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Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington to mark 10th anniversary with gala, ceremony
WASHINGTON — In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C., opening to the public, the foundation behind the monument is hosting two events this week in the capital city. On Wednesday, the foundation will hold an invitation-only anniversary gala in Washington titled “Moving the Dream Forward ...Forever a Stone of Hope,” celebrating the foundation's inaugural class of social justice fellows. The event will also honor the sponsors who helped create the program, as well as pay homage to members of Congress who have supported the foundation over the years, said Harry Johnson Sr., president and CEO of The Memorial Foundation. An anniversary dedication ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the memorial site on Independence Avenue, with appearances and remarks from civic and faith leaders, including D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Martin Luther King III, in addition to performances by musicians and local students. "The memorial in Washington, D.C., has become a focal place for people to come looking for that hope, looking for justice," Johnson told USA TODAY in an interview.
Your October child tax credit payment is due to arrive Tuesday
Prior to the March 2021 coronavirus relief legislation, a child tax credit of up to $2,000 per eligible child was available to qualifying parents. However, only $1,400 of the child tax credit was refundable. The child tax credit was expanded to $3,600 per child under age six and $3,000 for children ages six to 17. If you already received three child tax credit deposits, then you should expect a fourth on Oct. 15. But while some lawmakers are trying to make the expanded child tax credit permanent, it is currently slated to expire at the end of this year.
Threats, Resignations and 100 New Laws: Why Public Health Is in Crisis
In May, the Biden administration announced that it would invest an additional $7.4 billion from the Covid-19 stimulus package to train and recruit public health workers. Some departments said they had to lay off employees at inopportune times over the past year because grants had run out of money. Many local health officials said they expected that the extra money would peter out over the next two to three years. They likened the Covid-19 funds to the money that flowed into health departments after the 9/11 attacks but then vanished when political priorities changed. Instead, they purchased equipment or, more frequently, hired temporary staff, knowing they would need to let them go when the money dried up.
Meet Me in My Office, in Men’s Underwear on 5
It would take decades and significant advances in technology for corporate ideology to catch up with Nelson’s vision. And then, at some point in the 21st century, it surpassed what he had imagined, in strange ways. By 2018, WeWork had become the largest private occupier of office space in Manhattan, and then it all unraveled. Now our living rooms actually were our offices — during the day, but also after dinner, anytime, all the time — a transformation that has left offices both everywhere and no where. And what if that third realm took shape, for example, not in 19th-century legacy infrastructure (the warehouse, retrofitted by hipsterism) but rather in 20th-century legacy buildings, like department stores?
What to know about the covid-19 treatment molnupiravir
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China's GDP growth to pick up sequentially in the fourth quarter, says Goldman Sachs
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailChina's GDP growth to pick up sequentially in the fourth quarter, says Goldman SachsHui Shan of Goldman Sachs says if China does not experience another Covid-19 wave that affects multiple provinces, consumption of services could rebound. However, she adds that China's fourth-quarter growth will likely remain "pretty soft" compared with a year ago.
Supply chain chaos is already hitting global growth. And it's about to get worse
But Covid-19 has left one very destructive economic issue in its wake: Disruption to global supply chains. Different parts of the world have experienced supply chain issues that have been exacerbated for different reasons too. Supply chain crisis hits growthAs economies get back on their feet, the supply chain crisis has come to the fore as one of the biggest challenges governments now face. Earnings impactedExperts note that earnings are already starting to show the impact of the supply chain crisis. Invesco's Global Market Strategist Kristina Hooper noted last week that "supply chain fears are brewing" with a number of U.S. companies flagging up warnings about rising costs related to supply chain disruptions and potentially lower earnings.
Canada's 'tax the rich' plan leaves big debt risk untouched
Essentially, Canada's large debt burden "does not leave significant fiscal space to offset major new shocks," said Kelli Bissett-Tom, director of Americas sovereign ratings at rating agency Fitch Ratings. But those taxes won't help pay down Canada's record C$1 trillion national debt, nor will they be sufficient to balance the budget. TAX THE RICHCanada is not unique in looking to tax the wealthy to pay for COVID-19-era spending. Trudeau's Liberals will need support from at least one other party to pass any new legislation, like changes to tax laws. The NDP favors tax increases on big business and the very rich.
S.Korea commits to 'challenging goal' of cutting emissions to 40% of 2018 levels by 2030
Vehicles move on a road on a polluted day in Seoul, South Korea, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-jiSEOUL, Oct 18 (Reuters) - South Korea on Monday officially committed to reducing national carbon emissions by 40% of 2018 levels by 2030 ahead of the upcoming U.N. COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, a "very challenging target" compared to an initial 26.3% goal. The government aims to shift industry to minimise carbon emissions by halving coal-fired power generation from 41.9% to 21.8% by 2030 and raising renewables from 6.2% to 30.2%, it said in a statement. South Korea aims to put 4.50 million electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles on its roads by 2025, the statement said, while adding more charging stations and infrastructure. Justin Jeong, Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner, told Reuters the target should be raised to over 50% to meet the international goals.
Tight U.S. job market triggers strikes for more pay
Healthcare workers take part in a strike to protest working conditions in hospitals amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, New York, U.S., October 4, 2021. So far, at least 176 strikes have been launched this year, including 17 in October, according to Cornell University's Labor Action Tracker. Meanwhile, some union members have moved to decertify the union. More than 28,000 healthcare workers at 13 Southern California Kaiser Permanente hospitals and hundreds of medical centers voted overwhelmingly earlier this month to authorize a strike. That demand is echoed by nearly 2,000 healthcare workers who have been on strike since Oct. 1 in Buffalo, New York.
12 pianists in final stage of prestigious Chopin competition
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Twelve pianists from around the world have been admitted to play in the final stage of the 18th edition of the prestigious Frederic Chopin piano competition, reputed for launching world careers for its finalists. In a sign of appreciation for the competitors’ artistry in performing Chopin’s works, the international jury admitted two more finalists than the regulations foresee. The current edition — in which 87 pianists took part — was postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Poland’s best known and beloved classical music composer and pianist, Chopin was born in 1810 in Zelazowa Wola near Warsaw to a Polish mother and a French father. The auditions can be followed live on the Chopin Institute YouTube channel and on Polish state radio’s channel.
Dems to Biden: Don't leave people of color behind in Build Back Better negotiations
An administration official said the White House is fighting for everything in the president’s originally proposed plan. “We have racial disparities for kids. We have racial disparities for women of childbearing age and postpartum. We have racial disparities for people over 65. “Nobody’s going to win in a ‘who has more racial disparities?’ contest.
Covid-stricken states still struggle months after Biden’s surge
States that didn't get staffing help received supplemental funding but couldn't find enough doctors and health workers fill gaps at hospitals. By that point, state health officials said it had become clear that they would not be able to vaccinate enough people to keep Delta at bay. What states needed more than anything was more medical personnel to take care of sick patients. Hospitals lacked personnel to staff the beds and take care of the patients, multiple state health officials said. States including New Mexico and Alabama are still building up their hospital medical personnel three months after Biden announced help was on the way.
Live Company Group Shares Fall on South Africa Formula-E Race Delay
By Ian WalkerShares of Live Company Group PLC fell as much as 12% on Monday after the company said that the Formula-E race in Cape Town, South Africa, will be delayed by a year due to the continued Covid-19 pandemic. The U.K. live events and entertainment group said that the inaugural Cape Town E-Prix will now be staged in Season 9, or 2023, rather than Season 8 as originally planned.
NBA’s 75th season: 5 storylines to follow as games begin Tuesday
The NBA will celebrate its 75th season shrouded by the saga that is Kyrie Irving and his COVID-19 vaccination status as well as the drama between Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers. With the Irving’s and Simmons’ narratives still unfolding, here are five NBA storylines to follow this season:1. Can Lakers win it all? Can the Nets win it all without Irving? It’s just that it will be tough task to undertake if the uber-talented Irving remains a distraction for the Nets all season.
Protesters disrupt flame-lighting for Beijing Winter Olympics
The flame was lit under heavy police security at the Greek birthplace of the ancient Olympics. Pro-democracy protests also had broken out during the flame-lighting ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Hockey NHL players will participate in the 2022 Beijing Olympics NHL players will participate in the 2022 Beijing Games, per an agreement by the league, NHL Players’ Assn. “We can and will deliver a streamlined, safe and splendid Olympic Games to the world,” he said. A statement from the New York-based organization Students for a Free Tibet called on the international community to boycott the Beijing Games.
Stock Futures Slip, China Slows, Apple 'Unleashed', Delta-Plus Mutation - 5 Things You Must Know
Stocks slip lower into busy earnings week; China GDP slows amid power crisis; Apple event to focus on newly-designed MacBook; Biogen gets mixed results in ALS trial and Delta-plus virus triggers COVID case surge in Britain. Last week's stronger-than-expected bank earnings have lifted collective profit forecasts for the S&P 500, with analysts now looking for third quarter earnings to rise 32% from last year to $421.4 billion. Nasdaq Composite futures, meanwhile, are set for an 80 point slide as benchmark 10-year note yields rose to 1.612% in overnight trading. Apple shares were marked 0.4% lower in pre-market trading Monday to indicate an opening bell price of $144.23 each. "We need urgent research to figure out if this delta plus is more transmissible, has partial immune evasion?"
Disney Stock Slides As Barclays Cuts Rating To 'Equal Weight', Price Target To $175
Walt Disney Co (DIS) - Get Walt Disney Company Report shares moved lower Monday after analysts at Barclays lowered their rating and price target on the media and entertainment group, citing slower growth from its Disney+ streaming service. Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwar cut his rating on Disney to 'equal weight' from 'overweight', and lowered his price target by $35 to $175 per share, noting the group's growth story appears to be weakening heading into the final months of the year. “Disney+ growth has slowed significantly," Venkateshwar said. Disney will publish earnings from its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended in September, on November 10, while updating investors on the growth rate of its Disney+ streaming service. Media revenues were up 18% to $12.7 billion while Theme Parks revenues surged more than three-fold from last year to $4.34 billion in the wake of COVID-related restrictions on attendance in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Op-Ed: Mind your XYZs for those of us with names at the back of the line
AdvertisementBased on 2010 U.S. census data, 12% of all respondents have last names that begin with the letters T through Z. Among Asian respondents, 25% have last names that begin with those letters at the end of the alphabet. I, too, have been on the other side of alphabetical bias. Later, I noticed that the Ws, Xs, Ys and Zs had a disproportionately high share of students with Asian last names. A bit of flexibility and creativity could make things fairer for those of us at the back of the line.
Op-Ed: Why didn’t I learn about disordered eating? My schools failed me
But despite public recognition of certain habits as “disorders,” I didn’t learn anything about disordered eating habits or period loss in school. Indeed, amenorrhea is part of the “female athlete triad,” a condition defined as a “combination of disordered eating, amenorrhea and osteoporosis,” according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. A 2011 study of high school athletes found that 35% experienced disordered eating, 19% reported menstrual dysfunction, and 66% reported a sports-related musculoskeletal injury during the sports season. The COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened this disparity: The National Eating Disorders Assn. And these lessons should be designed to disrupt the stigma that often accompanies eating and exercise disorders.
Word Game: Oct. 18, 2021
TODAY’S WORD — OCELLUS (OCELLUS: o-SELL-us: A marking like an eye; an eyespot.) Average mark 13 wordsTime limit 25 minutesCan you find 17 or more words in OCELLUS? For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed. Contact Word Game creator Kathleen Saxe at kzsaxe@gmail.com.
She never planned to get vaccinated. Seeing other pregnant women die from COVID changed her mind.
Seeing continual reports and articles about pregnant women having severe and sometimes deadly cases of COVID-19, Gates had a change of heart. Just 18% of Black pregnant women, 29% of Latino pregnant women and 36% of white pregnant women are fully vaccinated. The CDC now “strongly recommends” vaccines before or during pregnancy, and many Chicago health professionals are doubling down on efforts urging pregnant women to do so. Women who get vaccinated while pregnant can feel confident they are taking “every measure to prevent infection,” Mithal said. She encourages other pregnant women who get vaccinated to do the same to help build robust data that the vaccine is safe.
Lax regulation of Illinois nursing homes resulted in poor resident care, including in early months of pandemic, consultant finds
Yet the agency’s initial response was broadly criticized as too timid and uncoordinated as the virus swept through facilities that were often understaffed and short on protective gear. A Tribune investigation later found that during COVID-19?s first wave — even as most COVID-19 deaths were tied to long-term care facilities — IDPH had largely stopped inspecting facilities. Even when inspectors went, they often went well after major outbreaks had occurred, with the agency at times struggling to have accurate counts of cases and deaths at facilities.
Expanded Child Tax Credit should be made permanent, research says
We all agree that, simply put, the expanded Child Tax Credit should be made permanent as a matter of sound economic policy. In 2019, I studied the mechanisms through which the Canadian Child Tax Benefit – a child allowance like the expanded Child Tax Credit that operates in Canada – improved child outcomes. The evidence demonstrates that policies like the Child Tax Credit and the Canadian Child Tax Benefit improve outcomes both as a direct input into health, education and other essentials, and indirectly by reducing household financial stress and improving household wellbeing. More:Advocates: Access, awareness mean many Ohio children not receiving tax credit paymentsIn the U.S., my work on the Earned Income Tax Credit – another family tax credit program like the Child Tax Credit – shows that these credits improve household finances. Recent data on the expanded Child Tax Credit has born out this prediction: it shows that the first monthly advance payment of the expanded Child Tax Credit during the pandemic was linked to a nearly 24 percent reduction in food insufficiency for adults in households with children.
Columbus council to vote on $4.9 million for Community Shelter Board for crisis specialists
The Columbus City Council on Monday is expected to vote on a $4.9 million contract for for the Community Shelter Board to hire 38 mental health specialists to try to reduce a surge in violence and deaths in the area's homeless system. "There have been pretty dramatic increases in crisis situations in shelters and supportive housing," said Sara Loken, Community Shelter Board spokeswoman, including suicide attempts, drug overdoses and deaths. Theodore Decker commentary: About internal theft, Community Shelter Board has more explaining to doThe new specialists will be trained in crisis interventions and be placed in shelters and supportive housing. The shelter board is seeking another $4.9 million from Franklin County commissioners for the crisis specialists program, which Heritage said would last through 2024. One supportive housing facility is being built now: Touchstone Field Place, an 80-unit facility on the South Side.
'It's going to be scary.' Ohio State's true freshmen already making major impact
It’s another to do what Ohio State’s true freshmen have done so far this season. That Ohio State’s freshmen have made an impact isn’t surprising. And Ohio State’s rating per recruit was the highest in the country. With veteran corners Sevyn Banks and Cameron Brown limited by injuries, Ohio State doesn't want to ponder where it would be without Burke. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”Brabinowitz@dispatch.com@brdispatchGet more Ohio State football news by listening to our podcasts
Ohio State men's basketball power rankings: No. 10 Joey Brunk
Holtmann would leave for Ohio State that summer, but Brunk would spend his next two seasons at Butler. Need to knowAside from Holtmann, Brunk has a few ties to the Ohio State program. “It’s been a really good spring and summer,” Brunk said at Ohio State media day prior to the start of the preseason. Additional readingJoey Brunk:Indianapolis native comes 'full circle' in committing to Ohio State, Chris HoltmannJoey Brunk:Fully vaccinated, Ohio State heads into short break with work to be doneJoey Brunk:At power forward, can E.J. 15 – Kalen EtzlerGet more Ohio State basketball news by listening to our podcastajardy@dispatch.com@AdamJardy
Columbus ER wait times high as hospitals balance COVID patients with other health emergencies
Unfortunately, on the day she headed to the emergency department, Ohio's COVID hospitalizations were peaking. Current wait times may just be a reflection of what happens when an emergency department is expected to do everything, Shafer said. 'It's been a challenge'While hospitals are required to report wait times to federal officials, they don't always report that information directly to patients. The Dispatch called 12 Columbus-area emergency departments to ask for wait times on the afternoon of Oct. 4. Although her wait was long and the emergency department was busy, Kachaylo said she was treated well throughout her visit.
Adopt a pet: These pets are ready to love and have some fun
Central Oklahoma Humane Society Center: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 7500 N Western Ave., 286-1229. Edmond Animal Welfare Shelter: 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Moore Animal Shelter: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 4000 S Interstate 35 Service Road, 793-5190. Oklahoma City Animal Welfare: The shelter is open from noon to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week at 2811 SE 29. Yukon Animal Shelter: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, 501 Ash Ave., 354-6312.
COVID-19 vaccine trials recruiting Oklahoma participants, including young children
Several COVID-19 vaccine trials are recruiting participants in Oklahoma, including a trial for young children, booster shot trials for adults, and a study aimed at people with autoimmune conditions who didn’t mount a strong response to their initial vaccinations. In addition to the booster trials for adults, the Lynn Institute is also running a COVID-19 vaccine trial for children ages 6 months to 2 years old. ‘This is how science happens’Eric Nelson, 50, participated in the original Moderna COVID-19 trial, getting his first shot in August 2020. A few months later, after hearing Chansolme talk about vaccines and being in the original trial, his 14-year-old daughter enrolled in a COVID-19 vaccine trial for teens. Participants will get an extra dose of whichever COVID-19 vaccine they initially received.
‘You reap what you sow’: Russians party despite record Covid figures
During the first coronavirus wave, 60% of Russian households said they had lost income as a result of the economic crisis. This helps explain why many prefer for the country to stay open despite the deaths.”Paramedics admit a Covid patient at Novomoskovsky medical centre in Moscow. But it is not only the economy that has led Russians to seemingly accept life alongside Covid-19. One study also showed that nearly two-thirds of Russians believed coronavirus was a bioweapon created by humans. We don’t have the stamina for another wave,” said Katerina, 24, a nurse working at the flagship Kommunarka hospital in Moscow.
First Thing: Biden urged to act as climate agenda hangs by a thread
Joe Biden is facing increasing pressure over a climate agenda that appears to be hanging by a thread. 31 October but negotiations are dragging on between the White House, Democratic leaders and a pair of centrist holdouts in the Senate. Trial of three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery set to beginThea Brooks stands in front of a mural of her nephew Ahmaud Arbery, in Brunswick, Georgia. Trump has directed aides not to testify, this includes Bannon, the former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino and defense department aide Kash Patel. Climate check: young climate activists speak out on how to save the worldAhead of the crucial Cop26 conference, we talk to young activists around the world.
Inside the lab company infecting humans with Covid
Human challenge studies work particularly well with antiviral and monoclonal antibody treatments, vaccines and prophylactics. “Britain was way ahead of the rest of the world,” Friel says. That came to an end in 1987, but a couple of years later two former employees set up a company doing the same sort of work, calling it Retroscreen. He paid off its debts and Open Orphan did a reverse takeover of Venn in June 2019. Friel also wants Open Orphan to list on the Nasdaq in the next 12 months, although the company will keep its dual listing.
Sunak considers cutting VAT on energy bills
Senior Conservative MPs have been calling for the change to VAT to ease the cost for families this winter. Robert Halfon, known for his successful campaign to keep fuel duty frozen, said it would be a good use of Brexit freedoms to set VAT rates. Mr Halfon said last year’s temporary VAT cut for the hospitality industry set a precedent. Cutting tax was “a much better way – a Conservative way” of helping struggling families “rather than plonking on subsidies”, the MP said. “Why don’t we reduce VAT on fuel, as a temporary measure?” he said.
Cape Verde votes for a new president to salvage tourist economy
By Julio RodriguesPRAIA -The West African archipelago nation of Cape Verde, one of the continent’s most stable democracies, voted on Sunday for a new president who faces the task of stabilising its tourism-driven economy after the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Neves, of the leftist African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV), held the position from 2001 to 2016. It contracted 14% in 2020 as border closures caused by the pandemic cut off Cape Verde’s beaches and mountains from tourists. “We want to choose a president who can be the arbiter of the system and can contribute to the development of Cape Verde. His ideas match my expectations.”The MpD and PAICV have accounted for all of Cape Verde’s presidents – two apiece – since independence from Portugal in 1975.
Czech opposition parties plan lower 2022 budget deficit after election win
PRAGUE – Czech opposition parties seeking to form a new government will aim to rework the 2022 budget to cut the planned deficit to below 300 billion crowns ($13.72 billion), a top party leader said on Sunday. Fiala said a provisional budget for up to two months would not cause a problem. “We have to count on a provisional budget, but of course it is in everybody’s interest to have the amended budget accepted at the soonest.” He said changes could be done in weeks. When asked if the 2022 deficit could be below 300 billion crowns, Fiala said he would like ministries to seek operational savings of around 6%, which he said could cut the deficit by almost 100 billion crowns. ($1 = 21.8710 Czech crowns)
William dons polo neck and velvet jacket as he attends first ever Earthshot Prize
The Duke of Cambridge stepped back in time last night as he donned a black polo neck and velvet jacket to attend the first ever Earthshot Prize Awards. Prince William, 39, opted for a trendy green jacket and a slinky black roll neck as he joined by Kate Middleton on the green carpet for the awards ceremony yesterday. The character became renowned for his love of a black polo neck, with newer iterations often wearing the same outfit. Artists and musicians also donned the slinky black polo neck and jacket look, with the style becoming synonymous with Andy Warhol, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel. And Roger Moore wasn't the only Bond to wear the polo neck and jacket style!
William and Kate's 'professionalism' and 'modesty' at Earthshot was 'masterclass of regal behaviour'
Prince William and Kate Middleton's 'understated professionalism' at last night's Earthshot Awards was a 'masterclass of regal behaviour' and showed a contrast to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's 'rockstar-like' appearances at recent events, a body language expert has claimed. Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, body language expert Judi James revealed how the couple showed they are approachable, while they also seemed 'in awe' of David Attenborough. William and Kate's appearance was in stark contrast to Harry and Meghan's at Global Citizen Live last month. Speaking about William and Kate, Judi went on: 'This elegant, confident but – terms of their body language – understated appearance from William and Kate looked like a masterclass in modern regal behaviour. 'None of our royals do equality like Kate and William,' Judi went on.
First picture of Sir David Amess murder suspect, 25
Police are also investigating the alleged close ties between Sir David and Qatar. It comes after reports that the prime suspect in the murder of Sir David Amess was known to counter-terror police and it is believed he had been referred to the Prevent programme. So, this is not the end of Sir David Amess MP. AdvertisementSouthend West MP Sir David was meeting constituents at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, when he was stabbed to death. From the information that has so far been made public, the most important fact about the killing of Sir David Amess seems clear.
Green Pass downloads surge as new regime gets acid test - English
(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 18 - Downloads of Italy's Green Pass have been surging with the new regime in which the COVID-19 health certificate is obligatory to access places of work starting its first full week on Monday. So far over 100 million Green Passes have been downloaded in Italy. Some 437,000 were downloaded just on Sunday, when there were long queues at many pharmacies to have swab tests. Of those 437,000 Green Passes, 261,00 were downloaded by people who had had swabs, 174,000 people who were vaccinated and over 1,500 people who had recovered from the virus. Around 2.5 passes were downloaded between October 14 and 16, including 867,039 on Friday alone.
Liberals in no rush to get back to work, say Opposition of two month gap between election and Parliament resuming
Article content That means Parliament won’t resume until 63 days after the Sept. 20 federal election. Article content The House of Commons and the Senate rose for the summer in late June, making for a five-month break in between parliamentary sessions. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content “There is the sense that we’ll see a much bigger shuffle of major changes to the Cabinet” than in 2019, Béland said. Share this article in your social networkAdvertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
Why Alberta is holding a referendum on equalization — and what it could mean for other provinces
Share this Story: Why Alberta is holding a referendum on equalization — and what it could mean for other provincesWhy Alberta is holding a referendum on equalization — and what it could mean for other provinces Under the equalization program 'have not' provinces receive equalization payments, while 'have' provinces do not Photo by David Bloom/PostmediaArticle content When Albertans go to the polls Monday to vote for new mayors, councillors and school board trustees, they’ll also be asked to weigh in on a referendum that asks whether or not equalization should be stripped from the Canadian constitution. Article content But even if the referendum receives majority support, it doesn’t mean equalization will be removed from the Constitution or reformed automatically. Try refreshing your browser, or Why Alberta is holding a referendum on equalization — and what it could mean for other provinces Back to video It’s by no means clear that will happen. More On This Topic Alberta referendum on equalization puts federal leaders in difficult position Alberta moves forward on equalization referendum The formula is based on per capita income. Under the program “have not” provinces receive equalization payments, while “have” provinces do not.
China scientists link Covid-19 measures to fall in other infections
Covid-19 prevention measures may have contributed to a dramatic fall in other infectious diseases, according to a group of researchers from Guangdong province.
New Politico Owner Says Will Enforce pro-Israel Policy
Politico's new owner, Germany's Axel Springer, expects the U.S. website to adhere to the parent company's principles including support for Israel’s right to exist, Springer's CEO told The Wall Street Journal Friday. Axel Springer said in August it was buying Politico for more than $1 billion. He said he expected Politico, which was launched in 2007, and Axel Springer to shun activist journalism, which he said was helping polarize the United States and other countries. Axel Springer is “step by step developing the U.S. into our most important market and engine of growth for digital publishing,” Döpfner told The Journal. In Germany, Axel Springer owns titles including tabloid Bild and the center-right broadsheet Die Welt.
Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair
Republicans are signaling that they will help bail out Jerome Powell if he's renominated to lead the Federal Reserve, amid opposition and skepticism from progressives. ), another Democrat on the committee, has said that he’ll support Powell, touting his ability to maintain the “independence” of the Federal Reserve. More than half of the GOP senators on the panel have said that they would support Powell, giving him a potentially comfortable margin to work with. Blumenthal has since indicated that he would support Powell if he’s nominated a second term, but other previous Democratic no votes haven’t yet tipped their hand. Asked if he could support Powell, Sen. John Thune John Randolph ThuneGOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema McConnell gets GOP wake-up call Democrat on controversial Schumer speech: Timing 'may not have been the best' MORE (R-S.D.
Rising prices and empty store shelves spell grave political danger for Biden and his Democrats
An admission by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on CNN Sunday that supply chain backups, which are having a corrosive impact on the wider economy, will linger into next year further underscored a tough midterm election environment for Democrats. On Sunday, for instance, the ex-President sent out a fundraising email that noted "prices soaring." Buttigieg spoke after Moody's Analytics warned last week that supply chain disruptions "will get worse before they get better." Rising demand fuels inflationButtigieg, a rising Democratic political star who might have expected the Transportation Department to offer a comparatively safe political landing spot, now finds himself in the middle of a dicey political crisis. While many of the problems hampering Biden's presidency do seem intractable, Democrats can at least hope that things will improve by next year.
Ben Shapiro: A nation in the bubble
How should we explain the bizarre spectacle of a nation that should be booming stagnating instead? The actual answer, however, is simple: We have spent a year training Americans to believe that work is alternately unsafe, unavailable or unnecessary. First, we have trained vaccinated Americans to believe that they are unsafe. listen live watch liveMost importantly, we have trained Americans to believe that work is unnecessary. Ben Shapiro is a nationally syndicated columnist whose work appears regularly in the Grand Forks Herald.
Activists unfurl Tibet flag at Beijing Olympics flame ceremony
A security officer tried to stop protesters holding a banner and a Tibetan flag at the flame-lighting ceremony for the 2022 Beijing Winter OlympicsAdvertising Read moreOlympia (Greece) (AFP)Activists unfurled a Tibetan flag and a banner that said "no genocide" at the flame-lighting ceremony for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in Greece on Monday. The demonstrators produced the flag and the banner following the ceremony in Olympia attended by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach. Security guards forced the demonstrators, who were standing in the ruins of the site of the Ancient Olympics, to take down the flag and the banner and detained the activists. In a break with tradition, there will be no torch relay on Greek soil. Instead, the flame is due to be carried to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, a second-century arena used in both the 1896 and 2004 Games, and on Tuesday it will be handed over to the delegation from Beijing 2022 to be flown to China.
Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in EU to build 'metaverse'
A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. "No one company will own and operate the metaverse," Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs, wrote in a blog post. Using technologies such as virtual and augmented reality Facebook plans to create a greater sense of "virtual presence", which will mimic the experience of interacting in person. Facebook, which has invested heavily in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), including buying companies like Oculus, intends to connect its nearly three billion users through several devices and apps. Zuckerberg believes the metaverse would be accessible across VR, AR, PC, mobile devices and game consoles.
“We’re at an Unbelievably Dangerous Time in America”: Former Bush Guy Matthew Dowd Is Trying to Turn Texas Blue
So maybe what the party needs to knock off an incumbent Republican is…a guy who used to be a Republican? Now Dowd has become an improbable candidate in the Texas Democratic Party’s lieutenant governor primary, aiming to take on Republican Dan Patrick. “No question the change is slower than many folks want,” says Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio and 2020 candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. A veteran Texas Republican operative vigorously disputes that analysis. as a Democrat,” says Sean Clegg, a senior adviser on California governor Gavin Newsom’s successful recall campaign and on Kamala Harris’s 2020 presidential campaign.
Social Security checks getting big boost as inflation rises
This Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, photo shows a Social Security card in Tigard, Ore. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)This Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, photo shows a Social Security card in Tigard, Ore. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of retirees on Social Security will get a 5.9% boost in benefits for 2022 . With the increase, the estimated average Social Security payment for a retired worker will be $1,657 a month next year. Social Security cannot be addressed through the budget reconciliation process Democrats are attempting to use to deliver Biden’s promises.
Limits On Toilet Paper And Cleaning Supplies Are Back At Costco
Limits On Toilet Paper And Cleaning Supplies Are Back At CostcoEnlarge this image toggle caption Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesThe days of toilet paper shortages may not be over just yet: Costco has announced new limits on purchases of certain household items as supply chain issues bedevil the company and the delta variant spreads. The company is putting "limitations on key items" such as toilet paper, bottled water and cleaning supplies so it can meet any uptick in demand due to the COVID-19 surge, Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said during the company's latest earnings call on Thursday. "A year ago there was a shortage of merchandise," Galanti told investors during the call. In the meantime, Galanti said Costco is trying to stay ahead of the curve by continuing to place orders early to get stores what they need. In an effort to address the delivery issues, Galanti told investors that the company has chartered three ocean vessels for the next year to transport several thousand containers between the U.S., Asia and Canada.
Press Release
For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2022 are announced. Social Security Announces Redesigned Statement -- Now Available with a my Social Security AccountPrint Version Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, today introduced a new look and feel to the Social Security Statement, available online through the my Social Security portal at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and by mail. Social Security Board of Trustees: Combined Trust Funds Projected Depletion One Year Sooner Than Last YearPrint Version The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. Social Security beneficiaries have instant access to their benefit verification letter, payment history, and complete earnings record by establishing a my Social Security account. Often, you only need to know your Social Security number and do not need a physical Social Security card.
Want to Save on Taxes? Consider a Divorce!
While there are many tax changes, the most notable include raising income and capital gains tax rates on high earners – especially married couples. Wedded individuals will see the most dramatic tax squeeze, so as a result, getting a divorce could save high-earning couples thousands of dollars or more in taxes. This will create a significant tax bite for married couples, making divorce more financially appealing now. To save on taxes, will financial advisers recommend couples increase savings for their children’s college education, max out their work 401(k)s … and get a divorce? Kamens shares that “Revenue Ruling 76-253 states that the IRA will disregard a divorce obtained solely to save money on taxes.
The Brics never lived up to their promise – but is now the time to buy?
Hopes for emerging economies and their markets were high when Goldman Sachs first published “the Brics dream” in 2001. Meanwhile, emerging markets account for just 11.6% of the MSCI All Countries World index, which covers 85% of global investable equities. Part of the reason is that less economic activity is represented by stockmarkets in emerging economies than in developed ones. Developed market companies have a much larger presence in emerging economies than vice versa. But a key reason for their markets lagging is simply that emerging economies have not lived up to the promise of 15 years ago.
Dr. Anthony Fauci urges police to get vaccinated: Live COVID-19 updates
Police officers and other public safety workers have a responsibility to get vaccinated, the nation's top infectious disease physician said Sunday. COVID-19 is the leading cause of death for American law enforcement officers, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit tracking police officer deaths. In Chicago, the head of the police union called on members to defy the city’s deadline for reporting their COVID-19 vaccination status. ?Today's numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 44.9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 724,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. However, a Jacksonville, Florda,i judge last month ordered a hospital to give it to a COVID-19 patient, according to records submitted to Nutt.
Liz Peek: Biden team off to UN climate summit as their green energy policies fuel inflation at home
The liberal media, enthusiasts all for the Green New Deal, has downplayed the global energy crisis; they especially do not want you to know what kicked it off. Consequently, the Brits scrambled to substitute natural gas for the missing wind energy. A shortage of natural gas spread over Europe like a virus, leading Germans to beg Vladimir Putin for more imports, which the Russian despot declined to provide. Beijing, too, had to substitute natural gas in their energy grid, causing even more shortages. Meanwhile, governors around the U.S. have nixed the construction of natural gas pipelines, denying their states’ residents relatively clean and cheap fuel.
What are carbon offsets and do they work?
The market for carbon offsets is expected to reach $200 billion by 2050, according to German bank Berenberg, making it a business with massive potential. The teething problems did little to derail the idea of carbon offsetting, however. Purchasing carbon offsets is indeed easy. "In the voluntary carbon market space, there is very, very little regulation if any. "We have to be very careful when we look at carbon offsets because they are an additional bonus when we're dealing with climate change, but they are not the solution," Maslin said.
Artist stages mass nude photos to highlight disappearing Dead Sea
"I'm here to raise awareness of the receding waters of the Dead Sea," he said at a hotel terrace in the southern Israeli town of Arad, "and to bring attention to the ecological disaster that is happening." Artist Spencer Tunick oversees the photo shoot by the Dead Sea. Challenging shootsIn contrast to the chalky white participants, Tunick was dressed in black. The 63-year-old engineer from Hararit, in northern Israel, said it was his second time at a Tunick shoot. Like everyone else, he wore nothing but white body paint.
Chinese and HK shares slide as China Q3 GDP misses estimates
A man watches an electric board showing Nikkei index outside a brokerage at a business district in Tokyo, Japan, June 21, 2021. Oil prices extended a recent rally amid a global energy shortage to hit multi-year peaks, with U.S. crude touching a seven-year high and Brent a three-year peak. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS) was last down 0.34%, while Japan's Nikkei (.N225) lost 0.15%. Against a stronger dollar, sterling fell 0.2% despite hawkish comments from Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey over the weekend. read moreReporting by Alun John; editing by Richard Pullin and Ana Nicolaci da CostaOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Opposition candidate Neves wins Cape Verde election
Cape Verde's Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves speaks during a news conference with his Portuguese counterpart Pedro Passos Coelho (not pictured) at the Necessidades palace in Lisbon December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File PhotoPRAIA, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Opposition candidate and former prime minister Jose Maria Neves won Cape Verde's presidential election on Sunday, as his main rival, the ruling party's flagbearer Carlos Veiga, conceded defeat. Neves, 61, who served as prime minister from 2000-2016, will inherit responsibility for stabilising the Atlantic archipelago nation's tourism-driven economy after the COVID-19 pandemic drove it deep into recession. "I want to offer my congratulations to Jose Maria on his election as president of the republic." Neves will have to work with a prime minister from the MpD after the party maintained its parliamentary majority in an April election.
EU has exported over 1 billion COVID-19 vaccines
A woman holds a small bottle labelled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado RuvicBRUSSELS, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Over one billion COVID-19 vaccines produced in the European Union have been exported to more than 150 countries since December 2020, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday. "Very clearly, the European Union is the largest exporter of COVID-19 vaccines," von der Leyen said in a statement, noting the EU has exported as many vaccines as it has delivered to EU citizens. However, EU exports have been mainly directed to bigger economies, with Japan, Turkey and Britain among the main recipients, because they had supply contracts with vaccine makers which produced jabs in the EU. Vaccines exported or donated by the EU to poorer nations are a small portion of total exports, but the EU plans to boost its donations in coming months with the goal of distributing at least 500 million COVID-19 shots to the most vulnerable countries, von der Leyen said.
EU says exports of COVID-19 vaccines now top 1 billion mark
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top official said Monday that the bloc has now exported over 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the rest of the world. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the vaccines have been sent to over 150 nations, making the 27-member bloc the largest exporter of the vaccines in the world. The EU has said that ramping up COVID-19 vaccinations around the world is the bloc’s No. 1 priority right now and already last month made a commitment to send 200 million more vaccine doses to Africa and other low-income nations. Even when rich nations are already contemplating giving a third booster vaccine shot to large swaths of their populations, most of the world’s poorer nations are still waiting to be fully vaccinated, laying bare an acute sense of vaccine inequality.
China’s Energy, Property Problems Start Hitting Growth
GDP increased by 4.9% in the three months ended in September compared with the same period of 2020, China’s National Bureau of Statistics said Monday. The economy was faced with a “complicated and severe environment both at home and abroad,” the NBS acknowledged. Power cuts ordered by the government throughout the country to deal with energy shortages have also hit business. Meanwhile, sporadic Covid-19 outbursts have hit activity in a country striving for zero tolerance toward the coronavirus that causes the disease, with strict local restrictions hampering activity. Companies that export to China might feel reassured by the fact that the Chinese consumer seems to be proving resilient.
How will vaccine mandates affect already short-staffed nursing homes?
“If it were just the long-term care world that faced vaccine mandates, we would lose workers to other health care disciplines,” Yurek says. In nursing homes, for example, the COVID-19 vaccination rate among staff is just 62%, versus 83% among residents, estimates the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care. They may be hospitalized, then they receive home health care, then they go to a nursing home,” Smetanka says. One of the reasons long-term care employers have been resisting vaccine mandates is that they’re afraid it will exacerbate already challenging staffing shortages. A recent survey by the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living found that 99% of nursing homes and 96% of assisted living communities are facing staffing shortages.
This is what travelers are most worried about
When it comes to traveling in 2021, there’s a lot to think about. Do you need to pack proof of vaccination? What happens if you cancel your trip? And should you pay extra for travel insurance? Though those are valid concerns for travel in the COVID-19 era, over a third of surveyed Americans (39%) say the most concerning aspect of their next...
China’s Energy, Property Problems Start Hitting Growth
GDP increased by 4.9% in the three months ended in September compared with the same period of 2020, China’s National Bureau of Statistics said Monday. The economy was faced with a “complicated and severe environment both at home and abroad,” the NBS acknowledged. Power cuts ordered by the government throughout the country to deal with energy shortages have also hit business. Meanwhile, sporadic Covid-19 outbursts have hit activity in a country striving for zero tolerance toward the coronavirus that causes the disease, with strict local restrictions hampering activity. Companies that export to China might feel reassured by the fact that the Chinese consumer seems to be proving resilient.
Valneva shares spike after saying vaccine candidate outperformed AstraZeneca's
Valneva’s wild stock-price rise continued on Monday after the French biotech said its coronavirus vaccine candidate outperformed AstraZeneca’s in a trial. Valneva VLA, +36.08% VALN, +3.51% shares rose as much as 42% after it said a Phase 3 trial showed its vaccine candidate, VLA2001, outperformed AstraZeneca’s AZN, -0.53% in a trial of 4,012 people, with a significantly more favorable tolerability profile. Valneva said its vaccine produced more neutralized antibodies and there was a complete absence of any severe COVID-19 cases.
Valneva shares spike after saying vaccine candidate outperformed AstraZeneca's
Valneva’s wild stock-price rise continued on Monday after the French biotech said its coronavirus vaccine candidate outperformed AstraZeneca’s in a trial. Valneva VLA, +36.17% VALN, +3.51% shares rose as much as 42% after it said a Phase 3 trial showed its vaccine candidate, VLA2001, outperformed AstraZeneca’s AZN, -0.53% in a trial of 4,012 people, with a significantly more favorable tolerability profile. Valneva said its vaccine produced more neutralized antibodies and there was a complete absence of any severe COVID-19 cases.
This is what travelers are most worried about
Here were the responses:Overcrowding and long lines: 39%. In some cases, 2021 travel figures have outpaced not just 2020, but even 2019. And with the holiday season around the corner, overcrowding and long lines could very well continue through the rest of the year. A whopping 96% of TSA PreCheck passengers waited less than five minutes in August 2021, according to the TSA. Less is more: Pack lightSkip the line at the bag counter before you hit airport security by committing to carry-on only.
Uber tests shared rides in Africa as UberPool stays shut in US, Canada
In April, Uber launched Pool Chance in Auckland, New Zealand after introducing it in Kyiv, Ukraine in October last year. They also switched back on the low-cost rideshare service in Australia's Sydney and Perth cities earlier in the year, and thereafter launched Pool Chance in Adelaide. Uber says on the app that Pool Chance will bring the cost of rides down by up to 30%, further making its trips more affordable to riders. Uber is available in eight markets across Africa including Egypt, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, and Morocco. Since the establishment of Uber Transit in 2015, the tech firm has rolled out services in regions across the world that go towards making public transport seamless.
China’s Energy, Property Problems Start Hitting Growth
GDP increased by 4.9% in the three months ended in September compared with the same period of 2020, China’s National Bureau of Statistics said Monday. The economy was faced with a “complicated and severe environment both at home and abroad,” the NBS acknowledged. Power cuts ordered by the government throughout the country to deal with energy shortages have also hit business. Meanwhile, sporadic Covid-19 outbursts have hit activity in a country striving for zero tolerance toward the coronavirus that causes the disease, with strict local restrictions hampering activity. Companies that export to China might feel reassured by the fact that the Chinese consumer seems to be proving resilient.
Visco Says ECB Should Keep Flexibility in Post-Crisis Era
Most Read from BloombergThe European Central Bank should keep a high degree of flexibility in its post-crisis stimulus measures, and one way it may do so is by buying more European-Union issued debt, Governing Council member Ignazio Visco said. “I think flexibility should remain -- we certainly have to discuss how to adjust our purchase programs,” the Bank of Italy governor said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. Visco’s comments add to an intensifying debate on the design of the ECB’s post-crisis policies. “For time being perhaps the market has been a bit too hectic and I think they should look at our forward guidance in a more proper way,” Visco said. (Updates with Vasle in fifth paragraph, further Visco comments starting in eighth)Most Read from Bloomberg Businessweek©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Richest Families in Southeast Asia Look for the Next Unicorn
“The universe of family money in Southeast Asia has become very alive to what technology and tech investments are bringing because of recent startup successes,” said Vishal Harnal, managing partner of 500 Startups Southeast Asia, which was an early investor in ride-hailing giant Grab and online marketplace Carousell. Story continuesAlthough Covid-19 has decimated tourism and retail in Southeast Asia, the region is home to some of the fastest-growing internet markets. Plus, the conglomerates also have to jostle with investors with deeper pockets and longer experience such as sovereign-wealth and venture capital funds. Some have started pilot projects with tech startups with the aim of investing in those with promising technologies. “I’ve been impressed meeting with the family patriarchs,” said Lauria, whose venture capital firm is also a True Digital Park partner in Bangkok.
Letters: Column was wrong, require training to get benefits, clean energy efforts
Letters to the EditorReader says column on Community Shelter Board was wrong-headed victim-blamingTed Decker's Oct. 14 column "More blame for stealing from people in dire need" blaming the Community Shelter Board for being the victim of a well-organized, multi-defendant white collar crime scheme is wrong-headed victim blaming. More:Theodore Decker: About internal theft, Community Shelter Board has more explaining to doWhile the Board clearly had to plug a hole in its procedures, the criminals worked hard to create a clever scheme. DeWine on efforts to find clean energy solutionsLast month, the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum joined with businesses, organizations, policymakers and citizens across the country to celebrate National Clean Energy Week. His proclamation highlights this fast-growing, bipartisan movement supporting clean energy industries. So, it’s fantastic news that Ohio now ranks eighth in clean energy jobs and saw over $250 million in investment from the solar industry last year.
Babylon Rental Review Board gives itself high marks, as do residents
That’s the permit case tally for Babylon Town’s new rental review board, which is nearing its first anniversary, a year that town officials called successful. The seven-member board, which is tasked with reviewing all rental permit applications for houses and buildings, is a first among Long Island municipalities. All of the nearly 2,500 active rental permits in the town are being reviewed and all landlords must come before the board. Under the new rental permit rules, if a landlord does not live near their property, they must appoint a local agent to act on their behalf. They also must post notice of their board hearing to alert neighbors.
Mastrodonato: Game 3 start a big chance for Eduardo Rodriguez to prove himself with Red Sox as free agency looms
If they don’t come to an agreement, Rodriguez will be a free agent for the first time in his career. Rodriguez, relievers Adam Ottavino and Hansel Robles, and first baseman Kyle Schwarber are among the Red Sox players eligible for free agency after the postseason. “Probably towards the end of the season I guarantee you they were thinking about stuff like that,” Cora said Sunday. The Red Sox won’t be desperate for his services. The change-up is where he wants it.”A great start will mean a lot for the Red Sox.
KPREP results show that learning recovery from COVID-19 is everybody’s business
Brigitte BlomOpinion ContributorThe Kentucky Department of Education released the results of the 2021 student assessments on Sept. 27. That said, the results reflect the impact of COVID-19 on student learning and, therefore, are a set of important metrics which must serve as an urgent call to action. Ignoring the results of the Kentucky Summative Assessments could have dire consequences for the future of our state. Combined, these dollars can be spent on community solutions - such as after-school learning programs - that will truly help our students catch up. Learning recovery from COVID-19 is everybody’s business.
Laura Ashley is back: the story behind the return of an icon
Of all the brands which fell into administration in 2020, it was perhaps Laura Ashley which really tugged at the heartstrings. After years of profit warnings and uncertainty, the once iconic British label finally succumbed as the Covid crisis hit and was eventually bought by US investment firm Gordon Brothers. These last few years have been a far cry from Laura Ashley’s idyllic heyday. Generations of women dressed themselves and their children in Laura Ashley’s frilled dresses and decorated their homes in her abundant florals. But since Ashley’s death in 1985, the label has become a shadow of its former self, peddling a watered down version of that original vision while quintessential Laura Ashley designs are now in huge demand on second hand sites like eBay, Depop and Etsy and the aesthetic she honed shows no sign of going out of fashion.
For Britain's chicken farmers, Brexit and COVID brew a perfect storm
“We’re being hit from all sides,” Upson told Reuters in front of four vast, spotless sheds that house 33,000 chickens apiece. Following the departure of European workers who often did the jobs that British workers didn’t want, retailers may have to import more. Already a driver shortage has led to a lack of fuel at gas stations and gaps on supermarket shelves, while chicken restaurant chain Nandos ran out of chicken. “We’ve just had to say to our customers, sorry, the price is going up,” Upson said, shaking his head. TOOCHEAPAccording to “Chicken King” Ranjit Singh Boparan, founder of the UK’s biggest producer, 2 Sisters, food prices must now rise.
China's GDP growth hits 1-year low as power crunch, bottlenecks choke output
Data released on Monday showed gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.9% in July-September from a earlier, the weakest pace since the third quarter of 2020 and slowing from 7.9% in the second quarter. On a quarterly basis, growth eased to 0.2% in July-September from a downwardly revised 1.2% in the second quarter, the data showed. The world’s second-largest economy has rebounded from the pandemic but the recovery is losing steam, weighed by faltering factory activity, persistently soft consumption and a slowing property sector as policy curbs bite. September industrial output rose 3.1% from a year earlier, missing expectations, down from August’s 5.3%, and marking the slowest growth since March 2020, during the first wave of the pandemic. But consumption showed signs of an improvement, with retail sales growing 4.4% in September, faster than the 2.5% in August.
Romania's Dacian Ciolo? unveils new cabinet ahead of parliamentary vote
That in turn led to a vote of no confidence brought against Citu by the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) - and supported by USR. It easily passed in the Romanian parliament and led President Klaus Iohannis to dismiss Citu and appoint Ciolos as a potential replacement. That failure could hurt the USR and Ciolos’ own presidential aspirations for 2024. Others have argued that "short of a miracle" Ciolos may not get his cabinet through parliament, his effort to put one anyway could play well with voters. A parliamentary vote on the new cabinet has not been scheduled, but will likely take place this week as Ciolos' deadline to assemble a government and gain approval expires on October 20.
IOC's Juan Antonio Samaranch says Beijing Games about unity
Next year’s Beijing Games have triggered protests over China’s human rights record, but the International Olympic Committee’s point man for the event, Juan Antonio Samaranch, said the event is about bringing young people together. Samaranch, the head of the coordination commission for the Beijing Olympics, which start Feb. 4, said the Games were only about unity. Despite his observation, human rights activists protested in Athens on Sunday ahead of Monday’s torch-lighting ceremony for the Games in ancient Olympia. The IOC is also facing criticism for awarding China two Olympics — the 2008 Summer Games as well as next year’s winter edition — with human rights groups saying no improvements have been made since the 2008 Games. However, unlike this year’s rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games, which banned all fans due to the pandemic, local fans will be allowed to attend the Beijing Olympics.
Mikaela Shiffrin hoping to play right cards during World Cup season and Olympics
When it comes to Alpine skiing and the Olympics, Mikaela Shiffrin says she’s not much of a gambler, as the American all-rounder prefers Lady Luck to play no part in her results. Over the course of an Alpine World Cup season, that good and bad fortune tends to balance out. At an Olympics, however, you get one shot and everything has to go right in that moment, and for Shiffrin, that hasn’t always been the case. While double-Olympic champion has a nice ring to it, the results are less than expected from an athlete who has six world championships, 69 World Cup wins and three crystal globes for winning the overall World Cup title. “Luck sways the Olympic results so much more than it does in any normal World Cup or when you look at the results for throughout an entire season.”
Yuta Watanabe looks set to make Raptors' opening night roster
Forward Yuta Watanabe is all but assured of a spot on the Toronto Raptors’ opening night roster after the NBA team announced its final preseason cut on Sunday. Toronto trimmed its roster to the league maximum 15 players, including two two-way players, by waiving forward Ishmael Wainwright, indicating Watanabe made the cut with forwards Sam Dekker and Isaac Bonga. His contract will be guaranteed if he makes the regular season roster, in what would be his fourth NBA season. The Raptors open their 2021-2022 regular season on Wednesday, when they host the Washington Wizards at Scotiabank Arena. Watanabe’s Olympic teammate, Wizards forward Rui Hachimura, is likely to miss the season opener.
Desperate Indians sell family gold to survive COVID-19 cash crunch
“I don’t have any other option than selling the gold,” said Jogani as she waited nervously for the shop owner to make her an offer. Desperate for cash, many families and small businesses have been putting up gold jewelry — their last resort — as collateral to secure short-term loans to tide them over. Banks disbursed “loans against gold jewelry” worth 4.71 trillion rupees ($64 billion) in the first eight months of 2021, a whopping 74% jump year-on-year, central bank data showed. Jain says his customers — predominantly women — have sold a vast array of personal jewelry in recent months including gold bangles, rings, necklaces and earrings. “Earlier, I would neglect these things when my mother used to tell me that ‘you have to save in gold'” Jogani said.
Japan's LDP vows sharp defense budget hike, but public focus elsewhere
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has for the first time included a policy in its election manifesto of aiming to double the country’s defense budget to 2% of gross domestic product. Much of the momentum behind the push for bigger defense budgets stems from concerns over the behavior of Japan’s superpower neighbor. Military spending by China grew for the 26th consecutive year in 2020, expanding fourteenfold, according to Japan’s 2021 defense white paper. “A tougher line (on China among the Japanese public) is not synonymous with increased defense spending,” said Rand’s Hornung. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi has noted that Japan continues to be outpaced by other major countries in terms of defense spending despite its “unprecedented” security environment.
Afghanistan-wide polio vaccination starts next month: UN
"WHO and UNICEF welcome the decision by the Taliban leadership supporting the resumption of house-to-house polio vaccination across Afghanistan," they said in a statement. "The Taliban leadership has expressed their commitment for the inclusion of female frontline workers," it said. A second nationwide polio vaccination campaign had also been agreed upon and would be synchronised with a campaign planned in neighbouring Pakistan in December, they said. "Restarting polio vaccination now is crucial for preventing any significant resurgence of polio within the country and mitigating the risk of cross-border and international transmission," they said. The discussions with the Taliban leadership had also resulted in agreement on the need to "immediately start measles and Covid-19 vaccination campaigns", they said.
[News Focus] Will Windows 11 revive PC demand in South Korea?
Windows 11, released on Oct. 5 worldwide, is set to have an impact on the computer market in South Korea, with a slew of factors likely to affect the pace of upgrades. “I tried to identify the cause and browsed related posts, and it turned out that there was an issue with the compatibility of drivers.”Another user complained that KakaoTalk suddenly stopped working after installing Windows 11. These issues are discouraging computer users from taking the leap in upgrading the operating system on their desktop or laptop computers. Regardless of usual reservations about an upgrade, the PC market is slowly shifting toward the next-generation operating system. Global PC manufacturers are preparing to launch a new lineup of Windows 11 computers in the coming months, while considering firmware and other software updates for Windows 10 users willing to opt for a new operating system.
Northern Territory chief minister and US senator Ted Cruz in Twitter spat over Covid vaccines
The Northern Territory chief minister, Michael Gunner, has hit back at US senator Ted Cruz who criticised the Northern Territory’s vaccine policy, telling the firebrand Texan conservative “you know nothing about us”. The spat began when the US Republican shared a video of Gunner announcing the territory’s wide-ranging vaccine mandate for workers. Cruz lamented the “Covid tyranny of their [Australia’s] current government,” which he said was “disgraceful and sad”. “Individual liberty matters,” Cruz declared, adding he had considered Australia the “Texas of the Pacific”. Gunner did not appreciate the feedback, responding on Twitter with a statement sharing a “few facts about Covid down here” and tagging Cruz.
Instacart 'shoppers' baffled by shrinking paycheques
All six "shoppers," as the company calls them, who spoke with Go Public say earnings have fallen. More than 20,000 Instacart shoppers gather orders from various retailers across Canada, including Walmart, Loblaws, Costco and Shoppers Drug Mart. WATCH | Instacart shoppers say they're earning less money: Instacart shoppers see pay rates drop below minimum wage | Go Public 1:59 Instacart workers say they have been earning significantly less money — often below minimum wage rates — than earlier in the pandemic, while doing the same amount of work. Instacart shopper Willy Solis says, with an algorithm determining shoppers' earnings, Instacart is able to shroud those calculations in mystery. Lead organizer and shopper Willy Solis says, with an algorithm determining shoppers' earnings, Instacart is able to shroud those calculations in mystery.
Cop26 corporate sponsors condemn climate summit as ‘mismanaged’
Companies that stumped up millions of pounds to sponsor the Cop26 climate summit have condemned it as “mismanaged” and “very last minute” in a volley of complaints as next month’s event in Glasgow draws near. Other sources have described the “shifting goal posts” and “inertia” plaguing the Cop26 planning as “deeply frustrating”. Many of the event’s corporate backers regularly take part in high-profile sponsorship deals for big events, and have been left bewildered by the slow progress of the Cop26 events, another source explained. “It’s clear that many of them have very little experience managing relationships in the private sector, or even experience attending a Cop event,” the source said. A Cop26 spokesperson said the organisers were “working closely” with sponsors which would increase the value-for-money for taxpayers, and reduce the overall financial cost of Cop26.
Hey Parler, Nashville Isn’t Turning Red - The New York Times
Or maybe just the place where bridesmaids come to get drunk in the street. A midsize city on its way to becoming a big city can be all these things at once, of course, especially if it is a midsize city that is growing deliberately, in ways that do not displace its low-income residents or its work force. Especially if it is a midsize city that is investing in its public schools and building out its infrastructure to accommodate its meteoric growth. The truth is that high-profile members of the far right have been moving to Middle Tennessee since long before Parler announced its impending relocation. “Are you from Nashville?” the first child asked.
Covid Live Updates: As Colder Weather Sets In, Cases Rise in Northernmost U.S. States
Credit... Emily Elconin/ReutersEven as the Delta-variant-driven virus wave is receding in much of the United States, many counties across the country’s northernmost regions are experiencing rising cases as colder weather arrives. The top five states in new daily cases per capita are led by Alaska, which is logging the highest daily average: 125 cases per 100,000 people, according to a New York Times database. The next four states, with at least 67 cases per 100,000 people, are Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and Idaho. Cases are at least trending downward or holding steady in those states. Cases have been high in Michigan’s school-aged children, especially in districts that do not have mask mandates, according to Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, the state’s chief medical executive.
Biden’s Plans Raise Questions About What U.S. Can Afford Not to Do
Many Democrats fear the United States cannot afford to wait to curb climate change, help more women enter the work force and invest in feeding and educating its most vulnerable children. In their view, failing to invest in those issues means the country risks incurring painful costs that will slow economic growth. “We can’t afford not to do these kinds of investments,” David Kamin, a deputy director of the White House National Economic Council, said in an interview. Mr. Manchin says he fears too much additional spending would feed rising inflation, which could push up borrowing costs and make it harder for the country to manage its budget deficit. Mr. Biden says his proposals would help fight inflation by reducing the cost of child care, housing, education and more.
Everything to Know About 'Succession' Season 3: Cast, More
The extended Roy family tree also includes Nicholas Braun as Cousin Greg and Matthew Macfadyen as Logan’s son-in-law, Tom Wambsgans. In 2019, show creator Jesse Armstrong took home the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. “We’re in the culture just like everyone else is, and it’s a show that has a relationship to the real world,” Armstrong said in October 2019. As for what’s next, Cox previously told Deadline there’s “a lot of fireworks” in the upcoming episodes, hinting that viewers should expect the unexpected. Scroll down to learn more about Succession season 3, including the premiere date, new characters and more:
Sleepy school board races are waking up to Covid and critical race theory debates
Sleepy school board races are waking up to Covid and critical race theory debatesAdded: 18.10.2021 0:57 | 32 views | 0 commentsSchool board elections are being targeted by special interest groups and political action committees, which are gaining toeholds in these nonpartisan races.
Dr. Anthony Fauci urges police to get vaccinated: Live COVID-19 updates
Added: 18.10.2021 10:02 | 9 views | 0 commentsPolice officers and other public safety workers have a responsibility to get vaccinated, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci. Latest COVID updates.
Ed Orgeron: Inside coach's swift LSU football collapse, exit
When Tom Herman chose to coach Texas and not LSU, Orgeron, originally from about 100 miles south of Baton Rouge, landed his dream job. A record-tying 14 LSU players were selected in the draft, five of them in the first round. Since the completion of that season, LSU has gone 9–8, and the program’s two long-standing pillars—a strong, feisty defense and a lethal rushing attack—have cratered. “I mean, what are you supposed to say?” The friend acknowledges that “it all went downhill from there.”A couple of weeks later, LSU players staged their march. From a statistical standpoint, it was the worst defensive year in LSU football history.
Cam Newton: Former MVP reveals he's gotten COVID-19 vaccine, still wants to play
It's been nearly seven weeks since Cam Newton was released by the Patriots just before the start of the regular season. On Sunday, the former league MVP addressed the future of his career, asserting he still aims to play in the NFL. “Hell yea, I want to still play football," Newton said in a video uploaded to his YouTube channel. Following Newton's release, Patriots coach Bill Belichick denied that the decision had anything to do with Newton's vaccination status. Newton started 15 games for the Patriots last season, missing a Week 4 matchup with the Chiefs after testing positive for COVID-19.
‘Real Housewives of Potomac’ Recap, Season 6 Episode 15
The Real Housewives of Potomac Lost at Sea Season 6 Episode 15 Editor’s Rating 4 stars * * * * « Previous Next Photo: BravoFor the last six seasons, the conceit of Real Housewives of Potomac has been that no matter what, the plotting and scheming of Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon were necessary evils to keep the show moving. This week, Robyn and Gizelle “sneak out” (how does one truly sneak in a medical boot?) However, instead, we are circling the drain, and Robyn’s satin hats are still taking up real estate in her mom’s garage. Surprisingly, Mia and Wendy manage to accomplish the patented Real Housewives frenemy détente. I don’t know what is in Ray’s coffee this season, but he seems comfortable on camera, and it shows.
Sex Story: The Woman With a Long Distance Boyfriend
New York’s Sex Diaries series asks anonymous city dwellers to record a week in their sex lives — with comic, tragic, often sexy, and always revealing results. I know I’m hot and successful and that he knows he’s insanely lucky to be with me. I also know that I go crazy when I’m not having sex on a regular basis. It’s annoying but something I’ve come to accept. I ask him if everything is okay, and he says yes, but I can tell he’s lying.
‘Succession’ Season 3 Premiere Recap: Battle of the Bastards
A review of the Succession Season Three premiere, “Secession,” coming up just as soon as a Pope follows me on Twitter…Midway through “Secession,” Kendall’s girlfriend Naomi Pierce jokes on the phone that he may be the best man in the world. We know enough about Kendall Roy after two seasons to know how wrong he is about virtually all of that. This is most palpable in the excruciatingly awkward phone conversation Roman and Logan have late in the episode. Roman feels he has earned the job — has been the good son that everyone treats as the bad son — but is ultimately too cowardly to seize it. But even before that call, you can see Roman, Shiv, and the others all waffling about what to do, and why.
Biden caught violating DC mask mandate at Georgetown restaurant
Here's what you need to know as you start your day …Bidens caught violating DC mask mandate at posh Georgetown restaurantPresident Biden and first lady Jill Biden were caught violating Washington, D.C.'s indoor mask mandate by walking through a high-end Georgetown restaurant without masks on Saturday. Washington, D.C.'s Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser reinstated an indoor mask mandate in July amid the surge of the delta variant. The Bidens also violated Fiola Mare's mask policy, which mirrors the city's. "Per CDC guidance and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s executive order, all individuals over age 2 are required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Power doesn't cede itself, and unless we can figure out a better way to balance out that power … we'll be vulnerable."
How two college friends got Serena Williams and Usain Bolt to back their business
Alex Rose and Sam Browne were quick off the mark to attract investment from tennis star Serena Williams and Olympic champion Usain Bolt for their sports booking platform Let's Do This. Y Combinator has been the launching pad for big-name technology companies like Airbnb and Reddit. Williams and Bolt also invested in the seed funding round. Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, who is married to tennis legend Williams, got in touch with the founders during the Y Combinator program. So Rose and Browne then asked for an introduction to Williams, who had launched her own VC firm, Serena Ventures, in 2014.
Mongolia has concerns about Rio Tinto's management of a major copper mine, official says
Mongolia is concerned about Rio Tinto's management of the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in the Gobi desert in the southern part of the country, a government official told CNBC. Once the underground expansions are completed, Oyu Tolgoi is expected produce more than 500,000 tonnes of copper per year. However, last December, Rio Tinto pushed the timeline back and said "sustainable production" was expected to commence in October 2022. On Friday, Rio Tinto again delayed that forecast and said sustainable production will happen "no earlier than January 2023." While Rio Tinto blamed the delays and rising costs on challenging ground conditions, an independent review this year contradicted that explanation.
Gas crisis, labor shortages and supply chain chaos: Post-Brexit Britain faces a difficult winter
A perfect storm of labor shortages, skyrocketing natural gas prices and global supply chain constraints have put the country in prime position for a difficult winter. Britain has an estimated shortage of 100,000 truck drivers, which haulage organizations have largely attributed to a post-Brexit exodus of EU nationals. Other sectors have also warned of deepening labor shortages that are expected to damage the availability and price of goods in the runup to Christmas. "In the meantime, the reality is we're going to have labor shortages unless the visa rules change." Charalambos Pissouros, head of research at JFD Group, said he believed panic buying and supply shortages in the U.K. might also impact spending power by damaging sterling's value.
Texas' Holocaust both-sides-ing debacle is scary. Worse? It's already happening.
Unfortunately, we don’t have to wonder about the chilling ramifications of both-sides-ing the Holocaust — it’s already happening. In the U.S., we have monuments to Nazi collaborators in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio, among other states. Parades honoring Holocaust perpetrators are held in European capitals, where veterans of Nazi divisions that exterminated Jews and Roma are feted as heroes. Most often, the governments and far-right groups whitewashing Nazi collaborators claim their “heroes” weren’t fighting alongside Hitler but rather against the Soviet Union. Even more perversely, these Holocaust perpetrators, many of whom were defeated by the Red Army, are often cast as victims of the USSR.
China's economic growth slows amid power and property troubles
"The domestic economic recovery is still unstable and uneven," National Bureau of Statistics spokesperson Fu Linghui said at a briefing in Beijing on Monday. But the recovery has lost steam from the blistering 18.3 percent growth clocked in the first quarter of this year. The weak numbers sent the yuan and most Asian stock markets lower amid broader investor concerns about the world economic recovery. "At present, China's fiscal strength is continuously increasing, and there is still relatively big room for monetary policy," said the NBS's Fu. Still, the central bank is expected to remain cautious about monetary easing because of worries about high debt and property risks.
Valneva jumps on positive results for COVID-19 vaccine candidate
The logo of Valneva SE is pictured at the company's headquarters in Saint-Herblain, near Nantes, France, September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane MaheSummary Shares jump by more than 30%Positive Phase III results for VLA2001Britain cancelled deal with Valneva in SeptPARIS, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Valneva (VLS.PA) reported positive Phase III results on Monday for its inactivated, adjuvanted COVID-19 vaccine candidate VLA2001, lifting its shares in a boost for the French biotech company after Britain cancelled a big deal to buy its shot. Valneva said its latest trial, on 4,012 participants aged 18 and older across 26 trial sites in Britain, showed the vaccine prompted a stronger immune response and fewer side-effects than AstraZeneca's shot. Its shares plunged last month after Britain scrapped a contract for about 100 million doses of the vaccine Valneva was developing, partly over concerns about when it would win approval. read moreValneva has been expanding the trials of its VLA2001 COVID-19 vaccine candidate, and remains in talks with the European Commission over a potential contract.
NFL roundup: Cowboys escape with OT win over Patriots
Damien Harris rushed 18 times for 101 yards and a touchdown and Kendrick Bourne led the Patriots with 75 receiving yards. Cardinals 37, Browns 14Kyler Murray threw four touchdown passes and Arizona remained the lone unbeaten team in the NFL by rolling past host Cleveland. However, unlike the Chargers, Baltimore established the running game, finishing with 187 rushing yards against one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. Henderson had 78 yards rushing on 21 carries and added a rushing touchdown, and Kupp finished with nine receptions for 130 yards. Bengals 34, Lions 11Joe Burrow tossed three touchdown passes to lift visiting Cincinnati to a convincing victory over winless Detroit.
‘His Street Cred Went Up’: The Unintended Consequences of Outing the GOP Lawmakers at Jan. 6
“His street cred went up,” said Jay Costa, the Democratic minority leader in the Pennsylvania state Senate. “I'm only telling you what my Republican colleagues tell me: that he’s texting Trump, ‘Corman said this, Corman did that,’” he said of the Republican leader. In June, Trump blasted out one of his email statements: “The Pennsylvania Senate needs to act. In the months since Jan. 6, Mastriano has succeeded in making the state party look more like him, not less. The Republican Senate leader eventually did remove Mastriano from the audit investigation, stripping him of his committee chairmanship.
Bioventix FY 2021 Pretax Profit Fell Slightly
By Xavier FontdegloriaBioventix PLC on Monday reported a fall in pretax profit for fiscal 2021 on currency woes, but said the business should revert to an established trajectory once the Covid-19 pandemic ebbs. The U.K. supplier of antibodies for clinical diagnostics posted a pretax profit of 8.1 million pounds ($11.1 million) for the year ended June 30, down slightly from GBP8.2 million a year earlier. The bottomline took a hit from foreign-exchange movements and an increase charge in respect of share options issued in previous years, the company said. Revenue rose to GBP10.9 million from GBP10.3 million in fiscal 2020. The board has declared a dividend of 105 pence a share for the year, and a special dividend of 38 pence a share.
