over who he wanted to spearhead the legal challenges, Trump finally settled on David Bossie, a 2016 campaign aide turned informal advisor. "I don't know if congratulations or condolences are in order," one campaign aide wrote to Bossie after Trump told him to lead the election lawsuits, according to Wolff. Giuliani, meanwhile, approached his new role as Trump's lead election lawyer with gusto.
COVID-19 sent cybercriminals into overdrive - how to protect your personal finances
"But when it comes to cybercrime, it’s not a matter of if but when your personal information is put at risk. Credit report and identity theft monitoring is essential when it comes to protecting yourself. These services can come with identity theft insurance and identity theft restoration assistance, so you are protected if you do become a victim. "This sent cybercriminals into overdrive, attacking personal computers and creating fake websites to gain access to personal and business information. With an emerging threat of crime involving cybercriminals looking to gain access to your personal information, staying vigilant is more important than ever.
Business groups slam Biden executive order that cracks down on anti-competitive practices
Business groups railed against President Biden’s executive order that takes aim at what the administration says is anti-competitive behavior conducted by some of America’s biggest industries. The Biden administration says a small number of companies are controlling key industries, including Big Tech and banking, leaving consumers with fewer choices and having to pay higher prices. Biden signed an executive order in the early afternoon aimed to "promote competition, lower prices, increase wages and spur economic growth," according to a fact sheet. The National Association of Manufacturers said today’s executive order threatens to "undo our progress by undermining free markets." The group said manufacturers’ wages have grown by 3%, 2.8% and 3% in 2020 over the past three years, which were the fastest rates of annual growth since 2003.
Yury Dokhoian, chess coach who guided Gary Kasparov, dies at 56
After Kasparov retired as a chess professional, Mr. Dokhoian went on to have a successful career coaching other elite players and Russian national teams. By many accounts, Yury Dokhoian, a Russian grandmaster who died July 1 in Moscow at 56, had the necessary tools. Mr. Dokhoian took on that role in 1994, when Kasparov was the world champion. After Kasparov retired, Mr. Dokhoian started coaching Nadezhda and Tatiana Kosintseva, Russian sisters who became grandmasters under his tutelage. In his own tribute to Mr. Dokhoian, Karjakin called him kind but demanding.
At the ICA Watershed, artist Firelei Báez draws history from the deep
AdvertisementA detail from Firelei Báez's installation at the ICA Watershed. A mural by Firelei Báez greets visitors to the ICA Watershed. Chuck Choi/Courtesy Firelei Báez and James Cohan, New YorkIt’s not hard to see the point. AdvertisementA view of Firelei Báez's work at the ICA Watershed. FIRELEI BÁEZ: TO BREATHE FULL AND FREE: A DECLARATION, A RE-VISIONING, A CORRECTION (19º36?16.9?N 72º13?07.0?W, 42º21?48.762?N 71º1?59.628?W)At the ICA Watershed, 256 Marginal St., Boston, through Sept. 6.
An outdoor fest in N.H., a Cape Cod redo, and Road Scholar hits the road once again
Celebrate healthy living and outdoor recreation at the White Mountains Outdoor Fest in North Conway, N.H. (July 17-18). mtwashingtonvalley.org/home/WhiteMountainsFest.cfmAdvertisementChapter House (formerly The Compass Rose) is a 21-room boutique inn that has undergone extensive renovations and upgrades. Guests enjoy an onsite restaurant, rooftop bar, lavish lounge, and curated list of activities such as local olive oil, honey, and wine tastings, made even more magical when enjoyed inside the hotel’s ancient cellar. Road Scholar, the nation’s largest not-for-profit educational travel organization for adults over 50, is hitting the road again after more than a year of coronavirus-induced hibernation. All-inclusive guests enjoy unlimited meals and drinks at any of the resort’s several bars and restaurants, as well as a free dine-around program at its sister properties.
There’s only one side to the saga of American Airlines Flight 893
There’s no rogue Nurse Ratched-like flight attendant roaming the aisle and enforcing this CDC mandate out of pure sadism. There are two sides to every story, except in the case of American Airlines Flight 893, where there really is only one side. People on the plane were corroborating the American Airlines report: A bunch of kids from Winthrop were allegedly acting like jerks. The mother of one of the Winthrop High students is casting the blame at American Airlines, saying it wasn’t the entire group of students who were problematic, just one student. Even if it were only one student from Winthrop High acting up, it’s still abhorrent behavior.
Despite critics, researchers investigate possible new mental health disorder
But many researchers say the study of SCT, which is still in its early stages, can’t yet support a formal diagnosis. In the 1980s, a debate emerged among ADHD researchers as to whether two subtypes of ADHD, called predominantly hyperactive/impulsive and predominantly inattentive, could actually be separate disorders. “I think there’s just a huge amount of research that needs to be done to support a new mental health disorder,” said Becker. He said that many other mental disorders can either occur on their own or be secondary to another event, citing ADHD symptoms arising after a traumatic brain injury or postpartum depression. If true, SCT researchers say, that makes it all the more crucial to investigate treatments that could work.
Troubling podcast puts JAMA under fire for its mishandling of race
While the podcast sparked the petition drive, James said the problem goes far beyond a single podcast or a single journal. Katz has since condemned the podcast and said he was not involved in its production and firmly believes structural racism exists in medicine. References to structural racism get removed or softened.”Simon said the cost can be steep. The editor-in-chief took responsibility for the original podcast, and on March 16 offered up what he called a follow-up podcast. JAMA is the Journal of the American Medical Association and while JAMA has editorial independence from the AMA, the relationship is complicated.
Talking to strangers, it turns out, is very good for us
But I’d also spent the past few years working on a book about talking to strangers — why we don’t do it, when we will, and what happens when we do. But I also just started talking to a lot of strangers. A raft of new psychological research has found that talking to strangers can enhance feelings of happiness and belonging, increase trust and optimism, alleviate loneliness, and even reduce prejudice. Talking to strangers, it turns out, is very good for us. AdvertisementJoe Keohane’s new book, “The Power of Strangers: The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World,” will be published July 13.
Mary Gauthier’s memoir describes how making music in Boston healed her life
So much of your turning point is in Boston. The other turning point came when you started going to the Old Vienna Kaffeehaus, and were moved by an older farmer singing. You had another turning point when you heard the Indigo Girls on WUMB, and then saw them live at Paradise Rock Club. The Indigo Girls marked a turning point in our culture. I call the book “Saved by a Song,” so you have to establish what you’ve been saved from.
We know a lot about Covid-19. Experts have many more questions
But many key questions about SARS-2 and the disease it causes, Covid-19, continue to bedevil scientists. She wants to know why some immune systems handle the virus with ease while others get swamped. “I guess you could say that I want to know which type of immune response indicates protection,” said Krammer. Soumya Swaminathan, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist, would like to know how long immunity lasts — immunity after infection and after vaccination. “We know the virus that comes from superspreaders is not different in terms of its genetic sequence.
It's hard to get released on medical parole, unless you have Covid
Everyone knew Cement Head: Cement Head the jailhouse lawyer, Cement Head of the bushy white Hulk Hogan biker mustache. No one knows this better than Ruth Greenberg, often referred to as the state’s mama of medical parole. Recently, though, she’s developed a new specialty: taking the Department of Correction to court over its handling of medical parole. That’s part of the reason medical parole is so alluring — to have unrestricted company through the disorientation of illness. It took three petitions, two denials, one reconsideration, and seven months for him to get out on medical parole.
The four Red Sox who have exceeded expectations and made this season a delight
But Red Sox fans know what they have. Of course, it would be close to a dereliction of duty to discuss this Red Sox season without touching on at least a couple of individual revelations. AdvertisementSo here are four players, among many, who have outpaced my expectations while helping make this season a delight we never saw coming:J.D. AdvertisementGarrett Whitlock has appeared in 25 games for the Red Sox. That line applies to several Red Sox relievers, but none more than the 28-year-old lefthander.
The following asteroid collision is only a test
Collision courseThe American science fiction writer Larry Niven once said, “The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t have a space program.”AdvertisementWe do. And now we have a tentative answer to the threat of an asteroid colliding, to cataclysmic effect, with our planet: NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART. AdvertisementAn artist’s rendition of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft, which, if all goes well, will slam into an asteroid and knock it into a different orbit. Plus there is this challenge: Winning support — technical, economic, political — for a global mobilization against an asteroid careering toward Earth. On Feb. 15, 2013, however, a 66-foot-long asteroid traveling at 40,000 miles per hour exploded about 20 miles above Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Biden’s infrastructure plan could unfairly tax Northeast businesses
Workers for these businesses take pride in knowing they are the force behind products and services that the world depends on. This law is a complex, broken tax that US multinational companies pay on what they sell abroad. This would amount to automatic tax increases in dozens of states — including for companies in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and more throughout the Northeast. When it comes down to it, many of these Democratic senators voted against the GILTI tax when it was passed as part of the 2017 tax reforms — and there’s no good reason to embrace doubling it now. AdvertisementScott A. Hodge is president of the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit research organization in Washington, D.C. Daniel Bunn is vice president of global projects at the Tax Foundation.
Masking indoors in the age of the Delta variant
If you are fully vaccinated and encounter the Delta variant, you are about 90 percent less likely to be infected than if you had not been vaccinated. With the Delta variant spreading quickly and large outbreaks happening in many places, WHO recommends vaccinated people stay masked because breakthrough infections happen. But how much should we care about breakthrough infections — infections that occur among vaccinated people? Most experts believe that the risk of long COVID in fully vaccinated people who get infected is much less likely. Dr. Ashish K. Jha is dean of Brown University School of Public Health and professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice.
Massachusetts and other states reach $4 billion settlement with Purdue Pharma over company’s role in opioid crisis
More than a dozen states, including Massachusetts, have reached a settlement with the Sackler family and its disgraced drug company, Purdue Pharma, that requires the Sacklers to pay more than $4 billion for their role in perpetuating the devastating opioid crisis. Massachusetts, in 2018, was the first state to sue Purdue executives. In agreeing to settle the allegations, Massachusetts and the other states dropped their opposition to Purdue’s bankruptcy reorganization plan. AdvertisementWhile 15 states have agreed to the settlement, nine states and the District of Columbia have not signed on. Donaghue, a Democratic Party activist who lives in Westborough, said that she wishes the settlement went further and that Purdue executives should face jail time for their misconduct.
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Lasell University requires students, staff to be vaccinated for fallPreparing for a normal semester in the fall, Lasell University is requiring its students and employees to have the COVID-19 vaccine if they want to return to campus, according to the college’s website.
The world is unprepared for new ‘age of pandemics,’ G20 panel warns
WASHINGTON — While the global struggle continues against the death and devastation of COVID-19, a panel of independent experts is warning that the world is alarmingly unprepared to deal with the next pandemic. “I think for the next quarter-century, the risks to human well-being, security, and prosperity from global health issues are at least comparable to — and maybe greater than — the risks from climate change,” he said. The report echoed recent calls for reforms by two other high-level groups empaneled by the World Health Organization. AdvertisementAnother new initiative would be a Global Health Threats Board, loosely modeled on the financial stability board the G20 created after the 2008 financial crisis. “I don’t think anybody, even at the World Health Organization, is fully satisfied with the job the World Health Organization has done,” he told the Globe.
Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need masks, CDC says
NEW YORK (AP) — Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines. And it’s not offering guidance on how teachers can know which students are vaccinated or how parents will know which teachers are immunized. And it said distancing is not required among fully vaccinated students or staff. Several states, including California and Virginia, have policies requiring all students to wear masks at school regardless of vaccination. AdvertisementThe new schools guidance says:—No one at schools needs to wear masks at recess or in most other outdoor situations.
For this Providence choir, an emotional return to live music: ‘It could be overwhelming’
For the first time since before the pandemic, Providence-based Ensemble Altera is preparing to give a live concert. “We’ve been starved for live music for so long, I’m wondering what effect it might have on them emotionally. With his solo career based in London, Ensemble Altera became a semi-professional passion project of mostly Rhode Island-based friends who loved to perform together. AdvertisementFrom left: Ensemble Altera founder and conductor Christopher Lowrey and artistic adviser Michael Garrepy. My hope is that we can perform with remembrance of the past but also hope for the future.”WE REMEMBERPresented by Ensemble Altera.
Conor McGregor talks trash, throws kick at Dustin Poirier before UFC 264
“On Saturday night, you’re going to get walked around that octagon like a dog and then put to sleep,” McGregor said to Poirier. “He's going out on a stretcher in this fight,” McGregor said finally. “You used to be a lot better than that, man,” Poirier said during a rare break in the barrage. Poirier laughed at the difference from the promotion for their second fight last January, when McGregor was disarmingly friendly and charming throughout. AdvertisementT-Mobile Arena hadn’t been built when the duo first met in 2014 and McGregor stopped Poirier in 106 seconds.
UW board starts work to find next system president, replacing interim leader Tommy Thompson
The University of Wisconsin System board announced the first step in relaunching a search for a new system president, naming a 19-person search committee of administrators, professors, students, and board members. Board President Edmund Manydeeds III, who just started his role after a politically contentious election, announced the search committee Friday during his first meeting as the board chair. The system will now start the work to replace interim System President Tommy Thompson. As he did in his years as governor, Thompson combined political leadership with some much-needed boosterism for the state university system. “I’ve often said that the next UW System president is watching us, and our progress during COVID-19 will no doubt be noticed by potential candidates," Walsh said Friday.
‘Summer Kickback Series’ starts for youth on South and West sides
The city launched its “Summer Kickback Series” Friday, aiming to create safe spaces and programs for youth on the South and West sides. Each Friday night until Aug. 27, the participating organizations will host a “For Teens, By Teens” event. An anonymous donor is paying for funds for the hiring of 238 teens and young adults, according to the news release. Mayor Lori Lightfoot, First Lady Amy Eshleman, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Amazon, and community-based organizations started the “Summer Kickback Series” as part of the city’s My CHI.My Future, which strives to connect youth to their communities. “The Summer Kickback Series builds upon MCMF’s efforts to further young Chicagoans’ professional development leading to positive futures,” Lightfoot said in the news release.
Union official’s dying wish: Use my story to urge people to get vaccinated against COVID
Talking on the phone from his hospital bed, Hellmann told his longtime best friend and “union comrade” Pat Rensing this:“I need a promise from you, Pat. She told Hellmann he could lead the campaign himself once he recovered. That would turn out to be a heavy responsibility for Rensing after Hellmann died from the virus on March 13. An avid sportsman with a home on a quarry lake near far downstate Carlyle, Hellmann tried to fish every day, and he did his own taxidermy. I’d like to tell you that was just the start of an outpouring of union members and state corrections employees getting the vaccine after hearing Hellmann’s story.
Fort Lauderdale restaurant YOLO closing for major renovation
YOLO 2.0 is expected to reopen in October or November. Petrillo was reluctant to go into specifics about the new spaces — some ambitious, custom-built features he has planned may be a challenge for suppliers to deliver on time during the COVID slowdown, he says.
Anti-vaxxers may crash Florida’s end-of-pandemic party | Fred Grimm
Not that we’re going to allow a few bummer details spoil our “COVID’s over!” fun, but the CDC also noted that the delta variant, the sneaky mutation that has caused so much misery in India and has spread to at least 100 other nations, accounted for 13.2% of new COVID cases in Florida last month. (And half the new infections nationwide.) My colleague Cindy Goodman reported on July 2 that at least 280 Floridians have contracted the delta variant — 82 in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Virologists worry that the variant is 60% more contagious than the coronavirus that swept through the U.S. last year and twice as likely to require hospitalizations.
Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need masks, CDC says
NEW YORK — Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines. And it’s not offering guidance on how teachers can know which students are vaccinated or how parents will know which teachers are immunized. And it said distancing is not required among fully vaccinated students or staff. Several states, including California and Virginia, have policies requiring all students to wear masks at school regardless of vaccination. The new schools guidance says:—No one at schools needs to wear masks at recess or in most other outdoor situations.
Friday coronavirus update: Minnesota records 5 new deaths, 140 infections
Minnesota recorded five new COVID-19 deaths Friday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The state also recorded 140 new coronavirus infections on Friday, pushing the state’s overall number of infections to 606,297. There have been a total of 93 more deaths suspected to have been caused by COVID-19, but the person never had a positive coronavirus test. As more residents get vaccinated, health officials have said nearly all new infections, hospitalizations and deaths are among residents who are not fully vaccinated. There have been nearly 5.8 million doses of vaccine administered in Minnesota and nearly 3.1 million residents have gotten at least one dose.
Ford China sales up 24% year-over-year for the first half of 2021
Ford Motor Co.'s sales in greater China — the world's largest auto market and a leader in adoption of electric vehicles — were up 24% year-over-year in the first half of 2021, the automaker reported this week. The automaker highlighted the performance of its luxury Lincoln brand, which notched more than 42,200 sales in the first half, up 111.4% year-over-year. Meanwhile, second-quarter sales of 152,900 vehicles represented a 3.6% year-over-year decline, which Ford attributed to an ongoing global semiconductor shortage. Meanwhile, Ford reported that locally built SUVs, including the Lincoln Corsair, Nautilus and Aviator, made up 86% of Lincoln sales in the first half. Ford and its Chinese automaker partner JMC posted approximately 148,000 commercial vehicle sales in the first half, for a 26.3% year-over-year improvement.
VW CEO Diess gets contract extended until 2025
Christoph RauwaldBloombergVolkswagen extended Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess's contract to lead Europe's largest automaker until October 2025, backing one of the industry's most aggressive overhauls. The supervisory board on Friday received an update on the company's strategy on electric and self-driving cars through 2030, saying it's the basis for future growth, VW said. The fresh vote of confidence marks a victory for the former BMW executive who twice last year unsuccessfully sought an early extension to his contract. The new contract will provide fresh sway for his push to boost the group's software operations and overtake Tesla Inc. as global leader in electric cars. VW plans to provide an update on its strategy through 2030 next Tuesday.
Michigan adds 672 cases, 26 deaths from COVID-19 over 3 days
Michigan on Friday added 672 cases and 26 deaths from COVID-19 including totals from Wednesday and Thursday. Last week, the state has added a total of 1,008 cases and 47 deaths from the virus, breaking a 10-week record of declining cases. As of Thursday, 62% of Michigan residents over age 16 had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Grand Rapids, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Saginaw and Lansing are experiencing the fastest growth in COVID-19 cases. As of June 29, Michigan has 13,485 confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants — the majority, or 12,753 cases, being B.1.1.7.
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani's wedding could lead to a new hit, more Oklahoma music news
Could Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani's Oklahoma wedding lead to a new hit on the charts? July is Tulsa Music MonthTULSA — In July, the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture is marking Tulsa Music Month, a celebration of the artists, events and venues that make the city vibrant. "We’re advocates of the Tulsa music scene and our company is dedicated to making Tulsa a better place for all. The honor was bestowed June 30 at a ceremony and reception at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee. A 2013 Oklahoma Music Hall of Famer, Williams is best known for composing and performing "Classical Gas," a hit instrumental in 1968.
Travel firms sue UK government over its travel restrictions
LONDON (AP) — A group of British airports and airlines took the U.K. government to court Friday, demanding it disclose the evidence behind its coronavirus travel restrictions that they say is ruining their business. Manchester Airports Group, which owns Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports, brought the case along with airlines Ryanair, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet, travel business Tui and British Airways’ parent company, IAG. The travel businesses say the government’s “traffic light” system of classing countries as low, medium or high risk, is not transparent. Only 27 countries and territories are on the “green list” which allows British residents to travel there without having to quarantine on return. Arrivals from dozens of “amber list” countries have to self-isolate at home for 10 days, while people arriving from “red list” countries including India and Brazil must quarantine in a government-approved hotel.
SC governor rebuffs door-to-door vaccine help proposal
Federal officials this week defended the door-to-door efforts, with White House press secretary Jen Psaki noting Thursday that the vaccine canvassing is done entirely by volunteers and the White House believes it’s helped boost vaccine rates in a number of states, including Alabama, Florida and Georgia. She emphasized that the federal government doesn’t keep a database of who’s been vaccinated. Jeffrey Zeints, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, also said Thursday that “local trusted messengers” like doctors, faith leaders and community leaders are the best people to promote vaccinations and may go door to door. “So I would say for those individuals, organizations that are feeding misinformation and trying to mischaracterize this type of trusted messenger work, I believe you are doing a disservice to the country and to the doctors, the faith leaders, the community leaders and others who are working to get people vaccinated, to save lives and help to end this pandemic,” Zeints said. McMaster's letter comes a day after state public health officials warned that the overwhelming majority of South Carolinians now being hospitalized and dying from COVID-19 are those who aren't fully vaccinated.
How the American South is paying the price for Europe's 'green' energy
How marginalized communities in the South are paying the price for ‘green energy’ in Europe Published July 9, 2021Andrea Macklin never turns off his TV. In its Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the EU classified biomass as a renewable energy source — on par with wind and solar power. Northampton County Enviva plants NORTH CAROLINA Median household income Percent Black population $43,000 $51,000 $61,000 6% 16% 26% 42% Sources: US Census 2019 5-year American Community Survey, North Carolina Dept. But the jobs come at a hefty price for Northampton County. Between 2011 and 2019, the property tax rate in Northampton County increased nearly 6%.
Americans living with HIV have the same life expectancy as those without: study
Since the HIV/AIDS pandemic exploded in the 1970s, no cure has been developed for the 1.2 million Americans living with the human immunodeficiency virus. But with today’s medical care, their life expectancy could be the same as any other American, according to a new study. And while those living with HIV remained at a "modestly higher risk for death" than the general population, the study did not account for sociodemographic factors separate from HIV infection. At the same time, another recent study found that people living with HIV and then acquire AIDS are more likely to have suicidal thoughts - and for every two people living with HIV who have suicidal thoughs, one person will attempt suicide. “There is an urgent need to prioritize mental health screening and care into all HIV testing and treatment settings,” Dr. Paddy Ssentongo, a researcher on the study, said, according to the university.
Two vaccine doses give strong Covid protection in high-risk groups
Two vaccine doses are as effective at preventing Covid in those with high-risk health conditions as they are in everyone else, Public Health England (PHE) research suggests. The figures showed that one dose of either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines gave protection of around 60 per cent in most vulnerable groups – similar to that in the wider population. Two doses of Astra Zeneca offered 81 per cent protection for those in such groups aged 16 to 64, with too little data in this group to properly assess Pfizer. Most of the protection levels were found to be similar to those of the wider population, with no statistical differences. But for people who are immunosuppressed, one dose brought just four per cent protection against symptomatic disease.
Dutch reimpose COVID curbs as cases jump in young adults
AMSTERDAM -The Dutch government reimposed COVID-19 curbs on nightclubs, music festivals and restaurants on Friday in an effort to halt a surge in COVID-19 infections among young adults. The Netherlands lifted most lockdown measures on June 26, as cases were falling. “Partly because of the Delta variant, infections are rising very fast,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte said. The curbs would go into effect at 0500 GMT on Saturday and remain until Aug. 14, the government said. Around three-quarters of new cases in the Netherlands are occurring among young people and more than half are of the more infectious Delta variant, the health minister said this week.