Valneva Shares Jump On Positive Results for Covid-19 Vaccine Candidate
Valneva SE shares jumped on Monday after the French biotech company reported positive Phase 3 results for its inactivated, adjuvanted Covid-19 vaccine candidate. VLA2001 is currently the only whole-virus, inactivated, adjuvanted vaccine candidate against Covid-19 in clinical trials in Europe. "We are committed to bringing our differentiated vaccine candidate to licensure as quickly as possible and continue to believe that we will be able to make an important contribution to the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic," said Chief Executive Officer Thomas Lingelbach. Valneva said it started rolling submissions for initial approval with the U.K.'s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and is preparing to start rolling submissions for conditional approval with the European Medicines Agency. Last month, the U.K. government terminated its Covid-19 vaccine contract with the company due to an alleged breach in obligations.
Valneva shares jump 30% after saying vaccine candidate outperformed AstraZeneca's
Valneva VLA, +32.25% shares jumped 30% in Paris trading after saying its coronavirus vaccine candidate outperformed AstraZeneca's AZN, -0.58% in a Phase 3 study, which met both its co-primary endpoints. Valneva said its vaccine had a neutralizing antibody seroconversion rate above 95% and that it had a better tolerability profile.
Saks Fifth Avenue e-commerce unit aims for IPO at $6 billion valuation - WSJ
FILE PHOTO: A Saks Fifth Avenue is pictured during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Manhattan borough of New York City(Reuters) -The e-commerce business of luxury department store Saks Fifth Avenue is preparing for an initial public (IPO) offering and targeting a $6 billion valuation, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, citing sources. The company is interviewing potential underwriters this week for an IPO that could take place in the first half of next year, according to the report. Saks said it does not comment on rumors or speculation in a statement to Reuters. Earlier this year, Hudson's Bay Co (HBC), the owner of Saks Fifth Avenue, launched the luxury department store's e-commerce segment as a separate business following investment from U.S. private equity firm Insight Partners in the online business. The deal valued the Saks e-commerce business, called Saks, at $2 billion, HBC said.
China's economy stumbles on power crunch, property woes
China's economy had staged an impressive rebound from last year's pandemic slump thanks to effective virus containment and hot overseas demand for the country's manufactured goods. Global worries about a possible spillover of credit risk from China's property sector into the wider economy have also intensified as major developer China Evergrande Group (3333.HK) wrestles with more than $300 billion of debt. Aluminum output declined for the fifth consecutive month and daily crude steel output hit the lowest level since 2018. On Sunday, People's Bank of China governor Yi Gang said the economy is expected to grow 8% this year. Still, the central bank is expected to remain cautious about monetary easing due to worries about high debt and property risks.
Jury selection set to begin in trial of 3 men charged with Ahmaud Arbery’s murder
Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan are charged with murder and other crimes in Arbery’s death Feb. 23, 2020, just outside the port city of Brunswick, Ga.Jury selection could last two weeks or more. Arbery’s father said he was praying for an impartial panel and a fair trial, declaring that Black crime victims too often have been denied justice. Bryan joined the pursuit in his own truck and took the now-infamous cellphone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery three times at close range with a shotgun. He said Travis McMichael fired his gun in self-defense after Arbery attacked him, punching and trying to grab the weapon. Once a jury is seated, the trial itself could take more than two weeks, Adams said.
Autumn Budget 2021: what will be announced and how much will it cost you?
Any tax changes would come on top of the £20bn freeze in the income tax allowances announced in the spring and the £36bn raid on incomes to fund the NHS announced last month. The Autumn Budget will be the second financial statement made by the Chancellor this year, following the Spring Budget on March 3. Raising the cost of alcohol – 7/10The price of a pint could change in a shake-up to alcohol duty, following a review announced at the 2020 Budget. Changes could include standardising the different tax rates across alcohol types or raising alcohol duty each year in line with inflation. However, such changes would prove wildly unpopular and are unlikely to follow recently announced increases to National Insurance contributions and dividend tax rates.
Facial recognition cameras installed in UK school canteens
Schools in Scotland are trialling facial recognition to allow pupils to pay for their lunches from Monday. Many schools already use biometric software, such as fingerprint recognition, to take payments but facial recognition is billed as being quicker and more Covid-secure. But the new system has been criticised by privacy campaigners who say it normalises facial recognition software where there is little need for and was often operated without clear consent from the user. Facial recognition has previously been used by schools to monitor attendance and security. Authorities in New York state banned facial recognition software in schools pending an assessment of privacy inplications, while one municipality in Sweden has been fined for trialling such a scheme.
Succession season 3 cast, TV channel and how to watch in the UK
Here’s everything we know about Succession season three…When will it air? Season one was broadcast in June 2018, with the second season following in August 2019. In the US, viewers can watch the series on HBO and HBO Max. Kieran Culkin, Jeremy Strong in Succession (HBO)Who is in season three? Brian Cox and Matthew Macfadyen in 'Succession' (HBO)Will season three reference coronavirus?
COVID-19 tracker: Tokyo cases fall to 29 Monday, setting 2021 record
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said newly confirmed COVID-19 cases totaled 29 on Monday, down by 20 from a week before and marking the lowest daily figure this year. The number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms under the Tokyo government’s standards dropped by four from Sunday to 31. The health ministry said Monday the number of severely ill COVID-19 patients nationwide came to 312, down by five from the previous day. On Sunday, Japan newly confirmed 429 people with the novel coronavirus, with the daily tally standing below 1,000 for 11 days in a row. In Osaka Prefecture, 71 new cases were confirmed Sunday, below 100 for the third straight day.
Okinawa medical workers push back against unfair COVID-19 bonus system
It turns out, though, that some hospitals pay the extra money while others don’t, creating a discrepancy among medical workers in Okinawa Prefecture. To find out how hospitals are using the prefectural subsidies, the Okinawa Times conducted a survey covering the 22 hospitals. Outside Okinawa, other prefectures have made it a rule to offer the same amount of money to medical staff to prevent a discrepancy among hospitals. Okinawa Prefecture, however, lacks a subsidy framework setting out the criteria for the benefits. “I want people to know that there are medical workers who don’t get benefits even if they are working under the same infection risk and workload,” the nurse said.
China’s power crisis will affect industries worldwide
A villain is emerging in China’s efforts to rein in its energy prices: inefficient, power-hungry industry. Cheap power has been an essential tool of development, and the government has traditionally encouraged major users with electricity tariffs that get cheaper the more you consume. At the same time that price curbs are being removed from dual-high industries, so capacity curbs are being lifted from zero-carbon power generation. With zero-carbon electricity already cheaper than most existing operating coal power plants, those changes may be just the spur to wean China from its addiction to solid fuel. All that’s needed to make this system work more efficiently is for Beijing to unleash the formidable investment appetites of its provincial governments on the banquet of cheap zero-carbon power now available.
Ben Affleck spends quality time with his son Samuel as the father-son duo steps out together in LA
Ben Affleck was spotted spending a bit of quality time with his son, Samuel, in Santa Monica on Sunday. The Argo director shares his son, as well as his two older daughters, with his former wife, Jennifer Garner, whom he divorced in 2018. The father-child duo both wore facial coverings to keep themselves protected from COVID-19 during their time at the studio. Affleck and Garner remained together for three more years before they announced that they had separated and were planning to divorce in 2015. Affleck then began dating Ana de Armas, although the two eventually went their separate ways earlier this year.
Op starts to clear Trieste port of Green Pass protestors - English
(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 18 - Police on Monday started the operation to clear protestors against the obligation to have the Green Pass COVID-19 health certificate to access all Italian places of work from a section of the port of Trieste. The protest started on Friday, when the obligation to have the Green Pass at places of work kicked in. The Green Pass shows that a person is vaccinated for COVID-19, has recovered from it in the last six months or has tested negative in the last few days. It is estimated that around 40% of the port of Trieste's workers do not have the Green Pass. It had been feared that the protest in Trieste would cause massive disruption and trigger similar actions elsewhere.
Apple supplier Foxconn unveils electric vehicles
Advertising Read moreTaipei (AFP)Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn unveiled three electric vehicles on Monday, boosting its bid to be a major player in the rapidly expanding EV market as it seeks companies to partner with. But it has been moving fast to diversify beyond electronics assembly and has ploughed money into electric vehicles, including a joint venture with local automaker Yulon Motor and purchasing a struggling auto plant in Ohio. The models unveiled on Monday -- a sedan, an SUV and a bus -- are concept vehicles that Foxconn hopes it could build with other manufacturers. Foxconn has funnelled about Tw$10 billion ($355 million) into electric car development in 2020 and the company says its investment will rise over the next two years. Liu said the company "has gradually built an electric vehicle supply chain and distribution network", with one new partnership announced almost every month this year.
SIDance 2021 goes hybrid, featuring 77 works
ENTERTAINMENTPoster for the 24th Seoul International Dance Festival (SIDance Organizing Committee)Belgian choreographer Thi-Mai Nguyen’s “Etna” (SIDance Organizing Committee)Dancer Kim Su-jeong’s “Querencia” (Lior Horesh/SIDance Organizing Committee)The 24th Seoul International Dance Festival is taking place through Nov. 14 at various venues around Seoul, featuring 77 dance works of diverse genres by choreographers and dance companies from 14 countries. The performances will be held both online and offline.The SIDance festival, organized by the Seoul Section of the UNESCO International Dance Council, kicked off Saturday with dance show “The Object,” presented by the Daegu Arts Center and Gyeonggi Arts Center.This year sees the return of overseas artists for onstage performances. Though the festival could not invite large dance troupes due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, individual artists are to present eight dance works.Also this year, the festival highlights dance performances from the Benelux Union -- Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Belgian choreographer Thi-Mai Nguyen will present “Etna” at Oil Tank Culture Park in western Seoul on Saturday and Sunday. It went online last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.By Im Eun-byel ( silverstar@heraldcorp.com
[Herald Interview] Rethinking emissions as investing opportunities
FINANCEEnvisioning Partners Managing Partner Je Hyun-joo speaks during an interview with The Korea Herald in Seoul. These bets were meant to pursue a financial return on its early-stage venture investment from companies aiming to solve social problems. Je has been portrayed as an impact investing trailblazer in a startup ecosystem in Korea, where the concept of impact investing was alien. In August, Yellowdog‘s assets, including the impact investment vehicles, were transferred to Envisioning.The COVID-19 outbreak last year was a turning point to the seasoned investor. On top of them, patience is needed considering the long way climate technology firms still have to go to commercialize their solutions.“Given the vast scope of climate tech, we spent our resources building more deal pipelines and sharpening our strategy as an early-stage VC,” she said.
247,000 self-employed people lost job in past year: report
BUSINESSAn empty store displays a “for lease” sign. (Yonhap)Some 247,000 sole proprietors have lost jobs amid prolonged social distancing regulations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, data showed Monday.According to Yonhap News Agency’s analysis, 247,000 people who were self-employed in mid-September last year lost their jobs and fell into the category of the unemployed and economically inactive within the past 12 months.The report defines unemployed as those who are able and willing to work and who have been in search of a job but unable to find one. The economically inactive population, on the other hand, includes those who do not have the ability or do not look for a job.Among the total of 3.16 million who lost their job in the period, the self-employed accounted for 7.8 percent, up 0.6 percentage point from a year earlier, according to the data.The total figure of the unemployed also included 1.23 million who worked as temporary laborers and 1.03 million who were full-time workers.Food service and lodging industries had the most number of the people of 449,000 who became jobless in the past year. Wholesale and retail industries came second with 398,000 people, while the manufacturing and construction industries followed with 391,000 and 295,000 people, respectively.Among the sole proprietors who shut down their businesses, 41,000 had hired employees, while 206,000 worked alone, showing their job losses would have had a negative impact in the temporary job market.“The decrease in the number of proprietors cannot only be blamed on the coronavirus situation. Non-face-to-face transactions and digital transition have been settling as new trends, so the difficulties of small businesses are likely to continue,” a researcher from a policy institute said.By Jo He-rim ( herim@heraldcorp.com
USFK reports 23 additional COVID-19 cases among new arrivals
Fighter jet F-16 Falcon lifts off tarmac at Osan Air Base (Yonhap)Twenty-three people affiliated with the US Forces Korea (USFK) who have recently arrived here have tested positive for COVID-19, the US military's infection tally showed Monday. Among arrivals from Sept. 22 to Oct. 14, seven service members and eight family members who landed at Osan Air Base on US government-chartered flights tested positive, according to the USFK. Another group of six service members and a Department of Defense employee, and a family member also tested positive upon arrival via international commercial flights at Incheon International Airport. The latest cases raised the total number of infections reported among the USFK-affiliated population to 1,525 from the previous tally. More than 85 percent of its affiliated community has been vaccinated, the military said.
WHO to send envoy to Romania over Covid-19 outbreak
A video conference will be held by experts of the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Romania with those of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on October 18, announced MP Alexandru Rafila, Romania's representative to the WHO. Heather Papowitz, WHO director for medical crises, natural disasters and conflicts, will arrive and stay in Romania for at least 60 days, the state TV station announced, B1tv.ro reported. "Romania is the only country where over 300 people die every day, it is a concern for the European authorities […] Romania risks generating a new viral variant, and the European authorities are naturally trying to intervene to protect their interest," explained Radu ?incu, intensive care chief physician at Floreasca Hospital in Bucharest. In his turn, Alexandru Rafila advocates for enforcing full quarantine in Bucharest metropolitan area, where the incidence exceeded 16 Covid-19 infected persons per 1,000 residents over the past 14 days. andrei@romania-insider.com(Photo source: Askar Karimullin/Dreamstime.com)
Romania has the highest COVID mortality rate in the world
In the spring of 2020, at the onset of the COVID pandemic in Europe, Italy was the most affected country. Thought not as bad as Romania, the region of Eastern Europe is by far the worst hit in Europe. Eastern Europe (Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is red showing a spike in COVID cases. It is the highest average in Europe, but unfortunately, according to the latest data, it is also the highest average in the world. Romania is followed, in Europe, by Bulgaria, with an average of 12.37 deaths, according to Our World in Data.
New Zealand extends Auckland lockdown in battle on Delta variant
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern participates in a televised debate with National leader Judith Collins at TVNZ in Auckland, New Zealand, September 22, 2020. Once the poster child for stamping out COVID-19, New Zealand is now fighting a Delta outbreak that has spread across Auckland and neighbouring regions despite tough lockdown and border closures. "Any interim easing of restrictions ... will not work towards our plan of minimising cases while we increase vaccinations," Ardern told a news conference. The lockdown in the city of 1.7 million began in mid-August, in the effort to halt the outbreak. The Pacific nation was among just a handful of countries to reach zero COVID-19 cases last year, staying largely virus-free until the Delta outbreak in August frustrated efforts to stamp out transmission.
Men on trial for Ahmuad Arbery death, strikes in Haiti, Apple event: 5 things to know Monday
Police said the group was abducted by a gang called 400 Mawozo as they left a Haitian orphanage. It came days after a team of U.S. officials visited the country and pledged $15 million to help reduce gang violence. Time to organize your apps'Wendy Williams Show' to premiere without show's star: Wendy WilliamsWhat's "The Wendy Williams Show" without Wendy Williams? "It has been determined that more time is needed before she is able to return to her live hosting duties." Medical issues delayed the premiere to Oct. 4, then to Oct. 18.
Bill Clinton back in New York after brief hospital stay in California
Orange, Calif. (AP) -- Bill Clinton arrived Sunday at his home in New York to continue recovering from an infection that left him in treatment for six days at a Southern California hospital, officials said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton had been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares.
China's power woes may worsen as demand surges amid coal supply lag
Shortages of domestic coal have driven fuel prices for Chinese power generators higher, causing the unprofitable companies to ration power to industrial users. "Despite efforts to increase coal supply, output fell in September due to weather, safety and logistics challenges. The supply and demand mismatch helped push Chinese coal futures to another record on Monday. Coal for January delivery, the most actively traded contract, climbed by the upper trading limit of 11% on Monday to 1,829 yuan ($284.15) a tonne, signalling a belief in a persistent coal supply crunch. read more"Recent price liberalization for coal power utilities and industrial end-users is a signal that the government is not confident that it can control coal prices in the near future," said Whitworth.
Life after COVID: EU re-thinks budget rules for new era
European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium May 5, 2021. What began in 1997 as two regulations and a resolution of some 12 pages in total has since multiplied several times and is accompanied by a 108-page user manual, updated every year by the European Commission. In 2002 then European Commission President Romano Prodi called the Pact "stupid", a judgment he stands by today. Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis has said the investment exemption idea will definitely be part of the coming discussion. "Some countries wanted to exclude investments, others the pandemic costs, again other countries military spending from the stability pact calculations.
India's vaccine effort slows as dose gap trumps output jump
REUTERS/Francis MascarenhasNEW DELHI, Oct 18 (Reuters) - India's vaccination campaign has slowed despite amassing record stockpiles of vaccine, health ministry data showed on Monday, as authorities maintain a wider-than-usual gap between doses in a strategy that has boosted coverage. The AstraZeneca vaccine, known as Covishield, accounts for 861 million doses of India's total injected figure of 977.6 million, while its other main vaccine, Covaxin has a dose interval of four to six weeks. Over the last few days, daily stocks of all COVID-19 vaccines have exceeded 100 million doses, the health ministry figures show, for states and federally controlled territories taken together. In contrast, daily vaccinations have dropped to an average of 5 million doses this month and even less in the past week, off a daily peak of 25 million last month. However, vaccine supply alone should not determine the gap, said Chandrakant Lahariya, a physician and epidemiologist in the capital, New Delhi.
Valneva reports positive results for coronavirus vaccine
The coronavirus vaccine developed by Valneva was successful in a late-stage clinical trial, the French company announced on Monday. Based on a trial with 4,012 participants, Valneva said that its vaccine prevented coronavirus infections at a similar rate to the Oxford/AstraZeneca shot. It also stimulated the creation of protective antibodies at a higher rate than the vaccine with which it was being compared. The Valneva shot is the only vaccine on clinical trial in Europe based on an inactivated, adjuvanted virus vector — a more traditional form of vaccine than mRNA or adenoviral-vector shots. In terms of safety, Valneva said that participants who received its vaccine reported "significantly fewer" adverse side-effects when compared with Oxford/AstraZeneca.
Distil Swung to 1H Loss on Lower Revenue, Supply-Chain Issues Continue
By Xavier FontdegloriaDistil PLC on Monday reported a swing to a pretax loss in the first half of the year as revenue fell, and said that its production costs are likely to continue to increase due to global supply-chain strains. Distil said that widespread staff shortages and costs increases are the main challenge to the business, and that it anticipated further cost of goods and energy price increases. This will impede margins to return to pre-pandemic levels, it said. The company didn't provide any guidance for the second half of the year given the uncertainty stemming from the supply chain-related challenges. Write to Xavier Fontdegloria at xavier.fontdegloria@wsj.com-0-
Cloudcoco Group Expects to Beat FY 2020 Revenue, Trading Ebitda
By Ian WalkerCloudcoco Group PLC said Monday that it expects fiscal 2021 revenue and trading Ebitda to beat the previous year's figures, with a further strong progress in fiscal 2022. The U.K. provider of information-technology and communications services said it expects revenue for the year ended Sept. 30 to marginally exceed the 8.0 million pounds ($11 million) recorded in fiscal 2020. Trading earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization is expected to be more than GBP700,000 compared with GBP261,000 for the year ended Sept. 30, 2020, in line with market expectations. "We have delivered a robust performance in spite of the challenges posed by Covid-19 with a substantial increase in trading Ebitda," Chief Executive Mark Halpin said. Write to Ian Walker at ian.walker@wsj.com
Tristel FY 2021 Pretax Profit Fell on Lower Revenue
By Xavier FontdegloriaTristel PLC on Monday reported a fall in pretax profit for the fiscal 2021 as the Covid-19 pandemic hit sales growth, but said it expects a better performance in the year ahead. The manufacturer of infection-control products made a pretax profit of 3.8 million pounds ($5.2 million) for the year ended June 30, down from the GBP6.6 million profit registered a year earlier.
Russian IT firm Softline sets IPO price range, valued up to $1.93 billion
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian IT company Softline said on Monday the indicative price range for its initial public offering has been set at between $7.50 and $10.50 per global depositary receipt (GDR), valuing the firm at up to $1.93 billion. Russian IPO activity, hit by the COVID-19 pandemic last year, is picking up pace as the economy improves and concerns over fresh Western sanctions fade. Softline, headquartered in London and operating in more than 50 countries, said the offering is expected to value the company at between $1.49 billion and $1.93 billion. Softline intends to use part of the IPO proceeds to fund acquisitions, it said, part of the company's growth strategy along with organic expansion. Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan and VTB Capital are acting as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners.
WNBA looks ahead to 2022 season with potential changes
WNBA Finals MVP Kahleah Copper is an unrestricted free agent, as are married Sky teammates Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley. Besides Chicago, the rest of the WNBA could have a different look next year with potential movement as some of the league's biggest names are available. She potentially will be headed overseas at some point this winter to play on her Russian league team. This season marked the first time that neither one of the top two teams made the WNBA Finals since the league changed its postseason format. “The data looks like it's going to read out some interesting information for us to start having exploratory discussions with certain cities,” Engelbert said, “Make sure that we can find great ownership groups to support a WNBA team and great fan bases.
News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend
An official government tally showed 1,002 deaths and 33,208 new infections, setting a high for both fatalities and cases for the third day in a row. Russia on Sunday reported a record high of 34,303 new coronavirus cases. Investigators said "several individuals sold people an alcohol liquid that was dangerous for their health" over the past two weeks in Yekaterinburg, Russia's fourth-largest city. Jail TortureRussian investigators on Saturday launched a probe into a riot at a prison involving at least 200 inmates, which a rights monitor said was sparked by abuse. The incident in Vladikavkaz, the capital of Russia's republic of North Ossetia, comes after Russia's prison service earlier this month sacked several officers after harrowing videos emerged of alleged rape and torture at a jail hospital in the central Russian city of Saratov.
Singapore to expand no-quarantine scheme for vaccinated travellers
Under the policy, passengers will not have to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated and tested negative for the coronavirus before they depart and on arrival. Even with the whole population vaccinated, we still will not be able to stamp it out," he said. In addition to focusing on home care for mild and asymptomatic domestic cases, Lee said Singapore needed to resume international travel. "Companies and investors need to carry out regional and global business from Singapore. And the success of the city-state's vaccinated lanes project may boost the recovery in the global aviation industry, which was hammered by the pandemic.
[From the Scene] Teens eager to put pandemic behind them, return to school
NATIONALA nurse at Hong-ik hospital in Seoul`s Yangcheon district administers a dose of Pfizer vaccine to a 17-year-old on Monday morning. I didn’t care much about them.”His mother, who came with him, said she left it up to her son to decide. So the explanations took twice as long for children.“Parents have already been vaccinated themselves, so they know the drill. Some of them have asked if there were side effects for children that might be different from ones seen in adults -- which, there aren’t,” she said. “We definitely want more children to be immunized, and also exercise that much caution to make the process as safe as possible.”Related Stories
[Herald Interview] Rethinking emissions as investing opportunities
These bets were meant to pursue a financial return on its early-stage venture investment from companies aiming to solve social problems. Je has been portrayed as an impact investing trailblazer in a startup ecosystem in Korea, where the concept of impact investing was alien. In August, Yellowdog‘s assets, including the impact investment vehicles, were transferred to Envisioning.The COVID-19 outbreak last year was a turning point to the seasoned investor. Reflecting on priorities in Je’s impact investment domains -- solutions that address social issues such as climate change, health care, quality education solutions and workplace improvement -- Je‘s latest vehicle is the first of its kind to dedicate itself solely to climate-related technology.The veteran impact investor said the key to climate technology investing was whether an investor is adept at measuring the amount of emissions a certain business activity is responsible for, and at understanding the technology deeply enough to test a solution’s carbon reduction outcome. On top of them, patience is needed considering the long way climate technology firms still have to go to commercialize their solutions.“Given the vast scope of climate tech, we spent our resources building more deal pipelines and sharpening our strategy as an early-stage VC,” she said.
[From the Scene] Teens eager to put pandemic behind them, return to school
A nurse at Hong-ik hospital in Seoul`s Yangcheon district administers a dose of Pfizer vaccine to a 17-year-old on Monday morning. Han Jung-hoon and Park Ju-young, two sophomores at a nearby high school, said they were looking forward to having more in-person classes. “Children aged 12 and older get the same dose of the Pfizer vaccine as adults. “I got the impression that kids were really paying attention to all the things that were being explained to them,” she said. “We definitely want more children to be immunized, and also exercise that much caution to make the process as safe as possible.”
Journalism Turns on the First Amendment
And none of it fell under the First Amendment. On a small scale, journalism is now a weapon to take First Amendment rights away from those deemed politically unsuitable. But one is a threat to the First Amendment and one just likes to hear himself talk. Why did Mathias, HuffPo, and the congresswoman go so far out of their way to get McCaffrey out of the Air Force? And, biggest picture of all, that’s what is left of journalism at this point.
Canberra Covid-19 lockdown: the ACT reaches 80 per cent double dose target following NSW
Another Australian jurisdiction has reached the 80 per cent double-dosed threshold, triggering a significant change. Another Australian jurisdiction has officially reached the 80 per cent double-dosed threshold, making it the second place to hit the important jab target after NSW. Federal Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly confirmed on Monday that Canberra would not longer be considered a Covid-19 hotspot now the 80 per cent target had been reached. The 80 per cent target marked a significant easing of public health restrictions in NSW. It is not clear whether reaching the 80 per cent target will significantly change the ACT’s reopening plan.
Red Sox’s Eduardo Rodriguez ‘100 percent’ after COVID-related heart trouble
BOSTON — A feel-good story takes the mound for the Red Sox on Monday night at Fenway Park, in that Eduardo Rodriguez says he feels good. “I’ve been throwing 30-plus starts this year,” the left-hander, who will start Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against Houston for the Bosox, said Sunday afternoon. Rodriguez said he didn’t begrudge his many teammates who opted against getting vaccinated against the pandemic; the Red Sox were among the few clubs that never reached the 85-percent threshold that would have liberated them from myriad restrictions. Eduardo Rodriguez AP“I just feel like everybody [can] choose to see the way they want to see everything. Pivetta will start Game 4 unless he is needed to help out of the bullpen in Game 3.
Oil prices could possibly hit $150 per barrel in 2023 or 2024, says Bernstein
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailOil prices could possibly hit $150 per barrel in 2023 or 2024, says BernsteinNeil Beveridge of Bernstein says $150 per barrel oil is a possibility in 2023 or 2024. He says an increase in oil demand as the world reopens after Covid, coupled with very lackluster supply could trigger exceptional prices.
Explainer: Sticking points at the U.N. climate conference
Amid extreme weather events around the world and following a United Nations' climate report which warned that global warming was close to spiralling out of control, the actions of governments at this conference will determine whether it is a success. To do this, emissions need to be cut in half by 2030 and reach net-zero by around mid-century. As the U.N. conference was postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year is the deadline for countries to make steeper emissions cut pledges (called nationally determined contributions or NDCs). As rich nations are not meeting the $100 billion a year goal, it can break down trust at the climate talks, experts say. It also aims to establish a central U.N. mechanism to trade carbon credits from emissions reductions generated from low-carbon projects.
Analysis: Echoing the opposition, Japan's Kishida woos voters with Abenomics critique
The LDP faces an opposition more united than at any time in nearly a decade and is expected to lose seats after a huge win in 2017. "If voters can't understand the difference, it favours the party in power," said Steven Reed, professor emeritus at Chuo University. That echoes the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan's (CDPJ) call to "restore a society with a 100-million strong middle class". The opposition party says redistribution is a prerequisite for growth, while Kishida insists growth takes priority - a stance that in fact, is similar to Abe's long-held position. "The LDP platform doesn't need to be credible - just enough that people will not vote for the opposition, or not vote at all," Nakano said.
London Playbook: Tributes to Sir David — Prevent not preventing — COVID concerns mount
By ALEX WICKHAMPRESENTED BYSend tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browserGood Monday morning. DRIVING THE DAYTRIBUTES TO SIR DAVID: Westminster will unite today to pay tribute to Sir David Amess, the Conservative MP killed in an appalling terrorist incident on Friday. Tory MP Tobias Ellwood has the bold approach of arguing politicians should stop holding face-to-face surgeries with their constituents and hold them by Zoom instead. Politics Live (BBC Two (12.15 p.m.): Tory MP Jesse Norman … Labour MP Ben Bradshaw … The Telegraph’s Camilla Tominey … Class think tank director Ellie Mae O’Hagan. SUBSCRIBE to the POLITICO newsletter family: Brussels Playbook | London Playbook | Playbook Paris | EU Confidential | Sunday Crunch | EU Influence | London Influence | AI: Decoded | Digital Bridge | China Direct | D.C. Playbook | All our POLITICO Pro policy morning newslettersSUBSCRIBE to the POLITICO newsletter family: Brussels Playbook | London Playbook | Playbook Paris | EU Confidential | Sunday Crunch | EU Influence | London Influence | AI: Decoded | Digital Bridge | China Direct | D.C. Playbook | All our POLITICO Pro policy morning newsletters
New technology offers anonymous way to report abuse, doping
The technology is designed to be as simple as possible, specifically for a generation of athletes used to doing almost everything on their cell phones. It allows athletes or employees to start a report about workplace discrimination, doping violations, sex abuse and other concerns with a simple text. ADVERTISEMENTThe NFLPA initially bought the service to give players a chance to report inconsistencies in COVID-19 testing protocols. He contacted more than 200 administrators in university athletic departments, asking them what systems they had in place to receive complaints or concerns from athletes. The company also offers a way for organizations to keep a record of how they respond to complaints.
Seattle's Darrell Taylor taken to hospital after scary hit
Mayfield reinjured his left shoulder but plans to play Thursday night against Denver. Toney had three catches for 36 yards before the rookie first-round pick aggravated an ankle injury. Savage was evaluated for a concussion after he was hurt making a tackle on the first play from scrimmage of the second half. Ravens center Bradley Bozeman left with a back injury on the first drive of the second half. The Giants also lost left tackle Andrew Thomas to an ankle injury.
Japan becomes suprise overnight COVID success story
TOKYO (AP) — Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Japan, unlike other places in Europe and Asia, has never had anything close to a lockdown, just a series of relatively toothless states of emergency. “Rapid and intensive vaccinations in Japan among those younger than 64 might have created a temporary condition similar to herd-immunity,” said Dr. Kazuhiro Tateda, a Toho University professor of virology. Tateda noted that vaccination rates surged in July to September, just as the more infectious delta variant was spreading fast. Nationwide, Japan reported 429 cases Sunday for an accumulated total of about 1.71 million and 18,000 deaths since the pandemic began early last year.
Japan becomes suprise overnight COVID success story
TOKYO (AP) — Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Daily new COVID-19 cases have plummeted from a mid-August peak of nearly 6,000 in Tokyo, with caseloads in the densely populated capital now routinely below 100, an 11-month low. The bars are packed, the trains are crowded, and the...
A Big Fund Slashed Its Stake in GameStop Stock. It Bought Moderna and Palantir.
ReutersBEIJING (Reuters) -China's economy hit its slowest pace of growth in a year in the third quarter, hurt by power shortages, supply chain bottlenecks and major wobbles in the property market and raising pressure on policymakers to do more to prop up the faltering recovery. The world's second-largest economy is facing several major challenges, including the China Evergrande Group debt crisis, ongoing supply chain delays and a critical electricity crunch, which sent factory output to its weakest since early 2020, when heavy COVID-19 curbs were in place. "The domestic economic recovery is still unstable and uneven," said National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) spokesperson Fu Linghui at a briefing in Beijing on Monday.
Police departments face a shortage as unions enable officers to refuse vaccines
While the penalties for officers who decline to get the vaccine differ from city to city, there is a common resistance among police unions to various restrictions. And policing experts warn that even if officers’ resistance to the vaccination is misguided, issuing mandates could further deplete departments that are already understaffed and thus hurt public safety. Officers are aware that you can still contract and spread the virus even after you have received the vaccine. Photograph: Martha Asencio-Rhine/APIn Chicago, the city instituted a requirement for officers to report their vaccination status by Friday. By 14 October, 171 officers had not submitted proof of vaccination, representing a 41% decrease from a week earlier.
China growth slows on energy crunch and property woes
China's economy hit its slowest pace of growth in a year in the third quarter as power shortages, supply chain bottlenecks and major wobbles in the property market all took their toll. Data released on Monday showed gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.9pc in the three months to the end of September from a year earlier, the weakest rate since the third quarter of 2020 and behind forecasts. The world's second-largest economy is facing several major challenges, including the Evergrande debt crisis, ongoing supply chain delays and a critical electricity crunch, which sent factory output to its weakest since early 2020, when heavy Covid-19 curbs were in place. A spokesman for China's National Bureau of Statistics said: "The domestic economic recovery is still unstable and uneven."
The Saga of Erika Girardi
And last November, after 20 years of marriage, Erika Girardi filed for divorce. In July, Erika Girardi, 50, was named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by a bankruptcy trustee seeking to recoup some of those dollars. Also, it is OK to be humble.”Thomas Girardi , Erika Girardi and Lisa Rinna in ‘Real Housewives’ (Getty)Erika Girardi was raised in Atlanta and moved to New York after high school with dreams of becoming an actress. Erika and Tom Girardi’s Pasadena mansion (Shawn Bishop)Erika Girardi joined The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in 2015. Edelson’s law firm has since filed a motion in the bankruptcy proceeding to go after Erika Girardi for any “traceable assets that were embezzled by Tom and potentially given to Erika”.
ESPN reporter quits job after refusing to take a vaccine
A reporter with ESPN announced her decision to leave the network rather than get vaccinated against Covid-19, citing her effort to conceive a second child. In a video on her Instagram account, Allison Williams announced her decision to step down from the network, where she works as a college football and basketball reporter. She said she is not morally and ethically aligned with the network’s decision to impose its vaccine mandate on all employees. Ms Williams also cited instances of women who experienced fertility problems after receiving the vaccine. Ms Williams’ decision to resign from the network comes just a few weeks after she announced a leave of absence .
Chris Hemsworth shows off his huge bulging biceps as he gets into shape for Extraction 2
And Chris Hemsworth is putting in the last-minute physical work to get into peak shape for his latest action film. Pictured: Australian actor Vernon Wells as Wez in Mad Max 2'Being an Australian movie that was done 40-odd years ago, and it still generates so much interest. Mad Max Furiosa is set to begin production in Broken Hill next April and is scheduled for release in 2024. The movie will also star Chris Hemsworth and have George Miller back in the director's chair. Furiosa was originally portrayed by Charlize Theron in the 2015 blockbuster, Mad Max: Fury Road.
Anna Wintour flashes beaming smile ahead of Harry Styles concert in NYC
Late last year, British singer Harry Styles made history when he became the first male solo artist to grace the cover of American Vogue by himself. Styles, 27, initially launched his Love On Tour in support of his second solo studio album, Fine Line, that dropped in December 2019. In fact, Love On Tour became one of the first full capacity indoor arena concert cycle to happen in the United States in the aftermath of the pandemic. I've never really thought too much about what it means — it just becomes this extended part of creating something.' Out on tour: Styles's Love On Tour goes through the US until at show at The Forum in Los Angeles on November 20; the photo is courtesy of Anthony Pham
China's economy stumbles on power crunch and property woes
China’s economy had staged an impressive rebound from last year’s pandemic slump thanks to effective virus containment and hot overseas demand for the country’s manufactured goods. Global worries about a possible spillover of credit risk from China’s property sector into the wider economy have also intensified as major developer China Evergrande Group wrestles with more than $300 billion of debt. Aluminum output declined for the fifth consecutive month and daily crude steel output hit the lowest level since 2018. “At present, China’s fiscal strength is continuously increasing, and there is still relatively big room for monetary policy,” said the NBS’s Fu. Still, the central bank is expected to remain cautious about monetary easing due to worries about high debt and property risks.
Chrishell Stause is the picture of business elegance in black skirt and pink blazer at open house
Dressed to impress, the reality star flashed an electric smile decked out in a black skirt, which came down to her mid-thigh, and a light pink blazer from Marissa Webb over a plunging black top that gave a hint of her cleavage. Open house: Chrishell Stause, 40, dressed to impress in a black skirt, a pink blazer from Marissa Webb, and strappy heels during an open house showing in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles on SundayStause, 40, made her grand arrival holding a couple of signs in one hand and a couple of water bottles in another. Being that she's a recognizable reality star, some people have taken to her social media platforms to ask her about the traffic flow at her open houses. 'Yes sometimes people show up just to say hi,' she confirmed in one post written over of photo of herself in her black and pink ensemble. Earlier on Sunday, before heading out to the open house, Stause slipped into promo mode for both the property and Succession: 'Me headed to my open house knowing I am getting multiple offers and #succession is on tonight!!
Restaurants to trial entry with proof of vaccination or COVID-19 test
The government said Monday it will begin conducting trials this week using proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or negative test results at eateries in preparation for another possible wave of infections this winter. The trials will begin Thursday in Kyoto Prefecture, followed by Hokkaido and Fukuoka Prefecture. A Japanese restaurant in Kyoto Prefecture, an izakaya pub in Hokkaido and a hotel restaurant in Fukuoka Prefecture are among the facilities at which the trials will take place, according to the government. Using the trials as a framework, the government wants to avoid imposing strict steps uniformly and to continue economic activity even if the country is hit by another wave. Trials using proof of vaccination or negative test results have been held at professional soccer matches.
Woman, 65, with end-stage liver disease is denied transplant because she refuses to get vaccinated
Michelle Vitullo, 65, has been going to the Cleveland Clinic for treatment for her stage 4 liver disease since 2019. Michelle Vitullo, 65, has stage 4 liver disease and was denied a lifesaving transplant this monthVitullo was initially excited on learning that her daughter Angela Green was an exact match. The Cleveland Clinic released a statement saying that it recently began requiring organ donors and transplant candidates to be vaccinated. 'For the transplant candidate, in addition to a major operation, medications taken after an organ transplant weaken a person's immune response. The world-renown Cleveland Clinic requires vaccines for donors an recipients, citing the weak immune system caused by medications taken before a transplant'It's just wrong,' said Jim Vitullo.
Schumer: Use DOGS to keep airport security lines moving if vaccination rule creates staff shortage
Chuck Schumer has suggested using sniffer dogs to replace people at airports if the fast-approaching deadline for COVID vaccinations for all staff causes a shortage of workers. About 40 per cent of TSA workers are currently at risk of being fired for refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine. Schumer suggested the dogs could be more widely usedHe said his idea 'really works' and should be seriously considered. He added that the TSA should 'particularly look at New York' to try out his idea, given the large numbers of passengers passing through and the low vaccination rate among TSA workers in the city. Mike Van de Ven, the president of the airline, told employees in a video on Sunday that staffing shortages were to blame.
247,000 self-employed people lost job in past year: report
Some 247,000 sole proprietors have lost jobs amid prolonged social distancing regulations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, data showed Monday.According to Yonhap News Agency’s analysis, 247,000 people who were self-employed in mid-September last year lost their jobs and fell into the category of the unemployed and economically inactive within the past 12 months.The report defines unemployed as those who are able and willing to work and who have been in search of a job but unable to find one. The economically inactive population, on the other hand, includes those who do not have the ability or do not look for a job.Among the total of 3.16 million who lost their job in the period, the self-employed accounted for 7.8 percent, up 0.6 percentage point from a year earlier, according to the data.The total figure of the unemployed also included 1.23 million who worked as temporary laborers and 1.03 million who were full-time workers.Food service and lodging industries had the most number of the people of 449,000 who became jobless in the past year. Wholesale and retail industries came second with 398,000 people, while the manufacturing and construction industries followed with 391,000 and 295,000 people, respectively.Among the sole proprietors who shut down their businesses, 41,000 had hired employees, while 206,000 worked alone, showing their job losses would have had a negative impact in the temporary job market.“The decrease in the number of proprietors cannot only be blamed on the coronavirus situation. Non-face-to-face transactions and digital transition have been settling as new trends, so the difficulties of small businesses are likely to continue,” a researcher from a policy institute said.By Jo He-rim ( herim@heraldcorp.com
Senior Living: Is early retirement in the cards?
Share this Story: Senior Living: Is early retirement in the cards? Senior Living: Is early retirement in the cards? Try refreshing your browser, or Senior Living: Is early retirement in the cards? * You have no other retirement savings. — Christine Ibbotson has written four finance books, including the bestseller How to Retire Debt Free & Wealthy.
NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner fires back at US Senator Ted Cruz over Twitter post
The Northern Territory 's Chief Minister Michael Gunner has fired back at Texas Senator Ted Cruz for labelling the territory's vaccination policy as "disgraceful and sad". Mr Cruz shared the video of Mr Gunner, saying while he loves "the Aussies", "the COVID tyranny of their current government is disgraceful and sad". Mr Gunner responded to Mr Cruz's tweet, saying "we don't need your lectures, thanks mate". Mr Gunner said. Senator Cruz has been an infamous proponent of scrapping vaccine mandates, arguing any policy to make the jab compulsory "ignores medical data".
The Pentagon’s Bloated Budget Undermines American Democracy
Amid a climate supposedly riven by polarization and obstruction, few things remain capable of uniting America’s political class quite like the Pentagon budget. Military spending allocated for 2022 considerably exceeds the cost of five separate Green New Deal bills. Fundamentally, however, the case against the Pentagon’s ever-expanding budget is a democratic one. But bipartisan support for the Pentagon budget remains so ironclad that most military spending votes are basically perfunctory — a legislative rubber stamp which lends legitimacy to an outcome everyone knows is a foregone conclusion. But over half of discretionary public funds being cursorily earmarked every year to America’s bloated military apparatus represents an issue altogether more serious and profound than mere waste.
China economy slows; officials say recovery ‘unstable and uneven’
Officials say GDP grew at its slowest place in a year in the third quarter, amid power cuts, property woes and COVID-19 concerns. Data released on Monday showed gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.9 percent in the third quarter, compared with a year earlier, the slowest since the third quarter of 2020. “We must note that current international environment uncertainties are mounting and the domestic economic recovery is still unstable and uneven,” National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) spokesman Fu Linghui said on Monday. “That would make China one of, if not the, best performers among the larger economies in the world,” he said. Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday that China has ample tools to cope with economic challenges despite the slowing growth, and the government is confident of achieving full-year development goals.
Julien Gauthier still working toward his Rangers moment
TORONTO — The Rangers have had their depth tested early, with two injuries and one COVID-19 protocol designation all coming within the first three games of the season. The pecking order is already dwindling, with the Rangers recalling Morgan Barron from Hartford on Sunday. But for Julien Gauthier, who made the opening-night roster out of training camp, the only thing left to do is wait until it’s his time. It’s not as easy as people think sometimes,” Gauthier said of how he remains motivated despite being a healthy scratch for a majority of his tenure with the Rangers. In addition to goalie Alexandar Georgiev, the other Rangers who skated included Alexis Lafreniere, Nils Lundkvist, K’Andre Miller, Blais, Dryden Hunt, Gauthier, Jarred Tinordi, Libor Hajek and Greg McKegg.
For Britain's chicken farmers, Brexit and COVID brew a perfect storm
"We're being hit from all sides," Upson told Reuters in front of four vast, spotless sheds that house 33,000 chickens apiece. Following the departure of European workers who often did the jobs that British workers didn't want, retailers may have to import more. Already a driver shortage has led to a lack of fuel at gas stations and gaps on supermarket shelves, while chicken restaurant chain Nandos ran out of chicken. TOO CHEAPAccording to "Chicken King" Ranjit Singh Boparan, founder of the UK's biggest producer, 2 Sisters, food prices must now rise. Upson says he can get a higher price selling bones for pet food than he can for a leg of chicken.
Energy and commods hedge funds post big gains as prices skyrocket
REUTERS/Darren StaplesTORONTO/LONDON Oct 18 (Reuters) - Hedge funds that bet on a big comeback for commodities enjoyed soaring returns in the first nine months of 2021 as the world faced an energy crunch. The average global macro commodities hedge fund is up 23.2% for the first nine months of the year, according to data provider PivotalPath, a period that saw the average equity energy hedge fund rise 12.3%. Natural gas and power prices have soared, particularly in Europe, where earlier this month benchmark wholesale gas futures at the Dutch TTF hub were up 400% from the start of the year. read moreThose markets have been volatile, particularly natural gas, where volatility measures hit a record this month. Trend-following hedge funds enjoyed strong gains in September from natural gas, according to UBS.
Glynn's Take: Australian Immigration Push Might Meet Solid Opposition
Australia closed its borders to immigration in 2020 to curb coronavirus infections, turning net migration negative for the last two years. However, some economists argue that mass immigration would only wallpaper over deeper issues with the Australian economy related to flagging per capita economic growth and stubbornly weak wages growth. One of the reasons there is a push to return to large-scale immigration in Australia is to fill what is seen as a skills shortage. Higher targeted immigration allows businesses to tap the global labor market for workers, rather than relying on employing Australians, said Stephen Koukoulas, a Canberra-based economist for Market Economics. Instead of tapping the international labor market, Mr. Koukoulas said there is a critical policy need is for better targeted training, skills and education.
China's economic growth weakens amid construction slowdown
China's economic growth weakens amid construction slowdownEnlarge this image toggle caption Andy Wong/AP Andy Wong/APBEIJING — China's economic growth is sinking under pressure from a construction slowdown and power shortages, prompting warnings about a possible shock to its trading partners and global financial markets. Factory output, retail sales and investment in construction and other fixed assets all weakened. "Even developed markets, including the U.S., would not be immune to a significant tightening in global financial conditions as a result of a negative China growth shock accompanied by financial stress." That has fueled fears about other developers, though economists say the threat to global financial markets is small. Output grew by a record 18.3% in the first quarter of 2021, but forecasters said the rebound already was leveling off.
Jury selection to start in trial over Ahmaud Arbery’s death
Jury selection in the case is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 18. Jury selection in the case is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 18. Jury selection could last two weeks or more. Bryan joined the pursuit in his own truck and took the now-infamous cellphone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery three times at close range with a shotgun. Once a jury is seated, the trial itself could take more than two weeks, Adams said.
Washington State head coach Nick Rolovich in limbo as vaccine deadline is here
Washington State coach Nick Rolovich faces a potential crossroads in his employment status on Monday. That leaves Washington State, winners of three straight and in the thick of the Pac-12 North race, in the most unusual position. Oct 16, 2021; Pullman, Washington, USA; Washington State Cougars head coach Nick Rolovich looks on during warms before a game against the Stanford Cardinal at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. Rolovich, 42, is in his second year as the head coach at Washington State. Prior to his time at Washington State, Rolovich was the head coach at Hawaii for four seasons.
Taiwan's Foxconn shows off three electric vehicle prototypes
People wear masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while passing a Foxconn office building in TaipeiBy Yimou LeeTAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan tech giant Foxconn unveiled its first three electric vehicle prototypes on Monday, underscoring ambitious plans to diversify away from its role of building consumer electronics for Apple Inc and other tech firms. Gou drove the sedan, which was jointly developed with Italian design firm Pininfarina, onto the stage to the tune of "Happy Birthday". Foxconn this month bought a factory from U.S. startup Lordstown Motors Corp to make electric cars. In August it bought a chip plant in Taiwan in a move to supply future demand for auto chips. Foxconn has also set a target to provide components or services for 10% of the world's EVs by between 2025 and 2027.
Finally, here are the winners of the 40th Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards (announced 18 months later due to COVID-19)
Eighteen months later than planned, the 40th Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards — honoring top musicians in the state — were finally held at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee Sunday. Votes were cast by members of the nonprofit Wisconsin Area Music Industry association, which promotes music across the state. The 40th WAMI Awards were supposed to take place in April 2020, but like nearly everything else, those plans were scrapped because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The WAMI organization decided to forgo a virtual event, ultimately rolling over all the celebrations to this fall for a live, in-person ceremony. Piet also talks concerts, local music and more on "TAP'd In" with Evan Rytlewski.
Factory farms of disease: how industrial chicken production is breeding the next pandemic
Avian flu is the world’s other ongoing pandemic and H5N8 is just one strain that has torn through thousands of chicken, duck and turkey flocks across nearly 50 countries including Britain in recent years and shows no sign of stopping. When 150 workers at the farm were tested, five women and two men were found to have the disease, albeit mildly. Factory farming and diseaseThe WHO suspects, but has no proof, that Covid-19 is linked to the intensive breeding of animals in south-east Asia’s many barely regulated wildlife farms. UN bodies, academics and epidemiologists recognise the link between the emergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses and increasingly intensive poultry farming. “Influenza’s infiltration into industrial livestock and poultry is so complete that these farms now act as their own reservoirs [of disease],” he says.
Democrat in key Virginia governor race hanging on by a thread in further blow for ailing Biden administration
The tight polling numbers in the Virginia race echo Mr Biden's decline in national polling, amid rising inflation and a stalled domestic agenda, and has rattled the Democratic Party. According to Rasmussen Reports, 56 per cent of voters disapprove of his record and 43 per cent approve. Acknowledging the stakes, Mr Biden told reporters on Friday the race was understandably being read as a "bellwether of what may happen" next year. Larry Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, told the Telegraph a loss for Mr McAuliffe would be "disastrous for Democratic prospects in 2022." "If Virginia is going to go Republican it would pretty much close the books on Democrats maintaining control of Congress," he said.
Demand delivers 'full house' of record property prices
The average price tag on a home has hit a new high in all nations and regions of Britain and in all market sectors for the first time since 2007, according to a property website. Across Britain, the average asking price jumped by 1.8 per cent or £5,983 in October, Rightmove said, to reach £344,445. Looking at the three different property types, the average price tag on a first-time buyer home hit £210,672, the average price being asked for a property typically bought by someone taking their second step on the property ladder reached £315,486, and the typical price tag on a larger family-sized home typically bought at the top of the property ladder was £630,819. Tim Bannister, Rightmove's director of property data, said: "Competition for property for sale remains hot this autumn, with average prices jumping by almost £6,000 in the month. A continuing imbalance, with demand outstripping supply and leading to record prices, presents an opportunity for owners looking to sell and cash out if they are downsizing or not needing to buy another property, it added.
'Our son would still be alive if he had been seen by a GP in person'
Once at the Emergency Department, they said, he was left alone, despite being in a confused and serious state, and fell, causing an injury to his head. He died two days later despite efforts to save him by neurosurgeons at Leeds General Infirmary. Mr and Mrs Nash are paying thousands of pounds for an independent neurosurgeon to investigate how their son died, while hoping an inquest starting in Wakefield on November 30 will provide answers. They also hope there will be a change in attitudes among GPs towards face-to-face consultations. Mr Nash said: "How do you diagnose an ear infection, what type of ear infection it is without actually looking in the ear?"
Japan to urge oil producers to boost output amid price surge
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday that Japan is keeping an eye on the recent surge in oil prices and will urge major producers to boost output to quell concerns of a supply deficit. If crude oil prices remain high, it may lead to a jump in prices of a broad range of products and services, such as electricity and plastic goods. On top of the energy price surge, soaring prices of cooking oil and other items are also a major burden on households. Concerns about rising energy prices are also prevalent in the business world, with an official of a major parcel delivery firm complaining of ballooning fuel costs. Demand for crude oil and liquefied natural gas is expected to soar globally as countries and regions around the world recover from the novel coronavirus crisis.
Vaccine effects fall over time, especially among older people, survey shows
The effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines declines over time, especially among older people, according to a survey by one Japanese city that covered 500 residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The survey focused on the levels of neutralizing activity, or ability to prevent infections, to examine the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. Between 30 and 90 days after the second dose, the median figure of neutralizing activity stood at 753 among people under 40. After 90 days or more, the figure fell to 106. Even if the effectiveness of preventing infections declines, the effects of avoiding severe COVID-19 symptoms are believed to last.
Pictured: Terror suspect 'who killed Sir David Amess at RANDOM'
AdvertisementAli Harbi Ali, 25, is being held by police on suspicion of murdering Conservative MP Sir David AmessThe terror suspect accused of stabbing Sir David Amess to death has been pictured for the first time. Police are also investigating the alleged close ties between Sir David and Qatar. So, this is not the end of Sir David Amess MP. AdvertisementSouthend West MP Sir David was meeting constituents at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, when he was stabbed to death. From the information that has so far been made public, the most important fact about the killing of Sir David Amess seems clear.
Photos reveal NJ cancer nurse being laid to rest after fatal Times Square attack
A cancer nurse killed in Times Square by a phone mugger was visited by grief-stricken loved ones at an open-casket viewing service. Ambrocio's funeral will take place on Monday, at St Henry's Catholic Church in Bayonne. Family and friends fondly remembered the late Ambrocio who had previously left her native Philippines years ago to give her family a better life. 'Her nickname (Ning Ning) means bright star, and that’s what she basically is, a bright star,' Ambrocio's stepdaughter Lehrie told the Post. Norma Ladrizabal, 75, was one of Ambrocio's friends who was with her at the time of the attack.
Ohio Christian group whose 17 missionaries were kidnapped in Haiti has tens of millions in assets
It is controlled by the 400 Mawozo gang, whose members are now likely to demand a fee for the hostages' release. Christian Aid Missionaries balance sheet shows the group has $87 million in assets'They're going to negotiate,' he said. He added: 'The 400 Mawozo gang don't want to kill the hostages. A group of 17 missionaries working in the area was abducted on SaturdayThe 17 missionaries worked for the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries, an Amish group. The kidnappers are believed to be members of the 400 Mawozo gang, the Miami Herald reported.
Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News
Russia has confirmed 7,992, 687cases of coronavirus and 223,312 deaths , according to the national coronavirus information center. — Russia reported 25,113 new coronavirus cases and a new record high of 929 deaths. 220 million doses of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine will be delivered to UNICEF once the vaccine receives WHO Emergency Use Listing. Cornivac-Cov vaccine, the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for pets, is available in public and private veterinary clinics across several regions of Russia. — Russia has made deals to sell more than 205 million doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine across 45 countries, Forbes Russia reported.
SIDance 2021 goes hybrid, featuring 77 works
Poster for the 24th Seoul International Dance Festival (SIDance Organizing Committee)The 24th Seoul International Dance Festival is taking place through Nov. 14 at various venues around Seoul, featuring 77 dance works of diverse genres by choreographers and dance companies from 14 countries. The SIDance festival, organized by the Seoul Section of the UNESCO International Dance Council, kicked off Saturday with dance show “The Object,” presented by the Daegu Arts Center and Gyeonggi Arts Center. Though the festival could not invite large dance troupes due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, individual artists are to present eight dance works. Belgian choreographer Thi-Mai Nguyen’s “Etna” (SIDance Organizing Committee)Also this year, the festival highlights dance performances from the Benelux Union -- Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Other works by artists from the Benelux Union will be shown online.
Coronavirus: China traces path of infected tourists and closes popular sites to contain new outbreak
Dayan Pagoda, also known as Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, in Xian is among sites visited by a group of tourists who have since tested positive for coronavirus. Photo: Shutterstock
Cop26 summit 'is mismanaged': Sponsors of climate change conference condemn it as 'very last minute'
Companies that have spent millions sponsoring the Cop26 climate summit have condemned the event as ‘mismanaged’ and ‘very last minute’. Leaders will meet in Glasgow to try to ensure countries meet their climate ambitions. The Glasgow summit is considered the last chance to put the world on track to meet its climate ambitions. Street artists paint a mural on a wall opposite the Cop26 climate summit venue in GlasgowBut the paper reported that there have been a series of complaints to the organisers about delays to the green zone plans. Other sources have described the ‘shifting goal posts’ and ‘inertia’ plaguing the Cop26 planning as ‘deeply frustrating’.
China economy slows; officials say recovery ‘unstable and uneven’
Officials say GDP grew at its slowest place in a year in the third quarter, amid power cuts, property woes and COVID-19 concerns. Data released on Monday showed gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.9 percent in the third quarter, compared with a year earlier, the slowest since the third quarter of 2020. “We must note that current international environment uncertainties are mounting and the domestic economic recovery is still unstable and uneven,” National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) spokesman Fu Linghui said on Monday. China’s economy, the world’s second-largest, expanded 7.9 percent in the second quarter, and 18.3 percent in the first quarter, which benefitted from comparison with the COVID-19-induced slump of early 2020. Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday that China has ample tools to cope with economic challenges despite the slowing growth, and the government is confident of achieving full-year development goals.
China GDP disappoints, third-quarter growth slows to 4.9%
Wang Jianmin | Visual China Group | Getty ImagesBEIJING — China's third-quarter GDP grew a disappointing 4.9% as industrial activity rose less than expected in September. The National Bureau of Statistics said Monday that gross domestic product grew 4.9% in the third quarter from a year ago. Real estate worriesFixed asset investment for the first three quarters of the year came in weaker than expected, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed. Zhu estimated that fixed asset investment declined by 2.5% in September from a year ago, primarily dragged down by a 3.5% drop in real estate investment. Real estate and related industries account for about a quarter of China's GDP, according to Moody's estimates.
Climate Brief: News Roundup, A US small-town mayor sued the oil industry. Then Exxon went after him
The U.S. Treasury Department is now taking steps to better understand the financial risks of climate change and climate transition to Americans, especially in low-income and historically disadvantaged communities, a senior administration official told CNBC. It is part of the Biden administration’s overall effort to tackle climate change. But they are often ignored in the national climate plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions, that form the basis of negotiations at COP. No, the worst part about leather, according to environmental activists, is that it’s a major contributor to climate change. x "To take it out is to decide that climate change isn't a problem."
DK WAYWO: Virtual learning for Arts
I feel I am still in my learning phase with quilting and embroidery. The point of this is, while I prefer in person-learning, I have found online / virtual learning works well. What I miss most with the virtual learning is the lack of camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts. So even though meeting is person is limited, I feel I am still continuing my learning journey. What are you thoughts on virtual learning in crafts?
Should Religious Exemptions Be Available for the COVID Vaccinations? Will SCOTUS Intervene?
The lower courts sustained the governor’s actions and in an unprecedented action the Supreme Court, without any oral argument, overturned the actions of the governor. Does the rule of law, public safety and general welfare trump any claim of religious exemption? On December 1st the Supreme Court will revisit Roe v Wade and expectations are the six member conservative faction will overturn or seriously limit. Has the Supreme Court exceeded the authority envisioned by the Constitution? Some proposals to overhaul the Supreme Court — like the institution of term limits and a modest expansion of the bench — would arguably be salutary.
Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – October 17, 2021
Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – October 17, 2021Strategic Political Economy“You lost. Stop acting like you won”[White Hot Harlots (lyman alpha blob), via Naked Capitalism Water Cooler 10-14-21]“The abortion issue has been lost. Where is it Now?”Thomas Frank [YouTube, via Naked Capitalism Water Cooler 10-14-21]. [Twitter, via Naked Capitalism Water Cooler 10-14-21]x This same sentiment is brewing at Class I Railroads too. “Minimum Wage Machine”[Blake Fall-Conroy, via Naked Capitalism Water Cooler 10-14-21]“The minimum wage machine allows anybody to work for minimum wage.
Overnight News Digest October 17, 2021
Tomorrow's News TodayWelcome to the Overnight News Digest with a crew consisting of founder Magnifico, regular editors side pocket, maggiejean, Chitown Kev, eeff, Magnifico, annetteboardman, Besame, jck and Rise above the swamp. Editors of OND impart their own presentation styles and content choices, typically publishing each day near 12:00 AM Eastern Time. BBCPedro Sanchez: Spanish PM vows to abolish prostitutionSpain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez pledged on Sunday to outlaw prostitution in the country. Speaking to supporters at the end of his Socialist Party's three-day congress in Valencia, Mr Sanchez said that the practice "enslaves" women. NPRThe political fight over vaccine mandates deepens despite their effectivenessThe science is clear: Vaccines are a safe and effective way to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death from the coronavirus, and vaccine mandates are an effective tool in promoting widespread vaccinations.
End of an Era.....
However, in 1988, American President Lines - APL -built some container ships that were too wide for the Panama Canal - post-Panamax ships, so-called - ships built expressly for the Asia-US West Coast or Asia -Europe trade. We’ll return to that scoffing later, and those APL ships, the first container ships too wide for the Panama Canal and in 1988 the biggest in the world, over 900 feet long and 120 feet wide. The worldwide volume of containers and the number of container ships exploded. It was a haunting moment, that moment, watching that huge ship ghost by, enormous, just huge. It felt like the passing of an era, and now I think it was.
Some Insurrectionists Insist On Trying To Represent Themselves In Court
That choice already has led to some curious legal maneuvers and awkward exchanges in court. They risk getting themselves in more legal trouble if they say the wrong thing in court. The problem with stupidity is that one is rarely aware they are afflicted...WUSA9Alan Hostetter, a former California police chief and yoga instructor, told U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth he had decided to represent himself pro se. Federal prosecutors allege Fellows entered the Capitol through a broken window and smoked marijuana in Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley's office during the insurrection. Be careful what you wish for...Rome SentinelThe New Hartford man accused of participating in the Jan. 6 riot and attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. will be allowed to represent himself in Federal Court.
Increases in COVID-19 are unrelated to levels of vaccination across 68 countries and 2947 counties in the United States
Syringe and Vaccine(Image by NIAID) Details DMCAThe narrative related to the ongoing surge of new cases in the United States (US) is argued to be driven by areas with low vaccination rates. A similar narrative also has been observed in countries, such as Germany and the United Kingdom. At the same time, Israel that was hailed for its swift and high rates of vaccination has also seen a substantial resurgence in COVID-19 cases. We investigate the relationship between the percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases across 68 countries and across 2947 counties in the US.
Five cartoons (to visualize)
Some of his face is showing but most of the view is through the windshield and rear view mirror. Two friends are walking down a downtown street with their collars up. but there is a little green, black-eyed alien helping an old woman cross the street and there is an alien walking three dogs and there is an alien weed-wacking. Highway sign of the timesHighway with orange cones and, ahead, a sign with flashing lights: "Road disappears 500 feet". A hundred feet further: 10 MPH A hundred feet further: "Go Back Home".
Nobel Prize for Medicine for Helping 200M People/Year at Risk for River Blindness & Ivermectin Future
Before the recent political and business campaign and censorship against Ivermectin was a Nobel Prize-winning wonder drug. It was being given to 200 million people to protect against River Blindness. Its role in other infectious parasites and Covid-19 virus is discussed.
What if TB, HIV medicines stop working? Experts unite against drug resistance
One major threat because of which medicines stop working against bugs that make us ill is Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). AMR in tuberculosis (TB) and HIV has long been referred to as drug resistance. "TB and HIV drug resistance threatens the effective prevention and treatment. A month before that, Dr Ishwar Gilada and Dr Sudarshan Mandal, head of Indian government's National TB Elimination Programme (NTEP), co-chaired a high level ASI Advisory Board Meeting on managing TB and HIV drug resistance. Combating drug resistance is a more compelling priority than ever before."
Sonnet: Rob Kall's Dead: Bottom's Up!
(Image by blurryhazyindistinct) Details DMCASonnet: Rob Kall's Dead: Bottom's Up! by John Kendall Hawkins . Rob Kall caught Covid and I hope he's dead to the world, asleep, and gently snoozing in a fine feathery oversized bed with fantasy lives of his own choosing. I'm gonna miss Rob when he's really dead: Let's hope he fully recovers instead. Daily Weekly OpEdNews NewsletterNameEmail(Opens new browser window)
Film Review: The Mauritanian: The Odyssey of Prisoner 760
image from Guanatanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Salahi(Image by Mohamedou Ould Salahi) Details DMCAThe Odyssey of Prisoner 760 by John Kendall HawkinsSalahi... spoke fluent Arabic, French, and German. Not too long afterward, Wood began to suspect that the US government had nicknamed "Pillow" and "Forrest Gump," was totally wrong about the guy. Salahi was detained at Guanta'namo Bay detention camp without charge from 2002 until his release on October 17, 2016. Taub writes, "Military officials considered him 'the poster child for the intelligence effort at Guanta'namo.'" Taub tells us that Salahi's "cooperation" has led to special privileges: "books, a television, a PlayStation, and an old laptop, on which he killed time playing chess and watching DVDs."
The State of the Covid in NYC and Beyond
OK, many are people with co-morbidities including endemic overweight/obesity, diabetes and pre-diabetes - practically a description of almost every American over 40. 78% of Covid patients are overweight, but so are over 70% of Americans, so that doesn't tell you much except the condition of most Americans is terrible. But, take a look at this local chart for NYC, ranking vaccination rates by age:Percentage of Vaccinations by Age(Image by Gothamist) Details DMCAThis is just NYC, but it's probably a reflection of the proportions in the rest of the country too, albeit higher in every group in vaccination-positive NYC. Phil Murphy is up against a surprisingly competitive republican candidate largely because of his Covid mandates). But, none of the vaccines were originally tested against the much more contagious Delta variant, which now accounts for 99% of cases in NYC and elsewhere:Percentage of Variants Among New Covid Cases in NYC(Image by Gothamist) Details DMCAIt's almost like a different disease.
Film Review: Pig: She May Be A Pig, But I Love Her
Check out this whopper from The Technological Society (1954):Things in history, like human lives themselves, come to ends. The question is not the reform of technological society; it is the question whether human meaning is possible in its world. The technological society reduces the human spirit to desire, just as an individual life can be reduced to one of its dimensions. It's a tale about human love. In his search for the pig, Rob meets up with downtrodden folks, desperadoes, druggies, including the actual thieves, a young skanky couple, who say they sold the pig to a cityslicker they can't describe.
The General Strike of 2021
All told, about 4 million American workers have been leaving their jobs every month since last spring. You might say American workers have declared a national general strike until they get better pay and improved working conditions. No one calls it a general strike. This general strike has nothing to do with the Republican bogeyman of extra unemployment benefits supposedly discouraging people from working. It can't be the reason for the general strike.
‘Are You Going to Keep Me Safe?’ Hospital Workers Sound Alarm on Rising Violence
“This pandemic really just added a magnifying glass.”In the earliest days of the pandemic, nightly celebrations lauded the bravery of front-line health care workers. Federal data shows health care workers faced 73% of all nonfatal injuries from workplace violence in the U.S. in 2018. “Front-line health care workers and first responders have been on the battlefield for 18 months,” Garland said. De Leon-Minch said the federal bill, which passed the House in April, aims to extend that protection to health care workers nationwide. For health care workers such as Kamara, all this antagonism toward them is a far cry from the early days of the pandemic when hospital workers were widely hailed as heroes.
Comedian Dave Chapelle’s The Closer: A racist tirade disguised as stand-up comedy
On October 5, veteran US comedian David Chappelle premiered his latest stand-up comedy special The Closer on Netflix. Chapelle’s 72-minute special, however, is not comedy so much as it is a racist rant. In many instances, those engaging in violence against Asian Americans invoked the libel that China was responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. community has made, while progress toward racial equity has been much slower.” That is, Gay agrees with Chapelle’s premises but perhaps not all his conclusions. The movement of the working class, which has revolutionary implications, is attracting the most thoughtful and progressive layers of the middle classes to its side and repelling the more selfish and degenerate affluent elements.
Hospital Workers Report Rising Violence Throughout Pandemic
“This pandemic really just added a magnifying glass.”In the earliest days of the pandemic, nightly celebrations lauded the bravery of front-line health care workers. Federal data shows health care workers faced 73% of all nonfatal injuries from workplace violence in the U.S. in 2018. “Front-line health care workers and first responders have been on the battlefield for 18 months,” Garland said. De Leon-Minch said the federal bill, which passed the House in April, aims to extend that protection to health care workers nationwide. For health care workers such as Kamara, all this antagonism toward them is a far cry from the early days of the pandemic when hospital workers were widely hailed as heroes.