Tokyo Olympics ticket sales boss tears up during apology over spectator ban
A Tokyo 2020 Olympics official in charge of ticket sales choked up as he apologised to people who had their tickets cancelled. Mr Takishima, 45, said he has attended every summer and winter games since the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics in Italy. Before Tokyo 2020, he had attended 106 ticketed Olympic competitions, and he had planned to see 28 events over the 17 days of the Games. The Guinness World Record currently stands at 128 but Mr Takishima started negotiating with Guinness to register his record of 134 in May. He is hopeful of breaking the record at next year's Beijing Winter Olympics or at Paris in 2024 but said it will not be the same as doing it in his hometown.
Simon Cowell test drives an electric classic Porsche after a stroll with friend Sinitta
And Simon Cowell appeared to be in good spirits when he had the chance to test drive an electric classic Porsche from bespoke car company Everrati in London on Tuesday. Outing: Simon Cowell gave a thumbs up as he test drove an electric classic Porsche after a stroll with friend Sinitta in London on TuesdaySimon put on a casual display for the outing as he paired a black padded jacket with white 3/4 length shorts. Sinitta, meanwhile, looked stylish in a white jacket that she teamed with black jeans that fit snugly on her slender legs. Test drive: Simon sat in the passenger seat at first to learn the ropesHis turn! Simon then stepped into the driver's side to test out the PorscheExcited: Simon and Sinitta were seen looking at the car in more detailGushing: Simon shared his thoughts with partner Lauren Silverman after the driveGreeting: Simon was seen bumping elbows with his instructor
PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Giggs, 47, takes dip with topless girlfriend Zara Charles, 33, in Spain
AdvertisementRyan Giggs and his younger girlfriend Zara Charles were seen taking a dip in the sea, after touching down in Spain for a romantic getaway. He threw on a pair of shades, while Zara slipped her feet into a pair of gold sandals. His trial will take place in January 2022 at Manchester Crown Court. Deputy Senior District Judge Tan Ikram directed that the trial should be heard at Manchester Crown Court. Following his split from Kate, Ryan found love again with lingerie model Zara who has 'supported' him through the charges.
Amy Schumer shares VERY graphic photo of the moment her son Gene was born
And on Friday, Amy Schumer shared a graphic photo from the day she welcomed son Gene in May 2019 via cesarean section. Amy revealed that doctors, when they realized how bad her endometriosis was, were amazed she was even able to carry a baby to term. In May, Amy shared another snap from the grueling surgery as she marked Gene's second birthday. Amy has expressed her desire to have a second child but has previously said she wouldn’t be able to carry any future children herself. In August, she explained: 'We did IVF and IVF was really tough on me.
England's most patriotic streets on show as Euro 2020 fever grips nation ahead of final with Italy
AdvertisementBoris Johnson has made a late entry for Britain's most patriotic road ahead of the Euro 2020 final as he decked out Downing Street in a sea of St George's flags. One resident in Chelmsford, Essex has succeeded in covering every available inch of his house in nine giant St George's flags. Streets across the UK, from London to Bristol, are decked out in flags today as the country gears up for England vs Italy in the Euro 2020 final. Paul Bibby, 55, has covered every inch of his house in Chelmsford, Essex in England flags ahead of Sunday's Euro 2020 final against Italy. She said that eight of its 22 staff were brought back from furlough in recent months in time for the Euro 2020 rush.
Sex And The City stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis return to NYC
AdvertisementSarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis looked as if they were having the time of their lives on Friday as they finally returned to their Sex And The City characters. Sarah and Cynthia were spotted hugging on set, though they may have just been doing that as part of the scene they were filming. Although Kristin Davis was featured in images from the day's shoot, she appeared to be sitting out part of the scene, with only involved Sarah and Cynthia. Last year, Cynthia appeared in Ryan Murphy's One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest prequel series Ratched opposite Sarah Paulson. CynthiaSarah, Cynthia and Kristin all starred on Sex And The City from 1998 to 2004, and they also appeared in two sequel films.
Two US 'mercenaries' arrested over Haiti president assassination say they were hired as TRANSLATORS
AdvertisementTwo US citizens arrested over the assassination of Jovenel Moïse have allegedly claimed they were hired as translators in a plot to arrest the Haitian president but not to kill him. Haitian Prosecutor Me Bed-Ford Claude said he had seen no casualties among the president's security detail following the assassination. Habitant was implicated in a 2019 plot when seven heavily-armed foreign mercenaries were arrested in Haiti before fleeing the country. Solages' aunt Victorie Dorisme also spoke of her disbelief at his involvement in the president's assassination. It is not clear if the two men were known to each other prior to their alleged involvement in the president's assassination.
Jen Psaki defends White House plan to help keep Hunter Biden's art buyers secret
'But I also think it's ridiculous that Hunter Biden is even going forward with this sale as a first-time artist. The Treasury Department advisory warned that the anonymity afforded to art buyers made it harder to track such illegal activity. 'Hunter Biden's Art Will Soon Hit the Market for Up to $500,000 Per Piece. Art consultant Martin Galindo said that he wasn't a fan of Biden's art but was confident the pieces would sell for hefty prices. Biden's art dealer's roster of artists includes Sylvester Stallone and Bahraini royal family member Sheikh Rashid Al Khalifa.
Biden calls Putin to say US will take necessary action to defend against Russian ransomware attacks
President Joe Biden on Friday vowed there would be consequences for Russia after another round of ransomware attacks but he didn't detail what those might be. He called his Russian counterpart to demand Putin 'take action' about the ransomware attacks on the United States, warning him that he will take 'any necessary action' to defend the U.S.'It went well. 'I will deliver it to him,' he told reporters at the White House when asked his message for the Russian president. Kaseya provides services to more than 40,000 organizations and it was considered the single, largest global ransomware attack on record. Since the Geneva summit 'we have undertaken expert-level talks that are continuing, and we expect to have another meeting next week focused on ransomware attacks,' she said.
UN Security Council extends cross-border aid operation for Syria
This stemmed from a compromise reached by the United States and Russia, both of which hailed what they called a rare instance of cooperation between them. The UN's cross-border aid authorization for northwest Syria, due to expire Saturday, will now be prolonged by six months, with a possible six month renewal. The United States had pressed for the border crossing from Turkey to be renewed for a full year, and sees this resolution as doing just that. US President Joe Biden, meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin recently in Geneva, pressed for an extension of the border crossing authorization. "And it's an important moment for the UN and the Security Council, which today showed we can do more than just talk.
South Africa: Shootings and revenge killings in latest ‘taxi war’ attacks
Left: an empty taxi rank in Bellville, a suburb of Cape Town, following the stoppage of taxi services on July 7. Right: Pedestrians fled the Bellville taxi rank after shootings broke out. He says the escalation of violence stems from an influx of people into urban areas and insufficient regulation of the growing taxi industry. They have asked for police and law enforcement to remain present at ranks and along taxi routes in the case of further violence. Since July 1, there have also been violent conflicts resulting from route disputes between taxi drivers in other cities around South Africa, including Port Shepstone and Johannesburg.
Some states impose new restrictions to combat third wave of coronavirus
States across Mexico are responding to a new increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in a variety of ways, including the introduction of new restrictions. There are currently more than 17,000 active cases in Mexico City, according to Health Ministry estimates, far more than in any other state. Sinaloa’s epidemic curve has shown a clear upward trajectory in recent weeks and there are now more than 2,200 estimated active cases in the northern state. OaxacaInfections among young people are also driving a growing outbreak in Oaxaca, a green light state with an estimated 826 active cases. In the Sonora State General Hospital in Hermosillo, 31% of Covid patients are in serious condition on ventilators, he said.
RCMP charge Manitoba driver with impersonating police officer
Yet another person has been collared for the moronic and dangerous activity of pretending to be a police officer. According to the CBC , a man in northern Manitoba has been charged with this crime and also cited for the possession of a prohibited weapon. Try refreshing your browser, or RCMP charge Manitoba driver with impersonating police officer Back to videoThis type of activity angers your author to no end, especially after his area of Nova Scotia bore the brunt of murders committed by an individual disguised as an RCMP officer while driving a fake cruiser. Just two months ago, another Manitoba man was arrested after driving a look-alike police car; that Ford Taurus was replete with concealed lights and bars on the rear windows. In that instance, the person allegedly stopped at a COVID checkpoint near the Waywayseecappo First Nation and asked an attendant for their ID.
From hearing aids to lost luggage: How Biden’s new executive order could save you money
The White House says that the new measures aim to “lower prices for families, increase wages for workers, and promote innovation and even faster economic growth”. Specifically, the executive order goes for quick wins by attempting to boost competition for many everyday items and services bought by Americans. Here are some of the highlights from the order which includes 72 initiatives involving more than a dozen federal agencies. Shockingly, the White House says that only 14 per cent of the 48 million Americans with hearing loss use hearing aids as they cost on average $5,000 and are often not covered by health insurance. The order also establishes a White House Competition Council, led by Brian Deese, the director of the National Economic Council, which will monitor progress on finalising and implementing the initiatives.
Wisconsin Gov. Evers Signs GOP-Written State Budget With $2 Billion Tax Cut
Tony Evers signed the Republican-written state budget Thursday, enacting a two-year spending plan that includes a $2 billion income tax cut while making 50 largely minor partial vetoes, saying “unfinished business” still needs to be addressed. Evers' original budget would have raised taxes, primarily on manufacturers and the wealthy, by more than $1 billion. >>Federal COVID Relief Backfires On Wisconsin Schools In State Budget ProposalEvers, a former state superintendent of schools, had wanted to tap the state’s projected $4.4 billion surplus to spend more on schools. But he said he was signing the budget because he didn't want to jeopardize the federal money. "The only thing that concerns me is it’s federal money, so it’s one-time money," Kaukl said.
Biden relaunches council of governors with bipartisan group
DeWine was one of the earliest high-profile Republicans to acknowledge Biden’s victory, and Scott said he voted for Biden during the 2020 campaign. DeWine joined Cox and Walz at a public event where the president lauded state governments’ responses to the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, and Cox and Gordon both joined the president on a virtual meeting last month focused on the severe wildfires erupting in Western states this year.
Germany declares all of Spain a Covid-19 risk zone
Germany’s risk listMeanwhile Germany on Friday listed all of Spain as a Covid-19 risk area, including the Canary and Balearic Islands. But now all travelers arriving from Spain will have to fill out an online form with information about where they will stay. But the seven-day cumulative incidence in Germany is 5.5 cases per 100,000, compared with 179 in Spain. A record 83.5 million tourists visited Spain in 2019. A steady decline in transmission and a good pace of vaccination had fueled hopes of a reasonably succesful summer season.
CDC advises US schools to reopen for in-person learning in the fall
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released revised guidelines on Friday that say schools across the US should reopen for in-person learning regardless of whether they can implement all the recommended Covid-19 mitigation efforts. Previous recommendations included measures schools should undertake to curb the spread of the virus, but did not emphasize reopening in-person. “Students benefit from in-person learning and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall 2021 is a priority,” the recommendation reads. By the end of this past school year, a slight majority of schools – 53% – had fully reopened for in-person instruction, while 46% of schools did a combination of virtual and in-person learning, according to the Center for American Progress. The CDC cited data that has shown reopening schools did not increase Covid-19 transmission rates when multiple mitigation measures were taken.