Evidence of money laundering at the collapsed Surfside, Florida condo complex
Evidence has emerged that money laundering was involved during the initial construction and sale of condo units at Champlain Tower South, the Surfside, Florida building that catastrophically collapsed on June 24 and killed 98 people. The architect’s license had been suspended in Florida after sign structures he designed collapsed during Hurricane Betsy in 1965.”None of this slowed down the development of the project as the drug money flowed in. “That’s why concealed buyer identities, all-cash sales, hidden sources of private loan money, overpaying for condos and rapid repayment of loans are all considered red flags for money laundering,” the report says. At Champlain South and North Towers, “Buyers purchased units through shell companies located in countries such as Panama and the Netherlands Antilles, both notorious for laundering drug money through anonymous corporations. It should be pointed out that just as the real estate parasites were laundering drug money in Miami-Dade County real estate deals, the CIA and the Reagan White House were using drug money from Colombian-based crack cocaine sold on the streets of Los Angeles to finance an illegal and secret war against the government of Nicaragua.
Alberta’s hard-right UCP government stokes regionalist divisions with anti-“equalization” referendum
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and former federal Conservative leader Andrew ScheerToday’s referendum is a reactionary stunt, without legal force. Jean lost out to Kenney in the inaugural UCP leadership contest, but Kenney fully embraced Jean’s position on equalization. In fact, with the support of the trade union bureaucracy, the PQ and Quebec nationalism were used to disorient, isolate and derail a massive upsurge of the Quebec working class. Working people in Alberta must decisively reject Kenney’s reactionary “Alberta First” regionalist agenda. But voting “No” in today’s equalization referendum, does not and should not imply any support for the federal government and its equalization program.
Volkswagen: 30,000 jobs under imminent threat
Diess declared that up to 30,000 jobs would become redundant at VW, i.e., one quarter of the company’s core workforce. Now the core brand VW and especially its main plant in Wolfsburg are under pressure. The main VW plant in Wolfsburg employs about 60,000 people, including 25,000 in production, and expects to produce less than 500,000 autos this year. For the second year in a row, the Wolfsburg plant is threatened with a historic decline in its postwar production. At Audi, IG Metall already agreed to cut 9,500 jobs in 2019, with more than half of these jobs already lost.
Buffalo hospital workers continue strike against understaffing, low pay
About 2,200 nurses and other health care workers represented by the Communication Workers of America (CWA) are headed into their third week on strike against Buffalo’s Mercy Hospital, which has continued to ignore workers’ demands over staffing and low pay. Catholic Health is well-aware that the low pay rates it’s offering for the new staffing positions are so low it may never fill many of the positions promised in the deal. Now that the strike has passed its 15th day, CWA members are eligible for strike pay of just $300 per week and may file for unemployment benefits. Meanwhile, the CWA is assisting their plans by isolating the strike from other CWA workers and Catholic Health’s other facilities and denying workers adequate strike pay. They will fight to link the struggle of Mercy Hospital workers with other sections of workers, including striking Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts and Kaiser Permanente nurses in California as part of a broader offensive by workers in the US an internationally.
The destruction of Opel in Germany: A new stage in the attack on autoworkers
Old Opel headquarters in Rüsselsheim, on the right the International Technical Development Centre ITEZThe decision is directed not only against Opel workers. The financial daily Handelsblatt was the first to report Stellantis’ Opel plans. The approximately 1,400 Opel jobs there are anything but secure. Many Opel workers remember how exuberantly the IG Metall officials praised the takeover of Opel by PSA four years ago. We call on all Opel workers to form rank-and-file committees independent of the trade unions to unite with Stellantis workers and other auto and industrial workers around the world.
Adding COVID to injury: Salt Lake City Amazon worker injured on the job, then contracts coronavirus
Jane, an Amazon worker at the SLC1 warehouse in Salt Lake City, Utah, was seriously injured and then contracted COVID, all within the space of 30 days. She contacted the International Amazon Workers Voice because she felt that what was happening was unjust. “That’s hard to do.”Now that she is injured, Amazon could not care less about its “top performer,” Jane says. Jane encourages the readers of the International Amazon Workers’ Voice to share her story and to continue exposing the conditions they face. There are now almost a million Amazon workers in the United States, representing about one out of every 150 American workers, and 1.3 million worldwide.
New Zealand government ignores scientists’ calls to increase COVID-19 restrictions
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern answers a question during a press conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. In the seven days before the drop to “level 3,” the daily average was just 16.8 cases. In comments to the Science Media Centre on October 12, epidemiologist Dr Amanda Kvalsvig pointed out the anti-democratic character of the government’s lowering of restrictions. Let’s also hear from M?ori, Pasifika [Pacific Islanders], people with underlying conditions, people who are marginalised, and children and their advocates.”M?ori and Pacific Islanders account for 414 of the active COVID-19 cases, about two thirds of the total. In the last seven days in the United States, 8,887 people died from COVID-19; in the UK, 830 people; and in Australia, 95.
German Social Democrats, Greens, Free Democrats’ coalition paper: A declaration of war on the working class
The exploratory paper consists largely of non-binding phrases, nebulous avowals, evasions and plain lies. Despite its barren platitudes, the exploratory paper does make a few things clear. Most representatives of the ruling class currently consider a traffic light coalition best suited to push through attacks on the working class and carry out military rearmament. Both draw on wealthy upper-middle-class layers that are responding to the growing anger of the working class with a shift to the right. In Berlin, it continues the coalition with the Left Party and the Greens, although the SPD’s top candidate, Franziska Giffey, said she would have preferred a traffic light coalition.
UK: Corporate-backed groups promote mass infection of children with Covid-19
Covid-19 is once again ripping through the UK population, as the ruling elite actively enable mass infection. To this end the health and lives of children are being knowingly endangered. Among those backing the APPG is the Health Advisory and Recovery Group (HART), founded by businessman Narice Bernard. Another HART connection is Professor Robert Dingwall, advisor to England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty’s Moral and Ethical Advisory Group. With links to anti-vax movements, including The Alliance for Natural Health, it opposes vaccinating children against Covid.
SEP electoral members denounce removal of COVID-19 safety measures as “profit-driven”
Electoral members have linked the rising popular opposition to government refusals to protect the population from COVID-19 to the anti-democratic electoral laws pushed through parliament with bipartisan support on August 26. On Sunday October 31, the SEP will hold an online public meeting to explain its COVID-19 eradication policies and their crucial connection to the campaign to defeat the electoral laws. To join the SEP campaign against the legislation, sign-up as an electoral member today. ****Dmitri, a 23-year-old writer from Adelaide in South Australia, became an electoral member in 2020. These electoral laws are another way to slow the movement of the majority away from capitalist politics.”Aden, a 28-year-old Victoria University student from Melbourne, became an electoral member early this year.
Escalating COVID crisis overwhelms Papua New Guinea hospitals
Amid an escalating COVID-19 crisis in Papua New Guinea (PNG), the south-west Pacific’s largest and most populous island nation, the fragile health system and its hospitals are being overwhelmed by the number of cases. Port Moresby General Hospital is reporting positive COVID testing rates of 60 percent and is scaling down its services due to the surge in patients. Dr. Kapiro Kendaura, the director of curative health services, described the situation as critical. In one three-week period, over 800 positive cases and 22 deaths from COVID-19 were recorded in the region. Only 2.5 percent of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.
Sixty years since the massacre of Algerians in Paris on October 17, 1961
The October 17, 1961 massacre is a warning as to the implications of de Villiers’ threats or the January 6 neo-Nazi coup attempt by then-President Donald Trump on the US Capitol in Washington. The October 17, 1961 massacreIn 1961, the Algerian war was in its seventh year, having cost around 400,000 Algerian and over 10,000 French lives. The LCR’s position in 2002 was a signal of its alignment with the state machine that carried out the October 17, 1961 massacre. The PES however is turned to the class struggle and the rapidly growing international movement in the working class. It commemorates the October 17, 1961 massacre by reaffirming its struggle to mobilize the working class against neocolonial wars and fascistic coup threats in France and internationally.
Australia: Bipartisan push to wind down COVID-19 contact tracing
Coles, the country’s second largest supermarket chain, has demanded the redefinition of a “close contact” and of a “Tier 1” site in order to change the current TTIQ measures. In that state Woolworths demanded, and received, NSW Health approval for the redefinition of a close contact. Previously anyone who had spent more than a minute within 1.5 metres of an infected person, even if both were wearing masks, was defined as a close contact. Currently only transmission sites outside Sydney, the state capital, and its most populous city, are reported in any detail on the NSW Health site. As part of this barrage, “7.30,” ABC-TV’s flagship current affairs show, recently broadcast a program entitled “Close Contact,” subtitled, “How contact tracing could work in the months ahead as vaccine targets are met.”The program approvingly referred to the situation in England.
Republican campaign rally in Virginia draws Trump, Bannon and fascist supporters
President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Minden-Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nev., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. In his telephone message to the rally, Trump focused on claims of election fraud. While Youngkin was not in attendance, citing time “conflicts,” the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Winsome Sears, was. In 2020, Trump lost Virginia by a 10 percent margin, with Democrat Joe Biden winning by large margins in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and Richmond. The “Take Back Virginia” rally took place in the final weeks of the Virginia race for the governor’s mansion.
The class struggle and the fight to eradicate COVID-19
More than a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, a movement is emerging among parents, teachers, students, workers and scientists for policies to eradicate the coronavirus globally. Strikes elsewhere are continuing among Kellogg’s food production workers, Alabama coal miners, and nurses in New York, Massachusetts and Minnesota. Although it is not yet fully understood by many of the workers engaged in these strikes, there is a profound connection between the fight against the pandemic and the class struggle. Total reported COVID-19 deaths in the US are now fast approaching 750,000, with over 20,000 succumbing to the virus in the last two weeks. Both the growing movement to eradicate COVID-19 and the increasing resistance of the working class to ever greater levels of exploitation are being driven by the same underlying objective cause: the crisis and breakdown of capitalism.
Duke Fakir, lone surviving Four Tops founder, talks Broadway musical: 'It was time to tell the story'
As the Four Tops’ stage musical quietly came together the past two years, producers had their sights set on a Broadway premiere. But Duke Fakir, the group’s lone surviving founder, had his own mission in mind: His love letter to Detroit, he insisted, needed to launch in his hometown. “I would feel like a fool premiering it anywhere other than home,” said Fakir, who is eyeing the Fisher Theatre. “The singers have to be really, really good. I want them to sound like the young Tops.
Walmart unveils Black Friday 2021 plans with three sales, early access to deals for Walmart+ members
Walmart announced Monday that it is bringing back its monthlong “Black Friday Deals for Days” in November. Walmart stores also will be closed this Thanksgiving for the second time since the late 1980s because of the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up here?Best Buy Black Friday 2021:Holiday shoppers, mark your calendars: Best Buy Black Friday deals start to drop next weekBut Walmart is offering paying members of its Walmart+ membership program program early access this year. ET Nov. 3 and at 5 a.m. local time Nov. 5. ET Nov. 10 and at 5 a.m. local time Nov. 12.
New Zealand PM Ardern extends COVID-19 lockdown in Auckland
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern participates in a televised debate with National leader Judith Collins at TVNZ in Auckland, New Zealand, September 22, 2020. Fiona Goodall/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoWELLINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that the country's biggest city Auckland will remain in lockdown for another two weeks as it looks to control the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. There will be no changes in the social restrictions that have already been in place for over two months in Auckland under alert level 3, Ardern said at a news conference. Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Himani SarkarOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success
Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File)TOKYO (AP) — Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Japan, unlike other places in Europe and Asia, has never had anything close to a lockdown, just a series of relatively toothless states of emergency. Nationwide, Japan reported 429 cases Sunday for an accumulated total of about 1.71 million and 18,000 deaths since the pandemic began early last year.
Crunch time: Biden faces critical next 2 weeks for agenda
But that goal has been jeopardized by fractures among Democrats, imperiling the fate of promised sweeping new efforts to grapple with climate change. For the White House, there are the explicit target dates, including an end-of-month deadline on transportation funding and Biden’s upcoming foreign trip. The fate of climate change provisions is particularly perilous. The Democrats’ razor-thin margins in both houses of Congress have empowered individual lawmakers like Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, vexing fellow lawmakers and the White House. White House officials privately expect McAuliffe to emerge with a narrow win and believe they can ignore worries about a smaller-than-expected margin of victory.
Commerce head out to save US jobs, 1 computer chip at a time
Without computer chips that serve as the switches for today’s economy, the United States could be eclipsed by China and other nations that support their semiconductor industries. More than 20% of the state’s jobs were in manufacturing then; now only 8% are, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In overwhelmingly Democratic Rhode Island, Raimondo learned to govern by building coalitions within a diverse caucus. Automakers just stopped ordering semiconductors.”The United States once accounted for 40% of chip-making worldwide; now it’s 12%. The cost of making a chip in the United States is 30% higher than in Taiwan and South Korea.
‘SNL’s Weekend Update Tackles Jon Gruden Resignation, Bisexual Superman, Wildfire At Reagan’s Ranch, Timothée Chalamet Starrer ‘Wonka’ & IATSE
On this week’s edition of Saturday Night Live, Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che covered a wide array of topics, ranging from the Jon Gruden scandal to the announcement of a bisexual Superman and beyond. Jost noted that Raiders head coach Gruden resigned “after the discovery of homophobic, misogynistic and racist emails he sent,” acknowledging that “clearly, the emails are indefensible. I mean, if you could see half of the emails [Michael] Che sends me…Actually, I’ll show you one,” he continued. '”Jost later addressed DC Comics’ recent announcement that the new Superman will be bisexual. Che also spoke to the fact that the California ranch once owned by Ronald Reagan is being threatened by a large wildfire.
Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success
TOKYO (AP) — Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Japan, unlike other places in Europe and Asia, has never had anything close to a lockdown, just a series of relatively toothless states of emergency. “Rapid and intensive vaccinations in Japan among those younger than 64 might have created a temporary condition similar to herd-immunity,” said Dr. Kazuhiro Tateda, a Toho University professor of virology. Tateda noted that vaccination rates surged in July to September, just as the more infectious delta variant was spreading fast. Nationwide, Japan reported 429 cases Sunday for an accumulated total of about 1.71 million and 18,000 deaths since the pandemic began early last year.
Only a couple of child tax credit payments to go. Is this really the end?
Only a couple of child tax credit payments to go. Millions of families are rejoicing as the IRS sends out the fourth round of souped-up child tax credit payments. The boosted child tax credit (CTC) gives families up to $3,000 per child aged 6 to 17 and $3,600 per kid under 6. For the moment, President Biden is aiming to extend the current tax credit through 2024 or 2025 as part of his “Build Back Better” agenda. If you haven’t refinanced into one of today’s historically low mortgage rates, time could be running out.
No fourth stimulus check? Billions in other COVID aid is still available to you
Billions in other COVID aid is still available to youStill hoping for a fourth stimulus check? But if you could use more COVID relief to meet expenses and keep your debt under control, billions in aid money is still available, outside of another direct payment. Various stimulus relief is still up for grabsRicardo Reitmeyer / ShutterstockThough Washington has turned its attention away from stimulus checks, other government support is still available from the various pandemic rescue packages already approved by Congress. Tame your student loan debt. But interest rates on student loan refinances are close to all-time lows.
Crunch time: Biden faces critical next 2 weeks for agenda
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is entering a crucial two weeks for his ambitious agenda, racing to conclude contentious congressional negotiations ahead of both domestic deadlines and a chance to showcase his administration’s accomplishments on a global stage. But that goal has been jeopardized by fractures among Democrats, imperiling the fate of promised sweeping new efforts to grapple with climate change. For the White House, there are the explicit target dates, including an end-of-month deadline on transportation funding and Biden’s upcoming foreign trip. The fate of climate change provisions is particularly perilous. White House officials privately expect McAuliffe to emerge with a narrow win and believe they can ignore worries about a smaller-than-expected margin of victory.
LETTER: Las Vegas dream trip ruined by vaccine mandate
The Las Vegas Strip skyline. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal @vegasphotographMy wife and I were recent visitors to your amazing city. The dream vacation included great tickets we purchased to see Rod Stewart performing at Caesars. We had the proof, but it was 1,200 miles away. Thus, the highlight of our trip was squashed.
Dr. Roach: TSH tells thyroid gland to make more hormone
My physician assures me that as long as my T3 and T4 are normal, the TSH is of no concern. : The thyroid stimulating hormone is a signal from the pituitary gland to the thyroid to “tell” the thyroid to make more hormone. Since your TSH level is low, it suggests that the dose of replacement thyroid hormone is too high. This is despite the fact that the T3 (the active form of thyroid hormone) and T4 (thyroxine, the major thyroid hormone, which T3 is made from) are normal, and despite the fact that you report no symptoms. Excess thyroid hormone can cause bone disease and predispose to heart problems, such as atrial fibrillation.
Sunday NFL: Watt forces fumble in overtime, Steelers edge Seahawks 23-20
Boswell's third field goal of the game came three plays after Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt forced Seattle quarterback Geno Smith to fumble deep in Seahawks territory. Minnesota 34, (at) Carolina 28 (OT): Kirk Cousins completed a 27-yard touchdown pass to K.J. (At) Indianapolis 31, Houston 3: Carson Wentz threw two touchdown passes, Jonathan Taylor ran for two more and the Indianapolis defense held up. After throwing two picks before halftime, Mahomes connected with Tyreek Hill on a 2-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter. Los Angeles Rams 38, (at) New York Giants 11: Matthew Stafford threw three of his four touchdown passes in a 28-point second quarter.
On with the show: Fisher prepares to welcome back audiences after COVID pause
Lichtenstein, who for 44 years has handled all the programming at Detroit's beloved Fisher Theatre, went to New York anyway. "And the Fisher Theatre is really such an iconic venue. "We're predominantly still going to be a touring Broadway house and the touring Broadway season will still be our main focus." mfeighan@detroitnews.comA Fisher Theatre timelineNovember 1928: The Fisher opens as a movie and vaudeville house with 3,500 seats with a Mexican-Indian aesthetic. Nederlander and his sons begin managing and booking productions for the newly redesigned Fisher Theatre, now a 2,089-seat Broadway theater.
Top Democrats woo Black voters in Virginia governor's race
Abrams has become a leading national voice in the party since narrowly losing the 2018 race for governor in Georgia. His Republican opponent, former business executive Glenn Youngkin, held a series of weekend events, including rallying Latino voters in the Washington suburbs. President Joe Biden won Virginia by 10 percentage points over Donald Trump in 2020, but the McAuliffe-Youngkin race appears to be coming down to the wire. Youngkin also has not campaigned personally with Trump, though the former president phoned into a Virginia rally last week featuring Steve Bannon, a longtime Trump strategist. Abrams said when she first began running for office, she felt mixing politics and church was bad.
NM to renew contract to aid struggling pupils: Utah firm paid $2 million to call, text students who are chronically absent
SANTA FE – New Mexico education officials are on track to renew a $2 million contract for a Utah-based education company to call and text struggling students, usually when they’ve been chronically absent from school. State law requires schools to check on families where a student is chronically absent, including excused absences like coronavirus quarantines. In the coming weeks, they expect to refer chronically absent students to support programs including the one operated by Graduation Alliance. To help students catch up, the district has set up a four-day-a-week homework hotline staffed by mostly by volunteer academic tutors. The Public Education Department left blank a question on an application asking what efforts were made to ensure there were no capable competitors.
Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success
TOKYO (AP) — Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Daily new COVID-19 cases have plummeted from a mid-August peak of nearly 6,000 in Tokyo, with caseloads in the densely populated capital now routinely below 100, an 11-month low. The bars are packed, the trains are crowded, and the mood is celebratory, despite a general bafflement over what, exactly, is behind the sharp drop. Japan, unlike other places in Europe and Asia, has never had anything close to a lockdown, just a series of relatively toothless states of emergency. But with vaccine efficacy gradually waning and winter approaching, experts worry that without knowing what exactly why cases have dropped so drastically, Japan could face another wave like this summer, when hospitals overflowed with serious cases and deaths soared — though the numbers were lower than pre-vaccination levels.
A nurse’s journey from treating Covid in Brazil to death in the US desert
As coronavirus tore through the Valley of Paradise, a farm-flanked backwater in the Brazilian Amazon, Lenilda dos Santos, a nurse technician, stood on the frontline clutching hands most feared to touch. But we must fight.’”But one morning in early August, as the two women sat at the entrance to their Covid ward, Lenilda announced she was leaving. “Soon,” Lenilda replied, adding words of reassurance: “I’ll be back.”The entrance to Vale do Paraíso, a rural backwater in the Amazon state of Rondônia where Lenilda dos Santos had lived and worked. Genifer Oliveira dos Santos, the 28-year-old daughter of Lenilda, looks at photo albums with pictures of her mother. “So it was extraordinarily hot.”A weathered backpack left behind by a migrant in the desert between Mexico and the US.
Monday 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 Monday. Officials believe the country is facing a new threat from “lone wolf” terrorists who were radicalised online while spending months at home, The Telegraph understands. The Telegraph understands a promise to agree financing for the new plant during the current parliament will be included in the Government’s long-awaited Net Zero strategy. Sir David Amess murder suspect had considered killing other MPs, The Telegraph understandsThe man arrested on suspicion of murdering David Amess had considered killing other MPs, The Telegraph understands. Stay up-to-date with breaking news and the latest politics from The Telegraph throughout the day.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ONLY person not wearing mask at baseball stadium while celebrating Cubs
The Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, has been pictured at a basketball game without a face mask, despite the city and state currently requiring them to be worn. 'That’s cute, but Illinois has an indoor mask mandate, irregardless of vaccine status, ma’m. 'I thought there is an indoor mask mandate in place? 'So much for that indoor mask mandate eh,' added Ken. The president was carrying his face mask but not wearing it, despite vocally-pushing for people to wear them as often as possible.
Paul Hogan, 81, to board 'a plane home from Los Angeles at any moment'
And it comes as welcome news to Paul Hogan, who is ready to board 'a plane home at any moment' from Los Angeles to Sydney, reports New Idea. Homecoming: Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan, 81, is ready to board 'a plane home at any moment' from LA to Sydney, reports New Idea. Pictured on January 25, 2020, in Beverly HillsThe actor, 81, has previously expressed a strong desire to return to his homeland. He wants to return to Australia to escape Los Angeles, but has said he couldn't possibly survive two weeks of hotel quarantine. When asked how he was coping with Los Angeles' recent crime wave, Hogan simply said he 'doesn't go anywhere'.
Nets need Patty Mills, Jevon Carter to step up in Kyrie Irving’s absence
The Nets don’t have anyone from their supporting cast who can replace Irving’s elite offensive production on their own. That’s where Patty Mills and Jevon Carter step in. “He’s huge,” longtime teammate LaMarcus Aldridge said, when asked about the significance of the Nets bringing in Mills. “He’ll find himself and I think he’s going to be really good for us. “We’ll keep working with him, keep developing him, but I think he’s a guy that’s gonna play for us.”
Washington trooper signs out for last time, tells Inslee he can ‘kiss my a—‘
A Washington State Patrol officer who refused to comply with the state’s vaccine mandate signed out for the last time on Friday and issued a strongly worded message to Gov. "I wish I could say more, but this is it so state 10-34, this is the last time you’ll hear me in a state patrol car. The mandate applies to most state workers, long-term care employees, and teachers and staff at the state’s schools, including the state’s colleges and universities. The only opt-out is a medical or religious exemption, though the exemption only ensures continued employment if a job accommodation can be made. Q13Fox reported that the mandate for Washington state workers is on Monday, and if they don’t comply they could lose their job.
China's new construction starts plunge as chill spreads across sector
A man rides a bicycle next to a construction site near residential buildings in Beijing, China, January 13, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu WangBEIJING, Oct 18 (Reuters) - China's September new construction starts slumped for a sixth straight month, the longest spate of monthly declines since 2015, as cash-strapped developers reined in investment and put a pause on projects following tighter regulations on borrowing. New construction starts in September fell 13.54% from a year earlier, according to Reuters calculations based on January-September data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Monday. In the first nine months, property investment rose 8.8% from a year earlier, slowing from 10.9% growth seen in January-August. Funds raised by China's property developers grew 11.1%, slower than the 14.8% rise seen in the first eight months.
China faces challenges from 'mismanagement' at certain firms, says PBOC head
Governor of People's Bank of China (PBOC) Yi Gang attends a news conference on China's economic development ahead of the 70th anniversary of its founding, in Beijing, China September 24, 2019. As the company wrestles with its debt, worries about a possible spillover of credit risk from China's property sector into the broader economy have intensified. read moreYi Gang said default risks for some firms and operational difficulties of small and mid-sized banks are among the challenges for China's economy, and that authorities are keeping a close eye "so they do not become systematic risks". Authorities will first try to prevent problems at Evergrande from spreading to other real estate companies to avoid a broader systematic risk, he added. The PBOC was taking various steps to fend off financial risks, such as replenishing capital for small and midsize banks, Yi Gang said.
Heads of Japan major parties to hold debate ahead of key election
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan October 14, 2021. Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via REUTERSTOKYO, Oct 18 (Reuters) - The heads of Japan's major parties will hold a public debate on Monday likely to focus on who can best respond to an expected next wave of COVID-19 infections and fix the pandemic-hit economy, two weeks ahead of the national election. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who as the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) took over the premiership earlier this month, has called the general election for members of the powerful lower house Oct. 31. Women accounted for 18.3% of CDPJ candidates as of Oct. 17, compared with 9.7% for the LDP, according to the Asahi newspaper. The debate among nine party leaders is scheduled to start 1:00 p.m. (0400 GMT).
Welcome to the age of unpeace
Press play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon PollyMark Leonard is director of the European Council on Foreign Relations and author of “The Age of Unpeace: Why connectivity causes conflict.”The European Union is built on a simple idea. By building a community around the coal and steel that were used to build weapons, the EU managed to turn enemies into friends. They hoped that by opening borders and promoting trade, travel and the internet, they could spread these lessons to the world, and promote global harmony. And the behavior of other countries — from China and Russia to Turkey and Brazil — has shown how nationalism and power are trumping internationalism and the law. It uses its economic power to make those who come into contact with its network follow the rules as well.
Asia Stocks, U.S. Futures Fall as Bond Yields Jump: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Most Asian stocks and U.S. futures slid Monday as surging energy prices cemented worries about inflation, sending bond yields higher. U.S. contracts dipped after American stocks advanced on Friday, with the S&P 500 chalking its best week since July as earnings buoyed sentiment. Bond yields in New Zealand and Australia jumped after New Zealand’s inflation accelerated to the fastest pace in 10 years. Yields on Australia’s three-year bond surged as much as 18 basis points to the highest since January. Investors continue to grapple with worries about inflation amid surging energy shortages that are prompting more production cuts and sending bond yields higher.
China's new construction starts plunge as chill spreads across sector
New construction starts in September fell 13.54% from a year earlier, according to Reuters calculations based on January-September data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Monday. When the sector recovered in 2016 after authorities loosened their grip on purchases and development, tens of thousands of real estate firms borrowed heavily to build homes. Property sales by floor area dropped 15.8% in September, down for a third month, according to Reuters calculations based on the statistics bureau's data. In the first nine months, property investment rose 8.8% from a year earlier, slowing from 10.9% growth seen in January-August. Funds raised by China's property developers grew 11.1%, slower than the 14.8% rise seen in the first eight months.
From film sets to manufacturing plants, unions push companies as workers stay scarce
Employees this year have pushed for higher wages, expanded benefits, safer workplaces and added staffing. 10,000 JOHN DEERE WORKERS STRIKE"There is a new militancy out there," said James P. Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters labor union, which represents 1.4 million workers, from Detroit auto workers to package-delivery drivers. Many companies in recent months, responding to the tight labor market for lower-wage workers, have been raising pay, offering signing bonuses and improving benefits to stay competitive. This weekend, the film and television industry narrowly avoided a shutdown of production after the stage workers’ union reached a tentative agreement with studios and streaming services over worker demands. MORE STARBUCKS WORKERS PUSH FOR UNION VOTEPro-union workers at the Alabama warehouse this year said organizing could help boost wages and provide a more reasonable pace on the job.
Merck COVID-19 pill sparks calls for access for lower income countries
Merck on Oct 11 applied for U.S. emergency clearance of the first pill for COVID-19 after it cut hospitalizations and deaths by 50% in a large clinical trial. MERCK COVID-19 PILL SUCCESS SLAMS MODERNA SHARES, SHAKES UP HEALTH CARE SECTORThe U.S. drugmaker has taken the unusual pandemic step of licensing several generics of its antiviral molnupiravir before its branded version was even authorized for marketing. MERCK’S COVID-19 PILL COULD CARRY SERIOUS SAFETY CONCERNS, SCIENTISTS WARNIt is unclear how many generic pills will be available or when. A spokesperson confirmed it is in discussions about expanding licenses for generic molnupiravir "to build sufficient global supply of quality-assured product to meet orders globally." The EU is considering buying the pill after Merck applies for authorization in Europe.
China’s economic growth weakens amid construction slowdown
China’s economic growth sank in the latest quarter, as a construction slowdown and official curbs on energy use by factories weighed on the nation’s recovery from the pandemic. In the three months to September, the world’s second-largest economy grew by 4.9% over the same period last year. Compared with the previous quarter, the way other major economies are measured, output in the July-to-September period barely grew, expanding by 0.2%. The economy grew by a record 18.3% in the first quarter of 2021, but forecasters said the rebound already was leveling off. Imports, an indicator of Chinese domestic demand, rose 17.6% in September from a year earlier, but that was barely half the previous month’s 33% growth.
Silver Knights begin 2nd AHL season with sweep
(Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoPregame entertainment before the start of the Silver Knights and Colorado Eagles AHL hockey game on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, at Orleans Arena, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoSilver Knights fans during an AHL hockey game against the Colorado Eagles on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, at Orleans Arena, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoThe Silver Knights coaching staff interacts with players during an AHL hockey game against the Colorado Eagles on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, at Orleans Arena, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoSilver Knights fans during an AHL hockey game against the Colorado Eagles on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, at Orleans Arena, in Las Vegas. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphotoThe Silver Knights’ second season didn’t begin as planned.
Miles: Michigan undermines public trust without transparency
The state is falling behind in transparency, which is critical to restoring public trust. It undermines trust in our leaders and raises questions about the independence of our press. Wondering if more signs had been missed when Schlissel appointed him in 2017, The News requested Philbert’s personnel file, a public record. So how did the university evade public records norms for so long? If Michigan wants to restore credibility — in elections and health, in universities and local communities — it needs to strengthen transparency.
LeFrancois, Wagner keep it real at Duke City Marathon
Meanwhile, first-time Duke City competitor Erin Wagner of Albuquerque won the women’s marathon in 3 hours, 2 minutes, and 34 seconds. And it’s that home-like feel that brings people back each year — participants, volunteers, and fans — said Duke City Marathon board member Burt Trembly. Five years ago, his Duke City Marathon time was just over 2 hours, 54 minutes. “Five years of running in between (the last Duke City race), it was a big jump,” LeFrancois said. I missed that, but I also missed the encouragement and positivity.”Previous years saw Duke City Marathon entries in the 4,000 range.
China economy slows as power cuts, property woes and Covid take toll
China’s economy grew slower than expected in the third quarter, official data showed on Monday, as power outages and supply bottlenecks hurt factories while sporadic Covid-19 outbreaks weighed on consumption. The world’s second-largest economy has staged an impressive rebound from the pandemic but the recovery is losing steam. Problems including faltering factory activity, power cuts in the country’s crucial northern industrial heartland, weak consumer demand and a slowing property sector have fanned speculation that policymakers may announce more stimulus measures in coming months. Chief among the concerns about the giant property sector is the future of China Evergrande Group, the country’s number two developer which is struggling under a $300bn mountain of debt. As the company wrestles with its debt, worries about a possible spillover of credit risk from China’s property sector into the broader economy have intensified.
Chinese tourists’ disappearance is remaking Hong Kong retail
Percival Street in central Hong Kong has seen five watch and jewelry shops shut since the third quarter of 2018, and added one food and drink business. The protests — portrayed in Beijing-backed media as violent and targeting mainlanders — led to the disappearance of Hong Kong’s biggest source of tourists almost overnight. The mainland’s growing footprint on Hong Kong, driving more stores catering to tourists than residents’ needs, was one frustration fueling the protests in 2019. Some Chinese tourists who would previously come to Hong Kong to shop, particularly for luxury goods, might have already discovered online channels for those products during the pandemic, she said. “In the coming three to four years, the share of local spending in Hong Kong’s retail industry will continue to be higher than before,” Leung said.
Climate change a double blow for oil-rich Middle East, experts say
The climate crisis threatens a double blow for the Middle East, experts say, by destroying its oil income as the world shifts to renewables and by raising temperatures to unliveable extremes. “Our region is classified as a global climate change hot spot,” Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades told the International Conference on Climate Change in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Home to half a billion people, the already sun-baked region has been designated as especially vulnerable by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization. When it comes to climate change and the Middle East, “there are terrible problems,” said Jeffrey Sachs, who heads the U.N. Peak temperatures in cities, so-called ‘heat islands’ that are darker than surrounding deserts, could exceed 60 degrees Celsius, he said.
Hate-speech case forces Japan to confront workplace racism
Getting in the public eye to speak about the consequences of hate speech, I’ll be slandered as anti-Japanese.”To Kim Sangyun, a law professor at Ryukoku University who testified in support of the bill, the Hate Speech Act is a milestone. But it’s far from enjoyable, and the distribution of anti-Korean documents has continued, she told the Osaka court in January. In 2019, while the case made its way through the Japanese court system, the leafleting continued at Fuji. Last year, the city made hate speech a criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to ¥500,000 ($4,575). | BLOOMBERGChoi, who testified in support of the national Hate Speech Act, still lives in Kawasaki.
Joe Russo points to tension in film industry in regards to Scarlett Johansson-Disney suit
Filmmaker Joe Russo pointed to 'a lot of tension' in the entertainment industry when commenting on the now-settled lawsuit between Scarlett Johansson and Disney over the movie Black Widow. 'People’s nerves are fraying, and it’s hard to predict what’s going to happen or where anything is going.' Russo told the outlet that he feels 'corporations are panicking at the moment' amid massive changes in the field. Russo said that while he doesn't think that the movie model is finished, it has been changed amid the rise of streaming services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit was settled last last month, with both sides issuing a joint statement clarifying they were going to continue to work on projects with one another.
China's economy slows as covid, energy crisis and property woes take toll
FILE PHOTO: A man rides a bicycle next to a construction site near residential buildings in Beijing, China, January 13, 2021. China's economic growth tumbled more than expected in the third quarter, official data showed Monday, as the property sector struggled with tighter policy measures and an energy crisis loomed. "We must note that current international environment uncertainties are mounting and the domestic economic recovery is still unstable and uneven," NBS spokesman Fu Linghui said Monday. The Chinese government is trying to recalibrate the economy to one driven by consumers and away from investment and exports. Despite still-strong foreign demand, factors such as extreme weather and virus outbreaks -- on top of energy shortages and the cooling housing market -- have all weighed on China's economy, analysts said.
Seoul closely monitoring N. Korean leader's increased messages toward US: ministry
NATIONALNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks at a lecture to commemorate the 76th founding anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party last Sunday, in this photo released by the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) the next day. (Yonhap)North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has publicly mentioned the United States more often recently, drawing attention to Pyongyang's next move amid a prolonged deadlock in their nuclear talks, according to South Korea's unification ministry Monday.The ministry made the assessment in a report to lawmakers for an annual parliamentary audit, calling for an "active response" to resume dialogue in the face of growing volatility in the region.North Korea conducted four new missile tests in September alone, including what it called a "hypersonic" missile and a long-range cruise missile. "North Korea's following moves on the US require attention as leader Kim Jong-un's messages on the US have recently increased as well as become more detailed," the ministry said in the report.The assessment came a week after Kim said there are no grounds to believe why Washington is not hostile toward Pyongyang, though adding that neither South Korea nor the US is its "arch-enemy. "Despite many differences in opinion between the two Koreas ... our stance is to work out the differences through dialogue," the ministry said.When the talks resume, Seoul will also push to discuss the North's blowing up of an inter-Korean liaison office in its border city of Kaesong and the killing of a South Korean fisheries official who went adrift in waters north of the inter-Korean border, it said.Regarding North Korea's long-enforced tight border controls due to the pandemic, the ministry said the North is preparing to reopen its train routes with China.Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that it has begun the shipment of COVID-19 medical supplies to North Korea through the Chinese port of Dalian. "(North Korea) needs cooperation with the inter
New virus cases hit 3-month low; eased rules on private gatherings in force
NATIONALA health official works at a COVID-19 testing station in Seoul's eastern district of Songpa, last Friday. (Yonhap)South Korea's daily coronavirus cases dropped to the lowest level in more than three months on Monday as the country eased restrictions on private gatherings ahead of preparations for a gradual shift to the "living with COVID-19" scheme.The country reported 1,050 new cases, including 1,030 local infections, raising the total caseload to 343,445, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.Monday's tally is the lowest daily number since July 7, when the country reported 1,211 additional virus cases on the onset of the fourth wave of the pandemic. A maximum of 10 people, including six fully vaccinated people, will be allowed in other regions. "The overall scale of the epidemic is maintaining a stable decreasing trend. (Yonhap)Related Stories
Moon orders plan for booster shots for people who receive J&J COVID-19 vaccine
NATIONALPresident Moon Jae-in is administered a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot at the National Medical Center in Seoul last Friday. (Yonhap)President Moon Jae-in on Monday ordered officials to swiftly set up a plan to provide booster shots for people who received Johnson & Johnson's one-dose vaccines.Moon's remarks came as a study showed COVID-19 protection from J&J's Janssen is weakening after a certain period of vaccination, according to presidential spokesperson Park Kyung-mee.Moon also instructed officials to come up with plans for patient transportation as the nation is preparing for gradually returning to normal life, Park said.So far, about 78 percent of the nation's population have received their first shots of COVID-19 vaccines and the number of fully vaccinated people stood at 33.18 million, or 64.6 percent.The fully vaccinated rate is expected to reach over 70 percent of the population at the end of this month, which has been considered a precondition for the gradual plan to put daily life back on track.
Major tour agencies forecast to swing to profit in 2022
BUSINESS(Yonhap)South Korea's major travel agencies are expected to recover from the prolonged fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and swing to a profit in 2022 on growing demand for overseas travel, a market tracker said Monday.Local brokerage houses have projected that industry leader HanaTour could register a consolidated operating income of 3.9 billion won ($33 million) in the coming year, a sharp turnaround from an operating loss of 114.9 billion won last year, according to financial information provider FnGuide.In the first half of this year alone, HanaTour posted an operating loss of 65.6 billion won. The company chalked up an operating income of 5.9 billion won in 2019 before the COVID-19 outbreak.Runner-up Mode Tour is also projected to record an operating income of 200 million won next year, compared with an operating loss of 10.5 billion won in the first half of this year.Yellow Balloon Tour Co. is predicted to rack up an operating income of 9.7 billion won next year, compared with its first-half loss of 6.4 billion won.The rosy outlook for local tour agencies comes amid growing demand for overseas trips on the back of fast-rising coronavirus vaccination rates and Seoul's "travel bubble" pacts with other countries.Major tourist destinations across the globe are reporting high vaccination rates, and South Korea has been pushing to sign travel bubble accords with several countries.A travel bubble refers to a quarantine-free travel partnership between two or more cities or countries with similar levels of COVID-19 cases.Also responsible is Seoul's move to prepare for a "living with COVID-19" scheme next month, in which the virus will be treated as an infectious respiratory disease, like seasonal influenza.Yet, FnGuide said it will likely take more time for sales and earnings of those travel companies to return to pre-pandemic levels.For instance, HanaTour's sales, which tumbled to 43 billion won in 2020 due to the new coronavirus, are expected to rise to 272 bi
Moon orders plan for booster shots for people who receive J&J COVID-19 vaccine
President Moon Jae-in is administered a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot at the National Medical Center in Seoul last Friday. (Yonhap)President Moon Jae-in on Monday ordered officials to swiftly set up a plan to provide booster shots for people who received Johnson & Johnson's one-dose vaccines. Moon's remarks came as a study showed COVID-19 protection from J&J's Janssen is weakening after a certain period of vaccination, according to presidential spokesperson Park Kyung-mee. Moon also instructed officials to come up with plans for patient transportation as the nation is preparing for gradually returning to normal life, Park said. So far, about 78 percent of the nation's population have received their first shots of COVID-19 vaccines and the number of fully vaccinated people stood at 33.18 million, or 64.6 percent.
Kyler Murray throws for four touchdowns as Arizona Cardinals remain undefeated
“It was a rough week,” said Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, who took on some of Kingsbury's duties. After his fumble, Murray made the Browns pay by throwing a 9-yard pass to a wide-open Hopkins to put the Cardinals ahead 30-14. Later, Hunt was not targeted on a pass play and the bruising back crumpled to the ground without contact. Joseph credited the entire staff and especially assistant receivers coach Spencer Whipple, who handled the communication to Murray. “The operation was very smooth, being on the road for us to not have coach Kliff,” Murray said.
32 things we learned from Week 6 of 2021 NFL season: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals top charts
The 32 things we learned from Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season:1. 1 team in the NFL, at least in terms of its record, remains the Arizona Cardinals. Murray matched his career high, established in Week 1 of this season, with four TD passes in Cleveland and now has 14 this season. However, Jackson did make a nice bit of NFL history, earning his 35th NFL victory in his 43rd career start. Giants QB Daniel Jones gave the ball away four times (3 INTs, 1 fumble) and now has 45 turnovers in 33 NFL games.
China’s Economy Continues to Slow, Rattled by Real Estate and Energy
It has all taken a toll on China’s economy, an essential engine for global growth. The National Bureau of Statistics announced on Monday that China’s economy increased by 4.9 percent in the third quarter, compared to the same period last year; the period was markedly slower than the 7.9 percent increase the country notched in the previous quarter. Industrial output, the mainstay of China’s growth, faltered badly, especially in September, posting its worst performance since the early days of the pandemic. Two bright spots prevented the economy from stalling. Chinese officials are showing signs of concern, although they have refrained so far from unleashing a big economic stimulus.
Oil prices climb to highest in years as Covid recovery, power generators stoke demand
Oil prices hit their highest in years on Monday as demand continues its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, boosted by more custom from power generators turning away from expensive gas and coal to fuel oil and diesel. Brent crude oil futures rose 87 cents, or 1%, to $85.73 a barrel by 0111 GMT, the highest price since October 2018. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures climbed $1.12, or 1.4%, to $83.40 a barrel, highest since October 2014. "Easing restrictions around the world are likely to help the recovery in fuel consumption," analysts from ANZ bank said in a note on Monday. China's economy, meanwhile, likely grew at the slowest pace in a year in the third quarter, hurt by power shortages, supply bottlenecks and sporadic Covid-19 outbreaks.
Box Office: 'Halloween Kills' Scores Bloody Great $50.3 Million Debut, 'The Last Duel' Bombs
Cast members Anthony Michael Hall, Judy Greer, Jamie Lee Curtis and director David Gordon Green pose at premiere for the film Halloween Kills at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October, 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniLOS ANGELES, Oct 17 (Variety.com) - Universal and Blumhouse's "Halloween Kills" topped the weekend box office with a $50.3 million debut. It brings the film's domestic haul to $99.5 million, a respected result in pandemic times. UAR and MGM's "The Addams Family 2" nabbed fourth place with $7.2 million, pushing its domestic gross to $42.3 million. "Halloween Kills" revives the un-killable Michael Myers (last seen incinerating in a house) and brings back franchise star Jamie Lee Curtis.
China Q3 GDP growth hits 1-year low, raising heat on policymakers
Workers labour at a construction site in Shanghai, China July 12, 2021. Data released on Monday showed gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.9% in July-September from a earlier, the weakest pace since the third quarter of 2020 and slowing from 7.9% in the second quarter. A Reuters poll of analysts had expected GDP to rise 5.2% in the third quarter. On a quarterly basis, growth eased to 0.2% in July-September from a downwardly revised 1.2% in the second quarter, the data showed. The world's second-largest economy has rebounded from the pandemic but the recovery is losing steam, weighed by faltering factory activity, persistently soft consumption and a slowing property sector as policy curbs bite.
China’s economic growth weakens amid construction slowdown
People walk along a riverbank near a commercial office buildings under construction in Tongzhou, outskirts of Beijing, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. China’s economy is losing steam as President Xi Jinping's government cracks down on corporate debt and energy use in pursuit of more stable, sustainable growth. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)People walk along a riverbank near a commercial office buildings under construction in Tongzhou, outskirts of Beijing, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. China’s economy is losing steam as President Xi Jinping's government cracks down on corporate debt and energy use in pursuit of more stable, sustainable growth. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic growth sank in the latest quarter as a slowdown in construction and curbs on energy use weighed on its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
China's Factory Production Hindered by Power Crunch in September
BEIJING--China's factory production and investment decelerated further in September while consumption recovered from the distortions brought on by the latest wave of coronavirus infections. Industrial output rose 3.1% in September from a year earlier, slowing from 5.3% year-on-year growth in August, the National Bureau of Statistics said Monday.
China's economic growth weakens amid construction slowdown
BEIJING — China’s economic growth sank in the latest quarter as a slowdown in construction and curbs on energy use weighed on its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The world’s second-largest economy grew by 4.9% over a year ago in the three months ending in September, down from the previous quarter’s 7.9%, government data showed Monday.
Rate-Hike Bets Stoke Yield Surge From Treasuries to Kiwi Bonds
(Bloomberg) -- The global bond selloff gathered pace as yields in Australian and New Zealand surged following faster-than-expected inflation in the smaller nation, fueling bets on policy tightening. Most Read from BloombergAustralia’s three-year yield jumped as much as 18 basis points to 0.77%, the highest since February 2020. Australian yields also climbed as vaccination rates rise and the authorities start to remove movement restrictions in many parts of the country. The global inflation theme “is also leading to significant adjustments in positioning, with investors stopping out of long positions” and commodity trading advisors and system traders initiating and adding to short positions, he said. Most Read from Bloomberg Businessweek©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
In the end, talent trumped luck, and that’s how the Cowboys ended up beating the Patriots
The Patriots had luck, but the Cowboys had the talent, and the talent won out. ? Another game of Bill Belichick coaching scared on fourth down, with two key decisions working against the Patriots. The Cowboys’ offense went 2 for 5 inside the red zone, with as many turnovers as touchdowns (two). On the other side, the Patriots’ offense entered the game as the NFL’s second-worst red zone offense, but finished both opportunities Sunday with a touchdown. But the Patriots had a punt blocked by the Saints in Week 3, then again by the Cowboys.
Despite plenty of adversity, Cardinals stick it to Browns to stay unbeaten at 6-0
So did the Arizona Cardinals, somehow, despite enough adversity raining down upon them to fill the Grand Canyon to the rim. The Cardinals also lost tight end Maxx Williams to a season-ending knee injury before making a trade on Friday for veteran Zach Ertz. Like the Cardinals, the Browns were dealing their own problems on Sunday. A week after stuffing the 49ers four times on fourth-down tries, the Cardinals shut the Browns down on three of their four, fourth-down conversion attempts. It is frustrating,” said Browns coach Kevin Stafanski, whose team will try to regroup in time for Thursday night’s game against the visiting Broncos.
Vikings’ Mike Zimmer cuts kicker Greg Joseph some slack for missing potential game-winner
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mike Zimmer has been generally hard on kickers during his eight seasons as Vikings coach. However, the Vikings did survive by winning 34-28 in overtime on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to K.J. “But that was a tough wind (Sunday), honestly.”Joseph made field goals of 25, 25 and 38 yards on Sunday. He also missed a 50-yard attempt wide right with seven minutes left in regulation, when the Vikings led 28-17. It led to a field goal by Joseph.
Everything you need to know for the spookiest Flying Pig Marathon and Queen Bee Half Marathon
After Cincinnati's Flying Pig Marathon and Queen Bee Half Marathon were postponed earlier this year, the annual event is counting down the days to kick off. Flying Pig Marathon organizers held the event fully virtually in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The headlining marathon and half marathon for the 23rd annual event will be extra spooky this year, with the race itself happening on Halloween. The Flying Pig Marathon, Queen Bee Half Marathon and other Pig Works events will be held during the weekend of Oct. 29. How to watch the Flying PigThe Flying Pig encourages all spectators to support runners as they complete the race.
Now opponents in Ohio governor's race, Mike DeWine and Nan Whaley once praised each other
Leading your city with compassion and strength," DeWine texted Whaley after the Oregon District killings. We are amplifying your message," Whaley texted DeWine on March 9, 2019 as DeWine declared a state of emergency in Ohio. Throughout the early months of the pandemic, Whaley texted DeWine with suggestions and questions about closing bars on St. Patrick's Day or casinos entirely. DeWine praised Whaley for urging fellow mayors to require masks in early July 2020, weeks before DeWine instituted a statewide mask mandate. Whaley texted DeWine on July 3 with an Enquirer article detailing Cincinnati's mask mandate.
Richest families in Southeast Asia scout for the next unicorn
“The universe of family money in Southeast Asia has become very alive to what technology and tech investments are bringing because of recent startup successes,” said Vishal Harnal, managing partner of 500 Startups Southeast Asia, which was an early investor in ride-hailing giant Grab and online marketplace Carousell. Although COVID-19 has decimated tourism and retail in Southeast Asia, the region is home to some of the fastest-growing internet markets. Plus, the conglomerates also have to jostle with investors with deeper pockets and longer experience such as sovereign-wealth and venture capital funds. Some have started pilot projects with tech startups with the aim of investing in those with promising technologies. “I’ve been impressed meeting with the family patriarchs,” said Lauria, whose venture capital firm is also a True Digital Park partner in Bangkok.
Will Smith, 53, gives a sneak peak at physique five months after revealing his fitness goals
On a mission to lose his COVID-19 quarantine weight and reclaim his chiseled physique of yesteryear, the longtime leading man signed-on to chronicle his journey to health and wellness in the upcoming six-part YouTube series, Best Shape Of My Life. 'This is the body that carried me through an entire pandemic and countless days of grazing thru the pantry. Imma get in the BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!!!!! The show covers the 'fun, funny, inspirational, wildly adventurous, and deeply entertaining story of Smith challenging himself to improve every aspect of his fitness, according to YouTube. Variety is reporting that Will Smith's upcoming series, Best Shape of My Life, will premiere on November 8 on YouTube Originals.
Joe Manchin White House child tax credit must include work requirement and $60k family income cap
Moderate Democrat Senator Joe Manchin will only support Joe Biden's flagship child tax credits policy if the existing program is made markedly less generous, sources say. Democrats are looking to make Joe Biden's temporary increase to the child tax credit under the American Rescue Plan permanent. Currently, two parent families on a combined salary of up to $150,000 are eligible for the tax credit. Biden's child tax credit boost is the same as his temporary increases under the American Rescue Plan, which was passed to help the US through the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the Capitol Child Development Center, Friday in Hartford, ConnecticutIt became the largest child tax credit in US history when it was signed into law in March, but is only effective through 2021.
Bucks celebrate title, Nets go without Irving as NBA opens
The Greek superstar, a two-time NBA MVP, averaged 30.2 points, 12.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.2 blocked shots and 1.0 steals a game last year in the playoffs as the Bucks ended a half-century title drought. The Nets have been part of the NBA off-season's biggest drama with the loss of Irving for refusing to have a Covid-19 vaccination. As a result, the Nets decided the star guard will not be part of the team at all rather than be available on a part-time basis. Brooklyn still offers formidable talent with two-time NBA champion and 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant up front and 2018 MVP and three-time scoring champion James Harden in the Nets backcourt. James, a four-time NBA MVP, is chasing his fifth NBA crown.
S. Korean regional derby set in AFC Champions League semifinals
Two K League 1 clubs and regional rivals, Ulsan Hyundai FC and Pohang Steelers, will clash in the semifinals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League on Wednesday. The kickoff is 7 p.m. at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, 240 kilometers south of Seoul. Ulsan are currently leading the K League 1 and have reached the semifinals of the Korean FA Cup, which will take place on Oct. 27. In Sunday's quarterfinals, Ulsan knocked off their K League nemesis Jeonbuk 3-2, behind Lee Dong-gyeong's extra-time wonder goal. Pohang have decidedly less firepower than Ulsan, and have not beaten Ulsan in the K League 1 this year.
Seoul closely monitoring N. Korean leader's increased messages toward US: ministry
North Korea conducted four new missile tests in September alone, including what it called a "hypersonic" missile and a long-range cruise missile. In Seoul, the intelligence chiefs of the three countries were to gather for closed-door talks during which they are expected to discuss North Korea, among other issues. The ministry said it will continue efforts to find opportunities, such as the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics, to restart the inter-Korean and US-North Korea talks. Regarding North Korea's long-enforced tight border controls due to the pandemic, the ministry said the North is preparing to reopen its train routes with China. Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that it has begun the shipment of COVID-19 medical supplies to North Korea through the Chinese port of Dalian.
China GDP: economic recovery stalls, growth slows to 4.9 per cent in third quarter
China’s economy had staged an impressive recovery from the impact of the coronavirus, but is now faced with numerous headwinds including a property slump, energy crisis, weak consumer sentiment and soaring raw material costs.
Texas governor moves state sharply to the right ahead of 2022 election
Governor Greg Abbott meets with Texas National Guard troops and U.S. Border Patrol personnel for a briefing regarding security along the Mexico-U.S. border in Weslaco, Texas, U.S., April 12, 2018. Democrats have made political gains in Texas on the strength of rapidly growing metropolitan areas such as Houston and Austin. "He's taking a more aggressive approach," said Brendan Steinhauser, a Texas-based Republican political consultant. Last year, former President Donald Trump carried Texas by more than five percentage points, despite national unpopularity and unprecedented Democratic fervor. "I do strongly believe Governor Abbott is in the catbird seat for re-election," said Ray Sullivan, who was a senior adviser to Republican former Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Indonesia Badminton Men's Team Won Thomas Cup 2020! China's Domination Ends
Indonesia badminton men's team have won Thomas Cup of 2020 after demolishing China 3-0 in the final. Thomas Cup 2020 was postponed and held this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation just like many other sporting events. Thomas Cup is one of the most prestigious competition in men's badminton and often referred as world men's team championship. Teams representing member nations of Badminton World Federation compete against each other in this event every two years. Thomas Cup 2020 is Indonesia's 14th title and most successful team in the tournament.
Bangladesh Durga Puja violence: Vandalism continues; minorities call for countrywide hunger strike
It said that protests against attacks and vandalism on Hindu temples during the Durga Puja celebrations continued across the country on Saturday, as did the vandalism that led to the public outcry. (Twitter/@iskcon)Meanwhile in the country’s southeastern port city of Chittagong, the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council announced a sit-in and hunger strike from October 23 in protest against the attacks during the Durga Puja celebrations. ”I would like to urge the prime minister to not become weak and take action against them too,” he said. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (File photo) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (File photo)”The incidents in Comilla are being thoroughly investigated. This year, Durga Puja was celebrated at 32,118 puja pavilions across the country, including 238 in the capital Dhaka, the report said.
Faced with a power crisis, China may have ‘little choice’ but to ramp up coal consumption
"But the short-term reality is that China and many others have little choice but to increase coal consumption to meet power demand," Thomson wrote in a report. But the short-term reality is that China and many others have little choice but to increase coal consumption to meet power demand. Coal imports to 'substantially increase'China, the world's top carbon emitter, is heavily reliant on coal for power generation. "The ban on coal imports from Australia ... has exacerbated domestic coal shortages," said Barclays economists. Australia was China's top coal supplier in 2019 and accounted for 39% of total Chinese coal imports, the bank said.
How two college friends got Serena Williams to back their business
Cambridge graduates Alex Rose and Sam Browne founded Let's Do This after a conversation at the pub about how difficult it was to find and book for sports events. After completing the prestigious Y Combinator start-up accelerator program, the pair attracted investments from sports stars, including Serena Williams and Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, in a $5 million funding round. Co-founder Alex Rose explains how the firm survived the suspension of mass-participation events during the coronavirus pandemic and plans to expand as interest in organized outdoor exercise rebounds. Watch CNBC Make It's interview with the start-up co-founder in the video above.
Oil prices climb to highest in years as COVID recovery, power generators stoke demand
General view of Saudi Aramco's Ras Tanura oil refinery and oil terminal in Saudi Arabia May 21, 2018. Brent crude oil futures rose 87 cents, or 1%, to $85.73 a barrel by 0111 GMT, the highest price since October 2018. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures climbed $1.12, or 1.4%, to $83.40 a barrel, highest since October 2014. They added that gas-to-oil switching for power generation alone could boost demand by as much as 450,000 barrels per day in the fourth quarter. The world's second-largest oil consumer issued a new batch of oil import quotas for independent refiners for 2021 that show total annual allowances were lower than last year, a first reduction of import permits since these firms were allowed into the market in 2015.
Asian shares jittery ahead of China GDP; oil hits fresh highs
A man watches an electric board showing Nikkei index outside a brokerage at a business district in Tokyo, Japan, June 21, 2021. Oil prices hit new multi-year peaks, continuing their recent surge amid a global energy shortage, with U.S. crude at a fresh seven-year high and Brent at a three-year high. read moreMSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS) was little changed in early trading on Monday, off 0.07%, while Japan's Nikkei (.N225) lost 0.12%. The yield on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes rose to 1.5904% on Monday, heading back towards the four-month high of 1.6310% hit early Tuesday, before a wobble later in the week. U.S. crude was last up 0.92% at $83.04 a barrel, while Brent crude was last 0.57% higher at $85.35 per barrel.
Winners and losers from Patriots’ devastating overtime loss to Cowboys
Devastating doesn’t fully describe the New England Patriots’ 35-29 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. CeeDee Lamb walked into the end zone in overtime to push the Cowboys to a 5-1 record and drop the Patriots to 2-4. There were a lot of great takeaways from the game, but none of it was enough to edge past the Cowboys. Here are the winners and losers from the devastating loss. LOSER: LB Jahlani TavaiJahlani Tavai’s missed assignment allowed the Cowboys to block Jake Bailey’s punt before the half ended.
MSNBC Panel Torches Sen. Ron Johnson For Spreading Yet Another Conspiracy Theory
was roundly condemned by an MSNBC panel Sunday for spreading dangerous conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines and treatments on Fox News. “What in the entire ? What’s he talking about?” MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart asked. Jennifer Rubin, a conservative political columnist for the Washington Post, characterized his comments as “complete crap.”“He never used to be this insane. John Bresnahan, co-founder of Punchbowl News and longtime Capitol Hill reporter, noted that Johnson had been been making anti-science and anti-vaccine comments for months now. “It is stunning to see a U.S. senator, a national political leader, making these kinds of comments.
Walgreens cited shoplifting as rationale for closing 5 stores in San Francisco, but local officials, data, and experts cast doubt on that explanation
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesWalgreens said it's closing some San Francisco stores because of an increase in retail theft. Police data obtained by the Chronicle did not show high rates of shoplifting reports at the closing stores. Walgreens announced Tuesday it would be closing five of its San Francisco locations due to "organized retail crime," but police department data, local officials, and policy experts are casting doubt on that reasoning, according to a report published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday. Some incidents of shoplifting likely go unreported, but the closing stores had on average less than two shoplifting reports per month since 2018. San Francisco Mayor London Breed pushed back against Walgreens' stated reasoning for closing the stores.
Former president Bill Clinton expected to leave hospital Sunday after treatment for infection
Clinton, 75, was admitted to the University of California at Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday "to receive treatment for a non-Covid-related infection," his spokesman, Angel Ureña, said in a statement Thursday. Former president Bill Clinton will remain hospitalized Saturday night as he recovers from an infection and is expected to be discharged Sunday, his spokesman said. Clinton's doctors, Alpesh Amin and Lisa Bardack, issued a joint statement Thursday night saying Clinton was responding well to treatment, though they did not detail the nature of the infection. "After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well." Amin and Bardack added that they had been in constant communication with Clinton's New York-based medical team, including his cardiologist.
Robert Durst hospitalized with COVID-19, his lawyer says
Defense Attorney Dick DeGuerin said he was notified that Durst was admitted after testing positive for the coronavirus. DeGuerin said he didn't know Durst's condition and was trying to find out more details. LOS ANGELES (AP) — New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who days ago was sentenced in a two-decade-old murder case, has been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19, his lawyer said Saturday. Durst, who has numerous medical issues, sat in a wheelchair with a catatonic stare during much of the sentencing hearing. DeGuerin said Thursday that Durst will appeal.
Southwest Airlines seeks to block pilots’ bid to halt mandated COVID-19 vaccinations
The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association is seeking to stop the airline from moving ahead with the Nov. 24 deadline for the shots until an existing a lawsuit it filed over alleged U.S. labor law violations is resolved. The union claims Southwest illegally changed work rules during the pandemic instead of negotiating them with pilots. Airlines Cancellations, vaccines and lawsuits: How the pandemic has fractured love between Southwest, unions Dallas-based Southwest Airlines has a reputation for its strong relationship with labor unions that has led to smooth operations dating back to the era of co-founder Herb Kelleher. Pilots also are required by the Federal Aviation Administration to not work for 48 hours after receiving vaccinations. The case is Southwest Airlines Pilots Association v. Southwest Airlines Co., 3:21-cv-02065-M, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (Dallas).
Kareem Hunt, Baker Mayfield injured in Browns' loss
Kareem Hunt left the field on a cart and Baker Mayfield's left arm was in a sling after the game on a rough day for the Cleveland Browns. Mayfield reinjured his left shoulder but plans to play Thursday night against Denver. Toney had three catches for 36 yards before the rookie first-round pick aggravated an ankle injury. Lions defensive end Nick Williams injured his left ankle in the first quarter. The Giants also lost left tackle Andrew Thomas to an ankle injury.
Up to 5,000 unvaccinated Massachusetts state workers could be at risk of suspension, termination
Up to 5,000 state workers could be at risk of suspension or termination as the deadline for workers to submit proof of their vaccine status hits this week, according to state officials. That amounts to about 11% of the 45,000 executive-branch workers required to be fully vaccinated as of Oct. 17. The administration’s vaccine policy involves “progressive discipline,” according to an online post, starting with a five-day, unpaid suspension for all noncompliant workers. Continued noncompliance for managers “will then result in termination of employment,” while bargaining unit members will first move on to a 10-day suspension. Executive-branch offices won’t start to tally the exact number of state workers in violation of the administration’s vaccine mandate until Monday when managers will begin contacting people who have not submitted paperwork.
Fauci says vaccinated people can ‘enjoy the holiday season’ with other vaxxed people
Dr. Anthony Fauci is offering up safety tips for the holiday season, telling vaccinated people that they can relax and celebrate with vaccinated family and friends. This will be the first holiday season when people have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, a major difference from last year when no one was fully vaccinated and many families stayed apart as the virus raged across the country. “For groups that are vaccinated, I think we can enjoy the holiday season,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Fox News Sunday. “When you’re in the family unit among people who are vaccinated, I think you should just enjoy the holidays as best you can in the family spirit,” added Fauci, who’s also the chief medical adviser to President Biden. “But if they’re not (vaccinated), they should do what the CDC recommends, is when you’re in an indoor setting, in a public indoor setting, to wear a mask,” Fauci said.
Swedish payments firm Klarna introduces 'pay now' option in UK
– Swedish payments firm Klarna said on Monday it has introduced a number of changes to its product in the United Kingdom including the option for its users to “pay now” and in full. The company said the “pay now” option will ensure UK consumers can pay immediately and in full, wherever Klarna is available. The changes in UK will bring it in line with 20 other markets in which it operates. The fintech firm, which allows shoppers to buy online through its merchant partners and settle their dues in installments via BNPL option, also introduced credit checks for its users. “The changes we are announcing today mean that consumers are fully in control of their payments whether they pay now or pay later,” the company’s chief executive Sebastian Siemiatkowski said.
Boxed-in Kospi leads to surge in forced liquidations
The daily average amount of forced liquidations marked 26.5 billion won ($22.4 million) from Oct. 1 to Oct. 14, according to data compiled by the Korea Financial Investment Association. They dispose of investors’ stocks to make up the balance, and since this happens when prices are depressed, investors make losses. They forecast the index will move in a tight range between 2,900 points and 3,030 points this week. NH Investment & Securities analyst Kim Young-hwan said the domestic stock market has “wave heights” to deal with this week. “After checking on the event, the local stock market may show a strong rebound with expectations for an accelerating economic recovery linked to improving manufacturing sector and development of COVID-19 treatments,” Kim said.
[Law Talk] Trademark issues in the world of the metaverse
In particular, gaming, fashion and luxury brand companies are partnering with metaverse platforms to expand their market bases to the virtual world. In the context of the metaverse, trademark infringement may occur if (i) items used in the metaverse are “goods” for purposes of the Trademark Act, and (ii) the act of using the trademark registered in the real world on similar or identical items in the metaverse can lead consumers to confusion. The act of using another person’s trademark in the metaverse may meet those two prongs. If a trademark possesses creativity, it can be eligible for copyright protection in addition to protection as a trademark. In this context, the world of the metaverse is not completely cut off from the real world, but can be considered as an extension of it.
Victoria records 1,903 new local cases and seven deaths
Victoria has recorded 1,903 new covid cases. It comes as a variety of restrictions will ease from Friday, when the first major vaccine target of 70 per cent is expected to be reached.
McIlroy captures 20th US PGA title with victory at Vegas
McIlroy, ranked 14th, won his second title of the year, having snapped an 18-month win drought in May with his third career triumph at Quail Hollow, and first of the 2021-22 season. World number 128 Fowler has not won since taking his fifth PGA title at the 2019 Phoenix Open. McIlroy drove the green at the par-4 12th and rolled in a four-foot birdie putt to seize the lead alone. But McIlroy sank an 11-foot birdie putt at the par-3 second and had a tap-in birdie at the par-5 third. McIlroy birdied the eighth to reach 22-under to match Morikawa's birdie at the par-3 11th and share the lead.
Major tour agencies forecast to swing to profit in 2022
(Yonhap)South Korea's major travel agencies are expected to recover from the prolonged fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and swing to a profit in 2022 on growing demand for overseas travel, a market tracker said Monday. In the first half of this year alone, HanaTour posted an operating loss of 65.6 billion won. The company chalked up an operating income of 5.9 billion won in 2019 before the COVID-19 outbreak. Yellow Balloon Tour Co. is predicted to rack up an operating income of 9.7 billion won next year, compared with its first-half loss of 6.4 billion won. For instance, HanaTour's sales, which tumbled to 43 billion won in 2020 due to the new coronavirus, are expected to rise to 272 billion won next year, but the figure is just 35.6 percent of its 2019 top line at 763.2 billion won.
New virus cases hit 3-month low; eased rules on private gatherings in force
(Yonhap)South Korea's daily coronavirus cases dropped to the lowest level in more than three months on Monday as the country eased restrictions on private gatherings ahead of preparations for a gradual shift to the "living with COVID-19" scheme. The country reported 1,050 new cases, including 1,030 local infections, raising the total caseload to 343,445, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said. Monday's tally is the lowest daily number since July 7, when the country reported 1,211 additional virus cases on the onset of the fourth wave of the pandemic. The daily cases have since stayed in the quadruple digits, including the record high of 3,273 on Sept. 25. Of the locally transmitted cases, Seoul reported 352 new cases, with Gyeonggi Province that surrounds the capital city adding 358 cases and Incheon, west of Seoul, 84 cases.
‘I hope you die’: how the COVID pandemic unleashed attacks on scientists
Tracking harassmentIn June, the Australian SMC in Adelaide asked researchers on its COVID-19 media lists about their experiences. Virologist Danielle Anderson received abuse after critiquing an article on SARS-CoV-2’s origins.Credit: James BuggAnother researcher with a long-standing WIV collaboration, Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance in New York City, has also received abuse. “Unfortunately, it’s frequently a problem that people aren’t believed,” Tworek says — even when online threats escalate to offline ones. In Nature’s survey, 44% of scientists who said they’d been trolled or experienced personal attacks said they never told their employer. Tworek is concerned that seeing attacks and abuse levelled at senior scientists could discourage up-and-coming researchers.