5 areas with low COVID vaccine rates put U.S. at risk, experts say
Five under-vaccinated regions of the U.S. could be putting the entire nation at risk, according to researchers at Georgetown University. The Biden administration is sounding the alarm about a rapid rise in the Delta variant, which is significantly more widespread than previously thought. A study published in the journal Nature on Thursday suggests that having only one dose of a vaccine offers little protection against the Delta variant. In Missouri, the Delta variant accounts for 73% of new COVID cases, according to the CDC. "We believe that this is an outbreak of the Delta variant," said Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County's local health authority.
Global Climate Change
That's a problem because, in the long run, climate change is the most serious problem we face. There's abundant evidence about the climate change problem. In the June Gallup Poll, climate change rated a measly 3 percent. For this reason, the White House press secretary, and other administration press channels, did not talk about climate change. In addition, for many years, Fox News (https://www.mediamatters.org/fox-news/2021-fox-news-still-spreading-dangerous-climate-denial ) has denigrated climate change and spread the lie that human activity is not overheating our climate.
New Day Cafe: Friday
www.britannica.com/...Rachel Chu is a professor of economics and game theory at NYU. Singaporean food is legendary, with bustling hawker centres and 24-hour coffee shops offering cheap food from all parts of Asia…. wikitravel.org/...Rachel and Nick Young (Henry Golding) are in town for his best friend’s wedding. They are met at the Singapore Airport by his best friend & friend’s fiancee; and they go out for dinner [1:26]:That game theory comes in handy. New Day Cafe is an open thread.
Caveat Emptor
There was a good diary yesterday, The Chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute Says the Surfside Condo Collapse Victims Deserved to Die, that got me to thinking. One of which was a bottle of liquid morphine with a handwritten label marked poison over the stock label. Surfside Condo is a lesson in what economist Paul Krugman calls ‘Lemon Capitalism’. Up until 10 years ago Florida had a law requiring condo inspections every five years. The Surfside Condo collapse will have consequences.
Tokyo cancels Olympic spectators, LA holds super spreader events
All events in Los Angeles are operating at full capacity with no masks. Los Angeles and Tokyo are cities of about the same size, 10 million residents. LA has done somewhat better on vaccinations (about 50%), than Tokyo (about 25%), but neither is near “herd immunity”. LA is full steam ahead; all bars, restaurants, churches, and even arena events are proceeding with no restrictions for capacity, masks, or distancing. I’ll end the story here, it doesn’t have a happy ending for LA, or most of the US.
Prep work for the WI Senate race: Expanding the Electorate and Voter Protection Canvass (w
On Saturday, Hope Springs from Field PAC canvassed in three states: Wisconsin, Georgia and Pennsylvania. In many of these Senate states, we will be canvassing every weekend possible, where weather is not a factor. In Wisconsin, we have a pretty big list of Wisconsin volunteers from the presidentials as well as two groups who are very interested in this specific approach we are pursuing. Mentoring those who need it (like first time and newly registered voters). The ability to say, we know there are people in this house who are not registered to vote, was very helpful.
'At no point do we stop working,' farmworkers say amid historic heat wave
Congress must pass federal heat standards as well as a path to citizenship.”Per a recent text message survey of farmworkers by the UFW Foundation, more than 40% of respondents said they’d experienced a heat-related symptom while working. And for too many, the ability to report these workplace abuses is directly hindered by immigration status. The state’s Department of Health said Thursday that nearly 80 people there have died as a result of the heat wave. “Farm worker legalization means ending the fear that farm worker communities face on a daily basis,” said Jacqueline, a farmworker from Georgia who traveled to the White House. The very food that farm worker communities pick while undergoing hazardous conditions.
Schumer bows to necessity, warns that August recess could be cut short
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hasn't made a similar announcement, having previously said that the House won't take up either bill until the Senate has passed both. So Democrats had better be ready for any eventuality, including dumping everything on infrastructure—the bipartisan package and everything else—into one big reconciliation bill. "It's possible that we could reach that point while Congress is out in August," Yellen warned in June. So, yes, it s a very good thing that some or part of the Senate's August recess is now on hold. "Maybe that will be used as a carrot on the end of a very big stick."
President Biden: It's time for Operation Warp Speed II
I propose that President Biden call his rural/underserved communities vaccine outreach program “Operation Warp Speed II” and, at the same time, double his efforts. As part of this, President Biden should address the nation. He should credit President Trump and Operation Warp Speed with the amazing achievement of funding the vaccines, reducing Covid and allowing this amazing economic recovery along with the Biden administration’s work to get the vaccines distributed and administered. Invite President Trump to make a statement encouraging vaccination, or play the clip from Fox News where he said people should get vaccinated. I realize that giving President Trump more credit than he deserves and minimizing his otherwise disastrous response to Covid may give President Trump a certain legitimacy he doesn’t deserve and potentially help him in 2024.
While Biden works to strengthen democracy at home and abroad, Trump is still ‘doing Putin's work’
We have people within our own country who are doing Putin’s work. In the U.S., one party has become a major illiberal outlier: The Republican Party. Trump is not just Putin’s puppet, he’s unwittingly acting in the interests of the Chinese government as well. President Biden, meanwhile, has been not only working to pass progressive legislative policies, he’s been working to strengthen our very system of democracy. In other words, he’s been doing America’s work.
Good News Roundup for Friday, July 9, 2021: do the next right thing
Working on the next stepWelcome ? to Friday’s Roundup of Good News! ? Out with the Bad, In with the Good ?Having tfg in office led to the deaths of so many. There`s this federal law that is designed to shield gun manufacturers from lawsuits, that this runs right up against. Here`s blue state New York today going on offense to say, hey, we`ll test it. 1, 2, 3: We open, share, and then savor the Roundup , because outreach, timing, acceleration, distractions, and the vicissitudes of memory.
Guarding Mess: previous guy still gouging taxpayers on cost of Secret Service protection
Big Lie, Big Tech, and the Big Grift goes on… and the emoluments never got examined. Former president Donald Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J., charged the Secret Service nearly $10,200 for guest rooms used by his protective detail during Trump’s first month at the club this summer, newly released spending records show. The records — released by the Secret Service in response to a public-records request — show that the ex-president has continued a habit he began in the first days of his presidency: charging rent to the agency that protects his life. "Trump seems always willing to attack anyone who disagrees with him, or whom he does not see as sufficiently supportive of him. As a result, it had a ripple effect, where targeted groups (due to immigration status, race, religion, sexuality, gender, socioeconomic status, etc.)
Vanity Fair: 'Trump f*cking hates DeSantis' and 'there's going to be a blowup'
The sources agreed that DeSantis and Trump are on an inevitable collision course as the 2024 GOP field takes shape. “There’s going to be a blowup,” a prominent Republican said. Not only did DeSantis narrowly defeat Trump in a recent conservative straw poll, Trump also insists DeSantis would be nowhere without Trump. For much of the 2018 gubernatorial primary, DeSantis trailed Florida agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam. According to Sherman, DeSantis has also shown a semblance of a backbone when dealing with Trump.
Republicans push a claim they know is not just false, but deadly, because hate is all they've got
As NPR reports, low vaccination rates in Republican counties are creating centers of disease that threaten to spread into a fourth wave across the nation. This is particularly true of southwest Missouri, which has emerged as the go-to place for a delta variant explosion. As KMOV reports, Missouri has been ranked as the “least safe state” both on the chances of testing positive for COVID-19 and the chances of dying from the disease. Instead, as ABC News reports, Republican Gov. Carlson probably regrets making those statements on Tuesday, because they actually came before President Biden discussed door-to-door volunteers, leaving Carlson with a shortage of superlatives for his next assault.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Nikole Hannah-Jones story arc continues to resonate
So there’s a lot of, “You know, I was a reporter.” Walter Hussman can legitimately say that—with a few important asterisks. When I was 27, I was a beat reporter going to fires, murder scenes, protests and government meetings. As a Black woman, she had to work longer and harder than I did to get ahead in newsrooms. In a new survey of 1,137 likely voters from June 30th to July 1st, Data for Progress examined likely voter support towards the components of the infrastructure bill. Voters support each individual component of the proposed bill, with notable support across parties.
Governments must adopt a strong political declaration that the global crisis mandates
Governments must unite together to adopt a strong Ministerial Declaration at the ongoing United Nations High Level Political Forum(Image by CNS) Details DMCABecause if they do not, then we are doomed to fail to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 (for which only 104 months are left). The Covid-19 pandemic and cascading humanitarian crises warrant governments to adopt a strong enough Ministerial Declaration at HLPF 2021 which is critical for progressing towards a resilient recovery post-pandemic as well as for SDGs. The Ministerial Declaration is a major outcome of the HLPF, but sadly our governments failed to adopt one last year. To achieve this, it is an absolute imperative that the governments at the HLPF adopt a strong Ministerial Declaration this year to address these issues effectively. Even before the pandemic, a large majority of the global population was reeling under the severe impact of deep rooted injustices and inequalities.
Global Climate Change
That's a problem because, in the long run, climate change is the most serious problem we face. There's abundant evidence about the climate change problem. During the Trump Administration, it was well known that Donald Trump did not regard climate change as a serious problem. For this reason, the White House press secretary, and other administration press channels, did not talk about climate change. In addition, for many years, Fox News (Click Here ) has denigrated climate change and spread the lie that human activity is not overheating our climate.
In Win for Overdose Prevention, Rhode Island Approves Harm Reduction Centers
Under President Trump, the Justice Department declared safe consumption sites illegal. Safe drug consumption sites operate in countries across the world and are known by many names, including supervised injection sites, supervised consumption services and overdose prevention programs. Safe consumption sites in Canada and other countries also provide pathways to addiction treatment for those who want it. During Senate confirmation hearings, Garland said he could not comment on safe consumption sites because the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Safehouse was still pending. Whether any of that money will eventually reach safe consumption sites may depend on how the Biden-Harris administration reacts to the news out of Rhode Island.
Biden “Dealt a Better Hand” Than Any President Ever, Stephen Miller Claims
“No president in history has been dealt a better hand on day one than President Biden,” Miller said on Fox News’ “Hannity” program. Miller went on to tout what he considered Trump’s major accomplishments, suggesting that they have helped Biden since he took office earlier this year. “Think about what President Trump left him and what it’s become,” Miller said. “He left him a Middle East that was at the dawn of a new peace, the most secure border in American history, energy abundance — and we had more energy than we knew what to do with.”Stephen Miller: No President in history has been dealt a better hand on day one than President Biden. However, the most obvious omission by Miller was the coronavirus pandemic, with the daily death rate in the U.S. at its highest during the weeks as Trump left office and Biden assumed the presidency.
Hilaria Baldwin defends her 'multi' cultural identity, says she has 'right to belong'
Hilaria Baldwin is addressing her Spanish heritage scandal once again. Original story:Hilaria Baldwin weighs in after questions swirl about her accent, cultureSparking debate:What’s cultural appropriation versus appreciation? "You are valid, worthy &you don’t need to explain or get into the uncomfortable 'prove it' conversation. "You don’t need to be this and then that, switching, dancing to the beat of someone else’s drum. 'I should have been more clear':Hilaria Baldwin apologizes after heritage controversyCultural appropriation:Kendall Jenner's tequila brand is facing cultural appropriation claims.
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‘RHOC’ star Shannon Beador sues Facebook over alleged diet pill scam
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)It seems the ladies of “Real Housewives of Orange County” are litigious. Shannon Beador is reportedly suing Facebook after third-party companies allegedly used her name and likeness to promote their diet pill brands. The mother of three has been very public about her struggles with her weight since she filed for divorce from now-ex-husband David Beador in 2017. However, in 2019, Shannon proudly revealed she had dropped 40 pounds and even created a healthy food line in the process — not diet pills. News of Shannon taking legal action comes just shortly after her co-star Heather Dubrow sent “RHOC” alum Kelly Dodd a cease-and-desist letter for claiming Shannon’s son gave her COVID-19.