MSNBC Panel Torches Sen. Ron Johnson For Spreading Yet Another Conspiracy Theory
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) was roundly condemned by an MSNBC panel Sunday for spreading dangerous conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccines and treatments on Fox News. Advertisement“What in the entire ? What’s he talking about?” MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart asked. AdvertisementJohn Bresnahan, co-founder of Punchbowl News and longtime Capitol Hill reporter, noted that Johnson had been been making anti-science and anti-vaccine comments for months now. “It is stunning to see a U.S. senator, a national political leader, making these kinds of comments.
Tens of thousands demonstrate in Rome against fascism
Tens of thousands demonstrate in Rome against fascismTens of thousands of union members and other Italians gathered in Rome to stand up against rising fascism Saturday, a week after right-wing extremists forced their way into the headquarters of Italy's most powerful labour confederation while protesting a COVID-19 certification requirement for workplaces.
Fauci says he is polarizing because he supports 'science, data, and hard facts' and not conspiracy theories
He told Fox News' Chris Wallace he has become a polarizing figure because he stands with science. "And I think people who feel differently, who have conspiracy theories, who deny reality, that's looking them straight in the eye." Fauci said he stood by the truth and that that's "inconvenient" for people who believe in conspiracy theories. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is considered the nation's top infectious disease expert. When asked by Wallace if anything he has done has contributed to him becoming a polarizing figure, Fauci said he couldn't answer because he couldn't think of anything.
Chicago Police Department restricts time off for officers after vaccine mandate deadline, CNN affiliate reports
(CNN) A day after Chicago police officers were required to disclose their Covid-19 vaccine status or risking losing pay, the city's police department issued a memo informing officers elective time off is restricted, according to a copy of the memo obtained by CNN affiliate WLS. "Until further notice, the use of elective time by sworn CPD members is restricted. Furthermore, the use of elective time will require prior approval from the Deputy chief or above within the requesting member's chain of command," the memo obtained by WLS reads. The memo was issued Saturday to all sworn officers and was to be read at all CPD roll calls for five consecutive days, WLS reports. Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara has spoken out against the mandate to report vaccine status, telling officers they are not required to comply, and the police department has its own Covid-19 policy.
Kishida sends ritual offering to war-linked Yasukuni Shrine as Suga visits
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday sent a ritual offering to Yasukuni, a Shinto shrine in Tokyo viewed as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism by its Asian neighbors. South Korea responded by calling the tree offering disappointing and regrettable and urged Japanese leaders to squarely face history. The masakaki tree offering was made under his name as prime minister to celebrate the shrine’s biannual festival held in the spring and autumn. “I came here as the former prime minister,” Suga told reporters after visiting the shrine. Past visits to the shrine by Japanese leaders and lawmakers have especially angered China and South Korea, where memories of Japan’s wartime acts still rankle.
Rangers place Kaapo Kakko on IR as injury woes worsen
Ryan Strome and Kaapo Kakko will both be unavailable for the Rangers’ matchup with the Maple Leafs on Monday night at Scotiabank Arena. The Rangers placed Kakko, who suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury at the end of the first period against the Habs, on injured reserve Sunday. But, obviously, when you lose top guys like Strome and Kakko, it hurts your team some. But it gives other people opportunities, so it’s not an excuse that, ‘Oh, they’re missing Kakko, they’re missing Strome, they’re not going to win to tonight.’Kaapo Kakko was placed on the IR on Sunday. I’m just trying to play my game and help the team win.”
Biden’s Plans Raise Questions About What U.S. Can or Cannot Afford to Do
Many Democrats fear the United States cannot afford to wait to curb climate change, help more women enter the work force and invest in feeding and educating its most vulnerable children. In their view, failing to invest in those issues means the country risks incurring painful costs that will slow economic growth. “We can’t afford not to do these kinds of investments,” David Kamin, a deputy director of the White House National Economic Council, said in an interview. Mr. Manchin says he fears too much additional spending would feed rising inflation, which could push up borrowing costs and make it harder for the country to manage its budget deficit. He has made clear that he would like the final bill to raise more revenue than it spends in order to reduce future deficits and the threat of a debt crisis.
Hochul is proving to be the anti-Cuomo — for good and for ill
Kathy Hochul continues to make good on her promises to be, in effect, the “un-Cuomo.” Too bad that also includes appeasing New York’s lefties even more than the last governor did. Andrew Cuomo’s deadly nursing-home order, Hochul apologized for the pain caused by Cuomo’s handling of the crisis. And Hochul has about finished her purge of Cuomo enablers across state government. Nearly all the staffers named as enablers in Attorney General Tish James’ nursing-home and sex-harassment reports are gone or will be soon. But she’s left so much space to her right that she’s left room for Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-LI) to jump into the race.
Murray throws 4 TD passes, unbeaten Cardinals batter Browns
Murray connected with DeAndre Hopkins for two TDs, and Arizona's shifty quarterback came up with a clutch play whenever the Cardinals needed one. The Browns were trailing 23-14 when Cardinals star defensive end J.J. Watt chased down Mayfield and forced a fumble by sweeping out the QB's legs. After his fumble, Murray made the Browns pay by throwing a 9-yard pass to a wide-open Hopkins to put the Cardinals ahead 30-14. Later, Hunt was not targeted on a pass play and the bruising back crumpled to the ground without contact. Desperate for a positive play, the Browns got one on the final snap of the first half as Mayfield completed a 57-yard TD pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones.
Jon Stewart says media making 'mistake' casting Trump as 'incredible supervillain'
Comedian Jon Stewart said the media's hyper-focus on former President Donald Trump is a mistake and that casting him as an "incredible supervillain" distracts from other threats. "I think we make a mistake focusing this all on Donald Trump, as if he's … Magneto and some incredible supervillain that has changed the very nature and temperature of the U.S.," Stewart said. Power doesn't cede itself, and unless we can figure out a better way to balance out that power … we'll be vulnerable." Stewart, who recently launched a new show, "The Problem with Jon Stewart," said it's time the media moves away from the idea that "autocracy is purely the domain of Donald Trump." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAs for whether he thinks President Joe Biden is doing an effective job in office, Stewart said, "I don’t think anybody is."
Breast cancer awareness: Fox News’ Kayleigh McEnany, Gerri Willis, Jackie DeAngelis get real about diagnoses
One in every eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States including Fox News’ very own fighters Gerri Willis and Jackie DeAngelis, who shared their stories with "Fox & Friends Weekend" as part of breast cancer awareness month. FOX Business anchor and reporter Gerri Willis was first diagnosed with Stage 3 lobular breast cancer in 2016. "My right nipple was inverted and that’s what happens if you do get breast cancer and it does start to display signs," she warned. Fellow FOX Business correspondent Jackie DeAngelis was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer in June 2021 after a routine mammogram. The FBN host revealed she didn’t have any history of breast cancer in her family and didn’t have the BRCA gene.
Badosa outworks Azarenka to win Indian Wells title
Oct 17, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Paula Badosa (ESP) holds the champion trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka (BLR) in 3 sets n the women’s final in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsOct 17 (Reuters) - Paula Badosa survived a stiff challenge from Victoria Azarenka to produce a gutsy 7-6(5) 2-6 7-6(2) win in an epic Indian Wells championship match on Sunday. The 23-year-old Badosa praised WTA Tour veteran and two-time major champion Azarenka, who she said she had admired since she was a teenager. Badosa also thanked her family in Spain for their support as she overcame injuries and mental health struggles in recent years to win the biggest title of her career. With the win, Badosa becomes the first Spanish woman to win the tournament in the California desert and will move to a career high world number 13 on Monday.
Murray throws 4 TD passes, unbeaten Cardinals batter Browns
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws a 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Cleveland. Murray connected with DeAndre Hopkins for two TDs, and Arizona’s shifty quarterback came up with a clutch play whenever the Cardinals needed one. After his fumble, Murray made the Browns pay by throwing a 9-yard pass to a wide-open Hopkins to put the Cardinals ahead 30-14. Later, Hunt was not targeted on a pass play and the bruising back crumpled to the ground without contact. ADVERTISEMENTOn third-and-goal, Murray hit Hopkins with a short pass and he eluded two tacklers for a 13-yard TD to make it 14-0.
Judge limits unpaid leave for unvaccinated workers at US lab
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has limited the ability for now for the nonprofit running Oak Ridge National Laboratory to place employees on unpaid leave who receive exemptions to a COVID-19 vaccine requirement. The six workers who sued have argued they were told the unpaid leave would be indefinite. The judge wrote that he will decide by Oct. 29 whether to let the order expire or keep it while the case plays out. He reasoned that “preventing their (employees’) placement on unpaid leave for a matter of two weeks simply will not harm” the organization, while the unpaid leave presents a “functional loss of employment” and other damages for the workers at the lab, which is about 25 miles west of Knoxville. The lawsuit also seeks class action status, arguing the unpaid leave policy breaches civil rights and disability discrimination protections.
Spiderman Meme: Fox News Asks Fauci Why He’s ‘So Controversial’
Host Laura Ingraham has downplayed the threat Covid poses while casting doubt on the safety of vaccines for children. The doctor himself has said the network’s coverage of Covid is “outlandish” and that some hosts “distort” the facts. Story continuesWallace asked Fauci, “When this pandemic started, I think it’s fair to say you were generally regarded as the authority on infectious disease. Two questions: Why do you think you’ve become so controversial? And honestly, do you think there’s anything you have done that has contributed to that?”Fauci tactfully didn’t directly call out the network.
New Zealand Inflation Surges to Fastest Pace in 10 Years
(Bloomberg) -- New Zealand inflation surged at the fastest pace in 10 years in the third quarter, reinforcing bets that the central bank will keep raising interest rates. Consumer prices advanced 2.2% from three months earlier, Statistics New Zealand said Monday in Wellington, exceeding the 1.5% median estimate. Policy makers worldwide are debating whether faster inflation is a temporary phenomenon linked to supply-chain disruptions during the pandemic or something more persistent. The New Zealand dollar jumped after the inflation report. Read full note hereThe annual inflation rate is the highest since 2011, when prices were boosted by an increase in the goods and services tax in late 2010.
Louisiana gators thrive, so farmers' return quota may drop
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Once-endangered alligators are thriving in the wild, so Louisiana authorities are proposing a deep cut in the percentage that farmers must return to marshes where their eggs were laid. The meat is used in sausages; companies also sell roasts, steaks, ribs, nuggets, jerky and even whole skinned alligators. The return percentage was first set at 17%, based on estimates that about 83% die in the egg or before they're 4 feet (1.2 meters) long. Story continuesUncontrolled hunting nearly wiped out American alligators before Louisiana barred all hunting in 1962. Surveyors who flew over coastal marshes during the summer of 2019 estimated the number of alligator nests at a record, nearly 68,000.
Police say bystanders "should've intervened" as woman raped on train
A woman was allegedly raped on a suburban Philadelphia train last week while police said there were "a lot of people" around who "should have done something." Police said they had arrested a man connected to the rape that allegedly happened on a SEPTA El train on Wednesday. According to authorities, the incident was caught on surveillance video that showed bystanders on the train when it happened who "did nothing." Again, we're still going through the video but there was a lot of people, in my opinion, that should've intervened. The victim was taken to a local hospital, Bernhardt told The Associated Press.
Hollywood strike averted: How studios and crews union reached a deal
It was a rare display of muscle for the industry’s “below-the-line” production crews, who were threatening to stage a devastating strike. About 40,000 union members from 13 Hollywood locals must still approve the pact. Although union leaders expect a majority of members will support the proposed three-year contract, some IATSE members on social media lamented that the proposals didn’t go far enough. Early on, studios suggested allowing workers 48 hours of rest time on weekends, according to one of the knowledgeable persons. But studio executives were rattled in late September when IATSE members returned a vote of nearly 99% in support of a strike.
Could this plant extract help fight the opioid epidemic?
As the opioid epidemic continues to claim lives, UC Irvine researchers have identified a plant extract that may help fight opiate addiction. The number of opioid overdose deaths has more than doubled in Orange County over the last decade. According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, 234 residents died from opioid overdoses in 2011, compared with 499 in 2020. A huge contributor to the number of opioid deaths is the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl, which accounted for 381 of the deaths last year. The Orange County coroner did not test for fentanyl or other synthetic opioid types in 2010, said Dr. Curtis Condon, research manager at the agency.
Feeling of first goal in 17 months is one Coyotes' Andrew Ladd cherishes
When Andrew Ladd scored what would turn out to be the Arizona Coyotes' only goal of Saturday afternoon in Buffalo, it was a lamp-lighting that was a long time in coming. Ladd didn't play in the NHL in the 2020-2021 season, and only appeared in one AHL game. The Coyotes seem determined to get as much out of the 35-year-old Ladd as they could, with his $5.5 million cap hit for this season and next. Ladd played almost 17 ½ minutes on Thursday in the season opener, appearing on the power play and penalty kill. Like many of the veteran Coyotes new to the team this season, he was excited for a new beginning with a new team.
Moore: Vance Joseph is ready for a head coaching job after thumping Browns
CLEVELAND — Vance Joseph is ready for another head coaching job, regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s game. The Cardinals 37-14 road win over to the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium might have seemed like an audition. Joseph was in charge after Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury tested positive for COVID-19. They helped the Browns win five consecutive championships. Vance Joseph getting a head coaching job is a good start.
Moore: Vance Joseph is ready for a head coaching job after thumping Browns
CLEVELAND — Vance Joseph is ready for another head coaching job, regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s game. The Cardinals 37-14 road win over to the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium might have seemed like an audition. Joseph was in charge after Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury tested positive for COVID-19. They helped the Browns win five consecutive championships. Vance Joseph getting a head coaching job is a good start.
Kamala Harris to talk water shortages on Monday visit to Lake Mead
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters at the Carpenters International Training Center on Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. Harris will be at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, according to the White House. Harris will be at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, according to the White House. Harris will be joined by U.S. Reps. Dina Titus, Susie Lee and Steven Horsford at Lake Mead at noon. Harris has already made several trips this year to discuss water conservation and other climate issues.
Murray throws 4 TD passes, unbeaten Cardinals batter Browns
Murray connected with DeAndre Hopkins for two TDs, and Arizona's shifty quarterback came up with a clutch play whenever the Cardinals needed one. The Browns were trailing 23-14 when Cardinals star defensive end J.J. Watt chased down Mayfield and forced a fumble by sweeping out the QB's legs. After his fumble, Murray made the Browns pay by throwing a 9-yard pass to a wide-open Hopkins to put the Cardinals ahead 30-14. Later, Hunt was not targeted on a pass play and the bruising back crumpled to the ground without contact. Desperate for a positive play, the Browns got one on the final snap of the first half as Mayfield completed a 57-yard TD pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones.
Badosa outlasts Azarenka to win Indian Wells in her debut
Badosa and Azarenka struggled for over three hours, trading back-to-back service breaks five times. The last time Azarenka broke for a 5-4 lead in the third, and Badosa broke right back for a 5-all tie. Azarenka came around the net and hugged the 23-year-old Spaniard. “I remember when I was 14, 15 years old seeing you,” Badosa told Azarenka after raising the crystal trophy. Azarenka missed a backhand to give Badosa a set point and the Spaniard cashed in with a backhand winner to take the set.
Psychosis cases soar in England as pandemic hits mental health
Despite the continued pressure on mental health services, Rethink Mental Illness is highlighting the importance of rapid access to treatment to prevent further episodes of psychosis and reduce people’s risk of developing severe mental illness. Swift access to treatment is vital to prevent further deterioration in people’s mental health which could take them years to recover from. “The pandemic has had a gamechanging effect on our mental health and it requires a revolutionary response. “On top of this, we’ve invested an additional £500m this year to help people whose mental health has been particularly impacted by the pandemic. “I had experienced bullying in my childhood and now I felt like my own mental health was bullying me by the voices telling me to do things.
At Axel Springer, Politico’s New Owner, Allegations of Sex, Lies and a Secret Payment
Axel Springer aims “to become the leading digital publisher in the democratic world,” Mr. Döpfner told me in an emailed statement. It seems the old battles have left Axel Springer forever on its guard against potential enemies. Last fall, Ms. Springer offered Mr. Döpfner a reward for his decades of service: $1.2 billion of Axel Springer stock. But Mr. Döpfner knew that Politico’s leadership team, still bitter over Mr. VandeHei’s departure to start a rival publication, would object. “No lies and no deceptions.”The post At Axel Springer, Politico’s New Owner, Allegations of Sex, Lies and a Secret Payment appeared first on New York Times.
Will Matthew McConaughey run for governor of Texas?
Actor Matthew McConaughey, right, with former Texas Longhorns wide receiver Dorian Leonard, says he is "measuring" a campaign for governor of Texas and is "aggressively centrist." Since spring, movie star Matthew McConaughey has been toying with the idea of a run for governor of Texas but has refused to commit, relishing the spotlight celebs are accustomed to while promoting his new memoir, "Greenlights." Matthew McConaughey performs June 19 before a home game between the Austin FC and San Jose Earthquakes at Q2 Stadium. McConaughey was born in the west Texas town of Uvalde to a kindergarten teacher and oil pipe supplier who later moved the family to north Texas. Even 22% of Trump voters said they’d back McConaughey, according to University of Texas at Tyler political scientist Mark Owens, who directed the poll.
Newcastle: Fans were drinking to celebrate their new owners, until sobering reality kicked in
Newcastle supporters may well have been drinking since before midday in celebration of their new Saudi owners, but the party that followed was a sobering reality of how far their club has fallen. Come the end they could not pass up the opportunity to let the new decision-makers know exactly how they feel. ‘He’s out of our club,’ they sang, a twist on the old favourite, ‘Get out of our club’, plus expletives. But top of the hit parade were a couple of new entries - ‘We’re the Saudi Mags’ and ‘We’re richer than you’. It felt apt that, at the same time, the hangovers of those beneath the headdress were probably just kicking in.
Halloween Kills takes the top spot at the box office as the slasher flick rakes in $50.4 million
The long-awaited slasher flick Halloween Kills debuted at the number one spot at the box office this past weekend. Making a killing: Halloween Kills debuted at the number one spot at the box office this past weekend and made a total of $50.4 millionUniversal's president of domestic distribution, Jim Orr, spoke to the media outlet and expressed that Halloween Kills' success was partially due to its availability in theaters. Work on Halloween Kills initially began after the release of the original Halloween reboot, which was released in 2018. It was later announced that The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Kyle Richards, who appeared in the first Halloween film, would also appear in the new sequel. According to Rotten Tomatoes, Halloween Kills received mainly negative reviews from critics, although it was enjoyed by a majority of moviegoers.
Covid booster jabs need to be sped up or medical units could become swamped this winter
The uptake of Covid booster jabs may be too slow to prevent hospitals from becoming overcrowded this winter, experts have warned as cases soar by 30 per cent. Of the 2.2 million who had a second jab more than six months ago, fewer than 1.2 million have had the booster. It comes after testing operations at Immensa Health Clinic Ltd's laboratory in Wolverhampton were suspended because of faulty tests. Britain conducts about 1 million coronavirus tests a day and reported almost 40,000 new infections a day over the past week. In England, about 25 million people over 50 and vulnerable adults will be eligible for boosters by the end of winter.
GrubHub deliveryman is stabbed to death for his bicycle on Manhattan bench
The attacker then pulled out a blade, and stabbed Miah in the stomach and slashed him in the face. Eventually, though, police said, Miah ran back toward the park as he bled out, seeking the help of a Parks Department employee. Paramedics soon arrived on the scene, and Miah was sent to Bellevue Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Just about 12 hours after Miah was fatally stabbed, police say, another victim was stabbed at the same park by a knife-wielding bicyclist on a violent spree. During the confrontation, the suspect stabbed the security guard multiple times in the back, forehead and in the left arm.
Son Heung-min scores for Tottenham, quells COVID-19 speculation
In this Associated Press photo, Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates his club's 3-2 victory over Newcastle United in their Premier League match at St. James' Park in Newcastle, England, on Sunday. (AP-Yonhap)After being subject to rumors about a possible COVID-19 infection over the weekend, Son Heung-min scored for Tottenham Hotspur in their latest victory. Son's goal was set up by his sidekick Harry Kane, the 35th time the duo has combined for a goal in the Premier League. With their second straight victory, Tottenham climbed to fifth in the league tables with 15 points, four back of the league-leading Chelsea. Reports out of England said Friday that two Tottenham players had tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from international duty, and Son reportedly had been one of the infected players.
Scoop: Manchin's red lines
Why it matters: While Manchin’s demands would dramatically weaken one of President Biden’s signature programs to help working families, they also would reduce the package’s overall costs. That would make it easier for the pivotal senator to support a final package, potentially higher than Manchin's previous $1.5 trillion top line. They'd also fundamentally alter a program the president funded for one year in the $1.9 COVID-19 relief package passed in March. Sinema told lawmakers she will not vote for the social spending plan until the House passes the infrastructure bill, according to Reuters. Neither Manchin nor Sinema endorsed Biden's compromise price for the social spending plan in the $1.9 trillion to $2.2 trillion range.
A Florida school says students who get vaxxed must stay home for 30 days due to unfounded claim that they'll infect others
Centner Academy in Florida told parents any student who gets vaccinated must quarantine for 30 days. That's because of a belief that vaccinated students can infect unvaccinated students, WSVN reported. School officials told WSVN that the 30-day quarantine mandate exists because they believe there is a risk that vaccinated students would infect unvaccinated students. Still, being vaccinated even with a Johnson and Johnson dose is better than not being vaccinated at all, according to health experts. Two teachers in Texas died from COVID-19 just days apart, forcing the school district to temporarily close.
Inflation jumps to 10-year high of 4.9%
ASB chief economist Nick Tuffley expected annual inflation would rise above 5 per cent by the end of the year, with a clear risk high inflation persists “well into 2022 and likely beyond”. The Reserve Bank had been expecting annual inflation would rise, but by a lesser amount to 4.1 per cent. Reserve Bank former chief economist, John McDermott, explains how inflation is measured and how it manifests itself. Westpac economist Satish Ranchhod described the 4.9 per cent inflation rate as well above market forecasts. “Today’s result supports our forecast for a series of rate hikes from the Reserve Bank over the coming months,” he said.
Tahoe is becoming too dependent on tourism for its economy. A new report recommends diversifying
Tourism now accounts for more than 60% of Lake Tahoe’s $5 billion regional economy — up from 40% in 2010, according to the nonprofit center's research released this week. “On its surface, the Tahoe Basin economy appears strong, powered by billions of dollars in annual tourism spending and skyrocketing real estate values,” the report said. But a deeper look reveals the local economy “isn’t working for many residents who are struggling to find living wage employment and affordable housing,” it said. The latest data will be used to build on a framework it presented earlier, “Envision Tahoe: Prosperity Plan 2.0,” she said. “Tahoe’s economic profile is complex and perspectives about conditions here are heavily informed by individual experience and socioeconomic status,” Hill Drum said.
WaPo columnist mocked for lecturing unmasked stranger in elevator: 'Strong hall monitor energy'
Marcus aired her grievances on the social media platform after the unmasked man, according to her account, dismissed her suggestion to wear a face covering, responding "I don’t care what you think." "In Madison, Wis. By now I should know better but: I get in elevator. Man steps in, unmasked," Marcus writes. LIBERAL WAPO COLUMNIST SLAMS ‘TRIGGERED’ YALE AFTER REPORT ON ‘RACIST’ PARTY INVITATION: ‘DO SOME GROWING UP’Critics did not take well to her online venting. Ron DeSantis' press secretary Christina Pushaw said Marcus was giving off "strong hall monitor energy."
Sydney eases more COVID-19 restrictions as vaccinations pass key milestone
REUTERS/Loren ElliottSYDNEY, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Thousands of children returned to Sydney's schools on Monday after nearly four months of home learning as Australia's largest city eased more restrictions just a week after lifting its COVID-19 lockdown amid a surge in vaccination levels. A faster-than-expected vaccine uptake brought forward further lifting of restrictions by several days as New South Wales (NSW), home to Sydney, topped the 80% double-dose immunisation rate over the weekend in people above 16. Retail stores, pubs and gyms can allow more vaccinated patrons and nightclubs can reopen for seated drinking, while weddings can have unlimited guests. Students in preschool and years 1 and 12 returned to the classroom, while all others will get back next week. Australia has moved away from its COVID-19 suppression strategy after admitting the Delta strain was too virulent to contain.
Saks Fifth Avenue ecommerce unit aims for IPO at $6 bln valuation - WSJ
A Saks Fifth Avenue is pictured during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., October 19, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo AllegriOct 17 (Reuters) - The ecommerce business of luxury department store Saks Fifth Avenue is preparing for an initial public offering and targeting a $6 billion valuation, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, citing sources. The company is interviewing potential underwriters this week for an IPO that could take place in the first half of next year, according to the report. Reporting by Sheila Dang; Editing by Daniel WallisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Murray throws 4 TD passes, unbeaten Cardinals batter Browns
Murray connected with DeAndre Hopkins for two TDs, and Arizona's shifty quarterback came up with a clutch play whenever the Cardinals needed one. The Browns were trailing 23-14 when Cardinals star defensive end J.J. Watt chased down Mayfield and forced a fumble by sweeping out the QB's legs. After his fumble, Murray made the Browns pay by throwing a 9-yard pass to a wide-open Hopkins to put the Cardinals ahead 30-14. Later, Hunt was not targeted on a pass play and the bruising back crumpled to the ground without contact. Desperate for a positive play, the Browns got one on the final snap of the first half as Mayfield completed a 57-yard TD pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones.
Browns Vs Cardinals Week 6: How to watch, listen and stream
While the Cleveland Browns season didn’t start the way they wanted, they have righted the ship and enter Week 6 of the NFL season with a 3 – 2 record. The Browns are still in position for all of their season-long goals but need to get a signature win against a quality opponent. In what Cleveland hopes is a game to get their momentum going before Thursday Night Football, Browns Vs Cardinals could be very challenging. Game information:Who: Cleveland Browns vs. Arizona CardinalsWhen: Sunday, October 17th, 4:05 p.m. Where: First Energy Stadium, Cleveland, OHStreaming:In-market live stream: fuboTV (try it for free) and Yahoo!
China Q3 GDP growth seen hitting 1-year low, raising heat on policymakers
On a quarterly basis, growth is forecast to ease to 0.5% in July-September from 1.3% in the second quarter, the poll showed. Global worries about a possible spillover of credit risk from China's property sector into the broader economy have also intensified as major developer China Evergrande Group wrestles with more than $300 billion of debt. China releases third-quarter GDP data on Monday (0200 GMT), along with September factory output, retail sales and fixed-asset investment. September industrial output is expected to rise 4.5% from a year earlier - the lowest since May 2020. Retail sales growth is expected to pick up to 3.3% from 2.5% in August.
Asia Stocks to Start Week Higher; Bonds Decline: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Asia stocks are poised to start the week higher as investors weigh solid corporate earnings against concerns about inflation and the economic recovery. Wall Street stocks advanced on Friday, with the S&P 500 chalking its best week since July as earnings buoyed sentiment. Bond yields in New Zealand and the kiwi dollar gained after New Zealand’s inflation accelerated to the fastest pace in 10 years. Story continues“Sentiment really got quite bearish,” Kyle Rodda, market analyst at IG Group, said on Bloomberg Television. “Markets are feeling reasonably emboldened by the fact that we are probably going to see some reasonably robust results from U.S. corporates this quarter.
Bill Clinton back home after hospitalization from infection
The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton had been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Did you hear about a study that showed masks don’t work for viruses? That’s misinformation
Here are the facts:CLAIM: A 2018 study that looked at the effectiveness of N95 masks versus medical masks found that masks don’t stop the spread of viruses. THE FACTS: The study found that N95 masks and medical masks are equally effective at protecting against viral respiratory infections and illnesses -- not that masks do not work. The trial tracked groups of health care workers who were randomly assigned to wear either N95 or medical masks, also known as surgical masks, when around patients with respiratory or influenza-like illness. “The study was not designed to assess whether N95 masks work or not,” he said. “We didn’t say masks don’t work or N95 masks don’t work.” Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, misinformation around masks has been circulating online.
Bill Clinton back home after hospitalization from infection
Hillary Clinton had been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. President Joe Biden said Friday night that he had spoken to Bill Clinton, and the former president “sends his best.”“He’s doing fine; he really is,” Biden said during remarks at the University of Connecticut. An aide to the former president said Bill Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream but was on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition. The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares.
Letters: Sir David Amess’s election to Parliament inspired working-class Tories
SIR – I first knew Sir David Amess when he was a hard-working councillor in the London Borough of Redbridge prior to his selection as the parliamentary candidate for Basildon in 1983. Sir David Amess dedicated his life to making positive changes for the vulnerable among us – and he leaves behind a lasting legacy. To honour his memory, we will add a leaf with his name on it to the Peta Tree of Life memorial, which celebrates individuals who made a difference – and Sir David certainly did that. Terry FossettSwayfield, LincolnshireSIR – It was heartening to see Sir Keir Starmer and Boris Johnson side by side in Southend on Saturday morning, paying tribute to Sir David Amess. The Russians view current problems in the European gas market as entirely self-inflicted.
Inflation jumps to 10-year high of 4.9%
Annual inflation has jumped to 4.9 per cent, Statistics NZ has reported. The Reserve Bank had been expecting annual inflation would rise, but by a lesser amount to 4.1 per cent. Reserve Bank former chief economist, John McDermott, explains how inflation is measured and how it manifests itself. Westpac economist Satish Ranchhod described the 4.9 per cent inflation rate as well above market forecasts. “Today’s result supports our forecast for a series of rate hikes from the Reserve Bank over the coming months,” he said.
Cop26 corporate sponsors condemn climate summit as ‘mismanaged’
Companies that stumped up millions of pounds to sponsor the Cop26 climate summit have condemned it as “mismanaged” and “very last minute” in a volley of complaints as next month’s event in Glasgow draws near. Other sources have described the “shifting goal posts” and “inertia” plaguing the Cop26 planning as “deeply frustrating”. Many of the event’s corporate backers regularly take part in high-profile sponsorship deals for big events, and have been left bewildered by the slow progress of the Cop26 events, another source explained. “It’s clear that many of them have very little experience managing relationships in the private sector, or even experience attending a Cop event,” the source said. A Cop26 spokesperson said the organisers were “working closely” with sponsors which would increase the value-for-money for taxpayers, and reduce the overall financial cost of Cop26.
Restless Anal Syndrome Symptoms and Other COVID-19 Gastrointestinal Side Effects
A new case report published in Japan has established a potential link between COVID-19 and what experts are calling "Restless Anal Syndrome." What is Restless Anal Syndrome? The study's authors indicated that Restless Anal Syndrome appeared to impact the body in the same way as Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), linking it to COVID-19 as more evidence indicates that the disease can impact the central nervous system. While much more research must be done to fully understand this case and a further potential link to COVID-19, because gastrointestinal COVID-19 symptoms have long been established, the study's authors warn that the condition may be overlooked currently. The bottom line is much more research is needed to fully understand Restless Anal Syndrome, and its relevance is likely extremely low on a global scale.
Rami Malek‘s a Killer SNL Host, But Bowen Yang Stole the Show
Saturday Night Live is always best with a gifted actor at the helm who can also cut loose. Right from his assured monologue, in which Malek acknowledged his resting villain face, you could tell the evening was going to cook. In his monologue, Malek joked about his actual twin brother swapping places with him during the night in a sketch. “Boys, boys, BOYS!” When pressed for some actual science facts about his assigned bug, his student with a Bravo executive father said, “I’m hot, I party, I walk into a room, and I’m respected.” Do not bother him with your irrelevant questions, girl ladybug! Malek is an almost disturbingly good Prince; Thompson is a cheerful pitcher of grape juice.
'90 Day Fiance': Who Is Jenny? Corey's Ex Girlfriend
90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way star Corey Rathgeber admitted that he had relationship with a woman named Jenny while he was married to wife Evelin Villegas. Corey previously revealed that he met Jenny, who is originally from Ecuador, while he was traveling through Peru. Shortly after Corey returned to their marital home, the coronavirus pandemic hit Ecuador and Evelin allowed Corey to stay and they self-quarantined together. In a scene on the October 3 episode of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, Corey told the truth about his relationship with Jenny while chatting with his and Evelin’s mutual friend Raul. Corey said things were so “serious” that Jenny introduced Corey to her family and they planned to move in together.
Farmers and John Deere suppliers worry about strike's impact
The Associated PressWATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Farmers and Deere & Co. suppliers are worried about what the strike at the tractor maker's factories will mean for their livelihoods. More than 10,000 Deere employees went on strike last week at 14 Deere factories in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and Georgia after the United Auto Workers union rejected a contract offer. The longer the strike continues, the greater the impact will be on the communities around the plants. ?United Auto Workers John Deere strike: United Auto Workers on strike at John Deere for first time in 35 years after rejecting proposed contract?What's in the Deere contract? Casting Cleaning Inc. in Cedar Falls, which does chipping and grinding work of foundry castings for John Deere, was closed Friday because of lack of work, but company President Shannon Closson said it's expected to reopen Monday.
Wegmans deal signals reawakening appetite for Manhattan leases
Leasing highlights included Wegmans mammoth deal for 89,000 square feet in the former Kmart space at 770 Broadway. Food and beverage was the busiest category, including Pink Taco’s 10,500 square feet in a former TGI Friday space at 7 Times Square. A case in point: 76 Eighth Ave., a new, 10-story office property with just 35,072 square feet of first-class space. The building also has 2,578 square feet of ground-floor retail space. There will be a new, 100-seat restaurant with outdoor space and a spa “to bring a wellness component to the property,” Bashaw said.
‘I wish I’d got the shot’: Dad who died of COVID along with wife, leaving 4 kids
“He called me up and said, ‘Mom, I love you, and I wish that I’d got the shot,’” said Terry Mitchem, the mom of Kevin Mitchem, to Washington DC’s NBC 4. “Please get it,” Kevin’s father, Don Mitchem, told the station through tears. Misty — who had four children ages 11 to 1 with Kevin — died of the virus early this month. Kevin Mitchem told his mother that he regretted not getting the COVID-19 vaccine before passing away. He loved his kids — always doing something with them,” Terry told the station.
TSA should use dog teams to make up for workers’ low vax rate: Schumer
President Biden’s vaccination order for federal workers takes effect three days before Thanksgiving — the busiest time of the year for air travel. TSA workers must receive at least their first Pfizer jab by Monday to meet Biden’s Nov. 22 deadline of being fully vaccinated. TSA workers must receive at least their first Pfizer jab by Monday to meet the Nov. 22 deadline of being fully vaccinated. “As we’ve seen across other sectors, we anticipate that the vast majority of TSA employees will get vaccinated. Thousands of TSA employees upload their vaccination every week.”
Afghan refugee resettlement snarled by housing shortage, measles outbreak
Just 6,000 refugees have settled in permanent homes across the country, while 50,000 remain housed at eight stateside military bases and another 10,000 live at bases overseas, WSJ said. Manuel intake using paper forms further delayed the process due to a “high rate of error,” according to the report. Sean Gallup/Getty ImagesThe Afghan refugees’ immigration status is not guaranteed unless Congress passes a Biden administration proposal to give them green cards, WSJ said. Until they are resettled, the refugees are stuck in cramped military barracks. Refugee Sahar Mohammad, a former US military translator, told WSJ his family initially lived in a tent at New Jersey’s Fort Dix without doors or sound control.
Fox News Rundown Extra: Dr. Brett Giroir On America’s Ongoing Battle Against COVID-19
Anti-COVID drugs also appear to be on the horizon and even young children may soon be eligible for the vaccines. Dr. Giroir did see optimistic about the coming months, but still offered advice to families on how to protect themselves from future surges in the virus. He also weighed in how our country reacted to COVID, what mistakes we made and whether or not we’re prepared for future pandemics. The interview was too long and we could not include everything Dr. Brett Giroir had to say. On the FOX News Rundown Extra you will hear our entire conversation.
Grocery store shelves bare? These products may be hard to find due to supply chain issues
As the world reaches the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, more items are becoming scarce because of a supply chain shortage across the globe. Cross-border restrictions have halted the transportation of the fish and may cause permanent seafood supply chain issues. Toilet paperThis is something that isn't new to the pandemic shortage list, but the industry has yet to keep up with the demand. The toilet paper shortage stems from lumber's raw material, wood pulp, which is used to make toilet paper. Before the pandemic ketchup squeeze: A year of COVID-19 product shortages and the items we struggled to findThis article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Supply chain issues mean toilet paper, coffee, chicken hard to find
A Big Fund Slashed Its Stake in GameStop Stock. It Bought Moderna and Palantir.
ReutersEVERETT, Wash. (Reuters) -Waving signs like "coercion is not consent," and "stop the mandate," some 200 Boeing Co employees and others staged a protest on Friday over the planemaker's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for U.S. workers. Boeing said on Tuesday it will require https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/boeing-will-require-its-125000-us-employees-be-vaccinated-against-covid-19-2021-10-12 its 125,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 under an executive order issued by President Joe Biden for federal contractors. As the pandemic has continued to rage, Biden announced the requirement in September because a large swath of Americans have resisted vaccination even though the shots are free, widely available and declared safe by regulators.
US Afghan resettlements slowed by housing shortage, old technology
More than 50,000 Afghans are housed temporarily on eight military bases around the country awaiting resettlement to permanent homes. Resettlement agencies, which contract with the State Department to help the Afghans, say finding off-base housing is a big challenge. The State Department reactivated an old database system, called Hummingbird, that staff on bases must enter the Afghans into to match them with resettlement slots. A SECRET CIA GATE AT KABUL AIRPORT BECAME AN ESCAPE PATH FOR AFGHANSA State Department spokeswoman said the system is no longer manual. The IOM referred requests for comment on its role to the State Department.
Patriots vs. Cowboys: Live score, updates, analysis, injuries, and more
The Patriots are looking for back-to-back wins Sunday when they take on Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium. Some clarification — 6:07 p.m.Halftime analysis — 5:58 p.m.Two quarters are in the books in Foxborough, and the Patriots lead the Cowboys 14-10. ? The low point of the first half for the New England offense came just after the Dugger pick. Ultimately, we’ll see a Mac Jones touchdown pass and a Matt Judon sack, but I still think the Cowboys win, 23-20. I think there’s the very real chance this week that the Cowboys beat the Patriots, but fail to cover.
Michigan product Chris Evans gets Bengals' rout of Lions started right
But former Michigan running back Chris Evans did just that on Sunday, opening up the scoring for the Cincinnati Bengals in a 34-11 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. "It's not a breakout game for us," Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said. "I want to mention Chris Evans," Burrow said in his postgame press conference, when asked about how good the Bengals' running backs and tight ends have been this year. You see what he can do for us in the pass game; he got one-on-one and really, really ran a great route and scored a touchdown for us." "The production doesn't look crazy, but when you get a sawdust versus a pressure, that's usually where the sacks have come for us early in the season," Taylor said.
Arizona reports 2,482 additional COVID cases, 9 more deaths
PHOENIX — Arizona on Saturday reported 2,482 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and nine more virus deaths as pandemic metrics showed continued slowing of the current surge as seen around the nation. The state’s pandemic totals increased to 1,131,976 cases and 20,500 deaths, according to the Department of Health Service’s coronavirus dashboard. The dashboard also reported that 1,670 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized as of Friday, the second straight day that virus hospitalizations dropped below 1,700 for the first time since mid-August. Meanwhile, Johns Hopkins University data showed the seven-day rolling average of daily new cases declined from 2,621.6 to 2,204.7 on Thursday while the rolling average of daily deaths dropped from 43.1 to 29.7 during the same period. The DHS announced Friday that its dashboard that cases, deaths and some data on hospitalizations won’t be updated Sunday and Monday due to a system update.
Lawsuits demand unproven ivermectin for COVID patients
Now they are increasingly being asked to weigh in on the deworming drug ivermectin. The families have gotten prescriptions for ivermectin, but hospitals have refused to use it on their loved ones, who are often on ventilators and facing death. Some judges have refused to order hospitals to give ivermectin. In both cases, judges ordered hospitals to give the women get ivermectin as their families wanted. Of doctors refusing to treat patients with ivermectin, Lorigo said, “they are not gods because they wear white jackets,” he said.
Top Democrats woo Black voters in Virginia governor’s race
Abrams has become a leading national voice in the party since narrowly losing the 2018 race for governor in Georgia. McAuliffe, governor from 2014 to 2018 and a former Democratic National Committee chairman, visited separate churches and later led a rally with Abrams outside an early voting station. His Republican opponent, former business executive Glenn Youngkin, held a series of weekend events, including rallying Latino voters in the Washington suburbs. Youngkin has not campaigned personally with Trump, though they both phoned into a Virginia rally hosted last week by Steve Bannon, a longtime Trump strategist. Abrams said when she first began running for office, she felt mixing politics and church was bad.
Louisiana gators thrive, so farmers’ return quota may drop
NEW ORLEANS — Once-endangered alligators are thriving in the wild, so Louisiana authorities are proposing a deep cut in the percentage that farmers must return to marshes where their eggs were laid. The meat is used in sausages; companies also sell roasts, steaks, ribs, nuggets, jerky and even whole skinned alligators. The return percentage was first set at 17%, based on estimates that about 83% die in the egg or before they’re 4 feet (1.2 meters) long. Uncontrolled hunting nearly wiped out American alligators before Louisiana barred all hunting in 1962. Surveyors who flew over coastal marshes during the summer of 2019 estimated the number of alligator nests at a record, nearly 68,000.
Frances McDormand and Joel Coen proudly attend the premiere of The Tragedy Of Macbeth
Frances McDormand and her husband Joel Coen arrived for the premiere of their latest project, The Tragedy Of Macbeth, at the 65th BFI London Film Festival on Sunday. Meanwhile her husband, 66, who joined forces with her to produce the upcoming drama film, dressed in a spruce suit which he teamed with perfectly polished black shoes. Producers: Frances McDormand and Joel Coen proudly attended the premiere of their latest project, The Tragedy Of Macbeth, at the 65th BFI London Film Festival on SundayFrances pulled out all the stops for the big night as she stepped out in elegant suede boots and accessorised with a statement red necklace. Not only did Frances co-produce the latest take on the Shakespearian tragedy, she stepped into a leading role - Lady Macbeth. Also starring in the upcoming black-and-white film is acting icon Denzel Washington, who plays the role of Frances' on-screen husband, Lord Macbeth.
Arkansas governor accepts vaccine mandates work despite allowing people to opt out
Arkansas Gov Asa Hutchinson toed a fine line on the issue of vaccine mandates during a conversation on Sunday with NBC’s Chuck Todd. At the same time, however, he rejected the idea of either letting states or the federal government institute those same mandates. “I accept that” vaccine mandates lead to more Americans receiving the vaccine, Mr Hutchinson responded. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) evidence that vaccine mandates work. Hutchinson, who effectively passed a new law allowing employees to opt out of vaccine mandates responds: "Absolutely, it does indicate that."
Nicki Minaj shows off luscious red locks after late-night studio session with husband Kenneth Petty
Nicki Minaj seemed to be getting back to what she does best on Saturday night after she was spotted leaving a recording studio with her family in tow. But she made up for the monochrome look with her orange-tinted locks, which cascaded down her shoulders in voluminous waves. The little boy, whose real name has never been publicly shared, celebrated his birthday late last month. She admitted to worrying when Petty married Minaj that she would be dragged into the spotlight due to his past conviction. Just days after he accepted a plea deal, Hough filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Eastern New York against Minaj and Petty.
ESPN sacks Allison Williams over her refusal to abide by company-wide vaccine mandate
ESPN has fired Allison Williams for refusing to abide by the company's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. She was initially barred from working on the sidelines of college football games this season because she refused to comply with the network's vaccine mandate while she and her husband try for their second child. Williams, who began working at the network in 2011, typically works college football and basketball games, but missed Week 1 of the ongoing football campaign before making an announcement on Thursday. The company-wide vaccine mandate is set to begin on Friday, drawing criticism from 'SportCenter' host Sage Steele. ESPN reporter Allison Williams will not be working on the sidelines of college football games this season because she has refused to comply with the network's vaccine mandate while she and her husband try for their second child.
Fauci slams conspiracy theorists for 'reacting against me' when the 'truth becomes inconvenient'
He encourages Americans who received the J&J vaccine to get a booster for the one-jab vaccine as soon as it becomes available. Also on Sunday, Fauci reiterated that Johnson & Johnson should have made their COVID-19 vaccine a two-dose shot. COVID vaccine booster shots are being recommended even though cases of infections have been dropping after a summer surge caused by the Delta variant. 'I think anybody who's gotten one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can benefit from a second dose of a Johnson & Johnson vaccine,' Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee told CNN. He believes that the J&J vaccine would have been initially recommended as a two-dose vaccine if it had not been created in a time of such urgency.
Chiefs rally for gritty win over Washington, Jags end skid
We have to do like we did in that second half, play tight and play gritty." The Chiefs defense also showed up, holding an opponent to fewer than 29 points for the first time this season. They forced one fumble and intercepted Taylor Heinicke to clinch the victory and leave Washington at 2-4 for the season. "He was telling me he was, like, a software engineer like a month and a half ago," Jags quarterback Trevor Lawrence said. Added Jaguars coach Urban Meyer: "I don't think anybody on our team ever heard him speak until about 10 minutes ago."
Nine UK schools start scanning children’s faces to take their lunch money
Facial recognition software is to be used in UK schools to speed up the process of paying for lunches (Picture: Getty / Metro)Several schools in Scotland are set to start using facial recognition software to allow pupils to pay for their lunches. The system, installed in nine sites in North Ayrshire, scans the faces of pupils at the tills in order to save time during the busy lunch hour. It checks them off against a register of faces stored on the school’s servers and replaces software that used fingerprint scanners. Facial recognition software is most commonly used at airports by border control and by police to look for criminals. In England, it is up to schools whether to use the technology or not and the Department of Education says it keeps no data on how widespread facial recognition is.
Will New Covid Treatments Be as Elusive for Poor Countries as Vaccines?
Moon, co-director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Generic production licenses for restricted territories can leave middle-income countries that have frail public health systems paying prices nearly as high as rich ones. Merck says it will use World Bank income data from these countries to calculate what it charges for the drug in each. Unitaid, the Geneva-based global health agency, said $3.5 billion in new funding from rich nations was needed to make therapeutics accessible, the bulk of it for antivirals in low-income countries. We need donors to step up with funds to make sure treatments reach everyone,” Janet Ginnard, the director of strategy, said.
Robert Durst Has COVID and Is on a Ventilator Following Life in Prison Sentencing, Says Lawyer
Robert Durst was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2000 execution-style killing of his best friend Susan Berman earlier this weekRobert Durst Has COVID and Is on a Ventilator Following Life in Prison Sentencing, Says LawyerRobert Durst is sentenced on October 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Durst was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the 2000 murder of Susan Berman. Durst was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the 2000 murder of Susan Berman. Robert Durst has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is currently on a ventilator, according to his lawyer. The HBO documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst detailed the cases in 2015.
Bill Clinton Released from the Hospital After Treatment for Infection: 'We Will Continue to Monitor'
Bill Clinton has been released from the hospital after several days following treatment for a non-COVID-related infection. "President Clinton was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center today," Amin wrote in a statement was shared by Clinton spokesperson Angel Ureña. "On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine's Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress," the statement concluded. He will remain overnight at UC Irvine Medical Center to continue to receive IV antibiotics before an expected discharge tomorrow," Ureña wrote previously. Photos and video of the former first lady showed her exiting UCI Medical Center late Thursday.
Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott Say Quarantine Helped Strengthen Their Bond: 'I'll Hold onto This One'
The couple tells PEOPLE that they enjoyed spending extra time together and learning about each other while under the same roof at the EMA Awards on SaturdayZooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott Say Quarantine Helped Strengthen Their Bond: 'I'll Hold onto This One'Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott arrives at GEARBOX LA on October 16, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott arrives at GEARBOX LA on October 16, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Quarantine helped Zooey Deschanel and Jonathan Scott strengthen their budding relationship when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Zooey Deschanel, Jonathan Scott, Drew Scott, and Linda Phan attend the EMA Awards Gala sponsored by Beyond Meat, H&M Foundation, Montage International, and Toyota on October 16, 2021 in Van Nuys, California. Credit: Jesse Grant/GettyOn Saturday, Scott told PEOPLE that quarantine helped him realize just how much he truly loves Deschanel.
Miles Teller, Keleigh Sperry's Relationship Timeline
The moment Miles Teller first saw Keleigh Sperry in May 2013, he immediately was drawn to her. “We both had mutual friends of the [Black Keys],” the Pennsylvania native told Vogue in September 2019 of the pair’s first meeting at a party for the band. The pair quickly decided on the Hawaiian wedding destination since Sperry’s family had spent every summer there. “Miles started joining us on vacations, and we fell in love with it together,” she explained to Vogue after the nuptials. “We just hang out,” he told the outlet of the pair’s quarantine plans amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Former President Bill Clinton Hospitalized for 'Non-COVID Infection'
“President Clinton was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center today. The 75-year-old politician was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday, October 12. “President Clinton was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center and diagnosed with an infection. “The California-based medical team has been in constant communication with the President’s New York-based medical team, including his cardiologist,” the doctors explained. Ahead of his recent hospital stay, Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton, were scheduled to attend a private event in California on Thursday for the Clinton Foundation.
Coronavirus, floods and locust swarms: Kenya is fighting a 'triple whammy' of crises
Added: 18.05.2020 6:59 | 23 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.
'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 | 21 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.
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 | 19 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.
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 | 23 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.
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 | 23 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 | 21 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.
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 | 20 views | 0 commentsSource: www.nbcsandiego.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
Biden signs $1.9T relief bill before speech to nation
Biden signs $1.9T relief bill before speech to nationAdded: 11.03.2021 20:35 | 25 views | 0 commentsSource: www.ekathimerini.comThe signing came hours before Biden delivers his first prime-time address since taking office Marking a year of loss and disruption, President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the $1.9 trillion relief package that he said will help the U.S. defeat the coronavirus and nurse the economy back to health. The signing came hours before Biden delivers his first prime-time address since taking office. He’s aiming to steer the nation toward a hungered-for sentiment — hope — as he marks one year since the onset of the pandemic that has killed more than 529,000 Americans. “This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country,” Biden said as he signed the bill in the Oval... More in article.wn.com » Economy Tags: President
Chaos erupts in France as vaccine passport protesters clash with armed police
Chaos erupts in France as vaccine passport protesters clash with armed policeAdded: 17.10.2021 18:26 | 29 views | 0 commentsCHAOS erupted across France as protesters marching against a new Covid vaccine passport were met with a violent crackdowns by armed police.
Thailand's pet groomer reopens as new coronavirus cases slow
Added: 05.05.2020 12:36 | 23 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 | 22 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.
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 | 23 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 | 24 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.
Animal baby boom at Palestinian zoo after people disappear
Added: 12.06.2020 18:32 | 25 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 | 26 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.
Clawing back normality: Bangkok cat cafe reopens after virus shutdown
Added: 08.05.2020 10:20 | 19 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.
Cuban dons full-body cardboard shield against coronavirus
Added: 18.06.2020 15:04 | 17 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.
Balloon-like object in Japanese sky sets Twitter afire with talk of UFOs, Godzilla
Added: 17.06.2020 8:48 | 25 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.
Robert Durst is on a ventilator with Covid-19 days after being sentenced to life in prison
Robert Durst is on a ventilator with Covid-19 days after being sentenced to life in prisonAdded: 17.10.2021 20:17 | 22 views | 0 commentsRobert Durst, the notorious subject of the HBO docuseries "The Jinx," who was found guilty last month of first-degree murder and was sentenced last week to life in prison without parole, has been diagnosed Covid-19, his lawyer told CNN Saturday.
Fauci casts doubt on football this fall
Added: 18.06.2020 16:52 | 27 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 | 23 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 | 27 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.
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 | 17 views | 0 commentsSource: nypost.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 | 16 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.
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 | 17 views | 0 commentsN.C. State will shift instruction online, and other universities cautioned young people as they returned to class.
Robert Durst is on a ventilator with Covid-19 days after being sentenced to life in prison
Robert Durst is on a ventilator with Covid-19 days after being sentenced to life in prisonAdded: 17.10.2021 19:16 | 18 views | 0 commentsRobert Durst, the notorious subject of the HBO docuseries "The Jinx," who was found guilty last month of first-degree murder and was sentenced last week to life in prison without parole, has been diagnosed Covid-19, his lawyer told CNN Saturday.
Mark Giordano: Fire and Rain
Giordano, 37 at the time and entering the final season of his contract in 2021-22, knew he was the odd man out. After 15 seasons in Calgary, Giordano arrives in Seattle as the Kraken’s oldest player and de facto team captain. Giordano broke into the NHL as a depth defenseman with the Flames by 2005-06, earning limited minutes and responsibility. Calgary outscored opponents 43-34 and outchanced foes 403-362 with Giordano on the ice at 5-on-5. So don’t be surprised if we see something memorable from Giordano as a founding member of the Kraken.
Maple Leafs' Matthews set for Season Debut Against Rangers on Monday
After undergoing wrist surgery over two months ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs forward is finally ready to return to the lineup and will make his season debut against the New York Rangers on Monday. Matthews skated with Ritchie and Marner for portions of practice at training camp and it was expected to be the first line the Maple Leafs would trot out to start the season. "I think it adds more flow to the game," Marner said of Matthews' addition." The Sens thought they had tied the game moments later, but the goal was successfully challenged for offside by the Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs have also called up goaltender Michael Hutchinson from the Toronto Marlies on an emergency basis.
Week 6: Fantasy Football Gameday Injury Updates
Jones exited last week’s game against the Cowboys after taking a hit to the helmet on a quarterback run. Dalvin Cook, Vikings — ACTIVECook (ankle) is not on the injury report after missing last week’s game against the Lions. He left last week’s game against the Cowboys after stepping on a defensive player’s foot and rolling his ankle. Chris Carson, Seahawks — OUTCarson (neck) was placed on injured reserve, which will keep him out for at least three games. Rashod Bateman, Ravens — ACTIVEBateman (groin), Baltimore’s first-round pick, will make his debut after being activated off injured reserve.
Why You season 3 ended with Taylor Swift's 'Exile'
You (TV series) Close this dialog window Streaming OptionsWarning: This article contains spoilers for the You season 3 finale. Joe Goldberg and Love Quinn's love story on You ended with the perfect song selection: Taylor Swift's "Exile." You season 3 Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti in 'You' season 3 (inset: Sera Gamble) | Credit: JOHN P. FLEENOR/NETFLIX. "And one of the things that gives me a lot of pleasure is to put really significant songs, songs that mean a lot to me personally, in the shows that I'm making. This was the ethos behind using Phoria's "Evolve" in The Magicians season 3 episode "A Life in the Day."
Jeremy Strong says Kendall Roy is 'reborn' in season 3 of Succession
Kendall Roy seemed headed to jail towards the end of Succession season 2, a scapegoat for assorted crimes committed by media company Waystar Royco. "I think I saw into the heart of darkness that is my father and I saw something final and evil," says Strong over Zoom. Jeremy Strong and Nicholas Braun HBO Succession Season 3 Episode 2 Credit: David Russell/HBOENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where is Kendall at the start of season 3? Between that and Succession and The Big Short it sounds like you're really putting together a history of modern-day American hell. Watch the trailer for season 3 of Succession above.
I Recreated All the Hottest (Freakiest, Creepiest, Rubber-Suit-iest) Sex Scenes From ‘American Horror Story’
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but American Horror Story is one of the sexiest shows on television. Just know that American Horror Story can get…gory, as you can see in some of the video clips I reference below. Season 2, Episode 4: Sex on the Kitchen CounterThis content is imported from YouTube. (Since that’s what was used for blood in classic, black-and-white horror films, I figured we could use it for our vampy sex.) The VerdictI knew trying to recreate the best sex scenes from American Horror Story would be no easy feat since most of them involve gore and/or illegal actions.
Saturday Night Live Recap: Rami Malek Is One Weird Dude
Saturday Night Live Rami Malek Season 47 Episode 3 Editor’s Rating 3 stars * * * « Previous Next Photo: Will Heath/NBCRami Malek makes his hosting debut after starring in No Time to Die, the latest James Bond movie. Also, no sketch ever suffers from good acting, and likely we’ll see Malek commit really hard without playing for laughs. Chris Redd coming on as Colin Kaepernick is a really fun moment. Rami Malek MonologueSimilar to the first two weeks, Malek concentrates on letting off a short, solid monologue with no cast interruption. Prince AuditionsChris, Ego, and Punkie are casting for the lead of the Prince movie, which is down to Rami Malek and Kenan Thompson as themselves.
Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project Hosts Glamorous Gala, With Natalie Portman, Jane Fonda, Barry Jenkins, Jodie Foster and More
The two met nearly a decade ago, in 2012, the same year Millepied founded the dance collective, and began collaborating on projects to amplify L.A. Dance Project’s mission of making dance accessible. “Tonight, I honor a dear friend, an exceptional person, Nicolas Bos,” Millepied told the audience before the show. “After years of performing in Paris’ most prestigious theaters, I wanted to explore a theater on the outskirts of the city,” Millepied explained. It’s really about giving opportunities to students who need of a creative experience that’s really positive for them. Those things alone really give L.A. Dance Project its identity.”
Why the ‘Big Short’ Guys Think Bitcoin Is a Bubble
Michael Burry (as played by Christian Bale in The Big Short) believes bitcoin will crash. Cryptocurrency investors have also been largely unfazed by the fact that, in the case of bitcoin, the term “currency” is something of a misnomer. The winners of the Big Short came to define themselves as bears and proceeded to underperform everyone for 13 years. In a Bloomberg interview, Paulson noted that unlike his lucrative “big short” trade, cryptocurrencies are too volatile and risky to make them a good short. The federal government treats bitcoin as property, and Gensler’s regulatory hawkishness has generally included exceptions for bitcoin itself.
Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend
The abductions Saturday came days after a team of U.S. officials visited the impoverished nation and pledged support for its anti-gang measures. Kidnappings have been on the rise in Haiti, with gangs demanding ransoms that in some cases exceed $1 million. Clinton, 75, entered the hospital last week for a urological infection that developed into a blood infection known as sepsis. He was convicted last month of first-degree murder for shooting Susan Berman point-blank in the back of the head at her home in December 2000. Earlier: Robert Durst gets life in prison without parole for 2000 murder of best friend.
Fauci urges police officers to get vaccinated.
Fauci urges police officers to get vaccinated. Mr. Durst, 78, was admitted Friday night to LAC+USC Medical Center, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s inmate locator. At a sentencing hearing on Thursday, Mr. Durst sat slumped in a wheelchair. Mr. Durst, whose life story inspired a Hollywood movie and an HBO documentary, will not be eligible for parole. The Kaiser Family Foundation found similar rates for all adult Americans, but experts said the figures for Asian Americans were most likely higher than reported because some Asian Americans are uncomfortable talking about mental health.
Joe Burrow throws 3 TDs as Bengals rout winless Lions 34-11
Joe Burrow tied a career high with three touchdown passes, helping the Cincinnati Bengals rout the Detroit Lions 34-11 on Sunday. The Bengals (4-2) have already equaled last year's number of wins and doubled their victories from 2019 during coach Zac Taylor’s debut season. The Lions are the NFL's only winless team under first-year coach Dan Campbell. Burrow finished 19 of 29 for 271 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Chris Evans on the game's opening drive. Burrow did throw one interception, but the Lions failed to take advantage as they did with many opportunities in their latest loss.
Rodgers throws 2 TDs, runs for 1 as Packers beat Bears 24-14
Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, leading the Green Bay Packers to a 24-14 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Packers (5-1) beat the Bears (3-3) for the 20th time in 23 games counting the playoffs and improved to 22-5 with Rodgers as the starter against Chicago. Rodgers put away the Bears after Justin Fields threw a 5-yard touchdown to Darnell Mooney, cutting the lead to three with 8:44 left. Fields led the Bears on an 80-yard touchdown drive on their first possession, only to cool off after that. He came back into the game in the second quarter.
NBC fact-checks Fauci's fear that college football games would be COVID super-spreaders: 'Never happened'
NBC reporter Shaquille Brewster reported packed stadiums for sporting events have not become "super-spreader events" for the coronavirus. Brewster cited Fauci’s theory that packed college games would lead to rising COVID cases during an appearance in September on MSNBC. "But it never happened," Brewster said, adding, "Cases are now in steep decline in every college football state across the south. OutKick founder Clay Travis reported last month on the lack of COVID surges after the start of college football season. Every single SEC state where millions of people have gone to college football games has not led to a feast of COVID as Doctor Fauci predicted," Travis said.
California port director cites consumer demand as supply chain disruptions carry on
The supply chain bottleneck at major U.S. ports has developed into a global crisis and Port of Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero blamed the rise in consumer demand and online sales on "Fox News Live." So I think there’s a certain aspect to this that is consumer demand and that’s one of the many factors that’s causing the surge and disruptions of the supply chain." BRET BAIER PRESSES TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY BUTTIGIEG ON SUPPLY CHAIN WOES"It’s going to take collaboration by everybody in the supply chain, it’s not just the marine terminal operators," he said. The director said even though mass labor shortage in trucking and other sectors as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic has worsened supply chain backup, there’s no labor shortage at the ports. The Port of Long Beach has been recorded as the second-busiest container port in the country and the twenty-first-busiest container cargo port in the world.
Opinion: The tech earnings boom is fizzling out, as Apple and Amazon face the same issues as everyone else
Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, +3.31% and Apple Inc. AAPL, +0.75% are prominent examples of tech companies expected to experience or forecast shortfalls related to the global supply chain in the coming earnings season. Others could suffer from the lack of chips, including Apple, which is reportedly lowering its iPhone 13 production targets due to semiconductor and component shortages. Expectations have since declined to $8.90 a share, after Amazon put up earnings of $12.37 a share in the third quarter of 2020. According to FactSet, analysts are estimating a 1.32% growth rate for revenue in its fiscal fourth quarter, which ends in October. That almost flat growth follows a stunning 27.3% surge in revenue in the July quarter, fueled by consumer PC sales and printing.
Fauci: Texas ban on vaccine mandates is 'really unfortunate'
WASHNGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci is saying Sunday that it is “really unfortunate” that Gov. Greg Abbott has moved to ban vaccine mandates in the state of Texas. The nation’s leading infectious disease doctor, speaking on Fox News Sunday, said that the Republican governor’s decision to block businesses from requiring inoculations would damage public health since vaccines are the “most effective means” to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Farmers and John Deere suppliers worry about strike's impact
WATERLOO, Iowa — Farmers and Deere & Co. suppliers are worried about what the strike at the tractor maker’s factories will mean for their livelihoods. The longer the strike continues, the greater the impact will be on the communities around the plants. “If this gets sorted out in a couple of days, great,” Brian Jones, who farms in central Iowa, told the Des Moines Register. Burk “Skeet” Miehe of American Pattern & CNC Works in Cedar Falls, Iowa, said his business was doing OK initially because it worked ahead to meet orders from Deere. Casting Cleaning Inc. in Cedar Falls, which does chipping and grinding work of foundry castings for John Deere, was closed Friday because of lack of work, but company President Shannon Closson said it’s expected to reopen Monday.
Bill Clinton released from hospital, will finish recovery at home
ORANGE, Calif. — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection, and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton had been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Convicted murderer Robert Durst tests positive for COVID, hospitalized
LOS ANGELES — New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who days ago was sentenced in a two-decade-old murder case, has been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19, his lawyer said Saturday,Defense Attorney Dick DeGuerin said he was notified that Durst was admitted after testing positive for the coronavirus. DeGuerin told multiple media outlets that Durst is on a ventilator. The Los Angeles Superior Court said in a statement Saturday that the court was notified someone present for the sentencing hearing for Durst on Thursday had tested positive for COVID-19. Durst, who has numerous medical issues, sat in a wheelchair with a catatonic stare during much of the sentencing hearing. He was convicted in Los Angeles Superior Court last month of first-degree murder for shooting Susan Berman point-blank in the back of the head at her home in December 2000.
After the NFL's historically ugly week, it's tough to care about Week 6
They may have even gotten an early start consuming the league's product, those who were masochistic enough to endure Jaguars-Dolphins from London. There were fantasy teams to follow and wagers to make, and just the seemingly insatiable desire so many have to tune in. Individuals in the highest reaches of the country's most profitable sports league being racist isn't news, not to anyone paying attention. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Then things got worse, or at least should have, for the league and its vaunted shield. It is their — meaning white men of means — league, and they are loathe to let anyone who isn't into their league.
Economist Mohamed El-Erian says potential volatility looms: 'Things will get worse before they get better'
"So as sad as I am to say this – it is what I expect – things will get worse before they get better," the economist said Sunday afternoon. El-Erian also responded to the claim that inflation America is experiencing is a "high-class problem." HEMMER PRESSES PRO-BIDEN ECONOMIST ON CALLING INFLATION A 'HIGH-CLASS PROBLEM': 'WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?' "That's not a high-class problem, but there are elements that are high-class. There is part of it that's transitory, that's COVID related, but there are things going on that are fundamentally much deeper than that.
‘Halloween’ kills at the box office with a new horror record, as ‘Last Duel’ gets slayed
Universal Pictures’ “Halloween Kills” slayed expectations at the North American box office this weekend, scaring up $50.4 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore. AdvertisementIn addition to its theatrical release, “Halloween Kills” debuted simultaneously on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service, which likely stunted its domestic box office performance to some degree — though clearly not as significantly as projected. Also coming off an underwhelming weekend at the domestic box office is No. “One of the greatest things that happened for movie theaters is the continued allure and appeal of the horror movies,” Dergarabedian added. This marked the third consecutive weekend to see the total domestic box office top $100 million.
Rodgers throws 2 TDs, runs for 1 as Packers beat Bears 24-14
CHICAGO - (AP) -- Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, leading the Green Bay Packers to a 24-14 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Packers (5-1) beat the Bears (3-3) for the 20th time in 23 games counting the playoffs and improved to 22-5 with Rodgers as the starter against Chicago. Rodgers shook off a sluggish start, throwing a 1-yard touchdown to Allen Lazard in the second quarter and a 12-yarder to Aaron Jones in the third, making it 17-7. Rodgers put away the Bears after Justin Fields threw a 5-yard touchdown to Darnell Mooney, cutting the lead to three with 8:44 left. He came back into the game in the second quarter.
Joe Burrow throws 3 TDs as Bengals rout winless Lions 34-11
Joe Burrow tied a career high with three touchdown passes, helping the Cincinnati Bengals rout the Detroit Lions 34-11 on Sunday. The Bengals (4-2) have already equaled last year's number of wins and doubled their victories from 2019 during coach Zac Taylor's debut season. The Lions are the NFL's only winless team under first-year coach Dan Campbell. Burrow finished 19 of 29 for 271 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Chris Evans on the game's opening drive. Burrow did throw one interception, but the Lions failed to take advantage as they did with many opportunities in their latest loss.
Australia could see Covid surge from new variants even after 80% vaccination when border reopens
If the Australian international border is reopened while highly transmissible Covid-19 variants are circulating overseas or locally, large and disruptive outbreaks will still be possible after 80% of people aged 16 years are fully vaccinated, modelling published in the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday says. However, later on Friday the prime minister Scott Morrison said the international border would only open to vaccinated Australian citizens and their immediate families and not tourists, saying “we will not rush”. These surges would require public health measures beyond mask wearing and social distancing to avoid overwhelming the health system, the modelling found. “The planned reopening of Australian borders to international travellers increases the risk of introducing new chains of infection and new variants of SARS-CoV-2,” the modelling found. “Political and health system policymakers should not focus exclusively on defining vaccination thresholds at which particular restrictions might be removed.