Biden to free pregnant women who crossed border illegally
President Biden’s administration is expected to begin releasing pregnant women and those who recently gave birth after they are apprehended illegally crossing the US-Mexico border. Although fewer than 20 people currently held by the government would be released, prior Biden administration policy changes have been panned for unintentionally fueling the ongoing border crisis. “ICE is committed to safeguarding the integrity of our immigration system and preserving the health and safety of pregnant, postpartum and nursing individuals,” said acting ICE Director Tae Johnson. The number of US-Mexico border detentions hit a 21-year monthly high of more than 180,000 in May. Unaccompanied minors walk up the bank of the Rio Grande after crossing the US-Mexico border in Roma, Texas.
What you need to know about the COVID-19 booster shot debate
This week, Pfizer announced it is developing a COVID-19 booster shot to ward off the Delta variant — as fears mount over the highly infectious strain and its response to vaccines. As a result, clinical trials for the booster shot could begin as early next month if approved by the FDA, the vaccine makers said. Pfizer insists a booster shot would increase antibody levels in patients by up to 10-fold — but conceded that fully vaccinated people are still 95 percent protected from severe disease. Pfizer insists a booster shot would increase antibody levels. REUTERSDoes Moderna plan to develop a booster shot?
Sarah Everard murder: UK police officer admits to killing woman he abducted on her walk home
Wayne Couzens previously admitted kidnapping and raping Sarah Everard, a marketing executive who went missing on March 3. Couzens entered a guilty plea to murder during a hearing at London’s Central Criminal Court, appearing by video link from Belmarsh high-security prison. SARAH EVERARD MURDER CASE: UK POLICE OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO RAPE, KIDNAPThe search for Everard and news of her killing caused a nationwide outcry, with women sharing experiences of being threatened, attacked or simply facing the everyday fear of violence when walking alone. Police in the U.K. capital came in for criticism after some women attending a vigil for Everard were detained for breaching coronavirus restrictions. Prosecutor Tom Little said Couzens abducted Everard, a complete stranger, in a rented car hours after he finished a 12-hour policing shift.
Washington Post breaks rank with Democrats on giving ‘poor kids’ choices in education
The liberal Washington Post editorial board on Thursday broke rank with the left and pondered why Democrats are so opposed to giving poor children a choice in schooling. Opportunity Scholarship Program. Perhaps that's why public support for school choice is also at an all-time high. According to a recent poll from RealClear Opinion Research, a 74-percent majority support school choice, while 16 percent oppose it and 10 percent are unsure. More than 15 other states across the country either established new programs or expanded existing ones to meet rising parent demand for alternatives to traditional public schools.
Kids' mask use 'should not be forced,' study authors argue
Kids shouldn’t be forced to wear face masks, additional researchers argue, after a study found evidence of unacceptable carbon dioxide levels reached after 3 minutes of wear. To conduct the study, the team first measured baseline carbon dioxide levels without a mask for 3 minutes. For each mask, the team measured 3-minutes of carbon dioxide in both inhaled and exhaled air, 3-minutes of carbon dioxide content during inhalation and 3-minutes of carbon dioxide content during exhalation. They noted kids wear masks in school for about 270 minutes on average, or 4.5 hours. Study authors cited separate findings of some complaints related to mask wear among over 25,000 kids, attained through an online registry at the University of Witten/Herdecke.
House Freedom Caucus hits back at Biden's 'door-to-door spying' COVID vaccine push
EXCLUSIVE: The conservative House Freedom Caucus is pushing back on President Biden's latest door-to-door vaccine push decrying the home visits as a "deeply disturbing" violation of Americans' privacy. WHITE HOUSE DEFENDS DOOR-TO-DOOR VACCINATION PUSH AMID BACKLASHCommunity members have been doing this since April and it has been effective, with vaccination rates among adults going up 3% in Alabama and 4.4% in Florida, Psaki said. After Biden first mentioned the idea of going door-to-door, Republicans in Congress were quick to push back against it. "The government now wants to go door-to-door to convince you to get an ‘optional’ vaccine," Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., wrote. "The door-to-door spying on Americans is one more example of the burgeoning surveillance state by the national government."
Winning words from the last 5 National Spelling Bees and their unexpected meanings
The world opening up again in the post-pandemic spells out "g-o-o-d n-e-w-s" for the return of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. NATIONAL SPELLING BEE: ZAILA AVANT-GARDE IS FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WINNERHere’s a look back at winning words, their definitions and the champions who spelled them. CORONAVIRUS FORCES CANCELLATION OF SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE FOR FIRST TIME IN DECADESWinners: 2015’s Spelling Bee champions were Vanya Shivashankar, who spelled "Scherenschnitte" correctly, and Gokul Venkatachalam, who spelled "Nunatak." Gesellschaft is a hypothetical society based on impersonal tiesWinners: Jairam Hathwar, who spelled Feldenkrais correctly and Nihar Saireddy Janga, who got Gesellschaft right. Winner: Zaila Avant-garde
Minnesota police chiefs see 'unsustainable' crime spike: 'Never seen gun violence like this'
Minnesota police chiefs have raised concerns over the recent rise in violence across the state – particularly gun violence – with one chief saying it is unlike anything he’s seen before. MINNEAPOLIS TEEN WHO RECORDED GEORGE FLOYD VIDEO SAYS UNCLE KILLED IN CRASH DURING POLICE PURSUIT"I’ve never seen the gun violence like this," Brooklyn Park Police Chief Craig Enevoldsen told Fox 9. "The issue we are facing because of that is the complete lawlessness that’s going on in some of our cities," Revering told Fox 8. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"A lot of these folks are getting out quickly and committing the same crimes again," Revering explained. "You talk about carjackings, they get out and commit carjackings again, and then we sit back and ask, ‘How this is happening?’"
Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Goldman Sachs, United, Discovery and more
JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America — Bank stocks led the market comeback on Friday as bond yields rebounded. American Airlines, United Airlines — Airline stocks rebounded on Friday after losses associated with the highly infectious delta Covid variant fueled worries about the global economic comeback. Shares of American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Alaska Air Group all rose more than 2.5%. Discover Financial Services — The credit card stock rose 5.6% after Citi upgraded the stock to buy from neutral following a change in analyst coverage. Bumble, Match Group — The dating service stocks rose on Friday after RBC Capital Markets initiated coverage of both Bumble and Match at outperform.
11 Striking Photos You Missed This Week
We’re highlighting exceptional photos from around the world this past week. Above: Firefighters arrive at Frenchman Lake to battle a fire in Plumas National Forest, California, on Thursday. JOE SKIPPER via REUTERSZaila Avant-garde, 14, from New Orleans, wins the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Final in Florida on Wednesday. Andrew Harnik via APHoward University Student Association President Kylie Burke (left) introduces Vice President Kamala Harris before Harris’ speech about voting rights at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Dmitri Lovetsky via APA woman steers her stand-up paddleboard on Ladoga Lake in Russia on Thursday.
We all regret no fans at Tokyo Games, says IOC's Bach
"This was a really difficult one and we all regret the consequences for you the athletes but also for the spectators," Bach said from Tokyo in a video message to athletes. "But it was a decision which was necessary to ensure a safe Olympic Games. I hope we all agree that the most important thing is that the Olympic Games are happening." Without spectators, Japan is now all but deprived of its hopes for a Games with pomp and public spectacle. "We can look forward to a great Olympic Games under very special circumstances," Bach said.
Where do you move after selling in a hot market? To a smaller city
Homeowners who sell in an overheated real estate market face a conundrum. Even though they often sell their homes for more than they ever imagined, they then struggle to find an affordable place to move. “Rents are back up in many of these metropolitan areas,” said Todd Teta, chief product officer at ATTOM Data Solutions. The hot pandemic seller’s market for homeowners is amplifying existing migration trends away from coastal states. “As we see these relocations, we do know that people who once could afford to live within city limits can’t,” Strohl said.
Olympic athletes face new performance anxiety: No fans in the stands
No fans in the stands could be a major hurdle for some of the U.S. athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics. By comparison, the U.S. has recorded nearly 34 million confirmed cases and over 609,000 Covid-19 deaths — both world-leading figures. So far, at least three Olympic athletes arriving in Japan have tested positive for Covid-19, as have some staffers in the Olympic Village, according to published reports. In interviews with NBC News, former Olympic competitors and sports psychologists all said it remains to be seen how the Olympic athletes will respond when there’s only silence in the stands. “Competing without a cheering crowd could be a real challenge for some athletes,” former U.S. Olympic swimmer Tara Kirk Sell said.
Biden to convene session on rising gun violence Monday
President Joe Biden speaks about the American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Joe Biden speaks about the American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a nationwide increase in violent crime — particularly involving firearms — President Joe Biden will meet Monday with law enforcement, local elected officials and advocates to discuss his efforts to address gun crimes. The White House says Biden will highlight his administration’s push to increase funding for local law enforcement to improve community policing practices through the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill he signed into law earlier this year. Biden’s budget request to Congress also calls for more funding for federal and state law enforcement, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to improve that agency’s ability to track and disrupt gun trafficking.
Tennis players discuss mental health issues raised by Osaka
Osaka's recent withdrawal from Grand Slam play for a mental health break was not the first such episode for a tennis player — and it likely will not be the last. Osaka's recent withdrawal from Grand Slam play for a mental health break was not the first such episode for a tennis player — and it likely will not be the last. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Naomi Osaka was not the first professional tennis player to withdraw during a Grand Slam tournament because of mental health concerns — and she likely won’t be the last. “There have been plenty of players that have had some mental health issues, whether you know it or not. “We’ve been talking about this forever,” said Becky Ahlgren Bedics, vice president of mental health and wellness for the WTA, the women’s tennis tour.
Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need masks, CDC says
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines. And it’s not offering guidance on how teachers can know which students are vaccinated or how parents will know which teachers are immunized. And it said distancing is not required among fully vaccinated students or staff. Several states, including California and Virginia, have policies requiring all students to wear masks at school regardless of vaccination. The new schools guidance says:—No one at schools needs to wear masks at recess or in most other outdoor situations.
IBD Stock Of The Day Align Technology Bites Into Breakout As Invisalign Demand Returns
Align Technology (ALGN) is the IBD Stock Of The Day as the digital orthodontics revolution drives ALGN stock into a breakout. Shares broke out of a cup-with-handle base on Friday, topping a buy point at 629.45, according to MarketSmith.com. ALGN Stock Breaks OutAnalysts say demand for the Invisalign systems is just a hair below pre-pandemic levels. On average, ALGN stock analysts call for adjusted earnings of $2.54 per share on $938 million in sales. Highly Rated Medical StockOn a year-to-date basis, ALGN stock has climbed 19.5% as of midday Friday.
DeSantis parts with Trump in response to Surfside tragedy
And he even skipped a rally in Sarasota headlined by former President Donald Trump, whose early endorsement was crucial in helping DeSantis win the governor’s race in 2018. But unlike the former president, DeSantis is showing that he can tone down some of his most extreme partisan rhetoric during a disaster. DeSantis’ handling of the tragedy appears to have caught some Democrats off guard, leaving them with no unified response. Nikki Fried, Florida’s Democratic agriculture commissioner who has also announced a bid for governor, praised local officials, Biden and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Friction between the two spilled into the public for the first time last week when Trump rebuffed DeSantis’ entreaties to postpone the rally in Sarasota.
Levi Strauss gets a boost from changing waistlines during the pandemic
Levi Strauss & Co. swung to a profit and saw revenue skyrocket 156% in the second quarter after a pandemic year in which sweats and yoga pants were preferred over jeans. Levi LEVI, +2.45% Chief Executive Chip Bergh cited data during the company’s earnings call showing that 35% of U.S. consumers have seen a change in their waistlines. Kontoor Brands Inc. KTB, +6.38% , parent to the Wrangler and Lee jeans brands, saw shares climb 6% in Friday trading. Levi stock has rallied 40.7% for the year to date while the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.96% has gained 16.1% for the period. “Consumers are tired of the same-old, same-old,” Klarna wrote.
Oil extends bounce but remains on track for weekly loss
Oil futures rose Friday, extending a bounce from the previous session triggered by a sharp fall in U.S. crude and gasoline inventories, but crude remains on track for a weekly loss as a spat between key OPEC members remains unresolved and worries mounted over the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus that may slow energy demand in some countries. West Texas Intermediate crude for August delivery CL00, +2.26% CLQ21, +2.26% rose 97 cents, or 1.3%, to $73.91 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. September Brent crude BRN00, +2.04% , the global benchmark, was up 76 cents, or 1%, at $74.88 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe. Both contracts were on track for weekly losses of around 1.7%.
Oil extends bounce but remains on track for weekly loss
September Brent crude BRN00, +2.04% , the global benchmark, was up $1.51, or 2%, at $75.63 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe. WTI was on track for a 0.8% weekly fall, while Brent was off 0.7%. Crude maintained gains in afternoon trade after oilfield-services company Baker Hughes said the number of U.S. oil rigs rose by 2 from last week to 378. The crude oil complex was lifted Thursday after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a larger-than-expected drop in U.S. crude inventories last week and a much larger-than-expected fall in gasoline supplies. In One Chart: OPEC oil stalemate — here’s why U.A.E.
Opinion: Why retirees may want to look beyond traditional income strategies
If the conventional income strategies retirees typically rely on are not performing, what can they do about it? To achieve and maintain a high level of income in today’s environment, we believe investors need to consider alternative income strategies. A potential benefit of investing in a pass-through security strategy is that it is specifically designed to prioritize income distribution, which can be meaningful income for retirees. In our view, there are three key components for retirees to consider when looking for yield:The amount of income generated The consistency of that income The tax efficiency of the income. The potential tax benefits from investing in Pass-Thru Securities depend on them being treated as partnerships for federal income tax purposes.
This crowdsourced payments tracker wants to solve the ransomware visibility problem
Ransomware attacks, fueled by COVID-19 pandemic turbulence, have become a major money earner for cybercriminals, with the number of attacks rising in 2020. Jack Cable, a security architect at Krebs Stamos Group who previously worked for the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), is looking to solve that problem with the launch of a crowdsourced ransom payments tracking website, Ransomwhere. “I was inspired to start Ransomwhere by Katie Nickels's tweet that no one really knows the full impact of cybercrime, and especially ransomware,” Cable told TechCrunch. As the site is crowdsourced, it incorporates data from self-reported incidents of ransomware attacks, which anyone can submit. “It'll never be possible to get the full picture — criminals who are using Monero will be near-impossible to track”, Cable says.
White House admits ‘honest mistake’ in including Taiwan flag in tweet and recommits to ‘one China’ policy
The White House Covid Response Team shared a picture of the Taiwan flag on Twitter this week (EPA)The White House has apologised for making an “honest mistake” in including the Taiwan flag in a tweet about vaccine allocation. The United States, similar to other countries, does not formally recognise Taiwan’s government due to its relations with China. A spokesman for the White House National Security Council also called the use of the Taiwan flag in the tweet “an honest mistake” and said it was not an indication of a US policy shift towards the country, according to Reuters. On Tuesday, Kurt Campbell, the White House coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, took part in an online discussion hosted by the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI). He said that the country had an “unofficial relationship” with Taiwan but that “we do not support Taiwan independence”.
N. Korean leader visits grandfather's mausoleum
In a video aired by the North's state-run television KRT, Kim along with high-ranking officials were seen walking into the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the embalmed bodies of Kim Il Sung and late leader Kim Jong Il lie, and bowing in front of the statues. Last week, North Korea announced the latest in a series of leadership changes that may be the most significant reshuffle of top officials in years. State media has not given details of the personnel changes but analysts believe they included demotions for those Kim blamed for causing an unspecified "great crisis" with coronavirus lapses amid economic problems and food shortages.
Vaccines are terrific, but where are the COVID-19 treatments?
Many of us assumed that COVID-19 vaccines were the answer, and the U.S. government poured more than $18 billion into Operation Warp Speed to develop and test them. Researchers are also experimenting with a wide variety of medicines that can help reduce hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19. In June, the Biden administration announced a $3-billion investment to accelerate the discovery, development and manufacturing of antiviral medicines for COVID-19 patients. If you have COVID-19 and are mildly ill, using monoclonal antibodies [proteins that mimic the body’s own immune defenders] is a great option. Government scientists have said they hope to see an antiviral pill by the end of the fall.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reshuffled his senior leadership after blaming officials for creating an unexplained 'great crisis'
On July 7,2021, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang during national Memorial Day commemorations. KCNA via REUTERSKim Jong Un appears to have reshuffled North Korean leadership. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have dramatically reshuffled his senior leadership after expressing frustration with the negligence and irresponsible actions of some senior officials, offenses that have purportedly resulted in a "great crisis." North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during WPK meeting in Pyongyang. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during WPK meeting in Pyongyang.
Analysis-N.Korea reshuffle signals military policy not top priority now, analysts say
Last week, North Korea announced the latest in a series of leadership changes that may be the most significant reshuffle of top officials in years. Ri, who sometimes wears his military uniform, was seen in the photos wearing civilian clothes and standing several rows behind Kim, indicating his new role is unclear. "The focus internally is on the economy, not the nuclear programme," he said. "Demotions are very common things in North Korea politics," he said. "We need to keep in mind that things that look like demotions to us can in fact be something else."
Rise in workers requesting sick notes ahead of return to offices
Workers are preparing to return to offices when Covid restrictions lift later this month - Hollie Adams/BloombergWorkers are increasingly requesting sick notes as the return to offices looms, figures from a private doctor service have suggested. Mental health experts have said stress-related disorders related to the workplace are surging in what they described as a "MeToo moment". The mental health charity Mind said remote working, combined with nerves over restrictions easing, could be contributing to the rise in sick notes. "Therefore it's not surprising that there has been an increase in demand for GP sick notes from employees experiencing issues like stress, anxiety and depression. Although anxiety appears to be peaking ahead of employees' return to workplaces, it has been higher in general since the pandemic struck, figures suggest.
Ghost Olympians: The 1980 boycott and the American lives it forever changed
They are 458 men and women whom the USOC recognizes as 1980 Olympians, but who didn’t compete at the 1980 Olympics. They, as a 1980 Olympic team, feel “forgotten,” cheated out of legacies and life-changing experiences. So before she could drive, she moved away from family in Jacksonville, Florida, to nearby Gainesville, to chase the Moscow Olympics. One in particular was scrawled on journal pages and the training center wall: Make the Olympic team. *****Members of the United State 1980 Olympic team were given medals acknowledging their place on the team.
CF Montreal trades Erik Hurtado after he declined COVID-19 vaccine
CF Montreal will do whatever it takes to play games back in Montreal. To make that process go more smoothly, the club traded Erik Hurtado to the Columbus Crew SC for $200,000 after Hurtado declined the COVID-19 vaccine. Erik Hurtado played seven games with CF MontrealHurtado, 30, signed with CF Montreal as a free agents in the offseason. Prior to joining CF Montreal, Hurtado played for Vancouver and Kansas City. Erik Hurtado played for Kansas City before signing with CF Montreal in the offseason.
Trump blamed getting COVID on Chris Christie and 'tried to duck' from his 'spittle' during debate prep, book says
Chris Christie, left, and Donald Trump. REUTERS/Scott AudetteTrump was "convinced" that Chris Christie gave him COVID-19, according to a new book. Chris Christie, according to a forthcoming book by journalist Michael Wolff. But he was furious with Christie following a final debate session in which Christie had assumed the role of Biden and attacked Trump, according to the book. After their bouts with COVID-19, Christie went on to criticize Trump's handling of the pandemic in the country.
Biden to sign executive order aimed at promoting competition across the economy
The order contains 72 initiatives by more than a dozen federal agencies and establishes a White House Competition Council to monitor the agencies' progress. Biden is set to sign the order and deliver remarks at 1:30 p.m. at the White House. President Joe Biden delivers remark regarding the Afghanistan drawdown in the East Room of the White House on July 8, 2021. "Our economy needs both large and small businesses to thrive — not centralized government dictates. TransportationThe White House argues "inadequate competition" has reduced incentives for airlines to provide good service.
‘It’s Not Too Late’ with Ginger Zee: Rising sea levels
Good Morning AmericaStudents who are vaccinated don’t have to wear masks in school this fall unless they are riding the school bus or their school decides otherwise, according to new guidance released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new federal guidelines aren’t mandatory but are expected to influence school officials, local health departments and governors who are in the midst of preparing for students to return to the classroom full time this fall. "Achieving high levels of COVID-19 vaccination among eligible students as well as teachers, staff, and household members is one of the most critical strategies to help schools safely resume full operations," the CDC stated.
Are gyms back to pre-pandemic life? This data says no way
BofA's data dovetails with new analysis of gym attendance from Goldman Sachs. Gym attendance notched steady gains for much of May, Goldman's research shows. Planet Fitness shares are down 14% in the past three months, per Yahoo Finance Plus data. Story continuesKonik rates Planet Fitness at a Buy rating with a $100 price target, suggesting about 37% upside form current levels. What’s hot from Sozzi:Watch Yahoo Finance’s live programming on Verizon FIOS channel 604, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Samsung TV, Pluto TV, and YouTube.
Fed says shortages of materials, hiring problems holding back recovery
WASHINGTON - Shortages of materials and "difficulties in hiring" are holding back the U.S. economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and have driven a "transitory" bout of inflation, the Federal Reserve said on Friday. "Progress on vaccinations has led to a reopening of the economy and strong economic growth," the U.S. central bank said in its semiannual report to Congress on the state of the economy. However, "shortages of material inputs and difficulties in hiring have held down activity in a number of industries." The report released by the Fed on Friday is largely backward-looking, but it documents the central bank's view that the recovery remains on track as firms and families navigate a complicated economic reopening. "Many of these factors should have a diminishing effect on participation in the coming months," the Fed said, though the speed and strength of that labor market recovery also remains uncertain.
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5 Top Stock Gainers for Friday: Stamps.com, Galectin, GM
Stamps.com, Galectin Therapeutics, General Motors, Far Peak Acquisition and Carver Bancorp are five top stock gainers for Friday. Stamps.com | Increase 64%Shares of Stamps.com (STMP) - Get Report jumped after the shipping-solutions specialist agreed to be acquired by software-focused private-equity firm Thoma Bravo for $6.6 billion cash. Galectin Therapeutics | Increase 36%Galectin Therapeutics (GALT) - Get Report skyrocketed after the biopharmaceutical company reported positive data from a clinical trial for its treatment for metastatic melanoma and head and neck cancer. General Motors | Increase 4%General Motors (GM) - Get Report rose after Wedbush analyst Dan Ives began coverage of the auto titan with an outperform rating and an $85 price target. Carver Bancorp | Increase 43%Carver Bancorp (CARV) - Get Report continued to rise as one of the country’s oldest and largest African-American-backed financial institutions caught the attention of retail traders.