Concern over jab delay for pupils in England as age group cases soar
Ministers are facing demands to allow younger teenagers to attend Covid vaccination centres, amid concerns that jab rates among this age group are three times lower in England than Scotland. Health service insiders said school vaccination teams giving jabs to teenagers had an impossible task. But in the middle of it, I’ve got to say, ‘sorry, we don’t have a date yet for the Covid vaccinations. “The real issue, as I’m seeing it, is that there just isn’t the trained, recruited capacity to run it through the school immunisation service. There are multiple reports of school age immunisation service (SAIS) teams struggling to meet demand and the logistical challenges.
Child stunting from malnutrition could increase in Pacific in wake of Covid, experts warn
The loss of work and skyrocketing food prices, brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, could lead to an increase in child stunting in the Pacific, experts have warned. Even before the pandemic, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea ranked third and fourth respectively for highest rate of child stunting in the world. There is no specific data on the causes of child deaths in Timor-Leste but Pereira said stunting was not just a risk to a child now but had lasting impacts. “We know that stunting affects the brain development of the child, resulting in delayed physical and mental development, and poor learning capacity. “So a child who is stunted is not only suffering the negative consequences now, but also in the future.”
Royal College of Paediatrics head calls for an end to Covid testing in schools
Steve Brine, the Conservative MP for Winchester, said that constantly asking children to take Covid tests is “hammering” away at their mental health. “We can't carry on with this mass asymptomatic testing forever,” he said. “The country is looking the other way, many people have moved on from the pandemic. It seems to me that ‘Zero Covid’ strategy is alive and well.”Karl McCartney, MP for Lincoln, said tests are causing needless disruption in schools. The impact of mass testing in schools“The whole purpose of a test is to try and stop transmission and infection,” she said.
Father of alleged jihadi suspected of killing Sir David Amess had himself faced Islamist threats
Ali Harbi Ali was born in 1996 in Southwark, south London, after his parents left war-torn Somalia and moved to the UK. Another neighbour expressed their shock at the news that Ali Harbi Ali had been arrested in connection with the murder. I would say they were just like us.”But while still at school, Ali Harbi Ali was referred to the Government’s counter-extremism programme, Prevent, after concerns were raised about his increasingly radical behaviour. His father would regularly travel back to east Africa, especially during the British winter, but it is not clear whether Mr Ali went with him on these trips. At the start of the pandemic, neighbours claim the family suffered a bereavement due to Covid, which hit them hard.
Delta CEO REFUSES to impose Biden's vaccine mandate: Reveals 90% of staff are already jabbed
Delta is the only U.S. airline that has publicly and at a corporate-level rebuked President Joe Biden's 'divisive' vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or more employees. The order requires companies with 100 or more employees to mandate the vaccine and obtain proof from their employees of full inoculation by December 8. Biden's executive order does allow for at least weekly testing in lieu of employees getting the vaccine. American Airlines President Robert Isom said Friday he will not bow to the pilots' union request to allow for 'alternatives' to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. 'The executive order doesn't allow for that,' Isom falsely claimed in an interview with The Miami Herald.
Fauci says vaccinated Americans can enjoy holiday gatherings together
Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can enjoy the upcoming holiday season 'the way we've traditionally done it all along,' Dr. Anthony Fauci announced Sunday morning. Nearly 15 million Americans received the J&J vaccine, with nearly 91 percent of them having gotten the shot more than two months ago, according to the CDC. COVID vaccine booster shots are being recommended even though cases of infections have been dropping after a summer surge caused by the Delta variant. 'I think anybody who's gotten one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can benefit from a second dose of a Johnson & Johnson vaccine,' Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee told CNN. He believes that the J&J vaccine would have been initially recommended as a two-dose vaccine if it had not been created in a time of such urgency.
[Tim Culpan] Weak link in global chip supply chain
Plans to survey chipmakers and keep tabs on the supply chain to head off further disruption highlight just how disconnected the US government is from the realities of a $500 billion industry that spans the globe. It’s possible that the data Commerce collates will show some buyers have been stockpiling chips, a fact already widely reported, or that there’s a need for capacity in some technology nodes -- also well known. But in the fast-changing world of semiconductor supply and demand, all this will be backward-looking information. “We need to hear directly from impacted businesses when they are experiencing a COVID-related semiconductor supply chain disruption,” she said. The chip sector collates and processes reams of supply chain data, using it to tweak every aspect of operations.
Fauci on why he's polarizing: 'Sometimes the truth becomes inconvenient for some people'
Fauci said some people likely find the truth he has spoken about COVID-19 and the pandemic "inconvenient" and that it has contributed to some people's negative views of him. "That’s understandable because what I do, and I try very hard, is to be guided by the truth," the doctor added of his critics. "And sometimes the truth becomes inconvenient for some people, and so they react against me. Fauci echoed a similar sentiment earlier in the pandemic in response to the release of his emails. At the time, Fauci said that "a lot of what you're seeing as attacks on me quite frankly are attacks on science."
Buttigieg says delay in climate action will cost lives amid reports of Manchin roadblock
Late last week, several news outlets reported that a major climate program, called the Clean Electricity Payment Program, was likely to be cut from Democrats’ massive spending bill because Manchin opposed it. The longer you take to do something about it, the more it's going to cost, in livelihoods, as well as lives. We need to act.”The clean electricity program aims to meet a goal of reducing U.S. electricity production emissions by 80 percent before 2030. “You supported a clean electricity standard during your campaign. How disappointed are you that this potentially will not be in the bill?” Tapper asked Buttigieg on Sunday.
Fauci urges police officers to get vaccinated.
Police officers and others responsible for public safety should view vaccination against Covid-19 as a key part of their role, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, said during an interview on Fox News Sunday. In Chicago, the head of the police union told officers to ignore a city order to report their vaccination status by the end of the day Oct. 15. Vaccinations are not required for city workers, but employees who are not vaccinated will be subject to twice-weekly testing. In Seattle, the union said that the city’s shortage of police officers would worsen because of a vaccine mandate. On Sunday, Dr. Fauci said that employees in public service who resisted vaccination were misguided.
Progressive Democrats push Biden to advance plans for student loan forgiveness
Progressives continue to push President Biden to cancel student loan debt for millions of borrowers. Sen. Chuck Schumer has pressed the president to cancel $50,000 in federal student debt per borrower. Roughly 45 million Americans hold $1.7 trillion in student loan debt, according to the US Federal Reserve. However, for Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, the chair of the influential Congressional Progressive Caucus, the student loan issue remains front and center. "Student debt relief is good for people and good for the economy.
Commonwealth, justice employees in Victoria granted vaccine exemption
Authorised workers in Victoria have been given a reprieve after the Andrews government backflipped on plans to enforce a COVID vaccination mandate. All Commonwealth employees as well as people who work in connection with court proceedings will be exempt with a government spokesperson saying the relaxation is an attempt to avoid “jurisdictional limitations”. The change will apply to judges, lawyers, security guards and police officers. Currently, 1.2 million authorised workers in Victoria are required to have their first dose of the vaccine by October 15.
Coast Guard: 1,200-foot ship dragged California oil pipeline
Chiu, File)Investigators believe a 1,200-foot (366-meter) cargo ship dragging anchor in rough seas caught an underwater oil pipeline and pulled it across the seafloor, months before a leak from the line fouled the Southern California coastline with crude. During a prior visit by the ship during a heavy storm in January, investigators believe its anchor dragged for an unknown distance before striking the 16-inch (40-centimeter) steel pipe, Coast Guard Lt. j.g. The vessel’s owner, identified by the Coast Guard as Dordellas Finance Corporation, could not be reached for comment. Attorneys for MSC and Dordellas will have the chance to examine and cross-examine the government’s witnesses in the case and also to call their own witnesses, according to the Coast Guard. In response to the new focus on the DANIT, the Houston-based owner of the damaged pipeline, Amplify Energy, thanked the Coast Guard for its continued work on the case.
More big woes for NYC’s next mayor: Wall Street job losses — and tax-revenue dips
New York’s banks and investment firms are doing great. Investment banks are reaping record merger and acquisition fees, and Americans are once again paying to borrow money. But: If you just looked at New York’s jobs figures, and not at the news on bank earnings, you wouldn’t know any of this. New York City’s financial industry jobs are still down five percent from August 2019. We used to fret about what happened when Wall Street crashed; now, we should fret that we have these woes when Wall Street hasn’t crashed.
Sean Penn spotted wearing wedding ring amid divorce from Leila George
The Oscar-winning actor kept his wedding band on when he stepped out in Malibu, Calif., on Saturday, one day after his wife of over a year, Leila George, filed for divorce. Paparazzi snapped pics of Penn – still rocking his wedding band – one day after George filed for divorce. @CelebCandidly / MEGAGeorge, 29, filed for the dissolution of her marriage to Penn in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday. Penn previously admitted that he and George couldn’t wait to tie the knot, so they did so over Zoom amid the coronavirus pandemic. Getty Images“We did a COVID wedding,” Penn shared during his appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” back in August.
76ers players believe Ben Simmons was dodging having to play in Game 7 against Hawks
Now we’re hearing Sixers players were insinuating the point guard was trying to avoid playing in Game 7 by pretending he was a covid risk. "Due to a possible exposure to a team masseuse, who’d returned an inconclusive COVID-19 test. Several players were questioned about whether they’d seen her that morning, but only Simmons said that he had." 76ers players watched their own teammate, who currently plays on a max contract, and walked away from the arena believing he’s scared to participate in the biggest game of the season. The Philadelphia 76ers need to get Simmons out of there before these rumors grow.
Irving's vaccination stance looms large over NBA season
The loaded Nets roster includes Kevin Durant and James Harden but the team will be at a disadvantage without sharp-shooting point guard Irving, a seven-time All-Star who won a title with Cleveland in 2016. "It was a bold move by Brooklyn," former NBA coach and current ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy told reporters on a call. The NBA has said players who are unable to compete due to local mandates will miss out on pay. POINT GUARDS ON THE MOVEIrving is not the only point guard who has generated attention during a busy offseason, which saw a flurry of moves at the sport's most important position. Playing alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Westbrook gives the Lakers a "legitimate chance" to win it all, Jackson said.
Netflix and Tesla will look to buck the earnings-slowdown trend
Netflix Inc. NFLX, -0.87% and Tesla Inc. TSLA, +3.02% are scheduled to report earnings on back-to-back afternoons in the coming week, Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, and face big expectations. Those two will be among 80 S&P 500 companies expected to report in the week ahead, the busiest week so far this young earnings season. As the semiconductor shortage marches on, the longtime U.S. chip king is one of the few chip companies not showing huge gains from the increased demand and short supply of its products. Johnson & Johnson. Dow Jones reports: Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble Co. PG, +0.26% , Travelers Cos. Inc. TRV, -0.67% (Tuesday); IBM and Verizon (Wednesday); Intel (Thursday); American Express Co. AXP, +2.51% and Honeywell Intl Inc. HON, +0.97% (Friday).
Kyrie Irving refuses to get vaccinated. It has already cost him his role on the NBA's best team and his pending $186 million contract is next.
It has already cost him his role on the NBA's best team and his pending $186 million contract is next. Rich Pedroncelli/AP ImagesKyrie Irving can't play with the Nets full-time because he's unvaccinated, so they are sitting him. According to reports, the Nets no longer intend to offer Irving a four-year, $186 million extension. The Brooklyn Nets' decision not to allow Kyrie Irving to play or practice with the team has left the future of the All-Star guard up in the air. In January, Irving left the team for undisclosed reasons, but was later seen at a birthday party, maskless, breaking COVID-19 protocols.
Netflix earnings, housing data: What to know this week
Third-quarter earnings are set to ramp further this week, after an auspicious start to the reporting season saw many of Wall Street's biggest bank beat consensus expectations, with new reads on the housing market also in focus. As of Friday, the expected earnings growth rate for the S&P 500 was 30%, according to FactSet. Netflix said last week the series reached 111 million viewers, making it the largest series launch in company history. For Q3, consensus analysts expect Netflix to add 3.7 million net paid subscribers, according to Bloomberg data, with this sum coming in slightly ahead of the company's own forecast from July for 3.5 million net additions. Housing dataInvestors are also set to closely monitor a slew of data on the U.S. housing market this week, as materials shortages and concerns around affordability continue to weigh on the sector.
Small business owner depending on supply chain issues 'getting resolved quickly' ahead of the holiday season
Spencer Young, the owner of City Lights Collectibles, a Christmas décor superstore in San Diego, Calif., said he is depending on supply chain issues "getting resolved quickly" ahead of the holiday season. However, because of supply chain issues, his displays are not yet finished and the trees aren’t decorated. Several prominent retailers and logistics companies, including Walmart and UPS, have agreed to extend their hours of operation in response to supply chain disruptions. Supply chain disruptions have hindered efforts to bolster the U.S. economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Young said on Sunday that it is "critical" for the supply chain issues to get "resolved quickly" because "We definitely need the product."
Top Democrats woo Black voters in Virginia governor’s race
Abrams has become a leading national voice in the party since narrowly losing the 2018 race for governor in Georgia. McAuliffe, governor from 2014-18 and a former Democratic National Committee chairman, visited separate churches and later led a rally with Abrams outside an early voting station. His Republican opponent, former business executive Glenn Youngkin, held a series of weekend events, including rallying Latino voters in the Washington suburbs. Youngkin has not campaigned personally with Trump, though they both phoned into a Virginia rally hosted last week by Stephen K. Bannon, a longtime Trump strategist. Abrams said when she first began running for office, she felt mixing politics and church was bad.
Patriots vs Cowboys: Live updates, injury, news, and more
The Patriots are looking for back-to-back wins Sunday when they take on Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium. Sign up for Point After, our Patriots newsletter | See more Patriots coverageOfficial Price Prediction — 4:11 p.m.As far as this afternoon is concerned, I think Dallas wins — just barely. Ultimately, we’ll see a Mac Jones touchdown pass and a Matt Judon sack, but I still think the Cowboys win, 23-20. I think there’s the very real chance this week that the Cowboys beat the Patriots, but fail to cover. This afternoon, we’ve got the Patriots hosting the Cowboys, with kickoff set for 4:20 p.m.
Cardinals-Browns live updates: Cardinals look to extend their historic streak to 6-0
Arizona Cardinals (5-0) play their fourth road game this season against Cleveland Browns (3-2). The Cardinals, the NFL's lone undefeated team, have the chance to go 6-0 for the third time in franchise history, and the first time since 1974. Arizona is also looking to extend its win streak to five over Cleveland, dating back to 2007. The Cardinals have a tall task with a shortened roster in their road matchup against the league's best rushing offense. The Browns will not have their starting RB and the league's second-leading rusher Nick Chubb, CB A.J.
Golden Knights reportedly unwilling to trade Peyton Krebs
The Sabres reportedly are asking for forward Peyton Krebs in any potential trade for Jack Eichel, and that’s a deal breaker for the Golden Knights. Vegas Golden Knights left wing Peyton Krebs (18) during a team practice at City National Arena in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. For the Golden Knights, it might be too steep. The Sabres reportedly are asking for forward Peyton Krebs to be included in any potential trade, and that’s a deal breaker for the Knights. Hallum was a third-round pick of the Golden Knights in 2020 and currently plays for Green Bay in the United States Hockey League.
45,000 turn out at Jones Beach for walk against breast cancer
About 45,000 breast cancer survivors and their supporters came to Jones Beach State Park on Sunday to take part in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk to raise money and awareness of the disease. Her aunt, Lourdes Marquez, died in 2016 at the age of 59 after battling breast cancer for over 15 years. Among woman in America, breast cancer is the second-most common cancer, after skin cancer. Medical experts point out many types of breast cancer are highly curable if caught early, highlighting the importance of mammograms. "The American Cancer Society has $69 million currently invested in breast cancer research grants," she said.
Analysis: What we learned from the Cincinnati Bengals' win over the Detroit Lions
The Cincinnati Bengals improved to 4-2 on the season as they defeated the winless Detroit Lions 34-11 on Sunday at Ford Field. Rookie wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase continues to make explosive plays for the Bengals' offense and caught four passes four passes for 97 yards. Evans, Cincinnati's sixth-round pick out of Michigan this year, recorded his first NFL touchdown in Detroit. Right guard could become biggest question moving forwardHeading into Sunday's game, it was unclear who would start at right guard for the Bengals. Carman then took over at right guard but suffered an injury in the third quarter and was carted to the locker room.
Fauci: COVID-19 booster mixing on table
Ian FisherBloomberg NewsWashington — President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser said he expects U.S. regulators to consider whether people who got the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get an mRNA shot against COVID-19 as a booster. “But the data of boosting the J&J first dose with a J&J second dose is based on clinical data,” he said. Food and Drug Administration experts recommended a second Johnson & Johnson shot for people 18 and older last week. They also backed a third dose of the Moderna Inc. shot — which unlike J&J uses mRNA technology — for people at high risk of contracting COVID-19. The Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE vaccine, also based on mRNA technology, was cleared for boosters in September.
Powell man celebrates his 26th year of marriage by running in his first Columbus Marathon
On July 25, Rustagi and his wife Sonika Rustagi, 50, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. As he enters his 26th year of marriage to his wife, Rustagi set his sights on completing, fittingly, all 26.2 miles of the marathon. Rustagi was one of about 8,000 runners competing in the first Columbus Marathon in two years after last year's event was cancelled because of COVID-19 concerns. "Here it is, the moment you've been waiting for," an announcer said around 7:30 a.m. to spectators lining Long Street in anticipation of the start of the 41st Columbus Marathon. Rustagi took up running as a hobby only two years ago when his friend introduced him to a local running group.
Steve Bruce calls for clarity over future after defeat in front of new ownership
Asked whether he wanted clarity over his future, with the expectation remaining that he will be sacked, triggering a near £8million pay-off, Bruce said: “That’s what it needs. Every football club needs clarity. Right from the top right the way through to everything that makes a football club the way it is. We have still got our frailties as a team and it’s up to me in the near future anyway to hopefully get better. Newcastle are in a relegation battle but Bruce said this is nothing new for the club.
US ‘underestimated vaccine hesitancy’, outgoing health chief admits
Dr Francis Collins, who is resigning from NIH before the end of 2021, told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on Saturday that he and others “underestimated the vaccine hesitancy issue” when efforts were underway to develop the Covid-19 vaccine last year and begin a nationwide distribution program in 2021. “Looking back, I think we underestimated the vaccine hesitancy issue. He went on to blame the persistent spread of Covid-19 misinformation and false claims about vaccines for the deaths of thousands of Americans every week from Covid-19. Vaccine hesitancy and misinformation has been rampant on social media in recent months as well as just in everyday life, where millions of Americans are still adamant about their refusal to get vaccinated. According to a tracker operated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 77 per cent of Americans ages 12 and above have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
How fertility became a workplace perk
“I Googled ‘companies with the best fertility treatments’ and applied to roles at those companies,” she says. “I applied to the companies with the best fertility and family benefits, and those companies only. “Between 2019 and 2020 we’ve seen a 500% increase in employers adding family-building benefits,” says Peter Nieves, chief commercial officer for WINFertility, a US-based fertility benefits platform that partners with employers to provide family-planning perks. But will the trend towards family-planning benefits outlast the so-called Great Resignation? Experts seem to think so – and many believe that funding fertility care for their staff could aid diversity, boost employee engagement and foster a supportive workplace culture.
Sean Penn EXCLUSIVE: Actor, 61, spotted for the first time after Leila George, 29, filed for divorce
Sean Penn was spotted out for the first time just days after his estranged wife, Leila George, filed for divorce following 15 months of marriage. In April 2009 the actor filed for divorce again, before he withdrew the motion just one month later. Second marriage: Madonna 1985 to 1989 Sean was married to Material Girl singer Madonna for four years. In April 2009 the actor filed for divorce again, before he withdrew the motion just one month later. In 2014 Wright told The Telegraph that the whole divorce process — especially with kids involved — was 'devastating.'
Leonardo DiCaprio, 46, and girlfriend Camila Morrone, 24, celebrate a friend's birthday in Malibu
But Leonardo DiCaprio was willing to venture out in public on Saturday night as he and his girlfriend Camila Morrone celebrated a friend's birthday with dinner at the Soho House club in Malibu. The 46-year-old Oscar winner was seen leaving the party while looking anonymous in all black, while the 24-year-old model-turned-actress showcased her fit figure in a cropped cardigan. Camila contrasted him by putting on a busty display in her beige ribbed cardigan. The cropped look showcased her taut midriff, and she contrasted it with high-waisted black slacks with baggy legs and a matching large black bag. New career: Leo's girlfriend Camila has lately been focusing more on acting than modeling; seen September 25 in LALeo's girlfriend Camila has lately been focusing more on acting than modeling.
Up to 17 Christian missionaries along with their families are kidnapped by gang members in Haiti
A group of Christian missionaries and their family members were kidnapped on Saturday by gang members in Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince. Gang members have even kidnapped poor street vendors who have little to no money. The 400 Mawozo gang, which abducted 17 missionaries and their families on Oct. 16, is responsible for approximately 80 percent of the kidnappings in Haiti. Pray that the gang members would come to repentance,' the voice on the recording said. 'Pray that the gang members will come to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.'
DeSantis says he's 'offended' that a police officer 'could lose their job' over vaccine mandate
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has slammed Biden's federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate - and raged he was 'offended' that a police officer 'could lose their job' if they refuse to they the shot. DeSantis, who's been named as a potential 2024 presidential candidate, said he vows to fight the federal government in court. 'I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job. Currently, 65 percent of Americans have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. DeSantis added that the state's lawsuits against the federal vaccine mandates will be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Fauci says J&J shot should have been a double dose from the start
His comments came just days after a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee unanimously voted to recommend booster shots for adult J&J recipients. But the data of boosting the J&J first dose with a J&J second dose is based on clinical data. COVID vaccine booster shots are being recommended even though cases of infections have been dropping after a summer surge caused by the Delta variant. 'I think anybody who's gotten one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can benefit from a second dose of a Johnson & Johnson vaccine,' Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee told CNN. He believes that the J&J vaccine would have been initially recommended as a two-dose vaccine if it had not been created in a time of such urgency.
Low turnout as Lebanese mark two years of protests
Cross-sectarian demonstrations swept the country, demanding the overthrow of political barons in power since at least the end of the 1975-1990 civil war. One who did protest on Sunday, Rabih Zein, said it was not just previous police crackdowns that had kept demonstrators away. The protest movement has given birth to a flurry of new political groups, which many hope will run in the upcoming polls. Fatima Mahyu, a protester from Beirut, said some people were likely too scared to come out on Sunday. Another protester, Micheline Abu Khater, a history teacher, said she was staying in Lebanon for the upcoming elections.
Reopening NSW Roadmap: New rules for 80 per cent vaccinated on Monday, full list
NSW has achieved another major goal after becoming the first state to hit the 80 per cent double vaccination mark, meaning new freedoms are here. Reopening NSW RoadmapFronting the media on Friday, Premier Dominic Perrottet announced a string of changes from Monday. Mr Perrottet confirmed the 80 per cent milestone had been hit on Saturday afternoon in a series of tweets:Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced the new Reopening NSW Roadmap. The government is also providing “extra business support” for businesses in regional NSW inconvenienced by the reopening delay. Mr Toole apologised to NSW residents, saying he knew the change was “frustrating” but claiming many regional communities “are scared”.
The roots of denialism: How the birth of smog in 1943 led to Trump and QAnon
Smog was what happened when hydrocarbons, created mostly by refineries and cars, were released into LA's famously bright sunshine. Just as World War II was the birth of smog, smog was the birth of what we now call denialism. Just as World War II was the birth of smog, smog was the birth of what we now call denialism. According to an investigation by The Guardian newspaper, more than 100 groups were set up to "deny climate science and obstruct policy solutions to global warming." Climate science moved denialism from industry propaganda to conspiracy theory.
Chris Redd returns to 'SNL' Weekend Update to pay for a 2020 COVID joke that aged so poorly
Saturday Night Live's latest Weekend Update segments were highlighted by some actually-strong one-liners about COVID-bearing bats and, unexpectedly, trickle-down economics. It's not just his rant wanting to know who the hell drive blimps, though that part is hilarious. It's also not his incisively funny take on angry people overreacting to a bisexual Superman. The bit that really lands is when Redd is forced to face an off-the-cuff comment he made on a Feb. 2020 Weekend Update, where he declared — in a very poorly aged attempt at humor — "Black people can't get the coronavirus!" To his credit, Redd is a great sport about the whole thing.
Curtis Sliwa vows to wage ‘war’ on Gov. Hochul’s open-drug-use legalization
Mayoral hopeful Curtis Sliwa ripped Gov. “I’ll tell you, if the good people of New York City elect me mayor on Nov. 2, I am immediately going to go to war against Gov. Kathy Hochul was slammed by Curtis Sliwa for OK’ing legislation that led the NYPD to allow open drug use on city streets. She suggested using an unspecified amount of the $256 million allocated for New York City as part of the opioid settlements reached by the state attorney general’s office earlier this year. That’s why millions from the Opioid Settlement Fund awarded to New York City must flow to the nonprofits that we know are doing the work on the ground.”
Cam Newton, eyeing NFL return, gets vaccinated against COVID-19: report
Former New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has reportedly been vaccinated against COVID-19, a measure that could quicken the former league MVP’s return to playing in the NFL. Sources told the NFL Network on Saturday that teams in contact with Newton since his release from the Patriots were informed he has received the COVID-19 vaccine. Newton was seemingly released from the Patriots in September after he was forced to miss five days after a "misunderstanding" with the league’s COVID testing protocols. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMThe Patriots said at the time Newton traveled to a "club-approved medical appointment." Then to find out I had to sit out, that’s when I kinda felt bamboozled, because y’all told me to go," Newton said at the time.
Governor's race in Va. has Republicans dreaming of a post-Trump future
Every campaign in the state was just a proxy vote on how you feel about Donald Trump, which, if you're in North Dakota, is a great deal for Republicans. Youngkin’s Republican allies say he has adeptly managed his coalition, keeping “Never Trump” and “Forever Trump” Republicans in the same GOP tent. “The problem they have is that Glenn Youngkin is not Donald Trump. He doesn't come across as Donald Trump. He doesn't act like Donald Trump.
U.S. Coast Guard boards ship in connection with California oil spill
Workers rake up globs of crude oil after more than 3,000 barrels (126,000 gallons) of crude oil leaked from a ruptured pipeline into the Pacific Ocean in Corona Del Mar State Beach, Newport Beach, California, U.S. October 7, 2021. REUTERS/David SwansonOct 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard boarded a container ship on Saturday in the Port of Long Beach that dragged its anchor close to a subsea pipeline found to be the source of an oil spill off Orange County, California, it said in a press release. The spill released some 3,000 barrels (126,000 gallons) of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean, killing wildlife, blackening the coastline and forcing officials to close beaches south of Los Angeles. The designation allows the companies to be represented by counsel, examine and cross-examine witnesses, and call witnesses who are relevant to the investigation, the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard said the investigation was ongoing and that "multiple pipeline scenarios" as well as additional vessels of interest continue to be investigated.
India's diesel sales fall in October, data shows
REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File PhotoNEW DELHI, Oct 17 (Reuters) - India's gasoil consumption fell in the first half of October from the same period in the previous year, preliminary sales data showed. Sales of gasoil, which accounts for about two-fifths of India's overall refined fuel consumption, are directly linked to industrial activity in Asia's third-largest economy. India has not yet fully opened its public transport sector, which mostly uses diesel. October gasoline sales were up 8.3% from the same period in 2019 and rose by 2% from September, the data showed. Below is a table of India' preliminary fuel sales data with volumes in thousand tonnes.
Dispute resolution platform Immediation raises $3.6M AUD to expand in the U.S.
Immediation currently has about 40 employees in five countries, and a panel of more than 100 mediators and arbitrators. Before starting Immediation as a mediation platform (it also now supports law firms, tribunals and resolution bodies), founder and managing director Laura Keily worked for two decades as a corporate lawyer and barrister. She told TechCrunch in an email that she wanted to create an online mediation platform because “I saw firsthand that people were locked out of being able to access justice effectively. Immediation launched its platform publicly in September 2019, a few months before the pandemic hit. A photo of Immediation founder and managing director Laura KeilyImmediation founder and managing director Laura KeilyKeily said Immediation was created by lawyers to replicate physical courtrooms, mediation suites, legal client floors and dispute resolution environments.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Trump's continued focus on the 2020 election is 'a recipe for disaster' in the midterms
Hutchinson said that "relitigating" the 2020 election would be "a recipe for disaster in 2022." It's not about the last election," the Republican governor said. Asa Hutchinson on Sunday said that former President Donald Trump's continued attempts to discredit the 2020 election results could be a "disaster" for GOP candidates running for office next year. "Relitigating 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022," he said. The states made decisions on the integrity of each of their elections and made improvements where need be."
Chicago museum fires all of it's mostly White female, financially well-off docents for lack of diversity
The Art Institute of Chicago fired all of its trained volunteers and guides last month, who were mostly older White women, to diversify its team. Docents are trained volunteers who lead tours of museums, and at the Art Institute, they averaged 15 years of unpaid service. People line up outside the Art institute of Chicago as the museum re-opens on Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Chicago. "Still, the Art Institute hasn’t explained why they had to be jettisoned en masse and not diversified over time. The Art Institute told Fox News in comment on Sunday that they "have not fired anyone."
A Florida school says students who get vaxxed must stay home for 30 days due to unfounded claim that they'll infect others
Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group/Daily Times via Getty ImagesCentner Academy in Florida told parents any student who gets vaccinated must quarantine for 30 days. That's because of a belief that vaccinated students can infect unvaccinated students, WSVN reported. A private school in Miami, Florida, is requiring students who get vaccinated to quarantine at home for 30 days after each dose. School officials told WSVN that the 30-day quarantine mandate exists because they believe there is a risk that vaccinated students would infect unvaccinated students. Two teachers in Texas died from COVID-19 just days apart, forcing the school district to temporarily close.
The Times’ high school football rankings
A look at The Times’ top 25 high school football teams in the Southland. SERVITE (8-0); def. CORONA CENTENNIAL (8-0); def. ETIWANDA (8-0); def. CAJON (8-0); def.
Bay Area festival season back in full form with events in Oakland, S.F. and Sonoma
Chaki, nee’ Cory Sklar, and his costumed pal were the perfect encapsulation of the quirky two-day music festival that brought energy back to Mosswood Park on Saturday, Oct. 16. Sue Laurita, 58, a costume designer from San Francisco, came dressed as a can of crushed tomatoes. “I’m half-Italian,” Laurita, “and I’m saucy!”Plenty of ensembles also came with outrageous beehive hairdos, a style often featured in Waters’ campy movies. It’s just fun to see San Francisco like this again.”Indeed, with events throughout the weekend, this second weekend of October seemed to have marked a true return of live music to the Bay Area. Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St., Oakland.
Flower power: A behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put on the Electric Daisy Carnival
Electric Daisy Carnival is the world’s biggest dance music festival. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesFormer sculpture pieces are stored for future use within the Electric Daisy Carnival warehouse on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesOliver Garcia spot welds some set framing within the Electric Daisy Carnival warehouse on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesThe wood shop is a hive of activity within the Electric Daisy Carnival warehouse on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesFormer sculpture pieces are stored for future use within the Electric Daisy Carnival warehouse on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Las Vegas.
Nathan MacKinnon remains in COVID protocol, won’t travel with the Avalanche
Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon had another positive COVID-19 test on Saturday and won’t travel with the team to Washington on Monday, coach Jared Bednar said after Sunday’s practice. NHL COVID protocol requires two consecutive-day negative tests for a player to rejoin his team. Defenseman Jack Johnson, who missed Saturday’s game against the Blues because of a positive test, tested negative on Saturday and will travel with the Avs if Sunday’s test is also negative. “There’s different options that we can look at to try to field the best team we possibly can for the game in Washington,” Bednar said. “They can’t travel with you if they’ve had positive tests.
Biden administration considering options on supply chain issue, Buttigieg says
Experts have warned of holiday season supply chain disruptions since at least this summer, citing COVID-19-related shutdowns at production plants, labor shortages and severe weather impacting key cargo ports. Moody’s Analytics said last week that supply chain issues could lead to higher production costs and consumer prices while hampering economic recovery from the pandemic. For Long Islanders, the supply chain clog has created shortages on goods such as sneakers, containers, restaurant ingredients and computer chips for cars. Buttigieg blamed the supply chain problems in part on "off the chart" demand. Other parts of the supply chain clog stem from a lack of truck drivers to deliver supplies and goods.
Celtics Notebook: Jayson Tatum looks forward to Kemba Walker reunion
Wednesday’s season opener in New York will have an odd sense of familiarity coming from the other bench, now that Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier are Knicks. Jayson Tatum is looking forward to the reunion. I’m happy for him being back home, playing in front of his family, where he grew up. Obviously wish he could have stayed but everything happens for a reason and I’m happy for him. “Obviously felt I got hit hard, but once the blood started running I knew I had to come out.
Farmers and John Deere suppliers worry about strike's impact
Burk “Skeet” Miehe of American Pattern & CNC Works in Cedar Falls, Iowa, said his business was doing OK initially because it worked ahead to meet orders from Deere. “If it does go longer, it could affect us,” Miehe told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. Casting Cleaning Inc. in Cedar Falls, which does chipping and grinding work of foundry castings for John Deere, was closed Friday because of lack of work, but company President Shannon Closson said it's expected to reopen Monday. “Long term, (the strike) would be very detrimental to our business. “We’re going to just keep right on forging ahead as best we can,” Maloney said.
Farmers and John Deere suppliers worry about strike's impact
Burk “Skeet” Miehe of American Pattern & CNC Works in Cedar Falls, Iowa, said his business was doing OK initially because it worked ahead to meet orders from Deere. “If it does go longer, it could affect us,” Miehe told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. Casting Cleaning Inc. in Cedar Falls, which does chipping and grinding work of foundry castings for John Deere, was closed Friday because of lack of work, but company President Shannon Closson said it's expected to reopen Monday. “Long term, (the strike) would be very detrimental to our business. “We’re going to just keep right on forging ahead as best we can,” Maloney said.
Strikes are sweeping the labor market as workers wield new leverage
© Alyssa Keown/Battle Creek Enquirer via AP Union workers participate in a strike against Kellogg on Oct. 11 at its plant in Battle Creek, Mich. Union workers walked out last Tuesday after Kellogg's five-year master contract with the BCTGM International Union expired. All told, there have been strikes against 178 employers this year, according to a tracker by Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which records only large work stoppages, has documented 12 strikes involving 1,000 or more workers so far this year. Workers took notice when their companies publicly praised them as heroic and essential in the early days of pandemic, labor leaders and experts say, and it made them angry. That’s labor’s power, a worker’s power is to withhold their labor,” said Kim Cordova, president of the Colorado branch of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
Japan's health ministry urges preparations for 6th COVID wave amid lull in new cases
In response to the notice sent out on Oct. 1, prefectural governments will prepare systems by the end of November. This time around, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare presented its definition of medical system preparations to the prefectural governments. Those recuperating at home will be able to receive medical care such as antibody cocktail treatments to prevent them from developing severe COVID-19 symptoms. Regional medical workers will be listed up, and officials will make decisions in advance so that those workers can be dispatched if necessary. Prefectural governments will be asked to settle on a course of action in October.
Allison Williams is leaving ESPN over COVID-19 vaccine mandate
Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. These data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy. There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19. Beyond that, yes, of course, like most vaccines, the approved COVID-19 vaccines do not stop all transmission and spread.
Bill Clinton heads home after spending six days in a California hospital fighting an infection
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)Former President Clinton was seen leaving an Orange County hospital Sunday morning, six days after he was admitted and treated for a urological and blood infection. "On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress." Former President Bill Clinton, standing with his wife, Hillary, was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center Sunday. Hillary Clinton flew to California on Thursday to take his place at the event and to be with him at the hospital. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at UC Irvine Medical Center on Sunday morning.
Musical celebrating life and works of Bob Marley set for London stage
The songs and the life story of the reggae legend Bob Marley are coming to London's West End in a new musical. - The Bob Marley Musical," it follows Marley's rise from the Kingston streets to international stardom. Nigerian born, British actor Arinzé Kene, plays Marley with trademark dreadlocks and many characteristic moves. He says the performance has a lot to do with Marley's music but also Bob Marley himself. Other stars of the show, like Gabrielle Brooks who plays Rita Marley, say Bob Marley's message of peace is as important now as ever.
California parents to protest school vaccine mandates by keeping kids at home Monday
Some California parents are keeping their children home from school Monday to protest a statewide vaccine mandate for schoolchildren. Gavin Newsom's recent announcement that the COVID-19 vaccine will soon be required for all public and private school students. California schools lose funding every time a child is absent, regardless if they're away for a legitimate reason. California schools receive funding based on average daily attendance. California will require the COVID-19 vaccine for students in kindergarten through sixth grades after it gets final federal approval for children 5 to 11.
Convicted murderer Robert Durst has COVID, is on ventilator: LA Times
Last month a jury found Durst guilty of shooting Berman, 55, in the back of the head at her Beverly Hills home. Try refreshing your browser, or Convicted murderer Robert Durst has COVID, is on ventilator: LA Times Back to videoIt was not clear where Durst, 78, is being treated. Last month a jury found Durst guilty of shooting Berman, 55, in the back of the head at her Beverly Hills home. Evidence from the trial indicated Berman helped provide Durst with a false alibi in McCormack’s disappearance. Prosecutors alleged that Durst killed Berman because he feared she would reveal what she knew to authorities.
Reopening NSW Roadmap: New rules for 80 per cent vaccinated on Monday, full list
NSW has achieved another goal overnight after becoming the first state to hit the 80 per cent double vaccination mark. NSW will no longer be decared a Covid-19 hot spot following confirmation of the state’s 80 per cent double vaccination dose, the Australian government has confirmed. Reopening NSW RoadmapFronting the media on Friday, Premier Dominic Perrottet announced a string of changes from Monday. Mr Perrottet confirmed the 80 per cent milestone had been hit on Saturday afternoon in a series of tweets:Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced the new Reopening NSW Roadmap. Mr Toole apologised to NSW residents, saying he knew the change was “frustrating” but claiming many regional communities “are scared”.
Fauci says Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine should have been two all along: Live COVID-19 updates
The Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisory panel unanimously approved booster shots for the vaccine Friday for all J&J recipients 18 years and older – as early as two months after the first dose. Fauci said the Republican governor’s decision to block businesses from requiring inoculations would damage public health. A federal advisory committee supports booster shots of all three COVID-19 vaccines being used in the U.S. for Americans who need them. Booster shots for those vaccines likely to be available soon. On Tuesday, Austin Public Health shifted to Stage 3 of the agency's risk-based guidelines because the rolling seven-day average stayed below 30 for several days in a row.
At least 13 auto safety rules are years overdue. Many of them could save lives
HOPE YEN and TOM KRISHERThe Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — As traffic fatalities spike in the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal agency in charge of auto safety is struggling with a growing backlog of safety rules ordered by Congress that are years overdue and could save thousands of lives. A governors’ highway safety group says the United States faces a “car crash epidemic" at the same time that safety rules languish. “Government should not take this long to act on safety,” said David Mills, who started a Houston-area foundation in Kailee’s honor aimed at promoting seat belt safety. “It’s frustrating,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices and says the crashes are an epidemic. “I can’t say the U.S. regulator of the auto industry is at all on track,” said Cathy Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
As Some Black Staff Members Leave Congress, Those Who Remain Call for Change
When Chanda Jefferson, a science teacher from Columbia, S.C., got the opportunity to work on Capitol Hill, she was thrilled to use her classroom experience to help shape education policy. She also hoped that when her fellowship was over, she could expose her students at home to a different, exciting career path. It wasn’t until she arrived that she realized how impervious the halls of Congress were to change. In her office of more than a dozen people, there are no permanent Black staff members. “It was shocking to see so few individuals that look like me,” Ms. Jefferson said.
Fauci urges police officers to get vaccinated.
Fauci urges police officers to get vaccinated. Mr. Durst, 78, was admitted Friday night to LAC+USC Medical Center, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s inmate locator. At a sentencing hearing on Thursday, Mr. Durst sat slumped in a wheelchair. Mr. Durst, whose life story inspired a Hollywood movie and an HBO documentary, will not be eligible for parole. The Kaiser Family Foundation found similar rates for all adult Americans, but experts said the figures for Asian Americans were most likely higher than reported because some Asian Americans are uncomfortable talking about mental health.
Report: Ed Orgeron Won't Return as LSU Head Coach in 2022 After Separation Agreement
Jonathan Bachman/Getty ImagesLSU and head football coach Ed Orgeron have reportedly reached a separation agreement, meaning Orgeron will not be back with the team in 2022. According to Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated, Orgeron is expected to finish the 2021 season as LSU's head coach before moving on. 20 Florida Gators 49-42 on Saturday, but Dellenger reported that the separation talks between LSU and Coach O began last week. Orgeron took over as interim head coach in 2016 following the firing of Les Miles and earned the full-time gig. In parts of six seasons as the head coach at LSU, Orgeron owns a 49-17 record with one national title to his credit.
John Deere workers on strike are part of a strengthening labor movement
As of Thursday, more than 10,000 John Deere workers at 14 locations in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas have walked off the job. Last week, the strikers voted 9-to-1 to reject a proposed contract from Deere, according to Labor Notes, a resounding dismissal that surprised United Auto Workers union leadership and company management. But the agreement still has to be ratified by union members — and as the UAW learned, that’s not a guarantee until all the votes are cast. "There are shared issues that are pushing workers to go on strike — and workers are looking at each other and getting inspired." Yes, management at all of these industries is scrambling to find scabs to take the place of the picketing union members.
Nearly 3 million people have signed a petition demanding that Congress issue a fourth stimulus check
Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty ImagesA Change.org petition calling for a fourth round of stimulus checks has almost 3 million signatures. There have been three stimulus checks released, and it's unclear whether there will be a fourth. Support for a fourth stimulus check continues to grow as a petition calling on Congress to deliver another round of aid nears 3 million signatures. Eligible Americans received $1,400 stimulus checks in March as part of Democrats' $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Story continuesBut, as Insider's Joseph Zeballos-Roig wrote, a fourth stimulus check is unlikely.
Woman raped on train as passengers did not get help, police say
The Daily BeastAlexandre Schneider/Getty Images??As the COVID-19 vaccine campaign gained steam in the United States last spring, I was locked down in my apartment in Rio de Janeiro, trying to avoid being infected with the virus. Brazil—then, as now, second only to the U.S. in coronavirus deaths—seemed to have the world’s slowest immunization program rollout. Brazilian cities had started vaccinating locals in January, but there just weren’t enough doses to go around.As the pace of vaccinations in the U.S. soare
Louisiana gators thrive, so farmers’ return quota may drop
Once-endangered alligators are thriving in the wild, so Louisiana authorities are proposing a deep cut in the percentage that farmers must return to marshes where their eggs were laid. The return percentage was first set at 17%, based on estimates that about 83% die in the egg or before they’re 4 feet long. Uncontrolled hunting nearly wiped out American alligators before Louisiana barred all hunting in 1962. Surveyors who flew over coastal marshes during the summer of 2019 estimated the number of alligator nests at a record, nearly 68,000. Current regulations require farmers to return 10% of hatchlings within two years — with a sliding scale based on average lengths of 36 to 60 inches.
'We basically gave this guy a death sentence,' sheriff says of inmate's COVID death
However, employees at the jail aren’t subject to frequent testing requirements. The county’s human resources policies say employees must report to their supervisor if they contract COVID. Data provided by the Sheriff’s Department only list two positive COVID-19 cases among all jail staff the first two weeks of October, but Nanos said he was aware of at least seven corrections officers with COVID-19 the first week of October alone, with one officer at home on oxygen. The lack of reporting makes it difficult to track the rate of COVID cases among jail staff. But contact tracing is a key tool to control the spread of COVID, especially in a crowded jail setting.
Cop26 corporate sponsors condemn climate summit as ‘mismanaged’
Companies that stumped up millions of pounds to sponsor the Cop26 climate summit have condemned it as “mismanaged” and “very last minute” in a volley of complaints as next month’s event in Glasgow draws near. The Guardian understands that a letter to the organisers, written by broadcaster Sky and co-signed by senior leaders from other Cop26 sponsors, has raised concerns with them over these and other problems, and followed another co-signed letter in July. Other sources have described the “shifting goal posts” and “inertia” plaguing the Cop26 planning as “deeply frustrating”. Many of the event’s corporate backers regularly take part in high-profile sponsorship deals for big events, and have been left bewildered by the slow progress of the Cop26 events, another source explained. A Cop26 spokesperson said the organisers were “working closely” with sponsors which would increase the value for money for taxpayers, and reduce the overall financial cost of Cop26.
BMA head says forcing GPs to do more face-to-face appointments is 'harassment' and 'discrimination'
“If general practice was an employee, it would claim harassment, discrimination, victimisation.”A “zero tolerance” campaign to tackle abuse and harassment of GPs will also form part of the plan. But Dr Nagpaul claimed the league tables will increase abuse. Facing daily abuse from patientsGPs and practice staff have said they face “daily” abuse from patients over access to in-person appointments. “It’s daily and relentless,” Dr Kachhala, who works at Torkard Hill Medical Centre in Hucknall, said. “(I’m) exhausted, numb, heartbroken, angry, tired.”The Royal College of GPs has said the plan is not enough to tackle the crisis and that at least 6,000 full-time doctors are needed to tackle the workforce issues.
Japan party chiefs clash on plans for economy ahead of poll
Yukio Edano, leader of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, said that the party aims to raise taxes on financial income, differentiating the CDP from the LDP. The Lower House was dissolved Thursday, meaning that the general election will take place only 17 days after the breakup, the shortest such period in postwar history. Leaders of political parties standing in the upcoming general election pose after a debate Sunday hosted by the video streaming site Nico Nico Douga. “We’ll work to increase the country’s middle class population to stabilize society,” LDP Secretary General Akira Amari said, demonstrating Kishida’s aim of realizing new capitalism. All 465 seats of the Lower House will be up for grabs in the general election.
Beyoncé is a vision in a yellow blazer suit as husband Jay-Z dons a trendy bucket hat in Venice
Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z ensured all eyes were on them as they arrived at Venice Airport on Sunday. It comes after the vocal powerhouse, 40, and the rapper, 51, attended the star-studded wedding of Alexandre Arnault and Géraldine Guyot in the City of Bridges. The Formation hitmaker was a vision in an unmissable yellow blazer suit, which she layered above a black-and-white top. Their assistant balanced a collection of designer bags over her arms as she led the pair in the right direction. Meanwhile Jay looked dapper as he joined his wife wearing a double-breasted navy suit and tie.
Fauci says J&J shot should have been a double dose from the start
His comments came just days after a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee unanimously voted to recommend booster shots for adult J&J recipients. Fauci notes, however, that Americans who got the one-dose shot should 'feel good' about the FDA recommendation and should get the jab as soon as possible. But the data of boosting the J&J first dose with a J&J second dose is based on clinical data. COVID vaccine booster shots are being recommended even though cases of infections have been dropping after a summer surge caused by the Delta variant. The FDA will now consider the advisory committee's recommendations on the J&J and Moderna COVID booster shots to make an official decision.
Senior army commander says 90 per cent of military personnel are fully vaccinated
Share this Story: Senior army commander says 90 per cent of military personnel are fully vaccinatedSenior army commander says 90 per cent of military personnel are fully vaccinated Ottawa is requiring federal employees, including members of the military, be fully vaccinated by the end of this month Photo by Lars Hagberg/The Canadian PressArticle content A senior military commander in Western Canada says he doesn’t expect much opposition from Canadian Forces personnel over mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content Ottawa is requiring federal employees, including members of the military, be fully vaccinated by the end of this month. Try refreshing your browser, or Senior army commander says 90 per cent of military personnel are fully vaccinated Back to video Brig.-Gen. Bill Fletcher, who’s responsible for Western Canada’s 3rd Canadian Division, oversees the training of Canadian soldiers and operations from the Pacific Ocean to Thunder Bay, Ont. He said more than 90 per cent of Canadian military personnel are already double vaccinated and he’s not worried about any pushback from what he calls a small percentage.
Jordan, Saudi investors launch Fly Aqaba
The new airline aims to bring tourists to southern Jordan including to the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum, pictured at sunsetAdvertising Read moreAmman (AFP)Jordan announced Sunday the signing of an accord to launch an airline financed by investors in the kingdom and Saudi Arabia to serve the Red Sea resort area of Aqaba. The new airline, Fly Aqaba, was set up with $20 million in private sector investment, said Nayef Bakhit, president of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone, quoted by Jordan's Petra news agency. Bakhit said it would start operations with two aircraft to serve Aqaba, the ancient archaeological site of Petra and the protected desert wilderness Wadi Rum. Flights will connect Aqaba to Amman as well as European and other Arab cities "at competitive prices", he said, without giving a date for Air Aqaba's maiden flight. The Covid-19 pandemic has badly dented Jordan's tourism industry, which represented 14 percent of its GDP.
Sri Lanka coach Arthur admits T20 qualifier will be 'cutthroat'
Advertising Read moreAbu Dhabi (AFP)Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur believes the battle to reach the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup will be "cutthroat". Sri Lanka have been dogged by problems in the build-up to the World Cup. Of their 12 T20 matches this year, Sri Lanka have won three and lost nine. Namibia captain Gerhard Erasmus, meanwhile, said Sunday all of the pressure is on Sri Lanka. "We've played lots of T20 cricket against high-quality opposition, and we have travelled a bit so we are accustomed to playing in different conditions, playing against different skills."
Spider-Man Meme: Fox News Asks Fauci Why He’s ‘So Controversial’
Host Laura Ingraham has downplayed the threat Covid poses while casting doubt on the safety of vaccines for children. The doctor himself has said the network’s coverage of Covid is “outlandish” and that some hosts “distort” the facts. Wallace asked Fauci, “When this pandemic started, I think it’s fair to say you were generally regarded as the authority on infectious disease. Two questions: Why do you think you’ve become so controversial? And honestly, do you think there’s anything you have done that has contributed to that?”Fauci tactfully didn’t directly call out the network.
Bates College Administration Censors Student Reporters Covering Staff Unionization
The campus workers announced their attempt to unionize on October 5, citing low pay, poor working conditions, and declining staff retention. Bates College administration pressured campus newspaper The Bates Student on Wednesday to remove an article from its website featuring interviews with five Bates employees trying to unionize adjunct faculty and non-managerial staff. The following day, an edited version of the story was published to The Bates Student’s website. In the new story, pro-union information and worker quotes were replaced with anti-union talking points and comments from Bates administration. My version of contributing to the world would be off loading trucks for Bates College,” said Foley’s new quote.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Trump's continued focus on the 2020 election is 'a recipe for disaster' in the midterms
Hutchinson said that "relitigating" the 2020 election would be "a recipe for disaster in 2022." It's not about the last election," the Republican governor said. Asa Hutchinson on Sunday said that former President Donald Trump's continued attempts to discredit the 2020 election results could be a "disaster" for GOP candidates running for office next year. "Relitigating 2020 is a recipe for disaster in 2022," he said. The states made decisions on the integrity of each of their elections and made improvements where need be."
China crackdown on Apple store hits holy book apps, Audible
FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2021 file photo, people wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus try out the latest iPhone 13 handsets at an Apple Store in Beijing. Amazon’s audiobook service Audible and phone apps for reading the holy books of Islam and Christianity have disappeared from the Apple store in mainland China, in the latest examples of the country’s tightening rules for internet firms. Amazon’s audiobook service Audible and phone apps for reading the holy books of Islam and Christianity have disappeared from the Apple store in mainland China, in the latest examples of the country’s tightening rules for internet firms. The popular U.S. language-learning app Duolingo disappeared from Apple’s China store over the summer, as have many video game apps. What appears to link Audible with the religious apps is that all were recently notified of permit requirements for published content.
Pandemic Observations -- October 15, US States & Canadian Provinces (Good News Edition):
Clovid-19Except for Alaska, the trends in new Covid-19 cases are looking increasingly benign in both the US and Canada this week, and even new deaths are starting to follow suit now for the most part (note that the scary looking stats from Nebraska are mostly a result of their increasingly erratic release of new fatality data). The only real question remaining at this point is whether we are on the final downslope of this pandemic, or whether we will see yet another resurgence in the weeks and months ahead. It’s worth noting that our huge (pre-Delta) winter surge was just starting to ramp up at this point last year, so the longer we can continue without such a reversal in trendlines, the better our long-term prospects for reducing this pandemic to more manageable proportions. US States & Canadian Provinces: October 9-15 New Deaths 7-Day D/1M 7-Day Deaths Weekly Change 14.Day Change Change fr Max Doses /100 Canada USA WV ID AL WY FL GA SC NN KY TX OK MT ND NV OH OR PA TN IN VA MS NC AK LA AR IA WA NM SK NE MI AB WI DE AZ UT MN CO HI SD MD IL VT ME NH CA NB NJ NY KS MA CT BC MB RI PR NL QC MO ON DC NS 7.5 34.5 96.1 75.0 70.4 67.4 60.5 59.6 58.9 55.6 53.7 49.4 47.7 45.9 44.6 44.5 43.5 42.4 39.8 39.7 39.1 37.0 35.6 33.5 32.8 31.8 31.1 29.7 29.7 29.1 27.4 26.9 26.6 26.6 25.1 24.6 23.6 22.8 21.8 21.5 20.5 20.3 19.7 18.3 17.6 17.1 16.9 16.6 15.5 13.7 13.1 13.0 11.9 11.2 10.7 9.5 5.7 5.3 3.8 3.2 2.3 1.6 1.4 0.0 282 11,403 172 134 345 39 1,301 632 303 10 240 1,434 189 49 34 137 508 179 510 271 263 316 106 352 24 148 94 94 226 61 32 52 266 116 146 24 172 73 123 124 29 18 119 232 11 23 23 655 12 122 254 38 82 40 54 13 6 18 2 27 14 23 1 0 6% -15% -20% -28% -5% -13% -7% -30% -16% 43% -4% -19% -28% -21% 42% 15% -7% 7% 9% -23% -11% 17% -36% -29% 85% -20% -1% 3% -6% 7% -22% 940% 1% 17% 39% -44% -39% 43% -9% 14% -34% -31% 16% -8% -21% -50% 44% -10% 0% -4% 10% -36% -17% 5% 93% 117% -63% -44% 100% -18% -97% -47% -83% -100% -1% -12% 10% 1% -47% 8% -36% -8% -31% -11% -12% -18% -11% -21%
Truth Brigade: The Brutish are Coming! The Brutish are Coming! 1
The New Proud Boys StrategyWe have stories of alliances with the Oathkeepers and III Percenters, who will have their own Truth Brigade Diaries in coming days, and with overt White Supremacists and Nazis. Some Proud Boys think they can come back to attack our Republic through alliances with other domestic terror groups, and participation in confrontations with school boards and hospitals and election officials. Our ResponseIn brief, the Truth Brigade says of these issuesTelling the truth about enslavement and systemic racismCovid mask, distancing, and especially mandates for either vaccines or frequent testingThe Big Lie, with voter suppression, gerrymandering, and overtly stealing elections under color of law. Various states have passed laws purporting to enable legislatures to overturn the actual election returns and substitute their own will. In particular, they pretend that they can violate their own election laws by holding a Presidential election and then, if they.
Labor’s Reawakening
Over a decade and a half ago, Josh Marshall described the phenomenon that he came to call “dominance politics”. The purpose of dominance politics is to attack, attack, attack, and make it appear that the opponent has not fought back. To quote Marshall, “Someone who can’t or won’t defend themselves certainly isn’t someone you can depend upon to defend you”. For many American workers, the Trump presidency just brought to the political arena an element of abuse that they were enduring at the workplace. During the pandemic, low wage workers who have been told for decades that they are expendable and easily replaced suddenly became “essential” and “heroes”.
Wacky is as wacky does
“Ohio should ban all vaccine mandates.” ~ Republican Representative Jim Jordan – October 12, 2021Republican House member Jim Jordan who represents 700,000 ostensibly sensible, thinking men, women, and children in Ohio’s Fourth Congressional District, has decided Ohio “should ban all vaccine mandates,” not just COVID-19 vaccines advocated by overreaching Democrats who dare to want to save lives. However, Jordan and his anti-mandate colleagues in the House, Senate, and statehouses around the country are acting wacky because they’re afraid of losing power, privilege, and wealth to ‘others’ who do not look or sound like them. So, even though they are supposed to be democratically elected representatives of the people, they no longer feel any obligation, constitutional or otherwise, to think or act logically, reasonably, or truthfully. All they have to do is attack, deride, lie about, and oppose anything and everything proposed by any opponent, especially if that opponent happens to be a dastardly Democrat. In other words, all they have to do is act wacky.
GQP seditioning; Joe, Dems fruitioning ? Sunday Good News ? 2 Polls: Bill's + First primary in Iowa?
Tech Talk for KosacksOn a desktop or laptop, to banish the Daily Kos “Load More” buttons, click this link , which opens the main Daily Kos page and shuts off the Load More buttons at the same time. which opens the main Daily Kos page and shuts off the Load More buttons at the same time. Got a Daily Kos tech question? Where Ever is HerdMorning Good News Roundups at 7 x 7: These Gnusies lead the herd at 7 a.m. Q uestions about Daily Kos tech issues or our map.
BASICS OF COVID ECMO—THE WHY AND THE HOW
It performs the function of a patient’s lungs allowing their lungs to heal, if they can. ECMO patients are hooked up to the machine using large bore cannulas and tubing. Blood gas testing is used to determine the level of O2 and CO2 in the blood. When an ECMO unit fails, we switch out the entire unit because the process is time critical. ECMO nursing is a highly skilled, specialized nursing and the pay is commensurate with the education, skills, and experience required.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Voting rights, the Virginia elections, and The Great Resignation
Beyond that, they say he should throw himself into passing voting rights legislation and more aggressively go after states that are politicizing their election systems. Off-year and special elections are not always the best way to predict how elections will play out elsewhere in the country. And like Kartier, most of the victims were Black trans women, including Tierramarie Lewis and Diamond Kyree Sanders, who lived in Ohio, Chappelle’s home state. [...] More than 100 bills restricting trans rights have been introduced this year. Paul Krugman of The New York Times doesn’t have much of a problem with The Great Resignation, either.
Anti-vaxx Chronicles: She wanted others to 'choke' rather than listen to reason. Fate stepped in
Given current death rates (with lots more Texans dying because of Abbott’s stupidity), Texas will soon overtake much-larger California in absolute deaths. Just two weeks later, Red was likely infected with COVID-19. Odds are good that COVID-19 didn’t care that Red had “a bite.”Red blessed Texas because Abbott outlawed mask mandates. Red left three kids behind. But the three kids she left behind … that’s the part that gets me.
The Ivermectin Story
The unrelenting opposition to using ivermectin to treat and prevent COVID-19 is stronger than ever. It has an average of 160 adverse events reported every year, which indicates ivermectin has a better safety record than several vitamins. And consider what former Director of Intellectual Property at Gilead Pharmaceuticals, Brian Remy, said about the necessity of implementing Ivermectin. Ivermectin used in combination with other therapeutics is a no-brainer and should be the standard of care for COVID-19. for misrepresentation of Ivermectin and other generics, but most importantly it would save countless lives and end the pandemic for good."
The State of the Covid in NYC and Beyond
OK, many are people with co-morbidities including endemic overweight/obesity, diabetes and pre-diabetes - practically a description of almost every American over 40. 78% of Covid patients are overweight, but so are over 70% of Americans, so that doesn't tell you much except the condition of most Americans is terrible. But, take a look at this local chart for NYC, ranking vaccination rates by age:NYC Vaccination Rate, by age(Image by Gothamist) Details DMCAThis is just NYC, but it's probably a reflection of the proportions in the rest of the country too, albeit higher in every group in vaccination-positive NYC. Phil Murphy is up against a surprisingly competitive republican candidate largely because of his Covid mandates). But, none of the vaccines were originally tested against the much more contagious Delta variant, which now accounts for 99% of cases in NYC and elsewhere:Percentage of Variants Among New Covid Cases in NYC(Image by Gothamist) Details DMCAIt's almost like a different disease.
Food Apartheid Threatens BIPOC Children’s Health. Food Sovereignty Is the Fix.
Food insecurity rates for African American, Latinx and Indigenous families are disproportionally high. One study found that, from 2000 to 2010, food insecurity among Indigenous people was around 25 percent. In her home city of Baltimore, schools provide a snack and supper program to provide food to children enrolled in after-school care. Community gardens provide food access, along with other local distributors like Common Market, Brooklyn Packers, and GrowNYC. Berhe-Lumax says this food access exists at the intersection of all broader social issues, including social, economic and racial inequalities.
Bill Clinton Is Released From Hospital
Former President Bill Clinton was released from a California hospital on Sunday after being admitted on Tuesday for treatment of a urological infection that developed into sepsis, officials said. A spokesman for Mr. Clinton shared a statement on Twitter from Dr. Alpesh N. Amin, the chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, who had been overseeing the team of doctors treating Mr. Clinton. Mr. Clinton’s “fever and white blood cell count are normalized and he will return to New York to finish his course of antibiotics,” Dr. Amin said. “On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress.”Mr. Clinton’s spokesman, Angel Ureña, had said that the former president, 75, was admitted on Tuesday evening to UCI Medical Center in Orange, Calif., with what he described as a “non-Covid-related infection.”
‘State is a mess’: Bill Bratton wishes Eric Adams luck in ‘tough road’ ahead
Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton on Sunday wished “good luck” to mayoral frontrunner Eric Adams if he’s elected — saying state legislators made a “mess” with recent criminal justice reform. During an appearance on WABC 770’s “The Cats Roundtable,” Bratton predicted a bumpy ride for Adams, a former NYPD captain, if he makes it to Gracie Mansion. The retired chief asserted that “things were going great in the state and city” until Albany’s bail reforms in 2019. Bill Bratton asserted that “things were going great in the state and city” until Albany’s bail reforms in 2019. emal Countess/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images“They made a mess of it,” Bratton said of state lawmakers. “The criminal justice system in the state is a mess.
Protests or not, Beijing Games are about unity, says IOC's Samaranch
Samaranch, the IOC's head of the coordination commission for the Beijing Olympics starting on Feb. 4, said the Games were only about unity. Despite his observation, human rights activists protested in Athens on Sunday ahead of Monday's torch-lighting ceremony for the Games in ancient Olympia. FOREIGN FANSApart from protests, the Beijing Games are also having to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. However, unlike this year's rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games, which banned all fans due to the pandemic, local fans will be allowed to attend the Beijing Games. Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Additional reporting by Iain Axon, editing by Pritha SarkarOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Louisiana gators thrive, so farmers’ return quota may drop
Once-endangered alligators are thriving in the wild, so Louisiana authorities are proposing another cut in the percentage that farmers must return to marshes where their eggs were laid. Once-endangered alligators are thriving in the wild, so Louisiana authorities are proposing another cut in the percentage that farmers must return to marshes where their eggs were laid. The return percentage was first set at 17%, based on estimates that about 83% die in the egg or before they’re 4 feet (1.2 meters) long. Surveyors who flew over coastal marshes during the summer of 2019 estimated the number of alligator nests at a record, nearly 68,000. Farmers’ return rate has been reduced several times over the years.
At Alaska's most popular national park, climate change threatens the only road in and out
DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska - Denali National Park has just one road in and out. "She'll say climate change is real and that it's human-caused," said Emily Sullivan, an Alaska climate organizer who lives part-time in the Denali area. And even with the park road closed at Polychrome Pass, visitors can still ride buses halfway into the park and turn around short of the landslide. At Denali, park managers say instability at a spot known as Pretty Rocks, has long been a minor nuisance. Scientists say they expect warming to exacerbate problems along the Denali road, in addition to the Pretty Rocks landslide.
Week 6 Fantasy Football Stats: Another statement game for Baker
With Nick Chubb already ruled out the ground game for Cleveland won’t be at the height of its usual mega-efficiency. Every week is going to end up being a referendum on what the Browns do with Mayfield. It would be nice if the Browns and Mayfield could finally get something out of Odell Beckham Jr. in this week's game. Marquise Brown is seeing 42% of targets from the slotIt’s worth discussing Marquise Brown’s standing as the WR6 in fantasy football now that Rashod Bateman is expected back this week. Given that his role is secure and he’s due for some positive movement in his deep-ball stats, Brown is a buy.
Cushman Investment in WeWork Rests on Successful Stock Listing
(Bloomberg) -- Cushman & Wakefield Plc agreed to invest $150 million in WeWork Cos., contingent on the flexible work company successfully completing its forthcoming stock listing, a person familiar with the matter said. Most Read from BloombergThe investment was born of a partnership the two companies unveiled Aug. 9. A spokesman for Cushman said the company was pleased with the progress of the WeWork partnership but declined to comment on the investment. The deal represents a marriage of old real estate and new. Cushman & Wakefied is more than a century old and one of the largest commercial real estate services companies in the world.
Covid testing availability and turnaround times still uneven this far into pandemic
While covid testing is much easier to come by than it was early in the pandemic, the ability to get a test — and timely results — can vary widely nationwide. But people are also facing problems getting molecular testing, including the gold-standard PCR tests. Demand for PCR tests in the county quadrupled from 600 weekly tests in July to 2,500 a week in September. Combined, they can give a dozen people PCR results in under an hour, at no cost to test-takers. The company offers other tests, such as antigen tests and slower lab-based PCR tests, at no out-of-pocket cost.
Arizona Cardinals coaches will share play-calling duties with Kingsbury out
However, it’s since been reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortenson that offensive line coach/run game coordinator and assistant wide receivers coach Spencer Whipple will handle the offensive play-calling duties. Whipple was the passing game coordinator at UMass before joining the Cardinals in 2019. Kugler was the head coach at UTEP from 2013-17 in addition to being an NFL assistant with the Lions, Bills, Steelers and Broncos before coming to Arizona three years ago. “Stefanski told me, ‘Turn your phone off,’” Kingsbury told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Kingsbury and Turner aren’t the only members of the Cardinals who won’t be in Cleveland for their game against the Browns (3-2).
From sewers to golf courses, cities see green with new federal covid relief dollars
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida — in Palm Beach County, home to 160 golf courses — is building a new golf course. The law was passed without support from Republicans, who argued that earlier covid relief funding had not been fully spent and its effects were still being realized. In contrast to past federal fiscal relief efforts — including the CARES Act — ARPA provides support to thousands of cities and counties. Pueblo will also use some of the ARPA funding to address homelessness and lack of child care, he said. So far, Pueblo has committed $2.3 million of the $18 million in ARPA money it expects to receive.
Hillary, Chelsea Clinton arrive at Calif. hospital
Former President Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the California hospital where he had been treated for an infection unrelated to COVID-19.
Bill Kristol: Buttigieg entitled to call Tucker Carlson a 'repulsive bigot'
Carlson had mocked the secretary for taking paternity leave and sniped that the secretary was "trying to figure out how to breastfeed." "I'm not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for taking care of my premature newborn infant twins," Buttigieg said in responding to Carlson's comments during an appearance Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." But I will note that Pete would have been perfectly entitled to say that @TuckerCarlson is a repulsive bigot, and that his response to Carlson is, 'F___ off.'" But I will note that Pete would have been perfectly entitled to say that @TuckerCarlson is a repulsive bigot, and that his response to Carlson is, "F___ off." “Well, look, in his case, I guess he just doesn't understand the concept of bottle-feeding, let alone the concept of paternity leave," Buttigieg said while appearing on MSNBC.
'Strike-tober': U.S. labor unions are having a moment
Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Try refreshing your browser, or 'Strike-tober': U.S. labor unions are having a moment Back to video All told, there have been strikes against 178 employers this year, according to a tracker by Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content “Workers are right to think the ball is in their court,” said Adam Seth Litwin, a professor of industrial and labor relations at Cornell University. The newfound forcefulness of labor unions is in stark contrast to the direction of the last several decades.
U.S., Canadian war ships sail through Taiwan Strait
The U.S. military said on Sunday that an American warship and a Canadian warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait last week amid high tensions between China and Taiwan. The Canadian frigate HMCS Winnipeg also went through the waterway, with both ships sailing through on Thursday and Friday. ADVERTISEMENT"Dewey's and Winnipeg's transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific," said the military. "The United States and Canada colluded to provoke and stir up trouble... seriously jeopardising peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait," said China's People's Liberation Army's Eastern Theatre Command. U.S. Navy ships been traveling through the Taiwan Strait about every month, Reuters noted.
Miami private school to require students getting COVID vaccine to stay home for 30 days after each dose
MIAMI (WSVN) - A Miami school that made headlines for saying it would penalize teachers who got the COVID-19 vaccine is now requiring students who get vaccinated to remain home for 30 days after each dose. “Because of the potential impact on other students and our school community, vaccinated students will need to stay at home for 30 days post-vaccination for each dose and booster they receive and may return to school after 30 days as long as the student is healthy and symptom-free.”Centner Academy first made headlines in April when the school’s owners told their staff to hold off on getting vaccinated. “We’re not telling teachers that they can’t get [the vaccine], we’re just simply asking that they hold off a little bit,” said Joshua Hills, a parent and Centner Academy employee, back in April. “What happens 30 days after they get vaccinated? They did say they respect everyone’s choice but also need to watch out for their entire school community.
2021-22 NBA Eastern Conference team-by-team preview capsules
The answer can be found in the Eastern Conference team by team capsules. Atlanta Hawks2020-21 record: 41-31 (first place, Southeast Division)Lost to Bucks in Eastern Conference finalsCoach: Nate McMillan – first full season (27-11)What’s different? There’s belief they can make noise in the Eastern Conference now that coach Nate McMillan is secured with a long-term deal. PROJECTED LINEUPPG LaMelo Ball (15.7 ppg, 6.1 apg, 5.9 rpg, 43.6 fg%)SG Terry Rozier (20.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.2 apg, 45 fg%SF Gordon Hayward (19.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.1 apg, 47.3 fg%)PF P.J. Rebuilding in Motown: The Pistons had the worst record in the Eastern Conference, so there is nowhere to look but up.
Former President Bill Clinton released from California hospital
Former President Bill Clinton was released on Sunday from a California hospital, where he was admitted late last week to be treated for an infection. Clinton will return to his home in New York, where he will finish a course of antibiotics, Dr. Alpesh N. Amin, executive director of hospital medicine at University of California Irvine Health, said in a prepared statement released by Clinton's spokesman. Clinton, 75, was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center last week for a urological infection that developed into a blood infection known as sepsis. The former president was traveling to California for a Clinton Foundation event on Thursday, where he was to appear alongside former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton later joined her husband at the hospital after appearing at the function.
ESPN reporter Allison Williams leaving network due to vaccine mandate
Veteran reporter Allison Williams has decided to leave ESPN rather than comply with the network's mandate that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. Williams announced last month that for the first time in 15 years, she would not be on the sidelines during ESPN's college football broadcasts because she had declined the vaccine. (The network made vaccinations mandatory for staffers at live events at the beginning of August, then expanded it to all employees this month.) Williams cited anecdotal evidence of women having health issues after getting the vaccine as one of the reasons she is choosing not to follow the company mandate. "And I will not sacrifice something that I believe and hold so strongly to maintain a career."
Two angles NFL bettors must consider in Browns vs. Cardinals
Two of VSIN’s NFL experts offer their predictions for a total and a side in Sunday’s showdown in Cleveland between the Browns and Cardinals. Burke: The Browns appear to be chameleons this season, attempting to adapt to whatever situation they are in. The Browns have gone for it on fourth down 11 times this season, with seven of them against K.C. I would expect an aggressive mindset this week against a Cardinals team that can definitely put up points. The Browns, at 3-2, need the game more, as they already trail the Ravens in the AFC North.
Allison Williams out at ESPN over vaccine mandate
Allison Williams is out at ESPN due to the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. “And I’ve had to really dig deep and analyze my values and my morals, and ultimately I need to put them first. Getty ImagesWilliams, 37, has been at ESPN since 2011. Allison Williams covering the Rose Bowl for ESPN on Jan. 1, 2021. APDisney’s vaccine mandate — which also drew criticism from “SportsCenter” host Sage Steele, who eventually got vaccinated — is set go into effect on Friday.
Bill Clinton released from hospital after being treated for infection
Former President Bill Clinton was released from a California hospital on Sunday after undergoing treatment for ?a urological infection unrelated to COVID-19. Clinton, 75, was admitted to the University of California at Irvine Medical Center last Tuesday and was treated with antibiotics, ?Ureña said in an update Saturday. F?ormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton visited on Saturday morning, arriving in an SUV with a phalanx of Secret Service agents. Hillary and Chelsea Clinton paid a visit to the former president in the hospital on Saturday. “He’s not in any serious condition,” the president said Friday at a University of Connecticut event.
Clintons leave California hospital
NationalClintons leave California hospitalAfter being treated for “a non-Covid-related infection,” former president Bill Clinton left an Irvine, Calif., hospital with former secretary of State Hillary Clinton by his side on Oct. 17. Former president Bill Clinton expected to leave hospital Sunday after treatment for infection Related
Allison Williams leaving ESPN over COVID vaccine mandate
ESPN college football sideline reporter Allison Williams said Friday night she is leaving the company over a coronavirus vaccine mandate issued for all Disney employees. Williams said last month she was advised by her doctor to forgo getting the coronavirus vaccine because she was trying to get pregnant. COVID-19 VACCINATION AMONG PREGNANT WOMEN REMAINS LOW DESPITE SEVERE RISK"I don’t know what the future holds, obviously, for any of us. But I’m going to focus on what I have to be thankful for," she said. Until then, God bless, and I’m going to go hug my baby."
Nuggets' Michael Porter Jr. explains COVID vax stance as start of season nears
Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. has been one of the most outspoken players about refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine, right next to Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving. Porter opened up on his stance about the vaccine in a recent interview with The Ringer, saying he wasn’t against getting the shot – it just wasn’t right for him. "So for me, I know I’m immune to COVID right now – more immune than a lot of people with the vaccine are. "For me, I don’t feel comfortable. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPDenver starts its regular season on Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns.
Bill Clinton released from hospital in Southern California
Former President Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been admitted days earlier for an infection. Clinton, 75, was released around 8 a.m. from the University of California Irvine Medical Center after he was admitted Tuesday with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, officials said. BILL CLINTON TO REMAIN IN HOSPITAL ANOTHER NIGHT, RECEIVE ANTIBIOTICS, SPOKESMAN SAYSHillary Clinton accompanied her husband as he left Sunday, The Associated Press reported. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAn aide to the former president told the AP that Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, and that he was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. President Joe Biden said Friday night at the University of Connecticut that he had spoken to Clinton, and that the former president was "doing fine."
Fauci: People 'react against me' when 'truth becomes inconvenient'
Dr. Anthony Fauci has argued that he is an easy target during the coronavirus pandemic because he stands for "science, data and hard facts" rather than "conspiracy theories." Fauci has been a target for both praise and ridicule throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as he has been the face of the government response. However, he has positioned himself as on the side of "science, data and evidence" and those who "disagree" as conspiracy theorists. "I have stood for always making science data and evidence, be what we guide ourselves by," Fauci told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "And sometimes the truth becomes inconvenient for some people, so they react against me."
Pork is already super expensive. This new animal-welfare law could push prices higher
And now comes another wildcard: The pork industry's ability — and desire — to adapt to a new animal welfare law in California, its largest US market. Pork producers are already warning that the new law brings added costs throughout the supply chain that will ultimately leave Californians and other shoppers in the US with fewer and more expensive options. In Iowa, the nation's largest supplier of pork, producers and senators have been in vocal opposition of the new law. People in the United States aren't used to paying the true cost of food, pork being one of them." "People in the United States aren't used to paying the true cost of food, pork being one of them," she said.
Former President Bill Clinton discharged from hospital, will continue treatment at home
Former President Bill Clinton has been discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment for a non-Covid related infection, his spokesman shared Sunday morning. Clinton walked out of the UC Irvine Medical Center in California arm-in-arm with his wife Hillary Clinton, pausing to shake hands and take pictures with his medical team. Clinton, 75, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday. An aide to Clinton said he had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, according to the Associated Press. Since leaving the White House in 2001, Clinton has had a series of heart problems.
Former President Clinton released from hospital following infection
Former President Bill Clinton has been released from a Southern California hospital after battling an infection. Clinton was reportedly up and moving during his stay at UC Irvine Medical Center. Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were scheduled to attend a private Clinton Foundation event in California Thursday evening. "He will remain overnight at UC Irvine Medical Center to continue to receive IV antibiotics before an expected discharge tomorrow." "The California-based medical team has been in constant communication with the President's New York-based medical team, including his cardiologist.
Iraq says oil price above $80 is 'a positive indicator' - spokesman
REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak/File PhotoOct 17 (Reuters) - Iraq's oil ministry spokesman said that an oil price above $80 is "a positive indicator" but needs long term stability. The oil ministry cited Asim Jihad on its Telegram channel as also saying that Iraq aims to achieve the highest financial revenues by committing to the OPEC+ agreement. He added that the challenges of the global oil market are still present due to not fully containing the coronavirus and its variants. Earlier this month, OPEC+ stuck to its agreement of increasing production by 400,000 bpd a month as it unwinds production cuts. Reporting by Nayera Abdallah; Editing by Alex Richardson and Emelia Sithole-MatariseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Italy reports 24 new coronavirus deaths, 2,437 new cases
A health worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a patient in Rome, Italy, September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File PhotoROME, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Italy reported 24 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, up from 14the previous day, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 2,437 from 2,983. Italy has registered 131,541 deaths linked to COVID-19 since the outbreak in February last year. The number of patients in intensive care with COVID-19 fell to 349 from 352. Some 381,051 tests for COVID-19 were carried out in the space of 24 hours, compared with a previous 472,535, the health ministry said.
POLITICO Playbook: A new ‘Sputnik moment’
POLITICO Playbook: A new ‘Sputnik moment’ Presented byA new hypersonic missile test has “all the elements of a Sputnik moment” in the nascent U.S.-China cold war. Rep. VAL DEMINGS (D-Fla.) took in $8.5 million for her race against Republican Sen. MARCO RUBIO. (D-Fla.) took in $8.5 million for her race against Republican Sen. Sen. TIM SCOTT (R-S.C) amassed $8.4 million, and is in the conversation as a potential 2024 candidate. CHARLES BOOKER, a progressive favorite to take on Kentucky Republican Sen. RAND PAUL, raised $1.7 million. A message from Better Medicare Alliance: 27 million seniors and people with disabilities are counting on Congress to stand up for Medicare Advantage.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña had said Saturday that Clinton would remain hospitalized one more night to receive further intravenous antibiotics. “President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours,” Ureña said. Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital and accompanied him as he left Sunday. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Buttigieg warns some supply chain problems will persist into 2022
Buttigieg struck a similar tone in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” stating that “this is a capitalist country.”“These are private-sector systems,” he said. “Nobody wants the federal government to own or operate the stores, the warehouses, the trucks, or the ships, or the ports. Asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd about lessening tariffs or utilizing the National Guard as ways of addressing problems in the supply chain, Buttigieg did not rule out the possibility of either option. “I think that any opportunity to make a difference will be looked at,” he said. “We can expect a much better holiday season this year than we were facing a year ago,” he said.
Asian American teens navigate being themselves as their communities are targeted
Asian American teens navigate being themselves as their communities are targetedEditor's note: We are only using the teenagers first names for fear of retribution against minors. When the world reached a year into the pandemic, hate incidents against Asian American and Pacific Islanders were on the rise. To gain an understanding, Lee spoke with and photographed 14 Asian American teenagers throughout New York City. As a young, Asian American woman, Vicki now wears a cap and headphones as a protective disguise whenever she walks alone. Enlarge this image toggle caption Eric Lee Eric LeeChristopher C.Christopher C., 17, is used to being the token Asian kid in his friend group.
Cities seek to loosen rules on spending federal pandemic aid
Similar disparities among cities across the country have prompted a pushback from local officials, who want Treasury to loosen its rules before the program progresses much further. ADVERTISEMENT“Otherwise, they are penalizing cities for the pandemic, not providing them relief,” said Wade Kapszukiewicz, the mayor of Toledo, Ohio. The funding was made available by the Treasury beginning in May — though states and cities have been slow to start spending it . Governments that lost revenue can use their federal aid for almost any services, up to the amount of their losses. But the Treasury’s rule “is restrictive on how cities can demonstrate the true impact on our revenues during this pandemic.”
Former President Bill Clinton released from the hospital
Former President Bill Clinton released from the hospitalEnlarge this image toggle caption Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesFormer President Bill Clinton has been released from a California hospital where he was receiving treatment for a "non-COVID-related infection." Clinton, 75, had been at the hospital since Tuesday. "President Clinton was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center today. On Friday, President Biden told reporters he had spoken with Clinton about his health over the phone. The president added that he hoped to have lunch with Clinton soon.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
Former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank the medical staff as he is released from the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thank the medical staff as he is released from the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
China faces challenges from 'mismanagement' at certain firms, says PBOC head
FILE PHOTO: Governor of People's Bank of China (PBOC) Yi Gang attends a news conference on China's economic development ahead of the 70th anniversary of its founding, in BeijingBy Leika Kihara(Reuters) - China's economy is "doing well", but faces challenges such as default risks for certain firms due to "mismanagement", the People's Bank of China Governor Yi Gang said on Sunday. As the company wrestles with its debt, worries about a possible spillover of credit risk from China's property sector into the broader economy have intensified. Yi Gang said default risks for some firms and operational difficulties of small and mid-sized banks are among the challenges for China's economy, and that authorities are keeping a close eye "so they do not become systematic risks". The PBOC was taking various steps to fend off financial risks, such as replenishing capital for small and midsize banks, Yi Gang said. "Economic growth has been slowed down a little bit, but the trajectory of economic recovery remains unchanged," he said.
At Alaska's most popular national park, climate change threatens the only road in and out
DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska - Denali National Park has just one road in and out. "She'll say climate change is real and that it's human-caused," said Emily Sullivan, an Alaska climate organizer who lives part-time in the Denali area. And even with the park road closed at Polychrome Pass, visitors can still ride buses halfway into the park and turn around short of the landslide. At Denali, park managers say instability at a spot known as Pretty Rocks, has long been a minor nuisance. Scientists say they expect warming to exacerbate problems along the Denali road, in addition to the Pretty Rocks landslide.
Her unexplained jitteriness and weight loss were telling clues
She said it was only after she contacted the Yale doctor who first identified Lyme disease that she learned she would need three weeks of intravenous antibiotics. "I thought I had chronic Lyme," said Franklin, who became a Lyme disease activist. The existence and treatment of "chronic Lyme disease" has been among the most contentious issues in medicine in recent years. Graves' disease occurs when the immune system attacks the thyroid, causing it to produce too much thyroid hormone. Both Bruno and Franklin say they believe that her focus on Lyme disease may have been a factor.
Bobsledder Humphries left Canada over alleged abuse. The move might cost her an Olympics.
Before the 2010 Winter Olympics, Humphries was part of an anti-bullying campaign in which athletes picked words that had been used against them. Distraught, Humphries went to Bobsleigh Canada leaders a few weeks before the Olympics and asked to be sent home. A month after the Olympics, Humphries repeated her concerns about Hays to Bobsleigh Canada President Sarah Storey, who she said told her Hays would remain in his position. Bobsleigh Canada hired an independent firm to investigate Humphries's claims, and for the next year, Humphries did not compete for Canada. She hired Jeffrey Rath, a Calgary attorney, and sued Bobsleigh Canada in September 2019, asking for her release.
Box Office: 'Halloween Kills' Scores Bloody Great $50.3 Million Debut, 'The Last Duel' Bombs
By Brent LangLOS ANGELES, Oct 17 (Variety.com) - Universal and Blumhouse's "Halloween Kills" topped the weekend box office with a $50.3 million debut. Elsewhere, MGM, United Artists Releasing and Eon Productions' "No Time to Die" earned $24.3 million in its second weekend of release, good enough for a second-place finish. It brings the film's domestic haul to $99.5 million, a respected result in pandemic times. That brings its domestic haul to $169.1 million, an impressive figure that guarantees audiences haven't seen the last of this symbiote. UAR and MGM's "The Addams Family 2" nabbed fourth place with $7.2 million, pushing its domestic gross to $42.3 million.
Bill Clinton heads home after spending six days in a California hospital fighting an infection
Former President Clinton was seen leaving an Orange County hospital Sunday morning, six days after he was admitted and treated for a urological and blood infection. Hillary Clinton flew to California on Thursday to take his place at the event and to be with him at the hospital. Chelsea Clinton showed up at the medical center Saturday. “We’re all thinking about President Clinton today. He faced impeachment proceedings stemming from his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Former president Bill Clinton released from California hospital
ORANGE, Calif. — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
A few questions for those conservatives so eager to cut the pensions of government employees
What would Schuster and others who call for public pension reform do if that reform were actually achieved? Would a state or city tax increase be acceptable if the money went to programs rather than pensions? Would advocates for pension reform insist that promises for these kinds of improvements be put in writing — in laws, budgets and collective bargaining agreements — to build trust? B. Pritzker’s mask mandate for schools should compare results among schools that do and do not have this policy. At about 100,000 students, Polk County, Florida’s school district is about 30% the size of the Chicago Public Schools.
Why are cops afraid of vaccines?
If I say, “Chicago cops put their lives on the line every day,” I don’t expect John Catanzara to jump onto YouTube to insist, “No we don’t!”So what’s with the vaccine hesitancy? OK, I know the answer: Chicago cops don’t want to be told to take the vaccine because they’re Red State white bread Trumpies huddled in their walled enclaves in Blue State multicultural Chicago. Not taking the vaccine is the middle finger to science and authority that, being cops, they just can’t deny themselves. “Serve and protect,” right? Not only does taking the vaccine serve and protect the public, but it is a lifesaver for the police themselves.
Photos: After months in lockdown, a weary world is ready to dance
Even in the depths of the pandemic — even when the world locked down, leaving billions isolated and desolated — there were those who danced. “I did not stop dancing for a second,” says Federico Carrizo, who competed in the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires last month. At a family gathering on Topanga Beach in Malibu, California, Pejiman Sabet takes his wife, Gili, in his arms and dances in the sand. And in Oruro, Bolivia, the Diablada de Oruro dance — a fixture of the Andes for hundreds of years — is back after a one-year hiatus. “Today,” he says, “the joy is back, we are dancing La Diablada again.”
Fauci: Vaccinated people can go trick-or-treating, enjoy holidays
Dr. Anthony Fauci, speaking Sunday on ABC’s "This Week," said people who are vaccinated can enjoy trick-or-treating on Halloween and family gatherings for the holiday season, especially as health officials are expected to approve vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 in early November. "If you’re vaccinated and your family members are vaccinated ….you can enjoy the holidays. You can enjoy Halloween, trick-or-treating, and certainly Thanksgiving with your family and Christmas with your family," Fauci, the pandemic adviser to President Biden, said. When you do that, there’s no reason at all why you can’t enjoy the holidays in a family way, the way we’ve traditionally done it all along." Fauci also called the FDA’s recent approval of a Johnson & Johnson vaccine booster a "very good thing" because data shows that vaccine likely "should have been a two-dose vaccine to begin with."
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
ORANGE, Calif. — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection. Clinton, 75, was admitted Tuesday to the hospital southeast of Los Angeles with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, officials said. Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña had said Saturday that Clinton would remain hospitalized one more night to receive further intravenous antibiotics. "President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours," Ureña said. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. In 2004, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery after experiencing prolonged chest pains and shortness of breath. He returned to the hospital for surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and in 2010 he had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery.
Republican legislator to run for state Sen. Betsy Johnson’s seat
State Rep. Suzanne Weber, the Tillamook Republican who represents state House District 32, will run for state Sen. Betsy Johnson’s seat. Johnson, a Scappoose Democrat who represents Senate District 16, announced on Thursday that she will run for governor in 2022 as an independent. Weber edged Debbie Boothe-Schmidt, an Astoria Democrat, for an open House seat in 2020. It marked the first time a Republican had won the North Coast district in almost two decades. “I feel it’s really important to work across the aisle to get the solutions that are appropriate for the problem rather than the party,” Weber said.
Lions scratch Trinity Benson in favor of Geronimo Allison for Bengals game
Detroit — In desperate need for someone to step up at wide receiver, the Detroit Lions won't immediately look to Trinity Benson to fill that void. The team scratched the player they acquired via trade ahead of the season, opting instead to activate veteran Geronimo Allison off the practice squad for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. After a stellar preseason with the Denver Broncos, the Lions sent fifth- and seventh-round draft picks in exchange for Benson and a sixth-rounder. A waiver claim ahead of the season, he played 44 offensive snaps last week after 13 combined the previous four games. Allison, who signed with the Lions ahead of the 2020 season prior to opting out due to COVID concerns, will suit up for the franchise for the first time.
Bill Clinton released from California hospital
Haven DaleyOrange, Calif. – Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection. Clinton, 75, was admitted Tuesday to the hospital southeast of Los Angeles with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, officials said. Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña had said Saturday that Clinton would remain hospitalized one more night to receive further intravenous antibiotics. “President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours,” Ureña said. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
HAVEN DALEYORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. The former president left the University of California Irvine Medical Center around 8 a.m. with Hillary Clinton on his arm. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Navajo Nation: No COVID-related deaths, 11th time in 17 days
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has reported 31 more COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the 11th time in the past 17 days. The latest numbers released Saturday pushed the tribe’s totals to 34,814 confirmed COVID-19 cases from the virus since the pandemic began more than a year ago. “Contact tracers continue to find that many new cases of COVID-19 are due to family gatherings where people let their guard down and don’t wear masks,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement. “We have to remain diligent and do our best to follow the guidance of our health care experts.”Tribal officials still are urging people to get vaccinated, wear masks while in public and minimize their travel. All Navajo Nation executive branch employees had to be fully vaccinated against the virus by the end of September or submit to regular testing.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. He returned to the hospital for surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and in 2010 he had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, her husband — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital and was accompanied there Saturday by daughter Chelsea. President Joe Biden said Friday night that he had spoken to Bill Clinton, and the former president “sends his best.”“He’s doing fine; he really is,” Biden said during remarks at the University of Connecticut. The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. He returned to the hospital for surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and in 2010 he had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery.
The Latest: Fauci dismayed by Texas' move to ban mandates
Banks can accommodate only five clients at a time while gymnasiums can have a maximum of 10. The government’s move to ease restrictions comes amid a sharp decline in COVID-19 cases and deaths over the past few weeks. However, the government still continues with the ban on public gatherings while restrictions are imposed on public transport and trains are still halted. Musicians, sports stars and celebrities pitched in for the “Vaxathon” event, which was broadcast on television and online for eight hours straight. By late afternoon, more than 120,000 people had gotten shots, eclipsing the daily record of 93,000 set in August.
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. He returned to the hospital for surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and in 2010 he had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, her husband — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.
Iranian family road trip movie wins top prize at London film festival
A tender and unexpectedly funny story about a family’s road trip through the twisting desert highways and misty green valleys of northwestern Iran has won the most prestigious prize at this year’s London film festival. “The best film award recognises inspiring and distinctive film-making that captures the essence of cinema. The essence of life,” said Ma?gorzata Szumowska, the competition president, whose own film screened at last year’s festival. But festival organisers said that while it had been difficult to plan, it had been an “incredible” year for the festival. “I love both the New York and London film festivals, but the first is showing leadership by requiring all audiences to be vaccinated and the second isn’t, which is disappointing,” tweeted Dave Calhoun, deputy global editor of Time Out.
Bill Clinton released from hospital after infection treatment
Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection. The former US president was released around 8am from the University of California Irvine medical center. Clinton, 75, was admitted Tuesday to the hospital south-east of Los Angeles with an infection unrelated to Covid-19, officials said. Clinton spokesperson Angel Urena had said on Saturday that Clinton would remain hospitalized one more night to receive further intravenous antibiotics. An aide to the former president said Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream.
Bill Clinton discharged from hospital after recovering from infection
Bill Clinton was released from a southern California hospital on Sunday morning where he was treated for an infection. The former president was discharged at around 8am from the University of California Irvine Medical Center. Mr Clinton, aged 75, was admitted to the hospital southeast of Los Angeles on Tuesday with an infection unrelated to Covid-19, officials said. “President Clinton was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center today,” said Dr Amin. Between these years, in 2005, Mr Clinton had to undergo lung surgery for a partially collapsed lung.
UK reports most COVID-19 cases in a day since mid-July
LONDON – Britain on Sunday reported 45,140 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily number since the middle of July, and 57 new deaths within 28 days of a positive test, according to official data.
China faces challenges from 'mismanagement' at certain firms, says PBOC head
By Leika Kihara– China’s economy is “doing well”, but faces challenges such as default risks for certain firms due to “mismanagement”, the People’s Bank of China Governor Yi Gang said on Sunday. As the company wrestles with its debt, worries about a possible spillover of credit risk from China’s property sector into the broader economy have intensified. Yi Gang said default risks for some firms and operational difficulties of small and mid-sized banks are among the challenges for China’s economy, and that authorities are keeping a close eye “so they do not become systematic risks”. The PBOC was taking various steps to fend off financial risks, such as replenishing capital for small and midsize banks, Yi Gang said. On the development of digital yuan, Yi Gang said the PBOC will focus on its domestic and retail use as cross-border and international usage was “a little bit complicated” due to requirements over issues such as money laundering.
Tottenham reveal duo who tested positive for COVID-19 were both FALSE positives
The two Tottenham players who tested positive for COVID-19 after the international break were both false positives and will be available for the game against Newcastle. Spurs revealed on Friday that the unnamed duo had returned positive tests after returning from international duty and training with their teammates on Thursday. However, concerns over the two players were swiftly quelled after it emerged both players had returned a false negative test. 'After further analysis following Premier League protocol, two players – whose names will not be disclosed due to medical confidentiality – returned false positive tests for COVID-19 on Friday after returning from international duty.' Then disruption, international break …'What we want when players go to the national teams is for them to return healthy.
Municipal Elections take place in Kosovo as tensions rise with Serbia
Kosovo's Prime Minister Albin Kurti cast his ballot on Sunday as part of municipal elections in which the ruling party is hoping to take control of city hall in Pristina. Outside the polling station Mr Kurti said: "Today, citizens will decide who will decide. Voting there will attract much attention following two incidents in the past two months that have led to soaring tensions between Kosovo and Serbia. Leaders of Kosovo's Serbs walked together to the polling station in North Mitrovica. Serb List coalition leader Goran Rakic and candidate Milan Radojevic cast their votes together in elections that are taking place despite coronavirus.
Highest daily infections in THREE MONTHS: Covid cases soar by 30% to 45,140 as winter draws in
AdvertisementBritain's Covid crisis grew again today as health bosses recorded a total of 45,140 new cases - the highest daily total since the middle of July. Last night, there were fresh calls to speed up the vaccination of teenagers after an analysis of official figures by The Mail on Sunday found almost half of new Covid cases in England are now in the under-20s. When schools went back early last month, 33 per cent of new cases were in that age group. Across the UK, 49.4 million people have had their first Covid jab – the equivalent of 85.9 per cent of the over-12s. There are no technical issues with test kits themselves and people should continue to test as normal, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said.
Former President Bill Clinton released from California hospital
AdvertisementFormer President Bill Clinton has been released from a Southern California hospital on Sunday after he spent five nights receiving treatment for a urological infection. Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, just southeast of Los Angeles, as they held each other's arms. He gave a thumbs-up when a reporter asked how he was feeling, and he and Hillary Clinton then boarded a black SUV. Former first lady and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California, on Sunday. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination.
Bill Clinton leaves hospital after five nights
Former US president Bill Clinton, 75, was released from a hospital outside Los Angeles after spending five nights there being treated for an infectionAdvertising Read moreLos Angeles (AFP)Former US president Bill Clinton was released from a California hospital Sunday after spending five nights in treatment for an infection. Clinton, arm in arm with his wife and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, gave a thumbs up after he walked slowly out of the hospital and shook hands with staff in front of television cameras. Clinton, 75, "was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center today," said a statement by UC Irvine doctor Alpesh Amin released via a Clinton spokesman. The New York Times, quoting an aide, reported Clinton developed a urinary tract infection that turned into sepsis. In 2004, at age 58, he underwent a quadruple bypass operation after doctors found signs of extensive heart disease.
Bill Kristol: Buttigieg entitled to call Tucker Carlson a 'repulsive bigot'
Carlson had mocked the secretary for taking paternity leave and sniped that the secretary was "trying to figure out how to breastfeed." "I'm not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for taking care of my premature newborn, infant twins," Buttigieg said in responding to Carlson's comments during an appearance Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." But I will note that Pete would have been perfectly entitled to say that @TuckerCarlson is a repulsive bigot, and that his response to Carlson is, 'F___ off.'" But I will note that Pete would have been perfectly entitled to say that @TuckerCarlson is a repulsive bigot, and that his response to Carlson is, "F___ off." “Well, look, in his case, I guess he just doesn't understand the concept of bottle feeding, let alone the concept of paternity leave," Buttigieg said while appearing on MSNBC.
Getting a COVID-19 test in NYC was easy and took no time at all — proof that when they're properly funded, government services run more efficiently than their privately-run counterparts.
The US instituted unprecedented welfare programs during the pandemic. My PCR test results, which take two days or more to come back nearly everywhere else, were ready in two hours. In other states with less-well-funded public programs, simply getting a test can be an arduous process that takes days. But Americans have seen that the government can work when it's funded, and there's no going back from that. The money, assistance, and protections given to Americans during the pandemic are popular, and many Americans are starting to favor more progressive policies.
Judge rejects challenge to Florida ‘vaccine passport’ ban
File)TALLAHASSEE – A Leon County circuit judge has refused to block a state law that bans so-called “vaccine passports,” rejecting arguments by a Sarasota business that the law violates First Amendment rights. The ruling by Circuit Judge Layne Smith was a victory for Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has led efforts to prevent businesses from requiring customers to show proof they are vaccinated against COVID-19 --- an issue that has become known as requiring vaccine passports. Smith also split from a South Florida federal judge, who sided in August with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in a challenge to the state law. “The only issue before the court, and the only one the court decided, is whether (the law) abridges Bead Abode’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech,” Smith wrote.
Arkansas governor backs employer vaccine mandates
Asa Hutchinson Asa HutchinsonSunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases Sarah Huckabee Sanders raises over million for Arkansas gubernatorial run Arkansas governor allows COVID-19 vaccine mandate opt-out bill to become law MORE (R) on Sunday defended employers mandating that employees get a COVID-19 vaccine, while saying he opposed such mandates by the federal and state governments. “The states are sometimes coming in and saying, ‘Employers should not have the ability to impose a vaccine requirement on their workers.’ To me, that's the wrong direction as well. It's not practical in terms of creating that debate, but it's not principled either,” Hutchinson said during “Meet the Press” on NBC. “I am a defender of the employer's right to provide a healthy workplace. They would have the prerogative to make those decisions and I support that,” Hutchinson said.
Melbourne to ease world's longest COVID-19 lockdowns as vaccinations rise
While coronavirus cases keep rising in Victoria state, of which Melbourne is the capital, the state's double-vaccination rate is set to reach 70% this week, allowing for the ease in restrictions. More easing, including the reopening of many retailers, will come once 80% of eligible Victorians are fully vaccinated - estimated by Nov. 5 at the latest. Eighty percent of the state's people have been fully vaccinated. The new strategy makes lockdowns highly unlikely once 80% of the population is fully vaccinated. The government is also in discussions with Singapore about reopening travel between the two countries for the fully vaccinated.
Kansas reports fourth child COVID death as school-aged children have highest case rate
Kansas public health officials have reported a fourth child has died from the coronavirus disease. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment's COVID-19 dashboard on Friday showed the new death in the 10-17 age group. Kansas health officials previously reported an infant and a 6-year-old child died during the November 2020 wave. A child death in the 10-17 age group was reported in September amid the delta variant surge. The KDHE previously declined to release additional information on the third child death.
I’m vegan, so am I exempt from a vaccine mandate?
Ethical vegans are exempt from the COVID vaccine in the UK. Would I have a case in New York for a vegan exemption? The vaccine is tested on animals and I don’t use medication of any kind — only fruit and veggies. Currently, there isn’t a vaccine mandate in the UK, and no plans for one, but the UK did recognize that ethical veganism could protect people from a mandate since the current vaccines were tested on animals. Instead, employers may ask for your compensation expectations to gauge whether you are in the ballpark for their budget, and to help ascertain where your current compensation range might be.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker delays COVID vaccine deadline for some state workers
J.B. Pritzker has pushed back a deadline for state employees of veterans' homes, prisons and other congregate facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as his office negotiates with labor unions representing some workers. Pritzker, who in August set an Oct. 4 deadline for state workers covered by his requirement to get the vaccine, on Friday said employees have until Nov. 30 to be fully vaccinated, the Chicago Tribune reported. CALIFORNIA PARENTS, TEACCHERS PLAN STATEWIDE, WALKOUT TO PROTEST SCHOOL VACCINE MANDATEPritzker's administration has reached agreements with several unions representing state workers. AFSCME, which represents some 15,000 state workers affected by the requirement, objected to what it called "rigid mandates." "This administration continues to work to protect vulnerable residents in our care or custody by ensuring state employees in congregate settings receive the vaccine," Pritzker spokeswoman Emily Bittner said in a statement.
Opinion: The Washington failure that's making us sick
Given the wealth of research linking daily chronic stress to long-term health, it's worth asking: is our country's failure to support caregivers making Americans sick? But no one is talking about how much we could recoup in short and long-term health care costs. In 2019, the US spent $3.8 trillion on health care costs , far more than other developed nations. Reframing support policies like paid family and medical leave and accessible, affordable childcare as forms of preventive medicine is critical. A few extra weeks, even a few extra days, of paid family leave might have warded off a hefty hospital bill.
Why Levi's is opening 100 new stores even as pandemic online sales boom keeps growing
In 2008, e-commerce sales made up just 3.6% of total retail sales in the U.S., according to data from eMarketer. By 2020, online sales made up 14% of total retail sales. The Covid-19 pandemic sped that growth up even more, with e-commerce sales now expected to make up 15.3% of total retail sales by the end of this year, according to eMarketer. That is not expected to slow down — that figure is predicted to increase to 23.5% of total sales by 2025. In North America specifically, online sales made up 40% of Estee Lauder's total business, according to company filings.
Fauci, Rand Paul trade 'lying' accusations about gain-of-function research in hearing on Delta variant
In his questioning of Fauci, Paul stepped close to the line of accusing Fauci of lying to Congress in previous testimony in which he said that the NIAID had never funded gain-of-function research in China. Citing a paper on research about bat coronaviruses, Paul said that U.S. money had essentially gone to the hazardous and controversial research – an assertion Fauci strongly objected to. He added that the research Paul referenced was "judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain of function." "The sobering news that you've already heard of is the fact that we are not challenged with a very difficult and problematic variant referred to as the Delta variant," Fauci said. "The discussion about masking on federal – on aviation and ships – is an interagency process not simply with CDC," Walensky said.
'Succession' star Brian Cox: 'You can't underestimate Logan in any shape or form'
"I scare people all the time, but I have done even before Logan Roy so it's nothing unusual to me," he says. Season 3The third season of "Succession," which follows the Roys, a media family inspired by real-life headline makers like the Murdochs, continues the thread of last season -- with Logan Roy's son attempting to pin illegal happenings in the company on his father. For all the family's drama, though, Cox believes Logan does love his children. "You can't underestimate Logan in any shape or form because he's an extraordinary animal," he says. All things, of course, will one day come to an end, and Cox says it's his hope that Logan is around to see it.
Supply chain crisis has voters on edge
Suddenly, logistics and supply chain management — traditionally mundane topics — are becoming important political issues as the nation longs for things to return to “normal.”How did it all start? Again, comparing 2021 to 2019, you can see how big a difference that’s made in terms of trade. The first seven months of 2021 saw a 27 percent increase in cargo from Asia compared to the first seven months of 2019. That process often requires trucks and — comparing the numbers from 2019 to 2021 — problems exist in that part of the supply chain as well. All of this matters on the political front in the U.S. because those shortages and increased prices have voters on edge.
Robert Durst, Real Estate Heir, Hospitalized With COVID-19
LOS ANGELES — New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who days ago was sentenced in a two-decade-old murder case, has been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19, his lawyer said Saturday. Defense Attorney Dick DeGuerin said he was notified that Durst was admitted after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Los Angeles Superior Court said in a statement Saturday that the court was notified someone present for the sentencing hearing for Durst on Thursday had tested positive for COVID-19. Durst, who has numerous medical issues, sat in a wheelchair with a catatonic stare during much of the sentencing hearing. He was convicted in Los Angeles Superior Court last month of first-degree murder for shooting Susan Berman point-blank in the back of the head at her home in December 2000.
A year into pandemic, America's remaining lesbian bars are barely hanging on
Courtesy Denise CohenThe pandemic has exacerbated an already troubling trend for lesbian bars. At least nine lesbian bars around the country launched fundraisers to stay afloat during the crisis. Even in New York City, the last remaining lesbian bars are fighting to stay alive. In the South, about five lesbian bars remain, including the relatively recent addition of Herz in Mobile, Alabama. As lesbian bars disappear, DeLaria questioned what the mental health impact has been on queer women.
Fauci tamps down concern about Covid-19 booster review process
The Moderna vaccine, like a similar one made jointly by Pfizer-BioNTech, was a two-dose schedule whereas J&J was a single shot. Fauci told host Chris Wallace that data gathered in the United States and elsewhere, primarily Israel, point toward the need for booster shots to ward against waning protection against the deadly coronavirus. “As we have seen in the past with other waves that we’ve been through, there’s the danger of resurgence,” Fauci said. Greg Abbott and other Republican elected officials regarding vaccination requirements imposed by the government or private companies. We’re living in a society and society needs to be protected,” Fauci said.
Bill Clinton to be released from California hospital
Former President Clinton spent a fourth night at the Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said. Former President Clinton spent a fourth night at the Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton spent a fifth night at a Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection but is expected to be released Sunday after making great progress, a spokesman said. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination. ___This version has been corrected to show that Saturday night was Clinton’s fifth night in hospital.
Savannah OKs marathon for runners with vaccine or virus test
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Officials in Georgia have decided the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon can proceed as planned next month as long as runners show they’re vaccinated against the coronavirus or recently tested negative. Savannah Mayor Van Johnson announced that health advisers concluded infection rates in the area have declined enough to relax restrictions on large outdoor gatherings. More than 15,000 runners are expected for the marathon the weekend of Nov. 6. The event has become a staple road race in Savannah over the past decade, but was canceled last year because of the pandemic. Face coverings will be required during indoor events, Johnson said, and runners who aren’t vaccinated will have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous three days.
Nurse explains why she won't get COVID-19 vaccine
Story continuesThe Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines using the new messenger RNA technology that don't contain COVID-19 viruses. She fears a COVID-19 vaccination could change how her body responds to viruses in the future in unpredictable ways. As for whether she thinks unvaccinated health care workers endanger vulnerable patients, Brown said both vaccinated and unvaccinated people can spread the virus. Brown said the vaccination issue is causing division among health care workers who have stood shoulder-to-shoulder during the pandemic. She said vaccinated health care workers are resentful of those who choose not to get vaccinated.
Bank of England will have to act to contain inflation - Bailey
FILE PHOTO: Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey poses for a photograph on the first day of his new role at the Central Bank in LondonLONDON (Reuters) -Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey sent a fresh signal on Sunday that the British central bank is gearing up to raise interest rates for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus crisis as inflation risks mount. "Monetary policy cannot solve supply-side problems - but it will have to act and must do so if we see a risk, particularly to medium-term inflation and to medium-term inflation expectations," Bailey said during an online panel discussion organised by the Group of 30 consultative group. "And that's why we at the Bank of England have signalled, and this is another such signal, that we will have to act," he said. Bailey said demand for workers in Britain had been stronger than expected and the number of younger and older workers leaving the labour market had grown. "I do have concerns about labour supply growth," he said.
J&J vaccine 'very likely' should have been 2 doses from the start: Fauci
Recipients of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine should not be concerned about the shot's lower efficacy now that boosters have been approved, White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz. "I think that they should feel good about it because what the advisers to the FDA felt is that given the data that they saw, very likely this should have been a two dose vaccine to begin with," he said Sunday. The FDA vaccine advisory panel unanimously approved booster shots for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Friday. The panel recommended all J&J recipients 18 years and older to get an additional jab as early as two months after the first dose — key differences from their recommendations for the Moderna and Pfizer boosters which were only for Americans 65 and older or in higher risk groups. J&J vaccine 'very likely' should have been 2 doses from the start: Fauci originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
PBOC’s Yi Says China Can ‘Contain’ the Risk From Evergrande
(Bloomberg) --Most Read from BloombergPeople’s Bank of China Governor Yi Gang said authorities can contain risks posed to the Chinese economy and financial system from the struggles of China Evergrande Group. “I think we can prevent systemic risk,” he said, by keeping risk contained. Without mentioning Evergrande, Yi said earlier that higher default risk for some firms due to “mismanagement and breakneck expansion” was slowing China’s economy. The producer price index will “remain high for a few months, before the upward pressure wanes at the end of this year,” Yi said. “Consumer price index growth remains moderate.”The index in September climbed 10.7% from a year earlier, beating forecasts and reaching the highest since November 1995.
Apple Unleashed event, House supply chain hearing, Tesla earnings top week ahead
Earning season will be in full swing this week with a slew of companies set to report including Netflix, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, American Airlines, AT&T, Southwest Airlines, Verizon, IBM, Tesla, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Intel. Tuesday 10/19On Tuesday, investors will take in earnings from a slew of companies including Bank of New York Mellon, Johnson & Johnson, Philip Morris and Procter & Gamble before the opening bell. The Federal Reserve will also make the rounds with Philadelphia Fed president Patrick Harker speaking before the "C3: Cybersecurity Collaboration & Cooperation" conference, San Francisco Fed president Mary Daly speaking before a Regional Banker Forum and Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic participating in a virtual interview dubbed "Back to Work: Helping the Long-Term Unemployed" and speaking before the Federal Reserve's "Exploring Careers in Economics" event. Ticker Security Last Change Change % GOOGL ALPHABET, INC. 2,827.36 +4.34 +0.15%Also on Tuesday, Google will unveil its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones, which are powered by the tech giant's first custom mobile chip, Tensor. Thursday 10/21On Thursday, Alaska Air, American Airlines, AT&T, AutoNation, BlackStone, Crocs and Southwest Airlines are among the big names reporting before market open.
'Foo Fighters is more than just a band to me': Dave Grohl on life after 'losing Nirvana'
The Foo Fighters frontman was putting the finishing touches on last year's "Medicine at Midnight," and planning to "circle the planet" on a 25th anniversary Van Tour set to launch on April 12 in Phoenix — until COVID-19 intervened. This despite the fact that Foo Fighters have won 12 Grammys, are about to be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — in their first year of eligibility! I didn't know if I could do it. Twenty-five years later, Foo Fighters remain an alternative-radio staple, headlining stadium dates and festivals in support of a 10th album that's already sent three singles to the top of Billboard's mainstream rock chart. "This band Foo Fighters is more than just a band to me," Grohl says.
Letter from the Editor: Readers have their say about controversial obituary
Last week, I wrote about the paid obituary for Jessica Berg Wilson, who died of an extremely rare side effect to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. My letter to readers explained that obituaries are a form of advertising and most often written by families. That family is devastated right now and need to vent and this was a way to do it. My question to you: would you have accepted a simple box ad stating their “facts” if it was not associated with a paid obituary? To me, this could be a better test of the acceptability of this ad than describing the freedom allowed to an obituary writer.
Ryan Corby, Becca Addison win the 2021 Detroit Free Press Marathon
By Steve KornackiSpecial to The Detroit NewsDetroit — Ryan Corby of Novi won the 2021 Detroit Free Press Marathon on Sunday in a time of 2 hours, 22 minutes and 3 seconds. The 39-year-old, who won the Glass City Marathon in Toledo in April, led the field on a day with temperatures in the mid-40s and bright sunshine in the downtown area. He is the first winner from Michigan since 2016. Becca Addison captured the women's division in 2:51:08. The event was run entirely in Detroit for the third time in 44 years, this time due to travel restrictions to Canada in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New owner says first year operating Lake Michigan Carferry was 'smooth sailing'
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Lake Michigan Carferry was “able to have a pretty good season overall,” said Shelby Soberalski, director of marketing and sales for LMC. Tim said the Lake Michigan crossing was “cold” and “rough.”“It reminded me of when I was in the Navy,” Tim said. “It was hard to walk.”The Badger’s Wisconsin-bound passengers included Greg Sheets of Walkerville, Indiana, intent on completing a loop tour around Lake Michigan. “This is the last trip of the season and my last trip for a while, too.”The Badger isn’t going anywhere, though. “We really appreciate all the passengers that sailed with us and keep our legacy alive,” Soberalski said.
Bill Clinton to be released from California hospital
The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. He returned to the hospital for surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and in 2010 he had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, her husband — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.
5 times as many police have died of COVID than gunfire in pandemic
(CNN) — Jessica Desfosses shared the final heartrending text messages she exchanged with her police officer husband in the days before he died from COVID-19. "Commercial just came on tv a casket saying take Covid seriously... 0 consideration for those of us fighting for every breath," Stephen Desfosses wrote in a series of exchanges that began last Christmas Eve as his condition steadily deteriorated in a Massachusetts hospital. Stephen Desfosses, 52, a veteran of more than 30 years with the Norton Police Department, died on Jan. 13. He was one of at least 231 officers who died of COVID-19 this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). There were 245 law enforcement deaths from COVID-19 in 2020, according to ODMP.
Bill Clinton to be released from California hospital
The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. He returned to the hospital for surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and in 2010 he had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery. Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, her husband — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.
Fauci says Americans can enjoy holidays with family if fully vaccinated
"I believe strongly that -- particularly in the vaccinated people, if you’re vaccinated and your family members are vaccinated, those who are eligible, that is obviously very young children and not yet eligible, that you can enjoy the holidays. You can enjoy Halloween, trick-or-treating, and certainly Thanksgiving with your family and Christmas with your family," Fauci said on Sunday during ABC’s “This Week.”Fauci explained that when the level of COVID-19 transmission is down, fueled by the vaccines, he believed “there’s no reason at all” why families could not gather together as they had previously done during the pandemic. ADVERTISEMENT"That’s one the reasons why we emphasized why it’s so important to get vaccinated, not only for your own safety, for that of your family, but also for the good of the community, to keep the level of infection down," Fauci said. "When you do that, there’s no reason at all why you can’t enjoy the holidays in a family way, the way we’ve traditionally done it all along." According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 77 percent of Americans aged 12 years and older have been at least partially vaccinated while 67 percent are fully vaccinated.
Across the U.S., clashes intensify between city officials and the police over vaccination issues.
In many cities across the country, there is friction between governments and law enforcement unions over requirements that officers get vaccinated against the coronavirus or prove their vaccination status, leading to contentious public clashes. John Catanzara, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago, has urged police officers there to ignore requirements by the mayor, Lori Lightfoot, that city employees report their vaccination status. In Baltimore, a police union leader told officers not to disclose their vaccination status to city officials amid negotiations over a mandate scheduled to take effect there next week, The Baltimore Sun and other local news outlets reported. Officials in Ann Arbor, Mich., reiterated their commitment this week to a vaccine mandate for city employees, despite pushback from the police union there. Ms. Lightfoot said in a statement this week that she “cannot and will not stand idly by while the rhetoric of conspiracy theorists threatens the health and safety of Chicago’s residents and first responders.”The post Across the U.S., clashes intensify between city officials and the police over vaccination issues.
Little Amal in Britain: giant puppet of Syrian girl reaches her journey’s end
The transcontinental odyssey of Little Amal will begin its final stage this week when the giant puppet of a nine-year-old Syrian girl reaches the shores of the UK after walking thousands of miles across Europe. Little Amal, whose name means hope in Arabic, was created by Handspring, the company that made the equine puppets in War Horse. In Rome, Little Amal was blessed by Pope Francis. In London, Little Amal will celebrate her 10th birthday on Sunday 24 October at a party at the V&A. Little Amal in Antwerp, Belgium.
How to get a lateral flow test for travel to the UK and how much they cost
Some countries, such as Italy, accept rapid lateral flow/antigen tests as well as 'gold standard' PCR tests. Many, including France, Spain, Portugal and Greece require unvaccinated children over the age of 12 to have taken an antigen or PCR test. In terms of returning to the UK, children under 10 do not have to take a pre-departure test and those under four are not subject to a 'day two' PCR test. This must be taken no more than three days before travel but can be either a LAMP, lateral flow or PCR test. How do I get a day two lateral flow test when I arrive back in England?
Merck COVID-19 pill sparks calls for access for lower income countries
Merck on Oct 11 applied for U.S. emergency clearance of the first pill for COVID-19 after it cut hospitalizations and deaths by 50% in a large clinical trial. Merck this year plans to produce 10 million treatment courses of the pill, which is taken twice a day for five days, and another 20 million next year. In addition, manufacturing for low-income countries in many nations also requires World Health Organization (WHO) approval, a regulatory process that typically takes months. The governments of Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia said they already had deals or were negotiating supply contracts with Merck. The EU is considering buying the pill after Merck applies for authorization in Europe.
Bank of England will have to act to contain inflation - Bailey
LONDON -Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey sent a fresh signal on Sunday that the British central bank is gearing up to raise interest rates for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus crisis as inflation risks mount. Bailey said he continued to believe that the recent jump in inflation would be temporary, but that a surge in energy prices would push it higher and make its climb last longer, raising the risk of higher inflation expectations. “And that’s why we at the Bank of England have signalled, and this is another such signal, that we will have to act,” he said. Bailey said demand for workers in Britain had been stronger than expected and the number of younger and older workers leaving the labour market had grown. “I do have concerns about labour supply growth,” he said.
Iranian court upholds new 1-year sentence for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
An Iranian appeals court has upheld a verdict sentencing an Iranian-British woman long held in Tehran to another year in prison, her lawyer said on Saturday. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has already served a five-year prison sentence in the Islamic Republic. Her lawyer Hojjat Kermani told The Associated Press that the appeals court upheld a verdict issued earlier this year sentencing her to another year. Kermani said Zaghari-Ratcliffe was “concerned” when he informed her about the appeals court decision. Authorities furloughed Zaghari-Ratcliffe from prison because of the surging coronavirus pandemic and she has been restricted to her parents’ Tehran home since.
Paloma Faith showcases her quirky style in fiery red pixie wig and backless edgy leather dress
The singer showcased her quirky style as she sported a fiery red pixie wig and wore an edgy black leather backless dress with a partially layered white lace skirt. In style: Paloma Faith, 40, showcased her quirky style as she sported a fiery red pixie wig and wore an edge black leather dress on-stage in Brighton on Saturday nightAs she turned around, the singer left little to the imagination, with the back of her dress missing to show off her pert derriere. Her arms and shoulders were left exposed as she moved about on-stage, and she wore a statement black leather choker with silver spikes around her neck. She completed her look by wearing a pair of black leather gloves. Ellie Goulding, 34, gave birth to her son Arthur in April and Jessie Ware, 37, had her third child in July.
Washington is a weak link in the global chip supply chain
Plans to survey chipmakers and keep tabs on the supply chain to head off further disruption highlight just how disconnected the U.S. government is from the realities of a $500 billion industry that spans the globe. It’s possible that the data Commerce collates will show some buyers have been stockpiling chips, a fact already widely reported, or that there’s a need for capacity in some technology nodes — also well known. But in the fast-changing world of semiconductor supply and demand, all this will be backward-looking information. “We need to hear directly from impacted businesses when they are experiencing a COVID-19-related semiconductor supply chain disruption,” she said (emphasis added). The chip sector collates and processes reams of supply chain data, using it to tweak every aspect of operations.
PT Jono Castano enjoys the spotlight at Los Angeles Fashion Week
Australian personal trainer Jono Castano has worked with a slew of A-list stars including Rebel Wilson and Rita Ora. And the 30-year-old's star continues to rise as he jets across the globe for various work opportunities and red carpet events. In footage shared to Instagram on Sunday, the buff trainer was interviewed on the red carpet at Los Angeles Fashion Week, and enjoyed dinner and drinks with Kim Kardashian's hairstylist Chris Appleton at celebrity hotspot Catch LA. Drawing attention to his Hollywood connections, Jono also shared a photo to Instagram Stories of himself dining at Catch LA with Kim Kardashian's hairstylist Chris Appleton. Jono told Daily Mail Australia last month that sharing his fitness advice and workouts to paying subscribers had been hugely beneficial for him.
Cindy Crawford looks effortlessly stylish as she steps out with Rande Gerber after a party in Malibu
Cindy Crawford looked effortlessly stylish as she attended a party with her husband Rande Gerber in Malibu on Saturday night. Looking good: Cindy Crawford looked effortlessly stylish as she attended a party with her husband Rande Gerber in Malibu on Saturday nightHer brunette locks flowed effortlessly in the breeze as she strutted out of the event. Her husband Rande, 59, looked suave in blue denim jeans which he paired with a navy blue shirt, and held a jacket in his hand. The couple, who have been married since 1998, have two children together including model Kaia, 20, and Presley, 22. Adding: 'Whereas [Kaia] did all that in elementary school and middle school and high school.'
Unvaccinated Virginia couple die from COVID - leaving behind five kids
Misty Mitchem, a medical transcriptionist by trade, declined to get the shot even though she had diabetes. 'Both our families have been turned upside down,' Mike Mitchem told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. According to Mike Mitchem, Kevin Mitchem developed a cough last month and went to an urgent care facility in Stafford County. According to Mike Mitchem, Kevin Mitchem (above) developed a cough last month and went to an urgent care facility in Stafford County. It's not going to get them all through school, but it’s a start,' Mike Mitchem said.
Delta CEO REFUSES to impose Biden's vaccine mandate: Reveals 90% of staff are already jabbed
Delta is the only U.S. airline that has publicly and at a corporate-level rebuked President Joe Biden's 'divisive' vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or more employees. The order requires companies with 100 or more employees to mandate the vaccine and obtain proof from their employees of full inoculation by December 8. Biden's executive order does allow for at least weekly testing in lieu of employees getting the vaccine. American Airlines President Robert Isom said Friday he will not bow to the pilots' union request to allow for 'alternatives' to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. 'The executive order doesn't allow for that,' Isom falsely claimed in an interview with The Miami Herald.
Buttigieg: 'I'm not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson'
"And I'm not going to apologize to Tucker Carlson or anyone else for taking care of my premature newborn, infant twins," Buttigieg said to host Jake Tapper Jacob (Jake) Paul TapperEthics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act CNN's Kasie Hunt had a benign brain tumor removed Jake Tapper blasts Sacklers after lawyers complain about CNN segment MORE. Fox News's Carlson mocked Buttigieg last week for going on paternity leave after adopting two children with his husband Chasten Buttigieg, quipping that he was "trying to figure out how to breastfeed." Buttigieg said that even when on paternity leave, he is engaged with his office on those issues. "Even though I've been on paternity leave and I'm proud of it, obviously given the nature of my job when you take a job like mine you understand and accept that you're going to have to be available 24/7, depending on what's going on and you're going to have to engage. And I did even if that meant taking a phone call or making a decision from a hospital room," Buttigieg said.
Coronavirus: India to allow foreign tourists after 19 months
"All due protocols and norms relating to Covid-19 as notified by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare from time to time, shall be adhered to by the foreign tourists, carriers bringing them into India and all other stakeholders at landing stations," the government said in an official release.
Mecca Grand Mosque Drops Social Distancing, 1st Time Since Covid Outbreak
Visuals on Sunday morning showed people praying side by side at Grand Mosque in Mecca. Highlights The Grand Mosque in Mecca operated at full capacity on Sunday. Workers removed floor markings that guide people to social distance in and around the Grand Mosque, which is built around the Kaaba, the black cubic structure towards which Muslims around the world pray. Saudi Arabia also announced that fully-inoculated sports fans will from Sunday be allowed to attend events at all stadiums and other sports facilities, reported SPA. Saudi Arabia has registered over 547,000 coronavirus cases and 8,760 deaths.
Misery Index notebook: Clemson's offense out of sync, Nebraska backed into a corner
But this season, Clemson isn’t just a bad offense, it’s a miserable offense to watch. Virginia Tech’s 28-7 loss at home to Pittsburgh was the Hokies’ eighth in their last 12 games against Power Five opponents. Either way, Texas’ atrociousness in the second half appears to know no limits after a 32-24 loss to Oklahoma State. Texas A&M didn’t play particularly well after that, but when you’re up three touchdowns for nearly the entire game, it hardly matters. But after the 2018 season, Littrell never quite got to the finish line after serious discussions with Kansas State.
Covid-19 and Vaccine News: Live Updates
Mr. Durst, 78, was admitted Friday night to LAC+USC Medical Center, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s inmate locator. At a sentencing hearing on Thursday, Mr. Durst sat slumped in a wheelchair. Mr. Durst, whose life story inspired a Hollywood movie and an HBO documentary, will not be eligible for parole. Mr. Durst faces a possible murder indictment in New York in connection with the disappearance of Kathie Durst. Mr. Durst acknowledged to filmmakers that before Ms. Durst disappeared, his marriage included “half arguments, fighting, slapping, pushing” and “wrestling” But he insisted, he did not kill her.
‘SNL’ Review: Host Rami Malek And Musical Guest Young Thug Get By With A Little Help From Their Friends
How Did The SNL Guest Host Rami Malek Do? Rami Malek, winner of an Emmy Award for Mr. While not reaching quite the heights of his instant classic Iceberg character, his Oompa Loompa surely will be added to his next Emmy nomination reel. “Say for me?” Angelo seems to improvise the same song over and over, and then there’s his dance partner, Todd (Rami Malek), who’s more of a swayer. Next week, it’s our fourth consecutive new episode, this time with guest host Jason Sudeikis and musical guest Brandi Carlile!
Fauci allegedly misled Trump administration on gain-of-function research in Wuhan: Book
A new book from an investigative Australian reporter dives into how Dr. Anthony Fauci reportedly misled the Trump administration on gain-of-function research in China . FAUCI, RAND PAUL TRADE 'LYING' ACCUSATIONS ABOUT GAIN-OF-FUNCTION RESEARCH IN HEARING ON DELTA VARIANT"Tony, you have to take it up with the boss. WSJ BOARD HITS DEMS, MEDIA ON AVOIDING GAIN-OF-FUNCTION RESEARCH ACCOUNTABILITY: 'INEXCUSABLE'"??If so, this was naive. WAPO'S JOSH ROGIN: ‘FAUCI WAS WRONG’ ABOUT DENYING NIH FUNDED WUHAN ‘GAIN OF FUNCTION’ CORONAVIRUS RESEARCHWhile Fauci did not tell top Trump administration officials about funding gain-of-function research, emails released through a FOIA request showed Fauci was concerned about the NIH funding such projects, the book states. Dr. Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, has also accused Fauci of lying about gain-of-function research, with the book saying that Fauci is essentially the "father of gain-of-function research," according to Ebright.
Merck COVID-19 pill sparks calls for access for lower income countries
An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill called molnupiravir being developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, is seen in this undated handout photo released by Merck & Co Inc and obtained by Reuters May 17, 2021. Merck on Oct 11 applied for U.S. emergency clearance of the first pill for COVID-19 after it cut hospitalizations and deaths by 50% in a large clinical trial. In addition, manufacturing for low-income countries in many nations also requires World Health Organization (WHO) approval, a regulatory process that typically takes months. A spokesperson confirmed it is in discussions about expanding licenses for generic molnupiravir "to build sufficient global supply of quality-assured product to meet orders globally." The EU is considering buying the pill after Merck applies for authorization in Europe.
Kenya's Rotich, Ethiopian Memuye win Paris Marathon
Athletics - Paris Marathon - Paris, France - October 17, 2021 Kenya’s Elisha Rotich celebrates after winning the elite men's race and setting a new record REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesPARIS, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Kenya's Elisha Rotich won the men's race and Ethiopia's Tigist Memuye topped the women's podium at the Paris Marathon on Sunday. Rotich set a course record as he crossed the line in two hours four minutes 21 seconds to finish ahead of Ethiopia's Hailemaryam Kiros. In the women's race, Memuye ran a time of two hours 26 minutes and 12 seconds after a late surge to seal the biggest win of her career. Memuye finished about three seconds ahead of Yenenesh Dinkesa with Fantu Jimma third as Ethiopians swept the podium. The Paris Marathon, featuring 60,000 participants from 145 countries, was initially scheduled for April this year, but was delayed by six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dems find their anti-Rubio warrior in Val Demings
The payout from Demings’ all-in-on-Facebook campaign — the first of its kind for a major Florida candidate — did more than just surprise Republicans and Rubio allies. Rubio also started Oct. 1 with more cash on hand: $9.6 million to Demings’ $6 million. Demings’ campaign manager, Zack Carroll, served in the same role for Harrison. The fundraising successes of Demings and Warnock have drawn on the thirst in the Democratic Party for strong Black candidates in the post-George Floyd racial justice era. Though he’s been massively outspent by Demings on Facebook, Rubio has made sure to advertise there in Spanish; Demings, so far, has not.
Merck COVID-19 pill sparks calls for access for lower income countries
Merck on Oct 11 applied for U.S. emergency clearance of the first pill for COVID-19 after it cut hospitalizations and deaths by 50% in a large clinical trial. Merck this year plans to produce 10 million treatment courses of the pill, which is taken twice a day for five days, and another 20 million next year. In addition, manufacturing for low-income countries in many nations also requires World Health Organization (WHO) approval, a regulatory process that typically takes months. A spokesperson confirmed it is in discussions about expanding licenses for generic molnupiravir "to build sufficient global supply of quality-assured product to meet orders globally." The EU is considering buying the pill after Merck applies for authorization in Europe.
Financiers return to Beverly Hills for Milken conference — this time with masks and proof of vaccination
Still, tourism officials say the return of the live event to Beverly Hills is a heartening sign, despite the unexpected complications caused by the Delta coronavirus variant. Advertisement“Delta threw a little bit of a curveball for everybody, but I think people are starting to put their toes in the water,” said Julie Wagner, chief executive of the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau. Jennifer Prosek, New York-based managing partner at public relations firm Prosek, will be attending Milken, where her firm will hold an outdoor cocktail party at Mosaic Hotel Beverly Hills. “So the good news is that our [Milken event] has always been outside. The Milken conference is typically held in the spring but last year was delayed and held virtually in October.
Reps. Hern and Harshbarger: To fix supply chain crisis we must give people incentives to get back to work
Without renewed investment in labor participation, the supply chain breaks. When one link in the supply chain is interrupted, it affects everything else down the line. #EMPTYSHELVESJOE TRENDING ON TWITTER AMID BIDEN’S SUPPLY CHAIN CRISISWhen we drive around our hometowns, we see ‘Help Wanted’ signs in nearly every window. It’ll take time to restore the supply chain. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREIt starts at the the very last step in the supply chain: local communities.
Getting older doesn’t have to be scary. Things to consider as you age
That means thinking about the type of care we might want and who will help us make medical decisions. Assisted-living facilities are not considered medical facilities so they are not covered by Medicare. Nursing homes — Skilled nursing facilities serve people who require significant medical care. Consider filling out a dementia directive — like an advanced directive but specific to dementia — and sharing it with those who will help make your care decisions and your doctor. Important DocumentsWhere to find my papers: https://www.caregiver.org/resource/where-find-my-important-papers/Advanced health care directive: https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/consumers/ProbateCodeAdvancedHealthCareDirectiveForm-fillable.pdfPhysician orders for life-sustaining treatment: https://emsa.ca.gov/dnr_and_polst_forms/Dementia directive: https://dementia-directive.org/
Chan-Zuckerberg program aims to drive Black homeownership, equity
The goal is to help build affordable housing, boost property values and encourage long-term wealth-building in minority communities long shut-out from many homeownership opportunities. Gentrification and the Bay Area housing crisis have driven home prices in former working class neighborhoods over $1 million, putting pressure on long-term residents. Grants up to $25,000 will help homeowners build backyard units in communities with large Black and Hispanic populations. Related Articles A limited Bay Area eviction ban remains in place, but for how long? The median rental price for a Bay Area ADU is $2,200.
COVID-19 put a new focus on medical debt, health benefits and credit scores. Here's what you should know
Unpaid medical bills are in some ways preferable to other types of debts, said Money Management International in a recent commentary. “Once you move the debt onto a credit card or loan, however, you'll almost always start accruing interest." Plus, paying the debt on a credit card could disqualify you from receiving financial assistance or entering into payment plan. Boosting interest in workplace benefitsThe open-enrollment season is nearing, and it's not just about benefits such as mainstream health insurance and 401(k) retirement plans. Among the credit myths cited by NerdWallet: Four in five respondents incorrectly think their credit reports include their credit scores.
The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 6: Last-minute moves
But Ertz will be an extremely popular fantasy waiver pickup next week as he joins the Cardinals’ prolific offense. ORIGINAL POST: 9:20 a.m. WednesdayThe bane of NFL fantasy mavens’ existence, Bye Week Season, begins this week. For this week, here are your best free-agent optionsDevontae Booker (Giants RB) — New York lost Saquon Barkley yet again last week to a sprained ankle, so Booker will be the No. Kadarius Toney (Giants WR) — The rookie from Florida had his coming-out party Sunday for the injury-ravaged Giants. … Three receivers who should have big days this week are Tampa Bay’s Antonio Brown vs. Philadelphia, Cincinnati’s Ja’Marr Chase vs. Detroit and Jacksonville’s Marvin Jones vs. Miami.
Little consensus among hospitals, schools, state agencies on handling vaccine exemptions
Oregon hospitals have set a high bar for approving religious and medical exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, approving only a relative handful while rejecting many more. Some state agencies and schools have been more lenient, giving large swaths of their workforce a pass. The varied approaches show that there’s little firm consensus on how to navigate federal and state laws that require reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that they say preclude getting vaccinated.
Dems find their anti-Rubio warrior in Val Demings
MIAMI — A panicked question gripped Florida Democratic insiders this summer as Joe Biden’s approval numbers began to fade and eyes turned toward the midterm election horizon: Where’s Val Demings? Rubio also started Oct. 1 with more cash on hand: $9.6 million to Demings’ $6 million. The fundraising successes of Demings and Warnock have drawn on the thirst in the Democratic Party for strong Black candidates in the post-George Floyd racial justice era. When Demings declared her Senate candidacy in June, she cleared the field of her most serious potential Democratic rival, Rep. Stephanie Murphy. Though he’s been massively outspent by Demings on Facebook, Rubio has made sure to advertise there in Spanish; Demings, so far, has not.
Saturday Night Live: host Rami Malek gets upstaged by 007 himself
Saturday Night Live opens with a message from the National Football League. Tonight’s host is Oscar winning actor and new James Bond villain Rami Malek. Speaking of Bond: the last episode of Saturday Night Live before the Covid-19 pandemic went into full swing saw host Daniel Craig promoting his latest (and last) entry in the 007 franchise, No Time to Die. Ultimately, despite Malek looking way more like Prince, the job goes to Thompson, since he’s black. In the final sketch of the night, Craig and Cecily Strong play a couple out on a date at a nightclub.