Biden faces high stakes as Congress moves toward key decisions
Over the next three weeks, the Senate likely will vote on the infrastructure deal that Biden reached last month with a group of Republican and Democratic centrist senators. AdvertisementNewsletter Get our Essential Politics newsletter The latest news, analysis and insights from our politics teams from Sacramento to D.C. Enter email address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. At least 10 Republicans will be needed to pass the bipartisan measure through the Senate, not a sure thing. “I’ve not historically been a Biden guy, but I’m astonished about how well he is doing,” said former Vermont Gov.
New CDC school guidelines: No masks required for vaccinated students, teachers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in new guidelines Friday that students and teachers who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus should have the option to ditch their masks while those who are not inoculated should continue to cover their faces at school. But the CDC issued the recommendations as districts and schools look for direction on how to move forward as they speed toward a fall reopening after more than a year of virtual or hybrid education. It was not immediately clear how Bay Area districts will respond to the new guidelines. And the CDC’s announcement left some questions about implementation unanswered, such as how schools would tell which students and staffers are vaccinated. The suggestions around masks, which have become highly politicized during the pandemic, are also likely to divide parents.
Ducey signs Holocaust education bill, requiring Arizona students to learn about genocide
Doug Ducey on Friday signed HB2241, an education bill requiring students to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides at least twice between seventh and 12th grades. The bill, which was introduced by state Rep. Alma Hernandez, D-Tucson, passed the Legislature on June 30. Holocaust survivors and other advocates previously told The Arizona Republic they were hopeful Ducey would sign the bill into law, saying that mandated genocide education would improve Holocaust awareness and understanding as well as prevent future atrocities. Ducey specifically thanked Hernandez for "her many years of work on this important issue" and the Holocaust survivors who "played a crucial role in making this bill a reality." "Knowing that all Arizona students will learn about the Holocaust gives me hope," Hernandez said on Friday.
Rising construction costs challenge D-FW apartment builders
Rising costs of everything from building materials to labor and land are putting the pressure on apartment building in some markets – including the Dallas area, according to a new report by RealPage. In May, apartment building permits in the Dallas area were down more than 23% for the previous 12 months. Apartment building permits were also down in other major U.S. markets. New York ranks first nationally with more than 35,000 building permits during the same period. At midyear, 38,654 apartment units were under construction in North Texas - the most of any metro area RealPage reports.
‘We are all just human:’ How a small nonprofit runs a daily obstacle course to get food to migrants
HIDALGO, Texas -- From a church outpost in this small border city, Roland and Megan Gonzalez navigate an obstacle course that would defeat many others. They supply food to desperate migrants across the green waters of the Rio Grande in the much larger city of Reynosa, Mexico. The violence was an emotional blow as news trickled out to migrants, Rhodes said. (Veronica Cardenas / Special Contributor)Before the pandemic, some of the Border Missions food would simply go to the poorer areas around Reynosa. Border Missions was trying to hustle up fresh blankets to replace the soggy, muddy blankets the migrants have in Reynosa.
Summer Job Fair expected to draw 5K job seekers today
More than 5,000 people are expected to be seeking their next job during Friday’s massive Summer Job Fair at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s West Hall. More than 5,000 job seekers are expected to attend the Summer Job Fair at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s West Hall on Friday, July 9, 2021. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal)Job seekers line up for the Summer Job Fair at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s West Hall, Friday morning, July 9, 2021. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal)More than 5,000 people are expected to be seeking their next job during today’s massive Summer Job Fair at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s West Hall. “We are encouraged by the overwhelming response to this job fair by employers and job seekers,” Gibson said in the release.
Commentary: Olympic swimmer Michael Andrew declining COVID-19 vaccine is selfish, unfair to teammates
U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Andrew couldn’t be bothered to get the COVID-19 vaccine. About 90 percent of the U.S. national swimming team did, as of a June estimate. At the Olympic swimming trials last month, I asked Lindsay Mintenko, managing director of the U.S. national team, about contact tracing rules and the vaccine in Tokyo. Can you imagine a couple dozen Michael Andrews running around Tokyo, just waiting for COVID to latch onto them so they could take out a good chunk of the U.S. Olympic team? Andrew is fortunate to be surrounded by a cocoon of smart, caring teammates who more than likely will keep him safe.
Oakland A’s exploring possible temporary stint at Las Vegas Ballpark
Jamie Lewis, right, laughs with her friend Nettie Byerly, center, during a Las Vegas Aviators game against the Sacramento River Cats at Las Vegas Ballpark on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidtttLuke Roa, 6, enjoys the Las Vegas Aviators game against the Sacramento River Cats from the standing room lawn at Las Vegas Ballpark on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesLas Vegas Ballpark allowed fans to fill it at full capacity for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic for a minor league baseball game between the Las Vegas Aviators and the Reno Aces on Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Las Vegas. With the A’s lease at RingCentral Coliseum expiring in 2024, the Major League Baseball franchise could utilize its Triple-A affiliate’s home, Las Vegas Ballpark, on a temporary basis. If the A’s do end up at Las Vegas Ballpark, it wouldn’t be the first time a Major League team played in a non-MLB stadium.
Kings Island bringing back Halloween Haunt, Winterfest for 2021
Halloween Haunt and Winterfest will return to Kings Island in 2021 after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Kings Island's website says both events will return for the fall and winter events, however, dates have not been released. According to the park's calendar, fall and winter operating days and hours will be announced later in the year. Grand Carnivale, the park's international festival, is coming this summer from July 17 through Aug. 1. "Experience extravagant sights, delicious tastes from around the world, amazing entertainment, unique crafts and the rich traditions of China, Germany, France, Italy and Spain," officials said.
Capitol Insider: Will the constant hammering from Whaley, Cranley and Renacci hurt DeWine?
Cranley hasn't been quite as publicly outspoken, but slammed DeWine on June 30 for another weak Ohio jobs report. "When people ask me about my priorities, I say, 'Jobs, jobs, and more good-paying jobs.' Are Ohio GOP lawmakers hiding public records from the public? Unjustifiably withholding public records may not be the best way for our elected leaders to win the public's confidence they will pass that test. Public offices typically use search terms to fulfill public records requests of electronic communications.
Tramel's ScissorTales: After OU & Iowa State, Big 12 football predictions are jumbled
On that, I think we all can agree, when it comes to predicting the Big 12 football race. Anyway, here’s how I would rank the Big 12, going into the conference media days next week:1. OU: Six straight Big 12 titles, with an all-time record of 10-1 in conference championship games. I don’t know about that, but just the fact that someone is willing to talk about it is good news for the Big 12. Kansas State: The Wildcats were 2-0 in the Big 12 last season with Skylar Thompson at quarterback and 5-4 with him in 2019.
Lockdowns in Asia as some nations see 1st major virus surges
It’s a rhythm familiar in much of the world, where repeated surges deluged hospitals and led to high numbers of deaths. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Thailand reported a record number of new deaths on Thursday with 75 — and they came in at 72 on Friday. For the first time, Indonesia is seeing a surge that has hospitals turning patients away and oxygen supplies running out. Of Thailand’s 317,506 confirmed cases and 2,534 deaths since the pandemic started, more than 90% have come since the start of April. The seven-day rolling averages of daily cases and deaths both more than doubled over the past two weeks.
Hashimoto: Tokyo Paralympics could still see some fans
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic organizers are holding out hope that the Paralympic Games might allow some fans. Organizers and the International Olympic Committee on Thursday banned all fans from Olympic venues in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures because of surging COVID-19 cases. A smattering of Olympic venues in outlying areas of Japan will allow some fans. Organizing committee President Seiko Hashimoto, speaking at a Friday briefing, said a decision on Paralympic fans would be made after the Olympics close on Aug. 8. The Olympic flame arrived on Friday in Tokyo and was unveiled at the Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium.
Dig at Pilgrim and Native American memorial sparks intrigue
Archaeologists combing a hill near Plymouth Rock where a park will be built in tribute to the Pilgrims and their Native American predecessors have made a poignant discovery: It’s not the first time the site has been used as a memorial. Landon says the objects — eyeglasses, clothing, sewing implements, a pocket watch and a book — gave him chills. That’s because they turned up during final excavations of Cole’s Hill, a National Historic Landmark site in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where Remembrance Park is set to be constructed. Donna Curtin, executive director of the Pilgrim Society & Pilgrim Hall Museum, which owns the tract, said the discovery of “this exquisitely personal family cache” makes the site even more evocative. “A project like this helps reminds us that there’s real emotional power in history because real people lived through it,” she said.
Thanks to Biden, Beshear and Democrats, America is back
Because of the determination and strength of President Biden, Gov. Beshear and Democrats, millions of us have been vaccinated. At home, Frankfort Republicans have fought Beshear, fought science and fought relief for Kentuckians when they needed their commonwealth to stand by them the most. President Biden, Gov. This year, as we come together again at home, at school, at work we can confidently say America is back.
What the impending rubber 'apocalypse' means for the U.S. economy
Anytime you're going anywhere, you're using rubber. The global economy remains dependent on Asia for 90% of the natural rubber supply. The global natural rubber market was valued at nearly $40 billion in 2020, and demand for rubber is expected to increase. "We are using tires more and more," Stefano Savi, director of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber, told CNBC. Watch the video above to learn more about why the natural rubber supply chain faces challenges, what natural rubber means for economies around the world, and what rubber innovations may look like in the future.
Google faces French ruling on copyright row with media groups
The long-running legal battle centres on claims that the US internet giant is showing articles, pictures and videos produced by media groups when displaying search results, without adequate compensation despite the seismic shift of advertising revenue online. In April 2020, France's competition authority ordered Google to negotiate "in good faith" with media groups, after it refused to comply with a new EU law governing digital copyrights. But last September, news publishers including Agence France-Presse (AFP) filed a complaint with regulators, saying Google was refusing to more forward on paying to display content in web searches. The US giant counters that it encourages millions of people to click through to media sites, and it has also spent heavily to support media groups in other ways, including emergency funding during the COVID-19 crisis. Explore further Google nears copyright deal with French newspapers© 2021 AFP
Rise in workers requesting sick notes ahead of return to offices
Workers are increasingly requesting sick notes as the return to offices looms, figures from a private doctor service have suggested. Mental health experts have said stress-related disorders related to the workplace are surging in what they described as a "MeToo moment". The mental health charity Mind said remote working, combined with nerves over restrictions easing, could be contributing to the rise in sick notes. "Therefore it's not surprising that there has been an increase in demand for GP sick notes from employees experiencing issues like stress, anxiety and depression. Although anxiety appears to be peaking ahead of employees' return to workplaces, it has been higher in general since the pandemic struck, figures suggest.
Find $75 billion to head off next pandemic, top panel tells G20
By Gavin JonesVENICE – COVID-19 is probably only a forerunner of increasingly dangerous pandemics in the future and governments need to find $75 billion over the next 5 years to prepare for them, a panel of experts told finance ministers of the Group of 20 rich countries on Friday. To plug “major gaps” in pandemic preparedness, the panel identified four main areas for action: infectious disease surveillance, resilience of national health systems, supply and delivery of vaccines and other medicines, and global governance. The report, titled “Global deal for a pandemic age”, called for the creation of a $10 bln annual Global Health Threats Fund, plus $5 bln to strengthen the World Health Organization and create dedicated pandemic facilities at the World Bank and multilateral development banks. The G20, chaired this year by Italy, will consider its recommendations in the lead up to a joint finance and health ministers’ meeting in October. Okonjo-Iweala told Reuters the finance ministers had been “generally very positive” about the report and she was confident it would be taken forward.