Strictly Come Dancing talking points, week four: Sara Davies emerges as one to watch
Her pro partner Aljaž Škorjanec notched his highest score for a tango in nine years and couldn’t conceal his glee, shouting “get in!” and high-fiving her. He and pro partner Katya Jones began with a stunning lift sequence, her feet barely touching the floor for the first 30 seconds. Now Strictly’s first ever deaf contestant picked up the pace for a cheeky cha cha cha. Buff baker John Whaite and pro partner Johannes Radebe scored three 10s last week for their piratical paso doble. The BBC Breakfast presenter bounced back with a cha cha cha set to a mash-up of “U Can't Touch This” by MC Hammer and the funk classic it sampled, Superfreak by Rick James.
Alex Saab: Venezuela suspends crisis negotiations as key Nicolas Maduro ally extradited to US
A close ally of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has been extradited to the United States on money laundering charges, throwing negotiations aiming to ease the country’s political crisis into disarray. Venezuelan security forces also rounded up six American oil executives previously held under house arrest and took them into prison. American authorities have been targeting Mr Saab for years in the belief that he can unlock the mystery of how Venezuela has been selling gold and tankers full of crude oil in violation of US sanctions. Separately, Mr Saab was sanctioned by the Trump administration for allegedly utilising a worldwide network of shell companies to hide huge profits from no-bid, overvalued food contracts obtained through bribes and favours. The Biden administration had insisted that Mr Saab’s case should not affect the negotiations, which are being sponsored by Norway.
Supply chain crisis could last into next year, Pete Buttigieg warns
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said on Sunday that it was likely that the US would see some supply chain issues persist through 2020 into 2021. “Because the president has successfully guided this economy out of the teeth of a terrifying recession.”Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says supply chain disruptions will "continue into next year." "We need the rest of the private sector chain to step up as well," said Mr Biden during his address. "This is not called a supply chain for nothing. Stretching our supply chain will continue to be my team’s focus."
Russia COVID-19 cases hit record daily high as deaths spike with infection surge and sluggish vaccine rollout
Russia has reported a record number of new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours with cases hitting 34,303 - the highest since the pandemic began. Meanwhile, the number of daily COVID deaths in Russia stood at 997 - just five fewer than the record-high of 1,002 seen the previous day. Image: Only 29% of the country's population have been fully vaccinatedOverall, the country's coronavirus taskforce has registered almost eight million confirmed cases and 223,312 deaths - the highest number in Europe. The highest concentrations of cases are found in urbanised areas of western Russia and along the Pacific Coast such as Vladivostok and Khabarovsk. Based on this, Russia would rank as the fourth hardest-hit nation in the world, ahead of Mexico.
Video: Fashion designer reveals her £19K YouTube DIY house transformation
Video: Fashion designer who lost her job because of Covid-19 reveals how she spent £19,000 transforming her dingy house by following YouTube DIY tutorials - and added £67,000 to the value of her homeA fashion designer who was made redundant during the pandemic reveals how she added £67,000 to the value of her outdated property in just one year with this stunning £19k transformation following YouTube tutorials.
FIRST READING: British MP killing brings a chill to Canadian politics
Share this Story: FIRST READING: British MP killing brings a chill to Canadian politicsFIRST READING: British MP killing brings a chill to Canadian politics Everybody hates Doug Ford but he might win reelection anyway Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFPArticle content First Reading is a daily newsletter keeping you posted on the travails of Canadian politicos, all curated by the National Post’s own Tristin Hopper. Try refreshing your browser, or FIRST READING: British MP killing brings a chill to Canadian politics Back to video British MP Sir David Amess was brutally stabbed to death Friday during a meeting with constituents in a Methodist church east of London . Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content Ken Boessenkool is among the handful of former Stephen Harper hacks who can say whatever they want now that they’re out of politics. Article content In recent months, several international outlets have begun referring to Vancouver as the North American epicentre of anti-Asian hate crime .
Climate change a double blow for oil-rich Mideast: experts
"Our region is classified as a global climate change hotspot," Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades told the International Conference on Climate Change in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Home to half a billion people, the already sun-baked region has been designated as especially vulnerable by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the UN's World Meteorological Organization. Yet this is a politically fraught region, a divided region, a region that has been beset by a lot of war and conflict, often related to oil." Fabius, like other speakers, warned that as farmlands turn to dust and tensions rise over shrinking resources, climate change can be "the root of future conflicts and violence". Sachs pointed to the much-debated theory that climate change was one of the drivers behind Syria's civil war, because a 2006-2009 record drought sent more than a million farmers into cities, heightening social stress before the uprising of 2011.
Republicans' mantra should have been 'Stop the Spread'
Ditto states with the largest COVID-19 death rates during the previous week: West Virginia, Alabama, Idaho, Wyoming, Florida, Texas, South Carolina Georgia, and Kentucky. A few Republicans know what’s needed, but — it appears — lack the political courage to say so in public. Greeted with catcalls and boos when he advised South Carolina Republicans to “think about” getting vaccinated, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) backtracked: “I didn’t tell you to get it,” Graham said. And tens of thousands — maybe hundreds of thousands — of COVID-19 victims would still be alive. He is the co-author (with Stuart Blumin) of "Rude Republic: Americans and Their Politics in the Nineteenth Century."
A Bucks County dad angered by COVID-19 closures gave $500,000 to school board candidates. Critics say it’s fueling ‘toxic’ politics.
A typical school board race, depending on the district’s size, will cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to up to $10,000 to run, strategists said. Those reports include spending in support of state candidates, in addition to school board candidates. But a spokesperson for the PSEA, the state’s largest teachers union, said its PAC was “not spending anywhere near $500,000? on the school board races. This year has proven that being a school board member is truly thankless. “We had no money.”Bradica started paying closer attention to her school board during last year’s closures and began to suspect political motivations for its decisions.
Opinion: Donald Trump can't always get what he wants
(CNN) Donald Trump was 23 when the Rolling Stones released a seven-minute song that began with the voices of London's Bach Choir. But the election is settled -- Trump can't get what he wants. Another thing Trump wants is executive privilege -- to quash fact-finding by the House select committee on the January 6 insurrection. "Even if Trump could claim the privilege, it is hard to understand how it could apply to Bannon ," Eisen and Aftergut wrote. Like his predecessors, Biden is facing the likelihood of big losses in the midterm elections next year -- in addition to the continuing challenge posed by Trump's election lies.
Opinion: Searching for the American Dream? Go to Canada
Coming out of the pandemic, perhaps ever more of them will follow in Greg’s footsteps and find the American Dream in Canada. At least Canada wisely banned certain assault weapons in 2020, keeping out the most odious American trait. Like America, Canada has a large Eastern European diaspora, and as those homelands continue to depopulate while unemployment remains high, many of the jobless could skip across the Atlantic to join their relatives. Every March and April I get antsy e-mails and phone calls from friends in London, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore whose children have just been admitted to numerous fill-in-the-blank universities in America, Canada, Britain and elsewhere. The “Canadian Dream” is reliable, both today and tomorrow – a burden 21st century Canadians should bear with pride.
durga puja: Bangladesh Durga Puja violence: Vandalism continues; minorities call for countrywide hunger strike
ISKCON along with other Hindu community members protests in the streets of Noakhali, Bangladesh.Happening now. "From the home minister to ruling party General Secretary Obaidul Quader, everybody has assured us saying they are informed about everything. he asked.Charu Chandra Das Brahmachari, general secretary of ISKCON Bangladesh, warned that the community would not sit silent and watch the attacks happen. We also know some activists of the ruling party are affiliated with such heinous crimes at some locations. The BNP-Jamaat has chosen the path of various conspiracies by failing to deal with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina politically.
The Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine offers good protection now. A booster shot will maximize that, experts say
(CNN) As more Covid-19 boosters are potentially set to become available, experts say those who received the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine are "awfully well protected," but should still get another shot for maximum safety. "The Johnson & Johnson vaccine turns out not to be quite as effective as the Pfizer and Moderna. Johnson & Johnson has indicated its vaccine immunity has waned -- but not by much. The FDA vaccine advisory committee also supported emergency use authorization for booster shots of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine after six months, but not for everyone. A pharmacist holds a vial of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine at a hospital in Bay Shore, New York.
2 killed in fresh communal violence in Bangladesh
DHAKA: Two Hindu men have been killed in fresh communal violence in Bangladesh, police officials said on Saturday, taking the death toll to six from recent unrest in the country. At least four people were killed on Wednesday when police opened fire on a crowd of around 500 people attacking a Hindu temple in Hajiganj, one of several towns hit by the disturbances. Highspeed mobile phone internet services were shut down in an apparent bid to prevent the violence from spreading.PM Sheikh Hasina met leaders of the Hindu community on Thursday and promised stern action. The Durga Puja celebrations, considered to be the biggest festival of the minority Hindu community in Bangladesh, concluded without the traditional Bijoya Dashami procession due to Covid and vandalism incidents. The minority Hindu community makes up about 10% of the 169 million population.
Sen. Johnson says Garland’s school order violates parents’ right to free speech
It is such a violation of people’s constitutional rights to petition their government, to free speech,” Johnson (R-Wisc.) Johnson said using the term “domestic terrorists” to describe a parent protesting coronavirus policies or critical race theory is intimidation in itself. “[Garland] is saying [the parents] are intimidating school board members. Sen. Ron Johnson said AG Merrick Garland using the term “domestic terrorists” to describe a parent protesting coronavirus policies or critical race theory is intimidation in itself. … They’re running for school board.
Venezuelan government suspends negotiations with opposition
Venezuela on Saturday said it would suspend negotiations with the opposition that were set to resume this weekend, after Cape Verde extradited Colombian businessman Alex Saab, a Venezuelan envoy, to the United States on money laundering charges. Rodriguez said the Venezuelan government would not attend the talks set to begin on Sunday. The government of Cape Verde was not immediately available to comment. A U.S. Justice Department spokesperson confirmed Saab's extradition and said he is expected to make his initial court appearance on Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. In a Twitter post, Colombian President Ivan Duque called Saab's extradition "a triumph in the fight against drug trafficking, money laundering and corruption by the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro."
Seattle business owner fears vaccine mandate will lengthen 911 response time: 'I can't get help'
Seattle business owners are fearing the looming vaccine mandate deadline for police officers and firefighters will further lengthen response time to 911 calls, as the city that saw months of violent demonstrations last year already grapples with police staffing shortages and surging crime. Seattle police responded to both robberies, but Youssef said response times were lengthy and staffing shortages expected to worsen with Monday’s vaccine mandate deadline for the city and state could worsen business. "The tourists are not going to come, the people are not going to go out of their home to buy things. SEATTLE POLICE STAFFING WOES PROMPT EMERGENCY DISPATCH PLAN AS VACCINE MANDATE FOR OFFICERS LOOMSThe extent of the vaccine mandate on police staffing shortages won’t be known until after Monday’s deadline. The union representing some 1,000 Seattle police personnel suggests that the COVID-19 vaccine mandate could worsen staffing shortages, which in turn could risk public safety.
Top Wall Street analysts are bullish on these stocks with earnings underway
Megan Leonhardt | CNBCAs third-quarter earnings roll out and 2021 winds down, analysts and investors are looking for which companies can close out the year on a bullish note. Top analysts have high expectations for these five stocks, according to TipRanks, which tracks the best-performing stock pickers. The big-box retailer released another impressive round of monthly earnings, with positive metrics on sales, market share, and international expansion. (See General Motors Stock Analysis on TipRanks) Ives rated the stock a bullish Buy, and assigned a price target of $85. As its earnings comparisons remain difficult to beat, Henderson did note that the stock may experience some short-term consolidation.
New & Notable: Amazon, SodaStream, Aura, Satechi and more
Additionally, at Amazon’s annual September fall event last week, it announced new Alexa features in addition to smart home devices. Additionally, Amazon debuted Alexa, Open Sling TV and Alexa, Open TikTok, which users can use to easily launch those platforms’ content. Both devices connect to your smartphone and are compatible with Amazon Alexa, and offer two-way audio. Amazon launches smart home devicesBeyond Amazon Astro, a robot that monitors your home and is available by invitation only, the company also released the Amazon Smart Thermostat, which is compatible with Alexa smart home devices to adjust your home’s temperature. It comes with free unlimited storage for photos and videos, and is compatible with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
New & Notable: Latest from Athleta, HOKA, Osprey, and more
It also offers items for young girls like the Athleta Girl Grace Leotard. The wheeled duffels are available in two styles: the Carry On Wheeled Duffle 40L and the Wheeled Duffle 85L. The Carry-On Travel Pack 44 offers similar features to the Expandable Travel Pack, and Osprey said it’s the largest size carry-on bag allowed by most airlines. It offers multiple exterior and interior pockets, a bottle holder, key clip and ID pocket. Items come in sizes ranging from XXS to 6XL.
New & Notable: NutriBullet, Microsoft, Logitech, GoPro and more
Beyond recent shopping news, we’ve compiled new and notable launches from Shopping reader favorite brands and others we think you’ll want to know about. Facebook added two new devices to its line of Portal products: the Portal Go and Portal+. Microsoft launched multiple Surface devices — some new and some updated versions of previous models — all of which are currently available for pre-order and built for Windows 11. New devices include 2-in-1 PCs like the Surface Go 3, Surface Pro 8 and Surface Duo 2, as well as the Surface Laptop Studio. Incipio, Survivor, Kate Spade and Coach debuted cases for the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max devices.
Is Trump running in 2024? The Claremont Institute hopes so
Claremont is also, as Daniel Drezner wrote, "the poster child for the devolution of conservative thought into simple-minded racism, immature oppositional thinking and reactionary authoritarianism." Once one of the most prestigious bastions of conservative thought, Claremont now spends its time putting lipstick on the Trumpian wildebeest. The institute is the home base for John Eastman, the founder of Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, and a senior fellow. This is bigger than President Trump! https://t.co/wEKMXUJzhP — Patrick T. Brown (@PTBwrites) January 8, 2021Despite the racist tweets, Ryan Williams, the Claremont president, continued to tout Beattie on Twitter the next day.
Sunday Crunch: Remembering Sir David — Investigation latest — MP protection vow
REMEMBERING SIR DAVID: Westminster is coming to terms with the shocking killing of much-loved Southend West MP Sir David Amess at a constituency surgery. But first: Patel told the BBC’s Andrew Marr: “When David’s name is mentioned going forward he will bring great cheer and smiles. Patel told Sky the Prevent program was already being independently reviewed. MP PROTECTION VOW: Police protection for MPs holding constituency surgeries is now being considered in the wake of the killing, Patel confirmed. **A message from Sky: For the first time in the UK, you can now get Sky TV over Wifi.
Some families scratching their heads after finding cuts to their October child tax credit payment
It's time to check the mailbox and bank account for extra cash from the October child tax credit that rolled out Friday. ? Child tax credit: The child tax credit gave the typical family $5,086. Many families expected to receive the same dollar amount each month once the advance child tax credit payments began July 15. Some took to social media to say they received only half of their child tax credit money this month. This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Some families are reporting cuts to their child tax credit payments
Tennessee restaurant ends its late-night service after unruly customers harassed staff and drew guns inside the premises, its owners say
Heath Cajandig / EyeEm / Getty ImagesA Tennessee restaurant is terminating its late-night service after reports of unruly behavior. Mid City Grill's owners also cited an incident involving a gun being drawn, local reports said. A diner based in Johnson City, Tennessee, is discontinuing its late-night service after reports of unruly customers harassing employees and other disorderly conduct. According to Johnson City Press, police recently responded to multiple calls claiming that there was a man with a gun at Mid City Grill. But with the onset of lockdowns and restrictions, Mid City Grill's late-night service was reduced to only Fridays and Saturdays.
Challenges mount to president's vaccine mandate
(Brandon Bell/Getty Images)Arizona was actually not the first state to fight back against workplace mandates; Montana did before there were any federal mandates. The administration has argued that media coverage of opposition to COVID-19 vaccination can obscure the overwhelming popularity, and efficacy, of vaccine mandates. Biden is now the face of vaccine mandates, including ones he may not have ordered himself. Declaring himself “offended,” DeSantis has vowed to sue the Biden administration once the new rule takes effect. Texas has far more Fortune 500 companies (49 of them) than any other state that bans vaccine mandates.
They’ve been stuck for months on cargo ships now floating off Southern California. They’re desperate
In June 2020, he boarded a cargo ship months before any country started vaccinating against the COVID-19 pandemic. Cargo ships, which range in size from huge to gargantuan, are labor-lean operations with a dozen to three dozen crew members. From left: Stefan Mueller-Dombois, inspector with the International Transport Workers Federation; Gary Fox, chairman of the board of International Seafarers Center; Capt. The world’s cargo seafarers are pandemic victims, unwelcome at ports around the world because they haven’t been vaccinated. The world’s cargo seafarers are pandemic victims, unwelcome at ports around the world because they haven’t been vaccinated.
Work-at-home jobs with sizzling demand
Looking for work-at-home jobs? Businesses adapting to a post-COVID world are pushing demand for some remote jobs into the stratosphere. Demand for these hot work-at-home jobs is growing at double- and triple-digit rates. Work-at-home administrative jobs can be found through Belay, Boldly and Time Etc. Sites specializing in connecting remote experts in human resource include WAHVE, FairyGodBoss and FlexProfessionals.
'Succession's' Alan Ruck on Season 3: Expect 'misery, wretchedness and horror'
Actor Alan Ruck — who plays Connor Roy in the Emmy-award winning series — used three words to describe the upcoming season, telling Yahoo Finance that viewers can expect "misery, wretchedness and horror" when the new season begins Sunday. The breakout show ended its second season back in October 2019, but, due to production headwinds stemming from COVID-19, filming was put on hold. Story continuesAs for the status of Connor Roy's own presidential campaign, Ruck hinted that it's not a failed one just yet. Seen here from left, Mia Sara as Sloane Peterson, Alan Ruck as Cameron Frye and Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)Besides "Succession," Alan Ruck is most well known for his role as Cameron Frye in the 1980s smash hit "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
11th-hour deal saves Hollywood from strike that would have halted production
Film studios and production crews reached a last-minute deal to avoid a strike by some 60,000 workers that would have frozen production on movies and television shows. Representatives from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) union completed marathon negotiations with studios and entertainment companies Saturday to reach an agreement on a new three-year contract for production workers. The workers still need to vote to approve the deal, but the strike set to start Monday has been called off for the time being. The strike would have halted production on everything from big budget blockbusters to daily talk shows and soap operas. The IATSE said it was asking for reasonable rest periods, meal breaks and better wages.
COVID forced Bay Area families to make agonizing elder-care decisions. Is there a fix?
“I really made a fortress out of our house,” Tinsman recalled. Across the Bay Area and beyond, COVID-19 changed how families approach the emotionally wrenching task of caring for elderly relatives. And the exodus from nursing homes was just as telling: Before COVID, nursing home occupancy in the U.S. was above 84%, according to the National Investment Center, which tracks occupancy. Families were left grasping for answers about how nursing homes were spending money intended for care. Overall, COVID has claimed the lives of more than 13,000 people at nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the Golden State.
Improving Investor Behavior: Feeling confident? Are you sure?
Some about my writing, the market, and broader topics like the meaning of wealth or improving investor behavior. Recently a reader of this column asked how they might “hedge” their investment portfolio from a downturn. Bull markets make everyone feel like a genius, just like bear markets make everyone feel like an idiot. We all know past performance is not indicative of future results, but past behavior is a good barometer of future behavior. I’d love to write more about the questions you have and the areas of investor behavior and finance in which you are interested.
Cash aid reduced poverty in Colorado during the pandemic. But don’t count on that to continue.
Luke Teater, deputy director for the governor’s budget office, told state budget officials during an economic forecast presentation last month that the takeaway is clear. “But I don’t really see a sustainable path for continuing those into the future unless there’s that federal government support. Certainly, in the state we don’t have the resources to do that.”Colorado cannot deficit-spend and it cannot raise taxes without voter approval. The concept of unending cash payments to the poor remains a third rail even in this Democrat-controlled state. And a lot of people are talking about how, beyond cash assistance, they’re really using food banks,” Westbrook said.
Mr. Roadshow’s mail backs his view on unvaccinated police
Q: Thanks for addressing the problem of unvaccinated police, and unvaccinated people. Scott Miller, San JoseA: Thanks, and surprisingly not. Most feedback has been in support of my comments that not getting vaccinated is irresponsible and dangerous. Terri Lehan, San JoseA: And …Q: I really appreciated when you called out police who don’t get vaccinated. Peter Ross, San JoseA: Unvaccinated people who die of COVID-19 might have been saved, had they gotten free vaccinations.
Proposed $311M Oyster Bay budget keeps tax levy flat, boosts spending on salaries in 2022
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino’s proposed 2022 budget would keep spending flat for the first time since he took office in 2017. The town’s tax levy, as calculated under the state’s tax cap, would also remain flat at $232.9 million. The general fund levy, which applies to all properties, would increase by $3.5 million to $59.1 million in the proposed budget, compared to 2021. One levy that has fallen sharply since 2017 is the Part Town levy that funds Oyster Bay’s buildings and planning department. That levy fell from $2.4 million in 2017 to $100,000 in the proposed 2022 budget, as tax revenue has largely been replaced by fee revenue.
Readers respond: Require vaccines for students
Our family wholeheartedly supports a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all eligible Portland Public Schools students and staff. Arguments against a COVID vaccine mandate are based on politics and conspiracy theories, rather than common sense, science, logic and reason. The only thing more important than the classroom and social education of our students is their health and safety – the prime motive behind a vaccine mandate. Students and parents nationwide are used to vaccine mandates to protect the population from other diseases and have been for decades. A COVID vaccine mandate would be no different, at least on any rational merits.
Dallas Stars at Ottawa Senators odds, picks and prediction
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireThe Dallas Stars (1-1-0) faces the Ottawa Senators (1-1-0) Sunday at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. Senators odds and lines, and make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets. Stars at Senators odds, spread and linesOdds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line: Stars -145 (bet $145 to win $100) | Senators +120 (bet $100 to win $120)Stars -145 (bet $145 to win $100) | Senators +120 (bet $100 to win $120) Against the spread (ATS): Stars -1.5 (+170) | Senators +1.5 (-230)Stars -1.5 (+170) | Senators +1.5 (-230) Over/Under (O/U): 5.5 (O: -107 | U: -115)Watch: ESPN+ has become a must-have for hockey fans. Stars at Senators odds, lines, picks and predictionsPredictionStars 3, Senators 2The STARS (-145) are a good play in this second end of a back-to-back.
The next global economic emergency? Deepening debt in the developing world
A global pandemic. Global policymakers have enough to keep them occupied without a developing country debt crisis adding to their list of problems. Many poor countries have borrowed in US dollars, and the cost of servicing these loans – already high – will increase still further as the Fed tightens policy. “The G20 are asleep at the wheel as the debt crisis intensifies in lower income countries,” Jones said. Prevention is always better than cure and the threat of a debt crisis needs to be recognised before it is too late.
The debilitating effects of long Covid have just begun to hit economies | Torsten Bell
How big and long lasting these effects will be dominated discussions of global financial leaders at last week’s annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. But what is hardly discussed and still poorly understood is the continuing impact of Covid-19, specifically on the millions of people who have had it. Governments are only just starting to worry about long Covid’s impact on their disability benefits bill, while we know little about Covid’s direct effect on productivity. New research gives a worrying answer on that front, albeit from a very particular industry: football. So when we’re pondering the legacy of this crisis for our economies, let’s not forget what makes up a large part of them: human beings.
The US has a silent pig pandemic on its doorstep once again
Samples taken in the Dominican Republic tested positive for ASF in July and in neighbouring Haiti in September. Some small pork producers banded together to prevent the teams from reaching their farms. His farm is in the north-west of the Dominican Republic, 70km from the border with Haiti, where some suspect the disease entered the island. “Initially there was a policy to eliminate the small producers in order to contain the illness,” he says. More than 2 million Dominicans live in the US and the Dominican Republic is a popular destination for American tourists.
Russia reports highest daily number of COVID-19 cases
Russia reported on Sunday its highest daily number of new COVID-19 cases as the epidemic worsens in the country. The national coronavirus task force said on Sunday that 34,303 new infections were recorded in the previous day, compared with the 20,174 reported Sept. 19. They saw their highest daily death toll just yesterday, surpassing 1,000 deaths in 24 hours for the first time. The death toll reported on Sunday of 999 was barely different. The country's coronavirus task force has officially reported some 7.99 million confirmed cases and 223,312 deaths due to the virus.
Grand Mosque in Mecca drops social distancing
Normal service resumes: worshippers pray shoulder to shoulder at the Grand Mosque in the holy Saudi city of Mecca on Sunday, after social distancing rules were easedAdvertising Read moreMecca (Saudi Arabia) (AFP)The Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia operated at full capacity Sunday, with worshippers praying shoulder-to-shoulder for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. Workers removed floor markings that guide people to social distance in and around the Grand Mosque, which is built around the Kaaba, the black cubic structure towards which Muslims around the world pray. "This is in line with the decision to ease precautionary measures and to allow pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque at full capacity," reported the official Saudi Press Agency. While social distancing measures were lifted, the authorities said visitors must be fully vaccinated against coronavirus and must continue to wear masks on mosque grounds. Saudi Arabia has registered over 547,000 coronavirus cases and 8,760 deaths.
Hinshaw apologizes to family of 14-year-old after saying he died from COVID-19
(Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)Alberta's top doctor delivered a public apology Thursday after saying earlier this week that a 14-year-old boy with other medical conditions had died from COVID-19. Deaths of people who were recently diagnosed with COVID-19 are also reported, Hinshaw said. If it turns out that COVID-19 is not a primary or secondary cause of death, that death is removed from the total. 30 new deathsOver the last 24 hours, Alberta Health has identified 916 new cases of the disease and conducted 12,700 tests, Hinshaw said. Thirty new deaths were reported to Alberta Health over the last 24 hours, which occurred between Oct. 7 and Oct. 13, Hinshaw said.
Former Trump officials' new career ventures suggest very little changed after leaving White House
According to The Intelligencer, many are doing an array of different things; some of which are synonymous with the questionable activities that long-haunted the Trump Administration. In fact, the report also claimed that he participated in discussions with members of the Trump administration on how to get retribution. Back in February after the Trump administration transitioned out of the White House, Ross spoke with Bloomberg and shared his upcoming post-government plans; which involve "Trump condos on the moon." When asked whether space would be a gold-plated real estate opportunity for Trump, Ross didn't disagree. From the looks of it, many Trump administration officials are still conducting shady business as they did while in office.
Rescuers: 'Last Jew of Kabul' making his way to Israel
Rabbi Mendy Chitrik, chairman of the Alliance of Rabbis in Islamic States, greeted Simentov at the airport in Istanbul on Sunday. He said he had an appointment to take Simentov to the Israeli consulate on Monday to arrange his entry to Israel. Chitrik said he had been working with Margaretten and other volunteers for several months to get Simentov out of Afghanistan. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it was unaware of the request and Simentov could also be delayed by coronavirus protocols restricting entry to Israel. The Taliban, like other Islamic militant groups, are hostile to Israel but tolerated the country's miniscule Jewish community during their previous reign.
Covid infection rate in England rises again to one in 60 people
About one in 60 people in England had Covid-19 last week, according to estimates published on Friday. The prevalence of infection was up for a third straight week, having been at about one in 70 the previous week, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). An estimated 8.1% of all secondary pupils were infected, up from 6.93% the previous week. The latest estimate in Northern Ireland is one in 120, up from 130 the previous week but well below the recent peak of one in 40 for the week to 20 August. For Scotland, the ONS estimates about one in 80 people had Covid-19 in the week to 9 October, down from one in 60 the previous week.
durga puja: Bangladesh Durga Puja violence: Vandalism continues; minorities call for countrywide hunger strike
ISKCON along with other Hindu community members protests in the streets of Noakhali, Bangladesh.Happening now. "From the home minister to ruling party General Secretary Obaidul Quader, everybody has assured us saying they are informed about everything. he asked.Charu Chandra Das Brahmachari, general secretary of ISKCON Bangladesh, warned that the community would not sit silent and watch the attacks happen. We also know some activists of the ruling party are affiliated with such heinous crimes at some locations. The BNP-Jamaat has chosen the path of various conspiracies by failing to deal with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina politically.
5 perfect part-time gigs for retirees: Pet and child care, crafts, ride-hailing services
Now to be fair, in the context of retirement, a side hustle is really more like a part-time job (the "side hustle" part implies that it's work you're doing on top of a main job). If you're looking to earn a little extra money, providing pet care could be your ticket to it. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Etsy. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. The Motley Fool is a USA TODAY content partner offering financial news, analysis and commentary designed to help people take control of their financial lives.
‘It’s Always Going to Haunt Me’: How the Capitol Riot Changed Lives
She reached out to family members to let them know she was locked in the Capitol. A knife-wielding assailant had fatally rammed a police officer with his car outside the driveway to the Capitol and wounded another officer. Before Jan. 6, the Capitol seemed almost impenetrable, its pristine dome the physical embodiment of a secure and stable democracy. We have to.” Going back in there did feel like going back to a scene of a crime. I used to love going out and being in crowds and going to concerts and things like that, but now I just truly enjoy being home.
Deadlines arrive for school staff to be vaccinated in Washington region
The rollout of coronavirus vaccine mandates has not appeared to encounter major hurdles, although some parents and teachers have spoken out to argue the decision to get vaccinated should be a personal one. At least one group of teachers and staff posted a petition against a mandate in Montgomery County, saying they stand to be “unjustifiably terminated” because of it.
They fought vaccine mandates and got low Covid approvals. They’re not sweating.
In states with vaccine mandates, 52 percent of people approve or strongly approve of their governors’ handling of the pandemic, according to the latest survey from the Covid States Project, which has been tracking gubernatorial approval ratings for the past year and a half. That coronavirus approval rating drops to 42 percent for governors in states with no vaccine requirements. And it takes yet another hit — dropping to just 36 percent — in states where governors have barred vaccine mandates. The findings could be temporary, and influenced by summer outbreaks that are now subsiding, but the study’s authors believe the public’s support for vaccine requirements is real, as is its distaste for those opposing the measures. “Leadership is about doing the right thing, which is not always the most popular thing, especially in the short term,” DeSantis aide Christina Pushaw said.
In Texas, The Most Important Race In 2022 Isn't For Governor
Mike Collier, an accountant running for lieutenant governor in Texas next year, believes he can finally deliver the major victory Texas Democrats have been longing for and break Republicans' stranglehold on the state. Mike Collier for Lieutenant Governor CampaignThirteen months before the 2022 election, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke (D) is still mulling a challenge to Gov. As in many other states, the Texas lieutenant governor serves as the president of the state senate. “Their agenda’s all wrong, and the agenda’s all wrong because the lieutenant governor is the wrong man for the job,” Collier told HuffPost. “The lieutenant governor is without a doubt the dream seat to flip if you could only flip one.”Since taking office in 2015, Texas Lt. Gov.
The Latest: Another record in Russia’s daily virus numbers
Janet Mills, requires health care workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus or risk losing their jobs. ___PORTLAND, Maine — A federal appeals court has denied an emergency request to stop a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect in Maine. Janet Mills, requires health care workers to get vaccinated against the disease by Oct. 29 or risk losing jobs. Opponents of the mandate challenged it in federal court and a judge declined to block it earlier this week. ___BERLIN — The pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech say they have requested that their coronavirus vaccine be licensed for children aged 5 to 11 across the European Union.
Kentucky's backroad churches may be key to saving hospitals overwhelmed by COVID
People 60 and older account for nearly 90% of the 9,184 deaths in Kentucky related to COVID-19. (A month later, staff vaccination rates at both facilities are still below 60%.) The facility's low staff vaccination rate is "not necessarily pertinent," the man said, since his father would be receiving "end-of-life care." "As soon as vaccines became available, McKenzie and his staff went room to room, explaining the science to residents. Now, nearly every resident of the Jordan Center is vaccinated with three shots, and the staff vaccination rate hovers at 85%.
The political fight over vaccine mandates deepens despite their effectiveness
Ron DeSantis — also vaccinated against the virus — has vowed to sue the Biden administration over its federal vaccine mandates. A uniquely American predicamentMost Americans have in fact received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Particularly among self-identified evangelicals, Resnicow has found a distinct rejection of the coronavirus vaccine, which he said has made vaccine hesitancy especially difficult to address. While Americans overall are generally favorable of Biden's new vaccine mandates for federal workers, Republicans specifically are not. That's a 13-percentage-point decline since August 2020, before the current fight over the coronavirus vaccine erupted.
Huge Fund Sold Off GameStop Stock. It Bought Moderna and Palantir.
It also initiated positions in Moderna (MRNA) and Palantir Technologies (PLTR) stock, and bulked up its holdings in Analog Devices (ADI) stock. The Alaska Department of Revenue bought 56,911 Moderna shares. Earlier this month, news of a potentially effective Covid-19 pill sent Moderna shares sliding. It also bought 25,228 more Analog Devices shares to end September with 82,513 shares of the chip maker. Palantir stock is up 1.9% for the year so far, after sliding 9% in the third quarter, and trading flat so far in the fourth quarter.
Walters: Post-pandemic California: Comeback or decline?
The COVID-19 pandemic has wrought what appear to be permanent social and economic changes and nowhere is that more evident than in California. These disturbing trends raise a question: Has California reached a plateau and perhaps begun to decline, or is it, as Gov. A sobering poll of residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, the state’s most important economic engine, frames the issue. The poll found that 71% of respondents feel the quality of life in the Bay Area has grown worse over the past five years. A slight majority say they are likely to leave the Bay Area in the next few years, most citing high housing and other living costs and deteriorating quality of life.
The climate is still warming, but world leaders have a chance to fix that
This has been a year marked by terrifying news about climate change: extreme weather, massive wildfires, persistent drought in some areas and catastrophic flooding in others. Public opinion has moved, partly because more people now have first-hand experience with the effects of climate change. “Denialism,” the dismissal of climate change as bogus, is dying. An increasing number of Americans want their political leaders to do something about climate change. But for Democrats like President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, acting against climate change has become a must-do.
Sunday Bulletin Board: Coaching your kids: It fills your heart. It is designed to fill your heart.
“Fred’s 15U fall baseball team’s doubleheader a week ago Sunday was probably my last day coaching one of my kids. The sky was royal blue, the sun was bright, and kids were outside playing ball — throwing, catching, running and laughing. “The blink of an eye.”Then & NowGREGORY J. of Dayton’s Bluff: “I recently purchased — from eBay, of course — a catalog published by the St. Paul Statuary Co., formerly the Giuliani Statuary Co. It is the main altar at the Church of St. Mary in downtown St. Paul, located just a few blocks from where the St. Paul Statuary Co. once stood. “Apparently when the current ‘new’ church building was being designed a hundred years ago, the people of St. Mary’s decided to buy local and went over to the St. Paul Statuary Co. to have them design and build the altar.
Live updates: Cleveland Browns play at home today vs. the undefeated Arizona Cardinals
Akron Beacon JournalThe NFL's lone unbeaten team, the Arizona Cardinals, visit the Cleveland Browns this afternoon. In the Cardinals, the Browns get a chance at a big win one week after a tough loss on the road to the Los Angeles Chargers. Come back here throughout the day for our live updates on the Browns-Cardinals game, including the latest injury and scoring updates. What time do the Cleveland Browns play today, and how to watch TV, live streamGame time: 4:05 p.m. Browns vs. Cardinals odds, spread and linesOdds provided by Tipico Sportsbook.
The Latest: Another record in Russia's daily virus numbers
Restaurants will be allowed to cater to a maximum 50 customers at a time. Wedding receptions are also permitted, but with a maximum of 50 guests. However, the government still continues with the ban on public gatherings while restrictions are imposed on public transport and trains are still halted. ———WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand health care workers administered a record number of vaccine jabs Saturday as the nation held a festival aimed at getting more people inoculated against the coronavirus. By late afternoon, more than 120,000 people had gotten shots, eclipsing the daily record of 93,000 set in August.
The Memo: Conservatives change their tune on big government
One prime example, which came into focus last week, centers on Republicans, private business and the role of government. ADVERTISEMENTAbbott’s action cut across the wishes of numerous corporations in his state who had issued, or were planning, such mandates. High-profile Republicans had already become more willing to be critical of big business, especially as corporations have taken overtly political positions on social issues. Abbott, Cruz and DeSantis are all considered possible presidential contenders in 2024, where they could be vying for the presidential nomination of a Republican Party where former President Trump still holds enormous sway. Meanwhile, independent experts note that conservatives have often taken rather flexible views on the appropriate role of government.
Russia records highest daily new Covid-19 case number
MOSCOW — Russia is reporting its largest daily number of new coronavirus infections, more than 70 percent up on the number a month ago as the country faces a sustained rise in cases. The death toll of 999 was barely lower than the record 1,002 deaths reported on Saturday. Overall, the coronavirus task force has registered more than 7.99 million confirmed cases and 223,312 deaths — Europe’s highest death toll. The official record ranks Russia as having the fifth-most pandemic deaths in the world following the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico. Based on that number, Russia would rank as the fourth hardest-hit nation in the world, ahead of Mexico.
Want employees to return to the office? Let them bring their pandemic pets along | Gene Marks
We’re in the midst of a severe labor shortage and a reluctance among many people to return to the office. According to Nationwide, offering pet insurance is a great way for employers to demonstrate that they care about employees. Besides pet insurance, a growing number of businesses are allowing their employees to bring their animals to work. Offering pet insurance is another important benefit to consider. A whopping 69% of companies surveyed by the HR firm Willis Towers Watson said they plan to offer pet insurance, a 22% increase from last year.
The WHO is letting down long Covid patients | Ziyad Al-Aly
It is unclear why the WHO definition snubs and does not embrace the term “long Covid”. Arguably, without them long Covid would have remained a peripheral condition disregarded by governments, health systems and academic research as a fringe problem. The term “long Covid” should be officially embraced by the WHO. Unfortunately, the WHO’s slow and calcific response to long Covid is on track to repeat the same mistakes. The WHO, national governments and health systems around the world must do a better job preparing for long Covid.
Baillie Gifford criticised over China ties
A China investment fund operated by the money manager Baillie Gifford has been criticised for backing a company linked to human rights abuses. Baillie Gifford China holds a stake in BGI Genomics, which has been blacklisted in the US over its alleged role in repression in the Communist country. She said: "Baillie Gifford rightly states in their Governance and Sustainability guidelines that they expect all the firms they invest in to comply with the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. "This seems hard to reconcile with the firm’s own guidelines - and of course Baillie Gifford is far from alone." "BGI Group does not condone and would never be involved in any human rights abuses.”
Sir David Amess murder: Cops raid 'childhood home' of terror suspect Ali Harbi Ali
AdvertisementPolice have raided the 'childhood home' of terror suspect Ali Harbi Ali as part of their probe into the killing of Tory MP Sir David Amess, neighbours have today revealed. The source said it had been 'ad-hoc' but Sir David agreed to see him, adding: 'That's the sort of man he was. Police investigate whether David Amess was specifically targeted Detectives are now investigating whether Sir David Amess had been specifically targeted. The Council of Somali Organisations said in a statement: 'We condemn the brutal murder of Sir David Amess MP. The organisation's director, Kahiye Alim, said: 'I send my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Sir David Amess MP.
Kenya's Elisha Rotich and Ethiopia's Tigist Memuye win Paris marathon
Kenya's Elisha Rotich celebrates on his way to win the men's Paris Marathon race, in Paris, October 17, 2021Kenya's Elisha Rotich won the men's race and Ethiopia's Tigist Memuye topped the women's podium at the Paris Marathon on Sunday. Advertising Read moreRotich set a course record as he crossed the line in two hours four minutes 21 seconds to finish ahead of Ethiopia's Hailemaryam Kiros. BREAKING NEWSKenya's Elisha Rotich has broken the Paris Marathon course record. ???Old record: Kenenisa Bekele; 2:05:04New record: Elisha Rotich; 2:04:18Wow! The Paris Marathon, featuring 60,000 participants from 145 countries, was initially scheduled for April this year, but was delayed by six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In New Hampshire, vaccine fights and misinformation roil GOP
The episode was especially piercing in New Hampshire, where the previous House speaker died of COVID-19 last year. It has also exposed Republicans' persistent struggle to root out the misinformation that has taken hold in its ranks across the country. The risk is particularly clear in “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire, where the fight over vaccines has activated the libertarian wing of the GOP. Sununu, who is eyeing a run for Senate next year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, joined other Republican leaders in opposing a federal vaccine mandate. The opposition from Republican leaders to federal vaccine mandates prompted one Republican lawmaker, Rep. William Marsh, to switch parties.
Joe Biden's Nixon moment: A policy agenda that could change history — and the media yawns
American media, and especially the political press corps, has a history of failure when it comes to explaining the policies that could change people's lives. To better understand what is happening to Biden's agenda right now, it may be instructive to look at a similar moment in history, not terribly long ago. Instead it has been obsessed with the drama around Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema threatening to derail Biden's agenda and possibly define him as a "failed" president. Biden's agenda is far less ambitious than the big bills passed under Franklin D. Roosevelt or Lyndon Johnson. Fifty years after the egregious coverage of Nixon's agenda, the media has evidently learned nothing from its mistakes.
IMF lowers 2021 growth forecast for Spain to 5.7%
The international organization has reduced Spain’s growth prospects for 2021 to 5.7%, five-tenths of a point lower than what it said in its July update. And in 2022, the IMF is expecting Spain’s economic output to grow 6.4%, which is six-tenths of a point higher than its previous estimate. In September, the Spanish government released its own projections of 6.5% growth for 2021 and 7% for 2022. Covid-19 crisisIn June 2019, Spain was emerging from a decade of austerity following the deep crisis of 2008. The latter said it plans to bring the figure down from 120% of GDP in 2020 to 119.5% in 2021 and 115.1% in 2022.
Robert Durst has Covid, his lawyer says, and is on a ventilator.
Mr. Durst faces a possible murder indictment in New York in connection with the disappearance of Kathie Durst. The question came up after the panel heard a presentation about a study showing that the mix-and-match approach gives patients who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine a stronger antibody response. Preliminary data from the study showed that the antibody levels of those who had gotten a Johnson & Johnson shot followed by a Moderna booster rose 76-fold within 15 days, whereas the antibody levels of those who had received a Johnson & Johnson booster rose only fourfold in the same period. A Pfizer booster raised antibody levels 35-fold in Johnson & Johnson recipients. “At the end of the day, folks having the Johnson & Johnson should probably get an mRNA booster,” said Scott Hensley, an immunologist at the University of Pennsylvania.
What We Know About the Shooting Death of Ahmaud Arbery
michael barbaroToday, the death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery and my colleague Richard Fausset’s investigation into it. I came across another couple, and they had already made up their mind that Ahmaud Arbery deserved what he had gotten. It said that the man who shot Ahmaud Arbery, Travis McMichael, was justified in doing so because Mr. Arbery had grabbed the shotgun. It turns out that his son worked in the local district attorney’s office with Greg McMichael, one of the men who had pursued Ahmaud Arbery. richard faussetThe video was shot by a third man who was also engaged in the pursuit of Ahmaud Arbery.
Will New Covid Treatments Be as Elusive for Poor Countries as Vaccines?
Moon, co-director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Generic production licenses for restricted territories can leave middle-income countries that have frail public health systems paying prices nearly as high as rich ones. Merck says it will use World Bank income data from these countries to calculate what it charges for the drug in each. Unitaid, the Geneva-based global health agency, said $3.5 billion in new funding from rich nations was needed to make therapeutics accessible, the bulk of it for antivirals in low-income countries. We need donors to step up with funds to make sure treatments reach everyone,” Janet Ginnard, the director of strategy, said.
90 Seconds of Rage
They say they had no intention of rioting or trespassing to keep Mr. Trump in office. Mr. Mullins and his wife, whom he met in the seventh grade, live beside a lake about 30 miles north of Wingo. Mr. Mullins is the treasurer, handyman and quiet benefactor who finds the preachers for sparsely attended Sunday services. Joseph Rushmore‘Go Forth and Fight’Circulating in the milling crowd around Mr. Mullins were six strangers destined to become his co-defendants. Later, Mr. Lopatic told the doctors treating his injuries that he’d been jumped in an attempted robbery.
‘SNL’ Weekend Update takes on budget bill, vaccine mandates, COVID origins -- and other political footballs
"The Biden administration’s climate plan is likely to be dropped from the budget bill after Sen. Joe Manchin refused to support it," co-host Colin Jost said from behind the Weekend Update news desk. "But you know what, I’m not going to let some bad climate news ruin this beautiful 80-degree October day." Weekend Update managed to squeeze in one Biden joke this Saturday, with co-host Michael Che saying a new report found Biden is, on average, 22 minutes late to events. "I mean if you could see half the emails Che sends me," he said in a setup, then promising to show one of the emails. "But the Giants are still going to stick with their current quarterback: a scarecrow on a Roomba," Che said.
Melbourne to ease world’s longest Covid-19 lockdown
MELBOURNE — Melbourne, which has spent more time under Covid-19 lockdowns than any other city in the world, is set to lift its stay-at-home orders this week, officials said on Sunday. Australian and other media say this is the longest in the world, exceeding a 234-day lockdown in Buenos Aires. More easing, including the reopening of many retailers, will come once 80 percent of eligible Victorians are fully vaccinated — estimated by Nov. 5 at the latest. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsOn Sunday, Victoria recorded 1,838 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths. The government is also in discussions with Singapore about reopening travel between the two countries for the fully vaccinated.
Saudi leads major Gulf markets higher
REUTERS/Hamad I MohammedOct 17 (Reuters) - Major stock markets in the Gulf rose in early trade on Sunday amid strong oil prices, with the Saudi index outperforming the region as the country eased coronavirus curbs. read moreThe authorities also cancelled curbs on fully vaccinated people at closed venues, restaurants and cinemas, and on transportation. Saudi Arabia's benchmark index (.TASI) gained 0.5%, with Al Rajhi Bank (1120.SE) rising 0.5%, while Jabal Omar Development (4250.SE), one of Saudi Arabia's largest-listed property developers, advanced 2.7%. read moreIn Abu Dhabi, the index (.ADI) added 0.3%, supported by a 2.3% rise in Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB.AD) and a 0.2% increase in the country's largest lender First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB.AD). UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei said the oil-rich Gulf is continuing to invest in the energy sector to meet growing demand and ensure stability in global markets.
Saudi Arabia to allow sports fans to attend full-capacity events
Soccer Football - World Cup Qualifiers Asia - Round 2 - Group D - Saudi Arabia v Palestine - King Saud University Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - March 30, 2021 Fans inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Ahmed YosriOct 17 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's sports fans will be allowed to attend full-capacity events at all stadiums and other sports facilities starting on Sunday, the country's ministry of sports announced in a statement on Saturday. Stadiums and other sports facilities will limit entry to fans who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the kingdom, the ministry said. On Friday, the interior ministry said Saudi Arabia would ease COVID-19 curbs beginning on Sunday, the interior ministry said on Friday, in response to a sharp drop in the daily number of infections and what it characterized as a considerable development in vaccinations. Reporting by Ahmed Tolbad; editing by Jonathan OatisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Cape Verde, eyeing economic recovery, votes for new president
Cape Verde's Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves speaks during a news conference with his Portuguese counterpart Pedro Passos Coelho (not pictured) at the Necessidades palace in Lisbon December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File PhotoPRAIA, Oct 17 (Reuters) - The West African archipelago nation of Cape Verde, one of the continent's most stable democracies, voted on Sunday for a new president who will be tasked with righting its tourism-driven economy after the COVID-19 pandemic sent growth cratering. Border closures during the pandemic cut off Cape Verde's beaches and mountains to tourists, causing growth in gross domestic product (GDP) to contract by 14% in 2020. Since independence from Portugal in 1975, there have been two presidents each from the MpD and PAICV. read moreThe presidential election will head to a run-off if no candidate receives more than 50% of the first-round vote.
Rescuers: Last Jew of Kabul making his way to Israel
FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2009 file photo, Zebulon Simentov, the last known Jew living in Afghanistan, sits in his Kabul home. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2009 file photo, Zebulon Simentov, the last known Jew living in Afghanistan, sits in his Kabul home. Simentov, who fled Afghanistan last month after the Taliban takeover, landed Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 in Turkey on what his rescuers say is a final stop before landing in Israel. He said he had an appointment to take Simentov to the Israeli consulate on Monday to arrange his entry to Israel. The Taliban, like other Islamic militant groups, are hostile to Israel but tolerated the country’s miniscule Jewish community during their previous reign.
A funky Flea celebrates his birthday, his school’s founding
FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, plays the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, plays the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Flea had a funky birthday. So did the music school he co-founded that has become an LA institution. It’s open to all comers, but specializes in serving the youth of the surrounding community in eastern Los Angeles, providing scholarships to kids who need them.
Dodgers' Scherzer planned NLCS Game 1 starter against Braves
“That is Scherzer being Scherzer,” teammate Cody Bellinger said. Scherzer is expected to face Braves left-hander Max Fried in Game 1 on Saturday night in an NLCS rematch. The Dodgers beat the Braves in seven games in last year's NLCS before winning the World Series. Following Thursday night's game, Robert said he understood “there might be a cost” in using Scherzer in the closing role as the Dodgers faced the quick turnaround before opening the NLCS. “He’s going to come back, I bet, tomorrow, and pitch against us and he’s going to be Max Scherzer,” Freeman said.
Op-Ed: Refrigeration alone can’t solve the ‘last mile’ problem for COVID-19 vaccines
There also is the need to counter misinformation and vaccine hesitancy. Addressing hesitancy toward vaccination and educating communities on preventive measures requires a community-centered approach that engages hearts and minds. In our studies of vaccine hesitancy around the world, we’ve seen hesitancy higher in three groups: refugees and other displaced people; women; and young people. Measures like the ones described above help increase confidence in vaccines and the healthcare system. To break through this complacency, we don’t just bring vaccines to vaccination centers.
Will Matthew McConaughey run for governor of Texas?
Since last spring, movie star Matthew McConaughey has been toying with the idea of a run for governor of Texas but has refused to commit, relishing the spotlight celebs are accustomed to while promoting his new memoir, “Greenlights.”Movies Matthew McConaughey’s advice for a career McConaissance ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ star Matthew McConaughey has breathed new life into his career over the last couple of years. Matthew McConaughey performs June 19 before a home game between the Austin FC and San Jose Earthquakes at Q2 Stadium. McConaughey was born in the West Texas town of Uvalde to a kindergarten teacher and oil pipe supplier who later moved the family to North Texas. He graduated from Longview High School (as did Abbott) and the University of Texas at Austin (also Abbott’s alma mater). Even 22% of Trump voters said they’d back McConaughey, according to University of Texas at Tyler political scientist Mark Owens, who directed the poll.
Twin Cities transit planners ponder a post-COVID future
Rides on most other commuter lines dropped by about half. COMMUTER LINES MAY SHRINKAnother sign of change for commuter lines can be seen on metro freeways. The Metropolitan Council studies these trends and has made a prediction: Commuter lines will shrink, and local-service lines will increase. These include the $532 million Gold Line to Woodbury and the $475 million Rush Line to White Bear Lake. Met Council spokeswoman Bonnie Kollodge said ridership on local routes — but not commuter routes — is a healthy 90 percent of pre-COVID use.
Columbus Symphony kicks off Masterworks season with violinist Stefan Jackiw
The parents of acclaimed violinist Stefan Jackiw are retired physics professors; his mother, So-Young Pi, taught at Boston University, and his father, Roman Jackiw, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “I was lucky in the sense that I had parents who were both supportive, but not crazy, crazy pushy with my violin study,” said Jackiw, 36, ahead of his appearance with the Columbus Symphony. The musician will perform as part of the Masterworks season opener in concerts Oct. 22 and 23 in the Ohio Theatre. Fortunately for music lovers, though, Jackiw was able to dabble in other disciplines while retaining his focus on the violin. Columbus Symphony Music Director Rossen Milanov, who has previously collaborated with Jackiw in concerts with other orchestras in Detroit, Slovenia and Chautauqua, New York, describes himself as musically in synch with the violinist — in harmony, you might say.
Mount Vernon, Jonathan Alder schools reverting back to being mask optional
Mount Vernon City Schools in Knox County and Jonathan Alder Local Schools in Plain City both are switching back to being mask optional. Mount Vernon will switch to mask optional starting Wednesday, according to a district update Friday. "We have always remained hopeful that we would work our way back to a ‘Mask Optional’ environment," the update said." More:Bucking trend, some Ohio school districts are reversing mask mandates amid parent pressureJonathan Alder, which primarily serves Madison County, reverted back to being mask optional on Wednesday. Jonathan Alder has had 148 cumulative student cases and 18 total staff cases of COVID-19, according to the ODH.
Visual Arts: Abstract art and music form a symbiotic relationship in Dahl exhibit
Nancy GilsonSpecial to The Columbus DispatchColorful abstract paintings and original jazz music talk to each other in a clever and thoughtful exhibit Downtown at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. “Art and Jazz” features more than 40 oil-on-wood gestural paintings by Karin Dahl, professor emeritus at Ohio State University. Her vibrant works were inspired by — or inspired — jazz music by composer and bassist Christian Berg and composer and pianist Brian Cashwell, both longtime performers and university professors. In describing her painting inspired by the music, Dahl said, “The point of this expression is to capture the large masses of sound … that seem to bloom musically at the beginning. “In abstract art, the viewer has to bring a lot of work to a painting.”And, she said, “I think abstract art is as improvisational as jazz.”Arts Center home to another exhibitThose stopping in at the Cultural Arts Center should not miss the exhibit in the Loft Gallery on the third floor.
Mailbox: Plenty of backlash for Urban Meyer, and non-Daves weigh in on stadium noise
On Urban Meyer:To Brian: Writers to this column last Sunday illustrate how Ohio State football fans confuse integrity with winning percentage. Urban Meyer abandons his team, goes out in public, ... handles a woman who is not his wife and the writers blame the person who aired the video. Brent D. Rosenthal, ColumbusMailbox:Media, and social media, equally to blame in Urban Meyer messTo Editor: I avoid social media like the virtual plague it is. I actually enjoyed the (Ohio State football) games during COVID restrictions until they started adding the noise. Ohio State opener was a horrible mess, from ticketing to Kerry Coombs and beyondGet more Ohio State football news by listening to our podcasts
Kindness runs in the family: How an Edmond couple is continuing their late son's legacy
Keaton Barron, 8, died in May 2018 after battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but his parents Luke and Holly Barron have continued their son's loving legacy. Each person who receives a bit of K Club kindness receives a K Club card that includes Keaton's photo and the club's simple premise. Turns out the "K" in K Club stands for several things. K Club is there from the beginning to the end in the way that they love and support these families. To learn moreFor more information about the Barron family and the K Club, visit the K Club Facebook page or go to https://www.kclubkindness.org.
Ghostly legends: Ohio State Reformatory, Malabar Farm among Richland County sites rich in lore
1 as scariest state for Halloween attractions, according to new studyThe Ohio State Reformatory, 100 Reformatory Road, is plenty macabre, with or without ghosts. 'The Shawshank Redemption' filmed at Ohio State Reformatory in MansfieldThe reformatory is perhaps best-known as the place where much of the movie “The Shawshank Redemption” was filmed. But all is not always sunny at the Ohio State Reformatory. 'Ghostly' history of Mansfield's Ohio State ReformatoryAlthough the institution was built to help uplift inmates, it saw plenty of misery, especially in later years when it became severely overcrowded. Haunted history of Malabar FarmAlthough reputedly haunted, verdant, pastoral Malabar Farm, 4050 Bromfield Road, seems an unlikely place for ghosts.
Theodore Decker: Ohio's State Board of Education stand on 'division' has unexpected consequences
To the esteemed members of the the Ohio State Board of Education:What follows is the legal opinion you requested regarding your latest maneuverings. Last week, you voted to repeal Resolution 20, the anti-racism resolution that the board passed last year, and to replace it with one condemning any teachings that "seek to divide." The language of Resolution 13 states that "the Board condemns any standards, curriculum, or training programs for students, teachers, or staff that seek to divide." Instruction on the Rocky Mountains might best be avoided, for example, given the range's entanglement with the Continental Divide. We'd ask a math teacher to clarify this, but currently, they're all banging their heads against their chalkboards.
Eerie experiences: Ohio Statehouse, other venues have long history of 'ghost' stories
Peter TonguetteSpecial to The Columbus DispatchAs a volunteer tour guide at the Ohio Statehouse, Dan Trump is used to living with history. ... I’m not a big ghost person, but I did hear this.”Columbus has a long history of ghostly eventsBucky Cutright, the founder of Columbus Ghost Tours, said that while every city has its own ghost stories, Columbus has a high concentration of them. Leah Wharton, operations director at Thurber House, said that staff members routinely report odd occurrences, including a floating orb of light encountered upstairs by a staff member. Things to do:Uptown Ghost Story Tours spinning tales of historical characters, placesHe asked one of organizers if they had arranged for the lights to dim. Ghost tours and similar spooky events are on tap throughout Greater Columbus.
Meet the Authors: Rikki Santer, Wil Haygood among in-person and virtual appearances the week of Oct. 17
The Columbus DispatchAuthors making in-person or virtual appearances this week:• Rikki Santer: The Columbus poet will read from her new collection, “Head to Toe of It,” exploring the complicated notions of fashion, at 2 p.m. Oct. 17, at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, 145 E. Main St., Lancaster. Following the film, “Foxy Brown,” starring Pam Grier, Haygood will answer questions and sign books in the theater lobby. Those attending are required to wear a mask in the lobby and while seated (unless eating). Proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test is required to attend. In the book, Bonilla and illustrator Eleonora Pace use animals to portray parental love.
Viewpoint: Agribusiness works only with access to internet
While we grappled with COVID-19 the best we could, the pandemic amplified the disparities of agribusiness in rural Oklahoma. Dale Denwalt’s article, supported by the Microsoft Airband Initiative, shows few households have reliable high-speed internet and cell service. Our senior citizens cannot dial in for telemedicine appointments without reliable internet access at home. Farmer Cooperatives rely on broadband access to communicate with their farmer owners and customers and source the latest technologies to achieve optimal yield. Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative Council, representing cooperatives across the region, is in full support of and thanks state lawmakers for increasing broadband access and prioritizing a high-speed, connected Oklahoma.
Viewpoint: Public school bureaucrats should listen to parents, not insult them
Since 2020, those school board meetings have gone from lively, to contentious, to occasionally even hostile. Yet that is exactly the kind of power that school boards across the country are demanding. The real act of oppression targeting families in the public school system is an almost universal attitude adopted by school boards — in Oklahoma and across the nation – that public school students belong to them. I hope Shawn Hime does act to put distance between Oklahoma’s school board association and its wayward, imperious national counterpart. But more than that, I hope the directive to our school boards in Oklahoma is this: more listening, less lecturing.
Meet the People Who Won’t Have Sex Until They’re Sterilized
Meet the Women Telling Their Sterilization Stories on TikTokAll the drama made Sasha wonder if she even wanted to have children at all. Sasha made the decision to not have sex until she could afford the surgery. So Sasha, who is now 25 and lives in Minneapolis, hasn’t had sex since her sophomore year of college. She got an abortion, but felt so traumatized by the encounters that she swore off sex, and men, for good. Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you.
The dark side of wellness: the overlap between spiritual thinking and far-right conspiracies
Today that phrase is seen on social media posts by yoga teachers and wellness influencers speaking out against human trafficking. While the overlap of left-wing, magazine-friendly wellness and far-right conspiracy theories might initially sound surprising, the similarities in cultures, in ways of thinking – the questioning of authority, of alternative medicines, the distrust of institutions– are clear. Research conducted during the pandemic suggests a link between Covid-related uncertainty, anxiety and depression and an increased likelihood of believing conspiracy theories. One benefit of the rise of conspiracy theories is the rise of conspiracy-theory explainers. People who understand the values and experiences of people who have embraced wellness and conspiracies.” It’s never been more important, he believes, for wellness influencers to use their influence well.
Oxford University to take smaller stakes in professors’ start-ups
Oxford academics will no longer be forced to hand over half their companies to the university, after it overhauled its spin-out policy in the wake of Covid-19 breakthroughs. The University of Oxford has introduced a new policy which means that academics or professors will automatically retain a larger stake in the businesses they set up while at the university. However, Oxford has now revamped the policy so that it will take only a 20pc stake in most spin-out companies. Nando de Freitas, a former Oxford University professor who co-founded Dark Blue Labs, now part of Google’s artificial intelligence company DeepMind, accused the university on Twitter of “destroying UK innovation”. Oxford University also has a slightly different structure for how that research is then commercialised, passing half of the stake it takes in companies on to an investment company, Oxford Sciences Enterprises.
Accountants raise concerns over dividend paid to Dixon’s IWG
Accountants have raised concerns after a £635m dividend was paid to IWG billionaire Mark Dixon’s company by a Jersey subsidiary which was then put into bankruptcy. An Ernst & Young review of the controversial decision to place Regus plc into bankruptcy in September 2020 is to be followed up with a further investigation into whether the money should have been paid out, court documents show. Regus plc had guaranteed £790m of landlords’ leases on serviced offices occupied by IWG if it was unable to pay its rent. However, the dividend payment shortly before Covid struck meant there was little money left to reimburse landlords as lockdowns were imposed and IWG sought rent cuts. But the Jersey court’s ruling revealed that the Luxembourg bankruptcy trustee, Nicolas Thieltgen, will conduct further investigation into the dividend payouts after receiving a draft report from Ernst & Young.
Venezuelan government suspends negotiations with opposition
By Mayela Armas and Deisy BuitragoCARACAS/PRAIA -Venezuela on Saturday said it would suspend negotiations with the opposition that were set to resume this weekend, after Cape Verde extradited Colombian businessman Alex Saab, a Venezuelan envoy, to the United States on money laundering charges. Rodriguez said the Venezuelan government would not attend the talks set to begin on Sunday. The U.S. also sanctioned him for allegedly orchestrating a corruption network that allowed Saab and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to profit from a state-run food subsidy program. Saab’s lawyers have called the U.S. charges “politically motivated.”Cape Verde national radio reported the extradition on Saturday. The government of Cape Verde was not immediately available to comment.
British grandma jailed for smuggling cocaine on cruise dies in agony in Portuguese rat-infested jail
A British grandmother to eight who smuggled £1 million worth of cocaine on a cruise ship with her husband has died in agony in a rat-infested Portuguese jail. A source told The Mirror Susan died alone and 'in pain' after suffering a lump in her throat which prevented her from speaking. Susan Clarke and husband Roger were jailed in 2019 for smuggling cocaine on a cruise'She was handed a life sentence – left to die in a foreign prison with no loved ones around her', they said. The couple said they thought they were smuggling exotic fruit and were previously sentenced for smuggling 240kg of cannabis into Norway in 2010. Mrs Clarke previously denied having anything to do with the cocaine found in the couple's suitcases on the Marco Polo cruise ship.
The great global supply-chain massacre
In the period leading up to the 2008 global financial crisis, a few prescient voices warned of potentially catastrophic systemic instability. Or are we instead witnessing a meltdown of the global production system? And in the latter case, what would be the supply-chain equivalent of leading central banks’ interventions to prevent a global financial collapse in 2008? In the energy sector, for example, there has been a steady shift away from national self-sufficiency toward reliance on global markets. Even after 30 years of globalization, there is astonishingly little detailed, publicly available information on product flows in global supply chains.
Succession star Sarah Snook secretly MARRIES comedian Dave Lawson
Sarah Snook has secretly married her best friend Dave Lawson. Sarah Snook has secretly married her best friend. The Australian actress, who stars on the smash hit HBO series Succession, fell for fellow Aussie Dave Lawson while the pals were locked down together. Snook plays the character Siobhan 'Shiv' Roy in Succession, which has been a huge hit for HBO. In a profile for Vulture, Sarah Snook - who plays Shiv Roy - gave context regarding the decision, saying: 'These are really wealthy people.
British-Iranian Woman Fears Return To Prison In Iran After Extra Year Added To Sentence
The husband of a British-Iranian woman says his wife is “traumatized” by the possibility that she could be sent back to prison in Iran after an Iranian appeals court upheld a ruling that adds another year to her sentence. Lawyer Hojjat Kermani said on October 16 that Zaghari-Ratcliffe was "concerned" when he informed her about the appeals court decision at a closed-door hearing. The initial court ruling against Zaghari-Ratcliffe was five years plus a one-year travel ban abroad. The extra year added to her sentence means Zaghari-Ratcliffe cannot leave Iran to join her husband and 7-year-old daughter in London for nearly two more years. Rights groups accuse Iran of holding dual nationals as bargaining chips for money or influence in negotiations with the West.
Iranian Court Upholds Extra Year In Prison for Iranian-British Woman
An Iranian appeals court has upheld a ruling that adds another year to the prison sentence of an Iranian-British woman who has already served a five-year prison sentence in Tehran, according to her lawyer. The initial court ruling against Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe also included a one-year-travel ban abroad, meaning Zaghari-Ratcliffe cannot leave Iran to join her husband and now 7-year-old daughter in London for nearly two more years. In April, the court sentenced Zaghari-Ratcliffe on charges that she had spread “propaganda against the system” when she participated in a protest in front of the Iranian Embassy in London in 2009. Rights groups accuse Iran of holding dual nationals as bargaining chips for money or influence in negotiations with the West. Tehran denies that it jails dual nationals to use as bargaining chips.
‘Project Runway’: Host Christian Siriano Talks Future of Fashion, Mentoring on the Series
After more than a decade in fashion, the Project Runway mentor and host who launched his eponymous womenswear brand in 2008, has redefined the red carpet rule book. It reminds me of when I was a little boy watching my sister dance or being backstage watching all the sugar plum fairies in The Nutcracker. I don’t always love the business end,” he chuckles, “but I love to celebrate beauty on the runway.”In 2008, Siriano and his vision took on Project Runway, where he became the youngest designer to win the fashion competition series. But since then Siriano has become so much more than a Project Runway winner. They’re like, ‘Wow, you have so many Black models on the runway.’ I’m like, ‘No, I always have.
Letters to the Editor — Oct. 17, 2021
‘Othello’ outrageHave we all become so thin-skinned that we cannot hear or see a world that is less than ideal (“Prof loses class over ‘Othello’ blackface,” Oct. 10)? Stanley RubinFresh MeadowsSave outdoor eatsThe Post Editorial Board is spot on in its pitch to keep outdoor dining — with heaters — during the winter months ahead (“Blas’ Rx To Kill Outdoor Dining,” Editorial, Oct. 13). Over the past 18 months, restaurants have relied on outdoor dining to stay afloat. While there are aspects of the outdoor dining program that can certainly be improved, these propane heaters are not the problem. There’s no reason to prohibit these outdoor heaters.
After the Jan. 6 riot, police departments confront the mental health toll of the job
Erin Smith, whose husband, Jeffrey Smith, died by suicide days after responding to the Capitol riot, wants to change that. Efforts to address policing and hold them accountable have come with advocates and police departments pushing for money to address mental health issues among the uniformed. The police reform bill that fell apart in the Senate last month would have included tens of millions of dollars for police departments across the country to address the growing mental health needs. Jeffrey Smith. Her husband, who had no prior history of depression or mental health issues, became irritable, distant, reclusive and angry.
In Virginia, Republicans see education, curriculum fears as a path to victory
WARRENTON, Va. — Democrat Terry McAuliffe launched his campaign for Virginia governor last year at a public school to tout his education plan. And education has frequently been the battlefield of American culture wars, from war protests to classroom prayer. He just absolutely confirmed what we all believed.”McAuliffe has dismissed the issue and conspiratorial fear-mongering, saying critical race theory is not even taught in Virginia schools. And all he's doing, like (Former President Donald) Trump, is getting parents fighting parents, using children as political pawns. (Republicans ran ads suggesting that the suburbs of Washington, D.C., had become dangerous because of gang activity and blamed Democrats.)
Critical race theory battle invades school boards — with help from conservative groups
Jeff Porter, a school superintendent in suburban Maine, said his district has been "almost held hostage" by a national battle over critical race theory. They have become media darlings in conservative circles and made the debate over critical race theory a national issue. “The goal is to have the public read something crazy in the newspaper and immediately think ‘critical race theory,’” he wrote. “There was the ‘war on Christmas,’ and now everybody is teaching critical race theory. The critical race theory debate became a central issue of last week’s school board race, with Maksymowicz facing calls to resign.
Russia sees highest daily new COVID case number
Russia's daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. Russia's daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is reporting its largest daily number of new coronavirus infections, more than 70% up on the number a month ago as the country faces a sustained rise in cases. The death toll of 999 was barely lower than the record 1,002 deaths reported on Saturday. Overall, the coronavirus task force has registered more than 7.99 million confirmed cases and 223,312 deaths — Europe’s highest death toll.
After the Jan. 6 riot, police departments confront the mental health toll of the job
Erin Smith, whose husband, Jeffrey Smith, died by suicide days after responding to the Capitol riot, wants to change that. Efforts to address policing and hold them accountable have come with advocates and police departments pushing for money to address mental health issues among the uniformed. The police reform bill that fell apart in the Senate last month would have included tens of millions of dollars for police departments across the country to address the growing mental health needs. Image: Jeffrey Smith (Jack Reznicki)Erin and Jeffrey Smith were married in 2019. Her husband, who had no prior history of depression or mental health issues, became irritable, distant, reclusive and angry.
U.S. banks see wealth management boom on borrowing, new assets
Morgan Stanley's wealth management business reported revenues of $5.935 billion, up 28% from last year. Wealth management loan balances reached $121 billion, up 33% year-on-year, mostly from clients taking out mortgages and borrowing against their investments. At JPMorgan's asset and wealth management business, revenues 21% to $4.3 billion, while average loans rose 20% from last year. Goldman Sachs, which has a smaller wealth management unit catering to the extremely rich, said wealth management net revenues jumped 40% from last year to $1.64 billion, while loan balances were also up 40% to reach $42 billion. JPMorgan does not break out net new assets for its asset and wealth management business.
Proposed $311M Oyster Bay budget keeps tax levy flat, boosts spending on salaries in 2022
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino’s proposed 2022 budget would keep spending flat for the first time since he took office in 2017. The town’s tax levy, as calculated under the state’s tax cap, would also remain flat at $232.9 million. The general fund levy, which applies to all properties, would increase by $3.5 million to $59.1 million in the proposed budget, compared to 2021. One levy that has fallen sharply since 2017 is the Part Town levy that funds Oyster Bay’s buildings and planning department. That levy fell from $2.4 million in 2017 to $100,000 in the proposed 2022 budget, as tax revenue has largely been replaced by fee revenue.
Stony Brook offers support group for those feeling isolated with 'long COVID'
After months of facing long COVID alone, Crean found support in a weekly online group started by Stony Brook Medicine. A Stony Brook Medicine psychologist formed a support group to help those with long COVID share and validate their experiences. For more information on Stony Brook's long COVID support group, call 631-632-2428. In addition to the Stony Brook group, there is a state-run, statewide weekly online "COVID longhauler" support group. Zina Seguino, 53, of Copiague, about the support groupThe support group, which Seguino joined in August, is "a safe place for us to be able to be ourselves.
God walks into a psychologist's office: Jewish Theatre of Oklahoma starts second season with comedy
said Jewish Theatre of Oklahoma Associate Artistic Director Debra Rich Gettleman, who will star as the psychologist who has a divine encounter in "Oh, God." After presenting streaming-only shows during its debut season, Jewish Theatre of Oklahoma will stage "Oh, God" as the first production on its sophomore season. The company also is working to strengthen the local Jewish community and its ties to the broader multicultural community with its performances. "We really want to foster creativity in the Jewish community and the community at large," she said. Where: Black Box Theatre in the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University.
Fundraiser planned to restart Virginia Campbell's OKC Piano Artist Series
These are the high peaks of Bach piano music, and he played it from memory, flawless," Clarke recalled. Now an Edmond-based composer, Clarke is working with a group of fellow musicians and music lovers to continue Campbell's Piano Artist Series following Campbell's death March 4 at the age of 90. A fundraising concert to restart the series is planned at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at All Souls Episcopal Church featuring internationally renowned pianist, recording artist and series regularChih-Long Hu. Showcasing world-class performersIn 1982, Campbell traveled to Austria to study with Demus, and her yearly summer trips back there inspired her Piano Artist Series. PIANO ARTIST SERIES FUNDRAISER CONCERTFeaturing: Chih-Long Hu and Elizabeth Grice.
Venezuelan government suspends negotiations with opposition
By Mayela Armas and Deisy BuitragoCARACAS/PRAIA -Venezuela on Saturday said it would suspend negotiations with the opposition that were set to resume this weekend, after Cape Verde extradited Colombian businessman Alex Saab, a Venezuelan envoy, to the United States on money laundering charges. Rodriguez said the Venezuelan government would not attend the talks set to begin on Sunday. The U.S. also sanctioned him for allegedly orchestrating a corruption network that allowed Saab and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to profit from a state-run food subsidy program. The government of Cape Verde was not immediately available to comment. A U.S. Justice Department spokesperson confirmed Saab’s extradition and said he is expected to make his initial court appearance on Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Iran court upholds jail term for UK-Iranian aid worker, lawyer says
DUBAI -An Iranian appeals court has upheld a one-year prison term for British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on security offences, her lawyer was quoted by an Iranian news website as saying on Saturday. “The appeals court has approved the lower court’s verdict without holding a hearing,” attorney Hojjat Kermani told the Emtedad website. In April, an Iranian court sentenced Zaghari-Ratcliffe to a new term in jail on charges of propaganda against Iran’s ruling system, just a month after she finished a prior five-year sentence. There was no immediate official comment from Iran’s judiciary on the appeals court decision. “Iran’s decision to proceed with these baseless charges against Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is an appalling continuation of the cruel ordeal she is going through,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement.
Bill Clinton Is in 'Good Spirits' as Doctors Expect Sunday Release from Hospital After Infection Treatment
"President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the last 24 hours," a spokesperson shared on SaturdayBill Clinton Is in 'Good Spirits' as Doctors Expect Sunday Release from Hospital After Infection TreatmentAfter four days in the hospital, Bill Clinton is on the mend. He will remain overnight at UC Irvine Medical Center to continue to receive IV antibiotics before an expected discharge tomorrow," Clinton spokesperson Angel Ureña shared in a statement on Saturday. Ureña continued, "He is in great spirits and has been spending time with family, catching up with friends, and watching football. Bill Clinton Credit: Alex Wong/gettyEarlier this week, his wife Hilary Clinton was seen visiting her husband's bedside. Photos and video of the former first lady showed her exiting UCI Medical Center late Thursday.
Patty Jenkins Confirms Lynda Carter's Return in Wonder Woman 3
Director Patty Jenkins teamed up with Lynda Carter to tease the next installment in the Wonder Woman franchise during the DC FanDome 2021 event on SaturdayThe original Amazonian princess Lynda Carter is returning for the next Wonder Woman installment! Although star Gal Gadot, 36, did not attend the virtual event, Jenkins, 50, revealed that the entire team was "super excited about Wonder Woman 3." "But we are all three very excited about some exciting things coming up with Wonder Woman 3." "And that's what I'm hoping for all of the fans of Wonder Woman ... to know that your life is full of surprises, and the Wonder Woman in you is alive and well." 'Wonder Woman 1984' Gal Gadot in 'Wonder Woman 1984' | Credit: WARNER BROS/Moviestore/ShutterstockJust days after Wonder Woman 1984 was released on Christmas Day, Warner Bros. announced that development on the third film was being fast-tracked.
'M************!' Joe Rogan destroys CNN reporter for 'lies' that he was taking horse drugs
'M************!' Joe Rogan destroys CNN reporter for 'lies' that he was taking horse drugsAdded: 16.10.2021 23:02 | 36 views | 0 commentsJOE ROGAN erupted at a CNN reporter over "lies" after the broadcasting corporation accused him of using horse deworming drugs to treat Covid-19.
Robert Durst: US millionaire hospitalised with Covid after life sentence
Robert Durst: US millionaire hospitalised with Covid after life sentenceAdded: 17.10.2021 1:16 | 24 views | 0 commentsRobert Durst was on Thursday convicted of murder and is a suspect in two other deaths.
Paris Marathon Live Stream: Watch Online, TV Channel, Start Time
The Paris Marathon returns this year after the 2020 edition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An unusually crowded fall marathon season continues Sunday with the 2021 running of the Paris Marathon. ETTV: Olympic ChannelLive stream the Paris Marathon on fuboTV: Start with a 7-day free trial! The decorated marathon runner won the Paris Marathon a decade ago and won the silver medal at the 2012 Olympics, but she has slowed down since then. Waganesh Mekasha and Sifan Melaku should have a lot of speed Sunday, making the Ethiopians the favorites in this year's women's field at the Paris Marathon.
SNL season 47, episode 3 recap: Rami Malek hosts
Rami Malek hosts 'SNL' Rami Malek hosts 'SNL' | Credit: NBCMalek is the villain in the latest Bond. She says compared to Jim Carrey's work last season, "I thought [James Austin Johnson] had more of a beat on Biden.") Rami Malek hosts 'SNL' Rami Malek hosts 'SNL' | Credit: NBCShe says Malek is "surprising and dangerous. Song — Squid GamePete Davidson and Rami Malek duet on a country ode to the new Netflix hit show. Prince AuditionKenan Thompson and Rami Malek play themselves, squaring off as two rival actors auditioning to play Prince in a movie.
Robert Durst Has COVID, Is on Ventilator
Robert Durst at his sentencing hearing on October 14. It is one of three murders Durst is suspected of committing, including of his wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst, in 1982. According to Durst’s lead attorney, Dick DeGuerin, Durst has been hospitalized and placed on a ventilator after contracting the coronavirus. DeGuerin told CNN that he was concerned that all of Durst’s close contacts this week may have been exposed. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told NBC News that they could not comment on Durst’s health, citing HIPAA privacy rules.
Variety Wins Nine First-Place Honors at L.A. Press Club’s SoCal Journalism Awards
Variety won nine first-place SoCal Journalism Awards from the Los Angeles Press Club Saturday night, including an entertainment journalist of the year honor for film critic Owen Gleiberman, repeating his win in that top category from two years ago. Others claiming first-place trophies for their Variety work included Matt Donnelly, Jennifer Dorn, Sophy Holland, Angelique Jackson, Tucker Morrison, Preston Northrup, Ramin Setoodeh, Elizabeth Wagmeister, Chris Willman and Meredith Woerner. The judges said: “‘Man of Action’ is a work of art — well written and informative throughout. Sean Penn and Ann Lee won a Public Service Award for their work with Core, introduced by L.A. fire chief Ralph M. Terrazas. The Los Angeles Press Club has just announced a date for its other annual awards ceremony, the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, set to take place at the Biltmore on Feb. 5, 2022.
‘They Can’t Stop Everyone’: GOP Congressman Dangerously Encourages Kids to Defy Statewide School Mask Mandate
What could have been a simple high school government lecture on civic duty and participation from a local congressman instead became a Covid-19 misinformation fest worthy of a primetime slot on Fox News. Congressman Bob Good (R-Va.) encouraged a group of high school students to defy a statewide school mask mandate, and he spread lies about vaccines and how the virus spreads, the Rappahannock News reported. “If nobody in Rappahannock complies [with the mask mandate], they can’t stop everyone,” Good told a Rappahannock County High School government class of approximately 20 students this week. Good’s timing in encouraging students to unmask is not great, as Rappahannock County schools have been experiencing a recent spike in Covid cases. Rappahannock County High School Principal Carlos Seward attended the event and felt that Good “reflected his own values,” the paper wrote.
NFL Week 6 predictions: Browns will beat undefeated Cardinals
Big Blue has typically shown up versus this foe in modern times, however, which mandates a measure of caution. It appears Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay are unlikely to make the party, but expect Giants QB Daniel Jones to see action. Texans (+10) over COLTSGiven Indianapolis’ consistent inability to finish off foes, taking the “lay” side to your heart is troubling. It seems reasonable to reach for a head start in points, given the circumstances. Vikings (-1) over PANTHERSTales fresh off the injury wire regarding two key running backs involved in this matchup — key Minnesota RB sparkplug Dalvin Cook is back at practice for the first time since Week Two.
Giants fans can’t afford to miss the Kadarius Toney Show
“We always say, ‘He speaks ball.’ ”Toney, who was nursing an ankle injury this week, doesn’t just speak ball. The way most of the past decade has gone for them, you can forgive Giants fans for wishing for the Age of Kadarius. MetLife Stadium, where the Giants have lost 25 of their past 34 games, has become a house of pain for Giants fans. Giants fans waved white towels the afternoon the Giants whipped Matt Ryan and the Falcons, 24-2, in the wild-card game that sparked their championship run. Forgive Giants fans for wondering whether it will be another 10 years before they will get the chance to cheer the next one.
Covid and critical race theory: Sleepy school board races are waking up
This year's school board race is heating up in Kansas' most populated county — and across the country. And school board recall efforts are under way in districts in several states, including Louisiana, Virginia and Wisconsin. The endorsements are among more than 50 the PAC has made, supporting school board candidates in Colorado, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio and elsewhere. In Ankeny, another Des Moines suburb, a school board race garnered attention after Iowa Gov. A third candidate dropped out of the school board race in September, although her name will remain on the ballot.
Saudi Stocks Lead Mideast Gains as Oil Surpasses $85: Inside EM
(Bloomberg) --Most Read from BloombergStocks in the Middle East picked up on Friday’s rally across global markets as oil’s gains through $85 a barrel emboldened investors. “GCC markets are taking cues from the positive performance in global equity markets on Friday,” said Junaid Ansari, head of investment strategy and research at Kamco Invest. “Moreover, oil is now trading at close to eight-year high levels. This should provide a boost on the economic front for almost all the GCC economies.”READ: Oil’s Leap Through $85 Shows Spillover Effect From Energy CrisisSaudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index climbs as much as 0.7% Adding to the index most by points: Al Rajhi Bank +0.6%; Jabal Omar +2.2%; Saudi Kayan +2.7% Aldrees Petroleum rises as much as 1.7% after reporting a 28% increase in third-quarter profit BinDawood and Arabian Centres jump more than 3% after saying they see positive impact from the government’s easing of Covid-19 measuresAbu Dhabi’s ADX General Index climbs 0.3% at 11:24 a.m. local time Sharjah Islamic Bank jumps to the highest level in seven years after reporting a 65% increase in third-quarter profitDubai Financial Market General Index is up 0.5% Emaar Properties leads by points, climbing 1%Kuwait’s Premier Market Index up 0.3% Kuwait Finance House +0.5%; National Bank of Kuwait +0.2%; Ahli United Bank +0.4%Qatar’s QE Index rises for a sixth dayOman’s MSM 30 Index jumps 0.6% after Moody’s changed its outlook on the country to stable from negativeKey News:Tunisia is in “very advanced discussions” with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for help in financing its budgetEnergy traders weighing the probability of a revived nuclear accord between Iran and world powers might do better to train their gaze on Beijing rather than negotiations in ViennaEgypt’s president said a revamp of the nation’s bloated and costly subsidy system was necessary, amid a broader push by the government to ensure that such aid reaches the neediest segment of the populati
Bill Clinton recovering from urological infection, aide says
Clinton was in good spirits and juggling books and watching TV coverage about his hospitalization, the aide said. Hillary Clinton was with him in the hospital, though not his daughter, Chelsea Clinton. He said Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, but is on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition. “President Biden and President Clinton look forward to seeing each other again soon,” Jean-Pierre said in an emailed statement. "President Biden wishes President Clinton a speedy recovery.”Clinton, 75, was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening for a non-COVID-19-related infection, Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said Thursday in a statement.
Tunisia Reaches Out to Gulf Nations as Economic Woes Deepen
(Bloomberg) -- Tunisia is in “very advanced discussions” with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for sorely needed financial aid, and talks with the IMF are ongoing, a central bank official said, as the nation’s political crisis weighs on already dire economic ills. Tunisia is battling long-running economic troubles and has been mired in fresh political upheaval since late July, when President Kais Saied suspended parliament and assumed more powers. The political turmoil led Moody’s Investor Service last week to cut its assessment of Tunisia by one notch, to Caa1. The central bank recently voiced concern over an “acute” drying up of foreign financing and the sustainability of public debt. (JRecasts and updates throughout with details, comment)Most Read from Bloomberg Businessweek©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Biden administration says it’s ready to restore ‘Remain in Mexico’ along border next month
AdvertisementIn August, a US District Court judge in Texas ordered the Biden administration to restart MPP, also known as ‘’Remain in Mexico,’’ faulting the White House for ending the program improperly. The Supreme Court upheld the decision, forcing Biden officials to restore a policy the president has deplored as inhumane. The number of migrants taken into custody along the Mexico border this year is at the highest level in at least two decades. The Biden administration has continued to use Title 42, while exempting unaccompanied minors, expelling more than 700,000 since January, the latest data show. Biden officials told reporters Title 42 will remain the primary enforcement mechanism for illegal border crossings, regardless of whether Mexico allows for the reimplementation of MPP.
Kosovo votes in municipal elections, focus at Pristina race
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo is holding municipal elections Sunday in which the left-wing party that has been in government for eight months is aiming to capture the city hall of the capital, Pristina. About 1.9 million voters are casting ballots to elect mayors for 38 municipalities and some 1,000 town hall lawmakers. In previous polls many of the communes have gone to runoffs, which take place in a month's time. The main contest will be for Pristina City Hall for which the governing left-wing Self-Determination Party, or Vetevendosje!, has nominated its former health minister, Arben Vitia. Elections are taking place during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a tough test for the people and authorities.
Kosovo votes in municipal elections, focus at Pristina race
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo is holding municipal elections Sunday in which the left-wing party that has been in government for eight months is aiming to capture the city hall of the capital, Pristina. About 1.9 million voters are casting ballots to elect mayors for 38 municipalities and some 1,000 town hall lawmakers. The main contest will be for Pristina City Hall for which the governing left-wing Self-Determination Party, or Vetevendosje!, has nominated its former health minister, Arben Vitia. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but Serbia doesn’t recognize the move. Elections are taking place during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a tough test for the people and authorities.
Robert Durst hospitalised with COVID-19, his lawyer says
New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who days ago was sentenced in a two-decade-old murder case, has been hospitalised after contracting COVID-19, his lawyer said Saturday,Defence Attorney Dick DeGuerin said he was notified that Durst was admitted after testing positive for the coronavirus. DeGuerin told multiple media outlets that Durst is on a ventilator. The Los Angeles Superior Court said in a statement Saturday that the court was notified someone present for the sentencing hearing for Durst on Thursday had tested positive for COVID-19. Durst, 78, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without a chance of parole for the murder of his best friend more than two decades ago. Durst, who has numerous medical issues, sat in a wheelchair with a catatonic stare during much of the sentencing hearing.
COVID-19 tracker: Tokyo reports 40 new cases, the lowest this year
Tokyo confirmed 40 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the lowest so far this year and below 100 for the ninth straight day. Sunday’s figure was 20 fewer than a week earlier, while the seven-day average of new cases stood at 60.4, compared to 114.7 a week before. The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients under the metropolitan government’s standards came to 35, the same figure as Saturday, while six new deaths were reported on Sunday. “We will consider fully lifting requests for shorter operating hours unless new infection cases increase again,” Yamagiwa said during a television program. The number of COVID-19 patients in serious condition came to 335, down by 22 from Friday.
Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News
Russia has confirmed 7,992, 687cases of coronavirus and 223,312 deaths , according to the national coronavirus information center. — Russia reported 25,113 new coronavirus cases and a new record high of 929 deaths. 220 million doses of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine will be delivered to UNICEF once the vaccine receives WHO Emergency Use Listing. Cornivac-Cov vaccine, the world’s first coronavirus vaccine for pets, is available in public and private veterinary clinics across several regions of Russia. — Russia has made deals to sell more than 205 million doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine across 45 countries, Forbes Russia reported.
Star Wallabies winger Koroibete out of Japan, UK tour
Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete has pulled out of their tours of Japan and the United KingdomAdvertising Read moreSydney (AFP)Star Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete pulled out of their tour of Japan and Britain Sunday to spend time with his young family. Koroibete, who signed with Japan's Panasonic Wild Knights earlier this year, is a mainstay of the side and one of the few world-class players Rennie had at his disposal, with his absence a big blow. But Rennie was confident the Wallabies had enough depth to cover for him, with the likes of Jordan Petaia and Tom Wright able to fill the role. It gave Tom Wright a sniff, and he played really well. Pone Fa'amausili, one of four uncapped players named in the squad, will also miss the tour after tweaking his calf at training.
Boxed-in Kospi leads to surge in forced liquidations
FINANCEDealers look at monitors at Hana Bank headquarters in central Seoul on Friday morning, as both South Korea's benchmark Kospi and tech-heavy traded lower. It marked the highest level since April 2007, when the daily average volume came to 29 billion won. They forecast the index will move in a tight range between 2,900 points and 3,030 points this week.NH Investment & Securities analyst Kim Young-hwan said the domestic stock market has “wave heights” to deal with this week. “But until then, the Kospi index is likely to stay in a box pattern.”Although listed firms’ robust third-quarter business results are expected, investors’ concerns over earning peak-out are posing risks as well, the analyst said. A handful of Kospi-listed companies are set to release their quarterly earnings this week but the corporate earnings report season is not enough to improve momentum, he added.By Jie Ye-eun ( yeeun@heraldcorp.com
[Law Talk] Trademark issues in the world of the metaverse
Imagine that a company intends to create a virtual character to be active on metaverse platform and use items bearing another person’s trademarks for the virtual character. As a general rule, you may infringe another person’s trademark when you use a mark identical or similar to the trademark on goods identical or similar to the designated goods, and thereby causing consumer confusion. In the context of the metaverse, trademark infringement may occur if (i) items used in the metaverse are “goods” for purposes of the Trademark Act, and (ii) the act of using the trademark registered in the real world on similar or identical items in the metaverse can lead consumers to confusion.The act of using another person’s trademark in the metaverse may meet those two prongs. For purposes of the Trademark Act, the term “goods” is interpreted to mean “articles which have exchange value” and traded in commerce (Supreme Court Decision 98Hu58). If you sell items displaying another person’s brand in the metaverse, it may lead consumers to confusion that the items are licensed or sold by the brand owner itself.
More firms ease virus rules as vaccination speeds up
All employees, regardless of vaccination status, will be allowed to attend in-person meetings of fewer than 10 people.Hyundai Motor began readjusting virus restrictions early this month. The carmaker has allowed fully vaccinated staff to hold in-person training sessions and meetings. In-house cafeterias will open in stages, the company said.“We are gradually easing antivirus restrictions following the government’s ‘Life With Coronavirus’ scheme and a rising vaccination rate among our employees. Some restrictions, including a ban on work dinners and drinks, will remain intact. Remote work guidelines remain unchanged to keep the crowd level at offices low.By Kang Jae-eun ( kang.jaeeun@heraldcorp.com
S. Korea’s car production drops in Q3 on global chip shortage
BUSINESSAn assembly line at GM Korea's factory Bupyeong, Incheon. (GM Korea)South Korea’s car production in the third quarter this year dropped, marking the lowest level since the 2008 global financial crisis, according to a local industry report, Sunday.According to Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association’s report, the combined number of automobiles domestically manufactured during the July-September period reached 761,975, down 20.9 percent on-year.The figure was the lowest since 2008, when local carmakers’ production reached 760,121 during the three-month period, the report added.KAMA explained the ongoing global semiconductor shortage has mainly affected domestic car production in the third quarter.The resurging COVID outbreak in Southeast Asia, in particular, had a major impact on the production of semiconductor products for automobiles, the report added.Previously, local car manufacturers anticipated chip supply to recover between September and October. But, major automotive chip manufacturers struggled to operate their factories in Southeast Asia due to the pandemic, prolonging the chip shortage.German chipmaker Infineon and Switzerland-based STMicroelectronics, for instance, suffered from shutdowns at their plant in Malaysia.By companies, Hyundai Motor produced a total of 350,209 vehicles in the third quarter, down 15.8 percent on-year from 415,992 last year.Kia Motors produced 321,734 during the three-month period this year, decreased 6.5 percent on-year from 344,212 during the same period in 2020.GM Korea’s car production in the third quarter this year has been cut by more than half from a year earlier, decreasing from 102,747 to 45,939.SsangYong Motor’s production also decreased 21.7 percent on-year to reach 20,499 during the same period, compared to 26,164 last year.Renault Samsung Motors, however, remained unaffected by the global chip shortage. The company’s car production in the third quarter increased 7 percent on-year to reach 33,760 units.By Shi
S. Korea’s car production drops in Q3 on global chip shortage
South Korea’s car production in the third quarter this year dropped, marking the lowest level since the 2008 global financial crisis, according to a local industry report, Sunday.According to Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association’s report, the combined number of automobiles domestically manufactured during the July-September period reached 761,975, down 20.9 percent on-year.The figure was the lowest since 2008, when local carmakers’ production reached 760,121 during the three-month period, the report added.KAMA explained the ongoing global semiconductor shortage has mainly affected domestic car production in the third quarter.The resurging COVID outbreak in Southeast Asia, in particular, had a major impact on the production of semiconductor products for automobiles, the report added.Previously, local car manufacturers anticipated chip supply to recover between September and October. But, major automotive chip manufacturers struggled to operate their factories in Southeast Asia due to the pandemic, prolonging the chip shortage.German chipmaker Infineon and Switzerland-based STMicroelectronics, for instance, suffered from shutdowns at their plant in Malaysia.By companies, Hyundai Motor produced a total of 350,209 vehicles in the third quarter, down 15.8 percent on-year from 415,992 last year.Kia Motors produced 321,734 during the three-month period this year, decreased 6.5 percent on-year from 344,212 during the same period in 2020.GM Korea’s car production in the third quarter this year has been cut by more than half from a year earlier, decreasing from 102,747 to 45,939.SsangYong Motor’s production also decreased 21.7 percent on-year to reach 20,499 during the same period, compared to 26,164 last year.Renault Samsung Motors, however, remained unaffected by the global chip shortage. The company’s car production in the third quarter increased 7 percent on-year to reach 33,760 units.By Shim Woo-hyun ( ws@heraldcorp.com
Melbourne to ease world's longest Covid-19 lockdowns as vaccinations rise
More easing, including the reopening of many retailers, will come once 80% of eligible Victorians are fully vaccinated - estimated by Nov. 5 at the latest. Eighty percent of the state's people have been fully vaccinated. The new strategy makes lockdowns highly unlikely once 80% of the population is fully vaccinated. The government is also in discussions with Singapore about reopening travel between the two countries for the fully vaccinated. On Saturday, New Zealand vaccinated more than 2.5% of its people as part of a government-led mass vaccination drive.
Lindsey Graham: Border crisis a 'bunch of bulls---'; Biden admin is 'criminally negligent'
Before turning themselves in to Border Patrol agents, they book flights to visit a loved one already in the United States. The process has the effect of turning Border Patrol agents into "hotel clerks for … well-off Brazilians who are scamming and playing the game." According to the senator, 2020 saw 8,000 illegal immigrants apprehended in the Yuma, Arizona, sector of the southern border. "You got Venezuelans doing the same thing [as Brazilians]," Graham continued. … I can understand wanting to come to America, but at the end of the day, our Border Patrol agents are being denied the ability to police the border because they're processing agents."
Kosovo votes in municipal elections, focus at Pristina race
Kosovo is holding municipal elections Sunday in which the eight-month-old leftwing governing party aims at capturing the capital Pristina’s city hall. Kosovo is holding municipal elections Sunday in which the eight-month-old leftwing governing party aims at capturing the capital Pristina’s city hall. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo is holding municipal elections Sunday in which the left-wing party that has been in government for eight months is aiming to capture the city hall of the capital, Pristina. About 1.9 million voters are casting ballots to elect mayors for 38 municipalities and some 1,000 town hall lawmakers. The main contest will be for Pristina City Hall for which the governing left-wing Self-Determination Party, or Vetevendosje!, has nominated its former health minister, Arben Vitia.
Rigged review: shameless – and dangerous – catnip for Trump’s base
“If you believe things went terribly wrong in the 2020 election, well, you’re not crazy, and you’re not alone,” she writes. “But most of all, you’re not wrong.”In 2015, Hemingway branded Trump a “demagogue with no real solutions”. Rigged is catnip for Trump’s base. “They used Covid to rig an election,” Trump whines, in an interview. A recent lawsuit commenced by the Rhode Island Retirement System against Facebook, Zuckerberg, Thiel and his company, Palantir, alleges “significant damage” caused by the data-harvesting scandal.
‘Nobody ever put hands on me before’: flight attendants on the air rage epidemic
He leapt to his feet mid-shout, spittle arcing from his maskless mouth, and stomped over to the male flight attendant. “This is happening every day now,” says Sara Nelson, the president of the national flight attendants’ union and a 25-year flight attendant. (Jules and the other active flight attendants interviewed for this story have asked that their names, and those of the airlines they work for, be withheld.) Alex, a Toronto-based flight attendant who has worked for a major Canadian carrier since 2000, has also observed that “the mask issue seems to set certain people off”. “In places where there are basically no rules, passengers [are likelier to] think those lax rules also apply in the air,” says Alex.
Hawks on all sides ready to swoop if Iran drags feet on nuclear talks
“Every day that passes, every delay in the negotiations, brings Iran closer to a nuclear bomb. Less so is how Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s arch-conservative president, will react to western pressure. For Raisi and his foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, obtaining sanctions relief by reviving the nuclear deal is not their top priority. Meanwhile, as talks drag on, Iran’s nuclear capabilities will inexorably expand. Worse still, it opens the door to hawks on all sides who recklessly promote military solutions when, in reality, no such “solutions” exist.
Netflix estimates ‘Squid Game’ will be worth almost $900 million
Netflix estimates that “Squid Game,” will create almost $900 million in value for the company, according to figures seen by Bloomberg, underscoring the windfall that one megahit can generate in the streaming era. “Squid Game” stands out both for its popularity, and its relatively low cost. The viewership details are likely to cheer investors, who have regained enthusiasm for Netflix after several bumpy months, partly because “Squid Game” has been so popular. “Squid Game” scored 353 points in adjusted view share (AVS), which reflects not just how many people watched it but how valuable those viewers are considered. What makes “Squid Game” even more valuable is how popular it is relative to its low cost.
Japan planning ¥100 billion tech fund for economic security
Economic revitalization minister Daishiro Yamagiwa on Sunday revealed a plan to set up a fund to support the development of cutting-edge technologies crucial for the country’s economic security. The fund will likely be worth about ¥100 billion. The government will include the planned fund in a package of economic measures to be drawn up after the Oct. 31 Lower House election. “We cannot put the Japanese economy on a growth path unless we change the country’s industrial structure through technological development,” Yamagiwa said. “We will consider fully lifting requests for shorter operating hours unless new infection cases increase again,” Yamagiwa said.
Washington State police officer quits on the job saying the Governor 'can kiss my ass'
A veteran Washington State trooper who was forced out of the job by the state's vaccine mandate has released a video of his final sign off, and ended it by saying 'Governor Jay Inslee can kiss my a**.' 'So State 1034 this is the last time you'll hear me in a state patrol car... And Jay Inslee can kiss my a**.' She said: '1034 thank you for your 22 years of service to the citizens of Washington State. People fill the Capitol campus in Olympia, Washington state to rally against the COVID-19 vaccination mandate by Gov. However, more than 90% of Washington state government workers are now said to have been fully vaccinated as of Saturday, according to the Seattle Times.
Lee Bul‘s rare paintings, silk collage works unveiled in Seoul
While COVID-19 forced her to spend more time indoors, pink cherry blossoms and plum blossoms came into sight last spring, which attracted her to those colors, Lee said.“I thought at the time -- why don’t I use pink colors? Sometimes artists’ palettes are affected by the season,” Lee said during the press conference on Thursday at the gallery.The paintings are closely related to Lee’s Cyborg and Anagram sculpture series. The series has been shown in overseas exhibitions along with her installation works after they were first unveiled in New York. The BB&M show is the first time that these works are being shown at the same time in Korea.“Because I have mainly presented installation works, especially for major exhibitions, there has been less focus on the paintings,” Lee said. “I wanted to gather all the paintings together so that they are not forgotten.
Seoul International Music Festival to be held with ‘Amusement Park’ theme
ENTERTAINMENTSeoul International Music Festival artistic director Ryu Jae-joon (SIMF)The 13th Seoul International Music Festival will be held from Oct. 23 to 30 with the theme “Amusement Park.”The festival will take place across Seoul, including the Seoul Arts Center and the Lotte Concert Hall.During the press conference held on Wednesday in Gangnam, SIMF artistic director Ryu Jae-joon explained that the theme of the festival was decided when the pandemic just broke out last year.“We selected our theme last year, thinking that things would be back to normal by the time we hold this festival. 2, titled “Ring Ring Ring,” will be presented for the first time at the opening concert.“Festival orchestras usually don’t have much time for practice. “From conducting our past festival, we have learned that a lot of booklets end up being thrown away. We cannot make instruments that used to exist in the past anymore due to the change in wood texture. Classical music is inseparable from the environment,” he said.By Song Seung-hyun ( ssh@heraldcorp.com
Lee Hyuk makes Chopin Competition finals
ENTERTAINMENTPianist Lee Hyuk (Kumho Cultural Art Foundation)Korean pianist Lee Hyuk, 21, is among the12 finalists of the 18th Chopin International Piano Competition, taking place in Warsaw, Poland.The Chopin Competition, organized by the Polish Chopin Institute, had its first edition in 1927. Previous winners of the prestigious competition for musicians include big names in classical music, such as Martha Argerich and Krystian Zimerman. In 2015, pianist Cho Seong-jin rose became the first Korean winner of the competition and rose to stardom.The competition, held every five years, was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the first postponement for the competition since World War II.The main competition has been taking place at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall since earlier this month, with the 87 contenders who passed the preliminary round participating. The performances will be livestreamed through YouTube and the Chopin Competition mobile app.The jury will announce the winners, including the first prize winner who will receive the gold medal and the cash prize of 40,000 euros ($46,401), on the final day of the competition on Wednesday.
Afghan girls still barred from school
Now, like most secondary school girls in the country, she is banned from lessons altogether after the Taliban's hardline government excluded them from returning to class one month ago. The de facto Taliban education minister told the UN children's body that a framework to allow all girls to go to secondary school will be announced soon, a senior UNICEF executive said Friday. - 'No hope' -Amena lives just a short walk from her Sayed Al-Shuhada High School, where 85 people -- mainly young girls -- perished in the May bomb attack. "They say: 'Study if you cannot go to school -- study at home so that you may become someone in the future.'" But she does not understand why boys are allowed to study and girls are not.
Korea-Singapore travel bubble: Airlines, tour operators gear up for travel recovery
LIFE&STYLEA view of Incheon Airport from the airport’s observatory (Yonhap)Airlines and tour operators are anticipating a busy travel season ahead as borders are set to open between South Korea and Singapore.Korea formed a travel bubble agreement with Singapore on Oct. 8, the country’s second after a similar deal with Saipan. This would allow those who are vaccinated to travel freely without the need for quarantining, starting Nov. 15. The COVID-19 vaccination certificates will also be mutually recognized.“Upon hearing the news on the second travel bubble agreement, we are swiftly planning for a special promotion related to Singapore travels in the near future,” an official from Asiana Airlines told The Korea Herald on Friday.Airlines have already seen a bump in demand since the first travel bubble agreement with Saipan kicked off in July, especially as vaccination has picked up pace.At least 4,000 people have already booked flights to Saipan in the coming months, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. Between Aug. 1 to Oct. 12, some 1,852 people traveled to Saipan from Korea, official statistics showed. “We also expect that the travel bubbles will eventually become no longer necessary as restrictions ease both in Korea, and other countries.”By Kim Hae-yeon ( hykim@heraldcorp.com
Musicians gradually return to in-person concerts
ENTERTAINMENTPoster for Paul Kim’s concert “Bruising” (Neuron Music)As South Korea prepares to “live with” COVID-19, the music industry is readying itself to bring back live in-person concerts.While large music festivals have been canceled or switched to online formats, some individual artists are already returning to physical stages.From Oct. 29-31, K-pop artist Kwon Jin-ah will hold a solo concert series titled “The Way for Us.”According to her agency Antenna Music, “The Way for Us,” named after her latest EP released in February, will mark the artist’s second solo concert series.She will see fans eye-to-eye for the first time in two years, with the last offline events being her first series, “Shape of Me” in 2019.Singer-songwriter Jukjae will go on a nationwide tour for the first time since his debut in 2014. The concerts will start on Nov. 19 at Yes24 Live Hall in Gwangjin-gu, eastern Seoul, before heading to Gwangju, Busan and Daegu.Artist Paul Kim, who last toured in 2019, returns with “Bruising.”The tour will begin with two concerts, Nov. 6 and Nov. 7, at Olympic Hall in Songpa-gu, southern Seoul.The artist is scheduled to perform in nine cities, including Busan, Jeonju in North Jeolla Province, Daegu, Gwangju, Cheongju in North Chungcheong Province, Ulsan and Changwon in South Gyeongsang Province, his agency Neuron Music said in early October.Paul Kim recently returned with the new single album “After Summer.”A number of indie bands -- Okdal, Broccoli You Too, Soran and Daybreak -- have also announced in-person concerts in late October and early November.In compliance with social distancing measures, audience members of all offline concerts are required to sanitize their hands, wear masks, avoid singing along and must not bring food to the concert venues.Some seats are to remain vacant, allowing only for groups of two to sit together.As health authorities plan to ease the distancing measures for a gradual return to normal life, the Ministry of Health and Wel
Lee Hyuk makes Chopin Competition finals
Korean pianist Lee Hyuk, 21, is among the12 finalists of the 18th Chopin International Piano Competition, taking place in Warsaw, Poland.The Chopin Competition, organized by the Polish Chopin Institute, had its first edition in 1927. Previous winners of the prestigious competition for musicians include big names in classical music, such as Martha Argerich and Krystian Zimerman. In 2015, pianist Cho Seong-jin rose became the first Korean winner of the competition and rose to stardom.The competition, held every five years, was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the first postponement for the competition since World War II.The main competition has been taking place at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall since earlier this month, with the 87 contenders who passed the preliminary round participating. He won the Hamamatsu Piano Competition in 2018, the Ignacy Jan Paderewski International Piano Competition in 2016 and both the first prize and the concert prize at the Moscow Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in 2012.For the final round taking place from Monday to Wednesday, each pianist will play one of Chopin’s two piano concertos.
Pohang Steelers reach AFC Champions League semifinals
In this photo, Go Young-joon of Pohang Steelers (L) is tackled by Yasuki Kimoto of Nagoya Grampus during the clubs' quarterfinal match at the Asian Football Confederation Champions League at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, 240 kilometers south of Seoul, on Sunday. (Reuters-Yonhap)Pohang Steelers reached the semifinals of the top Asian club football tournament with a 3-0 victory over Nagoya Grampus on Sunday. Lim Sang-hyub grabbed a brace and Lee Seung-mo added another for Pohang's convincing win in the quarterfinals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, 240 kilometers south of Seoul. Though Jeonju World Cup Stadium is home for Jeonbuk during the K League play, it is technically serving as a neutral venue for the AFC tournament. The Asian football governing body has decided to hold East Region's quarterfinals and semifinals matches in South Korea to minimize traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lee Bul‘s rare paintings, silk collage works unveiled in Seoul
While COVID-19 forced her to spend more time indoors, pink cherry blossoms and plum blossoms came into sight last spring, which attracted her to those colors, Lee said. The second part of the exhibition consists of works from the “Willing to be Vulnerable-Velvet” series -– collage works of mother-of-pearls, velvet and silk -- that she completed this year. The series has been shown in overseas exhibitions along with her installation works after they were first unveiled in New York. “Because I have mainly presented installation works, especially for major exhibitions, there has been less focus on the paintings,” Lee said. An installation view of Lee Bul’s solo exhibition at BB&M in Seoul (BB&M)
Korea-Singapore travel bubble: Airlines, tour operators gear up for travel recovery
Airlines and tour operators are anticipating a busy travel season ahead as borders are set to open between South Korea and Singapore.Korea formed a travel bubble agreement with Singapore on Oct. 8, the country’s second after a similar deal with Saipan. This would allow those who are vaccinated to travel freely without the need for quarantining, starting Nov. 15. The COVID-19 vaccination certificates will also be mutually recognized.“Upon hearing the news on the second travel bubble agreement, we are swiftly planning for a special promotion related to Singapore travels in the near future,” an official from Asiana Airlines told The Korea Herald on Friday.Airlines have already seen a bump in demand since the first travel bubble agreement with Saipan kicked off in July, especially as vaccination has picked up pace.At least 4,000 people have already booked flights to Saipan in the coming months, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. Between Aug. 1 to Oct. 12, some 1,852 people traveled to Saipan from Korea, official statistics showed. “We also expect that the travel bubbles will eventually become no longer necessary as restrictions ease both in Korea, and other countries.”By Kim Hae-yeon ( hykim@heraldcorp.com
Seoul International Music Festival to be held with ‘Amusement Park’ theme
The 13th Seoul International Music Festival will be held from Oct. 23 to 30 with the theme “Amusement Park.”The festival will take place across Seoul, including the Seoul Arts Center and the Lotte Concert Hall.During the press conference held on Wednesday in Gangnam, SIMF artistic director Ryu Jae-joon explained that the theme of the festival was decided when the pandemic just broke out last year.“We selected our theme last year, thinking that things would be back to normal by the time we hold this festival. 2, titled “Ring Ring Ring,” will be presented for the first time at the opening concert.“Festival orchestras usually don’t have much time for practice. “From conducting our past festival, we have learned that a lot of booklets end up being thrown away. We cannot make instruments that used to exist in the past anymore due to the change in wood texture. Classical music is inseparable from the environment,” he said.By Song Seung-hyun ( ssh@heraldcorp.com
Ron DeSantis says he's 'offended' that a police officer 'could potentially lose their job' over COVID-19 vaccine mandates
Ron DeSantis has pledged to fight the Biden administration over federal vaccine mandates. "I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job," he said on Thursday. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a vocal opponent of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, on Thursday said that the state will fight the federal government in court over legislation regarding such requirements. "But to have the federal mandate will be counterproductive. DeSantis said that the state's lawsuits against the federal mandates will be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bans any COVID-19 vaccine mandates - including for private employers
Several major companies, including Texas-based American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, have said they would abide by the federal mandate. "Texas has seen a recent decrease in newly reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The two-term Republican is facing pressure from two candidates in next year's GOP primary, former state Sen. Don Huffines and former Florida Congressman and Texas state party chairman Allen West, have attacked Abbott's COVID-19 policies and have strongly opposed vaccine mandates. He knows conservative Republican voters are tired of the vaccine mandates and tired of him being a failed leader," Huffines tweeted.West recently tested positive for COVID-19. He was briefly hospitalized, but also tweeted he remains opposed to vaccine mandates.
Pregnant women at risk from NHS workers’ mixed messages over safety of jab
One in six of the most critically ill Covid patients requiring life-saving care are unvaccinated pregnant women, figures released last week show. She explained: “It’s not right so many pregnant women have been left scared for their safety and that of their unborn children. Pregnant women were first offered the vaccine in December 2020, if they were health or care workers or in an at-risk group. However, Joeli Brearley, founder of Pregnant Then Screwed said that mixed messaging on vaccine safety had left pregnant women frightened about their choices. I applied to my GP to have my second jab changed to Pfizer but didn’t hear back.
California parents, teachers plan statewide walkout to protest school vaccine mandate
California parents and teachers who oppose school vaccine mandates are planning a statewide walkout Monday, according to reports. California became the first state to mandate vaccinations or coronavirus testing for eligible children to attend in-person classes at public and private schools after Gov. CALIFORNIA PRISON WORKER VACCINE MANDATE PUT ON HOLD BY JUDGE"Parents and concerned citizens all over CA are taking action against the forced COVID-19 vaccine mandate for our children in state schools. Oak Run Elementary in Shasta County plans to cancel classes Monday because of the protest, KRCR-TVCR in Redding, California, reported. No estimate of the size of the statewide walkout was reported but word had spread across the state from Northern to Southern California.
Countries in Asia are placing orders for a new drug to treat coronavirus. Poorer nations could miss out again
(CNN) During the global scramble to secure vaccines, many countries in Asia-Pacific were slow off the mark. Countries around the region are rushing to place orders for the latest weapon against Covid-19 : an antiviral pill that isn't even authorized for use yet. Molnupiravir is seen as a positive step because it offers a way to treat Covid-19 -- without patients needing to be in hospital. And unlike other Covid-19 treatments, molnupiravir can be taken at home, freeing up hospital resources for more seriously ill patients. Senanayake said once again there was a risk of richer countries getting more than their fair share.
ESPN reporter Allison Williams leaving network over COVID-19 vaccine mandate
Allison Williams said last month that she was remaining unvaccinated while she and her husband are trying to get pregnant. (Alika Jenner/Getty Images)ESPN reporter Allison Williams is leaving the network over her decision not to get a COVID-19 vaccine, Williams said Friday on Instagram. Disney, ESPN’s parent company, has implemented a coronavirus mandate for all employees that will go into effect Thursday. Williams is at least the second ESPN reporter to criticize Disney over the vaccine mandate. Williams said she isn’t sure what’s next for her career, but that she’s hopeful to get back to a sideline again soon.
Viktor Arvidsson scores for Kings, whose late push falls short in loss to Wild
Frederick Gaudreau, Victor Rask and Ryan Hartman scored in the second period, and the Minnesota Wild held on for a 3-2 win over the Kings on Saturday night. He stopped 57 of 60 shots to win back-to-back games against the Ducks and the Kings. Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, Viktor Arvidsson scored his first goal for the Kings, and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves. Viktor Arvidsson celebrates his second-period goal — his first with the Kings. Up nextThe Wild host the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night, while the Kings visit the Nashville Predators that same night.
Letters to the Editor — Gov. Greg Abbott’s actions on mandates draw lots of critics
So why can’t we require them to also take the COVID-19 vaccine for protection? Greg Abbott, you cannot have it both ways. Greg Abbott: 1. Enforce it by enabling all citizens to file a $10,000 lawsuit against anybody who helps anybody else to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine. Greg Abbott refuses to make and enforce mask mandates to protect against this deadly virus.
Macron and the ‘French Trump’ trap Gaullism’s heirs in a political vice
As Zemmour, who has been nicknamed the French Trump, dominates the airwaves hammering home his message, polls suggest if he stands either he or Le Pen will be facing Macron in the second round run-off. In previous years, the centre right has put on a show of unity, however fragile, in presidential races. A poll of LR’s 80,000 members has been postponed until 4 December, giving the winner four months to rally the electorate. Polls show Macron with a clear lead in the first-round vote, with Le Pen and Zemmour up to 10 points behind. Perrineau says LR must “reconquer its traditional electorate” if it is to exist, a warning echoed by Etienne Criqui, professor of political science at Nancy university.
Gen Z on how to save the world: young climate activists speak out
I was terrified by the oncoming apocalypse of climate change, and loathed the short-term, environmentally catastrophic logic that prioritised road-building over trees. Sharma became involved in School Strike 4 Climate in 2019 after hearing about the impact climate change had on relatives who are farmers in India. It’s now more than 400ppm, which most scientists agree is a hazardous indicator of human-made climate change. “I want to see a better version of the United Nations framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC) process. We have seen governments and officials ignore the climate crisis over and over again and today was no exception.
Nicky Hilton is all legs in a strapless gingham dress as she grabs dinner in LA with mom Kathy
They recently put on a glamorous display while attending The Fashion Group International's 'Night of Stars' gala in New York City. But Nicky Hilton and her mother Kathy were back on the West Coast as they were captured grabbing dinner at celeb hotspot Craig's in Los Angeles on Friday. The 38-year-old socialite was all legs in a strapless blue and white gingham mini dress. For the event, Nicky brought the glamour in a bright red floor-length gown with a mock neck collar and a cut-out across the chest. Glamour: For the event, Nicky brought the glamour in a bright red floor-length gown with a mock neck collar and a cut-out across the chest
Boxed-in Kospi leads to surge in forced liquidations
It marked the highest level since April 2007, when the daily average volume came to 29 billion won. They forecast the index will move in a tight range between 2,900 points and 3,030 points this week.NH Investment & Securities analyst Kim Young-hwan said the domestic stock market has “wave heights” to deal with this week. The Fed’s signal over tapering of its timeline for stimulus is one of the major market variables, he said.“After checking on the event, the local stock market may show a strong rebound with expectations for an accelerating economic recovery linked to improving manufacturing sector and development of COVID-19 treatments,” Kim said. “But until then, the Kospi index is likely to stay in a box pattern.”Although listed firms’ robust third quarter business results are expected, investors’ concerns over earning peak-out are posing risks as well, the analyst said. A handful of Kospi-listed companies are set to release their quarterly earnings this week but the corporate earnings report season is not enough to improve momentum, he added.By Jie Ye-eun ( yeeun@heraldcorp.com
[Law Talk] Trademark issues in the world of the metaverse
Imagine that a company intends to create a virtual character to be active on metaverse platform and use items bearing another person’s trademarks for the virtual character. As a general rule, you may infringe another person’s trademark when you use a mark identical or similar to the trademark on goods identical or similar to the designated goods, and thereby causing consumer confusion. In the context of the metaverse, trademark infringement may occur if (i) items used in the metaverse are “goods” for purposes of the Trademark Act, and (ii) the act of using the trademark registered in the real world on similar or identical items in the metaverse can lead consumers to confusion.The act of using another person’s trademark in the metaverse may meet those two prongs. For purposes of the Trademark Act, the term “goods” is interpreted to mean “articles which have exchange value” and traded in commerce (Supreme Court Decision 98Hu58). If you sell items displaying another person’s brand in the metaverse, it may lead consumers to confusion that the items are licensed or sold by the brand owner itself.
Musicians gradually return to in-person concerts
As South Korea prepares to “live with” COVID-19, the music industry is readying itself to bring back live in-person concerts.While large music festivals have been canceled or switched to online formats, some individual artists are already returning to physical stages.From Oct. 29-31, K-pop artist Kwon Jin-ah will hold a solo concert series titled “The Way for Us.”According to her agency Antenna Music, “The Way for Us,” named after her latest EP released in February, will mark the artist’s second solo concert series.She will see fans eye-to-eye for the first time in two years, with the last offline events being her first series, “Shape of Me” in 2019.Singer-songwriter Jukjae will go on a nationwide tour for the first time since his debut in 2014. The concerts will start on Nov. 19 at Yes24 Live Hall in Gwangjin-gu, eastern Seoul, before heading to Gwangju, Busan and Daegu.Artist Paul Kim, who last toured in 2019, returns with “Bruising.”The tour will begin with two concerts, Nov. 6 and Nov. 7, at Olympic Hall in Songpa-gu, southern Seoul.The artist is scheduled to perform in nine cities, including Busan, Jeonju in North Jeolla Province, Daegu, Gwangju, Cheongju in North Chungcheong Province, Ulsan and Changwon in South Gyeongsang Province, his agency Neuron Music said in early October.Paul Kim recently returned with the new single album “After Summer.”A number of indie bands -- Okdal, Broccoli You Too, Soran and Daybreak -- have also announced in-person concerts in late October and early November.In compliance with social distancing measures, audience members of all offline concerts are required to sanitize their hands, wear masks, avoid singing along and must not bring food to the concert venues.Some seats are to remain vacant, allowing only for groups of two to sit together.As health authorities plan to ease the distancing measures for a gradual return to normal life, the Ministry of Health and Welfare announced Friday that multiuse facilities, including cafes, res
More firms ease virus rules as vaccination speeds up
All employees, regardless of vaccination status, will be allowed to attend in-person meetings of fewer than 10 people.Hyundai Motor began readjusting virus restrictions early this month. The carmaker has allowed fully vaccinated staff to hold in-person training sessions and meetings. Outside visitors can be granted access to Hyundai offices if they are fully vaccinated. In-house cafeterias will open in stages, the company said.“We are gradually easing antivirus restrictions following the government’s ‘Life With Coronavirus’ scheme and a rising vaccination rate among our employees. Remote work guidelines remain unchanged to keep the crowd level at offices low.By Kang Jae-eun ( kang.jaeeun@heraldcorp.com
Australia’s Melbourne set to end world’s longest lockdowns
The Australian city of Melbourne, which has spent more time under COVID-19 lockdowns than any other city in the world, is set to lift its stay-at-home orders this week. The new strategy makes lockdowns highly unlikely once 80 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. More easing, including the reopening of many retailers, will come once 80 percent of eligible Victorians are fully vaccinated – estimated by November 5 at the latest. Eighty percent of the state’s people have been fully vaccinated. On Saturday, New Zealand vaccinated more than 2.5 percent of its people as part of a government-led mass vaccination drive.
'I don't think this is in my hands': Nick Rolovich unsure of future at Washington State as vaccine mandate deadline looms
Washington State improved to 4-3 on the season with a dramatic 34-31 win over Stanford in a back-and-forth affair. The Washington State coach, who is not yet vaccinated, faces a Monday deadline to get the COVID-19 vaccine or get approved for a religious exemption, which he is seeking. If employees don't get the vaccine or a religious exemption by the Oct. 18 deadline, they will be fired. Asked if "the right way," meant getting the exemption and remaining the coach of Washington State, Rolovich replied: "Correct. Or if that's not what (Washington State athletic director Pat Chun) wants then I guess I gotta move on.
Judge Jeanine reveals who she believes is running the White House
Judge Jeanine Pirro questioned who was really in charge of the White House Saturday on "Justice with Judge Jeanine." JUDGE JEANINE: In case you didn’t know it, Joe Biden is the president of the United States in name only. Someone else is running the White House. …No President in United States history has ever spoken like this. By the way, have you noticed Joe Biden is carrying out the same policies Barack Obama had?
Pan-African film festival opens in Burkina Faso amid COVID19 and security challenges
The festival initially was planned for February, but was postponed as Burkina Faso battled a surge in coronavirus cases. FESPACO, launched in 1969, is monitored by global industry players who scout the event for new films, productions, talents and ideas. Seventy films divided into six categories including feature films, short films, documentaries, animated films and school productions are in the official competition. Other feature films include Narcise Wandji's "Bendskins" from Cameroon; Mamadou Dia's "Baamum Nafi" from Senegal; Desiree Kahipoko-Meiffret's "The White Line" from Namibia; and Burkina Faso's "The Three Lascars" by Boubakar Diallo. The festival ends on Oct. 23 with the award of the prestigious Stallion of Yennenga prize for the best film.
The unintended consequences of Vestager’s tougher take on ‘killer acquisitions’
The idea is to prevent big companies in sectors like tech and biotech from buying up small players in anticompetitive ways. While the European Commission says startups can alleviate their uncertainty "by proactively engaging" with Brussels, the fear remains that it could even end up hindering the innovation it seeks to preserve. European startups raised €48.3 billion in the first six months of this year, according to data from Dealroom, already exceeding the roughly €38.7 billion they attracted for the whole of 2020. Article 22 can be used to vet acquisitions that don’t meet traditional thresholds for an EU merger investigation but are nonetheless deemed to pose significant competitive risks. This is seen as a tool to tackle "killer acquisitions," where big companies swallow up promising small enterprises to avoid future competition.
Arbor View gets wake-up call in 2nd quarter, routs Legacy
Arbor View got off to a slow start before recovering to defeat Legacy on Saturday. Arbor View players celebrate a 22-21 win over Desert Pines during a football game at Arbor View High School in Las Vegas, Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Arbor View coach Matt Gerber said before his players arrived at 5:30 a.m., he hadn’t seen about three-quarters of them since last week because of COVID-19 protocols. Should Arbor View beat Canyon Springs and Foothill lose to Bishop Gorman on Friday, the Aggies would be the No. The Meadows (7-1, 5-0 2A Southern League) will meet Needles (5-0, 5-0) next week for the league championship.
Accused St. Paul bar shooter could have gone to prison 4 times. He was sent once.
Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines, adopted in 1980, are a grid that prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges use. He was sentenced in 2014 to two years and five months, which was a guidelines sentence. It was a plea agreement that police and the victim supported, according to the Ramsey County attorney’s office. He was sentenced to 365 days in the Hennepin County workhouse and given credit for having served 86 days. Misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors are not covered by the sentencing guidelines and judges have discretion in sentencing.
Blue Jackets win again, edge Seattle Kraken on Patrik Laine's OT winner
“I liked, as a team, that we grinded this one out, that we had to stick with it,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. The Kraken also didn’t sign Bayreuther, who re-signed with the Blue Jackets. It was Hofmann's first NHL point and a huge lift for the Blue Jackets. The Kraken backstop kept the Blue Jackets off the scoreboard until Robinson’s goal and made a number of difficult stops throughout the game. “It’s a little different,” said Wennberg, who was drafted by the Blue Jackets 14th overall in 2013.
New season, new conference
Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque JournalThe men’s and women’s basketball teams at Northern New Mexico College were among the hardest hit by the governor’s health mandates as both squads were forced to take an entire season off. Now, the Eagles men’s and women’s programs are getting ready for a new season in a new conference. The program has joined the Continental Athletic Conference, which has three automatic berths into the NAIA’s 64-team championship tournament, said coach Ryan Cordova. NNMC also plays local Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams New Mexico Highlands and Fort Lewis. But McIntosh and a number of the other players are looking fresh after a season away from the game.
Forget Covid, Britain would have collapsed even if it had been hit by the flu pandemic it had prepared for
There is a great untruth that lurks at the heart of last week's cross-party parliamentary report on the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The untruth goes like this: the UK prepared diligently for a pandemic but was hit by the wrong bug. “The UK’s pandemic planning was too narrowly and inflexibly based on a flu model,” says the cross-party report in its very first bullet point. There was not a pandemic plan in the world that was not based around what was and remains the number one pandemic risk - a new strain of flu or influenza. So while the UK pandemic plan talks only of “mitigating” the impact of a new flu virus, The New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Plan: A Framework for Action has a policy of “suppression” at its heart.
Missing workers fuel Britain’s inflation fears
Adrian Hanrahan did not expect his thriving chemicals business would compete with a golf course, but Covid has provided endless surprises. The managing director of Robinson Brothers in West Bromwich has 22 vacancies in a workforce which at full strength should employ 260 people. Even with pay rises on the table, they are hard to retain or replace, threatening Hanrahan’s ability to meet clients’ orders. Far from the mass unemployment feared, the economy is generating more jobs than the labour force can fill. More than three-quarters of businesses attempting to recruit reported difficulties to a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce.
Jen Psaki shouts out NBC news' Kelly O'Donnell for asking about Biden's health 'all the time'
White House press secretary Jen Psaki called out NBC News Kelly O’Donnell for always asking about Joe Biden's health, as she deflected questions from another reporter about when the president will undergo a physical. Requests for Biden's medical records were reignited last month after a September 16 speech the 78-year-old president made was frequently interrupted by his persistent cough. Previously, Biden has suffered two brain aneurysms and a heart condition which makes the muscle beat too fast, causing dizziness and confusion. 'I would be worried about anyone exhibiting issues with recall and memory at Joe Biden's age.' Doctors first diagnosed Biden’s condition in 2003 when he had his gallbladder removed.
PETER HITCHENS: We're in the Age of the Curfew - and there's no escape
The Good Life now takes on a nasty sideA nasty stage version of the TV classic The Good Life shows just how much our national mind has been addled by dope. A nasty stage version of the TV classic The Good Life shows just how much our national mind has been addled by dope. After all, these nasty little motorised toys, so often ridden on the pavement, are more of a threat to the blind and partially sighted than they are to almost anyone else. He shows every sign of having made his mind up to unleash this extra misery on our streets next year. If you want to comment on Peter Hitchens click here
'This is a Hollywood ending': Film and TV unions for workers strike deal over hours and pay
Now, workers in the union will get a mandatory holiday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and retroactive wage increases of three percent annually. 'This is a Hollywood ending,' Matthew Loeb, president of the union, said in a statement. 'It’s the way to get things done'A text circulating among IATSE members last week, and published by industry blog Deadline, read: 'Leadership advised me to tell members to get your kits tidy this week. 'Like non-union, freelance workers, many of our highly-skilled members go to work at different times, for different employers, at different locations,' Loeb said. This is the first time in the union's 128-year history that it had authorized a strike, according to CNBC.
Overdose deaths in NYC rise by 36% in a year as cops are ordered not to stop addicts shooting up
New York City overdose stats closely resemble nationwide overdoses, which went up 31 percent, with 96,779 total deaths over the same 12 month period. 'This is the worst this block has ever been,' another neighbor wrote in his social media post, The Post reported. 'We have been fighting to put an end to this crisis, however our city officials have unfortunately failed to address the problem and have allowed this public disorder to continue,' Blair said. In the same period, violent crime soared by 5.6 per cent. And shooting incidents have increased 3.5 percent over last year, with a little over 1 percent more shooting victims.
Beijing flame to be lit in a vacuum in Olympia
The crowds that came out to see actor Gerard Butler in Sparta brought the last torch relay in Greece to a premature end. This time organisers are avoiding the riskAdvertising Read moreAthens (AFP)The Olympic flame will once again be lit in an empty stadium on Monday as it starts its truncated journey to Beijing for the Winter Games in February. The ceremony is conducted at the ruins of the Temple of Hera in Olympia, site of the ancient Greek games from eighth century BC to the fourth century AD. Clear skies are forecast for 11.30 local time (0830 GMT) when the flame is due to be lit by the rays of the sun concentrated in a concave. "There will be no Torch Relay on Greek soil and following the Lighting Ceremony in Ancient Olympia the Olympic Flame will be transferred to the Acropolis where it will stay overnight," they said on October 12.
Victorians’ Hard Work Means Hitting Target Ahead Of Time
To ensure this is done safely, it’s highly recommended that Victorians only permit people aged 12 years and over who are fully vaccinated to visit them at home. Childcare will be open to children who are already attending, as well as children whose parents or guardians are fully vaccinated. Large scale construction sites will increase to 100 percent capacity but only if all workers are fully vaccinated. In regional Victoria, indoor settings – like restaurants, cafes and gyms – will increase from 10 to 30 people per venue, if everyone is fully vaccinated. Outdoor venues will increase from 20 to up to 100 people per venue, but only if everyone is fully vaccinated.
Profit Mania, SWA’s Woes, Supply-Chain Bottlenecks, and our Brittle Economy
So the notion of private profit as the primary motivator for human striving is, as Mark Twain might say, greatly exaggerated. With lower labor costs, the owners could still make a profit while offering lower prices for their goods and services. The goal: let the profit motive cut prices to the bone and, at the same time, increase private profit. So China’s heavy-handed quest for global political supremacy is now at odds with its maintaining and growing its domestic economy as it recovers from Covid-19. We need more competent technocratic experts, endowed with the latest technology, who just want to make our economy work.
Profit Mania, SWA’s Woes, Supply-Chain Bottlenecks, and our Brittle Economy
Nevertheless they carry on, even during a pandemic.So the notion of private profit as the primary motivator for human striving is, as Mark Twain might say, greatly exaggerated.Thisessay is aboutanotherproblem that hasn’t gotten much press. So your culture becomes brittle and prone to shattering under stress.That’s the story of our nation’s decline over the last generation. Let’s look at a few examples.First and foremost, our owners sold our nation’s factories and jobs abroad for profit. The pilots’s unionand claims that SWA’s lean operations made it “brittle and subject to massive failures under the slightest pressure[. We need more competent technocratic experts, endowed with the latest technology, who just want to make our economy work.
Religious beliefs differ widely; some can lead to antivaccination
These are people who identify as ethnic and culturally Jewish, but who do not belong to any religious organization, and do not observe any religious traditions. One might even fit Modern Orthodoxy into this category because it fits the same essential characteristic: We do not believe in an anthropomorphic, intercessional diety. Fundamentalists are the ones who believe in an intercessional diety, one who directly acts on the physical world. Virtually all of them believe in an intercessional diety. Time and again they get sick and die and their families think that they somehow must have displeased their intercessional God or Jesus.
WYFP? Tucker Carlson: we're all baizuos on this bus
MARCH 27, 2021On March 19, Fox News host Tucker Carlson spiritedly disparaged U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken for supposedly embarrassing the United States in his lack of aggression during his meetings with Chinese delegates. foreignpolicy.com/...On Monday, in telling of a 2017 encounter with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump described Xi's aides as straight out of "central casting." It's a Chinese propaganda film about the 1950s Korean War, centred on a story of Chinese soldiers defeating American troops despite great odds. Its success is good news for China's pandemic-affected film sector as Covid forced cinemas to shut and reopen multiple times. [...] Sun Hongyun, an associate professor at Beijing Film Academy said that the film was "an extraordinary and perfect collusion of capital and political propaganda.
?This Week In The War On Woman: The VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT
At least they are giving and matching donations toNNEDV in support of the 2021 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act that the previous administration let lapse. And contrary to ancient-thru’-modern beliefs, it also proposes that observing violence does NOT induce catharsis of violent feelings, it sustains them. Last week, she received UNHCR's regional Nansen Refugee Award, an annual prize for individuals doing outstanding work for displaced people. Despite her insistence on direct action on abortion-rights at a time when many were uncomfortable even saying the word "abortion," Maginnis is not a bold letter name of the movement. [Maginnis] was also a political cartoonist, painter, and peace activist...”This Week In The War On Women meets Saturday evenings & reblogs relevant diaries across the week.
Biden and Democrats are moving on to plan B
Biden is still optimistic a deal can be reached. I feel optimistic even if a deal cannot reached, Biden and Schumer/Pelosi will make Manchin/Sinema face 24/7 accountability voting to kill the bill. Biden has also mentioned he is ready to aggressive through executive/epa action just like the student loan forgiveness/debt erasure (referencing recent public loan forgiveness good news stories and $10,000 outright forgiving through EO). It is up to Biden show he is not someone who gives up and wants people to be reassured there are other ways. If Biden positively controls the next few weeks plus November, December, and January on aggressive student loan debt reform/relief, his approval ratings will be back to 50% by February.
Virtual Fridays Without Fitzpatrick (VFWF) 36
Congressman Fitzpatrick and the president he failed to impeach twice, but voted for in 2020. Virtual Fridays Without Fitzpatrick (VFWF) 36In Response To Your 10/15/21 NewsletterQUESTIONS“Why do we never get an answerWhen we're knocking at the doorWith a thousand million questionsAbout hate and death and war? I guess you were too busy taking photo-ops to report on any of the innumerable critical problems facing our country today. Do you regret that decision after you saw him incite an attack on the Capitol and our democracy? At the very least, why aren’t you fighting to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to a living wage?
halfway through my personal year
Still stiff, and I have to take things slow when I’m not using a cane; but I’m getting better by the day. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, etc. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here. We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group! I’ve had a couple of ideas — one seems better than the others, so I’m trying to think how to make it can work.
Medscape: "How the Navajo's Cultural Values Are Driving COVID Vaccinations"
COVID-19 has killed Native Americans at twice the rate of White Americans, underscoring the health inequities and deep-rooted distrust tribal nations have of federal government entities. And yet, Native Americans have the highest vaccination rates of any major racial or ethnic group in the United States. Like many other tribal nations, the Navajo had to embrace Western science to reclaim its social customs and ceremonies. "We're a very social culture, so having to isolate really impacted our mental health," said Mary Hasbah Roessel, MD, DLFAPA, a Navajo psychiatrist who is affiliated with Santa Fe Indian Hospital in New Mexico….
Overnight News Digest: Bumblebees now all but extinct in 16 states
But in 16 states, they are all but extinct. As their ecosystem is disrupted by climate change, development and invasive species, how well will the insects adapt? The researchers hope their data about this little-known species will shed light on an urgent and complex issue: pollinator decline. The asteroid caused around 75 percent of all species, and all of the non-avian dinosaurs, to go extinct. To study this evolutionary change, a team of researchers examined the diets of existing snake spec