Nearly 600 rescued migrants disembark from charity boat in Italy
After asking the European Union to find a safe port for the migrants, the group said the situation onboard was deteriorating due to tension and exhaustion among those rescued. “This news brings us relief and gives these people irrepressible joy,” said Carlotta Sami, spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, referring to the Ocean Viking being able to dock. SOS Mediterranee said all migrants would be tested for COVID-19 after disembarking the boat. Several charity boats have been impounded in Italy in recent months after officials reported irregularities onboard. Charity group MSF complained Italian authorities were using such inspections to prevent ships from returning to sea where many migrants die.
Russia records around 428,000 excess deaths during pandemic -Reuters calculations
MOSCOW – Russia recorded around 428,000 excess deaths from April 2020 to May this year during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Reuters calculations based on data released by the state statistics service on Friday. Some epidemiologists say excess deaths are the best way to measure the real death toll from COVID-19. Russia’s coronavirus task force has confirmed a toll of 141,501 since the pandemic began. Russia is currently experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases. The coronavirus task force reported 25,766 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the most confirmed in a single day since Jan. 2.
U.S. sending FBI, DHS law enforcement to Haiti -White House
– The United States will send federal law enforcement officers to Haiti as soon as possible to help after the assassination of its president, the White House said on Friday, saying strengthening Haitian capacity for law enforcement remains key U.S. priority. Officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security will be involved, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. Psaki also said the White House will send COVID-19 vaccines to Haiti as early as next week.
Staging the Euros in 11 host cities has been unfair to fans and teams, says Aleksander Ceferin
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has ruled out holding the European Championships in cities across the continent again. The tournament has been beset with public health and logistical challenges as teams and fans have been forced to navigate their way around eleven host cities. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the logistical challenges posed by holding the Euros in 11 host cities have been too great and the format will not be used again'It is not fair to the fans. It's in a way not correct that some teams have to travel more than 10,000 kilometres and the others 1,000 for example. 'So it's a difficult one, it's an interesting idea but hard to implement and I don't think we will do it again.'
Katie Price displays the results of her latest facelift surgery and full body liposuction
Katie Price has unveiled the results of her latest facial surgery and full body liposuction. 'Omg I’m soo happy with my face surgery,' Katie said while tagging in her hair stylist and make-up artist. Some of Katie's followers questioned whether she is 'addicted' to cosmetic surgery, as others urged her not to get anything else done. Insisting she is not 'addicted' to surgery, Katie said: 'It’s like a car - you have an MOT. Katie has previously dubbed herself a 'surgery veteran' after countless operations including three facelifts and three bouts of liposuction.
Andie MacDowell, 63, pulls back her silver locks in Cannes
Andie MacDowell, 63, was seen outside the Martinez hotel in Cannes, France after stunning on the red carpet twice at the Cannes Film Festival. This comes just as the movie queen said she is happy with her 'wild' locks as she is 'embracing' her age. Always looking good: Andie MacDowell, 63, was seen outside her hotel in Cannes, France after stunning on the red carpet twice at the Cannes Film FestivalThe siren put on quite the display at Cannes as she wore stunning outfits that made the most of her slender frame. She was seen on Tuesday at the Annette screening and opening ceremony during the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. The Green Card actress stood out for her silver locks that looked incredibly chic.
Cannes Film Festival 2021: Stars arrive at red carpet of Benedetta premiere
AdvertisementThe Cannes Film Festival is in full swing after being cancelled last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, and a slew of stars stepped out for the event's fourth day. And Maggie Gyllenhaal looked stunning as she graced the red carpet alongside Izabel Goulart and Tina Kunakey for the premiere of Benedetta on Friday. The Donnie Darko star, 43, put on a stylish display in a plunging red gown that showed off a glimpse of her cleavage as she posed on the red carpet. The Brazilian model's figure-hugging ensemble accentuated her statuesque figure as she posed for photos, and her dress featured cut-out detailing on one side to show off her toned frame. Her ensemble featured a hood that she wore over her head and it also had a large red sash at the front which she had tied into a bow.
Wayne Couzens: Devoted father who hid dark desire to rape and kill
AdvertisementEven after he was arrested over the disappearance of Sarah Everard, Wayne Couzens' high standing among people who knew him saw his mother-in-law insist he was 'a wonderful family man'. Wayne Couzens, who is married with children, was a highly trusted member of the force's Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command. 'Sarah Everard saw a friend in the Clapham Junction area, on March 3 and bought a bottle of wine. Wayne Couzens, who is married with children, was a highly trusted member of the force's Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command. On 28 February 2021 Wayne Couzens (WC) booked a hire car using his name, address and two different mobile numbers.
Majority of Americans now believe COVID leaked from a lab in Wuhan
By contrast, in March 2020 just 29% of Americans accepted the lab leak theory. Whether or not they believe the lab leak theory, Americans are united about the need to investigate COVID's origins, with almost two-thirds of Republicans and Democrats calling the issue 'very' or 'extremely' important. Redfield, who was CDC director under the Trump administration, first revealed back in March that he believes the virus escaped from the Wuhan lab. Biden's chief medical adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, has flip-flopped on the issue, but recently said it was worth looking intoDid Covid leak from a Wuhan lab? He said his emails are 'ripe to be taken out of context' but he 'can't guarantee everything that is going on in the Wuhan lab'.
Biden administration sends 3.3million vaccine doses to Afghanistan with the Taliban surging
Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted out images of the arriving vaccine doses, which will total 3.3 million doses, amid a surge of coronavirus cases in the long-struggling country. The first shipment of 1.4 million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses arrives at the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Nevertheless, Taliban forces have seized control of a number of districts amid the U.S. drawdown. A second shipment of vaccines donated by the United States through the COVAX global sharing program will bring the total to 3.3 million doses, UNICEF said. The deliveries are part of President Joe Biden's pledge to share 80 million vaccine doses globally, most through COVAX, which is run by the Gavi Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
Mass labor shortage in the exclusive Hamptons leaving the rich to cut their own lawns
A mass labor shortage has left the privileged residents of the Hamptons fending for themselves. A mass labor shortage has left the wealthy and privileged residents of the Hamptons fending for themselves in ways they could never imagine. According to the survey, hospitality jobs are unpopular, with 38% of former hospitality workers reporting that they are not even considering a hospitality job for their next position. In the Hamptons, the shortage means it's almost impossible for residents seeking an electrician, plumber, or gardener. The labor shortage has even hit Hamptons residents' beauty regimes, as salons struggle to find enough staff to meet the staggering demand.
France mulls mandatory vaccinations for health workers
France mulls mandatory vaccinations for health workersPressure is mounting to require all carers to be vaccinated against Covid-19, with a government source saying a bill is in the pipeline, although such a measure is not easy to implement.
Russia Recorded Lowest Monthly Excess Deaths on Eve of Third Wave
Russia recorded its lowest number of excess deaths in May 2021 since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, statistics published Friday showed. The number of nationwide deaths during May was 5% — or 7,700 — higher than during the same month of 2019, data published by Russia’s federal statistics agency (Rosstat) showed. That was the smallest increase in fatalities compared to a corresponding pre-pandemic month Russia has recorded since the outbreak of the pandemic last spring. Demographers see excess fatalities — the difference in the number of all registered deaths compared to what would be expected given recent mortality and population trends — as the most reliable indicator of the human cost of the coronavirus pandemic. But those discrepancies have faded more recently and Russia’s official number of coronavirus fatalities has matched or surpassed the number of excess fatalities in each of the last two months for which data is available.
Mitch McConnell doesn't know the answer to the simplest question in the world
(CNN) On Thursday, Mitch McConnell was asked about the sluggish Covid-19 vaccination rates among his fellow Kentuckians -- and why he believed it to be the case. "I'm perplexed by the reluctance of some to get vaccinated, totally perplexed," he saidPerplexed, eh? Earlier this week, conservative talking head Charlie Kirk compared colleges and universities requiring the Covid-19 vaccine to an "apartheid-style, open-air hostage situation." Where Trump lost overwhelmingly -- Vermont, Massachusetts -- vaccination rates are some of the highest in the country. Blue states have the most heavily vaccinated populations; red states have the least vaccinated populations.
CDC: Vaccinated teachers and students don't need to wear masks indoors
Vaccinated teachers and students don't need to wear masks inside school buildings when classes resume this fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated guidance on Friday. Driving the news: The CDC urged schools to remain open and teachers and students to safely return to in-person learning. It recommended keeping prevention strategies in place to prevent future COVID-19 outbreaks in school settings, but stressed that in-person learning is a priority. Details: The CDC said all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated should still wear masks indoors. The CDC did not advocate for schools to require teachers or students to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Palestinian prisoner ends 65-day hunger strike after release
A Palestinian man held without charge has been released from Israeli custody after a hunger strike that lasted for more than two months. Israel uses the administrative detention policy to arrest and hold Palestinians without filing formal charges, often over suspected security offences which Israel does not disclose. Upon renewal of the administrative detention order on May 5, Abu Atwan began a hunger strike. The Palestinian Prisoners Club, a rights group that advocates for Palestinians held in Israeli custody, said he was abused and assaulted. #GhadanfarAbuAtwan was arrested in October 2020 and placed under administrative detention for six months, an order that was renewed for an additional six months.
China’s gene giant harvests data from millions of pregnant women
The scale of BGI’s accumulation of prenatal data, and its collaboration with the military in prenatal and neonatal research, have not been previously reported. DNA data collected from prenatal tests on women outside China has also been stored in China’s government-funded gene database, one of the world’s largest, the company confirmed. Beijing made clear in a 2019 regulation that genetic data can be a national security matter, and since 2015 it has restricted foreign researchers from accessing gene data on Chinese people. In contrast, the United States and Britain give foreign researchers access to genetic data, as part of open science policies. China has released new privacy and data security laws that offer greater protection of personal data, but also allow Chinese national security authorities to access that data.
What we know about the dead and unaccounted for in the Surfside condo collapse
From his parents’ Brooklyn home on Wednesday, Jonathan told CNN affiliate WPVI he remembers texting his mom moments after the collapse. “We extend our deepest condolences to Andreas’ family, friends, classmates and faculty as they deal with this unimaginable tragedy,” a statement read. “We don’t know anything, we don’t have any closure and that’s what hurts,” Fernández told CNN. 6 Colombian citizensSix Colombian citizens are unaccounted for following the collapse, Colombian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Camila Mugno told CNN on Friday. 3 members of Velasquez familyThree members of the Velasquez family are also believed missing after the building collapse, according to family members.
U.S. CDC updates school guidance to emphasize in-person learning
FILE PHOTO: A student sits at her computer at Kratzer Elementary School in Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 13, 2021. The National Education Association, the largest U.S. teachers union, said the updated guidance offers a roadmap for students to return to school. [L1N2K12OT]The American Federation of Teachers, the second-largest U.S. teachers’ union, said the new CDC guidance makes sense and will help students return to the classroom. “Because of the importance of in-person learning, schools where not everyone is fully vaccinated should implement physical distancing to the extent possible within their structures, but should not exclude students from in-person learning to keep a minimum distance requirement,” the new guidance said. The agency said the new guidance is appropriate even with the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.
Los Angeles County sees exponential growth in Covid-19 cases as Delta variant becomes dominant, worrying officials
(CNN) The most populous county in the US is seeing "exponential growth" of Covid-19 cases as the Delta variant takes over as the dominant coronavirus strain, health officials in Los Angeles County said. "We do continue to see an uptick in cases and hospitalizations," Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Thursday. The Delta variant, first detected in India, has been found in 43% of new sequenced samples in California, the state said. A Pfizer spokesperson later told CNN the company planned to request FDA emergency use authorization for a booster shot in August. And if Americans ultimately need a booster shot, "people shouldn't get too worked up about that," he said.
Illinois mandates Asian American history in public schools with law experts say is first of its kind
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